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In the tradition of the season, I would like to present my version of the English Christmas Carol    The Twelve Days of Christmas.   *So as to not make you egg nog crazy, I will start at the finale. And don’t forget to hum the song as you read, with emphasis on the bold […]

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  • Cary - I’ll be damned. Really? Colly birds? Never knew. I now feel like I was lied to in my childhood.ReplyCancel

  • Bianca @ Track Pants and a Tot - Hi from Bloppys. I thought it was Calling Birds too! I liked how you added the bada da dum after 5 golden rings 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Rich Rumple - There are times I wonder about you. Then I just sit back, smile a little, and laugh my ass off! Okay, you don’t need a facelift, forget about laying eggs, and the ring’s in the mail (but you know how mail does get lost this time of year, lol) Love it!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Aahhhh Rich- you’re so sweet! I love it when a man worries about me. Especially if jewelry is involved and I’ve got an ‘in’ with the postmen.ReplyCancel

  • Shannon Bradley-Colleary - Your musical prowess intimidates me. I’m off to take humming lessons.ReplyCancel

  • Walker Thornton - Very creative! Might have to give the song a try myself!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - I could write this song about 100 different ways- each one becoming progressively more NOT politically correct.ReplyCancel

  • bookworm - Colly birds? Who knew? I’ve been singing the wrong lyrics for 61 years now? I demand a refund.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Exactly. Our parents, and the great American playbook, lied to us. I think a refund with interest is in order!ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - Colly birds?

    A good variation on a song I find insufferable. It’s the endless repeating of everything in the previous verses that makes it drag on forever.

    There is one more annoying Christmas tune that comes to mind though: Feliz Navidad.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - So true. Jose Feliciano was a genius at mind numbing can’t-get-it-out-of-your-head songs. I can think of a few others, as well. Like Santa Baby. Awful.ReplyCancel

  • Teri - I simply love your thought processing!!! Such a fabulous mindset…….I was lied to as well and since I am single, for the fifth day, I just bought my own diamonds – no rings because I garden, just Chocolate diamond earrings and a matching necklace…….just because. The three French men, I left in Paris but I will return to get them……….now abut those blackbirds…………………….Thank You for t his wonderful read!!!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - I love your thought processing too! Let’s see: Lied to, single and purchasing your own diamonds (good girl), I garden too!, French men, oui! You checked all my boxes! Brilliant! Thanks for stopping by Teri! I’d love to see more of you!ReplyCancel

  • Vashti Q-Vega - Hello Cheryl! This was hilarious and fun! I love your pictures too. Have a great night.


  • Bryan Jones - I too have always believed it was ‘Calling Birds’ – I assumed this was a reference to prostitution. Thanks for shattering my 55-year misconception!

    Enjoyed the seasonal post. You have a distinctive (and delightful) way with words.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Prostitutes!? Really? Wait a minute…. it could be prostitutes,,, calling ‘Birds’….And it #4. Between French ‘Hens’ and those golden rings…. So the Hens are the pimps and the rings refer to payment…..Holy Shit! You’re right! It IS PROSTITUTES! Awesome!!!!ReplyCancel

  • The Shitastrophy - 1 – WTF colly birds? totally should be Calling and I will continue to say Calling.
    2 – love the Christopher Radko snowmen my fancy friend
    3 – Maids a Milking – I say they are at the bar slamming white russians.

    Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - I’m loving the White Russian idea! I could use one now as I sit in a cold Midwest university parking lot as the driver for our daughter who is interviewing for Vet school. Three days ago Mexico. Today Ohio. Feeling the need for a lot of holiday cheer in this weather. Merry MerryReplyCancel

  • Pothys - An Edwardian lady in full dress was a wonder to behold, and her preparations for viewing were awesome.silks sareeReplyCancel

  • Sue - Love it so much! I wonder why people wanted black birds for Christmas back in the day? They are not on my list, but 7 maids-a-cleaning would be nice and I’ll take some golden rings, but I’ll probably just get ringing in my ears. Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Cheryl.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - 3 Frengch men? and I don’t know, I’d like some maids…maybe not to milk but to do other things, right? Like vacuum.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Greenthal - Totally agree about the diamonds. I mean, seriously.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Yes. Seriously. Like a heart attack. Drape me in them when I’m gone.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - Ha ha! I could use someone a-milkin’ because my kid drinks so darn much of it. And $12,000 sounds good to me, too… I could find some good uses for that. 😉ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Oops. Did I say 12K? I meant 12 million. Gotta dream big!ReplyCancel

  • Lynda@fitnessmomwinecountry - Cheryl, I love this. I also thought forever {until today} that it was “calling birds”…wow, no one ever corrected me LOL
    Your ornaments are beautiful and remind me of my childhood trees with my grandparents 🙂 Happy holiday seasonReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Thanks Lynda! Colly birds. Can you believe it?????ReplyCancel

  • Linda - Holy crap! “Colly birds”? There’s another song lyric I’ve had wrong all along.
    Maids a milking…haha…anybody have the number of a good lactation specialist?

    Your tree looks gorgeous. I especially like the little church ornament. So pretty.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Which makes me wonder what OTHER lyrics I’ve had wrong all these years- certainly most of Led Zepplin. And probably the Beatles White ALbum.ReplyCancel

  • Sue Pekarek - I tried to do this in my head the other day, but came up empty and gave up..so now why didn’t I think of this?! Thank you for the colly bird line, Seinfeld minds need to know, and I’ll continue singing calling birds.ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - Ha! This seems like a much more relevant version of the traditional Christmas Carol!ReplyCancel

  • Rosalind Warren - You’ve got to be kidding. Colly birds? I’m 60 years old, I’ve heard that song about a million times, and I never actually knew the lyrics?? Sheesh. Although my FAV line is “… diamonds would be appreciated. Get on it.” 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Roshni - I always found that gift-giving to be really weird!!
    You have some very unique ornaments for your tree, Cheryl! Love them all!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Don’t you ‘give gifts’ ? Roshni you must- for some celebration. I’d love to hear more about your point-of-view on this. Pm me.ReplyCancel

  • GypsyNester-Celebrating Life After Kids - I always thought that was calling birds too. Learn something new every day!ReplyCancel

  • Janie Emaus - I always thought it was calling birds,too!ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - I’ve often wondered about those calling birds.ReplyCancel

  • Carolann - Funny, that was always my favorite Christmas song and never knew it was colly bird lol. Love it!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Everyone’s mind is blown! Not least of all mine! Who knew?ReplyCancel

  • Wendy Walker Cushing - Hahaha! I love your version! I also really love the snowman joke!ReplyCancel

  • Author Shelly Arkon - This was funny…childbirth is a blast! Hahahahaha!ReplyCancel

    Yes, it’s THAT time of year again: The Season of the Witch, All Hallow’s Eve, Trick or Treat, the Night of Mischief and, most definitely (my eyes are bleeding), really age-inappropriate costumes.   You know it’s true. You’ve worn them. Every damn year you consider if you can pull-off that Wonder Woman costume […]

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  • Karen D. Austin - I don’t think I’m dressing up this year. Nothing can top the year I went as Tammy Faye Baker and won scariest costume (a couple of decades ago). The similarity was eerie. But now she’s not relevant, so it would just be sad and pathetic if I dressed up like her again. I peaked very early in my Halloween brilliance.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - hahaaaaaa. You peaked early did you? I think we all did. So funny.ReplyCancel

  • Lisha Fink - For the last three or four years I’ve been a ghost. Pull out a white skirt and tank top (New Orleans is hot in October, yo), wrap a $4 packet of cheesecloth around my head and smear the day’s mascara under my eyes. I’m sticking with what works.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Brilliant! Especially the smearing of the mascara. I’m thinking maybe no shower or hair wash or leg shave for the week and then go out as a homeless person, though here, sadly, that would not be unusual. Thanks for stopping by Lisha. Always LOVE your comments.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - I am so hoping my days of choosing a costume are over!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I thought mine were too until earlier this week when I got an invitation to Anne Rice’s Vampire Ball!!! OMG! This should be good. I’m going as a Victorian lady vampire in drag. Pic’s to follow.ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Curran - Oh my…who would have thought of “practice wearing your costume”… Only you :)! Too, too funny!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I’m serious!ReplyCancel

      • carollyn - Oh hell yes, dress rehearsals are a MUST. Last year I did my dress rehearsal the day before I left for an out of town halloween event, and well, I’d gained a few pounds in the wrong places and ended up with a recycled costume instead.ReplyCancel

  • Diane - Priceless advice! Priceless! Timely. And definitely needed! 🙂 Sooo . . . no to the garter belt? Whew!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - No garter belt. And NO boobs falling all over over the place Diane. I’m warning you- keep the girls under wraps this year okay?ReplyCancel

  • Roshni - I’m just going with a basic mask and calling it good!! My kids are the ones who are going all out…with blood and gore, that is!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Of course they are, as they should. I’m all for the basic mask. In my case I will be a witch- not a stretch.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Carpenter - Hahaha. I had never ever considered visible jock straps. Yep, you sure put that in perspective. Thanks for the chuckle.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Gros. Just GROS. And I’ve seen them. I. Am. Not. KIDDING.ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen O'Donnell - Maybe we should just hand out candy at our front door!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Sounds great, however, I’m going to a costume party… as a drag queen.ReplyCancel

  • Vashti Q - Ah, ha,ha,ha! You’re always hilarious! Thanks for the laugh. 😀ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Thank you! You’re a doll. Hey! Maybe an outfit?ReplyCancel

  • Rosalind Warren - “Stay away from the pussy” has a couple of possible interpretations. But I’m pretty sure I know which one you mean. 🙂 ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - The last time I was in a costume was for a party as an adult. I was wearing a Civil War Union officer’s uniform.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I can see that. Very appropriate. Which side?ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - I think it may be time to give Halloween back to the little kids.ReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - So funny! Yes, I will be sure to use my whip properly when I go out trick or treating!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Chester - You are so funny. That is the best! Ha! I think I’ll play a Curmudgeon this Halloween. Yup. That’s what I’ll be. ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - You play a ‘curmudgeon’???? That WOULD be a costume!ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - Funny. The only time I wore Halloween costumes was at Nintendo. I even went as Cruella one time. Appropriate wig, of course. Hey, if Lanny were alive the western wear wouldn’t be a costume. It was what he wore all his life. ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Authentic is great! It’s the pretenders that get my head shaking, and I’m SURE Lanny WAS NO pretender- or you.ReplyCancel

  • Tammy - Damn it, woman. You take ALL the fun out of Halloween. Cleavage that is so big it catches fire by the end of a cigarette, dresses that hike up so high you can see Kansas, men wearing speedos feeling all comfy and to the left. What is left for those of us who sit on a bench with an ice-cream cone to critique (criticize) those who clearly have no mirrors in their homes? Bah! Your common sense be damned! Let the weirdness begin! By the way…one year I was a Drag Queen …. and nobody knew. What does that say about me?!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - It says you’re versatile! Let your FREAK FLAG FLY!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Greenthal - I am not a fan of Halloween or dressing up in costumes, and you are pretty funny! What the heck is with Heidi Klum, anyway – she’s so incredibly beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Carollynn Hammersmith - Shall I assume that you saw a whole lot of interesting stuff at the ball Friday night? Saturday night’s event was quite fabulous. ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I’m so glad! My attendance was waylaid by other circumstances. I’ll PM you.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Roy - Damn! If I had a body like that, I’d be sportin’ the furry body suit too. Heidi’s such a show off. Yeah, last year I went as Tom Petty. The St. Pauli girl costume is not happenin’ for me, much to my hubby’s dismay.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Hahahaaaaaa. The St Pauli girl is a real boob buster. She would be on my no-no list. Enough with women and the boobs!ReplyCancel

Remember that scene in Cinderella where the sweet woodland creatures assemble to create her ball gown? And it’s all whistle while you work (different movie- but whatev) and they look so cute and they’re so talented and she has such a small waist?  I always wanted my Valentine’s Day to be that good- on my […]

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Hello there!Nice to see you again.I wasn’t sure if you’d show up because I’ve been out of pocket for a few weeks, and well, people can be fickle if you don’t keep feeding them.But here I am. Home at last. At your beck and call, attempting to bring forth snippets of wisdom and maybe make […]

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  • Darcy Perdu - Ha! I share most of your New Year’s Resolutions — sooooo let’s time-share, shall we!? You do half and I’ll do half and we’ll both consider it a success!! I’ll handle Pierce Brosnan, your mom, and the Today show. The rest are on you!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - I’d be forever grateful if you’d handle my mother. Good luck with that one I say. As for the rest- Okay, but I get Pierce! I must have Pierce. Or we could share him?ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - No resolutions. No failures That’s my motto.

  • bookworm - I never make resolutions. Ever. But the million followers part sounds nice. Happy New Year from the Frozen North.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - It does sound right, doesn’t it? And I think a million bucks to accompany it would round off the new year well. I’ll get on it- for both of us.ReplyCancel

  • enchantedseashells.com - Good luck with all that. Geez, I’m tired just reading what you have planned to resolve! I make no resolutions, just princess wishes that usually have to do with whatever I want to buy ha ha ha. Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

  • Tana Bevan - Regardless of the outcome of your resolutions, I wish you and yours a Wonderful, Terrific & Marvelous 2014!ReplyCancel

  • Carollynn @ www.designGumbo.net - This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.ReplyCancel

  • Carollynn @ www.designGumbo.net - Wow – pony meatballs at ikea – for reals? Yikes! On the flip side, I’m glad you’re back – you were missed.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Thanks Carollynn! So happy you missed me. Well, not HAPPY, but you get the point. As for Ikea- horse meat- that’s right- horse meat. Holy Cow (I wish).ReplyCancel

  • Lizzi R - *snorks with laughter* I think I like your last one best. And the photograph, which so PERFECTLY sums up the attitude 😀 Keep writing, Cheryl – the rest can take their chances.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Thank you Lizzie. If someone doesn’t poke the devil that taunts us daily, then I’m afraid we’d all turn to stone.ReplyCancel

  • Sue - Check Ancestry dot com, you may be related to Dennis Miller. I have to look his words up in the dictionary to figure out what he is talking about, but by the time I do that, he’s onto the next brain freeze. Happy New Year ~ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - So your saying I should attach a GPS to the posts? Happy Happy my Dear Friend. PS: Have been on Ancestry for 20 years and Miller and I are only related through marriage- not blood. Hahaaaaaa

  • Bryan Jones - I hope (at least) some of your resolutions are realized.ReplyCancel

  • Susan Bonifant - Subpar, schmubpar. Two things come through in your blog posts every time: your sense of fun, and your creative take on things. We need that more than anything else when we stop by.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - That’s the nicest compliment I’ve received in a long time. Thank you Susan. Thank you very much. (I sense you ‘get’ me).ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - Somewhere, Anthony “Carlos Danger” Weiner is looking at Rob Ford and wondering if he can be the mayor of Toronto.

    I read that particular comic book… I have no idea why DC wussed out on it, aside from terror of the Tea Party or the Bible Belt, but it’s a real shame. The creative team walked over it.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Yes- they are both a#*@!holes. I think the if the Tea Party or any other group doesn’t like something- someone is doing something right. The creative team (from what I heard) got walked ON. What a pity. Would have made for great Fox news fodder.ReplyCancel

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