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    Sd-staring a the old bookshelf w/ cake mixes on top from the pantry. I need to do the project tomorrow. Dh is prob. doing lights if the rain doesnt go again tomorrow.
    Your project stories kinda get my motivation going. I got to stop over thinking and just jump in sometimes. Cant be more than a 2 hr. project.

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    I tend to over-think sometimes, too. I'm happy if my rambling inspires someone else.

    I'm getting better at not procrastinating. Then again, not always. It'll be interesting to see what excuses I can come up with for not sorting/purging/organizing all the excess from the back bedroom next week. But I do want to get the pool table cleared off and the main living areas back to where they were before Husby blew up his office which resulted in the back bedroom being emptied, too. Once the main areas are cleared up a little better, then I plan to hit the sewing room hard. Once that's done, the entire house will be in much better shape than a year or so ago. We've gotten rid of so much in every space we own lately. We're starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and we love that.

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    Sd-well thats one of my pushes-is I dont want Ds to come home and say wow everything looks just the same. He isnt my parent but ya know. But its been a rough year. We have been busy dealing w/ many things as Dh points out. TOO true.
    I had wanted to repair quite a few more things but w/ not 1 but 2 job losses the plans changed. I am going to do the 2016 plan pretty soon and not let that duant us. Bit by bit. At least i cut the inflow quite a bit.

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    Well, good morning, I suppose. I thought bad things come in threes, but for me it is fours. Got up for some unknown reason on a Saturday morning at 5 am and stepped into my closet only to be greeted by soaked carpet. We have had so much rain that our toilet was full of water and slowly overflowed last night and seeped into my closet. At least it was clean water and I don't think it had been there long. DH got the wet vac and got most of it up along with towels and then put a fan on it. Oh, well, I needed to clean that closet anyway. On a brighter note, DH took me to the casino last night to spend my free $25 that the casino gives me and I walked away with over $400. I always split it with DH, so he will take me back when they give me more free money. Today I am going to put up inside decorations and the tree tomorrow. It is too cold and wet to do outside yet. It will come hopefully next weekend. My SIL had the breathing tube removed yesterday and she is opening her eyes. She is in and out, but hasn't recognized anyone yet. Keep those prayers coming. Have a great day.

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    My daughter orders things for my granddaughters' Santa gifts and has them shipped to my house, since this is where they'll be Christmas morning.
    So yesterday, my brother and I assembled a bicycle and a little pedal cart. He and I are about the same age - it's a good thing nobody else was around to see us trying to get up off the floor!
    I sent my daughter a text telling her that she might owe us an extra gift for assembly services....

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    Gbug, so wonderful about your sis-in-law! And glad you got the water cleaned up.

    fw, maybe once DH starts the new job he'll be easier to live with. He's right, you have been through a lot this year.

    SD, I think my new motto will be "Any progress is good." Last night I was cleaning up around our bedroom and found some stuff that I realized could be donated if I just loosened my sentimental grip on it. It's just a few items but at least they are leaving my house.

    RABBIT, was it you that had previously mentioned the Joe Pickett series or was it SD? I just finished the first one, Open Season, and really really enjoyed it. So Monday I'm going back to the library to find more.

    wjcalderon, one Christmas Eve DH was in the living room putting together DS's gifts and I was in the den putting together a dollhouse for DD till around 3 a.m. Yes, I think you deserve an assembly fee!

    pinetree, all I've done for Christmas shopping is a few stocking stuffers and a couple of gift cards ordered with reward points. Good for you! My mother used to start shopping December 26. That's one way I'm not like her.

    Everyone else, have a good day!

    For Saturday:

    1) More Christmas decorating
    2) Watch Auburn vs Alabama 3:30 WAR EAGLE!!!
    3) Eat leftovers

    Have a happy day, ladies.

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    Hey all,getting a late start today. Dh took off w/ his friend for lunch and i am glad. He seldom goes out w/ the guys. I told him yesterday they have to start doing the get togethers again. Our friend passed away 2 yrs. ago now and he was the reason we all got together. Since college when he came home or later when he came into town. So needless to say its awkward but it will get better.

    Plan to redo the nov. budget and see how we ended up. This month is the first to tap the savings. Between the dogs HW treatment ,the hosp. from Dh's leg and a few repairs it should be interesting. Also hope to get the dishes tamed again and do the book case project.
    Our whole motto for this group should be adopted-"any progress is good". I tend to get after myself for lack of completion and forget to take into acct. health and all those pop-ups that happen throughout the week.

    Gb-encouraging news. Dr's. dont know everything and the human body is amazing in the way it can rejuvenate. Prayers for continued improvement.
    Sorry about the toilet /closet fiasco. Our LR floor wood is still cupped from the flood last Jan.

    HUnter-the dogs waking up. He was squggling and wriggling all under the comforter and was leaning on me while we watched Tv. He was playing a tickly mouthy game too. I told Dh I am starting to feel good about this.

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    Morning, its still snowing here, and its really cold.

    ilc, thats when I start shopping, I get alot right after Christmas, then shop thru the year, and put it away. It use to work really good when the kid was little. Last year I got the kids little kitchen gagets for the kitchen, measuring spoons, sifter, corn holder, then they got them at once.

    Gbug, So thankful to hear the news of your SIL. Hopefully she can fight her way back, its along road, but she can do it... sending up prayers..
    I have found thats things dont run in 4's here, I would be looking for another 2, that adds up to another 3. Thats how it works here. Sorry about all the water..

    RABBIT, ??? hope that number is down!! Hugs

    Niko, enjoy your daughter!! Sending up prayers.

    om, Jen, and Zhoen, you guys have really been on my mind lately, hope all is well.

    Hi to everyone else.

    Todays list
    run empty dishwasher, thinking of RABBIT, lol
    find Christmas tree, maybe
    vacuum,
    laundry

    Have a great day.
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    ILC, it was probably me who recommended CJ Box and the Joe Pickett series. I'm glad you liked the first one! Believe it or not, they get better from there! And I completely agree, any progress is good!

    FW, I've been saying for a long time now I don't care what I get done most days, as long as I'm making some kind of forward progress. You're always doing something at your house too, it seems like. I usually don't posts to-do lists anymore because I'm so easily sidetracked. Like today, I was going to jump out of bed and get the dishes in the dishwasher right away and then take it easy. It was a rough night again and I was tired before I got up. But today's been busier than I anticipated. More on that later.

    GB, that's great news about your SIL! People make such miraculous recoveries from strokes these days, it's just amazing.

    Jean, I know what you mean about getting off the floor! LOL. I'm always telling Husby to get the crane to lift me up!

    Pinetree, stay safe and warm in the storm. And don't work too hard!

    I decided the small parts for the sewing machine cabinet really didn't need a second coat of the base coat, since the top coat covers it anyway. So I slapped the crackle coat on and finished up that project. Finally! I'm glad it's over. I love how it turned out though, so I think it was worth the effort. Here's the before shot, including the broken tip-out tray in the middle which broke into several more pieces when I removed it completely.


    Here's the after shot, minus the spacers on either side of the middle piece on the top. I crackled those to match the rest of the cabinet, but I'm not going to put them in place for at least a month because I'm sure everything would stick and ruin the paint on the stand itself. I need to let the paint harden, especially since it has glue under the top coat. The spacers were made from a part I removed from the cabinet and will allow larger flower pots to sit straight with the spacers underneath. Amazingly, the tip-out I wasn't sure could even be repaired went back together beautifully.


    I also painted the entire inside of Grandma's cabinet. Not fun. I had no idea I was a contortionist in another life. I'll pay for it tomorrow, I'm sure! But the first coat's done and the cabinet already looks much better and it's nicely freshened up inside now. If I can move, I'll do the second coat tomorrow and that'll be completely done then. The painting of the inside, I mean, not the whole project. That's going to take me quite a while, since I can't strip the paint inside so will have to wait till at least next summer to work on that part.

    I also stripped the old paint off the outside of two drawers, using the pumice stripper I got at a rummage sale a while back. I sure hope I can buy more of that at Menards sometime. I'm hoping I can do the removable parts a little at a time over winter so I don't have to do everything all at once next summer. Then I stripped the hundred-year-old paint off the door glass. My wrists are already informing me there will be an uprising later because of it. It's not quite done but almost. I'll finish the edges when I remove the glass to strip the paint off the outsides of the frames. But it all looks so much better now. I'm glad I decided not to leave that old paint on the glass.

    I added little strips of wood under my easel cabinet to raise it 3/4", just enough so the air tools we store under it will fit with the cases standing up instead of laying down, so now there's room for a couple more tool cases plus the two plastic boxes with staples and brads for the air nailer and stapler. Nice to have it all together where it'll be handy.

    I didn't plan on doing any of this stuff today but getting it done has improved things here and taken the sewing cabinet off the UFO list now. Slowly but surely, we're getting stuff done even if it's not in the order we planned it.

    So now I'm really tired. Good thing the fridge is full of planned-overs so I don't have to cook. The dishes can wait till tomorrow, at least.

    So happy about the sewing cabinet, hereafter known as the plant stand. It took some time but I got my $5 worth out of it just practicing crackle painting. I think it's going to work out nicely in the spot I have planned for it.

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    Well I go back to school on Monday. I've been out for over a year. Time to get my bachelors degree that I should have and get my fat raise!

    I folded some laundry today, handed in my financial aid audit, and got to see DH for the first time in awhile. That was so nice.

    Tomorrows list:

    Email clinical people about agreement letter
    Fold some laundry
    Bring flashdrive to start bringing lectures home on

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    Ok, first of all, painting the whole living room was not a feasable goal lol. I did clean 2 walls and the goal for today is put the filler in the holes and hopefully paint them. Wish me luck.
    Disclaimer: European at the keyboard, unless precised, amounts are in EUR, any mistakes made because of a difference in politics, regulations or background are accidental not on purpose, please forgive me for them.

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    Good Morning All!

    Been a couple of days as we have all been doing the Thanksgiving thing mixed in with purging my parents garage. I'll post more on that later but wanted to do a quick check in before I got too behind.

    FW – Glad you didn’t have to stick your hand into an icey cavity this year. I was pretty thankful I didn’t have to do that either as I am also prone to do that. The turkey transport went well and yes, I believe I hit expert status. Maybe when I retire I can transport Thanksgiving dinners to people. Not a drop of juice spilled.

    Raiquee – The rolls look bakery quality and yummy. Bet they were delicious!

    Ayanka- That is not a dirty house. That is transformation in progress.

    Rabbit – Way to go on getting a workout in on Thanksgiving. I didn’t even attempt it. …. And you beat me with the Christmas decorations being done. Usually black Friday is my day. Didn’t happen this year.

    Pinetree – :cheers: It’s good to hear your almost completely recovered from your heart attack. That sounds like wonderful Thanksgiving news to me as well. ….. Finished with your Christmas shopping! I wish I was done. I so miss the days when I had it all finished by Nov. 1st.

    SD – That truck looks wonderfully maintained and they do seem to hold up better than a car. I also completely understand the mess of purging as we just spent most of the last few days purging my parents garage.

    ILC – So sorry about your children. Hope your DS is feeling better. As for your daughter, I hope she pulls out of her “weird phase” soon. Children are unpredicatable and we just have to know that we did the best we can and love them as they are. Glad you had a good time with your sister-in-law though and were able to lay back and relax after.

    GB- Attempting to start our Christmas decorations as well. Good luck with yours. …. Sorry about your toilet overflow but unbelievable on your casino winnings. I want to hit the casino with you!

    Wj- I could so use a put together elf here and definitely would’ve loved to have one when my kids were little.

    As for today I am gonna take it easy. DS#1 headed back to school a few minutes ago, DH got back last night, Dbrother and family left last night, and DS#2 has been dropped at work.

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    Hi everyone!

    Well, I unpacked my Christmas tree and realized it has done its job and needs to go. I mentioned it to DH and he was fine with getting a new one this year. Several stores around here have good sales going on so I think tomorrow we'll check them out. I'm going to try to use the removable branches on the old tree to make a wreath or garlands.

    Auburn didn't win yesterday but they played well and hard and I'm proud of their effort. I have several cousins who are Alabama fans and they've been gracious and haven't rubbed it in that they won.

    For Sunday:

    1) Continue to plow through Christmas decorations (I thought I decluttered them last year, but I think I need to do it this year too)
    2) Enjoy this lovely weather
    3) Put away china and crystal from Thanksgiving and pack away the table pads
    4) Work with DH on this week's calendar of appointments and errands

    Have a happy Sunday, ladies.

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    Good Afternoon

    ILC, sorry your team lost, the kids are into the college games, DS is a cornhusker, his Grandpa was one, and sent him anything he could find in them, It's not to cool tho to be walking aroung Co. with Nebraska, but he meets alot of people that way!
    I gave up on my tree 2 yrs. ago, I was holding it togetther with duct tape,, we bought it in 1981! I like my new one but it takes along time to fluff it.
    I missed out on that great deal so enjoy yours!!

    SD, Amazing, awesome job! Love that light blue. It's going to look really nice with green plants on it!! WTG

    Ayanka, Good Luck!! It shouldn't take long to fill those holes, just make sure you sand them down it you have too, they will show up thru the paint.. Have fun!! I bet you can't wait to see what it looks like!! Neither can we!!

    FW, You are sure getting alot done. So glad to hear the puppys getting along with everyone, you're going to have so much fun with all of them!!

    Nomad, Thanks! When I need a turkey hauled I know who to call!! lol Glad you had a good time.
    and yes , they sell ham here, but all of my Drs. have told me the worse thing I can do is bite into a piece of ham, way too much salt, so Im', trying to find a subsitute for it, and it sounds like my butcher has it, even tho its not cured he said it will be close enough, and people usually dont order in pork legs, whoaa, sounds so gross,, fake ham, thats what I will call it!!

    Niko, Hows your DD? sending up prayers.. hugs

    gbug, I see you are still getting rain? we are still getting snow,,, hope you SIL does somemore improvement today, bet shes exhausted.. sending up prayers.

    Ok how many have I left out? sorry...

    RABBIT, How are those numbers doing?? Huh? Hope they are good, sending prayers for you too...

    Got all the turkey, food savered and in the freezer, made beef enchladis (spelling), had to make the sauce and spanish rice from scratch, came out really good except too much chili powder in the sauce. The kitchen looked like a tornado went thru it.
    I am hoping the rest of the pills are out of me, wow, feeing so much more like me! Thanking the good Lord!!

    Today
    empty dishwasher again
    clean up stove top, again
    scrub floor where I dropped all kinds of stuff
    maybe get the tree started
    read the Sunday paper, see if theres any good sales!

    Target has jars on sale, plus theres coupons, so if you need them its not a bad price Quarts 8.xx.

    Have a wonderful, restful Sunday!
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    I am SO sorry I forgot

    Rai, WTG on going back to school, oh my are you going to be busy now, But bet youre looking forward to that raise!! Spend some time with our DH!! Hugs....
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