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Today was very good.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Today our youngest son was in bed -- he works nights.
Our DIL was also going to work.

I called my Spark friend in Maine and asked if I could visit for a while and bring along my Granddaughter. Our eldest grand daughter wants to be an artist as good as my Spark friend CHAIRUL.

Our youngest Granddaughter was doing homework and I asked her if she would like to come with us to Oxford. I asked her sleeping father and he said yes so we went.

Our Nevada Granddaughter has not driven through rural Maine. She has seen interstate driving but the trees do not have canopies over the roads in places as Maine does.

We had a nice drive it takes about 90 minutes each way.
CHAIRUL gave them a lot of her time and I knew she is busy with her wonderful children's books we all love them they are so unusual and imaginative.

The girls and I had a three way day. DIL was busy at work.
DH and oldest son had time to themselves and loved it.
Our youngest son gets up around noon so they were all able to talk till youngest headed to work.
When we got home DH had picked up DIL and by the end of the day everyone was feeling good.
After Dinner we FOUR LADIES went out for ice cream after dark. It had begun to rain. I told our DIL it is raining and it will be back roads and very few lights.
I asked her would she like to drive now since the days are getting shorter.
She drove. I knew she was nervous and it was a very difference experience for her.


In Nevada in Las Vegas the streets are as flat as pancakes but here in Maine besides the trees and the rain, we live in a hilly area. It was a big surprise when the lights crest the hills and they are right in your face. Oh BOY!

SHE DID GREAT and now she has done both drives there and back we will be able to give her some more opportunities to drive in Maine after dark.

She was proud of herself and she was glad I suggested she drive in those circumstances.

Fall is black in the evenings in Maine but winter is white and another challenge awaits her.
It was a good day. Our oldest son and oldest granddaughter have only been over twice to Maine from upstate NY this year. It was good to see them both.

Meanwhile our grandsons mother drove from upstate NY to pick up an on line gamer the same age as GS and they went to his home and she brought them back for a visit before school starts. She has to drive those same many hours to take the boy back.

I am so happy that the grands all got together and socialized right before school.
Now they have things to talk about. Woo Hoo.

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ARTJAC 9/1/2014 3:43AM

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    Sounds like so much fun Pat!

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NASFKAB 9/1/2014 1:59AM

  what a great blog full of family & fun great your sons got together with your DH & you girla had quality time together

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123ELAINE456 9/1/2014 1:36AM

  Sounds like a Wonderful Day for All of you. God Blessings Always. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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ALICIA214 8/31/2014 11:43PM

 


Love your blogs Pat, Thank you for sharing.

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TERRI289 8/31/2014 11:27PM

    Sounds like the most wonderful day!! Glad it was full of family and fun!

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Our Son made it in good time.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

He worked all day and then he drove to our house from upstate New York. He arrived at 10 pm . I had a meal for him and now Father and Daughter are outside in our RV and they have been talking art and school and all kinds of things. It really helps when he and she get time together so I have left them alone.

We have managed to get him to stay and go home Monday. That gives me some time for a chat . HUGS Pat in Maine. Off to bed late again. But losing a bit of sleep to catch up with family is my way to go.

  
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LITTLEWIND53 8/31/2014 8:14PM

    I'm glad he is able to stay the extra night so you get some time with him as well.

Hope you had a great visit.....

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PICKIE98 8/31/2014 4:18PM

    Good way to spend a holiday weekend.. enjoy the time with them...

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NEEDSHELP52 8/31/2014 11:33AM

    Pat, did your GS get to come? It is really nice when a parent and child gets to have some one on one. HUGS, Terry

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/31/2014 10:17AM

    I'm glad that your son came and you can spend some time together.

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MILLISMA 8/31/2014 10:11AM

    What a wonderful time for your son and GD and for you. Enjoy the day.

hugs to all.....Mary Anne

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    You are a good mom. I wish that if we had blessed with children, I would want to be half as good as you!
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    I am glad you are having family time. Family is important.

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GOANNA2 8/31/2014 6:42AM

    Wonderful that your son was able to come and stay over.
Have a wonderful Sunday and wishing him and your GD
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GINIEMIE 8/31/2014 5:18AM

    How wonderful that your son was able to come the entire way and is staying till Monday with you. I hope you have a WONDERFUL family day today, Sunday, and that both your sons will have time to visit with you and their daughters. Safe travel prayers for the New Yorkers.

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NASFKAB 8/31/2014 1:41AM

  great family time so glad you can spend time with your son also

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DEBBIEANNE1124 8/31/2014 1:05AM

    Good times. Good memories.

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    Glad things are going well. Have a great day tomorrow and enjoy the family time.

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Today we went to the eye DR.

Friday, August 29, 2014

We were there for four and a half hours. There were so man people there it was standing room only.
DH has ARMD, Glaucoma and also cataracts. The Dr has decided to leave the right eye alone and he will do the left eye in the hope he can see clearer and longer. It is what it is and we have to adjust to it.
Together we can do it. I am hoping we can take a few trips this fall but so far this year we have not gone far away from Central Maine.
It has been a year of stress but we do our best to stay upbeat as we can. I did more yard work as soon as I have got home. I am hoping it will be easier when I have to use the snow blower. I have used it off and on for years but DH calls it playing in the snow.
Tomorrow our other DIL is coming over with our Grandson. They will take Tegan back to NY because they have to go back to school next Thursday.
Thanks for all the support . This year I have written my blogs and have been unable to thank you all for the support. Thanks Spark friends. Pat in Maine.

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/31/2014 10:16AM

    I hope the stress is over for you soon and that you and your hubby can get back to doing things you love like taking your trips. Maybe you should do that anyway.

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GINIEMIE 8/31/2014 5:31AM

    Love you and am praying for you. Understand not being able to respond to all who follow our blogs, I'm struggling with the same thing.
Sorry for the stressful eye doctor appointment, hugs for both you and Fred. I hope you get a slight relief from stress soon.
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UUCEEJAY 8/30/2014 10:00PM

    Thanks for your blogs, Pat. They help motivate me and keep me coming back to SP when I start to stray from the path. Hope the Dr. can help your DH with his eyes. Keeping you both in my thoughts and prayers. I'm so glad you got to see all of your grandchildren this summer.

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MILLISMA 8/30/2014 8:47PM

    Please give DH a big hug for me. I know it's not easy and a little scarey for both of you. Think of you often.

hugs....Mary Anne

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123ELAINE456 8/30/2014 5:23PM

  I hope all goes well with DH eyes. Glad that you are able to spend time with all your Grand Children. Hope that You had a Wonderful Fun-Filled Time With Them. God Blessings Always. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!Have a Marvelous Labor Day Weekend. Take Care.

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PICKIE98 8/30/2014 3:55PM

    Any human being that lets another wait for four hours is greedy. Period. NO excuses about being the only guy around. or the best in their field.. bull! Schedule with the patient in mind.. get a partner, get a watch, get real!!
whatever.. It is the most selfish and inconsiderate thing ever. Shame on them.

SO glad the kids got to visit.. what a busy year for you all!



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VEENAS1 8/30/2014 9:27AM

    I am glad you have had a chance to visit with your granddaughter and now grandson. I hope all goes well with your husband's eye procedure.

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NEEDSHELP52 8/30/2014 9:22AM

    Pat, it will be nice for you to see your GS again. Hope you had a very nice time with your GD. It sounds it in your post. Pray things are better for your DH eyes. HUGS, Terry

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GOANNA2 8/30/2014 8:48AM

    Sorry you had to wait so long at the doctor's Pat.
Poor Fred, I hope that he will be able to see better
when the operation is over. Have they given a date
for the surgery? Seems that your GD has just arrived
and now she is leaving. I hope you enjoyed the time
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EACHMOMENT2 8/30/2014 8:15AM

  That is a ridiculous long wait. Why would you have people come in to only wait for a later appt. time slot? I used to work in a dr. office and that was my BIG pet peeve. Worked with the dr. to put plans in place to make that a rare occurrence. Hope the dr. have the tools at hand to help your husband keep his eyesight as long as possible.

My summer has been stressful too. I didn't work summer school in the hopes of being refreshed for the fall. Didn't even get to go for a walk with you again on the rail trail. Maybe this fall? I am starting the school year after opening meetings and trainings wondering what they (administrators) are thinking? Reams of paperwork and new programs are being required all at once.

I do hope your DG is enjoying going to school. I homeschooled my girls for a few years and they enjoyed going to school. Both have their positives and negatives.

I know what you mean about yard work. I like a cultivated yard. It is a lot of work though and winter puts it to sleep for a break. My husband is tall and he bought our snow blower. But I am the one who is usually home with snow days. So, I am the one most time with the job of snow removal. It is good exercise, but our blower is large for a large drive and yard. Can be a bit of a tug of war to go this way or that, but it pretty much moves itself along. Much better than shoveling, which we did in years past when we were younger and dead broke. Interesting to see how much moving of snow we will need to do this winter.

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EFFIEANNIE 8/30/2014 7:49AM

    Our shool started last week already!

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LITTLEWIND53 8/30/2014 5:45AM

    Wow, September next week already.....Where did the time go.

So glad you had some time with your DGD

I sympathise with Fred. I know what it is like for me loosing my vision. I hope they can get the one eye so he can see somewhat better.

Take care. (((HUGS)))

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NASFKAB 8/30/2014 12:29AM

  hope your DH eyes will be fixed sending healing wishes to both of you

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1CRAZYDOG 8/29/2014 11:07PM

    HUGS! It has been a very busy year for you. It will be different when they leave, but just as always, you'll adjust.



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LUNADRAGON 8/29/2014 10:53PM

    Thinking of you. I am heading up to Maine! 9/9 through 9/13! Finally getting to retreat this year.
Hope your hubby feels better with his eyes soon.
Deborah

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DEBBIEANNE1124 8/29/2014 10:52PM

    You will be sad to see her leave but happy for th time you've had together.

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TERRI289 8/29/2014 10:37PM

    Sorry that you had such a long wait. Hope you and dh weren't too uncomfortable.

I am so glad that you guys are a great team. Keeping you in prayer and missing you like crazy.. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Just another day with this TABLET

Thursday, August 28, 2014

I just had to spend an hour plus to find out why the keyboard did not work. I changed to another mouse. Still nothing. Then I realized it had to be a numbers lock but it does not have one. Finally I saw the attached keyboard was dull not bright. I took it off. Had no clue what I was doing so I put it back on to continue to close and it was BRIGHT as a button. Only then could I add any numbers or clicks.

ONE MORE THING LEARNED!!! Woo Hoo.

Another day tomorrow. I am so tired Pat in Maine.

  
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TERRI289 8/29/2014 10:39PM

    Cranky tablet.....

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    Guess I'm going to stick with my little laptop! emoticon emoticon

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123ELAINE456 8/29/2014 9:35PM

  Well Done. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!Have a Great Labor Day Weekend. Take Care.

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LITTLEWIND53 8/29/2014 7:43PM

    We live and learn.....

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CHALLENGER15 8/29/2014 4:36PM

    You may have to help me if I end up getting one!

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NEEDSHELP52 8/29/2014 12:55PM

    Pat, it is amazing how just a little thing can fix these computers. HUGS, Terry

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    I'm glad you got it fixed!

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    WOW The fact that you could fix it is amazing to me. emoticon

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GOANNA2 8/29/2014 8:24AM

    That's the best way to learn Pat. I have just seen
the Surface tablets advertised here for the first time.
Now I know what you are talking about. Have fun
learning and you will get to be so good that you will
wonder what happened...Have a great weekend.
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GINIEMIE 8/29/2014 7:25AM

    Actually you are learning the best way-it is the hard way, but you will remember what you have learned having had to figure it out and do it yourself.
Hope you slept well my friend.
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    Hope you don't have to worry about that again.

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PICKIE98 8/29/2014 5:34AM

    You are very patient.

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 8/29/2014 4:35AM

    Perseverance is the key!

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    Good for you. My cat walking across the keyboard can do fantastic things that take perseverance to correct. emoticon emoticon

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    It's always nice to learn something new.

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    Isn't it great when you figure it out.. accidentally or on purpose.
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I had a fabulous day with Granddaughter-great time and lots of chatting.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Today was very hot indeed. Our youngest Granddaughter went to public school for the first time.
DH does not like the heat it hit 90 degrees so I suggested he stay home with the dogs and I and Tegan our oldest granddaughter went out shopping.
We hit thrift stores and Goodwill and other odd places where you find some really good buys. We had a great time. We hit McDonald's for fish sandwiches and she had iced coffee and I had hot coffee.
It was so nice to have her to myself. She loves art and wants to be an artist so I try to encourage her natural talent.
We bought paper, more sketch pads and eventually poster board 10 cents apiece FULL SIZE no less! We were out for 6 hours and we had fun again.

She is staying in the little RV.
It has not left the yard but it has made two grand kids happy for a summer break. They are brother and sister. Our grandson stayed a month almost 5 weeks but our granddaughter had to go go to summer school they stayed out in the yard alone and I left them to do whatever they wanted to do. I like that. I hope it gives them more independence.

I had a really good time with her once again. She is here till the weekend, too short but EDUCATION and school are my priority.
PHOTOS in the BUTTERFLY Gardens in Mt Desert. Island Maine.

A viceroy Butterfly'


A view across to the golf course from the Charlotte Rhoades Butterfly gardens.


Without the lowly caterpillars the beautiful butterflies would never been seen.

Pat in Maine.

  
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LITTLEWIND53 8/29/2014 7:42PM

    What a wonderful day you had with your Granddaughter. And she is one lucky girl to have you for a Grandmother.....

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    I'm so glad you are having such a good summer with your grandchildren! They are lucky to have this special time with you. Beautiful picture of the butterfly. emoticon

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EFFIEANNIE 8/28/2014 7:34PM

    So glad you had a good day with your grand-daughter!

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123ELAINE456 8/28/2014 6:57PM

  Beautiful Pictures Pat. Looks like a Wonderful Place to visit and see. So glad that your Grand Daughter and You had such a Wonderful Time Together. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Have a Great Day. Take Care.

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PICKIE98 8/28/2014 5:55PM

    that rv is a guest house that is in valuable to draw the kids to visit you.. they all know how much fun Grandparents are and the bonus is their privacy...

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NEEDSHELP52 8/28/2014 1:15PM

    Pat, I so love butterflies. Glad you had such a nice time with your GD. HUGS, Terry

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TERRI289 8/28/2014 11:10AM

    So glad that you had Tegan all to yourself for a bit...bonding with grandmother is the best!!!!

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MILLISMA 8/28/2014 10:33AM

    What a great day indeed!!! Beautiful memories for you and your GD. Glad that she was able to come for a visit.

Love the photos. I have been enjoying the butterflies around my 3butterfly bushes that survived the winter. So beautiful to watch.

Have a great day and hope it's not to hot today.

hugs...Mary Anne

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VEENAS1 8/28/2014 8:58AM

    I am glad you had a nice time with your granddaughter. The pictures are beautiful, as always.

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GINIEMIE 8/28/2014 8:09AM

    Wow, sounds like you and Tegan had a wonderful day. I love it when I get the opportunity to spend time with just one of my Grandchildren, don't get me wrong I love being surrounded by all of them too. However one on one allows one to see what they are becoming.
Your pictures are beautiful. I love the greenery and the butterfly.
Having the RV does allow company to have some privacy. I might let my 15 yr old GS out there but not my 6 yr old GD, I'm not even sure about the 10 yr old.
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SCDALYNCH 8/28/2014 5:32AM

    Beautiful pictures. That must be a wonderful place.

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GOANNA2 8/28/2014 5:04AM

    Wonderful that you had your granddaughter to yourself. Sounds
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NASFKAB 8/28/2014 1:03AM

  woderul pictures thanks for posting great you enjoyed granddaughter

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DEBBIEANNE1124 8/28/2014 12:31AM

    emoticon It's nice you enjoyed your day with gd.

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JUSTYNA7 8/27/2014 10:50PM

    Oh so glad to read this upbeat blog! I am delighted you are enjoying these darlings.... the grandchildren, lol not the butterflies... OK them too!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/27/2014 10:46PM

    Glad you had a good time w/your Granddaughter! That is so special. HUGS

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CASSIOEPIA 8/27/2014 10:09PM

    Wow that sounds like a wonderful day Pat. The pictures are wonderful.

Judi

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/27/2014 9:38PM

    The pictures are beautiful!!

You are so blessed to have such wonderful grand children. Your day sounded like such fun to me. I would have loved it. I won't ever be a grandmother but I enjoy reading about the lives of those who are thus blessed.

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HARROWJET 8/27/2014 9:30PM

    Isn't it fun to have time together like that. You are giving her happy things to think about and remember.

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