It is good to be back on the Hodgepodge with our hostess and new Grandmother, Joyce.
If you would like to see how she and others have answered the questions, click HERE.
1. Do you try to set rules for yourself about how you use your time? Explain.
When I first retired I did. I came from a job that required met deadlines. I was very goal orientated; therefore I had to accomplish something every day. I was also a wee bit driven to accomplish all those things I had envisioned doing in retirement in the first few weeks.
Six years later, I am not nearly so driven. Okay, to be honest, there isn't much drive period. I love being retired but I don't set expectations or goals for myself anymore. We do have a couple understood rules and those are to make up the bed every morning and to have no clutter. I keep a very nice house, but it's not because of set rules. It is because we like it that way.
2. Monday was National Lighthouse Day. Have you ever visited a lighthouse? If not, do you have any desire to see one up close? Of the 10 Most Beautiful that made this list which would you most like to see in person-
Yes, we have visited a couple lighthouses. One on the east coast and one during our recent trip to Mackinac Island. The Old Mackinac Lighthouse (below) is only 3 miles from the White Shoal Light in Michigan.
We saw these smaller automated light houses while on the ferry to the island.
Lindau Lighthouse (Germany), Fanad Lighthouse (Ireland), Portland Head Light (Maine), Yaquina Bay Light (Oregon) The St. Augustine Light (Florida), Peggys Point Lighthouse (Canada), Start Point Lighthouse (England), Tower of Hercules (Spain), Bass Harbor Head Station (Maine), and White Shoal Light (Michigan)
When you've been away, what's your 'lighthouse' telling you you're on the right road home?
Figuratively, it is knowing there is no place I would rather be.
Literally, it depends on from which direction I am coming. From the north, it is getting on Interstate 49 south in Texarkana, AR.; from the west, it is the Louisiana State Line; from the east, it is the I220 By-pass; from the south, it is the Southern Loop Exit.
3. What have you unintentionally stopped doing? Is this something you need to pick back up and begin again, or is it something you need to let go of for now (or even permanently)?
That would be painting. I have just not been in the mood and totally without inspiration. I have also run out of places to hang them and no one else wants what I paint. I do hope to get back to it soon, though.
4. We've had a full week of August. Share a GRAND moment from your month so far.
The GRANDEST moment is yet to come. Three of our GRANDS are coming this weekend for a visit. We can hardly wait.
5. Tell us one song you love with the word 'baby' in the title.
I can't do just one. There were so many great songs from the 60's that had the word 'baby' in the title.
"Since I Met You Baby" by the Ivory Joe Hunter
"There Goes My Baby" by the Drifters
"Baby Love" by the Supremes
"Baby It's Cold Outside" by Dean Martin
"Baby I Need Your Loving" by the Four Tops
"Be My Baby" by the The Ronettes
6. Insert your own random thought here.
I continue my fascination with the fowl seen from our sunroom.
Dick and I had the best time watching a dove on the back fence during a recent downpour. It was literally taking a shower. It would raise one wing and then another. Then when it sensed us watching, it would preen and pose. We had never seen this before.
Speaking of taking a shower, I caught a Robin taking a bath. It was hilarious to watch this rambunctious bird splash and shake, then do it again over and over. You can see the splashed water in the pictures. When it was finished, it hung itself out to dry.
And of course, I never tire of watching the hummingbirds. I do wish I could capture the true iridescence of their wings and feathers.
"Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flow'rs before Thee, op'ning to the sun above.
All Thy works with joy surround Thee, earth and heav'n reflect Thy rays,
Stars and angels sing around Thee, center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain, flow'ry meadow, flashing sea,
Singing bird and flowing fountain, call us to rejoice in Thee."
May you have a great rest of your week.