Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Lining Up the Hodgepodge

What's up, Hodgepodgers? Are y'all enjoying an actual winter with actual winter weather? Great. I'm not. I'm missing out on winter again this year. There is no way I'm going to appreciate summer when it's never left. 

Enough of that. Let's get our minds off of the bad and on to the good with the Hodgepodge!


1. Share a winter memory from your childhood. I remember getting snow once or twice a year and it was always just enough to get a few days off from school and maybe get a new sled for Christmas. We might get a longer snow or more than one or two, but we got it and it was glorious!

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 was walking down memory lane, as always. 

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? No. I see flaws and potential throughout the year. I never know when the spirit will ove me to see or do something. I do know that it's never only at the beginning of a new year. Have you done anything specific this month to address either one? Yes, but it has nothing to do with the new year. I have begun a yoga camp and a new running program but they are both part of an ongoing attempt at improving my fitness level which tends to ease the issues brought about by fibromyalgia. The fact that I began these in January has nothing to to with the new year. It was strictly coincidental. 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? I tend to view June as the end of the old year and the beginning of a new one. I think it has to do with the school schedule.

4. Who's an athlete you admire or respect and why? Vince Lombardi- he was an athlete before he was a coach, but it is his coaching that I respect and admire so, Gale Sayers and Michael Jordan...Roger Staubach. Bart Starr. They had/have integrity. These days, I admire and respect any athlete who is not a loud mouth jerk, who doesn't use drugs, who doesn't shoot or abuse people, who accepts and appreciates his/her talent as a gift and who accepts the responsibility of his/her celebrity status. Pretty sure that just about covers it. 

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

6. Where were you last kept waiting for 'hours on end'? In December. I'm forever being kept waiting by a select few in this family. When we were leaving for our Christmas vacation, someone made us over three hours late leaving. As usual. I HATE that. Or for what felt like hours on end? How well did you cope? I do not cope well at all. As a matter of fact, that is the last time I plan to put up with it. Grrrrrr. 

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. 


Your warm weather let me down. OR--
I thought you would bring winter weather. OR-- 
Disappointment in the weather left me wanting. And then, my favorite:
I wanted snow, you said no. 

8.  Insert your own random thought here.Have y'all seen the five planets all lined up yet? I've been looking but a dear friend said I should gaze instead of making it a mission. So, I gazed and I think I finally saw them! I'm not sure though because I realized I have no idea what I'm looking for. Ha! It might be time to bring in TheMostAmazingSIL who is very science-y and figure this thing out. 




Have a great rest of the week, y'all! 

22 comments:

  1. Do you have the sky guide app on your phone? It's amazing! We had a snowy weekend, but supposed to hit 60 this weekend. I'll take it! Much more conducive to home building : )

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    1. No! Thank you so much for telling me about it! We've got a couple of cold days coming and rain. Not that we need any rain, but it's coming anyway. Next week, 70s. This weather is killing me. UGH. But I am glad your house is coming along!

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  2. I enjoyed your Hodgepodge and chuckled that we are of the same mind when it comes to athletes today. Having our weather bring us highs in the 50s and lows in the upper 30s is winter enough for me!

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    1. Thanks! Gosh, that is cold for Florida. I didn't realize it had gone that far down. Yes, athletes today are quite interesting, aren't they?

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  3. To answer #4 in todays sporting world, I'd have to pick NBA Player Ray Allen. He's one of the very few all American athletes without tattoos and is doing good things all over the map. Sad how many athletes have become 'celebs' and thugs too isn't it?

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    1. It is sad about their celeb status and the whole thug thing. I don't get it.

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    1. You're welcome! Hope it helps you. I'm still looking. LOL

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  5. Ok my best winter memory would be when Tim and I went to the snow for a weeks holiday that was pretty great and that is all I have for this comment

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    1. I have a few more winter memories but they were during college and probably not appropriate for the Hodgepodge. LOL

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  6. The school schedule certainly does give many people a different year to mark.
    An hour and half BEFORE sunrise - NO way but I'm glad to hear people talking about stars and the universe. I just like the universe after I roll out bed later in the morning.

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    1. I get up at 4:50 every morning so that I have time to walk the dog and drink coffee before school so I'm up. I just can't find the darn things. LOL

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  7. I agreed with your #4, laughed at the last part of #7, and early the other morning I was tempted to get up to see the planets lined up, but it's cold out and I was warm under the covers. I decided I could imagine how cool it would be to see, and then tried to convince myself that I would be so annoyed if I got out of my warm bed and then found out the sky was overcast anyway. So interesting about the fibromyalgia, Pam. I hope you can get relief.

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    1. It's not cold out here. Come on down and we can search for those elusive planets together. LOL My fibromyalgia is not near as bad as a lot of others, and I am grateful for that.

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  8. I have to say you are one of the few (actually, maybe the only one) I know in South Carolina that does not like the mild winters! Ha! One of the reasons I moved here was to get away from snow. I believe you might think differently about it if you lived in a northern state that had snow a lot. It gets old really fast!!

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    1. I have many friends around here who love cold and snow too, even the ones from upstate NY! Which surprises me. :) I've said, quite often, that I doubt I would appreciate the cold and snow at the extremes to which some suffer through in the winter.

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  9. While I'm not into the planets, I am into the constellations! Had to chuckle about your perception of "Winter."...:)JP

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    1. I can't find the constellations either. LOL

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  10. Those are awesome athletes you named. I need to pick up some Cream of Wheat. We ate it all the time as kids. We didn't see the planets lined up. We looked. The article I read said that you need to set up your telescope to see them.

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    1. I still love Cream of Wheat and I love to put cheese in it. A lot of people think that's gross. I'm still looking for the planets. I won't give up until the time is up. I'm stubborn like that. LOL

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