Join in fhe Star-Spangled fun with Joyce at this week's Wednesday Hodgepodge and post your answers here.
1. On Saturday July 4th America celebrates her Independence. (If you're not American, feel free to answer in terms of a national holiday in your own country) What is your favorite thing about the day? Your favorite food on the 4th? Do you fly a flag at your house? Fireworks-yay or nay? Any special plans this year?
Yes, we fly a flag. My favorite thing has always been the fireworks displays. Oooh ... Ahhhh, that's my favorite. I remember with great fondness the delight we felt when Daddy would buy fireworks and we watched as he shot them off and we twirled sparklers in our hands. Seeing them glow was a great thrill. And don’t forget, the homemade ice cream and games like croquet played while we took turns sitting on the ice cream freezer. Then sitting on the porch with a bowl of fresh homemade ice cream and eating watermelon. Some special times on the 4th were going to the White River or War Eagle River with cousins in Arkansas for splashing around and cooking out over a fire. Sunburn!!!!
Our plans at this time are up in the air!
2. What's something you recently got for free?
A touch up on my haircut.
3. The Statue of Liberty, The Liberty Bell, The Washington Monument, or Mount Rushmore...how many on the list have you seen? What is your favorite historical American monument, and why?
The Statue of Liberty, yes. We saw the Washington Monument and all the others in Washington, D.C. recently. I really enjoyed the Lincoln Memorial the most. I have great respect for and am thankful for George Washington’s leadership in the founding of this country, but I prefer the Lincoln Memorial’s style. And, of course, have great respect for Abraham Lincoln and his humble beginnings and what was accomplished during the Civil War. Seeing the statue of him on the chair at the monument is beautiful, quite moving, and has more dignity.
4. When it comes to the news are you more ostrich (stick my head in the sand) or hog (they have room to take a whole lot in)? How much attention have you given the recent news reports regarding ISIS and the acts of terror they've perpetrated against those who do not share their beliefs or support their cause?
I am somewhere in-between. I neither stick my head in the sand, nor do I make myself a hog or news junkie. It grates on my spirit to constantly be listening to the newscasters telling and re-telling the latest horror or seeing the actual images. The ISIS thing is terrifying. I pray for those who are in their path and long for the day they will be stopped.
5. We're talking plain ice cream...vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry? Choose one.
6. Share a song you love containing the word 'stars' in the lyrics or title?
In keeping with the patriotic theme, The Star Spangled Banner. Otherwise, When You Wish Upon a Star.
Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
7. Describe and/or say goodbye to June with an acrostic.
Ohhhhh, (whiny voice) do I have to?
G – Great seeing you again in 2015
O – Only seemed to last a moment
O – Over way too soon
D – Did you ever consider being a 31 day month?
B – Barbecue days were pleasant with you
Y – You will be here again before we can say Jack Robinson
E – Ever faithful, as time marches
J – Just when we were settling in with you
U – Up and flew away
N – No, never can say good-bye
E – Even so, we go with the flow
8. Insert your own random thought here.
I’m just not good with acrostics!! Not too much imagination. If only there were letters in June or Goodbye like an R – to stand for the beautiful roses in June, or the wonderful rain we enjoyed.
I want the people of the United States to "straighten up and fly right" as my Daddy used to say. Let's be the "united" states again.