Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Wednesday Hodgepodge - 01/03/2018

I’m joining the fun this week…. 
Sitting by the fireplace and answering random questions about everything under the sun….

Joyce asks the questions.
We answer the questions.
From this Side of the Pond

1. It's that time of year again...time for Lake Superior University to present a list of words (or phrases) they'd like to see banished (for over-use, mis-use, or genera uselessness) in 2018. You can read more about the decision making process and word meaning here, but this year's top vote getters are- unpack, dish (as in dish out the latest rumor), pre-owned, onboarding/offboarding, nothingburger, let that sink in, let me ask you this, impactful, Cofefe, drill down, fake news, hot water heater (hot water doesn't need to be heated), and gig economy
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.


Adding my own word - chef-driven - Is it really necessary to describe a restaurant as "chef-driven"? Who else is going to be driving it? The busboy, or maybe the seating hostess?

2. What's something you need to get rid of in the new year?


"Stuff" would be my answer - the things that we never use, but somehow have managed to hold on to for more years than I can count. You know the "Stuff"....free wine glasses you've amassed from countless wine tastings, the wall art that does not have a place in the new house (or the last three houses), or gadgets that just don't get used like the crepe maker or the popcorn maker that burns every batch. So much "Stuff"!

3. Where do you feel stuck?

Being able to forgive a family member that has abused relationships and caused the entire family much pain and financial strain last year. Their belief that they are entitled to forgiveness and acceptance of their hurtful actions is not helping. I just can't forgive this person right now...I'm stuck.

4. January is National Soup Month. When did you last have a bowl of soup? Was it made from scratch or from a can? Your favorite canned soup? Your favorite soup to make from scratch on a cold winter's day?


I had a bowl of soup at my favorite lunch spot on Friday (Cantaberry in Blue Ridge, GA). They make all their soups from scratch; my favorite is Creamy Wild Mushroom Brie.  A locally canned corn and bacon chowder is my favorite canned soup.

5. Tell us one thing you're looking forward to in 2018.


We've just enclosed a side porch so I can have a studio space dedicated to my Precious Metal Clay jewelry business.  It's been too cold (11 degrees) for me to use the space yet. I'm looking forward to getting in there and playing with clay!

6. Insert your own random thought here.

Working on New Year Resolutions, one is to join Hodgepodge and blog more often this year!  I'm off to a good start...

Cheers!
Lori in Blue Ridge, GA

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24 comments:

  1. That mushroom soup looks delish. Have a great new year.

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  2. I'm about to be in the same place as you with a family member. How nice to have a place to create! Now that everyone is out of my house again, I have claimed a bedroom for my space to create. I'm loving it!

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  3. That looks like a fun place to be able to work from. Hope you enjoy it and get to use it soon.

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  4. The soup is so enticing...

    Please visit: http://from-a-girls-mind.blogspot.com

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  5. I did not say so in my blog, but (regarding your answer to #3) I have a similar problem and feel stuck, as well. May the Lord give us the answers we need (and the grace, too!).

    Happy New Year, and welcome to the Hodgepodge!

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    1. Thanks for visiting my blog today Barbara. It's hard to forgive someone who has no regret for the pain caused. A sad situation.

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  6. Happy new year! I enjoyed your Hodgepodge! Looking forward to seeing you here more often!

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  7. Good to have you join the HP today. Know you look forward to getting out and enjoying your new space. And, certainly hope the new year brings peace and healing to your family situation.

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  8. We're supposed to forgive, but I believe it's okay if it takes us a while. We have to process what they've done, grieve, and a whole lot of other things. That doesn't have to happen instantly and often it can't. I speak from experience. We had a situation that nearly distroyed our family and it was bad for several years. I continued to consistently treat the person just like everyone else, though without any warm fuzzy feelings, and even when it was the last thing I wanted to do. Perhaps that's what helped since they are acting much different toward me these days. I pray that a miracle happens in your situation.

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    1. Thank you for the prayer Stacy, it's hard to be positive when I'm so upset with the person. I've prayed for help with this.

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  9. Playing with clay sounds like fun, especially when it warms up a bit. That creamy mushroom Brie is something I'd like to try! I understand about people who poison relationships and aren't repentant. That is a very tough situation. God bless you as you work through this.

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  10. Enjoyed your hodgepodge - the soup looks delicious and yes I think Chef Driven sounds a bit daft. Family relationships can be tricky. I hope you come to terms with yours at some point. Getting your own space must be exciting - hope it warms up soon.

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  11. I am still working my new years resolutions too. I have a lot to choose from that needs improvement. It is very hard to forgive someone who has caused such widespread havoc within the family. I hope you find a way to forgive them, more for your sake than theirs.
    Thank you for visiting my blog page and for leaving a comment. God's blessings in the New Year.

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  12. Oh that forgiveness thing is so hard sometimes, particularly when behavior doesn't change. Have you ever heard the Matthew West song Forgiveness? It's a good one. I've had a situation this year that has required me to extend forgiveness I'm not feeling. It's been a process. Enjoy your new craft space and have a happy new year!

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