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The right hat makes everything better

Saturday, July 24, 2010

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AEBROWNSON 7/27/2010 8:52PM

    So will you be going to the polo match? emoticon

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WEDDWT 7/26/2010 4:40PM

    Ooh, La La !

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JLITT62 7/24/2010 9:40AM

    Love it!

I'm a big hat person -- literally & figuratively. I don't know where I got it from, since no one else I know wears hats.

Probably part of why I look so young, I'm fairly protective of my face.

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MSLZZY 7/24/2010 7:14AM

    Love the hat! I would look so goofy wearing one (believe me, I've tried)! Have a great Saturday! emoticon

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Little Lost Dog

Thursday, July 22, 2010

I live down a rural road with lots of woods and fields and very few houses. Most of the people who drive down this road are wonderful - good neighbors, loving friends and family, interesting strangers. But there is a particularly bad sort who also, now and then, makes nefarious use of this road to abandon unwanted dogs and cats. If you ever hear I have gone to jail it is because I caught one of those baddies, and after I did serious physical harm to him, I abandoned him, just the way he was abandoning a small furry animal.

We already have 2 drop-off dogs along with our labrador, Captain Jack, who have brought us immeasurable joy. It just may be that now a wee squirt of a dog will join the menagerie, for on Monday, when I was driving out, this little white head popped out of the woods. .
I stopped the car, opened the door and up he ran. I took him back to the house and showed him to Himself, ready to take the pup to the pound if I got any resistance but Mr.Tenderheart said "Oh leave him here - I'll call around and see if anybody's lost a dog".

He's still here. We put an ad on the radio, called the vets, put his photo on facebook. We shall see. I noticed he ripped the screen on the back porch last night, trying to get inside. He may not be as popular as he was yesterday.

but he certainly is cute and appealing. He's already endeared himself enough to escape the pound. If his owner doesn't turn up and we don't keep him, I know a softie who will find him a new home.

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JLITT62 7/22/2010 4:07PM

    OMG, how could anyone abandon such a cutie? The mind boggles. Of course there is that 2 week honeymon phase. Still, both Chester & Lola are rescue dogs. I firmly believe in rescues.

There was a time I thought I wanted to live out in the country and have lots of animals, but I know people often do that -- abandon animals out there. I think in the end I'm too much a city girl. Or surburbia girl.

Will wait to see how this unfolds and thanks for the photos!

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WEDDWT 7/22/2010 2:09PM

    I love the patch around his right eye, hmmmm I wonder what you will name him. For coming to his rescue, he make continue to rip thru screens and obstacles just to be near you! I know, it's hard to take that as a compliment, huh?

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LMSTRAW 7/22/2010 11:25AM

    Thank you for this kind deed! I know the problem, someone once "dropped a dog" who was pregnant, ready to deliver near our home. WE tried to make her feel "at home" but she never really did. She went to a bsrn, had her liter there; when they were old enough to eat, she came and 'told " us...she brought one with her. Of couse, we had taken food and water to her daily. I supose she thought we couldn't figure out that her pups would need to eat, too! One of the pups took to us, and we couldn't have run him off! She took the others and left one day! We never knew what happened to them. We actually looked for her and her babies, but never found them or heard a word.
I can't believe people can actually do that. But then, God puts angles like you and your DH there to take care of his 4 legged children!

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SHEILA1505 7/22/2010 11:09AM

What else could you do though - and he obviously knows he's safe and protected with you both - don't the other beasties object to sharing their bounty??


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EDWINA172 7/22/2010 8:14AM

    You are an angel. Thank you for saving the little guy.

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MBOLTON5 7/22/2010 8:00AM

    What a wonderful thing to do! emoticon

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PALEAN 7/22/2010 7:56AM

    I'm so glad you were there for this sweet dog! Dogs, cats...all animals deserve the best...God Bless You for saving this one!

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Bess' Girls Camp - long post

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Over the past 25 years, the young girls in my family have spent summer weeks at my house. First it was nieces, then cousins and daughters of my childhood friends. After a while, though, they all grew up, went to college, got jobs, husbands - even children of their own. It's been mostly girls, of course, who want to come play with my toys, so after a while Himself began calling it Bess' Girls Camp. And at last we've got New Cute Little Girls (and one adorable boy) to come visit again.

This past week our precious 8 year old cousin spent 5 days with us, exploring the wild outdoors, swimming, coming to work with me (it's wonderful how many girls love to spend time in libraries, helping with story hours and putting books away) and sampling lots of crafts from my cache of supplies. (Cousin Hannah says I have the best toys of any grownup, ever!)

The best thing about having children visit is that they want to go swimming every day - (we get a little lazy now and often say "let's just take a walk) - and to get to the swimming beach we have to canoe across wide Occupacia Bay. Great exercise there - and lots of laughs, because our aqua phobic labrador Jack had to swim back and he cried all the way home. I've never seen a dog resent water as much as he does. Monday the cool water was refreshing and a little rainstorm spattered droplets on us as we paddled home, but as the nights have stayed above 70 all week, by yesterday it was bathtub temperature. Little minnows nibble at your back in the warm water and of course - we're surrounded by a ring of greenery with not another soul out there to intrude on the luxurious feeling that the whole world belongs to us.

Summertime we have lots of childrens' programs in the library so it's easy to take my own visiting cousins with me and not worry about them getting bored or me getting interrupted. I was going to be interrupted anyway. Also, if the cousin is the right age, she can join the reading club, read books, earn Book Bucks and spend them at the BookStore. The rule at my house is: you must be 7 years old before you can stay the week without your parents. I see there is a 5 year old sister who has started counting the days.

Himself is a magical man full of poetry and stories and with a voice you never forget - deep , rich, mellifluous and he will read Hans Christian Anderson stories on the back porch in the evening. He also knows all about the trees and will take a cousin for a walk in the woods and teach you how to identify them. He will even pick you up and tell you "Walk up the tree trunk so you will really know how that bark feels" He's just so cool.

But the really exciting part about staying at Bess' Girls Camp is Bess' Toys. There is Ginger Peach Preserves to be made

There is jewelry to be created

and there are babydolls to be dressed in hand knitted garments

There is also origami and drawing and real watercolor paints - but you get the idea.

Alas - a week has to come to an end sometime and it did yesterday with a gala swim with mama and aunt S and brothers and sisters and More Cousins. The house is quiet now but I believe there is another, former BGC attendee coming in this afternoon. And I believe there will be a Boy Cousin coming in August.

Happy times here in the country. Hope your campers are having a good time this summer.

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LUNADRAGON 7/17/2010 4:24PM

    Wow, such fun! I would have loved this as a little girl. Every summer, my girl cousins would each spend a few days at my house, and often I would go to their's and it was such fun.
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SHEILA1505 7/17/2010 12:27PM

    Bess - I am so sorry - I misunderstood!!! I thought your status was saying that you had lost Jack. Of course, I am delighted to work it out that this is not at all what you meant - you must have thought me totally dense earlier! Sorry for the "mistook"


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JLITT62 7/17/2010 11:05AM

    I wanna come to Bess's girls camp!

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MSLZZY 7/17/2010 7:35AM

    What a great auntie you are to provide all the fun and education! Your summers must be fantastic getaways for all! Have a great weekend! emoticon

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Boatloads of thanks to you all!!

Friday, July 16, 2010

To anyone who sent up prayers, wishes, good thoughts, white light - to anyone who even had an instant of sympathy for me yesterday I send you glorious enormous heart felt THANKS.

We received a reprieve yesterday. My husband's good eye isn't all that good. that one was where his first detached retina was - in 1999. It has a buckle around it and we always know there is a chance that buckle could begin to cause trouble - but till about a year ago they could correct his vision with glasses to 20/20. In 2000 his left eye retina detached 3 times in 9 weeks. The subsequent surgery left him with the ability to detect dark and light but not to really see. Since the right eye issues began to show up over the past year we've been whiplashed back and forth with dire possibilities - bullets we've been able to dodge so far, always because the retina remained flat and intact. Now there is a wrinkle in the retina caused by a condition with an enormous polysylabic name.

The good news is the first step in treatment is with drugs instead of surgery. We are going to see and pray and invision and thank God for such good medicine and be happy with all there is of gratitude in our hearts.

but never ever doubt the enormous effect you have when you support someone with your good wishes - each tiny lightening of my load helps me see the true good path into the future.
I thank each and every one of you.

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LUNADRAGON 7/16/2010 7:42PM

    I will be praying for you both, that the medicine will help, and that you will both find relief for this soon.

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WEDDWT 7/16/2010 1:01PM

    When couples go thru these trials, when something precious is at risk of being lost, I think a certain gratitude is developed than cannot be achieved during the good times. As that gratitude muscle becomes stronger and stronger, life itself becomes more precious. There is sight, and then there is spiritual sight, and I think DH will always be able to see how much he loves you.
Continued prayers for you both

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JLITT62 7/16/2010 8:36AM

    I absolutely believe in the power of prayer.

Losing your sight is such a scary thought. I was born cross-eye'd, and had eye surgery at 6 months -- then again at 12 years to correct a lazy eye -- and my vision, even corrected, has never been 20/20. But it's good enough, so far, knock on wood.

I'm just writing that to say that not all eye surger is bad, obviously, but hoping it won't come to that for your DH anyway.

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MSLZZY 7/16/2010 8:07AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonGood news! I will continue to pray for you both!

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SHEILA1505 7/16/2010 7:06AM

    Continuing to keep you in my thoughts and communications with my Universe. Hoping the meds prove successful and all will be well.

with love and hugs

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Requesting your prayers, please

Thursday, July 15, 2010

my precious husband has very fragile vision. One eye is pretty much blind - it sees light and dark. The other is now having trouble. Please if you pray, ask that his eyes heal and his vision stays. We will weather any storm, but prayer is such a miracle that we'd like to have yours with us as we face what's up ahead.

Thank you so much, my spark friends.

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WEDDWT 7/15/2010 4:30PM


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JLITT62 7/15/2010 3:46PM

    Prayers happily and freely given.

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EPIPHANYANGEL 7/15/2010 2:54PM

    Prayers and emoticon emoticon

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250STRONG 7/15/2010 10:51AM

    positive thoughts

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DAISY443 7/15/2010 8:09AM

    Prayers and emoticon

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    Will do. "May the peace of God rule in your heart through Christ Jesus our Lord."

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102633 7/15/2010 7:21AM

    Heavenly Father, May the desires of this lady and her husband be granted according to Your Will. We pray for healing of the eyes and the restoration of vision for this dear man. If Your will does not bring this restoration of sight, we pray that Your grace be sufficient to help them to live thru each and every day with the conditions that you have granted. We pray this in the mighty and holy name of Jesus Christ, our Lord.


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SHEILA1505 7/15/2010 6:55AM

    You are in my thoughts - asking the Universe to protect you both

Hugs and love

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MSLZZY 7/15/2010 6:50AM

    My prayers are with you! emoticon

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JACKSMIMI2 7/15/2010 6:25AM

    I will keep both of you in my thoughts and prayers.

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MRE1956 7/15/2010 5:54AM

    emoticon for you and your husband .....

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MGAYLE 7/15/2010 5:53AM

    Good morning and consider this done. I am asking God to heal my vision as well. I know that God is able and He hears our prayers.
Be encouraged!
Dr. G

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