Wednesday, December 6, 2023

The Hodgepodge Blues

Welcome to December and this week's Wednesday Hodgepodge. If you've answered today's questions add your link at the end of my post, then leave a comment for your neighbor there. Here we go-

From this Side of the Pond
1. What's one fun thing on your December calendar? 

We won't be with our girls this Christmas as this is an 'in-law' year, but we are going to see sweet baby J in a couple of weeks and that's always fun. 

2. Sherwin William's Color of the Year for 2024 is Upward, described as 'a hint of silver lining', 'a breezy blissful blue' (see sample here). Benjamin Moore's Color of the Year for 2024 is Blue Nova, where 'violet and blue come together in a sumptuous hue'. (see sample here) Valspar's Color of the Year for 2024 is Renew Blue, a balanced blue with a touch of grayed sea -green' (see sample here)

Seems like the design world is keen on the color blue for the new year. Do you have a lot of blue in your home decor currently? What shade? Of the three colors listed which one's your favorite? Do you need to paint? How likely is it you'd select one of these shades for your home? Which one? 

I do not have a lot of blue in my home decor, and what I do have is more navy. We live on a lake so lots of blues and greens outside my window.  Because we have a lot of windows the landscape is almost like art, so the interior needs to complement that. Generally I prefer dark woods and warmer tones. 

Yes we need to paint, but the task feels daunting. It's hard to paint just one room isn't it? I mean one room leads to another then another and you know what I mean I'm sure. I feel like none of those blues would work very well in my house currently. Upward is too 'baby blue' with my furnishings, Blue Nova a little too purple, and Renew blue a little too aqua. I do have a small stripe of a very soft blue in my bedroom and master bathroom window treatments that works with my color scheme. 

3. Do you struggle with 'the seasonal blues'? What are some things you do to try to beat the blues? 

Not particularly. Not saying I never get the blues, but I don't think they're related specifically to fall or winter. I love the changing seasons and am not sure I'd want to live in a one season climate.

If I feel the blues coming on the best thing for me to do is get outside, literally out of doors, but also outside of myself. Doing something for someone else helps. Every once in a while I might give in, play all the sad songs, have a little cry, then dust myself off and carry on.  

4. Blue 'em r no? How many pair do you own? Are you married to a particular brand? 

Love em. My favorite item of clothing and I'd wear them every day if I could. I own 'a few' pair, but am not married to a particular brand. 

5. In terms of holiday preparation (baking, shopping, wrapping, mailing, meal planning, etc) how far along are you? 1=haven't given it a second thought, 10=nothing left to do but wait. 

I have a little bit of shopping, but a lot of baking and wrapping still do do, so will give myself a 5. Eeek. 

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Our Japanese maple wearing holiday red in December...

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  1. Going outside helps me deal with the seasonal blues. Japanese maple is beautiful.

  2. Our Japanese maple died last year and I just cannot figure out why! Ended up tearing it out sometime this year and it made me sad.

  3. That's nice that your girls both do the Christmas time swap together so you have them all the next year. We've never clung to the specific day since our kids got married leaving them to work out where they need to be when. Your Japanese Maple is showing off nicely. Blessings!

  4. Oh, our Japanese Maple is showing out as well. It's right outside our bedroom window. Yes, inside painting is daunting to prepare for and if we are lucky, we may never do any inside painting at this house, just some outside. Thanks so much for a fun HP!

  5. Your Japanese maple is gorgeous! Yes, going outdoors and also going outside of ourselves can help greatly with the blues.

  6. Enjoy your time with baby J. Sounds like you handle the blues very well. Way to go on the baking. That Japanese Maple is so pretty. Enjoy getting ready for Christmas.

  7. Your Japanese maple is gorgeous! We had several huge JM's in front of our home in England and I just loved them.

  8. Well here we are at another day of hogepoge and here are my answers.

    Spending time with my siblings on the 23rd is a fun thing I am looking forward to.

    Blue was my dad's favourite colour and I think of him when I see that colour.

    My house was painted last year so it's all good, blue home d├ęcor would be nice.

    Seasonal blues isn't something I have ever had a problem with depression and me are old friends, I used to listen to loud music in order to to help cope or I would go for a nice long walk.

    I love blue jeans don't wear them at the moment as I don't own any at this moment.

    I am about a third ready for Christmas

  9. Since blue is my favorite color we have a lot of blue in our house in all sorts of shades and tones. I am loving that Upward color and while I would like to repaint a few rooms this year I am sure I will completely forget about it by the time I go to pick out paint. I do start to get the seasonal blues; especially this time of year when I feel so cooped up inside. I've gotten better about buying proper winter gear and forcing myself out for fresh air which does help tremendously but I really hate the cold and that makes for lots of inner battles trying to get myself to do something unpleasant I know I'll be thankful for later. I'm pretty much at a 10 with my holidays (though I may have 1 or 2 more gifts on the way that I'll have to wrap when they arrive but I've done just awful at keeping track this year). We're very laid back about everything holiday related this year and I have to admit I'm loving it!

  10. Japanese Maples are so pretty, any time of year, but the autumn red is so striking! I liked your answer about dealing with the blues - sometimes having a good cry is like hitting a reset button that helps me get over it and move on.

  11. Thanks for another fun Hodgepodge, Joyce! I agree with your descriptions of the blues noted. I love blues but not on the walls, I guess. Sharing family on holidays is hard, especially when the little ones are still so little. I'm glad your sibs will be with you!! Blessings!

  12. Gorgeous this Japanese Maples in front of your house ! I have no idea how we celebrate Christmas this year, it's all new to me in my new home. But I like it. I think there will be an "in law" Christmas too for my son, although Christmas is not very much celebrated in the Netherlands, it's more Santa Claus ! I will see, anyway nothing is the same without Rick.

  13. Hi, Miss Joyce. You are very blessed to not have to deal with seasonal blues. It can be extremely debilitating.