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Old 08-26-2014, 11:53 PM   #631
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Here we have rabid Mexican bats.... true! They infested a Wal-Mart... True!

Why won't ya'll believe me????
Rabies concern after bat bite at Round Rock Walmart | KXAN.com

Nine bats test positive for rabies in Austin

Woman treated for rabies after bat bite at Round Rock Walmart | KXAN.com
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Old 08-27-2014, 06:41 AM   #632
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Lily and I had no contact with the raccoon, and she is up to date on her shots.

Has cooled off considerably here. Coffee is brewing. Looks like it is going to be a lovely day


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It's just that in the Deep South, women learn at a young age that when the world is falling apart around you, it's time to take down the drapes and make a new dress.”
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I am so thankful to have news from our dear friend in England. I was so afraid they were having bad health issues. I was addicted to her postings. I miss them. I am so glad that you are going in your Airstream. I wish you sunny days. Kay
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Old 08-28-2014, 07:47 AM   #635
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59 degrees here this morning. Such perfect sleeping weather.

I had a dream last night that Doug and I were in Italy, one of the places we had planned to go. We had struck up a friendship with a couple of locals, who were cooking us dinner on their rooftop patio somewhere. So real. I would like to think Doug found a way to take me there in my dreams.

A cedar/lemongrass candle is burning, coffee pot is half-consumed, and Lily is curled up next to me. Reading, crocheting, walking Lily, bike riding.....repeat as desired. That is my week here. A tad bit of cooking. Could not be more relaxing and peaceful.

The campground is starting to fill up for the holiday weekend. Peace may be less available the weekend, but that's okay, too.

Going to explore the area in the Interstate a bit today, charge the batteries some, perhaps find a farm stand. Fresh something would be yummy.

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Sounds like a lovely trip to Italy and a perfect start to the day.

I hope the rest of your day is as peaceful.
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Thank you, Pagey. You believe, and I like that. Looking forward to talking with you next month.

Had a lovely day yesterday. Temps have been perfect for anything. Poked around the area a bit, didn't find a farm stand but a very nice Jewel/Osco, which served the purpose.

Have been working my way thru cleaning and organizing the cabinets. Have not been down on my knees looking at the lower ones in years....Doug always did that....but my examination was overdue. Men just don't see dirt like women do. They are now cleaner, happier and more sanitary cabinets.

Met and spent some time with a very nice couple in one of those little A-Line pop-ups (there were 3 of these in my loop when I pulled in), who have been coming here for 30+years. They left early this morning, handmade dishcloth in hand.

They told me about this Saturday activity in nearby Chesterton, which looks just too interesting to pass up. Looks very well-established, should be a nice way to spend the day, and will get me out of the campground.

Chesterton's European Market

My first such thing solo, but I'm a big girl and can do this. Need to step out in the world a bit, especially if I am going travel some. Can't spend all my time driving and sitting around. Don't want to become a hermit.

It is strange, at a campsite by yourself. Feels odd to sit outside alone.

One of those myriad of things that improves by doing, I suspect.


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The European Market in Chesterton was very, very enjoyable. Got there just before 8am, as things were opening up, as rain is due in later today.

All manner of homemade foods, from pastries and jams to fresh, hot, homemade tamales. One of my favorite foods of all time. Bought a dozen, which will feed me several times. Scrumptious.

Soaps, woodenwares, pottery, glass, jewelry, etc., plus fresh flowers and a large selection of fresh fruits and vegetables. A mental bookmark for a return trip.

Also, a couple of vendors selling homemade dog treats and several places with water bowls out for the all manner of dogs that were welcome and present. Lily was a happy girl, strolling around with me.....in her harness and on her short leash, keeping her alpha-ness in check in a high-stimulation environment.

Admiring items in a booth selling those rather filmy, colorful, poncho-y, scarfy things for women, that can be worn 5 or 6 different ways, I was talking with the lady there about how great these would be for travel. Also, thinking to myself about our trip to Paris in 2012 for our 20th wedding anniversary, when I could have used this very item.

Just then, across the way, a man with an accordion begins playing "La vie en Rose". One of our first days in Paris, a man with an accordion was playing that very song, by the Seine.

I bought a scarfy thing and went to drop some money in the accordion player's bin....and talk to him a minute. He was French, also loves Edith Piaf and was sad for her tortured life. She was born in a brothel, as I recall, and discovered while singing for tips on a street corner.

That particular song is quintessential Paris....and Edith Piaf, who Doug has loved since first learning about her in high school French class. We have a CD of her music, and watched a movie about her very difficult life and career.....could put her CD in and be instantly transported back to Paris....sitting outside, drinking coffee from tiny cups.



It's been a nice day, and good to be out among others. One can spend an inordinate amount of time alone, is the truth.

Hope everyone is having a good holiday weekend.

Thanks for being here.


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Sounds GREAT Maggie! We like strolling the "farmers market" as called here in the South!

It is amazing how much RICHNESS and beauty can be found within our local communities.

The time of year for these to popup locally is nearing. The Texas heat sorta negates the ambiance in the peak summertime.
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Old 08-30-2014, 01:25 PM   #640
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More synchronicity. And you are never really alone, Maggie. Doug will always be with you and will find ways to remind you.
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That was my thought, Page....that Doug sent me that song, just as I was thinking of our trip.

It seems that music will be a key form of messages, for him, which is not surprising, given his great love of a wide variety of music. Much more so than me.

It is comforting.


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The European Market in Chesterton was very, very enjoyable. Got there just before 8am, as things were opening up, as rain is due in later today.

All manner of homemade foods, from pastries and jams to fresh, hot, homemade tamales. One of my favorite foods of all time. Bought a dozen, which will feed me several times. Scrumptious.

Soaps, woodenwares, pottery, glass, jewelry, etc., plus fresh flowers and a large selection of fresh fruits and vegetables. A mental bookmark for a return trip.

Also, a couple of vendors selling homemade dog treats and several places with water bowls out for the all manner of dogs that were welcome and present. Lily was a happy girl, strolling around with me.....in her harness and on her short leash, keeping her alpha-ness in check in a high-stimulation environment.

Admiring items in a booth selling those rather filmy, colorful, poncho-y, scarfy things for women, that can be worn 5 or 6 different ways, I was talking with the lady there about how great these would be for travel. Also, thinking to myself about our trip to Paris in 2012 for our 20th wedding anniversary, when I could have used this very item.

Just then, across the way, a man with an accordion begins playing "La vie en Rose". One of our first days in Paris, a man with an accordion was playing that very song, by the Seine.

I bought a scarfy thing and went to drop some money in the accordion player's bin....and talk to him a minute. He was French, also loves Edith Piaf and was sad for her tortured life. She was born in a brothel, as I recall, and discovered while singing for tips on a street corner.

That particular song is quintessential Paris....and Edith Piaf, who Doug has loved since first learning about her in high school French class. We have a CD of her music, and watched a movie about her very difficult life and career.....could put her CD in and be instantly transported back to Paris....sitting outside, drinking coffee from tiny cups.



It's been a nice day, and good to be out among others. One can spend an inordinate amount of time alone, is the truth.

Hope everyone is having a good holiday weekend.

Thanks for being here.


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One life ends, and another begins.....so goes the circle of life.

Grandchild #10 is due in April 2015.

My social worker daughter and her police detective husband (we love him), who married last year, are expecting their first child. They are over the moon with delight.

I am so happy for them, and for me.....and somewhere, Doug is smiling.


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I, too, believe Doug is sending you messages, and I've been told by a Sensitive that it is very hard for those who have passed to do things to get our attention -- they have to work hard at having it happen.

I am wondering, is the harness you use for Lily the one which curbs "pulling"? Our Goldendoodle is very large and extremely strong, he could easily pull us down if we don't keep a firm hold on the leash. I noticed the harnesses which do this in a catalog we receive and was thinking of trying one. We have used the "gentle leaders", but since they go around the snout, some people think they are a "muzzle" and are being used to keep him from biting, which isn't the problem at all. He's a lover and I don't want people to think he's aggressive, so I was looking for something different to use. As soon as we put a gentle leader on him, he stops jumping and pulling, tho.

The European Market you went to sounds wonderful. For some time, I've been thinking of starting some type of a file to keep by state, then by cities, of interesting cities; nice campgrounds; museums; markets; etc. so that when we're in an area, we can look it over for a reference of where to stay/do. I think I need to get started on this and add in the campground you stayed in this week and this European Market. Thanks for sharing the info.

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