Q: I can’t believe that after all these years (well, rather decades…) I have never drank coffee nor did I have a desire to. Can’t stand the smell even. And then, last week, you have me try one of your caramel cappuccino k-cups and I loved it! Why didn’t I ever try cappuccino before? Eric: I have no idea why you didn’t drink coffee. It’s not normal.
Q: Even though we missed Thanksgiving yesterday because of the storm, didn’t today, at your mom’s and Bruce’s feel like the “actual” Thanksgiving? Eric: Yes, it surprisingly did. Leave it up to my mom to make sure it did!
Q: How did you like driving on Thanksgiving Day and eating chicken wraps? Eric: Uhm, well it was the first day in my life that I’ve never been home for Thanksgiving. Being on the road during the middle of the day was weird, and stopping at McDonald’s for a quick drink and french fries and seeing so many people there, sitting at the tables, eating themselves, was even more weird. And then going to the rest area travel center and seeing so many people eating at 6:00 pm… with most of the tables full was so strange… didn’t they get enough to eat where they visited? Well maybe they were doing the same thing we were doing! Trying to get “home” for the holiday! And decided to make the best of the situation!
Q: Aren’t you pumped that it’s now Christmas movies every day until the end of December? Eric: I think everyone knows I am not pumped or happy about that.
Q: What aggravated you this week? Eric: Your cousin Kerryn sending us a Jib Jab of me alone, dressed up as a turkey running through the streets! (oh yeah…. but it brought so much laughter to her, me and her husband Paul! And even though “it’s not your color” I think you look real cute!)
Earlier today, I’m working in my studio office (which is basically what used to be the altar for the church that previously inhabited this building we now live in), and Mr. Basketmaker comes flying through the door, with his carpenter pants and plaid shirt covered by sawdust, calling out to me “Hey Lynne! I’m the new fashion trend that’s hot right now.”
“Uh huh,” I say, wondering what’s coming out of his mouth next.
He continues, “Really. I just heard on the news that the trend right now for men is “Lumbersexual” with beards and plaid shirts. Totally opposite of the lame, old trend, which I would never be caught mimicking “Metrosexual.” See, I’m now hip, or as the news said, ‘a young hipster.’ Men now want to dress like me!”
I don’t think I have any words to say about that. Instead, I’ll post a quick pic of my ‘lumbersexual’ basketmaker working in the yard…
Who would’ve thought Eric’s daily attire would be fashionable? Not me.
Q: Can you believe that our friend Jud created and welded this gate all by himself? I am soooo amazed at his (and Suzanne’s) various talents! Eric: I can believe he created that because despite being a prior pseudo-suit as a news producer at ABC for many years, he is the most talented person I know. It’s hard to picture an engineer-geek type being creative but he is living proof that you can be both.
Q: I knew that Suzanne was a talented artist but I didn’t know Jud was just as creative! How about his new gigantic bottle tree he created? And it lights up as well! Eric: Uhm, I can’t believe how many feet of wire he threaded through that. I don’t remember exactly but I think it’s like 2,000 feet! I’m in awe of his abilities every time we visit and see what new things he created. You should post a picture of his bottle tree. (I know… me too! And I’ll post a picture of his bottle tree some time in the future. Want to wait until the “Cottage Girls” calendar is printed since it’s on the cover!)
Q: I worked really hard at your workshop in Illinois, and then, not as hard but still hard, in Nantucket, and then again in Georgia. Do I get some kind of bonus? Eric: Well, what do you want? You can’t answer my question with a question. Eric: But I have no idea what you want. What do you want and I’ll let you know if I can do it.
Q: How about if I can be in charge of the remote control until the end of the year. Eric: No way. So no bonus.
Q: What aggravated you this week? Eric: It’s colder here in Tennessee than in Kennebunkport, Maine!