A Wordy Hodgepodge

1. Is a picture worth a thousand words? Elaborate.

Yes! Don’t tell me, show me. I’m a visual person and a visual learner.

And I have many words for the photo above of little Addy May chasing cheerios. Look at those sweet fingers and the concentration!

2. Have you ever driven any part of the Pacific Coast Highway? If so what was your favorite stop? If not, is this sort of trip on your bucket list?

It probably would be easier to say which parts we’ve never driven on. Dear and I were born and raised in Southern California. He grew up right next door to Santa Monica. On our honeymoon we traveled up the Pacific Coast as far as San Francisco. We lived in Huntington Beach and Ventura in the 70’s and 80’s before we moved to the Seattle area. In the mid 80’s we went on a bike ride and traveled on the coast from Mendocino down to the Russian River. For our 25th wedding anniversary we met our friends in California and stayed at Bodega Bay (The Birds) for the weekend. When we lived in Camarillo, Ca. from 2006-2010 we made a few weekend trips up the coast to Santa Barbara, Pismo Beach and beyond. We’ve made a few trips to the coast of Oregon and Washington.

The collage above is from our trip to the Oregon Coast where we came home via Multnomah Falls and across the Columbia River to Bonneville Hot Springs. The falls were in the path of a huge fire recently and the brave firefighters saved the historic lodge situated at the base of the falls.

Too many great spots to pick a favorite.

3. How do the changing seasons affect you? As the seasons change do you find yourself looking more forward or backward? Which season-season transition bothers you most? Why do you suppose that is?

I’m so thankful to finally have landed in a state where I can enjoy all four seasons and the changes they bring. Growing up in Southern California there were only slight differences. I can get a little blue in the winter if it has long stretches of bleak and dreary. Light has a good effect on my mood. I think for the most part I look forward instead of backward.

4. It’s your birthday and you get to pick the dinner menu. What are we having? Do you ever lie about your age?

I do not lie about my age since I’ve been an adult. In my youth I tried to sneak an age or two older for certain privileges. Now about that dinner…We are having a butter basted barbecued rib eye, some roasted root vegetables with lots of onion and seasoning and a fluffy souffle for dessert with red wine for the main course and a glass of champagne with the dessert.

5. What’s a life lesson you’ve learned recently?

I’ve been reading and listening to lessons on prayer these days and on being persistent in it like the parable of the persistent neighbor from Luke 11…

“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened. 11 Now suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a fish; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he? 12 Or if he is asked for an egg, he will not give him a scorpion, will he? 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”

6. Insert your own random thought here.

Today, September 13th is my parents wedding anniversary. On my mom and pop’s 70th wedding anniversary my mother died. That was four years ago today. My mother was ready to go to her eternal home and to see her Savior.  I’ll be calling my dear old pop today to talk to him and hopefully encourage him. It’s hard for him as he lives these days on earth without his wife and companion of so many years. Thankfully my oldest sister and her husband are gracious in giving him room in their home to live and thrive as best he can at 94 years of age.

I’m linking up to Wednesday Hodgepodge with Joyce From This Side of the Pond. She comes up with the questions and we answer them.

14 thoughts on “A Wordy Hodgepodge

  1. Hello, Great answers! Cute shot of Addy chasing the cheerios. Love the photos of you on the beach, California is a beautiful state. I like Oregon and Washington too. I have been to Multnomah Fall is is gorgeous. It is sad about the wildfires. Lovely shot of your Mom, I am glad your Dad is not living alone. BTW, your birthday dinner sounds delicious. Enjoy your day!

  2. Oh how you must miss your mom’s sweet smile! Your Pop is doing so well and it’s wonderful that he can stay with family. Addy chasing cherries – fabulous. You have made some amazing choices for your birthday dinner. The Pacific Coast Highway is on our wish list!

  3. Can I come to your birthday dinner? 😉

    Yes, you are familiar with the Pacific Highway! You must have many beautiful scenes and moments are tucked away in your memory bank.

    May your memories of your dear mother be warm and comforting. It must be so very hard on your father to live his remaining days without her. ((Hugs)) and prayers . . .

  4. It’s hard to lose a parent, even if they’ve lived to a ripe old age. I still miss my parents very much. You’re making me rethink a Pacific Coast highway trip. Loved reading your answers and the delightful photo of little Addy and of your parents. So sweet!!

  5. I enjoy all the seasons and glad I live where they change.
    Wonderful to hear that your parents were married for all those years.
    How your dad must miss her.

  6. My Oh My,how Miss Addy May is growing, Ellen, being grandparents is the icing on the cake! Just think when she is older she will want to come and visit with you by herself! We always enjoyed our grands, visiting during the summer, and to this day they remember those lazy days at the farm, and thank us.
    I so enjoyed reading your Hodgepodge, i too am grateful to live where the seasons change, by the time one season has ended, I am ready for the next! ~smile~

    I can only imagine yours and your Dads feeling of loss, knowing he is living with your sister must bring much assurance to you
    .
    Read your last post, enjoyed the family photos so much, wishing your husband a belated happy birthday, and that last photo of Addy is priceless! We were able to go with our grandchildren four times to Disney, but instead of us introducing them to Mickey, they took us and showed us the works, You should have seen those two grand girlies sporting us all over Disney World. ~smile~ Ahh the memories, and I have the photos to reminisce over.
    Thank you for sharing, please forgive my chattiness! Thank you for visiting and for always leaving such sweet comments.
    Blessings,
    Sue

  7. What a beautiful memory of your parents. I know how your dad feels. It is hard to keep living after you have lost your spouse. But we know we will be with them again one day. I wish to share a birthday dinner with you. Sounds yummy! thanks for the visit to my place!

  8. I had no idea that we are such opposites in blogging. 🙂 You are more a picture person and I am more a words person. This post hit both very nicely. Your dad is such an example of godliness…I find the fact that your mom went to Glory on her wedding anniversary terribly ironic. I had a friend once suggest that I change the terminology and see such events (we have a number of them in our family as well) as “meaningful” instead. That Addy…growing by leaps and bounds!

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