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Old 12-06-2016, 01:43 PM   #3403
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Our temps are dropping and we will be looking at lows below 0 over the next few days at least. Snow today and tomorrow of 5-8". We are promised an "upslope" condition, so, it remains to be seen...just how much we will get. Sometimes, the upslope really slams us!
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Old 12-06-2016, 06:12 PM   #3404
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Maggie, wishing you safe travels when you journey down to the ( hopefully) sunny south in a few weeks. Looking forward to meeting you at Can Opener.
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Old 12-06-2016, 06:15 PM   #3405
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Thank you.

Looking forward to my first CanOpener, and hoping for clear roads and weather all the way down.

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Old 12-06-2016, 07:28 PM   #3406
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I know what you're saying about the wood stove. I miss the one we had in the old house. John used to say that the stove put out a friendly heat. For now, though it's propane heat and glad I have it.
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Old 12-07-2016, 06:29 AM   #3407
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"She knows the signs"

They know, they always know.

Safe travels and clear roads - our plans are we leave January 1 and make a 13 hour run into the deep south. But, then we have planned this the previous two years as well and my health has kept us in Pittsburgh.

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Old 12-07-2016, 06:58 AM   #3408
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Thank you, Bud, and if you get South and it looks like our paths will cross, give a holler.

Yes, it's cute....when I get out my travel bags, Lily is despondent, as these mean I am leaving and she is left behind....but she knows the packing cubes go into the Interstate, where she goes along.

Such a sweetie.

Here's wishing everyone here a very happy holiday season, however you celebrate it.

And if you're traveling, be safe.

I didn't take this picture, and this is not Lily...tho if you've ever met her, you know it could be.
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Old 12-07-2016, 12:30 PM   #3409
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We started the day cold here, but the sun came out and it is still cold, but beautiful.

My daughter is sending me fireproof gloves for Christmas...Doug had a pair, wore them out reaching into the woodstove to adjust pieces a bit too large, or misshapen...I could have used them this morning, wrestling about with an odd-shaped piece that began burning before I got it situated and could close the door.

Tomorrow...a high in the mid-20's.

Not much going on here...sorting and organizing a bit for the trip south, sub-sorting for my trip to NYC in a week to see darling daughter and sweet SIL...with an overnight stop in NJ to visit friends there.

A little get-away for Grandma, sans dependents of the two or four-legged variety, and I am looking forward to it. I'll have a day in Chicago on the way back, before train-ing it home...my first leisure time in the city since Doug died, but it's time, and I am ready.

Downtown Chicago, decked out for the holidays, is a beautiful sight....and I will enjoy it.


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Old 12-07-2016, 12:47 PM   #3410
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There is nothing like a wood stove to keep you warm during the winter. When you have a bad ice storm, and the power goes out. You can still put a can of soup on the stove and have a hot meal. I've never tried a dutch oven on the stove, I wonder if that would work? Have a nice Christmas Maggie. Gregg
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Old 12-07-2016, 01:18 PM   #3411
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Thanks, Gregg.

This particular woodstove has a large enough glass door that one could get a Dutch Oven in there, but I think it would be very messy, getting it in and out, dealing with the coals, etc. I think not.

I have cooked a pot of vegetable soup in a DO atop my woodstove, but it's been awhile, and we were once the only house in the neighborhood with heat when the power went out during an ice storm.

I have thought of toasting bread and cheese in there, with my toasting forks, but have never gotten to that, tho the grands have toasted marshmallows in there with them.

Mimi's characterization of the woodstove as "friendly heat", is very apt...that's exactly what it is, it warms and comforts and nurtures, in a very solid, inanimate way.

I love my woodstove.


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Same kind of day here... clear, sunny and crispy cold... frost and ice this morning.. tomorrow is the big stormy day... then back to usual Oregon weather...I've had a fire in the stove since early afternoon and it's never gotten really hot in here like it sometimes does... just staying comfortable... yes, we all love our wood stoves... hugs and love from out here... stay warm, be happy!
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Old 12-07-2016, 07:01 PM   #3413
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I keep my inside front door open most days when using the woodstove....the glass outer door lets in a lot of light, and keeps the living room from being 85 degrees.

It has to be bitterly cold to need to close everything up.

I'm hoping the bitter cold weather holds off til I'm outta here in a few weeks.


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Old 12-08-2016, 07:11 AM   #3414
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Socks I found at TJMaxx a month or so ago.

They carry the most gorgeous socks from Italy.

A bit flashy for an old woman, you say?....I simply don't care, say I.

Doug keeps roses in my life, even tho he's not here any longer to provide me with fresh ones....that's what I think.


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I love the socks!! I believe, at this age, we can be as flashy or unusual as we feel like... we've earned it!!! I for one, love seeing "older ladies" being fun and independent... it's a good thing!!! Yes, I have the glass front door thing here too... faces south,lots of heat from that..and light... ok, into the day!! Enjoy!! Keep having fun!! Hugs and love from here...
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Old 12-08-2016, 09:00 AM   #3416
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They are really lovely socks, and warm.

Yep, one of the benefits of getting older is that you care less what people think...altho most of us struggle a bit with that at times.

One of my resolutions for the New Year...one that I will share...is to have no expectations.
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