On their way here for a pre-Christmas visit, Jenny and Jean-Marc stopped to visit my sister and her family. Jenny was telling them about our bacon and ham. One nephew said he would love some and offered a bribe--a handmade Christmas wreath--in exchange for some bacon. Another nephew and his wife raised that offer with chestnuts and squash. My sister upped the ante with organic apples and frozen home-grown grapes for a grape pie. She has an unfair advantage because she grew up with me and knows my favorite pie!
When Jenny and Jean-Marc arrived, she pulled out her camera to take pictures of me receiving the competing bribes. Before you look at the pictures, I have to warn you: If you look, I'll have to kill you! They are truly horrible pictures, but they are proof that I loved the bribes.
You will also notice that I didn't blow these pictures up to the gigantic size I usually use. More proof of my intelligence.
Although I suppose if I was really smart, I wouldn't have told this story at all, and you would never have had to risk your life being tempted to look at the pictures!