Isaiah 6:8

8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

First of December Hodge Podge

Welcome to December and another edition of the weekly Wednesday Hodgepodge. So glad you've joined in here today! If you've answered the questions in this week's random add your link at the end of Joyce's post. And be sure to spread some Christmas cheer by leaving a comment for the blogger linking before you. Here we go-

1. Did you watch The Charlie Brown Christmas special Monday night? Who's your favorite Peanuts character and why?  "Most psychiatrists agree that sitting in a pumpkin patch is excellent therapy for a troubled mind."~Linus  Would you agree?
We did not watch the special, although I have watched it many times in the past.   I just had too much school work to do.  I agree with Joyce, Charles Schultz was such a talented man and his simple message at Christmas is timeless. I love that the gospel of Luke is read aloud in the middle of a Charlie Brown Christmas. My favorite character is Charlie Brown with Linus running a close second. Would I agree with the wisdom of Linus? Yes. When the mind is troubled or weighed down with worry  seeking out a quiet corner in nature is therapeutic. Sitting somewhere in the great outdoors helps me put life in perspective. As a pastor I love to go and sit in the quiet of the church....when no one is there.  It is very therapeutic.

2. Describe a sound from your childhood. What does this sound bring to mind? 

The sound of a percolator perking reminds me of my dad making coffee in the morning.  I would hear the sound and then the smell of fresh brewed coffee would permeate my senses.  The sound brings back images of my dad.  I would love to find an old percolator coffee pot....just to have.

3. You've won a trip to a winter wonderland...would that excite you? Which one of the following would you most want to experience (or which one would you dislike the least)-see the Aurora Borealis in Norway, stay in
Sweden's Ice Hotel, go dogsledding in Lapland Finland, take a winter wildlife safari in Yellowstone or celebrate Winter Carnival in Quebec.
I would be thrilled just to have won a trip! Excited?  I would be over the moon and would choose the Aurora Borealis in Norway. The Northern Lights are on my bucket list. My cousin, Amanda, went to Norway last year for New Years Eve.  Her pictures were amazing.  It is a must see for me now.  To be honest I would be ecstatic with any of these awesome locations!  

 4. Who or what keeps you humble?  God, Frank, and Kat keep me humble.

 5. What part of preparing for Christmas do you like the most? Explain.
I love it all.  My favorite part is choosing the ornament Frank will make for our church members every year. I also love addressing and sending Christmas cards.  Which reminds me I need to get those in the mail.   I love getting Christmas cards, especially those with pictures or news of the past year.   There's something special about 'real' mail, and I think Christmas is an occasion that calls for real mail. I love putting the cards out for others to see. 

6. Gingerbread-yay or nay? Is making a gingerbread house part of your family holiday tradition?
My cousin Jan makes the most amazing gingerbread houses.  I made one at her house once.  I love eating gingerbread....just not so much into building with it.  Kat's in-laws make them each year as part of a family gathering.  They really enjoy it....and the houses are shared with others. 

 7. What's one thing you want to start, do, or complete before the calendar rolls into a new year?
I am doing a folk art painting and making a wreath for someone.  I hope I get them both done before Christmas.  I have 23 days to git em done.

 8. Insert your own random thought here.  Do you eat Claxton fruit cake?  Nasty? or Yummy?  How say you?  Do you give them away as hostess gifts?  Personally I do not eat them at all, the cakes or the little cookies.  I do not like the consistency of the cake....or the taste for that matter.  I have always thought the fruit used in a fruit cake had a bitter wang to them.  My grandmother used to make them and soak them in bourbon for a few days.  I was not impressed with those either as a child.


Wendy said...

Good luck with your Christmas projects. Christmas seemed to be ages away and now suddenly there are only 23 days! Need to get my cards finished and mailed too - I still like sending real cards too.

Denise said...

I hate fruitcake

Joyce said...

Fruitcake is just eh, although I did learn to like it a little while living in England. It's not something I make or seek out at Christmastime. Good luck with your projects!

Cheryl said...

I love that your hubby makes ornaments for your church members! What a great idea and I bet they really are appreciative! Good luck with your own Christmas projects too.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

That's a great memory from your childhood. I don't even know if my mom liked coffee. My dad is a tea drinker now but don't remember him having any at home. I'm telling you we need a ladies trip to see those lights. So many of us want to go to see them!!! I love sending out Christmas Cards but it is taking me forever to get motivated this year. I don't mind a fruitcake but haven't had one in years. My friend had a fun recipe that was pretty good. I'll have to look for it.