Joy in the Hodgepodge

 

Joyce asks the questions; we provide the answers. Check out what others said at From This Side of the Pond.

1. It's National Popcorn Day-my favorite! Are you a fan? Sweet or salty? A good or great movie you've seen recently (at home or in a theater, either one)? 

I'm definitely a salty popcorn person. I don't watch very many movies; I'm more of a series kind of girl. The last movie we watched was "Don't Look Up". A little weird, a little funny. Definitely not my favorite.

2. What's something you didn't realize was going to take so much of your time as an adult? 

Working. Although CH would say I don't have to do much of it since I work for a school system. The actual working isn't what takes up the time, it's the prepping for work that takes time.

3. Your favorite yellow something? 

Joy.
4. Why do you write? 

Writing is therapeutic for me. It helps me get things off my chest. Whether or not anyone cares is another thing!

5. Share a favorite memory associated with snow.

I grew up across the street from the park where I walk every day. There's a hill directly across the street, and when it snowed we were allowed to go there (unsupervised) to sled. I don't know if this happened every time it snowed, but Mama would have hot chocolate (the real kind...heating milk on the stove) ready for us when we came in. We'd kick our snow boots off in the basement hallway & come up for a mug of hot chocolate.
I found a few pictures of this snow and some of my siblings sledding. I'm between both of these brothers in age, but I couldn't find a picture of me sledding so I wonder where I was. I did find these other 2 adorable pictures:
These are my 2 younger brothers.
This is my sister who is 18 months older than me. I wonder where I was! 

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Since I live in the Tennessee Valley, we didn't get as much snow as some other places in the area did. It was still pretty. This is the 2nd snow we've had this year when the snow has stayed on the trees. Here are some pictures from my walk:




Magnolias in the snow. {sigh} Does it get more southern than that?

My breakfast view the day after the snow. It's rare when snow sticks around for more than 1 day. 


A Timely Hodgepodge

 
Joyce asks the questions; we provide the answers. Check out what others said at From This Side of the Pond.

1. What do you wish you'd done more of last year? Less of? 

More: Laughed; Less: Worried

2. What's the tallest building you've ever been in? Do you have a fear of heights? 

I was able to go to the top of the World Trade Center in the 80's when I was a guard instructor for a high school band. They marched in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade one year.
At times I have a healthy fear of heights. I was able to walk the path at The Cliffs of Moher without getting freaked out.  I wasn't brave enough to do what I saw these 2 men do, though:

3. Do you have a word for the year? Elaborate if you'd like to elaborate. 

I do: Strength. The word came to me several times in 1 day so I knew that was it. I pray for God to give me strength through this year. I also need the strength to let people around me know when I need to draw strength from them.

4. January 11 is National Milk Day...are you a milk drinker? What kind? Your favorite recipe that calls for milk (cereal doesn't count)? 

I used to be a huge milk drinker. We drink whole milk in this house, which is why I don't drink much anymore. Favorite recipe? I'm drawing a blank for any recipe that calls for milk except for Danish Pancakes. More on that in early February! 😉

5. What excites you most about the future? What do you miss about the past? 

In all honesty, the future is a little scary. I'm just taking things day by day and not thinking too far ahead. If I had to say 1 thing, I'd say retirement. I miss being able to call my mom on the phone and talk to her.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

I'm getting back in the swing of things after being off for the holidays and then having 3 days off last week due to the weather. I can't believe it's only Wednesday...it feels like it should be next week already! But summer will be here before I know it.

Show Us Your Books-January 2022

 
Last year I read 23 books, which isn't too bad considering that most of them were read between October and January. I read 5 just in December, so I don't think I've done too badly. 

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This book is another book in the Lowcountry Summer Series. First off, I love the Lowcountry. While a lot of families visit the Myrtle Beach area, we prefer the Charleston area, so there was an immediate connection. I haven't spent any amount of time on Sullivan's Island, though. Back to the book...This series is about 3 half-sisters who are reunited at Seabreeze, their grandmother's home on Sullivan's Island. Marietta (the grandmother) has decided to sell the home and move to a retirement home. She devises a plan to get all of the girls back for a month. They spent summers together until the girls reached their teen years and had other summer interests. Now they're grown up and haven't been in contact with each other in years. The month turned into a summer and the summer is coming to a close. This is the 3rd book in the series and I had to know how the summer was going to end. I really enjoyed this book.

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I usually really enjoy Nicholas Sparks' books, but this one rubbed me wrong from the beginning. As a Speech/Language Pathologist, I almost put the book down after the first couple of chapters because I felt like he didn't research enough. If you're going to have a child whose language is delayed in your book, I expect research to be done. I kept reading, though, thinking he may redeem himself. (He didn't.) The storyline was very predictable; no surprises at all. I was just really disappointed in this book. 

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This book was a very nice surprise. I found it through an ad for the top 10 books of 2021. Knowing very little about Indian culture but enjoying learning about other cultures, I found this book to be really interesting. The book briefly deals with what it's like to try to assimilate to another culture (the main character moved to the US from India as a young child) and never really feels like she fits in. When the family travels to India for a cousin's wedding, she has no plans to join them. An accident changes her plan (and her life). 
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Another nice surprise from the same list. I'm not into plants or gardens, so I wasn't sure how I would feel about this. This book has 3 main characters from 3 different eras. It took me a while to keep everyone straight, but once I did I thoroughly enjoyed it. I liked the historical aspect, and there was a bit of romance and scandal. I've added more of Julia Kelly's books to my list.

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Yep. This is the 4th installment of the Lowcountry Summer Series. I started reading this one on New Year's Eve and almost finished it before midnight. I counted it for December because I came this close to finishing it. I had a pretty good idea who was getting married. An additional character was introduced; at first, I thought the chapter introducing him was strange but it all came together rather quickly. There was a huge clue that I completely missed as I looked back on it. There's 1 more book in this series and then I'll have to start Mary Alice Monroe's Beach House Series.

I guess you can tell that a book has to be really, really bad for me to give less than 3 stars. *sigh* I'm joining up with Jana & Steph for Show Us Your Books. Click on the image below to see what everybody read last month.

Life According to Steph
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