Random 5 for December 1 – Declutter, life stages, cats, family, weather

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Out, out, out – We’ve been decluttering for a while. Last year at Christmas we put aside decorations to donate this year. As we are setting up for Christmas we are donating anything we no longer use. There are a … Continue reading

Christmas ruminations from a curmudgeon

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The holiday is over but lingering good will is floating around. At least for a while. Christmas isn’t my favorite holiday. It was when I was a kid. Two weeks off from school and presents. Throw in a snowstorm and … Continue reading

Random 5 for December 24 – Traditions, bad luck, good luck, deliveries, cryptic messages

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An easier way to go — Earlier this week I had lunch with an old friend (as in long-tenured not age-old!). She had sent an email to her friends saying there would be no formal cards or decorating or parties … Continue reading

Random 5 for December 10 – Cats, Christmas, boxes, snow, sales

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They are all grown – We put up the Christmas tree this week. It is new cat Gracie’s first Christmas here. We don’t know her age for sure. I didn’t know what to expect. Total chaos? Or opportunist awe? She’s … Continue reading

Christmas odds and ends

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Long-time readers know I am a Starbucks fan. Maybe fanatic is a better word. All the Starbucks except one are closed for Christmas and yes, I found it. They are corporate stores. They ask for volunteers to staff a centrally … Continue reading

Merry Christmas to the beloved husband

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When you get older your perspective changes. Holidays are not about the presents. You can buy your own in a color you really like. It’s not about crowds of people because you can’t connect with anyone in a crowd. It’s … Continue reading