Sunday, December 31, 2006

Happy New Year!

Found this on Stray Thoughts and thought it would be interesting. Thanks, Barbara!

The rules: post the first line of the first post for each month from your blog.

Here I go:


It's time to get back to work and to start on those goals.

Ouch... that stings. I didn't do a good job AT ALL at keeping the goals I had set for myself. Hopefully 2007 will be better.


DH and I drove to Florida over the weekend and met a charming couple.

Wow, the time flies. We bought our place in Florida from these people... I hope they are having a great life. I've lost their address, but hope one day to catch back up with them.


The Green Sister, aka Janna Thomaston, sat crosslegged at the coffee table eating her favorite snack with her faithful hedgehog, Clarence, sitting beside the plate.

Ah... I remember this. The Green Sister-- a character created for a writing prompt from my friend, Marianne, using Find your secret superhero identity. It turned into a full-fledged fun story with, eventually, its own blogsite. One of my goals for this year is to continue it... I had a lot of fun with it.


Mark looked at her a minute longer and then shrugged. "The last I heard from her she was in Falstaff, working with Dr. Defoe out there."

The Green Sister continues.


As they followed the man out of the building and into a van idling beside the curb, Janna kept looking for anything out of the ordinary...anything that might give her a clue as to what was going on.

And continues.


Janna pretended she didn't see the looks Mark and Lee were giving her and, thankfully, they went back to discussing what they knew of Nancy the Black and her activities from before.

And continues.


The men shook their heads, trying to clear the fuzziness that was threatening to overtake them.

And continues.


Good afternoon, all. I've not been home long.

At least it's not The Green Sister! lol Thankfully, Marianne suggested The Green Sister be given a blog of her own. As she so gently pointed out, anyone who stumbled across my blog for the first time the past couple of months would be completely loss. So... again... a big hug of gratitude, M!


Several weeks ago, Marianne told our writing group about a contest at The Story Starter.

Yep... the grand announcement. I have to admit, I was SO excited!!


Play Monday Madness.

Those of you who have been around awhile know I'm addicted to memes. This is one I really enjoy.


It's been a very busy couple of weeks.

That could be the story of my entire year! I thought when I quit work and Bob retired, we'd have MORE time to do things. HA!!!


For your feasting enjoyment, courtesy of Friday's Feast, I present:

Feast One Hundred & Twenty

And, there you have it... a year at a glance, sort of :-)

This will be my last post of the year. I want to thank everyone who takes the time to read my blog. I feel very fortunate to have met so many wonderful people. Here's hoping that 2007 will find all of us happy, healthy, and hope-filled. I love you all!

Friday, December 29, 2006

A Bit of Everything

I know that tomorrow will be a busy day, so I'm cheating and posting tonight. And... it's packed full of fun things. Thanks, blogfriends :-)

Borrowed this (borrowed? Nah... I stole the heck out of from Jenshina401. Thanks!!!

You Are A Hazelnut Tree

You're a charmer with a killer sense of humor.
You are very demanding, but you can also be very understanding.
No matter what, you always make a lasting impression - you're quite popular.
Passionate, you are an active fighter for social causes and politics.
In general, you are moody, honest, a perfectionist, and very sexual.

And, it turns out I'm NOT an art expert. Took this quiz from Bonnie's site and got 8 out of 16. Sorry, looks like something that needs to be cleaned out of the refrigerator.

But... even if I don't know art.... I did find out that

My blog is worth $241,623.12.
How much is your blog worth?

Thanks, Shawnee!

This is a day for "borrowing".... here's one from Tammy:

Twas the Month After Christmas

Twas the month after Christmas and all through the house
Nothing would fit me, not even a blouse.

The cookies I'd nibbled, the eggnog I'd taste.
All the holiday parties had gone to my waist.

When I got on the scales there arose such a number!
When I walked to the store (less a walk than a lumber).

I'd remember the marvelous meals I'd prepared;
The gravies and sauces and beef nicely rared,

The wine and the rum balls, the bread and the cheese
And the way I'd never said, "No thank you, please."

As I dressed myself in my husband's old shirt
And prepared once again to do battle with dirt~

I said to myself, as I only can
"You can't spend a winter disguised as a man!"

So~away with the last of the sour cream dip,
Get rid of the fruit cake, every cracker and chip

Every last bit of food that I like must be banished
Till all the additional ounces have vanished.

I won't have a cookie~not even a lick.
I'll want only to chew on a long celery stick.

I won't have hot biscuits, or corn bread, or pie,
I'll munch on a carrot and quietly cry.

I'm hungry, I'm lonesome, and life is a bore~
But isn't that what January is for?

Unable to giggle, no longer a riot.
Happy New Year to all and to all a good diet!

~Author Unknown

Feast One Hundred & Twenty Four

Sorry for not posting this week, but I've been recovering from a wonderful Christmas. All the kids were here.

It was a blast. Of course, it's also tiring, so Tuesday and Wednesday I spent recovering (it's funny how it takes longer to recover from things when you are older, isn't it?) and yesterday I started to take down Christmas. I know, I's "way too early." I LOVE Christmas... I want to start decorating the Friday after (we spend Thanksgiving weekend in Charleston, SC, every year, though, so it doesn't get started 'til Monday normally). On the flipside, though, once Christmas is over... it's over and I want my house back. So... I'm nearly finished with that. And, I remembered today was Friday, so... with no further ado, here's the latest installment of Friday's Feast.

How do you usually celebrate on New Year's Eve? We don't have a "usually." Sometimes we'll go down to a friend's... he always has a cookout New Year's Eve. Other times we'll go to the club and celebrate there. This year we're thinking about doing one of those "hotel deals" where you get the party, dinner, and a room. I'll let you know when we know :-)

Name one thing unexpected that happened to you in 2006. I won first place in a writing contest. It was very exciting.

Where was your favorite place that you visited in 2006? Our place in Eastpoint. We don't get down there nearly as often as we would like to, but it's a wonderful get-away.

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What resolution is your top priority for 2007? My writing. DH gave me several writing books I'd been wanting (thank heavens for Amazon and their wish list!) and is encouraging me to finish what I've started. I have two short stories I am planning on getting off before the end of the year and then buckling down to one of the novels. Not sure which one, though.

Using just three words, describe 2006. friend-filled, fun, fulfilling

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Almost Done -- a message from Her Most Serene Highness Judy

I really, truly meant to post Friday's Feast yesterday, but we were frantically rushing to get everything done before Bekah and Anthony got here. We managed to get the cleaning done, the "condo" ready, and SOME of the stocking stuffers bought. I still have two more items for the stockings and then we're good to go. I dread getting back to town today, but... oh, well.

Anyway, I'm stealing today's column from Marianne, who always manages to come up with some of the neatest "fun things" for blogs. Stop by and say "hello"... tell her Judy sent you ;-)

From my Yahoo horoscope:

If you have too many ambitions, you may also soon have too many disappointments!

Changes at work are afoot. You may get a promotion or an offer you can't refuse from a rival firm. Actually, what's most appealing is an opportunity to strike out on your own. Weigh all your options carefully.

The quickie: I might get too many disappointments, but I'd just as soon have the disappointments as live without the dream that makes up the ambitions. So, it's a trade-off. The second one? Pffft.... we're already out on our own... silly Yahoo.

And, from Humorscope:

Aries (March 21 - April 19)
You will begin a spiritual journey. The karmic chaos which has surrounded you begins to settle into a new pattern. Also, you will become strangely fascinated by electric juicers.

I like the idea of the karmic chaos settling... maybe I can find the time to write and send out all the short stories I want to (note: the many ambitions mentioned in the Yahoo horoscope.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas (in case I don't get the chance to post again before Monday), I am:

My Peculiar Aristocratic Title is:
Her Most Serene Highness Lady Judy the Herbaceous of Lower Hellswicke
Get your Peculiar Aristocratic Title

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Thursday Threesome


Onesome: Plenty-- of time, take a deep breath. Overnight/Saturday delivery could work for you... So could a trip a few hundred miles away if you're into shopping on Sunday! How are you doing? Do you have it together? I'm through with my shopping, except for one thing for my mom. Unfortunately, it's her big present. I was all set... knew just what I wanted... got to the store and..... they were sold out. So, I've had to regroup and decide on something different. Now we know and just have to run to the store this morning and get it.

Twosome: of-- all the states, I'm hearing the worst reports from Ohio! It has no snow! No snow, no Christmas! What's to be done? Is it looking like the normal Christmas weather there for you? Down here in south Georgia, it's VERY rare we have ice or snow. The temperature is a little warmer than usual (I think), but it's supposed to be a bit cooler Christmas day.

Threesome: Time--Time? Good grief, the 24th is days away, and most men haven't even awakened a sense of urgency as yet . Is anyone done, finished, wrapped and resting? See the answer to the onesome. I still have a little wrapping to do, haven't even STARTED my Christmas baking yet, and have some more cleaning to do. AND, the cleaning and wrapping have to be finished today, along with some of the baking. Sigh... I should be doing all that instead of bloghopping... and, as soon as I post this (and let Dan know I have) I'm going to get dressed and get busy.

How about you? When you're ready, post your answers in your own space, and leave a comment here so we can find you! But... before you do that....

I found something fun on Shawnee's site. Make sure you wait until you see "the end." It's so much fun.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

A Couple of Quizzes (okay, I'm cheating)

I've been frantically wrapping presents ALL DAY... I'm all done except for one more for my mom and then food shopping for the weekend. Oh, and I have to put all the boxes the Christmas decorations were in back in the storage room. And I have to dust (we sanded drywall earlier in the week). And I have to do laundry. Other than that, I'm all done! And, since I'm too wiped out to do anything coherent....I stole the following from Jessica. Thanks, Jess!!

Bob always said I was hot :-)

Your Elf Name Is...

Holly Hot Chocolate

Hmmmm... well, I do like giving presents!

You Are a Bow

You don't think of it as the holiday season - you think of it as the present season!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

This is a fun game, courtesy of Bonnie and IconNicholson. Merry Christmas!!! Posted by Picasa


Yesterday was a wild and crazy day, so I didn't get the chance to post. And, today we're going to TRY to finish our Christmas shopping... sigh. Next year, I'm starting in January!!!

Now, here from Dee, this week's Tuesday Twosome.

1. Do you celebrate a religious meaning to this season and if so, what (Christmas, Hanukkah, etc.)? If not, why? Yes, Christmas... because when all is said and done, Jesus really IS the reason for the season... no matter what day He was actually born.

2. What does this holiday season mean to you and why? Besides the answer to #1, to me it's a time for family and friends to get together. BTW, have I mentioned lately that all the kids will be home this year??? ;-) Bekah and Anthony will be here in the wee hours of Friday morning and Beth will be here sometime Saturday. Aaron and Ashley are, of course, already here.

3. Which do you enjoy the most: giving presents or receiving presents and why? Giving presents. There is something immensely satisfying about looking for just the right gift... I guess that's why I only do gift cards for stocking stuffers.

4. Name two holiday movies that best describes the season for you: The Christmas Story-- that's one movie that makes me laugh everytime I see it. I'm going to buy Bob one of those leg lamps one day... just wait and see. (shhhh.. that's a secret); It's a Wonderful Life -- just reinforces the idea that we are all here for a purpose, even if that purpose isn't evident to us all the time. There IS a reason for our existence and, if we weren't here, it WOULD make a difference.

5. Name two holiday songs that best describes the season for you: I'll Be Home for Christmas; Mary, Did You Know?

Looking forward to hearing from you.

PS... BTW, any computer experts out there... my IE has suddenly decided it doesn't like two windows open at the same time. I did a search and they said to fix the registry... which I did. Still no help. Any ideas???

Sunday, December 17, 2006

I Really Like Bulletin Boards

.... and I got this idea from Rachel. It's a virtual pinboard. Hop over and post your picture or whatever. Have a great day.


What Kind of Reader Are You?
Your Result: Obsessive-Compulsive Bookworm

You're probably in the final stages of a Ph.D. or otherwise finding a way to make your living out of reading. You are one of the literati. Other people's grammatical mistakes make you insane.

Dedicated Reader
Literate Good Citizen
Book Snob
Fad Reader
What Kind of Reader Are You?
Create Your Own Quiz

This is oh-so-true...especially the part about grammatical mistakes (and spelling mistakes, right, M?)

Friday, December 15, 2006

Feast One Hundred and Twenty Two

I completely forgot today is Friday! We woke up to a phone crisis (no dial tone), then had to work on the motorhome/guest cottage... it's where some of our kids will be staying when they get here next week (have I mentioned all the kids will be here for Christmas??? woo-hoo!)

Anyway... I'm now on hold for "the next available operator"... and I'm returning THEIR call. At least I have a dial tone now to do so. And, I was bloghopping as I waited (might as well get some enjoyment) and somebody said "Friday" on their post and I was like.."OMG.. it's Friday!

So... without further rambling, here's the latest edition of Friday's Feast.

What was your very first job with a paycheck? I did babysitting from the time I was twelve, but my first regular paycheck was the summer I graduated high school. I worked with the Board of Education and was a teacher's aide for summer school. It was so neat. I was working with a little girl on her math (probably about second or third grade... I don't remember now. It was AGES ago!) Anyway, she was having trouble learning to tell time (this was way before digital clocks... when you actually had to look at hands to figure out the time). She kept messing up "a quarter after_____." Invariably, "a quarter after two" was 2:25. I was talking to her about it and her logic was impeccable. She KNEW a quarter was 25 cents, so it made sense that a quarter after two, or three, or eight, was 2:25, or 3:25, or 8:25. We had a quick lesson on fractions.

Did you ever lose something really important to you? When I was six, I lost a doll I'd gotten for my third birthday. Her name was Cathy (after the teenage girl who gave her to me) and she was a soft doll with a plastic face. Pink... looked like she was dressed all in bunting... and I slept with her EVERY night. I think she must've fallen out of the car or something. I think I cried myself to sleep every night for a month.

What is the best Christmas present you ever received? I've received so many great presents over the years, but I think the best Christmas present is going to be this year's... all the kids are going to be home for Christmas. I couldn't wish for anything better than that.

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Tell about a favorite "hang out" place for you and your friends when you were in high school. It would have to be The Varsity (no, not the one in Atlanta... we had our OWN version of it down here.) They had the coolest drink: sour ice. It wasn't really a drink, but shaved ice with salt and lemon. MMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmm

Name something that always brings a smile to your face. My husband and the way he "helps" me up into the truck... lol

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Aaron's home.

We've just gotten back from picking up our Marine son, Aaron... he's home for Christmas. Next week, the girls will be down from North Carolina, so we'll have a houseful (I know, I know.. I've told y'all that already!)

Anyway... here's a picture of the boy and his mom, taken with Aaron's picture phone:

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If someone who will remain nameless, but whose initials are AR, would send me the pictures HE took with HIS picture phone over Thanksgiving... then I could post photos of the REST of the family.... Bekah, if you're reading this... go and "remind" Anthony again!!!!

Hope y'all have a great day.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Blog Fodder 3

Today's post comes courtesy of Blog Fodder- Fighing writer's block, one day at a time. I really like the subtitle!

I'm excited about this week's question... cause it's mine!

Do you have any memories of a childhood illness?

Boy, do I ever! Two as a matter of fact. And, they are both Christmas memories as well... that's very sad, isn't it?

When I was in the third grade, I went to school... all excited about our Christmas party. It was going to be right after lunch. However, about halfway through the morning, Mrs. Conger looked closely at me... then took me back to the bathroom (we had two bathrooms in the rear of our classroom... one for the boys and the other for the girls.) She lifted my dress (yes, I'm from the era when girls had to wear dresses to school), looked at my tummy and made the horrible announcement, "Judy, I'm taking you to the office. You have the measles and you have to go home." I cried and cried... after all, the party was in a couple of hours. To no avail... sigh. Then, several years later, I found out that once the measles "come out"... you are no longer contagious! Botheration!

The second Christmas/childhood illness was the mumps... all I remember about that is lying on the sofa bed in our living room while everyone else got to decorate the tree. I was not a happy camper that Christmas either.

How about you? What childhood illnesses do you remember?

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

A new game---you get to eat pie and there are NO calories! My top score (so far) is 7390. And, yes... this is a challenge.... :-) Posted by Picasa

From our house to yours....

an early Christmas present.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Another Google Game

Another Google game from The Write Coast.

1. Google for Christmas (or the December holiday of your choice) plus your year of birth.
2. Post the most charming picture you can find.
3. Get misty with nostalgia over hot cocoa and peppermint cookies.

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I don't know how "charming" it is... but DH smokes a pipe and so did my grandfather (when he wasn't smoking nasty, smelly cigars... ugh!)... and I like the smell of pipe tobacco. I know it's not PC to admit it, but when have I ever been accusesd of being PC??

Play along with us. It's fun to see what comes up.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

New High Score Posted by Picasa

Come join the game... no penguins were harmed in the playing of "Penguin Arcade." Let me know what YOUR high score is. Posted by Picasa

I've elfed myself.... thanks for the help, Bonnie. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Christmas Quizzes...

... that I stole from Marianne, 'cause they looked like fun and because I have to go work in a bit and because it's cold!!!

So... I think Marianne and I must be twins separated at birth or something....(no, of course it doesn't matter that she's a brunette and I'm a blonde or that I'm AGES older than she is!!)

You Are Dancer

Carefree and fun, you always find reasons to do a happy dance.

Why You're Naughty: That dark stint you had as Santa's private dancer.

Why You're Nice: You're friendly. Very friendly.

And here I always thought of myself as more of a Vixen ;-)

Your Christmas is Most Like: A Very Brady Christmas

For you, it's all about sharing times with family.
Even if you all get a bit cheesy at times.

And, if we're the Brady Bunch, I just want to know where Alice is when I need her???

Oh, well... at least I got my very own card:

Friday, December 08, 2006

Make an Elf of Yourself

I stole this from Becky. She has a really neat picture on hers, but it's too late to try to figure out how to do it :-)

So.... check it out.

Good night.

Fridays Feast 121

I'm sorry this is so late. My server has been down ALL DAY!! Grrrrrrr.....

Which language would you like to learn and why? I took Spanish in high school and French in college (my French teacher said I did fine on vocabulary and written stuff, but I couldn't stop speaking French with a Spanish accent!) and I learned a little Portuguese when I lived in Brazil. I would like to brush up on my Spanish, though, because I think it's the most useful foreign language to know. Alternatively, sometimes I'd like to speak animal... because it would be really interesting to see what animals are thinking when they look at us humans.

What's the funniest thing you've heard or read so far this week? I don't know... I read so many blogs where the authors have such a great sense of humor, that I often find myself laughing out loud and calling DH to come and listen to "_____" this time. There are some funny, funny people out there.

Which movie was so bad you couldn't watch the whole thing? I don't go out to the movies much, but with cable I'm forever turning on movies and flipping the channel cause I just can't watch them. There are a lot of bad movies out there... and not bad in a good way like Plan Nine from Outer Space or The Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.

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If there were a holiday in your honor that didn't use your actual name, what would the day be called? I think there already is one... it's called National Procrastinator's Day. Okay... you wanted a new one, huh? What about "I WILL finish writing Fiona's Dream" day?

Name one movie which is coming out soon that you would like to see. See the Salad Answer. We just don't go out to the movies. There WAS a preview on the other day that sounded interesting, but not interesting enough for me to remember, obviously. How sad is that?

Come and join the calorie-free dining at Friday's Feast.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Thursday Threesome

But first, I want to whine a bit. Have you ever wanted to throw your computer through the wall? Well, to give it its due, it MAY be a blogger problem, but it's probably my computer. Every so often, I'll sign in and get "Sorry, you need to enable cookies and/or javascript." I'll patiently tell it... "They are both enabled... try again." This can go on for minutes... them telling me they can't find my cookies, me insisting they really are there. Then suddenly it's like... well, there they what were you complaining about, lady??? I just want to scream. But instead, I'll answer the following questions from The Front Porch.

::Christmas is Coming::
Onesome: Christmas-- shopping: done deal? Haven't started? "Oh, man! Yeah, I need to make a list!" (I'm thinking this one may sort out by gender...) Probably about half way done... and even the half that's NOT done, for the most part I know what I'm getting. It's just a matter of finding the time to go and get the stuff.

Twosome: is-- it time to decorate yet? ...or do you still have another week or two to go? I NORMALLY have everything up within a few days of getting home from Thanksgiving at my aunt and cousins' in Charleston, SC, but this's taking a little longer. I have most of the decorations up, but we still haven't found time (see the answer in Onesome) to go buy the tree. Have I mentioned we've been very busy this month???

Threesome: Coming-- or going? ...or staying home? Are you visiting or hosting this Christmas? ...or both? We are staying home for Christmas and ALL the kids will be here this year. I've mentioned it before, but I'll mention it again, because I am SO excited. It should be a fun and exciting time for all... at least, I hope it will be.

Hop on over to The Front Porch and enjoy Thursday Threesome.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Well, At Least It's Not the D-List...

B-List Blogger

A Tribute to my Husband

Today's question comes courtesy of Blog Fodder.

Tell us about somebody who has changed your life, even if just a little bit.

This special somebody would have to be my husband. He changed my life completely. He made me hope again, showed me it was possible to have an relationship that didn't include fighting, or giving in so there wouldn't be a fight. He makes me feel beautiful, even when I don't have on any make-up! With him, I'm an equal partner, not a second-class citizen. He's truly the love of my life... I just wish I hadn't waited so long to find him. I know, though, that things happen when they are supposed to... so, even if sometimes I wish Bob had been my first love, I'm very thankful he is my last love.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Monday Madness

Today's Monday Madness is a fill-in-the-blank. But, first, a brief word:

Check out Snowdays, make your own snowflake and help out the Salvation Army (Popular Front will donate $$ depending on how many snowflakes are created). And, while you're there... check out my snowflake. It's #3,181,579. Now... on to this week's Monday Madness.

1. I wish people would just be nice to each other. What ever happened to just plain old-fashioned manners?

2. My biggest pet peeve where other drivers are concerned, ispeople turning in front of me, then slowing down.

3. I will probably spend aboutway too much money on holidays this season.

4. I really hope tohave "Overdue Love" submitted to Womans World by the end of this calendar year.

5. I make abouta jillion resolutions each year, and keepmaybe one or two of them.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Dehumanize Me

Happy Sunday. I found this on The Write Coast and stole it from her (I don't think she'll mind... but I'm sure I'll hear about it if she does!) So... here are the rules.
1. Go to Google Images.
2. Do a search for your first name.
3. Post the first image that comes up that is NOT a human.
And, with no further ado... here is the dehumanized Judy:

Give it a try and see what you come up with!

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Friday, December 01, 2006

Friday Feast

For your feasting enjoyment, courtesy of Friday's Feast, I present:

Feast One Hundred & Twenty

Have you ever flown in a helicopter? No, but I think I would really enjoy it. I've flown several times and thoroughly enjoyed each and every experience. I'd also like to fly in a hot air balloon... I know, I watched Wizard of Oz way too many times in my life!

What color is your warmest coat or jacket? For Christmas a couple of years ago, my hubby bought me the most beautiful black wool dress coat. It gets really cold here so seldom, it doesn't get a whole lot of wear. I don't think I wore it even one time last winter. Looks like this winter might be a little more "wintery," though. They are predicting below freezing temperatures here for Monday night... and it snowed before Thanksgiving this year for the first time ever in Charleston, SC. Those sound like omens, right?

What is your favorite rainy day activity? It depends on if I'm home alone or if Bob is home. If Bob is home, I enjoy working out in the shop with him... we always have a project or two going on out there. If I'm home alone.... give me a good book, a cup of tea or hot chocolate, and I'm good to go.

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Describe your hands. I have very small hands... when I put one of them up to Bob's, it looks like a little kid's hand... and he doesn't have specially large hands for a man! Right now, most of the nails are broken, because I've managed to lose the gloves I normally wear in our business and I haven't had the time to go replace them. There's only one place in town I've found that sell gloves that fit me.

If you could eat only one nut for the rest of your life, what nut
would you pick?
I would probably pick the pecan... it's so versatile and tastes good prepared in so many different ways. Of course... I don't know if I could do with boiled peanuts... hmmmm.... hard choice here. Now that I think of it, peanuts would be the way to go. So... I vote for the lowly goober.