Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Hodgepodge Questions-Volume 290

1. Are you more task oriented or people oriented? Elaborate.
I guess I would say task oriented. I see a job that needs to be done and I would just as soon do it than to wait for someone else to do it. Also, I when I was working I really disliked being put on any committee. And in school? Please don't ask me to be part of group project.  I don't have the patience for it.

2. December 15 is National Wear Your Pearls you own/wear pearls? If you're a man answering the question, does your sweetheart own or wear pearls? Everyone share a 'pearl of wisdom' with us here today.
I do have pearls. They were my mom's. She had a couple of strings. A double stand and a single. They need to be repaired. Probably re-strung. She also had earrings.  I would wear them if they could be worn. Now that I am thinking of it I should take them in. A pearl of  wisdom...Hate no one, Like some, Love all. 
Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 E

3. Speaking of pearls...oysters? Are you a fan or not a fan? If you answered yes, tell us your favorite way to eat oysters? If you said no, be honest-have you ever tried one or does just the idea of eating an oyster make you gag a little?
NO, NO, NO to oysters! When in chef school we were required to taste all manner of strange things. I can't figure out why people would like/love something that only slithers down your throat. EWW!

4. Time Magazine has named President-elect Donald Trump Person of the Year. Let's take presidents and presidential candidates out of the mix for a minute. If a political figure had not been chosen who would you name Man or Woman of the Year for 2016?
The people of the year seem to be always celebrities of one sort or another. How about the average person? The person who made blankets for the homeless, and it became a phenomenal success. One that  has groups throughout the country making blankets. Or the person/teacher who saves the children from a gun wielding crazy person? Or the mom or dad who works 3 jobs to provide a home for their family? These are the people who need and deserve the accolades.

5. The Pantone Color of the Year for 2017 has been announced, and it's a vibrant green aptly named-greenery. Your thoughts? Is this a color currently in your home or wardrobe? Will you add something in this shade for the new year? Click here to see the color.
I love this shade of green. I will wear it. It is a shade that would go with just about every color imaginable. 

6. Today I've had too much________________________.
Noise. It is only 9:30 AM and already I am already on NOISE OVERLOAD. I woke up to the phone ringing. Then the cats were yelling and screaming and swearing at me for their breakfast. I dropped a pan on the floor. The phone rang (again). I started the dishwasher.  My husband turned on the TV...loudly. All this before even 1 cup of coffee. I would like some peaceful Christmas music. When my husband gets out of bed early my illusion of a quiet morning is gone. Don't get me wrong I love him, but I prefer the first couple of hours of my day quiet, no talking, no TV, just soothing music and my thoughts.

7. Share a favorite lyric from a favorite Christmas carol.
O holy night
The stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our savior's birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
'til he appeared and the soul felt
Its worth
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and
Glorous morn.


Fall on your knees o hear the
Angels voices.
O night divine o night when christ as born
O night divine o night divine
O night divine.

And this one:
8.  Insert your own random thought here.
I am ready for Christmas next week, but am lacking the Christmas spirit. I went through the motions. Because it is expected. For whatever reason I am especially missing my mom right now. She loved Christmas. She gave her all. I miss the planning and the preparing and the laughter, and the closeness we shared. I am also missing my Aunt Rose ( I called her Auntie Rose). She left us to go home to the Lord the day after  Christmas 2 years this 26th of  December. She was my friend, aunt, mother, grandmother all in one loveable person. Other than my own mom she loved me unconditionally. 
Ainty Rose

Aitny Rose and myself Christmas day 2014

My mom. Her last Christmas with us. 
So as not to end on a sad note a photo of my latest rug. It is about 52 inches X 27 inches.


Friday, December 9, 2016

Friday Foto Friends #57

Joining in with the fun today at Breathing in Grace for Friday Foto #57.

I am going to share a variety of photos. Just because.

The Christmas Village. I painted all of the houses and businesses. It sits on top of the entertainment center. We put a board across the 2 stereo speakers to make a second level. Then across the top of the front windows we put another board. The cords are usually tucked up underneath covered by mounds of snow.

Christmas 2014 my family commented on how ugly the tree was that year. Last year I decided to get even. It started as a joke, but I ended up really liking my result. I went the colors from the movie "Frozen".  Yes, that it a flamingo. Flamingos are appropriate all the time. The green sleigh is an old piece of McCoy that was my mom's.
I am going away for Christmas this year. I didn't put a tree up, but did use the ornaments to create this. I will have a manger up, but not until Christmas is much closer.

I always always have my camera with me no matter where I go. This is why. These are either Trumpeter Swans or Snow Geese. I am not sure which. They were in a field on my home last Friday.

I hope it was Ok to post so many photos. I just wanted to share them all. I hope you enjoyed them.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Hodgepodge 12/6/2016

Hodgepodge Questions-Volume 289

I am going to try and  do The Hodgepodge this week. I did last week, but must have messed up my entry. It's always a surprise to me when I do something on the computer and it actually works correctly.

1. Let's talk holiday decorating. On a scale of 1-10 where do you fall? (1=Scrooge and 10= Clark Griswold). What's your favorite corner-room-table-space to decorate? Is it done?
When my son was growing up I was for sure a Clark. He and I decorated everything we could hang something from. Every window had some sort of lights. I have made a Christmas village. I painted all of the buildings. It covered an area along one wall 10 feet and then another area about 6 feet. Up high, and 2 levels. Now days my decorating has been cut back dramatically. I put up a tree, and a couple of other things and call it finished. It was getting too difficult to do without help.

2. Is there a nativity scene in your decorating somewhere? Post a picture or, if it's special to you in some way, tell us why. Or do both-it's Christmas! 
I have a few different nativities. Most are packed away and I can't get them out. However, I do have one that I will be putting out this year. My favorite one is the one from my childhood. It is very dear to me.

3.  Do you live in a social neighborhood? If so are you glad? If not do you wish you did?
No, my neighbors are not social. Not with us. There are only 4 of us that live on the road. They all lead different lifestyles than we do. I do miss having chatty neighbors. Neighbors you could go to for help. Neighbors to have fun with and to cherish.

4.  As the saying goes, 'there's no time like the present'. How does that ring true in your life right now?
I guess it would be true. I try to get from one day to the next with very little thought to the future. 

5. Do you dread Mondays? Why or why not?
Monday is just a day that follows Sunday. When I was working I probably dreaded Mondays, but not so much now.

6.  Poinsettia, Christmas Cactus, Amaryllis-which on the list is your favorite holiday plant? Are any of these on display in your home right now?
I don't have any plants in my house. What I didn't kill the cats would eat. If I were to have one of these I would have a Christmas Cactus. I think every house in my family has

at one time or another had one.

7. Share a favorite quote from a Christmas movie.
Tiny Tim, "God Bless us everyone one." From Scrooge. For me Patrick Stewart was the best Scrooge followed by George C.Scott.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
I am going to share some photos of the village and of other Christmas things.