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We got all ready for the winter storm, all prepared to snug down and enjoy it and it fizzled out before it got here. I am grateful that no one will have to fight the snow and ice but we may still get the deadly freezing rain. So far, we haven't trapped or poisoned any more mice. Our total is now 24. I know they are lurking but at least they aren't so brazen now.. They are still leaving signs of their presence but I am combating that with bleach. It kind of ruins a manicure. The Christmas shopping is all done. My SIL, who is an artist, made me enough ear rings to pass out to the investment club. I got Ted two good leather belt s and a pair of leather gloves because he has found it almost impossible to find real leather. Nordstroms rack had both things. He got me an impressive leather tote from the same place. Neither of us like surprises. I have been surprised by former husbands with kitchen stuff and trust me no woman wants that for Christmas. Note to John: MCP stands for male chauvinest pig. I couldn't seemw to p.m. that to you. We haven't made any plans for Christmas but one way or another it will be on hold until we find out if my daughter can get here on Christmas Eve. She is coming but either with the full entourage or just herself, her husband and son who is autistic. Eric can tolerate little noise or commotion. If Sara brings her children, it will entail too much noise and talking for Eric and he will stay at home with his dad.

posted on Dec 8, 2018 8:55 AM ()


My dear friend, former New York neighbor, was in her 80s when she died of the big C. When she was widowed, she came to visit here. We had a lovely time. I truly loved her. She was being wooed by a childhood friend, whose wife had died, and was as giddy as a teen-ager. Later they both came to visit and would go to bed "early" they said, so as to be "fresh" for the next day. But we knew why they were retiring early and thought it was wonderful. When she got sick, she was devastated that just as she had found a new life, she was being robbed. I will always remember her and miss her very much.
comment by tealstar on Dec 13, 2018 8:20 AM ()
my husband just can't seem to find himself buying me a present for Christmas present! So I buy my own. This year I found a beautiful ring on amazon that is reasonable priced. Since he won't buy for me, he has to suffer the consequences of me buying my own.
comment by elkhound on Dec 12, 2018 12:08 PM ()
Fortunately men who cook appreciate kitchen gadgets! Donna's giving me an air fryer. I researched it so I know it's the one I want. She ordered it directly from my with list on Amazon so I knew it was coming when it disappeared.
And what's with the MCP comment? I didn't get it in the PM either.
comment by jjoohhnn on Dec 9, 2018 11:40 AM ()

They were so prevalent in the sixties that the MCP label was developed.
I sold my air fryer at a garage sale...tell me how yours works and if it delivers crispy fried foods, I will get another one.
reply by elderjane on Dec 10, 2018 5:42 AM ()
I was my late first husband's third wife. And his best. I am Ed's third wife. His first, out of college, left him when he got sick. His second was an alcoholic. His third was perfect, but died. We met in a bereavement group. I am his 4th wife. I'm here to stay.
comment by tealstar on Dec 8, 2018 4:37 PM ()
It would be awful to have to even contemplate dating again but many of my senior friends are doing it and are as giddy as young girls.
reply by elderjane on Dec 9, 2018 4:11 AM ()
Ummmm yikes
comment by kristilyn3 on Dec 8, 2018 2:53 PM ()
reply by elderjane on Dec 9, 2018 4:12 AM ()
I got invited for ten or so Christmas dinners to a cousin's near here (16 miles west.) But they have stopped hosting the dinner for family. There is one large dinner out at a convention hall here and I will pass on that.I am planning turkey at home with the cats. Dressing and mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts, maybe corn pudding or mashed yams. Cranberries. Hard to cook and eat a big feast for one man, so I am sharing much of it with 8 cats.
comment by jondude on Dec 8, 2018 2:00 PM ()
It sounds like a sumptuous feast for you and the cats! I will be smoking
a turkey breast and baking a ham. Jose's favorite thing is roast beef.
Your cooking skills continue to amaze me. I still treasure Rosie's cook book and am so glad y ou compiled it.
reply by elderjane on Dec 9, 2018 4:19 AM ()
Kristy, I hope everything works out for you with family this Christmas.
I am so concerned for Steve and for the rest of you. He knows that you wanted to visit him and that matters a lot, even if it doesn't work out.
comment by elderjane on Dec 8, 2018 11:26 AM ()
You use bleach? I vacuum it up. I am guessing I’m doing it wrong
As you know, our Christmas is up in the air. Steve might have his surgery this month!
comment by kristilyn3 on Dec 8, 2018 11:14 AM ()
Kristi, if there is a risk of hantavirus in the feces and urine (carried by deer mice), it's supposed to wetted down with bleach water before clean up, not vacuumed up dry. Out here in the west we have at least 2 or 3 deaths a year - from people cleaning up mouse poop. Looking at an incidence map, the disease is not as common in the eastern states. Sometimes I wet it down with bleach, let it dry, and vacuum it up.
reply by traveltales on Dec 8, 2018 2:23 PM ()
I think either method works. I am deathly afraid of the Hanta virus so I am putting bleach in everything I have to scrub.
reply by elderjane on Dec 8, 2018 11:16 AM ()
A friend once told me angrily about how her mother gave her baby gear and supplies for her birthday, when she was young and expecting. But I think your example is more reasonable -- not so many wives want a vacuum cleaner for Christmas.
comment by drmaus on Dec 8, 2018 10:24 AM ()
It is a little like giving your husband a snow shovel.
reply by elderjane on Dec 8, 2018 11:15 AM ()
You're all set it seems. I hope you have a lovely time with family, with or without children. So you said "husbands". Sounds like a story.
comment by tealstar on Dec 8, 2018 10:07 AM ()
Ted is my fourth and last husband and I am his third and last wife. We have managed 33 years together in February. Before that, ten years was my longest stab at being married. I think we are a good fit. He loves my family.
reply by elderjane on Dec 8, 2018 11:21 AM ()
We had a surprise 1 1/2 inches of snow the other night - it was very lightweight, the kind with beautiful separate snow flakes.
comment by traveltales on Dec 8, 2018 9:23 AM ()
Those pretty snows make you feel like you are living in a Christmas card.
reply by elderjane on Dec 8, 2018 11:22 AM ()

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