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Thank you Jimmy! (My husband and I do not follow sports – but whenever I hear that Auburn has won a game I say to my husband – “Jimmy will be happy”.)
I live on LI also. We had to put in a semi circular drive when we bought the house as my Chevette (a small car) has its driver side mirror ripped off twice while parked in the street. We live on a 4 lane road with parking lanes on each side. Speed limit is 40, but if you live/lived here you know that means everyone does 50.
It takes both of us to pull out of the driveway he looks left and I look right (he drives). We used to be able to see to the left – but then the family with 3 children over 2 houses left – the children grew up and apparently brought significant others into the house with them as there are now about 8 cars – in front of their house, on the driveway and across the street. The house between us had an older one (and I am mid 60s and I call her that) and she moved in with her children and they sold the house. The house with the 8 cars had been parking in front of her house (in exchange for snow and mow apparently). New owners parked on driveway – we thought great, but they seem to have a tenant who parks in street and her boyfriend’s truck in front of our house. Throw in a hidden curve up the road to the left also and we often are guessing if we can pull out or not .
Nothing here is normal.
Two years ago we had big storm (LI, NY). We have been having really big storms a lot the past several years – normally storms here are less than 5 inches, but we went through a couple of months where at times we were getting over 20 inches every other day – our driveway is 3/4 of the property in front of house (small property not large driveway) so it can be a real problem no place to throw snow. In our mid 60s, husband is not in the best of health so can be real problem as we can no longer find anyone who will do residential snow clearing.
So this storm a couple of years dropped enough snow that it was up to my thighs, even though I am short – it was a lot of snow. The news shows all said not to wait for morning as it would freeze overnight due to freezing rain & drop in temperature. So out we went.
Husband bought a new snowblower a year or so before this, but it is not a heavy duty one. He was working on the driveway with the blower (semi-circle – 2 driveway cuts) and he had me working on one of the cuts to the street. (We live on a 4 lane street so we have 3 lanes of snow tossed at our property.) Neighbors here do not help each other. To my surprise the man, I presumed to be my neighbor to the south, as we were all hidden in our coats etc and I could not see his face and he was clearing the sidewalk of that house with a big snowblower continued to our property and cleared out the driveway cut on that side for me. I thanked him quickly and commented that I thought his bad back would stop him from working on the snow. He replied that his back was fine. During all of this I had to run into the house as my feet were that frozen. When I came out again later he was gone.
I sent an email to the neighbor next door thanking him again. His wife called back. It had not been him – his back was still too bad. It was the neighbor on the other side of their house! I looked up his name in the phone book and wrote a thank you letter.
Some families have traditions that the nativity scene/creche goes out either in stages or on Christmas Eve. I know some will start the wise men on the other side of the room and each day during Advent move them closer to the nativity scene.
I just presumed that it did not snow there as it is in a desert area – since I was a child.
We’ve gone on Monday night (12/2) from just rain to 1-3 inches or 2-4 inches of snow – so husband is in his snow panic mode.
The outdoor lights this year…..!!!!! We needed to replace 3 sets of lights – and by the time we figured out which ones we needed (forgot to mention same in last year’s note in cell phone) they were sold out – week and a half ago. Then we had to put them up in COLD weather. (I figured out which bush goes naked due to lack of lights as it is behind the car and cannot be seen from street anyway.) Somehow he was doing the part of the work I do and I was doing what he does – which led to argument of course. When we warmed up in the house – everything resolved and okay of course (how else does one stay together for 40+ years).
We keep forgetting to put the wreath on the door and the battery candles in the windows. Then I do the rest. Dining room is almost sorted out enough to start on it.
We don’t really trade gifts – if he finds a book or DVD he wants he buys them and gets them for Christmas. (I did get a gift last year – he did not want to spend what a stubby 7" wrench cost to use in the RV – so I told him that he always complains that I don’t let him buy me any gifts so he should buy me the wrench for him to use for Christmas and he did.) We are limited by a variety of medical conditions in what we can eat. So our philosophy is that (inside the house) if the decorating is almost all of the holiday celebration – decorate BIG.
Running behind this year (okay about 3 months behind – but that is long and crazy story) and I just managed to get out my November and Thanksgiving bear figurines both for the set which is in our living room and the for the Teddy Village upstairs. I will give them a week before they start to be changed out for the Christmas ones. Rest of Christmas decorations will follow. When husband takes down and he stores his two looms that are in the living room later this month (he has a sales show in two weeks and needs to be ready so it will be after that) the main tree can go up in the living room. I might get the 4 small trees set up before then (one is in the Teddy Village and is how same got started). Our deal is I get the living room from mid December to mid January for Christmas decorating and the rest of the year he gets it for his loom. It was the only room other than teddies room and our bedroom that is not set up for crafts or for business – sigh.
We used to have a traditional Thanksgiving with my mom’s family. Then my aunt on that decided that she was Kosher so we would go to a Kosher deli restaurant for Thanksgiving. Mom would make turkey during the year so my sisters and I would order corned beef as we never had that.
On the other hand my husband’s family is Italian and they would always have antipasto and then a pasta course for Thanksgiving.
This is apparently normal. Originally when people were surveyed about what they had for Thanksgiving the answer was “turkey and all the trimmings”. When pressed on the trimmings, however, it was found that families tended to have different trimmings and like our two families – the trimmings varied by ethnic background of the people surveyed.
Both families wanted us for Thanksgiving dinner – the only family type holiday that both families celebrated (Jewish/Catholic mixed couple). We eventually solved this problem by having both families to our home for Thanksgiving. Italian or Jewish trimmings? Well, as colonial era reenactors we went with Colonial Williamsburg traditional recipes.
Now I cook the meal just for the two of us 12 lbs of turkey – 2 people.