Wednesday, March 4, 2015

This Week's Edition of the Wednesday Hodgpodge

Another Wednesday, another Wednesday Hodgepodge. Click on the button below to hop over to Joyce's blog, From This Side of the Pond, to read her answers and the other bloggers who have linked up.

1. 'In like a lion, out like a lamb'...does the first part of this saying describing March weather ring true where you live? 
March 1st was 40s and rainy here, my car thermometer showed 72 degrees on March 2nd. Today it's back to 40s and rainy. Tomorrow is supposed to be a high of 74. Despite the difference, I consider the weather lamb-like and I'm sure that's totally biased due to the fact that I have lived the last 13.5 years in Minnesota.

2. March 4th is National Grammar Day. What common grammatical error bothers you the most? 
I don't know how common this is but it makes me wants to scream when someone uses the word "being" instead of "since". 
"Being I’m going back to work, I won't be able to spend time..." 
I've read this on blogs and even have heard it on TV.  The sentence should read, "Since I'm going back to work..."  
It makes me cringe every single time.

3. William Arthur Ward says- 'The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.' Which one are you?
I think at different times I have had all those attitudes. Depends on my mood and my current outlook. To say it in southern-speak, I'm a Hot Mess. ha.
4. What's something you need to 'march forth and conquer' this month?
Unpacking 14 million (give or take) boxes and setting up our new house. 
Beginning to learn how to be a Grammy. (Soon!)
I need to conquer my dislike of flying.
(That's three somethings!)

5. An ongoing debate around you dust first, then vacuum or vacuum first, then dust? Of the two routine household chores, which do you dislike the least? How's that for wording? 
Oh come on, there's no debate! My mom taught me you always dust first, then vacuum, that way you vacuum up the dust that fell to the floor. I typically dust, Hubby vacuums. I guess that would say I dislike dusting the least. Although after 30plus years of cleaning, I'm just about done with it. (Meaning I want to hire someone to do all the cleaning for me. We'll see if that happens someday.)

6. According to, the ten most photographed sites in the U.S.A. are- Cinderella's Castle in Orlando, Southernmost House in Key West Florida, The Space Needle in Seattle, The Site of the Boston Massacre in Boston, The Bellagio Lake/fountains in Las Vegas, The Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, Coit Tower in San Fransisco, The Art Institute of Chicago, Niagara Falls, and snagging the number one spot-The Guggenheim Museum in New York City. How many on this list have you photographed? Which on the list would you most like to visit and photograph?
Let's see, I've photographed (and by Me, I mean either me or my hubby): 
Cinderella's Castle in Orlando, The Space Needle in Seattle, Coit Tower in San Fransisco, The Art Institute of Chicago, and Niagara Falls.  
I don't think any of those places I haven't been to are on my Bucket List of places I'd love to go to, which is probably why I haven't been there yet. I'd love to go back to Niagara Falls. I'd love to see them in the winter. Not that I love the cold winter weather, mind you, I'd just love to see the falls frozen.
7. Fifty years ago Monday (March 2, 1965) The Sound of Music premiered at the Rivoli Theatre in NYC. Have you seen the film? Do you own a copy? On a scale of 1-10 how much do you love it (or not)? Ten=best movie ever. If you're a fan, what's your favorite scene or song from the movie? 
I've seen The Sound of Music many, many times. I don't own a copy of it, but now think that I need to. ha. I love the movie! I'd give it a 10. There are many scenes/songs I love: My Favorite Things, the scene where the nuns sabotage the Nazi's car, and when the family is walking through the mountains at the end. I always get tense and scared when the family is hiding from the Nazis and hope they get away. I always love listening to Julie Andrews sing.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
Last weekend we went to Charlotte, NC to go to a Manhattan Transfer concert and do some shopping. After our power shopping (which didn't involve much money, just looking) we decided to make a drop-by visit to see a friend of mine from high school/college days who has lived in the Charlotte area for the past 20 years. All I had was her address (no phone number), so we plugged it into the ole GPS, found the house (the only one with their outdoor lights on because they were having a dinner party - of course), rang the doorbell and ended up having the best two hours! She graciously invited us to join them at the table as they ate (we had already had dinner) and talked and talked. It has been close to 16 years since we had seen each other. Frankly I was just relieved she recognized me. We both agreed we have aged very gracefully. ha ha ha. As we were hugging good-bye I told her I had forgotten how much I liked her. :) Since then I have thought of about 400 more things to talk with her about. We'll have to meet halfway sometime to try to make a dent in the 400 things we need to talk about. I'm also mulling around the idea of inviting her and two other of our friends for a weekend at our house.


  1. I too am giving some serious thought to hiring someone do some cleaning ... maybe not the daily or weekly cleaning, but certainly the monthly or bigger jobs. How nice that you were able to reconnect with your old friend.

  2. I have noticed the being vs. since thing is more prevalent in the midwest. When I think of people I know who use that expression, they're all from Ohio : ) How fun to meet up with an old friend! You're close enough to get together again now. I'm not a big fan of flying either. I like to say living far from family is God's way of keeping my fear in check. I have to fly often. Have fun setting up your new house!