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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

From My Little House to Your Little House it is the Hodgepodge!

My Little House.. in June.

It is the Hodgepodge!
Joyce asks the questions.
We answer the questions.

1. Has spring sprung in your part of the world? How can you tell? Did March come in like a lion where you live? Going out like a lamb or something more ferocious?

Spring is here. We have a few snow banks left in the yard, each day they get smaller and smaller.
March came in like a lamb and I think it decided to go out like a lamb too. We did have high winds, snow, rain and thunder last Saturday and Sunday just so March could say " I am still here!" March weather in Wisconsin can be one day of spring and the next week back to the winter boots and jacket.

 2. The last thing that caused you to spring to your feet?

Miss Penelope. I think she is wondering why we are all home? Today she decided to go from one to the other of the household to see who would play fetch the mouse.

 3. Do you have a spring clean to-do list? What's one chore on the list you've already managed to accomplish? What spring clean chore do you most dread?

 We do have a spring clean to - do list. We already washed our ceilings and walls. 
I am not a fan of doing windows.

4. Tell us something you've learned about yourself or the wider world as a result of social distancing/the virus crisis.

I will share something I am confused about. We have an important election here in Wisconsin, April 7th. We decided last week that it best to vote absentee ballot. It was easy to request on line. I recommend others to go ahead and request an absentee ballot so you are able to do your duty.
I am wondering? Will there be a fair turn out? Is it really safe to hold an election?
At this time of typing my answers for the Hodgepodge, Wisconsin is still having an election next Tuesday.  Hmm? Your thoughts? 

5. Something you love that's the color pink?

I love pink flowers. 
I  love flowers and cannot wait for Spring to burst here in Wisconsin!

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

I read the following this weekend. 

Asking oneself "How will I possibly make it for another three weeks?" is a mistake.
It can feel overwhelming and hopeless. Instead, tell yourself, " I just have to get through today. Things are changing day by day and tomorrow I will deal with tomorrow."


Monday, March 30, 2020

Joy List Monday

Joy List Monday

♥  a weekly ritual  ♥
a reminder to stop and pay attention to the little beauties
and graces that make life magical and to set aside time 
for gratitude each day

 ♥ sunshine, snow melt and warm spring days

 ♥ playing games with my family
Yahtzee ♥ Monopoly Kings Corner

♥ trying new recipes

 ♥ going for our daily walks

♥ peeking at the garden each day and seeing daffodils, tulips and crocus popping up to say "Hello"

"Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, it empties today of its strength."
Corrie ten Boom


Friday, March 27, 2020

Color for the month of March ~ Green

Hello Friends,
I have been inspired by a few bloggers who are featuring color posts.
 January I chose white.
February I chose red.

For the month of March I decided to feature the color green.


Definition of green 

1 : a color whose hue is somewhat less yellow than that of growing fresh grass or of the emerald or is that of the part of the spectrum lying between blue and yellow


"March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers."
English Proverb

It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.
Charles Dickens

 "Sometimes we can only find our true direction when we let the wind of change carry us."
Mimi Novic 

"Spring will come and so will happiness. 
Hold on.
Life will get warmer."
Anita Krizzan

"Spring is the time for plans and projects."
Leo Tolstoy

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Howdy Hodgepodgers... 'keep calm and Hodgepodge on'

It is back.. Welcome to the Wednesday Hodgepodge.
Joyce asks the questions.
We answer the questions.

 1. Howdy Hodgepodgers. It's kind of fun to be back, isn't it?  Last time we met was September, 2018. Tell me something big-important-happy-or sad that's happened in your life since that date. Just one thing. We don't know how long this current isolation situation is going to last and we might need to dole out our news bit by bit.

 Our son Sam graduated high school May of 2018. In September he went on to basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. In November of 2018 he graduated from basic training and went on to AIT training at Fort Gordon, Georgia. In May of 2019 he graduated from AIT.

While Sam was at basic training he was not able to talk with us by phone or text. We communicated the old fashioned way, letters, mail, it is called mail, for 10 weeks. Oh my, you should have seen me each day as I ran out to peek in the mailbox to see if we received a letter from Sam.
Today he is on standby with his Wisconsin National Guard unit as we continue to wade the waters of this virus. 

2. Might as well get this out of the way early on...COVID-19. On a scale of 1-5 how serious are you about keeping your distance? Explain. fyi-I didn't create the scale but have seen it several places online. Also fyi-we won't only have virus related questions each week, but for this first one it feels right.

1-Not at all, living normally
2-Cautious but still going out
3-Going out as needed, mostly home or working from home, still seeing friends/family
4-Extremely limited, only going out when unavoidable, minimal contact with people
5-Full lockdown, no one in or out

I feel our family is 3.. our state of Wisconsin is on a Stay at Home Order. 

 I have been home just about two full weeks. My part time work at Daybreak closed last week until May 1st or longer if needed.
Our senior in high school son is working part time at his job at Blain's Farm and Fleet. Store hours are cut back. He shared with me they have changed the store policies for customers. He also said they wear gloves and do a lot of cleaning. ( LOL .. a teenage boy and a lot of cleaning.)

My husband is still able to work at his office. With the new Stay at Home Order that may change, he will know more in the morning.
3. Raise your hand if you think you might run out of steam in the cooking department before it's all said and done? What's something delcious you've cooked or eaten in your own kitchen in the past week?

My husband made Reuben sandwiches for St. Patrick's Day.
And I made Irish Soda bread.
 4. What's a television show or movie you've seen recently (it could be an oldie) that you really liked?

 5. Share something funny you've seen or heard this week.

My friend Deb sent me this funny about a cat holding a sign that said "he wanted to be let out.. if you would let him out.. he would give you toilet paper."

6. Insert your own random thought here.
Thank you Joyce, for bringing the Hodgepodge back.
And remember friends, we are all in this together. 
Check on each other, text message, e mail, send a card in the mail or call. 
Don't fight for bread, eggs or toilet paper. Don't get mad at the associates working at the store.
Those working in the stores are doing the best they can.. we all are doing the best we can.
Don't be  afraid if you see National Guard in your communities. They are there to help. They are setting up testing areas, transporting needs for hospitals and much more.
Remember a SMILE can go a long way.. we can do this!

Monday, March 23, 2020

Joy List Monday

Joy List Monday
♥ a weekly ritual ♥
a reminder to stop and pay attention to the little beauties
and graces that make life magical and to set aside time for
gratitude each day

 ♥ Celebrating St. Patrick's Day together .. the three of us cozy in our home

 ♥ Irish soda bread

 ♥ our youngest son loved it.. always a joy to hear your kids love your baking and cooking

 ♥ our local deli.. knows us by name when we come in to shop 
the owners are so good to all of us in our little village.. extra love going around during these stressful days.. 

corned beef courtesy of Brion's Smokehouse

 ♥  Reuben sandwich

 ♥ having enough leftover to make another Ruben later in the week
 ♥ leftovers

staying in touch with family and friends as we take this journey together
♥ text messaging.. email.. technology.. three cheers for it all as we encourage each other during this time ♥

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Happy Spring ~ let us release some stress and play in the dirt!


In 2020, the spring equinox (also called the March equinox or vernal equinox) occurs on Thursday, March 19, which is earlier than it’s been in over a century! This event marks the astronomical first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.

Seedlings from 2019

Today, I set up my seed starting area in my house. In front of the South patio window.
I have containers washed and ready. My soil and seeds are ready.
My labels are ready. Note: I am terrible at labeling. I always say to self "I will remember what I planted in this pot."  I am about to break that bad habit in 2020. I am labeling when I start seeds. I am labeling when I plant in the garden and I am going to label when I collect seeds.

Seedlings from 2019
According to the Hygiene Hypothesis, exposure to dirt, pets and everyday germs is good for the body and the soul. The health benefits of “dirt” include a stronger immune system, fewer allergies, better digestion, less heart disease, better stress management and a natural anti-depressant agent.

If you have some dirt, a packet of seed and a container. Take some time to start a few plants today.
Trust me, it will do you good!
If you have some dirt and a container but no seeds, let me know.. I have some lovely marigold seed, I will pass on to brighten your garden this summer. 

Watching and caring for those seedlings will help during these next few weeks as we patiently wait for spring to spring into full action and for this virus to go away.

Our Wisconsin National Guard son has been put on notice to be ready. He and his unit are ready to help Wisconsin and others as needed. 

Praying for all.. and a huge THANK YOU to all of those helping to keep us safe.

Stay well my friends.


Monday, March 16, 2020

Garden Book Review ~ Growing Your Own Tea Garden ~ Author Jodi Helmer

Stands the church clock at ten to three, And is there honey still for tea?  Rupert Brooke
Book Review

I recently checked out Growing Your Own Tea Garden from my local library. I felt the book was very helpful. The author gave growing guidance and tips on having success with growing herbs.
She also shares recipes for unique tea blends.

 You Love To Drink Tea. Why Not Grow Your Own?

If you’ve ever considered raising your own tea, this comprehensive guide is the place to start. Growing Your Own Tea Garden is packed with inspiration and practical instructions for cultivating and enjoying delicious teas. Author Jodi Helmer helps you plan and plant a productive backyard tea garden, with sample garden designs and cultivation advice. She shows you how to choose the right crops for your soil and climate, starting with the tea plant (Camellia sinensis) and going on through a comprehensive survey of tisanes, or herbal teas. Discover how to grow the full range of herbal infusions that make wonderful teas, from flowering chamomile and lavender to chicory roots, rose hips, lemon verbena, peppermint, aromatic bergamot and more. Jodi shows you how to harvest, dry and store your tea to enjoy all year long, along with brewing tips and creative recipes.

Tea Time
Because being a grown - up is hard.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Florida or Bust

Florida or Bust

We were headed to Florida. 
Spending time with our friend Bonita
 Palm trees
Walks on the beach

Welcome to the Florida Grapefruit League!
Following a call with the 30 clubs, and after consultation with the Major League Baseball Players Association, Commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr. today announced that MLB has decided to suspend Spring Training games and to delay the start of the 2020 regular season by at least two weeks due to the national emergency created by the coronavirus pandemic.

Over 1.4 million fans attended games in Florida during the 2019 season and since 2000, over 31 million fans have enjoyed Florida Spring Training Baseball.  

Maybe next year?

Stay healthy my friends


Monday, March 9, 2020

Funny on Monday

A message from my son Sam...

I had to chuckle. Because I did show my boys an "old fashioned typewriter" and a "rotary dial up phone" but I never thought to show them a fax machine. 


Happy Monday


Thursday, March 5, 2020

Succulents and Lego's

My friend Nancy gifted me a clay pot saucer full of succulents.
It is sitting in the center of our small oak table in our entry way.
Walking by the other day, I noticed a Lego man and a black plastic spider. 
Can you guess as to who was playing with the saucer full of succulents?

My husband.. boys will be boys.

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