Tuesday, December 8, 2015


my "porch pup" welcomes you!

This is that time of the week when I link up with other bloggers at From This Side of the Pond to answer questions pertinent to current events, trends, holidays, etc. It's a fun method to connect with bloggers all over the country and I've made some very nice friends as a result.

1. Many family members have a story they love to tell every year around a holiday. Does your family have one? Are you the star of that story, or does another family member take center stage? Share your story if you want.

Many years ago when all 3 of my children were in the years of preschool and early elementary school, they were asked to be in our church nativity play. Our daughter was an angel, our second son was a shepherd, and our eldest son was given the part of Joseph -- only he misunderstood and thought he was to be the Joseph of the Old Testament, the one who was given a coat of many colors by his father Jacob.  He was very disappointed to realize he had to be married to Mary and there was no brilliant coat of many colors in the story.

nativity in my dining room

2. Are you afraid to speak your own opinion?

Yes and no. 

3. Pantone has announced the color of the year for 2016, and for the first time have chosen two hades-rose quartz and serenity. Hmmm…did you know serenity as a color? you can read the thought behind their selection here, but essentially it’s blending the warmth of rose quarts with the tranquility of a very soft shade of blue. So what do you think? Are these colors I’d find in your home or wardrobe? Will you add something in these shades to either place in the new year?

I looked up these colors and although they are pretty, they are too weak for me. I need a little more pizzazz!

4. If you could be in a Christmas carol, which one would you choose? Why?

I would be in the carol, "What Child is This?" so I could see the baby Jesus with my own eyes. My second choice would be  "Joy to the World" because I'd love to see the huge host of angels filling the sky.

5. December 9th is National Pastry Day. Will you celebrate? When did you last purchase anything from a bakery? What’s your favorite treat that falls under the heading of pastry? Do you make it yourself or buy from the professionals?

I have been gluten-free for over 2 years so I don't eat pastries any more. Cherry Pie was my favorite back in the day. Beloved bought a beautiful cupcake just last week at a cupcake shop, so that's the most recent purchase from a bakery.

6. When it comes to holiday decorating ———————.

The Brown Bungalow is ready for Christmas

We just aren't very skilled/talented/whatever at decorating the outside of our house and we are no longer willing to climb ladders to get the job done. Ladders combined with ice and snow are not a good thing. Our indoor decor is better.

7. When did you last laugh so much that it hurt? Explain.

I don't remember the specific time, but our eldest son can make me laugh so hard that the back of my head hurts. Unfortunately he lives on the other side of the country, so I don't get to enjoy his humor in person very often.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Joy is not always 'happiness.' Joy is a relationship with Jesus Christ and trusting Him to get us through whatever comes our way with an ultimately good outcome. 

I'm linking up with Joyce at From This Side of the Pond.


  1. You must be super organized to get to Wednesday on Tuesday. You had me wondering there for a minute. =D Your son sounds like a character! Was he the same one who wanted to wear the OT Joseph's coat? You are doing better on outside decor than we are. Like you, there'll b no more climbing of ladders in ice and snow, though I did find my husband on the barn roof yesterday. Yikes. Now I must find those colors. Beautiful closing thoughts...

  2. Beautiful...I love your front porch and the word JOY. Thanks for the many smiles. Blessings

  3. I like your definition of JOY. Excellent. I think your porch looks quite festive and agree completely about ladders and snow...or ladders period. Too dangerous for us...ahem, older folks! I enjoyed your Hodgepodge!

  4. That is a funny story about your son playing the part of Joseph! The outdoor decorations look great. And I love your Joy ornament and answer :)

  5. putting lights up on the eaves and dormers is not worth the fear of Honey Bear falling....he did mention the bush lights but I told him to forget it since he is sick.....My son has always lived in other states ever since he left home. We've never spent Christmas day with their family as she wants to go visit her parents and I don't blame her.......when we lived in PA we could have gone with them (they lived in MD and weren't too far away)but I wanted to come home to see my family.Now they live in Georgia but its been a few years since we've seen them.
    Mama Bear

  6. To Vee, yes, that was the same son. But truth be told, all of my children crack me up.... and now their kids do, too!

  7. Funny story about your oldest son. Poor kid had to be just plain ole Joseph, no spectacular coat. LOL Have a wonderful evening. We're expecting 50 degrees here this week - no snow. It is wonderful and I know it can't last, but I'm enjoying every second of it!

  8. I'm a believer in JOY! I have lived it in many circumstances I've been faced with and it's all because of my faith in God.

  9. My hubby still puts our outside lights up even though it makes me nervous. He tries to get them up before snow comes though. Our lights are simple, nothing fancy here! I loved the story about your son... made me smile. Kids have such a different way of interpreting, don't they/