Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Hodgepodge for Summer

Wisconsin River

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1. Summer is upon us this week in the Northern hemisphere. Tell us three things on your summer bucket list.

In the front yard 
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Spend a day at one of Wisconsin's 15,000 lakes.

Spend a day at one of Wisconsin's many state parks.

Spend a day at one of Wisconsin's (or Michigan's or Minnesota's) many waterfalls.

Found online somewhere

2. Something fun you used to do as a kid in the summertime?

Ride horse, build forts, play football, swim at the creek.

3. Rooftop or backyard? Why?

I've lived with lots of backyard all my life, so I think that rooftop might be a nice change. This video was sent to us by our daughter from her B&B rooftop in Italy when she was there for language study last month. Why? I think it's obvious.

4. Do you read food labels? Place importance on them? Make an effort to find out/care about where your food comes from?

Always, always read food labels. If the ingredient list is long, I automatically set it back on the shelf. I look for: autolyzed yeast extract, modified food starch, monosodium glutamate, etc etc etc and avoid a ton of other poisons manufacturers and processors put into their 'food.'

West of Rice Lake

5. A song you'll have on repeat this summer?

Probably 'My Little Pony'

6. Insert your own random thought here.

You know who


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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Hodgepodging the Rutter-Induced Melancholy

Hey Tommy & Smokey, there actually are TWO cat beds there.

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Thanks again, Joyce, for the Wednesday Hodgepodge!

1. What happens to the mail at your house?  
Anything that isn't a check we pitch. (not quite. The Kohl's ads and anything I really need to keep stay on top of the microwave until I pitch them because they're outdated.). I'm sure no one else keeps mail on top of the microwave. Haha. And I do like to get rid of flyers right away. Hate those things!

 Look at that happy grandkid!
(photo from my DIL. Thank you, Courtney!)

2. Something you always splurge on? Any guilt associated with the splurge?

I don't think I'm a splurger (Mr. C. doesn't know how lucky he is!) At least I can't think of anything, unless it's Kindle books or mp3 lectures or music downloads. And no I don't feel guilty. Life is short.

 I know some of you have sympathy for these creatures,
but red squirrels are so destructive and as soon as I got my feeders full, that rascal was there, chasing away the birds and gorging himself. Grrr.

3. There are many, but what are two important questions you think every bride and groom should ask/answer before they plan their walk down the aisle?

After God and church issues, which in my opinion should come first, then I've copied two other questions from a marriage questionnaire I composed more than a decade ago. It's four pages long, but here are just two questions from it:
1. Are there any issues about which you have a very strong opinion and about which you feel there is little or no room for negotiation?  (I should have added, 'Speak now or forever hold your peace.')
2. If you owed someone $200, and you told them you would pay them Dec. 1, what would you do with an unexpected $200 given to you November 15?   A) Pay the owed money first or B) Use the $200 for something you want, hoping you'll have the $200 to pay back your friend by Dec. 1.

You probably don't want to hear the other 3 3/4 pages. Now that I've reread the questionnaire, I think Mr. C. and I should fill it out separately, and then discuss the questions. Wouldn't that be fun? After nearly 50 years of marriage, maybe it wouldn't be such a great idea.

 And his back side

4. What's the best advice your father ever gave you?

If you fight with your husband, don't come crying to me. Or maybe that was my mom. They both thought Mr. C. was faultless. They obviously didn't know him well, but they did know me well. :-)

 Why am I showing you all these photos? Because I worked for three
days reclaiming that miserable flowerbed from its slow death by strangulation
and finally have something I enjoy looking at. Must say, though, that nasty little red squirrel knocked over my irises minutes after I took the photos!

5. Your favorite movie where a father features heavily in the storyline?

Downton Abbey. Besides my own father, I like Robert Crawley best. He was my favorite character in that whole series. I liked the unfortunately-and-untimely-named Isis, the dog, next.

 View from the porch
I think the brown field has corn planted in it

6. Insert your own random thought here. 
Don't listen to John Rutter on a cloudy day.. I just realized that it really affects me! Anyway, so that it can really affect you too, here's a beautiful (the music) YouTube video of Esurientes, movement 6 of Rutter's Magnificat. Patricia Forbes has the most heavenly voice! Ever. I could listen to her all day (and sometimes I do).

And because I know that you, like I, need to know the English translation, here it is:

From Luke 1:53-55
"He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away. He hath helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy; As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever" (also found in the Book of Common Prayer, of course.)

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