Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Hodge Podge Wednesday

Well, we are at Day 17 of rain, rain and more rain.

We are growing gills and webbed feet around here!

Occasionally we get a glimpse of sun for 15 minutes or so
 and I can nearly hear the choir of angels singing from above!

 And we've seen three rainbows this week -
 but the sun is so short-timed that the rainbow is gone
before I can get my very-slow-limping-booted self
 to grab my camera and capture it to share with you!

What a hot, humid, unbearably wet awful summer its been-
 dark, gloomy, grey and rainy days....
not good for taking nice bright inspiration pics for the blog. 

I really do have so much beauty to share with you, too.

I need to just pretend it is pretty outdoors right now.

Please indulge me as I share some last year flower pics.

Have you ever heard of the linky party called
Hodge Podge Wednesday
over at the blog From This Side of the Pond?

 It's a fun question-and-answer party;
one to help us learn a bit more about one another,
 and to sneak in a post
 when lack of time, energy or sun
may prohibit one posting anything else.

It's an easy one to be a part of,
and thanks to A Haven for Vee I discovered it!

OK here goes mine:

1.  July 15th is National Give Something Away Day.
     What can you give away? 

Answer:  I have a few things in line, and do giveaways on my blog about once a quarter. Will you? Yes.

2. Do you have a mantra? 

Answer:  "A stranger is just a friend I haven't met yet." and "Never, ever be late!"

3. Who does the grocery shopping in your house? How many times a week do you shop? Do you make a list or pray for inspiration in the produce aisle?

Answer:  My wonderful hubs loves to shop at the grocery (yuck) and/but was freaked out when we first got married because I had been a vegetarian most of my life. Apparently I just never bought enough meat. So now he goes almost always - a few times a week, with a list (there is a nice shopping app on iphones available by the way.) 

4. Is there a TV show you're embarrassed to say you watch? 

Answer: The last time I watched television was the last episode of Downton Abbey. We just never turn it on and have to set timers for when fav shows like that are on because we wouldn't even think of it otherwise.  We're voracious readers here. 

5. A recent article listed fifteen words we should eliminate from our (written) vocabulary in order to sound smarter:
that, went, honestly, absolutely, very, really, amazing, always, never, literally, just, maybe, stuff, things, and irregardless

Of the fifteen, which word is your most overused?
Answer:  In blogville I use the word amazing much too often, but it is because I am sincerely and truly AMAZED at some posts - whether it be beauty, an impressive before/after or a most delicious dessert. They get the comment "amazing" from me often. As for the most overused and loathed in life in the USA overall- not necessary by myself but by my young nieces and every person 21 and younger? Like, like, like, like, like!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  *

* Solution suggestion: Give a roll of coins to visiting young folks or whilst you travel with them, and make them pay you a penny/nickle/dime/quarter back every time they say the word "like." When it's time to leave your home you let them keep what they have left. They will have earned it for fun spending, and you will have taught them a lesson. Perhaps you will be instrumental in breaking them of a really horrible habit early enough. Like, totally fer sure.

6. So apparently dying your hair gray (in your youth!) is a thing right now. It's called 'The Granny Hair' trend. Your thoughts? 
Answer:  It's funny, but works for me. I am no granny yet, but perhaps I will be trendy for the first time in a very long while, haha. 

7. A while back Buzz Feed asked members to share the most beautiful sentence they've read in a piece of literature. A hard thing to narrow down, at least for me, but let's try. What's one of the most beautiful sentences you've ever read in a piece of literature?

Answer:  Sharing three, a quote from my 3 favorite books:

“Their love was something which coloured the air between them like sunlight.”                                         

  Joanne HarrisBlackberry Wine

“There are times...when we are in the midst of life-moments of confrontation with birth or death, or moments of beauty when nature or love is fully revealed, or moments of terrible loneliness-times when a holy and awesome awareness comes upon us. It may come as deep inner stillness or as a rush of overflowing emotion. It may seem to come from beyond us, without any provocation, or from within us, evoked by music or by a sleeping child. If we open our hearts at such moments, creation reveals itself to us in all it's unity and fullness. And when we return from such a moment of awareness, our hearts long to find some way to capture it in words forever, so that we can remain faithful to it's higher truth......when my people search for a name to give to the truth we feel at those moments, we call it God, and when we capture that understanding in timeless poetry, we call it praying.” 

― Mary Doria RussellThe Sparrow

“Whatever you are physically...male or female, strong or weak, ill or healthy--all those things matter less than what your heart contains. If you have the soul of a warrior, you are a warrior. All those other things, they are the glass that contains the lamp, but you are the light inside.” 

― Cassandra ClareClockwork Angel

8.  Insert your own random thought here:


Time is our most precious commodity and should not be wasted in ugly behavior. It should be well spent creating beauty or passing kindness outwards into the when we look back on our lives we will know our time was well spent.

- Michele M.,  The Nest at Finch Rest blog

As always, thank you for your visit!



  1. Voracious reader here too. Not so much my hubby, but he's not one for the guilty pleasure TV shows that most wouldn't admit to watching.

  2. Hmmm... I am glad dying ones hair gray right now is a trend because my hair is turning gray all by itself and I am only 29!! {{smiles}}

    I thoroughly enjoyed your post, sweet Michele. Your pictures were lovely and I hope you see the sunshine soon. Much love to you!

  3. A really nice post to get to know you better, Michele. We're having a very strange summer here - a lot of rain here too, and a lot of flash flooding in nearby areas. It feels like fall and only May felt like summer. I hope your rehabilitation is on track, even though it may not be what you'd like to see in terms of the speed.


  4. Love learning more about you. We could use some of your rain, it has been close to or above 110 for the last 6 weeks. I am done.

  5. The rose is amazing : ) I mean it! Stunning! Glad you joined the was fun reading your answers today. We have had downpours here today, and flooding. I know there's flooding because the weather alert went off on my phone at 4:45 am-ugh!

  6. My dad's mantra would be "never be late" and he has instilled that in all three daughters…I think I am the only one that it stuck to! LOL Love your solution to overused words (I wonder if I could give myself $ for overused words since I don't have kids!) and your beautiful flowers! Stay safe in the weather. Texas has had that overabundance of rain and feels your pain!

  7. That was fun, I don't participate in this meme but like to read what my friends are posting. I admire the coin idea for 'like' many adults use it too.
    I hope you get some dry days to enjoy your summer Michele, we've had just enough rain to keep the gardens happy and the temps have been in the mid 70's for the most part.

  8. Hope the rain lets up a little so that you get some summer, we are a little like that at the moment with a shower most days. The bonus is we don't have to water the garden. We don't have the TV on for the sake of it we actually switch it on when we want to watch something particular. Lovely to get to know you a little better.

  9. We both like your solution for the "like" dilemma. Michele, seventeen days of rain is long enough. I am praying for a reprieve. That's just crazy! Wish I could share the beautiful day that has just today blown in...crisp air and blue skies and sunshine. I think that you joined right in so nicely. I enjoyed learning more about you.

  10. Hi Michele, what a great post. It's fun to read your answers and learn a bit more about you. I LIKE (lol) the coin idea for using the word like. I'm sure it would help to refrain a bit.
    Love all your gorgeous flower pics. Hope you have some dry days soon and can enjoy more of the summer.
    Blessings to you, cm

  11. We are in an extreme drought and you have so much water, wish we could switch. I so enjoyed learning more about you. You are a very lovely lady.
    Your photo's are beautiful. thanks so much for sharing.
    Have a wonderful DRY weekend and maybe we will get some rain - I pray.

  12. I'm sorry for your awful summer weather, if we could only have some of that rain!!! Your garden photos are lovely Michele. Wishing you a wonderful week.
    XOXO Mary

  13. Your garden and urns are gorgeous. Have a great week!

  14. Flowers are nice to look at anytime, Michele, and yours is always pretty!

  15. This is a fun post, Michele. :)

    I understand about that rain. You know we were in a state of extreme drought here in Texas and then it rained pretty much from April through half of June. It's odd to go from one extreme to another and we were grateful but the rain gets old. Now of course, we need it again. Sheesh!

    So kids are dying their hair gray? I'm 52 and fighting it diligently. I just can't imagine!

    The words I use too much: beautiful, awesome, amazing. I try not to use them too much but the images in blogland are pretty spiffy. :)

  16. What a fun post! I could use your green thumb skills in my garden.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  17. Sorry to hear you're drowning there. I'll send a lifeboat! haha We had a little break Wednesday and Thursday, but raining again today.
    Love your random thought #8 Michele.
    I think I overuse the words "lovely" and "beautiful" here in blogland, but really, they're quite appropriate!

  18. This was, like, one of the most, like, you know, like, interesting blog posts I've read in, like, forever! (Sorry, but my inner ornery person — never very far away — couldn't resist!) I loved learning these things about you, loved the quotes, just loved it! (Uh-oh. I said "just," which is one of my own besetting sins, writing-wise.)


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