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Old 01-12-2020, 12:22 PM   #6161
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Thanks for dropping in, Bud, and sorry to hear of your health issues.

Seems we have health problems or we die, but they can be so darned inconvenient.

Maybe consider an Interstate?

Very handy, nothing to tow, your house on your back.

Take care, and the best of luck to you in resolving your health issues.

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Old 01-13-2020, 10:43 AM   #6162
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I’ve been debating what/what not to do about having phone service while in Paris next month.

My kids think I should have a working phone, tho I will have WiFi at least at my hotel each night and my friend says there is free WiFi all over Paris, in coffee shops, etc.

Because there are still unresolved transit strikes over there, tho some transports are running, I would especially like to be able to use my Uber app when needed. Sooooo easy and convenient to use Uber.

My friend who will be there a month thinks she will get a burner phone to use while there, tho having my phone I am familiar with would be much easier. It would be nice to be able to text with her, if needed, and also my kids/grands.

I am a long time and loyal Verizon customer, back to the very first cell phones we owned...flip phones, a la Gibbs.

So I called them and reached a customer service rep, Domonique Dotson , who was extremely knowledgeable and talked me thru it.

Turns out it is simple and inexpensive to use cellular in France, to have it by the day for $10/day, and just when I need it.

Verizon doesn’t have towers over there, so I will be borrowing French towers.

She has turned it on in my account, so it will be activated once I land in Paris and turn on my phone/cellular data.

Easy, peasy, very little learning curve.


Had to go out early this morning to do labs, so stopped at the store to pick up fixin’s for pot roast in my crock pot.

We’ve had some nasty weather here, and today is another cold and dreary day.

Beef, onions, baby portobellos, carrots and a bag of frozen peas to add toward the end. Yum.

Somewhere, Doug is sniffing the aroma, and smiling.
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Old 01-13-2020, 11:46 AM   #6163
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I recently gifted myself a subscription to the New York Times, as there is just so much going on in the world and I often want to read NYT articles but find myself blocked due to being non-paying.

Reading an article about food stamps, employment/unemployment and related issues, there was this quote from Cynthia Kirkhart, director of Facing Hunger food bank in Huntington, WVa...

ďPeople who are surviving do not approach the world the same way as people who are thriving,Ē she said.

I am a retired social worker, and it is very much in my blood, so I usually feel keenly attuned to social issues, but again, the impact of other peopleís words...concisely articulating something worth remembering when our tendency to judge rears its ugly head.

Words to live by.

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Old 01-14-2020, 11:51 AM   #6164
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Many here are aware that my husband of 21 years, and close companion of 27, died unexpectedly in March 2014, while we were doing what we did in our retirement lives....traveling the country many months of the year in our beloved Airstream Interstate.

Active for years on these Forums, I shared here almost from the beginning of this life-altering event. This wonderful community basically picked me up, carried me home and generously gave...still...of their support, compassion and kindness as I waded through trauma, tragedy and grief. I couldn't appreciate it more, and cannot imagine having been without it.

Having closed A Very Different Kind of Life thread 5 or so months ago, I found myself wishing on many occasions that I had left it open.....so I could drop in and share thoughts, feelings, problems, recipes, solo travel, quotes, etc.

I missed it, yet it had felt like time.

And so, I have decided to start another......more forward-facing, one year out.....where I can connect and share whatever, with those here who connect with me.

What do you think? Read if you like, jump in and share at will.


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Hi, Maggie...as a "suddenly solo", as you were in 2014, I have posted today in the Sprinter and B-Van Forum about "Life After Loss of My Travel Buddy". I was directed to your thread and I am delighted to see that you have thrived in the years since your loss, and I am very hopeful that I can do the same. From now on, it will be "Gizmo & Me"

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Old 01-14-2020, 12:07 PM   #6165
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My condolences, again, and good luck to you, Tim.

Remember that itís a process, and not an event.

Give yourself time.

Reading your words, and mine from so long ago, I feel a knot in my stomach and a bit teary, remembering those early months and even years.

At almost 6 years, I donít know that Iím thriving, but feel Iím doing pretty well at this point.

Drop in here any time, and feel free to pm me if you want or need to.

All the best as you find your path,

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Old 01-16-2020, 10:51 AM   #6166
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This is an amazing book, filled with little tidbits of love, kindness, self care and compassion for others...

Other peopleís words.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/enter...754_story.html
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Old 01-19-2020, 12:04 PM   #6167
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2 degrees here when we got up this morning, with a -17 degree windchill.

Between wind, rain, sleet, snow and cold, we’ve been hunkered down inside the past few days, but I have a large apple crisp in the oven and we will venture out to my son’s for dinner later today.


Lucy, the pit mix, is home from her two week board-and-train, and seems to have done very well.

The adults in the house were given strict instructions for behavior management at home, and there will be three follow up sessions.

No feeding her from the table, lots of tasks for her people that are designed to acknowledge that a) she is the alpha of the dogs in the home, and most particularly b) the humans are alpha to her.

This has been an expensive undertaking, but well worth it for them to have established control over the dog, and the dog over herself.


Planning and sorting and staging for Paris.

I’m going to immerse myself in world war history my first few days there, before my friend gets over and her sea legs established.

Both of my maternal grandparents were in France during WWI, he a surgeon and she a nurse, and I have pictures of them in the field hospitals there.

Going to go to the Jewish history museum and Deportation Memorial, also the Resistance Museum, take some tours, etc.

Astonishingly, growing up always believing my ethnic roots to be primarily English, Irish and Danish, my DNA shows me almost 40% French and German.


I found gorgeous Lion Brand yarn on sale, and a third shelter here I had forgotten existed, so am back to making hats in between prayer shawls.

Can there ever be too many warm hats?
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Glad to hear that, Vince, and I enjoyed making them for you.

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2 degrees here when we got up this morning, with a -17 degree windchill.

This has been an expensive undertaking, but well worth it for them to have established control over the dog, and the dog over herself.

Iím going to immerse myself in world war history my first few days there, before my friend gets over and her sea legs established.

Going to go to the Jewish history museum and Deportation Memorial, also the Resistance Museum, take some tours, etc
Maggie,

Seventeen below, wow, better you than me. Iíd have difficulty having staying warm inside the house, and would certainly freeze if I ventured outside for more than five seconds.

Hope the training of their alpha dog is successful for all concerned.

I have a book to recommend for your WW focus. I recently read this novel, The Winemakers Wife, and enjoyed it very much. It travels back and forward to France during WWII and has a little bit of everything, romance, Jewish history, Resistance, and of course wine 😉. Iíve just downloaded one you had recommended not long ago, the Dressmakerís Dowry.

I look forward to reading about your trip Maggie.

https://www.amazon.com/Winemakers-Wi...9533438&sr=8-1

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Just back from Paris and can attest the metro strike has made traffic pretty bad. Took 1-1/2 hrs to get to the hotel and vice versa.

Suggest you get the G7 app for taxis. Same thing as Uber but better, faster and cheaper.

Safe travels,

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Thank you for that recommendation, Carol!

Iíve bought it for my Nook app, and it will be my next read.

Currently in one of the Jesse Stone series...another favorite.

I have to wrest myself away periodically from books on the Holocaust, the Resistance, Jewish people in hiding and those who hid them, etc., as they start affecting my sleep...as in, my dreams.

I had a vivid dream a couple of weeks ago that I was in a concentration camp.

Such an astonishingly dark and horrible period in history, and such a humbling experience to read true...or based on real events...accounts of people who lived through it.

Makes your own trials and tribulations seem a very small matter, and that can be a good thing.


Going thru cabinets and things, working on ďridding outĒ, still on one of the back shelves is a jar of Armour dried beef, and a can of cherry pie filling.

Bought in the before, to make things Doug especially liked.

Theyíve been sitting back there nearly 6 years, since my grands came to help me unload the Interstate when I returned home after he had died in Georgia.

I see them frequently, sigh a bit, and just leave them. Time to throw them out.

I was reading a book I now canít locate to reference, about a lighthouse and the generations of women whoíd helped man it, their heroic rescues during terrible storms and the lives theyíd saved.

There was a reference in there to the past being so present that this character almost expected to see the footprints in the sand of her deceased daughter walking next to her.

That was a rather inarticulate description, but you get the idea...and, itís true.

Life.

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Old 01-20-2020, 10:39 AM   #6173
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Just back from Paris and can attest the metro strike has made traffic pretty bad. Took 1-1/2 hrs to get to the hotel and vice versa.

Suggest you get the G7 app for taxis. Same thing as Uber but better, faster and cheaper.

Safe travels,

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Thank you, Don!

I had a text from my friend the other day that the transit strike was over, so I am hopeful.

Those workers werenít getting paid while striking, and that seems to have been a big impetus.

Iíll look into the G7 app.

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Found it, read for the second time.

https://www.amazon.com/Lighthouse-Ke.../dp/0062698621
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Travel trip

Be sure to take a 10-15 ft long extension cord with you. Plug your converter into the wall and now you will be able to charge Phone, Nook and cameras where you want, not where the plug is on the other side of the room.
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An extension cord had not even occurred to me, but thank you for that excellent suggestion, rjmaype.

I wonít be doing checked luggage, so will not have room for anything that long, but something with several outlets would be invaluable.

Thank you!

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Not sure if this is already mentioned or you have one. The outlets in Europe and France are different than in the US. You will need one or more adapters to plug into these outlets. Here is one of many you can find on Amazon.
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I did know that, and have an adapter, thanks Dave.

My son has a multi port outlet Iím going to borrow for the trip.

I hadnít even thought about this.

Going to take my little battery pack, and I read on my iPad, so should be good.


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Cold as the dickens outside, 20 degrees with wind.

I have a fire going, am crocheting hats so I have a nice sized pile to donate, and working to finish up egg nog from my fridge.

In my gorgeous tumbler, with a good shot of dark rum.

Yum!
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Thank you, Don!



I had a text from my friend the other day that the transit strike was over, so I am hopeful.



Those workers werenít getting paid while striking, and that seems to have been a big impetus.



Iíll look into the G7 app.



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It was still on as of last Friday.
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