The Best of February Hodgepodge

1. Are you currently operating at 100% capacity? If not, what % are you? What’s keeping you there?

At this stage of life I have spurts of working at different capacities. I’ve been working on one project at 100% which means my other daily operations are working at a lower capacity. I am learning more and more to appreciate the days and hours that my output is 100%.

2. Have you done your taxes? Planned/booked a summer holiday? Thought about or started your ‘spring cleaning’? Besides what’s listed here, tell us one task that needs doing before spring rolls around.

We have an appointment with a bookkeeper to do our taxes on Thursday. Spring cleaning is definitely on the schedule as we are putting our home on the market in May. Spring cleaning will probably start in April, with the most daunting project being the cleaning of our mini blinds. No Summer holiday this year as we will be using all our energy to move and adapt into our new environs. We do have a fall road trip planned in October to attend my 50 year high school reunion in Montebello, California.

3. What’s a favorite food from your part of the country?

Fish and shellfish stand out as the favorites for the Greater Seattle area. A favorite cooked in a variety of ways or smoked is Salmon. I did not grow up with much fish and it is not my favorite thing. A good barbecued Salmon is something I like. I also enjoy Penn Cove Mussels in a great sauce on occasion with a thick slice of bread that I can dip in the sauce. This next weekend the Penn Cove Musselfest in Coupeville is happening on Whidbey Island. I have to mention Dungeness Crab, too. We have Dungeness Bay, Spit and Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge in Washington State.

I’m amazed with myself that I’ve grown to enjoy a good oyster in a great sauce which would have made me gag years ago. A good piece of halibut, swordfish, or some good ole fish and chips cooked to perfection are dishes that I enjoy once in a while.

4. This isn’t a leap year, but let’s run with it anyway…look before you leap, a leap of faith, grow by leaps and bounds, leap to conclusions, leap at the opportunity…which phrase might best be applied to your life currently (or recently)? Explain.

We will be leaping at the opportunity to sell our home in a very hot market in the Seattle area and move to an area of Washington that is more affordable.

Special Side note about Leap Year: My sister Vera was born on leap year and only has her real birthday once every 4 years! We celebrate her on the 28th the other three years. Happy Birthday Vera! You are a dear sister and I appreciate you!

5. As the month draws to a close list five fun and/or fabulous things (large or small) you noticed or experienced in February.

  • The most fabulous/large experience I had in February happened at the very beginning of the month when I was able to fly down to Southern California with our son’s family and introduce our granddaughter to some of her Great Uncles, Great Aunts, her cousins once and twice removed. Most special was introducing her to her Great Grandfather (Dzeda).
  • We had some unexpected snow that only lasts a short time which is great, the short part.
  • Our kids, all of them, spent a weekend together which warms a mom’s heart. (Top Photo)
  • My dear old pop is feeling better in his health decline and he sounds better which is good to hear.
  • We are making progress on this old house, getting it ready to sell.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

I’m looking forward to March. Our little granddaughter is turning one year old! Wow how fast the year has gone. She is just marching forward to her milestone! Walking, signing, lots of new teeth, eating some solids, standing up from a sitting position, climbing and learning some consequences from over reaching her limits and safety boundaries. Her Baba (me) will be enjoying a birthday in the month of March, too.

Thank you Jo, for the questions you ask for Wednesday Hodgepodge. Thank you, too, for those of you who swing by and read the answers. I appreciate you.

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

16 thoughts on “The Best of February Hodgepodge

  1. Ellen, I love your hodgepodge! I think April is a great time for spring cleaning…that’s wen I ash my windows and curtains. Enjoy Addy’s first birthday and Happy Birthday to you!🎈🎈🎈

  2. What a special month February has been for you, Ellen! I know the family reunion was very special! Hope March is special for you too.

  3. Love your answers and intrigued that you are selling your house and moving – a major undertaking indeed! One of these years we will have to face the fact of moving off this farm as well.

  4. Thank you so much dear sister of mine. So glad that the hodgepodge landed on my birthday since it is one of the post I enjoy so much.

  5. I always learn something new about you with the Hodgepodge … glad someone out there likes oysters … I am still in the gag phase with them! Enjoy your last day of February!

  6. She is walking already!? How “guapa”, we say in spanish! Good for her. You have much that will need doing in the next couple of months. Hope all goes well and your house sells fast.
    Happy Birthday to your sister!

  7. I love fish too. I was thinking about the area we live in and what dish would make it popular, and I would have to say either coffee or hamburgers… both are a dime a dozen around here, lol! And I do so love fish, although we don’t eat it often enough living so far inland. I just loved seeing the pictures of your sweet family, and oh that precious Addy, how can she be almost a year old, where does the time fly! She is just a darling! Oh that smile! How wonderful that you plan to sell your home, will you be moving closer to your son and family? Hugs to you today sweet friend!

  8. Wonderful hodge-podge – love all the beautiful family photos. My Grandfather was born on the leap year, too. I love halibut – my favorite. Glad to hear your dear Pop is feeling better. Hope you have a wonderful birthday month! Hugs xo Karen

  9. Yes those mini blinds are never easy! The seafood looks delicious. Happy Birthday to your sister. That is one adorable picture of Addy……

  10. It has been a meaningful February for you! So good to hear that your Pop has improved some Truly, one never knows how many days will be granted . . . only God knows the end. So I pray that the days that he lives will be bathed in God’s mercy.

    How can Addy’s first birthday be coming up already?!

    I am getting excited for your move! (Easy for me to say, isn’t it?) πŸ˜‰

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