We received one of these Peppermint Piggies from a friend, several Christmases ago. It came in a lovely red-velvet bag, complete with a tiny silver hammer. The enclosed little tag said that it was an old Christmas tradition, and the idea was to pass the Pig around the table after Christmas Dinner, and each person should shatter off a little shard of peppermint, for a sweet ending to the day.
So we did, and I think that year four of the GRANDS were here, as well as their parents, so we had errants bits and chips flying wildly past the centerpiece and tea glasses, with eager little fingers capturing bits and crumbs from the tablecloth and our shirt-fronts and their sister's hair.
Later, we put the little hammer up on the "old stuff" shelf, with spy-glasses and cameras and bits of our and other people's pasts. Then Chris took to carrying it in his big black leather Dr. bag, with all his other computer and printer-fixing tools.
He's caused many a grin at worksites, when he'd meet a recalcitrant machine and finally flourish Little Hammer, give the machine an infinitesimal tap, and warn, "Don't make me go get a BIGGER hammer."
And we've CERTAINLY needed a big hammer lately---something has been causing a great glitch in the COMMENTS section, with lots of us trying to comment on each other's blogs, but having much trouble trying to sign on, or having to sign on numerous times, or just getting a blank white page, with no recourse but to go away unwritten and unsung.
I've not been able to SEE any comments on here for a couple of weeks,without going WAY round-about through the whole dashboard thing, for clicking on the usual spot would shimmer the comment on the screen for a micro-second, long enough to see a tantalizing word or two, then jerk it away like a schoolyard bully with a little boy's hat.
And now, there's LIGHT in this tunnel, and I think the problem's solved, courtesy of my friend at PAINTORDIG. She posted a solution on her own blog today, and it's worked like a charm, so far, just yielding up those friendly words and brightening my day considerable.
If you're having trouble from either communication front, sending or receiving, DO have a look and give it a try.
And Hooray for a BIGGER HAMMER!