Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Our last Hodgepodge before Christmas because Joyce is taking a break next week and that's great with me.  If there are finishing touches to do then I'm sure that's what most of us will be doing. Probably won't have time to be blogging. ~grin~
1. What's your biggest 'first world' problem?
 We have beautiful acacia wood floors in our new house.  Never, ever did it occur to me that dark flooring would show every little thing and would track terribly.  If I had known, I'm thinking I might have reconsidered but it's too late for that now.  So, I've been spending a lot of time trying out different cleaners to no avail.  My sister in law was here over Thanksgiving and told me that all she has ever used on her wood floors is just plain ole water.  Well, that was simple enough and that's what I've done and it has made a big difference, especially in the tracking.  I'm thinking that any of the cleaners likely have some type of oily substance to add shine to the floors but it causes tracking terribly.  It's not like my floors are filthy, so plain water it will be from now on.  I will steam mop them about every 3 months and "call it good." I've spent way too much time fretting over this when in reality it is a small problem in the big scheme of life.
2.  Each year Time Magazine names a 'Person of the Year', someone who has 'for better or worse...done the most to influence the events of the year.' It was recently announced they've named Angela Merkel Person of the Year for 2015. You can read more about this year's selection here. Your thoughts? If you were in charge, who would you declare Person of the Year? 

I hardly know who Angela Merkel is but did enjoy reading the article concerning the choice of her as Person of the Year.  But, if I were "in charge" I would declare a man that, although well known in certain circles, would be unknown to most.
His name is Wade Akins and he is shown here with his wife, Barbara.  Wade entered the ministry as a very young man and as soon as he graduated from college he was off to the foreign mission field sharing the good news of Jesus.  Wade's primary focus in life has been to win the lost to Christ .  Wade is now 71 years old and has been on the foreign fields for almost 50 years and his impact will live on eternally.  His first wife died while they were on the mission field and 2 years later he married Barbara who was serving as a missionary in the same area.  Together they are sold out to wining souls to Jesus Christ. Could there be any greater calling?  I think not!

3. Do you have a nativity set in your home? If so share it's history and how you display the pieces.

I have had a nativity but currently I do not.  I have two  figurine type pieces of Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus.  They take up a lot less space and still convey the same message.

4.  Do you make an extra effort to give back in some way during the holiday season? How do you encourage those who need encouragement this time of year?

Yes, I do and it's generally with a compliment or encouraging word.  I had my car washed this past Monday and the man that dried it was working so hard to do a good job and he seemed very heavy hearted.  I slipped him a small tip told him what a good job he had done and the biggest smile came across his face.  It's what this season is all about for sure. ~sharing the love of that baby born in a manager~

5. Who is your favorite person to shop for? Why?

Well, I always enjoy buying for our children and Grans. They are most grateful and get very excited and it makes my heart happy to watch them.  But, this year our church sponsored an angel tree for the children of the women prisoners here in our city.  I chose a little 6 year old girl that needed a coat, hat and gloves.  I had more fun shopping for those items and found, what I think, is the cutest coat for her.  I hope she will be thrilled when she opens it.

6. What's the last delicious thing you ate?

Hummm......I made a Pumpkin Pie Cake for Thanksgiving and it really was delicious.  Now, I've eaten a lot of good things since then but  nothing more delicious.
7. The best way to spread Christmas cheer is________________.

being kind and thoughtful and sharing a warm smile

8. Insert your own random thought here. 

Okay, if you will indulge me one last time to comment about The Voice.........Last night was the finals and I nailed it as to who would win and the runners up would be.  I was absolutely thrilled that Jordan won!  Aside of his unbelievable voice, I feel like he had such a positive impact on the judges with his pure and sensitive heart.  I pray that the Lord will bless him with much success and that Jordan will be a testimony to those he comes in contact along the way.  It will be so interesting to see where he ends up.  
Lea @ CiCis Corner
Lea @ CiCis Corner

Hi there! My name is Lea. I've been wife to the best Hubby for 44 years....Mom to a son and daughter....CiCi to 4 precious Grans....lover of family and friends....enjoy laughter and a good time....shopper....picture taking maniac....maker of delicious fudge....organizational enthusiast....memory maker....Southern Belle...and most importantly.....a Child of the King! Welcome to my little corner!


  1. I'm thrilled about Jordan, too! Hope we see him successful and a big star. Merry Christmas!

  2. We missed the finale because our cable was out. Grrrr. But then again, first world problem : ) I'm going to watch some of the videos on Youtube. Merry Christmas to you in your lovely new home!

  3. I meant to watch the finale, but got distracted with something else. I'm sure that little girl will be over the moon with the gifts you got for her. Have yourself a Merry Christmas, Lea!

  4. We went with tile in our house and wish we had done wood flooring now. Good to know about the dark flooring. Our tile is so much work and it is throughout our home everywhere except for the carpeted room. I just got chills reading your random because I was so thrilled for him. What a voice! Getting those chills means it was meant to be, God placed him there for a reason.

  5. I'm about to pick out wood flooring for our new house, so I"m glad to know about the darker wood showing more tracks. I'll definitely keep that in mind!
    I agree with Jordan winning The Voice! The others were great too but he was just in a different league than they were. I hope they all have success though!

  6. My husband has always used Murphy's Oil Soap on our wood floors...enjoyed your answers to the HP and many Holiday Blessings to you.

  7. I enjoyed your story about Wade Akins. His reward awaits him!

  8. I have never had wood flooring, [mine is mostly tiled!] but I am afraid I would have stayed away from the darker wood as I would have assumed it is like darker carpet or rugs. They too always tend to show the lint and crumbs and things more. I have a REAL bad fetish about floors for some odd reason and have spent a great deal of my life fighting vacuuming and sweeping everyday. Talk about someone who needs to just let that little problem go, it would surely be me. Believe it or not I have never watched the voice though I have heard soo many talk about it soo much and with such favor that I am going to have to give it a try. Glad your choice won! Hope the rest of your week goes well!

  9. Enjoyed your HP as usual. Did you look up the flooring manufacturer's recommendation for cleaning them? I'd be careful with steam mopping that it doesn't dull the shine. I mostly just sweep my kitchen floor but have used a light mist of water from a spray bottle on the flat mop for a deeper clean. We've only had them since July, so yes, that I think I've mopped twice. Of course mine aren't dark. They're Brazilian Koa which hides well.

  10. I, too, am so happy that Jordan won on the voice. Have a Merry Christmas.

  11. I hope that you have a very Merry Christmas and happy new year, dear Lea.

  12. Always love your hodgepodge...wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas!

  13. Fun post and yes, dark floors show everything! I feel the same about the Voice also. Merry Christmas!


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