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Post by Annieh on Wed Dec 20, 2017 6:53 pm

it sounds like setting a theme for the year, good idea and good theme.

merry christmas to you ontario, with heartfelt thanks for your work in making this neck of the woods a welcoming place for all of us groks and grokkettes.
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Post by Meant2Move on Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:13 pm

Oh, I love snowman humor. This is one of my all-time favs:



I'm certain you are well aware of this, but you too deserve loving kindness. It seems like a very worthy goal.
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Post by Narrowminded on Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:49 pm

Cute snowman humor.

Sounds like an awesome goal for 2018. I wish you well in your endeavor. I do think you’ve already started by setting up this forum for us. Thank you
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Post by perennialpam on Thu Dec 21, 2017 4:59 am

Yes, we all owe you an applause for considering and following through with this forum.

And, getting folks over here...one by one they are showing up. How cool is that?

Thanks Ontario.
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Post by Heuristicfireflower on Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:47 am

ONTARIO wrote: I wasn't completely sure I could commit to the resolution I had in my mind. But then I realized I don't have to be perfect. This is about improving one's self - about being better than I was last year.

Couldn't agree more. It makes goals more attainable, when they're not tied to perfection. Something I'm learning and appreciating. May your Maitri expression bring forth much fruit.
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Post by ONTARIO on Thu Dec 21, 2017 2:37 pm

Ah....holiday time off is almost here. Three and a half hours and then we are off until the 28th. The usual Christmas gathering stuff with extended family over the next few days and then our 20th anniversary is on the 27th.

I love having a bunch of days in a row off. It's so nice to just do as we please for a few days.

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Post by The Walrus on Sun Dec 24, 2017 5:58 pm

Merry Christmas, Ontario! You gave us a great present in this forum! Very Happy santa
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Post by Greensprout on Mon Dec 25, 2017 6:28 pm

Merry Christmas!  Thanks many times over for bringing us together in this new forum santa rendeer Very Happy
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Post by ONTARIO on Mon Dec 25, 2017 11:25 pm

Greensprout wrote:Merry Christmas!  Thanks many times over for bringing us together in this new forum santa rendeer Very Happy

The Walrus wrote:Merry Christmas, Ontario!  You gave us a great present in this forum!  Very Happy santa

You are both very welcome. I truly believe that MDA members, and subsequently the members here, have given me far more than anything I have done. I am grateful for the guidance and support I have received over the last few years.

A very merry Christmas to you, as well.

My day was filled with family, food and laughter. Lots of love felt today. Tomorrow is an easy, lazy day as it's Boxing Day. And Wednesday we're off as well celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary.


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Post by Lovebird on Wed Dec 27, 2017 3:53 am

ONTARIO wrote:
My day was filled with family, food and laughter. Lots of love felt today. Tomorrow is an easy, lazy day as it's Boxing Day. And Wednesday we're off as well celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary.


Ours were similar, even if we don't have Boxing Day. Congratulations on your anniversary! cheers
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Post by Pedidoc on Wed Dec 27, 2017 7:49 am

Congratulations on 20 years! Glad you had relaxing holidays.


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Post by perennialpam on Wed Dec 27, 2017 9:03 am

Ontario, thanks for sharing this website with us MDA folks. So wonderful for us all.

Happy 20th anniversary.
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Post by Rig D on Wed Dec 27, 2017 9:55 am

Congrats on the 20th anniversary, in today's world 20 years is a huge accomplishment, enjoy your day.
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Post by ONTARIO on Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:27 am

Rig D wrote:Congrats on the 20th anniversary, in today's world 20 years is a huge accomplishment, enjoy your day.

Thanks! We're really just gluttons for punishment. We joke between ourselves that we've now both served a life sentence and at least one of deserves to be paroled by now. LOL!

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Post by Rig D on Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:56 am

I don't think gluttons for punishment is right, not even humorously. M and I were married in 1970 soon after I graduated from college. I hope you can have a similarly long run, you are just getting warmed up but should be well "over the hump" in making it work. Your kids will soon enough start noticing that many, if not most, of their friends have divorced/separated parents.
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Post by Annieh on Wed Dec 27, 2017 1:28 pm

Actually I agree with RigD. However, we've never "made it", it is always a work in progress. Our biggest glitch was just after 25 years, so congratulations and may you continue to grow closer in the coming years.
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Post by tomi1000 on Wed Dec 27, 2017 1:36 pm

Sounds like a wonderful resolution - and something the entire world needs to practice.  

I'll chime in on the hating Christmas commercialism thought.  I am a Christian and I find the commercialism of the holidays sickening.  I don't think the celebration of the birth of Jesus should be cause for all this frenzy and financial burden.  Its all ridiculous and I'm pretty sure the Good Lord is not pleased with it all.  We have toned down our gift giving and only exchange with our children - but hubby is way more free with the spending than I would like to be.  A few years ago we started giving our kids our home canned foods (see my journal for details) - I think the time, love and aching feet and back that are invested in this home-grown gift is enough - but hubby always has to have a wrapped gift for each one - and his spending comfort zone far exceeds my own.  We always have a little bit of a struggle over it - and he always wins.

And congrats on the anniversary! Smile
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Post by ONTARIO on Wed Dec 27, 2017 1:41 pm

Rig D wrote:I don't think gluttons for punishment is right, not even humorously.  M and I were married in 1970 soon after I graduated from college.  I hope you can have a similarly long run, you are just getting warmed up but should be well "over the hump" in making it work.  Your kids will soon enough start noticing that many, if not most, of their friends have divorced/separated parents.

We don't take ourselves too seriously. As in, we joke and kid each other a lot. We've actually been together 25 years but married for 20. We started dating in University and then we both packed up and moved from Ontario to Texas in the 90s so he could go to school there (he's a chiropractor). We lived very lean back then and had zero money but we stuck with it.

We've definitely, like all couples, been through some hard times, in whatever area but the one thing that I honestly believe is the reason for our success is loyalty. We've always been able to count on one another. And we laugh a lot! The other thing is our world view. Chiropractors tend to have a very different viewpoint and it's nice to have someone who completely understands, and agrees with, that ideology. We also have different, yet similarly, disfunctional family backgrounds that we have zero interest in ever having our own children experience.

So, yes, I make it humourous, but that reflects more my sarcasm than our relationship. Wink

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Post by Greensprout on Wed Dec 27, 2017 3:20 pm

Congrats on the milestone. We just had our 26th anniversary. Truly can’t see myself without him by my side going forward. As with all couples, we both have our issues/idiosyncrasies, but we truly do compliment each other. Regardless, to echo Annie, it’s always a work in progress.
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Post by Narrowminded on Wed Dec 27, 2017 7:53 pm

Congrats on 20 years. Our 33rd will be in Feb, and it is always a work in progress. We too hit our rough patch about 19 years and then DH started showing signs of ALS right about 20 years in. A true test of our relationship.

Anyone making it more than 5 in today’s day and age deserves congrats

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Post by ONTARIO on Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:38 am

It's back-to-work day here. Up at 6:20am and off to the office. At least it was a nice, easy drive without traffic this morning. So many people are still off of work.

It's very cold here today. Heck, my poor little dog can hardly stand it outside. I have to go out there with her and simply put her down to do her business and then pick her up to come in or she'll start lifting her paws because it's so cold it actually hurts her feet. I wish she would wear booties.

The anniversary day went well. We went out for lunch with the kids. Then came home and watched a movie together. We don't typically buy each other gifts but he bought me (us!) a beautiful stained-glass piece with all the indigenous birds on it to hang in a big window we have been trying to decorate. It's a beautiful piece of art. We love feeding birds and get excited about what birds are visiting so it was a perfect fit for our lifestyle.

So all day today and then just a few hours tomorrow morning at the office and then we're off again for three days for New Year's. Ah, what a life! Very Happy

I'm also a bit of a cookbook addict. I got Michelle Tam's new book. I find the cartoonish quality of it a bit annoying but the recipes look pretty good.

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Post by jeangenie on Thu Dec 28, 2017 12:40 pm

Glad the anniversary day went well. The stained glass art sounds beautiful!
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Post by perennialpam on Thu Dec 28, 2017 7:48 pm

I'm with jeanenie....I love stained glass and birds and the sun shining through it all!

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Post by Narrowminded on Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:53 am

What a beautiful gift.

I have Michelle’s cookbook too. Food is great from there
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Post by ONTARIO on Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:55 am

New year's Eve went exactly as I suspected it would. We made a nice meal, watched a movie and were asleep before midnight. My DD had friends over so I wore earplugs to bed. I wasn't willing to lose a night's sleep because the young can out pace me. Smile Traditionally on new year's day we take a nice, long walk in the woods but we'll see about that. It's been extremely cold here so we'll see how tolerable it is later.

Funny, not-so-funny story......we were at the mall on Friday. The mall is far from my favourite place but DD needed to exchange a ring we bought her. It was supposed to be a quick, in-and-out trip. Now, we've had a lot of snow so the lines in parking lots can't be seen. People sort of guess and do their best to keep straight parking lines of cars. Well.....SOME people. We go out to leave and see this...... we're the white van.....




And I can think of while this is happening is that it's a good thing I've already thought of my 2018 "resolution". Hubby was not as calm about it. Mad


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