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Old 02-09-2015, 03:46 PM   #1811
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Nothing I can do about the weather but I sure do have great neighbors. They chipped in to shovel off my deck, shovel a path from the back of our condo to the front so we can get the trash out, shovel out my car and move it so the plow could clean my space.

Time to bake a couple of cakes to say 'thank you'.
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Old 02-09-2015, 04:37 PM   #1812
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I was beginning to think you weren't coming back! Glad you have such great neighbors.
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Old 02-09-2015, 04:42 PM   #1813
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Nothing I can do about the weather but I sure do have great neighbors. They chipped in to shovel off my deck, shovel a path from the back of our condo to the front so we can get the trash out, shovel out my car and move it so the plow could clean my space.

Time to bake a couple of cakes to say 'thank you'.
Yeah. Time to get back into your kitchen. With this weather, don't go out, stay in and bake. Great idea. What great neighbors! Kudos to them and you for those thank you cakes.
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Old 02-09-2015, 04:43 PM   #1814
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Boy, Andy, you really went from one weather extreme to another! At least you got to be away from it during the worst part.
Sorry, this latest storm is the worst part.
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Old 02-09-2015, 05:12 PM   #1815
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Yeah. Time to get back into your kitchen. With this weather, don't go out, stay in and bake. Great idea. What great neighbors! Kudos to them and you for those thank you cakes.
Bake! Make some soul-warming soup, all brothy with great veggies, tender, diced meat of your choice, and a great soup base with lots of rich, meaty flavor and texture from collagen, or some wonderful, yellow, split-pea soup, with onion, a hint of cumin, and diced ham. Gotta have a touch of butter in the bowl to add a satisfying richness to that fabulous soup. When it's so cold, it's soup/stew, and home made bread time.

Welcome Back Andy. Glad to hear you've got great neighbors. That's what being human is supposed to be about. Yep, I'm as noisy as ever.

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Old 02-09-2015, 09:50 PM   #1816
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Welcome back Andy. Glad you could find your house. Shrek says you should have stayed in Aruba...
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Welcome back, Andy. Looking forward to hearing about the food, the beaches, the scenery... How nice of your neighbors to look after your place for you!
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Old 02-10-2015, 02:51 PM   #1818
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Nothing I can do about the weather but I sure do have great neighbors. They chipped in to shovel off my deck, shovel a path from the back of our condo to the front so we can get the trash out, shovel out my car and move it so the plow could clean my space.

Time to bake a couple of cakes to say 'thank you'.
We have neighbors like that. The best! Himself ruptured a disc the first winter we lived here, and our snowblower was back in OH for our daughter to use. The first time I went out to shovel, my next door neighbor came over with his snowblower and chased me inside. I baked an apple pie (two, actually, one for them and one for us) and took it over as a thanks. The next storm the same thing happened, but a different neighbor! They snowblowed, I baked (two more) apple pies. The NEXT storm a third neighbor showed up! He didn't have a snowblower, but he did shovel out the apron, which was lots of wet and heavy snow. I asked him if he had heard about the pies; he laughed, looked a bit sheepish, and said "yes". I told him we were getting tired of apple pies, would a pumpkin be OK? "Oh, yes! Pumpkin is my favorite!" Win/win!

By the next winter, we had brought our old snowblower back from OH. Our daughter never used it, saying she'd rather shovel.
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Old 02-11-2015, 03:41 AM   #1819
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We have neighbors like that. The best! Himself ruptured a disc the first winter we lived here, and our snowblower was back in OH for our daughter to use. The first time I went out to shovel, my next door neighbor came over with his snowblower and chased me inside. I baked an apple pie (two, actually, one for them and one for us) and took it over as a thanks. The next storm the same thing happened, but a different neighbor! They snowblowed, I baked (two more) apple pies. The NEXT storm a third neighbor showed up! He didn't have a snowblower, but he did shovel out the apron, which was lots of wet and heavy snow. I asked him if he had heard about the pies; he laughed, looked a bit sheepish, and said "yes". I told him we were getting tired of apple pies, would a pumpkin be OK? "Oh, yes! Pumpkin is my favorite!" Win/win!

By the next winter, we had brought our old snowblower back from OH. Our daughter never used it, saying she'd rather shovel.
You have made some neighbors very sad.
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Welcome back!
You are truly fortunate to have neighbors that take the time and make the effort to be good neighbors.
And remember.... there is truth in the old sayin' that without Winter, you can't truly appreciate Summer.
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