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January 04, 2016

The start of winter in Manchester, VT

Coop Girl Dorilla

We took the weekend off!!  Best. Weekend. Ever.  Nothing spectacular happened, no exciting news, it was just nice to have 3 days in a row where we didn't have any obligations.  And it actually felt like 3 days rather than zipping on by.

We did not stay up on New Year's Eve to watch the ball drop.  We were in bed by 10:30.  Party poopers, I know.  Friday we spent doing nothing.  Finally!!  Ok, we did get a few things done around the house and I made all 3 meals plus did dishes and laundry, then read a book, but other than that, nothing.

We decided to go walk around the outlets in Manchester, Vermont on Saturday.  It was a bit cold, but not too bad, and nice clear skies.  Walking around town was nice although there are a LOT of empty buildings.  I'm not sure what's going on with that.  I was looking for only 2 things in particular and J for 1.  He found his item and I found one of my two items {black shoes} and a great deal on a few sweaters and long sleeve t-shirts at the Pendleton outlet.  I couldn't find a new handbag, which is what I really had hoped to find.  They are all so enormous now which just doesn't interest me.

By the time we got home the boys needed a bit of attention, so we loaded them up and took them to the state park.  A bit of walking {or supervising, if you ask Oliver} and then it was feeling chilly so we loaded back up and on to Grandma's house.  Oliver and Emerson tore through the house while J put together her new chair.  We loaded everyone back up and headed home for a quiet and relaxing evening. 

Sunday was all about cleaning.  Cleaning and purging.  Instead of just cleaning the tops of the old chest in our bedroom, for instance, we went through it {and then cleaned the top}.  It felt good - J found things he'd been looking for and I found things I didn't realize I still had which meant it was time to let go of those items.  The cats thoroughly enjoyed the clean & purge activity because it meant more boxes to test out, more clothing to lay on and a whole lot of "helping". 

The Coop Girls did not at all enjoy this weekend.  They felt it was too cold and opted to stay inside most of the time.  They always post a look-out at the top of the ramp that leads from their indoor coop to the first outdoor coop.  This way, if we are headed toward their area with anything in our hands, the look-out gives a call and they can all rush out to patiently wait for any yummy treats we may be bringing.  They are so much like dogs in that respect, completely food driven.

Winter has indeed arrived as the temp's were a "warm" 14 degrees during the day today.  I'm okay with cool temps, just hoping the ice is kept at bay a bit longer.

Hoping you all had a wonderful {and long} weekend too!

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