Monday, November 24, 2008

Lemonade, Anyone?

From the lovely and very interesting Laughingwolf, at Paws and Reflect, I received this lemonade stand. Hmmm… what to do with it?

The rules (as taken from his blog) are as follows -

* Put the logo on your blog or post
* Nominate at least 10 blogs that show great Attitude and/or Gratitude!
* Be sure to link to your nominees within your post
* Let them know they have received this award by commenting on their blog
* Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you received your award

I must say I discarded right away that famous quote about what to do when life gives you lemonade.

I found others, more… juicy.

“For mad scientists who keep brains in jars, here's a tip: why not add a slice of lemon to each jar, for freshness?”

“If life deals you lemons, why not go kill someone with the lemons (maybe by shoving them down his throat).”

Both of the above are quotes of Jack Handy, American writer and cast member of Saturday Night Live from 1991-2003, famous for his Deep Thoughts comedy sketches.

Or these, by anonyms:

“50 lemons are a burden for 1 person, but they are treasures for 50 people”

“When life sucks and hands you lemons, I say beat the crap out of it and demand some Florida oranges as well.”

“If life gives you a bowl of lemons, go find an annoying guy with paper cuts”

“When life hands you lemons - break out the tequila and salt”

What I could do, is this: I could hypnotise you – at least those of you who have already been touched by the first nip of winter, for those who live in warmer place don’t need the suggestion – and transport you into a scorching summer day…

Like, for example, the one when I stepped among the ruins of Pompeii, at the feet of the Vesuvius.

End of July in Italy could be utterly demanding weather wise. That morning, before I entered the archaeological site, one thing stood out for me with utmost importance: the citrus stand where – for three euros, which was quite a lot – you could get a big glass of squeezed-before-your-eyes orange and lemon juice. They had lemons big as oranges and oranges big as cantaloupes. Suffice it to say that the thought of those exquisite citruses inspired and sustained my journey through lives lost to ashes and perfectly preserved by them – what an irony – on the hot stones of the past, under the omnipresent white sun. And when I finally had my glass, it was indeed perfect.

If I hypnotise you well, you too will crave an icy glass of lemonade…

This is what I dream (hope, would like) to offer to anybody who wants to stop by my lemonade stand… Please come, the lemonade is free and you are more than welcome!

And now, to pass it on, I choose all the people on my blogroll. Ha! If you’re there, you’re tagged! Because if I love to read your blogs, I would certainly love your lemonade…


Anonymous said...

I like the Jack Handy comments.

Also, thanks for the sunny thoughts. I need them :)


Charles Gramlich said...

Congratulations. Funny quotes for sure.

BernardL said...

Good quotes, and I felt drawn to your orange and lemonade stand in Italy. :)

laughingwolf said...

quotes are most fine and handy :O lol

as are your thoughts, cuz it's warming up here today, from -8C to +4C and rain... hopefully will get rid of the mountains of snowbanks... so all your warm wishes are good for my shivering soul, and your kind refreshment most welcome....

DebraLSchubert said...

You're not going to believe this, but I happened upon your blog while searching for bunny pictures! I got to reading some of your posts, and loved it! I'm adding you to "My Favorites." Feel free to check my blog out as well. And, btw, lemonade reminds me of sitting by the bay in Charleston, SC - sipping an ice, cold vodka and lemonade while watching the boats sail by on a warm, spring day... Since it's freezing here in the suburbs of Philly, I'm tempted to go online and check out the fares to someplace warm and tropical!

Rick said...

It worked. I'm hypnotized. I'm going down to Chattanooga for a lemonade.

Congratulations on your award.

the walking man said...

When forced to suck on the lemons of life don't forget the tequila and cervesa; the pucker is more easily sustained.

Vesper said...

Yeah, they're kinda cute. :-) You're welcome, Paul, and, please take your lemonade stand, too. :-)

Thanks, Charles, and to you too. :-)

I'm glad you did! That was fantastic. Don't forget to take your lemonade stand, Bernard. :-) :-) :-)

Thank you again, Laughingwolf! I know what you mean. We've had our first snow yesterday and, although it's far from being as bad as yours, it was quite depressing and I feel quite unprepared psychologically for winter. Any kind of "sunny" thoughts are most welcome. :-)

Debra, welcome! Thank you for stopping by and reading some of my posts. And for adding me to your favourites! Certainly I'll come by your blog.
Thanks for the lovely image, mmmmm... sitting by the bay, sipping ice cold vodka and lemonade, watching the sail boats... excellent! :-)

Good, Rick! :-) :-) :-) Thank you! And please take a lemonade stand.:-)

I certainly won't forget them, Mark! :-) :-) :-) This reminds me of my last trip to Mexico - they had a drink they called Electric Lemonade, which mixed vodka, melon liqueur and lemon juice - "electric" indeed! :-) Don't forget to take your lemonade stand! :-)

Sarah Hina said...


Oh, you brought back the taste of summer with this one, Vesper. How deliciously sweet, and just a little bit sour. My glass is sweating. ;)

Jack Handy is hilarious. Nuf said.

I've been to Pompeii, too! It was hot. No lemonade, though. :(

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

Aw, thanks for the lemonade!

I had to chuckle when I saw this line: "...why not go kill someone with the lemons " it reminded me of one of the Monty Python sketches where they taught people to attack each with fruit, "come on, come on, come at me with that banana!"

Vesper said...

Sarah, lately summer has been only a state of mind in these parts of the world... the "real" season was just long-awaited, almost unrecognisable and extremely short-lived. I'm watching snowflakes on the window... I have to think of lemonade... and Pompeii! :-)

Vanilla, I have to start watching Monty Python! I don't know why but I've never done it. It seems there are always sketches one can relate to. :-) :-) :-)
"come on, come on, come at me with that banana!" :-) :-) :-)