I hope everyone had a warm and wonderful weekend, because now it’s a dreary, chilly Monday! For many, it’s the first day back to school or work, since before Christmas. I’m thankful I don’t have anywhere that I have to be, this morning, so I can join “The Monday Quiz”!
The heater’s cranking, and I’ve got a warm cup of cocoa! I’ll be wrapping Christmas ornaments while I watch the temperatures drop throughout the day–but, first, I’m going to answer today’s questions!
Here are today’s questions:
1. It’s National Hobby Month – will you be starting a new hobby or just keeping up with current ones? What are your hobbies?
I don’t plan on starting any new hobbies, at this point in time. I’d be happy to just have more time for my old hobbies! My newest hobby is gardening, but some of my older hobbies include making scrapbooks, making ornaments, crocheting, embroidery, and sewing.
2. January 6th is Bean Day – what is your favorite bean? Bean recipes to share?
We eat a lot of beans at our house, but I don’t really have a favorite bean because I like them all! The kinds of beans I cook (and eat), most often, are baked beans, green beans, or butter beans. Ed and I grow and ‘can’ our own green beans and butter beans, since we started gardening, so we usually have plenty on hand.
Sorry, no recipes to share today.
3. Wayne got a question from a student yesterday… and we’d love your input – “I just got good news – I got a promotion into management – the problem now is that that I’ve moved to a salary position after working hourly. I used to get paid for overtime so now I make less money – what should I do?”
I’m not sure anything can be done, once a person has already agreed to move into a salary position, but I suppose he/she could occasionally take some time off [with pay] for compensation. That’s what my husband does, if he has to work extra hours.
4. Have you ever bought a gift that you regretted giving later?
Of course, hasn’t everyone?! Nothing particular comes to mind, but I’m sure I bought my children some kind of noisy toy, back in the day, which I regretted buying afterward!
These days, I’ll often buy a gift for someone, then have second thoughts about what I chose… I think this comes with getting older. For this reason, I prefer to give money, gift cards, or get gift ideas for the grandchildren from their parents.
My question for today:
Are you prepared for the cold weather that’s sweeping our nation, and how cold is it expected to get at your house?
Time sure flies on the weekends! There’s always so much to be done, and so little time, but Ed and I managed to get a good bit accomplished over the weekend.
We got up early, on Saturday, and headed out to get our shopping done. We were in Walmart by 9 a.m., and it’s located 38 miles from where we live! We quickly observed that everyone in Walmart, on Saturday, at 9 a.m., are senior citizens! I guess great minds think alike 🙂
We rushed back home, and the spent most of Saturday afternoon visiting with Brad, Jennifer, and baby Evan, before they left to attend a birthday party for Jennifer’s nephew. Later, I got ‘inspired’ and cooked supper on Saturday night–fresh steamed cabbage and baked sweet potatoes from the garden, along with pork chops and cornbread! I rarely cook on Saturday nights.
Ed and I spent the rest of the weekend preparing our pets for the cold wave that’s headed our way. We have lots of outside animals, so we have to make sure they all have warm, dry places to stay! We’ve added more plastic, a heat lamp, and some extra blankets to help them through the more extreme temperatures. We’re expecting a low of about 17 degrees tonight.
Ed and I, also, managed to get all of the outside Christmas decorations taken down and packed away, over the weekend. I am very happy about that! On Sunday evening, we took down the tree in the living room, too. The tree’s safely back in the box, but the decorations aren’t! I’ll be working on that today, while I watch last night’s recording of “Downton Abbey’ –along with watching the temperatures drop.
Have a happy Monday, everyone…and STAY WARM!