It is good to have Joyce back for our Wednesday Hodgepodge after her amazing trip to Portugal. Oh my, what an anniversary trip for them.
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1. Since you weren't Hodgepodging last Wednesday, how did you pass the time?
I did some touch-up on a painting I was working on and finished reading a book. Oh life is tough!
2. What's the first word that comes to mind when I say marriage? Yes, one word.
Wow! (Is that a word?)
3. Summer officially arrives in the Northern hemisphere later this week. Does it feel like summer where you live? Describe your idea of the perfect summer day.
Yes, it is summertime in northwest Louisiana; however, the temperatures have not become staggering yet. The high has been in the low 90's and a slight breeze at times. That is bearable to me as long as I can stay inside.
My perfect summer day would be one where the temperature is in the upper 70's and I am sitting in a swing watching a very lazy river while listening to the sound of family nearby.
4. "Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability."(Sam Keen) Is laziness ever respectable? Do you have a lazy summer planned, or something semi-ambitious?
I have come to find laziness to be quite respectable. There are days when I am perfectly content to do very little. If that is laziness or just wisely prioritizing my time, it really doesn't matter at this stage of my life.
For the most part, July promises to be a very lazy month. June has been busy with various activities and short trips, but so much fun. August will bring its own excitement but I'll discuss that later on my blog.
5. Past or present, who's your favorite television dad? Why is he a favorite? Is he anything like your own dad?
This is not an easy question because I don't remember many of the past TV dad's, although there were several decent ones back in the 50's. They were very much like my dad in that they valued family, were home for breakfast and dinner every night and enjoyed spending time with the kids. They were respectful and loving with the wife and my dad sure was that. Today, we do not watch sitcoms and I would not classify Castle as a favorite dad.
6. June 18th is International Picnic Day...share a favorite picnic memory.
As a child, our family would often pack a basket of sandwiches and deviled eggs, and go to the nearest bayou or lake. We would fish and play and explore. These were very special times.
As an adult, a very memorable picnic was right before our wedding and some couple friends of my hubby-to-be came for the weekend. Mom planned one of our family picnics and everyone had a great time until we got home and discovered everyone, including the guests, were covered in red bugs. If you aren't from the rural south, these are tiny, invisible bugs that will bury themselves in all the dark, moist creases of your body and make you want to set yourself on fire to stop the itching. Needless to say, this didn't make the best of impressions, but for some reason, they still call us some of their dearest friends.
7. The travel site Trip Advisor lists the top five islands in the world for 2014 as- Ambergris Caye in Belize Cayes, Providenciales in Turks and Caicos, Bora Bora in French Polynesia, Marco Island Florida, and Lewis and Harris in The Outer Hebrides (Scotland). Have you been to any of these? Of those listed (and if price were not a factor) which would you most like to book for a holiday?
I have not been to any of these, but I think I would choose Lewis and Harris.
I think we would love the quiet country side and beautiful views.
Are you sure money is no object?
8. Insert your own random thought here
God is still teaching me lessons and I trust He will continue. The major lesson this year has been to "Let go and Let God!" I think the daily reminders to apply this truth to my day-to-day life is beginning to bear fruit. Although I still want to do things in an orderly and sequential fashion, He is showing me the rewards of just trusting and letting go.
I am thankful He is such a faithful and patient Father.