Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Simply Having A Wonderful Hodgepodge Time

Welcome to this week's edition of the Wednesday Hodgepodge. Thanks for joining in today! If you've answered the questions be sure to add your link at the end of my post, then go say hi to your neighbor.

1. What title would you give this current chapter of your life?

I've written and deleted about ten different things here so how about we go with -

Figuring It Out

2. December 6 is National Microwave Oven Day. Who knew? Besides popcorn and coffee reheats, what's the most common thing you microwave? Could you get along without a microwave?

I guess by December the people who come up with these National Days run out of steam. Besides popcorn and coffee reheats the biggest thing I use my microwave for is melting either butter or chocolate.

Of course we could all get along without a microwave. Mankind was around for centuries before deciding thirty seconds felt like forever waiting on that coffee to get warm. But it is one of those inventions that makes life a little bit easier and more pleasant so I'm glad we have it. 

3. If you could insert yourself into any Christmas carol and experience the lyrics in real life, which Christmas carol lyric would you choose and why?

'Away in a manger, no crib for a bed, the little Lord Jesus lay down His sweet head
The stars in the sky looked down where He lay, the little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.'

How amazing to see Jesus, the son of God, become man. 

4. Describe the most beautiful drive you've ever taken.

Impossible! I've taken so many beautiful drives. Most recently we drove up the Northern California and Oregon coasts and the natural beauty there was staggering. Definitely one of the most beautiful drives I've taken. I wrote all about it beginning with this post

But then we've also done a lot of driving around Europe and it's hard to top the French Alps, Italy's Amalfi Coast and even hubs commute from our little village into Oxford. Just last weekend as we were driving home from Tennessee I declared the road between Johnson City and North Carolina one of the prettiest. 

Honestly there are just far too many beautiful drives in the world for me to dub one as best. I love a good road trip!  

5. What's something on your Christmas list this year? (an actual list or figuratively speaking, either one)

Practically speaking we need new luggage. Figuratively speaking I'd love to see more grace, less anger in the world at large. 

6. Insert your own random thought here.

I post this carol on my blog every year at Christmastime. I love this version so much and the lyrics are timely, '...hate is strong and mocks the song, of peace on earth good will to men...

'then rang the bells more loud and deep, God is not dead nor doth He sleep...'open up your heart and hear them, peace on earth, good will to men.' 

Wishing you peace this Christmas season. 


  1. "I'd love to see more grace, less anger in the world at large." ME TOO! Having some hard days at work and this just hit a nerve.

  2. I couldn't narrow my road trips down to one either so I made a general statement. Just give me some backroads and autumn or winter and I'm good. :) So true about anger in the world. I sit in stunned silence these days and that's not good either. I'm praying for a better world for all these sweet grandbabies every day. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

  3. Great Christmas carol, Joyce. Have a good week.

  4. Jo,

    We picked the same song lyrics for #3. Isn't that cool? Casting Crowns, "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" is really a beautiful song. I think I'm going to put that up on my Facebook wall today to inspire others this Christmas season. Thanks for sharing and hosting the mid-week fun, my friend! ;)

  5. I love a beautiful drive and there were too many to settle on just one. And wouldn't it be just heavenly to see more grace and less anger? Beautiful song.

  6. I love the Casting Crown's video, too...chills every time.

  7. Loved all of your answers today, Joyce. Pretty challenging questions this time. Thanks so much for doing this!

  8. Figuring it out is a good title! The coast is so beautiful. I haven't even driven most of it. I forgot about Europe. We drove from Paris to Italy and it was amazing.

  9. I agreed with you on trying to choose a beautiful drive. So hard to choose one. We're on the same page for the Christmas Carol. Happy Wednesday to you!

  10. Interesting how when we're figuring it out, sometimes people don't like it that we don't already have it all figured out! Loved the Casting Crowns 'I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day.' Thanks for including it. I've never been to the NW, but your photos have made me wish I could get there sometime - maybe a fast way. LOL

  11. Hi Joyce,
    I liked your title, Figuring It Out ;-)
    I also chose Away in a Manger.
    Happy Christmas,

  12. Hi Joyce. Thanks for another week of questions. I said Away in the Manger too. Wouldn't that be amazing to see.

  13. 'then rang the bells more loud and deep, God is not dead nor doth He sleep...'open up your heart and hear them, peace on earth, good will to men.'

    Very beautiful!

  14. Hi Joyce!
    Figuring It Out is a great chapter title, especially for a chapter about becoming new grandparents :) I was also curious to read your answer about the most beautiful drive you've taken, because I know you've traveled so much! You've been blessed. It was good to be back today. I've missed everyone! (Kathy)

  15. I'm late getting here. I enjoyed your answers and the song at the end is worth listening to daily for sure!

  16. You're right! It would be so amazing to be there to watch our Savior become man. :) Love the weekly questions. Thanks so much for always posting them.

  17. "Of course we could all get along without a microwave." No, ma'am. Maybe "we can," but I can't. They need a reheating cookbook for someone like me.

  18. I would be interested to know what the other titles that you had for #1 were. Away in a Manger was an excellent choice for your Christmas Carol. I have heard a fair number of people express how amazing the thought of Almighty God becoming a human. We certainly have room enough for God in our celebrations. One tradition we have, silly as it is, we sing Happy Birthday to Jesus before opening any presents. Thanks for another wonderful Hodgepodge. Have a great week.

  19. I love the title of this chapter of your life. It's fitting for a lot of us.