Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Mocha with Who?! and Wednesday Hodgepodge

Hello, does anyone remember me?! My name is Linda and I have a blog! I'm actually beginning to get my head above water just a bit, and I might actually start posting on here a little more frequently! I don't even know how to describe May other than stressful and exhausting. But God was faithful to provide and we made it through the month. My sister is relatively settled in an assisted living facility, although we are still waiting for her ship to come in -- literally! The crate with her belongings being shipped from South America is somewhere between there and here.

School is finished and my boy graduated from high school. (It's amazing that they give diplomas to children who should still be in elementary school!) It was such a fun occasion and we are so very proud of him.

And our time with GG is winding down. Her mom arrived last week and they are spending time doing some tourist-y things around here before we have a farewell party to send them off in a little less than two weeks.

So I thought this would be a good week to hop back in on the Wednesday Hodgepodge!

1. Do you and your family enjoy camping? What do you enjoy most/like the least when it comes to family camping? When was the last time you camped?

My man and the kids love camping. I like it in theory but my back is less enthused with sleeping on the ground! I do think nothing tastes better than food cooked over an open fire! We haven't camped as a family since my boy was in Cub Scouts, although he and my man obviously have camped many times as he made his way up through Boy Scouts up to Eagle.

2. Did you attend a summer camp when you were a kid? Is that a happy or not so happy memory?

The first summer camp I was going to attend was GA (missions) camp in sixth grade. Unfortunately, it dumped torrential rains just a few days before that and flooded the camp and it was canceled. The only camps I attended growing up were the annual church youth camps, one week each summer. Those are less than happy memories until my last two years in high school, and then it was much better when we had moved and were in a great church with a wonderful youth group.

3. Over the course of your life, what have you probably spent more time pondering than anything else?

People. I love to watch people, think about them, wonder why they do things.

4. Which of the seven natural wonders of the world would you most like to see? There are many lists of 'wonders' but this is the standard natural wonder list-Mount Everest, The Great Barrier Reef, The Grand Canyon, Victoria Falls, The Harbor of Rio de Janerio, Paricutan Volcano and The Northern Lights.

I've been to the Grand Canyon, so I would say Victoria Falls. I love rushing water. It fascinates me.

5. What was your first real job?

Being a clerk at Sears when I was 16. Summer jobs are great motivation to go to college!

6. Lemonade or Sweet tea...which do you prefer on a hot summer day?

Sweet tea. Lemonade makes me thirstier sometimes. And I do love an Arnold Palmer when we go out to eat - half lemonade, half tea!

7. What is something that always brings a smile to your face?

My kids. (Except when they don't!)

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I am sooo excited about what my man told me last night that he wants me to do for my birthday gift this year. (I have a significant birthday in August.) Still working out the details so I'm not going to say anything yet, but if it works out it will be such fun!!)

It's great to be back. I hope to be a little more regular in the days and weeks ahead although it's amazing how busy summer is. What happened to those "lazy, hazy, crazy, days of summer?!"


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Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Welcome back! Glad you survived May ... hope June is better! ;-)

I've never had an Arnold Palmer, although several have mentioned it in their Hodgepodges. I'll have to give it a try.

I can't wait to hear about your birthday plans. ;-)

Joyce said...

It's nice to see you back : ) I will look forward to hearing about your birthday plans...hope it all works out as you want.

Glad you've gotten your sister mostly settled. Congrats to the recent graduate!

SusanD said...

Good to see you! I've never heard of an Arnold Palmer. May have to give that a try. You have me intrigued with the birthday plan teaser. So excited for you. Thanks for sharing. Blessings, SusanD

Amy said...

I love sweet tea.. Sounds like you have a fun Birthday ahead of you..

Zoanna said...

Glad you're back and you survived May.

An Eagle Scout--congrats on that as well as the diploma for your son. He sounds quite dedicated which means he has dedicated parents! Hope that ship comes in soon for your sister.

Best line: "Summer jobs are great motivation to go to college." Ain't THAT the truth!

sara said...

so glad you are back!!! I've missed you around here!!!


Glad you are back I have missed you. I see we share the same feelings about camping.

Cathy said...

Been missing you but have enjoyed your recent book reviews. Glad your back and now I'm going to be wondering about what your planning! lol Have a great evening.

Donna @ The House on the Corner said...

Welcome back!!

My daughter worked at Taco Bell when she was in high school. She HATED it. I would smile sweetly at her, every time she complained and tell her - that's why you need a college education :-D

Unknown said...

So glad you made it trough the can pile up in a heap sometimes and it is all we can do to just climb over the pile.

Glad you are back in the blogosphere!


bp said...

It's so good to hear from you, glad you are okay. Look forward to hearing about the birthday surprise.

We've enjoyed our first week of summer vacation, it's been busy but fun!

quilly said...

Sounds like your Spring was crazy. Maybe Summer will be more mellow.

If I had to choose between sweet tea or lemonade I would likely have to remain thirsty. I prefer unsweetened tea or plain water when I am really thirsty!