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Old 12-28-2015, 07:05 AM   #1471
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Both our kids were read to for years by either myself or my wife. Our daughter read on her own, our son, not until he got into computers. Then he started reading constantly, but on the computer or a kindle and now he is an IT person.

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My son is an IT person, too.

My 24 hour tech support, I call him.


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Old 12-28-2015, 12:58 PM   #1472
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Freezing rain and high winds today. Everything is coated with ice and swaying ominously, but so far we have not lost power nor any tree branches.

A good day not to be on the road.


One of the older-kids-things I bought a few weeks ago was a game called Qwirkle....kind of like dominoes with colors, but not.

Requires thinking and strategizing, and takes up to 2 hours to play. They have loved it.

Great at imaginary play, there has also been lots of "chiropractor" today.

Grandma is having a tea break.


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Old 12-28-2015, 01:24 PM   #1473
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We're looking for 8 inches of snow over night. Glad you have a wood stove. You can pretend camp if the power goes out.
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Old 12-28-2015, 01:40 PM   #1474
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Yep, we won't have to worry about heat.

There has been so much rain here that it is standing in puddles in my back yard....but, if it were snow.


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Maggie, sorry...it seems we have sent some of our winter weather your way. Only, we did not have ice storms here. Just very cold temps and snow.

Keep the led lanterns handy, the firewood pile high in the house...just in case ice affects power lines. Snuggle in with your grands and keep everyone warm and cozy. You're right...not a good time to be outside. God bless. Evelyn.
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Old 12-28-2015, 05:32 PM   #1476
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Weather peeps just changed their minds. Now we're getting ice rain all night. Grrrr.
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Movie time for them, a-glass-of-wine time for Grandma.

It is a very busy little house, with four 8-12 year olds in it.


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Old 12-29-2015, 06:53 AM   #1478
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Today is the 29th anniversary of our first date..... December 29th, 1986.

Only very rarely thru our 27+ years together did both of us forget the 29th of the month.....and in the early days, Doug would invariably bring me a red rose on the 29th. In later years, it was usually just "Happy 29th, honey.".

Even still, as we became a long married couple with grown kids, grands, and retirement travel... the rose still showed up on occasion.

Roses were his thing.


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Old 12-29-2015, 08:13 AM   #1479
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Good dog! Good Christmas!

Blackie and I are home, and the big computer allows me to post pics. I need to learn how to do that on the iPad, but haven't yet. Learning curve in progress, as with a lot of things these days.

After jumping up on one of my old, rather petrified, gaucho cushions, Blackie settled down on her dog bed and slept there for the rest of the five-day stay. She knows I need to replace those cushions.

She also got along with my daughter's two family dogs. Another big dog was visiting while his family was out of town, and he and Blackie got some sort of argument going, and we spent the rest of the time keeping those two separated. Guest dog had a prior injury, and wasn't fit enough to risk letting them settle it in dog fashion. Blackie is a big Lab--80 lbs.

Christmas in the Airstream was a good one. We managed just short of full hookups in the kids' driveway, and I had my own comfortable living space very close to their house. And, most importantly, granddaughter Grace had no delay in getting to the gifts on Christmas morning. She's the one who insisted that I stay in the driveway instead of at the RV park.

When I got home, we'd had 3.5" of rain. I chose to back my rig all the way down our long gravel driveway to stay out of the mud. Next door, the neighbor's girlfriend's 18 year old son had driven her nice Lexus off the drive and gotten completely stuck in the mud. Unpacking the truck and the Airstream had to wait until I got out our old Massey-Ferguson tractor and pulled him out.

Couple of days to do laundry and clean up, then I'll take the trailer back to its indoor storage location. As last Saturday proved, we do have bad storms here in the wintertime. Fortunately, all of that missed my house by quite a distance. Prayers for those affected, please. It's bad over to the east, near Dallas.
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I hope you are at least thinking about making the drive out to our Shirley
Valentine gathering in Oregon next September.

Or meeting up somewhere while I am west, and more-west.


OK, I'll think about it. Not sure my old Dodge TV will make the Rockies--need to have a long chat with my favorite truck mechanic. I could airline up there and stay in a cabin, but then I'd have to find accommodations for Blackie. Lots of thinking, but I really do appreciate the invitation.

I do plan to make the airshow in Oshkosh, WI at the end of July. Maggie, where do you plan to be along about that time? We do need to meet somewhere.
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Yeayyyyy, Mimi!

Glad to hear it all went so well. It is always so nice to have your own bed and living space right along with you.

Blackie and Lily could be siblings.


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I hope you are at least thinking about making the drive out to our Shirley
Valentine gathering in Oregon next September.

Or meeting up somewhere while I am west, and more-west.


OK, I'll think about it. Not sure my old Dodge TV will make the Rockies--need to have a long chat with my favorite truck mechanic. I could airline up there and stay in a cabin, but then I'd have to find accommodations for Blackie. Lots of thinking, but I really do appreciate the invitation.

I do plan to make the airshow in Oshkosh, WI at the end of July. Maggie, where do you plan to be along about that time? We do need to meet somewhere.
I will likely be heading north to MN, or from there west, depending on exactly when.

Give me the dates, Mimi, of when you plan to be in Wisconsin, and I will put them on my calendar.

We will meet in the middle somewhere.


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And the children were nestled, all snug in their beds....

Down for the count, as Doug would say.

We drove to Peru today, saw where Grandma grew up, the park I played at, gradeschool I went to, etc., etc.....then went to The Igloo for lunch, which I had told them so much about, only to discover it is closed on Tuesdays.

We'll have to come back, Emma said, so it was Culver's, instead. I could not believe these kids had never eaten a fried cheese curd....but they haven now.

We have had a great time, and my wreck of a house is testament to that...there is stuff everywhere.

The Qwirkel game has been a huge hit, and is every bit as good as advertised.

They have excellent minds, these youngsters. Makes me very proud of their parents.

Night-night time. I must sleep while I can.


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Old 12-30-2015, 02:41 PM   #1484
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A whirlwind morning, doing breakfast, finishing up laundry, gathering up 4 children's myriad items so as to leave no treasure behind...

Now at the Super 8 in Bettendorf, a very decent hotel with a very nice pool....3 feet deep at one end to 5 feet at the other.

Perfect for them, and they have the place to themselves.

They will drop like stones tonight.


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