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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Goodbye 2020 and it is the Hodgepodge!



 The last Hodgepodge in the year that has been 2020. 

Joyce asks the questions.

We answer the questions.

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From this Side of the Pond 


 1. Tell us about your favorite moment or share one of the bright spots from the year we're leaving behind. 

One of my bright spots was spending time with my boys and my son Sam's girlfriend Catie.

It is fun to have a girl in the mix. I have quickly fallen in love with Catie and enjoy our visits.


2. What do you wish you'd known at the start of 2020? Elaborate. 

I still pinch myself on days that I cannot believe so much has happened.
My son's deployments for the COVID19 testing and helping with the elections. The deployments for the unrest in Madison and Kenosha, Wisconsin. How some of the people treat the police and guard for doing their job in protecting private and public property. When our Capitol building was vandalized and one of my favorite statues, Lady Forward, was dumped into a lake. 
I wish I would have known that everything was literately going to be turned upside down in 2020!
3. Best book you read this year? If you did not read any books this year, what's the best thing you ate all year? We've all eaten, right? 

The Huntress
Author: Kate Quinn
Whenever I read a good book, my husband knows it, because it is all I talk about. 
He hears the entire story during our walks together.
4. The Pantone Colors of the year for 2021 are ultimate gray and illuminating yellow (a bright shade)...are you a fan? Would we find either of these colors in your home or wardrobe? 

I am a fan of both gray and yellow.
Our wedding colors were yellow and white.. daffodils and daises.
We just completed creating our boys old bedroom into a guest room and we painted it gray.
5. If you were/are making a list of 21 things to do/accomplish in 2021 what is one thing that would be on it? 

I would like to complete a T-shirt quilt for both of my boys.
I saved all the T-shirts they loved wearing as they grew up.
Soccer, T-Ball, favorite movies, places we visited... many more fun T-Shirts.
I hope to surprise them with the quilts for Christmas 2021.
 6. Insert your own random thought here.
Every hard thing we choose to do MAKES US BRAVER for the next time.
Goodbye 2020.. Hello 2021


  1. A memorable post of 2020. So much has happened in everybody's lives. Some good and some bad but it's a year like no other for sure. I pray for safety for Sam in his job. It can't be easy especially in these unrestful times.

    I hope that the statue was recovered and restored to it's original state.
    Goodbye 2020 and hello 2021. Wishing you all the best in 2021.
    Hugs, Julia

  2. Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy new year, hope it is better and brighter.

  3. Hi Carla, and thanks again for stopping by IHATH. I'm careful with the color gray, and I guess with yellow as well. It's not that I don't like them; it's more that they don't go quite all the way with me. But then, black is my favorite color and second favorite is purple. Very deliberate choices. However I have used a pale gray on the walls of my front room and I love it. It is dignified and calming. As for 2020 -- not a good year. Just not. Let's move forward. xoxo

  4. Have you read The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah? I liked The Huntress too and the Nightingale is along those same lines. Happy new year to you and your family! I'll look forward to seeing your quilts!

  5. I resonate with blue-reds of all variations, so gray and yellow do not appear in our home. -smile-


  6. I love that idea of making a quilt from t-shirts your boys owned! Glad you have a sweet girl in the mix now! That's a good quote. Happy New Year to you and yours!!

  7. It's good to see a post from you! I hope you had a nice Christmas? I am looking up this book!

  8. I had a T-shirt quilt made for my daughter when she graduated from college. It was full of shirts from high school, college, and her equestrian events. She loved it! Happy New Year!

  9. What a lovely idea for a present for your boys. I like your quote. Happy New Year to you and your family Carla.

  10. My husband has a bunch of t shirts we want to make into a quilt for him, but I'm not a quilter. I hope you do the quilts and maybe give some instruction.
    I am glad your son was safe during all that awfulness. (My son is a USAR chaplain--I get it)
    Happy New Year to you!

  11. Wishing my dear friend peace and joy and love in the new year. Thank you for your blog friendship, Carla, and it was nice to talk to you through e-mail as well. You are a very good person, and I am blessed to have found you in our little blog world.


  12. Hi Carla,
    Catie is so cute and what a great couple she and Sam make. I had a tee shirt quilt made for my daughters boyfriend and it came out so cute. He had favorite tee shirts from places he traveled and it came out so nice. I know the boys will love the one you make. Happy New Year. xoxo Kris

  13. The tshirt quits sound like a great idea! I've not hear of the book The Huntress but its on amazon for 99p for the kindle version so I have bought it!
    Wishing you and all your family a very happy and peaceful New Year, Jillxx

  14. I wish you a very happy, healthy, blessed new year, Carla, filled with more family time and a blooming garden! xxoo

  15. Love your plan for making t-shirt quilt. What a treasure that will be.
    I am trying "Elephant Trunk" for my first gray in the house on our current project!

  16. I love these hodgepodge posts, and this one is great. I love yellow, and I bet your wedding was so pretty! I'm very particular about grays....I need to see what the colors of the year look like. Happy New Year!

  17. Nice to read your post :)
    I wish you and your family a happy and healthy 2021.

    All the best Jan

  18. I love that you are sharing your personal highlights of the year 2020. I thank you for your son's service!!!!!! I never look good in yellow. But Im glad others do. I think it is the best color for some folks. I really want to accomplish finding a new way to volunteer. After we left the barn with my injury, we worked on the campaign here. I want to foster a dog,,,but I don't think that's going to fly!

  19. I keep forgetting to wait when I come here. My comment disappeared! Love your answer to #1. In today's world I don't think we could have every predicted what happen in 2020. Sadly it still isn't over. I love both of those colors and I totally forgot that my bridesmaid dresses were yellow! Those quilts would be awesome. Happy New Year!

  20. Here’s to a bright new year. we could all use some good fortune. The quilt project sounds amazing. Many thanks to your son for his service. Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year.


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