Tag Archives: Holidays

    Hello everyone. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas! Ready to blow your brains out? Me too!   So, aside from the absolute certainty that stepping out into the cold wind of consumerism within a contained four walls and a food court is a death wish that will only be […]

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  • Abby@Midlifecrisisnut.com - Outrageously funny! The best ever take on Black Friday:) xx AbbyReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Why thank you Ms. Abby. You’re a sweetheart!ReplyCancel

  • Karen D. Austin - All my best to you and other shoppers for surviving the madness of the holiday shopping season. Gah!ReplyCancel

  • Brenda Ray Coffee - Love your comment about the perfume… I’m highly allergic. Shopping’s never been my thing, so I’m lucky I’ve gotten good at online shopping.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - I have never done a Black Friday– all of my shopping is done year round, usually special things I find when we travel or on sale, so I’m done well before Thanksgiving. Don’t hate me!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly Montgomery - I hate shopping. Just hate it. I have no idea why anyone would set foot in a store on Black Friday. It sounds like they’re going to gas you with that name. Make no sense to me.
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  • Laura Ehlers - lol!! I am not a Black Friday shopper but have been known to go out just to run interference…ReplyCancel

  • Mary La Fornara Gutierrez - I refuse to go out on Black Friday. I cant figure out why any one would. At home with a fire going and a Kahula in my hand is my black friday!ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - These are great tips but there is no way I would even consider going shopping today! Good luck to you and can’t wait to see your bargains 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - I do not shop on Black Friday. I did look at a couple of things on Amazon, but they had not (gasp) lowered the price on what I was considering. So, I guess you might say I watched my budget and did not burn my money.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne Le Cras - I love Australia! No Thanksgiving, minimal Halloween and no Black Friday shopping (our happens on Boxing Day) Nothing would entice me into the shops during the savagery that I’ve seen displayed on these big sales days!!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Poston Combs - Hahahah…this is awesome.ReplyCancel

In the spirit of the inevitable avalanche of innocuous reasons complete strangers will be filling your in-box with THANKFUL this season, I thought I’d pile-on. I’m a giver.   Shall we?   Family: Except, let’s be honest. Some of them are… Friends: Especially if you’ve thrown off the toxic ones. You already experimented with drugs […]

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  • Tam Warner Minton - Breast lift tape? That is a new one for me! I guess I’ll have to google it!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Oh yes. It’s genius. It can be purchased at most fine foundation stores. The brand I use is distributed by Hollywood Fashion Secrets.ReplyCancel

  • Abby@Midlifecrisisnut.com - I’m in for the liquor, Cheryl! This list tops all the spam I receive big time! You’re genius- it’s official. xx AbbyReplyCancel

  • Roxanne Jones - All fabulous reasons to be thankful, Cheryl! I might add spandex to #7 (I’m especially grateful for it after eating Thanksgiving dinner).ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - And what do you think spanx is made of??? If I don;t put it on BEFORE Thanksgiving then I’ll never get into it. HAhahaha.ReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - Family, check
    Friends, check.
    Health, check.
    A roof, check.
    Memories, iffy (still in the fog).
    Future adventures, Yikes (one broken wrist later).
    Wisdom, ssheck.
    Flexibility, snap. Oops.
    And humour, the one thing I need to appreciate the rest . . . 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - Family…ummm… Frieds, mostly. Health, so far. A roof, yes. Memories…fewer as the years pass…future adventures…how do you define adventure? Wisdom oh yeah…flexibility is what I do in the gym…humor? Hahhhhhhaaaaa!ReplyCancel

  • Stacia Friedman - Humor comes from pain and, God knows, there’s plenty of that in the aging process. The last time I “bounced” out of bed, I had to tak a handful of Advil and get an emergency appointment with an orthopedist.ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - Yes times ten. And I’m thankful to read your posts which always add a bright spot to my day!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Carpenter - Grace! I’ve received far more grace than one could reasonably expect this year. So very thankful!ReplyCancel

  • Rose Kimosh - To my Sister Witch
    I am thankful for you and the many pauses and laughs you give me.
    I do try to read your blog in public just to scare everyone around me with my gasps and gaffaws…
    and to let them know I am fortunate to have a friend that can make me that noisy and happy.
    ~ RosieReplyCancel

  • Kimberly Montgomery - And WHAT would we do without our sense of humor? I guess we’d be cranky nuns.
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  • Carolann Iadarola - Yes, I like all of your reasons. There is always something to be thankful for. I just watched a short doc on Cuba…I said God Bless America 10x’s to myself while watching it. And, thanks for this post. It’s always nice to be reminded just how important it is!ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - Oh, you left out, and I still have most of my teeth. LOL Go ahead, climb that mountain and think of me when you do. Not going there anymore.ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl Kraft - So perfect! Love your sense of humor and fun.ReplyCancel

  • Rosalind Warren - Where on earth do you get these illustrations? They’re fabulous and so is this post. I’m totally with you, except for the part about climbing that mountain. I am so not into adventure. Just waking up each morning is thrilling enough for me.ReplyCancel

  • Molly Stevens - I’m thankful for sweat pants since even a trace of elasticity triggers bad memories of the time when I used to wear girdles, and pantyhose. Even spandex can be binding! Happy Thanksgiving.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Do you remember garter belts? I do. Thank goodness for pantyhose/tights. And Gobble Gobble to you too!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Sullivan Frueh - Absolute perfection.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne Le Cras - love a short and sweet gratitude list – and my blank would be “humour or I’d have beaten my mother to death with a baseball bat by now” – as they say on Duck Dynasty…..”happy happy happy!”ReplyCancel

I love a good story…   (Actually I love ripping a good story apart)     Many years ago, when we hung our hats in Nashville, a friend of ours suggested I take a little ‘look-see’ into the story, so I did what any rational adult would do: I gassed up the car, made sure […]

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  • Abby - I just love your spooky stories Cheryl! This one was actually giving me goosebumps. xxReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Why thank you Abby! ’tis the season and all. HA!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa_GrandmasBriefs - Too funny! You’re such a nut. I hope you didn’t pay the $20. You’ve turned the scary story inside out and made me chuckle. I was a little apprehensive at first as I don’t like scary stories too much (I used to; age has made me a big chicken). I’m glad I read your little expose, though. Thanks for the story and smile!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Of course I paid the $20! I paid for the whole shabang! I never go half way in!! Hahahaa. (Not always a good thing- just ask the hubby).ReplyCancel

  • Tammy - It’s amazing what people got away with back then. Criminal, actually. Fun story but I’m thinking a lot of the facts are true. Not sure about the spirit, but who the hell am I do debunk that?! Loved it … as always!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Of COURSE there wasn’t any ‘Spirit’! When you look at just the ‘facts’ by today’s standards I think we ALL know what was going on. What a smuck. I’m glad he died a miserable death. ps: luv you 2 xxooReplyCancel

  • Doreen McGettigan - What a ridiculous but interesting story.
    Absolutely the place is still screwing people, dear Lord!
    I am curious to though, did you spend the twenty-bucks?ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Of course! I think a lot of people were getting screwed if ya know what I mean… *head shaking*ReplyCancel

  • Tam Warner Minton - LOL, sounds like it! Did you pay 20 to see the bats and the haunt?ReplyCancel

  • Roshni AaMom - Huh!! Great story for getting people to come over and then get ripped off!!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - OMG, you really do have a story here! Nothing like the story within the story within… well, you get it.ReplyCancel

  • Gary Sidley - You spoil-sport, Cheryl! Demolishing a great yarn like that. I bet you told your children there was no Father Christmas!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I did blow the Easter Bunny up (by accident).ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - Ah, another twist to the tale. Not going into all of the ones I’ve read (and forgotten). I always felt there was a human factor in this and now that I am much older have gone back to suspecting John Bell. I think I sold all the little magazines that had that tale in it when we moved from Washington (state).ReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - It’s definitely a ripper! Love this, Cheryl! Both teh story and the ‘real’ story! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Terrye - I saw one of the “ghost” cashing shows there a couple of months ago. They were at the “actual” house and the caves. There’s a new series coming to either History Channel of Travel Channel following the Bell Family. Sounds like just another way for the Bells to make more money.

    The premise of the new Bell story is that the youngest son is cursed and his father has to save him before it’s too late. I haven’t decided if I’m going to watch it or not.

    I love how you uncovered the true story. 😀 I always thought there was more going on.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Hi Terrye!!! ACTUALLY the ‘original’ house is no longer standing, but I don’t think that will stop anyone on television from saying it’s still there. As for the youngest son, SOMEBODY was up to no good with that young Betsy- either the father or one of her brothers! But… I’ll still watch it. I’m a sucker for bad tv.ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - You have the best stories! Love the ending – and you get the last laugh because you got a great blog post out of it 🙂ReplyCancel

        The other day I found myself in need of a spell- the kind that levels a playing field. I had been running errands and dealing with unhelpful people wherever I went. “Can you point me in the direction of…?” “Do I look like I work here?” “Well, the name-tag and all.” […]

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  • Anonymous - The thing about it is that hollywood doesn’t HAVE to make it up–just take notes!
    Carol
    http://www.carolcassara.comReplyCancel

  • Sue - I admire your photos and your photography skills a lot, plus your writing is always so intriguing. I hope to get a better camera someday. Movie houses are my passion, so thanks for this. I have to tweet and pin to Pinterest here http://www.pinterest.com/SueHKaboodle/tv-and-movie-houses/ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - I’ll tell u a little secret. My camera is my i-phone with some crazy apps that I use like photshop! No kidding!!! And thanks for reminding me- I should pin these as well. Ooops.ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - One needs to cast a spell on cranky retail clerks…ReplyCancel

  • Julie DeNeen - Remind me to never piss you off! LOLReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Loved the post! Who doesn’t need a little help from their friends anyway? Virginia- FirstClassWomanReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Exactly Virginia! I’ve taken care of the retail clerks that were of no help- know I must cast a spell about traffic lights! Thanks for stopping by!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy - You are endlessly entertaining, but you probably already know that! I am so glad I am (mostly, I think/hope) on your good side!ReplyCancel

  • Carollynn - Ahhhh, I love those sort of days. Makes one determined to either really get ‘er done or, as you so rightly pointed out, hex ’em. If for no other reason, you’ll feel better.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I don’t just ‘do’ hexes’ I do blessing too! Just not this day!ReplyCancel

  • Vince Berryman - The part about dancing naked reminded me of what Terry Pratchett’s Discworld witches thought about doing that – basically, even if you can find a night that’s warm enough in a temperate climate, there is the issue of “thistles and sudden hedgehogs”. It’s not relevant to the post – I just wanted to share. (RIP Pterry.)

    That house is AWESOME. PLEASE tell me you actually have access to it for the doing of witchy stuff!ReplyCancel

  • Abby - Cheryl, did you put a spell on the comment avatars – cause they seem to have disappeared and now it’s just some sort of ghost images? I mean Holy Smoke if you can do that, then I’m really scared!?!
    xxReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Be scared. Be very scared….. *wink*ReplyCancel

  • Brenda Ray Coffee - I love this, and it was just what I needed.ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - I had my witches dancing on a Halloween night in Iowa. They didn’t mind the cold with the raging bonfire. Of course, I arranged for the party to be broken up and the fire extinguished. It is Iowa, afterall.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne Le Cras - you do whatever you need to be seen and heard – a good incantation at the right time might be just the thing – or you could try the naked dancing thing when you next deal with an annoying shop assistant!ReplyCancel

  • b+ (Retire in Style Blog) - Oh my gosh, can I join your coven? I am so dim though that it takes the WHOLE DAY for me to realize that I have had a “coven meeting” kind of day! Darn! Happy Halloween!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I hope you sweep clean all the mess and cast a few good ones! Hahaha Good for you!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Torris - Oh my gosh, can I join your coven? I am so dim though that it takes the WHOLE DAY for me to realize that I have had a “coven meeting” kind of day! Darn! Happy Halloween!ReplyCancel

  • Chloe Jeffreys - I like reading you.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Thank you Chloe. That means a lot. Us Witches gotta fly together! Ha!ReplyCancel

  • Christiana - You codnlu’t pay me to ignore these posts!ReplyCancel

Who among us didn’t LOVE The Sound of Music? (well, those of you my age)      Scrappy young Maria, so innocent, so beautiful.       What a passive aggressive hottie- the perfect postulant- or is she?       Thankfully she’s guided by the wise Mother Abbess (who I suspect had been around the block […]

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  • Molley Mills - Cute! The sound of Music is my little one’s favourite too!
    Thanks for hooking up to the Hump Day Hook UpReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Nicholl - Did you hear the music? Sometimes I crack MYSELF up! My pleasure Molley.ReplyCancel

  • Lucy Ball - Wow. Now you’ve got me making up my own verses! That was genius. Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous. But you know that. Right? 😉ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - It was sorta genius wasn’t it. I’m like that. And PS: I left a piece of my heart in a recent post where you asked for… (I don’t want to finish this sentence here- but you know what I mean).xxxooo and please Pm me any time you need to scream. Eeegads. I’ve said too much.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - *wink*ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen O'Donnell - Cheryl, you are a clever girl! So funny. I hope you and yours are having a fantastic holiday season. How could you not in that fabulous city?ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - You too Kathleen! Happy Holidays!!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - Clever! don’t hate me but less than 2 weeks ago I was floating down the Danube on a Viking cruise, passing through Austria & watching the Sound of Music in my cabin. Do, a deer!ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - Love the ditty. Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • Sue - Ray, a drop of golden sun – that’s you! Loved the new song and Merry ChristmasReplyCancel

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