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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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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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Tuesday night the siblings and I visit Mom . . . it’s a tradition that started many years ago with a family dinner . . . then evolved to family night with dessert . . .

Today is Tuesday . . . but it’s also a holiday . . . do we go . . . or do we not go . . . I decided to go and had a lovely visit with Mom all by myself . . . the other siblings were there at other times during the day today . . . I just happened to be there at the “regular” Tuesday night time . . . sadly there was no dessert . . . so Mom and I ate some of her Hershey Bells!

Mom asked me why I was there . . . and I told her that it was Tuesday and if I didn’t come tonight then my whole week would be even more off kilter than usual . . . with a holiday today, trash being off a day, and the visitation and a funeral for the young man from Local Catholic School at the end of the week . . . I needed some sense of “normal”

Sometimes it’s the little things in life that mean the most . . .


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Happy New Year

Spending a quiet night at home.

Binge watching Blue Bloods.

Cross stitch.

Listening to the dogs snore.

Not a bad way to celebrate.

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November 23

Seriously . . . who the heck is in charge of network programming these days?

Why are The Grinch, Frosty The Snowman, and Santa Claus Is Coming To Town on network TV IN NOVEMBER??


How am I supposed to watch all of my favorites if they’re competing against each other?!

Remember back in the day when you were sooo excited to see the holiday specials?  You scoured the TV Guide to find out when they were on and then camped in front of the TV so that you wouldn’t miss a minute?!  You could spend an entire week watching all the wonderful holiday shows.  It was a glorious time.

Yes, I know I can stream all of them on Netflix or Hulu, or I could get a DVD collection and watch them any time I want . . . but that’s not the point . . . and that’s not the same.

And, yes, I realize I sound like a very old person complaining about new fangled technology . . .

Thanks for listening . . .


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November 21

Random thoughts . . .

It takes an hour to peel 8 lbs of potatoes for Thanksgiving dinner for 20 people.

I’m supposed to do a 5k in the morning. It’s supposed to be cold with wind chills in the teens. Ugh

When your Mom says you have to bring your Christmas list to Thanksgiving dinner or you don’t eat – you get your list ready!

Listening to Rocky snore is way more comforting than I ever imagined.

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I’m writing a post about my Florida vacation.

Loving the sun, sand, pools

It’s been hotter then heck.

It rains for 30 to 45 minutes and then it stops. Sometimes you get stuck in a store and have to shop some more. Sometimes you get stuck at a beachside bar and just have to consume a few more beverages.

People are curious about my “accent” and I don’t have an accent.

I wasn’t paying attention and accidentally deleted most of it.

The “undo” button is next to the space bar on my iPad.

Curse, swear, filth and foul.

I’m headed to the beach.

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Adult Distraction Syndrome

Definition:  When you start one project but get distracted by another project . . . before you know it, you’ve spent the whole morning outside and didn’t accomplish your original project.
Original project – final measurements for the “buy the downspout” project.
What actually happened . . .
I step out onto the patio and discover the bird feeder is empty so I fill the bird feeder
After shutting the door to the garage and walking back to the house I decide to do “poop patrol” and pick up the poop that accumulated since yesterday.
But before I get the supplies I need for “poop patrol” I decide to do some weeding in the flower bed in front of the garage.  What do you know?  The ground is soft enough that the weeds come out easily.  I weed for a bit and realize I’m supposed to be doing something else.
I get the measurements I need and notice that there’s a lot of lint on the ground in front of the dryer vent.  I should probably check that out.  Prince Charming was a stickler for cleaning out the dryer vent at least once every year . . . I’m not as dedicated as he was . . . I have no idea the last time I cleaned the dryer vent.
Cleaning the dryer vent involves walking around the house because we only have one gate in the front of the house.  Walking around the house means walking past the flower bed that used to have the English Ivy in it.  One of my dear neighbors sprayed the English Ivy with weed killer for me last year and killed all the ivy.  I managed to get most of it out of the ground but there are still some stubborn pieces that need to come out.  I wondered if the ground was soft enough for that to come out easily too.  So I stopped and tugged on a few of the stubborn pieces.  Sure enough, they came right out!!  After a few minutes I realized I was supposed to be doing something else . . . and went to check the dryer vent.
The dryer vent was mostly clear and I picked up the a good bit of the lint that was on the ground.  It was about this time that I had the realization that the crap the birds have strung all over the yard was lint from the dryer vent.  Dang messy birds!!  And I realized that I needed to check the dryer tube thing that runs from the back of the dryer to the dryer vent to make sure it wasn’t clogged.  Which meant walking back around the house and going to the basement.
I go to the basement and take apart the dryer tube thing and clean it out as much as I can.  It doesn’t look too bad  I even check where the tube thing goes into the dryer and get that lint out too.  Prince Charming would be so proud of me.  It’s a little cramped in the space between the dryer and the washer and I’m kind of claustrophobic so I don’t dawdle too much with this task.
So I’ve got all this stuff done. . . none of them on my To Do list for today.  It’s now noon, I haven’t had a shower yet, and I will need lunch before I go shopping.  My plan was to be done with shopping at the hardware store by noon.  And I wonder why my days off are never very productive.

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It Didn’t Suck

I’ve been dreading today all month.  Today is the first family celebration without my Dad.

It is always strange to be at the house and realize he’s not there in his chair watching everything that’s going on.

But today was really strange . . .

There were really bad parts and there were good parts.

I wouldn’t say it was a “good day” but I will say that it didn’t totally suck.

Christmas, however, will be a totally different story.


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