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Especially at This Time of Year.
A holiday story as my gift to all of you.. HUGS.
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Date: 10/23/11 7:12 PM

This story is partly the tearjerker I promised last year before I got sick.. expanded somewhat now.
This is not a Panty Review story.. sorry. but I hope you all enjoy it nevertheless. I am sure there are parts of this story all can identify with. The holidays.. family.. food, and all the frustration that can build up.. And the Miracle that Christmas brings to us all.

For many of us. this has been a very rough year.. The worst on record for weather,, the bad economy.. the loss of loved ones.. both human and pets we loved so much.. So lets all hope and pray that next year will be better.. starting with the upcoming holidays. Perhaps we can all rescue the year yet if we determine now to see the year off best we can.

This story of course is fiction.. although some of YOUR names may.. or may not be mentioned.. .. No need to post on this thread at all btw. Just enjoy the story day by day.

So this is my part in making YOUR holidays happier .


Edited to ADD.. So many of you have indicated they would love to post on this thread. As you know in the past.. with my Panty Review stories.. I think the postings of the membership only added more fun to the story overall. And it was nice to know that you were enjoying my stories and having so much fun .. a lot of the contributions you made to those stories just made the thread . some were posts even better than what poorpigling could dream up.
I did not want anyone to feel they needed to post on this thread.. it was my gift to you all.. But on the other hand.. some would love to do so it seems.. Others are just relaxing with their coffee while reading this thread and would like to just follow the story as it was originally intended to play out..
In an effort to please all.. I had indicated on the rant thread that I would be breaking from the story over the weekends.. and would welcome all post at that time.. Then you could decide for yourself if you wished to post.. or could skip over the postings of others and go directly back to the story when I resumed it.
Many parts of this story we all have in common.. that was the intention of the story.. written so all could identify with the frustrations of the holiday.. And rememberance of their loved ones at this time of year.

So PLEASE feel free to post over the weekend.. Would love to hear your thoughts and feedback.. and perhaps stories of your family and holidays this time of year.
If you have any thoughts or better suggestions ..as always I am all ears.. except for my tail of course..
-- Edited on 10/26/11 3:11 PM --

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Date: 10/23/11 7:17 PM



Chapter One...............

Lynn looked up at her DH.. She could tell by the look on his face he was already concerned with her being up so late. Not irritated thank goodness.

She looked upwards to the sky and kept her eyes locked in that position so as to not look directly at him.. waiting for him to speak.

He waited her out.. and she waited him out.. and he won for once.

'' I know she said.. but no matter how many hours I put in .. you know I still will not be able to get everything I planned for the Holidays done before Christmas ''

And she continued '' its not like Halloween is going to wait on me to sew up these costumes for the children..''

And I still have the treats to see to.. and the party at the school ... I volunteered.. or at least let me put it this way.. I was volunteered''

'' Oh he replied to her. The kids volunteer YOU so they will be sure and get their favorite treats.. instead of taking chances with some other Mom.'' he laughed.

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Date: 10/23/11 7:22 PM


'' Nevertheless, you won't get anything done if you get ill .. so off to bed soon.. '' putting some emphases on soon.. although he doubted she would heed his words..

'' I will '', she answered.. Meaning not a word of it.. She knew it as did he..

He decided to give it one more shot.. '' You need to pace youself. Especially this time of Year''

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Date: 10/23/11 7:26 PM


''Hah,, You are just worried I might get ill again and you may have to bake the turkey ''

''No.. I wouldn't bother.. thats what the delis are for.'' he looked back at her..

'' Then why dear.. do I not get to buy a turkey from the deli '' she asked..

''''WHAT .. And ruin the tradition ?
''The smell, the watching of you preparing it all. while I sit and watch football its just tradition.. On the other hand .. if it was my job.. and you all wanted to have something edible.. then the deli would have to do.. ''

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Date: 10/23/11 7:31 PM

Hmphh.. she muttered under her breath..
Not that she too did not enjoy preparing the dinner. but it was work.. She too enjoyed the praises of her family for her efforts.
'' Too funny what you told our son last night.'' he added..

''Funny yes.. but I meant it ''

They both laughed together.. Her DS was concerned about their plans to have certain family members over .. Not family members they saw much.. and really did not care for either.. but after all .. they were family. And Thanksgiving is the time to have the family.. all the family over to give Thanks for all their blessings.. and in the back of their minds.. give Thanks that they do not get together more often..
In fact in her mind.. the entire reason for the bounty of food was so people would be stuffing their mouths instead of talking.. and the football was welcome if for no other reason then to drown out whatever anyone said..
Things could be tense at family gatherings.. Especially at this time of Year.




-- Edited on 10/23/11 7:32 PM --

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Date: 10/23/11 7:38 PM


He gave it one more try.. '' Lets go to bed''

''You go on Dear.. I want to check out Pattern Review real quickly. just in case poorigling has posted another story. '' She has been teasing about it all week.. and I want to catch it before the mods make her edit it..'' she laughed..

'' That pig is demented I say' Just look at her mug.. Obviously someone has took a swing at her.. She may even be in the Witness Protection Program.. ''

'' Not hardly dear.. No one in my life is that exciting. I think her nose is due to falling in her high heels''
''And being as you are a police officer.. I would think you would show her some professional courtesy..''

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Date: 10/23/11 7:40 PM


''If you aren't in bed in five minutes.. he warned. '' I may get a search and seizure subpoena of my own from Judge Franksdottir''

''Okay, Okay.. I may as well go to bed.. as you just lingered here just long enough to kill my mojo off anyhow. ''

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Date: 10/23/11 7:52 PM

Lynn looked down at her beloved Juki.. her Christmas present from last year. She was sure not only to turn it off.. but to unplug it as they were having the normal fall storms.
It was not quite the same she thought. The machine was beautiful to her.. and she loved it.. but the tradition of sewing on her grandmothers beloved featherweight was just part of Christmas to her. This would be the first year as far back as she could remember.. not sewing the childrens costumes on the Featherweight. Not sewing up the gift bags on the Rockateer.. Her grandmother had had some fabulous vintage machines.. and no new machine would ever replace the memories of her learning to sew at her grandmothers knee.
She shook it off. No use mourning what was a great loss to her. She missed her grandmother .. and could only speculate what had happened to those machines following her death over the summer. She vowed to look into it as soon as possible.
It just was not the same.. And she felt in her heart if she could find those machines they would be comfort to her during the first holidays without her Grandmother.
-- Edited on 10/23/11 7:54 PM --

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Date: 10/23/11 8:23 PM


Chapter Two..

Lynn stumbled out of bed.. stumbled over the dog bed.. stumbled over the clothes her DH had left on the floor.. and in general bumped just about all other objects within two feet of her as she stumbled into the kitchen for her coffee..

Talk about a bad night .. She may as well stayed up sewing.. as when the storms started the dogs woke her up ..in the middle of the night no less. Just about the time she had gotten asleep too.. sigh..
It was hard enough for her to sleep thru the nights as it was.. Didn't help the shift work her DH took on.. and the overtime he voluntarily did to help with the extra expenses this time of year brought on.

''Morning'' '' Are you making the coffee or shall I ? '' He would be chipper she thought.. he slept thru the whole night.. oblivious to all that she went thru trying to calm the dogs down and make sure the cat was inside during that storm.

'' I COULD make it .. but if you recall .. last week when I made it I forgot the filter.. the week before that I put water in twice.. so you tell me.. Do you feel lucky ?'' she glared at him..

''OUCH.'' he laughed.. I get the hint.. and besides. I already beat you to it.. I wanted time to have an extra cup as I will be pulling an extra shift tonight.. ""

Of course.. she thought .. as more storms were predicted. She would have to deal with the animals herself. but if she got lucky she could find some extra time to sew..





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Date: 10/23/11 8:27 PM


''So what do you have planned to keep you occupied today ? he inquired.

''What .. you mean besides the usual wiping the dog pee off the floors .''. as they would not go outside in the rain.. ''Washing all the linens.. and mopping all the floors. You know how fast the house goes downhill after a storm, and everytime the dogs do go in and out they bring more mud in with them.. and I still haven't looked out to see if there is any damage to the yard.. "

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