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    Peter and I went to bed before midnight. We were listening to streaming music in the evening like any other night.

    I woke up to what I thought was thunder snow. Peter thought it was neighbors putting trash out but then it happened again. We had just agreed that it was thunder snow when it started again and faster. That's when we realized it was fireworks in the harbor.

    Today we went to lunch at Legal Seafoods w a childhood friend of Peter's, his wife and his mother. We've spent many Christmases together. After lunch we went back to MIL's house for desserts and coffee and tea.

    It's 6 degrees going down to 2.

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    We stayed in last night and did an Amazon Prime Movie marathon. Started out with the "Lost City of Z" based on the real life explorations in the Amazon of Fawcett, an Irishman who was working as a cartographer for the International Geographic Society. It was OK but Not wonderful. However it was listed in the New York Times top 20 movies of 2017 in it's December 29 issue.

    Then we moved on to the 2004 Robin Williams' movie "The Final Cut". It was a slightly futuristic sci fi flick about chips being implanted into the brains of newborns so that when the person died, all of their visual and auditory memories could be viewed and compiled into a "remembrance video". Some interesting twists and turns and well acted but not a superior film IMO.

    Finally we watched "Taking Chance" with Kevin Bacon as a Marine Corps Major who is a number cruncher at the Pentagon feeling a bit like he is shirking his duty for putting in for yet another state-side office job request rather than going back to the Middle East. As a result of this guilt, when he comes across yet another list of Marines lost in action in Iraq, he offers to escort the remains of a 20 year old PFC home to Colorado, to his home town (Marine's name is Chance Phelps). Turns out the family had moved to Wyoming and this begins quite a journey for Bacon's character as he follows military protocols for final returns and has a life changing experience. This film is a tear jerker and is based on a true story. The military rituals for those killed in action are almost holy and liturgical in their being enacted and carried out. It felt like a spiritual journey watching it. Credits at the end show several photos of the real Chance Phelps and his accomplishments from childhood through enlistment. Profound and highly recommended.

    Then we watched the ball drop wile munching on warmed stuffed brie and pepper/poppie crackers, sliced granny smith apples and champagne. In bed by 12:15 and up early to go to church and do the readings for the 10 am service. I literally thought all day long it was Sunday till a little after 7 tonight.

    It is 5 degrees here but did get up to 18 today. Tomorrow morning they are supposed to come in single digit weather to strip the roof on our house and garage and replace it before another snow storm comes in on Thursday.

    Happy New Year to all.

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    I have been thinking of watching a movie on either Amazon or Netflix tonight. Maybe I will watch "Taking Chance".

    Does anyone else on here feel they have to eat something special on New Year's Day like some people in the South do? I did not fix hopping johns, but I did fix some frozen black eyed peas, frozen collards, and some pork loin. I don't think that is exactly what we are supposed to eat, but it is close enough. It is supposed to bring good luck and money. Or maybe it is good health. If so, I think I will eat it everyday.

    Cherie, sounds like a nice evening and Ann had a nice day also.

    I hope everyone is warm and cozy tonight.
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    I know when we lived in TX we ate black eyed peas and ham on New Year's Eve. Last night I cooked wild sockeye salmon, grilled asparagus and baked potato for dinner. Then at 11:15 after the last movie had finished, I got out a wedge of stuffed brie that had been brought by a guest to our party last week and some crackers he also brought and heated the brie, set out the crackers and cut a Granny Smith apple then opened a bottle of champagne that had also been brought last week. We munched and sipped till shortly after midnight when we turned off all the lights in the windows and turned in. Growing up on the farm in Upstate NY, I remember we had a light supper of crackers and cheese, fruits and vegetables and finger desserts with punch made from ginger ale, HiC and sherbet. Also home made egg nog (NOT SPIKED as I grew up in a dry household).

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    Back from a quick store run, and then tomorrow, I'll do a heavy store run, and get restocked. Very cold here, and looks like it will be all week. Have a great day everyone!

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    The snow is gone (for now), and the grocery-ordering service is back after its 2-week holiday break. So I was able to place an order for groceries over the phone and can look forward to their delivery on Thursday--along with a roll of quarters for the laundry, which they're also willing and able to do on request.

    This service is so useful for people around here. I don't know why some cities in the west are designed assuming that everyone has a car when everyone doesn't, and our horses might be too lame to make it to the nearest store.

    I have a new next-door neighbor who came over to borrow a cheese grater from me a couple of weeks ago. Time passed, and I was wondering if she was going to be one of those neighbors who borrow things but never return them. But yesterday a young woman came to my door, saying she was this neighbor's daughter, and she just wanted to return the grater. Nice neighbors are important.
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    I spent the day in recovery mode from Christmas/New Years.

    Luci came to clean early. I needed her so I let her in. Since she left I took a bath, washed my hair and ran the dishwasher.

    The local news says we are getting 15 inches of snow on Thursday with high winds causing very low wind chill on Friday, especially at night. I hope they are wrong.

    I also heard on Public Radio that Iowa was shockingly cold. I was so shocked, I forgot the actual number.

    And Jeanie, it looks cold for you, too. Sorry.
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    From Peg's post of 12/31:

    its 21 below out there right now,,ewwww..
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    :) Ann I can not imagine having a wet head in the cold. We are going into the 40's Thursday and the 30's Friday. A lot of snowbirds are here and they don't like cold Florida.

    Andy did have to put Socks to sleep this morning. The vet said her liver was not working well at all and fluid was forming in her abdomen. Andy is worried about the cold and the other 3 cats. He has put a heating pad in the shelter he built them on his patio. He is going to try to get them to come in.

    I am tired so I am going to bed at ten. I keep planning to do that but don't. Tonight I am going to do it!

    Peg if you aren't frozen please check in, Linda too. Jeanie :)
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    ANN,
    We have not heard accumulation forecasts...just that Thursday is bringing a "significant winter storm with snow and dangerous winds". Stay safe.

    They decided not to strip the roof on the house and garage today because of the storm Thursday and the fact that the shingle we chose is a thicker than usual one with insulating value and was harder to work with when it was below freezing (to say nothing of below zero wind chills). So...until we have at least 3-4 days of sun and warmer temps, the old serviceable roof stays.

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