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Old 04-29-2016, 11:38 PM   #2297
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Old 04-30-2016, 07:20 AM   #2298
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There is no place more quiet than Grace Hill at night.

There was a time when I would not have slept in a cemetery, but I feel very safe here...Doug, his Dad, Grandpa, Uncles, Union veterans. No safer place for me.

My first trip out in the Interstate after Doug died was to this cemetery over that first Memorial Day weekend. Spent 3 nights here, planted the rose bush, his kids and mine came, his Mom, sister, etc.

We sat and talked, cried a bit...just like back in the day, when families would visit cemeteries en masse to tend the graves, bring picnics, socialize.

It most likely happened here, this cemetery going back to pre-Civil war days.

Doug was here at age 4 years, with his Mother and sister to bury his Dad, whom he is now buried next to...just as he wanted.

History all around me, and under my feet.


Slept like the dead last night, and Lily too, after running and romping all over the place yesterday.

Fenced in, up on a hill, no place for her to go....not that she would if she could. Lily loves her mama.

Her olfactory senses are a bit assaulted out here. She hears and smells farm and other animals not native to town , and feels she must be on high alert lest they intrude on our space....even tho she can't see them, she knows they are there.

Running the perimeter of the cemetery...ears, the hair on her back, and tail up.. Good exercise. .

I think she is down a few pounds since her Dr. visit in January. I've been carefully measuring her dog food each day. She asks for more, but I don't give it to her.


It got pretty chilly last night, then began to rain, so I thought I would turn on the generator, give it some exercise and run the optional heat in the AC unit. Ummm, no.

Dead as a door nail. No light, no sound, no nothing.

I can't tell which fuse goes to that switch, tho I got down with my flashlight on the floor and looked at the fuse box , but I suspect the problem may be the switch itself.

That has been replaced once already in the past 9 years, as I recall. It could stand a full service job, anyway, so will run it up to the Cummins guys north of me when I get home and let them give it a good going over.

Less than 70 hours on that generator, compared to 170,000+ miles on the Interstate, it hasn't seen a whole lot of use.

So, fired up the furnace to take the chill and damp out of here....all the comforts of home, tho if I had a tiny wood stove it would be a-burnin'.

Going to make a stop at the Amish grocery in Kalona on the way to the big city later this morning....2lb rolls of butter for $6 or so, oats, nuts, flours, etc., by the ounce or pound, and at great prices.

I will stock up.


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Old 04-30-2016, 10:35 AM   #2299
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good morning Maggie... thinking of you... hugs and love, gail
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Old 04-30-2016, 10:54 AM   #2300
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And you, Gail.


Butter is up to $4.19/lb, no longer sold in 2 lb rolls but in varying sized blocks.

A 3 1/2lb chunk in the little frig, to be cut into more manageable sizes for my freezer at home.

King Arthur flour @$.59/lb.

What's not to love.


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Old 05-01-2016, 08:44 AM   #2301
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Miss Alice, playing Minecraft this morning.

Such a young lady she has become ...not so much a little girl but more a young lady.

We hung out here together last evening, then she, Lily and I all slept in this bed last night.

A crowded bed, with Lily taking her share out of the middle, but we did fine.

Love my babies.


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Old 05-01-2016, 09:24 AM   #2302
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Doug's sweet daughter, on her way to a birthday party last night, where one was to dress as a Bohemian.

I told her she looked like a hippie chick.


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she does...

I liked them....
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Old 05-01-2016, 12:27 PM   #2304
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Lily must have been in heaven...between the two of you...in her special spot! Alice does seem like such a sweet young lady...she has a soft look about her. I know both of you are enjoying this special relationship that you share. I hope it continues as she matures into adulthood. You are teaching her so much. Lucky girl!
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Old 05-01-2016, 02:25 PM   #2305
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Doug's daughter was in Jacksonville, Fl recently, for work....and drove up to see and spend some time on his memorial bench in Brunswick, GA.

She said it is beautiful, and has been moved from the rear garden to near the entrance of the facility.

I am going to visit it this next winter, too. I want to see it.

We are home. A good trip.

Now...back to home chores.


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I have not found a thread for this on Airstream site, just wondering if any Airstreamers are involved with RV-Care A Vanners. I have been on a build in Al 2 years ago and was in Louisiana this past winter from Jan to April with Habitat for Humanity helping to refurbish houses in the Thibodeaux area of LA and in both cases I was the only AS'r. I find joining these groups much more satisfying then the rallies or caravans.
Last winter I stayed in the same park and Habitat paid half the costs plus I got to meet many volunteers because most of them only stayed for 2 weeks. It would be nice to see more silver in these groups.
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Old 05-01-2016, 03:28 PM   #2307
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There is a thread on this somewhere, and other Airstreamers who do Habitat.

You maybe just haven't come across them yet.

Doug and I had thought about doing this, then came across Lily and brought her into our lives.

We/I would have to leave her alone all day to do a build, so never got started on it. I make my contributions in other ways.


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Doug and I had thought about doing this, then came across Lily and brought her into our lives.

I may have posted this before, in any case "We don't get the dog we want, we get the dog we need". I've found this to be the case so many times in my rehabilitation of dogs it has become one of my motto's. Lily is the perfect example, as are my two and the one prior - who helped me secure my dog training MBA.

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May 2nd.

One of the things about a woodstove...you get really spoiled with the warm and dry of them.

No furnace kicking on and off, leaving spats of cool air before it kicks on again.

It has rained off and on for days, with lows in the 40's and a high today of only 55.

Cave-like in the little house....we do fire, and revel in its radiant heat.


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