Wednesday Hodgepodge ~ Thanksgiving American Style

Welcome to another week of Hodgepodge Wednesday.
This is when Joyce asks the questions, bloggers answer.
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(1) Besides U.S. Thanksgiving, it's also National Game and Puzzle Week...what game have you played most recently, and who were you with? Have you worked a puzzle of any kind in the past week?

A- I play UNO most every Thursday with a group of ladies we call the UNO Ladies. U (Unselfish) N (Neighbourly) O (Outreach) Not only do we play UNO we also do missions work through our church. Today the UNO Ladies served lunch to a group after a funeral. We also do fun things for our group. Next week will be our Christmas Party. I have not worked a puzzle this week. I actually thought about getting my puzzle book out last night, but didn't. Does that count?

(2) What is one place you were thankful for this year?

A- I am thankful I have a warm, dry place to live.

(3) Take a nap, watch football, go for an after dinner walk, or hit the stores...which one is on your must-do list for Thanksgiving Day? For those of you playing along who aren't in the U.S., answer as it relates to any big holiday meal.

A- Take a nap

(4) Besides Thanksgiving, what's your favorite home cooked meal?

A- I love it when hubby fires-up the grill and cooks steak. That doesn't happen very often so it's a special treat.

(5) What product from an infomercial would you most like to own?

A- We don't have t.v. reception, so I have no idea what's out there now. When we did have t.v. I always thought those Chia Pets were cute.

(6) Christmas shopping? Have you begun? Finished? Will you shop on Black Friday? How do you feel about stores opening on Thanksgiving Day? What percentage of your Christmas shopping is done online?

A- This past Saturday hubby got our money out of the Christmas fund. There are 5 of us. Out of the 5, 3 have purchased some of their Christmas. We're not finished yet, but headed that way. The only shopping we will be doing on Black Friday is grocery shopping. I think stores should let their employees off for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. Most of our shopping is done online.

(7) What are you most grateful for that adds beauty to your everyday life?

A- Well, I'm thankful for these past few days of warmer weather where we can open up the windows and let the fresh air in. To me that is beauty. But, something that is an everyday thing I'm not sure. I am thankful for the gentle love of my husband, which is beautiful and a daily thing. So I guess it depends on each persons perspective of beauty.

(8) Insert your own random thought here.

A- I am pleased and excited about my new Christmas gift of cast iron cookware. We were able to purchase the cookware at our local Cracker Barrel without the huge cost of shipping fees. I look forward to cooking with these products for many years to come. Happy Thanksgiving!

Authors I'm Thankful For

This week's Top Ten was inspired by The Broke and The Bookish
I didn't have an answer for this week's actual Top Ten.
So I am borrowing from a previous week's Top Ten.

Top Ten authors I am thankful for:

(1) Wendy Blight (Living So That)

(2) Elizabeth George (A Woman After God's Own Heart)

(3) Sharon Jaynes (The Power of a Woman's Words)

(4) Max Lucado (Fearless)

(5) Joyce Meyer (Power Thoughts Devotional)

(6) Beth Moore (Children of the Day)

(7) Stormie Omartian (The Prayer That Changes Everything)

(8) Alene Snodgrass (I'm a Fixer-Upper)

(9) Charles R. Swindoll (Abraham)

(10) Joanna Weaver (Lazarus Awakening)

My Question:
What author(s) are you thankful for?

Wednesday Hodgepodge ~ Gratitude

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(1) What's something you take for granted, that when you stop to think about it you feel truly grateful for?

A- Washing clothes or the dishes. It's something that must be done over and over. So it becomes very much a routine. But, when I stop to think, I am grateful I have a family I can serve.

(2)  The color brown - love it or no? What's your favorite shade of brown? Most loved something in your home or closet in a shade of brown.

A- Autumn can have some beautiful brown leaves. So I am neutral on the color brown. My favorite shade is tan. My favorite brown item is a pair of brown pants.

(3) What's something you look forward to today?

A- Not necessarily looking forward to it...but, I finally get my chipped front tooth fixed. It feels weird every time I move my lips. So, because of that I guess I am looking forward to going to the dentist.

(4) The word `feminism` is not new, but it has been generating all kinds of headlines in recent days and months. What do you think/feel when you hear the word? If you're a woman, do you want to be described as a feminist? Why or why not?

A- This is one I really need to do more research on. I actually haven't thought that much about it.

(5) What is something you personally can't eat without making a mess?

A- Spaghetti - I usually wear a napkin bib for that purpose

(6) When did you last surprise someone with a little gift or when were you last surprised by someone with a little gift? What was it?

A- Monday, I took a friend out to lunch. It was a special time. I had not seen her since her wedding. Also, I took another friend a Bath & Body Works product when she invited me to her house.

(7) Share a favorite quote, saying, song lyric, or scripture relating to gratitude.

A- Joy is the simplest form of gratitude ~ Karl Barth

(8) Insert your own random thought here:

Authors At My Thanksgiving Feast

This week's Top Ten was inspired by The Broke and The Bookish
I did not have an answer for this week's actual Top Ten.
So I am borrowing from a previous week's Top Ten.

Question: Top Ten authors I'd love to have at my Thanksgiving Feast

(1) Ann Voskamp (One Thousand Gifts)

(2) Chris Fabry (Almost Heaven)

(3) Holley Gerth (God's Heart For You)

(4) Karen Kingsbury (Bailey Flanigan series)

(5) Lori Wick (Kensington Chronicles)

(6) Lynn Austin (Chronicles of the Kings)

(7) Renee Swope (A Confident Heart)

(8) r. William Rogers (Arkansas Valley series)

(9) Tracie Peterson (Yukon Quest series)

(10) Tricia Goyer (Where Treetops Glisten)

My Question:
What author(s) would you love to have at your Thanksgiving Feast?