Friday, December 23, 2011

Holiday Wishes

The Bag Lady needed to go to town yesterday to finish up her shopping and get a few groceries for the holiday feast she is preparing. She had just finished drying her hair and was about to put on her makeup when the power went off. The sun was barely up, but the day was overcast, so her house was on the gloomy side. She had not yet put any makeup on (which consists of mascara to try to define the sparse, stubby little blonde things that pass as eyelashes, and some moisturizer to try to plump up the deepest craters) and was forced to do her ablutions by flashlight. She scrubbed her teeth with what she belatedly realized was the denture adhesive left in the drawer by a long-ago visitor. It tasted minty, but she couldn't force her teeth apart for the rest of the day.

Her optimistic estimate of how long it would take her to run her errands was quickly revised once she reached the outskirts and saw the traffic. Six hours later.... she was home again, triumphantly clutching a frozen turkey, a bag of cranberries and staring perplexedly at a red felt chef's hat with "Kiss the Cook" emblazoned on it. She's still not sure how it came to be in her possession.....

She spent the rest of the day alternating between worry over whether the Rancher will like his gift, find where his gift is hidden, and whether he will go ahead and buy one for himself when he does his traditional Christmas Eve day shopping.

Today begins the marathon of cooking and cleaning, decorating and wrapping that will consume the Bag Lady for the next couple of days. She has done some baking already, but needs to do more. She wasn't smart enough to hide the first batch of shortbread cookies....

She actually feels quite confident that she is well-prepared this year, which is probably partly due to menopause-brain. If you can't remember what you had planned to do, you can't be upset about not getting it done, right?

She hopes all of you have a safe and happy holiday season, regardless of whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas or Festivus!

Monday, December 19, 2011


The Bag Lady had an audience the other day when she was feeding cows. Of course, as soon as the audience realized that they had an audience, they left.

Added another photo that will (hopefully!) enlarge. (But there's only one audience member left - the other was already gone.)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Another Day, Another Sunrise!

(Yet more sunrise pictures. The Bag Lady does love her sunrises!)

These pictures were taken mere seconds apart - can you see the difference? (and yes, it's pretty obscure. Try clicking on them to enlarge.)

Can't see it? Here's a hint - he was singing like a mad thing.

Monday, December 5, 2011


This was taken last year at this time. There is less snow on the ground this year, but the sunrise is still as pretty!