A Positively Wonderful Wednesday Hodgepodge…

What a difference a week makes, weather-wise.  The past two Wednesdays have seen snow falling here in Georgia, but today looks like a gorgeous spring day!   It’s a great day for The Wednesday Hodgepodge, too, so let’s get started.  As always, thanks to our hostess, Joyce!

Here are her questions for January 24, 2018:

1. January 24th is National Compliment Day. Is it easy or not so easy for you to accept a compliment?

I don’t know, I’ve never thought about it, but I do enjoy getting a compliment every now and then.

Share a recent compliment you’ve given or received.

Nothing specific comes to mind, but it may have been Ed complimenting me on a meal I’ve cooked.

2. Ten little things you are loving right now.

(1)Enjoying warmer days, (2)having the Christmas clutter finally put away, (3)recently spending a fun night with family, (4)the Sunday evening bible study on “the family”,  (5)listening to Pandora on the blue tooth speaker I got for Christmas, (6)watching seasons II of “Victoria” on PBS and “Taken” on NBC (7)spending the second Saturday night of each month with friends at gospel ‘sings’, (8)having Ed at home with me (9)being able to do nothing whenever I feel like it (10)being able to shop on weekdays, instead of Saturdays.

3. Would people describe you as a positive person?

People who don’t know me very well might say I’m a positive person, but those who know me best might not agree.  I’m a worrier.

Do you see yourself that way?   I think of myself as “semi-positive”.

I read here a list/description of eight things positive people do differently-

Positive people find something to look forward to every day, they celebrate the small stuff, they’re kind, they stay busy, accept responsibility for their actions, forgive themselves, know when to move on, and resist comparisons

Which action on the list would you say you do regularly?

I always try to be kind.

Which action could you add to your life to give you a more positive outlook?

That’s a tough one!  I’ll say “know when to move on.”

If you’re a positive person, what’s something you do regularly that’s not on the list?

I start my morning prayers off with a list of things I’m grateful for, and there are many.  Doing this makes me realize how blessed I am!

4. Homemade chicken soup, beef stew, or a bowl of chili…what’s your pleasure on a cold winter’s day?

I like all of the above, but chili is my favorite food on a cold winter’s day.

5. The best part of my day is….  when I crawl into bed at the end of the day.  It feels so good to stretch out and rest my back!


After Ed and I had been married for twenty years, he bought me an anniversary ring to celebrate the milestone.  I loved that ring and wore it for many years.  Due to arthritis and some weight gain,  my finger eventually outgrew the ring, and it sat in my jewelry box for several years.

This past summer, I decided to have the ring resized so I could wear it again.   Resizing the ring cost about one-third as much as the ring originally cost, but it was worth it to me because I was happy to be able to wear my anniversary ring again.

Then, the ‘unthinkable’ happened on December 29, when I got home from a shopping trip and started taking my jewelry off.  When I went to remove my ring I discovered it wasn’t there!  In thinking back, I remember putting lotion on my hands just before we arrived at our first shopping destination.  Apparently, I must have laid the ring in my lap while applying lotion, and forgot to put it back on.  The ring must have fallen off my lap when I got out of the car.  Of course, it was a very cold day, and it’s possible the ring could’ve slipped off my finger, elsewhere, but I don’t think so.

Needless to say, I was just sick about losing the ring I’d had for so many years!  My daughter called the store to see if a ring had been turned in.  Then, my sweet husband, Ed, got back in our car and drove over thirty miles back to our first shopping destination, just to search around the place where we parked.  No luck.

The strangest thing about the whole incident is this.  When I took the ring out of my jewelry box, that morning, I actually had second thoughts about wearing it.  It was a very cold day and my hands were shriveled and dry, which is why I was applying lotion in the car.  I’d never had second thoughts about wearing jewelry before.  If only I’d listened…  I guess I’ll just have to take a lesson from this experience– on being positive–accept responsibility for my actions, forgive myself, and move on.




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  1. Oh Kathy! I am so sorry about your ring. I know how devastating that must be. Have you checked the car thoroughly? I ask because this reminds of a time when my mom lost the keys to her car. She, of course had them when she arrived at the store, but didn’t have them when she was leaving. She searched and searched. No luck. She had to call a locksmith to come help her. When she got home we checked the car for the keys. Again no luck. She had to get keys made for her front and back doors at home, for her desk and filing cabinets, and for the car. Just about a year later we were in the car on the way somewhere and I felt a hard lump in my back. It was her keys! The only thing we can think is she put them in her purse, but not really. Your ring might have been on your lap, but when you slid or turned to get out of the car is could have fallen to the floor. It could be under the floor mat, or like my mom maybe stuck in the seat. I truly hope you find it.

  2. I’m so sorry about your ring. My mom lost a special ring my dad had given her before he died and we turned the house upsdie down trying to find it. Even emptied the garbage cans outside, but no luck. I am still hoping one day it turns up. Maybe yours will too.

  3. How sad about your ring.But it looks like the questions Joyce gave in writing this blog gave you a chance to look at it from a different point of view. As long as you remember the ring, it is not lost.

  4. Oh geez. What a hard lesson to learn with your special ring. I agree with virginiafair above. You still remember it. However, I know your memory of it will bring that sad feeling, too. Your list of little things was very good and many of those I enjoy as well.

  5. Such a shame about your ring especially having not been able to wear it for a while. But although the ring is lost your happy memories aren’t. Enjoyed reading your post.

  6. I’m so sorry about your ring. I’d be sick over it, if it were me. I thought at first when I read “the strangest thing….” you were going to say that somehow someone found it and returned it to you. I wish that were the case, but you are right about forgiving yourself. It was an accident and at the end of the day you have the important thing in your marriage. Your husband!

  7. I’m so sorry you lost your sweet ring. How heartbreaking. Perhaps check lost and found again at the store/mall. I’m sure you checked under the car seat and under the floor mats. Gosh, I’m sorry. Accidents happen to all of us. Hugs.

  8. I’m so sorry you lost your ring. You might check with the local police department where you were. I know people turn stuff like that in here from time to time when they find it. We finally got the rest of our Christmas stuff down and put away and it feels really good.

  9. I am so sorry to read about your lost ring. It is so heart breaking when things like this happen. Maybe, by the grace of God it will turn up. Is it possible it fell off your lap and landed inside the car?
    I am surprised that several bloggers opined that the end of the day is the best part of their day. I don’t know why I am so surprised, but I am.
    Have a great week and thanks for the visit to my blog page.

  10. That’s a great list of ten things and you know I’m with you on Christmas being packed up! I wish we could stop worrying. It takes so much of our life away when we should be trusting in God’s plan for us. I think I’m going to make a pot of chili this weekend. I am so sorry to hear about your ring. ((Hugs))

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