Where did they come from

I was at Sprouts the other day when I came across Jordan almonds in Christmas colors.

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Which got me curious. Where did this tradition come from and why is it usually associated with weddings?

Apparently, the hard sugar-coated almonds date back to the introduction of sugarcane to Europe. Before that, there was fruit or honeyed covered almonds that are recorded back to the ancient Roman period.

And still they were associated with weddings. Apparently, to remind the bride and groom of the good and bad times ahead (sweet and bitter).

They were also eaten in odd numbers to symbolized the equal bond between husband, wife, and their children (in 3s) or when in 5s wishing the couple— Health, wealth, happiness, children, and a long life.

Until next time

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That time of the year

It’s that time of year for Christmas carols on the radio. Which means,  I have added to the playlist on my iPad.

So far, I’ve added:

Peppermint Winter

Which led to this one:

But I haven’t forgotten the classics:

 

Or this one:

But frankly, I also sing this one:

Until next time.

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Made you look

Yes, we shopped on Black Friday.

After a little hemming and hawing, I convinced the hubbinator to purchase a new tool chest on wheels.

I had this one in mind:

Something relatively compact that I could put the miter saw on .

The hubbinator was very accommodating, but kinda squirreled and admired this one:

So we kinda bought them both.

Getting them home was interesting, as the tall one tops me by a few inches and made it very top heavy despite being tied down. The hubbinator had a brilliant idea—remove the tool chest on top.

And while we were doing that, a lady who was trying to decide whether to stop and help, ran up on the median. Apparently, no harm was done to her vehicle as she drove away after we assured her we didn’t need help. And we didn’t. In a tribute to Big Bang Theory, we managed to use physics to get it down and situated in the bed of the truck.

We are slowly loading the drawers, but I can’t help but wish there are a few empty ones when we are done because… tools.

Until next time.

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Um, No

I love Agatha Christie mysteries, and I will be the first to admit I am not a fan of Hercules Poirot.

He’s a bit of a fussbudget that annoys the snot out of me.

I did warm up to him when Peter Ustinov played him in the 80s but it took me until this year to watch David Suchet play him. Don’t get me wrong. I’m watching for the story and for the most part I came to like his portrayal of the little Belgian.

And then, out comes a remake of Murder on the Orient Express. Which is one of my favorites. But not this time. Don’t get me wrong there was a fine cast of actors and the scenery was amazing, but it would have been so much better without Branagh’s Poirot. Just, um, no.

Ah, well, there are some remakes on amazon Prime I haven’t seen yet.

Until next time.

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Thanks for your presence

About 18 years ago, my husband heard a soft meow while he was at work. The warehouse butted against a railroad track and an empty patch of ground where feral cats kept the rat and mouse populations down. Deciding to check out the meow, my husband found two kittens— a black fluff ball and a gray fluff ball. He saved them from being crushed by the forklift and while we gave one to his mother, we kept one he named Shadow.

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Shadow viewed my husband as her personal property and while she had nothing to do with the dogs in our house, she had no difficulty letting me know I was an interloper. Thankfully, she weighed next to nothing so I just moved her out of the way.

Moving into our current house was traumatic and the addition of a new kitten didn’t make it better. She spent the next four years under our bed, coming out to do her business and to sleep between me and my husband.

Later, she took to sleeping on my hip then digging her nails into me, if I moved. She was an evil cat, at least to me, but she was my evil cat, too. Even letting me pet her and sleeping on my lap (maybe to keep me from sitting too close to the hubbinator) whose lap she preferred.

But she was getting old in years and on Saturday she stopped eating and drinking. On Sunday, she passed while sleeping on her favorite bed, tucked in her favorite blanket, under the Christmas tree.

The hardest part of owning a pet is saying goodbye. But at least she’ll live on in our memories.

Until next time.

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Decking the halls

And so it begins…

The stockings are hung, just not by the chimney.

The tree is up. Although the hubbinator had a Griswold moment where he thought a ginormous tree would fit in our living room with just a bit of trimming.

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And, yes, we watched Christmas Vacation afterward as if tradition.

This year, we added something new to our holiday decorations. Just for the table:

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Which apparently, has distracted the cats from the ornaments on the tree. Or so I thought. I found an ornament horde under the couch.

Ah well, we are outnumbered.

Until next time.

 

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Short and sweet

I’ve been having a difficult time finding the ‘butt in the chair time’ I need to write.

Recently, I stumbled across an article on habits of highly effective people. After reading the article, I decided I was one of those highly ineffective people.

And with my attitude, I wasn’t going to change anytime soon.

But, I would like to finish the book I am currently writing by the end of the year, so I kept searching for advice that my inner demon wouldn’t flip-off or fart in its general direction.

That’s when I found an email in my stream about how to get into a good writing habit.

There were 30 tips.

My inner demon nixed 29 of them. Leaving one—set a timer for 25 minutes and write, only write, but take note of crap that pops into your head to distract you, and keep on writing.

I’m not saying that I was instantly cured. In fact, at first, I had lots of distractions and only found one 25 minutes to write in. Frankly, some days I can barely manage one session.

But writing is writing and that was 2 pages more than I had before.

So, we’ll see how it goes during the rest of the holiday season.

Until next time!

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