Christmas reprise — Darlings! It’s that time… Nat King Cole croons carols and a pasta machine finds its way from the back of a cupboard to the kitchen counter…


And so we come to Christmas eve. Our household tradition is to make pasta, something we only attempt once a year (because, in truth, we’re not very good at it). It gets everyone involved and believe me, a lot of hands are needed as those sheets of pasta get ever thinner and seem to stretch straight across the kitchen. The process involves improvisation and several glasses of wine. I have heard other people cut the pasta into 12 inch lengths as it rolls out of the machine. Poppycock! Balderdash! What’s the fun in that? Our pasta is three, to five feet long and is a three person operation, at least. One noodle feeds a family of four. Okay, okay, I admit the results of our efforts are…variable, but by the time we sit down to a hearty bowl of noodle (singular) we are feeling the glow, the accomplishment, the laughter, and damn, doesn’t this taste delicious?!

If you forgive the pontification: kinda like life. The more engaged, the more you reach to touch other souls, the more glowing, joyous, and satisfying.

I wish you peace. Happy Holidays!

danny kaye nat king cole


  1. George Kaplan

    That was funny…and Beautiful, not unlike yourself Ms Vickie! Hey, no dry heaving, there’s no poppycockiness of balderdashiness in that! Hope you are having a delightful soul-enriching time full of warming laughter (and wine) and good company and the wit of Mr L. Oh, and not forgetting scary amounts of pasta. 🙂
    Gros Bisous, George

  2. A bowl of Variable Noodle before Santa arrives sounds like a great tradition. I’m sure the amusement of the creation makes it even more delicious. Merry Xmas to you and yours 😀

  3. George Kaplan

    Variable Noodle with Curious Spaghetti on vocals, Tina Linguine on guitar, Faye Fettuccine on keys, Bleary Bucatini on bass, and – who else? – Ham Tagliatelle on drums. Bwahahaha! Oh dear! Sorry. 🙂

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