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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

It is a Knee High by the Fourth of July Hodgepodge

Wisconsin Corn

Happy Wednesday
It is time for the Hodgepodge!
Joyce asks the questions.
We answer the questions.


1. Do you find yourself influencing your world, or is it more the other way around? 
I try to influence the world. 
I share my flowers.
I enjoy having people over for dinner and games.
I volunteer.
I share a smile or kind word.
.... does the world influence me ... sometimes I feel like giving up ... but  I jump back up.
2. July 14th is National Tape Measure Day...the device was patented on this date in 1868. When did you last use a tape measure? Do you always know where to find one in your house? Tell us one way in which you feel blessed 'beyond measure'. 
I used a tape measure with the help of my husband to measure if the back of my car would be big enough for my table, tent and flowers to head to market.
Yes, the tape measure should always be in the junk drawer...unless someone forgot to put it away.
 Blessed 'beyond measure' with these two!
Our two boys...who are the best of friends and so special to me and my husband.
Blessed 'beyond measure' family.

3.The Plaza Hotel (Eloise), The Land of Oz (The Wizard of Oz), Narnia (The Chronicles of Narnia), The Hundred Acre Wood (Winnie the Pooh), Wonderland (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland), or Never Never Land (Peter Pan)...which storybook land (on this list!) would you most like to visit and why?  
The Hundred Acre Wood
The Hundred Acre Wood was our nursey theme for our boys. Who would not want to eat honey with Pooh, jump with Tigger and squeez Piglet.
 4. Where and when do you get your best ideas? 
My brain never seems to shut down...just ask my husband. 
 5.  So what have you been watching on TV this summer? Anything good?
Endeavour ... season 3 on PBS
 6. 'Don't swim for an hour after you eat', 'Dog days of summer', 'Knee high by the Fourth of July'...choose a summer saying from the list or share one of your own, then tell us what image or memory comes to mind when you hear it spoken.
Knee High by the Fourth of July
My dad would always hope that his corn crop would be knee high.  It was always fun to ride out with my dad to check on the corn.
7. In a single sentence, sum up one life lesson you've learned. 
Be brave!
8. Insert your own random thought here. 
Last week I shared that a dear friend of ours is not well. He is still not doing well. 
Thank you for the prayers and please keep them coming.
Thank You!


  1. Be brave...I like that! A good motto for growing older. Enjoy your week my friend. I bet your garden is growing by leaps and bounds now! Hugs, Diane

  2. Many have mentioned the Hundred Acre Wood, I need to research Pooh and Friends, I've had little exposure to children's lit. My mother was a recluse (stayed in her bedroom most of the time), my father was a workaholic, and I never had any children. The wood must be a magical place.
    Lori in Blue Ridge, GA

  3. Excellent life lesson!! I love that one! I love the simple common sense heart-felt wisdom of Winnie the Pooh and friends. Enjoy your day : )

  4. I would love to see 100 Acre Wood too! The closest I've been is the Winnie The Pooh ride in Disney! Knee High by 4th of July, I'd never heard that. Love the corn photo!

  5. I am kicking myself for not watching Endeavor. Everyone seems to have enjoyed it. And I need to get the tv repairman out to figure out why my Netflix doesn't work. I can watch on computer or iPad, but not TV. A smile and a kind word works every time unless you are dealing with a real grump!

  6. just quick question I grew up in the country when I was a kid and remember corn growing. This year corn seems different sizes what do you do when you have some slower growing than others?? I am always thinking as well thus the question I just asked

  7. There is life and promise in that photo of the corn growing. Love it.

  8. Endeavour is a great series. Prayers still coming for your friend.

  9. Family is a great blessing! I would love to come over for dinner and games :) Have a great rest of the week.

    1. Will lots of rain & sunshine our neighbors field was shoulder high by the fourth....:)

  10. I think you are great at influencing the world. Your positive outlook shines through in all that you do :)

  11. So many great answers that say a lot about you! Love the corn reference---looking forward to it in Michigan!


  12. Love these! I really need to join in on the fun. Mine would be The Hundred Acre Wood too!!!! I love "Be Brave" and had it engraved on a teacher gift Sydney gave at the end of the year! 💕

  13. Love Endeavor too. One of my faves. So sad this season just ended. Not long enough. Have a great day.

  14. Enjoyed reading your answers.
    Keeping your friend in my prayers.

  15. I used the corn phrase this past week! Ours down here is more like "neck high by the 4th of July."

  16. I just love your photo and words about your two boys ...

    All the best Jan


High Fives from Wisconsin!