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Old 12-25-2009, 09:59 AM   #2921
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You had a beautiful house Martha. I'm sure you had some wonderful years there and some good memories that you can take with you.
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Martha, if it will help the transition I'm sure someone will volunteer to will call you in the middle of the night to tell you the basement toilet overflowed.
Thanks for the $1800 memory!
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I was in some one's house once and they had drawings of all their past houses . I think this is a great idea especially for someone who is sentimental about their houses (like me and probably you Martha ). Beautiful house Martha !
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Today I got up at about 9:30, had a couple of scrambled eggs topped with cheddar on a couple of English muffins, then tore into the presents....a nice shirt (that I picked out), some DVDs, a few garden ornaments, and candy (Skittles, M&Ms, and cherry Twizzlers). Then gathered up all of the used wrapping paper and stuffed it in a paper sack, and tossed it out onto compost pile....since it's only 85 days 'til Spring, and I'll be needin' all the compost I can get my grubby little mitts on!

I had a nice chat with the neighbor while I was out by the compost pile. Then came in and got ready to go to the Masonic Lodge for Christmas dinner, where we had good food and good fellowship with a lot of old friends and acquaintances!!! Now it's time to kick back and relax the rest of the day!

Merry Christmas to all!!!
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Our seafood feast last night was tremendous. I'm not Italian, but the tradition of eating seafood on Christmas Eve is one I can always have my arm twisted to do. I gained 1 lb - oops!
I slept in until 7 AM today...versus the usual 530 AM up and buzzing about routine.
I made some pancakes and have some homemade bread in the oven now. Dinner is easy - Chicken a la King in the crockpot. Just lazing around the house today.

Opened presents, one of which is just perfect - Il Divo, a group of 4 very handsome men who have the most fantastic voices. The second guy from the left with the darkest hair and classic opera voice...Oh my my...
Also got the DVD of them live at the Coliseum in Rome Italy.

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Woke up - let the dogs out - the big dummy half chased the big red squirrel helping himself from the one of the bird feeders on the front porch but then proceeded to check his yard and play in the snow - found the snow shovel buried in the snow blown against the front door did a little before I got an 'ER' grip on myself - The Pug pooped in a clear spot on the porch and gave me that - you don't 'really think' I'm going out in that snow like that dumb Golden Retriever do you? Reloaded the bird feeders and we went inside.

Canceled three show the flag/sample Christmas dinner stops today all in town.

Chicken enchilada, black beans and rice for breakfast and put Vension in the slow cooker for tonight.

I'll take the MODOT and local recommendation to stay home - especially after seeing how much shoveling it will take to get the car out of the driveway.



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I started my day with some coffee and an attempt to bake some biscuits in the oven. Looks like my 1950ish oven finally bit the dust. Oh well......I had already planned to replace the flooring in the kitchen and the stove at the same time. Looks like that project will be moved up a bit in 2010. But the rest of the day pretty low key. Spent the day with my mom. We had already exchanged gifts when relatives were in town earlier this week. So an afternoon of movies and naps.
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What a great day! DGD woke us up at 8 am, showing great restraint IMHO. She's been going full speed all day, but has maintained a happy attitude the whole time. Pretty amazing in a 3 year old. Traditional ham Christmas dinner, mellowed out decorating a gingerbread house and watching Annie. Now comes the fun part, trying to get her to go to sleep, followed by explaining tomorrow morning that it isn't Christmas again.
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Wow, what a gorgeous house you had Martha. I can't remember why you sold your house. Are you relocating to another area or downsizing?

We had a very nice Christmas with our son and his girlfriend. The pineapple dressing was very good. Thanks, Moe. It was almost a dessert.

I envy those of you that spent your Christmas with children. IMHO they make Christmas. I sure hope that I get to spend next Christmas with my dear granddaughter. I talked to them on the phone and they were going to go to the San Diego zoo today. They emailed me some pictures of my DGD and she has become even cuter since I last saw her on 12/04/09!
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I got a very sporty Tommy Hilfiger wrisrwatch, an elegant wallet -that I needed- and a couple of Cuban cigarillo boxes -that I certainly didnīt need, but what the hell
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I washed both stinky dogs today. Dog beds got the treatment also.
Just hanging around the house with dh2b. We are surfing in parallel here in the living room. How romantic.
I have a full rack of pork spareribs with a dry rub in the oven, cooking real slow at 300 degrees. It's too cold out to use the smoker.
Also have some garden grown garlic roasting in a ceramic cooker. Red potatoes are on deck for making garlic mashed a la Applebee's style. The smell in the house is unbelievable.
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I've backed up every way from Tuesday, and I'm about to reformat my drive and reinstall Windows XP in order to improve performance.

Wish me luck. If you don't hear from me for a while, you'll know why.
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I remember seeing his and her laptops in a photo that T-Al posted. He won't be left incommunicado if the software god (read MS ) decides to punish him.
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I got up and ate a couple of donuts for breakfast, watched a couple of garden shows on TV (only 83 days 'til Spring), then went outside and fired up the new snowblower and cleared the sidewalks and driveway, and swept off the cars.

I then refilled all of the bird feeders...my feathered friends are really chowin' down today!!! BS'ed with the neighbors and the city snowplow driver for a while, before coming in and having a big ol' bowl of veggie soup!
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Went to church, read part of the Sunday paper and broke out the Wii Fit Plus that we bought for Christmas. We had a lot of fun, but boy do I need to practice and get in shape.
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This was the last day of Frank's long weekend. He decided that what he really wanted to do, was to take me shopping in the biggest outlet mall in the state. What a guy! I love it.

Everything was on sale and some of the prices were unbelievably low. He got an attractive high quality dress shirt, and I got a new purse and wallet (both leather and the nicest ones I have ever had). All together, I think we spent a little less than $50 total due to the sales that offered 75% off and more. We had a great time. We paid so little, that leaving the mall felt almost like we were making a quick get-away after an armed robbery.
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I'm back. The reinstallation process went as smoothly as expected. Only bad part was the old catch-22 of can't install the wireless driver until the wireless driver is installed and I can get to the Dell site. But I downloaded it from DW's computer.

I've only installed Firefox, Macrium reflect, and Sunbird so far, so now I have about 23 more essential apps to install.

Thanks to Rustic's suggestion, I now have a drive image of a fresh XP SP3 install, so the process will only take minutes next time.

I still think Windows is a house of cards.
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Of course it is! Why should it be a standard procedure to subject your PC to what is the equivalent of an enema every couple of years to cleanse out its bowels?
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