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Old 12-11-2013, 12:45 AM
 
Location: 900 miles from my home in 80814
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Thanks MSR! Smilin and I are "doing Christmas" at a different casino. (Not the one packed full of family memories.)...Well, all of the casinos have memories for me. This whole area is "power-packed" with memories of my former life with my family...But I'm still looking forward to making new memories this Christmas with Smilin...I hope you do okay at Christmas. Will you spend the day with friends and family members? I think you mentioned that Crick's birthday was (is) on Christmas day. This must be rough...Sending you a BIG Christmas hug across the miles!
I am so excited for you and smilin to get together. I wish I could drive up there to see you guys! Have an incredibly wonderful, new memories packed time!
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Old 12-11-2013, 12:53 AM
 
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Marcy....Happy belated birthday! How did your day go? I hope you found a way to spoil yourself...Hope you have fun with your SIL and family and son on Christmas Eve and day.
The dinner was great. I had the salmon with mushroom and peas in lemon cream sauce, and Andrew had the four cheese pasta. For desert, we shared the Peppermint Chocolate Bark cheesecake. (I think that's what it was called). So good, and a to-go box for lunch tomorrow. Andrew was good company. He bought me a golden angel tree ornament (but I'll keep it out all year~~I collect angels) and a super sentimental cry-inducing card.

I just "played" most of the day sewing a skirt and bolero top for my granddaughter who will be 12 a week from Thursday. When I went to turn on the Christmas tree (a pre-lit fake one) before leaving for dinner, only the top tier of lights went on. Like a toddler, Tango the puppy was too quiet this afternoon, but I didn't think anything of it like I should have. She chewed through all the wires to the lower two tiers of pre-lit lights. Sigh. Tree ruined, but still need lights, so stopped at Target after dinner and bought 4 strings of tree lights. Do trees go on sale after Christmas? I'm needing a new one. Should have known the puppy was too quiet for too long.

But all in all, probably the best birthday since Bob died 5 birthdays ago....bittersweet....

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Old 12-11-2013, 03:50 PM
 
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I am so excited for you and smilin to get together. I wish I could drive up there to see you guys! Have an incredibly wonderful, new memories packed time!
Oh, my, Marcy! You need to get back into "baby" mode again! I'm sorry but LOL at Tango! What a little rascal! Yes, tree go on sale, at least around here after Christmas. Maybe you need a table top version with Tango.

Sounds like a wonderful but bittersweet b'day. Isn't Andrew just great?

I thought of you meeting up with smilin' and CA first thing when I read smilin's first post but then remembered your SIL is coming down to have Christmas with you. Maybe you gals can get to do that some other time.
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Old 12-11-2013, 08:55 PM
 
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Maybe one day Cal and I can visit Marcy. We both would like to. I live 3 hours from Marcy and 3 hours from Cal. We never can predict the future. My predicament now are my two dogs are old ladies and I see their old age showing. But, at some point, I really want to visit with Marcy. We will make it happen.
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Old 12-13-2013, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Southwest Desert
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The dinner was great. I had the salmon with mushroom and peas in lemon cream sauce, and Andrew had the four cheese pasta. For desert, we shared the Peppermint Chocolate Bark cheesecake. (I think that's what it was called). So good, and a to-go box for lunch tomorrow. Andrew was good company. He bought me a golden angel tree ornament (but I'll keep it out all year~~I collect angels) and a super sentimental cry-inducing card.

I just "played" most of the day sewing a skirt and bolero top for my granddaughter who will be 12 a week from Thursday. When I went to turn on the Christmas tree (a pre-lit fake one) before leaving for dinner, only the top tier of lights went on. Like a toddler, Tango the puppy was too quiet this afternoon, but I didn't think anything of it like I should have. She chewed through all the wires to the lower two tiers of pre-lit lights. Sigh. Tree ruined, but still need lights, so stopped at Target after dinner and bought 4 strings of tree lights. Do trees go on sale after Christmas? I'm needing a new one. Should have known the puppy was too quiet for too long.

But all in all, probably the best birthday since Bob died 5 birthdays ago....bittersweet....
Marcy..I'm glad you enjoyed your birthday so much this year. Sorry about your tree lights...Hopefully, Smilin and I can get down "your way" before too long. Or we can meet halfway or ?
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Old 12-14-2013, 12:34 AM
 
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I got four strings of 100 mini-lights at Fry's for $4.99 each, so right after Christmas this year, I'll go to Home Depot or Target and get a new tree that's not pre-lit since I now have lots of indoor lights. By next Christmas, Tango should be out of her chewing stage as she'll be 16 months! Her chewing has caused me to replace my computer keyboard, speakers, monitor, wireless mouse USB plug, iPad cord, foot pedal to my sewing machine, all the lights on my pre-lit Christmas tree, corless phone charger base, DSL telephone wire, and we're still counting.

I'd love to meet! I'm not sure what's half-way~~I'm in Oro Valley. Andrew could babysit the dogs and cats for me.
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Old 12-14-2013, 12:42 AM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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After we got back from Colorado last Sunday, having had a beautiful and fun Thanksgiving, my son carried up all my Christmas decorations and tree from the garage. For the first time in my life, I'm decorating the house, and putting up the tree by myself. It has been really hard. Before, we as parents, with kids at home, made it a party to decorate the house and tree. As the kids moved on, we still made a party of it. After Bob died, and Andrew still lived here, it was a more subdued, bittersweet thing to decorate the tree, but still a family activity. Now, Andrew's in his own place...his personal ornaments are with him, he found a 3' pre-lit brand new tree at Goodwill for $2.99, and we're both now embarking on new traditions that are our own. I decorated the house, put the tree together (pre-lit fake tree) and decorated it, but so much of the love and joy was gone. It was just me, no one to share it with. In the four years since Bob died, this is the first time I've decorated the house and put up the tree all alone. If my sister-in-law and hubby weren't coming for Christmas, I'd wonder why I'm doing this.
People should not do things out of habit if it does not give them pleasure. If I were you, and could afford it, I would consider taking a cruise next December - Maybe it's not too late to do a last-minute cruise this year. Why sit around feeling glum? Isn't that what your husband would want you do? Be happy instead of sad?

20yrsinBranson
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Old 12-14-2013, 09:00 AM
 
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People should not do things out of habit if it does not give them pleasure. If I were you, and could afford it, I would consider taking a cruise next December - Maybe it's not too late to do a last-minute cruise this year. Why sit around feeling glum? Isn't that what your husband would want you do? Be happy instead of sad?

20yrsinBranson
Do you read any posts except the 1st one? Marcy's late husband's sister is coming to visit for Christmas as she has posted numerous times. Good suggestion though.
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Old 12-19-2013, 06:39 AM
 
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I got four strings of 100 mini-lights at Fry's for $4.99 each, so right after Christmas this year, I'll go to Home Depot or Target and get a new tree that's not pre-lit since I now have lots of indoor lights. By next Christmas, Tango should be out of her chewing stage as she'll be 16 months! Her chewing has caused me to replace my computer keyboard, speakers, monitor, wireless mouse USB plug, iPad cord, foot pedal to my sewing machine, all the lights on my pre-lit Christmas tree, corless phone charger base, DSL telephone wire, and we're still counting.

I'd love to meet! I'm not sure what's half-way~~I'm in Oro Valley. Andrew could babysit the dogs and cats for me.
Marcy...Hope we can all get together before too long...Smilin is just doing a "one-nighter" because she doesn't have a long-term sitter for her dogs.
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Old 12-19-2013, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Southwest Desert
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I draped some tinsel over a couple of my windows. This felt good...Maybe I'll feel ready for a tree next year. Who knows?...I play Christmas carols and sing (and dance around) with my son's cat "Gracie." She loves it! And the carols put me in a good mood too...Every so often, the songs make me cry and miss my family. But that's okay. I figure I need to cry for awhile.
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