Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Tripping the Tryptopan-dango

I don’t remember ever before waking up on Christmas morning and being under a tornado watch. That’s what happened yesterday. Are we starting a new holiday tradition?

After hearing the cheery news about the weather, we opened our gifts.

We had played a little joke on Murphy. We wrapped two of his toys he already had and one new one. First we gave him one of the old wrapped toys. He ripped the tissue paper off and just sort of sniffed the toy. Then we gave him the other old gift and the new one. He ripped part way into the old one and stopped. He looked at me in bewilderment. Then he realized he had one more. One sniff of that one told him it was new and he went into high gear tissue paper ripping. He went from confusion to one happy little dog.

Fred was given one of his presents, a toy filled with Cosmic Catnip. A few minutes later after some crazy cat playing, he was in a catnip induced cat coma.

We humans cooked too much food and ate too much food. This event was followed by our own induced tryptophan coma.

Santa didn’t bring the Dallas Cowboys a win. Seems the Cowboys' defense forgot to show up for the game.

All in all it was a very nice Christmas. No tornadoes touched down in our area and a good time was had by all. There’s leftover turkey in the frig so the tryptophan-dango can continue today.


Blogger Frederick said...

I wish I'd got some, "Cosmic Catnip" or some variation thereof...Happy Boxer Day!

December 26, 2006 2:53 AM  
Blogger Viking said...

Global warning, I tell ya.

December 26, 2006 3:02 AM  
Anonymous horsedooty said...


glad no Tornadoes touched down near you.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Years.

I miss your posting over on Craig's blog. Dallas Cow's have a problem.

yo soy Horsedooty!

December 26, 2006 3:27 AM  
Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

It was also hot and sticky for most of the morning. I agree, it was a very unusual Christmas - weather wise. Glad the tornado stayed out of your area.

December 26, 2006 3:39 AM  
Blogger fallenmonk said...

Happy Boxing Day. I actually like my turkey best the next day as a sandwich on a left over yeast roll with lots of mayo and lettuce and freshly ground black pepper.

December 26, 2006 4:36 AM  
Anonymous Betty Cracker said...

Strange weather here too! We had tons of people over on Christmas Eve, and what with all the cooking I was doing, I had to shut the windows and turn on the A/C. I think it was 85 outside.

Then yesterday, as I was cooking Christmas dinner for a smaller bunch, torrential rain and tornadoes (luckily, none ripped our roof off either). My electricity kept flickering, making me wonder if I would be forced to finish Christmas dinner on the grill. Today is dreary and gray too, but quite a bit cooler.

Glad y'all had a good Christmas. We also over-ate and have plenty of leftovers with which to over-eat for the next few days. We always have prime rib for Christmas rather than turkey, but it has a similar soporific effect. Zzzzzzz....

December 26, 2006 4:58 AM  
Blogger Sewmouse said...

Having a smaller, quieter celebration, I opted for roast chicken. Not the same for causing the sleepies, but a nice little dinner.

And leftover jello...

December 26, 2006 5:16 AM  
Blogger BBC said...

I laid low most of the day, no gifts around here, just fussing and worry about world peace and starving children.

The sun came out and it was a beautiful day, Helen and I went to the buffet and pigged out. That is pretty much the end of my holiday eating, back to simple stuff again.

December 26, 2006 5:30 AM  
Blogger bluegrrrrl said...

Ah, poor Murphy! Dogs are so smart...they can always sniff out the retreaded gifts! What a sweetheart...

The catnip story reminds me of the Christmas I lived in Florida, near Venice. We had two very young and energetic kittens who kept us up all night (the house was their personal Indy 500). I never knew what a blessing catnip could be until we gave them their christmas present. Oh yeah, they over-imbibed. Two hours of insane playing and racing through the house, and then glorious silence for the rest of the day!

December 26, 2006 5:33 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

We have catnip growing for our kitty-cat. He goes over and nibbles on it whenever he feels like self-medicating.

Glad to hear you were spared the tornado. Yikes. Hope tornadoes are not a new Florida tradition-- from hurricane season to tornado season doesn't sound like fun.

December 26, 2006 7:18 AM  
Blogger Blueberry said...

I lived in Florida twice, adding up to about 5 years. Don't recall whether tornadoes generally threaten in December? Is that Global Warming?

It's sunny and cool here, up to 60 today if we're lucky. And there was a lot of rain this week, which we need desperately.

Cosmic Catnip, that's the good stuff.

December 26, 2006 7:41 AM  
Anonymous karenmcl said...

Ah...I may need to get my fill of Trytophania soon (we had roast beast and homemade ravioli as our holiday meals) and do a nice turkey this week while the girls are off for the holidays.

Happy Boxing Day!

December 26, 2006 8:10 AM  
Anonymous Adorable Girlfriend said...

Yes, the Miami area was safe also. Though, my flight home last night was delayed due to the tropical rains that pounded the area.

Happy New Year!

December 26, 2006 8:53 AM  
Blogger DivaJood said...

Glad there was no tornado, but yep, global warming. But as far as Football: It's the Bear's year, I'm just mentioning. Chicago Bears all the way.

December 26, 2006 9:27 AM  
Blogger SB Gypsy said...

Happy Boxing Day, and glad that you had such a good Christmas.

Here's the new record in CT: 15 days so far this month at 50 degrees or above.

The lakes are clear of ice still. When I was growing up (in the 50's and 60's) we had 6" of ice on the lakes by New Years Eve. Global Warming? gotta be!

December 26, 2006 9:51 AM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

I had to the slider yesterday when I was cooking dinner, it was so warm. No snow, even thought the weather man predicted it. It was a beautiful sunny day, more reminiscent of March or late September than Christmas.

December 26, 2006 11:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful holiday yesterday, Patricia.

As for me, it was pretty serene but I swear I didn't inhale the catnip. :)

Happy Holidays & Peace,

December 26, 2006 11:31 AM  
Blogger enigma4ever said...

POP...So glad that you didn't get touched by a Tornado- that is the weirdest thing I have ever seen, and I spent alot christmases in Florida and yeah, I have never seen that...

And so good the Cowboys lost...and I am with Diva- it's the Bears year...( SOrry but I live in Browns land- but I have spent all year rooting for the Bears..)

Now if this Warming thing keeps up we can just leave the turkey on the back porch and wait for it to finish cooking...

Glad you had a good XMAS day....so glad that we have you in Blogland..thanks for a good year of Blogging...

December 26, 2006 1:19 PM  
Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

We had rain all day, no tornado warnings that I know of, but then I never turned on our TV all day, either.:) I wish I could have seen Murphy and Fred......:)

December 26, 2006 1:22 PM  
Blogger John Good said...

It was sunny and near 50 here for Christmas. I think we've had ONE inch of snow this year! But global warming doesn't exist, and islands aren't disappearing off of India, and. . .

December 26, 2006 3:26 PM  
Blogger Tom Bailey said...

I have heard the tryptophan issue might be a myth. I am interested to see if Parcells and T/O's greatness has also turned into myth.

December 26, 2006 4:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I tell ya, the Boys are breaking my heart. And just think. Next year, Hubby and I are going to Dallas to watch them play. In person. Hell, maybe they should bring Switzer back. OMFG. Anything is better than their so-called "coach" now. Tom Landry must be spinning in his grave right now.
Glad you ate to your heart's content. And remember the contest we had about whose governor was the worst? I think it is a tie between yours and ours. :-)

December 26, 2006 5:06 PM  
Blogger Floridacracker said...

Post turkey, turkey sandwich tonight for supper. Glad the tornadoes missed you. They missed us too!

December 26, 2006 7:46 PM  
Blogger JimmyJames said...

I am glad the winds missed your area and that you did find time for some good eating.
Sammy pigged out on a catnip red speckled mouse.

I watched 3 grandsons for a couple of days and found that I relished the moment they would go home to mom and dad. My patience was wearing thin.

Santa delivered me some coal and fruitcake and I shall use them wisely.


December 26, 2006 8:07 PM  
Blogger Octavian said...

I do love Christmas Storys!

December 26, 2006 11:15 PM  
Anonymous pekka said...

We all tend to have our problems. You worry about too much sun and heat during the Christmas time. My worry is the flying and frozen raindeer poop. Wanna swap?

December 27, 2006 12:29 AM  
Blogger sumo said...

I'd like some tryptophan-dango please. I really super happy to hear the tornado didn't find its way to your village.

December 27, 2006 2:19 AM  
Blogger Pursey Tuttweiler said...

I sure wish I had some of that tryptophan-dango myself. Yummmmm.

Poor Mr. Murphy, getting teased like that on Christmas.

Oh my, my kitties got a new scratching post with the cosmic catnip. They loved that!

December 28, 2006 1:48 PM  
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