Are you ready for Christmas? Me either! Ready or not, Christmas is right around the corner, but there’s still time to enjoy one last Hodgepodge before Christmas gets here, so let’s take a few moments and relax. As always, thanks to Joyce, for being such a great hostess, to us.
1. What’s your biggest ‘first world’ problem?
Perhaps, mine should be “Due to recent facial surgery, my Christmas pictures are going to be really horrible, this year.” See what I mean?
Instead I’ll say, “It’s having to drive our old car 1/4 of a mile [to Ed’s parents’ house] in order to retrieve our new car whenever we want to drive it.” (We’re keeping it there so our cats won’t scratch it.) This sounds pretty ‘first world’ to me.
2. Each year Time Magazine names a ‘Person of the Year’, someone who has ‘for better or worse…done the most to influence the events of the year.’ It was recently announced they’ve named Angela Merkel Person of the Year for 2015. You can read more about this year’s selection here. Your thoughts? If you were in charge, who would you declare Person of the Year?
I hate to, but I’m going to opt out of this question. It simply requires more energy and thought than I am able to muster today.
3. Do you have a nativity set in your home? If so share its history and how you display the pieces.
Yes, I have a nativity set–or three. The one I’m displaying, this year, is a nativity set I found, last year, at a vintage store called “The Red Wagon”. I fell in love with it when I saw it! As mentioned, I also have two others. One was purchased many years ago, when our children were still young, and has a wooden stable that plays “Silent Night”. The other nativity set used to belong to Ed’s mama. Now that I have three, I take turns displaying one of them on our book shelves, each Christmas. I’d show you a picture, but, apparently, my camera broke after taking that last picture of my face. I’m serious.
4. Do you make an extra effort to give back in some way during the holiday season? How do you encourage those who need encouragement this time of year?
In years past, I’ve been involved in many efforts to “give back” , through school or church, not just at holiday time, but other times throughout the year. This year, not so much. It’s been a difficult year for us, and, as a result, Ed and I have been more on the receiving end of encouragement and prayers.
I think the best way to encourage people is to simply let them know we care about them. It can be as simple as a kind word, a note, a phone call, or a visit. Thoughtfulness goes a long, long way to make someone feel loved and appreciated.
5. Who is your favorite person to shop for? Why?
My favorite people to shop for are my grandchildren. Why? Because it’s more fun to buy toys than anything else! However, this year, I didn’t have a clue (or the energy) to know where to start shopping, so their parents helped me out.
6. What’s the last delicious thing you ate?
On Monday, I baked some gingerbread cake. I enjoyed a warm piece of it, fresh from the oven, with a dollop of Cool Whip on top of it! It was delicious.
7. The best way to spread Christmas cheer is… to be kind, courteous, thoughtful, respectful, helpful, and any other nice thing you can think of!
I’m almost one week out from the plastic surgery [on my face] to close the hole left by the cancer surgery. I’ve given birth to a 10 lb 9 oz child [with no drugs], had a total abdominal hysterectomy, and experienced both neck and back surgery, and, believe me, this facial surgery ranks right in there with all of that!!!
As of yesterday, I still required [at least] Tylenol for pain. The stitches won’t be removed until tomorrow, but Ed and I had to remove the tape from over the incisions, last night, because it was irritating my face so much. At the moment, I look a bit like Frankenstein, and I cried when I looked at my reflection in the mirror. I’m hoping [and praying] my face will improve, with time [and makeup].