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Friday, August 28, 2009

Don't I rock a black eye well? Good news is it is getting better (ie I was going to smack anyone with a camera on Monday morning when it was UGLIER). Watch out for those killer nightstands - they are MEAN!

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MSEMBERSTORM 8/29/2009 7:30PM


You did knock yourself a good one! Take care of yourself woman!!!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/28/2009 11:14PM

    OMG!! I thought you had a black eye. It looks like you tried to surgically remove your own eye. emoticon

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COSMIC_ENERGY 8/28/2009 5:58PM

    Bless your heart-OUCH! Let's start a send Kierae to the SPA fund!

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MSLOANARTS 8/28/2009 5:48PM

    Yeeeeeeeoucccch! I know those night stands are vicious! Once on vacation, moments after we had arrived at our cottage, our youngest (then about 3) started jumping on the bed. After about 2 jumps, he slipped and got a nasty gash right next to his eye. We spent the first night of vacation in an emergency room. Why hasn't someone outlawed those things?! LOL
Hoping you have a speedy recovery!

emoticon Melissa

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BKWERM 8/28/2009 5:14PM

    Yeah, it's yucky but I think you look pretty darn good for a grandma! You rock, Lady!

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NYCGRRL 8/28/2009 4:15PM

    Ouch! Hope you heal soon!

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FLUFFBUSTER 8/28/2009 3:27PM

    Poor thing! I hope Abe is being especially helpful by staying clear of your path.

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SPARKLINGHOPE 8/28/2009 2:53PM

    what a site! ouch!!

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KEEPITMOVING 8/28/2009 2:45PM

    OMG, you poor thing! boy, does that look like it smarts or what? well, it's on the mend now that that beautiful shade of chartruese is appearing! take good care of that shiner, lady! try to make the best of this weekend.

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SPINNYCHICK 8/28/2009 2:19PM

  Ouchie wawa! I hope you heal up quickly!

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LLTS01 8/28/2009 2:11PM

    Yikes- it looks purple now.


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Update and craziness

Thursday, August 27, 2009

In true form, this summer has been NUTS! I have been nonstop running, between babysitting the neighbor kids, watching Aliegh for basically half the week (or more), and then you toss in an out of town/state visitor or two. Mix all that up with a crazy (not in a good way) landlady who has not done a darn thing on my the mess of my downstairs.

I am still living in half of my house (but wait for it... paying full rent). It makes me feel so warm and fuzzy when I see all of my belongings sitting under a tarp outside, spread across my wrap around deck, and down the stairwell leading to my downstairs. I am functioning without a washer and dryer - thank god my neighbor took pity on me so I don't have to go to a laundry mat because we all know my schedule needs that task added to it. My landlady has decided 6 weeks after my downstairs was demolished that she doesn't deal with contractors because SHE IS a contractor. Explains ALOT about the prior issues with the house...just saying. We think her plan is to work on the place on her days she isn't teaching college PE. We are laying money she wants to live downstairs while she does this and be able to freely use our bathroom upstairs and kitchen. But the kicker - she expects us to continue to pay full rent. Oh yeah this sooo works for me.

Needless to say, we are semi looking for a new place. All complicated by the fact that I am scheduled for surgery on the 22nd. Everyone should ponder moving when they know they are going to be laid up for 3 months. It rocks the blood pressure which right now is too high for my normally laid back 100/60. Thanks to my lovely concussion and black eye, I am dealing with headaches right now (and evidently my blood pressure was kinda ugly). So I am suppose to be resting and recuperating. See how well this is working? emoticon I fell and hit the nightstand by my bed. How did I fall? Well when you have one foot waiting for fusion and ya mix it up with a narrow space (have Aliegh's playpen in the area) and then ya toss in one BIG weimaraner named Abe = hello splat~!

I never thought I would be looking forward to summer winding down but I am. School starts on the 9th. My last set of houseguests (who shall be sleeping on an air mattress in my dining room) arrive on the 4th and leave on the 9th. I need to pull together my household and set up for being stuck unable to walk for 3 -4 months. I am kinda looking forward to being stuck in bed - at least for a week. Then I will be plotting how to escape again which I am sure Abe will be there to help. I am thinking rigging up some kind of harness with him so he can pull me around. Of course this only works if he doesn't get distracted by shinies, bicycles, squirrels, food, a cloud...

And the last bit - here is Ms Aliegh who is going to be 6 months old in a week. She is rolling over, scooting backwards, digging sweet potatoes, loves giving kisses and thinks her grams should be constantly entertaining her or at least within sight.

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SHAMROCKY2K 8/29/2009 4:58AM

    Deep breaths.. enjoy the good times when they happen. Don't let man get ya down.. lol.. is my age showing?? Anyway, love your page. Things WILL get better.

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MSEMBERSTORM 8/28/2009 12:09AM

    Wow!!! Holy smokes! Girl I hope you are breathing in between all of the chaos. The landlord issues totally sucks. Hope you heal up fast from the bumps and bruises and the upcoming surgery. Little Ms. Aliegh is growing so fast. Take it easy and take care of yourself during this wild time. I was wondering about you. Glad to see your still around and kicking!

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LIFEASMRSA 8/27/2009 10:02PM

    wow Kierae! you've been SUPER BUSY this summer! Sorry to hear about your horrible landlady too! :( landlords do like to take advantage of renters....... which is horrible in itself!!! tsk tsk on her......


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LLTS01 8/27/2009 9:54PM

    I am out of breath just reading your blog. What a terrible confluence of event. A move would probably be pushing it right now. So enjoy the baby and just plan for your surgery and make the move a longer term plan.

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COSMIC_ENERGY 8/27/2009 8:27PM

    Man K--you are a machine. Slow down, take a deep breath. It is ok to put yourself first--tell the rest of the wotld to bugger off for a while while you take care of yourself. (OK--I know ya can't but try!) any chance your daughter will step for for a bit and help you?

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PRIMALMICHAEL 8/27/2009 7:39PM

    Wow that is really crazy! That landlady of yours is really a piece of work! She's got a lot of nerve! Will she not negotiate the rent under the circumstances?

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NYCGRRL 8/27/2009 6:30PM

    What a cute baby! Your summer does sound very crazy! With regard to your landlord, I would write everything down and document it in case I was going to fight over the rent.

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FLUFFBUSTER 8/27/2009 4:07PM

    WOW!!! Aside from your own personal obstacles, it's shameful what your landlord is putting you through. Hopefully she'll get her act together quickly and you can at least utilize the entire space that you are paying for.

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    I love babies!! I think Aleigh is right. Grandma is supposed to entertain her all the time. LOL.

Your life is toooooooooooo stressful for someone getting ready for surgery. I'm sure you know that.

As a renter you have rights which this woman is obviously violating. I agree that you need to find a new place though because she sounds nutty.

Does Abe have a nursing uniform? He may be doing private duty soon. And a chauffeur outfit if he is going to be carting you around. LOL.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 8/27/2009 1:54PM

    Wow! It sounds like you are really overloaded right now. Hope everything goes well with your surgery and all gets back to normal soon.

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SHANNAKATZ 8/27/2009 1:50PM

    Good thing you're such a strong and put together person. Can you call the housing commission on your landlord? sounds like she's asking you to live in an unhealthy environment.

Either way, good luck with the house and the surgery and what not. Stay strong!

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JENIFER82 8/27/2009 12:09PM

    What a sweet smile! She's cute. Good luck with your surgery and it sounds like you've really had a lot of action going on around you during the summer. No wonder you want some bed rest.

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KEEPITMOVING 8/27/2009 12:01PM

    wow! she's grown so big! she's adorable. what a proud grandma you must be! sorry about needing the ankle fusion. is it the arthritis? just think....after it's done, you can ease your way back to your schedule with much less discomfort than you've had before. hang in there and good luck with everything! i'm sending healing, positive vibes your way.

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WEEZIE30 8/27/2009 11:51AM

    Awwww what a cutie!!

sorry your summer has been so crazy! I hope it gets better for you.

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"Caffeine IV STAT!"

Monday, July 06, 2009

Lately I have been bonking about mid afternoon in my energy level. My initial response is WHY??? Then after a few moments I remember why and smack myself. I am rolling out of bed every morning to go across the street to babysit and tend to my neighbor's household. I bounce between 2 houses on getting things done, ie dishwashers unloaded/loaded, laundry processed, meals for the kids tended to, dinners planned and started - and of course entertaining the troops, aka the 3 kids and 2 dogs walked. I am enjoying teaching the kids various craft projects, working with the parents on expanding their dinner (and lunch choices with some planning), and figuring out other activities the kids can do. But I do tend to forget that I am also waiting around for a surgery on my foot that is blown out every morning, settles down after awhile and then blows out come evening. Oh and then add Ms Aliegh to the mix which lately I have had her with me more than not. So for now I have taken to adding an extra cup of coffee to my morning and/or adding a sugar free energy drink in the late afternoon. Not the best coping mechanism but hey a nap is out of the question (as is diving into some other food item I shouldn't be eating). Ms Aliegh, on the other hand, thinks a nap is JUST what she needed on the 4th of July.

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MUSIC66 8/3/2009 12:15AM

    coffee keeps you alert and helps you deal with your work.

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LILYLA 7/11/2009 11:16PM

    Can't go a day without my coffee...and what a lovely baby! She's so cute!

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LIFEASMRSA 7/8/2009 2:04PM

    mmm I love coffee myself :) when i was working i would always have a big cup in the morning and green tea in the afternoon... maybe you should try some green tea? or white tea there's not that much caffine to it.. but it might help the transition a bit :)

and your granddaughter IS ADORABLE!!!!!

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LORRAINE_D 7/8/2009 1:41PM

    I like my coffee in the morning too. You are tired just with the RA. You are very busy! Be good to yourself!
Must be hard on you with that surgery lurking in the future.
On the most tired days do your breathing exercises. Breathe in your nostrels long, slowing and deeply and then let it out. Check into 'core strength exercises. Less effort but well worth it! Suggestions from a friend!

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MSEMBERSTORM 7/7/2009 11:09PM

    Wow gal you are so busy! Your little Aliegh is so cute! Ahhh to be able to sleep like that again. Take care of yourself!

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    Best wishes for all your needs...sleep, pain relief and successful surgery on your foot.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 7/7/2009 1:10PM

    No wonder you are exhausted by mid afternoon. I would be doing the same on at least a temporary basis. Good luck with your upcoming surgery!

Good luck with all the extras you are doing right now.

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KIERAE 7/7/2009 9:33AM

    My surgery is scheduled for Sept 22nd and then I will have my "wings clipped" and will be bed/house bound for 3-4 months. Hence the need to pack in much activities this summer! emoticon

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    Look at that beautiful smile; I'm so in love with little Aliegh! And those little gel sandals are adorable! Enjoy your time with Miss Aliegh.

What's wrong with your foot? I hope your surgery is scheduled soon.

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MAMAGOSS 7/7/2009 7:53AM

    Whew! I'm exhausted just reding this - no wonder you need a boost mid day! Hang in there - have they scheduled your surgery yet?


PS CUTE little one!!

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HEATHHILL 7/7/2009 7:37AM

    She is just so darn cute. I don't think a little blast of caffeine is a big deal with all that you're doing. Better than loading up on a lot of empty sugar calories.

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BINEMELLES 7/7/2009 5:25AM

    anyone with a blissful smile like this while taking a nap is my friend.
and your day sounds terribly exhausting ... i think a cuppa is totally in order.
i adore your energy and dedication!

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COSMIC_ENERGY 7/7/2009 2:26AM

    Caffine is my friend. And looks like you can afford a dose now and then.

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    Gawd she's CUTE!

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    You know what I think of caffeine. LOL.

I'm exhausted just reading about your life. It makes both of my feet hurt. LOL. I can't imagine what keeps you sane. LOL.

Your grand daughter is soooooooo cute!!

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LLTS01 7/6/2009 9:51PM

    What an absolute cutie. Those cheeks and that smile would make anyone's heart melt.

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Unexpected turn

Saturday, June 06, 2009

These last couple of weeks have been full of sun, beachtime and hanging out with friends and neighbors. Add to this TONS of stress. My way of handling the stress hasn't been with eating for once but with hiding out at the beach, reading some books and venting to my girlfriends. I found out yesterday that my daughter and her husband were being evicted (and a judgement brought against them in court). They have until the 12th to get their stuff out. They had their electricity turned off 2 weeks ago and have been temporarily staying with his mother in an one bedroom apartment. Now they are basically homeless with no options since neither are working. So my husband, myself and my son sat down to try to come up with a viable solution to try to help but also to lay down some boundaries to prevent ourselves from being sucked in (since neither of the adults are making appropriate choices or decisions). I just bought an used travel trailer which I was going to put on our property we have in the mountains. Now it will be sitting on my son's property with my daughter, her husband, Ali, and 2 boston terriers all living in it. We have given them a couple months in the trailer which should be enough time to find work and figure out a living situation. I will be close enough (10 minute drive) to help with Ali and my son will keep an eye on the situation (and won't hesitate to call his sister out for being a derelict).

I will have Ali for this week while they go and pack up, and deal with storage. Gives me plenty of time to take more pictures, fatten her up and of course love on her. These pics were from 2 weeks ago.

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JENNIFERK2009 6/15/2009 4:22PM

    Your granddaughter is so cute!! I am sorry to hear about your daughter and her situation. What your doing for them is really nice.

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NIGHTSTAR777 6/15/2009 10:07AM

    She is so beautiful.

I am sorry to hear about your family problems. I hope it will go OK. I wish them be good.

They do have your support, it is very big. When my husband come to America he has no one to go or to meet him. He had $200. I was in our country with two kids and another $200. That was all. It was so difficult. I wish your daughter family will be good.


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MVANAUSD 6/11/2009 11:34PM

    I am sorry to hear about your daughter's eviction. The trailer seems like a great option for now. Hope you enjoy the extra time with your grandaughter.

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KEEPITMOVING 6/10/2009 9:26AM

    ali is a beautiful blessing, isn't she? sorry to read about your daughter's misfortunes. what you did with the trailer is a godsend to them. i hear you about not wanting to get sucked in. just what you're doing with and for ali adds such quality to her and your lives. i wish you all the best of luck and much success in conquering this new set of family challenges. ali is MORE than adorable! you're THE BEST GRANDMA! n

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 6/8/2009 5:14PM

    Your granddaughter is such a cutie. I hope her parents become real parents and not just kids playing at being grown up. I hope all your plans go well and everything works out and that at least one of them finds a good job to support the family.

Hope you continue to deal with this added stress in positive ways!
Best of luck to you and yours.

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MSEMBERSTORM 6/7/2009 11:14PM

    She is so adorable! Thank God they have you and your hubs! Lots of prayers and hugs for you!

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    I loved the pictures of your grand daughter. She is such a cutie, just like her grandma.

You always impress me with your wisdom and this challenge is no exception. You always come up with the perfect solution. I know it's stressful and it's hard but the kids are young and with your help they can learn from this and grow.

I was an idiot years ago as well. LOL. Everyone I knew begged me not to marry my first husband and I did anyway and it was just as awful as they said it would be. LOL. But it did help me to become the person I am today - ( a total freak! - lol).

2 months with 2 adults, a new baby, and 2 dogs living in a travel trailer might be enough to straighten anyone up, even me. emoticon

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MAMAGOSS 6/7/2009 10:17AM

    Being a parent is 24/7 for life isn't it? Ali is lucky to have you for her grandma and her mom is lucky to have you for her mom! Hope all works out with the "kids". At least Ali seems to be doing okay and she is just adorable. emoticon

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TINKAWAY 6/7/2009 7:50AM

    What an adorable little baby!!! You and little Ali look so happy together. I sure hope that situations improve soon. You are such a wonderful parent to help out. It is so hard to see your children in such a struggle. All your SP friends are here to listen and give you a shoulder to lean on.

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    You are a wonderful mother and family for helping your daughter and family out. Little Ali sure is growing! emoticon

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COSMIC_ENERGY 6/6/2009 12:46PM

    Sounds like an intervention that may give them the room to grow in. And the best hope is that they will. Blessings to you all and that what is their best interests manifests with work on their part. Glad you get to be close to the cutie-pa-too-tie

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BINEMELLES 6/6/2009 6:31AM

    oh wow ... it's not that this wasn't to be expected sooner or later, but now that it has happened it sounds fearsome. i hope this will be a wake up call for them to get their lives in order. i'm very, very glad that you are able to jump in quickly to care for ali. the "adults" clearly have to start to take care of themselves now.
and the picture of you and ali is adorable. BOTH of you. you look like one happy loving granny. no, actually you look like you could be her mom. having a baby around you must work some rejuvenating magic for you!

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    Wow. The peanut is growing so fast. I'm sorry you're going through this stress. Family sure can put us through the wringer, can't they?


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Mother's Day 2009

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Life is very crazy right now. I just may end up with Ali for a few months which is totally fine by me since ultimately I just want what is best for her. She is quite adorable!

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LMB-ESQ 5/17/2009 1:14PM

    What a sweet little girl! Bless you for being there for her. I wish you and her the best!


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LIFEASMRSA 5/15/2009 5:00PM

    ADORABLE!!!!!!!!! :D

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SCAROUSEL1 5/15/2009 4:20PM

    Aaaaahhhh... BLISS!

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    I have no doubt that you can handle "crazy" quite well.

She really does look like grandma.

And she is one lucky little girl to be blessed to have such a terrific grandma.

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JAY_DEE 5/15/2009 11:41AM

    Anyone who does not believe that Angels are among us never had a grandchild.
She's precious, Kierae and it looks like she has a loving "big brother" in Abe.

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BINEMELLES 5/15/2009 10:09AM

    absolutely adorable! i hope you find the best solution for little ali.
and i am sure abe would do his share of babysitting!

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MAMAGOSS 5/15/2009 8:21AM

    Tooo cute! And it looks like Abe likes her too!

You will make a great surrogate if it comes to that K - no worries!


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MSEMBERSTORM 5/15/2009 12:37AM

    She is so cute!!!!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 5/15/2009 12:04AM

    emoticon for Ali.

emoticon for you.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 5/14/2009 11:12PM

    She is adorable. I know you will take good care of her because you take such good care of yourself and us.

Be Healthy and Happy and have just enough.

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COSMIC_ENERGY 5/14/2009 11:03PM

    Blessings for the journey, whatever unfolds.

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