Summer Hodgepodge Questions

Summer Hodgepodge Questions

Good morning friends!  Happy hump day for those of you who are still doing the work thing.  I am basking in the glow of having NO schedule.  That’s right, I have no place I must be and nothing pressing to do.  Well, except for laundry, cleaning, and hauling kids.  I never said life was perfect. 🙂  Anyway, it’s time for the weekly link up with From This Side of the Pond for some random Hodgepodge questions and answers.  Enjoy!

1. The first day of summer rolls in later this week. What are ten things you’d put on your list of  quintessential summer activities? Will you try to manage all ten this summer?

Sleeping in, fireworks, a trip to the beach, days at the pool, lazy days reading, BBQs, one good vacation, ice cream cones or snow cones, road trips, sunburns.  I will get most of these done this summer.  I’ve got a good start already, with one sunburn under my belt.  Par for the course around here.

2. Do you collect seashells when you’re at the beach? What do you do with them once you get them home? What’s your favorite place to comb for seashells? How many of these ‘best beaches for hunting seashells’ have you visited? Which one would you most like to visit?

Calvert Cliffs State Park (Maryland), Jeffrey’s Bay (South Africa), Sanibel Island (Florida), Shipwreck Beach (Lanai Hawaii), Ocracoke Island (North Carolina), Galveston Island (Texas) and The Bahamas

Yes!  I also collect some sand from each beach we visit.  I don’t have a FAVORITE place to hunt.  They’re all my favorites.  I’ve visited Ocracoke Island and Galveston.    Here’s what I do with some of the shells.

Seashells for summer refresh.

3. At a snail’s pace, shell out money, come out of your shell, go back into your shell, drop a bombshell, happy as a clam, clam up...which ‘shell’ phrase could most recently be applied to some event or circumstance in your life? Explain.

Mr. LouiseMarie would definitely pick ‘shell out money’ or as he tells me, “we’re bleeding money.”  Of course, that might be due to the extraordinarily wonderful gift he gave me for our anniversary.  I, on the other hand, would choose ‘happy as a clam.’  Duh, it’s summer!  Enough said.

4. What summer activity do you dislike? Why?

I do not like swimming in lakes.  Maybe it’s just me.  Maybe it’s the lakes near me.  I feel like they’re not so clean and you can’t see what might be swimming up to surprise you.  It kind of grosses me out to have fish brushing up against me or feeling slimy plants in the water.  Guess I’m just weird that way.

lake swimming for a summer hodgepodge

I much prefer something along these lines.

Also, can Texas’ extreme heat count for a summer activity.  That can make anything outdoors pretty miserable.  Not yet, but give it a week or two.

5. What’s something you see as quickly becoming obsolete? Does that bother you?

Cashiers.  Have you noticed that everywhere you go, you have the option to self check out?  Don’t you think they’re just testing it out before doing away with cashiers?  It does bother me.  The cashiers are much faster than me.  I don’t like when the machine acts like you’re stealing an item if you don’t put it in the bagging area fast enough.  Then, you have to call the checkout supervisor to come clear it.  The whole thing is annoying to me.  Although I do like the option just in case you get stuck behind some crazy couponer with about a gajillion coupons.  That process takes all day!  Has anyone else ever had that distinct pleasure?

6. Insert your own random thought here.

US Navy emblem for HOdgepodge

I think I’ve put something in here about the Navy for the last few weeks.  Can you tell it’s on my mind – a lot?  Well, my 2nd son just passed his Alpha (?) test to qualify for nuclear engineering – or something like that.  I get that it’s a high level.  Yes, of course, I am proud of  him.  HOWEVER, this means he will be spending a great deal, dare I say, most, of his time on a submarine!  As in months at a time.  If you were the mom, would you embrace that idea?  The thought alone makes me claustrophobic.  Does anyone know anything about this?  I would love some wisdom sharing if you have experience in this area.


Until next time~


  1. I could never be on a submarine, but God bless your son and those who serve in this way. Makes me want to reach for a paper bag to breathe into : ) We live on a super clean lake, one of the cleanest in the US. It’s man made and they scraped the bottom when it was built so there’s not a lot of junk. You can see your feet and below. I will swim in the less clear lakes too, but am a little spoiled now that I’m on this one. Happy Summer!

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      Wow! Well, your lake, might just be one I’d swim in then. I don’t know if I’ver ever seen a lake like that. 🙂 I agree, God bless everyone who serves our country. I am gaining more and more appreciation these days. Funny how that happens, right? So glad you visited. I love the Hodgepodge questions every week. Thanks so much for hosting.

  2. I think my brother was on a submarine when he was in the Navy, at least part of the time. I don’t remember any horror stories from him. I’ve been on one and I got right off. I can’t do it. I’m mid-level claustrophobic although my family will tell you I’m high level. Pish. What do they know? 😉 I used to swim a lake or ocean every chance I got but no more. If it’s not a pool, I’m not going in. 🙂

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      Ha ha! I totally agree – it’s got to be a pool. Glad to hear there are no horror stories. So glad you clicked over today.

  3. Your shell display is beautiful!

    I had to smile about your cashier answer. That’s something that a friend of mine has been complaining about for years!!

    Congratulations to your Navy son. What a wonderful accomplishment! My son is in the Air Force. He’s only been in a little over a year, but we celebrate every certification and flight check he passes. Hugs from one military mama to another!

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      Thanks so much for the kind words. I guess I am a military mama now. Hadn’t even thought about that! Prayers for both of our sons to stay safe.

  4. I don’t know anything about being on a submarine except the submarine ride at Disneyland and I didn’t even like that one. I do hope you will find peace about your son being on one. Our son-in-law was a machine gunner in the Marines which means front of the pack in war and scouting situations with 2 tours of duty in Afghanistan. Lots of prayers went up and he made it home safe both times. I didn’t think about cashiers…but now that you mention it I wouldn’t be surprised if they are on their way out. That is concerning. Hope you have a good first week of summer!

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      Thanks Ellen. I will find peace for sure. I have a lot of faith as I know I am not the one with the plan. My son is in good hands for sure. I so appreciate your kind words. Have a wonderful week.

  5. I like that you save a bit of sand from each beach you visit. I’ve thought of doing that. I got the idea from a friend who is blind and doesn’t travel but has friends bring him a small container of soil from anywhere they go. He has a bit of more places than I will ever see.

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      Thanks Stacy. Yes, we have a large apothecary jar full of sand. It’s neat because it’s in different colored layers depending on where we were. I definitely brings to mind happy memories. So glad you stopped by.

  6. Well, first of all, I think that’s completely normal to not like slimy things you can’t see brush up on your legs in the lake! I didn’t think about the cashier thing, you’re right! Besides it being time consuming, I actually like to visit with the cashiers as they check me out. It’s nice to have the personal contact. 🙂 And, WOW, that’s great for your son. Personally I could never live on a sub but ever so thankful for those that do and do so to protect all of us! Thank you and him!

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      ha! I am so glad to know I’m not alone with the slimy things in the lake. Especially when you can’t really see them! I will thank him and thank you for your kind words. Military life isn’t for me, but I am also thankful for those that do want to serve.

  7. Jenny I hope you enjoy your summer and take it easy. I just saw that photo.. is it a snake grabbing the fish? I think I’d have a heart attack! I live in Greece where thankfully the waters are so clean you can see all the way to the bottom. 😉

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      Yes! Me too! That’s why I don’t go into that kind of water. 🙂 Greece? Wow. It’s on my bucket list to visit some day. Every picture is beautiful from there. So glad you visited.

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