First Five Fragments for Friday

1. How many inflatable holiday decorations can one city-sized yard hold before the merry scene shifts to potential horror setting?

2. Do little kids get nightmares from seeing deflated Santas face-down in their neighbors’ front yards during daylight hours in December?

3. My dog got a stomach ache and did what she always does: beg to go outside so she could eat copious quantities of grass. Thing was, the grass was frozen beneath a thin layer of snow. I could hear her crunching as she ate it anyway.

4. The automobile Bluetooth experience: “Call Beka”. “Call Peggy. Is this correct?” “No. Call Beka.” “Call Emma. Is this correct?” “No! Call Beka.” “Call Kara. Is this correct?” “No! Goddamn it…” Punch end call button on steering wheel and turn the radio up loud. Let myself be late without a heads up.

5. Perfect holiday decorating involves handing someone else the strings of tree lights.

And your fragments are….?


Yup, it’s time for Toys for Tots again. Wouldn’t be the holiday season without it. In talking to people I know who help collect toys for kids who might not otherwise get holiday gifts, it seems that teens don’t get as much attention as younger kids….just a little nudge. Everybody feels happy when they get a present.

I love December!



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  1. Hm, my fragment would be an extension of your #5. Perfect holiday decorating is done early! We're going to be busy for a couple weekends now, so we put up our tree the weekend before Thanksgiving. That's the earliest I've ever done that, and it turns out, I like that it's up 🙂


  2. Hi Joanne – That is pretty early to put up a tree! Ours goes up this weekend. My brother and his wife collect Toys for Tots at their real estate office and they give out trees to anyone who brings in a donation. That's what we're doing tomorrow.


  3. Hi Kathleen ~ Your #5 reminded me of the year that our brothers came and decorated for us. Our decorations were deemed too sparse, so they sent us out for more, much more! By the time they'd finished it was gorgeous. We took photos and tried to replicate the look the following year. What we proved was, you can have the picture; you can have the stuff; but if you don't have the STYLE, it's not enough.

    Happy Holidays.


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