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Life recently has been:
Feeling anger at liars and addicts and how they make life difficult for the rest of us.
Working at letting go of anger and trying to understand.
Driving long distances with Dave to funerals or family visits.
Keeping up with the animals we have - making sure the cats are fed everyday, the cat litter is cleaned, the dog is fed and cared for, the bird feeders outside are filled, and Yoshi! (silent lizard in a glass box - easy to forget).
Bills are paid, mail looked at.
Tried to get the car inspected before yesterday - now it is illegal to drive it.
Wishing I could sleep a full night so I won't be so tired all day. I am happy if I can make it till 5 - even 4 looks good.
Finding proper foods to eat - not doing very good at that - my breakfast that I am eating as I write this is what is left in the bottom of a bag of SunChips. I long for apple pie.
Talking to people - minimizing my feelings, watching my words and guarding myself - very tiring.

Yesterday we took Andy with us to State College rather than leaving him in his box at home (with the grandkids coming over after school to let him out). He likes car rides and I almost think the excitement of riding in the car tires him out as much as a big run in the woods would. We needed to take along his travel box and put him in it while we were inside talking to Dave's family and when we ate in a restaurant but most of the day he got to sit in the backseat watching for things (at one point 6 deer ran across the road in front of the car and Andy saw them!), sniffing the air from the window or leaning his head on our shoulders. The day was very rainy. Driving at 70 mph in heavy rain on an interstate highway (or driving at less than 70 with everyone around you passing you at 70) is stressful. There was a place when we got to the top of a mountain nearing State College where there was thick fog - actually I think what happened is we got up into the cloud layer that was raining on us before cause the rain seemed to stop then. Difficult driving - good to get home and finally relax last night. I'm hoping we won't have to deal with any more of the problems that Dave's brother left behind (for a few weeks) and maybe we can get back to a normal life again - work through the grief of losing him without other issues.
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...it pours. We got bad news last evening that Dave's brother Bruce died in a car wreck. He was on his way to our house (from State College where he lived, planning to go fishing with Dave this weekend) and went off the road on a sharp curve and hit a tree. Only about 3 miles from here. Things are under a pall here. You never know - life is precarious.

lake

Mar. 24th, 2017 06:42 pm
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Lake - me on a big rock - Andy and Rossy - photo by Dave.

After I got the appointment set up for the surgeon we were finally able to get out of the house and take a walk. It felt good to get outside and the weather is super nice right now. For once someone (Rossy - I was impressed) remembered to bring plastic bags with us so we could pick up the garbage that people had left strewn all over down there. We got 3 grocery bags full. Andy found a flip flop and had a good time throwing it around and fetching it from the lake before we added it to one of the bags.

Now I think it is time to take a late afternoon nap - it feels like it's been a long day.
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Sunday - the day that Dave and I usually drive somewhere and take Andy for a walk. But Sebby agreed to go along today so we wanted to take him somewhere special - not just for an ordinary walk in the woods. We thought it would be neat to go back over to Kane to see the railway viaduct bridge that used to cross Kinsua Creek. It stood and was used until it fell in a tornado in 2003. I couldn't find the regular camera I usually carry on walks so I took the infrared camera instead - it made the rusty steel look nice and dark compared to the snow on the ground today.

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Looking across the valley. More... )
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"Autumn" pendant - sterling, enamel on copper and red CZ stone. Listing HERE

Andy and I are passing time watching "The Secret Life of Pets" today while Dave went to a rattlesnake seminar at the local sporting goods store with his friends. Well, maybe it's just me watching - Andy's sleeping. It's a good thing - as he is getting older he sleeps more and more each day. It used to be a tough job to babysit him all day - it's getting easier.

PS - I added a new little informational thing to my Wood Thrush Studio Blogspot about the flower wafers and four seasons pendants. It always surprises me when I go to post there that it has been so long since I did it last. My last one (before today) was November 2015.
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Jumbles of rocks.

Dave and I took Andy to Bear Town Rocks this afternoon (that name just sounds so funny to me). It is a place of huge rocks that have been left behind as everything slowly eroded away around them at Clear Creek Forest. It wasn't that cold today - only about 25 F but for some reason it felt bitterly cold - I guess it was the wind. I have not felt as cold as this all winter long. Lots more HERE )
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We took Andy down back to try out the ball thrower this afternoon and it was a big success. Really tired him out and made him more likely to stay with us for the rest of the walk to the creek and to the lake. Blustery weather and a few little spats of rain - then as we were heading back the sun came out. Some pictures HERE )

tuesday

Feb. 21st, 2017 10:50 pm
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Today was the monthly appointment for Dave to get his eye poked (his way of describing it). The last three times we have seen the same man (a fellow patient) in the waiting room and we are getting to know him better. Today when he came in and saw Dave he said, ah, my friend the forester. He used to be a minister and I bet he was a good one. I like him. I got to talking to him while Dave was in the treatment room and I told him I really enjoy seeking out and finding the big rocks around here and he told me about a place he used to visit when he was young called Painter's Rocks. Back then there was no bike trail, there was only the railroad there and he and his friends would go out the tracks to a place where they would climb a hill. I think I know the place from his description and look forward to exploring it.

After the eye treatment Dave and I went to eat at Perkins. I got what has now become my favorite meal there - omelet with mushrooms, onions, green peppers and pepper jack; fresh fruit and a blueberry muffin (which I took home for later). Then we went to the pet store and got another couple dozen crickets for Yoshi. The last dozen seemed to really perk her up. She is dramatically more lively now. I put the crickets in a transparent tub beside her tank and she likes to watch them. Dave and I enjoy hearing the crickets chirping in the evening too. I'm going to give her just one cricket each day and increase her fruits and vegs to get her to lose some weight. Quit feeding her the freeze dried mealworms - too fattening.

Two days ago I got a tick on me. I have found that I am very allergic to them. This one tried 3 times to get into me and everywhere it tried I am incredibly itchy now. From past experience I'm pretty sure the itch will last for weeks. I hate it. I took Benadryl this afternoon, maybe it helped. I did nap but now I'm working to not react and start scratching again. I'm going to pick out a pair of pants and treat them with pyrethrum now that we are having weather warm enough for the ticks to wake up.
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Sunny hillside. Dave and I took Andy on another run today. This time on the gamelands near Panther Run. It got too late in the afternoon to make it to Panther Rocks but it was a nice walk anyway. Sunny and warm (for February). Pictures HERE. )
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Andy is happy - we are going someplace!

Dave and I decided to drive over (with Andy) and see the Kinzua Bridge State Park today. Lots of pictures )

We didn't see all there was to see there - we went too late in the day. I'd like to take the grandkids next time and see the museum and walk on the General Kane hiking trail too.

On the way back we stopped and ate at a little Italian restaurant in Kane. I had a really good meal of eggplant manicotti - Dave had spagetti and meatballs. I gave the last of mine to Andy.

saturday

Feb. 11th, 2017 07:04 pm
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Icy little lake.

This afternoon Dave and I took Andy for a walk on a piece of property that we are part owners of with 2 of his brothers - it's down in Butler County. I must have walked on it once, 25 years ago when they first bought it cause I remembered a small isolated lake in a steep valley that had been formed from strip mining but other than that it seemed all new to me. More photos HERE )

friday

Feb. 11th, 2017 08:58 am
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My day - walked with Dave and Andy in the morning. I took the LX3 camera that can do double exposures but I accidentally had it on black and white settings so they turned out a little disappointing to me. I wish they could have had the red in the sumac, the blue in the sky and the brown in the weeds. Here they are anyway... )

Tonight Jan and her husband Leon, Nancy, Dave and I ate out at the Villa Italian and then went to the Diversity art show. Really enjoyed the art - a couple of my favorites:

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"Resistance" by Carol McDonald.

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"Diversity" and "Water is Life" by my daughter Chloe.
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Andy is happy to run.

I slept and read the afternoon away today and was starting to feel better. Towards dusk Dave and Rossy wanted to take Andy for a walk down back so I got my boots on. Since it was so misty out there anyway I thought the infrared camera might make things look neat. Many photos HERE )

wednesday

Feb. 1st, 2017 09:44 am
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Decided to make four more mask faces for the book and remake another that I didn't care much for. That will keep me busy today. I'd like to finish it up, bind it and be done with it - get on to other things - jewelry and taxes...

Snowing still. I hope to get out for a walk down back with Andy at some point.

Dave made us fried mush for breakfast this morning - delicious! He put a big plate of them in my spot and I said no way can I eat that much! Do you mind if I get another plate and only eat a few? So I took them off the big plate and ate them one at a time. I guess cause I was eating them one at a time they didn't overwhelm me and I ended eating them all. Oh well.

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This was a picture I took yesterday when Dave and I were eating breakfast at the Log Cabin restaurant. A place I have not been to since I was a kid.

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I remember it as a place people went for steak dinners. The ice skating rink was before my time.

Listening to the sound track from "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?" today.
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The snow stopped falling and Dave and I did decide to get out and hike somewhere with Andy. There is a game lands over by Marianne and Clarion that the North Country Trail goes through. We had walked to a certain bridge by way of the NCT last summer but thought we would try and reach it over game lands roads this time.

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Andy was funny - he was afraid to go over the open slats of the bridge and was all hunkered down as he went. On the way back he had no fear - had figured it out.

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Toby Creek. I used the "pin hole" setting on the camera - thought it expressed the overcast look of the day.

My feet ended up getting very cold - heading to bed with a hot rice pack now...

ha!

Jan. 23rd, 2017 08:15 am
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I was cleaning off my art table this morning and came across an old notebook I used to carry in my purse probably 15 or 16 years ago. It had notes about craft shows I was going to, sketches of jewelry I wanted to make - scribbles that were probably made by little Gabe and some drawings that Chloe did to pass the time while she went to the craft shows with me. I just thought this was neat - her version of me and Dave:

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This must have been from the time I was growing my hair back out from when I cut it in 2001 and wearing dresses most all the time. Dave looks pretty much the same - still has holes in his clothes and wearing his ball cap. We didn't have cable or satellite TV when the kids were growing up and John and Dad had taped all the Simpson's they could for us so we would have something to watch. The Simpsons were like part of the family to Chloe and Johnny. They played in the background of the living room all day long. I know some people would frown on letting little kids watch the Simpsons but I thought it was pretty perfect for all of us to watch together and comment on.

Plans for the day:
The weather man says rain again today but I'm hoping I can get a walk in with Candy before that happens...
Work on the art project.
Continue on business book work for the taxes.
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Official groundhog souvenir shop. Took this photo as we were driving through town.

Dave's brother has had a hunting camp near Punxsutawney for about 25 years but he finally gave up on it this year and sold it. He just didn't spend enough time there anymore and the mice and porcupines were taking it over. Dave wanted to see it one last time so we drove over there today. I had never been there so hadn't seen it in its better days but Dave related a lot of stories about when his brothers, the nephews, his dad and Johnny had gone there for buck season over the years. Pictures )

exploring

Jan. 21st, 2017 07:13 pm
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It was a (relatively) warm day today - overcast. Dave and I took Andy down to the creek for a walk this afternoon. This time I wanted to actually go down into the gully that runs through the woods over to the lake. I've never been in it, even after all these years. We found a place that we could climb down. Many pictures HERE )

my day

Jan. 18th, 2017 08:38 pm
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As the day went on things started to seem a lot better. Even though I was ready to give up on my laptop and start grieving its loss Johnny wasn't, and he tried new things with it today. He quit using the recovery discs I had made for it and instead installed Windows 10. Not something I wanted to do - I like Windows 7 and didn't want to learn a new thing but as the day went on I got myself ready for a new adventure. Hopefully that is the answer. So far so good - we are still loading my files back into it.

Crocheted a while. That was calming. Went through the Christmas cards and made sure the return addresses matched the ones in our address book. Some of Dave's nieces and nephews moved to new houses last year. Did some business book work in preparation for figuring out state sales tax. Helped Johnny make templates and cut material for the chairs that he is reupholstering. Walked down to the creek and to the lake with Dave and Andy as dusk was falling. Made part of our dinner - the raviolis and green beans, while Dave grilled salmon. So all in all a productive day in spite of the blaas.

And now David Z is coming so Johnny can look at his old computer - to advise him if it can be saved...

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