Frank: Hey Carol! This smells great! What are you doing in all these oranges?
Carol: Hi Frank! Did you hear? I’ve got the next two weeks off work and I’ve got all my Christmas stuff done! I’ve got a week before Christmas to goof off and see the sights. I celebrated my first day off by sleeping in until 10 this morning…then did nothing except watch Christmas cartoons and hockey and stick cloves into oranges until I ran out of cloves.
Carol: I did not. I made 3 pomanders. That’s it. They’re not hard. All you do is: 1) buy some oranges 2) poke the orange skin with a toothpick – make any kind of design you’d like 3) stick a whole clove in each hole. 4) put it on your mantel to dry out – in the right conditions, they could last a year! Or go moldy in a week. We’ll just have to wait and see what kind I made today.
Carol: Oh, I ate some shortbread. I didn’t even make it. My mom sent it to us. Look, Mike’s sitting next to some right now.
Mike: Hi guys! Shortbread?
Frank: Sure, I’ll have some! *Chomp* *Chomp* *Chomp* Hey these are delicious! This is great shortbread.
Mike & Carol: Yup. We love it.
Frank: In fact, I think I’ll never make shortbread again. I’ll just order it from your mom! All in favour?
All of us: Aye!
Carol: I’ll take care of the details on that.
Frank: Great. I’ve got to get in touch with Hank. I need to find out if he has any suet.
Carol: What do you need suet for? I heard you can get it at the bird food store.
Frank: Uh. EW. I’ll tell you later. But first, I need to see if Hank can hook me up – he’s the meat guy, after all.
Carol: Okay Frank. Good luck with that. I’ll go back to hanging out with the oranges. It sure smells good in here!
TO BE CONTINUED…