It's time for Wednesday's Hodgepodge, a prompt based weekly blog challenge, with the prompts provided by Joyce at the blog From This Side of the Pond.
1. Tradition...how tightly do you cling to tradition when it comes to holiday gatherings and celebrations? For instance do you always do the cooking, never eat at home, always go to grandma's, never miss the parade, always watch football, never change the menu, always eat at 2 PM, etc.? Have you ever celebrated Christmas or Thanksgiving away from hearth, home, and family? How did that feel?
As I live on the opposite side of the world to the rest of my family I always feel torn at Christmas time as we can't all be together. One of my Christmas traditions now is that I ring mum on Christmas Eve here as it's Christmas morning in Australia, and mum rings me on Christmas morning, Christmas evening there.
Another tradition is that I always make mum's Christmas pudding which is boiled in a cloth for four hours - the kitchen ends up feeling like a sauna. Ken does the main course and I'm in charge of puddings. Now that we're living in Scotland we spend Christmas with Ken's sister and family and Ken's brother - it's lovely.
Our Christmas tree is full of tradition and I wrote about it in a previous post, Christmas is coming very soon.
2. Help...is it easy for you to ask for help or are you a do-it-yourselfer? How is that a good/bad thing?
I hate admitting that I need help but as I've grown older I've gotten better at asking for help. I regularly tell people I'm supporting that they need to accept help when it's offered so I really should take my own advice.
3. Abundance...what is there an abundance of in your kitchen?
Lots of our beach combing treasures which we keep adding too - they're all over the house but this is the feature in the kitchen.
4. Name...the smallest thing you're thankful for? the biggest?
Our beautiful Princess Cookie Cat who is 13 years old (14 on Feb 1st). We got Cookie and her sister Muffin Monster as eight week old kittens and since Muffin died Cookie has become even more precious to me. She's very vocal when she wants something, if she has a furball she can't just throw up once, she throws up three times, and she barely tolerates her canine sister Bramble.
My wonderful life with this man. In December we will celebrate our 18th wedding anniversary and I still have to pinch myself regularly because I feel so blessed and so lucky to have my beloved by my side every day.
5. Key...What do you think is the key to living a more grateful life?
The key to a more grateful life is to practice gratitude on a daily basis. Whether you write it down or just make sure you sit down and reflect on what you have to be grateful for, it really does make a difference to your life.
6. State your own random thought here.
I wish everyone in North America a very happy and thankful Thanksgiving tomorrow, November 23rd. For the rest of the world, I hope you all have lots of things to be thankful for in the coming days.
Until next time, be good, stay safe, and practice lots of gratitude this week.
Pamela & Ken