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Old 03-09-2016, 05:32 PM   #1961
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Maggie it's actually the cat walking the human.
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Old 03-09-2016, 06:19 PM   #1962
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Actually, it's the cat walking it's servant/staff member. 😄


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I read your post about Doug & although I know today has to be incredibly difficult I am glad to hear it is a better for you than last year. I'll pm you about coming down Saturday for a walk with you & Lily. We can load up in my car & you ladies can show me the shell inlet!

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Old 03-09-2016, 11:40 PM   #1964
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Maggie, Deb's cat, a mainecoon, bigger than our little dogs...loves to go for walks in our neighborhood, on leash. The kids come out to pet him and he loves it.

Thoughts are with you for tomorrow. Bless you. Evelyn.
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Old 03-10-2016, 05:24 AM   #1965
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Thanks, ladies.

Much, much less agonizing than last year, tho I watched the time and there were several...this time 2 years ago.

Twinges of pain, sadness, loss.

I have integrated the experience into my being, is the truth. Part of me and my sum total to date, no longer threatening to overtake and overwhelm me as in the beginning. Thank goodness. Life happens.

Looking forward to seeing you, Jane, and thanks for taking time out of tax season to drive down here. .


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Old 03-10-2016, 06:11 AM   #1966
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I want to say this....

I determined in that first year that my new, permanent identity...without my beloved husband and life partner of 27 years...would not be grieving widow.

I grieved, I mourned, I did all the widow tasks. I worked hard at accepting something I could not change, and in making the transition from loving him in presence to loving him in absence.

I simply could not be immobilized indefinitely by Doug's sudden, and traumatic, death. It's just not who I am.

My hard-wired, soldiering on, getting thru it and out the other end mentality that has gotten me thru more than one traumatic event in my life has brought me to a better place 2 years later.

With the support of close family and friends...and, of course, my friends here.

I miss him differently now. I love him, cherish him and our years together, but am working to become my own person who hopefully has a lot of life left in her years.

We all grieve differently. Sitting in whatever brand of misery that has descended has never been my thing.

You get up, put one foot ahead of the other, do your part every day, look up and be grateful for what is still good in your life, and carve... yourself...a way...out of it.

I am still in the becoming phase, but closer this year than last.

It has worked for me. It is me.


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Old 03-10-2016, 06:34 AM   #1967
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Well said, Maggie. And more importantly, well done. I've learned from your example as I follow essentially the same path.
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Old 03-10-2016, 07:06 AM   #1968
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There are 3 children gone missing near here, last seen about 5 pm last night, and all under the age of 5 years.

Please pray for their safety and that rescuers find them soon.


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Old 03-10-2016, 09:20 AM   #1969
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Success!

For the first time since buying the new and improved...now modified...sewer hose, I have dumped my holding tanks without any leaking or spillage!

Altho my black tank gauge was still green , when I flushed the toilet last night I could see...ahem...liquids not far below.

Off to the dump station this morning, bracing myself with my head against the Interstate and both hands/arms engaged, I got that ------- attachment head on and tight.

It is bigger and bulkier than the cheaper one, and a real pia for me to get properly in place.....me with the not strong hands. I'm sure I was a sight. Yikes.

I wanted to do a victory dance right there at the dump station.

I can do it all.....yes..I..can.


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Old 03-10-2016, 10:14 AM   #1970
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Yeah Maggie, anybody in line behind you would have probably recognized the dump dance.

A bread question for you. Going to make some bread loaves for an Easter morning celebration. Will bake them Saturday so they (and me) have time to rest.

When I'm at the bread rising stage is a plastic bowl with a lid acceptable for cover or should I stick with the Saran/stretch wrap. Currently using the saran wrap but I never get it sealed well. So i usually lay a dish towel over it also. Does the dough need to breath while rising.
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The dough does need to breathe while it "works", you don't want an airtight seal.

I use an elastic bowl cover, the kind you buy in packs of 6-8 in the plastic bag section of the grocery store. They are inexpensive, and perfect.

Or, cover with Saran and just lay a towel or lid on top of that.

Post me a picture.


My sweet neighbor ladies have left this morning, and I sent with them some shell candles.

Nice women, very genuine people. I enjoyed them.

The 4,3 & 2 year old children are still missing....they were playing outside alone. There will be some trouble from that.


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It is bigger and bulkier than the cheaper one, and a real pia for me to get properly in place.....me with the not strong hands. I'm sure I was a sight. Yikes.

Me too on the weak hands thing. Here's a possible solution.

I can't take credit for this idea--stole it from one of Foiled Again's suggestions. Get a strap wrench. Amazon has several available, as will any other tool seller. Just do a search for one, and be sure it has the capacity to go around your hose connector. I just bought one to add to my trailer's dump tool collection.
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Old 03-10-2016, 11:22 AM   #1973
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News bulletin, posted 30 minutes ago...

Three children reported missing from their homes in a swampy area of rural South Carolina were found safe Thursday morning at a nearby home, sheriff's deputies said.

Thank goodness. I am sure there is more to this story.


That's an idea, Mimi, tho twisting it into place is not the problem, it is getting the damn thing on that is such a problem.

I have cut some of the connector off, but it is bigger and bulkier, and just barely fits into the space allowed.

Keeping in mind that the connector is under the Interstate, just behind the propane fill.

I have to get on my hands and knees to peer under there...during which time I must support myself with my hands, which are then unavailable for working the connector.

Ultimately, it must be done by feel alone. There's a reason why this was changed in later models.

I did master it this morning, so logically it will be easier after this.

Let's hope.


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Thanks be to God that those children are safe.

Good luck with the connector. Everything gets better with practice.
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