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For a moment there, I could have sworn I heard a Mr. Whippee ice-cream van in the distance, the old familiar sound of "Greensleeves" seemed to be wafting into my consciousness.

Turns out I was wrong, or at least if I was right and there was a Mr. Whippee van somewhere nearby it didn't get past the first bar. Maybe someone was trying to jump start an old one, without success.

Anyway, I figured it was time to wander out to the shed where 10B is playing today, to take him a cup of coffee and announce my bright idea, which is that if this year turns out to be a bad year for The Mowing Guy, he should get a Mr. Whippee van. The coffee was a good idea, he finds my bright ideas a bit challenging sometimes and I think the coffee helps keep him from chasing me away with the compressor.

We'd have to park it overnight in the yard, I figure, because otherwise people would break in and steal our ice-cream (well I would). Although 10B reckons people would be more likely to hotwire it and go joyriding just to see if it's true that "Greensleeves" is connected to the accelerator pedal. (Because let's face it we all think it is).

He doesn't seem to think it's such a bright idea (in spite of the coffee, he still gave me A Look), but I think it's brilliant. And recession-proof, surely? In fact it's perfect because it's the sort of expense that people see as cheap-but-fun and therefore allowable. (At the moment things don't have to be real bargains, they just have to look like real bargains. When things start to really bite later this year, most people in *this* area will still be able to afford ice cream for their kids, they'll just need to feel like it's cheap-and-fun and therefore not a threat to their long term wellbeing).


I am reading one of my old social work textbooks, which I've been eyeing off for a while as something I'd like to read.

It's most enlightening, shame I didn't read it back when I was supposed to.


Apricots, dear god, apricots. I can never get over how quickly they can ripen. One hot day and that's it. Blink and you miss them.

I figure that sjkasabi, montjoye and Mistress M. got about 20 kilos between them on Friday night, and that's only about half the crop! And apparently many were already too ripe for use, when not three days earlier they most definitely were not.

Anyone else wanting to cook up some apricots?


My physical environment is pleasing me atm. 10B has been helping get this room into order and last night he did a few more bits and pieces (plus a few other things I wanted done) so I'm feeling like this project is coming together nicely. Mistress of all I survey and all that - it's starting to feel good in here.


Now that my prednisolone is down by 2.5 mgs, I'm feeling so much better about my body. And thin. Well okay not thin as such, but curvy rather than bloated. This doesn't make sense since I'm no different from how I was a week ago, but I do.


See what I mean? Kind of random.


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Jan. 18th, 2009 08:05 am (UTC)
I have an even more ingenious idea.

Buy the used ice cream van. Add in, through miracles of engineering, a fancy coffee-expresso machine.

You now have all the allure of the ice-cream van AND the allure of fresh coffee! Who could resist the tinkle of ice-cream van knowing they have fresh frappucinos as well as ice cream?

"Oh all right, Junior, but get Mummy an iced coffee as well."


Jan. 18th, 2009 09:27 am (UTC)

Yes indeedy you do!1!

And we could tea fudge too, hooray!
Jan. 18th, 2009 09:29 am (UTC)
I had meant to say that if the Italians and Japanese all have coffee candies, tea fudge is surely next on the Big Thing list. Tea with cream and sugar, in a new format!

I probably should not mention the Earl Grey martini.
Jan. 18th, 2009 09:42 am (UTC)
Coffee candles? ...omfg...omfg...omfg...

I am so there!
Jan. 18th, 2009 08:45 am (UTC)
Yesterday, or maybe friday I was on the phone to >elmsley _rose and a Mr whippe van went right by my front door. How's that for a coincidence.

Edited at 2009-01-18 08:48 am (UTC)
Jan. 18th, 2009 09:13 am (UTC)
Years ago my parents lived in Tennant Creek and the local icecream van had an extremely stretched and distorted tape of Greensleeves. Eventually it broke and the owners replaced it with a Led Zeppelin tape. It was amazing to see how quickly the local kids learnt to come running to the strains of Stairway to Heaven.

I do like the idea of the mobile coffee van - I think I'd figure out the pavlovian response pretty quickly.
Jan. 18th, 2009 09:58 am (UTC)
I've always wondered where the music came from in an ice cream van.
Yours play Greensleeves? That's classy! The ones I remember (they don't exist here in Spain...weird for a warm climate)always played some little unrecognizable jingle.
Jan. 18th, 2009 11:55 am (UTC)
My sister had one, and I suggested that they play AC DC on it, as it was out in Western Sydney. She said, very seriously, that they couldn't do that as there would be big trouble.
I wondered if there was some sort of Mr Whippee van inspectorate.
They used to make a packet selling smokes, and they had accounts for all the locals. I think they sold some icecreams.
Jan. 18th, 2009 10:29 pm (UTC)
The Mr Whippees in Perth used to play Greensleeves but now it's something tinkly I don't recognise. The ones in the DC area play Music Box Dancer which I find much more appealing than Greensleeves.
Jan. 19th, 2009 05:45 am (UTC)
I would LOVE some apricots but as you aren't just around te corner I probably can't get any. Unless I could send Shar as she works near where you live. Would that be totally weird? mmm. Apricots.

Surely you can get tea fudge somewhere? It must exist. And you can get coffee candles, I've seen them. I have even seen coffee candles that look like a cappuccino! :)
Jan. 19th, 2009 06:29 am (UTC)
No, that wouldn't be too weird. Email if you want to arrange something.

And and and ...I did a little google search late last night and found a recipe for tea fudge!

Jan. 20th, 2009 09:09 am (UTC)
Ah, thanks, but she is SUPER busy this week (and hates apricots) damn. I'll have to pass as they will be all over by the time next week rolls around.

Can you convince 10B to make you the fudge?
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