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Old 12-12-2015, 03:55 PM   #1359
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Old 12-12-2015, 11:07 PM   #1360
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I have had a new toilet paper holder sitting on my bathroom vanity for at least a month.

I started it, realized I would have to drill new holes....and that was the end of that. I am so not interested in those kinds of things.

There it has sat, but company tomorrow requires the toilet paper not be sitting on the vanity while the holes of the old holder glare at all visitors to the bathroom.

Pulled out the rechargeable drill, and just did it.


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Hi, Maggie; Good job on the toilet paper holder. In my trailer, the holder was at a bad angle, making it nearly impossible to pull the amount needed without breakage at each sheet. And it would un-roll itself while on the road. My fix was to re-install my toilet paper holder vertically.
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Old 12-13-2015, 06:40 AM   #1361
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This year when you come to Edisto maybe we ca get together for breakfast or dinner. It will be tax season (guess what I do) do early is probably best but I missed you last year & would like to meet you.

Paiceman - let me know of you come by & we can all meet.

Merry Christmas!
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Old 12-13-2015, 07:37 AM   #1362
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I would like that, Jane. . Let me know.

The Amazing Miss Emma has a solo in the Christmas program at their church this morning, so Grandma will of course be there.

8 1/2, and a performer in her bones.

Her parents are not terribly excited about her passion for singing and dancing, but she is really good at it.....and so Grandma bought her a Karaoke machine for her birthday last year and other performance accoutrements this year. . With her parents permission, of course.

If it is her passion, it may be her calling....and should be nurtured and encouraged, IMO.

Supposed to have a high of 64 today, and it is raining.

It was so warm yesterday that, with the oven on for bread and coffee cake, I had to turn on the ceiling fan.

It's going to be one of those winters, but will make getting out of here in a month or so a bit easier than the subzero temps, snow and ice we most often have in January.......tho it isn't January just yet, so I'd better be careful about counting on it.

Picture of Miss Emma to follow.....Emma, who so terribly misses her Grandpa, and tells me that sometimes she feels him rubbing her shoulders, like he used to do when she sat on his lap and read him poetry on Sunday nights.

Emma believes.


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Old 12-13-2015, 12:18 PM   #1363
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Good on Emma....

Looked at Edisto and it seems expensive. Where do you stay? I know you don't spend money like the rates I looked at....
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Old 12-13-2015, 02:38 PM   #1364
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Hi Vince!

I do indeed pay to stay at the beach campground at Edisto, and it and their other campground are all that is down there.

It is worth every...single...penny.

Being reasonably frugal, most of the time , includes splurges on occasion for places you love.


Miss Emma did an excellent job, and has such a sweet little voice.....and all decked out in her sparkly red holiday dress.

It is raining and warm here....but I guess it could be snow and ice.


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My three grands-who-live-close.

Love those sweet babies.


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nice images Maggie!!!!
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Old 12-13-2015, 05:50 PM   #1367
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You're too kind.

I'm a pretty awful photographer....most of the time....but these are beloved subjects, so that helps.

Emma is a real ham, but the boys are at that age where smiling for a camera is just not done.


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Old 12-14-2015, 05:08 AM   #1368
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Hi Vince!
I do indeed pay to stay at the beach campground at Edisto, and it and their other campground are all that is down there.
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Hello Maggie .. read about your Mother in Law .. sad shame ..
I looked through the posts and saw a picture of the Bread Rolls you baked ..
.. very professional .. The knitting looks pretty too ..
Ive been wearing different Hats my Niece made for me ..
Hans isn't sure of one as its of many colours .. striped and goes into a point with a bobble on the end .. we entered Costco and he said
"would you mind removing your hat you look positively insane" ..

Since Muffin suffered a hideous demise we have cleared the Cottage of Teflon ..
Friend of ours has owned parrots for years and enlightened us to what he believed the cause .. Hans and I have wept buckets the past two weeks we had no idea the Non stick coating was so lethal for tiny birds and is not so good for humans ..

It been an expensive turnaround .. discarded electric pans alone cost $600 ..
These two were active when Muffin suddenly became ill ..
normally we only had one on the go ..
I have removed all coated cooking equipment .. I said to Hans we could use the main oven only .. then realised we cant .. the non stick sides are Teflon ..
so we spent a week trawling around Electrical shops and this morning received delivery of appliance which is not self clean ..
I baked bread every day in Teflon Electric Pan and will switch to Cast Iron ..
first CI Pot arrived this morning along with the Red Retro oven .. Retro being the 'in' word... Ive baked bread in CI before .. first attempt a disaster as forgot to pre heat .. needed a crow bar to remove the loaf .. The pan was banished to the charity shop following a heated exchange .. the wafer thin tea towel between iron and hands caused me to throw the Red Hot lump and in the process nearly demolished an Antique table ..
This time around I've invested in extra thick oven gloves ..

Muffin Too is settling in .. he's quite the cheeky chappie ..
He's sitting on my shoulder making weird noises
and every so often I'm spoon feeding him Ready Brek which shuts him up for a few mins ..

Your Grandchildren look delightful ..
Miss Emma brought back memories of my first Party Dress with dangling Red Cherry .. long time ago in Daze of Old when Knights were bold and Teflon weren't invented xx

First picture of Muffin Too ..
Taken with New Leica + 1970's Leica Lens ..High Resolution Long Distance Surveillance .. produced for U.S. Navy ..
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Old 12-14-2015, 05:23 AM   #1369
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Maggie, I need to thank you for sharing all your thoughts and feelings since Doug's passing. It has been good preparation for me as my John's health declined and it became obvious that his end was coming, as it recently did. My own entry into that different life came two weeks ago, and it's just me and a black lab at home now. I'll spend the winter cleaning up and organizing things, and then an old blue truck and the Airstream will take the two of us exploring. Hope we meet you and Lily on the road somewhere, someday.
Mimi .. Saddened to read your post ..
Im strong in some regard
but weak in others and greatly admire ones left behind who soldier on ..

Bud .. Evylyn .. Channon .. and emails received ..
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good for you.. I know that one!! then I do it and wonder why it took me so long!!!! Good morning Maggie...I'm going to copy that recipe...love buttered rum!!!!
Gail ..
Haven't partaked in Tots of Rum in an age but shall now buy a bottle for Christmas .. Oven has arrived .. time to fiddle about with Flour .. xx
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You're too kind.
I'm a pretty awful photographer....most of the time....but these are beloved subjects, so that helps.
Emma is a real ham, but the boys are at that age where smiling for a camera is just not done.
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Maggie .. have you made bread which is slow fermenting for baking in
Cast Iron .. i vaguely remember you doing it .. if so .. the recipe would be most welcome .. x
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Muffin Too is precious, Lili!

I have never really warmed to birds, but appreciate others love for their pets, whatever the type.

Lili, I can send you that overnight bread recipe, but you need a Dutch Oven for it.....a heavy, lidded one that can go into your oven.

I put the dough in on parchment paper, which prevents any sticking at all. I'll email you about it. It does make really good bread. I made a loaf just the other day.

I have picked up over the years those heavy, restaurant quality baking pans that are not Teflon coated. They have a finish that releases baked goods without a lot of grease and flour needed.

If you get back to the States, Lili, I will take you to TJMaxx and Tuesday Morning. But, you might have to ship things home.

Still raining here....if it were snow, we'd be buried.


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