Wednesday, April 26, 2017

April Showers Bring the Hodgepodge

These weeks are flying by, y'all! Goodness, I hardly have the time to read before another Wednesday arrives and BOOM! I thought life would slow down once grandchildren entered the picture but this has not been the case. If anything, I'm trying to keep the pace of a 30 or 40 something-year-old in a not 30 or 40 something-year-old body. 

It is nice to slow down and think about the Hodegpodge questions and read everyone's responses. Here we go!



From this Side of the Pond


1. April showers bring May flowers or so the saying goes. Has your April been filled with showers? Not at all. Until Monday when the bottom dropped out and left everything so lush and green. I felt like I was in a rain forest. Do you carry an umbrella, wear a slicker, or make a run for it? Most of the time I make a run for it because we don't have much rain and because when it does rain my umbrella and rain jacket are never where I am. Besides rain, what else has filled your April? This little goober:

She really gets into her books. 

2. What's something you could you give a 30-minute presentation on at a moment's notice and with zero preparation? Digital citizenship and internet safety. Raising daughters. Topics concerning early childhood development. How to kill house plants. How to fail at vegetable gardening. Other than that, nothing. 

3. Share with us a favorite food memory from childhood. Some of the very best times in my childhood took place in my grandmother's kitchen. Most of you have heard tales about Grandmother and her food from me many times but those are some of the best times EVER. I always stood there chatting away with Grandmother while she prepared meals and baked good including bread. She would show me how to do everything she was doing. I loved it when she was baking cakes because I would get the mixing bowl and the beaters to lick. Except Grandmother didn't believe in wasting a darn thing so that bowl and those beaters had way less goodness on them than I would have liked. I licked them clean anyway. 

4. What's a song you thought you knew the lyrics to, but later discovered you were wrong? Hahahaha! It's not me. 





5. According to one travel website, the most overrated tourist attractions in America are-
Niagara Falls (NY), Hollywood Walk of Fame (California), Times Square (NYC), Epcot (FL), Seattle Space Needle (WA), and Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market (Boston). How many of these have you seen in person? None. Did you feel like a tourist? Nope because I have never been to any of those places. Did you care? I wouldn't have. Tell us about a place (not on the list) you've visited that might be considered a tourist trap, but you love it anyway. Myrtle Beach. And the only thing I love about it are the memories I have of it when I was growing up in the years before it got so touristy I won't go near it for anything. It's the WORST.

6. Your signature clothing item? My oversized blue overshirt. I love that thing. 

7. What's an experience you've had you think everyone should experience at least once? Being a grandmother. Why? Because it's the best thing EVER!

8. Insert your own random thought here. I have to share this. It's the best family portrait EVER. Don't worry, she didn't actually hit the ground. Her mommy is fast. But I LOVE this photo! It's just perfect. 





ALSO---

I'm working on new coasters for the Etsy shop. I want HONEST opinions, y'all. Thanks!




Have a great rest of the week, y'all! 

Please visit my Etsy shop, CoasterDoodles!
There's a special running through the month of April!
$10.00 OFF your purchase of $30.00 or more! 




20 comments:

  1. I remember those days of licking the beaters, and now I give them to my kids or grandkids if they happen to be around. Poor Mr C. He was raised by a mom who thought cookie dough would give you worms. Love that accident photo. Glad Baby M was not hurt. She's a darling!

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    1. What's best is when no one is here with me and I get to lick them myself. LOL Wasn't that the cutest family photo? I was laughing so hard! The first thing Reni said to me was, "She didn't hit the ground, Mom! I caught her." I never doubted that she did. :)

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  2. As a baby, our granddaughter loved books...she still does, and I'm glad!
    I loved your childhood memories of being in the kitchen with your grandma :)
    Your answer to #7, "being a grandmother", was a great one, and so true!
    Kathy (Reflections)

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    1. Being a grandmother is the best for sure! Although I doubt I'm filling the shoes my grandmother left. She was the best grandmother EVER! :) Thank you!

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  3. Love your new coasters, Pam...anything with Bible verses and I'm all in! That photo is hilarious...glad no one got hurt! Such is life, huh? Chris is heading to Myrtle Beach next month for a 4-day golf outing. I can't imagine the crowds he's going to have to tackle. UGH!

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    1. I'm so glad you like them! I was concerned with my handwriting. I love the photo. I laughed so hard when I saw it. It's the way those things go but not usually what we see. I avoid Myrtle Beach at all costs. The traffic is ridiculous. Hope Chris has a good trip!

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  4. Myrtle Beach = Tourist trap! Definitely!! I was down your way yesterday with my book club. We just read "The Cigar Factory" by Michelle Moore, so we took a field trip down to the Holy City - took a Gullah tour, went by the real cigar factory, had lunch at Blossom. A very nice day! You should read the book... I'm sure you would enjoy it, historically, and because it takes place right here.

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    1. My mother reads anything and everything written with a Charleston and surrounding area setting. I think I've read one. Those books are not usually my cup of tea as most of them are romance type novels. A good friend has also recommended this book to me. She thinks I'd like it, too. I may add it to my stack of books I have yet to read. Which is getting more like a tower than a stack. LOL Thanks!

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  5. Hi Pam,
    I like the coasters. I have always been a fan of starfish.

    I had to chuckle at the photo. ;-)
    Carla

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    1. I'm so glad you like the coasters! The starfish ones are some of my favorites. That photo had me dying. LOL Thank you!

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  6. It's a shame that popular sites (AKA tourist traps) are so ruined by the commercialism, the behavior of those visiting, and city/town officials who won't or don't impose some sort of standards to preserve the sites.

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    1. I agree! Don't even get me started! :)

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  7. We could co-present the topic of killing houseplants. Another one bit the dust here this week, even though I did everything to the letter the person told me to do when they gave it to me. Ugh. Oh well, I do have better results with my outdoor pots. Can't wait to share the experience of grandmothering : )

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    1. I don't know what it is but no houseplant has ever escaped death in my care. It got to the point that I forbade anyone to give me indoor plants over a decade ago. I can't wait to hear what you have to say about being a grandmother!

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  8. Some of my best memories of my childhood involve time spent with my nanna

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  9. The new coasters are great. You've got it going! I enjoyed your Hodgepodge answers and your photos!

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    1. Thank you! Just another month before June will be here!

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  10. I loved licking the bowl and beaters too, but my grandma was the same about getting every drop ;)

    I think the coasters are really cute :)

    rue

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    1. I guess they thought it would take every drop to make the cakes turn out just right. :) Thank you so much!

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