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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I Looked Out My Window and What Did I See?

It wasn't apricots growing on an apricot tree. It was snowy branches through lace curtains. Lights reflecting from our eaves into the bushes below it. Dormant bushes and trees waiting patiently for next spring. Sidewalks steeped in snow. Awakening neighbors out shoveling their driveways. I can hear the crunch of the snow and ice of vehicles coming down the street.

And then the roses in the house call to me to show you. ;-)

I have a massage appointment this morning and am sooooo looking forward to it. I need it badly.

Random Thoughts:

Monday nights are Jack In The Box nights for us. Their grilled chicken salad. I love it but I get mine crispy. I love their balsamic dressing.

Anyway, we were recently there and that's when I realized that husbands and wives are the same the world over. Another couple was sitting at the next table. They were Hispanic and chatting with each other in Spanish probably about the day's events like Love Bunny and me. Then I noticed the husband just grunted like most husbands. She'd talk and he'd just say, "Hmmmh" or "Uh huh." Quite cute actually to know we're all the same as couples the world over!

I am always telling, and will forever tell, people our age who decide to build bigger houses because their kids are grown, married and gone but come home for holidays: That's what hotels and motels are for. Why keep a 4 or 5 bedroom house with 3500+ s.f. for just 2 people whose families only increase during the holidays? Makes no sense to me.

Fridays are our "expensive" dinner nights. We eat at Outback, Applebees or Olive Garden those nights, if you'd call that expensive. Monday at JITB: less than $10; Fridays at other places: around $40.

I pretty much stick to Fettucini Alfreco at OG but hubs varies his entree. His favorite is the Apricot Chicken, but sometimes he'll try something new. Whenever we order the waitress or waiter will invariably say, "Good choice. I just tried that the other night and loved it." Is there nothing they haven't tried when we order? Sure makes me wonder why they've "just tried it." I'm not the type to roll my eyes, but I always feel a great pull at my optic nerves that I've not experienced since puberty!

It's been my experience that children are dressed according to their mothers' temperature. Mummies will put a sweater or coat on them when they—mummy—feels cold. The kid probably is dying from the heat most of the time. I always let my kids decide if they were too warm or cold. They certainly wouldn't die from hypothermia in my house!

This happened recently at an event I didn't particularly want to attend but got dragged to by hubby. There are times I have decided that broaching the subject of what's on my mind at some parties would qualify me for poor socializing. ;-) I pretty much keep my mouth shut and for ME this is truly hard to do. But you know what I mean. We've all been there when the person we're talking to has 2 brain cells—one for breathing in and one for breathing out. Sigh...

Until next time, my sweet chicks.


  1. Looking a bit like Narnia, in your neck of the woods! :-) Lovely...

    Gentle Christmas hugs...

  2. I always love hearing your random thoughts, my friend. I love your snow photos. None here yet and I don't think there will be any for Christmas.

    Ummm. Love Fettucini Alfredo!

    Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to you and yours.


  3. Nice to know you are the same as all couples, isn't it? I can just picture you and love bunny at the restaurant with the other couple at a different table. We have lots of snow here too, probably not as much as you right now. The trees are beautiful with the snow on them. We are supposed to get more snow rather soon. Some parts of me love winter and the other parts don't. I do hope you have a great Christmas and a wonderful New Year with your dreams coming true!

  4. The snow looks so pretty Connie. I often wonder what it is like to be surrounded by snow. Is it quiet? I imagine it to be so. I've only seen snow once when I was a child and I remember falling down hard on my butt and being wet and cold. Perhaps we were not properly prepared for it.
    Lucky you having a white Christmas.
    Hugs ~ Kerryanne

  5. Hi Connieness!! Oh, you got snow!! How pretty!
    I enjoy your random stories!! Merry Christmas, sweet friend.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  6. Hi Connie,
    Love the snow through your lace windows. It really is a beautiful site for Christmas. No snow for us, but rain on the way for Christmas eve. Always enjoy your random thoughts.
    Best wishes to you and yours for a wonderful Christmas and many blessings in the new year ahead sweet friend.
    Love and hugs from Texas, Celestina Marie

  7. I always love reading your random thoughts..they always make me giggle..when you mentioned about being the same as other couples..I have a funny story that will make your optic nerve twitch for a long older sister adopted a little korean girl and was at her hubbys side of the family, family sister was changing Staci's behind and a gal from nebraska seen her little whoha and said "it looks just like ours" how's that for 2 braincells.;)

  8. Love your random thoughts and the snow is beautiful! Thanks for posting about the larger house thing for folks our age... I have truly been thinking about that very thing!!!!

  9. Christmas Blessings to you and your family, From my mountain to yours Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  10. Good Morning Sweetie....
    Oh what a beautiful share. The snow looks so beautiful. None here in the desert thank goodness. We had rain all night though and are expected back into the 70s today. Yippeee. Don't like the cold at all. Your description of the tires driving over the snow and ice, I remembered that when you wrote it. It is a lovely memory of Oklahoma. Thank you sweetie.

    You love Jack in the Box salad, my favorite too. I get that some days at lunch. And believe it or not Olive Garden is one of Marydon's and my favorite. I too love their Fettucini Alfredo. It is the creamiest and best ever. Guess where we might go for lunch? I love it.

    Hope you and Hunny Bunny have the merriest CHRISTmas ever sweet friend. May God richly bless you and your family for the holidays. I have so enjoyed blogging with you in 2010 and can't wait to see what you have to share in 2011. Love those roses sweet one. Yes I do.

    Many hugs and SO much love, Sherry

  11. Sweet Connie, I was just thinking of you this morning and how I needed to come and wish you a Merry Christmas and there you came and visited me first. I hope you have the Merriest time ever and love seeing pics of your snow!

  12. Hi Connie :) Olive Garden is my FAVORITE place! I love the Shrimp & Crab Tortelli Romana..YUMMY!!

    Wishing you and your family a Merry & Blessed Christmas, and a Safe & Happy New Year :)

    Holiday hugs, Brenda


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