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Old 09-12-2013, 01:50 PM   #13341
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You are so bad Andy. And I love it. Now if I could just stop laughing.
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Old 09-12-2013, 01:56 PM   #13342
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Katie H, are you one of the people who let everyone know that when they get home and take their presents out of the box, it is to come back to you so you can use the box again? It has always been a tradition in our family. We have a Jordan Marsh box that is still making the rounds. And Jordan Marsh hasn't been in business for more than 25 years. I really feel it should be framed and hung on the wall. Very rarely do any of us have to buy boxes for presents. We are very frugal New Englanders and recycle everything.
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Old 09-12-2013, 02:03 PM   #13343
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Katie H, are you one of the people who let everyone know that when they get home and take their presents out of the box, it is to come back to you so you can use the box again? It has always been a tradition in our family. We have a Jordan Marsh box that is still making the rounds. And Jordan Marsh hasn't been in business for more than 25 years. I really feel it should be framed and hung on the wall. Very rarely do any of us have to buy boxes for presents. We are very frugal New Englanders and recycle everything.
No, Addie. I don't do that with the boxes but when we're opening gifts and the boxes, um, happen to get near the trash pile I retrieve them.

With the advent of decorative gift bags, I don't rely on boxes much anymore, especially when it comes to shipping gifts. The bags make it so much easier to pack a box to send. Plus they're usually lighter, which makes the shipping fees less.

I began my early schedule for Christmas when we had two sons in the military overseas. In order for them to receive their Santa by Christmas, all packages had to leave the U.S. by the end of October. I never got out of the habit of doing that and discovered all the fringe benefits of doing things this far ahead.

Now I can truly breeze through the holidays and have absolutely no stress at all. It's been a pleasure all these years and I see no point in changing my routine.

Additionally, one of the most positive benefits is that when the year turns over, we have no bills to pay that relate to our gift-giving. That, plus, we only ever pay cash for what we purchase.
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Old 09-12-2013, 02:29 PM   #13344
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I just finally realized I hadn't brewed my cup of coffee...or fixed breakfast, I'll be running a big behind this morning.
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Old 09-12-2013, 03:23 PM   #13345
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Ever since PF said that this morning I've had that Spinal Tap song playing in my head. You know the one
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I should be getting up & going to the pool for class....
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Old 09-12-2013, 06:27 PM   #13347
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I'm getting ready to take Shreddy, my tomcat, to the vet. This is the vet who does the radioactive iodine treatment for hyperthyroidism. He will examine Shreddy and if he is a good candidate for this treatment, we will schedule the procedure.
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I just got back from the grocery store. I had a taste for green beans tonight with dinner.
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Congrats, PF. I'm actually in the capable hands of some wonderful nurses today. I'm getting an iron infusion in the hospital's infusion center where they provide cancer treatment as well, among other things. It's a tough but terrific profession you have chosen. Thanks to you and all the other wonderful nurses I have known.
Thank you, GG! It's nice to hear that nurses are doing a good job. It reflects on all of us when a single nurse does a bad job.
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