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Watched such an interesting documentary on Happy Hannukah and the Jews from the days of the Macabees.

Hope you all have a very blessed and merry Christmas with family or friends whether they have two feet or four! emoticon

I'll probably spend most of the day on the phone.

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Yesterday I finally got a new pair of shoes to see if that would make my brace more bearable. It still hurts but not as badly. I am trying to wear them for 3 hours while I mostly am sitting. I have to be patient and be prepared to take a month or more till I can wear them all day. They are a full size larger and wider than my current shoes.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.
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So far my operation Head start is doing ok still got a few things to do tomorrow and wow don't know if we will eat here or at Vicki's forgot to ask her, she still has a small Christmas at Michaels dad's and guess she should he likes to see the kids also. I think that is where she is today, I just do not want a lot to do tomorrow so I have got a ref, in the garage that I put stuff in for occasions like this ,
Hope all of you are having a fun filled day with your family and grandchildren

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Good morning and Merry Christmas Eve! This is going to be a very busy, fun-filled day, but I don't have enough time to respond to everyone. I'll just say Thank you to everyone for the good wishes, comments and goodies and try to get back to you in the days ahead.

Marlene, Merri is alive and well and still posting on the Fun Loving People Over 60 board. You can find her there as "Gramsiecakes2".

I with all of you a Very Merry Christmas surrounded by family, peace and love.


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May the leprechauns be near you to spread luck along your way. And may all the Irish angels smile upon you on this day!


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Confession time. Yesterday, when I got on the scale, it was jumping all over with results. So I changed the batteries. Guess what, I did not lose 2 pounds. In fact, I gained a pound.
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I hate to start the day like that as I know I will over eat tonight. Oh, well I have nothing planned for tomorrow, so I will take a long walk during the day.

Happy to see everyone is busy and enjoying the Season.

Have A Very Merry Christmas.

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Does anyone know about Merri?? I have not seen her post for awhile. Tomorrow is her birthday so I want to tell her.
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The great grands were really good and I enjoyed having them although I was really tired when they went home. I went to help with the Christmas Program, the weather was very iffy, it even looked like it would snow. But to our surprise the center was almost packed. It was fantastic to have so many show up. A lot of them said they did not know we have a new building and it was also good for the community to see the new building. Now today to get busy and make cookies and candy.
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Just stopping in to wish all of you a Merry Christmas Eve, before my crew arrives.

Glad you will be spending time with family after all Mary Lou!

Camey I have gained over this holiday so far. Hope to have it back off by Monday, but if I don't I won't fret.

Mel congrats on losing and you as well Dot!

Frances I am so glad you made it safely. Rest up for the next round of Christmas joy.

To all of you have a blessed day and look forward to what you are doing tomorrow as well.

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Morning every one just got my dressing made and forgot and put onions in it will make Vicki some with out, I sure did not mean to do that , That girl is my sunshine I adore my daughter and the 2 kids she has ,
We did go out for b/f and my husband just would not eat in he has that infection and sound awful but hope he feels better tomorrow Going out did not really help him one single bit.
Got to run have some other things to do

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Good morning on Christmas Eve Day..

I will be with my son and dil and grandson Mario and family tonight and again for Christmas Day. I am staying over-night as I plan to go to midnight Mass which begins at ten tonight..

And so I am sending you all my best wishes for a very
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I will get back to you all on Friday..Have a lovely day tomorrow.. Doris

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Dot my neighbor brought cookies and I had to taste the ones I liked before dh got them.
So this morning I paid with a .4, but they were worth it. LOL

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Have a safe trip, Marion.

Glad you arrived safely, Frances. I have no doubt you will have the time of your life with those gks! How lucky they are to have such an energetic, enthusiastic, engaged grandma.
I confess I envy you. (Sorry, God....not really envy, admiration is a better word).

Well I guess you have seen where we are in the news again with another police shooting in the adjacent area to Ferguson. I do hope the videos absolve the officer of any blame. It seems the assassination in New York is sparking copy-cats? And there was some looting, a couple of attempts to burn a business, throwing at the police.
And a Merry Christmas to all, right? Obviously Christ's birth means nothing to some.

A break! The weathermen had predicted snow mixed with rain for today, with great big flakes making driving somewhat touchy. But so far, nothing, and I am so glad for all those who have to drive, and for my dd who is coming to pick me up......about a 45 minute drive each way. I am all packed and ready. Hopefully I will be able to be of some assistance to her in preparing dinner for at least fifteen. She used to lack confidence in the kitchen and dreaded it, and avoided hostessing. It is amazing and gratifying how she has changed. She enjoys it now. It only proves we can change even when not young. At one time I was in a garden club; they had a junior garden club she was in. Now she enjoys making beautiful dinner table arrangement and she credits her years learning the principles of arranging for her renewed interest. This woman amazes me. She is interested in so many things.........and usually is good at all of them.
Okay, enough bragging. The holidays seem to make me emotional. Or I should say 'more so' I am an emotional person.. much to my chagrin.

So on that note I will wish you all a very Merry Christmas and enjoy your family get-togethers.
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Wishing all of you a mery xmas. I have last day of therapy and then taking my family to lunch.
My son and dil do xmas and I do xmas eve and then we come back and open gifts. Hope to get home before the storm starts with the rain and wind. Even getting thunder. Xmas day 60 degrees but rain and thunder in the morning, then sun.

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I wish you all a Merry Christmas.
Today I am going to Northern Virginia with my son and his family to visit my DDL's family. Will be back tomorrow afternoon.

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I can hear the faint jingle of santa's jingle bells...he will be arriving soon...May you all have almost blessed and Merry Christmas.

Smiles, Betty :)

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Just looking in to see what everyone is doing. You are all so busy getting ready to have a wonderful time with family . Those travelling have a safe trip and hopefully no bad weather to drive in. Frances glad you had a safe trip even if long. emoticon emoticon to our new member. Please come visit us soon. Will be visiting different bits of my family some on Christmas Day and others on Boxing Day. Leona good to hear your DH is responding to the meds. I will be looking in to see what is happening as usual but now its it time for bed. Good Night and God Bless. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Maureen emoticon emoticon emoticon Happy Holidays to all

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good to see that Frances has arrived safely..

Leona-----what wonderful news about your hubby..may God continue to heal him..

finally got to see a little bit of sun today when it peeked through the hazy clouds..

been all stuffed up today...sure hope it is my allergies acting up from so much rain and dampness and not a cold.

Take care..................Elsie

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To lose my seat, I must move my feet!!

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Mary Lou I love your upbeat messages so happy that you will be spending Christmas with your DD and family.

Frances so happy to hear you got home safe and sound.

I had a busy evening and now must get to bed. Have to make the sausage rolls in the morning and get a couple of side dishes ready to take to my SIL. Hopefully I will be able to rest for a few hours off my feet and get dressed ready to go to the Christmas eve service with my DD and her DH. It is at 5pm. Candlelight service and having communion, looking forward to spending time celebrating the birth of Jesus.

Goodnight and God Bless,
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A long day of driving, but a wonderful time with family. Too late and too tired to yammer on, so I'll check in tomorrow.

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May the leprechauns be near you to spread luck along your way. And may all the Irish angels smile upon you on this day!


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Yesterday I made a dish of green beans, diced ham and potatoes and a salad to a couple from my church who have had the misfortune to contract pneumonia (him) and a virus (her) when they returned from a cruise where many were sniffling and coughing. Each one was in the hospital for a short time. She called to tell me that it was the first food either had eaten that tasted the way food should taste.
Today I took some of my leftover chips and dips to my craft class for some help in disposing of leftovers that would just end up on my hips and my tummy.
I did send some of my ham home with one of my ds's and dil, but should have sent some with my other ds (didn't think!). I need help getting rid of all the leftovers!


Over 395,000 diapers!!!
That is what my dd's church collected for the Crisis Nursery and other organizations that help the needy. It turns out that some mothers re-use dirty diapers because of the cost, which can run $100 a month. The church had a goal of 100,000.....and look what happened. Some members even put a sign in their yard and people dropped off packages of diapers there at their homes. Next year their goal will be for even more. emoticon
Wasn't that a wonderful thing they did? Makes you proud of people's generosity.

Tomorrow morning my dd is picking me up and taking me to her house and will return me on Christmas afternoon. So I will not be alone after all. And I just got a phone invitation
call from a new member of my church who is planning a Christmas Eve dinner for single seniors who might be alone. They will then help serve a meal at a homeless shelter in St. Louis. I just came from my craft class and one of the ladies there is planning on doing the same. Aren't people good? If you listen only to the news, you can get discouraged. We do so need good news to balance the bad.

Okay, ladies. Now tell me some of your good news. I know you have some; you just forget to share.

Now for a bite to eat and some time on the ice-pack (stubborn old sciatic nerve just won't quit) and make stuffed celery (a favorite of one of my grandson's) and some chocolate covered peanut butter sandwich cookies to bring tomorrow. My younger gs who is in college asked to bring home with him his room-mate who cannot get home for Christmas because his car is in the shop. My dd said "Of course....bring him!"
Where she gets the energy to do all of this, plus put in two 4 hour shifts working on Christmas Day, I will never know. Maybe because she runs emoticon and bikes emoticon , works out emoticon and keeps her weight down and herself in such good shape?? Whatever, I am proud of her.

Now to eat and then I will make those cookies.

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It is already dark and most of it is a drizzle rain been doing that all day today makes for an unhappy camper, Know we need rain but goodness after 3 days of drizzle that is enough, It rained really hard from lunch time until just a bit ago , Oh will we should have enough will send it on to Lee and Dot,
Not sure what I am doing tomorrow but will do something that is for sure,
see you have fun over the holidays

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Hi all: A big welcome to our new member and as Dot said I hope you join right in on here.

Dot I loved your poem. So appropriate.

Mary Lou what a hoot that dancing doggie was!

Ryan, Kelly and Ben will be here tomorrow about noon and the rest will wander in before 3.
Church starts at 3;45. This is to accommodate many of our members who live in a nearby
very big independent/assisted living Community.

Kelly tells me I will just love Ben in his new Christmas outfit. Can't wait as was said.

Loved the video of the play mat Frances. What a work of are and imagination. Your explanation made feel I was wandering down the streets.

I am not sending out Goodies before Christmas this year as time just won't permit.
But be assured I will after the big doings. I of course wish you all a wonderful few days of celebration.

Enjoy your trip to NH Mickey. I hope the weather will cooperate!

We will have rain tomorrow but hope they are wrong. (we won't melt). May all traveling, go
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Leona nice news that meds are working! Prayers are too.

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Hi all,

Thought I would just stop by before I start baking. Had to go back to the store for a few things I had forgotten and DS asked me to bring the Sweet Potato Casserole on Christmas Day. He had invited me for dinner and I thought I did not have to bring anything..LOL The grocery store was a mad house and I am so glad that I shopped early. Traffic is also hairy today. But I made it there and back safely. I don't have to go out again thank the Lord.

Ed hope you have a safe trip south and a lovely Christmas.

Mel, delighted your daughter will have a great Christmas...what a blessing that she is able to buy gifts for her children. Enjoy the movie, hope the movie was a good one. Beware of the BEAR oh me..oh my!!!!

Camey got on the scale this morning and I had lost 3 pounds...I had been gaining again was 157. Have been watching and counting calories and running the stairs this last week and it worked down to 154. Will keep it up I hope ~ but....I am baking today...OH GOSH my will power is not that good.

We do have a new member that joined the team. emoticon emoticon emoticon LLANGOED we are so happy to welcome you to our team. Hope you will join in on the chat thread so we can get to know you.

Mary Lou...I join you in urging all of our missing team members to revisit us. Most of them used to pop in every now and again and I am sure they will...bet they still lurk every once in a while to see what we are all doing. We miss you all...MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

Off to start the baking have taken a long break...Hugs and Blessings,
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Gloomy and raining again today, tomorrow and early Thurs. I am washing clothes, towels, and sheets and changed beds and I am tired now. I took an hour nap and then my neighbor came over with cookies, all kinds she baked, so there goes my diet. Of course, me with sweets had to try one of each before dh got into them. LOL

Going to do my mail and then go lie down again to rest.Tomorrow last day of therapy and I will be glad it is over. DH says he feels better with 4 weeks so he is done too.

Went out and got my great niece, two years old, another present. Found dumbo animal stuffed and a dumbo book. She loves opening presents for her.

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Goodness my husband just got back from dr. and has a touch of infection in his lungs don't need that right here at Christmas he has felt kind of bad for a few days wonder what this will bring, Maybe he will feel better in a day or two .
Still dreary outside makes me feel dreary

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Mel,
Happy for your dd.

Leona, and for you and your dh.

Marlene, don't worry about the baking; enjoy the ggks.

Lee & Frances,
Cute kids.......makes Christmas extra special, doesn't it?

Barbara,
Your dear doggie is your "cute kid". Adorable pics you post of her and your dd's two dogs.

Mani, Nora, MaryB, Ethel, Viv, Nina,Wilma and others who haven't been here for a while, do remember that you are missed and thought about, especially at this time of year. So for all of you: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Please come back and visit with us soon.

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Mel so glad your daughter final got a break.
Hope things really improve for her and her kids,
Still raining just looked out dark and dreary still makes for a no fun day

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Just a quick note.

Leona, nice to hear that the meds are working with your DH.

Don't know if you saw on TV, but a bear was loose in the Phoenix area. It was only about 5 miles from my house. They never caught it, but it seems to have disappeared.

Loved the doggy video.

I am off today to take my DGC to the movies. Today, their mother gets her first big pay check and for the first time in two years, she is able to buy her children their Christmas presents.
So I am taking them to the movies while she Christmas shops.

If I don't get back on here.

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I will have two great grandsons today so on here before they get here as I will not be able to leave the baby alone too long. He crawls everywhere. I have chairs around the tree so he won't take the ornaments off. I went to the center last evening and did what I could to help with decorations for the program tonight. They have 65 bags of candy sacked, never know how many will come. Sacks to kids first.
I probably will not be back on today. I have baking to do, if I can get it in, if not I will just enjoy the baby.

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Morning every one it is a rainy morning and no one up but me , not sure what I will be doing today but a little bit of every thing I guess ,
Be back later need to make b/f

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Just loved the doggie video. So cute. Love little dogs.

Its snowing. Wonderful.

If I don't get back here I want to wish everyone a blessed Xmas.

Getting rather busy at my house.

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Good news about the meds working....

Raining here today and will rain all day, I'm told. Dogs will get wet and so will I.

getting ready to head south tomorrow. I hear it will rain hard tomorrow when we are on the road...OK, go low and slow....

Dogs get a bath so they are clean for grandma's house...guess, I'll have to shower as well...it isn't even Saturday.

Not much to say today.....get active, stay active...don't let all that good food go to our "you know whats".....

Merry Christmas. "God bless us, one and all" as Tiny Tim said.

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An update is that my husband is responding to the medicines. He is in transitional care now and we hope to go get him today..We will stay at our daughter's house as she is close to hospitals. He has his ups and downs but being around family will help.


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Good morning everyone. My 'Christmas Eve' dinner on Sunday went off well. My step-sister said, "Maybe we should do this every year." To me it just did not have the same feel as it does on Christmas Eve.

Today is my last day at work until Jan.5th! I have always taken the Christmas week off - but it does seem extra long this time! DH will sing at church on Christmas Eve - so we will drive up to NH on Christmas morning. Don't know that I will be able to keep in touch as my note pad is giving me grief. I'm hoping to get an IPad soon.

Sounds like everyone is in the holiday spirit and doing okay. I saw that puppy video on t.v. last night and I really laughed. We should all have someone that happy to see us!!

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Good Morning everyone,

I got the sauce and meatballs made yesterday and today I will stuff the shells. Made a coffee cake to take to my neighbor...

Today, I get the crown for my tooth at the dentist.

Laundry is done and put away...the house is clean and now to make ready to celebrate the birth of our Lord....My dd is bringing cookies and the birthday cake for Christmas eve.

God bless you all..smiles, Betty :)

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Here I am as usual. Mary Lou giggled at the puppy 's dance. Also looked at a carol set in a very large church, gave me chills it was so beautiful. There was also a song called "What does God want for Christmas?" by Darius Rucker. Makes you think for sure!!! Frances I will do like the others put your name in to see the play mat video.-I tried using play mats.,sort of lost cause. LOL Mel your DD "s story shows how people can be kind sometimes especially this time of year. Dot the poem and wish are lovely Thank you.. Well my wish for all is a happy healthy New Year . Time to close for tonight Good Night and God Bless. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Maureen

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Have been up since 4:30 this morning and just to tired to write. Had some vertigo this morning and couldn't drive with that. Guess my sinuses are giving me the problem.

Still have a few things I have to get done so hope this is gone by tomorrow so I can drive. Temp here was 75* humidity high that I can always do without.

Lee loved the picture of Ben...he is so adorable. I know you can't wait to see him...ENJOY!

Frances have a feeling you are on the road. Hope you arrive safe and sound. Your in my thoughts and prayers.

Camey so good to see you posting like old times.

Marlene hope you enjoyed the party. Sorry for your loss...it is sad when it happens around Christmas time. Feel so bad for my Cousins family having to bury their Mother

Mel glad you shared your daughter story...what a lovely thing to happen to her. It really is very touching. Congratulations on the two pound loss WOOHOO!

Good to hear from you Elsie,

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another gloomy day here with misty rain all day....did work in the gift shop this afternoon...tomorrow will be taking Daisy (the dog) to get her nails cut...

11 were here yesterday for great granddaughter's 4th birthday party.

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Mel it is the first finger after the thumb on the left hand.

Went to therapy today and she had 55 lbs. for squats. I noticed it was heavy so I mentioned it to her I did 44 and she noticed it was the wrong weight and changed it. I probably could have done it but with xmas so close didn't want to chance it and get hurt.

Be glad when Wed is here and I finish. Dh is going to finish too. He says he is feeling better and if it starts again he will see the doc and go back. After a while it gets to be a pain to go, and you do feel pain in back when doing exercise.

Well, we got the rain today, tomorrow, Wed and Thurs morning. No snow.Our temps are going to be in the 50 and 60. Can you believe that?

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Thank you all for the sympathy, I have not seen my cousin's wife since his funeral. You always think they will be there the next time you are their way but that does not always happen.

I had my hair done this morning. I had left it longer for the wedding and it was getting so I could not handle it well. May not be able to be shorter either?? I am here waiting for my neighbor to call. We are getting ready for our small town's Christmas Program that is tomorrow night. I have not been able to help her much as I had a little one the day she was doing the tree. Another couple in town did the candy sacks for Santa to hand out. Our community is small but you never know how many will show up from other towns.
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Have been receiving Christmas Cards and loved the verse on the front of this one....thought I would share it with all of you.

A Christmas Blessing
By Emily Matthews

May you have ~
Warm hugs to greet you.
Fun times to meet you,
joy in whatever you do,
God's love to guide you,
Good friends beside you,
and happiness
all season through!

May your Christmas be filled with Love and Thanksgiving in sharing with family and friends. Taking time to Praise God for His Amazing Love. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

This is my Christmas Card to all of you,
Hugs,
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Oh Mel what a beautiful story about your DD and the Christmas spirit. I am sitting here crying and thinking how very good people can be and how blessed we are. When I stop the tears...
you remind me that I planned to call Hospice and offer to do a Vigil (in the area) if needed on Christmas day. My family will be here Christmas Eve day until after dinner then will be headed home to be with their other family. I usually just veg on Christmas but now am thinking there just might be someone out there losing part of their family. I was wavering selfishly when your story of those men moved me.

Thank you for all the lovely comments on Ben. Of course I love all my family but he
just crawled into my heart with his constant happiness. You wish they could have that forever
and I will enjoy it now as a present. Thank you. BTW another pic to come. Just enjoy as it speaks for all children right now.

Frances I tried to get play mat and mats on FB so will try under your full name. Thanks.
Don't you head home today? Or is it tomorrow. Be safe.

Iris I hope you holiday was/ is a good one! Yes, God Bless us all.

Mary Lou, I too will look after I post. Knowing you, it is a good one!

Barb I think your new mattress can't come soon enough for you! Yes I agree about Walmart, but it sometimes is a necessity. Dang!

Went to clean up the Sanctuary this a.m. and had really good volunteer help. We are looking goof for Christmas Eve thanks. The Sexton is my friend Liz' daughter and we didn't think she should have to clean up another mess we made. Must call her and tell her not to go as
she is going away for Christmas and works 3 jobs. Ouch. I remember the days (only two tho)

Doris I've been meaning to ask if your son is being helped at all?

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Again so many posts that I cannot answer each one. Only three days until the big day and I am anxious for it to come!

Everyone is busy and joyful and that is so wonderful. I pray all your expectations are fulfilled and everyone has a lovely day.

It is gray, cold and foggy here today and will be for Tuesday and Wednesday when on Christmas Eve it will clear, get warmer and it may reach 60 and be sunny on Christmas Day. That will be a great present to us all.

Yesterday I decided to make the Panetone..I had crossed it off my list for all the work it involves and then I just pulled myself together and began the loaves about one o'clock after returning from church and my brunch with my son and dil. I decided to make the large recipe into three, one the shape of a Christmas tree, one a mold like a crown and one in a ring like a wreath..They all turned out wonderfully and I will ice them probably tomorrow. I used a filling of only cut apricot and golden raisins and a small amount of candied ginger..I so hope they will add to our feast..If not all used, I will give a couple as gifts for the New Year as you know Panetone only gets better with age.

Today is a quiet one. Emily was to visit but the weather is just too dangerous to be on the Interstate. She lives about a 15-20 minute drive from me..

I will get my recipes ready for tomorrow's baking and enjoy the music on the tv..I often put on only music here as the other programming is so Buy, Buy Buy, (That sounds as though it should have 'Birdie" after it .. right? .Ha, Ha!) just my sense of humor.

Sad for those who hear of family gone at this time of year. It always makes it a bit more difficult to manage..I send my condolences..

Mel and Francis..I would gladly accept your wishes for help in my baking about now..It is always more fun to share that with someone..We could chat and have tea and have a great old time!!

Lee, what a superb photo of your little guy. I just loved the expression on his face..That is one to be enlarged and framed, certainly.

I wish that we all could have a grand party all together..but since that is impossible, I do feel a closeness to all of you and I wish that your holidays will be peaceful, thankful and mostly joyful!...

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Mel I found your 2 lbs and will send it back to you , I was on a roll until Christmas stuff be glad when all of that stuff is gone guess I need to get back to keeping my mouth closed,
It is still nasty here so will think long and hard about going out tonight,

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Yipee, I lost 2 pounds. I guess I need to go out to dinner and open houses more often. Maybe it helps to be out of the house and away from the refrigerator.

Frances, enjoy the day with family.

Barbara, you need to start dreaming of Santa, sugar plums and all that stuff so you can sleep the night away.

Camey, my warp sense of humor - I hope it is not your middle finger that is stiff.

Ed, I have a sign hanging on my front porch which says, "Jesus is the reason for the season"
Place it there so people will remember when they enter my home.

Lee, I will join others to tell you what a cutie. You can see the excitement in his face.

MaryLou, I will watch the video when I get off of here. Thanks for sharing.

Speaking of sharing, I have to share the following. Lee will identify with this story.
Called my DD yesterday to check on her health. She told me she was feeling a little better and went to the grocery store to get some food as her son would be coming home from college and would be hungry. When she got up to check out, she found out she did not have enough money to pay for all the food. So she started to put things back. A man stepped up and pointed to some groceries and told the clerk, her would pay for that. My DD was over whelmed that he would do this. He told her he had been there and knew the feeling.
So then while placing her groceries in her car, another man came up to her and handed her a bag with some other things she had placed out of her cart. He said Merry Christmas and with that she started to cry and cried all the way home.
Then she informed me that what she spent for food was her Christmas gift money for her kids. She had not purchased anything for them.
I did not know this. So I told her I would be bringing her out money today so she could go shopping for her kids.

So with that, I guess I had better got off the computer and get to the bank.
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Fran saw your play mat are you sure you want to make another one?? It is very nice and am sure will be a fun item .
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I just want to wish you all a very Happy and Healthy Christmas. To quote Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carole "God Bless Us Every One".

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Good Monday morning! A beautiful day in upstate NY - and the sun is shining. A few last minute gifts to pick up, mostly food items to take back to Virginia, but that will be later in the afternoon. Right now, I'm going to knit and enjoy some time with the grands. It's my last day here and I'm determined to stay focused on the joy!

BTW - if you go to facebook to see the playmat video, search for my name. Don't search for "play mat" as I've been told you'll get multiple listings for "playmates!!!" emoticon Sorry! Either my name (Frances Sheldrick) or a friend request to my name should get you there.

I'm sure everyone is busy with last-minute preparations, so will not linger. Remember to pause now and again to focus on and be thankful for those special people and blessings in your life.
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here it is raining today so it will be an inside day for me that is for sure , I plan to vacuum and wash way to start the week off
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Mel LOL we had to keep DH moving from mattress to mattress it was his nap time and we were afraid he would go to sleep.

Lee what a great shot. You can see the excitement in his little face. Handsome little guy.

My DD is sooo tired. She had 32 people at her house yesterday. She had a sit down meal for them all. Now she is planing our Xmas party. Usually she does not ask me to do anything. But this morning she asked me to make something. Which I am very glad to do. Now getting it from our house to her house with church in the middle. Soon all the excitement will be all over. We do nothing special for New Year's. Guess just rest.

I wish I could sleep all night. I wake up every night at 2:00 and can't go back to sleep until about 4:30 5:00 then I am up at 6:00. I have been falling asleep in my recliner wish I didn't. Just can't help it I am so sleepy.

The little dogs are very quite this morning. I think the party was too much for them yesterday. They are both sound asleep.

Two doctor appointments this morning then we need to go to Walmart. Yak! my favorite store.

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Awoke again this morning with stiff finger. Will have to put some Ben Gay on it. Seeing lots of bones starting to show. Like I need them. LOL Oh well, what can we do it comes with age.
Keeping track on that storm for xmas eve. Always something to change everyone's plans.
Therapy today and Wed last day and I will be glad. I am tired as didn't sleep well. Would love to go back to bed but before I know it therapy will be here. I already did my weights and back exercise on the bed, and now have to do my bike and my finger is telling me time to stop typing, so talk to you all later.

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I must be getting the hang of this shopping thing because Deanna dragged me out again yesterday for a few hours and it wasn't too bad. We stopped in at Chili's and I had a Chipotle Chicken Bowl that was pretty good and not bad diet-wise.

Monday morning and I'm heading to social Services to see a couple of my kids while they visit with their mother; I'll bring them their Christmas gifts also.

Rain here on Mountain Island Lake and it looks like we may have rain through Christmas Eve with the Sun coming back out Christmas Day. The kids will love that so they can ride their new bikes and scooters and skates.....do kids get skates anymore?

OK, folks, time to get moving. Even if it's raining or snowing there are ways to keep the joints, muscles and bones active and to keep the old ticker a-tickin', the blood a-flowin', and the grey matter a-thinkin'. I'll bet there is a lot of creative baking and cooking going on out there in preparation to celebrate the Birth of Our Lord or to keep holy the holy days. We get so tied up in shopping and lights and trees and parties, that we lose sight of the reasons for the season.

Gloria in excelsis Deo. Et in terra, pax homnibus bonae voluntatis. Glory to God in the highest. And on Earth, peace to men of good will. (I believe the King James version translates it as: Peace and good will to men.)

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Not much time to linger these days...so busy....
Didn't get to my dc's yesterday...they are all getting over the flu...so I thought it best to stay home. Watched a lot of Hallmark movies...

Lee: Cut pic of that darling little guy..

Smiles, Betty :)

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Hi everyone. Lee he's a real cutie. Church for me this morning too. Brunch and then out to meet a customer with a last minute order. She is a new customer who joined our car club but doesn't live too close so we meet halfway between our homes when the Old cars are away for the winter. Went out to some friends for supper ,just a few close ones. Frances all the cookie making sounds like lots of fun . Hope you get the last of the knitting done . Will try and look on face book for the video. I am sure the play mat looks great. Marlene have fun with all those little ones. Time to get finished some wrapping. Good Night and God Bless emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Maureen

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Lee he is so darn cute.

Frances, hope I can get through xmas eve and Xmas. We do nothing for NY so I am safe.

Get the kindle after xmas as it might be cheaper.

That receipe you mentioned didn't come from me.

We have the darn rain coming Mon through Thurs morning. Even thunder xmas eve darn.

Tomorrow have therapy and Wed it ends. I am so happy. I do feel a lot better with the shoulders but once in a while the back starts if I sit too long, not that I get a chance to but if at my son's house sometimes, I do. Then if I watch a movie I programed.

I watched the Xmas Kiss and it was good. Not sure if it was Hallmark.

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Lee, he is just precious! And so excited to see Santa.

I switched the play mat video to "public" so I think anyone should be able to locate it on facebook. You can search using key words such as "play mat" or by my name, I think. If you can't get it, let me know and I'll research further.

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My lucky day I guess I pushed the battery button on the bottom of my kindle and it came on so maybe it is around for a little longer, I happened to remember Harley got it hung and had to hold it in for 30 secs, so it mush have had the same thing happen I really don't know I am keeping an eye on it
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I just had to put this one on. the profile pic is of Ben waiting in line to see Santa.

Mary Lou, ice pack to reduce the swelling. 10 min to 15 on the wait an hour and do again.
It works for me.

I put one on my glute right after coming home from bending over picking up poinsettia leaves
and then delivering plants. Have help to do more clean up tomorrow. Pooped but just received the Ben pic and couldn't resist putting it on. He looks mesmerized.

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It is raining here and I did not expect it at all it has been dreary but just started raining a little bit ago, Vicki has a 2 hr, drive in the morning so hope it will stop by then,
I decided to wait until after Christmas for a kindle I am sure they will have them on sale. So I plan to wait and just read books I keep hoping but after this long it is a no go

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The children and I made several trays of Chocolate Pepper Cookies this afternoon. They're up for making Sugar Cut-Outs (again) after dinner. I'll see if grandma is up for it. emoticon Also have a lovely pan of home-made stuffed shells for dinner, so I'll just wink at the scale in the morning. LOL.

Lee, I know you're looking forward to a day with Ben. What fun!

Dot, so sorry for your loss - reflective pause in the midst of your holiday preparations. Thanks for giving Camey a nudge in the right direction - we do tend to get lost in cyberland. If you don't watch out, you'll be herding us like cats. emoticon

Elsie, glad you're doing better. And just think: after today we get more daylight every day!!!

Ah Doris, I can smell those wonderful aromas from your kitchen - all the way to NY! Sorry your back is hurting. If I could, I would send my little sous chef (11 year old) to help you.

Barbara, an excellent outcome with your mattress!

Mickey, sounds like you are ready to rock 'n' roll - Yay!

Maureen, your car group seems like a fun crowd. Hard to believe the holiday will be here and gone in no time.

Marlene, your little ones must have been so delightful to watch together. Sorry to hear about your loss, also. A difficult time of year for so many.

Ed, your "lament" wouldn't fool a child. We can tell you enjoyed every minute of your shopping expedition.

Mel, you are a social butterfly! Enjoy your dinners out.

Mattie, cooking, cleaning and laundry never end.

Camey, you did very well limiting yourself at the party. Good job!

Mary Lou, I hope your post-part let-down is fleeting. I expect it will be as you are such a busy bee that something will catch your attention soon.

I need to get back to my knitting - it's been hit and miss the last couple of days and I'm falling behind. Only a couple of days to finish!

For anyone who's interested, I was able to get the play mat video up on facebook. You can send me a friend request (Frances Sheldrick) or search for it under my name.



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Worse thing in the world happened today my kindle died I can not get it to charge so guess who is getting a new kindle?? I can not do with out it ,
Oh that is what I am getting for our anniversary we will be married 58 years tomorrow so that is my present to me, going out for dinner with Vicki and the kids that will be fun too , But not reading is not my idea of fun, Thank goodness I have books I have not read for when Harley is here, I give her my kindle and read a book ,
Got to run making chicken fried rice for dinner today see you later and yes it is a meal from the frozen section in the grocery store I add more chicken to it

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Little Christmas family get-together is over (yes, small, only 7 adults 2 children) and now today I feel lonesome, a feeling that will soon go away. the meal was good, and getting together with the family is so heart-warming. It just reminds me that I love them so much and wish I saw them more often.

I gave my one dil several pieces of glassware, including a carnival glass platter my dh & I won playing ski-ball when we were dating. Oh, how I wanted that dish and was so happy to have it; it took quite a while to get enough tickets to get it. Of course, I never use it except it at Christmas time. I gave her depression glass bowls, etc and she loves that kind of thing. My dd doesn't, so I don't feel guilty. I also sent kitchen items to my gd who just took an apartment. Years ago I gave my dd a black onyx platter that was my gm's and she used to display it, but not for some time. I also gave her a cut-glass decanter and glasses that belonged to her father's mother. I am disposing of some cherished items now, so that later there won't be a chance that they will be given to Goodwill, or thrown away. My dd doesn't keep anything she doesn't use, and I have often said she will clean out my house by backing up a truck and put some shovels to use. An exaggeration, of course, I live in a condo and don't have that much. But I do remember that my dm who lived to be 94, started giving away items before she died, and it made it easier for me, as I was the one who had to dispose of her belongings. And of course, It is a good feeling to pass things on and to clean out a little. Need to do more of that. Maybe that will be my New Year's resolution? (I usually don't make any).

My sciatic nerve, which has behaved itself for a long time, decided to act up today. So I missed church. Now I am finding it hard to find a position to ease it. Any suggestions?
I seem to remember there were some exercises for it. When I get off from here I will search the internet.

I feel at loose ends today; can't seem to find anything I want to apply myself to, and too restless to lie down.........I already tried that. After the activity of getting ready for the get-together, I seem to find myself at a loss as to settling into anything.

I have a baby blanket started, so I guess I will work on it a little, and maybe some games on the I- Pad?

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Ok I hear ya. I put 70 in my favorite so I can just go to it. Still was nice to be missed. LOL
Well, had family party yesterday and I did so good. Only gained .6. But I had two small buns of two meatballs in them, and 3 spinich crust pastry. Some bread sticks and a little dip and a piece of cheese case and one cookie. Don't think I didn't want to get more cause I did but this little bug in my had kept talking to me. It said, "Now girl, you just go into those cords you wanted to and if you don't watch out you will be out of them tomorrow." That was all I had to hear.

I made the one potato and a pk of cream cheese, pineapple and confectionary sugar dip.
You can also put it in a cresent. Put one layer of the mixture on top and some pieces of pineapple and then put the second cresent on top and push down with a fork and use directions on cresent. They are good. Gave some to my new neighbor and she wanted receipe. I am also making canoli for xmas and the pudding pie. Now, have to worry about xmas eve and going out to eat at a buffet and xmas. Hope that little voice comes with me. LOL

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Late doing everything today so hope to catch up some time today if not it will not be a big deal tomorrow is another day and I know that I will get things caught up then ,
Did get beds changed and sheets washed so that is a plus for today ,
Got to figure out what is for dinner it will be a quick something of that I am sure,
Have fun whatever you do today

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I don't think I made it here yesterday.
I was invited to an open house at 4, but that got cancelled as the host had to go to the hospital.
I need to call his wife today and see how he is doing. Then I went to some other friends house for dinner. So did not get home till late.

Dot and Marlene, sorry to hear about the lost of family members. It is always rough, but during the holidays, it is really hard.

Ed, that is one thing my DH never would endure. He would tell me to do it and show him when I got home. His idea of shopping was to go into the store, buy it and leave.
You really made it sound like fun.

Dot, you must really be a fast knitter. it would take me weeks to make a scarf.

Marlene, your GGC are really keeping you busy. That is good.

Maureen, yes our insurance is really confusing now. I feel so sorry for my DD as she is having so much problem getting her insurance in place. Then the poor Dr's trying to find insurance that they can support and make a living. It seems they work for the insurance companies now.

Mickey, I am sure everyone is enjoying all your hard work today. Everything sounds wonderful.

Barbara, that was a great deal for you with the mattress. Your story of trying out the mattresses made me smile. It also brought back a memory. I took my DH mattress shopping when his health was starting to fail. I was looking for twin mattresses. He found one he liked, so I went to pay for it and when I came back, he was sound asleep on it. I took that as a goo sign that he really liked it.

Doris, I have to pace myself with my cooking and anything I do around the house. I take it slow and rest between jobs. One good thing about retirement, we have all day to get things done.

Elsie, working the gift shop must really be an enjoyable volunteer job.
Happy to hear the meds are helping you.

Guess, I have been one here long enough. Time to get on with the day.
Going to church, doing some grocery shopping and going out to dinner with friends.
Have a great day and hopefully the sun is shining on you where ever you are.


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Wishing you all a lovely weekend...

Prayers to those who have family members who are ill or passed.

Lots of love to you all...Betty :)

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Dot I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your cousin. And Marlene sorry about your cousin's wife passing.

That was funny Ed. I've seen men in the malls looking like that. Yesterday in Sam's a woman was slowing down by the jewelry case and her husband grabbed her hand and pulled her one not once but twice. I burst out laughing. and she said he just doesn't get it. laughing as well.

You really lucked out on the mattress Barb. Happy for you.

I did get my wrapping done and under the wee tree. Now I must get a move on still need to gather my list for those who are taking flowers to shut ins and those I am taking (I have both ready) but must check again. Glad when this is done and stands are put away again.

Have a peaceful and blessed Sunday all.

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The Thousand Mile March.....Well, I survived a whole afternoon of Christmas shopping with my honey, Deanna. My legs feel like I slogged 1000 miles through muck and mire toting bags of last minute presents in bags so large they made maneuvering the aisles of jam-packed stores almost impossible. I watched the faces of many a man who was staunchly facing the rigors of "shopping the mall"...grim, jaws set, eyes glazed, shoulders stooped under the burden. Don't tell me we men aren't tough!!!!! I can already hear you ladies out there laughing at all of this. You know, of course, that I'm joking. I can hardly wait until next year to do it all over again.

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Did get most of my chores done today. Finished the hat for my DSI and started on a pair of mittens to match the hat I knitted for my GGD Ella and I have enough yarn to make a Scarfie...something new in scarves. I just felt like knitting while watching the repeat of a Hallmark movie. These will be an after Christmas present. I must also make something for Luke can't forget my boy GGS. Have a few presents to wrap and then will be enjoying just doing what I like.

Now it is time to get to bed. Greeting at church, lunch out and late afternoon will be going to see my niece in a production of the Living Christmas Tree. Doubt that I will be posting tomorrow maybe in the evening. It will be a rest day for me.

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MammaDot, so sorry about your cousin. I also got word that my cousin's wife had passed away. He just passed a little over a year ago. Strange about things as she was on my mind yesterday and there was a notice from another cousin telling me of her passing. I would like to go to the funeral but I would have to go by myself and it is 200 miles.

Bed time, I have had my 9 month old great grandson most of the day. He is such a happy baby. Also my DD came with her two grandsons. ( my greats). One is 3 and the other 18 months. The two younger ones had a great time together.

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great you got a new mattress Barbara hope it works out for you
all the best to all

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Wow everyone is so busy.. I missed yesterday as we went out for supper and then I had a couple of deliveries . We ended up with a bunch from our Car Club and had cookies and tarts and pie and a lot of laughs as we won't see each other till next Friday after Christmas. Huh.
Loved the You tube video and looked at another on of the British Army Band in one of the big malls over there, Marvelous. The boys lip-syncing was so funny watched it twice.
Camey so glad you are okay, we did miss you. I usually get an e-mail but if it misses I just go look for my page and get in from there. Dot hope your DS is okay and sorry Merlene lost her fight. Lee I don't know much a bout your health plans over there but it sounds like a bit of a mess. We are so lucky with our OHIP and Blue Cross or Company Insured plans. I see the ads on TV and think it all looks pretty confusing. Frances I looked at the play mat and it is wonderful. Thoughts and prayers for all who need them My list is long. Time to close and get my book for a little while before bed Good Night and God Bless emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Maureen emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Hi everyone - busy day cooking, wrapped my last two presents, etc. The crab meat dip is made, the veggies are cut and the escarole is cooked. Will make the stuffed clams tomorrow morning and then the fish. Expect everyone to come around 1:30-2 p.m.

Elsie - glad you are feeling better. I did most of my shopping on line too. I did buy a couple of small gifts to go with the gift cards I bought. I'm lucky that my DD in NH bought the gifts for my SIL and DGS.

Lee - I know you are looking forward to your 'Ben fix.' Enjoy!

Camey - good to see you back; was it you who posted the microwave peanut brittle (a few years back)? Anyway - I made it today - I want to put a lock on the tin!!!

Betty - this year I have my Santa upstairs in the loft looking over the balcony. It is very effective.

Barbara - glad you got your new mattress; hope this one lasts and works out for you.

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We are getting a new mattress. They gave us our money back for the old one and our new one cost a little more only $250 which is not bad as we were looking at one for $1200.00. It is coming on the 23rd gosh I hope we like it. They said if we didn't we could trade it back in. Its going to be a gel one.

What a time getting in and out of beds trying to find one we liked. Of course I couldn't get into the beds way too high. They didn't have a step stool finally they found a kids chair I could climb on. Am I the only short person on this earth? I had the salesman in stitches gosh we laughed and laughed. The salesman said his feel hung out over the end of the bed and if ours did we might not like a cord that was there on the mattress. Come on now, did he really think my feet would hang out over the end of the bed??

Here comes my little girl time to brush her and her teeth.

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sorry for your loss Dot all the best

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Good Afternoon,

I just tried to read all of the posts since my last one two days ago and so much is going on.

First, please know that I am thinking of you and your husband, Leona. I hope and pray all will be well and the treatments will work for him..It is always a shock when they tell us of a serious condition that we had no knowledge of. I so hope all gets better for you both.

I did not get here yesterday as the baking took much longer than I expected.My back and legs were feeling such pain by evening that all I could do was sit in my chair and rest. This neck pain is getting worrisome, but perhaps with not as much 'doing' it will subside.

I did make the Almond Stollen and the large Christmas wreath filled ring plus some danish pastries for my granddaughter, Lydia..This is all she asked for at Christmas and I did not want to disappoint. She remembers the Bearclaws from my bakery and although I could not replicate exactly, I have a tin of frozen danish for her. Of course she is getting a few other surprises. All are safely frozen now.

I have finished the cards and all of the wrapping and now have only the Cheese cake and the Buche to do on C Eve..or perhaps on Tuesday.. Well enough of my preparations..I do believe I will have to cut down next year..but then again I say that every year..Ha!.

It is love for our family and friends that makes us find the time to do want we all want to do for their pleasure..

If Mani or her family are reading any of this and Nora too, I do wish them lovely holidays and health.

I will not write tomorrow as I plan a very quiet day after church and brunch with my son and dil.
Right now I am going to send an e-mail to Jan in Wisc.as I know her daughter is due from Florida and I want to be sure she is doing well..Her head is still giving her problems. Her sister, Laura in Calif. has come down with another serious cold and with her Cancer, she is very tired right now , but hopes to feel better for Christmas..She called me yesterday..They will have a very quiet holiday there..

With wishes for a good weekend for all..Take it easy and do not follow my example!

Love from Doris.. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Good Afternoon,

Glad to see Camey is good and posting again.

I am starting to feel human again so the new meds must be doing something.

Worked the gift shop at the hospital yesterday. I got my cards addressed between customers. I had a steady business not a rushed one. A nice comfortable one that made the time pass quickly. after that I did some errands.

Nice to have the sun peeking through even if only for a few minutes at a time. mostly hazy though but so far no rain today.

Leona---be sure to take care of yourself at this trying time.

Elsie

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Morning,

Mary Lou I love you!! I still do get the messages from SP but clean them up every day. I just hate a full mail box. I also have 70 on my favorites so it is easy to click on that also.

Camey thank you so much for responding to my SP message. Enjoyed your message and it made me think that it is so important that we all keep in touch. Mickey made me realize this today when she made the effort to post. Even if it is a one liner it lets us know that you are alive and doing okay. We don't have to wonder what happened to you. So if you are lurking and reading this new or old members that haven't posted in a while...please let us hear from you this Christmas and a one liner ever now and again. We miss you!

Vahina and Helen, remembered the video's from last year and it was so good to receive the blessing of viewing them again. Thanks to both of you.

Rosy so glad to see you posting. Like you I enjoy on line shopping and no shipping charges..

My phone just rang and I have received sad news. The last second cousin on my Mothers side of the family passed away in England last night. She did have two daughters which are third cousins who let us know. In a way it was a blessing she had Dementia and it was getting worse. My brother called both my sister and I with the news.

Now I have to get on with Christmas chores...more cards to get in the mail, some gifts to wrap. Want to get everything done today. Have Greeting at church tomorrow and would like to have a day of rest. Then Monday start the baking and just enjoying Christmas music and Hallmark channel. Have to feed them "young-uns Mary Lou" with the traditional recipes from the past. They look for them every year.

God Bless all...Leona praying for DH and you.
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Hello all, Happy Saturday! I got in and out of Sam's Target and Big Lots this a.m. with out fuss. (early bird).

Camey I echo Mary Lou. I have a desktop icon for Spark People. It takes me to my
saved sign up and on to wherever I want to go and that is check in then 70. Easy and
no mail. when I post I uncheck wanting email. Glad you are alright. Don't stay away like that.

How exciting about a March baby Rosie. Right around the corner. (BTW you are no longer a newbie) emoticon When you post we get to know you and that's terrific.

Leona you sure are a trouper and please know that prayers continue for you and your DH.

I know you have mixed emotions, leaving one family is sad but see the other is joyful. Just travel safely. I hope I said "vent" and not "rant". Venting is bad enough but ranting is lunacy?

However, thanks for your in put re my kids. The cup is still half full with Patrick getting through his cancer bout for now and Pam will be getting attention for a State Dr. New Year's Eve day. Brian still has a good outlook. AND I get a "Ben fix" Christmas Eve.

Mary Lou, I hope you had time to get food ready for your "young uns". Would hate to have them all come after us.

Mani if your Granddaughter is reading our posts for you, you are missed and prayed for.

Betty thanks. That link did bring big smiles.

Yesterday I downloaded a song by the gal who is so popular now. Just went from Country to
pop and the song had such a good beat I danced up a storm. Needed to stop to breathe
but what fun I had. Now THAT was a fun way to exercise, even though I didn't realize till after that I am not 20 anymore.

My photo is a partial view of our church decorating. Finally something Christmas from me.

Kathy I am glad you are able to attend the events.

I must get on the ball and do some wrapping. Kids are $$ envelopes but Ben had presents of course. emoticon

Micky I can just taste your appetizers and other goodies. Same with Doris. Most of you make me so hungry. I don't bake now because of the diabetics in the family. The others understand and get good old fashioned yummy food after church.

Hugs to all,
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Leona, I'm adding my thoughts and prayers for your DH to those of our chat room. What a way to find out you must hurry to the hospital!
Christmas is getting close now--our floor had our party last night--really not a party--just ate dinner in the private dining room and could BYOB if you wished.
This afternoon there will be a reception in the Lobby for a dear former resident who died about 3 weeks ago. I guess it is more a memorial to her than a reception--she was about 98 and her husband who survives her is 102! He said at one time that if she went first he wouldn't last more than 2 weeks. Time will tell but the two weeks have passed. Gotta get moving as best I can.Kathy

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Camey, Camey, Camey..., Shamey, Shamey, Shamey!!! You aren't supposed to worry us just because you don't get any e-mails! I haven't gotten any in years, but like one of the others, I just 'bookmarked' the Chat Room and come in that way....it's nice and fast and convenient and my e-mail box doesn't get all filled up. so now your excuse is gone; you can't use it any more!

I am taking a coffee break from getting ready for my family, but can't get all hung up on this computer, or they will get here and have to prepare their own buffet.....wouldn't that make me the talk of the family? "Hey, Grannie must be getting old............she stayed on the computer and forgot all about our empty stomachs!" After all, aren't moms and grandmas supposed to feed the "young-uns"?
So back to business.
Talk to you all later.

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glad you are back and ok Camey , We still have a few more missing hope they show up soon ,
getting ready to go to a friends for a little party got my stuff together and thought I would while away my time until Vicki gets here ,
Hope all of are enjoying the holidays with family and friends

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12/20/14 10:03 A

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Yay Camey!!! emoticon As you saw, you were missed. Just a thought: I don't get the email notices anymore - instead, I added this board and a couple of others under my "favorites" (bookmark). When I want to come here, I just click on it. I do get emails whenever someone sends me a private message or posts on my page, so I don't miss out on those.

Helen, you are the official Link Warrior! Thanks for finding the correct video - and getting it to link up!

Mary Lou, you always have something to make me smile - I enjoyed your "book." Sorry your sister is having problems and that Merlene lost her battle. Prayers and hugs for all.

Mickey, that crab meat dip would be a magnet for me. Yum!

Rosy, a new little boy in March - how exciting! Like you, I do most of my shopping online. It's so much easier that way.

Thanks for the link, Betty. They are hilarious.

Leona, know that you and your husband continue to be in our prayers. emoticon

I have only 3 days left in NY now, so beginning the emotional ups-and-downs. Ah well. I think of my grandparents leaving home and never seeing their families again - and their parents who NEVER even met their grandchildren - and realize I've been blessed many times over. So, I won't dwell on it. And there's always Skype!

Busy day today - most of it with the children - so that is good.

Have a Satisfying Saturday!



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May the leprechauns be near you to spread luck along your way. And may all the Irish angels smile upon you on this day!


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12/20/14 9:46 A

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great that you are back Camey & there was nothing wrong just not getting emails all the best

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