Thursday, December 12, 2013

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Hubby and I have been hosting Thanksgiving and Christmas for many years. This past Thanksgiving was all we could to to get it done. It's time for us to step down and let the younger folks host these events. Christmas will be our last family get together. If we are going to celebrate the holidays together then we need to find a different way to accomplish that. We knew this time would come and it has arrived.

The weather here has been very, very cold. We call it boat cold. That's when you are on your boat and you just can't quite get the boat warm enough and you are just cold. Everything is just cold. It's been freezing here for numerous days. I'll be glad when that cold front from Canada moves on.

All my christmas shopping is done. The only thing we have left is grocery shopping. It's good to be done. Most all the gifts are for our great grand-baby Audi. She'll be three right after Christmas. We got her both Christmas gifts and a big birthday gift. She's talking up a storm too and as cute as ever.

Our yacht club will be celebrating 50 years in existence next year and there's a big party being planned at Benicia Yacht Club. I'm in charge of the invites and the collection of monies. I love helping out with this as there are many hands in getting everything done. That way it's not left to just a couple of folks. The invitations were done by our buddy, Duffy, who is a very creative person, with lots of contacts on getting things done right.

We didn't put a Christmas tree up this year and have also decided not to put the big one up anymore (just over 9 feet). Perhaps next year I'll find a small one that we both can handle. I've tons of decorations and I'm going to have to give all that stuff away. Well I'll save enough for a little tree. You see our days of climbing around on ladders is over too. We both have decided to embrace this change.

Everyone have a fabulous day and if you are in a place that's warm (Empress Bee) then good for you. If you are freezing like we are then please stay warm. Remember your pets and keep them inside with you too.
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  1. Sounds like time to slow down a bit. Good for you for passing the reins down. Sounds like you will be busy anyway with the yacht club. Keep warm. We are the opposite, finally summer.

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    1. Yes Rhonda it's time to slow down. We were exhausted after our Thanksgiving dinner. :)

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  2. It really does take a lot out of a person to host all the holiday events and such. My sister and I have taken over that responsibility for our parents so they can have some much-deserved relaxation :)

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    1. Bless you and your sister for taking over that responsibility. Our family just doesn't seem to help out that much. :(

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  3. Oh I know all too well, about the slowing down. It is so hard not to be able to do stuff. But you are very smart to realize that there are some things you just can't do. Hope you have a great boat party. Sounds like great fun. Have a great day Sandee. Time for a hug for Zane. Take care.

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    1. We've figured that out. There are some things we just can't do anymore. We'll figure out what works next year. :)

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  4. We stopped hosting five yrs ago when I had my surgery. I got out of the hospital just a few days before Christmas that year and the DIL's have done a good job of hosting since. This year will be different. Both kids are going to their respective in-laws. So this will be our first Christmas without family. We have decided to go to Hot Springs and spend a few nights alone. Looking forward to that.
    Hubby put the tree up the day after Thanksgiving. I could really care less about a tree, but he is a Christmas nut! Mailing out grandbaby gifts tomorrow. Are you going to sell any of your decorations? I'd be interested. Have an amazing day! luvs, Sandy

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    1. I hope you and hubby will have a wonderful Christmas without the rest of your family. I'm sure you two will make that happen. :)

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  5. I have two ornaments from my grandma's tree, I so wish I had more. :)

    Enjoy your last event, and it will be nice to just be an attendee next time, I'm sure. Clean up will be a lot easier too, I betcha'!

    And the yacht club event sounds great, it is better when many (willingly active) hands are involved. :)

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    1. If we had those willingly active hands here on Thanksgiving and Christmas things would be far different. Unfortunately we don't. :)

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  6. Remember my pets? OK, I'll take care of my peeps, always have and always will.

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    1. I know you take care of your peeps, and very well too. :)

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  7. You are smart to know when it is time to pass the traditions down to others. I am afraid that if we passed them down my Hubs would not travel. That is the reason we started hosting it twenty something years ago. My SIL helps me and she is twelve years older than us. Luckily, she is going strong. Merry Christmas.

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    1. We've been hinting to the family that we are having more and more trouble getting this done. No one seemed to take us seriously. Well, we've arrived. :(

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  8. When we moved into the new house, what, 4-5 years ago, I started using a table top fiber optic tree. I miss my special ornaments, but not the effort to decorate and undecorate, especially when we head S immediately after Christmas. Yes, we are entering the winter of our lives and are slowing down. It's the right thing to do.

    Big hugs from the cold, honey...

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    1. We are in the same place honey. It is what it is. Big hugs. :)

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  9. Pets? I knew I forgot something ... Just kidding. We were starting to phase our Christmas back too ... then the new Grandson arrive 14 months ago. We have new Christmas life now.

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    1. Well we have a great grand baby, but we're still exhausted after doing one of these family dos. Just too much anymore. :)

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    2. We cheat ... There's only five in our family. c-)

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    3. That's not cheating. I'm guessing one or two people aren't doing all the work either. :)

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  10. I don't have anywhere to put one up here at the Swamp. I do miss seeing my special ornaments of memories of years gone by... but not the ordeal of dragging everything out, assembling the tree, decorating it and then dragging it all down and out again. I do still get to see my tree though... it looks real purdy out on Peggy's patio! :) See how nicely that woked out?! haha! My mother still puts up her little 4' tree in her TV room. That's fine and dandy with me.

    Have a relaxing day, Sandee! And stay warm! big hugs xoxo

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    1. Yes, it's all the dragging stuff out and putting it up then taking it down and putting it all away again and there are ladders that's involved. We just aren't good with those ladders. Big hugs. ♥♥♥

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  11. Please don't hate me because I'm in shorts and a t-shirt... we Floridians feel bad for the rest of the country and all the extreme weather you are experiencing. Thanks for the new expression, "boat cold." I had no idea.

    Your comments about stepping down from Christmas dinner reminded be of our house. I always do Thanksgiving and my parents do Christmas Eve dinner. My mom has said for years that she will do it as long as she can. She's still able, thank God,
    and we're happy for that. We siblings worry about what happens next?

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    1. I would love to be in Florida right now. I don't hate you, I'm happy for you. It's been so very cold here. Colder than I ever remember before.

      We used to say we'd do these holiday meals for as long as we can. We've come to the end of the line. :)

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  12. roche' said to tell you it was chilly getting out of the pool today. he's a woose. (sp?) anyway good for you for passing the traditions down, i did that years ago.

    hugs to you both!
    bee
    xoxoxoxoox

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    1. I can't imagine getting into a pool as cold as it is here. If you're in the pool then it's warm. Good for you.

      Yes, it's time to pass this tradition down.

      Hugs to the both of you too. It's hard to hug a rock. :-f

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  13. The holidays are what you make them, and there comes a day when traditions don't work any more and need to be tweaked. Enjoy your season, and i hope you stay warm.

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    1. We are going to enjoy our season with a lot less work, but still be with family. That's the important part. Well, staying warm is too. :)

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  14. Sandee- we're slowing down also on all the stuff we used to do! Probably 5 or so years ago we stopped doing a lot of gift giving- mostly just continuing gifts for the few neices and nephews plus little things for our kids...no more huge expenditures as they know what they want and can get it themselves. This year I am still debating about getting out the little artificial trees because no one will be coming here this year- we live as you know in the hinterlands of Mt Shasta and snow becomes an issue for traveling. Maybe next year we'll go up to PDX- or else we just need to celebrate Christmas in July! And maybe I'll still get out the cute little trees- they must be lonesome in their boxes!
    Have a wonderful time with all your family and friends and for heavens sake stay warm. Big Hugs! Kathe and Russell

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    1. I love this and this just fits the bill. I think having Christmas in July would be grand. What a fabulous idea. Thanks.

      Big hugs back honey. :)

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  15. It's very cold here so we're doing a lot of lounging under blankets :) I don't blame you for wanting to cut back. It really does get tiring after all those years

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    1. I'm bundled up like nobodies business. I hate the cold.

      We are cutting back and we are so glad we had the opportunity to host these dinners all these years. :)

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  16. It's hard sometime to slow down, but then that's part of life if ones lives long enough. I hope you adjust well to the changes that come and find happiness in what will be a new life in someways---but only in some. Been there done that. Its been cold down here in the deep south also. My three buddies always stay in and even have one that sleeps under the covers with me at nite. Talking about my three small dogs.

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    1. I'm sure our adjustment will be just fine. We have been talking about scaling back on the boating a bit too.

      I know about your three buddies and I also know you take great care of them as they do you. :)

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  17. It's good to know when some of your traditions need to be tailored back a bit. Things should be enjoyable and not a burden. And few people (adults, I mean) truly need all those gifts. Far better to donate something to a charity or toy drive.

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    1. After Christmas they will be tailored back a bit.

      We give all year long, but especially during Christmas. :)

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  18. I don't blame you, Sandee. There is a time. You might have started doing for your Mom, a lot do. Mrs. Jim did thanksgiving for her mom at her home. Mema made the dressing as nobody else could do it right.
    Our daughter volunteered to do Thanksgiving and she did it for two years in a row. Then she moved to London. We are hoping she will keep on. For Christmas we have the kids over for a party like get-together before Christmas. That way they are freed to go to the other parents (some have three or four other parents). At the get-together it is becoming tradition to exchange White Elephant gifts.
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    1. Yes, I started doing it for my mom and 25+ years later here we are. We'll do something together for the holidays, but not what we've been doing. Something far easier. :)

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  19. My decorations are VERY scaled down. Just a wreath on the mantle. Oh, and don't look at the opened box of ornaments sitting on a table, but never used. LOL!

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  20. As we get older lots of us are scaling down. It's good to know it's not just us. Hugs. ♥♥♥

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  21. Gatsby went outside a few times today but not for very long. Hemingway wanted no parts of the cold or snow.

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  22. We do not have a tree this time also and I am not yet done with my gifts. Talk about cramming :) I am imagining your weather trying to think if I can handle such cold..Enjoy your holidays Sandee!!!!

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