Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Time For The Hodgepodge

Another week, another Hodgepodge. Just a reminder there will not be a Hodgepodge next week (3/30) as I need a breather. We'll be back the following week, April 6th. Time flies doesn't it? 

Anyhoo, we're here this week with a brand new set of questions. Answer on your own blog, then hop back here tomorrow to add your link to the party. See you there! 

From this Side of the Pond
1. What's something you never seem to have enough time for? 

Big organizational projects. Do I not have enough time or do I not make the time? Hmmm... I suppose I have all the time in the world but I prioritize other things over these things so they don't get always get done. For one thing I feel like a need a big chunk of time for these projects and I don't often have an uninterrupted big chunk of time.  I have an hour here and a couple of hours there and I don't like to try to do a big project in tiny little pieces. 

I need to learn to like doing big projects in tiny little pieces. 

2. If you could turn back time and relive just one day in your life, which day would you choose and why? 

This is a hard question. For starters I would never want to actually turn back time. The idea of that is a little bit frightening, knowing what we know, playing timekeeper of the universe when the universe already has the perfect Timekeeper. For the sake of answering though, I'll play along. 

When I started to really think about this question it felt familiar. Then I remembered I had written an entire post on this topic seven years ago (seven!!) so rather than re-invent the wheel I'll link it here. I re-read it and the sentiment still rings true. Here ya go-

Play It Again Or Maybe Don't 

3. Something you enjoy making that takes a long time to prepare/cook? 

There's a buttercream candy I make at Christmas time that takes a long time to put together. Each piece is hand dipped and you can usually tell which ones were towards the end of the process because they are somewhat less than perfect.  The recipe makes close to 100 so I generally run out of patience before I run out of chocolate. 

My family says they're worth it. 

4. A time recently where you needed/gave yourself a 'time out'? How do you do that? 

A time out for me generally involves filling my bathtub all the way up with steaming hot water, dimming the lights, and soaking until all the crankies have dissolved. It happens at least once a week. A hot bath is good for what ails you, the physical and the mental. 

5. Something you've done recently that you'd describe as a 'good time'? 

We had a fun weekend showering Daughter2 with love and baby boy goodies. I wrote about it in a post here- Shower The People You Love With Love

Y'all didn't have anything to do today but read my blog, right? 

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

One fun thing I forgot to mention in my shower post was my wrapping paper. Stay with me, because it was super special. 

When I was going through my gift wrap station (aka the bags and bins in the attic) my eye landed on a roll of paper that looked familiar. I pulled it out only to discover it wasn't wrapping paper at all, but rather a roll of wallpaper from a baby girl's very first bedroom. The one we brought her home to. The one my dad spent one whole entire day getting the pattern to line up just exactly right. 

This one-

I don't know how this roll ended up in the gift wrap 'station' but what fun it was to wrap baby boy's gift in his momma's nursery wall covering. 

Happy Wednesday everyone! 

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  1. We evidently feel the same about going back in time, but it was a challenge to try to isolate the most special days. I did read your old post and thought what special days those must still be in you memory bank. Love the story of finding the wallpaper. I hope Daughter kept it to be remembered and shared again in 20 something years.

  2. Oh my gosh - that's too funny & special & cool about the wall paper!!!

    Something about Christmas candy that is made one time a year - especially if its a time task - it makes is such a memorable treat.

    Thanks for hosting! Enjoy next week off!

  3. Love the idea of wallpaper as wrapping paper!

  4. Well how special was that wallpaper find! Beatrix Potter, too? Love it. Did your daughter remember it? That Christmas candy does look like it's worth it. Hope the rest of your week goes well.

  5. Yes! I think a hot bath can solve almost all your problems too.

  6. Loved your post about living days over. Such sweet times, but I agree, I really would not want to turn back time.

  7. What a wonderful full circle - wallpaper for your baby to wrapping paper for her baby! I love it!

  8. That buttercream candy sounds delicious! I completely understand you run out of patience before running out of chocolate though.

    Oh, soaking in a full, steamy hot bathtub sounds wonderfully relaxing. Too bad our water won't get hot enough for my liking and the bathtub can't be filled full enough to cover me, because it's a semi-seated bathtub (I live in a care facility so it's not like I can just replace it). At least we do have a tub here.

    Loved your wrapping paper/wallpaper story!

  9. I loved the post you wrote about reliving a day. So good and inspiring. Also, that wallpaper that you awesome! My hubby doesn't save anything that's not being used so I don't have much left from anything lol. Those buttercream candies sound so good!

  10. Oh I love that you used her old wall paper as wrapping paper! That's a stroke of genius. That Christmas candy looks wonderful.

  11. I have the time but don't make the time. Yes, just accomplish something each day, even if it is small. I'll have to check out that post. Yum on the candy you make. I love that idea about the bath. I should do that! Beautiful baby shower. That is so beautiful about the wallpaper. It brought me to tears.....

  12. Your number 6 made me cry! Absolutely beautiful to have that gift all wrapped up in generations of love. Wow. We answered #1 pretty much the same! Loved the Hodgepodge today, Joyce. Thanks!!

  13. That buttercream candy looks wonderful!! Labor intensive, though. Still, worth it once a year I'm sure.

    And how special to find that wallpaper roll and to be able to use it as wrapping paper! Blue, even!

  14. My family says the same thing about my chocolate-covered cherries and bourbon balls! I'd say the bourbon balls are worth the trouble but I'm not sure about the chocolate-covered cherries! :)