Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge

This is Joyce's Christmas Hodgepodge questions and she will be taking a much deserved break next week.  We'll see you all back here for the HP on the last day of the year.  Merry Christmas Joyce!

1. Time magazine has selected The Ebola Fighters as their person of the year for 2014. Do you agree, and if so who would you say is a close second? If you disagree with their choice, who do you think should have been chosen? 
Well, since Ebola is such a deadly disease and highly contagious, I think these folks are very deserving of this selection. I think Dr. Ben Carson would also be a good choice. ~in my estimation~ He has such a heart for our nation and encourages all of us to take an active role in changing the course of our country. He's a definite winner!!!

2. This question comes to you courtesy of Susan who blogs over at Stew Mama Says. She knows we have a wedding happening any minute now, and she asks, 'What's your favorite-something old? something new? something borrowed? something blue in your home?  Be sure you hop over and say hi to Susan today! 

Something old:  I have a framed piece of tatting, and the shuttle used to make it, that my maternal Grandmother did over 100 years ago and it is a real treasure to me. 
Something new: I can't think of anything new for the house but last week I found the cutest Christmas sweater and I'm "proud as punch" of it.  I seldom see a Christmas sweater that I like but this one "fit the bill" for me.
Something borrowed:  Again, not something for the house, but I borrowed some ear muffs from a friend last week to wear on our family fun weekend and I need to return those to her.
Something blue: I have the most beautiful Andrea Bluejay on our coffee table.  He's been around a while and has survived both Grans and I do enjoy his presence. ~grin~

3. Fudge-yay or nay? Your favorite flavor? Do you make it yourself? With nuts or without? 
The process I used to prepare my fudge for delivery over the past years.  To me, presentation is everything!!!
 Well, for someone that has probably made about 50-60 lbs. of fudge for each of the past 15 years, you would think I love it.  But, it's a nay for me.  Just not much into fudge except to lick the spoon after I've made it. *Note:  I have not made 1 lb. of fudge this year, just decided it had "run it's course."  I can't imagine any flavor fudge outside of chocolate but I do see all kinds of different flavors and it sounds plum yucky to me. ~chuckle~  And, I can't imagine fudge without nuts and lots of them!

4. December 17th is Wright Brothers Day, commemorating the first successful flights made by Orville and Wilbur Wright in 1903 in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.  How old were you when you made your first flight? Do you like to fly? Have you ever been to Kitty Hawk or other parts of the North Carolina Outer Banks? 
I made my first flight when I was 18 years old.  I flew from Virginia to Louisiana to see my then fiancee. ~ yes, I was a mere child~ I do not enjoy the glitches that can and often do happen when you fly but I still think it's one of the best modes of transportation. I "think" I have been to the Outer Banks, it's just been a long time ago.

5. Do the people in your family tend to follow a particular career path, and if so what's the path?

Not really, but both Hubby and his sister and her husband worked for State Farm Insurance.  Hubby is still an agent with SF but his sister and her husband have been enjoying retirement for a little over 10 years.
6. What is one thing you absolutely, positively must accomplish today?

I have to prepare lunch for Hubby's office staff.  I didn't even completely decide on the menu until Monday and have had it in "high gear" ever since.  It will not be anything real fancy but hopefully very tasty and good.  It's always a time where Hubby and I try to make them feel very special and appreciated. They are the "grease in the wheel" for sure!
7. This Christmas I hope
that our family will have an extra special time together as this will be our last Christmas in this house.  The house that has been home to us for 33 years.

8. Insert your own random thought here. 

As I mentioned above I am preparing lunch for the staff today.  Things are a bit in disarray around here and the dining room has pretty much been striped of all it's decor.  It's all been packed up and it now serves as a storage room for the empty boxes waiting to be packed.  So, I wanted to do some kind of table scape that might put a little festive look in the room.  I am a complete novice when it comes to flower arranging but I did put these together yesterday afternoon and I thought they looked pretty good on the mirrored runner.  And, the greenery smells very Christmasey! ~a real plus~


Friday, December 12, 2014

Fraggin' Friday

Half-Past Kissin' Time 
It's always fun to join with Mrs. 4444 for FF as it gives us a chance to share "bits and pieces" of our week without all the details.  I see it as a "win win" for everyone!
As I stated in an earlier post, the ONLY Christmas decorations in our house this year is a tree.  There is just too many boxes and packing going on to dig through and find all the other decor.  I figure as long as we have a tree then we are "good to go."  Hubby did bring to my attention that the tree is leaning a bit to the left but it was already decorated, so it will have to stay leaning to the left.  Other than that, it is a pretty tree.  I bought it last year for 75% off and it is what is called a "frosted tree."  Each limb has frost on the tips and it has pine cones nestled throughout. It will really look good next year when we have 11 foot ceilings to sit it under.
 ~can't wait!~
Well, I know that you have been waiting with baited breath to see our 830# door! ~big laugh~  I posted about the delivery of it last week and last Friday was "installation day."  We have had pretty much "smooth sailing" throughout the construction of our house but I'm pretty sure you can always expect something to go awry with an undertaking this big.  AND, it did!  Yep! the door is the wrong size!!!  Yes, that's right!  And, we have only waited on it for 10 weeks.  We ordered a 36" door and the one in the picture above is 30".  That will NOT work!  You can see in the pictures where the crew put wood jams in to make this one fit until the correct one arrives which will probably be mid-February. Ugh!!!!  Six inches may not sound like a big deal but it really is, so much so that we just simply cannot settle for this one.  So, our contractor assures us that it will not affect their work.  They have plenty to do that is in no way connected to the front door.  So, "it is what it is" and life does go on. ~thank goodness~
 The brick layer finally got one of the windows done.  I have been so anxious to see the keystone and the brickwork around the windows.  This is the high window in the bonus room over the garageNow, I can't wait for him to get the ones across the front of the house done.  I debated about adding the keystones but am so glad that we did.  I think they are a nice touch. 
  Can I just say that this little man is so excited about Christmas.  There is just nothing like Christmas through the eyes of a child.
And, where have the years gone? 
We have a super fun family weekend planned.  Stay tuned, details to follow next week!


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Not sure how she's doing it, I mean, she's up to her eyeballs with the final details of her daughter's wedding and it's Christmas time.  But, somehow she always shows up with questions for us.  You are the bomb Joyce!!!  Here we go............

1. What is one new holiday tradition you'd like to establish, or one you've established recently, say in the last year or two?
Christmas 2013
I don't know of any others at this time that I would like to establish.  One of our favorite traditions is our birthday celebration for Jesus that we have before we open gifts.  We started this when the Grans were 2 and 3 years old.(they are 5 & 6 now)  We read the Christmas story and I always have a "real" birthday cake.  It is such a special, special time for our family that reminds us once again of what Christmas is truly all about. 

2. It's the second week of December. Have you sipped a cup of eggnog yet this month? Wrapped a gift? Opened a gift? Kissed someone under the mistletoe? Lit a candle? Eaten a Christmas cookie? Seen Santa in person? Watched a Christmas movie or special? Read scripture relating to the birth of Jesus?
No, haven't sipped any eggnog yet but have wrapped a whole bunch of gifts.  Haven't opened a gift just yet, have kissed someone, but not under the mistletoe. ~smile~ I've lit a candle and have eaten some Christmas cookies.  I haven't seen Santa in person just yet but likely that will happen this weekend.  I've watched 2 Hallmark Christmas movies but have not read any scripture relating to the birth of Jesus just yet.

3. Do you think it's better to be an adult or a child at Christmastime? Explain.
Hummm.........there's nothing like the excitement of a child in anticipation of Christmas and there's nothing like being an adult and enjoying the anticipation of that child.  I thoroughly enjoy being an adult at Christmas but I'm quite sure I thoroughly enjoyed being a child at Christmas "once upon a time" as well. 

4. It's often said, 'Good things come to those who wait'...agree or disagree? Why?
I do agree, God's timing is always perfect, and it may mean we have to wait much longer than we want to but it's always worth the wait. ~I know~

5. What's the last sweet thing you baked? Did you keep it, take it to a party/event, or give it away?
Well, yesterday I baked cookies all afternoon long.  They were sort of a "glorified" Chocolate Chip cookie and the recipe made about 10 dozen and I thought I never would get through baking them.  I will definitely be sharing them, we would never eat this many cookies but 'tis the season to give "sweets to eat."

6.  This question comes to us courtesy of Jhona who blogs over at The Red House at the End of the Lane. Everyone hop over and say hi to Jhona this week!  Here is her question... "I heard an actor talk about how he makes a conscious choice to talk to people in elevators.  He chooses to connect, make eye contact, and converse. Do you talk to people/strangers when you're in an elevator or any other place where you might have to wait together? Why or why not?"
I will generally speak when I get on an elevator but I usually do not have a full blown conversation.  It really bothers me when I am in a Drs. waiting area and there are folks making conversation with anyone that will listen to them.  I love to talk but am not into loud conversations with a room full of folks that I do not know from Adam. ~just sayin'~ 

7. Are you on the naughty or nice list this year? What put you there?
This might better be better answered by those that know me but I'm going to say nice, because I do try very hard to be nice.  So, surely I get points for at least trying. ~grin~  I try to make people feel special and do thoughtful things for others because I don't think there's enough thoughtfulness in the world.  Hopefully Santa agrees that I've been nice. ~wink~

8. Insert your own random thought here. 

Can I just tell you that this little man made me cry crocodile tears this past Sunday night as he sang, "Happy Birthday Jesus" as a part of the Christmas program at his church.  He never waivered even though the church was filled past capacity, probably 250 people there.  And, when he finished the congregation broke out in the biggest applause you can imagine and I thought my heart might just burst.  His dress rehearsal is posted on my Facebook page and we did not video the "real deal" because none of us wanted to be distracted.  We wanted to be able to soak up every last word he sang and we did. ~precious moments~

Friday, December 5, 2014

Friday Fragments

Half-Past Kissin' Time
The first week of December has sailed right by and before we can say 2015, it will be staring us in the face.  But, for now, let's enjoy some fragments of this past week with our gracious host,
 Mrs. 4444
If you are like me you are always looking for some quick and simple goodies to make this time of year.  Well, these Texas Fruit Cake Cookies/Candy "fit the bill."  I saw the recipe on one of my friends FB page and knew I wanted to give them a try.  It calls for both candied cherries and candied pineapple but I just doubled the cherries and did without the pineapple and they are so chewy and delicious.  If you would like to make these, click on my recipe tab above and it will be the very first recipe. Added note........I put wax paper between the rows when I stored mine in a container due to their "stickiness."  

 As far as progress on the new house it's pretty much the "same ole, same ole."  They are still laying the brick and finishing sheetrock.  Both of those jobs seem to take forever and other things are on hold until they are finished.  But, we did pick out our mouldings this past week and I think we are going to be very happy with them once they are up and painted.
And, our long awaited front door was delivered yesterday.  It was ordered some 4 months ago but since it is made overseas and was a custom order, it just took time.  It is an iron door and it weighs 830 pounds.  Yep, that's right!  And, little did we know that 3 very small built men would be delivering it and it was expected that our builder would have men at the site prepared to unload the door.  I mean, really!!!  We paid a "pretty price" for this door and we assumed that unloading it at the site was a part of the price.  But, with a little guidance from Hubby and a whole lot of willingness on the part of the delivery guys they figured out a way to get it off the trailer, slide it on to the front porch and no one hurt their back. I can hardly wait to see it once it is installed and not to worry, I'll sure post pictures so you can see. ~like you really want to~
 In the process of packing and preparing for our move I have run across some "real" treasures.  Many years ago my Dad gave me some very old books that were given to him by a member of his church.  I used the books to decorate a top shelve in our house and they have been up there for literally years.  Well, when I began taking them down the other day I began looking at the titles and the dates and these two really caught my eye.  They were both published in 1912 and can I just tell you that we could use a hefty dose of the etiquette and social graces talked about in these books today.  They were written in the day when men were "true gentlemen" and women were "true ladies" in all respects. 

This Sunday evening Hubby and I will be sitting front and center at the church our daughter and family attend.  Clancy will be singing his first solo for the Christmas program.  He will be singing "Happy Birthday Jesus" and this CiCi will have plenty of Kleenex handy for sure.  He loves to sing and has the sweetest little voice and I'm quite sure it will be one of the best parts of the entire program. ~a bit biased for sure~ 

Happy Weekend!   

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The 200th Hodgepodge

200 Hodgepodge posts, that means Joyce has come up with 1400 questions for those 200 posts.  That's a big heap for sure!  It's always fun to see what she comes up with week in and week out and some have been known to strain my brain a bit. ~grin~
1. What is something in your life right now that feels a little 'hodgepodge'?
Our house is somewhat of a hodgepodge right now.  Empty boxes are sitting around downstairs waiting to be packed and the upstairs has packed boxes everywhere. The dining room table has items waiting to be packed sitting on it.  Things are still very neat but very much a hodgepodge and it's quite obvious as you look around the house that "something is going on." ~just 3-4 more months~

2. What does 'peace on earth, goodwill to men' mean to you?

A time of kindness and generosity prevailing.

3. Which edible treat you are most looking forward to sampling this December?

Buckeyes!  I love, love chocolate with peanut butter and these fit the bill.  They are a peanut butter ball dipped in chocolate.  A caterer here in town makes them every Christmas and I always get a couple of dozen from her and eat a few and share a few. It's the only time of year that I even think of them. ~sugary goodness~

4. It's that most wonderful time of the you agree, and if so why is it so wonderful?  If not, what would you say is the most wonderful time of the year?

Anytime our family is together and enjoying each other is a wonderful time of year and the fact that we are celebrating our Savior's birth makes this time of year all the more wonderful.

5. What was the last word you looked up in a dictionary (actual or online) and why?

Oh, my, I can't remember the last word but it was probably just a day or two ago.  I am always looking up words, mostly for spelling.  Sometimes I have issues with not even being able to spell a word well enough to find it on the internet. ~what a shame~

6. Besides a Christmas tree, what is your favorite thing to decorate this time of year?

I enjoy decorating the dining table and sideboard and neither of them will be decorated this year.  Just too deep into the packing to do anything outside of a tree this year.

7. Share one thing you've learned (about yourself, people, or anything at all) in the Wednesday Hodgepodge, or through blogging in general.

It is so interesting to see the various way we all interrupt the questions and that, of course, affects the way we answer.  Hardly a week goes by that I don't chuckle at the different answers due to different interruptions. ~keeps it interesting for sure~

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

One of my friend's DIL has a photography business and while she was in town last week she did "pictures with Santa." My DIL took Hanna Beth and had her pictures done with him and they turned out just adorable!  I think the one of her and Santa walking down the road looks like a Norman Rockwell print.
 ~makes my heart smile~

Monday, December 1, 2014

HELLO Monday...........

It's the 1st day of December and we have only 4 more Monday's until Christmas. We have our tree up and that's about the extent of the decorations for us this year.  I have a lot of stuff already packed and ready for the move and I figure if we have a tree then "we're good to go."  Next year we'll be in our new house and my decorations will be ultra easy to get to and I'll have myself a fun time decorating for sure.  But, for now, some hello's............
 HELLO Thanksgiving memories.....There were only 6 of us around our table for Thanksgiving but I have decided that it doesn't matter the number, the preparation is all the same.  It is a lot of work!  But, when it all turns out good, that helps to diminish all the hard work.  Hubby is the "master" turkey carver.  He is such a perfectionist and had seen the video all over FB with the "correct" way to carve and he did that this year and it definitely worked well.  As you can see,he created quite a lovely dish out of our turkey.
All enjoyed the meal and of course, it's always special when family can celebrate holidays together and it would have been ever more special if all of our family could have been here.  But, many miles separate us from our extended families and it's a rarity for any of them to get join us. 
HELLO chalk painting........Last week I chalk painted this 50+ year old dresser for my DIL.  It was a dresser but by taking the mirrors off it makes a lovely chest for her to put the girls clothes and such in.  She wanted it purple and while we were both a little concerned about how it would turn out, we couldn't have been more pleased with the outcome.  It was a bit bright until it dried to the chalky color and once she gets the new knobs on it, it will serve her purpose very well.  Chalk painting is a wonderful way to transform a piece of furniture for sure.  

HELLO Christmas cards........Sending Christmas cards is quite a production, or, at least they are for me.  I enjoy sending and receiving Christmas cards but they are a whole lot of work.  For me, it's always a photo Christmas card and that means getting just the right pics for the card.  Then I still do a letter to enclose in a few of my cards to those that I am not connected with through social media.  Of course, the envelopes have to be addressed, stamped, stuffed and sealed.  It seems that fewer folks are sending cards but for now, I'm going to continue and I do hope that the folks on the receiving end, enjoy them. ~big smile~

HELLO 4 point buck.......Clancy was so excited when his Dad killed this deer on Sat.  They were at Clint's parents in Oklahoma when he landed this one. He was only a 4 point but a hefty one and will put a lot of meat on their table in the coming months.

HELLO 6th anniversary........Today marks the 6th anniversary of my Mom's death.  Life has never been the same but it does go on, just differently.  As I've said many times, there is just no one like your Momma. I still get, and likely always will, teary eyed when I remember this day but am so, so thankful that I had the privilege of being at her side when she drew her last breath.
~such precious memories~

Wishing you a happy December 1st!!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge

 It's Thanksgiving week and I know everyone is as "busy as a bee" just as I am.  But, got to make time to answer the questions that our Joyce faithfully comes up with week in and week out.  A happy Thanksgiving Hodgepodge.......................

1. Besides U.S. Thanksgiving, it's also National Game and Puzzle Week...what game have you played most recently, and who were you with? Have you worked a puzzle of any kind in the past week?
Well, now that would be easy..........Candyland about a month ago with one or both of the Grans, I can't remember.  I do know that neither of them have really grasped what losing is all about and it's just so cute to watch them when they have to move backwards.  They do know that isn't the direction they need to be going to win and thus, it is most unsettling for them.
No, can't remember when the last time was that I worked a puzzle.

2. What is one place you were thankful for this year?

I have thought about how thankful I have been to call this house "home" the past 33 years.  As we prepare to move from this house  into our new house my heart is filled with all kinds of emotions.  This is the house our children were raised in, the house where many, many family affairs have taken place and where Hubby has sweat blood and tears to keep the outside "picture perfect."  As I look forward to our new house, I'll always have cherished memories of this house and I look forward to the memories we will begin making in our new house.
3. Take a nap, watch football, go for an after dinner walk, or hit the stores...which ONE is on your must-do list for Thanksgiving day? For those of you playing along who aren't in the US, answer as it relates to any big holiday meal.

Well, none of these.  We will have our meal at noon and then around mid-afternoon we have friends, that we haven't seen in a couple of years, stopping by to enjoy some dessert with us and take out to see our new house.  The Princess will stay with us while her parents hit the stores later that day.
4. Besides Thanksgiving, what's your favorite home cooked meal?

I'm not sure if you are talking about the food or a particular holiday.  But, a meal would be grilled pork tenders, patio beans, potato casserole and congealed salad.  That is like the "standard meal" around here.  My family loves it and I figure that's a win win situation for me and for them.  I'm quite the pro at grilling pork tenders.
5. What product from an infomercial would you most like to own?

I haven't seen any infomercials in forever but one I remember from way back was the Chia Pet.  I would like to watch the grass, or whatever it is that resembles the hair on the pet, grow.  I remember the jingle most of all, "Chi, chi, chia."  I often see the "As Seen on TV" products at Wal-Mart but I never stop to check them out.  I'm out of the loop as to what it popular now.

6. Christmas shopping? Have you begun? Finished? Will you shop on Black Friday? How do you feel about stores opening on Thanksgiving Day? What percentage of your Christmas shopping is done online?

My Christmas shopping is done, boxed and waiting to be wrapped.  NO I will not shop on Black Friday, don't know that I ever have. I think all businesses should be closed the entire day on Thanksgiving like they use to be.  I hate it for the employees that work in retail but the almighty $$$ rules and stores opening later in the day on Thanksgiving has proven profitable so it will not likely ever be any other way.  I would say that 90% of my shopping this year was done via the internet.  In past years probably 75%.  It's the best thing since sliced bread!

7. What are you most grateful for that adds beauty to your everyday life?

Oh, my goodness, makeup!!!  I can probably count on 2 hands the days that I have not worn makeup since I started wearing it.  It is just a part of my morning and I am not one who has one bit of color with a naked face.  I'm grateful for all makeup but especially blush and lipstick.

8. Insert your own random thought here. 

We are all so proud of our Sadie Robertson who won the hearts of so many this season on DWTS.  For a young gal that had no dance experience to come in #2 in a competition such as this is quite amazing.  She has made us all so proud here in NE Louisiana. And, there is no doubt that her little light shined in a big way into the hearts of Mark, the judges and those who watched.  I'm sure it's just the beginning of great things for Sadie!

Blessings to all for a wonderful Thanksgiving!