Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Wednesday Hodgepodge


Welcome to Wednesday! Hip Hip horray for July 1, 2015. How we got all the way to July so fast is a mystery to me! It's time for Wednesday Hodgepodge. Joyce, This Side of the Pond, posts the questions and we answer. Join the link here on her blog. It's fun. And you know you want to jump in here and tell us what you think!!


1. On Saturday July 4th America celebrates her Independence. (If you're not American,  feel free to answer in terms of a national holiday in your own country) What is your favorite thing about the day? Your favorite food on the 4th? Do you fly a flag at your house? Fireworks-yay or nay? Any special plans this year?

We love 4th of July at our house. Richard was a very patriotic man. We have an American Flag flying 24/7 here. For many years this was the holiday we invited ALL my family over for a backyard cook-out. Hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill with all the fixins': potato salad, baked beans, chips, watermelon. It was always a fun-filled day. We quit doing this when he got sick. Maybe someday I'll host it again. Fireworks come and go here. Our town goes back and forth with them being legal or illegal. There was a very nice house burned from fireworks landing on the roof a few years ago. Our fireworks ordinance now covers those that fly into the air. We probably will NOT have fireworks this year. Depends on what the kids want. We have no 4th of July plans as of now.


 2. What's something you recently got for free?

When I recently purchased soaps from Petoskey and Pine, I received a free bar of soap with my order. Yay for me!


 3.  The Statue of Liberty, The Liberty Bell, The Washington Monument, or Mount Rushmore...how many on the list have you seen? What is your favorite historical American monument, and why? 

We visited Mount Rushmore when our boys were younger. I cannot remember what year that was. It was a fun trip. I was fascinated with those faces and how the carving was done on the mountain. A huge tourist trap however. Be prepared for lots and lots of people. I have never been to New York or Washington D.C. Those should be on my bucket list.


 4. When it comes to the news are you more ostrich (stick my head in the sand) or hog (they have room to take a whole lot in)? How much attention have you given the recent news reports regarding ISIS and the acts of terror they've perpetrated against those who do not share their beliefs or support their cause?

I am a news hog! Maybe I should stick my head more into the sand. I can get very caught up in the current events. I think what ISIS (and others) perpetrate against our country is horrible. BUT, don't we do similar things with those who do not share our beliefs? I just wish our country would stick closer to home with trying to fix things. We have plenty of our own problems right here in the good old USA. I know that my view is not a popular view. My husband used to call me a 'separationist' and he had plenty of ideas as to why that wouldn't work! I respect all others views!


 5. We're talking plain ice cream...vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry? Choose one.

My favorite ice cream is vanilla. Hands down!


 6. Share a song you love containing the word 'stars' in the lyrics or title?

I simply love LeAnn Rimes singing The Star Spangled Banner acapella.


 



7. Describe and/or say goodbye to June with an acrostic. 

Just when I thought it couldn't get worse
U sked me to put it into a verse
Now I'm not a poet as you will soon see
Enough of this nonsense, I'll just be me!


 8.  Insert your own random thought here.


I love the United States of America. I love all of our freedoms. I know that many of them come at a cost. I am saddened to see what is going on in this country. We have to be so politically correct about EVERYTHING. People should be kinder to each other. People should be more tolerant of each other. People should try harder to get along. But I don't feel we need to write new laws to cover everything. It is becoming ridiculous. And I honestly think that the more laws enacted the further we get from just being a nation that all stands together. It seems to pit us against each other. That's my 2 cents worth!

26 comments:

  1. AMEN on your random! Very good acrostic...it made me smile! :)
    Thanks for the tip on Mt. Rushmore...we plan to get out there within the next couple of years.

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    1. Thank you! You will enjoy Mt. Rushmore.

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  2. Very good acrostic :) Not many Hodgepodgers seem to have seen Mt Rushmore. Happy 4th July.

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    1. Thank you Wendy! I wonder why so many have not been.

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  3. Totally agree with you -- and you're beating us all with the rhyming acrostic!

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    1. I can't imagine that I am beating anyone. LOL! Thanks for visiting

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  4. I Loved your Accrstic. Happy Independence Day Paula.

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    1. Thanks Wendy. And Happy 4th to you and yours!

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  5. Loved your Accristic poem. I am just sadden about the United states actually letting gays and lesbians get married. Ive grown up on marriage between a man and a women. I know love is love but in eyes it should be man and women just my two cents now they want to make a bill for transgender children. I am kinda of disgusted about this whole situation. But life goes on. That's my two cents for you. Hope you have a great holiday and reat of the week. :)

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    1. Life does go on! Whether we like it or not! Have a happy 4th!

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  6. Your random thought is very timely. Happy Fourth of July!

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    1. A random thought for a reason! Happy 4th to you as well.

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  7. I do agree with your random thought, Paula. I think you did great with the acrostic :) I do agree with what you said about Mount Rushmore, it is a bit of a tourist trap indeed, but worth seeing at least once :) I hope you get to Washington, DC sometime; I really enjoyed the area when we were there a few years back. Yum on vanilla ice cream, to be honest, not much ice cream I don't like, LOL :)

    betty

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    1. I'm the same way with ice cream Betty but vanilla would be my first pick every time. I do want to plan a trip to Washington while I am still able to walk. It would be so educational.

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  8. Your acrostic poem is great! Mount Rushmore looks fascinating but I've never been to that part of the country. I laughed about your answer on being a "separatist". Happy 4th!

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    1. You should go visit Mt. Rushmore! Thanks for visiting me though and thanks for the compliment on my acrostic poem!

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  9. I've never been big on the 4th of July. It ends up in my whole holiday bah humbug. (I generally hate holidays, and my reasons for doing so are spurious at best.)

    I haven't been anywhere, not to Mount Rushmore or the Statue of Liberty or any of them. I really should think about doing some traveling.

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    1. I kind of have a holiday bah humbug myself. Richard loved ALL the holidays and always wanted lots of family around. I'm more about quiet! You do need to get busy and do some traveling girl!

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  10. I agree with your two cents worth! Great random thought.

    Hope you have a delightful weekend.

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    1. Thank you so much! Hope your weekend is great!

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  11. Your acrostic is wonderful : ) I think maybe you are a poet! I think too, no matter which side of the political fence you're on, we're all weary of the name calling, bickering, and general doom and gloom we seem to have adopted as a nation. Wishing you a happy 4th! DC is definitely worth a visit. Lots to do and much of it is free

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    1. Thank you Joyce. I used to like to write poetry. Does that count? Weary, that is a good word for it! Will it ever change?

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  12. I love your acrostic! I never heard that term before now. And I love how you described your 4th of July celebrations. It reminded me of spending summer months in Pennsylvania when visiting my grandparents and aunts and uncles. We used to do the whole backyard cookouts with all the standards and my Uncle Paul had a house that sat up on a hill and at dusk we would all run down and get settled on the hill overlooking the town. They had the best view of the fireworks from there. We didn't have to go anywhere. They were right there in the backyard. What a dreamy 4th of July we always had! I don't do anything for the holiday anymore. I don't have family here in town and I'm always home with the dogs, trying to keep them calm from flipping out over the booms of the fireworks.
    Have a fabulous holiday weekend Paula! You have fabulous memories to take you through the weekend.
    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. I had never heard of an acrostic either. It was fun! We haven't done anything for the past couple years. With Richard being sick it just wasn't the same. The kids don't seem to mind all that much. We do have some great memories though!

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  13. My dad was a huge fan of Independence Day ... as is my son. Me, not so much - at least regarding fireworks' displays.
    Not sure why, but I'm aghast at the amount of money some municipalities spend on 'things that go boom in the night.'
    Personally, I don't think there's much that can top little kids waving sparklers in the back yard and Sousa on the stereo.

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    1. I totally agree. Every single year I say the same thing....might as well take a $100 bill and light it on fire! Same as!

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