Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Wednesday Hodgepodge

It's not even 2 weeks until Christmas and just one week from today our family will celebrate our Christmas while our Oklahoma family is here.  Sooooooo, let me get these questions answered and then back to "the task at hand." ~smile~

1. 'Hurry less, worry less'...what's your strategy for making that happen this holiday season? How's it going so far?
I can not stand to have to hurry if there's any way around it and I don't like to worry either, but sometimes, I must admit, I do give in to it.  But, I am very prepared and organized going in to the holiday season and haven't had to hurry yet due to my advance preparation.  And, as far as the holidays are concerned I can't really think of a thing I'm worried about right now.  So, I'd say it's all going very well so far and I'm hopeful it stays that way.  

2. Do you have a list of to-dos that accomplishing in order to prepare your home and/or property for the winter season? What are some of the jobs on your list? Are you a do-it-yourselfer or do you hire someone to accomplish these tasks?

Here at our new house there's really not much to prepare.  We do put a heater in the fountain to keep it from freezing and it has been put in place and Hubby has put insulated faucet covers over the outside faucets.  We have heat lamps on our outside hot water heaters and simply have to turn them on if the temps get low enough. ~and that hasn't happened since we lived here~  So, not a very long list for us and we sure are glad.

3. According to dietitians surveyed, the most popular health foods for 2018 will be -turmeric, sprouted foods (bean sprouts, breads with sprouted grains, etc), veggies in place of grains, dairy free milk, and pulses (lentils, chickpeas, etc).  What's the first thought that ran through your head when you read this list? Of the foods listed which one might you add to your regular diet? Also, can milk really be dairy free? Is it still milk?

My first thought was "this is some very weird stuff."  I could definitely add lentils and chickpeas to my diet and I am not a milk drinker in any shape, form or fashion but if I were to, I want whole milk. How can it be dairy free and still be milk? I'm just not sure it can be.

4. The Pantone Color of the Year for 2018 is Ultra Violet. According to the Pantone site 'Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking pointing us to the future.' What say you? Do you like the color purple? Did you see the movie or read the book-ha!?  Is purple a color you wear often? Describe for us one purple item in your home without using the word purple.  If you were in charge of such things what color would you select for 2018?

I think color is just that, color and I don't put a lot of stock into all that different colors communicate. I never think nor do I care what a color communicates, all I think about is whether I like it or not.  Yes, I do like the color purple, I mean our state's flagship university, LSU's colors are purple and gold.  And, yes I saw the movie and liked it.  I do not ever wear purple unless we happen to be watching an LSU game with friends.  The only purple item, other than a couple of clothing items, in our home is something that I always add to my hamburger. ~bet you can guess what that is~

5. Favorite book read this year?

It would definitely be Lysa TerKeurst's Finding I Am.  I not only read the book but did the Bible study associated with the book.  An awesome book and an awesome study.

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

Let me introduce you to little Rivers.  Rivers is the 4th child,  and 1st son, of Laura and Zach.  Rivers was 5 weeks old yesterday and little Rivers was born totally blind.  It has been such a devastating blow to Laura and Zach but I don't know that I've ever known a couple more dedicated to doing whatever they can for this little guy.  Laura and Zach take care of most of the maintenance at my husband's office and are a very hard working young couple.  They have 3 daughters, 8, 6 and 3 and those little girls are already busy learning Braille.  Our Sunday School department adopted this precious family as our Christmas project this year and I'm not sure who has been blessed the most, us or them.  It's what this season is all about and we are thrilled to minister to them during this time.  Please join us in praying that before this little fella is grown that there will be advances made in eye transplants and that he would be a candidate.  

Mid-week blessings to you!

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. Isn't that the truth about how is blessed more when doing an adopt-a-family program? Sounds like everyone has received something of value from knowing and supporting one another. That's so nice that the daughters are learning Braille. There are some good resources out there. When my daughter was very young and had low vision, there was a national program that we signed up for that would send her tactile toys and books at no cost. Older children who were blind or had low vision could order free books in Braille and/or tactile books. It's a service worth exploring if the family isn't already aware of it.

  2. He is just precious baby and it breaks my heart but God is good all the time. Solon was born with an eye condition and although its not nearly as severe, there is something so heartbreaking about not being able to fix it as a mom! Praying for that sweet family right now :)! xoxo ERIN

  3. Enjoyed reading all your responses, Lea, it is indeed such a wonderful feeling to have things running so smoothly during this busy season. Enjoy your family visit.
    Sending much love, thoughts and prayers for Little Rivers and his family, so thoughtful for your Sunday School to help them.
    Thank you for your visits and your thoughtful and sweet comments.

  4. Thank you for introducing us to Laura and Rivers. What a blessing you folks will be to that family, and not only at Christmas I feel sure. I have printed off a couple of your recipes to make and freeze and take up north when we go. So, that will be this weekend's project. Enjoy the rest of your week.

  5. How sad in ways, but what a beautiful little boy and otherwise healthy so that must be a blessing.

  6. I enjoyed reading your answers, Lea...I would love to be as organized as you. And oh my, what a precious little guy sweet little Rivers is! What a wonderful thing to do by adopting this family and addressing some of their needs. They certainly must be very a special couple for the Lord to have blessed them with this darling boy!

  7. The medical field advances by the minute and I do pray this precious little boy has sight one day. So wet glad he has a family who love and care for him so well. Enjoy Christmas with your family! When there is distance we celebrate when we can!

  8. I enjoyed reading today's answers, and especially your random thought. Rivers is precious.

    Kathy (Reflections)

  9. Uh, I just gotta say that I like all of those weird foods and have been eating them for years.

    Precious little Rivers! May the Lord bless him and his family as they move forward.

  10. I was trying to think of something purple that's in my house and remembered I wear purple glasses. I guess since they're on my face all the time, I forget I have them.

  11. You sound very organized Cici! I try to be but I also go with the flow, being flexible keeps me from worry and hurry! I will pray for your adopted Sunday school family, I can't imagine the challenges they face.

  12. It's a wonderful feeling when all things are organized and ready for the holidays, that is for sure.
    As of today all my gifts are wrapped and ready for gifting.
    We will celebrate Christmas next week with our immediate family, then gather together as a whole family on Christmas day at one of my sister's with mom as she was not able to travel to Wyoming. Mom is still in Rehab but doing better every day.
    Your book and Bible study sounds wonderful.
    How precious for your Sunday school class to adopt this special little guy. A bleeding in deed!

    Merry Christmas~

  13. Oops!! Blessing in deed. Spell check gets me every time :-)

  14. Oh my goodness Lea, I had so much to say until I read about that sweet little baby. What a precious story and I can only imagine how y'all are blessing to each other. We have some friends that had a baby and realized she was extremely vision impaired and wondered if she was even blind but she was able to have surgery and can now see light and shapes (maybe more) she also has other special needs issues, but her parents are just so wonderful with her and she seems to be quite a hoot. I think she's about 10 now. We haven't lived near them since she was a baby but keep up through Facebook. That was a long story, wasn't it? I hope you are having a wonderful week and only wish I was as organized as you. I used to be so organized and still am in lots of ways, but do spend time chasing my tail...LOL XOXO

  15. Your random thought has touched my heart deeply. Sounds like Rivers family is going to be the best support ever for that little guy.

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