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More Than Just a Day

Posted 09-11-2012 at 12:20 AM by Jeff Westover (A Merry Blog)

Over on Facebook I'm seeing lots of images and reminders of 9/11. Most of the sentiments say something to the effect of "Never Forget".

That seems a little too little when it comes to talking about that day. I forget how small my children were then and how young so many folks I know now were on that fateful day.

Maybe it makes me sound old. But I just cannot forget that day. And I think it is important we all share and archive our personal stories from that day.

Everyone has a personal story from that day. You didn't have to be in New York to be affected by it.

For me, the Internet makes the world so much smaller. And it was so true that day, too.

I was in Utah and it was a busy morning. I was preparing for what was called then my "Christmas Meeting". I worked for a retailer whose business was tied to a successful Christmas selling season and it was the biggest meeting of the year for me.

I was new with...
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2013 Thanksgiving Preparations

Posted 09-04-2012 at 03:33 PM by bigbearfla58
Updated 08-09-2013 at 10:48 AM by bigbearfla58 (Updates for Thanksgiving 2013)

Wednesday, Septembear 05, 2012 5:38 p.m. I just wanted to take out time today to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving and holiday season yet to come.

Here is part 3 of my Thanksgiving Checklist
(see below)

21. Two weeks before Thanksgiving clean your dishwasher with 1/4 cup vinegar and 5 tbs baking soda.

22. Empty washing machine and dryer ready to wash up the linens and tablecloth the day after Thanksgiving and check for stains.

23. One prepared salad or sandwich to eat for lunch. I make my own chicken salad with celery, grapes and tarragon

24. Get a good nights sleep on Thanksgiving Eve and set up coffee maker to make a fresh pot of coffee tomorrow morning.

25. Two or three great cooks to help you out in the kitchen -- make sure they are GREAT COOKS who have at least 13 years of Thanksgiving experience


27. Two cans of Bar Keepers Friend cleanser to help you clean up after
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2013 Thanksgiving Preparations

Posted 09-03-2012 at 09:37 AM by bigbearfla58
Updated 06-27-2013 at 03:56 PM by bigbearfla58 (Updates for Thanksgiving 2013)

Monday Septembear 02, 2013 I just wanted to take out time today to wish you all very Happy Labor Day and holiday season yet to come.

Today I am re-seasoning my cast iron skillet and going over my Thanksgiving check list that helps launch my Thanksgiving preparations for 2013.

1. Make sure your oven is CLEAN and CALIBRATED

2. New memory card, batteries, battery charger, film for camera or camcorder.


3. Have enough place settings, bread & butter plates, serving bowls and serving pieces for side dishes


4. Tablecloth, napkins, napkin rings, place cards and center pieces and decorative items for the table.


5. Stemware for water and wine -- salt and pepper shakers


6. Bottled water, soft drinks/iced tea for children or guests who do not groove on wine


7. Well stocked pantry and ice box dog food cat food for pets


8. Check and double your Thanksgiving
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2013 Thanksgiving Preparations

Posted 08-07-2012 at 07:37 AM by bigbearfla58
Updated 03-19-2013 at 04:13 PM by bigbearfla58 (Updates for Thanksgiving 2013)




Sunday Septembear 2, 2012 reading the morning paper have a big cup of coffee going over my menu and grocery lists yawn.

Sunday, August 13, 2012 7:58 a.m. had a big thunderstorm Saturday at 3:30 p.m. had to shut down the computer fast before the lightening hit. Found two more great oranges over the weekend zested them put the zest the freezer. Doing some preliminary Thanksgiving planning today checking the pantry for salt, pepper and checked dates on baking powder, baking soda, corn starch, olive oil, corn oil and vegetable oil. I have aluminum foil and parchment paper for cookies.

Tuesday, August 08, 2012 6:58 a.m. This year is flying past me at trans-warp speeds that the Enterprise can only dream of achieving. Already this year had the French Open, Wimbledon, 4th of July, Mama's Birthday and now the Olympics have all come and gone so fast I might as well be dreaming. I do have Labor Day, my birthday and Fall to look forward...
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Are we weird?

Posted 12-20-2011 at 04:05 PM by Jeff Westover (A Merry Blog)

I received an email from a site user who saw this article from The Atlantic asking Why are Christmas Sites So Weird?

My Merry Christmas is mentioned in the article but they didn't say anything about us other than to mock our toll free number, 877-Net-Xmas. (I had no idea that was weird).

Are we weird?

You know what I think is weird? I think a publication that makes a blanket statement and then doesn't back it up is weird.

I think it is weird that they would write an article with links and everything and then make no effort whatsoever to contact the people who run those weird websites.

They think it is weird that we all have a countdown to Christmas feature on the site.

What's so weird about that?

If they knew anything about people who love Christmas they'd know that is a vital feature to the website. People love to countdown to Christmas.

What's so weird about that?...
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