Wednesday, July 8, 2020

A Secret Hodgepodge

Welcome to another Wednesday Hodgepodge.

Do princesses have secrets?

1. The Hodgepodge lands this year on National Secret Keeping Day...on
a scale of 1-10 (with 1 being I'm a blabbermouth and 10 being I'm a vault)
how good are you at keeping secrets?

I'm probably an 8 or 9 because sometimes what someone considers
a secret really isn't and needs to be shared for resolution purposes.

I read here nine jobs for people who can keep a secret-cybersecurity
worker, executive assistant, housekeeper, lawyer, nuclear plant
technician, physician, private investigator, psychologist, security guard
of the jobs listed, which one most interests you and why?

I was an executive assistant for several years and yes, there were
things I learned, heard and/or knew about that needed to remain in
the office.  Other times, there might be an issue, had I not confronted
or dealt with the matter, it would have gotten completely out of hand.  I learned that what one person considers a secret may really just be hiding a truth that doesn't need to kept hidden but brought out and resolved without causing one unnecessary embarrassment or harm.

2. What's the secret of life (or one of them anyway)?

Love the Lord God with all your heart, mind and soul, and others as you would yourself

3. Off the record, best-kept secret, a fly on the wall, top secret, my lips are sealed, secret shopper, as quiet as a mouse, poker face, spill the beans, open secret, bite your tongue...which secret idiom can you best relate to right now? Explain.

"My lips are sealed" relates to an incident today when it was decided by a friend and myself that it was best to not disclose something of which we were both aware to another person.  It would have done no good to bring up the matter and therefore it is still our secret.

4. Spill here the secret ingredient in one of your favorite recipes?

I'm not that much a cook and don't do a lot of experimenting, therefore have no secret ingredients.

5. My mama celebrates a big birthday tomorrow (Wednesday).  Share a favorite quote, song lyric, saying, or verse of scripture that will add some sunshine to her day (ours too!)

From John 15:16
"You didn't choose me, I chose you.  I appointed you to go and produce fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name."

There is no doubt of the legacy your sweet mother has passed down to three generations because she was chosen and blessed to produce such beautiful fruit.

Happy Birthday to your mama!

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

What could be sweeter than this little doll from a few years ago?  Could she be hiding a secret behind those mischievous brown eyes and adorable smile?  We may never know. 

Thank you Ava Grace for bringing so much joy.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Nothing Boring About White on White

I do trust you had a wonderful, restful, fun, patriotic, or simply fill-in-the-blank
Independence Day weekend.

Ours was all of the above with lazy thrown into the blank.

 My July 4th day began with cooler than normal temperatures, and a feeling of great gratitude for a country of the free and the brave.

Early Saturday I began with an early 3 mile walk which was so enjoyable.  Let me show you why.

I decided to get off the neighborhood walking path that I usually trek, and go into an adjoining neighborhood.

This beautiful colonial style home dressed in flags and bunting caught my eye.

On another street was this lovely columned home.  I want you to notice the brick walled off side garden of this home which is characteristic of most of the homes in this exclusive neighborhood.
 What was so interesting about this house was how bedecked it was for the holiday weekend.

This lovely home is for sale.  The combination of white and brick is stunning.  I love the glass front doors.

As it is empty, I ventured into the side courtyard.  Is this not a lovely spot?

On one of the little cul-de-sacs, I found this pretty "cottage."  It really is a lovely, rather small house for the neighborhood, but I love it.  The brick is painted a brilliant white.  There is nothing boring about white-on-white on this house for sure.

Unintentionally, I carried out the white-on-white theme on Sunday.

I wore these white Jag jeans with a gauze top.

The beauty of wearing white-on-white, is you can be as versatile as you wish with accessories and especially shoes.  I chose my comfortable silver and black slip on Stevens by Steve Madden.

My jewelry was a simple gold choker and gold loop earrings.

My top is a Doe & Rae that I found in the neatest little shop while visiting South Haven, Michigan last June with our Indiana family.  It is 100% Cotton and is really better suited for cooler temperatures.  But, I like it and think it is perfect for combining a great white-on-white outfit.

What about you, do you do much white-on-white?

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Saturday 9: A Grand Old Flag

You're a Grand, Old Flag

You're a Grand, Old Flag

Unfamiliar with James Cagney's 1942 version of this song? Hear it here.

1) The flag we currently fly, with 50 stars and 13 stripes, was designed by a high school student. When Alaska and Hawaii were added, President Eisenhower invited Americans to submit designs for how best to incorporate the two new states. Ike chose 17-year-old Robert G. Heft's submission from more than 1500 entries. Tell us about a contest you entered and won. (Or really hoped to win.) 

Recently while working on, I discovered this newspaper article from 1964 when I won the title of Miss Rapids Parish.

2) The government also has another of Mr. Heft's designs waiting: one that incorporates a 51st star if another state is added. When you were in school, did you memorize the states and their capitals?

Yes, of course.  That was required learning back in the day, but don't ask me to recall all of them today.
3) Six American flags have been planted on the surface of the moon. Those are undoubtedly the flags farthest from you this morning. Where is an American flag flying near you today?

The side entry of our home

4) This version of the song was performed by James Cagney in the 1942 classic, Yankee Doodle Dandy. Have you ever seen it?

Yes, but it was years ago.  This weekend may be a good time to try to find it again.  We need some patriotism!

5) In that film, Cagney portrayed George M. Cohan, the composer of this week's song. In 1940, Cohan was honored by with a Congressional Gold Medal. In presenting him with the award, President Roosevelt specifically thanked Cohan for "You're a Grand Old Flag," "Yankee Doodle Dandy," and "Over There." What's your favorite patriotic song?

My favorite is our National Anthem, "My Country Tis' of Thee," and think it should never be changed; however, my emotional favorite is "God Bless America."  I never tire of this rendition by Kate Smith from 1943.

6) Though a performer his entire life, Cohan disliked listening to recordings of his own voice. How about you? Do you like your singing and/or speaking voice?

I enjoy listening to what few recordings we have of some of my old solos and ensembles, simply because I can no longer sing.  My speaking voice is another matter.  We southerners have a very distinct and not always pretty twang. 

7) James Cagney won the Oscar for Best Actor for his performance as George M. Cohan. Also nominated that year was Gary Cooper, who portrayed Lou Gehrig in Pride of the Yankees. Tell us about another movie about a great American.

Spielberg's "Lincoln"

8) As a teen, Cagney juggled high school with a variety of jobs, including bell hop and delivery boy, and gave all his earnings to his family. Looking back, Cagney was grateful that he had to begin work early, saying, "I feel sorry for the kid who has too cushy a time of it. Suddenly he has to come face-to-face with the realities of life without his mama and papa to do his thinking for him." Do you agree? 

I certainly do!  I could expound, but the scenes on the daily news each night speak to this truth better than I ever could.

9) Cagney had a rebellious streak. His boss, studio head Jack Warner, nicknamed Cagney, "The Professional Againster." Cagney joked that he enjoyed earning the title. What about you? Are you rebellious?

I did have a rebellious spirit as a young person, much to my parent's chagrin and displeasure, and probably still do to some extent.  The Lord in my life has quelled that rebellious spirit, thankfully.

Saturday 9

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Wednesday Hodgepodge Turns Blue

Just wanted to show off my beautiful kids with whom I could not be more pleased, enjoying events from last week.  Notice they are carrying out the blue theme.

John & Michelle celebrating a friend's wedding.

Christy & Chuck vacationing at the beach.

Thank you for joining us for this week's Wednesday Hodgepodge where Joyce gives us six things to ponder and answer.  Click HERE to join the discussion.

1. Are you currently making plans of any kind?


What kind?

I am planning an 80th birthday celebration for my husband the end of August.

What emotions are associated with the planning process?

I am excited to celebrate this milestone for my sweetie.  We will have a small gathering for family members who can attend, at our daughter's home in Dallas.  I am disappointed that our son and his family won't be able to attend due to pre-wedding events in Indiana for grandson Jackson that weekend.

Tell us about one plan you had to cancel due to the current situation which shall remain nameless. Ha!

We were unable to make our usual trip to Northern Indiana in May to visit our family up there.  Having to cancel that trip has made this the longest period of time we have ever gone without seeing each other.

2. Last time you saw stars, either literally or figuratively?

I can literally see stars on any given night if there isn't a cloud cover or a Sahara Dust covering the sky.

3. Blueberries yay or nay? Blueberry pie, blueberry muffins, blueberry yogurt, blueberries by the handful...what's your pleasure?

YAY to blueberries!  I like blueberry muffins, blueberry pancakes, and blueberry yogurt.  Not so much by the handful.  The most common way we use blueberries are frozen in our cereal and smoothies.

4. Swim against the tide, swimming upstream, in the swim, sink or swim, makes your head swim...choose one of the 'swim' idioms listed and tell us how/why you relate?

Some of the recent SCOTUS decisions make my head swim.
So much that has and is happening in our country makes my head swim.
Why medicare has suddenly denied payment for normal lab tests makes my head swim and my ire to rise.

5. Sum up your June in a single sentence.

June brought more hot, humid weather and some discontent, as well as time with some precious grands, family and friends.

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

While her family was on the beach, Sophie was my house guest last week.  I can't tell you how much we enjoyed this sweet one-eyed pup.

Savannah, who will be receiving her BA and MA degrees from Trine University next spring, has been working from home - literally all over the house - this summer.  She has had the assistance of the "cutest doggie in the whole wide world" (according to her adorers). Skye truly is the sweetest and such a princess just like her Savannah.

And this is my random thought week wrap-up.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

A Pretty Pink Hodgepodge

Some days we wonder if life can get any crazier.  With cities being taken over by anarchists, valued landmarks and statues being torn down and desecrated, children getting shot and killed on the streets, people still getting sick and dying from a foreign virus, and states and businesses remaining shut down after almost four months, we wonder what is happening to our country.

And yet, we still see and hear of miracles of grace and mercy taking place all around us.  There are still acts of kindness and forgiveness; love and acceptance; healing and salvation taking place in people's lives every day.

God desires to manifest Himself to us in things present.  It is my desire to see Him.

Thank you Joyce for bringing us this mid-week gathering to reflect and think about good things all around us.  Join us at this link:

1. This time last year where were you?

We were home.  We had just gotten back from a two-week trip to Indiana for our granddaughter's high school graduation.

Exactly one year ago today, I posted a photo summary of that trip and you can see it HERE.  It was such a great, enjoyable trip full of beautiful things to do and see.

2. In honor of National Pink Day (June 23rd) tell us your favorite pink food or beverage.

Can we count watermelon as pink for the sake of this question?

Was it on the menu at your house yesterday?

Watermelon is on the menu most every day during the summer at our house.  In fact, I was eating some at midnight.

Do you like to wear the color pink?

No, my skin tone is much too yellow to wear pink.

If we came to visit would we find this color in your home decor?

You would find it only in paintings that I have done.

Blush-fuschia-salmon-raspberry-your favorite shade of pink?

It would be raspberry.

3. Stop and smell the roses, looking through rose colored glasses, a rose by any other name, not all moonlight and roses, no rose without a thorn...which rosy saying currently fits your life in some way? Explain.

"Not all moonlight and roses" would most likely fit my life right now.  Some times it's more like peas and cornbread, or humid and weeds.  For us, daily life is much more down-to-earth and comfortable.  After being married almost 56 years, we no longer require moonlight and roses, although when that happens it is sweeter than ever.

4. Are you a 'reader'?

Yes, I am a reader to some extent. I enjoy reading but I don't devour a book while chomping at the bits to read the next one.

Do you tend to read lighter books in the summer months?

I do not consciously read lighter books in the summer although I have read a couple sweet, light love stories lately.

Do you have a summer reading list? If so, give us a title or two.

 No, unless you consider all the many, many books in Kindle waiting to be read, a list.

5. Share with us one rose and one thorn from your weekend.

The rose was getting to see our daughter, her husband and our youngest granddaughter when they came through from Dallas on their way to Florida on Friday.  They left sweet Sophie (dog) for me to babysit.  They have rented a large house on the water in Seabrook and are enjoying all 4 girls and 2 sons-in-law.

Another rose was a phone call from our son and his family, wishing Dick Happy Father's Day.  Their singing renditions are something else.

Sunday night we realized our air conditioner had gone out.  It got hot really fast and before we knew it, it was 85 degrees in the house.  Thankfully, Dick braved the hot attic and knew what to do to fix the problem and we had cool air in short order.  But, this is not the time of year, you want to be without AC in the south.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

As mentioned earlier, our daughter and her whole family are vacationing in Seabrook, FL this week.  When the girls were younger, this used to be their family vacation destination every year.

What a blessing it is for Christy and Chuck to have all their girls and now two sons-in-law together on the beach again.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

A Lovely Summery Hodgepodge

In Louisiana, the Egret is a commonly seen bird, especially in the waterways.

Some friends took a boat ride this past Sunday on Cross Lake, and captured this beautiful bird in flight.  Now this is Louisiana!

Thank you Joyce for this week's questions.  Join us HERE to see how others have answered them.

1. Saturday marks the first official day of summer! Whoohoo! Your favorite thing about the season?

This is not an easy question to answer because summer is not my favorite season.  I like neither the heat nor the humidity here in Louisiana.  I definitely don't like the mosquitoes.  So, what do I like?  


I do like the pretty flowers and the green grass in my yard and those yards around me, and watching the birds play. 

We had the best time watching this male Cardinal bathe and splash in the water of our fountain.

 Right now I suppose my favorite thing would be the early morning water aerobic classes I am going to at our club house three days a week.  The water, exercise and fellowship with other ladies is the highlight.

2. Love it!, labor of love, not for love or money, no love lost, love handles, love does, love-hate relationship, misery loves company, tough love, love will find a way...pick one and tell us how it applies to your life right now.


Our son is part of a men's Bible Study that meets once a week.  This past week he led the study and since it was on Zoom, I was able to sit out of the camera range and listen to the discussion.  His topic was "What About Love?"

He did a great job by the way, and there are some extremely wise, theologians in that group.

John concluded the discussion with these 8 topics.  Good to think about.

1.  I must confess my lack of love as sin
2.  I must count on the fact that, in Christ, I died to the sin of unlove
3.  I must choose to love that person
4.  I must trust God to do what I cannot do
5.  I must pray that person into my heart
6.  I must earnestly seek to change my attitude toward that person
7.  I may need to go see that person
8.  I must plan positive behavior

3. What's one thing currently causing you to seethe?

Stupidity, stupidity, stupidity

One thing currently making you smile?

That there are some wise, thoughtful folks who are truly seeking to make a GOOD difference in our country right now.

4. Of the following to-dos found on a summer checklist (here) which three would definitely make your personal list of summer want-to-dos?

roast marshmallows over a fire, go berry or peach picking, dangle your feet off the end of a dock, sit on a porch swing, watch the sunset from a beach, nap in a hammock, go barefoot in the grass, collect seashells, play tennis, go fishing, build a sandcastle, catch fireflies, eat a soft serve ice cream cone, make a pitcher of Sangria, swim in a lake, stargaze, ride a bike, paddle a canoe or kayak, make a summer road trip, throw a frisbee

Definitely make a summer road trip.

If that road trip could be back to Mackinaw Island, then it would also include a bike ride, and afterward a cone of soft ice cream.

Do you make an actual list?


5. Thursday is National Splurge Day. What might you splurge on in order to celebrate?

A trip back to Mackinaw Island?

6. Insert your own random thought here.

Today, Tuesday, is the birthday of the mother of these grown, precious grandchildren.

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I could not have asked for a better daughter-in-love than 
Michelle.  She is a wonderful, loving wife to our son and the best mother our grandchildren could have.

We love you BOTH.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Saturday 9: The Cowsills

Welcome to Saturday 9.  We post 9 questions every Saturday. Usually they follow a theme based on a song from the past.

The Rain, the Park and Other Things

Saturday 9: The Rain, The Park, and Other Things (1967)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) The Cowsills were a family band who had three hit singles. Can you name another group of popular singing siblings?

The Carpenters and more recently the Jonas Brothers

2) This was their first hit, and it reached #2 on the Billboard charts. It was kept out of the #1 slot by the Monkees and "Daydream Believer." What's your favorite Monkees song?

Would it be rude to say I don't have one?

3) After seeing the Cowsill brothers perform with their mother and sister, TV producers were inspired to create the sitcom, The Partridge Family. Did you ever watch it?

Yes, we did watch it some but it was never a family favorite.

4) In the song, the narrator takes a flower from a girl in the park. Are there flowers in your home right now?

Yes, there are fresh flowers on my dining table.

5) He isn't sure if the girl was real, or if he dreamed her. Tell us about a recent dream you had.

I had a nightmare that something had happened to my son.  Thankfully, it was only a dream.

6) At the height of the Cowsills' popularity, they were hired by the American Dairy Association to promote drinking milk. If we were to peek into your refrigerator right now, would we find any milk?

You would find both Chocolate and White Almond Milk

7) After the band stopped performing together, John Cowsill went on to become a back up musician for the Beach Boys. His job has kept him on the road much of the time. When you travel, do you enjoy staying in hotels, or would you rather stay with friends/family?

Is this a trick question?

When we travel to see family/friends, then that is where we want to stay.
When we travel for traveling's sake, then we want to stay in a hotel.

8)  In 1967, the year this song was popular, Elvis married Priscilla in Las Vegas. Have you attended any weddings yet this year? Are there any weddings in your future?

There haven't been many publicly attended weddings so far this year due to the quarantine, so I have not been to one.  We do have a big wedding to look forward to in October when our grandson gets married.  We can hardly wait.

9) Random question: Are the bottoms of your feet ticklish?

Now this is indeed a random question.  No, they really aren't ticklish and certainly not to the extreme that they can't be touched.

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