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Mrs. Monk's Would-be Diary, should have been written by Mrs. Monk, since she is the "Writer" in the family.
However, since she is a writer only in the conceptual sense, I have undertaken to fill these pages on her behalf.
If not by her, these pages will certainly be about her, and other important matters of the day

Leslie Monk, the long suffering.
 

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Charlie’s Christmas Picks

23 December 2006

December 25 2006

Shopping For Jesus

New Charlie’s Chistmas Picks will appear every day on this page until Christmas

20 December 2006

19 December 2006

Jewish Christmas Tree

I had a choice of two religions when I was young and growing up in America. If I chose to be a Lutheran, I would have to drive an hour to Pennsylvania with my mother and get up early on a Sunday; but if I chose to be a Methodist I could get up later on Sunday since the church was right across the street from my home.  I chose to be a Methodist so I could walk to church.  If there had been a synagogue across the street I would now be Jewish, which is what I wanted to be.

I think both my parents enjoyed my Methodist leanings; as they could sleep late on a Sunday and wave us goodbye as we crinkled in our crinoline dresses to church.

Later, when both my parents were dead I started to figure it out. I felt that I was probably a Jew, because I had an aunt named Miriam and an Uncle named Louie and another rich aunt and uncle who lived in a very nice bungalow in Miami.  I remember my father’s mother was always complaining and we all started to look Jewish the older we got. 

Furthermore, I never bought anything at retail prices and always looked for bargains. 

I am known to walk into a restaurant, feel the ambience, and walk out because I knew I could make the same thing at home, but cheaper. And my father used to say, when I used to admire a passing new car that wasn’t at least 5 years old, “But is it paid for?” His was, but it was an old Pontiac.

Our  tree this year is only half decorated and I call it my Jewish Christmas Tree.  I have subconsciously only decorated half of it; I guess so that the neighbours can get a feel for Christmas from the outside, since they can only see the tree above the window sill.  I consider myself now a  minimalist Jew

Anyway, it’s Christmas.  Be merry and bright.    Mrs Monk

Charlie Got This Christmas Email from Randy Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2007, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere . Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, col or, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.

By accepting these greetings, you are accepting the aforementioned terms as stated. This greeting is not subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for herself/himself/others, and is void where prohibited by law and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher. This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first, and warranty is limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher.

Randy

18 December 2006

13 December 2006

Mrs Monk and I came upon this man of the street who had utilised a City Of Westminster Trash Can, and was happy to pose for this picture.

He said he wanted to thank everyone who sent him Christmas cards last year, wishing him Prosperity and Good Fortune.

He said their wishes did not come true, so please send cash this year instead.

Cat Flap Charlie making his back door entrance.

Charlie is very excited by christmas and we have to keep reminding him that we are not ready to accept his gifts of fresh plump live mouse.

Charlie lets the mice in the back door and I invite them to leave by the front door. Sometime we hurt Charlies feelings, by rejecting his early Christmas gifts.

. Shoestring Chronicle

Christmas Wallpaper hand made by Monk Feel Free to steal

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20 December 2006