Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Spring Sprang a Leak in the Hodgepodge

Welcome back to the place where great minds think alike, and even when we don't, we're still
friends. Thanks to Joyce again for puttin' a spring in our Wednesday by hosting the Hodgepodge.

1. March 20th is the first day of she a lion or a lamb in your part of the world?

She's a cowardly lion.  She tries to snow, and sometimes she succeeds, but only for a few minutes. Other times she has poked her head out and teased us with 57 degrees and sunshine, but then she goes back to her old ways. And I do mean old. Winter is getting old.

Mostly she has just decided to rain, be cold, be grey and dreary.  That's okay, though, I have daffodil stems springing up in the front yard and in our woodland backyard  and in the wild part near our stream. My son's birthday  is tomorrow and that usually has been marked by the glorious
show of the first yellow heads of daffodils. 

No matter what the the calendar or meteorologists or the almanac say, March 21st will always be the first day of spring to me, the day I gave birth to our firstborn. It was certainly spring in my heart that day!

2. What's the most dreaded task on your spring clean to-do list? Do you have a 'plan of attack'?
I really hate to clean windowsills. All that dirt. Those bug corpses. Yuck.  I guess it's not a spring chore, per se, because I do attack them a little more often than that, but I think of spring as window-cleaning inside and out, bugs and all.  My plan involves a vacuum hose, some PineSol, and Windex.
And a tall husband who ain't afraid of no dead bugs.

3. 'em or hate 'em? What's a favorite dish you make using peas?

I like them, but love is too strong a word.  I like them just boiled and buttered, with a dash of salt. Call me simple.  Actually, my sister-in-law made a 7-layer salad once upon a time that I ate, and one of  the layers was peas. Yummy.

4. Do you feel under appreciated?

By the people I do the most for, yes.  By the people I do the least for, no. What gives?

5. Have you been using Google Reader? If so, what are you switching to now that GR has announced retirement? If not, how do you read your favorite blogs?

I'm just now hearing the buzz about this. I'm so techy illiterate. How do I even know if I have Google Reader?  My blogroll only shows new posts when people update their blog. But that's Blogger-controlled, right, not GR? I don't read anything through email except comments. Is that GR? I'm so confused.  Sometimes my brain springs a leak and all intelligence flows downhill. As Patsy Clairmont says, pointing to her double chin, "in midlife, all our brain cells eventually end up here."

6. Anne Bradstreet is credited with the following quote~

"If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome."

Agree or Disagree? Why?

I agree, but I don't have time right now to expound.  (I can hear you breathe a sigh of relief.)

7. When did you last 'spring for something'? What was it?

Hmm. I had to think. I sprang for a new (to me) queen-sized, Shaker-style headboard from Craigslist. I had searched and searched, and wanted to keep my purchase to under $50, but without compromising style. Lo and behold, I found the perfect thing! It was $40 and all I have to do it give it a coat of white paint.

8. Insert your own random thought here?

Would you believe this? Yesterday in my Bible study a new-ish friend of mine, Maria, was talking about a time a few years ago that she lived in northwest NJ. Made me think of Joyce.  She was talking about how different it was from her home in MD.  She had bears in her backyard. Made me think of Joyce again.  She mentioned a great Bible study group of women. Again, Joyce. So I finally asked her afterward, and she said, "Yes, I know Joyce!" 

And here's an extra little funny tidbit for my HP regulars. Last week there was a question about the last time something made you "green with envy."  I posted a picture of Maria's house.  Maybe next time I'll post a picture of her.  She loves to decorate and I need help with my guest room, so I think we might be partnering up.

 Small world, eh?


Marla said...

It's a small world, isn't it? I have never 'met' Joyce but we have mutual friends...and the friends just knew we would have things in common. So I joined the Hodgepodge - and now Joyce is my friend...and so are you! Yea for blogging!

April said...

That is just too funny about your friend knowing Joyce. What a coincidence! You and I sound so much alike with our answers to #5. I, too, am completely clueless about Google Reader...I just rely solely on my blogroll.

retired not tired said...

It is a small world! I met a woman from our retiree group on our last cruise. We had lunch together on Monday! We didn't even know we were on the same cruise before we met.

Joyce said...

Google Reader won't affect everyone. You would know if you were reading thru GR because you have to go to the reader in Google. It doesn't just pop up. If you're not doing that you're reading blogs another way. I've joined a few sites via Google+ which I don't get, but I understand it's not going anywhere so okay.

I will now be singing It's a Small World all the live long day : )

Susan Kane said...

I have a love/hate relationship with this tech thing. I will have to wait to see what happens.

Lea Culp said...

You are just too funny! Love your comments about Google Reader. You would definitely know if you had it because you have to deliberately set it up.

Loved your random thought, it really is a small world.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

The Henry Crew! said...

What an awesome small world it is! Just today at Bible study I met a lady's daughter, who was visiting from Hawaii, who is the pastor at a church down the street from my friends who live here, but are living in Hawaii for a year and her church is across the street from where they live. Isn't that BIZARRE??? Anyway... love that. (On a decorating note, have you checked out AMAZING site - and if you post pictures of something you are struggling with, you get advice from other decorators and such - it's awesome!)