Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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December 18, 2013

Busy baking and preparing (or maybe not this year) for the holidays

I can just smell your kitchens right now as you are busy getting all those candy and cookies and other goodies baked, made, and hid away from hungry fingers so that you will have a good supply for all of your many festivities.

I do more baking this month, I think, than I do all the rest of the year. I have some things I want to take to parties, etc., plus I want some for my family when we get together.

It always makes me feel good when I can take something that everyone else likes. Maybe it’s an “ego” thing. I always like to leave things for my family after we leave so they can help me eat them up.

Would you believe I haven’t put up that first decoration this year? I don’t think my family will be here and why put up things that nobody will see? Maybe I have turned into Scrooge. We always go out and cut our own tree, and this year the weather just hasn’t cooperated for us to do that. I didn’t feel like carrying up my decoration tubs from the basement, so we will just have to enjoy everyone else’s decorations.

I was dreaming of a white Christmas until I heard the weather forecast for later on this week. With temperatures in the upper 40s, I imagine all the white will disappear. I’m hoping the roads will be clear for travelling. With family on the road, I’m always on edge when the snow comes.

With Christmas coming in the middle of the week, it makes it easier to go away ourselves rather than making our family travel for such a short time when they have to go back to work the day after.

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