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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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It’s not Christmas until I watch A Christmas Story . . .

Considering it’s Christmas Eve, I’m running out of time to watch it.

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Wild Saturday Night

Tonight’s adventure with Mom involved picking out Nerf guns for the grandsons and teaching her about self scan registers at Kroger.

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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 22

Happy Thanksgiving . . .

This is the 5th Thanksgiving without Prince Charming . . .

This is the 4th Thanksgiving without my Dad . . .

This is my Great Nephew’s first Thanksgiving . . .

This is Third Niece’s first Thanksgiving as a married woman . . .

This is Second Niece’s first Thanksgiving as an engaged woman . . . and she told Mom today that her and her fiancé are planning to buy a bigger house and they will be hosting Thanksgiving next  year . . . but her fiancé doesn’t quite know that little detail yet!

It was a good day . . . lots of food . . . lots of yummy desserts . . . lots of online shopping after dinner while we were looking at the Black Friday ads . . .

It was a good day . . .


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November 22

Today, my older sister and I helped Mom clean the turkey and get it ready for dinner tomorrow.

For the first time in over 60 years, Mom is not doing the majority of the cooking.  She’s finally admitted that it’s too much for her.  She’s been hinting at it for a couple of years now but with the broken arm this year she finally had to call “uncle” and ask us girls to help.  Which we happily did . . . and it’s a delicate balance to let her still feel in charge without having to do all the work!

Older Sister and I learned how she pulls off the magic of the turkey . . . she’s been doing this the same way for over 60 years . . . I just hope that we do her proud . . .


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Second Christmas

This picture was taken in 2011 . . . it was our first Christmas together in *cough* 33 *cough* years.  Prince Charming and I went to see the lights at Clifton Mill.  It was a wonderful evening full of fun and laughter . . . and hot chocolate to warm us up after we looked at everything.

Prince Charming helped a young couple by taking their picture in front of the lights and they returned the favor and took this picture of us.  I loved it so much I have it framed and it sits on the buffet in the dining room here at The Little House.

Yesterday was the 4 year anniversary of our trip to Clifton Mill.  For some reason Facebook kept posting this picture as a “On This Day” memory every time I logged on yesterday.  While it’s a lovely picture of us and one of my favorites, for some reason it made me sad yesterday to keep seeing it pop up.

I’m really struggling with the “Second Christmas” stuff.  I thought last year and the “First Christmas” stuff was bad and I thought I had a clue on how to handle this.  Little did I know that the “Second Christmas” is even harder . . .

And Facebook thinks it’s helping but it’s not . . . not really . . .


Clifton Mills


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