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Old 09-27-2014, 06:52 AM   #743
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Maggie,
Nice to read how well you are getting along.

A suggestion that came to mind. Consider getting a pair of orange cones. If you need a few extra seconds to back out, just put the cones up in the main road to act as your spotter. I would think that most folks would get the idea and you could then proceed with a more cautious and careful backing up. (and might be good also if you had a tire change or other roadside need).
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Old 09-27-2014, 11:47 AM   #744
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Maggie,
Nice to read how well you are getting along.

A suggestion that came to mind. Consider getting a pair of orange cones. If you need a few extra seconds to back out, just put the cones up in the main road to act as your spotter. I would think that most folks would get the idea and you could then proceed with a more cautious and careful backing up. (and might be good also if you had a tire change or other roadside need).
Hi, Maggie; This is a good idea, mentioned by Piggy Bank. I have three orange cones. I have them in case I need to do a repair on the side of the road and they can help with parking too. Just don't forget them and leave them in the camp ground when you leave.
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Old 09-28-2014, 02:53 PM   #745
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Besides cones there are red triangles you can get to warn drivers something is in their way. The triangles fold up and take less space than cones. In many states you are supposed to have the triangles when you are stuck by the road. We bought a couple and a few cones years ago, but have never used them. I'm glad we have them if we ever need them.

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Old 09-28-2014, 08:39 PM   #746
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I'll ponder purchasing cones, and finding someplace to stash them , but what I really needed was for someone to step up and offer to help me back up and out of that dead end and very narrow parking lot.

Alumalina is officially over. We Dutch Oven'ers did massive and nearly non-stop cooking of something all weekend, and cranked out a lot of good food including a number of loaves of delicious bread. I'm sure pictures will be coming.

Most of us still here got together for a post-rally happy hour, potluck and campfire tonight. Been a great gathering of the best kind of people, and wonderful to spend time not only with old friends but new friends I had formerly only known thru Forums names.

I am reminded how fortuitous it was that I went thru the shock and loss of my husband within the loving arms of this Airstream community. I tell you, folks, you cannot begin to know what it has meant to me, and, once again, I thank you.

Heading out in the morning and am going to visit John Leake's workshop in York as my first stop......I want to see the shop of this fine and good man who makes his living crafting antique reproduction furniture. No small feat, that.

I tell John that it is he who has drawn together the people and made the Alumalina rallies such a success......he is too modest to accept that, but we all here know that it is true. He is a good leader, and the tone and character of his rallies reflect that.

And so, I have seen what John does with his heart...now want to see what he creates with his hands.

Going to make my way to the boondocking rally in Missouri next weekend, where there will be Moraine View friends, then home shortly thereafter.

Been a good trip, and I've been thinking this is a good time to change my Forums user name.....thinking to Lily&Me (formerly doug&maggie).

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Hi Maggie... you trip sounds like it's been going great!!! I totally enjoy following your adventures.... Lily & Me... sounds good.. has a ring to it... Hugs and love to you two...gail
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Lily & Me sounds great!
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I read your post to Bob and he promptly said "go for it". I agree. "Lily&Me" has a very good feel, if you know what I mean.

Safe travels, friend.
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The creations at John's are, of course, stunningly beautiful. No surprise, there, but wanted to see it.

Another first, sans husband.....a WalMart parking lot for the night tonight. What could be safer.

First day out after a rally always feels a bit choppy, and Lily is exhausted , so did some laundry, checked in with my kids and drove only a couple more hours before stopping for the night. Will pull myself and things together and set out fresh in the am.

Changing my Forums name to Lily&Me, as I start this next chapter.

Chapter 1: Pray for Doug thread.
Chapter 2: A Very Different Kind of Life thread....the first 6 months
Chapter 3: A Very Different Kind of Life thread....the second 6 months.

The weekend was so enjoyable, surrounded by so many kind and caring people....that I have felt...happy......again. I know it's okay to feel that way....I tell myself. I feel a bit guilty, like it's disrespectiful to Doug and our life together....but think it is just me struggling between honoring and respecting him/our life together, while also taking care of myself and living/being in and acknowledging the present.

Made my reservations for Alumalina March 2015 at Wateree this morning, also for the second and third weeks of March at Edisto Beach. This will have us at Edisto for the first anniversary of his death, when I will surreptitiously feed the last tube of his Ritz crackers...which I can't bring myself to part with....to the seagulls.

The beach campground at Edisto Beach State Park was probably our favorite place in the US, so will be the perfect place to end this first year.

It feels good to feel good, and it is okay.


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You could name the Interstate "The Lily Pad" too.

ya know, like groovy, man.

As for honoring Doug, is there a better way than showing how he enriched your life - by continuing it with grace and joy?
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What Paula said!!
We enjoyed having you as a neighbor for the weekend.
Safe travels.
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What Paula said!!
We enjoyed having you as a neighbor for the weekend.
Safe travels.
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I'm following no matter what you call it, I do love Lily&Me tho!!
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Old 09-29-2014, 08:11 PM   #756
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I'm following also. Your like a daily dose of inspiration. I like Maggie & Lil in the Lilly Pad. ;o)
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