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Old 12-24-2016, 04:13 PM   #3515
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Hi Maggie!! You're so busy.. I'm watching football... takes all my attention!! Merry Christmas to you and everyone!!!!
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Old 12-24-2016, 04:27 PM   #3516
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If I were a football fan, I might have had a different day, but this is what I do at Christmas and what I have done by myself since sweet hubby left.

Not ready to give these things up, nor are the grands ready for that to happen, tho I have definitely scaled back in my solo life.

Have a good holiday out there in Oregon, Miss Gail, and think about making a trip to the Midwest in 2017...


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Old 12-24-2016, 06:30 PM   #3517
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We're cooking up a storm, some folks coming over for Christmas Eve dinner tonight. Made a very fancy boneless leg of lamb from scratch (even re-rolled and tied it myself, with seasonings inside), sure do hope it comes out good. Used a recipe from Cooks Illustrated - their recipes are always quite complicated but they are genuinely tested and generally come out good.

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, Cheery Chanukah, and happy holidays.
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Old 12-24-2016, 06:39 PM   #3518
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And to you, Bill.

Leg of lamb sounds good, haven't had that in decades...


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Old 12-25-2016, 04:48 PM   #3519
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Have had a very nice day at my son's...a guest, bearing fresh rolls and homemade jam from my freezer.

We shared the last bottle of Crimson Cranberry Wine from the Amana Colonies...ruby red and delicious, perfect.

My kids surprised me with a joint gift...a Smart TV to go with the home wifi I added last spring. I will be able to watch Netflix on my smart screen, not just my IPad mini. Yikes.

Son was apparently over here in my absence, measuring and figuring, to find one that would fit in my on-the-small-side entertainment center , and will get it set up for me in the next few days while I am away with the kids.

I don't know if I'm ready for such a high-tech television, but I now have one and he is a patient teacher, so I guess I will learn.

Those learning curves get more difficult as we age.

Off to Iowa in the morning.

Hope everyone has had a day of peace and love, however you celebrate.


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Old 12-25-2016, 07:52 PM   #3520
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Thanks Maggie, I had a fine day here..the sun was shining and my glass had something in it!!! Life is good... Hugs and love to you and the pup...
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Old 12-25-2016, 10:56 PM   #3521
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Learning helps keep the brain working.
By Dad got all the latest tech stuff- figuring how to use them.
Until a recent stoke is did great with all of it (he is 96).

He says those in their 70's are just young kids.
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Sounds like you had a great day.

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Old 12-26-2016, 05:11 AM   #3522
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I will learn, and my son is always available by phone if I have a question...if it weren't for him, we would have been even farther behind the times in getting our first laptop.


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Old 12-26-2016, 01:50 PM   #3523
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I must admit to heaving an audible sigh of relief when the amazing energy and exuberance of 4 children is transferred into a swimming pool, and then directed at churning water as fast as they can.

A good thing, and it's why we're here.

We are settled in til tomorrow, the sun is shining and weather mild.

Buddha smiles, Doug would say.


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Old 12-27-2016, 06:31 AM   #3525
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We had a very good day yesterday them swimming while I observed and crocheted , then games in the evening.

We discovered Quirkle last year, and it is an extreme favorite....also easily portable in its own carry sack.

By 8:30, uncontrollable silliness and fits of giggles reminded me that this is what exhaustion in children looks like....off to bed, and fast asleep in minutes.

These kids love each other, and are a joy to watch.

Sweet babies.

More swimming this morning, then onward to Burlington.

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Old 12-28-2016, 05:36 AM   #3526
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Yesterday was full, and tiring for Grandma, but the kids are happy and having a great time together...that's the important stuff.

We went to the visitation for Jake last evening, where I saw some members of Doug's extended family that I last saw at his funeral.

Attendees included Jake's rugby team mates, who had framed his jersey and presented it at the visitation to his mother.

If you know anything about rugby, this is not a sport for lightweights....very rough, and played without protective gear...these guys are big and burly, and all still somewhat in shock over the sudden death of one of their own.

The kids are full of questions, digesting another sudden death and trying to incorporate that into feeling secure within their own lives...hard enough for adults to manage, the kids are struggling a bit but leaning on each other and talking a lot. They have been good for each other during this time.

Another swim this morning, then heading home...where I will be tutored by my son in the use of my new television , and finish pulling things together to begin my trek south on Sunday.

This is one of those intense, pell-mell times of year, but I am grateful to be able to go and do and have this concentrated time with the grands.

A finite experience.

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You're such a good grandma... those kids are fortunate to have you in their lives... and they in yours as well...

Sunday!!!! That got here awfully fast!!! Or so it seems from out here.... so we're off on a new adventure with Maggie and Lily!!! I'm ready... hugs and love... enjoy the day... keep having fun!!!
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Happy New Year, travel safe. We plan on leaving Saturday.

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