“A wise old owl lived in an oak;
The more he saw the less he spoke;
The less he spoke the more he heard...
Why can't we all be like that bird?”
― Edward Hersey Richards




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And this is me in my Christmas garb just before we left to Cracker Barrel---Sunday morning, Bud and I got nerve to venture out. Being that we've been cooped up in the confounds of our 'four walls' since Thanksgiving. LOL I tend to go stir crazy if there is no day trips after a while. But, neither wanted to go too far as the likes of all the crazy shoppers on their last holiday break day was Sunday and more than half of the retail shops continued to have after Thanksgiving sales promoted on Sunday, in the wee hours of the morning, also. Well, we decided to go early, to Cracker Barrel. I always enjoy a meal out where I don't have to cook and clean up afterward. Tho, most times any more Bud does the cleaning up. Anyway, the first thing I notice when I walk through the door is all the Christmas goodies on display in their general store. Whoa. Some just took me aback! Cardinals. If it weren't for Santas, Cardinals would be my choice for Christmas decorations. I spied right off a coffee cup. And get this, all the merchandise on that shelf had a 25% off tag above it. To begin with, it wasn't that expensive...$3.99 and I just had to have it. When we were done dining --- Bud paid for the meal and picked up one of the cups. It's still in the package, still on the kitchen counter, I haven't opened it since we've been home. What's that, two days now? I tellya, I am not too ambitious these days. Well, anyway, before I forget this part...when the gal at the front counter grabbed the menus and escorted us to a room to sit and order our meal, there was one lonely looking guy in the corner opposite us...and out came the cellphone from my pocket...I had to have a photo of him. Does he look familiar to you? He's a long way from the North Pole, to be sure. I almost wanted to walk over to him and take a yank at the beard to see if it was real, LOL----







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I won! I won!!





Out here in blog land, there a very talented woman. She has outstanding wit. She writes...she's a lyricist [her recordings have won awards], she has a great CD! Jannie Funster's "I Need A Man". A while ago, on her blog, Jannie had a giveaway. And guess what? Well, duh! Yep, you guessed correctly. I was one of the winners!! A few days ago, I received a package from the letter carrier...and I tellya now, I've never had so much fun listening to her songs!! "Motorcycle Cop....I Love you"...I really do love ALL the songs our most talented songstress has on her CD! "Smallest Songwriter", the intro is just stupendous... it's just too sweet and precious...a hoot! I love it...I love 'em all!! "Cheeseburger Dream" in the song, Hearts and Bones...oh man, she knows me!! Another song..."Sisters....one in Texas and one a world away"...that could so be me again!!
Wedgie Wedding ---------gotta love this one for all the smiles it creates while listening to it. Now if you like original and very unique [and so very honest and true to life] songs, this is one you MUST have. I am sure y'all will enjoy every lyric. At this point, here is where I send along my deep thanks for taking the time to have the giveaway, and allowing me to experience your talents with music. You're so very skilled. I THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart!!!

JANNIE FUNSTER'S cd --"I NEED A MAN" purchase here

READ ABOUT JANNIE here

LISTEN TO A FEW OF HER SONGS WHILE RECORDING them ...HERE

34 comments :

  1. never would i imagine santa, ever ALONE!
    great red capture with that photo.
    i too have been home, and loving every quiet moment.
    thanks for your visit and your red!

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  2. Well boy have I missed this blog :). Congrats on the win. Love your theme. :)

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  3. "This was fun", THANK YOU for taking me to Cracker Barrel(I LOVE that place). Anywhere that can stuff me with biscuits and grits along with a HEARTY breakfast anytime of day SURE gets me excited!!! Oh and yes the gift shop, I WANT you to go OPEN UP your little package on the counter. "I WANT TO SEE IT"!!! and about that guy in the corner, "Why didn't you go sit on his lap"??? You KNOW you wanted to!!! and he even had his "REDS" on... I'm sure you were NOT the only one SNAPPING his picture!hehe!!! How cute was that!!! Congratulations on your win, that sounds like such fun!
    Hugs to you... OH and I LOVE,LOVE,LOVE your sweater!!!
    Have a wonderful week,
    Donna

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  4. Congrats on the win! I love the picture of Santa in the corner too. :)

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  5. Love all the red - and congrats on yr win!

    XOXO Lola:)

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  6. It's always fun to win, but seeing Santa Claus eating? Priceless!

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  7. The gift shop is THE reason I have to stay out of Cracker Barrel. I love cardinals also-they were my dad's mother's favorite and I think of her every time one comes into our yard thus, the bird feeder. I'm positive that WAS Santa! Awesome!

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  8. I like Cracker Barrel. Especially the individual chicken pot-pie. Santa seems to think this is a fine place for food, so therefore, it is for me!

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  9. Anni, Congratulations on winning the giveaway. Sounds like fun.

    Love the Christmas decor here on your blog.

    Blessings,
    Mary

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  10. Oh! Love your Ruby Tuesday post! Your sweater is very lovely and wow! That had to be Santa!!

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  11. You look just beautiful in your Christmas shirt~ I know what you mean about getting stir crazy if you don't get out every once in a while. I'm the same way -- we try to stay home on weekends anyway (even when it's not Black Friday) -- letting those who have to work have that day to tour or shop or whatever. But sometimes I can't even stand two days without going somewhere ;>)

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  12. Hi Anni. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    I love the red shirts and those flowers look lovely.

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  13. I haven't never been in a cracker barrel the resturnt or even a real cracker barrel
    That sure is a bright blue shirt.

    Coffee is on.

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  14. Yay congratulations! I like your sweater too.

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  15. Great shots! I ove your shirt Anni. :)

    Thanks for stopping by.

    My RUBY links:
    Moms... Check Nyo
    Yummy-as-can-be

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  16. Annie you are down right beautiful in your Christmas garb!!

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  17. Have a great time. Happy Thanksgiving.

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  18. Congrats on the win!
    I would love to meet Santa .... and have atug at that beard. hehe....

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  19. I too get crazy when I have to stay more than 2 days in my 4 walls ! The picture of you is very nice ! Love the sweater. Christmas shopping fever has arrived here too, although the flemish part of Belgium celebrates more Santa Claus on Dec 6 where the kids get the big gifts. So the shopping had been done already. Living in the french speaking part, Santa Claus is less important.

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  20. Your new blog dress is beautiful !

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  21. Hi! Congrats!You look great in that outfit!

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  22. The men in red do resemble santa so much. Thank you for visiting my blog so I can follow you back.

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  23. oh, you're quick to take Santa's photo:) he must've had a long, tiring day ! have a good week! btw, I like your sweater:)

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  24. Congratulations on winning Anni.... love your blog theme

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  25. You absolutely look great! congrats for winning too!

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  26. Do you live with Santa?

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  27. Love the sweater and Cracker Barrel is our favorite eatery...I would have loved to eat with Santa there.
    My Ruby post."Christmas Town"

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  28. So sorry I haven't been over for such a long time - my life is zookeeper right now! I am tired and having a hard time keeping up, but don't want to lose these important connections in blogland. Sounds like a fun time at the Cracker Barrel and a good deal to boot!

    I hope you guys get your energy level back - it's not like you to be down!

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  29. Glad you ventured out. It's smart to beware the shoppers. LOL

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  30. What a marvelous post. I love your sweater and your blog is all decorated too. I am way behind on that.

    I love The Cracker Barrel too and haven't been in ages!!

    Happy RT and I hope you have a great week!:-)

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  31. hahha-- Santa eats at Cracker Barrel-- Doesn't mrs. Clause know how to make comfort food!

    Great post! Thanks for the visit!

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  32. Love your Christmas outfit, Anni! :)

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  33. You are too too too too sweet and awesome, Anni. Thanks!

    Tears in my eyes reading your sweet words.

    The song by Kelly is one of my favorites. She was 5 years old, in front of a microphone at home noodling around and she wrote that song, which I recorded on the spot.

    Seen any Motorcyle Cops lately?

    Ate any bog old juicy cheesegburgers?

    Hope your wedgies are staying away?? :)

    xoxoxo

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