Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Got Hodgepodge?

Welcome to this week's edition of the Wednesday Hodgepodge. If you've answered today's questions add your link at the end of my post. Be sure to leave a comment for the blogger linking before you because we all know comments make the blog world go 'round. Here we go- 

1. What do you wish you'd done more of last year? Less of?

More travel, less careless eating. 

2. What's the tallest building you've ever been in? Do you have a fear of heights? 

Hmmm... I've been in my share of tall buildings around the world. I think the tallest I've been in is Taipei 101 located in Taiwan. I wrote about our visit in a post linked here-Look It's A Bird, It's A Plane...' 

Taipei 101 was at one time the tallest in the world, but when the Burj Khalifa was completed in Dubai it dropped a notch. And now it's down several notches but is still in the top 20 (currently #11). 

Am I afraid of heights? Not really. I'm not however, a fan of small enclosed spaces, and that's often how you have to travel to reach a height. Cable cars and teeny tiny too crowded elevators. Shudder. That hasn't kept me from mountaintops and buildings 101 stories up in the sky though. I think happy thoughts and grab the family member closest to me, or sometimes even perfect strangers, and I go. 

3. Do you have a word for the year? Elaborate if you'd like to elaborate. 

Not so far, but I don't think it's too late to claim one. 

4. January 11th is National Milk Day...are you a milk drinker? What kind? Your favorite recipe that calls for milk (cereal doesn't count)? 

I rarely drink a glass of milk, but I do like it. As a child I drank a lot of milk, that was the 'kids beverage' served at every meal. As an adult it's pretty much limited to my cereal if I'm having cereal, and I also add a splash of milk to my tea. I buy non-fat milk, but often when I'm cooking I'll use 2% or sometimes even whole milk if the dish I'm preparing calls for it. My favorite recipe that calls for milk? Mashed potatoes. 

5. What excites you most about the future? What do you miss about the past? 

This feels like it could be a whole big blog post, but for today I'll keep it simple. What excites me most? Watching my daughters parent their own children, and watching those children, my grandchildren, grow and become the people God created them to be. 

What do I miss...I don't know why, but a picture of my family sitting at the kitchen table having dinner is the first thing that popped into my head. My seat was on the side of the table beside my brother. He was always on that corner because he's a lefty. My dad at one end, my mom at the other, and my two sisters on the side next to the windows. Something about that memory makes me feel all cozy inside. 

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

I'm still a little discombobulated here in terms of 2022 organization. That's what happens when you have home improvement happening at the start of a new year. Painters have been here all week painting the shiplap we added to my office wall and staining the wood we added to the stairwell. It's icy cold outside but we have all the windows open because it smells a little bit like a factory in here. Looks beautiful though, and I will show pictures when everything is done. The mattress for the Murphy bed arrived today so we're getting close.  Have a great week everyone!

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  1. Less careless eating I could have done a lot less of this also!!

  2. These were really good questions this week, Joyce, thank you. Those grands can certainly bring excitement and joy, can't they. And you are going to have another one to smooch on in 2022. You do definitely have a lot to look forward to. Can't wait to see the changes you are making in your lovely home.

  3. I second that ... less careless eating! What I chose for my answer was less procrastination.

    What a cozy memory, Joyce, of your family around the supper table! I have some cozy childhood memories as well. We are so blessed.

  4. Great questions and I can't wait to see what you have done to your house. A Murphy bed, how interesting. I'm betting a growing family called for that. :o)) Happy Wednesday!

  5. I certainly agree with less careless eating, I know I did! You have done some wonderful world traveling. It's not to late to claim a word for this year. Just out of the blue one will come to you. Don't overthink it. Yes, milk is a must in mashed potatoes. That is a very sweet thought of a picture at the dinner table. I understand the discombobulation but how excited to be getting those things done. Enjoy the rest of your week.

  6. Sweet memory sitting around the kitchen table. Careless eating is a great description of life at our country bungalow. It will be nice to see the photos of your projects soon. Hope all finishes well!

  7. Yes, that was one thing we DID do this year: paid more attention to what and when we ate. It made a huge difference - a 35 pound difference!

  8. Murphy beds always look like such a great addition to a room for extra guest space! I look forward to seeing yours!! Joyce, thanks for another fun Hodgepodge! I enjoyed your answers and especially your memory of family dinners with your folks and sibs. There were six of us around the table every night. Dinner was always family time and school activities were never scheduled during the dinner hours. Kids today (families!) miss that, I think, because kids are just too busy with classes and practices now. Different memories, I guess. xo

  9. Oh mashed potatoes is a good one! I know I use milk to cook/bake all the time but man was I hard pressed to think of a recipe for some reason. Can't wait to see all the new house things in person, hopefully soon!

  10. Thanks for another good set of questions Joyce. I think we all probably did some careless eating over the last year or so. Looking forward to seeing the pics of your home improvements.

  11. Thank you for hosting Joyce! I have missed Hodgepodge!! Have a great rest of the week!

  12. Careless eating... oh man, that's a good one! A few years ago I swapped broth for milk in mashed potatoes and you are right... mashed taters need milk!

  13. I can't wait to see your new room!

  14. I enjoyed your answers....oh duh, mashed potatoes...haha...definitely love those.

  15. I didn't even think about mashed potatoes!
    Being a lefty, I completely identify with your brother.

  16. Definitely less careless eating!