A Springy Hodgepodge

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

1. Spring is officially upon us, no matter what the weather may be in your neck of the woods. Is there any 'spring cleaning' on your to-do list? What's your most dreaded task? 

There is so much to do. We have a couple of construction areas in the house right now; one should be finished by the end of the week. CH was a bit of a packrat...there are all kinds of cords that are in a couple of different places, plus old cell phones that need to be reset to factory settings. But, I have to find cords to charge them up first. I keep putting it off but it really needs to be done. Plus looking through all of the stuff in the basement so we can have a yard sale.

2. What's something many people seem to love, but to you feels like 'watching the grass grow'? 

Baseball games. Ugh. If there's beer and friends it helps. Otherwise, no thank you.

3. Mint grows in abundance during the spring season. Are you a fan? What's your favorite food with a 'minty' flavor? 

I like mint. Especially if there's chocolate mixed in with it. I don't know that I have a favorite food with mint...Just give me a peppermint candy & I'm good.

4. It's been said, 'Absence makes the heart grow fonder.' Agree or disagree? Explain. 

I think it depends on the situation. I think sometimes it makes you realize you can do with that person but other times it does make the heart grow fonder.

5. Are there any festive spring events in your city or town? If so, will you take advantage of them? 

I have no clue. I'm not a big fan of crowds so even if there were, I probably wouldn't attend. Usually, the Small Town doesn't have a lot of events going on. Sometimes the Rival Town will have little crafty things going on downtown but I haven't checked. The Big Town next to me has things going on all the time, but with not enjoying crowds, I usually pass.

6. Insert your own random thought here.  

I mentioned the construction areas in our house. Before leaving on our trip out West, we were getting ready to have a screened porch installed. CH's hospital stay put a delay on that. With warmer weather coming soon (fingers crossed!) I wanted to have it in place so I could enjoy the porch. I love to sit out in the mornings with a cup of coffee and read. Or in the afternoons with a glass of wine or beer. I'm really looking forward to this!

REVISED: After reading another blog post, I thought it would be a good idea to share a picture from 2 years ago. CH & I were in Ireland where we rented a camper van and traveled around the Republic of Ireland. Check out the Ireland 2022 tab at the top of my blog for more of the trip.
County Kerry on the Ring of Kerry...Ladies View is in the background
Don't forget to check out new posts on the Great West Trip 2023 every Monday!


  1. This is Lisa from Musings of a Middle Aged Mom. I’m commenting from my phone and for some reason, can’t log in. I know I’m in the minority on the chocolate mint train haha!!

  2. LOL! We sound a lot alike! I don't like big crowds either. I prefer to stay in our tiny space to read or knit. Enjoyed all your pictures of West trip!

  3. I need to make a day to just sit outside too, as weather gets better, but the pollen is so bad right now it's not going to happen.

  4. What a cool adventure to rent a camper van and enjoy Ireland. I said baseball, too. Happy Spring!!

  5. Mornings spent on a porch with a good book and a cup of tea/chia is the spice (mint?) of life.

  6. I hate dealing with old phones and computers. We love our porches and pretty much live on them nearly year round. (Not mid-March to mid-April because the pollen here is ka-razy!). I hope there's lots of screened porch sitting in your summertime!

  7. So fun to look back at old memories. It's amazing what we forget. I used to feel the same way about baseball until I married a huge baseball fan who helped me understand why its so fun to watch.

  8. True, we have no interest in baseball. That is a lovely photo of you and CH. I enjoyed reading your answers. You take care and God Bless.

  9. I used to find baseball very boring but I like it more now. You reminded me that I forgot about Andes mints! I like chocolate with mint too.

  10. I do like to watch baseball games in person, but almost never watch on TV. It's so long and moves so slowly. At least when you're in the stands you can people watch and all of that. Happy Spring!


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