Wednesday Hodgepodge – Good to be back, even in the heat


1. June is National Great Outdoors Month. Have you spent any time appreciating the great outdoors this month? If so where, and if not do you have any plans to enjoy the great outdoors before the calendar turns?

Does the beach count? We went there a few times but we haven’t really hiked trails in a bit because it’s been hot for too long. The best I can say is that we get out in our front yard each weekend.

2. What’s a current hot button issue for you?

The “free-range parenting” issue. I read an article about an 11 year old who played basketball in his front yard for 90 minutes while he waited for his parents – who were caught in traffic – and his neighbor called DCF and subsequently, the boy and his brother were taken away. I swear, people need to mind their own damned business. The boy was in no peril, there was apparently a shady spot and a hose for water. Let parents parent and otherwise, stay out.

3. What’s a food or treat that ‘disappears like hotcakes’ in your house?

LOL grapes. My family goes nuts for green grapes. We buy the big old container of them from Costco and they’re usually gone in 2 or 3 days.

4. How hot is too hot?

My old Infinity had only two windows that rolled down – the back ones – and the A/C fan only came on if I went over a speed bump. I spent three Tallahassee summers in this condition and it was HOT – like, 100 every day. THAT is too hot.

5. Do you have an artistic outlook on life? What does that mean to you?

I’d like to think I see art in everything; I tend to be sort of the “aww, look at that amazing thing” person.  I think you can find beauty or creativity anywhere. Then again, I am a writer…

6. What’s one question you’d like to ask your father, or one you wish you could ask your father?

I guess I’d like to ask him if he ever regrets being so angry at us all the time. He used to be a lot more stressed out and it showed.

7. Something you learned from your father?

Oh man, so many things. My mom worked nights and he and I always went out. I’d ask him all sorts of questions, from how streetlights work to questions about machinery or the tides, etc. He always patiently explained things to me. But one major thing I learned was to exercise patience with my children when they are bad. Not because he did, but because he didn’t. Oh, and he taught me to be a Nole.7362136342_12b70b28a6_z

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I remember last year after vacation, I was very aware of how difficult I found it to get back into the swing of work/regular life. This week I had the same problem but it took be a bit to be like, “oh yeah, THAT’S my problem.” It could have to do with swim lessons. I get home at 5 and then Ash and the kids do but then he takes the boys right back out for 2 hours. I’m left to try and clean and get dinner going. Then they get home and it’s crazy until bedtime. I’ve barely felt like doing anything at all after they go to bed. But then I think, what did I do before? I pretty much just sat on the couch. I guess I am just looking for something. I want to have things to do in the evening that are productive.

Tonight I plan to mow the lawn but what I need to do is get back into my workout routine. The Tough Mudder is about four and a half months away and I have got to be in better shape.

But anyway, what do you do in your evenings?

5 thoughts on “Wednesday Hodgepodge – Good to be back, even in the heat

  1. Grapes are a good and healthy snack around here too! What do I do in the evenings? Well, I am a morning person so my energy level is at it’s peak early in the day. I am most productive early. Evenings are for relaxing, chilling, TV watching, porch sitting, etc. I’m usually on my iphone or computer too! lol

  2. What do I do in my evenings? I park my butt as soon as possible and watch TV. Such a slug. I’m old. I am not motivated to craft or do anything productive after working all day. I need to retire….two more years! I enjoyed your Hodgepodge answers!

  3. It is too hot when one doesn’t have an air conditioner, during the summer months, my father taught me to always go to the child after one has calmed down and sit and have a talk about what one did wrong to make the parent angry

  4. I’ve been out in my garden a lot — but the water up here is still a bit chilly for a beach day yet. Today was pretty hot, so if we get another week of that, by end of school we will be ready to hit the beach.
    Yogurt drinks disappear at an alarming rate around here. I cannot keep them stocked. and I find the empty containers in the strangest places. No one will fess up — because they are supposed to be mommy’s drink!

    Evenings I usually do blog reading, or if inspiration strikes, a blog post. Or reading books on my Kindle. I have a few TV shows I follow during the season – but hardly watch anything during the summer. Evenings are basically for Relaxing!

  5. Off course the beach counts! I agree, the neighbors should not have called DCF. Gee I feel a little like your dad, I’m angry all the time. I don’t mean to be. I am cleaning house and packing for a trip.

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