One Last November Hodgepodge…

Can you believe this is already the final Wednesday of November?  Me either!  Today I’m taking a break from decorating for Christmas to participate in the Wednesday Hodgepodge–until I have to leave to go into the city for a doctor’s appointment.  In the meantime, I’ll visit as many of you as I can.

Only four more Hodgepodges until Christmas.  Wow!  We’d better get started!

1.  With that being said I think I need to dive right in to some Christmas related questions, don’t you? Which do you prefer-pretty gift wrap with a bow or a pretty gift bag with/without a bow?  What percentage of your holiday gifts are currently (as in right this very minute) wrapped in some form or fashion?

I’m still a bit old-fashioned, and prefer a gift wrapped in pretty gift wrap, and topped off with a nice bow.  Old habits are hard to break, but I occasionally use gift bags, too. ( Have I ever mentioned that I once worked as a “gift wrapper” in a small department store?  Fun times!)  As for how many gifts I currently have wrapped–zero!

2.  What is one item on your Christmas list this year?

I actually don’t have a Christmas list, but the thing I wish for is a healthy and prosperous New Year for Ed and myself.  Two of my good friends from high school lost husbands to cancer this year.  This really puts things into perspective, and makes me realize what’s really important.

3.  What makes a home?

The people who live inside the residence make it a home.  It doesn’t matter if the place is big or small, fancy or plain, a mansion or a camper– or even where it’s located–it’s who’s inside that matters.  A home should be a warm and inviting place to keep you safe from the world outside, and it should be shared with loved ones.  Both of our homes have always been very special to Ed and me–not because they are large or fancy, but because we literally built them together, with a lot of hard work and love.  Both homes have always been filled with lots of love and memories–and they still are.  We live in one home, while our daughter and her family live next door in the other one!

4.  Motown founder Berry Gordy celebrates his birthday on Hodgepodge Day-November 28th. Are you a fan of the Motown sound?  If so, who’s your favorite Motown artist and/or song? Here’s a list in case you’re stuck. 

I love the Motown sound!  My favorite Motown artists are The Temptations and The Supremes, and hearing their songs takes me back in time–to simple, care-free days.  “My Girl” is still one of my favorite songs, even after all these years!

5.  Red or green-which one is more prevalent in your closet?

I don’t care much for green, but red is my favorite color.  Guess which color is more prevalent in my closet?!

6.  True or false-bacon makes it better? If you answered true, what’s your favorite dish made with bacon?

True.  My favorite dish made with bacon is an omelet–or, of course, a BLT.

7.  Share a favorite holiday memory.

Oh, Joyce, how can I choose just one?  (1) I still remember Ed and I celebrating our first Christmas as husband and wife, and how special it felt to purchase and decorate our first tree.  (2) Then there was the year my cat climbed my MIL’s artificial Christmas tree–and completely turned it over while we were spending Christmas at her house!  She laughed, but I was mortified!   (3) I also remember many happy years of staying up until nearly dawn, making sure everything from “Santa” was perfect for our three little ones–and only getting “caught” once!  (4) I remember fun times during our family Christmas Eve parties, when we played games and posed for  family portraits while wearing funny Christmas hats.  (5)  These days, my favorite memories come from hearing about daily visits from “Buddy”, the Elf on a Shelf, to our granddaughter’s house.  I enjoy Buddy’s “antics” almost as much as my granddaughter does!  Here’s a photo of what Buddy was found doing this morning–


As we watched The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade last week, we found it quite interesting that two of the celebrities seen on television were from our “Tiny Town” here in Georgia.  First of all there was Brooke Anderson (of CNN and The Insider ), who was one of the hosts and commentators for the parade.  Brook graduated from the same small, private Christian school as our children.  The other celebrity NFL hall-of-famer, Shannon Sharpe, was raised by his grandmother here in “Tiny Town”, then graduated from our local county high school, and went on to play professional football.  It’s a small world, huh?

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Some Random And Newsworthy Topics…

I feel like I’ve been caught up in a whirlwind of activities during the entire month of October!  October is always like that for our family.  We have two family members who celebrate birthdays, the fair comes to town, there are always several fall festivals, and this year we hosted the Halloween Party.  I’m tired.  Pooped.  Worn out.  As a result, I have a case of “writer’s block”, too, so this will be a totally random post!

I spent three days, last week, decorating the house for Halloween, and another three days, this week, taking those decorations down!  In between, I spent a day on the couch resting…Then I spent the day, yesterday, decorating for Thanksgiving!  I’ve jumped from ghosts and goblins to Pilgrims and turkeys!  I am NOT ready to tackle another major holiday already–and Thanksgiving is right around the corner!  In fact, even Christmas is only 49 days away!

The good news is…the time changes this weekend, and we gain an extra hour!  I’m actually joking…I HATE the time change!  For the next month, I will be ready to go to bed an hour earlier than I want to, and I will be ready to get up an hour earlier than I need to!  It will also be getting dark an hour earlier in the afternoons 😦

Okay, since I’m suffering from writer’s block, let’s talk about what’s going on in the news.  Yeah, I know.  It’s a jungle out there…

First of all, after watching the news coverage on television for an entire month, I’m still wondering, “Where is baby Lisa?”  and exactly what happened to her…Something strange is going on, I’m just not quite sure what it is!  Who puts their baby to bed at 6:30 then drinks wine with a neighbor until they “black out”…and where were the other two children while this was going on???

What’s up with the “Occupy Wall Street” protesters?  Each night as I watch the news, it just seems to get more ridiculous–and violent.  It’s crazy enough that grown people are out there participating in this madness and mayhem, but some are dragging along their children as well!  Do parents not have any common sense anymore?  (see previous paragraph)

Then there are these Herman Cain sexual harassment allegations…Oh give me a break!  The press is all over this like “white on rice”.  There’s a “snake” in the wood pile somewhere.  The timing is just too perfect with the Iowa caucus coming up…If by some chance, the man is guilty of something, he certainly wouldn’t be the first, especially in Washington!

Last, but certainly not least, what’s up with the 20-40% rise in the cost of peanut butter?  Just another nail in our coffin!  Now it’s no longer economical to eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch.  What’s next, and where does it stop?  I don’t know about where you live, but here the weekly “specials” at the grocery store have become a “joke”.  These days, the “specials” are  higher than the regular price was just a few short months ago.  Some people laughed and made fun of Glen Beck when he predicted astronomical food prices were coming– but by George, he was right!

Have a great weekend, and I’ll see ya’ back here on Monday–hopefully more refreshed and rid of my “writer’s block”!  Thanks to Java for hosting Follow Friday!

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