Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Auld Lang Hodgepodge ala 2020

When I dusted off the Hodgepodge and brought back this little Wednesday link up back in March, I thought it might last six or eight weeks at best. Yet here we are, nine months later and still at home, still masked up, sanitized, and missing a lot of things we didn't think we'd still be missing. I'm so glad you've joined (or rejoined!) the Wednesday Hodgepodge this year, and am truly grateful for the connections made here. 

If you've answered this week's questions add your link at the end of my post. And before you say Cheers! to the new year, drop by the blogger linking before you and leave a comment to help usher out the old on a high note. Here we go-

From this Side of the Pond
1. Tell us about your favorite moment or share one of the bright spots from the year we're leaving behind. 

That's easy...this one-

2. What do you wish you'd known at the start of 2020? Elaborate. 

This is a hard question. I'm someone who is glad we don't know what's coming down the pike. I think it would have just added anxiety to what is already an unhappy situation, and I'm so glad God gives us grace for the day, one day at a time. Exactly what we need. 

If I have to answer I guess I might have gone up to New Jersey and collected my momma early on. Brought her here so we wouldn't have spent all these months apart. She's in good hands, staying with my sister so not alone, and my brother is nearby too, but we surely do miss her. I will make a trip north once the wedding is behind us. 

3. Best book you read this year? If you did not read any books this year, what's the best thing you ate all year? We've all eaten, right? 

Always hard for me to pick a favorite book, but two I especially loved were American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins and The Dutch House by Ann Patchett. 

4. The Pantone Colors of the year for 2021 are ultimate gray and illuminating yellow (a bright shade)...are you a fan? Would we find either of these colors in your home or wardrobe? 

I like gray in small doses and more as a backdrop to color so that wouldn't be my favorite. But I do love a sunny shade of yellow and yes I have some in my wardrobe. 

5. If you were/are making a list of 21 things to do/accomplish in 2021 what is one thing that would be on it? 

I think I'm going to make a list, but haven't thought through the content just yet. One glance at the desk I'm currently using inspires me to say organize the office. Between Christmas and a wedding and a late fall house re-fi this desk and the room in general need a lift. 

6. Insert your own random thought here.

Wishing each one of you reading here love, joy, peace and good health in this new year...

"He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end." Ecclesiastes 3:11 


  1. Good morning! I've never been the first one to link up! I'm taking a few days off this week so I was able to write my post yesterday. I'll have to read those two books you've mentioned. I think my sister's bookclub is reading The Dutch House. Thank you for bringing back the hodgepodge. It has nudged me into blogging at least once a week. Happy New Year to you and your family!

  2. I use to say I wish I had a crystal ball to see what is going to happen, BUT nope, just makes me nervous.
    I am so happy for your daughter!
    Say an extra prayer for is my precious Amanda's birthday and Friday will be one year since she passed.

  3. I am so happy for your daughter and I know you and Tim are thrilled. I use to want a crystal ball to see what was going to happen, BUT realizing nope, only make me more nervous.
    Glad you brought back the Hodgepodge and thanking you so much.

  4. I always love seeing all your beautiful lake pictures and this one is no exception. Thank you Joyce for hosting the Hodgepodge and coming up with all these questions. Happy New Year to you and yours!!

  5. Yes! I can see why you chose that as a favorite. Very special. I liked your thoughts for question #2. Beautiful random photo and wishes! Thank you for the questions. It's really been a wonderful addition to our blogging week! Happy New Year to you and yours!!

  6. The proposal definitely wins! I understand about your mom but thankfully she is in good hands. Those two colors looks so nice together, they give me a feeling of hope, brighter days to come. Love your photo and have a have and happy and healthy New Year! Thanks for doing Hodgepodge, it definitely keeps me connected to people beside having something to blog about. God Bless....

  7. Hello Joyce,
    I read your Christmas memory post. I love the wedding dress made into a beautiful robe story. Very special indeed.
    I am excited to see the wedding. Your daughter is lovely.
    Praying for your South Korea family too.

    Here is to 2021!

  8. Love your pictures and the Bible verse at the end. Happy New Year!

  9. That first photo is certainly the best!
    Usually, I choose a word for the year and in 2020 it was Trust. I haven't thought of an appropriate word yet for 2021.
    Happy New Year!

  10. Happy New Year, Joyce, and thank for you keeping the Hodgepodge going! Love the proposal photo, how exciting.

  11. Yes being apart from family is so hard but I'm thankful that our immediate and extended family have so far kept well and are doing ok. I'm sure it helps to know your Mum is in safe hands and to have a wedding to look forward to. Here's to a better 2021 Joyce and more of the Hodgepodge. Thanks for being such a great host.

  12. Love your daughter's expression of excitement/surprise!
    Such an amazing/pretty view you have.

    Happy New Year! Thanks for having the Hodgepodge again. It's been fun.

  13. Happy New Year Joyce! Wishing for as much family time in 2021 as we can handle.

  14. A proposal?! That's very exciting! Your desk - and my desk - sound a lot alike! Happy New Year!