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Wednesday, January 10, 2018
January 9 Hodgepodge
Wednesday again! That means it's time for the Hodgepodge with Joyce and friends at From This Side of the Pond. Head on over to get the questions. Answer them on your own blog, and then ski, skate or toboggan back over to Joyce's to link up! Here are this week's [somewhat less challenging] questions:
1. January is National Mentoring Month. Have you ever had a mentor? Been a mentor? How would you rate the experience?
I have not officially been a mentor, but I have been involved in the mentoring process -- once to a younger mom and then later on, my husband I were blessed to mentor a couple that had only recently trusted Jesus. Of the two experiences, the first was exhausting and a bit frustrating. The second was a rich blessing that continues to this day. I have also not ever officially had a mentor, but there are a number of older women I have been able to look to for examples.
2. What current trend makes no sense to you?
There are quite a few current trends that make no sense at all to me. The "man bun" is possibly the smallest and silliest of those trends that make no sense to me. Others are much bigger and have much more of an impact on society.
3. I saw a cartoon on Facebook highlighting a few 'weird' things that
make you happy as an adult. The list included-writing with a nice pen,
having plans cancelled, freshly cleaned sheets, eating the corner
brownie, cleaning the dryer lint screen, and sipping coffee in that
brief time before anyone else wakes up. (Credit for the cartoon goes here) Of the 'weird' things listed which one makes you happiest? What is one more 'weird' thing you'd add to the list?
The one on this list that makes me the happiest is freshly washed sheets. They just feel so good when one lies down on them. I must admit that I am not as happy eating the corner brownie as I am eating a nice gooey brownie from the center of the pan. Edge brownies are good too, where one gets a bit of the crunchy crispy edge and plenty of moist brownie as well.
Trying to think of a 'weird' thing I'd add to the list. How about this -- caller ID. We didn't have it for years, and it's such a relief to know I can completely avoid telemarketers and charity pitches. The winter sun on my face also makes me ridiculously happy. And a day when I don't have to go anywhere unless I want to ... bliss.
4. What's the last good thing you ate?
Well, most of the food I eat tastes good to me. One very delicious thing I recently consumed was a meat loaf omelet at a local diner. Another delicious thing I recently tasted was the Almond Jam Thumbprints (at right below) that I made as part of my Christmas cookie baking this year. Thanks to Mr. T's frequent raids on the cookie tins, only a handful of these remain.
5. Describe life in your 20's in one sentence.
My three children were all born while I was in my 20s. That says it all, does it not?
6. Insert your own random thought here.
It is lovely to see the sun and the temperature all the way up to 25º, with the potential of climbing to 34º. After last week's deep freeze, this sounds positively wonderful!
I live in scenic northern New England with my handsome husband. We're empty-nesters with a bunch of adorable grandchildren. We love (tent) camping and traveling, but don't get away as often as we'd like to.