Wednesday, November 11, 2015

A Seasonal Personal Post

After being out last week, I look forward to rejoining the Hodgepodge bloggers for
Thank you Joyce!
1. In two or three sentences tell us what Veteran's Day means to you?

Will Rogers is well known for this saying:  "We can't all be heroes because somebody has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by."  Veteran's Day is that special day when we can do just that - appreciate the heroes who have fought for the freedom to sit on the curb and clap.

2. What's your favorite film with a patriotic theme woven into the storyline?

"American Sniper" but also I liked the old movie, "Patton."

3. Flu shot-yes or no? If you answered no, do you plan to get a flu shot? If not, why not? Have you ever had the flu?

I do not plan to get a flu shot this year for several reasons.  First, I don't like putting the virus in my body in order to prevent getting the virus.  Second, I have never had the flu and third, I am not around children or a large gathering of people on a regular basis in order to be exposed to the virus.

4. I've seen lots of people posting pictures of their Christmas trees up and decorated. Many stores have had Christmas on display since well before Halloween. Red cups are back at Starbucks, sans the holiday decor, and that has some people up in arms. What are your thoughts on all the holiday ruckus this second week of November?

I haven't even decorated for fall yet!  So what does that tell you?  After our little anniversary party that can be seen HERE, I just haven't been in the decorating mood.  I never do a lot of Christmas decorating anyway because for the last several years we have not been at home for Christmas.  Now, what do I think of all the early ruckus?  I think it unnecessarily gets earlier every year.  There is admittedly a very short commercial Christmas season if they wait until after Thanksgiving, but many stores are putting decorations out in mid October.  Much too early!

5. What 'critter' are you most afraid of encountering unexpectedly? Why that one?

Either a mouse or a roach.  Can't tolerate either one!

6. Do you like building things? What's the last thing you 'built'?

I don't think I'm a builder unless you want to consider the two books I "compiled" or built for our anniversary celebration.

7. In keeping with this month's theme of gratitude...what are you most grateful for that brings beauty to your daily life?

I am most grateful for and humbled by the unconditional election of my Sovereign, Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

I am also grateful for and humbled by the unconditional love and acceptance of my Hubby.  For instance, this morning he sent me this video and then walked in with a beautiful plant.  Just because!
8.  Insert your own random thought here.

We have been so thrilled to be able to watch our grandson play football on national television the past few weeks.  He plays for Western Michigan, who I might add is undefeated in the Mid-America Conference.  They play Bowling Green tonight on ESPNU or ESPN2 at 6:30.  Look for the handsome guy wearing #65 and DAY on the back of the jersey.
 This past week, I spent some time with one of my sisters - the middle one.  We cleaned out and organized closets, took road trips, and just enjoyed each other.  On Friday, we met our youngest sister to watch her grandson play his last regular season football game as a senior.  He did a great job.  I had forgotten how fun and different high school games can be.
Nothing like sister time!
 It was Parent's Weekend on the University of Texas Campus and granddaughter #2's sorority, Alpha Phi, participated in the Red Dress Gala fundraiser for the American Heart Association.  Is this not a great-looking family?
 I am very blessed and so very grateful for all the good things He bestows.

10 comments:

  1. Beautiful, thank you for sharing your family with us. Have a lovely day. Blessings

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  2. Looks like you're enjoying a sweet time with family this fall. I don't think we'll get the stores to hold off until December, but I surely do wish they'd at least wait until November 1. This year I saw Christmas out in Lowes in September??? I wonder if people who put their trees up Nov 1 lose a little of the magic by the end of Dec? Maybe not, but I know I would. I think the anticipation of it all is part of the fun, and I know I couldn't sustain that for two full months : )

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  3. It sounds like your family is such a blessing to you, and the photographs are beautiful. I am with you on the mice. (Neigbours on Wednesday Hodgepodge!)

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  4. I am also afraid of a mouse,eeek! Also, I like to take one holiday at a time.
    Beautiful picture of your granddaughter and family. Looks like you are enjoying some fun family times.

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  5. Good morning! Well as usual I share most of your feelings...enjoy the same patriotic films, dislike flu shots for the same reason, HATE mice and roaches equally, lol, and couldn't agree more with number 7. We do get our Christmas decs up early at my house [already started the process] but for a few reasons that NEVER use to be the case. For years and years and YEARS we did our decorating beginning the day after Thanksgiving and by the end of that holiday week-end we'd be all set. But these days we spend most of our Thanksgiving week-ends away at my daughters and upon returning the week-end is not only over we are usually beat and need a little relaxing time. By the time we "feel" like it we are to far into December to bother, lol. We also no longer feel like spending hours and hours [which is what it takes inside and out!] getting it up, so while I guess we could eliminate and simply not do, we aren't quite ready for that either. So we divide it all up into 2 weeks inside and 2 weeks outside and we put it up slowly working only a couple of hours or so each time. That way we are done well before noon on a Sat and we have the rest of the week-end to relax or play. We don't light it up however. This way we leave for the week for Thanksgiving and come home to just set the timers for things to go on. Works well for both of us. We take it down in two days however...that always seems to go quicker, lol. I LOVE Christmas decor. I LOVE that my grandkids [who are usually all here sometime during the season] LOVE our Christmas decor. Someday, I know it's coming, I will hang a wreath on our door and set out my nativity set and call it a wrap, lol. But not yet. But as for the stores with it all up well before Halloween, and in some cases Sept., [christmas music is playing in many already!] I have always disliked that. OK, SORRY for the book in your comment section. Enjoy the rest of your day!

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  6. Congrats on your 50th!!! That is awesome! Hope you have an amazing week!
    Visiting and following from Hodgepodge! If you want to follow back I am at Annster's Domain

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  7. Hello from your neighbor at The Hodgepodge. I enjoyed reading your answers today. Congratulations on your recent 50th anniversary.

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  8. I love the Will Rogers quote and if is perfect for honoring our veterans! Happy 50th Anniversary! What a lovely family you have. I enjoyed your hodgepodge!

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  9. I like the Will Rogers quote. I picked American Sniper too, great movie. There are so many great ones out there to watch. I'm with you on NOT getting the flu shot. My doctor gets mad at me when I say no. I love that Micheal Buble song. Your husband is so sweet.

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  10. yuck, hate rats, and roaches too.

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