Joy, Joy, Joy!

by Mary Jo

As my Christmas contribution to our Word Wenches Christmastide postings, I want to talk about what gives us pleasure.  I've read two articles recently that said we find the greatest and most lasting pleasure in experiences, not things.  Not that things aren't nice, but if you're debating taking a trip or buying a new dinette Cat 243 Doverset and telling yourself that the trip will be over in days but you'll have the dinette set for years–remember that being "practical" isn't always the best choice.  Twenty years from now, the dinette set might be history, but a wonderful experience will provide lasting memories for you to cherish and share and smile over.  

And it doesn't have to be a big experience.  Over the weekend, my sister and I went shopping together, even though neither of us much likes shopping.  We didn't buy much, but we had a wonderful time laughing together at places like the well stocked kitchen gadgets department that included such delights as cherry chompers and a six inch dragon whose jaws could be used for cracking nuts.  

Experiences are precious.  What are some of your favorites?  Are there some bright shiny new experiences that you're anticipating for the future?  May they be joyous!

Mary Jo, who finds joy in her cats.  In the picture below, The Panda Puss is obvious, but if you look closely in the front, you can see the head and ears of Smokey MacGregor.  This may be his first Christmas tree, because he takes great joy in playing with the ornaments!  

Panda, Smokey, and the tree


It’s Christmastide!

CharlieelfJo here on Christmas Eve, which means the Wenches will be doing their traditional Christmastide celebration and posting briefly over the 12 Days of Christmas. On the Epiphany, Janury 6th, normal service will resume.

The picture is of Cabbage Patch kid Charlie as the Christmas elf, a role he'sCharliefirst

been playing for a very long time, given that he's thirty years old now. Here's a picture of him when he was just a little baby.

We all have our Christmas traditions, and some of them are unusual, not to say weird! Please share some of yours.

If you have some web browsing time, check out this blog about a Nativity map.

May your CTreehristmastide be a true season of joy however you like to spend it.




Cat 243 DoverReindogs!
by Mary Jo

The Wenches Christmastide celebration has a loose theme of “Favorite Things,” and one of my favorite holiday things is the pictures of the Cincinnati SPCA’s annual Reindog Parade that my friend Laura Resnick sends me every year.


Reindeer Cat 3Much as I love cats, it’s just not possible to imagine persuading them to wear costumes and parade along the streets, but the dogs seem to love it.  Certainly the people do!

So enjoy the reindogs!. This is a selection of some of my favorite pictures from several different years. 

And remember: we should all be so lucky as to have the cheerful disposition of a Golden Retriever! <G>

The Parade Begins



I think this fine fellow has appointed himself the parade police dog. <G>


Elf pups from Santa's workshop.


A bling hound?


And if a pooch is tired, mom will carry him. <G>



Small dog, big costume.  (Okay, it's not Christmasy, but how often do you get a chance to wear your elephant costume???)


There must be a third king around here somewhere…


This one really is a reindog!


The Hannukah Hound.  I think this little guy is my favorite.  I've seen him in a number of the parades from over the years. 

Cat in the Christmas treeSo there's your annual dose of reindogs! 

Do you have pets?  How do they feel about the holidays?

Happy New Year's!

Mary Jo