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Tuesday, with pics!

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The Shop Cat was still there this year, and still as ready to inspect all visitors as ever.

Shop Cat

One of the "Living Postcards" was Rusty, the pony who found the perfect Christmas tree - and promptly lost it! They had a hard time keeping the tree tied to Rusty's saddle, he always managed to scrape it off somehow.

Window

Another "Living Postcard" was this antique shop, where they made the cookies in the window, baked them in the back on one of the antique stoves, then gave out the freshly baked cookies at the door. They had fresh gingerbread, which we nibbled all the way to the carriage ride.

Window

This is the carriage ride and the horse who pulled us around to see the sights. It was getting dark by this point, so this was the last picture I took.

Carriage Ride

We finished at the Victorian Tea Room, with sandwiches, salads, cake, and lots of tea.

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  •  Tip Jar (14+ / 0-)

    All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

    by Noddy on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 09:20:06 PM PST

  •  My pootie LuvLee got her blood sugar checked (10+ / 0-)

    today at the vet's - and she passed with flying colors! I think the vet was kind of amazed at how well she's doing after just one week on insulin - and frankly, so am I. Also very grateful :)

    LuvLee is just glad to be home. Because they wanted 4 blood checks 2 hours, so they could track the sugar levels over time, I had to leave her all day. She was Nawt Happee about that, and when the vet called me to pick her up this afternoon, she was subtly hinting that they really wanted me to take my growling, hissing, spitting furball off their hands, lol.

    Nice pictures Noddy, looks like a nice way to bring in the holidays!

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    by jan4insight on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 10:01:56 PM PST

    •  hugs and scritches for luvlee (6+ / 0-)

      I'm SO glad she's doing better! And the fact that she was so angry with the vet is a sign of just how good she was doing. If she'd been lying there listless they would have been worried.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 04:21:48 AM PST

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      •  TY:) Yes she has quite a reputation (4+ / 0-)

        at this clinic, lol - she's the "opinionated" pootie.

        At she's been so chipper and bouncing around like a new pootie, I knew she was doing very well. I was just surprised & pleased at how good her blood stats were. I'm hoping this is sign that she might be one of the cats that go into remission & not need insulin after a while. Pooties are lucky, they can sometimes do that.

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        by jan4insight on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 08:14:03 AM PST

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  •  What a beautiful cat! (8+ / 0-)

    Mine now has antibiotics...but the vet was trying to check his heart and lungs, and Buddy the cat was purring loudly the whole time.

    So the vet really wasn't sure how sick Buddy is.

    However, everyone agreed that he is a wonderful, sweet cat.

    To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

    by Youffraita on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 11:24:08 PM PST

  •  good grief - SNOW! (8+ / 0-)

    has just shown up in the middle of the night, and is suddenly showing for the next (tonite)-day-nite-day! on teh NOAA.

    discovered this while closing up a bedroom window for the night; we use sheets of bubble insulation cut to exactly fit in the windows, held in with those little spring-loaded curtain rods? looking out the window as I reach and fiddle with rods and... !!

    enough to turn the closest neighbor's gray shingles white, that's all so far! no wonder it's so cold tonite. heat from bread baking this afternoon (one loaf, 15 hamburger buns); and from roasting chicken breasts in the fireplace (TALL Tuscan grill), has all been sucked out!

    first thing new owners should do in this place is re-insulate the attic space! well, half-a-dozen firsts, but by next winter anyway.

    hope all else who have snow tonite are snug enough!

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 12:44:38 AM PST

  •  Morning... (7+ / 0-)

    I got to sleep in until 4am YAY me.  I also stretched it by another 30 minutes, but still :) It isn't 3am (which is what it usually is).

    Work today, work tomorrow, and work Thursday, then off Friday-Sunday.

    Beyond that, am feeling kinda bleh this morning.  Not really keen on doing much of anything, including going to work, but I will be a good girl and go (meh) don't really wanna deal with the drama, but may as well.

    Nothing says your sorry like a dead bunny.

    by Caedy on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 01:46:50 AM PST

  •  Winter Storm Warning for Eastern Iowa. (5+ / 0-)
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    broths, FloridaSNMOM, Noddy, weck, old wobbly

    I've heard everything from 1.3 inches to a foot, with winds picking up to near-blizzard conditions, Wednesday evening into Thursday.  Was I really the one who said we needed snow this winter?!?  Alas, we do, but this is just rude for a first snowfall...

    Have a great day, all!

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 03:47:55 AM PST

  •  Good morning everyone! (4+ / 0-)
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    FloridaSNMOM, Noddy, weck, old wobbly

    43 and gloomy again.  Always gloomy.  We're supposed to get the winter storm tomorrow night through Thursday.  Don't know how much snow we'll get.

    Going to my beading group this morning, and doing errands.  I want to get everything done today and tomorrow so I can stay home and watch the snow Thursday.

    Have a good day.

    I am a work in progress. Still.

    by broths on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 04:13:18 AM PST

  •  Good morning... (4+ / 0-)
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    broths, Noddy, weck, Caedy

    Not quite light out, but I'm awake. All of you enjoying winter storm Draco... my son's first comment was "Wow, I'm a really big storm! And Fast and strong, cool!" Now keep in mind he's never been in a winter storm. I think he would have understood the ramifications better if it were a hurricane. For him, snow is wondrous and new and something he's only seen once (and that was flurries in Georgia which didn't even lay).

    Everyone stay warm and safe please :).

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 04:27:17 AM PST

  •  The bad weather will get to the Finger Lakes on (4+ / 0-)
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    Noddy, old wobbly, FloridaSNMOM, broths

    Thursday night and Friday.  Our weather prognosticators can't yet determine if the main weather will go north or south of us; if north, we get rain, but if south we will have a general snowfall and LES snow for a couple of days. I bet the teachers and kids are hoping for a snow day so they can begin xmas vacation early.

    Today is just windy and wet.  I'm assembling my xmas baskets; just waiting for the coffee to arrive, then decorating/wrapping begins!

    If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. & http://www.dailykos.com/blog/Okiciyap

    by weck on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 07:51:50 AM PST

    •  We don't get snow days (5+ / 0-)

      where I work. Even when the snow here was 3' deep, and the streets were closed, we still had to find a way to get to work.

      All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

      by Noddy on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 07:55:36 AM PST

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      •  We wouldn't close for three inches either, but (3+ / 0-)
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        Noddy, FloridaSNMOM, broths

        with enough wind, it is not safe, visibility wise, for the kids to get on the bus!  They think of closing things when the snow is likely to be 6-12 inches with wind during drive times.

        If the plows can't keep up, they close the roads to all but emergency travel, and folks get out their tractors, ATV's and snowmobiles to help others.

        We have a small bucket loader and a few push plows that we keep ready.  Sadly, we haven't needed them too much in recent years; it's sad because that is what drives our winter business at the shop.

        If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. & http://www.dailykos.com/blog/Okiciyap

        by weck on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 08:05:13 AM PST

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        •  That's 3 feet, (5+ / 0-)

          not 3 inches. We also didn't have snow plows when that first 3' snow came.  I think we now have 2 or 3 snow plows in the OKC area.

          We did have a few folks with tractors try to clear the roads, but a regular tractor plow isn't the same as a snow plow.

          Itzl

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          by Noddy on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 08:22:33 AM PST

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          •  We get the three feet storms about once every (3+ / 0-)
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            Noddy, FloridaSNMOM, broths

            10 years.  I broke my good glasses, using a back up pair today,  guess I better get a new pair (of cheaters!).

            If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. & http://www.dailykos.com/blog/Okiciyap

            by weck on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 08:38:29 AM PST

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