Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Wednesday Hodgepodge

From this Side of the Pond
It's Wednesday and that means the Hodgepodge.  I haven't participated in the HP in a few weeks so it's good to be back today.

1. Three things on your spring bucket list? If you don't have an actual list that's fine, pretend you do.

I'm not sure these qualify as "bucket list" items but it's all I could come up with since I do not really have a spring bucket list.

In early May I will be hosting a club that I am in for a luncheon meeting.  My plans are to have the lunch on our back porch but the weather will control that.  So, I have Plan A and Plan B but hopefully the weather will behave and it will be a beautiful spring day.

In mid-May, 5 girlfriends and myself will head to The Big Apple.  We have talked about doing this for a long time but finally one of our own took the "bull by the horns" and planned it.  And, it doesn't hurt that her daughter lives there and is going to be our tour guide.  I mean, does it get any better?  

2. Where do you find rest? What restores your soul? When was the last time you did whatever it was you answered here?

I find rest right here at my home, it's my favorite place to be.  Now, I love to go and do but my home restores my soul and provides solace. 

3. April is National Celery Month. Who knew? Do you like celery? What's your favorite dish made with celery? On a veggie and dip platter which would you reach for first-carrot sticks, celery sticks, cucumbers or cherry tomatoes? 
I do not mind celery cooked in food or used in salads or such but I have never nor will I ever eat it alone. Yuck! I like chicken salad and potato salad with celery in it as long as it is diced very small. I  would not reach for for any of the above on a veggie and dip platter.  Give me broccoli or cauliflower and I'll eat it all day long. ~just sayin'~

4. I read here eight things to do before 8 am to make your day less hectic-Start one load of laundry, drink water, empty the dishwasher, read your Bible, know what you're having for dinner, get dressed, brain dump (two lists-one what you're thankful for and one what's weighing on your mind), and after the brain dump make your to-list for the day

How many of these are you currently doing? Which one do you think would help the most if you added it to your early morning routine?

My day starts with a cup of coffee and my devotional time.  I do drink a bottle of water, empty the dishwasher if it needs it and a load of laundry most days. I always have a to-do list for the day and I always get dressed for the day but I've never done a brain dump but perhaps I should start.  I'll give that some thought. 

5. Describe the view from your window.
The entire back of our house is windows and we have such an awesome view.  Our back yard landscape just gets prettier and prettier and then the pond.  The pond is beautiful and especially in the early morning and late afternoon.  There's just something about a body of water that emits such a peaceful feeling. Now, you see why our home restores my soul. ~smile~

6. Insert your own random thought here
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As most of you know, I will be flying to Des Moines in the morning to spend a long weekend with my brother and his family.  Well, it just aggravates the daylites out of me the way the airlines do things these days.  I mean, charging to choose your seat.  I have opted not to do that previously, but chose to do it for this trip but it made my blood pressure rise when it added $59 to my already ridiculous fare. And, then I will be checking 2 bags so that was another $25.  Good grief , where did the "good ole' days" go?  But, the airlines know that folks are going to continue to fly and apparently will pay whatever is necessary to do so. Ugh!

See you when I return!

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. I agree with you when it comes to the airlines. What a rip-off. Have a wonderful time in Des Moines.

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  2. EEEK Can't wait to meet you! Safe travels and I want to come to your luncheon, that sounds so nice! I can't wait to hear all about your NYC trip!!! Such a fun place to visit and better yet with a group of ladies! My parents used to live in Midtown and I loved visiting them!

  3. Airlines are such a rip off! Safe travels and enjoy spending time with your brother.

  4. I think the whole seat thing is ridiculous. If you don't pay the fees you're the last one on the plane, and you're allowed only one bag (your purse OR a suitcase not both) and you don't get overhead bin space. I hate all the nickel and diming...charge me another $25 for my fair and be done with it. You really feel like you're getting ripped off. Enjoy your trip and safe travels!

  5. Yes, we learned all about the airfare charges when Stephanie began traveling overseas! It is crazy the fees they charge these days and it's even worse and more expensive for international flight! Hope you have fun in Iowa!!

  6. Have a wonderful time in Iowa! And your trip to NYC sounds so fun! I have never been! Hugs!

  7. My "to do list" is pretty long in the Spring! I am checking a few things off, just a few:) Our day starts about the same and that's OK with me! When I fly, I try really hard to keep from paying those extra fees. But... if I am going to be gone for over a few days, gotta check some bags at whatever the cost:) Enjoy your day dear friend, HUGS!

  8. I can't wait to hear all about your trip this week. It will be so much fun to spend it with family and to meet a new friend. Now about that NYC trip - I am so glad that Becky is feeling well enough to not only go but to help plan it. Who else is going? I would love to be a fly on the wall or in the suitcase for that trip.

  9. Have a wonderfully enjoyable trip.

    We are flying this first time in a very long time and it will be first flight for both of our boys.

    I went to NYC twice with my high school choir. We sang in Carnegie Hall. Amazing experience! I haven't been back since. I am not sure if I would want to....I would need to have someone with me who knew what they were doing and where to go/not go.

  10. I completely agree about the airlines. We are doing an overseas flight this summer, and there is a fee to select a seat if you want to do so before 24 hour check in. I really couldn't believe there would be a charge with such a long (and expensive) flight.

  11. NYC in May will probably be fabulous! That said, these airlines should stop already. Sheesh. Makes a person want to take the bus. ha.

  12. Hope you have a great weekend. Your trip go NYC sounds like so much fun - I went there with my cousins a few years ago and it was amazing. I hear ya on the airlines - so frustrating!

  13. Your bucket list sounds wonderful. Have fun in New York!! I know your day is always organized and I admire that about you. I agree with you on your random. It is so frustrating. You think you are getting a descent fare and then you have all those ad on's. Makes it difficult to travel these days.

  14. Our youngest son just moved to Des Moines. We're planning on going in a couple weeks! Never been there before. But we're driving (about 9 hours, not too bad). Your trip to New York sounds like so much fun. Enjoy. And I hope your luncheon goes well. xo Deborah

  15. I agree Lea, charging to select or change your seat is ridiculous! I do miss the old days of flying. be safe and have a great trip.

  16. We flew in February and I was so confused by the extra charges and United even makes you pay extra to do carry on baggage....which was more than if you wanted to check it. Ridiculous. Hope you have a great trip!


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