Purple Haze Hodgepodge

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

Well, we threw in an overnight getaway to La Conner to celebrate our 43rd anniversary and that included lots of country roads less traveled instead of the interstates. It was good to take the time away from our renovations and decorations. Our leisurely walk along the waterway in La Conner was relaxing. So far so good.

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?

Winter is not that harsh in the Puget Sound area. Generally all we need to do is lock the windows so they are shut tight and disconnect the water hoses so they don’t freeze. Sometime after Christmas and before Spring we need to prune the apple and pear tree. We do all these things ourselves. I still need to cut back my lavender plants!

This is what the apple tree looks like before pruning and all the branches that are growing straight up need to be cut. After pruning it looks more like this with still a few more branches to cut. Ignore the evergreen in the background.

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?

The first thought I had was healthy trends aren’t my thing. Maybe I’ll add more veggies.

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.’ What say you? Do you like the color purple? Did you see the movie or read the book-ha!?  Is purple a color you wear often? Describe for us one purple item in your home without using the word purple.  If you were in charge of such things what color would you select for 2018?

I don’t mind the color purple. I did see the movie. We have three University of Washington alums in our family and we live in Husky country where slogans like “let purple reign again” are alive and well.

Purple evokes passionate pride. It’s the color that stands out as most quintessentially to our University and is therefore the dominant color in our communications. Gold symbolizes excellence. It’s a sophisticated hue that speaks to our extraordinary standards and immense quality. And when you combine the two? That’s the UW.

Sometimes I wear purple. The little girl with the W on her shirt is now an alumnus of Udub and her husband will soon be a graduate of the Udub, too. I helped put my Dear through the UW school of Pharmacy so I wear my purple with pride.

We do have some walls at this old house that remind me of lavender sprigs . Not the vibrant variety.

You can see that color in what used to be my master bathroom?

If I was in charge of such things the color of the year would be China Blue.

5. Favorite book read this year?

Glass Houses by Louise Penny

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

Today I’ll be mailing our Christmas cards. We’ve received a few already and I always enjoy being brought up to date on what is happening with friends from far and wide. We still do not have our tree and that’s the last purchase we need to make for Christmas. Once the tree is up I’ll start thinking about wrapping the presents that will be going under it.

Thank you to Joyce From This Side of the Pond for asking the questions for Wednesday Hodgepodge. Thank you to whoever takes the time to read the answers.

About Ellenhttp://I am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

12 thoughts on “Purple Haze Hodgepodge

  1. My first thought reading the healthy foods list was that it looked like something cows would eat – except for the dairy-free milk, of course.

    I love purple, I have a purple chevron infinity scarf on even as I am typing this; however, ultra-violet is not my favorite shade ….

    I do want to hurry less and worry less but so far, I’ve no strategy to accomplish this. (Should I be worried???)

    Happy 43rd anniversary! You are two years ahead of us. May you have many more years and travels together.

  2. I remember when the movie The Color Purple came out. I decided to read the book first and then see the movie. Ugh. That book didn’t hit me right. The world the author painted wasn’t just a difficult one. There was no sense of the nobility of the human spirit in that whole community. I give black people more credit than the author did, I thought. Anyway, I do like the color! And, for the first time a few months back I walked through the middle of the U of W campus. I’ve spent a lot of time on the roads in the U district, and all around the University. I used to drive by the stadium every day on my way home from work! But I never had a reason to park the car and walk through those gracious, pretty old buildings until now. My son is involved in a music practice in the Music building each week. I kill some time while waiting for him walking around! Love it! Oh, and, Happy Anniversary!

  3. Glad you had time to drive some back roads and escape your renovations for a while. Purple makes me think of my school uniform. I rarely wear the colour now. I too am in card writing mode. B x

  4. Hello, I know that the Christmas holiday we do not eat healthy. Maybe some veggies. Pretty scene from your getaway. I would like the China Blue color. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

  5. Happy Anniversary! Dairy free milk is an oxymoron. I don’t know what I’d do if I had to give up my dairy, though my daughter has developed a fondness for almond milk.

  6. I actually would like to give the person who invented almond milk a great big hug! Us low-carbers can finally have the milk with the low- carb cookies! I enjoyed reading your answers today!

  7. I am not “trendy” with foods either. It took me a couple of years to get on the kale bandwagon, but I have tried several kale recipes lately that are keepers! (Of course, I am not trendy with anything else either. 🙂 )

    Fun that you and your hubby were able to celebrate your anniversary with a little getaway! Getting away from remodeling projects must have been delightful!

  8. Christmas cards are one of my favorite things about the season. I look forward to grabbing the mail every day. I’m glad you were able to squeeze in an anniversary getaway. Your photos are lovely. Have a nice weekend!

  9. You can’t go wrong with more veggies! China Blue sounds like a lovely color. I mailed our cards out on Tuesday along with out of town gifts. I will be finishing up the decorating inside the house today. I still have presents to wrap for our Christmas day here at home.

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