Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Joyce reminded us that there are just 4 Hodgepodges left before Christmas … somehow I thought that with Thanksgiving coming so early this year, we’d have a longer stretch of time before Christmas.  Obviously not!  But it’s ok … I’ve got almost all my gifts ordered … just need to get something for my youngest sister and for DD.  

1.  With that being said I think I need to dive right in to some Christmas related questions, don't you? Which do you prefer-pretty gift wrap with a bow or a pretty gift bag with/without a bow?  What percentage of your holiday gifts are currently (as in right this very minute) wrapped in some form or fashion?
Under the tree, a pretty box with gift wrap and a bow just looks so pretty, so Christmas-y.  But truth be told, I’m not too particular about how my my gifts are packaged.  Winking smile 

And none of the gifts that I’m giving are wrapped … only 1 gift is actually in my possession, and it’s still sitting unopened in the original shipping packaging. 

2.  What is one item on your Christmas list this year?
Honestly, I don’t have a Christmas list this year.  I have everything I need and so much more.  I’ve asked DD and DH to use the money that they’d spend on a gift to help someone who is in need. 

3.  What makes a home?
Love makes a house a home.  However, our house isn’t our home without our stuff … not the furniture, but the keepsakes and mementos that we’ve accumulated over the years, items that are reflections of who we are … the sea shells we’ve collected on our trips to the beach, the counted cross stitch pieces I’ve framed, the night light that my grandma handed down to my mom who handed it down to me, etc.  Those things help transform our house into our home. 

4.  Motown founder Berry Gordy celebrates his birthday on Hodgepodge Day-November 28th. Are you a fan of the Motown sound?  If so, who's your favorite Motown artist and/or song? Here's a list in case you're stuck.
Oh, how I love me some Motown.  In high school, my sister loved the Beatles … I loved Motown.  If I had to choose, I think I’d choose the Four Tops as my favorite artist/group, although I’d have to list the Temptations as an incredibly close second.  To me, the song My Girl by the Temptations just epitomizes the whole concept of the Motown Sound.  The choreography, the lyrics, the rhythm ... classic.

5.  Red or green-which one is more prevalent in your closet?
Red.  I have to admit that I like red better to begin with, but the fact that my favorite baseball team is the Cardinals guarantees that there will always be several red items in my closet.  Winking smile

6.  True or false-bacon makes it better? If you answered true, what's your favorite dish made with bacon?
I don’t eat a lot of bacon, but there are a lot of things that can be perked up or improved by the addition of bits of bacon – green beans, baked beans, tortellini salad, broccoli salad, tossed salad, breakfast casserole, roasted veggies.  Now I’m hungry for some bacon! 

7.  Share a favorite holiday memory.
When I was growing up, we always opened our gifts on Christmas Eve.  I remember that after we were done cleaning up after dinner, my dad would take us downstairs to play in the basement.  After a time, we’d hear sleigh bells … which of course meant that Santa was here!  And a little later, my mom would run downstairs to tell us that Santa had come.  Looking back  now, it should have been obvious … if Santa wouldn’t come until we were downstairs (out of sight), why did he always come when my mom was still upstairs?  I don’t remember asking why.  Maybe I did and just don’t remember.  Maybe I was naïve.  Or maybe I just wanted to believe.  Winking smile

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Monday night the Ts came over for a sleepover at Nana’s … mama was working the Scholastic Book Fair bright and early Tuesday morning – for free books!  We met DSIL at the pediatrician’s office (re-check on T#1’s mono and OV for T#2 whose rash has spread from her chest to much of her torso).  After we had lunch, we drove up to the Book Fair where we had a brief visit with mama and picked out some books … a few for them to add to their library at home and a few to add to the library at Nana’s.  Needless to say, it was another exhausting day ... but one that made my heart just so full.  I wouldn't have traded it for anything.

There’s nothing on today’s schedule, which means a lazy day here at Chez Nana.  That doesn’t mean that there’s not plenty that needs to be done here around the house, but it does mean that we can take our time, get to them whenever we’re ready … and that there’s also time to perhaps get in some work on my quilt and to watch last night’s NCIS. 


  1. I think the innocence of kids is what helps not see the obvious. What makes christmas so fun!!!!

  2. Hope your little with the mono is doing better. How lucky you are to be so close and have the ability to help when needed, but also to really know your grandchildren.

  3. Chez Nana sounds like an awesome place to visit. :)

  4. Love answer to #3! I think children are just so trusting, love the memory story.

  5. Chez nana sounds fun.

    As for Santa - I stil have fun with that every Christmas!

  6. Definitely watch last night's NCIS. It was a good one!

  7. Definitely agree with you on #'s 2, 3, and 4. Motown was my fav too. Funny how you can hear one today and be transported right back to that time.

    Hope the grands are doing better!

    Enjoy your day!

  8. We have to watch last night's "Dancing with the stars" and I have to keep knitting my Christmas gifts for the boys.

  9. You sound as busy, if not busier than I am. Life keeps us going, the Lord provides the strength. I love how helpful you are with your T's-taking them to the doctor etc. What a nana! Hope you have that relaxing day and find time with a needle and thread.

  10. Having mono is no fun...hope your grandbaby is better real soon! Poor thing...and so great that you can help out when needed. Enjoy your Wednesday, your new blog background! Very festive!

  11. I agree about using Christmas money to help someone in need. My hubby sent and email out last week to family members saying he would like them to DO something this month for a charity, or someone in need, then to write him a note about it and put it under the tree. The notes will be his gifts. I love the idea. It rediects everyone to thinking of others' needs during the holiday season.

  12. I agree with you - love makes a home and I don't care how my gifts are wrapped. lol sandie

  13. We got to open one gift Christmas Eve and wouldn't you know somehow they always guided us to the new pj's! Pretty slick!

    I agree with not needing any gifts at all! I have told our children with grands that a picture of them is a wonderful gift!

  14. Good idea about giving your gift to the poor so to speak. We did that one Christmas and honestly it was one of the best Christmases we ever had :) Hubby and me don't exchange gifts these days but I'm always looking for ways to help others through the holiday season and the year :)

    What a cute memory from Christmases long ago! I remember laying in bed and hearing sleigh bells, which of course was just my mom in another room.......but like you, I'm sure we did want to believe :)


  15. The Four Tops were a great group. I agree My Girl was awesome too. Of course red with your Cardinals!
    Santa came on Christmas Eve for us too. He came while we were at church.


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