Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Last day of February Hodgepodge

Yes, not only is it Wednesday again, but it's the very last day of February!  I know it's always a short month, of course, but it seems to have really sped by this time around.

Anyhow, Wednesday means it's time for the Hodgepodge with Joyce and friends at From This Side of the Pond.  Head on over, get the questions, and then answer them on your own blog (or in the comments if you don't have a blog).  Then go over to Joyce's to link up!   Here are this week's questions:

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

No, I'm not operating at 100% capacity.  Maybe 75%.  Not sure why.  I think it's just too much stress, too much going on in my life.  It's just where God has us right now.  I'm (prayerfully, with His help) trying to get more balance in my life.

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.

Haven't done my taxes (my hubby usually does that anyway); haven't planned or booked a summer holiday.  We may take an early spring getaway at some point, and may travel later in the fall, but no summer plans yet.  I have started "spring cleaning" in a way, though I tend to loosely follow FlyLady's methods so no actual spring cleaning is necessary.  But I have started to remove and donate some of my books, crafting things, and lots of clothes from my closets.  Lots more to go!

Another task that needs doing before spring really comes around: getting new sneakers for getting back into a walking routine.  Mine are pretty well shot. 

Another thing: switch my decor from Valentine's/winter to early spring.

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

This time of year, thoughts in northern New England turn to maple syrup.  It's good on almost anything, but I would have to say my very favorite way to consume freshly made maple syrup is just to have some in a small dish, maybe a custard cup, and to dip a plain raised doughnut in it.  I haven't tasted this particular treat in years.
 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.

I would say a leap of faith in opening an Etsy shop to try and sell some of the smaller vintage things I'm responsible for selling. I didn't really leap at the opportunity, though; I wanted to be sure it was right, so I spent a good bit of time looking, considering, and praying before I leaped.

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

• Chipmunks coming out of hibernation!
• 70-degree temperatures!  Pretty much unheard of for New Hampshire in February.
• Making my first sale from the aforementioned Etsy shop.
• Longer daylight hours!
• Having four of our grandchildren over for an evening while their parents had a date night.  Just delightful!
These three...
Plus little sister!
6. Insert your own random thought here.

 Thankful for a lovely phone chat yesterday with my faraway daughter! (Photo taken at Craters of the Moon in Idaho when we visited them this past summer.)

And that's it for this time.  Happy Hodgepodge, everyone!


  1. Loved the grandchildren pictures. I am needing to tackle my garage and then I need to tackle those cabinets with fabric and stuff in them. I don't think I am ever going to use all the fabric that I have bought and planned for. I hope to tackle that in March and get it to someone who might can use it. We will see how long I procrastinate.

  2. Great family photos! And that maple syrup and donut idea. Sounds interesting! It's just about syruping time here too, and in the southern part of Wisconsin, they've got lines strung everywhere, their pipelines in the woods!

  3. Oh yes, do look into Logan Mill Lodge in Westby, WI for a family vacation or meeting place. The accommodations are wonderful and you can find it on Facebook. I don't use Facebook, but I know Ruth has a FB page for the lodge. xo

    1. I don't personally use Facebook either, Judy, but I can easily look at the lodge's Facebook page and likely they are on TripAdvisor as well. Thanks for the idea!

  4. Very much enjoyed seeing the family photos of your grands and of your daughter and son-in-law. A doughnut dipped in maple syrup sounds like a yummy treat...and one I have never had!

    1. Oh, it is so good, Vee. Just a simple, not sweet, raised doughnut. A perfect foil for the delicate taste of new syrup. We always had them in the sugarhouse when I was growing up.

      Glad you enjoyed those family pics. We had such a good time with the kids. They are delightful!

  5. I need to go through my closet and give some things away. Everytime I'm in there I think about it, but am ususally on my way to doing something else. I really need to just put it on my calendar. If something is on my calendar it gets done : ) I love real maple syrup! Enjoy your Wednesday!

  6. Your grandchildren are adorable!! I enjoyed your Hodgepodge!!

  7. Visits from grandchildren are always a wonderful experience!

  8. Hello neighbor! I am a fellow NH resident and a fellow Hodgepodger. I am visiting your blog because your site is listed next to mine on Joyce's Hodgepodge page. One way I love to have maple syrup is on a piece of white bread...Yum! I enjoyed reading you blog. Have a great week.


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