Wednesday, April 17, 2013

It's Raining Mail & Moon Pies

The past two weeks have been good for mail. Not too much, not too little, but just enough that I'm able to keep up. Elle started the surprise cycle with her amazing artistamps; things seem to have taken off from there. I like to enjoy my gifts before I share; that way it doesn't seem like I'm doing what my grandmother called "showing off," if I wait awhile. I try to anyway, but you know what it's like to be bowled over by someone's thoughtfulness and awesomeness.


Like this. Coming on the tail of Elle's goodness kite, I still don't know what to say beyond "Amazing Grace!" And, Thank you, Captain Mike. Your wife is one talented lady. I pick these up every time I see them, wondering if some of her skills will be absorbed into my fingers. Among the Chinese, and in the estimation of this limner, you are indeed blessed with good fortune, sir. There is a mat and a frame in this little fish's future. It will hang in my gallery next to Suddenly Susan's photographs. 

I wish I read Chinese. What does the chop say? I owe you for something you did for me. When it needs retelling I tell about it to anyone willing to listen. Decades ago, when my life was up for grabs, I learned that angels are messengers of light. Kathleen sent me a little card that says something like this: Blessed are the cracked for they let in light. I crack, therefore I am cracked. You were a bearer of light when it was so dark I almost couldn't see. Thank you, sir. P.S. I like your handwriting! 

Oh my! I just checked Laura's blog. Wow. Oh, wow. I forgot my train of thought. LOL. Thanks for your kind and generous words. Am quite flustered now. That's some talent. Wow.

¶This began as another short post. It was meant to be a vehicle for a cartoon I did for Nephew II, so stop now if you're no in the mood for a little run-on. Sorry, but anyhow, several days ago neighbor one and I were admiring my flowerbed. She was telling me something about the violets when I interrupted: 

Me: Myrna, wow. Oh, wow.
Myrna: What's wrong? What is it?
Me: Myrna, I just tasted a moon pie!
Myrna: What? A moon pie? Are you okay? You're tasting moon pies?
Me: Yes, I just tasted a moon pie, and it was banana. I haven't had  a moon pie in years.


Not long after that, probably the same or the next evening, I posted about my desire to treat everyone to a Coke and a moon pie. Well, this afternoon I went to Kroger's for vegetable bouillon and bok choy. I still crave it. Plus, it doesn't require much chewing, and I was hungry. On my way to check out I saw moon pies. Dozens of them! A three sided display of moon pies! Last week Nephew II wrote about missing my good food. He warned me that care packages are allowed only if fifty-two items are sent; one for each recruit in his battalion. He despaired. Well, guess what. There's an answer to every problem. I bought fifty-eight moon pies. Most are banana, but some are chocolate, vanilla, and orange. Orange? Really?  


So. It's raining mail and moon pies this week! It took four bags but only two boxes to hold fifty-eight moon pies. They weight a lot all boxed up. Nephew II and his battalion are worth it. 


Since the guys like my little Berds, you know I had to draw a label, right? I've enhanced it a bit since this scan, but you get my meaning, yes? There's another one on the drawing board. Do you reckon the Marines will be ticked off at a Berd in uniform? If yes, what's the worst they can do to me? Make me enlist? 

It's KISS time. Keep it simple sister! So I'm signing off for the night. All about mail rain tomorrow. 

Sleep well. And thank you for stopping by.


10 comments:

  1. Your nephew is going to be one happy soldier when he opens his package from you. I love moon pies but I have never had an orange one. I think I would like it.

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    1. I hope you are right. Okay, I have a good feel that he and his platoon will. It cost $115.00 to get them there overnight. He and his platoon are worth it.

      I like the banana pies. They are not the moon pies of my youth. Sadly, but these are quite fresh. I saved one for JC and one for me. The extras might go to their commanding officer, or not. One can never have too many moon pies. :)

      A woman watched me choosing and counting them yesterday. She walked over, looked and bought several. I wonder if there are any left. LOL. Orange is a new flavor. Oh! And lemon. That's the other new flavor. Hope you get to try the orange.

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  2. I absolutely love the fish! The moonpies are quite nice too. :)

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    1. It's amazing, that goldfish. The artist even used Chinese white. We were taught to use the white of the paper. Now I am a little intimidated but want to try white paint. :)

      Those are a new brand of moon pies. They usually come in clear wrappings. Little Debbie makes the small pies but they're not the same as the moon pies of old. Another recently discovered treat from my past is the peanut patty. We loved those things, and my mom was addicted, especially when she was pregnant. JC used to drive miles just to buy them for Erin. She had her first one when she was a little thing. I blame my mom. LOL. I never gave Erin sugar treats. I have to send you a peanut patty. :) It looks toxic.

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  3. That goldfish is beautiful! The moon pies... eh. :-) But what a wonderful, kind thing to do!

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    1. I like the "eyeshadow" as much as I do the whole fish. The mourning doves that nest in our live oak wear the same shade. :)

      You don't care for moon pies? Oh no. LOL.

      Nephew's platoon has done so much to build his self esteem. A moon pie is the least that I can do. I'd have them all over for dinner if I could. :)

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  4. I heard about the explosion in Texas, hope all is well with you? The news just said "a small town in Texas" so I didn't know whether you were effected by it or not.

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    1. You are so sweet. No, this one is far away. The explosion we had was in a pasture but it lit up the sky and rattled our windows. We had to shelter in place for a few hours. This one was a nightmare. It almost decimated the little town. Thanks for being so thoughtful.

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  5. Funny you should mention Moon Pies - I just saw them reappear in my little grocery last week after a *long* absence and I was surprised to see they now have chocolate and banana flavors, but the orange ones were a complete shock. Did you notice the new packaging? I almost didn't recognize them. Have you tried the other flavors yet? How are they? Enjoy a couple for me, won't you!?

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    1. LOL. Rusty, the orange was a surprise. The colors on the packaging is deceptive. I thought the orange was red. :) My taste buds are a little off due to the toothpaste I'm using now, so flavors are a bit off. I smelled them at the post office though. :)

      The banana was okay, but the frosting was "different." I'll ask JC how he rates them. We had one apiece. No-o-o. A couple is over the limit. LOL. The marshmallow centers tasted a bit too sweet, but it could be due to our not having had much sugar in a long while. They really were fresh though.

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