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Playing is a good thing

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Today I was suppose to go over to the city and get my monthly infusion for my arthritis. Fortunately I got the phone call canceling it BEFORE I got onto the ferry. So I ended up calling my neighbor and arranging a play date. She has 2 girls, 8 and 6 who have bonded with me over the summer. They found out I was into crafts and my basement is the "motherlode" of adventures for them. So I had promised we would do something over their Christmas break. I invited them over to play today. The girls had a friend spending the night so she came along. We decided to make soap. The girls made several bars with the various molds I have. They learned how to pick scents and to add various dried flowers, clay and colors. Of course the one color I wish they had avoided, they loved - blue. Blue soap is pretty BUT its really only good for soap on display. When you use it, you end up with blue vegetable dye all over. It washes off but still a hassle. There was no convincing them to go for a different color. I had to make them promise they wouldn't be using the blue soap on their faces, otherwise someone was going to think they were being battered. Their mom had to giggle at that one and of course then they all plotted on who they were giving the blue soap too as a gag gift. As they walked out of the house to return home, the littlest girl turns to me and asked if she could come play with me tomorrow. I think we shall be doing beads tomorrow - less messy!

  
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BINEMELLES 12/31/2008 5:26AM

    ha ha! i have no idea why blue is so attractive to kids! i was baking christmas cookies with my godchild lately and he insisted on frosting all his cookies in blue. i don't know if there is a less appetizing color for food, but i guess at least the made good "diet cookies", lol!

glad you got a chance to play - have fun with the beading!

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Ghost Dog - The Game of finding Abe

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Abe and I have continued our daily walks, hitting the beach when the low tide is at a decent hour, ie anytime other than 8am or after 4pm (I need light or I would kill myself on a log). It has been really cold for Washington. We currently are experiencing the longest cold stretch we have seen in over 20 years. It is beautiful at the beach this time of year but COLD, particularly when the wind is blasting across the sound. So I figured we will just dress appropriately for it. And what does the stylish Abe wear? I went searching for a coat that would be big enough for him since he is larger than the standard weimaraner. Dog coats are SPENDY but alas, I found a supplier on Ebay. I got my order in and received it. I put the coat on Abe and off we went. He looked all stylish. People stopped in their cars to comment. We get to the beach and off he goes to play. WHAT WAS I THINKING? Ghost dog in a camouflaged coat. He is the color of the sand and logs. The coat is the color of, oh EVERYTHING on the beach. What is his favorite game? Run ahead, hunker down between logs and SURPRISE attack! I could have gotten him the pink one but well he might have gotten grief by the rest of the dogs on the beach (and the construction guys would have laughed hysterically). Ditto on the purple. My son volunteered to paint ball splatter his coat with orange but wanted to make it more of a game, ie with Abe in it. That got vetoed. So I guess I shall look for another jacket and in the meantime we shall continue our daily version of where's waldo!




Can you spot the Abe?

  
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IACTA_ALEA_EST 12/28/2008 6:41PM

    Great foto!
I haven't stopped by in ages but wanted to say hi and hope the new year passes well for you. Are you doing ok? Just holler - I can always lend a virtual ear,
Allie in NH
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BIBI071 12/24/2008 11:26AM

    Nice Post. And I found him!
Hey! he IS kinda camouflaged.

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CAHEIN 12/23/2008 8:16PM

    HA! OMG, he totally blends in! I dont know that my Weimeraner would have stood for me putting a coat on him when we lived in NH. We got the little dog a faux suede coat with fleece lining but then agian, hes 12 lbs.

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THEBEEDEDLADY 12/20/2008 9:47PM

    Well at least you know your heart rate is going up during your walk!!!! LOL
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BINEMELLES 12/18/2008 5:06AM

    hahaha! i agree, this dog needs a day-glo jacket on the beach!

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MAMAGOSS 12/17/2008 9:08PM

    Or you can just exercise your crafty side and hand paint or needlepoint a design in bright colors for the "disappearing pup" ROFL

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 12/17/2008 8:56PM

    So funny! You know... you could cover Abe and his coat with neon orange tape. My old German Gramma did that with anything she didn't want to loose. (The trouble is that she covered EVERYTHING with that junk and so orange tape became no different than cammo at her house. LOL) How about neon booties and collar?

...Pam

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COSMIC_ENERGY 12/17/2008 8:31PM

    I vote for paint ball w/o Abe it the coat! No use throwing more money out there! How about blaze orange??

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PUPPYWHISPERS 12/17/2008 8:04PM

    LOL! I'm sure Abe is loving that he can play hide and seek with you! The camo does work, can't find him at all in the picture. Sadie has the same problem--when she's out in the yard, her black coat disappears in the shadows and I have no idea where she is. Until winter, when there's snow on the ground, and on her paws, and on her muzzle.

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SCAROUSEL1 12/17/2008 6:46PM

    I'm sorry, but that is TOO funny! He was already camoflauged and the new coat didn't help. Oh well, fun time on the beach until coat number two arrives... GRIN!

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Drivers License

Friday, December 05, 2008

Yesterday I was shopping and I had to pull out my drivers license for proof of identification. The sales person looked at my drivers license, looked at me, and smiled. "Wow you look very different!" I thanked her and acknowledged that I had lost some weight since the picture. Later on I pulled out the drivers license and looked at it. Now technically the license said I weighed 145. Ummm holy LIES of all BIG LIES! I am not sure who I was fooling except myself. I know that most folks lie about their weight by 10 pounds. But 40 pounds?? And let's get real. I have never heard of the Drivers License staff guffawing or questioning someone's weight when it is given to them to record. They might behind closed doors but not to our faces. So I think I need to conveniently "lose" my license and go get a new one. One with a new picture AND a true weight! emoticon

  
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JAY_DEE 1/17/2009 3:37PM

    This is a bit late, but I just found it (having a lazy day here). It got my curiosity going so I checked..and my license (Florida) doesn't have a weight on it! How cool is that? I didn't have to tell a whopper! lol emoticon

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THEBEEDEDLADY 12/17/2008 2:21PM

    If they started guffawing they would probably die laughing. emoticon

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STRINGBEAN61 12/12/2008 9:20AM

    I love your sense of humor and one of the most inspirational web sites I've seen. You are a doer, you're not a user... Thanks for being there and please continue writing about your journey. Love ya!

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SCAROUSEL1 12/6/2008 12:42PM

    It is SO time for a new licencse girl! Go get it done!

Speaking of which mine is up for renewal in Feb. I better go take a look at it... GRIN!

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KYLIEMC8 12/6/2008 9:44AM

    that was great that they noticed! I just got mine changed and I don't recall a weight on them any longer..not in Iowa anyway..whew..I sure didn't want to lie again! emoticon

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BINEMELLES 12/6/2008 2:36AM

    that is so weird! why do american driver's licenses state your weight? in germany they have the picture, name, address, date of birth and any handicaps that might affect your driving, like mine says i have to wear glasses. who has to know a driver's WEIGHT?

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 12/5/2008 11:08PM

    I think my license said 135, a 30lb lie. Yes, I need a new one, too, but I don't think we have to "loose" them if our appearance has changed that dramatically; they should want us to have new photos and record our true weights. Heck, they should even have a scale there for us to jump on to prove it.

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HUGS2013 12/5/2008 8:36PM

    That sounds like a good plan...to get a new picture and license. Just make sure they give you a new picture and don't try to reprint the old one.
You do look totally different; you are a pretty woman anyway but now you are gorgeous!
I'm in the reverse action with my drivers license as I was normal size 4 years ago and now when I renew my picture will look "big momma" for 4 years, what a bummer!

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Celebrating a Marriage

Friday, November 21, 2008

Wednesday was my 16th wedding anniversary. It kind of boggles our minds that we have been together for 18 years. It honestly doesn't feel like it has been that long and yet it seems like we have been together for a very long time. We came together with such an intensity and fierceness that fateful weekend in Vancouver. It was somewhat frightening when we figured out that there was no way to turn the clock back. And fortunately neither one of us even thought twice about it. It hasn't been necessarily an easy time. D endured the chaos and destruction of marrying into a family with teenagers, particularly a very ugly destructive teenage girl. He was at my side for multiple surgeries as I was averaging about a surgery per year, coming in after work to take care of me at the hospital. And most of all, D has allowed me to sort out and figure out who the heck I am exactly. Not always an easy task.

We have endured and yet it never felt like it was such a monumental hurdle that we couldn't do it. We have sometimes stumbled in our communication (wading thru depression can do that to you) but yet we have never fought about anything. I think the fact that neither one of us are prone to angry outbursts - we are quite alike in temperament. Ultimately our love and respect for each other has never faltered. We have always figured out a way to work past whatever presents to us.

We are best friends, lovers, and I look forward to spending the rest of our time...together.

D use to bring me lavender roses on a weekly basis to work. Ironically he probably still would except I rule the checkbook.

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BKWERM 11/22/2008 5:27PM

    Congratulations.

Sounds like you and D have a very special relationship. Savour it. It's rare.

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SCAROUSEL1 11/22/2008 12:09PM

    CONGRATULATIONS and thanks for sharing with us!

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LISA32989 11/22/2008 8:30AM

    Thanks so much for sharing!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 11/21/2008 10:20PM

    That is worth celebrating. Congrats!

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COSMIC_ENERGY 11/21/2008 9:59PM

    Kierae-Blessings on this wonderful day and the many ahead of you together.
--Jude

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KYLIEMC8 11/21/2008 8:30PM

    emoticon thanks for sharing! emoticon

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JEEPERSCA 11/21/2008 7:31PM

    what a wonderful post. They say you can tell when a marriage is going to succeed by how people speak of their spouses... I thought it interesting that the article I read noted those that are proud of their spouse, and are excited to tell people about them - were most likely in a very successful marriage. That love and respect that goes one step further, you want to tell people about it!

Grats on 18 together 16 married!

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PUPPYWHISPERS 11/21/2008 6:53PM

    Congratulations! My DH and I celebrated 21 years in September...where does the time go. I'm glad you found your soul mate, as did I. emoticon

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FLYBABYC 11/21/2008 6:52PM

  congratulations to you!

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BARLOWSMUMHELEN 11/21/2008 6:46PM

    Congratulations on 16 years together, no mean feat in this day and age. DH and I have been married for 36 years and together for 39 years altogether. I get a red rose for every year on our anniversary, have had to buy a couple of very big vases to take them now!! Keep on the way you are and you will make "till death do us part"as God intended.

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Social time

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Yesterday was a "social" day for me. I use quotes because although I am quite social on a daily basis online, I don't really have a lot of person to person contact on a regular basis. My interactions consists of the sparse morning (and evening) conversations with my hubby, and basically anybody else Abe and I encounter along our daily walks. Once a month I have to go into the city to get my research drug for my arthritis. Before dog, I would spend the day in the city, doing any errands, hitting the bookstores, and visiting with friends. Since bringing Abe home and his penchant for "cleaning" out my pantry and basic unwillingness to be home alone longer than 5 hours, my trips have been cut short. Yesterday the mister spent the day dog sitting Abe while I went into the city. I got to get caught up with some of my favorite hospital staff (after a couple years of going in on a monthly basis, they do get to know you well) and paid a visit to Betz (best friend) before she leaves town for a month.

Now what was different (in a delightful way) for me is that everyone I encountered stated I was looking THIN. Now I haven't seen Betz since August so I could understand the statement coming from her (particularly considering her fibro fog memory!) but the hospital crew I see monthly. My weight has only changed by 2 lbs since last month. Evidently the body has redistributed a bit since things are firming up (well as much as this broken body is capable of anyhow..lol). Betz tried to recall when she had seen me this thin since she has known me over 20 years. The reality is I haven't been this size since I was sharing a flat and clothes with Daniel (a dear friend who died of Aids years ago)- so almost 30 years. It made me smile to realize that I have come full circle back except that this time I am actually physically FIT, eating fantastic, and once again sharing clothes with a slender boy.

  
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LIL.TALA 11/10/2008 2:26PM

    you are doing so well!
such a positive blog!

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SCAROUSEL1 11/9/2008 1:22PM

    GREAT blog! Thanks for sharing your journey, your life and your SUCCESS with us!

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LULUBELL17 11/9/2008 12:32AM

    Way to go, I am so happy for you! And I love that you have Abe, my Chico keeps me active (and home much more than normal too)!

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HUGS2013 11/9/2008 12:06AM

    Wow you are getting there! All that exercise and good nutrition is working for you. I'm glad that you got a chance to see your friend. Getting out and about is good for you and with you gone gave Abe and the Mister some bonding time too. Thanks for sharing; I am really glad for you. Hugs, Deanie

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KYLIEMC8 11/8/2008 10:39PM

    Thats marvelous! I too shared clothes with a thn boy about 30 years ago..it IS full circle..but on the healthy side! Good for you!! emoticon

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 11/8/2008 4:40PM

    Isn't it cool that, even when the scale doesn't move a whole lot, our bodies can still firm up. Obviously all that walking you are doing is really paying off. Way to go. You and Abe were definitely meant to be together.

...Pam

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FLYBABYC 11/8/2008 3:02PM

  Good for you!
Ps... I'm about 10% closer to you... (walking team)
Blessings!
CAthy in Wisconsin

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