Be Merry Hodgepodge

Be Merry

It’s Hodgepodge Wednesday when Jo From This Side of the Pond asks the questions and we get our brains fired up to answer.

1. ‘Tis the season to be jolly….so are you? 

Yes, yes I am.

2. Do you trim a tree this time of year, and if so is yours all done?

I did and it’s done.

What’s something in your home-closet-life that needs to be trimmed in the new year? 

Oh boy! So many things including my body. I need to weed out my closet and drawers of things ‘I hope to fit in again’!

3. Are you ‘dreaming of a white Christmas’? Is that a possibility where you’ll be celebrating? According to this site the top ten places in the US you can count on for a white Christmas are- North Pole Alaska, Crater Lake Oregon, Yellowstone National Park, Winthrop Washington, Aspen Colorado, Ketchum Idaho, Mt. Washington New Hampshire, Whitefish Montana, Duluth Minnesota, and the Lake Tahoe town of Truckee California

It is totally white right now. It is a good possibility to be white again at Christmas.

Of the snowy spots listed which would you most like to visit? 

Whitefish, Montana is on my list. We have had a White winter experience in Winthrop, Washington back in the 90’s.

4. December 8th is National Brownie Day…will you be celebrating?


How do you like your brownies-chewy or cake-like, frosted or plain, nuts or no nuts, a piece from the middle or give me the corner?

Give me a middle piece cake-like, plain, with lots of nuts.

As a child were you a member of a brownie troop? 

No. My parents were fresh immigrants from Iran after escaping out of Russia in the early 30’s. They did not trust any organizations involving children with uniforms. Too close for comfort (for them and their understanding) to Lenin’s Young Pioneer groups!

5. Share a favorite line or two from a Christmas carol or holiday tune. 

I have soooo many favorites and there are so many great lines. Here’s just one.

…”Peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled” 

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Speaking of snow…

We went to Idaho (Coeur d’Alene) for an overnight on Sunday to Monday. We returned to this view of our home on Monday, the 6th of December. The 6th of December was our 47th Wedding Anniversary. 

Our Christmas letter is tweaked and it’s ready to be copied. Time to address all the envelopes and get the cards in the mail. We have received some Christmas greetings already. So good to hear hear from far and wide. 

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.

14 thoughts on “Be Merry Hodgepodge

  1. Your snowy picture is a Christmas Card itself – so beautiful! I love the line you chose from a Christmas Carol! Hugs …

  2. Interesting about why Mom and Pop never allowed us to join those activities. But makes total sense. I don’t think I ever questioned it.

  3. so much snow – lovely! We rarely have snow in Alabama. Your parent’s reasoning about children/uniforms/brownies is so interesting. I cannot imagine the memories they must have had.

  4. I still sending and receiving cards. Mine have not gone out yet but they will be sent before Christmas. The snow is lovely but I do know it gets tiresome dealing with too much of it. Hubs doesn’t miss it at all but I miss the early snows just a little. Have a great day!

  5. Always nice to read your answers.
    We usually have a white Christmas.
    I got half of my cards written out this afternoon.
    You have a lot of Christmas trees in your back yard. : ) They sure look pretty with the snow on them.

  6. I’ve never related children’s uniforms to past history. Very interesting.
    Your home is just lovely, especially in the snow!

  7. Ellen – thanks for your recent kind comments on my blog. Sorry I have not been around to comment much; maybe things will calm down soon. (To answer your question, I completed a lot of decorating before I went on my trip to Ohio, but we will be decorating the tree tomorrow!)

    I was amused to see that Whitefish is on that list,and thrilled that it is one of the places you most want to visit! I spend a lot of time in Whitefish, and I can highly recommend it!

  8. Your tree looks beautiful. Believe me my body needs trimming too! Your answer to #4 on being a brownie is very interesting. The is a lovely photo of your home with the snow. So beautiful. Happy Anniversary.

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