Turning the Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. Elizabeth Lawrence is quoted as saying, 'Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn." So have you done just that? And what did you leave undone in order to do so?
Actually, I sat on my Daddy's back porch a few weeks ago and just sat with him, literally watching the leaves turn. It was a nice time.

2. Since we're talking turning...what's one thing you feel you're doing 'every time you turn around'?
Changing the toilet paper roll, putting dishes in the dishwasher, figuring out what we're having for dinner...take your pick.

3. How hard is it for you to 'turn the other cheek?'
Hard. Harder than hard.

4. When did you last turn a drawer, your car, a room, or your entire house upside down looking for something? Did you find it?
A couple of months ago, I looked for my Bible. I usually keep it in a bag with some other religious things, but it wasn't there. I haven't found it yet.

5. 'One good turn deserves another'...were you most recently on the giving or receiving end of that sentiment?
I don't remember being on either side.

6. Red, yellow, and orange are the colors of fall. Also the colors of fruit. If you were permitted only one color of fruit in your diet, which would you choose? This question isn't as easy as it sounds, at least not for me.
Yellow. I love bananas, but unfortunately can't eat them very often.

7. The Hunt for Red OctoberOctober SkyHalloween...which 'October' film is your favorite?
I've never seen "October Sky", and "Halloween" scared the crap out of me, so I'll go with "Hunt for Red October". 

8. Insert your own random thought here.
Today in the paper, they ran a story of an 18 month old who crawled into one of those "claw machines" that have prizes in them. Grandmother said that he was playing with the door of the machine, then she got a text, looked away for a second, and he crawled in before she could grab him. She did, however, take a picture of him before the fire dept. freed him. According to the story, the fireman said it happens all the time. This was the first time I've heard of it...what about you?


Randomly Hodgepodging

1. What's your favorite time of day? Why?
Now that the boys are gone (or almost gone), I really enjoy the late afternoon. The time of day when I'm at the house by myself.
In the summer, I would say early morning. Especially this past summer, when I walked every morning at 6:00. (Yep, that's a.m.)

2. Waffle iron, toaster, coffee maker, mixer, blender...which small appliance would you say most needs replacing in your house? 
I noticed my blender has a crack in it, so I would say that. It doesn't get much use, though.

3. It's National Grouch Day (October 15)...what's something that makes you feel grouchy?
Not getting enough sleep.

4. Ever been to Canada? Is that a country you'd like to visit? According to Trip Advisor, the top ten best destinations in Canada are-Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, Victoria, Calgary, Niagara on the Lake, Niagara Falls, Whistler, and Halifax. Which city would you most like to see?
I've never been, but want to go. Any of those places would be wonderful to go to, so I don't have a preference!

5. What was your favorite food (or one of your favorites) when you were a child? Is that still a favorite?
Chocolate. Yes, it still is!

6. Do you cry easily?
I used to when I was younger, but now...not so much. Unless it's some stupid commercial or something very sentimental. Then the waterworks come on.

7. Have you started your (gasp!) Christmas shopping? If so when, and how much? If not, when will you even begin thinking about it?
The only thing I've bought so far is a little something for my SIL. I suppose I'll start thinking about right around Thanksgiving.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
The bad thing about having a week off for Fall Break is getting back into the swing of things. To see what I did over Break, click here.


Fall Break Breakdown

Back to the ol' grind. At least we had a Professional Development Day yesterday, and "Parent Conferences" (if we have at least 6 hours of parent contact, we don't have to actually be at school) on Friday, so it's a short week! Here's the breakdown of last week:
(Don't forget to click on the pictures to make them larger!)
Books: 2
(I was actually half through with this book. I got it as a freebie. Pretty good book.)
Product Details
(I grabbed this off of my nightstand--where it had been for over 2 years--right before we left. I was glad I did! Excellent book!)
Product Details
Campgrounds: 2
 Mt. Pisgah (recommended to us by our neighbors in James Island):
You can read my review of James Island here.
Beaches: 3
Folly Beach:
 Isle of Palms:

Laika Playing in the Ocean:

Dinners made at the campsite: 5
Day 1: Brats (no picture!)
Shrimp & Sausage Gumbo & bread:
And steak (no picture)
County Parks Visited: 6
James Island:
 Mt. Pleasant:
Old Towne (This is actually a future park, but the county owns it):
Isle of Palms (see above)
Folly Beach (see above)
Kiawah Beachwalker Park (see above)
Selfies: 4
Angel Tree
 Folly Beach:
 Isle of Palms

Amazing nature:
Blue Ridge Parkway
Mt. Pisgah

Wildlife (a little too closely: 7+
1 squirrel who came within a couple of feet while I was reading at the campsite
1 raccoon that I caught out of the corner of my eye as he was walking through our campsite.
2 raccoons that walked around the edge of our neighbors' site
2 more raccoons that shimmied down a tree behind of our neighbor's back and peeked around the trunk before coming the rest of the way down
Many toads
1 tree frog that visited CH as he was inside reading
Water views:
Charlestonian Gates:

Charleston Houses:
Pure Charleston:
Lowcountry Houses:
Fall scenes:

It was a pretty awesome week!