The Hodgepodge Splurge

Joyce asks the questions, and we provide the answers. See how others answered at From This Side of the Pond.

1. What does productivity look like to you? 
It looks a lot different now than it did a month ago. I have no idea what retirement productivity is going to look like. I'm assuming it will mean actually getting out of my pj's before 9:00 and doing things around the house.

2. What was your fondest (or one of your fondest) memory of High School? 
My high school life centered around band. That being said, one of the memories I have was when I was a freshman at band practice. I kept getting something wrong, and the director ran over to me and said, "Mary! What are you doing???" I just replied, "I don't know!" Needless to say, I think I got it right after that!

3. What did you do the summer after High School? 
I went to college! The university where I attended switched from the quarter-to-semester system that fall so they gave freshmen the opportunity to take some classes. It was a great introduction to college: we could only take 2-3 classes and only freshmen were in them. I met a future roommate that summer. 

4. June 14th is National Strawberry Shortcake Day...are you a fan, and if so will you celebrate? How do you make yours? Have you been strawberry picking? If so what do you do with all those berries? 
I love strawberries but I'm not a big fan of strawberry shortcake. I don't know that I've ever "made" them: I have bought the sponges shells, thrown some strawberry pie filling in it, and topped with whipped cream. YS planted a strawberry plant that is kicking but has produced very little strawberries that we've seen. I think maybe a bird, squirrel, or rabbit has been getting them.

5. What's something you always splurge on? 
Cherries...when they're on sale. 

6. Insert your own random thought here. 
We still haven't decided where we're going for our big trip. Who knows? We may just get in the van and see where the road takes us!
We did get away this past week but it didn't go as we planned. Stay tuned for a post on that coming up soon!


  1. I think it would be really cool to just get in and drive!

  2. Fresh cherries are definitely worth a splurge! Yum!

  3. That was a great introduction to college life that you were able to take advantage of! I don't even remember what I did the summer after high school. Have a great week!

  4. Once the bliss of retirement ends - and it become old hat, you do have to make more of an effort to be productive but it can be done. Then there are those days where we both look at each other and decide that we're not doing a thing and that's fine too. For the most part we both get up at the crack of dawn because we love to sit on our patio, drinking our coffee and listening to the birds.

    I love spontaneous trips - better than making plans. And I especially enjoy car trips the best.

  5. Happy getting used to retirement to you! I like that idea of having freshmen come early and getting used to things before the whole student body comes. It's cherry season soon! Happy rest of the week to you.

  6. So have you retired? That's great that you were in the band. We haven't had many strawberries yet except for an older plant. The new ones we bought are just sending out runners. Safe travels.

  7. Homemade shortcake is so much better than those spongy shells. I made one in my cast iron skillet last night and it was delish! Retirement is a process and you'll eventually find a new rhythm. An 'unplanned' trip somewhere in America could be a lot of fun!

  8. I was in band and loved it. I played the flute. I LOVE cherries, and that definitely is a splurge for sure.


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