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The kid in me

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Some kids get excited about a picnic, a birthday party, going to the beach.

Me, I still get excited about snow.

Today, for the first time ever...this is true...I made a snow angel, just because I'd never done it before.

I shoveled a path to the ice melt box in the parking lot, I patted down a path so I could feed the squirrels. I wish I could test out the new powder on the slopes, but skiing is scheduled for tomorrow.

Now that I am retired I could take a vacation to some warm climate and stay there until the snow melts, but that would be to miss all the fun.

All those years I lived in Central and South America the one thing I missed was snow. I didn't have a sense of time because it was eternal spring where I lived. A year without a good snow storm, a year without the creator's painting the landscape white, is a lost year.

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UUCEEJAY 1/15/2011 8:31PM

    I am looking forward to playing in the snow on Monday-going skiing for the first time this year. I am so looking forward to that! Good for you making a snow angel. I do love being a kid!

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LISED58 1/15/2011 3:00PM

    Hi Mookball!. The fun you had can certainly be heard between the lines. The last Snow Angel I made was probably 10 years ago with my son. I love Winter and all the activities it offers. I would greatly miss it, too. Keep having FUN!
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KANDRARENEE 1/12/2011 7:49PM

  Very nice, Ruth! Landon and I made snow angels this week too! He's very good at it!!

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ONECOOKIETWO 1/12/2011 5:31PM

    Ahem. The kid in you comes out a lot, snow or no snow.
I suppose you know that. I like her. She's a brat.
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TINY-LADY 1/12/2011 4:57PM

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Downhill All the Way

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

There are few things that give me more of a thrill than downhill skiing.

From the top of the mountain I can be the snow queen and look over all my snow covered kingdom

But today it was different. There I stood at the top of the lift and all I could see were brown undulating hills, not yet touched by even an inch of snow. Instead of looking out into the distance I had to keep my gaze on the artificial snow created by the great snow blowers that have made my ski day a bliss but reduced me to a raggedy downhill ice carver.

Please, let it snow. I love fresh powder.

  
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SCHUNE1 1/10/2011 12:33PM

    We ski, also, so I know what you mean about ice carving. Scary!

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CAROLINAMUSED 1/6/2011 9:07PM

    You are remarkable! I followed you after you made a comment on my blog posting, to find that you do not live longing for the sea - y0u are there. And more - you ski! This is something I have not done since I was about 12, when I'd scare the heck out of my mother by barreling straight down slopes. You give me hope!

thanks,

Carol

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ONECOOKIETWO 1/4/2011 10:31PM

    I'm with you. Where the heck did my winter go? I want it back from everyone back east and north! Dang it.

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UUCEEJAY 1/4/2011 9:45PM

    I hope the snow comes by the end of the month for my trip. Was the artificial stuff icy?
I hate skiing when it is icy.

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The Makeover

Monday, January 03, 2011

It is the new year and it is the second anniversary of my car, which needs a makeover. In addition to its oil being changed and filters and belts replaced I am treating the car and myself (as its owner) to a detailing or makeover.

This involves all day without the car, and so after logging on at the library I will also go for a makeover at a local "spa." I do not think that the beauty salon can do much to remove my wrinkles and warts, my fat pockets or my constantly anoying belly, but it can do some surface repair, which let's face it, at this age, is all that can be expected. So hair, nails and face will get a resurfacing.

At the end of the day I have the feeling that my two year old car will look a lot better than its 67 year old driver.

Have you ever gone for a makeover? Were you delighted or disappointed with the results?

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MOOKBALL 1/4/2011 7:12PM

    The car looks like new!

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UUCEEJAY 1/3/2011 9:32PM

    The closest I ever came to a makeover was when I came off the AT to attend our daughter's wedding. My friends had a week to help me find a dress to wear and help me get presentable and looking like the mother of the bride instead of an AT hiker. I told them I would do whatever they suggested. It turned out very well. They set me up with a hairstylist who gave me wine and put highlights in my hair and new do. Then they took me to a makeup place and I bought a bunch of new makeup that covered up the sun damage. Then we found a dress that looked pretty good on me and I was set.


I once had my car detailed after my son got the flu and threw up in it on Christmas Eve.
There was a big change in the car.

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JEANNE229 1/3/2011 11:16AM

    I've never had a makeover, but it sounds heavenly! Enjoy your day!

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ONECOOKIETWO 1/3/2011 10:26AM

    Makeovers are wonderful, I have just this past year learned. And beauty isn't skin deep, either. But then you knew that. As for the car, it should look and act like new if it's only two years old and just coming out of an overhaul.

I got my first makeover of my life this past summer can you believe... It was wonderful, and now I am actually using makeup once in a while. Almost as if I knew how.

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The Slave

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Why are we such slaves to tradition and superstition?

Even though I know that eating pickled herring and sour cream on the last day of the year won't improve my fortune in the new year, and that eating sauerkraut and pork on the first day of the new year won't improve my luck, there I was at 5:30 new year's eve buying herring at the supermarket. I had totally forgot to buy it earlier in the week when I went to market. Last night when I got home from market I took some pork out of the freezer to thaw for today's dinner.

All these traditions and superstitions smack in the face of a rational being, and yet here I am trying not to tempt fate. Hey, I like having some jingle in my pockets and if eating herring will make it so, who am I to question this stupid tradition? (It obviously worked (?) for my father, grandfather and great grandfather.) Maybe that question mark in the last sentence is more telling than I know. Those men worked hard and made their own fates, and I am the benefactor ( or victim) of their work ethic.

So do you think if I started my own tradition of eating pizza or snails or eels on the first day of the new year that my fortunes or luck would change? Why do I even have to have a tradition? I am the slave to irrational thoughts.

Have you ever done something irrational just because it was traditional? Tell me about it.

  
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GARDENCHRIS 1/12/2011 10:38PM

    pickled herring, omg, my grandmother did that every New Years eve, witha silver coin under the bowl! To ensure prosperity in the new year. I did it for awhile, only in remembrance of my grandmother...

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KANDRARENEE 1/8/2011 8:13AM

  Herring? Sauerkraut?? Who knew? Around these parts it's black eyed peas! (Although I forgot, again, this year. I am not scared.)

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LYNKIN 1/2/2011 8:12AM

    Hi! I enjoyed this blog. I have had pork and sauerkraut on every New Year's Day since my childhood. Yesterday, was the first time that I was not cooking at home but going out to a Lancaster County restaurant. As soon as I entered the restaurant, I could smell the sauerkraut. And yes...I did eat the pork and sauerkraut and I enjoyed it! HAPPY NEW YEAR! emoticon

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LISED58 1/1/2011 11:34PM

    Eel? Via fresh sushi is good and will ensure fewer calorie consumption.

Snails? In garlic butter, topped with fine grated cheese and broiled until the cheese bubbles can be very addictive when accompanied by a French baguette and white wine. Calory-wise, not a good substitute for pickled cabbage and fish, though they, too, can be delicious.

I ruffled a lot of turkey feathers when I broke tradition by adopting my own ... I celebrate the traditionals by serving up a different country. My reluctant family has had to immerse themselves into my menus from Italy, Jamaica, France, Japan, China and Greece. I love to travel and to experiment new foods. They don't come over anymore though because the holidays aren't holidays without the standard winged or wingless meat and staples.

Is tradition-breaking worth it? After 30 years of predictable meals, for me, my son and my friends the answer is yes. For most, perhaps not.



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UUCEEJAY 1/1/2011 2:55PM

    I was made to eat sauerkraut, pork and mashed potatoes for good fortune and prosperity from the time I was a wee tot. I learned to like it, but it took a while. I became a vegetarian about 4 years ago and no longer ate it, but I am no less prosperous. Today I ate lentils and fake meat with my mashed potatoes. I have to admit though that I do pause a bit when a black cat crosses my path unless it is a black cat I'm on affectionate terms with, and I do avoid walking under ladders especially if someone is on them with a can of paint or a hammer. I think I will start a tradition of lentils and mashed potatoes and see how that works out. Eels and snails just aren't my thing, but I believe in everyone following their own path when it comes to establishing superstitions.

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ONECOOKIETWO 1/1/2011 2:10PM

    Mook,
I just love how irrational you are.
When I think "irrational" I immediately think of you (not).
I suggest you stop eating pickled herring and start with the slugs and eels, if only to give me a humorous mental image.
Seriously though, I don't have irrational thoughts.
Oh.
Well, not too seriously.
Happy New Year my Dear!
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JEANNE229 1/1/2011 10:19AM

    Great rationale. Maybe having a tradition of healthy eating MIGHT improve our futures!

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The Need

Friday, December 31, 2010

Every year at this time I feel the need to organize.

Is it the ads in the papers or online that are selling new file folders, plastic junk keepers or a true need to start over?

For one, I can put all my receipts and bills away in a file in the closet, get rid of the mounds of paper from 7 years ago and reuse that file. I can peruse all the receipts that I think I can use for proof of tax deductions, and get all that stuff ready for the CPA come February.

But the real place I organize is in tossing out holiday decorations, getting leaner and less cluttered as the years go by. Since I am not a Christian most of my holiday stuff is secular, but nevertheless, there. And it needs to be weeded out because the solstice does not demand red and green fadoozies.

And then there is the kitchen. Every year she gets cleaned from top to bottom, all the drawers are removed, washed down, re-papered and the contents either discarded or kept in an organized manner. Then the shelves get the same treatment, and finally the refrigerator, stove/oven and pantry. Even the floor and the ceiling and lights get cleaned.

It is time to clear the cobwebs and get serious (again) about my comitment to eating healthily from a clean kitchen.

This is definitely a need, born of psychotic seeds, but one which brings peace to a
soul. So while all you are out celebrating the new year with champagne and Auld Lang Syne, toast one for the Mook, deep in de-cluttering!

  
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UUCEEJAY 12/31/2010 5:05PM

    Here's to an organized house for Mookball! I also got rid of a lot of Christmas decorations and some are in the basement that I just never put up anymore but haven't tossed out. A couple of years ago, we lost the baby Jesus from our nativity scene. My UU friends got a good laugh when I told them I was looking for Jesus in the basement.
He was found the next year and has reclaimed his place in the manger. I get the bug to clean like this right after school ends every year. Comes from my mother's insistence
that we do Spring House Cleaning. She would march us all up to the attic and we knew the process had begun. My own children managed to escape when I tired this. emoticon It is a wonderful feeling one gets when it is done.

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JEANNE229 12/31/2010 2:13PM

    VERY healthy beginning of 2011!

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ONECOOKIETWO 12/31/2010 1:17PM

    The need is NOT born of psychotic seeds girlfriend!
I can feel the healthy energy from here!
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