Mar 8th 2016 07:32 am Spring Freezer

OK! The doors are open again, and it’s back to normal for now. I want to assure you that during the periods I am not here with you, I am not doing nothing. I am thinking! Admittedly it looks a lot like doing nothing, so much so that it is sometimes difficult for me to tell the difference. I have been giving a lot of thought to the future which, in my experience, is immeasurably more productive than giving a lot of thought to the past. Speaking of the past, this cartoon from 10 years ago was lifted almost verbatim from real life. A lot of the better ideas are. Not the best ideas, mind you, but many of the better ones.

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60 Responses to “Spring Freezer”

  1. Mark in TTown on 08 Mar 2016 at 7:37 am #

    Good morning Jimmy. Glad you are back. I like today’s retro strip because it’s true. This time of year you don’t know whether you need short sleeves or a jacket, and run both the heat and the air conditioner in the same day. And today’s new strip is right on the money as well.

  2. Don Robertson on 08 Mar 2016 at 7:43 am #

    As they say in the Newfoundland, I sits and I thinks…. but mostly I sits.

  3. Steve From Royal Oak, Mi on 08 Mar 2016 at 7:49 am #

    63° yesterday and about 70° today. Of course we’ve had a couple of snow showers this month already….

    I used to think but it hurts.

  4. sandcastler™ on 08 Mar 2016 at 8:09 am #

    The seige has been raised.
    The orphans rescued.
    Let us fill the air with sounds of joy.

  5. Ghost Rider 6 on 08 Mar 2016 at 8:26 am #

    Cogito ergo sum. Or sumting like that.

  6. sandcastler™ on 08 Mar 2016 at 9:21 am #

    Careful GR6, brain sprains can be painful.

  7. Anonymous on 08 Mar 2016 at 9:39 am #

    I was so bereft I joined the Arlo and Janis Fans group on Facebook but did not go over to The Dark Side. Those of us on Facebook clung together but I kept missing Debbe and Ghost and Sand.

    Mark will have to post the last photo from me of the ad hoc discussion of departed cartoonists I posted last night. And Jimmy we do NOT want you among them! I think the thought occurs to all of us when you go missing. We love you.

  8. Trapper Jean on 08 Mar 2016 at 9:53 am #

    Last Thursday we had snow, ending up with about 4 inches. It was gone by Friday noon. Yesterday I was doing my errands in a short sleeved t-shirt. (That reminds me, I need to order a short sleeve Loodie shirt!) We may yet have another snow or ice storm. After all, I do live in North Georgia. But for the most part, winter is over. sigh…

  9. Anonymous on 08 Mar 2016 at 9:56 am #

    Sand, Amazing. Pipers for me and strapless heaving bosoms for the Ghost and still beautifully performed and sung. Thank you.

    In case the orphans need sustenance I am moving along a la Janis with the back forty vegetable beds. The rains arrived before I got the four I was working on completed but they are close.

    I think there are at least twelve more sections in that garden.

    Then every night I go fill a tub of hot water like Janis and pour all the bath oil, salts and bubbles in until there is a foot of froth and I soak til it cools down. Last night I kept adding more hot water, reheating the Epsom salts with lavender latte, over and over.

    Still hurt this morning.

  10. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 08 Mar 2016 at 10:20 am #

    Yay! We’re back! Relieved that nothing was amiss, JJ.

    I vote for your March 5th cartoon as “likely to be considered a classic”. Any chance you’d want to sell the original and raise a few more bucks for your local charity? The third panel really captures Janis’ determination to retrieve her gown….

    Now I must needs go back and check out Sandcastler’s reference, and not for the pipers.


  11. sandcastler™ on 08 Mar 2016 at 10:34 am #

    Jackie, glad you approved of the pipes. Am surprised GR6 has not weighed in on the fair ladies. It is also a fitting tribute to International Women’s Day which is being observed today.

  12. Mark in TTown on 08 Mar 2016 at 10:44 am #

    It’s also National Pancake Day, isn’t it?

  13. Anonymous on 08 Mar 2016 at 10:46 am #

    Yes, Ruth and I have been weighing in on International Women’s Day already on her Facebook page. I need to find something weighty enough to post on mine in observation.

    I noticed the cameras never lingered on the skinny Celtic woman who wasn’t in danger of a wardrobe malfunction. I have experienced some of those, come to think of it.

  14. Anonymous on 08 Mar 2016 at 10:47 am #

    Yes, I may have to whip up some whole grain ones. Pancakes, not bosoms.

  15. sandcastler™ on 08 Mar 2016 at 10:55 am #

    Jackie, are you aware that IWD, has strong socialist roots? Was one of four major annual celebrations of the “Internationals.” The others commemorated: Workers, Children,and Men. These were major holidays throughout the Soviet Bloc and its sphere of global influence. Weighty enough?

  16. Anonymous on 08 Mar 2016 at 11:04 am #

    Sand, are the Villagers aware that I have always harbored strong agreement with many socialistic countries? I married an Eisenhower Republican but not his politics. I am a Southern woman who came from a LONG line of women who ploughed their own fields and survived hard times when the men cratered.

    We are the original Steel Magnolias. And yes, I am related to Huey Long and Uncle Earl but technically they were populists, not socialists but sometimes it looks the same.

    Power to The Women!

  17. Nancy Kirk in AZ on 08 Mar 2016 at 12:17 pm #

    Hi, everybody! Great to be back. The new retro is indeed from real life. I’m not sure I have ever made it 23 minutes, though. Back when I lived in Kansas, when the sun went down in the middle of summer, I went inside and got a sweater mmediately.

    THANKS, Sand. I love Celtic Woman. I have seen them live once and have all their DVD’s, I think.

  18. Mark in TTown on 08 Mar 2016 at 12:23 pm #

    Reckon she wanted her own shade to park in?

  19. Bryan on 08 Mar 2016 at 1:01 pm #

    Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back!

  20. Mark in TTown on 08 Mar 2016 at 1:03 pm #

    Jackie, I know you said your recent purchase of these has gone missing. You can order from this site:

  21. Anonymous on 08 Mar 2016 at 1:55 pm #

    Thank you Mark. Yes, they may show up when we clean house before the week of rain ends and I can plant but I will order some more. Yes, we must have Rattlesnake pole beans to go with the real baby ones on ground.

  22. Mark in TTown on 08 Mar 2016 at 2:58 pm #

    I think this is what Jackie wanted me to copy.

    I am reading Berkeley Breathed’s Outland Collection “His Kisses Are Dreamy, but Those Hairballs Down My Cleavage” which still makes me laugh. It contains the single funniest panel skewering men that he ever drew. I know, he’s back but it isn’t the same.

    And the panel:

  23. emb on 08 Mar 2016 at 2:59 pm #

    c x-p and JJ: Jimmy never saw anything like the [hilarious] 5 Mar. ’16 cartoon when peeking in our window. Elaine? Not a cc. of false modesty in her body. I checked. Often. Vive la difference!


  24. Mark in TTown on 08 Mar 2016 at 3:41 pm #

    emb, I don’t think it’s false modesty. Janis is shown to be very cold sensitive, so I think she is trying to expose as little of herself as possible to room temperature before getting that nightie on and climbing out of bed.

  25. Anonymous on 08 Mar 2016 at 3:43 pm #

    Perhaps she was cold without the extra body heat?

    I am starting spring house cleaning and sweating in a long sleeve tee shirt and skinny jeans. I say that because cotton stretch jeggings are thin fabric and so is the exercise tee. I got the heat repaired after six weeks of winter just in time for the a/c which will probably need repair.

    The Chinese laundry is open again, it is raining nonstop, I am folding, putting away, hanging, sorting, washing and barely begun. I am trying to find the rubber boots to muck through the mud to dog house. They are still putting in drains and stone paths.

    Who blows out their knee doing laundry?

  26. Anonymous on 08 Mar 2016 at 4:58 pm #

    The same person who discovers torn rotator cuffs do NOT like to fold sheets and comforters nor carry laundry baskets.

  27. emb on 08 Mar 2016 at 5:54 pm #

    Hey, we can do this again! Besides, though she’s no centerfold, she’s kinda cute. I believe Erin is slimmer, but variety is the spice of life.

    I didn’t say Janis was guilty of false modesty, but she was raised in a family, and perhaps more families than not instill this kind of behavior. I doubt it’s the temperature, as does Arlo in the last panel.

    Society is strange. Many will not object to Renoir’s painting, but, if it’s an online trailer of a movie sequence of the Dance of the 7 Veils, you get these squared defacers at the end. To me, that is obscene.


  28. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 08 Mar 2016 at 7:14 pm #

    Jackie Anonymous:

    You didn’t miss me?

    I’m crushed.

  29. Anonymous on 08 Mar 2016 at 7:14 pm #

    My kids are absolute prudes or so they seem. I am not. There is usually a second parent? My family that raised me were definite prudes and morality of Biblical proportions. My grandmother believed in damnaton to the transgressor, yet she raised one who never flinched then or now at skin.

    But as Ghost always says, the ones you see aren’t always the ones you’d like to see naked. Go to any nudist resort and you’ll confirm that. Laughs.

  30. Anonymous on 08 Mar 2016 at 7:16 pm #

    Rick, are you on Facebook? I’ll add you to the Round Up the Lonely Orphans list that meets there for succor in our hours of bereavement.

  31. Gary on 08 Mar 2016 at 7:41 pm #

    Welcome back JJ. You were missed.

    With today being IWD, Kiva had/has matching donations for many female lendees. Since I exclusive loan to female individuals, I made yet another loan today. That means I now have 10 outstanding loans right now. Of the 33 loans I have made to date, only 2 have gone bad.

  32. Ghost Rider 6 on 08 Mar 2016 at 8:06 pm #

    The Celtic Woman cuties were, well, cute. Some were pneumatic, and some were pulchritudinous, but unlike my Pneumatic & Pulchritudinous Hair Stylist, I did not judge any of them to be both. What was sorely lacking was a close-up at the end when they took their post-performance bow.

    And yeah, no, the new iteration of Bloom County is sadly not up to snuff. I recall no more than a handful of present day strips that seem to even approach the quality of the original. If as it says in the blurb, the author “talked himSELF out of retirement after Donald Trump threw his hat into an overpopulated ring of hopefuls for the Republican presidential nomination”, he possibly needed a better reason to resurrect his opus. And as far as the cartoon of Bill and Opus conducting that, ah, inspection, one should really not have to look to know what one has there.

    And 9 Chickweed Lane, which I am now checking about once a month in the forlorn hope that something interesting might, by some miracle, actually occur, seems to have jumped the shark. Again. Either that, or its creator is simply phoning it in, perhaps being occupied writing and producing another stage play that no one will finance for him.

  33. Anonymous on 08 Mar 2016 at 8:52 pm #

    Totally disappointing, huh? If I would finally decide to do something like kick off my online blog like I was supposed to do and actually do some work instead of life imitating art and playing in the dirt and having snakes and planting gardens and petting cats and soaking in frothy baths, well maybe Ghost could discuss our favorite deceased, demised and retired comics with us during our forced hiatus from the Village.

    There are times my real life plays out just like Jimmy’s strip which is probably what got me addicted to it to begin with including the sailing parts but it seems more and more like but with Arlo missing, a ghost as it were. That is me being punnish, I know, don’t quit the day job!

    Back to the laundry, there seems something satisfying in laundry, a strange thought for someone who could not do it if I could find someone who actually could.

  34. Anonymous on 08 Mar 2016 at 8:59 pm #

    Oh yes, Bill is a lobotomized eunach according to strip and since I didn’t get to go to count Penguin poop with the scientists this past January I have no idea about Opus. Millquetoast is a cockroach and may be bisexual. So yes, they may need to check.

    Got my invitation to go to Antarctica from the penguin poppers this week. Hmmmn, should I go get my two rotator cuffs repaired first, since January is earliest surgeon will do them? Then I bet I can tell you real poop on penguins.

  35. Ghost Rider 6 on 08 Mar 2016 at 10:09 pm #

    Jackie, someone (you?) said that penguins were quite malodorous, which I suppose is to be expected about a fowl that eats fish.

  36. Mark in TTown on 08 Mar 2016 at 10:38 pm #

    Jackie, I think the attraction of laundry is like the attraction yard work had for me when the Navy assigned chores outside your specialty. I found I hated the housecleaning stuff, because you could do it half the day, and by the time you got through, no one could tell you had done anything. But mowing grass, or clipping shrubs, someone can look and say, yep, you did that. And it would not need doing again for at least a week. And laundry is the same, you start with a full basket and end with a full closet. Then you have a break of a few days before it needs to be done again.

  37. Anonymous on 08 Mar 2016 at 10:39 pm #

    Still, there are male and female penguins? I have only seen a couple of aquariums and zoos with penguins, but they are like the Celtic women, cute and cuddley.

    The laundry calls. Or is that the dryer alarm?

  38. Anonymous on 08 Mar 2016 at 10:41 pm #

    Still, there are male and female penguins? I have only seen a couple of aquariums and zoos with penguins, but they are like the Celtic women, cute and cuddley.

    The laundry calls. Or is that the dryer alarm? Actually, I own enough clothes to go several months but that is how my previous minions got by, they hid it! And I never noticed!

  39. Ghost Rider 6 on 09 Mar 2016 at 12:54 am #

    Debbe ;) Hi, hon! Miss me?

  40. Debbe on 09 Mar 2016 at 4:34 am #

    We’re back……Good morning Villagers…..

    Jackie, tried FB once, just didn’t get into it. But glad you thought of me…thanks, my friend :) And if I lived on your block, I’d come and do your laundry….I’m very good at it too.

    Temps here for the next week are going to be in the sixties…with rain. I’ll take it, beats 30 degree temps. No more dance of the Seven Zippers for me….going to launder the Carhart and put it up for next winter….woohoo!!

    Had some excitement/fear in the hen house yesterday. Ian was walking down one of the aisles, and a wild, black bird flew right in front of him. The hens went hysterical….it had to come through one of the open louvres that didn’t close when the fan shut off. I hope it flew down into the pit. Even though state restrictions have been lifted, we still have to hazmat it….and those suits are hot.

    I missed ya Steve….started reminiscing about Mom’s recipes, ever had left over beef roast with stir fried apples? Something German there…I think Mom called in hopalingals or something like that…very good stuff Maynard.

    Happy Hump Day…..

  41. Debbe on 09 Mar 2016 at 4:38 am #

    GR ;) yes, yes, yes!!!! And how did I miss that live version of her. She and I had similar taste in wardrobe fashion then…I loved to wear camisoles with just a vest and of course, Levi’s.

    The movie didn’t make it big, but the song did, the lyrics are just lovely…..absolutely.

  42. Debbe on 09 Mar 2016 at 4:42 am #

    ba da ding…..

  43. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 09 Mar 2016 at 4:42 am #


    Thanks for the invitation, but I am unable to accept.

    I used to be on FB, but I bought a new computer about a year and a half ago, and I have not been back on FB because of privacy and security concerns.

  44. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 09 Mar 2016 at 4:47 am #


    About penguins –

    Last summer, my wife and I visited the Newport Aquarium which is across the Ohio River from Cincinnati.

    They feature “Penguin Encounter,” and we were part of a group that were in a room with about a dozen penguins. As the handlers gave information about the all-female colony, we were allowed to stroke a penguin – very carefully.

    The penguins were warm-weather birds from South Africa.

  45. Debbe on 09 Mar 2016 at 5:00 am #


  46. Debbe on 09 Mar 2016 at 5:01 am #

    Rick….loved the movie “March of the Penguins” narrated by Morgan Freeman.

  47. Steve From Royal Oak, MI on 09 Mar 2016 at 6:43 am #

    Robin? Arlo is sleeping with Robin?

  48. Steve From Royal Oak, MI on 09 Mar 2016 at 6:44 am #

    No Debbe, never had roast beef with apples. My mom was not that inventive, but even if she did, with 7 kids, there were never any leftovers!

  49. Steve From Royal Oak, MI on 09 Mar 2016 at 6:48 am #

    We saw Celtic Woman the night before my hip replacement and my wife was so inspired by their performance that she wrote a 4 book series and four singers. We have seen them 3 times but since Chloe left, it isn’t quite the same.

  50. emb on 09 Mar 2016 at 7:05 am #

    Parent feeding 3 eaglets, 0704 CST, Twin Cities area. Peace,

  51. Ghost Rider 6 on 09 Mar 2016 at 7:39 am #

    Debbe ;) And I’ll bet you made those Levis look good. ;)

  52. Ghost Rider 6 on 09 Mar 2016 at 7:44 am #

    sand, I didn’t realize that Interstate crashes in Houston included a floor show…

  53. domaucan1 on 09 Mar 2016 at 7:49 am #

    Weather report: Baton Rouge, LA: 72 F. & rain approaching. Try to stay dry.

    God bless us every one.

  54. sandcastler™ on 09 Mar 2016 at 8:06 am #

    GR6, we are a no cover charge county. Our bike and jogging paths can also be rather titillating some days.

  55. Ghost Rider 6 on 09 Mar 2016 at 8:28 am #

    The story didn’t mention whether or not the Interstate “performer” would qualify for inclusion in the subset of “would-like-to-see-naked”, but judging from the blurred-out video, I think perhaps not.

    “Titillating”…probably a good description of some females seen on bike and jogging paths this time of year. In a related matter, I recently ran across an alternate term for “pokies”…”gum drops”. I still prefer “pokies”.

  56. sandcastler™ on 09 Mar 2016 at 9:31 am #

    “Gumdrops” I like.

  57. Anonymous on 09 Mar 2016 at 9:37 am #

    Gum drops conveys an image of huge protrubences which might or might not tittilate depending on personal tastes.

    Personally I have always found gum drops to be about the most disgusting candy around, right there with candy corn and licorice.

    Strangely, I owned a candy store for a number of years that at the time was second only to Marshall Fields in Houston in sales for my candy rep. Different tastes for different folks.

  58. Anonymous on 09 Mar 2016 at 9:38 am #

    See? That’s why candy stores sell so many kinds, not just what the owner likes.

  59. sandcastler™ on 09 Mar 2016 at 9:59 am #

    Dare I say this, gumdrops are succulent.

  60. Anonymous on 09 Mar 2016 at 10:46 am #