I have just spent 2 hours of my precious time watching “The Cake Boss”. There is not much good on at 4 AM. This certainly does not qualify either. A big family, working together, making cakes and selling them. But, the ‘thrill’..and I use that term facetiously…is the delivery. There is a small , narrow stairway…several flights…that they have to navigate to get the huge cakes into the car or van. And, THEN, they send a teenage d boy to deliver them! I don’t get it. And he doesn’t either…cause he delivers the wrong cake to the right people.

Obviously, they are doing very well in this business. 45 wedding cakes in 1 day?!! And, a TV show for people like me to ‘marvel over’ in the wee hours. So why don’t they have an elevator, and a big, wide door, and a responsible driver? I suppose they think it makes ‘better television’. Of course, I could be wrong about the whole thing and you may think this is a wonderful show. But, I don’t think I’ll be wasting my time there again. [BTW…I would not have sat and watched 2 hours of it except that I was trying to be quiet and not wake up the household.]

Now. Let’s talk about another show. On HGTV…House Hunters. I don’t know about you, but the dialogue is so unimaginative, that I can speak it right along with them…even if I have never seen it before! But I have because they show mostly reruns…maybe 3 new episodes a year. The shows go back to 2005, for heaven’s sake!!! Every show they say…over and over…….

“I like the openness.” ‘Is this granite?” “We’ll have to gut this kitchen.” “Oh, stainless steel. That’s what I wanted.” “This is a little small.” “I like it” “This is good for entertaining.” OR “There’s not enough room for entertaining.” “I need room for an office.” “Hardwood floors!” “I like this.’ ‘The kitchen is so outdated.” “Look, stainless steel!” “OOOOO, I LOVE the granite!” “Ah, I will have to finish putting up a fence.” “I like it!” “We want the kitchen and family room to be open.” ” That color just POPS!” “We would have to change the appliances to stainless steel.” “Closets?” “I like it.” “This is little small.” “Love the stainless steel appliances!” “We need room for entertaining.” “I like it”. “Love the hardwoods!” You watch it and see. Not very creative folks running this show.

It’s Columbus Day. Yea! I’m so happy he discovered us. Otherwise, we would all be living here without knowing where we were. Columbus sailed the ocean blue……. In Fourteen Hundred Ninety two!

Funny story. This is not one of my crazy lady stories. I know this lady, and she is a hoot and a half! She is an older than me friend who attends church with us. I do not think I have ever known a lady who loves to laugh as much as she does. And, if you are around her when she starts talking…you will be laughing, too! As we were leaving church after the service, she called out to me, “Tonja, come here, let me tell you what I did.” She was already cackling! She lives in an assisted living facility. In her words…

“When I woke up this morning and looked at the clock…I was running late. It was already after 10:00! I even slept through breakfast! So, I got up and started getting ready. I took my bath and got all my clothes on…even these old pantyhose…and got my Bible and purse. I didn’t hear any body else moving around and I thought that was unusual. I waited for them to come and get me. And then it started getting late and I went down the hall to see if they forgot me. I told that girl, that I thought they forgot me ’cause I was usually picked up by 10:45. I asked her what was going on. She looked at me and then she just laughed and laughed…and said, ‘Mrs.T….,It IS 10:45….at NIGHT!!!!! ‘ [Well, those of you who know whom I am speaking of can hear her…..she just got so tickled at herself! ] I can’t believe I did something so dumb. I went back to my room, but, I wasn’t about to take off all this garb…and these pantyhose…it was hard enough to get them on the first time! Can’t do it 2 times in one day! So, I smoothed everything out and sat down real easy in my recliner, and just slept there till I came to church!” We all laughed…and she the hardest! As I left, she was telling it again to someone else! She is a precious saint.

Here I sit now, watching the Today show. Have you ever noticed how absolutely ridiculous some people act when they see themselves on a monitor? I’m talking about those who are standing outside…behind the person being interviewed. When they realize they are showing up on TV…they lose their minds. They jump and grin and wave and tell everyone around them…and then those people try to edge them out, so they can get in front of the camera! And they are all pushing and shoving and waving. It’s like they have never seen themselves before. I can only imagine how they act in front of a mirror!!! There was one young girl who finally found herself. She waved a while, and then she pulled out her cell phone and called someone in The American Heartland. It rang and rang and rang. Finally someone answered. She told them she was on the Today Show. Then she waited till they turned their TV on and got the right channel……….and then…they saw her! And, she was transported to the Realm of Wonderful! She jumped and danced and swayed and talked…all the while keeping that wave going. Life was just too good for her this morning. Then obviously, the person on the other end of the line, had to go back to work, because she hung up. Girl on TV put up her phone. She looked up one more time and gave a big sigh and moved on so someone else could have the chance at stardom…if only on a monitor, outside, behind Hilary Duff and Ann Curry discussing Hilary’s new book, and marriage, and TV show and album. Busy girl…I’m just saying……..

I think that commercial of the girl sucking all the yogurt out of the container is disgusting!

And, I think the commercial that has the mop despondent over not being used is ridiculous!

But, the commercial that has the animals that are natural enemies frolicking together at the waterhole, is very clever!

However, the one that has the biggest bug in the world going up to the door and asking to come in…creeps me out!

I have typed this post off and on all day. My DH is off on Mondays, so it is always a lazy day for us. But, I did get a dresser cleaned out and ready for Christmas wrapping supplies. And, I went out and cut back all my beautiful coleus. Is there a plural for coleus? Or is it still just coleus? Well I had 2 huge pots of coleus…but, alas, they had gotten so leggy, they had to be cut back. I fully expect them to come back, though. We’ve got lots of warm weather left. Sweet Finn went out with me while I worked on my plants. He’s not quite brave enough to venture too far away from me when we are outside. It’s such a big yard and such a little puppy.

IN OTHER NEWS: 12 weeks, and all is well! Thank-You, God!




  1. Actually I do watch it because I love to see the outcome. You can't make reality TV without trying to put in some moments of drama! I usually blog while I listen and then watch to see the finished cake. My aunt did that, she called me one night and said she was ready for her doctors appt. and was I on my way. I told her it was evening and just go lay down with your clothes on. I know when you are up during the night you really are not DVRing shows so you are stuck watching commercials. I see very few, most are dumb but every once in awhile there is a cute one. Get some sleep!

  2. My poor old mama always thinks it's the wrong time of day, but that's because she sleeps all the time!

    I don't like any cooking shows, but I must confess I like HH…especially international, because I think wow, those people have lots of MONEY!

    I do have to admit I like the mop commercial….maybe because I've been in the mop's situation before! You know rejected! 🙂

  3. I agree with you about all these shows and the commericals. I hate when I can't sleep and try to find something on TV – it is either the shows you mentioned or one of the Law & Order shows that have been run over and over again. And as much as I dislike the commericals you mentioned and a few others – they are better than all the political ones!

  4. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who gets up at four in the morning. I love to start my day with "quiet time," and usually spend that time either writing a post or finishing a draft of a post.

    I like the commercial with all the animals, too … and have wondered how they did it. I guess it's kind of like "photoshopping" photos, except on film.

    I'm glad to hear all is well with your little one … God is so good, isn't He!

  5. Gosh girlfriend, you covered lot of topics! LOL

    Love the cartoon.


  6. Oh my gracious, girl you had me cackling! I never thought, "hmm… why does the Cake Boss NOT have a nicer means of exit?!?" I wonder why that is…

    That water hole commercial…. my favorite ever! Especially after having been on a little safari adventure of my own this summer! I don't know the yogurt commercial, but I can't imagine it would be appealing. haha.

    Thanks for a good post to start my day!

  7. Good MorningTO YOU!! You're probably ready for your supper about now, since your day was so long!!

    This was a great TONJA post—lots of interesting, fun things in your own sweet way. And I guess the plural MUST be COLEUS as well, unless you have to branch off into the Latin. My Mammaw had tons of those, even a few on her beautiful porch in COFFEE CANS because that's what everybody had.

    She went at the pronunciation backward, though, for the whole big bunch of plants were COLEUS, but if she gave you one in a pot it was a COLEA. (as was one AMARYLLA).

    How I MISS her!

  8. I was going to say that perhaps the plural of coleus would be coli, but ewwww, that sounds like a germ!

    Your description of the House Hunters show is tooooo funny! I will be cracking up the next time I happen to watch it!

  9. I'm way behind on commenting this week….

    Anyway, so are SO on the money with House Hunters! Every episode the comments are exactly the same, especially the part about "this will be great for entertaining!" What I want to know is who in the world does that much entertaining? Nobody I know entertains, except for their families! All that said, I still like to watch it and decide which house I'd buy if it were me!

    I don't pay much attention to commercials, but I do love the one of the little piggy riding in the backseat of the car crying "whee whee" all the way home!

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