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Old 03-03-2016, 08:40 AM   #1919
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I thought the winds had died down, but it was only momentary.

In Ireland, they would call these "gale force winds". The last time we were there, we were in a snowstorm with just such winds.

We have had a long beach walk, regardless, and I am starting to accumulate a nice pile of shells suitable for candles.

The large, beautiful, scallop shells I found so many of last year are mostly eluding me thus far, but other, deep, pretties are finding their way to me.


Today is March 3rd, and two years ago at this time we were working our way in the Interstate toward St. Marys, GA.


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Old 03-04-2016, 08:12 AM   #1920
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It was a dark and stormy night....and we awoke to small lagoons around us in the campground.

The wind..again..seems to have died down, which will be a relief....if it lasts.

I try not to complain about the weather, but.....sometimes it is tiresome in its persistence of unwanted effects.

Lily is so exhausted from walking and beach runs that, by 6pm or so, she is asking for her last potty break and then crashed til morning as soon as I have the bed out....where I like to recline to read and/or watch tv of an evening. A pooped pup is a good thing.

In between walks, I am working on prayer shawls to turn into the Hospice center when I get home....this yarn is called Easter Basket, I think. Soft and pretty.

Hoping for a wind-calm day....


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Old 03-04-2016, 08:43 AM   #1921
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Both our girls are certified Therapy Dogs, we recently expanded our visits to several Hospice facilities. Tough to visit, and not to my surprise, but a surprise to Alice and the folks who work there is both dogs "know". Those close to the end of life our black Abby will not go in the room, she we found out is afraid of death - long story. The yellow Hopey goes in and acts differently, calmly places her head in their laps or if on the bed rests her head near theirs until they can reach over and pet her.

Someone in our area makes the prayer shawls for Hospice, many of the folks really love them, and anything is greatly appreciated by them we have come to find out. It's a great deal of comfort you provide those in Hospice - Nice

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Old 03-04-2016, 09:14 AM   #1922
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I like to think the shawls provide some comfort...tho from strangers, they are a gesture of compassion, and I believe we all should do something.

Doug and I used to say "we give/gave at the office", when people would suggest we do community volunteer work.

We just did not have excess emotional reserves for our off time, doing what we did, where we did it , and especially as we were both also raising children and maintaining households.

There is only just...so...much...of one to go around, and I went above and beyond for my clients, anyway. It was the right thing to do, and they always appreciated it.

And so....now, I crochet, and it is enough.


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During my nursing years, I was saddened to see that so many family and friends withdrew from patients.....at a time their support and love was most needed. Some did not seem to possess a nurturing spirit or compassion for those in their last days of life.

These patients were starved for some kindness and compassion....even from strangers. In nursing homes , hospice centers, on the days therapy animals came to visit, patients were happy for the attention. They would cry, asking the handlers to linger....just a little longer. The therapy dogs, cats, even a Lamma seemed to sense the need in those patients the most.

Bud, you provide a much needed service in your therapy dogs, and Maggie, your gifts of love are treasured by those who receive them. God bless you both. Evelyn.
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Old 03-04-2016, 03:08 PM   #1924
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If it were me, or a loved one, I would appreciate that someone took the time to make a shawl and donate it...I have to believe most others would feel the same.

it is a good day for shelling at Edisto Beach...found my first sand dollar for this trip, also three of these in varying color and sizes...gave the sand dollar and the two larger of these away, kept this one for myself.

Came back to my site to find someone had left 4 tangerines on my picnic table.

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Old 03-04-2016, 03:16 PM   #1925
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The weather here has improved...
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beautiful shell there Maggie... and looks like you've worn lily out compeltely!!!! keep having fun!!! hugs and love
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Maggie:

The folks we meet love the shawls, some don't even know what they are or from where they came, but they cling to them. Your work is cherished by those who receive it, I've seen their reactions. Evelyn, you are right we seldom see families visiting when we go and staff will guide us to rooms where no one visits.

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The Hospice Center has volunteers who visit patients without family, and they want me to do that...with Lily...but I don't know that I will ever be ready to take that on...to visit the dying.

Volunteers who don't crochet can do that, I figure.

I have taken things to the county nursing home at Christmas several times, who always have a too-large number of patients without family and/or friends to visit them.

It is hard to imagine being alone in the world.

Another beautiful day in the offing, and the winds still are calm.


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Maggie, you are correct in your hesitation. I did home health nursing for hospice patients for 6 months after Lynn died. It was some of most emotional nursing that I did out of all, rarely left one without having a good cry in my car afterwards. It did eventually take a toll, as I was unable to separate my patients from my off duty time. I am glad I did it, though. Evelyn.
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The winds have picked up again....but, we have had three good walks, two on the beach.

As I call her back when she heads toward the dunes, Lily has also taken to looking with me at the shells that cover the shore here.....pawing at piles lightly, wandering on, pawing gently some more...what's in here that is so interesting? she seems to be thinking.


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Evelyn, I believe that we in helping professions have to care to do our jobs well....and then, sometimes, we care too much and have to search and find an effective way to do both.

I still, always, preferred to care. It's what separates the wheat from the chaff.


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Caring too much is a danger. I know of several friends in the nursing profession who cared too much and got into relationships with men who took advantage of them. The men wanted a mother rather than a partner. One needs to establish limits.
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