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Saturday, November 26, 2011

I knew going into this trip that there would be lots of loud kids running around this huge home. Patsy has a Christmas cookie baking day every year with the whole family, it begins at 10 AM.,, they stay all day into the evening, eating lunch and dinner there. I got there at 11 Am.
April was just headed into the bedroom to nurse Caliana when I walked in the door, so I headed downstairs to watch the cookie baking and decorating by all. The men were rolling out the dough, everybody was using the cookie cutters, frosting and sprinkles on three tables.

When Caliana woke up, she was handed to me immediately after diaper changing! She is four months old, but her doc says she is at a six month level. She is very tiny, but never cried once the whole six hours I was there!! She laughed and giggled, bounced on me, snuggled, I loved it! Since they live in Chicago, April and Omar have not brought Caliana here to Pat and Dan's house in Michigan yet, so all the noise, the kids, two dogs, smells , sounds,etc were probably very tiring to her, but she never fussed once!
I also got to see Pat's son and daughter-in-law who live out of state too. He is an FBI agent, and she works for a major European airline in the corporate offices, so we never see either of them much.

patsy and I have been best friends for 53 years, so I am part of the family, so it was nice to sit back and see who grew up, what everybody is doing and HOLD THAT BABY!! April loved the bag of gifts I brought: all toys, of course!! She sanitized everything(first baby,LOL) and was playing with one of the toys with the baby right away.

I got home after dark, was completely exhausted , but loved the day!! Today is putting the Christmas tree up and decorating it,, getting my Christmas card stuff in order to do those this weekend.

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KILLERANGEL47 12/5/2011 4:05AM

    That's awesome! I'm glad you had such a great time! emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 11/29/2011 1:42PM

    I love the family time you enjoyed!! emoticon

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MARTHASPARKS 11/26/2011 7:26PM

    Family = insanity and uncontrolled chaos. I LOVE it!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 11/26/2011 1:55PM

    What a fun time you ahd!

You would make a terrific Grandma.
I'll be putting my tree up this year hahaha I mean this week.

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NORASPAT 11/26/2011 11:12AM

    What a fabulous time you had. I enjoyed every word of it Such a great opportunity to see friends from afar.
So wonderful the infant is so contented. Just maybe the breast feding helps too. As well as a happy family atmosphere. I am so glad you were able to get there. Happily you had no snow unlike us . I hope you enjoyed my pictures. HUGS Pat in Maine emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Off to see the baby!

Friday, November 25, 2011

I am taking a leap and driving about a 45 minute ride to see my best friend's granddaughter today, black friday,,even better:I am going to stop at a store to see if there is anything else I want to put in her gift bag! I have never been to babies r us,, may give it a shot..

We had a nice peaceful thanksgiving day. We played a board game, watched part of a parade, ate dinner. Later on in the evening, I asked DD if she wanted to take a walk. We did the double circuit and took in about a mile, but it was crisp, clear and quiet n the darkness, strolling along.
Our food was prepared with lowfat, sodium ingredients. This year is probably the least I have ever eaten at this meal,, and felt great!
I am hoping it was not my Last Supper after diving into the shopping frenzy today,,

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KILLERANGEL47 11/27/2011 5:26AM

    That's wonderful! Congratz to your friend and her daughter! emoticon emoticon


I'm glad you had a happy and very healthy Thanksgiving!! emoticon emoticon

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SLIMLILA 11/26/2011 2:04AM

    I just posted a pic of my g.baby, she's 7 mths... they're so cute at that age.

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NORASPAT 11/25/2011 11:38PM

    LINDA, Going to see babies is pretty nice for me.
My cousins kids in England are getting married. We rarelt get to see any weddings so we see even less of family babies. I love to talk to them in the carts in Sams. I can still make them smile. It warms my heart to do it ans DH loves it when it happens for me. HUGS I hope you had a great day out. HUGS Pat in Maine emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 11/25/2011 12:18PM

    emoticon What a great job!! Enjoy your day and be safe. So glad to see your sense of humor and I hope it wasn't you Last Supper too.
Blessings to you as you enjoy your weekend!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 11/25/2011 11:03AM

    I'm too old for Black Friday shopping. You have to be really strong for that.

I hope you ahve fun at your friends home. take Connie Camera along.

We went for a walk last night, too and boy was it crisp and cold and raining hard.

Ohhhhhhh the leftovers await us!

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CAROLIAN 11/25/2011 8:29AM

    Have a good day We are going over my grandaughters next Fri to see her baby he was only born on Tuesday emoticon

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no snow yet

Thursday, November 24, 2011

We got a few flakes last week,but nothing so far. Of course, just because I got the new boiler at parents house, it is so far, a mild winter. so far, so far...
I still cannot believe I do not have to work today and tomorrow,, it is a wonder of nature to me!!

Is anybody else having to sign in to each task they perform? I sign in on Sparks, then have to sign in for recipes, anybody's blog or sparkpage comments,to give or read goodies.. also, there are no notes with an of my goodies,, like ALL of my goodies ever given to me,, all gone.. what the heck??

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 11/25/2011 12:20PM

    I have been having trouble too. Not sure what is going on, but my fingers are getting a real workout!!!

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NORASPAT 11/24/2011 9:43PM

    I took pics of our snow and DH nad i spent 2 hours on the front driveway. I hlped hime then he helped me with Dinner. We both sat and watched movies to recoup. It was wet heavy and a pain.

I hope you enjoyed your day. We enjoyed ours in our own way. We had to dig out otherwise our neighbours friend could not stay the night. HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HADYDADUBR 11/24/2011 10:27AM

    I am having that trouble too.
No snow here yet either. Woohoo !!!

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DAWNFIRE72 11/24/2011 9:46AM

    We had a little snow a few days ago but we generally don't get much until late in December or sometime in January.

Hope you have a great long weekend and maybe you'll get snow on a day when you have no where to be.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 11/24/2011 8:54AM

    Not I about the Spark stuff. Ask K how to fix it. she might know.

I'm really surprised you haven't ahd a heavy snowfall as of yet. You said it's usually snowing by Halloween.

Have a lovely day today.

Debbie & Leone

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RIDLEYRIDER 11/24/2011 7:03AM

  We got 10 inches of snow yesterday, our first of the season! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TABBYARTS 11/24/2011 6:52AM

    The Spark sight is notorious for that kind of thing. Sometimes I would get caught in a loop where I had to sign in, go to the page where I wanted to do my task, where I was required to sign in to do my task. Ad Nauseum. I bought Norton and assigned it the task of managing all my sign-ins and haven't had to sign in very often. Usually only when I change computers! My Norton subscription ran out and I got a free doenload from AVAST and it seems to be managing the problem OK. Have someone heck out your virus software. Maybe it is capable of managing your sign-ins too.

Winter has not yet begun. Your parent's will be grateful for their new furnace by-and-by!


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KILLERANGEL47 11/24/2011 5:35AM

    Oh well. I least you a prepared!

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Friend Patsy called me last evening to invite me to her home Friday to see her granddaughter, Caliana. Her daughter April and son-in-law, Omar, live in Chicago(the wedding I attended a few years ago at Shedd Aquarium) and will be home for the weekend, so I am on the road again on black friday for an hour trek to her home southwest of here.
It is the first time in over fifteen years I do not have to work on Thanksgiving day and the day after, so I am thrilled to be able to just NOT work....

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 11/25/2011 12:21PM

    Sure hope you are enjoying your days off and had a great Thanksgiving!! AWESOME!!!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 11/23/2011 12:03PM

    OoooOOooo that sounds lioke a good plan for Friday. I sure hope you ahve a good time. Let us know how it goes.

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MOMMASHUTT 11/23/2011 8:53AM

    Sounds like your "vacation" is turning out to be a fun time visiting friends! Have a great time!

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NORASPAT 11/23/2011 7:43AM

    GREAT LINDA, Enjoy some more fun activities while you can. I am so happy for you.
I assumed you would be getting the snow like we are getting but I did not look at the snow map. Drive carefully and stay safe. Enjoy your time with good friends, Pat in Maine. xoxoxoo emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Enjoy your time off and Happy Thanksgiving!


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paper cleansing

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

I bit the bullet Sunday evening and sat down with the shredder and filled four paper grocery bags . Today is recycling day(it is every other week with our trash) so I wanted to clear out all the "stuff" that has to be saved for so long, like credit card receipts, bills, tax returns, etc. When we were cleaning out moms things during the boiler installation, I brought her shredder home. I have a little 8 inch wide cheapie that expands over a wastebasket and has wide strips.. Mom's is a fine shred and I was always the one to clean and repair it when she would shove five envelopes of unopened mail in it at once or better yet, plastic credit cards that come with applications!!

So many things that can be accomplished when you are not at work 40 hours a week! DD organized all of our sheets and afghans, blankets, quilts,etc, with me so we do not have to dig through my cedar closet to find things or not know IF they are there. We revamped the linen closet too, so she can tell right where her sheets, my flannels and regular sheets are. towels are all nice and in order.

I really enjoyed time with Kathy yesterday; we did Chinese for lunch,, I skipped a drink except water, no soup or dessert, but did indulge in an egg roll. I was so full from a lunch that finished at 3:30p, that I did not even have any venison tenderloins that I had in the crockpot, so today I will reheat them and enjoy a leisurely dinner with no plans except to pay more bills and fill out mom paperwork, clean floors.
Temperature dropped again to 30 degreesF,, very hard frost last night again,,
we did have snow last week, but nothing stuck,, got my mukluks out and ready to go!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 11/25/2011 12:24PM

    emoticon on recycling and getting rid of all that paper clutter!!!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 11/22/2011 3:06PM

    Got your what out and ready to wear? I'm guessing gloves?

Raining ahrd we ahve a coastal storm here today. the dogs won't even go out in it theya re being wimps. I did put leones new coat on her. she loves it.

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NORASPAT 11/22/2011 11:26AM

    LINDA We are expecting a snow stoem. We thought we might try to get over the mountains but they are expecting 18 inches. No need to be stuck in snow or off the road. First Big storm and the holidays. best we stay home alone Thnas stuck out there alone and cold, HUGS Pat in Maine.
GRAT CLEANING done at the house you must be getting ready for the holidays HUGS Pat xoxoxo emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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