Posted by Santi on March 30, 2013
Tomorrow should be a nice easy going Easter family get together that we are hosting this year. We are expecting between 9 and 11 guests, won’t know for sure until it happens. We were very careful as to who we invited and with luck we might manage to avoid any butting of heads or conflicts. That of course is always the mission at each family gathering but it rarely works out that way as we grow older and more drama keeps us busy and at each others throats for numerous reasons.
I’m sure that there will be plenty of conversation to be shared at the extra long table that we purchased for entertaining groups of friends and families throughout the years. The wife very carefully thought out and made place cards at each plate setting with the names printed on them just to make sure that there is a good mix of people that like to talk scattered throughout the ones that are on the quiet side.
Last Easter my brother-in-law pretty much hogged the whole conversation talking about his recent Mass Texting attempts in to boost business and Text Marketing is getting more popular these days and getting a lot of attention in today’s marketing. He has tried email marketing, which I think is a waste of money. For the most part all of those emails land in people’s spam and are not given a second thought or look. I am sure he will be sharing his recent results at dinner. Hopefully he will have some good numbers to brag about and then we can move it along to another person will another subject this year.
I’m glad that we don’t have any little kids that are expected to show up. It is supposed to rain all day and that would totally ruin the best thought out Easter Eggs hunt. Hunting for eggs would just really suck inside a house, especially a house that you aren’t familiar with. Been there and done that before, don’t want to have to do that again.
Posted by Santi on March 20, 2013
Men are hard to buy gifts for, so I’m always on the look out for gift giving ideas all year round. Hubby enjoys a good cigar now and then and I do so enjoy the smell of a good pipe or cigar, as long as I’m not stuck in a car with one with the windows all closed up tight with no ventilation. That happened to me one day, as a kid. I took a trip to North Carolina to check out camp lejune homes for sale with my best friend and her family, a long drive in normal conditions. When her father lite up a cigar only a few hours after leaving and left the windows up, it made for a very long drive, the whole while I was wishing and praying that he would open up a window or two for the non-smokers that were all crammed together in the back seat.
Cuban Cigars are the most sought after cigars by my husband and on occasion I will find a good deal on them and pick them up for him. Since Father’s Day will be here soon I have started my search early this year and have turned to the Internet for help in the search. I have found a good selection to choose from and want to order them before too much longer and then be in a hurry and get stressed out at the last minute.
Posted by Santi on February 26, 2013
Like many Americans, I have mistakenly thought that kissing the blarney stone meant that you would get good luck or have good fortune. But turns out that the blarney stone means to speak with a lot of flattery and that if you kiss the blarney stone then you will receive the gift of gab. When I think about it, I used to hear a saying around my home town that “someone was full of blarney.” Over the years that saying has been adulterated to be “someone was full of bologna.” So don’t worry about kissing a blarney stone if you want good fortune. You are better off searching for a lucky leprechaun.
This would be the ideal time of the year to try and find a leprechaun. This year March 17th, 2013, a Sunday, everyone will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, with all the green beer flowing freely over a good amount of the world celebrating this yearly excuse to get drunk as a skunk, right under New Year’s Eve, actually. I remember the first time I tasted this green beer that has become part of the entire celebration of a fun legend, I had my mind set that I wouldn’t like it, so of course I didn’t care for it, but drank it anyway because I didn’t want to waste good money. By the end of glass it tasted just fine, thank you very much!
Posted by Santi on February 17, 2013
Back in the day when the family would have Easter Brunch, the family would get dressed up in their nice new Spring clothes, with new Easter hands and nice clean white gloves and all go out to brunch after the Sunday church service. The restaurant was always crowded with large families, many of them from the same church as we, and it was a happy, celebratory event with wonderful food and a huge dessert cart loaded with every sweet cake, pie and custard that you could ever want.
That was a sorely missed part of moving away from the DC area and their fantastic restaurants. People in the South eat a lot, but they don’t eat well. And most of the food is fried or needs vinegar or ketchup to go with it. So this up and coming Easter, I’ll be cooking our own Easter dinner and keeping it simple but healthy and tasty, focused around a Honeybaked ham and cheesecake for dessert.
At least we still see most of the family over the Thanksgiving and/or Christmas holidays. I never would have dreamed that all these years later that my family would have drifted so far away from the old homestead, scattered all across the country, with a few that have ventured overseas.
Posted by Santi on January 28, 2013
It’s funny how TV games shows are getting popular once again, Back when I was a kid, daytime TV consisted of games shows and soap operas. That was it, considering we only got maybe 10 channels total, not much to choose from and since I wasn’t into soap operas (still not into them) it was game shows or nothing.
For quite a while there were only a couple of “game shows” still on the air, but they were being aired at night, not during the day. Jeopardy and The Wheel of Fortune are the highlights of many people’s days. Folks that are stuck at home, for what-ever reason(s) and depend so very much on their television for their only entertainment, have always been faithful to these two game shows and I don’t see either one of these shows going away any time soon.
In the meantime many of the old game show are making come backs. Like Let’s Make A Deal and The Newlywed Game, just to name a few. One show that has been around for a long time and that I always enjoy watching is Family Feud. Family Feud came out back in 1976 and was hosted by Richard Dawson until it was canceled in 1985. I found this list on Wikipedia that shows us the all of the hosts that did the Presenting from the beginning all the way up until today. Each host brought their own style and personality to the show. Of course Richard Dawson was the best ever, when it became John O’Hurley’s time, my wife started taking more interest in the show. He is a nice looking man, no denying that, but Steve Harvey is doing a great job and I hope he stays around for a while.
Presented by Richard Dawson (1976–1985, 1994–1995)
Ray Combs (1988–1994)
Louie Anderson (1999–2002)
Richard Karn (2002–2006)
John O’Hurley (2006–2010)
Steve Harvey (2010–present)