...to look a LOT like Christmas! And SMELL a lot like it, too..thanks to Sprawlmart's Mainstay Pine jarred candle.
(...quite possibly the most realistic fir scented candle I have found yet...most of them...even some of the Yankee...smell a lot like Lysol or Spic and Span...)
Only 4 months give or take until "Idgy" and my Spring Adventure. We are planning Virtual New Year's Eve in Paris, France this year!
Haven't seen her on MY birthday- forever!
Last year we spent her's together, with my teal and brown Christmas...lol!
She has had an amazing year, and finished it off with the new house she is buying and refurbishing. Floors, walls, painting and decorating...definitely in her element! She has been sending paint chips and stains over morning coffee and chat and some of the preliminary results. It is going to look outstanding!
Since most of Christmas this year is cash...needed by everyone...except for a few incidentals...mine is pretty much done. I will be making my fudge later next week. It's just not Christmas without Christmas Fudge. Leaving the third week off for rest and relaxation because planning several small celebrations with friends and family from the 23rd-30th.
Everything is bowed in gingham or muslin. I love the homespun Christmas look!
Today also marks the first evening of Hanukkah.
and nothing says Festival of Lights quite like an Electric Menorah, eh?
"Now Saul, take that blinker light out of the Menorah...you're going to give your bubie a seizure...oy vey."
I could have been Jewish. I love ritual. I even have the nose. ( well,I do) I love a good bagel and schmear. I have even struggled through Yom Kippur once in solidarity. Have been known to kibbitz and regularly join my WPB sister, Diane..in referring to her husband Sal as a putz. And I love love love potato latkes with onions and cheddar cheese,a daub of sour cream...
oh...and bacon crumbles.
Yeah...yeah...busted by that Bacon Clause...again.
I get excluded from so many world religions because of that.
This week's book: John Hodgman's- Vacationland
Hodgman is a humour writer I enjoy, but can only take in small doses. He is like going to see the movie Titanic.
The first time someone says,
"You know...the boat sinks." (deadpanned)
it is funny as hell. But by about the 4th time...you are just ready to dump your hot buttered popcorn in their lap.
Hodgman is that guy.
This book is basically a rambling piece on Maine, Living in Maine, His Wife moving them to her childhood town in Maine,His Resistance to being Abducted to Maine, Everything that is Rotten about Maine and the People...and him finally coming to realize how wonderful the little town and its people really are.
Moments of entertainment...but it was nice when it ended,too.
Hodgman is not everyone's cup of tea.
Try him and see if he's yours.
This Week's Movie: Pixar's- Coco
A wonderfully entertaining new creation from Disney-Pixar. These guys just get better and better!
Miguel searches (inadvertedly) the afterlife on Dia Los Muertos for his long lost vilified mariachi great-grandfather, and learns an important lesson. Nothing is more important than family...and that things are not always as they appear.
Enjoyable for all ages...and yes,that would be Cheeeh Marin as the voice of the Correctional Officer.
How ironic is THAT.
Loved the last scene where Dante (dog/spirit guide) and Pepita (cat/spirit guide) are seen walking together in the living world...not as
alebrijes...but simply as a Mexican street dog and pussy cat!
A Must SEE for The Holidays!
Everyone is busily getting ready.
And I am suffering from severe Snow-Envy as
and even, Dave, in the UK taunt me with their unseasonable snowfalls.
And THIS is why CAJUNS should never be allowed to play in the snow. Much less drive in the stuff.
Everyone is HOGGING the damned snow!!!
It is Indiana. It is winter. It will get here.
Something that has made a come back here are these
There have been a lot of sightings this year!
Huge CONGRATULATIONS to Tina who has now passed her Clinicals!!!
She is One Test away from her EMT License! So proud of you, hon!!!
You will be great!
Now it is time for
The big news today is, of course, Alabama's Special Election for the Senatorial Seat.
Doug Adams ~vs~ Roy Moore
This is the election to watch, folks. A bellwether for the 2018 Midterms.
Prosecutor who convicted KKK Members for the Bombing of a Church and deaths of 4 little girls.
Man who was banned from a Mall in Alabama for stalking under-age girls and is accused of molesting a 14 year old.
The fact that we even have to wonder or worry what the outcome of this race will be says a LOT about how far we have fallen as a Nation.
We will know more by late this evening.
Once again, goes to Donald Trump...he may earn the Lifetime Achievement Facepalm at this rate...assuming he isn't Impeached or Indicted before then.
After last week's announcement that
Jerusalem is the rightful Capital of Israel, and by golly we are moving our US Embassy there.
Which went over kind of like THIS with the Palestinians.
The fragile Middle East Peace Talks are shot...and everyone is back to killing one another...
Oh...and that pipe-bomb/thankfully incompetent suicide bomber in Port Authority...yeah...Trump owns that. And we can probably expect more, realistially.
Remember the LAST time we stepped in and took sides in their Holy War.
President Trump...you are not only galactically clueless...you're DANGEROUS to us all.