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Old 12-07-2018, 08:27 AM   #5615
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Looks great and I like the stitch. Keep up the great work

When do you depart and which way are you going?

Will you be at MV in June?
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
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Old 12-10-2018, 12:49 PM   #5616
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It was 12 degrees here when I got up today, and we had “frozen fog” throughout the area.

As far as one could see, a white cloud, hanging thickly and leaving ice and frost coating everything...beautiful, but cold.

This picture is of frozen fog in, ummm, Hungary , but is exactly what it looked like outside the little house this morning.

I was more interested in having coffee than snapping a picture of my back yard.

The sun is shining now, though, it has all melted, and Lily and I have had a good walk.

Going to warm up quite a bit this week, and will allow me to get some pre-travel things done in the Interstate a bit more comfortably.

“Buddha smiles”, Doug would say.


As I gather things for leaving, I am still in a ridding out mode, not something I go through often...clothing and shoes unworn for a couple of years?, in the bag for donation. Bam. Gone.

It might be the approach of the end of December, which I spent in the ICU last year , or my 70th year of existence in 2019 , but I look at so many “things” these days and think it’s time to get rid of some of this stuff.

A good thing.


I came across this article the other day, on the 5 Types of Adult Bullies, and wanted to share it, as this is a pet issue of mine...how we should all strive not to be, in my opinion.

https://www.inc.com/suzanne-lucas/th...e-bullies.html

Still a work in progress, I try hard not to be reactive, to be kind and compassionate to others, and accepting of the differences between us...also always, acutely cognizant of the fact that not all scars can be seen, including my own. For myself, and for others, I work at it.

There, my public service announcement for today.
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Old 12-10-2018, 01:11 PM   #5617
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Oh my, your last photo took me back to Northern England on the coast of Overstrand. Less the snow: equally as cold. Can feel it in my bones.
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Old 12-13-2018, 02:47 PM   #5618
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I woke up cold this morning, and still haven’t warmed up for some reason.

A grey, chilly and wet day...perfect for a Hot Whiskey.

The first time Doug and I had one of these, we were in Ireland...it was cold and rainy and he had a cold coming on, poor dear.

Our hostess in our B&B said this was what we needed, to ward off the chill and stave off illness.

She was right, been making them ever since.

For medicinal purposes only, as the Irish say.


Made a run up to get my hair trimmed this morning, have a service appointment for the Toyota scheduled for next week, Lily will be getting her shots, my staging area is filling up...and, the countdown continues.
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Old 12-13-2018, 04:09 PM   #5619
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Old 12-16-2018, 01:49 PM   #5620
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My dear niece graduated from ISU yesterday, a semester early, one step closer to being fully and successfully launched into adulthood.

She already has one job offer, and another seems likely...good for her.

I’ve enjoyed having more contact with her these past few years, and watching her thrive and blossom...what we all want for our children.

May life generally treat her well, and may she quickly find her footing and right herself when it doesn’t.


We have had a lot of rain this week, and Lily missed two days of walking because of it, confined only to chasing squirrels and rabbits around the back yard.

But, today temps are mild and no rain since Friday, so she has had a wild romp in our favorite nature preserve.

She is truly in her element in the woods, probably remembering the long and faraway gone times when she was once a free...tho starving...pup, minus a leash or even a collar.

If she could say so, I feel certain she would rather have food, water, stability and love, than total freedom, but she certainly revels in these periodic, unrestrained forages in the woods.

She runs and pounds up and down the trails, never getting too far away, sniffing and pausing to paw gently at anything that seems particularly interesting...my sweet baby.
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Old 12-19-2018, 09:15 PM   #5621
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I have had a busy week...two concerts for the grands, orchestra and chorus, labs done yesterday, the Toyota serviced Monday and tomorrow Lily goes in for her shots.

And, yesterday, my 3 1/2 year old IPad went on the fritz, with grey bars appearing on the screen.

I talked with three different service places this morning, all of whom had different thoughts as to the cause, none of it sounding good, and none of whom could look at it for days.

Finally spoke with someone at Verizon tech support, who diagnosed a hardware issue, now intermittent rather than constant, but it would need to be sent in for repair.

I could put that off, hope for the best, and then likely have the screen just fail suddenly wherever I happened to be. Sigh.

It has given me 3 1/2 years of heavy use, been rock climbing at Chaco and otherwise all over the country, as well as to Greece.

Ended up getting a Mini 4, much to my geek son’s dismay, who felt strongly I should just get the newest IPad...which I didn’t want, it being quite a bit larger than the mini, which I like and which slips easily into a purse or bag.

I just couldn’t see heading out on the road without reliable electronics, but if anyone had predicted 20 years ago how dependent and attached I would become to a smart phone and tiny tablet, I would have said “no way”.

Way.


Next week is Christmas, then a couple of days with the grands, then minus anything unforeseen will load up the Interstate and head out. I am pining for travel.


This is a surprisingly good book, a crime mystery about a gorilla that knows sign language and witnesses the kidnapping of a baby...

Yes, it’s good, and written for adults.

https://www.amazon.com/Only-Witness-.../dp/0979876869

I haven’t finished it yet, but it definitely has my interest and is a nice break from my usual suspects.

I am about halfway through, and expect the gorilla to save the baby.
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Sorry about your Mini problems. I have been using that model for many years, and love it. Among other things, it fits in the steering wheel of the van, for reading during coffee breaks and so forth. [ . . . not while driving . . . ]

With an assortment of pillows, it can also be viewed while resting on a couch or recliner, albeit fairly close to one's face. With earphones it works just fine IMO. With Netflix and Amazon Prime, plus various packages like Acorn TV, BritBox, PBS, HBO etc., the film options are extensive. Some of the BBC etc. crime shows like Shetland, Hinterland, Vera, and so forth make for almost unlimited options on the road, and their cinematography is much more appealing visually, compared to the action-packed graphics over here on this Hollywood-based side of the pond.

What a world . . .



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Old 12-20-2018, 06:58 AM   #5623
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Hi Peter!

This is a 128 GB mini, twice the capacity of my current, which will allow me to download some movies for long trips, not really feasible to this point, so that may be nice, tho I am used to just doing without TV a lot of the time.

I have been on my IPad about 30 minutes this morning, and am down to 17% battery from fully charged, so it is definitely in its death throes.

New one arrives today.

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My dear niece graduated from ISU yesterday, a semester early, one step closer to being fully and successfully launched into adulthood.

She already has one job offer, and another seems likely...good for her.

Iíve enjoyed having more contact with her these past few years, and watching her thrive and blossom...what we all want for our children.

May life generally treat her well, and may she quickly find her footing and right herself when it doesnít.


We have had a lot of rain this week, and Lily missed two days of walking because of it, confined only to chasing squirrels and rabbits around the back yard.

But, today temps are mild and no rain since Friday, so she has had a wild romp in our favorite nature preserve.

She is truly in her element in the woods, probably remembering the long and faraway gone times when she was once a free...tho starving...pup, minus a leash or even a collar.

If she could say so, I feel certain she would rather have food, water, stability and love, than total freedom, but she certainly revels in these periodic, unrestrained forages in the woods.

She runs and pounds up and down the trails, never getting too far away, sniffing and pausing to paw gently at anything that seems particularly interesting...my sweet baby.

Love following your adventures with "Grands" and Lily but a word of warning. The woods that I see Lily running in could have Coyotes and Fox. If she should come in contact with one it would be a disaster! I live in a small city (near Toledo Ohio) and in the past years they have become a problem for animal control even tho traffic is heavy and woods are not thick. I wanted to pass this on as I have read more stories then I care to about these animals attacking dogs. BE CAREFUL PLEASE!!
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Old 12-20-2018, 08:06 AM   #5625
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Thanks for that warning, and we do have both coyotes and foxes around here, tho they tend to be notoriously shy and avoidant of humans.

They would have to not be afraid of her or me, to approach us, which would indicate something amiss with the animal, from what I understand.

We will be careful.


I appreciate endlessly that my grands are still willing to go anywhere, anytime, with their Grandma, loving adventures great and small.

As they get older, I know that is going to come to an end, but in the meantime I am loving time alone with them and we are making memories while we can.


I am awaiting HistoriCorps projects for 2019 to come out, and am hoping Bodie, CA, is on their list again, and at a time when I could be there.

The thought of seeing and working in a ghost town almost makes me giddy.

http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=509

It would be a looooong drive out there, but I’ve also never been to Yosemite, and do have this newer rig...and, I’m not getting any younger.

If not soon, when?

Has anyone ever been to Bodie, what are roads like and is the altitude an issue?

I know Vince has been there, but would love to hear from anyone else who has been in that area recently.

I do love to plan.

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Bodie is just off US 395 which is a major highway. Tioga Pass is just north of Bodie and isually opens by June but it all depends on snow pack. It sounds like a great trip!
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Thanks for that warning, and we do have both coyotes and foxes around here, tho they tend to be notoriously shy and avoidant of humans.

They would have to not be afraid of her or me, to approach us, which would indicate something amiss with the animal, from what I understand.
Our Lily, at 30 lbs., is considerably smaller than yours, but a pack of coyotes can do a lot of damage is a fraction of a second. She survived but it wasn't fun.
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