Wednesday, July 1, 2020

A Blueberry Hodgepodge

From this Side of the Pond
As we are living in ever changing days there's this one constant in my life, the Wednesday Hodgepodge.  Hey, it's the little things folks.

1. Are you currently making plans of any kind? What kind? What emotions are associated with the planning process? Tell us about one plan you had to cancel due to the current situation which shall remain nameless. Ha!
No big plans being made but we do have two sets of company coming in July and we're sure excited about that.  One set is dear friends and the other is my brother, his wife and their daughter.  We will be going to Oklahoma the first of August to help out with the boys when our daughter has to return to work but the boys do not go back until a later date. ~it takes a village sometimes~  Then we plan to go to the Atlanta area in Sept. to see Hubby's two sisters.  So, we do have a few things to look forward to and that is a very good thing.  But, we can only hope and pray that nothing happens with the Covid restrictions, to change these plans.  We had to cancel our trip to Oklahoma back in March because of all the Covid mess.  Hopefully that will NEVER happen again but time will tell.

2. Last time you saw stars, either literally or figuratively?
Most days if I even turn the news on for 5 minutes, I start to see stars.  Oh, my, goodness, it is so disconcerting and depressing and I'm much better off not watching it.  That's all I'll say about that.

3. Blueberries yay or nay? Blueberry pie, blueberry muffins, blueberry yogurt, blueberries by the handful...what's your pleasure?
Oh, I LOVE me some blueberries, but always in something, not by the handful.  I'd say blueberry muffins are my favorite and I have some fresh blueberries in our freezer that I'll be making some muffins with very shortly.

4. swim against the tide, swimming upstream, in the swim, sink or swim, makes your head swim...choose one of the 'swim' idioms listed and tell us how/why you relate?
And, once again I refer to the national news.........I often think that I am swimming against the tide when I watch the news.

5. Sum up your June in a single sentence.
We had our Oklahoma family come for a visit and that "made" our June worth happening.

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

Okay, I told you when our pergola was finished, I would share a picture with you.  Well, here it is!  We are thrilled with it and the addition of the lights and decorative wrought iron pieces gave it such a nice touch.  I believe I remember Hubby saying it is 10' X 18'.  It's rather large.  And, while we may not use it everyday, it sure does make a lovely addition to our landscape.

We took our wrought iron table and chairs that were on our back porch and put it under the pergola as it was more suited for weather.  We do have the middle of the pergola covered but in severe weather, whatever is under it, will definitely get pretty wet.  And, the firepit table and chairs are perfect on our porch and make our porch look like an extension of the house.  Talk about comfortable!  The chairs are swivel rockers and the middle piece on the table lifts off to reveal the firepit.  We look forward to trying it out when we are not fighting some of the hottest and most humid weather on record.  

And, I leave you with this.............yes, there is still good in EVERY day.

Every Day May Not Be Good Wood Plaque Wall Décor


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. Praying that your trip to see family is a GO! Love your pergola.
    Definitely, something good in everyday just may have to look for it a little harder on some days.

  2. I do love the pergola and how it enhances the whole outside landscaping. You will enjoy the fire pit as well on those cool evenings when sitting outside is something to look forward to again.

  3. Very good quote! Love your pergola.

    Have a great day.

  4. Love the pergola. So nice against the backdrop of your lake. I am looking forward to our family beach week vacation this month. Just hoping and praying nothing gets cancelled. But, I keep saying, "Your Will Lord and not mine". We had to cancel several large (Conner family) gatherings until recently because of COVID. Finally, we just said ENOUGH and we had a large family social outside. There has been days to be honest that I have simply wanted to just stick my head in the sand and act like nothing was happening around me but the Lord has time and time again reminded me that HE IS IN CONTROL. Lord, am I ever glad that He is! Hope you get to go on your trip to see family Lea. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  5. I just love the pergola and also the firepit set on the patio. It looks so inviting, especially when it cools off a little. We have had unbelievable humidity here in Houston too. I have moved my daily walks to the evening near sunset when a little of the moisture has "burned off." I'm right there with you concerning the news. It does feel like swimming against the current, but I do believe we are a silent majority. Hope you have a good week!

  6. I love your Pergola, it's gorgeous! Sorry you had to cancel a trip but sure hope your plans all work out for the other trips you have planned. Have a great day :)

  7. It's kind of hard to plan anything this year, isn't it? Your pergola is beautiful; you could just "plan" to sit out there with a good book and a cool drink all summer! And yes, there is good in every day. We have to turn off the news to see it, though!

  8. I love your pergola! We're always talking about putting one here, not sure where but we think they're so pretty. The news immediately brings me down too. I take it in really small bites. I'm glad you've got some plans to see friends and family. We have definitely missed that too.

  9. Love the pergola. Glad you could visit with loved really makes all the difference in these times we are in. Happy 4th of July to you and yours!

  10. The pergola turned out so well! It looks like something out of the best of home decorating magazines.

    "I really like what you've done with the place!" (smile)

  11. What a lovely back yard you have with the view of the water and that brand new pergola! The fire pit and chairs looks SO comfy!! I would say you are ready for some of that company!

  12. Oh, boy, that pergola is fabulous. Like an added room for 3 seasons out of 4. I am wanting to get curtains for ours or a little screening for the top to help block out the late afternoon sun. We have enjoyed our pergola and new patio furniture so much this year. I know you will get much pleasure from yours.

    I can't decide if I am swimming against the current or sink or swim. I guess I am swimming against the current trying not to sink!! Every day is just exhausting and more depressing than the day before. Back to not seeing my grandbabies and my mom is struggling so in Kentucky. I wish I could bring her to my home in Texas.

    Glad you had company in June. Hope the news begins to brighten soon for all of us.

  13. Oh the news:( I am trying really hard NOT to watch. It is more than my heart can handle these days. I don't really care for blueberries, my Great-granddaughter LOVES them. That pergola is absolutely gorgeous. I know you look forward to visits coming up with friends and family. Life goes on in spite of this nasty virus. HUGS!

  14. Oh I love the pergola!!!! We need to redo our deck...maybe I should think about a pergola instead! Our blueberry bushes didn't yield many blueberries this year...and the birds got what few we had. As soon as they were ripe, here come the birds to devour them:( I am like you...I just can't watch the news anymore. Too depressing. I've told my husband we should grab our little family and move to Costa Rica. Hope none of your plans get canceled. We are supposed to go to the beach next week for a few days and I'm holding my breath they won't close the beaches. Thankfully I did buy travel insurance though!!!!

  15. I love your outdoor seating, especially the swivel rockers. Looks like you could lounge outside for a long while. I also love blueberries and tried a new recipe for a blueberry lemon pound cake recently. So good!


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