Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Wednesday Hodgepodge-December 30th Edition


This is the final Hodgepodge of 2015. Joyce has the questions and we supply the answers and then link up on her blog From This Side of the Pond! It's fun!

 1. Share a favorite memory/moment from the week of Christmas.


My favorite memory of Christmas was playing Mexican Train Dominoes with Justin and the kids both on Friday and Saturday nights. It is fun to see how competitive they are (especially Harley who won both nights) and how they strategize.


 2.  If someone wrote a book about your life based on the past year, what genre would it fall under? What would the title be?


If someone wrote a book about my life in 2015 it would be a biography and it would be boring. I would title it The Year I Quit Living!


 3. What made you feel patriotic this year?


What made me feel patriotic this year was reading books about other countries that do not have the freedoms that I have as an American citizen. I read books about Kabul, Hitler's Germany, Japan during World War II. We are a fortunate lot of people here in the USA and I don't think we know or appreciate it enough. I found the following words on The Foundation for Economic Education Website:



"Patriotism is not love of country, if by “country” you mean scenery—amber waves of grain, purple mountain majesty, and the like. Almost every country has pretty collections of rocks, water, and stuff that people grow and eat. If that’s what patriotism is all about, then Americans have precious little for which we can claim any special or unique love. And surely, patriotism cannot mean giving one’s life for a river or a mountain range.
Patriotism is not blind trust in anything our leaders tell us or do. That just replaces some lofty concepts with mindless goose-stepping.
Patriotism is not simply showing up to vote. You need to know a lot more about what motivates a voter before you judge his patriotism. He might be casting a ballot because he just wants something at someone else’s expense. Maybe he doesn’t much care where the politician he’s hiring gets it. Remember Dr. Johnson’s wisdom: “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.”
Waving the flag can be an outward sign of patriotism, but let’s not cheapen the term by ever suggesting that it’s anything more than a sign. And while it’s always fitting to mourn those who lost their lives simply because they resided on American soil, that too does not define patriotism."



 4. What experience from this past year would you like to do all over again?


I would repeat every single experience again. The year passed by so fast that I wouldn't have any problem repeating it all!


 5. What song lyric sums up or is a reflection of your 2015?






Hey you, where did the time go
Never saw it passin' by me
You knew how to occupy me
Hey darlin'
Where did the time go
Never let a moment linger
Wrapped me up around your finger

Fools say anyone who ever loved
someone like you and me
Anyone who ever loves becomes too blind
to see the time go by
And I'm tellin' you that I'm searchin'

Where did the time go
Ev'ry day became about you
Till I couldn't do without you
Where did our lives go
Slipped away without me knowing
Sure knew how to keep me goin'



 6. On a scale of 1-10 how would you rate 2015?  (10=stellar) Why?


I would give 2015 a "5". It wasn't a stellar year at all. It was only average. Now, 2016 is going to be stellar!!




 7. What part of the upcoming year are you most excited about?


I am just happy to put this past year of mourning behind me. I am going to start moving forward. I am going to live!


 8. Insert your own random thought here.


Do you chose a 'word of the year?' I have the past two years. My word in 2014 was Hope! And in 2015 it was Change! When I chose my words I was going through a lot. I wanted and needed to have Hope in 2014. I did for a bit of the year and then in July Richard died. That kind of took the wind out of the sails of Hope. So I chose Change as my word for 2015. I knew that I was going to see change whether I wanted it or not. But it really didn't impact my life the way that I wanted it to. So this year my word is going to help me move forward and live again!! How about you? What is your word for 2016.

24 comments:

  1. I totally agree; this year went by way too fast! So is your word for 2016 forward or live? or both? or do you plan to announce it once the new year begins? I kind of have a word picked up; just got to think about it a little bit more :)

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    1. I can't decide which word it should be! I want to move forward. I want to be forward thinking. And I want to live. I haven't been living! I have been breathing and existing but I want to live now!

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  2. Yes the year has gone quickly but good to see you have a positive take on 2016 with your words. My word in the past would definitely have been procrastinate which is why I'm now going for Just do it! I need 3 words. Happy new Year.

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    1. I am a great procrastinator Wendy! I hope to try to be better in 2016!

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  3. It has got to be so tough to move on. I am so impressed by the fact that you've already made the decision that 2016 is going to be stellar. Good for you! I hope you have a wonderful New Year filled with good things as you 'move forward' and 'live.' I've never had a word theme, so I'd have to think about that a while.

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    1. It is hard to move on. I doubt that it will get easier for a long time to come. I am moving forward!

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  4. What a great Hodge Podge, Paula and thank you for introducing me to it. I certainly think the book of your life this year would be far from boring - reading your blog always makes me feel comforted and cosy - it reminds me of reading Little House on the Prairie when I was a child all snuggled up in bed :) Have a Happy New Year and Live and Forward to you in 2016!! Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace

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    1. Oh you make me almost cry the happy tears. Such kind words. I hope to move forward and live!!

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  5. This year has flown by - the song sums it up so well. 2016 will be your year, it has to get grey (like this year) before it brightens up! :)

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    1. Bright!! That would be a good word too!

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  6. My word for this year is breathe....breathe as in relax.....breathe as in getting your heart rate up during exercise....breathe as in trusting in the Lord.

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    1. Whenever I hear the word breathe, Wendy, I think of you. I think of how when I was struggling through those final weeks and days with Richard you would tell me to breathe!! That would be an utmost awesome word for you. I am keeping you in my everyday thoughts and prayers

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  7. I didn't choose a word for the year, but did have a saint of the year chosen for me! Very interesting choice!

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  8. I hope 2016 is a stellar year for you, too. I just loved your post. I know you are an avid reader, but do you realize what a talented writer you are? I like your words for 2016!

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    1. Thank you very much Dame. I do love to read. And I love writing. It is so nice of you to let me know that I have talent.

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  9. I certainly enjoyed your answer to "Patriotism"! Lots to digest, here.
    Now, I'm so encouraged by your answers to #6, #7 and #8!!! There have been a few semi-finalists running through my head this week, but I'm pretty sure 2016's credo will be 'Optimism' ... a stranger, to be sure. She and I've lots of mediation ahead, but I suspect it's worth it.

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    1. I love Optimism. That is a stranger for me as well. I struggle with being positive. I am not very optimistic. I'll help encourage you all the way!!

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  10. My word is "Imagine" and I look forward to inspiration and creativity associated with it.

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    1. I love your word!! Can't wait to see what it brings you this year!!

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  11. I hope to forget this year's Christmas week. It wasn't a good one. (Well, the knitting was fun, but the stuff going on alongside the knitting... Best forgotten.)

    I've had something floating through my head the past couple days, and I think if I were to give 2016 a theme, this would be it. "Little miracles."

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    1. I know exactly what you mean Liz. I have struggled though it myself. Little miracles is what we all need in 2016. I hope it will be your theme.

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  12. My daughter and I have had a little Mexican Train marathon going on here all week. I love the game. Wishing you a brighter and blessed new year!

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    1. Thank you Joyce!! We love Mexican Train too!!

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