Wednesday, December 23, 2020

The 400th Hodgepodge

Yes, my friends, this is the 400th HP hosted by Joyce.  My goodness, that's a whole lot of questions. Hats off to you, Joyce, we appreciate you so much and your hosting us each Wednesday.  You are the BEST!

1. I feel like episode 400 cannot go without comment. That's a whole lot of Hodgepodging folks. 2000 questions if my math is right. So, what's something you feel like you do 400 times a week? 

Straighten things and wipe off kitchen counters.  My goodness, I'm so OCD that if I see some thing out of place, I must straighten it immediately.  And, I wiped kitchen counters a lot before Covid but , I'm forever wiping them off with Clorox wipes now.

2. Tell us where you were and something about what your life looked like in the year 2000? 

My sweet Dad and Mom made their big move from Virginia to Louisiana after Daddy retired from the ministry. We had not lived closer than a 1000 miles of each other since I had married. It was so nice to have them just "down the road."   Our children were in college and doing well for themselves and, as I remember it, life was indeed good.  And, that  seems like yesterday and here it is, 20 years later. The kids are married and we have 5 precious Grans.  I wonder what the next 20 years will bring or maybe I don't. 

3. Do you like cinnamon? What's something you make and enjoy that calls for cinnamon? Of the cinnamon 'foods' listed which is your favorite-red hot cinnamon candies, cinnamon toast, cinnamon rolls, cinnamon toast crunch cereal, apple cinnamon oatmeal, churros, an Indian curry?

I love cinnamon!  Several desserts I make this time of year call for cinnamon and that's what makes them all the more delicious.  I love cinnamon toast but I cannot tell you the last time I had some.  Just an added note..........I add a tad of cinnamon to my coffee every morning, along with a lot of powdered creamer and stevia.  

4. Does Christmas 2020 (or Hanukkah) look much like it has in years past, or is this year vastly different for you and your family? How so? How are you feeling about it all? 

Well, the Christmas season has been very different with little to no gatherings taking place.  I've missed that so much as it is usually so much a part of our Christmas season.  As far as our family Christmas, so far it's looking very similiar to past years.  One of Tommy's sisters and her husband will arrive this afternoon and Bridget and her family will arrive Christmas afternoon.  We'll have our family celebration on Saturday.  We've all been being extra careful and doing our best to stay well so nothing will change these plans.  With that being said, my Daddy has always come for part of our celebration and, of course, that will not happen this year.  I just hate it but am so thankful that not one resident at his assisted living facility has gotten Covid.  I think that's amazing.  His facility will be getting the vaccine real soon.

5. What's one thing you need or want to do before this year ends? 

I don't know if it will happen, but I would like to get our home office all ready for 2021.  That means cleaning out the 2020 files and keeping the ones that are necessary and shredding the rest of them.  And, there's my closet that I want to go through as well.  So, if not by the end of this year, it will definitely be my first of the year projects.  

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

I "think" I am as ready as I can be for the celebration to begin here at our house.  I worked on my menus last week, made my grocery list, and bought the groceries.  I've even done some of the preparation.  Meals are by far the biggest job for holiday company.  I do all that I can ahead to cut down on my time in the kitchen, but it always seems like you finish one meal and immediately start thinking about the next one.  ~smile~  All the gifts are wrapped and ready, the house in order and the welcome mat rolled out.  All that's left to do is make memories and we'll start on that this afternoon when our first of the family arrives.

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. So glad no one at the assisted living where your dad is has COVID! A huge thank-you to God! Have a Merry Christmas with your family.

  2. I should have answered washing my hands for #1. After reading your answer I agreed. I wipe things down and then wash my hands, over and over! I just started using Stevia again in my iced tea. It took a bit to get used to but now I love it. I love that it is zero calories even more :)
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  3. I hear you on the meal prep. I went for the last big shop on Tuesday and couldn't believe I had another full cart. I'm so glad your dad's facility will receive the vaccine soon. I am hopeful my mom gets it soon too. She is living with my sister now, so not in a facility, but she's in the bracket to receive one early. Merry Christmas! Enjoy your family and especially a house full of grands!

  4. That is wonderful the people at your Dad’s facility are staying Covid-free.
    Enjoy the time with your family!

  5. It sure sounds like you will have a fun family-filled celebration! Praise God that your dad and his facility are covid-free! That is so great. Merry Christmas to all!! Enjoy!

  6. What a blessing that everyone at your Dad's assisted living facility is coronavirus free. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2021. So many memories to be made. I'm sure this Christmas will forever be remembered.

  7. Hi Lea, it was good to read your answers to the podge. What a nice thing to remember about 2000 when your folks moved just down the road from you. Our little family of 10 will be having our usual Christmas celebrations. Such good news that your dad's assisted living facility is Covid free. May that continue! Merry Christmas!

  8. I always love to read your answers. Hope you and yours have had a lovely Christmas Day. I sit here alone now as hubby just went off to bed. I've written my latest blog post and felt the feelings of "after Christmas." Enjoying the lights on the tree, now empty of presents...and just thinking of the lovely morning with my family. Merry Christmas, Lea, and may we all have a blessed New Year.

  9. Dear Lea, I hope that you and Tommy had a most wonderful Christmas. I just finished a post for after Christmas. The first time that I have sat down with no interruptions to think about the holiday season. Blogging this afternoon with friends has been the icing on the cake for me today. My mom as you know is in a nursing facility and had taken the vaccine and has had no side effects from it. Praise the Lord. I am sad to say though that her nursing facility has not been so lucky with COVID. But we are praising the Lord that she has been safe. Happy after Christmas to you Lea. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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