14 December 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Before we get to the fun stuff today, I want to apologize if this blog comes across to you with huge spacing between the questions and the answers.  Usually, if I write the post directly into the Compose screen, there is no problem. But, I usually write my posts in Word and then copy them over to Blogger. When I do this,  Blogger adds tons of coding that I can't figure out.  Usually, I spend about an hour getting rid of that extra "stuff" and hope that the post is formatted the way I want it to be by the time you all see it.  I pay for that afterwards with a headache and sore eyes. So, this time I am just leaving in their gobbledy-gook and hoping that it doesn't mess things up too bad for you folks.  Thank you for visiting!

Come on and join us for the fun over at Joyce's place. For more information, click the image below.



1. Are you more task oriented or people oriented? Elaborate.

I think that I am more task-oriented than people-oriented, unless you mean dead people. You know I love family history and walking through cemeteries.  Elaboration…mostly, I am very uncomfortable around other people, especially if there are a lot of them. I am introverted and very shy.  I often can't focus when around other people.  Depending on the circumstances, it also affects my being able to function at all.

 

2. December 15 is National Wear Your Pearls Day...do you own/wear pearls? If you're a man answering the question, does your sweetheart own or wear pearls? Everyone share a 'pearl of wisdom' with us here today.

Yes, I have pearls. David gave me a string of pearls for a wedding gift. I wore them as we got married. The pearls that I wore during the bridal portrait session about a month before we got married belonged to his Grandma McClendon. She loaned them to me for the session. I think that was very sweet of her and I treasure that moment that I got to wear her pearls.

Pearl of wisdom: Don't put all your eggs in one basket!


3. Speaking of pearls...oysters? Are you a fan or not a fan? If you answered yes, tell us your favorite way to eat oysters? If you said no, be honest-have you ever tried one or does just the idea of eating an oyster make you gag a little?

I do not like them.  I had oyster stew as a kid.  I did not like it, but I liked the alternative even less.  In my childhood home, you ate what was given to you or you didn't sit down for awhile due to a sore behind. I have never served them to my own family nor do I have any plans to do so.

4. Time Magazine has named President-elect Donald Trump Person of the Year. Let's take presidents and presidential candidates out of the mix for a minute. If a political figure had not been chosen who would you name Man or Woman of the Year for 2016?


I would choose Enya. She brings such beautiful, emotive music to the world. Here is an example: 



5. The Pantone Color of the Year for 2017 has been announced, and it's a vibrant green aptly named-greenery. Your thoughts? Is this a color currently in your home or wardrobe? Will you add something in this shade for the new year? Click here to see the color.



I think that this is a beautiful shade of green.  I wouldn't be opposed to wearing it or having it in my home.  It makes me think of nature and of Ireland, both very dear to my heart.


6. Today I've had too much________________________.


Today I've had too much anger and too many tears.  I don’t like being between a rock and a hard place.  I don't like feeling or being vulnerable.  I don't like being afraid.  All of these things are going on right now.



7. Share a favorite lyric from a favorite Christmas carol.
 
"God and sinners reconciled"


8. Insert your own random thought here.

"Fingers away from the eyeballs!!!"


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30 comments:

  1. Love your favorite lyric!

    I'll try to heed your random thought. :)

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    1. Thank you. :)
      You'll probably be seeing/hearing that line from me for quite some time to come. Eyes are very much on my mind right now.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Have a blessed day and a very Merry Christmas!

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  2. So sorry for your eye concerns, and I do hope you're able to have the surgery needed soon. Take care.

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    1. Thank you, Joyce. It will happen if it is meant to be. If not, I'll learn to adjust to it. It will be even harder to figure out what my purpose in life is if I can't see to do anything, but maybe my purpose is to wonder what my purpose is. If so, at least it is something that I'm good at.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Have a blessed day and a very Merry Christmas!

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  3. I share your formatting frustration. I find myself switching back and forth from compose to HTML, checking the preview, formatting again.... And that is without writing in Word and then pasting. Have a good day.

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    1. I'm sorry that Blogger is giving you fits, too. It makes you want to pull their hair out, doesn't it? "They" being whoever is in charge of freaking with our formatting. :)

      Has it made you consider switching blogging platforms? I have toyed with the idea of moving PS Annie! to the free version of WordPress. I have another blog there already (McClendon Villa) and, for the most part, things go where I stick them, without all of the gobbledy-gook. I am currently having trouble with their linking tool, but I know how to create a link with HTML code, so that isn't a real problem. It is just annoying when I forget and click the linking tool instead and get locked up. The forgetting is on me, not them. Nothing at all as annoying as spending an hour trying to fix what Blogger messes up.

      The only reason that I haven't moved PS Annie! to WordPress yet is I am afraid that I will lose the followers here. Historically speaking, I have not had the best of luck with followers transferring over from one blog to another. I don't want to lose touch with anybody.

      I hope it starts behaving itself for you!

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Have a blessed day and a very Merry Christmas!

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  4. May all these things that are troubling you be resolved soon. You are the second person I've read who likes this new Pantone color. Hadn't thought of the Ireland connection.

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    1. Thank you, Vee. I appreciate that. :)

      Seeing this color green reminded me of a project I had wanted to do many years ago but never got around to doing. I wanted to make a quilt and title it "Forty Shades of Green", as a tribute to my Irish ancestors. Now that my "maybe some days" are closing in on me, it may never happen, but it is fun to think about it.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Have a blessed day and a very Merry Christmas!

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  5. Hope your day gets better as it goes along! This can be such a tough time of year.

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    1. Thank you, April. Yes, it can be a tough time of year. December holds my daddy's birth and death days withing 6 days of each other. Guilt and a whole lot of other feelings come along with those days.

      It has been made more upsetting by the diagnosis of cataracts in both of my eyes on Monday. Now, every time I see the Christmas lights and things specific to this time of year, the thought crosses my mind that this may be the last year that I am able to see them. The thought that I may possibly never see a healthy, vibrant, alive with fall colors Blue Ridge Parkway again makes me very sad.

      I hope that you're having a beautiful day so far.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Have a blessed day and a very Merry Christmas!

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  6. I think there is nothing wrong with being introverted. I am too!! And I am my own best friend! LOL! I would love to spend a day at the cemetery with you. Wouldn't that be fun as we walked and talked and discovered all the history! Richard loved Enya! He had a favorite song of hers. I'll have to see if I can think of the title. He bought one of her CD's once and played it over and over and over!!I am sending you a hug. Hope the anger and the tears are gone today. I have lots of tears too! And more than my share of anger. You asked about the mother of the kids who live with me. Both she and their dad (my son) have struggled with meth addiction over the years. We have had the kids several times. The last time we got them (eight years ago tomorrow) we got a lawyer and made it legal. We don't see the parents. Sad! But it is what it is! Hope the rest of your week is good!

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    1. Thank you, Paula. I don't think there is anything wrong with being introverted either, but the world of extroverts out there seem to think introversion is a flaw. I think I am fine with them stealing the show. Just let me do whatever in the background. :)

      Oh it would be wonderful to spend the day walking through a cemetery with you! Several of David's great-great-grandparents are buried there in Kansas. One is in Spearville, one is in Oak Valley, and the other two are in Neodesha (not sure if I spelled that right). Are any of these close to where you live? A lot of things are going to have to get better before we can make that trip, though. I mapquested it and, round trip, from here to all three towns and back here is about a 28 hour drive. Getting out of Texas from down here takes forever. After that, Oklahoma is a peace of cake. :)

      I have Enya's Only If CD. It only has a couple of songs on it. I also have Amarantine. She is wearing a long red dress on that one, if I remember correctly. It is a full-length CD and has some beautiful songs on it. Of course, I haven't heard a bad one out of her mouth yet. She has a beautiful voice. I think it is cool that Richard loved Enya, too. :)

      Thank you for the hug. The anger is maybe a little less today and so far, fewer tears. It is about all I can do these days to not spend all day crying. I think mostly I am using anger to try to keep from crying. Sometimes it works; sometimes not. Here are hugs for you, too. {{{Hugs}}} I'm sorry that you're in a hard spot, too.

      Oh I am so sorry that the parents were/are into drugs. That is very sad. :( I pray that they will get their lives straight. I am glad that the children were able to come to you and find stability in their lives. I hope that this 8th anniversary is a beautiful, fun day for all of you.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Have a blessed day and a very Merry Christmas!

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    2. None of those places are close to where I live. I live in Hutchinson! Thank you for all your kind words. This is the reason I blog!!

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    3. You're welcome, Paula. I appreciate all of your kind words to me, too. You're a sweetheart. Have a blessed weekend and Merry Christmas!

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  7. I think fingers away from the eyeballs is a good quote right now. I love you. Zing! Zing!

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    1. Maybe I need to get a shirt with that on it and wear it to the eye doctor's office. :) I love you, too, my Zing.

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  8. Sorry to hear of your current struggles. I hope you can get the surgery you need.

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    1. Thank you, Wendy. I appreciate that. If it is meant to be, it will happen. It will take a miracle, but Heavenly Father is still in the miracle business. :)

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Have a blessed day and a very Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thank you, Ellen. I'm sure they will. I just have to get through this initial shock and crankiness over yet another change in life plans.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Have a blessed night and a very Merry Christmas!

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  10. Oysters is the magic word for me! I love them every way from raw to Rockefeller. Oyster stuffing was a Thanksgiving tradition in my family when I was growing up. I've continued the tradition except I'm usually the only one in my household who will eat it so I keep the batch small. My mother used to make oyster stew Thanksgiving morning and I'd savor a bowl along with my father to hold us until our 1 PM meal.

    I've had a tough time finding good fried oysters, which I also love--seems like not many restaurants in the L.A. area offer them on their menus. When I do find them though that's usually what I'll order.

    Raw oysters on the half shell with lemon and Tabasco I haven't had in quite some time, but they are sure sounding good right now.

    Now I'm craving oysters, but the craving will likely go unfulfilled for some time.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. All I can say about oysters is ewwwwwwwwwww. :) I hope that you can get all the oysters that you're craving very soon, Arlee. We'll be over at the shrimp table. We ate the langostinos to extinction years ago. They sure were good, too!

      I've never had oyster stuffing. Where did you grow up? Was it a common dish in your area? We usually had our Thanksgiving meal at 2pm, with rare exception, and *always* at Granny Gunter's house, absolutely no exceptions.

      Maybe Santa will bring you a ton of oysters. :)

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Have a blessed night and a very Merry Christmas!

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    2. My parents both came from West Virginia and I guess that's where the oyster stuffing tradition came from since my mother was fixing it for as long as I can recall. I've never known any other families that fixed it, but I know it's common for some people somewhere. Seems like maybe a New England thing or somewhere coastal. Can't imagine who would have thought up something like that, but I'm glad they did.

      Lee

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    3. I'm glad that they thought of it, too, since you enjoy it so much. :)

      I grew up in South Carolina. I wonder if it is one of those Southern dishes that I didn't know about growing up, like shrimp with grits. Evidently that is a big deal Southern food, but I had never heard of it (or considered the combination) until I was working on a charity cookbook years ago. The then-governor of South Carolina sent us a recipe involving shrimp and grits. I've had grits and Oreos, but never grits with shrimp. :)

      Have a blessed day and a Merry Christmas!

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  11. Oysters Nope! Not even under the circumstances you described.

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    1. So, you'd rather have the tail beating, eh? I don't blame you. I'm glad I don't have to eat it anymore.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Have a blessed weekend and a very Merry Christmas!

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  12. WE have many things in common, but most interesting is our mutual love of cemeteries and history. I was heart broken when my favorite pre-Civil War cemetery and open air church was recently devastated by the wildfires here in North Georgia. I've got you on my prayer list for eye surgery. As I posted to your sweetie this morning... get those pearls out and strut them around town. Pearls are appropriate with everything in your closet, I wear mine with my jeans to Walmart. The pearls were a token of your sweeties love for you, just like that ring he put on your finger...and besides, they feel so good against the skin. When the time comes to pass your pearls down, they will have a lot more meaning if the recipient has fond memories of you wearing them; just like you have memories of wearing his grandma's pearls. I will keep your go-fund-me in my prayers too.
    Best Regards,
    Lori in Blue Ridge, GA

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    1. Oh how awful that the church and the cemetery were hurt by the fires. Can you tell me the name of that church? I saw photos of an open air church in the mountains awhile back, and am wondering if it is the same one.
      I agree with you about the pearls. They are perfect with everything. :) I would love to wear mine, at least on occasion. The string is so worn. They need to be restrung. I understand the concept of how to do the restringing it, but I am afraid that I would somehow wreck them in the process and I don't trust them out of my sight.
      Thank you so much for the prayers for the GoFundMe drive. We appreciate that very much. I hope that you have a blessed weekend and a Merry Christmas. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

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  13. Enjoyed reading your answers. I am praying for you....((HUGS))

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    1. Thank you, Debby, for stopping by and commenting, and most especially for the prayers. {{{Hugs}}}
      Have a blessed day and a very Merry Christmas. :)

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