The Wednesday HodgePodge (April 26, 2023)

Hi everyone. It’s been a few weeks since I joined in with this meme, but today’s questions for the Wednesday HodgePodge appeal to me. Here goes.

1. April 26th is National Audubon Day, honoring John James Audubon, the French-American ornithologist, naturalist, and painter known for his detailed study and illustration of birds in their natural habitats. Do you have a bird feeder? Any birds in your home decor? Have you ever owned a pet bird? What’s your favorite bird?
I am pretty sure there’s a bird feeder on my terrace, but I didn’t place it there. It was here from before I moved to my current care home and I don’t place bird food in it either.

I don’t have any birds in my home decor, though I do like birds. I’ve never owned a bird as a pet, though one of my fellow residents does currently.

My favorite bird? My first thought goes to the blackbird. I am not really sure why though, as truthfully black isn’t even my favorite color anymore (and I have no idea whether blackbirds are actually black). I do like its sound though.

2. What’s something you took to “like a duck to water”?
Blogging for sure.

3. Empty nest, nest egg, proud as a peacock, free as a bird, birds of a feather flock together, or the early bird catches the worm…choose one and tell us how it currently applies to your life.
I’ll go with “empty nest”, even though none of these expressions really apply to me. I mean, I had to Google “nest egg”, but that’s unrelated to my life too. As a childfree person, I don’t think “empty nest” applies to me either, as I never even had eggs or young in the nest, but oh well. I do feel lonely and bored with not living with my family.

4. Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds, sesame seeds, poppy seeds…your favorite seed and a favorite food or dish made with that seed or topped with that seed? Have you tried all the seeds on the list? Any you don’t care for?
Yes, tried all of them and love them all. My favorite are chia seeds and I use them in my overnight oats as well as in my smoothies. I also used to always buy poppy seed bread when I lived at the independence training home (basically regular bread with poppy seeds on its crust).

5. Something in the past week that made you “happy as a lark”?
Nothing really. I have been quite depressed lately, but the visits from my mother-in-law yesterday and my husband on Sunday were a welcome distraction.

6. Insert your own random thought here.
I’m off to try out the giant trampoline here at the institution in about half an hour. That hasn’t yet made me happy, but it’s definitely something I’m looking forward to. The physical therapist has to go with me to see how I do it, but he’s hoping it will help me loosen up my muscles in my back.

15 thoughts on “The Wednesday HodgePodge (April 26, 2023)

    1. I didn’t end up going on the giant one on the other end of institution grounds, but I did go on a small one in the physical therapists’ exercise room. Yes, I did enjoy it.

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    1. Thank you so much. As it turned out, I couldn’t go on the giant trampoline because walking there would take too much of my energy and we couldn’t borrow a side-by-side bike. However, I did go on a small trampoline in the physical therapists’ exercise room.


  1. I have to be careful with seeds because my tummy finds them hard to digest. Nuts too, and other high fat foods. But I love dishes made with pumpkin! And peanut butter. Hope your week gets better 🩷

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment. I do understand about digestive issues, though I personally haven’t figured out what mine are triggered by (except for large quantities of sugar-free candy).

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  2. I’m sorry you’ve been sad lately. It happens to all of us at times. Blackbirds and especially Ravens are so black they are blue. I enjoy all the birds. Thank you for your answers – I enjoyed them.

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    1. Thank you for your supportive comment. Yes, sadness happens to everyone but my current circumstances (particularly my living situation) have been quite depressing for a long while now.


  3. I love poppy seeds but you do need to check your teeth when you’ve eaten them. I like chia seeds in my oatmeal too. I’m glad you had family visit and hope things are better for you soon.

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    1. Thanks for your kind words. I didn’t end up going on the large trampoline after all. Instead, I went on a small trampoline in the physical therapists’ exercise room. It was good though.


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