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Wednesday, June 8, 2016


     Wednesday is here again which means that there absolutely must be another Wednesday Hodgepodge. Thanks to our Hodgepodge Mistress, Joyce Daley, for another weekly essay exam! I hope that you enjoy the edition of the Wednesday Hodgepodge.

1. I read here a list of 13 things you should do in June. I'm paraphrasing a little but basically...

Go on a road trip with your best friend, pick fresh strawberries, host a garden party, take a morning run, treat yourself to a flower bouquet, spend a whole day hiking, discover a new coffee shop, try a new ice cream flavor, read at least one book, visit a Farmer's Market, make a swing for your home, and visit a new city. 

Which thing on the list do you most want to do? Of the activities mentioned, which one holds the least appeal? How many on the list will you attempt in June? What's one thing you'd add to the list?

     The thing on the list that I most want to do is take a road trip with my best friend. The activity that holds the least appeal is taking a morning run. Next on the list of least likely is an all day hike. I will probably attempt half the items listed. One thing that I'd add to the list is a day of fresh water fishing. 

2. What's something you could do today to feel more peaceful?

     When I really need a pick me up I spend some time in prayer and I sing a few songs from the church songbook. I have my own copy. Praying and singing uplifting songs always gives me a measure of peace. Playing my guitar also helps in that regard.

3. June 7th is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day. Are you a fan? Swiss mocha, rocky road, chocolate chocolate chip, peanut butter and chocolate, or a dish of plain chocolate...what's your pleasure? 

     Neither SWMBO nor me are fans of chocolate ice cream...period!

4. If you came with a warning what would it say?

     CAUTION: He's not crazy but he is a carrier! He also uses Humor and Sarcasm, often when it is inappropriate to the occasion.

5.What's the most interesting website you've visited in the last week? 

     The Manchester Union Leader is the local paper. I subscribe to the electronic edition. That was the most interesting website that I visited last week.

6. Spring, summer, autumn, winter...which season are you? Why? 

     I think that I might me mid-autumn to mid winter. I am sometime warm, other times I am cold. Often I am moderate. I am not just one season, that would be boring!

7. "You lose sight of things...and when you travel, everything balances out." ~Daranna Gidel

Would you agree with that sentiment? Explain why or why not.

     I think that I more agree than disagree with Daranna. I think that traveling, getting a change of scenery often allows you to get a different perspective and everything does seem to balance out.

8. Insert your own random thought here. 

     All my life I have preached and shown by my example that voting is an important civic duty and every citizen is obligated to make his voice heard in the voting booth. However, for the first time in my life I am giving serious consideration to not voting for president this time around. 
     Mrs. Clinton does not possess the strength of character or the integrity or the ability to serve as president. If she does serve anywhere it should be in a Federal Prison. If she avoids getting indicted and is elected, we are done as a constitutional republic.
     The Republican presumptive nominee is clearly not qualified to be president either. Mr. Trump doesn't have an understanding of our system of government nor does he understand the limits that are placed upon the three branches of government. I'd be surprised if he even knows that we have three branches of government. If he gets elected, we are doomed.
     I don't believe or trust either presumptive nominee. So I have no idea what I'm going to do come election day 2016. Any suggestions would be appreciated. 


  1. Well, there is always the option of voting for a third party. It is not going to be an easy decision this year. All I've decided so far is there is no way I will be voting for Hillary. Pretty sure I won't be voting for Trump either, unless something or someone changes my mind before November.

  2. I feel much like you regarding the Presidential election...and it frustrates me. Our country is in a terrible state right now and it seems to be getting worse with each passing day, sadly enough.

  3. I feel so much the same in regards to the election. I almost get panicky when I think about it. I remind myself continually that God is still on His throne no matter who our President is. I love that verse in Daniel 2 that reminds me "He changes times and seasons, He deposes kings and raises up others, He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning." We need a dose of wisdom when it comes to voting this year. Take care and say hi to Lynn for me : )

  4. Hi,
    No advice from me, because I am in the same boat as you! Maybe by November we can figure this out.
    Keeping my eyes on Jesus!!
    Fresh water fishing sounds like a great time. My boys would love that.
    I liked your Caution! Fun!!

  5. Ed and I feel exactly the same way about the election. However, the way we see things, if we don't vote for Trump, it's essentially giving Hillary more power by throwing away our votes. We're going to choose the lesser of the two evils, and pray, pray, pray for our country.
    Kathy (from Reflections)

  6. Fishing sounds like fun! I need to listen to some of my Christian music, I remember how much it motivated me. Shout to the Lord is a favorite of mine. My husband is guilty of using humor and sarcasm at inappropriate times. It saddens me greatly that our country would let her run for president. Exactly....she should be in prison. I understand why you don't want to vote but my feeling is anyone but Hillary and if we don't vote against her she will win!

  7. As for your #8, I could just say ditto. My hope is that someone else breaks through on the Republican side or perhaps the Libertarian Party comes through with a candidate we conservatives can get behind. I'm not an anarchist by any means, but we have to reduce government and get back to our constitution as our guide. I will not throw away my vote. If it has to be for Trump, my hope and prayer will be that he has firm and savvy advisors. He can't do it alone, that's for sure.