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Elizabeth got a new collar, isn't she adorable!
The kids were thrilled with the weather the last few days
When it's 74 degrees in December, you've got to have a popsicle!
 
We stayed outside almost the whole day.
Everyone had to get air in their tires,
and then ride bikes.
Our favorite aunt sent some jump ropes in a goody box recently.
AJ kind of does a hop over the rope when it hits the ground, but he sure had fun trying!
He's very sweet to Butterball.
While they played, I painted this.
It has been on my "to do" list for over a year.
I'm surprised the window survived in the shed that long without getting broken.
I thought it turned out pretty well, considering the writing and layering colors was done in reverse, on the back of the glass.
Now my long hallway wall doesn't look so naked.
This same day, a week ago, it was 20 degrees.  Our heat pump stopped working the evening before.  I was pleasantly surprised that the next morning, the inside temp was only down to 54 degrees; pretty good for an old house.
We all have goose down comforters.  The boys had our bathroom space heater in their room, girls were in the den (separate unit) and DH and I snuggled under an electric blanket.
Back when we re did the plumbing, the contractor ran a gas line for a supplemental heater.  We got busy with other things and never installed a heater.  While our HVAC guy was here, we had him drill a hole in the floor and put a valve on the gas line. DH ordered a heater from Amazon, and now we have emergency/supplemental heat.  
I convinced DH to get a portable rather than a wall mount.  With the flexible hose, we can move it out into the room a little when in use.  
Best of all, it only has to stay here a few months out of the year, and then can be stored in the garage.  The rest of the year I will only have to look at a small valve sticking up by the baseboard.




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