Hodgepodge Wednesday ~ Sunshine On My Shoulders & Other Happy Thoughts


Welcome to this week’s hodgepodge! I hope your summer is full of sunshine and happy times. If you wish to join in the fun, click on the picture above and visit Joyce at her lovely blog From This Side Of The Pond.
So….here we go!

1. What summer activity most takes you back to your own childhood?

       Working in my vegetable garden. My folks had a very large vegetable garden when I was growing up. My sister and I picked rows and rows of  green beans. We helped snap those beans too. I can remember walking behind my daddy barefoot in the soft red clay of our garden and feeling it squish up between my toes. All the while smelling the musty cucumber vines and the sweet, ripe tomatoes. 

2. What’s your favorite summer smell?

I love the smell of an ocean breeze. Nothing quite like that salty, sea air.

3. It’s beach season in the US of A…so how do you feel about sand?

A walk on a sandy beach is one of my favorite things to do. I love the feel of it beneath my feet. There are always tiny treasures to find if you look closely.  Love looking for sea shells with my children.

4. Sun tea, SunChips, sunflower seeds, Capri Sun, Sunny Delight, Sun-Maid raisins, sun-dried tomatoes…your favorite food or beverage with sun in its name?

My favorite would probably be sunflower seeds. Love them on my salads in the summer. I am growing sunflowers in my garden this year. Excited to see those pretty yellow heads nodding in the sunshine.

                                                     Copyright 2009 Shaggycreations

5. What’s your favorite way to cool off on a hot summer day?

I love swimming. =) Any activity that involves water is a good idea! A perfect cool drink too, when you add a slice of lemon or orange and a sprig of mint. Icey, cold goodness! 

                                                   Copyright 2010 Shaggycreations

6. Share a favorite song with the word sun or sunshine in it’s title.

John Denver’s “Sunshine On My Shoulders.”  There is just something about John Denver that exudes genuineness. He was such a wonderful guy and had a great smile. Loved his music during my childhood…still do. All of his songs make me think of going home, sunny afternoons and a loving family.


7. Tell us about a time you had an exceedingly good or truly awful customer service experience. If it was awful, did you report it? Ever go back there again?

When I think of exceedingly good customer service, I always think back to a little waitress that was our favorite at our local seafood restaurant. We made it  a weekly highlight to eat at Carrickers almost every Friday or Saturday night.  This little lady’s name was Dot.  I don’t ever think we learned her last name. But she took such great care of us and always had a smile on her face. She really seemed to enjoy her job. I think that is the highest mark of great customer service. A smile. =) It’s funny how someone who seems rather insignificant to the big picture of a human life, can make such a lasting, good impression. I haven’t seen Dot since I was in my teens…but I will always remember her good example and her smile.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Nothing beats a sparkler exit at a wedding. Hands down the most fun event of my daughter’s wedding. The Grand Sparkler Exit. =) 

12 Responses to Hodgepodge Wednesday ~ Sunshine On My Shoulders & Other Happy Thoughts

  1. Walking along the beach is my most favorite thing to do in the whole wide world!

  2. I love the smell of our Wisteria blossoms in the summer.

  3. Valerie, I am so glad you visited with me yesterday and thank you for your kind words. I now consider you among my blogging "friends." I look forward to sharing Wednesday Hodgepodge on a regular basis. I loved the picture of the sparklers for the wedding exit. Romantic and sweet!

  4. Carol B. says:

    I wanted to thank you for the nice comment you left on my Hodgepodge post yesterday. It's good to meet you.
    I've never seen the sparklers at a wedding. What a great idea. You have a great weekend.

  5. Valerie says:

    Dear Carol,
    Thank you so much for dropping by! Nice to meet you too! The sparklers were a lot of fun.
    Blessings and Sunshine, Valerie

  6. Valerie says:

    Dear Elizabeth,
    You are welcome! It's always nice to meet a new bloggy friend.Thank you for your kind comments.
    Blessings and Sunshine,

    Valerie Brock

  7. Valerie says:

    Dear Vickie,
    I love the scent of wisteria too! We have a bunch that grows in a Magnolia tree across the road. It can get unruly but sure is pretty to look at and sweet to smell.
    Blessings and Sunshine,

    Valerie Brock

  8. Valerie says:

    Dear Kathy,
    Thank you so much for your kind comment! I just adore the beach any time of year.
    Blessings and Sunshine,


  9. Joyce says:

    I love the sparkler send off! We are planning one as well : ) I am a beach and ocean lover too!

  10. Love the sparkler exit!! What a fun idea. And I like the feel of warm sand on my feet too, but hate it when the water makes that sand stick between my toes. Love your paintings. Such sweet characters!

  11. Valerie says:

    Dear Judy,
    Thank you for your sweet comments! I hate sticky sand between my toes too. Yuck. Glad you enjoyed the paintings. They are a fun hobby for me. Blessings and Sunshine,


  12. Valerie says:

    Dear Joyce,
    You will really enjoy the sparkler exit for your daughter's wedding. It was my favorite part of my own daughter's. Such fun!
    Blessings, Valerie

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