Thursday, March 19, 2020

Hey Hodgepodgers! No That's Not A Mistake

Before I dive in to the word prompt of the day I want to throw something out there. For eight years I hosted a blog link up every week called The Wednesday Hodgepodge. I asked a few random questions each Tuesday and bloggers answered on their own blogs, then linked back to mine on Wednesday so everyone could share answers. It was fun but in 2018, after 360 episodes, I declared it done. It felt like it had run it's course and had also become something of a burden to my already very busy life.

But hey, life isn't quite so busy at the moment and while we're all pretty much housebound I thought I might ressurect it for a bit. It was a great connector of people and I feel like we're all longing to connect someway somehow.  If you're a blogger and this is something you'd like to see happen, let me know. It was always a word of mouth kind of thing but it worked. If there's enough interest we'll start next week so stay tuned.

Okay on to Day 9 in the ten day writing challenge...

The word prompt-mistake 

Make no mistake..I'm a glass half full, where's the silver lining, let's find the sunny side of life kind of girl. Which can be a challenge in this weird new normal we're currently experiencing, but still I'm going to try.

A list of thirteen always feels appropriate on a Thursday so how about thirteen small blessings to be found in all this at home togetherness.

1. My family is going to have to play games with me. They will laugh and possibly roll their eyes, but they won't be surprised to see this is the first thing I thought of in terms of silver linings.

2. While the grocery bill is still high, our dining out bill is $0.

3.Since nobody has to leave the house for work at 6:15 in the morning I'm sleeping in.  Hubs would say that's not really true because it's still black as night when I get up, but! it's not 5:45 am so that's something.

4. My baseboards are going to be the cleanest they've been since we moved in three and a half years ago.

5. Lots of time to read and not feel like I should be doing something else.

6. A grown up daughter in the house 24/7

7. I saw a meme that said Issac Newton more or less invented Calculus while Cambridge was closed due to the plague, so surely I can write a blog post or two.

8. Speaking of memes...parents unexpectedly managing school at home for an indeterminate period of time are creating some of the funniest stuff on the Internet right now.

9. The Internet. I know we have mixed emotions about technology at our fingertips, but in this season of keeping your physical distance it's a blessing to connect via our devices.

10. The opportunity we've been given to examine our priorities and make adjustments going forward.

11. Less waste. Thinking twice before randomly grabbing a handful of paper towels when one will do the trick. Using all the food in the frig. Fewer trips in the car.

12. The reminder that we need far less than we think we need.

13. Gratitude. For all the things we are suddenly aware we enjoy and take for granted when life is not interrupted by a virus...dinner in a restaurant, sitting in a church pew, an airplane whisking us away to somewhere wonderful, cheering on our favorite team with a few thousand other folks, visiting an older loved one face to face and so much more.

So what's one small blessing you've found in the middle of the crazy?


  1. Oh yes I'm up for a Hodgepodge! Yes these are strange times but they will definitely focus our minds on what really matters. The internet definitely ranks high up on my list of blessings.

  2. For me it is the comfort of my pups. They have no idea that the world is crazy and offer only love.

    I would be interested in the Hodgepodge. I sure have missed it!

  3. Please, yes, and thank you! Oh bless you for bringing this back! I've missed it.
    I have found people are a lot friendlier in these epidemic days!

  4. That's a big ol' yes from me for a Hodgepodge return.

  5. I hope you bring back the Wednesday Hodgepodge. I miss it and haven't blogged since it stopped. Still love reading your blog :)

  6. Oh my gosh! Please bring the Hodgepodge back! Bless your heart... and you know what you are getting into! Yes please!

    That is a great list of blessings and several would also be on my list! We just have to sit tight, trust in the Lord, and try new recipes! xoxox

  7. Yes, please. I'm gonna have to do something while I monitor my fresh homeschoolers.

  8. So funny...according to my Blogger Stats, there are some folks who have been checking out a couple of my old Hodgepodge posts. Probably spammers, but, still it was interesting to see those posts pop up in the Recent Views. Made me nostalgic for a 'just add answers' blog post, lol.

  9. Oh, I’m doing the happy dance over the Hodge Podge! I’m reminded of the verse, “be still and know” during this rather quite time. And, I’ve cleaned, scrubbed and organized like a crazy woman. My daughter and DIL say they wouldn’t homeschool for all the tea in China. It’s been a labor of endurance for them this week. 😀

  10. A lot of blessings and very few mistakes. I like that! YES to the return of the Hodgepodge, and thank you for considering it. Can’t wait.

  11. I'm still working, but I'm enjoying coming home each evening and having time with hubby and not always having to be somewhere!

    And yes, yes, yes on the Hodgepodge. I have so missed visiting with everyone for the Hodgepodge.

  12. Yes to the return of the Hodgepodge!! It will be give something to write about now that I've revisited my blog after a months-long hiatus. By the way, as a teacher, I am enjoying, immensely, the homeschooling/parent/child memes. LOL!

  13. Yes, like you, I am grateful for the Internet to help us stay in touch with anybody who doesn't live under my roof!

    Yes, I would love to be a part of Hodgepodge again. And what a great time to revive it!

  14. I don't have a blog, but always loved reading the HodgePodge, and doing it on my own as a journal. I'd love to see it return! Thank you and stay well,

  15. Yes! Hodgepodge please! Those are some great blessings!

    My one small blessing - having the free time to write again!

    Much love to you, Joyce!

  16. I would love it if you revived the Hodgepodge. It would be a blessing to many of us at this time, I think.

    A small blessing -- yesterday my hubby and I were able to take a short trip to a farm store in another area and find some waterproof walking shoes my walking partner had recommended to me. The transaction went flawlessly thanks to my friend giving me the exact info I would need, and the shoe salesperson being very knowledgeable. The shoes are SO comfortable and I know we will be doing a lot more walking as spring approaches. Best of all, my hubby had a gift card to that store and so we paid nothing out of pocket for the shoes, which were not cheap.

  17. Looking forward to your Wednesday Hodgepodge, it's always been my favorite!

  18. I started participating in the Hodgepodge link up shortly before it ended. I would be happy to see it return. ��

  19. Hello, stopping in from Ellen's blog. You are blessed, I enjoyed your #13 Gratitude. Yes, there are many things we are grateful for, spending time with family #1. Take care! Have a happy day!

  20. Would love for you to have Hodgepodge Wed.