Barefoot by the Sea: Wednesday Hodgepodge: Better Late Than Never!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge: Better Late Than Never!

I've read my friend Carla's blog for a while now and she's introduced me to the Hodgepodge. I've learned a lot about Carla so I thought I would join along!
Joyce asks the questions.
We answer the questions.


Click here to join the fun. Every Tuesday, grab the questions, link back and answer them on Wednesday!

1. It's National Waffle Day (August 24th)...what decision are you currently 'waffling over'? (or share one you've recently 'waffled over')

I'm pretty decisive in general. Recently, we decided to move ahead with refinacning our house. If it works out, we will lower our payment and knock a few years off in our favor. We've talked about it for a while and finally decided to just move forward. That felt good. 

2. It's the middle of August, but I'm already seeing lots of autumn-related posts. Do you think we rush the seasons? If so, does that bother you? make s'mores, read a new (or favorite) book in the park, eat something delicious and bad for you at a state fair, have a pot luck picnic, book a last minute summer getaway, relax by or in the pool, take a hike to watch the sunset, have a day on the lake, try a new summer recipe. Which activities on the list might you squeeze in before summer officially comes to a close?

It doesn't bother me because in life, I feel like we are always anticipating the next thing. The next season, the next holiday,  the next big event. I've tried hard to focus on living in the moment these days. I see that time is fleeting so I'm trying to enjoy what's in front of me and make the most of it. I can honestly say that, for the most part, I skip right over the Autumn related posts - unless I just can't resist them. We still have a few Summer bucket list items to check off and we're working on these this week. They include one very last trip to the beach, a trip to my Mom's pool and a few evening walks with my girls. S'mores sound fun too but we may opt to do that Labor Day weekend when it's the last hurrah of Summer! 

3. Your favorite summertime 'art' found in nature?

SO hard to pick one. I'll go with evening Summer skies, they are incredible!

4. Stephen R. Covey is quoted as saying, 'We judge ourselves by our intentions, and others by their actions.' Agree or no? Do you define yourself based on your intentions, your actions, or something else?


5. Are you useful in a crisis? Elaborate.
In general, I get stressed fairly easily in my day to day life. It's a weakness. Yet, for some reason when there is a "real crisis" I am able to put the silly things aside and focus on the task at hand, get down to business and help however I'm needed. Recently, my friend thought she'd lost her kid at the park. She immediately panicked and I just took off on a mission to find her. I just feel like in those real situations, the ones that matter? There's no time to stand around and talk about feelings! By the way - we found her, she wandered off to the playground by the beach. Stressful on a busy day but quick action certainly helped!

6. What's been your go-to dish this summer? Is it something you'll continue making as the seasons change?

Bruchetta and Caprese Salad. We eat a lot of it in Summertime because the tomatoes are so delicious! So easy and simple, our garden is FULL of tomatoes and basil so why not?  We won't either often once home grown tomato season passes, it's something we look forward to in the Summer!

7. Adult coloring books are a thing now. Have you jumped on the bandwagon? If not is this something you think you might enjoy?

My girls and I spend evenings during the school year coloring in those books. It is really a way to connect with them, talk about our days and let those creative juices flow. It's fun! Our library hosted a Dover Publishing Company event on National Coloring Day earlier this month and we picked up some beautiful books that will keep us busy for a while! 

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

"Memories made at the beach stay in our hearts forever" 

20 comments:

  1. I'm glad you joined in this week. Your link wasn't working, but I fixed it. When you enter the line that says link address you have to put the http:// in front of your address. It's all good now. We eat a lot of caprese salad here too-the tomatoes are so good this summer! Enjoy your day : )

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  2. I'm loving this!! I noticed our library was hosting one of those coloring book days too. That must have been scary when your friend thought she lost her child. It's good you were so level headed and proactive in the crisis. I panic sometimes too easily. I'm trying to stay calmer in situations. yoga yoga yoga!

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    1. Maybe if I consistently color daily, I'll feel less stressed on a day to day basis? Just maybe?

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  3. One last trip to the beach.....bliss.

    And now I am craving Bruchetta.

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    1. Me too Stacy! Luckily those tomatoes are ripening fast!

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  4. Welcome to Hodgepodging ( is that a word?) You and I are opposite with the crisis thing, Normal day to day stuff doesn't stress me out too much, but in a crisis I'm an absolute mess.

    I love the idea of coloring while talking with your kids. We usually do book reading as our together time every night which is great, but not conducive to conversation.

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    1. That makes sense! My girls are a little older so they tend to read right after coloring, but before bed. We don't do it every night but often, when evenings aren't too hectic.

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  5. I am so happy all ended well with the lost child. Well done by you to be strong for your friend.
    Bruchetta.....oh yes!!!

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    1. It didn't take long to find her, yet those few minutes felt like hours to her Mom! Glad I could help!

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  6. I raised my four daughters near the sea- only 3.1 miles from the ocean on Sullivan's Island. But we're in Charleston, SC. The girls dearly loved growing up at the coast. :) Enjoyed your Hodgepodge answers!

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  7. There is something oh so special about beach memories! Glad that I am not alone in stewing over decision like those about refinancing!

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    1. Life just seems less crazy by the sea! Perhaps I should have brought my refinancing paperwork there ;)!

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  8. I love the coloring books - and that they have "adult" ones now - although I am partial to my Harry Potter ones :-)

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  9. I have got to make bruchetta!! I have wonderful tomatoes and basil growing in my garden. So glad you reminded me of that. And I agree about setting aside feelings and tackling the issue, like a lost child. Thank God all turned out well in the end.

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    1. It's so delicious in the summer! One of my favorite things to enjoy from the garden!

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  10. I have got to make bruchetta!! I have wonderful tomatoes and basil growing in my garden. So glad you reminded me of that. And I agree about setting aside feelings and tackling the issue, like a lost child. Thank God all turned out well in the end.

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  11. Good luck with your refinancing. Yes the summer skies are amazing! I enjoy coloring but I can't do it for a very long time. I get impatient!

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