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Old 09-15-2015, 07:59 PM   #813
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Anyone who has suddenly lost a loved one should read. "The Year of Magical Thinking".

The writer so exceptionally captures the physical and emotional disorientation one experiences that, although familiar, there is enough reliving the experience that I must read this book in bits and pieces.

She writes of the 911 operator asking "Is he breathing?". "Just come", she replied.

I remember the 911 operator asking me questions about Doug's birthdate, medical history, etc. What? I told her my husband wasn't breathing and I couldn't talk to her....and then she called me back, telling me this information was important. What!!?? I can't talk to you right now, I told her, and hung up the phone while screaming out the door for help and starting CPR.

Small doses of this book for me, right now, tho it is very well written and reminds me, once again......we are all more alike than we are different.


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Pretty scarf....more deep red than this shows.
by the way, I love this scarf!!!!
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following right behind your post, that seem inappropriate...
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Old 09-15-2015, 08:13 PM   #816
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It's quite alright, Gail.

It really is a lovely scarf. Have promised Val I will take a selfie with it on and the waters of Greece in the background.

I'll do my best.


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Old 09-16-2015, 07:12 AM   #817
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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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Mmmmm, possibly.

She loves them, but I am definitely her person, the one she loves the best and the most.

She seems to be perking up, and ate some dog food last night. She might have eaten a weed or something that upset her tummy a bit.

I hate to see her sad.


Pulling things together for my trip, going to do a mock pack to make final determinations as to what I am taking.

I like this part, too.


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I don't think I will have room....carry on luggage only.

I am going to wear my modified sandals between now and then, to see how they do.

I could just slip the levelers into my luggage.....they won't take up any space at all.


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Take the safe/ugly shoes. Almost anything else you can do without, or buy overseas. Wash your delicates in the sink, roll them in a towel and stomp on them to get them nearly dry. Ditto for any other item of clothing except perhaps jeans... But in a warm dry climate even they should dry out overnight (turn them inside out, so if they're still damp it'll be on the outside.) Live in 2 outfits for the whole trip, but keep your feet comfortable or you'll be miserable the whole time.

Have a great time too!
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Thanks, Paula.

Have fun at Alumalina, give big John Leake (the ringmaster) a hug from Maggie, please.

I love John.....one of the most decent, kind and good people I have ever known.


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(Quote) Live in 2 outfits for the whole trip...

OK to that!! as long as the scarf goes with both!!! hugs and love to all, gail
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I have had a day.. Will spare you the details, but it has been mind weary. But good, in other ways.

Glad to be back home with my little sweet dog, going to have a soak in the tub and a glass of wine....because I deserve it.

This is me today.
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Another day , but some things needing tended to are coming together, and that is a good thing.

Did get to my needlework group today. Such a gentle natured group of women.... most working on charitable projects of some sort, gathered together for a couple of hours to visit, share bits of their lives, yarn finds, patterns, etc. Nice.

Nothing much going on here....just sayin' Hi.


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Another day , but some things needing tended to are coming together, and that is a good thing.

Did get to my needlework group today. Such a gentle natured group of women.... most working on charitable projects of some sort, gathered together for a couple of hours to visit, share bits of their lives, yarn finds, patterns, etc. Nice.

Nothing much going on here....just sayin' Hi.


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Hi back to you.. hugs and love gail
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Mmmmm, possibly.

She loves them, but I am definitely her person, the one she loves the best and the most.

She seems to be perking up, and ate some dog food last night. She might have eaten a weed or something that upset her tummy a bit.

I hate to see her sad.


Pulling things together for my trip, going to do a mock pack to make final determinations as to what I am taking.

I like this part, too.


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Hi Maggie:

If Lilly is doing all her stuff, but not eating she is "upset" a new routine was taken from her, ie at your sons and the kids. Next time first thing, before you even take her into the house, take her for a walk, just the two of you, at home in her neighborhood. Does not have to be long but a walk and talk to her the entire walk. This assures them they are back with "their pack". They do not worry about what is coming, nor do they worry about what has been, but they do "miss" routines and the walk usually settles it all out. I also, recommend feeding some food by hand if they won't eat for a couple of days. Even trainers worry about their pups, at least I know I do.

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Thanks, Bud. I was hoping you might offer some words of wisdom on this.

I haven't walked her before bringing her in the house, but I will do that next time.

I always talk to her, in the abbreviated language you would use with a toddler.....telling her she is going bye bye to Larry's house, that I'll be back and we will come home to Lily's house. I know she understands those simple things.

The difference this time at my son's was I had the boys taking turns taking her for a good, part walk/part run every day......I'm sure she really enjoyed that. I walk her, of course, and almost always can find an area to let her rip a bit off leash, but that was a different routine.

She loves them, too, and they her. The abrupt return home may have been part of it, too. A bit traumatic, perhaps, even tho she couldn't have been more ecstatic to see me.

She seems back to her old self, now, eating and seeming comfortable.


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