A New Year for the Hodgpodge

Hello Hodgepodgers!

It’s Snow Angel season around our parts and…

It’s time for a new year of Wednesday Hodgepodge! Thank you Joyce for coming up with the brain teasers each week.

1. Share one happy moment/memory from the holiday season. 

Seeing each of the three vehicles filled with our most precious cargo pull into our driveway on Christmas day!

2. Let’s be reasonable with our expectations going into this new year, k? What is one thing you’d like to accomplish/improve/complete/do in 2022? 

I’d like to stick to completing a 30 minute cardio workout most days in 2022.  Shoveling off the back deck with Dear on Monday qualifies as a cardio workout! Snowshoeing out my back door is on the agenda this week. After wrapping up this post I’m happy to report I blazed a snowshoe trail in our back acres on Tuesday.

3. Every January 1st (since 1976) Lake Superior University has published a list of words they’d like to see banished from the Queen’s English. Words may be banished due to misuse, overuse or just general uselessness (go here to read more about how the words are chosen). Here are the words/phrases they’d like to see banished in 2022-

wait, what?-no worries-at the end of the day-that being said-asking for a friend-circle back-deep dive-a new normal-you’re on mute-supply chain

Which of these words/phrases do you use regularly?

‘No worries’ is the one phrase I’ve used most regularly, the others more randomly.  I do say, ‘did you mute your phone’ to Dear before the church service begins.

Which of these words would you most like to see banished from everyday speech and why?

‘A new normal’ is a phrase that strikes me negatively mostly because much that comes with this phrase are things that shouldn’t be normal, in my opinion.

Is there a word/phrase not on the list you’d like to add? (I misunderstood this question the first time around and added a phrase I like, oops) Here’s one I’d like banished.

‘Pandemic of the unvaccinated’ is the phrase I’d like to see banished because it is false from it’s root up.

4. Best thing you ate in the month of December? 

Our traditional Christmas dinner. Prime Rib, roasted veggies, creamed corn and Yorkshire Pudding.

5. January 5th is National Bird Day.

Are you a bird lover? 

Yes!

What’s your favorite bird to see in the wild?

Eagle is by far the favorite with hawks coming in at second. I have a strong desire to see an owl in the wild and if I ever do it might win the favorite spot!

Choose a phrase from the list that follows and tell us how it relates to your life currently…eat like a bird, bird’s eye view, early bird, bird-brained, free as a bird, a little bird told me, or kill two birds with one stone.

‘Early bird’ is a phrase that relates to my life currently. Sleeping in has escaped me. I’m up before dark these days. Our pop was always early instead of late and I’m a chip off the old block when it comes to arriving at a scheduled event early, too!

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

It looks like 2022 will not be a drought year in our parts! As of Tuesday morning January 4th we have about 20 inches of snow accumulated in our yard. More snow is on the way with temperatures that will not allow the snow to melt for awhile.

Only Joseph is still above the snow. We’ll see if he gets completely covered tonight!

To all my hodgepodging friends, I hope 2022 is a year filled with good things that draw you closer to the God who created you!

About Ellenhttps://happywonderer.com/I 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 “A New Year for the Hodgpodge

  1. Hello, Ellen
    Beautiful photos of you and your family. The meal sounds delicious. It is hard keeping a workout routine, it’s ok if I miss a day or two. I did not know it was National Bird day, love your eagle photo. Take care, have a happy day!

  2. Snowshoes!

    I’m nodding here in agreement with you on a number of things. Hope that January is a cozy, gentle month for you. Snowing and freezing rain here. 😏

  3. It’s been a winter for sure this year! I love your darling snow angel! And I had the same nativity scene, I got it from Hobby Lobby, love how you kept it through all the snowfall! A great measuring stick for sure 🙂 I love birds too, have a ton of them at my feeders right now. We have 6 quail who have been hanging around, and they are soo cute! Happy New Year to you, stay warm and cozy through all this snow 🙂

  4. TOTALLY agree with the ‘Pandemic of the unvaccinated’ needs to be banished.

    I want to come over for that delicious dinner. 🙂
    Happy New Year!

  5. My favorite picture is the making of the snow angel!! : )
    I don’t use any of those phrases from number 3.
    We might be getting some snow tomorrow.

  6. Love the snow angel. What a lovely gathering you had. Praying you can get your cardio in each day. I need to get back on my treadmill. It appears that a lot of us say “no worries.” Love that photo of you!!! It is wonderful when a drought year doesn’t happen. We are loving the rain we have had. Take care.

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