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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Happy New Year ... It is the 2017 Hodgepodge

Christmas Eve Snow bunny!
Happy New Year
It is Wednesday and it is time for the Hodgepodge!
Joyce asks the questions.
We answer the questions.

1. Share one favorite moment/memory from your Christmas holiday. 

 This year we traveled to my parents farm for the Christmas holiday. We were able to stay with my family for four days, which was very special. Spending time together was the favorite memory for me.

 2. What was the best thing you ate over the holidays? Was it homemade or store bought? If it was homemade did you make it?
My mom made a homemade cheese danish, it was delicious.

 3. What was one of the most beautiful things you saw over the holidays?
 We had fresh snow on December 23rd. We went out for a cross country ski the morning of December 24th. The woods was beautiful.

 4. What does fresh start mean to you?
Each day brings a fresh start. We can do our best each day, try something new or continue to learn and grow at something we already know. 

5. On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being very positive and 1 being not so great) how would you rate 2016 in terms of personal achievement and well being? Explain.
 I would give my 2016 a solid 8!
Regarding personal achievement, I wanted to sell my fresh cut flower bouquets at a farmers market. I did that June - September of 2016. I had ups and downs in the process. I learned many lessons, made new friends and grew more confident in what I am doing.
Regarding well being, my boys are growing up. We had many changes in our home during 2016 with our oldest son achieving his drivers license and now working part time. I have to soak in all the fun family times and remind myself to let go a little each day as well.

6. Every January 1st since 1976 Lake Superior University has published a list of words they'd like to see banished from the Queen's English. Words may be banished due to misuse, overuse, or just general uselessness. Go here to read more about how the words were chosen or, if you're like me, to find out what in the world the word or phrase even means or the context in which it's used. There were quite a few on this year's list I'd never heard before.

Here's the 2017 list of banished words-

You, Sir-focus-Bete Noire-Town Hall Meeting-Post Truth-guesstimate-831-historic-manicured-echo chamber-on fleek-bigly-ghost-Dadbod-listicle-get your dander up-selfie drone-frankenfruit-disruption

Which word on the list would you most like to see banished in 2017? What word or phrase would you add to the list? 

Go ahead and banish them all!

I am old school ... I do not like the word (Ain't) ... because from my school day 
"Ain't is not a word"   

I will add ain't to the list.

 7. Large or small, light or deep, share with us one goal you have for the new year. 
I have two closets I want to clean and organize. 
Some of the items are school projects from the boys elementary days. It is time to organize, decided what to keep, toss and well you know .... :-)  

 8. Insert your own random thought here.

At a book sale I attended with with my aunt Sharon, I bought several stacks of sheet music. I used the music for wrapping paper. I was pleased how the packages turned out.


  1. Great to see you back! Love that wrapping paper, upcycling at its best!! Snow on Christmas and the time with your family sounded magical!! You did great in 2016 with your new flower venture!

  2. I love the wrapping paper package! So pretty. Cross country skiing sounds like a great idea at Christmas! Y'all are so blessed to be able to do that. Why is "biggly" on the list? It's "big league." So odd....

    I would remove the word "narrative" from our language.

    Fun hodgepodge!

  3. You had a wonderful idea about the sheet music! Now I will be on the lookout for it too. The skiing snowman is so cool! Literally. The woods are so beautiful in winter. Why is You on the list? This looks great, and I will be visiting the site later today! Maybe even use it in a post, too. My great grandmother was deaf, so never graduated school. She was always saying ain't. As a child, we had many heated arguments about this. I was good at English, and kept telling her ain't is not a word. She never did believe me.

  4. I'm so jealous of that gorgeous snow! They're saying we might get a little or some sleet. But we'll see. They won't commit. LOL Don't say closet. I just told myself this morning that I have to clean two out. I do not want to do it. Closet cleaning is not my favorite.

  5. Love your snow bunny! We haven't had any significant snow here yet but I am waiting. The sheet music for wrapping is a great idea. Happy New Year :)

  6. First of all, love the skiing snowman! Secondly, the sheet music gift wrap is genius!! I'm glad 2016 was a good year for you and your flower gardens. I have way too many closets that need cleaning, so I might leave that for another year. LOL You mentioned Bentleyville (in a note) and I'd never heard of it until Rob's wife mentioned it. I need to find out more about it and schedule it in. It's always nice to have some fun things throughout the year to look forward to. Now I have to find some things for January, February, and March! Have a wonderful rest of your week, Carla. I hope you didn't take too bad a fall when you were walking the dog. :-(( xo

  7. Happy New Year Carla!! I keep saying each year that I need to clear out closets and drawers, but each year they get even more crammed. I think these will have to be on my lists to achieve this year.

  8. The snow bunny is adorable! I remember when my girls made one of those!

    Your idea of using sheet music for wrapping paper -- simply beautiful! That could work all year round.

    And I'm with you on "ain't". Can't stand the word.

  9. LOVE your wrapping paper, so creative and pretty my friend! I also adore those shots from 12/23 - cross country skiing on Christmas Eve sounds pretty perfect! Here's to 2017!

  10. Homemade cheese danish, how awesome is that! Love how you wrapped the gifts.

  11. To me spending quality time with family at Christmas is the best. Happy New Year.

  12. I want so bad to use ain't in a sentence now but I'm afraid you'll delete me! hahahah! LOVE the sheet music as gift wrap. What a beautiful idea! I am not kidding! (I could have used ain't but see how good I am?) Hugs, Diane

  13. Hi Carla, Love seeing the snow photos. So happy to read about your Christmas with family. Using the sheet music made your gifts very special! xoxo

  14. Snow and family for Christmas! It does not get any better. Happy New Year my friend.

  15. I could respond to everything you wrote, you had so much to say and it was all wonderful, but that wrapping paper idea?? Love it!! I am filing it away....musical themed holidays. Fabulous! :)

  16. I love the sheet music as wrapping paper!
    It was so exciting to read and hear about your flower ventures in 2016, I am looking forward to see where 2017 takes you!!
    So glad you were able to spend time with your family for Christmas... so special :)

  17. I'm glad you had a happy Christmas with extended family. I love the sheet music idea! You asked about transferring videos...I know you can somehow do it yourself, but I will use a service. My brother in law used imemories and someone else recommended legacy box. I will keep you posted once I investigate further: )

  18. Love the snow bunny ...
    Good to read about Christmas.
    That wrapping paper looks great too!

    All the best Jan


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