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2,197 Days

313 weeks and 6 days . . .

72 months and 6 days . . .

6 years and 6 days . . .

It seems like he’s been gone forever . . .

It seems like he just left yesterday . . .

Rocky sometimes sits at the top of the stairs when we go to bed thinking that Daddy might come home in the middle of the night and he doesn’t want to miss him . . .

I still expect to see his car sitting on the street in front of The Little House when I come home from work . . .

There are three grandchildren that he’s never even met . . . but they are so much like him that we are sure he’s “seen” them somehow . . .

This year the anniversary of “the day” was on a Monday . . . and it was the Martin Luther King holiday . . . and I DREADED the day so much I took the day off from work expecting to stay at home . . . in bed . . . under the covers . . . wishing the day away . . .

But I got a beautiful invitation from my dear niece to go to lunch and go shoppping . . . how could I say no . . . so I got to spend the day with two of my nieces and my mom . . . shopping and laughing and enjoying the day . . .

The third week of January is still a rough week for me . . . and I’ll always dread January 20 . . . but for once it didn’t totally suck . . . maybe there’s hope for me yet.



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Home Again, Home Again

After a short shopping trip in Amish Country, I’m home from my girls weekend trip.

Lunch at my favorite burger spot with the bestie.  Then home to get the doggies and start laundry.

Wonderful hearing the sound of the doggies snoring . . .



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It’s The Little Things

You know it’s gonna be a good day when you find a chocolate milk dispenser in the hotel breakfast area.


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#singlegirlproblems part two

Finished the research to pick a mower . . .

Picked the brains of Little Brother and Older Brother In Law . . .

Thought, re-thought, agonized over the decision . . .

Finally made a decision and ordered the mower . . .

Arranged for in-store pick-up . . . prayed that the mower would fit in Hal . . . worried about how the heck I would get the mower OUT of Hal once I got it home . . .

Mower fit in Hal . . . wasn’t too hard to get it out of Hal once I got home . . .

Now I have to put it together . . .

But first I have to make sure I “read, understand, and follow all instructions” in the manuals provided . . .

Stay tuned . . .

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A True Ohioan

Plans a vacation day to go grocery shopping to avoid the “white death from above” pre winter storm shopping frenzy.

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Pay It Forward

I have a small city lot . . . 40 feet wide by 140 feet deep.  A small drive way.  A little sidewalk that leads from the front porch to the sidewalk.  Takes about 15 or 20 minutes to shovel when we get a big snow . . . like today.

But the men in my life (XH and Prince Charming) insisted on having a snow blower.  I have no idea why . . . but it was always important to them.  XH took his snow blower with him when he moved out and Prince Charming was in the process of fixing a second hand snow blower when he died.  I did get the snow blower fixed and used it a couple of times . . . but decided it was more trouble than it was worth.  I used to have it in the shed at the end of the drive way but moved it to the garage when the locks to the shed froze and I couldn’t get the snow blower out.  Because the garage is in back of the house, it took me a while to get it started and then drag it through the yard and up the hill to the front sidewalk.  And then there’s Lovely Neighbor Mike with HIS snow blower cleaning the sidewalk for me . . . tell me again why I need this thing??!!

I was going to sell it but decided to “gift” it to Older Sister and Her Hubby (BIL) . . . they have a big driveway . . . on a killer hill . . . and since they’re only three houses away from Mom (who lives on a corner) I figured they could use it to clear sidewalks for Mom . . . and since BIL was now retired . . . I thought it would give him something to tinker with and fuss over . . . since guys seem to like those kinds of things . . .

I had it cleaned up and tuned up and delivered to BIL before Christmas . . . a combo Christmas and Retirement gift . . . and today he used it for the first time . . . Older Sister sent me a video of BIL using it today and I got all choked up seeing him use it!!

I’m so tickled I can’t stand it . . . snow blower went to a good home . . . BIL has a new “toy” that he would have never bought for himself . . . and I have more space in the garage!!

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While I was taking down the Christmas tree last night, I realized I might have a bit of an obsession with Hallmark ornaments.

And Willow Tree figures.

Not bad for someone who hates Christmas.


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When You Work At A Library

You go to a book store and take pictures of interesting books so you can find them at the library instead of buying them.

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Spread The Joy

The mail brought happy stuff today!

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Gnome For Christmas

Bless my Mom’s heart. She always seems to know when I need cheering up.

She bought me this cute door mat for Christmas

And . . . This cute guy

Meet Norman! Not only did Mom buy him for me – she ordered him! I think it’s touching that she special ordered a toy for her 55 year old daughter.

For someone with little Christmas spirit, she pulls off some great surprises!

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