Monday, December 24, 2012

We Wish You a Christmas Pudding

And the very merriest, happiest day possible.  Mine has gotten off to a bang with the arrival in today's post of my best Christmas gift ever:  a Never Say Goodbye necklace, featuring Betty Keira's mock-up of a From Poland with Love alternative cover, a ship and a gray pearl.  SSKKEEEEE!  Plus a charmingly droll note from Betty Debbie.  Thank you, Founding Bettys!

Serendipitously, I'd been mulling over a gift list for all of you who join in the fun on The Uncrushable Jersey Dress.  I've carefully chosen everything needed for my friends and family, but get so caught up in the spirit I can barely stay my hand as I walk through the grocery store:  "You know who'd like a pomegranate?  Me neither, but surely someone would like a pomegranate.  I'll get one!"  I raucously applaud Sadie and Oliver's several shopping trips for Christmas, and Georgina's many walks to the village for more paper, glue, sequins or whatever.

So you can imagine how quickly Betty JoDee's image vaulted into my brain when I walked through the bookstore recently and saw this calendar.  Yes, indeedy.  For Betty Magdalen, I'm keeping my eye out for a parasol she can bring to Georgia for 2013's Romance Writers of America conference.  My fingers are crossed that a mousy but unflappable peahen wanders into Betty Mickie's backyard this spring.  I suspect Betty Keira doesn't need a copy of What to Expect When You're Expecting, but I wish her only good surprises in the process from here on out, and a trained nanny -- or untrained but so able sister -- to help out at home.  Betty Debbie gets a re-gift:  the fancy cream my brother-in-law gave me that's designed to stave off the encroaching years.  Snerk.

Betty Barbara, may your medical needs be few, your recuperations easy and swift, and your doctors handsome, capable and possessed of charming bedside manners.  Betty Cindy, may you find the time to check in with us more often.  Betty Mary, an umbrella to equip you for frequent visits to Ireland.  For Betty Anonymous, if I may, I wish another skating session in Amsterdam, with a very minor injury that leads to a meaningful encounter in Casualty.  Or maybe just a tender strapping-up and confidence-inspiring reassurances by the side of the canal.  For Betty Carla, a freak sprinkling of snow in the southern hemisphere on Christmas Day, which I guess it already is there.  For Betty AnoninTX, a carry-on's worth of uncrushable jersey for her next mega-trip encompassing dozens of parks and multiple countries.  Betty von Susie, the entire "Love & Laughter" series Harlequin published back in the day -- for I believe you "dearly love a laugh."

Army Betty, Betty Adrienne, Betty Kylene and Mrs. Betty Fife, may you discover a new form of needle-work on which to test your considerable talents.  Except Army Betty -- may your knitting skills improve with each day of the bright new year.  And to Betty Kathy and all the lurkers, I wish you innumerable giggles and many moments of connection -- and maybe the gleeful foolhardiness to chime in from time to time.

Let's see...who else...  Betty ANHK?  You out there?  Anyway, the non-lurkers will need to remind me, as my BIL's cream doesn't fend off the encroaching memory fade.

And to all a very good night, and the best imaginable new year.


  1. B vd B,
    Thank you for the thought. I wish you a "Feliz Navidad, prospero ano, y felicidad" as I have been eating delicious Christmas tamales all day. If only you knew how many times I have been in trouble for laughing at inopportune moments, luckily my boss has the same warped sense of humor as I do and so I haven't been fired, yet.

    Betty von Susie

  2. Betty Barbara here--
    To thank you for your good wishes. My doctors have all been of the vast and handsome sort. Alas, I have seen them entirely too often (the details are entirely too depressing to share, but I am learning a heck of a lot about various sub-sets of the medical practice. Sigh...)
    Merry Christmas to all my fellow Bettys.

    Here in my corner of Maryland we will have a 'white Christmas', with (thankfully)nothing to shovel!

  3. Merry Christmas to all!

    Thanks for the sentiment (the cream to fend off the encroaching years). I was giggling a bit about the re-gifting. I passed on to my daughter-in-law a bottle of scented lotion - that was given to me by one of my students. I told my DIL to feel free to pass it on to one of her sisters (I can't handle perfumed lotions, creams, candles, umm...perfumes in general. Most perfumes give me a violent headache, itchy eyes and if I'm really lucky, a wee bit of nausea).

    Here in the Pacific Northwest we'll be having the traditional "Damp Christmas" which will turn into "Downright Soggy Christmas" as the day continues.

  4. Happy Christmas, everyone!

    Betty van den Betsy -- many thanks for the parasol, although I doubt I'll be going to Atlanta. (Never say never, but this is proving to be a very busy year coming up and I suspect it won't have slowed down by July.)

    I will happily give any fellow Betty a digital copy of Love in Reality if you'll just email me or go to my website and use the "contact" form. Use the secret password, which is the name of the Neels book that won the March Madness play-off. (Founding Bettys are included in this giveaway!) (New Bettys can get away with telling me the Neels title they think should have won the March Madness play-off.)

    And to all, Happy New Year!

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    Hello there, Betty Barbara, I saw you circling the globe earlier tonight! Thank you, Betty van den Betsy, for your kind Christmas wishes for me! Our lovely crisp snow melted just in time for Christmas, helped along by a spot of rain. Sigh. "Damp Christmas" - I can relate to that.

    Last night, after Christmas dinner - Yea! I got to have my wish! A traditionally raised free-range Christmas goose with a sage and bread stuffing graced our table along with red cabbage with apples (ahem, straight out of a jar, the best kind!), Brussels sprouts with a lovely cream sauce, two kinds of potato dumplings (ahem, out of a package or two), cranberry preserves, cranberry-red wine sauce (made with alcoholfree wine) - as I was saying, last night, after Christmas dinner, which we have on Christmas Eve, while little Kevin McCallister was first HOME ALONe and then HOME ALONe 2: Lost in New York, we unwrapped our Christmas presents.
    And guess what, one of my gifts was a beautiful BOBBLEHEAD!

    Saw Kingsley, Penn. a while ago, is that you Betty Magdalen? Congratulations! Your first novel published! We are so proud of you!

    1. I love your little Christmas house!

      B von S

    2. Yup, we're in Kingsley, PA! Merry Christmas, Betty Anonymous. And Betty von S.

  6. Thank you for the lovely Christmas wishes. As a member of lurkerdom, I enjoy your site a lot and it's nice to have a second viewpoint when I've finished a book and am not sure what I thought of it. :) Merry Christmas to you all, too.

  7. Thank you for the kind Christmas wishes for my knitting. I'm enjoying several days of knitting bliss now that the music is played (violin) and the cooking is done (rib roast, fruitcakes, St. Lucia bread). A copy of Never the Time or the Place has kept me sane for the last week as I read a chapter a night so I could drop into peaceful slumber. And my Happy New Year to all the Bettys!
    Betty Adrianne

  8. Oh, yes please! I need a new wardrobe for our next trip! I do hope the jersey outfits are quite loose and stretchy because I have done nothing but eat for days.

    I also received a marvelous gift: the bicycle necklace representing Caroline's Waterloo! Thank you, Founding Bettys!! How fun! I really appreciate it!

    I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.

    Betty AnoninTX