Rain, Rain, Go Away Hodgepodge

1. April showers bring May flowers or so the saying goes. Has your April been filled with showers? Do you carry an umbrella, wear a slicker, or make a run for it? Besides rain, what else has filled your April?
We are breaking rainfall records here in the Pacific Northwest. Oye. No, I do not bother with an umbrella. I do have a good waterproof jacket. Mostly, I run for it!
Our 5 week old granddaughter has filled our April with lots of love, cuddles and smiles. This is one of the latest photos we’ve gotten via text. Oh how I love this little gift from above.
2. What’s something you could give a 30-minute presentation on at a moment’s notice and with zero preparation?
How to wing it making a meal with whatever you find in your fridge and cupboards.

3. Share with us a favorite food memory from childhood.

Pishky! Russian Fry Bread.Β 

4. What’s a song you thought you knew the lyrics to, but later discovered you were wrong?

When I learned lyrics to a song I listened to them over and over and over again to get them right. In junior high we would listen to Leslie Gore songs on a record player pulling up the arm of the record player and setting down the needle carefully again and again until we knew the words by heart. I was in choirs and Christian singing groups and enjoyed music enough to get the words right. When our minds went blank and we forgot words in the middle of a concert we kept our mouths moving and never missed a beat.

The thing I get wrong very often are well known sayings…

5. According to one travel website, the most overrated tourist attractions in America are-
Niagara Falls (NY), Hollywood Walk of Fame (California), Times Square (NYC), Epcot (FL), Seattle Space Needle (WA), and Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market (Boston). How many of these have you seen in person? Did you feel like a tourist? Did you care? Tell us about a place (not on the list) you’ve visited that might be considered a tourist trap, but you love it anyway.

I’ve been to Niagara Falls (both sides), Times Square, Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the Seattle Space Needle. Pike Place Market in Seattle is a tourist trap that I enjoy taking people to.

6. Your signature clothing item?

Blue jeans in public. My pink chenille robe in the privacy of my home! Sometimes you might see me in the yard early in the morning with my robe on. My Dear cringes when I head outside in my robe.

7. What’s an experience you’ve had you think everyone should experience at least once? Why?

Being the one in need of help. This is when you learn that it’s better to give than to receive. It’s hard to be the one who needs help. It’s a lot easier to be able to give…

8. Insert your own random thought here.

A little sunshine in a song from my teen years…

I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day
When it’s cold outside I’ve got the month of May
I guess you’d say
What can make me feel this way?
My girl (my girl, my girl)
Talkin’ ’bout my girl (my girl)

Linking up with Joyce From This Side of the Pond for Hodgepodge Wednesday.

I drove to Canada and back on Tuesday and spent some time with my Mennonite Girls and will be sharing about our time soon. I am happy to report I had very little rain on my windshield going and coming back home, woohoo! Hope to get around and meet some new Hodgepodge friends.

19 thoughts on “Rain, Rain, Go Away Hodgepodge

  1. I can hear the snapping while thinking of “My Girl”! My oldest is living out in the Mt. Hood area; I’m hoping we can get out to see him before he decides to come back to the Southeast.

  2. And I saw you in Lovella’s living room. What a tea!

    Little Addy looks so bright and perky sitting/ propped up like that. πŸ™‚

    You hang out in a pink robe. I did imagine what the neighbors might be thinking of the neighbor who runs outside in her flannels brandishing a bb gun. (No, I have never hit anything yet, but if that groundhog tromps over my deck one more time…or that stupid woodpecker starts in on my new fence again.)

  3. Your song at the end is perfect. “Your girl” is sweet little Addy who is making your world “sunshine” and “May” and oh-so-wonderful! My goodness, she is growing so fast already.

    I am a blue jeans girl too, but I have to carry an umbrella with this wild hair I have. I hope that the rain goes away soon!

  4. I agree with you…I do much better with being a giver than receiving care from others. I’m a member of our church choir and if I get lost on the lyrics, I just move my mouth like I’m saying, “Watermelon”…works like a charm!

  5. Great post, Ellen! So nice to meet you. We just moved from Poulsbo, Washington. Loved our time there and can’t wait to go back to the Pacific Northwest.

  6. Your little granddaughter is precious! Yes your part of the country this year is so soggy! My daughter said yesterday she is so tired of wiping the dog’s feet : ) I guess all this rain helps you retain your title Evergreen State!

  7. Sweet baby there! What a joy! I often go outdoors in my pink robe. We live out in the middle of nowhere with a long driveway, and many of our windows don’t even have shades. I loved the Leslie Gore songs, except, of course, for ‘Now it’s Judy’s turn to cry.’ LOL That fry bread looks amazing. Does it taste like raised donuts? I hope you get a reprieve from the rain soon.

  8. We have had a lot of rain but sun as well and everything is growing, weeds included. : )
    I love to watch Robins in the water. They seem to have so much fun.

  9. Hi Ellen, I enjoyed your post!! We’ve also had a bunch of rain here and flooding, as well. I have to admit that I was really grumpy yesterday and very glad to see the sunshine today. πŸ™‚ Your new granddaughter is absolutely precious and I can certainly imagine how much joy she is bringing to all. I also remember doing that trick with the phonograph needle (had forgotten until I read this post). I love the song lyrics you shared at the end of the post — I’ve always liked that song. πŸ™‚

    Take care, Ellen, and have a wonderful week!

    Hugs,

    Denise

  10. I love this post, Ellen. We just got back from sunny dry Florida into rainy New Hampshire…I guess it rained the whole time we were away. I get well known sayings wrong too. I’ve been to Faneuil Hall and Quincy market in Boston, so much fun shopping! Niagara Fallis is on our bucket list! πŸ˜‰β€

  11. I walk outside in my jammies all the time in the morning, feeding the birds, taking pictures, taking out the trash… I’m pretty sure the neighbors think I’m nuts lol

    rue

  12. Thankfully my neighbours are too far away to see me in my pjs. I’ve been know to stay in them all day … eek! Addy just looks so adorable – she truly is “sunshine on a cloudy day”. Our little sunshine love joined us for the farmer’s birthday tonight – she is my heart so I know how you feel!

  13. I have the same food memory, I can’t remember if it was made from bun dough or bread dough, but this was something my mom often made on Saturday night and it would be part of (or all of!) our supper while we watched Hockey Night in Canada. We called it “schusterplautz”, spelling is a guess, I don’t know too many others that grew up with this treat.

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