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    Up early, starting this year's thread!! Happy New Year everyone. Had a nice frugal NYE last night, neighbor/friend came over and sat in front of the fire with me. In bed by 10 (I AM a wild party animal!)
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    Happy new year.
    Josantoro, sounds a lot like my evening. Got black-eyed peas cooked in crockpot and going to steam cabbage and make cornbread later. Used leftover ham in peas.

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    I have BE peas in the crockpot too! Went to bed around 10:30. Going on the ranger-led 3 mi hike at the park today. Hubby decided he is going also. I hope I don't have to drag him back to the car....

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    Good morning, everyone! I'm about to toss some chicken in the crockpot and then get some laundry started. I'm planning on listing one thing for sale today and getting all of the laundry ready, as we all head back to school tomorrow. Hoping to read and rest and kick the end of this bronchitis to the curb, because I need to be healthy to get back to my middle schoolers tomorrow! I hope you all have a wonderful day!
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    Had a fun evening with friends, watched some bad movies (on purpose), ate junk food and laughed a lot. No problems getting home, very little traffic. Slept late this morning. I keep thinking it is a weekend. Going to have leftovers for lunch and see what DH is in the mood for at dinner, lots in the freezer to choose from. We have various things to do around the house and it will be a quiet day. Going to go over the ads for next week's grocery shopping.
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    I did stay up to watch the ball drop and then another hour for it to hit midnight here.....
    Slept late and now doing nothing....going to grandson's later to open gifts and they are taking us out for Mexican food.
    My goal for 2020 is to stay alive another year.....
    Working on getting rid of more "stuff."

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    So the hike.....nice and I am glad we went with a group because it could have been quite confusing without a guide. This was actually done by a "friends of (park name)" group rather than the actual park rangers, but they obviously knew the park quite well. Hubby thinks about 150 people. A few other dogs. Part of the grounds are quite pretty but a lot was steep and rocky wooded terrain (they gave us the option at several points to take an easier route.) Hubby managed all and took pictures which will be helpful. They had free water and dog treats also. I'm making a list of parks and hikes to do with the dog in 2020. Everyone have a restful night!

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    I listed some old BeyBlades toys of DS8 for $10 and they sold in under 5 minutes. He has plenty more, but there were 7 that he was willing to part with, along with a stadium. Money in, clutter out!
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    Happy New Years! feels like a saturday. was up late which is the first time in ages. cat wouldn't come in and ds was late so 1am bedtime. so we feel like we partied and we didn't lol was lazy just some basic chores and dh wanted chinese food for dinner. spent a few hours fixing my laptop email and now a leak he had to fix tonight. just been watching taped shows , dh and sil did parents ashes yesterday too. they went for lunch. laptop is dying keyboard jumping typing a pain to type.

    ds got invited to stay w friend for couple of days so ferry ride so we decided to go for the day tomorrow. not cheap but want to see museum exhibit that closes at end of month. packed a couple of hats for them as gifts. need to build stash again. better that leak happened now since gone tomorrow dd was shown the water shut off just in cause. her and a friend hanging out. could have come but teens better at home having fun.

    was sunny for the first time in ages and cats complained for hours in and out. think they would be happy instead of pouring rain. made frozen tortellini for dinner w alfredo sauce. watching the end of christmas in connecticut. dishwasher on and ds putting away laundry and dealing with his room because we have to be up early.

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    Amy- glad you sold stuff. I have to list more too.

    My car was in the shop but they couldn't find anything wrong. IMO, I think it was the battery. I had DH replace it and the garage said nothing was wrong. Before the battery got replaced, it gave me trouble.

    I thawed boneless beef ribs for bbq sandwiches..They're in the crockpot and will be shredded in 8 hours...

    My niece was in ER on New year's as her tongue got impaled by her braces. She's ok now. Reminds me of New Year Day 2019 when DS1 was in the ER but got turned away as our insurance wasn't ready. So he had to go to another one. He ended up being at the ER about 6 times in 2019. But nobody went to ER yet this year so it was a better start this 2020...

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    Absolutely nothing pressing here today. Think I’m going to do a little sewing with all the scraps I have.DIL came by last night and took me to the casino to get me out of the house. I guess there’s a first time for everything.

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    Quiet and sunny here, may warm up to 50. Feels like the weekend just ended, and what day is today? Glad to be getting back to a normal routine. Got to get a gift package ready to mail, pay some bills, etc.

    BIL gave us a scare yesterday, texted and said he was in the hospital with chest pain. They sent him home 6 hours later said nothing was wrong. He was mad they didn't tell him he was having a heart attack. He doesn't take care of himself, won't exercise or eat right, wants everyone to think he is dying.

    Taking this weekend off to spend with friends out of town. Nothing big, maybe some antiques browsing (don't have room or desire for more junk) or local history museum stuff. Weather should be dry. May hit a quilt shop and see what is different there. Definitely stopping at the pecan co-op for a fresh supply. Love our tiny little native pecans, so much flavor compared to those big tasteless ones.

    Made a grocery shopping list last night, but won't need to go until Monday at least. Baked salmon with spinach salad tonight.

    Hoping to get a lot of sewing done today.
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    Super excited. Just contracted with 2 more mystery shopping groups. BLT sandwiches for dinner.

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    You go GB...….mystery shopping always sounds like fun.....

    Doing nothing today...NOTHING....slept very very late....will do a little in the guest room if I feel like it....

    Probably will have soup and toasted cheese for dinner....quick and easy...husband has been home most of day...he is semi retired...can't get much done with him around....

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    Got a lot of sewing done today (quilt blocks), nice weather so got a walk in.
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