Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas to All

I think I posted this before but it's so beautiful...I must repeat myself.  Merry Christmas everyone.  Happy Birthday Jesus.

A Nativity Scene was erected in a church yard.

During the night the folks came across this scene. An abandoned dog

was looking for a comfortable, protected place to sleep. He chose

baby Jesus as his comfort. No one had the heart to send him away so

he was there all night.

We should all have the good sense of this dog and curl up in Jesus's lap from time to time.
This is too sweet not to share.

Please note that the dog is a "shepherd!"

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Update and Hello Winter

Well, the tree is done and candles are in the windows (most of them), a wreath is on the door.  Here's the final version of the tree.  I put it on facebook and got a lot of comments...not all nice.  Those people will get coal in their stockings and I hope they're wearing them when it happens.  Well, not really.  Here it is - TADA the tree
Not too much different than the last version but -- the gold bead garland and the ribbons have been added.  Now if only the presents were under there we'd be cookin'.

Here's our view this morning. 

Winter has finally said hello.  Not a screaming hello thank goodness, just a little wave of "Hi, I'm here and maybe will stop back later with more of these flake things."  Hope he forgets about that and just tosses those flake things around in ski country where they belong.  Well, once I scrape off the windshield, I'll be off and running to finish the presents for the out of state crowd so they can be shipped out tomorrow.  Wish me luck.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Out with the Turkey - In with the Tree

Thanksgiving is a thing of the past.  Load up the turkey things, the pilgrim things, the orange and yellow leaves and the harvest cornucopia and put them away.  Re-load the holly things and the wreath things and the red candles and the pointsettias and the Santa things.  Tis the season after all.  Asked the husband where the best spot for the tree would be and his response?  "In the garage", he replied grinchily.

No - not the garage.  The past several years there has been no room around here for a tree.  The house is teensy and the nieces, nephews and offspring of same keep getting bigger and bigger.  Now we all know that means more food but it also means more elbow room at the table and finally I had to move the table from it's normal spot to the living room and added a card table to it so that 16 could be seated.  All that to say, no room for a tree too.

This year we are finished with renovations, we have a bigger area for table and expansions and the living room is free for, well, living and that includes room for a tree.  While we had no tree I placed a large red bow on a floor lamp and put the presents under it.  I christened it the Christmas Lamp.  One of my nieces, the sister of Elf, has stomped her princess foot and declared, "No more Christmas Lamp, this year we want a tree."  So - banished to the garage for all those years, the Tree has it is halfway done

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

17 Stages To Cooking a Turkey

 1.Go buy a turkey

2.Take a drink of whisky

3.Put turkey in the oven

4.Take another 2 drinks of whisky

5.Set the degree at 375 ovens

6.Take 3 more whiskys of drink

7.Turk the bastey

8.Whisky another bottle of get

9.Ponder the meat thermometer

10.Glass yourself a pour of whisky

11.Bake the whisky for 4 hours

12.Take the oven out of the turkey

13.Floor the turkey up off of the pick

14.Turk the carvey

15.Get yourself another scottle of botch

16.Tet the sable and pour yourself a glass of turkey

17.Bless the dinner and pass out

Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Turkey Hunt

I have been looking and looking for Thanksgiving things.  First we were going out to eat, my nephew, my husband and me.  Then we are staying home and hosting 10 for dinner.  That is not bad since usually the fam is in the almost 20 range.  I love holidays and think the most fun is the stupid stuff that you set the table with, at Christmas you have the chocolate Santas and such so natch, I am looking for the chocolate turkeys we always had in years gone by.   It has been a search and a half people!  There is nothing out there that sings Happy Thanksgiving.  Happy Harvest is the closest I have come.  Are Pilgrims offensive?  Do Turkeys offend as well?  When did this happen?

Any how....I have been on a mission and I must report that today........TA DA  we have met the challenge and surpassed my expectations.  The Turkey hunt has been successful -- extremely expensive but ....when success is the only option... who gives a rat.  I give to you the turkey hunt.  Gobble Gobble!

Quite a flock.  No?  Happy Turkey Day.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tips for Seniors

Lovemaking Tips For Seniors

1.  Wear your glasses to be sure your partner is actually in the bed.

2.  Set timer for three minutes in case you doze off in the middle.

3.  Set the mood with lighting (turn them ALL off).

4.  Make sure you put 911 on your speed dial before you begin.

5.  Write partners name on your hand in case you can't remember.

6.  Use extra polygrip so your teeth don't wind up under the bed.

7.  Have Tylenol ready in case you complete the act.

8.  Make all the noise you want.  The neighbors are deaf too.

9.  If it works, call everyone you know with the good news.

10.  Don't even think about doing it twice!!

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Fear for the Future

I'm reading a book for a book club I have joined.  I've never been in a book club and my first meeting is on Tuesday morning at the local library.  The book we are reading is The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom with John and Elizabeth Sherrill.  It is Corrie's true story about WWII in Holland and how her family helped numbers of Jewish people escape the Nazi occupation.  It is really a fascinating picture of everyday life in a small part of Holland and how ordinary people are placed in extraordinary circumstances.  Here is a bit I just read and it is haunting me with it's description of then and how closely it resembles today.
"That was another thing it was hard to adjust to---newspapers that no longer carried news.  Long glowing reports of the successes of the German army on its various fronts.  Eulogies of German leaders, denunciations of traitors and saboteurs, appeals for the unity of the "Nordic peoples."  But not news that we could trust."
I know, it's not the same today but close enough.  The papers have an agenda and really no longer carry any news.  They just laud the administration and decry any criticism as outrageous and insane or RACIST!  There are scandals galore circling this current crowd of insiders but we are shuffled along quickly and told there is nothing to see.  I am constantly catastrophizing about this left wing community agitator planning a coup where he appoints himself President for Life and we begin to resemble Venezuela or Zimbabwe.  Our economy is right on target thanks to the efforts of those in charge and there are rumbles of suspending the 2012 election.  The more I read of Corrie Ten Boom's world back in the 30's the more I fear for our future.  I wonder what the other book club members will discuss.

Sorry to be so anxious but I fear, I truly do.  The election in Wisconsin had barely settled in when the unions and Democrats were doing everything in their power to overturn the results.  I think it was just a dry run for what they have planned for the country when the results of the 2012 election come in and those two groups...unions and dems -- have lost even more power.  What they lose in power they make up for in shouting and tantrums and total disruption of everyday life and the main stream media is pounding the drum right along with them.  They think the riots and sit ins of the 60's really worked to get them what they wanted and they haven't moved out of their original playbook.

God help us all - and He will. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


This just takes my breath away

Amazing or what?

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The First Senior Moment

The First Senior Moment

And that's what happened to the Dinosaurs!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Just Funny

Tell me this isn't funny

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Kinda Funny

Ever have days like this?
Which one did you have today?  The hearts and diamonds or the club and spade?

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Never Forget

****Times of impact: 8:46 a.m. and 9:02 a.m. Time the burning towers stood: 56 minutes and 102 minutes. Time they took to fall: 12 seconds. 2819 dead from 115 different nations. 343 Fireman/paramedics, 23 NYPD, 37 Port Authority officers. **** WE WILL NEVER FORGET 09-11-01

God Bless All Familes affected....God Bless our Military for protecting our Freedom ...... and God bless America!!!

Friday, September 02, 2011

Labor Day Already? You're Kidding Right?

Yikes it's September!!!  What in tarnation is happening with the clock?  The time she is a flying.  We survived Irene.  Lost power for a bit and some tree limbs arrived in our yard uninvited but we were very blessed .  Some of our neighbors were without power for the week and Our neighbors to the north have had a very tough time.  Vermont of all places.....floods and terrible aftermath of that nasty lady.   A blizzard I can understand but hurricane?  That shouldn't be.

Here's a picture of the ocean in the middle of the big blow.  We had to stay in the car to take the picture since the wind was wild and the sand was blasting.  I'm surprised the car still has paint.

This is normally a very serene scene.  The water rarely gets more than a slappy little wave or two.

So that's the news around here.  We are getting back to normal and now?  Summer's almost at an end.  The farmers' markets will go on and on though.  We have been appreciating the bounty of our local farmers.  Tomatoes are coming out of our ears but sooooo good.  We also had some mighty good home baked goods.  Here's a look at our recent haul.

Those things that look like garlic bulbs are actually some kind of French roll.  They were delish.  Some friends of ours visited and brought some bounty from their local farm.  The biggest squash I have ever had in the house.

Left the wine glas to show the size of those suckers.  Big and awfully delicious.  My husband stuffed that zucchini while I drank that wine.  Here is the before picture of the zucchini.

Tasted even better than it looked.  It could have fed a small army.  We had some fine tasting left-overs.  Well that's it for now.  Back after the Labor Day Doings and maybe more pictures.  Enjoy the weekend.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Kinda Funny Email but Truth is Funnier than Fiction

Ruger is coming out with a new pistol in honor of Senators and Representatives.

It will be named the �Congressman�.

It doesn't work and you can't fire it.
Maybe it should be named the President....he never seems to be at work.  Happy Another Vacation BO. 

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Some Penguin Trivia

Just one more from the email hee haw group....I have such a strong support system:

Just when you think you know read about this! Wow!!!

I never knew this about Penguins.

Did you ever wonder why there are no dead penguins on the ice in Antarctica. Where do they go?
Wonder no more ! ! !

It is a known fact that the penguin is a very ritualistic bird which lives an extremely ordered and complex life.
The penguin is very committed to its family and will mate for life, as well as maintaining a form of compassionate contact with its offspring throughout its life.

If a penguin is found dead on the ice surface, other members of the family and social circle have been known to dig holes in the ice, using their vestigial wings and beaks, until the hole is deep enough for the dead bird to be rolled into and buried. The male penguins then gather in a circle around the fresh grave and sing:

"Freeze a jolly good fellow"

"Freeze a jolly good fellow."

Then they kick him into the ice hole....

You really didn't believe that I know anything about penguins, did you? It's so easy to fool OLD people. I am sorry, but I fell for it too.

Monday, August 01, 2011

Help Me Rhonda

Oh Lord!  Here I am in the not too distant future.


A little silver-haired lady calls her neighbor and says, "Please come over here and help me. I have a killer jigsaw puzzle, and I can't figure out how to get started."

Her neighbor asks, "What is it supposed to be when it's finished?"

The little silver haired lady says, "According to the picture on the box, it's a rooster."

Her neighbor decides to go over and help with the puzzle.

She lets him in and shows him where she has the puzzle spread all over the table.

He studies the pieces for a moment, then looks at the box, then turns to her and says,

"First of all, no matter what we do, we're not going to be able to assemble these pieces into anything resembling a rooster."

He takes her hand and says, "Secondly, I want you to relax. Let's have a nice cup of tea, and then," he said with a deep

sigh ............

"Let's put all the Corn Flakes back in the box."

Friday, July 22, 2011

Good Morning

You might as well start the day as I did, don't blame me - blame my email:

I caught a stray parrot on my porch this morning.
All he says is, "Good morning, you old fart."

...Is it yours ??

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Another Great Email

From today's email arrivals:

This has to be one of the best singles ads ever printed. It is reported to have been listed in the Cornish Guardian.

SINGLE BLACK FEMALE seeks male companionship, ethnicity unimportant. I'm a very good girl who LOVES to play. I love long walks in the woods, riding in your pickup truck, hunting, camping and fishing trips, cozy winter nights lying by the fire. Candlelight dinners will have me eating out of your hand. I'll be at the front door when you get home from work, wearing only what nature gave me.. Call 01272-6420 and ask for Annie, I'll be waiting.....

Over 150 men found themselves talking to the Truro RSPCA

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Ain't this the truth?

Wife's Diary:

Tonight, I thought my husband was acting weird. We had made plans to meetat a nice restaurant for dinner.  I was shopping with my friends all day long, so I thought he was upset atthe fact that I was a bit late, but he made no comment on it.

Conversation wasn't flowing, so I suggested that we go somewhere quiet so we could talk. He agreed, but he didn't say much. I asked him what was wrong; He said, 'Nothing.' I asked him if it was my fault that he was upset.  He said he wasn't upset, that it had nothing to do with me, and not to worry about it.

On the way home, I told him that I loved him. He smiled slightly, and kept driving.

I can't explain his behavior I don't know why he didn't say, 'I love you,too.'

When we got home, I felt as if I had lost him completely, as if he wanted nothing to do with me anymore.
He just sat there quietly, and watched TV.  He continued to seem distant and absent.

Finally, with silence all around us, I decided to go to bed. About 15 minutes later, he came to bed.  But I still felt that he was distracted, and his thoughts were somewhere else.  He fell asleep - I cried. I don't know what to do. I'm almost sure that histhoughts are with someone else.

My life is a disaster.
Husband's Diary:

Boat wouldn't start, can't figure it out.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Life in All it's Glory

Should have been here earlier but, life, you know, it just gets in the way.  We had a wedding in the family.  A favorite neice (they're all favorites by the way) married a (I almost sounded like a grandmother for a minute since I was about to type - a darling boy) really nice guy.  My husband's daughter arrived for the wedding and stayed for too short a time after that.  Amazing how much you can miss someone.  We wanted to pack as much as possible into her visit so the week after the wedding was a whirl of day trips and sight seeing and such.  She had to leave before Father's Day and left me with the job of making sure Dad got his card first thing.  I put it on the toilet seat since that is the first place he goes to when he gets up.  This is only the second Father's Day they have had together and the card made him cry -- me too when I was with her and she picked it out. 

Now we have a future visit from his son to plan, that will be in August.  I have another favorite neice who is not related to the other neices except through my marriage.  She is my oldest brother's girl and is about 10 years older than the oldest on my husband's side.  She really wasn't part of my in-law's life since she was married and involved with her own in-laws and also lives some distance away.  She is beginning to feel left out and I am not sure how to handle it.  No one is deliberately omitting her but they don't know her.  How do we make all the years gone by different?  Don't think it can be done.  I don't really know her in-laws either and they have many family things that I hear about but am not included in (thankfully).  I try to talk about those things so she will recognize that we are connected but have closer inner circles that surround us.  Sigh.

Life - see what I mean?  There it is again and honestly, it is grand.  Here's a picture of the centerpieces from the wedding.  I took one home and it is as lovely as when we first saw it.

Sunday, June 05, 2011

1919 Advertisement

If you were around in 1919 and came upon the following poster…...

I mean seriously, wouldn’t you just keep drinking?

Thursday, May 12, 2011

The Green Thing

I was at the grocery store and the woman in front of me had all of her reusable bags.  Maybe I was being overly sensitive but I detected an aura of self righteousness oozing off of her and a look from the youngster at the register that I took as an attempt to invoke guilt since I had no such bags.  Imagine my delight when I received this in my email later in the day. 

In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that she should bring her own grocery bag because plastic bags weren't good for the environment. The woman apologized to him and explained, We didn't have the green thing back in my day.  The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. The former generation did not care enough to save our environment."

She was right, that generation didn't have the green thing in its day.
Back then, they returned their milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.

But they didn't have the green thing back in that customer's day.

In her day, they walked up stairs, because they didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. They walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time they had to go two blocks.

But she was right. They didn't have the green thing in her day.

Back then, they washed the baby's diapers because they didn't have the throw-away kind. They dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts, wind and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers, sisters, cousins or their mom's friends, not always brand-new clothing.

But that old lady is right, they didn't have the green thing back in her day.

Back then, they had one TV, or radio, in the house – not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief, not a screen the size of the state of Montana . In the kitchen, they blended and stirred by hand because they didn’t have electric machines to do everything for you.

When they packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, they used a wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

Back then, they didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. They used a push mower that ran on human power. They exercised by working so they didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But she's right, they didn't have the green thing back then..
They drank from a fountain when they were thirsty instead of using a cup or aplastic bottle every time they had a drink of water. They refilled their writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and they replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

But they didn't have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or rode the school bus instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. They had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And they didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful the old folks were just because they didn't have the green thing back then?

Monday, May 09, 2011

Link to a Laugh

Hope everyone had a joyous Mothers Day.  We went out with a couple as we do every Mothers Day for a while now.  None of us have mothers nor are we mothers so we gather to honor our mothers and mothers everywhere.  We call our outing, now don't take offense or be horror struck, the Dead Mothers Day Brunch.  Every year since the last of our mothers passed away we have gathered.  We toast each of our moms and have a fabulous meal, usually at a new place each year.  We alternate the power to choose.  Last year it was our turn and this year the other couple's. 

Following the meal we depart for our respective abodes and fall on our respective couches and call it a day.  This year I ventured onto the computer before my full bellied exhaustion struck and found this.  Funniest ever and have to share.  Hope you had a good day yesterday and hope you get a good laugh from this...later.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

The Long Way Back

You may or may not know that since November we have been living through a BIG renovation and I mean living through since we lived in the house as it was torn apart and put back together again.  Before the construction we had to pack up everything in the sitting room, kitchen and bathroom upstairs and one of the bedrooms since those were the rooms being torn up and put back together again in a bigger and better way.  Well, it's over and now, since the beginning of April we have been unpacking everything that we packed and now we are wondering where it will all go.  Sigh.

While this has been going on I have of course been indulging in myself because, why not?  My indulgences amount to going out to eat and eating at home and drinking some fine wine and some not so fine wine and eating while having a glass of wine.  Now all of this must cease and desist.  It's approaching warm weather time and you know what that means.  No coats.  Shorts.  Sleeveless things.  OMG.  How can this be?  I am on the return trip to sensibility and it is a very rocky road.
Can that really be true?

And I think that she is correct in that salad thing.
Yes.  It is going to be a rocky road.  Did someone mention ice cream?

Monday, May 02, 2011

Daffodil Days Again!

It was Daffodil Weekend to Nantucket and the annual viewing of the antique car parade:

Check out the decorated dogs:

And in general having  a swell day enjoying a spectacular island.  Love the Ferry too!  Next year.  Same time.  Same place!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Gotta Love Maxine

I, MAXINE , being of sound mind and body, do not wish to be kept alive indefinitely by artificial means. Under no circumstances should my fate be put in the hands of pinhead politicians who couldn’t pass ninth-grade biology if their lives depended on it, or lawyers / doctors interested in simply running up the bills. If a reasonable amount of time passes and I fail to ask for at least one of the following:

Glass of wine or a Bloody Mary
Cold Beer
Chicken fried steak
cream gravy
Mexican food
French fries
cup of tea

It should be presumed that I won’t ever get better. When such a determination is reached, I hereby instruct my appointed person and attending physicians to pull the plug, reel in the tubes and call it a day.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Monday, April 18, 2011

Happy Patriot's Day

Ralph Waldo Emerson

By the rude bridge that arched the flood.

Their flag to April's breeze unfurled,

Here once the embattled farmers stood

And fired the shot heard round the world.
Thank God for such brave men and the events that occurred all those years ago without which we would not exist as the land of the free and the brave.  Happy Patriot's Day everyone. 

Saturday, April 16, 2011

The Sun is Out

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Thought for the Day

Thought for the day:

And that's all I've got.

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Happy Birthday Buddy

Today would be my oldest brother's birthday.  He would have been 75 today.  He passed away when he was 66.  That just jolted me.  I can't believe he's been gone 9 years.  It will be 9 years in September.  He was the epitome of that, when he was good he was very, very good and when he was bad he was horrid.  But I loved him and I know he loved me, his little sister. 

Happy Birthday Big Boybee.  Love you and miss you even though you were sooo much trouble sometimes. 

That's why God made him so cute. 

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Identity Theft - It's Everywhere

The following cases of Identity Theft were brought to my attention via email and I thought I should pass them along:

Now this fellow is just a silly goose isn't he?

If he didn't have that startled look, Stanley might have gotten away with it.

Never could trust a wolf!

Ever since the lodge changed their entrance requirements , things have never been the same.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Missing the Brothers

Just missing my brothers like crazy today.  Here we were oh, so many years ago.  I had been married to my first husband for less than a year and my oldest brother was only 40.  He had his first major heart attack shortly after this picture was taken.  He blamed it on my forcing him to dance the Mexican Hat Dance with me.  We had such a good time at that party.  Weren't we cute?  My oldest brother is the cool dude with the turtle neck and my older brother is the cool dude with the tie.  Loved them loved them loved them.  Still do but they're gone and I miss them like crazy.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ain't This the Truth?

Walk With Me by theWater, worth the read:


Shit... I forgot the words....

Monday, March 14, 2011

Stress test

Yesterday had Sunday dinner cooked in our new stove and served in our kitchen.  We sat at a table, placemats and real plates, lit candles (the lights aren't wired yet), classical music softly playing in the background, our delightful young niece completed the picture.  It was so wonderful to eat at a table rather than off of my lap in front of the TV.  Yes, the construction is winding down and we are unpacking the garage.  Now to find where everything should be stored.

Here's a stress test for all of you out there.  It arrived via email:

Dealing with Stress

I am not exactly sure how it works, but this is amazingly accurate:

The picture below has 2 identical dolphins in it. It was used in a case study on stress levels at St. Mary's Hospital.

Look at both dolphins jumping out of the water. The dolphins are identical. A closely monitored, scientific study revealed that, in spite of the fact that the dolphins are identical; a person under stress would find differences in the two dolphins. The more differences a person finds between the dolphins, the more stress that person is experiencing.

Look at the photograph and if you find more than one or two differences you may want to take a vacation.

No Need to Reply, I'll be on vacation!!!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

A Chuckle a Day

A quick update on the  chaos construction going on here.  The sinks and countertops are in the kitchen and faucets as well.  Yes, Houston, we have water.  The refrigerator has left the living room and is now in the kitchen, of all places.  The stove?  She is in place and fitted with gas.  The top burners are ablaze.  The oven has to be "cured", didn't know it was unwell, and the hood has to be working before that can happen.  Don't know when the hood will be working.  We're making progress folks.

And now for some Canadian billboards sent to me via email.  Do you think these are real?  Really?

I'm not sure but they are a hoot aren't they?  Well, they make me chuckle.  Hope you have a good one, chuckle, day whatever.

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Garfield Is the Man - er Cat - Whatever

From my emails today - love it.


A lot of folks can't understand how we came to have an oil shortage here in our country.
Well, there's a very simple answer.
Nobody bothered to check the oil.
We just didn't know we were getting low.
The reason for that is purely geographical.
Our OIL is located in:
Coastal Florida
Coastal Louisiana
Coastal Alabama
Coastal Mississippi
Coastal Texas
North Dakota
Our dipsticks are located in DC
Any Questions? NO? Didn't think so.

Friday, March 04, 2011

Coffee Anyone?

My day starts in much the same way, every day.  I guess I am a creature of habit and if so, most of them aren't that good and I am not alone in the world since most humans are creatures of habits as well and most of those habits are not in the healthy for me column.  Back to my day.  I start by making coffee.  We bought a Keurig coffee maker a while ago and LOVE it.  Remember, I have no kitchen.  Remember the big sink is gone.  The old coffee maker required a clean pot and basket before making the coffee.  I grind my beans so you have that.  It went on and on and all of this happening in a bathroom sink?  I can only say, unpleasant.  Enter the Keurig.  We knew it was out there.  We used one at a coffee following a funeral service.  It took care of bunches of us and each cup could be different and each were fresh, fresh, fresh!  (Keurig.  Will you pay me now?  Just kidding.  They don't know I exist.)

Now you would think that coffee experience would be enough to convince us.  Not true.  We started our usual dance of interest, if the store we happened to be in had a home goods section, stroll through and find the coffee makers.  If Keurigs were there check the price, check the features check and check and check.  We compared and contrasted many, trust me.  The trigger was pulled following a party at a friend's house.  There on the counter stood the Keurig of my husband's dreams.  At most parties he will consume only wine.  That evening he had cup after cup of coffee as well.  He made coffee for whoever wanted it.  He made coffee for those who really didn't want it.  It was the only time ever that he stayed awake for the whole drive home.  Yes, he had the wine too so I was driving as always but he never nodded off.

The coffee maker was in his cross hairs and that week we had one.  Of course it was a step up from the model he used at our friend's house.  Of course.  What good would it be if it weren't better?  Men are really competitive aren't they?  His friend is doing the tile work for our renovation efforts.  He's drinking a lot of coffee here I notice.  As he walks away from the coffee maker he will comment, "Your version doesn't have ..." or "Mine does ....."  I think his daughter will have a coffee maker in her future and he will be stepping up to the latest version.  I hope it doesn't have more features than ours.  We have no one to give this one to and two of these babies are way too many. 

Hope you have a nice day with sunshine and birds singing.
Just thought that was kinda funny.

Monday, February 28, 2011

A Slacker's Posting

I am a slacker  - I just am.  so I post a joke or a card and here it is for the kitchen floor is being put down and I am without water and stove and please....accept this as a post for the day.  Don't you just love those two?  Weren't you there once or twice?  Here's one more and then I go.


Isn't that the truth? 

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

Getting ready for the big day.  Yes!  Valentine's Day!  I remember as a kid loving this day.  We had a decorated box in the classroom and for days valentine's would be dropped in that box.  At home we would have the make your own valentine book purchased at the magazine place.  You would punch out the valentine's from the many pages and cut out the envelopes from the back white pages then fold them and glue them together.  Many hours were spent pushing through the perforations very carefully to be sure the cards were altogether perfect.  That cutting and folding and glueing of the envelopes was a real chore.  But then!  the moment you waited for!  Picking the right card for the right person!

This one could not be given to a boy for example.  You had to select the girl in class who wore hats, obviously.  If none could be found then don't sign your name and the girl who got this card would always wonder what hat she wore that drove someone bats.

This one could be given to anyone in class;

And this one I saved for all of you.  Have a Happy Valentine's Day and I hope someone out there will make sugar cookies for all of us.  Someone's mother always did that way back then.  The afternoon of Valentine's Day in elementary school, the Valentine's Box would be opened and the cards would all be delivered.  I don't remember anyone left out.  We brought in goodies for the party and would eat at our desks while opening cards.  It was a swell day.  Hope you have one.