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The day after Christmas

Monday, December 26, 2016

Today is quite the day. We had a serious rain storm yesterday, yes Rain Storm complete with Thunder. It was still raining when I went to bed, and then the wind picked up. So strong that it sounded like a jet engine was just outside our window. So I was a bit concerned about what I would find in the morning - I assumed my entire yard and driveway would be an ice rink of sorts.

BUT, apparently the wind was so strong that it blew the water away from the driveway and the back step before the temps dropped below freezing. The back step wasn't icy this morning and there wasn't a hint of ice. Same with most of the driveway. I still didn't go outside with Daisy because the yard does look pretty icy and the wind was up to 35 mph - way too cold for me!

I hope everyone who celebrates Christmas had just a perfect celebration, whether very large or very small. Our family got together on Christmas Eve. The boys came early to watch the Vikings play Green Bay - the Vikings lost but the kids weren't too disappointed. The 2 girls came closer to dinner time. For the past few years we have included my ex-husband. He has been alone for 3 years now and the children really appreciate having him celebrate with us. It is strangely weird and comfortable at the same time. We have known each other since we were about 14 or so, grew up in the same neighborhood.

We also had 3 dogs which are the only photos I managed to take. We were all having such a good time that I forgot to pick up the camera again.

Here is Annie opening her present - Daisy couldn't figure out what she was doing. That man on the right side is my ex.


Daisy came over to lay by me - that is her present sitting there. She finally opened it and had herself a couple of treats.


Snoop Dogg was the only one of Jessica's dogs that came along. She has 2 others that are large dogs, pretty young and kind of all over the place. I appreciated that they stayed home.

The party ended a bit earlier than expected. Brandon & Shelly decided to drive to Shelly's parents that night rather than wait until morning because of the storm that was coming. They made the right decision - on Christmas morning 2 hours north of us where Shelly's parents live the roads were covered with ice. Mark (my ex) also decided to drive back home that night rather than take a chance of being stranded here in Minneapolis for several days. He lives about 3 hours north. Another wise decision it seems.

Our Christmas Day was quiet. Tom and I spent most of the day resting, reflecting, and just enjoying having nothing to do. My knee is still hurting me so much - I will probably go in to see the doctor again later this week. Today I am focused on doing my exercises, I have been busy the last few days and neglected that very important piece of healing!

I am posting 2 photos of the new shirts and new pajamas I received from my 2 oldest daughters - I want my friend Fredie to see how stylish I am becoming!


Wednesday is my birthday and Tom is taking me out for some additional shopping and a fancy lunch at The Cheesecake Factory - now I have a cute top to wear! And I will not be counting calories on Wednesday - I figure I can splurge a little bit in celebration of my birthday. And typically I only can eat about 1/2 my meal, the rest comes home as lunch the next day.

For those of you who celebrate Chanukah, have a wonderful week!
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  • FLORIDASUN
    Oh Kathy...those tops are adorable...and the p.j.s...just SO cute! I picked up two new sleeveless vest type jackets at The Mast General Store in Waynesville. You just slip them on and they keep your core warm, nice and cuddly. I don't know when I'll wear them in FL...it usually gets a little colder in January...so we will see. Otherwise I will have them if we go back to N.C. which I'm sure we will.

    We had the BEST time together and it was an easier Christmas season being together...just the two of us instead of so surrounded by our friends family and their grandchildren. As nice as they are to include us...seeing their family together just makes our loss seem so much more apparent.

    My birthday is Jan. 3rd...the big 65 my friend...wow...who would have thunk it? I still feel much younger so I don't mind the birthday at all.

    Hugs to you my friend...how nice of you to include your ex for your children..what a big heart you have! emoticon


    1250 days ago
  • DIVAGLOW
    It sounds like a crazy weather, but some wonderful family time for you.
    1251 days ago
  • FUNNYFACE101002
    Sounds like a good day. Nice that you can accept the ex and the kids get the bonus. You're good people. We had the rain and thunder this morning. Later the sun came out. Our driveway is all clear. Lucky. Blessings to you and yours.
    1251 days ago
  • MARINGAL
    Lovely blog Kathy. And your new shirts and pj's are adorable. Color is good!Thought of you while I walked out of my cottage with Lucy Lou this morning. It was almost 9, and the whole school field was white! It was in the low 30's and the sun was just peeking out. I forgot my mittens and was paying for that. It was bitterly cold but by the time we got to the end of the walk it must of gone up 10 degrees. This Wednesday it is suppose to be in the mid 60's. That's my California weather, a few days of frigid cold and then back to normal. Ha!
    Quiet day today, I was able to get my errands done and stock up on some veggies and potatoes...Also needed get gas and while I was waiting for it to fuel up, all of these people surrounded my car to pet Lucy Lou...She is a star wherever we go. So funny! She just loves the attention!
    I see Jaimey on your birthday. We are planning to go see Passengers with Jennifer Lawrence. Supposedly it is a great movie and then we will also have lunch. She is helping me do a few things for my Mom's birthday celebration. That will be on the 7th. We have a total of 35 coming to the party, it will be a wonderful evening, I am in charge of the centerpieces. I am doing it simple and elegant. Glass cylinders with floating candles and orchids incased in the water. Lots of small tea candles around the cylinders. It is a bit fancy occasion, I love my outfit I got for the evening, something different but very pretty. It is a midi (calf length) accordion pleat skirt with a black background and tiny colored flowers and a sparkly black sweater in a very unusual style. I try to be a little daring when it comes to dressing up...;o)
    Your birthday sounds lovely. I know Tom will make it a very special day for you!
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    Comment edited on: 12/26/2016 4:51:09 PM
  • HMBROWN1
    Great photos! Tomorrow is my birthday and Wednesday is my Golden Retriever's birthday. I hope that you have a great day on Wednesday! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1251 days ago
  • BARBARAJ73
    Sounds like a very nice Christmas Eve and Day along with somr wise travel choices. Weather wasn't a factor here even though it was white, I emoticon those pajamas - they look warm and cozy
    1251 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    What a nice day for all of you!

    It rained here this morning with deep fog, but has stopped for now. I live in Michigan, so it is weird here too.
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    Comment edited on: 12/26/2016 1:49:48 PM
  • VANILLASKY15
    Sounds like a lot of fun for everyone.
    1251 days ago
  • 1BEARWIFE
    What a very nice Christmas post! Thank you for the gentleness of its message. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1251 days ago
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