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It’s almost Christmas and who has time to write a blog post? I sure don’t.

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Today I’m checking in to say Merry Christmas and to thank all of my followers, subscribers, groupies, lurkers or whatever you call yourselves. I appreciate you and wish you the very best this holiday season.

Here’s a little silliness courtesy Jimmy Kimmel and YouTube. Whatever you do this holiday season, please do NOT give the gift of Kleenex or Pull-ups, especially to a boy child.

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Enjoy. And may you all receive wonderful gifts – like toothpaste – this year.

Peace out!

Have you ever been pranked? At Christmas? Have you ever pranked anyone? Your child? What was your worst holiday gift?

Word of the day: Rennet

Fun fact about me: I’ve never given a prank gift (but I love white elephant gifting.

Original post by Jansen Schmidt, December 2016. Video courtesy YouTube (Jimmy Kimmel Live)

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Happy birthday America!

To all of my wonderful followers, have a very safe and happy holiday! And, don’t forget to thank a vet for their sacrifice.

Word of the Day: Tachycardia

Fun fact about me: I love patriotic music and clothing.

Original post by Jansen Schmidt, June 2016. Video courtesy YouTube. Photo courtesy Google Images.

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It’s a new year and here in Vicksburg, it still has the new year smell. I’ve been settling in here in Mississippi and loving every minute of it. Well, maybe not every single minute, we did have the hot snap in December (80 degrees at Christmas?), but for the most part, LOVING it! (The irony of that is that where I used to live in California, they had snow on Christmas day for the first time in like 12 years. Go figure.)

Photo courtesy Google Images.

Photo courtesy Google Images.

Anyway, they definitely do things different here in the south. For instance, when I went to get my new driver’s license, they handed it to me right then and there. No waiting weeks for it to arrive in the mail, hoping it didn’t get lost or stolen. No written or driving test. Nothing. Just, “here you go.” I didn’t even have to wait in line at the DMV. (And – bonus – it’s right across the street so I could walk over.)

Same thing with the car registration; I walked in, handed them some basic paperwork and BAM, they handed me a bright shiny new license plate. On the spot. No waiting. No mailing. Again, I walked right up to the window. No taking a number, no standing in line, no internet appointment necessary.

I know – weird. All my California folks will know exactly what I’m talking about.

And here’s a strange thing – daily operations here cease on holidays and Sundays. No signs posted in the windows, no ads announcing holiday hours, just lights out and locked doors. That took some getting used to. If you want to go out to eat on Sunday, you have about one choice – Cracker Barrel. (Or the casinos – need I say more.) I think that’s kind of cool though. A lot of guests here at the inn don’t get it, but I’m getting used to it. Sundays are church and family days.

Photo courtesy Google Images.

Photo courtesy Google Images.

I also find myself saying things here that I never imagined I’d ever say in California. Here’s a short list:

1 – There’s an alligator in the backyard. (No, this hasn’t happened but it’s entirely possible and even very probable with the river already above flood stage. Stay tuned.)

2 – We have to get ready for Mardi Gras. (That’s right, even though we’re 2 1/2 hours away from New Orleans, Mardi Gras’s a big deal here.)

3 – Are you taking the Trace? (Referring to the Natchez Trace highway. It’s basically “the back road.” Not sure why it’s called a Trace, but it is and I like saying it. For more information visit here: http://www.nps.gov/natr/index.htm)

4 – It’s time to polish the silver again. (Really? Polish silver? Yup. About every 3 months that stuff has to be shined up.)

5- I’m in the parlor. (The parlor? How cool does that sound? Who even has a parlor these days?)

6 – This ballroom is hard to heat. (I have a freaking ballroom!!)

7 – You want to see my outhouse? (See this post https://jansenschmidt.wordpress.com/2015/11/30/a-peek-at-my-rare-2-story-4-hole-outhouse/ for more details in case you missed it earlier.)

Photo courtesy Google Images.

Photo courtesy Google Images.

How about you readers, ever find yourself saying things that sounded foreign at one time, but now seem natural? Ever been on the Natchez Trace? Ever polished silver? Inquiring minds want to know.

Word of the Day: Uraeus

Fun fact about me: I want to host a ball. Seriously, I want to have a ball in my ballroom.

Original post by Jansen Schmidt, January 2016. Photos courtesy Google Imgaes.

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A lot has happened this year. My family felt the pangs of a cross-country move. My life changed significantly for the better. Terrorism, radicalism, school shootings, disrespect for authority, hit all time highs. Daily news reports made us weep.

If you’re still struggling with gift ideas amid all of this chaos, I offer the following suggestions:

Image courtesy Google Images.

Image courtesy Google Images.

Merry Christmas loyal followers and best wishes for a peaceful new year. May god bless you and keep you safe in the months to come. Be kind; to yourself and others.

Word of the Day: Remarque

Fun fact about me: If I could find the right picture, I’d get a tattoo.

Original post by Jansen Schmidt, December 2015. Image courtesy Google Images.

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Happy birthday America!

Bonus post by Jansen Schmidt, July 2015. Video courtesy YouTube.

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Photo courtesy Google Images

Photo courtesy Google Images

I don’t know about you, but I like to start the new year with a clean house, free of holiday debris and quickly-getting-stale cookies. January 1st is like a clean slate to me, a time to create another year, hopefully better than the ones before.

I make efforts to de-Christmas my house starting New Year’s Eve, culminating in a final big rush of cleaning and laundry on New Year’s Day, so that on January 2, I’m ready to start putting new stuff on my clean slate.

How about you? Do you like to prolong Christmas into the new year or start the new year unadorned with holiday glitz? There’s no right answer, so feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below. I love to hear from my readers.

Word of the day and fun facts about me will return next year.

Happy New Year!!

Original post by Jansen Schmidt. Photo courtesy Google Images.

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I’ll leave you – my awesome followers – with this fun holiday greeting. Click on the link below for a smile.

http://www.egreetings.com/display/holidays/christmas/funny?prodnum=3040115&path=2455042

Until next year my friends, be safe, be happy, be kind to one another.

Word of the day and fun facts about me will resume next year.

Original post by Jansen Schmidt, December 2013. Video courtesy of e-greetings.

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To all of my followers, I wish you a very happy and safe Thanksgiving! Click on the link for a surprise.

http://www.egreetings.com/display/holidays/thanksgiving/happy-thanksgiving?prodnum=3270521&path=2454928

Word of the day: Quern

Fun fact about me: I don’t really care for traditional Thanksgiving foods.

Original post by Jansen Schmidt, November 2013. Link courtesy of e-greetings.

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