Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. What's your favorite time of day? Why?
Early morning ... when it's nice and quiet and the day is new and full of promise. Ten years ago, my answer would have been so different! Back when I was working, I was sure I was a night owl ... looking back, I think it was out of necessity. By the time I got home and accomplished all that needed to be done around the house, I had to stay up late if I wanted to have any relaxing or "me" time.

2. Waffle iron, toaster, coffee maker, mixer, blender...which small appliance would you say most needs replacing in your house?
I'll say blender because we don't have one. We did have one, but we gave it to DD when she wanted/needed one ... we weren't using it, so she might as well use it.

3. It's National Grouch Day (October 15)...what's something that makes you feel grouchy?
Hmmmmm ... how about when my Cardinals blow a 4-run comeback in the bottom of the 10th.  Seriously, lack of sleep definitely makes me grouchy ... and unfortunately at this stage of life, lack of sleep is a common occurrence.  :-(

4. Ever been to Canada? Is that a country you'd like to visit? According to Trip Advisor, the top ten best destinations in Canada are-Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, Victoria, Calgary, Niagara on the Lake, Niagara Falls, Whistler, and Halifax. Which city would you most like to see?
I've never been to Canada, but I'd love to go! On my bucket list is a cruise to Alaska followed by a glass-domed train ride through the Canadian Rockies back to the U.S. I've priced such a trip, and alas, I think it'll be a permanent fixture on my bucket list.

5. What was your favorite food (or one of your favorites) when you were a child? Is that still a favorite?
I'm trying to remember ... #1 my childhood was a loooong time ago and #2 I've always loved food, just about any food (and have the lifelong battle with my weight to prove it).

6. Do you cry easily?
I'd say probably no not really, although certain things will get me every time. Like stories of mamas losing their babies (I've watched Steel Magnolias more times than I can count ... and I cry every. single. time.).

7. Have you started your (gasp!) Christmas shopping? If so when, and how much? If not, when will you even begin thinking about it?
I haven't started, although I've begun to think a little about Christmas gift giving. Every year, I buy Christmas ornaments for DD and the Ts, but this year I'm going to make my ornaments. I'm making them hexie wreaths. Here's my inspiration (I'm a member of a hexie group on Facebook ... another member shared a picture of her ornament and graciously allowed me to save it for inspiration).
I'll probably tweak my design, by putting the bow at the top near the bell ... all six hexies will be from the same fabric, too, as my stash of green is fairly limited. I need to remedy that for next year. ;-)

8. Insert your own random thought here.
The last several days have been busy ones here at Chez Nana. Last Thursday, I spent the day at DD's. We spent Friday at my dad's. The two older Ts had another USA Swim-sanctioned meet on Saturday and Sunday. And Monday all four Ts were here for the day. Fun but busy.  The next few days look to be quiet and relaxing, with plenty of time to spend with needle and thread.  All or nothing is the way my life seems to be these days.  ;-)

I hope that whatever you have planned for today includes a little something that brings you joy! Have a great day!


  1. I'd love to do the train trip too! I'm hoping to see Vancouver at least in the next five years, since my daughter is going to be living on that side of the country. Enjoy your Wednesday!

  2. I love the ornaments. What a good idea! Those will be soo pretty. Scary how quickly a few days can disappear huh? lol Enjoy your next few!

  3. Not sure about that train trip but as far as an Alaskan cruise - talk with a travel agent about prices. Our cruises were cheap - each less than $650 for a 7 day cruise. They were not advertised that way.

    I hope you get to spend some time quilting soon! It seems like forever since I've sewed ;( Maybe we can sew 'together' tomorrow or Friday!

  4. I've looked into a train trip too. I'm not sure why it is that I thought train travel should be inexpensive. LOL Hope you get your trip crossed off your bucket list. :-)

  5. That hexi Christmas wreath ornament is neat! I am wondering if it's fabric wrapped over a hexi-shaped piece of freezer paper??

    Hubs and I took the Alaska cruise from Seattle to Skagway and back over a weeks' time with Princess. LOVED IT (although he came back with double pneumonia). Would like to take that train ride you mentioned.

    Blessings to you -- I enjoyed reading your blog today.

  6. I'd be lost without my blender!!! I'm a smoothie lover :)

  7. Love the idea of making your own ornaments. So creative! =) Enjoyed your answers. I don't know if I could do without my blender. LOL Mine is seriously overworked. ;)

  8. That's a trip Hubby and I have often talked about taking. Hopefully, one day we will.

    Hope you have a great day!

  9. What a great idea making hexie wreathes! You have just inspired me.

  10. Split the trip up so it is two vacations... might be better on the budget that way? I was surprised I have been to 5 of 10 in Canada! Love the hexie wreath... might have to steal that idea.
    Enjoy your stitches.

  11. Love the answer to number 4, it made me laugh. Feast or famine here some weeks as well. We are either so busy we can't stop to even go the bathroom or have so much free time, we can sleep all week!

  12. Oh, I really do hope that one day you and your Hubby will get to go on an Alaskan Cruise. IT is such an awesome trip!

    Those ornaments are just too cute. I want a tree full! :o))

    Have a great rest of the week!

  13. What an adorable ornament! It looks just like you, too :)

    That trip on your bucket list sounds wonderful. You never know, you may get to go one of these days...

    I know just what you mean about lack of sleep being a common occurrence. It's more like a way of life for me!

  14. The only cruise that I recommend is an Alaskan cruise to see the inside passage. We left out of Vancouver and it is a great city to visit! My favorite part was the morning we spent in Glacier Bay, we saw a spectacular chunk of a glacier fall in to the water!

  15. How fun! I always like your answers.
    I think your ornaments are going to wonderful.

  16. I live in Canada and the Train through the Rockies is on my bucket list as well.

  17. The ornaments are so sweet...great idea to deck your tree out with these!

  18. I feel exactly the same way with answer #1. Love to take a cruise to Alaska.

  19. I like to make smoothies in the morning so I love having a blender. I have bought a few gifts for Christmas but it always seems to show up too quickly. That ornament looks really cute.


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