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A Busy Few Weeks!!

Thursday, November 06, 2014

The last few weeks have been a roller coaster of emotion for us!!
Firstly my beautiful Tibbie died. She was 12 ½ yrs old and we had had her for nearly all of that 12 ½ yrs. Then just 2 weeks later my Saluki died – but she was also 12 ½ yrs old and had been with the Tibbie all her life.


We had decided when this happened we wouldn’t have another dog, despite the fact that we have had dogs all our lives. But we are getting older now and thought this was best.

Then the lady who bred our Tibbie contacted me – a fatal mistake!!
So off we went – down to Glasshouse (named for the Glasshouse Mountains in Queensland ) to see Shadowvale Firebrand.

Its about a 200mile drive and we took the Mary River Highway – a beautiful scenic route – very quiet roads – through farmland, forestry and tiny country villages . This was the valley that some 6 years ago a (stupid) politician decided would make a great dam to hold drinking water. The dam was stopped – it was totally the wrong place for one for many reasons.

View from the road

Kenilworth - the biggest village on the road
We stopped at a lovely picnic spot in the forestry

And then headed on up the Blackall Range

This was taken from the edge of the road – beyond that hedge is a sheer drop!!

And into Maleny

Maleny is one of the villages on the Blackall Range that is very popular with tourists and artisans – another area we love but didn’t have time to stop at on this trip
Then down the range on the other side to our motel – which was incidentally very close to Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo – we didn’t go there either!!

The motel was ok – but the back veranda was wonderful – overlooking a plant nursery growing seedlings for regeneration. There were lots of birds too, and lots of birdsong.

Next morning we met pup - 10 weeks of energy and fluff!!


He is a silver grizzle Tibetan Spaniel and needs a name -we had thought Brandy - but he's not a Brandy - so all ideas are welcome please -

We also met his Aunt, an Australian Champion

So we have a new pup – who chews and keeps us busy!!


  
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GOANNA2 11/11/2014 7:29AM

    Sorry for you losses Ann. Your new dog is very cute.
I hope he will give you much joy. thanks for the lovely
photos. I love Maleny. That is a beautiful part of QLD.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 11/8/2014 11:05AM

    Sorry for your losses. Thank you for the beautiful pictures. Glad that you have a new fur-baby to love. Continue taking care of YOU! Love ya emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUNSHINEGB 11/7/2014 9:34AM

    I am really sorry for your loss, our pets are definitely our family. We are older too (80's) but if we lost our little Snooks, I know we'd get another puppy, can't exist without our fur babies!

I like the name Brandy and to me, it suits this pup. But if you don't think it's a Brandy, why not remove the Br and replace it with an S . . . Sandy!

All the best with your new family member!
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PHOENIX1949 11/7/2014 3:29AM

    emoticon for the double loss on our furchildren.

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EMSSBEARS 11/7/2014 3:00AM

    I am so sorry for your loss my heart goes out to you I can't even imagine how I would feel if and when that happens to Bella and I think she feels the same about me because she almost mauled me to death when I returned home from the hospital after being gone for several days.

Your new puppy is adorable I am sure he will bring you many days of joy. I an not very good with boy names so I will have to leave those suggestions to someone better than me the only boy dogs I have ever had we named them Max and Tucker and Corkey (my kids named that one).

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L*I*T*A* 11/7/2014 12:02AM

    so sorry about your doggies........
losing them both can be very difficult.....
the new puppy looks so sweet!!
blessing and hugs.....lita

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NASFKAB 11/6/2014 10:01PM

  losing both your fur babies was sad but the new one looks ute all the best

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LJCANNON 11/6/2014 8:28PM

    emoticon So sad and sorry to hear about your Pups. I can't imagine the pain of losing them so close together like that.
I know that the new Fella will make his own place in your Hearts and Lives very quickly. He is absolutely Adorable!!

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1CRAZYDOG 11/6/2014 8:26PM

    (((((HUGS)))) So sorry for loss of your fur babies. That is so hard! But your new little guy is adorable!

I'm not too good with names, but how about Chewie (since he chews!) Hope that habit is tamed . . . usually is as they get a little older.

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123ELAINE456 11/6/2014 7:51PM

  So sorry to hear about the losses of both dogs. Theses a Very Beautiful Photos that you took on your trip. Thank You for taking us along with you. You new addition to the family is so adorable, sweet and cute. His Aunt is a very Beautiful Dog. Do you have a dog carrier that you could put him into at night? That would help in training him too. I know puppies loves to chew on everything too. Good Luck with him. God Blessings Always. Have a Wonderful Week. I want to thank you for everything you do for the Team. I appreciate it very much. You do a Wonderful Job. May God Be With You Always Too. Take Good Care Of Yourself And Stay Healthy.

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BALTOCHIC 11/6/2014 6:27PM

    Aww, sorry to hear about Tibbie. It's hard to lose old friends. Your new little guy is adorable!

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BRIAEL 11/6/2014 6:16PM

    So very sorry for your losses, Emma. It's so heartbreaking to lose a beloved member of the family, regardless of whether they are fur or skin. Your doggies were beautiful and, while I'm sure it sounds unfeeling, I'm glad they didn't have to live for long without each other, as they were such longtime companions for each other.

I'm glad that you've opened your heart to the new puppy. What are you going to name him? :)

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NEWTEXDEBBIE 11/6/2014 6:15PM

    Awe but its so cute!

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Its that time again!! Gympie Muster!!

Saturday, August 30, 2014



This weekend the Gympie Muster is on again!! It's been described as the quintessential Aussie event and with the towering gums and leisurely lagoons of beautiful Amamoor Creek State Forest Park near Gympie in Queensland it's the perfect setting for more than 25,000 people who flock to the Optus Gympie Music Muster each year in the last week of August. The Muster attracts fans from all corners of the nation to see the stars and legends (and would be stars!), of Australian country music on the main Muster stage. And there's 13 other on-site venues too, including folk, alt-country, bush poetry, country dance, Talent Search, workshops, international film festival, art auctions, not to mention a full-on Blues program.

A Gympie Apex Club project, the Muster operates under the very professional direction of one of the founding group, Brian Sansom who has been involved in the event since it's inception in 1982.

But the Muster is more than just a spectacular celebration of music - over 50 community groups and 2000 volunteers annually help Apex stage this non-profit community-based festival to raise funds for charities Australia-wide. Since it's inception, the Muster has raised over $10M for charities and the Muster's Rural Aid Appeal annually raises up to $100,000 for it's nominated charity.

Its best described as a huge Country music festival – this year running over 3days of the weekend and having 8 stages continuously playing!!
This year its expected that 50,000 people will attend over the weekend – many camping at the site for the weekend, and many have been camping there for the last 2 weeks to get the best places and because its their holiday and they catch up with friends who also come for the 2 weeks prior.




In 1982, Gympie based country music trio, the Webb Brothers, picked up a Golden Guitar for "Who Put The Roo In The Stew?" at the Tamworth Country Music Festival - a celebration was called for! After enlisting the help of the local Apex Club of Gympie (always ready for a party), a celebratory fund-raiser was held on the Webb's 100-year old property at Thornside. A ball and dinner on the Saturday night was followed by a selection of acts on the Sunday, the Muster's first Main Stage built out of bush timber and borrowed Queensland Rail tarpaulins. The showers were jam tins with holes punched into them, drophole toilets sufficed, drinking water was trucked to the site and patrons could buy a season pass for just $20. Announcers from 4KQ compered the show and SEQ Television produced a special program commemorating the event. All up $9,600 was spent on entertainment (which is about two-percent of today's budget), a couple of thousand people attended and the club generated a surplus of around $12,000 for charity. The first Muster was deemed a roaring success.



After three years, the event had grown significantly. The Club decided that another site was essential - permanent facilities could be established to ensure the ongoing growth of the event. The site chosen was an area of land owned by the Queensland Forestry Department. It was agreed that the site have a multiple use as a State Forest Park which would utilise the Muster's facilities The 1985 Muster was held at Amamoor Creek State Forest Park. From there, the event has continued each year to grow in attendance and in profile. As more and more patrons attended, Muster organisers developed venues, among the first were the infamous Crow Bar, Muster Club and the Talent Search.

In 1993, Australia was suffering the worst drought on record. The Club decided to commit all funds raised to support the national drought appeal. As a result, the Rural Aid Appeal was initiated. The Appeal annually raises funds for a major charity each year through the sale of compilation CDs and a range of specially designed merchandise. Over the years, Rural Aid beneficiaries have included Diabetes Australia, the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Leukaemia Foundation, Youth Suicide Prevention, VISE (Volunteers for Isolated Students Education), Transplant Australia and the Melanoma Foundation and recently, isolated communities suffering the long-term effects of drought.

The event has grown each year, with all profits distributed among worthy charities, both locally and nationally. An ever-growing number of community groups are also involved in the staging of the event, and for most, it is their major fundraiser for the year. There is a real sense of community ownership in the Muster with now more than 50 local community groups involved in the event's success.


Since its inception, the Muster has raised more than $14,000,000 dollars for charities Australia-wide.
A good idea of the muster can be seen at youtu.be/ztdAYL1Rh7Y

Since I live "just up the road" we might take a run over there tomorrow - it would make a nice relaxing Sunday afternoon, sitting listening to country music in the middle of the State forest.

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I just found out it will cost $120 a head to go in for a day!! Needless to say we won't be going!!

  
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123ELAINE456 8/31/2014 9:17AM

  Sounds and Looks like it is an Awesome Event for the Country. Thank You for sharing. God Blessings Always. Have a Wonderful Week. hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Take Care.

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AUNTALICE2 8/30/2014 6:09PM

    Living 'down the road' you may be able to hear some of the music! Sounds like a fun time! emoticon

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CHRISTINEBWD 8/30/2014 5:18PM

    Wow... wish I lived just down the road! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 8/30/2014 2:21PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/30/2014 2:19PM

    Interesting!

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PHOENIX1949 8/30/2014 12:05PM

    What a great deal. Hope you do enjoy this Sunday by being there in person. Thanks for sharing this.

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NEWTEXDEBBIE 8/30/2014 11:44AM

    That sounds like so much fun!

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RUNESHADOW 8/30/2014 10:43AM

  This is sooo cool!!! Thank you so much for sharing all this information with us about that fabulous, fund-raising music & camping festival!! And you live "just up the road"? Wow :) I can just imagine this being a holiday destination for Australians. I love learning about other places, customs, and festivals!

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L*I*T*A* 8/30/2014 10:41AM

    sounds like a great event...............

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GOANNA2 8/30/2014 8:23AM

    Thanks for all the great information about
the Gympie Muster. I hope you get to go. I read
an article about the McLynton sisters, not sure
if that's the right spelling. I like their singing.
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NELLJONES 8/30/2014 7:49AM

    Looks like fun!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 8/30/2014 7:45AM

    What a wonderful event & project. I hope that you DO get to enjoy some of it. Very nice. Thanks for sharing all the pictures. Lovely.

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NASFKAB 8/30/2014 2:49AM

  interesting thanks for sharing listening to the video now

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A less obvious reason to have (and use) a juicer!!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Some of you may know that earlier this year I had a totally blocked bowel
well since then I have had to be very careful what I ate, and was very careful as its not the sort of thing one wants to repeat..
I couldn’t eat raw vegetables except very ripe tomatoes that were peeled and cored. I couldn’t eat much raw fruit – it had to be very soft fruit and peeled I have had to peel and cook vegetables until they were very soft – admittedly we steamed them but even so they would have had a lot of nutrients destroyed. The main fruit I ate were canned puree fruits for kids!! I couldn’t even eat an orange without removing all the membranes round each segment first – a slow and messy job!!
The overcooking and peeling needed meant I was losing most of the nutrients in the fruits and vegetables – and honestly didn’t do a lot for the taste either
And the variety of fruits and vegetables I could eat was very limited, thus becoming boring!!
But I missed the raw vegetables and a good variety of vegetables and fruits that I had been used to.
Now don’t get the idea that I am on a Raw Food diet – not by a looooong way – but some fruits and vegetables really are better raw than cooked.
This week I bought a juicer!! What a difference it has made to my eating.
I use it on just about any raw fruit and vegetables – leaving skin on (except citrus) and I use it with the coarse strainer – which means a lot of the pulp is left in the juice – but then I collect the beautifully mushed up pulp and freeze it – and use it in meat loaf, or rissoles, or muffins or tea breads – lots of uses for the pulp!! Never throw anything away!!
And you can add other goodies to the pulp – like chia seed and ground nuts and oats and flax seed!! Wow!! I’m getting quite a healthy menu now!!
So now I am able to again eat raw vegetables, things like raw carrot, celery, cucumber, bell pepper, broccoli, cauliflower etc and apples, oranges, pineapple and pears, etc and know that I am safe eating them because the pulp is so mushed and that I am getting ALL the goodness from not cooking them and not peeling them!!



I thought that maybe other members might be having to limit their choice of fruits and vegetables because of medical problems and thought this might be an answer to someone else.
Of course you don't have to have a medical reason to have a juicer - fruit juice and vegetable juice is great anytime and muffins made using the pulp are especially good anytime - ask my husband who devoured the first batch of 10 in one go, straight from the oven!! LOL!!

EDIT: In reply to the questions - I have a Horum HU 500 - its a slow juicer (though its not that slow) but an easy clean model - they say that the juice from slow juicers retains more nutrients than the juice from centrifugal juicers - but centrifugal juicers are cheaper.
I have found that Horum Australia customer service is second to none in Australia - and my juicer has a 10yr motor guarantee and 2 yr parts guarentee - and parts are available by express.
You can get Horum in USA
And I wasn't paid by Horum for saying that either!! LOL!!





  
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PHOENIX1949 8/27/2014 1:42AM

    emoticon about the health issues. I've never been able to digest raw freggies properly and as you said cooking them removes so many of the nutrients. Last year in a SP blog there were positive comments about the NutriBullet. I purchased one March of 2013 and now easily get in my daily freggies.
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1BEACHWALKER 8/19/2014 2:13PM

    Hi Ann...glad you are liking the juicer! Hope you are feeling much better since your hospitalization! emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 8/17/2014 11:03PM

    Thanks for such an informative blog. Glad that you are finding such positives about juicing, despite the rotten reason that you needed to use one. Here's hoping that your health will continue to improve my friend. You are such an inspiration to me. SPARK ON!

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123ELAINE456 8/17/2014 2:43AM

  I love the looks of your Juicer very much. I have a Juiceinan which I brought 10-12 years age and use it a lot after I got it. Then I stop because I couldn't afford to by the Produce for it. Vegetables, Fruits and everything I needed for it. My health would be in so much better today if I continued using it. After 6 Heart Attacks since 7/23/2014, many complications and almost dying several times though it. I regret not keeping up with the Juicing. I'm in my apartment 24/7 and waiting to get a Power Chair now. I hope that I Can get to Farmers Markets and get some things after I get the Chair. So I encourage all of you to get a Juicer and start Juicing now. You will not regret it like I have. Love the Blog and keep on Juicing foe you Health. It is Great For You and Everyone. God Blessings Always. Have a Wonderful Week. Sending Lots Of Hugs Your Way. Take Care.

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NEWTEXDEBBIE 8/16/2014 11:01AM

    Thank you for sharing this! I have had a juicer for a long time and have never opened the box emoticon

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AUNTALICE2 8/16/2014 9:46AM

    I am glad you found a way to keep your diet in good shape. Hopefully, no more blockage. My daughter bought a juicer - obviously not as good as yours. Because she gave it away, Was not happy with it! emoticon

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DSJB9999 8/16/2014 1:58AM

    emoticon great that the juicer is helping emoticon

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LJCANNON 8/15/2014 11:30PM

    emoticon I will have to look into the Juicer the next time I go to the store. I have only recently gotten creative with Smoothies.
It could be fun trying some of the puree in meat loaves for my Client that pretty much Hates Everything except Diet Coke and Homemade Fudge, LOL!!

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NASFKAB 8/15/2014 10:52PM

  great must think f getting a juicer if I find one glad you found something which worked out

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1CRAZYDOG 8/15/2014 10:39PM

    Glad he juicer is helping!

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144AUTUMN 8/15/2014 10:34PM

  Keep up the good work!!

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NORASPAT 8/15/2014 10:34PM

    I had a juicer for a very long time it seemed to last forever. We used it a great deal The it broke and since then I have gone through 3 more very fast. I wish I could find a good one but they are horribly expensive. I also used the pulp from apples, it was always set aside to add to muffins. Now the kids are out of the house-OOPS one just came back family and all. I really should look out for another one. I have a vita mix but it does not separate juice from pulp. I am like you I like some of the pulp to remain. Thanks for the reminder. Pat in Maine.
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GOANNA2 8/15/2014 10:26PM

    I love that you can use the pulp too. I used to have
a juicer about 10 years ago, but sold it. Reading your
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An Australian Mid-Winter View!!

Monday, July 28, 2014


I took this picture yesterday looking almost due East about 10 min from home!! Early as the sun was still not fully up.
Considering its mid-winter - its not a bad sight - the same site that greets us nearly every day!! The sea is warm too!!

  
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123ELAINE456 8/16/2014 9:06AM

  Awesome!!! A very Beautiful Photo. Love It. God Blessings Always. Have a Wonderful Week. Sending Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Your Way. Take Care.

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IMEMINE1 8/2/2014 7:19PM

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JSOCCERMOM70 7/30/2014 8:29PM

    That is so beautiful! I hope to visit there someday.

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NEWTEXDEBBIE 7/30/2014 10:21AM

    That's amazingly awesome! what a beautiful sight to see everyday.... God is good!

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AUNTALICE2 7/29/2014 2:23PM

    I just love Australia! It's on my bucket list on Pinterest! Even winter has a view! Thanks so much for being our team leader. And thank you for all the websites you have given us!! emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 7/29/2014 9:26AM

    absolutely beautiful view. I hope that you are feeling better my friend. Be good to YOU!

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GOANNA2 7/29/2014 6:46AM

    Great photo of a beautiful place Ann. Yes,
we are so lucky with our winter weather. emoticon

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123ELAINE456 7/29/2014 12:07AM

  Beautiful Photo. Warm Water sounds Great. Lucky You. God Blessings Always. Have a Wonderful Week. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Take Care. You are doing an Awesome Job as Our Leader. Keep It Up. I appreciate it very much for what You do for the Team and for Us. Thank You Again.

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NASFKAB 7/28/2014 10:44PM

  lovely view thanks for sharing

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NORASPAT 7/28/2014 10:30PM

    WARM water, lucky you. Hugs Pat in Maine.


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NORASPAT 7/28/2014 10:29PM

    WARM water, lucky you. Hugs Pat in Maine.


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1CRAZYDOG 7/28/2014 10:15PM

    awesome view!

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Understanding Alzheimer's

Sunday, June 08, 2014



This was in our local paper in honour of a festival commemorating purple for Alzheimer’s Disease. I’m not sure who wrote it – but it struck me as so fitting a reminder for all of us who have to deal with Alzheimer’s or dementia in a relative or friend, or indeed a plea for ourselves at some time maybe !!.

Don’t ask me to remember
Don’t try to make me understand
Let me rest and know you’re with me
Kiss my cheek and hold my hand
I’m confused beyond your concept
I’m sad and sick and lost
All I know is that I need you
To be with me at all cost
Do not lose your patience with me
So not scold or curse or cry
I can’t help the way I am acting
I can’t be different though I try
Just remember that I need you
That the best of me is gone
Please don’t fail to stand beside me
Love me till my life is done.

  
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IMEMINE1 8/2/2014 7:20PM

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DOTTYMG87 7/23/2014 12:45PM

    thanks for posting this! this is helpful to understand what they are going through - have a friend that is having this - it is in the early stages. hope your day is going well! dotty emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GOANNA2 7/15/2014 6:23AM

    Thanks for posting this. I helped look after a dear friend
and she passed away in April after battling Dementia for
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LIBBYFITZ 7/15/2014 6:00AM

    This goes right to my heart. My dear mother passed away 18 months ago and also had to go into care as my stepdad was losing patience with her. I still feel guilty sometimes that I wasn't home enough to help out. I live in Perth Western Australia and mum was in Tasmania. emoticon

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AUNTALICE2 7/13/2014 12:21PM

    My mother died last year and was like a child in the end. She was very loved but it was hard. I love your post - it really hits the heart. emoticon emoticon

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EMSSBEARS 7/10/2014 4:45PM

    Beautiful several of my aunts and uncles have it and my Mom is in the early stages of it. My sister is refusing to acknowledge that fact but it is true, she just thinks that she just won't try to remember. I just need to print this out for her and let her see this somehow. Thanks for sharing.

Beth

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BIBS4664 7/3/2014 4:16PM

    Beautiful and true. TY

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NEWTEXDEBBIE 6/9/2014 11:18AM

    Thank you sweet friend. I needed this reminder right now. I am so frustrated with my mom and all the problems she is creating for me...... TY! emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 6/9/2014 8:16AM

    excellent post. Thanks for sharing!

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123ELAINE456 6/9/2014 12:32AM

  Everyone who is around and take care of someone with Alzheimer's Patients should read and remember these things. Very Heartfelt and Well Said. Thank You for sharing. God Blessings Always. Have a Wonderful Week.

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DEBIGENE 6/8/2014 8:25PM

    Thank you so much for posting this. My mom has entered the beginning stages of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease and I will share this with my family.

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1CRAZYDOG 6/8/2014 5:55PM

    I have seen this before and it touches my heart too as Mom has Alzheimer's. This is just an evil disease.



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SUSAN-FIT-N-FAB 6/8/2014 5:25PM

    Thank you for posting this. My husband has brain damage and early stages of dementia. Your words spoke to my heart.

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GINNABOOTS 6/8/2014 5:18PM

    My mother died from Alzheimer's last July. She loved to have her forehead caressed and she didn't want to be alone. I love that you posted this. I talked to a gentlemen this weekend and his 60 year old wife had the disease and he was her sole caregiver. He was losing his patience with her, so I told him to get some help taking care of her.

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