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Love, family, friends and gardening


Monday, July 08, 2013

The title pretty much describes my life, aside from work, these days. Love continues to blossom along with the flowers, shrubs and trees that now decorate my yard and deck; and I have been able to spend quite a bit of time with family and friends. I am finding the motivation to continue my journey to a healthy body and mind; as well as improving my surroundings by doing little improvements over time.

My relationship with Mike has brought me more love and joy than I have ever known with a man. We have combined our two households into one, and are making plans for a long future together. Our families have welcomed each of us with open arms and we are fortunate to have their support. My sons get along with Mike very well – in fact he my youngest have already spent several days pursuing common hobbies. For years I felt guilty that my sons weren’t exposed to a loving marriage between their dad and myself. Now they, along with myself, know just how wonderful a loving relationship can be.
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With the combining of households, I am now mom to Buster and Crash, and it is nice having dogs again. I wasn’t sure about getting another dog after Shadow disappeared last fall, but I now realize just how much I missed having one around – and two are even better! Of course the boys are thrilled after months of asking when I would get another one.

Buster, a 100+ pounder, who thinks he is a lap dog.


Crash, who believes the world revolves around him. LOL!

Over the July Fourth holiday weekend, I was able to catch up with several friends and a favorite aunt. I come from a small town, which holds a huge celebration over the Fourth – fireworks, street dance and reunions on the Third, and a grand parade, games and social activities on the Fourth. So many former residents, along with those of us who haven’t ventured very far away, come home for the celebration. Everywhere you turn there is another familiar, friendly face, a hug, handshake, recalled memory and lots of laughter. One of the many to come home was my aunt, who has lived in Washing State for the past 40+ years. Mike and I spent some time talking with her, and on Friday she, my mom and I had about five hours together to reminisce and catch up. It was a wonderful few days, but I do have to admit that a weekend alone with Mike was even more wonderful. Sure made getting up and going to work today difficult, even though I do really like my job.

With so much sunshine and a fair amount of rain, my flowers, shrubs and trees are doing wonderfully, and it is nice when we have the time to just sit outside and enjoy the beauty they bring to the yard.




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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
OTEN36 7/31/2013 5:33AM

    Leanne,
So happy things have turned the corner for you. I can't wait to hook up again.
The dogs are really cute. Love the plants...LOL
Your 4 leaf clovers are doing so well! Mine went crazy this year and I'll have a lot to share again this year.
Talk with you soon,
Hugs,
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JANESLOSS 7/20/2013 8:45PM

    Leanne,
What a beautiful update. Thanks for sharing. I'm so happy for you and your family. What a great place to be, in love and happy!

The dogs are great. Your home must feel so alive and happy!

Big Hugs,
Jane

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TERRY631 7/18/2013 11:32AM

    Love reading your update, and so excited for you and your happiness!

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IUHRYTR 7/11/2013 12:27AM

    emoticon on your developing relationship and your new "doggie kids." Enjoyed the pictures of the beautiful flowers. -- Lou

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SUNNY332 7/9/2013 2:55PM

    Blessed Be, I am so happy for you. The garden looks wonderful and I can tell it receives some good TLC.

I loved seeing the photos of Buster and Crash. I did not realize Shadow had disappeared.

Hugs to you, Sunny

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CODEMAULER 7/9/2013 11:25AM

    You haz pups again - yay!!

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Your pictures are always so beautiful, no matter the subject. That you share them with us is the highlight of my day.

I'm so glad that the good news has come your way.

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DSHRUBS3 7/9/2013 9:00AM

    Love the pictures!

I couldn't help, but smile the whole time I was reading your blog because I can just tell how happy you are and that is contagious!

I am so happy things are going so well for you! You deserve true happiness.

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KOMAL53 7/9/2013 3:13AM

    Beautiful Pictures and wonderful news too!!Wishing you all the Happiness in the World dear Leanne----grab this both hands!!Take Care and God Bless!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DEE107 7/9/2013 12:16AM

    pretty flowers and I am so happy for you hugs

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CHUBRUB3 7/8/2013 10:45PM

    So very happy for you Leanne.
The sun is shining on you my dear friend.
Hugs,
Angela


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LIVINGFREE19 7/8/2013 9:25PM

    Love the pics!

Sorry to hear that your dog disappeared, how awful. It is nice you have two more dogs to love!

I am so glad things are going so well for you, Leanne, you deserve it,

I wish I still lived in Minnesota, so we could meet, that would be very nice.

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LAMOURA 7/8/2013 7:02PM

    Sweat animals!! emoticon

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KENDRACARROLL 7/8/2013 5:21PM

    Sometimes life is just absolutely perfect! Enjoy the moments!

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AJB121299 7/8/2013 5:20PM

    nice

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JETHROMAMA 7/8/2013 5:17PM

    Buster and Crash are absolutely adorable!

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