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How true, Mary! I told my SIL that she got out of here just in time! Our cold rainy weather is not enjoyable! I vote with you for sunshine and dry weather!

I have been thinking of you at this time--I know it is a difficult time filled with lots of memories and I am glad that all of the kids are nearby- at least this year. Like you, I don't feel like doing anything on those significant dates--just hunker down and go with the emotions both sad and grateful. Like Sandra, you need to do what YOU need to do for you.

Stay warm!



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What a difference a day or so makes, huh, Nyla? The weather is terrible! I will not go to water aerobics again today. Just the thought makes me feel sick!! I got wet going to church and had my umbrella and winter coat on! I want pretty sunshine and dry weather!

I love my neighbors and my house, although way too big, is comfy. But there are so many things that are starting to go wrong and I can't afford to fix them nor do I have time to take from school to wait on people to do the work! i'm sure whoever buys my house will do major projects so fixing it up wouldn't be an advantage for me...at least, I don't think so.

I will take my tree down this week as well. Tomorrow will be 4 years since Dave passed away. I will probably go to church again and maybe just piddle around...I never feel like doing much of anything but maybe that's the time that I should. We'll see.

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Hi Spark Ladies!!

It is a dreary, chilly and rainy day here in Houston, and therefore a perfect day to watch football! I am also going to take down my Christmas tree today so that DD can help me take it back upstairs to the attic. I am always very careful when taking off the ornaments and count to make sure I don't miss any!

Mary, the over 55 neighborhood sounds wonderful. I have been thinking that is what I will do eventually also. My house, while beautiful, is too big for me now. I like having the big yard for the dog, however, and my neighbors are wonderful. So I will try to stay here for a few more years but would love to eventually find a neighborhood like you are describing. Who knows what the future will hold..

Kerry, you are so good about getting in regular exercise. I need to get back to that. I feel SO much better physically and emotionally when I eat right and exercise. Your shopping combo was indeed eclectic!! And now the countdown is on for DH's retirement!!

Sue, I am also sorry to hear that your mom passed at the Thanksgiving holidays. It certainly does detract from feeling celebratory. In time, I too, hope that Sandra can come to enjoy Christmas with less pain. I came across a post from a widow's support group that said "Don't cry because it is over, Smile because it was". I try to remember that, but it is often difficult to truly FEEL that way.

Ok--time to cheer for my team!

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12/27/14 5:33 P

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I'm so sorry about your mom passing away at Thanksgiving, Sue. With Dave right after Christmas, it does put a pall on the holidays. It did feel good to decorate this year, though, and I feel much more 'in the spirit' than I have in the last 3 years. I hope Sandra will feel better eventually, too. Christmas was my own daddy's birthday.

This community is really nice, Kerry. All the homes are individually owned so you buy it outright. Whatever arrangement you make for a mortgage or to pay cash is between you and the lender. The whole subdivision looks like any other----and much, much nicer than mine right now except that only being 10 years old, the trees are small!! They have so many amenities and the couple gave me a lot of newsletters from Nov. and Dec. It's amazing what activities they have!

Chris and Ashley took me to an Ethiopean restaurant for lunch today. It was interesting! Who knew how much I'd branch out in my new 64th year??!!

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Mary, that sounds like a wonderful day! The 55+ community also sounds great-is there a big down payment? There's a new place here that, if your home hasn't sold, will take it for down payment-at least that's what they advertise though I think they are actually selling the houses. I know my mom lived the center she lived in with her own 1 bedroom apartment with a kitchenette. She didn't do a lot of the activities, though. I never could figure out why other than she didn't want to spend time with all those old people. LOL

Sue, our next door neighbor died on Thanksgiving morning several years ago and his wife had a really hard time getting back into the holiday spirit. She was going to ignore it all but her daughter put her foot down and said her dad would not like that so she is back to putting the tree up on November 1 like they always did but she does still ignore Halloween which Jack also loved. The year after Jack died our middle daughter's father-in-law died the day before Thanksgiving. I always wonder why it seems so many die at this time of year.

I was going to do aqua this morning but that would have involved waking up before 9 am when class starts. I did do a quick walk through walmart with Larry though he did stop to rest a couple times. Our after Christmas shopping involved fresh mozzarella, cool whip and toilet seats-yes 2 of them-oh, and don't forget the underwear. Doesn't that sound like one fantastic combination of things?



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12/27/14 10:44 A

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Sue, I'm so glad you had a great Christmas!

My birthday was really nice. Chris and Ashley took me out for breakfast and gave me some really pretty earrings. Then I toured an over 55 gated community near my son Greg's house out in Katy. The single family houses might be zero lot line or have large yards...they are certainly much nicer and newer than my current home! The couple who showed me around have a gorgeous home. There are activities going on all the time: a bridge game, dominoes, and other card games were being held at 2:00 when I looked around! They put on plays and have scrapbooking, water aerobics, etc. and no charge for any of that. You own your own home but the HOA fees pay for yard care, cable tv, alarm system, and water...and it's SO much less than what I pay in my house now. Something to consider in the next year or so.

Then Greg's wife had a fabulous dinner. We made our own spring rolls after Vietnamese appetizers. She's a fabulous cook and was very welcoming. They gave me a pretty sweater and scarf, too. I had more than 90 FB messages, phone calls, texts, and cards. It was truly a lovely day!

Today I will try to go to noon water aerobics. I have a slight headache from last night, lol....I need to get going so I can clear that up!

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12/27/14 8:48 A

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Good morning my Friends. Hope you have all recovered for Christmas Day. Our Christmas was very nice and we managed to have time with all the kids and grands. Now for a little peace and quite.

Sandra, my Hugs are with you and hope you are able get a little rest. Sadness always seem to get magnified at holidays. My Mom passed on Thanksgiving. Still miss her much.



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Oh, Sandra, that is so sad but I guess maybe he wanted to be with your mom and brother. It certainly does change one's thoughts of Christmas. It does seem that more people die at this time of year. I had a friend who died after using a new inhaler but it was sudden and I think it was because she was her heart was already pounding when she decided to use it hoping to catch her breath.



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Sandra, I am SO very sorry about your dad. You were such a wonderful daughter and I know he loved you very much. You 'did' for him and he appreciated it. I'm sorry you didn't get to visit at/after Christmas like you had planned but glad you saw him earlier in the week. He was still active and I hope he just went in his sleep. Losing a loved one is always hard, and I join you in the sorrow of that happening at a special holiday time. Your grandmother, brother, and mom are together with God...that is a comfort.

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Sandra, I am so very sorry for your loss. Although it is awful to lose a parent at any time, it must be especially difficult now. No matter how old we get, or how old they get, they are always our parent. I am holding you in my thoughts and prayers.

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Hello to all,
I am writing tonight with a very sad heart. My sweet Daddy died this morning of a pretty sudden illness. We think he had an allergic reaction to a new inhaler since that is the only new thing in his routine. He started getting sick last week (just after starting the new medicine) and just progressively got worse. Last Sunday he crawled under his trailer and unstopped his sewer line so as of last week he was doing just fine. I visited with him last Monday and he was looking a little weak of course he wouldn't go to the doctor (he told me there was nothing wrong with him but old age, he was 93) and none of us knew he was that sick. My brother was with him on Monday and Tuesday and even he didn't know he was that bad. This has been so hard on us all since my twin brother also died on Christmas Day 24 years ago and my Grandmother died the day after Christmas (many years ago). Christmas is becoming a not so fun holiday for my family. I will meet with my sister at the funeral home tomorrow and we will get those things set in motion. He had everything for his funeral already set up and paid for so there will not be much in the way to set up except for the date and time and for now we are waiting for out of town family to get here.
I hope you all had a better Christmas than mine.
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12/25/14 8:13 P

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My oldest brother has always been habitually late to most anything but especially family dinners. We got so we gave him about 15 minutes and then just went on without him. It never bothered him but I think with his current job he has learned to be a bit more punctual after all clients won't wait around very long! Have a great day tomorrow. I will be back to 7 am coffee and then water aerobics to work off some of the sugary things I ate today!



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Well, it ended up being a really nice day and the guests have left, the kitchen is cleaned, Chris and Ashley have gone for a walk in the dark, and I am on the computer. But my nephew was an hour and 50 minutes later than planned. That just doesn't seem polite in my book. The didn't apologize, nor did they really say anything about the food was good, etc. I can't quite figure out if you have an invitation to a family meal when you are away from YOUR family, why not be polite? Oh, well, it's done and I enjoyed my kids immensely. I found old report cards of Greg's and he and Chris traded jabs and tales of grade school/high school rivalry! My grandson thought it was funny and we all had a good laugh.

Tomorrow Greg and his wife are having Chris, Ashley, and me for a birthday dinner and one of Cari's friends has a mom in an over 55 gated community near their house----and the mom wants to show me around. So I will go investigate. I'm not an after Christmas shopper but I may run a couple of errands on the way.

I hope everyone had a great day!

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Well, I'm glad everyone is showering after running but that can really mess with the cooking times for dinner. It does give you a little breathing room, however.

We went to Sarah and Shane's, opened our few gifts and saw what the kids got. Sarah and Shane liked the pots and pans we got them. I got stainless steel so they won't have anymore Teflon in their food. yuck We only spent an hour or so there before coming home. Trish is in bed asleep and can eat whenever she wakes up. I put the rib roast in to be done about 2:15 so he and I have eaten. I needed something besides sugar in my body. It will probably revolt tomorrow when I got back to my shakes or maybe I should start with a cleansing day of just their juices to wash the sugar out.

Pam, I hope you have had a wonderful day.



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Yes, blessings and memories to be made and had!

I got a text from the nephew 30 minutes ago. He and the fiancé were supposed to be here at noon for lunch. They had 'just returned from a run' and won't be here til sometime after 1:00..but 'don't hold lunch for us!' He lives over an hour away and I guess it will be closer to 2:00 when they get here. My other son isn't here yet and Chris/Ashley just got out of the shower from THEIR run! Good thing I decided not to run this morning, lol....as if!!

Finishing up the last minute touches....

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12/25/14 11:28 A

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Merry Christmas to all of you! Hope your holiday is filled with love and laughter and wonderful memories--while you create new ones to be cherished in years to come!

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Merry Christmas to everyone!

Mary, it sounds like a wild and crazy day for you! That's what I think of as a great Christmas day and is what I have been missing since moving and having our kids grow up. ENJOY ENJOY ENJOY



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Merry Christmas to everyone!

Mary, it sounds like a wild and crazy day for you! That's what I think of as a great Christmas day and is what I have been missing since moving and having our kids grow up. ENJOY ENJOY ENJOY



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Merry Christmas morning to my sweet Spark Sisters! I was up very early and have made my pasta salad for lunch. My nephew and his fiancé, as well as younger son Greg and his family are coming for lunch. Dinner last night was really nice. Cherilyn and her family went to Mass with me, then I had a nice family group over until 10:00. Chris and Ashley went to see my mother in Beaumont yesterday and made it back just as my SIL in and another nephew arrived. Greg and his family dropped in for a family picture, then they went to Cari's house for her parents to enjoy them on MY watch...oh well, they will be here today!

I am sorry I've been MIA. This is the first family get together meal(s) that I've done since Dave died and I have spent time planning----it paid off because I wasn't stressed at all, which is strange for me, lol!

I hope each of you has a lovely family time. I will have dinner with Greg and his family tomorrow for a birthday time then I'm still going to have Chris and Ashley for several days. So I'm a happy camper at the moment!

Love to all,
Mary

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Sue, I will agree with you on the teens and tweens! Enjoy your family. We will only spend a short period at Sarah and Shane's-breakfast and gifts and then we head back home so Sarah can sleep after a long night of work. Then we just sit quietly around the house eating, watching tv and taking naps.



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I'm back from yet another flying trip to CT to visit my almost 102 yr old aunt. She enjoyed our visiting (myself and my 12 yr old GD). The drive was uneventful but long. Got back last night and now I'm trying to get myself organzied for Christmas dinner here. It won't be a huge group, just 8 total, but I still try to make it nice. Table is set and the serving dishes are pulled out. Only a few things to make tomorrow morning and then we are done. Friday will will enjoy Christmas with my son and his family in the morning and then everyone will meet at my daughter's for lunch and "hang-out" time for the kids. Teens and Tweens are not much fun at Christmas. Oh well. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and holiday traditions of your choice. As long as they are family filled, they are special. - s



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Congratulations, Sandra, on that weight loss!! Way to go. Enjoy your family Christmas. We will have just a short period of time on Christmas day with our middle daughter and won't see the oldest until Jan 2.



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Hello to all,
The last message showing was posted on the 8th and I know everyone has posted since then. I think this has happened before. I am sorry I have not been on again but I feel like I am on here (here, meaning the computer)so much yet I run out of time before I have posted on this site. Not a good excuse I know. I have had a few crazy weeks but it is all better now. First our big computer quit working and then when I was in the middle of baking cut out Christmas cookies my oven went out. We ended up buying a new computer and we had to order the part to fix the oven, but it came in and DH fixed it and I got the cookies finished. And today I made the pies for the family gathering tomorrow. DH and I together made 2 batches of carmel popcorn (3 gallons per batch) and then I made 2 batches of peanut brittle. I'm not making any thing else sweet. I am baking a ham tomorrow and making chicken salad and salmon salad and pimento cheese for sandwiches. We have vegetables to make a vegatable tray and chips and dip and cheese and crackers tray. That will be it unless the family brings something. Cindy will probably bring something but I don't know about anyone else.
I will be going to Cindys for New Years eve and I will get to pick up the GS's and take them with me. Patricia and Jeff will be going there also so it will be a lot of fun.
Since I can't see the latest post I can't contributite very much to the thread but I do wish you all a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A VERY HEALTHY HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
I will try to get on here more than I have been, even though I say this every time. Since my surgery I have lost another 20 pounds which totals a full 40 pounds. I am very happy about that. I am doing very well and I am still happy I went through with the surgery. I feel it will be the only way to get the rest of this weight off.
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Sounds like a busy day Kerry!!

I understand what you mean about the pre-teen stuff. I wasn't so sure I would survive it myself as a pre-teen and then as a mom came to appreciate what MY mom went through! My oldest grandchild is going to be 12 in January, so I will get to WATCH her parents.

Got a video today of my 4 year old GS (that just moved to Colorado) having his first ski lesson! I have no doubt he will be an expert by the time he is 5……

I went to the grocery stow earlier today. It was already very crowded and I imagine tomorrow will be a zoo. Hope I didn't forget anything and have to go back. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day meals are pretty simple this year, so hopefully I have what we need.

Have a nice evening.

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Today was water aerobics (50 min class), movie with the grandkids (Night at the Museum), about 10 min shopping with GD before leaving the mall, home, back to mall theater to find GS's cell phone (my fault as I had taken it from him and set it on the chair next to me and forgot), dinner fixed, listening to GD complaining about hating her dad for not picking them up tonight, and now some quiet time. I just realized I need to buy Christmas dinner stuff before Christmas day or we'll just be eating a pizza or something. LOL

It IS sometimes nice that the kids are near by. I have been able to care for them from the time they were both born although I'm not sure I'll survive my granddaughter through this preteen stuff. Guess my daughter needs to go to Walmart so I guess I'll go with her and maybe deliver this one plate. I might even feed these kids dinner though they should be full of popcorn.



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Hi Sparklies!!

I haven't been on here in a bit--my sister-in-law has been here for the past week and I have been busy inundating her with "grandma" duties! We have seen 5 of my 7 grandkids and gone to 2 school programs and 1 soccer game! She does not have kids so has no opportunities for all of these fun and busy things to do!! I am sure she will be happy to return home to peace and quiet!

Sue, I hope your eek is going well and that you got the plans figured out for your family get together. I like you ride of taking advantage of community theater productions--I need to look for that in my area.

Kerry, how nice for you that your grandkids are so nearby. I was always happy that all of them were in Texas--until last summer when my son and family moved to Colorado! Getting to the gym early sounds ideal and Mary's idea of Larry going with you might be a good one (unless you like that for "Kerry" time) Congrats on your GD winning the spelling bee!!

Mary, the Jazzercise classes sound like fun! Did you see the article in the Houston Chronicle that one of the local news anchors also uses Jazzercise as her way to keep fit? I may need to look around for a nearby class. Your California DIL sounds very sweet- how nice for you! I would love to hear any helpful hints that she may have regarding nutrition and health.

Pam, Hope that by now your hip is feeling better. I had no idea that you get earthquakes in your area. I have done hardly any baking this year and can't decide if I like it this way or not… Who knows what I will decide next year. Like you, I am having a hard time getting into the spirit of it all this year.

Will try to check back later!

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I hate waiting in those lines. We can make appointments but still there's waiting. I don't even know when mine is due-guess I should check that. I could be in big trouble!!

Hope Chris is feeling better soon and that he doesn't pass anything on to you!!

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I renewed online last time and had to go in person today. I spent 40 minutes in a long like outside the DMV, then it was a few minutes shy of 2 hours by the time I was actually seen. My picture is terrible. I know the 30 pounds I regained since the last picture has a lot to do with that! I really don't like it and am so disappointed in myself.

Chris is feeling sick and achy. Not a good start to the holidays!!

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Mary, that is so much easier to do on line but they only let you do that so long. Hope it's not too bad. My mom was the same with the vision. It frustrated her so much to not be able to read her paper and books like she used to. The magnifying lamp helped a lot but it does interfere with their normal way of life. Probably won't be long before I get to that stage. Well Larry is home and tossing things on my lap.



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Outside of a priest or a minister, I think you're the busiest person on Sunday I've ever heard of, Kerry! No 'Day of Rest' for you ever! You always seem to get it done and have time to share with the grandchildren, too. Super Woman!

I had a very good day. My mother was pretty overwhelmed with all the people, babies, food, and festivities but she enjoyed seeing everyone---when she COULD see! I think that was the hardest part, not being able to see clearly who was who and where everyone was in the room. I even had to tell her who I was and I just saw her last week. She is nearly blind and I thought it was just in one eye. IT's so sad because she's been so active and loves to read, watch TV, etc. She doesn't want audio books---at least, not yet. We do have a sitter with her all night because she gets up frequently for bathroom visits. But it may soon be that she needs someone all the time. We don't want her in skilled nursing because it's a share-the-room situation and she is fine mentally. It's so hard when you get older!! Please tuck in a prayer for her health.

Today I have to go stand in line for however long it will take, and get a new driver's license and picture. Ugh! I hope most people would NOT have to, or have already done it if they have late December birthdays!

I hope everyone has a great rest of the prep time and can enjoy a blessed Christmas!

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Good evening. Guess everyone is busy today. I admit it's been a rather crazy weekend. We headed to church (minus kids) about 8:15, I had to do the S.S. secretary job, then we had church, lunch out, home to change and bake-this time a chocolate brownie cookie recipe from a Crisco cookbook. I topped some with peppermint kisses and some I mixed mint M&Ms in. Tomorrow I need to finish up and start getting plates out to other people. After counting money this afternoon I picked up the grandkids and we went back to church for a little party which was fun. I did take a plate of cookies for that as did other people. I'm kind of hoping that maybe we can hit a movie where I can just sit for a while.

I have gotten some of the jar cookies or jar soups and never manage to actually make them. I really should do that when someone gives me one!!



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Good morning, friends! I have a little while before I go jump in the shower. I’m going to Beaumont again for another big birthday celebration for my mother but this time I’m riding with Cherilyn and Steven and get to play with the girls while we ride! My mother will be blown away…she hasn’t seen them in person in about 6 months and they are SO big now and able to talk somewhat. I think it will be a fun day.

I went to a Christmas party given by one of my former parents after Mass last night. The house was phenomenal! Huge ceiling to floor windows that were 2 stories high, a gorgeous island in the kitchen, wide open spaces, and like my school’s owner, only 3 huge houses on their street! There were parents I really enjoyed there as well as a lot of teachers so the conversations were fun, too. I stayed an hour and a half, longer than I’d planned. I kept waiting for Chris to get home from a wedding he ‘officiated’ yesterday…..he’s a ‘minister’ via an online certificate, lol. This friend from 2nd grade wanted him to marry them while the San Salvadorian grandmothers were here for Christmas. They won’t be able to travel again for the Mexico destination wedding. So there was a huge celebration in Houston yesterday. I always worry when he doesn’t come home when I think he should, lol! But when I got up this morning his door was shut and his tux jacket was on the chair back. Honey, he’s hooo---ooommmme!

Donna you have a great excuse for not baking! I can’t believe you are energetic enough to ‘run’ the dogs in very cold weather. Another Spark friend from Prescott said she had snow yesterday…did you? Safe travel and peace of mind as you make your way into the new year!

Kerry, you are such a baking person! I definitely am not. The mom last night enjoyed the idea of the 3-2-1 cake that the kids could make up themselves so I think my easy gift was a hit. Maybe next year I will look for ‘jar’ recipes. That might be something fun. I got a cute cookie mix in a large Mason jar from a student. Who knows….I might bake next year!

Pam, I need to go to the bank to get new bills to put in my kids’ Christmas cards and wrap the babies’ gifts. Then I really need to plan out my meal. I don’t have much room right now in my fridge. It’s on these occasions that I really wish we’d gotten one of the wide door ones rather than a counter depth side-by-side. Oh, well, in my next house! Wrap what you can and don’t feel guilty. You’re not alone!

I need to get going here before I have to go get the cake from Kroger.

Happy Sunday!
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I have more baking to do tomorrow. The plate, including the cherry mash, went over well. The 3 minute fudge I tried for the first time disappeared and the large fruit plate Larry put together was 90% gone. Tomorrow I want to make some more "candy" -like a nestle crunch bar, peanut butter blossom cookies and some chocolate cookies with mint m&ms. I also found a recipe for a meringue cookie with a Hershey Kiss on top. Too bad I couldn't find the red and white striped kisses-just chocolate but that's what the recipe calls for anyway. I may not get that done until Monday, This is the time of year I do 95% of my baking and then I give about that much away so we don't eat it all. Larry hates that part.

Mary, sounds like a great idea for the kids to have something to do especially if it's something they can eat!
Donna, sounds like you are doing great. Enjoy your holiday away from home.
Pam, you'll have to do a wrapping frenzy one of these days. I used to do that a couple days before Christmas after I laid everything out to make sure all the kids were even or as even as it could get. I hate that complaining-she got more than me! Now it doesn't matter and I hardly have anything to wrap.

Guess I better say good night. The minister did say he would see us all in the morning! He was actually a lot of fun when we played the game. There were three husbands who went to sit on the patio to avoid the game-guess who was one of them. The game was to find a word about Christmas for each letter of the alphabet. I couldn't get 7 of them but thought my answers were better than the guy who got all of the letters. We were laughing like crazy over some of them.



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Hey ladies. I haven't done any baking this year either - nothing, not even a batch of cookies, and I'm having Christmas dinner! My SIL sent along a couple of pies and a tin of cookies, so I stuck them all in the freezer until Christmas day. I probably need to so SOMETHING, but I just can't get myself motivated. I have a ton of stuff sitting on the bedroom floor needing to be wrapped, but that's just not happening either....sigh. Hopefully all will be accomplished in time.

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I didn't do any baking this year. I am going to be out of state anyway. DD shared some of her baking with me and that is enough.

I just walked 2 miles this afternoon and I walked the dogs for 30 min this morning. That is more than I have done in 6 months.

It has warmed up enough to air the house out for a while. But it was 29 this morning when I walked the dogs.

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Kerry, I'm no help. The only baking I do is already precut cookies! Occasionally brownies and blueberry cobbler, but no cookies or specialty anything. I'm hoping all is okay and you won't have to toss the batch.

My 'take to the Christmas party' gift is a batch of the 3-2-1 cake mix in a cute Christmas bag! The kids can make their own snacks for after school and the parents won't feel like 'the teacher had to bring us a gift! Case solved.

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Well, I got 3 different batches of cookies made plus one tray of candy like Mr Goodbar. I cut up the first batch of cherry mash and I'm not sure it's okay. Kind of expensive to toss but may have to. I need to cut the second batch and see if they taste the same. I think the evaporated milk for the first batch may have gone bad however it could just be my taste buds with the diet I've been on. Who knows but I do not want to make any friends sick. Now I need to show and start getting ready to leave.



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May these next 10 jobless days be days of renewal and peace of mind, Donna. Wipe away the rudeness of your former boss----aren't those nice words, lol?!! I hope you enjoy your time off and go into the new job with happiness.

Kerry, I'm glad your dinner was good. I will have to start thinking about meals in general with Chris and Ashley here. She's a registered dietician for a county hospital and I know she has wonderful ideas. I will pass along any helpful tips to anyone who wants them, lol.

I am off to jump in the shower and get ready for my day. Hooray for time off from school!

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Good morning.
Donna, yes there is a men's locker room but (especially at that gym) people are always walking into the wrong one. The opaque glass wall has white signs designating men's and women's which is crazy. I think (and so does the maintenance guy) that there should be signs in black or red on both the outside and the next wall in since there are two corners rather than a door. He's not allowed to put up anything the company doesn't send him which is even more dumb!! I actually saw him getting out of the pool but didn't pay any attention to which way he went. Maybe it was actually someone else-a female who looked like a male?? I don't know. I also don't know why someone seeing him wouldn't have said something to him when he walked in.

I need to make a run to the store for some fruit-I did offer a fruit tray for the party this evening and then I need to get moving on these cookies. I DID make a fantastic chicken and rice for dinner last night-Larry even said so. Larry said he has been told that the first year you are exempt from the over earning thing plus this is money that was earned in years past not this year so he's going to check that out. Now if only he can find the code for the website.

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Kerry: I suppose if he is using a walker, he isn't much of a threat, but was there a men's locker room? Good luck with the baking.

Mary: Enjoy your son while he is with you and enjoy your time off.

I have finished my last day at work and am so very happy to have it behind me. I am jobless for the next 10 days and just going to enjoy seeing my family. So glad that stress is over with.

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Enjoy your time with him!



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Wow, Kerry had a 'flasher with a walker' in one day! We have 2 dressing rooms and 2 bathrooms at my pool. I went into the women's locker room one day and there was a bench, a couple of lockers, and that was just about it! No shower, no real dressing room. There are nice locker rooms in the other building but I just put my suit on at home, wear sweats or a big bathrobe (yes, that's what everyone does!) and change back at home!

Chris got home a little while ago and we are talking and watching Shark Tank!

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I have to get my baking done (or mostly done) tomorrow but also have to remember to pick up a fruit tray for our Sunday School party. Hope we don't forget that!!
I didn't mention that when we got out of the pool, I showered, wrapped my towel around myself and walked through the locker room to the center section (3 sections) and started getting my bag and clothes out. A gal came over and looked at me funny and then looked to the section closest to the wet area then said there was a man dressing over there. Okaaayy. I moved and looked in the mirror and sure enough it was a guy from the aqua class. I went ahead and dressed while keeping an eye on the mirror and never saw him get up to leave or walk through. I didn't really think there was an issue with him doing anything since he was using a walker very slowly. He kind of looked like he had MS or some other muscle wasting disease. He must have kept all his clothes on the walker and gone in during a really quiet moment. That was my exciting day. emoticon



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Your Friday gatherings sound like so much fun, Kerry! I'm so glad you like the instructor. Chris is on his way here and said he and his wife want to go to water aerobics and jazzercise while they are here. That should be fun! He's a good sport and they both enjoy exercise. Weird, lol...I've never really liked it, just do it because I should!

I had a good day with very little irritations at school. A couple of small noses got out of joint when they didn't get the Domino's pizza, but got a generic brand! I kept telling them that pizza was pizza but that didn't go over well, lol! I got lots of nice gifts, several bottles of wine and gift cards, only 1 scarf this year! One teacher mug---but it had a Starbuck's card in it! I finished decorating the house when I got home and it looks cozy! I have a hair cut and facial tomorrow, and a Christmas open house of a parent of former students. On Sunday I will be with my family in Beaumont for the big family celebration of Mama's birthday. So begins the vacation!!

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We had another great aqua class this morning right after our coffee get together. None of them belong to the gym I do-we could probably drive people crazy if we were all in class together. LOL I have gotten down on the kitchen floor (concrete) to get the half shelf back up where it belongs. Somehow the hooks got twisted and it fell. It's back up now and I hope it stays! Chicken and rice is in the oven and now I need to put the computer down and get my Christmas cards signed and to the mailbox.

After today my husband will have 6 days of work-3 next week and 3 the week after. He has both Christmas Eve and Christmas day off-at least they are paid vacation days!



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Sue, we will muddle through the Christmas Chaos together and all we can do is set it up and hope everyone enjoys some of it!! I'm sure you have everything organized. I don't yet!

Donna, happy last day of the Bad Job! I hope you enjoy Christmas with your family and come back ready to take on something new. Anything is better than your horrible boss!

Kerry, I want to get to water aerobics a bunch over the holidays. My big thing for Monday is renewing my driver's license....it needs to be done by the 27th! Then I can breath and relax! I'm glad you have the instructor you like best.

I had a nice time at the school party. I was home by 8:30 and went to bed, watched The Miracle on 34th St. and Holiday Inn. It's amazing how I don't stress about sleep when I know I don't have to be 'on' very much!

TGIF!!

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Well, I made myself get to the pool today and was surprised to find my favorite instructor subbing and will be subbing until the regular comes back from maternity leave! emoticon So happy and got a fantastic workout!! Since she's taking over Sarah's (not mine) classes Tracy will be doing this evening's class as well as tomorrow morning at the other gym location. I know I can make tomorrow but we'll have to see about tonight's. I have to now force myself into the kitchen and start some baking and do some cards in between batches.

edit-didn't go back this evening. I did get two batches of the cherry mash made but no cookies. Tomorrow morning is the last time I see my friends before Christmas-I normally give them each a dish of cookies and candy-guess I won't be doing that this time. Maybe they can get them next Friday.

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Mary: It sounds like you are almost ready for the holidays. You too are almost done with this semester and then off.

Kerry: Congrats on GD's accomplishments. Good for her.

I did not go crazy eating because my dry heaves came back. But they are less often and shorter periods of times. I am sure it is anxiety and looking forward to it going away after Friday.

I am taking today off work. I will start getting ready for my trip. I have to wash clothes, clean out the purse, pack, go shopping, etc. I will go to work tomorrow for the last time. YES!

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Kerry, Congrats! to your GD. I'm sure she was happy, even if she didn't want to show it. That's quite an accomplishment.

Mary, You dinner will be great no matter what you are serving. I'm also doing ham and keeping the meal very simple. My family are good eaters, but picky. They want all the food plain, no mixing things together, no casseroles. So it actually keeps the meal very simple.

Pam, I love seeing pics of the GS of yours, he's growing so fast and is so cute. I bet he brings lots of smiles to your family.

Donna, you are coming down the homestretch. Take a deep breath and get through the last days and hopefully DA will be gone forever. Have a great trip to CA. Has your family been hit too bad by these crazy storms?

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Kerry, I always forget that Walgreen's and CVS have food! That's a great idea for those quick trips for milk and bread, etc. I hate the grocery store lines but I have to admit that I only glanced at my list yesterday as I went up and down each aisle at Kroger! I bought a lot and know it's not complete but I have enough things to last til the Big Shopping Trip right before Christmas. I also found that Kroger has a brown sugar spiral sliced ham for half of what Honey Baked Ham charges so I think I will do that and hope for the same kind of taste. Anyone have any thoughts on that?

Donna, I hope this last day and a half will be good ones for you. Look back and smile with satisfaction: the people who will miss you have let you know and they are the ones who count. The ugly boss will learn that being rude and ugly gets her no where. I hope you love the new job!

I got an email from the principal last night that we can wear jeans today---I have black jeans with a red sweater...comfy and festive!!

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My GD looked so thrilled in that picture but the one I took of her at the mike was all fuzzy and I didn't want to distract her at all by trying again. I know she was scared up there but she did a great job-she just needs to learn to speak up when it comes to county.

I managed to get to water aerobics this morning and promised the instructor that I would be there next Wednesday and told her I would bring her a plate of goodies so I need to start getting busy on that. I'm hoping after my trip to Walgreens this morning I have enough ingredients for everything. Eggs are $1.29 this week and once they swiped my card and took off all discounts I used my $10 off coupon so I got a really good deal-nuts are usually expensive as well as the personal things I got.



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Donna, I’m SO glad you are feeling better. You haven’t felt well for so long. Just be careful how much you eat though. You don’t want to overdo it and feel sick again. LOL!

Kerry, I saw your GD on facebook too. Good for her! I’m so glad she did well.

Well, I just sat down to start work, so I’d better get on with it. I’ll get back in later to catch up again.

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Thanks. She said she was getting excited about it this evening.



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Kerrry: Congrats for your GD. I hope she does well as she competes.

I bought Kaboom, a heavy duty cleaner. I hope it gets rid of all my cleaning issues. Time will tell.

3 days left of work and I finally can say I am excited. I am so done with this job and am looking forward to the last day. It feels like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders and I suddenly just want to eat, eat, eat. I just want to stuff my mouth. I have been so nauseated for so long and dry heaving, I haven't eaten much, only when I had to. But now, I WANT to eat. I'd say I have turned a corner.

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Congrats to your granddaughter, Kerry...I saw her FB picture! That's great, especially since she didn't want to win, lol! And how sweet that Shane went with you to deliver the packages. I think it's important for kids to learn how things go when people get older.

Pam, I am eating everything that doesn't jump out of the way so I'm joining you. I seem so out of control and that's opposite of what I want to do. Maybe one day soon things will calm down and we will once again be in control!!

I went to Jazzercise with Cherilyn and although I don't really enjoy it, I know it's good for me. I was going to confession when I was through but traffic was terrible and I was all sweaty! Tomorrow night....

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Guess who's granddaughter won the spelling bee this morning!!! She didn't really want to because she didn't want to go on stage with all the county champions but this evening she said she is getting a bit more excited about it. emoticon After attending that I went to the grocery store for a few things, then delivered one of the two gift bags the kids were to help deliver. Since Jo's caregiver wanted it brought over about 10 am I took it over myself and had a good visit with her before she had to go to the doctor. Then I stopped and did a little shopping at Bealls' department store-couldn't find anything I wanted to spend money on so I picked up my grandson and we delivered the other bag. That one went to the widower of the church member who died last month. He is pretty much bedridden and wasn't real thrilled to see us since he never was a churchgoer. He just told me to set it by the bed and his daughter would take care of it when she got there. He DID tell GS to take care of himself (he was wearing an ROTC shirt) and then told him to shut the door as we left. I think Shane Allen was glad he went with me and maybe learned something about older people. He was asking questions about the type of home it was, etc. Now it's getting near bedtime so I can get up and to water aerobics.



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You mean I'm supposed to have a CLEAN house? ?? Like that's going to happen. My germaphobe friends should just stay home. I should make a list of the cookies and candy I'm making along with a list of who I'm gifting them to. I think last year was a dozen plates. I cut down on mixing time by doubling the Nestle tollhouse cookie recipe and making half white chip macadamia nut and half M&M cookies. I already have the gumdrops cut up for those cookies so a day of baking will knock that out. I can get a couple pans of cherry mash done in under an hour. Just a couple gifts to buy and some stuffers. Should work on that after tomorrow's spelling bee.



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Good evening my lovely sparkers!

It seems like everyone dreads Christmas because of all the "prep and ceremony" that was attached to it when we were growing up. You know, totally clearing up and cleaning every nook and cranny of the house, baking and organizing, shopping and cooking, etc., etc., etc. I don't even worry about most of that anymore. When guests come into my house, I tell them to make sure they don't trip over any cat hair sagebrush rolling through the room. If anyone attempts to come to my house wearing white gloves, they can just turn around and leave again. LOL! I'm not dirty, I just don't clean as often as my mother (who was immaculate), and it used to drive me crazy that NO-ONE visited when the house was clean, they only showed up at the most untidy moments I ever had. My MIL's friend showed up at my door twice while I was clearing out the fridge. She came into the kitchen and every counter was covered in food - you get the picture...sigh It used to drive me bonkers but now I just tell them to dig out the kettle and put it on, go sit down and I'll make tea when it boils..LOL!

Yesterday I must have consumed several thousand calories because, except for breakfast (which was bacon/eggs/beans/fried potatoes/toast, etc), we just grazed all day on appetizers and snacks because of the full day of Monty Python. I didn't watch the movies, but I showed up downstairs occasionally and grabbed a plate and stuffed my face with cream cheese this, and cream cheese that, and high fat this and high fat that....LOL!

I've been waking up in the night the past few nights with my right hip really hurting. When I turn over and take the pressure off, it's okay. But I have no pain in it during the day, which I find odd if it bothers me so much at night when my weight is off it....odd

Anyway, enough of my rambling and mumblefication. Leah showed up a while ago with a box with about 80 pounds of frozen organic meat. Steaks and prime rib roasts and ground beef, and blade roasts, and ribs, and whatever else cuts I can't remember. I think we're going to be eating a lot of beef!

I just heard Leah call out from her room. I walked there and she said she was sitting on the bed when she felt the bed shake. She looked at her legs and they were waving back and forth (not a lot, just lightly). I said it was probably a minor earthquake. We do get them occasionally here. They're generally so light that unless you sitting absolutely still or lying down, you don't feel it. I didn't feel it, but then I'm on a computer chair on a carpet and I was rattling away on my keyboard. I wouldn't have felt it.

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I would love to do that too, Sue. Maybe after I retire I will look for Community College presentations. I know the local high school has fabulous ones but I never think about that. Good for you!

Kerry, it's going to be so interesting to see what life will be like after Larry retires! I hope you can find 'common ground.' I wish I had that choice!

Donna, I hope these last 4 days will be ones with little strife. If not, tell them to 'kiss off' and walk out knowing that you have been the best thing that's happened to them. They will regret not having you around!

My sweet California DIL called to say thank you for their anniversary card and check. She is so sweet. She calls every couple of weeks. I think she will be able to keep Chris in check, lol!

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Mary, I think that's why my house never gets really clean-there's just too much to do and it seems impossible to ever finish. I need to just start with my closet and then maybe I can get the rest of the bedroom done before moving to another room.

Donna, sounds like you had a great day as well as a productive one!

Sue, sounds like fun. We actually have a community theater just a few blocks from our house and used to go once a year with a church group. We also have a theater at the local junior college just down the street from the church which means it's within 3 miles of our house. Those are a lot less expensive than the theaters in Jacksonville including the symphony I go to with Carol except for this year when we got tickets for 4 shows for $99. They all do some really good shows. The dinner theater is in Jacksonville-at least 20 miles from the house though Larry enjoys driving. I don't know why he doesn't like going-something to do when there's no football on Saturday afternoons, right? I should look up the schedule at the college and see what's coming up next year.



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I had a good day all in all. I did walk the dogs this morning. I also, vacuumed, mopped, washed the throw rugs, altered 4 pair of pants, and cleaned up the kitchen before my friend got here at noon. We went out to lunch and had a good time. DD and family came over to visit too.

Sue: I also have gone to small productions and like them too. Always an adventure.

Tomorrow starts my last 4 days at work YEAH! I hope they go quickly. Then Sat. night I will have Christmas with my DD and family here. Sunday I fly to CA to see the rest of the family for a week.


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Kerry, I wish you lived nearby, we'd take you to community theater production with us. I enjoy small theater groups, whether high schoo, community or semi-professional. Prices are lower, theaters are smaller and local talent is amazing. We try to get to a couple shows a year, sometimes famous, sometimes little know pleasures. Maybe when Larry retires you can get him to join you.

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Well, my bag was packed for the gym but I came home and have been on the computer ever since. I will go vacuum and mop in a minute and try to get the house in better shape. I want things to look nice when Chris gets here on Friday. His wife will come later next week but I need a huge clean up upstairs before then.

I am trying my best to be more upbeat but just the idea of all that needs to be done is so daunting. You are not alone, Sue!

I hope you can get back into 'the zone' when Larry retires, Kerry. Maybe he would go with you to the gym? It might be something doable.

Donna, walking/running the dogs in 29 degree weather sounds like person abuse, lol. I hope you have an okay day without too much stress.

I will go to Jazzercise with Cherilyn again tomorrow and get a big workout....and I get to see the babies, too!

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Sue, I just kind of slop my way through it all. Everyone just wants their own life and don't seem to really care much these days.
Nyla, that's a busy week you have. I only have the two grandkids and they live just a couple miles from me-same school zone so if they stay here they can ride the bus or at least they have been able to through elementary school. Jr and Sr high they have to walk. I will miss my aqua class tomorrow for Cheyenne's spelling bee. She's not real happy that she made the school finals and wants to miss a word so she doesn't have to go to county. I told her she would be in big trouble if she misses on purpose.
Mary, just think, in a few months you'll be free of that work schedule and can go when you want to.
Next week's money counting will be done without Elaine so maybe we can do it earlier so we can get out before dark. I'm not liking the night driving any more. Elaine and her husband are going to a dinner theater Sunday. I can't get my husband to go-maybe one of these days they have some pretty good shows and sometimes guest actors/actresses like Loretta Swit who was in a show last year.
I used to operate on an early schedule with getting up at 5:15 and heading to the gym. Larry gets up at 3:30 and gets to work more than an hour before he needs to be there just to miss some of the horrible traffic. He heads home at 3 so is usually here by 4:30. Maybe if he stays on an earlier schedule (not 3:30) I could get my rear back into the gym for that early morning workout and then back for aqua. That would probably help knock this fat off my body! I need to go dig in my freezers and see if I can find another bag of cherry chips so I can make two pans of cherry mash for my Christmas plates and the party our Sunday School class is having Saturday. If not it will only be one pan.



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Good Morning Sparklers! The holidays are rapidly approaching and I'm just trying to get through them. I'm really not a Grinch, I just make myself (and others) crazy trying to do the very best I can and please everyone. I'm finding that that's just not doable. Now just to get through it and meet the new year with a smile. is my goal. Hope you all have a calm and productive week. - s

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Good Morning:
I also am more productive in the mornings. I am up early on my day off but just sitting around until the sun comes up.
The dogs want to go to the field but it is only 29 outside. BRRR! I will consider it later.
Nyla: That is a busy grandma week for you!

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Happy week before the week before Christmas, lol! Nyla, you are so busy, too! I know you will keep your SIL busy with all the little kid activities. They sound wonderful. I am SO looking forward to school programs when the girls get older. Greg and Cari don't usually tell me when Comazell has things but it would involve quite a drive at night. When I retire it won't be so hard!

Happy Monday and all of you have a great week!

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Good morning Ladies,

I woke up early and will try to go back to sleep shortly--this is reminiscent of when DH was working and we would get up at 4:30 so he could get to work on time!! I really should get up at this time again as I was always more productive in the morning! Maybe I will try that after Christmas and my sister-in -law has gone home.

Kerry, glad you found the mistake and got everything corrected. How kind of your kids to make the baskets. I am sure it will be appreciated.

Mary, it is fabulous that you will get some good time with your son before he leaves for California! What fun!! Regarding, SS, I was told the same thing about waiting til I am 66 to collect survivor benefits. Sure hope the information is correct. It will be a significant increase in benefits for me over my own work record. Guess I will find out in 2016 whether or not it is true!

I am going to be keeping my sister-in-law busy doing Grandma things this week!! On Wednesday night is the school program for my 5 year old GD. On Thursday we will go to Dallas for the 7 year old GD school program and then we will stay with her and her siblings until her parents get home from work. Thursday night we are having dinner with both of the Dallas kids and the 4 grandkids. On Friday we have the 9 year old GD for the day and attend her soccer game on Friday evening. I am sure my sister-in-law will be ready for a quiet weekend after that (and so will I !!!!)

Ok--going to try to get a little more sleep and then get started on my day!


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No social life in December actually sounds good to me right about now, Donna, lol! At least this week, I only have the school party on Thursday night. On the way home from my mother’s I talked with the Austin son who is moving to CA. He will be here on Friday and stay for almost 2 weeks so that will be wonderful. His wife will come for about 4 days, then he will go home to pack up!

I hope the last couple of work weeks will be okay for you, Donna. You have given so much to that place and have done the boss’s job many times. I hope she is helpless without you! Here’s to a new job and a new outlook. I’m sorry you are feeling out of sorts. Hopefully it will be shortlived. I see you have added activities despite your ‘good intentions!’ I hope you have fun with it all.

Nyla, how sweet that you will help your SIL get some ‘grandma’ experience! I had no idea how wonderful it would be! I kept telling my mother cute stories and she can’t wait to see the girls next Sunday. It’s been about 6 months since she’s seen them and they’ve grown so much. I haven’t thought of taking MY SS yet just because the govt. takes one dollar for every 2 you make over $14,500. But after I retire I will look into that. My portion won’t be more than grocery money, lol, but that will help. If I delay taking Dave’s till 66 I will get his full amount, so I’ve been told.

Kerry, you have had your usual extremely busy, hectic Sunday! I thought of you when I read in our bulletin that my church took in over $450,000 last month. Imagine try8ing to count that, lol!

I will pack my gym bag and go tomorrow. I hope to go to Jazzercise with Cherilyn on Tuesday, then maybe to the gym again on Wednesday. We’ll see!

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Nyla, I'm sure your sister will enjoy the grandma thing.
Donna, glad you are getting some fun time even if it is all at once.
Mary, sounds like a great time with the girls and it sounds like they are learning a lot!

Today was Sunday School and church as usual but it was followed by an admin council meeting in order to pass the budget for next year. Larry had driven the kids home (our house for all of them) then came back. He got into some of the discussion but we still left before it came up for a vote. It did pass with only two nays. I figured it would since it was lower than this year's budget. We wound up going to Papa Murphy's and bringing home a couple pizzas to feel everyone then it was me and the kids, minus one who had to go home, back to church-them for the get together to make some baskets for homebound members and me to count money. Of course, we had to go through everything twice which was actually a good thing because I discovered Elaine had not followed the line straight across the page and 3 items were posted on the wrong line which means the wrong person. I also figured out where the $50 mistake was and it wasn't mine! lol I let the other two get the money to the bank and then went in with the kids and other adults. I have to get my two kids tomorrow so they can deliver the two bags assigned to them-one to a nursing home and another to someone who lives near me who may be heading to a nursing home soon. That was my exciting day.



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Hi and Happy Sunday!

Kerry, hope you got a good night's sleep even with all the young people!! I bet they had a GREAT time!!

Mary, sounds like your night baby-sitting with the girls was terrific! It is really nice when they go to bed so happily. Some--but not all--of my grandkids are like that also. (a couple of them are quite the opposite…) Yes, my DH was 72 when he died. I am currently drawing SS on my own work record--you can't do both at the same time. I will switch to survivor benefits when I am 66, which will be a big increase for me as well. I hope you have a lovely day with your mom today. You have good genes !!

Donna, glad you have some fun social events this weekend. That is a real boost after all the stress you have been under. I am like you and need to get back to a healthier eating plan. I am determined to get back to healthier choices as soon as Christmas is behind us.

Enjoying a good day--doing a little baking and grocery shopping--and watching football of course!! My sister-in-law arrives tomorrow and will be here until the 26th. I told her she is going to get an immersion course in "Grandma 101" as there are several grandkid activities we will attend next week!! She has never married and has no kids and therefore no grandkids either so this is all new to her!!

Later ladies!!

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Good Evening everyone. Looks like everyone is making plans and keeping busy.

I have cancelled my social life in December because I was flipping to working 5 days in a row for the first time since I went back to work. It was very good for me but also very isolating. But suddenly this weekend, I was invited out to dinner last night with the kids, tonight with my friend that is driving my presents to CA, invited me out to dinner,while I fly out there, tomorrow the PM shift is taking me out to lunch for a farewell, and Monday my friend from Phoenix is coming up and we are going out to lunch. Feast or famine, literally. I don't think I have eaten a vegetable in 2 weeks!!!! I have been eating out of the freezer or just eating cereal or something simple. I have change back to healthier habits and soon.

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Wow, it's the Kerry and Nyla show, lol!! You girls have such busy and interesting lives. I am babysitting and just got the babies to sleep. They were so much fun. Cherilyn had the Disney junior channel on and they are allowed to watch there "baby cartoons and shows" late in the afternoon and while they eat. Well, you should have heard annalise crowing with delight and actually singing some words to the theme song for a show called Sophia the First! They loved some show about a vet, too. They were yelling "kitty...puppy...horse..." Every time an animal they knew was on the screen. We had supper, then bath and shampoo time. They go down for the night without a hitch....such sweeties!!

Kerry, I am glad you will be doing some traveling after Larry retires. It will be good to have access to your vacation funds, too. I hate all the money I have to spend in December. It was funny to se the sideways pictures...I thought you had just pulled the snowmen out of boxes and dumped them on the floor! When I turned the page sideways I saw that you really had decorated, lol!

Nyla, I didn't realize that your husband was over 70 and you could access your Ora's and other funds. That's great. I will have to be so careful until I draw SS and my accountant wants me to wait until 66! Do you get yours and your husband's? I won't. Mine will be a pittance and if I wait for his, I will get a much better sum.

Tomorrow morning I will go see my mother for her 94th birthday! Such a busy weekend, but a good one.

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Too late for a nap now but will probably be heading to bed early. The grandkids are both here for the night as well as two extra girls. The noise will probably drive to that way soon!



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Kerry, you certainly did make good use of your vacation time!! Good for you! Your trip in March sounds wonderful. I understand about wanting to see your dad and it sounds like the whole trip is going to be packed with good times.

Still hope you manage a nap! I am heading to the office to file and organize some paper work. It is not going to do itself unfortunately!!

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Nyla, no nap, yet. Larry came home about the time I said I was going to. He's now gone to get us lunch.

We have used the vacation time pretty well, I think. We took a lot of small vacations-if we flew home it would be just a few days and short trips nearby. We also took a lot of 1-2 week vacations especially with the grandkids. Before that we took a trip to Germany and Italy with 2 other couples from church with Educational Opportunities. We will be taking off in March and heading to the Grand Canyon. We have to decide if we are going to head up to Nebraska first to see family (my dad will be 91 in January) and heading west from there to visit more family in Colorado before visiting sites in Utah and Arizona before heading back east or do it the other way around. I always worry about putting off seeing dad so I kind of want to do it that way plus we can stay as long as we want with family and friends. My best friend from childhood lives in Flower Mound, TX, so we plan to stop there, too.



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Hey, Mary, I got the pictures both turned upright so you can see what they are without cranking your head around. Any mess you see in the pictures is my husband's. He said he enjoyed the Santa gig and got a 'man bag' as a gift as well as 3 photos of him as Santa.



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Kerry, Sounds CHILLY in Florida!! BRRR. I am happy that Texas has been pretty warm this December (last December was unusually cold for us). My utility bills will look much better this year because of the mild weather!!! It won't disappoint me if it stays this way!!

Glad you found some sweaters for yourself! Price sounds reasonable also!

I am going to have to check with my financial advisor! We didn't take any distributions from retirement funds until we were required to when my DH reached the age of 70 ½. When he died and I changed the accounts to my name, I was told that I could take distributions with no penalty since I am over 59 ½ --just taxes on the money taken out of the IRA. I haven't taken any distributions yet so obviously need to clarify that before I think about using any of that money… It is definitely confusing!

I'll say that Larry's vacation time was generous! That is amazing. In the last years of my DH's professional life, he took 8 weeks vacation per year which we thought was very generous--but that is "only" 40 vacation days per year. Larry is accruing 10 weeks/year!! WOW!!

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I think you got some of my sleep, Mary. I was only allowed 6 hours as Larry woke me up at 4:30 I guess because it takes so long to put clothes on and drive a couple miles to pick up the grandson and get him to school-especially since he only had to go to his own school to catch the carpool After we got to their house we learned his own dad was going to drop him off on his way to work. Sure hope they got there in time. After breakfast out I read the paper and then went to water aerobics. It was in the 30s when I headed out in my swimsuit with my jeans and shirt over it. brrr... (yes, I live in Florida). I did 10 minutes in the pool before class started and he worked us the full hour. This guy does a really energetic class and you are always moving. I stopped at the mall on the way home and got myself 2 sweaters. I will let Larry decide if he wants them to be a late birthday gift or wrap them up for Christmas. The bill was $76 before the discounts and coupon so the cost was less than $24 for both. He will find the bag when he gets home from his Santa gig.

Yes, you can take money from the IRA (though I think this has a slightly different name being run partly by the company) but you have to pay a penalty before the age of 70 1/2. If he survives that long we will be required to take payments which won't hurt my feelings any.

Larry's vacation pay accrued rather rapidly-the company was very generous with it. I think he is earning more than 1 day a week if not more right now and he earned vacation time while on vacation and will earn it up to the last day he works.

I hope I'm not repeating myself-I'm so tired, I think I should take a nap before my head actually falls off-it keeps dropping off to the side.



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It's the weekend Ladies!!

Hope everyone will have a nice weekend! It is getting down to the wire for Christmas preparations! I will do a little baking and grocery shopping this weekend.

Kerry, sorry that you are having some last minute unpleasant surprises regarding Larry's retirement. It is hard enough to plan for retirement without getting incomplete or incorrect information. I hope you get it all figured out. Do you have a financial planner that you can consult with about strategies for all of it? I thought you COULD take disbursements from an IRA earlier than age 70, but after age 70 ½, you are required to??? Perhaps the DROP has different regulations? I am sorry about your church friend. He was obviously respected by many to have such a large attendance at his funeral.

Pam, I wouldn't necessarily be excited about a Monty Pythonfest either--hope you enjoy it a little at least!! Good luck shopping for your new "family"!! Sorry your internet has been so sketchy. My connection was having some glitches also, but my neighbor told me he "thinks" the problem was resolved finally. Hope so!

Mary, how delightful to be watching the girls enjoy the Christmas tree!! That is the very best part of the holiday for me--to watch the pure joy and delight of the little ones! Glad you are enjoying the Jazzercise. I am ABSOLUTELY going to get moving again immediately following Christmas. I know it will help me not just physically, but emotionally as well. I know that this month is particularly difficult for you and am glad you have so much to keep you busy!

Donna, so glad for you that the old job is winding down. I am sure that can't happen soon enough for you! Next week will be your last week there won't it?? Glad your DD took you out to dinner last night! Hope you enjoyed it.

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Wow, Kerry, that's a lot of unused time. I know the money will be a blessing but so sad that he could have had some time off to enjoy life. I hope it all works out.

Donna, I hope today won't be a hard day for you. Keep up your good outlook----this old job will be over with in a couple of weeks!!

I got quite a few cards addressed last night and went to bed at 9:30. I slept 10 hours! I have to babysit tonight so I have a lot to do today. I want to go to water aerobics but that will take a lot out of my day and my house is awash with leaves from outside, the tree needs to be decorated, and the rest of the cards are staring at me! I sent out about 50 so I have a lot left to do!!

Happy Saturday to everyone!

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Yeah. Through the years he has not used about 900 hours of vacation time. I wish they had told him about all the details before so he could have just worked a couple more months but then again they are now planning to outsource his job. Maybe they'll pay him to help find the company (companies) to do it all. I don't think anyone actually knows what all he does.



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T G I F !!!! Even if Ihave to go to work at 6 am tomorrow, today is over. And it was a very hard day. Hopefully, the last one even though I work next week.

DD invited me out to an early dinner and I went. I was so tired by lunch, I was too tired to eat much except a 1/2 sandwich so I was very hungry early this afternoon.

Kerry, That is a lot of money for what was it, vacation, sick pay?

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I'm still on the computer....someone make me stop playing and get busy!! Kerry, go buy those cards. Now I will start addressing,,,,


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I still need to BUY Christmas cards!! emoticon



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Kerry, you are in your almost mid 60's now. Why in the world would YOU have to do yardwork? Larry? Your daughter who lives rent free? Your grandchildren who get your loving attention all the time? Your daughter who 'owns' the grandkids you babysit for AND include THEIR friends? Please rethink this....someone needs to see what is on the horizon and help you out!!! I'm glad you got the paperwork filed today but sorry it's not exactly what you thought. I hope all of the ins and outs will get organized and that you will be fine soon. It's so hard to figure out what to do in these circumstances.

I still need to get started on my Christmas cards.....

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Well, the paperwork is signed and we learned that JEA only does retirement on the 1st day of the month so Larry's official retirement date is 1-1-15. There are also 3 work days on the last paycheck which won't be cut until Jan 9 and then a few weeks later he'll get a check for the unused vacation time which will amount to about $30,000 and will sadly have to be used to help pay bills since that means we can't get SS until 2016. I will have to make sure at least half of it is kept aside so we have money for taxes and insurance next fall. We can't touch the DROP without a penalty until he is 70 1/2 or another 7 1/2 years. Good news is he will be able to get a job this year without having to worry about the social security stuff. I guess it does mean I'll have to cancel the yard work and start doing it myself again. drats I may need to get a new mower for Christmas but I will burn a lot of calories doing the work myself. Oh well, time to just sit and relax.



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Oh, hooray for Friday, friends. I am so worn out. I know you are all so very tired of hearing this…and I’m so tired of reporting it, lol. I am home with addressing Christmas cards on the agenda for tonight. I will get a good start, I hope. I feel like I’ve really neglected everyone and I don’t mean to. I hardly enjoyed my dinner with old friends after the shower last night---I was so ready for bed and got into it at 8:30 when I got home~ next thing I knew, it was 1:20 and I woke up for a potty break, lol. I went right back to sleep thank goodness. Today was Reindeer Day and the kids were off the wall. Four and a half days next week and I’m off for 2 weeks. Can’t come soon enough!

Kerry, for a ‘retired person’ you are always so busy! I hope getting Larry’s retirement papers filed with the proper ‘authorities’ will be a load off your shoulders. I hope retirement will be a great thing for both of you. I am SO looking forward to it myself! I’m sorry the funeral was so hard to handle. Especially around a holiday, it really IS. And this man was young. Such a sad thing.

Donna, you are on your way to a great new start. This job sounds like people will appreciate you and not having the ugly boss and her minion will be a treat! The teachers I had dinner with last night all had the best principal (our dear Baptist friend who was booted out of the Lutheran school!) and the worst (her replacement!). While we were eating another friend who is still AT the old school and has become a minion, lol, came over to say hi. We were all happy to see her but we didn’t bring up the ugly principal’s name…it was a pall on the evening! I hope you can be okay until the new job starts.

Pam, I can just picture the miles high packages! You have such a cute take on things. I’m glad you got it done and were through with the big mess. Tell Tony to PLEASE let you know next time what’s in store, lol. I guess it’s great for business, though! What cute pictures of Landon on FB! I hope you have a delightful Christmas with him this year. Spinach quiche sounds delicious!

I will babysit for the girls tomorrow night. I’m not sure if I will spend the night but I will go see my mother on Sunday for her 94th birthday! Next week I only have a school party on Thursday so there’s light at the end of the tunnel!!

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Donna, I know you will feel like a new person when next week is over!
I do get bored but I can usually find a book or a nap to cure that problem. I probably wouldn't be bored if I liked housework but it's just not my favorite thing.
Pam, I can't imagine having to deal with all that shipping stuff. Hope it all gets out today so you don't even have to think about it.

Happy Friday to everyone else. I enjoyed coffee with 2 friends. One is up in Atlanta for a granddaughter's wedding. Larry will be heading home in a while to pick me up so we can go downtown to sign his retirement papers. Hopefully we can grab a meal on the way there or back. I'm still trying to figure out a gift for GD and our youngest daughter though she doesn't get much beyond the free space to live these days.



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Pam: THat must have been a huge day for you! I wonder if you will be sore tomorrow.

Kerry: You always have so much going on every day in your life. I bet you are never bored.

Sue: Hope you survive the storms on the East coast.

My family lives in the SF bay area and for the first time ever, they closed schools for the big storm. And a big storm it was . Good thing a lot of people were off the roads.

I worked my new job with the right person today for 3 hours and got a lot more information than before. So that was good. IT will still be confusing for a while but I think I will get it.

I went to our dept. Christmas party tonight. It was ok. Hard to be happy in the same room with the boss and her new best buddy that doesn't like me and complained about me which contributed to my resigning. oh well. IT is over. I have to pass meds tomorrow and hopefully that will be the last time . I still have to work next week but I am not scheduled to pass meds.



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Hi Kerry, it has been a long day for you by the sounds of it. You'll be glad to settle to sleep tonight and start a new day without funerals and parking fools.

I had the busiest day I've had since August today. I walked in and the stuff to ship was stacked high. I guess hubs had a Black Friday sale (I had no idea and didn't really care...) and everything came in today and it all needed shipping out again. When our courier guy came, he opened the big garage door, and I heard "what the "ahem"!!) The shipping area was packed solid from door to shelves up to 5 feet high and 10 feet wide and 12 feet deep. I was only too glad to see him come as I hadn't finished yet, but I was exhausted so once he had collected what was there, ohgollygeetoobadIguessI'mdoneI'mouttahere!! LOL! Then it was time to go prepare supper! I made a spinach quiche. Thank goodness the pastry was already made and I just needed to roll it out and fill it and throw it in the oven.

Anyway, I'm going to love you and leave you now.

God bless!

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Good evening. Hope everyone is having a great Thursday. I did water aerobics this morning, did a little shopping (mostly gift cards) and got my little 2 ft tree up on the hearth and decorated it. This year I used silver and red balls and ribbons with a silver angel on top. Very simple though I don't think my daughter's gift will fit under it unless I pick up the tree and put it on top of the box of cookware. LOL



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Funeral over-standing room only which means the parking lot was packed. When I got there with the chicken finger platter I saw two spaces so I pulled clear through one and parked in the field/playground. I then directed other people to do the same. One guy told me no and another one made a call and told someone to not come because there was no parking. I did get a dozen or so to pull through and park and when it looked like no one else was coming I walked toward the church building. I saw a few cars pull in and decided I better go back but of course someone else was nice enough to fill that spot. Why would you even think that was a smart idea when people were parked in the field??? I then directed a couple folks to just pull in by the bushes which weren't really parking spaces but I figured not everyone would be leaving at the same time. I think we need to come up with a couple signs that say 'do not use this space'. The service was nice but sad. Lee was only 73-exactly 10 years older than my husband as they shared an October 5 birthday. His son did a great eulogy-in fact all 3 of the people speaking were very upbeat and had funny comments about Lee who was a master gardener and very thrifty (shopping from the curb on garbage day for things that could be used for yard decorations, etc). He also started gardening groups at several of the local schools. Such a good guy-always dressed so nicely-whatever color his shirt was, he had a hat to match. Okay, enough. I came home a bit depressed and ate the rest of that peanut brittle so now I have a stomach ache-guess I need a cup of tea.



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I am not into Monty Python, either. I can't imagine an evening dedictated to him.
Mary, December 31 is coming way too fast for me!!! Very slowly for Larry, though. As for regifting the peanut brittle-not! I just finished off the chocolate covered-I think it has something to do with the funeral I need to get ready for pretty soon. I don't like funerals and like them even less when it's someone who was such a good guy-always doing things for other people plus he wasn't much older than us. I can understand how not having your husband with you would make things feel off. The girls can help make up for it but it also brings thoughts of him missing out on them and vice versal. (or is that visa versa) We all have to remember everyone who has lost a loved one at this time of year with special thoughts and prayers.
I have to pick up the chicken tender platter, then the funeral, home for a few hours and back to church for dinner-at least I don't have to fix anything. Oh man, I have something tomorrow but don't remember what. emoticon Friday is 7 am coffee (need to remember Wilma's birthday gift) and then Larry will come home from work to get me so we can go to downtown Jacksonville to sign retirement papers. I'm sure that includes papers for the DROP, too. That has to go directly into an IRA which we can't touch until age 70. As you can tell, I'm wasting time, but I guess I should start getting ready to go. I'm hoping Trish gets home from work early enough to help put up some indoor decorations as well as a couple more outside-the yard looks a bit bare..



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Hi, friends! I am so overwhelmed with things right now. I guess some of it is ‘grief under the surface’…you know, not the bad feelings that used to be but a sense of ‘something just isn’t right.’ I go to bed tired and wake up tired and it’s not that I’m TRULY tired. Such is December for me.

I did enjoy Jazzercise and got in over 10,000 steps yesterday----the most I’ve done since I’ve had my Zip! I put ‘stuff’ on my knee and took Advil when I got home so that made it so much better than last time. I am a wet mess at the end of the class and can’t keep up with the heavier older ladies, lol. But I do my best and know it’s a great workout. I have 10 classes to take in a month, though, so my holiday will be full of exercise!

Kerry, I do hope someone steps up for you and Larry at church. Dec. 31 won’t come nearly soon enough, lol. I do remember that the 30th is your anniversary…mine was Dec. 31! What were we thinking back then, lol? Your Christmas party sounds like fun. I’m glad so many attended. Maybe you can ‘regift’ the peanut brittle!

Sue, we always miss you and want to know what ‘little nothings’ are going on in your life! I’m so glad you were okay with the crash…thanks for letting us know for sure! It was sunny yesterday for the first time in almost a week. I’m sorry you didn’t have good weather.

Pam, having to get extra gifts and plan for a Monty Python party?? I can’t imagine a more uninteresting party, lol! I don’t get that humor but Dave enjoyed it! Maybe you can find a good book to keep you company. I am giving checks to the kids and that’s it. I just kind of gave up on gifts after Dave died. He loved shopping for us and always got the biggest kick out of the things he ordered with his points from travel. He spent very little actual money and saw it as a game. I get out of school the Friday before Christmas and just don’t have the energy! I hope you can come up with something easy and what people might want.

Nyla, the tree and stockings are gorgeous! Your house looks like Home Beautiful. I still haven’t put one ornament on my tree. I promise myself that I will come straight home from school on Friday and dedicate the evening to decorating! I want to get it done so I can enjoy it! Cherilyn put unbreakable ornaments on her tree and the girls have been good about not messing with them. Last night they were yelling “Mimi! Angel…star…horsie!!” My mother in law, whose anniversary of 1 year was yesterday, always gave Cherilyn rocking horse ornaments and that’s mostly what’s on the tree. The girls have enjoyed it so much---as well as pulling bows off the packages, lol!

Okay….I’ve got to run. I will have a church meeting tonight, a bridal shower and dinner tomorrow, so I will be here sporadically!!

Mary


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Sue! It's about time you showed up girl! :) We missed you. I thought of you the instant I saw the news about Gaithersburg.

Tony and I went out for supper tonight. We went to the "pub" because he was yearning for fish and chips with mushy peas. LOL! There were several "groups" of people there who were obviously having small Christmas parties for staff. I suggested to hubby that we should take Brian out for supper (our only staff member who isn't family), and he informed me that Leah was making up loads of snacks and stuff for Sunday because Brian was coming over and they were going to have a Monty Pythonfest. Oh - okay. Thanks for letting me know. Now I need to figure out a place to go on Sunday so I don't have to suffer a day of that. Arghhh! But apparently this is Brian's "staff do" so I need to be there. Also, I noticed yesterday that there were three wrapped gifts under the tree for Tony, Leah and me from Brian. Tony asked why he bought us Christmas presents, and he said "you're family!" He only has his parents, so I guess he thinks we're next in line for familydom. I do wish people would let me know if we're getting new family members I need to buy for!!!!! Aggghhh! emoticon

Our internet connection has been abysmal the past few weeks. I don't know what's going on, but they'd better get their act together soon! This will probably go "down" before I hit send. That's the way it's working these days....ugh

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Glad you came to visit, Sue. I do miss you when you're not here. I saw the fire but haven't heard anything else about whether there were 3 or 4 people in the plane and if anyone was in the house. It's a horrible thing to happen but even worse to lose everything at a time of year we think of as a happy time. It's not happy for a lot of people.

Mary, hope you got to the other side of town okay and enjoy the jazzercise. Maybe the kids should purchase a couple small cribs to have at your place so the girls could stay sometimes. They don't need to be big and fancy. I know it was great when my parents had cribs for us. It's the stairs I always worried about-don't know if they have stairs at their house or not.

This morning I did an hour of water aerobics, stopped at BB&B and found a set of pots and pans for our daughter's Christmas gift, went to the XYZ Christmas party at Golden Corral. We had a good turnout-27 of us and 4 of them were new members. Seems a lot of the packages were boxed candy. I wound up with peanut brittle. After I got home I sat here on the computer and fell asleep. When Larry got home we went to the grocery store and ordered a chicken tender platter for tomorrow's funeral and Larry picked up some chicken wings for his dinner. I'm chillin' tonight with nothing to do unless I want to do it.

When Larry and I travel I'm sure the church will survive without us. If one of the other counters has to be out of town then a sub will need to sit in. We do have a couple who have done it once or twice. It just takes longer because you have to watch them closely. We once had a sub who took all the money out of all the envelopes and mixed it with the loose offering. The problem there is some people put their names on the envelope but not the amount emoticon That was a mess to try and fix. We do need to get it all written down clearly but that hasn't happened and it would still confuse some people. Oh well. Right now the cat is on my legs so my calves are warm but she's pulled the blanket off my toes so they are cold. I think I'll make her get off and go fix my dinner shake.



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Good morning Sparklies!!

Wow Kerry--you are such an asset to your church! They would REALLY be lost if you and DH decide to travel a lot after his retirement and you are not there to help them out!

Mary, you certainly are busy right now!! Seems like it happens that way--lots going on or very quiet. You are going to be so ready for a nice break at Christmas time!

Sue, you are a bright spot in the day as well!! Very happy that you are not close to the accident site but such a tragedy for all concerned.

Going to finish up the little bit of Christmas decorating that I will do this year. Last year I went all out. The house was gorgeous but it was a lot of work and this year I have decided to minimize and simplify. Who knows what I will decide for next year!!!

Hope you all have a great day!!


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I just realized why I was so lonely and out of sorts. I've negelected my Sparkpeople Born in 1950 site. I feel I have nothing to add or contribute so then I just stop writing. I need to be at least sending a morning greeting, you all are very special and a bright spot in my day. Good Morning all you beautiful 1950 Sparklers.

We are getting very cold rain and it's coating everything with a layer of ice. Roads are still clear and I suspect in time the temps will rise but for now it's a sloppy mess here.

For those of you watching the news, I live in Gaithersburg, MD where yesterdays small plane crash ocurred. Fortunately we are a good 5 miles from the crash site, but I do have friends that live in that immediate area. I'm glad they are all safe. So sad for the family and the fliers.

I hope you all have a good day. - s

Sue from MD

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