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Old 01-25-2016, 01:42 PM   #1681
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Thanks, folks, and sorry for your liquid diets.

I am exceedingly directionally challenged, and not good at all at driving while navigating anywhere...but it is also a pia to use a gps function to leave one spot and go to another. It is a tad bit stressful going into a city for me, who is almost directionally dyslexic.

One of the things that is really, really, really nice about taking the Interstate anywhere you want to go.....you always have a bathroom, can sit down a bit if you want, eat lunch, feed the dog, etc......and, you always have a bathroom.

Emphasis....you always have a bathroom.

Walking, with Lily in tow, there are not many places where one can use a bathroom and take the dog in....like, none. Without the Interstate, but with the dog, one must make plans around when and where one can pee, and limit liquids accordingly.

I got down to Beachwalker Park yesterday, coffee in hand to sip while I walked and she ran....three toilets at the top of the walk down to the beach...every one of them CLOSED!.

We could have stayed longer, but we couldn't.

We did make our way to downtown, old Charleston, this morning, and walked the streets a bit...Charleston is very dog friendly, with water bowls set outside many doors...Lily would go right up to them and take a drink...I know that's for me!.

Lots of dog lovers here, too, asking her name, stopping to pet her and make over her. She was in heaven.

We walked and looked and I found a C-ton tshirt, then took Lily to the dog park...where she growled and snarled and showed her wicked teeth, and even snapped at one pup that invaded her space a bit too much......then walked around with me, but wasn't willing to leave me to play with the other dogs.

A different Lily, in our different life.

She used to love other dogs almost as much as she loved us.


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Old 01-25-2016, 02:46 PM   #1682
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Lily really enjoys her daily carrots....I have gone to whole ones, giving her 1/2 per day, late afternoon.

She asks for them....so funny.


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Old 01-26-2016, 04:43 AM   #1683
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Lily has taken possession of you after Doug's passing. Pretty common. When I am alone and walking both dogs and need facilities, I find a gas station or some such thing I just take them in with me. They lie on the floor and wait until I'v finished.

Each night our two get a frozen Kong with dog peanut butter after we eat dinner. Our black one sits and stares at the freezer right after we finish either at home or in the trailer. Looks like Lily really loves her carrots!

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Old 01-26-2016, 06:31 AM   #1684
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Lily certainly does see her primary role as looking out for me. She couldn't be more devoted, and it works for me. I like our bond.

Such a sweetie, and I cannot imagine being without her.

Going to visit Boone Hall Plantation today, and perhaps one of the beaches up Mount Pleasant way.

I will post some pictures.

Temps are going to be in the upper 60's, and sunny....and I figure Lily can walk the grounds of the plantation with me.

It's going to be a beautiful day.


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Old 01-26-2016, 10:40 AM   #1685
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So nice that she is protective of you. (My little ones can only nip....no risk to anyone.) lily does have some mean looking teeth.

Great having such pretty weather for roaming around! Enjoy. Evelyn.
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Old 01-26-2016, 01:26 PM   #1686
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Boone Hall Plantation was a mixed bag.

The home, currently lived in and only a few rooms of which are open to the public, was built in the 1930's, tho the plantation itself is reportedly the oldest continuously worked plantation in the United States....dating back to the 1650's, and lived on all that time, as well.

The tree lined drive to the house is magnificent, as all of these seem to be....ancient live oaks, hung with moss.
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The other very interesting thing about Boone Hall....the original slave cabins were very unique, and unlike any I have ever seen....made of brick "seconds", cast-offs from those made on the plantation.

Brick and cotton were the exports of this plantation, bricks made by the slaves and a brick on one slave house containing tiny fingerprints....of, perhaps, a slave child, as they began working at 3-4 years old.
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Old 01-27-2016, 06:06 AM   #1688
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After Boone Hall....where there are bathrooms ...Lily and I walked the beach at Isle of Palms a bit.

Dogs allowed off-leash there before 10am and after 4 pm, but she enjoyed it, nonetheless.

Dozens of starfish dead on the beach, disgorged by the sea at very high tide levels some days ago.....I had to have a little one.

Tomorrow is going to be cold and rainy, so we are going to go back to Beachwalker Park later today.....where Lily can run loose and while it is warm enough for me to be barefoot in the sand.

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Old 01-27-2016, 08:55 PM   #1689
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A man was walking down the ocean beach. After a while he noticed a kid throwing something, as kids will do, into the water. As the man neared the kid he noticed many beached starfish. He then noticed the kid was throwing the starfish back into the sea. The man said, "hey, kid! Why are you throwing the starfish back into the sea? Can't you see there are more than you could ever throw!" The kid said.."Yes Sir, you are right! I cannot possibly throw them all.." The man said," so why waste your time and effort? What difference does it make?" The kid said, " Well, Sir, you are right, I cannot save them all!" The kid kept throwing starfish. The man said,"so why are you doing this". The kid said, "I cannot save them all, I can only make a difference for this one!" And the kid threw another starfish into the sea.

Keep throwing starfish, kid... Keep throwing.
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Old 01-28-2016, 04:48 AM   #1690
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I have read that one, Channing, and fully subscribe to that belief.

Do what you can, where you can, whenever you can.

Lily ran herself to exhaustion on the beach yesterday....to be cool and rainy today, so I think we will stay in.

I will drink tea, crochet...


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Old 01-28-2016, 04:50 AM   #1691
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It's the motto and guide for just about anyone involved in animal rescue.

Had not seen it that way, thanks

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Old 01-28-2016, 05:46 AM   #1692
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Another one....

It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can do only a little.....do what you can.


Sometimes.....a person finds themselves trying to deal with something that is much bigger than they are.

I firmly believe that one should then do what they can, with what is directly in front of them.....focus not on the big picture, but on the little one.

Be not a part of the problem, but do your best to be part of the solution. You never know what difference you might make.

And, sometimes.....when you are nearly convinced that no one is listening or paying attention to a problem....you find that they are.


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Old 01-28-2016, 10:27 AM   #1693
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One of the very best purchases I have made for the Interstate is this set of nesting silicone bowls...2qt, 1 1/2qt, and 1 qt, with a nice, vertical rather than horizontal, heft to them which work very well in the cabinet and frig.

Aside from the color , they squish wherever they are, and can be used for mixing, storing and reheating.

Googling them to get a picture, they are as low as $21 or so, now....much less than I paid at least 5-6 years ago...but they have been worth every penny.

I love them.


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Old 01-28-2016, 01:57 PM   #1694
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The starfish story is so true. Ask the pair of dogs we rescued off the street, after failing to rescue the other one that later apparently got killed in traffic...

Sometimes you have to just do what you can. It will make a difference in some way, even if it's a small difference.

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Lily and I are going to head back to Folly Beach this morning....where she is allowed, but cannot run off-leash, and where there are many dog-friendly restaurants ....where one can sit outside to eat with one's beloved, 4 legged friend.

An occasional meal out is something we always enjoyed, and I still do, but sitting in a restaurant alone remains very difficult for me. With Lily, I have company.

I will have brunch after our walk, and she will get a scrambled egg.

Then, a drive up the Ashley River Plantation Road, and to check out Givhans Ferry SP....on the Edisto River, it looks lovely.


One of the things we always loved about Charleston, and the Low-Country in general, is that spring comes very early here.

While it is frigid winter at home, flowering shrubs in this area are already beautifully blooming.

I believe these are Camellias.


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Yes, they are camellias

Yes, the photo is of a Camellia. If you have a chance go see the Magnolia Plantation and gardens. Mid January to Mid March is the time to see the camellia gardens on this over 500 acre plantation. Travel and Leisure named it one of the 15 most beautiful gardens in America in 2014. The international Camellia Society recognizes Magnolia as being one of only seven Gardens of Excellence in the United States. There are over 25,000 camellias there.
You are right in the backyard of Magnolia.
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Very pretty! Wow, it must be so nice there....we have upper 50's here, but snow is expected Saturday night, Monday, and Tuesday......prediction of 6-12 inches for Denver, maybe more where I live. Spring is a long way away for us.

Your patio brunch sure sounds nice and I'll bet Lily loves having her person right there while she has her brunch, as well.

Maggie, I have decided that I want a 2016 Interstate.....only one problem.....I need to win a lottery before I can buy it! Darn it! Till then, I'll just have to 'make do' with my little 2015 BAMBI 16' Sport. (LOL)! Seriously, I wish I could get one, as it would make my travels so much easier, not to tow, and attend to all that entails, but, the only way I can pull it off is to leave my daughter with a big debt to deal with, and certainly, at my age, I would not have it paid off prior to 'my eventual departure'. My home is debt free, and I could finance it, but, then there is that issue of leaving Deb with a huge issue, and I can't , in good conscience, do that! Oh well, so goes life. God bless. Evelyn.
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I'll check out those gardens, Silverbee.

Evelyn, you might find an older Interstate, not so expensive as the new ones....or insure it to be paid off if you die first?

I love mine, that is for sure, but I couldn't afford one at today's prices.


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Very pretty! Wow, it must be so nice there....we have upper 50's here, but snow is expected Saturday night, Monday, and Tuesday......prediction of 6-12 inches for Denver, maybe more where I live. Spring is a long way away for us.

Your patio brunch sure sounds nice and I'll bet Lily loves having her person right there while she has her brunch, as well.

Maggie, I have decided that I want a 2016 Interstate.....only one problem.....I need to win a lottery before I can buy it! Darn it! Till then, I'll just have to 'make do' with my little 2015 BAMBI 16' Sport. (LOL)! Seriously, I wish I could get one, as it would make my travels so much easier, not to tow, and attend to all that entails, but, the only way I can pull it off is to leave my daughter with a big debt to deal with, and certainly, at my age, I would not have it paid off prior to 'my eventual departure'. My home is debt free, and I could finance it, but, then there is that issue of leaving Deb with a huge issue, and I can't , in good conscience, do that! Oh well, so goes life. God bless. Evelyn.
If you can afford the payments etc on a 2016 Interstate and are concerned about leaving a debt for your daughter you might look into a small insurance policy to pay off the loan upon death. But, you also might want to call an attorney for some advice as not sure about CO inheritance laws concerning debt vs heirs. You may find that your daughter does not owe anything once your estate is settled, the house would pay off the loan and etc and the remainder would go to her. Just a thought.

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Thanks, Bud. The big thing is....Debbie lives with me and the house will still be her home when I'm not here. That's really important for me...that she has the home. I might check to see if an insurance policy would pay it off upon my death. I can afford the payments, and that's not the issue for me, but would be a big problem for her. I would not encumber her future, to satisfy my desire for luxury travel. That would be exceedingly selfish of me...and that is not who I am.
Deb is not into travel as am I, so she would not use it.

Maggie, I will check into that insurance policy...that could make a difference in a decision.
Thanks, guys, for the idea. Evelyn.
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