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Old 04-16-2014, 05:25 PM   #155
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Maggie, Thank you for sharing. It is helping me.
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I'm glad to hear that.

We are really all more alike than we are different.


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Old 04-18-2014, 07:40 AM   #158
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Theresa Caputo was amazing.

Just as when I have seen her on TV, she is a very genuine, straightforward, caring and compassionate person. A little ball of fire in very expensive, sparkly shoes.

During about 1hr 45minutes of "readings" with audience members, she nailed specifics about departed loved ones, and those they had left behind, over and over again. Those who got her attention were genuinely shocked and very emotional at what she knew and at the details of messages coming to them from loved ones who had died recently or years ago.

Theresa honed in on a very distraught young woman whose fiancÚ had recently died, and told her he wants her to stop saying she can't do this without him, that he wants her to live for their baby. The woman had only recently found out she was pregnant, and since the father died. Theresa was obviously worried about this young woman, and told her friends they need to stay close and to watch her.

I put Doug's wedding ring on, and into my bag the tiny pocketknife he carried almost all the time......one which he handed to me hundreds of times to cut yarn. I felt he clearly wanted me to be there, and nudged me strongly to find and attend the show. He also cautioned me not to expect too much in such a venue.... but for beginning to develop a belief and trust that souls exist, stay close to and with their loved ones, and continue to guide and interact with them after death.

I found Theresa's show interesting, highly credible and comforting. At least for me, fully absorbing this will come in stages, rather than be the result of an epiphany of some sort.

Chores today....clean the little house, do some laundry, work on that woodpile. Weather is perfect for such things.

I'm doing okay. Noticing that with this sense of peace and calm that is starting to settle that my bodily signs of stress overload are dissipating.

It's a good thing.


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I hope you don't close this thread just yet as I think it is a good connection to your Airstream friends. I was widowed in 1970 with 3 teenagers. He died in his sleep with a massive heart attack. In 2007 I lost Roy to COPD. The loss of your loved one is never easy. Roy insisted we buy our motor home in 2005 as he knew I could not handle our large 5th wheel. We traveled a lot from 1996 until shortly before his death. I have met the most wonderful friends traveling in my motorhome since 2007. I am 78 and still able to attend rallies and take trips to visit family and friends. I feel like Roy is my co-pilot when traveling. You are doing well for now with all the thing that must be done and you will continue to be involved. God Bless you in this journey. Kay
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Thank you, Kay, and good to hear how you have continued to travel. I plan to do the same....just not quite yet.

Not looking to close this thread right now, but feel a shift coming and getting close to getting into other threads again.

I guess I can do both, now can't I.


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I sure hope you'll do both!!! I've followed your posts elsewhere and your small spaces thread.... I've enjoyed all of them... and it's encouraging to hear from women, especially older, like me, who are traveling alone and do fine!!! Hugs, gail
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The items I ordered from the Red Cross arrived today.

The mouth barrier packet is about the size of......dare I say it....a foil-wrapped condom. On a little key ring.

The CPR kit is about the size, but half the depth, of a package of cigarettes. Contains a pair of gloves and a mouth barrier.

The First Aid and Emergency Preparedness Quick Reference Guide is 8"x4.5" and about 1/2" thick. Excellent. Compact, spiral bound and sturdy.



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Drinking this morning the last of the Community Coffee we bought toward the untimely end of the last trip.

Yard work is coming along. Feeding plants and trees, raking, clearing debris, tidying up. There is something especially satisfying about completing tasks that give immediate, visual gratification. Son and grands will be here this afternoon to help finish off that woodpile.

My last batch of sugar cookie dough from December has been pulled from the freezer, to be turned into decorated, egg-shaped cookies for my family today. My grands love Grandma's cookies.

Get up, draw strength from those who are gone, and those who love and care about you, do what needs to be done and try your best to carry on with life.

My thoughts have turned often to the young woman at the Caputo event Thursday night. When Theresa started moving about the audience, the people she spoke with were given microphones, a small film crew followed and everything that was happening was then projected onto a theatre screen behind the stage. It allowed everyone in the audience to see and hear all that was going on, and the genuine, emotional responses/reactions of participants.

This young woman was absolutely drowning in grief and despair, and I suspect had been thinking of ending her own life. The death of her fiancÚ occurred in February, I believe, and she found out just a few weeks ago that she is expecting a child.

She had never heard of Theresa Caputo, and had ended up at this show quite by accident, when someone who knew someone who had tickets and a friend who suddenly couldn't attend.

I wish for her that she find within her the strength she needs, also purpose and meaning to her life so she can pull herself out of this and start to move forward.

She will be in my thoughts.


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Maggie,

Sounds like lots of good things are happening and lots of awareness being generated. Kudos to you.

May I digress slightly please. We were so looking forward to a DO lesson and a taste of Maggie's bread. We made this last night in the backyard it's an Italian herb simple loaf paired to a DO seafood boil. Click image for larger version

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Looks yummy, Gary!

We'll DO in September. I know how to do Doug's part, as well as my own.


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We hauled wood, hauled wood and hauled more wood yesterday.

Grandsons tore into it with Gorilla Cart, with breaks for cookies and drinks, of course. Not yet done, will finish this afternoon after dinner has settled. I am good for firewood for 2-3 years. All at one time.

Have lots of odd pieces that will be good for campfires, only.....hope Moraine View will be conducive to fires this year.

All of a sudden, Spring is here. Am going to finish raking the edges and flower beds, and get the Preen down, this morning as rains are due here later this week. My lily of the valley that I planted last year have not yet popped up. Hope they survived the deep freeze, as I was looking forward to them.

My sweet son looks around for things that need fixed, tightened, adjusted, etc., and takes care of them or makes plans to do them. Such a good guy, so fortunate that they are just a mile away. They have been over at least once every weekend since I have been home, just to "chore" with me in one way or another.

The first major holiday without Doug....it will be a year of "firsts" my sister says, who lost a husband to cancer when she was just 32 and had three small children. Will cook all the usual Easter things, and imagine him with his plate saying "scrumptious"! He does not help clear and put away, nor do dishes, in his imaginary self, tho.

Doing pretty well here. Have a good day, folks.


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And I changed the oil in the truck today, so a good day here too. Not good as long as your firewood, but 5,000 miles is ok. Glad to see how well you are doing. A family get together is always a good thing if you have a family like yours and not one of those families we see in the movies where therapists need to be standing by.

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We have dysfunction in our family, too, just like most everyone else you talk to. It's always such a relief to normalize the pathology, listening to others talk about their families.

Not with my kids, tho. They are wonderful, responsible, loving adults, and I am very proud of them. Hardly a perfect parent, clearly I did some things well. It's my siblings that stress me out.

Have had a lovely day, dishes are done and the crew just left. Lily is exhausted, having not had a moment's rest in the last 5 hours. Too afraid she will miss a dropped morsel or some equally important goings-on.

We are all acutely aware of Doug's absence. He is gone. Forever. Emma, almost 7, is having the hardest time of the grands, as Grandpa was her favorite. After dinner on Sundays, she would join him in his chair in "the back room". They would watch football, she would read poetry to him from his books, he would read her favorite story books to her, etc. She misses him, and says so.

Emma is one of those beautiful little girls whose feet hardly touched the ground the first few years of her life. Someone was always holding her, loving on her and telling her how sweet she was. She was Grandpa's girl when she was here, still insisting that he pick her up and hold her a bit, and now she is just one of the kids. She gets plenty of attention, but it's not the same.

My new shed from Home Depot is going up on Wednesday. It is 8'x14', about half of which is designated as a "fort" for the kids, who are in the "fort" and "hideout" stage.

We are going to celebrate the new shed on Saturday with their first overnite here since Grandpa has been gone. Being Grandma means having the kids here for overnites, going to the park and having fun. We will cook outside Saturday evening, the boys will spend the nite in their "fort", and Grandma will make pancakes Sunday morning. It's those Grandparent things we do. Grandpa just won't be here with us.

I tell them Grandpa would want us to go on, to do fun things together and remember things we did with him. They nod their heads. They are looking forward to the camping trip in late July. Madeline Island. A ferry to an island with a campground. Big stuff for them. They are uncomplaining helpers, so it is eminently doable.

My life has completely changed. I am minus my soulmate and a household of 1, but still have much to be thankful for. I need to remind myself of that every day.

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