Hodgepodge: Better Late Than Never

1. On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your summer so far? Why?
(1=eh and 10=best summer ever)

So far? Ha, ha...I laugh! Summer is over for me, as of 2 days ago. I'd say the summer was about an 8; here's why it was rated so high:

2. July 26th is National Aunts and Uncles Day. Did you have many aunts and uncles growing up? Were you especially close to any one or maybe all of them? Are you an aunt? (or uncle for the men who join here on Wednesdays) Share a favorite memory relating to one of your own aunts or uncles or relating to a niece or nephew who call you Aunt (or Uncle).
Again, I laugh. Both of my parents had 7 siblings, so, yeah, I'd say I had plenty of aunts & uncles! Since we lived in Tn. and most of them lived in Tx. (except for an uncle on the other side of NC & one in Idaho), we didn't get to know them very well. Oh, but my favorite uncle was one of my mom's brothers, Father Arthur. He was just the coolest! When it was the off-year for us to go to Tx., he'd bring a carload of cousins up here, as well as an aunt & uncle (when they could come).  I have such fond memories of going to day trips in the mountains, with Father Arthur leading us in songs.

There is a children's book called "The Relatives Came" by Cynthia Rylant. That is our visits to a tea. If you've never heard of it, you can check it out here.
I'm the aunt to 9 nephews & 1 niece. That's correct: only 1 girl in the bunch!

3. What's your favorite food dipped in chocolate? What's your favorite food dipped in cheese?
The best thing I ever had that was dipped in chocolate was Flødeboller. I wrote about it here. I had it the last time I was in Copenhagen; it's a chocolate covered light, fluffy marshmallow.

As far as the cheese question, I'd have to say nachos.
4. When were you last astonished by something? Explain.
I hate to keep harping on this (okay, not really, because I keep doing it!), but the vastness of parts of our country (and the beauty) are astonishing. (This picture was taken as we drove through Kansas. You can see some dust kicking up in the distance.)

5. Surf board, paddle board, ironing board, Pinterest board, score board, clip board, bulletin board...which board have you most recently encountered?
Again, I laugh. Having been back to work for 3 days, obviously it's a bulletin board.

6. What's your favorite story from scripture? Why that story?
The story of doubting Thomas; it shows us that even those close to Jesus doubted who he was, and he still accepted them.

7. If you were to travel from the east coast to the west coast in your own country, which five cities would you most want to see?
1. Boston   2. Chicago   3. Tucson   4. Las Vegas     5. Seattle

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Sunday, CH & I took a little trip to Asheville, because it had been a week since we'd been in the car for any amount of time! He had to meet a man who was buying his bed extender for a truck. So, we decided to make the most of it. We met him at Sierra Nevada Brewery. We weren't able to get an official tour (you have to make reservations), so we just wandered around by ourselves. The building itself is gorgeous.

I saw something I've never seen before. Someone commented on Instagram that it was like magic!
They have beautiful gardens and a huge firepit that I wanted to sit by...except it was about 100 degrees with 150% humidity.
Then, there was this: 
 Yep, we got to see OS! Isn't he handsome?


  1. I enjoyed this fun Hodgepodge and your photos, Mary! Sorry your summer has ended.

  2. Mary, so nice to come across your blog from the linkup! (I was reading your about me page.) You live in a beautiful area of the country. We've vacationed there several times. And a fellow Catholic! :)

    The story of doubting Thomas was a great choice! It is a great reminder that even those who were friends with Jesus faltered in their faith.

    As far as your cities go, I chose Boston as one of mine, too. I've been to Chicago, Las Vegas, and Seattle. All vastly different, but all are completely worth the trip!

  3. The downside to visiting the same spot every time we travel is missing all the beauty this country has to offer. 😕 So I'm enjoying it vicariously through your trip.

  4. Wow, that is a lot of siblings and Aunts/Uncles! That marshmallow looks awesome. I love them covered in chocolate so that one had to be amazing. Your Sunday sounds like it was perfect.

  5. Yes, he is handsome! I love Asheville. We didn't stop on our last trek through but we'll get back up there soon. I know that book- The Relatives Came! It's wonderful! Sorry you're back at school. I'm so glad I don't have to go back this year. At the same time, I already miss my daily interactions with my friends. We're like family up there and I'm going to miss them dearly.


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