Random Tuesday Winter…Stuff

Well, it’s been awhile since I’ve participated in Random Tuesday Thoughts, but I actually had some random this week, so here we go.  Grab the new and improved funky purple button, link up to Keely and let’s all play along.


Excerpt from an IM conversation between me and Oldest Son:

Me: Your mother is a strange person, dear

Oldest Son: LOL how so?

Me: I can guarantee she’s the only person you know who says things like “Well, shit – I need to take another jar of lard out of the freezer.”

Oldest Son: LMAO

What?  It’s true.


Why is it that I can find a pair of shoes, try them on, walk around the store and declare them the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn in my entire life only to take them home and the minute I put them on, they rub 47 huge blisters on my feet?

Someone please tell me this phenomenon is not limited to just me.


A conversation between me and The Young One, when the Miami Heat went to Cleveland for their game last week:

TYO: Are you excited about the football game?

Me:  It’s basketball, honey.

Hey, at least he knew it was a sport and they were playing a game.


To the person who found my blog via a search for “Gross pics of liver and onions”:

#%$@ you too.


Seen on a t-shirt in a local butcher shop (alas, one that does not sell grass-finished beef or pastured pork, but does sell the best Mexican chorizo I’ve found in Ohio):

“Friends don’t let friends buy grocery store meat.”

Amen, brother.  Amen.


And here is the view in my neighborhood this morning.

Our Street
Our Humble Abode

I think the black and white really emphasizes the bleak starkness of it all, don’t you?

It’s gonna be a long winter.  *sigh*

41 thoughts on “Random Tuesday Winter…Stuff”

    1. Yeah. I moved to Ohio from Texas five years ago (this is my sixth winter) and I REALLY miss the sunny skies and 70 degree temps they experience this time of year. *sigh*

  1. I like snow for a couple of days. After that…..not so much. Same with cold and rain.
    The Miami Heat are a basketball team? Good to know. I think.

    1. Hey, the only reason I know the Heat are a basketball team is because of LeBron James. And trust me, I wish I didn’t know so much about him.

  2. Lovely looking house Jan. We live opposite a park and because it’s icy as opposed to snowing the local council have closed it on health and safety grounds in case someone slips and breaks a leg! How pathetic is that?

  3. I should take a picture of all the snow we have now which could be worse if all the strong winds hadn’t blown a lot of it away…there is plenty and of course the little’s love it…thankfully little man loves to shovel it.

    I like your randoms…the conversations with your kids…but hey I take lard out of my freezer…so I guess I am strange too…and yes it will be a long winter but when isn’t it? 🙂 Hope your Tuesday is totally terrific! 🙂 XX

    1. Lori, it’s too bad you don’t live closer – Little Man would have more than enough shoveling to keep him occupied this winter! LOL

  4. Kind of jealous of your snow–but then I’m weird and like snow. Ours is sort of sad icy lumps right now. It’s been in the upper 30’s/low 40’s and everything is melting. It’s depressing.
    Those pictures are lovely though.

    1. Sad, icy lumps are coming – this won’t last. What’s really annoying is that even the sad, icy lumps will probably be gone at Christmas when my older kids arrive. It just figures.

  5. Love the saying! I had a friend with the slogan for his butcher shop: “You may beat my prices, but you CAN’T beat my meat!” LOL
    I actually love the snow. Maybe it is about the beginning of winter for me. I guess it is how you look at things. You are able to have a warm fire, make up a delicious ham and chorizo soup, and get out and have a snowball fight with your children. Nothing stark about that at all!

    1. *perks right up* Ham and chorizo soup? I made a ham last night – absolutely MARVELOUS – but it was huge and I have tons left over. And that soup sounds like just the ticket for tonight. *scurries off to Google “ham and chorizo soup”*

    1. Oh, I’d send you some of the snow if I could – trust me! LOL And thank you – we’re kinda partial to our dwelling ourselves; it DOES look nice wreathed in snow. I’ll have to get the tripod out and take a pic of it tonight with the lights on.

  6. i have lived near the wrath of Lake Erie all my life. i love the snow because i have no choice. could get pretty depressing if i didn’t. cleared 7 driveways in the last 2 days. got quite a workout. it is still coming down like crazy. gonna have to do it all again soon. bundle up with some good music on the ipod and you forget that it is 20 degrees out.

    btw, loved that squash recipe. gonna have to share a “texas chili” recipe with you soon. the beans are replaced by bacon. seems like a very good trade right.

    1. Beloved went out to shovel the driveway and walk this morning before we left for the office and was gone so long I had visions of him lying in the snow, victim of a heart attack (you hear about that EVERY winter up here). But when I went to track him down, he was just out shoveling the neighbor’s driveway and walk, too.

      The squash recipe was so good, it’s going into the regular dinner rotation at our house. Last night I made scalloped turnips; interesting, but I’m not sure I’ll post the recipe yet. They need work.

  7. *Waves hand frantically in the air* Me, me, me, I have that exact same shoe problem. Just bought some new brown shoes that are gorgeous and I assumed would be so comfy (I think comfort was in the name) and my poor little toe gets squeezed. The agony is that they look so good on, I debate the good-lookingness with the comfort every day.

    1. I am immediately suspicious of any shoe that has “comfort” as part of the name or description. It’s sort of like any food that has “healthy” as part of its name or description – there’s a leg, either real or proverbial, being pulled somewhere.

      Why, oh why, did we move somewhere that I can’t wear Crocs 356 days a year?

  8. I know you don’t want to hear it, but the snow is gorgeous (says the woman who has tangerines growing in her backyard at this very moment).

    I have a similar shoe problem. Actually, the problem is that my feet are very big, but not quite big enough. They are 10 1/2. 10s are a misery, 11s rattle around on my feet. It’s a real problem. So I end up having to buy a lot of shoes through the internet, which means I never even get that moment in the store that you get. It’s sad. (but I do have tangerines growing in my backyard at this very moment.)

    1. The minute I saw your comment, I thought “I need to take a better picture of that wreath for Lisa – if anyone will appreciate it, she will.”

  9. You are definitely not alone in the shoe department. I do that ALL the time. I pretty much have no shoes that actually fit, but since I love them, I still wear them!

    1. I think I have 3 pairs of shoes that actually fit. Out of 163 pairs.

      *stands up* Hello, my name is Jan and I’m a shameless shoe whore.

  10. Have you tried clogs? I only wear Sanita or Dansko – am on my feet all day long and my feet are happy.

    Those photos are amazing. I know it’s only the beginning of the snow season… but I’m looking forward to some of it.

    1. *smiles* As I wore my Croc flats with the faux plaid design while it was snowing like a mad bastard outside, I had a co-worker say to me, “You’re such a terrible patient (I am), you’d think you’d try to AVOID getting sick and wear real shoes.”

      Spoken like a man.

  11. You are definitely not alone in the shoe department. Including your Shoe Whore confession. 😉

    When I saw the snowy pictures, I immediately started singing (in my head) “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…” Send some our way, willya? Might as well have the pretty white stuff with the brutal cold Mother Nature decided to hit us with. 🙂

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