Happy New Year!

2013 new year sparkler

Yesterday, everybody smoked his last cigar, took his last drink and swore his last oath.  Today, we are a pious and exemplary community.  Thirty days from now, we shall have cast our reformation to the winds and gone to cutting our ancient shortcomings considerably shorter than ever.  ~Mark Twain

2012 has been good to me and mine.

i got to see my far away family. even my farthest away sisters 🙂

nothing horrible happened to the house, no flood, no leaky roof.  first time we have made it all year without something bad.

we are all mostly healthy

here is to another great year

BRING ON 2013!!!!

Christmas is over…

Well, Christmas is over, although i am still enjoying some vacation days.  Christmas to me is all about being with family and the friends you consider family.  but of course the presents are nice too 🙂

This year as we unwrapped gifts on Christmas Eve, i got everything i wanted, including the warmest fuzziest slipper boots  I have ever owned, my feet think they have died and gone to heaven.  also a Captain America hoodie that my husband swears i am never allowed to wear if i go out in public with him. a great laptop case for my new baby laptop….

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My in-laws sent us the most delightful shipment of chocolate covered strawberries from Shari’s Berries, my single most favorite snack in the world.  Technically it was for the whole family so i have been forced to share.

The stocking of course had the main staples of a chocolate orange and some sweetarts.

Christmas day was spent with friends for dinner and some long overdue hanging out.  then back home to spend some time doing nothing specific 🙂

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas

Merry Christmas

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The first year my daughters boyfriend joined us for Christmas we were sort of at a loss for gift ideas then while running around shopping we found a giant container of cheese balls. Deciding  this would make a great joke gift we grabbed it and then a gift card as a real gift. much to our surprise he was delighted with the oversized snack. This is the 3rd Christmas in a row now that a giant container of cheese balls has been under the tree and he honestly appears happy when he gets them. the picture  above reflects this years gift, the original was much bigger, purchased at Costco, but we thought a non joke gift should be a little more reasonably sized for one person 🙂

I hope all your holiday dreams come true, Merry Christmas.

Book Review – The Defective Amish Detective Books 1 & 2

The Whoopie Pie AffairThe Defective Amish Detective – Volume 1 – The Whoopie Pie Affair by Mark Miller and Giovanni Gelati

Hawaiian shirted detective “G”, is a surprising leader in the search to recover the missing snacks.  You never know what he do or say next.

Intercourse Boondogle

The Defective Amish Detective – Volume 2 – The Intercourse Boondogle by Mark Miller and Giovanni Gelati

The Defective Detective and his Amish friends are back to break up a crime ring in the Pennsylvania town of Intercourse.  Can they find out whodunit in time?

Look for a surprise cameo by everyone’s favorite purple haired girl and her mom  🙂

these are short stories , approx. 30 pages, there are more volumes planned.

Publisher – Helping Hands Press



the fancy box it came in

i got the new laptop/tablet less than an hour ago and i am completely in love…  the screen is crisp and clear, set up was remarkably simple.. i installed a favorite game from steam and it ran without a hitch (Torchlight 2) i am sure i will find things i miss about the giant XPS 17 i am sending back but so far i have zero remorse…

A new toy, err.. I mean useful electronic device…

So, i love gadgets… and i have been wanting a tablet computer for a while but they were just outside my price range for ‘toy’.  i have been in an ongoing battle will Dell recently because the laptop i purchased in November 2011 has never really worked properly. i finally convinced them a month or so ago that no matter how many times they replaced the screen the touchscreen-ness was NOT EVER going to work properly. they decided the best solution was to allow me a full refund on the laptop so i could use that money to buy something else… well who doesn’t love it when they get all their money back on a year old product?!  so i jumped at the chance, and it was just my luck that they have recently released a new computer  the Dell XPS 12 Convertible Ultrabook.  i have always wanted a convertible, it is like a laptop and tablet IN ONE!  i had to have it!xps 12

i placed my order back on Nov 25th and much to my chagrin the estimated delivery date was 12/12/12.  sure it sounds like a cool day, but i wanted it right then, what good is next day delivery if you don’t actually get the product the next day….

fast forward to 12/11/12 and i get an email explaining politely that my order was delayed and my new estimated delivery date is 12/19 that one doesn’t even sound cool, it is just a regular day 🙁

today i get an new update indicating that my new estimated delivery date is 12/25 which is also a cool day, but not one you expect UPS or FedEx delivery on.. perhaps Santa Claus had brought in for an emergency delivery? (that was my husbands theory)

i call the nice folks at Dell, and they are nice, really, just not always so very helpful.  i just want to find out if i am really ever getting a new laptop because while the broken one is doing fine really (it was the touchscreen that has problems, everything else is fine) i have an RMA i need to use to send it back, but i want to transfer things to the new computer first.

i am assured that they are doing their best to get it out, although one of the 3 individuals i talk to confides that none of the recently ordered XPS 12s have been shipped as there is some sort of delay in getting a part or something and was not optimistic i would ever see a delivery and another of the 2 kindly bumped my shipping to next day, which is great but the next day after NEVER isn’t very comforting.  after speaking with the 3rd and last person of the day, i am pretty sure i am not getting a new computer for Christmas and i might as well just start  thinking of it as a Valentines Day present.

i am complaining in instant messages to any one who will listen (or at least not actively block my messages) when i get an email from Dell.. with a tracking number… with an estimated delivery of TOMORROW.

i can only assume from this experience that impatience and whining do indeed get you what you want..  (take that MOM!)

after i get it and play with it a bit i will let you know if it was worth the wait 😉

Book Review – A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg

By Fannie Flagg

By Fannie Flagg

A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg

Oswald T. Campbell doesn’t have long to live according to his Dr. in Chicago and is encouraged to find a warmer place to live out his last days.   The Dr. provides a brochure for a hotel in Lost River, Alabama.  Oswald decides it won’t hurt anything and heads south.  During his stay he meets some fine characters, his landlady, the sisters next door, a redbird named Jack and many more, all making a mark on his life as he does theirs.  Suddenly, Campbell  the little orphan named after the can of soup he was found with, has what some would call a family. When a little girl named Patsy arrives in town she steals everyone’s heart and causes quite a few changes for everyone

This is a very nice Christmas read with a little surprise at the end.

I have been a fan of Fannie Flagg for years, and this book doesn’t disappoint.

Other books by this Author that I have read: