Wednesday Medley

1.  National Ding-a-Ling Day is observed across the United States each year on December 12.  Ding-a-Lings on this day call the people they haven’t heard from in a while.  It may be an old classmate, co-worker or neighbor from years ago.  Or perhaps a call will go out to the child who used to mow the grass during the summer.  How about that couple who carpooled for soccer. There are all sorts of people in our lives who manage to slip out of our lives who would love to hear the ding-a-ling of a call from you or me.  So tell us who you want to call today!

Well, this ding-a-ling didn’t know there was such a day. If she were alive, I would love to call my first and second grade teacher, Mrs. Nickolaus.

2. Each year on the 12th day of December, people across the United States recognize National Poinsettia Day. I am including this “National Day” too because my neighbor’s poinsettia from last year is blooming beside their house!!  Have you ever tried to plant a poinsettia outside?

Another day that has escaped me. I always enjoy going to Molbak’s in Woodinville, Washington to see their beautiful display of poinsettias and their poinsettia Christmas tree. We don’t live close enough anymore to pop into this great garden store.

3.  Do you believe in Bigfoot?  What size shoe do you wear and do you have trouble shoe shopping?


Well, do photographs lie? I would have loved to buy this huge piece of yard art to put up on our mountain behind our country bungalow but I have grandchildren now and wouldn’t want to make them afraid to go into our backyard.

I am a 7 to 7-1/2 depending on the shoe style. I don’t have a problem finding shoes in my size but it is hard work finding shoes that are comfortable to wear in general. I am way past the stiletto days. Even when I could have managed them I didn’t wear real high heels.

4. What is one thing you refuse to share?

My husband. The only way I will share him is for him to do his acts of service for others. He enjoys helping people.

5. Are you finding that this Christmas is stressful? More or less than last year?

What’s stressful about painting all your interior walls in the month of December? Don’t you love how the Christmas décor intersect with the painting equipment?

But no, thankfully I’m not stressing about the above photo of what real life looks like at our country bungalow.  Things will be back in their proper place before Christmas. Our family of 9 and a half chose to only have stockings this year and all of us won’t be together till Christmas afternoon. The 4 who are flying here on Christmas day are staying until the 28th and we are going to take one day at a time while they are here.

6. Tell us something random about your week so far!

We are having our first December snow that will linger and I’ll be driving in it for the first time since we moved. Our road is a 50mph road and I’m watching cars and trucks going slower then usual. They’ll not enjoy driving behind me because I’ll be going real slow and steady. I’m a wimp in the snow. Our motion sensor light above our garage was on this morning because of the snow falling. The little birds were flying under Dear’s parked truck and congregating there. Where do little birds go ?

I’m happy to report I made it there in the snow and then back home again in the dark. When there is snow on the road it is hard to see where your lane begins and ends. I made it up our kids mile long driveway with switchbacks in the light and then in the dark. She is patting herself on the back. It was sweet to spend time with Addy while her folks went to the hospital to have an ultrasound to see how Addy’s baby brother is doing.

Hope all your preparations for Christmas are going well.

I’m linking up with Terri in Florida for the Medley. She asks the questions and we answer them. Thank you, Terri.

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

20 thoughts on “Wednesday Medley

  1. I’m like you, Ellen, I don’t like driving in snow and I go really slow. I only go out in it if I have to work, but the good news is that it’s just two miles away. I love the fact that the motion detector went off from the snowfall. Good luck with the painting!😇❤️

  2. Good job sister, I am sure you will soon become a pro at driving in the snow. So glad to hear you share your dear except for helping others, as if I didn’t know that already. Love you!

  3. Ellen, did you get my message about the San Francisco Molokan cookbook? Also I have a question about another cookbook we have, bought in Montebello in 1964:

    “Molokan Favorites”

    SALANKA #2 page 74
    3 lbs. Lamb shoulder, cut up
    1 onion sliced
    ½ tsp. salt
    Pepper to taste
    1 qt. Sauerkraut (homemade)

    Wash lamb, and put in a 4 qt. Pot.
    Cover and simmer for 1 hour. Add
    4 c. boiling water, continue cooking
    for another ½ hour. Add 1 qt. sauer-
    kraut (homemade) or 1 large can of sauer-
    kraut and 1 small head of shredded
    cabbage. Cook 1 hour. Serves six.

    We use short ribs instead of lamb.
    Duncan and Maureen Afonin-Campbell

    • Hello Duncan, I replied but I don’t know where it went to in cyberspace. I appreciate you adding this recipe. I had not seen it or have I ever tried it. I do not have the cookbook you bought in Montebello in 1964. I do have the Recipes of San Francisco Russian Molokans published in 1973. That book does not have recipes for Salanka in it. Thank you for your comment.

  4. Praise the Lord for a safe trip in the snow and night! I am definitely a snow wimp, so I cringed a little. So exciting to be thinking about a new little grandson!

    Painting and Christmas work well together when one needs to paint! You’ll be happy to be able check that off your list.

    A low stress Christmas gathering with your loved ones sounds perfect!

  5. Looks like you found some sight to make collages—very nice.
    You must try to visit Walla Walla–it is a nice town with lots of stuff to see and don’t forget to go to the Fort Walla Walla Muesem

  6. I don’t blame you for being cautious in the snow. When I lived in the upstate I was careful in it and that’s when I was young so I guess now I would walk faster. LOL We have a bathroom in need of being gutted and redone. The husband wanted to start in November and I put my foot down. I know when he says it’ll take about 2 weeks it means at least one month. Ha!

  7. Ellen – those are some of the most beautiful poinsettias I have ever seen … and clever collages too! What program did you use to make the second collage? I can relate to your worries about driving – it doesn’t take much for our roads to become treacherous. Fortunately, we have not had much snow yet out where we live …

    • Angie, these are some older collages of mine and I used Picasa. I’m now looking for a new collage program to use on my new laptop.

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