Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wednesday Hodgepodge

I'm joining in on this week's Wednesday Hodgepodge. Click on the button below and it will take you to Joyce's blog where you can read through all the other people's answers who participate!

1. Is your home air conditioned? If it's not air conditioned, is that by choice? Did you grow up with air conditioning? If not how did you cope with the heat? Share about a time or place you remember as being too hot-the temperature kind of hot, lest anyone be confused.
Oh heavens, YES, my home is air conditioned!!!! So many people have asked us if we dislike the heat and humidity here in South Carolina. My answer is usually something like, "It's better than the winters in Minnesota and that's why there is air conditioning! Best invention ever!"
We moved when I was 11 years old and I don't remember not having air conditioning before that, so we must have. I do remember the house we moved into only had a couple of window units and since we moved in June, us kids slept on the floor in the dining room (where there was a window unit) until central air was installed in our house.
We lived in Singapore for three years. Singapore is 80-ish miles north of the equator and the weather is quite tropical. The temperature there ranges from lows in the upper 70s to highs in the mid 80s. The humidity is 80% an up. Every Single Day. Three Hundred And Sixty-Five Days A Year. They do have the blessing of Air Conditioning, or as they call it, Air Con. I think I have been the hottest I've ever been when we lived in Singapore. For a while the Sunday school class we were attending met in a local Kindergarten classroom across the street from the church. That classroom did not have Air Con. The chairs we sat in were molded plastic chairs. Ugh. Talk about sweaty! Some Sundays we went from Sunday school to the American Club where the kids would swim and we would sit in the shade pool-side and sweat. I remember going home late in the afternoon on those days and collapsing on the couch trying to cool off. When we came back to the US for visits and people would ask the kids how Singapore was their automatic answer was, "Hot!" So if we survive life in Singapore, we can survive South Carolina!
2. What's something in your life right now that falls under the heading 'up in the air'?
Isn't most of our lives here on earth up in the air? Since I am a Christian I can say with confidence that this world is not my home. C.S. Lewis said, "If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world."

3. Your favorite light and airy dessert?
Lemon Chiffon. My mom used to make this and it is soooo cool and refreshing.

4. When did you last feel like you were 'floating on air'?
If that expression means being super excited or super happy, I would have to say each time I have been with my granddaughter. I mean, come on, look at this face:
Lydia is wearing a little nightgown that was mine when I was a baby.

5. Airport, airmail, airtight, airhead...which have you most recently encountered? Explain.
Since we live halfway across the country from our kids and if we want to see them, we get to spend a lot of time in airports. Have you ever seen the movie, "The Terminal" with Tom Hanks? I think of it every time I am in an airport.

6.  Have you ever been to the Alps? If so where did you go? If not, is this a destination on your must-see list? If you were headed that direction this summer, which of the following would be your preferred activity...a gentle walk, a serious walk, a bike ride, a boat ride around one of the lakes, or summer snow skiing?
In the 90s my sister-in-law and brother-in-law lived in Switzerland and we visited them for a week one March. We took a train up to Zermatt right smack in the Alps. My parents have always had a painting in their house of the Matterhorn and I was so excited to see the real thing. Hubby skied for part of day while we were up there. It seemed to me that the Alps were so much more majestic than the Rockies.

7. What is one saying or phrase that was considered 'cool' when you were growing up?

Since I am a 60s and 70s kid, I'll have to go with "far out" and "groovy".

8. Insert your own random thought here. 
Let's just end this with one more picture of my favorite little girl:


  1. Your granddaughter is very cute :) Dropping by from the Hodgepodge.

  2. The Alps are stunning. Standing in their shadow makes me wonder how anyone can deny there is a God. Your little granddaughter is precious! I love her dark hair!

  3. Your grand daughter is adorable! How sweet that she gets to wear a nightgown that you used to wear!

  4. Your granddaughter is beautiful! I also said "far out" but forgot about "groovy"!

  5. Aww, what a seriously cute granddaughter!! Love c.s.Lewis. and yes, I think many like to escape Minnesota winters.

  6. Your answer to up in the air is good. You're right. Our lives are mostly that way since it is all temporary. Your granddaughter is precious and I feel the same way when with our grands.