Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. 'Beauty is in the eye of the beholder'  What's something you've seen recently that you thought was beautiful?

I find there is beauty all around us, if we simply take the time to see it.

Yesterday Steven brought me a tiny bouquet of Coltsfoot flowers. There's something about those springtime bouquets presented by your little son that makes them one of the most beautiful things.

2. Our culture and beauty...your thoughts?

Personally, I think today's culture has a skewed view of beauty.

3. Age before beauty, beauty queen, beauty mark, beauty sleep...which beauty-ful phrase resonates with you today? Why?

None of them really resonate with me, though I could go for a good beauty sleep. I did a number of late, late nights last week, and I don't feel caught up with my sleep yet. One good night of sleep no longer catches me up like it used to when I was a teenager.

4. I read here a list of the top ten beasts animals that scare us the most-

alligators, coyotes, black bears, birds (but pigeons in particular), sharks, bats, bed bugs, rats, rattlesnakes, and the black widow spider. 

Which 'beast' on the list scares you the most? What is the liklihood of you having an actual encounter with that particular beast? Did a movie contribute to your fear of this creature? Have you ever had a real life encounter with any of the animals listed?

Birds don't scare me at all.

We have coyotes and black bears in our area, and see them occasionally. I wouldn't want to meet either one face to face, but I'm not terrified of them.

I am afraid of rattlesnakes. Unfortunately they are in our area as well, with a few of them seen much too close for comfort last summer.

Bats will have me shrieking and seeking cover. I utterly and completely despise them. I had more than one get into my bedroom when I was growing up. They've traumatized me for life.

5. Where were you when you last heard a bell ring? Was it alarming or musical?

A few days ago. It was neither alarming or musical. We have an old Amish school bell, and Steven likes ringing it occasionally.

6. What's your favorite carb? How's that for random?

Pasta, pasta, pasta with a side of plenty of bread. I haven't had either for a month and I miss them both dearly.

7. Let's wrap up another month of Hodgepodging and life with an acrostic. Recap your month using the word MARCH.

Memories made
Art classes taught
Real life issues addressed
Crafts enjoyed
Homeschooling days

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Our kitchen sees a lot of dessert made.

Yesterday this was created and served after supper. It looked delicious. It was declared delicious, but I can't vouch for it because somehow I restrained myself from having even the tiniest of tastes.

I'm trying to decide if it's worth living life dessert free?


  1. Your acrostic beautifully captures the benefits of homeschooling and the good memories that are made because of it. The dessert looks amazing! I don't think I could have restrained myself if a dessert like that was placed on the table! :)

  2. I sure don't know how you resisted that dessert! It looks absolutely yummy!

    I couldn't agree more with your answers to numbers 1 and 2. Most anything from our babies is beautiful. :)

    I think that bats are cute, but I can understand how they could be scary. I am sorry that they got into your room when you were a child. How upsetting!

    I hope that you'll be able to catch up on your sleep soon.

    Thank you for stopping by my blog PS Annie! Have a blessed day. :)

  3. Your blog makes me smile. Thanks for sharing bits of your life with us!

  4. Reading about your "little son" presenting you with flowers brings to mind my 22 year old "big son" who came home for the week last week on spring break. It is his final year of college and chose to be home with mom and dad instead of going somewhere so he could "studying and give the final push" before graduation. He was delightful to have home! Quiet, courteous, respectful, and helpful. I can only pray he stays this way!


  5. That cake is desert personified! I do admire your self-discipline, but I'm not sure I could have done that. Enjoyed your Hodgepodge today.

  6. That cake looks delicious. I love dessert and I think it is like everything else, in moderation. Sometimes that is the part I have trouble with ;) How sweet of your son to bring you flowers, beautiful for sure!

  7. Snakes of any kind can be unnerving. My mother says "The only good snake is a dead snake." I always feel bad when I have to kill one. If thy would just stay outside away from the kitties they could live. Suzanne has some great up close pictures of snakes.

  8. I enjoyed your answers...good job for passing on those carbs! It's hard for sure...and you made a great acrostic :)

  9. Great answers today...most of them could have been my own. I'm trying to lose some weight on the device of my cardiologist and I'm missing breads and deserts something terrible. I only have about 15-20 lbs. to lose, but it's difficult to resist the yummy things I love to eat.

  10. Ugh, bats! I watch them out the windows every evening all summer long and shudder. I mean, I'm very grateful for all the mosquitoes eaten, but couldn't they be less disgusting?
    Wow, that dessert... I think your girls may need to open a bakery. And no, life without dessert is NOT worth living. I've done it a few times, and I rather not. I don't need it everyday or anything, but once or twice a week? Yes. YES!!!

  11. Your will-power is amazing! :)

  12. You didn't eat any of that cake???
    Good for you!

  13. Honestly, that cake is too much of a good thing. It makes my teeth ache, just looking at it.

    Alligators and sharks would get my attention, although I've never seen them "up close and personal". I was never taught to be afraid of snakes. My mum would find a garter snake in the garden, and if I was *very* gentle, she'd let me hold it.

  14. Wow, hats off to you for resisting such a good looking dessert!

  15. At the first glance I saw a huge spider, at the second a delicious dessert !

    1. Gattina, The Squire once mistook a papyrus flower for a HUGE spider. I thought I was going to have to call 911.

  16. None of those animals really scares me, but the thought of getting rid of bedbugs does - so I'd pick that one.

    Who knows, as you get older you might experience what both I and my father did - the longer we lived, the less we liked sweet food. I'd rather go the rest of my life without dessert than to give up jalapeno peppers.

  17. Very enjoyable hodgepodge. I don't think I could have resist atleast a small taste of that yummy looking dessert.

  18. Oh my, that dessert looks amazing! Loved the acrostic too, and all of your answers were interesting. Love the Hodgepodge for a glimpse into what others are doing and thinking!


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