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Well I was out walking today - walked Dalhouise when I walk Noni to work.. And I seen this dandelion. I had to take a picture of it to share with my friends on FB and Sparks...
I know I have a sick sense of humour..

I also seen and took pictures of









. This is a house at my corner. I wish I had the means to purchase it... I just love it




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2/10/16 6:59 P

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. Let's hook up Dalhouise



So on Monday we celebrated Family Day Holiday by heading north 45 minutes to go see a water falls we heard about. On route we stopped to let Dalhouse out to get some exercise and we ended up snowshoeing. We heard dogs barking just up the road so we went exploring.
( left Dalhouse in the car at this spot - worried he would be dog food for these other working pups..



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2/10/16 6:36 P

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Finally I can post pictures - been trying for three days.
So in spite of fears, Noni and I have been taking the Dalhouise out to explore and enjoy sunny days.



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2/9/16 6:47 A

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I wish I get get some solid sleep. We're doing shifts at night while Daddy's asleep and my alarm always goes off just as I'm getting to sleep good. Little over an hour left on this watch then I'll catch a little more sleep. I agree you have to put your fears aside otherwise you'd never leave the house.

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2/8/16 12:55 P

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So after church and lunch we went out the door for an afternoon walk. Another new area for us. There is always an under currant of fear.. Getting lost, meeting a bear or a cougar - these thoughts must be put down or else we would never get out side.. If we give in to these fears where would it stop ? -- fear of driving along the highway ( car accidents) fear of terrorist, fear of gang doings and thuds, all the possibilities are ceaseless.. We now live in perilous times if we listen to the news on the TV.. But then again staying home is not safe either with so many earthquakes and fires happening... Fear is no way to live.. For me I will trust in the Lord Jesus and accept all that comes my way and get outthere and Live.



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2/7/16 12:26 P

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glad to hear your Dad is no worse .. all of you take care -



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2/7/16 12:03 P

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I'm pleased that he is doing better and is at home.. So stressful times for you..



Well supper turned out well, --- too bad I couldn't get my self in the picture.. My first time cooking lamb on the BBQ - excellent.. However I put some back into the oven to over cook it because I know Noni doesn't like rare and I was not sure about our guest.
No picture of the cake.. Forgot we were having such a great time talking and then devouring it that it slipped the mind .. it was a simple graham cracker crust cake with pudding and cream cheese filling.





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2/6/16 8:17 P

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Sounds yummy. Rainy day here on the space coast of Florida. The past week has been different. I think my Dad is doing pretty good since he got out of the hospital. With dementia he's confused but nothing worse than his normal. My brother is a little less stressed and a bit better rested. Getting a routine established for my Dad. Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend

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We have company coming for supper. So I'm cooking a lamb shoulder on the BBQ slowly. Also I am cooking carrots, squash, potatoes, garlic on the BBQ as well.
I am helping Noni clean our condo, so dusty and picking up stuff and hiding in another room - you know what I mean right...
I also went for a morning walk with the Dalhouise...









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2/5/16 8:41 P

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Well today is day 8 at my Dad's house. My one brother went home yesterday leaving my youngest brother and I here to take care of Daddy. We're settling in a routine and Daddy's returning to a more normal state. Will probably be here until at least March 1st. My other brother said he'd come pick me up and we'll go back to his house, then take me home. The 15 plus hour drive to my house is too much for me. I'm getting too old, lol. Hope everyone is okay. No Internet access here so I'm trying to ration out my phone's data. Have a fantastic weekend

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2/3/16 10:37 P

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I had 2 kitties get a really bad cold -- thankfully after love and homeopathic meds they are both ok !! thankful.. very upsetting



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I decided to take a peak to see what I have in my daypack. There is a whistle not showing and my hiking stick has a bear bell on it.

Am I missing anything? Or should I remove anything? I do live in the mountains, with Cougars and Bears



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So sorry to hear of your dad. I lost mine 13 years ago now and sometimes it still feels like yesterday.

Take care.

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It was a sunny day - get away from the TV, get off the couch, put the iPad on the table - go outside




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2/1/16 10:44 P

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Today the sun was shining so Dalhouise and I hit the trails hoping to practice my map skills.
Well I almost got lost, on the way back I over shot the turn and walked 15 minutes into a dead end. I was sure I recognized different landmarks as I walked on.. Ok I was lost.. Keeping a clear head I backed tracked and took the first turn that once more led me in the right direction, hoping this was not another dead end. Pew,,,, I began to recognize more landmarks, and ... Finally I'm back at the bridge and then over the knoll my car.



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1/31/16 1:25 P

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sorry to hear about your Dad.. sending healing prayers for him and you all emoticon



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I wish I could post a video - it is so adorable Dalhouise eating from the spoon.
My FB and instagram has a video.

Noni wanted to give Dalhouise the left over rice from our restaurant meal ... I say he won't eat it. She mixes it with the beef juice and a couple of beef chunks and we get our doggie container. Well here is the proof - I was wrong - first time in my life honest......
Dalhouise did eat all of it but only after she fed it to him from the spoon. When we offered the container he just turned his nose away in discuss






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1/28/16 6:38 P

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I was hoping to post a video but I can't..

Dalhouise is being spoon fed rice/ beef dinner -- the only way he would eat it



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Today has been a rough day all day long. It's just gotten worse as the day has gone on. I was fixing to text my youngest brother, Todd, to see how him and our Dad was doing when I got a text message from him saying Daddy was in the hospital. He fell this morning, paramedics checked him out and said he was fine and left, later in the day he wasn't getting up and going to the bathroom or doing his usual so Todd called them again.They took him to the hospital. He has a small brain bleed. I just got word that he's made it to the hospital in Daytona Beach finally. Scott, my other brother (the one who takes me on trips) is just entering South Carolina. Going to be a long long night, and probably week. If you could say a prayer for Daddy and my brothers it's most appreciated. Love & hugs,

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stay safe and warm Ramona

wow - a wolf glad your pup is ok !!

my oldest kitty Mooshie ( he is 10 years old )has been very sick with upper respiratory cold .. stayed in bed with him sat - he did come out and sleep next to me yesterday on the couch - slept in bed most of today , with me now on couch - been treating with homeopathic meds - he is slowly getting better - the cat group would help if needed -

was using the last of the canned cat food for any cats left outside - since they are being removed- when I went out today there sits a small kitty and kitten :0(....... very upsetting
they are so cute - I made a house with the chair and put a towel down with the food - kitten was in there when I peaked out ... feeding them is all I can do ... no place to take them



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Noni was asked to make another birthday cake this week.
Wow another week flew by.. Where did it go?

I had to rescue Dalhouise this week. First time was more serious. I went to camp to speak with the owner about some new equipment. While I was inside the office Dalhouise was outside running around exploring the winter wonderland. Meeting over I open the door and there was a huge wolf staring at me only a few yards away.. Dalhouise was at the door.. I think if I was a few minutes later it would had been a different outcome. The wolf took off as soon as I step out the door.

Today Noni and I went to church, came home and there was No Dalhouise to meet us at the door... Strange... We proceed to take off our coats and still No Dalhouise - I go into the living room before Noni ... There curled up sound a sleep on a pillow on the couch sleeps Dalhouise.
What he knows he is not allowed to be there, I quickly shake him and give a gentle tug to the floor.. Phew"........ If Noni saw this he would had gotten a scolding....
Dalhouise owes me....



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good idea to take the steps inside. It's been beautiful up here but still walking inside due to snow and ice

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The roads are icy and that's where I have to walk when I walk my dog, so being the klutz I am I'm getting my steps inside. Haven't hit my goal since before the snow & ice hit. Bummed out.

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We picked up four inches of snow and a very thin layer of sleet/freezing rain overnight. About what they predicted. Heard we're supposed to get up to four more inches tonight - we'll see. Shoveled sidewalk and put down ice melt so hopefully it won't be a sheet of ice in the morning.

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Second winter storm warning of the week is set to start in 5 minutes or so. Freezing rain tonight changing to snow after midnight with blizzard conditions possible tomorrow due to the strong winds blowing and snow. Not nice at all!
If you're affected by these winter storms, stay safe, stay warm. Take care.

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I think my fitbit flex is just plain temperamental! It has a mind of it's own! I'm still up in the air over it so who knows.
Great photos Marty!
Well, a winter storm warning started here two hours ago. Last time I took my dog out, nothing was falling from the sky yet. It's actually not supposed to get here until closer to midnight. The weather forecasters are calling from 2-4 all the way up to 6-8 inches of snow here. So who knows what we'll get. They say along the Ohio River here in Western Kentucky we could get the 6-8 so they're guess is as good as mine, lol. My brother was telling me about the weekend storm - I told him I didn't want to hear a thing about it. One storm at a time.
By the way Is it summer yet? Too long until spring. I can't handle this cold nasty weather.
Stay safe, Stay warm. Take care

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Wonderful photos! I can't wait for winter to be over here, however we are just in the middle of the cold so a good 10 weeks to go.

My fitbit is working ok with the walking4funsite but is definitely temperamental here.

We bought a treadmill over the holidays (since it's so bloody cold here and it would be nice to save the money from the gym membership)..anyways..it has the iFit. So if my fitbit decides to break further then I'll switch over. Trying to hold out to get more options with new wearables coming out in spring.

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I think our winter is over... Two weeks of snow is enough.. Don't get me wrong, it is only January still - but now we will have warmer weather and lots of rain to come.
This morning Noni and I went for a walk with Dalhouise to Shannon Falls, about 10km south of our condo.











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I'm not built for winter anymore. The ice storm in 2009 did me in. We had to stay in a warming shelter - smoke filled because they allowed smoking. Ended up taking an unexpected trip to my brother's house then because it was two weeks before we had electricity and water back. So needless to say my tolerance to the cold is gone! I don't think I could come up with enough layers to say warm outside anymore and still be able to move.
I did take my dog on two very short walks. The time didn't even register on my fitbit so I don't know if it'snot working or we were that quick. I seriously doubt being that quick. Yesterday it didn't register any minutes but my phone's app tracked 41 minutes. We'll see. I'm about done with the fitbit flex - it's not updating correctly so I never know where I'm at with my steps or minutes. Thinking of just taking it off spark totally and just manually entering my day's walking in. I'll figure something out by month's end I'm sure.
Hope everyone has a great week. We're supposed to have freezing rain, sleet and snow tomorrow night into Wednesday morning. Oh fun - not! Snow I don't mind - it's the sleet and freezing rain I hate.


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Marty, I love your hike photos! I wish I had somewhere close that was fun for hiking. Unfortunately I don't. Being that my son has my car, there's still no where to drive to to walk so I walk around town - or rather where Precious decides to walk me.
Noni's cake was beautiful. I bet it was just as delicious as it looked.


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Those photos from Jan 11 are very inspiring!


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Still not sure how much to charge for this?

So Noni's cake is ready







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Today I went out the door once again, I hear rain is coming, but not yet. I walked / hiked for about 110 minutes. Most steps were an effort, I am still wore out - exhausted. I would prefer to stay in but that Dalhouise says out we go..















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well being sick most of dec has thrown me off - of course that threw off thyroid - which makes me a couch potato........ trying to get back to my normal ...getting in my 6,000 steps most days now ..



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For two days now I am feeling like a train hit me. Head ache and exhausted. I walked Dalhouise just around the block and imam soaking wet as if I hiked up a mountain.. Going to have a long nap later.










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I was sitting on the couch.. Enjoying the birds feeding on my balcony watching the morning pass by... It was sunny... Then it became cloudy ... Noni said it was going to rain... I better get my butt out the door. Dalhouise and I bundle up with our rain gear and head out..
We ended up walking the shoreline of the Manquam River down to the Squamish River.















Bald Eagle

Meadow Lark

Great Blue Heron

Sea Gulls

American Dipper







Now I am home back on the couch.. Watching over 40 Pine Siskins feed at my feeders with a few flurries of snow falling.
I hope you enjoyed our little hike



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Beautiful hike. Loved the photos.
I'm movement challenged today. Our 16 degrees with 6 degree wind chill has frozen my body into painful fits. I don't do well outside. I took Precious out for an extremely short potty walk - I was froze and so cold and hurting just from those few minutes outside. She wanted to walk and dally around but I told her no go - it's dark and too cold. She can't stay out in the cold too long either, her hips like to lock up in the cold where she can't walk. Ahh, the fun of growing older.
Hope everyone has a great week. Hoping it'll warm up to the 30s at least with none of this wind chill business...I know wishful thinking.

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We have sun, not too cold.. So I asked Noni do you want to walk around the pond or hike around Brohm Lake. Once I was off the couch it was easier for me to make a decision as Noni wasn't giving me any clear directions.






Those stairs were a little tricky going up and down





are you hiking or taking pictures?









. I will be sore tomorrow..



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I absolutely love that photo of the eagle! It looks as if he's looking over his shoulder waiting for you to answer a question! Priceless.
Feeling better today. Any day that is migraine free is wonderful. I'm feeling so much better. I think we've figured it all out finally.
Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

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This day began alittle dreary, I didn't have too much motivation to get outside.. Dalhouise didn't care about this mood - he wanted his walk. After Noni and I did go to the swimming pool - the pool felt cold today. The hot tub seemed extra hot.

Douglas Squirrel



















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Today woke with a sore back, sat around for awhile, but finally I ask Noni if she wanted to go out.. Out the door we went. I parked the car at a different entrance to walk around Nexen Beach and some of the Estuary - took longer than I planned but it was a good time out.















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I hope you stay well, staying inside recover and prevent any new issues

Pine Siskin

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We went out for an evening walk - lots of snow all day











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Marty, thanks for sharing your walks and photos with us. I really enjoy them.
I hope everyone is doing well. Think I'm getting a respiratory tract infection. This cold weather isn't helping my asthma. So I'm limiting my time out in the cold much to Precious disappointment. I can't afford to get sick. So I'm just trying not to stress out and relax for awhile.
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Looks like you and Dalhouise had a good walk. Took Precious for a walk and we came across a dead armadillo down the street. I had heard they were here in Western Kentucky but had never seen on until now. Of course, I've only seen one live one ever - in Florida back in 2006. Poor little guy just didn't make it.
Windy and cold today. Not liking that combination as I can't warm up and stay warm. Is it spring yet?
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Went out for my mandatory walk and Dalhouise met a friend kind of until he decided to pull this stunt...










What away to end a perfect relation that could had been...

Oh Dahlouise




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Happy New Year!

Love the photos you post Marty! We've not had any snow but we are experiencing flooding in the area - all that rain! December was the warmest on record for our area. Plus it was the 8th wettest. Needless to say that's a lot of rain!

Sun's out and the wind's blowing but it made it to 42 degrees. So That's better than those mid to low 30s we've been having.

I'm going to try to be here more often, my son got a new router and it's sped up things a lot so I'm excited about that.

Hope everyone is doing okay. Talk with you later.

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Dalhouise takes his human out for a walk in his backyard



















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Looks beautiful Marty. I'm such a klutz, that kind of weather is highly dangerous for me. Looks like fun times.

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It wasn' t a fast pace hike, however we tramped through the snow up hills, down hills, in the sun enjoying being alive and healthy



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This is what I would consider a very good Sunday afternoon outing.













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Knock on wood we haven't had any snow yet but we've had a ton of rain. Precious doesn't like the rain. We have to be careful in the cold and snow because her right hind leg locks up and she can't walk. Doesn't mean I haven't had to go out and rescue her and massage her hip and cover her up to warm her up. We've had inches and inches of rain. Friday it was in the mid 70s, yesterday in the low 60s and today 47 but rainy. We had rain Thursday Night & Friday morning, then all day yesterday and today - it's still raining and supposed to rain until Tuesday morning. Then Wednesday the temps drop. Needless to say no walking today and barely a walk yesterday.


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. Great Blue Heron

Mallard Ducks

Hooded Merganser

Bald Eagle





We are having some snow. I take Dalhouise outside. We walk on lease until we clear civilization - I let him go free and he turns around and head backs home.. I catch up replace the lease and continue on our walk. Half way around the pond walk I let him go free again.. We walk enjoying the snow till we get to the turning point.. One way is a long way home and one is short... Dalhouise takes the short trail..
What a funny dog !



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I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas. We had an unusually warm Christmas Day - it was over 70 degrees and sunny! Amazing for this time of year. We had rain Christmas Eve and thunderstorms today. The next two to three days are more thunderstorms and possibly another 4 inches of rain. So I'm glad it's just been rain! Even though it's muddy and the rivers are over flood stage at least it's not ice or snow. I think Tuesday the temps are only going to be in the 40s so it's going to change soon.
I didn't do all of my Christmas cookie baking/candy making that I wanted to do. My body was fighting me tooth and nail making it difficult to do the simplest tasks without my hands locking up. So I gave up Christmas Eve. My son helped me make and bake the last of the cookies. So no homemade rolls or coconut cake for Christmas dinner. Just a simple roast with potatoes carrots and onions and gravy for dinner.
My son and I went to the movies Christmas Eve to see Star Wars:The Force Awakens. We stopped by a burger joint's drive thru and go a burger & drink to go to eat before the movie. We really enjoyed this latest installment. Had a good time.
My brother, Scott, who is my travel buddy - I visit him each summer and we go to Florida together with our friends in September - was here Christmas Day. It was so good to see him. I felt bad because he had to drive in thunderstorms and heavy rain all the way down. Thankfully they were out of here by the time he arrived. He spent the night but since it was storming this morning he left to go back home. Fortunately he only had less than 100 miles of rain, however traffic going to Nashville was horrible and almost at a crawl. He said once he got through Nashville it was fine.
Now I'm lonesome for him. We did take Precious out for a nice walk. Who would have thought short sleeves and sandals on Christmas day? She was nervous all the time he was here because she just knew he was going to steal me away for a month. I truly wished I was joining him on Dec 31 for two weeks in Florida but he'll enjoy the warmer weather. This long trips are getting harder and harder for me.
My 87 year old Aunt didn't make it to dinner Christmas. She's sick. So Monday I'll have to call the doc to see if I can bring her in Tues/Wed since I have an appointment for a MRI of my head on Monday due to my migraines.
It's late, tomorrow will be another early day so I need to wrap this up and get some sleep. I'm so tired. Taking muscle relaxers really wears me down and makes me sleepy but at least the muscle cramps have eased up some.
Marty, your photos were great. The food looked delicious.

Take care. We're wrapping up 2015 and heading into 2016 this week so make it great! Wishing you all a Happy and prosperous new year

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Christ the Saviour is born



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So we braved the shopping terrors and drove to Vancouver to enter the mall. Traffic was out of this world. Crowds of human bodies filled every available space in every store / shop we entered- but we survived.
I had to buy Noni a gift.. I see this hot pot cooker... I grab it. Noni is with me and does t say a word... Once we get home I tell her this is going to be her Christmas gift.. .. Hey at least it is not a vaccume !
No it doesn't count... I'm informed... It is for both of us.
( next day I take Dalhouise out for a walk - stop in a store again and buy her a few personal things like chocolates and headphones.. That is personnel...)
Anyways we can't wait till Christmas - we open and use our HotPot ....
It was delicious ..









. It sure did taste good and I think very healthy and low in calories

Dalhouise didn't care.. He is just happy we are all home together




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So the Dalhouise is a happy puppy once more... He can go walking with Dad again










I have missed my daily walks..



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Checking in for the week probably. Today was spent at the grocery store and at Sam's Club getting the rest of the ingredients for the candy making, cookie baking marathon session this week. I have 7 batches of fudge to make (4 different kinds), 12 or 13 batches of cookies (possibly 8 or 9 different kinds), a coconut cake to bake for dessert on Christmas day, I'm thinking of making homemade crescent rolls for Christmas dinner - not 100% sure about this or my usual homemade yeast rolls. Other possibilities out there but with all this on my plate plus taking my Aunt to the doctor and cleaning the house, walking my dog and my other usual things I don't know if I'll have the time!
It's definitely not Christmas weather here in Western Kentucky! Yikes, December's been rainy and mild anywhere from 40 to 70 degrees out there. This week is expecting thunderstorms, wind and 60+ degree weather. So it definitely won't be a white Christmas and I'm okay with that!
Today I took my son out for a "Christmas" dinner. We went to a local Caribbean restaurant - definitely out of the ordinary. I'd been there once with my cousins for a bachlorette party back in May. So it was a different experience with different flavors of food. Wanting to try the new Italian grill that opened up recently but waiting until after the 1st of the year. I'm hearing a lot of good things about it plus it's all made from scratch - nothing pre-prepared like at most Italian places I've been recently. Nothing like those gems that serve out of the ordinary Italian fare!
Right now I feel like a ton of bricks has slammed into my back. Lifting and carrying all those groceries - we had some heavy groceries tonight with all the flour, sugars and such we got.
I'm excited that my one brother will get to spend a couple days with us this Christmas and that my son will get to spend the day with him - usually he's at work. So I'm excited for Friday. Not excited about a possible 4 inches of rain this weekend though!
I wish you a a very blessed Christmas and holiday season this month. Take care.Catch up with you later.
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Marty, sorry you are under so much stress. I hope things work out quickly and easily for you. Change is stressful and I feel for you.
Noni did a fantastic job on all the gingerbread. They are beautiful.

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I am stressed..and Noni occupies her self
She has made this all from scratch - even drawing her own patterns.



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I went for a job interview, then it was time to walk Dalhouise. Trying to clear my head, trying to figure out what to do, on the threshold of life changing decisions.
We had met with our camp boss just a week earlier, he did offer us employment next year, there are a few things he is unhappy with us about, and he is doing a couple of changes that I think is going to cause me endless grief and stress.
Then we get a letter from EI and we are in danger of being cut off early of our income...
Stress..
So I send out resumes and begin to get responses almost immediately .. Thus a job interview..
Thus a job offer.. Thus my agreement to accept.
I don't like changes .. I don't do well with changes... I don't like not being in control..
Right now I feel like all control is slipping out of my hands with lots of changes occurring.. Yes I could do this new job for a couple of months then go to camp.. Or not.. I have time to figure this out.. But nothing will be the same regardless of my decisions as Change is happening.
Some of the changes at camp - whether or not is his motive or not.. Has me potentially training my replacement as he wants to hire additional chefs. ( a long story)



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More stress .. I haven't bought my wife a gift yet and I have no idea ...




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Well, it's been a crazy week. Grocery shopping with my son on Monday. Tuesday taking my 87 year old Aunt to the chiropractor and to run her errands. Wednesday making sawdust pies for the family dinner with my son - total insanity - we both felt like we had 12 thumbs. Thursday neurologist appointment and the family dinner. Friday took my Aunt to the doctor to check her leg that he stitched up last Friday. She got hit in that spot on Thursday so we're waiting until Tuesday to go back and get the stitches out. Plus the usual walking my dog, cleaning house and doing laundry.
Next week will be taking my Aunt back to get the stitches out. Taking my Aunt to the retina specialist on Wednesday. Hopefully the rest of the week will be okay. Christmas week will be pure chaos.
I hope everyone has a great weekend. I can't believe it's supposed to be in the 70s! Loving it!

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Thanks for the post card Marty! It made my day yesterday because it was such a surprise! I wish you and Noni and very Merry Christmas too.

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Good for you getting out and walking in the rain. My dog doesn't like being wet and rain so I only take her out to potty and sniff around when it rains. Love seeing the photos! Thanks for sharing your walks with us.

Had a scare yesterday. Took my 87 year old Aunt to an open house at the phone company, went to lunch and then decided to stop by our favorite thrift shop and look around. From what I found out on the way to take her to the doctor, some lady pushed my Aunt's walker (one of those bigger ones with the seat and all) into my Aunt because it was in her way. Well my Aunt didn't pay any attention to it and it turned out when she got in the car she noticed blood (she has macular degeneration and can't see very well) so she called me over to check it out. Yes it was - thankfully it had clotted - and she had a nice flap of skin cut into her leg. I immediately knew it would need stitches so I took her to the doctor over her protests. Took 11 stitches to sew that flap back to her leg. I had to make a photo of it before and after so she could see what happened. By the time I got home I had a wonderful stress-related migraine. I'll go check in on her later today to make sure she's okay. Hoping nothing else will happen.
Monday I take my dog to the groomer for her bath, haircut and toenail trim. She needs it bad. Tuesday I get my haircut (I had to reschedule my appointment yesterday to Tuesday) and also take my Aunt to the chiropractor. Wednesday is when I'll have to bake pie(s) for the family dinner. Thursday is my appointment with the neurologist about my migraines. Thursday night is a family get together at my cousin's house - it'll be nice together with my two Aunts and all my cousins here.
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Man it is raining cats and dogs out there yet Dalhouise and I went for a 45 minute walk.















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I always enjoy the earthy smells after a rain. Love the photos you've been posting Marty. I'm playing catch up this afternoon on computer work. My Aunt's appointment with the retina specialist was rescheduled today. Mine last Monday - they forgot to put down so I opted to reschedule to January as there were about 40 people in the waiting room and he'd just returned from lunch and it was already 2:35pm. Tomorrow my Aunt wants to go to the open house at the phone company and she needs a loaf of bread. After that I get my haircut. It's driving me bonkers.
I hope everyone has a great rest of the week!

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Forever spring, I am not sure about that but it sure smells that way today. We had -2c degree temperature for a couple of days and now that it is plus 5c the ground smells of life and earthly things. You know that wonderful odours that occur after a rainfall.. Forever spring

















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Wow! You have some beautiful places to bike and walk. I'm so jealous. Nothing around here but farmland and with hunting season, I'm sticking to streets in town. My dog is not wanting to go far anymore but I can't blame her she'll be 14 on Feb 14th. Plus she was hit by a truck and had leg/pelvis/hip damage so she's feeling it now. I just enjoy our little short walks now.
Hope everyone has a great week. This is doctor appointment week for my 87 year old Aunt and I. Next week is another doctor appointment for me, talking my dog to the groomer, and a family get together. Hoping I can squeeze in an appointment to get my hair cut too. Plus I'm sure I'll have a weekly appointment with taking my Aunt to the chiropractor.
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he must be getting tired..he is actually sitting





Did a natural workout this day.. Hike 2 km up hobbled 2km down and about 1.5 km around the lake.
The original plan was just to hike around the lake, but once I started on the trail I figured I would take Noni up the "hill" where I was a couple of years ago geocaching. At the top of the hill are towers that you can see for miles around - so I thought i would take Noni there so that whenever she seen these she can say I was up there.
Dalhouise was just happy to be outside on this brisk -2c degree sunny day.













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Oh Dalhouise
We came back from our walk today and he grabbed his toy out of his toy box and began to roll and roll around on the carpet. I guess he was a happy old dog.

. I thought I was being watched



. A little frozen





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The sunshine makes all the difference in the world. This morning Noni, Dalhouise and I walk for two hours along the Squamish River enjoying our time off together.
Later in the afternoon I go out the door alone to ride a different part of the Squamish River. I think I went too far and too late as it was quite dark when I returned.




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Marty, love all the photos, especially of the eagles. We have an area nearby on a local game reserve that has a section where the eagles nest and down in the bottoms you can sometimes see them. They are so beautiful. One night when my late husband was still alive we went down and the eagles were fishing - it was so beautiful to see them swooping down on the lake to get fish. I think there were six or eight of them. That's the most I've seen at one time. On occasion I've seen one or two fly over my house.
You have such a beautiful place to walk or ride bikes. Makes me jealous. Although the winter temps are returning here today. It was a warm rainy morning earlier, now it's cloudy and very windy with the temperatures dropping.Right now it's 45F with a wind chill of 34F. Brrr...wishing I was some place warm and sunny! I think it's supposed to be 22F tonight with a hard freeze. Not liking this at all but at least there's no snow or ice so that's a plus.
We've been having internet issues this week. One of the telephone poles down the street is leaning and I think that is why. That stretch of line was bad last year and they were supposed to have replaced it back in January but I'm thinking they probably did another "patch" job.
Well, our Thanksgiving will be on Monday since my son works in retail and has to work Thanksgiving Day and is only off Monday because Thanksgiving is on Thursday his usual day off. It'll just be us and my 87 year old Aunt. No turkey - I've had so much turkey in my life that I the last one I cooked I only ate about 10 bites of. I just can't look at turkeys anymore. So we're doing a ham with homemade yeast rolls, the sweet potato casserole my Aunt loves (it's so sweet but I'm making it for her). Not sure what other sides she was wanting green beans and corn so we'll see. I need room in the refrigerator to say the least. There are several things I would love to make but there's so much stuff in there now, I can't find room. So we'll see what happens tomorrow. My Aunt has been wanting a sawdust pie so I'm making that instead of my traditional pecan pie.
Have a great weekend! Talk later.

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In my mind's eye I am in some far away location on a sandy beach frolicking in the waves.
There is no plans to travel this year, I do wish however I am in some place warm... And just think winter hasn't even began to show its ugly head.. Well maybe a little as it was -2c this morning.




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I am feeling the cold in my joints,so today I put the Longjohns on. I walked Dalhouise on the frost coverd ground -2c but sunny. Later we are going swimming and I'm looking forward to that hot tub soak.



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Come up to Squamish the Eagles are arriving..




So late in the afternoon Noni and I go on a bike ride. I was planning to go myself but all of sudden she has her jacket on and is coming. I didn't mind, but it made me change my route because she is scared to drive on the roads, so with her I need to stay on the bike paths.










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This morning earlier than normal Dalhouise and I went out the door to walk a different route.





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The sun was out.. So out the door Dalhouise and I go for a 90 minute walk.



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Happy anniversary. I hope your day was special Marty. It's raining and windy. It was 73 this afternoon. This time last year we had 3 inches of snow on the ground. Loving it but I know that cold front will change everything. I heard it's supposed to be down in the 20s this weekend and maybe 50 for highs if we're lucky.

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. Pine Siskin

. House Finch

. Darkeyed Junco

I, home here just watching the rain pour out of the sky, enjoying the wet visitors getting an easy meal at the feeders. Later today the plan is to go swimming at the local pool when it is half price. Monday to Friday between 11:30 and 1. You only pay two dollars per person instead of the normal five dollars. ( I think it is five) all I do know two dollars is a fantastic price.
Of course I will have to take Dalhouise out for a morning walk in this down pour before that swim .. Oh Dalhouise..




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Dalhouise and I just came home from a quick morning walk.. 7c out side with a few sprinkles of rain falling. Soon I must go pick up my mother... We are going to drive 65 km to Vancouver to eat lunch at Swiss Chalete to celebrate our 6th year wedding anniversary with Noni.
After we eat we will go to one of the malls so that Mom can do some Christmas shopping. I hope to buy Noni some rain pants and possibly shoes for the both of us.

Terrorist .. I always now have this inner fear / anxiety / concern of being shot or blowup when I go to crowed areas.. Not only terrorist but sick wackos are in the big cities.. I like my smaller towns ... But just like the fear of Cougars , Bears - I gotta go




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This was a moment frozen in time when we went for our bike ride..

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Looks like everyone's busy! I've been busy helping my 87 year old Aunt with her appointments and errands, two and three times a week. Still fighting with my depression and lack of motivation to do anything. I'm better this past two weeks on most days, still having troubles. The time change has me all screwed up too. My dog doesn't understand why we're not out at 6pm walking like we used to. So I end up taking her out and walking only as far as the light from the street light shines and that satisfies her somewhat.
Love the big photos Marty. I seriously need to get my camera out and start taking photos with it. I made two photos with my camera the two weeks I was in Florida - shocked my brother and best friends. I just didn't want to take it out on the beach in the wind with all the sand blowing around. I've made a few photos of the fall foliage but haven't bothered to look at them. The files will be too large for SparkPeople to accept.
Doing laundry this morning. Need to clean out the kitchen cabinets to make room for the groceries (cans, jars, boxes, etc). This house has no storage for all I have. I keep going through it and giving things away but still I need to go through it all again, when I have my son to help so I don't have to get the ladder out to see what's in the cabinets. Doing laundry - always loads of fun (lol)
Took my dog out for a short walk. She's really antsy and nervous today. Guess it's that storm system that's supposed to come through. It's a warm day out, the wind's starting to pick up but nothing like it's supposed to be later on today. I hope we get some rain. We really need it bad. Everything's so dry still even though we have had about an inch of rain last couple weeks. Just enough that the leaves are wet underneath and when folks around town go to burn them, it's smoke central. Which means I have to stay in the house because of my asthma. Plus there are still farmers that are just now getting around to harvesting their soybeans and boy that kicks up the dust.
Take care everyone! Hope today and the rest of the week are good for you.

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Together with Noni and Dalhouise we go for a stroll.
But first it was to the bank - visit with Mom - after the stroll to the pool but first Dalhouise was dropped back at home to watch the birds coming to the feeders on our balcony.

So let's do a recap the stroll with the family ...


























So that was yesterday - I wonder where I might go today?



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Come along with me as I recap my two hour hike along the Squamish River with Dalhouise.













Had to get off the couch while the sun was shining ... See you tomorrow




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Dalhouise,is not adjusting to the time change - he can't understand at 9 am I don't take him out.. 10am is his normal time.. Everyday at camp I would go let him out..

Today I will walk with him and then the plan is to go to the swimming pool.
I have been bird watching from my comfortable chair in the living room

Pine Siskin

House Finch

Northern Flicker

Stellar Jay

Darkeye Junco

Spotted Towhee

Blackcap Chickadee. Haven't been able to get a good photo yet of these fast little flighty birds




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I had a fun day yesterday with the gourd patch - we did a mini workshop on a gourd and they had a great home cooked healthy lunch !! I skipped desert - was not hard as their green bean dish, was so good I had seconds - need the recipe for that one...it poured raining all the way there - 2 hour ride - we are so soaked here in SC - no more rain !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! until next year ..
loading and unloading car - errands tues, craft show sat and next weekend ... very tired



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Wow Marty! I love the photos. You'll feel lost for a while with not having all that cooking and cleaning to do at camp. Your photos cheer my day!

I hate the time change too! It gets dark way too early. My dog isn't happy either since she can't get her walks at her "normal" times because normal is different. Plus we've had all sorts of weather - temps in the low 50s one day (for highs) then mid 70s. We haven't had any wintry precipitation - thank God! but we've had a couple light frosts already.

I've been having internet issues and trying to access anything other than the spark app is driving me bonkers.

My Son, My 87 year old Aunt and I went to have our annual eye exam last Monday. My son's eyes had changed barely but enough for new glasses. My Aunt's eyes can't be corrected any better and mine were much worse. So I'm awaiting new glasses. Maybe that'll help my headaches. I hope because my eyes are driving me crazy. Part of the reason I've not been online much - the other part is we've been having internet issues.

Tomorrow I take my Aunt to her doctor appointment, hopefully pay county taxes and get a new disability placard for my car (mine expired months ago but I didn't notice! yikes!)

Been having a lot of issues with my feet and ankles locking up on me. I see the doc in a month if I can hang on that long. Plus I'll have my neuro appointment about my migraines and my appointment with the retina specialist - all in one week, plus my Aunt's appointment with the retina specialist that week too. Can you say exhausted!

Hope everyone has a great week. Take care. We're all adjusting to something when November comes around. Geez, I don't do changes as well as I used to. Take care.

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This morning I walked Dalhouise - filed for EI and now on the couch watching Star Trek
Hopefully later I will go out again





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Do not like this time change - dark too early and screws up my sleep for a week - ready for bed at 7:30 last night - thought it was 10pm... LOL.. and yes I went to bed and watched tv for a while . Now up at 4:30 am.. LOL- will nap later



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I almost got ran over today.
But I continued

So this is a new month.. Not working, and I must begin a new all over again.. I gained so much weight... going to bike ride, walk Dalhouise and go swimming two times a week.. That is the plan -let's hope I do it!



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So sore, not from hiking but from cleaning the kitchen and packing and unpacking the car.
Yes - today is the last day to cook, the last day of this camp season, and it is Friday...
Been too busy really ro let all this sink in... But Today. This day I begin a six month weekend.
This day is also my last pay cheque also.. Well that doesn't cheer me up to much... Monday I will have to go into the government office and fill out so many forms to apply for employment insurance .. Never like this process... But so thankful it is available to us
Well I better get going, I have hungry staff waiting for breakfast.




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Next day ... The floor has been vacuumed - I was able to repair it.. The couch is useable once more and my car is ready for winter now... To top it off after waking up early.. Going back to bed I had a nice sleep in, only to be woken by Noni with a cup of coffee in hand.

Dahouise and I went out the door for a nice hour and half walk .



















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Today is an off day. I get a three day weekend... Hurray!
Wake up early to take my car to the dealership for the winter tune up and to rotate my winter tires onto the car. A couple of hours later I am phoned and told it is ready. I walk Dalhouse to pick it .. I'm told I have a leaky rear axisle 400 dollars - no it has to wait I want a second opinion.
I also need a 40 dollar inner air filter - OK - replace that. I pick up my keys and return to camp to store my tires. At camp as I reach for the tires in the back - they are my winter tires... They forgot to rotate them on.... I am extremely ticked off.... I phone them from camp... Bring it back and they will fix it now.. This drive to camp and back is 45 minutes each way... Not helping my stress levels on my off day...
Our vaccum belt broke and I am stressing as I take it apart trying to fix it.. I am not good with stuff like that ... I'm a chef ..
Earlier I had to do some repairs to our couch.. Springs were loosen and my wife has been nagging me to fix it since last year.. And so I did it today as well ... I think I fixed it.. So she should be happy now.. The vaccum still needs a new belt ...

Now I get to sit on my chair - watch some TV and try to relax...
Watching Star Trek helps a lot ...
Later I'll have to go and walk Dalhouise some more - looking for birds..



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Sorry for not checking in for a while. Been having a lot of issues with pain, doctor appointments for me and for my 87 year old Aunt, helping her a lot too, dealing with my migraines and depression. This weather is insane. 30 degrees one night and two days later it's 85 out - seriously my asthma can't take this drought much longer. It's harvest time so considering it's super dry (0.06 inches of rain this month and less than an inch last month) the air is a nice shade of brown much of the time. Why people insist on mowing dead dry lawns is beyond me because all they're doing is adding more dust to the air. Needless to say what leaves have turned are drab and dull. Praying we get that rain that's forecast for tomorrow through Sunday. My daylilies finally quit blooming. Brought most of my indoor plants back inside. There's still two out there but I just don't know where I'd put them.
Tomorrow helping my Aunt again, Monday my son, my Aunt and I all go to the regular eye doctor for annual checkups (decided it was much easier to schedule us all at one go), then I'm sure there'll be two or three more appointments to take my Aunt to, plus Tuesday I take my Precious to the groomer for her bath & nail trim and any hair that needs trimming will be taken care of. While she's there, I'll get her bedding cleaned up and back on hopefully before she's home.
Have to wait until December to see my neurologist about my migraines - I quit taking my daily meds and I'm glad I stopped. It's helped me considerably because I'm not having as many migraines - a few headaches and a migraine here and there. Maybe one a week compared to two or three, so that's an improvement. Still have a lot but they're better.
Having issues with my eyes - I have dry eye and wet macular degeneration in my left eye, plus Weiss rings which are basically these big old floaters. As my retina specialist says one looks like a hangman's noose the other a stirrup on a saddle. Then there's my other floaters. Needless to say my floaters are horrible lately - all day everyday. With all the dust in the air my dry eye is horrible - I have to keep putting lubricating eye drops in and they make my vision blurry sometimes.
Needless to say my mood's been very low and with the new problems with my back, knees and feet movement has hurt a lot! Muscle spasms and cramps all over.
I've enjoyed catching up with y'all. Loved the bear photos Marty.
Hope the flooding is over with and you can do something with the gourds.
Take care.

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