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I’ll Take that Bag for You

I spotted this when we were having all the fires and ash everywhere. I think this is a raccoon print. I think our yard is on the raccoon circuit. We spot them sometimes if we’re up really early.

Confession: I’m writing most of these posts in bursts and then scheduling for the different days. Sorry — I just can’t reliably post every day.

I am writing this almost the same day as I’m posting.

I finally got outside and did a bunch of raking. I put the leaves in the garden areas where I want to keep the cats out. I piled leaves around Percy (fig tree that is now three sticks and no leaves) and the blueberries. The lady at the nursery said we didn’t need to worry but landscaper Vu thought we should pile him with leaves.

The garden is about 90% put to bed. I yanked the last tomato plant and harvested any tomatoes I thought might have a chance. I found a couple pounds of carrots and a million pounds of beets out there. Oh, and potatoes.
There are always potatoes.

Everything has been cleaned and prepped. Next weekend I hope to make borscht and do a quick refrigerator pickled beets.

And I’m doing my Thanksgiving menu — this always sneaks up on me. It’s summer. Summer winds down. Then it’s the holidays.

I have been searching for a new backpack. It’s like buying a car. So many kinds and options. I found one I liked but the first three reviews all said it was no good in the rain. So then I tried filtering by rain-proof backpacks and found all these ugly bags for bike messengers. Then I found the perfect backpack and bookmarked to buy later and when I checked the store was closed. Finally, I checked Waterfield where I have purchased a fantastic laptop bag plus three laptop sleeves. It was a spendy backpack but I treated myself. I admired it when it arrived then I handed it to Bob to give to me for Xmas.

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Day 12: Twelve Days of Christmas with the Rentz Girls™

This is the card that the Xmas photo was pasted into. Instant classic!

I have to confess here that there’s a 3 year gap between the last photo and this one. My giant bag of photos doesn’t have the complete set. Sorry!

Do you ever look at old photos of yourself and you can hardly reconcile the photo with the person you are today? Look at those skinny brown legs.

That almost completes our show. I’m going to get a current photo of us at Christmas so you can see us in our middle-aged glory. That’s still to come.

Meanwhile, I’ll do a wrap-up for the holidays post and give you a great last minute gift idea tomorrow.

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Day 11: Twelve Days of Christmas with the Rentz Girls™

Huh, we didn’t go see Santa this year. I wonder why.

I think I still have that little button on my sweater. That dog is Ginger who went on to live with Grandma and Grandpa and was a terrific dog.

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Day 10: Twelve Days of Christmas with the Rentz Girls™

Only 2 exciting days left!

Don’t I look like I’m going to a job interview?

And doesn’t this Santa look sketchy? I’m sure I didn’t notice.

See that piece of paper in my hand? The previous year when I wrote Santa a letter, he handed it to one of the elves and said, “Put this in her file.”

I HAVE A FILE!?!?!?!?

So this year, I confidently handed Santa my letter and said: “For your file.”

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Day 9: Twelve Days of Christmas with the Rentz Girls™

That piece of paper in my hands? I decided to write Santa a letter with my Christmas list that I could hand him, so he’d have a written reference. He wouldn’t have to remember, or count on an elf to write it down correctly. Proof I have been ridiculously practical since the beginning of time.

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Day 8: Twelve Days of Christmas with the Rentz Girls™


Stripes and ponytails! No wonder Santa is making that face.

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Day 7: Twelve Days of Christmas with the Rentz Girls™


How come Santa is always looking at my sister in these photos. Although in this one, she is coming apart at the seams.

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Day 6: Twelve Days of Christmas with the Rentz Girls™


I’m wearing a white tie!

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Day 5: Twelve Days of Christmas with the Rentz Girls™

Don’t you love our tights?

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Day 4: Twelve Days of Christmas with the Rentz Girls™

Already working the double chin.

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