Monthly Archives: December 2015

Christmas 2015 & Karaoke ?

CATHERINE chuckles and sets the black T-shirt Darq gave her under the Christmas Tree:  This is one great T-shirt, thanks, Darq.

DARQ:  I thought the saying appropriate considering you’re a novelist who makes up stories!

CATHERINE:  Very fitting–I love it!


DARQ swats aside another dangling ribbon:  Good grief, Catherine, I know you decorated your Christmas tree with all 36 of those fair ribbons you won this year, but really, it’s like plowing through a jungle.

CATHERINE:  Stop exaggerating. I see you found the gift your squad of Men In Black left for you.

DARQ: Yes, I did, but with all the gifts that were piled under the tree last night, it was shoved back, and way around to the other side of the tree.

CATHERINE: Stop complaining and go open your gift.  You’ve been curious ever since it arrived. (Catherine begins opening another Christmas gift.)

A minute later, Darq has her MIB gift unwrapped and squeals: “Karaoke!”


DARQ scrambles to the nearest blank wall and starts singing into the handheld microphone–the MIBs gift to her–

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Darq’s voice booms through both stories of Catherine’s farm house: Have yourself a merry little Christmas…

CATHERINE grins and says:  Okay, okay, enough with the caterwauling–I mean singing. Go unwrap something else. Save the tunes for after we open all the presents.

When Darq finishes opening her gifts, Catherine says: Beside the karaoke mike, what else did you get?

DARQ: J’adore perfume, a box of Belgium chocolates, and a CD of tunes that accompanied my mike. Oh, and a stocking full of cookies, M&Ms, and chocolate covered cherries. If I don’t suffer a sugar-high, I’m going to get fat eating all this candy.

CATHERINE laughs, then says: What gift do you like the most?

DARQ eyes Catherine: The three you gave me.  The Christmas Tree earrings–  IMG_4334

The Christmassy slippers– IMG_4309And this lounger you made for me, why it’s as colorful as Christmas wrapping paper. (Darq’s voice changes to a lower, quieter tone): It’s especially heartwarming to wear this robe because it’s like something I’d wear on my homeworld. And beautiful and comfy.

CATHERINE: It should be.

DARQ: What does that mean?

CATHERINE:  I bribed Agent M with four dozen chocolate chip cookies for a look at some Wysotti clothing catalogs.  Now, grab that mike and let’s sing a wish to everyone who reads this blog–

Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me.
Let there be peace on earth
The peace that was meant to be . . .

Have a wonderful Christmas Day.

**** DARQ will be attending another New Year’s Eve party at an undisclosed location, and wearing a new Erte-inspired outfit. Stop by New Year’s Day to see what she wore.

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Posted by on December 25, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Baking for the Holidays

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DARQ:  Yo, Catherine, I found the cookie cutter.IMG_4247

CATHERINE:  It’s about time…wow, you’re  dressed up like Santa’s Little Helper!

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DARQ (chuckles): I saw the apron and couldn’t resist.

CATHERINE:  Nice shoes, too.

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DARQ: I had them custom made to go with the apron.

CATHERINE: Really?  For an apron? Why go to all that trouble?

DARQ:  Because my MIB team voted that at this year’s annual Christmas Party’s the dress code was to be Christmassy and no regulation-black. You do realize that they get tired of wearing black suits, right?

CATHERINE: I never thought of that, but it makes sense.  What are the MIBs on your security team going as?

DARQ:  Since they were a team, the eight decided to dress as one of Santa’s Reindeer.  Agent L is going as Dasher. After all, he is rather dashing.

CATHERINE:  Is he that dashingly handsome Adonis  with the muscles that lifted your trunk onto the porch when you arrived this October?

DARQ: No, silly, that’s Agent B.  I meant Agent L is dashing, as in capable of destroying threats before they happen. The man has a sixth sense about–

CATHERINE: Right.  Now, about today’s cookie baking, go into the pantry and get me the flour pail, will you?

DARQ: Ah, Catherine, I don’t think so.


DARQ: I can’t risk getting this outfit soiled. You’re on your own.

CATHERINE:  But we promised the fans and readers who stop at this blog that you’d be making your Fruity Cake.

DARQ pulls out a recipe card from her pants pocket: No, we promised them a copy of the recipe. Here it is–


by Catherine E. McLean @2012, Rev. 2015   

4 eggs
1 stick of butter (softened)
one 14.5 oz can of Delmonte "no sugar added very cherry fruit mix" – not drained
8 oz can pineapple tidbits drained
3/4 cup chopped nuts (pecans preferred)
1 carrot cake mix

     Into a bowl, pour in the cake mix, then add all the other ingredients and beat until well blended. Pour into a greased bundt pan or bundt mold.* Bake at 350 degrees for approx. 45-55 minutes (or until knife comes out clean).
     Serve warm with ice cream or pudding. 
     Options:   May be cooled and coated with confectioner's sugar (powdered sugar) or Cream Cheese Frosting with a fresh fruit topper (mandarin oranges, sliced strawberries, blueberries, etc.)
Note * - may be made in a 9x13" pan

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What will Darq be wearing for Christmas Day?  Stop by and see or Connect with Catherine to be notified of updates to this blog and Darq’s activities.

Note to sewers: 

The design of the Elf Apron came from a photo I found posted on a Pinterest Board and re-posted to my Aprons board. The apron is made of felt.

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Posted by on December 15, 2015 in Uncategorized