Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge: Life's Funnies, Learning, and Lobster

1. As August draws to a close, share what's been your favorite weekend of the entire summer?

Oh, there's been so many! But this past weekend was WONDERFUL. My Mom and Dad drove down to spend the weekend with us. Dad repaired a wall in the livingroom, a hole that's been there for over a year. We had Chinese for dinner. There were lots of laughs and reminiscing about life's funnies. And I was able to spend some unexpected time with my special someone.

2. Labor Day is marked in the US of A on Monday, September 1st.  What paying job have you held that you've loved the most? Liked the least?

The most? I worked in a preschool as a teacher's aide during college. Such a fun place! I was able to do lots of creative learning projects with the kids. And even though I didn't go to college (then) for teaching, it ignited a spark! The least? I worked as a waitress in high school. The boss wasn't the nicest man...

3. Does the new school year start before or after Labor Day where you live? When do you think it should begin? There is much discussion now about older students having later start times to their school day...your thoughts?

Both! But for us? I can't start before Labor Day. There's just something wrong with that! LOL Maine summers are short enough!

4. What's something you've worked at recently that could be deemed a 'labor of love'?

Does spending 5 hours in an 85 degree kitchen baking 6 loaves of chocolate chip banana bread, homemade rolls for steak and pepper sandwiches for dinner, and a blueberry pie count? Who would think baking could tire a person out!

5.Which of the following work idioms can you most relate to right now...'A woman's work is never done.', 'All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.' 'Many hands make light work.'

Oh, 'A woman's work is never done' seems to be my motto lately! As a single Mom, I've doing it all, mostly. Some things just have to wait as there are only so many hours in the day. The kids aren't going to remember a few dirty dishes in the sink, right? or a floor that isn't swept? But they'll remember a Mom that was there, listening to them, doing things with them. I'm fortunate to have family and friends that help us out though!

6. Crab or lobster or thanks, but no thanks? Favorite way to have your choice prepared?

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Well, my Dad was a lobsterman for most of his life, so LOBSTER. It's something that I grew up on. I can even tell you if a lobster is male or female...I like it steamed with melted butter (of course).

7. Albert Einstein is quoted as saying, 'Three rules of work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.' Which of the three do you consider to be the most important? Share one of your own 'rules of work'.

Hmmmm. I'm going to go with 'In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity". Even in the hardest of times, there's something to be gained, to be learned from, to push us forward. It's harder to open our minds to those opportunities though when we are stressed, anxious and emotional.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.


  1. Yay on that blueberry pie :-) Mine are gone, again. Might need to go see if there still are berries to be picked. All the best to your new school year, Jessy! And if you feel like a road trip, come on up with the kids, we are still here - probably will for September, at least. It would be neat to meet:)

    1. We'll see what happens! Your camp is amazing! Thanks for the invite! :D

  2. 'In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity" -- seems to be the most popular vote on the rules of work question. I agree with you. We grow stronger through the tough times. I LOVE the quote you posted by Marcus Aurelius. May the Lord bless as you begin your new school year... you look like a fun mom!

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Barbara, and your kind thoughts!

  3. I homeschooled our kids for a collective 17 years. I understand the excitement of a new school year and learning with them. And we had a start rule: NOT TILL AFTER MY BIRTHDAY. Mama's got to have herself a looooong summer and the capstone is my birthday! Such a baby. All that baking? Just reading about it made me tired! Sounds delish, though.

    1. I don't blame you! Although I guess I can't wait until after *my* birthday as it's December 30! LOL 17 years! Wow!

  4. Love you home school photo and I agree that it shouldn't start until after Labor Day! Yes I believe your time baking counts as a labor of love. Love the quote!


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