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A Little April Fool's in November

Posted 11-03-2013 at 06:05 PM by Jeff Westover (A Merry Blog)

Some people will believe anything.

Today on Facebook, on a whim brought on only by a late Saturday night and an early Sunday morning, I posted this snippet:

Did you know that on this date in history the first artificial Christmas tree was found off the coast of Siliconia in 1855? Artificial Christmas trees became an American tradition when Woolworths began selling them to gypsies out of the back of a wagon in 1887.

That snippet came from the draft of a script I wrote more than two years ago. When I research a topic I will put a placeholder in italics and red colored text until I can find the "fact" I seek and replace it.

I must have been in a goofy mood or something when I wrote that and I found it funny this morning, so I just copied and pasted it as a Facebook status expecting somebody to speak up about the absurdity of artificial Christmas trees being "discovered".

To my surprise, within a few minutes the comment...
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Smile, Though Your Heart is Breaking

Posted 10-26-2013 at 11:28 PM by Jeff Westover (A Merry Blog)
Updated 10-26-2013 at 11:34 PM by Jeff Westover

My mother is dying.

It has taken me a lot to get to the point where I admit that.

I have written about her a great deal but here and on my personal site over the course of the last several years. Her journey has been a long one.

Over the past two months Mom has been in several hospitals and through two stints in a rehab facility. At every step of the way she has done nothing but decline.

Her health issues are complex and it seems trite now to boil it all down to dementia.

But dementia is not a cause of death...it is a symptom of winding down, of saying goodbye.

Recognizing all this is what leads me to admit that Mom is leaving us, and likely soon.

As a person of faith I am not uncomfortable with the concept of death. As we've explored together a bit this year with losing Louann how we deal with death is something individual to us all.

But as Mother dims for me I cannot help but...
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"Mistletoe Mix" with RJD - October 2008 (2013 Update)

Posted 09-18-2013 at 11:32 AM by RadioJonD (Tinseled Musings from a Yule Tuned Mind)

2008 Halloween Special with 2013 Update

Takin' Care of Christmas - Randy Bachman
When You're Dead - Ralph Sinatra.
Monster's Holiday - Lon Chaney Jr.
Christmas Night of Zombies MXPX
'Twas The Night Before Christmas - Henry Rollins.mp3
Christmas Evel - Update for The Masses
McAdenville Horror - John Boy & Billy
The Christmas Haunted House - Shirley & Squirrely
Santa Meets The Purple People Eater - Sheb Wooley
Santa Claus Conquers The Martians - Golden Records LP
Zoomah the Santa Claus from Mars
Santa & The Satellite Pts 1 & 2 - Dickie Goodman
DoreenAllen-Spacey Santa's Space Ship
The Only Law That Santa Claus Understood - Ted Lyons
Stick 'Em Up Santa - Bobby Salvatore
I'm Gonna Lasso Santa Claus - Brenda Lee
I'm Pickin' Fights For Christmas - Doye O'Del
Christmas In Jail - Lorne Greene
Christmas In Jail - The Youngsters
Daddy's Drinking Up...
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Thanksgiving Preparations 2014

Posted 09-08-2013 at 05:58 AM by bigbearfla58
Updated 02-22-2014 at 02:21 PM by bigbearfla58 (Updates for Thanksgiving 2014)

This was posted Sunday, September 8, 2013 7:58 a.m. EDT

I just wanted to take out time today to wish every one a very Happy Thanksgiving and holiday season yet to come. I also want to know how Labor Day has come and gone so fast.

This weekend I begin my Thanksgiving preparations I am going though the pantry and checking for the following items:

Salt & Pepper
Poultry Seasoning

Wax Paper
Parchment Paper
Aluminum Foil
Saran Wrap
Corn Oil
Olive Oil
Vegetable Oil
Peanut Oil

I will come back each week and update my blog so you can start right now and have a stress free Thanksgiving.

I have had friends and relatives staying with me the past three weeks. The last one went home yesterday. I made a big pot of coffee to go with my Grandma's coffee cake and taking it easy today and reading the Sunday newspaper.
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Labor Day Weekend 2014

Posted 08-30-2013 at 03:47 PM by bigbearfla58
Updated 02-22-2014 at 02:23 PM by bigbearfla58 (Updates for Thanksgiving 2014)

Friday August 30, 2013 5:44 p.m. I just wanted to take out time today to wish everyone a very Happy Labor Day Weekend and holiday season yet to come.

I also have one new to me holiday treat to share with all of you.

1. My Grandma's Coffee Cake

I am sure some of you know of My Grandma's from QVC or your local markets. I just found this cake and its the best. Log onto MY Grandmas and find a store in your hometown.

2. We Take The Cake Key Lime Bundt Cake

This cake was featured as one of Oprah's Favorite Things in 2003.

3. The Christmas Palace has Christmas every day of the year I love this store.

I love living here in South FL as all three of these places are in my back yard.

This is Labor Day Weekend 2014 now it's time to start my Thanksgiving preparations. This weekend I will be checking out the pantry and re-seasoning my cast iron skillet getting it ready for Thanksgiving.
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