Take a breather, stop baking and wrapping, or whatever you are doing, and let’s join Joyce for a little Wednesday Hodgepodge. Just click her cute little button to join in…
1. Will you be hosting any house guests between now and the end of December? Does that thought make you happy or crazy? Do you do anything special for your guests to make them feel at home? How long should a house guest stay?
As far as I know, I won’t be hosting any house guests this Christmas. I miss the “good ole’ days” when our family used to visit back and forth with my brother and his family at Christmas time, so it makes me sad that we no longer do this…I don’t know why we stopped–probably due to my health or we both had too much going on. I used to always try to cook a German Chocolate cake for my brother whenever he visited because it’s his favorite.
2. Walter Elias Disney was born this week (December 5) back in 1905 …what’s your all time favorite Disney movie? Here’s a list in case you’re struggling…and yes, you have to pick one.
I flip and flop back and forth between “The Little Mermaid” and “The Lion King”. I love them both equally, and can watch them over and over.
3. What was the last thing you purchased that you realized was a mistake after the fact?
I purchased a couple of “door ringers” on Monday. You know, those gold rings with large red bows and bells hanging from them. I quickly changed my mind after I bought them, and returned them the same day.
4. What percentage of your Christmas shopping is done online?
I did about two-thirds of my shopping online this year. It’s so much easier, and most of the time shipping is free! Gasoline for my car is not free, and since I have to travel a minimum of 30 miles to shop, it’s more economical for me to order online.
5. Amaryllis-snowdrop-poinsettia…your favorite winter blossom?
I’m partial to old-fashioned poinsettias– the red ones!
6. What is one thing on your personal Christmas wish list? I think we all want peace on earth so let’s make this answer an actual item.
At the top of my wish list is–to have a happy, healthy family, together at Christmas. I know you may not count this as an item, but it’s what really counts. If you insist on having a material item answer–it would be the rotating, ceramic Christmas tree that I saw on Monday.
7. If you could only use one word today what would it be?
Thankful. (for all that I have–and do not have)
I’ve been listening to some “hard luck” stories on the radio. You know, the ones where certain families are experiencing difficult times and need a little extra help this time of the year. The stories I’ve been listening to concern families who have a member who is gravely ill. Like a three-year-old with leukemia, or the mother (of small children) who is dying of cancer. The radio announcer could barely read the letters without breaking down… Hearing these stories makes me feel thankful–very, very thankful…Which brings to mind some members of my own family.
Last year, just before Christmas, my aunt (mama’s sister) passed away. I was in bed with the flu, and missed the funeral. In January, the aunt’s oldest daughter (Shava Jean) suffered another blow when her husband (Charles) suffered from a ruptured aorta. By all doctor’s accounts, Charles should have passed away, but yet he survived. However, he spent months in the hospital followed by rehab. In fact, Charles has spent the entire year in and out of the hospital. He will be on dialysis for life as a result of his grave illness. Shava Jean has been by his side the entire time. In the middle of Charles’ recovery, their daughter, Traci, was diagnosed with breast cancer! She had a mastectomy, and is currently undergoing chemotherapy. ( Can you imagine? First losing your mother, then almost losing your husband, then to find our your daughter has cancer?) This family has been through so much this year, but they’ve survived! Which brings to mind a favorite song of mine: