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By Sylviag on Dec 25, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Mornin. Hope to catch you before you head up to the folks to wish you a wonderful and warm fuzzy day with your family. LOL Even though she will see you today, there were obviously a hundred things that need to be said before then. MIL really enjoyed brunch although it started snowing heavily on our way there and dumped about 2 inches over the next couple of hours. But so many people on the roads, they just stayed slushy. She really enjoyed driving through town in the snow. We all had eggs benedict and tried their potato pancakes which were very good. No one will ever make tater cakes like my Mom did though. But she used shortening and a cast iron pan. Then late afternoon got a call from the faility that she had fallen in the bathroom :( They called 911 just to make sure she hadn't broke anything and she hadn't. When I called her she was doing fine and not even sore (likely cuz of what part of her body she landed). OK, so here is typical family "funny" Hope I will be forgiven for this LOL She told me that she tipped over trying to straigthen out the bathroom rug (for whatever reason) she landed on her belly and could not maneuver herself in either direction to get up Thank goodness they have that push button call thing on her wrist. When I told Bryan and BIL and son about it as we were enjoying a glass of wine in the sun room, I said I was picturing a blow fish with arms and legs waving around. Sad to say, we all cracked up :) This morning she called and has intestinal issues so may not be able to come. Told her to call me around 10 to see how she is doing. Everone else is coming aroud 11. I went to bed at 10 last night but the lates partied on much later. I knew I had about 4 hours worth of work to do this mornng to get rady for brunch and preferred to that wish some sleep and no hangover. TOday willhave some champagne thought now that phase 2 meal is ready. hugz to you and Becky

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By Sylviag on Dec 24, 2014 at 8:12 AM

LOL If she fits she sits? So that size box means a lot of debris on the table. It's my kitchen counters I have to keep pan eye on. Our house is laid out so the dining area is next to the kitchen and to walk to the table to dump stuff is too far so it winds up on the counter. I guess I subconsciously picked Mongolia because of my earlier khan reerence. FUnny how our minds work without even thinking about it (now that was a duh! statement). They like tablecloths to rumple up and this is just green damask placemats which are not as fun thank goodness.

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By Sylviag on Dec 24, 2014 at 7:59 AM

LOL. I just call 'em like ai sees 'em. I think we'll be OK, but BIL and his were gong to come here around 4 and if it starts looking iffy will just tell them to come earlier. BIL does have an older diabetic cat that needs his shot at a certain time late afternoon but there is a leeway of an hour or so either way. Just put a big box under the table, sweep the clutter in and deal with it later, much later or mail it to Mongolia. Wow you have brownie down to a science. The khan cooker :) Getting ready to get off and do a couple of miles and a shower. Preemptive calorie burning. Hope to be back on for a little while this afternoon. I really have everything prepped even the table set. So easy for just 4.

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By Sylviag on Dec 24, 2014 at 5:49 AM

Mornin and Merry Chrisymas Eve. Huh, now they are predicting 1-3 inches of snow this afternoon. After a week of saying no snow. They hardly ever seem to get the weather right here except in the sumer when it's weeks of clear skies. I am used to WA where they had a doppler radar and were pretty good at predictions. Not much t do this mornng except take a shower. We're picking up MIL at 1030 to take her to brunch. It is nice to watch your teams winning. For years we faihfully wached the Seahawks ony to ee them fall flat on their face. So will enjoy the success as long as it lasts.

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By Sylviag on Dec 23, 2014 at 11:08 PM

I have enough stress just watching the Seahawks. Don't need to add any more sports to the mix. I should at least be following the Blazers. Our cats do enjoy their morning canned food treats.They only get about 3 TBSPs. And I always have 2 cans working as they don't all like the same hting, spoiled brats. Lucy LuLu will give me a dirty look, then scratch the floor around the bowl letting me know just what she thinks of the offering :)

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By Sylviag on Dec 23, 2014 at 8:30 PM

I must admit that makes more culinary sense than sauce :) But you are the adventerpus type so anythingi possible. Oh Becky will love her treat since she does not get it often. I did pick up those catnip mousies today and Bryan got a battery operated mousie which interested them for abut 5 mins. I have to laugh, he is always buying these automated toys. Man thing - power toys instead of tools. You have that right on the internet except maybe their students but very rigidly controlled access.

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By Sylviag on Dec 23, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Can one have a meaningful relationship with a prime rib roast? Picked up our special order today and it is gawjus - nicely marbled, not too much fat on the outside and tied beautfully. Think I should take a pic LOL Lots of running around picking up stuff here and there and a stop by MIL which we tried to mafe quick but that never happens :) Clipped her kitteh's claws. She is getting more forgetful :( Even though I have told here 3 times now that we are taking her to brunch tomorrow and bringing her to our house Chistma Day for brunch here with everyone else, she was all surpised adhappy - again. Good new, is she got happy three times now LOL. ot hme aroun 2 and spent the rest of the time til hal hour ago geting everyting ready as much as I can for next wo days. ALl relaxed no and gonna cast thrugh Christmas. Are you the baby of the family? Like you rub with the cumin I am a big fan of that spice. Now I never heard of he applesauce - does that tenderize the some more? Nothing wrong wit a trial run the nigth before :) Yummmers on the brownies - ai can haz a piece? I ED that Becky will be coming ith you on Thus and I am sure everyone will love seeing her. I am excied for you and your parents when they open the prezzies ygot for them. I am amused and grtified that Sony now will do a limited film release. Read online that there are high money expectations now. CAn;t buy the kind of publicity that film has had in the pas wek. Also loved that some unknown entity took down NK's serers for 9 hours. Bad weather down suth and eas - horribl timing with Christmas.

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By betskand on Dec 23, 2014 at 9:03 AM

BD! A Happy Christmas to you, your Dad and Mom, and of course Becky! http://cheezburger.com/8409181696

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By Sylviag on Dec 23, 2014 at 7:48 AM

Paws and hubs should be well on the way now and hope they have a safe trip. Hope she can get let us know here or by emayo that she got there. They really needed a break. Oven was easy as self clean But the racks swere a bitch to do. I won't leave them in the oven because the high heat discolors the finish Someone needs to invent non-stick oven racks. Then of course I had to clean the rest of the kitchen :) For Christmas Day brunch I am making an enchilada breakfast casserole and will put it in a large enough pan to avoid spillover. Spareribs sound lip smacking good What rub or sauce do you plan to use? And of course you will make a shrubbery with it, right? LOL Got another play list done yesterday afternoon of mid 60s to mid 70s. Being, ahem, a wee bit older than you, likely songs that you haven't even heard :) My sleep schedule is so freaking messed up likely because of that other thing I have going on. Can't seem to sleep more than 5 hours. I fell asleep at 9:30 on the couch and shuffled off to bed and woke up at 2 am. Laid in bed for awhile and finally got up at 3 and made shopping list, looked over menus and did a little tweaking, puttered with this that and the other Uploaded some more CDs to the puter so I can download to a playlist for the MP3. Busy day today. About 6 places to go to. Have to pick up some giftee cards for MIL so she can have fun shopping for junk :) The meals themselves will be fairly easy. But tomorrow will take MIl to brunch which will kill aout 3 hours. But have plenty of time in the afternoon to get ready for evening dinner. Anything you have to get ready for Chritmas day aside from the roast?

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By catmom on Dec 22, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Ah, fifty for the guys, Patty and I see y'all walking in shorts and we just agree "it's a guy thing"! Fifty is too cold for shorts for the gals :-) Got another project collecting Christmas gifts for our security guards. Most neighbors are contributing; one more thing to do before Thrusday!

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By Fauxpaws on Dec 22, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Oh, and by the way! I hope you and Becky and all of your family have a most wonderful Christmas!!!

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By Fauxpaws on Dec 22, 2014 at 12:59 PM

And some minds (mine, for instance) take a bunch more preparation than others! Hopefully I'll have that after Christmas. Nice presents you're getting! It's good to be able to pick out exactly what you wanted, too. Got my running around done, called the newspaper and post office to hold our mail, and our package from Sis came today like it was supposed to, so that's all a relief! Chuck's been to our broker with his sibs to get some papers signed and now he's off to FIL's to meet with an inspector. Still got packing to do but that will be the easy part. We'll both be glad when tomorrow gets here and we can just hop in the car and get the hell outta Dodge!

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By catmom on Dec 22, 2014 at 11:16 AM

The weather has been excellent, just the way we like it in the high 40's around 6:30 and heating up to the low 50's by the time we are home again. We bundle up with gloves, warm tops and hoodies to help keep the ears warm :-) We are still doing our 7 mile 2 hour walk and talk. How about you and Miss Becky? Do you vary your routes or stick to the same route? Things are still crazy around here. Did my volunteer shift at the adoption center this AM. We had 5 adoptions last week, which is great. The big cubbie was empty this morning. Delivered some prezzies to friends on the way home from the adoption center. Still have more to wrap *sigh* and mre to deliver, plus lunch tomorrow with a gal pal and her mother who is wheelchair bound; then a party in the evening with neighbors, and my IT friend will arrive around 10PM from Dallas.

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By Fauxpaws on Dec 22, 2014 at 7:15 AM

Yep, got Windows Media Player. And it's also got a good-sized chapter in my Windows for Dummies manual, so I should be fine. You're right tho, I have too much to do today to buy the CDs but it'll be there for next time. I'd guess that when that cat jumped up on the table and didn't see who he might have expected to see, he got pissy about it, as in "ACK! Who the hell are YOU?" Elf has never once hissed at either of us, much less tried to bite except when I'm playing with him, and even then he doesn't bite hard enough to break the skin. I told all of this to Dallas and think I calmed her fears. I certainly hope so! Seems like Becky has gone a long way to helping Mason get over whatever fear he had. That's a good thing! I didn't get to watch much of the Seattle game but saw the replays this morning. Wow! They sure look Super Bowl bound to me! And you're right, we went down in flames yesterday. LOL! Still, we came in 4th and won a whopping $35!! Not sure if all the sweating it out was worth it or not, but WOO HOO anyway!

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By Sylviag on Dec 22, 2014 at 6:37 AM

Mrnin' and thanks! We're on our way one game at a time. Have to check with Paws as to the Rams next week The first quarter was iffy, went into the 2d half looking good and only got better. The first half the Cards defense really was great but they couldn't make up for a lackluster offense. The Cards' injuries helped us a lot. Survval f the fittest at the end of the season. The one anomaly was Haushka's 3 FG misses. Although two were fairly long, never, ever seen him miss that many. Go the oven on self clean. I had hoped to wait until after Chrismas, but Bryan's chicken grease spll when he made dinner last week keeps starting the smoke alarm every time I use the oven :) Maybe when you go to the store something will whet your appette for something special on Eve. Once you have to clean one part of the kitchen you might as well do a full scrub. That way you can go into the New Year with that spic and span feel. just ignore the rest of the house ) Aside from oven cleaning, got my shopping list ready for tomorrow. Wil upload some more music to the puter of some songs from hard copy CDs that I want on the MP3 player. Workout and piddling around here

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By Fauxpaws on Dec 22, 2014 at 5:20 AM

Just your brother's place - ok, that's good. I'm sure your mom would miss having Becky follow her around and slipping her treats! Yep, my comuter has burning capabilities. I'll sure have to look into that. It's a great idea and maybe I can actual figure out how to do it! LOL! I do hum alot, and whistle too, but it's just not the same. =( I ed'd your little Mason story - a little dog lover in the making, thanks in no small part to Miss Becky! His dad sounds like a good guy, too. I wish you'd had your camera with you. That encounter would have made for some good pics! Dallas got in town yesterday morning and stopped by for instructions for when they're staying here. Tho I did have to tell her how to make friends with Elf. "Hold your hand out, let him sniff it, then when he gives it a head bonk, you're buds. Just don't try to pick him up, as he's not comfortable with that." She was so afraid he would try to bite her. I promised her he was not a biter, just very shy. I'm sure they'll work it out. Like Syl said, even if he never warms up to them, at least he'll have his basic needs met. Of course, I'll still worry!

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By heyman on Dec 21, 2014 at 6:24 PM

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By catmom on Dec 21, 2014 at 4:58 PM

The football gods are not on our side...... your team lost and now my team just won - that is so wrong!!! Al is spinning again for sure!

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By catmom on Dec 21, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Ah, like you I am done with shopping but still have the wrapping to do. Yes, my friend will take Toby home after the new year. Your Christmas dinner sounds delish!

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By Sylviag on Dec 21, 2014 at 2:32 PM

A few miles pounded out, shower, something to eat and am in my Seahawks hoodie and hat and couch slouching. You are a pretty discplined guy when it comes to walkies. Aw neat to watch the little guy grow up and good for Dad to have him ask permission first. Very good to learn that at an early age. Sloth phase successfully under way?

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