Threading the Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. The Summer Olympics officially begin this Friday night...will you be watching? If you could see just one event in person which one would you pick?
I LOVE the Olympics!  For this one, I think I would pick swimming.  There are a couple of locals who made the teams.  Davis Tarwater went to high school in the big city; he originally didn't make the team, but Phelps decided that he didn't want to swim in a relay, so Tarwater got in.  It's a great story:  he was back in Charlotte when he got the call that he made it.
The other local is Claire Donahue.  She's from another small town in the next county over.

2.Do lazy days make you feel rested or unproductive?
It depends.  During the summer:  unproductive.  During the school year:  rested.

3. July 25th is 'officially' Threading the Needle Day...can you sew? On a scale of 1-10 with 1 being not at all and 10 being Betsy Ross-like, how would you rate your skill with a needle and thread?
Being the 6th girl (and the baby girl) in the family, I learned how to sew but it wasn't a necessity like it was with my older sisters.  I tell them that mom lost all her patience on them, so she didn't have any with me.  I can sew on a button and make minor repairs, but that's it, so I'd give myself a 2.

4. 'Threading the Needle' can also mean to walk a fine line between two things or issues (think awkward social situation). When was the last time you had to 'thread the needle', figuratively speaking?
I'm having a hard time with this one...and coming up with a whole lot of nothing.

5. Kidney, pinto, black, or navy...your favorite bean?
I don't like any of them just to eat.  For New Year's, I'll make pinto beans for luck, but will put them in Hoppin' John so I'm not eating them straight up.  I like kidney beans and black beans in other dishes.

6. Have you ever hosted a garage sale? Was it more success or bust?
When we moved from SC, we moved ourselves, so we sold a lot of stuff.  I think it was a success, but CH wasn't with me and I think he thought that I didn't ask enough for things.  Everything was sold, though!

7. What makes you roll your eyes?
CH's corny jokes.  Or, when he makes the same comment as he hands his id to the cashier. (something like, "the guy I got this from looks just like me")

8. Insert your own random thought here.
I took this picture last week when I thought we were about to get a storm:
I posted it on google+, and my brother said that it looked like an angry gorilla with white foam coming out of his mouth.  Can you see it?  (you may have to click on the picture so you can see a bigger view)  We ended up not even getting a drop.


  1. I don't see the gorilla, but I definitely think that is a really cool picture.

  2. Where did you live in SC? I'm in Pawleys Island.

  3. Whoa, those are some scary looking clouds! I can't believe you didn't get any rain from that!

  4. I can see it! That's crazy! Good capture! I don't watch the Olympics at all- I used to as a kid but when I saw the guy hit his head on the diving board doing a high dive, that was it for me. I've never had pinto beans in Hoppin' John- we've always used black eyed peas!

  5. HAHA! I totally see the gorilla! WEIRD!!!!!!!

  6. Great cloud picture!

    I think if I ever did a garage sale I'd under-price things too just to move them out. I donate things I want to get out of my house. Easier and makes me feel good! :)

  7. I see the gorilla... What a cool shot to capture!
    My theory on garage sales is that the goal should be to get rid of stuff not to make money... If you price everything low you will get rid of stuff AND it all adds up in the end, so you will make some money.

  8. haha I totally see the gorilla! And LOVE your answer to #2!

  9. Stunning picture! So exciting to cheer for locals in the Olympics :)

  10. holey moley, i SEE the gorilla...what a GREAT picture!
    bet that was a nasty storm, too!

  11. We've had some crazy storms here...lots of lightning! But we were so dry so I'm not complaining.

    I thought black eyed peas were the lucky bean on Jan 1st? They're not my fave but hubs makes me eat some just in case. If I'd known pinto did the same thing I'd have been all over that : )

  12. Good luck to the locals! You cloud shot is amazing and I think your brother is right. I definitely see the eyes, nose and mouth!

  13. That sky would scare me! As for the Olympics, I like to watch gymnastics, especially the floor exercises. In the winter Olympics, I like figure skating.

  14. I saw the gorilla, but I had to look. I first saw a baby in the an ultrasound picture. Great picture either way!

  15. Would not have seen the gorilla on my own, but after you mentioned it, I could see it. Great photo!
    We eat black eyed peas for luck on New Year's Day - with golden cornbread and greens, of course.

  16. So...I'm pleading "summer mode" on the Hoppin' John comment! We use black-eyed peas in it! :)

  17. Wow--That's quite a shot! I don't see a gorilla, but I do see Milo, over on the left-middle.haha

    To have two local Olympians is pretty exciting stuff! I wish them luck.

  18. How neat that two of your locals will be competing in the Olympics!

    I couldn't see the gorilla in your picture, but it's awesome-looking!

  19. My youngest sister is 8 years older than me, and my mom definitely ran out of patience when it came to teaching her to sew. The best she can do, too, is sew on a button. ;-)


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