For the Birds Hodgepodge

Time for a post-holiday Hodgepodge! Joyce asks the questions; we provide the answers. Check out what others said at From This Side of the Pond.

1. Share one happy moment/memory from the holiday season. 
I really had to think about this one. As with most all of the Christmases since my mom passed, I just couldn't get into the holiday cheer. It was just a very different holiday. I did enjoy waking up without the aid of an alarm clock and doing a lot of cleaning in the house. Plus, the warm weather made it feel more like spring break than Christmas Break.

2. Let's be reasonable with our expectations going into this new year, k? What is one thing you'd like to accomplish/improve/complete/do in 2022? 
I really want to get back to my blog(s). 

3. 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 are chosen). Here are the words/phrases they'd like to see banished in 2022-
wait, what?-no worries-at the end of the day-that being said-asking for a friend-circle back-deep dive-a new normal-you're on mute-supply chain
  • Which of these words/phrases do you use regularly? I don't say any of these regularly, but when I write I notice that I say "that being said" sometimes.
  •  Which of these words would you most like to see banished from everyday speech and why? None of them bother me. Maybe "asking for a friend". Put your big girl panties on and own up to it! 
  •  Is there a word/phrase not on the list you'd like to add? Nope.
4. Best thing you ate in the month of December? 
I don't recall eating anything that was just over the top spectacular. I did have an exceptional drink: Frangelico and Five Farms Irish Cream (I'll never buy any other kind of Irish Cream again!), also called a "Nutty Irishman". 

5. January 5th is National Bird Day. Are you a bird lover? What's your favorite bird to see in the wild? Choose a phrase from the list that follows and tell us how it relates to your life like a bird, bird's eye view, early bird, bird-brained, free as a bird, a little bird told me, or kill two birds with one stone.
I love to sit and watch the birds! We have several bird feeders in the backyard and the side yard. My favorite is a toss-up between a cardinal and a woodpecker. I've seen 2 different kinds of woodpeckers around here: a downy woodpecker and a red-bellied woodpecker (whose belly isn't red). They're just fascinating to watch! Hawks are pretty awesome, too. A couple of days ago a huge hawk flew out of a tree that I was fairly close to. They are amazing.
"Early bird": I'm definitely a morning person. I like to get up early and get the day going. The downside is that I'm usually ready for bed by around 8:30!

6. Insert your own random thought here. 
Did you catch my post from earlier this week where I talked about a cookie recipe? I don't know if I'd go so far as to say it was the best thing I ate in December, but it did rank up there!
Also, catch my holiday post on Friday. 


  1. I have seen many people answering number 2 with getting back to blogging, it seems a lot of us struggled with it this last year. Good luck moving into 2022! Happy New year!

    1. I've struggled with blogging over the past few years!!! :)
      Happy New Year!

  2. It's fun to watch birds. I'll have to check out that cookie recipe. Hope the new year is good for you!

    1. The cookies are good, just a little time consuming. Here's hoping 2022 is better than 2021! Happy New Year!

  3. Thanks for your visit and I'm sorry that Christmas is a difficult time for you. I know how that can feel, I was the same after my Mum passed away but now we have grandchildren Christmas has become more enjoyable again. Happy New Year

  4. While visiting blogs, I have noticed that so many, like me, have a desire to get back to blogging regularly, good luck with your endeavor!
    I think hawks are beautiful, but they are not welcome at our farm because they love to eat our chickens!~smile~
    Thank you for sharing.

    1. I can definitely see why hawks aren't welcome!

  5. Mary,

    Brr, it's a chilly morning and it's going to get colder! When I first thought about #3 regarding phrases to consider doing away with, I didn't think about how much I hate hearing "You've got this!" That's so over used and someone saying that never fills me confidence in that person's ability to do it. Usually, the expression is used even when it's not appropriate. Just goes to show how easy stuff like this regurgitated. I could've gone with "early bird". We are early birds through the week since DH still works. I'm up at 5:30. The weekends we try to catch up on some much needed rest. Thanks for stopping by this week, my dear. Here's hoping the new year is good do to you and yours!

    1. I completely agree with "You've got this!" I know people are just trying to be supportive, but...really? :)
      Stay warm, my friend! :)

  6. It's always hard after a family member passes away. Glad you got some cleaning done. I haven't liked "asking for a friend" either. Silly when you know they are asking for themselves. I forgot about Frangelico. Haven't had that in years. Sounds like you have some beautiful birds to watch.

  7. I enjoyed your answers! THose cookies look amazing!


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