Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge - 08/24/16

I’m joining the fun this week…. 
Sitting on the porch and answering random questions about everything under the sun….

Joyce asks the questions.
We answer the questions.

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

I don't "waffle" very often, I'm very decisive and have been that way for a very long time. My corporate career as a project manager has taught me that waffling adds time and usually expense to any task, project, or event.  I do LOVE waffles though!

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? 

Yes, rushing the seasons does bother me...alot!  But I am also guilty of 'feeding the retail frenzy'; I was looking at Halloween Decorations at Costco in July... Just today I read an article about decorating your mantel for fall...I just can't help myself! Soon I will be planning for Christmas, I'm sure Costco is already stocking the aisles with Red and Green Sparkly things...  

I saw (here) an end of summer bucket list that included-

make s'mores, read a new (or favorite) book in the park, eat something delicious and bad for you at a state fair, be a tourist for the day, 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? 

I live 15 minutes from a beautiful mountain lake...I have not been there yet.  That is the number one thing on our bucket list for the end of summer. We might even rent a pontoon to cruise around the lake.

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

Hostas!  I love the texture, the dimension, and the subtlety of these shade loving plants. Here in the mountains we have ample shade from towering Oaks and many other native trees. Hostas thrive here. I find the range of color and texture beautiful!

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? 

I judge myself and others for that matter, by actions. Why? because I know others will judge me by my actions and I want them to see the same person that I see.  The person that leads by example and is never accused of her actions speaking louder than her words.  I'm not always successful at this, but I try everyday to hold to that self image.

5. Are you useful in a crisis? Elaborate. 

I've been called "the rock of gibraltar" during a crisis situation.  I can hold it all together like nobodies business. I am calm, shy, and quiet under normal circumstances, but I'm also a natural leader. I'm not sure why, but people follow me and believe in me.  I think that is why I was successful as a project manager of very large construction projects and complicated IT project deployments...people trusted in me and my decisions. In a crisis you've got to be organized...luckily, I have that skill in spades!

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

I don't cook much, my Sweetie does the cooking in our family. So, my favorite go-to-dish is the delicious Chicken Salad sandwich with a bowl of soup at my favorite lunch spot - Cantaberry trackside in my home town - Blue Ridge, GA.

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

No, I haven't jumped on the current bandwagon, but in my college years I did.  There were not "Adult" coloring books then, but I did have a large poster that was made for coloring. I would take time out from my classes and spend an hour or two coloring; it was very relaxing. The poster was of wild animals in a jungle setting, being an art major, I had every color of marker available so my finished poster was very vibrant.  I wish I still had it, but the many moves after college while I "Found" myself took a toll on the poster.  It was eventually sad.

8.  Insert your own random thought here. 

Thank You for all the prayers, well wishes, healing spiritual thoughts, and love with healing juju! Never underestimate the power of prayer and healing love....I was suffering one of my chronic sciatica attaches and asked for help with healing. After countless messages of healing, I was able to get out of bed and the house for that cuban sandwich I was craving....Ahhhh life is good!

Lori in Blue Ridge, 
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  1. Hello Lori! Thank you for visiting my blog today! I love your page. I love beautiful hostas too. And I need to get outside and weed my bed of hostas. I suffer from sciatica too. I will send up a prayer for you today!

    1. Paula, thanks for visiting and thanks for sending up a prayer. I need all the help I can get when it comes to my sciatica!

  2. That sandwich looks delish : ) I'm glad you're feeling better and were able to get out and enjoy!

  3. Visiting you here from the Hodgepodge. You are one smart gal -- it really came through in your responses to the questions. It's clear that your counsel is based on experience.

    I like what you had to say about 'waffling.' While I had not thought of it, you are right -- waffling adds time and expense to [whatever].

    Last, I love the photo of hostas that you included (spell check doesn't like that word and wants to change it to "hosts"!!!). Hostas don't tend to do as well here in Colorado with our dry climate and clay soil. However, during our time in Virginia (many years ago), I admired them in my neighbor's yard.

    1. Thanks for visiting Barbara, I enjoyed visiting you today too. I just love getting to know other bloggers this way!

  4. God bless you, if you have sciatica! I feel your pain. I'm currently battling another episode of it myself. I suffered with it for 6 months, last year, before finally having surgery to relieve it because of the pain. I had several pain free months, after surgery, but it's back now, in a milder form. I'll pray for you!
    Kathy (Reflections)

    1. I'm so sorry for your suffering, I know how depressing it can be. I pray that we both get relief soon!

  5. I do love the variety in Hostas, too. My yard is not so shady but they have been doing quite well for years. I have a couple of monsters near my back deck that must be 7 or 8 feet across and above my knees in height!

    We don't have a Costco near us and that picture of all the pretty Christmas stuff is making me wish, once again, that we did. I wonder if Sam's Club has any out yet?

    1. OH, I'd love to have a Hosta that big! Maybe in a few years. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Have a great weekend!

  6. Whew, glad your sciatica has calmed. I was miserable with it for about three weeks so I feel your pain. Thanks for visiting my blog today! I am going to explore your Etsy shop when I'm done here. We will soon be accepting applications for our (I work at an art museum) outdoor fine art festival. Check it out if you are interested! Here is the FB page:

    1. THanks for the festival tip! I'll check it out. My etsy shop is sllim at the moment, I'm working on inventory for a show, I don't post new things until after the show in case I sell them. Thanks for stopping by.

  7. Love your approach to decision making! Have a wonderful Thursday ♥

  8. Your mountain lake looks absolutely wonderful. It would certainly be on my bucket list...if I had a bucket list, that is. I enjoyed reading your answers. Have a wonderful week.

  9. I love Hosta plants. We don't have them here in Southern CA but I loved them as a boarder plant back in Illinois. Love that your sweetie does the cooking. Glad you have had some relief from your sciatica.