• GOOD POST.  Before my stroke, our kids would get home made TATOR & ONION BOXES, QUILT RACKS, BOOK CASES and such. Hopefully, by next yuletide there'll be jewelry and other polished stone treasures coming out of our garage. Apparently, this year the Plano grandkids will have to settle for a backyard "campout" with GRUMPA in their great granddad's old 16 x 16 WWII  squad tent.  Maybe we can fry some cackleberries (eggs), sidemeat (bacon), and flapjacks on the ancient griddle.  Maybe mix some mapline flavoring, honey and coffee to make maple syrup for the flapjacks.  There's the little mold for making roastin' ear shaped "cornpone" sticks. We can roast wildhog legs (weinies) and flamin' angel clouds ("marshmellers").  Maybe we can cook some fish in the same coals the tators are baked in. Now, READERS, what shall we fix in the Dutch oven?  Cowboy chili?  And, there's the old blue cowboy coffee pot.

    November 17, 2008 at 2:30 a.m.

  • Well you could really get into the Christmas spirit and do as Jesus said and sell all your possesions and give them to the poor!

    November 15, 2008 at 9:24 a.m.

  • Well, Mr. Easton, I'd give more personalized gifts for Christmas but I whacked off two fingers trying to carve a totem pole so now I can't paint or knit and you don't wanna hear me sing! (Trust me on this one.)
    But I did once give my wife a plaster cast of my... well, nevermind about that. :-)

    November 15, 2008 at 12:20 a.m.

  • Well,
    The folks who will give to a charity before their CCs are paid have been taught by a witchdoctor standing in a pulpit somewhere, that your gift is returned to you 10 fold.  So, there they are, digging a deeper hole.

    What I have an issue with is, asking folks, "What do you want for Christmas?".  What is special about that??? You can do that any day of the year.  We are "keeping up with the Joneses". 

    I suppose I will just stay "out of touch" with the commercial Christmas. Buy or make (these days it is buy) what I want my friends and family to have from me.  If they display it or throw it in the trash, that is their choice, it is theirs to do with as they please.

    November 14, 2008 at 11:14 p.m.

  • The meaning of Christmas has been lost over the years.  I can honestly say, I despise the holidays.  It's all commercialized now, everybody is trying to outgift everyone else.  I try to make the holidays humble for my children, but with all the flashy commercials and in-your-face ads, it's hard to keep them grounded.  But I'll keep trying!

    November 14, 2008 at 2:39 p.m.