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Archive for December, 2016


Saturday, December 31st, 2016

At this time of year, I like to reflect on the preceding year and plan the year to come. It’s mostly thinking with some reading and writing. Also, today, knitting. #2 daughter went home yesterday after a wild rampage with kids and dogs and the local siblings. I caught up on work and spent the […]


Thursday, December 29th, 2016

Boxing Day 2016

Monday, December 26th, 2016

We had ham, sweet rolls, breakfast casserole, fruit, and mimosas for breakfast on Boxing Day. Also cookies. Then we got to open the children’s gifts. We had pirate ships to build. Also pirate forts and hideouts. We all love pirates. What’s more fun — building or playing with them after they’re built?  

Christmas Eve 2016

Sunday, December 25th, 2016

Almost set up. #2 daughter and I made it home from church just in time to help.

Boot Liners

Friday, December 16th, 2016


Thursday, December 15th, 2016

DIL and the Little Girl have birthdays close together, so we made a birthday dinner. #1 daughter and I had lunch at the excellent local bakery (Picasso sandwiches) and got a birthday cake.

Planner Planning

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

In 2016, I actually used three planners: my work planner, which mostly contains meeting notes, but which should also contain and drive business planning and GTD my Happy Planner, which includes habits and to-dos and appointments, and is the one that I keep handy for checking things off during the day my Planner Love planner, […]

Watching, Waiting, Hoping

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

It’s December and time to get out of my bad mood. So no more sad songs. Advent isn’t a joyful season though, so before we move on to happy songs, we need some watching and waiting songs. Here’s one that’s new to me, by Rick Lee James, also new to me. Heaven sent a child […]

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