Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Time for a little Hodgepodge this 7th day of December.  Not only do we remember Pearl Harbor but I remember this day 14 years ago.  It's the day our daughter got married.  What great memories!  Now, on to answer these fun questions...............

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?
I'm about a 7 and my favorite thing to decorate is the tree, it's not the size of the tree but just the fact that it isn't Christmas to me without a tree of some sort.  Yes, mine is done!!! ~thank goodness~

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 found this "sort of" all in one type nativity a couple of years ago and it was perfect for the look I wanted.  I have it placed underneath our tree and I think it looks so pretty against the shimmering tree skirt.

3.  Do you live in a social neighborhood? If so are you glad? If not do you wish you did?
Yes, we do live in a neighborhood, there's only about 9 houses and won't be but maybe 2-3 more, so it's very small.  I would have to say it's not all that social, if that means seeing your neighbors face to face.  We know all of our neighbors but generally a wave as we pass in our cars is about as social as it gets.  I think neighborhoods have changed so much over the years and with most it's not a lot of socializing.  I don't think, as a society,  we run over or stop by without checking first and sometimes that can be just too much trouble.  I haven't even given it a thought but perhaps I should try being a bit more social here with my neighbors. ~grin~ Because, after all, I am a VERY social person.

4.  As the saying goes, 'there's no time like the present'. How does that ring true in your life right now?
Well, this is pretty much my motto.  I figure if something needs doing then why in the world would I wait to get it done. ~big chuckle~  Unless of course there are extenuating circumstances.  I really do not get a big thrill out of wrapping gifts but someone has to do it and it's our gifts so I have gotten the bulk of them wrapped with only 2-3 left. Waiting didn't make it any more appealing to me, so I just jumped in with both feet and "got er' done!"  Yep, there's no time like the present!!!

5. Do you dread Mondays? Why or why not?

I love Mondays because it's the beginning of a new week and I use my Mondays to prepare for the week ahead in hopes that things will go smoother that way.  I've always liked new beginnings and I'm looking forward to a new year as well.  The only thing, new weeks and new years, they all add up and are a sure sign that I'm getting older. ~ugh~

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 love red poinsettia's and have two in a container on our breakfast table.

7. Share a favorite quote from a Christmas movie.
Not exactly a quote, but I'm thinking this would be a great code for the human race as well!

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
As I mentioned, 14 years ago these two "tied the knot."  It is still a favorite memory for me and they have blessed us with the 2 most precious little boys.  Here's to many more happy years!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Tis the Season

 With only 20 days left until Christmas, I'd definitely say "tis the season."  I have decorated all that I'm going to and I'm pleased and I guess that's really all that matters.  It doesn't take me long to put it up or take it down and that makes this gal very happy!  There was a time in my life that I put up 4-5 trees, ran garland everywhere there was a spot to run it and Christmas was evident everywhere you looked.  But, I'm definitely at a different season and "less is more" now. 😀
The stockings are hung  and I'm so pleased with my new stocking hangers.  The mantle in our new house is not high enough to keep the stocking from getting to hot or catching on fire when the logs are burning.  So, I had to come up with something else and I found this attractive holder at Plow and Hearth and love them. And, they are a good match to the fireplace screen.
I changed from a whimsical decor to a dressier decor on the tree this year.  It is done in silver and pearl mercury glass ornaments.  (that really do not show up in this picture).  And, since it is placed in the foyer/dining area I carried the mercury glass look over into the dining room.
I have some "fun touches" in the kitchen and living area.  I've had this Mr. Santa and Mrs. Claus figurine for 30+ years and I love it.  It is by United Design and I'm not even sure they are in existence any longer.  
I added some lights to the topiaries , wreaths on the two porch windows and Christmas pillows to the benches.  Those new handrails would sure be pretty with greenery and lights as well.  But........... ~chuckle~

And, now I'm working on our Christmas cards.  I do enjoy sending them but it is such a huge "labor of love."  I've been doing the photo cards for the past several years and this year is no exception.  In fact, we had a photographer come here to the house and do pics of us with the Grans for our card and of all the pics she took we were fortunate to get one that would work, but, since one was all we needed, that was good.  Anytime you try to get 6 people co-ordinated for a picture and 2 of them are babies, then I'd say your lucky if you get one good one.  Anyway, while waiting on the cards to arrive I'm busy getting the envelopes ready with addresses and stamps, so all I'll have to do is stuff and seal them once the cards arrive.  I always order colored envelopes for my cards, I LOVE colored envelopes!  And, I make cute labels with the addresses of all those I'm sending the cards to and I order our return labels from a gal on Etsy.  So, I do put in a lot of time and effort and hopefully everyone that receives one enjoys it. ~wink~  I counted up the times I actually touch each envelope the cards go in and it is 5 times.  And, I likely make it a much more daunting task than is necessary but it's how I like to do my cards and I'll keep on doing it this way until I grow weary of it.  And, I generally do a newsletter for those out of town but did not do that this year.  I figure with social media that it's probably just a repeat of what most folks already know. 

Be sure and enjoy this Christmas season!!!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Wednesday Hodgepodge

 It's Wednesday and time for Joyce's thought provoking questions......
NOTE:  I have no idea why Blogger will not allow me to increase the size of my font in the first 6 questions.  So, so aggravating but I guess it has a mind of it's own this morning.  I'm so sorry as I know it is almost unreadable! Ugh!

1. Give us three rhyming words that say something about your Thanksgiving holiday (or your most recent holiday gathering if you didn't celebrate Thanksgiving).
I'm not a poet and I know it! 😏  But, 3 "unrhyming" words would be: fun, memories and lots of noise!
2. When did you last say, 'the more the merrier'? Did you mean it?

I'm sure I have said it, but I have no idea when the last time was that I said it.  And, I'm not sure that "the more the merrier" is always true.  Sometimes "less is better."😄
3. What's one piece of advice you'd give someone who is your same age?

Just one piece?  I have lots but one piece would be to enjoy each day because we're not getting any younger.
4. You're ordering a veggie plate, what four veggies are on it?

Oh, I could live on veggies. My four would be: corn, okra, cabbage and broccoli.
5. Shop til you drop! Did you? Have you ever? Will you between now and Christmas?

No, I did not!  I don't think I've ever shopped in actual stores on black Friday and likely never will.  I did get a couple of items off the internet on Black Friday but that's it.  I have definitely "shopped till I dropped" but will not be doing that between now and Christmas.  90% of my shopping is done.  I just need to get it wrapped.
6. What's your favorite chair in your house, and why is it a favorite?

Oh, my recliner!!!  It's where I land after dinner each evening that we are at home.  Hubby has his and I have mine and we share a table that is between them. ~isn't that sweet~
7. Share an early memory of faith, religion, or spirituality.

When I was about 8 years old I wanted a Chatty Cathy doll for Christmas.  Funds were very, very limited at that time and I remember my Daddy telling my brother and me that we would get very little that year for Christmas.  We had some precious neighbors that did not have children and loved us dearly.  They asked my parents what they could get us for Christmas and they ended up getting us the 2-3 items that my brother and I really wanted.  Afterwards my Dad explained to us how the Lord used our neighbors to provide us what he and Momma could not afford for us that Christmas.  And, he further explained how the Lord always provides our needs and often provides over and beyond our needs.  My childhood was filled with many examples of HIS faithfulness through some tough financial times.  But, those times provided me with some precious memories  and gave me a firm foundation of God's faithfulness.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
I am always singing the praises of Amazon and that's especially true this time of year.  It has to be the easiest shopping there is.  My daughter and DIL make wish lists in Amazon for the Grans and I merely go over and check the items I want and "wa-la" it's done.  It's scary, it's so easy and if you are a Prime Member, the shipping is super fast.  I mean, why would anyone want to do any other kind of shopping.  I know some folks just have to see, touch and feel, but I don't.  And, should you need to return something, Amazon has made that a painless procedure as well.  I think Amazon should hire me to be their "poster girl."  😀
Added note: Don't forget Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love is on tonight.  I can't wait!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Monday's Musings

Okay, now where did I leave off?  It's hard to believe that one week ago our daughter and our 2 grandsons were here and we were preparing for Thanksgiving.  Now, a week later, and Christmas is staring us in the face.  I so wish that there was a longer time between the two very special holidays.  But, it's always been that way and I'm pretty sure it will continue to be that way. ~ho-hum~

Meanwhile, we had a good time with family this past week.  Bridget and boys arrived and then Tommy's sister and her husband arrived a couple of days later.

Andi Kate was just beside herself over seeing Coleman and couldn't love on him enough.  They are 6 months apart but she's already got this whole "mothering" thing figured out.  They were too cute!

Coleman is one busy little boy.  We never knew where we might find him if he got out of our sight.  And, looks as though he's going to be a climber. ~fun-fun~

Clancy could hardly wait to go hunting and it was a most successful hunt.  Poppa took him 2 mornings and Clancy killed a doe one morning and a buck the next morning.  I'm not sure who was the most excited, he or Poppa.  Tommy started hunting when he was Clancy's age and has been enjoying it ever since.  He definitely doesn't hunt like he once did, but he still enjoys it once in a while and especially when he gets to take Clancy and teach him the ropes of hunting.  They will have a freezer full for sure!  And, in case you are wondering, Clancy did kill both deer by himself.  He held his own gun and pulled the trigger.  He already has a very good eye.

Bridget left on Wednesday morning headed home to Oklahoma and it was extremely quiet around here.  But, if things work out, the whole family will come back for Christmas.  It's was a special family time and the kids really enjoyed being together. Susan and Steve left Friday morning and I spent the rest of the day catching up and getting ready to start some Christmas decorating.  As I said, I so wish there was more time between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

This is random, but wanted you to see our handrails at the front steps.  It took a while to get these once we ordered them but they were worth the wait.  We are so pleased and think they add a very nice touch to the front of the house.  And, they will serve as an aid  to anyone who may need some assistance coming up the steps.  

Wishing you a great week as we enter the Christmas season.  Try not to get your "tinsel in a tangle."

Friday, November 18, 2016

A Bit of This and That

Last weekend Hubby and I enjoyed some time in Dallas with friends.  
Our first stop was the Dallas Arboretum.  It was just beautiful with all the fall plants and pumpkins were in abundance.  The weather was perfect for a leisurely stroll through the gardens.  We stayed at the Westin Galleria and it doesn't get much better than your hotel being attached to a mall.  Gerri and I enjoyed some "power shopping" on Saturday.
 On Saturday evening we drove over to McKinney to enjoy a delightful meal with great entertainment.  A long time friend of ours, who happens to have an awesome voice, entertains at a restaurant there on the 2nd Saturday of each month.  It's an old warehouse turned restaurant, a most casual atmosphere where we kicked back and so enjoyed listening to tunes by Frank Sinatra, George Strait, and Michael Buble, to name a few.  It was definitely "the pause that refreshes."
While we were browsing through some of the shops I saw this sign and chuckled out loud as I read it.  Don't we all know some folks that this fits?  
It's the Friday before Thanksgiving and it's all hands on deck here at our house.  Well, guess I should say, it's my hands that are on deck!  Things will be all abuzz around here beginning tomorrow afternoon.  Our daughter and our Grandsons will arrive to spend a few days and then on Monday we'll have more family arriving.

I've been busy trying to get some food prepared ahead of time as it seems that meals roll around way too often.  This is  egg casseroles and I made some Pumpkin Bread that I thought would go well with the casserole for a good breakfast.  I'll bake my usual pound cake in the morning and I'll go later this afternoon to get the rest of the groceries I need for the other meals.  AND, I must confess, I will not be cooking for our Thanksgiving meal.  AND, I also must confess, I do not feel one bit guilty. ~grin~ We will go to our lovely country club and enjoy their splendid buffet and I'll leave the cooking and clean up behind.  I figure after all the other cooking I'll be doing that by Thanksgiving Day I may be plum "tuckered out" in the cooking department.  
 In my last post I referred to having my blogs printed in book form at the end of every year.  I had 2-3 fellow bloggers ask me to give more details about that, so here it is.  There may be other websites that do this but I have always used Blog 2 Print and am most pleased with them.  You have a wide choice of covers, a choice of soft back or hardback and I have always done hardback.  You can omit using any pictures to save space but I think the pictures add to the interest of the book.  Mine are about 300 pages and have cost me around $150 each.  If you omit the pictures you can really cut down on the pages and that will cut down the cost considerably.  So, hope this helps you other blogging buddies in deciding if you would like to bind your blogs into book form.  
May you be especially blessed as we celebrate Thanksgiving.  Wishing you all a great time of making memories with family and friends. 
NOTE: This will be my last post until after Thanksgiving. ~just so you know~😊

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Happy Hodgepodge

I can't believe that Joyce is actually doing a HP today as she's barely in her new home and I'm betting is still unpacking boxes.  But, she's a trooper and we do all appreciate her devotion to our Wednesday gathering.

1. Let's all think happy thoughts...share one of yours here. 
America is on the path to being great again!

2. There's a Chinese proverb that says, "If you want happiness for an hour take a nap, if you want happiness for a day-go fishing...." What say you? If you want happiness for a day _____________.

let it go

3. Where do you go to decompress from the world around you? 
Crawl in my recliner that looks out into our back with the pretty landscape and pond while all is quiet on the inside of the house.  I love a quiet house. 

4. What song never fails to make you happy? 

Great is Thy Faithfulness and when it is sung by Jordan Smith (The Voice winner last year) it makes me doubly happy.  Just awesome!!!!  Added note: I don't think the talent on The Voice this season can even compare to the talent of last years. ~that's just my opinion~

5. Wednesday is National Fast Food Day. Should that be a thing? Apparently it is, so tell us what's the last 'fast food' you consumed? If you were putting together your own version of a 'happy meal' what would you include? 
On our trip to Dallas this past weekend we ran through McD's and I got a Bacon,Egg and Cheese Biscuit with a cup of coffee.  Breakfast is my favorite meal so my version of a happy meal would be: scrambled cheese eggs, crispy fried bacon, a fluffy biscuit with grape jelly and grits with butter and sugar. I rarely have such and that's likely a very good thing. ~smile~

6. In a few sentences tell us why you blog. 
I was going to start journaling when our first grandchild was born, 8 years ago.  I was telling my daughter of my plans and she suggested that I blog instead and it would still serve the same purpose.  So, even though I really had no idea what a blog was, I began what has become a most enjoyable past time.  I have my blogs printed into a book form at the end of each year and I hope that when I'm gone from this earth that they will be something my children and Grans will enjoy browsing through.

7. List seven things you're feeling especially grateful for today.
1. The assurance I have of knowing this world is NOT my home.
2. Sharing life with a husband that has loved and respected me for 45 years.
3.  A son and daughter that make me proud.
4. 4 precious Grans that melt my heart.
5. My Dad who is still so wise and often imparts that wisdom to me.
6. An awesome extended family.
7. Wonderful friends that divide my grief and double my joy.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
I don't know about you, but I got a bit addicted to Fox News the weeks prior to the election.  I would turn it on at various times throughout the day to check in and then watch it every evening.  I have never gotten into an election before and it just about wore me  out.  But, it sure did make for a fun time  very early last Wed. morning.~a victory celebration~  But, I'm weaning myself off the news now.  Enough is enough!  I think I'd be a lot better off using the time I was watching/listening to the news in prayer for our new President elect.  He has such a task ahead of him and the media will be coming at him from all directions. ~heaven help him~

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

A Mid-week Check-in

Oh, my goodness! Will we ever learn to not listen to the pundits and the polls??? I have an idea yesterday's election proved that anything is possible!  Now, I pray that President Elect Trump can bring a very divided country together in the coming months.  We, as Christians, need to be lifting him in prayer each and every day.  He has his work cut out for him but I truly believe that he will "make America great again!"

Today is my Dad's 87th birthday.  I had a celebration dinner for him last night with some of his dearest of friends.  I made sure to not allow the election results to interfere but we did have a muted TV on in the background. ~grin~ We are most blessed to still have this wise man in our midst.  He walked right up to death about 5 1/2 years ago and it's still hard to believe that he survived and is really doing very well.  
Hanna Beth had to do a poster of the First Thanksgiving last week.  I was pretty impressed with her work and I especially like her cotton ball clouds.  How cleaver!!  I didn't know such projects started in 1st grade, but then, what do I know. I do know that some of my most dreaded days, when raising our two children, was when they walked through the door announcing they had a project assignment.  ~I do NOT miss those days~

I put a few Thanksgiving touches around the inside of the house last week.  I love Thanksgiving and feel that it often gets short changed.  It seems that everyone starts thinking of nothing but Christmas once Halloween is over.  I sort of wish that there was a longer span of time between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  But, it's always been this way and always will be. ~don't you agree~ I just think the season of thankfulness deserves to be justly honored.  Of course, we should live in a season of thankfulness if the truth be known.

Speaking of Thanksgiving, I can't believe it's just 2 weeks away.  Our daughter and two grandsons will be coming in for a part of the holiday and a couple more family members.  So, I will be busy trying to do some "advance preparation."  I like to have a handle on the meals ahead of time, it makes things go smoother. It will be a busy, memory making few days around here.  

In the meantime, we're going to take a quick weekend trip out to Dallas for a little fun and I should have some fun blog fodder to share next week.  Catch up with you then.................