Wednesday, November 29, 2023

The Wednesday Hodgepodge

It has been a "hot minute" since I have participated in the Hodgepodge and I so enjoy being a participant.  But, what can I say, life happens and time slips by.  I am so glad to be participating today.

1. Does anybody really know what day it is? Last week we skipped the Hodgepodge and I just assumed this week would find us in December, but nope. Still November. Do you wear a watch? Use a paper calendar or strictly electronic? What's your favorite hour of the day? Why? 

I do know what day it is but, it can get very confusing when holidays roll around.  I felt like last Thursday was a Friday and I didn't really get back on track until Monday.

I definitely wear a watch, it's the first accessory I put on after taking a shower in the morning.  I hate to admit how much I love my smart watch but I really cannot imagine not having it.  I use so many of its features everyday outside of the time, date and temp. I have just about worn out the timer on it.  It's so convenient to set it and I never let clothes sit in the dryer to long, cook something to long and the list goes on and on.

I am still very attached to my paper calendar that hangs above my key drop as I walk in from the garage.  We keep everything on that calendar and one glance and I know what my week holds.  I do use my IPhone calendar for birthdays.  I know the younger generation uses their smart phone for everything and all family members sync their phones and they all know what each is doing.  I think that's fantastic for them but I'll just stick to my old fashioned paper calendar.

My favorite hour of the day.......hummm......that's a toughie.  I love the first hour I am up a lot but I also enjoy the hour I head to my recliner in the evening.  I guess that says I enjoy the beginning and ending of my days. The beginning means a fresh start and the ending is generally a satisfaction of a day well spent.

2. Tell us something about how you celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday. 

We had a very simple Thanksgiving with our son and his family.  I cooked a simple meal of grilled pork tender steaks wrapped in bacon, a potato casserole and a green bean dish. I'm not much at preparing a big Thanksgiving meal and perhaps I should be ashamed of that. I have done it very few times and it was sooooo much work and there were sooooo many leftovers. I must confess that for the past several years we have gone to our Country Club and enjoyed the biggest and best buffet this side of heaven.  This year the club is undergoing a major remodel and was not open for Thanksgiving.  Thus, we ate here. After eating, my DIL, the girls and myself played Phase 10 for a couple of hours.  It was a very enjoyable time.

3. What's a sound you hate to hear? 

The yan yan and yah yah of the news media.  Makes me crazy!

4. Where do you not mind waiting? 

As I've gotten older I've grown a bit more patient with waiting but, it's certainly not my favorite thing to do.  I don't really mind waiting in the self check out line to check out my groceries.  The line generally moves quite rapidly and I prefer to bag my own groceries because I know how I want them bagged.  That was a pretty lame answer but, it's the best I could come up with. ~smile~

5. I really wish our daughter and family lived closer than 8 1/2 hours away. They live too far for a quick weekend trip. It takes a bit of planning to make the trip.  But, it has been this way for 20+ years and it's very unlikely to change. We do make the best of the situation.  It's just tougher the older we get.  Did I really just say that? Well, it's the truth but sometimes the truth hurts. ~wink~

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Me with Daddy

My brother and his wife

My niece and her husband

If you are my friend on FB then you have likely already seen the pics from my Dad's 94th birthday on Nov. 9th.  My brother, his wife, their daughter and her husband all came in from Des Moines to join in the celebration.  Daddy told me that he did NOT want cake and ice cream but rather root beer floats.  So, that is exactly what we served and can I just tell you that it was a big hit with the residents that joined in the fun.  We did offer Coke floats for those that might not care for root beer but I think we ended up only serving 3 Coke floats.  Who knew there were so many folks that enjoy root beer.  I am certainly not one of them. It was one of the best birthday celebrations he has had in several years and it thrilled us to see him enjoy it so much.  He was worn to a frazzle afterwards and slept real good that night but it was worth it.  He says he thinks he'll make it to 100.  And, he's liable to, only the good Lord knows.

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. You dad looks so happy celebrating his big day. I'm glad he enjoyed himself. I like a sip of rootbeer but can't drink a float. It's just too much. I truly feel your pain at the long distance, and am sending you a hug. Yes we make the best of it, but we can't help but wish it were different. I do think (hope and pray!) my daughter1 and her family will eventually settle much closer to where we are now, but that's still a couple of years away. I'm glad you have your son nearby. We drove to Cincy for Thanksgiving and what should be a 7 hour drive took 10. It's exhausting. For now daughter2 is only about 3.5 hours which is manageable, but they potentially have another move in their future so we'll just enjoy the nearness now. I feel like God is trying to teach me something here and I'm slow to learn lol. So nice to see you in the HP this week!

  2. I must admit I was surprised to see your link on Joyce's linkup, but had to laugh that you and I both decided to return on the same day. It's been months since I've done a Hodgepodge but was ready. Oh I wish our Day bunch was only 8 1/2 hours away instead of 17, but it does mean we get to stay longer when we do visit.

  3. I really want to join our country club and go to their meals but ours is also undergoing renovations. My guess is when they finish, it might be too expensive to join!

  4. the pictures of your daddy! :)
    I completely get the whole "I bag groceries myself because I like them bagged a certain way"...I'm right there with you!

  5. I love that your dad had such a good birthday fun to make root beer floats. (I love them.) That's so tough about the distance to see your daughter. I know we have a few more years with Jack being 10 hours away. I have no idea where Grace will end up for graduate school, so it could be even further than that. Ugh! Each generation seems to wander further from home base! The country club buffet sounds just perfect!

  6. I love the pictures of your dad and I really love the fact that he wanted Root Beer Floats for his celebration!!

  7. Sweet pictures of your dear dad!! I'm cheering him on to that 100th birthday! I love root beer so a float would be great (now I want one!). I enjoyed your answers and agree about the news noise!! xo

  8. What a lovely way to celebrate your dad's birthday! We had a good Thanksgiving. We do a big meal, but I've started buying a smoked turkey from a local restaurant so it's only sides and desserts for three of us to do. And, I send most all of it home with the kids! I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week!

  9. Look at your sweet daddy! Looks like you had a sweet thanksgiving

  10. Aww what a great celebration of your dad. My inlaws live over 3 hours from two of my BIL's and they often mention how they don't enjoy those long drives anymore. 8 hours is quite a drive. I enjoyed your answer.s

  11. My wish was also that my kids lived closer to us than they do. We can dream, right? You've made a pretty compelling case for a smart-watch, and right after I said I wouldn't want to wear a device, so now I'm rethinking that! Have a great week!

  12. What a great celebration for your father's birthday - how blessed you are to still have him in your life! The Hodgepodge is fun...I use a paper calendar on the desk, like you, to see what is coming up in a glance. Then I use Google calendar and sync it to my husband's and this is great for doctor appointments...we put in the time and the address of the office so we know where to go. I used to have a lot of watches I wore when I was a school match my glasses! Now I wear my FitBit Versa 2 all the time...bought some different bands and love that it counts my steps. We had a quiet Thanksgiving....just the two of us at Cracker Barrel, which was delicious. Wish ? I wish for good health for all I love and safe travels in this holiday season. Have a great December!

  13. Root Beer Floats for the birthday party! What a great idea! (yeah, I'm not a big fan of root beer, either, but every once in a while, it's okay).

    After years of cooking, I made a big Thanksgiving dinner two years ago for the 18 of us and told myself the day before that event that it would definitely be my last. I have kept that resolve since then with no regrets whatsoever.


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