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dimanche 25 décembre 2016




Hi everybody,

I hope your holiday season has already started sparkling and shining, and that Christmas treats, gifts and wishes were up to your expectations.

Now you must be dieting, exercising and carboloading to be ready to jump into the New Year.
Of course, I can't imagine you, my dear readers, eating or drinking yourselves sick last Christmas Eve, you're far too sensible for that, aren't you ?

But yet, perhaps you had a kind of too boozie or calorie-heavy Christmas Day, and now, let's face it, there is not much time left to get in shape before the big night !
Whittling you waist and slimming down within a few days ? Forget about it : it's just wishful thinking !
Don't feel guilty because you can't slip into your smart dress or button up your shirt ! It's no use beating yourself up !
Loosen up and give yourself a break !
This is the time to put all bad memories behind you and look forward to the New Year with nothing but good things to come !

Yes, besides New Year day, there are a lot of other lesser known days all along the year , just waiting to be celebrated !
Some are relaxing ( January 3rd is Festival of Sleep Day, good opportunity to relax after the hustle and bustle of Christmas), some are funny ( February 13th is Get a Different Name Day. That's when, nearly two years ago I swapped Dany for Perky, and was so satisfied with, that I've kept it since then !), and others are wacky ( March 13th is Open an Umbrella Indoors Day : jeez, doesn't it bring bad luck ?)
You see, the only thing you need to step into the New Year and make your way through it cheerfully is a " look on the bright side " calendar !
Plenty of them on the web !

You know how gung-ho I can get, so of course I have already tested many of those fun days ( I'll tell you later ...).

So, how come I have never played the whole game on Shrove Tuesday ?
Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras or simply Carnival day, whatever you call it, it is really the right day to treat your tastebuds, let your fancy go and behave as if you were someone else for a few hours !

As you must already have noticed, I have a sweet tooth, so of course , I always celebrate the tasty side of that day. I mean, I never fail to go on a pancake and waffle binge, then. To be honest, to make sure the batter will be perfect, I often happen to have a few ' rehearsals ' the week before.
I am not that good at tossing  pancakes in the air, but practice makes perfect, doesn't it ?

Well, for Shrove Tuesday foodies, no problem : you can count on me !
But, as I have just told you, I have never made the most of that day ...

Taking part to a parade, standing on a flower-covered float and throwing confettis to the onlookers, that's a part of the festivities I have always left aside.
Riding a parade float is perhaps a bit too much, but on Shrove Tuesday I have often been invited to fancy dress parties, and believe me or not, I have always found a fake excuse not to go !

Lack of imagination ? No, cause I could have dressed up as a perky busy bee : I would have buzzed around the party in a stripy yellow and black costume, waving my antennas !
Afraid of being teased ? Come on, if I had ever felt the fear of being ridiculed, I would never have shared my adventures with you !

So what ? Well, I really don't know, but anyway, I'll never be the Queen of Mardi Gras, and yet ,once I nearly snatched victory and won the title ...
Just read on and tell me if I deserved it or not.

Some years ago, when we bought our house, it needed doing up.
While waiting for the craftsmen's estimates (I should say ' hoping for ' their estimates), we thought there were things we could do ourselves.

We were looking forward to farewelling the kitchen tiled floor. It was old-fashioned, cracked and stained, so removing it would be our first step into the handymen's world.

We didn't leave anything up to chance.
After raiding the nearby DIY shop, we came back home with the tiler's perfect outfit : thick overalls, kneepads, heavy duty gloves, safety goggles, and even earplugs (a pneumatic drill music has nothing to do with a lullaby !).
We had bought and rented so many tools that the kitchen quickly looked like a hardware store !

An umpteenth glance at the video " How to remove the tile like a pro ", and we launched the scraping,chipping and drilling challenge .

A couple of hours later, we were washed out, sore all over, dust-covered , and our white tongues proved that our dust masks were not good value for money !
To crown it all, we were awfully thirsty, and as we were not living in the house yet, no drink to be found in the cupboards ! The previous owners had just left cobwebs, and as if to taunt us, an empty bottle-rack !

It was nearly 7pm, so if we wanted to quench our thirst, we had to rush downtown. So, we hopped into our car and off we went !

In the provinces when the shops close at 7, it means the shop assistants are outside at 7, and it's no use shaking the door.
We were left high and dry.

Before withering for ever, the only thing to be done was to pay a visit to the local pub.
I'm not that keen on beer, but asking for still water or ice tea in that place would be a bit cheeky, so I thought draught beer would do.

As soon as we stepped in, the bartender shouted :

" Welcome to Mardi Gras party , and, please, a storm of applause for our couple of craftsmen ! Thanks for coming ! In half-an-hour the best costume will be awarded a beertender ! In the meantime have fun  and enjoy your beer ! ".

The place had a soft lighting, and we could just guess the customers' figures, but sure it was crowded, cause we were cheered loudly !

A bit embarrassed, we ordered our drinks and sat down.
We were sipping our beer, when a customer came to our table and said :

" Congrats ! Dressing up as craftsmen ! What a brainwave ! But, how did you manage for the dust, the cement stains and the goggle marks on your faces ? ".

Before I could say Jack Robinson, Dearhubby who is always quick on the draw, replied :

" You know, it was not that difficult ! We are tilers. We have just started our own business, and tonight we are celebrating our first contract ! ".

I nearly chocked ! Jeez, my favourite prankster was back !

A last gulp of beer, then I stood up, and to show Dearhubby I could be a pranskter myself, I said :

" Sorry, but I have to leave you, cause of urgent estimates to post, but my husband will tell you more about our activities. See you some day ".

Dearhubby looked flabbergasted. I gave him a little wink and left !

For once, in the pranks category, the student had surpassed the master ...

That's how, I somehow took part to Mardi Gras festival !

Have a nice New year's Eve and don't forget : be perky !

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