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Old 05-12-2015, 06:55 AM   #211
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After a trip to the health food store for a couple of essential oils I did not already possess, I treated my head again and believe I am now vermin-free. The recommendation is to comb thru every day and repeat the treatment in 7-10 days, which I will do.

Interstate going into the body shop for a couple of spa days, which will spruce her up a bit and resolve a few long-standing boo-boos. The front bumper on these rigs hangs very low, according to Doug, and is easily injured by rocks and curbs. Has been looking pretty rough.

When mine was ordered, they were on back order with 17 ahead, so it is apparently something oft-replaced and we are not the only owners finding this area vulnerable. The second replacement on mine.

Oldest grandson on Doug's side graduates high school in a couple of weeks, and is going to college. Got him a nice sum, fitting for graduation and his upcoming 18th birthday, on a Best Buy gift card, and will encourage him to apply that toward a decent laptop.

12 year old Caleb goes into Junior High in the fall.....where he is required to have his own laptop. Is that not wild? When I was at my son's on Sunday, 10 year old Camden was writing a video story, I think, complete with pictures, within a program on a laptop. Their dad is a programmer and writes software, so........

We have had a tremendous amount if rain here, now it is fall-like cool for a few days. Gives the AC a break, but the windows remain closed to keep out.....the humidity.

Going to try to get some things done today that do not have to do with head lice.


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Old 05-12-2015, 08:38 PM   #212
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Miss Maggie... I overheard one of the teachers say.. "Well, as long as the internet is accessible from their laptop, they can't say "the DOG ate my homework"...

Guess there is method to the madness.. also, they track all the kid's online activity and data mine it and sell to 'advertisers'... but of course, the do not 'track' the IP's.. riiiiiiiiiiigggggghhhhhht.....
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Old 05-12-2015, 08:42 PM   #213
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Hi Channing.

I guess there are advantages for the parents, too, with everything online, in terms of monitoring schoolwork, grades, etc.

School supplies ain't what they used to be.


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Old 05-13-2015, 06:42 AM   #214
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My drive to soldier on, thru whatever has capsized my life, serves me well with regard to functioning, doing, getting thru, etc., but moments occur that remind me very quickly that I am still grieving, still a bit raw, still very much adjusting to the loss of my beloved husband and life partner.

I don't cry often this days, but experience frequent twinges when coming across something Doug.....his clothing I haven't yet been able to deal with, the cordless drill we bought that I now use, his favorite beer at the grocery store, anything that reminds me of him, really.

i indulged in carry-out the other day and ran into a woman I have known professionally since 1982. A good, good human being, one with the required, functioning moral compass , and who became a pillar in child welfare during her career. She never compromised doing what was right for what was politically correct.

She expressed condolences on the loss of my husband, tears immediately filled my eyes and we talked a bit. Good to receive the comfort, good to acknowledge the grieving that is a process and not an event.

I have said this before......it has helped me so very much to have found acceptance and trust that Doug, our bond and our love, is still here, just different than before. It comforts me every day.

I am going to share one story....there are more .....from December, which I shared immediately with our children, as particularly his need comfort and I want them to believe.


"I have promised your Dad to do what I can to help his children and grandchildren believe his spirit and soul live on, even though his body has died.

I wanted to share a story with you, that assures me, again, that this is true.

Before I headed to Iowa for your Dad's funeral, I went into our small, local jeweler to have my bracelets and anniversary ring cleaned/checked. I saw a small, sterling silver medical alert charm, which I had them print "warfarin" on the back, bought a long chain, and put it around my neck.

A couple of weeks ago, picking up clothing items for the youngest Hayes children, I was looking at those memory charms you see everywhere....sterling silver and 70% off. I had hoped to find a rose to add to this chain....your Dad was all about the roses, you know, from our first date.

Didn't find a rose, but a claddagh and then a rather open-weave heart, and felt those were what I was supposed to find. 70%off. Bought them both, strung one on either side of the medical alert charm.

I woke up a couple of morning later to find the claddagh next to the heart and the medical alert charm to one side. Could not figure out how that could have happened, the chain strung THROUGH each of those.

Took it off, restrung them with the medical alert in the center. Woke up a couple of mornings later and the medical alert charm was again to the side, the claddagh next to the heart.

I decided this is how your Dad must want them, he the Irishman, next to my heart. I left them as they were and they haven't moved again in 12 days or so.

There are a few other things, but this was the biggie. I believe your Dad is and will stay close to those he loved. I talk to him, ask for his guidance, and believe he gives it to me.....and occasionally sends little signs that he is around,

He would want you to believe the same. Your Dad loved his children more than life itself.

Be well, and believe. "


I found a rose charm in January, placed it in the center, as the heaviest, and told Doug to leave it there.....they were all symbols of him and us, but the rose was the heaviest and needed to be in the center. They haven't moved.

I wear these around my neck all the time, touch them sometimes and talk to him. I feel he is pleased these mementos lay close to my heartt.

Just wanted to share.


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Old 05-13-2015, 07:14 AM   #216
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Roses and Paris seem to be the thing in recent months......things with roses find their way to me as do Paris motifs....our 20th anniversary trip in 2012.

I have to ration the frequency with which I go into TJMaxx and Tuesday Morning, as I love pretty things at bargain prices.....when I do go, I invariably find something affordable that brings a smile to my face and reminds me of my sweet hubby.

Roses on sleepwear, a small toiletry kit for the trip to Greece in a few months, and yesterday a beautiful, giant, heavy, porcelain mug with lightly etched Parisian motifs. Bought it. Mine. Drinking coffee from it as I type.

I like to think he leads me to things that remind me of him, to let me know he is there.

Without those comforting thoughts, that he cares for me in death as he did in life, I would not be doing so well, I am absolutely certain of that.

A good man, who loved me deeply....warts and all, as we would say.


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Thanks for sharing. Very touching and spot on.

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Maggie -

We are glad to see your Part II thread - thank you for all of your wonderful ideas (yumm - Bread AND candles!) and thoughts. Having two dogs, one of which has been with me through a great many trials and tribulations, we enjoyed the photo of Lily! Being married to a chiropractor, we also are believers in B supplements and have found quite a difference since taking it.

We have talked of making a trip to the UP, it would be wonderful if we are able to meet up with you somewhere along the way.

Keeping you (and Lily!) in our thoughts,
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Old 05-13-2015, 07:27 AM   #219
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Thanks, folks.

I would love to meet up and visit with any of you, so don't hesitate to reach out.

Looking at the map, I may check out Chaco Canyon after the wilderness rockdocking adventure with Ray Eklund in July.

It is close to where we will be, and easy enough to get to on my way home. Photobum has really piqued my interest in this place.

I had not planned a long trip this summer, but a long trip seems to have found me.

When the stars align, you pay attention.


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Y'all have made such a difference in my life, and I thank you.


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Old 05-13-2015, 11:56 AM   #221
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You know, it occurred to me as I am running errands this morning....

a friend who is especially sensitive told me he believed Doug wanted me to go west this year....you know who you are

I thought....what??!! I'm terrified of heights! I can't go West, I'd have to drive mountains!!

Here I am, going west......a guided trip into wilderness that I would never do by myself.....but not mountains.

Meant to be, apparently.


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Part of my spring cleaning routine is to move the appliances, vacuum and clean under and behind them.......done.

But for the front loader, which must only be cleaned around and behind, as it is physically impossible for me to pull it out.

To-do list is getting very short.

The ladies at the Senior Center needlework group are very sweet, but the talk of signing up for all these activities and having the bus.....you know, the one that says "Senior Center" on it.....pick them up at home, really throws me.

I think.....what!!???....the Senior Center bus coming to your house??!!

I am so not ready for that. This is not my life , I am just a drop in visitor on Thursdays.

I am really not a Senior, either....I just look like one.


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