A Surprising Hodgepodge

1. What's left to be done on your Christmas to-do list? 
I have to make a couple of batches of Texas Millionaires; 1 for our neighbors & 1 for us, and then cook Christmas Eve Dinner & Christmas Brunch, and that's it. I've really scaled down my preparations this year. It's been totally stress-free and very relaxing.

2. The Hodgepodge lands on the first day of winter this year. What's your favorite thing about winter? 
Some people are going to think this is crazy, but I love that it gets dark so early, especially if I don't have anywhere I need to be after work. I love getting into my jammies right after supper and hopping into bed to watch a movie.

3. In what area of your life are you immature? Feel free to elaborate or not. 
Oh, my! I think the better question would be "in what area am I mature?"! 

4. What was the most (or one of the most) important lessons you learned in 2016? 
God knows everything. He knows what we're going to do, how we're going to mess up, and how we're going to fix it, so there's no need to worry. He's got it.

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? 
I absolutely love shrimp! Favorite way: marinate in Italian Dressing and grill. There will most certainly be shrimp in my very near future!

6. What sound lulls you to sleep? 
I can't believe I'm saying this, but...silence. I've always had to have some background noise to sleep, but during Lent I started going to sleep without the tv or radio on. 

7. What one word best describes your 2016? 
Rollercoaster. It started off kind of sucky, we had fantastic trips to Edisto & SD, and then the fires in the area. 

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
I was ready for a very quiet Christmas with just my daddy, CH, and YS. OS is out on the West Coast with his girlfriend, and MS decided to stay at school. There was an incident with his car and the university bus, so he was without a car. I had resigned myself to maybe seeing him next week for a day or two. BUT...one of his friends let him borrow his truck, and he surprised me! CH & YS didn't say anything to me, and I was totally surprised! 
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Merry Christmas! See y'all next year!


  1. What a nice surprise with your MS making it home :) Merry Christmas to you and your family!


  2. Now THAT'S what I call a Christmas present! I'm so glad MS made it home! My Christmas is quite scaled back, too and the stress level did go down. However, AFTER Christmas when everyone is here...YIKES. LOL I love that it gets dark early, too and I hear you on #3. :) Merry Christmas!

  3. How wonderful that your son made it home! Enjoy his visit and have a Merry Christmas!

    By the way, I like that it gets dark early, too. I like how cozy the house is in the evenings and everyone is content to be snug inside with heartier dishes cooking and candles burning.

  4. What a great early Christmas surprise!! I enjoyed reading your Hodgepodge and am happy to find someone else who likes shrimp. Silly me - I thought everyone loved shrimp, but sure learned differently reading today's HP answers!! LOL Wishing you and yours a blessed and very merry Christmas!!

  5. What a wonderful surprise! Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  6. Sounds like you got a great early Christmas present. Shrimp is great. Have a Merry Christmas.

  7. YAYAY! I am glad that your son made it home. That is wonderful. :)

    Merry Christmas to all of you and a most wonderful 2017!

  8. What a lovely surprise. I hope you all have a lovely Christmas together.

  9. I like your answer for #4, He does know everything! I love your surprise. Our daughter won't be home this Christmas. First time ever in 35 years. She moved to Montana and it will be so different with her gone.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.


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