General Discussion, Sunday, December 25, 2016


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  1. nyetneetot says:

    On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me…..

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  2. hocuspocus13 says:


    …this morning unwrap a bit of happiness…

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  3. lovely says:

    “Khrystos rozhdayet’sya” (“Christ is born” )

    May the hope of the child Christ fill us all with peace and love ❀️. Love to each and everyone of you.

    “Slavite Yoho” (“Glorify Him” )

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  4. ImpeachEmAll says:

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  5. WeeWeed says:

    Merry Christmas kids!

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  6. ImpeachEmAll says:

    Power nap over.

    Time to ketchup.

    Also, time for another log…

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  7. ImpeachEmAll says:

    Col Ken could probably use some caffeine…

    Old age is a bear, memory wise, at least.

    Sorry for the delay. Forgot where the pot is.

    Lookie here. A Christmas miracle…

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  8. ImpeachEmAll says:

    Time to make my mind happy…

    and my sweet tooth, too.

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  9. ImpeachEmAll says:

    Mention of the sweet tooth, stirred the cobwebs…

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  10. ImpeachEmAll says:

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  11. amwick says:

    Dh filled my stocking with scratch off lottery tickets. So I am buying a boat, and a Mediterranean cruise, and a new Porsche. Or not. Having a wonderful Christmas with Dh is good enough, I am lucky already.

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  12. ImpeachEmAll says:

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  13. derk says:

    Merry Christmas Stella, Stellars,
    While I appreciate all the gifts you all share, for me laughter is my favorite, And you all are mighty giving in this arena. Thank you all.

    Yep, wishing you the Christmas Spirit throughout the year. God’s blessings to y’all!

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  14. nyetneetot says:

    Mornin’ stella! (Smiter of those that ought to be smote) 😎 🍸 (Long Island Iced Tea)
    Mornin’ WeeWeed! (Master Mixologist Extrodinare) 😎 🍸 (Old Fashioned)
    Mornin’ Menagerie! 😎 |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Jack Daniels – Single Barrel )
    Mornin’ Ad rem! (Queen Felis catus) 🐱 🍸 (Flaming Lamborghini)
    Mornin’ Sharon! 😎 🍸 (earthquake)
    Mornin’ ytz4mee! 😎 🍸 (cosmopolitan)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (white wine and perrier)
    Mornin’ partyzantski! πŸ™‚ |_| (Tom Collins)
    Mornin’ texan59! πŸ™‚ |_| (Black & Tan)
    Mornin’ ZurichMike! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (fuzzy navel)
    Mornin’ Col.(R) Ken! (hand salute) πŸ™‚ |_| (Boilermaker)
    Mornin’ Czarina! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lynchburg Lemonade)
    Mornin’ czarowniczy! πŸ™‚ |_| (Wild Turkey Rare Breed)
    Mornin’ letjusticeprevail2014! πŸ™‚ |_| (Irish Car Bomb)
    Mornin’ Patriot1783-ctdar! (aka “ctdar”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (grasshopper)
    Mornin’ tessa50! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (flaming volcano)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (sidecar)
    Mornin’ varsityward! πŸ™‚ |_| (Godfather)
    Mornin’ MaryfromMarin! πŸ˜€ |_| (Mortlach)
    Mornin’ Wooly Phlox! (aka “taqiyyologist”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Roy Rogers)
    Mornin’ Howie! πŸ™‚ |_| (Classic Daiquiri)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! πŸ™‚ |_| (Gin & Tonic)
    Mornin’ Sha! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lemon Drop)
    Mornin’ BigMamaTEA! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Harvey Wallbanger)
    Mornin’ cetera5! (aka “Cetera”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Blackberry wine)
    Mornin’ The Tundra PA! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Baileys Irish Cream on the rocks)
    Mornin’ lovely! πŸ™‚ |_| (Backdraft)
    Mornin’ michellc! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Salty dog)
    Mornin’ auscitizenmom! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Kiss on the Lips)
    Mornin’ Margaret-Ann! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (White Russian)
    Mornin’ Auntie Lib! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Tom and Jerry)
    Mornin’ holly100! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Jack & Coke)
    Mornin’ Pam! πŸ™‚ (Not even water)
    Mornin’ Ms.Tee! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Mojito)
    Mornin’ koolkosherkitchen! πŸ™‚ 🍸 🍸 (Cuba Libre)
    Mornin’ ImpeachEmAll πŸ™‚ |_| (Flaming Dr. Pepper)
    Mornin’ Monroe! πŸ™‚ |_| (Stinger)
    Mornin’ Les! πŸ™‚ |_| (Rusty Nail)
    Mornin’ shiloh1973! πŸ™‚ |_| (Jack Daniels)
    Mornin’ TexasRanger! πŸ™‚ |_| (Whiskey Smash)
    Mornin’ Ziiggii! πŸ™‚ |_| (B52)
    Mornin’ oldiadguy! πŸ™‚ |_| (Rum & Coke)
    Mornin’ smiley! (“stuck in spambucket”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Spanish coffee)
    Mornin’ derk! (β€œStellars”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Kamikaze)
    Mornin’ Jacqueline Taylor Robson πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Shirley Temple)
    Mornin’ facebkwallflower! πŸ™‚ |_| (Night Train Express)
    Mornin’ Ms. Cindy! (aka “Ms Cynlynn” aka “ms cynlynn”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1970 ducru beaucaillou)
    Mornin’ sandandsea2015! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1961 ChΓ’teau Montrose)
    Mornin’ amwick! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Blue motorcycle)
    Mornin’ hocuspocus13! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1970 Chateau Latour)
    Mornin’ Sloth1963! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1971 Moulin Touchais)
    Mornin’ MTeresa! (Ex-lurker) πŸ™‚ |_| (Albanian Raki Moskat)
    Mornin’ Rhea Salacia Volans! πŸ™‚ |_| (Hot Buttered Rum)
    Mornin’ joshua! πŸ™‚ |_| (Mudslide)
    Mornin’ John Denney πŸ™‚ |_| (RumChata)
    Mornin’ whiners and complainers! πŸ˜› (No drink for you!)
    Mornin’ to people posting that I missed. 😳
    Mornin’ to all you lurkers! πŸ˜•

    Also just in case someday; mornin’ to Elvis Chupacabra, F.D.R. in Hell and sundance! :mrgreen:


    NEW and IMPROVED breakfast with extra bacon for ZurichMike!

    Christmas pastries with coffee

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  15. czarowniczy says:

    Word out of Mosvow is that a Russian military TU-154 passenger plane that took off from Sochi andcwas bound for the Russian military vase in Latakia, Syria has crashed into the Black Sea, killing all 92 on board. Among the dead are 64 members of the Red Army Choir.

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  16. Good morning and Happy Holidays, Stella and everybody!

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  17. Thank you, Wooly! Made my day!

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  18. czarowniczy says:

    Had the big Christmas dinner last night so rather than graze today we devided to go back to the themed dinner. Tonite’s the Celebration of the Crustacean: shrimp covktail, shrimp pie, crawfish bread and shrimp/crawfish (bought a few too many) pierogi. Not 100% decided on the veggies yet but centerpiece will be the candles and an automated defibrillator. Between the butter, cream and whole milk we’re using cows will tremble at the mention of my name.

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  19. stella says:

    Merry Christmas, everyone! Our big dinner was last night, and my family just left to attend my SIL’s family celebration (huge). I stayed home to rest, recuperate and eat leftovers, which is my favorite thing to do on Christmas afternoon. I’m eating some ham, along with the last of the corn pasta (big hit) and a glass of Prosecco.

    Just got an email from my nephew (10 months younger than I am); he has moved to Italy, near his mother’s relatives. It is near Bari, in the heel of the boot. Don’t know what prompted his move, but I know he has dual citizenship, courtesy of his mother, and I’m sure it’s a lovely place to retire.

    Dinner was delicious last night (boneless rib eye roast, a potato gratin, baby broccoli and aforementioned pasta (the kids don’t eat beef). I made a lovely berry trifle for dessert. I took pics! [ADD: We also ate about a pound of peel and eat shrimp with cocktail sauce]

    Also on the food front, my SIL made rum balls (LOTS of rum), and his Grandma Tillie’s fruitcake as gifts for me and his family.

    The best part, of course, is visiting with my family. Both my grandsons are as tall/taller than I am (which isn’t short). The older one is over 6′ now, and has turned into quite a nice young man. He seemed to go through his surly stage at an earlier age. He just finished finals (all A’s, we hope), and is trying to arrange a trip to Japan next year (his Senior year in HS); he has been studying Japanese in preparation.

    Can someone tell me what happened to the past 20 years? My daughter and SIL will celebrate their 20th anniversary on March 21, 2017.

    I hope you are all enjoying your day, wherever you are, and whatever you are doing. Love you!

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  20. John Denney says:

    Started a rib-eye roast yesterday. Dry-marinated it for an hour or so with salt, sugar, and seasonings, then frapped it about 20 minutes at 425 degrees, then dropped the oven temp to 150, sprinkled on garlic and rosemary, and it’s been cooking since. We’ll eat in about an hour, with Yorkshire pudding, spinach souffle, roast brussels sprouts, and smashed potatoes ( boiled whole, put on a baking try and squashed down about 1/3 to 1/2 thickness, then sprinkled with what strikes my fancy, maybe turmeric, oregano, smoked paprika, pepper, and mustard powder today, and olive oil, then baked about 20 minutes.)
    The only thing not “from scratch” is the spinach souffle.

    Led about 45 minutes of Christmas carols at a house church last night, arranged in the order that makes sense to me:
    The Misery before His coming, Roman conquest and occupation being what it was:
    O Come O Come Immanuel
    Then He came!
    Joy to the World
    But where and how and what circumstances?
    O Little Town of Bethlehem
    Away in a Manger
    Christ Child Lullabye
    Silent Night
    Then some excited shepherds showed up on the edge of town:
    Angels We Have Heard On High
    How Great Our Joy
    Everyone should come!
    O Come All Ye Faithful
    Some wealthy came from afar
    We 3 Kings
    Some were of more humble means
    The Little Drummer Boy
    Even the animals had their say
    The Friendly Beasts
    You’ve seen, now go tell the world!
    Go Tell It On the Mountain
    My favorite telling:
    Mary’s Little Boy Child, by Jester Hairston, same guy that wrote “Amen” in “Lilies of the Field”
    All creation speaks, even bells
    Carol of the Bells
    Ding Dong Merrily On High
    Merry Christmas!
    Feliz Navidad

    Sang in the choir at a more traditional church this morning.

    Then came home and my wife, son, and I opened our gifts.

    I’d really like to take a nap now, but dinner is scheduled to be in 40 minutes and I still need to do the taters and brussel sprouts and Yorkshire pudding. Did I mention I like to cook?

    Merry Christmas to all!

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    • John Denney says:

      Forgot to mention that my 21 year old son got us an $80 bottle of wine. Momma about fainted. He just got a bonus at work, knows the principles at the company where he works part time, had a glass of their wine at the Christmas party and was impressed and asked where he could get a bottle. Great kid.

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      • joshua says:

        had a 80 dollar bottle of wine from my kid once. the wine was 5 bucks but after drinking it himself, the dent removal from the car fender was 75 bucks….garage door got in the way seems like.

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        • John Denney says:

          My son has acquired the wisdom of enjoying a little bit of really good stuff, rather than over-indulging in what he now considers to be sub-standard.

          It may have had something to do with a co-worker over-indulging at the Christmas party a couple of years ago, passing out in a stall in the mens room, and no one noticed, and when he woke, all was dark, everyone else gone, and he was locked into the venue for the night.


    • John Denney says:

      Forgot to mention dessert: RumChata. Thanks, Nyet!

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  21. stella says:

    Fun story from a Facebook friend:


    While a student at William and Mary in Colonial Williamsburg, I knew a superb musicologist at the CWFoundation named Taylor Vrooman who was quite a good musician.

    He also had a wicked sense of humor.

    In those days Williamsburg was sort of a scrubbed-clean Disneyland sort of place full of stiff colonial costumed actors playing its residents and our “fore fathers”, so Taylor decided to get permission for Christmas to get a group together he called “the wraggle taggle gypsies” to sing Christmas Carols throughout the town after dark during Christmas week.

    And he insisted we all look disreputable as hell, with missing teeth, eyepatches, torn colonial clothing and the like, puffing on our clay pipes, in short looking like REAL colonial Virginians. Just to make things worse Taylor recruited two black road house guitarists he knew to be “slaves: ” Romulus and Remus,” who got to hang on to the booze, and act insolent. Taylor kept us fairly soused on applejack and brandy. But he insisted on great acapella singing.

    We staggered through town in a cloud of pipesmoke and an alcoholic haze, but the music was GREAT. The tourists loved us, particularly the kids who joined in the carols lustily, delighted to be rid of the stiff “dress up” of Williamsburg which had been boring the hell out of them. and followed us around dragging their parents behind them.

    So we wandered through the December mists, from bonfire to bonfire, getting better all the time, thanks to Taylor, until our “Lo How A Rose..” brought tears and people were actually trying to give us money. We would stay in character and ask for a little drink or a little kiss, or didn’t they have someplace we could sleep.

    Needless to say ( and as Taylor intended ) we totally outraged the authorities who insisted we never mar the icy splendour of their concept of Williamsburg at Christmas again.

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  22. Wooly Phlox says:

    R.I.P. George

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  23. Wooly Phlox says:

    Besides the Gospel, today taught us that your plane could crash, killing you and your 60 best friends, or you could wake up dead.

    And that we should make our mark while we can.

    God bless you, Stellars.

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