Taking Time For The Hodgepodge…

It’s still busy, busy, busy around here, but everything will just have to wait because it’s time for The Wednesday Hodgepodge!  As always, many thanks to our hostess, Joyce, for another great set of questions.  Speaking of questions, here they are:

1. According to Oxford Dictionaries, the 2013 word of the year is ‘selfie’. Your thoughts? When did you last take a selfie? Do you post them online somewhere? Do you prefer to be in front of the camera or behind the lens?

My thoughts are that I don’t particularly care for the word ‘selfie’ and I don’t particularly care for ‘selfie’ portraits either.  I’ve only taken one ‘selfie’, and it was for a joke.  I gave a framed ‘selfie’ to my son-in-law, for Christmas, a few years ago 🙂  Everyone got a huge laugh when he opened it!  (FYI: my selfie’ is so horrible I would never post it anywhere!)  I’ve always hated having my picture taken, so I’d definitely prefer to be behind the lens–and I usually am!

2. Will you send out Christmas cards this year? If so, are they ready to go? If not, are you glad or sad about leaving that tradition behind?

I plan to send out about 20 Christmas to our closest family and friends.  Every year, I consider not sending cards anymore, but, so far, I haven’t missed a year.  I will be sad when I finally decide to leave the tradition behind.

3. Do you trust easily?

Yes, I trust easily.  I’m a naive person, and sometimes I get ‘fooled’ or taken advantage of.  However, once my trust is broken, it’s very hard for a person to gain it back.

4. Pine-cinnamon-peppermint-vanilla (as in sugar cookie)…of those listed, which one is your favorite December scent?

My favorite December scent is pine, or to be more specific, Bath & Bodyworks’ Fresh Balsam.  I love the smell of a fresh cut Christmas tree, and Fresh Balsam is the closest thing to a fresh cut tree, that I’ve found.

5. Did you do more talking or more listening yesterday? Was that by choice or necessity?

I did more listening yesterday.  It was ‘one of those days’ for Ed, at work.  When he got home, he needed to talk, so I listened.

6. What’s the last song that got stuck in your head? Sorry if it’s back there now : )

The new Christmas song “Hairy Christmas” by Willie Robertson (of Duck Dynasty fame) and Luke Bryan has been stuck in my head ever since I bought the CD entitled Duck the Halls.  

The Robertson family CD is a really good one!  Who knew the Duck Dynasty clan could sing?!  Willie even  co-wrote the song “Hairy Christmas.  Here’s a clip below of Willie and Luke singing “Hairy Christmas”:

7. Which world explorer (in the whole history of the world) would you most like to have traveled with, and why?

I’m sorry, but since I don’t enjoy traveling very much, I wouldn’t want to have traveled or explored with anyone!


I’m still stuck in Christmas decorating mode, but I’m slowly making progress!  I have one Christmas tree that’s finished–and it’s in the kitchen!   This tree is decorated with pretend Gingerbread and candy.  The sign on the front of the tree says, “Gingerbread brings love to the holidays”.  I’ve had this tree for a long time, and will be sad when I have to retire it.  I dread the hunt for a replacement tree!P1010148

I’ll finish the main tree (in the living room) next, but it looks like decorating will just have to wait until Thursday.  Wouldn’t you know, today, I have to travel to the city for a doctor’s appointment?!  It’s time for my yearly gynecologist appointment.  Yay!  Ed’s taken the day off from work to go along with me, so we’ll probably make a day of it.  I’ll try to visit as many of you as I can, tonight, after I get back home.

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Up To My Eyeballs In Christmas Decorations, But Trying To Catch Up…

It’s hard to believe it’s been five days since I’ve been here on the old blog!  I’ve missed it, and hated to stay away any longer.  I’m going to attempt to recap the past few days, before they slip my mind, in as few words as possible!

Last Wednesday was spent in the kitchen, of course, as well as, last Thursday, but I don’t know when I’ve enjoyed a Thanksgiving more.  Three things about this Thanksgiving stick out in my mind.  First of all, our granddaughter, Madison, asked to set the table, this year.  She recently learned the proper way to set a table, and wanted to show off her new skills.  She’s growing up!


The next thing that sticks out in my mind is how our family read various scriptures concerning “thankfulness”, (which our daughter had printed on paper leaves) then went around and told one thing we were thankful for. There was some laughter and even a few tears. Great family memories!

Last of all, our first traditional family portrait, including  our newest family member, baby Evan, was taken. As our family has continued to grow, our portrait sessions have become more interesting. After several tries, we were finally successful!  By the time this picture was taken, Evan had lost his “turkey hat”, but Chase still had his green “frog lovey” 🙂

Thanksgiving 2013

On Friday morning, with Thanksgiving safely behind us, Ed and I embarked on the beginning of our journey into the 2013 Christmas season.  We began by shampooing the living room carpet!  Unfortunately, my carpet shampooer decided not to cooperate, which made the task a lot more difficult than it should have been.  We had to spray the carpet shampoo solution on using a garden sprayer, then scrub and suck up the solution using the shampooer!  Fun times–not!  While the carpet dried, Ed and I decided to put up our outside decorations.  The weather was sunny and mild–perfect for decorating outside.  By the end of the day, the carpet was dry and the house and front yard was decorated and lit up!


Outside Christmas decorations 2013

On Friday night we brought out that new artificial Christmas tree I had such a difficult time deciding upon.  Ed put it together and I began to shape the branches.  The tree came pre-lit with white lights, but I decided to add some colored lights, too, because Ed likes them.  (I do this from time to time.)  As I’m writing this, the tree still isn’t completely decorated.  So far, the new tree has lots of lights (550 white/200 colored), a tree topper, and some popcorn and candy garland on it!   I’ll get it finished…eventually.  When I do, I’ll share a picture.

On Saturday, Ed and I left our Christmas decorating behind and went to see “The Nutcracker”.  Nothing puts me in a holiday mood like watching “The Nutcracker”.  Our daughter and her family accompanied us to the show, and we had a very good time.  It was granddaughter, Madison’s, first time attending “The Nutcracker”.  When asked what she’d like for a souvenir of the show, she chose a tiara, and of course, we had to take a picture of her wearing it!  (She wore her tiara through the first half of the show.)


 Madison (waiting for the show to begin)

In addition to shampooing the carpet, decorating outside, watching “The Nutcracker”, and getting the tree half decorated, Ed and I managed to finish up our Christmas shopping, this weekend!  We didn’t have much shopping left to do, but we finished on Sunday.  Now, if I can just get the gifts wrapped!

I still have lots of decorating to do, plus an out-of-town doctor’s appointment, this week.  I’ll blog and visit, whenever I can!  In the meantime, have a great week, everyone.

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