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

So here’s the thing . . . .

I started this blog umpteen years ago (okay, six) with the thought that it would be a bunch of ramblings from my busy brain.  And at times it has been.  I have gone through blogging challenges where you have to blog something every day for forty days.  I have had months where I haven’t posted much of anything.  I discovered the world of linkups last year (how had I not found those before???) and figured that posting three days a week, even if it was mundane facts and thoughts, at least had me writing.

But lately that hasn’t been enough.  I would like to get away from the superficial, list facts about yourself posts and get back to the meatier posts of substance that I used to do.  Not that I don’t like the linkups–I love them.  Sunday Social, the Monday Listicles, the now-defunct Tuesday Topics (which was probably my favorite), and the Wednesday Hodgepodge.  I did them for a majority of last year, but then they started to feel like a chore or something that I was obligated to do and not something I enjoyed doing.

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