1. Share a winter memory from your childhood.
I remember going to ride the sled down Cherry Hill in my hometown. We walked what seemed like miles to get there. Carrying or dragging a sled with us. Then we flew down that hill, which was so steep I was sure we would flip end over end. We trudged, through the snow, back up that enormous hill to do it all over again and again. Years later, as an adult mom, I took my kids to see Cherry Hill. Not only was it not miles from my house (more like blocks) but it was hardly a hill so to speak. Everything looks much bigger from the eyes of a child!
2. What was on your blog this time last year? (Besides the Hodgepodge of course!) If you weren't blogging, what in the world were you doing with all that free time?
Last year, at this time, on my blog I was writing books reviews (Still Alice) and My Simple Woman's Daybook entry (talking about my Valentine Mantle, Darian's birthday, my mom's birthday, and the weather. Much like the post I just completed. Different times though. And I wrote a post about shoes for Ten on Tuesday. I had not yet discovered The Hodgepodge! I'd probably get lots more house cleaning done if I didn't blog. But, I would rather blog. Who wouldn't?
3. Ellen Goodman is quoted as saying, 'We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives...not looking for flaws, but for potential.'
Do you see more flaws or more potential in your life at the start of a new year? Have you done anything specific this month to address either one? Does the new year truly begin for you on January 1, or is there some other month of the year that feels like a fresh start and new beginning?
I usually see more potential in my life at the beginning of the year. I love the beginning of the year. It is like getting a new notebook to write it. I like to sniff the pages, fold the cover back, and contemplate how I will fill the pages. That is what I think about January. I like to think of my goals for the year. How will I accomplish them? And how I will move on if I don't accomplish them. Yes, I am fulfilling my goals so far. For the month of January I hit every single goal I made. Yay for me! Now I need to plan for February's goals.
4. Who's an athlete you admire or respect and why?
This is rather sad but I cannot think of a single athlete that I admire or respect. They all seem so over-paid and self-centered. I am not really into sports so the ones I hear about are the ones who are all over social media. My late husband adored Tiger Woods. He loved everything about his story. Until he didn't! I remember how sad it made Richard when Tiger fell from grace. And it didn't have anything to do with golf!
5. Do you like cream in your coffee? Whipped cream on your pumpkin pie? Cream cheese on a bagel? Sour cream on a baked potato? Cream of wheat for breakfast? Have you ever had a scone with clotted cream? Of all the creamy foods mentioned, which one sounds most appealing to you right this very minute?
I drink French Vanilla cream in my coffee every single day. I am not a big fan of pumpkin pie, but it would need to have whipped cream on it if I were to eat it! Yes, to cream cheese on a bagel and sour cream on a baked potato. One of my favorite memories on each of our cruise trips was the 'creamy' cream of wheat served for breakfast. I did have a scone with clotted cream for tea on a cruise ship once! The one that sounds appealing to me right now is the baked potato. I never, and I mean never, turn down sour cream!!
6. Where were you last kept waiting for 'hours on end'? Or for what felt like hours on end? How well did you cope?
I don't cope well with waiting. Not hours on end. Not what feels like hours on end. I have spoken up 'loudly' at the doctor's office when I have waited longer than what I thought was necessary. I think anything over a 30 minute wait past your appointment time (unless it is an emergency) is unnecessary. Usually it is because they have booked too many appointments into one time slot. And don't ask my grands what I think about 'pulling forward' at McDonald's to wait for a SIMPLE drink order!
7. Believe it or not, when next week's Hodgepodge rolls around it will be February. Huh?!? Bid adieu here to January in seven words or less.
Goodbye January! You flew by so fast!
8. Insert your own random thought here.
I started with a head cold yesterday and feel like "poop"! Hope it doesn't last long! Have a great Wednesday friends!
I will link with Joyce From This Side of the Pond. It's fun! Join us!!