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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 09-04-2012 at 03:27 PM by bigbearfla58

Tuesday Septembear 04, 2012 5:38 p.m. I just wanted to take out time today to wish you all very Happy Columbus 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 me get myself organized now for Thanksgiving Day.

Here is part 2 of my list Part 3 will be posted tomorrow.

11. Make sure home and carpets are clean before your guests arrive

13. Variety of freshly roasted/toasted nuts, cheeses and crackers to serve as appetizers before dinner to give you more time in the kitchen

14. Clean and dry roasting pan with roasting rack for the turkey

15. Sharp carving knife and sharpening steel -- re-sharpen knives every 4 months

16. Large platters for turkey -- warm them up with hot water before carving your turkey

17. Schedule hair/nail appointments with hairdresser. Your dead line this year is
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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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Christmas Can't Come Soon Enough!

Posted 08-27-2012 at 06:52 PM by Lynn68 (Everything Christmas)

It seems as though the months have been passing by so slowly. I wait day after day, month after month for Christmas to get here but the season just can't get here fast enough. I know there's less than five months to wait but as August ends and September brings the Fall season closer, the anticipation for Christmas becomes overwhelming! A week ago I saw red leaves on the trees for the first time this year and I can't explain the happiness that brought me. I'm starting off burning pumpkin scented candles around the house to get an early start to the most wonderful time of the year and next will be Christmas scented candles...most likely Christmas wreath, pine or orange and clove. That will begin right after halloween. Christmas music and movies make an appearance at that point as well. I'm always anxious at this time, when summer is nearly over. So Christmas season, please hurry, I can hardly wait!!
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