Dec 21, 2010


It occurs to me that, in addition to sucking at being a stern disciplinarian, I also suck at addressing all of your lovely and kind and funny and encouraging comments. Why do I do this, you might ask? Why can't I get my head out of my proverbial heiney and just stay on top of this, you ponder?

Well, the truth is that I don't have one darn clue as to the best method of talking to you. I do click on your names in the comment section, and when I get your profile, I do go immediately to your blog and read every single thing you've ever written and oogle every single thing you've ever stitched...but what to do when you don't have a blog or an email address? Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear....I worry that you'll think me rude and inconsiderate sometimes. So please know that I get completely va-clempt over your kindness to me (and Stewey and Bosco and Aunt Chrissy too) and I'd like you to know how much I appreciate all of the stitchy love.

In the spirit of answering all of the mysteries of life today (like why the heck the Winter Solstice, a lunar eclipse, and a change in the zodiac are all happening today), I thought I would answer a few of your inquiries:

*Susan wants to know just how big my big a** TeeVee is. Well, Susan, you're going to laugh at me when I tell you this, but please keep in mind that all of my previous TeeVee watching was accomplished on a set the approximate size of a postage stamp. So ANYTHING would seem HUGE to me, n'est pai? It's a 32 incher. *****Woops, Aunt Chrissy just corrected me. It's a 37 incher. (What do I know?)

*Marnie wanted to know about Jeffrey Dean Morgan and his singing. Well, Marnie, I was watching the movie "P.S. I Love You" for the hundredth time and he sings in a bar in one of the scenes therein. (Oh, wait. I'm sorry. I think I'm supposed to call it a pub.)

*Paula commented on my Hoosier humor. I have to send a big fat THANK YOU for this, since I am not a natural-born Hoosier. I suppose that I would have to register as a BUCKEYE on my official paperwork, but I have embraced my Hoosierness for many years now, and have called Indiana home longer than any other place I've lived. Yup. I love it here despite the fact that I don't have a LNS close enough to visit in my jammies.

*Patti sent along the link to the JRT video in which he decorates his little dog house for Christmas. Thanks, Patti, since this happens to be one of the things that Stewey positively INSISTS on viewing every morning before he's had his first sip of coffee. He loves the way the little dog noodges the cookie plate and milk glass and then falls asleep waiting for the big guy. Love love love this!

*Alex commented that his backside was the best it's ever been, and after looking at your blog, my stitchy friend, I must concur. In spades. And, since I am a spinster and you are a married man, after all, I will only tell you that I had a suitable chaperone firmly in place prior to making my visit. Ahem.

*Kathy wanted to know if Aunt Chrissy would be willing to adopt her? Well, given my recent shenanigans, I'm pretty sure that all it would take for Aunt Chrissy to look elsewhere for a little sisterly love would be a working knowledge of power tools, the ability to plan and facilitate weekend trips to needlework shops, and the ability to live independently without having to call her every ten minutes to ask for something. (Yup. I'm fairly certain that it's way beyond the time that my little sister should have considered kicking me to the curb. What can I say? She has become the single most patient person I know of lately.)

*Jane felt that Aunt Chrissy should be President! Yes! I couldn't agree more, and am convinced that all of our problems would FINALLY be solved....and we'd have a stitcher in the White House!

*Sharon threw the gauntlet and asked for my 2011 stitchy plan. Well, Sharon, I have to tell you that I have been having a lot of angst over the whole thought of a stitchy plan for next year. Does this come as a surprise to you? Well, please allow me to refer you to the 2008 Stitchy Plan Angst, the 2009 Stitchy Plan Angst, and the 2010 Stitchy Plan Angst transcripts for evidence of the fact that every year at this time I lose my damn mind. But, if you really must know, I am planning to do a little planning later this afternoon and I promise to keep you posted. I will say, though, that it involves purging the entire studio. This could be bad.

*Coral-seas wondered if I exaggerate? Me? Miss Hyperbole 1993? Yes, Coral, I am the biggest, most outrageous, and probably the most long-winded exaggerator you will ever meet. It's my thing. I figure it will keep you wondering what's what and that you'll come back and be my friend a little longer. Please?

*Sherry asked about the Ooey Gooey Karo Krispers. Considering the fact the I just polished off the last of them for breakfast this morning, I am only too happy to share the recipe with you (if for no other reason than to scare me into not making any more of them):

1 cup light or dark Karo corn syrup
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup crunchy or smooth peanut butter
1 cup oatmeal
2 cups corn flakes
2 cups Rice Krispies
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter chips (optional) (but you know you want them, right?)

Pour corn syrup, salt, and sugar into a large saucepan.
Stir over medium high heat until sugar dissolves and mixture begins to boil.
Stir in peanut butter.
Remove from heat and stir in oatmeal, corn flakes, and Rice Krispies.
Pour into greased 8-inch square pan and set aside to cool.
Melt chocolate and peanut butter chips over low heat in a small saucepan and then spread over bars.
Cut into small squares or triangles. (No, really. You want to cut these pretty small because they are incredibly RICH. If a professional eater like me can only take one of these at a time, you KNOW they're good. Trust me.)

That's it for today, ladies and gentlemen! Thanks for stopping by! Do something ridiculously fun today!


  1. Hi Coni, It makes me ridiculously happy to know that you have visited my humble blog!

    Thanks so much for the Krispers recipe....looks like a winner! I can never pass up anything that combines chocolate and peanut butter! (But I am a little nervous about boiling sugar without killing it...don't have a good track record with that!)

    Can't wait to see what emerges from your studio this afternoon!!! :O)

  2. Jeffrey Dean Morgan could read the phone book and I would think it was poetry.

  3. The MOST fun thing I so is read your blog on a daily basis!

    Going back to stitching now.

  4. The next MOST fun thing I have to do is LEARN HOW TO TYPE!

  5. I love your sense of humor! Enjoy all the exploits!

  6. Glad you think my campaign to make Aunt Chrissy President has a chance. You can be First Sister!

    But there's a hitch. Bosco would be First Dog which means you-know-who wouldn't. Oh, well, it was a good idea while it lasted.

    Jane, wandering off in CH

  7. I shall issue a proclamation to make you an Honorary Hoosier By Birth, via a Birthing In Ohio <:0} (That's my Elf Smiley.)

    I do believe the Karo Krispies may become another onr of Aunt Paula's Special Christmas Treats . . . Scrabble is #1 and now it will have a sweet.peanut butter and chocolate friend.

    Must check the pantry to see if they can be created tonight. . . . perhaps finding you and Stewey wasn't as positive as I thought.

    Hips, butt and waist be damned, it's Christmas and I want Karo Krispies ! ! ! ! !

    Oh, I answer questions via my blog like you did. That way I know it will get to them . . not lost in the email system on the techno highway.

  8. Coni, don't feel badly about not knowing the best way to communicate with your followers.

    I've been reading your blog for well over a year (probably longer) and have never posted a comment, because I have no idea if a comment posts if I don't have a blog.

    So, you see, you're doing much better than I at this blog stuff.

    But in the spirit of your post, I'm attempting my first reply!!

    If this works, just let me say that your blog is the first thing I read everyday and I'm always thrilled when I find a new post! As a stitcher and Mom to three (!) furbabies I totally enjoy reading your adventures.

    Thanks for sharing your life with us! Karen

  9. Thank you so much for the recipe! I am updating my grocery list tonight!

    I do have to say your blog is one that I get all excited about when I see that you have posted.

    Does that make me a groupie?

  10. Deborah says:

    Coni, you can respond to your comments by leaving a comment yourself.

    Whenever I leave a comment on a blog, especially if it's a suggestion, recipe, etc., I always check back (when I'm checking for a NEW post) to see if someone (the blogger or another reader) has commented on my comment.

    I would think think that other people do this as well. I know other bloggers who leave responses for their readers via comments.

    Just something to think about.

  11. The Krispers sound yummy. They might be just the thing to round out my almost non-existent Christmas baking, especially since I have all the ingredients in the house. Thanks for sharing!

  12. What can I say? I am always rewarded with a rediculously big smile after I've read your blog. I keep coming back for more. You and Stewey are addictive! :) Cathryn

  13. Can't wait to hear the plan for the year
    Merry Christmas

  14. What kind of stitches do you use on your needlework? I realized that I cant research how to learn it if I dont know the name of it! LOVE YOUR BLOG!! BIG FAN! THANKS A TON! Merry CHRISTMAS!!