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The Christ­mas hol­i­day saw the con­tin­u­a­tion of the lov­ing gift exchange between me and my younger brother, Dale.

Over the years, we have exchanged taxi­dermy frogs, poo-themed gifts, con­crete nose-picking trolls, bowls of coal, straight jack­ets and human-figure knife hold­ers. This year, I lamely returned the bowl of coal Dale sent a few years ago, prompt­ing him to ask if I had given up or if this meant he was sup­posed to return the coal to me again next year.

Dale’s gift had me in tears. Here it is…

Yes, that’s what you think it is. A horse head, as in The God­fa­ther.

This gift got a lot of mileage. Aside from mak­ing my sides hurt from laugh­ing, I got to sneak it into my brother-in-law’s bed over the Christ­mas hol­i­day. Some­how, he knew who did it.

Dale wins…this year. But I haven’t thrown in the towel. Just wait, lit­tle bro.


Your Sis

A num­ber of peo­ple have asked where my brother got the horse head. It’s avail­able sev­eral places on the inter­net, includ­ing here.


Per­haps you want to know what I gave my brother for our annual Christ­mas gift exchange?

My gift of a straight jacket for my crazy brother may not be as gross as his poo gifts, but I think it’s appro­pri­ate. He has a high stress com­puter job and also tends to be a bit, well, eccen­tric, if not out­right crazy some­times. What bet­ter gift than a straight jacket?


My card sug­gested this new straight jacket would be great for the days when he needs a jacket at work.

By the way, that’s his hand­some son, Blake, in the back­ground. He has another (a twin) named Hunter. (Actu­ally, that looks like Hunter to me now. Pick one.)

I hope you had a great hol­i­day. I have been at the Isle of Palms off the coast of Charleston, South Car­olina. We were blessed with unsea­son­ably warm weather, so I walked on the beach about two hours each day.

I ‘ve been work­ing on New Year goals. I am not one of those who poopoos the idea of goal set­ting (like my poopoo brother). In fact I find this such an invig­o­rat­ing time of year. I’ll be shar­ing my goal set­ting strat­egy shortly. Whoohoo!

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Garden and food writer Robin Ripley is co-author of Grocery Gardening. Her new book, Wisdom for Home Preservers, is now available from Taunton Press. Bumblebee is about her life in rural Maryland, her garden, cooking, dogs and pet chickens. She also blogs about food and chickens at Eggs & Chickens. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. Thank you for visiting.


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