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Hi Everyone, [wave]

It's been a long time, but I wanted to come back and say hello, see how everyone is doing. I saw the article on Jeff and loved it. My, he's such an inspiration.

I must say, though, that sweater he's wearing is gorgeous, but $3000.00?  Please. I copied it from Burberry to knit myself. It looks like a simple rib with a variegated yarn. I just can't stick the Burberry tag on it - pah.

Anyway, we are all well, here. Allan works from home now, and I love having him here. He's upstairs; I'm in the office, (so we have our own space, too. Must have own space, so as not to kill each other, lol).

The girls are great, very happy with their boyfriends, (and, thank God, we like them, too, they've been with them for a few years, now). They've finished their undergrads, Jacqueline then went to college for Event Management with her degree in Business (still hard as hell out there, though) and Lisa wants to get her MBA. Taking time off right now and working in the real world, while waiting to write the GMAT (exam to get in - I think it's the GMAT).

My dad has advanced Alzheimers, and it's difficult. He was a war vet, however (WW11 on a mine-sweeper) so he is in the best facility in Ontario, where you have to be a war vet to get in. They are all nurses there, (as opposed to care workers) and they are excellent and patient and kind. The doctor is wonderful, and the facility, Sunnybook, is attached to Sunnybrook Hospital, so it's actually part of the hospital, only run by the country, as opposed to the province.

There's such a long waiting list to get in, so we were lucky. Not all is for Alzhiemer's patients, that's just the ward that my dad is on. It's an hour and a half away from us. We were visiting 2X a week, but now my dad doesn't open his eyes and doesn't seem to care, so it's once a week. I don't think he still knows me, but he can feel the love. He puckers for a kiss and sometimes he more 'there' than others. My only solace is that he doesn't know what's going on, so it's for us to deal with, which is fine. He was such a force, before, it's a horrible disease. But my Mom knew exactly what was going on when she was ill and died, and I think that would be worse.

Befor, my dad was in a retirement home near me, and he'd call me 20X a day. But I was closer to him than ever, and Allan has been so incredibly supportive. Also, though all this my brother and I have become very close, so that's a silver lining. My dad is 93, and the general age there is 94. So, a Spring Chicken, I said to Dr. Matthews.

The thing is, we go so often, we know all of them, and it's so hard when one passes. Some don't seem that demented at all (they are! the nurses assure me) and one lovely lady thinks Allan is her son. "My son!" she says whenever she sees him. I said, "No Helena, this is Allan, my husband." She said, "He did not tell me he was married."

I've never had such love for these people as I do. We bring the dogs in, too, and you should see the smiles. Even if my dad is not awake (he's at the end stages, so often he doesn't, but if anything will get him awake it's the dog) the other people love it. Life.

Other than that, I'm writing, knitting, reading, re-watching Breaking Bad (LOVE that show). Still working out. 

Browsing through, it's so great to see you guys. I left because I did not like myself here, when I get too addicted and absorbed with board activities, it's not good for me. I never thought I'd be like that, but there it is. I did not like the person I became. We'll see how I behave this time - please forgive my comings and goings.

Congrats to Helen on her weight loss (amazing!) and Kasey on her journey. It's hard to believe that all of our girls are grown, now. Hi to Pinkie, Martine, and of course, Miss Nicky. And I'm sorry if I missed anyone . . .

Nicky, Jacqueline was in Seattle/Vancouver for the weekend for some music thing, and she said Washington is beautiful. I thought of you. How's Jack? 

Well, that's it for now. I hope everyone is keeping well and happy.



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Moondance Tintin Chili Beans Martini
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Hello there, Michele. To see you here again is such a nice surprise. I am glad that your family is doing well. Too bad that your dad is suffering from Alzheimer's, which is so nasty and hard to deal with... I am sure your dad is pleased when he meets the dog. Do you have more than one dog now? I remember Storm.

At the other side of the globe the sun is shining today. I am enjoying a sunny Autumn day off. I took Bono to town and below you see some of the stuff we saw.

boot.jpg  droogvis.jpg  gebouw.jpg  jachthaven.jpg  meerboten.jpg 

My family is doing fine too. My mom and I live on our own now. Bono lives with me, but my mom looks after him when I have to work. I drive him there each time. My mother is in good health. The only thing that is bothering her is glaucoma, but she has a great doctor who does everything he can to keep it under control.
My sister also has a dog now, a flat coated retriever who listens to the name of Oscar. He is approximately one year old now.

I work as a nurse in a rehabilitation hospital. My ward focuses on acquired brain injuries. Apart from that I knit, walk, sleep, and so on and so forth.

See ya!

Tiens, my pictures are not complete. That is odd.

“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace.” Milan Kundera.

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Fantastic !  Bout to get kicked off, will hurry to view all this, great to hear from ya Michele and fabulous pix, Martine, from your beautiful beach resort European city

"more sinned against than sinning"--shall be on my tombstone

"Transpersonal psychology--transcend the self, to abolish and avoid pain...what is the self, anyway?"--Pinkie
"Queen of Pain, I'll Always be Queen of Pain" (laughs)with apologies to Sting
"Yes it's over now, drink your big black cow, and get outa here"--Steely Dan
"I'm just a girl, they think I'm some kind of freak"--Gwen Stefani
"You can beat us with wires, you can beat us with chains;
You can make all your rules but you can't outrun the history train...I seen a glorious day"--Paul Simon

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Hi Martine,

What amazing pictures, so vivid. You were into photography, looks like you still are? I only wish I was there, too.

So glad to hear your Mom is doing well, (you are lucky to have her) and your beloved Bono. Love the pic of Oscar!

We took care of my parent's Golden Retriever when my mom died and my dad went into a retirement home. Then Jessie (my parent's dog) became very ill with a rare disease, and after running back and forth to specialist vets, we made the horrible decision to put her to sleep, so she wouldn't suffer. She was 13. That's the heartbreaking part about having pets.

Now we have Toby, a six month old Golden. We have Storm, too. He's 6 now, and the two are inseparable.  IMG_0088.jpg  Screen Shot 2017-08-18 at 11.35.27 AM.jpg 

I've been reading a lot, too. Right now I'm on Game of Thrones. Have you read it, Martine?

Working in rehab sounds interesting, and for brain injuries? Wow. I have to say, you nurses are the best. When my mother was in the hospital, when I was there giving birth, and with my Dad, the nurses are the most amazing group of people. My sister-in-law is a nurse on the mental-health ward. I would love to care for people and help them, but I'm afraid I haven't the stomach for blood, etc. I love the helping part, but would be terrible at the medical.


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Originally Posted by Pinkie
Fantastic !  Bout to get kicked off, will hurry to view all this, great to hear from ya Michele and fabulous pix, Martine, from your beautiful beach resort European city

Hi Pinkie!

Great to hear from you too! How's things?
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