Sunday, November 25, 2012

Dog show

We caught Chelsea checking out the National Dog Show this weekend. She sat like this for several minutes. All that was missing was the popcorn. :)

Friday, November 23, 2012


Why, yes, that IS a Turkish carpet in the background there on the floor! And yes, that lovely table covering came from Turkey, also! And I'm not talking turkey.

We had a lovely Thanksgiving holiday here! There was no dieting in our house yesterday. We enjoyed the traditional Thanksgiving meal: roasted turkey, cornbread stuffing, corn pudding, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and turkey gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, apple pie and pumpkin pie. All the leftovers have been eaten now except the turkey, which I think we'll be eating until Christmas because there's so much left.

Hope you had a good one, too! :)

Saturday, November 17, 2012

The taste of Vienna?

As my family, friends, and regular readers know, I lived in Vienna, Austria in 2008 and fell in love with that city. Last weekend, S & I were out shopping at a local retailer that specializes in imported foods and other goods, and discovered they have a selection of Manner wafers. (Unfortunately, it looks like someone thinks they are a product of Australia -- at least that's what it looks like in the fine print below the label. I might have to return to the store to check this out and correct them if necessary!) They also have the chocolates I jokingly refer to as Mozart's Balls. If only they had Julius Meinl coffee beans! 

Clash of colors

I've been back in North Carolina for just over two years, but it still amazes me that we're 3-4 weeks behind Indiana in terms of fall color. The colors here were at their peak late last week and early this week. Here are some photos I took in the SouthPark area just before the big rain on Thursday.

I must admit that the red maples are my favorite. If I could, I'd plant red maple trees everywhere. I'd be the Johnny Appleseed of red maples. :)

The downside to a late fall color season is that, well, autumn colors kind of clash with holiday colors. My brain still can't get used to this. But the remaining leaves won't last much longer. I'm going to enjoy them while I can!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The day after the election

The 2012 election is over. I'm glad, because from my perspective as a resident of a swing state, it was the worst election ever. For most of the year, we in North Carolina have been inundated with negativity via billboards, print and television advertisements -- from both sides of the political spectrum. They say there are lies, damn lies, and statistics, and I can now say that I've seen or heard them all.

But the thing that has shocked me most is . . . people's behavior. I've seen a side of people this election cycle that I've never seen before. Long-time friends and even a few family members have totally shocked me with stuff they wrote on Facebook or said in random conversations. I even had three people unfriend me on Facebook, most likely because I "liked" political candidates that they didn't. Which is interesting, because I wasn't nearly as political as they were, and I didn't unfriend them for liking the other candidate.

Look, here's the deal. The world is not going to end because Obama was re-elected. It's not the end of democracy or the beginning of the apocalypse, either. It's just another day, the day after the election. I would say the same thing if Romney had been elected.

Here's another deal. The world has changed. The world is changing. It will continue to change. This country has changed. This country is changing. It, too, will continue to change. Maybe things will be better and maybe they won't. But I don't think we will ever go back to the way we were, nor do I think we should. Does this mean we should all be depressed and curl up and die? No, I don't think so.

I'd like to see us lay the bitterness aside and work together for the good of our country and our world. Let's take this passion that many of us felt and turn it into something positive. Let's roll up our sleeves and get some stuff done.

I'm Mariandy, and I approve this message!!!