My sister invited me to hit a mall last night @ midnight. {i politely declined} There was a traffic jam on the freeway a few miles away from my house due to the crazy people who felt the need to shop at the outlet stores nearby @ 11 pm. The stack of ads my daughter showed me yesterday was quite impressive. And yet, there is nothing out there that will even make me consider hitting a store today. {plus I just plain hate shopping, but you knew that already. tee hee} How about you.


Are you a Black Friday shopper?


Happy Thanksgiving.

with love,
~ blondie


Monday Mirth.

The Polish Blonde

A blonde goes into a world wide message centre to send a message to her mother in Poland. When the man tells her it will be $300 she exclaims, "I don't have any money. But I would do anything to get a message to my mother in Poland."

To that the man asks, "Anything?" And the blonde says "Yes...anything!" With that, the man says "Follow me." He walks into the next room and tells her, "Come in and close the door." She does!! He then says, "Get on your knees." She does. He then says, "Take down my zipper." She does. He then says, "Go ahead... Take it out." With that, she takes it out and takes hold of it with both hands.

The man then says, "Well. Go ahead!" She brings her mouth closer to it, and while holding it close to her lips she says, "Hello? Mom?"



We own the above pictured grenade. You pull the pin, hide the grenade and wait for some poor unsuspecting soul to find it and set off the screeching tones causing them to curse you and laugh at the same time.

A few days ago the kid rigged it up in the fridge. He and Rudy were annoying me and I had just locked them out of the house. I opened the fridge to get a drink before unlocking the door and I almost had an attack. I would never have expected that kind of noise to occur when opening the fridge. It was awesomely frightening. LOL!

This morning I got my revenge. I rigged the thing into the box of yum yums Rudy and I picked up last night. I left the box sitting on the kitchen table. And then Rudy and I waited. Dang it took the kid a while before he got up and then finally went to get a donut. But eventually he did. He jumped a little, as donut boxes should not make that noise when opened.

The kid informed me that that is messed up but it was good. I admitted that while the grenade in the yum yums box was good nothing yet has topped his epic choice of rigging it up in the fridge. Never fear, my son. I will find a way.
Beware. {tee hee.}

Do you play practical jokes with your family or friends? What is the best *gotcha* moment You can recall?



It's the easiest thing to do. You just... close your eyes. But for so many of us, sleep seems out of our grasp. We want it, but, we don't know how to get it. But once we face our demons, face our fears, and turn to each other for help, night time is not so scary, because we realize, we are not all alone in the dark.
~ meredith grey


Chinese dinner. mmmm.
Fortune cookies. fun!
Interestingly enough both fortunes are about shopping and money. Apparently I will get a great deal on my next big purchase, in bed.

What phrase, if any, do you say after your fortune?


Birthday Treat.

You put candles on a cake,
it’s a birthday cake.
You put candles on a pie,
someone’s drunk in the kitchen.
~ jim gaffigan
Every year for more years than I can recall my momma gave me a lemon meringue pie for my birthday. I love lemon meringue pie. mmmm. My daddy and bro have continued this tradition and today the kid delivered my birthday pie. We put a candle in it and Rudy and the kid sang to me. It was delicious.

What sweet treat do you like to enjoy on your birthday? Does this treat include a candle for wishing on and blowing out even if the sweet isn't a traditional birthday cake?



there was a star danced

and under that i was born

~ william shakespeare



  1. heartless ~
  2. spontaneously ~
  3. frontal ~
  4. square ~
  5. psychic ~
  6. signature ~
  7. delivery ~
  8. 3 ~
  9. foil ~
  10. tweet ~


months. weeks. days.

Rudy is currently {and by currently I mean as I type} working on a *family* calendar. This calender contains photos of his dogs as well as his brothers dogs. All Malamutes. {The girl calls them marmosets. tee hee}
His brother wants credit for the Calendar name *Mal-endar*. I think it's a creative and funny name. Plus the dogs are gorgeous. This Mal-endar should be fun to look at over the next year.

What will most likely be on the calendar you will look at every day in the year 2009? Do you prefer a desktop calendar or a wall hanging calendar. Have you ever made a calendar {or Mal-endar} for your family?



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It is a very blustery day here today.
What is the weather like in your land today?




I have had two phone calls already this morning. 2 out of 3 siblings phoned. One right after the other. They are in a situation between the two of them. Why are they involving me? They have been in a situation between the two of them before but no one phoned me.

Now that I live closer somehow the phones work better? I don't get it. I move closer and NOW I am the middle guy? How is this good? I am not gonna play that game. I listened to both sides and attempted to soothe them both. I am not gonna play the he said/she said game with them.

They had best find a way to work it out. Life is too short to hold grudges against your siblings. Momma always did call me the peacemaker. Is it too late to reassign that position within the family????

Do your siblings put you in the middle of their situations? Which of your siblings, if any, have played the part of peacemaker?


Thursday Thirteen.

13 reasons why
you may not visit

my blog.

  1. You moved your blog and left no forwarding address.
  2. I don't like the new blog.
  3. "Aren't you still on hiatus??"
  4. My interwebs are broken.
  5. Blogger is broken.
  6. I've fallen and I can't get up.
  7. That new font makes my eyes hurt.
  8. I moved and have lost my way.
  9. Work has blocked my access.
  10. "You have a blog??"
  11. I couldn't get time on our shared computer.
  12. My boss is spying on me {us}.
  13. I have a life beyond the interwebs, yanno. ;-)

What keeps you away from the blogs you like to visit daily?



Courage is almost a
contradiction in terms.

It means a strong desire to live
taking the form of readiness to die.
~ G.K. Chesterton



me: I would like two egg mcmuffins without the meat.
voice from beyond: you mean without the sausage?
me: ok. sure.
voice from beyond: hang on one moment.
me: *shaking my head*
voice from beyond: the egg mcmuffin doesn't come with sausage.
me: okay, then give me the egg mcmuffin without WHATEVER meat it normally comes with. {is she kidding me here???}
voice from beyond: canadian bacon. you want your egg mcmuffins without the canadian bacon?
me: if that is the meat it comes with normally, then yes, i would like my egg mcmuffins to NOT come with that.
*blah blah blah. order complete. please drive to the first window*
me: *pulling up to the first window where no one is actually there.*
voice who is now a person: *shows up, opens the window* So you want just egg and cheese on your egg mcmuffins??
me: *shooting daggers* Yes. egg. cheese. muffin.
voice who is now a person: okay. That will be $$$.
me: handing the cash and shaking my head.

HOLY CRAP! What is up with the people in this town? What part of no meat do they not understand? And do they really think that no meat only counts if it is sausage? GAWD! That was painful. The last time I ordered the egg mcmuffins without meat i ended up with meat mcmuffins without egg. SERIOUSLY! Needless to say I didn't leave the window until I was sure that my mcmuffins had no meat and did have egg. What a crackpot squad of saavy individuals they have working there, eh?

When was the last time you had a food ordering mishap and what was the circumstance surrounding it?


Leave me a Message.

My cell phone provider decided to reset my outgoing message for me. Rudy let me know about this annoying little turn of events last night. I wasted no time in setting that to rights. My new message is just a simple "hello". and a pause {to confuse people and cause them to launch into a conversation with me.} and then after said pause "leave me a message." tee hee!

Rudy thinks this message is funny. He told me so last night. Apparently that is not the immediate consensus as the kid got my vm early this morning and began to talk to me only to hear me say "leave me a message". HA! He informed me that my outgoing is SO not funny and how he started talking to me and then heard me say "leave a message" and he was all..."what the fuck???" bwahahaha.

Okay. I can see how that might be annoying but it is still funny. I probably won't leave it since it is how people besides those who have to put up with me contact me
but for today

I am still giggling.


When someone phones you and is directed to your voice mail what delightful message greets them?



I was awakened early this morning by one cat sitting by my face and incessantly tapping on my face. As I reached a level of consciousness I became aware of a annoying beeping that was not my alarm. As we often do when in a state of confusion, I began to consider what in the world within my house could be making that noise without actually making a move to go find the source.

My first thought was that the Carbon Monoxide meter in the hallway was malfunctioning but that couldn't be because I would like to think that something as important as that would make a much louder noise. I decided that the best way to determine the source of the noise and make it stop was to actually get out of bed and go investigate.

It didn't take long to locate the source of the noise as it was coming from across the hall in the kid's room. {He is in the valley this weekend working at his volunteer station and finishing up his ride along time for his EMT certification.} It was his alarm. When he is home and using the alarm it is actually hooked up to his iPod. When he isn't home, isn't using it and his iPod isn't attached it makes quite an annoying beep.

I can't read the buttons because the print is too small so I can't turn it off properly. Yes, I could just start pushing buttons but then I would most likely end up playing the same game again tomorrow morning and I would prefer not to do so. I stumble back to my room, tripping over cats who want to be fed way more than they want me to stop the beeping and get my glasses. Back to the kid's room and find the button that turns the alarm off.

If it goes off again tomorrow I am gonna phone the kid. He deserves it. I was up at 0600 hours on a Saturday. How is this good?

This leads us to today's qotd:

What time did YOU get up this morning and what motivated or forced you to do so?


Meal at the Manor.

Appetizer ~
If you could change your name, what would you change it to?

Soup ~
What's your most memorable scene from a movie?

Salad ~
If you could celebrate one holiday everyday, which one would you pick?

Entrée ~
Where's your favorite place to have Sunday brunch?

Dessert ~ {or not, tee hee}
Not tonight dear, _______.


Thursday Thirteen {QOTD}.

Thirteen Games We Play.
{or could play}.
  1. qotd. {question of the day}
  2. i did not.
  3. meal at the manor. {aka feast friday}
  4. word{s}
  5. reason to drink.
  6. jotd. {joke of the day}
  7. polls.
  8. i spy.
  9. monday mop-up.
  10. tuesday tune.
  11. wordless wednesday.
  12. thursday thirteen.
  13. free-for-all friday.


Would you like to see any, some, all or none of the above at the Manor? Specific rather than Vague will be the most helpful.



  • Now what?




Do you have a case of them
do you celebrate
the start of a new week?



  • Did you remember to *fall back*?
  • How many clocks do you have that need to be set back today?
  • Do you wander your house setting them all or do you set a few *key* clocks and get to the others later?
  • How did you or will you spend your *extra* hour?
  • Without looking it up do you know who invented Daylight Savings Time?

Happy Sunday!


QOTD {Question of the Day}

Today is the first day of November.
Do you have any
first of the month rituals?

Was Rabbit, Rabbit
the first thing you said
this morning to ensure good luck?

still quiet finis
frolicking birds greet new morn
melody in tweets