Can you believe that this is the last Friday of January?  What happened to this month?  I guess I must have blinked.  I need to stop doing that.  Friday also means Friday Fragments time – I love the opportunity to purge my fragmented mind each week thanks to our lovely hostess, Mrs. 4444’s.

I’ve been so busy with racking and bottling wine this week that I still haven’t made any attempt to take down the Christmas tree.  It has no decorations on it, so it’s just a giant tree in our living room.  With lights.  Princess Nagger wants me to keep it up and put Valentine’s Day decorations on it, but I’m not sure I want to wait that long to get the monstrosity out of the living room.  I’ll keep you posted.

Every 6th school day Princess Nagger’s class has “Library Day”.  Right before the Christmas break she brought home two books – a Pteranodon one (of course!) and an Easter one.  With the long-ish break, they were misplaced.  She had two Library Days after the break where she was not allowed to check out any new books because she hadn’t returned the original ones.  I finally found them right before the last Library Day so she was able to check out 2 new books (finally).

Good thing I found them – I started checking to see about getting replacements in case they never turned up, and one of them would have been $25.00 for a used one.  I found them tucked in with the ginormous pile of papers of her first grade work that never seems to end.  At this rate I’m going to need to buy a crate to put them all in if I decide to save them for prosperity.  Princess Nagger was excited that she got to check out 2 new books – and of course they were both dinosaur ones.

I have a couple of “Thank You’s” that are overdue – first, Kristen the Goat sent me some of her Food magazines that she no longer needed – she had them wrapped up tightly in some cool paper that the post office tattered and destroyed, but luckily the band of paper she had to keep the magazines secure within the cool paper kept them from being scattered into no-man’s land at the post office.  I particularly liked her note she wrote on the inside ‘band’:

Thank you, Kristen!  These are going to be put to good use for sure!

I also am behind on a big Thank You to Yaya for sending Princess Nagger and I these beautiful scarves that she made herself:

Aren’t they cool?  Well, I suppose I should say they’re warm!  So soft and such a pretty color of purple.  Since Princess Nagger’s favorite color is purple, she’s claimed them both for herself.  But said I could borrow the bigger one if I want.  I especially love the label Yaya added:

Thank you so much, Yaya!  These will definitely get lots of use during this very cold weather!

The battle with our mail carrier is still continuing.  I think she did end up getting in trouble over the whole not picking up a priority mail envelope from our mail box issue during the holidays.  I’m guessing the loser postmaster also must have gotten in trouble for that – and our subsequent phone conversation – because this time when I filed a formal complaint online I didn’t get a snarky letter from the postmaster defending his (wrong) actions.  Of course that means our mail carrier is pissed off at me even more, and it shows when she delivers any packages:

Instead of stacking them neatly on the end of our porch (as agreed) so it would be easy for us to retrieve since we don’t enter or exit the front door, we come around from the back.  Standing next to the porch from that side, it’s about waist-high.  On me.  I watched her deliver the boxes above as I was keeping an eye out the window for the bus bringing Princess Nagger home from school.

The mail carrier stood at the edge of the porch and shoved the boxes across the porch, leaning as far over as she could to push them as far out of reach as possible.  I thought about tapping on the window to scare her, but refrained.  I think I need to ship out a bunch of (heavy) stuff just to make sure I put them on the porch out of her reach so she’d have to walk up the steps and haul them down, instead of leaving them neatly stacked on the end of the porch for her convenience like I normally do.  Turnabout is fair play after all.

Princess Nagger Conversation of the Week:

Princess Nagger was playing with some empty carboys and air locks that I had set aside for the next round of wine making coming up.

Me:  “What are you doing?”

PN:  “Practicing.”

Me:  “Practicing what?”

PN:  “Practicing making wine for when I’m old enough to help you.”

Me:  “Oh, really?  You plan to help me make wine when you’re old enough?”

PN:  “Of course!  But I need to practice first so I can do a good job, then maybe when I’m old enough you’ll let me do it all by myself.”

Me (laughing):  “When you’re old enough, I’ll definitely teach you all about it, and then you can make some yourself.”

PN:  “That’s the plan!”

If you’re just hanging out at home on Friday night (and blogging), feel free to join in on Ann’s Virtual Girl’s Night Out (boys are welcome, too!)

Don’t forget to visit Mrs. 4444’s at Half Past Kissin’ Time for fun Friday Fragments, and Ann Again and Again for VGNO.

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  1. One of these days, I’m going to have to get organized enough to order some of that wine!

    Glad you found those library books. Our school and local libraries charge a restocking fee which greatly exceeds the actually cost of a brand new book. I have singlehandedly funded full years operating costs for both libraries 🙁

    Your letter carrier has it out for you. Hope you’re not expecting anything of tremendous value any time soon!
    .-= Caution Flag would like you to read ..Friday Fragments: The One Blogging Day I Couldn’t Live Without =-.

  2. I never thought about it but PN really could continue the “family business!” How fun!

    Your mail carrier is a rotten person!

    I’m so glad you found your library books. The late fees alone these days add up. What happened to the good old penny late fees?!

  3. The scarves are beautiful!

    I appreciate you wrote about the month already coming to a close. I am having a hard time believing that it was just a month ago that we were planning for New Years Eve, and still admiring our Christmas tree. Doesn’t it feel like much longer than a month?
    .-= won would like you to read ..Friday Fragments =-.

  4. Oooooo, boy!! That post office delivery situation would infuriate me~ but it sounds like you’ve been battling for a while and ther ejust isn’t a fix? Grrrr….

    I canNOT believe JANUARY is over in 2 days. It’s just weird! Closer to spring, though!!
    .-= Eternal Lizdom would like you to read ..Friday Fragments: 1.29.10 =-.

  5. You know, changed my calendar yesterday at work because I won’t be back until February 1 and it kinda freaked me out. I know they say that time speeds up when you get older but it seems to be flying at an unusual pace these days!

  6. i can’t believe january is over already. you have the cutest conversations with PN. the ones with my son go something like this:

    me: don’t you want to watch something else?
    him: NO! ERNIE BURT!
    me: we’ve watched 10 episodes of sesame street already. aren’t you sick of it yet?

    i love trying to reason with a 2 year old!
    .-= jaime would like you to read ..cheers =-.

  7. I just got mail from the school library today that my first grader has a missing library book. Since my older daughter lost books at that age too, I am not sure 1st graders should be allowed to take out library books on their own. How fabulous that she wants to help you make wine. When she is older it can be a mother/daughter activity.
    .-= Anne would like you to read ..Surprise Snow, Go Figure =-.

  8. Love those scarves! Look nice and snuggly warm. Your mail carrier sounds like quite the twit. Maybe she is jealous she never gets any good mail or packages.

  9. My sister keeps a tree up all yr, and decorates it for each month, its kinda cool, but she does have a huge living room with tons of space.
    .-= stevenasnthony would like you to read ..Friday phone call =-.

  10. You still have your TREE up? Girl, it’s nearly February!!!! For shame.

    OMG, how sweet of Yaya to make and send you those scarves. They’re gorgeous and really do look toasty!

    Ooh, you should have tapped on the window and scared that bitch. How DARE she deliver your packages like that. I think you should keep your video camera at the ready next time and get evidence. This should NOT happen with the USPS!

    Justine 😮 )
    .-= Justine would like you to read ..Tuesdays At The Table With Cole =-.

  11. too funny about your mail carrier, and here I was worried because I don’t tip mine at Christmas!
    Sad that you’re not HHFing today, but I <3 ya anyway.
    Have a great weekend!
    .-= rxBambi would like you to read ..Happy Hour Friday =-.

  12. She’s got all kinds of plans and ideas in her head, doesn’t she?

    And my Little One got to check out his first library book ALL BY HIMSELF (his emphasis) this past week. HE was so excited. He washes his hands before handling it (as he was taught to do at school) and checks to make sure it is OK all the time.

    And mail carrier wars are the worst. Order a 200 lb. anvil and then send it back in a way that requires her to deliver it AND pick it back up.
    .-= Jenners would like you to read ..Playing with Dolls … Jenners-Style =-.

  13. Wow! You are STILL battling with the mail carrier?? Geeez! I know I haven’t been around much lately, but I figured it would have gotten a little better by now! How immature is she? And the post master it sounds like…I am sorry you have to deal with people like that. Well, anyway, I hope you have a good weekend and happy VGNO from Bubbles Featherbottom =)

  14. Greetings and Happy VGNO from Bubbles Anitacocktail, a.k.a. Brendasue at the chacogirl.blogspot.
    Hope you’re having a lot of fun blog hopping tonight. I’m having a giveaway on my blog, come and check it out! Hugs from Paraguay

  15. I say the mail carrier should be treated the way she treats you mail heavy things and place them in the Dead center of the porch. But that’s me, i am sure you are too nice to be all vindictive like I am.
    Have a good weekend!
    .-= Angel would like you to read ..A draft I Had hidden Somewhere =-.

  16. UGH!! That mail carrier deserves some heavy packages in her future. We have had issues with our mail carrier in the past. And the post office is never all that helpful about it. I know need to go looking through your blog to find out why you started making wine. 🙂
    .-= Upstatemomof3 would like you to read ..The Evolution of Our Family Bed =-.

  17. The issues with the mail carries would drive me crazy. We have a really nice postman and I feel so lucky because we’ve had some awful ones before.

  18. You know that I am all about dinosaurs!

    Maybe PN can make different kinds of wine and name them after dinosaurs. Tyrannomerlot! LMAO!!!

    Also, I was looking at the little pictures that line up next to our comments.They don’t fit some people.
    .-= Otin would like you to read ..Flash 55 Happy hour =-.

  19. That mail carrier…kind of a beotch. Maybe you should come out and offer her an olive branch; she must have a miserable life/job to be so spiteful. Just an idea…

    Love the scarves from Yaya!! She’s wonderful, isn’t she?

    A parent freaked out on me this week over her daughter’s lost library books and insisted that she was not going to pay the fines. Yesterday, the daughter came in and produced the missing $25 book; it was under her dresser. Ha!

  20. You are so very welcome (for the cookbooks) I can hardly believe that they paper got so torn up – I taped all of that within an inch of it’s paper life. Maybe it was just the last little journey with your unprofessional mail carrier. That sounds like a mini nightmare.

    “that’s the plan” – Love that!
    .-= Kristin would like you to read ..POTD – Window Lock =-.

  21. How cute are those scarves?! I love Yaya, that was so nice of her :o)

    Oh I’d love to see the mail lady’s reaction if you were to tap on that glass! LOL

    I love that PN is practicing so she can help you when she’s old enough. That is so cute!!
    .-= Pooba would like you to read ..I Am SO Dead =-.

  22. Wow, you’re not kidding.. your maillady DOES hate you. You should have tapped on the glass and scared her. You know what you need to do? Buy one of those musical cards and break off the tab so it plays ALL DAY and mail it somewhere so she has to listen to it in her truck all day. My aunt sent us a card from NY that played the entire way down. Ha!

  23. I have some issues with my mail guy too! Not sure why I keep getting mail for people who lived in my house 6 years ago….and why does some of my mail end up in the box for the church across the street, they have a PO box and never check this one. So of course some of my bills were in there & ended up being late….ahhh…’t workers…..

    Stoppin’ by to say hi from VGNO!

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