Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Sun Came Out on Hodgepodge Day!

Welcome to the Hodgepodge.  Joyce creates the questions, we answer them.  Come join us for fun. 

1. Three things on your spring bucket list? If you don't have an actual list that's fine, pretend you do.

My spring bucket list is : Garden,  Rake, and Visit the beach with the Hubby and the Littles (the dogs) 

2. Where do you find rest? What restores your soul? When was the last time you did whatever it was you answered here?
I find rest at home. It's quiet here and it's loving here, and Hubby is here.  That gives me rest.  Home also stores my soul.  I can do my Bible reading here and reflect on all my many blessings. 

3. April is National Celery Month. Who knew? Do you like celery? What's your favorite dish made with celery? On a veggie and dip platter which would you reach for first-carrot sticks, celery sticks, cucumbers or cherry tomatoes? 
I do like celery but mostly in soups and stews.  If it's in the veggie platter, it will not be the first thing I take, peppers will be.  

4. I read here eight things to do before 8 am to make your day less hectic-Start one load of laundry, drink water, empty the dishwasher, read your Bible, know what you're having for dinner, get dressed, brain dump (two lists-one what you're thankful for and one what's weighing on your mind), and after the brain dump make your to-list for the day
My list is for the day, it's not a list to get done before 8am.  I'm retired and have all day to get it done! 
My to do list for today is: 1-Get dressed, 2-read my Bible, 3-feed the Littles (dogs), 4-get Littles to doggie daycare, 5-start a load of wash, 6-take a nap, 7- Be thankful for my health, 8-make sure I am ready for another medical test on Thursday.

5. Describe the view from your window.

A picture is worth a thousands words.  I love living in the country.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

Barbara Bush has left this earth and she leaves behind a story of love, caring, determination, and standing by her husband.  The news has been all good about her and her love of her husband and children.  She was looking forward to seeing her daughter who had died many years ago of cancer.  I hope she got her wish.  Rest in Peace Barbara and may peace also surround your family.  

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Spring Where for art thou!!!

I'm joining Joyce at From This Side of the Pond in her great Wednesday Hodgepodge.  Thank you Joyce.

1. April is National Jazz Appreciation Month. Are you a fan? If so what's a favorite you'd recommend to someone new to jazz listening?

I'm not a fan of Jazz at all.  Country and Easy Listening are my favorite genres.  
2.Mandolin, ukulele, harp, accordion or banjo...which would you be most interested in learning to play? Or do you already play one of the instruments listed?

I don't play an instrument and I'm not able to read music so I am disappointed that Triangle is not on the list as that may be something I could play.

3. Do you judge a book by it's cover? Elaborate. You may answer in either/both the literal or figurative sense of the word.

Do you mean a real book then yes I judge a book by it's cover.  If you mean judging a person, then I probably dob but I don't mean too.  I look at people's hair.  After going so long without any. I look at people's hair and decide if it fits their face or if I would look good in that style.  I notice if it's clean or over sprayed, too short or too long, and so forth.   

4. According to a recent study the ten most nutritious foods are-almonds, cherimoya (supposed to taste like a cross between a pineapple/banana), ocean perch, flatfish (such as flounder and halibut), chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, swiss chard, pork fat (shocking! but I don't think they mean bacon), beet greens, and red snapper. Are any of these foods a regular part of your diet? Any you've never ever tasted? Which would you be most inclined to add to your diet?

I love fish but only have it when we go out to eat. My poor Hubby is allergic to fish so I don't cook it at home.    Pork fat is an odd thing for sure! 

5. Besides a major holiday what is the most recent thing you've celebrated with your people? Tell us how.

We celebrated my birthday with a great day to play (or as Hubby calles it work) in the yard, getting to eat out -twice!!, a beautiful purple card - my favorite color and lots of being made to feel special.

6.  Insert your own randomness here

 Mother nature and I have had a talk lately.  We wake up to the  pellet stove on, and fresh snow on the deck.  It's SPRING!  or at least it is suppose to be.  So we had a talk.  I let her know that just because she overslept and didn't show up in November and most of December she could not hang on in April!  She must head out of Dodge, as it were.
Today in the mail I got this.

It's the Breck's spring/summer seeds & flowers catalog!   Guess she heard me and this is her way of apologizing.  I'll take it!

Friday, March 30, 2018

Grooming the Littles

We have 2 small dogs. August Rush and Divine Tuppance.  Both are Chinese Crested, August Rush is a Powder Puff (he has hair that if left alone will grown allmost all the way to the floor) and Divine Tuppance is what is called a Hairy Hairless (she has hair on her head, tail and feet but that is all.)  They are know as "the Littles" and "the Bugs."  August is often called "Dead Bug" because when you tell him it's time to get groomed, he rolls over on his back, sticks out his tongue and closes his eyes.  He plays dead!!  Divine is called "Little Bug" because she is just so small and loves to cuddle.  However, because they both have hair, they both need grooming so I have a grooming station that is set up in our dinning room.

The set up is a small folding table and a white plastice storage cabinet.  Since it's adjacent to the kitchen, they get their baths in the sink and then we walk over to the table to finish the grooming.  

Another view of the grooming station.  It's really a nice set up albeit small.  You use what you have, right? The white plastic storage cabinet really holds a lot of extra brushes, combs, shampoo, rinse, ear cleaners, and lots of other stuff.  

The top holds the combs, brushes and spray that I will use daily to brush them out before they head off to daycare.  There is also a small bath rug to lay on and underneath it is a mat to hold the rug in place.  The bottom of the grooming arm also helps to hold the rug down.  

I am looking for a lamp to add for added light and I though a clip on light would be perfect to add light and also to continue to hold down the rug,  plus it wouldn't take up valuable table top space, but I'm not sure that the clamp would go over both the run and the table top.  So I may end up with a table lamp after all.  Oh well, at the moment I can do without it.  

Both Little's have agreed that this new set up is not a good idea for them as it's just to easy to grab a dog without warning and plop them on the table and begin grooming them.  Before, I had to set it up and then take it down as the table was in the middle of the kitchen serving as an Island.  I love it, them not so much.

Do you groom your own dogs or do they go to a groomer?  

P.S. Hubby read my post and decided to solve my problem of the light.  What do you think of his solution?  I love it and he is my hero for being a Hubby/Protector and Problem solver.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Another week, Another Hodgepodge.

Once again it's Hodgepodge time and once again I'm thanking Joyce for great questions.

1. What's a word that describes your life? A word you wish described your life?
My life is Blessed!!
A word I wish described my life?  Healthier. 

2. Back in my day we___________________________________?
...had to get up and walk to the tv if we wanted to change channel.  Or have a kid do it for us.

3. When it comes to takeout are you more likely to opt for Italian, Mexican, or Chinese food? Does a typical week at your house include takeout?
Italian, more specifically - Pizza.  We like pizza (well who doesn't really).  We don't have takeout every week but at least once a month.

4. Think about the people you most respect. What is it about them that earned your respect?
It would be the way they treat others.  I love seeing how they treat others with love, kindness, gentleness and without judgement at all.  We should all strive to treat each other that way.

5. What's something your friends might see and say is 'so you'?
Anything having to do with summer, warm weather, sunshine, dogs, gardening.  All of that is so me.  

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

Yesterday was my birthday.  In the past, I never wanted it announced at restaurants because I hated the whole "gather around the table and sing some silly song to me."  This year I didn't care at all.  It's been a tough year getting to this point and I'm thrilled that we made it.  Hubby spoiled me with taking me out to eat twice  (breakfast and dinner).  I didn't care who knew it was my birthday and I enjoyed being spoiled all day.  Even the car got a nice wash - yes it's suppose to rain today and that is on me.  It was a blessed day because I was alive to enjoy it with Hubby.  

Wednesday, March 21, 2018


Oh what a beautiful Hodgepodge that Joyce created for all of us to enjoy.  

1. On this first official day of spring tell us something (besides the weather) you're looking forward to in this season of the year.

I want to try gardening again this year.  Last summer Hubby planted a few veggies in containers for us to have a container garden.  However, my health was not very good and we didn't keep it up. This year, I feel better and really want to see if we can keep the plants alive.  So gardening is what I'm looking forward to this year.

2. When it comes to spring cleaning would you rather wash windows or wash baseboards? Clean out closets or clean out the garage? Dust ceiling fans or dust bookcases? Wipe down the patio furniture outside or wipe down the light fixtures inside? Any of these tasks recently completed?

I love to spring clean!  I know it sounds funny, most people want to get the cleaning done, but I really do enjoy opening the windows and letting the winter muck flow out and the spring air come in.  I would rather clean out the closets, dust celling fans, wipe down the patio furniture outside and none of these are done.  We still have snow on the deck and the pellet stove is still running.  So we wait. 

3. Your favorite thing to make/eat that calls for cream cheese? Sour cream? Whipped cream?

I guess I'm a simple person, toast with cream cheese, baked potato with sour cream and hot coco with whipped cream.  

4. I read here a list of commonly mispronounced words. What is a word that gives you trouble when it comes to pronunciation?
Just about any of my cancer drugs!  I don't know why the powers that be can't name drugs "Sue", "Charles" or something easy to say but they don't. The drugs have several syllables and odd sounding names.  

5. What's a song you love with the word 'rain' in the title or lyrics?

"Singing in the rain."  I love that song! And the dance that goes with it. 

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

I love having it lighter in the evening but I still can't get use to waking up to darkness.  I really like waking up to a sunrise or better yet, the sun already shinning into the bedroom. I'm happy that winter is in the past and that Spring is here.  Hello There!!!