Wednesday, January 5, 2022

First Hodgepodge of 2022

From this Side of the Pond

And, here we are a new year and our first HP of the new year. So glad that Joyce saw fit to keep on keeping on with the questions.

1. Share one happy moment/memory from the holiday season. 

It's hard to name just one but seeing Clancy finally get to go out and fish and come in with this was definitely a favorite. The weather was so "poopy" the first couple days they were here that he didn't get to fish.  But, on the 3rd day the weather was much better and Poppa let him take the "bass buggy" out.  He was a most excited little boy.  There's nothing like having a pond in your backyard!

2. Let's be reasonable with our expectations going into this new year, k? What is one thing you'd like to accomplish/improve/complete/do in 2022? 

I have been slack in blogging for the past couple of years and I'd really like to get "back with it."  I'm pondering some ideas and subject matter that might give me some inspiration to get going.  Maybe 2022 will bring me back to regular blogging. Time will tell. 

3. Every January 1st (since 1976) Lake Superior University has published a list of words they'd like to see banished from the Queen's English. Words may be banished due to misuse, overuse or just general uselessness (go here to read more about how the words are chosen). Here are the words/phrases they'd like to see banished in 2022-

wait, what?-no worries-at the end of the day-that being said-asking for a friend-circle back-deep dive-a new normal-you're on mute-supply chain

Which of these words/phrases do you use regularly? Which of these words would you most like to see banished from everyday speech and why? Is there a word/phrase not on the list you'd like to add? 

I do not use any of them.  I would definitely like to see "circle back" and "asking for a friend" banished.  Have mercy, they have been worn out.  I can't think of any to add to the list.

4. Best thing you ate in the month of December? 

I often do "pots of" cooking when all the kids are here and one night I made a delicious pot of Etouffee.  It is really a simple recipe but it is so good and everyone loved it.  It's hard to beat any dish with shrimp in it. 

5. January 5th is National Bird Day. Are you a bird lover? What's your favorite bird to see in the wild? Choose a phrase from the list that follows and tell us how it relates to your life like a bird, bird's eye view, early bird, bird-brained, free as a bird, a little bird told me, or kill two birds with one stone.

I do love birds!  I love them both in nature and in decor.  I have used birds in our home decor for many years and I have a beautiful collection of Andrea birds. I have incorporated them into almost every room of our home.  Hubby takes very good care of the ones outside and with the back of our house pretty much all windows, we get to enjoy them at the feeders often.

Since I am a rather early riser, I'll go with "early bird."  I've always enjoyed the early morning hours and find that I am much more productive when I get up early. 

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

I don't know about where you live, but here in our fair city, Covid is RAMPANT! My Daddy started feeling badly last Thursday afternoon and by Friday he had his usual symptoms of bronchitis.  I called his Dr. and he started him on meds.  He showed signs of improvement in about a day and a half and then yesterday he started with head congestion and runny rose to go with his chest congestion.  There are several residents "under the weather" at the assisted living facility where he resides so the administration decided that they needed to do the rapid covid tests this morning.  And, just as you guessed, Daddy tested positive.  I really wasn't surprised as I thought when he started with the head congestion yesterday and the runny nose that it fit the description of the Omicron variant.  Thankfully he is handling it pretty good and while he definitely doesn't feel good, he isn't in the bed but just stays in his nice comfy chair during the day.  He should be on the tail end of it and hopefully by weeks end he will be much improved.  Like you, I am soooooo tired of all of it!!!  There are about 7 residents that tested positive and none of them are seriously ill.  They've enacted some tight restrictions for the next several days to try and get a handle on the spread of it within the facility.

Stay well my friends!

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. Your back yard would be a haven for children and adults alike, I think. I have several Andrea birds in the top of my secretary and a friend told me I need to get them out so they can be easily seen and enjoyed. I do love them, but don't want anything to happen to them so for right now, they will be enjoyed from behind glass doors. Looking forward to your new blogging ideas. Mine, I feel sure will remain sporatic.

  2. That etoufee looks so good! My stepdad used to make that pretty regularly, then my mom developed a shell fish allergy, so he stopped. I haven't thought about that in years, but maybe I need to make it now. Thanks for the dinner inspiration! I understand with the blogging slack and go through periods of time that I don't write...for years it was because it seemed nobody was reading it, but now that I have normal readers each day, it's helped me get back to being consistent. I also schedule posts and work on them way in advance and I made a schedule of sorts for me to follow each week. All of that has helped tremendously! Covid is rampant here as well, and it seems everyone I know has someone sick in their home. I'm glad your dad is doing alright with it, though. It's scary when someone elderly gets it! My own dad is 90 and comes over every Friday, so last week when we all started with those symptoms, I cancelled our day together. I do think we all had it, but we're at the end of it now. I miss pre-Covid life.

    Thanks for sharing with us! Have a good day.

  3. Happy Bird Day! We downsized to an apartment and are on the 2nd floor. The people right below us have several feeder...we all have a large wall of floor to ceiling windows - and we get to enjoy all the birds with none of the work. I love looking up from my reading to see them swooping in and out. Yes - Covid is also rampant here. We are sticking close to home, not eating inside restaurants, and even canceled our 45th Anniversary trip to NYC this weekend. Holidays are over with great memories and now ready to enjoy a cozy winter. Happy New Year - stay safe and healthy!

  4. Will pray for your daddy. I am so sick of all this sickness. But, not surprised. The Bible makes it clear on many things that we will deal with in this life on earth. Happy Day. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  5. I hope your daddy gets to feeling better soon! That Etouffee looks positively scrumptious! My husband really enjoys cajun style food so I may have to give this a try!

  6. Sorry to hear about your Dad, hope he gets well soon.

  7. Hope he's recovering well! THEY say it's bad here but I only know one person with it so...

  8. Oh friend I’ll be praying for your daddy but I’m so glad he’s doing well, this darn vid. Yes hoping to see you back to blogging more but trust me, I totally get it! Much love to you!

  9. Praying for your dad to have a smooth and quick recovery! I agree about the overused phrases.

  10. Covid is one word that I want to see banished as something we no longer have to deal with.

  11. Thoughts and prayers for your dad. Please share your etouffee recipe!

  12. I wonder if there will ever be an end to covid. I am so glad your dad is doing okay with this latest round. I would love your Etouffee recipe! It looks delicious!! Happy new year!

  13. The Etouffee looks wonderful! :)
    Prayers for your daddy.

  14. I'm saying a prayer for your daddy. Covid is rampant here, too. We are back to mandatory masks in our office.

  15. Prayers for a speedy recovery your your Dad, and the residents, like you I am ready for this to be over.
    So happy you had a great visit with your family, Lea, that Clancy is growing so fast!
    like you and many others I have visited in Blogland, I am going to put forth more of an effort to blog more often and try and stay connected to all my friends! If I could get blogger to cooperate with me, I am having so many issues with blogger.
    Enjoyed reading all of your responses,
    Happy New Year!

  16. So glad that your darling Daddy is getting better by the day. I'm with you on "let's circle back on that." Have a great week, Lea.

  17. I am guilty of using some of those over-used phrases. Guess I need to get more creative with my writing!

    As for your dad, I'm praying for his full recovery, thankful it's not as bad as it could be.

  18. It was fun to once again read your answers. I have been away from blogging for several months...just lost my MOJO to write or read...2021 was not my best year! Sure am glad your daddy is not terribly wick with Covid. Like you (and everyone else) I am so very tired of it all. Our numbers here have gone up recently. Also like you, I hope to do more writing of my blog. I love to write but often can't think of anything to write about. I hope to do better this year! And I hope that you will drop by to read my latest post...I'm sure I've lost most of the "few" readers I had, but I'll just keep working at it:) Hope you and yours have a very blessed 2022.

  19. That's a nice fish. My dad was a bass fisherman. praying your dad has a quick recovery. I'm hoping to continue blogging but also blogging on things other than the link parties (which have been so helpful to getting me going). I don't like the phrase "asking for a friend" either, definitely over used.


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