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A delightful morning spent chipping the ice sheet off the port-swiller driveway, aided and abetted, or at least thoroughly interfered with, by the youngest gel, who insisted on helping out by wielding the large broom in my wake.

As I worked, I was reminded again, rayther painfully, that I simply do not have a really warm pair of gloves.  So that even as parts of the person were working up a sweat, the fingertips were once again dancing perilously close to frostbite.

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

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Idly perusing one of the educational magazines that make their way from time to time into the port-swiller household thanks to Mrs. Robbo’s profession, I came across a full-page ad for Carolina owl pellets.  The ad says that said pellets are a fun and exciting way to introduce the younglings to the gentle art of scientific dissection.

I’ll bet.  Indeed, I can think of very few things more likely to garner the attention of an entire classroom full of kiddies than the announcement that they are going to start messing about with bird poop.

Now I can only assume that said pellets are not collected by people wandering about the forest armed with baskets and pooper-scoopers, and that therefore there is an industrial-sized shed somewhere in the Carolinas full of owls doing their thing.

For some reason, this strikes me as very funny.

Says long-time friend of the decanter Beth:

  • I went to see The King’s Speech last night and loved it. It made me want to read a biography of George VI – so I have one on hold at the library. Apparently it made several other people want the same thing.
  • I get that, too, from certain other ladies in and about the port-swiller household.

    Which leads me to ask the question requires me to call certain persons out:  If somebody other than Colin Firth had played the part – say, for example, Joe Pesci or Jack Black  or, hell, Benny Hill- would you honestly be that interested in the dynastic issues of the House of Windsor in the 1930’s?

    Really?

    Confess, I say! CONFESS!

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