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Honey, the door-to-door funeral salesman’s been…


Yesterday was Shrove Tuesday. In sunny climes, they celibrate Mardi Gras with a great wicked bacchanalian festival. In Britain, they make pancakes.

But I don’t want you to think Brits lack all sense of fun; housewives traditionally make these pancakes while running a footrace.

Me? No. I didn’t make any pancakes. I assumed “wifely duties” had something to do with surprise sex. Running the hundred-yard dash while flipping flapjacks in a skillet? Day off to sulk.

Another Shrove Tuesday tradition is to strip the churches of all extraneous decoration, so that services during Lent are conducted with maximum austerity. That means all those leftover lilies from the Weasel/Badger wedding had to go somewhere. Very thoughtfully, someone left them on our front stoop this morning.

I went out to get the mail and, for one dizzy little moment of freefall, wondered if I’d made it through the night.


Comment from Joan of Argghh!
Time: February 25, 2009, 6:54 pm

yeeesh! I think in Chicago that would mean that your certain demise was more imminent than you had planned…

Comment from Gnus
Time: February 25, 2009, 7:20 pm

What a nice thing to do, returning the flowers like that! I’m thinking we could learn a thing or two from old Blighty.

As for pancakes, My sweet old aunt, Jemima, makes mine. Bless her.

Comment from Anne
Time: February 26, 2009, 8:10 am

I love pancakes but do not like to cook so at shrove my husband go to anyone to visit!

Comment from dfbaskwill
Time: February 26, 2009, 9:00 am

All we get in Central Pennsylvania is potato donuts cooked in lard! They are horrible.

Comment from Mrs. Peel
Time: February 26, 2009, 9:23 am

That’s kind of cool.

Weas, what hymns did y’all end up using?

Comment from Gibby Haynes
Time: February 26, 2009, 10:49 am

Looks like someone left the gate open and an Elton John got into your garden.

Comment from iamfelix
Time: February 26, 2009, 1:25 pm

Since yesterday I did badgers, today weasel goes for the gusto.


Comment from iamfelix
Time: February 26, 2009, 1:30 pm

And then licks her chops.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 26, 2009, 3:04 pm

Mrs P…ummmm…All Creatures of our God and King, Dear Lord and Father and For the Beauty of the Earth. All the pagan-y ones.

Heh. Two of my absolute favorite weasel pics, Felix.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: February 26, 2009, 6:43 pm

That second one’s a stunning likeness, iamfelix 😉

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