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Believe it or not, I am writing this to you the eve before Christmas Eve and it is raining cats and dogs outside!!! I still have my hopes high for snow on Xmas; just a light decorative snow, nothing dangerous or too lingering. Since you will not read this until after Christmas, I will now wish you a very Happy New Year and hope that all of you are enjoying your holiday so far.

For some reason, I am predicting that 2015 will be quite an interesting year; always wishing for a more prosperous one for all of us, but my karma says one way or another, it's gonna be a doosey!!!!

My hubby, JD, says that I don't like to think before I speak. I like to be just as surprised as everyone else by what comes out of my mouth !! Unfortunately, he just might be close to being right!! I truly love writing this column and being in touch with all of you. Our little chats are always so important to me. And then, combining the creation of The Short Mountain Trading Post and seeing so many folks enjoying it just seals the deal of happiness for me!! Thanks to all of you who visit us and have become such an important part of our family!!

Speaking of family, Uncle Festus has now taken up astrology and cloud reading. He tells us what figures he sees in the cloud shapes and goes on and on to the point of ridiculous. Finally, I said to him, I wonder if clouds ever look down on you and say: Hey, look, that one is shaped like an IDIOT.

What else do you say to someone who calls piglets: bacon bits !

Then there's cousin Clyde who brags about making it to 8th grade and has collected unemployment since. He said he loved science class, but that four out of three people struggle with math. Good grief, I'm telling you, Clyde is the kind of person who wears camouflage all the time because since he had people walk right into him, he knew it worked. He has this thing about being the Invisible Man. I think he's a Mad Man, myself.

Ok, Ook, I know, I need to speak kinder of my relatives since it is the holidays but when they are over, I will be back to bustin' loose on those two!!

I did hear something cute the other day from Aunt Clara who swears up and down that all the reindeer that pulls Santa's sleigh are female. She says, Think about it Savannah. Only women would be able to drag a fat man in a red velvet suit all over the world in one night and not get lost! Way to go Aunt Clara, that was a good one!! Cousin Martha merely replied What does Santa call reindeer that don't work? Dinner!

Hey, these gals are pretty good at this.....
Well, my friends, I will close for now and sit down for a big chat next week with all of you very soon. Concentrate on positive thoughts regarding our new year coming up and may the Force be with you. My son, an avid Star Wars fan, asked me to say this....)! Be safe, love each other and be a good neighbor to all.
HUGS, Savannah

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