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      Yes, folks- it’s that time of year again!   You know the feeling! Holiday Craft Fairs!   eye-squeeze…… hack hack cough cough acka acka ackaaaaa   But seriously- they are kinda sweet. All mulled wine and stringed, no longer recorded, mountain instruments (with a hint of melting credit cards plastic swirled in […]

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  • Carol Cassara - I haven’t been to a holiday craft faire in ages. But that teddy bear purse? it’s awfully tempting. I mean so bad it’s good. In that way. Right?ReplyCancel

  • Jane Willis - I love those things but I end up looking like the cartoon character with the swirling eyes. Toooo much!ReplyCancel

  • Cary - I’m digging that teddy bear purse!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - It’s so awful it’s fabulous. (BTW Congrats my friend!!! XXXOO)ReplyCancel

  • Kimba - OMG – that teddy bear purse!! SO awesome. The go to accessory for every formal occasion.

    And, you know, why DOES it always pour down rain during craft fairs? Hmmm…ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I swear- Every. God. Damn. Time. *head shaking*ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl - That teddy bear purse is quite original – like you, Cheryl!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - HA! It’s kinda scary actually. Looks like someone killed them for their fur. Blows the minds of little kids! HahahaaReplyCancel

  • Cathy Sikorski - I love your idea of the list…and yes, it always does rain when you’re leaving with all your cool stuff. Now, I want to go to a craft show!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I have lists of lists I need to start listing. It’s a CURSE! But it usually works… usually.ReplyCancel

  • Abby - Hello Mistress of the Holiday Fair!
    I absolutely love your teddy bear purse! Seriously, you should pitch the idea to Miu Miu or other trendy designers! I’m sure it would be a big hit! Loved the post, especially the me-never part!!!!!

    • Cheryl - In all fairness: It’s not MY design. Some other wacko designed it and, of course, I just had to have it. ‘Cause it’s just a little bit gross, which I LUV. HA!ReplyCancel

  • Ellen Dolgen - OMG….you are hilarious! I am not crafty. I have great “ideas” for party decor or this and that, but someone else has to make them. The problem for me is that I have no control at these fairs. I end up buying things thinking that I am crafty….but there is no if ands or buts about it….I am not. So, for now, I am on craft fair restriction.ReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - Like everyone else has said, that teddy bear purse is … something. As I am going to a craft show tomorrow, I am taking your advice to heart. Thanks for the good tips!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Stand your ground. Don’t get swept away like I did.. DO!ReplyCancel

  • Leanne Le Cras - those dolls at the top are scarily awful – please tell me you didn’t buy them! The teddy purse is kind of upcycled fox fur stole material – do their eyes follow you?ReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - Cute. Cuddly. And practical. (When tavelling, it could easily double as a pillow!)ReplyCancel

  The first thing we have to do is clear-up a few centuries old sayings:   Let Them Eat Cake   Attributed to sassy Marie Antoinette when approached about the grumblings from her starving subjects.     Cake was the term used to describe burnt browned bits of bread often found on the bottom of […]

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  • Gary Sidley - Oh, that lemon slice would combine beautifully with a cold glass of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Oh. My. God! You’re sooooo right! You are a genius!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Mary - The cakes all look amazing, but those flowers! Wow, what a skilled hand they must have to make those. You have now made me want a piece of cake.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Can you believe those flowers! I went over to touch them and was amazed!!!! I may have to get married again just so I can taste test some more! HahahaaReplyCancel

  • 1010ParkPlace - The Lemon Chiffon, please, and I don’t care that after I eat it, I will no longer have it. Yum!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - We can always get more- am I right? HahahaaaReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - I love cake. I love cake way too much. I love to make cake, I love to eat cake and I love to hear about cake. Really, I’ll probably be diagnosed as diabetic this year because I love cake. Although I haven’t had some in a while, and now my super skinny sister in law is coming for a week and cake rarely passes her lips and if it does she probably doesn’t eat for a week after. So I doubt cake is in my future. I mean there’s nothing like being a zaftig cake eater at table with a size 0 to harsh your mellow, you know?ReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - Cake, cake, cake, cake. Mmmmm . . . marching into the kitchen for some yummy carrot cake. Thanks for the suggestion! :ReplyCancel

  • Tam Warner Minton - Amazing! My daughter is getting married October 3 and we just did the tasting. It was fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - Okay, I am just drooling now. Those cakes look amazing but those flowers? Gorgeous!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - The flowers looked ‘real’ to me as I walked in. Then I realized I was in a confectionary shop and went over to feel them. Almost fell over.ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Curran - I am drooling! I too love cake and if you come to visit me I promise to take you to a chocolatier’s shop who make something she calls “Oh My God Cake” — yep that is what you will say after the first bite!ReplyCancel

  • Meg Root - They all look amazing! I am a fan of wedding cake!ReplyCancel

  • Ines Roe - Boy those cakes look incredible. I am the mother of a soon to be brinde (3 October). I wasn’t able to be part of the cake tasting (I sure missed out) but I am sure looking forwad to getting a piece at the wedding. I hope (but I am convinced) it will be as delicious and the photos of your cake tasing look.ReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - OK, I’m drooling too. My daughter and future son-in-law and I went to a cake testing and it was FUN!ReplyCancel

  • Rena McDaniel - I want your job!ReplyCancel

  • Leanne Le Cras - we didn’t get to eat cake with either our daughter or son – obviously missed a treat! Those wedding cakes are just so beautiful to look at – I’d be refusing to let anyone cut them – take lots of photos of the wedding because I’m a diehard fan of pretty outfits (and cake)!ReplyCancel

  • Carolann Iadarola - I’ll be testing some cake soon as well. My son’s affair is coming up in May, and I just can’t wait! These all looks so very very yummy! I bet they were too.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl - Just delish! It was a beautiful day. I’m so lucky my son is marrying a wonderful gal, and her mother is fabulous!!!ReplyCancel

  • shallowreflections.com - Raspberry cream would be my pick. All look delicious though! Yum!ReplyCancel

  Several months ago, when Ben went hunting, or fishing, or something manly- whatever, in Florida, he found himself about done at the end of day 2-out-of-3.   Later in the evening when he was standing around this world class resort with a martini in his hand, yucking it up with all the other swells, […]

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  • Elaine Ambrose - Thanks for taking us along! And, I didn’t need to dress up or wear heels.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne@crestingthehill - wayyyyyy out of my league but still very impressive! Well done on becoming one of the rich and not-so-famous 🙂 ~ LeanneReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I’ll take rich over famous any day of the week! Ha!ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - Gorgeous! A life I will never know. That ceiling is heavenly.ReplyCancel

  • Sue - This is so cool that husband hitched a ride home in a private jet. This is why you are truely our Queen of blogland.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Hahahahaaa….. if it were only true Sue!ReplyCancel

      Husbands. Remember when all it took to get your way was a come-hither look?   Well, it turns out they actually have their own agendas.   Why didn’t someone tell me? I believed all those Clairol commercials….   Fast forward 33 years and you actually have to know something about how marriage survives […]

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  • Mari Collier - That works for you. Mine was a tad different, but you’ll have to read my blogs for that. Why would a smart lady like you believe a commercial. LOL Not buying that one.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - When I was kid, Marie, when I was a KID I believed every commercial on TV! And in magazines! Aahhhhhh youth.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa at Grandma's Briefs - So very true on so many. THIS is the one I love best (and hits it on the head on my 33-year marriage): “Agree with him and then do what you want. He’s not really paying attention.”

    He’s more of a clean freak then I am, though, so that’s no problem. The cooking? Sheesh! I believe I’d have a heart attack if he actually cooked something. Still working on that one all these decades later.

    Great post, as always. 😀ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Thanks Lisa. Is the attention span thing ‘men’ or just OUR men? I’m thinking the chromosomes. My son, who was raised by me, is the same way as his father. God Bless his fiancée.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - Devious, girl. YOu are devious. and amusing. But maybe not to him. No, not to him.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski - OMG! All so true. I just live with a guy but it’s still the same. I have to remember not to mention “We have to talk” or he will lock himself immediately in his office. Luckily, I have my own bathroom so I don’t have to worry about the toilet paper. His bathroom is a toxic waste dump. Love this.ReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - Haha! My husband is OCD and God forbid I leave something out and not put away. He swoops in to remedy that.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - We’d live very well together. HahahaaaReplyCancel

  • Cathy Steffanci Sikorski - Oh these are so wonderful. I guess since I’m only married 30 years, I didn’t get this far. And by the way, I’m going to dump the junk drawer just so he’s so freakin’ busy all day he stays out of my hair. Retirement, ugh! Nobody asked me if he could retire!ReplyCancel

  • Doreen McGettigan - I am so grateful that I have been blessed with a husband that does not need any of these BUT I have a few son-in-laws that might benefit. Definitely sharing with my daughters.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - It’s best to start right right at the beginning. That way your daughters will have plenty of time to add their own ‘hacks’ to the list. HahahaaaReplyCancel

  • Tam Warner Minton - Funny. But I have to admit…I’m glad it does not apply to my husband, or we’d be divorced for sure.ReplyCancel

  • Mary La Fornara Gutierrez - Oh how this made me laugh! I love the “wins”.ReplyCancel

  • Rena McDaniel - I have used quite a few of these tricks especially telling them things during football. I save the worst for home team games. It always works. That and getting out of a horrible party flirt with him for 10 seconds and you’ll be out of there in minutes works every. single. time.! Hilarious Cheryl as usual!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Sullivan Frueh - Absolutely outstanding. Genius. We just hit 25 years so I bow to your wisdom.ReplyCancel

  • 11 Foolproof Husband Hacks | What The Flicka? - […] post was originally featured on Chery’s blog, A Pleasant House. Photo […]ReplyCancel

Spring was in the air. The future seemed limitless. Anything was possible– we were in Love… LoveLoveLove.   Aahhhh Youth.   At the beginning it’s all heat and being bullet proof – together.   Then comes children and it’s about stamina and making time.   Then, it’s about hoping your kids don’t screw-up too badly […]

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  • Tam Warner Minton - Ha! We put everything we have into our families…then poof! It’s over, and all you hear about are the mistakes you made. Ugh.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I once told my kids that if they needed therapy not to tell me about it. There is NOTHING i can do to change the past. Suck it up. HahaaaReplyCancel

  • Kimba - I’ve actually taken up fishing. And the Hubs even goes to a few estate sales with me. Yeah, it’s weird.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - So weird. I hardly recognize myself anymore. In what universe would we have EVER fished? I guess it’s the JOURNEY even if it takes you down back roads. HA!ReplyCancel

  • David Stillwell - God. I see I am not the only one who misses a rock hard pensis with plenty of girth and ample lengh… backed by the gumption that you are going to take this like a man.ReplyCancel

  • Ellen Dolgen - I love the way to write….you are hilarious and always so accurate!ReplyCancel

  • Eve Gaal - Ha! My husband snored when I met him and I love every minute! 23 years later, I wish he’d snore more but now he is an insomniac walking around and reading books in the middle of the night!ReplyCancel

  • Leanne@crestingthehill - that’s a lovely photo of you fishing in your waders 😉 besides that, congrats on producing children that make decisions without running home to mum (altho’ a little bit of advice giving would be nice!) and my husband snores too (and it’s not romantic!) ~ LeanneReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Yes- that will be me. Naked in the river. As for the kid’s- they’re fabulous and are fully aware of their father’s night time ritual. They won’t even sleep in the room next to us! Hahahaahaaaaaaa Life. Full of surprises……ReplyCancel

  • Roshni AaMom - So much to look forward to! This is why I read your posts!! 😀ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - Lordy, lordy, girl, I hear you. Loud and clear! Sooo loud! LOLReplyCancel

  • Dorothy Salvatori - Oh Yeah!ReplyCancel

  • Rena McDaniel - Can you speak up a little I can’t hear you for the snoring going on beside me! Yeah, I definitely get it!ReplyCancel

  • Renee - I have an 11 year old with medical and learning challenges, a 17 year old choosing colleges based on vacation style reasoning (weather, beach access, cut guys, parties and fun) and a 21 year-old with an Ivy league college education that is graduating in May 2016 with no clue on job or further education plans but know her boyfriends job offer in engineering with major money and exciting future is cool except for the NJ location that she thought would be California with option to move in and join the fun ride). So the husband is committed to a bead/mustache in 3 colors of grey, black, brown (I did not sign up for the college professor look) and is into working a lot, whisky and addicted to video games and his phone (not me). And James Franco pug is the best behaved kid a at teen (age 2). Oh and my mom is 92 and a half with aides who help her and call to complain about her like who is paying who to bring comfort and service to someone with memory and health issues? Oy big time life so I would love to have the fishing trips and chill time but yes snoring zzz husband my life too with a lot of WTF moments from family. Hey it’s all about work in progress and letting go of expectations or attachments to stuff or thinking that is unrealistic or crazy.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Renee- you are my hero. Plates get full at our age. I just wish I didn’t have to do the dishes. I’d rather eat out. ps: I LOVE your blog.ReplyCancel

  • Abby - Hi Cheryl,
    I want to sip Champagne with a carriage boy too and at caviar from the Red Sea. I mean we’re THAT old? I’m sure our husbands wouldn’t notice:) You nailed it as usual!
    xx AbbyReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - They probably wouldn’t notice- until they needed something, like ‘We’re out of chips again, Cheryl!’ Oiy vey.ReplyCancel

  • Tammy - There’s a carriage boy? Damn. I missed that part. Caviar too? Cleary I got short changed. It was a tough transition for me, I won’t lie. There were tears and lots of confused anxiety. Once I got the swing of the empty nest, I never looked back. I love seeing my kidlet and her amazing husband. Visits are never often enough and always too short. But…here’s the good part…life turned out to be pretty damn awesome. Still…wouldn’t have minded a carriage boy…just saying!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Yes. A woman needs her ‘boys’. Carriage- or otherwise. I keep mine on retainer- and they style my hair. You’ve gotta take it where you can find it!ReplyCancel

  • Chloe Jeffreys - I’ve heard of pool boys but not carriage boys. I’ll start keeping my eye out.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Oh yes- and produce boys, and inventory stock boys, and the boy that delivers the paper. They’re all around. I flirt with all of them. It’s a gift- though probably not for them. Ha!ReplyCancel

  • Gary Sidley - I love your style of writing. And as a 56-year-old man, partnered by my wife for 34 years, and having fathered two children now aged 21 & 24, I can identify with your lament. However, in our case our interests are becoming more similar e.g. 10 years ago, she even developed a love for football (a sport she used to loathe).ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - She’s pulling your leg. No woman actually likes football. *wink*ReplyCancel

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