Season's Eatings! December 6th, 2015
The first Saturday each month, Nevada City's Library holds a book sale, and it's fun to poke around the shelves looking at titles. You never know what you'll find. Yesterday, Jimmy and I went. We were there when the library opened and it was crowded, but we managed to find a few keepers. Nice hardcover books are only a buck (usually), or occasionally a little more. When I'm finished reading one of these books, I either pass it on to someone else or return it to the library to resell. Win-win. Afterwards, we walked to Classic Cafe on Broad Street to eat breakfast, not our usual M.O., but once in a while, why not? At the Cafe, they use those paper placemats called Coffee Grams. In between bites, I found some "classics!"
Fer instance ... What kind of candle burns longer, a red one or a green one? Neither. Candles always burn shorter. These quips are like "reading" vaudeville. I have more, too.
Last week in Nevada City, we had several days that were too cold to do any hiking or walking (in our opinions), so one morning when the temperature had moderated somewhat, Jimmy and I donned our jackets and hit the upper canal trail. As a kid, after being stuck indoors, my Dad was known to say, "g'wan outside and get the stink blowed off yourself!" (said in jest). This relatively flat trail is the place to do it. It's approx a six-mile trek out and back, and it sure felt good to get Out and About.
The path curves 'round and 'round a mountain, and in one particular shady, northern-exposure area, we were amazed to see a patch of ice remaining. That's how cold it had been.
Miniature ice castles.
One curve in the canal held some kind of treat or fascination to flocks of Eurasian Collared Doves, Robins, Black-headed Juncos, Cedar Waxwings, Lesser Goldfinch, a pair of Northern Flickers, and I'm not sure what else. Just in one spot -- from tree to water and back. Go figure.
Here are a few more tidbits from the Coffee Gram: It's a Wonderful Life appears on TV more often than any other holiday movie (we watched it last nite). "Rudolph" was created by Montgomery Ward in 1930 for a holiday promotion. If you received all the gifts in the song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas," you'd receive 364 presents. Holly berries are poisonous; poinsettia plants are non-toxic and were first brought to the US by Joel Poinsett in the 1800's. A Christmas Carol was written by Charles Dickens in just six weeks (and finished on Dec 17, 1843 according to the book I'm currently reading). Christmas became a national holiday in America on June 26,1870. In Greek, X means Christ. That's where X-mas comes from.
In Mexico, wearing red underwear on New Year's Eve is said to bring new love in the upcoming year! Woo-hoo, remember that if you're looking for a new squeeze!
Get a new car for your spouse -- it'll be a great trade.