Christmas Music in June…and Other Unlikely Things

Some things in this life just belong Together.  And, of course, some people do too!  In fact, I hope that you have found that special someone with whom you cannot imagine living life without, and if you haven’t yet, I am confident that you will:-).  Just be patient…and open.  No walls!  But, that’s not what this post is about, even though it is most certainly a worthy subject:-), as alluded to in my ‘About Jibber Jabber‘ page.

Instead today, I am prompted to think about everyday kinds of things that normally don’t go together, but can be enjoyed just the same.  I am sure that we can all think of personal examples wherein others have likely questioned why or how we put certain things together.  Most people won’t argue that mornings and coffee go together, as do peanut butter and jelly.  Just like a chilly beverage on a hot, summer day is a definite must and turkey & dressing are staples of Thanksgiving.  Take a cat and its curiosity or a cowboy and his love of boots and the infamous brimmed hat.  Nothing strange about those examples, right?!  But…how about a beer paired with a banana?  A little different, no doubt.  Now, if I explained that I had nothing in my stomach and thought it best to have a little nibble along with my drink choice and that all that was handy during my travels was a black, spotted banana from the depths of my purse, it might make a little more sense.  Would I do it again?  Yes, but only if the situation was similar.  Not really the best tasting combination, but it did do the trick of giving my stomach a little bit of a base.  That’s not the best reference however, as that was only a one-time experience.  How about toasted bacon and grape jelly sandwiches?  A bit unusual to me, but one of my husband’s favourite weekend breakfasts since one of his brothers introduced it to him while growing up.  Speaking of which…rice and sauerkraut just happens to have been one of my childhood go-to’s, and yes, in case you are wondering, I do have a Ukrainian background.  My version of lazy cabbage rolls, I guess. The truth is that ‘weird’ or different food combos are becoming more and more popular in this day and age where fads come and go by the minute and more importantly, they SELL!!  Hats off to the marketing people out there.  They are definitely doing their jobs well.

So, how about other pairings?  Let’s see….as a true north Canadian, have I ever been known to sport flip-flops while wearing a winter coat?  Why yes, I have!  And truth be told, I KNOW that I am not alone up here on that one.  Does it look and seem kind of stupid?  Ummm…yah it does, in my opinion, but I think it has something to do with the stubbornness of not wanting to let go of summer that persists and necessitates the ridiculous look (at least for me, anyway).  What about listening to Christmas CD’s in June?  A bit embarrassing to admit, but I like the soft, instrumental music that goes along with the season while I am wrapping up my work year on the computer.  Interestingly enough, my husband seems to vacate the general premises when I decide to partake in the all-too-familiar tunes.  I can’t say that I blame him one iota.  It’s bad enough that the local Costco warehouse stores have their evergreen trees, up, lit and on display in mid-July, let alone hearing the “Little Drummer Boy” when the summer solstice first dawns.  On the flip side of things, I am also the Queen of cozying up under my coveted, heated, electric blanket on a 30 degree celsius kind of day when everyone else is melting.  What can I say?!  My hands and feet are always like ice cubes.  My doctor’s fix for that, by the way?  Well, she advised me to marry someone rich and move closer to the equator.  Maybe that’s why I love vacationing in Hawaii so much!  Could I handle living there?  Of course…I just need a lotto win of sorts:-).  Hey, now that I think of it, I should have asked her to write a prescription for that!!

Your turn, if you wish.  Anything that you have done, eaten or concocted that you have received friendly criticism for, but secretly or not-so-secretly enjoy?  I’d love to hear it…meanwhile, I think I’ll get my rice cooker on the go.  Sauerkraut, here I come:-).



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