Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Right As Rain In The Hodgepodge

Welcome to another edition of the Wednesday Hodgepodge. If you've answered this week's questions add your link at the end of my post. And be sure to spread some holiday cheer by leaving a comment for the blogger linking before you. Here we go-

1. What's something about Christmas that most people like, but you don't? Elaborate. 

The super early decorating. I don’t know that most people like this, but if the internet is to be believed (and it is, right?) then it certainly feels like we’re headed in that direction. Why the rush? 

2. Tell us about one cherished tradition from your childhood and if you'll make it happen this year? 

One of our most cherished traditions is the Christmas morning picture on the stairs. My parents tortured my siblings and I with this one and hubs and I kept it going with our own girls. So eager to see what Santa brought but first! a picture in your jammies on the stairs. Wonder how my future son-in- law feels about this? We’re gonna find out in another ten days. 

3. In 1941 FDR declared December 15th Bill of Rights Day. Citizens were encouraged to fly the flag and gather for prayers and other ceremonies as appropriate. Did you know this? Will you fly a flag? Can you name all the rights and protections guaranteed in the first ten amendments of the US Constitution? Of the ten, which two do you value most? If you need a list you'll find one here. 

We’re a long way from this sort of encouragement from our government, aren’t we? I didn’t know there was a day in honor of the Bill of Rights, but I do know all ten. We always fly a flag here, but we’ve taken it down while the roofing repairs are underway. 

My top two would be freedom of speech and freedom of religion, with freedom of the press not far behind. I think we’re seeing these being chipped away and it’s concerning. 

4. Do you know someone named Bill? Tell us something about him? Is there a famous 'Bill' you'd like to meet? 

I feel like everyone knows a Bill or two. We have a college friend named Bill, hubs worked for someone named Bill, and my brother’s best friend growing up is also a Bill. Still in touch with all these Bills. 

Famous Bill I’d like to meet? Tops on my list would be Bill Bryson. 

5. A step in the right direction, on the right track, bragging rights, be in the right place at the right time, get off on the right foot, right as rain, right side up, give your right arm for, have one's heart in the right place...choose a 'right' that applies to your life in some way in recent days and tell us how it's so.

I’d give my right arm to have working internet right now. We’re having four ginormous trees taken down and in the process they nicked the internet line. Bother. 

Also maybe not my right arm, but no internet is such an aggravation. A first world aggravation, but annoying nonetheless. Trying to Hodgepodge from my phone so please excuse any typos or wonky formatting here today. 

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Tree removal. Not for the faint of heart. 


  1. Duh...I didn't read the first question correctly...I wrote what I didn't mind doing...blaming it on ole age!
    Wow! I couldn't be cutting down that tree...not for the faint of heart for sure!

  2. Good morning, Joyce. Great to be back to Hodgepodge. Hope your internet is up and running. Enjoy your week.

  3. Okay, that picture is just plain scary!!! lol But the sky is really that blue. Guess I'm one of those that like to decorate early. I started listening to Christmas music a day or two before we left on our November trip and we watched Christmas movies the during the whole trip and are still watching them. I didn't actually decorate until just after Thanksgiving, but had I been home, I probably would have.

  4. I agree those rights are being chipped away at and it is concerning to say the least. I ensure my kids study solid history curriculum so that they know it and I need a refresher course myself. Tree removal is not for the faint of heart, my stomach dropped just looking at that guy! Hope your internet issue is resolved soon. Ten days to go, how exciting!

  5. Wow! Those are tall trees. No wonder you want them taken down so close to your home.
    My daughter buys new pjs for all the kids for Christmas. They, including the nieces and nephews, love that tradition.

  6. I love that about the picture on the stairs. I can imagine not wanting to do it but what a treasure to have later in life. It is very concerning on what is being chipped away from our Constitution. I certainly can't blog from my phone! Oh my on the trees. Hope that's over soon and your internet is back to normal. Take care, stay well and God Bless.

  7. We've had some trees downed here at our country bungalow and oh my what a process. It's so good to watch from afar. So thankful for the expertise and equipment to get er done. Oh bother sorry the internet line was nicked. Hope it gets reestablished sooner than later. Love the cherished tradition. So just now our electricity went off for a couple seconds and my internet is down. LOL! It's rebooting and hopefully I can hit publish without having to retype my comment.

  8. Those are so TALL trees! Wow! Thanks for the fun questions again this week, Joyce! Interesting answers from everyone. My dad made us eat breakfast before we could even go into the living room to see the presents under the tree on Christmas morning! That only lasted a couple of years though! No jammie photos. Hope your internet comes back soon. It is a bother when not working!!

  9. We agree on the early decorating! I hate it when the internet is down or when our devices aren't working. It is so frustrating!

  10. I've never been one to decorate until December. Some started really early this year it seemed.

    Those are some tall trees!!

  11. It's funky ! What you liked on Christmas morning I hated ! I am ont à morning person and opening gifts in pyjamas was a nightmare !! Lol

  12. I just started reading a few of Bill Bryson's books in the past year or two and really enjoyed them so much!

  13. Wow. Those trees are tall! I hope that process goes well. I understand the aggravation of no Internet. It is a necessity now in so many ways.