Wednesday, December 21, 2016

A Merry Little Christmas Hodgepodge!

Again this week I am joining in with the Wednesday Hodgepodge with Joyce at From This Side of the Pond.  She asks the questions, other bloggers  answer, and it's just fun getting to know one another more. 

🎄1. What's left to be done on your Christmas to-do list? 

Do you really want to know? Quite a bit.  Let's see: one batch of cookies (possibly more); 2 kinds of candy; 2 gifts to buy; several kitchen gifts yet to make (hot cocoa mix, bran muffins, little apricot cakes).  Still some decorating to finish.  A bit of cleaning would be nice, too.

Some kitchen gifts from 2013
On the plus side, nearly all of the wrapping is done and all of the out-of-town cards have been sent or are ready to send. 

🎄2. The Hodgepodge lands on the first day of winter this year. What's your favorite thing about winter? 

The beauty of freshly fallen snow, or snow that is falling softly.  (As long as I don't have to drive in it!)  I also love seeing the beautiful winter night sky.  The stars are amazing!
🎄3. In what area of your life are you immature? Feel free to elaborate or not. 

Many areas, I'm afraid.  I hate driving in winter, or in cities, or for long distances, or tight parking spaces.  Have you sensed that I dislike driving?

🎄4. What was the most (or one of the most) important lessons you learned in 2016? 

The word I picked for 2016 was faithfulness.  In choosing it I was thinking of the need for me to be faithful in all that God has given me to do.   I was also thinking of God's faithfulness to me and how He would continue to be faithful through every trial and test.  Both aspects of the word held true.  There were many challenges and difficulties that could have caused me to disregard the need for faithfulness in my God-given tasks.  And through every one, I saw God's great faithfulness to me and to His people.
🎄5. It's Fried Shrimp Day...are you a fan? What's your favorite way to eat shrimp? Will there be shrimp somewhere in your holiday feastings? 

I enjoy fried shrimp.  Our local seafood restaurant has a fried shrimp special that is wonderful.  I enjoy shrimp in other ways as well.  Probably my favorite might be just cold cooked shrimp served with cocktail sauce.  I don't have shrimp on any of my menus for the holidays.

🎄6. What sound lulls you to sleep? 

Rain on the roof.

🎄7. What one word best describes your 2016? 

Challenging. (Since I can only pick one word.)
🎄8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I still don't have the Christmas tree completely decorated, so I'll share a picture or two from a previous year.   I tried very hard to be much more organized with my planning this year -- and I followed my hubby's advice about not crafting after November 30 -- but life sort of went crazy for awhile there anyway.

Merry Christmas to all of you! 


  1. I really scaled down this year. I didn't even put all of the ornaments on the tree, and I'm okay with that!
    Merry Christmas!

    1. You know, I didn't get all of the ornaments on our tree either, Mary. I don't know if I ever use them all, actually. But I used a lesser amount than usual, and in general did less decorating than usual. And I was okay with that too!

  2. I like your husband's suggestion! Lots of women could benefit from that advice, including me. Are you one who works best under pressure? I baked today and messed up my clean kitchen. If everything would just stay done, I'd be all set. It's the having to do things over and over. All the best as you finish your chores and many sweet blessings.

    1. His advice was sound, Vee. I'm not sure if I work best under pressure or not. Let's say that I often AM working under pressure, and things do get done. But I don't really like working under pressure.

      Oh yes, I hear you on the clean kitchen. Or anything that doesn't stay done in the housework department ... Other than very basic maintenance and dishes, I didn't even try to clean mine before Christmas. Now it needs deep cleaning, but that's okay because now I have time to do it.

      Thanks for the kind wishes. I did see God bless my day in many wonderful ways ... the festive way the nursing home staff set up a little lunch table for us ... the faraway grandson who said our gift was "one of the best gifts that I got" ... the local grandkids who were so tickled with their gifts ... my sweet daughter who does such a beautiful job caring for her family. Countless blessings.

  3. I think Christmas gifts from someone's kitchen is so special. I love to give out cookies as gifts. Your husband gave you good advice :) Merry Christmas!

    1. Hi, Theresa! Yes, I very much enjoy giving cookies and other kitchen gifts. People seem to appreciate them.

      Yes, he did give me good advice. Next year I am going to get even more serious about a crafting deadline. Maybe Nov. 15 or even Oct. 31.


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