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Posted: 11/18/2013 3:20:49 AM
Hi all!
I am so thankful to be safe and warm once again and ready to start a new fresh week. Last Wednesday our temperatures dropped 10 degrees in 1 hour-very unusual for here and caused high wind conditions. We experienced several outages with our internet service. That night the wind gusts got to 55 mph which is huge for us and we often say "we don't do wind here".

Thursday I woke up around 5am to a cold house and no power. As the sun came up I saw the large spruce outside my living window had been uprooted and fell towards our neighbor's missing his home by 2 feet. The tree is over 40'. I am thankful that it missed both of our homes.

When I reported the outage to the electric company they said over 30,000 residents where effected of their 70,000 customers,so please be patient. Here we do not have natural gas so most folks heat and cook with electric. And many of us have well for water which requires electricity to run the pump.

The electric company also spoke of many trees having fallen on the power lines. Additional electric crews were flown in from Anchorage to help our local crews. My electricity came back on 50 hours later and another 8 hours for the house temperature to get semi-warm from it's low of 44 degrees.

Today I was thankful to clean the refrigerator of some spoiled food, reset all the electronics and check-in on how friends are doing. However as of tonight 1,500 homes are still without electricity and our internet connections are very iffy. Our service provider says their back-up batteries are only good for a day. The mayor asked for the state to designate our community is in an emergency disaster as our temperatures continue to be forecast below zero.

So I will be appreciating all my normal everyday routine this week and hope it is a good week for everyone!


...Jan

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Posted: 11/18/2013 9:09:03 AM
Oh Jan, sorry to hear about all this. I know you are thankful the power is back on. We had an ice storm about 6 yrs. ago and we did not get power or hot water until 6 days after. This was 2 weeks before Christmas! We were not as cold as you, but we were very glad when the power came back on.

We had quite a bit of rain yesterday and last night, but it is sunny and warm here today.

I hope to be working on a card today and then get my pictures of cards and instructions emailed to my design team. That usually takes a few hours!

I am planning on dinner to be roast beef and gravy, mashed potatoes and green beans.

I hope all of you have a wonderful day!

Stampwilly

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Posted: 11/18/2013 10:41:16 AM
Wow, Jan. Sounds like you had quite an adventure! Glad you came out mostly unscathed & it's great to hear from you & I hope you have a terrific week on all fronts--weather & craft to name just two.

We got only spotty showers yesterday. The gusty winds showed up early this morning just as the Weather Channel predicted. We escaped any damage here. Our surround hills/mountains actually protect us a bit.

We ended up not having the planned dinner on Sunday. Mom had a scratchy throat & wasn't real hungry. She had had enough to eat so I didn't sweat it. We've decided to do the pork for next sunday, so no problem since I had not started dinner & everything will hold for a week.

It's sunny & breezy today. Not bad tempwise, either. So I'm doing laundry.

I worked on my Art Doll 'presentation' yesterday & will continue today.

I started a recycle challenge on another site & April (StampWilly) did a gorgeous entry. The challenge is to use 'saved' wrapping paper (not necessarily Christmas) in a project--with stamping, of course. I'm working on my entry.

My 'test' page is getting lots of use. Should be able to share some stuff before too long.

Hope y'all have a terrific today!


Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 11/18/2013 10:58:41 AM
Good morning. Jan, I'm glad to hear that you are okay. I do hope that this week is a good one for you.

Daniel, we got spotty showers too. Must have been over night each day as things were wet outside but I never saw it raining. Yesterday was lovely warm weather. Everyone was outside doing fall chores or doing sport. I did my first 15 minute straight run yesterday. I have to say I am proud of myself as I started out running just one minute intervals then walking 90 seconds.

I am sitting here drinking a cup of tea after I deep cleaned the kitchen. I need to go to the store. Anyone trying to do anything ahead for Thanksgiving? I may try to freeze a meal for a day around Thanksgiving. For my family, I am only responsible for pie this year!

Really not much going on craft wise. Just doing a bit here and there with no finished projects.

Hope you all have a nice Monday.


~~Heidi~~



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Posted: 11/18/2013 9:40:10 PM
Jan, glad to hear you have power and heat back. When we lived in Montreal we had a few episodes of fairly long power outages mostly due to freezing rain storms. I think the longest one lasted a little over 3 days. I remember the last night we all ended up carrying our mattresses into the one room that had a fireplace. I also remember worrying that the water pipes on outside walls would freeze and possibly burst but we did get heat back before that happened.

Haven't been doing much crafting the last few days. I'm still working on the major project of trying to figure out how to reorganize my workspace to compress things a little and to have the things I use most the most easily accessible. And I'm struggling with deciding how to organize stamps; by theme, by size, in sets or out of sets etc. every time I think I've decided I run into a situation that seems to throw a monkey wrench into the system.

We've been having windy weather too and while yesterday and this morning was pleasantly warm for the time of year, this afternoon the temperature started to drop and we got a small snow squall around 6 PM this evening.

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Posted: 11/19/2013 9:44:07 AM
The temperature yesterday was 74 and will be 56 today! The wind came in last night.

Thanks Daniel on your kind comment on my recycle card.

I am finishing up a card and then will be writing instructions and taking pictures of 4 to email to the design team. That will take awhile.

I also need to get to the store sometime today.

We are having leftovers of roast beef and gravy, mashed potatoes and green beans tonight.

I also hope to get a walk in after lunch.

Ya'll have a good day!

Stampwilly

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Posted: 11/19/2013 9:59:08 AM
Definitely cooler today, but wind is supposed to abate so it won't feel as cold. Mom's feeling a bit 'off' today, but doesn't seem real bad. Sis is taking her to pick up her new glasses this afternoon. Sis requires mom to use her walker when they go out--much more stable than just using the cane. 'Course mom's not happy about it, but that's life.

Gonna check soon & see if mom wants some lunch. We have an old-fashioned style beef-vegetable soup & maybe mom will want a mug of it with buttered saltines.

Not sure what I'll do craftwise today. I'm in a so-so mood today. Might play with some ideas rather than work on a specific projects. Sometimes that helps.

Hope y'all have a good today.


Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 11/19/2013 10:56:20 AM
Hello. Yes, we had a temperature drop here too. And some wind. It is sunny though and that makes a positive difference!

Last night we had pulled pork and a broccoli cole slaw. It was pretty yummy. Tonight I think I will pull a frozen ziti out and make a salad.

This morning I volunteered at school. I was in a hurry and forgot to eat breakfast. I have to go back this afternoon for a special event. Another person I volunteered with said she makes cards with with a Stampin Up person. That is the first time I met another crafter like that.

I heard from Jan that her tag for December is in the mail to me! Always nice to anticipate!

Hope your mom has a good outing, Daniel. Everyone have a nice day!


~~Heidi~~



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Posted: 11/19/2013 12:54:40 PM
Hi guys!

Just popping in, Ive been running around like crazy trying to get caught up on everything while the baby's napping and big brother is at preschool. Last weeks sick bug has finally left so I'm getting caught up on work and cleaning while I can.

Jan, I'm so sorry to hear about your week last week! Glad you have power back and I hope this week is more normal for you.

Heidi, that's fantastic about the running! I really need to get back into it, I just need to make the time!

I added bit to my test page yesterday, its looking like a fine mess but it should be fun.

I'm off to make a couple of phone calls and get some cards written out.

Have a nice day!



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Posted: 11/19/2013 1:37:08 PM
Today is begining to 'suck' a bit! Mom is not having a 'good one'. I'm a bit concerned, but hoping this is just an 'episode'--rather than a 'call the ambulance' one. I'm keeping an eye on her. She definitely won't be going for her glasses today. When Sis comes, we'll confer & decide how to proceed & whether this warrents a call to her Dr.

On a better note... I finished a project & like it. Sending off to a friend tomorrow.

Gonna check mom & (maybe) play with some stamps & inks. It really does reduce stress.


Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 11/19/2013 7:28:30 PM
Hope your mom is feeling better Daniel.It's always hard to decide what needs medical intervention and what is just a down day.

Today I've been trying to figure out what I'm going to pack for vacation. I've lost enough weight in the last few months that a lot of my clothes don't fit me anymore but I don't really want to go out and buy more warm weather things right now so I'm trying to decide what I can get away with a bit too large, what I can do a quick and easy take in on and what just won't work at all.
Dinner last night was meatloaf and tonight will be grilled sandwiches with left over meatloaf, fried onions, peppers and mushrooms, tomatoes and cheese, and with a side of beet salad.

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Posted: 11/19/2013 9:37:44 PM
Thanks for all the caring thoughts! I am blessed to have so many wonderful stampers in my life!

Daniel, I am most concerned about your Mom tonight hope this finds her improving. And hope you were able to release your worries into something creative.

Heidi, congratulations on the run! Wow, it is amazing what one can do by working towards their goal one little piece at time! Hope you are celebrating this milepost!

GC-I am working on reorganizing my stamps too...what a job. It was so much easier when they were all wooden blocks! For a long time now I have found it easier to create when mine are sorted by themes...and to have photos in sheet protectors of the crossovers and notes of where they are actually located. It all is so time consuming...good luck! Also have a fabulous trip and we hope you can share upon your return!

LeighAnn...good to hear the family is better this week!

I'm off to plan for some creative moments...so I will be able join April and others in sharing some of our work soon...Christmas cards will be my focus.


...Jan

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Posted: 11/20/2013 9:03:54 AM
Just a quick note for now. Mom spent last night downstairs. Our steps are quite steep & a bit of an effort. She seems 'better' today. Thanks for your good thots.

I'll catchya later.


Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 11/20/2013 9:15:18 AM
Good morning everyone.

Gardencat, maybe you can plan on purchasing one thing when you get to your destination. That might help with your packing dilemmas.

Daniel, glad that your mom is 'better' today. I hope that she continues to be!

Jan, good luck reorganzing your stamps!

It is pretty cold this morning, but sunny. I just made an appointment with the dentist for a toothache. Got an appt for Monday.

Not much else to report, have a nice day!


~~Heidi~~



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Posted: 11/20/2013 10:04:29 AM
Heidi. Bummer on the toothache! Monday is a long time to wait. Hope it doesn't hurt too much 'til you can get it attended to.

GC. Congrats on the weight loss (if you wanted to lose weight). I hearya on deciding whether to buy new or alter what you have. Thank goodness for safety pins. Pack a bunch of them!

Getting ready to make mom some lunch. Chicken noodle soup & buttered saltines. She told me she doesn't want anything heavy today. Guess that means I won't be making lasagna...

Jan. Yes. I did play a bit yesterday & it certainly helped. Allowed me to focus on the craft & let my mind work on the 'mom sitch' without overthinking it.

Cool & sunny here. No wind so it actually feels warmer. Nice.

Hope y'all have a good today. Later, gators!


Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 11/20/2013 11:40:16 AM
Afternoon all.

Daniel, I'm so glad to hear that your mom seems better today. I hope she continues to feel that way.

Heidi, I hope your tooth pain goes away soon. Monday is a long time to wait!

Jan, can't wait to see your Christmas card creations!

Joanne, your dinner sounds good! Good luck packing for your vacations.

Sunny and cool here today. I've been working most of the morning since DH is off today. I plan to spend a little one on one time with my big boy today. He's been having some jealousy issues but nothing too major just yet.

I've been making some big dents in my to do lists, but still lots more to do! Hard to believe the holidays are upon us!

We're probably gonna stay here for Thanksgiving. I'm trying to decide if I want to make a traditional turkey meal or something different since it will just be 3 of us eating.

Craft wise this week, I have some cards I need to finish up and mail and some Christmas gifts I want to get started on making. Anyone else making gifts this year?


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Posted: 11/20/2013 1:04:13 PM
I went to Bible Study this morning and then to a friend's house to get my schedule. I will be helping her at her booth at the Holiday Fair the first weekend of Dec. She just published a book that she will selling there and I will relieve her some of the hours so she can eat, etc.

It is windy and colder here today.

I am still typing card instructions. I hope to have them done today.

Have a great day, all!

Stampwilly

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Posted: 11/20/2013 1:05:40 PM
Daniel so glad to hear your Mom is doing better today.

Heidi if you can't get in earlier to the dentist they will often provide a pain med if needed and you ask.

LeighAnn on occasions when I have had a small Thanksgiving I cooked a turkey breast or cornish hens...a nice similiar but not so much work.

Yup a chill settled in here last night too...28 below zero this morning. Thankful for heat and hot water this morning and enjoying some warm tea too! Happy day


...Jan

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Posted: 11/20/2013 4:17:54 PM
I am so bummed, I typed out a long note here and it has disappeared! Ugh!

I'm too worn out to re type now, but glad to read and get caught up on your lives! Going to clean up the enormous mess I've made, my entire craft closet blew up in my living room. Will have more to say once I've settled in for the night.


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Posted: 11/20/2013 10:34:59 PM
Daniel, glad to hear your mom is feeling a little better.
I di want to lose some weight and it has helped lower my blood pressure which was the main motivation behind it.
I have a day in Florida before the cruise and had been thinking of buying a new bathing suit and pair of shorts or capris there, but then realized that my one day there will be Black Friday and I'm not looking forward to facing crowds of mad bargain shoppers or getting trampled just to get a few new clothes.

Maybe one of you US residents can tell me how bad the shopping gets. We don't have one big pre-christmas shopping day here but we did used to have big boxing day sales on Dec 26th and, having gone to those a few times, when my daughter wanted to I've kind of had my fill of fighting for bargains.

Jan, that does sound like a deep freeze up your way, guess I won't complain about the little bit of ice I scraped off my car windows this AM.

Willy I hope the Holiday Fair goes well for you and your friend. I makes such a difference to have someone to spell you off and let you get a break for a while. I've done a couple of shows without such help and it isn't much fun.



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Posted: 11/21/2013 9:00:38 AM
GC, I hope you enjoy your cruise! Black Friday is a big deal here and the stores are super crowded. By late afternoon things may be settled down more, so maybe you can shop then.

Daniel, I am glad to hear your mother is better. I hope the doctor is able to help from her visit today.

AJ, it sounds like you had an event that you didn't want to happen there at your house! I hope it doesn't take you long to get everything fixed.

Jan, I am glad you are warm and cozy inside now. I know you are glad too. 28 below sounds awful to me -- being I am a deep south girl!

I won't be doing any crafting today. I need to get this house cleaned and run several errands.

Stampwilly



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Posted: 11/21/2013 10:10:10 AM
Jan. Brrrr! No offense, but kinda wish you could keep them low temps 'Far North' of us. I know that ain't gonna happen. We're looking at weekend highs in the low 30s this weekend. That's cold for our area.

AJ. I hearya on the lost post. What usually happens for me is that I'll write a long post & my browser hiccups & I lose it. Drat! Can't wait to her about the 'Craft Closet BlowOut'. I blame global warming!

GC. Since you're shopping for cruisewear, Black Friday might not be a big problem, but any chance you can buy local before you sail. I'm looking forward to seeing some of your amazing photos from your trip--especially the buffets!

Willy. What's your friend's book about? Who knows. I might want to purchase a copy. Have fun @ the Holiday Fair.

The 'Mom' sitch is only slightly better. She's tried twice to broach the idea of postponing today's appt. I firmly (& politely) informed her that she was going--no ifs, ands or buts. I have a foldable wheelchair so she won't have to walk. My 'gut feeling' is that she will be better off in the hospital so her Dr. can see what's causing her latest symptoms & so she can receive care that I cannot provide at home. I believe Mom feels the same, but wants someone else to make the decision. We'll see how it goes, but have a feeling it's gonna be a long day whatever happens. Such is life.

On a lighter note... I rediscovered the first 'major' stamp I ever bought. It's wood-mounted rubber from Stamp Affair. I purchased it in the early 80s. I'msing it in a project & it's been fun so far.

Hope everyone has a good today & I'll try to catchya later.


Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 11/21/2013 10:25:17 AM
Daniel, I'm so sorry to hear your Mom isn't doing well. I hope things get figured out for y'all and the doctors can help. You all will be in my thoughts.


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Posted: 11/21/2013 10:25:30 AM
Well, I've wallowed enough, hehehe. On to busier days ahead!

OMG Far North. Thank goodness everything is back on now!
Daniel, I do hope your Mom is feeling better soon!
April, quit bragging about your weather when the rest of us are cold! LOL
Pug, glad your family is feeling better!
Heidi, I feel for you. I hate going to the dentist. Hope it's better soon.
Gardencat.. I'd say don't do it! Black Friday is the worst!

It's so hard to catch up on everything. I finally posted my Nov. tag but didn't get it on the blog since I'm so late. I am working on my Dec. tag today, plus Hanukkah cards, plus a few thank you cards for people from my California trip.

OH! Woot has a turkey deep fryer on today. So I ordered one! I am going to deep fry my Thanksgivikuh turkey! My dad does it all the time, but this will be a first for me. The only thing I will miss is the stuffing cooked in the bird.

Have you all heard about Hanukkah starting on Thanksgiving this year? It won't happen again for 70,000 years. Imagine that!

Everyone have a great rest of the week. Hopefully I won't be so AWOL again!




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Posted: 11/21/2013 10:25:58 AM
Well, I got all my crafts put away and it was no easy job! I made 40 tags yesterday...some of the prep work had been done earlier, but most was yesterday and into the evening. I posted one tag from each of the 5 categories in the gallery under stamping if you care to check them out!

Daniel, so sorry to hear about the decisions you are having to make with and for your mom. It's not easy for sure. We're all here to lend an ear whenever you need. Hoping your moms doctors are able to get her perked up and back home quickly if she does end up in the hospital.

Well, gotta get home cleaned today, got the carpet cleaning guy coming tomorrow, so moving furniture. My MIL is coming over Tday holiday weekend and were all heading to Knoxville, TN to DHs families. They own a sheep farm and one of our doggies lives on their farm. So I'm excited about seeing her and spending time with family.

Jan, glad to hear you have power back! Our home in the mountains loses power frequently actually. No fun!

Hi LeighAnn, good to see you here!

GC, have fun on vacation and enjoy shopping. Black Fridays hype is always over by morning time. The craziness happens in the middle of the night. By 8am, it's the stragglers left, at least here.

Heidi, awesome on the run! Keep it up! I enjoy running too, but my knees disagree. I'm doing a lot more joint friendly workouts these days. I worked with my trainer this morning and she had me doing bear crawls and burpees. If anyone here knows what those are, you'll understand how much my trainer must hate me. It was grueling.

Going to put the kettle on for some tea. Wish you all could join me! Have a wonderful day!


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Posted: 11/21/2013 10:40:20 AM
Thanks guys.

LOL on the 'Thannukah' celebration. Our local paper's food section has been including recipes that combine elements of both celebrations. A couple sound 'interesting', but most are a real stretch for me.

I would love to taste deep-fried turkey. All reports say the taste is wonderful--very different than regular roasted bird.



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Posted: 11/21/2013 10:54:17 AM
Daniel, I'm not a big meat eater, but have to say the fried turkey Ive had was quite good. Growing up we always had to go to my aunts house for Tday. She could dry a bird out better than anyone. I had to drink lots of milk to choke it down.

This year we are going to DH's family for Tday. His cousin is a notoriously bad cook. I'm just hoping her turkey isn't like sawdust. If so, I won't have to watch my diet much.

One year we went to said cousins for Bo's birthday weekend. cousin asked me, what does Bo like to eat, because she was going to cook for him. I said, oh just something easy. (Meaning like burgers, pizza,etc). Do you know what she served? Fish casserole. It was chunks of some kind of fish mixed with rice and baked in a 9x13 pan. No flavor, no salt. The rice was dry and the fish was fishy. It was soooooo gross! Bo told me he'd never eat there again after this and other similar occasions. However, were heading there for the best eating day of the year.

I can see lifting the lid of the turkey platter and there's a fish with eyeball looking back at me. If there no turkey, my guys are going to walk out. They're not happy we're going to TN, my MIL set this all up. Oh well, we always have fun with them, lots of good card and farkle games going on. That's the important thing anyway, right?


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Posted: 11/21/2013 11:12:22 AM
Well, I've been through the back of the closet and a couple of boxes of old (from when I was slimmer) clothes, and managed to find enough stuff to get me through the vacation I think. I will not be a trendy fashion plate but I can live with that, as long as I don't look totally ridiculous. The bathing suit is the biggest problem, but I've found one that is a bit big but I think will do. Buying a bathing suit up here at this time of year is not an easy, or inexpensive project. In any case at my age with my wrinkles etc. and my fear of skin cancer, I tend to cover up as soon as I get out of the water so a flashy bathing suit is not all that important.

Daniel, I usually take pictures of the scenery but will try to snap a few of the food for you. Come to think of it, if I try sticking to my diet, the pictures may be the best use I make of all that food!

AJ...I used to have a similar situation with my family.My brother and his wife are both great cooks but they live in Cleveland and so we seldom got together for the holidays. My sister who lived in the same town as us, had many good qualities but being a good cook was not one of them, she served the strangest meals and my kids just refused to go there for Christmas or Thanksgiving, so I ended up having every holiday meal at my house.

The last several years we still have had the big meals here but, at Christmas now, it is usually my daughter or one of my sons who does the major part of the meal and I just help out with a few side dishes and clean up. After all those years of cooking for everyone it is a nice relief to leave most of the work to someone else.

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Posted: 11/21/2013 12:35:03 PM
LOL! I'm loving the T-Day stories! They're the chuckles I need today.

AJ. Too funny. Fish eyeballs are tasty--according to lots of those food shows. Love the part in the Griswold movie when Clark cuts into the beautifully brown turkey & it becomes dust!

GC. WTG on the wardrobe decisions. You got style enough & maybe the ship's stores will carry feather boas & tiras. Perfect fashion accents.

Spent some time crafting & have a piece I like. Was good therapy today.

About time for me to make sure I have all the stuff needed for the Dr. appt. Appt. is for 3, but sis will be here after 2 (bless her). I'll let you know how we make out.

Hugs to all of you!


Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 11/21/2013 1:51:29 PM
Oh my goodness, the fish dish sounds absolutely horrendous! I was brought up to eat absolutely anything put in front of me, but that would have been difficult.

I also would LOVE to try the deep fried turkey! I twice have had turducken (purchased by someone from a meat market) and it was awesome!

I am slightly nervous because my brother is hosting t-day this year for the first time. He and his wife can turn out good food, but they are almost always experiment with everything, and while that sometimes turns out fabulous, it also is very likely to flop. I heard they are making my favorite praline topped sweet potatoes, but no one asked me for the recipe... It's okay, I am happy not to be preparing the meal this year. If it flops, I'll just making Thanksgiving for Christmas dinner.

Kathy have fun with the Hannukuh/Thanksgiving meal! How is your work at home job going?

LeighAnn, I could recommend making a turkey breast instead of a whole turkey. We did that one year and it was easier and delish!

Gardencat, I'm glad you figured out your cruisewear. I also think that by the early afternoon, most crowds have left the shopping malls on Black friday, but ymmv. Depending on how big the cruiseship is, you might find you don't need to diet with all the exercise you'll be getting, specially if you take the stairs.




I worked with my trainer this morning and she had me doing bear crawls and burpees. If anyone here knows what those are, you'll understand how much my trainer must hate me. It was grueling.
NO IDEA what those are! Thanks for the kudos on the running.

Also, thanks for the commiseration about my upcoming dentist appt. My tooth doesn't feel too bad, but I'm sure something is going to have to be done.

Daniel, I hope the dr visit is going good. I know what you mean about hospitals. My youngest is medically fragile so I am very hospital experienced. Sometimes you do what you've gotta do. I hope your mom feels much better before the holiday. That's nice that your sister is helping out so much.



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Posted: 11/21/2013 4:40:28 PM
Back from the Dr. It was a long time! Sis & I are both pooped. Sis was the nice one today. She convinced me not to rig a sail on mom's wheelchair & point her toward Florida! No hospital & mom's lungs are clear--no pneumonia or bronchitus. Also good. But mom is continuing to test our patience & knows exactly what buttons to push. Gonna be a struggle next few days, but long as I can spend a bit of time alone, I can keep (most of) my temper.

I finished another recycled (wrapping paper) piece. Actually recycled 2 things. The (Christmas) paper & some of the backing CS from my recent stencil buys @ 2Ps. Also had a chance to see if 'Stamp Affair' was still in business. Evidently not, but a company is producing its products. I might check them out & see if my stamp is still available.

In the mood to do some more crafting tonight. Have to see what feels like doing...


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Posted: 11/21/2013 5:17:38 PM
Daniel, good to hear about your mom. I know how doctor days can be with the elderly -- long and frustrating at times. I had my share.

Daniel, my friend's book is for girls ages 9-13. It will be in a 4 part series. This book is about a fictional Isrealite girl that lives in Biblical times in Egypt in slavery. My friend talks about different things that all girls this age face and how to handle them properly all the while experiencing all the events in the Bible during that time. This is geared for Sunday School classes or individual girls. At the end of each chapter there is a life tip and scripture. There are is also a journal to fill out and decorate like a scrapbook and crafts to do to go along with each chapter. I am so proud of my friend. She has had this idea for 9 yrs. and finally took the plunge about 2 yrs. ago. Now it is complete!

This goes to show that you can follow your dreams no matter your age.

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Posted: 11/21/2013 6:59:58 PM
April. I am thrilled for your friend! That actually sounds like a good read--even to me. Hope she sells lots of part 1! Amen on the 'never too late...'. I was 40+ when I decided to try going 'pro' as a craft designer. I was one of the lucky few who never had to deal with rejections from publishers--and that's a great rarity. I sometimes wonder if it hadn't been that easy for me, if I would still be 'in the business', but I enjoyed my career. And who knows... Maybe I'll get off my butt & take a stab at going pro as a costume/fashion designer. That's been on my bucket list since I was a kid.

Thanks for the comments on the mom sitch. I try to keep my perspective, but walk a fine line. Mom has a tendancy to go into 'invalid' mode if no one calls her on it. I'm going to see what I can find in the way of support groups--online & local--for caregivers. A big plus is her Dr. His specialty is gerintology(sp?). He's good with mom & also with sis & I.

I'm feeling lots more mellow at the moment. Gonna email sis & see if we can get together for shop & lunch sometime after T-Day. It'll give us a chance to connect & chat.

Off to start a few new threads while I'm feeling upbeat!


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Posted: 11/21/2013 9:09:08 PM
That's good news, Daniel!
Glad you are able to wind down a bit. I can imagine how stressful it can be. It's nice your sister is able to help out. When you said Florida, were you referring to Shady Pines?

I've been enjoying reading the thanksgiving day meals stories!
I'm glad we are staying here this year. Still haven't decided on the meal just yet. Thanks for the tips, Jan and Heidi. DH is really hinting for me to just get a couple of good steaks instead of traditional fixings.

Joanne, sounds like you got your wardrobe situation pretty worked out. I think if you did want to shop, by mid morning you should be able to avoid the crazies!

Kathy, you've been busy! I've had a deep fried turkey before and it was pretty good!

Heidi, I hope your tooth doesn't give you too much trouble over the weekend.
Your talk about running makes me really miss it. I've been trying to decide over a double jogging stroller or just getting a treadmill for now. I've had my eye out on craigslist for both. A treadmill would be easier for me to use with winter upon us. I just really enjoy running outside.

AJ, I need to check out your projects! Have fun in Knoxville(that's where I was born and raised!). At least if the meal is bad, there's several good restaurants nearby!

The fish casserole story!
Yikes!
I had an Uncle who made a huge platter of frog legs once. I was pressured into trying one and from what I recall the flavor was kinda like chicken. It was and still is gross to me. I'm a pretty picky meat eater!

We have rain moving in and I've got a headache. I need to do some work tonight but DS is pretty fussy so I guess I will just get up early and get some work in.

Have a great night everyone


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Posted: 11/22/2013 8:04:06 AM
Chatty folks this week!

TGIF!

Daniel, glad to hear the good news about your mom. Hopefully she won't drive you too crazy.

April, that is very exciting about your friend's book! That is a unique idea, I'm glad she decided to go with it!

I think I tried frog legs once in a restaurant. I also thought they tasted like chicken, but had no intention of eating them again. I also had fried gator tail, which wasn't bad, but not great either.

LeighAnn, it is starting to get cold for outdoor exercise. I have access to the community center for their treadmills and such, but I'm afraid I will get bored. They have tvs but there is no sound. However, it is going to be VERY cold on Sunday, so I may wimp out. Supposed to be wind chills in the teens. Brrr! It is a bit rainy this morning, but mild.

I think I need to start making my pre thanksgiving list. A number of things to do today! Hope you all have a great day!


~~Heidi~~



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Posted: 11/22/2013 5:31:44 PM
I ran a lot of errands this morning, had lunch and then had a neighbor over who wanted to see pictures from my trip to the Grand Canyon. We had prickly pear hot tea and prickly pear candy. Both are good with a unique flavor.

It looks like all of us are going to have a cold week and a cold Thanksgiving this year. We will not get out of the 40s all week here.

I have had frog legs too. Not bad, but I wouldn't have them again. I have also had gator and crocodile tails and they were very good. Lightly fried and served with a butter garlic sauce. I would certainly have them again! Since I have been on several African safaris with my hubby, I have eaten a lot of strange things and all were quite good.

I hope you all have a good evening.

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Posted: 11/23/2013 10:37:55 AM
A bit colder today (high temp in the low 40s), but sunny--which helps. Nov. here is often very gloomy, but we've had lots of sunny days this year.

On 'strange' foods? I had turtle once. It was part of a soup & not bad. I also love escargot--with lots of garlic butter. The texture is like clams, but (to me) they have a nutty taste. Perfect for this 'nut'

Have to share a laugh. I sent a note to Heidi & 'invited' her to do a Thanksgiving Day run. Berwick has had a T-Day race of 9 miles for over a century. It's called the 'Race for Diamonds' since the various winners get diamond jewelry as their awards. Now's there's comething to run for, huh!

Gonna work on my Bonus tag today. Already have the base chosen, but lots more stuff to consider & find before I settle on a game plan. Loving the '4 Seasons' theme! If you haven't signed up for any of the monthly tag swaps, don't miss this one!

Got a few more threads to check & then I'm ready for some craft time.

Hope y'all have a terrific today. Probably catchya later!


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Posted: 11/23/2013 11:35:59 AM
Daniel, I looked up the race then and was surprised by the low entry fee given the awards. However , I also saw the course and elevation map and saw it must be a grueling run 2 miles seems to be straight uphill. Yikes!

It is a nice Saturday to try to get a bit done. It actually almost seems like a holiday weekend already.


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Posted: 11/23/2013 1:17:13 PM
I forgot to mention that I am in an official craft rut. I have made almost nothing for a month.


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Posted: 11/23/2013 2:21:46 PM
LOL, Heidi! Yep, the hills on the race course are purty steep--almost as steep as the stairs in our house. Doing this race is all about stamina & strategy.

Taking a break form working on my 'bonus tag'. Have several images stamped on the base & need to cut masks & consider how I want to proceed. With luck & a good breeze, I should meet the 'send' deadline without great difficulty.

Need to start considering what to do for eats. So may be back later.


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Posted: 11/23/2013 3:08:56 PM
Brrr! It's chilly here today and should be for the following week as well.

Last thanksgiving it was oddly warm and close to 70!

Stampwilly, that prickly pear tea sounds good!

Daniel, glad you're liking the 4 seasons theme! I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with.

Heidi, I feel like I've been in a bit of a craft rut as well. The time I have had to create something, I've had a hard time finding my mojo!

I've been doing some laundry and picking up around the house. I took my little man out to play in the leaves for a while and let him have hot chocolate for the first time.

I made some stuffed shells earlier so just need to bake them in the oven for dinner.

DH is working late tonight so its just me and the kiddos. The baby has been having fussy nights so things get a little hairy when its just me.

Have a great evening


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Posted: 11/23/2013 7:14:39 PM
It looks like a lot of us are in the same boat. My mojo has disappeared as well. I am going to be stamping with friends tomorrow afternoon -- I am not stamping but want to play with dies -- altering them and such to see what I can come up with. Maybe this will get my creative juices flowing!

I guess we all will be bracing for the cold weather that is coming tomorrow.

Today I went with a friend to a small craft show and bought a hot pad. I needed one. We ate lunch and did a little shopping. I found a few Christmas gifts.

Hope ya'll have a good night!

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Posted: 11/24/2013 9:16:49 AM
Well it looks like bad weather is headed our way. Lots of ice and freezing rain I hear Good thing I've finished up my swaps Guess I'll head to the store and stock up on some groceries and adhesive as this will be great scrapping weather Hope everyone has a great day


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