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Three gratitudes:

     My mom's timing for her phone call on Saturday was perfect, as I was ready to smash my computer in lieu of being able to strangle Vue for wrecking the picture I was working on. I was feeling better by the time I got off the phone, even after realizing that my 'save' entailed having to redo Friday night's work. Thankfully, the software behaved after that, and I was able to finish the Christmas Day version of the Advent picture today--and no more corrupt files or mutated hyarmi cubs, either. Whew!

     Finally got my tree decorated Saturday evening, not that it took long considering how small it is! Probably only used half my ornaments. Here's a photo for the curious.

     Most of all, I'm grateful for safe travel today. I underestimated how quickly the roads would deteriorate after the piddling half-inch or so of snow that fell early this morning, and made an impressive spin in my car after crossing the overpass. Very grateful I didn't go into the ditch (a long slide in that location) and that the roads were a bit better coming back from church.
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On December 21st, 2009 06:53 am (UTC), brezzydal commented:
Very glad to hear you made it home safely. Things can happen so quickly
when it comes to driving in winter weather.

So good to hear Vue finally cooperated and you got your picture done.
The picture is so cute with the two cubs and all those presents look so

Your tree is cute but too skinny for me.
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On December 21st, 2009 02:33 pm (UTC), shout_of_joy replied:
Certainly can! I'm glad today's weather is good, but I'm dreading Christmas Eve right now, since it looks like we're going to get a storm for that and Christmas Day. It's going to be a VERY white Christmas, that's for sure! =)

Thanks for checking out the picture! I'm glad you like it.

They had some 'portly' trees for the same price I think you might have liked. Really can't hang much on a skinny tree, and the branches were a little more weak than I'd expected. But I'm certainly enjoying it.
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On December 21st, 2009 05:43 pm (UTC), diapers4three commented:
::hugs:: So glad you made it home safely, too!

And you're tree looks fabulous to me! That Brezzydal lady is pretty funny when it comes to Christmas trees! ;)
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On December 21st, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC), shout_of_joy replied:
Re: eeks!

=) I'm sure your husband has mentioned just how long it would take for her to find the 'perfect' tree when we were kids...and the time we went without her and found it in less than two minutes!
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On December 23rd, 2009 02:14 am (UTC), silvanime commented:
I'm so glad to hear that you are safe. And also very glad that it's not me driving on those icy roads. I hope that you stay safe while the conditions are bad.

The tree looks very lovely! That star on top looks positively radiant. I still haven't managed to get a top ornament for my tree yet. I haven't found any I like.
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On December 23rd, 2009 02:26 am (UTC), shout_of_joy replied:
Thanks! I am really dreading having to drive to and from work on Thursday; I'll be acting like a slow 'granny' on the road, that's for certain!

I like the star, but it really is too bright at times, I can nearly read by its light alone! There were a few years where my mom and I couldn't find any nice star toppers, but now they appear to be more common, at least at the local business where we did a lot of Christmas shopping.