Wednesday Hodgepodge

If you are visiting from the A to Z Challenge please scroll down below Wednesday Hodgepodge. Cheers!
From this Side of the Pond

1. Has spring sprung in your part of the world? How can you tell? Did March come in like a lion where you live? Going out like a lamb or something more ferocious?

March is definitely going out like a lion. I was in Southern California for the beginning of March and it was calm enough except for the escalating worries over COVID-19. Panic shopping and hoarding had begun. In our part of Northeastern Washington Spring comes slowly. We see some green poking up and there are buds forming on some bushes. Our best sign of Spring is our granddaughter who was born on the first day of Spring in 2017.

She’s busy with Spring clean-up!

2. The last thing that caused you to spring to your feet?

Springing to my feet might be a thing of the past but something that made me get up as fast as I could to my feet was our grandson. We have a room at our country bungalow that has been designated as the playroom. It is one of our guest rooms so it has a queen size bed and two nightstands and a dresser and bookshelf besides some toys. I was reading to our granddaughter (sitting properly on the floor as per her instruction) when I saw grandson had walked around the bed to the flimsy lightweight nightstand and the lamp was tottering. I shifted Addy off my lap and got up as fast as I could which is hard from a sitting on the floor position. I got to him in time and moved him away. I then put a sturdy chair in front of the nightstand to block his access to it. Tragedy averted. Next time we are playing in there I will be prepared by moving the chair to block that nightstand forthwith.

For those of you Hodgepodgers who don’t regularly follow my blog, this is our grandson who was born in April of 2019 which is one of the best things that happened during the Hodgepodge hiatus since September of 2018. His older sister just turned 3 and he will turn 1 on April 16th with no huge 1st birthday party because of the virus. He won’t care but it’s tough on the adults in his life.

3. Do you have a spring clean to-do list? What’s one chore on the list you’ve already managed to accomplish? What spring clean chore do you most dread?

I do not have a Spring clean to-do list. We go with the flow.

We managed a good head start on cleaning up our fall brush pile and getting the yard ready for Spring growth. Using my hedge trimmer to clean up leftover dead growth around the former pond and throwing everything on the burn pile was very satisfying.

This winter we had a huge amount of branches and pine cones fall from all of our trees in the front yard. We finished picking up those branches along with some of the cones and they went on the burn pile, too.

I’m not dreading any Spring cleaning chore because I don’t have a big list of things I only do in the Spring. Should I make a list? Maybe I should clean out my closets and drawers??

4. Tell us something you’ve learned about yourself or the wider world as a result of social distancing/the virus crisis.

I’ve learned that concentrating is harder these days. Even though I don’t feel like I’m anxious the uncertainty of where this is all going is unsettling. I’m a person who can get a lot accomplished if I have an incentive like a dinner party, or a trip coming up, or company coming to stay. There’s none of that kind of planning right now so one day just flows into another and my concentration has gone out the window. Hodgpodge helps and blogging helps and having my music on helps, and listening to sermons online helps, too. By the way y’all today is Wednesday just in case you were wondering. Anyone else having to ask, “what day is today?”

5. Something you love that’s the color pink?

My Lenten Rose (Hellebore) that I had to leave behind at our former home in Kenmore. It brought me such joy year after year when it would bloom during the season of Lent. Speaking of leaving things behind, here are my pink rhoddys that I hope are still thriving in Kenmore.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

Some good quotes from trusted authors/pastors/Bible that I’ve read this week:

“Faith is not a power which you possess to create your own future. Faith is a God-given ability to trust the future that God has promised you.”~ John MacArthur

“Because of Christ, death is not final. It is a passage from one world to the next.” ~ R.C. Sproul

“Judas heard all Christ’s sermons.” ~ Thomas Goodwin

“Bene orasse est bene studuisse” To have prayed well is to have studied well. ~ Luther

Proverbs 3:25, 26(ESV) ~ Do not be afraid of sudden terror or of the ruin of the wicked, when it comes, for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught.

Linking up with Joyce at From This Side of the Pond for Wednesday Hodgepodge. I’ll add the direct link on Wednesday.

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

18 thoughts on “Wednesday Hodgepodge

  1. Beautiful thoughts shared by inspiring writers, our son is a pastor he makes videos for his congregation each day.
    You indeed have two precious spring gifts, that bring you so much joy.
    I have really enjoyed working around the farm this week, getting our spring garden planted.
    Thanks for visiting, be safe and carry on,

  2. I would love to gather all our yard clippings and burn them but I don’t think we are allowed to here. I heard of someone who did it and the neighbors called the fire department! I love all of your random thoughts. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! Your pink flowers are beautiful. You must have a green thumb!
    Kathy (Reflections)

  4. Your grand babies are so cute! Thank you for all the lovely examples of pink. I may change my mind about the color after all. I also very much enjoyed your random thoughts section. Happy Hodgepodge!

  5. Hi there! Thank you for visiting my blog today! Your grandchildren are precious!! I have to say that after Hurricane Michael, everyone here had trouble concentrating. Trauma, of any sort, does that to a person, and we are certainly going through something traumatic right now. Tender hugs to you!

      • Have been having ongoing troubles commenting, Ellen. I always want to comment on how cute the grands are and what a hit the wheelbarrow was. Addy is adorable helping her daddy out around the yard. Such a bummer that you won’t be celebrating that first birthday in person with Jaymison. Strange times we are in for sure.

  6. Ellen – this Hodgepodge is so much fun. The flowers are so pretty. I am sure your new garden will have its treasures as well, in time. The quotes about faith and death resonated with me today. Thank you, and stay well!

  7. Your spring gifts are the very best kind! I can imagine that “springing” that you did to keep that night table from overturning. Powerful motivation!

    And speaking of motivation . . . I am having the same problem. Time management is a challenge for me in normal times, but it is worse now that there are no outside incentives (like a gathering, an event, a trip). One day is much like the previous, so it’s hard to get motivated to action.

    Proverbs 3:25, 26 is a good Word for these days!

  8. I so agree with your answer to #4. I am even finding it hard to read because my focus wanders. I guess we will adjust in time to this new normal but it is certainly strange. I try to make a list each day, even adding some little things there just to help me feel a bit of structure to the day. Stay well!

  9. Lovely, inspiring post, Ellen. I agree about #4 — it has been weeks since I made a schedule for each day; just seems too much to concentrate on. The past couple of days I have made a list for the day, and that’s helping.

    Your pink flowers are lovely, especially the rhododendrons.

    My hubby burned one of his brush piles out back last week. It was still surrounded by snow. He didn’t need a permit or anything because of that, but the fire department just asked that he call them when he started the fire, because there are always those passers-by who see it and decide the fire dept. must be called.

  10. Those little ones move so fast, don’t they? You are a good grandma for moving so quickly…looking out for little ones is a tough job! Loved the rest of your answers…and those pink roses are stunning! Loved the quotes you shared at the end too. Enjoy the rest of of your week and like you, I can hardly remember what day of the week it is as well. 🤔

    On Wed, Apr 1, 2020 at 2:46 AM The Happy Wonderer ~ ellen b. wrote:

    > Ellen posted: ” If you are visiting from the A to Z Challenge please > scroll down below Wednesday Hodgepodge. Cheers! . 1. Has spring sprung in > your part of the world? How can you tell? Did March come in like a lion > where you live? Going out like a lamb or somethin” >

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