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Comment by Patricia on December 29, 2013 at 2:39pm

I always thought news people had to ask permission too, but in this town?????.......who knows.

We're both pretty well known here, even by people we don't know, just by what we do. My husband always walks to & from town (after his stroke ruined his peripheral vision for driving) & before his heart got really bad, he'd be carrying things like lumber or some other big thing home on his shoulders.

I walked everywhere (before my body made a different decision) with a personal shopping cart, fairly distinctive hats, & usually something purple somewhere on me. I never did drive.

Now with arthritis & fibromyalgia interfering, I can't walk for more than about 15 minutes, so city bus, go-bus or rides from neighbors are my modes.

This town isn't big, so we're known by description more often than by name. 

Comment by booklover on December 29, 2013 at 1:34pm
Spud, I like that TRUTH statement too!
Patricia, I hate the heat too! So does my husband who works outside! He'd much rather work in this snow and cold.
Comment by Idaho Spud on December 29, 2013 at 1:32pm

Patricia, that's wonderful that your neighbors look after you.

I'm opposite of you on temperature.  I can stand the heat more than the cold.  That's why I'm trying to find a way to move south.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 29, 2013 at 1:27pm

Patricia, that's interesting that you got in the paper without knowing it, and not being asked.  From that distance they probably thought no one could recognize you, but I'll bet a lot of people you know would.

 A few years ago, on a slow-news-day sunday, a newspaper photographer caught me riding my recumbent tricycle, but he asked me if he could publish it.  I didn't notice him, and he ran after me to ask me.  Said he had a hard time catching me even though I was going uphill and not pumping hard.  : )

Comment by Patricia on December 29, 2013 at 1:22pm

It's gorgeous here, especially in winter. My husband has the snow blower now so clearing isn't too bad, & the neighbors have taken to looking after us as well. We're the seniors in the neighborhood & they offer rides to anywhere we need to go, but I don't ask unless I have to get more than I can handle on the bus......or the temps are beyond my tolerance. But it's preferable to the blazing summers we can get. I HATE heat. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 29, 2013 at 1:16pm

Mindy, love that image about the truth being worth it.

Comment by booklover on December 29, 2013 at 9:45am

Patricia, that is so cool that it is an actual picture of you!  I agree with Chris, beautiful surroundings. :)

Comment by Plinius on December 29, 2013 at 3:58am

Your fanclub was hiding somewhere, Patricia! What beautiful surroundings you live in!

And I love the TRUTH-picture, Mindy!

Comment by Patricia on December 29, 2013 at 12:02am

The photo was in this weekend's newspaper & my husband spotted it. Lilac fur hat, purple jacket, polka dotted shopping cart, sorta gives it away even without my name published. I didn't see anyone around, let alone someone with a camera.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 28, 2013 at 11:38pm

Patricia, a great scene of beauty and the reality of getting around in a northern winter. 

 

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