Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. Do you put Christmas decorations in every room of your house? If not every room, what rooms do you decorate?
Most years I do decorate every room, but this year due to health problems, I have the tree up in my living room and that is it.

2. If you could visit one of the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden) which one would you choose and why?
Norway--I love the idea of all those fjords, daring viking seamen, and their wonderful knitting

3. What does the word faith mean to you?
The confidence that I have that God loves me and has given me new life through his Son, even though I can't physically see it. Heb 11:1 1Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

4. You can go back to your childhood for one day...what day and age would you choose?
I had so many good memories growing up, but today, maybe because of the weather and my mood, I am remembering a day the winter when I was 6 years old.  The walk home from school was one mile uphill, and there had been a heavy snowfall--about 18 inches.  I was frightened when the bus left me off, but then I saw my Daddy.  He had come to walk me home.  He put his belt around my waist and walked in front of me, pulling me up the steep parts of the mountain.  I remember how secure I felt that my Daddy was there and was helping me.

5. When did you last have 'punch'? If it's not too much trouble share your favorite punch recipe.
Its been quite awhile.  I like to add a can of orange juice concentrate, a can of pineapple juice,  a big bottle of ginger ale, then float scoops of sherbet. 

6. Do you fill stockings at your house? Are stockings opened before or after the bigger gifts?
We always fill stockings, this year since it's only me and the dog, she will get a nice chew toy.

7. What takes your breath away?
Beautiful sunsets, kind words from friends, scary rides, big hugs. As you might have guessed I am an emotional person, usually happy and content--but I have my moments.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
It is cold and rainy.  Silent Night is playing on my computer.  It is a wonderful season, but I am feeling down.  I just got home from surgery and it was a two hour procedure.  I think that I need a good hot meal.


  1. I love that story about your dad-what a precious memory. I hope you're feeling better soon. Sending you a hug today ((Marti))!

  2. Ahhhhhhhhhh, the story of your wintry day at school and your father there to be your support, well, it melted my heart. What a great, loving, memory.

    ATCHAFALAYA SWAMP PHOTOS is my link for today. Hope you can find time to visit with me.

  3. I enjoyed reading all of your answers! Sure hope you're feeling much better from your surgery real soon...take good care of yourself!

  4. I love that story of your Daddy pulling you along. What a sweet memory! Hope you are feeling better soon! *hugs*

  5. I hope you recover fully and well, Marti! Too bad you're not closer or I'd give you that hot, good meal. I love the story of you and your dad. I'm sure there's probably a law now about kids having to walk a mile uphill from school. lol That was a very touching story. We lived a mile away from school too, and most of the time my older brothers would run ahead of me.
    If I don't get the opportunity later, I want to make sure to wish you a blessed Christmas!♥

  6. The punch sounds good. Hope you are recovering well. And the story about your daddy pulling you up the mountain is so precious. What a special memory. Have a peaceful day.

  7. So you got the rain? I saw it heading your way. I am sorry you are feeling down. I hope your surgery was successful. I will be praying for you.
    I love your memory of your Dad, what a sweet thing to have to remember. You know I think I remember your punch recipe. It used to be one of my favorites. I am going to make that Christmas Eve.
    I hope you rest and feel better.

  8. I can picture you standing where the bus left you and looking up to see your dad. What a site that must have been - a hero coming to you when you needed him.

    I hope your surgery was minor and your recovery is quick!!! You reminded me I need to get Christmas presents for the furbabies!!

  9. Hi Marti,
    what great answers, i wish i had the time to answer these too.
    I wanted to pop by here and say a special thank you to you for your kind and supportive message the other day. It means such a lot to me, thank you.
    I hope you are having a wonderful week
    hugs June x

  10. I have some type of decoration in all but my bathroom, and my cleaning kitchen; not like I used to, though - I definitely went through a period of taking decorating for Christmas to a whole new level. :-)

    If I lived closer, I'd bring you something nice, and hot, to eat, so you could just rest and heal.

    Blessings to you for a swift recovery.

  11. You're the 3rd Hodge Podger I've seen use Hebrews 11:1 (ton include ME)....
    LOVE your memory - how precious.


  12. Thanks so much for stopping by. It's always fun to read the many varied answers to Hodgepodge. Your punch sounds easy enough and very good, love the sherbert addition.

    Do hope all is better today following your surgery. HOpe you are good as new by Christmas. Blessings!

  13. I love that story about your daddy coming for you and pulling you safely up the mountain. How wonderful to have a father like that. sandie

  14. Ooohhh that punch sounds yummy! :)

  15. I enjoyed reading your answers, Marti. Hope you recover quickly from the surgery! Take care!