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Old 01-03-2021, 03:51 AM   #1961  
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Morning!  One more quiet vacation day and we start homeschool again tomorrow.  I am hoping to be more structured and disciplined myself so that I can better keep Phebe focused, so I may not be quite as chatty.  I’m going to try not having devices in the learning room, so that I can be very focused and present.  I also have a few more things I’m adding in to our day.  Lots of self-discipline on my part for sure!

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Good luck with homeschooling. I was a teacher and when they started putting computers for teachers in every room, I do think it was a distraction. Kids need ongoing attention that's for sure! Not an easy task.
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Afternoon everyone!

Lacking behind today!  Need to get some mojo going!  A shot of energy is needed!  Anyone got some to spare?


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Lacking behind today!  Need to get some mojo going!  A shot of energy is needed!  Anyone got some to spare?


Ann, just walked the dogs and trying to get motivated, too! I was on a roll yesterday, but slow off the line today!
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Hi everyone, a quick check in. I've made it to my brother's in Idaho. We go to Oregon tomorrow.
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Gracie that is so funny and so true although the last date should go back even further in my case.
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I’ve been on a roll since I saw how to make a journal with old greetings cards, I’ve finish one for all my handmade Christmas cards from my SCS friends and I’m now doing one for Steve’s birthday cards, I only keep family ones and special friends for him and Father’s Day cards, I have received so many handmade ones I will need quite a few journals !
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Well done Jan. I need to watch the video again but don’t have time to make a journal at present but great idea to save special cards. 

Speaking of which I’ve just had 3 beautiful cards delivered just now....from Gracie, Shelly and Shirl. Big thank you ladies. They are all gorgeous. Wayne likes them too.

Hope the funeral goes ok Catherine. 

Gracie that quote is me...hence my 30 day plan. I have about 10 unfinished projects..biggies lol. 

The decorations are all down and I’m now going to create for a little while.

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Good Morning!  Here’s to a new week and the holidays behind us!  I’m aiming for no devices in the learning room for less distractions.  

I do have a Chiro app’t this morning, so that will undo our schedule, but it’s needed and I couldn’t get in on Saturday b/c I didn’t have a vehicle lol!

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Good morning! Catherine, I am praying for you, as you are on this sad journey. 
Jayne, unfinished projects!!!  When we moved , I got rid of all but one unfinished sewing projects, now they don’t hang over my head.  However, still have one unfinished quilt! LOL
Unfinished paper craft projects?  I won’t even talk a out those! LOL

Rebecca, I am trying for less time on devices this year, too. Have fun at the Chiropractor.

Jan, I want to make a journal like that.  I think Ann did one with Christmas cards, too.

Gracie, Kathy, join my club of the Bubble Wrap Gang! LOL

Shirl, rain or snow, today?  Our snow is melting as it is already 37 at 8:00.  I may go look for a mop at Target today.  I don’t know when my car has been out of the garage.  We hen we went to church yesterday, it was first time DH’s car had been out since he went to the store on prior Monday. We are real recluses!

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Sharon, I'm not only a recluse, but I live in my pajamas! Why get dressed if I'm not going anywhere?

I'm working on some resolutions to improve my new year. I need exercise. I am also going to need a plan for bible reading and prayer time because today is DH'S last day of work. He officially retires at 3:30. He is an early riser and I like to sleep in and stay up late. He likes game shows and I like judge shows and reruns of CSI and law and order. It's worked out up to this point because he's been at work but now that will all change and I'll need to figure out when and where I'll have my quiet time with God.
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Morning!

Haven't had my car out in a while either. It does not like the snow or rain!

Catherine, safe travels and big hugs during this sad time.

I think I have one crochet project that is sitting otherwise I purged all the old stuff I now longer was going to work on. 

Made beef stew in the Instant Pot yesterday! Yum, will have it for lunch today!  Here is the recipe I followed but without the tomato paste: https://kristineskitchenblog.com/instant-pot-beef-stew/

One thing I did not brown the meat first, figured it would be ok without doing so.  I did let it sit in the pot for an hour afterwards.  The meat is so tender! 

Off to feed myself and dogs are waiting with sad eyes for some hugs!
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DH is also a hard worker and likes to stay busy. I'm worried what that means for him around here. My mom has a few things she needs done. He still has muzzleloader season until the 18th and then the hunting season will end until spring gobbler.
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Good morning, happy Monday 2021!

Catherine, prayers for a safe journey.  I’m sorry it’s such a sad one.

Kelly, welcome to the group of the most nicest and fun ladies you’ll ever meet!

Ann, so sorry for your loss.  Gosh, there is so much of that going around.

I also have many cards I can send to Karen.

Jan, how did you make a journal from Christmas cards?  Do you have the video link?

I’m almost done with my winter woodland animals journal, just a few more days and it’ll be done.  I’ll use it a coffee table book; the colors go with the living room very well.

And I’ve started something new.  I’ve taken a blank journal (Recollections at Michael’s had them buy 1 get 1 50% off and I bought several kinds) I’m watching daily events and printing out articles, taking photos too, of things I want to remember.  Friday, New Year’s Day, our college football team lost a major bowl game.  I printed out the news on that.  On the second we had a TON of snow, so I took a photo and put it on a page for that date.  Yesterday was DH’s DB and SIL’s 62nd wedding anniversary and she posted a photo on Facebook of their wedding day, so I saved it to put for Jan. 3.  I’m not recording every day, just things I find interesting.

I told DH I should have done that for 2020.  He said there were only two events, COVID-19 and the election.  Everything after that was just repetition of the same two events!

Photos for Jan 2 and Jan 3 of a lovely tall (at least 6’) plant of grasses we have around a lamppost.  Poor thing got hit hard the first day and totally bit the literal dust on the second.  I hope it comes back in the spring!
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Gracie, that is so funny!  I couldn't agree more!

Thank you for the warm welcome, friends!

Ann, I'm sorry about your funeral and I'm sure it was nice to think warm memories of the loved one and cherish that.  Big hugs sent your way!

Kandie, I am LOVING the snow!   I long for snow - alas, living in Miami, Florida we see zero!

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Jan, I would love to follow your progress!  Do you have photos or a blog where we can see as well as your gallery here? This is absolutely intriguing! 

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Happy Monday, ladies.  This morning we woke to beautiful hoarfrost on all the trees and bushes, so I went out with my phone and took some pictures. 

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Beautiful photos, Melody &  Kandie!
Yes, Jan , can you share the link to video you watched?
Was gone three hours on my Target/ mop run.  Told DH the 8.99 mop was expensive for him,  as I also hit, H.L., Tuesday Morning (nothing there), $ Tree, Michaels where a lot of stuff was 70% off! LOL. Oh, and Five & Below right next to Michaels.  Hadn’t had the car out since the 21st of December!  Put a whole 7 miles on it!
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Kathy, I meant to tell you, I had a problem with prayer/Bible time/devotions when we both retired.  He is always here, and not matter what he talks to me when I am reading my Bible. And my best prayer time is when I go walking, and I am outside and away from him.  Now, colder weather, I just have to stick to it and tell him, I am unavailable right now. It is harder.  We are always together.  LOL. And, I am not complaining! Sometimes after I listen to a devotional, I will leave ear buds in so I can pray.  Most of the time, he notices that, but sometimes, will ask “are you available” anyway! LOL. Good luck! �
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Kathy, I meant to tell you, I had a problem with prayer/Bible time/devotions when we both retired.  He is always here, and not matter what he talks to me when I am reading my Bible. And my best prayer time is when I go walking, and I am outside and away from him.  Now, colder weather, I just have to stick to it and tell him, I am unavailable right now. It is harder.  We are always together.  LOL. And, I am not complaining! Sometimes after I listen to a devotional, I will leave ear buds in so I can pray.  Most of the time, he notices that, but sometimes, will ask “are you available” anyway! LOL. Good luck! �

He's an early riser and I am not. He will be up and loaded on caffeine before I get up. And he will have game shows on or Kelly and Ryan! I don't really like talk shows.
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DH has always been one who turns on the TV as soon as he walks in the
door.  I've learned to mostly tune it out, but he does have a habit of
talking to me just because I'm in the 'room' - not the same room, but we
have open concept between family room and kitchen.  If I'm
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DH said we got our stimulus deposit today.  Last time it took forever, and I think they sent checks instead.
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Kandie, love the wintry photos!

Sharon lots of rain today and for the week they say! Fun for you to be out and about! I thought of doing that today, but have not made it out yet, lol. And it is already 2:30!

Retired husbands, Sharon and Melody-thank you- you said it well. So I had to jump in to the conversation.  The interruptions are just the limit for me. How can I miss ya, if you won't go away?, lol.....I don't want him to disappear entirely obviously. But I need huge amounts of alone time and not really getting it.  My friend Gloria and I used to talk about this retired dh thing. She would tell me that she said to him: "Don't you have somewhere to be", lol. This distraction of all the pinging of his phone is enough to drive me up the wall. The sounds of texting that goes on are all totally disruptive and we are on the council too.  He is on council,  not me, but I get it all the same.  Some of the stuff drives him nuts and so we have that to deal with as well.  Lots of turmoil in strata council living. We are both introverts and like to be at home, but no one is supposed to be with someone 24/7.....Enough said, lol. We both have the bad habit of talking to each other from another room too. I am as bad as him.  We do discuss this and sometimes can even laugh about it, but there are other times. We have an open plan too, Melody, and his computer is set up on our island, and I hate having to say, when I am in the kitchen or trying to craft- "I am concentrating so don't talk to me". I even tell him that I hate having to say that. Prayers please!

We started watching Kelly and Ryan recently so set it up on a series recording to watch when we want to.

Lots of days I want just calming instrumental music in the morning and he is sensitive to my need for that, finding a Spotify category this morning in fact.  He really is wonderful in so many ways.

He is a night owl, I am generally not. He needs less sleep than me. I need 7-9 hours. If I would get up early which has not happened for quite some time, he says he would get up because I am up. PUL-LEASE! Again, how can I miss ya, if you won't go away, lol.

All I can say for me is that it is and has been a huge adjustment and lots of days, I do not fare so well. And am appalled at my behavior frankly.  Seems I am always apologizing. Totally not fun having to do that, lol. Sorry, this may be too much info for you all to read! Don't know if I should even post this, but I guess I will.

Kelly Happy Monday to you as well. My Monday is going pretty well at the moment, thank the good Lord!

Have been praying for Catherine!

Ann- thank you for the link to your beef stew. Will check that out!

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Kathy, I totally need my alone time as well, imagine being divorced for years and then getting married to an older man, different generation, different music likes, can’t dance, doesn’t like to dress up, just the opposite of me.  We’ve too had some rough times, he too likes game and judge shows and I like syfy.  I like to stay home, he’s always looking for somewhere to go.  I don’t know if it would help, but I finally bought earplugs.  I have to tell him I have them in because he never looks at me, he has trouble turning his neck, and he’ll talk away and I have earplugs in, lol.  And I can’t stand the tv on all day so I go into my tiny craft area and shut the world out.  Do you have a room, or a corner of a room, you can call your own?

Update on the DS2 and DIL.  DIL, who is severely diabetic, got an immunity shot requested by her doctor.  She is working at home.  Her husband, DH’s S2, has been quarantined with her, his quarantine was up today and he got tested so he could go back to work and also get his shoulder surgery.  Guess what?  He tested positive.  And also his son, who is living with the lady who refuses to wear a mask, tested positive, and so did SHE. I said to DH I hope she gets real sick, enough to convince her of the error of her ways.  I know that’s not nice of me, but DH and I are boiling mad about the whole thing.  Especially about DIL with her low immunity, and DS2 with the surgery that now has to be put off.  

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Judge Judy always says you can't fix stupid! 

DH said I made his day by putting the two cards out for him. I put one by the coffeemaker and one taped to the door. He got some gifts and some tears from friends. He was there nearly 40 years! The secretary cried and made him cry too! But he's already happier than he's been in a long time. He loved his job, but they were turning more to computers and it was getting frustrating for him. I'm so proud of him because he never even graduated high school. He had to learn zoom  and Kaizala which is an app they used for communication when this all began. and he became the only locksmith for the entire University. They are going to miss him tremendously! 
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So happy for your DH, Kathy.  Congratulations to him.  How sweet of you to put cards out for him.  DH goes to bed before me by about an hour.  8:30 to 9:30.  I go about 9:30-10:00.
He gets up between 4:30 and 5:30.  I get up between 6:30 and 7:30.  Like someone said, he is already caffeine’s up and very chatty.  He has read all the news and sports on his iPad and tells me all of it, while I am waking up. LOL. BTW, another earthquake early this morning.  It woke me, but DH slept through it.  Just a 2.2.  That makes 25 since TG.  It is getting kind of blah.  LOL. Our son calls and asks if we have had our daily earthquake, yet. LOL

At least DH doesn’t turn on TV until afternoon to watch his finance and sports talk shows, or games if any are on. He goes down to family room to do that and I go to my craft room. We really are dealing well with all our together time 7/24!  
Well, headed to bed.  Almost 9:30.

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Same with my dh. He loved his job but the politics or dynamics of working there were getting too frustrating for him. However, he got a call from someone a couple of weeks ago and he actually might do some consulting one or two days a week. He told the man, "Shirl will be glad to get me out of the house!"

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Hitting the non existant “like” button, Shirl. LOL
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Same here, Sharon. He is up before me, and some problem can arise and he is talking to me before I can wake up or process what he is saying when I come out to the kitchen. Doesn't happen all the time thankfully.

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LOL, Sharon!
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Ann, I just peeked at the link you found. I love that she has blogged about all of it. Happy to read she felt overwhelmed and a bit scared to try it. Nice to know I am not the only one.

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Hi everyone! We had a lovely drive from my brother's in Idaho to Pendleton. It is about a 3 hour drive and up through two mountain passes. Thankfully, the roads were clear though it was snowing at the top of the pass closest to Pendleton, it was so pretty.

The graveside service was nice though short. It was windy. It was lovely to see our cousins, it has been a while. Right now, I'm sitting in my hotel room. Tomorrow we'll drive back to Idaho and Wednesday fly home.

Congratulations to your DH, Kathy.

Reading your challenges of having your DH home all the time - and challenges with having your quiet time with God, reminded me of a story I heard about a busy mom who had a difficult time getting quiet time because she had so many kids and her DH. This was back when housewives wore aprons and she would just throw her apron up over her head when she needed quiet time! I'm not sure how well it worked but it certainly was a visible signal for her family.

Shirl, I'll probably have to do a lot of apologizing when my DH retires!
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steve only watches the Tv in the day when it’s question time in parliament live or the prime minister is giving a talk other than that it only goes on while dinner is cooking and during the evening, thankfully.
When we’ve done our jobs I go up to my craft room while steve listens to his podcasts so I’m the one that invades his space, sometimes he sighs when I come back down to make the tea at lunchtime as I automatically start to talk, ha,ha,he just rewinds the podcast when I’ve finished. He says he dreads my fairy footsteps as it usually means I have a problem he needs to solve!
We both prefer to be home and don’t need other people around and always go to bed at the same, usually we are more or less awake at the same time and have our cuppa in bed, I annoy him if I’m reading the news and try to tell him about it, he gives me the look but then will tell me about football!!
My only gripe is that when I’m cleaning I have to tell him to sit in the conservatory out of the way but he laughs and asks where he should sit, LOL he also tells everyone that I make him stand in The corner on a piece of card!! 
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I will, try to find the link for the Christmas card journal although I made it up as I went along because she was sewing the cards into the spine and I didn’t have thick enough sewing thread and I hate sewing so I used ribbon.
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Happy New week!

 Welcome Kelly- you found the Aplha crew!  

Catherine- safe travels, and so very sorry about your uncle- nice you were able to go support your cousins. 

Melodie- beautiful picture! The families teases me about Hoar frost, and I heard the word, looked up pictures to see it and then googled the meaning and read it out loud.  I guess when I googled the picture, hubby read what it was and I had him zoned out and repeated the exact same thing he had just said...... So, they send me lots of pictures of Hoar Frost.....  

Shirl and all- LOL about retiring....  My hubby likes to keep busy, so goes and does his own thing, but does nag me about going for a hike or a walk. Usually when my allergies are the worst....he has trouble reading cue's.....  But, he works at home and it does not bother me.  I do not know how life will be when we downsize and do not have a basement. In the Airbnb's we have been in, we get a taste of noise and distractions : )

Kathy- so sweet of you to leave hubby cards, love your video of BIL, and ouch- I do the same thing- always have a bruise on my leg and no clue where it is from!

I sure miss the like button- it helped me know where I was! 

Ann- sad about watching a funeral online.  I will gather up some cards and get them out to Karen : )

Gracie- I have cousins that think the virus will go away when Biden takes office, and will not get the vaccine because people have strokes after getting them..... ( I looked that up and could not find any data that says that..... Stroke risk is the same as the general population-eg everyday life) .  I would worry more about an allergy to it....
Hubby saw your cute saying, and said my unfinished projects go back way farther....LOL  I cannot argue with him!

Rebekah- hope the homeschooling is good- the kids will have to get back into the routine!

Sharon- you covered alot of territory - within a short distance!  I read ladies talking about Tuesday Morning and thinking the prices have gone up.  Our TM closeby closed down....

Kandie- your family!  They are all positive- and has to cancel surgery?  That is dso sad!  I love your pictures, and think the grass will pop back up once there is new growth...in the Spring!  I did have a chance to see Ann's Christmas card journal- it is so cool- I MAY give it a try, but after mid-month.

I got in a big organize and sort mode today and yesterday- today in my craft room.  Still need to work on reorganizing a bit more.....  
Saturday, we went for a hike at the Forest Preserve- it was a slip and slide adventure!  I am lucky I did not fall! LOL

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Jayne- lets not talk about unfinished projects........ LOL
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Happy Tuesday. One Drs appointment down, only 5 more to go lol.

Kathy wishing your DH all the best with his retirement. We have never looked back since we retired. We are pretty much 24/7 but were less when we both played golf. We have our routine. We go to bed at the same time and usually wake at the same time, have brekkie and then do our own thing and meet for morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner unless we go out. It works for us as we both have our own hobbies. I love being at home with my hubby. You will fall into a steady routine over time.  If all else fails, find him lots of jobs to do lol.

Jan, was the Xmas card journal idea on our MMJ and what Nancy did?  I know she used Xmas cards. I seem to think that’s where I saw it and thought what a great idea.  Here’s the link to her blog...


I’ve forgotten what else I’ve missed so I’ll just say happy day everyone. I’ve made 2 cards today..whoohoo.


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