Thursday 18 August 2022

Wednesday Hodgepodge - on Thursday!

Better late than never!  All the info etc on the Hodgepodge blog hop can be found here on our host Joyce's blog.

1. August is National Back To School does that make you feel? Share a back-to-school memory. 

Well being retired and having no children at school anymore it doesn't make a big impact on me except this year Grandson Rory will be starting school and the settling in procedure is so long and drawn out that I will be helping out with that.

Grandson Nathan will be moving in to Year 1 this year and Grandson Noah will also be starting school.  Where does the time go?

Having worked in a school office I looked forward to the first day back after the summer as it was a chance to catch up with colleagues without the busyness of having the children in school.

2. Something you've learned in 'the school of life'? 

You never know what's around the corner no matter how much you plan.

3. Three words to describe your current mood.

Content, Optimistic, Apprehensive

Yes I know that sounds a bit contradictory but I am content with my life and I'm working on trying to have a more optimistic approach to things but, being an anxious person there's always a certain amount of apprehensiveness going on.

4. A summer food you've eaten too much of/are tired of? A summer food you haven't had enough of? 

Nothing immediately springs to mind for either of those categories, particularly when so many "summer" foods are now available year round.

5. What small stuff do you sweat that you know you shouldn't?

Probably everything lol.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Going back to never knowing what's around the corner, yesterday we had flash flooding in our area.  It's been so hot and dry and then we had about a month of rain in one afternoon.  I was trying to get my DIL and 2 grandsons home and we had to keep turning corners to avoid traffic, flooded roads etc.  With hindsight we'd have stayed at my house longer but hindsight is a wonderful thing!

I got her home eventually - normally a 20minute drive taking over an hour and then I made a long detour of a drive to get home.  This was mostly ok - until I reached the the last stretch of route and had to contend with 2 broken down buses.  It seems they were electric buses and hadn't coped well with the floods!

Fortunately this is how both boys spent most of the journey.

Today it's lovely and sunny and so much cooler than it's been.  As Goldilocks would say, today the temperature is just right!


  1. Toby changes school on Monday ! from primary school to secondary ! They have a fancy system according to the intelligence value (no points) children get a list with schools from which they can choose. When they have chosen the parents have to wait outside until the child has made his decision together with teachers of course. Toby will have his lessons in English and Dutch, he choose the way with maths, science and geography ! Difficult to understand but European statistics, Finland has the best school system and then comes the Netherlands.
    We have the same weather as you only here in Waterloo we had no flooding in other areas yes. It was about time that it cooled down a bit, I had enough of the heat !

  2. Hi Wendy,
    The weather seems to be crazy every place, even here in Wisconsin. We are in a drought in my area too. And the same thing happens when it does rain, it rains so hard and fast it creates flash floods.
    I love that last photo. :-) Thank you for the smile.

  3. Sorry to read about that route altering flooding. So true that things can change in an instant. Sweet sleeping grandchild! Hope the rest of this week goes well!

  4. Glad you all made it through the flooded areas safely. Your grandson is so cute.

  5. Glad you made it safely home. I've seen some aerial pics of the UK and how dry it has been. I'm not sure a downpour is good either though. You definitely need to play along this week in the HP. Lots of 'waffle' related questions : ).


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