Oui, Oui...It's the Hodgepodge!


Joyce hosts most weeks and provides questions for us to ponder and then answer. Check out how others answered the questions at From This Side of the Pond.

1. Tell us about one small blessing you have counted in the past week? 

2 weeks post-op and I was able to walk my usual route without any stops!

2. Bastille Day is celebrated on July 14th...have you ever been to France? Any desire to visit there, and if so what would site or city would you most want to see? (pretend for a minute international travel isn't an issue) 

I've never been but I hope to go some time. I'd love to go to several places in France but these would top my list: Liseaux to see the home to St. Therese, Lourdes (where the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette and is still the site of miracles) & Nevers (to see St. Bernadette's incorrupt body), Chartres (because of the history), and of course, Normandy.

3. A food associated with France that you love? 

Beignet.  Or a souffle. Or quiche.

4. Something you recently purchased where a coupon was involved? Do you regularly shop with coupons? 

I rarely use coupons because I never remember that I have them. I use digital coupons for my trips to Publix (when I remember ahead of time to save them to my account). I can't remember what I bought last with a coupon.

5. You have to give something away this week...what will it be? 

Hmmmm...how about the hurt a parent feels when her "baby" is hurting? 

6. Insert your own random thought here.

Can you believe summer is all but over for me? I feel like I say this every year, but this year I'm not sad to see summer go. I'm ready to get out of the house and stay busy.

Paddling Like Heck Hodgepodge

 I'm back at the Hodgepodge this week. Joyce hosts most weeks and provides questions for us to ponder and then answer. Check out how others answered the questions at From This Side of the Pond.

1. July 5th is National Hawaii Day...have you ever been to Hawaii? Any desire to visit or make a return trip? Pineapple, mango, or guava...what's your pleasure? 

I've never been but would love to go...Pearl Harbor is on my list.
Give me a nice juicy pineapple & I'm a happy girl.

2. Last time you were 'thrown in at the deep end'? Explain. 

It's been a week of paddling like hell under the water after being thrown in the deep end. I just can't explain it. 

3. Sun, sea, sand, salt...your favorite when it comes to summer? 

I say that the ocean is great...except for all of that sand. I'm not a big fan of the sand and as I get older the sun is sinking on my list of faves. And feeling the salt on my skin after taking a dip in the sea?  😝 I do love sitting next to the sea and listening to the waves, especially if there is shade!

4. Bury your head in the sand, the sands of time, draw a line in the sand, pound sand, shifting sands...pick one and tell us how the phrase currently relates to your life in some way.

Shifting sands. We have a lot going on in our household right now. We're trying to find ways to cope with the changes. Let's just leave it at that.

5. On a scale of 1-10 (1 = make your own rules and 10=like a warden), how strict were your parents? If you're a parent where on the scale do you land? 

I'd say my parents were a 7.5. Being the 8th child and the youngest girl, I think my parents were more lenient on me than they were my older siblings. I had friends whose parents were a lot more lenient than mine, but I also had at least one friend whose parents were much stricter than mine.
As a parent, I would say I was about a 6. It's difficult when both parents have different parenting styles and had a different level of strictness with our own parents. I gave in probably more than I should have.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

I know I need to get started on my vacation posts. I haven't even begun to look through my pictures yet. Maybe tomorrow...

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