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MATTIECHARLENE's Photo MATTIECHARLENE Posts: 86
9/15/07 3:43 P

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I adopted two cats, brother and sister, after I came back from China to Montreal. When I moved to Vancouver I naturally took them both. However, the male was an explorer and I let him out into the park behind our house. He was very happy with all that freedom, but his sister, Ada, never particularly wanted out and only occasionally went out only onto the balcony outside the kitchen door. One day her brother did not come back. The neighbor later told me that coyotes had taken her cat. Of course when we moved to Edmonton we took Ada with us. The apartment building allows cats if you make a $250 security deposit, so after the dog goes back we shall probably get another cat for Karena. We shall both miss the dog, but it is send her back or move.

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9/14/07 2:18 P

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Mattie: I see you have a cat. We have two, one a 6 yr old tabby named "Danoyet" and a 51/2 yr. old black fella named Jake. Danoyet weighs 9 lbs. if she is lucky and Jake is a muscular 20lbs.

She is as curious as they come. He is much less curious. Until we moved 6 weeks ago into our new home, she dominated. Now that we've come to a new location, their relationship is much more democratic.

Now that we are empty nesters they are a source of home and add to our joy of life.

If you are serious about poetry, having an editor will be a great motivator. Perhaps you could ask an English teacher to begin with. Then maybe things will go on from there. It's a start.

By the way, tomorrow is weigh in day for me...

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MATTIECHARLENE's Photo MATTIECHARLENE Posts: 86
9/14/07 12:11 P

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I am pretty much an indoor person so the time of year is mostly sceenery for me and I think I am going to like the sceenery here. We have a hugh door/window on to our balcony and it looks out over the layers of tall buildings of the center city to my right and trees of at least five different sorts near the building.
There is a small swimming pool and an exercise room on this floor, and a 7/11 type store on the ground floor I can get to without ever going out side. My cat and I occupy the large back bed-room and I have my own bath. I keep these fairly straight and clean, (also do the common kitchern), but the rest of the house is a clutter of desks, computers, boxes and books.
My apartment-mate and her son occupy two other bed rooms and she writes and repairs computers for her income. If he stays here I shall put a computer in my room, for convienence, but he will be flying back to Montreal to return the dog next week and I am not sure when he will be coming back.
My life has always been interesting and now that I am not teaching, I sometimes get a little bored. Sparks is one of the things that enlivens it. I was going to go back to China in November for a visit with friends, but being short of money I may postpone the trip.
I am trying to revise some poetry I have written, but it is a job I hate. The original impulse to write the thing is gone and trying to keep the intensity, give it form, and polish is simply not any fun. I end up writing more instead of working on what I have already done. Without a good editor I shall probably never publish anything again. No great loss, of course, but it often makes me wonder how many others like myself play with words that die with them unread and unrecognized.
Thanks for replying to my note. I do appreciate any and all the messages that I receive. MCD


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9/14/07 10:31 A

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I like your spirit Mattie. Keep it up and remember, you are not alone. When life throws lemons at you, make Lemonade! And it sounds like that is what you are doing.

The weather here in northern IL is ideal. We seem to be easing into a beautiful Autumn...and end to Summer. Fall happens to be my most favorite season, then Winter, Spring and then Summer. Fall is when I get my energies up, it's easier to clear my mind and focus on the needs or challenges of the day...kind a like a boost from the new beginnings of Spring which fits as we just moved to a new house so we are decorating and it's fun.

Hope to hear even more good news from you.

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MATTIECHARLENE's Photo MATTIECHARLENE Posts: 86
9/14/07 1:46 A

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This evening is certainly good. We purchased tickets to some events when we first came here and one of them was this evening. Went to the YoYo Ma gala at the Winspere Center in Edmonton. He is great; so good tears came to my eyes.
Things will work out for me; I have been through a lot of hard times and though I have had some set backs this summer there is not anything I can't survive. Best wishes to you.

ANITABLUEGOOSE Posts: 519
9/13/07 7:59 P

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Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner...your message ended up in my spam mail!!!

Are things better for you? I certainly hope so. emoticon

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MATTIECHARLENE's Photo MATTIECHARLENE Posts: 86
9/8/07 11:55 A

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I am still having trouble navigating all the things on Sparks and have had a bad week. Hope to hear from someone soon.

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9/5/07 11:50 P

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Hi trudy:



I joined 7/28, but downsized to a new home in a 55+ active adult community here in northern IL on Aug. 7. Moving has been quite an ordeal and we are now getting close to settled.

Sorry that I've been too busy to check the Senior Sneakers team. But I have been keeping up with the program with diet and exercise. So far I've lost a few lbs. and a couple of inches. I turned 70 in April and so I've been careful not to push myself too hard.

How are you doing?

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8/8/07 11:47 A

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I guess everyone is too busy to post.I hope evryone is enjoying the summer---I am. Trudy emoticon

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7/17/07 11:11 A

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Congratulations, seems all that walking is paying off. We have A/C and if I get cold I just put a sweater on. When I worked I would always be wearing a sweater in the summer, love A/C but can't take it much. emoticon

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7/16/07 1:44 P

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emoticon The summer has been hot for the most part. Trying to stay cool is hard. We do not have AC just fans. i have two sons who install CA but my husband doesn't like it. So i go to the gym, food shopping, clothing etc. But I seem to be losing weight because I am not home sitting around. Oh by the way I found a good salt sub. it is Molly McButter but yoou can't put it on pasta,in sauce and things like that. Hope you all stay cool.

 
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