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That New & Random Meme

I saw this at Angela's and thought, well, I'm just gonna tag myself! ;)

1. What time did you get up this morning? Oy - 4:37 exactly.

2. Diamonds or pearls? Well, Bill gave me a pearl ring when I graduated from college and my friend Kathy gave me pearl drop earrings for my wedding (or was it her wedding? I cant remember now, lol) so I do love pearls. But my wedding rings are diamond as is the cross Bill gave me a few years ago. So what is the answer to my question? Both! :)

3. What was the last film you saw at the theater? Well, um .... today the boys and I are joining friends to see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Before that it was Flushed Away. Ah, yes, I am the mother of boys ... :)

4. What is your favorite TV show?  Northern Exposure. It was on in the early 90s but they re-run it on one of our sattelite channels. I watch it every night! The only current tv show we watch is Lost, but I'm getting a little tired of it.

5. What did you have for breakfast? Coffee and a whole wheat English muffin with orange marmalade. Also, a multivitamin and a B-complex, washed down with some chocolate soy milk.

6. What is your middle name? Michelle. My mum and grandmother wanted Michelle Dawn, but my dad wanted Dawn Michelle. They called me Missy when I was growing up. :)

7. What is your favorite cuisine? Actually, I get really excited about baking! Especially homemade, organic, locally grown produce kind of baking. As far as eating out, I do love Chinese every now and then.

8. What foods do you dislike? Onions - blech.

9. What are your favorite chips? Cape Cod Chips

10. What is your favorite CD at the moment? In the car it's Schoolhouse Rock. At home it's American Picnic.

11. What kind of car do you drive? Toyota Sienna (a minivan).

12. Favorite sandwich? Oh, a BLT in August can't be beat!

13. What are characteristics you can't stand? Callousness. And when people try to be cool. Maybe it's because I am so uncool, lol, but I just think we should all relax and be ourselves.

14. What are your favorite clothes? A cardigan sweater over a scoop neck tee with a pair of pants or a skirt. (Pretty schoolmarmish. Not very cool, lol.)

15. If you could go anywhere on vacation where would you go? If I got up the guts to fly it would be to Ireland, definitely (with a side trip to England and Scotland). Closer to home it would be Vermont or Nantucket.

16. One random fact about myself: Hmmm ... well, I'm pretty crunchy, actually. My family is very supportive of environmental issues. At one time Bill and I thought pretty seriously about moving "back to the land" and owning an organic farm - vegetables, sheep, bees. We still kick that idea around once in a while! :)

17. Where would you want to retire? In Vermont - to a pocket farm or a B&B.

18. Favorite time of day? I love the morning hours when the day is new and the coffee is hot ... but I also really love that hour or so after the kids go to bed when we can relax.

19. Where were you born? El Paso, Texas

20. What is your favorite sport to watch? I LOVE Patriots football! I also like Red Sox games, but not as much. I used to be really into figure skating, but not in years.

21. Coke or Pepsi? Coke, absolutely.

22. Beavers or ducks? Huh, that's a head scratcher. I guess I would have to say beavers because I think this movie is the cutest thing ever.

23. Are you a morning person or a night owl? I have always been a morning person, even before I had kids.

24. Pedicure or manicure? Probably a manicure though I keep my nails short. I would like to get a pedicure before sandal season starts.

25. What did you want to be when you were little? A mother and a writer. :)

26. What is your best childhood memory? Playing in the yard. Making soup and stuff with dandelions and mud. Smelling wild grapes in the fall and wild onions in the spring. "Fishing" in the brook and collecting pussy willows. Though come to think of it, Christmas Eve at my grandparents was probably the best memory of all.

27. Ever been to Africa? No
28. Ever been toilet papering? Yes, when I was a hockey cheerleader in high school.

29. Been in a car accident? Yes. 

30. Favorite day of the week? Hard to say. I have a lot of energy on Fridays because it's almost the weekend and I'm all fired up to have Bill home and get things done. Sundays are the most peaceful, though.

31. Favorite restaurant? What's a restaurant? ;)

32. Favorite flower? It's very hard to choose. I love daffodils ... and morning glories. I also like pinks (dianthus) and foxglove. Basically anything you'd find in an English cottage garden.

33. Favorite ice-cream? Peach.

34. Favorite fast food restaurant? Does Starbucks count?

35. How many times did you fail your driver's test? None.

36. From whom did you get your last e-mail? 4Real Forums

37. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? Oooh, this is a toughie. Could I split it between Barnes & Noble and The Baker's Catalogue?

38. Last person you went to dinner with? My husband - but it's been a while!

39. What are you listening to right now? Birds and the breeze outside the window, pencils scratching on paper, the toaster just popped, a cat is crying at me to be fed.

40. What is your favorite color? I've always liked yellow - soft and buttery or golden and warm. I also like shades of peach and orange.

41. How many tattoos do you have? None!

42. How many people are you sending this to? I'll have to check my stats at the end of the day to know for sure!
43. What time did you finish this blog entry? 10:55 a.m.

44. Favorite magazine: Martha Stewart and Faith & Family

45. Coffee or tea? Coffee

46. Do you tan easily or burn easily? This Irish skin? Burn.
47. Do you color your hair? Well, that's an awfully personal question! (The answer is yes!)
48. What was the first car you ever purchased without the help of your parents?  I think it was our Ford Windstar.
49. What is your most dreaded household chore? Cleaning the toilet. Yuck!

Marriage Meme

My friend Ruth tagged me with a wonderful meme! Here are my answers ...Victorianbouquet

1. Where/How did you meet? We met in college; he was assigned to be my "big brother" (he was a junior, I was a freshman), though we didn't actually meet until my sophomore year when he and I were friends with the same people.

2. How long have you known each other? Goodness - 20 years!

3. How long after you met did you start dating? Oh, we flirted for a while, but became an official couple after about a year. ;)

4. How long did you date before you were engaged? Two and a half years - just after I graduated.

5. How long was your engagement? Two years.

6. How long have you been married? 13 years.

7. What is your anniversary? October 23, 1993

8. How many people came to your wedding reception? Around 150, I think.

9. What kind of cake did you serve? It was a 3-tiered carrot cake with buttercream frosting and autumn leaves cascading all down the sides.

10. Where was your wedding? Saint Agnes Church

11. What did you serve for your meal? Beef tenderloin and baked stuffed shrimp.

12. How many people were in your wedding party? Best man, maid of honor, three bridesmaids, three groomsmen, ring bearer and flower girl.

13. Are you still friends with them all? All but our best man and maid of honor.

14. Did your spouse cry during the ceremony? Oh, I think he teared up. ; )

15. Most special moment of your wedding day? I agree with Ruth on this one - finally being called his wife.

16. Any funny moments? Bill tripped over my train as we went to exchange peace with our family!

17. Any big disasters? Our wedding party pictures were cut short because my mother in law got lost on the way to the reception!

18. Where did you go on your honeymoon? We stayed in bed-and-breakfasts in CT, MD, Colonial Williamsburg and Smokey Mtns. - a fall foliage road trip!

19. How long were you gone? A week.

20. If you were to do your wedding over, what would you change? Not a thing. :)

21. What side of the bed do you sleep on?: Right side.

22. What size is your bed? A queen.

23. Greatest strength as a couple? We are very alike.

24. Greatest challenge as a couple? Finding time for us.

25. Who literally pays the bills? Bill does; I haven't worked outside the home in 11 years. (I keep the budget, though!)

26. What is your song? I haven't thought about that in a long time! I'd say anything by James Taylor - most likely How Sweet it Is.

27. What did you dance your first dance to? "At Last" by Etta James.

28. Describe your wedding dress: It was a shade of white called French Vanilla - it had a touch of blush to it. (Snow white did not go well with my coloring.) Raised shoulders, tapered sleeves, pearls up the back, v-waist, a pearl drop from the neckline.

29. What kind of flowers did you have at your wedding? I carried white and the palest blush roses. My bridesmaids carried autumn flowers including hydrangea. Our reception had pumpkins, bittersweet vine, autumn leaves, roses and cornstalks!

30. Are your wedding bands engraved? No.

How old were you when you got married? 24.

Thank you, Ruth, for this stroll down memory lane! I tag anyone who reads this and would like to participate. Just leave me a comment and let me know! :)

Book & Movie Meme

Paula tagged me for this neat meme! The instructions are to bold the books you've read and put an *asterisk* next to those whose movies you have seen.

1. Heidi (Johanna Spyri) *

2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)*

3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)*

4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)* (I read half, I think.)

5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)*

6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)*

7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)*

8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)*

9. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)

10. Anne of Avonlea (L.M. Montgomery)

11.The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)

12. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott) *

13. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)*

14. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis) *

15. Chariots of Fire (Clarence E. MacArtney)*

16. 1984 (Orwell)

17. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas) (I may have read this one ...)

18. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)

19. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)* 

20. War and Peace (Tolsoy)

21. Quo Vadis (Sienkiewicz)

22. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Victor Hugo) (Does the Disney version count?)

23. The Robe (Douglas)

24. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)

25. The Story of A Soul (St. Therese)

Thanks, Paula - that was fun! And now I tag Jennifer, Mary Ellen and Jenn!

A Lenten Meme

Matilda tagged me for this Lenten Meme. It took a bit of pondering, but here it is ...

What is your favorite Sorrowful Mystery?
The fourth, when Jesus Carries the Cross, and His mother comes upon Him - I feel some relief that He is no longer alone.

What is your favorite Station of the Cross?
Well, this would be the same moment, The Fourth Station, when Jesus meets His Mother. I say favorite, but what I mean is, this one pierces my heart the most. I cannot imagine Their pain, and yet, I am sure she was a comfort to Him. Mary's maternal suffering only pushes the point home for me all the more. When we as children fell or were injured in some way, did it not provide an intense emotional comfort when at last we were found by our mothers? For an instant the pain hurt all the more, and yet, we knew in our heart it would be better, now that she was here.   

Do you fast during Lent?
I fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. We abstain from meat on Fridays throughout Lent.

What is your Lenten Resolution(s)?
As a family we are trying to give more of ourselves every day - small offerings which will allow us to remove a thorn from His crown. We are also keeping our lights off and heat down as much as possible. (Bookworm has taken this on as his responsibility.) We will compare next month's utility bills with last month's and deposit the difference in our alms box. We are reading from the Bible every night before bed and the boys have elected to work on memorizing new prayers for Easter. 

Personally I gave up soda, as I did last year. I waffled on this. I wondered if I should give up coffee, as it would be infinitely harder than giving up soda. I am sure it would be, but I feared the lack of coffee would affect my family in the long run, so I chose something that would only be a sacrifice to me. Truth be told, that one can of Coca-Cola a day is sorely missed. I would usually have it right around 2 when my energy was flagging and the sugar, caffeine, and the fizz - was just what I needed to pick myself up. I have some more personal resolutions as well that I'll keep between Him and me. :)

Do you use Holy Water during Lent?

The only thing we do differently is at Mass when we bless ourselves, I remind the boys that before too long the font will be emptied. (What a striking image as we enter church on Holy Thursday.) I would like to prepare our home Holy Water font before the Easter Vigil night. 

How many times do you go to Mass during Lent?
We attend every Sunday, and on Holy Thursday for the Mass of The Lord's Supper.

Thank you, Matilda, for tagging me with this thoughtful meme. I would like to tag Rebecca, Ruth and Cay, but please consider yourself tagged if you would like to participate. (Leave a comment below and I'll link you here.)

Blessings, my friends.

A Fun Meme!

I saw this first at Theresa's, and then later at Katherine's and Elizabeth's. And you know I just can't pass up a fun meme! (Especially late on a Sunday when I have nothing else to post, lol!) I was actually playing around with a potential grocery shopping meme (couldn't find one online) but so far that's still in a rough draft stage. (Let me know if you have any good grocery questions!)

Coffee, tea or other beverage?  Not that I don't enjoy a good cup of tea, but I cannot do without my morning coffee. I also drink low-fat milk, water (if I remember) and Coca-Cola. (I never drink diet soda - it gives me headaches.)

Are you a morning bird or a night owl? Morning bird here.

Do you have a favorite verse of Scripture? 1 Corinthians 13: 1-13

What is your favorite book of the Bible? I'm not sure I have a favorite ...

Which do you prefer, pen or pencil? A well-sharpened pencil. 

Laptop or desktop? I have a laptop with a wireless mouse. Bill gave it to me on our anniversary last fall. I love it.

When you write do you print or use cursive?  A combination of both.

Do you plan your menus or do you just wing it? I wing it, though we end up eating the same five meals it seems. I am forever working on a "two-week meal plan."

Favorite color?  Yellow has always been my favorite color.

Favorite form of exercise? When I did "excercise" I liked fitness walking (3 miles a day). This was before Bookworm was born so, if you mean recently ... um, vacuuming.

How do you wear your hair most days?  It's gotten very long, so these days I either clip it at the nape of my neck in a low pony or pull the sides back in barette. I just discovered butterfly clips, though, and am loving the up-do! (Still trying to decide if I should go back to my shorter style, cannot decide for the life of me.)

Which do you prefer, baking or cooking? Oh, baking, absolutely. 

In the house are you barefoot, in slippers or in shoes? I wear these all the time. Consequently, I need a new pair. In the summer I wear sandals or Keds.

Do you wash dishes by hand or have a dishwasher?  We have a dishwasher, thank goodness.

Do you have pets? Three quiet, loving, well-behaved cats ~ Midget, Penny and Smokey. 

What do you eat for breakfast? You mean besides coffee? ;) I like a toasted English muffin with marmalade.

Tell me one thing you love about your state. Well, I'll tell you what I love about New England ... I love the four seasons. We have gorgeous autumns, snowy winters, pretty springtimes and scorching summers. I also love that we have so much colonial history here. Our geography is nice too - the mountains and the ocean all within driving distance.

What is your favorite magazine? Oh dear, you've found my weakness! If I had to pick one ... well ... I couldn't! I love Martha Stewart, Faith & Family, British Country Living and I dearly wish they still published Victoria. THAT was the best magazine ever.

If you are reading this, please consider yourself tagged! :)

A Miracle Meme

At Lapaz Farm, the much-missed-and-SO-glad-she's-back, Theresa, asked if we would share our favorite miracle. So I thought about it. I tried to remember each miracle and consider which one I would choose as my "favorite." Honestly, I had never really thought about it before!

To get my brain rolling, I pulled out The Miracles of Jesus, and, flipping through its pages, I found the one I knew best. I remembered this Gospel story vividly from one Sunday Mass last summer. Father gave a wonderful homily describing how we often let worry cloud our life and our faith. It spoke to me so clearly - it just clicked. It was one of those moments when you just say - "I love my faith, I love my church - I am getting this."

I'll give you a little hint. This particular miracle reminds me of one of my favorite sayings - something I try to keep in mind:

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles; it empties today of its strength."

And here's the miracle:

Jesus Calms the Storm (Mark 4:35-41)

On that day, as evening drew on, he said to them, "Let us cross to the other side." Leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat just as he was. And other boats were with him. A violent squall came up and waves were breaking over the boat, so that it was already filling up. Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion. They woke him and said to him, "Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?" He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Quiet! Be still!" The wind ceased and there was great calm. Then he asked them, "Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?" They were filled with awe and said to one another, "Who then is this, whom even wind and sea obey?"

I love this miracle not just because I remember it so clearly, but because it spoke to me so clearly. I have a tendency to be something of a "worry-wart." I can get easily overwhelmed by things that are within my power as well as things which are not. If you have any experience with anxiety you know how debilitating it can be. It clouds your whole day - it truly saps your energy and even the simplest things can seem too much to deal with. When you worry - excessively, I mean - you lose perspective, energy and peace of mind.

In this miracle I see a glimpse of how Jesus works in my life, when I let Him. I can get all wrapped up in the "storms" around me - both big and small, real or imagined - when what I need to do is remember He is always in the boat with me. However hard my boat may be rocking, He is there. When I remember to ask for His help, my heart slows, my mind clears, and I - like the wind and the water - feel peace. I feel empowered.

Peace and power - two things I can always use more of in my life!

So there's my entry in the miracle meme! What would be yours? I'm not sure if I'm supposed to tag someone, but if you're reading this and you'd like to participate, please do! (If you don't have a blog, you are welcome to leave a comment below.)

And thank you Theresa, for giving me something beautiful to think about!

A Homemaking Meme!

Well, you know I love to talk "shop!" I saw this at Lindsey's this morning, and had to jump in!

Aprons – Y/N?

No, but I really like the idea of one. (Kind of how I like the idea of ironing, lol!) I had some of my grandmother's at one time. I should fish them out.

Baking – Favorite thing to bake:

Quick breads, pizzas and cake.

Clothesline – Y/N?

No, but this is another one of those old-fashioned housekeeping things I'd like to do. My neighbor has a huge one and it's lovely. Of course, she also has grown daughters who do the hanging and bringing in most of the time!

Donuts – Have you ever made them?

Yes! We made maple-frosted ones for St. Joseph's Day last year. They were baked with this pan.

Every day – One homemaking thing you do every day:

Two things - vacuum and dishes.

Freezer – Do you have a separate deep freeze?

We did, but it died last year. We are trying to decide if we should get another one or if we should use a second refrigerator that we have stored at my parents' house.

Garbage Disposal – Y/N?

Well, we have issues with our disposal. It seems we have giant tree roots underlying our branch of the sewer system so frequently it gets completely blocked. We try to compost as much as possible and are very careful what we put down it.

Handbook – What is your favorite homemaking resource?

Martha Stewart Homekeeping Handbook, Home Comforts, the 4Real ladies, and my mum.

Ironing – Love it or hate it?

I actually like it, but that's probably because I only have to do it occasionally. :)

Junk drawer – Y/N? Where is it?

In the kitchen there are two, actually. One has things like phone books, take-out menus, screwdrivers and rubber bands. The other is tiny and has a similarly odd assortment of items like birthday candles, coffee scoop, can opener, straws. The funny thing is, we know *exactly* what's in each, lol!

Kitchen: Design & Decorating?

I've posted about it here.

Love: What is your favorite part of homemaking?

Pretty much what Lindsey said. I love being at home and taking care of my family. It was my greatest childhood dream to be a stay-at-home mum like my mother.

Mop - Y/N?

Just the bathroom. In the kitchen we spot clean. (Not that it couldn't use a good mopping!)

Nylons - Wash by hand or in the washing machine?

Eek, the washing machine! Once upon a time, I hand-laundered them in a dishpan along with other underpinnings, but not in a looong time.

Oven - Do you use the window, or open the door to check?

The ovens are lighted! We peek in the windows to see. :)

Pizza - What do you put on yours?

For the kids, plain shredded cheese. If it were just for me (ha!), I would do pineapple and ham or scrambled hamburger. I also like black olives - I know, weird!

Quiet - What do you do during the day when you get a quiet moment?

Read magazines. I love magazines!

Recipe card box - Y/N?

No! This is a huge project of mine! Right now magazine clippings are in, of all things, gift bags. Recipe cards are in a ziploc baggie.

Style of house -

Full-basment ranch. Which means the bedrooms are on the main floor and there is an attic. Downstairs there is a basement as well as a finished den and second bathroom. It's not big, but it is comfortable. It was built in the 1960's and is part of a quiet neighborhood of similarly styled homes.

Tablecloths and napkins - Y/N?

Oh, only when company is coming, or on special occasions, I'm afraid. We keep it pretty much bare - though I'd like Sunday dinners to be a bit more formal in the future.

Under the kitchen sink - Organized or toxic wasteland?

Pretty much organized, though it needs to be weeded out.

Vacuum - How many times per week?

Daily! Because A. I have 3 boys and 3 cats so it needs it and B. I love to vacuum!

Wash - How many loads of laundry do you do a week?

I have no idea, lol! A LOT!

X's - Do you keep a daily list of things to do and cross them off?

Yes, always, though I am working on HOW to do this better.

Yard - Who does what?

My husband does it all for the most part. (She says with no shame whatsoever.) I putter - garden, weed, direct, lol. I do fill the birdfeeders ...

Zzz's - What is your last homemaking task for the day before going to bed?

Lock up, front door light off, check heat.

This was fun! If you would like to participate, please consider yourself tagged! (And now I am off to finish my miracle meme for Theresa!)

An Alphabet of Friendship!

Well, I don't think I've had a post get quite as much attention as the Letter Meme did these past few days! Thanks to all who joined in and took a letter - I have listed you all below (with a link to your meme if you already posted it).

Dear readers, please take a moment to check out these wonderful blogs and keep your eyes peeled for their alphabet memes! (And non-bloggers, this exercise was a wonderful lesson in creativity - it might be fun to do with your kids! If you'd like, I can post yours here. Just let me know!)

So here is our alphabet round-up ...

A - Margaret

B - Jennifer

C - Aunt Pat and Sherry

D - Melanie

E - Genevieve

F - Amy

G - Rebecca

H - Elizabeth H.

I - Suzanne

J - KC

K - Mira

L - Maria *and* Maria!

M - Elizabeth

N - Kristina

O - Marybeth

P - Kelly

Q - Alicia

R - Me!

S -

Ten Things I Love that Begin with "R"

I saw this meme at Semicolon, where Sherry listed the Ten Things She Loves that Begin with the Letter C. Sherry very kindly assigned me the letter R, and so, without further ado, here's my list:

1. Rainy days. Call me odd, but I really love them. I don't even mind a week full of them. They provide a great excuse to stay home and do the next thing I love ...

2. Reading. I'm sure most of my visitors agree with me here. As a home educator it kind of comes with the territory, but I've always loved reading. I was an early reader (3) and an English major in college. These days I am pursuing a living books education with my boys who, thankfully, also love reading (and being read to). It is by far my most favorite hobby, and considering how much I love crafts, that's saying a lot. :)

3. Earlybird. My youngest son whose real name, my maiden name, begins with the letter R. What can I say about my 5 year old sweetie that I haven't already said? He's a love, and boy, do I love him.

4.  Religion. Which in my case is Roman Catholic. I was born and raised Catholic, attended Catholic schools and married a Catholic with whom I am now raising three boys in our beautiful faith. I will add to this one, I love saying the rosary - my most favorite prayers said with repitition and in a comforting rhythm. And speaking of rhythm ...

5. Rhythm. No not in the musical sense - I can't hold a tune. What I love is the rhythm of the year, the seasons that come and go. The way the same things happen over and again - falling leaves, morning frost, snow flurries, budding leaves and thunderstorms - each season bringing a new understanding of, and a deeper joy in, the natural world.

6. Rainbow-colored yarn. One of my favorite craft supplies. We have at least three different color variations - pastel, jewel-toned and brights..

7. Recipe cards. Especially those hand-written by my mum and grandma. Not just for the recipes, but for the memories. I love how they represent their (our) vocation - we are mothers, the feeders of our family; recipe cards are part of our homekeeping repertoire. How I love the recipe for Grandma's "Spig" Sauce (shorthand for spaghetti) written in my mother's lovely hand.

8. Red squirrels. If you've been following my blog for a while, you won't be surprised at this entry. After my cats, these tiny critters are my most favorite animals. One of the reasons I love them so is because they remind me of the Beatrix Potter tales (and that little imp Squirrel Nutkin). I've always thought of them as a British species so I was quite pleased to discover we had them living in our woods. I will add to this critter list, robins, roosters and red foxes, too.   

9. Record-keeping. And by that I mean the records of daily life. Bits and pieces - notes on the nuances of the every day. To capture them in print - here and in my journals is a favorite pastime. I love looking back at old journals (and blog archives) to remember what was and reflect on what might be.

10. Rhubarb and roses. My grandfather grew both, famously. His roses were astoundingly beautiful - my favorite was the pale lavender tea rose that grew by the chimney. His rhubarb was an old and hardy plant that grew out in the pool yard. Every spring he would stew it with sugar till it was soft, tender and sweet. Pies and jams came next, but I best remember sitting on the back steps, dipping stalks of rhubarb into a cup full of sugar.

And there's 10! This was fun - and I'm glad Sherry assigned me R because I had to really think about that one!

If you'd like to participate in this meme, leave me a comment below, and I'll assign you a letter!

A Christmas Meme!

I saw this at Lindsey's and couldn't resist!

1. Hot Chocolate or apple cider?

Apple cider says "fall" to me, so I'd have to go with the hot cocoa. (Willingly of course.) :)

2. Turkey or Ham?

Ham (as in Honey of a ...) - sooo good with my mother's Delmonico potatoes!

3. Do you get a fake or real-you-cut-it-yourself Christmas tree?

Oh, this is a sore subject for me. For years and years it was always fresh-from-the-farm (or at least the local nursery) but last year we switched to fake. Mainly due to cats who insist on eating the greenery, children with mild allergic reactions, and a new fireplace that makes the house very dry. The tree we chose is very nice, but I really miss that pine smell!

4. Decorations on the outside of your house?

Yes, white icicle lights (like every other house in our neighborhood, lol) and white candles in the windows (which are technically inside but are part of the overall effect). Evergreen wreaths on the windows and door and ... some years garland along the front fence. Oh, and I hang a Christmas flag. I think that's it!

5. Snowball fights or sleddin'?

Sledding on a snowy day is the best. (Especially when a thermos of hot cocoa is involved!) Snowball fights are just bad news in my book. (So says the mother of three boys.) ;)

6. Do you enjoy going downtown shopping?

Once or twice as a novelty - just long enough to soak in the jingling, bustling atmosphere, mail our Christmas cards and maybe stop for a yummy treat - then head home before the crowds get too bad.

7. Favorite Christmas song?

Oh, it's very hard to choose. The Carol of the Bells, Sleigh Ride, and O Holy Night because my late grandfather (who had a wonderful Irish singing voice) sang it every year on Christmas eve.

8. How do you feel about Christmas movies?

I like a few - not the goofy commercial ones, though. I love It's a Wonderful Life, Polar Express and A Christmas Story. Oh and Little Women and Meet Me in St. Louis are two of my all time favorite movies (both fairly Christmas-y).

9. When is it too early to start listening to Christmas music?

Well, it's never too early if you're in the mood! I listened back in August when I started some early planning. But in the fall, I like to wait until Thanksgiving night before breaking out all the CDs and setting the car radio to the Christmas station.

10. Stockings before or after presents?

Stockings first thing!

11. Carolers, do you or do you not watch and listen to them?

I would love to have some stop by and would be glad to offer them some goodies and a hot drink! This year we are going caroling with our parish!

12. Go to someone else's house or they come to you?

Mostly everyone comes here (which I love).

13. Do you read the Christmas Story? If so when?

Yes, all throughout the season.

14. What do you do after presents and dinner?

Sip a cup of coffee and put up my feet!

15. What is your favorite holiday smell?

Mmmm - evergreen means Christmas. I also like a mixture of cranberry, clove and orange. I just got a wonderful candle from Wild Oats called Peace that smells just like those three things!

16. Ice skating or walking around the mall?

I might do one trip to the mall just to see the decorations and pick up one or two things I can't get anywhere else. (And to drool over the Williams-Sonoma windows!)

Not a big ice skating fan, though I like the "idea" of it. If I could sit on a log by the side of the bog (as in cranberry, I would never skate on a lake) and pass out treats and hot drinks I'd be very happy. :)

17. Do you open a present or presents on Christmas Eve, or wait until Christmas day?

The boys open one gift on Christmas eve (usually pajamas or something small) and then the rest in the morning. Growing up, my grandparents always gave me a brand new Lanz flannel nightgown and a stuffed animal on Christmas Eve.

18. Favorite Christmas memory?

Oh to choose just one? I may have to do a whole post on fond Christmas memories! One that springs to mind - the year Earlybird was born just a week before Christmas and I sat up through the night with him, watching the lights, rocking and nursing him and humming carols. That was the most peaceful, joyous night. :)

19. Favorite Part about winter?

Well, I'm a January baby so I just love snow! I also love dark afternoons, a warm kitchen filled with good smells, candles burning, watching the snow fall outside ...

20. Ever been kissed under mistletoe?

I'm not telling! ;)

If you're here and reading this meme, you're tagged! Happy Almost Advent!