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Old 05-24-2016, 06:55 AM   #2437
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A basic premise of human behavior is that we are all the sum total of our experiences to date.

When I think of what I am grateful for, and what has helped me the most these past 2+ years, this place and the people within it are high up on that list.

"Life doesn't always introduce you to the people you want to meet. Sometimes life puts you in touch with the people you need to meet...to help you, to hurt you, to leave you, to love you, and to gradually strengthen you into the person you were meant to become."


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Old 05-24-2016, 07:10 AM   #2438
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I have 44 pieces of this glass , most of which live in my front windows....but, on occasion, I pull one down to use as a vase.

These little roses were pilfered from a rose bush against the apartment building north of me....planted by a woman who lived there 5-6 years ago.


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Old 05-24-2016, 07:12 AM   #2439
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I have 44 pieces of this glass , most of which live in my front windows....but, on occasion, I pull one down to use as a vase.

These little roses were pilfered from a rose bush against the apartment building north of me....planted by a woman who lived there 5-6 years ago.


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Old 05-24-2016, 07:14 AM   #2440
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Thank you, tho it is easy to tell I am not much of a photographer.

I do love my crackle glass...it makes me smile, every single day.


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Old 05-24-2016, 12:32 PM   #2441
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Hi Maggie. I like your little vase and those roses were meant for you! So pretty. My Mom gave me 3 pieces of Amber glass, a month before she passed. She said they belonged to her aunt and was passed down. I think she called it "depression glass"... very simple, but, pretty.

My first peonies have begun to bloom. 3 blossoms of magenta. I have several peony shrubs that are 30-35 years old, and many more....planted 2-3 years ago. I love how showy they are when several are in bloom. Usually, as they are waning, then the roses bloom, followed by the lilies. Love it!
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Old 05-24-2016, 12:47 PM   #2442
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The roses otherwise just die on their vines....may as well snatch a few, and enjoy them. The landlord cuts them down late every fall, every spring they are back up and blooming.

I took some fresh ones after walking Lily a bit ago.

Daughter and maahh-ve-lus son in law will be home next weekend from NYC for the annual summer extended family gig...always for the past 30 years at my house, i have transferred hosting responsibility beginning this year to my son and his.

It's time. 20+ people in my house and yard for a day is a helluva lot of work for me...they are young and strong and have those three, near-grown young-uns to help them.

I am happy these days being a bit more on the periphery of these things, minus Doug to help with everything. It will be enough to host and tend to those who will be staying here with me.


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Morning sun thru my trellis, and Lily...


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Now THAT'S a cool pic!


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The notoriously wild and untamed far back of my property has been tidied and whipped...ever so slightly...into shape.

What can reasonably be done back there, is done.

A bit of touch-up painting in the little house, and I am now down to the final, finer details of Spring Cleaning....just as hot weather appears to be setting in for the season, and company is coming.

Doug has been reminded, too, that I have not lowered my standards just because he is no longer here to help.

A slow news day, here. Just sayin' Hi.


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Old 05-26-2016, 04:09 PM   #2447
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Errands and Needlework group today...nothing terribly exciting going on here.

Except....Daughter and SIL will be heading back to NYC with my Matrix on June 5th, and the Interstate will become my only transportation, until....I decide to get another vehicle.

I am just a tiny bit nervous about that, but excited I will have it paid off so can stash some extra $ toward a slightly larger vehicle.

I will rent for those couple of winter months I am home, and just see how it goes. If it doesn't work out, I will get another vehicle sooner rather than later....but it seems a good financial decision now.


Leaving the Senior Center this afternoon, their Bus is out front and two women with a cane and walker are getting on...not all that much older than me.

I felt badly for them, but at least they are out and about via that Bus. We just never know when that could become our life.

I am grateful every day for my relative good health.


Looking forward to Moraine View in a couple of weeks, and seeing those good folks.

Summer is coming up fast.


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Suppliers of various home services seem to have a trend going these days, sending the same person for whatever routine and non-routine service is needed, and I like that.

The woman who serviced my 20 year old Trane last week is back this morning to repair the pipe that burst by the back yards' faucet over the winter.

We call each other by our first names, I fix her a glass of iced tea which she is not afraid to drink, and Lily knows not to eat her when she comes into the house ....known entities are so often preferable to unknown, and I choose them whenever I can.

They become fabric of our lives relationships...these people who do close and personal things for you and/or in your home, and always do a bit extra because they want to keep your business. I like.

It evolves, too, from living in the same place for 30 years, and I suspect will become even more important as I get older and stay in this house hopefully til my last, dying breath.

Things will break, things will go wrong, familiar faces and entities will come to take care of them. A good thing.


4 or 5 years ago, Doug went to Gunsite for a week one fall, while Lily and & stayed in a lovely county park near Chattanooga, TN. While he was off fine-tuning his weaponry skills, I picked up a tenor ukulele at a local shop and taught myself how to play.

Having played piano and then flute growing up, I still retained some of the rudimentaries of music education, and had played guitar back in the late 60's/early 70's...when everyone played the guitar...so it wasn't too difficult to pick this up, and I enjoyed being able to create tunes to music I loved.

I never so much played that ukulele as played with it, but I enjoyed it...tho I haven't touched it since Doug died.

Now, a string has popped, so I'm going to take it in to get it replaced....and start fiddling with it again. It's time.

I know that my resistance to listening to our CD's...the very sound track of our lives together... has been to avoid the flood of emotion that will come from hearing tunes we listened to early in our relationship, while at beloved places, while travling the country together, cleaning the house, cuddled on the couch, dancing in the kitchen .. music brings memories which bring feelings which I am still grappling with.

If I don't tap into those feelings, I stay on top of it, soldiering on, carving out a life without my partner of 27 years. When I am in the feelings, it is the pain and grief and loss I am still coming to terms with.

I avoid so that I may pace myself.

But, I'm going to open that door a crack, get the string on the ukulele fixed, and begin to play a bit.

It's time, and my fingers are wanting it.


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It has gotten too warm and humid to do these outside, so I did these first three tabby pavers in my kitchen.

Sprinkled a little playground sand on top, because I wanted sand

Very easy, the hardest part being getting the consistency just right...might be a little wet ... we'll see how they look once dry.

In batches of three, which have to sit a day before removing, it will take a few days to get enough, but I'm underway.


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Maggie they look adorable. The variety of shells is very nice.
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