There’s Gnome Place Like Home

Hard to believe there’s just one week left in January, huh? February may not have much going for it, unless you’re into groundhogs or candy hearts. It’s also Girl Scout Cookie season, so at least we have Thin Mints to look forward to.

Like everybody else on the planet, I got sucked into all the #berniesmittens memes. Laughed my ass off for days. I think it was a collective sigh of relief and a great way to let go of all the stress that had been ever present for 1,461 days leading up to January 20.

I won’t share any more. I’m sure you’ve seen enough of Bernie’s mittens to last a lifetime.


It’s been a pretty nice weekend. When we got home on Friday, we built a fire and watched a Vince Vaughn/Jon Favreau double feature (The Breakup and Swingers). I learned that Tara is not a Vince Vaughn fan. Granted, the guy’s no Al Pacino, but he’s pretty money in those two movies, baby.

(That’s the problem with Swingers. Great movie, but then I walk around for the next three days talking like that.)

Saturday, they were predicting snow. Great, right? Well, no…because they were only predicting snow in the southern Black Hills. So, we decided to take a drive through the southern Black Hills.

It may not look much like winter in Rapid City, but the hills did not disappoint. We were gone seven hours and made stops at Pactola Lake, Sheridan Lake, Stockade Lake, Wind Cave National Park, and downtown Hot Springs before heading home. Picked up a Papa Murphy’s pizza, played some Rummy and cribbage, had a few drinks, hooked up the Nintendo and played a few games.

Today, we went to brunch at Belle Joli and stopped by the mall, where Tara picked up a giant garden gnome. I had no idea she even liked gnomes. Even after almost a decade together, my wife still surprises me sometimes. She asked if I was okay with that, and I just shrugged my shoulders.

“You put up with all my flamingos,” I replied, “So I don’t really have a leg to stand on, do I?”

Pun intended.



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21 replies

  1. And one of these days you’ll quit winging’ it, too.

    Love the pictures. And pizza night. That sounds so awesome and cozy.

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  2. I briefly looked into getting the Bernie Sanders sweatshirts he is part of as a fundraiser for Meals on Wheels. Sold out for at least 2 months. Thinking a gift for my brother. Your snow pictures are exceptionally beautiful! Flamingos and Gnomes………a match made in heaven. 🙂 A fun post, Mark!

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  3. Gnomes and flamingos. You guys are becoming THOSE people. 😉
    Take that, neighbor across the street with the Christmas decorations!!

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  4. I cannot get enough of Bernie and his mittens. I am however even more fixated on his mask. It sits unevenly askew on his face and that is driving me crazy.

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  5. My mind is starting to bend toward the gardening season, too… only several more months to go!

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  6. As someone who was a troop leader, I can totally relate to THAT Bernie meme. Why in God’s name is cookie season during the coldest month of the year and right after Xmas cookies? Makes zero sense.

    I like a garden statue or two.

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  7. You realize people hardly ever settle for just one gnome. Before you know it those little buggers will be popping up everywhere. Beware..

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  8. Oh, what a great ending to a lovely story. Nicely reasoned and said. 😄

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  9. All of your content is just amazing 🙂

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