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Thanks . This has been my best Christmas

Friday, December 26, 2014

It is almost midnight so I am hardly able to think. It has been a whirlwind day.
We all sat around the Christmas tree watching our family and the dogs. There was laughter and chatting and it seemed like there were gifts from everyone. We just sat and watched one another opening gifts. No-one hurried and we had back ground music and it was just a great feeling sitting with family at Christmas.
I bought the Christmas tree and I loved it.
Our son decorated the tree and I loved it.
My family bought me a tracker and I was so wanting to buy myself one but the family bought it and I loved it.
Even DH was laughing and they had given him gifts and I loved it.
I bought a ham and we had a great meal. Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, creamy mashed potato. I made my Raisin Sauce and I expected I had made it for DH and I but our son and DIL sampled it and went after more- and I loved it.
Our family went to Skype to open gifts from Las Vegas so her mother could see them all.
DH and I talked with his sister in England with no interruptions, he and his sister were chatting and laughing and they talked for a long time. I went to the kitchen and washed dishes. I stood at the sink and I could hear mumbled voices and laughter I was happy just listening how the house sounded today. Usually our house is quiet and we rarely have TV on. After the dishes I cut the ham and portioned it. I have been surprised how lean a good ham is. It was excellent and everyone felt full at dinner. Lots of vegetables were sampled .
Now it was almost time for our son to get ready for work. They all went down stairs and DH and I sat back in our chairs just going over the day,

We had holiday crackers we forgot to snap so we decided to do it on New Years eve.
We called our other sons and talked for a long time today.
Consequently I did very little Sparking today but I did do a late blog and spun the wheel.

I am happily weary. Pat in Maine.

  
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HARROWJET 12/26/2014 9:50PM

    What a great day. I love to hear about it. emoticon

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VEENAS1 12/26/2014 6:44PM

    I am so glad you had a nice Christmas with your family. Also glad that you received an activity tracker. What did you get? I got a Fitbit Zip. I am going to try it out and then maybe sometime later in the new year see about upgrading. Take care.

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PICKIE98 12/26/2014 4:55PM

    Wonderful!! We had a nice quiet day after church. SO nice your family all connected...

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 12/26/2014 3:55PM

    So wonderful you were able to have such a good Christmas sharing with friends. Shows the true spirit of the spirit.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/26/2014 3:17PM

    I am so happy for you Pat! Awesome!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/26/2014 3:13PM

    Sounds fantastic!! I'm so happy you had a holiday like this with your family! Ian got to come home and eat with us so we were happy too.

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SHARONSPARKLE 12/26/2014 1:24PM

    I envy you spending Christmas with part of your family. I had a difficult time this year missing my family and then I got a call yesterday that my aunt had passed away. It's difficult always to lose a loved one but to pass on Christmas Day was hard on the whole family. So enjoy the time with your loved ones.

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MILLISMA 12/26/2014 1:05PM

    This so warmed my heart. What a wonderful Christmas you and your family had. I could almost hear the laughter! The kids and I played a different game each night and also had lots of laughs. Turns a house into a home!!!

So glad it was such a special time for all of you! On to wishing you continued happiness in the New Year.

hugs....Mary Anne

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UUCEEJAY 12/26/2014 11:05AM

    So glad you had such a lovely day with family! emoticon emoticon I am so glad your son and his family were there to enjoy the day with you and that you were able to chat with the other members who couldn't be there.

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NEEDSHELP52 12/26/2014 9:35AM

    Pat, what a wonderful day you had! We enjoyed ours also. White Christmas here with no snowplows out. We made it safe but a little iffy at times. Enjoy your memories of Christmas present. HUGS, Terry

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OURELEE1 12/26/2014 8:53AM

  Pat so happy for you. It sounded like a wonderful day

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JANET552 12/26/2014 8:46AM

    Sounds like a lovely Christmas.

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SUNNY332 12/26/2014 8:26AM

    What a great day for you, DH and your family. We had a wonderful day too. All three of our sons were home. I was very emotional but overall feeling was one of being extremely blessed.

God is so Good.

Love and Hugs, Sunny

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SCDALYNCH 12/26/2014 8:08AM

    That sure sounds like a wonderful Christmas Day. I am so happy to hear all went well. Now it is over and we can clean up and rest a bit.

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BETHGILLIGAN 12/26/2014 7:37AM

    What a wonderful day! What wonderful memories!!!

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CHALLENGER15 12/26/2014 6:28AM

    What a wonderful day for all of you! I am very pleased for you, my friend.

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CLAIREINPARIS 12/26/2014 4:01AM

    I am so happy to read this, dear Pat! Merry Christmas!

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CLAIREINPARIS 12/26/2014 4:01AM

    I am so happy to read this, dear Pat! Merry Christmas!

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NASFKAB 12/26/2014 3:28AM

  lovely that you enjoyed yourself rest well & be as happy always

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    Merry Christmas emoticon

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    I am so happy for you. So glad you had such a wonderful
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HMBROWN1 12/26/2014 12:14AM

    Sounds like you had a great day! Merry Christmas!

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CHRISTMAS GREETING

Thursday, December 25, 2014

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CHRISTMAS Greetings FROM Pat in Maine.

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I am having a great time.

  
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    I'm glad you are having a great day. Ours was good too. Merry Christmas! emoticon

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    Have a Blessed Day!!

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    Merry Christmas!!!

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SCDALYNCH 12/25/2014 12:24PM

    Merry Christmas to you and your family. It was in the 60's yesterday and now has dropped to the 30's. We may have snow yet.

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VEENAS1 12/25/2014 11:01AM

    I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and a Healthy and Happy New Year.

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  Merry Christmas and Happy New year

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    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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    Pat, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Hugs, Terry

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SUNNY332 12/25/2014 8:31AM

    Merry Christmas to you and your family. Be Blessed my sweet friend.

Hugs, Sunny

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    The Merriest of Christmas's to you and your family!


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    HUGS and Merry Christmas to you!

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    Merry Christmas to you and yours Pat. emoticon
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    Merry Christmas, Pat!!!

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    Merry Christmas Pat!

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    Merry Christmas.

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  Merry Christmas to you in Maine from me in Virginia! emoticon

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  all the best for Christmas to all of you in Maine from Bangladesh

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  Merry Christmas!

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Today was something SPECIAL.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

DH went to eye Dr it was a three hour visit.
Next I went to put out posters for the next concert. I did it now because we drive 47 miles to do this. Now there is no way I might travel in snow till then.
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My special day was a surprise.
I had bought a pre-lit tree with white bulbs it was a really good buy.
I t was put up by DH and I and I loved it.
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I had expressed a thought of putting up some of our decorations I had made and the boys had made in elementary school.
Yesterday I was just loving the tree. This evening our son brought up the tote of ornaments and went to town adding lots of memories. His wife and daughter watched and DH and I stayed away. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
I had b ought books for their friends sons and I wrapped them. When the tree was decorated they added gifts beneath it's branches and I added the books for the boys. They asked if we could bring the boys up to open the gifts from DH and I.
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It was such a nice sight. Both boys were really happy with their books. They looked at them a long time. It felt so good. After 15 years DH and I had a really big tree just like when the kids were small. Our son who decorated the tree was the same one who left on the day after Christmas 15 years ago.
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I never thought about it till I looked in on his decorating. The last Christmas tree was the one where I gave him every map from every state he would drive through to get to Las Vegas where he met his wife and stayed there till now.
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It was such a nice night. A treasured memory for sure.
He is going to be home for Christmas eve an d he goes back to work Christmas Night.
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What a break, I was sure it would not happen but it has.
I am so HAPPY!.
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MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL !
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BETHGILLIGAN 12/25/2014 7:38AM

    Sounds wonderful!!

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    Merry Christmas to you and yours Pat. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    Merry Christmas to you and your family. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    May you all have a Blessed Christmas!!

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    Merry Christmas Pat to you and your wonderful family!

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MILLISMA 12/24/2014 4:23PM

    Such a great day! Enjoy your family and have a Merry Christmas!!!

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    Sounds like you are set up to have a wonderful Christmas!! emoticon

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 12/24/2014 2:55PM

    So wonderful that you were able to spend Christmas with your son and family. What a wonderful blessing.

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NEEDSHELP52 12/24/2014 1:26PM

    Pat, Your story had me almost in joyous tears. What pleasure. Enjoy your Christmas and make more of those wonderful memories. HUGS, Terry

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    emoticon MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SCDALYNCH 12/24/2014 9:16AM

    Christmas is special when you can have the family together. It sounds like a very special Christmas at your home. Merry Christmas.

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SUNNY332 12/24/2014 9:05AM

    This is what makes Christmas Special. That and celebrating the Birth of our Savior.

Our Family is all here and we will all be together this early evening for our Christmas Eve Services at Church then a Soup Supper with our DIL's family.

Be Blessed and I can't wait to see the pictures.

Love you, My friend.

Hugs, Sunny



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    Good Christmas memory made for you!!! emoticon

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    Sounds like a wonderful day!! So happy at least part of your family is there. emoticon

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    What a beautiful memory you made!

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    I'm so glad you and your family are having a good time, Merry Christmas to you all.

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    What a happy time for you! I am so very glad, my friend! emoticon

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GOANNA2 12/24/2014 4:49AM

    How wonderful Pat. Your blog is pure happiness and i am
so happy for you.
I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas and much
happiness, joy, Peace and good Health for the coming year
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ARTJAC 12/24/2014 3:00AM

    emoticon PAT MERRY CHRISTMAS

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    emoticon Merry Christmas to you and yours from me and mine emoticon

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NASFKAB 12/24/2014 1:33AM

  what a precious memory great your son told his wife & daughter about the stories behind the ornaments all the best to you & your family have a great peaceful day

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Taking the dogs for pedicures.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Today our son took the dogs for pedicures. One at a time he put a dog in the car and took it to pet smart to have it's claws trimmed. He came back for the other one and it took a while so today he has had very little sleep.

We have wooden floors and the dogs claws made a devil of a noise so now it is hardly heard.
Our son will work till 4 am and get home at 6am to take his daughter to school just to be sure he has a little time to see her on a daily basis. 6 days a week our son and his wife see one another just in time for her to get home and after 15 minutes they go their separate ways.
He is still looking for a different job nearer home. I hope he finds one.
Tomorrow he has his day off so he gets groceries because the next day they are both off together and they go out to eat just so they can chat or shop or just do errands, in the evening all three of them go square dancing once a week.

Off o bed Pat in Maine.

  
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BETHGILLIGAN 12/25/2014 7:34AM

    It would be wonderful if he could find a job closer to home!!

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    You raised a great son! emoticon

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MILLISMA 12/23/2014 11:22PM

    Praying that he does find something closer. That has to be so hard on everyone.

Wishing you and your entire family a very Merry Christmas, Pat. Hugs for everyone!!!

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SCDALYNCH 12/23/2014 9:09PM

    It is always hard when both parents are working. It is so good that he takes his daughter to school. It is so important for them to have time together. I pray he gets a job closer to home.

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HARROWJET 12/23/2014 7:44PM

    I am guessing they have fun square dancing. The square dancing groups always seem to be having such a good time.

I know what you mean about the dogs toenails. Enjoy the quiet.

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PICKIE98 12/23/2014 5:05PM

    DS is blessed to have his job, but something will step out in front of him when he really needs it..

glad you are catching up on some things..

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    Hope your son is able to find something closer.
Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!
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1CRAZYDOG 12/23/2014 11:41AM

    Have a wonderful holiday!

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    I hope your son can find something closer. All of you have coped really well with this situation but you all deserve a break. emoticon

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  emoticon he gets a job nearer to home he is wonderful just like mother all the best

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NEEDSHELP52 12/23/2014 9:28AM

    Pat, sounds like they are trying to be a family under hard circumstances. Hope he can find another job. HUGS, Terry

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    Well the good thing is it will be quieter, but on the other hand you won't here where the dogs are emoticon
I feel for your son and his family, it's hard-as you well know-to start a new life and it becomes harder when family time is diminished. From what you have said about him, I believe he is a loving son, husband and dad. I pray he can find something closer to home so he can be more of all three to his family. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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GOLDENRODFARM 12/23/2014 8:01AM

    It is hard to work different shifts and do long drives, I hope he finds a job close by soon!


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EFFIEANNIE 12/23/2014 7:54AM

    Sounds like your son follows in your footsteps. Her is as busy as you!

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EFFIEANNIE 12/23/2014 7:54AM

    Sounds like your son follows in your footsteps. Her is as busy as you!

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EFFIEANNIE 12/23/2014 7:53AM

    Sounds like your son follows in your footsteps. Her is as busy as you!

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GOANNA2 12/23/2014 6:30AM

    You are a busy bee. Would love to try some of
your baked goodies. I do hope your son finds a job
closer to home so that he and his family can have
more time together. Glad the dogs had their pedicures
and that it has cut down on the noise for you.
Don't work too hard tomorrow,

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GOANNA2 12/23/2014 6:30AM

    You are a busy bee. Would love to try some of
your baked goodies. I do hope your son finds a job
closer to home so that he and his family can have
more time together. Glad the dogs had their pedicures
and that it has cut down on the noise for you.
Don't work too hard tomorrow,

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GOANNA2 12/23/2014 6:30AM

    You are a busy bee. Would love to try some of
your baked goodies. I do hope your son finds a job
closer to home so that he and his family can have
more time together. Glad the dogs had their pedicures
and that it has cut down on the noise for you.
Don't work too hard tomorrow,

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DEBBIEANNE1124 12/23/2014 1:31AM

    It sounds like their life is nice ad cozy. I hope you have a great day tomorrow.

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MCFITZ2 12/23/2014 12:15AM

    He sounds stretched pretty thin. Hope a good job close to home is in his future.

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Baking day but not finished I will finish it tomorrow.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Today I was ready for a great baking day but I only had my breads done. Now I must go to bed. I am amazingly tired. I carried the totes on my own and they are not way too heavy but because they are long my upper arms are just aching.

DH and I had a few things to get done so my baking was not started till mid afternoon. I will get to it tomorrow. Right now I am switching on my electric blanket the house feels so cold I keep thinking there is a door open.

DH and I found a basement door just ajar but the cold air gets in and the warm air just goes outside. We have to keep on top of things since the electric bill has doubled. I am so glad the gas prices are lowered right now. Mostly we are used to wearing sweaters instead of putting the furnace on to reheat rooms. The family do not appreciate the winter is just beginning so the real cold nights are yet to come.

We have neglected to make sure when it gets cold in the house we use propane to augment the heating in just the room we use. It is a very good heat source as well as a nice looking stove. We tend to put it on in the evening and when it gets the room nice and warm it keeps the living room warm and the bedrooms stay cooler. DH likes the cold. I am always cold so I bundle up and try to get warm without adding too much heat to the bedrooms.
Off to bed I go Pat in Maine

  
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ONESPOTLEFT 12/24/2014 8:17AM

    bake something for us our stove die so I am making the dinner in the microwave

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BOOBERRY 12/22/2014 11:26PM

    Good Night Pat you are so busy wish I had a pinch of your energy glad u got the garage fixed . have a good time baking . emoticon Brenda

I love your pic 0f the lighthouse

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TERRI289 12/22/2014 11:08PM

    Wish I could be there to bake with you,,,,alas, I have a sore hand from Words with Friends...Must use my pinky!

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BETHGILLIGAN 12/22/2014 8:56PM

    Hope you are all staying warm and you got your baking done!! I've been tired lately, too. Not sure what's up with that.

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SUNNY332 12/22/2014 8:09PM

    Just stopping by to say Merry Christmas.

Hope it is a wonderful time for you all.

Hugs, Sunny

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SCDALYNCH 12/22/2014 6:48PM

    Propane is a good sourse of heat. We use it for the furnace and a fireplace. Cold just seeps into the house. My husband is always warm I have an extra blanket just on my side of the bed. I just fold it to fit my side. That way I stay warm. Hope our winters are not too bad this year.

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NEEDSHELP52 12/22/2014 4:20PM

    Pat, we have hot water base board heat. I do not like it. I get cold then too hot. When it is really cold outside it is cold inside even though nothing has changed. Of course this building is probably not insulated right either. Have a bag stuffed up the chimney to the fireplace. We would use it but wood is expensive here. We try to be careful for our landlady is the one paying the utilities. HUGS, Terry

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PICKIE98 12/22/2014 3:21PM

    Is it a lot colder in the basement for the kids? I do not heat my basement, never have..We are super-insulated, new windows, insulation, doors, roof, siding, patio door. I would guesstimate my basement temp to be about 50 degrees,, 58 upstairs..

We wear flannels shirts, layers, fleece robes, fuzzy slippers, socks, cover up with a sleeping bag while sitting in the living room..

My gas/electric bill was $104 for last month.. The next three months are the most bitter cold..

People wonder why northern people are so pale: by the time we can peel off all of the layers of clothing in a day, the sun has already gone down!!!!! True story!

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MARTYLYNN1 12/22/2014 1:34PM

    We keep our house cool and put on an extra layer of clothes. I would rather do that and keep the heat bill as low as possible.

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GOLDENRODFARM 12/22/2014 1:33PM

    Wish I was baking today, need to sleep for a while first! I use one of those ceramic heaters in the bedroom to augment the heat, works great. The pellet stove keeps the living room warm, and has been great to decreassr my fuel bill.
Have fun finishing your baking!
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MILLISMA 12/22/2014 12:47PM

    Looks like we're both in the kitchen today (Ginie also). It sure smells good. Will be bringing a couple trays to mom and dad's facility, a couple to some neighbors and only keeping a few for here (the kids would be upset if I didn't).

I have a gas log fireplace in the den to stay cozy but I do like the bedrooms cool.

Have fun today. Will GD be helping???

hugs....Mary Anne

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/22/2014 11:44AM

    I have the desserts ready for Christmas but have the rest to do. I can't imagine our utility bill doubling. That's terrible.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/22/2014 11:22AM

    Have a good Monday. Hope you get a chance to BREATHE!

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HARROWJET 12/22/2014 9:52AM

    You sound like Ted. He seems to always be cold. It can be a struggle to stay warm but we do what we can. emoticon

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GINIEMIE 12/22/2014 9:47AM

    I can't keep the house too cool because of Erik's paralysis but we do keep it cooler at night. He does use a blanket when watching TV, but if he asks/tries to hike up the heat, I suggest he put on a flannel shirt over his t-shirt first. I don't like my heating bill and I have a combo unit Electric/Gas. The gas kicks in when it gets around 38 outside. Did that for Erik too. Have fun baking, I'm on my own my DIL got called into work! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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EFFIEANNIE 12/22/2014 8:21AM

    I think you sleep better when it is cooler in the bedrooms. It is smart to use our resources wisely.
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CHALLENGER15 12/22/2014 7:40AM

    I have enjoyed trying my hand at yeast breads again this winter; I had not made them for many years. The recipe that I use make just twelve rolls, and that is just enough for DH and I to enjoy for a few meals.


Have you tried using the small ceramic heaters to warm up a smaller space? We had an electric fireplace insert that we had used for several years, but it didn't seem to be functioning as well as it had, so we brought in the ceramic heater that we kept in the RV, and it does a nice job.


Have a wonderful baking day, my friend!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 12/22/2014 1:45AM

    I don't like it one bit when warm air gets out and cold air gets in here. that's money wasted.

I wonder what's in store for tomorrow's baking.

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NASFKAB 12/22/2014 1:02AM

  all the best trying to stay on top of things such lucky people to have your baked goods

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