The New Calendar Has Been Purchased!

Hi Kids,
Well, we’re 11 days into the New Year and I finally have my 2012 calendar.

I’ve mentioned before (here) how I love the yearly ritual of replacing the old calendar – it’s such a “clean slate” kind of feeling.

Although we usually receive freebie calendars from local businesses, they’re often boring with little or no space to mark appointments. For that reason, I usually buy one. The hunt begins shortly after Christmas with just one rule – it MUST be at least 50% off.

This year, our holiday head colds kept us from shopping until after New Year’s Day so the pickings were pretty lean. The clearance bins were full of sports themes, pigs dressed in frou-frou, Barbie, and the standard travel destinations.

I was beginning to think I might have to settle when suddenly –

There it was – and only $4.69!



Now don’t tell Sir Beads, but I am a bit taken with Don Draper. πŸ˜‰

I have a feeling his picture is right beside the phrase, “tall, dark, and handsome” on Wikipedia.

Ok, maybe not – but it should be!

I’ve been a fan of Mad Men almost from the start. I suppose it’s because I went from 9 to 19 yrs. old during the 1960’s – the era in which it’s set. Honestly, the clothes, alone, are a reason to watch!


So, I’ve installed the calendar in a little corner of my kitchen . . . where the refrigerator meets the counter area which holds my electric teakettle, a mug tree, and 2 cookie jars. It’s a mini hub in our house – that kettle gets a lot of use!

The first evening after I replaced the old calendar, I absent-mindedly began to make some tea and then quickly did a double-take!

There were Don and Roger staring intently at me. The whole kitchen went into soft focus and the ambiance became oh so “supper club”. I could swear I heard the clink of ice cubes along with the soft wail of jazz in the background.

And was that the subtle scent of aftershave?

Maybe it was the teabag I was holding . . .


I know one thing.

I’m going to enjoy turning those pages each month. πŸ˜€

Got a 2012 calendar? I’d like to hear about it!




The New Calendar Has Been Purchased! — 10 Comments

  1. I have never watched MM. I don’t really identify with that era. I’m more a 70’s girl, though I don’t know why since in the 70’s I was in my 20s. Go figure.

    Yes!! I got my calendars. It is a necessary ritual. I always get a big cat calendar for my office. The last few years its been Tigers. I love Siberian Tigers. When I need a moment to recharge, I swing my chair around and sip coffee while getting lost in the eyes of some of the most beautiful cats in the world. Thank you National Geo and NWWF. Sadly, most of the pics are taken of cats in zoos. There is thought to be only about 3200 Tigers still living in the wild.

    Then, my other at home calendar is of birds this year.

    No, I don’t right on them. I keep a book calendar for that.

    AND, I save every calendar that I have especially chosen. Funny, over the years my preference has gone from Thomas Kincaid to Pigs to Seascapes to Cats. I think I’ll linger there for a while.

    Be well
    xx, CArol

  2. I have not watched Mad Men, but my husband likes it. Netflix…..? When I am not completely exhausted from chasing my 15 month old, maybe. He is running, climbing, etc…. I think he is part monkey. His favorite thing to do this week is to open the bottom oven and CLIMB IN! Good thing I don’t cook. He thinks it is hysterical and I am actually quite impressed that he is coordinated enough to do it. His father and I are not especially the ultra athletic types. My question….why is there not a lock on the bottom oven? There is on the top, but not the bottom?????

    My calendar is a basset hound calendar, as always. I can’t get enough of those cute little bad dogs!

    Happy New Year (a little late, but that is how I operate!) to Crystal and everyone!!

  3. Allison,
    Your own bassets should be on a calendar. They are the cutest!. πŸ™‚

    Gosh, Robert is 15 months??? He sounds like he’s full of fun – but I can surely understand why Mommy is tired!
    There should definitely be a lock on a bottom oven. It’s amazing that the manufacturer hasn’t provided one!!!

    Sending hugs to the little guy! πŸ™‚

  4. Hi Carol πŸ™‚
    That’s quite an assortment ( “Thomas Kincaid to Pigs to Seascapes to Cats”) but we are alike in that we love many things.
    It’s fun to have inspiration from of a variety of sources!! I know you agree. πŸ™‚ xoxo

  5. I have never watched Mad Men either…but by the looks of it, maybe I should. *wink-wink*

    I love getting new calendars! I always get a big calendar for my kitchen, and this year (and like Carol), I went with birds. I still need to get one for my desk tho. I’ve been searching etsy for a handmade one….one that includes inspirational quotes or words. I love those kinds, and I like supporting “handmade.”

    In the past, my calendar choices have been cats, unicorns and tropical scenes, but my favorite was sexy firemen…when I was single of course. lol! πŸ™‚

  6. Hi Brenda! πŸ™‚
    I like to have a desk calendar, too!
    Hubby’s Mom always had a pretty one open on her desk, along with a pretty pen. I think it was seeing hers that inspired me to use one.

    My daughter would especially love your choices – cats, unicorns and tropical scenes!

    I’m guessing none of us would mind the firemen. πŸ˜‰ (winking, here!)

  7. We get a calendar every year from our small town. The calendar is pictures that residents have taken and submitted each year in the contest. The photos have been amazing and the squares are big enough for me to write all the information I need in them.

    I have never watched the Mad Men but they look very well dressed and classy.

    I hope everyone survived Friday the 13th better than I did. The truck broke down on the coldest day of the year, my cell phone wouldn’t work (the new one I got for Christmas), and I fell (I’m ok just bruised). I’m thankful that I was able to wait at school for the tow truck where I was safe and warm. I was also informed I only have two more Friday the 13ths to look forward to this year, that’s good because I barely survived the first one.

  8. Oh my gosh, Kelly!!!
    You poor kid!!! πŸ™
    What a day. I’m so glad you are ok.

    I think you have now had all of your Friday the 13th excitement for this year. The other two will be just fine. πŸ™‚

    By the way, I heard the newscasters discussing that there would be 13 WEEKS between each Friday the 13th!!!!!

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