South Haven 2014

Hi Guys! It’s good to be back! Much fun was had on the 6th annual trip to Lake Michigan!

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We all met at Three Good Kids house to load up her van. Every year we think we will never get it all in, but every year we do! Suitcases, tote bags, other bags, pillows, a rolled up mattress pad, coolers, beach chairs and us and our purses! There were also many water bottles, a roll of paper towels, other flotsam and a watermelon jammed in a perfect nook. We were loaded for bear.

loaded for bear

 Thoroughly equipped, as for a demanding task or confrontation.

You are most welcome.

It was brought to my attention again this week that not all are familiar with the ins and ism’s that I was raised with. While playing a game of Taboo, I was trying to get my team to say the correct word, I offered up the expression “ I’m gonna jerk a _____ in your tail!”. They did not answer correctly. I will see if any of you can get the right answer in the comments!

From the left; The Oreo Mom, The Peanuts Champ, The Mayor, Three Good Kids, and our new friend, Shaq 2!! I was SO happy to have another tall gal to vacation with me and the shortest women I know!!!

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We travelled across The Mitten uneventfully, but as soon as we arrived in South Haven the heavens unleashed. Torrential rain, flooding streets, downed branches and a strong desire to have a higher speed of windshield wipers, but Three Good Kids navigated the van like a pro. We arrived a little later than expected to a waning storm and no electricity. The power came on within the hour and all was well.

It’s a purty town with a cute downtown area, darling lake homes and a very nice beach.

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I pictured a family of critters living in that hole!

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We made it to a couple sunsets, and as in previous years, sailboats graced my pictures!

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So lovely. Sigh.

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There was a fellow who offered to take our picture. Picture a nerdy-ish Justin Long.

He was very nice and patient, taking our picture with multiple phones and cameras and even The Mayor’s iPad. I have to confess that he knew WAY more about my camera than I did. Who knew there was a sunset mode? Not me.

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We decided to eat at the house more than we have in the past. We have not had much luck with the restaurants, for various reasons, so we cooked two dinners and had one grazers paradise at lunchtime. All were delicious and it was so successful I think it may be repeated next year.

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All of the ladies in attendance are part of our monthly Birthday Club. There are more Clubbers that were not able to attend, but since we actually had a birthday girl present, we celebrated! It was fun to wish Shaqtoo a happy day with cupcakes bought stealthily in town earlier in the afternoon!

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Speaking of being in town, something funny happened when we were there shopping!!! As I was walking down the street I saw a couple that looked very familiar!!! Sure enough, on closer inspection, it was Schmenky’s, and Capri Patt and Deb’s nephew Ben and his wife JoanieK!!!! Fancy that!! I sure wish I had thought to take a picture of them to show y’all, because that was a moment to remember! Small world!

We spent a day at the beach, played games and cards, watched a couple movies, or tried to. I know I stayed up WAY later than my usual bedtime! Of course there was plenty of snacking and talking, funny things, solving world problem things, faith walk things and some tearful things.

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It was time to travel back across The Mitten before we knew it. We headed to the beach for one last photo shoot until next summer.

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We loaded the van up a little easier on the way home. Probably halfway home Three Good Kids said something had happened to the van! We limped to an exit and she called her husband. They had travel insurance for towing if you were under 100 miles from home, I think we were around 87 miles from home!!!!! Thank you LORD!

AAA sent a flatbed to tow the van.

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We had lunch at McDonald’s and hung around at a truck stop until our ride came.

We managed to have fun and find some things to laugh about while waiting.

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Here is our knight in shining armor! Mr. Three Good Kids came to our rescue!!!!!

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Thankfully, their van was not horribly broken, as a matter of fact it was fixed before we all got back! Another huge thank you LORD!!!!!

Special thanks to The Peanuts Champ for being our travel planner extraordinaire!!!! We made some new memories this year!!! Until next year!

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Hi Guys, welcome back to the Wednesday Hodgepodge! Joyce needed a break last week and we were happy to oblige our faithful leader!

1. April 22nd is Earth Day. Are you inspired by nature? In what way?

 I am inspired by God’s creation, how beautiful, how intricately designed, how awesome, diverse and vast. He’s a wonderful Maker.
2. Down to earth, four corners of the earth, move heaven and earth, not have an earthly chance, or salt of the earth…which earthly idiom have you most recently encountered? Explain.

I like down to earth folks, they are my favorite breed of people. They represent the majority of souls that I choose to associate with. There is something about knowing that the person has their feet firmly planted, not wishy washy like this world tends to be. No pretension, no drama, no respecter of persons, just faithful, goodhearted, salt of the earth types. Looky there, I used TWO idioms! 
3. Share one piece of advice you might give a newly engaged couple.

Admit when you’re wrong, don’t make a mountain out of a molehill and remember that you will laugh about it someday.
4. When did you last engage someone to perform a job, task, service, home repair, or improvement? On a scale of 1-10 (ten being the best) how would you rate their work and/or your satisfaction with the job or service provided?

This is an area that Honey and I do not have the best track record. We have hired some who turned out to be awful workers, like the yahoos who put in our new water heater last October. Honey knew more that they did!! He hired them to save himself some time but he should of just done it himself. The fellow who came in to fix the yahoos work was great though, so now we know who to call if we need a plumber again.

The last people we hired were carpet installers. Or rather, Home Depot hired them. They were also good workers.
5. When did you last find yourself engaged in small talk? Are you awkward or an expert or somewhere in between?

I would say that most every day of my life involves some small talk. I can pretty much talk to anyone. My children and Honey can vouch for this. I do seem to attract people who want to talk. When someone strikes up a conversation with me in line at a store, or waiting for something, or on an airport, I figure that God put me there for a reason and I always think pleasant small talk must be what that person needs at that time. When the person is elderly I sometimes think they must be lonely to want to talk to a perfect stranger. I tell the kids that it may be that you are the only person they have talked to all day.

I think I must have gotten this trait from my mother, who was very friendly. I think I have passed the gene down to our children as well, they seem well versed in small talk skills.
6.  What was the last historic place you visited?

The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. LOTS of history there!
7. The world would be a better place if we just__________________________.

loved the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul and mind and loved our neighbor as our self.
8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Keelyody and I started the 2014 walking season yesterday!!! I am not lame today!!!!! Thank you Lord!!!!!!!

Broken Record

Ya’All, WE DID IT!!!!!!!

We shattered the snowfall record from the winter of 1880-1881!!  Shattered was their word on the news.

I was not the only one hoping for this outcome, as evidenced by the Google search this morning.

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We only needed 1.3 inches and we got 3.1. How’s that for a transposition??

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The snow is only on stuff, not even the cement.  It looks purty out there. After the weekend temperatures in the 70s, 22 degrees feels brisk. They are predicting it will be gone in two shakes of a lambs tail.

In two shakes of a lamb’s tail

Fig. in a very short time; very quickly.

The phrase, ‘two shakes of a lamb’s tail’ is a term used to state an action will be quick, since lambs shake their tails fast. It is thought to have originated in the United States.

You’re welcome.

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I don’t know what is going on there in the pool cover. Crop circles?

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Ok, now the snow can get the heck out of Michigan. Bring on the spring!!!!!!!

Tuesday Flotsam

We spent quite a bit of time last night playing guess how cold it is now? I can’t ever remember The Mitten behaving so, so……frostily. And FYI, our house is cold, but it is not 62, this thingy sits close to the door wall, so it’s a little skewed.

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It keeps saying online that the temps are about-12 for our area and the wind chills are about 30 below, but this device is in a sheltered place on our back porch, not exposed to wind, so I am going with the 26 below!

Mousey left for work at 6:30 and when she pushed the new automatic start on her little black car…..nothing. Dead as a doornail.

As dead as a doornail

Meaning

Dead, devoid of life (when applied to people, plants or animals). Finished with, unusable (when applied to inanimate objects).

I met her at the back door with the keys to garage parked Juanita, who started right up. She texted after arriving that the roads were not as bad as she had feared, or else Juanita is way better than her car! Could be a bit of both!

Well, I have no need to brave all that mess, so it looks like another homebound day for Capri Kel.

I am glad you are so gracious about the list format because I may just use it again for more random things that don’t fit neatly into a category.

The Boy told me to download Quiz Up on the iPad. I should not have done that. The game matches you up with random partners of like skill for a match of various trivia. As you know, I am a fountain of useless information, this could quite possibly keep me busy until the 12th of NEVER! I have mainly played 20th century history, but last night I discovered they have a Beatles category! I am a little rusty, but I should do very well here!!!! The kids like the Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and Indiana Jones categories right nice.

Goomba did not visit with us yesterday, he opted to share his snow day with his mom at her work. Stacey had a picture on instagram of him sitting at a desk, working on some sort of a screen, looking very executive-ish!

I used my extra time to de-silver my part, finish my BSF lesson, Catch up on Words With Friends, read The Long Winter, watch a marathon of House Hunters- Where Are They Now, watch Stargate with The Ab-Cat, and you know, test the limits of my skills on Quiz Up.

Our house has been devoid of Christmas decorations since New Years Day. Hallelujah!!!!!!! Going to bed at 1 a.m. did not stop me from waking at the crack of dawn. After the Danes left at 9 to go back to Chicago, I had an entire day looming ahead of me with no plans. Honey helped me bring up all the boxes before he went back to bed and I just started packing up. I finished around 11 and then joined Honey for a nap. I was very glad to have it done. I always feel like everything needs a super good vacuuming and dusting after all the stuff has been sitting around for a month or so. Yay me!

Mousey and I are having hankerings to hit up a thrift store. We were going to take Danish Fred to the Value World when he was here, but time did not permit. We have no needs, just a strong desire for the hunt of a good bargain. Cheap entertainment. We have tentative plans to meet up with my Father and his wife Marilyn this week in their town for lunch and a field trip. When we visited them last month, our finely tuned thrift senses noticed a HUGE Salvation Army very near them! I am not kidding even a little when I say it was HUGE. They said they had been there briefly before and it sounds interesting. It won’t happen today, as Mousey is already guarding lives and will continue to do so until 4.

Maybe our new couches will come this month!

When my Uncle Bob was here over Christmas we discovered that we share a strange quirk. We knew we both had heels that require the previously mentioned Ped-Egg. We also have an inexplicable itch on our right hip in the winter. How can that be genetic?

Honey sent me this email last night.

Subject: Fwd: Keeping things in perspective………….

March 21, 2010 to October 1, 2013 is 3 years, 6 months and 10 days.
(December 7, 1941 to May 8, 1945 is 3 years, 5 months and 1 day)
What this means is that in the time we were attacked at Pearl Harbor
To the day Germany surrendered is not enough time for this Federal
Government to build a working webpage.  Mobilization of millions, building
Tens of thousands of tanks, planes, jeeps, subs, cruisers, destroyers,
Torpedoes, millions upon millions of guns, bombs, ammo, etc.  Turning
The tide in North Africa, invading Italy , D-Day, Battle of the Bulge, Race
To Berlin – all while we were also fighting the Japanese in the Pacific!
And they can’t build a freaking webpage?

Have a good perspective today.

The Giant List of Doings

Ya’ll, we are socked in up here in The Mitten! They even cancelled school yesterday, which hardly ever happens.

Here are Honey and Mousey’s buried cars. Sorry it’s through the laundry room window screen. I love you dearly, but not enough to go traipsing through the snow to get a blog pho-toe.

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I have a bunch of stuff to dump on you today if I ever plan to get past all the wedding, and visiting, and Christmas stuff. A list it is! Not in strict order though, that is too taxing.

I just heard the snow plow go by. The only other sound I have heard this morning was a strange skittering across the hard wood. Before you conjure up something truly heinous, let me say I discovered it was the three fat cats playing with a half of a peanut. Endless fascination for the recreationally challenged.

The temperatures have dropped from a high of 29 yesterday to a brisk 7 this morning, with dire predictions of many degrees below zero temps and wind chill to come. Honey stayed home from work last night and that is saying A LOT! I saw on the internet news that it is colder in Winnipeg, Canada than it is on MARS. Now that is a claim to fame! It is snowing to beat the band out there right now!

To beat the band

very briskly; very fast. He’s selling computers to beat the band since he started advertising. She worked to beat the band to get ready for this.

For the idiom impaired. You are welcome.

Back to Christmas Eve, spent with our dear friends, The Hostlers! Nurse Lauren, Rae Babe, Jona-fin (he’s the best!) and Awesome Autumn!

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We had dinner at Ruby Tubeys and then returned to visit, have Sanders hot fudge sundaes, and play a very fun game called Loaded Questions that caused much laughter and snorting. I did not take a picture with my regular camera because we all posted it to our instagram, as we are all hip and such. Wait, I just had an idea and I don’t want to waste it.

It worked! I am not even going to tell you what I did because you will laugh at me for my ignorance.

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They took a picture of all of us, which makes 2 for us this year, thanks to the wedding!

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After their departure, we opened gifts! Mousey, aka Why Do I Live In Michigan? received an automatic start for her car. She has mentioned, a time or a thousand, that she hates the cold and she wants to move to Tennessee, and why did we settle in this God forsaken state? All she has to do is remember to click it on and she will have a toasty warm car to traverse to school and work in!!!

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The Ab-Cat received an iPhone! Mousey had mentioned that she was thinking of getting one and Abby chimed in that she was too! This solved the gift giving dilemma concerning Abby.  Unfortunately for Mousey, Abby can actually afford to pay for a plan on an iPhone, unlike Poor Mousey. Literally and figuratively.

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And moving on to Christmas Day. Beeve and Stacey hosted about 17 for dinner. We again played Loaded Questions, as The Hostler’s graciously had left it for us!

I think this is funny. The Grandpa asked for a new tape measurer. I thought that was an odd request because who doesn’t have umpteen tape measurers kicking around the house? He then explained that he wanted one with BIG NUMBERS. Oh, I totally get that Grandpa!!!!

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Goomba asked for this movie, which I have not had the pleasure of viewing yet. He also received some Imaginext toys. He may single handedly keep that company afloat! The cats gave him a super hero calendar. He had a funny little comment after opening each gift, something like “I got everything I asked for!!!!” May that always be the case Little Dude!

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Ok, now I need to backtrack a bit. Driving home from Chicago after the wedding I got a text from my Aunt Phyllis. She said they had heard that their town had been hit by an ice storm and they had no power. We offered them room and board but she said they were going to a hotel that night. The next night she said they couldn’t get a room and was the offer still open? We said SURE! They arrived Christmas Eve, armed and ready to BAKE!! Aunt Phyllis is the family pie maker and she had not had power to bake, so she took her pie show on the road.

They ended up staying until the 26th, which was great fun! I felt like Laura Ingalls Wilder in Little House in the Big Woods when her cousins came for Christmas!

The day after Christmas their daughter and son-in-law, Girl Cousin Lindsay and Rob B., also known nationally as Team Levine, came to play our family game of Peanuts. We hadn’t played on Christmas Day and Rob B. was….. unsettled.

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Uncle Bob provided lunch, a yummy Arabic feast that tasted completely different from the traditional holiday fare!

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Their fur child Ava made herself at home in a cat bed. Those three characters didn’t mind. They were in our bed and couldn’t have been blasted out of there without a stick of dynamite!

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Skip ahead a couple of days, change the sheets, and we have new company! The Boy, The Dane and her parents and younger brother came to visit, and eat, and SHOP!!! This is where I completely fell off the picture taking bandwagon! I have about 6 pictures of the whole time! I am considering emailing The Dane’s mother, also known as Jeanette, to ask if she could send me some of hers. She was doing a VERY good job. Put me to shame.

The Dane received a shower curtain that she picked out along with a bathroom rug and hand towels for their new bathroom. Very practical, I know.

The Boy got a Michigan mitten cutting board and a Ped Egg. A Ped Egg you might ask? If you saw his feet you would not ask. He always uses mine when he is home and it just seemed more, I don’t know, sanitary, that he have his own. The Dane was happy, she knows the damage his heels can cause.

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They also got some cash for their honeymoon to Lover’s Key down in Florida.The Boy went about thanking his Dad in his usual way.

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It got worse.

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We had a fondue on New Years Eve. Right in the middle is Danish Brother Fred, and to his right are the Parental Danes. We had SUCH a good time with them!! The Dane kept saying they were concerned about their English and I have no idea why! They were totally fine! They were nice AND funny, a win/win in our book!

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They grow them BIG in Denmark! Fred is only 15 but is already 6 something. He and Mousey compared paws, she was totally not Danish! She has the size of Honey’s Mother’s people from Italy!

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I felt very bad for The Danes, they had to pack up and drive back to Chicago to catch their plane home in a very bad snowstorm on New Years Day. They made it but saw lots of cars off the road and an overturned truck. That could not have been a calm drive. We prayed them home as best we could and they sent an email when they arrived home. That was a relief!

On the third, Honey and I drove The Boy and The Dane to the airport to catch their flight to Fort Myers in Florida for their honeymoon. I imagine they are not crying bitter tears to be away from Chicago this week, The Windy City is getting slammed too!!

The Boy has called and they both have texted and and sent pictures of their food via the green bubble message thingy on the iPad. This was from The Dane’s instagram. Not too shabby!

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It sounds like they have had some rain, but still a better deal than the north right now. The rumor is they will be in the 80s soon. They are hoping to catch up with Uncle Bob and Aunt Phyllis’ who left for The Sunshine State just before New Years.

Well, it’s looking like a frozen tundra out there. Temps are down to 4 just since I started typing. I began reading The Long Winter by my girl Laura yesterday. I should go and get my wig on straight because Goomba should be arriving soon. He got a snow day but his mom and dad didn’t. We have stuff to make little pizzas, a big breakfast, soup and I have a full pint of cream and enough rolls of toilet paper. We should be good for a day or two! Stay warm Guys!

Christmas Eve 2011 Part Uno

Hi Guys! Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and all was merry and bright! We had a good one and there will continue to be random celebrating throughout the week. We have yet to decorate the annual ugly cutout cookies, and there is still the CareGroup Christmas gathering this Friday to look forward to.

We hosted on Christmas day and once again I am reminded that this whole shebang could not be accomplished without Honey and his skillz in the kitchen. A special, big thank you to Honey, my very own kiss on the cheek from God!

I realize I have been on a bit of an unintended blogging break, and it has been nice. Not that blogging in any way is a nuisance to me, it is usually only a joy, but it was great to not be formulating posts in my mind for a few days. Especially when we had all the hosting business going on. But I am back, and ready to get on the stick!

Because this is another expression I have heard my whole life, and never understood, I goggled it for your viewing pleasure.

Start working, as in I have to get on the stick and start preparing dinner. This synonym for get going or get busy alludes to getting a car going by manipulating the gearshift, or stick. [Slang; early 1900s]

You are most welcome.

We will go back to Christmas Eve, because I need to record everything for future reference. You know, my forgetful brain and all.

As I mentioned, we celebrated on Christmas Eve with our dear friends, The Hostlers and my Dad. Ruby Tuby’s was selected as the place to gather, then we returned to our house for the nonsense that was sure to come. Because with this crowd, nonsense abounds.

Normally, we have Nurse Lauren, on right, take our family picture for the Christmas card. She was spared the arduous task this year because our cousin Lindsay got the tedious job done on Thanksgiving day. I hope you enjoyed the respite Lauren, next Christmas Eve will be back around before you know it!!!

We took pictures of their family instead. And I am here to tell you, they are a much more compliant bunch to photograph!

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My personal favorite!

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I believe I may have mentioned Rae Babe has had a BANNER year! She got a notion last January to get fit. She picked up that pretend ball and walked, rode her bike, and eventually ran with it! She trained and competed in the 5 K Turkey Trot in downtown Detroit on Thanksgiving Day! She is like Wonder Woman!!!

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Hat tip to Autumn, I lifted this picture straight from her Facebook page.

Looking SCRUMTRULESCENT Rae Babe, we are all SO proud of your achievement!!!!!!!

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Love her, love her family!

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Here are the Girls who bravely went to Chicago the week of Christmas. Disney on My IPod Lauren with her companions; I’m Done With Chicago Autumn and My Legs Are Freezing Abby. Abby sang Hakuna Matata for days after returning.

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Grandpa, looking festive in his new holiday sweater, taking in all the nonsense.

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Because we had already had the NutHatch Family Picture of 2011in the bag, there was a surplus of extra time. We decided to get a shot of the kids, in which they each had a turn at being Ruin-ers. Mousey smiled appropriately in all, but sort of ruined them all because she was enduring a splitting headache and had already ‘tatered up.

Lauren’s turn.

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Aut’s having a go and why is Abby blurry?

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The Boy, as usual.

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The Boy number 2.

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There’s a good one!

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And even better!!!

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A lovely evening spent with dear old friends.

I will be back after the Hodgepodge tomorrow for Christmas Eve Part Dos. Thank you for your patience.

Jammed By A Log

Oh dear, I have been a spotty blogger this week. I can blame a little of it on the schedule thing, but mostly it has been lack of imagination.

Why is that? Sometimes there are so many things to tell, almost as smooth as water flowing from the tap, and other times… well, you know.

Times like this, I resort to a list. It just seems to solve a lot of the mental logjam. Makes it easier to get past whatever it is that has plopped right down in my brain and seems a little too comfortable there.

Here we go, a small smattering of the week.

1. Mousey went for what we thought would be her last ever orthodontic appointment. Only to be told they would see us again in May. Everything is fine, I guess it is just their way.

2. I then met Jip the Farm Dog and The Heifer for lunch at our brand new Olga’s! It was a very nice place to while away a couple of hours, but I nominate it for very WORST parking lot in our town. Barely any parking in front, more parking in the back, which would be fine if you could enter the building from the back. But no, some genius decided to have every one hoof it around to the front door. Tell your great idea to the mom of several young’uns, herding them around while toting a baby carrier. Perfectly fine in the nicer seasons, perfectly not fine in the winter when all one wants to do is get the heck out of the Michigan winter. And our winter up here in The Mitten seems to be getting longer. Global warming and all.

3. Lunch was fun though! I am a fan of Olga sauce and zucchini fries. Oh, and I like those gals enormously.

4. Tuesday was a thrift day!!! Mousey and I made plans to thrift with a mom and daughter she works with in Sunday School. They keep the energetic 4 year olds busy. Playing with them, doing crafts, making sure they play nice with each other and telling them about Jesus.

We had been trying to get together for a couple of weeks. The first week didn’t work for them, then the second week was the week before my 50% coo-pin kicked in, and I could not justify spending full price for the pleasure of shopping one week earlier. So we waited one more week. We even had a coo-pin to share!

As usual, Mousey had a cartful.

I was looking for Ab-Cat. I found her a few things, but unfortunately, they have been washed and put away.

I found 2 things for myself. A hooded vest, as I am one to appreciate a good vest. Plus I can’t imagine I will ever need to wear a coat again. Seriously, I can’t even remember the last time I was cool. Oh and sleep pants. But you knew that, didn’t you?

Here is where I would like to show a couple pictures, but the computer is resisting me. It is actually just ignoring me, and that is rude.

Mousey and the daughter want to go together again because the daughter said Mousey was the best shopper EVER! I think that can be arranged!

5. I have talked a LOT about the movie Temple Grandin this week. A LOT. Many people I have come into contact with have heard me. It is a seriously good movie and you need to see it. Rent it, get it from the library, put it in your Netflicks que. I’m gonna ask y’all next week if you have seen it. Come on, get on the stick.

6. OK, there is another ism I have heard all my life that on further reflection, MAKES NO SENSE. Here you go:

get on the stick

Start working, as in I have to get on the stick and start preparing dinner . This synonym for get going or get busy alludes to getting a car going by manipulating the gearshift, or stick . [Slang; early 1900s]

You are welcome.

7. Have a good weekend!

Itsy Bitsy Listy

Just a little bitty list?

1. Will anyone else be ready get past the end of the Oprah show? It seems like it has been ending forEVER . I’m sure she is a lovely woman, but enough already.

2. Can I just say that I miss The Discovery Health Channel? OWN is not doing it for me.

3. How much do I love taking a nap with 2 fat cats sleeping with/on me? A whole lot!

4. All done with the hormone pills! WOO HOO! Maybe now the hot flashes and extra poundage will GET OUT OF DODGE.

5. What does “my lands a livin’” mean? I have heard it all my life, understand the context, but cannot figure it out! It was a favorite expression of my Grandma Georgia’s. She had many isms.

Have a good weekend People!

What I Could Be Doing

The blog world is vewy, vewy, qwiet today. Not a lot of posting going on.

I am contemplating my possible plans.

I STILL didn’t get the Christmas picture of the kids. They were not all home at the same time. I am starting to think that Mrs. Schmenkman could be correct. The cards may not make it out before Christmas. 😦

I could take my letter to get printed at Office Max.

I could finish addressing the envelopes. I am on letter S.

I could go back to the chiropractor. The Boy and I went last Friday, and I am not fixed.

I could make some sugared pecans. I have been having a hankering.

I could make a new recipe for a sort of peanut brittle that I saw on another blob. I am hesitant to make any desserts this far from Christmas. Because I KNOW, there will be too much sample-age.

I would like to start making the chocolate covered pretzels, but Mousey spent the night over at Chip’s house. I don’t know when she will be home. Besides, she is not worth a plugged nickel after a sleepover. That one is NO live wire.

Not worth a plugged nickel-Meaning

Worthless.

Origin

Plugs are the holes made in coins, which is then filled with a cheaper metal. Coins so tampered with are no longer legal tender and are thus worthless if spotted. The phrase is, of course, American. Before ‘plugged nickels’ there were ‘plugged quarters’ and ‘plugged dimes’. The various versions of the phrase appear in the 1880s. The nickel, being a lower denomination coin, lends itself better than quarters and dimes to a phrase expressing worthlessness. Oddly though, the lowest denomination coin is the cent and the phrase ‘not worth a plugged cent’ doesn’t appear until later. The earliest I’ve found for that is 1908.

Just a little learnin’ for ya’ll.

I could go down and get the guest room ready. Mrs. Schmenkman is coming to town!!!!

I could color my hair. My skunk stripe is showing.

I could head out to the grocery and get my ingredients for our contribution to Christmas dinner. I am still debating if the stores will be worse today, because it’s Monday, or if it will get worse as we get closer to Christmas.

So you see, my plate could be full.

What are you doing today?

Three Thoughts on a Thursday

As I was running errands yesterday, I drove past where the new Goodwill is going to be, and guess what? They had a big banner hanging outside that said GRAND OPENING on December 11th!

As Mousey used to say, I so essited!

Mouse asked at dinner if we could go on opening day. She reminded me that she was at opening day for the new Value World AND the new Salvation Army store. She would like to make it a trifecta of thrift.

I think that can be arranged.

I hope many, many, bargains will be hunted and found there.

I stopped by Michael’s and Joann Fabrics while on my errand run. I was looking for some things I need to get my craft on. I don’t make things all year long, and then for some reason, I feel I need to get all crafty at the busiest time of year. It’s just what I do. I don’t understand it either.

After BSF today, I will go back to Michael’s to pick up another couple things that I was hoping they would have a better choice of at Joann Fabrics. They did not. Of course. So I will return, to pick up my only choice. You know how I like options. It is sticking in my craw. What is a craw?

I Goggled it:

stick in your craw

to be unacceptable and therefore annoying to you

That is exactly it!

In other news, we received the first Christmas card of the season!!!! It was from my friend Noel, who lives in the U.P. That’s the Upper Peninsula, for those of you non Michiganders. Do other people know what the U.P. is? I personally do not know the ins and outs of all other states.

I met Noel working at my first real job when I was about 18. She had kids my age, but we have kept in touch all these years. She and her husband retired Up North, where they have a lodge for snowmobilers and hunters. She always was a busy kitty!

What impresses me about Noel, is she always writes a long, newsy, letter, BY HAND! No form letter for her! I don’t know how she does it. I would totally have carpal tunnel syndrome.

It also reminded me that I need to get cracking on our Christmas letter. And heaven help me, I’ve got to get that dang picture!

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