If It Is Wednesday Then This Must Be A Hodgepodge!
The questions this week are mostly inspired by the holidays:
1. What does it mean to have the 'holiday spirit'? I think it means being filled with joy and wonder - you know....like seeing Santa for the first time. It also means showing love to people that you didn't show throughout the year....although I don't understand why we can't have that Christmas spirit 365 days a year.
2. What sits atop your tree (s)? Why?
A star because it was a star that shown over the manger in bethlehem and I love the whole concept of the star....and the light it gives.
3. When was the last time you gave yourself a pat on the back?
Sunday after the Open House. My daughter was asked by one of the Rock Mills ladies if she cooks better than I do, I was just outside the room and heard her answer, "yes!"....well...she does cook better than I do....BUT I set a beautiful table! We can't all be Martha Stewarts.
4. Which of your senses is most sensitive this time of year?
I would have to say smell. I love the smells of the pine, peppermint, spices, and wassail on the stove.
5. What do you have too much of in your kitchen?
This one is easy....it would be tupperware/plasticware. Before my dad died my mom bought me a set of a gazillion pieces of plasticware and I hardly use it. I have taken some to the church for people to use when they want to take leftovers home from a church dinner. It seems to be like rabbits and multiplies often.
6. What do you do for meals on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day? Big meal?
Up until this year Still Magnolias met for Christmas Eve breakfast at Cracker Barrel and we exchanged our gifts....but since Randy is in the hospital we won't be doing that this year. Christmas Day we would go to Amanda's for family brunch....but not this year because of Randy....and then Kat and Brian would come to our house for Christmas evening game night and chili.....This year we are having a Christmas Eve come and go Communion service at the church and Frank and I will be there. Missi and Clay are coming sometime that evening after Clay gets off and then Christmas Day night we are all going to the treehouse (Amanda's) to be together....Randy of course won't be there....but new baby Tommy will be and we are so excited. Kat and Brian will come sometime Christmas Day and we will have our family time and cook our food for that night. We have been invited to a Christmas Day breakfast at the Towler family. Marcie and her husband Tracy cook....sounds like fun. I like making new traditions.
7. What is the best thing about winter?
Getting in my jammies, wrapping up in a blanket, watching old movies or reading.
8. My random thought for today is: What is your favorite gift to get at Christmas....and why?
People think I am one of the hardest people to buy for....mainly because I don't go around saying....ohhhh I want that. If I want something....I get it....nuff said....BUT....I LOVE getting ornaments,
(the red apple on the right is one that some students did for me one year. The entire class signed a plastic red apple....how touching. It is over 15 years old and one of my most cherished pieces.) I love getting homemade things (you know scarves, paintings students did), whimsical and blinging pins (especially ones that can be made into necklaces), and smelly candles. I have some friends who live in North Alabama...they have themed trees in every room...but the room that interests me most is the one where they made ornaments out of every pin they ever got from a student (they both taught for over 30 years). They never threw away any pin...even if it broke...and lovingly made ornaments from them all. They are housed on a seven foot tree and the tree is covered. Of course, I teach high school and we don't get gifts from our kids like elementary teachers do....but that tree is awesome....believe me. Have a great Wednesday. Tomorrow starts finals here...woooo hooooo.
I am a woman who wears many hats and loves them all. I am a singer - I sing with the group Still Magnolias. I was part of the original First United Methodist Church Arbor Praise Team until we moved. After 24+ years of teaching English 11 and Spanish I - II at Benjamin Russell High School I decided to take a job closer to home. I now teach Spanish I & 2 at Randolph Co. High School and Wadley. I thought I was getting close to retirement and looking forward to it, but decided to move my cheese and try something different. I am a preacher's wife and a preacher myself. My husband Frank is the pastor at Rock Mills United Methodist Church and I am the pastor at Midway (Wedowee). It has made our conversations interesting, to say the least.