A Christmas Ghost?

We finished up shopping yesterday. I had a special project that I was working on and "The Ghost of Christmas Past" must have taken up residence here this past week. My project has been put on hold, anytime you count on certain pieces of equipment to work as advertised..they don’t. It is just a long line of many irritants lately.

First there was a thermostat that wouldn’t shut off, It was a balmy 85 degrees in here. Then the "New" one would not turn the furnace blower on. So I froze to near death.

Then there is the water circulating pump that brings the warm water from the wood boiler outside, it began to make funny noises. Some special stuff that only cost one arm was added to the boiler water. A replacement sits at the ready all warm and toasty to be rewired and installed if need be.

Far Guys Bunn coffee maker sprung a leak, not all the time, but intermittently..sometimes it would leak and sometimes not. ( I did not try any stop leak either) Often the counter top was full of clear water. We went to town and since he is the coffee drinker, he chose a different kind of coffee maker, one that dispenses a cup at a time, no carafe to break..and this one does not leak ..yet.

One morning last week the "Ghost" got my computer monitor. It was fine at 2 AM and black at 6AM. We hooked up Far Guys monitor to my computer and it was definitely a monitor problem (Sylvania). I got a new HP 19 inch, it is OK, takes up about the same amount of space as my old 17 inch monitor. Far Guy nearly put out his back trying to load the last one on the shelf into a cart..they are wired down. It seems some people grab them off the shelves and run out of the store.

Far Guys Christmas gift ( the one I wanted him to want), might be coming on time..hooray! At 7:30 this morning the phone rang, it was the mailman "You have a package ! What should I do with it?" Luckily I got to the phone before Far Guy, I replied "Deliver it!" HA! That’s what the Postal Service is supposed to do! Our mail man is lazy, he would rather we pick up the offending package at the Post Office. Fooled him!!
Then I checked the email, it was from the company that I ordered the what I want him to want gift. It follows :

Thank you for shopping with us.

Due to a technical error, the wrong item was sent out to your address.

We have since corrected the error and reshipped the item out to you at ***.
You will receive it by approximately some time next week, or very
latest the week after.

Our sincere apologies again for this error, please let me know if you
have any further questions on this order.

My Reply: What am I supposed to do with the item that YOU sent in error? Is it Like a Merry Christmas thing? The Mail Man just called and he is delivering the wrong package this morning. End of message, nope no Christmas Hugs and Kisses or Wishes from me.

People not doing what they are supposed to do irritates me to no end. Equipment that must be disposable and not working when I want it to work irritates me. If I were a drinker I would be three sheets to the wind today. What kind of throw away, lazy, good for nothing society have we become???

On a lighter note, I am baking, Pumpkin Bread cause my Grands love it, and I will wrap some up for the neighbors and smile this afternoon when it is delivered. Oh yes, It snowed again..another four inches to add to this wonderful winter wonderland we call Minnesota.

Pumpkin Bread : A wonderful recipe from Joyce! 4 eggs, 3 Cups of Sugar, 2/3 Cup Water, 1 Cup Oil, 2Cups Pumpkin or a 15 oz can ( I like Libbys), Mix and add 1 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1, teaspoon Nutmeg, 1 (plus, I like cinnamon and use about two ) teaspoon Cinnamon, 2 teaspoons Baking Soda, 3 1/3 Cups of Flour..Mix well. Bake 350 degrees for one hour …will fill two loaf pans. Will also fill 7 small loaf pans..bake time is decreased to about 35 minutes with the smaller pans. Try to remember to spray your pans before you fill them..if you don’t then sometimes they stick to the bottom of the pan.. and you are left with half of the loaf in the pan..that’s what happened with my first batch..the Grands won’t mind..I tried my best to put the bread together like a big ole puzzle.

Now IF I could just get everyone to tell me what time they are coming and going, and for what meals they will be here for..I really could smile and enjoy the rest of the day. Oh ya, I am just the Mom, I am supposed to know this stuff.:)


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7 Responses to A Christmas Ghost?

  1. Far Guy says:

    You forgot to mention the &^$# snow blower had old gas in it and then once I got it going I went 10 feet and sheared a shear pin. How about Chances deer leg wont go through the *&^% snow blower? Was there something about garage door that wouldn’t go down?

  2. Kay Syvrud says:

    I think it is not a Ghost of Christmas Past at all—it is the freakin’ Gremlins of Christmas. Or the bad Ule Nisse from Norway. We have had trouble with our water to air heat pump too and it gets really cold upstairs at night with just the propane…hopefully our heat pump guy is coming today with a replacement part…as my old mother used to say If it isn’t one thing, it’s another!” “Don’t worry… nothing will turn out all right” (she was a perpetual pessimist) YOU will get through it…..I love FarGuy’s comment about trying to snowblow Chance’s deer leg! UFF DAH we say down here!

  3. Kay Syvrud says:

    I am trying your pumpkin bread recipe..mine alway s gets to soggy.

  4. PrairieWoman says:

    The Gremlins haven’t found me…yet. So far things have gone relatively according to plan. I sit and do nothing while my eldest daughter suffers through the pain of having to plan Christmas. :)

  5. Peace Garden Mama says:

    Far Side,
    Hang in there. A new year is coming. In the meantime, I hope the Christmas Ghost will fly ahead and go bother someone else.
    Christmas blessings,

  6. Abra La Mente says:

    The gremlins have certainly found me!! You sure could have kept them, but I guess in that Holiday Spirit, you just had to share! Merry Christms!

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