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Short Flood Video

Friday, June 24, 2011


The link below is a short video of the floods we had today. The water ran right through our house - it was quite a deluge.



Here's a news article from today; it appears likely we'll have more flooding possible again today.


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    Hope it's finally over!!! emoticon

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IUHRYTR 6/26/2011 10:04AM

    Praying for all to work out for you. Not to make light of the situation at all but at least bailing out the basement is unexpected exercise. I am not able to even imagine having to deal with flooding in the house. Our FL hurricane season has begun and having gone so long without being threatened we wonder if this is the year and what will we do if the house is damaged. Just can not imagine. -- Lou

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LMB-ESQ 6/26/2011 2:39AM

    Wow! That is scary! Out of control water is one thing I really fear. I hope you and yours are all okay!

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MEOWSNEWPAGE 6/26/2011 12:30AM

    Prayers are on their way!
let me know if there is anything more material that I can help with.

hang in there

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JABULONESTAR 6/25/2011 12:24AM

    Oh I am so sorry! Great big Hugs for you emoticon

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MAWRTIAN 6/24/2011 6:19PM

    That is a GREAT shot!!!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 6/24/2011 5:21PM

    Oh Dear! Be careful, Victoria

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JAZZMINE 6/24/2011 3:06PM

    So sorry for everyone there!


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STARLASUE 6/24/2011 1:53PM

    Unreal Chris. Geesh. Sorry you have to have this kind of weather.

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BADASSBLONDIE 6/24/2011 1:48PM

    UGHHH I'm so sorry! *hugs*

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OLDERDANDRT 6/24/2011 1:00PM

    emoticonIt's such a shame that good people like y'all are getting flooded and then there are folks like MAMA_LITTLE who has brown grass and dust and then there is us here in my neck of the woods that gets rain occasionally, but it's not enough to hardly wet the dirt! It's just enough to wet the grass and the outside toys and the thunder and lightening keeps us in from walking and playing outside! Oh well. Maybe it will straighten out eventually. Hope you don't have any or at least not much damage to your home!!! emoticon emoticon

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 6/24/2011 12:53PM

    I am so sorry! Are your chickens ok?

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MARY1313 6/24/2011 12:51PM

    Whoa! that is bad!

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DOR2BFIT 6/24/2011 9:25AM

    Oh wow! I didn't know they had flooding there. How dreadful.

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    Incredible! I posted the first video on my FaceBook page! Where is this, New York? There sure are extremes going on lately, aren't there? It's either flood or famine! emoticon

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TISHTOES 6/24/2011 2:24AM

    Wow. Hope it wasn't too bad.

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PENNYAN45 6/24/2011 12:54AM

    OMG!! I am so sorry to see that.
Flooding has been a real problem this year in so many places all over the country.
I hope it clears up soon for you, with as little damage as possible.

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Hard Times Good Times

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

I am having a tough time. It is wonderful having time to spend with my brother, sister, and niece, and yet, going through our parents' belongings, deciding what to keep, what to sell, what to donate, and what to toss out has not gotten any easier with the passing of time. I really miss my parents, and it is hard work making these decisions because there is so much history here and because of the art work. It just makes me sad.

In the midst of all of this, we got news from a young friend of the family who adored our parents. She is a cancer survivor and she is always thinking of the needs of others. Recently, she was awarded the honor of naming a puppy that will be trained as a seeing eye dog. She named the puppy Geneva, in honor of our parents, Gene and Neva. Today at my lowest emotional point, I received these photos of little Geneva, seeing eye dog in training. She really lightened up my mood. Our parents adored dogs, and also were the first to promote independence for people who live with conditions that might hold them back from being independent. They would be thrilled with little Geneva and feel honored to have her named for them. These pictures really brightened my day!

Geneva Seeing Eye Dog in Training

My sister, niece, and I went for a three mile hike around the lake this afternoon, much needed exercise after our 11 hour trip in the car yesterday. We are looking forward to a trip to the Museum of Natural History, where my sibs and I all enjoyed hours of exploration. I think my niece will love it! And also a trip to Philly to visit with our aging aunt who is battling cancer.

Great to have time with my sibs, and to have some quality time with my niece, who is my roommate for the time we are staying in the family home.

It is amazing how much she has grown. The picture below is of her collecting eggs with me at home before leaving for NY. She is almost as big as I am!

How time does fly!

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KRITTERKEEPERS 6/27/2011 12:18AM

    What an adorable puppy!

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JABULONESTAR 6/25/2011 12:29AM

    Geneva is such a beautiful pup :) How wonderful for your parents to be honored in that way! emoticon

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IUHRYTR 6/23/2011 10:02PM

    It is a sad time when we have to say goodbye to our relatives and going through their things afterwards can evoke feelings even years later. But you now have a cuddly, cutie to carry on a tradition of service. Thanks for sharing her pictures with us. -- Lou

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WATERMELLEN 6/23/2011 7:57PM

    Such a moving blog. Love that sweet dog -- and how wonderful to get this news just when you needed to hear it. Your parents' real legacy of loving service to other lives on even though the painful task of "dismantling" must occur.

Of course it lives on in you too . . . yes it does.

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MARY1313 6/23/2011 5:40PM

    I love the puppy being named after your parents!!! That little thing has a great intelligence, I can see it in her beautiful eyes!

WOW your niece has grown so much, even more beautiful now! She always has the most happy smile on her face.

Thanks so much for sharing your life with us.

I know that the last thing we have to do for our parents, go through their stuff, is very hard. But when I did it, I focused on the smells of them and how much I loved touching things they had touched. there was such beauty in their lives with their art!



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BADASSBLONDIE 6/23/2011 4:58PM

    Geneva is just about the cutest little thing in the whole d@mn world! And what a wonderful sentiment.

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AQUAJANE 6/23/2011 3:30PM

    emoticonDefinitely bittersweet times. Great way to honor your parents with little Geneva. She brightened my day too.

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OLDERDANDRT 6/23/2011 9:28AM

    Sweet Geneva!! Your folks would be pleased with that! emoticon

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IDLETYME 6/23/2011 9:16AM

    What a nice tribute to your parents with little Geneva. Your blog was touching and reminded me how hard it was to get rid of my parents things. You'll get through it.

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JPONCIN 6/23/2011 5:43AM

    My FIL used a leader dog for almost 40 years until he retired. He never would've been able to do most of the things he did without one. What a great thing! And what an honor for one to be named after your parents. Hang in there, sounds like you're having a bittersweet time right now.

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LMB-ESQ 6/23/2011 5:27AM

    Oh my , do I ever know how you feel about going through your parents' stuff. My dad left behind a ton of books and papers. Most of it is worthless, but it was important to him. It was "his"... ya know? So it's really hard to decide what to save and what to get rid of. And now my mother is getting ready to move out of the house they shared for 20-some years, which means we have to cull the stuff even more. Not a fun or easy task.

Geneva is adorable! What a great legacy for your parents. She looks so smart; she's going to make someone a great companion some day!

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    Oh, Oh, Oh how cute is that dog?!
Waive to me as you drive by my house and into Philly!

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BRIGHTSPARK7 6/23/2011 1:10AM

    What a precious honor for your parents to have left this legacy of caring for others. Geneva is adorable. And hard times, good times -- it's good to know the sun is always shining even when it's cloudy.

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    This blog really touched my heart! The dog! Your parents! Your niece! And the sweetheart who named the dog Geneva! Thank you for sharing your heart and your family with us tonight! Love, Lori

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MEOWSNEWPAGE 6/22/2011 10:17PM

    What a cool looking puppy!!
I think little Geneva will cary the honor well.
umm. Your niece is going to be taller than you . emoticon

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CELLOSONG 6/22/2011 9:40PM

    What an honor to remember your parents that way--that dog just brightened my day, too.

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DOR2BFIT 6/22/2011 9:13PM

    What a great name for that sweet puppy! That must be very hard to go through your parents things- I haven't had to do that yet. It must really sap you. Your niece certainly has stretched! emoticon

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0309COOKIE 6/22/2011 9:08PM

    I just went aaaawww, aaawww, aaawww, over Geneva. What a little dollbaby!

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Bye to Daisy and Smaller Jeans

Friday, June 17, 2011

Poodle Doodle Camp is officially over. Daisy's mom came to pick her up today and Stella has been moping all day. I know she is missing her buddy.

I have been working on cleaning the house, organizing the guest rooms. One had become the repository for all of my crafting projects and materials, plus my ironing. The other room has been where my son's kitty has been staying this week. I forgot to mention I've had Kitty Camp this week as well. I wish I was able to accomplish more, but I wasn't.

Acupuncture yesterday and yoga class today. Between the acupuncture treatments, my 4 walks each day, and yoga (both in class and home practice) my hip and back are starting to feel so much stronger and healthier. The pain has decreased to barely there and my range of motion is improving.

Guitar classes are going very well. Technique that had eluded me is really coming together and my speed is increasing.

I emoticon Fernando!

Tomorrow my sister and niece arrive from Alaska, and on Sunday we will go to see The Lion King. Then off to NY.

I don't know if my guitar will be able to fit in my car's truck once our luggage is in there. While my car has great trunk room for a hybrid, it still is a relatively small trunk. I would love to be able to continue to work on my lessons while I am in NY. I do have some hand coordination exercises I can do, and some palmas rhythms to practice, so I may have to be satisfied with that.

Went to get some new jeans before the trip. I hate shopping and prefer to buy on line, but some things just need to be tried on. Jeans are cut in so many different ways and the styles change so I was stuck trying them on. I was happy to find that all of the core exercises I have been doing have been helping to whittle my middle, so I ended up with a smaller size.

Wishing all of my Spark friends a wonderful weekend.

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KRITTERKEEPERS 6/21/2011 12:58PM

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BADASSBLONDIE 6/20/2011 4:33PM

    Have a blast in NY! Great to hear that your pain is decreasing!!! :D And woo hoo on the smaller size!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 6/19/2011 8:47PM

    I have a feeling New York will be way more fun in the smaller size jeans! Enjoy the family and Lion King. Who will watch Stella while your gone? You know all of us would jump at the chance!

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JABULONESTAR 6/18/2011 11:24PM

    emoticon Congrats on smaller pant size!!!! Have a wonderful visit with your sister and niece. emoticon

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IUHRYTR 6/18/2011 3:57PM

    Smaller size clothes are sure a motivator to keep going, aren't they? Good job. Hugs to Stella. -- Lou

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IDLETYME 6/18/2011 8:45AM

    Wow - that's really great! Enjoy the visit with your sister and niece.
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DOR2BFIT 6/17/2011 9:16PM

    At first glance, I thought your title meant 'bye to Daisy and bye to smaller jeans' so I was happy to see that was not the case! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/17/2011 8:07PM

    emoticon on the smaller size. I don't know about you but it always surprises me!

By the way, I love your background on your Spark page! Your vision collage, by chance? emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 6/17/2011 7:28PM

    Congrats on the new jeans: so glad that the yoga is helping reduce pain . . . and all best for a great trip!!

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Doggy Camp and More

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Camp Poodle/Doodle!

Stella's BFF, Daisy, is spending the week with us. It has been fun for Daisy, Stella, and me.

Daisy was a very bad house guest last summer when she stayed with us. Her hunting instincts got the better of her and she attacked one of the young chickens; my favorite chicken, in fact - Eleanor. I didn't think Eleanor would survive, she was badly plucked, she could not stand up on her own, and she was in shock. I put her in a soft bed of straw with food and water near by, and sprayed Rescue Remedy in her mouth every couple of hours. Gradually, over a week's period, she recovered and actually was up and walking, although with a limp. By this time, a year later, Eleanor is fully recovered, and seemingly untraumatized by the attack.

However, I do NOT want a repeat of that episode, so instead of just letting the dogs out to play, I am taking them on a leash up the hill and then letting them romp as we walk through the meadows and woods. It is fun to watch them running and wrestling, tearing around after each other playing chase and hide and seek. We have been going on 4 good walks a day - great for all of us! Doggy Camp has had me playing with, hiking with, keeping up with the poodle and the doodle. We are all getting fit!

I have missed yoga class twice, once because of taking my car back to the dealership and once because yesterday was street fair day and I did not want to fight the traffic or crowds in town. But I have been faithfully doing my own yoga practice daily. I love going to class because I don't have to think about my routine and because I enjoy the instructor and my classmates. I also love home practice because I can move at my own pace and luxuriate in any pose I move into.

My other main exercise has been practicing my guitar. I am still so pumped about having found such a wonderful teacher I can hardly stand myself. I love my guitar and I love Fernando. emoticonPractice sessions have been so productive, it is hard to put my instrument down. This is why I could not wait for summer; I have had time to get in a minimum of 2 hours of practice time in a day.

Several special things are coming up this week. Tomorrow I have an appointment to get my hair somethinged. I don't know what I want to have done, although I do know I have been enjoying having it longer. Maybe I'll just get a trim. Thursday is a double bonus day, a follow-up acupuncture appointment and my flamenco class. Then on Friday, my sister and niece are flying in from Alaska. I cannot wait to see them! The three of us will take a road trip to NY to work on our family home there and to visit my brother and his new wife. My niece is growing up so fast ~ I am so glad to get to have an extended period of time to visit with her.

A couple of follow-ups on past blogs:

emoticonMy car is now working properly. It needed a system upgrade (sheesh!) and a wire had come loose in the microphone. My car and I are now communicating very nicely.

emoticonI have gotten three more bags of clothes, blankets, purses, shoes, etc. off to Goodwill. It feels great to pass things that I am not using on to someone who may really need them. Organizing is going very well.

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MAWRTIAN 6/15/2011 5:29PM

    You keep on top of so many things! You are such an inspiration!!

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IUHRYTR 6/13/2011 7:43PM

    Enjoyed the pictures and hearing things are going so well for you. May we one day hear a guitar piece? emoticon -- Lou

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0309COOKIE 6/13/2011 6:23PM

    Stella looks like she is smiling, lol. She must be having a blast.

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BADASSBLONDIE 6/13/2011 4:23PM

    Such a productive and wonderful time!!!! :D

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 6/13/2011 3:04PM

    Too bad stella has to go on a leash, she was good. Bet Stella and Daisy are enjoying one another. Poor Eleanor, glad she will be okay.

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OLDERDANDRT 6/13/2011 2:24PM

    Gotta love a doodle, right? emoticon

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    It is so great to read about these good things going on for you! We have chickens, though, and I have to say, I've never named any of them as they are not the most... um... affectionate of animals! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GBSLIM 6/13/2011 5:35AM

    What a wonderful page you're living in your book of life.
You are blessed. Enjoy emoticon

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TISHTOES 6/13/2011 1:11AM

    Sounds fun! I will be doing doggy camp for my daughter's goldendoodle. She is so big. I have a mini schnauzer. They get along great and love to play but she is so BIG! They really are an odd looking couple but they have fun. I just hope I survive!

So glad you have time to enjoy the guitar again and a great teacher is always nice too.


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JABULONESTAR 6/12/2011 11:48PM

    Camp Poodle/Doodle what fun :) Oh I just love it and I am sure Stella had a blast having her friend visit for a week! It is so great that you have a place that you can go and let the dogs play like that! I love the picture.

What a wonderful summer this is turning out to be :) I am so happy for you. Have a wonderful time with your sister and niece!

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BRIGHTSPARK7 6/12/2011 9:57PM

    Four walks a day! My hat's off to you! And it sounds like you are enjoying the week with both dogs.
I'm glad Eleanor recovered and you are taking precautions to keep the guest dog away from her.
And so delighted you are having so much fun with your guitar. emoticon

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LMB-ESQ 6/12/2011 9:42PM

    What a great summer you're having!

Note to Daisy: No more attacking chickens!

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Trying Week, But Improving

Friday, June 10, 2011

This has been a trying week for me between my new car not working correctly, the Ford dealership not being very professional about it, and being harassed by an emotionally unbalanced person in an unrelated situation.

On the other hand, these things make it clear that life is good in so many ways. I have a car to be worried about and my life, unlike that of the person who has targeted me for her anger, is not tormented by mental demons. Checking in with all that I have to be grateful about has once again pulled me out of being angry and frustrated and helped me focus on the things that really matter in the bigger picture. The support from my friends here also helped keep things in perspective.

I missed yoga today due to having to get my car back to the dealer, but used Mike's truck to drive to my second class with my new guitar teacher. When I called to schedule classes with him, the time he had available was his last class in the evening. Little did either of us know how perfect this would be, as we are both having so much fun with my lesson that both sessions have run overtime. In fact, my half hour class has stretched out to an hour each time. I am SO glad I found this teacher! He really knows flamenco, and can break down some of the techniques I am having trouble with into smaller movements that I can build on.

Today, the rose that my sister ordered for me for my birthday last year, opened into its first bloom. It is very pretty and fragrant. I have not been able to grow roses for many years because of the abundance of Japanese beetles. Now it's Chicken Girls to the rescue! Since I got them last year, there has been a serious reduction in those shiny little banes of my existence. I think they eat their grubs before they develop into beetles. You go, Chicken Girls!

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JABULONESTAR 6/12/2011 4:58PM

    Go chickens go :) Oh you have such a wonderful attitude I love it! What a beautiful rose. I am so happy your music lessons are going great. Fun Fun Fun. Keep on enjoying. emoticon

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    Beautiful flower, Beautiful lady! emoticon

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PENNYAN45 6/10/2011 9:05PM

    A beautiful rose. What a lovely present from your sister.

I'm glad you were able to put the nasty mail into its proper perspective -- and eliminate its negative effects on you.

And HOORAY for the chicken girls!!


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IUHRYTR 6/10/2011 8:03PM

    A gorgeous flower. Hang in there with that other person. We know you have a caring heart and a positive attitude. What she or he thinks is not relevant. emoticon -- Lou

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BADASSBLONDIE 6/10/2011 2:20PM

    Despite the rough week, it looks like there was a lot of happiness too. I'm glad to hear it. *hugs*

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MAWRTIAN 6/10/2011 1:20PM

    Nice update!

1) The term "Chicken Girls" makes me giggle and I love organic solutions to bugs!!!
2) I love your attitude towards the problems. I have a mantra of "none of my problems are really problems" I know I'm so blessed!!
3) Yeah for Flamenco!! I studyed flamenco dance for a while many years ago. I loved it but it was so hard on my ankles, they would be swollen and red after class. I gave it up because I knew it would leed to arthritis and other issues later in life, my body just wasn't put together for that but I still love it!

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MARY1313 6/10/2011 11:50AM

    Oh Teacher Lady, sometimes you have to consider the source when someone just pours their anger out on you.

I hate dealing with cars that don't do what they are supposed to. and I always ask to speak to the supervisor or the owner of the dealership when the people that work for them are being unprofessional and just overall jerks. A mad woman spreading around the tale of their nonprofessional behavior can cost them a lot f business. The owner wouldn't like that at all and would like to do whatever it takes to make customers happy,

I love your rose!!!


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    That is a GORGEOUS rose! I've never heard of chicken girls! emoticon

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BELLASMOM8 6/10/2011 8:13AM

    What a beautiful flower! Yeah for the chicken girls and glad you are feeling happier!

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LMB-ESQ 6/10/2011 7:09AM

    Yay for the Chicken Girls! I am sure they are getting fat and happy on Japanese beetle grubs. And the rose is beautiful!

Glad you are feeling better! emoticon

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GBSLIM 6/10/2011 6:56AM

    A beautiful blog in so many ways. emoticon

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