Hello December Hodgepodge!

I am alive! I may not be well, but I am alive. As I stated, I had acute upper respiratory infection and I have been to the doctor for the second time. I am hopeful! The bad news is I gave it to Dad! I think he is doing better than be and I am fine with that!

So on to the Hodgepodge! Thanks again to Joyce @ From This Side of the Pond for her every wide range of questions! Please join us!

1. Did you watch The Charlie Brown Christmas special Monday night? Who's your favorite Peanuts character and why?

I watch a little while I was cleaning! I would have to say that I love Snoopy and Woodstock and their relationship!

"Most psychiatrists agree that sitting in a pumpkin patch is excellent therapy for a troubled mind."~Linus  

Would you agree? 

Of course! First you HAVE a troubled mind to be sitting in a pumpkin patch and all that waiting, what else will you do but think and work things out!

2. Describe a sound from your childhood. What does this sound bring to mind? 

Easy peasy: Catholic Church bells. I grew up to this sound. Mom would let me wonder the neighborhood, or my little world, as long as I was home when the church bells rang! Whenever I hear the bells, I think of my awesome childhood!

3. You've won a trip to a winter wonderland...would that excite you? Which one of the following would you most want to experience (or which one would you dislike the least)-see the Aurora Borealis in Norway, stay in Sweden's Ice Hotel, go dogsledding in Lapland Finland, take a winter wildlife safari in Yellowstone or celebrate Winter Carnival in Quebec? 
Definitely want to see the Aurora Borealis. It is on my bucket list! Least favorite would be to stay in and Ice Hotel in Sweden. I'd love to see it but not experience it. I am so cold nature. I want warmth! This is not idea of fun.

4. Who or what keeps you humble? 
LT. He definitely keeps me grounded and humble. I am not sure if this is a good thing...LOL!

5. What part of preparing for Christmas do you like the most? Explain. 
The Nativity scene I put out. There is a history to it. You see when I was like 6 or 7 Mom, Dad and I went to Jr's house to dinner. While the adults were in the kitchen learning to cook grits, I was playing with Jrs' Nativity scene. He saw the joy I got out of it and just gave it to me! It holds special meaning because of this. It is well over 40 years old.
On a side note, my folks were talking to Jr within the last 10 years and told him what joy I get out of that Nativity every year and he goes "Is that were it went? We never remembered what happened to it." He refused to take it back and said it was a gift. (Jr. drank in those days!) 

6. Gingerbread-yay or nay? Is making a gingerbread house part of your family holiday tradition?
Gingerbread cookies...bring it on especially with apple cider. Oh the memories in New Yiork. 
Gingerbread house...not so much. Pretty to look at but no patience to make.

7. What's one thing you want to start, do, or complete before the calendar rolls into a new year? 
I'd like to say all these lofty and amazing things: clean out closets, put all decorations up, organize kitchen, make something new, but I think picking out my new word of the year will be about as far as I go.

8.  Insert your own random thought here. 
I feel like I am leading two lives. One with LT and one with Dad. I am not sure the solution, but I know I have to get some priorities and make some really really hard decisions and live with the consequences...and trust me people will be disappointed no matter the decision. I HATE that! I am the type to give up my happiness so others are happy. This isn't really going to end well, will it? 

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