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Just need to talk to my friends(16)
Gosh, I have a lot to catch up on.
Dana -I didn't see the show about the Yellowstone caregiver but that reminds me of that scary show about the caregivers of a hotel somewhere in the mountains during the wintertime. I'll think of it in a minute.
I'm going to watch The Amazing Race this week - sounds like everyone's enjoying it.
I'm glad you got your parents' fingerprints to Cheryl. There was one heart for two prints - is that the one you got?
Twink - Thanks, the baby is doing great. We're going to have to name her. This afternoon, she and Sally were out in the lot and she was running and jumping around. I may let them out tomorrow - lot's kind of muddy.
Glad you got your aunt's eaves salted down. I couldn't get used to that. It gets cold here but usually doesn't last a long time. It was warm enough here today for shorts, almost. I wore a sweatshirt and jeans (no thermals today) when I was out after I got home and I got pretty warm.
Joan - I'm glad you finished the bears for Hospice. You know I have a really soft teddy bear Ray and I bought a long time ago. Barclee used to love to play with teddy bears. I found it a while back and I have it on Ray's pillow and sometimes I hold it and hug it - kind of comforting.
I've never heard of cotton burrs being used for fertilizer. I guess that's the same thing we call cotton hulls? I think they use them for mulch here - cotton seed meal for cattle.
This evening when I went out to feed the cats, the baby and her mom were in the lot. She was on one teat and had drained it and was restless so I helped her get on another one. She'd drop it and look at me. Finally got her on three of them. She am do it by herself but if I'm around, I guess I'm supposed to help. I gave her the first milk she had so guess I'm kind of her stepmother.
Linda T - I'm glad the first baby was easy, too, at least for me - don't know about Sally. Her eyes weren't red so maybe it was easy..
Glad Rod's doing good at Day Club - that will help you - you'll be able to get some respite or "me" time. Enjoy it.
Sandra - sorry about the storm and your sun sail. I guess that's the same thing as an awning? Don't you wish you were close to Leanne so she could fix it for you?
Sorry the plate was dropped and broken. Maybe it's okay after being glued. I had a lot of trouble a few days ago getting logged in, too. Took a couple of days but finally was able to get back in. Frustrating, isn't it?
Glad you got to enjoy a visit with your friends. Gave you a little bit of respite time.
Judy - you got locked out, too. That's happened to me also. The last time I couldn't get logged in, they sent a new password but it didn't work. Renee called the next day and I asked if I could use my original password and she fixed it so I could. I was really glad of that.
Sounds like you're going to be busy this spring with the weddings, graduation and the new grandbabies.
Leanne - If the cotton burrs Joan talked about is what I think they are, it's what holds the white cotton. The ends of them are as sharp as pins - if you aren't careful or don't wear gloves you can really get hurt if you're picking cotton - pulling bolls isn't so bad because you pull the whole thing instead of just picking the cotton out of them. Been there, done that.
I did get everything done at the VARO. The guy I was going to see had been assigned late yesterday to a Vets Ctr. for a meeting today and wasn't going to be back until 2 p.m. but another man helped me. He completed all the paperwork and made necessary copies. Thinks I'll get DIC instead of pension so that will make a big difference in how much I get. He says it'll take two months minimum - after that I can get the tax exemption things in my name. I'll send in the government life insurance papers tomorrow and then wait. I'm also going to have to return the hospital indemnity drafts. They made them out to Estate of my husband. I couldn't deposit them without opening an account for the estate. Since I wasn't the executrix I'd have to go to court to be appointed. I called the insurance company and told them the problem and they're going to reissue them in my name since we both had the policy. Always something.
I think it's great that you can measure and make covers for things. Wish you were close so I could get a cover for the lawnmower and Trimmer Mower. I'm glad you enjoy doing the sewing and I bet there's a big demand for covers that are well made as I'm sure yours are.
Sounds like you've been as busy as a cranberry merchant today - hauling branches, fixing the horse trailer lights and Pearl and Spot's hooves. I still say I bet that's hard work. I imagine you'll rest well tonight.
Sorry about your aunt. Is that a four hour trip - one way? I hope your mom does go - maybe you and Zane can trade off driving so it won't tire you so much. I bet you'll enjoy seeing all the cousins - shame it has to be for a funeral.
What's wrong with your tractor? Is it in the shop? I'm going to call the guy who worked on ours. I moved three hayrings this afternoon and put out one bale of hay and it didn't seem like ours had any power and was as slow as molasses. However, the hydraulics worked. They told me it had water in the hydraulic system a while back but the weather's been bad so they haven't come to fix it - they have to drive it to the shop - about five miles. For some reason their insurance won't cover them hauling it.
Sounds like Trixie and Daisy had a lot of fun with the ball - Trixie decided it was hers because she found it. We've bought balls and all kinds of toys for Bella and Susie and they tear them apart. However, we did buy one heavy one with a handle of some sort on it and it's still okay. I know they play with it because I find it in different places in the yard.
I did get the flagpole fixed. I got the PU as close as I could but still couldn't reach high enough to put the flagpole into the pipe so I stood on two anaplas blocks and finally made it. This flag is 4 x 6 instead of 3 x 5 so had to move the grommet fasteners, too. It's flying or will when we have some wind. I'll just have to remember to take it down when the wind's strong or it'll break the pole again.
I'm glad your grandpa wasn't in the cabin when the grizzly was on top of the house - that would have been scary - at least for me.
I know you're enjoying seeing the little calves run and play. Watch them about sundown - they just run and play with their little tails up in the hair. I saw ours running that way this afternoon. It was really warm and the cattle thoroughly enjoyed the sunshine. They went again to the NE pasture to graze - I imagine this time will be the last hay they'll eat this spring. I think they're probably getting green grass already where the water's been standing.
How big are swans? Much bigger than geese? We still have several geese on the pond.
I'm so sorry this has been so long - just had to catch up. I wasn't much in the mood to post yesterday but did read all of them. Today's been better but I don't think I'll ever get used to going to town by myself - with that empty seat beside me. I did pretty well today but when I called the insurance woman this afternoon before she hung up she said she was sorry and she said to tuck away the beautiful memories. That got me - seems like when someone says something nice like that, it makes me cry.
Today was Roxy's SS interview - wonder how that went? I hope she's finished with that and gets her SS soon.
I'll get off now - probably moved us to page #4. Sleep well, everyone.
I tried to edit my post but it gave me an error message. Anyway, it took a lot longer than a minute to think of the name of the show - and I had to use google, to boot. It was The Shining with Jack Nicholson. Probably the scariest movie I've ever seen.
Good morning to each of you, my friends.
Roxie, I am sorry you are having so much trouble with SS. I can relate. I had been trying to get medicare using spousal benefits. Finally I just gave up on the online stuff and called to make an appointment in their local office. Had to wait 2 months for the appointment. What did I learn? "Oh you can't do this online but it won't tell you that." Anyway, I am waiting now to receive a letter of approval and my card. Should be here in May. I hope it all works out for you.
Rod liked Day CLub yesterday. Said it was good to be out doing something. He slept most of the afternoon after he got back. The ALZ Alliance asked him to be in a commercial for a day care center that is opening in Tyler. We do that this afternoon. They said it would take about 2 hours. That is a long time for Rod so I really hope it works out ok
Leanne, I am sorry about your aunt. I do hope you enjoy seeing your extended family. We do the same thing about seeing each other only at funerals. We always enjoy catching up with each other.
Lorita, I have been wondering what you are going to name the new calf. I can tell you are enjoying her meeting the world. I think it is funny how she wants you to help her with the teats if you are around.
Rod is upset that the tire is flat on his wheelbarrow. He was getting upset that I was not taking him seriously. Just between us, I had the dickens of a time figuring out what he was talking about but eventually understood. I told we would take it to Tractor Supply next time one of the boys was here with a pickup. Well that wasn't good enough. So I got out the bicycle air pump and tried to air it up. Of course that did not work but it did cause Rod to believe that I cared and would help him get it fixed. Don't know what he will do with it when it is fixed.
Oops, time is getting away from me. I must go. Hope you all have as good of a day as possible.
Roxy - you're right. If you can't get anywhere with the phone interviews, it's time to see someone in person so you can look them in the eye. I'm sorry you have to travel so far but maybe using backroads it won't be so bad. Good luck with the interview - the 30th will be here before we know it - it's already almost the middle of March. So hard to believe. It's 8 weeks for me today.
It's been a busy morning. Our vet called on his way home last night about 10 p.m. He's just been covered up with work - working til midnight and getting up at 5 to start all over. He said he pulled three, I think, breech calves yesterday. Seems to be quite a few of them this year. I sure hope we don't have any.
Anyway, he was here by daylight to put out the hay for me. This may be the last to be fed this year. Girls don't seem too interested in the hay so I'm sure they're getting some green grass somewhere on the farm. I think I'll let them into the meadow - I'm sure there's some down there. I'll do that when I feed tomorrow.
Then, the liquid feed guy came. He has to get close to the feeders to pump the feed in and almost got stuck. So, he only got to fill one feeder. It has some caked-up feed in it so doesn't hold a full feeder. So he'll probably have to come back next week to fill both of them.
It was really pretty and sunny here a little earlier but now it's clouding up some. They having a lot of rain down in Texas moving up the Arkansas/Okla. stateline. I'd just as soon we not get any this time around - things are so muddy. The western part of our State is where the rain is needed.
The flag is flying and looks so pretty. Remember, I told you all that was one thing I vowed to do is to keep the flagpole up and the flag flying for Charles Ray.
Colleen - I sent the fingerprints to Cheryl and she'll probably get them today or tomorrow. Hope they're a little more defining.
Linda T - I'm glad Rod's enjoying Day Club. That makes it easier for you, too.
About the wheelbarrow. Can you take the tire off and take it in to be fixed? I think we can take ours off but never have had to - yet. I have a little fiberglass or plastic one that has two small wheels on front that I use all the time. Much easier on the back. I use it to bring in cat and dog food and groceries - this morning bird feed. We've had it for years and I backed into it once and cracked the bottom but it still works.
Not sure about the name for the new baby yet - I was thinking about Susie - but that's our black dog's name. What do you all think? This morning I fed Sally in the hallway and her baby came out and went all the way around the barn to lay in the hay in the sunshine. Sally came out after she ate and had no idea where she was. I'd already found her and told Sally to follow me and she did. I took a picture of the baby nursing - she usually gets a bath at the same time but the sun was in the camera so that one didn't take. Also took one of her laying in the hay. The shadows in the pictures are the pipe fence. Hope I got them small enough to post.
I got up at 6 am. (really 5) so I think Barclee and I will take a nap this afternoon - I hope nothing else is going to be going on today. I'll be back later.
Well, no bold tonight - seems to come and go. Many times when I try to reply to a post, another post comes up in the Add Reply block. Don't know why that is - another thing is I get an error message when I try to edit sometimes. Maybe this site maintenance tonight will take care of some of our problems.
Bridget - don't bathe Rich anymore by yourself. Let those boys of yours do it. Your arms look so painful and I know they are. These men, even though they're not well, are still strong. No use for you to get hurt. Let the other men in the house take over the chore of bathing. I enjoyed all of your pictures - Rich looks so happy in so many of them with the kids.
I'm glad you all think Sally and her baby are cute. They really are. Sally is so attentive - always talking to the baby. You know that communication starts before they're born - one way to tell a cow is about to calve.
Linda T - how did the commercial go today? I know Rod must have been really pleased to be in it.
Joan - the teddy bears are so cute. I never attempted to make anything like that - I bet it's not easy.
I'm glad to get the flagpole and flag up again but it surely did a number on my right shoulder. Guess it was trying to balance the tall pole and get it in the pipe, mostly with my right arm. My shoulder is really sore - didn't bother me last night but about noon today it kicked in. Theragesic being used a lot today.
I'm glad to get the VA stuff done, too. This evening my throat is a little bit raspy so hope I didn't catch anything. I heard people sneezing and the man who was helping me said there was something going around the building. I used my own pen to sign the papers and tried not to touch anything - then used hand sanitizer and simply saline as soon as I got back in the PU. Have I already typed this? Sounds familiar - maybe I wrote it in the journal or told my sister. If it's a repeat - sorry.
I let Sally and the baby out in the parking area on solid, dry ground today and she laid in the sun most of the afternoon. When I went to feed the cats, they came into the lot and baby wanted help again. She's concentrating on one side and I moved her to the other one and got her latched on. I let the girls go down in the meadow tonight where I'm sure there's green grass.
Bridget - you can use Rich's compensation for anything that's needed. Doesn't he get the benefit of the heating oil? When we had our interview when I was being rep payee I gave them a list of expenses and he said to use that account for everything. I do have a feed account and used it for feed and anything I found to be iffy. I used his rep payee account for the generator, too. I don't believe there's any restriction on compensation - I never heard about it. With rep payee I did hear if it was something over $1,000 you needed approval but I didn't do that. Don't worry about it.
Leanne - I'm glad you didn't do any more sewing today - your back needed to rest. If you're like me, you get started doing something and think "just a little bit more" and keep going - too long. Wish I had a few of those cookies - bet they're really good. I had a baked sweet potato (in the microwave) and Move Over Butter for supper - haven't had that for a couple of months.
Your dogs playing with their individual toys is cute. They can get really possessive about some things. I don't see our dogs playing with things much but I know they do - they're in different places and I know the cats aren't doing it.
I did get my nap this afternoon - woke up and the TV was on so I went to sleep for over an hour. Then, I couldn't remember if I'd fed yesterday or not. Had to look at the calendar. If I ever lost my cellphone, calendar or journal I'd be up a creek - I write everything down so I'll remember or be able to look back and find it. I fed out of the CW and Bella and Susie went with me - and to the mailbox. They're so cute, they have their places - Bella beside me and Susie on the outside. They also like to ride in the PU.
I hope it's not raining there in the morning so you can get some pictures of the geese and especially the swans. Are they very far from you - I don't remember.
When I was at TSC yesterday, they had fruit trees and flowering trees already on sale. They had a couple of weeping willows. I debated about getting one of them but I still can't decide where to put it. It's going to have to be where the cattle won't be able to get to it. I have an old althea out by the hydrant by the corral and when the cows are in there, they like to rub on it - have completely torn it down to about three feet tall. I'll wait to see if it comes out this spring before I take it out and replant. I'm thinking of transplanting some altheas down by the main gate. We have so many of them in one side of the back yard and they're so pretty I hate to cute them down. I really need to get out and do a lot of pruning on them. Everywhere I walk I see limbs that need to be cut, especially the ones growing over the corral fence. Lots of work to do later on.
I've read some of the book - didn't have much of a chance today. So far it's good - making me cry some. I didn't realize she was so near death when she and the man wrote this book. Today it was talking about anticipatory grieving for someone with a terminal illness like MS, ALS or AD. She says some people go through the five stages of grieving before the loved one passes away - and then some go through it again afterwards. I don't believe I went through it beforehand - guess I was kind of in denial (first stage), so maybe I did. I knew what the final outcome would be but just kept pushing it away and trying not to think about it. Maybe we all have done that. I think the book will be good - I do know the social workers thought her ideas were correct. It's almost like one of those books you can't put down when you start to read it. I don't know of anything I have to do much tomorrow so maybe I'll get a lot of it read.
I dreamed of Charles again this afternoon during my nap. I can't remember what I dreamed though. It seems like I dream of him a lot lately. My sister says she still dreams of her first husband sometimes.
Bonnie - I can just imagine how the conversation sounded between those four men who were hard of hearing. The whole room probably heard the conversation. I'm glad Bill is enjoying going there and being with other men. It also helps you.
We didn't have rain today but it says there's a 70% chance tonight and tomorrow. Wish it would miss us. The feedstore is closed tomorrow - their daughter is getting married in Texas so I'll have to go in Saturday morning for medicated creepfeed. All the five little ones are finally eating out of the creepfeeder - Charm, too.
I'd better quit before I bore you all to tears. I took some soda and aspirin a while ago and may take a couple of Alka Seltzer Plus before bedtime. I surely don't want to get a cold. Maybe a zinc lozenge, too. But, they make everything taste so weird.
Sleep well, everyone. Bridget - no more bathing Rich for you - it's getting too dangerous for you. I'll probably check in again before bedtime.
Are you using a keyboard with your tablet? If not, you did great. It seems so time-consuming to me to use the stylus but haven't tried the keyboard. I ordered a table cover and it had a keyboard but the cover didn't fit my tablet.
Have you learned how to use google and/or e-mail yet? Mine says I have to set an account but I haven't called yet to figure out how to do it.
That was an interesting article about the snow geese and swans. I can't imagine that many swans. We used to have a lot more geese pass through here than we do now. What about a picture of the swans or geese flying over taken from underneath - bet that would be something. I hope you can get some good pictures so we can see them. I absolutely can't imagine how they must look. Is Freeze Lake very big? Do any of the swans or geese ever overwinter there?
I'm about ready for bed, too. I'll watch the weather - supposed to have rain tonight and tomorrow.
I mourned when Ray had each decline, too, but still thought the end would be much further in the future. I remember reading somewhere they no one ever recovered from AD or dementia - that was hard to take - but it's true, however, we want it not to be. I don't know if it would be better if we knew how much time was left or not. As it is, you just don't know from one day to the next - or in our case, from one hour to the next. It's a hard thing for a person to live with - the one with the dementia and the caregiver.
Sleep well tonight and enjoy the warm weather.
good morning -
it has been drizzling for several days now and the wind has been blowing all night. I think we are expecting some stormy weather today.
Sandymac- I love your yard ! I would love to have some sails like that over my deck- it gets quite hot here in the Georgia summer sun. Your tile painting is beautiful and the crack is barely visible- your son did an excellent job of repairing it. That was so kind of Ron's friend to offer him an outing- I hope you take him up on his offer to have some "me" time for yourself. I can just picture Ron picking up sticks and leaves. After Ronald Regan died, I read how he loved to clean the pool for hours, so his Secret Service detail would throw leaves into the water when he wasn't looking just to keep him busy. So when Ron needs something to do, you could always put out some sticks in the yard !
Joan- your bears are adorable ! are they difficult to make? are they for hospice patients to keep or hold for comfort while they are there? I hope you don't try to fix a rock wall by yourself, that could be quite a job.
Roxy, it is astounding how much trouble you are having with SS- I hate it for you. Maybe mine being so quick and easy was a fluke and NOT normal- or maybe because I can't collect Dan's social security until I'm older. No idea, but it still should NOT be that hard for you I hope your walk in appointment goes much smoother and you don't have to sit and wait for hours.
Bridget- the girls are beautiful and I love the photos of Rich. Your arms look painful, it's so easy for people to bruise with some medications. You should definitely let your sons do the bathing- I finally stopped fighting with Dan about bathing because I didn't want either one of us to get hurt. You need to be safe.
Leanne- I'm like you, get stuff done and then pay for it later. You sound like you have so much going on with the sewing, gardening, and farm work. I'm really wanting to get some sewing done, I have all kinds of repairs and projects piling up but I just don't have the space in my bedroom to spread out and work on stuff. As soon as my adopted family gets moved to their own place, I will get started. I have never started tomatoes from seed, I always buy the little starter plants. Some years we have good luck with them and other years not so much. My son likes to grow peppers and tomatoes to make salsa and other things. We have to plant in raised beds as my soil is very poor and rocky - and not level. I had not heard of solid wheelbarrow tires, mine goes flat occasionally. I will have a look for one at Tractor Supply. How many horses, mules, and donkeys do you have? do you ride them all? We grew up with a horse but used a farrier, I can't imagine doing that much hoof work.
be careful on your long drive to the funeral. Your mother and Zane are going too? do you share drive time on long trips?
Lorita- what a sweet baby- have you named it yet? I hope your cold didn't get worse- I have used zinc lozenges in the past but you're right, they make your mouth taste funny. I ALWAYS use my own pen everywhere I go and lots of hand gel. Also I wash my hands vigorously each time I get home from town.
I always have a flag flying, too, but mine hangs from the house. Our sweet caregiver/ nurse friend bought Dan a brand new flag last Christmas because ours was getting faded and she knew how much he cared about flag etiquette. Once we were sitting in an office doing some business with a sales person and Dan finally told him their flag was faded and torn and he would not discuss anything further with him until they took it down.
I think a lot about the stages Dan went through and I still am surprised at how fast he went. Even when hospice started in September I kept thinking we had a long ways to go. I don't know whether I would have wanted to know in advance how long I had with him. Weirdly, I always had December in the back of my mind but I think I really only began to accept it when he completely stopped eating and drinking.
Linda T- so, you are married to a famous TV star - lol! hope the filming went well , maybe they will air it nationwide and we can all see him It's wonderful that he is liking his Day club. We don't have anything like that here.
It's sad when they get fixated on something and won't let it go. Whenever Dan wanted something done I knew I had to stop what I was doing immediately and take care of it for him or I would get no peace. I guess that is a pretty common symptom. I didn't know that someone can't apply for spousal benefits online, I will have to remember that for the future. I have about 5 years to go before I can apply for the earliest benefits, hopefully I will remember something that far away
time is getting away from me, I have to leave for the pool. After water exercise class I must run into town for a few errands so will not be back home until this afternoon. I think we are supposed to have storms all day so I expect I will be driving in the rain and getting wet each time I get out of the truck. Oh well, it's just water.....
take care my friends, hope you are all well. Stay safe-
Sandy, the photo tile is beautiful. You're a very good painter. I can't tell where it was broken at all. What a great gift that is.
The picture of the little birds is so pretty. They look like they're about twice as big as a parakeet - is that about right? Do people ever keep them in cages as pets?
I also love your wall of plants. I think that is so unique. Are the pots hung on hangers so you can move them around if you want to? It looks like the biggest one is a staghorn fern - right?
I'm glad the man had a bowling game with Ron. I think our emotions are so close to the surface that any bit of kindness really gets to us. I know it does to me.
Colleen - we're having a gray, drizzly day here, too. I guess really more than drizzle - the weather just said the little town south of us has some flooding in their streets. We really didn't need rain right now - it was just beginning to dry up a little bit. But, like Leanne, I hate to complain about the rain - anytime. Oklahoma has been in a drought for two or three years. We're not in the eastern part but the western part of the state and part of the panhandle is in severe drought. I wish we could somehow save the rain until we need it in July and August. The weather woman just said Spring officially begins next Friday.
Our daffodils are full of buds and have quite a few blooming already. I haven't checked on the biggest one at the MH yet - too muddy to get up there now.
I woke up at 5 am. and turned on the TV and watched until almost 7. It kept saying the rain was getting closer so when it was about five miles away I got up and fixed the cat's food. When I got to the barn, the baby wasn't up yet but when I fed Sally she got up and came up and latched on for breakfast. They're in the barn now out of the rain. The rest of the girls are up around the hay and feed - they're all okay for now. The little ones are about out of medicated creep so getting some of that's on my agenda for in the morning.
I didn't develop a cold - don't know what was wrong but I'm okay this morning. Usually the incubation period for a cold is about two days so guess I missed it - thank goodness.
That's a sweet story about Dan and the flag. I know the flag means a lot to any American but much more to anyone who was in the military - at least that's the experience I've had.
Hope your water exercises went well this morning. I think we're both in the same weather system right now - it says it covers most of the states east of Oklahoma.
I'm still reading the book but couldn't get too far this morning - maybe it's the weather or whatever - made me cry too much. But, I am going to finish it.
I called our neighbor and his wife and talked with them a little while this morning. I enjoyed the little visit with them. He's been clearing a fenceline for one of his neighbors so he can build a new fence between them. He also talked about how muddy it was - like he was driving on the Bermuda grass and that was keeping him from getting stuck.
Leanne - I called this morning about our tractor - they'll come and get it early next week and take it in. He said it had water in the diesel and it doesn't seem to have much power and sounds different to me. Seems like men just don't notice the sound of things like women do. I could tell Ray the car or PU sounded different and he said he couldn't tell any difference.
I need to call about the GP puppy to see if they know when he'll be born and also the Animal Shelter or maybe I'll just stop by on the way home tomorrow.
I'm going to make some banana bread this afternoon - couldn't find the recipe but I'll use the one on the box. The bananas are in the refrigerator and are coal black but I think they'll be okay.
This is the kind of day you could just crawl into bed, cover up and sleep but I don't think I will - maybe a nap. Barclee enjoyed that yesterday.
I'll be back later. Roxy, hope things are better today.
Hello all from very warm sunny CA, pushing 90* today. Lorita, I'm not sure if I want to have parents fingerprints in the same type of locket. They haven't been getting along very well and the last week was horrendous! With or w/out the full moon or the gibbons moon! I'm thinking I'll have to separate the prints, sort of why I'd like to separate them now. Shadow is a great name, she does shadow you and Sally. Did you call the babies by their names early on so they know who they are and come when they're called?
Bonnie, had the same type conversation w/Mom. She started gripping while griping and I firmly had to tell (ask) her what was the issue. Watched the tension in her hands release, then she was able to calm down. They focus so specifically it's hard to follow all the body language. Biddie, you understand; you can physically see what's coming. I vote the boys tag team Rich, why should you be injured? You've been able to utilize all resources, why not your boys. Perhaps Sean will have more insight, hard to tell, he's such an insightful young man.
Sandymac, love the outdoor wall. Thought it might be too hot for staghorn ferns in Aus; does the brick keep moisture in?
Hey, posted more but it kicked me off,
verse 2 from CA Dana, Sandymac, is the outside brick? Wondered if Leanne might concur to try a lace up job (including grommets) to fix the tear? Might make a cool looking shade.
Leanne, always looking for pix of MT. How magnificent the birds must be, breathtaking. With our drought the birds mostly outnumber the number of humans converged on the lakes; most 'lakes' are reservoirs so no human body contact. Fishing is ok early AM hours. Joan, want a new passion hobby? Start raising plants from seeds. Been at it 30+ years, so relaxing and nurturing. My focus becomes strictly on the seedlings; what a get away! Leanne gives great step by step info any novice would have success with. Colleen, you remember the Santa Ana winds, holy smoke (w/out fire smoke) were they blowing here in 'our valley'. Made me feel like a dog in the back seat of a top down convertible, cruising down the coast, hanging my head out! Didn't realize I now have jowls.
Twink, what would you have done with my folks in this stage? Positive day to all,