Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge #253

Welcome to this week's hodgepodge.  I've missed these for about the last month but I'm back this week!  Thanks to Joyce for coming up with the topics this week.
1.   Share a winter memory from your childhood.
Most of my childhood, we lived in southeast Oklahoma and we didn't get a lot of snow but as kids we really enjoyed it when we did get the rare snowy weather.  I remember that we made snow ice cream when we got a good clean snowy downfall.  My brothers and I thought making ice cream out of snow was just the grandest thing ever!  Also, since snow was not a usual thing here, we didn't have the cold weather gear that other parts of the country had.  For some reason my mom always had a stash of Wonder Bread sacks that she used for whatever she used them for.  I really don't know what she used them for.  Anyway, since we didn't have snow boots, she would put the bread sacks on us over our shoes and that protected us from getting wet feet! 

2.  What was on your blog this time last year?  (Besides the Hodgepodge of course)  If you weren't blogging, what were you doing with all of that free time?
I went back and looked at last January on my blog and I have NOTHING!  I don't know what I was doing with my time, but I should have been doing the Hodgepodge! 

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 honestly see both flaws and potential and they kind of go hand in hand!  I don't make resolutions really but do try to make some changes that will be beneficial to me.  One thing I have done well since the new year is reading my Bible more.  I started in the New Testament this time and I'm already in the book of Luke!  I'm trying to study as I go and not just quickly read through it. 

4. Who's an athlete you admire or respect and why?
I'm not a big sports person to the point of really following certain athletes.  I think there are a lot out there that have the potential to positively influence our young people if they realize those little eyes are watching how they conduct themselves. 

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?
Sour cream on a baked potato!  I love a good loaded baked potato!

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 was recently at our pharmacy to pick up some meds.  I waited about 10 minutes in line before I got up to the counter.  I told my name and then was told to to to the drop-off line to update new insurance cards.  Sooooo, I move to that line and it's backed up 4 deep.  So,  I wait and wait and wait.  Finally, it's my turn and there  is a problem with the new card.  After multiple tries, the lady finally gets it to go through.  She smiles sweetly and says, "Barring no problems, it should be about 20 minutes!"  Soooo, I go do my grocery shopping and 30 minutes later, I wander back to the pharmacy again.  Now the wait line is all the way back to the main aisle!  After another 15-20 minutes of standing in line, I finally get my meds and get out of there.  I don't usually get too impatient when I have to wait but this time was a little excessive I thought.  I usually cope by listening to other people's conversations and trying to find something funny about the situation!

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.
One month closer to Springtime!

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
Our kids live 3 1/2 hours away and we don't see them as often as I'd like.  Sunday after church, we met up with them and Allan's folks for a late lunch in a town that's about halfway between us.  We had a good visit and I always hate to leave but I'm thankful that we did get a few hours to visit!