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FINALLY met the new neighbor!

Susan. She seems very nice (based on a 10 minute front yard chat)
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I think it's just the way his face has grown. His nose got HUGE and his ears got HUGE and it just got to looking pretty bad.

I think Mark Harmon aged well, I like him much better now than when he was younger. He was cute but goofy or something. I didn't care for Sean Connery's looks in his Bond days, either, but yum for the Hunt for Red October. He's getting pretty ancient now tho. (I should talk, huh. lol)
Mark Harmon has definitely aged well.

Sean Connery, meh. I must be one of the only women on the planet who doesn't care for him, but I've just never found him all that attractive. I'd seriously trade him for Mark Harmon, Viggo Mortensen or Tommy Lee Jones any day of the week. Well, if I could get all 3 even better...

Although if I had to deal with Sean Connery, I'm with you: I'd take the Red October Connery over the Bond Connery any day of the week. Or Daniel Craig over both of them. Daniel Craig is probably my all time favorite Bond. Very icy, dangerous and driven. Sean Connery was a bit too arch about the whole thing, Daniel Craig gives me the feeling he just wants to get on with it and play the game as hard as he can.
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Well, other than not seeing you and DH, Wrose, it's been a good quiet day.

Spent the morning at Debbie's playing with paper while the collies romped in the yard (Molly came back in and curled up by our feet while we worked). Then a friend called, she and her boyfriend were taking a motorboat out for the afternoon and wanted to know if I wanted to go for a ride. It was GORGEOUS out on the lake--warm enough to swim so we floated and laughed and caught up (another mutual friend came along). Home with the pups now, heading upstairs for a warm shower.

SO glad we all went out--clouds are rolling in, tomorrow it will drop from 83 back into the 60s, 40s at night so glad we jumped in the lake while the sun shone. Pups get supper and training in a bit, then I'll head upstairs to finish my sister's birthday card.

YAY FUZZY WEATHER STARTS TOMORROW!!!! I can't wait!!!! Woolly zox! Crisp fall days!! Fireplace at night!!! Maybe the leaves will start changing color soon--right now they're still green but looking a bit tired and ready to turn. What a lovely day to say goodbye to summery warmth, though. And lovely to have time on the water with good friends.
It's been nice here, a tad warm, and yes, the cooling off will be great. So glad I picked up a pair of sweatpants the other day! Or I'd be freezing at home or having to wear my jeans all day. Not so comfy.


Got into closets today. My goodness. Tossed a bunch of very worn stuff, stained or holy stuff. Still have 4 Target plastic bags full and ready to go, and 3 bags almost ready and 4 piles and ... well you get the idea. Again this was a first pass. The closets now look like they are in normal use instead of crammed. I did steal a t-shirt for me and one for DH, and 4 pairs of white sox in excellent shape for me, found a sweater to wear around the house next week - it's a bit small but hey if it's cold, it'll be fine. Found a dress I might steal, lol. Mostly MIL was medium or even small but every now and then I run into something bigger. The mediums are really all just not cut for me. She was tiny. DH is larger than his dad, who was tall and very thin. So nothing much there. Goodwill is going to get a lot of stuff.


Found the local free cycle group so I might be able to get rid of some stuff there too.
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Not sure what's for dinner. DH had a friend show up to help out with some chores.
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It's always good to have nice neighbors.

Is she an older woman or younger or ?
I think she is more or less my age. She has a daughter in college and she is recently divorced. Moved from Long Island.

She worked at Brookhaven (?) in NY. She took a job out here at Argonne Labs. So we might actually have stuff in common. She said her mother was a stamper

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Oh maybe you can give her the stamping bug!
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Heading to Galena for a day trip with a lady from work and two of her friends. Be back later this evening.
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Stamping bug FTW!

Morning y'all.

Huge thunderstorm just passed over. Had coffee with terrified doggle in my lap.

Here comes the cool front, though. WHOO HOO!!! Dropping to the 40s tonight!!!
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Well, I actually didn't get a cheese enchilada last night... one of my kayaking friends went back to school to become a neuromuscular therapist (a degree beyond massage therapy--these are the folks who do accupressure and have some diagnostic licensing, insurance covers them). They start them off with basic swedish massage and she has to do I think 50 of them to progress to the next section of the training.

She can't accept any compensation for the massage, but she's taken tai chi for years at a local dojo, and gosh, I wanted to hear about that so I treated her to dinner... the spinach and chicken quesadillas were calling to me. Only ate one, I'll have its partner for dinner later.

But yeah... not the right area for Chinese. Lots of good Thai and Vietnamese here, though. Indian, too! The one good Chinese place we LOVED up near the old house closed earlier this year. I'm heartbroken--I'd still drive 40 min to eat there and I adored the owners. Kind of interesting that with all the other good Asian food, the only Chinese you find is almost entirely the dumbed-down for Americans stuff.
We had Chinese for lunch yesterday. And of course we talked about you. Zach is looking forward to working on his first penpal letter this week.
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Hey ladies
Been busy here. Yesterday we...
Got up headed to walnut creek to cheer on a friend on who walked in the Alzheimer's memory walk
Drove straight back to Livermore to go to the open house at the airport
Drive home hubs went out for an errand ( finding WWE shorts for the kids) while I fell asleep lol
Drove to feed SILs cat then hit Lowes and Target for Halloween decorations
Decide at target to go to another Halloween store for costume pieces
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I'll send you the address!

Oh--it means a lot that you thought of me!

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Hey ladies
Been busy here. Yesterday we...
Got up headed to walnut creek to cheer on a friend on who walked in the Alzheimer's memory walk
Drove straight back to Livermore to go to the open house at the airport
Drive home hubs went out for an errand ( finding WWE shorts for the kids) while I fell asleep lol
Drove to feed SILs cat then hit Lowes and Target for Halloween decorations
Decide at target to go to another Halloween store for costume pieces
Back home for fast dinner of whatever people want the off to cornmaze in the dark.
Home by 8:45 tv bed
That's quite a day! Open house at the airport??? COOL!

How is your brother doing, V?
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Morning y'all.

Huge thunderstorm just passed over. Had coffee with terrified doggle in my lap.

Here comes the cool front, though. WHOO HOO!!! Dropping to the 40s tonight!!!
Yay! It's cooled down massively here. But the wet stuff went north of us. A dry front here. It finally got into the 60s after DH and I went to Waffle House for a very late breakfast (brunch).


He's going to work on the kitchen sink now. There was a leak every time we used the water, realized it was just the hose going into the center faucet. Slow leak but apparently had been going awhile, any cans underneath had rusted bottoms. I'm going to try to finish the closets today. The car will be filled for Goodwill! Even Men's suits.


And a large shoe box overflowing with old pairs of eyeglasses to drop off.
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Oh how sweet!
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Hey ladies
Been busy here. Yesterday we...
Got up headed to walnut creek to cheer on a friend on who walked in the Alzheimer's memory walk
Drove straight back to Livermore to go to the open house at the airport
Drive home hubs went out for an errand ( finding WWE shorts for the kids) while I fell asleep lol
Drove to feed SILs cat then hit Lowes and Target for Halloween decorations
Decide at target to go to another Halloween store for costume pieces
Back home for fast dinner of whatever people want the off to cornmaze in the dark.
Home by 8:45 tv bed
I'm tired just reading all that!
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So this weekend we've replaced the broken pool pump, think we've isolated the leak from the shower wall. Need to wait for it to dry again before we do a temporary fix, sigh. Spread cow poo and soil yesterday then planted veggies in one bed and flowers in the other today. We'll be having red cabbage, onion, butternut squash, collard greens, thai chilis to go with our jalapenos which have gone crazy. DS2 put seeds in..... carrots, peas, beans and radishes. We shall see. Used up some tomatillos and made a salsa verde which we'll have tonight with a tacos salad. Yum. Last load of laundry is just finishing. I need to make a birthday card for DS2 ( tomorrow he'll be 9). Hope to be back later.
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V, I'll be thinking of you tomorrow, too. Hugs.
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So this weekend we've replaced the broken pool pump, think we've isolated the leak from the shower wall. Need to wait for it to dry again before we do a temporary fix, sigh. Spread cow poo and soil yesterday then planted veggies in one bed and flowers in the other today. We'll be having red cabbage, onion, butternut squash, collard greens, thai chilis to go with our jalapenos which have gone crazy. DS2 put seeds in..... carrots, peas, beans and radishes. We shall see. Used up some tomatillos and made a salsa verde which we'll have tonight with a tacos salad. Yum. Last load of laundry is just finishing. I need to make a birthday card for DS2 ( tomorrow he'll be 9). Hope to be back later.
I loved seeing your Spring garden! It was gorgeous!

And happy birthday to DS2!
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Both ERK's and V's list made me tired.

Wrose, going through a whole house is hard. Persevere!
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Well, we had crisp, sunny weather for trip to Galena. 3 hour drive each way.

About halfway the terrain changed from Illinois flat to gently rolling hills. Combined with the fall leaves / color it was gorgeous.

Toured U.S. Grant's home. Walked around the quaint little town for hours. All in all a very nice day trip.
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It's the VP's birthday. They are doing a potluck at work tomorrow.

I'm boiling eggs now for deviled eggs. It was the simplest thing I could think of --
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Sounds like a lovely day, Marge. Still mid to high 90's here. It will be another couple of weeks before it's worth driving up the mountain to see the autumn colours. We do have some up Mount Lemmon - which is also where our local ski resort is.
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A wedding on a Sunday eh? That always seems unusual to me. I guess I've got wedding on Saturday ingrained in me. I hope you have fun!
It *was* a bit different, but it was really nice.

DH has done computer work for the bride's parents for probably about 17 years or so. The bride and groom opened up a restaurant together a few years ago, and DH helped get the computers set up there too.

The whole event was held in the restaurant (which was closed to the public for the day). They pushed aside the tables in one part of the place and set up chairs for the guests to sit in during the ceremony. So there wasn't a "bride's side" and "groom's side" like in a church wedding. Instead of a traditional white runner going down the aisle, they had a very long, narrow piece of black burlap. Metallic Sharpies were passed around so the guests could write congratulatory notes to the bride and groom on the burlap. After the ceremony when we were walking toward the reception area, we noticed that at the "altar" end of the burlap, someone had drawn two arrows labeled "chicks" and "dudes" pointing off to where the bridesmaids and groomsmen stood during the ceremony. LOL

The reception food was really good, too. It was set up as a serve-yourself buffet. The smoked salmon was delicious. Instead of a tiered wedding cake with white icing, they had four different smaller cakes, with a topper (made by the bride's mother and sister) on the one that they cut for the traditional cake-cutting ceremony.

It was just a really neat event - quirky enough to be different, but still with a lot of tradition and elegance.

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I think she is more or less my age. She has a daughter in college and she is recently divorced. Moved from Long Island.

She worked at Brookhaven (?) in NY. She took a job out here at Argonne Labs. So we might actually have stuff in common. She said her mother was a stamper

Gave her the name of a handyman.
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So this weekend we've replaced the broken pool pump, think we've isolated the leak from the shower wall. Need to wait for it to dry again before we do a temporary fix, sigh. Spread cow poo and soil yesterday then planted veggies in one bed and flowers in the other today. We'll be having red cabbage, onion, butternut squash, collard greens, thai chilis to go with our jalapenos which have gone crazy. DS2 put seeds in..... carrots, peas, beans and radishes. We shall see. Used up some tomatillos and made a salsa verde which we'll have tonight with a tacos salad. Yum. Last load of laundry is just finishing. I need to make a birthday card for DS2 ( tomorrow he'll be 9). Hope to be back later.
That's so neat that in your climate, you can be planting seeds now for a harvest before the end of the year.

Hope your DS2 has a fun birthday!
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Sounds like a good day!

We had a long day yesterday with the band competition. The drive down there took DH and me about 2 hours 15 minutes. I was hoping we'd see more fall colors in the trees, but no such luck.

It was mostly cloudy and pretty windy. All of the color guards were having a hard time because they'd toss their flags and the wind would catch them. Our color guard captain does a solo bit and the wind caught her flag at the end of it so she couldn't catch it - but she played it off with her facial expression and arm gestures as "yeah, I'm supposed to let the flag drop there" - which was such a smart reaction! ODS said that the wind made it hard for him to hear himself and the other band members around him on the field. The bleachers were built onto concrete - which was nice because the wind didn't blow through underneath them and because if you dropped something it didn't fall down to ground level - but ODS said the sound was echoing off the concrete, which was all weird to our band.

And the drumline judge - Oh. MY. GOAT! In our four years of attending competitions, I have NEVER seen a judge be so intrusive. He came out on the field and followed all the drumlines around during the bands' performances, talking into his little personal recording device the whole time. He was super distracting to DH and me just watching the performances - so you can imagine that it was even more distracting for the band members. ODS said that several of our band members complained about the judge getting in the way so they couldn't see the drum major. YDS admitted to wanting to "accidentally" run into the judge with his drum.

Our band performed last in its class. Two of the bands in our class were really, noticeably better than the others, so I knew before our band even stepped on the field that realistically speaking, the best we'd end up would be third in our class. Well, our band had an off performance and we ended up fourth. No awards this time. Oh well. But the band director shared the results with the band, and ODS said our overall score was higher than it was at last week's competitions. Go figure.
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I think I'm going to go ahead and call it a night even though there are cards I need to make. I'm not really sleepy yet but I'm fatigued. No school tomorrow - they tied the end-of-the-grading-period teacher workday in with Columbus Day. It will be nice to sleep in. I've already turned off the alarm.
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Hope your DS2 has a fun birthday!
I hope it begins to cool down soon! Still in the mid 90's.
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It *was* a bit different, but it was really nice.

DH has done computer work for the bride's parents for probably about 17 years or so. The bride and groom opened up a restaurant together a few years ago, and DH helped get the computers set up there too.

The whole event was held in the restaurant (which was closed to the public for the day). They pushed aside the tables in one part of the place and set up chairs for the guests to sit in during the ceremony. So there wasn't a "bride's side" and "groom's side" like in a church wedding. Instead of a traditional white runner going down the aisle, they had a very long, narrow piece of black burlap. Metallic Sharpies were passed around so the guests could write congratulatory notes to the bride and groom on the burlap. After the ceremony when we were walking toward the reception area, we noticed that at the "altar" end of the burlap, someone had drawn two arrows labeled "chicks" and "dudes" pointing off to where the bridesmaids and groomsmen stood during the ceremony. LOL

The reception food was really good, too. It was set up as a serve-yourself buffet. The smoked salmon was delicious. Instead of a tiered wedding cake with white icing, they had four different smaller cakes, with a topper (made by the bride's mother and sister) on the one that they cut for the traditional cake-cutting ceremony.

It was just a really neat event - quirky enough to be different, but still with a lot of tradition and elegance.
Sounds like a lovely, very personal day.
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I think I'm going to go ahead and call it a night even though there are cards I need to make. I'm not really sleepy yet but I'm fatigued. No school tomorrow - they tied the end-of-the-grading-period teacher workday in with Columbus Day. It will be nice to sleep in. I've already turned off the alarm.
Enjoy no alarm clock. We'll head to Phoenix to the science centre. The new travelling exhibit which opened today is all about dinosaurs. So we'll do that the DS2 asked to go to Dave and Busters for his birthday dinner. It's in Phoenix, we got a couple of coupons too so will go there for him. 4 hour round trip but hey.
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PH glad you enjoyed the wedding. And the band stuff, even tho it was weird.
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Both ERK's and V's list made me tired.

Wrose, going through a whole house is hard. Persevere!
I think DH put at least 8 trash bags out for tomorrow's pickup. There were 6 tonight and he took out two the other day, or maybe 4. I forget. He took a picture. lol And they take trash twice a week here so that's only since Thursday. I'll have to take a picture of the bags going to Goodwill before we go.
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Well, we had crisp, sunny weather for trip to Galena. 3 hour drive each way.

About halfway the terrain changed from Illinois flat to gently rolling hills. Combined with the fall leaves / color it was gorgeous.

Toured U.S. Grant's home. Walked around the quaint little town for hours. All in all a very nice day trip.
Sounds wonderful.
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We went to Sonic for lunch today because DH couldn't make a sandwich because the bread was getting moldy last night (darn southern climate) and I tossed it, and the oven wouldn't light (he'll call the gas people tomorrow) to do leftover pizza.

He couldn't get the sink fixed because he couldn't get at the area. So another call for that.

He spend awhile outside spraying ivy that was trying to take over the house.

We picked up more bread after Sonic, and I put it in the fridge. We had a sandwich for dinner.

And I got through another dresser. Or was it two. I forget. It's all running together. But nearly all the clothing has been gone through! Yippee.
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I want to steal all the scarves. I might mail a box of them back home. lol
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Toured U.S. Grant's home. Walked around the quaint little town for hours. All in all a very nice day trip.
Oh how cool!!! Grant's home! That sounds like a gorgeous drive and a lovely day! I love old historical homes like that. There's something about seeing how someone's day to day life looks that gives you such a profound sense of the time and what they surrounded them. I love that glimpse of another time. It makes people so much more vividly real as people with their own day-to-day lives and routines, outside of whatever influence they had in history.
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It *was* a bit different, but it was really nice.

DH has done computer work for the bride's parents for probably about 17 years or so. The bride and groom opened up a restaurant together a few years ago, and DH helped get the computers set up there too.

The whole event was held in the restaurant (which was closed to the public for the day). They pushed aside the tables in one part of the place and set up chairs for the guests to sit in during the ceremony. So there wasn't a "bride's side" and "groom's side" like in a church wedding. Instead of a traditional white runner going down the aisle, they had a very long, narrow piece of black burlap. Metallic Sharpies were passed around so the guests could write congratulatory notes to the bride and groom on the burlap. After the ceremony when we were walking toward the reception area, we noticed that at the "altar" end of the burlap, someone had drawn two arrows labeled "chicks" and "dudes" pointing off to where the bridesmaids and groomsmen stood during the ceremony. LOL

The reception food was really good, too. It was set up as a serve-yourself buffet. The smoked salmon was delicious. Instead of a tiered wedding cake with white icing, they had four different smaller cakes, with a topper (made by the bride's mother and sister) on the one that they cut for the traditional cake-cutting ceremony.

It was just a really neat event - quirky enough to be different, but still with a lot of tradition and elegance.
It sounds like a lovely wedding and a very personal one, too--I love when people can pull off quirky and elegant at the same time! There's something wonderful about that!
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I hope it begins to cool down soon! Still in the mid 90's.
Ugh. E you must be a bit tired of the heat.

It must be a big help to have the pool back in order!
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I want to steal all the scarves. I might mail a box of them back home. lol
I'm sure your MIL would be thrilled to know you love them that much! What a lovely way to keep part of her with you!

I really feel for you having so much to go through. I remember going through Dad's apt. Sister couldn't deal with it and in all honesty she'd done so much looking after Dad before he died. So ex and I flew up a lot of weekends and I went my myself a few more. It was very sad but also sweet to have that sense of being immersed in everything from Dad's life. It was still very soon after he died and there were days when I could almost feel him in the room with me, smiling when I found something that made me smile. It was so strange to be in his apartment without him there, but I felt like the weekends it was just me, it was a time for me to sit with him and be close for a little bit longer before I had to let go. There was something very... not sure of the word, kind or tender or nostalgic and bright, somewhere in the middle of all those feelings, in that time.
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Soooo happy for the day off today. I had a very intense talk with dog trainer last night. She could tell I wasn't my usual self, said I hadn't really been since vacation. And Sonny and Molly were off too.

She said 'ok today's session is about working with you, not working with them,' and we just talked for an hour. I broke down and cried 3 times. She reads people as well as she reads dogs. She had a lot of very wise insight about stuff--especially my trying to be friendly and nice to ex, calling him about Molly last week, etc. She said STOP IT, it's not good for you, and he manipulates you. Holy cow I needed to hear it that bluntly.

I trained after she left and holy cow just like that the dogs came right back to where I left them. She told me I can cry in front of Molly but not in front of Sonny because it makes him want to take over. It's very odd but working with the dogs has been as good for me as working with the therapist because it makes me get in touch with my inner no-nonsense leader. I didn't know I had one. I'm exhausted today but a lot more hopeful. I guess that whole wanting to sneeze but not sneezing feel I had about needing that good long cry has kind of resolved itself.

I woke up this morning and just felt overcome with gratitude for the incredible friends in my life. I think I was getting a bit wallowy about stuff and she gave me a good brisk kick in the pants yesterday in the most positive and understanding way imaginable. She also told me I can't run away to Alaska just yet until we finish training, and I need to make sure the dogs and cat will be ok there, so we're not going anywhere for a while. She also said I shouldn't go until I have a solid vet-emergency savings account built back up.

She's absolutely dead right. I enjoyed every minute of travel this year, but Alaska is a BIG expense to take on two years in a row, and it's worth making sure I won't put myself right back behind the financial 8-ball if I do it again. Both trips this year did so much to get me back to just feeling like myself again, and feeling that sense of love and friendship outside of that bond you have in marriage. I don't think there's any other substitute for that time in the presence of love and friendship--not to mention absolute beauty from Saguaro to a wild northern coast and all those redwoods in the rain and storms to glaciers in the morning sun.

Now that I have that back, time to restock the coffers and then assess what needs to happen next! Marge, I can still do the happy state safari whenever you'd like--if fall might work better than spring, just let me know. But I just feel like it was a good weekend--that last swim to say good bye to summer and really amazing conversation yesterday to really say good bye to marriage, and get ready for me to take care of myself on my own.

Kathy I am still so sorry to have missed you and DH, but that $18 sure will come in handy this week, LOL! And I'll definitely be there next time.
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