Wednesday, April 14, 2021

A Hodgepodge Legacy

Welcome to another edition of the weekly Hodgepodge. For anyone visiting from the A-Z Blog Challenge today, I host a weekly random Q and A here every Wednesday. Feel free to play along, but please add Hodgepodge links only to this hop. Thanks! Scroll down to question six for my letter L entry. 

If you're here to Hodgepodge and you've answered today's questions, add your link at the bottom of my post. Then leave a comment for the blogger before you because that's what good neighbors do. Here we go-

From this Side of the Pond   

1. What is something you currently find 'taxing'? 

I'd like to never mention this word on my blog again but! in a word Corona and all it's many tentacles...the way we don't have any idea what's true, what's exaggerated, what's real, and what's imagined. The mask shaming, vaccine shaming. All of it. Taxing is a good word. 

2. I've seen this question asked in various forms on several social media can only keep three-

coffee, jewelry, tacos, wine, books, dogs, chocolate, Netflix, make-up, leggings, cheese, cats

Which three do you keep and how easy or hard was it for you to decide? 

Hmmm...harder than it first appeared. The first is easy, because of all the things listed I for sure would miss my morning coffee the most. I'm allergic to cats so that one lands at the bottom of the list. In fact, besides cats I think the bottom half of my list would include jewelry, wine, Netflix, make-up, and leggings, not necessarily in that order. 

Dogs are living things while most of these other items are not, so dogs would have to make my list. And since I can't imagine a world without books I guess my top three are coffee, books and dogs. 

But I will really really miss my cheese and chocolate. 

3. Tell us something you know or have learned about forgiveness? 

It's hard to keep forgiving someone whose behavior doesn't really change. When I stop and think about it more deeply I realize God could say the same thing about me. But He doesn't. I'm forgiven and need to extend forgiveness to others. It's not always easy, but it is truly freeing. I love the Matthew West song called Forgiveness (linked here). The lyrics are wonderful and so true. 

4. What's something you'd recommend that is often overlooked and under appreciated?

The physical, mental, and emotional benefits of a walk in the woods, a nap, and a long hot soak in the tub. 

5. Give us a favorite word that starts with letter K and tell us why this is the one you chose. 

I don't know if it's a favorite but I seem to use the expression 'kit and caboodle' fairly often. Don't ask me why. I guess it's just the way my brain works, and it's often the right sort of phrase for the point I'm trying to make. Plus it's fun to say.

6. Insert your own random thought here-

Day 12 in the A-Z Blog Challenge...

L is for legacy

Do you ever think about what sort of legacy you're leaving for those who come after you? Are you intentional in living up to what you want that legacy to be? How we're remembered will mostly be based on how we lived. 

Not many people have the financial means to name a building or build a school or the like, but we all have people we hope our lives impact and perhaps continue to impact after we're gone. 

How do I want my children and grandchildren to remember me?

Not going to complicate it...

She loved well. 

She used her words for good.

She pointed to Jesus. 


  1. Great questions this week Joyce and I enjoyed your answers. And yes, I'd like to be remembered that way by my family and friends too.

  2. A walk in nature and the change of mindset it brings is amazing. I feel so much better since I started walking for exercise, even though some mornings I am sore ;) Love your answer on forgiveness and legacy!

  3. Forgiveness is hard for me because just like you said, the person doesn't change but Thank God he forgives me.

  4. Joyce,

    I misread a few of your questions and it'll be apparent to anyone who stops by. *slap forehead* I'm not falling for any shaming mask wearing or not, vaccine or not, ... I think it's up to the individual to do what they are comfortable with and everyone else needs to pipe it down. :) I like the way your legacy might read one day and I'm sure those who love you will have plenty of wonderful things to say about and hold close to their hearts about you. You're a lovely person which shines through your blog. Chances are we won't meet in this life but the after life, I'm reserving a seat at your table for us to enjoy one another's company in paradise. Thanks for hosting. I linked my hodgepodge questions above but have a separate post entry for April's challenge.

    I have another Looney Tunes A-Z Art Sketch to share with you, check it out my illustration I named, Lunch. Happy A2Zing!

  5. Agree with you on #1. Most days I live like normal but then something will come up that is so insane. Like today, CNN put out an article that says exercise and healthy living can reduce your risk of Corona. Oh really? Tell me something I didn't know a year ago! No no, don't be healthy, guys, just wear your mask. Give me a break!!

  6. Excellent answer for #1. One week Fauci says hug your grandchildren without a mask, eat with your family and yesterday he changed it. Will we have have a true answer to Covid-19? Coffee, a book and the dog make for a nice day. Yes please, give me your answer to #4. I haven't heard 'kit and caboodle' in a long time. That's a good one! Love your words for the letter L. I do have a few of yours that I still need to read sitting in my Feedly account. Now go for a walk in the woods....

  7. I love your legacy. So many people said of Joe that he was kind, a gentleman, had a great sense of humor, and that he was always bigger than life. I heard it from people over and over. Joe would love hearing that. Now I need to work on myself!! Loved the Hodgepodge, Joyce... always!! xo

  8. Nodding my head as I read your answers and your random thought is great on legacy. I don't have anything named after me but I did name a school. :) The forgiveness answer always has to go back to what God has done for us. In tough situations there is good counsel to separate yourself from a person but you still have to forgive them. I didn't think of getting outside for #4 but but that's a good idea for sure. Hope the rest of your week is not taxing!

  9. I agree with the Covid issues. I wish I lived near the woods, I would walk there every day! Yes leaving a legacy to our family is important!

  10. So enjoyed all the questions today and as always, reading your answers to them. Your "Legacy" response reminded me of one of our favorite songs, "Find Us Faithful." If you aren't familiar with it, you may want to listen:

  11. I'm loving what you said about dogs. I was reluctant to leave books off my Top 3, but pretended my Kindle did't count. Ha!
    PS - My mother used to say, "Kit and Caboodle" and now I'm smiling at the memory.

  12. Out of coffee, jewelry, tacos, wine, books, dogs, chocolate, Netflix, make-up, leggings, cheese, cats--- I always find this one quite easy actually. I don't drink wine or coffee, I don't eat tacos, I am afraid of dogs and while I like cats I can take them or leave them. I'm pretty sure I have an allergy to dairy so cheese (and all dairy products) play a very small role in my life. I don't wear make up other than for special occasions and we've been talking about dropping Netflix. LOL. That pretty much leaves books, chocolate, leggings, and jewelry and I'd grudgingly give up leggings... as long as I can keep yoga/ lounge pants!

  13. I love to take a hot bath and I actually got a nap on Sunday afternoon which is rare for me. It was wonderful!

    I LOVE true....."Not many people have the financial means to name a building or build a school or the like, but we all have people we hope our lives impact and perhaps continue to impact after we're gone."

    Happy Wednesday!

  14. Love, love your legacy thoughts. Great and fun questions this week!

  15. The Coronavirus spoils my life too ! Forgive is a delicate word, you can forgive certain things and forget, while others which have hurt you very much you can forgive but not forget !