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Post# 448264   12/2/2021 at 10:31 (309 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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It's that time again. I just finished helping my aunt w/ moving the refrigerator to clean behind, etc. Her lights will go up this week.
I've washed the windows and siding here, too. Lights will go up very soon. Yes, I plan to put up all 4 trees this year. I won't be traveling to my sister's as we were just there for T giving.
It's also too soon to start the cookie blitz, but, that, too, will happen. I've stocked the kitchen already.
Fresh bag in the 1076. ready, set, let's go!


Post# 448265 , Reply# 1   12/2/2021 at 12:07 (309 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Sounds like you will be busy John, enjoy the holidays! And of course don't get hurt.

Post# 448289 , Reply# 2   12/3/2021 at 11:31 (308 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Thaks, David

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I'll be busy very soon. I just got the results of my latest, big test. No Cancer!
Thank God. Now, 6 biopsies in April, and we'll see.


Post# 448291 , Reply# 3   12/3/2021 at 13:36 (307 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Great! Now don't fall decorating! That is my problem.

Post# 448307 , Reply# 4   12/4/2021 at 02:05 (307 days old) by kirbylux77 (London, Ontario, Canada)        

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John, congratulations on the negative redult on your cancer tests. I am sure you must be relieved. Can't wait to see photos of your home all decorated and ready for Santa. You have a beautiful house, and good taste :). Hopefully sometime after Christmas is over we can talk again.

David, be careful decorating your apartment! Too bad I don't live nearby or I would offer to help out. You're a great guy, alwsys polite, helpful and complimentary in your postings here. Plus I was taught when I was a boy to lend a hand to your elders when they need help.

Stay safe with this new Omicron Covid variant out now, guys. Happy Holidays :).

Rob


Post# 448308 , Reply# 5   12/4/2021 at 07:57 (307 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Thanks Rob, very kind words ! Bf was here to help put it up, hopefully will be working in town when it comes down. Again, thanks.

Post# 448371 , Reply# 6   12/6/2021 at 10:28 (305 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Thanks, Rob. It's been a roller coaster of health stuff

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since Spring, surgery, tests, etc. A few more things left to do.
But, to quote Auntie Mame, it's time to "Haul out the holly". I won't be traveling for Christmas this year, so, I'll be entertaining a bit more (safely). I'll probably have a vacuum holiday get together some time in January, like I used to. There will be fewer people here, but, that's OK too.


Post# 448382 , Reply# 7   12/6/2021 at 13:38 (304 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I think I'll even make my home made egg nogg

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Some love it, others, well..........they won't be drinking any of it, who cares??

Post# 448429 , Reply# 8   12/7/2021 at 10:02 (304 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
This year, I replaced all of the outdoor

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wreaths with beautiful sprays. I put them up last night, with a matching wreath for the front door. All 4 trees will go up this year, too. I saw a fireplace mantle at The White House. I'm attempting to recreate it as well. It is green garland,red balls and gold painted leaves. It should look great on the mantle here at my place. And, we cannot forget 'that staircase'.

Post# 448433 , Reply# 9   12/7/2021 at 10:24 (304 days old) by kloveland (Tulsa)        

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Sounds good John! I didn't put up a tree this year. I did however decorate the outside of my house with lights and wreaths. My niece wanted me to get one of those blow up yard decorations. I can see how some people would find them atrocious. It will probably grow me. My niece chose Mickey Mouse.

I know we are of different backgrounds and beliefs here on VacuumLand. I'll just say I agree with a yard decoration/sign in my neighborhood that reads "Jesus is the reason for the Season".



Post# 448436 , Reply# 10   12/7/2021 at 10:46 (304 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Kenny, you are so right.

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Afterall, Christmas IS really the Nativity....the birth of Jesus. Some people celebrate it in it's entirety, some just the sucular part, some, none at all.Advent began 2 weeks ago. I observe that, too.
I've even been involved in Hannuka festivities. Thankfully, we live in a country where we can do as we like. When we were kids, everyone came to us. That has changed now. My sister's was the place, until her kids became adults.
Still, lots of family and friends love to come to this ols place during the holidays, as, according to them, it "always looks and feels so nice and comfortable there at Christmas". So, since I won't be traveling this year, the decorated doors will be open once again.


Post# 448437 , Reply# 11   12/7/2021 at 11:05 (304 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Lovely! Enjoy!

Post# 448455 , Reply# 12   12/7/2021 at 16:01 (303 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Indeed.

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I'll post pics of the progress. Cleaning at the moment. Then, decorating, then the kitchen is 'open'.

Post# 448484 , Reply# 13   12/8/2021 at 09:05 (303 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I got my aunt's outside done yesterday.

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I hired a 'tree guy' to trim my holly tree in the backyard, as, I can't climb that ladder ,etc. I came home to one terrible mess! Suffice it to say, he's returning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Johnny's not happy!



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Post# 448614 , Reply# 14   12/13/2021 at 14:33 (297 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I got almost all of the outside decorated yesterday

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I changed things up this year. i must say, I think it's the nicest it's been in years.

Post# 448654 , Reply# 15   12/15/2021 at 14:45 (295 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
2 of the trees

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Post# 448655 , Reply# 16   12/15/2021 at 14:48 (295 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
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Post# 448656 , Reply# 17   12/15/2021 at 14:57 (295 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
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Post# 448657 , Reply# 18   12/15/2021 at 15:16 (295 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
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Post# 448663 , Reply# 19   12/15/2021 at 20:45 (295 days old) by kirbylux77 (London, Ontario, Canada)        

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John, your home looks lovely and very festive :). Mom had a tree just like the one you have in reply 16, with handmade ornaments passed down to her from Grandma and other family members over the years.

Happy Holidays to you and everyone on Vacuumland.

Rob


Post# 448669 , Reply# 20   12/16/2021 at 10:24 (295 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Thanks, very much!

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I'll try to post pics of the rest of the place when I can. Yes, there are ornaments from our childhood, my late father's store, Ireland, etc. It's nice to get everything out and remember.


Post# 448675 , Reply# 21   12/16/2021 at 15:14 (294 days old) by texaskirbyguy (Plano, TX)        

Very nice indeed! Love the furniture and the trees!
I think next year I need to get our old tree and ornaments out. They had not seen the light of day for 20 years now. It IS great to remember, remember, remember....

Keep it up!


Post# 448755 , Reply# 22   12/21/2021 at 11:10 (290 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Update.....

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Ed returned and shaped the holly tree. So, I went out and put tons of those LEDs. Last night.... at least half aren't working!! I hate these new, "disposable" lights.
So, off they'll come, and, I redo it with simple red and green lights. Sometimes, "new" is good. But, not always.


Post# 448756 , Reply# 23   12/21/2021 at 11:14 (290 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
and, the "peppermint" tree is up, soon to be deecora

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I bought a new tree for the peppermint theme last Jan. Also, I FOUND the tree ((packed soooo carefully),that will be the "bubble lights" tree. There are beautiful ornaments from deceased friends and relatives. Should be interesting with Murphy and Harold (my 2 kitties). Murphy loves to sleep under the 10', while Harold loves to play in the boxes. hmmmmm

Post# 448796 , Reply# 24   12/24/2021 at 12:41 (287 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Well....................

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3 trees up, maybe the 4th, 40 DOZEN cookies made.
Merry Christmas to everyone who celebrates the holiday.
John


Post# 448797 , Reply# 25   12/24/2021 at 12:42 (287 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
and, most important

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Mass tonight!

Post# 448901 , Reply# 26   12/29/2021 at 20:06 (281 days old) by eurekaexpress (Hazleton, PA)        
John came for a little

Christmas visit tonight. We had pizza with my dad, who always enjoys John's company.
John brought a sample of his 40 dozen cookies: cutouts, gingerbread, and what Christmas could be complete without John's delicious moist pepper cookies? John appreciates all of my vintage Christmas decorations that date back to my grandparents.


Post# 448931 , Reply# 27   12/30/2021 at 15:52 (280 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Yes, Joe

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It's always great to visit your place. Your dad is always so kind, too.
Your home looks great, very inviting. Your vintage decorations make your place very "homey".
You and your dad, enjoy the cookies.
John


Post# 448975 , Reply# 28   12/31/2021 at 14:38 (279 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
It will be good to have you here

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in a few weeks when I host the "end of the holidays dinner". It will be fun to have a nice bunch of friends here to celebrate.


Post# 449009 , Reply# 29   1/2/2022 at 16:15 (277 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Every Jan 2, that wonderful, but expensive

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store has their 75% off sale. Joe Kassock and I went. It was madness!
But, I was able to pick up few items. I'll be glad next year when it all gets unpacked again.
Christmas isn't officially over until next week. And, I'll entertain 2 groups of friends before it all goes away.
Still lots to do.


Post# 449060 , Reply# 30   1/4/2022 at 15:41 (275 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
And, very soon, I'll

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get that wallpaper on those walls in the hallway. I have to get it up before the convention.

Post# 449159 , Reply# 31   1/10/2022 at 11:06 (270 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
My aunt's things are coming down now.......

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lights are unplugged outside. Thing have to stay up here at my place until the 2 dinners are over. I'll unplug the outside lights, though.

Post# 449242 , Reply# 32   1/13/2022 at 15:00 (266 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Most of the plugs are now

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buried under ice !!!!!!!!!!

Post# 449319 , Reply# 33   1/18/2022 at 09:18 (262 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I guess it is time to put it all away

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The people I was inviting this Sun p.m. invited ME this Fri. So, I think I'll do my entertaining with a "Valentine" theme this year. Garlands are going in these large storage bags (look like body bags).
I hate putting it all away............. but... we must.


Post# 449322 , Reply# 34   1/18/2022 at 09:46 (262 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
This year, I put candles in all of the front windows,

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including the attic. From across the street, it looked 'beautiful', I must say.
I used the bulbs with the silicone tips. One of the tips 'might have been chewed off', by a little brown kitty. hmmmmmmmmmmmm He loves to sit in that window and look out. (cat TV)


Post# 449537 , Reply# 35   1/24/2022 at 15:28 (255 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Well,

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the disassembly has begun. I hate this part. But, as soon as it all comes down, I'll shift into high gear to prepare the place for the Scranton convention. I've made a list..... a very long list.

Post# 449650 , Reply# 36   1/27/2022 at 15:59 (252 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
The place looks like a bomb went off

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in here. I hate this part. But, that's part of the deal, I suppose.
New pics of the construction, painting, etc progress as it unfolds.


Post# 449878 , Reply# 37   2/4/2022 at 16:03 (244 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Snow say today !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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It rained all day yesterday, ice and sleet today. They cancelled school last night.
So, the tree came down today. Hoovers are running like crazy today. Belts were broken in 2 of them. Luckily, a 3rd was very handy, to finish the job.

Of course, after all the boxes were packed, I found another ornament. Don't you hate that?
86 branches, 10' tree, plus the 97 branch, 6' aluminum are away until next year.


Post# 449881 , Reply# 38   2/4/2022 at 21:22 (244 days old) by Luxman107 (USA )        
Finding another ornament

Lol , I find one I left out by accident almost every year. I end up fing a place for it and leave it out all year. Gives me a tiny bit of Christmas all year

Post# 449966 , Reply# 39   2/8/2022 at 13:31 (241 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
The sad thing is

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that I put those 'stray' ones in 'safe places', and sometimes forget about them at Christmas. I just found (2) boxes of (2) new ornaments PLUS 2 loose ones that came off the tree. I hate that.
The kitties were in heaven with all of those boxes again. I have to make sure I see both cats when I close the boxes.



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