Chillin’ With The Hodgepodge…

I don’t know about where you live, but it’s finally turned winter in our neck of the woods!  We woke up to a chilly 24 degrees, yesterday.  Today isn’t a whole lot warmer at 26.  Come on, grab a cup of something hot, and let’s indulge in some ‘Hodgepodge’.

1. Speaking of skating…when did you last ‘skate on thin ice’, ‘skate over the details’, ‘encounter a cheapskate’, or just plain skate?

During 2015, I felt as if we were ‘skating on thin ice’  almost every day.  We seemed to go from one crisis right into another.  So far, in 2016, we’re just plain skating.  Things have been much calmer.

2. What would you say is the biggest problem of people your age?

I think one of  the biggest problems of people my age [I’m 61] is staying physically fit.  It’s hard to get motivated to exercise, especially in winter.  Then there’s also the problem of not being able to exercise due to medical issues.

3. What’s your favorite accessory? Is it something you wear every day, often, or only on special occasions?

I’m not a person who wears a lot of accessories, so I’m going to say “my wedding rings”.  Since I no longer work outside the home, I only wear them on special occasions.  I don’t like to wear jewelry while I’m at home.

4. January 20th is National Cheese Lover’s Day. Are you a lover of cheese? What’s your favorite dish made with cheese? Last thing you ate that contained some kind of cheese?

I like cheese, but I don’t love it.  My favorite dish made with cheese is pizza.  The last thing I ate containing cheese was taco soup, on Sunday night.  I sprinkled a little cheddar cheese on top of it.

5. What’s something guaranteed to make you roll your eyes?

Dealing with any kind of government agency is guaranteed to make my hair stand on end, and  my eyes roll.  The USPS immediately comes to mind, in light of the issues with getting our mailbox moved.

6. Your favorite book series?

I don’t have a favorite book series, but I enjoy reading anything written by Nicholas Sparks, and have a collection of his books.  I also like John Grishom novels.

7. Why did you choose your profession?

I’ve spent the majority of my life (30 years) staying home and being a wife and mother because it’s the only thing I ever truly wanted to do.  I have no regrets.

However, there was a time, when I chose to work in our local elementary school, as a paraprofessional, for 14 1/2 years. Originally, I wanted this job in order to be close to our children, who were all in school, by then.  The children and I had the same hours and holidays, and it worked out well.

Later, after all of the children moved on to a private school, I continued working as a paraprofessional simply because I loved working with children and helping them learn. Of course, the extra income came in handy, too.  I paid the children’s private school tuition or my car payment with my meager salary each month.


I was deeply saddened to learn about the death of Glenn Frey, this week.  I have been a fan of The Eagles since way back in the early 70’s.  Ed and I were still newlyweds when I first heard the song “Take It Easy”, and instantly fell in love with their sound.  I bought every album The Eagles made, through the album Hotel California, and I played them all to death!  I even convinced Ed to take me to see them [in concert] when their tour came to Savannah, where we were living at the time. It was the first rock concert I’d ever attended, and the place where  this naive country girl first smelled “pot”. Ha!  What an experience that night was!

Since I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, too, I’m well aware of many of the conditions Glen Frey must have suffered with during his final time here on earth.  I’m sure his death brought some much-needed relief, but I’m sure going to miss the man and his music.

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  1. Great answers. I could have actually have given the same answers to questions 1-3, but didn’t 🙂

    My teenage son has been very saddened by all of the major celebrity deaths this year. He is an old soul.

  2. I’m with you on the difficulty of being physically fit! Have a great week.

  3. nice answers

  4. I enjoyed your answers. I hope 2016 continues to be better tha 2015 for you.

  5. I am glad 2016 has been better for you. Winter just arrived here too. The Eagles have some wonderful music. Seeing them must have been fun 🙂

  6. Hi! Visiting from the link up 🙂 It’s awesome that you stayed home to raise your children, I’m currently doing that now and love every minute. I enjoy Nicolas Sparks books also, always leave a lasting impression but the Notebook has to be my favorite. Have a wonderful day!


  7. I never take off my rings. I try to think about doing that before I exercise but I rarely remember. They’re like a part of my hand : ) I feel the same about the Eagles. I wore the first album out and we’ve seen them several times in concert. Glad 2016 is going better for you!

  8. I regret never having been to an eagles concert although like you I’ve loved all their albums.

  9. I never had many LPs in my collection but the Eagles were included. A sad loss. I’m glad your ice is not so thin this year.

  10. The Eagles have always been a favorite of mine, too. A sad loss indeed. Kathy, I enjoyed your answers this week. We do tend to think alike when it comes to our Hodgepodges!

  11. I love Taco Soup, too! And you’ve gotta put cheese in it, huh?
    I can always tell it’s a good book when it makes me cry, and Nicholas Sparks’ books always make me cry. I was able to see the house from Nights in Rhodanthe last summer when were in the Outer Banks.

  12. What an excellent tribute to Glenn Frey! I loved the music of the Eagles together and some of their solo efforts. Peaceful Easy Feeling is one of the first Eagle’s songs I learned to play. Take it Easy was another. His light will be missed.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog page and try to stay warm!

  13. True, I find it very difficult to stay physically fit with my COPD. Yes he writes wonderful books. We are big Eagles fans too. Very sad.

  14. Here I go again trying to comment. ha! We are not nearly as cold as you and we are not getting any of the delightful snow that people north of us are going to enjoy. Ah, yes. Government agencies are definitely eye rolling worthy. I was saddened by the passing of Frey as well. LOVE me some Eagles. 🙂

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