How do I uplift my spirits? On Wednesdays, I join the fun of the Hodgepodge! It's always a positive no matter what's going on! Won't you take the leap and join in today?
1. Let's talk holiday decorating. On a scale of 1-10 where do you fall? (1=Scrooge and 10= Clark Griswold). I used to be a big 'ol 10. These days, though, I'm probably a 6. What's your favorite corner-room-table-space to decorate? Are y'all familiar with kids who are like bulls in a china shop? How about kids who never outgrow this even though they've hit their 30s? Well, this is why I don't decorate smaller spaces. But I do decorate the family room even though I have to be careful where I place things. This year the bigger tree is in a precarious place so, we'll see. Is it done? Yes, everything that I am going to do is complete. On to the cooking.
2. Is there a nativity scene in your decorating somewhere? Yes. Post a picture or, if it's special to you in some way, tell us why. Or do both-it's Christmas! I've only taken the time to put up one so far. It's this one:
|This one is special to me because of how much I adored these guys when I was growing up. :)|
3. Do you live in a social neighborhood? Not really. If so are you glad? I'm glad we aren't really that social. I mean, we're nice to each other and we stop and chat if we pass by while walking our pups but, we don't host much where we all gather. If not do you wish you did? That being said, I often consider doing something like a block party or sitting out in the front yard with free cookies and lemonade in the hot months or cocoa when and if it ever gets cold. But have I moved beyond the consideration? Nope. I feel like I would put forth more of an effort if the lovelies were little again. There is a group of parents with little bittles who gather on Thursday evenings for drinks. But it's not a huge group and it's exclusive.
4. As the saying goes, 'there's no time like the present'. How does that ring true in your life right now? It rings true in that I've realized there's no time like the present to get things done that I've put on the back burner too long. And not just around the house but within myself as well. And I'm working on it.
5. Do you dread Mondays? I do in the same way I did when I was teaching. Why or why not? Because it's the end of the weekend which holds no schedules or responsibilities that can't be put off. Weekends are slower and more laid back whether I'm working outside the home or not and it's never easy to say good-bye to that.
7. Share a favorite quote from a Christmas movie. Wow. I have so many! This is hard to narrow down. But two that resonate with me in a BIG way are (these are long and the second one is more of a scene than a quote but it shows who Santa has always been in my eyes):
from THE BISHOP'S WIFE:
Tonight I want to tell you the story of an empty stocking.
Once upon a midnight clear, there was a child's cry, a blazing star hung over a stable, and wise men came with birthday gifts. We haven't forgotten that night down the centuries. We celebrate it with stars on Christmas trees, with the sound of bells, and with gifts.
But especially with gifts. You give me a book, I give you a tie. Aunt Martha has always wanted an orange squeezer and Uncle Henry can do with a new pipe. For we forget nobody, adult or child. All the stockings are filled, all that is, except one. And we have even forgotten to hang it up. The stocking for the child born in a manger. It's his birthday we're celebrating. Don't let us ever forget that.
Let us ask ourselves what He would wish for most. And then, let each put in his share, loving kindness, warm hearts, and a stretched out hand of tolerance. All the shining gifts that make peace on earth.
and from MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET:
from A CHRISTMAS CAROL: “And it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us!’’
And there's this:
|She didn't smile. But, she didn't cry. And how stinkin' cute is that? My favorite part is the fancy headband with bare feet. That's how we roll in this family.|
Have a great rest of the week, y'all!