Have Yourself A Merry Little Hodgepodge…

I’m knee-deep in Christmas preparations, but that’s no excuse to miss joining ‘The Wednesday Hodgepodge’!  ‘Tis the season to be jolly, right?  So let’s jump right into the questions and answers, shall we?  As always, thanks to our hostess, Joyce, for providing the questions and for hosting ‘The Hodgepodge’.

1. Do you believe in miracles?

Yes, I definitely do believe in miracles!  Our newest  baby grandson, Evan, is a  precious, living miracle!  After a bout with cervical cancer, the odds of conceiving and carrying a baby were slim for Evan’s mom, since she no longer has a cervix, and only has one ovary and fallopian tube–yet, here Evan is!  Also, in spite of the fact that both of his parents turned out to be carriers of Cystic Fibrosis, Evan is perfectly healthy and is not even a carrier of this horrible disease!  Evan’s our ‘double miracle’.  Praise the Lord!

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2. What’s a recent fad you admit to trying?

Sorry, I can’t think of one.  Perhaps I’m getting too old for ‘fads’…

3. Peppermint-are you a fan? If so, what’s your favorite food or beverage containing peppermint?

I’m not really a fan of peppermint, but, occasionally, I’ll eat a piece of peppermint candy or a chocolate covered mint.

4. Break the ice, on thin ice, as cold as ice (emotionally, not literally)…which phrase have you run into most recently? Explain.

I’m going with ‘break the ice’ since I was recently at our grandsons’ birthday party, along with several other people that we only see once every year or two.

5. Have you ever broken or spilled something in someone else’s home? Still friends?

I’ve shared this story before, but this one particular ‘accident’ still stands out in my mind, above all others.  It happened forty-one years ago, when Ed and I were still practically newlyweds.  We were spending the night with his parents at Christmas, and we’d brought our cat, “B.B.” with us.  Early in the morning, “B.B.” decided to climb my mother-in-law’s artificial Christmas tree, and when she did, the tree turned over!  Ornaments went crashing to the floor, and everyone came running to see what had happened.  I was mortified, but Ed’s mom just laughed about the whole thing.  Yes, we were still friends, afterward!

6. ‘Tis the week before Christmas…are you feeling more like Buddy the Elf or the Grinch before his heart grew?

My Christmas Spirit is alive and well, and I’ve been as busy as a bee…  I actually finished wrapping all of the Christmas presents, yesterday, and I’m feeling a bit like Buddy the Elf!

7. Share a favorite quote relating to Christmas.

At first, nothing came to mind, so I ‘Googled’ famous Christmas quotes where I found a quote that perfectly describes how I’m feeling–

The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree:  the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.  ~Burton Hillis


I can’t believe it’s mid-December and we still have cherry tomatoes growing in our yard!  We cover the plant at night, then uncover it during the day, since our temps have dropped below freezing a few times.  The plant is a ‘volunteer’ and is now twice as big as when this picture was taken back in October!  It’s growing beside the chicken coop, so I suppose it receives plenty of fertilizer 🙂  It’s nice having fresh, home-grown tomatoes for our salad–in December!

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  1. Loved your story about the cat in the Christmas tree! Made for good memories, right? That quote is another favorite of mine. Your little grandson is precious…he definitely is a MIRACLE!

  2. I agree, Evan truly is a miracle! Such a cute photo too. =)
    I am very jealous of your cherry tomatoes still surviving.
    The cat up the tree is hilarious! Glad MIL could laugh about it too.

  3. Your grandson is certainly a beautiful little miracle! I love the pic of him in the stocking! Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

  4. I can’t imagine fresh from the garden vegetables in December. We have had below freezing for quite sometime now, and last week we had up to -25 and wind chills of -40. I would love some fresh tomatoes to go with Christmas dinner.
    The baby is precious beyond words.
    I hope you have a very Merry Christmas.

  5. Tomatoes! We’re under almost a foot of snow here : ) I am actually loving it right now…feeling so Christmas-y. Enjoy your newest little grandson-he’s a doll! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  6. your baby is just adorable– yes a miracle.
    Happy holidays

  7. Love your Christmas quote! Your grandbaby is adorable!


  8. Evan certainly is a little miracle – and such a little cutie pie too!! Blessings to you and yours for a peaceful Christmas.

  9. I so enjoyed your answers, and the quote you found! Love the cat in the tree story! Merry Christmas to you and yours!! Be blessed by the true spirit of the holiday!!

  10. The cat story was perfect! loved it. Enjoyed your answers so much. Have a wonderful Merry Christmas.

  11. That picture of Evan is adorable. Give him a squeeze from me. What a lovely quote you found. Merry Christmas……

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