Wednesday, December 7, 2016

A Christmasy Hodgepodge

It is all about getting into the Christmas spirit today on the Hodgepodge, so answer the questions that Joyce so graciously gives us, and join us as we share with each other what is important to share.

1. Let's talk holiday decorating. On a scale of 1-10 where do you fall? (1=Scrooge and 10= Clark Griswold). What's your favorite corner-room-table-space to decorate? Is it done?

A 2!  I love beautiful Christmas decorations and enjoy seeing all the lovely homes bedecked for the season, but I do not have one single thing out at this time.  We always leave the middle of December to spend Christmas with our son and his family in northern Indiana.  We do not return until after New Years.  So, all I usually do is put a small tree on the round table in our living room and the lights on a timer so it appears someone is home.  I will also put something lighted (also on a timer) on the foyer table.  But that is about all.  No corner-room-table-space decorating in my house.  I do have a Christmas plate on my kitchen counter.  Does that count?

2. Is there a nativity scene in your decorating somewhere? Post a picture or, if it's special to you in some way, tell us why. Or do both-it's Christmas!

Yes, there always was when I decorated.  In fact, when the children were at home, I would have several placed around the house.  But, our favorite was a carved olive wood nativity set that we bought in 1972 in Jerusalem.  I gave it to my youngest granddaughter a couple years ago.

3.  Do you live in a social neighborhood? If so are you glad? If not do you wish you did?

No, we aren't very social around our house although we are all very neighborly.  We do things for each other and visit in the street but do not mingle socially.  I think there are much more social sections of our neighborhood where young families do things together.  No, I wouldn't change a thing about our little street.

4.  As the saying goes, 'there's no time like the present'. How does that ring true in your life right now?

I don't look back and wish for "days of yore," and instead am happy with today and what might come tomorrow.  So, for me, 'there's no time like the present'.  Now, if we're talking 'present' as in presents, I'm not doing much there either.  All our grands are grown except for the 10 year old, and I can not longer buy for them, so give them money.  The grownup daughters will get a little something, but that is all the presents we do.

5. Do you dread Mondays? Why or why not?

Yes, I still dread Mondays for some reason.  Even after being retired since 2011, I begin thinking about Monday on Sunday night and dreading it for some reason.  It is just a mental thing.  Silly, but old habits are hard to break I guess.

6.  Poinsettia, Christmas Cactus, Amaryllis-which on the list is your favorite holiday plant? Are any of these on display in your home right now?

The Poinsettia is my favorite.  I do have a Christmas Cactus about ready to bloom.

7. Share a favorite quote from a Christmas movie.

I don't have one.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Hubby and I were blessed to be able to fly to Detroit last Friday to witness our grandson's football team continue to make history and break records for their school, Western Michigan University.
They won the Mid America Conference (MAC) title against a good Ohio U team.  They end the year with a 13-0 record and have been invited to play Wisconsin in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on Jan. 2.  And yes, we will be there for sure.  So, if you are a bowl game watcher, check it out and look for #65 with "Day" on the back of his jersey.
Grandson lower left holding trophy
I captured these two pictures of our Jackson when he saw his mom and dad and think they tell the story of his excitement and how close they are as a family.  The third picture is our favorite and will be a keepsake for all of us.
Elizabeth "Libby" Day
Elizabeth "Libby" Day

Hello, My name is Libby. I enjoy reading good books, painting, blogging, spending time with friends and whatever my "Heart" leads me to do. Welcome to Beauty Without Within.


  1. Congratulations to your grandson's team!!

  2. awesome for your grandson and his team! Love all those great smiles! I know you're excited about spending Christmas with your son and his family. I bet it will be cold up there...BRRR!

  3. How exciting for your grandson and the entire family!

  4. Love the pic of your grandson and the family. You can feel the love and pride just looking at it. Have a great week.

  5. It's nice you passed your nativity on to a grand! I think that makes it more special. Congrats to your team!! Very exciting!

  6. Oh I can see why you LOVE that pic! It's perfect. And congrats to your grandson and his team. I intend to begin passing some of my favorite pieces down to grandkids (or kids) eventually too. Love the idea of that. Hope your having a good week!

  7. Oh, Tommy so enjoyed watching the game last Friday night and was so impressed with Jackson. What a special time for all of you!

  8. Enjoyed reading your answers and I'm so glad you got to fly Detroit and see the game!

  9. So I was wrong. I was guessing your house would be decorated to the hilt! Love it that you got to go to the football game and the photos are all excellent. What a memorable weekend for you all! I love the photo of him looking at his mom and dad.


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