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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

High Five's for Thrifting ~ It is the Hodgepodge

Hello Everyone!
It is Wednesday and it is time for the Hodgepodge!

 My garden mailbox is a "tossed out to the trash find"!

Joyce asks the questions.
We answer the questions.

 1. I read here four creative activities to try this month. They were-calligraphy, make your own cookbook, dance or learn a new type of dance, and letter writing. Which activity on the list appeals to you most? Will you add it to your August? 

Friday night our family will be attending ...
The Cameron Public Library presents authentic Celtic music with the Barnyard Banshees on Friday, August 19th, at 7:00 p.m.
Get ready to tap your toes to lively Celtic jigs and reels, and catch your breath while listening to a few lovely ballads. The Barnyard Banshees is a family band from Elk Mound, Wisconsin. You'll hear fiddle, cello, guitar, whistle, flute, bodhran, and voice. Dancing encouraged!

The advertisement says"Dancing encouraged" .... I will let you know if I learn a new jig!

 2. Bertrand Russell is quoted as saying, 'To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.' Agree or disagree? Explain.

This quote is giving me trouble ... so here it goes ...
Part of happiness is our dreams, our goals, of things to come.

3. August 17th is National Thriftshop Day...are you a 'thrifter'? If so, tell us about one of your best or favorite finds. 


I do enjoy going out and thrifting. Sometimes I have luck, sometimes I do not.
Just a few weeks ago we went to a Homestead Estate Sale and I found this blue cup. 
It was love at first sight.
 4.  On a scale of 1-10 (with 1= almost none and 10=loads) how would you rate your sense of wanderlust? What kicks your wanderlust into high gear? 
I am a 6 .... I do like to travel ... but I also love Home Sweet Home!
Planning a trip kicks my wanderlust into high gear. 
 5. Has life felt more like a marathon or sprint so far this month? How so?

Harvest! Harvest! Harvest!
Everything is ready at once and all of a sudden we are eating like kings with fresh from the garden produce and at the same time preserving all the goodness to enjoy during the Wisconsin winter.
 6. What do you need to get a jump on before fall officially arrives? 

Happy to say, nothing! I am just sprinting along with all of this harvest and will enjoy Autumn when it arrives.

7. What's the last thing you did with friends or family where you lost track of time?

We visited family last weekend. 
My uncle and aunt took us all out for a lovely breakfast.
Eating, visiting and laughing .... we lost track of time!

8. Insert your own random thought here.
I have been so blessed with all the beautiful gladiola blooming in my garden. This beautiful flower has really helped me at the farmer market as well.


  1. What pretty, pretty veggies and flowers! And I love the teacups. Those are the kinds of things I like to find. The dancing sounds fun and reminds me I wanted DH and I to take square dancing.

  2. The quote gave me trouble too. You said what I meant : ) I love Celtic music! Have so much fun!

  3. Your mailbox is adorable! And your gladiola are beautiful, all different colors. Thrifting is my favorite thing to do!! Let's see, my latest great deal was a big round bookcase shaped like a fishbowl. It had fish painted on the side. For the grandkids. I keep toys in it and since it is very short, I use the top as a table. Six dollars!! I saw it in the donation center and asked if they could bring it in and price it.

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  5. That cup is beautiful. The dance sounds like fun. Those veggies look delicious. I feel like I should be writing a poem ;) Have a great rest of the week.

  6. Your gladiola are so pretty! Love all of the colors. What gorgeous produce too. I didn't know it was National Thrift Store day. Wow! I love some good thrifting for sure. Still love your garden mailbox!

  7. I just love your garden mail box and I just love your Gladiola !

    All the best Jan

  8. Summer is a busy season for you and now harvest time! Love reading your answers! Always see that we have so much in common. Sweet hugs, Diane

  9. Like Diane above, I always love your answers and always think that you're my kind of gal! The little garden that could mailbox is charming, and oh, my those glads! I wouldn't know which color to buy if I saw them, would want all.

    My husband loves Celtic music, and especially Celtic Woman!

  10. Love that sweet blue cup, Carla. I can see why you had to bring it home with you. Do you know blue tea cups are my favorite? There's something about them. Your veggies from the garden look wonderful. And your garden mailbox is delightful.

    Have a good rest of the week, Carla.


  11. Always love your answers and getting to know you better! I am a 6 on wanderlust for sure! ;-D


  12. The harvest is a wonderful time of year! Sounds like you've made the most of your summer! I love that! Your gladiolus are beauties. They were my Grandfathers favorite and always make me smile!

  13. Great finds. Who doesn't love a cute blue tea cup. Adorable. Have a great rest of the week.

  14. Sprinting here, too...but trying to cut it back to marathon pace as the last bit of summer is on the horizon. There's only a few weeks left before the kids go back to school and I want to enjoy every single moment!! :)

  15. I like your blue tea cup and your garden mailbox.

  16. Looking forward to hearing about the Barnyard Banshees! What a fun name :)
    We went to our first ever estate sale a couple weeks ago. We need to go to more, that was fun!

  17. What a cute cup! Are those forget-me-nots?
    Soo . . . did you dance with the Barnyard Banshees?


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