Thursday, December 26, 2013

Books and Their Covers

Christmas was a good day in the household, Santa even dropping some toys for grown up kids and some good single malt.But first, some breakfast to open presents by.

Eggnog Pancakes (must try)

 The gifts were fun -
Yes, it's a wooden bow tie, perfect for parties, time travel or Arbor Day.
But one of my presents certainly raised an eyebrow.  It WAS beautifully wrapped, but Partner is an engineer.  Give him a a 15 inch scrap of decorative paper and he can giftwrap a Sikorsky in less than 10 minutes. I don't do as well, for I can cut a swath of paper the size of Utah and when done, there will be a small gap in the back where you can see what the gift is (though I've managed over the years to re-assemble Vera the AR15 without resorting to big pieces of Scotch Tape)
Oh, Wow, a BOOK.   Not just any book.

Partner looks at me expectantly. What do I say?  Do I feign Surprise?  Death?

Open it!  he says~ Ah HA! The Gift is inside!
Close by but hidden for when I'm working away in the home office, where home invaders won't expect it and friends won't ever borrow to read. A shiny new Ruger 1911 in .45  Yay Santa!

I'll have a Range report up in a few day.  I've had a long day of work, and there's Win Schuler's Cheese left. (mmm Bar Scheeze!)


  1. The book and gun are absolutely brilliant, most criminals would fall to their knees in worship and never dare touch the holy relic. (many could not read it anyway)

  2. Still looking for "The Bible Designed to Be Read As Literature", hollowed-out from the James Bond books!
    Don't know if it'll work with any guns (2) I own, though...

    Advise your friends, lest they pull a Fahrenheit 451 on you!
    "Look, Brigid - there's going to be a fire!"

    The only other book I can think of less likely to be molested is Dianetics...


  3. Oooh, Santa was good to you, too. :)

    Partner done good!

  4. Looks like Santa was good to you!

    Love the book-safe. Also the Domokun Batman.

    On a Who-vian note- I saw 'The Time of the Doctor' last night.
    That's all I've got.
    Hope you've seen it, (or get to see it soon).

    Take care-


  5. You knew a book about O would be a heavy read, but you must have been surprised at just how heavy 'twas. Wily sleight of cover.

  6. WOW! You must have been VERY nice! (Or naughty =)! Fantastic!

  7. Glad you had a Happy Christmas, hope you and yours have a Good New Year.

  8. Armedlaughing, instead of Dianetics, the Encyclopedia of Science bought at a yardsale will hold a full size Para-Ordanance 1911 with 4 spare magazines with room for a spare mag for the AR15 if you're so inclined.


    P.S. One can never have too many 1911's. Congrats and I'm looking forward to the range report.

  9. Kudos to you for not flinging the book the minute you saw it, hehe. That's a beauty, so it's a good thing you didn't.

    Now I gotta go back and read the pancake part of it cuz I sooo got sidetracked by the cool presents.

  10. Does one purchase such a gift at the bookstore or the gun shop?

  11. Sweet! What a wonderful gift, and the best use of that book yet!

  12. Oooo, shiny. I'll be happy to take that heater off your hands if you don't like it.

  13. @james - I was thinking in terms of not likely to be picked up and examined...


  14. "friends won't ever borrow to read"



  15. Ha! That book cover caused my jaw to drop! But I liked the open picture of it!!!

  16. Great gifts, Wish I had thought of the Dr. Who Monopoly for Colleen. And the Bow Tie...(Bow Ties are cool) Kinda surprised there's no Fez ;)

    Will miss Matt Smith for sure, hope the new Doctor can fill the shoes.

    Glad you got the down time for the Holiday :)

  17. Now I know what to do with my copy of "Dreams from my Father" by BHO !
    Thank you for sharing !

  18. O.K., where was the bacon with the breakfast?

    Around here, bacon is a must with any kind of pancake.

    I also received a treasure trove of books, but not anything like the one you received.

    Blessing upon y'all!


  19. You haz Win Schuler's Bar Scheeze?
    And eggnog pancakes?
    and a new gun?
    And a target to keep it in?
    It's all downhill from here.

  20. Bravo! Now that had to be a surprise!

  21. OMG!!!!! I just want to thank you. I made the Eggnog Pancakes for breakfast this morning, served up with some good country bacon from a local meat processor. My husband's comment after his first bite was "you aren't going to like these, I'll just have to eat yours." They are just too good. I did add 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg to the dry ingredients. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. Now I'm going to have to find a year round source for eggnog.

  22. maggiek - excellent, so glad you liked them! I wish I could make them more often than Christmas, but the eggnog IS hard to find after the holidays.

  23. Did Partner make that special feature in the book himself? Are the pages now glued together?

  24. Windy - that is yes to both. :-)

  25. How do you like the Ruger version?
    Hoping to acquire a 1911 someday similar to the one I used in the Corps in 1975.
    Was holding out for a plain parkerized Colt or Springfield.
    Ruger is a local company so it may be worth a look.

  26. hotel1 - with my work schedule the snowstorm, and pending travel for two plus weeks, it will be late January before I get to try her out. I'll let you know.


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