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12-29-2012, 07:44 AM
-13C/3F - that means cold, whatever system you use. We are also supposed to get snow for the next three days but it hasn't started yet. We really don't need any more snow or a while.

Not sure what the day will bring. I am invited to an Open House this afternoon but the folks live down by the mighty St Lawrence where the wind certainly whips the snow around. I may just make my excuses and spend quality time here at home with the dogs.

Time for another coffee with Paul and then I'll get on with it - whatever "it" is today. I sure don't want to cook or shop although I do have gift cards. Maybe I'll sit down and figure out how to use my e-reader so I can load it with books for Cuba mid-January.

It's the fifth day of Christmas and my true love is sending me five golden rings. I must look up the price of gold in case I decide to cash them in.

12-29-2012, 07:52 AM
It's a flashback thread ;) I know the feeling though, where does the time go?

Wow Ruth, that's cold :brr: It's in the low teens here and I don't want to go out. We are awaiting another storm. Good thing I want to snowshoe this year. Guess if we are going to have a winter I should try to enjoy it. For now I'll plan my shopping and cooking for a cozy day inside.

12-29-2012, 08:05 AM
:coffee: :yawn: I guess it's morning if you say so. It's still pitch black out without a glimmer of light right now, and it's supposed to be snowing. I suppose I could tell if I turn on the porch light. ;)

I'm going to put some Fireside White Bean Soup in the crockpot, and make a pot of turkey stew for Jake, then spend the rest of the day curled up in my favorite spot on the sofa and treat myself to a lazy day of reading and dozing all day. :cloud9:

12-29-2012, 08:06 AM
:lol: Cyndi, I knew you'd catch me in writing 2011. Actually I am still not accustomed to writing 2012 on cheques. Guess I'd better go through the chequebooks and write in the year until I get used to it.

More coffee needed. Raising my mug at Cottage who introduced me to the joys of Keurig. :coffee:

12-29-2012, 08:37 AM
:wave: work calls!

Have a great weekend everyone!

12-29-2012, 08:44 AM
Good morning, ladies. Heading to bed, but I did manage to make it to the gym this morning. Getting back on track, come **** or high water!!!

12-29-2012, 09:07 AM
Good Morning! Up comparatively early and doing laundry. I had great plans at the start of this vacation to do a ton of cleaning, weeding out and getting rid of stuff; starting to get a little depressed at how much of that I didn't do, but ... I still have four days. I shouldn't feel too bad - it was at the expense of getting some new routines in place for when I start work again.

Cyndi, I wonder if that storm you're expecting is the same one we're about to get here in Rhode Island? When I went to bed last night, the forecast was uncertain; somewhere between 3 and 10 inches. Now they're saying 6 over the course of the day. I just saw that the storm is named "Freyr." :?: Really? Freyr?

Ruth, I thought I was the only one who had problems writing the date as 2012! Still! I don't know what it is - the beginning and end with the number 2? I like your check book idea; I'm going to borrow that.

12-29-2012, 09:26 AM
Hey ladies! Quick fly by - I didn't look (the hubbie is my weatherforecaster!) and there's another 4" of snow out there, so I just shoveled to get my van out and not pack it all down. I work 9-2 (I expect some cancellations), and since it's still snowing and looks like it will for awhile, I guess I have to shovel later too! I don't mind, it's great exercise and "light" snow.

And, if the roads aren't bad, I might be buying a keurig later! ;)

12-29-2012, 10:22 AM
Good morning. Snow coming this way again too. I looked in the mirror yesterday and said to myself you look like crap (nice of me but true lol). Went to bed before 10 and slept until almost 9 with one middle of the night potty interruption. This years strain of the flu seems worse than previous years so I am trying to avoid getting it. My sisters have been sick for almost two weeks. So we postponed Christmas again.

So today I am going to undecorate (I know very early) and get my house back in shape for the new year. I need my spare bedroom this week to prep for work next week. I have to get my uniforms in order, polish my boots (how exciting), organize my patrol bag, check my equipment and get my girlie stuff in order file my locker lol. I haven't been on patrol in two years so I want to make certain everything I need is perfect considering my life may depend on it. This can't happen until the Christmas decorations and wrapping supplies get moved to the attic lol

Dropped three pounds of water weight since last week so I am at goal yippee. Going for 5 in January as I want to be where my ticker says I am. I am extremely hot today I lowered the heat to 68 yesterday. Not sure if this is an incredibly long hot flash or possible a fever. Dare I say I am "glowing" this might be another good way to shed some water weight lol

Tammy hope you get your Keurig today!!!

12-29-2012, 11:55 AM
Goodmorning, triplestep, and I don't think I've properly :welcome: D you yet! I believe this is the same storm that is covering the entire eastern coast, so a lot of us are getting it. So far we've only had some ho-hum snow pellets, although now it seems to be coming down with a bit more enthusiasm.

I know you're just going to LOVE your Keurig, Tammy, and wonder why it's taken you so long to get one, LOL! Seriously, if mine ever breaks, I'm rushing right out and replacing it pronto!

:wave: Debbie, Natasha, and Jennifer!

I made a quick run to Giant for a few things for Mom & Dad, and you couldn't even find a parking space! Jake ended up driving around the lot while I quickly dashed in, got what I needed, and luckily got through cashier line quickly. Everyone was wanting to get out and get their shopping done before the snow, LOL!
It does seem to be coming down steadily now and the ground is already covered, so I'm in for the rest of the day. I had Jake help me take down the exhaust fan in the bathroom and we gave it a good cleaning, then I took down and washed all the ceiling lights, so I AM being a teeny bit productive today. Now I can sit and relax with no guilt. :)

12-29-2012, 01:04 PM
Hello everyone!

The bells just tolled noon, so good afternoon! We were supposed to have snow, but it's just rain. (I write that with apologies to all of the people who've been unhappily stuck in a blizzard for several days.) I'm down a pound! I hope to lose many more in 2013.

12-29-2012, 03:51 PM
Well, the snow seems to have forgotten how to stop! We don't have as much as we got on Thursday but it's planning to keep going through the night. If my car gets snowed in, I can walk to Church tomorrow - the last service will be very sad but I must be there. The good news is that I had a perfectly valid excuse for skipping the Open House. The hostess tells me that several of the invitees turned back after setting out.

A good afternoon and evening to just cozy in with the furries, a pot of tea and a months supply of The New Yorker.

12-29-2012, 08:08 PM
Bah, I wish we'd get snow!!! :p Maybe in January or February. They were predicting some light snowfall for New Years Day but that has since been changed to rain. That's the night my shift is having our annual shift party (this year it's at my house) and I'm hoping the weather will hold up so we can keep the party in the backyard w/ a nice fire going. I don't have a whole lot of room inside (not for 10 people, at least) but I've got a nice sized backyard. *fingers crossed*

Anyway, busy night at work, so off I go!!!

12-29-2012, 11:02 PM
We made it to Banner Elk, there is wifi in the condo so I will be able to stop by for a few times this week.

Some scary roads to get here since it was snowing but it is very beautiful and lots of snow so we shall have a good time skiing this week and the condo is nice and big with a fireplace that is on :)

Enjoy your weekend

12-30-2012, 05:55 AM
Pearlrose glad you made it safely. Have a wonderful time!!

Good morning Natasha, you are not the only one working tonight lol. It is my last shift in communications. Back to patrol next week which I am really looking forward to. Even better my uniform pants are nice and baggy!!! I had to move the buckle on my gun belt in two notches Yeah baby!!

Productive day. All decorations packed away until next year. House clean (ok downstairs only) Laundry caught up. Cycling DVDs borrowed from John copied. Shoveled, twice! Had no choice because of work. Just a dusting covers the driveway.Hopefully the sun, if we get any today, will take care of it before I get home.

Tomorrow my car is getting two much needed tires and an oil change. Still need to get a few things from the grocery store for NYE dinner. We are having surf and turf with mashed cauliflower. I have never made lobster or cauliflower so this should be interesting. Joe gets lobster I'll have grilled shrimp with my filet.

Oh well 2 hours done 14 to go, what was I thinking. I should be home sleeping!!!

At least thanks to McD's Paul Newman started my day. Oh Ruth I still do not have a Keurig lol. I am still holding out.

12-30-2012, 07:19 AM
Good morning from the snowy Great White North. At least there was not a drift at the deck door this morning. That sure is refreshing when you open a door an snow falls onto your feet! Paul is keeping me company again this morning but it's the last pod for the K. :(

Wish me strength and determination today, Chickies. It is the morning of the last service in our little Church which will be closed. I will have to read the Gospel and do some of the prayers and it's going to be hard to choke back the tears. We just do not have enough people to keep it going. I'll probably get through it OK but it's going to be really hard.

Not sure what the rest of the day will bring but do know I want to get together with Joanne to plan food for her NY's Eve party tomorrow night. I still have unused things from my Christmas Eve party and hope she'll use them. The frozen samosas and mushroom tarts keep calling my name!

It's the Sixth Day of Christmas and those six geese a-layin' are due here any minute. Maybe omelet for breakfast?

12-30-2012, 07:25 AM
Hi Ruth, thinking of you today. It is very sad your Church has to close. Will it be able to remain open as a historical site? Hopefully a new parish will welcome you with open arms

12-30-2012, 08:15 AM
Ruth, I'll be thinking of you as well, along with the other parishioners, and you celebrate your last service in your dear little church. I know you won't be the only one wiping a tear or two. :hug:

We ended up with not quite 4" of snow, and it's very cold and blustery this morning. We've been warned that the roads are quite slippery, so we're staying home until they get better. My DS went over to Mom & Dad's to plow their drive and shovel their walks last night, so they'll be fine until I can make it over there later today.

12-30-2012, 08:27 AM
Good morning chicks! I did pick out the Cuisanart Keurig maker....mmmmm.... I had a cup of decaf last night that was amazing, the french vanilla this morning is okay (I'm not into flavors all to much). Maybe I need to invite Paul over here too?

Jennifer - congrats on moving the belt notch!!

Ruth - prayers for you and your little church today. Maybe God will open another door.

Linda - drive careful! We got all our snow by midafternoon, I'm guessing another 6".

For me - lazy, lazy, LAZY!! The family is gone and I'm doing nothing, and it's fabulous. I let the cat stay out with me last night (DH doesn't like that), and my little lover boy here was with me all night. Makes up for all his destructive behavior! Reading a book, planning on going to the movies. I've done the most minimal cleaning required!!! I keep thinking of dumping out my DD's room while she's gone, it's an absolute pit.

And now, to finish this cup of coffee so I can try another!!

12-30-2012, 08:37 AM
Oh, Tammy, I do envy you with having the house to yourself! I'm glad you're enjoying your new coffee maker, although I didn't know Cuisinart made a Keurig one. I don't really care for the flavored coffees, either, although I do like the Vanilla Biscotti one. My favorites are Newman's, Wolfgang Puck's Sorrento, and Eight O'Clock Italian Roast.

12-30-2012, 09:12 AM
Good Morning:sunny:

It's a bit balmy here this morning. We're going to stay in today while I work on the photo project. I have meals planned and am enjoying getting back on track with food choices.

Ruth, :hug:

Pearlrose, glad you made it safe and sound. Have fun!

Twynn, enjoy your quiet time!

Jennifer, yay on baggy work pants!

:wave: everyone else...gotta keep moving before I lose all motivation.

12-30-2012, 09:42 AM
Good morning from snowy Vermont :coffee2: We don't have as much as Ruth but we sure have enough!

It's stopped for now but it's very cold out there so I plan to hibernate all day. I've got a list of stuff to do including trying out my new treadmill desk. I've been wanting one for awhile and was given one made just for my treadmill. I'm so excited! The idea is to walk slowly, maybe 1 - 1.5 mph while working on a computer (or I suppose writing). It's not a ton of exercise but much better than sitting.

I'm also planning menus and prepping foods for a return to food sanity. Tomorrow I'm making a spicy seafood stew for dinner (combining several online recipes - anyone have tips, recipes to share?) along with french olives, avocado dip, healthy crackers, some good Vermont cheese, and champagne. I'm not going too crazy but want festive.
Kalyn posted her 10 favorite recipes of the year and another on her healthy slow cooker site so I'll plan some interesting new meals from those.

Jennifer - have you found some good cycling DVDs? I have a spin bike and am looking for some for myself and for a friend who is training for a triathalon in the spring.

Ruth - Hope the morning's service is loving and memorable, something to warm you all for months to come.

Time to get moving around here.

12-30-2012, 01:12 PM
Good morning.

I feel very spacey and out of it today. Not sure if it is from the cold medicine I took or that today is the first day at a lower dose of prednisone or maybe a combination of both. I'm working all afternoon so hope I can get a grip! Yesterday we had lots of returns, so today will likely be more of the same. Snow is predicted for tomorrow!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

12-30-2012, 03:21 PM

12-30-2012, 03:48 PM
I think we ended up with about 6 or 8 inches of snow in the end; we live in a neighborhood of older homes which are close together, and shovel for some of our elderly neighbors as well, so ... good exercise! I needed to drive my daughter to the diner where she works on weekends, and my husband and I timed the pick-up with lunch; planned to stay on plan with a veggie omelet. It's funny - the plate looks empty without home fries or toast, but I'm full just the same.

Ruth, I'm so sorry about your church! We don't have heavy attendance except for special events, but my synagogue people are a tight little community, so I can imagine how hard it would be if we lost our home. Do you think you'll all start attending a new church together? Or is that not geographically possible?

12-30-2012, 04:00 PM
Just in from shoveling. It was just a small dump this time - about 4" - a mere piffle compared the the 15-18 inches last week. I did clear a lot of the deep drifts from the deck so my poor short-legged dogs could manage better.

The service at Church was difficult but I kept an Anglo-Irish stiff upper lip and did not cry. We are a 3-point parish - 2 points now - and know we are welcome at the other Churches. It'll just take a bit of getting used to and the other buildings are a good 15 minute drive away - OK in the summer but not great on country roads when we have snow or mud.

Right now I am going to tackle some Mill accounting and break down some of the boxes left from gifts so they can go to the recycle. Time to "Just get on with it, Ruthie." You'd think at nearly 74 I'd stop hearing my Mother!

12-30-2012, 04:13 PM
:hug: Ruth we always are our mama's babies! My mom's quote "get grippers." She certainly has said it to me a lot over the years......I wonder why lol