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  1. 3 days ago on Arlo and Janis

    Last year time slipped away. We do an event, Candlelight nights at a restored period village – with our reenactment unit before & after Christmas (our favorite of the year as we get to stay in first person every night?talk with people about the family who lived in the house/life in the period. Some members of the public have commented to husband (he is easier to reach to talk to – I am usually talking to a mob of children as I have the area with the children’s St Nicholas Day items (family was Dutch) – that they only come to the event to visit with us. Well, last year it worked out that most of the event was before Christmas. Plus other goings on in general & I had not finished course work exams so I could continue to prepare tax returns which had to be done by Dec 31 – so on Dec 22 I told husband that we were not going to get our normal decorations & trees setup in the house in time – concerned that he would be upset. He breathed a sigh of relief. He had figured this at the start of the week before & was afraid to mention it to me as I would insist on getting it done and wear myself out trying. I set up the tabletop tree normally in our studio with only items we have made on his weaving table in the living room with a SMALL selection of favorite ornaments. As the holiday went along I brought out some of my embroidered decorations and Christmas bears.

    So this year the decorations inside MUST go up or we both know they will never do so again. I have started clearing out the dining room of stuff that has piled up or not been put away so I can wheel our DVD chest (husband made it) from the living to dining room as the big tree goes where it is normally. I have been planning where I can fit his weaving inventory and looms in the studio/LR – normally not a problem – but my work table covered in spare food this year & we need access to same, also where to store 3 large plastic boxes of food that is in the dining room. 5 trees altogether inside.

  2. 3 days ago on Arlo and Janis

    There was a lot of shopping near you on Friday? TV news showed relatively few people shopping.

  3. 3 days ago on Arlo and Janis

    We normally put out the outside lights – but do not turn them on – before Thanksgiving while it is still warm enough outside to do so comfortably.

    This year our lights are a bit sparse. We had 4 strands of lights go bad last year and planned to replace them this year – not going out, so we just rearranged what we had – instead of 3 strands of white lights on the holly tree – 2 strands. The bush next to the tree got the red lights, white wires that normally are wrapped around the white post of our mail box (behind the bush) to make it look like a candy candy stick. The bush on the other side of our steps got the other set of white lights which is not on the holly. The boxwood has the indignity of only having a short line of lights across the top back of it to connect the dwarf alberta spruce next in the row to the electricity and the alberta spruce has two strands instead of three less the lights crossing the boxwood. Really the only lights any one can see is on the holly and the alberta spruce as our parked van blocks the view of the space between them.

    I did put the electric candles in the windows – I have to shut them off and turn on again as they start too late at night. I brought up the wreath for the door and tomorrow we will put in new batteries and hang it from the front door.

  4. 3 days ago on Arlo and Janis

    And they run Christmas in July movies also. All of this is done to sell their cards and expensive Christmas ornaments.

    Husband likes to watch “Frasier” on Hallmark while we are eating bedtime snack and going to bed and “Frasier” gets pulled for both of these events. He bought himself the DVDs one year to fill in during these times.

    Strangely Hallmark does not run the best Christmas movie they made – only the repetitive, quick production junk Christmas movies they make and run now.

    What was their best Christmas movie? – “The Lion in Winter” with Glenn Close and Patrick Stewart. Every year while we do our Christmas tree since we were married (okay a year after we were married, we had no tree the first year) we have watched the original “The Lion in Winter” movie with Katherine Hepburn and Peter O’Toole – first in Beta, then VHS, now DVD. In recent years there is more decorating to do and I run the Hallmark after the original ends – and then sometimes end up running them again.

  5. 3 days ago on Arlo and Janis

    Almost all of my texts sent or received are to my sister (about my 91yo mom – text from sister means good news, phone call means bad) or my husband.

    When we moved into this house 30 years ago we bought an intercom plug in system so we could talk from room to room (and not have to stand next to a heating vent when one was upstairs and one in the basement and yell) as needed – mostly because I got tired of having to walk upstairs to tell him dinner was ready. Problem with same was that we both had to remember on the unit where we were.

    Texting has solved this problem – most of our conversations go like this – dinner is finished, I have to let him to know to come down “ok”. He replies “ok”. I am taking the garbage out “garbage out”. He replies “ok” – generally by the time I get this message I am walking back in. I come back in “ok”. Sometimes our ok’s overlap with me replying to him before he replied to me. Probably over 90% of our texts just say “ok”. Other use is when out in stores and separated. Him “?” I reply with where I am and he replies “ok”. (I lose him a lot in stores when we used to go to stores in normal times to have just some time alone.)

    My sister will text me about my mom I reply “ok” or “thank you”.

  6. 3 days ago on Arlo and Janis

    And I would have been too rubenesque.

  7. 3 days ago on Rose is Rose

    These days our shopping is once a month to month and a half – food buying trips are planned like military maneuvers. If something runs out – it out until the planned next trip. We end up with a cart more full than any we had before – even when I would shop for the week and Thanksgiving dinner for the two families together and the receipt totals are so high that I have to reassure husband it is okay and point out to him how much we spent eating out before.

  8. 3 days ago on Rose is Rose

    We don’t like the same pies. I bake a pumpkin pie for him and an apple pie for me – one slice each per day.

  9. 3 days ago on Rose is Rose

    For about 20 years we had both families for Thanksgiving dinner (being of different religions it was the only family type holiday that both families wanted us for). We stopped doing so only because we had bedbugs and stopped having anyone in the house to prevent getting them again (pretty sure we did not get them from a hotel as we had not traveled in well over 6 months). I then continued cooking Thanksgiving dinner for two us for the past 10 years.

    Never in all that time had there been a problem getting dinner ready on time or anything forgotten. This year!!! Husband decided to help and I got all turned around from it. As he was about to carve the turkey it hit me – I had never made the stuffing (from a box) or the mashed potatoes (this year only, from a box as we are not comfortable buying fresh produce) and as I started boiling water to make them – he realized I had not made the gravy.

    Just him helping me threw the entire thing off. Luckily they were all quick cooking items.

  10. 3 days ago on Baldo

    Husband & I were in friends in the same group (yearbook) in college. I was dating a guy, he was dating 3 women. We both loved movies- old & new – and set up to go to a midnight movie together (as a date) after work one Friday night. On paper we were a terrible match – different religions, different ethnic backgrounds, my family believed women can do/be anything – his family believed in traditional family roles, my family ate home on holidays – his family ate out (this is a big difference, believe it or not), my family gave small gifts on gift occasions – his family gave multiple large gifts – which went along with my family being much more conservative with money than his family, and the biggest problem of all that I found out after we married – his family had hand soap at the kitchen sink, my family just used a bit of dish soap if we washed our hands there.

    We dated 4 years, were engaged 2 years – the joke was was that we would be married for 1 year & at our wedding friends were taking bets on how many days to months the marriage would last.

    We have been married 41 years & everything worked out as we are the perfect match for each other with similar love of crafts, history, movies (especially old ones), big band music, & respect for each other. We each will do anything to make the other happy – I know more about James Bond, his big favorite especially the books – than any one, let alone any woman should know & he knows more about Louisa May Alcott than any man should know. He also can get my computers to do things that they cannot do – I have a lot of software that does not run after Win XP and my computers have virtual XP machines in them so that I can continue to use the software. If one of us wins an award for needlework, wood work, etc. we both are excited and support each other in all our works – arts, writing, actual job work, etc. We are both 18th century reenactors due to his interest in it.

    That is how it should be – we are two halves of a whole.