Wednesday, October 26, 2022

A Merry Halloween Hodgepodge

Boo! It's the Hodgepodge! If you've answered today's questions add your link at the end of my post then leave a comment for the blogger before you. Here we go-

From this Side of the Pond
1. In two or three sentences describe yourself to someone who has never met you. 

I actually have an 'about me' tab on my sidebar, but it's in serious need of updating. For now let's stick to the prompt-

Married for 38+ years to my college sweetheart. Mother, daughter, sister, Nana. I love Jesus, books, words and finding beauty in the great wide somewhere. 

2. Will you celebrate Halloween this year? If you answered yes tell us how? Let's play this or that-chocolate candy or fruity candy? pumpkin seeds or pumpkin pie? Halloween party or scary movie? hay ride or corn maze? carve a pumpkin or paint a pumpkin?

We'll be spending Halloween with daughter1 and her family so definitely celebrating. The boys are so excited about their costumes which their crafty momma made. They live in one of those neighborhoods that has lots and lots and lots of children, the kind of neighborhood other people drive into so their kids can also trick or treat there. I'm expecting a lot of the fun kind of chaos.  

As far as this or that-chocolate, pie, party, hay ride, carve

3. What's something that scared you when you were young? Are you still afraid?

Our basement lol. If my mom needed me to get something from the basement I begged my sister to go with me, and she did the same. We eventually got over it, but even as a grown adults we disliked being sent to the basement to fetch something. No logical reason why, nothing truly scary ever happened in that basement, but it was a childhood fear that stuck. 

4. Your favorite soothing drink? 

Hot tea with a very small splash of milk. 

5. Are you thinking about Christmas yet? Does this make you feel happy or stressed? 

My September-October brain has not had a lot of room for thoughts of Christmas. 

Besides, I love the fall and Thanksgiving especially, so I don't want to move ahead too quickly. I guess I've thought about Christmas a very little bit in terms of who's coming when, and I've purchased a handful of gifts, but not enough to make a real dent in my gift giving list.  

I don't feel stressed thinking about Christmas. Not yet anyway. 

6. Insert your own random thought here.  

I have what feels like a million random thoughts currently rolling around my head but for now let's all just take a deep breath and appreciate the Tennessee sunset in my daughter's backyard-

Happy Wednesday! 

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  1. Thanks again for the questions/prompts!
    I enjoyed your answers. I, too, love Thanksgiving so I hate rushing Christmas.
    Halloween in your daughter's neighborhood sounds fun and crazy much like it is in our neighborhood!

  2. With your busy and exciting life, I agree that living it one day, one new baby at a time is good enough. Christmas will be so very exciting in itself this year, won't it, and I bet it comes off without a hitch at your house.

  3. That's so lovely that you married your college sweetheart and have been together all that time. I think being scared of the basement is quite reasonable considering the kinds of things that lurk down there in horror movies. That sunset photo is beautiful! Enjoy your Halloween with family.

  4. I'm with you on a million thoughts in my head. But what a beautiful sunset! My husband has a 10 year plan to move to Tennessee and because I am a one-day-at-a-time person, it's hard for me to think that far ahead but I do believe I will like living there one day!

  5. Love that Tennessee sky! Great questions this week Joyce and I enjoyed answering them and reading your answers. Have fun with those grandkids!

  6. That's a nice description of who you are. That is going to be so much fun on Halloween. I know James is excited this year. You're right, as a child basements can be scary. You're tea sounds nice you are right about enjoying Fall and Thanksgiving first. Beautiful sunset. I don't think I can link up today but I'm able to comment!

  7. I do miss seeing all the littles at my front door on Halloween. There is 0% chance of us getting trick or treaters at our door where we live. Our grands' parents make the drive over here so Addy and JJ can knock on our door for treats so that is fun. Our DIL always comes up with an interesting theme for the whole family to dress up. Last year they were smores. Looks like you are in Tennessee already? Enjoy your time in the fun chaos with those excited boys!!

    1. And if I saw correctly on a comment you made elsewhere there is a baby girl in the fun chaos, too!! :)

  8. A beautiful sunset!! I just saw ib FB and Congratulations! Love her name, also.

  9. That sunset is so beautiful! Congrats on the birth of your precious little granddaughter!! I didn't like our basement at home, either. It has low ceilings and lots of dark corners. The 'pantry' was down there and so was the washer and dryer so I got sent down often. It was always a fast run!! LOL xo

  10. How lucky you are to spend Halloween with your little guys. All our littles live away now so we don't get to join the chaos anymore. My daughter lives in a neighborhood just like your daughter's... it's a wonderful place for our grands to grow up. Enjoy your visit and Happy Halloween!

  11. Hello...have been away from blogging, drowning in LIFE. But I have come up for air and I hope to return to blogging again, here and there. Had forgotten about all things blog-related including hodgepodge until I read a friend's responses to last set of questions. Hoping to get my post up tomorrow for this week.

    That's the thing about childhood fears...I think they are unfounded. I was scared of my grandmother's basement, too. Bet I didn't go down there more than twice but it was scary both times.

    You are going to have a fabulous Halloween!! It is absolutely all about the kids. And it sounds like your daughter has created some very special costumes for your grandchildren. I can't remember where in Tennessee your daughter lives. I am a Tennessee gal...we lived in Memphis. And my sister has recently moved to Crossville. I will be there in 2 weeks to see her new house.

  12. Except in movies I have never experienced this Halloween fever which seems to be a lot of fun ! Some American families living here in Waterloo, tried to introduce their Halloween tradition it became already better, I see more and more Halloween decorations and costumes, and in schools they celebrate a bit now, but that's it. Maybe in other towns there is more, I don't know.

  13. Oh, that sunset! A glorious sunset puts everything in perspective, doesn't it?

  14. Loved your answers. I sometimes miss living in a neighborhood, but not for I was always scared of parts of my grandparents basements growing up. We lived in Ohio and they were NOT the nice finished basements of today. We did play in one of them, but there were a few spots that creeped me out. I don't think about Christmas too early, though I am on the hunt for an artificial tree this year.