So were you nice to someone today?

Without any other fluff, here’s this week’s hodgepodge!

1. February 17th is National Random Acts of Kindness Day. It lands on the calendar one day after National Do Something for a Grouch Day (February 16) which somehow feels related. Perhaps the 16th inspired the 17th?

Tell about a time you performed a random act of kindness or were the recipient of one. Will you make an effort to perform a random act of kindness on the 17th? Share details if you’re so inclined, and if you have something specific in mind.
I don’t know that I’ll make an effort tomorrow, but it’s a good idea.  The first I thought of was when my car broke down on the side of the road, and a girl stopped and drove me home.  I’ll never forget when she turned to me and said, “Always happy to help a chick in need” and her stopping made the difference between me completely losing it or holding it together that day.  So I’ve tried to do the same when seeing people stranded on the side of the road.

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So do you have a bleeding heart?

I’m writing two posts in one night, how’s that for being impressive?  To be honest I’m actually writing about six in draft form, but I hope to post one tonight and then the hodgepodge tomorrow, so I count that!

Without further ado, here is this week’s Hodgepodge.  Play along!


1. Create an acrostic using the word LOVE. If you’re unsure what an acrostic is click here.
Long ago I had the experience
Of falling head of heels for someone
Valuable lessons learned and treasured
Even if the ending wasn’t so happy

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Did I freeze to death?

No.  Well, not yet anyway.  My house was a balmy 77 degrees yesterday so I turned the heat off.  Go figure.  Almost two feet of snow on the ground and I walk into a sauna.  Forgot that I had done so though until I came home from work today and it was a much milder 46 inside thanks to the cooler day we had.  I’m currently shivering while I wait for the house to heat up again.

So I’m blaming the fact that I forgot it was Wednesday on temperature adjustments.  But Wednesday is good, it means I remembered to answer the Hodgepodge questions again!  So here we go!

1. Share a winter memory from your childhood.
We had a fireplace, with a brick hearth, and I remember going out to go sled down the hill and then coming back to that roaring fire.  I’d sit on the hearth and eat snow cream or drink hot chocolate (made from scratch, mind you) until my back was a good thirty degrees hotter than the rest of me.  I really miss having a fireplace . . . .

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 took a blogging hiatus.  Unintentionally, but still.  I had a whopping ONE post in 2015.  And I spent free time studying.  Blech.  

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Did I Remember?

Ha! Yes I did!  I’m so proud of myself!  Here’s this week Wednesday Hodgepodge, brought to you from my couch while I contemplate turning into a popsicle in my heat-inefficient home.

1.  Speaking of skating…when did you last ‘skate on thin ice’, ‘skate over the details’, ‘encounter a cheapskate’, or just plain skate?
I wasn’t speaking of skating, but sure why not.  And I’ll go with ‘skate on thin ice’.  Christmas.  Family.  ‘Nuff said.

2. What would you say is the biggest problem of people your age?
I’m a Gen Xer, proud and true.  We are addicted to technology, frequently to the point of detaching from everything else.  And it’s a bad habit.  We overindulge and colly-moddle our kids, and that doesn’t help them prepare for adulthood at all.  We are starting to become empty nesters yet we are taking care of our parents.  And yet I think the biggest problem of all is that if we are not careful we can be incredibly selfish.

3. What’s your favorite accessory? Is it something you wear every day, often, or only on special occasions?
I’m the kind of girl that wears the same thing every day.  Same earrings (diamonds from an x, cool twists that I found, worn for about the last four years), rings (college class ring, great uncle’s wedding band, and spoon ring, all worn for at least 20 years if not longer), bracelet (Until there’s a Cure, worn since 1993), and I guess the newest is my Garmin watch. Continue reading

Did I Rejoin the Linkup?

Yes! Yes I am!

It has been a long time since I linked up to a listicle.  But I’m trying to write more, and I do miss these sort of free-form lists.  So I’m going to try to commit to the Wednesday Hodgepodge for the year and answer the weekly lists. So without further ado, here’s this week’s (five days late!).

1. Share one thing that really makes your day. Continue reading

Hodgepodge Dilemma

I am back to the Hodgepodge after another hiatus.  I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’m experiencing more and more of them as fall descends upon us and as we get into the holiday grind.  Yes, I said holiday grind.  It’s started, people.  Not only is fourth quarter the busiest time of the year for me at work, but at church? With the big event that we have every year?  And I mean big–300 people on stage, even more backstage/volunteering.  And so worth it.  So today, I’m taking a moment to get back to some questions for reflection, and sharing in this week’s hodgepodge.  Plus, I have a dilemma that I have been pondering all week, and want your opinion.  So question 8 is the perfect place to ask!

1. What’s one thing you learned in September? Continue reading

Things that make you go hmmmmmm…..

You know, honestly?  I don’t know that I’d remember to blog regularly if it weren’t for my linkups.  There are things I want to remember, and things I want to say, but I’m usually too tired to think out how to word it.  I need to do better with that, and try to have non-linkup postings, but for now, it works!

1. Share one way you think the world has changed for the better since you were a kid?
2. How ’bout one way it’s changed for the worse?
I’m going to answer these two together.  But before I do, here is a disclaimer ****I am in no way trying to start a political or theoretical discussion/argument with this answer.  I’m simply stating facts, and am not even giving my own personal standing on this topic at this time.  Any soapbox comments are subject to deletion**** Continue reading

Hodgepodge Study Break!

Hodgepodge Questions-Volume 133

I remembered to pull these up on Tuesday night! I am so proud of myself!  Next week is VBS though, so unless it’s slow at work (wink wink) I’m going to miss all my blogging linkups.

1. Picture postcards were first printed back in the mid-1800’s and deltiology is the official name for postcard collecting. When did you last send a postcard?  Receive one? Do you save postcards sent to you? Do you collect and/or send postcards when you travel? Continue reading

Hodgepodge Hiatus is Over!

Our wonderful host for the Hodgepodge is back, so the list is back up for the week!  Here’s this week’s information:

  1. Summertime is a season of reunions, weddings, and other family celebrations and gatherings…are any of the above on your calendar in the next two months?
    Due to my mother’s declining health, she’s not hosting a reunion of the family this year.  And I have to say, I’m relieved.  My brother and I are the only ones of our generation between the ages of 30-50 who attend, and it’s stale.  Maybe next year.  Weddings I’ve already been to two, and have to miss one because of Vacation Bible School.  Father’s Day weekend was a gathering of sorts, and it was nice–my dad brought his mom home for a few days (she’s 91 today.  Happy Birthday Grandma!), my brother, SIL, and their new baby came over, and I drove up to DC for a delightful day just being together. Continue reading

June Hodgepodge

No intro, let’s just get to it!

1. What do you think makes a good dad?
From the mouth of my own father–someone not like him.  Someone who wants children, someone who is capable of love and nurturing.  Someone who loves the mother of his child, someone who is willing to discipline and laugh, play and grow.  Someone who will be a prime example of a Christian man–a role model for his sons to be and for his daughters to marry.  Someone like my brother, who I admire more than anyone and who is the standard to which I hold all men.

2.  What’s something you learned from your own father?
How to drive.  In the parking lot of the West Falls Church metro station in a 1984 Chevy Blazer, watching him draw diagrams on the back of a Kleenex box to demonstrate how the wheel turns the axle and the chassy follows.  Never mind the fact I’d driven tractors, etc., this was his car.  I needed diagrams.

3. It’s your birthday-what kind of cake will we be having?
Homemade strawberry with whipped strawberry icing or with my nana’s chocolate frosting.  That stuff is like big sheets of fudge.  And no box mix is ever allowed for a birthday cake.

4. When you’re faced with a big decision are you more of a go with your gut type of person, or are you someone who reasons it all out, weighing the pros and cons?
I think I’ve said this before.  When it comes to major decisions, it’s usually an easy one for me.  If I’m waffling on my decision or if I take longer than 30 seconds to make a choice, then it’s a pretty sure bet that I am picking the wrong one.  I truly believe that it is God telling me that I’m making the wrong choice, and when I’m able to make the decision so quickly it’s because it’s the choice I am supposed to make.  Call it gut, call it divine intervention, call it ignorant bliss.  It works for me.

5. June is National Dairy Month. What’s your favorite dairy item? Most often purchased dairy item?
favorite: all kinds of ice cream.  Most often purchased: milk.  I go through a gallon of skim milk in about a week.  Mostly from my morning oatmeal or cereal, but I do enjoy glasses of it too.

6. Explorer Jacques Cousteau was born on June 11, 1910….what’s something you’ve recently discovered or something you’d like to explore?
There was a video posted today on the discovery of an oarfish near the wreckage of Deepwater Horizon.  It’s a fish that lives so deep they rarely get to see or examine it, and the largest bony fish known to man (i.e., largest fish that isn’t a shark or a ray–can get to be as big though!).  That kind of stuff is just so cool.  The one in the video is only about eight feet long, but still fascinating.

7. Are you typical of your generation?
Not as much as I used to be.  In some ways I’m a lot younger–friends I keep, movies I watch, church I attend, and in others I am older–knitting or scrapping as a hobby, music I listen to, etc.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
On Saturday I’m going to visit my father for Father’s Day.  He’s getting his mother for a few days so she’ll be there as well, we’ll celebrate her 91st birthday, my dad’s 65th, his 40th father’s day, and my brother’s first father’s day.  Should be interesting.  Once his birthday is over, we don’t have another until October for the men.  Every man in my family (father, brother, two grandfathers, stepfather, uncle, and a few others) was born on the 2nd, just all in assorted months.  Only problem is everyone between July and September has passed, so we have a few months with no celebrating.  When my sister in law was pregnant with her first, she was convinced it was a boy and was panicking because her due date was the 25th of April and she felt all kinds of pressure to deliver on the 2nd.  Fortunately it was a girl, delivered on my stepnephew’s 3rd and my 40th birthday instead!