Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Wednesday's Hodgepodge

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1. Let's talk holiday decorating. On a scale of 1-10 where do you fall? (1=Scrooge and 10= Clark Griswold). What's your favorite corner-room-table-space to decorate? Is it done?

I was thinking I was an 8, but last night we were at my mom's decorating her place and I decided I am a 10.  My daughter convinced me of that ;)  She said I am like the Sugar Plum Fairy putting red bows everywhere.  My favorite place to decorate is the top of our Entertainment Center (are they even called that anymore?)

2. Is there a nativity scene in your decorating somewhere? Post a picture or, if it's special to you in some way, tell us why. Or do both-it's Christmas!

Yes, on top of the bookcase in the living room.  My mother-in-law made it in Ceramics class many years ago when she first retired.  She made a set for each of her five children. 

3.  Do you live in a social neighborhood? If so are you glad? If not do you wish you did?

Tricky question for me.  I would say my town is a social neighborhood, but my block not so much.  I only know the neighbors on one side of me.  My in-laws moved into this house 54 years ago when the street was first being built on.  They had many friends on the street who have since moved.  I think I would know more people if my kids went to public school and I waited on the bus stop each day. 

4.  As the saying goes, 'there's no time like the present'. How does that ring true in your life right now?

As a reminder that we should enjoy and treasure each day.  For me to try to be the person I want to be and make small changes each day. 

5. Do you dread Mondays? Why or why not?

No.  I don't work outside of the home although it is the start of our school week.  I usually feel refreshed after the weekend, although some Mondays are like a recovery day from a busy weekend. I like the newness of  the beginning of the week. 

6.  Poinsettia, Christmas Cactus, Amaryllis-which on the list is your favorite holiday plant? Are any of these on display in your home right now?

Poinsettias are my favorite.  I have some artificial ones scattered throughout my home.  I like to use them in vases with pine cones and lay individual ones between my other decorations.

7. Share a favorite quote from a Christmas movie.



"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, ‘Fear not: for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.'" — Linus Van Pelt

I just love that God's Holy Word goes forth on mainstream TV each year! 

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Speaking of making small changes each day....today at vestibular therapy (physical therapy specialized to treat dizziness and balance issues) I tried the Elliptical machine.  I only did 5 minutes but my legs are hurting and it was difficult to walk when I got off.  That is a reminder of how out of shape I am!



Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Wednesday's Hodgepodge

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1. Give us three rhyming words that say something about your Thanksgiving holiday (or your most recent holiday gathering if you didn't celebrate Thanksgiving).

Bountiful, successful and wonderful!  We had 6 people for dinner and dessert but I think I made enough food for 20 people.  We all enjoyed the leftovers and I appreciated not having to cook each night.  It was successful because everything was on the table at the proper time and everyone had at least one of their favorites.  It was a wonderful day, spent with family, eating and feasting, playing games and rejoicing in the many blessings we have been given. 

2. When did you last say, 'the more the merrier'? Did you mean it?

I don't know if I actually said it but I think it whenever I am cooking for a holiday.  Yes I mean it. 

3. What's one piece of advice you'd give someone who is your same age?

Make time each day for your children.  They are growing up fast.  Remember those things that will count for eternity. 

4. You're ordering a veggie plate, what four veggies are on it?

Carrots, asparagus, broccoli and yellow peppers. 

5. Shop til you drop! Did you? Have you ever? Will you between now and Christmas?

I haven't but in the past I used to.  These days I prefer to shop online and then go out to a few stores to fill in the gaps.  I try to get that done in one night. 

6. What's your favorite chair in your house, and why is it a favorite?

The office chair I have in the corner of my bedroom.  I usually sit there in the morning as I have my quiet time.  I wrap myself in a big comforter and look out my window into the woods, listening to the birds chirp and enjoying the quietness of the morning.  I'd love to replace it with a more comfortable chair but for now it serves its purpose. 

7. Share an early memory of faith, religion, or spirituality.

I have many memories of going to church with my grandparents and aunt when visiting them on vacation and also as a young girl going with my best friend and her family.  My faith really became my own in my early 20s. 

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I plan to start my Christmas decorating this week but it still feels so much like fall.  Today is forecasted with a high of 60 degrees.  I'm still enjoying my fall decorations and watching the remaining leaves fall off the trees :) 


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

It's A Grateful Hodgepodge

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1. What's something you might say runs in your family?

Working hard and getting a job done. If we see something that needs doing we often just do it.  If we can't do it ourselves we find someone who can.  When there is a need we like to see it met and will do our part. 

2. I read here a list of ten things you should do before 2017 arrives (in less than six weeks!)...which tasks on the list might you do? What would you add to your own 'before the year ends' list?

visit your Dr. or dentist, deep clean your home, donate unwanted items to charity, look someone in the eye and tell them you love them, write an honest letter to yourself, clean up your inbox-desktop-photos, travel to a place you haven't been, compliment a stranger, watch the sunrise, think ahead to your goals/plans for the new year

I have a doctor's appointment for the end of December, we just donated clothes for the homeless, I often look my children in the eye and tell them I love them.  I would add exercising and getting on a better eating plan. 

3. What's something other generations (not your own) misunderstand about your generation?

I'm not sure but I read that Generation X has been said to be cynical.  I think we are just cautious.  Maybe it has something to do with us being the "Latchkey Generation"?

4. Sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes and gravy, cornbread dressing-which would you miss the most if it weren't on the holiday dinner menu?

Mashed potatoes and gravy, for sure!  I don't particularly care for sweet potato casserole although I love baked sweet potatoes.  We don't have cornbread dressing, instead we have bread stuffing and that is a favorite too. 

5. What are you overthinking right now?

Question #6!  Lol. 

6. Your favorite slang word lately?

I'm going with delish. 

7. Write an acrostic for the word grateful.

G- God's gracious provisions
R-readily giving thanks
A- always aware of the many blessings
T- too many to list
E- entering His gates with thanksgiving
F- for the Lord is worthy of praise
U- unable to fully be expressed
L- love filled hearts

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Thursday is our 15th wedding anniversary.  I am so thankful for a marriage that has God at the center and for the vows taken on that beautiful November day.  We are truly blessed. 

Please excuse the grainy photos, they were scanned from actual proofs, before everything went digital.