Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Wednesday Hodgepodge

Welcome to my new blog design!  I've been thinking about a new design for a while but just wasn't sure about who to get to do the job for me.  Through another blog, I found Linda from My Fairy Blog Mother.  We talked, we emailed and  she designed just the look I wanted.  So, if you are looking for a new blog look, head on over and check her out.  You will not regret it!  Now, on to this week's Hodgepodge.............

1. 'Slow and steady wins the race'...tell us about a time this was true in your own life. 
The first thing that came to my mind was the building of our new house.  There was nothing fast about it.  Slow and steady would be the perfect description.  The foundation was poured in June of 2014 and we moved in August of 2015, 14 months later.  We had no reason to hurry as we were not selling our other house until we moved, so we didn't hold our contractors foot to the fire or rush him along.  As a result, we were very pleased with the finished product and it gave me plenty of time to orchestrate the move and get rid of all kinds of stuff that weren't going to make the move.

2. 'As slow as molasses'...Do you like molasses? How about maple syrup? Caramel? Butterscotch? What's your favorite of the slow moving treats mentioned here, and what's your favorite food made with that sweet treat? 
No, I do not like molasses at all, way too sweet for me.  I do use a little in a ginger cookie I make but that's as much as I do with it.  I'm not all that fond of maple syrup unless it is the "light" version, again, due to the extreme sweetness.  I do like caramel and make a delicious ice cream dessert with a caramel topping.  I am not a fan of butterscotch either.

3. Your favorite slow song? 
Roy Orbinson's, Unchained Melody

4. Your favorite thing to make in a slow cooker or crock pot? 
An eye round roast. I mix an envelope of dried onion soup with a family size can of cream of mushroom soup and  a tad of milk.  I put the roast in the crock pot (lined with a crock pot bag) and pour the soup mixture over it, put the lid on and let it cook away.  It is so, so easy and so, so good.  I usually cook mine about 5-6 hours on low, but it could be cooked on high for a shorter time.  It's my favorite way to cook roast and it makes the best gravy to use over rice or potatoes.

5. 'You may delay, but time will not.' ~Benjamin Franklin Are you more a hurrier or a delayer when it comes to unpleasant tasks that need doing? What are you currently either delaying or hurrying to get through this week or month?
Oh, my goodness, I am a hurrier no matter what the task is, I just want it DONE!! I have been working on organizing teams for a Bereavement Ministry for our church for the past month.  I got it in high gear yesterday and finished it up and got the packets ready to mail out to the teams today.  I feel such a sense of accomplishment when I finish a task.

6. Tell us three things you encounter regularly or even just occasionally that you find to be annoyingly slow.

1. Our town is small but the traffic can still get congested and slow on a Friday afternoon.
2. Our local DMV is consistently slow and will wear out your last nerve.  The state has had so many job cuts and on a good day there are only 2 people working there.  So, there's no need to ever get in any hurry if you are trying to renew your driver's license or take care of something on your vehicle licensing.
3. My Endodonist was more than annoyingly slow this past Friday.  I had a 10 o'clock appointment to get my implant.  It's an hour long process and he closes at noon on Friday and when I walked in there were 7 people in the waiting room.  That was a major red flag to me that it could be a very long wait.  At 11:00 I was still sitting there and I asked the receptionist when I would be called back and she said shortly.  Then when I did finally got back in the dental chair I sat there for 45 minutes without nary a soul looking in on me.  I got up out of the chair marched walked out to the receptionist desk and ask if I had been forgotten.  She just looked at me with no response and I told her that I knew it was not her fault but it was just unacceptable.  Finally, at noon the Doctor came in, said he was sorry for the wait and he knew I.was.not.happy.  I finally walked out at 1:15 and  once this process is over, I have two more appointments to finish up, I will never go back!  I can grant a Doctor all kinds of grace and understanding when they encounter an emergency but not when they overbook!!!! Well, there  you have it and it's way more than you ask for.

7. March is National Craft Month. Are you crafty? Tell us about something crafty you'll try in the next thirty one days. Or something crafty you'd like to try or wish you had the skill to make happen. 
I use to be somewhat crafty and loved crafty items, but not so much anymore.  My taste and interest have changed and now I enjoy channeling my crafty side towards graphic design and photo editing.

8. Insert your own random thought here. 

Yesterday was Fat Tuesday and here in Louisiana, that is a BIG deal!  The folks at the assisted living facility where my Dad lives hosted an afternoon Mardi Gras celebration for the residents.  I went with Dad for a few minutes and we both enjoyed a gooey piece of cinnamon cream cheese King Cake. As they say, "let the good times roll."

Lea @ CiCis Corner
Lea @ CiCis Corner

Hi there! My name is Lea. I've been wife to the best Hubby for 44 years....Mom to a son and daughter....CiCi to 4 precious Grans....lover of family and friends....enjoy laughter and a good time....shopper....picture taking maniac....maker of delicious fudge....organizational enthusiast....memory maker....Southern Belle...and most importantly.....a Child of the King! Welcome to my little corner!


  1. Good morning, Lea. Love your new design. Linda is an absolute dream to work with. I spent Fat Tuesday in Opelousos, LA and Mardi Gras in Lafayette, La when I went on exchange in high school. You southerners really know how to party. Enjoy the rest of your week, Lea.

  2. Your dad looks great! I love your new look. I'm in the process of a redo courtesy of my daughter. Her computer is soooo slow though, so not sure when it will be ready to go. Hopefully before next week's Hodgepodge! Enjoy your day!

  3. Your new blog design is beautiful, Lea...just my cup of tea! I need to switch mine up, too. Your story about the dentist brought to mind the time I sat, I kid you not, for over 2 hours to be seen by my dermatologist...they had completely forgotten about me; I thought they were just running extremely slow. I wasn't too happy.

  4. The blog looks really nice, very classy. Sweet picture of your dad. Hope you have a great day!!

  5. The new design, looks great! I love the colors. Your crock pot recipe is the same as how I make mine, except instead of a roast, I use stew meat, and put it on egg noodles. It was the meal I asked for on my birthdays growing up. The gravy is so good! :)

  6. Your roast recipe is what Dick did every Sunday morning before going to church early, while I was getting myself and the kids ready. We loved walking in the door to that wonderful aroma. He would also put potatoes and carrots in the pot so we had a meal ready. Love your new blog look. I know I need to make a change but have no idea what I want.

  7. The new look is just perfect! I haven't touched mine in a couple of years at least...might be time, lol. Your roast recipe sounds great... OH, how I hate to wait on doctors. I actually waited once over 3 hours for an orthopedic doc..crazy! Your dad sure looks good!

  8. Hello Lea, thank you for your kind words about your new look. I am so happy you love the new design. I appreciate your sweet kudos. You are truly a lovely Southern Gal with style. The crockpot roast sounds wonderful. Easy and so delicious. Loving the photo of your dad. Sorry about your dentist ordeal. I am not surprised you will not be going back. That is a terrible way of treating customers. Happy Wednesday.

  9. Your roast recipe sounds delicious! I will have to try it. Thank you for sharing! Loved your post today!

  10. Me, again! I forgot to mention how much I love your new design! Your tag line is perfect!

  11. Good morning, sweet Lea! My, what a lovely new look to your blog! I absolutel LOVE it! ANd dear Linda...she has such talent for making everything look extra beautiful.

    It's always a blessing to visit. Hugs!

  12. Your crock pot recipe sounds delicious. I wish I was a hurrier but I'm not yet it feels so good to get it done! That is really bad service your experienced. Our Primary doctor which we have been seeing for 28 years is amazing. We are always in and out quickly. That is a sweet photo of you dad!

  13. Love your new design. The roast sounds so delicious and easy!

  14. That's a fun picture of your dad on Fat Tuesday!

    I like your new blog design. You and Joyce (From This Side of the Pond) have been on the same train of thought for blog changes.

    Have a good weekend!


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