Wednesday Hodgepodge. (If you click on the drawing below, the link will take you to Joyce's blog)
1. This week's Hodgepodge lands on Ash Wednesday which signals the beginning of Lent. Do you mark this season in some way? If so tell us more. Did you grow up 'celebrating' Lent? Is attending church part of your weekly routine? Are churches open for in-person worship where you live?
Although I did not grow up in a tradition that observes Lent, I have become more involved in the past decade or two. My art group buddies always do a Lent Bible study (and an Advent one, too). This year we are reading Phillip Keller's book A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23. We meet via Zoom every Friday morning anyway (they all live in CA and I am the one who moved to OH) so we just move our focus to our current study book.
Our church here has services on Saturday night and Sunday morning. Usually, we attend the Saturday service with our daughter and grandson. The church is open for in person services with distancing protocols in place.
2. When is the last time you sat beside a 'real' fire? Do you have a fireplace in your home? Wood or gas logs? Favorite thing cooked over a fire?
I love fires! We now have an outdoor fireplace which we used the last time in early November.
Our new home has a gas fireplace which can be redone into a wood burning fireplace. This we plan to do and use an insert to help heat this area of the house.
3. Something that's currently got you fired up?
What has me fired up? People's lack of preparation for emergencies. Nuf said.
4. February also happens to be National Cabbage Day. Who knew? Do you like cabbage? Is cabbage on your menu Wednesday? Of the following cabbage dishes which is your favorite-coleslaw (mayo or vinegar?), sauerkraut, cabbage rolls, cabbage soup, kielbasa and cabbage, grilled cabbage, bubble and squeak, kimchi, or haluski?
Not a cabbage fan. I will eat coleslaw if it is made with a vegan mayo. Many years ago, our friends gave us some kimchi which they had made. I liked it.
5. Do you hang on to pennies? What do you do with them? Last thing you purchased for $1.00? Last thing you purchased for $5.00?
I collect pennies (and nickels and dimes). My uncle got me started in coin collecting when I was about six years old. I still find coins fascinating.
6. Insert your own random thought here.
It is vewy vewy cold here. I woke up this morning to my phone showing me that it was 1F. Now it is a balmy 21F. Snow and ice everywhere. And more snow and ice expected. BUT! I have heat! And I am so very thankful for that.