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Another cold snap and now warmer, it’s hard to know how to dress for the current weather. Having the southern sunshine is great though, helping us with vitamins we need and lifting our spirits.
Ron and I are thrilled with having our heat installed so promptly by Patterson Heating/Air, making our home once again comfortable. It was a joy and pleasure dealing with such a professional company; if they said they’d call you right back, they did.
Last week, on a really cold day, a neighbor had a burn pile going. I don’t know what they were burning, but it sent tiny black bits through to our house in showers. We noticed them as we got into the car, all over our coats, gloves, water bottles, and dashboard. Lucky for us it was a one-day burn.
Hope you all had a super Thanksgiving with your loving families, enjoying delicious dishes and that extra piece of pie. Luckily I learned to like sweet potatoes some years back (courtesy of Nelda Hayes) and realized that I really enjoy the pumpkin pie. I found it very “Moreish.”
Now we look forward to the Christmas season and the traditional cookies, pies, cakes, and wonderful turkey. I love the smells of Christmas cooking when they can permeate the house, like they did while I was growing up. Then on the days of leftovers, I usually had a small pot on the stove with spices and scented candles throughout the house. I keep reminding myself that I should check on the candles often, as we live in a heart pine house.
Speaking of which, the heat installer, Paul, found that one of our breakers in the fuse box was arching, and the breakers had double the safe load. The more we have done around here, the more we know that we had an electrician that winged all he did. I’ll bet many maintenance workers know more about that work than the former city worker did; lucky for the public that he changed professions.
When I was quite young, my grandparents had little clamp holders for 2.5-inch candles, and they were the Christmas tree lights; none of the family seemed to give a thought to the possibility of a fire starting. These days we are very cautious about lights and the safety of using them. I know many have already put up the Christmas decorations, inside, outside and on the mailbox.
This COVID-19 will be like the flu it seems, always around. Of course we have a choice in Alabama on getting the booster (third) vaccination or not. We do know from the good doctors that for older folks and seniors with serious health issues, getting COVID-19 makes the infection worse, and recovery can be a long and painfully debilitating road for survivors.
I don’t recall seeing live Christmas trees in town; I love the scent of live ones. Apparently, they must be hard to procure or ship, or more likely folks are leaning more towards the ready-trimmed and lighted trees. Some of the fake ones look really good. Before Thanksgiving I saw some baby real trees in pots, nicely shaped and for a table top at about 2-and-a-half feet, and at a cost of $34.
I am so proud we live here in this part of the great South. Folks are friendly, kind, courteous, and we all get along, hardly ever having really bad crimes. If it weren’t for the bad drugs out there now, crimes would really be at a minimum; I’m sure of that.
Be careful when shopping for gifts, checking out several places. We are giving only a few gifts this year and cutting down the number of Christmas cards, which I must get busy on in the next few days.
Most children are now counting the days until Christmas; it is such a joyous time for the young ones and large families that gather.
Until next week.
Remember, if you have news to share or a celebration, just call me at 256-234-0957 or send me a short email to Smanorlady@gmail.com. I will be happy to share with the readers.