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Old 07-26-2015, 02:55 PM   #561
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Safe travels. Sounds like there was no crap storm. PTL.
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Old 07-26-2015, 04:25 PM   #562
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Safe travels. Sounds like there was no crap storm. PTL.
Thank you....and, what??

You lost me on crap storm and PTL.

There's been a bit of a crap storm here today, but not on this thread.....if that is what you are talking about.


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Old 07-26-2015, 04:34 PM   #563
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We are home.... made a stop to see and hug my son and his, unloaded the essentials from the Interstate.....and Lily has made the rounds of her back yard to see what intruders have been present in her absence, then assumed her favorite position on the leather couch.

Such a sweet and good traveling companion she is. Today was the 5th day of driving much or most of the day, since we left Chaco Wednesday morning, and she just rolls with it. Wherever her mama is, as long as she's along it's all good.

It was a very, very good trip. . Met some really great people and did some things I have never done before.....at least one of those things being completely unintentional.

Tons of laundry to do, people to see and tires to rotate this week, then think I might spend a few weeks in the UP escaping the heat and humidity of central Illinois.....because, why not.


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Glad you and Lily are home safely. Now, pour a glass of ice wine and relax a bit! God bless. Evelyn.
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Old 07-26-2015, 04:50 PM   #565
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Sorry. A misunderstanding on my part. It sounded to me like you were riding into a major confrontation (crap storm), that didn't materialize. PTL is an acronym for Praise the Lord. I am thankful because it sounded like things went well.
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Old 07-26-2015, 05:24 PM   #566
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Thanks, Evelyn, I am going to do just that.....after I have a long soak in a bubble bath.


Gearhart, the crap storm has happened, I wasn't in it but peripherally, and have no control over it whatsoever. Long, ugly, sad story, and the recent situation just took hold of me for a bit. If I could fix it, I would, but believe me....we have tried.

I appreciate the thoughts and prayers from so many.


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glad you two are home safe and sound...thank you for sharing that great trip... next year Wyoming!!!! hugs, love and pats... gail
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Old 07-27-2015, 10:55 AM   #568
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I hope so, Gail.

Spent a leisurely couple of hours this morning, drinking my coffee, watching the news, cruising the Forums......and scrubbing for the second time rocks from the Gila.

Am giving each of the grands one of the larger, more interesting rocks, 3 very special ones to my rock hounding friend in MN, have set some really nice ones aside to see if pendants or other jewelry can be made from them for the females in the family.....and about 1/3 of what I brought back is going into my oh-so-eclectic rock and shell bed in the front.

This old apothecary jar was picked up at the estate sale in Boulder City for the bargain price of $1. Heavier than the ones you buy new these days, it also is etched and encircled with a vine and a flower. . I love it.

My grandmother would have had cotton balls or pretty guest soaps in something like this. It road safely all the way home in the back of my closet, and I put some carefully selected rocks in it.....for inside the little house.

I have one that looks like a butterfly and many with the circular rose shape. Roses.

They are so pretty, so interesting, and so unusual, and will remind me each time I look at them of my wonderful trip.

This time last year I was struggling thru getting out in the Interstate at all. I definitely feel I have gotten my sea legs this year, and am carving out my new life thru continuing most things we did together, also by traveling on my own. It was our life before, it is just different now.

I miss my husband every day, but feel clearly that we continue to co-exist....just me here, and he there....and that he encourages and supports my choices.

A good man, he would want me to make peace with his death, and try to enjoy the rest of my life. I am doing my best with both.

Better comes with doing, that is the truth, and I feel that you honor what you had together, in part, by continuing on with your life.


Finishing up laundry....everything in the Interstate must be washed after a trip like this .....and am going to have my favorite Chinese delivered (no extra charge) in a couple of hours. And why?....because I deserve it.


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Doug's mom has a large mass in her lower abdomen, which is not surprising but I had hoped it would be something simple and easily resolved.

Don't know for certain that it is malignant just yet, but either way it will likely have to be removed.

Now what....major surgery and/or chemotherapy for a 97 1/2 year old woman.

She told me yesterday what she has said before....that she is ready to go. I told her it was apparently not her time just yet, and she knows that.

Both of her husbands and her son died suddenly. It just doesn't seem right that she should have to go thru this.....she is also the last surviving member of 7 siblings, raised during the Depression, don'tcha know. . She can tell you all about that, still, as if it were yesterday.

A good woman, who raised a good man. I wish for her a peaceful and painless end to this.


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God bless her. Having lived through the last part of the depression, I have so many memories of our family's struggles of that time...but, your Mom in law saw the whole thing. My, what stories she must have!
At 97 1/2, I don't know that I would want. To go through what she may be facing. I know God has HIS plan, but it seems so unfair that she should need to endure this. Of these matters, we have no control...darn it! I pray for her that she will go to sleep, peacefully.
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That's what I hope for, too, but it's hard to say it out loud....or type it ....but that would be the most fair thing for her.

In no pain, now, but for the colonoscopy prep .....I can't imagine any resolution of this for her that is not going to be difficult to bear.

Maybe she is one of those people who gets more than her share of pain from external sources.


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So, I'm going to fully unload the Interstate and not head to the UP next week....as I thought I would when I was hoping this was some small thing that could be easily fixed.

Can't do anything but wait for news, but feel I should be here rather than 500 miles away.

She's Doug's mom.


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Hi Maggie. I was just catching up on your adventures, good and bad! Glad you are out living, enjoying and exploring!
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Thanks for dropping in.

Doing pretty well here.


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