Peaches and Beaches at the Wednesday Hodgepodge

Happy Wednesday everyone! Isn't Wednesday a great day of the week? Monday is a distant memory and Friday is within sight. Come join me and lots of other fun people at Joyce's place, From This Side of the Pond for the latest installment of Wednesday Hodgepodge.

1. The first week of August is National Simplify Your Life Week...what's one thing you could do this week to qualify as a participant?
That's easy, toss out most of my clothes and then move into a tent. Seriously, I continually re-examine my life and surroundings in the desire to declutter and simplify my life. I am always thrilled to add one more item to my ever-present bag of donations.

2. It's also National Peach Month...peach pie, peach cobbler, or please pour me a Bellini?  What's your peach pleasure?
My peach pleasure is fresh and juicy right off the tree.

3. Eleanor Roosevelt once wrote, "Do one thing every day that scares you." Agree or disagree...explain.
I think this is a great piece of advice. Overcoming fears and challenging ourselves to try something new are great ways to grow.

4. What's your favorite household chore?  Yes-you have to name one.
I would have to say cleaning the bathrooms. They're small so they don't take too much time, and there is a sense of instant gratification because they shine and smell so fresh when you've finished.

5. Fodors recently listed (what they've dubbed) the ten most beautiful sunset spots in America. Click here to read more and see the pretty pictures, but this is their list:

Butterfly Beach in Santa Barbara, CA, Mount Haleakala in Maui HI, Old Fort Marcy Park in Santa Fe NM, Laguna Beach CA, Hopi Point in Grand Canyon AZ, Four Seasons in Miami FL, Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica CA, Gay Head in Martha's Vineyard MA, Ensign Peak in Salt Lake City UT, and Mallory Square in Key West Florida.

Have you seen the sun set from any of these spots?  If you could choose to watch the sun set this weekend from one spot on the Fodors List, which would you choose?  Where was the prettiest sunset you've ever seen?

Unfortunately, I've never seen the sunset at any of these places - although we used to live fairly near Butterfly Beach. I would choose to see the sunset there because I love Santa Barbara, CA. I don't remember the prettiest sunset I've ever seen, but saw many incredible sunsets at the beach when we lived in Ventura, CA.

6. What's your favorite or most used app?  If you don't use apps how about your favorite or most visited website?
Call me a weather geek if you must, but my favorite is the Accuweather app.

7. We've recently passed the halfway mark for 2013...write a seven word sentence that sums up your year thus far. 
2013, an ongoing whirlwind roller coaster ride.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
My 19 year old son went in for allergy testing yesterday and is apparently allergic to everything. I think I am going to get the Worst Mother of the Decade Award for not taking him to an allergist sooner.


  1. Living in a tent....now that sounds great when you think about it. No property tax, no laundry, no nuttin'!!! And you and I both said 'peaches right off the tree'!!

    1. PS....poor son!! Allergies are NOT fun to live with.

    2. Yes, tent living would simplify life. Too bad I don't like to camp :)

  2. Don't be too hard on yourself, some allergy symptoms don't show up til the teen years. I have a bunch of things I'm allergic to and got shots for years. One of my daughters seems to have my allergic genes and I feel bad for her. We all can cut some food out of our diets, etc. but it's really hard to be allergic to the pets we love so much!

    1. He doesn't have any food allergies, thankfully, just allergic to everything else in the world it seems.

  3. Hi Elizabeth! This is the second Hodgepodge post I've read, they are so fun!

    Now, you can't get the Worst Mother of the Decade award. I already won it this year!! But take heart, you can start working on the next decade! LOL! (I'll probably win that one too :))

    Happy Wednesday!

    1. I know your blog has a different vibe, Ceil, but you might want to join the Hodgepodge from time to time just for fun.
      I don't know who should have that award. I think I have to hear about your qualifications before I concede.

  4. Aww, don't be too hard on yourself. Some of those allergies may have even developed as he got older. I've never been tested, but am sure I'm allergic to several things-seasonal stuff anyway.

    Just fyi-your link on today's post is to your HP from last week. If you want to go in and add a new link I can delete the other one. If not, no biggie...I came from the link and just clicked on your header to get here.

    Have a great weekend!

  5. Just ignore me : ) Well, ignore that last bit anyway! I realized I actually clicked on the links from last week's HP instead of this weeks! When I hit the next blog and saw it was also last week's I realized my mistake. I should just go to bed!

  6. Beautiful sunset. I love the orange sky.

  7. I love peaches but I am from GA. And hey don't be hard on yourself as a mom - we really do - do the best we can. Hugs.