swag…

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had a lovely front yard visit with a friend who dropped off some items from an online fundraiser…

before she arrived I put one of the deck chairs out by the bird feeders… she sat there and I sat on the steps… luckily, we each had our own tea, so that kept us warm…

got two poinsettias and a swag for the front door…

after she left, I spent quite some time hanging the swag on the door… there is quite a bit of fishing line holding it up, lol…

it was nice to have a face-to-face with another person…

freezer…

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yesterday, I had two deliveries…

the first was from La Belle Baguette and included croissants, butter tarts and sourdough bread… I was hoping for scones, but they aren’t baking those just now…

I am so happy that they are doing deliveries on Fridays and Saturdays now that we have been shut down again… I shared the croissants and enjoyed my chocolate one… it was delicious, as always…

I had other things planned for dinner, but decided on a grilled cheese with onion and bacon… yum… the rest of that loaf will be cut up for stuffing and popped into the freezer

the butter tarts were put into the freezer, either as a treat for me, or something to have should anyone drop anything off and I want to send something home with them…

a bit later in the day, my groceries from Save-On-Foods arrived… these days it takes four or five days for delivery and more items are out of stock… but, nearly everything gets here…

I am blessed to have these options available… and happy to do a bit of local purchasing where I can…

woes…

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technology woes

I consulted with my son-in-law about my printer, which says it wants to talk to a technician, lol… sadly, it is dead and I need to replace it… that exact one isn’t available and there are so many options which I have to decide on, and most importantly, will I be able to connect a new one… on to the homework…

recently I’ve been using my landline number on purchases as I am basically always in the house…

a few days ago I received a call and none of my portable phones worked… they all say “out of range”… I tried unplugging and replugging them in, but to no avail…

luckily, I have two phones upstairs that actually connect with a phone plug and so I brought one down to the main floor while I try to figure this out…

technology is such a gift when it is working, but a pain when it isn’t, particularly when no one can come into the house…

timer…

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I’ve been laughing to myself off and on over the last few weeks whenever I looked at the lights in the front window…

I set up the timer twice, but of course, not correctly… I have watched it come on and go off at the oddest times… instead of going off at 11:30 pm, it might come on then… or just stay off… or just stay on… or…

so, yesterday morning, once again I reset the time and tried to get it set to the schedule where it comes on at 4 pm and goes off at 11:30 pm… this time I ignored the directions and just tried to figure it out…

so far, fingers crossed, it has come on and gone off at the correct time…

I am so proud, lol… and my son-in-law will be astonished

silver…

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I added more silver and white ornaments to the tree and a bit of garland to give it depth, although I don’t like garland on the whole… many of the ornaments marked special Christmas times…

I also hung up some wreaths and brought up a teddy bear from the basement that I have always loved…

I was reminded of many previous Christmas trees and decorations… when my daughter moved away she promised to come home for Christmas and she did for many years… the first year she wasn’t able to come home she sent all of us a dragonfly glittery ornament to put on our trees… since then it has gone on the tree each year… for the rest of the year it is clipped onto a chocolate hanging in the hall… she loves chocolate;-)…

I also hung three wreaths… one I made the year my mom was in palliative care and at the same time my sister-in-law was losing her unborn baby… I spent hours at two different hospitals hand sewing the teddy bears and wreath they went on… amazingly stress filled weeks…

now I think back to those times and find great comfort in the memories;-)…

reuse…

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last night I set my alarm for the first time in ages… Big Brothers and Big Sisters were doing a pickup of donations and I’d been gathering things for weeks…

had to turn on all the lights because it was so dark… went out to sweep off the step but the thin layer of snow was frozen, lol…

I moved all the boxes from the den closet onto the front step… took a while…

then I turned on the motion sensor for the front camera and had a cup of tea while I watched my morning news program…

good thing I got up early because they arrived just after eight…

happy to see things that I no longer need, but are in excellent condition, get to be reused ;-)…

trouble…

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got in a bit of trouble when I mentioned that I had purchased a fuzzy vest…

I was reminded that there are just a few weeks until Christmas and I should not be buying things for myself…

it did remind me of how my beloved would do that and it would really tick me off, sigh…

but it is cozy, and I did need the warmth, lol…

safe…

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our new process when the kids come by is that they leave whatever they have brought for me on top of the hot tub, while I stand inside the back door…

then I put the items I am sending with them onto the front steps and come into the house and watch out the front window…

they were here today to put the summer tires into the garage, return some mugs and drop off meds for me…

feels safe and also gives me an opportunity to see them;-)…

touching…

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yesterday I woke up to a world covered in snow… so beautiful, particularly as I didn’t have to go anywhere or should leave the house…

my grandson arrived in the morning to collect Indi’s winter tires and get them put on, and he brought me a beautiful orchid… he works for a store that, as of yesterday morning and the lockdown, couldn’t sell many of their items, so they gave the orchids to staff… such a lovely treat…

just before he left, he shovelled the sidewalk for me… I like to keep it clear for our mail carrier…

I went outside early, cleared the path to the garage, and moved a few chairs and other items, so he would be able to get to the tires without touching anything else… it was nice to see him, even if we didn’t get within 10 feet of each other…

later in the afternoon, I shovelled the deck so that I can get to the feeders I have set up… although, not sure I will be able to obtain sunflower seeds for them now that everything is locked down…

happily for me, the snow was light…