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I agree, Chris. I'd be more likely to work on it if I didn't have to be isolated. Although I do enjoy the quiet time in my sewing room for a season, it isn't possible when you have a family to interact with. I could see myself working on something like that like I do with my knitting now. If I sit down with Steve to watch a movie, I've always got my knitting to work on. Quilting on a hoop could be like that.

Barb, I guess I'm glad the dealership didn't find anything horrible wrong with your car, but hope that the new spark plugs fixed your problem. I understand your "rabbit hole" but I could never figure out the things you do on the computer! I get pulled away all the time and that's why I like lists. If I get "lost" I can always refer back to my list to remind myself what I was doing in the first place. It sounds like you made some good progress, though.

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I did piece the whole quilt on the machine, but I hand quilted the top to the bottom with a big hoop and I think it was more productive as I could do it in the room where the kids were playing
I didn't have a problem with it I did make 3 quilts like that

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Cathy, I think you will appreciate the new steps every time you use them. A very wise move making them less steep.

Terri, I love quilts and am fascinated by the patterns and colours, much like I am with weaving. Many years ago I bought magazines and material with the intention of learning but other stuff took over and I never did do it.

Chris, enjoy that down time.

I worked a bit at each of the organising tasks yesterday. The cds, the table, the condo papers, receipt entries and then I went down the rabbit hole dealing with a camera SD card that was damaged. It contained old photos and the ones from my trip taken with that camera. What a job sorting all my SD cards and usb drives, what they contain, are they still good, trying to print a tree directory and on and on. Sooo time consuming!



We're having lots of weather warnings of a big snow storm but there's no sign of it yet. Hopefully it stays in the mountains.

The dealership couldn't find anything specific that was wrong with my van but he checked the spark plugs (new ones were installed), greased the seal and reinstalled them plus reset the computer memory. When I went out to Yoga last night, I didn't experience the starting problems I had before. Hope it is resolved now.

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I've seen those hoops, Chris, and that's probably what I'd use if I actually quilted something instead of just tying it. The last blankets I made were like those that Patti does. I like them, but not for everything and not for using smaller pieces.

I think I'll put a pot roast in the crockpot today. It will be the first fresh meal I've cooked since Christmas Eve.

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Chris, that sounds useful, but does it work for a big quilt?
Terri, I think the hardest part is putting the layers all together---esp. for someone like you who can sew on a machine----I would love to learn how to hand sew the whole thing as I sure can't use a sewing maching----LOL
Got my Christmas clothes, socks, and jewelry all put away yesterday and all the regular stuff put back out. Haven't touched any of the decorations---still enjoying them. It might take the whole month of January to do that---LOL---since I go back to work on Thursday.


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I have made 3 quilts for my bed over the years... to get rid of scraps from sewing... I did not use a quilting frame just a very large quilting hoop. It is extra sturdy and about 2x3 ft oval and I store it behind the couch against the wall it come just up to the top of the couch about 3 inches short so you can't see it



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I've always wanted to learn to quilt and even have some books and have done a few small ones on my own, but I've never learned how the professionals do it. There are always too many other things to sew that I can put together quickly to be worn or used. The main reason I want to learn to do it is to have a use for the scraps and remnants from the garments I make.

Cathy's right that I won't have room for a quilting frame, so might have to use a different technique to hold the layers together. We'll see.

Steve is pouring cement to lay the stone steps at the bottom of the front stairs today. I think he said there will be two steps made of stone before you step onto the wooden stairs. This has been a very long, tedious project for him and I know he's going to be glad to have it finished.

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no not really is slowed down a lot in the framing dept, people are all over the Christmas stuff.
got caught up with reglassing all the broken glass in frames to be put out on the floor



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Terri, I think you would like learning something new, esp. since it has to do with sewing---but with the new place being so much smaller, can't see where you would have room to put up a quilting frame---but maybe there will be a space and all of your gals could learn to quilt with you and have a great time doing it together. I read about that all the time in my Amish books I like to read.
Chris--oh, my--I have had to do that before----no fun---but glad the fish was good and that you got it cleaned up. Were you busy at Hobby Lobby?

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I'm taking it easy today after working 7.5 hours I came home to leaking blood from the beef mom got me all over the bottom of the fridge. So I have to empty and clean out the whole bottom , on top of having to cook some fish she also gave me that could not be refrozen. Fish was good, fridge is clean, and today I rest



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I'm still using my PC but think that my next computer will be a laptop with a separate mouse for navigating. I don't care for the tiny mousepads on the little pads, either.

Having a little bit of a porch outside your door will be so much easier for you, Cathy--and safer too, I think. Good idea to think ahead and add another step so they aren't as steep, too. My granddad told Steve many years ago, when he was building our first house, "Just remember when you build those steps, Kid--your knees won't always be this young" and we have tried to keep that in mind ever since. Our front steps are going to be steeper than we'd like, but he had a specific space to work in, so had to make them fit.

Barb, my sewing room and entire upstairs is in disarray, even though I've repacked the fabric bins and stacked them. I went from knitting to sewing aprons and kitchen items, to sewing fleece robes, to flannel shirts, to flannel pajamas, and more knitting--so all of those bits and pieces are still littering up my work area. I need to sort and store the remnants that are big enough to make something with and possibly go ahead and cut them into squares for future quilts. Then I can store them in the box with others that have been cut already.

I have a friend who has taken up quilting and she's invited me to join their quilting group so I can learn how to do it properly. So far, I just sew pieces together and make lap quilts, but they aren't professional at all. I just do it in order to make use of my scraps because I hate throwing things away when I can find uses for them. I told her that I might like to attend a group meeting after the first of the year, so we'll see.



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Chris, it was a beautiful day to supervise---it was more like late Spring than winter---guys were working in t-shirts and I didn't need a jacket at all.
Terri, yes, my steps went a lot faster than yours---about 5 hours---LOL
GF, one thing after the other for you. HOpe the new computer/tablet works out for you. My oldest got me a Chrome laptop for Christmas---I really do not like laptops at all---I doubt I will use it very often--maybe when I travel but the Kindle is much easier to transport and use than a laptop. Sounds like you need to make a list---then decide what needs to be a priority, then tackle that one---then look again and decide what needs to be done next---I think You can do this! I agree about not wanting to live so far from stores like Terri does----LOL
I talked them into another step---and so glad I did---I can walk up the steps like a normal person now--even with my bad knee right now. And a sturdy railing for going down with. If I have a bunch to take out, I can take it out and put it on the edge of the deck, go down the stairs safely, then load it into my car---and vice versa when I get home with stuff. It does feel strange to step out my back door and not step down---that will take a bit of getting used to but it is so much nicer. We will need to decide whether to stain or paint but that won't be done until Spring so that the wood can dry out some.
I did tackle my night stand yesterday and that is all cleaned and organized now.

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Ha,ha, that sounds like most of my days Terri. But I just can't keep going unless I have that nap. I had a good nights sleep last night so I hope to get more done today. My van is at the dealership. they are tyring to find why it is having cold start issues. So far nothing.

I have projects that seem to go on for years. I work on them for 2 hrs than I have to leave it, usually because I'm tired. I still have areas I'm trying to organize and that's been since I moved in. It will be interesting to hear waht Terri encounters when she moves.

I keep telling myself I'm going to read the library book that is due Jan 2nd but so far haven't gotten far on it.

My place is a disaster. No company so I can get away with it but I really do need to get it straightened out. Just too many projects. So many require a project before that to be completed.

My little 10" Gateway netbook (small and light.) that I used for travel for the last 8 years is just too slow and frustrating. Although it was so much easier to cary around, now I find keyboard is too small and webpages don't show properly. I make a lot of typos that need correcting, made even worse b/c of the arthritis in my hands taking so long to do anything on it. I've spent so much money on electronics, I was unsure whether to upgrade the harddrive (told it would be faster) or put it towards a new one. When I found a reburbished 11.6" screen Lenovo Thinkpad laptop on an online site, after a lot of indecision, sales I decided to order it. It arrived just before Christmas. It's built like a tank. It's heavier than I expected. It only has Windows 10 operating system and browser so I need to set it up and a load a lot of software for it to function the way I want it. At least it's not loaded with a ton of bloatware. Any new piece of electronics requires so much time to learn and setup. I also need to sort out what is on the old Gateway. two more projects!

My gas fireplace stopped working at the beginning of Dec. The fellow they sent to diagnose it was an old fart that kept telling me it was my batteries. I had put in new ones (remote & communicator) before I had called but he had to be right and kept argueing. he even told me I hadn't bought it from the place I did. What the?? By the time he left I was furious. I was stuck b/c I needed to have it diagnosed (part failure which I knew it was) but didn't want him in my place. We both complained to the owner about each other, lol. They sent a fellow from another company to install the part. He also works on our building heating. He was in his 30's and was so much better. I had a working fireplace for Christmas.

Just before the fireplace fix, I discovered my doorbell wasn't working. Tried changing the batteries but it still didn't ringing properly. Fortunately one was on sale at my local hardware store but it was sold out so I had to order it online and have it delivered to the store. Two days later, I went to leave the apt and I couldn't open the door. The passage set handle turned around in my hand. I had to call a neighbour to come open the door. So that had to be replaced (Habitat Restore! but it meant 2 trips b/c the first one was missing parts). I guess this is why I get behind on projects. New ones come in before I can finish the previous ones.
Terri, i could never live as far as you do from stores!

The dealership called about my van. they can't find the problem. We're trying to recreate the starting issue. I'll go back this afternoon and hopefully the problem happens so I can show them. Oh sigh....

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I'm sure your steps will go together a lot faster than mine have, Cathy! Congrats on getting the cluttered area cleared.

I couldn't find the energy to get into much of anything yesterday and even took a 2-hour nap in the recliner. That felt wonderful, but then we ended up staying up too late last night because I wasn't sleepy. I guess it's a good thing we're retired and have no appointments today--and I'm feeling more rested this morning.

I think I need to clean out my refrigerator and see what I have that needs to be used--or tossed. That will be helpful.


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Well, my corner was tackled and conquered---for now----LOL----think I will tackle some drawers today.
Michael got the wood yesterday for the new steps and will start on that today---it is so nice that I might go out and supervise from the deck----LOL

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I think we all have at least one space like that, Cathy. I have a few that seem to collect things.



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I used part of a gift card for myself on a daily spiritual journal. bought a few other things, mostly put my kitchen back together



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We went shopping and got some more Christmas stuff---more lights for Dh to play with---LOL
I need to put away laundry and reorganize a corner AGAIN! I really do need to figure out a better organization for that area as I am always piling stuff up there. Anyone else have a space like that?

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As I remember, Cathy, you really need better steps there! That will be so nice!

We played a couple of games of cards with Mom yesterday and really relaxed. Steve put some preservative on the next planks he intends to use on the stairs and will let them "cure" for a couple of days. We are to have dry weather until next Sunday, so that should give him time to use some of them on the steps. He's getting close to being done, but then will have to cut and build the handrails.

Mom will go home today. Knowing her, she will leave early. She likes to get on the road at the crack of dawn when she's traveling.

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We had a nice morning with oldest and youngest son---then they left and we took naps---LOL---crock pot did the cooking for dinner.
Michael is going to build us new steps for our back door so we have a wider platform to step out on and better railings to go up and down with.

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All is quiet here this morning after the big party last night. All our kids are having Christmas with their own families and some will go to their inlaws' houses later for dinner.

All is calm, all is bright...

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Safe travels, nice customers, and no squabbles among family members are what I wish for everyone this year.
The gift I almost forgot was the favorite present of my gd----LOL
Breakfast this morning with family. Dh got me some more things for my village collection---and most light up are are very bright.

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Merry Christmas to you all ! So glad you are all prepared and ready to enjoy the holiday with your loved ones! Love and hugs, Barb



ps. this photo was taken in a few years ago at a higher elevation. We don't have snow in the city this year.

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Merry Christmas to all and have safe travels where ever you are headed. Blessings on all!

I have to work today, only till 5:30. My other co-worker in the frame shop has a little one so Christmas Eve is more important to him then me this year. Besides my Family will meet on Christmas Day



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Well, today is packing, going to the bank, getting the car washed and gassed up and then packing the car..
Jimmy wants to leave early tomorrow, like around noon !
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MERRY CHRISTMAS ! I'll see you all in the New Year !


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Patti, neither am I but I don't mind some in a salad but I am game to try it in something like that but I don't understand cooked spinach, but then I don't like any kind of cooked greens. Safe travels!
Chris, much easier to put those kind of gifts in a cute bag. Seems to be a sock Christmas because I got warm socks for 3 different people, too.
Terri, hope you have a wonderful day with all your family. Woohoo to you finally baking some cookies!
We went to see Star Wars yesterday---I am such a big fan---enjoyed it and want to go again---LOL
Celebrating with my gd today---her daddy, my DS2---has to work tomorrow.

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Way to go, Chris!

Patti, I would love that recipe and even the homemade manicotti! It looks delicious.

I'm so glad I got done with my sewing early this year. I've always wondered what that would feel like. We were able to keep 4 grands over night and they helped me bake (and eat) some cookies. The first (triple) batch was chocolate chip and then I mixed some crushed candy canes into half of the dough and had peppermint chocolate chip. Those were pretty yummy and I'll do that again. Next, I made a double recipe of gingersnap dough and a triple recipe of snickerdoodle dough and put both into the fridge over night. I'll have the kids make the balls and roll them in sugar this morning and we'll bake them.

Then it's going to be cleaning and more cooking.. Company comes today and party is tomorrow.

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Everyone is getting warm fuzzy socks with a gift card inside, and then wrspped in tissue paper and the into a gift bag.... 15 min tops .... all done!



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Yes, I'm going to make it when we get back from travelling !
Jimmy is not a spinach person, so I will make some with a cheese mixture for him !
Glad you got your wrapping done -1 ! I, always, find a few I bought earlier in the year !

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Patti, hope you have safe travels on that day---just saw on the news about a 69 car pile up in Virginia yesterday. Are you going to make that recipe?
Terri, I wouldn't have thrown them away but taken them to some place to donate them---and make the girls go with me when I did it. Hope you all enjoy Steve's birthday and an early celebration. We will also be having an early celebration that day with Reagann---think it is early so that her other grands don't have to drive back home in the dark which I understand.
I did get presents wrapped yesterday---thought I was done---but found one more thing to wrap when I went to bed. Hope to go to the new Star Wars movie today but really need to get in to the doctor for my knee if they can fit me in or if they are even open.

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Gosh, I never even thought of looking for gifts around the house when I was a child...
Santa brought them !!! :} Right ???

I slept most of yesterday ! Now up at 5am !!!


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Cathy, it was heartbreaking. Jenny was so kind-hearted that she still wanted to give him the gift she'd bought for him from the kids' table at school (homemade playdough), but I couldn't let him have it. Later, she shared it with him anyway, but he didn't get it for Christmas. He's the big brother and was kind of smarty pants about it and she was crestfallen when he "guessed" what it was. They were Kindergarten and 1st graders at the time and still remember it. Jenny didn't like it but she did the same thing when her girls got into the Barbie dolls that were hidden from them. Jenny got up one morning after having gone shopping and the girls were all playing with the new dolls they'd found in the car. They had been told to stay out of the car, so of course knew where to look. All the dolls went into the trash right then and were gone. Tough lessons and really hard to do, but important lessons for kids to learn about boundaries and such.

Safe travels, Patti. We'll have our big family celebration on the 24th (also Steve's birthday) and then the kids will do their own things with their individual families on Christmas. Mom will be here and I suspect that we'll play a few games of cards when it isn't crazy.

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Good Morning Everyone !
Cathy, I wrap on the kitchen table. Then I don't have to bend so much...
We had part of our Christmas yesterday with my brother, stepson and his wife.
All from out of town !
Now to Pack luggage and the car for our trip to Raleigh on the 25th afternoon !

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Terri, that must have been tough to do but a good lesson.
Chris, I have never heard of doing that but I did tell one student he needed to get switches under the tree! LOL
Fudge made, a few presents wrapped, talked to my sister who move to Oregon this year, and went to see the Christmas lights in Ocean City last night. Busy day. Today I really need to get more presents wrapped.
Do any of you find that wrapping the presents bothers your back? I just cannot seem to find a place that makes it easier to do this project.

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I read somewhere that parents are now wrapping empty boxes and when the kid misbehaves it gets tossed i the fireplace and burned. Might make them behave some! LOL



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I have the same problem, Cathy. I have bags, but often not the right size or occasion--or no tissue paper to stuff inside it.

My rule was that if the kid peeked and found out what his gift was, he wouldn't get it. I only had to do that once and it was horrible for everyone, but never had a problem afterwards. At least, if they peeked and knew what their gift was, they NEVER let on! Jenny was so disappointed that her brother knew what his gift was and he was so smug about learning the secret--until I told him he couldn't have it now because he had ruined her surprise. BOOM! Boy, was that hard to do, but it fixed the problem of sneaky peekers.

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Chris, did those 2 get switches in their stockings after that? LOL Kids can be such a mess about that. That is a funny story!
So glad I am on Christmas break! Sometimes I bag and sometimes I wrap---There are a couple of things that could use a bag this year but I really do not want to go out looking for the right size---LOL---I have some bags to reuse but none are big enough for what I need.

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Oh good Heavens, Chris! That reminds me of those insurance commercials on TV now that say something like "We cover a lot because we've seen a lot..." or something like that. I'll bet that your insurance agent still tells the story too!

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I agree about kids peaking. One year I remember we had to be creative about hiding presents as Santa put them under the tree for Chritmas morning. The two older one decided to hunt them down and they went into the attic and one of the boys fell through the ceiling!!!! Thank God there was a soft chair he fell into!! LoL the presents weren't there after all!! My insurance agent laughed till tears came out!! I wasn't so happy about replacing a ceiling just before Christmas!! We still talk about it!

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I agree about reusing the bags, Chris; however, I don't mind wrapping. I'm not a fancy wrapper and always blame the messiness on Steve (even when he doesn't help). For my DIL3, it's an ART form and you don't even want to open her packages, they are that beautiful. But she used to work in a florist shop and did all kinds of fancy things like that and loves it. Mine is meant to be torn into. I like bags for birthday parties or single gifts, but kids can peek into bags when they're under the tree, so that won't work around here. We draw names in our family and last year, I got my gift in a cloth bag that's meant to be reused. It looks like a pillowcase with a drawstring. I guess that's not a bad idea, but it looks even messier than my wrapping! LOL

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Just one more day to work---then the wrapping begins in earnest---plus I need to make fudge for the boys.
Terri, you are crazy! LOL

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I got about 1/2 my presents done, all gift cards from one store now to go to the other end of town to get the rest from the other store either Friday or sunday. Then I will be done.

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We had a long and successful day in town. We hit all our stops and got everything on our list EXCEPT cellophane tape for wrapping gifts! I can have Steve run down to the store and buy some tomorrow while I use what I have. I'm just pretty sure I'm going to run out before I get all the pajamas wrapped. That's why I didn't start wrapping the other day before the kids arrived. I didn't want to get part way through and not be able to finish. Tomorrow will be the day!

I also bought some knit fabric for another sewing project I want to do since I have some extra time this weekend. We'll see how things go...I'll let you know.

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Cathy, i have a daughter who would love to wear that skirt now and she'd rock it. I have a retro pattern for a full skirt with suspenders that I'll make for Jenny when I have time and she'll wear it. She likes to wear things that fit her unique personality.

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I remember making a jean skirt by splitting open a pair of jeans and putting a panel of fabric inbetween---all by hand---no machine for me---LOL---and the jeans had a lot of embroidery on them, too. I was pretty proud of it back then.
Just 2 more days to work this year!

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Hi Barb! I'm glad you popped in to catch up. I was beginning to worry just a teeny bit about you. Sorry for the health issues and financial hits, but glad your doctor is checking everything out and treatments underway. My hands give me problems when I'm doing a lot of knitting and I will have to take a break for a while.

I've got some old pattens from the hippy days--ponchos, capes, bell bottoms, mini-skirts--I have them all! My girls will have a ball going through things one day when I'm gone. LOL Actually, my grandgirls have a pretty good time now! LOL





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glad everyone is getting the things they need to get done.

safe travels for everyone traveling

and praying for all health issues, they can be trying at times, as my knees keep reminding me!



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Patti, sounds like nice plans for the holidays. I am glad we don't have to travel for the holiday.
Barb, glad you came up for air. Yikes to the dental issues and hope your mouth is feeling better. Hope they can figure out how to help your hand. Hope you get that fireplace fixed soon.
Terri, woohoo to being done. did you forget anyone?
Took in a portable heater to school yesterday---my knees felt so much better at the end of the day. Taking the kids on a field trip but wish we were just staying at school---temps have dropped and wind chill is brutal ----I really don't want to go!

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Hi Barb ! So Glad you got my note and came to see us !
Sorry about your hand issues, That can be so very frustrating !
I remember the Hippy Days...I made one of those knitted vests that you made with those HUGE Needles (had big hole between the stitches) More pretty than warm ! :}
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Terri, have fun with your grands !

This saturday is our Christmas with my stepson, his wife and my brother and then Christmas afternoon, we are going to Raleigh to spend some time with our Grands...My brother will stay at our house to take care of our 3 cats and Sammy our dog. He's from Nashville so I hope he can handle our cold weather here in NE Ohio ! :}

Well, I hope you all enjoy the last week of Christmas prepping !
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Hi All! I'm here. thanks for the enquiries.

I've been reading the posts occasionally. I was glad to see Patti is back. You've all been so busy!

I got seriously behind by taking on new projects. All the baking and hostess duties each week all of Oct for my spinners & Weavers Guild. Then I had teeth issues all of Nov. A crown coming off again, tooth aches, a dental hygienist appt that had been scheduled for months. Finally the problem was found by the endodontist and his 360 degree scan. I have bone loss next to my last molar and an infection developed. The molar was extracted by an oral surgeon on Dec 5th. I've been on penicillin for the infection. Still healing but getting better.

This getting older sucks. I finally visited my family doctor. It's been a year since the last visit. The issues with my left hand drove me there. I can barely bend 2 fingers and have no grip in it. Diagnosis 'Arthritis'. She went through things she wanted to check. I was already up on most of them. Flu shot, done, blood pressure monitoring done, consistently around 120/70 so she's happy. I lost 20 lbs. Exercise - I work that into my every day tasks like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, getting on the exercise bike while waiting for the kettle to boil, yoga once a week, and the facet joint medial branch blocks along with regular physio and chiro are helping with the movement of my neck. A few follow up things also - tests and she wants me to have and to get both the Shingles and pneumonia vaccines which I will do in Jan.

I've had so many car issues. A couple of $700 repair bills. Those rough roads in the Atlantic provinces were hard on my van. I also needed new snow tires this year and it was time for the 100,000 km (70,000 mile) tune-up. Also $700 each.

I went to a couple of Christmas parties last week, both were wonderful and fun. One was my Spinners & Weavers Guild and the next night our building get together - appies and more. Some neighbours too. We all enjoyed it and visited with others in the building that we rarely see. Charlie, who is the joker that keeps us laughing, is hitting 100 in Jan! Most in the building have lived here a decade and more, some since it was built in the 90's.

I used to make cabbage rolls and I learned how to make tamales from a Guatemalan family and friend. Imo, the tamales are more work than cabbage rolls. I go for easy these days.

I only started my Christmas cards now. Two mailed today. I hope I get more done tomorrow. I was handwriting notes but I'll switch to writing them on the computer and print them, still individual notes though. Easier on my hands and they will be able to ready them!

I did put up the Christmas lights on the balcony roof. they look so pretty. I sorted through my Christmas boxes and gave some decorations to a group who were requesting them for people who were starting over in the supportive housing units that had opened this fall. I haven't finished setting up my mantle yet. I keep it simple these days.

Terri, congrats on completing the PJ's! No sewing or mending for me at the moment. The spindle that holds the thread on my machine broke and the shop I take it to has closed down, retirement I suspect. Another thing to take care of. And Patti, the poncho looks wonderful. I made one back in the late 60's but it was more hippy style than elegant. That's a memory coming back, lol!

My gas fireplace has a problem too. It died last week just as the weather got down to freezing. It won't turn on. They need to order the parts from California. Who knows when they will arrive. I miss it. The mantlepiece won't be the same.

The buzzer telling me to turn the chicken for the Paprika Sour Cream chicken is beeping at me so I need to go.

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Patti, I have all kinds of patterns! I'm keeping some grands today so their moms can do their last bit of shopping, so won't be doing any sewing upstairs. I didn't get their pjs wrapped yet, so I can't let them go up there. They're happy playing on their tablets and we may watch some movies later if they get tired of that. Might even bake some cookies since I can't do much else.

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emoticon Yay--I finished the pajamas last night! emoticon

I haven't been finished this early in--maybe ever! I have a feeling I'm forgetting something or someone, so will be checking my list several times as I wrap them up today.

I might have to find something else to sew. Maybe I'll make myself a new gown

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It all sounds so good but so much work---LOL
Taking a bunch of those cookies to school today to share at the holiday luncheon for the staff.

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My latina daughter-in-law made tamales last week to sell at Jenny's Boutique and we bought a dozen for the freezer. Would the cabbage rolls freeze well, I wonder? It would be worth the work of making a big batch if you could have them for later.

I'm sure the cauliflower rice would be a nice substitution and would go well with the cabbage, being from the same family. Now I'm getting hungry!

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thanks for re posting the link, I was on my phone and didn't realize the link didn't post right.

I usually just put some water in the bottom of my pressure cooker and put the lid on WITHOUT the seal and the rack on the bottom and just kept pealing them off with rubber gloves because it does get hot. But a Polish friend of mine at the party on Sat said she just put it in the microwave, after removing the core and just kept pealing them off.

This head was so big it took up the whole pressure cooker! LOL

So knowing about the microwave was great! Also cooking in the pressure cooker the steam creates more moisture. I generally only need a can of tomato soup with water, this head was so big I had to cook it in my biggest roasting pan and it was filled to the top with the cabbage rolls! I also used a large can of diced tomatoes and a can of tomato soup, sealed it up good for the oven. It could have used more as there wasn't much sauce. The instant rice soaks up a lot of the moisture. They were still delish!

I'm sure the cauliflower rice would work just as well. Mom enjoyed them !





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Here's the link for the recipe Chris used for her cabbage rolls (in case anyone else is having a problem) ...
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The link didn't work, Chris; however, I found it by doing a search as you suggested. Those do look good and I can see why you'd want to make a batch. Definitely something we would enjoy!

I finished all the girls' pjs yesterday and cut out pants for the boys who aren't getting shirts. I put 2 pair together and made the casing for the elastic in the waist, but decided to put it away for the night, so didn't finish the hems and run the elastic through the casings. I hope to finish the small set for my gs in Chicago so I can get them into the mail this afternoon and that will take some pressure off. I'm nearly done with the sewing--and then there will be the mess to clean up!

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Hi All...
Chris, they sound wonderful and making them with your mom is even better ! emoticon
I've heard to soften the cabbage, instead of boiling, put in the freezer for a bit (I'll have to look up for how long ) I found it and a Microwave Method that sounds so easy !
Freezer Method
Freezing is a far safer method than blanching. You won't be placing a head of cabbage in a boiling pot of water and removing it every minute or two, which will result in hot water splashes. It also means you can do the entire leaf removal at one time and not in stages.

A disadvantage of this method is that you will need to plan ahead to freeze the cabbage and then allow time to defrost it. It will take a few hours for the head to freeze, which is needed to soften the leaves, and then you will need another couple of hours of defrosting time. You can try to speed up the defrost time using your microwave on defrost setting.
Microwave Method...
We may just think of the microwave as a quick-cooking method or to simply heat up food. But when food is placed in the microwave with a bit of water, this cooking appliance turns in to a steamer. So, in just 20 minutes or so, you can have a cabbage ready to roll.

All you need to do is place the head of cabbage core-side down in a microwave-safe dish. Add 1/2 cup of water, cover, and cook for 10 minutes on the high setting.
Then, using a sturdy fork or tongs, turn the cabbage head so the core is facing up; microwave on the high setting for another 10 minutes.
Remove from the microwave and allow the head to cool until it is safe to handle.
Depending on the strength of your microwave, something as dense as a head of cabbage may not cook evenly and you might discover some of the leaves aren't cooking as quickly as others. This will require you to remove a few leaves to test for doneness and then put the head in the microwave for additional cooking time.
Here's the link for the page I found...
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I Love the cabbage and the sauce but not the meat so much !
My mom would shred a bunch of cabbage and put it in the bottom of her casserole just for me !
Cathy, I have been using cauliflower rice (ground up cauliflower) for the "rice" part of my recipes for stuffed peppers. I bet it would work for stuffed cabbage, too !

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My mom took about a third home with her to wrap up for separate meals for her. My son likes them also, so well be eating them some, which is fine with me dont have to cook as often!




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Chris, they do sound good but I can't do anything with rice in it as it sets off my dh's sugar count but I would enjoy having them---LOL---he loves cabbage, too, but the rice would be the kicker. So nice to have help when you make them. Do you freeze them?
Terri, it seemed to me that you got a later start on the sewing but i forgot about the time you had at the ranch to cut out---that probably takes a lot of the time for them.
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https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/26661/st
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There is even a video!



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It is so easy to make just takes time. Google stuffed cabbage I'm sure you can find a recipe. The hardest part is par boiling the whole head of cabbage to soften the leaves. You can only do about 3-5 at a time the back into the water to soften again . You dont want them to soft or they fall apart. I use rubber gloves to peal as it is hot. Some instant rice, onions garlic, parsley, I put some italian seasoning in a large can of diced tomatoes to put the finished ones in. So good!!



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Chris, I wish I could be there to make that stuffed cabbage with you and mom. I love cabbage and that sounds like a recipe I'd use. My best gf from my youth was Polish and had all kinds of recipes from her grandmother and I wish I'd have learned how to make them instead of just eating them.

Yes Cathy, I have had lots of interruptions this year. Last year, I was sick at this time and ended up having my gallbladder removed in February, remember? I did start earlier this year because I was house sitting out at the ranch and had a huge dining table to use for cutting things out and was able to cut out all my flannel shirts and get the iron-on interfacing attached. That alone saved my lots of time. If the boys like the shirts, I may have a new tradition for them since most of them don't wear pajamas anymore.

Patti, that loop will come in handy and so will the pockets. My dd crochets lovely scarves that have pockets in the ends of them and people find those handy too. Not so much for carrying things in, but for warming their hands.

I need to put a few little things together to complete a box to my dad and his gf. I'm sending him the extra shirt I made and will send her some of my kitchen items (knitted washcloths and quilted bowl cozies) in addition to a scarf.

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It was nice catching up with people at the Christmas Party! Had a nice time, they wanted me to show up at 7:30 am for the meeting, I told them no way! I'm retired now! Got there about 12:30 and got to spend time with more of my friends.

Looks like you all have been very productive ! kudos to all of you!

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Terri, the pictures look better right side up---LOL Sure hope you get all that sewing done. You sure have had a lot of interruptions this year while doing it.
Patti, great that you had enough fabric to make one for yourself. Good explanation on how it is made. Good idea to add the hook for hanging and pockets will be a nice addition.
Chris, sounds like you are having a good time.
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Well, I had to check out my left over fleece from the shawls and Ihad enough to make me one, too !
I added a loop at the neck back to hand it up on a hook and a pocket to each side !
Now I need to go check my dresser drawers for a nice black or white turtle neck sweater ! :}

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great visual for the cap, and those are some steps for sure!

Going to another Meeting/Christmas party with some of my co=workers from the union today.

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You're Welcome , Terri !
Yes, I take pictures on my phone, email them to myself and then save them to my computer from the email...
I go and rotate them so they are all correct, but when I post on SP, they are sideways. When I post on FB they are the right way ! Go Figure !
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Thanks Patti! That's what I was thinking, but wasn't sure.

Rosie (the dog) woke me up early this morning to go outside. There was something out there that she wanted to chase off, I guess. Now I'm up and awake (sort of) after 5 hours of sleep, so I figured I'd have my coffee and check in here before heading upstairs. I only have a week left to finish my sewing, so have to push now. I have a couple of things to put into the mail on Monday, so this weekend has to be productive.

**I went back and changed the photos of the front steps so they are upright in case anyone wants a better view. I think it's the phone that makes them come out wrong. Steve took the first pics and even though they're right on my computer, they post upside down on Spark. Anyone else have that problem? I've found that I have to take my Spark photos with my phone sideways (landscape view) for them to post correctly here.

Cathy, we are built right on the side of a hill and have to walk up to the first floor. We have the wood lift that can be used when people can't walk up the hill. Aunt D rides on it whenever she comes and when I had my foot surgery and was on crutches, I used it to get to and from the car. That's how I bring my groceries up.

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Terri, this may help !
Full Front...

Back...

Front On...

Back On...

Cut 1 piece 54"xc 20" Cut 1 piece 34" x 20"
Pattern...

Terri, This Luxe Fleexe is Thick. I just multi stitch zigzaged the edges. You can use any fleece but the thinner fleece, probably, will have to have the edges rolled and top stitched.

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Patti, I foresee Terri making them next year for the boutique sale---LOL They look very nice and I know they are popular in the stores so it's a winner.
Terri, spiral steps? I know the real estate agent says you need steps, but all those steps would put me off of buying your house although they are going to look amazing when they are done. You really are up on a hill or mountain---LOL
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Beautiful wraps, Patti! I wish there was a pic of one of them held up or spread out because I'm having a hard time visualizing the "L" shape. That reminds me that I have a piece of fleece that I bought last year to make lap blankets out of. I have some ribbon blanket binding to sew around the edges.

I'm sorry the photos are upside down. The steps are definitely sturdy, Cathy! The bottom steps are spiral until they get up to the landing and that's what he's working on now. The very bottom steps will be stone, set in concrete.

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Hi !
Just finished the last Shawl !
What an Easy Project !
Need 1.5 yards of fabric...I used Luxe Fleece (a nice Soft Thick Fleece)
Cut one panel 54" x 20"
Cut one panel 34" x 20"
With right sides together , pin short panel to long panel at one end, will form an "L" when opened. Zigzag all the eay around.
Cut strip 2.5 to 3" by 8" for loop.
Sew loop to one side of front...Sew on button !
Voila ! Done !
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Front of wrap/shawl

back of shawl

front with button

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Hi All !
Terri...Your steps look Awesome ! You're Right...What a puzzle !!!
Kathy...That's to funny about asking for a shelf !
I'm sewing 2 shawls , 1 for my GD and 1 for the German Exchange student , out of Luxe Fleece.
I wish I would have bought more fabric when it was a Door Buster at JoAnn's.
Normally 19.99/yd, on Sale for 5.99/yd. And you need 1.5 yards per shawl ! What a Deal !
I did buy 2 yrs of each fabric so I may be able to make a patchwork one for me ! :}


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They look nice and sturdy, Terri. HOpe you get all the sewing done.
My youngest came by yesterday and took the last bins down to the basement and put up a light in dh's new shed as well as put together my new desk chair. He thought that what we did to light up the porch was a good idea and much easier to put up and take down so he doesn't have to do it for us.
Going to be creative with the kids today---McDonald's gave us a bunch of Chewbacca masks that are blank on the other side---they are the perfect shape to make them into Grinch masks with a green cowlick I will make for them to glue on the top. We watch the Grinch next week in the classroom so this ties in with that event.
I wore my elf sweater yesterday and kept going around and asking if anyone had a shelf for me---some people got the joke---LOL

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Things are moving along around here as we tackle all our various projects. Sewing is progressing and I'm thinking that I'm about halfway done...not sure, though. Five flannel shirts are done for the big boys and 4 sets of pjs nearly done for the smallest girls. The teen girls and tween boys will get flannel pants again and those will go together quickly. That leaves 2 full sets of pjs for the little boys and then something for the 3 great-grandbabies. I'm glad I started earlier this year!

It was so good to hear from Patti! I've been thinking about our CANNINGNANNY as I make meals from my home-canned foods on my pantry shelf. The latest was a nice turkey soup made from the broth of the Thanksgiving bird.

We haven't heard from Barb (GFNOMAD) in a while. I hope all is well.

I finally got a photo of the project Steve has been working on: Steps up to the front door of the log house. Maybe you can see why it's been giving him such a brain cramp I hope the photos come out right side up. If not, I apologize, but I don't know how to fix them.







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Patti, if they stop by they came to visit you, not the house---LOL---and of course there would be that kind of stuff out. I will need to wrap the kids presents at school soon but the rest will wait until I am on Christmas break---I want to do baking more than wrapping next weekend. Gosh, Christmas is just too close. I live the bags more than the stockings---LOL
Terri, you will hopefully soon be packing up for moving if Steve ever gets those projects finished and the house on the market.
Chris, sounds like you had a great time with your friends. Glad you made arrangements for another get together, too.
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I had a great time with the Girllfriends! We have been friends over 25 YEARS! Life goes on and we get busy and play catch up! Had fun, and we made plans to get together again.

I plan on getting my Christmas stuff up from the basement sometime this week. You all have been very busy!



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I know what you mean ! I have gifts, wrapping paper, ribbons, bags, etc. All over my kitchen/great room ! I sure hope no one stops over !

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Patti, how neat that you found the perfect bags for the gifts---maybe you can suggest they send them back for next year? LOL Last year I couldn't find any llama wrapping paper for my gd, but found the cutest llama bags at Michael's so wrapped all her presents and put them in the bags.
Terri, hope you get them all done..
Chris, did you have fun?
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those are cute!

Got the bathroom with the leaky trap fixed by my son now cleaned up and sorted threw out so much stuff, why do we keep meds that are no longer useful?? I threw some that were 12 years old out! Yikes!

Going to a Christmas house party with the girlfriends later today, looking forward to it



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Hi Terri !
Yep...Gotta keep up the traditions ! Glad you are still into yours !
Nope ! I happen to be at Marc's that other day and found these for 2.00 each ! I can't make them for that ! They are so cute and perfect for the 3 recipients !


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Nice to hear from you and see that you're well and keeping your traditions. Same here. Did you make the Santa bags?

I'm busy with Christmas sewing and have made 5 flannel shirts for the older boys who aren't as into pajamas any more, but love and wear the heck out of the flannel shirts I made them last year. Now I'm in pajama mode for the younger ones.

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Of course they still want that. I still get my gd an advent calendar and she is 10, but next year's might be different. She is getting too old for the lego ones---LOL

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12 Days of Christmas, Done and Shipped !
I, Finally, finished the of Days of Christmas for my 2 grands and for their German Exchange Student !
Each got this...



And all was put in these cut Santa Bags !


I shipped them yesterday to Raleigh NC from Ohio !
Even though the grands are now 9 and 12, they still want their 12 Days !!! emoticon


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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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