Wednesday, August 5, 2020

The Wednesday Hodgepodge

From this Side of the Pond

It's another Wednesday and that means another Hodgepodge. Hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoyed answering.

1.  What's happening where you live in terms of schools opening? How do you feel about it?
Hummm......our local public schools are waiting until after Labor Day to even start, the district my DIL teaches in is doing an A/B schedule and the private school our Grangirls attend is going full steam ahead.  They are a smaller school and are making modifications to try and prevent any spread of the Covid.  It all remains to be seen and overall, it seems that the opening of schools is a most stressful situation for all concerned.
I really think that waiting to start school until after Labor Day is probably a very good idea. But since I did not get a vote in the matter, it doesn't appear that will be the case in most instances. 

2. What's something you still do 'old school'?
I still keep a wall calendar with all of mine and Hubby's activities and appointments on it.  I use my I-phone calendar for all the birthdays I remember.  But, I love looking at our wall calendar and seeing each week lined out for me and what is coming up.

3. August 4th is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. Will you/did you celebrate by baking a batch? Eating a batch? Nuts or no nuts? Homemade or store bought? Soft and chewy or do you prefer your cookie to snap when you bite into it?
Well, I had no idea but believe it or not, I baked Chocolate Chip cookies yesterday.  Remember, I LOVE to bake.  My oldest Grandson loves them and I told him I would bring him a batch when we go this Saturday.  But, he prefers them without nuts.  I mean, really, who doesn't like nuts?  But, I caved and made them without, just for him.  They are somewhere between chewy and snapping.  I do not like a cookie that snaps when you eat it.  First, that causes crumbs and I'm all about neat and for me, a softer cookie is the best. 

4. What are you starved for?
Normalcy!!!!  Will it ever return?  I don't know that our lives will ever know normal again.  We'll likely have to find a new normal and I was quite content with the old normal.  Shucks!!!!

5. Anything new and interesting on your August calendar? What is one thing you're looking forward to this month?
Nothing new and interesting but we'll be leaving on Saturday headed to Oklahoma to help out our daughter and her family.  She heads back to school on Monday but the older boys do not go for 2 more weeks and the baby's sitter doesn't start until the following week.  So, the ox is sort of in the ditch and we're going to rescue them.  And, I'll try to do some bulk cooking for her too.  If Poppa can handle the older two then I think I can handle the baby and when he naps, I'll do some cooking.  We shall see how this all goes.  I'll let you know. ~smile~ 

6.  Insert your own random thought here.
I am astounded at the bareness of the shelves of all the grocery stores in our area.  I mean, the soup aisle is practically non-existent, no green beans and of course, no antibacterial cleaners or sprays. Our toilet paper and paper towel section has replenished somewhat. I suppose it is just a domino effect of the Covid.  And, Amazon Prime is not really Prime anymore, and, while that is truly a small item, they have sure spoiled us to that 2 day delivery and now it can take up to a week. But, it is what it is and we will "carry on." 
And, do as this says.........

15 Kindness Ideas COVID-19/Coronavirus | Be Kind | Inspire Kindness

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. We have had the same issue here for the past several weeks with cleaning supplies. The aisle is bare. TP is back though so maybe this is how it goes? Ugh. I love the ox the ditch expression. Haven’t heard that one before. Enjoy time with your grands. How fortunate you both are to have one another. Thinking of your daughters as they return to school.

  2. First, Happy Belated Birthday! I didn't get to blogging last week or would have wished you a Happy Birthday then. I agree about Amazon. I have one order that keeps getting delayed and while it isn't anything I need desperately I am used to the two day convenience.
    I know your daughter must be so relieved that you are coming. It is stressful enough to return to school as a teacher, now she can relax knowing her kids are with you and your husband. Enjoy :)

  3. Enjoy your time with your grandchildren. I live in a small, rural area and I have noticed the grocery isles are getting bare; this has me thinking to many what ifs.

  4. I can find most of what I need in the store, but last week I couldn’t find Windex anywhere!

  5. I don't like anything about our new normal *sigh* Enjoy your trip to see your daughter and family. So sweet that you are planning to do some bulk cooking while you're there too. Stay safe!

  6. Loved your answers to #3 and #4.
    Have a great Wednesday!

  7. I'm reading along nodding my head and sighing. How wonderful that you and hubby can go to your daughter's rescue. So true about Amazon prime. Hope you have a safe trip on Saturday and good times with the grands!

  8. I also still enjoy using a wall calendar and paper planner. Something about visually seeing everything all together makes me happy.I also keep my old planners, as I jot down little memories that I like to look back on. It's funny, because I am usually not a keeper of "things" as my family says. However, I hold onto my planners.

  9. Ha~ we may be in Oklahoma City the same time as you! We'll just be driving through...
    I write birthdays, etc on a paper calendar. And I keep a little book of addresses. Blue not black.
    Safe travels to you!

  10. I have a feeling we will look back and try to remember what our "normal" was before 2020. I regret that our grandchildren's normal will be so different from ours.

  11. I like using a planner, too. I always have a pen out so I can write in appointments while I'm on my phone. Enjoy your trip to see your grandkids - its a blessing that your daughter has your help.

  12. Wow! I am amazed that your stores still are fully stocked. All of our are here. No shortages. And Amazon Prime gets us our things in the usual day or two. The stores that are not well stocked are the department stores. Some of those shelves are empty. Joyce gave us a fun Hodgepodge!!

  13. Like you, I have been surprised at the empty shelves. We live in a small rural town with one grocery store, one small meat market, and WalMart. The last 3 times I've been to WM there have been no canned tomatoes, sauce or paste!!!! It's crazy. I have been seeing some blogs & youtubes where some ladies are storing up in case the winter brings on a new wave of virus or whatever!!! Our schools have been open a week much to the delight of my two grandkids...17 & 14. I have my doubts we will stay open but I'm praying hard every day!!! As a retired teacher I know kids NEED to be in school...with a teacher!! I still use a wall calendar too:) I make one each year for myself and one for my DIL with pics of the grandkids. I too CRAVE normalcy...I'd even be willing to give up chocolate if we could have a peaceful world...and believe me I love my chocolate!!!! Have fun with your grandkids...I know you can handle it!!!!

  14. Some shortages here in the stores but perhaps my biggest problem with that is we live in a smaller community than I've been used to and the availability of certain items is lacking in comparison to big city living. I miss that.

    Yeah, the new normal is truly an adjustment and I sincerely doubt things will ever go back to how it used to be.

    Enjoy your time in Oklahoma. I know your daughter greatly appreciates what you are doing for them.

  15. Amazon Prime definitely isn't. All my orders take two weeks plus. I doubt that I will be purchasing Amazon prime this year. It would be like chucking my $ out the window.

    You must be in the middle of busy now. Hope that all is going well.

  16. Hi Lea! This is Stephani from A Defined Life. I was looking at my old blog and came across your name. So neat to see you're still blogging! I have been thinking about getting back to it for quite some time! Maybe someday soon! So nice to see you! Are you on Instagram?

  17. Omg I Finally Got Helped  !! I'm so excited right now, I just have to share my testimony on this Forum.. The feeling of being loved takes away so much burden from our shoulders. I had all this but I made a big mistake when I cheated on my wife with another woman  and my wife left me for over 4 months after she found out..  I was lonely, sad and devastated. Luckily I was directed to a very powerful spell caster Dr Emu who helped me cast a spell of reconciliation on our Relationship and he brought back my wife and now she loves me far more than ever.. I'm so happy with life now. Thank you so much Dr Emu, kindly Contact  Dr Emu Today and get any kind of help you want.. Via Email or Call/WhatsApp +2347012841542


So glad you stopped by and hope you enjoyed your visit. I love your comments and read each and every one of them and I always try to reply to them. Blessings to you this day!