72 thoughts on “Christmas Cookies

  1. Second!
    Mornin’ Gang
    Man it was IFR conditions driving into work, real froggy at the house and pea soup down here by the bay. I couldn’t see 20 feet in front of me when I drove through the gate. Good thing I’m only 5 1/2 miles from work.

  2. Good foggy morning Hamsters. Pea soup out here on the moors of the Brazos and 59, everything outside is dripping at 6:30. Waiting for the cold front later in the morning when all will change to seasonal Christmas weather once the front has passed.

    Love the Santa cartoon. The gluten-free vegan brainwashed nut cases by and large are totally clueless about what organic really means, or what chemicals are, or why only a small portion of the populace truly needs to avoid gluten because they have celiac disease. In their befogged minds avoiding all these “bad” things equals good health. Bet lots of them don’t know they exhale carbon dioxide and are carbon-based lifeforms composed of dreaded chemicals, as is the world around them, and are products of public school education long on propaganda and short on inconvenient fact.

  3. Top IRS officials specifically targeted tea party groups and misled the public about its secret political targeting program led by ex-official Lois Lerner, according to a bombshell new congressional report.

    The Daily Caller has obtained an advance copy of a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee report set to be released Tuesday morning that definitively proves malicious intent by the IRS to improperly block conservative groups that an IRS adviser deemed β€œicky.”

    When I heard the outgoing chairman, Darryl Issa, speak in NYC earlier this year, he was asked a question many in the room wondered about – the impeachment of Barack Obama. Issa was against impeachment for a number of good reasons, but was adamant about the importance of forcing the AG out of office. His implication was a corrupt administration can drag on forever with a compliant and conspiratorial Department of Justice. He also said the current White House would be a sitting duck for multiple criminal investigations without a corrupt DOJ.

    Congress needs to be playing very close attention to whomever is nominated for AG in the future. Holder was so vulnerable on so many counts from the Clinton era and got a huge, huge pass to get into the office.

  4. Ahhhhhhhhhh – the one time GREAT for shopping at Sam’s Club is 0700!!! (for us business type members that is)………..the place is EMPTY (not even a dozen shoppers in the whole place) and the workers are fresh and not grumpy yet – only drawback was loading up Betty-the-Crown-vic-copmobile in a rain shower – I’ll take it!!!

  5. Morning everyone. At least it’s not froggy at Chez Harp. πŸ™‚ Although I do like frogs and toads. The thunder started rattling the windows just as I got up. One of my cats is terrified of weather noises and still hasn’t come out from under the bed to get her breakfast.

  6. It’s been raining cats and dogs for 30 minutes or so at LePeep on Westheimer just inside the loop. Weather radar shows a squall line associated with a much larger system that stretches from New Mexico to Louisiana through the city of general ssuckiness aka Dallas.

  7. Seen on FB:

    The EPA won’t let Santa use coal anymore, so from now on he will be handing out stock certificates for Solyndra.

  8. Shannon, how are y’all doing up there in the hills? Progress to report from the misadventures you both had this year? I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

    I am pleased to say that the MUA I had in November has fixed me up. My right knee is now as bendable as the left. Good for another 15 years of yard work. πŸ™‚

  9. 15 Harper
    2014 will be a good riddance year. She continues to suffer severe back pain with no really reliable/acceptable remedy available.
    I’ll be seeing my doc on Tuesday for a follow up. I have had four atrial fib events since my procedure, two of which were severe. Only time will tell if the procedure will ever be deemed a success. I have a feeling I’ll continue to be dependent on medication to help control it – and hopefully that will continue to be generally effective.
    I had a bad back flare up last week and have been on the prednisone train with you.

  10. Genuflecting and kneeling Baptists? What’s the world coming to?

    Shoot, there’s even pant suits and dancin’ allowed anymore. Some branches allow that fornicating stuff now days.

  11. Taking a break from doing Christmas cards to rest the fingers and eyeballs. Behind schedule as usual, however since we are fortunate not to have C. Diff illness lurking this year lots more is getting done. And because we apparently both had last fall what is now the fashionable disease du jour we’re enjoying the season a whole lot more.

    Sun’s breaking through, and the wind is really picking up, but so far the temperature hasn’t begun to crater and remains a comfy 57.

  12. The wafers get stale fast, compounded by the fact you have to buy so many at a time. We have ladies baking bread now – not my favorite because it’s doughy and certainly not unleavened. They tried doing homemade unleavened bread -but I was apparently the only person who didn’t complain about it.
    You just can’t please people.

  13. At the church I attend they use little crackers. Not even a bite. I figure it is not worth complaining about, although I have heard some folks complain. What the? It is a ceremonial observance for crying out loud. I really got a laugh some years ago about the debate among the Baptist as to whether “the blood of Christ” should be wine or if grape juice was okay. Seems to me that some folks missed the spiritual significance of the celebration and focused on the religious aspect. A worthless controversy over nothing.

  14. I filled up yesterday at $2.12 between home and grocery store. I think I am burning maybe 5 gallons a month these days, so chasing the lowest price isn’t worthwhile for me.

  15. Wulp If I gotta have an operation I will be storing up my blood ahead of time.

    /We have lost all sensibilities in this country.

    Men who haven’t had sexual contact with other men in a year will be allowed to donate blood under a policy change the Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it will recommend.


    “Advocates have been pushing to discard that policy for years, saying it’s outdated and discriminatory. The decision was welcomed by some gay-rights groups. But some say the one-year ban is still unnecessary and offensive. At the same time, others are concerned any change could let a small number of HIV-positive donors slip through the screening system.”

  16. Read the sign, morons.

    Yes indeed. I use the Chevron gift card at my local Chevron all the time, and to their defense, they pretty clearly state the price difference between the card and any other means of purchase.

  17. That gift card thing is pretty common at the Pakistani stores here in the sticks. All of the Citgos and Exxons do it.

    Dooood do ya gotta surcharge in the gift card?

  18. Nah, no surcharge. You just have to walk in with cash and the entire amount gets credited to the card. As some of the commenters noted, you can’t pay for it with another card (not even a debit). Cash only which is fine by me as I plan to do it every few weeks anyhow.

  19. Deal is, they lose their arse on fees via credit card payments, plus when you pay ahead like that on the card they get to sit on your cash for a while until you use the balance up.

  20. #36 TP: In the very beginning of the video it states that the matza must be made within 18 minutes; why the very short time limit one may ask?
    My suspicion is that because yeast is in the air, and a whole lot of it at a bakery, that short time minimizes the amount of time that the yeast could be available to cause leavening.

  21. About the gas card, most of the time it’s about 10 cents cheaper, which is fair, but I don’t like putting the cash card price without the debit/credit on the sign, which is what they do down here in Clear Lake. They don’t tell you what that price is, you have to look at the pump.

  22. SD, I see where that would be frustrating. The one up here shows both prices on the sign. The price difference is about the same as you say (~10 cents give or take).

  23. Cars at the SAM’S Club’s gas station in the Woodlands backed up. Perhaps the $1.83 / gal. had something to do with it.

  24. Facebook friend Matt Bowen shared this photo which I love. He accompanied it with a quote from Rachel, wife of rabbi Avika Posner who, “led the community of Kiel in Germany”. The photo’s that of a menorah placed on the Posner windowsill and in the background is a large building with a Nazi flag for that was the Nazi headquarters before they rose to power in Germany. On the back of the photo Rachel wrote,

    their flag wishes to see the death of Judah, but Judah will always survive, and our light will outlast their flag

    When I shared this photo on facebook, my comment was, “ECXELLENT! The God of Israel is far more powerful than the Nazi Party.”. The Posner family moved to Palestine in 1934 and is noted that they, “brought the Hanukkiah with them too”.

    So far as I know, the photo is shared originally from World Jewish Congress. It in and of itself is quite moving and emotional, for me at least.


  25. Salvation has arrived on the wings of FedEx in the form of a replacement brainbox for our Direct TV. The previous one cratered on Saturday night and was declared dead via the code produced when all directions to revive it failed. The replacement was supposed to be delivered yesterday and it likely would have been if this weren’t the crazy Christmas rush. Now I should be able to see the Packers/Lions game Sunday presuming it isn’t on broadcast TV.

  26. Last Sunday the congregation sang, “Hark The Herald Angels Sing” as one of the Sacrament Meeting’s Christmas songs. I love that song. It speaks of Jesus Christ as triumphant in the heavens (“skies”), the eschatological power of Christ for man’s salvation, and, of course the angels (“hosts of heaven”) shouting joy for their LORD’s birth in Bethlehem.

  27. Bought a nice 7lb Prime Rib for New Years yesterday.

    Having Christmas at my brother’s house. He bought 2 for the occasion. We are bout burned out on turkey and ham.

  28. I guess old commies never die, they just get more deranged. Just saw Travis Morales (of Moody Park riot fame) on TV protesting “the pigs” in New York. Apparently he spent the Fall in Ferguson honing his rabble-rousing skills.

  29. Crescent Moon is ascendant in a now cold and blustery clearing winter sky. Neighborhood Christmas lights that shown with a soft warmth in warmer, more humid air last night now shine brightly, almost piercingly in the much drier and rapidly cooling air. Forecast is for upper 30s by morning out here on the moors. All the potted plants are close to the sheltered east side of the house and should be fine for tonight, Christmas Eve Eve.

    No matter one’s age, the season never loses its wonderful magic, manifest in the smallest of things.

  30. #55 Hamous

    We also saw ole Travis on 11’s 6 o’clock news, and my first thought on recognizing him was—so he finally left Houston. Yea. Guess we must be pretty dull these days.

  31. The past few days have been hectic. I’ve been prepping the house for a family brouhaha on Saturday, and Lovely Daughter requested my presence at her abode to babysit while she went to some appointments. Tough duty, that is! πŸ˜‰

    There’s nothing like seeing Sunshine’s smile when she saw me walk in the gate. I did a little housecleaning for Lovely, seein’ as how she’s 38 weeks pregnant and bending over is a real decision for her these days. Sunshine was taking her nap, and then I laid down for a bit, since I only got about 3 hours of sleep 2 nights ago and I still needed to catch up. Then Sunshine and I had a little outing. We were supposed to try out a new children’s museum, but they closed about the time Sunshine was waking up, so we went to Wal-Mart so I could buy a few vittles on my diet. While there, I took Sunshine through the baby section. When I handed her a two-pack of fuzzy footed jammies, she held them up to her cheek with the most blissful look on her face. Of course, Noona bought ’em for her. And a book of animals, which she refused to put down. And some bath toys – letters and numbers that stick on the tub when wet. She loved those, too.

    So then we left, before I got into more trouble. We came home to Lovely, and together we played and danced until Aggie Beau gave Sunshine her bath and Mommy put her to bed.

    It’s been a good day. Tomorrow, we cook marinara sauce for lasagna!

  32. #51 Shannon

    Bought a nice 7lb Prime Rib for New Years yesterday. USDA Prime grade.
    Splurged on a favorite of hers.

    SO how you gonna’ cook it?!?! Ducks and Hauls it outta’ here! πŸ˜€

  33. Well, daughter called me on her way home and she is off until Monday, first time in years that she can take a few days off. She’s working for a small private company (950 employees) now and she even got a nice Christmas bonus along with a honey baked ham. We talked for a little over and hour,…YUP Life Is Good!!! πŸ˜€

  34. FWIW; The boy is off for two weeks since he NEVER takes off because he has a new store that he’s trying to pound into shape. He has his year made now and this is the slowest time of the year and he managed to break a few records since he got the store in March. Yes, I am a blessed daddy! Oh and a blessed husband.

  35. The latest at the end of 11’s 10 o’clock news was that President GHW Bush was experiencing shortness of breath and was taken by ambulance to Houston Methodist Hospital for observation as a precaution.

    We wish him well and a speedy return home.

  36. Bought a nice 7lb Prime Rib for New Years yesterday. USDA Prime grade.
    Splurged on a favorite of hers.

    So nice to hear of the sacrifices Shannon makes his lucky wife. πŸ™‚

  37. I’ve had a wonderful day playing with Sunshine. She chased me around the sofas in the livingroom, played peek-a-boo with my scarf, let me swing her, and let me teach her how to use her slide. Then Lovely Daughter and I took her to end of the road (only a house away) to a pasture where she tried to climb the fence trying to get to the cows. On the way back home, a neighbor was walking his two dogs – one of them was large enough for Sunshine to ride, and the other was a labradoodle. They were both rescue dogs. The big dog was so excited to meet us that he was actually squeaking, and I had to hold Sunshine so he didn’t knock her over in his enthusiasm. The other black and white dog was so timid that we almost couldn’t pet her. Sunshine was so excited that she was shaking, and she tried to stretch her arms wide enough to encompass the big dog. Lovely and I were laughing so hard at Sunshine’s state! I’ve never seen her so excited that she was shaking! We worked at petting the smaller dog, but Sunshine was so het up that she’d get her hands within a finger’s breadth of the dog, but couldn’t commit to the touch. Eventually her fingers landed on the dog’s nose. We were having a lot of fun, but all good things must come to an end.

    Lovely and I made the sauce for the lasagna, and the ricotta is ready. Tomorrow we open presents, and I head back to the Dome to prep for Saturday’s family gathering.

    Good times.

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