Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Wednesday Hodgepodge

 1. Here we are entering the last month of the year 2020. 2020!! Every year The Oxford English Dictionary publishing team chooses a word that captures the general mood of the year we're leaving behind, or the one word that will leave a lasting impact on the world at large. This year they needed sixteen words in order to cover the whole enchilada. 

While two of the other major dictionaries selected pandemic as their word of the year, Oxford came up with a long list including-bushfire, impeachment, acquittal, coronavirus, COVID-19, lockdown, social distancing, reopening, Black Lives Matter, Cancel Culture, BIPOC, mail-in, belarusian, moonshot, net zero (read more about each word here)

Of the words listed which ONE would you say should be in the number 1 spot? Which word/phrase on this list would you be happy to never hear again? 

Number 1....COVID
I would be happy to not hear SOCIAL DISTANCING!  Not to be able to gather with people, sitting close at a restaurant, movie, or church has been tough. No hugging or cuddling grandbabies is tormenting; but I understand with me being back in school (just doesn't make it easier). Gosh....keeping social distancing away from my students is challenging; some students just need a hug.
Then, there are so many who are in nursing homes who have to visit outside the window.  How painful it is to the residents.
Then there are those who are hospitalized with no visitors from loved ones. 
AND just giving a hug to a long-lost friend.
Definitley could go a life time before hearing Social Distancing!  

2. What one word from your own list of words describing this year sums up/best reflects your 2020? Tell us why.

Heartbreaking!  There is no pain  more excruciating than burying your child; it isn't normal.
BUT, I am THANKFUL, youngest daughter gave birth to twins in March, so I have 3 healthy grandkids, I have a warm home, a job I was able to return to that I love, friends who I can chat with at 3 in the morning when I am unable to sleep, a church family and children at church who give me a hug (how can I tell them not to hug me!!) and many more blessings that I sometimes forget.

3. Do you like peppermint? Peppermint mocha, a candy cane, peppermint bark, peppermint tea, York Peppermint Pattie, peppermint ice cream...of the peppermint treats listed, which one is your favorite? Will you bake anything featuring peppermint this holiday season? 

Yes, like peppermint.  Favorite(s) would  peppermint mocha and York Peppermint Pattie.  Have not had peppermint ice cream but sounds like something I should try.
No baking here!

4. Besides Christmas, what do you associate the color red with? How about the color green? 

Red--danger maybe because it is the color of blood and it also reminds me of danger or someone being angry.
Green-new birth or growth. After winter, when spring, springs forth with new grass, trees blooming, etc. Green reminds me of HOPE.

5. Is your tree up? Real or artificial? Is your house decorated? Is your shopping done? Started? Wrapped? On a scale of 1-10 with 1 being Scrooge-like and 10 being Buddy the Elf, how's your Christmas spirit? 

I am not putting a tree up this year, with just me...nope.  I have decorated some on the outside of the house, shopping is started, not completed. 
Trying to get in the spirit, but so sad for me and with deceased daughter's birthday December 30th a double blow. Listening to Christmas music brings a smile with a lot of tears.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

On Monday, at school, I became a little emotional.  So many teachers' families being affected by COVID and some very serious requiring hospitalization and on a ventilator.  My prayers are with all.
Schools were closed Tuesday (yeah, I know we are hybrid but with so many teachers absent it is difficult trying to find subs).  It was so nice and warm last week; I had my windows open.  BUT Ole' Man Winter came and gave us a reality check....temps in the 20s with snow and ice on the roads Tuesday.
I bought grandkids some matching PJs.

Aidan, Blake, and Liam.  Now, this makes me smile.

Have a great rest of the week.  Please Stay Safe and Enjoy Life.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Wednesday HodgepodgeFrom this Side of the Pond

1. It's Thanksgiving week in the US of A so let's talk turkey. And by turkey I mean the elephant in the room because it's still 2020 and our blogs are a record of sorts of the times in which we live. 

Do you live in a state (or if you're outside the US, a country) that's instituted restrictions on the size of gatherings in your own home? What do we think about this? (keep it classy folks)
Yes, limited gatherings.  We have had a sharp rise in infections. so limited to inside or outside. Whether people abide by this or not, is not for me to say.  I have a friend, whose wedding plans have changed so much from 1000 people to 500 people to 250 people and now to less than 100 people.  My heart goes out to them.  I know they are going crazy!

2. Let's move in a cheerier direction. Will there be corn on your holiday dinner menu? How so? Cornbread-corn pudding-corn chips and dip-cornbread dressing/stuffing-corn chowder-or regular canned, frozen or fresh corn in a bowl...which of the 'corns’ listed is your favorite? 
I will be by myself so probably no corn at all.  The first time I can remember being by myself on Thanksgiving.
My favorite is cornbread stuffing.

3. What is there a cornucopia of in your home, job, or life currently? 
The first thing that came to my mind was my job.  At school, we have Secret Santa and I have been abundantly blessed.
U4. Have you ever quit something (such as a habit, a food, a time-sucker, a relationship) cold turkey? Is there something you need to quit cold turkey? 
Yes, I was a smoker back in the 70s and I quit cold turkey!  Was it hard, yes, but I did it!
I need to be more thankful and quit my pity party. 

5. Shall your  favorite verse, quote, saying, or song lyric relating to gratitude. 

"All your anxiety, all your care, 
Bring to the mercy seat leave it there
Never a burden He cannot bear
Never a friend like Jesus"

Whenever we are overwhelmed, we must remember THAT GOD IS NOT

6. Random thought.
Wishing all a Happy Thanksgiving.  Be safe...and Enjoy Life
Expecting strong winds this evening here in my neck of the woods.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Wednesday Hodgepodge.


1. It's Mickey Mouse's birthday (November 18)...happy birthday Mickey! He reads here, right? Have you ever been to Disney, any of the parks at all? Are you a Disney superfan or something less than that? They're open right now so tell us, would you go if you had the time/money/a free trip?

Yes, Four times.  My late hub and I took both girls when they were young.  SHEW!! was in July (don't too smart on our part), it was hot and tiring.  Then a rain shower would pop up in the afternoon, drenching wet, girls not happy campers (neither were mom/dad) but not wanting to leave the park.  Sea World was their favorite park.
When daughters were older, they were both in the high school band.  The band went twice to the April, I might add, and I went as a chaperone.  Much nicer weather and teenagers not too bad of a group to watch!
Not a huge Disney fan.  If the trip was free, had the money/time, I wouldn't go right now.  But I might consider going in April.  I can tolerate the temp better (80s) and not very crowded.

2. Your favorite place to go when you want to be quiet as a church mouse? Would those who know you well describe you as more churchmouse or perhaps more like mighty mouse?

My sun room.  I love the feeling of the sun on my face.  Often, I sit in there and read.
Church mouse is more like me.

3. The day before Mickey's birthday happens to be National Homemade Bread Day. Did/will you celebrate? Do you bake your own bread? Last time you had hot out-of-the-oven homemade bread? What's your favorite kind of bread? 

Definitely will not bake homemade bread....NEVER HAVE.  But I love homemade bread.  My dear MIL was a baker. She made the best mouth watering sourdough bread.  We use to live very close (within walking distance), and I would always time it just right as she was taking the loaf out of the oven. Favorite would be sourdough and zucchini.

4. What's something you might say is 'the greatest thing since sliced bread'? 

Besides Facetime. it would be my microwave.  Living alone, I have used the microwave more in 2 years then ever before.

5. Let's keep the gratitude theme we started last week rolling on through November. Share with us five little things thankful God has given me another day.
Teachers....teachers are still making it work. I the only one that doesn't use a table correctly....mine has become a 'catch all'
Truth....people who tell the truth are my true friends.
Trucks....thankful that the truck drivers kept us going during the early stages of the pandemic and I felt sorry for them being on the road with many restaurants closed or only open for drive thru.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Not too much going on in my little world. School is still on hybrid and some colder weather moved in.  Been watching "The Voice" really liking the trio group.
Have a great rest of the week and Enjoy Life

you're grateful for today. Small blessings. One catch-they all must start with the letter T. Gotta keep us thinking, right? 

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Wednesday Hodgepodge


1. It's the 11th day of the 11th month and bloggers often make lists on days like today. Let's go with a list of eleven things you're feeling grateful for today.

Jesus Christ, family, church, health (able to get out of bed, eyes to see the beauty, able to exercise, etc.), friends, job (yes, this gives me something to do), sunshine (always good for the soul), books (take me places), modern medicine (in this day and time a good thing), and technology (being in school this is a plus but the biggest plus is Facetime!).

2. What's something you decided to do or act on at the '11th hour'?  

I can't think of anything at all!  I am more of a planner and OCD on top of that!ha!

3.  Apparently the Kentucky Fried Chicken recipe contains 11 herbs and spices. What's a dish you make that calls for exactly eleven ingredients? Feel free to share the list and/or recipe. 

NOTHING !  My cookbooks call for only 4 ingredients.

Living by myself, not much cooking/baking going on....not that I ever did anyway.

4. Something you remember about your 11-year old self? .  

Spending my summer with my grandmother in Baltimore. I loved spending my summers there.

5. The 11th of November is Veterans Day in the US of A. This is a day to honor those who have served their country in war or peace-dead or alive-although according to the government's website it's largely intended to thank living veterans for their sacrifices. 

Memorial Day is when we honor military personnel who died in service to their country. 

Share a thought relating to Veterans Day or tell us something about a Veteran you know-love-admire. 

My late uncles were in Vietnam.  I remember sending care packages to them.  But I also remember the nightmares they had when they came home. Truly grateful to all veterans for everything they have done and is doing for us.

6. Random thought.

Really enjoying this weather.  It has been in the high 70s close to 80 and feels so much like spring.  

Have a great rest of the week.

6. Insert your own random thought here

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Thank you Joyce!!

1. How do you define peace? 

Being able to quiet my thoughts in this crazy, noisy world.  Try to live in harmony with one another and my mantra...Agree to disagree.  

2. November 3rd is Election Day in the US of A, but did you know it's also National Sandwich Day? Let's vote, shall we? egg salad or tuna salad? chicken salad or grilled chicken on a bun? peanut butter and jelly or a bagel with cream cheese? turkey and swiss or ham and cheddar? grilled cheese or pimento cheese? roast beef-corned beef-or make mine veggie? 

Tuna salad, love, love, love chicken salad on a bun, peanut butter and jelly, ham and cheddar, pimento cheese  (on crackers and I found jalapeno pimento cheese YUMMY) and a veggie please!

3. When did you last say (or feel) 'no rest for the weary'

Last week as I was constantly raking leaves!  I wanted to get as many leaves up as I could before the rain set in. 

4. This time last year, where were you? 

This time last year, I was still in Virginia, but after church that day, I went to the coffee shop.  I was setting up the coffee shop for a meeting that was to be held there the next day.  Cleaning, decorating the tables, making sure all was ready.

5. Share a favorite song, verse, or quote featuring the word 'peace'. 

"Peace Be Still" by Lauren Daigle

"I know the plans I have in mind for you, declares the Lord; they are plans for peace, not disaster, to you you a future filled with hope." Jeremiah 29:11

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

They will be 8 months old on Monday! AND their brother will be 3 in January.  I can't wait till I can kiss them all over!!

Now this is my Peace.

Have a great day AND Enjoy Life!


Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Wednesday Hodgepodge


Thank you, Joyce for the questions.  

1. Boo, boo-hoo, make a boo-boo, boo(ze)...pick one and tell us how it relates to life lately. 

Boo-hoo every since January 1, 2020....all down hill since then.

2. Do you like the color orange? Would we find this color in your home? Your wardrobe? Peach-pumpkin-tangeringe...your favorite shade of the three listed? 

I like the color orange.  The only time you find this color in my home is in the fall. My wardrobe...Yes! My school colors are black and orange.
My favorite shade would be peach.

3. October 28th is National Chocolate Day. What's the last chocolate something you tasted? On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being out of this world delicious, how would you rate it? 

Snickers bar with almonds....a 10 of course.

4. Life is like a box of chocolates or so says Forrest Gump's mama. Would you agree? Aside from the pandemic fallout tell us one way this saying has played out in your life. 

Agree because one never knows what is in store.  January 1, 2020 @ world was shattered.  I had spend the entire day on December 31st with daughter and had called her twice that evening. The last phone call was at 10:40pm that evening and then at 3:30am the next morning the police was knocking on my door.

"Her absence is like the sky, spread over everything." C.S. Lewis

5. As October winds down tell us three things you loved about the month we're bidding adieu. 

Beautiful scenery....the trees have been beautiful this year.
Smell of chimney fires although haven't smelled many this year because we are still experiencing warm weather.
Watching football
Seeing students back in the brick and mortar building on Monday!

6.  Insert your own random thought here. 

Part of the students came back on Monday (hybrid schedule).  I don't know who was happier the teachers or the students.  It was a smooth day as well as Tuesday when the other half returned.  There are students who have chosen to remain virtual so teaching virtual and in person was a little bit challenging.  

I hope the video plays finger crossed!  This new blogger, I am not a fan of!! ugh!
Keep on keepin on and Enjoy Life

6.  Insert your own random thought here. 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Wednesday Hodgepodge


1. Just your weekly mid-week reminder that it's fall y'all and it's my favorite. I love nearly all the flavors of fall but let's weigh in with an either or today...pumpkin or cranberry? hot apple cider or pumpkin spice latte? cinammon or maple? apple or pear? ginger or sage? carrot or butternut squash? Yes you have to choose. What's a favorite dish made with one of the flavors listed here? 

I dislike cooking!  One day I will write a post about all my mishaps in the kitchen.  A teacher had found a journal of my late daughter, Amanda, and she had written about one of my mishaps!!  Oh Lord, the teacher couldn't believe it, but it was all true.  With that ....I would have to choose hot apple cider. I would buy the cider, pre-bottled of course, heat it up and add a garnish of cinnamon stick. ta da!

2. Do you miss traveling? In this season of almost no travel do you think you've grown anxious or fearful about traveling again? Or has all this staying home not going anywhere made you restless to get out and see the world? What book have you read or what movie have you watched that has inspired you to travel? 

I miss traveling.  I will fess up and say that I am still fearful to travel.  Many people I have spoken with are traveling with very little reservations but I just can't right now. AND staying at home by myself has taken a toll on me!  

Into the Wild brother lived in Alaska many years ago and I never visited.  This movie made me kick myself in the behind.

3. A time you felt like you were 'flying by the seat of your pants'? Explain. 

I can't think of a time.  I am a planner...always scheduling things, making sure of every detail, thinking about all the stuff that can go wrong if I decide to do something, etc.

4. Do you struggle with road rage or are you more of a 'Sunday driver'? Do you like to be 'in the driver's seat (literally and/or figuratively speaking) ?

It depends on. If I am trying to get somewhere and running a tad late and then get behind a slow poke I can experience road rage. Usually, I try to remain calm because I know from experience (hub owned his own insurance company) that road rage leads to accidents!

On a nice, sunny day, and traveling on country roads, I am a 'Sunday driver' just taking my time enjoying the drive as the music blares in the background.

I wrestle with being in the driver's seat.  Definitely a person who likes to be in control and with life throwing me a couple of curveballs lately, this has been difficult.  I am a work in progress.

5. Something you've recently 'put the brakes on'? 

Sadly, I have 'put the brakes on' letting people use their children to control me.  Does it hurt?  Hurt isn't the word for it. Many days and nights I am on my knees praying fervently to God to open a door and intervene.  

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

This gorgeous tree is losing its leaves.  On Saturday, I decided to rake and mulch some; that way I wouldn't have so much to do all at once.  Saturday was a perfect day for it.  Now, I knew there were roots and where the roots were. I was moving along AND then bang I had hit a root.  The lawn mower stopped and black stuff was coming out from underneath.  I pushed the mower, because I couldn't get the dang thing to turn on, to the back of my yard.  Next, I tried turning it over...Right?  me turning over a riding mower!!!  What was I thinking???  I was thinking I could straighten out the blade!  You know the rest of the story....$200 later the mower was fixed!  
My mind wonders while mowing and I was daydreaming while mulching leaves.  Lesson learned the hard way....Pay attention more while mulching leaves!

Have a great rest of the week and Enjoy Life

Wednesday Hodgepodge

  1. Here we are entering the last month of the year 2020.  2020!!  Every year The Oxford English Dictionary publishing team chooses a word ...