Sunday, October 08, 2006


You know that old expression, 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it'? Well, over the years I have tried to live by that theory.

It seems, however, that advertisers need new products all the time to jump start their sales. Over the years my diet coke was improved. Feh! And when the companies realized that the new one was not loved and adored by flocks of buyers, they wisely gave us back our old version.

But just in case they gave us decaf coke...that's ok, and lemon coke, that's ok too.

Back in the days when I smoked...yes dear readers, I smoked. Then on October 4, 1994 I stopped. Just like that, I stopped. Gained a gazillion pounds (only half a gazillion kilos) and my doctor, bless him, said, 'Marallyn, don't worry about your weight, just don't smoke.' And I, immediately said, 'Doctor, will you put that in writing so I can give it to Bubbie Channah?'

Well, they upgraded my brand of cigarettes and the new and improved version was so awful that I switched brands.

And how about when they do that to our washing machine powder? Kinda makes you wonder why you were using the old 'notsogood' version all those years. And wasn't it them who kept advertising that this was the best product on the market? Oh, oh!

Why am I writing you all this, this morning? Thanks for asking.

Last week, my youngest went up north on a tiul (trip) from his work. And they had a wonderful day. They went dune buggy riding...or whatever it is you do on a dune buggy. And ate in great places. And a wonderful time was had by all.

He brought home four little jars of honey from the honey place, Dvorat Hatavor (דבורת התבור).

'That's nice honey, I mean dear. But we have all this honey your Abba brought home for Rosh HaShanah.'
'Yah, but Imma. Check this stuff out.'

One jar is kinda brown. One jar is bright green. Another is bright orange. And the last one is bright blue!

Now, to tell you the truth, the brown one is delicious...honey and cocoa. So far I haven't opened the green, orange, or blue ones.

'How did they do that?' I asked when I really wanted to ask 'Why did they do that?'
'I don't know exactly, but it's real honey. The colour comes from the plants the bees are eating. No food colouring or anything has been added.'
'Really!' I said as I held the green jar up to the light.
'And Israel is the only place in the world that makes coloured honey.'

Wow, I told my kid as I envisioned the poor millions of honey lovers all over the world who have to be satisfied with the old regular amber stuff.

Israel is a remarkable place. And we have invented stuff that has made the world a much better and healthier place. So, maybe they know what they're doing.

Now I have emerald honey, sapphire honey and coral honey. Pretty fancy/shmancy don't you think?

Next I have to figure out how to shmear this stuff on a shtickle challeh and try to ignore the emerald, shapphire, and coral colour and simply enjoy the old fashioned flavour of the wonderful stuff. Ambrosia has now gone psychodelic.

When I told Bubbie Channah, she asked, 'Is it good or bad for the Jews?'

Shavuah tov...a good week.

Have a great day...stay safe...and thanks for dropping in.


At 10:07 AM, Anonymous chavah said...

Hello my wonderful, blogging friend.
I love reading your blogs. You are the best writer.
Colored honey? Sounds interesting. At the Honey Depot
(the gift store I work at sometimes) they carry stuff like Whipped
Wildflower Cinnamon Honey, Praline Pecan Honey Butter,
Strawberry Honey, Chokeberry Honey and just plain old Honey.
It's amazing what they've done with Honey. Most of it comes from
Colorado, so I'll bet your brother has sampled it a time or two. The
Praline Pecan one comes from over in Texas. I'll bet your colored
Honey tastes really good. I actually like the plain kind from California
myself, but it's a little hard to come by since I don't live there anymore.
Besides, they say the honey that is collected from the bees in the
area you live is actually better for you. That's what they say anyway.

At 10:08 AM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

dear chavah...praline pecan honey??? oyyyyyyyy does that sound good...

At 2:58 PM, Blogger Val said...

Colored honey? Different flavor honey? Enjoy! :)

At 5:30 PM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

hi val...thanks for dropping it tastes good...looks very weird :)))

At 5:31 PM, Anonymous the guv said...

Have never seen honey in unusual colours.

Have never actually seen multi-coloured condoms either. But, I understand they work the same way.

The Guv

At 5:31 PM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

hahahaha...and just exactly how is that guv???

At 6:13 PM, Anonymous sydonia said...

they tried green ketchup (or is it catsup ?) a while back---my kids were grown by then so experimention was not necessary and I have tunnel vision at the market so I can't report on its success---this pales in comparision to the guv's experience, though :))

At 6:16 PM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

hahahah we know what to get the guv for her next they come in diferent sizes??? the mind boggles lol

At 10:52 PM, Anonymous tamara said...

Hi there.

As the saying goes " Honey is honey, no matter what color it is ". (Egg is an egg)
That is my comment about honey.

But I do have a story about Bubby Channah's observation.
NOTE: My father spoke English as well as the guv speaks Yiddish.
Just like your mother, my father's (AH) all happenings in the world (politics economics culture), were only as important as their importance, relativity, influence or consequences to Jews and there causes.
Do you remember the O.J.Simpson's chase on the freeways of Los Angeles?
Well; I was watching it on T.V. in Windsor, and my Father was following it in Montreal.
As O.J. was driving slowly, with the police cars following him, the good citizens of L.A. were showing their support by hanging messages from the overpasses and bridges. The banners were saying "Go juice Go !!!!!!.
My phone rang (By then was already 10.30 pm ).
My father very annoyed, upset and angry asked me:
What do they what from the jews now?
Where do they want us to go now ???

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

I love you.
Stay safe and keep out of trouble.


I didn't see green eggs, but I did see green brisket in many N.Y. delis.

At 10:54 PM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

ahhhhhhhhhh tamara, i bet i would have loved your Father AH...that's a great great story...when i finished reading it i was reminded of the first time i heard the beatles' song hey jude...i thought they were singing hey jew!!! thanks for reading and sharing...i love your stories...stay safe my dear friend

At 11:00 PM, Anonymous the guv said...

You're thinking of getting me a bottle of green ketchup ?

The Guv

At 11:01 PM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

ahhhhhhhh shucks figured it out!!!

At 11:03 PM, Anonymous tamara said...


I read all your blogs as well as all the comments.
The best comment ever was from The Gov. re: Gossip, from your Oct 5th blog.
Very, very, clever.
I love her ( him? ) dearly.

I love you too.

At 11:04 PM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

don't worry tamara...sometimes he/she doesn't know either...hey ready to unmask???

At 9:26 AM, Anonymous the guv said...

These days, I don't undress for anyone other than my doctors, and I don't unmask for anyone but my aesthetician. Brave professionals with strong stomachs, all of them !!

The Guv

At 5:19 PM, Anonymous the guv said...

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At 5:24 PM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

hey you're a hit at a fancy dress ball LOL

At 2:10 PM, Anonymous Miriam said...

Marallyn, I love your blog.
And in case anyone's listening out there, please, please, please bring back vegetable crackers for my husband, milki neshikot for my son and orange-filled chocolates for me.

At 11:47 PM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

thanks so much miriam...ahhhhhh milki nishikot...stay safe


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