Here we go again, with another little edition of the Wednesday Hodgepodge! It’s good to take a little break from our Christmas preparations, don’t you think? Only sixteen more days until Christmas, though. As always, thanks to our gracious hostess, Joyce, for another great set of questions! Now, let’s get started with “The Hodgepodge”!
1. Many families have a story they love to tell every year around a holiday. Does your family have one? Are you the star of that story, or does another family member take center stage? Share your story if you want.
Yes, our family has a funny story involving ” Christmas panties”, but I am not the star of the story. My late father-in-law is! Here’s an excerpt from a previous post I wrote about the whole Christmas panties thing:
My favorite Christmas memory has now turned into a family holiday tradition. Ed’s daddy was quite a character in his time. He had a sense of humor and always wore a smile.
One day he went to the dumpster to take off the trash. It wasn’t unusual for him to return with a “treasure” that he’d find, at the dumpster, but on this one particular day he found a VERY LARGE pair of ladies underwear. I mean, they must have been the largest size available! Now I know some of you may thinking “gross”, but the panties were clean, and we all laughed and marveled at how HUGE those panties actually were!
On the following Christmas morning(many years ago), I can’t remember who, but one of us received those HUGE panties wrapped up as a Christmas gift!
my sister-in-law with the Christmas panties (cir. 1980)
still clowning around with the Christmas panties (cir. 2013)
Every since that year we’ve passed those panties to someone different in the family every Christmas. Whoever keeps the panties for the year writes a note to the new recipient before Christmas, and attaches it to the box, on top of the previous year’s message. The box is now very old and has LOTS of notes attached to the top of it. Some of the messages are pretty funny!
It always brings a laugh when someone opens up the gift of the Christmas panties and reads the message on top of the box! Ed’s daddy passed away many years ago, but he still makes us laugh every year, as we continue to pass around those Christmas panties.
Below is one of my all-time favorite notes attached to the box. It was written by our [then] new daughter-in-law to our youngest son, back in 2007:
Wow, the year has flown by! It’s sad for me because now I have to pass these lovely panties on to someone new…but it’s worth it to see the look on your face when you realize that you now get the privilege of caring for them an entire year.
I got a lot of uses out of them; they’re very versatile. Here are some examples:
1. a tablecloth at a picnic with my family; as you can imagine, they were quite envious.
2. an area rug for the living room.
3. a tent when I kept my nephew and nieces, and they wanted to pretend to camp out.
4. a blanket for Brett and me before we got the new heater
Probably, the most beneficial use was the one I’ve never told anyone. I took them to Atlanta in October to the [Naascar] race-and thus began the tradition of holding them near to me during each race. We all know the success the Lowes team had this year! Maybe the # 9 team will have some luck in 2008.
Christina (and the #48 team)
2. Are you afraid to speak your own opinion?
These days, yes, I am afraid to speak my opinions. I hesitate to offer an opinion, most of the time, unless I am talking with a close family member or friend. It seems the art of “agreeing to disagree” is fading fast, so I usually just try to keep most of my opinions to myself.
3. Pantone has announced the color of the year for 2016, and for the first time have chosen two shades-rose quartz and serenity. Hmmm…did you know serenity was a color? You can read the thought behind their selection here, but essentially it’s blending the warmth of rose quartz with the tranquility of a very soft shade of blue. So what do you think? Are these colors I’d find in your home or wardrobe? Will you add something in these shades to either place in the new year?
No, I didn’t know serenity is a color. Although, I think the colors are pretty, neither of them would match any of the current decor in our home, so I wouldn’t be using them there. However, I wouldn’t be opposed to adding something in either of those colors to my spring wardrobe!
4. If you could be in a Christmas carol, which one would you choose? Why?
I’ve always loved the Christmas carol, “Winter Wonderland”, so I’d choose that one. We live in the south, where it rarely snows, so having a “Winter Wonderland” would be a rare and wonderful treat for us. In all of my 61 years, it’s only snowed once during Christmas! It was wonderful, and the snow lasted for a couple of days.
photos from an old scrapbook~our children playing in the snow
5. December 9th is National Pastry Day. Will you celebrate? When did you last purchase something from a bakery? What’s your favorite treat that falls under the heading of pastry? Do you make it yourself or buy from the professionals?
Pastry! Oh, be still my beating heart!!! I will not celebrate, because such things are not on my current diet, but I’d certainly love to!
I don’t know if this counts as pastry, but I purchased 1/2 dozen doughnuts from Krispy Kreme several months ago, when I had a doctor’s appointment in Savannah. Until then, I hadn’t had a doughnut in a long, long time, but my back was hurting, and I needed some “comfort food”, so I gave in. (It was worth it!) My favorite “pastry” is a raspberry danish that I used to purchase from Sam’s. I don’t know that I’ve ever had danish from an actual bakery.
6. When it comes to holiday decorating, I tend to go a bit overboard! Just ask anyone who’s been to our house at Christmas!
7. When did you last laugh so much it hurt? Explain.
I remember it like it was yesterday, even though it was 15 years ago. Ed, our youngest son, Brad, and I were on vacation at Panama City, Florida.
One night, we found a “like new” 3 gallon bucket, that had been discarded, beside the dumpster in the Walmart parking lot. Ed and I use buckets a lot at our house, so we put the bucket in the back of our mini van, and headed back to our motel room.
The “strip” was crowed with cars, and traffic moved slowly. About five or ten minutes into the trip, we discovered why the bucket had been discarded–it reeked of the smell of dead shrimp! Apparently, someone had used the bucket for bait, then threw it away after fishing.
However, we weren’t about give up our “precious find”, so we placed the “smelly bucket” on the top of our mini van, and continued on the journey back to our motel. Traffic was moving slow, so the bucket sat on the top of the van with no problems.
People began giving us strange looks and yelling to us, “There’s a bucket on your roof!” We even got stopped by some cops. The whole situation got so bizarre, we all got tickled. I laughed so hard, and so long, I totally wet my pants, so I’m sure I was sore the next day, too.
Ed washed out the bucket, at the motel, and we brought it back to Georgia with us. We laughed about that night on “the strip”, for many years–every time we used that bucket!
I have some good news and some bad news. First of all the good news–
I’m “officially” finished with my Christmas decorating!!! Yay!
The bad news is, I had a terrible time decorating that last tree! Most of the lights stopped working, and what should have taken two hours to complete, ended up taking an entire afternoon! We ended up throwing three strings of lights in the trash!
In other good news– my dermatologist’s office called me on the day I was decorating that last tree (on Monday) and asked if I’d like to come in the following day (yesterday) for my Moe’s surgery, instead of waiting until January 19. (Someone cancelled.) I jumped at the chance to get the surgery over with because, frankly, I’ve been dreading it! More good news– she was able to get all of the skin cancer on her first try!
The bad news is–although my skin cancer was only about the size of a tiny pimple, I’m left with a deep, gaping hole right beside my nose that’s about the size of a dime! Whoa! For best-looking results, my dermatologist recommended having a plastic surgeon close the hole, which I will do tomorrow morning (Thursday). After watching my daughter suffer for three days, following her own plastic surgery [to close a gaping hole of about the same size as mine], I am not looking forward to Thursday. Hopefully, all of this will soon be a distant memory.