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Bearclover
True Blue Farmgirl

2376 Posts

Bunny
The Dalles OR
USA
2376 Posts

Posted - Jun 26 2014 :  06:49:51 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Gypsy, I hate the thought of getting old and being a pain to my kids. It is hard to watch a parent slip away from reality and know there isn't much you can do. I'm sure the dog gives her some comfort but it sounds like he needs a good grooming. He may be peeing in the house, because she forgets to take him out. Does he have a way to get outside himself? How does she feel about assisted living? It may be time. Was your dad in the military? She may be eligible to go to the VA hospital to the assisted living wing. Medicaid will cover it, but if she owns any assets, they will take them and sell them to help pay for her care. After that Medicaid and social security pays the rest. She won't be able to come and go as she pleases though.

Thank you for the kind comment about my son. I think he is pretty handsome too. He makes friends so easily. My other son does too but unlike his little brother, can't get a girlfriend to save his life. He is the "nice" guy that all the women in his life feel safe around. But don't want to ruin the friendship. He is pretty frustrated at that.

Marie, hey, the girls need some freedom every once in a while too. Go for it.

Off to work...



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Tall Holly
True Blue Farmgirl

2231 Posts

Holly
Worcester Vermont
USA
2231 Posts

Posted - Jun 26 2014 :  5:09:42 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good evening everyone.

I finally have a land line and internet. YEAH! I was in withdrawal. I do not use the internet that much but not posting and reading from all of you had me sad.

The good news is my cow, Coco is pregnant and due the end of January or beginning of February. We missed last year because she did not conceive. I look forward to her birthing because the two months before she births she is dried off so I do not need to milk and I can go away to visit people or sleep in a little.

Now I am going to read all of your posts so I can catch up.

Sweet dreams,

Holly
farmgirl #2499
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jan49829
True Blue Farmgirl

2422 Posts

Janet
Winter Haven Florida
USA
2422 Posts

Posted - Jun 26 2014 :  5:52:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Welcome back Holly!!!!! Great that Coco will be a mama again!!!!
It was a picture perfect day today, in the 60s and sunny. Bob and I cleaned out our back entry and got more stuff ready for the yard sale. Just got done washing all the carpets in the house. It was a mess. The backings on most of the rugs fell off during the washing and got all over the washing machine. Two loads!!!! I have them all hung outside now. I will use them, but when they get dirty, out the door they go. I do not want to have to buy carpets now when we have less than 4 months left here.
I grilled brats on the grill, they were so good. I am thinking of smoking a turkey in our smoker for the 4th, not sure yet.
GG, hope you are surviving all that at your mom's. It is hard to watch someone go downhill like that. We took my dad in for almost a year when he could no longer take care of himself. It was very hard work, and long hours with very little sleep. I hope your sister helps her out so you do not have to go there too often.
Cindy, hope you feel better soon. It is hard when you are laid up. I was in a wheelchair for 2 1/2 years, and it was rough not being able to do a lot of things without help. Hope you are able to go back to work soon.
Bunny, Soon you will be done with school and you will be able to look back and say "I did it!!!"
Marie, I have been seeing a lot of that flooding in Minnesota. What a disaster that is. It is good where you are, less watering your garden.
Mar, I am sure the horses will gain their weight back and be back to themselves in no time.
Have a great evening,

Jan
Farmgirl Sister #3340

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churunga
True Blue Farmgirl

3067 Posts

Marie
Minneapolis MN
USA
3067 Posts

Posted - Jun 26 2014 :  8:38:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ladies,

I had a good day today but I had too many distractions. It is so annoying getting phone calls from someone who doesn't stay on the line long enough to say hello. I had to see my psychman today. He called me in more than an hour after my appointment. I shook my finger at him. He has a good sense of humor. I will bring him some vegies from my garden next time I see the therapist.

When I got home, the neighbor who owns the problem dog was sitting out with the dog and his friends. He was trying to control the dog and really not having success. I kept Hugo from jumping on me at least. I brought Mitzi out and got ready to water the garden. I was just telling the friends not to pet Mitzi while Hugo was around when one of them did. Hugo went into a jealous rage and grabbed Mitzi by the ear making her bleed a little. I told the neighbor not to worry about it. Hugo likes to get sprayed with water and he jumps up and bites the water stream. We did that for a while then I water. The neighbor took Hugo in and let Mitzi out. Now she got all the petting she wanted. I gave Mitzi a couple baby zuchinis and picked some greens and drank a little bear and then went in. Our guest cat was just up on my lap interfering with my typing. He is very affectionate and a lover. When I woke this morning, he was sleeping right above Lowell's head. It must have been a warm spot.

Marianne - That insurance cancelation is very strange. Usually companies only cancel if you have too many claims. This one is canceling even before you are able to make a claim. Usually an insurance company will take 2 or 3 months of premiums before they allow a claim to be made. If you don't hear from a resolution specialist, call your attorney general. Insurance is regulated by the state and this really smells fishy. Google that company and check them out. Maybe they have done this before. No one can be too careful.

Bunny - YAY for your son. Both my dad and little brother went through Marine basic training. I believe my brother had basic in California also. Then he was assigned to 29 Palms for the next phase. After that he was sent to Lejeune. My brother made the same kind of face when he finished. Tell your other son not to try so hard looking for "the" girl. "The" girl will find him and everyone will tell her how nice he has always been and that will be his selling point. Good things are worth waiting for.

Jan - I know what you mean. I have a French horn which I bought when I was a senior in high school as soon as I turned 18. It was my first loan and was for $2500. I paid it off on time and have many good memories. The horn had been well taken care of and had no dents or scratches, until I got it back from my neice. I was just heart broken. I had suffered such separation anxiety when I sent it out. I can no longer play it very well having lost my playing muscles. I am ready to let it move on and donate it to a school that needs it. I will be so sad for it but glad that some kid will learn with it.

Cindy - Please do the physical therapy no matter how silly it seems. I know many people who just blow it off and they are in much worse shape. I've been doing physical therapy excercises for my knees for two weeks and I already see improvement.

Gypsy - You are right not to use your brother's money to pay for everyone's excess. In fact, maybe you could use the money to get your mom into a nice assisted living facility and make certain she is well taken care of. If she can have the dog, pay for it to be de-fleaed and checked by a vet. I believe this would be a good use for the money. Let the rest of them go to hell in their own way. That's what my mom would say.

Holly - Congratulations on the pregnancy of your four legged daughter. Bet you can't wait for the downtime.

Lowell told me tonight that I was a good housewife. He said he would probably living in squalor if it wasn't for me. I told him that he would probably get rid of everything except the TV and musical gear and live like a hermit like he did when I first met him. He admitted that was so but he liked how I took care of things so he doesn't have to. Have I told you guys lately how much I love him?

Marie, Sister #5142
Farmgirl of the Month May 2014

Try everything once and the fun things twice.
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doll58maker
True Blue Farmgirl

2258 Posts

G
TX
USA
2258 Posts

Posted - Jun 26 2014 :  9:40:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Not much going on here today.

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churunga
True Blue Farmgirl

3067 Posts

Marie
Minneapolis MN
USA
3067 Posts

Posted - Jun 27 2014 :  07:45:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good job Gypsy!!!

Marie, Sister #5142
Farmgirl of the Month May 2014

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janiee
True Blue Farmgirl

819 Posts

Janie
Waco Texas
USA
819 Posts

Posted - Jun 27 2014 :  11:00:51 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
hello gals, just popping in for a second. bunny - love the two new outfits! oh to be slender enough to wear them! :)
glad holly is back on line now and is telling all of her stories. I love reading about them.
still very busy at work. brother's death bothered me more than i thought. have been finding all kinds of mistakes that i am having to correct. lots of rain here but today the sun is shining! yea!!
hang in there gypsy, it will all be over with eventually but never ever forget to take care of yourself--you need to do that and often! :)

love to the rest of you gals,
will check in again soon
janiee
farmgirl #390
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thebyrdhaus
True Blue Farmgirl

520 Posts

Patty
Columbus Oh
USA
520 Posts

Posted - Jun 27 2014 :  12:08:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi gals. Popping in again. :) I am off work now so have a bit more time. However it may not be frequent that I pop in. Hi, Glenda, Holly, Janiee, Bunny, Jan, Marianne, and all you that are new to me!
My update (after a 2 year hiatus from MJF)... First of all I am older and moving more slowly. :)We moved from Illinois back to our house in Ohio. The coffee shops in Illinois are still doing great! My sister is pretty much filling in where I left off. There were lots of reasons for coming back to Ohio. I was homesick for Ohio. We were so remote that we were 50 miles from a Home Depot or Lowes. The little town we lived in would not allow my chickens and sent me a nasty letter. (They go, I go) I was tired of driving over 50 miles to a Whole Foods or to the farmer's market to get good groceries. I was so done with the tornadoes out there. Not alot of people happy about me coming back to Ohio, but I am happier.
I still have chickens, quail and rabbits. No pigeons here yet, but maybe soon. I still garden. We have had a beautiful wet season so the garden looks great. I am still a recycling fool! Not much has changed except for age and location. :) It is good to see some of you are still here, though I see alot of gals missing :(
I will try to post some. :) And at least keep in touch.


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prariehawk
True Blue Farmgirl

2914 Posts

Cindy

2914 Posts

Posted - Jun 27 2014 :  2:55:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Patty--let me get this right: you were living in Carlinville and now you're back in Ohio? Carlinville is just up the road (about forty miles) from where I live (Alton). I went to college there for two years (not a good experience--you would think at a small school it would be easy to make friends but everyone had their little cliques. My roommate, from Canada, had the nerve to tell me I was pronouncing "Alton" wrong. Like, how the h*** would she know?!) I haven't been up that way in a long time. I used to drive to one of the apple orchards outside of town in the fall but I haven't done that for years. I have been to Beaver Dam state park but not to Carlinville itself. I doubt much has changed. I guess that giant-domed courthouse is still there. For those of you who are unfamiliar with how flat parts of Illinois are, you can see that courthouse from miles away. The college is on the edge of town and only had about four hundred students when I was there. It's a work college where everyone works part-time to keep the cost of tuition low. You don't get paid but you get job experience. I worked in the kitchen and the library. Everything I learned working in the library is now obsolete. Gee, that makes me feel old. I can see where a body would get antsy about wanting to leave Carlinville. You can watch for tornadoes when it clouds up (like today) but it's not pretty when one of them strikes. Oh, the memories are starting to come back...better change the subject.
I had my second PT session today and it went well. My knee still feels stiff and slightly numb. My right knee is also bigger (more swollen) than my left knee. I found out I'm eligible for FMLA so that's good news. Maybe they'll realize just how much work I actually do by my absence.
My mom has lost her cell phone (which she hardly ever used) and we can't find it. I tried calling it but she always kept it turned off. I don't know where she lost it. I'm used to my dad losing things but now my mom is, too.
Marie--Lowell is lucky to have you. Sounds like he was lost before he met you.
Holly--congrats. on your mommy-to-be cow. There's a great poem by Wendell Berry about a cow who's just given birth. It's called "Her First Calf". It'll bring tears to your eyes.
I gotta go. My dog wants in and I need to check my garden. Got my first green beans the other day!
Cindy

"Vast floods can't quench love, no matter what love did/ Rivers can't drown love, no matter where love's hid"--Sinead O'Connor
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Tall Holly
True Blue Farmgirl

2231 Posts

Holly
Worcester Vermont
USA
2231 Posts

Posted - Jun 27 2014 :  5:00:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good evening everyone,

Today was a lovely day here in the green mountains. I did morning chores and worked on moving a piece of cattle fencing from the old pig pen to the new cow pen. I want a pen I can put the baby bull calves in at night so we do not need to shovel out the stall every morning. They will be luscious steaks at the end of October but until then....... I am glad that when I put up the fence originally for the pigs I only used two fence staples on each post so it was easy to take down. I used the tractor to drag it to its new location. I still need to put on the new fence staples but I ran out of time this morning. The posts I put up a couple of weeks ago do not have the ground compacted around them so when I pulled on the fencing to tighten it they tipped a bit. I had DsR trying to shove rocks down the side of the pole into the ground to hole the post up. He is only 38 pounds or so and does not have a lot of experience at the ripe old age of 6 to be a great help. He did get several rocks into the hole to hold up the post enough. He did like pounding on the rocks with the hammer to drive them down the side of the post.

Then we went to Johnson State College to pick up DsT from basketball camp. He had a great time. He made the all star team for the final games. Last year he did not make the all star team because he had too much of an arrogant adolescent attitude to work with his team mates during the regular games. He said he dunked a lot and was great at defensive blocking.

Slowly and methodically, Jan the house will be downsized. I hope tomorrow goes well and people are generous.

DsK moved from Jerseyville to St Louis a little bit ago. I guess that is near you as well, Cindy. He now tells me he is moving to Chicago for a new job. He is sort of transient in his living and jobs. No place too long. I hope your pain lessens soon and mobility returns. Your mom and her cell phone sound like me except I did not lose mine, "not me" took it because he wanted to talk or text late at night. I do not carry mine on a regular basis or use it either.

Now I am posting this unfinished because I moved between pages and lost one of the tabs so now I need to go back and figure out how to get it back on the screen and I did not want to lose the whole post. so bear with me, please.



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farmgirl #2499

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Tall Holly
True Blue Farmgirl

2231 Posts

Holly
Worcester Vermont
USA
2231 Posts

Posted - Jun 27 2014 :  5:14:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
here I am again.

I am happy to hear Mar that living close to dd is great for you and her. I am glad that you continue to have a wonderful relationship with her and you enjoy each other's company. I read that I need to wait 6 weeks after flowering to dig bulbs, so after that time I will dig the daffodils and the paper white narcissus and send them out to you.

Patty I am glad to hear from you. It must have been a real pain in the tookus to have to deal with the town officials about having chickens. and in such a rural area. I hope you are happy and life is falling into place for you. The granddaughters with the flower names are getting big? Do they visit much?

GG do your best. Your mom does not have a long time left I hope she can find peace and some moments of joy in her remaining time. It is hard on her to outlive her child. My grandmother was devastated when she outlived her only daughter. and for your sister I have no compassion for anyone who takes advantage and does not tow their own weight. Your are right in your actions. I hope they do not cause you heartache in your relationship with her.

Janiee I just read a short article that reinforced that crying is good for the body and for healing. This is a hard time of year for you anyway and to add one more death makes it that much harder.

Time to go get DsT at the ball field. Time is so short sometimes to respond to everyone as I should.

Holly
farmgirl #2499
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doll58maker
True Blue Farmgirl

2258 Posts

G
TX
USA
2258 Posts

Posted - Jun 27 2014 :  8:24:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am home. Felt so sorry for mom when I left. For a woman who never cried, she is making up for it now.

Holly I am so glad you are back.

Patty, I'm also so glad you are back and I hope you stay. We are all two years older,lol. I always so enjoyed your stories and I kept up with your blog for a while.

I'm also terribly jealous of those of you who have gardens. We will most likely put in a small garden while we are out in the country.

Janiee, I know what you mean. The grieving process takes a while.


On the bright side, B got his green card and it really is green. He is good for two years as a permanent resident. Soon as he renews his passport we can start planning a trip to Scotland. I was hoping to be there to celebrate his birthday in September.

Holly you must find time to catch us up on the lives of dsT and ddK.

Looking forward to shaking off the sadness for a while and getting a good night's sleep in my own bed with my sweet husband.


GG

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doll58maker
True Blue Farmgirl

2258 Posts

G
TX
USA
2258 Posts

Posted - Jun 27 2014 :  8:35:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bunny, I failed to answer your question-- my dad was in the navy in WW2. He was in Okinawa. But I won't put mom in a care facility unless I have to. She knows she has a home with me any time she wants. I can afford to hire someone to come in to help bathe her and take care of her personal needs. I would have a hard time leaving her in the hands of strangers.


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doll58maker
True Blue Farmgirl

2258 Posts

G
TX
USA
2258 Posts

Posted - Jun 27 2014 :  8:39:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Me again. One more comment. Marie, I love how you are so in love with Lowell when you aren't mad enough to kill him.
Really, all we want is to feel appreciated once in a while, right?


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rough start farmgirl
True Blue Farmgirl

3331 Posts

marianne
The Beautiful Pacific NW Washington State
USA
3331 Posts

Posted - Jun 28 2014 :  07:52:16 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
How do you girls pack so much wisdom into such a little space? Holly, I was astounded by your saying that crying helps heal. I was astounded that it never occurred to me before. That only makes sense, doesn't it? And Patty, you are smart to move to a better place for you. I hope you feel more at home there. G, I feel the same about leaving MIL to strangers. Even keeping a close eye on the people who came in to help with my mother towards the end there was a lot of neglect of responsibility and theft. No one cares like you do about your loved ones. simple truth.

Janie, you are forgiven some mistakes, right? I hope you can maybe get going your quilts to help ease your way through this time of the year.

Holly, what a great time of year to get two months off milking! Woo hoo.

It has been hitting record high rainfall here. The "dry" paddock (which just means no grazing) is anything but dry! It is boot-sucking mud. We are going to do some prep on it to make it so that isn't how it will be, but we haven't started that project yet.

Jan, Ihope you make a killing on your sale!!
mar
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rough start farmgirl
True Blue Farmgirl

3331 Posts

marianne
The Beautiful Pacific NW Washington State
USA
3331 Posts

Posted - Jun 28 2014 :  10:47:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Holly, I will be delighted to have the bulbs. Now I get to decide where I will put them. I think right outside our gate so everyone will get that first glimpse of Spring when they go by. The mailboxes for the street at right at the corner which is where our house is, so I think it would be especially nice there.
mar
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Bearclover
True Blue Farmgirl

2376 Posts

Bunny
The Dalles OR
USA
2376 Posts

Posted - Jun 28 2014 :  12:36:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Gypsy, I think it is great you are willing to take in your mom when it's time. I have too much bad history with my mom. My sister is better positioned to do it anyway. They are more like sisters than mother and daughter. They feed off of each others drama.

Mar, sorry about the rain. I'm loving it myself. But then it just means I don't have to water the lawn. The bulbs sound like they will be a great visual for your gate.

I'm working on a custom dress today. I had a sale at 3:30am this morning. Nice to actually realize it wasn't a dream this time. The custom dress is coming together really nice! I'll have pictures when I'm done. She picked out some great shirts for the dress. She is a size 3X. I told her it was easier for her to pick out a top that she liked and that fit. She is thinking about having me do another one in flannels.
I have been having a bit of anxiety over how I'm going to be able to keep up with my homework if I get this job. I come home from the two days I spend up there at 3:30p and head to bed as it is. I just have to find a way to get past the pain and being tired to get this done. I know my sewing is going to suffer big time too. September it will all come together one way or the other.

Lunch is over, back to the sewing machine!

Have a wonderful weekend.



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doll58maker
True Blue Farmgirl

2258 Posts

G
TX
USA
2258 Posts

Posted - Jun 28 2014 :  9:51:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bunny, congrats on the sale. That would be a good market niche, the big girls who have a hard time finding many choices in their size.
You will work things out so you can sew-- you always do. It will be good to have a regular job so you have a chance to save up to move back.

Jan I hope your yard sale went really well and hope the weather cooperated.

I did nothing today. Still wrung out from the trip. Mostly today I have played with the doggies and my computer. We ate our main meal at a nearby restaurant and the rest of the time B waited on me. He brought me a sandwich and a slice of cheesecake and did all the cleanup while I laid on the couch. I took the dogs for their morning walk and did about a twenty minute work out, and made the bed. That's it. Lazy.

Mar, I hope that much rain does not give you or DH the blues. Sure makes for a pretty yard, though. Will you be able to grow lavender there? Seems they (lavender plants) don't like much water or humidity.

Good night all.


GG
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rough start farmgirl
True Blue Farmgirl

3331 Posts

marianne
The Beautiful Pacific NW Washington State
USA
3331 Posts

Posted - Jun 28 2014 :  11:00:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have a few lavender plants and just planted three more. They don't want to sit in water and we drain well here.
Mar
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thebyrdhaus
True Blue Farmgirl

520 Posts

Patty
Columbus Oh
USA
520 Posts

Posted - Jun 29 2014 :  06:39:41 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good Morning.
I started this post 2 days ago and accidentally went back to read and lost it all. Doggone I was almost done and just wanted to make sure I got everyone in there when I lost it. Grrr. It looks like there are only a handful of gals on here now. So much cozier and easier to keep track. I miss Darlys, however I know she is busy in Oakhurst. Penny, I have chatted with a few times on the phone for Kombucha instruction. :) Does Nancy ever chat? What about Thelma, Aunty M or Judith, do you hear from them? (Select all and copy...just in case I forget...lol)

We have been busy with the garden. All our beds are raised, and whenever I find where someone has thrown a waterbed frame out, I grab it up and build another bed. Most are made from 2x12's and are nice solid heavy wood. Besides being free! People give them away on craigslist too! I LOVE waterbed frames.
We still have some plants out at the other house I will thin before we close the sale. Our house in Illinois has a contract but it is a 2 month closing date. Ridiculous! And she has been a pain. Requesting piddly things to be repaired. We made one trip out to honor her request, however the second time we told our Realtor that we would not do it. Her and her husband opted to go make the repairs. :)

GG- A new husband? Congrats. Wonderful to have that special someone to help carry the load. I am talking about the load of stress and how wonderful it is to just have someone to talk to and that has your back. I don't know what I would do without Dal to complain to...lol.

Marianne- Glad to see you are still here. :) Our weather has been rainy as well. The garden has done wonderful however. With the exception of some rotting produce before it get large enough to harvest. It has been so wet that I think I will be able to start a few more veggies even as late as it is.

Holly- Always nice to read about you and the kids. I imagine little Ross is really growing. BTW, congrats to Coco.

Cindy- We were fairly close. I would have to come to Alton on occassion. Alton use to be a busy, bustling city. However, it sure is not what it used to be. Busy when the mall was utilized, they had Venture, Belscot, Central Hardware all on the Beltline. I miss it the way it was.

Bunny- Your sewing skills always amazed me. How wonderful to be so talented. I want to try to refashion some thrift store dresses but not sure I have the skills. My oldest son (now 36) was in the first bunch that went through the crucible. They were even featured on news with Tom Brokaw. That has been close to 20 years ago now. How time flies. That is tough. It makes me proud of your son and proud of his mama for raising him.

Janiee- My heart goes out to you. I have lost both of my brothers and a husband and know all too well how much the greiving hurts. Talk about your brother and share his life with others. People tend to not talk about someone elses loss for fear of upsetting them. However , even after 8 years I may tear up, but I still love to talk about my brothers and husband. A poem a friend shared with me back then...

The Elephant in the Room
By Terry Kettering

There’s an elephant in the room.
It is large and squatting,
so it is hard to get around it.

Yet we squeeze by with,
“How are you?” and, “I’m fine,”
and a thousand other forms of trivial chatter.

We talk about the weather;
we talk about work;
we talk about everything else—
except the elephant in the room.

There’s an elephant in the room.
We all know it is there.
We are thinking about the elephant
as we talk together.

It is constantly on our minds.
For, you see, it is a very big elephant.
It has hurt us all, but we do not talk about
the elephant in the room.

Oh, please, say her name.
Oh, please, say “Barbara” again.
Oh, please, let’s talk about
the elephant in the room.

For if we talk about her death,
perhaps we can talk about her life.
Can I say, “Barbara” to you
and not have you look away?
For if I cannot,
then you are leaving me alone
in a room—with an elephant.

Well, Maybe I can catch up with everyone later. I don't want to take up the entire page. :) Have a good day.


Patty #1840

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A rind is a terrible thing to waste. Compost.

When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.”
-Jesus in John 6:12 NIV Bible
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Kirksmom71
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Mel
Dallas Texas
USA
873 Posts

Posted - Jun 29 2014 :  12:23:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey, Patty....welcome back....see you on Pinterest sometimes! :)

Janie.....good to see you pop-in! :)

My best to all,
Mel
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Bearclover
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2376 Posts

Bunny
The Dalles OR
USA
2376 Posts

Posted - Jun 29 2014 :  1:07:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I got the custom dress all done and ready to mail on Monday.

Here is a picture. It is on a size 12 manikin but it is a size 3X.



I sent pictures to my customer and she loved it. She said she was going to find flannels so I could make her another one.

I had a nice birthday breakfast with a friend. Her birthday is July 3. So we took each other out for breakfast. I had my yearly chocolate chip pancakes and sausage. I need a nap now with all the carbs and sugar low. But I got the last bit of my weekly homework done. It is typing and my fingers are not working very well! Too much typing for me. I can see why the teachers says to do a little each day. But it took all week for them to get me access to the textbook website to do my homework. So I had to catch up. Next week should be better.

My niece loved her quilt. Here is a picture of her with it.


I was trying to hurry and get it done in time for the baby shower yesterday. I washed it and found a few boo boo's. So I appliqued flowers over them. Then I added a bunch more flower appliques so it would look like I meant to do the appliques.

Anyway, I'm done for today. My mom actually went to church. Probably because my niece would be there and she wants to look good.

Hope everyone is having a good weekend.



Bunny

Farmgirl number 3738
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jan49829
True Blue Farmgirl

2422 Posts

Janet
Winter Haven Florida
USA
2422 Posts

Posted - Jun 29 2014 :  5:17:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi gals, I am beat, so this will be short. It has been a very long hard working weekend. I worked Friday, then we set up tables and stuff for the yard sale on Saturday. It was supposed to start at 9, but we had people here at 7:30. I ended up in the sun most of the day, so I have a very red forehead and nose. I am sure it will peel again. Did good at the sale, we got rid of a lot of big stuff. Was supposed to be today too, but it rained this morning, so we put everything that was left away. It cleared up and ended up being a very breezy, but nice day. We just got done taking down both canopies. Will be having another sale August 2nd, I think.
Will try to catch up tomorrow. Have a great evening,

Jan
Farmgirl Sister #3340

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Tall Holly
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2231 Posts

Holly
Worcester Vermont
USA
2231 Posts

Posted - Jun 29 2014 :  5:28:15 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good evening everyone,

The internet did not work last night. I am quite frustrated.

I went to Herb class yesterday and today. We made comfrey salve today.

the sky was very clear and blue yesterday and today. Temperatures were in the eighties with a low humidity.

When I arrived home each day there was a kicker wagon full of hay to put into the barn. The hay is all done now. We have a 428 bales in and that should be more than enough to get us through the winter.

I think we have three guinea hens getting ready to sit on their eggs. I hope they do not get eaten by the fox before the eggs hatch. We have a group of bachelor guineas that run together and are a hoot to watch. They do make a racket. I think they must sleep 1 1/2 hours a day and squawk the rest. I have a house for them that I made a couple of years ago. the bird access is up high and they have to fly to get into it. They all seem to know how to get in and out now. Having the door so high does prevent some of the wild things from eating them up.

G you asked about DsT. He seems to be holding his own right now. He went to basketball camp last week and had a great time. He has tried out for Legion baseball and made the team.. The coach thought he had until June 30 to register all the boys and now his computer is telling him he can not add on any more boys. So, we are not sure if he is on the team or not. He has been very excited about the possibility and will be crushed if he is not able to play. Keeping our fingers crossed.

DdK seems to be unattached right now. She said a couple of weeks ago that the male needed to walk his own walk but then said nothing further. But, she has started wearing the ring he gave her several months ago. She is making no effort to see him. So, I do not know. I do not like texting and cell phones. I can not hear their tones of voice nor can I keep track of who is calling whom.

Sweet dreams,

Holly
farmgirl #2499
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doll58maker
True Blue Farmgirl

2258 Posts

G
TX
USA
2258 Posts

Posted - Jun 29 2014 :  6:53:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bunny, the dress is beautiful and so is the quilt. I am on my computer tonight so I can see the pictures. I really like the colors in the dress. Hope you are feeling okay.

Patty, you are so right. I feel the need to talk about my brother all the time. My mom and I talked about him the whole time I was there. I didn't bring him up at first, just in case, but she wanted to talk about him. I like the elephant poem and it was so good of you to take the time to type the whole thing in for us to read.

Janet, I just knew you would over do it and sure enough you did. I hope you get to rest for a couple of days now.

Holly, I do not envy you in the least, having two teenagers to deal with, lol. I think K has a good head on her shoulders and sounds like T is doing better emotionally now than he was for a while. Enjoy the younger boys while you can. When the hormones kick in, its a difficult few years.

We went to my daughter's house today to work on the trailer again. They called and said it still leaks. B can not figure out how it could possibly be leaking, but it is. He says we can have it moved to the house and build a cover over it and turn it in to a permanent little guest house. I think that is the best idea. I never did get it glamped up and now I will. I did have a very nice deck built for it, and it is self contained, so we can move it under some nice oak trees and set it up. I had the deck put together with screws, knowing I would want to take it down to move at some point.

Holly I love guineas even though they are noisy. Putting the door up high is so clever. I would never have thought of that. Patty, I hope you will have stories of your critters again.

Patty, you asked about Nancy. I think she started having problems with her MIL and was doing quite a bit of traveling to take care of her, and I guess she just got really busy. Sometimes I think people get busy and drop out and then don't know how to drop back in again. We still hear from Ginny from time to time. We recently heard Thelma is doing fine but she hasn't posted in a long time. The others you mentioned, along with quite a few others, have come and gone. We have quite a few new gals who are great fun to hang out with. A few of us have been here quite a while now. I don't know who has been here the longest. Maybe Holly?

Hope everyone had a good weekend. One more day and we are into July. hard to believe.


GG
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