Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. Did you watch The Charlie Brown Christmas special Monday night? Who's your favorite Peanuts character and why?

I did not watch it. I don't have a favorite Peanuts character. I know they are loved by many, but I never saw them as endearing or interesting.

"Most psychiatrists agree that sitting in a pumpkin patch is excellent therapy for a troubled mind."~Linus  

Would you agree? 

I do agree. Not that it necessarily has to be a pumpkin patch, but getting to be outside and sitting soaking up nature does a world of good.

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

The squeal of buggy wheels cutting through the snow on a cold winter morning. I used to love that sound. It's something I haven't heard in twelve years.

Thinking about this sound takes me back to when I was a little girl. Our entire family was bundled up warmly and we children would sit close to each other in the back of the buggy while wrapped up in a nice warm buggy blanket as we headed for church.
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 love to see the Aurora Borealis in Norway. With winter being my favorite season I wouldn't mind going to any of these places. Although the ice hotel doesn't sound particularly appealing.
4. Who or what keeps you humble? 

Children have this way of keeping you humble.
5. What part of preparing for Christmas do you like the most? Explain. 

I'm not sure what part I love the most. I really enjoy this time of year. Putting up our tree is certainly a part I really enjoy, but I also really like the time the children and I spend in the kitchen creating treats and baking cookies. Our homemade Christmas lends a certain air of secrecy to the house as everyone tries to create gifts without the others seeing what they're working on.
6. Gingerbread-yay or nay? Is making a gingerbread house part of your family holiday tradition?

Gingerbread = nay. I like creating gingerbread houses, but prefer using graham crackers rather than actual gingerbread.
7. What's one thing you want to start, do, or complete before the calendar rolls into a new year? 

I had really wanted to wrap up a writing project this year.
8.  Insert your own random thought here.

There has been so much happening recently. So much I could have been blogging about, but somehow it seemed like a time to simply step back, to feel, to be there, and cherish the moments of this fleeting life.


  1. Homemade Christmas sounds like so much fun!

  2. We both agree on the humility question! Have a wonderful week.

  3. Hi Mary Ann,

    Aurora Borealis in Norway ... Our son who just completed serving 6 years in the U.S. Navy has been to Norway numerous times. He says the Aurora Borealis is magnificent AND he likes how clean the towns and streets are. Judging from his accounts, I think your selection for a winter get-a-way is spot on.


  4. I think we could all take a page out of your book and take a step back and be in the moment...especially during Christmas. Stopping by for the HP!

  5. Simply stepping back to feel, to be there, and to cherish the moments of this fleeting life - a wise realization and decision.

  6. I love a homemade Christmas : ) There are times we need to step back and I'm sure it's been good to be present in the now. Happy December!

  7. I would love to see the Aurora Borealis - although my first choice might be from Scotland instead of Norway since I'd really like to visit Scotland.

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  9. I'm not a gingerbread fan at all and also used graham crackers instead. Many of your answers could have been my own, but I especially like that children keep you humble. Yes they do.

  10. Homemade gifts are just the BEST!

  11. Children sure do keep me humble too! I read a lot of Amish novels and I bet those buggy wheels do have a distinct sound. That's a great memory!


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