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Week of 23 November 2009

Latest Update: Sunday, 28 November 2009 3:00 p.m.


Monday, 23 November 2009

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An ugly day. Rain, wind, chilly temperatures. I am taking this week off for the Thanksgiving holidays. I went to the gym this morning then back home to shower and change for my 11am haircut appointment. From there I did some running around/Christmas shopping. 

My real driver's license came in the mail today. It took less than a week including the weekend. 

Rest, relax, and read this afternoon. Malcolm can't understand why we have not been outside to work or play. I haven't looked but I we must be up to close to an inch of rain as hard it came down during the night.

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Tuesday, 24 November 2009

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Wednesday, 25 November 2009

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Bob has been having to work head's down on Maker Shed stuff. Yesterday I did some more running around doing errands and some Christmas shopping. I also finished reading the Margaret Frazer. Great book. I will continue with the series. I am now reading another Deborah Knott, Killer Market. Maron has Judge Knott going to High Point during the furniture market. Twice a year small town High Point, a major furniture showplace, become inundated with thousands for people from all over the US and world.

Today I am taking apart the living and dining rooms in preparation for the Christmas decorations. It is cool and cloudy but no rain. Malcolm and I have been outside to play.

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Thursday, 26 November 2009

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Happy Thanksgiving. Hope you had a wonderful day. Bob actually took the day off to rest and read. We watched the first disc of Dexter to see how we like it.

I finished reading the Deborah Knott and have started the second book in the Sister Frevisse series, The Servant's Tale. We kept Thanksgiving dinner simple this year, turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, broccoli, corn, and rolls.

We had a surprise rain shower just after dinner last night. Just enough to water in the fertilizer.

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Friday 27 November 2009

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Today is clear, cool, and windy. I am going out at some point this afternoon to get my Christmas tree. Otherwise, lot of reading and relaxing. Leftovers for dinner.

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Saturday, 28 November 2009

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I started decorating the tree this morning after the Bilbrey's left for home after Bob helped me drag the stuff from the closet to upstairs. I got a bigger tree this year than I have the past couple of years in order to accommodate all my ornaments. Brian helped with getting the tree into the house and the tree stand. They decorate better if you let them sit overnight. The tree is now decorated as is the little artificial one I put in the den. 

We had a great week visiting with Marcia, Brian, Molly, and Lucy. Marcia and I had a great time yesterday at the Holiday Craft Fair. We did some shopping locally Monday and Tuesday. On Tuesday afternoon after we finished our shopping we picked up mom and dad to go to the Mexican restaurant for dinner. Meanwhile, after Frances got off from work, she picked up Bob and Brian at the house to meet us out there. We had a good time visiting with them since they were leaving Wednesday morning, along with Al,  to go to DC. They took the folks up to see the WWII memorial and tour the Marine Corp museum at Quantico returning home today.

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Sunday, 29 November 2009

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Quick run through the house with the vacuum and cleaned the bathrooms before starting back on the Christmas decorating. Once I unpacked and set up my village the rest was pretty easy. I put a few more ornaments on the tree.

Yesterday I ran into a problem yesterday with my tree topper that Bob and I thought we had fixed. I had trimmed off half of the tall tip branch so the tree would go into the stand without hitting the ceiling. When I went to put the top on yesterday I did what I always do; trimmed down enough to allow the top to go on. I use an old topper I bought years ago at a Russian exhibit while we were visiting our friend Alison in Jackson, MS. The opening is pretty narrow for the topper to go on the tip branch. When I cut the branch down the remaining tip was a little crooked and to the side. I then did what I always do, again, trimmed down the long part and use just the center top of the tree itself. Sometimes I have to whittle it down a little with the cutters to make it small enough. I did not notice the actual tree top was very thick, much thicker than usual for the that end of the tree. I cut to no avail, it would not get down small enough for the tree topper to fit.

Bob came up with a good idea. We used the branch I cut from the top leaving enough to duct tape the remaining part of the branch to the tree itself. Once he was finished I used a couple of tree decorations to hide the tape. It looked like it was going to work until we got up this morning. The tree topper was almost parallel with the floor but had not fallen off yet, branch and all. I cut the branch loose and removed the tape. At some point I will go out to see if I can find a topper with a larger opening.

Otherwise, all the decorating went as planned. Once I finished up the living and dining rooms I ran the vacuum in those rooms. Pizza tonight. I kept things pretty simple for Thanksgiving with the only leftovers being ham, turkey and some mashed potatoes and gravy most of which Bob and Brian ate Friday night. Marcia and I ate our leftover Chinese from Wednesday night. Last night Bob had ham and the rest of the potatoes and gravy while I ate a turkey sandwich.  I bagged up a couple of meals of ham and  turkey to freeze for later.


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