What in the world happened to the month of April? It went by in a blur, or at least that’s how it seems to me. Never-the-less, it’s Wednesday again, and you know what that means. It’s time for The Wednesday Hodgepodge! Thank you, once again, to our wonderful hostess, Joyce, for continuing to host this fun meme. Now, let the fun begin…
1. April showers bring May flowers or so the saying goes. Has your April been filled with showers?
We haven’t had many April showers in our neck of the woods, other than the kind that flows from our water sprinkler. It’s been extremely dry here! That’s why we were absolutely thrilled when it finally rained on Sunday evening! We are very grateful for the inch of rain we received.
Do you carry an umbrella, wear a slicker, or make a run for it? I often carry an umbrella, but, sometimes, I’ll just make a run for it. A little water never hurt anyone.
Besides rain, what else has filled your April?
April has mostly been filled with planting and taking care of our garden. Gardening is quite time-consuming (especially for poor Ed)! Due to my back issues, I do more watching and watering than anything else. You can’t tell from this photo, but there are 20 rows of vegetables planted in this garden!
2. What’s something you could give a 30-minute presentation on, at a moment’s notice, with zero preparation? I could easily give a presentation on these creatures:
I can’t believe how little I actually knew about chickens when I brought those first baby chicks home, five years ago, but experience is a great teacher! These ‘girls’ think they rule–and they pretty much do. The two red hens are from the original flock of five years ago, and they still lay eggs! The other six members of the flock (one missed being photographed) will celebrate their 3rd birthday in September. We’ve almost reached a milestone of 4, 400 eggs from these chickens (plus the five members of the flock who are now deceased).
3. Share with us a favorite food memory from childhood.
I remember my maternal grandmother having some awesome family dinners at her house! There’d be all kinds of foods, but, strangely, the thing I looked forward to the most was the large plate of pineapple or pimento cheese sandwiches! They always tasted so good! Grandma also made the most delicious ‘bread pudding’ I’ve ever eaten. For those who may not know, ‘bread pudding’ is made with ‘left-over’ bread, eggs, milk, sugar, and cinnamon, then baked. I sure wish I had grandma’s recipe.
4. What’s a song you thought you knew the lyrics to, but later discovered you were wrong?
I don’t have a particular song in mind, but, prior to Google, I didn’t know the correct lyrics to most of the songs by Credence Clearwater Revival or Elton John… Come to think of it, can anyone sing the correct lyrics to Benny and the Jets?
5. According to one travel website, the most overrated tourist attractions in America are-
Niagara Falls (NY), Hollywood Walk of Fame (California), Times Square (NYC), Epcot (FL), Seattle Space Needle (WA), and Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market (Boston).
How many of these have you seen in person?
Sadly, none of them. I’m not well-traveled. I have been to Disneyworld, in Florida, but I went before Epcot was completed.
Did you feel like a tourist? Did you care? Yes and no.
Tell us about a place (not on the list) you’ve visited that might be considered a tourist trap, but you love it anyway.
Elvis’ former home, Graceland might fall into that category. His home, seemingly frozen in time, is still open for tours, as far as I know. The house is still decorated as it was back in the late 60’s or early 70’s, but I enjoyed touring it, since I remember the 70’s so well. I’m sure everything in the home was ‘state of the art’ back in Elvis’ day, but everything looks rather antiquated now. Check out that television!
photo via Google
6. Your signature clothing item?
Crocs! I wear them all the time. Here’s a photo of my first pair of Crocs. I wore this pair for about ten years before finally throwing them away! Sadly, the newer Crocs aren’t made to be quite as durable.
A “close call”. My husband, Ed, had a heart attack 18 months ago. Fortunately, he survived his “widow maker”, and is doing well. While going through the experience was extremely scary and stressful, it made us both realize just how precious (and short) our time [here] really is. We can be taken in the blink of an eye! We thank God, every day, for this ‘extra’ time we’ve been given together.
While in Brunswick on other business, we had the opportunity to briefly visit St. Simon’s Island, last week, our first visit since last September.
I was pleased not to see much damage from last fall’s hurricane Matthew. Everything seemed pretty much unchanged. The ‘walking man’ was still making his rounds…
and folks were still taking pictures beside the strange-looking tree on the island… which I can’t seem to find a photo of! The island was actually pretty crowded, for a Thursday.
We only stayed long enough to grab a bar-b-que sandwich from Southern Soul, then ate it while sitting in a park beside the beautiful water. I hope to go back, soon!