“All new news is old news happening to new people”

Cold, of course it is. This is winter. This is New England. It should be cold. Snow is predicted starting tonight into tomorrow but, alas, it will turn to rain here on the coast.

When I went to the driveway for my papers this morning, I noticed the tiniest of flakes starting to fall but they disappeared in a heart beat. I think it was a dress rehearsal. My to-do list is getting smaller, but I’m in trouble. I can’t find my date-nut bread pan, a special pan  handed down from the 1940’s. I went through the cabinet, and the pan just wasn’t there. I can think of no other places I would have put it. Later I’ll go through that cabinet one more time. There was, however, a bright spot. In the looking, I did find the new Christmas dishes I bought on sale last year. I had no idea where they were.

The Cape Cod Times was filled with strange tidbits of information this morning. On the page called The Log there was the story of an attempted robbery. The man demanded the ATM money the woman had just gotten. She told him no, and he took off, fled the scene. Here is his description: mid to late 30’s, average height and slim build, a description which narrows the search considerably. I’m thinking it might be my neighbor. The security footage shows him with tape on his mouth. What the heck is that? The last paragraph said compensation will be provided for information leading to an arrest. Compensation? Someone got a new thesaurus.

We had a pick-up truck end up inside an unoccupied house, the whole pick-up truck, a 2007 Toyota Tundra. The house was badly damaged, but the driver was just fine. He declined to be taken to the hospital. The incident remains under investigation. I figure that’s a good thing.

Do not carry armed sock monkeys dressed as cowboys onto a plane. TSA remarked that realistic replicas of firearms are prohibited. Come to find out there is a weapon as small as the sock monkey’s. It is 2.2 inches long, 1 centimeter wide, weighs less than an ounce and can hit a target roughly 525 feet away. Who knows what damage that may have done in the hands of a crazed sock monkey?

I have two errands today, including buying my Christmas tree. I’m pretty excited. My house will soon be filled with the smell of fresh pine. I’ll sit in the living room and just look at the tree. I can never get enough. Is there anything more beautiful at Christmas?

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28 Comments on ““All new news is old news happening to new people””

  1. Beto Says:

    Twenty five years or so ago I bought live Christmas trees while my kids were young. They were much safer and smelled wonderful. After Christmas I would plant them into crags on the rocky north slope of my land. Twelve of them all together. Now, the smallest is fifty feet tall and they are breaking up the solid rock all around them. Soon I will harvest them and turn them into lumber. The place where they now stand will be tomatoes and beans where once only rock and cactus thrived.

    • im6 Says:

      Beto… what a wonderful thing to do and I think you’ll kick yourself if you destroy those trees. Your story reminds me of this video I saw for the first time just today. (Hope you can see it — apparently it’s restricted in some locations):

      • Bill S. Says:

        I was waiting for someone to fall down the stairs. In the later years, the stairs are reversed–or did they move to a newer house?

        I see the daughter has a (live-in?) boyfriend now.

      • katry Says:

        Bill,
        I would be the one falling down the stairs. I have a history of tumbling.

        I guessed husband.

    • katry Says:

      Beto,
      I planted my first two Christmas trees after I bought this house. A hurricane took one down and the town destroyed the other by removing branches without knowing what they were doing. I turned both spots into beautiful flower gardens which remind me still of those first two Christmas times.

      I love live Christmas trees.They smell so wonderful and fill the house with the aroma of pine. I bought the trees today. They are both quite small but lovely.

      We both have memories of Christmas trees from long ago!

      • katry Says:

        Larry,
        That was just so wonderful to see the kids’ excitement, to watch them grow. I loved that they even get sillier when they were older. They never saw this as a chore or it didn’t look as if they did. What a gift to have! I figure they’ll do the same with their kids. That’s how traditions begin.

  2. Bob Says:

    Whenever I watch the movie “White Christmas” I think of New England and snow. That’s what 19th Century holiday paintings and Saturday Evening Post covers depicted during December when I was a kid. The weather here is always weird in December. Last week we had a crippling ice storm and by Thursday they are predicting highs in the lower 70s. If you don’t like Texas weather, just wait a while and it will change in spite of global warming.

    Have you seen the pictures of the snow storm in the Middle East? There are pictures on the internet of snow in Cairo Egypt, Jerusalem and Beirut.

    http://darkroom.baltimoresun.com/2013/12/winter-storm-brings-snow-severe-weather-to-middle-east/#10

    If you think TSA is strict think about our border protection booths and officers. Last month I was in Toronto and one of our instructors had gone to the hospital for a nuclear stress test. This is where they inject you with radio active stuff in your blood stream and look at your heart. After the test his wife suggested they drive down to Buffalo New York to shop. Things are cheaper on this side of the border. When he pulled into the border protection toll booth station the officer asked if he had any medical tests in the last couple of days. He forgot and said no. The officer had he and his wife leave the car and they put him in a room while they went through is car with a fine tooth comb. Finally he remembered about the test and told them about it. They then returned his car and let him come into the United States. He assumed that they had sensors in the booth could detect his body’s radiation and then went looking for a nuclear weapon in his car.

    Good luck finding just the right Christmas tree.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      They say the same thing about New England’s weather (Twain actually said it). We, when we were kids, always wanted a white Christmas except the year I had asked for a bike. My sister north of Boston has weather in the teens and single digits with the wind chill. She is due to get several inches of snow while we are still expecting only an inch.

      I had not see the snow in the Middle East, hadn’t even heard about it. I find it amazing. The kids living through the storm will have something to tell their kids and their grandkids. I can’t imagine their reaction to playing in snow the first time ever.

      Wow, that must be one sensitive machine to detect the small amount used for the test. They must have figured out what had happened by the reading but his no gave them a good reason to check.

      I found two beautiful small trees, one smaller than the other. I am going to put them together one with colored lights and one with white. It will be different for me, but I’m looking forward to it.

  3. olof1 Says:

    No snow here, only rain and I like it 🙂 Growing up by the ocean snow never lasted especially long so a real Christmas for me is when the rain is pouring down 🙂

    Perhaps they meant compensation for the phone call one might do when tipping the police 🙂 🙂 🙂

    I like my little cypress, it looks nice as a Yule tree but it really doesn’t smell anything unless I touch the twigs. I’m thinking of finding a small spruce again for next year. The one I had last year is now growing inmmy garden.

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      We now have rain. The small amount of snow we had will soon disappear. I know exactly what you mean having lived by the ocean most of my life.

      The word reward is generally used for leads to the perp. Compensation surprised me having never heard it used before this.

      The pine trees are so aromatic. Their scent fills the house. I love this tine of year.

      Have a great evening!

  4. im6 Says:

    My song of the day. You bring the crackers. I brought the cheese:

    • katry Says:

      im6,
      This is the first Christmas carol I’ve ever heard Liberace sing. He looks great, but the snow falling intermittently in one spot behind him is too funny.

      The gong and the background music raise this song to a whole new level.

  5. Hedley Says:

    The Christmas Radio Times

    Was a two week special edition and announced complete days of TV viewing on the BBC. As children we would pour over the magazine and prepare for Christmas afternoon, Billy Smart’s circus, a pantomime, Bruce Foresyth and the Generation Game, Christmas night with the Stars, Mike Yarwood and then….Morecambe and Wise Christmas show.

    After Christmas lunch everyone would settle in. It was sleepy and fun. The ITV had their TV Times and competitive broadcasts but everybody and I mean everybody tuned in to watch Eric and Ernie. In one famous sketch Eric was playing piano and being criticized by Andre Previn to which he responded

    “I am playing all the right notes but not necessarily in the right order”

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      We never had such TV traditions, but we could always count on A Christmas Carol. For me, it isn’t Christmas until I see at least one version and my Christmas is complete if it is Alastair Sim.

      A Christmas Story has fit quite nicely into our Christmas viewing. My sister’s family watches Christmas Vacation every year. I even have the moose mugs for my egg nog.

      • Bob Says:

        A Christmas Story is my all time favorite Holiday movie. “Hey kid, you’ll shoot your eye out” is one of the best lines of the movie. When I was a kid and I asked for a bb gun that was my mother’s reply. Of course she didn’t have to add the hey kid words. It’s the standard mother response. The movie was a compilation of stories by Jean Shepherd who narrated the film and was a late night radio personality in the New York in the 1960s. Many a night I fell asleep listening to the exploits of Flick and Schwartz recounted on WOR radio.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        My brother is even a worse humbug than you. He came to my house one afternoon when my mother and I were watching A Christmas Story. He asked, “What garbage are you watching?” (Christmas automatically being garbage)We told him and he sat down to watch. Soon enough he was laughing out loud, actually laughing out loud. He liked the movie. I still don’t believe it!

        I read the book In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash from which parts of the movie were drawn.

  6. Morpfy Says:

    Pumpkin Spice Cookies
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    Ingredients recipe makes 2 dozen cookies
    1 (18.25 ounce) package spice cake mix
    1 (15 ounce) can solid pack pumpkin
    Directions
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
    2. In a large bowl, stir together the cake mix and pumpkin until well blended. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheet.
    3. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

    • katry Says:

      Morpfy,
      Thanks, Morpfy. This recipe is now part of my fall cookie file. They are easy enough to make. No excuses for not baking!

  7. Lori Kossowsky Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I hope you find that pan–it’s always so annoying when things disappear for no reason. It happens to me frequently. In fact my to-to-list disappeared. I do hope the sock monkeys are allowed to travel this Christmas–( I saw that bit of ludicrous news).

    I used to really dislike Christmouse ( are you planning a special meal for the mice this year?), being Jewish, but since Hanukkah has already past, I’m going to try to make the best of the holidays.

    The first nice thing has happened today. The Judy Collin’s show which was sold out, when I called had 6 tickets turned in. So, I don’t have to stand in line for two hours hoping someone will turn in a ticket.

    Here is my song today..
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ug8ur3kvCs

    Waving from Catifronia,
    Lori and the Crew

    • katry Says:

      Hi Lori,
      Thanks-I’m going back on the hunt tomorrow. I really need that pan. My to-do list disappeared, but I found it again. I’m doing well on crossing out stuff.

      The sock monkeys can travel-they just can’t be armed. The law says no toy guns can be brought on board which resemble real weapons which the sock monkey’s did. It was about the size of the one I described.

      I don’t get not liking Christmas because you’re Jewish. It’s not a day you have to observe if your religion doesn’t or you can pick and choose the non-religious stuff and rearrange it to make it your own.

      Wow, the luck is with you. Buy a lottery ticket! I love Judy in concert.

      Thanks-that’s a beautiful song. I remember that special.

      Waving from Cape Cat!!

      • Lori Kossowsky Says:

        I believe I didn’t like Christmas, because my best friends, when I was younger would invite me over to see their presents under the tree. On Christmas day, while other friends and parents might have been invited over later in the day, our family was not. So I was all by my lonesome with my parents who took the day to rest from from their business.
        Waving and Singing,
        Lori and her Crew

      • katry Says:

        Lori,
        Maybe people hesitated inviting you because you are Jewish, and they didn’t think you’d want to celebrate. We never had anyone over on Christmas. In the late afternoon we’d go to my grandparents’ house, the whole family did-all the aunts, uncles and cousins, but the day was just our family. It wasn’t a visit other people sort of holiday.

        Waving from snowless Cape Cod!!

  8. Morpfy Says:

    for you Lori
    . . . . . . .

    • Lori Kossowsky Says:

      Thank-you. While she didn’t sing Suzanne, she did tell a story about Cohen and sang Bird on a Wire. I could have remained at the concert listening to her all night. She ended the performance after three standing ovations with “In My Life”.
      Waving,
      Lori

  9. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    The pan is probably where you might have put the Christmas dishes if you could remember where that might have been. 🙂

    Now I think I want to buy some Christmas dishes. One place setting for me and two bowls for Rocky. They will have to be super special Christmas dishes.
    Amazon.com Road Trip! 🙂

    My unofficial Christmas trees are up. Two medium Norfolk Island Pines and one tiny one are decorated with Santas and stars and red and gold drops. There is an LL Bean wreath on the front door and LaBamba-singing, maraca-playing Chihuahua is on the piano next to the wind-up Christmas rocking horse. I’m getting there, slowly.

    It’s just dawn on Sunday and the snow has turned to rain. Bleh.
    I await the plowman.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I found the Christmas dishes in the spice cabinet on the topmost shelf I seldom use. The pan is generally in the below cabinet so I have to go back there to hunt.

      I love the way the table looks with the special dishes and napkins for Christmas. I also have lovely napkin rings with pine cones. Setting the table is as important as choosing the dinner.

      My trees are in the house but still not decorated. They are so small both fit into the trunk at the same time. In my head I know exactly how I’ll decorate them. They are one in front of the other. I have the tiniest aluminum tree also. I really want a big one, but they are really expensive. My sister found the small one and it’s great and ugly.

      My back is bad today so I may do nothing but write out my cards. If I feel better, I’ll put lights on the trees.

      WE got rain only.

      Have a wonderful day!

  10. Bill S. Says:

    10″ of snow here and very cold–too cold for the last weeks of autumn. Maybe we’ll have an early spring. We keep our tree in the back sunroom, and one day this week the tree water had a layer of ice on the top. We’ll have to leave the door open now.

    I have been video taping members of the family since 2003 for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Some get irritated with me for asking everyone to say “Merry Christmas 200…” but I don’t care. Those same people actually like watching themselves from years past.

    Well, it’s off to clear the driveway, and maybe do some x-country.

    • katry Says:

      Bill,
      Wow, ice in the room-it really was cold in there.

      It is warm here, and we had rain all last night, but it is supposed to get cold this afternoon.

      I loved that video of the kids coming down the stairs Christmas morning. It is wonderful to see them growing up even though I don’t even know them. The girl must have gotten married. He, husband, boy friend?, got right into the ritual and tradition. I would enthusiastically say Merry Christmas 20… for you!

      Take it easy. You are getting older!


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