Back to Hodgepodgin'

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After a week off, it's time to get back into the swing of the Hodgepodge!  

1. April 22nd is Earth Day. Are you inspired by nature? In what way?
From time to time, I'll post pictures of my drive in to my mountain school.  The drive is just amazing, and every time I get to drive there, I have to say a little prayer of thanks to God for making that view.

2. Down to earth, four corners of the earth, move heaven and earth, not have an earthly chance, or salt of the earth...which earthly idiom have you most recently encountered? Explain.
Not have an earthly chance.  It has to do with work, so I can't elaborate!

3. Share one piece of advice you might give a newly engaged couple.
Keep the communication lines open.  Don't assume that he knows what you expect, even with picking up his clothes or taking out the trash.  Guys don't notice those things.

4. When did you last engage someone to perform a job, task, service, home repair, or improvement? On a scale of 1-10 (ten being the best) how would you rate their work and/or your satisfaction with the job or service provided?
We finally got someone out to mow our grass yesterday.  It was exceptionally high, and for some reason the guy who usually does it wasn't answering our calls or texts.  It was so high that I couldn't see Ally (my schnauzer) when she was out doing her business.  The guy did a good job, and the best part was that he didn't charge us any more than the other guy had.

5. When did you last find yourself engaged in small talk? Are you awkward or an expert or somewhere in between?
I have to engage in small talk quite a bit.  Between parents and teachers, it's a continuous thing.  I guess I'm okay at it.

6.  What was the last historic place you visited?
St. Augustine.  CH & I took a little side trip on the way back from The Keys over Christmas Break.  It would have been great if it hadn't been so cold...and if some kids hadn't stolen our cooler that we really, really liked.  And, apparently those coolers aren't being made anymore.

7. The world would be a better place if we just__________________________.
Could all get along.  (I wonder just how many people are going to say that??)

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
I have to include a couple of pictures from OS.  Aw, what the heck!  Here are some pictures that he posted from the last couple of weeks:


  1. You must get out there for a visit with your son so that you can take in those incredible views yourself! Solid advice you gave for #3. Even after you say, "I do", men still don't have a clue! ;)

  2. When I worked in Blount Co, we lived in Knoxville and as I'd drive in early morning and get a glimpse of the mountains I would feel exactly the same. Gorgeous pics from OS-when are you making a trip out to see it for yourself?? : )

  3. Sorry about the issues at work. But a nice consolation prize that you have those gorgeous views!

  4. That last bunch of pictures just puts how beautiful nature really is... so lovely!!!

  5. I just started reading posts and I know of three of us who said that for #7. Love the pictures from OS.

  6. Love your drive to work. The views are the only thing I miss since I don't work anymore.

  7. I like your advice on #3. Makes me think of a picture I saw on Facebook today.

  8. Your great answer on #3! Communication is vital to a good marriage.

  9. Hi Mary! Your son's photos are just magnificent! I thought of you last night when I decided to sleep in the camper...with my husband....on my mom's get a good night's sleep! The first since we have been traveling this week. I felt like I was on a vacation, away from the kids!! (Doesn't that sound desperate?). Lol


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