Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. Saturday marks the first official day of summer! Whoohoo! Your favorite thing about the season?

I don't know that I have a single favorite thing. Instead I have an assortment of things that make summer sweet. I love having the windows open, and hearing the sweet rich tones of the wind chimes on the front porch. I love not having to bundle up to go outside, or having to deal with all the extra clothes. I really, really like all the fresh fruits and vegetables.

2. Love it!, labor of love, not for love or money, no love lost, love handles, love does, love-hate relationship, misery loves company, tough love, love will find a way...pick one and tell us how it applies to your life right now.

Love will find a way ... Kenneth and his lovely fiancee are getting married soon. With the world seeming to be turned upside down and inside out they have had to make many changes to their original plans for the wedding. They've risen to meet the challenges with grace and a quiet confidence.

3. What's one thing currently causing you to seethe? One thing currently making you smile?

I'm not sure anyone actually wants to hear about what is making me seethe, so I'll keep it short. Seeing someone take advantage of a bad situation to make themselves appear important, while causing suffering in their wake ...  deep breaths, Mary Ann, deep breaths.

One thing that is making me smile currently is seeing Steven reading. In every spare minute he has he will be curled up somewhere with a book. On a blanket under our maple tree with our cat snuggled up next to him, curled up in the corner of the couch, on the floor under the school table, riding in our vehicle, everywhere and anywhere its books, books, and more books. I love it!

4. Of the following to-dos found on a summer checklist (here) which three would definitely make your personal list of summer want-to-dos?

roast marshmallows over a fire, go berry or peach picking, dangle your feet off the end of a dock, sit on a porch swing, watch the sunset from a beach, nap in a hammock, go barefoot in the grass, collect seashells, play tennis, go fishing, build a sandcastle, catch fireflies, eat a soft serve ice cream cone, make a pitcher of Sangria, swim in a lake, stargaze, ride a bike, paddle a canoe or kayak, make a summer road trip, throw a frisbee

Do you make an actual list?

You would think with all the lists I make I would have a summer list, but I don't this year.

The three items on the list I will be doing this summer are: going barefoot in the grass, eating a soft serve ice cream cone, and going berry and peach picking. We are already making plans to get a lot of peaches this summer. I'm hoping to can and freeze at least eight bushels of them.

5. Thursday is National Splurge Day. What might you splurge on in order to celebrate?

My splurge of choice would be office or art supplies. I won't be splurging on Thursday though. I'll probably wait for that until I go back to school shopping.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

Somehow LV's mother is still hanging on. We went out to Ohio over the weekend to see her again. She is such an inspiration. Even with all her suffering she is in a constant state of thankfulness and cheer.


  1. I like the sound of wind chimes, too. Very soothing. Kudos to Kenneth and his fiancee for moving forward with grace. I feel for everyone who has been deprived of something or had to find a new way of doing it this year. Prayers for LV's mother. Have a blessed day!

  2. My son is getting married early 2021. We are hoping they won't have to make too many changes but this doesn't look like this virus is going away any time soon. Hope you have a great summer!

  3. Your list about the wind chimes and windows open are some of my favorite things about summer. I much prefer summer over winter as I don't like snow and yet I have never lived anywhere that didn't have it.
    Our youngest was supposed to get married this fall but now it's been postponed to next spring because of the virus. He lives in Japan and his fiance lives in London while the rest of our family is scattered around the U.S. so travel details are hard to plan.

  4. When I was a kid I could eat about a dozen s'mores; now two are probably all I want - and three more than I need! I do wish we had a porch swing; that would be great! We do have a nice picnic table out there and I sit with a cup of coffee, listen to the birds and watch the foxes in the "back forty". I love living in the country!

  5. Weddings and funerals have been such a challenge in this time we are in. Who would have ever imagined. Seeing someone learn and enjoy reading is so sweet. Your random thought was good to read.

  6. Great post. Being able to have the windows open is my favourite thing about this time of year too... I love having the windows open whenever the weather is nice enough to let the ocean breeze in. Also, that's wonderful that Steven is spending so much time reading, and that Kenneth's wedding will still be going ahead.

    I'm glad LV's Mother is still hanging in there, and hope she manages to remain cheerful and thankful.

  7. Open windows is such a delight and I love the sound of wind chimes, making it even better.

  8. I, too, love not having to deal with all the extra clothes and bundling up. I also appreciate getting to my car without the risk of falling on slippery places - makes bringing in groceries tricky. But is really is just so freeing to stick on some sandals or whatever and just head out the door. Ahhh. I am sorry LJ's mother is ill - she sounds like such an example for us to emulate.

  9. Happy to hear LVs Mom is in great spirits. God bless you all. 🥰

  10. June is my favorite month because of the long days and knowing that we have all of summer ahead to enjoy the warmth and daylight.


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