Missed you guys while I was off making memories in Oklahoma for a few days. There will be more about that in another post. But, for now, I'm off to ponder and answer the HP questions of the week.
1. Share a winter memory from your childhood.I lived in Virginia during my teenage years and as you know, Virginia has lots of hills and mountains. At one point we lived in a little oyster village and our house was located at the top of a really fun hill. I can remember one snowy day all of the local kids gathered with their sleds, boxes, garbage can lids or whatever they could find and spent many happy hours sliding up and down that hill. I'm pretty sure we were slippin' and slidin' until there was no snow left.
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?
We were anxiously awaiting the birth of our 3rd Grandchild, our little Andi Kate. And, we were knee deep and rising in the building of this new house. Both of those were big subjects over at CiCi's Corner this time last year.
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? Have you done anything specific this month to address either one? 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 definitely see more potential because I see each new year as a clean slate of new beginnings and second chances. Yes, I have done some intentional things this month and that is something I desire to do more of, intentional acts. My word for the year is intentional. Yes, the new year, for me, truly does begin on January 1st.
4. Who's an athlete you admire or respect and why?
Well, since the Super Bowl is upon us and Peyton Manning is a Louisiana boy, and he seems like such a super guy, I'll go with him. And, he seems so humble and while I'm not really a big football fan, I'll be pulling for the Denver Broncos during the Super Bowl.
5. Do you like cream in your coffee? Whipped cream on your pumpkin pie? Cream cheese on a bagel? Sour cream on a baked potato? Cream of wheat for breakfast? Have you ever had a scone with clotted cream? Of all the creamy foods mentioned, which one sounds most appealing to you right this very minute?
Oh, yes, love cream in my coffee, but it has to be the powdered kind so it won't cool off my coffee. I'll take my pumpkin pie with whipped cream or without but probably prefer without. And, yes to cream cheese on my bagel. No to sour cream on my baked potato, I prefer Ranch Dressing. I'd take a bowl of Cream of Wheat any morning but it's been a very long time since I've had it. Love scones but have never had one with clotted cream and I don't really like the sound of that. Well, since I'm battling a nasty cold and sore throat, a bowl of Cream of Wheat sounds really, really good right now.
6. Where were you last kept waiting for 'hours on end'? Or for what felt like hours on end? How well did you cope?
I took my Daddy to an eye specialist last fall and we waited 2 1/2 hours to see the Doctor. My 86 year old Daddy was fit to be tied and I was about to blow a gasket. I even went up to the receptionist and ask her if we had been forgotten. She assured me we had not and I then said that they had obviously overbooked and she said that "they" required her to schedule appointments every 15 minutes but that some appointments take much longer than 15 minutes. Duh, ya think????
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.
It's been a great start to 2016!
8. Insert your own random thought here.
I rarely ever mention politics on my blog but I must say that I have been a bit bothered the past couple of days by a couple of endorsements for Donald Trump. The first was Dr. Robert Jeffress, pastor, First Baptist Church, Dallas, TX. Dr. Jeffress was in DesMoines this past week giving his endorsement to "the Donald." Then, Jerry Falwell, Jr., President of Liberty University, a conservative Christian university, endorsed Trump also. I'm just a bit surprised that these two would endorse a man that has shown no strong Christian or moral conviction and no real leadership skills. ~just a bunch of ranting and raving~ There are at least two in the running that not only show strong Christian and moral convictions but strong leadership skills. Okay, I'll hush but as I said, it has bothered me.