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Old 08-31-2014, 12:54 PM   #645
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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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Hi, Maggie; I have always thought the same thing. Someone leaves this world and a new one arrives. Seems to me that you are doing quite well. Happy to hear that you are out and about with Lili too.
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Old 08-31-2014, 01:29 PM   #646
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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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Thanks, Robert.

Deb, thank you.

We bought this harness at Petco, I think. They did not recommend the "gentle leader", as I recall, for Lily. We had taken her (and us) to dog school there last year, explaining her issues with other dogs. They could also see her gentle and sweet disposition, and were very helpful. She is a better dog, and we/I better owners for the class and conversations with them.

This harness is intended to curb pulling, also to mimic the "correction" that a mother dog would do with a pup.....which is grasping them behind the neck.

The harness hooks in front, across the chest, so that when they pull, the pressure they feel is on the opposite side of the harness, behind the neck. I call it her "I'm a submissive" harness, because just fastening it on her makes all the difference, immediately.

Interestingly, when we first came home with it and held it out to put it on her, she stepped into it as if she knew exactly what it was, and that it was for her. May have come from her prior life, or maybe she's just that smart.

We also bought one of those leashes that has the extra handle, making a very short leash so that you can pull them very close, very quickly, very easily. When I see and can anticipate Lily is going to go for another dog, I pull her close and she gives me no problem. If she can go at another dog, she has to snarl and snap, and appear she will tear it to shreds. She doesn't, of course, just has to dominate and appear that she will.

I guess, in the great scheme of things, now that I am alone it is good to have a dog who sounds like she would tear a throat out. Ain't nobody gonna be messin' with me with Lily around. They would have to get past those big, white teeth.

I have since heard that alphas show themselves very soon after birth, and have often wondered if such a sweet, good, dog was abandoned because of it. Whatever, their loss was our gain.

If I didn't have Lily, I would have to find her. I needed her, and even more so, now.

If you haven't done a bit of dog school with yours, Deb, you might consider that. It was under $100 at Petco, pretty basic, but very helpful in Lily becoming more compliant overall.

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Old 08-31-2014, 06:25 PM   #647
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Catching up—raccoons can be house trained. I've know people who did that, though I certainly wouldn't. We used to live where two raccoon tribes were battling over territory. It could get pretty nasty in the middle of the night. I figured it would resolve itself, but a neighbor shot most of them. Diagnosing rabies or anything else based on no fear of people and a seizure in a box (I may get a seizure if you put my a box, though I am afraid of humans) may be hasty.

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Hi Gene,

The consensus among park staff was that the raccoon likely had distemper, and they have apparently had this experience here before.

Last day here, moving up the shore a bit tomorrow and home by the end of the week.

A lovely park. We'll be back.


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Those who live no more,
whom we loved,
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our words, our hearts.
And what they did
and who they were
becomes a part of all that we are,
forever.
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A Very Different Kind of Life

Was this quote on your IPad this evening, Maggie? If so, wow! Spot on!


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Old 09-01-2014, 06:33 PM   #650
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No, I found it some other day, just pulled and posted it today because it seemed apropos.

I have a Pages app for the IPad that allows me to create and save documents.

I have one document in there that is all quotes I have found online and liked.

Copy and paste, there for the plucking when I take a notion, which I did this morning.

Had lunch near the campground today with the very, very nice woman I met here and visited with a couple of days ago. Then, we came back to the campground and spent another 4 hours just sitting around and talking. Lovely.

They had left on Friday, we exchanged contact information. A new friend.

Hope everyone had a good weekend.


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Your stay at that campground sounds idyllic. Wish we could travel this year, but maybe next year.

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Your stay at that campground sounds idyllic. Wish we could travel this year, but maybe next year.

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Hi, me too; Our trailer hasn't been out since we brought it to Salem in December. We do have a Rally in October and may make an extended trip out of it.
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Gave the absolutely filthy Interstate a thorough scrub at a car wash this morning, then headed a bit north for a couple of days.

As the pre-soak is starting, what comes on thru their piped in music but Garth Brooks...

How was I to know
that you'd ever say goodbye?
And now I'm glad,
that I didn't know
the way it all would end,
the way it all would go.
Our lives....are better left to chance.
I could have missed the pain,
but I'd have had to miss the dance.


Been in my head all day. Such a beautiful song. I have not played music since Doug died. Just can't, yet. Music was more his thing. And so, when I hear songs that we loved or were special to us for some reason, I pay close attention.

This has been a good trip for me....not really aimless, but away and completely alone, but for Lily. I had found myself feeling almost phobic of being out of the house for a long time after Doug died. Went out to do what was necessary, then directly home. Sometimes would not leave the house for 3-4 days. It took awhile for this to start to dissipate. Months.

It's better these days. Not great, or even really good, but definitely better. Kind of like putting on someone else's coat, and realizing after some time that you're starting to get used to the feel of it.

Time heals all wounds.


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hi Maggie, that one brought tears to my eyes... I'm going to copy it... thx, hugs and love, gail
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Awww, thank you, Gail.

What struck me, although we loved Garth Brooks and especially this song (perfect for slow-dancing in the kitchen), was that this was one of the first "Evenings on the IPad" posts.

Does he know about those, I thought to myself. ? My collection of other people's words that have been so comforting and helpful to me? If I'm not adding to them, I'm reading them....most every night.

I know that, whatever comforts me, he would be glad for it. Other people's words, transitional wine, songs that were special to us for whatever reason. All that.

I know he wishes we could have said good-bye, too. My only "if only".

And that, if he can communicate with me from the afterlife....he will.


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Ahhhh, there goes my mascara again!!!
I too believe in hearing from those who've pasted on... it can be subtle, like songs, or dreams like Italy... a "feeling" in the room... animals are more tuned in... Watch Lily, she'll know... more hugs and love from here.. gail
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Home sweet home.

Was a good trip, peaceful and confidence-building. 11 days, completely by myself.

Drove in rain and high winds yesterday, and stayed on the road. Am emptying and filling tanks like I've been doing it a long time.

Going to do some family stuff, plus choring and those kind of things the next couple of days, then will start to head toward NC and Alumalina on Monday.

Looking forward to it.

All is well, hope the same is true for you.


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And so, came home from Michigan with a pile of luscious peaches. More than I could eat, and I was torn last evening between making jam and starting to do up laundry from the trip.

I found this recipe online, and had in my cupboards everything I needed. So easy, used all the rest of the peaches.... and it cooked while I slept.

Crock-Pot Ladies Crock-Pot Peach Freezer Jam

Absolutely delicious, altho more like a lightly spiced peach butter. I finished mine off with a few seconds with an immersion blender.

I am becoming more accustomed to "doing it all"....loading, unloading, schlepping in and out, washing/hanging/folding, cleaning, restocking...all that. Had things mostly done and the house cleaned up by mid-afternoon, before it occurred to me that this used to be a two-person job.

I remind myself that I am fortunate to have the Interstate, and to still be able to go.

My friend in northern MN had major back surgery on Thursday. She is making a remarkable, speedy recovery and went home today, feeling much better than when she went in. Multiple issues prompted the surgery, and it was worse once they got in there than what was anticipated....but it immediately alleviated debilitating, crippling pain that threatened to put her in a wheelchair.

A good woman. A rock in the pebbled beach of life.

After choring all day, treated myself to Chinese take-out and a soak in the bathtub.

It has cooled off beautifully here. I am hoping for some Smoky Mountains wandering on my way to Alumalina, and cool would be lovely.

Fall has always been my favorite time of year.


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