Cyber Monday

Tomorrow is Cyber Monday. This is a day meant for people like me who hate to shop.

Black Friday is my idea of hell.

If I had my way, I would shop for everything on line. Even groceries. My favorite supermarket has recently introduced grocery delivery service. I’d use it, except I like to look at my produce before I buy it. And I wouldn’t trust the delivery service to handle it correctly. I already have issues with the way the check out clerks mishandle produce and other fragile items (popcorn, chips, etc.). I can’t imagine a delivery service would be more careful.

Are you a Black Friday or Cyber Monday kind of person?


A Cranberry Relish Day Recipe

Happy National Cranberry Relish Day!

A former co-worker gave me this recipe when I was looking for a festive side dish.



  • 1 package orange (or cherry) Jell-O
  • 1 container cranberry orange relish
  • 1 can mandarin oranges


  • Set Jell-O per package instructions
  • When slightly firm, add relish and oranges
  • Mold in muffin tins.
  • Chill until firm.
  • Unmold, serve on lettuce leaves.


Did you ever play Monopoly as a child?

My cousins, sibs, and I would stage marathon Monopoly sessions. Everyone argued over who would get the thimble.

Everyone wanted Boardwalk, of course, but I focused on buying the yellow properties: Atlantic Ave, Ventnor Ave, and Marvin Gardens.  I also liked the light blue ones: Connecticut, Vermont, and Oriental. I usually could put hotels on them and make a fortune.

I still have my board, game pieces, cards, etc, but the box that contained them is long gone.

So are the days when a large group of people had time at the same time to play the game that would not end.



Clean Out Your Fridge

Today is National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day.

This is something my Day Job does about every other month. TV Stevie and I try to do it weekly, on Sundays (because garbage day is Monday). Unfortunately, a lot of produce ends up in the trash.

About once a year, I go through the bottles of salad dressings and mustards to see what can be tossed.

How often do you clean your fridge?


Book Reading Bingo: A Novel Adapted into TV or Motion Picture

This category was much harder for me than it should have been.

I’ve already read Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice (as well as the other Jane Austen novels).

When I searched for titles on Goodreads , I was appalled by the list. You see, this reading challenge is about romance novels, and romance novels as defined by Romance Writers of America must have “an emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending.”

So how did the following titles make Goodreads’ list of romances adapted to TV or movie?

  • Gone With the Wind (he leaves her)
  • Wuthering Heights (I don’t even know where to begin as to why this isn’t even romantic, much less a romance)
  • The TIme Traveler’s Wife (she dies)
  • Love Story (she dies)

But I’ve read all these titles, so I couldn’t use them even if they were romances. And what’s so romantic about death?

I did ask the project coordinators for clarification on this square and they told me if the main story contained a romance, the book could count.  Other chapter members suggested I try looking at Lifetime or the Hallmark chanel’s line up.

I did manage to find an old Diana Palmer novel that had been turned into a made for TV movie.  The title was in my county library system’s data base, and voila. One more square down.