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  • yehaa for the musical weekend CC - I am hoping that DH and I will get a wee concert. I love wee concerts !!!!!!!!
    Poor wee third. I hope that you really have nailed it and you can give her relief somehow. Itching ain't nice at the best of times !!!!!!
    "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

    ...small steps....

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    • Originally posted by NZ primal Gwamma View Post
      yehaa for the musical weekend CC - I am hoping that DH and I will get a wee concert. I love wee concerts !!!!!!!!
      And so you shall have one!

      (Hope you like classical music - that is their training, just as a heads-up)
      I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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      • Quickie post - things are looking up at Crabbcakes Manor. Third's skin crud is past the halfway point and even though I am in the middle of a bunch of crown work, my dentist is giving me huge honkin' Valium tablets to take the edge off...

        Looking forward to seeing Gwamma in a few weeks (assuming all goes well on her Great American Adventure), and spring has finally sprung here.

        I just realized that I started Primal on May 1 of 2012, so perhaps it would be good to rededicate myself to The WOE for 2013-2014. For all those of you on the MDA who have stopped by in the past year, thanks so very much for your help, wit, sympathy, and just plain old good-hearted-ness!!
        I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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        • Dear Journal -

          Today I didn't have to travel, so I spent quality time in the flower bed. Sunshine, some ice water, a few garden tools, and a flower bed is clean and planted with four o'clock seed. I even did half of it topless and all of it barefooted, so I betcha I got my vit D in today - and I actually enjoyed the sun! I hauled a few 40lb sacks of compost/manure, too. Sitting on my porch right now, watching the sun set as I tap this out on my handy-dandy iPad. Played two rounds of Triple Yahtzee with Second, and lost both times - the dice just weren't my friends today. Freddie the Cat just crawled onto my lap to keep me warm as the evening cools off. All in all, a good day. Reminds me of how important sunshine is to my mood, and how detrimental blue light really is when out of balance with the yellow.

          Dinner will be slow-roasted pork butt and probably pickled radishes as a side - I really like those.

          So, to tally the pros: lift heavy things, get some sun, play, drink water, go barefoot. Cons: I ate a Cadbury cream egg as a snack during that Yahtzee game.

          Tomorrow is another travel day - back to the Clinic with Third. But it is recheck stuff, so it will be an easy day. And just for fun - Third has, after seven years of riding ponies, just graduated up to her very first horse, and here he is:
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          See you all soon!
          Last edited by Crabbcakes; 05-02-2013, 05:37 PM.
          I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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          • Topless gardening? Oh. My. Goodness.
            I like badgers, books and booze, more or less in that order.

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            • What a gorgeous horse CC. Well done third.
              I absolutely love classical music, I am trying to teach myself Canon in D on the piano right now. Very hard because I do not read music, so I have to count up and down the bars and then the notes on the piano. If it doesn't sound right I presume its a flat or sharp....... fun days !!!!!!!
              "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

              ...small steps....

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              • I think you'll like this Jane Austen: Strictly ballroom | Books | The Guardian xx
                I like badgers, books and booze, more or less in that order.

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                • Originally posted by NZ primal Gwamma View Post
                  What a gorgeous horse CC. Well done third.
                  I absolutely love classical music, I am trying to teach myself Canon in D on the piano right now. Very hard because I do not read music, so I have to count up and down the bars and then the notes on the piano. If it doesn't sound right I presume its a flat or sharp....... fun days !!!!!!!
                  You know, reading music is a lot like learning to ride a bike - there is a learning curve, you practice a bit, but once you have it, you won't ever really forget. If you don't have an easily dented ego, my suggestion is to go to a music store and order the first six books in a trusted piano-for-beginning-children series - something that appeals to you. Right off the bat, reading music is taught.
                  I know I can say it is easy, having taken band class since 6th grade, but it really IS easier than you might think. The hard part is actually the physical part of playing your instrument of choice and getting musical, not looking at a piece of sheet music and recognizing the notes.

                  All the craziness surrounding the lines and dots - just a lot of stuff the composer puts in to get you to play something louder or softer or more accented or connected or sad or happy or faster or slower or whatever!
                  I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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                  • I got some WOMing done yesterday - wanna' hear how? Here goes:

                    Hubby and the next door neighbor decided that it was a fine day to break out the big tractor and put an attachment on the back that digs up and levels dirt-and-gravel driveways. Both of our driveways are around 650 feet-plus or so of that kind, and winter tends to put potholes and ruts and pushed-up walls of material on them as stuff shifts when you drive and plow snow. So it was time.

                    Somewhere during the end of this process, down the dirt road comes our neighbor one property further down the road, Mr. R., speeding along at 2 mph on his scooter (as he is an above-knee leg amputee) just out for a joy ride, I guess. All of us shortly find ourselves on my lawn, drinking some beer hubby found in PA that is hard to find here, and shooting the breeze. (No beer for me - I have always hated the stuff). At dusk, we all break it off to head home, the neighbor on his tractor, and Mr. R on his scooter - and I told Mr. R that I would walk him all the way home next to that hot rod scooter of his, just because. Since the evening was indeed lovely, Hubby came along.

                    And it was a good thing, too... Because if a road is pitched downwards on the way to my house, it will be pitched upwards on the way back, you know - and Mr. R's scooter battery died only halfway home, smack-dab in the middle of the road.

                    What is a country neighbor to do?? Push!! Mr. R put his scooter in neutral, and hubby and I pushed him up the rest of the road, down his driveway, up his house ramp, and just inside his front door. With a few bottles of hubby's home-brewed in Mr. R's scooter basket for good measure. WOMing, redneck style!
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                    I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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                    • Crabbcakes! Your post with the horse reminded me of something I forgot to tell you. My middle sister has been working in a facility that puts convicts to work with therapy horses. (I don't know if they interact with the clients or not.) She has since been paroled to a larger facility doing similar work and seems to hope she can make it a career. One of those small world moments.
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                      • CC, I hope third continues to get better. Rashes suck.

                        Valium otoh is awesome. As are horses and topless gardening.
                        "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

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                        • Originally posted by naiadknight View Post
                          Crabbcakes! Your post with the horse reminded me of something I forgot to tell you. My middle sister has been working in a facility that puts convicts to work with therapy horses. (I don't know if they interact with the clients or not.) She has since been paroled to a larger facility doing similar work and seems to hope she can make it a career. One of those small world moments.
                          The therapy center Third goes to has a 4-H club, a couple hundred special-needs kids and adults, a vaulting group, driving for those who cannot physically sit a horse, and a veterans riding program. In each case, the progress/improvement/joy is clear. It never ceases to amaze me what can be done with a good animal program. The closest thing I am aware of here in Ohio is a program at two lockups, one men's and one women's, that train and bring up puppies for their first year of life for the purpose of further training as assistance dogs.

                          If working with horses touches your sister's heart, I hope she can find a way to follow that dream. I would like Third to work with horses for the rest of her life, too. And yes - small world moments!
                          I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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                          • Originally posted by JoanieL View Post
                            CC, I hope third continues to get better. Rashes suck.

                            Valium otoh is awesome. As are horses and topless gardening.
                            Thanks!
                            I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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                            • Originally posted by badgergirl View Post
                              I read this, and DID enjoy it very much! Thanks!
                              I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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                              • HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY !!

                                Which brings me to this morning's thoughts... Last night it hit me what wonderful kids I have. Which made me think of relationships, particularly the mother-daughter kind. Which made me think of the big responsibility I have in guiding them into adulthood, and what all our relationships will look like in several years, as First and Second hit the age of majority.

                                You know, one of my main goals, if not the main goal, of my "leadership", if you will, has always been to have all of us still communicating, each with the other, well and often and voluntarily, when my chicks fly out into the wide, wide world. Beyond algebra, beyond puberty and sex Ed, beyond knowing how to wash dishes or fold laundry - I am in the business of family-building.

                                Perhaps this is a holdover from my own life story, where family people abuse each other or are self-centered or self-absorbed (my best friends always took up the slack, which is why they always will be my real family according to me), and/or this is a holdover from my 19 years with the Latter-day Saints, where they have formally institutionalized family-building into the best genealogy centers in the world and temple-building (marriages and parent-child relationships are solemnized for eternity there, along with prayer sessions and theology classes) and an extensive theology to support those activities. But the end result is that I have come to believe that pretty much the best thing you can do for someone in your care is to build a solid, happy, non-using, reciprocal relationship.

                                I also do not buy into this society's rules that say kids should separate from their parents at the earliest possible moment in their development - because, you know, parents are inherently dumb (so need to be replaced with college-degreed experts), so not-cool, old (which implies outdated and clueless) or some other ridiculous charge. Neither do I believe in being controlling, manipulative parents who have caused their kids to psychologically need to ask them permission/approval for every widdle thing. Mostly, I am into sheltering them (in all senses of this term) until THEY somehow communicate to me they are ready for a new, increased degree of freedom and exposure. Their timetable - not mine, not society's.

                                Anyhoo - since I seem to have a penchant for making outside-the-box decisions (homeschooling being a biggie, followed by turning off the tv, conscious diet choices, etc), the girls nor I have any problem with deciding not to go along with one of current society's end-of-school-year rituals - the prom. Perhaps a year ago now, the idea came up that an extended European trip would be a great kick-off into adulthood. Not just one really expensive night to look forward to, as in a prom experience, but a whole 5/6 weeks of tooling around Europe, seeing the family and then taking the trains off to parts unknown to us (even if we would do it on a budget). Which brings me to my thoughts... that my daughters would actually think enough of me and our relationships to even consider such a trip - with their mom.

                                Perhaps you are thinking that I somehow guilted them into saying that, or threatened, or bribed them somehow, or perhaps that I am delusional or just plain-vanilla lying - but truthfully, I would not do that to my kids EVER; that is how my family of origin operates, and there is no fucking way I am going to pass that along.

                                As of two weeks ago, the trip plans morphed. Instead of Europe, the girls want to do the USA - they see no reason to discover another country before they have ventured through the one of their birth. And - the trip is now approximately 3 months long. And they still want me as part of their group.

                                Perhaps they will head off on their own for this trip in three-and-a-bit years, when Second turns 18. I don't know. But for today, I am content that perhaps, just perhaps, I am doing this mother-daughter thing right.
                                Last edited by Crabbcakes; 05-12-2013, 05:12 AM.
                                I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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