In the holiday spirit of things…

I absolutely love the holidays.  The smells of cinnamon, the chill in the air (well, kinda… I live at the beach where we definitely notice any dip in temps below 70!), the food and gifts, etc.  For the first time ever, I have allowed myself to listen to Christmas music before Thanksgiving – because I’m working on the daily advent devotional that our church will be emailing out during Advent, and it’s really really hard to get into the Christmas spirit without Christmas music in the background!  That’s my excuse anyway… hehehe.  Onto the Hodgepodge!

1. What takes you out of your comfort zone?

Excel spread sheets.  I know, I know… they are supposed to be intuitive… they just aren’t intuitive enough for me!  But I’m trying to learn, and that’s what matters, right?
2. Your least favorite spice?
Curry.  In very small doses please.

Actually, I just googled it and apparently curry isn’t a single spice, but a blend of spices.  Whatever.
3. What’s a small change you’d like to make?
I’d LOVE to find a way to have all of our computer/phone chargers accessible but NOT taking over the coffee table in my family room.  We don’t have a lot of space, but I’m hoping that inspiration or Pinterest will come up with a solution for me, because right now the tangle of cords drives me crazy!!
4. Do you enjoy visiting historic homes? If so, of the homes you’ve visited which one was your favorite? What historic home near you is open to visitors? Have you been? Southern Living rounded up eleven of the best in the southern part of the US and they’re as follows-

Monticello (Jefferson’s home in Virginia), Nathaniel Russel House (Charleston SC), Swan House (Atlanta), Ernest Hemingway’s home (Key West), The Biltmore (Vanderbilt home in Asheville NC), Mount Vernon (Washington’s home in Virgina), San Francisco Plantation (Garyville, Louisiana), Windsor Ruins (Port Gibson Mississippi), Longue Vue House and Gardens (New Orleans), Whitehall (Palm Beach FL), and Pebble Hill Plantation (Thomasville GA)

Have you been to any on the list? Of the homes listed which would you most like to visit?

I do like seeing historic homes, though admittedly it’s not something I’ll actively seek out when we travel.  I haven’t been to any of the homes listed above.

I don’t know of any homes in my area, though where I grew up there was the Wrigley mansion (as in, Wrigley Spearmint Gum) in Pasadena and I did get to go through that when I was in college.
5. What’s something you think will be obsolete in ten years? Does that make you sad or glad?
Phone landlines.  I hardly know anyone who still has one – well, in my generation anyway.
6.  Insert your own random thought here.

We have truly entered a complicated stage of parenting, with a college kiddo still living at home and working full time, and two other teenagers.  Complicated not just in the teenage hormones and drama (this is why I thank God for coffee and wine!), but in their schedules!  Gone are the days in which WE, the parents, would determine our holiday plans and the kids would go wherever we planned.  Now, with work schedules and school schedules, THAT is what determines our plans and we have to adjust accordingly.  It’s crazy!  But, as they are growing older and spreading their wings more and more, I also find myself extremely thankful for the time we DO have together and I don’t take it for granted the way I did when they were little.  Grasping onto our time, before they move out, marry, and become even more independent… which is as it should be of course, but it doesn’t mean I don’t dream of the days when life was simpler.


have a blessed holiday season, friends.  Until the next Hodgepodge…


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Well hello there! Thanks for stopping by! I'm a God loving, glass-is-half-full kind of woman who loves coffee, good chocolate, and walks on the beach. I've got three amazing kiddos and a hubby of 21 years who all keep me on my toes. An Air Force family for 14 years, we are now living in southern CA and slowly adjusting to life back in the "civilian" world. Our adventures are far from over, and life is not always easy, but we're in this together and God's got the ultimate plan, so who can ask for anything better than that?

One thought on “In the holiday spirit of things…”

  1. It feels like FOREVER since your last hodgepodge, Sal! Good to read this morning! I have a couple of things to tell you: 1. Excel is also not my friend! My hubby and Bog Daughter love them, though! 5. Everyone thinks we still have a landline, and it’s easier to just folks believe that. But technically, it’s VoIP…but you know all about my phone drama…sheesh. Oh, and one more thing: I love you and miss you and your family; so please get everyone together for a giant group hug asap–from me, of course!❤️💕❤️💕


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