Hello Winter Hodgepodge

1. What’s left to be done on your Christmas to-do list? 
Buy the ingredients for our Christmas Eve and Christmas day menus. Dear will be making his famous Tomato Rice Soup for Christmas Eve and then on Christmas day we will have Swedish Pancakes for breakfast (Dear makes those, too) and Prime Rib and Yorkshire Pudding for dinner. Oh my, looks like Dear will have the lion’s share of cooking duties since he’s throwing the Prime Rib on the Traeger this year, too. I’ll work on the sides. Daughter in love is bringing the homemade pies.
2. The Hodgepodge lands on the first day of winter this year. What’s your favorite thing about winter? 
Since we moved to Washington State from Southern California twenty eight years ago I have enjoyed having 4 distinct seasons. I appreciate different landscapes throughout the year. Winter isn’t my favorite but I appreciate it’s difference.  Winter clothing is my favorite thing about winter. I like comfy clothes.
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3. In what area of your life are you immature? Feel free to elaborate or not. 
First I’ll choose this definition of immature; not fully developed.  I am not fully developed in my life as a follower of Jesus. I still have lots to learn about trusting God in this daily walk. Obedience does not come naturally and easily to me. So in this I am immature. I thank God He loves me and doesn’t abandon me. He will never leave me on the side of the road and drive away like I threatened my children I’d do on some of those road trips when they were little.
4. What was the most (or one of the most) important lessons you learned in 2016? 
I can live with my husband under foot every day and still have joy. He’s been unemployed since June and from January till June he was a consultant working out of our home.
5. It’s Fried Shrimp Day…are you a fan? What’s your favorite way to eat shrimp? Will there be shrimp somewhere in your holiday feastings? 
Shrimp is not a staple in my culinary world. My favorite way to eat shrimp is coconut crusted as an appetizer at a restaurant. No we will not have shrimp in our feastings.
6. What sound lulls you to sleep? 
The lack of sounds is what lulls me to sleep.
7. What one word best describes your 2016? 
Unemployment

PM19088.  Insert your own random thought here.

We wish you a Merry Christmas,  we wish you a Merry Christmas, We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Good tidings we bring to you and your kin, Good tidings for Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Thank you Joyce for asking the questions. To see more hodgepodge click over to From This Side of the Pond.
Happy First Day of Winter y’all!

16 thoughts on “Hello Winter Hodgepodge

  1. I remember well what an adjustment it was for me when my husband lost his job several years ago. It gave us the opportunity to draw closer. Prayers that something opens up soon for your husband. Have a MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  2. I do hope there’s a job for your hubs in the new year. Your menu sounds so good. I wish we were having prime rib and Yorksire pudding-yum! Merry Christmas!

  3. So sorry 2016 was a year of unemployment. I’m praying for you that 2017 will be a year of work – paid work, that is!

    Your point about being immature is really not being fully developed really resonated with me. In that respect, you and I are both immature in the same thing! But I think we are growing and as long as we can see growth, we are headed in the right direction.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours! I wish you much joy.

  4. Yorkshire pudding! Could you share a picture of that? I’m curious to see what it is! Have a beautiful, comfy rest-filled Christmas over there and thanks for sharing your inspirational pictures!

  5. Oh your Beloved is worth having underfoot if he does so much of the cooking. I am thinking that things are going to turn around soon for you folks as far as unemployment. Decisions, decisions. Always something to wonder about! (And give to God.) Christmas at your house is shaping up very nicely!

  6. Loved your thought about immaturity. So true. And it takes a certain amount of spiritual maturity to recognize that one is immature in this area. Merry Christmas!

  7. Christmas dinner sounds delicious at your house. : )
    It’s just my husband and I so not that much to do and we are all ready. Presents wrapped and under the tree. I like that Christmas is on Sunday so we will spend most of our day at church.
    Listening to the rain puts me to sleep.

  8. I love your hodgepodge answers. Especially interested in your prime rib roast – that’s what we are making this year and it’s my first time – eek! Hope I don’t mess it up. Ellen, I can’t wait for you to hold your grandgirlie in 2017. All I can say is that you better be prepared to fall head over heals in love! Thanks for always taking the time to comment – you inspire me so much!

  9. your menu sounds delish…we will have homemade crockpot potato soup with all the trimmings to go in our bowls, chicken salad, dips and chips and tons of desserts for Christmas Eve…
    I don’t do Christmas dinner as kids go to their spouses parents…we will have dinner with cousins.. Merry Christmas, dear one.

  10. Spending time in prayer this morning and prayer for employment for your dear husband. I can easily recall the year our life was similarly affected. It is not easy but with God as your rock you will prevail! Wishing you all the love, joy and peace of season as well as a very Happy New Year!

  11. Whats left to do? Food prep, of course and I’ll try to do what I can the day before so I have as little as possible to do on Christmas day and just enjoy having the family here.
    My favorite thing about winter is also comfy clothing, although I prefer the quick slip into flip flops in summer when running out, as opposed to zipping up boots. I also love the beauty of the snow when we get it.
    I am probably most immature in my selfishness. As much as I like time with others, I like time for myself and get stressed when I have to set the alarm too many days in a row. =)
    I am not a fan of shrimp … those pink wiggly looking things … and stil get confused about the difference between shrimp and prawns, because I do like the coconut covered, deep fried prawns.
    Word to describe 2016 … purpose. When I did not feel I got anything much accopmplished, I tried to focus on God’s purpose for me that day, which sometimes was different than what I had planned. A step in the direction of unselfishness … maybe.

  12. Very enjoyable post although am sorry about the unemployment situation. I cling to “God has a plan” and the absolute raw knowledge He does and holds me, the apple of His eye, in His right hand, has gotten me this far since the death of my husband. Obedience isn’t easy but it’s better than sacrifice. My low point was five months after Dave’s death and I was seriously contemplating taking my own life. I was huddled on a cold kitchen floor, dogs and cats gathered round, licking my face when God whispered, “If you do take your life, you’ll miss all the blessings I have for you.” That fair shook me up! I’d never considered God might possibly, maybe, probably have more blessings for me. I thought my life was over, the purpose gone but God has a plan. I cling to God has a plan.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours with His untold blessings unfolding before you now and in the coming year.

    • Oh dear one I’m so glad that God called out to you and that you listened. May God continue to uphold you and to answer all your needs. Praying for you and adding you to my widows prayer list.

  13. I identify with your answer to #3 and am a fellow traveller along that same road. I hope that you have a Merry Christmas and all the best of health and prosperity in the upcoming New Year. Thanks for stopping by my blog page.

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