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Old 09-13-2015, 05:38 AM   #799
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Happy Anniversary to Lilli and Hans, even though it is late.
I have missed you very much. I enjoyed getting to see England through your posts. I learned so much about your history and your beautiful country.
I hope good health will return to you and your family very soon.
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Kay .. Im thanking you for kindness .. Im very happy to have shown you x
CWF .. Channing .. Ive passed yours and Jims love message to Hanson & Jenny x
Gail .. Please email me the drop .. has to be the most terrifying ever ..
I was so scared I had my eyes closed most the time ..
If Maggie has a fear of heights and coming your way ... errrr ...
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Old 09-13-2015, 08:15 AM   #800
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Lili.....please....drop in here any time!

Thanks for the rose, I have saved it.

I still have the Flowers for Maggie you sent me after Doug died.

Up at the crack of dawn this am, and headed straight for the showers, as the joint is jumpin' and I wanted to avoid a line..... or no hot water.

Have had my weekly Skype with my Brooklyn-ite daughter. What a boon this is for those separated by miles.

Two weeks from tomorrow....... I bought a pretty, dusty red colored scarf on Friday in one of the shops here. Kind of lacy, non-bulky and very light weight...won't take up much space in my luggage, but will allow for a bit of dressing up.

I have read that Athens is very casual, also lots of black , which is good....nice clothing but not fancy clothing is much more my style.

Need to pull myself together for the day.


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Old 09-13-2015, 08:57 AM   #801
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Pretty scarf....more deep red than this shows.
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Old 09-13-2015, 02:44 PM   #802
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Maggie,
I know of your love of roses. I have so many roses throughout my gardens...front and back yard gardens. I can't get enough! Some of them are 34 years old and beautiful. I also have many lovely peonies as well. We lost a few roses last winter in a month long deep freeze, replaced a few this spring. I've turned the gardening task over to my daughter, Debbie, who enjoys it as much as I had. As we approach fall, the gardens are full of new blooms and buds. Roses bring so much joy to us and to our neighbors who come by daily to enjoy them up close. So nice to share. God bless. Evelyn.
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Old 09-13-2015, 07:41 PM   #803
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I agree, Evelyn.

I came to love roses because Doug began giving them or sending them to me the day after our first date in 1986, and continued this til he died.

They became a symbol for us over the years, and he once bought me a beautiful print of roses that hangs over our bed.

I put red and yellow roses on his casket, then began coming across things like pajamas with roses on them.....first winter ones, then summer. I believe he guided me to them, so that I would be surrounded and embraced by roses during the worst of my grief that first year. That's the kind of thing he would do in life.

I still come across roses and hearts....he wants me to know he is there, that's what I believe. I know he would if he could, and believe that he does. It comforts me.


Parted from my friends as they headed west on Hwy 6, me east into Iowa City, and hooked up with Doug's daughter and her family by early afternoon. We had a lovely, leisurely, hanging out afternoon, talking and catching up....and drinking a small bit of wine. ...then pizza for dinner. No muss, no fuss.

Alice is doing her bedtime routine, will spend some extra time with Grandma in the am, then I will take her to school. Perfect.

Been a wonderful few days, I have felt surrounded by love.... and am nearly talked out.

Doug's daughter loaned me "The Year of Magical Thinking", which I have never read....about a woman's first year of loss.

Going to start on that tonight.


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Old 09-14-2015, 07:10 AM   #804
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"I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival......audre lord"

So true....embrace and surround yourself with those who are good, kind, honorable and decent human beings.

Separate yourself...at least emotionally...from those who are not, and especially those who would do you harm.....then leave them in the dust behind you.


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"The Year of Magical Thinking" is an excellent book. I read it after my mother died. I hope you enjoy it.
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Doug leads me to roses, you know....to remind me that he, his love and his strength are near, and still there for me.

A small purchase in an antique shop yesterday. I will find a place to hang it in my kitchen.


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Maggie,

My mother-in-law passed down several pot holders in that same rose pattern that she made, red and pink too. She was much like you, always crocheting. My mother too, but my mother-in-law did a lot of decorative patterns and there were a ton of afghans and doilies stached away that we found after her death. I have two of her doilies that were about half finished and attached by a common thread. As she unraveled one she crocheted the second. Wish I knew which one was being crocheted and which was being unraveled, they are both very pretty patterns. One day I intend to frame it as a visual reminder of the saying "Waste not Want not".


As always, it's fun to travel along on your adventures with, and without, your companion Miss Lily.


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"What I learned from my Grandparents".... Good, short read..

What My Grandparents Taught Me about Love and Forgiveness | Parenting
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Thanks, Carol and Page.

I saw a lot of those very intricate, two layer pot holders, done in thread....a medium I avoid, as too tiny and tedious for me. I admire those who can do it, and now own one for myself.


Channing....I can forgive some, but not all.

There are people who set out....deliberately, methodically and intentionally.... to do harm. Some on a small scale, some on a large scale. The large scale doers are people to stay away from, as they have no conscience and no remorse. I do believe these people eventually have to pay up, at some point.

I don't want to get into a philosophical discussion, for lots of reasons, not the least of which is the Mods here will get on us both. I have likely seen things even you have not, my friend, so trust me on that.

I am now the primary caregiver of me, and when I read this.....I identified with it.


Dropped Alice off at school this am, then headed home, dumping the tanks on the way. Gathered up Miss Lily, who was soooooo glad to see me., and we are home.

As of 5pm tonight, I will have sold both of my bike hitch racks on Craigslist....so very glad to have them out of my garage.


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Maggie,
I identify with your comment re: some people who (unbelievably) spend much of their time doing harm to others. Their's is a type of behavior I could never understand, abide, or forgive...no matter who the intended victim might be. I eventually came to understand that most people are good, decent, moral, and kind. There are others who are, to say the least...morally bankrupt. Ones to stay far away from! So sad.
Philosophically...."change what you can, accept what you can't change, let go of the rest, pray for them all."!
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Lily is always exhausted after she gets back from staying at my son's. Poor baby.

When the kids are home and up, there is constant noise and activity.....none of that deep couch napping she gets to do here throughout the day.

She also has not eaten a bite of food since returning home more than 24 hours ago, tho ate well every day over there. I wonder if she is a bit depressed. .

She doesn't seem ill, all bodily functions seem to be working normally and she has had her walk with her usual gusto and delight.

Doug would call this "the personification of animals"....attributing to animals the attributes and afflictions of humans.

What can I say.....it's what we animal lovers do.

Makes me feel kind of bad....but I always come back, and she knows that.

I say that, but of course her beloved Grandpa just disappeared one day and never returned.

Sigh.


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I'm hoping your dear Lilly will settle back in soon. Don't we wish we could know their thoughts? When I go away, even for one or two days...mine seem uncertain about what is going on. They depend on us , love us, need our companionship...much like us, with the exception that we can talk and they can't. Poor Lilly may think you'll leave again. We can only wonder of their thoughts. She may only be missing running and playing with the kids.
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Perhaps Lily is depressed because she also misses those grandchildren. It may be she wishes you all lived together so she could be with everyone she loves.

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