Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Wednesday HodgePodge

I am joining This Side of the Pond in this weekly hodgepodge.

1. It's October so let's get this out there first thing...have you jumped on the all-things-pumpkin bandwagon? How so?

Now that I don't have little ones at home Hallowe'en is not as big a deal as it once was. Like last year, I will spend it with my honourary grand-daughters because I do love trick-or-treating with them.

2. "We have more power than will; and it is often by way of excuse to ourselves that we fancy things are impossible." Francois Duc De la Rochefoucauld

What's something you once thought impossible, but in hindsight see as more a matter of lack of will?

The first thing that comes to mind is the day I hiked up the Squamish Chief and then realized my legs were pretty much done and I had to get down. You can read about my 'will' experience here.

3. The rose is America's National Flower, but every state also has its own (click here to see the list). Are you happy with yours? If you were in charge what would you declare your state's flower? If you're outside the U.S. what bloom would you like to see labeled as your country's national flower?

My provincial flower is the pacific dogwood and it is perfect and beautiful.

4. What have you lost interest in recently?

Eating. Nothing appeals before the fact, although I do enjoy the taste of things once they are put in front of me. This is not actually a recent thing, but on-going and annoying.

5. In your opinion, who's the best living musician?


Oh, and Yo-Yo Ma probably deserves to be mentioned as well.

6. S'mores-love 'em or no? Ever make them indoors? Last time you sat around an outdoor fire? Are making s'mores and sitting round a fire pit on your autumn bucket list? Do you have an autumn bucket list?

I do like s'mores but since being diagnosed as celiac many years ago I can only eat the ones with gluten-free graham crackers and they don't quite cut it. I enjoy making them for others though - my great-nephews for example, and I have good memories of making them with my classes while on camping field trips. I have never made them indoors.

My autumn bucket list is to camp (which I did for a month and sat around many a campfire), and to lay on the porch in the sunshine as long as possible until the rains come.

7. Your favorite small town? Why?

Hornby Island! The people, the co-op, the market place in the summer, the Meadery, whaling station, Carbrea winery, Grassy Point, yoga with Ambika, the Thatch, the free-store, the art shows, the potters.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I realize that in answer to the question about losing interest - I have lost interest in reading many of the blogs that I used to enjoy. I am not certain what that is about. I did catch up yesterday but found myself skimming through rather than really reading the posts.

Perhaps it is because I have been away for a month and there are just too many to catch up on. I fear though that it is part of a general malaise I am experiencing. Time will tell.


  1. Enjoyed your answers. Sounds like you are kinda on the down side. I have to tell you though I could use the food not looking appealing, maybe I could lose some weight. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  2. I've been absent from the blogosphere lately too... Maybe it's the moon cycle ... I've been reading lots of wonderful novels instead of spending time online ...
    Are you going to Nah-blah-blah this year?? I think I prolly will...
    It's lovely to have you back and I'm glad you had a restful break. Xx

    1. I will if you will. It will be our anniversary of our friendship!

  3. ps. .. I love that flower ... Gorgeous

  4. I read far fewer blogs than in the past too, mostly due to time constraints. I'm so busy and just don't have the luxury of reading for hours. The Dogwood is a favorite of mine too!

  5. I'm OK with my beloved Red Sox. I'm kinda a Bluejays fan now because we have a double A Bluejays affiliated team in nearby Manchester, NH. They're called the NH Fisher Cats. So go Bluejays! I am also happy that the Yankees got spanked by the Astro's and are also on vacation. Thanks for stopping by my blog page.


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