Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Wednesday Hodgepodge

Another Wednesday, another Hodgepodge.  

1. What's something you'd rate a 10/10? Tell us why.

I'm betting there will be all kinds of different answers to this but my answer is going to be Branson, Missouri.  Yes, that's right!  Why?  Well, it's full of beauty, wonderful entertainment of all kinds, and it's only about 6 hours from our house.  We have probably been to Branson 10 times are more over the years and we always look forward to the next trip.  We happen to be going again the end of Oct. and have tickets for some great shows.  And, one of our favorite places to stay, The Keeter Center, is located there.  It's a 10 out of 10 for sure!  And, if you have never been, you should go!

2. What job would you be terrible at? What makes you think so?
Anything to do with landscape or yard maintenance.  I absolutely LOVE beautiful landscape but I do not like or enjoy any kind of yard work.  Thankfully I'm married to a man that is quite the opposite and while he doesn't do a whole lot of yard work anymore, he sees to it that ours is always perfectly manicured.  I do enjoy working on our porches and patio and taking care of our potted plants that are on them.  I look forward every spring to getting them all decked out, but yard work, NO, NO!

3. When did you last take a fall? What's something you're falling for (in a good way) these days?

It was several years ago when we lived in our last house.  I had come home from a big grocery shopping spree and pulled to the front door instead of pulling in the carport.  Well, there were 4 steps up to our front door and I had my arms and hands as full as possible with groceries.  I mean, you should carry as many as you can so you will have to make fewer trips, right?  Wrong!  I had my hands and arms so full that I could not see the steps and I went flying up them and mis-stepped and fell and fell and fell, strewing groceries all over the place.  Thankfully the worst injury was my pride but it really reinforced for me how quickly a fall can happen and how careful I needed to be in the future.  Falls at any age are tough, but, at my age, they can cause issues for the remainder of your life.  I don't time for that!

I'm falling for "all things fall" right now.  I LOVE this time of year and the decor is out of this world.  And, I'm constantly finding something that I don't have.  And, I'm constantly reminding myself that I DO NOT need any more fall decor!!!!  ~really~

4. According to the Travel Channel here are some of America's best fall festivals-
National Apple Harvest Festival (near Arendtsville PA, close to Gettysburg), Harvest on the Harbor (Portland Maine), German Village Festival (Columbus Ohio), Wellfleet Oyster Fest (Cape Cod), and Wine and Chile Fiesta (Santa Fe NM)

Have you ever been to any of the festivals listed? Which one appeals to you most? Does your hometown have any sort of fall celebration, and if so will you make it a point to attend?
I have not been to any of the festivals listed but for sure would love to go to the Harvest on the Harbor in Portland, Maine.  I'm betting it is wonderful!

Our town use to have a fall Arts and Crafts Festival of sorts that was a most lovely affair.  But, things have changed and it is no longer.  We did have a May Madness Festival this year and it was quite a success and it's my understanding that it will be happening again next year.

5. What is your goodbye message to summer?

You started with a BANG
when our family went to Disney
but all good things must come to an end
and Fall is arriving day after tomorrow
It was a fun summer but I'm
most excited for Fall!
(I'm not a poet and I know it)

6. Insert your own random thought here.

Meet Miss Lucy!  This is the rag doll kitten of a dear friend of mine.  We stopped by their house the other night and Lucy was perched in the middle of their dining table and for a minute, I thought she was a part of the table scape.  To say this little miss rules the roost would be an understatement. And, I love her most of all because she doesn't belong to me. ~just kiddin'~  But, I do think she's about the cutest little kitten I've ever seen.  ~does that count?~

Lea @ CiCis Corner
Lea @ CiCis Corner

Hi there! My name is Lea. I've been wife to the best Hubby for 44 years....Mom to a son and daughter....CiCi to 4 precious Grans....lover of family and friends....enjoy laughter and a good time....shopper....picture taking maniac....maker of delicious fudge....organizational enthusiast....memory maker....Southern Belle...and most importantly.....a Child of the King! Welcome to my little corner!


  1. Yikes. I fell when I was pregnant with 2 out of the 3 of my kids. Such a scary experience. Falls are so scary, I agree. I haven't been to any of those fall festivals either but I sure am excited about fall. xoxo ERIN

  2. I hear you about the yard work, Lea. Love to have a pretty yard, hate the work involved. Hope you have a wonderful week, dear Lea.

  3. My goodness, Lucy is precious! Ahh Fall Festivals fill my heart! Wishing you a Wednesday filled with such joy!

  4. Looks like we may just have to get together and make a trip to Portland, Maine. My sis has the most gorgeous cat that was supposed to be a teacup kitten. It now would fill a 3 gallon container, but she rules the house. They can be so much company and wonderful for de-stressing.

  5. I had a very similar fall several years ago at our old house doing the same thing. Only I got into the house with an uncountable amount of plastic bags all over my arms (to avoid soo many trips) and missed the first step down into our family room (there were two steps) on my way to kitchen. Not only did I fall clear to the ground but a gallon of milk burst open and milk went everywhere, and both a jar of pickles and a jar of strawberry jam broke and flung everywhere! The steps and the family room were made of ceramic tile. Oh my goodness!!! It took me forever to clean that all up. I wanted to cry. Lol.

  6. Yep! I remember the Fall Festival in Bastrop every year. Mama and I always went.

  7. I really want to go to an Oktoberfest, but the nearest one is probably 5 hours away?! Not sure that I can swing it, but they sure sound fun! And that is a really sweet looking kitten. :)

  8. OMG Miss Lucy, is a doll So glad you were not injured in your fall Lea, I wasn't, I know one thing I am more careful than ever. I am enjoying fall decorating too! Enjoyed your Hodgepodge thoughts,

  9. I find myself moving a little more cautiously since my mishap, so I understand that. Our neighboring town has an Oktoberfest but we will be away that weekend so will miss it this year. I've never been to Branson, but maybe one of these days.

  10. I'm with you on the yard work! When we first moved here 25 years ago, I was all excited to get some things planted around the trees and such. Little did I know that trying to dig into hard red clay just doesn't go well. Not only do things not grow if you are lucky enough to dig a hole OR you will wind up with a bad case of lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow). Good thing I worked with a PT who knew just what to do....ICE, ICE, ICE!

  11. You are so right in saying that a fall at our age can affect the rest of our lives. I am living proof of that.

    Branson. We have been all around it but never landed actually there. I look forward to hearing all about your trip after it's all over.

  12. I'd love to go to Branson some day. I'm sure you'll have a great time. I feel like any kind of craft fair/festival is somewhat of a disappointment where we live. We had great bazaars and such when we lived in VA. Have a great day Lea!

  13. One day I sure hope to make it to Branson, I've heard wonderful things about it.
    I enjoyed your answer to gardening, Ha! For me,I LOVE getting my hands in the dirt,I find it therapeutic.
    Your friends Rag Doll kitten is gorgeous!! Toby, our Rag Doll cat looked just like your friends Miss Lucy when he was a kitten. Toby is quite old now, but still very handsome. Those Rag Dolls can be quite stuck up by the way. :-)


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