The Dinette Set by Julie Larson

The Dinette Set

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  1. htownkev

    htownkev GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Wow Ma! Two days in a row aimed right to Burl’s heart. Then again he kinda deserves it.

  2. SusanSunshine

    SusanSunshine GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Burl and Joy know the value of good plastic.
    And that ornament has the added cachet of being made especially for Keebler.
    You just can’t put a value on things like that.
    No, really…. you can’t.

    I ate some Jingles once.

    Wow…. they have boxes packed with ornaments for each section of the tree. Why didn’t my Dad think of that?

    He marshaled the troops every Christmas, barking orders at us, and making sure no row, column, quadrant or other definable sector had more than its proper share of red, blue, green or gold,
    every ornament was spaced properly far from its neighbors…
    and every strand of tinsel (still metal foil in those days) was hanging straight down… and with no clumping!

    This was usually a few days before Christmas…. and on January 2nd, with the same military precision, the process was reversed….
    he even smoothed out the tinsel strands together as we handed it to him, and then wrapped it all up for next year, always complaining that some was bent or twisted.

    Ah… memories.
    And Burl, I’m sure, made some equally pleasant ones for Patty.

    Run, Patty!
    Run while you still can!
    Take Timmy with you!

  3. mikie2

    mikie2 said, almost 4 years ago


    Looks like Ma is on a roll. Pardon the pun but isn’t Burl Joy’s little butterflake? Maybe Ma can make it into a trifecta.

  4. Rich O

    Rich O said, almost 4 years ago

    Look who’s calling who Porky. I think her cup says 2 points. Wonder what she had to gobble down to earn a free cup.

  5. finale

    finale said, almost 4 years ago

    3 kids 28 to 34. Told them for last 2 years to come by and pickup ornaments. No one wanted any of them….actually will try to sell a few on E-Bay and donate the rest to Goodwill.
    As Yogi Berra might say: “Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be.”

  6. mikie2

    mikie2 said, almost 4 years ago


    We had the same pre-war/wartime decorating “kit” with aluminum tinsel that had to be smooth and flat and carefully put back on the holders. And the lights that if one burned out to whole string went out. A vivid memory was my older brother and I (ages 6 & 8)“rassling” and knocking over the tree.
    As always, the most vivid memory was the violence and hiding under my bed while my dad beat my brother.
    Sorta takes the joy out of the Christmas season over 60 years later.

  7. InTraining

    InTraining said, almost 4 years ago

    Today’s the best in along time….. great detail….. seasonally correct and +1 for MA…. Patty looks like a real professional…. but doesn’t bring her BF around any more…. ! ! !

  8. btcg

    btcg said, almost 4 years ago

    Burl appears to have put on a few extra pounds… must be those xmas cookies. Guess they never got a chance to get stale.

  9. celestpuls

    celestpuls said, almost 4 years ago

    I have some of those ornaments from friends for the back of the tree. One is a large plastic lobster that my mom gave to my son when we moved to Florida 10 years ago. This year my sister-in-law gave my other son a Santa on a surfboard. Yes, Florida has water, but we don’t catch lobsters or surf here. And I don’t want those things on my Christmas tree.

  10. QuietStorm27

    QuietStorm27 said, almost 4 years ago

    So the Penny’s actually spent around $75 on one ornament? I guess money is no object when it comes to sweets.

  11. MeGoNow

    MeGoNow said, almost 4 years ago

    I know she’s a nasty old crone, but there are some aspects of Ma you have to like.

  12. jmcx4

    jmcx4 said, almost 4 years ago

    Haha. I used to be like that, when the kids were little. Nowadays my daughters have to threaten me with them moving back home to get me to shlep the junk out of the attic for them.

  13. Mikekey

    Mikekey said, almost 4 years ago


    I think we may related! My mom and your dad were separated at birth, I think. She was/is a control freak anyway, but even worse at Christmas-which is why I don’t participate in her holidays anymore :)

  14. purple sky

    purple sky GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    The Pennys sometimes just make me sad.

  15. Travis Bickel

    Travis Bickel said, almost 4 years ago

    Dang Ma, you go and give porky another shot.

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