Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas from the Grouch's!

Merry Christmas from the Grouch family!   This year I asked for the very best present in the world:  Older Daughter and Little Lady Bug to spend Christmas with us and much to my delight it came to be!   They arrived last weekend from the east coast to spend the week with us. 
We started with Christmas eve mass at a local Catholic high school with a chapel on the campus.  Mass was at 4 p.m. and featured beautiful vocals and music from two guys who sang during the mass.  Our family tradition is dinner at a local Pizza Hut on Christmas eve and for many years in a row we have gone for pizza.  Why this started I have no idea but Christmas wouldn't be the same without it.   After that off to see some outdoor decorations then to bed until Christmas day.  Everyone was on hand for both Christmas eve and Christmas day including all of the grand dogs (7 dogs total and all well behaved!  Good dogs!).  Christmas brunch cooked by Citizen Grouch himself which is another Grouch family tradition and then a wonderful and filling turkey dinner in the afternoon.  The Missus handled all with aplomb and no oven fire this time.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of our family and friends across the country.
Older Daughter and LLB before mass on Christmas eve
The clan after mass
Pizza time!
The calm before the excitement of Christmas morning
Christmas lights southern California style
This neighborhood's display is award-winning from our town's newspaper
Yes, it does get cold in Southern California - mid 40s on Christmas eve
Let the presents unwrapping begin!
Older son decorated the tree with cards and gifts for the family
The Christmas cactus given to the Missus by her mother last year that bloomed on Christmas eve - how's that for good timing!


Range time!

 The Grouch kids minus Young Son who couldn't get out of bed took their old man to the shooting range on Sunday for some togetherness.  It was cold and cloudy but we had a good time in spite of the temperature!  Older Daughter hadn't been to the range for a long time so she was anxious to give it a try again.
The shooters minus Young Daughter who was taking the picture
Older Daughter tries the Ruger pistol and does well
Older Son shows good form and stance
Citizen Grouch clearing the other shooters from the firing line with the smoke and flash of black powder
Younger Daughter doing her best to master the revolver

Older Son gives it a try

Time for clay pigeon busting!
Two pigeons at a time!
Who me, cold?
Older Son and his M1 rifle
Older Daughter and the Mini 14 which isn't all that mini
Younger Daughter is not intimidated by the M1 rifle!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Dogs vs. Lionel train

Every Christmas season we set up the electric train that we've had in the family for decades.  The display used to be somewhat elaborate with two tracks and two switches.  The Grouch children would play with it for hours and in fine Addams family style placed Playskool people on the tracks to be run down by the speeding locomotive.  Putting a toy car or truck on the tracks with Playskool people in them was a favorite too.
These days with only Young Son still at home and he being almost past teenagerhood we set up only a single track and no switches.  But not all is lost, the dogs decided to play with it this year!
First, Kerby came to investigate the noisy contraption circling under the tree.
Kerby is still trying to figure out what the heck this thing is!
Big sisterdog Molly shows up and demonstrates how toy trains are to be dealt with.  Roscoe can't believe what he is seeing.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

A harp and an Irish ghost tale

Since the Missus has just taken up the harp my thoughts went to one of my favorite singers and one of the best songs she has done.  It is a traditional Irish song that tells of a man, his bethrothed who dies before they are married and an eerie visit that he receives from her one night.  It is a beautiful song that makes me shiver.

This is not the Missus but it is a harp!  Loreeena McKennitt performing "She Moved Through the Fair"

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Off Road Trip for Thanksgiving

Young Daughter and I recently took a day trip to the San Bernardino mountains with some friends for some off roading.  Since I have been a lazy blogger and not done any posts recently I will let Young Daughter's blog tell all about the trip.

Read it here:http://3dogdays.blogspot.com/


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

A Dead Duck

A friend sent me this joke and since I laughed out loud when I read it I decided I should share it so here you go:

A woman brought a very limp duck into a veterinary
surgeon. As she laid her pet on the table, the vet
pulled out his stethoscope and listened to the bird's

After a moment or two, the vet shook his head and
sadly said, "I'm sorry, your duck, Cuddles, has
passed away."

The distressed woman wailed, "Are you sure?"
"Yes, I am sure. Your duck is dead," replied the

"How can you be so sure?" she protested. "I mean
you haven't done any testing on him or anything.
He might just be in a coma or something."

The vet rolled his eyes, turned around and left the
room. He returned a few minutes later with a black
Labrador Retriever. As the duck's owner looked on
in amazement, the dog stood on his hind legs, put his
front paws on the examination table and sniffed the
duck from top to bottom. He then looked up at the
vet with sad eyes and shook his head.

The vet patted the dog on the head and took it out
of the room. A few minutes later he returned with
a cat. The cat jumped on the table and also delicately
sniffed the bird from head to foot. The cat sat back
on its haunches, shook its head, meowed softly and
strolled out of the room.

The vet looked at the woman and said, "I'm sorry,
but as I said, this is most definitely, 100% certifiably,
a dead duck."

The vet turned to his computer terminal, hit a few keys
and produced a bill, which he handed to the woman..
The duck's owner, still in shock, took the bill. "$150!"
she cried, "$150 just to tell me my duck is dead!"

The vet shrugged, "I'm sorry. If you had just taken my
word for it, the bill would have been $20, but with the
Lab Report and the Cat Scan, it's now $150."

Monday, December 10, 2012

Our calendar dog

So, about 11 years ago, when Roscoe was just 8 months old and feeling frisky like a pup feels, he was playing in the backyard with some yellow rings and kicking up his heels and having a grand old time.  The Misuss took a picture of his cuteness and sent it off to the 'Dog a Day' calendar.  Imagine our surprise last year when we got a letter in the mail saying that Roscoe had been selected for the 'Bad Dog a Day' calendar!   Roscoe is not a bad dog, how could they say that about him?   His pay was to receive his own calendar in the mail and today is his day on the calendar so here are two pictures of him with his calendar page showing him in his youth.  Roscoe still looks like that dog from years ago but the backyard sure has changed!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Song Game update

Way back in July of last year I listed songs with girl's names in the title that the Missus and I have heard on the radio.  The rules for this game is that the song must have a recognizable name in the title and be a pop song that someone can hear on the radio.  Songs from 100 years ago don't count unless they are ones that the Misus insists on listing.  Since I wrote that list we've heard even more, so here is the list with the latest additions:

Jessica Lynn
Annie's Song
Dance Little Jean
Lay Down Sally
Judy in Disquise
Hey Prudence
Oh Beth
I'll Take you Home Again Kathleen
Hello Mary Lou
Tell Laura I love Her
Julie do you Love Me
Come on Eileen
Mustang Sally
Wake up Little Susie
Barbara Ann
Michele my Belle
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
Proud Mary
Mary in the Morning
Holly Holy
Down Easter Alexa
Maggie May
Boy Named Sue
Lady Madonna
Ruby Don't Take Your Love to Town
Good Night Irene
They Call the Wind Mariah
If you Knew Susie
Whose Julie
Along Came Mary
Tequila Sheila
That's my Little Suzie
Julie do you love me?
Who's Holding Donna
Dirty Diana
Norma Jean Riley
Oh Julie
Think of Laura
Love Goes Where My Rosemary Goes
Janie's Got A Gun
Jackie Blue
Susie Q
Angie Baby
Sara Smile
Sunny Came Home
Hey There Deliah
Carrie Anne
My Maria

Can you think of any we've missed?