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12-04-2015 Journal–Christmas Nonsense & Trivia!   Leave a comment

Twenty shopping days until Christmas and still no snow.  This weather is starting to freak me out a little. I was out on the deck this week putting away the furniture and had to return to the house to remove some clothing. It was too hot. Can you believe that? Anyway here are some photo’s and Christmas factoids for your entertainment.

*** Germany made the first artificial Christmas trees. They were made of goose feathers and dyed green. ***

Yesterday my better-half took me along as an escort while she Christmas shopped. This was how yesterday appeared to me:

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*** If you received all of the gifts in the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas," you would receive 364 gifts.***

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Rain doesn’t help my already waning amounts of Christmas spirit. What a mess.  I find myself wishing for a good snow storm that would drop four or five inches of the white stuff on us. 

*** In Mexico, wearing red underwear on New Year’s Eve is said to bring new love in the upcoming year. *** 

Last evening we began decorating the interior of the house. A little wine, a little beer, and lots of patience.  We made a great deal of progress but it wasn’t easy. Here are a few shots of the debris ridden living room in these “before”  photo’s.

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*** The poinsettia plant was brought into the United States from Mexico by Joel Poinsett in the early 1800’s. ***

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*** Rudolph" was actually created by Montgomery Ward in the late 1930’s for a holiday promotion. The rest is history. ***

We put the finishing touches to the tree and of course the damn cat insisted on hiding underneath and did his best to knock it over. That’s one Christmas tradition we’ve tried for years to change but he just won’t listen.

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*** Clearing up a common misconception, in Greek, X means Christ. That is where the word "X-Mas" comes from. Not because someone took the "Christ" out of Christmas. ***

Our holiday preparations will continue for another week or so or until we run out of holiday stuff to hang on other holiday stuff (truthfully that will never happen).

*** Eggnog first became popular in England where it was considered a drink for the upper class. ***

20 SHOPPING DAYS LEFT

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11-30-2015 Journal–Crappy Weather & Super Scrabble!   Leave a comment

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It’s Cyber Monday and I just finished renewing and deleting the fifty spam emails I received overnight.  I’ve experienced aggressive retailing before but nothing like this year. I’d like to thank Sam’s Club, Best Buy, Walmart, and many others for totally attempting to take over my email accounts. In appreciation I thought I’d let you know that as of tomorrow I’ll be unsubscribing from all of you because this is verging on harassment and I need to put a stop to it.  Merry effing Christmas folks.

Rather than spending time with my better-half at the mall, we’ve decided to spend her day off today driving from town to town to visit many of the smaller mom-and-pop gift shops and hoping to find a few small gifts for a few remaining family members. I might even spring for a nice lunch somewhere in the York Beach area near Portsmouth.

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The weather forecasts for later in the week call for rain and rain and then more rain. If we’re going to do this shopping it has to be today or we’ll be out of luck. I’d like to get a few photos along the coast if we can but who knows, we may not get any sunshine today at all.

The time seems to be flying by and Christmas will be arriving all too quickly. We intend to enjoy this warm Indian Winter weather while it lasts. I’m afraid when it ends it won’t be pretty. I have visions of snow drifts and really icy roads very very soon.  I’d like to have a white Christmas but not too white.

The grand kids came to visit over the weekend and it’s always good to see them and their parents. We kicked back and relaxed with a somewhat friendly game of Super Scrabble.

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For those of you who aren’t Scrabble fanatics it’s an enlarged standard Scrabble board with more tiles and Quadruple word and letter squares. It was great fun even though I got my ass thoroughly kicked by everyone.  Fun but quite humbling for someone as competitive as I am. I guess there’s always the next time to return the favor.

More decorating tonight and I hope to put the finishing touches on the tree. That really brings the Christmas spirit alive for me like nothing else.

24 SHOPPING DAYS TIL CHRISTMAS

12-03-2012   4 comments

Back at the computer early today since I’ve many errands to run in anticipation of our journey to the great state of Maryland.  I need the car serviced and a good washing and vacuuming wouldn’t hurt much either.  I have to check in with the house sitters too and make sure they arrive on time.

I thought I’d give you an quick update on “the car in the woods” incident I mentioned yesterday.  I ran across across the road and found the car about fifteen feet into the trees and wedged between two of them.  It appeared the driver was crossing a sheet of ice when his passenger side tire slid off onto the berm.  As many people do he overcorrected to regain control, spun around and shot right back into the woods.  He was uninjured but really pissed off about the whole situation.  Damage to the car appeared minimal but he removed a few large pieces of bark from a tree or two with his side doors.  He was really lucky not to have been injured but he sure didn’t see it that way. 

My better-half and I finished decorating the house with her Christmas knick-knacks and paddy-wacks on every surface of every piece of furniture.  The tree looks nice after an hour or two of attempting to get the freaking lights operational.  Last year we decided to change over to the old, large, multicolor retro style lights.  They look absolutely gorgeous but I’d be afraid to use them on a live tree.  They throw off so much heat they’d dry a live tree out in no time.  Fortunately were went artificial on the tree a few years back. 

Christmas fever has consumed my better-half and she insists on taking me along for the ride.  As we were decorating I was strong-armed into watching five straight hours of Christmas movies. Argggg!  Who needs waterboarding? Sheer effing torture while she dances around the living room singing along with every tune.  I hope she purchased that noise cancelling headset I asked her for.  It’ll get more use than my car.

Well, I’m off to do my errands and maybe take a few photos along the way. Twenty-one days and counting.

Posted December 4, 2012 by Every Useless Thing in Just Saying

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