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2/7/12 7:21 A

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It was Dad that was in the Army, not Mom. So I'm sure you're right -- that it is more difficult for the spouse. Grrrr!

~~Julie~~


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2/6/12 3:56 P

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Julie:

Forgot to ask if your mom was the veteran or your dad? Mom was in the Women's Army Aux. Corps during WWII. It's much harder for the spouse to qualify. LOL it was the one time I was "happy" she didn't have too much in savings.

I have seen women looking at jewelry ads with a misty eye and one hand resting on the heart, and I only know what they're feeling because that's how I read the seed catalogs in January.

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2/6/12 10:28 A

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I've thought of that before... maybe I will get a chance for those raised beds some day!

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2/5/12 11:38 A

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Julie:

You may want to think about a table top box (a raised bed on legs). They are specifically for people who can't bend over or who are confined to a wheel chair.

I'm fortunate that my fibro isn't very bad.

I have seen women looking at jewelry ads with a misty eye and one hand resting on the heart, and I only know what they're feeling because that's how I read the seed catalogs in January.

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2/5/12 11:00 A

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Terrific that you've got your finances together! It is such a relief! We went thru the whole VA process, too. Unfortunately, they denied this for Mom, even though our senior attorneys felt she qualified. You just never know.

I LOVE your gardening business! I do a lot of gardening in the summer when I'm not busy with my horses. I just wish I weren't hampered by some of the physical issues I have (arthritis, fibromyalgia, etc.). Good luck with everything!

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2/5/12 10:39 A

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Hi KIM, re"Barb"! LOL (I would have know the difference if I had taken the time to read!! ha)
Anyway..... all of your jobs sound so great! I need to get into some volunteer things. Keep thinking about it but haven't managed much yet. Am helping at the library off and on. I love to read so can spend hours in there!!
I enjoy being around people and it does help in times like this!!


Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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2/5/12 5:18 A

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I'm actually helping with a project at one of our poorest elementary schools this spring. And workIng on a class for a store that sells early learning supplies.

I have seen women looking at jewelry ads with a misty eye and one hand resting on the heart, and I only know what they're feeling because that's how I read the seed catalogs in January.

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2/4/12 11:18 P

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That sounds great.! As a home based child care provider we have had a lot of workshops and training about how important it is for children to spend time outside....playing, running, digging in the dirt, planting and growing things.Kids need to be exposed to as much nature as possible! It is actually a national movement...often called"No child left inside"...you may want to tap into that too.

I do a lot of planting with my day care kids...they are pretty young, but we grow flowers and foods we can eat. Raspberries, tomatoes, cucumbers. It is awesome when little people are so proud of the things they nurtured and harvested themselves!

Good luck with the business. It is wonderful to be able to make a living doing what you love!

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2/4/12 8:20 P

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Yes, knowing her finances are set (at least for awhile) is a TREMENDOUS relief. LOL however, I started looking for a back-up facility "just in case". Why is it we can never seem to rest?

I teach Square Foot Gardening and sell products to help people successfully use this small-space, high-intensity method.

My business partner just had to quit a couple weeks ago for personal reasons. LOL like I needed any extra stress in my life. I am grateful he helped me get it started (I was too afraid to do it alone), but this will be good in the long run. It's nice and flexible so I'm able to take mom to her appointments, etc.

So far I have taught at my house, in a church, a senior center, a nearby community college & hope to get more "gigs" (one's in the works for a community garden & an early learning store). Last year I was able to get a segment on our local morning news program, I recently was accepted to write a garden blog for Glen Burnie Patch and will also be speaking at the MD Home & Garden Show next month. So I've truly been blessed. Really, all you have to do is ASK - they might just surprise you and say yes!

Next week I start a series at the senior center I used to take Mom to. I've also been asked to create a "table top" garden (for use by those who can't bend over or who are in wheel chairs) as part of the OT program at Mom's assisted living facility. These two especially mean a lot to me.

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I have seen women looking at jewelry ads with a misty eye and one hand resting on the heart, and I only know what they're feeling because that's how I read the seed catalogs in January.

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2/4/12 6:15 P

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KSROMAN, having financial issues in order must be a big relief. What kind of business are you are trying to get off the ground?? Good luck.

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That is wonderful!!! There is wonderful help out there. We just have to push and find it.
So great it was settled so soon too!!

I will have to place DH on Medicaid in a few months. I was so worried about the house. I know it is mine as long as I live in it but was worried about selling it later since I do hope to move close to my sister when the day comes I am alone. That is the only way I could afford to move.
After many phone calls I finally found out that in Kansas they let you keep all your money and assets in the house even after DH passes away and I can sell it or do what ever I want with it!
What a relief that is!!!
JO

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Please visit my Flickr Page for my photographs.
flickr.com/photos/neelojtsl/
I also have a Blog on Blogspot for my Short Stories.
joreflections.blogspot.com/


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I am SO relieved! Getting the Veteran's Administration benefit was supposed to be an 8-12 month process and it took less than TWO MONTHS! I think it helped that I went to the VFW (Veteran's of Foreign War) where THEY helped me and turned in the paperwork for me.

This means that mom's savings will now last for almost THREE YEARS. This also means that I can get a part time job NOW and help supplement her income and keep her there even longer. OR if my business takes off . . . : )



I have seen women looking at jewelry ads with a misty eye and one hand resting on the heart, and I only know what they're feeling because that's how I read the seed catalogs in January.

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