Wednesday, June 1, 2011

THE Wednesday HOPS

The first HOP is from Patrice, at Everyday Ruralty, who hosts Wednesday Words of Weight Loss every Wednesday!  It's a fun HOP that offers encouragement and company on the issue of weight.  It's never too late to join!  Come on, this is your week to join in the FUN! 

1. Has your diet changed a lot since the warmer weather came? Well, considering that the warmer weather showed up in February this year, the answer is, "No."  The only difference now is that it's so hot I sweat sitting in the shade doing nothing whereas, from February until the first of May, I only broke a sweat working in the sun.  And, yes, my mood/attitude has taken a severe plunge.  But my appetite seems to be holding it's own.  Unfortunately. I haven't broken my rules, but I'm still plenty able to eat. 

2. Did you do anything interesting over Memorial weekend?  Yes, see yesterday's post.

3. If you could plan a get together with your blog friends, what would that look like?  Oh goodness but we would rent a HUGE beach house out on Sullivans Island or maybe go out to Folly (NOT Isle of Palms because their police are like the Gestapo--they have such delusions of grandeur out there) and we would all enjoy spending one full week together cooking/laughing/talking/laughing/sitting on the beach/laughing/going out for drinks/laughing/sharing/ would be the best time EVER!

4. Do you like yogurt? What's your favorite kind or favorite way of eating it?  I LOVE yogurt- just about any kind- frozen or not.  I like it in recipes and by itself.  BUT I'm not eating it right now because of all the sugar.  My favorite is peach followed by strawberry and Bryer's is best!  If it's frozen yogurt, I really like Publix brand strawberry but I don't turn any of it down.  Except now. Because I'm not eating it.  Because of the sugar.  I know I already told you that but now I really want some yogurt so the repeat is for me.  Guess that will be my chant for the day...

5. What's the most important quality or character trait in a friend?  I'm going to go with honesty.  I don't like for anyone to tell me something that they think I want to hear- I want it straight up.  No sugar coating either.  Sugar coating is wasted on me because I smell a lie underneath the sugar coating.  Not to mention that sugar coating is a waste of time.  Just tell me.  My BFF is very good at telling me like it is!  It's one of the things I love most about her!

NEXT is WEDNESDAY HODGE PODGE from Joyce at From This Side of the Pond.  This one is a great way to get to know some wonderful new bloggy friends and learn more about some old ones...not that I'm calling anyone OLD, mind you.   

1. Have you ever been to the US capital-Washington DC? If so, what's your favorite site? If not, what would you most like to see on a visit to that city someday in the future? Is it even on your list of places to visit? I did visit DC once and that was during my early teen years.  My aunt attended a HUD meeting and took me along.  I was mortified at the very first thing I saw when we entered the city---prostitutes lining the sidewalks!  And they looked just like Hollywood portrays them.  I was stunned.  Once we got further into the city, I loved it.  My favorite place was the Lincoln Memorial.  It still is.  Although the museums are to die for!

This is Evwardo and Birdie at the Lincoln Memorial.  They went to DC to visit Deanie.

2. When did you last attend a wedding? Are there any weddings on your summer calendar? Were you a summer bride? If you're single, is summer the season of your dream wedding? The last wedding we attended was for one of DD2's (Deanie) college roomies.  It was in October and it was still HOT outside and it was an outside wedding.  It was a lovely wedding and we didn't sweat too much.  Sitting out there.  In the hot sun.  For over an hour.  But, I'm not bitter.  The reception, however, was probably the absolute worst I've ever seen.  The atmosphere was ok but the caterers?  If they had catered Breezy's wedding, I would have had them shot.  Seriously.  There are two summer weddings on our calendar this year.  One in June and the other in August.  If they're outside, I may feign illness.  I was not really a bride at all because I don't do weddings.  We just had a simple little ceremony at the beach in JANUARY because I don't do heat either. 

That's Deanie on the far left at the reception.  She was a bridesmaid at the October wedding. 

3. What is your favorite way to eat strawberries? Fresh off the plant!  When the lovelies were growing up, I would take them strawberry picking and we would eat about as many as we picked!  Delicious!

4. What is one thing you are especially looking forward to this summer?The only things I EVER look forward to during summer are Hub's and DoodleBug's birthdays.  This year, I will add July 4th because everyone is coming home for that weekend! Wait.  I just realized that my baby is turning 20 this summer.  This is NOT COOL.  My baby is turning TWENTY.  How,exactly, did THAT happen?

DoodleBug on her birthday last summer. 

5. Do you use/like the self checker at the grocery store? I have used it only twice and I don't prefer it at all.  It does me no good to talk to the computer- it does NOT listen. If I go to the line of a real live cashier, I am able to engage in idle chit-chat.  I enjoy idle chit-chat with the cashiers.

6. Share a favorite piece of common sense advice.  Holding a grudge is one of the most useless things in the world to do so-- LET IT GO! There is a person in my family who can hold a grudge longer than anyone else in the history of the world.  She drives everyone in the family NUTS and causes problems at family celebrations.  We have to finagle around everything just so we can even hold family gatherings.  Pretty much, we have things now and just don't tell her about it.  Life is easier for everyone that way. Hub's grandmother (his mother's mother who lived to age 103) had two sisters.  The sisters had a falling out over 50 years ago and never spoke to one another again--Hub's grandmother could not let either of her sisters know that she had a relationship with the other one because then they wouldn't have talked to her either.  These idiot women went to their GRAVES not speaking to each other. 

7. Barefoot, flip flops, tennis shoes, sassy sandals-your first choice for summertime? Barefoot around the house and flip flops- almost year 'round!  Though I do wear tennis shoes while walking Tucker. 

8. Insert your own random thought here.  I cannot believe that, in late July, DoodleBug (the BABY) will turn 20.  TWENTY.  No more numbers that end in teen.  I do not like this.  I do not care to accept this.  I may not even give her a birthday party.  No, I'm kidding.  I'll give her a party.  Unless, NOT throwing a party means she'll stay 19.  Then I won't give her one.

It's not too late to donate!  Deanie is running in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Global in DC on June 4.  Click the button below if you would like to donate on her page for this very worthy cause!  


  1. My baby turns 21 this year...I feel your pain : ) We are just now getting strawberries on the farms here now so I'm hoping to pick some and make jam. I love them right off the plant too!

  2. Joyce- Where in the world did the time go? Just yesterday they were babies, right?

  3. I am SO with you on many points in this post! And you always make me laugh, which, in my opinion, is one of the most important gifts people can give - humor!! And so many people just can't lighten up enough to enjoy it.

    Anyway, I have always wondered what people in the South did (to deal with summer) before AC. I picture General Longstreet, after the Civil War, working on the levees in New Orleans, coming home after a long, grueling, HOT day and enduring a long, miserable, HOT night. I wonder if Southerners had summer homes in Wisconsin.

    And I'm with you on the grudge-holding bit. It is so pointless, wrong, and does no one any good. Usually the person we're holding a grudge against has long since forgotten and moved on while we're still stewing. And how is this helping?? Totally not worth the stress.

    Hope you find some shady spot to enjoy today.

  4. Judy- Thank you so much for your sweet comment! There's no relief in the shade today- I had to carry Tucker for about 1/2 mile he was so hot. The groomer comes today and we're going to shave him. That will help him out a good bit! Staying cool in the south in the summer is all but impossible. The homes in Charleston were built with these long, side porches or Piazzas or verandas, that were built that way on purpose- they provide cross-ventilation and shade from the heat of the sun. This is one of the most distinct features of the historic Charleston homes. They also paint the porch ceilings blue (called haint blue) to protect the occupants from bad spirits and welcome good ones--also, they say that the blue helps extend daylight and that it keeps bugs away because the bugs think it's sky. Most likely it's the same in New Orleans. And now you know more about Charleston porches than you ever wanted to. LOL

  5. sounds like you will have a fun Summer..

  6. Amy- It will be fun if the heat doesn't kill me. LOL

  7. Your love of chit-chat should serve you well in your sunset years if you ever lose all your marbles. Then everyone can be cashier.:)

  8. Ack! I'm reminded that my baby turns 28 this year! Luckily for me he'll always be my baby :)

    Amen to the bare feet, the honesty of good friends and the lack of grudges. What an absolute waste of time. Besides, I'm very bad at it - I'm back talking as though the thing never happened. Maybe I talk too much?

  9. It is scary when there is no more teen isn't it? Who knew, I have one left. He already wants to grow up too.
    I am glad that you are doing so well and I would love to go to an island. It sounds like fun.
    Have a lovely day.

  10. I loved your answers. Really, how does the time go by so quickly? Your baby girl looks like a sweetie indeed!

  11. It would be nice if we could keep them little, wouldn't it?
    Lowcountry in the summer? No thanks! I'll wait until Oct. to visit! :D

  12. Honesty is another wonderful character trait of a good friend. I'm with you, I'd rather hear the truth instead of a sugar coated lie. True friends will love you no matter what, even if it hurts a little.

    Cathy Kennedy, Children's Author
    The Tale of Ole Green Eyes

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  13. Michele- What do you mean in my sunset years? I've already lost most of my marbles!

    Stephanie- I don't know anyone who talks TOO much. LOL

    Farm Girl- Yes, it is scary! And lonely. Wouldn't it be great to get everyone together?! I would love it too!

    Betty- It's ridiculous how quickly the time passes. She is a sweetie...but also opinionated, stubborn, quick witted...I don't know where she gets it. LOL

    Mary- Yes, it would be great! You might want to wait until November---the temps don't really go down until then!

    Cathy-Well said!

  14. My baby turns 23!! Time really does fly!
    The blogger meeting at the beach house sounds like my kind of weekend! Laughing and eating go so well together. :)

  15. I sure hope those wedding turn out to be wonderful. They grow up fast. Mine are 30 & 32!

  16. Betty- Indeed it does! Wouldn't a blog friend week at the beach be the greatest?!

    Debby- The June wedding we could easily skip but the August one we cannot--it's the son of some of our very good friends. So we will go. And sweat. And I will try not to smack someone when I get over heated. LOL

  17. I love your answers. I think you're awesome! Count me in for the get together at the beach house! Yay!

  18. Patrice- Thanks! Of course I'll count you in-it wouldn't be as much fun without you!

  19. I wanna go the beach house too, and bring some strawberries too, I love them! Fun post as usual :)

  20. Haven't been strawberry picking in years, but I have fond memories. I need to take my grandkids so they'll have those memories, too.

    Hey, my "baby" is 28! How the heck did THAT happen!

  21. I always enjoy your are so 'real' it's one of the best things I'm getting to know about you.

    Have you ever tried plain, unflavoured, unsugared yoghurt? The Bulgarian type? If you find it a bit too tart, you can add a teaspoon of honey or just stir in some of your own fresh, seasonal fruit chopped up. It's delicious and once you acquire the taste for it, you won't enjoy the sickly sweet flavoured ones ;)

    Big hug,
    Des xoxo

  22. Alessandra-Can't wait to see you! Seriously, we should all do this. It would be GREAT!

    Beverly-The grands would love it! I don't know how they get all grown up so fast. We need a clock that goes backwards!

    Desiree-Thank you! I don't know how to be any other way...I am what I am. Wait, is that like it is what it is? Cause I hate that. LOL No, I haven't tried that but I will! I do miss yogurt, especially in this heat!


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