Taking Time for the Hodgepodge

This past weekend we celebrated Addy’s 5th birthday on Saturday and my belated birthday on Sunday since our whole family was together. Addy loaned me her birthday crown for my celebration. She’s wearing her queenly outfit that her Granny bought her for her birthday. Her favorite color right now is yellow.

Jo From This Side of the Pond has some timely questions for the Hodgpodge this week. Click over to join in the fun.

1. What’s something you never seem to have enough time for? 

Being retired, I have a lot of time to do a lot of things. It’s a lie that convinces me I don’t have time. It’s an excuse. Getting my heart behind something I need to do is the struggle. The thing that is the biggest struggle for me is consistency with exercise. I should be getting my heart rate up everyday with a 30 minute cardio workout. That ‘not enough time’ excuse is really time I wasted away doing something else that isn’t as important.

I’ve done a simple exercise in the past to show just how much I can accomplish in 15-20 minutes time. Set a timer for 15 or 20 minutes and get after a task you have been putting off. You’ll be amazed at how much you can accomplish in that time. Do that once an hour for 8 hours in a day and you’ll really be impressed with your accomplishments.

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

Truthfully I wouldn’t want to relive any day just as it was. I’d want to go back with what I know now and improve on the day by being totally there, relaxed, aware of what was going on around me, engaged and content.

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

Blintzes or what some call crepes. First we make the blintzes and then we fill them, roll them with either savory or sweet fillings and bake them to enjoy, with a crowd.

You can see the process and recipe by clicking here.

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

I give myself a ‘time out’ at least once a week. I choose a day that is event free and stay in my robe for most of the morning. When there isn’t a scheduled event in a day it is a most relaxing day for me even if I end up doing a project or two or three with no time limits or deadlines.

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

This past weekend all of our kids were together and that’s always a good time. We ate together, partied together, went to church together, listened to each other commiserating with one another, laughed together, and prayed everyone back home safely.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Our dear granddaughter Addy turned 5 this past weekend and we celebrated her with a wonderful Tea Party that her mom put together.

Addy’s mommy made the cake and in the next photo you’ll see the teapot pinata she made with Addy getting the first blows in to try and break it open for all the treats that were inside!

Full Tea Party post is here.

Happy Hodgepodge everyone. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and scroll through my post. I appreciate it!

 

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.

18 thoughts on “Taking Time for the Hodgepodge

  1. I tend to set a timer for my kids to accomplish things but I never thought about it for myself! I tend to set goals where I can reward myself once they’re done; that seems to motivate me.

  2. I love that picture of you and your granddaughter at the top of the page. Happy Birthday to both of you!! I really like your idea of setting the time. I think I’ll try that.

  3. Always enjoy reading your hodgepodge answers Ellen. #2 sure had me thinking and I agree at how I would do some of those times with more presence and grace. Your family love is an inspiration and looks like a wonderful time was spent together.

  4. Nothing sweeter than having family all together marking life’s milestones. So glad you had this weekend with yours! I have a friend who makes crepes and she sent me a pan. I haven’t done them myself yet but she made them at my house when they visited and it was a fun thing to do and they were delish!

  5. I love the photo of the two birthday girls in your tiaras! So special!

    I enjoyed reading your Hodgepodge answers and your thoughts on time management (a life long struggle for me) have given me things to ponder . . .

  6. Ellen – a wonderful hodgepodge. I especially like the idea of a time-out day – I am resolved to make this happen for me! And the 15-20 minute timer – a great idea as well! Love the family photo, as well as the tea party shots – what a creative cake and pinata! Belated Happy Birthday, friend!

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