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Old 09-20-2017, 02:58 PM   #4635
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...and, the weeds.

Post a bounty of a nickel per weed and set the grandkids loose on them. The weather will be cooler soon, and they might get a kick out of it. Of course, you'll have to specify a minimum size of weed, or have a sliding pay scale for smaller stuff...
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Old 09-20-2017, 03:55 PM   #4636
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Oh, if they were only those kinds of weeds, Mimi.

These are beyond the grandkids, they almost need a blowtorch taken to them.

And, they're in school and not available at least til the weekend, and I won't be able to look at them that long....the front and sides will be tackled tomorrow, by moi.

The joys of home ownership...and of travel, that takes you away for so long that your weeds may grow this big.


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Old 09-21-2017, 06:01 AM   #4637
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I don't even have to travel.

I have monster weeds here that I just don't have time or energy to take care of. Also grass that's waist high that needs to be mowed. I need to move off this six acres onto my new place that's one tenth as big.

I keep enough space mowed for Blackie and me to get around safely, and the rest of it will have to wait. The only handymen in this community are not reliable people.
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Old 09-21-2017, 06:07 AM   #4638
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Soon, Mimi.

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Old 09-22-2017, 10:56 AM   #4639
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Laundry is done, things from the Interstate are mostly put away, I've been to the grocery store this morning and cut back the seriously overgrown English ivy that covers the trellis in front of my front porch.

Temps have been in the low 90's with high humidity, incredibly, tho I'm sure fall is out there somewhere, waiting to settle on central Illinois...it just has not graced me with cool temps for all of my choring needing done, so my time spent outside is limited.

Had a good visit yesterday with sweet son, and will join them all for dinner on Sunday.

The grands have got something after school almost every day these days...band, group activities, lessons of some sort, etc....all those kid centered activities teens and pre-teens revel in, and are fortunate to be able to participate in.

Middle boy took up the cello last fall, and Miss Emma has started this year on the violin.

She takes the bus after school to the junior high for lessons, then rides home with her brothers every day...the bus a first for her, and an adjustment with kids much older than she on there.

Not much to report...it is too hot to grill, so steak for one is on my grill pan on the stove...because, I deserve it.

It is good to be home....the extended travel has lost some of its luster, and I envision shorter, more focused trips in my future.

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Old 09-22-2017, 02:23 PM   #4640
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Doug dipped this bottle at the distillery when we toured it some time in the first couple of years of retirement life...

Never opened, going to pass it on to his daughter when I see her next.
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Old 09-22-2017, 10:33 PM   #4641
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Ah. Maker's Mark. There's one of those on my on board cabinet, along with a Chivas Regal aand a Drambuie for rusty nails. MM is not for mixing, but for sipping.
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Old 09-24-2017, 06:37 AM   #4642
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I'm taking a step back from this thread, at least for awhile...it just seems to be time.

Safe travels,

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Step backs are always good..... Thanks for sharing over the years...
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Old 09-24-2017, 05:47 PM   #4644
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We will miss the daily musings but every once in a while will be good also.

To all things there is a season.
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Welcome home, Maggie. I enjoyed following your travels and wish you a lovely tomorrow.
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rest up Maggie, will see you at MV.

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Thanks, folks.

I have removed and bagged up a phenomenal amount of weeds from the beds around the house and my backyard garden....a heaping over, aching-from-bending-and-pulling, gorilla cart full...so much that I hauled my city trash can to the back yard rather than try to maneuver the loaded cart to the front. Yikes.

And, the exterior is more reflecting how I feel about my little house....tended to and loved, rather than semi-abandoned and neglected.

Rocks that I brought home with me..a few from Lake Superior, and many really gorgeous ones from Vermont...now grace my rock beds and borders, visual and heartwarming reminders of travel and beloved places, like the seashells that are everywhere, inside and out.

I need to wash the Interstate today... the last of the big, return-home tasks...then get to phone calls, making appointments, and those kinds of tasks that are filling my to do list.

My son's oldest is now about a half inch taller than his Grandma, second son is up to my nose....my sweet babies, growing up so quickly, and so good to spend time with them yesterday.

I was treated to mini concerts of cello and violin...Camden on the cello has developed some real skill this past year, and is going to start taking private lessons.

He is one of those motor powered kids, who throws himself into everything, masters it, strives to excel and exceed expectations...always, no halfway of anything with this boy.

They are excited about a trip with me to the UP next summer, and tell me they prefer staying in camping cabins to motel rooms. That can be done, most of the time.

It will be fun, a shared adventure, and we will get together over the next few months to do some planning. An overnight here, with a fire in the fire pit, hot dogs, s'mores, etc., will happen once the weather cools off.

It is good to be home...changes are occurring in a number of areas of my life, as widowhood evolves, matures and ripens with age. Some involve travel, and some don't.

A natural progression of events, it feels...Doug is always here/not here, and I believe that will always be the case, but my footing is solid these days and I am not so much in the shadow of the "we".

Life, it goes on, and it changes...it's what it does, always.

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We've never met and I've never commented but I've been following your blog for a few years now. From when we joined the forums in 2012 and enjoyed the DougnMaggie posts, to the pray for Doug post and thru your different life I and II. I've enjoyed your writing, your thoughts, and I've prayed for you and laughed and cried with you. Thank you so much for sharing your recipes, travels, adventures, your heart and your life. You have met life's greatest challenge and have been an inspiration to me. Thank you, Pat
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