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Old 12-17-2016, 05:34 AM   #3459
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Lily at my son's, where she's not eating much.

Left children and animals...always fear their loved ones will leave them again.
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Old 12-17-2016, 06:22 AM   #3460
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"The" member of her pack is gone. Which is all she knows at this point. Only a problem if the lack of eating goes on for a long time.

She is comfortable and loved where she is, she will get back into it in a few days if not sooner.

Enjoy your trip to our OLD "home town".

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Old 12-17-2016, 02:05 PM   #3461
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Dear daughter and I did a bit of running this afternoon, while large hunks of beef and portobello mushrooms cook in their crockpot for dinner.

It's what mothers do...we cook.

Picked up some more yarn, and darling SIL wishes to take the scarves I have made this trip in to work with him to give to whomever.

I will of course oblige, as I would do almost anything for him.

Off to see the house in the morning!

I am so thrilled for them, who will feel they are on a vacation from which they do not need to return home....having always lived in small, NYC apartments, whose limited windows face brick walls.

I want them to video his aging English bulldog when he goes into the fenced-in back yard for the first time....always an apartment dog, a yard will be something entirely new.

Enjoying our visit, hanging out and catching up. I have introduced them to prosecco.

Heading south two weeks from tomorrow.


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Good morning back there.... waiting for house pics... I'm inside, toasty warm, watching football... ahhh, the good life... have a wonderful wonderful day Maggie...well, everybody have a wonderful day!!.. hugs and love from the chilly Oregon coast... yeah, I know, some of you guys are really freezing.. we're up to mid thirties... and getting warmer as the week goes by... I'm good with that!!!
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Old 12-18-2016, 02:57 PM   #3464
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The house is really lovely, and in a nice, older neighborhood...on the small side, some would say, but not me, and perfect for the two of them.

Obviously a home well loved, nurtured, and cared for.

While the inspector was going thru things with my daughter and SIL, I got a call from Doug's daughter that she'd had a call from the ER and was on her way to Cedar Rapids, where Doug's youngest son had been brought.

He had an accident sometime during the night, got out of the car and tried to climb up a steep and rocky embankment, fell and was found this morning.

Temps were -15 degrees with -30 windchill overnight, and he seemed to have been there for some time when found mid morning today. Apparently died where he fell.

She asked me to channel her Dad to help her brother, as I was closer to her Dad than anyone...I told her he was already there, and would take care of him now.

Three deaths in that family in less than three years. Lots for everyone to bear.

If you are a praying person, please send some to Iowa.

I have some house pictures, but will post them another time.

Flying home tomorrow, temps are dropping here and will be even colder in Illinois.

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Old 12-18-2016, 03:01 PM   #3465
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Prayers have been offered. Condolences to you and all Doug's family.
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Old 12-18-2016, 04:52 PM   #3466
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Maggie, very sorry to hear about Doug's son.

Horrific accident, a great tragedy, to a family that has suffered much and during the holidays.

Glad the little house was a joyful moment for you all. Safe travels home.
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Thank you, ladies. It seems unreal, as sudden death does.

He and I were not close, but friendly, and he was especially kind to me after Doug died.

I am very sad for them all.

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Old 12-19-2016, 07:16 AM   #3468
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You know, I have felt the past few weeks that Doug was still there, for and with me, but not as close as he has been in the past.

I attributed this to feeling myself increasingly stronger, and more solid underfoot, not needing him as much but firmly believing he was there if I did.

I now wonder if Doug knew his son's time was near, and was staying especially close to him...to be with him, and to help him at the end.

His son was not alone, injured and dying outside in frigid temps...his Dad was with him.

We don't want our loved ones to be alone when they die, but they aren't ever alone, even if there is no physical body with them.

It is comforting to believe.


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Doug's son is being cremated, with a celebration of life service at some later time.

I am glad for his immediate family that they will be without the pressure and task-intense process of planning and having a funeral, as I recall this as being very difficult for us.


The new house is a small Cape Cod, with wood floors and ceramic tile throughout.

Stained and leaded glass hanging light fixtures, granite countertops and kitchen island, ceiling fans in every room, an attic fan, two sets of French doors leading to a deck/patio, and a full, unfinished basement.

Added onto once, this addition is my favorite room...
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Old 12-19-2016, 09:06 AM   #3470
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This fireplace is in what I would call the sitting room...

It is cozy, comfortable and well cared for. What more could one want?

The house is in Orange County, where an inordinately large percentage of the population are NYC police and firefighters, so they will be close to co-workers for the first time in their married lives.

I am happy for them.
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Old 12-19-2016, 10:44 AM   #3471
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Sad to here of the death of Doug's son. Sending prayers and condolences.

Both of us will not have any funeral nor service for the reasons you mentioned. Simply buried in a local National Cemetery.

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Maggie, my thoughts are with you and the family.....
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