Also, Joyce is very wordy today. Some days are like that on From This Side of the Pond.
I grew up in South Florida. We went to the beach on Christmas day. I do remember one year when I was in the 6th grade that it got so cold the bird bath in front of the school froze. Somewhere I have a picture of me as a school Safety Patrol blowing into my hands because it was so cold. The first time we came to Alabama to see my grandparents for Christmas I did not even own a coat and had to borrow one from my cousin. It actually snowed enough to make a small snowman and some snowballs.
2. What was on your blog this time last year? (Besides the Hodgepodge of course!) If you weren't blogging, what in the world were you doing with all that free time?
3.Ellen Goodman is quoted as saying, 'We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives...not looking for flaws, but for potential.' Do you see more flaws or potential in your life at the start of a new year? Have you done anything specific this month to address either one? Does the new year truly begin for you on January 1, or is there some other month of the year that feels like a fresh start and new beginning? For me the beginning of the school year has always felt like the time for a fresh start, clean beginning. There's something about a new school year that always makes me feel positive and hopeful. I watched War Room over the holiday time. If you haven't seen it ....DO! It really challenged me to improve my prayer life. I am actually working on a War Room for myself.
4.Who's an athlete you admire or respect and why? I do not usually admire or respect athletes because of all their misbehavior. However, Tim Tebow, the Manning brothers, Phil Mickleson, and Cam Newton would be on my list....if I had one.
5.Do you like cream in your coffee? Whipped cream on your pumpkin pie? Cream cheese on a bagel? Sour cream on a baked potato? Cream of wheat for breakfast? Have you ever had a scone with clotted cream? Of all the creamy foods mentioned, which one sounds most appealing to you right this very minute? I love cream in my coffee, but just a splash and only the good stuff please. I do love SOME flavored whiteners....but just some. Whipped cream on my pumpkin pie? Why Yes, please! I am very much like Joyce....and in my case too it might make more sense to ask if I like pie with my whipped cream. Yes to sour cream on a baked potato, yes to the cream of wheat, and a yes to the scone with clotted cream. While clotted cream doesn't sound all that appetizing, it is so yummy!
6.Where were you last kept waiting for 'hours on end'? Or for what felt like hours on end? How well did you cope? I can't think of anything recently, but I do have a doctor's appointment this morning.....and it will probably take an eternity. I read to keep my blood pressure from sky rocketing.
7.Believe it or not, when next week's Hodgepodge rolls around it will be February. Huh?!? Bid adieu here to January in seven words or less. Two months until Spring Break!
8. Insert your own random thought here. I am copying Joyce's random thought because, I too am participating again this year, in the April A-Z blog challenge and wonder if anyone else here is doing the same? I love doing this! For those of you who aren't familiar with the challenge, it's a writing exercise where you blog every day in the month of April (except Sundays), using one letter of the alphabet as your daily prompt. April 1 is Letter A and April 30 Letter Z, which is perfect because when you remove Sundays in April you're left with 26 days and 26 letters. For more info or to sign up, click the link posted here. I will tell you up front, there is everything under the sun in terms of content in the blog world, and you figure that out pretty quickly in this challenge. In the past couple of years the organizers have very helpfully created categories, so when bloggers sign up they can select one to identity their blog genre...humor, photography, travel, book reviews, memoir, zombies...
I have chosen themes each year....travel, etc....but this year I think I too am going to fly by the seat of my pants.