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Thursday, December 26, 2013

now that we have celebrated GREED, time to get rid of crap

("NO Spike, the new tee is MINE!")

Now that is a cynical view, isn't it, especially from a retailer like me, who dearly wants to fill your life with CRAP THAT I MADE?

(at least the crap I make is:  a) useful!  b) CUTE! c) breakable!!!! drop that mug RIGHT NOW on your tile floor and order up a new one from me!)

So, the wife and I have the delightful Christmas and wedding anniversary (why YES, we got married on Christmas, lo those many years ago) AND Mother Nature had even provided us with a very beautiful snowfall, after it had been 65 on the weekend....
and I pat her on the azz with a cheery "OFF YA GO!" early Christmas morning and drop her at the bus station....

OK, before that last line pisses everybody off, let's keep in mind that a)  I have a wicked sense of humor and b) my wife is not here reading this and telling me to delete it.

So like I was saying, off she goes!
To NY city to see the sisters and eat delightful Japanese food and send me PICTURES of that food to make me jealous....but I am not jealous.  I am home with the cat, taking care of a flock of chickens and Puffy the psycho kitty so YOU KNOW I have the better deal.

Sure I do.

Before she left, I made Christmas crepes!*  It was 4 degrees outside and I was like remember when we made this blueberry jam??? It was July and a wonderful 84 degrees....
don't remind me....

Anyway, something about the DEPRESSING end of all that good Christmas fun makes me look around for the first time since LAST January and I go "UGH, this house is a stinking mess full of junk, I am GETTING RID of it all!".
And we do.  We like to start the new year with a freshly cleaned house.
The wife is out of town.
I shall do my best.
BUT first, check OUT the lovely gifts I got!  A FOREST of brightly colored socks!  Cousin Mark was having the drink with me last summer and I was admiring his colorful argyle socks and I said "NICE.  I love argyle socks too!" pulling up my pant leg to show mine, and Mark tells me, semi-quoting Bill Murray "chicks dig me because I wear argyle socks".
My chick digs ME in my argyles, but look at some of the socks cousin Mark's family gave me, and also my delightful sister-in law!  I tell the wife "they are too pretty to wear!" but she tells me they have "immense socks appeal....TIGER.... rrrrreOW!" and I quickly put some on....

When I say it was 4 degrees yesterday, I am not kidding....poor chickens have a nice warm coop, but their water was starting to freeze!  They were cheerful about it, and it is a lot warmer now, in the 20s, and like they used to say "warm enough to snow!" and it is....

*rice flour crepes -- gluten-free!
1 c. rice flour 
1 c. milk
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
1 T. cooking oil plus some for the fry pan

In a bowl, whisk the 2 eggs, then add the other wet ingredients, last slowly stir in the rice flour, then whisk it all so it is smooth with no lumps.
Pour about 1/4 cup at a time into a medium heat oiled skillet, shake the pan a bit to spread the batter thin.  When the top looks fairly dry after a minute or 2, flip, cooking the other side 45 seconds or so. remove from pan, keep them warm in the oven on a baking sheet at 200.
Serve rolled up with jam or....!


Lori Buff said...

Happy anniversary to you both.

Purging for the new year so you can start fresh is a great idea.

smalltownme said...

I got socks too! With flowers and hummingbirds.

Busy Bee Suz said...

Happy anniversary to you both!!! The socks are pretty swell....hopefully they'll keep your toes warm? 4*? Wow. If only all the cold humans were as lucky as those chickens....a heater and a nice person to take care of them!!!

smartcat said...

HAH! You only think the tee is yours and the socks too. Penny and Spike have different ideas.

Getting rid of unwanted stuff is a good idea. Hmmmmm where shall I start? I can put a hand down anywhere and find something to toss or give away!

I like the looks of those crepes!

Congratulations to you and Maude!

Anonymous said...

Snazzy socks!
We purge, too. Balance in everything, right?

Caroline said...

I'm always getting rid of stuff. I can't believe I have anything left. Love the chicken pictures. Our two chickens were very spoilt for Christmas getting lots of treats such as cornflakes and toast. Today they had a soothing dirt bath.

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