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Old 08-02-2015, 11:56 AM   #601
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Hi Kathy, and thank you.

I am not going to the UP, going to stay closer to home with the situation with Doug's mom, and am going to head back up to see her again in week or so. I don't look for her to last too long, and I want to stay close.

I want her to have a peaceful, painless end, but she has had a good, long life, and is ready to go.

The UP will be there next year......and, hopefully, so will I.

Have been looking for something appealing nearby, since we are going to have a bit of a cool spell next week, and because I am home all of a week, caught up on chores and so already thinking about going again.

Am going to head just an hour or so northwest to spend some time with my beloved sister in law......raising her 3 grandchildren these past 10 years or so ....then head for a couple of days to a conservation area not far from there that has dry camping.

I just want to go .....sit in the cool, quiet mornings, sip my coffee, watch the sun come up and the wildlife out looking for breakfast.

Then read, crochet, walk Lily.....and while away the day.

Its why we do this, right?


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Old 08-03-2015, 06:21 PM   #602
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Finished pre-mini-trip chores this morning and took a leisurely 1 1/2 hour drive on the back roads to my sister-in-law's corner of Illinois, where I was invited to stay under a lovely shade tree in her mother's yard. Perfect for little me.

These are my favorite family members.....but for my children & theirs, of course....good, solid, decent, hardworking, straightforward, kind, loving folks. Easy to be with, not ones to get into a snit about some small something....I have family like that.

We have had a solid rapport since our respective kids were little, that has deepened over the years and now extends to these grown nieces and nephew. I love them, they love me, and it is always good to get together.

My oldest niece came home from work and presented me with this beautiful bouquet of flowers, which I will put outside on my little silver table in the morning. In for the night so the deer don't have them for dinner. So sweet of her.

We sat under the tree and talked for hours, and have now dispersed to our respective homes to relax and ready for another day of visiting tomorrow.

Nice.


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So good for you to make that close connection with loved ones. You seem so relaxed and serene, obviously a well needed respite for you. God bless. Evelyn.
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Hi Maggie,

I was sorry to read about you mother-in-law but as you say she has had a good long life. My father-in-laws mother died in March just a few weeks shy of her 98th birthday and although it was hard I was also grateful she went fast and without much pain. Prayers for you and her, and for a painless end.


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Old 08-04-2015, 07:45 PM   #605
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Thank you, Carol.

Have had another very relaxing day, sitting outside, visiting, catching up, sharing stories.....and me marveling at the 3 grands my SIL took in, stabilized and has successfully raised for nearly 10 years.

Their mother was one who went off the rails at a very early age and never really returned. It happens. Lots of grandparents out there raising their grands.

A great visit, we have all enjoyed it.

May just head home tomorrow am, may go on to the conservation area........we'll see how I feel in the morning.


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Thank you, Carol.

Have had another very relaxing day, sitting outside, visiting, catching up, sharing stories.....and me marveling at the 3 grands my SIL took in, stabilized and has successfully raised for nearly 10 years.

Their mother was one who went off the rails at a very early age and never really returned. It happens. Lots of grandparents out there raising their grands.

A great visit, we have all enjoyed it.

May just head home tomorrow am, may go on to the conservation area........we'll see how I feel in the morning.


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IMO, she is a lucky grandma. I'd take my two grandsons in a second! Of course their parents wouldn't give them up! LOL.


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Old 08-05-2015, 10:20 AM   #607
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Have moved on to the Putnam Co. Conservation area, which does not show up on my maps but has dry camping in a lovely, wooded, well maintained setting just west of McNabb, IL, off county road 500 North.

$8 a night, and they have an equestrian camping area if you choose to bring your horse(s).

They're going to join me to picnic later, and I will go home in the am.


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Old 08-06-2015, 03:05 PM   #608
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We built a fire.....they provide free firewood there .....roasted hot dogs and just hung out yesterday. Lily got to run loose out there, and was a very happy little girl.

Had a lovely visit with these good people, and slept well in a very cool overnight last night.

Heading home this morning, still on country roads, I heard an increasingly louder thumping noise, was thinking I needed to find someone to look at the tires.....then a big thump......and the rear wheel on the drivers side had fallen off. Yes. Fallen. Off.

No one was hurt, never did find the tire....must be in the cornfield. AAA came and towed me back to Bloomington. Seems to be no damage but to the part that holds the tire on....flat as the proverbial pancake.

A bit of a harrowing experience, but a nice sheriffs deputy kept me company while we waited for the tow truck.....and, it could have been worse.

I had just had my tires rotated, my nephew tightened the lug nuts for me Monday.

We'll see what the damages are.


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Oh Jeez.. that would have scared me *******... can't use those words here!!! you are such a brave lady... an inspiration!!! hoping nothing was damaged and the cost isn't toooo high!!!! Hugs and love from here... gail... always watching
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Old 08-07-2015, 04:45 AM   #610
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You know......I am still learning about road sounds vs. vehicle/tire sounds.

I thought the tires were okay, until the noise got very loud....by then it was too late.

I feel foolish, and should have had a mechanic look at them in town at my SIL's.


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You know......I am still learning about road sounds vs. vehicle/tire sounds.

I thought the tires were okay, until the noise got very loud....by then it was too late.

Maggie
Please forgive me for sticking my nose in something that is clearly your business and not mine.

Suggestion: Find and sign up for a "powder puff mechanic" course. Community colleges, etc. often offer these. They provide a nonjudgmental atmosphere where ladies can learn the basics of vehicle maintenance. The knowledge will enable you to spot many safety-related problems on your vehicle before they become hazardous--and to fix most of them, if no one is there to help, or if you choose to do so.

It ain't rocket science. Knowledge increases safety.

I always enjoy your posts.
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That is a great idea, and thank you.

You're not sticking your nose in, as this is a public blog I have chosen to write..... comments and suggestions are welcome and encouraged.

Please do.


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Old 08-07-2015, 06:20 AM   #614
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You know....I have this document on my IPad that I add to when I find something that touches me...... the "other people's words" I have shared here many times.

Helps me look up, reading thru it periodically.

Everyone should have one of these.


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A small bit of good news.....PNC has approved an exception and is going to deposit that small check of Doug's with my completed Small Estate Affidavit.

The right thing for them to do......always good to see an institution do the right thing every once in awhile.

Had the assistant bank manager not gone to bat for me with their legal department, I doubt that would have happened. She also referred the issue it to their Escalations Department.......who called me, and we had a long conversation about the issue.

Three cheers for Stephanie Hoy at PNC!


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Maggie, both of above statements are "good words to live by"! I, myself, have practiced many of my Mom's euphemisms.....and have become words of wisdom to live by. A good thing for us all. God bless. Evelyn.
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Hi Maggie,

We all learn new things all the time. Direct experience is that best way. Now that you have seen the tire off, you have also learned what it looks like behind there. We learn in different sequences and different ways. Keep at it. I have learned so much from you sharing your experiences!

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Thank you, bugs.

Even gone just 4 days, it takes a day to wash things up, put things away, tidy the little house, get a few fresh things in........but then, I am a solo chore-do-er these days.

Hauling in 35 lbs of dog food this morning, I'm thinking...look at me, honey, hauling the dog food, doin' it all.. What is one going to do.....do it yourself or it doesn't get done. It

I'm pouring dog food into the small, lidded trash can I store it in, Lily is wagging her tail furiously and catching a couple of mouthfuls as it pours. Booger dog. She is always so excited to see me bring dog food in.....I tell her there are no hungry children nor dogs at Grandma's house. Her hungry days ended the day we found her, almost 5 years ago,

I have blueberries that need to be used up, looking around for a recipe I felt like making, and remembered this one. My children are made of oatmeal.....hot for breakfast, in muffins, scones.....and these pancakes, which I cut out of the newspaper decades ago, and which can also be made into waffles.

We often ate them for supper, with applesauce, a nutritious and meatless meal. What's not to love....good, and good for you.

Going to make this up into waffles in the morning, no oven required, and freeze them to pop into the toaster on waffle-ish mornings.

OATMEAL PANCAKES

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup quick oats
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup powdered, nonfat dry milk
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 rounded tablespoon brown sugar

Mix all together, then beat together and mix in

2 cups buttermilk
2 large eggs
4 tablespoons melted butter

You can add a cup of fresh blueberries to this, or 1/2 cup or so of chopped pecans or walnuts.

Let batter stand 10 minutes or so, while your griddle or waffle iron pre-heats. Batter will be thick.

Bake, enjoy.


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