Thursday, January 14, 2016

First Hodgepodge of the new year.

I hope this first hodgepodge isn't too auspicious since I am posting a day late. Thanks to Joyce From This Side of the Pond for hosting and check here for other entries..

1. Share one thing that really makes your day.

A 48 minute swim.

2. Lots of these kinds of lists out there, but one found here says the fifteen most colorful places on earth are:

Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy~Burano, Italy~Havana, Cuba~Rio de Janiero, Brazil~Chefchaouen, Morocco~Balat, Istanbul, Turkey~Menton, France~Jodhpur, India~La Baca, Buenos Aires, Argentina~Guanajuato, Mexico~Capetown, South Africa~Valparaiso, Chile~Wroclaw, Poland~San Francisco, California~and Pelourhino, Salvador, Brazil.  

Of those listed which would you most like to see up close and in person? Of all the places you've seen or traveled in your own life, what would you say was one of the most colorful?

I would like to travel to Italy.  I was in Florence eight years ago, and Northern Italy and Sicily twelve years ago, and I would love to go back with my husband..

3."Everything you want is on the other side of fear." Jack Canfield  In general, would you agree or disagree with that statement? Why?

I think some things I want are on the other side of fear for sure, but not everything.   Wanting to live a long and healthy life is not on the other side of fear.  Selling my house and moving probably is. 

4. Imagine you're stranded on a desert island and dessert appears...what do you hope it is? Do you ever struggle to remember which spelling is desert and which is dessert?

hmmmm.  I am not much of a dessert person, but if I had to answer it would be cheesecake. I didn't think I struggled with how to spell which word, but when I started this sentence I spelled desert instead of dessert.  So there's that.

5. What song almost always makes you cry?

Danny Boy.

6. January is National Soup Month.  Everything from soup to nuts, in the soup, thick as pea soup, souped up...which saying most recently applies to your life in some way? Explain.

In the soup, for sure.  For an explanation read the post before this one.

7. Write a two word note to your younger self. What does it say?

Be Brave.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I am glad for these hodgepodge prompts to get me thinking and writing.  Life is not easy at the moment and thinking about these questions gives me some reprieve. 


  1. I'm not much of a dessert person either but I do like war we cal lollies ( sweets /candy ) and I take sugar in my coffee. So there's your useless information quota for today!

    1. I am with you. I love penny candy especially the sour ones. and swedish fish. yum.

  2. I love dessert. I would rather forego a starter or even a main course to ensure there's room for dessert lol
    Does 48 mins cover a particular distance? I'm curious as to the odd amount of time.

    1. yes, it is an odd time - it is how long it takes me to swim a mile.

    2. Ahh that makes sense now :)

  3. I like dessert, but I generally prefer savoury to sweet. It doesn't help that my maternal familly is from Auvergne, where there is a ton of charcuterie and pork specialties and cheeses.

    "Be brave", those are very well chosen words.

    1. I love cheese - all kinds. Like you I prefer savoury too.

    2. I love cheese - all kinds. Like you I prefer savoury too.

  4. I do love desserts especially ones that involve chocolate! Can't really have them anymore though :-(


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