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12/23/08 7:32 P

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Hi Ann,

I think this is day 10 of snow. DH & DS shoveled the driveway and put chains on the car so we could try to get out to the store. Several stops along the way to tighten the chains. The store was busy - like it was a lot of people's first day out of the house. What should have been a fast trip to the store took a lot longer.

This morning our youngest son called saying he wanted to try to leave today (since we expect more snow tomorrow)and he and DH were trying to figure the best route an tried to find out how the roads were. Portland is a mess. In the meantime, DS decided it was just too chancey to try to make that drive so most likely he won't be here until Friday or the weekend. I think it's going to take a few days to melt all this snow.

DH & DS are now out trying to help a neighbor get up his driveway. We did get mail today. Didn't get any mail or paper on Friday or Monday.

My kitchen is clean and ready for Christmas. I have a recipe for crescent rolls I want to make. If they turn out as good as they claim, that's what I'll give to our neighbors.

Ann, I hope this arrangement works out for your Mom. Certainly understand what you are saying about this being better than family trying to live with her. Have fun with all the newsletters.


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12/23/08 4:42 P

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Where is every body? Baking or shopping? I actually went to WalMart and was surprised how many cashiers were open and the lines weren't bad at all. The parking lot was pretty full too.

I am prepared this year. Every year one or two neighbors drop by with a loaf of bread. Not that we need it but the gesture is nice. I found some $1.00 round tins at Michaels that were marked down 30% off and bought 1/2 a dozen. This morning I have made some mock turtle candies and put them in the tin. I guess if no one shows up I'll have to go out and knock on doors myself or else send them to work with DD on Friday. I didn't sample one, nadda.

I got an envelope from Gina today with some back issue newsletters I ordered. I'm going to have fun going through them. I started my subscription in May 02 and Gina was kind enough to send the missing ones and then filled the rest of the year with odd ones from the 90's. Also I ordered the 2008 index for the years recipes. I find that very helpful.

My mother is suppose to be moved into a neighbors house down the road today. Bed, lift chair and all. I can't believe these people have offered to board her. They are probably in their 50's and said they took care of another family member in the past. The man is out of work so the income will help them a little. They didn't ask for much and I told the other neighbor that was helping that it was far to little. I hope this works out. The poor lady that has helped her so much, must be exhausted and they have a small farm with animals to care for.
I do know mother will do better with non family as she won't be demanding on them as she would be of me.

I hope everyone has most of their shopping done and I suppose tomorrow will be a cooking day. Our few gifts are wrapped and tomorrow I will bake a couple of loaves of bread to give away. I'll also assemble the lasagne we will eat on Christmas day when we come home from DS house.


Ann in San Diego

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