Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A Hodgepodge for All Seasons

Happy Wednesday, friends.
It's good to be back to normal (what ever that is) after a couple of bumps in the road, 
some expected, some not so much.
And then everything really gets put into perspective when events like Harvey and Irma happen.
We were able to dodge the bullet here in central NC once Irma changed course and headed west.
We have several loved ones that were right in Irma's path but thank the Lord,
they are quite drenched but safe and sound.
So we're here for the Hodgepodge...

...where Joyce asks the questions and we answer them on our blogs.
Here are this week's questions.
1. Is a picture worth a thousand words? Elaborate.

I am a visual person so I say yes, yes, 1000 times yes. For example, there are just no words that can really describe the vastness of the sea...

...or the solace and refreshment of a cool, shady trail in woods.

What words would you use to describe the minuscule details when you get up close and personal with a geranium bud?

Words aren't needed to tell the story of a cold and wet cardinal as she waits her turn to grab a morsel.

What about the raw emotion that pictures like these portray? Words just aren't needed here.

But on a much lighter note, sometimes a picture tells a different kind of story. Like the time you bring home that extra bread stick from Olive Garden so it doesn't go to waste...and then you forget about and find it three days later in your purse, hard as a rock. Yes, I found it Sunday morning before I left for church.

And it's an ongoing story as well. I may never get the garlic smell out of my purse! Now, where did I put that Febreze??

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?

No, I have never been anywhere even close to the Pacific coast. I have never had a longing desire to go there, although if someone were to offer me an all-expense paid trip, I would certainly take them up on it and I'm sure I would enjoy it. Visiting Ireland and Scotland now, that's a different story...bucket list for sure.

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 consider myself fortunate to have always lived where I can enjoy all four seasons and I can't think of any real ways that the changes affects me. There are things I love about each one of them and I'm always ready to welcome the change when it comes. Although summer can be full of fun things to do and all of that, the heat and humidity does get to me a bit but as long as I have my A/C, I'm good! I do get rather giddy when fall is in the air because it is my favorite season. But even when the trees have lost all of their leaves and the wintry winds begin to blow, I take delight in hunkering down in front of a cozy fire...and there's always that one little thing to look forward to...Christmas, which is even better if its "white"! But after a couple of snowfalls, I'm pretty much done with winter and you will find me out looking for signs of spring...and the world goes around and around and we start all over again. If there even is a season to season transition that bothers me, I guess it would be the spring/summer one. It seems many years it starts to get hot before we have the chance to enjoy much springtime weather. That's one of the joys of living in the south!

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

Funny you should ask! My birthday is this Friday and I am hoping to enjoy a yummy meal out with the hubs somewhere. The All-You-Can-Eat shrimp special at Red Lobster always coincides with my birthday, although I am not sure that's what I'll be having...I must ponder that for the next couple of days...and no, I never lie about my age.😉

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

To never take 'just a regular day' for hard as it is to do.

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

                                                                    'Til next time.....                                                                  


  1. You always give thought-filled responses and your photography is wonderful. Perhaps emptying your purse and placing a number of fresh tea bags in there would help air out the garlic smell.

  2. Wow you've shared some gorgeous photos here! Happy birthday! Mine is Monday and between my aching rib and going on day 3 without power in the house I'm kinda feeling it : )

  3. Well, happy birthday to you! I always choose food from Red Lobster for my birthday meal. I have hubby pick it up, bring it home, and we eat out back over looking the lake.

  4. Happy Birthday, Debby! Hope you have a wonderful weekend celebrating.

  5. Oh Debby, your photos just make me want to jump inside them! And I agree with you about the thousands words. I hope you have a wonderful birthday this Friday.

  6. Oh my. I almost didn't get past your first answer because I was lingering over your amazing photography. Through your eyes (lens), a picture is definitely worth a thousand words!

    Happy birthday!! May it be joy-filled!

  7. Beautiful, beautiful photos, Debby!

    As soon as I saw that bread stick and read the first sentence about it I thought how your purse must now smell like garlic. Maybe empty it all out, sprinkle with baking soda and let set a few days before vacuuming it out? Another thought might be to put a dryer sheet in there and let it set for awhile. Or a lavender sachet?

    Hope you'll have a wonderful birthday on Friday!

  8. Debby, the picture of the geranium buds is incredible. And I love that picture of the woods. I'm glad to hear you are getting signs of Fall, and that you get all four seasons as well. Happy Birthday to you, and I hope your day is filled with all the things you love.


  9. The photos are wonderful.
    I brought home Chinese last week. Forgot all about it until I could smell it in the car. Not so good.

  10. Hope you have a wonderful Birthday, I never lie about my age either I don't need to been only 21! LOL! Beautiful photos.

  11. I hope you have a wonderful birthday, Debby.

    Your photos are so beautiful - that one of the ocean is amazing! Thank you for sharing them with us!

  12. Happy Birthday.
    I would like taking a walk down that trail in the woods.
    The ocean view is fantastic.

  13. I enjoyed your answers, especially the one about the Olive Garden breadstick. I can't tell you how many times I've forgotten my leftovers when leaving a restaurant!

  14. I enjoyed your responses Debby, much like how I feel, Your photos absolutely tell a story, thanks for sharing.
    Wishing you a very happy birthday!

  15. Happy Birthday on Friday sweet friend. I hope you are celebrating all week long! Your photography is as always...AMAZING! Hugs, Diane

  16. I do hope you get to celebrate on your birthday. I'm sure I will be saying it again, but have a Happy Birthday.

  17. Happy Happy Birthday Debby! I hope you have a special and wonderful time out with your husband! I just celebrated a birthday this past week, and it was such a wonderful time spent with my family. I always enjoy your photography, you take some amazing pictures! The beach picture was so calm and inviting. So thankful you were spared any visit from the hurricanes, and hoping that continues! So much damage and work to be done cleaning up. Happy hugs to you today dear friend!

  18. Stopping by to say hello. Funny story about the breadsticks. Hope your birthday is fabulous. Love the photography. Love when the photos show emotion and do not need words.

  19. You are one fabulous photographer, Debby! You sure know how to capture beauty. The photo of the ocean and then the forest...on my! Happy Birthday tomorrow! I hope you have a wonderful day and a great meal with your hubby.

  20. Oh yes your photos are worth thousands of words. Actually many are because you can always see something in even the weakest of photos. Your answers were so good and fun to read. Your sense of humor shines through your words. I hope you have a wonderful birthday! Today!!!

  21. Happy Birthday, Debby! I hope you have a wonderful day, and a wonderful meal at Red Lobster! YUM! Wonderful text and photos - yes, photos do tell stories at a glance.

  22. Gorgeous photos! I love taking pictures and looking at them and the one with the man and his dog will stay with me a long time... choked me up too. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


  23. Great answers, Debby. I love all the seasons except winter and I are not good friends. We drive through tons of snow and when Christmas is past I am SO over winter. lol Those are great pictures you posted here today. xo Diana

  24. Hi Debby! Happy Birthday my friend! (I just celebrated mine too. We Virgo's rock!) We went out for dinner, and we went with Italian. Can't beat that, and I didn't have any bread left over to stash in my purse either :) But it isn't it true that those bread sticks turn into cement in no time flat?
    Your photos are beautiful, and heartbreaking too. I'm so glad that the storms didn't affect you, or your loved ones. Thank God for that.
    Have a happy, happy week!

  25. I love the path through the woods.

  26. beautiful. love that last image.


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