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Ten facts about you

Sunday, September 28, 2014

I borrowed this from BARBIEE52...It just made me laugh

TEN FACTS ABOUT YOU
1. You're reading this right now.
2. You're realizing that it is a stupid fact.
4. You didn't notice I skipped three.
5. You're checking now.
6. You're smiling.
7. You're still reading this even though it's stupid.
9. You didn't realize I skipped eight.
10. You're checking again and smiling about how you fell for it again.
11. You're enjoying this.
12. You didn't realize that there is only suppose to be ten facts.



Have a good and safe Monday!!

  
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SWDESERTLOVER 9/30/2014 6:38PM

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OLDERDANDRT 9/29/2014 11:08AM

    Oh that face!!! Whereas the list did make me smile, that face totally cracked me up!! Thanks for borrowing and posting that!! Hope you are having a better day, Jeanne!! How do the pooches seem today? Prayers for them everyday!! (and for you!) (((HUGS))

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GOOZLEBEAR 9/29/2014 8:28AM

    Yes I did fall for it all and also having a big chuckle to start off my Monday!!!
Have a great Monday!!

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TCANNO 9/29/2014 6:26AM

    Not smiling Jeanne but laughing my head off, have a good day


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    Got me too

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    This made me giggle :)

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    there are only 10! lol

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    Very cute!!

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 9/28/2014 10:12PM

    Yeap, I fell for every one of them,

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JAMER123 9/28/2014 8:59PM

    She posted this on my page as well. Love it and it should go around to everyone as there is a lot of meaning to it as well as laughter!
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TX_WILDHEART 9/28/2014 8:32PM

    chuckle... that was funny AND cute.
Thanks for the bloggy comment btw. It was a weird week for sure.

I am glad to know Im not the only ppl and food watcher. (g)

One day I'll be the person folks look at and think WOW she's so healthy looking!

Rhonda


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    Uh oh got me :)

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Now I can talk about it

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Some of you might have wondered why I haven't been around as much. This is the reason. I was brushing Alice one day, and noticed a small squishy bump on her side. It didn't get any bigger, so I really didn't worry about. I thought maybe it was a fatty tumor. I kept my eye on it of course. Then on the other side another small squishy bump showed up on her side/hip area. It stayed small for a while then this summer it grew to be a large mass. We were surprised on how much it grew. We took her to the Vet on Friday. They took Xray's of her lungs to make sure there were no masses there. Luckily her lungs are clear. They also did blood work. The results didn't come in until today. The blood work came back fine, so Alice will have surgery within a month. I have been so worried about her this summer thinking if the mass is that big, she must have cancer. I kept praying that wasn't the case. Talking with the Vet she said it is possible to be a cyst, fatty tumor, or it could be a benign tumor. I feel a bit better after talking to the Vet. Also there has been the money aspect of this. I hate even thinking oh no, more money when Alice is such a sweet beautiful dog. We had Henley in not long ago with his nose problem. Then Sarge started having problems with his back legs. In about 2 or 3 weeks we will have to get blood work done for him with possible Cushings Disease. This has almost been to much for me emotionally. I barley get out of my front or back yard with my camera. Also I haven't been participating that much with Spark People. I am trying to keep a stiff upper lip as they say. Please pray that Alice will be ok. She is only 8 yrs. old. I still have pictures to transfer to my folder from the 8th of this month...Jeez.
Last night I went to a family reunion. Not everyone was there. Some of my Nieces, great Nieces, a great great Niece, and a great great Nephew. It was a fun night. Tuesday I will be taking the train down to Anaheim to visit with the Sister I grew up with. She actually lives in Boise, but is on vacation. They will be in a resort, so I am going down and spend some time with her. I won't be here in Sparks for 2 or 3 days. I really need to get away, and I look forward to the trip.

At least I have a few pictures for this blog. Things that make me smile.
Henley the Hero


Roses




Sarge..Not sure what he heard, but one ear shot up.


I asked Sarge to smile, but he wanted to give me his noble look.


And our sweet Alice


  
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MARLINDA5 9/30/2014 6:26PM

    Nice to be able to visit with your sister.

I will be praying for Alice, Henley and Sarge.
Great pictures of Henley - looks soo serious, Sarge - very noble and yes sweet Alice.

the pictures of your flowers are great.

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RIDMYCOCOON 9/30/2014 8:47AM

    I hope your dogs are well and fine~ I will send up my prayers for them.

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ANGELFMABV 9/29/2014 11:47PM

    Dear God,

I am asking you to keep Jeanne's fur babies close. Guide the doctors in finding the correct protocol to help Alice and make her well and also bring to her a speedy and pain free recovery. . My thoughts are also drifting to good Old Sarge. Please give him positive results and send all her furbabies my love and Hugs from all of us. I would lastly ask that you keep the entire family in your circle of love and comfort and send them my love and Hugs too!

In Jesus name I pray, Amen

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LOSER05 9/29/2014 8:15PM

    Awww what a sweetie and of course I will pray for your baby and remember the vet went to school to learn what that feels like and its one of the things she said emoticon

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GRACEOMALLEY 9/29/2014 6:47PM

    I am sure all will be well for Alice, and for Sarge. Henley looks so regal in this picture! I understand how the vet bills can just overwhelm. My Mulligan cat is diabetic and the insulin and then the syringes and the prescription food (dry and canned) - costs a pretty penny. But what else are you gonna do?

You have fun with your sister and know that we are all pulling for everything to be fine for you and your critters.

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HIPPICHICK1 9/29/2014 1:02PM

    Sorry to hear about Alice. I'll be praying for your pup, for sure.
I hope you are having a good time with your sister.
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NEWSTART127 9/29/2014 1:54AM

    HUGS, HUGS, HUGS! Praying all your furbabies are okay.

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PANDABEAR42 9/29/2014 12:46AM

    Thoughts and prayers go out to you on your fur babies and hoping Alice gets good results. Our fur babies are part of our family and they love us unconditionally and are so calming to us. i know how i felt when my panda bear got hit by a car last oct. and drug for 50 feet and i know the person had no intention of stopping, but my screaming made him stop. i was so sick thinking she was dead. she had to of had Angels with her as she was alive and i took her to the vet. after x-rays she was fine nothing wrong other than road rash on her muzzle.
Wishing angels are with Alice with her surgery. Enjoy your visit and time with your sister.
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TEALHAWK1 9/28/2014 11:56PM

    poor girl . praying your fur babies will be all ok. Hugs. They bring so much joy to us all.. I love reading your blogs and am glad your my friend.
emoticon Be careful what brands of dog food to use too, we found out.
( My husbands sister had to give up her mini schnauzer recently due to severe intestinal infections from eating Blue Diamond dog food and he just could not get better at all . (So Sad). We won't feed our two schnauzers that brand.


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FRAN0426 9/28/2014 11:42PM

    So glad that her lab tests come back good. I think you getting away for a couple of days is a wonderful change from all the dogs and going to the vet so much in recent time. Go have a wonderful time and all the best for all the dogs. Our fur babies mean sooo much .

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JAMER123 9/28/2014 11:25PM

    Can't believe I missed this blog as I subscribe to yours. I am so sorry your are having to go through this with your fur babies. They are just like our kids and when ill or hurting we hurt as well. I will be keeping them in my thoughts & prayers that all goes well. You enjoy your little vacation with your sister and de-stress while there. The good Lord know how you feel & is with you!
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TXGRANDMA 9/28/2014 10:36PM

    Oh, Jeanne! So sorry to hear about Alice and what is going on with her, but please don't panic because it could be something simple and not cancerous. I understand about the worry over the money and the guilt about it, too, as these dogs are part of your family. However, financial resources are limited to all of us.

Matt and I had to take our dear dog, Girlfriend, to the vet earlier this year because of her limping and holding her left forepaw up all the time. We had a discussion beforehand, that even though we loved her very much, we didn't have the resources to spend thousands of dollars on her care, if that was what the vet said. Thankfully, she only has arthritis in her paw and we are managing her pain with medication from the vet. I hope the news is good for Alice, too! emoticon

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1SURFWALKER 9/28/2014 8:09PM

    So sorry you have had to deal with the worry of that and I sure hope Alice will make it through with flying colors and be ok. Chances are they are benign since nothing was found on the x-rays! Hope you had a great time on your mini vacation. Glad you enjoyed my blog...sure would love to see those purple sunrises! Stay positive! emoticon

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GOOZLEBEAR 9/28/2014 8:05PM

    Jeannie, I can't believe I'm just now seeing this blog about Alice, don't know how I missed that you were finding the tumors/cysts. My lab had a couple of those and they were just fatty tissues. Sure praying for all your furbabies and their problems and also for the financial part. How well I know about that. I can't believe all the money we've spent in the last month on Zoey.
I love Sarge's noble look and his attentive ears look just like Zoey's!!!!

So glad you are getting to go to see your sister, you definitely need to get away.
Hugs,
Sandi and Zoey

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IRISHMUM3 9/28/2014 6:05PM

    Does your vet accept the Care Credit card? It is interest free for x months depending on how much your charge at once. That is how we were able to afford 2 knee replacements in one month for our Lucy. I hope all goes well for sweet Alice! Enjoy your time in Anaheim, too.

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 9/28/2014 5:49PM

    I know your stress and worry, about a month ago I noticed 1/2 Pint was constantly having a bloody drainage on her front paw. At first I thought she had stepped on something and cut it. I checked her paw couldn't find a cut. She didn't want me to bother it. I put some medicine on it and kept a close eye on it. It just kept lingering, her paw stayed bloody and noticed she was really limping on it. Took her in to the vet. He checked it and said she had a tumor and had to have it removed. Scared me, same as you I was afraid she had cancer. She is about 8 also. Well she had the surgery it came back benign. I was so relieved. I am sending prayers your way that Alice will be OK. Keep us informed.

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 9/28/2014 5:30PM

    It is truly stressful when members of our families are having health issues,,, even when, and maybe especially when they are the 4-legged members..
Will keep you and yours in my prayers... for health and a great visit with your Sister !!
Hugs, Audra

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OLDERDANDRT 9/28/2014 1:55PM

    Oh Jeanne!! I'm feverishly praying that Alice's masses are totally benign and she comes through surgery with flying colors!! Also keeping Sarge in my prayers for his problems to evaporate and Henley to just stay right as rain!! I know it weighs so heavy on our hearts when our "babies" may have problems! I guess I've just been lucky that with 3 critters at one time ( once upon a time), I never had more than one with a health issue at a time as I recall. 3 X's over prayers for you and the canines!! You enjoy your time with your sister and let your cares melt away, at least for a few days. (((HUGS)))

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LOUIE-LILY 9/28/2014 1:49PM

    I will pray for all your beautiful fur babies. Hope you get some good rest and fed with love from family.
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QUILTYENGINEER 9/28/2014 1:29PM

    I hope everything will be ok.

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TWEETYKC00 9/28/2014 12:48PM

    I hope all the pups can be ok. Wish our fur babies could live forever with us here. Hugs and puppy kisses for all of you.

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INGMARIE 9/28/2014 12:20PM

    Such beautiful dogs. Hope all goes well for them, and you.
Have fun with your sister.
Prayers for your whole family, both men and beasts LOL
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IMUSTLOSEIT1 9/28/2014 11:38AM

    Beautiful fur babies, and I hope Alice does fine and everything turns out okay, those fur babies sure can get in our hearts. We lost our first Newfie several years ago to cancer of the bone, and it about broke us in two. He was only 3 yr. old, to young to have such a terrible disease.

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 9/28/2014 10:44AM

    Oh Jeanne, I know how you feel, has been quite a Summer. Sure will pray for Alice, she is a beauty as all your babies are, and that is what they are our babies, so we do the best we can for them. You are such a good Mom to them too.
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TCANNO 9/28/2014 9:37AM

    I hope things turn out ok for you Jeanne.

Take the beak as I am sure you need it after this summer.

Think of the positive and it will be.

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BABYSOX 9/28/2014 7:39AM

    I am sending positive vibes for Alice. All of your dogs are gorgeous. Enjoy your little getaway, your emotions need it.

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NISSANGIRL 9/28/2014 7:22AM

    praying for Alice, glad it is not cancer though. Pets can be very expensive but they r a member of the family. Hope u have a wonderful time with your sister, I think it's just what u need, enjoy your time. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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REMEMBER2BME 9/28/2014 6:00AM

    I am so very sorry for all the stress you are feeling. I know to well how this can be. It is obviously best to think positive. Positive self talk has saved me so many times. You will take this one step at a time and do the best you can. Aspen had lots of fatty tumors. It is so hard to know what is what though. Praying for Alice, Sarge, Henley and you too.

Finding time to ease your stress is important, more important than ever now so you can stay strong for your babies. Balance and hugs to you. The family reunion sounds great. So glad you will be getting away for a few days. Take care of you.



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MARITIMER3 9/28/2014 1:02AM

    I hope everything will be okay, Jeanne.

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SHARONBAILEY913 9/28/2014 12:48AM

    I think all your dogs are great, but I've always loved Alice's looks...she reminds me a little of Rosie, our Lab/Chow mix that made it to 14 years and has the dubious distinction of being the only dog in my whole life full of dogs to pass peacefully away at home. All the rest required assistance from the vet to cross the Rainbow Bridge for whatever reasons. My 14 year old Beagle mix, Daisy, has a fatty tumor that we are keeping an eye on...the vet aspirated it with a syringe and said all she found were fat cells, no suspicious entities. So far it seems a stable size...if it were to get bigger and bother her we would have to have it removed. I hope Alice's surgery goes well and she has many more years ahead of her. The financial burden of owning beloved dogs has become harder as they age and vet costs rise...sure wish it wasn't so. My heart goes out to you my friend.

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DOVESEYES 9/28/2014 12:44AM

    Thinking of you with Alice and Sarge, I understand the problem with money, it is so hard these days. Hope you have a nice time and get some good news.

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MCFITZ2 9/28/2014 12:39AM

    Beautiful furry members in your family. Hope goes well for all of them and you. Enjoy your visit.

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CALAMITIE 9/28/2014 12:03AM

  Oh my you have beautiful dogs. Hope Alice will be fine. My English Springer also has those fatty growths. But they don't seem to bother him at all. Good luck.

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Mother Nature Continued

Monday, September 22, 2014

Our Canna flowers are interesting. After the flower is finished blooming you can see the seed pods. They are just as pretty as the flower. The pods would be pretty used in a flower arrangement.


Our skies have been interesting this summer. Mexico, Baja area, has had a lot of Tropical Storms, or Hurricanes. Some of the storms we have had rain, other days we get clouds. You can see the moisture in the clouds some days, but not enough to hit the ground. Plus there will be small rainbows. The next day the skies will be clear. An odd summer.




The baby Ducks. They are 4 weeks here. Now they are 8 weeks, and so much bigger. New pics of them soon!


Some of our flowers.












My boy Sarge watching me take pictures. Here ya go Zoey!!


Nothing is better then wrapping up the day with a pretty sunset. Scrub Jay on the line.








Have a good Monday!!


  
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LOSER05 9/29/2014 8:18PM

    beautiful

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MARLINDA5 9/27/2014 12:45AM

    Love the picture of your flowers - very nice

Sunset nice too

Sarge - what a cutie

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IMEMINE1 9/26/2014 5:51AM

    emoticon I just love the ducks.Sweet!

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SHAMROCKY2K 9/25/2014 12:17AM

    emoticon Beautiful pictures.. love the pink tipped rose especially. Hi to Sarge!

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1SURFWALKER 9/23/2014 10:49PM

    Great pics! I love your roses! I wondered if you felt any effects from the hurricane! Too bad you didn't get more rain from it! I just posted a blog and have a special pic for you in it! Enjoy!

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 9/23/2014 4:46PM

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OLDERDANDRT 9/23/2014 3:16PM

    You are surrounded by so much beauty, Jeanne!! What an excellent little slice of heaven you are in. Today we are 59f and cloudy with and occasional sprinkling of rain.
Give Sarge a big hug and a tummy rub for me! (((HUGS)))

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GAILANN48 9/23/2014 9:43AM

    Beautiful pictures - your eye for beauty is unfailing.

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JANET552 9/23/2014 7:11AM

    Love your pictures!

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MARTHA-ANN 9/23/2014 3:10AM

    Beautiful...lots of colour left in the garden

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JAMER123 9/22/2014 8:53PM

    Beautiful photos!! It's interesting to start out with day light and end with sunsets! Sarge seems to be rather happy in this picture. You have changed your wallpaper and I really like the horse, beautiful coloring!!
Have a great week!!
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TXGRANDMA 9/22/2014 8:46PM

    Gorgeous photos! Loved the ones of the flowers and the sunsets. The ducks are really beautiful! Can't wait to see updated pictures of them! emoticon

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DOVESEYES 9/22/2014 8:06PM

    Wonderful thanks so much, Sarge is looking younger, he sure is a happy dog.

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REMEMBER2BME 9/22/2014 2:55PM

    Beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing!
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OVERACTIVEELBOW 9/22/2014 2:52PM

    Great pictures..
Can I come for a visit?
Just kidding.. (maybe)
Hugs, Audra

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TX_WILDHEART 9/22/2014 2:23PM

    I always love your gorgeous pictures. I love the wallpaper on your page too... Love horses and fall colors. Thanks for the support you left on my blog as well as the link... I'll be reading it soon.
Rhonda


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BOB5148 9/22/2014 12:11PM

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TCANNO 9/22/2014 11:11AM

    Doesn't time fly, those ducks are 4 weeks old.

Not heard of the Canna flowers but they look nice.

Still no rain and no roses too dry for them.

Love the clouds.

Have a good week Jeanne.

Trev


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TWEETYKC00 9/22/2014 10:58AM

    Beautiful pictures.

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 9/22/2014 10:45AM

    I always enjoy your pictures, are some of your roses wild roses? They are all beautiful. Love the baby ducks and of course Sarge is so handsome. You have a new background picture, love the horses and fall coloring. Have a great Monday.

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SWDESERTLOVER 9/22/2014 10:28AM

    Beautiful pictures. I always love seeing your flower pics! My garden is in such bad shape since I've been laid up all summer with this broken leg, so I'm already looking forward to next spring when I can get out and get it back in shape. Thanks for sharing.
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KLAD_COCKERS 9/22/2014 10:24AM

    Love the photos of the seed pods - how cool!

I can't wait to see updated baby duck pics.

Sarge is so handsome, as always.

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 9/22/2014 10:16AM

    Pretty pictures. I know about the canna seed pods, they are interesting. Mine are still blooming.

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MARITIMER3 9/22/2014 10:02AM

    Thanks for the beautiful pictures, Jeanne.

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GOOZLEBEAR 9/22/2014 9:29AM

    Zoey was excited to see that Sarge sent her his picture. She says he is one handsome boy!!!!! She sends him kisses!!!

Love your flowers, ducks, birds and beautiful skies!! Your area of the world is just amazing!!!

Thanks for sharing and have a great Monday!!!!

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HIPPICHICK1 9/22/2014 9:13AM

    Thank you so much for the gorgeous photos! :-D

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INGMARIE 9/22/2014 7:20AM

    Beautiful, all the flowers very nice.
And Sarge, handsome fella is he not.?
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GARDENCHRIS 9/22/2014 7:16AM

    nice roses .... it has been a strange summer here is Illinois as well.

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Starting the day off with the beauty of mother nature

Friday, September 19, 2014

On the 1st of this month we had a pretty sunrise.






Around 7am My Hubby was on his computer that sits in front on our back window. You can see most of our yard, and watch birds etc. He heard a splash in our pool, and then noticed ripples. He went outside to investigate. There was a Dove that had landed in the pool. It was using it's wings to swim from the deep end to the shallow, then just floated like a Duck. Poor thing was scared. Dennis used the pool net to remove the Dove. He then put the Dove by one of our Rose Bushes and Garlic Plant to dry off.



We walked around the Dove to make sure it was ok, and it just watched us. About 4 hours later the Dove flew into our front yard. We were relived. The next day we saw it on our fence in the front yard, once again, just staring at us. Maybe it wanted to say thank you.
Now this is the culprit that knocked the Dove into the pool. A Coopers Hawk. The Hawk never shows up here until Fall. Makes me wonder if we will have a early Fall this year, as this isn't the first time we have seen this Hawk. Hawks will fly into a Dove etc., knock them so hard they fall to the ground, then grab their prey. It didn't work out for the Hawk this time. It stayed on the telephone wire for a bit, and watched the Dove swimming, but became nervous when Dennis was taking pictures of it. It flew off.




Around 10am I saw a different Dove in our front yard.


House Finches and Sparrows where having a feast also in the front yard.




In the afternoon the dogs got a bath. Henley the Hero looked the saddest, so I had to take pictures of the poor lad.




After that we exercised Huck and Meg's.




My friend, who owns Huck and Meg's had 2 huge Pumpkins on her table. This was the beginning of Sept. Early for Pumpkins, but they look nice and healthy. The nurse that takes care of my friend's Mom grew Veggies etc. in her Mom's back yard. A green thumb for sure!


DH just informed me we need to go grocery shopping. I will finish my blog later.
Thank you for your hugs and comments from yesterdays blog. Your kind words put a smile on my face. Nothing like having good friends! emoticon

  
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IMEMINE1 9/26/2014 5:50AM

    Beautiful Pictures. We have 5 good sized pumpkins that came up by themselves from last years pumpkin. Have a greta weekend.

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HIPPICHICK1 9/22/2014 7:32PM

    Those sunrise pictures are really so pretty...and peaceful. I love the dog photos too and your latest blog...the roses are magnificent!

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OLDERDANDRT 9/21/2014 5:32PM

    You always have such a nice bunch of birds in your yard. I'm hoping the hawk will take note that there are people in your yard taking care of the smaller ones and he needs to go somewhere else to hunt!!! Nya-nya, Mr. Hawk!!
Poor Henley!! But he's soft and smells nice again, so I'm sure, once again dry, he's feeling better about the whole thing!! hehe
Always love seeing Huck and Meg's. What beauties they are, but then I love 'em all!!!
Nice, BIG ole pumpkins!!!! WooHoo!!! Would make for great, scary jack o'lanterns!!!
I need to go to the store, too, and DS & I are going out for dinner soon, so I need to see what's on my list that I need to buy so we can go there on the way home.
Hope you are having a fabulous weekend!!! (((HUGS))) and of course, (((HUGS))) to all the critters!!!

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MARLINDA5 9/21/2014 12:04PM

    Henley the Hero looked very sad indeed but I am sure after he felt better tha the was given a bath.

Huck & Meg looked very happy

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FLORIDASUN 9/21/2014 9:06AM

    Awhhhh lucky little dove! We have hawks in our backyard too here in FL. They are really ruthless predators aren't they? We used to have an abundance of bird feed in our feeders but I started feeling like the birdies were sitting ducks for the hawks and owls that learned this was an easy prey spot. We also had squirrels that loved the feeders but Mr. Bobcat would try to nab them...so we let the feeders go empty. I hated to do that but thought it was more merciful than having our beautiful little cardinals and chickadees get attacked. Then of course there were the nasty crows...don't like those big bullies at all. Every species has them don't they...the pushers, shovers, and takers. Even in the bird world. Sad face!

Mr. Henley should feel all better now...being nice and fresh...he surely wasn't enjoying the 'moment' though! emoticon

Loved your beautiful pictures my friend! I'm on day 2 of a streak I hope to keep getting out for my walks EARLY...before I wake up enough to talk myself out of them! emoticon

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KLAD_COCKERS 9/20/2014 5:41PM

    Maybe the beautiful sunrise was your friend Kathy's way of letting you know that she's okay now, and surrounded by those she loved that passed before her. I do think that the people we care about try to send us messages after they pass - we just have to be willing to watch for them.

Poor Henley, he did NOT enjoy that bath. I bet the water felt nice and cool, though.

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TWEETYKC00 9/20/2014 5:07PM

    I'm glad the dove is ok now. Wish I could give Henley a hug to help him with the bath.

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TX_WILDHEART 9/20/2014 12:07PM

    awww so glad you saved the dove... poor thing. Your pups are soo cute.. even if one was sad about bathtime.l YOu know he felt better later!

Thanks for sharing!
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NISSANGIRL 9/20/2014 10:05AM

    So glad u helped the dove and that it's ok! love your pictures!!!! enjoy the weekend! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOLGURL 9/20/2014 9:44AM

    Those are beautiful photos! I love your Aussie Shepherds!!! :D (Those are Aussies right?) Sadly I'm in NYC so I don't get a chance to really interact with nature on a daily basis. I miss the hikes I used to take when I lived in a smaller town. But we had an early fall too! Time for jackets~~

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PRUPLEBEAR 9/20/2014 8:09AM

    Great Pic!!!

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REMEMBER2BME 9/20/2014 8:04AM

    GREAT pictures. You know I just love those pups!!!

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TCANNO 9/20/2014 4:36AM

    Henley looks so sad, but he kept still for you.

Lucky dove must have 9 lives.

Have a good week Jeanne

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MARTHA-ANN 9/20/2014 2:53AM

    Interesting blog...one lucky dove! emoticon

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JAMER123 9/19/2014 11:33PM

    I am sure the Dove was sitting there telling you thank you. To be knocked out of the air and fear drowning, a human can be their last chance. Thanks to Dennis having seen it. I have only seen Cooper hawks in pictures but I know bigger birds love to take on littler ones.
Beautiful sunrise pictures!! And then there is poor Henley! So sad :( That's bath time at our house too with Keeleigh.
Thanks for sharing!
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ILOVEMALI 9/19/2014 10:44PM

  beautiful photos, as usual. Coop has been hanging out around here, too -- it knows that we have a bird feeder!

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KIM22211 9/19/2014 10:38PM

    always love the pics!

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 9/19/2014 10:14PM

    Love those sunrises. Nice sunset right now.
Yes I have seen our Coopers Hawk, he's back!! Very quiet when he is around.
Patty hates bathtime too, has been so hot I do it outside too, sure cools them off.

Miss growing pumpkins, those look great. emoticon emoticon

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NORASPAT 9/19/2014 9:37PM

    What an interesting blog. The Coopers hawk lost his meal ticket but the dove can still COO!!

I had to rescue an animal from our pool. I wanted ladders not steps I thought and still believe it was the way to go. The desperate animal was tiring fast. I had to send 6 kids in to the house. I put the net on the longest of our poles. It was almost longer than the width of the pool. I carefully got the net below and the little bedraggles critter just lay on the net panting.
Then ran in to the house.
The kids and I saw a wobbly SKUNK step off the net and on to the grass. He was there for hours and the kids could not go out. They knew the skunk looks good and smells bad so we got out the LEGO on a beautiful summers day. Pat in Maine.
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ALMOMMY10 9/19/2014 9:30PM

    Ah wet dog smell!!! My dog must be weird. When we tell him it's tubby time, he'll jump right in.

That was nice you were able to save the dove. It probably returned to say thanks.

Enjoy your weekend.

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EFFIEANNIE 9/19/2014 9:09PM

    Glad to hear the dove is fine. Love the pictures.

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DOVESEYES 9/19/2014 8:58PM

    Lovely photos. So glad the dove was saved but the hawk must eat I suppose. Thanks so much I love your blogs.

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 9/19/2014 8:54PM

    That dove was very luck you had a pool.

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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 9/19/2014 8:46PM

    Poor pup going through that torture. Myou pup hates a bath, but tomorrow is the big day. I'm glad the hawk didn'the get the dove. I bet the dove was thanking you for sure. Don't you just love a rescue! Great pics.

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GOOZLEBEAR 9/19/2014 7:48PM

    Henley does look a bit sad but then I'm sure he was glad for the bath afterwards!!!
So glad the dove was safe. Looks like he wanted to thank Dennis for getting him out of the water. Too bad about the hawk getting after him.

Beautiful pictures as usual!!

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1SURFWALKER 9/19/2014 7:42PM

    It is so funny how dogs do not like to be bathed!
Glad that hawk missed out on such a pretty dove! Great pics of the both it and the hawk! Your dogs are adorable!
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INGMARIE 9/19/2014 7:36PM

    Beautiful blog and beautiful photos too. emoticon
Thank you for sharing.
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OVERACTIVEELBOW 9/19/2014 7:18PM

    Truly enjoyed reading your blog (pictures and narration, too!).

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GRACEOMALLEY 9/19/2014 7:02PM

    Henley looks so miserable about being bathed!

That hawk needs to go elsewhere. I've had two mourning doves coming to my yard for at least two years. Did you know they mate for life? For a time late spring into early summer, only one was showing up at my feeder. Then about a week ago, there were 3 of them out eating bird seed among the other birds! I think maybe momma was hatching a baby who is now old enough and big enough to hang out with the folks until it finds its own mate.

Have a super weekend!
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You will be missed

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The other day I had half of a blog put together. I copied and saved what I had written thank goodness, because my computer froze. My computer started running again, but went into snail mode. I got frustrated, so decided to run over to Albertsons, and finish the blog when I got back. Albertsons is real close to our home. A 2 minute drive. I grabbed what I needed grocery wise. I had to buy my favorite drink, Peppermint Mocha, from Starbucks that is inside the store. I have a friend who is the manager of Starbucks at Albertsons. The sweetest person ever. She has Horses. When we were looking for a new place to board our Horses a few years ago she asked if I wanted to board at her place for a real reasonable fee. We would do the feeding and cleaning up after our Horses. She lives in the hills, and there are nice trails there to ride. We were looking forward to riding together. However, she was renting her home, and the person that owned the home didn't want to be responsible for a border. So that canned that idea. Anyway, I would see Kathy now and then and we would chat...I hadn't been to Albersons for about a month, and I want to kick myself for not going there sooner. After they gave me my coffee, I started to walk out of the store, when I noticed a framed picture of Kathy with "we love you" and pretty roses around the frame. I thought "oh, it must be her birthday. I will have to come back". Then I saw "In loving memory". I about passed out. It took everything I had to keep from bursting into tears. I asked the gals that worked behind the counter what happened. They said Cathy died 3 weeks ago of natural causes. Not only was I stunned, Dennis was as well. I am 64, and Cathy was about 10 yrs. younger then me. You just never know what is going to happen in life. Like I said Kathy was the sweetest person. Always a smile on her face. I never saw her in a bad mood. Even when she wasn't feeling well (cold etc.) she was friendly. I loved her red hair. In the summer she would get little freckles that crossed her nose, and they blended in with her red hair. She was cute as can be. I told Dennis I wanted to buy a new plant in her honor and put it in one of my pots. We went to Lowes and I found a red Mum. Perfect. Here is Cathy. I hope her spirit enjoys the Mum's that I bought for her.




Later that day, our Daughter informed us she was giving her bird, Oro, to a friend of hers. I love her bird, but Kathryn thinks her allergies have been acting up due to the bird...I can't blame here there...The minute Oro heard me get up in the morning he would call to me. I tried teaching my birds the "wolf whistle", but the only bird that caught on was Oro lol. I was a bit worried about a new home for Oro though. Some Parrots have a hard time adjusting. When Kathryn's friend came to get Oro, I remembered her from the beauty school Kathryn went to. She is a sweet girl. A quiet demeanor. So Oro should be ok. The gal lives not far from us, so at least we can go visit Oro. I had just taken these pics of Oro, so thought I would share them. It is quieter without him here. What a beautiful bird.






Sorry this blog is a bit of a bummer. I have a ton of pictures to upload, and the rest of my blogs will be of good cheer.

  
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IMEMINE1 9/26/2014 5:46AM

    emoticon So sorry .

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JANET552 9/24/2014 8:39AM

    I am so sorry for the loss of your friend and of your parrot. emoticon

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HIPPICHICK1 9/22/2014 7:30PM

    My sincerest condolences on the loss of your friend.
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MARLINDA5 9/21/2014 12:01PM

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your friend Kathy and so young. As you said you never know what will happen no matter what age.

I love the flowers you got for her - very nice.

The parrot Oro is pretty and glad to hear going to a nice home - even nicer is you get to visit.

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FLORIDASUN 9/21/2014 9:14AM

    Gasp....I'm SO sorry to hear about the beautiful Kathy! This makes me happier than EVER that the hubs and I took our long road trip vacation this summer. It's something we've NEVER done and it was SO much fun!

It's so true...we MUST live every day to it's fullest and enjoy life's roses whenever we can! The hubs and I are pretty much work~a~holics...now with he 67 and me 62...No MORE!

It's SO sad to lose someone so young...but if death does anything it taps us on the shoulder and says...don't forget to LIVE!

Thanks for sharing your story...it's a good reminder and one that I'll remember for a good long while!

Hugs my friend! emoticon

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MADAMES 9/20/2014 9:20PM

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. We really don't ever know what the day will bring, and we need to appreciate each day that we have together.

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CHEBBA 9/20/2014 8:16PM

    How desperately sad about your pretty friend Kathy. It must have been a terrible shock for everyone who knew and loved her. She looks to have been a really nice lady - an infectious smile.

Oro is a lovely Senegal parrot - we have two, but they are notorious at pulling their feathers. We've spent a fortune on avian vets, clinical tests, toys, cages, lighting - you name it! Our hen bird Mary has to have hormone implants every 6 months, too, as she has chronic egg production issues. Last year, just after our GSD x Rotti had to have her front leg amputated due to osteosarcoma (it never rains, but it pours!) I had to drive long distance (on a Sunday too, so it was even more expensive!) to an avian vet, as Mary was huffing and puffing and looking stressed; I knew she was in a potentially dangerous situation. She had to be admitted to the veterinary hospital and anaesthetised, as an egg was stuck sideways. The vet had to collapse it internally and withdraw it manually. She had to stay at the hospital for two nights and when I went to collect a much better Mary, the bill was 370 - around $550!!! (Gulp! It was nearly as much as Sarah's amputation! But our Senegal bit the vet, too, so that told the people there what she thought of the bill, haha!) But at least we had our Mary home again and if I hadn't gone, she'd have had nasty end. Senegals can be incredibly difficult to rehome, adults can be so nervous of change - I do hope you get to see Oro often as I'm sure he'll appreciate that. Please let us know how he goes on.

Do you know why your friend died? 'Natural causes' is such a catch-all term and not normally used for one so young. I'm a few months younger than you, but it is scary indeed and I can fully understand how you felt when you saw the picture. I love the Mum idea - lovely.

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KLAD_COCKERS 9/20/2014 5:38PM

    Oh Jeanne, I'm so sorry about the passing of your friend. And to find out so abruptly too. Sending you lots of love and hugs my friend emoticon

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GAILANN48 9/20/2014 2:56PM

    I'm so sorry about your friend, and I know exactly what you mean by the shock. You're right, we never know how much time we have left here, or how much time is left to anyone in our lives.

I'm sorry, too, about the loss of your "grandbird," though at least you can visit. No need to apologize that your blog was more down than usual - it lets everyone know you're a whole person. :)

XO,
Gail

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REMEMBER2BME 9/20/2014 8:03AM

    I am so sorry for your loss. It is so very surprising and a bit scary to say the least. HUGS to you.

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JOANNS4 9/19/2014 9:29PM

    I'm sorry. emoticon

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IRISHMUM3 9/19/2014 7:46PM

    So sorry to hear about your friend. The Mums are a lovely way to remember her.

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1SURFWALKER 9/19/2014 7:39PM

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your friend. So sad one so young like her would pass away. Very nice to plant a flower in her honor!
Oro is such a pretty bird...glad he won't be far away and hope he is happy in his new home. emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 9/19/2014 2:30PM

    I am soooo sorry for the loss of your friend, Cathy. I guess you just never know! Also about Oro! Why is she giving to someone that isn't you? You seem to be quite close to the feathered friend!
Hope you have a Fabulous Friday, Jeanne!
ps When my computer freezes, I just shut it down and reboot. Sadly it usually needs a reboot every 24 - 48 hours, but it's an easy fix!


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LOSER05 9/19/2014 12:04PM

    I'm sorry emoticon

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MARITIMER3 9/19/2014 11:39AM

    I'm so sorry about your friend. Your blog isa reminder to all of us to enjoy every day and appreciate the time we have with friends and relatives because life doesn't come with a guarantee.
Hugs, Gail

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 9/19/2014 10:07AM

    Sorry for the lost of a friend, and you are right you just never know, and that is the way it is suppose to be.

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GOOZLEBEAR 9/19/2014 10:05AM

    That is a beautiful picture of your friend, thank you for sharing your story and I'm so sorry she is no longer with you. Also sorry about Oro having to go to another home but at least you can have visiting privilege's!!!!

I love the flower tribute to Kathy in your yard.

That's okay, you are allowed a "bummer" blog once in awhile!!! I always love reading whatever you have to say!

Have a great Friday! emoticon

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TCANNO 9/19/2014 9:43AM

    That is the trouble Jeanne, how often do you say See you later and never get round to it.

Sorry you have lost a fiend.

I love the parrot and wish I had room for one but I don't.

Try and have a good weekend

Trev


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OVERACTIVEELBOW 9/19/2014 8:52AM

    Sorry for your losses..
But, how very lucky you are...
You had them in your life. even for just a while.
Hugs, Audra

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FLOWERDALEJEWEL 9/19/2014 8:04AM

   
Jeanne, I'm so very sorry about the loss of your friend. I know life goes on, but lately it seems to be a lesson that's being drummed into us. I do hope she didn't suffer and I hope you are feeling a little better very soon

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INGMARIE 9/19/2014 7:45AM

    Jeanne, so sorry to se about your friend, not what was expected ,and too young really. I am 64 as well as you said, we really don't know when the time is up so to speak, better love live and laugh now.

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TWEETYKC00 9/19/2014 7:41AM

    I am so sorry about your friend. Hoping she is watching you and smiling.

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HELEN_BRU 9/19/2014 7:39AM

    So sad when we lose someone that way. It's hard to digest. Such a beautiful girl.

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ONESPOTLEFT 9/19/2014 7:11AM

    sorry to hear about your friend emoticon

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MARTHA-ANN 9/19/2014 3:59AM

    Sorry about the loss of your friend, the red mums are a great tribute to her. emoticon

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NEWSTART127 9/19/2014 2:02AM

    So sorry for the loss of your friend. Too young... too many things happening to good people. {{{HUGS}}}

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JAMER123 9/19/2014 12:32AM

    Jeannie, I am so sorry for the poss of your friend. You are right that none of us know the when or the why but no matter, there is sorrow attached to it. God bless her and her family as well as you and Dennis. Sending my love to you all.
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ILOVEMALI 9/19/2014 12:01AM

  I am so sorry that you lost your friend. Too young, too soon. emoticon

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ALMOMMY10 9/18/2014 11:32PM

    Life is precious. My father in-law is having surgery tomorrow for an abdominal aortic aneurysm. The doctor is also concerned about growths he saw on his liver and pancreas. He 's a tough guy. So I'm hoping for the best.

Sorry to hear of your friend's passing.

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PANDABEAR42 9/18/2014 11:15PM

    so sorry to hear about your friend. she was way to young to have passed. emoticon and prayers to you and her family.

i lost my mom when she was 49 years, that is a young age to pass. you feel they still have lots of living to do yet. i'm 61 yrs. now, but age 49 was a rough one for me.

even having to rehome Oro is like loosing another friend. emoticon hugs and prayers to you and your daughter on having to rehome your beautiful bird. hoping he makes the transition without any problems. hope the empty spots in your hearts become whole again.

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TEALHAWK1 9/18/2014 10:48PM

    emoticon so sorry about the loss of your friend. Your pictures are beautiful

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KIM22211 9/18/2014 10:40PM

    so sweet but waaaaay too young to have lost her! what a beauty! So sad for your loss

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STEELKICKIN 9/18/2014 10:30PM

    Oh sweetie...I am so sorry about your friend. It is okay to talk about it, to lean on your friends here for support. Life is too difficult and strange at times to try to understand it on our own. Talking and sharing are ways we make it more bearable. I am glad you shared her with us. She seemed absolutely lovely and kind. I'm also glad you felt comfortable sharing her with us because we care about what you are feeling. Sad or happy, we want to be here for you. That is what friends are for...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and her family. Big hugs...

Thank you for sharing your pictures with us. Oro reminds me of my bird Arnold I had so many years ago...

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MM11113 9/18/2014 10:19PM

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DOVESEYES 9/18/2014 10:17PM

    It's good friends that you can share your ups and downs with.

hugs

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 9/18/2014 10:15PM

    Oh, so sad she was so cute. We never do know what is going to happen. Such a nice tribute getting the red mums.
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TXGRANDMA 9/18/2014 10:14PM

    Oh, Jeanne! That is so sad about your friend! What a tragedy! God bless you and her coworkers, and family. The bird is beautiful! emoticon

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MEADSBAY 9/18/2014 10:11PM

    I come from a big family (7 boys and 7 girls) but I have lost four siblings...three younger than me (I'm 62) so I have learned that we absolutely must live each day as if it were our last.
So sorry about the loss of your friend.
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