Random Five Friday

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1. I am not believing all the whining and crying over presents/packages that were not delivered on time by UPS. Oh the woe. Our UPS driver is a thoughtful good guy and CH’s cousin has been a UPS driver for years and I am sure that UPS did not conspire to intentionally “ruin” Christmas. I can’t believe this made the news, continues to be in the news daily and has bloomed into a giant kerfuffle. So some of the things that were ordered, probably late, didn’t show up. Life goes on. People have their families, hopefully their health. The “stuff” will show up eventually and a delayed Christmas will be had. It could be made fun! And to the people who are saying what about all the kids that were disappointed? Tough. It is a great life lesson. Life doesn’t always go the way we want it to. Get over it! Seriously that “stuff” is not what’s important. And if it is that important, something is really really wrong.

2. We had a lovely Christmas day. CH picked up The Mama, CH’s Mom and she brought her homemade popcorn balls! But best of all she brought her humorous happy self. We had chicken and homemade noodles, the classic green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and jellied cranberry sauce that plopped out shaped like the can. The jellied cranberry was served in one of my Mom’s festive red bowls that is probably 80 years old. We listened to Christmas music, laughed, got a little teary over people we were missing and ate too much for dinner. Then, wait for it… we had pumpkin pie with whipped cream that The Mama whipped up! She is the official cream whipper upper. We were missing CH’s two brothers and their wives and family but we will have our family Christmas the first weekend in January which will be our 40th wedding anniversary. We couldn’t spend our 40th any better way.

3. I am so thankful for the people I have met blogging. I have met some really wonderful people and my life would not be the same without them. Some of them have quit blogging and I haven’t heard from them and wonder how they are and hope that all is well with them. I hope that their 2014 is filled with health, happiness and peace.

4. Yes I managed to make my way to the fridge the morning after Christmas with fork in hand, grab the bowl of cold Christmas noodles, rip off the saran wrap while leaning against the fridge door to keep it open and consume a healthy amount of noodles for breakfast. I am a multitasker when it comes to food. CH couldn’t watch, the thought of eating cold noodles made his stomach urpy.

5. The day after Christmas can sometimes be better than Christmas.

I am joining Nancy at a Rural Journal for Random Five Friday. Welcome back Nancy and thanks for letting us share our Random Five thoughts!
* I know the picture is hard to see but I fell in love with this porch and decorations at The Westphalia Inn and then I played with it in Snapseed and just liked the effect… 🙂

42 thoughts on “Random Five Friday

  1. So agree with you on the UPS thingy — well stated. And don’t tell anyone, but our Christmas was a bit stressful — just too many danged people in a small house. Unorganized chaos. And too hot. Am I whining? Lol. Thanks for joining in — always enjoy your humor. 🙂

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  2. People are far too apt to jump on an “inconvenience” and term it as “disaster” . . . stealing the good they could be enjoying due to their desire to have something to whine about.

    Your Christmas sounds delightful, as does your day after fridge raid! 😀

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  3. Oh what a yummy Christmas you had!!! I could almost (but not quite) taste those homemade noodles…..I giggled when you said you went downstairs early morning to attack leftover noodles – I did that exact thing with the container of leftover stuffing! HAHA I think that UPS thing is totally ridiculous – it’s so typical of our news agencies to turn NOTHING into SOMETHING. I hate news…..unless it’s happy stuff and for that I sure can’t be watching TV! I too am thankful for my blog buddies – you are always a highlight of my day when I see a comment or post from you. LUV YA GIRLIE! Now, 2014 is just a few days away – let’s make it even BETTER than 2013 – deal?

    Hugs, Pam

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    1. Where is Sam’s post? Not that you aren’t allowed to.. er not that he isn’t allowed to take a break. Light bulb shines bright over my head thanks to you… stuffing would be quite tasty cold. Must try. Green bean caserrole NOT good cold.. 😛 Aww I luvs you to Pam and it makes my ♥ happy that I am one of your highlights of the day cause that is how I feel about you! Yes! I want 2014 to be BETTER than 2013 so we will make it happen and MAYBE we will see each other in person – deal?? My arms around you with a big hug all the way to Virginia!!!!

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  4. I’m with you on #1..and maybe people shouldn’t wait so long to place their orders! You are so right that Christmas isn’t all about gifts, but the Gift we were given!!

    And #5…yep, the food ALWAYS tastes better to me the next day when I can relax!

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    1. Good Morning Cheryl! You should take a snap of those BOOTS! And yes I think it is because the pressure is off and we can relax the next day in our sweats or jammies. Or in my case CH’s boxers and a sweatshirt.. 🙂 Hope you are enjoying this sunny day. CH is actually going to wash the car… himself!

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  5. I agree, it’s not Fed Ex or UPS’s fault. People should have ordered earlier! It’s jsut trying to pass their fault on to someone else.
    Cold dressing I can handle straight from the refrigerator, but I’m not sure about noodles.

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  6. i can only give you my side (or should i say Hubby’s side of the story) we ordered well in advance & continued to wait … the company told us it would be here well before Christmas … it arrived today??! (the companies should not make or agree to) don’t make promises you can’t keep. i have worked for the USPS in the past & i know what stress & energy it takes to get the job done. so i can see & understand both sides.it is tough to know what is the best option & what is the right step to take. i wonder why certain issues seem to get in the news & become a big deal. i don’t get it at all. Personally i love Christmas Eve the excitement makes me happy & so like a kid again. love it!! Happy Weekend!! ( :

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    1. Beth I see your Hubby’s side too. People will make different decisions now I am sure when it comes to ordering gifts. I hate to see Christmas Eve end too. It’s a nice day for me with no worries and good FOOD.. 😀

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  7. Hi, Pix! I totally agree with your #1!!
    I envy you your “humorous happy” mother-in-law….
    Love and agree with your #3
    Can’t say that I’ve ever eaten cold noodles, but I love cold cornbread dressing!
    And, yes, the day after can be just as nice as Christmas.
    Enjoy your day, Pix!!

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  8. Spot on about late arriving gifts. There is so much pressure to make Christmas Day perfect that most of us have sensory over load by lunchtime. Having been away, and not having taken presents I had received with me, I plan to unwrap and enjoy them slowly over the weekend. So far, a gorgeous scarf, a slab of hand made soap and a pretty ceramic fish I want to hang on the wall.
    Here people were flooded out in the Home Counties. I think that counts as a disaster!

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    1. Yes I think being flooded out counts as a disaster! Missouri was hit with a big ice storm prior to Christmas and we were just happy that family was all home safe and no one lost their life during the storm as is sometimes the case with ice storms and loss of power. Enjoy your unhurried opening of gifts. I love hand made soap.

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  9. You’re absolutely right about #1 – Christmas isn’t about the gifts but family, counting of blessings and FOOD! 🙂 Your Christmas dinner sounds totally yummylicious. But like CH, I don’t think I could bear the cold noodles at breakfast. Enjoy the rest of the holiday season! 🙂

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  10. Loved your Random 5! Yes, the day after Christmas is a day that I look forward too as well! Cold homemade noodles doesn’t sound bad and there is nothing wrong iwth multitasking like that! LOL!!

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  11. After an ice storm in Toronto, 300 000 houses had no power. Despite crews working 24/7, there were still 40 000 houses that had no power (or heat) for Christmas… Kind of puts the whole late delivery on packages thing in perspective.

    I’m glad that you had a great Christmas. 🙂

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  12. I am so glad you wrote about the stupid UPS thing. I have been thinking of writing a post on it but it would be a really whiney one. I saw a newscast and a woman was crying because her child didn’t get the “right” present on Christmas. Really? At least the child is not starving or living under a bridge. On Christmas Eve at 8 p.m. the UPS truck was still rolling down our street. Kudos to those workers who did their best. My suggestion for next year — don’t wait so long to order!

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  13. enjoyed your random 5’s – and late parcels, in light of so many other things happening on the planet, is right there near the very bottom 🙂 while i don’t whine when parcels arrive on time, sometimes life happens, as you say.
     
    had to smile when i thought of your cold noodle breakfast. i usually prefer leftovers cold to re-heated in a microwave, so that sounds just brilliant to me.
     
    there are two nurses in my family, and both of them worked over Christmas – one on day shift, and the other on night shift, so the official celebration wasn’t until the 29th, when almost everyone could be there. my bro was unfortunately sick at home and could not be there. bless him. but it’s not the date, it’s the getting together which helps make it my favourite kind of Christmas.

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  14. I’m glad you enjoyed Christmas! You’re right, it isn’t about all the stuff that we buy and it isn’t the end of the world if some of it doesn’t arrive on time. All the best for 2014!

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