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Old 12-24-2015, 10:30 AM   #1429
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Merry Christmas to all....

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And to you, Vince.


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Old 12-24-2015, 01:09 PM   #1431
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Maggie,
your wood stove looks so warm and welcoming!

Please feel free to download stressors here Maggie. We are all here for you! You are in need....we are here. This is why your thread is so popular. I read here every morning . Bless you. Evelyn.
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Old 12-24-2015, 01:24 PM   #1432
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Maggie we send you good wishes for the holidays.

We also send you good energy for tough people. Remember they are who they are and you can't change them.

You however, are MAGGIE and not anyone can be you. As more time passes you have weathered more storms, hiked steeper terrains, carried heavier loads, put more tools in your bag!

Some silly insecure relatives can open those closet doors, push those buttons and poke at you with sharp tongues but they will likely no longer get the responses they hope for.

Because you are Maggie, and you no longer have to react to their silliness.

Easier said than done but you've gone a long hard way lately and we'll sit and drink with you later.

Go Team Maggie!!!
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Old 12-24-2015, 01:52 PM   #1433
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Thank you, ladies....you are so sweet.

I do believe that more than just Maggie has benefited from the sharing on this thread, which is a big part of why I keep doing just that.

It goes back out in spades....our strength is collective, and we all draw from it.

Although, selfish as it often feels, this thread is a wonderful and always-present repository for me...for so many life things, and I appreciate tremendously all of you who read, connect and share....on this thread and off, thru pm's, emails, and the sometimes silent encouragement and support which comes thru so strongly.

A great group here.

You know, since Doug has died I have been less willing to keep throwing emotional energy into people who have nothing to give back.

I have disengaged a bit, and stepped back emotionally somewhat from those I must deal with but who seem to revel in being unkind and poking with sharp sticks. Some family, and a few others. It has helped tremendously, to be more out of reach.

I am now the primary emotional caregiver of me, and some things I tolerated with his support I now insulate myself from with that emotional distance.

It may not be the healthiest thing, but it's what I've got to work with.

And, as we all know from ourselves, our friends, and those who share here.....that's often what most of us deal with. Very few near-perfect family systems out there....more often pulling more from us than they have to give back.

Who knows why, and does it really matter, I guess. Some people never seem to mature emotionally, nor to even really try. We each have to get thru it as best we can, put one foot ahead of another and try to find our way.

I am fortunate to have really great kids, and others in my world who give what some cannot, and that has made all the difference.

Okay, getting rather sentimental here.

Love you guys, and thank you.


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We have some "sausage bread" made with fresh loaf, Venison, pork and beef sausage briwned and simmered in Red Wine vinegar, little sugar and Texas Zinfadel wine... Placed on the rolled out loaf, covered with shredded sharp cheddar... And decorated with some Mexican pickles (ja-lop-Enos).. Roll up and pinch down center and bake till bread is done... Remove and let cool to eating temp, then slice to thumb width slices...

Keeps in fridge for a few days!!!! Nuke it 30 seconds for a quick pick me up....

Goes well with... Texas Zinfadel!!!! Merry Ckristmas!!!!
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Maggie,

That disengagement comes with age and experience, and makes one quiet. More to listen and to understand. More to separate and see more clearly...

It does not mean anything else, merely to seek understanding.

Age is a gift that God gives us.

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We have some "sausage bread" made with fresh loaf, Venison, pork and beef sausage briwned and simmered in Red Wine vinegar, little sugar and Texas Zinfadel wine... Placed on the rolled out loaf, covered with shredded sharp cheddar... And decorated with some Mexican pickles (ja-lop-Enos).. Roll up and pinch down center and bake till bread is done... Remove and let cool to eating temp, then slice to thumb width slices...

Keeps in fridge for a few days!!!! Nuke it 30 seconds for a quick pick me up....

Goes well with... Texas Zinfadel!!!! Merry Ckristmas!!!!
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That disengagement comes with age and experience, and makes one quiet. More to listen and to understand. More to separate and see more clearly...

It does not mean anything else, merely to seek understanding.

Age is a gift that God gives us.

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Black i.e. Is doing fine as a trailer dog. More challenging is getting her to get along with the resident dogs and one other canine visitor. She has a lot to learn, having been only dog and yard dog most of her life. Grandkids woke us well before dawn and presents were opened with much excitement.

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Merry Christmas.

Family dynamics can be a disappointment only if we let them do so.

You have really learned the important lessons of life and the one I use most often is setting my boundaries and non-association with those that just want to stir the pot.

Your level of happiness is tied to your giving of yourself to the grandkids, which is wonderful.

Hope you have a wonderful day.

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Maggie,
Your goodness and kindness will remain long after the nastiness of those others wilts away like a rotten fruit on a dead tree. Tolerance of mean or thoughtless bullies grows shorter with age and experience. It is not necessary to duck one's head in deference to a bully!

If 'mean kids' don't get the reaction they seek they are defeated. I feel negative people only berate and antagonize good people...in an effort to feel superior.....and fail miserably! I'm sure there are times when it is necessary to allow them to be in our presence, especially If they are family.

I recently told one, who could not be silenced by more polite measures...."I feel sad for you that your life is so miserable that you must hurt others to make yourself feel better. I would not want to be you. Bless your heart." She said not another word!


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