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Sunday, December 30, 2012

December 30, 2012 (Sunday)

Today Pastor Karen was at church, although she'd been sick and in bed every day for 18 hours since Christmas!  Halfway through, I thought she was going to collapse during the prayer.  When it was over, she turned and sat down and Pam took over reading, and Gary did the sermon and the rest of the service.  He did so good!

He also had to do the Genesee service.  We grabbed Sausage McMuffins at McDonald's and I went home.  I made the new country curtain for the blocked-up doorway between the kitchen and living room.  Turned out good.  It needs some pizazz, though.  I think tomorrow I'll go get some green ribbon at JoAnn's and string old cookie cutters on it.  That'll be the 3rd day in a row I've been to JoAnn's.

I don't even know what I did all day, just fiddled around I guess.  At dinner time, we went to JoAnn's again!  I needed some black material to cover that thing I bought yesterday.  Ended up buying black with white pin dots.  I thought they'd have a selection of clips I could browse through, but they had none.  Found one I liked at Staples next door.  Here's what I made:

I loved last year's appointment book and have already ordered a new one online from the same company.  I'm saving the "title page" for each month to display.  I was going to trim the left edge, but decided it looked cuter with the frayed edge.    Very happy with it!

Then we ate at Starlite.  I had the muffaletta.  That's a sandwich that originated in St. Orleans, with a Sicilian flavor.  It has salami and ham on it and comes with an olive "salad" to top it with.  I don't like olives, but I love this!  The bread is ciabatta. Delish!

December 29, 2012 (Saturday)

I went to JoAnn Fabrics today and bought green checked material to make a country-looking curtain for the opening between the kitchen and the living room. Also bought a Christmas picture, which was on canvas stretched over wood.  My purpose in buying it is to cover it with black fabric, mount a clip on it, and put up the old pictures from last-year's appointment book on it each month.  Pictures forthcoming!

Tonight we ate at Big Boy, using a Living Social coupon.  I had my usual Slim Jim with a side salad.  They are making their side salads so much better now, adding cheese, chopped tomatoes and more!  It's about time they quit being so cheap with them!  Gary had a Brawny Lad (which he brought home) and the soup and salad bar.  We had the $20 coupon (which I paid $12 for) and ended up paying about 80 cents tonight!

December 28, 2012 (Friday)

Tonight we ate at Twin's, just in case Jen might be there.  She wasn't, but Shawna said she might be able to work a little next week, if she feels OK after her chemo.

December 27, 2012

I went to Kohl's today to use my two Kohl's cash ($10 each).  I bought a teal turtleneck sweater, which was on sale for $9.99.  I'd bought a red one like it last week.  Also bought 2 3-place picture frames, which were $9.99 each.  I had a 30% off coupon.  My final bill was $8 something!

I went to my mother's for her 97th birthday, and she's doing great!

Her roommate has a bad cold.  Hope ma doesn't get it!

We ate at Bangkok Peppers on Hill Road tonight.  It's owned by Gary's friend, Chad.  I enjoyed the cashew chicken and Gary had Pad Thai, I think.  Everything is always delish! Well, maybe not the coconut cake, which we had on the advice of a friend.  Pretty mundane.  The restaurant is tastefully decorated and all the tables have brightly-colored jewel-toned tablecloths in different colors.



December 26, 2012 (Wednesday)

Didn't do much today.  Ate dinner at Senor Lucky's.  Disappointing service, as Stacy wasn't there.

December 25, 2012 - Christmas Day!

Merry Christmas to all!

First we went to Amanda's to see the kids Christmas gifts.  Doug made pancakes for breakfast.

Then we went to Layna's.  Laura's family and Lisa were there.  Laura got me chocolate-covered cherries for Christmas.  My favorite!  They won't last long!  Since we hadn't planned to go there, I didn't have anyone's Christmas presents with me.

Then we went to Gary's friend, Paul's, and I had ham and more, and lemon meringue pie.

Then on to my mom's. 

After that we went to Christen's store, because Gary wanted chicken from there. 

Probably not what people would call a typical Christmas.

December 24, 2012

Today is Christmas Eve and I don't have any shopping I have to do!  Gary said he was going shopping somewhere west of here and mentioned the size he was buying me.  Last minute, typical guy.  Well, he didn't go where I thought he was going.  He went to Sam's and then he went to Paul's, saying he had something he was working on there.  Dumb me, I assumed it was something for me, since it's Christmas Eve and all.  When he got home, he informed me that he had bought a fire truck.  Yes, a real one, full-size.  I was not happy.  Things went downhill from there (inwardly), but I remained halfway cheery.

We went to United Brethren to hear Amanda sing O Holy Night.  Here's a video made of her singing that song a few years ago.

I made the video with pictures taken in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula.

When we got home, we opened our gifts.  He got me a pair of soft Anne Klein pajamas and Cuddl Duds long underwear. 

We were going to go to our church's 11:00 service, but decided not to.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

December 23, 2012 (Sunday)

Sunday, Churchday.  After church we went for a short drive to kill time before lunch at Cracker Barrel.  I had the country chef salad, which was wonderful, except that the bleu cheese dressing was flavorless and so were the cornbread muffins.  Gary had the Sunday special, a fried chicken dinner, and that was good.  Enjoyed the country store there, not expecting to buy anything, since it's rather pricey.  Good deals today!  I bought a country-looking Christmas stocking, just for decoration, for only $3!  Also got a small poinsettia dish, about 3 x 5" for just $2 on sale.  I might put that on my shelf by the front door.  I'd just have to fix it so it wouldn't fall, if I stood it upright.

From there we went to the Whaley House and enjoyed that a lot!  We'd been there years ago, but I don't remember that time well.

R.J. Whaley ultimately became the President of Citizens Bank.

Loved this lamp!

This tree was real and huge!  Smelled divine!

Their pansy picture.
My pansy picture!

 In my pajamas by 5:30 or so, doing laundry.  Dinner was my world famous grilled cheese with tomato soup.  Had a great day!

December 22, 2012 (Saturday)

Gary was not feeling well today; a bad cold knocked him for a loop. I went to WalMart in Clio and basically finished my Christmas shopping. Then I went to my mom's and then home to pick up Gary to go get some dinner. He was dying to get out of the house and feeling better after being sick about 24 hours. That was a quick cold!

We ate at Tom's.  I had fish & chips (actually fish & baked potato) and he had the pork chop dinner.  We went for a short ride and then home to relax the rest of the night.

Friday, December 21, 2012

December 21, 2012 (Friday)

I'm going to try to get better (again!) at keeping my blog updated.  Mostly it's a diary for me (but not too personal!) and a place for me to pin to pinterest from.

Rained a lot yesterday, but today I awoke to a blustery, snowy and windy day. No school (work) yesterday or today anywhere in Genesee County, due to threats by stupid people, as it was supposed to be the "end of the world". Rumors were flying around that kids were going to take guns to school, since it "wouldn't matter anyways".

We went to Twin's hoping to see our waitress friend, Jenny.  She was newly-diagnosed with breast cancer and was going to try to work today.  When we got there, another waitress was working and said Jenny wouldn't be coming back.  She's worked there for years.

Then Gary babysat and I went to Sam's and Kohl's.  I still need to go to K-Mart, maybe tomorrow.  I was looking for a down pillow for Gary, but they were about $60 at Sam's, which I thought was ridiculous.  All I bought there was blueberries!  I had lots of samples there, a/k/a dinner. 

I bought two red sweaters for myself that were half off, plus I had a 30% off coupon.  I bought 5 fleece or Sherpa or whatever throws for gifts.  Got Gary's pillow there, which is part down.  Also ended up with two Kohl's cash coupons ($10 each).  I only was entitled to one, but since the cashier accidentally charged me for an extra throw and they had to redo my purchase, they gave me an extra! I only have a short time to use them after Christmas.

Had a piece of strawberry rhubarb pie from the now closed Wolcott's.  Gary stopped by there today to talk to the former owner, Bob.

I have gifts piled all over my bed, by designee.  Guess I'd better go address that issue!  Good night for snuggling up!