A Ho Ho Ho Hodgepodge…

There’s only two more weeks until Christmas!  Are you ready for a little Ho Ho Ho ‘Hodgepodge’?  Time’s wasting, so let’s get right to the questions, shall we?  As always, thanks to our gracious hostess, Joyce, for providing such thought-provoking, interesting questions!  Here we go:

1. Are you doing anything special to mark this season of Advent? If so please share.

Ed and I kicked off the season by attending a professional performance of “The Nutcracker”, and we’re looking forward to visiting the local church’s live nativity, the weekend before Christmas.  Our son, Brad, his wife, Jennifer, and their new son, Evan, have been asked to portray Joseph, Mary, and baby Jesus in that nativity scene.  Also, “Buddy”, our granddaughter’s elf on a shelf, made his yearly appearance, on Thanksgiving night.  As always, I’ve been enjoying hearing Madison relate Buddy’s activities, as we count down the days until Christmas.

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2. Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen…and of course you recall, the most famous reindeer of all…so, which reindeer name best describes you this week?

I’m afraid I’m going to have to confess to being more like “Rudolph”, the red-nosed reindeer, this week.  It’s been an emotional week for me, and I’ve shed a few tears.  Holidays are a lot more difficult when you’ve recently lost a loved one.  So many holiday things remind me of  Ed’s mom, and it certainly didn’t help, last weekend, when Ed’s brothers confronted him about selling “the house.”  They’re ready to sell their mom’s house, we’re not.

3. What’s worse-too quiet or too loud? Which have you had more of lately?

At this stage of my life,  “too loud”  sometimes seems worse than “too quiet” because I’m getting older and less tolerant.  However, those ‘loud’ times are some of the best times because ‘loud’  means our house is filled with family!  I’ll take family over quiet any day!  Our son, who now has two lively little boys of his own, usually laughs and says “Quiet time is over”, as they all walk through the door.  Within five minutes, he’s right, but I wouldn’t want it any other way.

4. This question comes to you from Zoanna over at A Penchant for Pens-thanks Zo!

When you are administratively gifted, how often do you find yourself not trusting less gifted people to do what they’ve committed to do? If you are not so gifted that way, but are reliable, how do you feel when the stronger person (in that area) goes ahead and covers it before giving you a chance to come through?

I’ve always had trouble delegating tasks of any kind–and I still do.  I usually end up trying to do everything myself.  It disturbs me greatly when I ask someone to do something, and they don’t follow through, but I usually consider it a blessing if someone ‘volunteers’ to share my load.

‘5. What is your most dreaded task relating to the holidays? Your most looked forward to holiday task?

My most dreaded holiday task is taking down the Christmas decorations!  I hate having to take down everything, after Christmas, and pack it all away for another whole year.  On the other hand, I always look forward to unpacking and putting up those same decorations the day after Thanksgiving!  I love my Christmas decorations and I’m always happy to see them again!

6. Facebook has released its list of the ‘most talked about’ topics of 2013. Pope Francis took the number one spot. Does that surprise you? He was followed by election, royal baby, typhoon, and Harlem Shake. Your thoughts? What was your most talked about topic in 2013? (Facebook, around the kitchen table, or wherever it is you talk)

Our family’s most talked about topic was probably “our country and how it’s headed in the wrong direction.”  Enough said about that!  ‘Tis the season to be jolly…while we still can!

7. What’s something you consider a necessity that others might view as a luxury?

Let’s just say I tend to get ‘excited’ if something goes wrong with my television or computer!  These days, both are ‘necessary’ to keep me happy 🙂


Forgive me, Joyce, I’m full of ‘randoms’ today!


Ed’s home with me today.  He had a huge cyst cut out of his shoulder, yesterday, and is now ‘sporting’ seven stitches and a pressure bandage.  What a way to end 2013!  Ed  hopes this will conclude his medical procedures for a while!


Recently, I inherited some of my late mother-in-law’s Christmas decorations.  Among them is a mini snow village, that I’d given her for Christmas several years ago…

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I decided to display the village on a small table in the corner of the living room.  For some reason, this year, several of the houses are taking turns flashing off and on.  They’re not supposed to do this!  No bulbs are loose, the houses are on two different cords, so I have no idea what’s causing the houses to twinkle.  This year, I’m lovingly referring to my little snow village as “haunted”.


I just have to share one of Evan’s recent Christmas pics.  Evan is our newest grandson, and he turns six weeks old today!

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Like the song says, “Thank God for kids.”

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  1. Oh my word, adorable! How fun to see them in the Nativity. My mom’s church has a huge living nativity. Over 1000 cars went through on the first night. The Nutcracker is one of my favorite things to do over the holidays too. We didn’t get to one this year. Enjoy your family this Christmas season!

  2. I’m so sorry for your loss and for all the things that happen as a result of, and during the many phases of, grief. While I haven’t lost a parent yet, I dread the “fallout” , I had to giggle about your snow village being haunted. Teehee. Maybe it’s the Lord wanting to remind you of the love between you and your MIL.

    Your grandson is just way too cute for words! What a feeling that must be to told him!

  3. I love the picture of your snow village and of your new grandson. So sweet.

  4. What a precious close to your post. Six weeks and already turning on the charm! Was that your buttons I heard popping, proud Mimi?

  5. Evan is absolutely adorable!! I want to think that your mother-in-law is making the light twinkle in her little village, to let you know she is happy you have it on display!! Love your Hodgepodge!!

  6. Yep we both look forward to putting out Christmas and then later, having to take it all down. I have hinted to have a room added to our house just for that purpose…Christmas year ’round. But of course that will never come about, so….pack away it is.

    Now………that Random——–Evan…………PRECIOUS!!! Beyond adorable; priceless and what a smile.

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