Wednesday Hodgepodge

Hi Guys! It’s the first Hodgepodge of 2015! It’s nice to get back in the swing of things and many thanks to our fearless leader Joyce. She keeps the swing swinging!

1. What’s your best piece of advice for a newly married couple? I’m asking for a friend.

When things aren’t going as planned, tell yourself you  are making a memory and you will hopefully laugh about it later.

Admit when you are wrong. Apologize. It will be their turn next.

Be gracious when they apologize. It will be your turn next.

I cannot stress enough that laughing together is so important. In this world you will have trouble. It’s not an option, it’s a guarantee. The laughter helps.
2. Before we’re too far into the new year I wanted to post a question Teresa submitted during the December giveaway. Teresa blogs over at Being Refined As Silver, so everyone go say hi.
Teresa asks, "What were you doing on December 31st, 1999?"and "Did you or your family make preparations for Y2K?"

We were at a Small Group New Years party wondering if all heck was going to break loose or  nothing was going to happen! After the ball dropped we went back to playing cards!

I put some extra water and non perishables in the basement. I figured if things got joophered up and it took a while to sort them out we would at least have some pasta, green beans and peanut butter to tide us over.

3. According to Global Language Monitor, the most used word of 2014 isn’t a word. It’s the heart emoji. Huh? How can something that’s not a word be the most used word, but I digress. What do you think was your most used word in 2014?

Nothing is coming to mind. That’s kind of sad. Or kind of good that the whole year was not consumed by one thing. Take your pick.

4. Speaking of words, it’s that time again. Time for Lake Superior University to present a list of words they’d like to see banished (for over-use, mis-use, and general uselessness) in 2015. You can read more about the decision making process here, but this year’s top vote getters are-
bae (before anyone else), polar vortex, hack, skill set, swag, foodie, curate/curated, friend-raising, enhanced interrogation, cra-cra (as in crazy), takeaway, and -nation (a suffering sports suffix).
Which of these words/phrases would you most like to see banished from everyday speech and why? Is there a word not on the list you’d like to add?

I thought cra-cra was a stoopid word if used seriously. Sort of like presh and adorbs. If you are mocking? Then by all means, go ahead.

I was not aware bae was a word. It ranks up there with cra-cra.

I DID use Polar Vortex because we DID live through that mess.

5.  January is National Hot Tea month? Are you a fan? Do you like flavored teas? How do you take your tea? Have a favorite cup or teapot? How many cups of tea do you consume in a given day?

I am a fan! My favorite tea is Da Vinci sugar free chai tea concentrate. I realize that is not tea in a traditional sense. I like tea bags too. Vanilla Chai, Raspberry, regular. I like most tea with cream and all tea with Splenda. I have 3 favorite mugs.

There is a particular size of mug that works well with my chai ratio. Can’t be too big or small.


Mousey has a friend from Pakistan and she said she is going to let Mousey try some of her loose chai. I guess it comes from Canada and is WAY better than store bought tea bags. I look forward to trying it.

6. Whatever happened to___Amanda Byne_____________________________?

Such talent, such promise, so many problems.

7. What is one book on your must-read list this winter?

Unbroken. Abby says I must. I did think the movie was very good.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

It is –1 degree this morning and I am wearing the warm and toasty socks knit by The Dane’s Grandmother! The happy colors help to get through the winter. Heaven knows we need something to get through. Evidently The Dane’s Grandmother knew just what we needed Smile


Thanks for stopping by!



  1. jodaley said,

    January 14, 2015 at 8:02 AM

    I love your answer to #1 : ) And your socks! I have not seen Unbroken, but the book was excellent, and dealt more with his faith than the movie included (from what I’ve heard). Billy Graham had an enormous influence on him, and I think they omitted that bit from the movie.

  2. Zoanna said,

    January 14, 2015 at 8:03 AM

    The socks are cra-cra adorbs. 😉 Terrific marriage advice. Forgiveness and laughter are key.

    • tckk said,

      January 14, 2015 at 3:58 PM

      Great marriage advise and I love those socks!!! I haven’t seen or read Unbroken. I may need to check that one out.

  3. Theresa said,

    January 14, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Love those socks! I’ve been wearing fuzzy socks and slippers a lot because it’s been so cold. Usually I love being barefoot, even in winter. It’s in the 20s here, that’s nothing compared to your cold! Stay warm 🙂

  4. January 14, 2015 at 7:44 PM

    Cool sox! I’d never heard ‘bae’ nor had I seen it in print until today. Same with cra-cra. I need to read Unbroken also. I like the author. I read her books ‘Seabiscuit’ and ‘The Forgotten Man.’ I heard too that the book Unbroken contains so much more, as Joyce says.

  5. deb said,

    January 14, 2015 at 8:57 PM

    Its driving me crazy that I do not remember what I was doing on 12/31/99. Thank you for question #5, I could write a blob post about that. Great advice given for question 1.

  6. January 15, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Kelly I read the book Unbroken when it was hot off the press about 4 years ago. I recommended it to everyone especially my son-in-law who was a 3 times All American runner for Ohio State and went to the Olympic time trials back in 84. He also became an F18 pilot for the Marine Corp. and now is serving in Washington DC as an Colonel. He is not a for pleasure reader but loved the book. I think they did a very respectable job with the move. I know you will love this book. It is so very real..

  7. Michelle said,

    January 16, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    I love Chia Tea. I want to look for the kind you show.

    I love your socks, also.

  8. warren said,

    January 19, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    Those are fantastic socks! And hot tea, cocoa or coffee always goes with such wonderful socks!

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