Early Christmas gifts at our house...

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Marte Cliff Copywriting

The last few weeks have been SO busy – and part of that “busy” was orchestrating the installation of something I’ve wanted for a long time: a Kohler generator that comes on automatically to power our house, shop, and barn any time the power goes out.

No more relying on a little generator that ran only the lights and refrigeration. No more calling it a night early because the power goes off after my husband is snoring. (No – I never wanted to fool with that generator.) No more running to town for another can or two of gas because the power is staying off for a while.

Getting it done wasn’t easy, simply because these generators have become so popular. We first contacted the dealer in July, and it wasn’t until November when he could get us on the schedule. And then it took more days before we could get the propane tank installed and get it up and running.

While that was a planned purchase and no surprise- it does feel like an early Christmas gift.

But then I got something even better.

I have a cousin who is several years older than me, so I never got well acquainted with her.

However, her Mother and I became good friends after we children were all grown. When my Aunt needed to live with family, she went to live with Carolina – out of state - but we stayed in touch with letters and cards. When she passed away, Carolina took over sending me a card each Christmas.

This year that card contained a gift – two photos of my Dad. There aren’t many, so eachMarte's Dad is precious to me.

As you can tell from the car, this is an oldie!

Not surprisingly, both photos include fish! My Uncle once told me that my Dad was always happy as long as his fishing line was wet – and now I have a son who follows in those footsteps. I wish my Dad had lived long enough to fish with him, but that was not to be.

I called Carolina immediately to say thanks, and I’ve promised to send copies of the few photos that I have, along with some of my Mom. We’ve also determined to get together next summer when she and her husband are up this way.

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Rainmaker
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
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Good evening Marte. This is such a lovely post. I have a cousin who is 12 years older and we have become close now too. Merry Christmas.

Dec 21, 2019 04:49 PM #1
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Kathy Streib
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Marte- receiving the photos of your dad is a treasured gift!!! And, yes a mega-house generator. When we were in Delray Beach during Hurricane Irma we were fortunate enough to stay at our friend's house who has one. Thank goodness!!!!!

Dec 21, 2019 06:09 PM #2
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
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Both gifts are really great Marte Cliff  I've always wanted one of those generators and I think I only have about 3 pictures of my father.

Dec 21, 2019 06:15 PM #3
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Bob Crane
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Hi Marte,  Wonderful, meaningful gifts - that will keep on giving throughout the year.  I don't know how Santa will be able to top those gifts.

Dec 21, 2019 06:58 PM #4
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Marte Cliff
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Sheila Anderson Yes - connecting a bit more with Carolina is another sort of gift.

Kathy Streib Now that we're covered, the power may not go out all winter, but that's OK. Isn't the purpose of "insurance" to keep from having to use it? Considering the past, however, I expect it will get some use. At any rate, it will be handy next summer when the power company does one of their planned outages.

And the pictures - priceless!

Dec 21, 2019 11:04 PM #5
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Marte Cliff
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Bob "RealMan" Timm I don't know why there are so few pictures of my Dad, but there sure aren't many. I don't think any I had before are as old as this one.

Bob Crane You're right - Santa can't top those!

Dec 21, 2019 11:07 PM #6
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Marte- - -"connections"  of many kinds indeed.  I like the photograph and the accompanying fish story that is totally believable.   Also enjoy that generator. 

Dec 22, 2019 04:40 AM #7
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
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Hi Marte... photos like the ones of your Dad are simply so precious. I've been trading some with a childhood friend in Candad. Her Mother and mine were roommates at university in the late 1930's in Lithuania. Her Mother died a year ago (mine 20 years ago) and she's been sorting her Mother's photos many of which include mine and me.

Dec 22, 2019 06:07 AM #8
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
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Good morning, Marte Cliff what a beautiful story about your father and how you received those photos.... and I'll bet your son loved hearing about the fishing!!

Dec 22, 2019 06:16 AM #9
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Hi Marte, 

Pictures of your dad are priceless. Merry Christmas!

Dec 22, 2019 10:38 AM #10
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Marte Cliff
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Michael Jacobs It will be quite wonderful not to think "Oh no" when the lights start to flicker. And yes, many of my memories of being with my Dad are of being on the bank of some creek.

Nina Hollander How wonderful for both of you!

 

Dec 22, 2019 11:07 AM #11
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Marte Cliff
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Barbara Todaro My son has been hearing about that I think since he was old enough to hold a fishing pole. My husband also loves to fish, so he and the boys spent a lot of time at it when they were young - and they still take an annual trip to a lake in Montana where they camp and fish for several days. Chad is just the most dedicated of them - he'll go out fishing when the weather keeps most of us indoors.

Dec 22, 2019 11:10 AM #12
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Marte Cliff
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE® Yes they are. A Merry Christmas to you too!

Dec 22, 2019 11:11 AM #13
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I also have a very limited number of photographs of my father. He passed away in 1965. 

Enjoy the security and comfort provided by your new generator.

Dec 22, 2019 12:26 PM #14
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Marte Cliff
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Thanks Roy Kelley - when our power went out for 4 hours yesterday I was very happy to have a generator that came on automatically after just a few seconds. Talk about luxury!!

Jan 01, 2020 12:51 PM #15
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