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Old 04-04-2018, 05:53 AM   #5097
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I was pleasantly surprised.

We all like to know our efforts are appreciated...taking a moment to acknowledge someoneís smile, helpful manner, kindness, etc., is not only good for the other but good for us.

Do it... speak the words.


Snow flurries in the night, currently 25 degrees with a wind chill of 12.

This is why we donít dewinterize around here til mid-to-late-April.

Iím out of firewood this past week or so, but for the last small pile in my box on the hearth...which will remain unburned so as to decorate my hearth til fall.

I miss my fires, but by this time in the season not the steady choring of it all.

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Old 04-05-2018, 08:48 AM   #5098
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You know, I hadn’t thought about going to Edisto this spring until the other evening, when the thought literally just popped into my head.

Got online early the next morning and found one site in the beach campground with multiple nights (5) free in the first half of May....likely someone’s recent cancellation, at a time when I could be there, which I was able to snap up for my own.

Mine...5 nights, last minute, at a beloved place I wasn’t able to make my usual journey to this past winter.

Coincidence, or just pure luck? Maybe.

A nudge from Doug on the other side, to go to a place that comforts me, evokes wonderful memories and happy times? I think more likely.


Cardinals were always “his” bird, and I have taught the grandkids to also believe that his spirit may be near, watching over, letting them know, when they see one. I want them to think of him, and to feel that he loved them.

My son comes for lunch most Wednesday’s, and frequently comments on the presence of a male cardinal in the shrub just outside my front door.

That cardinal has been ever-present these past few months, sometimes with his bride...did you know cardinals can live to be 15 years old, and that they mate for life?...but most often, just his brilliant red self.

He was singing loudly and with seemingly great intent from a nearby tree, when we returned from the very emotional trip to New Orleans. Coincidence? I think not.

One recent afternoon, he perched for a moment on the window sill outside one of my front windows, looking in thru the glass.

Lily rapidly deployed and scared him off, of course, but still...

I feel especially encouraged and watched over these past few months...which have been difficult for several reasons, not all of which I’ve shared here. Life, ya know.

Coming out the other side, that cardinal has seemed to have been an insistent presence....reminding me to keep my mind and heart open to signs our loved ones don’t leave us, just because their physical body has died.

If you believe it, you will see it, and you will feel it.

A good thing.

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Old 04-09-2018, 11:14 AM   #5099
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Woke this morning to about 3Ē of fresh, heavy snow coating everything....the prerequisite, preceding, rain-turning-to-snow leaving a coating of ice beneath.

Almost entirely melted by this hour, with temps rising this week and to be in the low 70ís in a few days...hurrah, please, let this be the winterís end.


Lily and I made a run to the cemetery over the weekend. With a temporary break in the weather, it seemed the thing to do...so there are fresh, tho silk, red roses placed into the rock-filled planter I put at Dougís grave last year, and the grave now tidied and readied for spring.

Widow tasks.

There is a large plot at the west end of tiny Grace Hill Cemetery that is reputed to be natural, original prairie....unmowed, uncultivated, just let be, as a reminder to visitors of times and people past.

I like it...part of the old pioneer ways reflected in this beautiful place.

It had been carefully burned down when we arrived, and another controlled burn was happening by the road on the north side. The burns have something to do with regeneration....

Descendants of one of the first families here mows and cares for this cemetery, and do an excellent job. It has to be a bit labor-intensive, given the hilly location at the top of a winding, dirt road, but they do it, and with love and devotion.

No roads in Grace Hill, just wagon ruts dating back to the early burials, that run thru the center and effectively guide the modern vehicles of today without marring the history underfoot. I like it.


Yard work beckons, and I am ready for a bit warmer weather and the ground to dry up a bit.

But first, we are on jury duty all week...when I must be prepared with just over 12 hours notice to appear at the courthouse by 8:30am each day, Lily first dropped off with my son.

Like I did this morning. Alarm set for 5 am, full makeup on, hair as ďdoneĒ as I do it , nice clothing, parked and thru security in a timely manner so as not to be late.

Repeat each day thru Friday, if my number comes up.


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Old 04-11-2018, 02:10 PM   #5100
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Iíve been hauling and laying rock today....for the new bed of mulch beneath my red leaf maple (aka Calebís tree) in the front yard.

Roots to this tree have appeared at the surface, and are snaking their way underneath the driveway and foundation of my house....oh no, no, no, no, noooooo.

Googling how to remedy this problem, mulching is recommended to help the tree better hold moisture, so three bags of mulch and 210lbs of the same Wisconsin boulder that went Ďround the house last year....and I now have a lovely bed beneath that 13 year old tree.

I hope that does the trick, as I would hate to have to take it down.


Also picked the Interstate up this afternoon and brought it home to the driveway....after getting a jump start from AAA. I had neglected to think about running the engine this past 6 monthsí hiatus, until 10 days or so ago...when the engine would not start.

Engine light was also on by the time I got home. so if that persists we will need to make a visit to the Dodge dealer here.

It has been sitting for 6 months, un-driven and un-tended to.


I feel...surprisingly...slightly hesitant about eventually setting out on a trip.

Post stroke.

A small one, but it was still a bit of a jolt to the physical equilibrium of my life.

Iím healthy and doing well, am going to be as prepared as I can be, and just go, but am more cognizant of my own mortality....and noticing.


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Hi Maggie. I don't read your thread as much as I should but your comment about "post stroke" certainly caught my eye. I hope that didn't just occur very recently.

Both my parents passed due to massive strokes resulting in bleeding in the brain. I figure that's the way I'll go; hopefully I won't hit another cow. I'm not trying to be maudlin, just matter of fact; I think you lead your life the same way - it's in your quote line. From the beginning, after learning of Doug's story, I always see that advice in your replies...and for the most part, I live that every day.

Anyway, just thought I'd drop in and wish you good health. I always appreciate your comments on my posts.

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Old 04-12-2018, 04:20 AM   #5102
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Hi Maggie:

A tree company owner and former Harley rider with me told me once that with maples if the roots are at the surface, cut them and then as you read put mulch down. I've done it and we could save the tree for a few years, it's roots had grown into our sewer line and eventually had to go.

Good luck and enjoy your journey to Edisto, I'm hesitant about all journeys, but then always have been. Give Lily a hug.

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Old 04-12-2018, 05:54 AM   #5103
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Hi Maggie. I don't read your thread as much as I should but your comment about "post stroke" certainly caught my eye. I hope that didn't just occur very recently.

Both my parents passed due to massive strokes resulting in bleeding in the brain. I figure that's the way I'll go; hopefully I won't hit another cow. I'm not trying to be maudlin, just matter of fact; I think you lead your life the same way - it's in your quote line. From the beginning, after learning of Doug's story, I always see that advice in your replies...and for the most part, I live that every day.

Anyway, just thought I'd drop in and wish you good health. I always appreciate your comments on my posts.

Jeff (from Bryce Canyon National Park)

Thank you, Jeff, and for the pictures.

You two are living an amazing dream, and I always look forward to your threads and gorgeous visual chronology of your adventures.

I’m 3 1/2 months out from a very small brain hemorrhage....off the blood thinners, everything looked at closely and under control, my risk for another seems minuscule.

But, the experience has happened, so it is thereby incorporated into my world view.

However, minus a barrier, I will continue to go...because, I can.

Don’t know when I will leave yet, have been waiting to hear about something which may or may not be on the calendar...I can make the trip in two days, or take my time there and back.

We have another cold snap due this weekend, then it should be over, so I won’t dewinterize til next week, but now that the rig is in the driveway I can work on other things.

I had a comment about my jury duty this week....here, you call in each evening to find out if you must report the next morning.

I had to report on Monday, not since, and now all jurors are released for the remainder of the week, so I am done.

Warm temps and sunshine today will see me tackling yard work....including moving that baby cedar to the back yard. I have a big shovel, and will be digging holes.

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Hi Maggie:

A tree company owner and former Harley rider with me told me once that with maples if the roots are at the surface, cut them and then as you read put mulch down. I've done it and we could save the tree for a few years, it's roots had grown into our sewer line and eventually had to go.

Good luck and enjoy your journey to Edisto, I'm hesitant about all journeys, but then always have been. Give Lily a hug.

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Thanks, Bud, and good to hear from you.

I was hoping, with the mulching, that the roots would recede into the ground, and planned on keeping an eye on them for awhile.

I’ll have a tree service come take a look...cutting those two roots if that seems needed wouldn’t be too big of a deal, I wouldn’t think.

I hate the thought of having to take the tree down, and hope I can save it.


You know, disaster can strike any of us at any time, but my feeling is that we need to be thoughtful and take reasonable precautions...then get out there and do what we enjoy.

We may have a warning of impending doom, something emergent rather than immediate, and we may not.

I want to live with awareness, but not in fear.

Safe travels, Bud!

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Hello Maggie;
With your scheduled travels, I don't see Moraine View listed. ????
The only thing worse than you and Lillie not being there, will be NO molasses cookies.
Have a safe trip and enjoy.
See you in the fall?
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Old 04-18-2018, 06:21 AM   #5106
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We are still having nighttime freezing temps here, and had some snow and ice both Sunday and Monday of this week.

I haven’t dewinterized yet, nor returned out there any of the things that were moved into the house for my winter time at home...going to work on that today, as it looks like there may only be a brief dip into freezing temps for the next week or so.

I may have to dewinterize on the road, as always done in January...tho it’s mid April.

I did run out to Interstate Battery yesterday, and got a new starter battery, as I neglected to start my engine for 5 months and fairly well trashed the one in there.

At 4+ years old, tho, last handled by Doug as we set out in January 2014 on what would be our last trip together, it was near-time, anyway.

I’ve just started a book set in Charleston and Edisto Island...The Time Between, by Karen White.

https://www.amazon.com/Time-Between-...en+karen+white

Seems good, so far, but what I love best are the emotional, soulful descriptions of the Island, marshes, beaches, sunsets, etc.

I missed my annual dose of Edisto this year, and am so looking forward to a few days there.

If I could wrap my arms around that place, and give it an all-enveloping hug, that’s what I would do.

A couple of times.

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We seem to finally be in “Spring” mode here in the Midwest....temps in the 60’s, and sunshine.

Puttering in the yard, clearing out winter debris, getting Preen down, etc., my hyacinths and tulips have survived the late frosts and are joyously blooming.

In my wild “far back” , all four of my bleeding heart bushes are well up out of the ground, but easily a couple of weeks yet from flowering....in years past, we have come home in late March to find them them in full bloom, but they have this year wisely stayed hidden thru our intemperate early Spring.

“The Time Between” proved to be a very good book, and one I will read again.

Not only set on beautiful Edisto, but a mystery mixing present day, WWII and the Holocaust. I enjoyed it.

I drove out to our county park/campground the other afternoon and ran the pink stuff out of my fresh water system, so that is a dewinterizing start. I can’t wait to get my bare toes in Edisto sand.

I have several planned trips of weeks, rather than months, this year...it just feels like time to rein in the 3-4 months at a time that has been the practice these last 11 years.

It’s what Doug and I always did, but my automatic pilot has gradually let go as I have found my widow footing in the 4 years he’s been gone...and long trips with it, I think.

Took my local grands out to breakfast yesterday, and they are very excited about our planned trip to the UP in a couple of months.

They’ve never been on a ferry, nor an island, nor in a copper mine nor glass bottomed boat...we are going to do all those things, and more, and it will be fun.

But first...Lily and I will revel in Edisto.

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Hello Maggie,
I was near Walterboro Friday so called Edisto. No room at the inn but about 30 rigs at Walmart so joined them all and then continued north towards home because of the nice weather break. I am still destination driven from working for over 50 years and don't roam well yet. Since we were already gone for quite a while, I did not feel like gambling on a drop in being available although it has worked previously. 2.5 days to Ontario from Fort Lauderdale. Campgrounds open here in a few weeks. Yeah! But it's nice to be home. Jim
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Hi Jim, and good to hear from you!

Itís always good to be home, but thatís a pretty hard haul for 2.5 days...yikes.

I fully understand not wanting to do a ďcold callĒ, as I always call ahead to insure a spot for any night I plan to be in a campground.

I just like pulling into a sure thing.

Youíll have to get to Edisto sometime, even if you just drive down for a day at the beach...itís a beautiful, lowcountry drive, all by itself, to a lovely and unspoiled place.

Take care, and thanks for dropping in.

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