Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge

I didn’t think I’d be able to participate in this week’s Hodgepodge … we had planned to go spend a couple of days at my sister’s, but she hurt her knee and would prefer to postpone our visit.  I’m not sure when we’ll be able to get back up there, but I know that I’ll see her over Labor Day weekend, when my other sister comes up from Austin for a visit.  Winking smile  So … on to the Hodgepodge!

1. What would you say is the key to success?
Hard work.  Hard work can overcome many shortcomings. 

2. Have you ever been to the Florida Keys? Any desire to visit that part of the US of A?
Yes … and I would LOVE to visit again!  We visited there in 2011 on our trip to Florida for Spring Training.  2011_0324KeyWest0049We only had one day to visit, so our visit was confined to Key West … I have to confess I was a little apprehensive about visiting Key West, but we enjoyed our visit.  I definitely want to spend more time in the Keys on our next trip … and see more than just Key West.

3. When and where did you last see a real live donkey? Monkey? Turkey?
I cannot remember when I last saw a donkey … I saw monkeys at the zoo last year … and I saw wild turkeys along the shoulder of the interstate as I was driving home from a class in St. Louis this past April.

4. An old Portuguese proverb says, 'Beware of the door with too many keys.'What do you think this means? Share an example of how this has proven true or false in your own life.
I don’t know … maybe because I’m not ready to think that hard yet.  Winking smile

5. Besides your home, vehicle, and special jewelry, what is something you keep under lock and key?
DH collects coins, so we keep some of the more valuable ones in our lock box at the bank.

6. When did you last get keyed up about something?
I got pretty excited about the retreat I attended last month. 

7. Who thinks we need an easy one right about now?  Key lime pie...yes please or no thank you?
Oh yes, indeed!  I love good key lime pie!

8. Insert your own random thought here.
I won Janet @ Rogue Quilter’s row-by-row giveway!  I won the pattern and cardstock pieces to make this gorgeous runner.
(picture borrowed from Janet’s blog post – linked above)
Those paper pieces are so tiny … I’ve never worked with pieces that small.  But the snowflakes are so beautiful, I’m willing to give it a try.  I need to dig through my stash to find some white and get started on the snowflakes when we go to Hilton Head in September.

If that project is any indication of the kind of gorgeous patterns being offered during the Row by Row Experience, I think maybe I need to take a day (or two) and visit some of the participating shops.

Look at what we found in the garden yesterday.
photo (2)We picked one that weighed almost 1.5 lbs. last week … if you look closely at the scale, you can see that this one weighs in at 1 lb. 11.2 oz.  Surprised smile 

Have a wonderful Wednesday, y’all!


  1. Now that's what I call a TOMATO!! We have lots of them, but none even close to being that big! Went to Key West on a cruise back in 1993 for our 20th anniversary. Congrats on the needed something else to do!! ha!ha!

  2. I love fresh tomatoes! Ours aren't nearly at that stage yet. This summer has been uncommonly cool and things are growing much more slowly than normal.

  3. That is one impressive tomato, Kathy! My goodness, I could sink my teeth into that beauty right now...YUM! Sorry about your sister's knee...hope she heals soon!

  4. I bet that huge tomato tastes as good as it looks! That is a neat row-by-row that you won. Can't wait to see how it goes. Hope your sister's knee gets better and that you all enjoy your visit over Labor Day. ~Jeanne

  5. The snowflake patterns are really beautiful.

    I have never seen such a big tomato before.

    Romi @ In the Way Everlasting

  6. Wow - what a tomato! It would be awesome in a tomato sandwich for lunch! Congrats on the snowflake pattern win - so pretty. Now I want key lime pie!

  7. You could make a whole bowl of salsa with that one tomato! I hope you use it for something special!

  8. yes we have been to Florida Keys, would love to see it again, yes to the Key Lime Pie - I have seen it sold there frozen on to sticks and dipped in chocolate like ice cream bars - yummy!
    big tomato!

  9. Congratulations on winning the giveaway--and for growing such fine tomatoes in your garden :)

    My hubby likes to collect old coins, too, but we don't have many.

  10. WOW on that tomato! Bet it is super yummy! How fun on the give away win..always good. Love the snowflake pattern!

  11. Congratulations on being a winner! Great tomato.

  12. So nice you won a giveaway! That looks fun. I always enjoy reading your answers. I have always wanted to visit the Florida Keys. I also really like Key Lime Pie.
    Have a lovely day.

  13. Have to confess I have never tasted Key Lime Pie. Is that unAmerican?
    Glad your pattern arrived safely.
    That is one whopper of a tomato. I won't tell my DH. Our plants are so scrawny this year--and yielding next to nothing.

  14. I do so admire quilts, and that is a beautiful runner! I hope it turns out lovely for you.
    Visiting from From This Side of the Pond.

  15. I love home grown tomatoes because they actually taste like a tomato.
    Love the pattern you won. Hope you had a great day!

  16. Enjoyed reading your answers. Congratulations on your win and that is one large tomato!

  17. Congratulations on your win! And I'll say 'yes, please' to that key lime pie - anytime!

  18. Wow - I want to eat that tomato NOW!!! It's gorgeous :) And you are a very lucky girl to win Janet's contest for the patterns for those wonderful snowflakes!!! Can't wait to see them come alive for you :)

  19. Wow! Nice tomato! Looking forward to seeing those snowflakes come alive! Congrats on the win!

  20. Congratulations on winning Janet's giveaway! Those snowflakes sure are pretty. Wow! That is some tomato!

  21. Congratulations on your win from Janet O.! That is one MONSTER tomato, you must use super-duper fertilizer! ;)


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