Sweet friends, welcome to hodgepodge #1! All year I have enjoyed reading Lea’s (from Cici’s Corner) monthly responses to the hodgepodge questions posed by Joyce on her blog. But I wasn’t sure who Joyce was or where she blogged so I could get the questions in order to play along, too. Never occurred to me to just ask Lea!! Ha!! That would have been too easy.
So, today when reading Lea’s post celebrating Joyce’s 400th edition of hodgepodge, I did a little detective work and found Joyce and her blog, From This Side of the Pond. Copied the questions for her 400th – amazing! – edition and here are my answers below.
Although this is Joyce’s 400th edition of the series, it is my first HodgePodge so I am beginning with #1. Seems logical, huh? The questions are in boldface below. And my answers for hodgepodge #1 follow.
- I feel like episode 400 cannot go without comment. That’s a whole lot of Hodgepodging folks. 2000 questions if my math is right. So, what’s something you feel like you do 400 times a week? My answer is similar to Lea’s!! Wash dishes and wipe down the kitchen. Only I use Clorox spray rather than wipes. Or sudsy warm water and a dish cloth. But it seems to me that my hands are always wet and in the kitchen sink, especially from about 4:00-6:00 pm every day.
- Tell us where you were and something about what your life looked like in the year 2000? Whoa, that was another lifetime ago. I hadn’t met my Prince Charming yet, was married but soon to be divorced. My daughters were 16 and 14 years old. We were living in our little house which is about a mile from my current home with PC. In her answers, Joyce mentioned that one of her daughters was in 7th grade at the time, and how difficult that school year was. Amen, sister. Seventh grade was atrocious at our house. When I looked back through the photos on my laptop, this photo taken in the summer of 2000 was one of the earliest I have. Bluebonnets.
- Do you like cinnamon? What’s something you make and enjoy that calls for cinnamon? Of the cinnamon ‘foods’ listed which is your favorite-red hot cinnamon candies, cinnamon toast, cinnamon rolls, cinnamon toast crunch cereal, apple cinnamon oatmeal, churros, an Indian curry? Yes, to all the cinnamony foods!! In fact, I have just added this cinnamon essential oil to my Amazon cart because I came across all kinds of diffuser blends on Pinterest that I want to try. When I scrapbook and Facetime with my sister, Valerie, we always suck on atomic fireballs.Last year, I added baking my grandmother’s cinnamon roll recipe as an activity on my winter bucket list. You can find the recipe here. Need to make them again this winter. Funny thing about cinnamon. When I was teensy, I would turn red all around my mouth whenever I had cinnamon. I loved it even then but it didn’t love me!
- Does Christmas 2020 (or Hanukkah) look much like it has in years past, or is this year vastly different for you and your family? How so? How are you feeling about it all? Christmas is going to be a little lonely this year. We have decided not to celebrate with Lauren and her family as it is not recommended because of…guess…guess why it is not recommended. Yeah, that’s right. The virus. It’s just going to be the 2 of us and our kitties, Purrsimmony and Purrsnickitty.Francisco is an anesthesiologist and has worked with a number of Covid patients. The things he has seen in the patients he has cared for have really disturbed him. They have been so very sick. And so, he is not comfortable with us gathering right now. PC and I will have a good day but we will miss the glee and joy that children bring to Christmas.How do I feel about all of this? A little resentful of this virus for stealing away precious time with my family. Have felt that way a lot this year, not just for the holidays. I have lost an entire year with my 93 year-old mom. Time we can’t get back. But someday this too shall pass.
- What’s one thing you need or want to do before this year ends? Figure out what blogging looks like for 2021. I waiver between wanting to become a more serious, regimented blogger with a blogging schedule I keep (if that is even realistic for me with mi vida loca). Or continuing to blog slightly haphazardly. I put together a poll asking readers which of my posts they enjoy most and shared it to a post earlier this week. But let me add here, too. Just in case you didn’t see it.
- Insert your own random thought here. In my adult life, I have had several unusual Christmases. One all alone. But as sad as that might sound, no one, no virus, no circumstance can take away my sweet memories of brighter times and happier holidays. And nothing can separate me from the love I have for family and friends. Love isn’t just a touch or a taste or a smell…it is an intangible combination of things. My mom and brother and his family are 1000+ miles away, my sister a mere 799 (we measured) but they are just as close to me in my heart as Brennyn in Ft. Worth (500+ miles away), Lauren who is just across the mountain, and PC who is laying beside me. And I have all confidence that we will all be together again. Thanks to the birth and beautiful life of the baby born today. Happy birthday, baby Jesus.
3 This is eternal life: to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you sent.
I hope you know that if you are here reading this, or even just looking at the pictures you mean so much to me. Thank you for the time you’ve spent with me today and in the past. Merry Christmas to each of you. Stay well and keep the hope of happier, healthier days in the future tucked in your heart.
Hugs and kisses,