Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A March Hodge Podge

1. 'Beauty is in the eye of the beholder'  What's something you've seen recently that you thought was beautiful?

Something about the woods yesterday made me stop and pay attention. Was it the multiple grays, taupes, and browns? The bit of green provided by the Eastern Spruce? Not sure, but I was quite surprised to see a tree creature looking right at me as I was editing the photo. Do you see him, too?

2. Our culture and beauty...your thoughts?

My first inclination is to say that our culture (in the United States) has been firmly based on Judeo-Christian values and that is what makes it both unique and beautiful. Nothing can be more beautiful than The Creator of Beauty Himself.

And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.
~Psalm 90:17

3. Age before beauty, beauty queen, beauty mark, beauty sleep...which beauty-ful phrase resonates with you today? Why?

Beauty sleep...proper rest and quality sleep are so important to one's health and well being and it certainly makes a difference in the mirror. 

4. I read here a list of the top ten 
beasts animals that scare us the most-

alligators, coyotes, black bears, birds (but pigeons in particular), sharks, bats, bed bugs, rats, rattlesnakes, and the black widow spider. 

Which 'beast' on the list scares you the most? What is the likelihood of you having an actual encounter with that particular beast? Did a movie contribute to your fear of this creature? Have you ever had a real life encounter with any of the animals listed?

All except birds. I am even afraid of killer squirrels these days. It is highly unlikely to have an encounter with any on this list other than bats with which I have had multiple encounters. Acccckkkk... 

5. Where were you when you last heard a bell ring? Was it alarming or musical?

There are a number of bells in my home. I just rang one because it was there and what is a bell for? Besides, my late husband John gave it to me and I have always been charmed by it. It has a beautiful tone. 


(No, no, I was not ringing the bell to chase off the dogs from their own yard...never saw them until I uploaded the video...Ha!)

If Joyce means big bells...I really miss the bells ringing on Sunday morning calling people to worship. The townsfolk complained so about having their Sunday morning disturbed that the bells have been silent for decades. What a pity!

6. What's your favorite carb? How's that for random?

Bread! How's that for obvious and common? Any bread will do.

7. Let's wrap up another month of Hodgepodging and life with an acrostic. Recap your month using the word MARCH.

M any days of snow 

A and freezing 

R ain

C old and 

H onestly depressing

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

But better days are coming...and there's more to life than the weather. As John would say when I moaned about the weather, "Better than no weather at all." True. 

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  1. I did find it, but I was unsure of its heritage. Lovely thoughts. Have a beautiful week, Vee. xoxo Su

  2. Yep, the season has been darn right depressing, sigh. Enjoyed your answers, Vee...and hmm...on the tree. giggling

  3. Your 'hodge lodge' is fabulous Vee.

    I think the black widow (also the brown recluse which we have here) scares me - such tiny creatures which can really do damage, and so hard to even see them. Never heard of anyone being able to run away from a spider - the damage would already be done!

    I need more sleep, not so much for 'beauty', those days are long gone, more for not feeling worn out so early in the day when my get up and go has got up and gone!

    Church bells on Sunday morning would be spectacular - like waking in the small French village where my brother lives across from the 10th century abbey and the bells are wonderful. Certainly would beat fire trucks and chain saws!

    Happy day Vee - Mary x

  4. May
    April's arrival bring less..
    Rain and more..
    Color to your world.
    Here's to brighter days ahead.

    1. Awww...that's lovely, Kim. Thank you!

  5. Oh...glad you showed us what was lookin at you. I strained and couldn't see anything. That is a charming bell. We were just told that February and March are breaking all historical records for rainfall here in Western Washington. It will be nice to have those records behind us. We are truly being deprived of Vitamin D3 here. I like your positive answer to the whole beauty question. Great acrostic!

  6. That does look like a horse face on that tree! Good eye Vee. I hope you are seeing more spring-like weather than us. I think I see a light at the end of the tunnel in the coming days.

  7. Thanks for that last photo, I even enlarged the top photo and still couldn't see a creature. I was afraid I needed an eye exam! I can see the "horse" when you circle it :) I would have to say my most feared animal is the alligator. Ewww, those things are so scary! Second on the list would be spiders. I detest them. Have a great day Vee!

  8. Oh my goodness, you have delightful photos. I am happy I came over to say hello. We have lots of rain and tomorrow we are suppose to see the sun. It has been a dark start to our week. But the moisture is good for the ground and all the growing going on in our flower garden. Have a beautiful day and thank you for sharing. HUGS

  9. Really? a horse? I was going to ask about the tree alligator or the tree giraffe. I think I saw those too. Your March sounds about like ours, except that you had more snow, which was worse. Let's hope for a spectacular April, especially on Resurrection Sunday!!!!!

  10. You know, when we lived for 20 years in a different city in Texas, we heard church bells every Sunday morning...also in Dothan, AL and of course, growing up and visiting our grandmother in a small town in Ohio. How beautiful...perhaps we need more of that in today's world!

  11. What a pretty bell. And, yes, eventually I saw the horse too. Enjoyed your post, Vee!

  12. I didn't see it at first but then I did!

    The bell has a beautiful tone. Why not give it a ring anytime you want!

    I love being in the city and hearing the church bells ring the hours.

  13. We all need our Beauty Sleep! I love the bell. Enjoyed the photo and I hope your weather improves.

  14. Poisonous spiders scare me, ditto rattlesnakes although I'm more likely to see a brown recluse than a rattler. We do have a few rattlesnakes in my county, fortunately they are not too apt to be in my neighborhood.

    I saw the horse after staring a bit at what you circled. This was a fun read, I enjoy the Hodgepodge Q&A's.

    Now I will try again to get this comment to publish!

  15. It looks like there are several of us with beauty sleep on our minds today :) I love your little bell. Such a sweet sound.
    We haven't had much cold weather this year, and it's already in the mid-80's. It may be a long, hot summer...
    Thanks for visiting my blog today :)
    Kathy (Refletions)

  16. Well, I missed that tree critter completely. I was looking for a real bird or squirrel! Great answers, one and all...and even included a video too! You have a great attitude about your weather. Your John was a wise man :)

  17. Funny, I just rang a bell yesterday - I was moving some things I have for sale in my shop and one is a pretty china bell, and I just picked it up and rang it - envisioning myself as a Dowager Countess and summoning someone to bring me tea and cake. Haha.

    I looked and couldn't find the critter, but my eyes aren't good.

    Love your Hodge Podge.

    Had my brother all day yesterday and part of today - trying to catch up a tiny bit with reading blogs, email and paying bills before I need to get dressed and ready for choir practice. ♫ ♪ I love singing my prayers! : - )

    Life is crazy = the loss of days is difficult being a caregiver, but I am doing it out of love and committment to God. Pray for my patience, it's difficult to do this, esp with a broken toe. Thank you.


  18. It does look like a horse but I was looking a little higher on the same tree trunk...looks like a mouth open with snaggly teeth! haha! Hugs!

  19. Glad you gave the answer to the tree creature as I didn't see anything. I do love hearing church bells ringing. There's nothing quite like it. Your bell has quite a sweet tone as well. ♥

  20. OK that really looks like a horse. Now I'm going to go walking around my farm and see what my trees look like. I put faces on them. For real, I do.

  21. I could not see the creature in the top photo. And, even though you told me exactly what and where it was, I could not see the creature in the bottom photo either. Until I did!! There he is!

    Here's hoping that beautiful spring comes to your corner soon! In the meantime, there's always bread . . .

  22. Definitely bats, bears and coyotes are ones I'm afraid of, I couldn't just pick one :)

  23. I always love reading your HP answers...
    For the life of me, I can't find the tree horse...I am sooo dense these days

  24. Aww a horse - so cool! Love your Hodge Podge answers, twas beautiful just like you are! Hope Spring arrives soon on the East Coast and here also. Hugs ...

  25. Enjoyed reading your answers.

  26. What a beautiful tone to that bell! Lovely! What a wonderful remembrance of John.

    I was looking higher on the tree and saw what looked like an open mouth or beak. Didn't see the horse until you circled it.

    Your March acrostic ... perfect description of the month! And they say a lot more snow might be coming this weekend ... ugh!

    1. yes, I have heard that nasty rumor grandsons told me yesterday...😳

    2. One person I talked to said they thought it might be an April Fool joke.

  27. I looked & looked and couldn't find it, until you circled it! Now I see it! I have "seen" things in trees too, like that! Too funny :) Enjoyed your hodgepodge, and agree with your John about the weather... but it does give us something to talk about, doesn't it! What on earth would we talk about to people we don't know, lol. Our mud here is terrible, but I saw tulips in my garden this week, yeah! Spring is coming, it is, it is :) Sorry to hear you may be getting more snow this weekend, what! My goodness, what a year for you all!

  28. I thought I saw a squirrel in a tree in your photo---your circle at the end made me see what you saw ;)

    Since I live int he foothills of Colorado, along the front range, we have many wild animals around--mainly deer, but also mountain lions, black bears, coyote, bobcats, badgers, skunks, raccoons, fox, beaver,voles, field mice, eagles, hawks, etc etc. I have seen many deer, and a few coyotes, raccoons, skunks and foxes have run through my yard. I've seen a few bears in a tree along a nearby trail. I can't say anything scared me, as they are not looking to attack humans, but are after their natural food source.
    The one thing that does scare me are rattlesnakes, as they often lie besides a trail in summer and last year 4 people in my neighborhood were bit. The ER's her have anti venom in stock and treatment is fast and effective, but I don't ever want to get bit!

  29. Hi Vee, That is such a clear sounding bell. My cat Kaboodle sat straight up when I played your video! I had a close encounter with a turkey vulture once - YUK! Wishing you a very nice weekend. xoxo

  30. Loved it all and thanks for showing the tree creature! I sure didn't see that!

  31. I'm not a big fan of squirrels either. They're too rodenty : ) We had a flying squirrel that got into our attic in our NJ house, and I couldn't sleep until it was removed. Hubs thought he was kind of cute, but NO! Hope you're having a nice Monday!

  32. I always enjoy reading the hodge podge posts, Vee. I'm afraid of every one of those creatures listed but birds; however, my previous boss was terrified of birds. My favorite carb is every carb (unfortunately). ;)

    Have a great week!


    Denise at Forest Manor


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