Category Archives: Happy Holidays!

Fruitcake, Anyone???

At this time of year, there’s always a fight with the fruitcake gods … or whatever, so I dug up this old piece 😉 from three years ago.

In the Net! - Stories of Life and Narcissistic Survival

I have an uneasy relationship with fruitcakes.

You know, the stuff you eat. Well, I suppose you eat it. I mean, from what I’ve heard, no one eats it. It gets shoved into the back of some cupboard, or into the corner of a freezer, and there it stays until is discovered, like an Indiana Jones artifact. You have to dig it out with a pick.

And by then, it will have acquired the density of a hockey puck.

But my questions is, if so many people hate it, why does it keep showing up on store shelves? Somebody must be buying this dreck.

And what about the people who make them?

If you stop and think about it, there’s an awful lot of fruitcake around at this time of the year, and if you can find one person who says he or she likes it, then you’re farther…

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Happy Holidays!

christmas tree ornament
christmas tree ornament (Photo credit: zaimoku_woodpile)

I am taking the next three days away from WordPress to spend with family and friends – and also to do a lot of cooking – so I won’t be around again until later in the week. 

I wish everyone HAPPY HOLIDAYS, and if you have a chance, wander over to see Rarasaur, who is hosting this year’s C4C (Company for Christmas). I tried to paste the badge, but for some reason it wouldn’t take – it’s probably me; I’m so tech savvy 😉 – so take a look at her site, find the badge, click on it, and decide if you would like to participate.

Oh, and by the way, Rara is pretty awesome. Stay for a while and take a look.

 

A Little Thanks for Good Wine and Other Things

Last weekend – Oct 12 – 14 – which was Thanksgiving weekend in Canada, M and I went to the Okanagan Valley, an area renowned for its fruit and wine. We in indulged in both and had a wonderful little mini-holiday!

300° panaroma near Penticton, Okanagan Valley,...
300° panaroma near Penticton, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The above photo will give you an idea of what it’s like. We stayed in Penticton, from which we launched our wine tasting adventure. I took the “featured image” photo at the top of the page from a winery on the Naramata Bench. You can tell that the weather was fabulous. I’ve borrowed the photo below, but it also can give you an idea of what this landscape is like – forested and rugged with lots of grapes!

Naramata Bench 1
Naramata Bench 1 (Photo credit: pvsbond)

I took the next photo from quite an elevation. If you enlarge it, you can see many of the plots of grapes.

Osoyoos, near Penticton

We attended a major wine tasting where I learned to stick to just one kind to avoid getting a confused palate. Mine got confused anyway – typical!

March 2006 tasting panel convened to determine...
March 2006 tasting panel convened to determine if certain Merlots from the Okanagan could have characteristics attributable to certain geographical areas. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

M and I had a great dinner at the Borrowing Owl winery where I had my favourite dessert, creme brulee. Here is the photo I took. Yum!

Creme Brulee!

The Okanagan produces some rather wonderful reds, such as the Black Hills Note Bene, a blend that I am in love with. M and I aren’t into the whole wine snobbery bit but we like to have fun with it and we also like to drink it! After all, for me, it’s an important part of my cultural history!

It was also important to remember to give thanks. Not only for the great wine, but also for each other, for our families, for our friends, and for many other things.

Do you have a wine experience you would like to share?

Holidays and Other Things

So, I’m going to be away for a few days and will miss some of your posts, but I will be neglecting them for a good reason – M and I are tying the knot!

We will be staying at Lake Louise in Banff National Park with our boys (read adult men) where we will be enjoying great food, great scenery and, and, and.

Lake Louise, near Banff
Lake Louise, near Banff (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

See you all when I get back!

Season’s Greetings!

 I hope everyone has a great holiday break and that Santa is good you! 

English: Thomas Nast's most famous drawing, &q...
English: Thomas Nast’s most famous drawing, “Merry Old Santa Claus”, from the January 1, 1881 edition of Harper’s Weekly. Thomas Nast immortalized Santa Claus’ current look with an initial illustration in an 1863 issue of Harper’s Weekly, as part of a large illustration titled “A Christmas Furlough” in which Nast set aside his regular news and political coverage to do a Santa Claus drawing. The popularity of that image prompted him to create another illustration in 1881. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many thanks to the people who have taken the time to stop by and read my stuff, and many thanks also to those who have decided to click “follow”. 

Cheers,

Lynette