Tuesday, November 17, 2009

when he's away...

When the Lord King of the Manor is away, things are,
ahem, let's say, just a tad more relaxed. I'm often
known to do the following...

Drink extra strong black coffee at random, keeping me up odd hours.

Don furry hats, take pictures of myself, then post them on my blog.

Eat random meals of Cheerios, hunkered over my keyboard.

Eat Mickey Dee's double fish fillets two days in a row, or three.

Let the laundry go until I run out of fresh panties.

Throw dirty everything in the kitchen watering hole sink until it's full.

Watch double feature Merchant Ivories in my woolly socks with
Donald Hall and Rita Dove.

Sing show tunes, loudly and with abandon, until the ghosts take cover.

Spend hours days in the second hand bookstore, until the owner
thinks I'm the new employee.

Start a chain reaction of rearranging items around the manor, so
that nothing is in the same spot on His Majesty's noble return.

artwork by Michael Sowa

105 comments:

  1. And what about those trips to NYC and Vegas?

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  2. Shh! Bill, I keep those a bit dark.

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  3. Yup, me too. I love it when my husband goes away. By the way, I want a hat just like yours!

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  4. I'm liking that list. That list sounds like a lot of fun. Especially the parts about...no. All of it. All of it sounds like something I would do. ;)

    Happy Monday! :)

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  5. Well, what's a girl to do? She has to entertain herself somehow!

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  6. I laughed so hard I almost sent my laptop flying!
    I know what you are talking about. *giggles*

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  7. P.S.:
    Does your husband know about that other, the Pot-Bellied King? ;-)

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  8. Sounds a bit like when Eberle travels--at least the coffee & random meals! Fun post.

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  9. Hmmmm...this sounds like my house when Secret Agent Man is traveling for work. I love it! I also love your illustration for this post!

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  10. Still smiling after reading your list. I think we all have done a bit of that when we have the time and the house all to ourselves.

    Love it!!!!

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  11. The Songwriter had a concert in Chicago this past weekend. It was popcorn for dinner!!

    Your prizes are on the way!! Congratulations!

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  12. O...love this post...its ME!!

    Happy day..:)

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  13. I identify very strongly with the film viewing. The only time I watch films is when he's out of the house (luckily, husband works shifts...).

    I now have an image of you at the keyboard, eating Cheerios and wearing the furry hat.

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  14. Oh I LOVE this! I think we all have a secret life to live when he who knows all is away.

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  15. Good smiles (and some identification) from this one, Willow. My daughter and I were alone tonight and we ate dinner (just pasta) in front of a Big Love episode. Dinner tends to be a bit more formal when our King is in attendance!

    LOVE the way you are invoking the snow gods. We've been buried in gray muck for days. I'd rather have snow, too.

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  16. My King is taking a weekend hiatus to "play golf with the boys". I may steal somethings off your list while he's away. =)

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  17. Willow,

    Loved this post. Some things are universal.
    What show tunes?
    I must try Mickey Dee's. I keep hearing about it, but have never seen one, much less had the pleasure of eating at one.

    Enjoy yourself. The party will be over soon.

    Marjorie

    Marjorie

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  18. Well, I have no other half to go away and leave me to my own devices, so this place pretty much looks like a disaster area all the time. But now you've got me thinking I should take self-portraits featuring my hat collection to put in a gadget in my sidebar.

    Willow, I think you've created a monster!

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  19. Yup, Roy, now we're gonna have to see the hats!!

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  20. Marjorie, I fondly call McDonald's "Mickey Dee's"! :^)

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  21. (chuckling out loud) Boy, do I identify! My Dearest Darlin' is away most of the time so when I'm not being lonesome without him I get to enjoy the little self expressive freedoms you so amusingly noted ALOT. I'm ESPECIALLY known to move things about and for me it's Frosted Flakes rather than Cheerios over the keyboard though and I'm thinkin' some of that oddly timed coffee sounds good about now, actually. Wondering how much coffee it'll take to keep me up through meteor showers tonight????

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  22. What fun! I do much the same -- and am known to indulge in foods my husband hates -- fried cabbage being one. And the schedule shifts radically.

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  23. I wonder what the King does??? haha!

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  24. Ohhh, isn't is LovERly!!!! Enjoy!!! Hugs, Terri

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  25. Sounds most fun. Hope he goes away often.

    (That didn't sound so good, did it?) And I suppose if he were gone a lot, then the time wouldn't be so special.

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  26. Which Merchant Ivories? Ballad of the Sad Cafe?

    Your Kingless existence sounds fantastic. Too many weans here for such brilliant indulgence....maybe some day.

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  27. Oh, and Marjorie, I don't think there's any show tune that I don't know all the lyrics to. Heehee!

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  28. Otin, I would tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.

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  29. Shug, you know, I've seen all the MI films except Sad Cafe. I adore Simon Callow. I'm putting this one on my Netflix queue right now.

    My old standbys are Howard's End, The Remains of the Day and A Room With a View.

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  30. I love what you do when the Lord of the Manor is gone.
    Cheerios is an all-time favorite of mine. I think it's hilarious that you take photos of yourself in fur hats and post them. Made my day to read all this.

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  31. I'm the same way. I miss the sdays when I'd watch two, three movies, munch on dove bars and strong coffees.

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  32. if you look on the next aisle at the used bookstore you will probably find me when the queen is away...on a days long coffee high...

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  33. Duh! Don't know what planet I have been on, but of course McD's. Sadly not one in Carmel.

    Marjorie

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  34. LOL! A woman after my own heart, a kindred spirit, indeed.

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  35. Oh, I love Merchant Ivory films...be sure to check out my blog tomorrow when I post my Julian Sands story...A Room With A View...one of my favorite films.

    much love

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  36. Goodness!

    I just asked Maureen what she would do if I was away, and she said she'd be all neat and tidy and a little bored, because these are the kind of things I do when I'm here!

    Here's something else to do - lean out of the window at night and make owl noises! The squeaky ones - it's great fun because they sometimes answer.

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  37. I loved this piece of you too... especially you singing show tunes until you scare the ghosts away!!
    I also love how all your women blogger friends can relate so much to the list ;)

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  38. If I could change the fish fillets to pizzas... I am so there! Sounds like a wonderful few days. Wait, did you mention wine? I'd like a glass or two. Oh hell make it a bottle.
    Salut!

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  39. rxBams, days? Make that weeks.

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  40. Sounds like fun! I wonder if Joe does those things when I'm gone!

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  41. His magesty must adore you!

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  42. sounds like a fun time.
    can i come?
    i will even help you re-arrange the whole house!

    xx

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  43. I always think the house is full of messes when my husband is home, but when he leaves, I stop doing housework and think maybe it is really I who am the transgressor.

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  44. I like the bookshop one.
    My husband rarely ever goes away, I am the one who travels. I wonder what he is up to when I am not there...

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  45. My favorite is the Kashi cereals or Wheat Chex. I think the cereal makes a fine breakfast, lunch, dinner and/or dessert.

    I remember a friend of mine, who has since moved, would love it when her fire chief hubby was out on trainings in March. She loved basketball. And after work, she would settle herself in for an evening of watching basketball while eating her dinner of popcorn and Chardonay.

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  46. Perfect fun few day! I like the long hours in the bookstore...great time and nobody saying "let's go!"

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  47. Yes! 7 of the above apply to me when my King is away.

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  48. Willow,
    I had to go and order "The Little King December" - thanks for bringing this book back into my life!

    Do you by any chance know the children's book "Prince Esterhazy-The Rabbit Prince"? Written by Irene Dische and Hans Magnus Enzensberger, illustrated by Michael Sowa, so full of wit and puns, yet what the prince goes on to witness is the Fall of the Berlin Wall - in my book it's fit to read for adults too (the word play begins with the title: The House of Esterházy is an old Hungarian noble family, the name sounds similar to the German "Osterhase", easter bunny, and Hasi is also an endearment. Amazon has a few second-hand copies left.

    HM Enzenberger's œuvre is well worth exploring, it ranges from the lighthearted to the deeply philosophical (you'll never look at numbers again the same way after reading his take on them, "The Number Devil"). I suppose you know Irene Dische already.

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  49. This one made me absolutely giggle...my husband now travels often, and we (my daughter and I) have a different but similar list of ways that things change..have fun!

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  50. Love this post..Yes a universal theme. So, so, so nice to be alone sometimes and have the entire house to roam while dreaming....hey...this is one possible thing. I could....Yep, just a thought or is it a wish?

    Simone

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  51. the stress level goes down - yes it's a strange thing that, the way we hold back those intimate sort of grubby but really nice little features of how we would live if we were alone . . . . ! this was very funny, and real!!! have a lovely peaceful day at the manor willow. steven

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  52. I LONG, LONG, LONG to be ALONE at The Glen for a period of time!!! I often fantasize of WHAT I would do if I ever was ALONE here!!! I think I would do many of the things YOU are doing!!! Coffee, movies, a bit or reaarranging, NO laundry!! AHHHH!

    Some day!

    ENJOY!

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  53. 'Watch double feature Merchant Ivories in my woolly socks with
    Donald Hall and Rita Dove.'

    I didn't know you were chums with them. Do they also don the woolly socks? :-)

    It sounds like a wacky time to yourself, all the more enjoyable to read.

    Many thanks.

    Greetings from London.

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  54. Sounds quite like the bygone days of my single life. And last time I read (quite a while ago), you were drinking black tea instead of coffee. You've gone back, haven't you? Well now, I'm the one that gave up coffee and downing multiple cups of yerba mate instead.

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  55. Me, too - love it when BB's away. It's the best of both worlds then: solitude in OUR house.

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  56. Oh..thank you so much for this post!

    I have always been a bit worried about the changes that come over me when my husband is away.
    I think I felt that I kept something hidden in my closet that one needs to share if in a good relationship.
    But now I see from your post, and from reading all the comments, I may have been worrying about something very good and natural.
    That's a relief.

    The endless possibilities now......oh.

    Thank you!

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  57. Merisi, thanks for reminding me of Prince Esterhazy. I've been wanting a copy for myself and just might have to put it on my own Christmas list!

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  58. I love Sowa's art! So whimsical. Your list is great... I can relate to quite a few of them. Isn't Autumn Sonata devastating? I think there's only one viewing of that for me. Masterful and devastating.

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  59. Corabela, for the most part I still drink black tea, except sometimes when the King is gone, since it keeps me up at night.

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  60. Hmmm, seems like a normal day around here for both of us, but we are retired and pretty much do as we please or "feel like."

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  61. WOW. Are you me? Am I you?

    Everything's comin' up roses and a little Howard's End. Can I come over?

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  62. I can relate to all of this in sooooo many ways. I just need a furry hat. :)

    I absolutely love what you say, every single time. :)

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  63. Willow,

    You summed up exactly what my life turns into when I'm by myself... Isn't it wonderful that the spirit wanders into the realm of personal interests when you just let go. I have been known to totally destroy and rebuild section of my home when left to my own demise. One time in particular (during a boy's out 2 week hunting trip) I actually remodeled both my childrens rooms. Tore out carpet, painted murals on their walls, bought new "gently used" and very interesting items from garage and antique sales and totally refurbished beyond recognition their rooms. What fun it was. Who knew the hardwood floors beneath the carpet were so beautiful? Today I restrict myself to artistic endeavors of a more simple nature, choosing to read, paint, watch flicks and write. I especially love cool, foggy days and snowy days as they seem to pull out the deeper creativity. Anyway, thanks for sharing your secret nature with us. You are a special person, and so very talented!

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  64. I'm with you there, willow. When Mr FF is away I stop making lunch and eat big thick sandwiches that keep me full all day. I put on all the indie films that he heaves a sigh to, wear the same sweater two days running and sometimes even curl up in my dressing gown for the evening.

    Gosh - if I lived alone I might never get dressed again.

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  65. You have such an exciting life ...

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  66. Yes, yes
    my meals degenerate into cereal and yoghurt
    and rolled up ham
    and video games
    and maybe not even
    having a bath

    One of my great ants was discovered by my (shocked) mother sitting in bed doing the Times crossword with an open can of tinned peaches
    and smoking a cigarette

    sounds pretty good to me.....
    my kind of gal

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  67. Isn't delicious to be a woman? LOL What a world we carry within!

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  68. Hey, e, she had it right, didn't she? Sounds like my kinda gal, too!

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  69. I know just what you mean about the chain reaction of rearrangement.

    This is so funny! When I was married and my husband went out of town, I always loved it. Ate all the foods he abhored but I loved, etc.

    Really love that you drink very strong coffee and then stay up late. How great.

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  70. Oh, how funny! My husband is away this week as well. My favorite thing to do is put the kids to bed and then get in bed with a black and white movie and wallow in the luxuriousness of 1930's Hollywood.

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  71. I love the rearranging the furniture part. Eating stuff at my computer is always a favorite when my king is away.

    These days I am away more than my king. Um? Wonder what he does when his queen is away?

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  72. I am so glad I am not the only one who drinks coffee at odd hours, and sings. I cut a mean rug as well.
    I hear you in regards to having the place to yourself,
    when my King is away, this Queen will play!!!
    Hot damn this is a funny post.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  73. Happy hours spent, but happier hours to come when the king returns.

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  74. Sounds like a great to-do list... did you get it all to-done? -Jayne

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  75. I like the painting.
    At least you are no longer blogging about your hubby's hair!

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  76. It was extremely interesting for me to read that post. Thanx for it. I like such themes and everything connected to them. I would like to read more on that blog soon.

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  77. I too have always loved the freedom when the Prot was away. I could read A book without having to put it down to sleep or eat.
    I loved to design an outfit and finish it without having to clear the dining tabe inbetween or to totally lose myselt inmaking pots or painting.
    I think it is a wonderful lifestile as long as you know they are coming back.

    Retirement has its drawbacks, he always wants me around and free spirits are hard to hold down...

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  78. isn't if fun to let ourselves (yourself) go completely to 'pot' sometimes-- eat cookies before dinner if you want to..

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  79. Look for me when you are in the bookshop. I'm the chap united by a love of Second Hand bookshops but divided by a continent or two.

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  80. It's such a pleasure to be "off duty" sometimes. :-)

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  81. I know that rearranging impulse only too well.

    Whenever I would leave on business for a few days, I would never return to the same house.

    And it would be weeks before I knew where to find things.

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  82. Love it all but especially that you move things around! It's just redecorating, right?!

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  83. Hello Willow,

    Maybe you could have given No.5 a miss?! This is almost like a poem too; I could 'feel' rhymes within.

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  84. It's great to give the tiara a break!

    We ladies lead not so secret lives I see.

    Super post!

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  85. Well, Willow, I'm gone I like to mix things up too! (HEY? Ha. Jsut making sure everyone's paying attention!)

    Actually, it's good to mix things up --keep his majesty always intrigued by the mystery of this woman, Willow. Perfect.

    I had to laugh over the bookstore employee adage. Very funny. I can just picture it.

    Now, Cheerios works anytime. Shall I bring the tea? :)

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  86. "Howard's End, The Remains of the Day and A Room With a View."--Lov elal these movies. some of my faves, actually.

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  87. Mirror, mirror on the wall, I'm just like Willow after all!
    Left-over nachos for breakfast, muesli for dinner, my music up really loud, weepie DVD's, no make-up, old trackie pants & absolutely NO SPEAKIES! OMG that felt sooooo good!
    Millie ^_^

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  88. Ah so! Now I get the "wooly socks" reference. (You can't beat a good Merchant Ivory. Which is your favourite? I'm "A Room With A View" gal, myself. That scene in the field, you know? Of course, Maggie Smith makes it!

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  89. Kat, I would have to say "Howard's End" would have to be my favorite, since it almost takes on a human role, much like Willow Manor.

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  90. you know...your post made me realize that while you get to partake in this behavior of "silly solitude situations" while "the King" is away....and I think...OMG...I act like this all the time, because I'm single and live alone!

    I remember having days when my ex-husband would go away, when I couldn't wait to look forward to the "me-time"...and now, me time is every day....

    I loved the part about the second hand bookstore owner thinking you were a new employee...that's so something I would do!

    ~hl~
    {www.hoscorners.blogspot.com}

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  91. What great things to get up to! When the cats away....

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  92. What we all do, when the King is away, I think! A great list...then, just before he returns, a devlish clean up and stock up and clean up.:) perfect!
    xo Lidy

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  93. Amazing! So similar to my freedom time when "His Master's Voice" is away. Love your photo of the little King on the newspaper.

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  94. The Lady of the Keys at the Chatelaine de Willow insists on things being just so, the comfort zone. Reminds me of that song "When she lets her hair hang down" for some reason. The Lord's swift return allows melady to feel safe again without the need of the dreaded hounds employ. Wooly socks? Isnt it great we dont have to impress ourselves? I would be in the fetal position with thumb in mouth if my man ever left for a minute. No kidding! Clingon that I am!

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  95. Ah yes, of course! (And it doesn't hurt that Sir Hopkins is in the lead, does it?)

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  96. This is my first visit and a fun one it was!

    I truly enjoyed your sense of humour!

    and I am in agreement with Renee, sounds like 'freedom' to me...:)

    thanks, Willow~
    Calli

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  97. You are so delightful, Willow! I am trying to catch up on so many blogs I've missed, I guess it is a good thing I've retired. Except that I'm broke. When I need a great chuckle, you are always there, however. Thank you.

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  98. love this willow!!!! i love when my hubbie is on a business trip so i can be a bum and dance and sing to my heart's content. we are kindred spirits, my friend!

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Inject a few raisins of conversation into the tasteless dough of existence.
― O. Henry (and me)