Ending January With Another Hodgepodge…

As the first month of 2018 comes to an end, I find it’s time for another Wednesday Hodgepodge.  As always, thanks, Joyce, for another great set of questions.  Here they are:

1. Speaking of endings….at your wit’s end, at loose ends, a dead end, burn the candle at both ends, all’s well that end’s well, or no end in sight…which ‘end’ phrase might best be applied to your life lately? Explain.

No end in sight because every day is filled with continuous animal chores–no matter what.  Ed and I begin [and end] every day by feeding and caring for the six chickens, nine cats, and a pond full of goldfish who depend on us.  The chicken coop must be cleaned daily, and eggs collected.  The chickens have to be let out, then shut back up at the end of the day.  Twice daily, Ed has to drive a quarter of a mile down the road to feed/care for “Trouble”, the cat.  The fish must be fed, daily, and the pond filter has to be cleaned.   No matter what the weather is, or how bad we may be feeling– these chores have to be done.  This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, because it keeps moving and busy, but, sometimes, I think it would be nice to be free of the responsibility for a little while.

2. What was a must have accessory when you were growing up? Did you own one? If so tell us what you remember about it.

I’m going to say “boots” because boots were very popular when I was in high school (along with “mini skirts”, “scooter skirts”, and “hot pants”).  I had two pairs of boots–a white pair of  “go-go” boots and a black pair of “granny boots”.  The “granny boots” were my favorites… and, yes, I also owned a couple of “mini skirts” and some “hot pants”, as well.

3. Something that made you smile yesterday?

Spending some time with old friends, Herman and Diane.  (Diane is recovering from recent foot surgery.)  While visiting, Herman told a couple of very funny stories that made us all laugh–a lot!  Herman is one of those people who always has a funny story to tell.

4. January 30th is National Croissant Day. Do you like croissants? Sweet or savory? We’re having chicken salad for lunch…would you rather have yours served on a croissant, a wrap, a bagel, bread, or a roll of some sort?

I don’t recall ever eating an actual croissant, but I’ll bet I’d like them.  I usually eat chicken salad on bread or crackers.

5. Sum up your January in fifteen words or less.

We had good visits with family & friends, some good times, and enjoyed some beautiful snow!

These snow men lasted almost a week!


Life has been busy, and time is passing quickly!  Ed and I made two out-of-town trips, last week, and have already made two more out-of-town trips, this week.  Two of those trips involved visits with family and friends, which we really enjoyed.

Today, I plan to pack away the snowmen  who have been decorating the shelves in our living room, and replace them with some Valentine’s Day decor.  Soon it will be time to start planning our spring garden, as well!  In the words of the old Tracy Lawrence song, “Time marches on…”

As January winds down, I’ll leave you with one last snow picture.  This is our youngest grandson, Evan, making his first “snow angel”.  I think it’s safe to say that Evan loved the snow!



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A January Kind Of Hodgepodge…

I don’t know about the rest of you, but January came ferociously roaring into our neck of the woods, last week!  Our temperatures dipped into the low 20’s for several nights in a row and, on January 3, over three inches of snow fell in our yard!  The snow’s all gone (as of Monday) and our temperatures are nearing 70 again.  Life is getting back to normal here in the deep south.

Speaking of normal, it’s Wednesday and that means it’s time for The Hodgepodge!  As always, thanks to Joyce for hosting this fun, mid-week distraction.

Here are this week’s questions:

1. January is National Mentoring Month. Have you ever had a mentor? Been a mentor? How would you rate the experience?

I don’t think I’ve ever had an actual mentor.

I guess you could say I mentored a few insecure first graders through some rough times, during my years of working as a paraprofessional.  And once, I briefly mentored another paraprofessional.  I found the experiences gratifying.  It’s always good to help someone.

2. What current trend makes no sense to you?

I know this is an older trend, but, personally, I’ll never understand the desire to color one’s hair pink, purple, or blue.  In the words of Heather Land, “I ain’t doin’ it.”

3. I saw a cartoon on facebook highlighting a few ‘weird’ things that make you happy as an adult. The list included-writing with a nice pen, having plans cancelled, freshly cleaned sheets, eating the corner brownie, cleaning the dryer lint screen, and sipping coffee in that brief time before anyone else wakes up. (Credit for the cartoon goes here) Of the ‘weird’ things listed which one makes you happiest? What is one more ‘weird’ thing you’d add to the list?

The only thing on the list that makes me happy is freshly cleaned sheets.  I love clean sheets!  If I could add something to the list, I’d say “soaking in the bathtub.”  By the way, I HATE cleaning the dryer lint screen!

4. What’s the last good thing you ate?

The last really good thing I ate was the last piece of a pound cake that I baked.  (You may recall, it only took me 45 years to learn how to make a good pound cake!)

5. Describe life in your 20’s in one sentence.

Life in my 20’s was filled with changes, challenges, and lots of happiness, (and I wouldn’t change a minute of it)!

Random:  I’d like to write more about the rare and beautiful snow we experienced, last week, but I’ll save it for a future post.  I will share one picture, though.  I think our Christmas decorations were quite appropriate for the snowy setting, don’t you?  The last time we saw this much snow was in 1989!

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Monday, Monday…

It’s Monday again!  Man, the weekend sure went by in a flash!  As always, I’m kicking off a new week by joining Heather for her meme “About Me Monday”.  Here are this week’s questions, along with my answers, followed by a very quick recap of the weekend:
1. What is your favorite kind of soup?
My favorite kind of soup is homemade vegetable beef soup, served with  hot cornbread!  I especially enjoy making it with home-grown vegetables–and I just made some a few days ago!
2. When was the last time you saw snow?
Sadly, we don’t get snow here in the south very often.  The last time we had enough snow to stay on the ground was in February of 2010.  It didn’t begin snowing until after dark, and most of it melted by noon the following day.  As a result, most our snow activities, and the photographs of them, took place at night!
3. What is a must have trait if someone is going to live with you?
Probably lots of patience.
4. Who was your favorite James Bond? 
I’ve never been a fan of James Bond movies, but I do like Pierce Brosnan!
My question for you is:
5.  Who cooks the turkey for your family’s Thanksgiving dinner?
With the exception of a couple of years, the turkey task has been my responsibility for somewhere around twenty years.
The weekend wrap up:
It was a very busy weekend at our house, so I am beginning the week tired.  I won’t take time to tell you the details, but I will tell you that our weekend involved traveling out of town to get a new laptop, looking at someone’s new house, eating out, doing some grocery shopping, and hosting a birthday dinner!  No wonder I’m tired today!  There are a lot of things I want to document here, but today I have to clean up a bit, and get ready for visitors.  Our two little grandsons are coming for a visit while their mama goes to an out-of-town appointment.  I’ll be back tomorrow!
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A Snowy Night In Georgia…Tuesday’s Blog Hop

It had been over twenty years since we had seen any snow in our area.  Our last snowfall was in December of 1989–just a couple of days before Christmas!  Our children were ages 11, 7, and 4 that year.  Of course, we went outside and played in the snow, made a snowman,  and took  a few pictures.  The years passed, and most of those snow memories faded from the minds of our children.

Our weatherman predicted snow a couple of times this winter, but nothing ever came of it….so when they began predicting snow for a third time, I really didn’t pay them much attention.  Friday, February 12, people were bustling with excitement.  Our schools closed early and everyone was in anticipation of the impending snowfall.  I didn’t have to go anywhere, so I just went on with my daily routine.  I wasn’t sure if we’d see snow or not.

Georgia snowflakes falling in the dark...

Finally, shortly after dark, the snowflakes began to fall where we live!  We’d been watching the news and weather, and knew that snow was finally headed our way.  We’d hoped that it would arrive during daylight hours, but that was not the case.  As we looked outside  our back door into the darkness, it looked like a blizzard–or what I imagine a blizzard would look like.   The flakes were very large, and very thick. Within two hours, the ground was covered with about two to three inches of white, powdery snow.

Son Brad's first snow angel...

All three of our now-grown children showed up at our house to celebrate the snowfall, and go  outside to play in it.  They made a snowman, there were snowball fights, and our youngest son even made his first snow angel.  I watched from the warmth and safety of indoors, as our grown children played in the snow, lighted by the light beaming from the side porch light.  I couldn’t get over their excitement, then I realized that it was the first snowfall that they really remembered.

Jennifer, Brad, and Madison pose with the snowman...

If it had been daytime, I would’ve been outside in the middle of the activity, but since it was dark, and the surfaces were icy and slippery, I hesitated to go outside.  I was afraid I’d fall.  Finally, after everyone had their fill of playing in the snow–and running in and out–I ventured out into the dark night to view the snow.  By then it had almost stopped snowing, and the snow was beginning to melt because of the warmth of the ground.  What I could see was beautiful.  I took a few pictures in total darkness, and carefully slipped back into the warmth of the house.  I didn’t even make a snowball!

me posing for a quick pic before heading back inside...

I’ve seen snow about four times in my life.  My thoughts about snow are always the same.  It’s beautiful to look at, but very messy to get out in.  I prefer admiring it from indoors.  It has the appearance of being powdery and dry, but it is actually cold and wet!  I’m glad that I don’t live where it snows very often.  Snow is a wonderful thing to look at, but I wouldn’t want to live with it…I also learned that Crocs(shoes that we wear year-round) don’t work very good in the snow…LOL

I heard on the news that it actually snowed in 49 out of 50 states on February 12.  That probably will never happen again…not in my lifetime anyway.  I do hope that it doesn’t wait twenty years before it decides to snow in Georgia again…I’d like to be around to see at least one more snowfall!

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