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Every year I wish I had room for some of the new stuff---LOL---but I have been good and haven't bought that many big items---although I did get a new greenhouse one since my old one busted. I finally got the last of the figures up last night . I have a very busy village---LOL It is a lot of work to put it up but it looks so nice each year.

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Cathy, I've always wanted to make wreaths and garlands. We have lots of greenery but I don't know what to do with it.

Thanks for the idea of the consignment shop. There is one here locally where I've taken some of my homemade aprons and such. I'll bet she might be interested in some of them.

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I am lucky to live near two garden centers that carry a very diverse bunch of things.

consignment gallery might be the answer to your village, I always thought they were cool to look at but never wanted to bother with the set up and storage of all of that



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Chris, they sound adorable. There are so many varieties of hostas but I hate to order online for the different ones. Did you have to do that? I have seen the giant ones---when I worked at Walmart garden center, one year we got them in---never seen them for sale since then around here.
Terri, that's a shame but hopefully you can find someone who would want them. Maybe put them in a consignment shop? I have thought about whether my local museum would want my huge collection---they have a perfect place to put them---I am betting they would like to have my dock theme ones since they are a wildfowl museum.
Michael lit my village yesterday and I got about half the people set up before my meeting last night. Dh brought up the dining room tree so that needs to be decorated. And the nativity bin was found so that needs to be set up, too. So I am still in the throes of decorating here. Work is just getting in the way----LOL
Made my wreath last night at Master Gardener's meeting---wish I had more greenery that I could use around here.

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Sigh...I think I'm going to have to part with my ceramic Christmas village houses. Even in this big house, I don't have room to display them like I'd like to and I'm hoping this will be our last season here. We have such a crowd for Christmas that I can't spare the floor space and have no shelves that would accommodate them. I might see if I can squeak out one more year before I part with them, but then there's the cat...so maybe not.

We have the tree up and had to buy one more string of lights to finish lighting it. Once those are up, we can start to decorate the tree and take the empty bins back downstairs. Right now, they're all over the living room and it's a mess.

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I have about 10 different varieties of Hostas. from giant to mini ones that I have next to my shed in a small area they are so cute and only get about 6-8 inches tall. They have fun names like might mouse, and stiletto as they look like mouse ears and stiletto heals



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Atilbe needs moist soil----always check to see what kind of soil it needs ----usually on the tag. Hostas will take about any kind of soil except for very wet while the other one likes the wet. You can always visit a garden center and get info even if you don't buy there. there are a lot of plants that like partial shade but want some sun at some point---so observe when certain areas of your yard gets any sun. Afternoon sun is the hottest so that would be an area where you could plant some partial shade plants. Hydrangea bushes like some shade but also need some sun, but not too much. I have one up front that I think gets too much sun---I should move that but where is always an issue. Also, give hostas room to spread out---even a small shoot planted needs space once it grows and opens up.
Teacher was out again yesterday----I was very tired when I got home and just chilled for the rest of the evening.

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Hi Allie~ Chris has some good suggestions. You might even find someone who already has Hostas that they might want to divide. You didn't mention how big your yard is and if you want permanent plants (shrubs and perennials) or annual flowers.

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Hostas are good and you can split them right away from the pot, just buy whatever you like and make sure to get one that has lots of shoots then just cut with a knife a d plant with some fertilizer and I always use some peat moss also as I have very heavy clay type dirt. There are many types and sizes to choose from with different color leaves also. Bleeding hearts are good as are astilbe. if you have a nursery by you go to the shade section there is a lot to choose from. Have fun



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Good evening team:

I have belonged on this team but I haven't been very active at all. I don't have any trees in my yard but I am surrounded by them.

I want to plant shade loving plants/flowers in the spring. Does anyone have any suggestions the cheapest way I can do this?

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yes everything is working. He came back from visiting his dad with oldest son ans spent the day here, we played cards with mom and had dinner here. He leaves to go home today, back to Arizona. miss seeing him



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Does that mean it is fixed? Sure hope so. Losing power is no fun but at least it was after they had finished and not while they were working and needed the light.
Living room tree is up and decorated. Used up almost all the new batteries I bought on Saturday and I need more---LOL

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have to get all the things together that my son and I bought to fix the bathroom trap and new faucet. We had made a big trip and he bought what he thought might work, then he went back again because the first thing didn't work. Then again just before going to my oldest sons for dinner and some games before they left to visit with their dad on Thanksgiving. So I have to sort out what I have to return as I don''t need it anymore. That was a cluster of a day for sure! The lights going out right as they were done was the icing on the cake! LOL



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Terri, hope you made a profit on the things you made for the boutique. HOpe you can get caught up with your sewing projects. Not sure if you move next year if you will be able to do all this sewing.
Chris, glad you had a nice time with your friend.
Got my village scenes set up and those empty bins taken back down to the basement. We went shopping in the afternoon---spent too much money but that's par for the course with Christmas stuff.
HOping my son will come over to light the village scenes today and put together my new desk chair that I bought yesterday.

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I had breakfast with a friend and we played catch up , then a few errands and home and just vegged



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I can't even start thinking about decorating yet. Today was Jenny's Home for Christmas Boutique and we went over for most of the day. She had a lot of traffic and looked like there were plenty of sales going on. I bought a few things--some as gifts and some yummy things to eat.

Now it's time to focus on my Christmas sewing in earnest, so decorating is just going to have to happen as we can. We'll probably do the tree first.

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Terri, it all sounds good. I want to make some soup myself---maybe tomorrow before I go back to work on Monday---we got Pizza last night for dinner so Dh couldn't complain about too much turkey---LOL---and he won't eat my soup either---weil, maybe one one bowl full but I can take it for lunch next week.
In the throes of Christmas decorating now that the bins are all upstairs---I did empty one bin last night after Michael brought them all upstairs at 5 PM but that leaves at least 12 to do----LOL

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It sounds like we've all survived. I ate too much, but that's a given, I suppose. Even trying just a taste of everything was a lot. GD Ali made the dinner rolls, 3 pies, 3 kinds of cookies AND 2 kinds of dressing (stuffing)! DD1 made green bean casserole and a hot artichoke dip to go with crackers, DD2 brought an assortment of vegetables to roast and serve as appetizers, DIL2 made the mashed potatoes, I made a sweet potato dish with a brown sugar and pecan crust on top that everyone raved about (so will be keeping that recipe!) and we cooked the turkey and made the gravy. Gd Lily brought store-bought pies, and gd Mary & dh brought beverages. There was plenty of food and every family took home their share of leftovers, so all we have is enough for our dinner tonight. Oh, and the carcass of the turkey that's currently simmering in my big stockpot. That will be made into soup and some of it canned for later.

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I think next year I will ask for help---boy, was I exhausted afterwards. Michael did do the potatoes for me---we had a mountain of them---LOL Dh did help me put all the leftovers in containers and make packets of turkey to freeze so he isn't stuck eating turkey all weekend---LOL The first load in the dishwasher was started and after everyone left, we both collapsed in the living room where I took a late nap, then got up later and we put the rest of the dishes in the dishwasher and I handwashed the things that cannot be put in the dishwasher. Only thing left for me today is the crockpot. I just put another dish of dressing in the oven today---that one will be frozen for another meal or 2 later this winter.
Michael will come by today to bring up my inside decor but I will do that in stages. His gf is going to come help me out when she is done with work today.

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We've been on a cleaning frenzy this mornig, doing last minute things. Now I'm upstairs, finishing whatever I can in the sewing room so I can send it home with Jenny tonight.

I'm always thankful for my family, but even more so today. Even some of the adult grands have stepped up to pitch in with the meal!

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I left work early, picked up some last minute things went home and fought off taking a nap til 8 pm then went to bed and slept for 12 solid hours!

Everyone have a Blessed Thanksgiving with family and friends!



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Chris, that is why we miss our old neighbors so much---he was so handy and did a lot of repairs for us---in the house and some easy stuff on the car---like replacing the motor of a car window that wouldn't work anymore. He was always so helpful. Glad your son came home and was able to help you out. Yikes to losing power----glad it came back on and hope you weren't too tired for work.
Terri, you are so blessed to have all those different skilled people around you.
My gd really enjoyed doing that Oreo cookie house---it had a neat tray with slots for the house so it was easy to set it up. We did add a few candies to what they had also. She also did some other crafts---it was a very good day with her.
Turkey is in the oven and smelling good!
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On top of all that he was supposed to stay at my oldest so they could leave early and so we got back about 11 pm and he worked on it til about 130 am the power exploded outside so we lost power just as he finished!! He is on a packed machine for when he sleeps and of course he really couldn't go to sleep. We managed to get to bed about 230 am after I texted to the power co we had no power. It came back on at 4 am an woke me up so I went down shut off all the lights and set the clock as I had to work this morning!! I am so dog tired I will be leaving early!! And sleep good tonight!!



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What a blessing it is when our kids (and dh, in my case) are skilled in those kinds of things! Steve has done a little bit of everything over the years and can handle most repairs. Our eldest son is an electrician for the water district and was a millwright at a sawmill for several years before that. He is generally pretty handy. DS2 is a blacksmith and has done some logging and timber falling, so is skilled in tree work, welding and metal fabrication. SIL is a mechanic and is our go-to guy for anything mechanical that's beyond what Steve can do. Our close friends whose children we've "adopted " as grands, is a plumbing and electrical specialist, so we tap him for advice too. I don't know how we'd survive if we had to hire someone to do all these things!

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My Arizona son came in to visit and he was a private construction contractor now he works for Zillow as a contractor coordinator , So I asked him to repair the Sink trap and new faucet and it was a project as my house is so old, but it is DONE! So grateful, money is tight after all the house stuff that I had to do this year, so I am thankful he was able to get it done



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I forgot potatoes yesterday when we stopped my the store so we will have to go out for them today.

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A far as Mom's house last night and now I'll do my grocery shopping here before heading home. It's supposed to snow in the mountains today, so I want to get an early start.

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Hope you arrrived safely.

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We made it to the airport, checked bags, got through security and are getting ready to have breakfast. Lay over in Baltimore, so I'll wave to Cathy as we pass her house.

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I always hated when we had the Halloween stuff out in the garden center---they were always messing that up. I remember one night we had everything nice and neat before we left but my gf and I went back later so I could show her something and the whole area had been ramsacked. The area manager was very upset with us the next day but I set her straight on that by telling her what I had found when I went back so she cooled down. She really did know that the 3 of us working that night would not have left it like that or would have left a note if we had been pulled and not able to straighten up before we left. I try to put things back or give to the register person to return as I know that is a lot better than just leaving it somewhere it didn't belong.
Only 2 days to work this week.
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Oh Chris, that really stinks. Time for a nice hot bubble bath!

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they are coming Tuesday to fix the problem, I have another full bathroom so not a real issue for me.
worked last night and people are such slobs! the store was a disaster! It took us about 4 hours to straighten up, unbelievable what people do with things. open clear packages to look at something. gather a whole bunch of things and take to another place and stage a display and then just leave it, let their kids open and play with things and just leave it! .... was tired last night



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Chris, good that you went down to do that. HOpe they will come fix the issue. WE had to do that with our sink after our bathroom was remodeled.
Terri, I was wondering if this was going to change your plans as this trip has really set your back on your sewing---but I think the older ones will understand.
We did get a good start on the outdoor decor and all the outdoor bins are up from the basement and in Dh's new shed so he can piddle around and do what he wants with lower stuff. I did some shopping for school and picked up a few items for home. Bought a Oreo house kit to do with my gd on Wednesday---or at least I hope to if she wants to do it.


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Where has this year gone!?!?

scrubbed down the bathroom and started laundry, went into the basement to clean the lint from the dryer hose and noticed a leak in the new plumbing under the tub. looked like a connection came loose. Tried to tighten it and can't so called the contractor who was in charge of whole remodel and sent pictures, hopefully will get fixed soon



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I was going to say that you're getting an early start on Christmas, but I guess not. I've lost a whole week with this trip and am not sure I'll catch up. My gs was going to cut Christmas trees this weekend, so I may have a tree when I get home and we can put it up right after Thanksgiving.

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Terri, i f I to up to Joy's I will take a bit longer route and pay a bit more in tolls but it will be worth it to avoid those tie-ups---a lot of people up there have no other choice but to go back and forth over that bridge. I would imagine that this might lead to more people being flown up to Baltimore in a crisis that could have gone by ambulance if they could go quickly but no way with the these repairs being done.
Chris, I agree---I try to avoid it when possible.
Unless plans change, Michael is coming by to bring up Christmas stuff today and hopefully put up some of the outdoor decor for Christmas.

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i try to avoid those type of road messes.



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That's when it pays to know an area well enough to have an alternate route--IF there is one. But with that bridge, you might be stuck with it.

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I drove a friend up to an appointment near the Bay Bridge yesterday---the bridges are under major repair and the traffic up there is a royal mess---glad I don't live up there and I don't plan on driving up that way again for a long time.

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Just checking in. It's been a long day , cleaning and preparing for a big gathering tomorrow.

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Chris, enjoy those moments with your mom.
Terri, hugs.
Got part of my desk cleared off and found something I was looking for---LOL

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Great you had a good time at the luncheon Chris. So nice you spent that time with your mom.

Sorry for your loss Terri. Prayers and positive energy your way.

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The family is gathering at the farm tomorrow. The funeral will be Friday morning. We fly back to California on Monday

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I was Mom's guest at her Senior Luncheon had a nice time



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2 more things off my list.

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Sorry for the loss in the family. Though it brings the family together still sad.



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Terri, good that you can be there for family.
Made my list and did 2 things on it last night---woohoo!

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Leaving in a while to drive to Mom's. We'll fly to FL tomorrow to attend a funeral. Very sad trip, but it will be good for the family to be together.

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i have mending I need to get to



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Chris, my loud purrer has the softest meow and the one that you have to be next to to hear the purr has a loud meow. I have heard that Siamese can be quite vocal.
Terri, it was a big surprise. We already have watched Swiss Family Robinson on the Disney channel. Sure hope Steve is right and that he can be at home for a while in a few weeks.
I need to make a list and tackle at least one chore each day when I get home from work---and maybe Dh can tackle a few of them for me, too---LOL Maybe then I will accomplish something.

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Wow Cathy! That was a nice birthday gift from Michael! You didn't say anything about the other two boys. Did they remember to acknowledge their dad's birthday?

I used to do home daycare and would have anywhere from 2-6 kids at a time. When the weather was nice, sometimes we'd walk down to the post office (when we rented the house in town) and then go window shopping. We had a little variety store and I'd always remind them before we went in--"What are the rules when we're in the store?" and they'd reply in sing-song, "Look with your EYES and not with your HANDS" and they did. I even had some of them tell me that their mom always let them play in the toy aisle and I'd tell them that they aren't supposed to play with the toys unless they buy them--"this is a store, not a playground". I'm sure that got home to their parents, but I never got any negative feedback about it. They were glad I made the kids behave. Then, if all went well, we'd go to the coffee shop and have hot chocolate and cinnamon toast for a treat--and they'd practice their table manners and their "pleases and thank yous" with the waitress. It was pretty fun.

Time for me to get upstairs and see what I can sew. I've got a pile of shirts underway and need to get them finished. Steve is outside, putting sealer on the boards for the front steps. He'll let them dry this week and probably cut and install them next weekend when he has 2 days at home. He thinks they're about 3-4 weeks from being done with this job and then he can retire again.

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Yea I forget what was in the box, it was by the basement steps to take down and he curled up inside of it.

He is a very vocal cat (most Siamese are) and he will meow at you until you pet him!

Glad you got some things done and had a nice dinner with your family.



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