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gillianleeza
Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2019 5:29:43 PM
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Did I hear someone say cookies? I'll help myself to a few. I had a mini panic attack when I realized Christmas is less than two weeks away. Hopefully, I can get everything done in time.

Christmas Eve, we do an appetizer only dinner for family and friends. Everyone brings their favorite one. That might be my favorite meal.

Finally got our tree up. We had to give up having real trees when our kids developed allergies. We upgraded our artificial tree this year, the old one had to be twenty years old. It's much bigger than the old one and looks more like the real thing. It is prelit as well. No more fighting with tangled light strings. I love turning off the room lights and watching the tree lights with my glasses off. The blurred lights are quite beautiful and soothing.

It looks something like this. Now I need to decorate it. That is slated for Sunday when I get back from visiting my Aunts in Philadelphia.

I hope everyone is doing well. I know I am in the minority but I love the cold weather so the cold windy day here is perfect for me.

I'll have ginger ale.




Some of my stuff.
https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/memoirs/learning-to-fly.aspx
https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/memoirs/misery-loves-company.aspx
https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/poetry/we-always-go-on.aspx
https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/poetry/heart-flutters.aspx
Survivor
Posted: Friday, December 13, 2019 8:38:59 AM
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That's a lovely tree, Gill. We finally donated our last artificial tree to our small local library for display.

Tonight is opening night for The Nutcracker: A Kansas Ballet. I am hoping it will see a solid performance from everyone.

The coffee is not bad today.

flower

All I'm saying is you've never seen me crying and eating tacos at the same time.

Here's my latest story you might enjoy.

https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/drama/-into-the-night-.aspx

Here's a story Series I created that is called The Education of Mindy. This is the first story.

https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/flash-fiction/-mindy-learns-part-one-.aspx
Mendalla
Posted: Friday, December 13, 2019 10:36:38 AM
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I have been debating my tree this year again. We are away over Christmas so it seems a bit pointless now. It would only be up for maybe 3 weeks of which we would be away for like 10 days. Should have done it at the beginning of the month. I know why my family wants to get away. They need the sun and warmth and Christmas is one of the rare times they are both free (wife is a prof, son is a student, at different universities). Even winter break won't be an option next year because son will be on a work term so no break for him. However, I kind of miss an old-fashioned family Christmas at home. We have not really done that in years. Even when we host extended family, that hosting is about the extent of it. Oh well, I'll survive, I guess. Not like this is the first year we've done this.

Anyhow, writing has been happening, though not for this place. I may rectify that in the New Year, however. We shall see.

Tea time.


My latest, here for your enjoyment:



DenimAngel
Posted: Friday, December 13, 2019 2:38:05 PM
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Howdy peeps
A late drop in for me but I have COOKIES!
*Christmas cookies in the cookie jar again*
*special treats for the little critters *
Scott enjoy your vacation it sounds like a good time.
Larry that was sweet to donate your tree to the library
Gill that tree looks pretty

Me I'm not so sure about a tree.. I have a tiny little tree that is pre-lit and have mini ornaments for it that sits on my table. It's just big enough for one person. And since I don't have family near I usually get kidnapped on Christmas day to go to someone else house for dinner and presents.




Survivor
Posted: Saturday, December 14, 2019 7:40:28 AM
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Sara is always keeping everyone, including the mascots, happy with her snacks.

We took Victor out to the state park yesterday. We walked along the 18 hole disk golf course with Victor off leash so he could run back and forth all he wished.

Last night was opening night for the Nutcracker. It was a sold-out house. I think the whole run will be sold out.

flower

All I'm saying is you've never seen me crying and eating tacos at the same time.

Here's my latest story you might enjoy.

https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/drama/-into-the-night-.aspx

Here's a story Series I created that is called The Education of Mindy. This is the first story.

https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/flash-fiction/-mindy-learns-part-one-.aspx
DenimAngel
Posted: Saturday, December 14, 2019 1:13:39 PM
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flower hi everyone
I love making people and the mascots happy with my snacks
Speaking of snacks there are chocolate chip cookies in the cookie jar today
*sits out treats for the little mascots and checks their food and water dishes *
A large sweet tea pretty please.
That's great that Victor got to go to the State Park for doggie fun
That's great that the show was sold out
Happy Saturday peeps hello1


elizabethblack
Posted: Saturday, December 14, 2019 6:29:02 PM
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Sara, I agree that you are the original animal whisperer. They love you. Now, humans sure love the special pampering you do every day. I am glad you are going to to and celebrate Christmas with friends. Nice not to have to work too hard by yourself. And there is nothing like friends.


henrietta_fielding
Posted: Sunday, December 15, 2019 4:44:43 AM
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Hello, everyone! Nice to pop in and catch up with all of your news!

It's a damp and chilly Sunday here and I'm danced out after Saturday night, per usual. A coffee would do very nicely! :)
Survivor
Posted: Sunday, December 15, 2019 6:24:36 AM
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Good morning, all. I checked the weather forecast this morning and it said a 90 percent chance of snow. So I looked out the window. Oddly enough there was snow. Victor was none too happy. We walked about two houses down and he turned about and headed home. He was having none of it.

The thing is this afternoon we give a performance of The Nutcracker. We will get home after the sun goes down and there will be snow on the roads. If we are lucky it will all get cleared off as the day progresses.

Fresh coffee is brewing. Hot water is ready.

flower

All I'm saying is you've never seen me crying and eating tacos at the same time.

Here's my latest story you might enjoy.

https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/drama/-into-the-night-.aspx

Here's a story Series I created that is called The Education of Mindy. This is the first story.

https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/flash-fiction/-mindy-learns-part-one-.aspx
Survivor
Posted: Sunday, December 15, 2019 7:54:29 AM
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The coffee is good this morning. I took a little spin out on the roads to pick up prescriptions at the pharmacy, just in case of worse weather later on today. Just a couple of blocks away from home I saw the first car off the road with the police car there. Must have been driving just a tad too fast for the snowy conditions.

I see my first junco of the season is on the thistle bird feeder. I haven't seen a junco in a year. But this snow has brought him to my feeder. I'm glad I filled them just a couple of days ago.

flower

All I'm saying is you've never seen me crying and eating tacos at the same time.

Here's my latest story you might enjoy.

https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/drama/-into-the-night-.aspx

Here's a story Series I created that is called The Education of Mindy. This is the first story.

https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/flash-fiction/-mindy-learns-part-one-.aspx
AnnaMayZing
Posted: Sunday, December 15, 2019 1:12:21 PM
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Hi, Everyone. Once again, thank you all for your messages of condolence.
My Mum passed just two days before hubby and I were booked to leave for Disneyland Paris. After some hesitation as to whether we should go, we were encouraged by my siblings that we really should go, since there was nothing that would change over the next few days.
We drove down to the South of England last Sunday and then took the ferry across the channel on Monday. The drive through France was a nightmare having opted to avoid the Toll Autoroutes. Although somewhat tired and subdued, we did enjoy the four days we had there, perhaps a little less than had the circumstances been different.
Nevertheless, we returned home yesterday, doing the total 500 mile trip in one go, opting to pay the almost Twenty Euro toll for the considerably better journey and including a 150 minute ferry crossing in gale force winds and heavy tides. To be honest, I was fascinated by the waves crashing over the bow of the ferry and against the huge glass windows of the restaurant. I even liked the resonating boom of the waves breaking against the hull.
Rested today and tomorrow, back to real life and sorting out various things for the funeral and Mum's estate.
Life goes on... dontknow



The third part of this epic journey starts here... https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/drama/the-long-road-home-chapter-1.aspx

If anyone wishes to find the beginning of this epic saga, here it is:

https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/drama/-the-nurses-.aspx

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." George Santayana
DenimAngel
Posted: Sunday, December 15, 2019 2:29:23 PM
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hello1 howdy peeps
A large ginger ale today I woke up not feeling so good.
Good thing I baked extra treats yesterday.
*checks on the mascots and gives them treats *
I don't blame Victor for not having any of that snow business
Stay warm and safe in the weather Larry
Anna I'm glad you tried to enjoy Disneyland Paris.
Elizabeth thank you .. Ive always loved animals
Cynthia you need to relax.

I'm spend what's left of the day curled up under my favorite blanket
Happy Sunday folks


Rumple_deWriter
Posted: Monday, December 16, 2019 6:08:34 AM
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Morning to all Monday Mourners.

All of yesterday's warm thoughts and kind comments by Sara, well, me too.

I'm back from the VA computer training camp and will be here for awhile. My wife, who has dementia, fell in the bathroom of our assisted living facility and hit her head. She's been checked out at the ER but For the last few days, she's been hurting. The good news is this morning she's feeling mo' better.

BTW, my novel here at SS, 'More Than Just a Kiss' is the story of how we met.

Anyway, now that she's back to bossing me around, I slipped in here, made a pot of strong coffee and once I've gotten a double-handful of Sara's goodies (so to speak) I'll get down to verifying some of the recent submissions - I promise - honest. ;)

glasses8

No matter what happens, pizza will always be there for you. Thick and thin, in crust we trust.'


Schemers Scheme -- young women talking about young men

OF WAR, AND PEACE, AND MARY BETH: my contest winner, honest

For Whom the Good Tolls an 'RR' and it's short, no kidding

Survivor
Posted: Monday, December 16, 2019 6:40:42 AM
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Great coffee, Bill. Nice to see you back.

That falling down is a terror for us older folks, I know. I had my fall about 5 years ago in the bathroom, just as your wife. I passed out and fell. My wife had an ambulance there in a flash. The hospital never came up with a good reason for why I fell. It must have been simple dehydration. The lesson is "drink lots of water", in addition to our coffee, of course.

Winter is truly here in the mid-west. I need to go out and shovel some snow this morning. I also need to get more de-icer for the walkways.

flower

All I'm saying is you've never seen me crying and eating tacos at the same time.

Here's my latest story you might enjoy.

https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/drama/-into-the-night-.aspx

Here's a story Series I created that is called The Education of Mindy. This is the first story.

https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/flash-fiction/-mindy-learns-part-one-.aspx
AnnaMayZing
Posted: Monday, December 16, 2019 11:25:38 AM
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Rumple_deWriter wrote:
Morning to all Monday Mourners.

All of yesterday's warm thoughts and kind comments by Sara, well, me too.

I'm back from the VA computer training camp and will be here for awhile. My wife, who has dementia, fell in the bathroom of our assisted living facility and hit her head. She's been checked out at the ER but For the last few days, she's been hurting. The good news is this morning she's feeling mo' better.

BTW, my novel here at SS, 'More Than Just a Kiss' is the story of how we met.

Anyway, now that she's back to bossing me around, I slipped in here, made a pot of strong coffee and once I've gotten a double-handful of Sara's goodies (so to speak) I'll get down to verifying some of the recent submissions - I promise - honest. ;)

glasses8


So sorry to hear of your wife's misadventure, Bill. Good that she is recovering. Falling was the greatest fear we had about my Mum. Over the past twelve months, she had several and the last one is what put her into a nursing home. She also had dementia and after each incident, she would remember nothing of it saying, "So people keep telling me but I don't know anything about it."
It is good that you are with her, Bill and I send you both my very best wishes.

So, about that coffee... icon_smile

The third part of this epic journey starts here... https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/drama/the-long-road-home-chapter-1.aspx

If anyone wishes to find the beginning of this epic saga, here it is:

https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/drama/-the-nurses-.aspx

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." George Santayana
DenimAngel
Posted: Monday, December 16, 2019 1:20:57 PM
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flower howdy folks

Hot chocolate with mini marshmallows will do the trick today
Boy is it cold outside 33 F on my little mountain
I had to go out in it to get propane and some other goodies
*puts peppermint candy cane cookies and chocolate chip cookies and thumbprint cookies in the cookie jar *
*gives the little adorable mascots treats and checks their water*

Good to see you back Bill glad your wife is doing better after her fall. Is it cold in the valley of the sun?
Larry I hope you and Mr Victor are staying warm
Hi Anna thanks for the advice for the badge yesterday




AnnaMayZing
Posted: Monday, December 16, 2019 2:27:27 PM
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You are very welcome, Sara. I'm glad that I could be of service. icon_smile

May I join you all with a double espresso, please?



The third part of this epic journey starts here... https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/drama/the-long-road-home-chapter-1.aspx

If anyone wishes to find the beginning of this epic saga, here it is:

https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/drama/-the-nurses-.aspx

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." George Santayana
DenimAngel
Posted: Monday, December 16, 2019 2:35:53 PM
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AnnaMayZing wrote:
You are very welcome, Sara. I'm glad that I could be of service. icon_smile

May I join you all with a double espresso, please?



Of course you can join us


Rumple_deWriter
Posted: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 8:41:25 AM
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Is it still Tuesday? It is? To quote Winnie the Pooh, "Oh, bother."

There are several new stories by folks who have either just arrived or haven't been around for some time. If you get a chance, please check 'em out.

I'm beginning to wonder how the mods and other 'old hands' here at SS can encourage these newbies to do the 'read, vote, and comment' routine on stories posted by others. IMO, it's the best way to get other writers to evaluate your work.

Any suggestions would be mucho appreciated.

Coffee's on and, if I say so myself, it's not too bad.

glasses8

No matter what happens, pizza will always be there for you. Thick and thin, in crust we trust.'


Schemers Scheme -- young women talking about young men

OF WAR, AND PEACE, AND MARY BETH: my contest winner, honest

For Whom the Good Tolls an 'RR' and it's short, no kidding

Survivor
Posted: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 10:05:30 AM
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Good coffee, once again, Bill. I've been checking out every newbie that shows up. Some write work that I simply don't understand. Others I like and make comments. Others I try to give encouragement to that is not really appreciated. I so seldom get any of them to check out my work. A few do so. I must admit that. But most of the readers (and we get lots of them) simply don't want to give us any affirmation. I do appreciate the readers who give my work a glance. It is nice.

Need to go shopping today. I'm glad to see the sun is melting a lot of the snow and ice out there.

flower

All I'm saying is you've never seen me crying and eating tacos at the same time.

Here's my latest story you might enjoy.

https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/drama/-into-the-night-.aspx

Here's a story Series I created that is called The Education of Mindy. This is the first story.

https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/flash-fiction/-mindy-learns-part-one-.aspx
DenimAngel
Posted: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 3:19:58 PM
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flower howdy peeps
A large ginger ale
Had a doctor's appointment today
But I did bring treats
*minty dream cookies and peanut butter and banana cookies goes in the cookie jar *
*gives the sweet little mascots treats*
Hope everyone is staying warm
Happy Tuesday


Rumple_deWriter
Posted: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 6:54:37 PM
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The contended sounds coming from somewhere under the counter are, if I'm not mistaken, coming from a victor stuffed with Sara's goodies.

Larry, it might be time to remind Yaz and Maggie about this problem in a Mod Forum post.

Coffee pot is rinsed out and waiting for morning. Y'all stay warm and have a good night. ;)

glasses8

No matter what happens, pizza will always be there for you. Thick and thin, in crust we trust.'


Schemers Scheme -- young women talking about young men

OF WAR, AND PEACE, AND MARY BETH: my contest winner, honest

For Whom the Good Tolls an 'RR' and it's short, no kidding

Survivor
Posted: Wednesday, December 18, 2019 6:16:49 AM
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Good morning here in the land of Oz. The coffee is brewing and the tea kettles are ready to boil.

Victor has gone out and done his duty. It is 18F/-8C degrees cold out there. We will luckily get above freezing later today.

flower

All I'm saying is you've never seen me crying and eating tacos at the same time.

Here's my latest story you might enjoy.

https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/drama/-into-the-night-.aspx

Here's a story Series I created that is called The Education of Mindy. This is the first story.

https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/flash-fiction/-mindy-learns-part-one-.aspx
DenimAngel
Posted: Wednesday, December 18, 2019 7:00:57 AM
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*stumbling in yawning * ugh it's cold outside. 8am and it's 11F on my lovely mountain. Early morning appointment here.
Treats later when I'm more awake right now ... Coffee good.



DenimAngel
Posted: Wednesday, December 18, 2019 2:30:54 PM
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flower I'm back with treats....
Rice krispies treats shaped like sleighs and reindeer


gillianleeza
Posted: Wednesday, December 18, 2019 2:57:49 PM
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Bill, I am glad your wife is okay after her fall.

Larry, I have no answers about how to get new or returning authors to read other people's works. I myself have been badly amiss in doing so.

Sarah, thank you for always bringing treats and being a bright spot around here.

Anna, I am sorry about your mother's passing and sorry I didn't send you condolences sooner.

I am hoping Christmas this year will not be too stressful.

I have been driving my parents to Philadelphia once a week to see my aunts, one in hospice care and one who was just diagnosed with dementia. Things usually go okay but my father's dementia is worse.

When we took a different route home to avoid traffic he became very agitated and upset. It quickly escalated into a not safe driving environment. There will be no more trips with him. It has been left up to me to inform my aunts. My mother can not deal with anything more. I will continue to see them once a week but by myself.

I am blessed that my sons and husband are very supportive and help me whenever they can.

If I don't get back here before Christmas, I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday.

Cheers!

Some of my stuff.
https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/memoirs/learning-to-fly.aspx
https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/memoirs/misery-loves-company.aspx
https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/poetry/we-always-go-on.aspx
https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/poetry/heart-flutters.aspx
Survivor
Posted: Thursday, December 19, 2019 6:34:19 AM
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Good morning here on the prairie. Hey, Gill. I do hope you don't overextend yourself with the family burden you are carrying. Get plenty of time just for you. The men can pick up some slack.

Coffee house coffee is here for all. And always hot water for tea and cocoa.

Tonight I have a pickup rehearsal without wearing costumes or makeup. And we are released as soon as we complete our roles in the ballet. That's good.

flower

All I'm saying is you've never seen me crying and eating tacos at the same time.

Here's my latest story you might enjoy.

https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/drama/-into-the-night-.aspx

Here's a story Series I created that is called The Education of Mindy. This is the first story.

https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/flash-fiction/-mindy-learns-part-one-.aspx
DenimAngel
Posted: Thursday, December 19, 2019 1:06:44 PM
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flower howdy folks
A large hot tea would be great it's chilly outside
I'm late but I brought fun treats today... Reindeer cookies and Christmas mouse cookies
Their are in cookie Tins on the counter they won't fit in the cookie jar without getting crushed.
Hope everyone is having a great day less than a week til Christmas
I've been a good helper finding stocking stuffers for my friends'grandkids

Happy Thursday folks


DenimAngel
Posted: Thursday, December 19, 2019 1:36:20 PM
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Reindeer cookie :



Christmas mouse cookies :



Rumple_deWriter
Posted: Friday, December 20, 2019 5:36:24 AM
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Oh, happy day! Just found both a mouse and a raindeer cookie. Sara, I'm much obliged. :)

Minus the contents of my mug, the coffee pot is full of hot, caffeinated goodness. Meanwhile, the kettle is doing its kettle thing for the benefit of the tea and coco crowd.

So let us now toast the last TGIF weekend before Christmas while praying for those out shopping. ;)

glasses8



No matter what happens, pizza will always be there for you. Thick and thin, in crust we trust.'


Schemers Scheme -- young women talking about young men

OF WAR, AND PEACE, AND MARY BETH: my contest winner, honest

For Whom the Good Tolls an 'RR' and it's short, no kidding

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