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Comment by booklover on February 12, 2014 at 7:56pm

Thanks Spud! :)

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 12, 2014 at 7:50pm

Glad you had a nice day Mindy.

I agree that Joan has made a wonderful family.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 12, 2014 at 7:48pm

Sorry for your bad day Mindy, and hoping for a better one tomorrow.

Comment by booklover on February 12, 2014 at 7:41pm

I love your descriptions Joan!  What a wonderful family you have made! 

We had a very nice day. :)

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 12, 2014 at 7:39pm

Nice spring video Carl.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 12, 2014 at 3:23pm

Mindy, I am very happy to learn that you are having a little outing today with your mother and daughter! Hope that dark cloud is dissipating a bit, and you feel like you have better control over your life.

You came to the right place for a rant, you are entitled with all the stressful events in your life. Just remember, you can't eat an elephant in one bite ... take one bite at a time and work it through.  

Your resilience and flexibility exist in your character; your strength endures. 

Just as the Mexican plum refreshes and restores each year, you have cycles of dormancy, blossom, fruit, harvest, and dormancy again. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 12, 2014 at 3:10pm

Chris, I love your photo of the relaxing cat. 

Joan, it sounds as if you're always surrounded by people you love.  How lucky for you!

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 12, 2014 at 2:57pm

I am sitting in my bedroom at my daughter's home in the northern woods, surrounded by forest and about a city block away from the county road. We can't see or hear cars and trucks as they amble by. The snow that didn't come in December and January finally came is so beautiful. The sun is out, the temps above freezing so we will lose the snow cover as fast as we received it.

The great-grandkids offer so many interesting stories and I love being with them. They are great kids, 4 years old to 14. They each have chores and a chores chart they follow. There is virtually no fuss about their responsibilities. They lose snowmobiling if they create any  complaint. 

Dominic, the two year old black lab is my real pal, knocks me over with his enthusiasm for a strong rub. He is very well behaved, stays out of the kitchen while any of us are cooking, and then he gets a great reward of a fresh bone or snack for his fine behavior. He doesn't even chase the deer and rabbits and birds that come around, unless they get close to the house, barn or other buildings. He is remarkable. 

Spice, a very long haired cat, suffers from hair balls, and it is a constant task to help her groom herself. She climbs up on the sofa on a towel put there for that purpose, when she wants to be groomed. She leaves when she has had enough. 

Laura and her husband, Larry, have a very fine relationship that is fun to be around. They really like each other. Each has their own business in their home and are together night and day and still get along well. It hasn't always been so. They were discussing divorce about five years ago, they both took training with Landmark, and learned how to communicate effectively. 

Their two daughters, grown now, with Michelle and her blended family of five children, and Laurie, and her partner expecting their first baby, have a good conflict resolution process, which they put into practice this week, to my amazement. Before Landmark, they were warring morning to night.

There are many health problems in the family. The adult men all have back injuries from their heavy work in the forest, and Laura and the girls have back problems because of their long hours on computers. They each have learned techniques of massage, and they each go to doctors for treatments and instruction.

We have very heavy winds today, quickly taking the snow cover. Skies are partly cloudy, so very beautiful.

I'm off to help prepare for a celebration for Zac's birthday. He is one of the two wonderful men who came into the lives of my granddaughters and family. They are real keepers. 

Comment by booklover on February 12, 2014 at 9:05am

Thanks guys for letting me feel sorry for myself and for the sympathy! lol.  I love the smiley Ian, and Carl, I love Gone With The Wind!  You always have great advice Joan, and Chris, that cat is PERFECT. :)

Today will be good.  My Mom is taking my daughter and I to a new restaurant for lunch, and then we have some errands to run.  I am still worried about my son's knee, but I'll just have to wait until Monday for answers about that!

I hope all of you have a good day too! {{{Hugs}}}~ Mindy

Comment by Plinius on February 12, 2014 at 5:00am

Take some time off Mindy, and have a good day! I always profit from a good example...

 

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