Dog Days of Summer Hodgepodge

1. Do your actions match your words? Elaborate.

“They are both approaching the same level of confusion” says Dear. We’re having some issues with the word match in this sentence. My actions are in harmony or in agreement maybe not so much matching. Seriously though, I do think I speak and act consistently.

2. Sick as a dog, go to the dogs, dog days of summer, dog tired, it’s a dog’s life, every dog has it’s day, can’t teach an old dog new tricks…now doggone it which saying could most recently be applied to your life?

Probably the Dog Days of Summer. Summer makes me lethargic. Truth be told…it’s not my favorite season.

On the whole subject of dogs we have never had a pet dog in Dear and my house. Our son Dan now has a dog he inherited when he married Jamie. Rayna is the golden in the photo above the photos in the collage are of the dogs coming to the self-catering cottage we rented for a week in the Cotswolds when the sausages we were cooking reached their noses.

3. Your favorite book featuring a dog in the storyline? What makes it a favorite?

I’m going with Spot in the Dick and Jane series. I can still remember how excited I was to learn to read and I just couldn’t get enough of reading in my elementary years. Spot was the first dog in the first books I read and now I just found out in the original books from 1932 that Spot was a cat to begin with and then they changed Spot to being a dog! I cherished my time in the bookmobile when it came to school. The only books we had in our house growing up were the Encyclopedia Britannica and a Bible…written in Russian. We eventually got Bibles in English, too. My older siblings and I would walk a couple miles to the library every month to return and check out new books. We would always check out as many as we could carry home. The above photo are of the original 4 of us who walked to the library together before my mom and pop had 4 more to make our sibling count eight!

4. What’s something you hope to one day have the confidence to do?

Make bread. Yes, I’m part of the Mennonite Girls Can Cook but I don’t make bread and I’d like to change that. I have mastered the roulette above that was a favorite that my mom made growing up and I’m pleased about that.

5. August 16th is National Tell a Joke Day. So tell us a joke.

Just changed my name on Facebook to “No One” so when I see stupid posts I can click on it and it will say ‘No One Likes This’.

Hope you are laughing…

6. Insert your own random thought here.

Here’s something I really like, love and can’t get enough of, Addy May!

Love the eyebrows on this little one and all the expressions she makes. Counting down the days when I can kiss those cheeks…

I’ll be linking up with Jo From This Side of the Pond for Wednesday Hodgepodge. She comes up with the questions and we come up with the answers.

Dear and I had a great road trip on Tuesday to Mount Baker Scenic Highway. We enjoyed beautiful vistas and a lake and waterfall. I’ll post about it soon.

19 thoughts on “Dog Days of Summer Hodgepodge

  1. I am probably the only person alive over 50 who hasn’t read the book or seen the movie “Old Yeller”!!! But for sure these are the dog days of summer upon us with high heat and humidity mercilessly “dogging” us.

    • Alycia, I have not read Old Yeller, either! And if I watched the movie I’ve blocked it out of my memory! I’m a heat wimp!

  2. Oh my goodness, that little Addy May is just too adorable! I’m not a fan of the dog days of summer, either. Looking forward to my favorite season, fall. I used to walk to the library with my sister, too. My favorite place. Love the sweet photo. So happy it is cooler now. Home-made bread sounds wonderful! xx

  3. Hello, Addie May is just adorable. I love all the dogs. We are enjoying some cooler weather now, feels like fall sometimes. I remember walking to the library with my sister and friends. I have never made homemade bread, I would not know where to start. Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

  4. What a great post, Ellen. I love it when you answer the questions, let’s me get to know you! I also love the fact that you walked so far to get books! Lovely photo of you and your family long ago. Then there’s beautiful Addy, how precious she is! Blessings to you.💗🌈

  5. Oh yes, I’m laughing at your joke! I had to tell my husband too and it gave him a laugh. 🙂 I love the photo of the four sibs with your dad. What a sweet photo that is! And I love the going to the library, etc. BTW, I have baked bread for many years and it’s simple compared to that gorgeous roulette your showed us! Don’t give up. I was sure that Spot was a dog in the Dick and Jane series. I read those too and recently gave all my primers and readers to my daughter. They’re real treasures. Spot was a cat? Really? You live in the Cotswolds???!!! That is such a gorgeous area! One of these times, I’m going to check out your self-catering. That’s such a fun way to go. We’ve had such great experience with self-catering. We spent a week in one outside York and loved it.

    • Oh dear, sorry to give you some wrong impressions and not the whole story. Spot was originally a cat until 1932 and then Spot was a dog in all the readers we got to read. Also I do not live in the Cotswolds. boohoo. I would like to live there for 3 months out of the year. That would be nice. Now I’m going to go back and clarify my post. Thanks for stopping by Judy!

  6. Little Addy is something else! SO CUTE!
    I like that roulette you made! I wonder if I should make one . . . hmmmmm.
    I think fall is my perkiest time. Summer is hot and you’ve had a very hot one this year!

  7. We would often go to the library as kids but then for years I didn’t. Now I’m not working and don’t want to spend lots of money on books I’ve rediscovered my local library and now everything is digital it’s even better. I can reserve books online, renew them so I don’t incur fines. All so much easier. Now I just need to make time to read! lol Your granddaughter is soooo cute and I love her name. I’ve never mastered bread making either. We have a machine but even that is pretty neglected.

  8. I enjoyed your memories of learning to read and visiting the library and bookmobile. We never had a bookmobile when I was growing up, but my mom was a librarian so there were always plenty of books and reading was and still is my favorite activity. The picture was wonderful…all those cute Spanish style houses. Love them!

    Roulette looks like what we call “nut roll.” This used to be a very ethnic area…Polish, Hungarian, and Russian…and nut rolls and poppy seed rolls (though I like them better with fruit filling) were a staple of all holiday baking. I don’t make the big bready ones like this. Mom and I learned from an older cousin how to make bite-sized ones with a dough that is more like pastry. They are a LOT of work, but sinfully good!

  9. The dog days of summer indeed! Our dogs are just lying around the house, it is so hot here still. So thankful our smoky skies are gone though! Enjoyed your story about Spot, I didn’t know he was originally a cat either! I will look forward to your pictures of Mount Baker, sounds like a lovely cool drive to have in this heat! Precious pictures of Miss Addy, she is growing up SO fast! My goodness, why the days just fly by! And your roulette looks amazing, I make a lot of bread, but have never made one of those. Have a lovely weekend 🙂

  10. LOVE those pictures of Addy, her personality bursting out all over!

    The dog days are here in Maryland. Too hot to get out of my own way and yet there has been plenty of activity to pull me out of my air conditioned haven. Fall is coming soon, I keep telling myself.

    I read Old Yeller aloud once when we were doing a study of the Southwest in our homeschool. I thought it would be good regional reading. Oh my goodness . . . it’s kind of bad when the read-aloud ends with the reader sniffling and snuffling in an emotional meltdown.

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