The Thirteen Days of Train-Mas (my annual December vaca) has now come and gone. Did I actually accomplish everything that I wanted to do?

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I don't know if I'm getting responsible in my old age or what, but for the first time in my life, I had oil delivered back in the month of May. Usually, I have a near dry tank come October and the first night that dips in the 30's I twist the thermostat with my fingers crossed.

This year, I had enough oil to get me into December and I think I'll continue this new tradition. Hacking into the brambles, weeds and shrubbery in front of the oil valve was much easier now that they were dried out and killed by the frost weeks ago. WIN WIN.

The photo of me standing in a foot of snow was taken just a few minutes ago. I wouldn't have done that unless I had my trusty new dry KEEN winter boots that I got at Bootleggers Footwear in Gonic.

Just for fun, last week, I stood in a small puddle to check their ability to remain dry and warm and was amazed that not one drop seeped into them. INCREDIBLE!

The path to the oil and the new boots were both accomplished on Day One so that left me with 12 days to Christmas shop and break my quarantine record.

I went from Friday at 2pm until Tuesday at 10 AM for a grand total of 92 straight hours of lockdown. I honestly don't know how people can do that consistently, but I guess, just like everything else, you get used to it. Finishing my Christmas shopping helped break up the boredom, but not as well as sports gambling and bourbon!

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