Wednesday, January 24, 2024

The Wednesday Hodgepodge

It's time for the Hodgepodge and in spite of the very "poopy" weather we are having here in NE Louisiana, life goes on.  All last week was frigid temps with a wintery mix and this week is warm temps and lots and lots of rain.  I'm just about over it.  This gal is a sunshine kind of girl. Enough is enough!

1. Do you have a word for the year (WOTY)? If so, and you'd like to share, please share. How do you decide on a word? If you don't have a word are you still on the hunt for one for 2024? 

I did a word for the year for 4-5 years a few years back but haven't done that in recent years.  And, neither do I make resolutions. I just do not see the need in either of them but, more power to those that do.  I definitely like "word of the year" much better than resolutions.

2. January 23rd is National Pie Day...will you celebrate? Do you like pie? What's your favorite? 

Oh, yes, I LOVE pie! It would be my most favorite dessert. As to a favorite, that's hard to say. I like most any pie, but, outside of pecan pie, I prefer cream pies.  My sweet neighbor can make the most delicious chocolate pie I've ever eaten.  And, 2-3 times a year she shows up at our front door with one for us.  I mean, who can beat that!  And, I often show up at her door with fresh baked cookies or my homemade fudge.  Isn't that what neighbors do? ~ chuckle~ 

3. Tipping. What are your thoughts, expectations, as to who, when where? Do you appreciate a store/restaurant giving a 'suggested amount'? Have you ever left an extravagant tip? 

I have a really BIG heart for waiters and waitresses and so does my husband.  Neither of us need a suggested amount because we are always going to leave more.  And, if we talk with our waitress or waiter and find out they are a single Mom or a college student barely making ends meet, well, yes, we do leave an extravagant tip.  It's a blessing to both parties.

4. Share with us one household 'tip' that works for you. 

It's just this simple, always put things up, NOT down.  I believe this is the first step to organizing your home.  If you do not practice this, then it's unlikely you will ever have an organized house. As most of you know, I am an organizational enthusiast and I've given a few programs on the subject.  These 7 words are where I always begin.  I had this modeled for me by my precious Mom that had not a clue about the world of organization.  It was just her nature as there sure wasn't all the hype about it "back in the day" as there is now. 

5. Influencers on social media are people who've built a reputation for their knowledge and expertise on a particular subject. Do you follow any influencers online? Have you made a purchase or tried something new because of that 'influence'? If there's one you particularly enjoy tell us who they are and why you enjoy them. 

I do follow some influencers online and I have purchased some things because of their influence. There are so many influencers today, beauty, fashion, food, organizational, travel, gardening, etc. There's no end.  I do not spend much time following them but apparently it is a daily activity for a whole lot of folks.  And, that is what the influencers are hoping for because every time a purchase is made due to their influence, they make money.  For many influencers, it is a daily job, perhaps 6-8 hours a day.  A bit amazing to me and I'm pretty sure a whole lot of them make quite a sum of money.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Over the past 5+ years Hubby and I have seen so many changes in our lives and the lives of our friends.  We have several friends who have retired and some, not by choice and some earlier than they had planned.  If I hadn't learned before, I've definitely learned by now that CHANGE is certain, and especially as we age.  We've have some dear friends receive some really tough health diagnosis, requiring them to make tough changes in their lives.  If I think about it too long, it can make me sad.  It has caused me to really be thankful for my good health and to never, ever take it for granted because it can change, as we've seen, overnight. 

 Hubby is what he calls, semi-retired and has been for 10+ years.  He is fortunate to have a staff of 5 that can run his insurance agency more than adequate.  He keeps his finger on the day to day operations and he's always just a phone call away, but he doesn't have to be at the office unless he wants to be.  He will celebrate 50 years on July 1st, as a State Farm agent. (that's a really LONG time) And, talk about change, don't even get him started on all the changes he has seen come down the pike in the insurance business in his 50 years. 

I am "only" 71 (Hubby will be 77 in March) and I know that more change is coming in our lives and the lives of our friends.  But, I try to go forth and make everyday count and  be ever so mindful to count my blessings.  And, cling to the assurance that HE goes before us, preparing the way and will never leave us to figure it out on our own. And, that's my random thoughts today. :o)

Blessings abundant to you! 

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. I'm a "cream pie" kind of girl, too! :)
    Change is inevitable and incredibly difficult, especially when it's a change you had no idea was coming. I'm not sure how people who don't have their faith to rely on do it.

  2. I am a pecan pie girl! Change is definitely inevitable.

  3. Ahghhhh! I missed National Pie Day! As for "influence bloggers", truth be told, anybody who blogs is an influencer of sorts. But no, I don't really follow any of those who are "officially" an influence blogger. As for a special word for this year, I usually have something in mind but have not settled on a word for 2024. I may stick with "trust" which was my 2023 word because I'm learning more all the time just what it means to trust the Lord on a deeper level and how this benefits my relationship with Him. Like you, I grew up in a strong Christian home and I was saved at the age of 6. But since Tom's death, my understanding of genuinely trusting the Lord has grown greatly. Good blog post, Lea -- and hang in there with the @#$%&! weather! It has been horrible for so many this year!

  4. It's hard to see friends and our peers facing hard health issues, and definitely gives us pause as we consider our own health. I'm with Mary...I don't kow how people navigate this world and life with all it's challenges without faith. Every day is a gift. A random space is a good place to get things off your chest : )

  5. I so appreciate the wisdom of your random thought. I am in my 50's, but feel like I am finally learning to change and be more flexible as my girls get older. Have a good evening!

  6. I also love cream pies ! Your random thoughts really resonated with me. We just can't take anything for granted, especially as we get older!

  7. I’m a cream pie girl, and chocolate is my favorite!! Also, I used to choose a word for the year and always linked a scripture reference for it. I’d look to see how that played out in my life. I don’t think I’ve done it since 2020, but maybe I’ll jump back on the bandwagon!

  8. I enjoyed your answers. I love your thoughts on tipping. I know many influencers put in a lot of work to do what they do. Some people really criticize them, but they do put in the time.

  9. Love is my husband's favorite, I like any kind. We celebrate Pi Day on 3.14....hangover from my school days. Tipping is such a blessing to those who help us... Thinking of you as changes occur...change is so hard. We moved to a retirement community 6 years ago and it was a big change, but the best move we ever made. Without really vocalizing it I think our word of the year is take every minute and enjoy life.


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