Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Blame It On The Weather

This seems to be the winter that never ends. I have been around snow since November and I don't like it one bit. When mom and I took our trip to Germany right after Thanksgiving it was snowing  a day or so after we arrived.


When we got home we had to go to Ohio and it was snowing there.


And the snow in Atlanta? Well--I think you saw all of the misery that thousands went through during Snowjam1.


We thawed out from that and then last week right before Valentine's Day, Snowjam2 made an appearance. I took a few pictures and it sure is pretty to look at but I moved and stayed south for a reason: I DON"T LIKE SNOW!


I'll say it again.


I DON'T LIKE SNOW!


Well, I certainly feel better.


Another thing about all of this white stuff is the green stuff that is leaving your wallet. I had to buy propane TWICE in the month of January. And mom, well, she had a $425 power bill. Somebody needs to be smacked--sending a bill like that to someone that lives on a fixed income. Shame on you, power company!


So, since we took our trip of a lifetime, had Christmas and now have about frozen to death, our pockets are a bit lean.
 
No eating out.


No movies.


We were staying home and communicating through the telephone and email.


We wanted to get together for Valentine's Day; mom said she had a gift card. I was sticking to my usual plan of buying her annual heart-shaped box of candy the day after Valentine's Day. Of course, I got snowed in and wasn't able to get to the store until the 15th so it should have worked out great.


Or so I thought.


I went to CVS which usually has a large selection to choose from. I started looking at the shelf tags listing the prices looking for the 50% off stickers. I didn't see any. Finally, I went to the counter and asked the clerk. "Isn't the Valentine's Day candy marked down?"


"Nope," she said.  "Since we all got snowed in, management decided that enough people hadn't paid full price yet." Seeing my frown, she continued, "I know, I know. I could have sold a lot of candy today. I guess we'll just have to blame it on the weather."


I guess so.


Poor Mother Nature--she must be plum wore out.







Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day


I was looking through Valentine's Day cards the other day trying to find just the perfect ones to give to family and friends when I became totally disgusted at how expensive they were--five bucks for a card--I don't think so. Anyhow, being the somewhat intelligent and extremely clever person that I am, I remembered getting valentines when I was in school for everyone in my class and they all came in one box.

Voila!

What a great idea! They each came with their own envelope and were generally large enough to be sent through the mail. The sayings might be seen as childish, but others might think they were cute and I could always insert a heartfelt hand written note inside. Plus, there were usually thirty cards in a box and they came relatively cheap. It sounded like a good idea...

...but?

...but?

I didn't know it would be so damn hard to find a box of ordinary old-timey valentines. Geesh! Here I was at Wallyworld and the only thing I could find was Justin Beiber, One Direction and Taylor Swift, and they weren't even regular valentines; they were stickers and activity sets. No, thanks. You can keep them! I left there and went to another store, then another and finally ended up at Dollar General, where I struck gold, or, so I thought.

They had boxes of valentines but the cards didn't come with any envelopes. Crap. I reached further down into the display where the cards were and I pulled out the very last box of valentines that had envelops. I was excited that something had finally gone my way, made my purchase and tore into the box of valentines as soon as I got into the car. It wasn't too long before my excitement began to fade as I realized that all of the cards had the same picture on them: A skunk.

Have you ever received a skunky valentine?

If I remember correctly, the skunk valentine was given to someone that you didn't like and for some reason I received quite a few. What does that mean?.

Do my family and friends really want to receive a Valentine's Day card that says "I love you...and...you're a stinker too?"

Happy Valentine's Day!


...Stinky!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Are You Scrunchie-fried?

Woo hoo!


Hi!


Remember me?


I thought you did. I haven't disappeared, I've just been working on my latest book.  It's almost done, too. I would show you a picture of the cover but Blogger doesn't seem to like my photos lately. I'm not taking it personally or anything but it sure is annoying.


I have been working on a story about our trip to Europe with pictures and everything, but, well, the Blogger platform isn't cooperating. Hopefully, we'll get that fixed soon.


In the meantime, my new book Scrunchie-fried will be available for purchase in the next few weeks.


You can always find me on Facebook or Twitter @MAFatWoman.


Mom is real excited about Scrunchie-fried.


I hope you are, too. I know I am.



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