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Old 04-26-2015, 03:07 PM   #22861
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PF, I haven't had a chance to say - congratulations on the new job and the great location near your family! I'm very happy for you and Shrek.
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Old 04-26-2015, 03:10 PM   #22862
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We just got back from my first major outing since the surgery - lunch at the mall, then picked up a new smartphone charger cable, and bought a new pair of shoes. Love the shoes!

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Old 04-26-2015, 03:27 PM   #22863
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It ALL was beautiful! Definitely not what my baked goods look like. LOL

My mother gave up our house when I was in high school. A widow, she couldn't afford the upkeep on that old house. I lived in rentals and was comfortable with that until I met DH. He hated to come to my apartment. He hated being able to hear what was going on in the next apartment and hearing people coming and going outside my door, in the hallways. I don't think he could ever live anywhere but in a single home. We have privacy fences in the back, as he doesn't even want the neighbors to be able to see us on our deck or in the yard. But if he goes before I do, I'm outta here! I don't even want to clean, let alone do repairs or yard work!!
Because men have always earned more than women, when they are left alone due to the loss of a spouse, they can afford to stay in the home that holds all our memories. But when it is the reverse, women see the home for what it really is. A flight of stairs that our old bones don't want to climb anymore. Several extra rooms that are no longer in use except to pile boxes with our memories into that room. Do we ever open them and look back on our memories? I doubt it. Now is the time for our children to make memories of their own with the next generation of children. So we go to their home for the holidays. That large dining room with six to eight matching chairs is no longer needed. And the homes that the kids buy no longer have a dining room. So they don't want it. But we elderly folks try to hang onto the memories that room has. We dust it faithfully. But we can't get down to do the rungs and low pieces. The dust just collects. The tables that our children are too small for those large table cloths with watching napkins.

So here we are, alone in a large home filled with memories. Time to move on. But when we tell the kids that we are going to be doing some house cleaning and get the house ready to sell, they have a fit to end all fits. "Mom, you can't get rid of the dining room. Think of all the holiday meals and Sunday dinners we had there." So you stop telling your kids what you are going to do, and get up the courage to just do what you really down deep inside, do not want to do.

We move to a community where there are folks our own age who have gone through the pains of making such a big change in our lives. Eventually our kids adjust to the change that they see as you making to 'their' lives. They come to visit, but it is a community that doesn't take kindly to having children.

But everyone will adjust to the change in your life and the kids. Eventually they see how much happier you are. You don't have half the housework you had before, Trying to keep a large home clean is a lot of work. And you have a host of new friends. And new activities. And now when you drive by your old home, there is a new young couple living there with children. They too will build memories, just like your family did.
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Old 04-26-2015, 04:03 PM   #22864
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I'm baking for a bake sale tomorrow. 3 varieties of cupcakes, 2 varieties of brownies, 2 varieties of cookies and rice crispy treats with their tops dipped in chocolate.

Let the baking begin!
i bet you could win an easy $10,000 on 'cupcake wars', bc! i'd love to see you hustling to bake, decorate and display 1000 cupcakes in two hours time, and present them at a star-studded gala in la
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Old 04-26-2015, 05:32 PM   #22865
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...and bought a new pair of shoes. Love the shoes!

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Oooo, such summery looking shoes. Me like, too! How comfy are Vans? I'm looking for something that feels more like a slipper (but not a slip-on) and less like a clunky sports shoe, but I also need support - especially underfoot for the arch.
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Old 04-26-2015, 05:51 PM   #22866
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PF, I haven't had a chance to say - congratulations on the new job and the great location near your family! I'm very happy for you and Shrek.
Thank you GG!
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Old 04-26-2015, 05:52 PM   #22867
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We just got back from my first major outing since the surgery - lunch at the mall, then picked up a new smartphone charger cable, and bought a new pair of shoes. Love the shoes!

Hawaiian Floral Authentic | Shop Classic Shoes at Vans
Those a re cute shoes and I am certainly glad you are feeling better.
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Old 04-26-2015, 05:55 PM   #22868
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What am I doing. Well, I am sitting in my computer chair, watching TV, playing on the computer and doing my needle work. It has been more than a year since I have done any needle work. Trying to find a comfortable place to sit and sew with enough light, had me stumped for a long time. Then the light went on. Right here where I sit. Heck, I have three foot stools. And one of them is on wheels. I pull it over, move back a little so I am right under the wall light, and I am in business. Yet I can still reach the desk where my computer. Perfect!
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Old 04-26-2015, 09:54 PM   #22869
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That reminds me, have to tell the cable company to get us set up in Wyoming. A little closer to the date we move of course. I may be offline for about a week while we get settled.

Ever since I heard about your upcoming move this song has been my earworm. LOL

Whoop-ee-ti-yi-o get along little doggies
It's your misfortune and not of my own
Whoop-ee-ti-yi-o get along little doggies
You know that Wyoming will be your new home
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Old 04-26-2015, 10:25 PM   #22870
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I hear this one:



But the Get Along Little Doggies is a good one, too!
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