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      Greetings friends!

      Happy Spring to everyone
      We had a sunny, above freezing day today so I feel special, ha ha!

      Star, it's funny how a time change of just an hour or two can throw you off. I think the worst I ever had was the 6 hour difference between here & Germany. Somehow we all find a way to cope.
      I hope your day was a good one

      Cyn, our tax package is going to the accountant tomorrow. I am always so glad once we put it in his hands. That stuff just puts me to sleep.
      I hope your septic is back to working well.

      Today I received an email response from our local rep & one from the infamous US Senator Toomey (who has been MIA since the election). At least I feel like I am starting to be heard a bit but I am not necessarily getting the responses I want. We just have to keep leaning on these people, not give up. From all the Breaking News Alerts I've been getting today I see that 45 is starting to be exposed for the lying sack of sh*t he truly is - good!

      Pauly, we are waiting for you so come on back.

      Have a peaceful night everyone!

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      Good morning...

      Nora, I want to also thank you for taking the time to let us know what is going on!

      Pauly, hope you are doing better, looking forward to having you back. You are so fun and full of life, sassy and serious at the same time. You are real and not afraid to tell it like you see it, and we all need that.

      Cyn, hope your septic was taken care of, what a pain for you and your husband. Water is a basic need. Has the snow melted yet? It is warming up around here, hope we are heading into spring weather.

      Lav, rough day at work yesterday, adjusting to being back, feeling tired and achy, and too much to do after being gone a week. Hopefully today will be smoother, easier. Having my first cup of coffee, feeling better after a good night's sleep. Waiting to get our tax results, we will probably owe money, yuck. It never ends. I watched some CNN last night re: the latest 45 drama and that man will not admit when he is wrong or lies, but then I guess he would be admitting it day and night. I just keep hoping that the truth will come out before he totally destroys our country. We are the laughing stock of the world right now, very dangerous. I watch the drama play out and the good people who are trying to put a stop to the corruption and mayhem. Unbelievable.

      It feels good to be home and back in the routine. AF is now the normal routine and I plan on staying with this forever. Sleeping well, working on eating healthy, exercise and emotional stability. Focusing on gratitude and kindness, my goal is to be gentle and kind and to be mindful in the present moment. That is a big order because normally I move full speed ahead and will work on slowing down, being thoughtful. I read that what our patterns are, things we do over and over or that happen to us over and over, are here to teach us lessons, once we learn them we can move on. Otherwise we will repeat the patterns until we learn the lesson and can move on to the next one. Interesting concept. I was thinking about what is going on in my life currently and what I have to learn. I have felt really lonely since my good friend died in 2015 and my other close friend and I had a falling out. What is it about me that I am unable to connect with new friends in that close way. I realize it takes time, but would like to find someone to hang out with, common interests, to share and laugh together. I will keep looking.

      Have a great AF Tuesday.

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      Morning all - up early because of dog issues... my Star you must be a super-early riser!

      Lav, how is Maxie doing? You haven't posted anything about her, I hope she's doing better... are those chicks taking over your house yet? I bet it's getting noisy! Good job on getting your reps attention - it's their job, sheesh!

      Star, between the stress of getting ready for trips and the stress of being behind when one returns, I sometimes wonder if it makes sense to travel! But of course it does, it's just knowing that those things are part of the package... I hope you have a better day today.

      RE friends: I think it is much harder when one is older. Those close friendships from our youth are just irreplaceable. BUT, I have found this wonderful friend just by chance as a neighbor - so it happens! I could meet lots more people if I went to meditation classes, or yoga, or swimming or something, but the time element is just not do-able for me. Here's something for you to think about - what about finding your Indivisible group close to where you are? You could put your passion to work for the good of the country! Through my work here (and now co-chair of a committee) I am meeting some dynamite women - smart Professionals that are bringing their expertise to the table. I host a lot of short meetings, and we always stay after to talk about life stuff and I'm finding out more about this area where I've lived for almost 5 years now. You could also look at Emily's List, (emilyslist.org) which is identifying the future leaders and helping them get ready to go into government. Or flippable.org, anything to connect with like- minded people. It feels good! Good luck...

      Septic fixed! Just a plugged filter, jeeez. Star, my husband is back working in NYC, and a good thing, since I could not use a drop of water in the house from Thursday until yesterday morning. I did quite a bit of 'dropping trow' and basically just treated it like a camping weekend, except for a nice warm bed and a roof over our heads. It was actually fine, and a nice break from the 'normal', which I find refreshing. HB would have had to move to a motel, so it was better that he was away! I miss camping.......

      Love to you, Pauly!

      Wishing all a centered AF Tuesday

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      Morning friends, Star,glad the trip was fun! Cyn,glad the septic system is fixed,what a PIA but you sounded like you put a positive spin on itLav,anything interesting in the email? Wishing us all a happy AF Tuesday
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      Good evening friends!

      Nice day here but tomorrow is returning to cold with wind chills. This needs to STOP soon! We deserve a real spring.

      Pauly, good to see you!
      The email responses are kind of skewed. You get your typical deaf, dumb & blind response from the Republicans. They basically tell you thanks for writing & giving your opinion but they are going to vote the way they want to vote. Then you get the Democrats agreeing with almost everything that I have said & requested. Politics = BS!
      I hope everything is OK with you

      Star, I really have no close, personal friends anymore either. It's just different as we get older & I'm OK with that. I am grateful to have a good relationship with my daughter & now my granddaughter. I guess that's going to have to be good enough.
      I really don't mind spending more time on focusing on myself, I am a work in progress, ha ha!

      Cyn, Maxie is getting really physically hard to handle but we are managing. I don't mention her much although she is constantly on my mind. We're just trying to keep her comfortable & well fed. She definitely lights up when someone comes over to visit, especially the kids.
      Happy your septic troubles are sorted out, geez. Our septic is 13 1/2 years old & I say a prayer for it every day
      I seem to be living in the midst of Trump country here & have not found too many people I can talk to openly about what's going on. There are a few like-minded women at Curves but we kind of have to 'talk quietly', ugh. I will keep up my persistent resistance right from my laptop!!!

      Have a peaceful night everyone!

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      Good morning...

      Cyn, thanks for the great suggestions re: friends. It is important to me to have a few good female friends close to where I live, it just is. I joined the neighborhood book club as finding a friend close to where I live would be ideal, but it only meets once a month so will take time, if it happens. I will look up Indivisible, sounds like a political organization. Glad you have been successful in making connections. It is a hassle to travel, but this last trip was so fun, even with the extra work it was so worth it. I feel refreshed at work and better able to manage.

      Lav, hey it is cold here again, in the 20s, high 33, this March is truly a March with temps all over the place. My daughter and I talk daily, but she is so busy, we just don't have much time together. She is due in 8 weeks and finishing up work for a few years in April so hope to be able to spend more time with her and the boys. Going to share something on our trip that happened. My nephew has relapsed and when my brother and wife found out, we had to drive them to the next big city and they went back, to no avail. My nephew is drinking himself to death, quit going to his job, refuses help, and it is really bad. I think he is going to die if they cannot talk him into detox. They are terrified, angry, upset, hopeless, and have run out of options. As an adult, there is not much they can do. Been to rehab two times, he refused to be serious about recovery. I hate this disease.

      Pauly, so happy you are back, take care of yourself.

      Have a happy AF hump day.

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      Morning all - I saw that Star had posted on The Wed thread, so I hopped over and took a look there - Mick's jokes are fabulous! What a good way to start the day!!

      Just keeping on here in snow country, not much to report: taxes taxes taxes. I wish that ours were not such a complicated mess (just to prep!) but HB leaves his 'financial trail' over a bunch of accounts, so getting his personal corp numbers together is like going in an archaeological Dig! I'm hoping to be done with his prep today, then on our Joint Trying not to think about where that money might going in the coming year. I'm getting very serious about moving all our resources to a local bank, and getting only 1 credit card that contributes to good change in the world. I don't want a penny of my money going to support the big corporations. It may be a small move, but it will be safer and make me feel better.

      Hey Pauly! Good to see you! I though of you this morning when I made banan/flax/ apple/coconut flour pancakes (actually more like fritters). I made up the recipe, and it turned out OK. I had had enough of carrot/squash zoodle fritters for brekkie...

      Lav, sorry about Maxie failing... I guess we're just at that part of life with our dogs, right? Doesn't make it any easier. I was up again last night with my old girl, ah well. Sorry you don't have like-minded poli folks around to chat with that's hard. We better get the Cookie Van going...

      Star, what a sad story about your nephew. It happens; I have a dear friend who buried her brother last year; he just wouldn't admit anything was wrong - no attempt to change. Another friend is going through the same thing with a brother on a different coast - he's goes in and out of rehab. For those of us whose bodies can't handle it, this substance is truly deadly. It's also confusing because it doesn't happen to everybody... I'm sorry your trip and your brothers was interrupted by such bad news. The org I was talking about is linked to the fabulous document indivisible'guide.org. Print it out and keep it close - a wonderful roadmap for action. On that site you should be able to find a local group. Also check out emilyslist.org, which helps identify and assist women to run for political office; they may have groups too, not sure.

      Well, off to the races! Wishing all well and AF on this Hump Day.

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      Morning friends, Star,that's really sad to read about your nephew,I hate addiction! Especially when you're in the throes of it and just don't care about anything anymore there's no answer unless the person themselves is willing to make the change,I've learned this from my own struggles,Cyn,the fritters sound good Lav,the pic of the dog with the teddy bear was so cute! LB got a job in Portland as a bartender at a fancy country club,its her first "real" job outside of doing catering for her bf's mom so we shall see,she's really excited but was annoyed yesterday cuz she picked up her work uniform and has to buy a spanx cuz its form fitting and thin material ,I told her she's not gonna be able to breathe on her shifts cuz spanx suck the life out of you haha,oh well at least she's getting some life experience, wishing us all a happy AF Wednesday
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      Good evening folks,

      I can't believe how cold it is again BUT it's supposed to be 70 degrees on Saturday, go figure.

      Star, sorry to hear about your nephew. It kind of sounds like he is dealing with some serious depression in addition to heavy drinking.
      My BIL (the one who killed himself a couple of years ago) tried several times to end his life with AL, drugs & any number of dangerous stunts. Keeping firearms away from people like this is so often overlooked. I hope something changes for your nephew & he reconsiders his options.
      I sure could use a little vacation but I can't even get away for a day. Our old dog needs attention frequently & she is too difficult to handle to ask a neighbor for help. Glad you enjoyed your time away. I'll bet you can't wait for your new grandson to arrive, wow!!

      Pauly, nice that your daughter got a job, I hope it goes well for her!
      I guess you're not dealing with a cold snap like the rest of us are, ha ha!

      Cyn, these older dogs are tough to take care of, it's a real commitment but they are family, right?
      YB delivered our taxes to the accountant yesterday. He'll probably call or email with a few questions as usual but basically they are done. I don't want to have to think about them for another year.
      The news coming out of DC today is quite.....interesting. Looks like a lot of sh*t is being uncovered - good.

      I hope everyone has a peaceful & full night's sleep.

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