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Old 05-30-2015, 08:48 AM   #295
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Morning Maggie just FYI your pic or link from this morning didn't go thru. Neither did the "violet" hat.
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Old 05-30-2015, 08:52 AM   #296
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Hmmmmm.

They show up on my screen.

I didn't repost a picture of the hat......did you see it the first time?



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Old 05-30-2015, 08:55 AM   #297
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The attachment from this morning was a quote from Winnie the Pooh:

You can't stay in your corner of the Forest,
waiting for others to come to you.
You have to go to them sometimes.



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Old 05-30-2015, 08:57 AM   #298
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Anyone else can't see these?


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Old 05-30-2015, 09:00 AM   #299
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No didn't see it the first time ... But maybe its on my end. Someone just commented on a pic that FAN posted that would not open for me.

I'm on a droid and the spot where the photo would be looks like a small square with a squiggle in the middle. Those will not open for me. Oh well... Someone will explain it.
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Old 05-30-2015, 09:11 AM   #300
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Ahhhh.

My Droid phone doesn't do pictures well, either.

I rewrote the quote for you....It's a good one.

And, trust me, the violet hat is a beautiful, electric color.

I'll be seen for miles and miles.



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Old 05-30-2015, 09:14 AM   #301
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I got my grass seed down just in time, as it has rained most of the past 24 hours.



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Maggie, good for you on your hat and the color -- a pop of color is always a "good thing".

Your rain is on its way here tonight, and so many people around here are planning to go to the Rolling Stones concert at OSU Stadium tonight -- the storms and the concert are due to begin about the same time! Too bad; one of my dear friends has tickets and is planning to go with family/friends -- she says she always wanted to see them and she doesn't care if they are in their 70's and still playing or not! (I must say, that wasn't intended as a slam against anyone with age, I am in my mid 60's too, I guess it's just that when you think of Rock 'N Rollers, you don't think of 70yr. olds -- or at least in the past we didn't.) I told her I saw them many, many years ago in Mobile, AL (early 1970's) when I lived in Ft. Walton Beach, FL. I remember the concert well, the opening act was a gospel group, then Stevie Wonder, and then the Stones -- they were all so good!

On another note, we haven't been able to go camping yet, can you believe that!? We haven't even dewinterized!!! DH has been on a special assignment for work for a couple of months now, and before that he had to prep for it/order in parts & prepare contractors for some of the work. It's supposed to be coming to a close next week, I sure hope so -- it's rough when he has to work 7 days/week for weeks at a time! Not entire days every day on the weekends, but has to go in to see that things are going correctly and that everyone is on task; once he's in there and people see that he is, they keep finding more and more things for him to look at and schedule in -- which just going in puts a stop to our doing much of anything. Well, I'm not really complaining, although I guess I am -- we are very blessed that he has a job when many don't!

I envy you on your trip out West which is coming up. Although, I think I'd be afraid to do the hikes -- afraid of snakes/mountain lions. We loved our trip to the Vintage Trailer Academy in New Mexico last April/May. We were just talking the other day about our first trip out West after retirement -- unless things change, we're going to Idaho, we've never been there and a fellow at DH's work said it is beautiful out there. Can't wait.

We're hoping to get some time away in June -- somewhere fairly close so we don't spend all our time driving, then in the Fall we have reservations at Grayton Beach SP, FL -- our first time there, we normally stay at Top Sail, but we decided to give it a try after reading comments from here.

Best of luck with the family get-together next week. We used to have all the holidays here at our home, but now so many family members have passed on, and/or moved away, it is just our children/grands and us, which is fine.

Also, I know exactly what you are saying about family. My half-sister whom I was very close with passed on in 2004 from Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma; I have one brother (full biological), but brother/sister relationships aren't the same as sister/sister, at least in my experience they aren't. We get along just fine, but he isn't as "close" as my relationship with Roxie was. I have one other half-sister, but she isn't close with the family at all and she and her husband haven't been the nicest of people, so we stay clear of them. We've tried to interact with them, but sometimes people just don't understand how families interact with each other; she was estranged from our family (her choice) for over 40 yrs., and I tried to get the family back together, which didn't work at all (I talked the rest of the family into giving her another chance, which they didn't want to do, so I sort of put myself on the line to try to get the situation resolved). Very disappointing for me. Talk about disfunctional!

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The Stones! Would I love to see the Stones!

Sorry you have not been able to go camping, Deb. Such a nice break in the routine it is. You'll have to plan something special when hubby's work settles down.

You know, I would never set out into the wilderness alone , but Ray has styled this for novices and pretty low-key in terms of endurance testing. I can do it, am healthy and in pretty decent shape these days, and will sit down and rest if I need to. I am really looking forward to it......really, really, really.

Had an extended phone conversation with my best friend, as I was just getting on here to respond. She is a real rock hound, and would come if they could. I will find her some special rocks.

I'm not letting myself be afraid of animals and snakes, as the area we are going to is one Ray and his wife have been going to for 8 years. Animals and snakes are there, but have not been a problem for them. And, we will be in a group.

I'm just going to go, be grateful for the opportunity and experience, and savor it.


Sibling relationships can be so toxic.....and so hard to avoid the problems. Toxic or no contact, is the choice I face. I've tried hard to fix some of that dysfunction, but it takes effort on both sides. Some are not able, at all, to see what they do and how they affect others.....or, they simply are small people and just don't care. That, too.

Being my own primary caregiver these days, I have taken some steps back, emotionally. Enough said.

Enjoy Florida, Deb, and thanks for dropping in.


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I did get Lily out for a good walk in between bouts of rain....up to the detention basin north of here, where she can run and rip a bit.

She's crashed on the couch, a happy girl.



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Temps had dropped here about 30 degrees by early evening yesterday, and we have had a lot of rain. When it warms up in a couple of days, the grass is going to go crazy.

Lily has become a real wuss over the years, choosing not to go out and squat her little self down when it is raining, snowing, the grass is cold and wet, etc. So, politely declined my invitation before bed last night, stepping out and coming right back in.

Instead, waking me at 4 am, sitting close to the bed, whimpering plaintively. She is somehow very aware, and respectful of, my sleep, and always has been.....seems to "get" that I am unavailable. So, knowing she is waking me only because she really has to go....not surprising....up I get to put her out, and just decide to start my coffee and begin my day.

My electric percolator had died, so picked up a pretty, rather dark red embellished Mr. Coffee at WalMart yesterday, which has a setting for Regular or Strong brew.

It takes up way too much counter space to suit me, after the 8 cup percolator, but I was disappointed in the lack of longevity in that 18 month old unit, so went back to the good old standby. My most favorite coffee, tho, is from the stovetop percolator in the Interstate.

Yikes! Hit the strong, as I like coffee with real flavor, and it is almost too strong for me, which is saying something. Tomorrow....regular brew.


Ray Eklund tells me he will have a 45 and a shotgun, and his wife a 38, along on our wilderness rockdocking adventure, making me think.....do you follow this thread, Ray, and read of Deb's expressed concern yesterday over snakes and mountain lions out there?

I did have a moment's pause, reading her post, wondering if a mountain lion might snatch up Lily for an easy meal....tho would have to catch her, first, and she would put up a fight......but felt certain Ray would not take us all someplace dangerous and/or for which he was unprepared. One just doesn't get the sense that Ray Eklund is that kind of a person.

He will be prepared for most eventualities, as Doug would be. Doug would have had at least one handgun along, probably two, and exercised his open carry permit privileges out there.

Doug was one of those men with a cool head and a "strong male presence". I always told him that if there was ever a life or death emergency, I would simply get behind him....and follow him out. I trusted him with my life, and that he would make the right decisions. I miss having that, and having him here.

Doug would have enjoyed this trip, and relished an opportunity to use his handgun outside of an indoor range.


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Amen. Henri has some wisdom beyond himself... Have a blessed trip!
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[QUOTE=Lily&Me;1629364]The attachment from this morning was a quote from Winnie the Pooh:

You can't stay in your corner of the Forest,
waiting for others to come to you.
You have to go to them sometimes.



Hi Maggie!!! and Lily tooo!!! yes, I love Winnie the Pooh... love the songs... I didn't have children but still managed to find Winnie in my life...

The treatments for my brother end July 15th.. I wanted to bolt right outta here after that... but I doubt he'll be feeling well afterwards... I can't see how I'd be able to get to NM...

If not however!!! I will have my maps out and will follow you the whole way!!! vicarious rving!!! piccys too I'm sure!!! I haven't totally given up hope... just being realistic..

Our friends arrive in a week or so... more fun coming there... I'll keep you in the loop... Keep having fun!!! hugs and love, gail
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I am quite certain that Ray will have everything under control & will take excellent care of all in attendance, I hope I didn't sound as tho I doubted that. I was merely showing one of my vulnerabilities (which I normally try to keep to myself) & saying what I'd be fearful of. I would like to say again that I'd love to go along, but also saying those fears would be lurking for me.

Probably my fear of snakes comes from my coming across a Copperhead snake when I was young & out mushroom hunting with family. I didn't see it at first -- only saw the area of huge mushrooms & was contemplating how to get to them. An older cousin warned me & stepped between the snake & me until we could both back away very, very quietly & slowly.

Will the heat be a problem out there this time of the year? Just wondering. Our AC works but was wondering if it would have to run 24/7; I like to try to "store" info in case we are able to head to that area some time in the future.

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