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1/22/20 8:35 A

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Poor Greyson, he loves my DH so much and we were gone (he won't come out for the cat sitter). Then Monday night we were out. Last night we had company and Greyson only likes us so he won't mingle. He sat in the hallway and cried for my DH. Finally DH was able to get him to go down to the family room where the guests were but he wouldn't approach anyone or stay long. Hoping tonight Greyson and DH can have some quality time together. Lizzie doesn't care. She seems very happy and affectionate and glad we are home but she amuses herself for the most part.

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1/21/20 9:42 A

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When we used to travel, the cats would be happy to see us, then sit aloof for awhile to make us pay for abandoning them.

I have a plumber coming this afternoon, anytime between noon and 5, so there goes my day. I'll be glad to have the toilet in the master bath back, though, and I sure hope he can fix the old faucet for my kitchen and reinstall it. I didn't know code had lowered the flow in new kitchen faucets, the new one takes forever to fill a pot.

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1/21/20 9:27 A

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We got a lot of snow yesterday actually but since the air is so dry and the ground is still warm, it didn't stick at all. Melted or evaporated. We know people still in the Smokeys' and they posted pics - glad we left when we did or we would have been stuck there - they had a lot of snow. Actually would enjoy that but it would have been a problem with work. Cats were so happy to see us yesterday.

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1/20/20 3:58 P

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Yes, the cold has returned. At least we aren't getting snow. I'll bet it's REALLY cold at elevation! Stay warm!

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1/20/20 2:22 P

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We went to the Smokey Mountains for the weekend. Had a nice time, quiet. Stayed in a cabin in the mountains. It is extremely cold here. Windchill/feels like is 14. I need to go out for a run but I've been procrastinating since I am not a fan of the cold.

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1/17/20 9:32 A

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Vida has taken Siobhan's place on my lap when I'm on the porch. She just moved right in to fill the vacancy. Rosie is 7 years younger than Vida, so their energy levels are different. That's why I need to get a kitten fairly soon. I just heard back from one cattery, they only release kittens at 12 weeks, which is 3-4 weeks to late for an easy transition into a home that already has cats. Those first very young weeks give me time to get her attached to me while she is still meek. At 12 weeks they are curious, and unwilling to let the older cats take the time to accept her.

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1/17/20 8:38 A

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Kittens do take a lot of time but certainly they are cute! When we got Lizzie she was nine months old and I think she was a terrible teen. Now she is about a year and a half old and she is still quite wild but now at least she sleeps sometimes. I try to keep her occupied with a lot of toys so she will tire herself.

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1/16/20 9:22 A

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Vida has been wandering around looking for Siobhan, Rosie is just confused. She wasn't attached to Siobhan, but used to her presence. I've got calls out looking for another Siamese, the breeder I got my last cat from is closed, the one I got the older two from is under new ownership and is half the size, so their kittens are claimed for the next year. A new kitten is adorable, but they take a lot of time. I have calls in to catteries in two other states.

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1/16/20 9:01 A

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So sorry about Siobhan Nell. She has been hanging in there for a while but when they decline, it tends to happen so fast. It's the saddest thing. I hope Vida will be okay.

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1/15/20 9:42 A

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Today is a bad day. My oldest cat, Siobhan, has been getting sicker, she's been losing a lot of weight. She eats well and is cuddly so I've let her go on. This morning her hind legs are giving out on her, she can't walk. I'll have to get her to the vet today for her final appointment. Before I go I'll have to dig a hole in the woods to take the box with her body, she can rest with the other 4 cats out there. My husband can't do the digging this time, he can't even walk in the woods let alone dig a hole. Vida, her half sister, will be bereft.

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1/15/20 8:09 A

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My aunt keeps asking for people to come and see my uncle. I don't think I will be able to - I live 550 miles away, but where are my cousins and aunt and uncles? They all live nearby. He is showing some signs of improvement. My dad's family is large, my dad is the oldest and this uncle is the second youngest. He is the one who took my on my first motorcycle ride when I was quite young.

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1/14/20 9:07 A

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I hope you get better soon so you can go see your uncle.

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1/14/20 8:35 A

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They transported my uncle to the bigger city hospital and induced paralysis to do the intubation. He is still in induced paralysis to help him heal and rest. They hope in a few days he will begin to improve. I don't think he is going home for a while.

I now seem to have a cold. I am very careful about touching things in the office, but it is impossible to avoid every single object so I probably picked it up there. I have a terrible sore throat and am a bit stuffy. Of course there is no time to rest.

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1/13/20 9:49 A

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How awful for her, Gloria! I hope the hospital will keep him as long as needed.

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1/13/20 8:46 A

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Back to work. I am really worried about my uncle. He has pneumonia and they had to intubate him. He is young, not much older than I am. His wife (who is more of a cousin to me than an aunt due to the closeness of our ages) just started a new job, I know this must be stressful for her.

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1/12/20 2:53 P

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And now a volcano has erupted in the Philippines. I am grateful every day for living in an area with few possible natural disasters, though we did have a 5.8 earthquake in 2011 that scared me to death.

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1/12/20 12:14 P

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Poor Puerto Rico gets it all the ways - hurricanes, earthquakes. We are not far from the New Madrid fault. So far no big earthquakes here but I do occasionally think about what might happen if one occurred. My in-laws are very close to that fault line.

Today is the Disney World full marathon and it is so hot that they are shortening the course - lots of people passing out. The Princess Half Marathon that I am doing there is just a month away and I am wondering what kind of weather we will face - it can be very hot or it can be cold, one never knows. I am working to acclimate to the heat by doing hot yoga a few times a week.

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1/11/20 1:38 P

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I saw this morning that Puerto Rico had just sustained another 6.0 earthquake, the most recent of a string of big shakes in the last week. At least we don't have to live through that!

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1/11/20 1:31 P

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Went to yoga this morning and came out and right at that minute the skies opened and the monsoon started. There has been wind and lightning and a storm warning earlier, but in my opinion, nothing bad here. But yes, we don't need any rain right now.

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1/10/20 8:59 A

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I have been watching the storm warnings, it looks like the storms will be south of you, but you'll still get yet more rain.

I have a haircut this afternoon. My bangs are driving me nuts so it's time.

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1/10/20 8:24 A

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Happy anniversary Nell.

We might get strong storms tomorrow. It is possible that the worst will stay further south. Hopin the weather isn't terrible for anyone anywhere.

Gloria

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1/9/20 11:28 A

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Yesterday was our 37th wedding anniversary, which we acknowledged but didn't do much celebrating. I must have been really optimistic to have a January wedding, it didn't snow that day but when I set the date 8 months earlier, who would know? Here we are old and and not liking to be out in cold weather.

I saw the rain you will be getting this weekend, we'll only get the end on Sunday. You must be soggy by now.

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1/9/20 9:48 A

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No snow here but we are expecting a lot of rain this weekend.

Gloria

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1/7/20 9:38 A

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We will be getting our first snow of the year this afternoon. Of course, it's the night of our monthly dinner at Cracker Barrel with friends, we'll have to miss it. Hubby can barely keep his balance on flat floors, there is no way he could maintain balance on an even slightly slippery surface. I'll have to head back to the store as soon as the cleaners leave to get something to make for a dinner I hadn't planned on making.

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1/7/20 8:06 A

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Not much going on here besides work. We have been very efficient so far this month and that will help me a lot as the month passes. Good weather but a lot more rain is expected. I am now rethinking my work outs for this week because it is possible I won't be able to get outside as the days go on.

Gloria

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1/6/20 10:08 A

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Back from hubby's eye doc appt. It's a good thing I go with him, he can't hear, won't wear his hearing aids, and takes awhile to understand when he finally hears.

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1/6/20 8:28 A

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Back to work. I need to stay focused. Lot's to do and in a hurry.

Gloria

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1/5/20 3:06 P

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Just got back from Mom's, I have her laundry in to wash now. I'm always amazed at where she puts things, just drops clothing everywhere. She used to yell at us when we did that.

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1/5/20 12:26 P

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Another beautiful day, cold this morning but warming up with some wind. I love this weather. Got out for a run this morning. I am just doing things around the house. I like to putter and get things done but my schedule is so wild that I rarely can just do that - usually I am just frantically trying to get things like laundry and groceries done.

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1/4/20 2:32 P

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Yeah, it's warm, nearly 60 right now. I don't think this warmth will hold for the whole winter. The last time we had a really warm January we got heavy snows in February.

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1/4/20 1:15 P

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Still cloudy today but no rain. It's cooler but not cold. I feel like we have had a warm winter and wonder what is in store for the next couple of months. Ran this morning and then breakfast with hubby. I need to get up and get some things done around here to get ready for the new work week.

Gloria

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1/3/20 12:02 P

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I had to return a pair of Skechers I got from DSW online. I got the same size and model that I am practically stepping out of now, but they are so tight I can't wear them. I am used to vanity sizing in jeans that enlarge with years, but shoes??

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1/3/20 7:35 A

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Oh my gosh yes, if this was snow we would be buried! It rained so much yesterday and is still raining. It took forever to get from home yesterday, presumably because of the rain.

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1/2/20 7:27 A

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We had a pretty normal year with rainfall, you guys really got nailed. At least it isn't snow!

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1/2/20 7:22 A

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Back to work. After the record amount of rain we go the other day, we are expected to get a few inches more today and tomorrow. Get out the row boats.

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1/1/20 4:28 P

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I got all the Christmas decorations down. I hauled the boxes with the 2 artificial trees up the ladder to the attic. One of my sons stopped by to say hello, he helped me push the boxes through the attic opening. 20 years ago I did it myself, then hubby used to help me, now he can't do anything, I was grateful for the push. All the decorations boxes are packed and back on the shelves. I got down to a tee shirt, I got so hot.

But it's done. I have baked beans in the oven, and brown bread steaming on the stove. I'm too tired to even drink coffee.

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All I needed was a trim and I was lucky and got it done. Lots of errands and chores complete yesterday. Started today with a group run with friends and then ran again later by myself. Just felt like getting out in the sun. We are expected to get a lot more rain in the next couple of days.

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12/31/19 3:48 P

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Good luck getting your hair done on one of the biggest party nights of the year.

We'll be staying in as usual, DH will watch football from his recliner as usual. Tomorrow I'll take down all the Christmas decorations, so it's one last night of pretty lights.

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12/31/19 12:36 P

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Sunny here too but not that warm. It's very windy too. The sun is so nice. Can't believe it's the end of a decade. I am working on some things in my closet today and changing out my handbag. I am hoping I might be able to get in to get my hair trimmed too (might be impossible being last minute). Trying to start the new year on a fresh note.

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Whew. I've had to order all new clothes for Mom, she needs pull up trousers and collarless shirts now since someone else is helping her dress. It will take a couple of weeks for the pants to be hemmed and get here, it will be a lot safer if she doesn't have to wrestle with a zipper, button and belt when using the toilet. The stuff you don't think about until you have to!

Your rain got here last night and this morning, but the sun is shining now and it's 60 degrees out there. What a December!

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12/30/19 12:16 P

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Hope your mom is okay Nell.

We had so much rain yesterday that there was flooding. I was lucky to get outside and run between the downpours. Did yoga last night and this morning. It's much colder today - more like it should be for late December. I am on vacation today but am logging on to work for a while - hope not more than a couple of hours. But I've got a lot to do.

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12/29/19 1:48 P

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I got a call from Mom's assisted living yesterday, she had fallen, said couldn't feel her legs. They got her up, by the time I got there she seemed OK. Then she fell again this morning, and needed help to even use her walker. I'll head over in a few minutes to see what's going on.

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12/29/19 12:52 P

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We had the key but DH needed a wrench or something to do it. We've got it taken care of, just a pain and a nuisance but it isn't the worst thing that could happen. Just frustrated with this car - I barely drive it anymore. Need to hurry up and get rid of it but I honestly work too much to deal with it. I am supposed to be off the next two days but will be working (what is the point of vacation time if I can't even use it? And we can't carry vacation time over to the new year) and hubby will be working too. I'd like to quit my job and if I do that, I won't need anything fancy for a car so I really have to make that decision first I guess. I keep putting it off.

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12/28/19 7:40 P

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Ugh, do you have the key? Or is it just strength needed? A shop has a machine to do it in seconds, which won't help you on the side of the road.

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12/28/19 5:16 P

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10K this morning, it was warm but rainy. I do this one every year. Now I am dealing with a flat tire. I don't drive this car anywhere except close to home due to all of the problems I have with it. The tires are new, not more than 10K miles on them so under warranty but can't get the lug locks off and there is no spare tire. Ugh.

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12/27/19 8:48 A

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Today I have to get a small trash can for Mom. She keeps using her clothes hamper as a trash can. I catch the soda bottles and most of the used tissues, but I missed one yesterday and her laundry has paper dots all over it. I know it's dementia, but the things she does and says still catch me by surprise.

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12/27/19 8:10 A

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I love icicles on a tree but several years ago we quit using them since the cats would eat them. Maybe next year Lizzie won't be so wild and our tree will fare better - but she is 1.5 now and I expected she would have calmed down more than she has. Back to the office today. Traffic was light so at least there is that!

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12/26/19 2:57 P

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What a wonderful gift! I never even knew you could do that.

I'm lucky my cats don't pull off ornaments, but they do pull off icicles. I try to keep all the icicles high up, but occasionally they'll yank on a low hanging strand.

Christmas dinner was great, I had a 10 pound boneless rib roast, 4 flats of yorkshire pudding (really just giant popovers so the vegetarians could eat it), 3 curries, and Good Eats Green Bean Casserole. Hard to believe that old casserole standby can actually be delicious if made from scratch. It was crowded and crazy and everyone had a great time.

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12/26/19 2:40 P

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Nice Christmas, beautiful weather here. Best friend came and we all went for a walk after dinner. Hubby gave me the most beautiful etched glass image of my Earl Grey - he will probably always be my favorite cat. I miss him a lot. This is just gorgeous and I've never seen anything like it. Hubby sent a photo in to have this done. Hubby tried to put the ornaments back on the tree but Lizzie took them off as fast as he could get them on. Later she was dragging one of my Christmas gifts all over the house. Such antics, she makes me laugh so much!

Ate a lot yesterday, not necessarily that unhealthy but just so much. Had a nice salad for lunch today and I feel better already. I've put on about four pounds but not sure if that is just the huge amount of food from yesterday - which will go away with the healthier foods. Probably salt retention, though I tend not to use a lot of salt when cooking. Despite that, drinking a lot today to flush it all out.

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12/24/19 2:12 P

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I'm taking a break. The bread is in the oven, it's basically a sweet raisin bread that I'll ice when it's cool. Mom always made it when I was a kid, no idea where the recipe came from. I've got two side dishes prepped and labeled, three more to go. The fridge is filling up!

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12/24/19 11:06 A

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Yes, the small cakes are ideal. I think they have about 400 calories each which to me is a lot but we each only ate half and will eat the other half later.

I ran with the large group this morning, not sure how many were there but it could have been 50 - and then we had breakfast after that - I didn't eat a lot there because I prefer breakfast with my hubby. I've got the food started. I like days like this. It's nice out, if I can get a lot done this morning I might be able to go for a short walk later to enjoy this incredible weather.



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12/23/19 5:20 P

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Happy Birthday to your DH! This is a tough time to have a birthday, my middle son's is the day after Christmas. So much food, and everyone getting gifts, it's hard to feel special. When he was little, we had an "Unbirthday" (from Alice in Wonderland, I think) on June 26. The tiny cake seems like a good idea, like a cupcake rather than a whole cake.

All my baking is done, except for the Christmas bread. I'll do that tomorrow, along with prepping all the side dishes (most of them vegetarian curries) for Christmas. The cleaners are coming tomorrow, so I fried the paneer today for one of the dishes. It spits and makes a mess, I cleaned it up best as I could, but the cleaners can finish it off tomorrow.

The next two days are my busiest of the year, and worth every minute to have all my kids and grandkids here.

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12/23/19 4:57 P

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Today is hubby's birthday. I am fixing spaghetti for his dinner. I have not baked a cake in a few years. Instead I usually pick up a German chocolate cake for him. I never eat it. He usually only eats a little of it. So this year I went to the bundt cake store and got him a mini bundt cake ("Bundlet." He will enjoy that and I won't have to worry about spending a lot of money on something that he a). shouldn't eat since he is diabetic and b). that over half will be discarded.

It is very warm out. I ran yesterday and went to yoga last night. Off work today so I went to yoga again this morning and then went for a walk this afternoon.

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12/21/19 5:29 P

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I knew who the possible three friends were, but didn't know if they were coming or not. They are not. We should have a small crowd. I got a small turkey. When we drove by the grocery store last night on the way home from work, it was a nightmare. We waited a while and went back and I got almost everything I needed for Christmas. It wasn't busy at all. This morning we went to Kroger to get the remaining items on the list - not much for the meal but some other things we needed. It was a little bit busy but it was not as bad as I expected.

Today we went to our favorite Persian restaurant for a late lunch. It's too far to drive to Nashville for that very often but when we do, we really enjoy it. They were very busy.

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12/20/19 8:30 A

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I got a 10 pound boneless rib roast at Costco yesterday, hopefully that will feed 19 people, especially since 2 are vegetarians.

Can your DH tell you who the friends are? It's unfair to them to think they are welcome when they aren't even expected.

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12/20/19 8:17 A

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We had an incident several years ago where my husband invited someone over for Christmas and they showed up very early. I was still in my robe. I was furious and everyone knew it. My husband for some reason has no ability to think ahead. He can't plan anything. Can't budget, can't even see ahead on the road to look for obstacles or traffic. He has a genius IQ but he only thinks in the immediate tense or the past. So strange. He still doesn't know if his friends are coming. I can no longer wait for him to tell me - I must get to the store and buy the food. Mainly I need to know what size turkey to get and how many pies to back. The rest we can wing it - there will be enough food.

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12/19/19 9:51 A

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I think I'd tell him "I have food for ____people, if you want more you're buying it and making it." I knew a woman who had made dinner for her family, her husband brought home someone from work without telling her, so she just said she was eating out and left. He never did that again. My husband used to call after I'd made dinner and tell me he was eating out with business associates and not coming home, that was bad enough.

I'm off to Costco, it will be a war zone.

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12/19/19 9:36 A

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Trying to get a lot done in the next two days - then I will be off Monday. Office is closed Tuesday. I don't want to have to work this weekend. I haven't got my grocery list made yet and I am sure the grocery stores will start to be very busy if they aren't already. Problem is, I don't know who my husband is going to invite so I don't know how much food to buy.

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12/17/19 8:35 A

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I remember an old segment from Germaine Greer, "I need a wife!" That was in the early days of women working when they were still expected to fulfill all the tasks of a housewife while working. Sounds like that still pertains after all these years of progress.

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12/17/19 7:51 A

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Honestly, this isn't really about the holidays. This is just how my job is...all of the time. Year round. Last night it took two hours to get home from the office. And when I got home I worked for a few more hours.

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12/16/19 11:13 A

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I am so glad to be retired!! I remember the chaos of trying to do Christmas while working and commuting, it was hard to enjoy any of it.

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