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Christmas Cookie Rules


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A favorite tradition of the Christmas season is Christmas cookies. There are some that each family just has to make each year, or it wouldn't be Christmas. There are cookies that we make only at this time of year because of their strong tie in our minds and hearts to Christmas time. And every family's list is different. Today I'm posting a list of rules to make you feel better about your Christmas cookie consumption.

Christmas Cookie Rules

1. If you eat a Christmas cookie fresh out of the oven, it has no calories because everyone knows that the first one 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 #1) yours is also. It would be rude to let your friend sample alone and, being the friend that you are, that makes your cookie calorie free.
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Mail at Christmas Time


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The period between Thanksgiving and Christmas is hectic for most of us, even in the best of years. There is so much going on and so much to get done that, if we're not careful, Christmas will find us more Scrooge-like than we would ever want to be. Today's post is about three people who had problems at Christmas time, problems mainly of their own making. And all three problems involved the mail system in one way or another. (Boy, how long ago was the stamp on the right valid?!) :-)

A grandfather bought a hobby horse by mail order as a Christmas present for his granddaughter. The toy arrived in 189 pieces. The instructions said that it could be put together in an hour. However it took the old man two days to assemble the toy!

Finally, when the hobby horse was all put together, he wrote a check, cut it into 189 pieces, and mailed it off with the bill to the company.

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Here are two lessons on being careful preparing your Christmas cards.
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Texting for Seniors


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Cell phones have revolutionized our lives, maybe as much as any other invention in recent memory. My son-in-law Jim and I were talking about it recently and we each gave several great examples from our lives of where having a cell phone made a difficult situation much more manageable ... or in one case, of how my traveling through an extremely heavy snowfall in 1974 (a total of 22 inches!) would have been very different if I had had a cell phone.

Earlier this year I was surprised to read that cell phones are now used more for data than for calls. (Among many things, data includes Internet activity, various apps, music, games, and especially texting.) There's even something now called tethering, whereby you use your cell phone as a modem for your laptop to access the Internet. I have noticed more and more seniors with cell phones and wonder whether they use them most for calling. I pay for limited texting on my cell phone (250 messages a month) and text mainly my kids, a couple of friends, and a few students. We're trying to decide whether to add texting to Becka's cell phone.

One part of texting that I'm not too good at is the use of acronyms or abbreviations to cut down on the number of characters in a message — for instance, ttyl is "talk to you later" and thx is "thanks." It's not always easy to figure out what some of them mean. Today's post is a list of acronyms seniors might use in their texting.

Texting for Seniors

BTW: Bring the wheelchair

LOL: Living on Lipitor

OMG: Oy, my grandchildren!

ROFL. CGU: Rolling on the floor laughing. Can't get up!

IMHO: Is my hearing-aid on?

IMHMO: In my HMO

SUP: Speak up, please
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A Little Christmas Cheer


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Christmas has been on my mind all semester with play practices several times a week and then the daily performances for the past week and half. But I think I've done only one Christmas related blog post this year. So today I'm posting three Christmas jokes. At the end of the post, I'll share some of my reflections on A Christmas Carol.

As the little girl climbed onto Santa's lap, Santa asked the usual, "And what would you like for Christmas?"

The child stared at him open-mouthed and horrified for a minute, then gasped out, "Didn't you get my e-mail?!"
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How to Stall the Aging Process


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As we went into our 8th performance last evening, we were all tired and a couple of cast members were struggling with various symptoms of maladies. As the senior member of the cast, during the class day I commented to people that I was beginning to feel every one of my 59 years. But strangely enough, when the play began last night, the fatigue and malady that we were feeling disappeared and we gave one of our best performances yet.

I'm convinced that one way to stall aging is to be with young people, and to enjoy being with young people. I think that by so doing, a person keeps a more youthful outlook. Being with my students in class and with many other students in A Christmas Carol has been very good for me. Another way to slow down the aging process is to be as active as possible. Today's iv is several jokes about aging.

Gladys is standing in front of her full-length mirror, taking a long, hard look at herself. "You know, Harvey," she comments, "I stare into this mirror and I see an ancient creature. My face is all wrinkled, my arms and legs are as flabby as popped balloons, and my backside looks like a sad, deflated version of the Hindenburg!" She turns to face her husband and says, "Dear, please tell me just one positive thing about my body so I can feel better about myself."

Harvey studies Gladys critically for a moment and then says in a soft, thoughtful voice, "Well, there's nothing wrong with your eyesight."

Services for Harvey will be held Friday morning at 10:30 at Taylor Funeral Home.
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