Mary Mac

What is Leg-Lamp Night on Christmas?


Last week we invited yinz to submit your Holiday Story traditions.  

Mary MacAnellen our buddy from the MaryMac Bakehouse submitted this story.  Hope you enjoy it. Feel free to SHARE.

We will be back to Jagoff Catchin’ Monday.

We live in the middle of No Where. Seriously. Our house is on a hill in the wind. Farmed fields are across the road from us and stretch on for a long way. We can see the weather coming when it’s hours away. We always have wind. Always. I’m talking kite flying, hat blowing off, bone chilling wind.

We put an addition on our house that included a front porch with the idea that we could have Christmas Lights. You know what wind does to Christmas Lights? It blows the bulbs right out of the sockets! Wreaths? Ha! They wind up in the woods! Garland? Rips the tinsel right out of the rope!Bows?

They spin around like pinwheels!  We were left with no decorations for Christmas.

Then, one day, I came upon a full sized Red Rider Leg Lamp! It’s the real deal, just like the major award from the movie! It arrived 8 years ago and has been in our front window ever since. Now, from it’s protected location in the living room window, the soft glow of electric sex can be seen by the very few passers-by who travel our road. We use it as a beacon to guide guests to our house “Just look for the Leg Lamp in the window!” we say.

And every year, on the first day of December, we celebrate Leg Lamp Light Up Night, when the Lamp is officially turned on to start the Christmas Season.

Click on “Mary’s Buns” to find out where to get them.


The Weather of Western Pa! (Make Up Your Mind!)

Our last day in Hawaii. And our last guest blog for this week.

Next week we will post a Hawaii Jagoff blog

(Yep, we caught one here but we ALSO met a ton of great people!)

Today’s Guest Blogger is Mary Mac from the New Castle area.

See her in her REAL job at Standing Chimey  and Mary Mac’s Bakehouse


There are lots of pretty good ways to predict the weather. “Red sky at night, sailors’ delight, red sky at morning, sailors’ warning” is tried and true. Cows are good. If the local cows are lying down in their field it means rain. Bunions are, of course, the standby weather forecaster, up there with arthritis, sinuses and old injuries; they’re always acting up when the weather’s about to change. The dog going crazy and tearing through a door could mean “there’s a tornado coming, hide in the cellar!” or nothing at all.

But, times they are a changin’.

Now, with rapidly advancing technology, we have Doppler Radar, NEXRAD, The National Weather Service, etc. But is our forecasting better? No! And why you ask? I’ll tell you why, the weather over Western Pennsylvania is a JagOff! That’s right. We have professional meteorologists predicting the weather using the latest bazillion watt radar technology, but how accurate are they? Not quite as accurate as a field of cows, who as we have just learned, lay down when it’s going to rain. So if there are 100 cows in a field and 80 of them are lying down, that means an 80% chance of rain, right? But what if according to Doppler Radar no rain is in the forecast. Who will you believe? I’m taking the cows. Why? Because our weather is a JagOff, that’s why!

Thing is, all of this technology works in the Atmosphere, and where is the weather? In the Atmosphere! So, the weather is up there jagging around the technology! This is why our meteorologists struggle with accurate weather prediction! Up there in the sky, weather is lying to the system, whispering in its ear, covering NEXRADs’ eyes with its hands! So when one of our local meteorologists appear to be wrong, it’s not them, it’s that no good, lyin’, cheatin’, Western Pennsylvanian Weather!

“How can I know which Ya Jagoff brand clothing and accessories to use this weekend?” you may ask. First, watch the local weather forecast, then, call your grandma and bring up her bunions, next, take a drive into the country and check the cows, and finally, call your old friend from high school and ask about his left knee. When you’re sure what the true weather forecast is, put on your ‘Don’t be a Jagoff’ hoodie, shake your fist at the sky and shout, “You can’t fool me, Ya Jagoff! ”

See the “Shout Out” video from our panel group at the Hawaii Social Media Summit