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Old 11-11-2015, 12:15 PM   #1141
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Maggie,
I am glad for you that you have the 'spiritual presence' to assist you through the grieving process. I had many such experiences in dealing with my daughter's death...for several years...apparently, for as long as I truly needed. It was such a comfort in those first years. Her visits faded with time, (she has been gone 25 years now).

You are so right, that if one believes in the spirit, it is possible to have these experiences. One must be open and accepting I think...to recognize when it happens for you.

I also have the Gorilla cart...a real back saver. My dtr, Deb, does most of the yard work, now, but, that cart has more than paid me back over the years. I also have a larger version, which I've had for about 15 years. They really are worth every penny spent on them. I stopped using the old wheelbarrow after injuring a shoulder when it tipped to one side. Only 4 wheels after that for me!

BTW, that chowder does sound good. Comfort food...good for the soul, nice and warm, helps to ward off the cold. It snowed a good 6-8 inches here last night. Pretty,looking out the window. As my daughter Deb, says, a hot chocolate day today! I think, also, a clam chowder day.

I, too, am spending much time dreaming and planning for next late spring thru fall for potential trips. I plan for the Grand Teton trip, and dream/hope for the Oregon coast trip. Last evening, I downloaded some pics of the Columbia river gorge waterfalls. Really got me excited to see in person. Multnomah Falls is especially spectacular.

My painting instructor, Jerry Yarnell, is currently teaching an acrylic painting of this falls , on his PBS show. I record these, and will plan to download to DVD and paint my version this winter. Think I will do a dual media...acrylic base, then, oil finish. Looking forward to it!

God bless. Evelyn.
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Old 11-11-2015, 01:02 PM   #1142
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Hi Evelyn!

You know, Doug and I had developed a cautious belief in the afterlife at the time he died. A number of things happened during his episode, at the time of his death, and since, that have made me a believer.

More involved stories, to tell you when we meet. As a nurse, you will find some of them very interesting, I believe.

If you believe that things happen for a reason, which I have come to believe over the course of my adult life....and I don't mean that he died for a reason.....events in the months leading up to his death, and at the time of his death, happened to insure I believed that his spirit would live after his body had died. I am convinced of that, and it comforts me. .


As for traveling.....if you can, you must go and see and do whatever and wherever possible....that's what I think. . It is a gift....to enjoy, to revel in, and to cherish.

The chowder was delicious. . It is a Cooking Light recipe, without potatoes, but all the other yummy things chowder has....bacon, corn, green onions. A bit indulgent, with an entire bag of frozen shrimp , but I deserve it.

I would say 1/4-1/3 of that woodpile was moved this morning, but it is much easier this year than last, for lots of reasons. I am going to have it all moved by the end of the week, then cover it with a tarp before the snow flies.

Plenty of firewood, dry and available, then, right outside my garage door.


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We have a fireplace in our family room...have not used it yet this year. I need to buy some fire logs from Lowes....the type that produces less smoke. Easier on my asthma. I do enjoy a nice fire on a cold, snowy day.

I also have stories to share...in person, relating to my dtr, Lynn, before and during her last hours. Deb and I were with her during those hours...not her husband, who was very self centered. Everything seemed to be "all about him." Lynn asked for him...he would not respond to phone calls, telling his friends he wanted to be with friends at a local hot springs. (Poor baby)! He would not even allow the 2 little girls to say goodbye to their Mom. One of Lynn's friends arranged for the oldest to go her house and say goodbye on the phone. Lynn waited for her,and left right after the call. There is much more to share next summer. Evelyn.
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Old 11-12-2015, 05:50 AM   #1144
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We will share stories, Evelyn.

The "Witch of November" blew thru here last night....and is still blowing, tho weakened.

This the same kind of storm system that sunk the Edmund Fitzgerald 40 years ago this week, with all lives aboard lost. (If you've never been to the Shipwreck Museum on Whitefish Bay in the Eastern UP, it is a very interesting place.)

No damage at the little house, but much wind damage throughout Central Illinois, some tornadoes spawned, a semi overturned on 74....Yikes.

I remember driving home from work one evening years ago, just ahead of this kind of storm system and 100 mph straight-line winds. Doug was already home, we battened the hatches and hunkered down til it passed.

We do wind well here.


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This event is calling to me....the first weekend in September every year.

Would be a good post-Wyoming Rockdocking layover....


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Will you be wearing period dress?

I had not heard the phrase, " Witch of November" before. It certainly sounds appropriate. We get some pretty strong winds here, especially the "chinooks" coming down from the mountains. 100 mph are pretty bad! That type is most prevalent on the plains east of here. They do some serious damage. Boulder gets hit really hard some years, though.
Your winds sound much like Nor'easters. Are you close to the Great Lakes?
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Old 11-12-2015, 02:35 PM   #1147
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I will not be wearing period dress, but it looks interesting.....and, it's right there.

I am in central Illinois, over 100 miles south of Lake Michigan, so just plain old high winds. We get them periodically.

Needlework group today. I really enjoy those women.

Periodically someone brings in tons of yarn from a mom or aunt or grandma who died or went into a nursing home and left projects unfinished, odd skeins leftover from afghans, etc., and it is then there to be taken by anyone, to be made into whatever we are into.

I went in with a nearly empty carry bag, but for my current prayer shawl, left with a full bag of nice yarn to be made into hats. I try not to let too much accumulate, lest I someday be the deceased donor to the Senior Center of a stockpile of yarn, but I just couldn't help myself.

Talking around the table, we all seem to have the yarn accumulation problem.....see a pretty color or variegated, and you just feel driven to make something out of it.

A passion, really, crocheting is for me. I am addicted to it it, as are others, or to knitting, or both.

Could be worse, Doug always said.

It is hat-making season, you know, and I am working on a box to ship to Dr. Culpepper.....so free yarn is good.

We should all do something for others, is my belief.

It is good for your soul.


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Reading your accounts of crochet, I am reminded of my Mom sitting in her rocking chair, working those needles like a little automatic machine. As she worked, she rocked, always. We kids used to watch her....when she was tired...her rocking slowed as she began to doze off....then, all of a sudden, she would alert, still dozing, and crochet rapidly, then slow and doze again., still crocheting. Our giggles would usually waken her, and she would smile at us, call us little stinkers! Good memories. Evelyn.
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We were talking yesterday about the not-so-long-ago times when mothers knit the socks for all family members. Yikes, what a job. But then, life was harder all the way around back then.

I didn't begin to crochet until I began having grandchildren, at which time I was driven to learn so I could make little things to wrap around them or put on their sweet little heads.


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https://www.crazypatterns.net/de/ite...aekelanleitung Here is a link to a really neat crochet pattern. It is available in English as well.
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Really cute!

Will have to take a look at that.

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Paris.

How to fight and eliminate terrorist groups who embrace blowing themselves up to wreak murder and mayhem on those whose beliefs differ from theirs.

My heart goes out to all.


My beautiful and sweet niece, the country mouse who emigrated to the big city for ISU, is a flutist and there was a band/symphony concert last night. A lot of very serious musicians there, and impressive performances.

She has adjusted well to finding herself in a sea of strangers, having lived all her life in the same small town, where she knew everyone and everyone knew her. In addition to family, her roommate and new friends were there for support and to cheer her on.

Wild Leaf Romp 2015 is today, and I will continue to work on moving my woodpile, once again. A heck of a lot of wood, but a fire is burning merrily in my woodstove as I type, so this is just what one does.

Fire has entertainment value, you know. Morning coffee, the first fire of the day glowing and flickering through the glass.....


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Hi Gail!

Haven't seen you in awhile. Thanks for dropping in.

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Maggie, you are getting me in the mood for a fire in our fireplace! Next week we are in for much colder weather and maybe a big snowstorm, Monday - Thursday! Have to go get those boxes of fire logs! Evelyn.
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We were talking yesterday about the not-so-long-ago times when mothers knit the socks for all family members. Yikes, what a job. But then, life was harder all the way around back then.

I didn't begin to crochet until I began having grandchildren, at which time I was driven to learn so I could make little things to wrap around them or put on their sweet little heads.

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Maggie, the War Museum in Ottawa currently has an interesting display about the contribution of women (and their needles - knitting needles) during WW2.
Knitting for War | Canadian War Museum

Knitting by the fire on a cold winter's night - reminds me of a Christmas card.
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Would love to be able to see that exhibit, FaN. Looks very interesting.

Movie time, post clean-up and pre-bed. Always a good wind down for them after lots of outdoor play, and for Grandma, too.


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There is nothing quite as magic as the smell of coffee on a wood stove....and I drink tea.
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Agreed.

One of the things Doug liked to say was "no coffee tastes as good as coffee smells."

He converted me from a primarily tea drinker to a primarily coffee drinker.


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