Giving Thanks With the Hodgepodge

I'm baaaack! At least for today to link up with the Wednesday Hodgepodge with Joyce!

1. tightly do you cling to tradition when it comes to holiday gatherings and celebrations? For instance do you always do the cooking, never eat at home, always go to grandma's, never miss the parade, always watch football, never change the menu, always eat at 2 PM, etc.? Have you ever celebrated Christmas or Thanksgiving away from hearth, home, and family? How did that feel?
I am a HUGE traditionalist. I'm a firm believer in keeping traditions alive for future generations. It's not about the time, but it is about the same food!
When I was a guard instructor for a high school band, we went to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC. It was really strange to be away from home and the normal traditions on Thanksgiving. Having hotel food for Thanksgiving in the Northeast was definitely different.

2. it easy for you to ask for help or are you a do-it-yourselfer? How is that a good/bad thing?
I only ask for help when I get to the point of being frustrated. In one way, it's a good thing, but the frustration part definitely is not!

3. Abundance...what is there an abundance of in your kitchen?
I'm actually stumped on this one. Since the kitchen remodel, things are being kept to a minimum.

4. Name...the smallest thing you're thankful for? the biggest?
Smallest: Spending time with family. That could also be the biggest thing, too.  

5. Key...What do you think is the key to living a more grateful life?
Taking the time to stop and notice the small things.

6. State your own random thought here.
Surprise! I haven't fallen off the face of the earth! School has been ridiculously crazy this year, and, between the kitchen (more on that at some point) & a trip to Ireland (DEFINITELY more on that at some point!) I just haven't had the time to pay attention to writing. Hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. A trip to Ireland?!! Can't wait to hear more about that once you have time to share.


  2. I love Ireland! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Mary.

  3. Happy to see you here today. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
    I'm glad you love tradition. Love your answer for #4. Looking forward to your blogs about Ireland!

  4. I'd venture to bet that you have an abundance of DUST given the never-ending remodel!! Bless your heart!

  5. So nice to see you in the Hodgepodge today! You definitely need to blog about Ireland. Your pictures were so pretty! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  6. Have missed you but nice to see you Hodgepodging!! Please do tell us about Ireland!!


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