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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

It is December! It is time for the Hodgepodge!

It is the countdown to Christmas and it is the Hodgepodge.
Joyce asks the questions.
We answer the questions.

1. What title would you give this current chapter of your life?
Take it Slow and Steady

Our oldest son graduates from high school May of 2018. He has been accepted and will start college August of 2018.
Our youngest is taking behind the wheel as I type this post.
I am taking it all in, slow and steady, I say to myself as these two boys of ours start to reach for their dreams.

 2. December 6 is National Microwave Oven Day. Who knew? Besides popcorn and coffee reheats, what's the most common thing you microwave? Could you get along without a microwave?
I like to make some of my frozen veggies in the microwave. 
In the long run, yes, I think I could get along with out a microwave.

3. If you could insert yourself into any Christmas carol and experience the lyrics in real life, which Christmas carol lyric would you choose and why? 
Away in the Manger
Growing up on a farm, I would always ponder this song when I was sweeping up feed to the cows. 
After the milking was done, the cows were all cozy in the barn for the night, the smell of fresh hay and hearing the cows chewing. We had cats that would sit on the backs of the cows and go to sleep. It was a cozy place, our barn on a December night.

I would like to be with Jesus in the manger with the cattle.

  4. Describe the most beautiful drive you've ever taken.

 Wisconsin in Autumn is full of beautiful drives. Lovers Lane is one of my favorites located in Washburn County.

 5. What's something on your Christmas list this year? (an actual list or figuratively speaking, either one)

Baking some new treats with the boys. We have our usual favorites, but I would like to try a few new recipes with the help of the boys. Both of my boys enjoy helping in the kitchen.

 6. Insert your own random thought here.

 Our dear friend Marv lost his cabin during Hurricane Harvey. He will be spending his winter at his cabin here in Wisconsin. He will head back to Texas next winter. Marv is 90! He drives to Texas every October and drives back to Wisconsin at the end of March.
I am happy he is here for the winter. We are having great fun teasing him about snow, cold and making snowmen for his enjoyment. As soon as we get a BIG snowfall we plan to build him a huge snowman. 



  1. LOL- about your neighbor...well--not laughing that he lost his Texas home but I think the snowman idea is fun.

    It is strange to see our kids grow up and leave even though that is the natural order of things. Sometime down the road those boys will most likely bring their families home with them! xo Diana

  2. Love what your are doing to and for your neighbor. So funny and sweet. That is a beautiful picture of Lovers Lane. I said Away in the Manger too. I can't even imagine but would love to see it.

  3. Well, first...your Christmas magnets are so cute! Where did you get them? The Lover's Lane path is gorgeous!! Are there houses around it, or is it more out in the country? Oh, poor Marv! Sounds like he is in great health, though. And what creature is this snow critter?

  4. I love your thoughts about 'Away in a Manger,' Carla. My grandpa's barn was like that, and I could have envisaged baby Jesus lying in that manger also. Your answer took me back to the feel of that barn, the smell of the lime and hay and cow bodies, and the thought of Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus, God's own Son.

  5. Marv knows how to live right, apparently. Love what you wrote about your barn in December. It makes me want to have a barn. Did you ever try to listen to the animals on Christmas Eve to hear them talking? I need to heed your chapter title- slow and steady. :)

  6. I really liked your description of the barn in December for Away in a Manger. That is so sweet. And Lover's Lane in Wisconsin is much prettier than Lover's Lane in Dallas!

  7. I have that countdown from Hallmark! I remember those years with our son and daughter. Now they are 36 & 38 and time passes way too fast!!! Wisconsin is a beautiful state and that road looks perfect. Sorry about Marv's cabin but wow he sounds like an amazing man.

  8. Wisconsin is so pretty especially in the fall with all the colors. Sorry about your neighbor losing his home in Texas but it is nice he will be around great peeps for the holidays. I know you guys will take good care of him. So sweet you and the boys cook and bake together. What wonderful memories.

  9. I LOVE the way you answered #1. Slow and steady is important this time of year and always, as you cherish the moments with those sweet boys. I feel the same way. xo PS - So glad Marv will be in his cabin too! Friendships are ageless xo

  10. I microwave hot water every day. I could make it in a tea kettle, but I like it easy. Hang on to those boys...

  11. Our kids grow up way too fast. When our kids started driving and exercising some independence it was great for them but sad for us as another page in the book of our lives turned. Thank you for visiting my blog page and for leaving a comment. A very Merry Christmas to you and yours too!

  12. Where is Lovers Lane? That looks picture perfect!
    You should also make Marv some Snow Ice Cream!


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