Saying Goodbye To January With A Hodgepodge…

 Is it just me, or has the month of January flown by in a blur?  Our January days have been relatively uneventful, but the time has still flown by.
As always, I’m thankful to our hostess, Joyce, for always making the time to host The Hodgepodge. If you’ve never joined us, and would like to, please click on Joyce’s button.  Here are this week’s questions:
1. Share a winter memory from your childhood.
The #1 thing I remember most, from the winters of my childhood, is being cold!  The houses we lived in, while I was growing up, were older houses, and they were not insulated at all.  Our homes were heated with fireplaces or gas ‘space heaters’, so parts of the house were always unheated.  There usually wasn’t any heat left on during the night, so I always woke up to a cold house!  I always got dressed for school standing in front of a small heater.  There wasn’t any heat at all in the bathroom!  We heated the bathroom with the steam from our very hot bath water.  Oh, and we had so many covers on the beds, you could hardly turn over during the night!  (I thought I’d died and gone to heaven when I married Ed because our first home had central heating.)

2. What was on your blog this time last year? (Besides the Hodgepodge of course!) If you weren’t blogging, what in the world were you doing with all that free time?

I don’t even have to go back and look because I already know the answer to this question!  I was blogging about the early adventures of Ed’s “mandatory retirement”!  Believe me, there were more than a few twists and turns in those adventures, and I was never without blogging material!

3. Ellen Goodman is quoted as saying, ‘We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives…not looking for flaws, but for potential.’

Do you see more flaws or more potential in your life at the start of a new year? Have you done anything specific this month to address either one? Does the new year truly begin for you on January 1, or is there some other month of the year that feels like a fresh start and new beginning?

At this point, I can see plenty of flaws in my life, but there’s still some potential here, as well. I’m trying to work on some of my flaws, but I haven’t tapped much of my left-over potential, so far.  The words of an old song come to mind… “He’s still working on me.  To make me what I ought to be.”

January is just another month, to me, although it’s a rather depressing month after all of the excitement of Christmas.  I’ve never been one to make or get caught up in New Year’s resolutions.

To me, spring feels more like the time for a new beginning, than January.  I feel “refreshed” with the arrival of warmer weather, some buds on the trees, and the arrival of early spring flowers in the yard.  Come on spring!!!


4. Who’s an athlete you admire or respect and why?

I admire and respect Tim Tebow, formerly of the Florida Gators football team.  I think he’s a very talented, upstanding athlete who hasn’t been able to get a fair shake [in the NFL], in my opinion, basically because he’s an outspoken Christian, both on and off the field.  Singer, Blake Shelton, apparently agrees with me.

5. Do you like cream in your coffee? Whipped cream on your pumpkin pie? Cream cheese on a bagel? Sour cream on a baked potato? Cream of wheat for breakfast? Have you ever had a scone with clotted cream? Of all the creamy foods mentioned, which one sounds most appealing to you right this very minute?

My answer is “no” to all of the questions above.  The most appealing choice, to me, would be whipped cream on pumpkin pie.

6. Where were you last kept waiting for ‘hours on end’? Or for what felt like hours on end? How well did you cope?

I was last kept “waiting for hours on end” at the dermatologist’s office when I had Moh’s surgery done on my face, in December. (This surgery is time-consuming, and I was told to come prepared to spend the day.) We were only there about three hours, but it felt more like six! Of course, I was fortunate, because the doctor got all of the cancer on the first try.  I think I coped quite well, considering I had to have multiple shots [in the face], as well as a hole [the size of an M&M] scooped out of my face!

7. Believe it or not, when next week’s Hodgepodge rolls around it will be February.Huh?!? Bid adieu here to January in seven words or less.

So thankful January’s been an uneventful month!


I haven’t had much newsworthy to blog about lately, and I’m glad.  No news is good news, as far as I’m concerned.  I needed the break.

I suppose the most interesting thing that’s happened around here, lately, was Brad and Jennifer accompanying Jennifer’s “doctor boss” and his wife, on an ‘all expenses paid’, weekend trip to Orlando, Florida, to watch the “Royal Rumble” wrestling event. The trip was Jennifer’s Christmas gift from her boss, and it was a generous one!


happy wrestling fans at the “Royal Rumble”

In other news, today is my sister-in-law’s birthday.  She’s been my SIL since 1963, but she was my baby sitter prior to that!  In fact, that’s how she and my brother met.  Kay’s the closest thing to a sister I’ll ever have, and I love her dearly.  She also reads my blog.  Happy Birthday, Kay!  I hope you enjoy your special day, and I am really looking forward to our visit, next week!

Kay, celebrating her last b’day

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  1. Happy birthday to your sister in law! I’m glad your January has been quiet. I think we all need that just now…the world is such a noisy noisy place lately. Enjoy your day!

  2. My brother recently had MOHS surgery, so I completely understand what you’re talking about. Hope you’ve recovered well.

  3. Happy Birthday to Kay!! My January has been fairly quiet too. With hubby’s back issues, there’s not been much going out and doing stuff. But you know, I’m okay with being home (not so much with him having back problems). I’ve been enjoying just relaxing and enjoying being together in our home.

    Hope you have a great day!!

  4. I am glad that January was uneventful for you and Ed. I pray that this trend continues for the rest of the year…you guys deserve a season of peace. All the best to you and Ed!

  5. Happy birthday to Kay! Great photo of her, from last year. January was not uneventful for us, and I am happy to be putting it behind us. As always, I enjoyed catching up with you and reading your Hodgepodge answers!

  6. praying you feel better and better

  7. It sounds l like a tumultuous year, one you’re glad to have over. I love that colorful springtime photo. That’s what we all want, a beautiful, glorious springtime. It’s even more wonderful by the fact that it’s preceded by a long winter.

  8. Good answers and I am with you on Spring feel like new beginnings! Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Glad things are quieting down for you. I love everything about spring except hail and thunderstorms. I hate waiting in doctor’s offices, too. Have a super awesome week!

  10. It’s not just you, the month did fly by…..
    Your right, Spring is always a fresh start! It will probably take me that long to get motivated to do the things I need to do. Still working on making appointments that I should have done last year. Fun times for Brad and Jennifer. Happy Birthday to Kay!!!

  11. I’m glad your month has been quiet. Enjoy the birthday celebrations.

  12. I liked Tim Tebow too. I was sorry the pros didn’t work out for him. My husband’s aunt used to talk about the cold when she was growing up. She said the thing she loved most about college were the heated dorm rooms. 🙂 I can’t imagine that kind of cold. I know when I get cold now, it’s hard to warm up so that probably would have killed me. Ha!

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