Hot Enough For You? {Wednesday Hodgepodge}

Things are steamy here in East Tn. Is it hot enough for you where you are? If so, stay inside, crank that air up, and read up on the answers to the questions  Joyce provided for us!

1. Summer is upon us this week in the Northern hemisphere. Tell us three things on your summer bucket list.
1. See my son graduate from Law School. (Check)
2. Spend time with Robert's uncle when they visit in July.
3. Spend a few days in Nashville for a conference.

2. Something fun you used to do as a kid in the summertime?
I went to the Small Town's pool almost every day. My mom made sure we had season passes so that's where a good part of the summer was spent.
The neighborhood kids used to come to our yard in the evening to play "kick the can", "hide and seek", or "rolly bats". We'd play until it got dark. Good times!

3. Rooftop or backyard? Why?
Backyard. I don't know that I've ever spent any amount of time on a rooftop.
This is a really cool backyard in New Orleans. There is a stage set up for jazz:
You go in, select your beverage(you can also order some hors d'oeuvrs)  and find a seat outside. This is a view of the back of the building:

4. Do you read food labels? Place importance on them? Make an effort to find out/care about where your food comes from?
I mainly look to see what the serving size is.

5. A song you'll have on repeat this summer?
I don't know that I'll have one. I rarely just listen to one song over and over.

6. Insert your own random thought here.
As I mentioned in my previous post, this summer is sooo different than last summer. There's a lot less stress, for sure! I've read, watched some shows (The Ranch & Shetland), and done some writing. I'm still walking the dogs around 5:45 a.m. The squirrels are still asleep, but a family of raccoons crossed the sidewalk a couple of mornings ago. I didn't even think about that possibility!


Scenes from the Backyard: Dusting off my Camera

close up of a Canon camera with the words "What's in the backyard?" above the picture
Picture courtesy of Pexels
It's been ages since I've done a post on scenes from the backyard. I decided to dust off my camera last Saturday, sit on my back porch, and enjoy. What a difference this summer is from last! I'm not a prisoner in my own living room this summer (see: State of the Kitchen a.k.a. The Kitchen Remodel from Hell). I'm free to sit on the back porch in my pjs until 10:00...and snap away!
purple blooms on a butterfly bush
These blooms belong to the butterfly bush below.

Overgrown butterfly bush beside a back porch
 I kind of forgot to cut the butterfly bush back at the end of last summer. Oops!
Get ready for some bird pictures! 
A robin perched on a wire

small brown bird on a wire

brown bird in the grass with a morsel in its mouth
Ahhhh, success!!!
Cardinal perched on a branch of a tree
Of course, there's a Cardinal picture!
Squirrel with its back to the camera climbing on wires
You may remember my acrobatic squirrel from this post.
Rabbit sitting on the other side of a fence
This bunny is safe...as long as he stays on the other side of the fence!
2 Purple wildflowers
These flowers are right on the fence. I don't know what they are (I'm sure they're just weeds) but they're really pretty.
Blonde terrier mix sitting in the grass turning to the left
Gurl Dogg let me take quite a few pictures of her.
Robin bird perched on a broken branch looking toward the right

Close up of a black and white dog
I was a bit disappointed that I didn't get a picture of a hummingbird. One came to the feeder but as soon as I moved to put the camera to my eye she flew off. It's amazing to me what I see as I'm sitting on the back porch, especially since we're in town. It was nice to dust off my camera and see the scenes from the backyard!


Splurging on the Wednesday Hodgepodge

Joyce has more questions this week for us. Click on the logo above to see how everyone else answered these questions.

1. What happens to the mail at your house?
I distribute it, look at mine and throw away the trash, put CH's on his desk, and leave YS' on the kitchen table where it usually stays until I end up throwing it away.

2. Something you always splurge on? Any guilt associated with the splurge?
Having a cleaning service come in once/month to clean the house. No guilt whatsoever. BUT...why is it when you hire someone they do a great job the first couple of times but then I start feeling like I could do a better job? I've suspended my service over the summer (I can't justify having them come when I'm not working) and I may look for someone else when school starts back up.

3. There are many, but what are two important questions you think every bride and groom should ask/answer before they plan their walk down the aisle?
Definitely ask about attending church, especially if they don't attend church regularly and if they are not of the same religion. (This could be a whole post on its own!!!)

Kids. Make sure you're on the same page about wanting kids. That would have been a definite deal-breaker for me.

4. What's the best advice your father ever gave you?
As long as there's no blood, let the boys go at it. This was a time when the boys were little and they were driving me crazy with the fighting. I called him and asked him how they did it with 10 of us. That was the answer he gave me.

5. Your favorite movie where a father features heavily in the storyline?
Father of the Bride was the first one that came to mind. Maybe it's a result of this week's questions?

6. Insert your own random thought here.
I spent an afternoon with one of my sisters. She lives out in the country & has a fantastic view of a mountain from her back porch. As I walked out the front door I saw a cardinal & mentioned it to her. Then she showed me this in one of her bushes:
3 just hatched baby cardinals in a nest
She was able to get close enough to count 3 baby cardinals in the nest. So sweet!!! 
On my way out to her house, I saw a sign on the side of the road so I stopped on my way out to see what it was. Very interesting!
Sign with historical background for The Black Sulfur Spring

I'm assuming this is the spring. 
2 creeks meeting in the woods

Have you seen anything interesting in your neck of the woods lately?
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