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Yes, it IS a lot of loss and that doesn't count my husband's dad who died in 2014, My uncle who died in 2015. and two of my husband's uncles that died within months of my sister!
My mom had warned me to prepare myself for many losses in the near future, since all her and my dad's families are getting older.
Oh, and also my sister's father-in-law died six weeks after MY father in law and six weeks BEFORE my Dad's mom had passed. And then sis's mother in law died about 6 months later.

It's been crazy and me and my hubby and she and her hubby were some of the main caretakers of them. Only my dad is left and my mother in law. sigh.

Sheesh!
Let's move on to something less serious!
Like 'what is the connection between UNMATCHED SOCKS and Christmas decorations?'

lol, Yes, I had a BRILLIANT IDEA the other day. Cut the toe off of an unmatched sock and use it to slide a Christmas Tree Ball ornament into. It certainly is not as bulky as wrapping them in paper and it seems like it would be less chance to break when handling. No more balls rolling out of the newspapers by accident.
I hope no one else thought of this and published it in Heloise or something! I am so proud of it. chuckle.

I had a GRRRREAT day of ELIMINATING THINGS FROM THE HOUSE. Got rid of that entertainment stand that was hogging space in my 'STUDIO' (AKA Sue-dio - wink).
Also got rid of a phone table (the kind you set your phone on while sitting in the connected seat. It was my sister's that passed away, but it held no sentimental value to me, so OUT it went. I got rid of a few ceramic glazed vase type things that came from Mom's and I decided they were NOT worth the space they took up.
I got rid of an over-sized nativity set that a relative of a relative gave me and told me to donate it if I don't want it. I used it this Christmas and now I'm over it. lol

And I got rid of some books. Not many and just some generic children's books.

I had a beautiful thing happen to me this week. The father of the children I babysit for has been a carpenter. I asked him how much he thought some oak would run me for a book case to match a door that is to the right of my fireplace. Not only did he have good ideas, he was ALSO willing to make it! And then TODAY, I thought, 'You know, if I'm going all out to match the beautiful woodwork in this Victorian home, I should probably have glass doors on the book cases. THEN they could also be used for a dish collection some day for any future owners." I was so scared to mention it, but he was PERFECTLY fine about it and acted like it was no big deal to do the added work.

You can't know how excited I am about that! My hubby had made me a grand set of bookcases in my other house, and didn't want to do a job like THAT again.

Woohoo! So now, I just gotta save up!

Maybe I can incorporate it with some spark rewards to myself. Cash for pounds or inches lost and fitness goals reached?
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Susan, that's a lot of loss in a very short time--not just for your dad but for you, too. My heart to yours.

Lecates, no they didn't, but the did a sonogram and couldn't even find it, it's so small.

Despite all the good news, I have been in absolute panic mode all afternoon--heart racing, hands shaking. DH pointed out that the place I had to go for the test is the same place that we had to go when we found out that our 5-year-old god daughter's brain tumors had returned. I'm sure that was triggering me big time. She died on her sixth birthday, despite every attempt at treatment. It's one of the reason I am filled with blind fury when I read someone claiming that they have survived cancer because they were determined to live and fought it--like the people who die were just deficient.

Well, I am not in a very good headspace today! emoticon

Managed to declutter my underwear drawer--lots of single socks that had sunk to the bottom!

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My grandmother said losing her dd was worse than losing her spouse, even though my aunt was in her late 50's--I don't think any of us expect to lose one of our children at any age.
MissG, glad they found nothing---did they do one of those 3D image ones?
We are in testing mode at school so I have been busy.

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I'm glad things went well! Woohoo!

yes, my parents were terrified. They had to be the main support for my sister, as her husband had some mental issues and was not very stable. They had to be there through the tests, the results, the treatments, the mastectomy, the lonnnnnng time of trying to heal the wound shut. After a year, she was declared cancer free.
And then she had another appointment one spring, and didn't feel the need to mention a few symptoms, so the doctor didn't think she needed full tests and thought she was fine. Then my sister began experience shaky hands, pain in different areas of her body and my parents took her back for a look-see. The results? Doc said she had 3 months to live.
And they were right.
The cancer had spread to several places in her body...back, head.etc.
Thankfully, she passed away before the brain began reacting terribly. She wanted to go home to die, so two of my sisters stayed with her for one week. I got to see her on Thanksgiving Day, and then that Saturday evening, she passed away.

My parents couldn't handle it. They had been sick and weren't able to spend a lot of time at the out of town hospital, so I had spent about a week up there. (couldn't afford to drive back and forth).
When she died, their health took a very distinct turn for the worse. Now, four years later, Mom just passed away and Dad is dealing with losing his daughter, his own mother and his wife...all within four years of each other.
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Everything appears to be okay. They want me to have a follow-up mammogram in six months, rather than a year, but believe it won't be anything but a lymph node--the doc couldn't even find it with the ultrasound, it's so small.

Susan, I bet your folks were scared! Glad you are all right.

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OY! Miss G! Now YOU"VE got your hands full! Hugs!
I've been through that mammogram thing a few times. My breasts are dense and often need a follow up.
My first mammogram was right after my older sister was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer, so my parents were on pins and needles while I was getting checked out.
My sister later died near the end of her 49th year.

About the chalk, yes, good idea! I keep bringing Mom's sewing and crafting supplies into my craft room and going through them to see what I've got of everything, so I'm not quite ready to label.

About the laundry: Ohhhhh yesssss all 9 of my kids help with laundry. My husband takes on the biggest load. It's a job that's easy for him to do on his bad days because the laundry room is right down the hall from our bedroom. So on the days he can't come downstairs and do things, he just does laundry so he feels like he accomplished something.

Hubby has a rule: The washer MUST be a full load! So the kids can't do individual laundry, they wouldn't have enough. My marine son does his own and my next oldest son, who gets really dirty at work, does his own. The rest we do as BOYS and GIRLS.

About socks. We are always losing matches. My hubby can wear them ONCE and they are lost through the laundry process. So, lol, today he came home with THE most COLORFUL socks I have ever seen for a man. lol. chuckle. He said, "See these? Now if I see ANYONE else wearing these....."
It made us laugh so hard.

About Mom's genealogy collection. My aunt called to borrow a couple family history books and then called again today asking where some other info was. We went over to Dad's and searched for what she needed and were successful. Meanwhile, the reason she wanted them is because she is going through all the trouble of updating our entire family history for everyone! We're talking a couple hundred people perhaps.
I found that VERY supportive of her, since Mom put ME in charge rather than any of my other sisters. Lots of pressure to not lose anything! smile.
Grateful for the help.
Though she DID say I'm on my own about some OTHER random photo albums. chuckle.

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I couldn't have gotten a new over-the-range version that matched my other appliances for that, so I don't mind spending the money.

Right now my house is a mess. I have so much work to do, and no motivation to do it. Tomorrow morning I have to go for a follow-up mammogram. It's "probably nothing," but "probably" isn't the same as "definitely," so I'm kind of anxious. I haven't told anyone except DH--and now you guys. No need to create worry in everyone. But I'm finding myself very anxious and a little weepy.

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Isn't it funny how we have come to depend on our microwaves---LOL Glad yours is getting fixed but you might as well have gotten a new one for that cost.
Sorry to hear about your dh needing more heart work---but at least there are things they can do for him---doesn't sound like much fun though for you all. Hope tackling the clutter helps you deal with that stress.

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The repair guy for the microwave comes today--hooray! It just needs a new thermocouple, and even though it's a couple hundred dollars, the microwave is a top-of-the-line model, so worth repairing. The part had to be ordered though, so we've lived without it for a week.

It's been pretty funny. We don't eat prepackaged food, but we do use it to heat leftovers--last night's dinner it frequently today's lunch. So all three of us have done the same thing: filled a plate with food, then lifted it up in front of the empty space above the range, looking like we are seeking a benediction for our leftovers. We've had to reheat things in saucepans! Like savages!

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In the not-so-great news, DH needs another heart procedure. He had a triple bypass four years ago, and now has at least two new partial blockages. He has a genetic condition that causes cholesterol to build up really quickly. We thought we had it under control with drugs, but he needs more stents and probably more drugs. It's not an emergency, as such, and probably won't happen for a month, but it's still nerve-wracking. We neither of us slept well last night.

I will try to channel the nervous energy into decluttering. It's hard to concentrate on anything just now.

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Glad for both those things---LOL
I did clear off the junk from my counters in the kitchen yesterday and reorganized under one cabinet----feels good to see the counters again----dh needs to do a better job---grrrrrr And it didn't feel like I sat all day on the couch and did nothing.

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The party was lovely! Had a really good time.

Cleared my summer clothes out of the closet--finally! Now I need to go through things and get rid of some poor purchase choices. Ordered some closet organizers for my shoes. Yes, the organizing/decluttering bug has finally hit again!

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My son did come yesterday so all the Christmas bins are down in the basement---still have one but that is an easy bin---waiting for the last of the Christmas tins to be emptied and cleaned so that one can go down---but that one goes in a different place so that I can get to the tins if I want to use one during the year. The recumbant bike is back out so that dh can use it---and he better---so now I can work on the spare room when I get the notion---LOL---it's getting the notion that is the hard part.

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Sandy, glad you were able to get those bags out of the house.
Jaja, good idea on those chalkboard labels.

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SUSANSKI, Might be too late now, but have you tried the black labels with white "chalk"? I love them for using to label clean plastic storage containers in my pantry. Also, have you ever thought of having the kids do their own laundry? Don't know how old your girls are, but the boys are certainly old enough. Never mind saving yourself the confusion, you'd be doing them and their future significant others a favor. Just a thought -- don't be afraid to ask for help. Sounds like you've got an awful lot going on.

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It got up to 35 degrees today so I took advantage of the heat wave & got the bags out of the house. Now to make some more bags to go.

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Sounds like you got some useful items---you know, you could spray paint the white one--they do have spray paint for plastic that really works well.
I really want to go to Michael's to get some idea for some organizing, too. Maybe I will do that today as I have nothing really planned for today after church.

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Getting laundry done AND putting it away is a MAJOR accomplishment. I have 5 sons and a husband.(besides my 4 girls) It's hard to tell their clothes apart and sometimes my pile of clean clothes grow, waiting for SOMEONE who KNOWS who they belong to, to come get them!
Sigh, they're all growing up! My boys are 23, 20, 19, 17, and 14. One of them is stocky, like my husband, so who knows WHAT CLOTHES belong to WHOM! We used to label them with a system, but now they buy their own clothes and we just haven't thought to keep that up.

Well, I didn't have much money to spend today, but I DID manage to buy a 3 drawer plastic container for scrapbook ABC's, stickers, and paper frames.
This container makes my 4th and they sit perfectly on two out of 3 shelves. So instead of just having 'shelves', I now have 12 drawers. It looks really nice. 3 are black, 1 is from my mom's house and is white. So eventually, I'll switch that out with black, too. Those will all be scrap booking drawers (scissors, punchers, tapes, paper clips/ staples, lettering, etc.)

Then I bought BLACK paper. I read on scrapbook.com that if you do your labels with white letters on a black background, your brain registers it differently and makes it easier to remember where things are located. (which ironically, doesn't that mean I now do not NEED labels??????? lol)

Then I bought a LARGE sketch book (also black, by coincidence) for drawing my room design ideas and other artsy ideas.

And that was the extent of my shopping trip.
Oh I had exactly $5.00 left over....and it went to soft pretsels and cheese for the ride home. lol mmmmMMMMmmm.


I had fun making a SPARK INSPIRATION board with some scrap booking items I came across. It's getting really cute. When I'm done, I'll try to upload it to share.


About the perfume, yeah! Honesty is the best policy. However, I apparently am not very good at 'delivery'. I've put my foot in my mouth on more than one occasion. lol



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Sandy, sure hope things melt so you can get rid of those items.
Susan, black would be a good choice for the shelving---and you can always put paper backing on the shelves to brighten them---I have used my scrapbooking paper to do that in my bedroom to make it look like a quilt is behind my shelves---I like how it looks, too.
MissG---hope you enjoy the party.
All the Christmas stuff is packed up inside---waiting for my son to come over to cart it all down to the basement----all 13 bins of it. And went thru the magnets for the fridge and packed some up to go to school for a teacher to have, a couple went in the garbage, and all the letters and numbers are stored away since my gd doesn't come over any more. Also got my Christmas runners washed and they are drying before I put them away upstairs. Caught up on some laundry and got it put away, too---so feel like I got something done today.

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I did move away from the worst of the perfume, but the whole place was rife with it, so couldn't escape entirely.

This morning's service was MUCH better. And no, there is no incense used.

Came home, went to the gym, now to get ready for the actual party this evening!

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Have several large bags of things that need to be in my car for a trip to good will. Have several others that need to go to the dumpster. My car is frozen over & the ice is also covering the walkway between here & the dumpster about 1/2 black away; therefore, it's all sitting in my kitchen waiting until I can get out.

Miss G, I totally understand the problem with perfume. I have asthma & perfume is a major trigger. I usually have to move away from the perfume wearer & use my inhaler. If someone asks what is wrong, I tell them the truth - I can't be around their perfume & breathe.

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I am not painting the whole room, I was just thinking of getting the various shelving to match in color. The room is a light gold color, Mom picked that out when she moved into that room for one year. The paint is too new to bother changing, especially since we have other priorities- rooms that HAVE NOT been touched yet since we moved in about 5 years ago.

But the pictures have some red in them, some black, some browns. They look good above the long black book case. But I don't like the idea of black and gold together.
I DO like the idea of black shelving. Though it's dark, it makes things on the shelves POP out. Also, I am thinking if i do it in a FUN color, it may stifle my creativity....keeping me stuck in that particular color frame of mind.

Hm! Still thinking!

Today, I would like to buy some more storage solutions. Looking forward to it. Then, going out for steak with my brother and sister in law and my hubby.
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Aw man! Fuchsia-ish color on the wall, with my creamy-white trim and bookshelves sounds really cute! Esp since the fuchsia would be pushed back behind the cabinets and could not overwhelm my creativity. shoot. Well, maybe in a few years.

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Oh, I would have had to gotten up and moved or left---some people have no consideration of others---but also wondering if they were using incense in the ceremony? Not sure what they do at those events---incense is even worse than perfume to me. Hope the rest of the events have a bit more fresh air available for you.
On painting that room--now that you have some pictures up, is there one color that is in all of them that you could use as your base color or a complimentary color to those? You can buy samples of paint color and then paint sections to see how you like them---and really nice when you can catch those samples on sale for 99 cents---I know Lowe's does that about 2 times a year.
Today I plan on finally finishing up putting away the Christmas decor and catching up on laundry. We also need to go to Sam's club sometime and thinking late afternoon would be good as well as go out to eat.
Once I get all the Christmas bins downstairs, I might just think about working on my spare room that is supposed to be my craft room, too. But that will be a few weeks from now. for sure.


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ugh Perfume!
I wish I knew a polite way of letting people know their perfume is too strong...especially in a group of perfume wearers.

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Susan, it is the one downside to decluttering; no doubt there are things we are getting rid of that might be considered treasures in the future.

Done with the first night of Temple. It was great, and Miss C did beautifully. But there were many perfume wearers and now I'm having allergy issues. I will be sure to take allergy meds *before* going back in the morning!

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Well, our 71-degree temps on Wednesday has turned into an ice storm with 3/4 inch of ice expected.

I was supposed to stop by the doctor's lab for follow-up bloodwork today but I called to tell them I wasn't going to try to come in. Their office was closed because of the weather. Everything is closed.

I was planning to stay in & clean but that just makes it easier to do.

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I like snow, but after you've had it, and it melts away....and you get a BEAUTIFULLY WARM DAY....it feels so incredibly FREE-ING.
I love winter, just for the feeling I get looking forward to SPRING! lol


So, Last night's project was going through all my scrap booking papers, choosing what I KNOW I will use, and finding a place for it. I put all the small scraps in a expanded file folder, which turned out handy.

Then I found some really cute LETTERS and a scrap piece of wood and glued STUDIO on one side of it. LOVE IT. Then I can stand it up on a shelf and see it when I walk in. I also experimented with OTHER letters that weren't quite my style and wrote WRITER on it. Maybe it will keep me inspired. :)

While organizing last night, I was going through some pretty bowls and dishes that my mom had set around her house. I was looking for stray pins and needles and such to put them away in their proper places, and guess what I found.
A watch fob with the retractable chain. I've been wanting one of these really bad. Last month I found a watch I would love to buy to pin to my shirt, but didn't have the watch fob. So that was pretty cool.
The thing is, THIS fob has a date on the back that says, " April 16, '10 " !!!
Mom has all kinds of treasures found here and there around her house. I think she got them from her mother's good friend when she passed away back in the '70's.
I also have an old doll and an antique convertible stroller/ high chair that also had belonged to that woman.

Anyway, I took my folding table and just layed it flat on top of the hospital bed for now, so I had a hard surface to lay boxes and boxes and boxes upon. THOSE boxes are full of fabric that I've got to go through next.

I also got 3 needle work pictures hung on the wall at a height that helps blend in the different heights of the furniture or woodwork. So that looks nice. The pictures are of a school house, covered bridge, and a barn. They make the room look nice and cozy.

Haven't decided on those colors, yet! :)

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Too bad about varsity. My jr. high age nephew plays, and it's kind of amazing to see the difference in size of some teams--how'd they get all those tall kids?!?

Lots of chores and errands today. Yesterday it was in the mid-50s, this morning back down to 26. But it's supposed to stay pretty mild for a while still. I'm glad there will be good weather through the weekend and all the bat mitzvah activities--it's about a 20 mile drive each way, and we get to make it twice tomorrow, so glad for no snow!

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Oh, my, killing those poor dear bunnies---LOL---good for you in getting that much done---woohoo to the new windows---that is something we plan to do this year---I need to call a company and get an estimate done.
MissG---glad those electric lines missed your place and that you had power still---Hope no flooding comes near you.
Woohoo to figuring out those book cases---probably adds a look of height to the room---paint them a fun color---LOL to the fuchsia---I would go for orange---the brighter the better---or a nice sunny yellow or how about teal? What is your favorite color? How about doing it in multi colors? On that geneology stuff, good advice to load it to a computer and save it on those little sticks---future generations will not want to look thru old papers and will probably throw it away if you don't do it that way---also, once you do do that, you might see if a local college has a historical catalog that would like to have the actual paper stuff. I know my college does have that for local history.
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Hey everyone. I'm bot really MIA even though it seems like it. I've been CLEANING. I'm determined to have the living room & hopefully, the bedroom cleaned completely before the new windows are installed. The fun part, is I don't know exactly when that will be. He is going to do it when the weather permits & he has a free day so I will have one day notice. The furniture in the living room is moved around & the wood floor is clean & shiny on one side of the room. Going to try to finish the other side of the room tomorrow, but I don't have the energy I used to have so it may take two more days. At least right now he can move the sofa & end tables from in front og the windows without getting attacked by dust bunnies.

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Is the genealogy collection something you can scan into the computer and get rid of the hard copies? I saved OODLES of space doing that.

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Lightning storms here.

Fuschia? Hm... Okay, I'll think about it!

The amazing thing is,where the head of my mom's bed once was, and then a bedside table, and then a large rocking chair was ALL that fit on that wall.
Now that the long book case is there, the room likes TWICE as big. I'm so excited about that.

Last night I crawled into bed quite happy and satisfied about how my craft room is turning out. I thought, "okay, what else is at Dad's house that will probably end up in this room?"

And then WHAM! I remembered that I am in charge of her entire GENEALOGY collection.
AW MANNNNN!
I can NOT add one more thing, unless it's a Tall Library depth file cabinet. That might work and might hold everything she's got PLUS keep it separated from my own things.


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Fuschia!

Seriously, it's your craft space. Go for something fun that will make you happy.

We have flood warnings all around us. Grateful once again to be above the flood plain! It just keeps raining, though!

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Wow! look at those power lines! Scary!

Well, good things came to me that waited. lol.
We have a very heavy, long shelving unit in my library. It came with the house. It was a junky brown, but I had it painted black last year about this time. Yesterday I had the grand idea to use it in my Craft room. There are about 9 shelves on it that are adjustable....so it's I can even set my sewing machine case on the bottom.
Anyway, my son said he would help me move it if I waited for him to get home from work. So i did. Meanwhile, Hubby and I went over to Dad's and go that talk case...turns out it has about 6 shelves on it. And it's tall! I turned it on it's side and placed it on top of the black one.
Wa laa!
Eventually, if this set up works out well, I will need to have them painted to match one another. The room is a goldish color with cream trim. HAVE NO IDEA what color I should do the shelving in!
HELP ME decide!

So tonight I will be popping in a movie in my new tv emoticon , and going through all my things and placing them on shelves. I'm so excited!

Thanking God for 3 of my boys and my hubby who made it all possible. :)

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What a wind storm last night! Took this picture this morning, across the street and a few houses down:


Fortunately *our* power lines run behind the house, so we still have power. Poor neighbors, though!

Lecates, you're right about it being a chance to clean more out of that closet. I already feel like I've done so much in it, though! Most of what's left in there is emergency supplies and stuff that I'm storing for the girls. I bet there's more, though, that can go.

Can't do it this weekend, because of the bat mitzvah, or next weekend, when I am officiating at the wedding of some dear friends (yes, I am a licensed wedding officiant), or the weekend after, when I'm out of town! Kid gets a bit of a break, I guess. And I always get the cleaning-out urge in February; the first itch of spring fever.

Have to go get the car from the shop, too. It has a bearing that keeps going out. Fortunately, it's under warranty, but they just roll their eyes when they see me coming!

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Always always, ask the grandkids (or kids) first before getting rid of things. You'd be surprised what items hold sentimental value!.
Going to go over and get that shelving from Dad's today.

And also......came up with a GREAT IDEA for my craft room. I'll share later.

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MissG, gives you a good reason to get rid of more in that closet. Sounds like a lot of fun coming up this weekend with your family. Boy, they grow up quickly.
Susan, glad you are feeling well enough to take her out for her birthday dinner---my mom used to do that with my boys--gave them one -on-one time with her plus she took them shopping for their present which they loved getting to pick it out themselves.
Got almost all the Christmas stuff packed up---did decide that one thing is going--the light house with the revolving light won't light up anymore and no way to get to the light to replace it---so going to donate it in case someone is more talented than us. I am also thinking of getting rid of my carousel horse collection---want to see if my granddaughter wants one or 2 of them first though.
Get to go back to work today--but with a 2 hour delay---rain came and warmer temps so a lot of the snow has disappeared.

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Finally had the time and HEALTH to take my 12 year old daughter out for her birthday. We were sick LAST week on her actual birthday. She's having a bunch of cousins and a few friends over tonight.

MEANWHILE...I got my 17 yr old son, to help me in that craft room. We put the hospital bed on the opposite wall and moved 2 or 3 other pieces of furniture and then set up a long folding table. boy! it was a JOB! I have sooo much junk in there! But I couldn't really get rid of it until I had things in place, then I can go through and pitch what I really don't think I'll need.
I have NOT gotten the shelving from Dad's house yet. I'm really gonna have to think things through in that room!
The main problem is I have a window on each wall, in rather qwkward spots, that make it hard to line up shelving symetrically, or in a pleasant way. Gotta THINK!

I really like the website Scrapbooking.com's lessons on setting up the craft space. Worth reading, even if you're looking for a good read and not actually setting one up. lol. Gives you something to do, anyway! Maybe you can work out while reading it. :)

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This coming weekend is my god daughter's bat mitzvah--three days of fun. I have no idea when I'm finally going to get this tree down. But as long as it's up, it's lit; there's something depressing about a dark Christmas tree.

DD is making slow progress at getting her stuff sorted so that she is officially moved out of the guest room. I will have to lean on her a bit more to get it packed up. But then I have to figure out where to store it all--there isn't much room on board a tall ship, and she doesn't intend to do that forever, so we can't just get rid of her stuff. I guess I have to tackle the storage closet in the basement one more time to see what we can get rid of.

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Kathy, good plan---and set a timeline for those items on ebay --if not sold by then, donate. Do you have any boxwood wreaths? if so, make sure you throw them away and do not try to compost them---there is a log of boxwood blight out there
Susan, woohoo on getting to work on that bathroom. Good idea to do that with that bookcase--but make sure it is securely fastened to the wall. We kind of did that with a small narrow shelving unit above the cat littler--that is where dh stores all his meds---and he has a lot of them. I might check out that site---haven't scrapbooked in a while but would like to this summer after i go to Branson.
Another snow day---going to make dh take the trees down to the basement and bring up some house bins so I can pack up some of the village stuff---I did pack up all the people yesterday and organized all the cords we didn't use---and plan when I undo these houses to do the same thing with the ones in use. Ready for the stuff to be down now.

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It's exciting to be able to make your house have a pleasant, but non-Christmas, feel. Hmmm...I scrubbed my carpets and rearranged one room, so far and it looks so ROOMY. My rooms in this Victorian home are large and basically square. I think around 15 by 14ft. It feels good!

BATHROOM PROJECT: We tore down all the plaster from the walls last week, today,we ripped down an extra layer of ceiling. And now, squeal, my hubby is going to the rental place to rent a tool to cut out an old pipe that is no longer needed. Things are moving along!

CRAFT ROOM: I joined Scrapbooking.com and am taking a class on how to organize in such a way that works best with MY personality and needs. (this is a free site and free class!)

My mom had a tall bookcase with a about 5 square shelves on it. My sisters have agreed that I can take it. I'm thinking about turning it SIDEWAYS and hanging it on the wall at the height of another book shelf, then putting a workspace below it.

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I had to smile as I was reading these posts: We too had the jaggiest tree imaginable this year - and yes, I wore gloves to both decorate and undecorate it. It was fresh cut, brought in the same day it was cut, but needles dropped terribly this year, we only left it up for a week; usually we let our tree up through all of January.

I did decide to let up some of the wreaths and candles, so still have the tranquil aura of Christmas, but with the worst of undecorating out of the way. I'm kind of liking it!

Today, I'm starting my "box" project. One box per week from attic or spare room to either list the items on Ebay or move them out of the house to Goodwill. No other options!! Usually I am not an all-or-nothing person, but know from the past several years, unless I get tough with myself on this, it won't happen. I'm looking forward to the space that will be created, and the feeling of freedom it will give me!!

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My house is beginning to look very nice again. Even nicer with a few added touches that once belonged to Mom. Love it.

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I did sneeze a lot taking down mine so I understand. I got the 2nd tree done and also most of the snowmen into the same bin. Also spend an hour outside clearing off the vehicles while dh shoveled the sidewalk. And this afternoon got a phone call saying school is closed tomorrow--figured it would be.

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I had a SERIOUS allergy attack yesterday--thought I was getting the flu. Two hours of barely able to breathe. So I am *not* taking the tree down today--nothing to kick up dust.



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2nd tree undecorated---spent an hour outside clearing off the vehicles and reshoveling paths. And got a phone call saying school is canceled for tomorrow.

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More LIFT them off. Then again, I have a fake tree (allergic to evergreens), so falling needles isn't really a problem.

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Unless you fastened the hooks by closing them on the branch, you should be able to get them off the same way with the gloves.
I did get one of my trees undecorated and that bin is ready to go back down to the basement. Might work on the village people and get them boxed up for storage today.
We got 9 inches of snow here---and we can't handle 2 inches--figure I will have off tomorrow too, but just in case, I guess we will be clearing off our vehicles and see if dh can get down the driveway with his truck. This is the part I don't like about snow, the digging out of it.

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Ohhhh...so just kinda SCRAAAAAAAAPE them off the branch, eh? lol

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Most of my ornaments are hung from loops, so almost no hooks!

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That thought crossed my mind, but how can my fingers operate the tiny ornament hooks? :(

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So....please tell me a wondeful trick of getting decorations off of a real tree without screaming OUUUUUUUCHHHHHHHH! every 23 seconds. There's GOTTA be a solution.

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Congrats on those steps---RVs sure have changed over the years and I would find that fascinating to go to one of those shows and see the different models. On the days i do pool, I get as many steps as possible but I also log my water aerobics here on Spark and count 20 mintues in the pool as a mile when doing challenges--and I think you can go to the FitBit site to log in that exercise to count as miles. I just got my Africa badge---5000 miles on my FitBit and I don't log the water exercise there but on here.
Won't have too many steps this weekend due to the snow ---it is really piling up here and I am not going out in it---dh's church has closed already for tomorrow and I am sure mine will be too.
Just took the decorations off of the tree here in the dining room---need to pack them up but felt like I earned a Spark break.
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lol, that reminds me of our wedding anniversary a few years ago. We were given money from the children to buy something together and we were actually interested in BIRDFEEDERS!!!!!!
oHHHHHHHH MYYYYYYYYY WOORRRRRRRRRRRD!!!!!!

We really WERE! and had to laugh about how 'gramma and grampa-ish' that sounded. (no, we are not grandparents yet, either!)
While shopping, though, we entered a store that had yard statues. We found a BEAUTIFUL one of a newborn baby held in the palms of two hands. We bought it in memory of our 10th baby which we lost in miscarriage. So that was nice. I keep it in the house, though.

But....BIRD FEEDERS???? Too funny!

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I like the tracker, but I have mixed feelings, too. It isn't waterproof, so I can't wear it in the pool. Which means I haven't been swimming, because getting 10,000 steps is usually hard enough as it is without losing workout time to non-counted steps. So that's a real downside to the thing.

But today I went to the pool for the first time in AGES today. My goodness am I out of swimming shape! Still, it felt good. Now I have to get ready for a bachelorette party for a friend whose wedding I am officiating in two weeks. I don't really know her friends, and was nervous about being there and feeling alone, then I realized that I struck up pleasant conversations with two different people at the pool today. I think I'll be okay. We are going pottery painting and then out to dinner--bachelorette parties are much more sedate things at this age, thank heavens!!!

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17,000 steps !!!!!!! Way to GO! I haven't put on my tracker yet. We've had the flu, so I guess there's no point yet. lol

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I'm really looking forward to Hidden Figures, too.

The RV show was great fun, and I walked over 17,000 steps yesterday!

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MissG, that sounds like life here for a lot of my students, so not needed to see. But I do want to see Hidden Numbers --think that is the title, where the AA women were the math people behind the space race. A little bit of history that we didn't know about.
Well, I guess I did got out to Dinner and a show the other night---love the old way of saying and it was a real show, not a movie---but I do love the movie version of Mama Mia.
Woke up to snow this morning---and dh went out to get the snow shovel and others last night in preparation---and he couldn't find the snow shovel---and I know he put it away after the last bout last winter---guess he put it away too good---LOL

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I agree Lecates.
Going to the movies is not as much fun as it once was; never know what's coming next. We have to screen everything before we can introduce it into our household. So tiring.

Sigh, that's another thing I'll miss about my mom.
WE call it, "going out to eat and to the movies". She called it, "going to dinner and a show".
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It was very good, though I expect that you would not like it. It follows the life of a African-American boy as he grows up struggling with his sexuality and life in a rough neighborhood.

Mamma Mia is so much fun. I'm glad that the sound improved and you were able to enjoy it.

It's all of 8 degrees here. I'm working up the gumption to go walk the dog--an exercise neither of us is going to enjoy today! Then I get to go have my annual mammogram, ALWAYS a fun time! But the reward after that is going to the RV show.

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Never even heard of that movie. Seems like lately the movies up for Oscars are not really all that good or have some weird call on different living styles, promoting them as the norm. Did you like the movie? It sounds like you weren't too sure about it.
Mama Mia was very good---sound people needed to up the sound a bit, esp. at the beginning---it got better as they went along---almost makes me think they didn't have a sound check before the show.
No snow delay or anything this morning---darn it--LOL--teaching staff is worse than the kids, but we are supposed to really get nailed tomorrow.

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Lecates, you are with sewing machines like I am with knitting. People keep promising me they can teach me and then giving up in amazement!

I used to do some counted cross stitch. I should dig it back out for those evenings when I don't really have any energy to do much but watch TV, but that isn't quite enough to make me happy.

DH and I are driving across town to see a movie called Moonlight--one of the dreadfully depressing Oscar contenders for this year. We try to see all the major ones each year, because we are always surprised by something we never would have seen but end up loving. Also it makes watching the Oscars more fun if we know what to root for. This is the last night Moonlight is playing, though, so we have to do it now.

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Oh, I would love to learn to hand quilt--I can't sew on a machine at all--it always jams up on me no matter what anyone does to it for me, so I gave up on that kind of sewing a long time ago. I used to do a lot of counted cross stitch---I could get back into that if I didn't play on my darn tablet so much---LOL--or the computer. I have dabbled in other artistic things, I like to try different crafts---loved doing a paint night and did a really nice fall scene that I should get framed. And of course there is gardening.
Looking forward to seeing Mama Mia tonight with my mom---she is coming early so we can go out to dinner---taking her to the Irish Penny---she has never been ---a nice Irish pub that won't be too crowded since the college kids are still out of town. I think she will enjoy going someplace different. I told her to bring pjs in case the weather turned bad while we are at the show---chance of snow tonight ---I am kind of hoping for a delay but not a cancellation--LOL---I do get snow days---sorry, MissG, that you don't get them now---what a bummer!

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Lecates, glad the doctor visit went well. Fingers crossed that you keep improving.

Susan, what wonderful memories you have of your grandmother and mother. I have a quilt that I should see about getting some Amish ladies to finish. Most of my quilts are machine quilted and get used and loved to death, but I have one that I was hand quilting and that has lain around here fallow for some 16 years. I have too much hand pain now (I spend my entire life on the computer, it seems) to continue hand quilting an enormous king-sized quilt, particularly since I was doing it in a lap frame and don't have room or money for a real quilting frame.

I've begun dying my own fabrics recently and have been having a lot of fun playing with that. For Christmas DH got me a 30-yard bolt of white Kona cotton, and I'm looking forward to having at it--spent last weekend finishing up some experiments with fabric I already had lying about.

I'm having a very silly "pouting" day. With the new changes in the labor laws, everyone who isn't a manager now has to punch a time clock. I work remotely, so mine is an electronic one. But we were told that the one advantage was that now, when the home office had a snow day, we would get credit for those hours--essentially a snow day. Well, today they are having one, but they reviewed the policy and decided, no, actually, that's not the case. So I went from, "yay, I have a free day to take down the Christmas tree!" to "boo, I didn't punch in until an hour and a half late (when we learned of this), so now I have to work late to make up that time."

I like my job, so it's not tragic, but it's a bit of a disappointment.

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I have a few crafty things I like to do, but have not 'stuck with' for various reasons. One being, lack of space...some place I can set up and not have to keep tearing down.

1. My mother and grandmother were REALLY in to quilting, so I have a hard time tossing fabric out the door. My grandma had made a quilt for EACH of her 30 grandchildren. She was deceased by the time her last granddaughter was born, but had one at the ready for her. Isn't that wonderful? From what I understand, SHE would design and stitch the quilt, but then would have an Amish woman finish the quilting part.
My mom made SMALL blankets for HER new grand babies. She had a knack for creative stitching. For example, one day she came over and had each of my kids and myself draw their own version of a snowman. Weeks later, the new baby was presented with a small quilt with each of those pictures turned into fabric. It was soooo cute.
She also took her memories from when she lived in a certain area of town that has been torn down. Our recreation center is now built on the property. She remembered that the carnival would come to town and set up in her back yard. She remembered how her brothers would play with the neighbor kids, how her mother would talk over the fence with the lady next door. She drew those memories and cut out pieces for ALL the details.
Mom just passed away, and had grown too ill /injured to finish quilting it. So my aunt took the front piece to her daughter-in-law who is gifted in 'everything quilt-ish' and will ask her to finish this for us!
So: There's a possibility my craft room will include Quilting.

2. I enjoy designing greeting cards /stationery and had tried to set up a mini-business called Simply Joyful Christian Stationery, Books, and Whatnot. So THAT will definitely have a place in my room.

3. I also would like to try my hand at some children's books...writing and drawing .I think I'm leaning toward Nursery Rhymes...I've been trying to analyze my strengths in this area...and my weaknesses. So now I will have a better opportunity to set up for this.

4. I do a wee bit of crocheting, just a simple stitch for the most part, but I've committed myself to making 'welcome' blankets for our local pregnancy center.

5. And THEN, there are the numerous photos that need organized. My mom had been a amateur photographer and we have GOBS of old photo albums that need refreshed. I would like to organize my kids' photos and make individual Shutterfly.com books with them.

And as an added note.... I hear ya about the 'divorce / photograph' thing.
We had something similar happen in our extended family; only in THIS case, the couple had separated BEFORE THE PICTURES WERE EVEN DEVELOPED!!!!

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Susan, hope you at least got the smell out with some carpet spray ---I can understand not wanting to do it before but the smell would lead me to do it 2x if necessary. Congrats on getting something you want for the craft room---now you need to find space for it--LOL
I have a semi craft room but never seem to get to anything in there. After my son's wife split up with him, I have no desire to do any scrapbooking as that was my next project--their wedding pictures--I did get rid of most of them but kept special pictures of friends and of us at the wedding that do not include her.
Good visit at doctor's--no shot---but he did tell me that if the hip starts to hurt again, not to wait so long before coming back---and I won't ---feeling ready to get back to more exercise but now I don't have the time---need to work on that aspect.

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What kind of crafting do you do, Susan? I'm a quilter, myself, and finally have a craft room setup that I like!

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Well, at our house over that past 48 hours, we've had the flu. There's quite a large stinking spot in the middle of my carpet that appeared just seconds after my 12 year old missed the trash can. (and on her BIRTHDAY too. nuts). It really needs the carpet scrubber. But...do I take the Live tree down first, THEN scrub? Or hurry up and scrub, to get the smell out of the house, and then risk getting it all dirty again when we take the tree out.
Hm. I was quite unprepared for this kind of decision making this year. laugh out loud.

On a brighter note:
I can't remember if I shared here before that I thought one of my Sparkpeople awards to myself could be a new tv and dvd player for my CRAFT ROOM. Well, my sister just gave me my mom's tv that has a dvd player inside it.!!!!!!! How nice is that? (I should mention that my mom had passed away and Dad wanted us to distribute her things among us.)
Now I can do my crafting in the back of the house and watch my favorite movies at the same time. :)

That room is REALLY crowded now. I have GOT to get busy putting things in order!

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Supposed to snow here this weekend--so a good time for me to take my trees down--although I hate to do the one in the living room.

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Believe me, I will!

Lots of surface decluttering to do today--it's cleaning people day! Yay! Now if only I'd gotten the tree down.... Oh, well, this weekend.

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LOL, Glad your grandfather and grandmother did that---makes it even more special--and honestly, it is priceless to you---make sure whoever gets it appreciates the history behind it.

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It reminds me of when my great-grandmother died. We lived in the house behind theirs, and when she went into the hospital for what we knew would be the last time, Great-Grandpa brought me the cookie jar and said, "She wanted you to have this, but there's going to be a *huge* fight about it, so take it now, hide it, and don't tell *anyone* where it's gone." I was 12, and I did as he said, and my aunts went into ORBIT over that cookie jar! I just kept my mouth shut, and I have it to this day. It's not worth anything, of course, but I smile whenever I look at it.

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That is why I did not take anything until everyone else got their choices, although I did take several items that I had made for her myself that were coming back to me anyhow--talking of my grandmother. We had one cousin, who rarely spent any time with our grandmother and was very greedy, tell my mom and aunt that all she wanted was her jewelry box and what was in it--little did she know that Mommom had taken stuff out of there and put in a drawer in the spare room---not that she had much---and my cousin was so mad because she did not get her pearls---well, what pearls? She had a string of cheap costume ones, not real ones--which she thought she did. She sent my mom and aunt a very nasty letter and wanted nothing to do with us. She milked her dad for a lot of money and when he found a new mate, she was furious with him and wouldn't speak to him or her, so when he died, he didn't leave her anything---I thought that was too funny and served her right.
I just got lucky that no one really ever talked with Mommom about her past and knew what was important to save. I have a bowl that was her grandmother's--circa 1850--one of the first fiesta ware---it has chips but she always mixed her dumpling dough in it. I also have her lunch round pail when she was a one room school house teacher, and my mom gave me her childhood teddy bear---one of the first ones to come out but without buttons in the ears---forget the name of it but a collector's item. I have a serving platter that I still use for special meals, too.
Hasn't been too horrible with the move out to the portable--not a lot of room to move in the rooms but at least there are windows.

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Susan, I feel for you, going through all that. I am not the kind of person who wants a lot of stuff in her life, anyway, so the fact that the only things left to me when my mom died were an antique treadle sewing machine (that had belonged to my great grandmother and had been promised to me when I was 12) and her cedar chest were all I wanted.

When my stepmom dies, the only family fight is likely to be over one of my dad's paintings. Everyone wants this particular one, and I am the only family member who only has one of his paintings, so I might try and put pressure on people for that. But the rest of it? They can do with as they will. And even if I don't get that painting, I know it will be in the family and I can go visit it.

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No my sister was not mad. We stayed away from anything we thought she would want anyway.
We are all on good terms. And boy, am I glad! I've heard HORROR stories.

Generally, who ever gasps the most when seeing a beloved nostalgic object, can have it. lol
That's how I view it.


And we all lived happily ever after...


Life.
It's Worth Living.
It's Worth Giving.
Choose Life.

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We can change hearts, by bringing up the next generation to embrace Life at an early age.
If only moral people are willing to do that, mass abortion will end.


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