Monday, November 30, 2009

Ready, Set and almost Go

Since it was such a pleasantly cool weekend here weather wise, Mr. Pop took the opportunity this Friday and Saturday to put up all the outside Christmas lights and decorations. That sort of thing isn’t much fun when you are sweating to death. Kinda takes the merry out of Christmas. A cool clear weekend is much appreciated in these parts.

We’ll put up the tree next weekend and then turn on the outside lights. For now they are just on standby and awaiting the throwing of the switch.

This year we are full steam ahead about the holidays and I think it has a lot to do with a little grey and gold dog. Who says you can’t have serious Christmas spirit after just one Martini? For us this year, one is all it takes.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Holiday Busy

Mr. Pop will be out hunting and gathering today for tomorrow’s feast. Okay, he’s actually going to the market to pick up the fresh turkey we ordered two weeks ago.

Me, I’ll be chaining myself to the stove this morning and beginning the preparations for the feast. First chore of the day is baking the cornbread for the dressing tomorrow. My mother’s old cast iron skillet will be in use. For the first time in a long time I’m in the mood for cooking and drinking and laughing all through the days of this holiday.

Here’s a toast to everyone for a wonderful Thanksgiving and the weekend to follow.

Just a post script, you couldn’t get me near any stores Friday even if you held a gun to my head.

Happy Thanksgiving, you turkeys!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Big Buzz Kill

I have been so looking forward to the holidays and if there is one way I have found to kill the holiday buzz, it’s politics. I have been trying to ignore all things political as if it were the plague.

Once again this year we are all making charitable donations rather than giving each other gifts so there is none of that crowd fighting in the stores. No pressure to try “the perfect gift” for everyone. Pressure is also a holiday buzz kill.

I refuse to let anything political or commercial get in my way right now. I am going to enjoy every second of this season and let the rest of the world deal as best it can for now.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Are we that wimpy?

Wow, for a country that calls itself the home of the free and the brave, some of us sure get frightened at the thought of holding a suspected terrorist’s trial in our country. I guess the police in NYC are being sent the message that they aren’t capable of protecting the city during such a trial. If I were one of those cops, I’d be more than a little pissed.

What message is this fraidy cat reaction sending to other terrorist? It sounds like this country is saying we are so weak that we can’t handle something like this trial and the imprisonment of these men if they are found guilty. Is that the message that we want to send, because if it is, it sounds pretty wimpy to me.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


I don’ know which is more troublesome, that some people believe the world will end in 2012 or that some people believe that Palin could be the republican presidential candidate in 2012. Could these all be the same people? For me the idea of Palin becoming president would pretty much be the end of the world at least as we know it.

Monday, November 16, 2009

I’m pretty sure I’m going to hell now

After a week without my computer and two hundred dollars later, we’re back.

I’m pretty sure I’m going to hell now due to the things I have said and thought about the person who came up with the Trojan horse that infected my computer. A tech said I must have gotten it from an email but since I seldom even open emails, I have to doubt that.

To be honest, a week without a computer in the house was very beneficial for me because I got caught up on a ton of things I needed to do around the house. This place is spic and span for the holidays.

While I cursed the person who created the computer infection, I got even with him or her by making something positive come of my computer-less time. I didn’t make lemonade with the lemon but I did use my downtime to my benefit. There’s something very satisfying to me about that.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Computer Problems

Trojan Horse messed up my computer. Hope to be back up and running properly by Tuesday or Wednesday. Wish me luck

Friday, November 06, 2009

The Big Cat is Back

After taking a few weeks off, Fred the Cat is back. I’m fired up and ready to go, at least for this weekend.

This is the 1000th post on this site. Between Pop and me and a couple from Martini, we have posted 1000 pieces of our minds. It sure has been fun.

The big event will be this Sunday. That’s Little Mister Fancy Pants, Martini’s third birthday. He looks pretty good for his age and remember this comment is coming from me, the cat in the house. He’s not bad for a little brother even if he does look like a squeaky stuffed toy.

So we’ll be doing some Birthday celebrating here this weekend. What’s on your agenda?

Whatever you do, enjoy the hell out of it.

Fred the Cat (the cat that loves you guys!)

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Quick Question

Have you ever heard as much spin over elections as you have heard about what happened Tuesday night? And does anyone care what some talking head thinks? I know I sure don’t and I avoided cable news channels yesterday like the plague.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Christmas comes early for Martini

My previous dog, Murphy, was never much for playing with toys aside from a particular brand of plush toy pigs, however that never stopped me from buying him Christmas toys at Christmas. That habit continued with me even after he was very old and didn’t play with any toys anymore. It just wasn’t Christmas if I didn’t get Murphy a toy or toys.

For about the last four or five years of Murphy’s life, his Christmas toys were always placed in a little basket by his bed at Christmas. Then put away like all the other decorations after the holidays.

The last Christmas of Murphy’s life we knew it was most likely his last and that year since we would be away, we didn’t get out any Christmas decorations. Last year we didn’t have a little dog so once again some decorations were never taken out.

This past weekend I thought about that little basket of toys and began to wonder where I had put them, two years ago. Yesterday I decided to look in one closet where I keep miscellaneous Christmas things. I found the bag with the little basket in it. I had forgotten what the toys were and what they looked like. I called Martini and began opening the bag. I poured out thirteen, for all means and purposes, brand new Christmas dog toys. If little dogs almost faint, he must have felt faint. His little tail was wagging for all it was worth as he leaped from one toy to the next. For the rest of the day yesterday he was exploring each toy and locating the squeaker in each of them.

While he was having so much fun, I gathered up some of his other toys and put them in the guest room. After Christmas when the Christmas toys are put away, he will have his other toys to explore all over again.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Staying Home this Year

Yea! We have decided to stay home for Thanksgiving this year. For the past several years we have traveled to have Thanksgiving dinner with Mr. Pop’s relatives, but this year will be different.

This year the aroma of roasting turkey will waft through our house. The sound of the parades will come from our TV. And maybe best of all, the leftovers will be temptingly in our refrigerator. Oh, and the football games will be watched uninterrupted by chit chat.

For the first time in a long time I am actually looking forward to Thanksgiving. The preparations and cooking are a lot of work, but oh the rewards!