We gather dust together

Man, I just got back from all the Black [Plague] Friday sales. I left the house at 2:30 a.m. so I could stand in line at Highland Appliance. Got a mean deal on an Atari and several Teddy Ruxpins.

I don’t even know what an Atari is. Is it like Pong? I played that once, circa 1977, at my Uncle Jim’s. He was young and newly married with a baby on the way and probably should not have been spending his hard-earned money on Pongs. He also had a CB radio he probably shouldn’t have indulged in, which I similarly played with.

This was back in the ’70s, when in my hometown anyone could work in the factories and make a pretty decent income. Once I was in my parents’ bedroom watching TV, but when I opened the door, there was a trail of money down the hall. I was pretty delighted by this and kept picking up the cash, till I got to the living room and there was my Uncle Jim, who lived to vex me, laughing. He took his money back.

Rooood.

Anyway, I played Pong once and sort of reached my Pong threshold. Did video games get interesting-er or are they pretty much just Pong with better pictures? Also, say “Pong” one more time.

Did they even have in-store sales this year, she asks sequiter-ly? I know nothing about them. Since I don’t have TV I don’t see commercials. I just see Instagram ads that know my very [dark] soul.

Anyway how are you? I am surrounded by Christmas bins that hailed from the snake shed, and my throat has become sore, which of course led me to assume ‘Rona Barrett 19th Nervous Breakdown was here till I remembered I am allergic to dust and what exactly do I think these bins gathered all year in the ssssssshed?

I always forget about my exotic dust allergy till I experience it. Then I’m all, why the sore throat and runny nose? I ask this of myself while I’m in an attic or inhaling a dust bin or standing in a dust storm or mixing something in the dust bowl or hanging with Dusty Springfield. Then I remember my allergy and right then I know. Really keeps me from enjoying dust like everyone else.

I don’t even WANT to decorate the house, but if I don’t I’ll feel like I’m not participating in society, which I’m not. I guess I like to give the outward appearance that I’m festive.

This damn Black Friday cat is lying across my wrists, as per usual, and let me tell you something. The whole rest of the day I’m over here saying, “Forest, please come sit on me. You’re so cute. Come here Forest.” and all day he gives me that blank blinky look that cats give you. The only time he has any interest in me is when I’m blogging, and then all of a sudden my wrists are a tempting silk pillow.

He’s so lovely, though. His fur is so thick, and yet silky. I really do need to get him a different water bowl. His entire ruff gets in the bowl, so his chest is forever wet, which is pleasant for no one, particularly my wrists right now. Next paycheck for sure. I just checked to see if I got paid today, because payday is the 30th but that would mean the deposit would have to go in Sunday and how is that possible, so I was hoping maybe it was there today, but no. I have a very lucky $13.13 in checking today. Look, it’s not like I’m low on food.

I, like everyone else here in America, had turkey and dressing and mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes—because it’s important to have both—and pumpkin pie yesterday, and look not unlike a big glop of mashed potatoes myself, so I have the vim of a housecat. I have the vim of Lily right now.

What I really want to do is watch season two of Virgin River and drink forbidden coffee all day. Watching Virgin River is like watching 8 to 10 hours of a Hallmark movie.

But these dusty bins are scratching at my throat, telling me to get my ass all Christmassy. My favorite thing. Christmas.

Decoratively,
June

P.S. Pong

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At one point, I was sort of hot, in a "she's 27 and probably a 7" kind of a way. Now I'm old and have to develop a charming personality. Guess how that's going.

40 thoughts on “We gather dust together”

  1. Hope you’re happy with yourself for elbowing out the competition for the Teddy Ruxpins!

    I made my first pumpkin pie ever last week for Thanksgiving and had no idea it was going to be so liquid-y when I put it in the oven. Almost slopped that stuff everywhere. And then it wasn’t solid when the timer went off, but the crust was a bit singed so out it came so it would not burn further. Luckily, all was mostly well once it cooled but I still wonder if it was still supposed to be more solid.

    Hey, it’s November 30 – your bank account should be better today. Yay!

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  2. Your pie reminds me of how much we enjoyed pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving and over the weekend. No fancy pie decorations needed. Now that all the delicious leftovers are gone, I’ll actually have to start cooking again.

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  3. I had planned to carry the Christmas tree and bins up from the basement yesterday, but that didn’t happen so today is the day. Mr. Sadie and I enjoy the Christmas tree and decorations so it is worth the time for us. Some of our neighbors got an earlier start than normal with their outdoor lights and I like seeing them, especially since we don’t put up outside lights.

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  4. I am not much for the Christmas decorating either. It was fun when my kids were little and I felt like I was doing it FOR someone. I mean, they all still come for Christmas and would probably put me under commitment order if they showed up and there was no tree or stockings or merriment. I do enjoy it once it’s up, so I imagine I’ll find the motivation somewhere deep in my soul.

    Like you June, I live for January 2. This time from Thanksgiving until New Years is just one big ball of No Thanks. I’m sure this isn’t what the Baby Jesus had in mind.

    P.S. When we were newly married without an extra dollar to spare, my husband bought himself an Atari. That was almost the end. 41 years later, here we are. I’m almost over it.

    P.P.S. In my long list of things I’m thankful for, this here non-blog gets a big mention. You make me laugh on the regular (are we done with “on the regular” yet?) but more importantly you remind me that I’m not alone when the beat of the drum moves me in a different direction. So thank you for being the realest thing on the interwebs. (Are we over “interwebs” yet?)

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  5. Snake shed! I only cooked green bean casserole yesterday. My sister and niece, the domestic goddesses, cooked the rest of the meal. That’s not my jam. The meal was wonderful though.
    I think I’ll decorate over the weekend. This year has been depressing enough. I need some happy from Christmas decorations. I’m surprised at how early people decorate now. I remember when I was a kid, one family in my town would always put out their lights out on Black Friday, and it was almost scandalous. No one put their lights out before December! I’m not sure why, but I recall my parents looking down on the early light person. Christmas light snobbery!

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    1. Early has gotten to be not early any more. I was brought up with the cardinal rule that the tree went up 2 weeks before Christmas and came down on New Year’s Day. I thought it was one of the Thou Shalts and Nots.

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  6. Yes! I’m so excited to watch Virgin River! Sigh, this is my life now.

    I am concerned, though, with how it was filmed during this year of plague.

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  7. My best friend (masked and gloved) just delivered a huge plate and bag full of homemade from scratch Thanksgving: turkey, dressing/stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy, pumpkin pie and whipped cream. Oh, and broccoli. Which I will save for later. Best Thanksgiving ever. No shopping, no cooking, no cleanup. Although my index finger is a little sore from pressing the “reheat” button on the microwave.

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  8. The pie looks delicious. We have gone all out this year with the decorations. Hahahahaha! Two wreaths on the front gates, in our den a Christmas tree that might be 18″ tall/short, our angel collection on the mantel (huge collection of seven) and our beloved manger set we purchased in Jerusalem. It took maybe ten minutes to put those decorations out, it will take a little longer to put them away, because we carefully wrap everything except the tree, which is covered with a laundry plastic bag. The best part of a big meal for Thanksgiving…the leftovers and I don’t have to cook for a few days.
    I found a most useful chart in my cookbook, why it was there I don’t know. Anyway, it was a chart of the symptoms of the common cold, the regular flu and H1N1. I know now my sore throat is not plague symptoms. That’s a relief.
    Tee

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  9. Those of you who followed my story on Facebook about Giblet the Mystery Kitten, well, my 28 year old son was so excited over the idea of a strange kitten appearing in my office that he wouldn’t stop trying to catch him. Giblet sank his fangs into my son’s thumb and then bolted out the dog door and vanished into the night. Haven’t seen him since. I hope he knows he can come back and hide under my treadmill any time.

    Anyway, Thanksgiving was just the 4 of us. I cooked a ham (yes, it’s tref. Sue me), my famous Thousand Calorie Potatoes, steamed some asparagus and my son made a homemade apple crumble that was pretty darn good. Then we watched a documentary about the Harley Davidson XR750 dirt tracker and that was the extent of our Big Holiday. I will probably get a Christmas tree a week before Christmas even though I HATE DECORATING THE CHRISTMAS TREE. Seriously, I dread it. And nobody else wants to do it. But we have to have a tree. At least for Hanukkah, I just slap my menorah on the mantle and light a candle for 8 crazy nights.

    The last time I did Black Friday was 14 years ago when my son and I camped out in line at Circuit City to buy a Wii when they first came out. There is absolutely nothing I want or need bad enough to brave the stores on Black Friday.

    Bah humbug.

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  10. Do you have any decorations you really like? Like the sparkly pink reindeer? Maybe just do a few things that “spark joy” and pack the rest up for next year. I have had several years where the only decorations were the wreath on the door, the tree and the stockings. That’s all I felt like doing. And then there are other years where all the decorations are out. Also, with this year, not too many people are going to see the inside of my house so…. I really will be decorating for myself and my immediate family. We will see how much we feel like doing this year.

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  11. I’m surprised at the number of people who don’t feel like decorating this year. I put up a little prelit tree outside and a garland on the porch railing because I like to see the lights at night. That’s all, but that’s all I ever do.

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  12. Oh, look, it’s our favorite Santa! We haven’t started decorating yet. My college student will be home for two months, so I think I’ll put her on the job.
    Your pie looks great, and I really love pumpkin pie! Our food yesterday was so good, and we have a MOUNTAIN of cheesy mashed potatoes leftover AND I already had pecan pie for breakfast. It’s raining today and tomorrow which means I can sit on the couch and read and eat. And order stuff online. EXCITED!

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    1. I am going to put my tree up but not my other decorations. Working at home cramps my style. Glad you had a nice day. Ours was smaller than usual due to deaths this year.

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      1. I’m sorry to hear of (multiple) deaths that have affected you this year. Some years are like that and they hurt.

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  13. I didn’t cook a damn thing yesterday but my husband and kids did. I watched The Crown and then I was on kitchen clean-up. Am debating just putting up the tree with lights this year, no balls. Commence no-ball jokes.

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  14. Lovely post there, Coot.
    I have similar allergies with dust AND mold. It sucks. Everything gets dusty.
    I’m also on the fence about decorating for the holidays. If I do, there will be dust and swearing and a lot of work. But if I don’t I’m going to be depressed as hell till next year when I don’t have to put all that crap away. It’s a dilemma.

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  15. Happy leftovers day! I cooked my buns off for two days for two people. Old ways die hard. I am going to the high school FFA tree sale tomorrow, so that will happen, but I am not feeling the decorating urgency this year.

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  16. If you lived in the Southwest I would worry that your dust allergy after visiting your ssssshed was hantavirus. Otherwise known as The Plague. Spread by infected mice who live in sssssshedssss. But you don’t! And luckily you have sssssnakessss who eat any mice who might even think about living in your ssssshed. So … nothing to worry about, June! Sssssnakesss are your friends! And protectors!

    And that’s a lovely pie. No need for ornamentation. But if you want to try some next year I can send you my collection of little miniature cookie cutters like leaves and such. Having never used them myself. Having never made a pie. So why do I have such things in my kitchen?

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  17. I love January 2nd. It’s like everything starts all over and you can try again.

    I have a teeny video game addiction so I can tell you they did improve. I blame my son for telling me I am too old to learn how to game. I can’t pass up a challenge.

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    1. That pie looks good! Hopefully you start enjoying the decorations once they’re up – my parents are similarly reluctant to put them up but are later grateful I bullied them into it.

      There are so many types of vide games now on a spectrum of being purely about solving puzzles or all violence no plot, all the way to beautiful worlds where it’s more like an interactive film or book.

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      1. Can you tell me a name or two of one of those puzzle or beautiful world games? I’d like to play one but have no idea how to find my way into or around that world. All I see are the horrible ones.

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  18. I’m glad you figured out what was causing your sore throat. Wouldn’t want you to think you had the virus. I had a store-bought-and-cooked Thanksgiving dinner last night with my grandson and daughter. It was about as good as you would expect with dry turkey breasts, only half-cooked green beans and tasteless dressing and gravy. However, I also bought a frozen Junior’s New York cheesecake, touted as “the world’s most fabulous cheesecake,” which I had never heard of. It was deeelicious. Just about made up for the dinner.

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    1. Isn’t that a bummer? A few years ago I ordered a Thanksgiving dinner from a local store for just the 2 of us and it was so delicious it was unbelievable. The next year when I had company coming I ordered the same dinner from the same store and had your above experience. That was one embarrassing dinner. I had told my daughter, who is a fabulous cook, oh don’t bring anything, sweetheart, I’ve got it all covered. Covered with disappointment. Every Thanksgiving she remembers.

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  19. The question in my mind this year is ‘to decorate or not to decorate.’ I waver depending upon the mood that meets me when I wake. I am on the teeter totter of indecision. I think that I am sad for the covid. Today the plan is to pull on my boots and slide down the hill behind our house into the field and woods to cut some boughs for the planters in front of our house. Surely that will incite some joy. Yay to you for getting started on your decorating!

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  20. The whole post was great but ssssshed and “mixing something in the dust bowl” made me bark laugh.

    I hate all holidays. Especially christmas. I try to fake it, but I’m not great at that.

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      1. Your favorite day, January 2, is because it’s my birthday. And I’ll keep saying that every year until you remember.

        Do you get Hulu? They have an entire category dedicated to holiday movies that look just awful/wonderful that should take you through the entire month. I’m starting with the one with the young lesbian couple who go home to one of their parents’ home who, surprise, doesn’t know she’s a lesbian! I wonder if the parents will find out? I wonder if there was a boyfriend in the past? I wonder if things will get uncomfortable? I wonder if there will be some type of mayhem?
        I wonder if the parents will disapprove and then warmly embrace and accept the “alternate lifestyle” because it’s Christmas? Cannot wait to find out.

        I will begin decorating the house this weekend as my son comes back for a month long visit since moving to Hawaii. I’m very excited about that. But first, I have to remove a 2 month coating of dust from the living room. Covid has made me a very lazy house cleaner.

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        1. I am going to put my tree up but not my other decorations. Working at home cramps my style. Glad you had a nice day. Ours was smaller than usual due to deaths this year.

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