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ORVG COFFEEHOUSE # 138- Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!

Sugar Valley, GA(Zone 7b)

We are continued from here:

Pic again swiped from Jules of her beautiful Witch Hazel....

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Franklin, OH(Zone 6a)

Merry Christmas again everyone!!

Newark, OH(Zone 5b)

The sun is shining brightly -- YES! I needed that, and here it is! This is better than a white Christmas, in my book. :) :)

Sugar Valley, GA(Zone 7b)

Ditto!!! LOL

Hey Jules... I need this Yellow one above, and this Red one...Lemme know what , when , where and how much...LOL

I have been plotting some gardens for this spring...I told Cookie that I see a perfect spot for a Grape arbor down by the pond that will be perfect for my swing...There is a space between the house and garage that is gonna get used real quick, and Cookie had Bro spray off some grass killer by the pond last year that I am going to get tilled up and I have plans for that too... LOL I gotta see what she left here plantwise... Kinda hard to tell at the moment since everything has already gone dormant...I think I've been raided!! LOL
I have some Wisteria coming from a very special friend that will go on the arbor this summer when I get it built...I am not into grapes yet.. Maybe just one, and I know where to get some that I would use if I did grow them...But the Doves love to build nests in an arbor like I am planning, similar to Marcy & Daves swing arbor...

Cookie left 2 pieces to an old fountain that I have appropriated, and will use them to add to my lions head fountain...Ohhhh yessss plans for that Puppys new home... LOL Lot's of plans for the front porch, and the back patio...It is bright and sunny here today, so it seemed like a good day to plot out the Spring and Summer gardens etc... LOL

I hope you all are having a Wonderful Christmas day !!!

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Sugar Valley, GA(Zone 7b)

LOL Kimberley... Yep it is... At least we don't have to shovel it or wade through it... LOL
I forgot to answer you the other night...Usually when I go to Columbus, I am either picking up or dropping off...I don't often get the wait and return patients because she prefers to keep me running as I hate sitting around, and I don't dilly dally, so I move more people quicker than most of the others...But the next time I know I have a wait, I will let you know...I am usually either at Riverside Hosp, or OSU when I get those...I had one for Tuesday, but she cancelled her appt...

Cincinnati, OH(Zone 6b)

Beautiful and right near freezing here.
72 by Saturday?

Well it was a wild ride up to Dayton yesterday afternoon.
55F or so down here and raining hard when we left.
Dropping FAST as we made the drive.
The winds were terrible. I finally stopped and gassed up the Escort just to add more weight.
Brrrrrrr! down to about 45F already.
About 9 PM I went out to start loading the car.
Two trips went fine... the third trip I slid across the road on the newly forming ice.
We left shortly after...
most of the rain had been evaporated by the wind but there were still a few patches of ice.
By the time we were halfway home it was 36F so we were out of the woods.
It got down to 24F here overnight.
It was 18F up there.
Sadly since Tuesday afternoon at least 3 people have been killed (including a local police chief) from the many icy accidents.....


Caneyville, KY(Zone 6b)

Yeah on the sunshine here, too! 38* and no is good! :-)

Garden planning underway here, too. The new 110' x 40' market garden is all planned out on graph paper with all kinds of details about what to plant where and with what to deter the bad bugs. As is the old garden, which is prepped and ready for spring planting of cool crops. I've got my list done of what I'm planting and supplies I need, so will be able to start shopping for seeds and transplants as soon as they hit the store shelves.

Looks like we're going to Texarkanna, Tx. after the first of the year. Should be able to get a lot of my seeds and transplants early and growing well in the greenhouse before they get planted in the garden. If all goes as planned (knock on wood) I'll be back home around the first of April and DH sometime in May.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

Scottsburg, IN(Zone 6a)

Merry Christmas everyone! We just got back from sis's place - had a great and quiet time, lots of smiles and laughter, and both her kids said they thought this was the best Christmas they'd had :) I thought of y'all yesterday when we left as I ran out of time to get online and wish you a warm and happy Christmas - and thought of y'all again today driving home as the weather was beautiful and the traffic was so thin I was able to peek at people's yard while driving :-) I hope each and every one of you has had a wonderful Christmas, and that it continues into and throughout the New Year.

Pleasureville, KY(Zone 6a)

We went to DH's cousin's house for Christmas dinner, everything was good, and I didn't over eat. She had a to die for dessert, oreo pie, I had 2 bites, off DH's plate, aren't you proud of me?

Anyway, DH is heading out to stand in the Nativity scene, just got the call, someone called in sick. So he will get his shift tonight instead of the one that was cancelled on Tuesday night.

Cleveland Heights, OH(Zone 5b)

Merry Chriistmas!

Glad to see everyone's Christmas was a good one.

Sugar Valley, GA(Zone 7b)


Cleveland Heights, OH(Zone 5b)


Sugar Valley, GA(Zone 7b)

Pack yer bags... the room will be ready this weekend!!!!!!

Cincinnati, OH(Zone 6b)

Our oldest son Jason came by for dinner this evening.
Spaghetti Chicken and a good Australian Merlot/Shiraz
Then we sat around and watched Predator 2 in HD.
Both are son's are BIG Sci-Fi fans too.

Here's the first Christmas Table .... OK slab of plywood.... in the new room!


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Cincinnati, OH(Zone 6b)

Bergenia cordifolia are blooming about a month early...


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Newark, OH(Zone 5b)

Awww, that looks like home, Ric. :) Great to see everyone!

I am officially hammed out. We had it at my MIL's last night, then leftovers cold for lunch today, then more hot ham and all the fixins at my mom's this evening. Like I told someone, we've had so much sodium the last two days, we're retaining water to the point we can probably just kinda roll from room to room. LOL

Pleasureville, KY(Zone 6a)

Kim, yeah, but wasn't it good?

Sugar Valley, GA(Zone 7b)

Mine was...nice & juicy...Beer does wonders...LOL

Pleasureville, KY(Zone 6a)

LOL Dusty, drinking it or cooking with it?

Melbourne, KY(Zone 6a)

Just stopping in to say that I hope everyone's Christmas was wonderful, and don't forget to wish DG's founder a Happy Birthday!

morehead, KY(Zone 6a)

Good morning all!
Fell asleep at 7pm and just now woke up. I think the holidays have caught up to me. Christmas went great. Kids loved their presents. I got all new cook/bake ware(think they are hinting) Some really nice pieces. I can now get rid of most of my old stuff. I also got a really cool iron cross and rooster clock from oldest son. I collect both. So all and all a good Christmas. I have been putting together a collection of occupied japan figurines for Jeff for about 6 months now and he was really pleased. I also got him some starter pieces of Moriage dragonware.

This was the easiest Christmas on the pocket book ever. We started buying when we found things on sale about 6 months ago, so we were able to get good stuff and not pay a fortune. One of the sweetest gifts our little girl got was from a friend who helped with "girl" things when she lived with us. She bought Anna her first set of real pearls. Anna just kept looking at them and would look up and say "these are so pretty. I'm going to wear them to my prom" My friend Ria has been a jewel helping us with raising Anna.

One other thing I was happy about was It appears my relationship with the middle son may be on the mend. We talked a lot and he said he loved me many times over the holiday. I even got kissed each night before they went to bed. Of course I had to stand on my tip toes to reach them, but it felt good. That is one thing this family has always done we give "hug, kisses and I love you" every time we go to bed or part. You would think a 17, 16 and 13 year old would get over doing it, but we always get it and I hope it always stays that way.
Well goodnight my little ORV family.
Look what I woke up to today. This is an old fashion amaryllis Neal has had for as long as I have known him. When I got sick I passed it to my farm friends and when we moved here got a bulb or 2 back.

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Cincinnati (Anderson, OH(Zone 6a)

Hi, George, and all the ORVers, too, of course,

What a nice Christmas day you had with your family! Sounds like a wonderful way to end the day with hugs and a kiss from your teen agers. You are lucky to have such warmth and love to share in your home.

I can't sleep either (after a lovely Christmas with our kids and my sister's family here at our home) and just spent a little time catching up on the ORV threads. I can't keep up with all the 'goings ons' here, but often think of all of you.

And of course, I wish everyone here lots of happiness and good health in the new year!

Caneyville, KY(Zone 6b)

Goodmorning, My Dear Friends! Sounds like we all had a wonderful Christmas!

Franklin, OH(Zone 6a)

Good Day After Christmas!!

Hi Tabasco!! You don't visit us NEAR are things in Cinci?

Well 21 of us did a job on the 15 pounds of brisket...if anyone went away hungry it was their own fault. My dad said this was the best brisket EVER...only thing is...he says that EVERY time I make it!!!

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Franklin, OH(Zone 6a)

Here are my kids and their mates

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Franklin, OH(Zone 6a)

Here are the best we could do with a wiggly 20 mo. old!

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Pleasureville, KY(Zone 6a)

Good morning after!! Sprinkling rain here, and the temps are supposed to be in the 60s later on. No wonder everybody in this region suffers colds and sinus stuff.

Will be straightening the house, and putting away gifts and starting to dismantle the Christmas decorations. Don't plan any company between now and New Year's Eve, so I am ready to get back to normal, or as close to normal as possible.

DGD will be returning sometime today to stay all next week, until schools reopen in January. So will still be cooking extra, but it will be a different kind of food, I am ready for some northern beans and cornbread, or a pot of bean soup. Yum.

none of ur business, OK(Zone 5b)

wow nice looking fam you got Cookie
RIc that movie is cool and on the big screen ( i can't wait ) hey did any papers fall off the shelf ?
Ric helped me and T find a new tv . Yeah bro Ric !!! he was a great helping hand with T and I not so electronic challenged LOL
look what the cat droped in Tabasco !! good to see you !!! :) glad to see you posting . Merry Holiday to yo uand your family.
Geo so good your on the mends with the son. I wish you and your family a merry holiday and happy new year :)
Bonnie you were to good lady , all that oreo pie and only two bites ? wow wouldn't happen in my diet LOL
woopes T just gave me the look and we got to go and my hair ain't dry yet "ack"
big ~~~~ and ((()))) to everyone

New Madison, OH(Zone 5a)

Merry Happy Day After!!! Or somethin' like that!!!
It was a Merry Christmas here too! Our daughter called from Florida. She was going to the beach with an old friend ..who was taking her out to dinner. (She just broke off a long time relationship...and is very sad). I'm glad she had someone to be with yesterday.
Mike came...Jim, Jeannine, and Ashley and Dawson. We all ate too much...except the kids...they were more interested in toys!
But it was a lovely day...and everyone was nice to each other too! I was pooped by the time they all sat and read my book by the fire until I couldn't hold my eyes open any longer.
Bonnie...come put my decorations away too...will you????? The kids put them up...but they sure don't come to put them!!
I am ready to get the house back to normal too now....and ready for ham and beans too!!! Got a nice meaty ham bone left to cook with some good beans!!
Well....Dave has to work today...and I am off to......where else????? WALLY WORLD.! Gotta find some saurkraut and beans!!
Enjoy the warm temps coming all!!!

Newark, OH(Zone 5b)

Just popped in for a second to see what everyone is up to.

Joyce - I took the liberty to lighten up your grandchildren - hope you don't mind! They were so dark, I couldn't see them well... thought I would repost the pic. I could do better with the original photo and more time, but need to get out and get some things done today that I have been putting off. Thankfully, they don't involved going near a mall or shopping place!

Everyone have a good day!


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Franklin, OH(Zone 6a)

I made some split pea soup with the ham bone from our work Christmas. Probably the best I've ever made. Even Bill ate two bowls and he usually won't even eat one. He says the name split pea soup sound icky. Anyway, that's what I'm looking forward to for lunch.

We didn't do our exchange with friends last night, so we'll be going there later in the day (around suppertime) for pizza.

Bertie and I are going in search of the perfect (slimming) jeans in a little while. Then I will take Dusty to get her check. So I will try not to get in any trouble. Bertie and I are going to take the Sebring, so wish us luck. Bill thinks it is fixed, but hasn't let me drive it really far until we see how it acts. So today will be a test. I sure don't want to get stuck on 75 with it in rush hour morning traffic!

I got DS, Mark a coffee grinder for part of his Christmas gift. He had asked for it so when he came yesterday he brought beans from Boston Stoker (Kimberly you will like this story) so he brings these beans from Bali that are aged 5 years (I didn't know you were supposed to age coffee beans) and he says they're white before they roast them. That was probably the best cuppa joe I've ever had. He said that Boston Stoker buys the entire crop (they only have one a year) and it is not that big a crop. He is a "new" coffee drinker and he is a real snob about what he drinks. In this case...I'm GLAD!!!

Okay, rambling now...sorry....hope you all are feeling good!

Franklin, OH(Zone 6a)

Oh Jules thank you so much. It does look much better!

Cincinnati, OH(Zone 6b)

Happy Boxing Day!

That's when you get the day off to break down all the boxes from the presents I think......

No Sue the papers weren't flyin' LOL!
(It was fun helping w/ the TV choice. Enjoy!)
We were watching 'Dark Knight' the other evening.
An huge explosion scene came on w/ debris blowing everywhere.
A bunch of papers, we had stacked on the E Center,
went flying from the sub-woofer shaking the unit.
It was like being in 3 D!

Mellow here today.
A trip to KY and then a little work on the FPR.


Cincinnati, OH(Zone 6b)

Evereything at Building Values on Gilbert Ave is 50% off today..... so we're off!

75 % on electrical and windows tomorrow.....

none of ur business, OK(Zone 5b)

went to bank
walked around mall got Savannah a head set for her new ipod. It was on her head from morning and she is still wearing it !!! that kids just loves the music. She has my play list wich is a mix of funk, disco and motown and some country. LOL can't say she ain't got the groove thang coming on . She was singing Brick House on teh way home :) got to love it.
Cookie to funny on the coffee snob LOLLLLLL I m a snob too ::P "giggle"
well then we went and tried a new restaurant and it sucked !!!!! way to expensive, no dessert bar, food was way to salty , no trays for carrying a plate . Salad bar was like huge but it was all iceburg ,carrots and jello and somthing that i think was watermelon ? but can't say for sure ? it was a southern style buffett and it was expensive 6.99 for lunch and not including drinks !!!! "ack" . Its in springfeild. Just plan bad.
Marcy glad you had a good time. I too am not looking forward to taking down the decorations . uhg. :(
take care

Sugar Valley, GA(Zone 7b)

Thanks to Cookie, I gots mah check, did the bank and a fast fly by to Krogers...Got cheeses, got chili and chicken noodle fixins... got sweet taters to bake for supper...I'm good... what more do ya need????

Ummmm Bons.. I was cookin with the beer.. I can't drink that anymore for the last 5+ yrs now...Tastes nasty... LOL

Pleasureville, KY(Zone 6a)

Evening folks, it has been a busy day here. Didn't even get to touch the house, the decorations nor put away gifts. I remembered that I hadn't made the church deposit for last week, so made a trip to the bank, and then stopped by the grocery to get some eggs, and naturally other things went into the basket too. Got home, and made a pot of chili, and just as I was turning it off, DGD called, and she was ready for me to come pick her up, so off to Frankfort, and then back home. By then it was 2:00, and neither of us had eaten, so a bowl of chili, and I sat down to "rest just a minute" and at 4:00, DH came in and asked about supper, interrupted my nap. So tonight we had breakfast at suppertime.

Looks like everybody had a good Christmas, and I know Joyce's brisket was good by the pic she posted of the empty pan

The stores were wild today, DGD called and said she and her sister was at Walmart, and I could just pick her up there. I parked right in front of the door for about 5 minutes, and I have never seen the like of foot traffic coming out, and people going in. No way was I braving that crowd.

Off to check my email, and catch up on some other forums.

none of ur business, OK(Zone 5b)

Hey all
not much going on here.
T is out getting a few things
kids are quiet with they're head sets on LOL Savannah still got them ipod on her ears. Sheesh that kids loves music.
austin has his Leap frog learning game and is content. Not much to do outside
i slept in till 9 am yikes !!! can't wait to get back to the gym in janurary
take care

Franklin, OH(Zone 6a)

Bertie and I did our thang yesterday. Went to Wallyworld first and I came away with 2 pair of jeans (one Rider, one Levi's) and some 50% off candy....Bertie wasn't quite as lucky..

Then off to the mall for a watch battery for Bertie and dang if the DSW shoestore didn't nab me right off the walkway and pull me in! I bought the most comfortable pair of everyday shoes by naturalizer. Sooo comfy. Had a stop at the Hallmark store and got a couple boxes of Christmas cards at half off. (I didn't even get my cards out this year, but next year that WILL NOT happen!!) Then off to Half Price Books..Bertie had never been, I think she'll be going back. She has lots of books to get rid of so that will be a good place to start.

After that Sam's Club for some fizzy water and some bargains, then home. Popped a cheesecake in the oven and took Dusty for some errands. Then off to friends house for our Christmas celebration with them. All in all a very fun day.

Can't believe that it will be 70* today!! This is December 27th in the Miami Valley, isn't it??????

Well, enjoy yourselves. I think I'll do a little garden cleanup since the weather will be toasty outside!

Waves to all!!

Cincinnati, OH(Zone 6b)

Well we had a pretty good day at Building Values.
Found a nice lower corner cab ..... Mills Pride... two working solid wood doors... counter depth.... pan racks...
15 Bucks on sale!


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