09 December 2015

Wednesday Hodgepodge - 9 December 2015

1. Many families have a story they love to tell every year around a holiday. Does your family have one? Are you the star of that story, or does another family member take center stage? Share your story if you want.

I cannot think of any particular stories that have to be told in our family around the holidays. However, we do have two shows that we have watched every year for as long as I can remember: It's a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street (the version with Maureen O'Hara and Natalie Wood). These are great, classic movies and this season just wouldn't be the same without them.

2. Are you afraid to speak your own opinion?

Sometimes yes, sometimes no. It depends on the situation. Mostly, though, I figure I am fifty years old now and beyond having to have someone else's permission or blessing to state my feelings on this or that. If they don't like it, they can get over it, much as I've been expected to do over all these years.

3. Pantone has announced the color of the year for 2016, and for the first time have chosen two shades-rose quartz and serenity. Hmmm...did you know serenity was a color? You can read the thought behind their selection here, but essentially it's blending the warmth of rose quartz with the tranquility of a very soft shade of blue. So what do you think? Are these colors I'd find in your home or wardrobe? Will you add something in these shades to either place in the new year?

I think that these are very pretty colors and look great together. I especially like the color that emerges when the two colors are blended together. Blue (Serenity) is not a color that I wear, but pink (Rose Quartz) I would wear. I love pink!  I think that these colors and their blending would be very beautiful in a nursery setting and baby layette. It works no matter the gender as pink used to be the color for boys and blue for girls. Read this very interesting article about colors at the Smithsonian website: When Did Girls Start Wearing Pink?

4. If you could be in a Christmas carol, which one would you choose? Why?

I would choose Oiche Chiun, Enya's version of Silent Night. It is a beautiful, peaceful song and I would love to feel that peace, to go to the place that it takes my heart when I close my eyes and soak it all in.

I found it on YouTube for you:

5. December 9th is National Pastry Day. Will you celebrate? When did you last purchase something from a bakery? What's your favorite treat that falls under the heading of pastry? Do you make it yourself or buy from the professionals?

I experimented making little packages with blueberry pie filling and pie crust. It didn't turn out quite how I had pictured, but it was still edible. I had pictured them remaining like little packages, but they decided to flatten themselves instead. Naughty crust!

We love Toaster Strudel, and definitely leave it to the professionals at Pillsbury. I don't think that I could ever compete with the dough boy!

6. When it comes to holiday decorating_____________________________.

We don't start any holiday decorating until our oldest daughter's birthday, which is exactly a week before Christmas. We generally just have a tree, not any outside decorations. This year it will be hard looking at the tree and remembering how much in intrigued our little Xerxes last year.

7. When did you last laugh so much it hurt? Explain.

It was not too terribly long ago, a few days maybe. David and I were playing a trivia game and I kept getting tickled, which made him laugh, which tickled me all the more.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Jimmy Ray Gunter 12/03/1941 - 12/09/2012

I sure do miss you, Daddy…

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