Wednesday, December 5, 2012


I can't not find time to add some thoughts to a Christmas Hodge Podge from Joyce (the other Joyce as we say of each other!)  so here we go! 

1.  Share your traditions surrounding the Christmas stocking. 

      We hung stockings when we were kids even though we didn't have a real mantle. My Dad put this corragated brick paper around the card table the tree was set up on and we hung our stockings there. I often went to my stocking first and savored some chocolate treats before opening my gifts. : ) Today my fam has their stockings hanging from our mantle and traditionally find that year's ornament plus some other treats from Santa in their stocking.

2.  How many hours of sleep do you average at night?  Is it enough?
     Oh, I love to sleep late but alas, it is not to be. I average maybe 6 1/2 - 7 hrs. It's just about enough but not really. I do much better with 7 1/2 - 8  . . . . and I don't feel like I"m running on a full tank until closer to 9 a.m. most days, night owl that I am!

3.  If you had to give up one thing for the remainder of this year what would it be?

Hmmm . . . well, not Christmas cookies as I'm looking forward to baking and enjoying some of our favorites soon! Not sure what I'd choose - I"ve been  thinking more about what's nice to enjoy this season that we don't have all during the year.

4.  The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (or Wills and Kate as I like to call them) have announced they're expecting a baby. Do you follow news of the Royals? 
     I do follow it casually and am very happy for the young couple. They'll be followed so closely by the media it seems they won't have a chance at a normal 'life' and yet, I think we all hope they will be able to navigate that well somehow. And who will the baby look like with two good looking parents?? : )

5.  For me,  the sound of childhood is__________________.
     . . . . kids voices playing in my backyard.

6.  Fruit cake-yay or boo? What's your favorite dessert made with fruit?

I am really not a fruit cake lover . . .  although I appreciate all the work that goes into for those who take the time to create them. I don't know anyone who is wishy washy about fruitcake - you either love it or hate it, I'd say!My favorite dessert with fruit could possible be mango crisp warm out of the oven with vanilla ice cream. Of something raspberry and chocolate is always wonderful too!

7. What is one thing you want to accomplish before 2012 comes to an end?

             Oh maybe finishing going through all the varieties of clothes - kids, ours, etc. - and getting everything we really don't wear or keep on tap for costumes for shows bagged up and out to the Care Closet at our church. It's been an ongoing process that would be great to finish by the end of this year!

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
         Can we keep this unexpected warm weather a little longer? If I had my way, it would be fall (lovely fall, not cold drizzly or even freezing rain fall) up until December 24, then a day of cooler temps with some flurries for the atmosphere, then spring could come on December 26! Anyone else like that plan?? : )


  1. Let's just hope the baby doesn't look like his grandfather! ;)
    I'm ready for cold weather!!!
    Love the idea of an ornament in the stocking.

  2. I'm looking forward to baking my Christmas cookies too. Your favorite fruit dessert sounds delicious!

  3. I love following Princess Diana children.
    I enjoy the laughter of children.
    I'm glad your enjoying your nice weather.

  4. I do love cold weather in December, but I'd love for Spring to hit about Feb 1st : ) Autumn is my favorite, but would I love it as much if it were year round? I'm not sure.

    I love that your dad put up a 'mantle' for your stockings. That's a sweet story.

    My girls always get an ornament in their stocking and my mother in law always sends us a packaged tagged 'From Our Tree to Your Tree' so all the grown kids have the same ones on their trees. It's a nice tradition.

  5. This warm weather is beautiful, but it's important to have cold weather to go along with Christmas carols and hot cocoa. So - starting tomorrow: let's dip down to the forties, and then head toward snow sometime before Christmas. But I agree with 'the other Joyce" It would be great to have spring in time for Valentine's Day, as long as it lasts from then until Mother's Day. Spring is usually way too short, and winter just a bit too long.

    We give ornaments at Christmas Eve dinner - as a table favor, wrapped perfectly, sitting in the middle of each person's plate. They're supposed to reflect something from the past year -which isn't always possible, and it's sometimes amusing to hear conjecture about "what did I do this year that merited another Santa? Or is this one supposed to look like me?"