Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A Purple, Grateful Hodgepodge

Tis the season to be busy, happy, and with family.  We attended our youngest granddaughter's play, Elf Jr. last weekend and had a bit of family time as well.  She was adorable and all the kids did such a good job.  I will do another post with more pics later, but these will do for now.  She played the part of Michael, Elf's younger brother.

Joining Joyce for this week's Wednesday Hodgepodge
From this Side of the Pond

1. 'Hurry less, worry less'...what's your strategy for making that happen this holiday season? How's it going so far?

I started thinking about what to give a little earlier this year, and also planned to be very simple with gift-giving.  With eight Grands and all of them adults except one, we are giving money.  I've personalized each a bit, but this way no one has to return anything or act pleased when they can't stand what I thought they would love.

As I've said before, since we spend Christmas with our son and his family in Northern Indiana, I don't fret about my own decorations.  We don't attend a lot of Christmas parties, so finding that just-right outfit isn't an issue either.

Keeping our focus on the true meaning of Christmas is the key, I think.  It's all about Him!

2. Do you have a list of to-dos that need accomplishing in order to prepare your home and/or property for the winter season? What are some of the jobs on your list? Are you a do-it-yourselfer or do you hire someone to accomplish these tasks?

The only thing that is required maintenance wise around our house is cutting off the sprinkler system.  Dick takes care of that with a simple tool and it takes all of a minute.  We do turn off the water fountain in a back flower bed before we leave for our Christmas trip.  That too is a very simple task.

3. According to dietitians surveyed, the most popular health foods for 2018 will be -turmeric, sprouted foods (bean sprouts, breads with sprouted grains, etc), veggies in place of grains, dairy free milk, and pulses (lentils, chickpeas, etc).  What's the first thought that ran through your head when you read this list? Of the foods listed which one might you add to your regular diet? Also, can milk really be dairy free? Is it still milk?

We already try to eat pretty healthy, but since Dick's scare last week and a resulting stent being placed into a blocked bypass vessel, we are even more determined.  We have drunk non-dairy Almond Milk for several years and can't imagine going back to dairy milk.  Dick drinks an apple cider vinegar/tumeric/cayenne/lemon juice concoction every morning.  AWFUL!   We don't eat the sprouted foods so maybe will look into that.

4. The Pantone Color of the Year for 2018 is Ultra Violet. According to the Pantone site 'Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking pointing us to the future.' 

Let me just say, if this runway sampling is an example of the future of 2018, heaven help us all.

What say you? Do you like the color purple? 

Yes, I do like purple and have a few items that I like to wear in this color.  Am thinking seriously of adding this outfit to my summer wardrobe.

Did you see the movie or read the book-ha!?
Is purple a color you wear often?

Not really, but plan to change that this summer. 

Describe for us one purple item in your home without using the word purple.

Will a picture do?

If you were in charge of such things what color would you select for 2018?

5. Favorite book read this year?

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

Thank you to those of you who expressed concern for my husband's recent heart cath.  He did very well and now with his new stent, should do well for a long time.

Our nephew who is a physician, told Dick that he was given another ten years.  To which Dick replied, "Does God know that?"

Nephew replied, "If He believes in science, He does!"

So, we are Hoping, Faithing, and Trusting that we have at least another ten years together.


  1. Your granddaughter is so nice it was that you got to see her in her play. It is also great to hear this good news about your dear hubby! And I had to laugh at those photos of examples of purple...oh my word! Have a wonderful Wednesday, Elizabeth.

  2. Well, Libby, you wear purple very well so definitely add some more of it to your wardrobe. So glad Dick is doing well and he looked great in the pics from last weekend. That Ava is something else, she and our Clancy would make quite the duo I think. Happy day!

  3. You look so nice in that shade of purple! There is always a big gap between the runway and Nordstroms : ) I will take Nordstroms! My nephew is in A Christmas Story this season and we look forward to seeing that soon. Have a wonderful weekend! So glad your hubs is doing well!

  4. I really like the Almond Milk and have been drinking it for several years too. I love your random....

  5. Glad to hear that Dick is doing better. I like the color purple but am appalled at what's considered fashion sometimes.


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