Thursday, December 16, 2010

Destruction and Anticipation

Yesterday I had the chance to break away from my sewing machines and head to my beloved Wal-mart to collect some ingredients and goodies for our upcoming Christmas cookie baking day this coming Saturday.  Hard to believe it was my husband's idea that we spend the day together in our 'one-butt-kitchen' (actually it's about a one-and-a-half-butt kitchen) baking tons of Christmas cookies to give away to friends and family.
Ain't he cute with his little cream soda?
(p.s.  don't you DARE tell him I posted his pic on the internet -
our cookie baking adventure will be OVER in a heartbeat!)

It was really nice since it was a cold day, although the sun was shining (it's hard to have Christmas spirit when it's 80° in December here in the South) and I was listening to my local Christian radio station playing Christmas music while I drove back home with my 'booty'!  (I got fabric, too!)
I pulled into the garage (for some reason the driveway in front of the garage doors was extremely wet - lots of puddles although we haven't had any rain) and what to my wondering eyes should appear than this:

Water was pouring from the ceiling where a water pipe had frozen and broke.

It brought down the sheetrock and the insulation on top of that

Making a complete mess of the work area

We were storing brand new cabinets here for the house project uptown and PRAISE GOD they were salvaged!!!


Luckily, if I had NOT gone shopping yesterday and come back when I did, the damage would have been greater because I would be in the house and the hubby at the jobsite and no one would have gone into the garage to notice this was going on....the water would have run all day!

Uncle Harold (remember "Jorge"?) and Bill jumped on the job and had it cleaned up in a matter of hours.  The insurance adjuster is coming today to assess the damages.

And onto brighter's what I have to look forward to this coming Saturday!

Most of you have probably seen this but I just have to re-post it - some rules to follow when you are baking Christmas cookies!
Christmas Cookie Rules

1. If you eat a Christmas cookie fresh from the oven, it has no calories because everyone knows that the first cookie is the Test Cookie and thus calorie free.

2. If you drink a diet soda after eating your second cookie, it also has no calories because the diet soda cancels out the cookie calories.

3. If a friend comes over while you're making your Christmas cookies and needs to sample, you must sample with your friend. Because your friend's first cookie is calories free, Rule No. 1 means that yours is too. It would be rude to let your friend sample alone and being the friend that you are, that makes your cookie calorie free.

4. Any cookie calories consumed while walking around will fall to your feet and eventually fall off as you move. This is due to gravity and the density of the caloric mass.

5. Any calories consumed during the frosting of the Christmas cookies will be used up because it takes many calories to lick excess frosting from a knife without cutting your tongue.

6. Cookies colored red or green have very few calories. Red ones have three and green ones have five - one calorie for each letter. Make more red ones!

7. Cookies eaten while watching "Miracle on 34th Street", "It's a Wonderful Life" and "A Christmas Story" have no calories because they are part of the entertainment package and not part of one's personal fuel.

8. As always, cookie pieces contain no calories because the process of breaking the cookie causes calorie leakage.

9. Any cookies consumed from someone else's plate have no calories since the calories rightfully belong to the other person and will cling to their plate. We all know how calories like to cling!

10. Any cookies consumed while feeling stressed have no calories because cookies used for medicinal purposes never have calories. It's the rule!



Seams Inspired said...

Oh, Jenn! How horrifying to come home to that! You seem to be handling it well. Hope the adjuster feels very generous. :o)

Enjoy your baking!

PS...Do you still have fabric available at your WalMart? They took out that department in ALL of our stores here. :o(

Karen said...

ugh! So sorry about the garage :(

Kathleen said...

Oh what a mess to find! Sounds like an awesome rescue crew.

Pokey said...

Uh, oh. I'm glad you found the damage when you did, but, wow. Hope it's not too big a job at this time of year.
On other things you shared, we call our kitchen the same thing, but somehow we manage to squeeze in... (who's bright idea was it to put the silverware drawer closest to the sink in the inside corner? Oh, yeah, that would be the MOM)
and, I live by your cookie rules - !

Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

Oh no! What a mess. I would have been spitting chips.

Ive been thinking about making some Christmas cookies this year I think your tips about eating/baking them have been very helpful.

SewCalGal said...

Sorry about the garage mess, but glad to hear no one was hurt.

I have an additional rule for your cookies: Eat cookies with ruffage and you need not worry about the calories, as the ruffage doesn't allow the calories to stick. E.G. cookies with walnuts have ruffage as walnuts are rough.


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