Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge

I can’t remember the last time I was able to participate in the Wednesday Hodgepodge … I’m excited to be able to participate in the 200th Hodgepodge.  It seems only fitting since I was able to participate in the inaugural Hodgepodge.  Winking smile

1. What is something in your life right now that feels a little 'hodgepodge'?
My house is a little hodgepodge-y right now as I’m “collecting” gifts … they’re arriving piecemeal, and I’m going to wait until I have all (or at least most) before I drag up the wrapping paper to wrap them and put them under the tree.

2. What does 'peace on earth, goodwill to men' mean to you?
This doesn’t mean goodwill amongst men or between men as so many think at this time of year.  It doesn’t mean the kind of peace that most of us look for.  Instead, I believe that it tells us that through Jesus Christ, there will be peace and goodwill from God to those who choose to believe in Him

3. Which edible treat you are most looking forward to sampling this December?
Spritz cookies.  My daughter and I get together and bake cookies every December, and while we are always on the lookout for new, yummy cookies, Spritz cookies are always on our “must-make” list … at my request.  Not only do they remind me of my Grandma B who made them every year for Christmas, but I love them … they’re not too sweet, they’re small and bite-sized, and they can be pressed and decorate in festive Christmas fashion. 

4. It's that most wonderful time of the you agree, and if so why is it so wonderful?  If not, what would you say is the most wonderful time of the year?
I do love the Christmas season … it’s such a special time for so many reasons.  It’s a time of getting together with family and friends, it’s a time of gift-giving, and most importantly it’s a time where we make a point to remember the most precious gift of all … a Savior. 
for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

5. What was the last word you looked up in a dictionary (actual or online) and why?
I looked up the word “antiphony” last night.  I was listening to music on Pandora and happened to read the description provided for the song I was listening to … and saw “antiphony”.  I didn’t have a clue what it meant … so I looked it up.

6. Besides a Christmas tree, what is your favorite thing to decorate this time of year?
I don’t do a whole lot of Christmas decorating, but I do put up a tree and put out my Christmas village and nativity set, as well as a few other decorations.  I’d have to say that our Christmas village is my second favorite thing to put out for Christmas … it was made by my sister-in-law and was her wedding gift to us. 

7. Share one thing you've learned (about yourself, people, or anything at all) in the Wednesday Hodgepodge, or through blogging in general.
I’ve learned that I don’t have to have met someone “in real life” to be able to call her a friend … I’ve made several close friends while blogging.  I’ve also learned that I’m not the only one with idiosyncrasies and quirks … it’s kind of a nice feeling to know that I’m not alone.   

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
We got the tree up and decorated and all the rest of the decorating for Christmas is done.  Whew!  I don’t know why, but getting all the lights connected together so they work is such an ordeal for us (the tree is in three parts, and the lighting has to be connected and then plugged into an electrical outlet).IMG_2702

I’ve been summoned for jury duty next month … this will be probably the 6th time that I’ve been called.  Surely there are plenty of other people who haven’t served … why can’t they call on them? 

DD and T#3 finally came to an agreement on the fabrics for his quilt.  We’re going with a very light gray and a darker gray with a black for the center block and the narrow border (all solids … in spite of gray being so popular right now, it was impossible to find a very light and a darker medium true gray in mottled/marbled prints).  He wants the same quilt that I made for T#1, but with the different fabric, it shouldn’t look too much like a copy-cat quilt.  Winking smile  Hopefully his quilt will work up as quickly as T#1’s did.

I am due (actually a little overdue) for my annual check up and mammogram.  I’ve been wanting to change doctors for some time now, but between I put it off until too late.  I thought I had a doctor selected, and even had an appointment scheduled for next week, but between my experiences and what I’m hearing now from others, I’m not so sure I want to switch to this doctor.  My other option is an internist, but that means I’ll have to get an ob-gyn as well.  I’m almost thinking that I’ll schedule this year’s check up with my current doctor and then make the switch after the first of the year.  I’m thinking that it might just be easier to wait … and avoid the stress of trying to find two new doctors and trying to get worked in with as busy as this month is. 

I’ve got a free day today … one of only a half dozen this month, and I’m going to spend it in the sewing room! 

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


  1. The tree lights are always my biggest nemesis too!

    Changing doctors is always a challenge. I did it this year too. Good luck.

  2. Good morning! LOVED your answer to #2 and totally agree. And I can somewhat pic the new quilt your beginning for T-3, and I think it's going to be great. Looking forward to seeing it come together. I've got SOO much sewing to get to with this new baby my head is swimming in it all. We are still settling on a pattern for the quilt, but I think she's got the colors down. Finding a new doctor is always a challenge and a frustration. Good luck to you on that. And btw, I think your plan of getting your check up down for now and looking into this next month sounds like a good one. Enjoy your day Kathy! I "hope" to finish up my tree skirt. I am quilting it myself, so it's a challenge for sure! lol

  3. Your tree and fireplace look pretty! We have a tree that comes in 3 pieces too and it's always a "cross your fingers" time when we put it up and plug it in! I use outside lights too and each season I need to throw away a string or two of lights and buy some more. Fingers crossed that everything stay lit ALL the way to New Year's Day!

  4. last year the middle section of our tree didn't work! we had to put a string of lights in that part - now this year do we get a new tree or go with the old and do the extra string of lights again - somehow we haven't even felt like getting it out yet. I had to go with a new GYN this year as mine retired - I see him the beginning of January I had my last one for 10+ I wonder what this one will be like

  5. Keep it simple - what a nice way to decorate your home, to enjoy the usual (tree, gifts, etc) along with honoring our Lord. Our house is now decorated too, but upside down at the same time as we're painting and reflooring the bedrooms. So that's what today holds for me.

  6. I liked your answer to #2, about peace and goodwill! And I hadn't even thought about Spritz cookies yet. YUM. They are one of my very favorites! Butter, sugar, flour. Isn't it amazing how many different cookies we can make from those three ingredients. lol

  7. Spritz cookies are a favorite of mine, too! They're just the BEST! I've bought a lot of Christmas presents online, too. Waiting for them all to arrive! Your tree and mantel sure look pretty, Kathy!

  8. Great answers! I'd go with the old doctor for now and change next year. Too much other stuff to worry about. I've been on the phone all morning (while hoping it doesn't drop like it has been doing) concerning insurance, doctors and scheduling appointments (dentist for me and kids, GI for Em) and various other things. I think after a trip to the recycle it is time to sew before picking kids up from school. I deserve it!

  9. First of all, I love your village, and the fact that family made it for you makes it all the more special :) What a great thing to pass down to family one day.

    Also, you know I love the beach scene hanging above your mantel :) If I had a place to put one, I'd have one, too.

    Lights are always the biggest challenge of Christmas decorating. It just wouldn't be Christmas if all of the lights lit up on the first try!

    I wish you well with changing doctors. That's such a headache! I just had my mammogram done, and got the results the day before Thanksgiving... Just one more thing to be thankful for!

    Enjoy your sewing day. As for me, I'm still decorating...

  10. 6 times for jury duty? That's crazy. You must be a great juror :)

    I know I'm going to have to switch docs next year when my insurance changes... sigh... dreading it.

  11. I looked up selvage in the dictionary. I knew what it was, but I wasn't sure of the spelling. There are actually two correct spellings - selvage and selvedge. Changing health care providers is stressful. Hope you can find someone with whom you feel comfortable. Lovely decorations for the Christmas season. May the Lord bless you and your family.

  12. Yum, spritz cookies. I love your answer about what you've learned from blogging. Your tree looks so beautiful!

  13. Hi Kathy, I loved reading all your answers. O.k. so did you take the picture of your tree with your Iphone or camera? I'm going to use my IPhone and see how it turns out.
    Love all your decorations. I'll put photos of our dinner tomorrow. I had three grands here this morning and we had our sewing, so now my afternoon is free and I'm heading downstairs. Have a great afternoon and evening.
    Hugs, Noreen
    ps-I'm glad to call you a friend, a sister and a blogging buddy.

  14. Oh I haven't done any decorating yet. Maybe Friday will be the day. Great questions and answers! Picking the fabric for a quilt is half the battle look forward to your posts about it.

  15. I haven't thought about Spritz cookies in a long time. They are so good and I know you and your daughter have a good time sharing this fun together.

    Choosing Drs. these days is such a chore. I hope you can find someone you will feel confident in and be happy with.

    Happy mid-week!

  16. Hey Friend, glad we met in blog land and hope to do it in real life one day too! Good luck finding a new doctor. We just switched. We carefully chose the clinic. Then we tried a doctor feeling that we would just request a different one every time we went until we found someone we liked. I think we got very lucky though, cause we both really liked the first doctor we tried! Hope you have similar luck. ~Jeanne

  17. I love your village. That is so pretty! Mine is a lot of work to set up, and I don't have the exact right spot in this house for it, but I make it work. I like when it's done : ) Anything relating to Christmas lights is a little stressful I think. But they are one of my favorite things about Christmas.

    So glad to know you through our blogs. There are a handful of originals here!

  18. It is definitely the time of year to have our homes in a state of hodgepodge! I haven't even started shopping or decorating. Spritz are the best, I make them every year! Okay I can officially say that the last word I looked up was "antiphony" because I just had to see what it meant. Your tree and mantle look lovely.


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