Ash Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. The season of Lent begins on March 9th this you participate and if so, in what way?
We'll start off the Lenten season by going to Ash Wednesday Service.  In the past I've given something up, but the past couple of years I've tried to do a little something extra instead of giving something up.
When OS was about 4 or 5, we went up to get ashes on our forehead.  But, he was having none of it.  He wouldn't let the priest put the ashes on his forehead.  Seems like there was some yelling involved.  I don't know if he thought they were hot or what.  

2. Traditionally pancakes are eaten on the day known as Shrove Tuesday which is the last day before Lent (March 8th this year). So....butter and syrup? Blueberry? Chocolate chip? ewww, no thanks!! What's your pleasure when it comes to eating pancakes?
Danish pancakes are the favorite in our house.  It's really a crepe that we put peanut butter, nutella, and sometimes mashed bananas down the middle, roll it up, and put syrup over it.

3. Spring is coming. (It is coming, right?) What's your favorite springtime flower and do you suffer from seasonal allergies? Two questions I know, but they're lightweights.
Jonquils are my favorite, since they're the first flowers that pop up.  It's really neat to be driving down the road and just see a little clump out in the middle of a field.  
I don't have allergies; yep, I know I'm one of the lucky ones.

4. "Our opinion of people depends less upon what we see in them than upon what they make us see in ourselves." Author unknown. Agree or Disagree? Why?
Ah, that's a really deep question.  I can see how it would make sense, but honestly, I'm too tired to really think about it right now!
5. Since it's "March" and also the season of Mardi Gras....have you ever been in a parade? What's the best parade you've seen?
Oh, my.  How I hate parades.  Unless it's the parade at Epcot.  Or something professionally done, not the little hometown parades.  It drives me crazy how they'll let anybody in who will pay a fee, and it's all about them advertising for their business.  Oh...the answer to the question:  I was in the band, so I've been in quite a few parades.

6. You would jump up and down and shout for joy right now if someone told you___________?
I've won the lottery.  Or, Bravo called and asked me to guest star on the Real Housewives. (I'm kidding, people!)

7. How clean is your car on the outside? Inside? Is there junk in your trunk?
It's not too bad on the inside.  It needs to be dusted, and I tend to throw things in the backseat and then not take them out, but it's really not too bad.  But, we're not going to discuss the dish towels, dish rags, and the pump lids that have been in the trunk of my car since November.  They're clean, but haven't made their way back to the concession stand.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
I got this e-mail from a friend a couple of days ago:
Evening Prayer
Someone has said that if Christians really understood  the full extent of the power we have available through prayer, we might be speechless. Did you know that during WWII there was an advisor to Churchill who organized a group of people who dropped  what they were doing every  day at a prescribed hour  for one minute to collectively pray for the  safety of England , its people and peace? There is now a group of people organizing the same thing here in America . If you would like to participate: Every evening at 9:00 PM Eastern Time (8:00 PM Central) (7:00 PM Mountain) (6:00 PM Pacific), stop whatever you are doing and spend one minute praying for the safety of the United States, our troops, our citizens, and for a return to a Godly nation. If you know anyone else who would like to participate, please pass this along. Our prayers are the most powerful asset we have.    Please forward this to your praying friends.


  1. I love the one minute collective prayer happening-thanks for sharing that!

    The pancakes sound fab!

    Also, I didn't get to comment on your weekend post but how fun!! I figure I'm bound to run into one of the NJ Housewives one of these days : )

  2. I always thought it was SO unfair when my Catholic school chums got to leave school for Ash Wed. service. Some just used it as a cop out of school. The ones that came back the second half of the day with the ashes on their foreheads...I had lots of respect for...ha! It cracked me up to hear that he though they were hot. Hehehe! Poor kid!

  3. Danish pancakes sound absolutely awesome! I may have to try some!

    And I love that idea of every Christian gathering to pray at the same time. I think that's something that I'd like to be a part of.

    I do like Jonquils since, like you said, they're the first flowers that pop up ... a delightful harbinger of spring!

    Have a wonderful Wednesday!

  4. Those Danish pancakes sound delicious. I'm a jonquil fan too. Love, love, love the evening prayer. Thank you for sharing that. I'll be passing it along. Have a great day. Blessings, SusanD

  5. Ash Wednesday is one of my favorite services. It is so somber and serious. I am such an Easter girl.

  6. I've never been brave enough to give up anything for Lent...if I disappoint myself, so what. But when you bring God into it, I don't need to add to those disappointments. LOL

    Spring has been here for over a month and so have my allergies---YUCK!

    What a fun meme! Loved reading your responses!

  7. I've never heard of Danish pancakes, very cool.

    I think we're going to go to Ash Wednesday services tonight, we haven't gone in years, my younger two have been too little to stay up that late.

    Happy Lent? Yeah, that doesn't work, but there can be something restorative about it. I love the idea of doing something extra, I would like to hear more about what you do.

  8. I have heard the story about Churchill before, and I amazed every time I read it again. There is real power in prayer. It's too bad more people don't know this!!

  9. Wow, the prayer thing sounds amazing. What a wonderful thing to do.

    I'm not much on parades, either. The throwing of candy particularly irritates me. Kids are scrambling around like they've never had candy before. And no one pays attention to the "floats", which are nothing like when I was young.

  10. WE don't get jonquils here--we can get crocuses though, but I like daffodils, they're so happy looking.

  11. Thanks for the info on the prayer group. I continue to be amazed by the power of prayer.

  12. I'm a crepe lovin' girl, too. Mmmmm... Hubs loves pb with his breakfast. Sounds like you have your recipe down to a science. Hehe. ;)

  13. Thank you for the information on the one minute prayer.

  14. The idea of collective prayer must be very powerful. Thank you for bringing it to our attention.

  15. The idea of collective prayer must be very powerful. Thank you for bringing it to our attention.

  16. Your crepes sound interesting. I love you blog looks, it's so springy.

  17. I can imagine the ruckus in church many years ago with the ashes; too funny! I remember getting them, but never thought of them being hot, just followed my mom I guess

    Never tried those Danish pancakes/crepes, but they do sound delicious!


  18. Mary, I love that prayer idea. I had heard about that during WWII as well. I truly believe we need to bring God into our lives a whole lot more :)

    May you have a blessed lenten season!

  19. We had the same answer almost for #4....sometimes I just can't do deep-thinking...:-/...especially at the end of the day!
    Thanks so much for letting us know about the collective prayer, Mary. I'm thinking of putting it on my FB page and also blog!

  20. I love #8, I am going to do that. The crepes sound awesome. I thought #4 was a hard one too. I agree, Disney is the place for parades.

  21. I love the idea of the collective prayer in the evenings. That moved me and brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing that.


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