Wednesday, February 28, 2024

The Wednesday Hodgepodge





It's Wednesday and that means the Hodgepodge. Enjoy!

1. February is coming to a close. Give us a two-word phrase that tells us something about how yours went.

Mighty fast
I can hardly believe that we are one day away from March, the 3rd month of 2024. 

2. If you had to describe how you're feeling right now as an amusement park ride, what ride are you on? Explain. 

The steady running train.  Most park rides are tilting, rocking, up and down, or herky jerky. A train is one of the smoothest of all rides and things are fairly smooth going right now.

3. What's something on your desk or a nearby wall that cheers you up when you see it or walk past? 

This, by Toby Mac, hangs in my home office and serves as a daily reminder to me as I walk past it several times each day.

4.  Are you a salad eater? How many salads do you typically eat in a week? Your favorite kind of salad? 


I am most definitely a salad eater but not too much at home but 75% of the time when we eat out, I order some type salad.  I probably eat 2-3 a week and my favorite would be Caesar. And, add some grilled chicken and that makes it even better.

5. Without telling us the category give us your top five ______________. 

1.  Half way pulling into a parking space or straddling two parking spaces
2.  Leaving your shopping cart in the middle of the parking lot, people, it only takes a minute to roll it to the cart caddy
3.  Calling and getting customer service and punching number after number before finally getting a human that barely speaks English
4.  Facebook posts that air folks "dirty laundry", some things don't need to be made public
5.  Rude people
And, I'm pretty sure you have no problem knowing the category of my top 5








Saturday, February 10, 2024

February 10 on the 10th



It's Saturday the 10th and I decided to link up with Marsha in the Middle  for 10 on the 10th. Interesting questions for sure and I certainly didn't have to stress my brain to answer them.  So, here' goes..............

1. Would you rather have fruit dipped in chip dip or potato chips dipped in chocolate?


I like sweet and salty, so give me chips dipped in chocolate, sounds good to me.

2. Would you rather publicly sing a love song or recite an original poem to your significant other?
I use to have a good voice and sang a lot but that "ship has sailed." And, I enjoy writing but not a poem, so I'm going to have to say I'd rather not do either one. ~truth~

3. Would you rather share the best meal of your life with Willie Nelson or Dolly Parton?


Hands down, Dolly Parton!!!  I've loved Dolly for years and years.  I've seen her in concert, been to her theme park, watched her movies and on and on.  I think to share a meal with her would have to be a one in a lifetime experience.

4. Would you rather receive a dozen perfect black roses or one rose in the color you love most?

NO black roses for this gal!
But, one yellow rose would be just great and so would a red one.  I sometimes think red roses are a bit over rated.  

5. Would you rather spend an entire week of February dressed only in pink with purple hearts or red with orange hearts?
Okay, both of these sound way more tacky than I care to be.  I have 4-5 sweaters that I wear in the weeks prior to Valentine's and they are so cute.  So, I'll stick with them.

6. Would you rather be treated to a day driving a Maserati around the Indy 500 race track or go for a carriage ride in the Scottish Highlands?


I'll take a carriage ride any day.  We've done a few carriage rides over the years and they were so enjoyable.


7. Would you rather have your Valentine pizza delivered by Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) or Jason Statham?
I'm sorry but I don't think I have even heard of either of these.  So.........

8. Would you rather sleep on red satin sheets or flannel sheets with teddy bears on them?

How about flannel sheets with penguins on them? Hubby and I tried a set of satin sheets one time and one time only.  We did NOT like them.  We love flannel sheets in the cold winter.  They are so, so warm!

9. Would you rather receive a box of chocolates with your least favorite fillings or a bouquet of flowers to which you are allergic?

I don't think Hubby has ever given me a box of chocolates but if he did, there would likely be several that I would enjoy and the rest would go in the trash.
Since I'm not allergic to flowers, I'll just take flowers.

10. Would you rather go on a surprise date or have planned it yourself?
I'm not much into surprises, so I'll just plan something myself.  Even though I'm not a fan of surprises, Hubby has pulled off a couple of BIG ones in the 52 years of our marriage.  

I guess this would be officially Valentine weekend but I'm pretty sure Valentine's is not on the minds of folks.  It would be Super Bowl weekend for the majority.  Whatever you end up celebrating this weekend, ENJOY!!!!


Monday, February 5, 2024

February Prime Purchases




And, here we are, the 5th day of February, 2024.  Goodness gracious, how can it be? But, it is and here's my Prime Purchases for this go around. 


100% COTTON  FLOUR  SACK  TEA  TOWELS


I was introduced to flour sack tea towels by my paternal grandmother at least 60 years ago.  It was ALL she had in her kitchen and she used them for everything.  Well, if you have never used flour sack tea towels then you are missing out and I'm not joking.  There's just nothing like them for absorbency. I have a towel to dry my hands on with a matching dish cloth but I always have a tea towel out as well.  If I'm doing a lot of baking or cooking I keep one nearby to wipe my hands on, clean up spills and on and on.  This is a pack of 12.



GLASS  PICTURE  FRAME


These are the neatest frames.  Our daughter gave Hubby a couple of these with pictures of her family in them and they are so pretty.  They are all glass with a black edge and give the nicest appearance and they come in a whole bunch of sizes.  I like a more traditional looking frame for our house, but these are so nice for Hubby's office.




CREAM  TO  POWDER EYE  SHADOW  STICK




I am not sure why I ordered this but I ran across it and loved the color and decided to give it a whirl.  I'm a big fan of powder eye shadow and have never had much luck with the cream to powder shadows.  But, this one works beautifully and I've used it every day since I got it.  I ordered two more colors after liking this one.  After I apply it, I take my eyeshadow brush and blend it out. I'm a fan!



6 QUART  CLEAR STORAGE  BINS WITH  LIDS



Who doesn't need more storage bins? ~grin~ I saw these on someone else's Prime Purchases last month and ordered them immediately.  They are the perfect size for our bathroom cabinets and I used 4 of them getting all kinds of things organized in our master bath.  They would work for all kinds of storage and I love having a couple extra as I'm pretty sure I'll have a need for them sooner than later.

AMAZON


SLOW  COOKER  LINERS


I started not to include these but, just in case there is someone out there that does not use these or, heaven forbid, has never seen them.  These are game changer if you ever use a slow cooker. Until these came out, several years ago, I hated using my slow cooker because I didn't want to have to clean it.  But, no more! Whoever came out with these was genius!



STRIPED  SWEATER


If you need/want a cute casual sweater, then here you go.  It comes in several colors and is oversized but not tacky. ~at least in my opinion~  I wear this black and white stripe with my white joggers.  A cute, fun everyday outfit.



CRUX  ELECTRIC  SKILLET


I do not use an electric skillet a lot but I do like to have one for the occasions that I do need one. I use it for sauteing or browning meat.  This one is 3" deep and I love the platform it sits on so much better than the legs my last one had.  This is a non-stick surface and you have to use plastic utensils in it.  


And, there you have it.  Maybe you saw something you need or want.  Enjoy this new week and, as always, thanks for stopping by.

In this day and time we need to never forget this verse.


Wednesday, January 31, 2024

A Puzzling Hodgepodge



And, it's the last day of January, 2024. Yikes, how can that be? Life just keeps right on moving along and at a much faster rate than I would prefer.  But, it is what it is and now on to this weeks HP.

1. January 29th is National Puzzle Day. Do you enjoy puzzles? What kind (crossword, jigsaw, sudoku, etc)?  How often do you work a puzzle? 


There was a time that I was into jigsaw and sudoku puzzles but that was a long time ago. I've thought about getting back into sudoku because it's so good for our brain.  There are several sudoku apps for the smart phone so I might just do that. Truth be told, I'll probably need a refresher course in how to work them.

2. Something you currently find 'puzzling'? 

Oh, it's so hard to just name one, but I'm completely baffled by those who desire to change their gender.  I'll just leave it at that.

3. What's your go-to dish to take to someone who needs a meal (new baby, bereavement, etc)? 


I do this quite often and I have several "go tos" but pulled pork is a favorite. I use the McCormicks seasoning package and other ingredients it calls for, put it in the slow cooker, and I promise you it will make you "slap your pappy."  I will take some baked beans, potato salad or cole slaw, baked beans and buns and it's a winner every time.  And, I always do a lot (of the pork tender) so we can enjoy it too and perhaps put a container in the freezer for another time.  It's as easy to do a lot as it is a little.

4. Do you watch any HGTV and/or The Food Network? If so, what's your favorite program there? 


I do enjoy HGTV more than The Food Network but I don't really watch it all that much.  I enjoy shows like Fixer Upper (I think they have their own network now) and Home Town. I love seeing them take a terribly run down house and turn it into a home buyers dream.  I'm not sure I have the ability to see the potential but these folks sure do.

5.  Wrap up your January in five words, with a five word phrase, or with a five word sentence. 

A lot of dreary days.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

I have so many random thoughts that I don't know which one to express.  So, perhaps I'll just do a whole post on my random thoughts. It would likely be quite enjoyable.  I'll give it some thought, stay tuned.



Wednesday, January 24, 2024

The Wednesday Hodgepodge





It's time for the Hodgepodge and in spite of the very "poopy" weather we are having here in NE Louisiana, life goes on.  All last week was frigid temps with a wintery mix and this week is warm temps and lots and lots of rain.  I'm just about over it.  This gal is a sunshine kind of girl. Enough is enough!

1. Do you have a word for the year (WOTY)? If so, and you'd like to share, please share. How do you decide on a word? If you don't have a word are you still on the hunt for one for 2024? 


I did a word for the year for 4-5 years a few years back but haven't done that in recent years.  And, neither do I make resolutions. I just do not see the need in either of them but, more power to those that do.  I definitely like "word of the year" much better than resolutions.

2. January 23rd is National Pie Day...will you celebrate? Do you like pie? What's your favorite? 


Oh, yes, I LOVE pie! It would be my most favorite dessert. As to a favorite, that's hard to say. I like most any pie, but, outside of pecan pie, I prefer cream pies.  My sweet neighbor can make the most delicious chocolate pie I've ever eaten.  And, 2-3 times a year she shows up at our front door with one for us.  I mean, who can beat that!  And, I often show up at her door with fresh baked cookies or my homemade fudge.  Isn't that what neighbors do? ~ chuckle~ 

3. Tipping. What are your thoughts, expectations, as to who, when where? Do you appreciate a store/restaurant giving a 'suggested amount'? Have you ever left an extravagant tip? 


I have a really BIG heart for waiters and waitresses and so does my husband.  Neither of us need a suggested amount because we are always going to leave more.  And, if we talk with our waitress or waiter and find out they are a single Mom or a college student barely making ends meet, well, yes, we do leave an extravagant tip.  It's a blessing to both parties.

4. Share with us one household 'tip' that works for you. 

It's just this simple, always put things up, NOT down.  I believe this is the first step to organizing your home.  If you do not practice this, then it's unlikely you will ever have an organized house. As most of you know, I am an organizational enthusiast and I've given a few programs on the subject.  These 7 words are where I always begin.  I had this modeled for me by my precious Mom that had not a clue about the world of organization.  It was just her nature as there sure wasn't all the hype about it "back in the day" as there is now. 

5. Influencers on social media are people who've built a reputation for their knowledge and expertise on a particular subject. Do you follow any influencers online? Have you made a purchase or tried something new because of that 'influence'? If there's one you particularly enjoy tell us who they are and why you enjoy them. 


I do follow some influencers online and I have purchased some things because of their influence. There are so many influencers today, beauty, fashion, food, organizational, travel, gardening, etc. There's no end.  I do not spend much time following them but apparently it is a daily activity for a whole lot of folks.  And, that is what the influencers are hoping for because every time a purchase is made due to their influence, they make money.  For many influencers, it is a daily job, perhaps 6-8 hours a day.  A bit amazing to me and I'm pretty sure a whole lot of them make quite a sum of money.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Over the past 5+ years Hubby and I have seen so many changes in our lives and the lives of our friends.  We have several friends who have retired and some, not by choice and some earlier than they had planned.  If I hadn't learned before, I've definitely learned by now that CHANGE is certain, and especially as we age.  We've have some dear friends receive some really tough health diagnosis, requiring them to make tough changes in their lives.  If I think about it too long, it can make me sad.  It has caused me to really be thankful for my good health and to never, ever take it for granted because it can change, as we've seen, overnight. 

 Hubby is what he calls, semi-retired and has been for 10+ years.  He is fortunate to have a staff of 5 that can run his insurance agency more than adequate.  He keeps his finger on the day to day operations and he's always just a phone call away, but he doesn't have to be at the office unless he wants to be.  He will celebrate 50 years on July 1st, as a State Farm agent. (that's a really LONG time) And, talk about change, don't even get him started on all the changes he has seen come down the pike in the insurance business in his 50 years. 

I am "only" 71 (Hubby will be 77 in March) and I know that more change is coming in our lives and the lives of our friends.  But, I try to go forth and make everyday count and  be ever so mindful to count my blessings.  And, cling to the assurance that HE goes before us, preparing the way and will never leave us to figure it out on our own. And, that's my random thoughts today. :o)



Blessings abundant to you! 

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

A "Pooh" Kind of Hodgepodge




It's Hodgepodge time! And, it's all about Pooh and his friends today............


1. On January 18th we commemorate A.A. Milne's birthday. Milne is the author of the beloved classic Winnie the Pooh. In many ways Pooh represents innocence and simplicity. His optimism reminds us to appreciate the little things. What are three little things you're appreciating in mid-January? 



Getting office files cleaned out for new year

Looking forward to twinkle lights coming on each evening in our living area. Really!

The start of a new Bible Study next week on prayer.

Yes, it truly is the little things............

2. Piglet teaches us even the smallest of individuals can achieve big things with the proper amount of determination. How do your current responsibilities make you feel? 


Most of the time I have a good handle on them. And, I might add that, at this stage in my life, my responsibilities are certainly not what they once were.  And, for that, I am thankful.  I do oversee the care of my 94 year old Dad who lives in an assisted living facility nearby.  There have been times when that responsibility has been heavy, but, for the most part, it goes smoothly.  I've been overseeing his care for 13 years so I've gotten really good at it. 

3. Tigger is known for his enthusiasm and energy, his boundless joy and love of life. What's something you're interested in learning more about in this new year? 


I can't think of anything big, but am always interested in learning or hearing about a new cleaning hack, organizational hack or cooking hack.  Anything that makes life easier without compromise, I'm all about it.  

4. Eeyore, while a melancholy character, teaches us the importance of resilience and perseverance. How do you stay motivated and persevere in difficult circumstances?


I've always been very determined (just ask Hubby) and when things get difficult I've just learned to "bow up and get it."  I look at it as what choice do I have but to meet it head on.  As to what motivates me, I'm not sure, I think it is just my nature.

5. What's the last thing you ate that was made with honey? 


I made a recipe of Patio Beans during Christmas and it calls for a tad of honey.  Honey is not something that I use much but I always have it on hand, just in case.  

6. Insert your own random thought here.



In case you haven't heard, we here in NE Louisiana were hit with a winter storm this past Sunday.  So, we were  basically  housebound two days and looks like we may "break free" by this afternoon.  Goodness, it is NOT a favorite feeling for me but I've made good use of the time.  I've baked cookies and more cookies, I've done more cleaning out and organizing and prepared for our new Bible Study starting a week from today.  AND, the beautiful amaryllis shown above has been such a bright spot while stuck inside.  I don't know who came out with the waxed amaryllis but they were a genius for sure.  There is absolutely no work involved, just sit it out and watch it "do its thing."  I gave several of these as gifts and got this one for myself.  It was very, very slow coming out and I was a bit concerned that I might have gotten a dud.  I got it on Dec. 1st and assumed it might be in full bloom by the 25th.  Well, it wasn't but, oh, my goodness, it is in full array this week and it's one of the prettiest I've ever had or ever seen. And, it still has 3 more blooms almost ready to open.  I placed it inside this greenery candle ring and think it was a lovely addition to its beauty. It's been such a bright spot during these cloudy wintery days.

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

The Wednesday Hodgepodge






Wow! I am on a roll, three blog posts in three days. Yea, me! It's always fun to participate in the Hodgepodge, not only answering the questions but reading everyone else's answers. Thanks Joyce for your faithfulness to host the HP.  Now, off to answer this week's questions.

1. What's a change you'd like or need to make this year? 



I would like and need to spend more time in The Word. In fact, I have laid aside any devotional book this year and am only reading the Bible.  I am in the book of Hebrews right now and will move on to another book once I finish Hebrews and continue on with other books throughout the year. 

2. Break the ice, on thin ice, ice skating, tip of the iceberg, ice cold...which icy idiom applies to your life right now? Explain. 


Here in NE Louisiana we are preparing for a severe cold snap the beginning of next week.  Now, mind you, it was 44 and WINDY today and we were freezing too death.  The extended forecast for the first 3 days of next week are in the teens.  So, ice cold, is my icy idiom. Need I mention that we are not use to this type of weather.

3. What's a project you've been putting off? Will you get to it this month? This year?

I am so project oriented that I don't generally put them off, I just jump in with both feet.  Most of my projects have to do with organizing and cleaning out.  I've been busy with such projects since Christmas and next on my agenda is our pantry.  It's not in bad condition but I do need to do a little straightening up and throwing out.


4. Of the fruits that grow well in winter which ones have you tried? Which is your favorite? 

pomegranates, clementines, persimmons, passion fruit, pears, grapefruit, lemons, pomelos, kumquats


I don't like admitting it, but I am just NOT a fan of fruit. I will eat seedless grapes, apples, and blueberries and that's about it.  None of the ones listed above.  Shame on me!

5. What do you think it means to be courageous? 

To step out of one's comfort zone to accomplish something and, to me, it doesn't necessarily have to be something dangerous.


6. Insert your own random thought here. 

I can't believe it's been over two weeks since Christmas.  Our Christmas wasn't until the 27th and we had a chaotic good time.  ~smile~ Our Oklahoma family was here for about 5 days and a whole lot of memories were made.  Once they left neither Hubby nor I was feeling the best and within a few days we had "the crud" that everyone else had.  Mine was fairly short lived but Hubby's has hung around.  There seems to be all kinds of bugs in the air this winter.  But, we will welcome spring on March 19th, it will be here before we know it.

Abundant blessings in 2024!