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Old 12-12-2014, 06:36 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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I feel for those that got the snow. Crossed fingers for us in Minnesota. So far there have been only a couple of bad days.

Escort, it's like everything else in life. You feel you are prepared but sometimes Mother Nature reminds us that she is the boss and we are unprepared. Life happens.
It depends upon a lot of things too. This latest storm that hit Vermont is said to be the worse since the floods of Storm Irene in 2011. It was 12-20" of wet snow and wet snow is the heavy stuff. It brings tree limbs down, they fall on houses, cars, people.

Is anyone done with their Christmas shopping? There's a lot of traffic out there.
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Old 12-12-2014, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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That is the one good thing about being disabled - time. I was able to do most of my shopping on-line , because I had the time. SO I'm basically done.
 
Old 12-12-2014, 09:24 PM
 
Location: ☀️ SWFL ⛱ 🌴
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It depends upon a lot of things too. This latest storm that hit Vermont is said to be the worse since the floods of Storm Irene in 2011. It was 12-20" of wet snow and wet snow is the heavy stuff. It brings tree limbs down, they fall on houses, cars, people.

Is anyone done with their Christmas shopping? There's a lot of traffic out there.
I finished my shopping last night. I like to shop around six when people are eating and the stores aren't quite as busy. I have a package for my sister and niece ready to mail tomorrow. My granddaughter and I made dog biscuits for all the family pets today, so I put a bag of those into my sister's package. We wrapped some presents tonight but have a few more left to do.

Our DIL was raised to be thrifty and had jobs she was expected to do. As a child she and her siblings made Christmas tags for presents, cutting out pretty pictures from old Christmas cards and using ribbons that were saved from the previous Christmas. She had both grandkids working on some this week and gave me a box full today that they had made. It's not only thrift, but recycles and keeps the kids busy with a job to do, the two of them were quite proud of themselves. We do love DIL.
 
Old 12-13-2014, 06:02 AM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Egads, I have bo clue. At this time of year I pull all of the totes for each recipient and take a last look to see if I need one more thing, then I get the people that I have to ship gifts to first.

That gives me a break to get the ones that I will actually see all done.
 
Old 12-13-2014, 03:10 PM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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Is anyone done with their Christmas shopping?
All done.
Bought stuff online, delivered to my door, wrapped, and mailed to relatives.
Friends are getting the home-made booze that I put in the closet to set up 3 and 4 months ago.
(Kahlua, Amaretto, Cran-Raspberry Liqueur, Strawberry Liqueur, Chocolate Liqueur, Peach Brandy, and Cherry Brandy!!)

I hate malls (and shopping) any time of year, LOL
 
Old 12-13-2014, 03:34 PM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Oh my, Gand, you can be my Santa any time.

I was thinking that booze would be an easy way out for those I am short on gifts.

I do love to shop, but we don't get to town much out here in the hills.

I had to chuckle today. As any of you fashionistas know, the cafe racer motorcycle jacket has been really hot these last two seasons. I bought a no name but incredibly well made black one last year, it has a nice, heavy liner and is wonderfully warm.

The snow on the grounf makes rubber soled boots a necessity now. I have two paur of Frye harness boots, black and brown.

Clad in said black jacket and boots, the western Denim and Supply shirt and Ralph Lauren jeans, with a beautiful western plaque style matching RL belt, I went into the el cheapo grocery store to grab a few things.

An older gal, in her sixties and conservatively dressed, hurried past me when our paths crossed in the store.

I had just read the chapter called Facial Profiling in Jase Robertson's book, 'Good Call', where he and his bearded band are often mistaken for homeless, religious fanatics or just plain scummy people because of their beards and penchant for camo clothing.

She must have thought I was a Hell's Angel, LOL. (And, nope, no tramp stamps on this bod.)

Made me smile.
 
Old 12-13-2014, 09:04 PM
 
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All done.
Bought stuff online, delivered to my door, wrapped, and mailed to relatives.
Friends are getting the home-made booze that I put in the closet to set up 3 and 4 months ago.
(Kahlua, Amaretto, Cran-Raspberry Liqueur, Strawberry Liqueur, Chocolate Liqueur, Peach Brandy, and Cherry Brandy!!)

I hate malls (and shopping) any time of year, LOL
That sounds like such a good way to do it and I bet those gifts will be well appreciated. Home-made booze, that's a rare treat, such lucky recipients!

I won't go near a mall either. I hate them. The LAST place I want to be is a crowded mall while weighted down with a heavy winter jacket and boots, hot, tired, sore feet, hungry. I miss the beautiful old department stores when cities still had pretty stores and each store was different. But these days online shopping is a good method and also going to local places to find things that will suit someone perfectly. I wish I could get into a gift wrapping mood.
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Old 12-13-2014, 09:27 PM
 
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I won't go near a mall either. I hate them. The LAST place I want to be is a crowded mall while weighted down with a heavy winter jacket and boots, hot, tired, sore feet, hungry. I miss the beautiful old department stores when cities still had pretty stores and each store was different. But these days online shopping is a good method and also going to local places to find things that will suit someone perfectly. I wish I could get into a gift wrapping mood.
Not sure when I was last in a mall but I know it was before I retired in 2011.
I too miss those department stores of yesteryear, I even miss that people dressed up to visit them. Which makes me a hypocrite of sorts because I've never been one who enjoyed dressing up. But there's a big gap between my public dress - dark, clean jeans or capris, a tailored feminine top, stylis and quirky but comfortable and supportive flats - and what seems to pass for acceptable public attire these days. Where I live, you can easily shop without having to wear a heavy jacket or coat. I'd be miserable it I had to lug one of those around.

Online shopping has become too easy and convenient. As much as I believe in supporting local merchants, it's just easier and cheaper to go to Amazon. So there's another way I'm a hypocrite.

We travel a lot - mostly road trips - and I do pick up many gifts from places we visit so there's that. Museum gift shops and local farmer/artisan markets are my favorite sources. Often I pick up something without knowing to whom I'll gift it at Xmas, then I look for the perfect match. When there's not one, I wrap it and stick a bow on it and give it to DH, which means it's really mine. Or if it's something feminine, I just skip that step and keep it. LOL, just realized for the first time that mostly I buy "gifts" for myself.
 
Old 12-13-2014, 10:36 PM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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Gand, where can I find recipes for your home made liquor? I'll bet they are delicious.
New England, I've had the shopping done but wrapping is piecemeal. I'm probably the worst wrapper in the world but, oh well, it's the thought that counts, right? We've still got time to get it done.
 
Old 12-13-2014, 11:08 PM
 
Location: Approximately 50 miles from Missoula MT/38 yrs full time after 4 yrs part time
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.............................SNIP:................ .
Friends are getting the home-made booze that I put in the closet to set up 3 and 4 months ago.
(Kahlua, Amaretto, Cran-Raspberry Liqueur, Strawberry Liqueur, Chocolate Liqueur, Peach Brandy, and Cherry Brandy!!)
The only one of the home-made "booze" that I have made is CHERRY LIQUEUR.

Every year when the commerical harvest occurs of our Montana "Flathead Cherries" I buy about 12 pounds and use some for the Liqueur.....Harvest usually occurs about mid August (weather dependent).

....Any size glass container..(I use a (1) gallon glass container with a GOOD Screw on cap that won't leak.
.........Fill the container with un-pitted Flathead Montana Cherries--only fill to 80% full.
.........Then fill remaining space with CUBE White Sugar.
.........Then pour in 100 Proof Absolut Vodka to within 1/3 inch of top of container.
.........Screw the lid on TIGHT!!

Turn Upside/down and Set the containers in a dark corner of your pantry. Turn "upside/down again every 10 days" Until Thanksgiving!!!!! It is now ready to drink...........I know there are more complicated recipies, but this one is simple and results in a very acceptable Liqueur, IMHO..
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