About The River

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

A Flower Power Hodgepodge

Hello Friends, it is Wednesday, time for the Hodgepodge!
 Joyce asks the questions.
We answer the questions.

 Question #2

 2. What's your favorite thing about your yard or whatever outdoor space you may have?
My garden!!

I jumped ahead.. let us get on with the Hodgepodge!
 1. Ever played the game Farkle? Are you a risk taker? In games only or also in life?

I have played Farkle.
I do take risks when playing games.
In life.. I pray about decisions and talk them over with my husband, family and friends.

 2. What's your favorite thing about your yard or whatever outdoor space you may have?

 I love my gardens. I enjoy working in the garden, I actually like to pull weeds!
It is a special place to see butterfly, bees and I once had a huge toad scare me while I was weeding the garden. I did not see him until I reached down by the plant, he jumped and I jumped!
I like looking out at my garden in the winter too, while it is sleeping under the snow.

3. Tell us about the most interesting building you've seen or been in.

 2014 my sister treated me to a weekend in Chicago.
 We stepped out on the ledge..Click here to step out on the deck!
It was a cloudy day, but it still was amazing.

 4. In this current season of social distancing, what's something you've come to realize you take for granted in more ordinary times? Do you think you'll make a conscious effort to appreciate whatever that 'it' is once normal life resumes?

In the area that I live, we have a shortage of many items.
Not just toilet paper.
Bleach, Vinegar, Dawn Dish Soap.. oh my was I happy to find Dawn Dish Soap again last Wednesday, Palmolive just does not do the trick.
Kleenex, Clorox Wipes and more.
Pasta, hamburger, chicken, pork, eggs, and much more.

I will make a conscious effort to say "Thank You" when I am able to purchase these items again.

 5. Share a favorite song with a springtime flower in the lyrics somewhere.

A Bicycle Built For Two
Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do,
I'm half crazy, All for the love of you,
It won't be a stylish marriage,
I haven't got a carriage,
But you'll look sweet, up on the seat
Of a bicycle built for two!
 6. Insert your own random thought here. 
Our National Guard son, Sam, is one of the below.
He is currently deployed in Milwaukee helping with COVID19 testing.
His first day was Monday. He messaged us on Tuesday that it was a long day, 14 hours his team put in. They were gearing up for another long day. Cars start to line up at the testing site at 6am.
Testing starts at 8am.
Stay Safe my friends and have a great week. 


  1. Oh wow that photo really brings it home to see how these men and women are out on the frontlines every day! Please thank Sam for his service! A toad would have startled me too! I love seeing them though! I remember your trip to Chicago! I couldn't find Dawn either, I bought Mrs Meyers,I hope it works!

  2. I'm sure you're very, very proud of Sam and his contributions to the fight and for his service. So many brave young men and women helping, I pray that they all stay safe. As far as your question goes, my favorite soap is Ajax Lemon and I haven't been able to find it in stock anywhere for months. Yesterday, I received an order from Target and I was so happy. It really is about the simple things isn't it? Be well my friend. xo

  3. What a great service your son's and his companions are providing. I pray that they all stay safe and well.

    I love your answers. I find that I'm less particular about the brands I'm used to and I adapt to what is available. It has made me aware of how spoiled I have been and more aware that the poorer families have to settle for the lower quality of goods because they can't afford the best on a daily basis.

    I remember your trip to Chicago. I have a dislike for those tall sky scrapers. I'm so used to like in a country setting even though we live in the city and love wide open spaces.

    Stay safe and well.
    Hugs, Julia

  4. Great answers today! What an amazing trip to Chicago! I have been there just twice and spent the time in the Metropolitan Lounge at Union Station while waiting for a train. My hubby went out and explored a little bit but I just wanted to relax in the time we had.

    We always used Ajax dish soap and liked the red grapefruit type, but we had a lot of Dawn on hand due to special deals my hubby had gotten. We were so thankful for that! Ajax isn't as good as it was, anyway. I'm not usually a "brand name" type person, but it really does seem to make a difference with dish soap.

    The major shortage items out here seem to be flour and yeast. I am going to be trying my hand at sourdough!

    Your son is doing amazing work and you must be so pleased that he can play such a vital role helping during this crisis.

  5. May God give your son the strength he needs for this service he is giving. What a photo for the history books is that! I remember being in that tower...I don't think I could step out on that ledge. Yikes! :) Beautiful garden! Have a wonderful Wednesday.

  6. Sam is a hero!! Your garden pictures are really stunning!!

  7. Lovely photo! I still think of it as the Sears Tower. It's a lovely view from there. I've also done The Empire State Building, that was a treat too! Sorry about the items you can't get. That's a cute song! Way to go Sam. I love the protective gear they are wearing. I want one! Praying for his safety.

  8. Well done Sam, may he stay safe ...

    All the best Jan

  9. I could never step out on that deck!

    I'm so proud of Sam and other men and women like him who are serving their country in this way. But Carla, I am so thankful that you, his mother, have work in your beautiful garden to minister to your spirit while he is doing this.

  10. Wow that ledge is amazing - not sure if I'd be brave enough to step out though. Lovely pictures of your garden and good choice of song. We can mostly get everything again now in our shops but some items are restricted in the quantity you can buy. Your son is doing a great job. My Goddaughter, who was working on a research project in midwifery was seconded to work on a Covid 19 research project so she has to work face to face with patients in ICU. It's hard work when wearing all the PPE and of course risky. You must be proud but also anxious.

  11. Bravo to Sam. What a wonderful thing to be part of and helping. With leaving in the suburbs of Chicago and venturing into Chicago a lot I have never been able to do the ledge. Too scary for me. I love your garden pictures always even the winter ones. So happy our planting and having life come back to the garden is happening. Have a great day.

  12. Thanks to Sam and his team for all they are doing!
    I just did the virtual tour of the Skydeck.... Nope, I wouldn't be able to do it. I'm not nearly brave enough! I have been doing my weekly shopping trip in a different town each week just to see what's out there. It seems different everywhere I go. We did stop at Farm and Fleet last night to grab some things, and I was shocked out the bare spots on their shelves. Excited to see pictures of your beautiful garden this year :)

  13. I love gardens as well, 'one is nearer God's heart in a garden than anywhere else on earth.'


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