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Re: Merry Christmas
  • Subject: Re: Merry Christmas
  • From: Catharine Carpenter <cathycrc@comcast.net>
  • Date: Fri, 25 Dec 2009 12:18:43 -0600

Kind of coming in on the tail end of wishes, but mine are no less sincere - a Merry Christmas and Incredibly Better New Year to all! We have just switched from the warm side of the weather front to the cold. Close to 2 inches of rain yesterday, and highs in the 20s and snow showers today. At least we escaped the blizzards which happened to the west of us. DH and I are celebrating a quiet Christmas - just the two of us for dinner (roast beef, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans with almonds, and butternut squash with cranberries, with cheesecake for dessert), plus his new partner, who is single with no family visiting. Went to church last evening, as I was assigned to do the readings, so I was home to receive a surprise call this morning from my youngest, who is spending the holiday in Salzburg, Austria (raining there). I lived there for a year when I was 8, so significant memories were evoked!
Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Dec 24, 2009, at 6:42 PM, Zemuly Sanders wrote:

I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas. I agree that this year doesn't seem like Christmas at all. We have no ice -- just spitting rain and 50 mph wind gusts. I spent part of today delivering presents and picking up cat necessities. I have an awful cold, not the flu or anything like that, just the kind that makes you feel like crap. Tomorrow will be the 4th day of it so I guess I'll be over the hump when I go to my daughter's house. I have had the past two days off so the cats have had a great time staying in bed with me. I am strictly hoping for a better 2010.
zone 7
West TN
----- Original Message ----- From: <aplfgcnys@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, December 24, 2009 3:36 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Merry Christmas

It's been a strange one for me, too, this year.  I guess we are the
ultimate empty-nesters.  I'm very happy that all my sons have
grown up and settled into happy marriages and are doing their own
thing with their own families, but they are so far away, and so many
of our other friends are no longer here for various reasons, that we
begin to feel somewhat isolated.  I have made my traditional candy
for my club members and neighbors, but didn't send it to the kids
this year. Too fattening, they say.  I haven't done much shopping -
mainly for the "Christmas Angel" gift program at the church where
we draw the name and wish list for a less fortunate person who has
been proposed by a social service agency. Ours was a single
mother who wanted towels - we threw in some warm gloves and
a gift certificate at a food store. For our sons and families we send gifts in their name through Heifer International - have done for several
years now.  That leaves me with much less bustle than usual.  We
have put up the tree, and the cats think it's wonderful, especially the bright red tree-skirt. Lottie, the black one, thinks she looks stunning
on it - and she's right.
Anyway, I hope all of this group are having the happiest season
possible.  To all, a very Merry Christmas!

In a message dated 12/24/2009 2:20:29 PM Eastern Standard Time,
gossiper@sbcglobal.net writes:

This has been a very non-traditional Christmas for me. Only bought a few presents, had most of this week off, and don't even have a Xmas tree up. Not exactly sure why this happened, but it did. It really doesn't seem like the holiday to me at all.... Even the weather, it's raining ice balls for
last 12 hours.

So before I run off to prepare Xmas eve dinner, I want to wish you all a
Merry Christmas!


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