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Hodgepodge Wednesday – Mothers’ Edition | by Linda Brendle

It’s been a busy day, and I almost forgot my Hodgepodge Wednesday post. Happy Mother’s Day to all.

1. Share something you appreciate (or something you appreciated as you were growing up) about your mother.

 Mom had lots of anxieties and insecurities, but when strength was necessary, she rose to the occasion.

2.  A quote most commonly ascribed to Plato reads “Necessity is the mother of invention.” When did this last play out in your own experience? (more…)

HodgePodge Wednesday – Blooming, Spiders, and the Pacific Northwest | by Linda Brendle

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1. April showers bring May flowers or so the saying goes. Are you blooming where you’re planted as we begin the month of May?

My husband and I had planned a retirement that included lots of travel. We envisioned traversing the United States in our motor home and on the motorcycle we would trailer behind us. We also planned to throw in a sailing excursion among the Caribbean islands now and then. However, a series of unforeseen circumstances changed those plans, and we now live in a small East Texas community with the motor home serving as a guest house and the motorcycle collecting more spider webs than miles.

We have made lots of friends at the Senior Center where we eat lunch every day, and David has become the go-to guy for anyone with computer problems. I have become known for my on-going war with the gophers in my garden through a “City Girl” column I writer for the local paper. We are both active in our church, and my first book will be released July 1. Yes, I think you could safely say we’re blooming where we’ve been planted.


Hodgepodge Wednesday – April Shower, Spring Break, and Pecans | by Linda Brendle

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1. April showers bring May flowers, or so the saying goes. When did you last ‘shower’ attention on someone or have attention ‘showered’ on you? Did you love it, or did all that attention make you squirm?

I was the center of attention last week when my neighbor, who is a professional photographer, did a photo shoot of me for my author head shot. I loved the results, but I hated being in front of the camera. My husband was there, though, and between the two of them, they made it fun.

2. Share a favorite ‘spring break’ memory. Not talking about just the ‘college spring break’ thing, but any favorite spring break memory you’d like to share. Keep it family friendly please!

 I am so old that we didn’t have spring break when I was in school. We had a school holiday on Good Friday and the Monday after Easter, but that was it. Of course, we didn’t start school until after Labor Day, and we finished before Memorial Day.


Hodgepodge Wednesday – April Kickoff | by Linda Brendle

Hodgepodgebutton1. Since these questions are posting on the first day of April it seems only right to ask-when was the last time you did something foolish? If you can’t answer that one, try this one-when was the last time someone fooled you?

This afternoon a friend wanted to take some pictures of my husband and me on his motorcycle. The setting at our house wasn’t to her liking, so we moved to a more picturesque location about a half mile away. It was a short ride, so we rode bare headed. Any distance on a bike without proper protection is foolish—but who wants pictures with helmet hair?


Hodge Podge Wednesday: Green Things and Other Stuff | by Linda Brendle

HodgepodgebuttonI enjoyed Hodge Podge Wednesday so much last week that I decided to participate again. Hodge Podge Wednesday is a weekly feature on Joyce Daley’s blog, From This Side of the Pond.  Thanks, Joyce, for another list of interesting questions and for providing the opportunity to learn about other bloggers.

1. March is known as the windy month. Which of the following phrases best fits your March so far…’throw caution to the wind’, ‘three sheets to the wind’, ‘run like the wind’, or ‘see which way the wind blows’?

So far, I’ve been running like the wind. More accurately, I’ve been sitting at my computer while my mind and my fingers have been in constant motion. First, I worked on edits for my memoir, A Long and Winding Road: A Caregiver’s Tale of Life, Love, and Chaos. My manuscript is now back in the capable hands of my editor, so I’ve been working on the A to Z April Blog Challenge. I’m hoping to get those posts written and scheduled in advance so next month can be a time to stop and smell the roses.


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