Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Back At It...With the Hodgepodge

Breaking my blogging silence with a hodgepodge...I will be back to regular blogging soon I am sure of it. I feel like I have a bunch of things to blog about but then the more time I leave it the trickier it gets to get back to it. But I'm doing the manageable thing for now and hodgepodging. You can link up too over at my mom's blog

From this Side of the Pond
1. Tell us about one small blessing you have counted in the past week? 

Summer break! It's not really even a small blessing, it's a big one but this summer has been a necessary refresh I'm so thankful for that time to rest, recharge and time with family. 

2. Bastille Day is celebrated on July 14th...have you ever been to France? Any desire to visit or re-visit, and if so what site or city would you most want to see? (pretend for a minute international travel isn't an issue) 

I have been to France..more than once lucky for me! I blogged about some of my travel experiences during my month long A-Z writing challenge. I have been fortunate enough to have been to Paris, Normandy and Chamonix. All trips were very different and each part is special in a different way. Paris feels like a very traditional or typical experience that you're expecting from France complete with all the cafes, crepes and the Eifel Tower. Normandy is steeped in history and Chamonix was filled with snow and skiing. If I were to return, I'd go back to any of the above places I mentioned, but would love to see parts that I've missed- areas in the south probably such as Cannes.

3. A food associated with France that you love? 

Cheese. I love cheese and the french do it well. And bread. I mean, who doesn't love cheese and bread? Not to mention you can get crepes all over the place! 

4. Something you recently purchased where a coupon was involved? Do you regularly shop with coupons? 

Hm, I feel confident it was at CVS but I'm not sure what. That's just really the only place I use coupons. I shop sales for sure and sometimes get digital coupon codes from companies I've subscribed too but it's not a regular occurrence. Did anyone ever watch that show "Extreme Couponing" ? I used to find that fascinating...they'd go into a store and shop the sales and deals then shell out a whole bunch of coupons and pay NOTHING for groceries! Or I even saw some where the store owed them money back. 

5. You have to give something away this week...what will it be? 

Shoes. I've decided I have too many shoes for someone who wears like 3 pairs on a regular basis. I've been trying to find ways to downsize our belongings so I've been on the lookout working through different areas and while I've trimmed down my closet pretty well clothes wise...the shoes are an issue. 

6. Insert your own random thought here.

As I said earlier, I'm going to be working to get back into blogging so stay tuned for more from me. But for now, I will leave you with a wedding picture because we are celebrating 6 months of married bliss this week. 


  1. Oooh...I love to see a wedding picture anytime. I forgot about my mile long coupon receipt from CVS. That was probably my most recent too. Lots of people visit the Eiffel Tower, but how many can say they ran up the stairs feeling only slightly terrified lol?

  2. 6 months already, time flies. Enjoy your much needed break from teaching. Bread anything with bread and cheese with bread...yum. Russians do blintzes the Russian version of crepes and we love them. Happy Hodgepodge to you!

  3. I love that picture of you two!! Happiness is written all over it!! Nice to see you back, Maggie, and your mom's Hodgepodge was a good way to slide back into blogging!! xo

  4. Shoes: Can you ever really have too many? I guess you can! My husband gives me grief when we camp because I always take at least 3 pairs: 1 for the shower, my crocs, and tennis shoes. Plus, if we're planning on going out somewhere, I have to have a decent pair!

  5. Happy 6 month anniversary. How fun to have gone to so many places in France. My hubby could give away, I don't have very

  6. Summer break is for sure a blessing and I was just writing about how I feel like I am in a rut but should be thankful for less busyness!