Wednesday, June 24, 2015


Good morning my dears, I'm joining in with the hodgepodge today, let's get started!
June 23rd is National Pink Day. What's your favorite something pink?

Pastel pink is one of my favorite colors. I associate it with sweet love and those who know me well buy me pink flowers, pink gift wrap and cards. Many of my childhood photos are also of me wearing pink, including this one I posted on Father's Day.

There's a story behind this dress. As I was growing up, my parents would go back to the store every year to buy me the same dress one size bigger. I was totally unaware of this until I was told a few years ago. Bless.

 What did you enjoy most about gym class when you were in school? How about the least?
My high school years were in England, so we had a compulsory 5 years of physical education twice a week. We had to try everything and pick our favorite classes for the last 2 years. In those years I learned I didn't have much hand or eye co-ordination.  
But, I was always willing to try and learned I had a quick reaction. So I played netball and field hockey and was good at running short sprint races or relay.

 What memory is brought to mind by the smell of roses?
My childhood village in the heart of England. Every home had an idyllic cottage garden with roses growing over arbors. My sister and I used to go to the church and pick roses and place them above all the graves.

 Do you prefer to read or write?
wish I could be a novel reader, but frankly my mind is always busy and it's hard for me to focus and read a book. I mostly enjoy reading books on cooking, baking, genealogy, home décor and biographies. Maybe that's why I enjoy reading blogs, as I get to see a snippet in someone's life and can read a post in a few short minutes.
I really enjoy writing, and am currently writing our family history, and hand lettering a book of my childhood memories. I also have a prayer journal that I write into when I read a quote, or find a verse that's on my mind.

 Sam Keen is quoted as saying, 'Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.' Would you agree? Is laziness ever respectable? How will you be lazy this summer?
In the Carolinas we've been enduring a heat wave of 100 degree days, so it's easier to slip into a lazier routine. It can be regarded as respectable so long as it doesn't hinder your day-to-day plans. We make our evenings after hubby comes home from work lazy time. We spend time swimming in our pool, playing with the dogs, gardening or simply cooking and eating dinner al-fresco, it always leaves me feeling much better.

 The Florida Keys, Disney World, or a resort somewhere on the Gulf Coast...which Florida destination would you choose (and why) if the trip were today?
I would choose Disney World. Mostly because I've never been to Orlando, Florida. We lived in Port Charlotte/North Port, Florida for 4-5 months while my hubby was on contract 2 years ago, so we got to see a lot of the Gulf Coast then.

 What question do you hate to answer?
When are you going to have a baby? Or, are you pregnant yet? 
As soon as we got married two years ago we've been repeatedly asked about when we'll be starting a family. We didn't start trying until last Fall because we wanted to be settled first. Months came and passed and we had no luck. We went to see a fertility specialist and all of our tests so far have come back as healthy, and normal so we're in the "unexplained infertility" group. I haven't shared this with some family and friends (who don't read my blog), as few understand.

 Insert your own random thought here.
Hubby and I got to visit the peaceful and relaxing Wing Haven gardens this past weekend. Such a beautiful place to visit if you're ever up in the Carolinas.
Hope y'all have a good rest of the week.
Many thanks for visiting,
~ Kiki Nakita ~
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Joyce said...

Welcome to the Hodgepodge! I just read your story and two things- first how fabulous to have it written down with great detail. I'd like to do the same. Second- we have some similar geography : ) we lived in a charming English village for six years (Gerrards Cross) and my daughters went to high school in the UK. My oldest got married in January and is living in Washington State. We just sold our home in NJ and are moving to the Carolina's (South), but also considered TN as that's where my hubs grew up. Also I am a fan of pastel pink. So glad you joined in today!

Wendy said...

Nice to meet you. I couldn't cope with temperatures that high. I'd definitely be lazy but sounds like you have it under control.

A Joyful Chaos said...

Ugh! I don't blame you for not liking that question! Some people need to start keeping their nose out of other people's family size and plans.

Nonnie said...

Everything is so lush in England. We so enjoyed our visit there, especially to the Cotswolds. It's great having a pool to relax in, but as we got older, my husband grew tired of keeping it up. Lovely pic of you two together, and I understand your feelings about being asked "the question"!

Elizabeth "Libby" Day said...

So glad you joined us on the Hodgepodge this morning. I must tell you that the Carolinas are two of our favorite states. As I live in Louisiana, I can commiserate on the hot temperatures and high humidity already this summer. Loved the story about the dress. Also, I can identify with the "family" issue. Hubby and I were married almost four years before being blessed with a child and it was worth the wait.

WW said...

We've been having a lot of rainy days here in Iowa, I find those days make it very easy for me to be lazy and read a book. As I'm typing this, it's getting very dark outside and the thunder is really talking, I'm hoping it will hurry up and rain so I can get to work without getting wet, the book reading will just have to wait.

Latane Barton said...

That's a darling picture of you in your pretty pink dress. I used to love pink, not so much anymore. I am proud of you for writing down your genealogy. It's so important for those babies that will come (if people will stop asking about when they'll get here.

Kathy said...

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog for The Hodgepodge! I love your beautiful pink dress, of which you had many :)
I live in Georgia, so we're experiencing the same heat wave you are. It's been brutal, hasn't it?
Wing Haven gardens looks like a beautiful place to visit.

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