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Old 08-11-2015, 12:49 PM   #645
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Yes, a hatchet would be messy, but that would be okay.

The idea would be to deter, and a bit of pain and blood would do that for most people.

May I never have to use any weapon for any reason.


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Old 08-11-2015, 01:15 PM   #646
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I ran the Interstate up to the county park north of here to dump my holding tanks this morning....hated for the tire guys to have to work on it with sewage in there , but I was going to dump on my way home Thurs.....when I had that bit of a mishap and had to be towed.

Empty now, and I scouted around there a bit for especially hospitable looking sites I might settle into periodically over this next month or so.....since I am not going to the UP.

We have stayed there only a few times, and met friends passing thru a couple of times....a pretty little park, and one small loop that overlooks the lake that I especially like. Water is always appealing, and, like fire, has its own entertainment value.

Am going to take Lily on a little road trip in the Matrix Saturday, and go to see Doug's mom for a bit. Louise loves Lily....sweet, really, for a woman who always believed dogs belonged outside.

What I'm told is that she continues to feel fine, no pain, and spends her days sitting in her chair.

What a woman.


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Old 08-12-2015, 01:17 PM   #647
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I had the tires checked on the Matrix this am (no charge where they were purchased and are rotated, also for free) and gave it a good scrub in anticipation of a run to Iowa Saturday. Clean is good.

Came back to a post in my inbox from a thread I subscribed to....by a fellow Airstreamer/his wife that I have been fortunate recently to get to know, canceling something tentatively scheduled for next year, and removing the thread.... also saying so long, farewell, to all of us here.

Those of you who followed that thread, and are also here, will know the what and the why, and that's all I'm going to say about it.


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Old 08-13-2015, 12:18 PM   #648
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Off to Needlework Group at the Senior Center in a bit.....missed it last week, as I was standing along the side of the road waiting for a tow truck.

My newest project, partly because I am tired of the usual summer dish clothes and pot holders, and partly because I am cautiously optimistic.....is a hooded baby blanket for my 10th grandchild, in white, as sex is yet to be determined.

I'll withhold specifics for a bit longer, as this little mama has struggled this past year to carry a baby, but we are at this moment farther along that ever before, likely due to some diagnostics and interventions in place.

Cross your fingers!


The cancelled event for next year that I referenced yesterday is now back on, sans participation and input on AirForums. It is a Wyoming boondocking adventure, follow-up to this years New Mexico trip....same participants, different venue. Too early to be excited about it, even for me , but I am looking forward to it and to seeing these great folks again.


I have also started looking at my clothing for the trip to Greece the end of next month....just because I like to plan, think, and strategize a bit.

I will be primarily in Athens, and read that black is the color of every day there, so that is easy....I have lots of black, in casual and medium-casual clothing, so a few scarves, comfy walking sandals, and I am good to go.

My long time friend cannot get away from work, so this will be a solo trip, but I have small group activities scheduled about half of the days I am there, so I am sure I will be fine.

I'm not getting any younger.


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Hi Maggie,
I hope you have a great trip to Greece. The dollar should go a long way there now, unfortunately for the poor folks that live there. I read about your tire adventure - I think the money we spend for the AAA travel insurance is worth every penny. They have come to my rescue as well and I am so glad I have that coverage. Have you read "The Walk" series by Richard Paul Evans? I am on the third book in the series and have thought of you several times. If you haven't read these books, they might be a good thing to take with you on your trip. They are so uplifting and a pleasure to read. Your oatmeal pancake recipe looks yummy Have a great trip
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Hi Kathy, and thank you.

I have not read those books, but will watch for them.

It is always nice to go visit and hook with my fellow needlework-ers. A nice group of friendly, kindly women, many of whom are widows like me..... so we chat, share our respective projects and life events.

The lady sitting next to me was making burial clothing for preemies who die at the Children's Hospital near here....out of donated wedding gowns.

How sad, but what a noble project.


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I got to cleaning the little house early today, so that is already done but for finishing up sheets. I love to look around at a clean and tidy house. Makes me smile.

After much deliberation, I have decided to head to the UP for a couple of weeks, after all. Doug's Mom is reportedly her usual self....but for the malignancy growing in her abdomen .....alert, comfortable, etc.

It seems rather silly to sit here on a death watch which isn't, and I am certain she and the family don't expect that of me. At 97 1/2, she could die in her sleep today or months from today. If anything happened, I could be home the next day, and easily get to Iowa.

Lily and I will visit her tomorrow, take her a few homemade cookies and her favorite...bananas ... see my son and his on Sunday, then unless something changes, leave Monday til the first of September or so.

Why not.

I believe there may be a Forums friend in town over Labor Day weekend , so will be sure to be back in plenty of time not to miss her.

It is a good 10 degrees cooler in the UP, peaches are probably coming in, they have those fantastic Farmers Markets up there....and lots of inexpensive NF sites to settle into. The Interstate is looking at me thru the front windows, begging to be used.

After reading of "twobikes" adventures up the North Shore....more adventure than they expected ...I am also pining a bit for Lake Superior....our favorite lake of all time, and we have seen many. .

It's calling to me, and I'm going to go.


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Bon Voyage Maggie! We are itching to get out ourselves. Haven't been out since May. Hope to get away around Labor Day. Maybe ToG for their rally and then Palmetto State unit's Apple Picking Rally at Palmetto Cove and then on to NC for a few weeks.
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Thanks, guys.

Your trip sounds lovely....I pine for South Carolina almost every day.



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"I am also pining a bit for Lake Superior"
My son Christopher is making his way along the North Shore on his return to Montreal from High Level. I am confident he is dawdling. Well learned.
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Well worth a circumnavigation one day, Maggie. Take Lily to the Rendezvous for an extra bit of fun.


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Beautiful pictures, Jim.

What Rendezvous are we talking about?


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I see the Rendezvous Days at Grand Portage were this past weekend, but I won't be on the North Shore, anyway.

Too far from home....1 day away is one thing, 2-3 days another.

I am planning to visit the Green River Rendezvous in Wyoming next year, if all goes well.

Have been to re-enactments of various time periods, but never one of these, so should be interesting and I may have company from fellow travelers out there.


I have had a glass of champagne tonight, and quietly cheered a modest victory today for worker bees everywhere.

Think....ants vs rubber tree plants.... and have a drink on behalf of the ants, if you wish.


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