Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Pa Rum pum pum pum a Hodgepodge

It's Wednesday, friends. Hump Day! Head on over to see Joyce From This Side of the Pond and join the party!



1. Are you more task oriented or people oriented? Elaborate.

I think it is possible  I fall somewhere in the middle of these two. With a heavy leaning towards the 'task oriented' side. I am one of those people who thinks "I can get this done faster, better, cheaper, than anyone else" (my family says that I am a 'control freak') but on the other hand there are many times that I would rather include other people in getting things done. So somewhere in the middle! Is that cheating?


2. December 15 is National Wear Your Pearls Day...do you own/wear pearls? If you're a man answering the question, does your sweetheart own or wear pearls? Everyone share a 'pearl of wisdom' with us here today.

I do own a string of pearls. I can't tell you when I last wore them. Years ago! I am not a 'dress up and put on your pearls' kind of person. I wonder what they would look like with my sweats and my crocs? For right now they are nestled away in their little, black velvet pouch waiting for a granddaughter to say "oh aren't those beautiful". 

Here is my 'pearl of wisdom'. This quote is credited to Dolly Parton (and a variety of others) but I am going to give the credit to Dolly!




3. Speaking of pearls...oysters? Are you a fan or not a fan? If you answered yes, tell us your favorite way to eat oysters? If you said no, be honest-have you ever tried one or does just the idea of eating an oyster make you gag a little?

I love oysters!!! There, I said it! I love those little cans of smoked oysters. I open the can, pour them (oil and all) into a tiny bowl, get out my tiny fork, a few crackers and eat them all. I sop up the oil with the crackers and eat all of it too!! Love the taste. Love the smell. What's not to love?? My mom told me that when I was just a tiny one my dad would mash up the oysters from the Oyster Stew (love that too) and feed them to me. My first solid food. 


4. Time Magazine has named President-elect Donald Trump Person of the Year. Let's take presidents and presidential candidates out of the mix for a minute. If a political figure had not been chosen who would you name Man or Woman of the Year for 2016?
My handsome deputy!!

I would make the cover of Time Magazine all about the men and women who wear a police/sheriff uniform! These people go out their doors every single day to protect us! They never know whether they will return to their families after the end of their shift. This past year we have seen police officers put down, shot, hated, spit upon, and they still go out the door everyday for you and for me! They go out to 'protect and serve'. I am proud to be the mother of a deputy sheriff! And, just as he would take a bullet to protect you, I would take a bullet for him. Every day of the week!

5. The Pantone Color of the Year for 2017 has been announced, and it's a vibrant green aptly named-greenery. Your thoughts? Is this a color currently in your home or wardrobe? Will you add something in this shade for the new year? Click here to see the color.

I don't really care for this shade of green. It has too much yellow in it for my taste. I prefer greens that are more 'sage-y' or more 'moss-y'. I don't think I will add anything to my home or wardrobe in the new green color!

6. Today I've had too much holiday cheer. I wish Christmas was quieter? 

I don't want to see anything Christmas in October. I don't want to hear about shopping and specials until Thanksgiving has passed. I don't like the stores that stay open on Thanksgiving day. And people feel the need to shop (to get the best deals) instead of spend time with families. I don't want to hear Christmas music until, at least, December 1. Not everyone finds Christmas to be the 'most joyous' time of the year and I wish we could just water it down a bit. 


7. Share a favorite lyric from a favorite Christmas carol.


I love The Little Drummer Boy! And I love the lyrics: "Pa rum pum pum pum. Ra pum pum pum! Ra pum pum pum" My favorite to sing along with. 




8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Have you stopped sending Christmas cards? I pretty much have. I think, over the past several years, I have not send more than 20 cards out at Christmas. Seems like we just stay in touch with people by emails, texting, Facebook, etc. and the sending of Christmas cards are quickly becoming a thing of the past. What do you think?

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  1. Sometimes I send cards, sometimes I don't. This year I am only sending a few. Frankly, there are lots of folks that I send to that I really don't care that much about. There I've said it. If we were so friendly, maybe we would actually SEE each other.

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    1. LOL! That is certainly honest! I used to be like that too! No more

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  2. I sent out 110 cards, many of our friends do not have computers. I like green in any shade. I am with you on the Christmas Music and shopping, December 1st is soon enough.

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    1. WOW! That is a bunch of cards. And a lot of postage! But if that is what you enjoy then I'm saying YAY! And those lucky people to get a card from you Ma!!

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  3. I sent out 20 cards and thats it. I keep thinking of other people that i should send and then i'm like "nah" not this year. haha!
    I like kelly green and dark forest green. Not a fan of all greens.

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  4. I send out about 30 cards each year - a lot lot less than I used to send out. I'm lucky if I get 10 back! So sad... I love Xmas cards - sending and getting them.
    I also adore pearls. If I had the choice over diamonds or pearls, it would be pearls. I have lots of fake pearls and also one real pearl necklace and earrings my husband gave me for Xmas years ago. I rarely wear any of them anymore - now that I no longer work in an office. I should just start wearing them when we go out to eat - they can be dressed up or dressed down.
    So many Xmas carols I love.... one phrase that sticks in my mind (probably because I've listened to this one over and over, but can't remember the name of the song) - I'll give you my present, a wedding ring...

    I'm not drawn to greens normally, but after starting to knit years ago, I've been drawn more and more to it. I do love this lime green shade. Would love to have a car that color! I'm not sure I would wear it, except maybe in a scarf. but I love touches of it here and there - especially with taupe or gray...

    Linda in VA

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    1. I'll have to see if I can find that carol. I don't recognize it! I'm not drawn to green either. But I have a dark green in my purple living room. And the front doors of my house are a sage green!

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  5. Was just on an other blog that was asking about Christmas cards. Probably won't send any this year. Just too lazy, LOL :) I agree with your thoughts about Christmas and how early stores have displays up, etc. People know the holiday is coming up, if they want to shop early for gifts, so be it. No need to "deck the halls" until at least after Thanksgiving in my opinion!

    betty

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  6. Enjoyed reading your answers Paula. I still send quite a lot of cards, mostly to people that I don't see. I used to send to the immediate family but this year I'm going to send them e-cards. We all see each other on Boxing day so it does seem a waste. I hate that Christmas preparations seem to start earlier and earlier. It's just makes me stressed out for longer! lol

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    1. I agree with the increased stress. Just so crazy!

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  7. I think we sent 9 Christmas cards this year. So far, we have gotten 1. We live in a different world now. Have a great week and a Merry Christmas.

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    1. We do live in a different world! Don't know if I think it is better. But then that makes me sound like an old fogy!!

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  8. I've always been task oriented,and that includes delegating! I cannot remember the last time I sent cards, either. I'm OK with birthday and thank you and all that, but not holiday.

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    1. I would have figured you for a task oriented person!! I think birthday and thank you cards are VERY important!

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  9. I'm finishing up my Christmas cards so I can send them by Friday so I guess the answer is the tradition carries on with me at least for now. I stand behind your idea of honoring our men and women in blue! Merry Christmas !

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    1. Thank you Ellen. And Merry Christmas to you!!

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  10. I like your answer in #6. Also, I do still send out Christmas cards, although my list of recipients has changed over the years. I probably mail about twenty cards, e-mail another dozen, and drop another dozen between church and work. I write Christmas catch-up letters as well. It's fun to get something in the mail that is not a bill :)

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    1. Yes! I love getting anything that is not a bill!!

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  11. I've always enjoyed the Little Drummer Boy song, too. :)

    We went out a very few cards this year. We had special ones made with our Angel Xerxes looking at his first, and only, Christmas tree. He passed away 19 October 2015. We don't usually mail out cards due to the cost of doing so, but we did this year thanks to a special offer given to us by a card company. We sent them to our mothers and a few other family members.

    I agree with your #6. Commercialism has gone too far when it comes to stretching the season. Christmas is supposed to be a special time and they make it nothing when it goes on for months. Thanksgiving is pretty much ignored by the stores and that is very sad to me. I think the day after Thanksgiving is plenty soon enough for the Fa-la-las. We don't start ours until Dec. 18, our daughter's birthday, and she decides if the tree goes up that day or the day after, as it is her day that day.

    Your pearl of wisdom is great. I am looking for a humongous rainbow, then because I am sure feeling the rain!

    Have a blessed day and a very Merry Christmas, Paula. :)

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    1. I got some free ones in the mail from the DAV. I am using them to send when I receive! That way I won't miss sending one to someone who sends one to me! LOL Who was Xerxes? I have had a lot of rain in the past few years too. So those rainbows had better be big and bright!! Love you Suzanne!!

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    2. Love you, too, Paula. Thank you for that. You made me smile. :)

      Yes, I'd say you're due for a super huge, extra beautiful rainbow! Extra sparkles on it, too. :)

      Xerxes was our kitty that died last year of feline leukemia. He was one of the kitties born in our carport. He was our transition baby...from children at home to an empty nest. He came to us just about the same time that Davey left for the Marine Corps, which was just a couple of months before both girls left home for the universities (200 miles or so apart, in opposite directions from our home). It was the first time for the baby girl to leave home. So, Heavenly Father sent us sweet little Xerxes to help us through our newly empty nest time. We had him for 16 months. Then, suddenly, we were without him and without the kids, too. It was a very hard transition to life in an empty house.

      I think your plan about the DAV cards is great! I would be afraid of missing someone, too.

      Have a blessed night. :)

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    3. I am glad I could make you smile! So sorry about your kitty. Losing a pet is like losing a member of the family. We haven't had a pet here for a number of years. They last two we lost were just so hard!

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  12. It used to be that you'd buy a box of cards to send. Nowadays, families take pictures and send out personalized cards with the family on it. The yearly newsletters aren't necessary anymore with FB and the like keeping us in constant communication.

    Of course, I was never much of a card sender, anyway.

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    1. Oh those famous Christmas newsletters. I usually still get two! And one is from someone who lives right here in town!! Bleah!

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  13. Little Drummer Boy was my mother's favorite carol, as well. How, in retrospect, I hate my growing impatience when, in her final few years she kept asking, "Do you know, this is my favorite?"

    Oysters? Bleah!!!! But, that's pretty interesting about oysters being your first solid food. Your description of eating them out of the tin reminds me of my dad and sardines!

    Mostly, BESTLY, I love your nomination for Person of the Year.

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    1. Thank you Myra. Isn't he the most handsome cop you've ever seen?? LOL I am not a fan of sardines! God Bless your mother!! And you!!

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  14. Hi Paula - I do have pearls various and enjoy wearing them ... they're not bling ones .. but tell me our family story. I agree your handsome lad should be on the front cover ... I'd happily sit down and scoff oysters with you: aren't they delicious ...

    I love the Carol Services we have here from various Cathedrals - so so evocative ... gorgeous ... St Nicolas Church Pevensey, which I wrote about re 1066 and William the Conqueror landing here - has acknowledged brilliant acoustics - one day I must get over and listen ...

    Cheers to you and yours ... Hilary

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    1. We should do those oysters together some day!! I like how you tell us about your country. I so much enjoy coming to your blog. Merry Christmas Hillary!!

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  15. I love every thing about Christmas and yes I still sent out cards. I love the Drummer Boy and all the rest. I've got Christmas music playing here this morning.

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    1. Love playing Christmas music at this time of the year!!

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  16. Question #1,'task oriented' side' where are you on Darian's room? Can't say much though, my Hutch home it was easier to close the doors than to straighten the computer room.
    Question #2, had a pearl tie tack for years, may be still in my pocket box.
    Question #3, Oysters, fresh smoked in a half shell straight from the beds to the grill, to the tummy.
    Question #4, Persons of the years. Have to agree with law enforcement officers. My nephew and 3 friend here in Louisiana all with their local sheriff's departments. 2 of these were on duty during the shootings that injured 3 and killed 1 in Baton Rouge, Then 3 that were on duty during the big floods of August this year. Helping our while their own properties were being flooded.

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    1. Love eating those oysters!! Yep law enforcement deserves some good publicity!

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  17. May God bless and watch over your son, and all of his colleagues throughout the country, as they perform their duties on our behalf. Re; Christmas Cards, SWMBO and I don't send out a lot of cards either. Also, I am totally with you on the excessive holiday noise. October is way too soon to be talking about Christmas. Speaking of which, I hope that you and yours have a wonderful Christmas.

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    1. Thank you so much for your blessing for my son. Every police officer needs God watching over them in these days we are facing. I hope your Christmas is wonderful as well!!

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  18. We still send about 100 cards, maybe a few more. I love sending and receiving real cards and will hold on to that tradition for as long as I can. I like what you said about wishing Christmas was quieter. It has become noisy and I make an effort to pull back and find the quiet. It's challenging somedays.

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    1. I am glad you still enjoy sending cards Joyce! It is challenging most days, isn't it!

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  19. I'm a control freak for sure. Having adult children move back home has been a struggle for me. Also no one else can put ornaments on my trees! I'm a jeans and birkenstock person. Love your wise words. Like your Time Magazine pick. No I haven't stopped sending cards. My list is smaller but I still enjoy sending them. That's all my years with Hallmark!!

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    1. Yes, adult children can be a challenge. Especially when they think we are the children! LOL!

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  20. I tried to stop sending Christmas Cards this year but Frank was having none of it.

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