Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Spring Hodgepodge

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1. Setting aside the real March Madness (NCAA Basketball) describe something happening at your house this month that might earn the title 'March Madness'?

Well my mother-in-law has been in the hospital and rehab since January and is coming home this week.  There are some adaptations that need to be made before she gets home so let's just say I have been feeling the March Madness.

2. What's a favorite made up word from your childhood or a favorite from your children's childhood? Does your family still use the word today? If there's a story behind the origin please share.

Ketchip- it is not really a made up word, but a pronunciation of ketchup from when my daughter was a little toddler.  My family still uses that word every once in a while and we all smile.  I remember my husband not wanting to forget the way she said it and of course I was quick to correct her.  She learned to say it correctly soon after but I am glad my husband held onto that word.  He is very good with being in the moment and enjoying the everyday things. 

3. Will you be doing any spring cleaning now that the season is upon us? I read here a list of 15 quick (under one hour) spring cleaning tasks. They were-

clean out a drawer, vacuum furniture, whiten tile grout, dust the nooks and crannies you don't get to year round, degrease kitchen cabinets, wipe down walls, go behind furniture, wipe down ceiling fans, vacuum the mattress, clean the range hood, wash baseboards, shine the stainless steel, clean out vents, tackle the windows, and wipe down gadgets

Of the fifteen 'quick' tasks listed which two most need doing at your house? Will you do them?

I do plan on getting to washing the windows but it will be a little bit later in the season.  The two that most need doing at my house are degreasing the kitchen cabinets and wiping down walls.  Before we moved in I don't know how many years passed since the cabinets were degreased.  I have done them numerous times but never seem to be clean enough for me.  I am waiting for the living area and kitchen walls to be painted so they will need to be wiped down first. 

4. A favorite movie set in Paris or New York?

"You've Got Mail" with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, which is set in New York.

5. What's put a spring in your step this month?

Breathing in ocean air and walking on the sand.

6. Did you ever want to be a teacher? Why or why not?

Yes and I did become a teacher :)  I did not like school much but had a few amazing teachers along the way who changed that for me.  In high school my social studies teacher had me volunteer in a Special Ed. class instead of having study hall.  That was the changer for me.  I went on to get my degree in Special Education and then graduate school for Elementary Education.  I taught preschool and second grade and loved it!  I wanted to make a difference in my students' lives the way some of my teachers made a difference in mine.  Over twenty-five years later and I still get teary eyed thinking of those amazing teachers. 

7.  What's your favorite floral scent? Do you have this somewhere in your home or maybe in a perfume? How do you feel about florals in food? How about wines with floral notes-yay or nay?

I like the smell of roses.  I do not have that scent anywhere in my home.  I don't usually wear perfume but occasionally will wear essential oils.  I don't have any rose oils.  I do not like florals in food.  I couldn't recognize floral notes in wine, even if I tried. 

8. Insert your own random thought here.

A few weeks ago Joyce asked us a question about being in need of a winter getaway.  I had answered how I longed for time at the beach for a quiet getaway.  I didn't think it would happen this year, but it did, on the first day of Spring!  I thank God for working out circumstances and providing a few days right on the beach for my family.  As I write this I have the perfect view of the sun rising over the Atlantic Ocean.  A slice of paradise for sure!  I am having trouble uploading the ones I took this morning, but here are a few of my other favorites:

Happy Spring!


  1. How beautiful Theresa. I'm so glad you are having this time at the beach with your family. I hope you enjoy every second. I know I'm enjoying these pictures.

  2. So glad that you got to spend time on the beach. You are so right... there is nothing better than breathing in the ocean air. Enjoy your week.

  3. That's interesting how some teachers had such an impact on your life and shaped how your career. Think of all the students that you've impacted in 25 years and how their lives, too, have been changed because of those teachers. Someday, the students you taught will be making a difference in their adult lives...and for some of them they will say it was because of you!

  4. Oh, your getaway pictures are beautiful! Lord willing, we will be having the same sort of getaway next week.

  5. Those photos are stunning...have a splendid time soaking up the sun and beauty of it all!

  6. Oh how wonderful to breathe the ocean air and walk on a sandy beach! It sounds delightful. I'm enjoying all your little 'green' people on your sidebars. SO cute! Hope you have a happy week.

  7. So glad you've managed a getaway to your favorite place! Your movie answer reminded me of When Harry Met Sally. I love the fall NY scenes in that one too. I hope all goes well in transitioning your mil back home. She is fortunate to have a loving daughter in law.

  8. I also loved the movie "You've Got Mail." That and "Sleepless in Seattle" are about the only two movies I can watch multiple times. Your trip does sound like a dream/wish come true. The pictures are so pretty. And I must agree with Joyce's comment - your MIL is blessed to have you. Enjoy the rest of your trip.

  9. Hi,
    I picked You've Got Mail too. ;-)
    I am so happy you got in a getaway.
    I would enjoy an ocean walk. It has been a long, long time since I have had one.

    Sending hugs and prayers for the next few weeks.

  10. How wonderful for you to make that getaway to the beach. Good for you! Your word ketchip reminded me of how Kate always said thank you. Tanks. And we still say it, but it bugs her now. Haha! It was precious to me when she said it. Reading everyone's Hodgepodge stir us up to remember things we had forgotten. Your memory of your teachers is sweet. I don't know where I would be without the teachers in my life.

  11. I can relate to you and your March Madness. I'm in Florida going through that with my dad. Love your movie choice. I want your random, I'm ready for a beach trip.


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