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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you, lovely reader

By Robin Dearing

No, I haven't been ignoring you, nor have I been simply basking the in the post-Joan Lunden interview afterglow (even though we did hear from Joan's PR gal who said that Joan enjoyed talking with us and looks forward to working with us again in the future). So, what have I been doing?

Scrambling. Scrambling and then trying to live in the moment. 

We're going to be out of town for Christmas this year, so we celebrated early. I had to get all my shopping done for that, plus get the gifts for the out-of-town family and a special box to my beloved stepson, Sean, who is deployed with the Air National Guard in Africa.

Also, I decided to help Margaret sell her Calico Critter doll house and accessories on eBay. Have you tried to sell a bunch of stuff on eBay? No? Then, here's my advice: Don't do it! It was a nightmare. All the emails and complaints about the cost of shipping. It was a huge time suck. I spent hours setting up the auctions, managaing the auctions, shipping the items, answering more email. Totally not worth it even though Mar made a good chunk of change. Next time, we'll be donating her stuff to GoodWill.

I worked a little bit on a new class I'll be teaching next month and Bill and I have been working on our downtown rental house getting it ready for new renters. On that subject, I want to express my rage toward the person who thought it would be a good idea to spray the ceilings of a 1925 cottage bungalow with popcorn texture. Have you tried painting that stuff? What. A. Mess. The texture pieces fall off after they've been painted leaving a dusting of wet paint spots all over the floor. So, to whomever did that, I shake my fist at you!

So, phew. I decided to cut a few things out of my typical holiday season agenda, like Christmas cards. I didn't send any this year (the first time in 12 years). And yet, I still have a list of things to get done. But ,I wanted to take a moment to thank our lovely readers. I really appreciate all tens of you who read what we have to write and I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


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