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I Am Left Handed

Sunday, October 12, 2014

I am left handed and do most things with my left hand but I iron with my right hand. Go figure.

I say this because I had an Eureka moment today. I am right footed! Well, no big deal, really? I broke both of my long bones at my right ankle two years ago and I am still having navigation problems. I want to step forward first with my right foot, or down when going off a curb and other places that do not have a railing. Even with a cane I have trouble because I want to step off with my right foot but the balance is poor. I do not have as much trouble stepping up but down I often feel I am about to loose my balance. My right foot does not and will never have the flexibility of my left foot. I have trouble putting on socks and shoes on my right foot because I cannot bend my foot properly.

I cannot remember which is my dominant eye and I cannot remember how to check for it.

If you are having mobility difficulties knowing which eye, hand and foot are your dominant may help you become more mobile and then again it may not because when you loose the mobility due to an injury getting it back may be impossible.

Have you had an Eureka moment?


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MAMISHELI53 11/4/2014 6:52AM

    My Dad used to say "A Eureka a Day keeps the creditors away!" (He was inventive).
I can't descend stairs with my right foot first because my left knee would buckle. I was also going upstairs left foot first till it occurred to me, since my right hip is weak I should strengthen those muscles by going right foot first. Eureka! It ain't easy, but I'm hoping to strengthen those muscles for when I have hip replacement!

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 10/16/2014 7:34AM

    Carol, I need to do the leg strengthening and see if that will help with the balance.


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    I lead with my right foot. So of course it is the one I broke when I slipped on ice. 12 fractures, plus a 13th that was a spiral fracture up the big bone. Metal plate with holes in it was put into the right ankle on the outside; 6 screws went in the holes. 2 pins and a screw on the inside of the right ankle. When I do it, I do it big. I haven't flown since 9-11 but yes, I probably DO beep at the airport, which was only a joke before . . .

Have you tried a tri-tip cane? My dad found those much better than a regular cane that only has one point.

I find when I have really good muscle strength in the whole leg from hip to toes, then I don't have problems stepping off curbs or down steps. Something about the muscles and ligaments being in top shape, makes a huge difference in stability and confidence.

But it takes alot of diligent, intentional, consistent, hours of work, to maintain that.

It's something I DO want to maintain as I get older, so I can live independently well into my 90s (if I live that long). Independence in extreme old age, motivates me to put the work in, and keep putting the work in. I know you have family and grands, but I don't.

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ANGIEN9 10/14/2014 3:40PM

    Hi Jane,
I know I am right handed and my right eye is my dominant eye. I guess my whole right side is stronger than my left. So does that make me left brained dominant?? Your blog sure brought up that question for me. I have to Google it! Great to see you blogging. I have been out of the swing of things for quite some time. Working hard to get back on track.

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 10/13/2014 8:05AM

    Thanks Margo, I am right eyed... I am also slightly dyslexic which makes doing some task a real challenge.


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NASFKAB 10/13/2014 2:09AM

  great advice Jane very helpful am right handed broke my left arm 3 years ago & broke my right femur 9 months back

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JOANNS4 10/12/2014 9:38PM

    Yes, Jane. My oldest DD is cross dominant and we knew from the time she was in kindergarten. She is very smart and is also able to do mirror writing from the time she was 4.
I am clumsier since I have had a badly pulled hamstring in my right leg a few yrs. ago. So I do know how that feels. Thanks for sharing.

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MARGOO_GNU 10/12/2014 1:27PM

    Ah, cross dominant. I'm all left in my body but right eye'd.


I have little eureka moments like that all the time. I was reading a book and it was explaining about left/right brain and hearing from your left/right ear? Think about it, what side the "passenger" sits on in an American car versus an English one, etc.? My right ear is more deaf than my left so I have to hear in my left and the left side of the brain controls the right side of the body, etc.?

LOL, it's more complicated than that but it is fun to think about:


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GOANNA2 10/12/2014 8:21AM

    Thanks for the advice Jane. emoticon

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On My Way To Church...

Thursday, February 06, 2014

I left the house around 6:15 last evening to go to Wednesday night Bible study and prayer. There is a newish road that connects my housing area past the schools to another road and I often take it to stay away for the busy five lane main road.

I came to where the new road meats another one and stopped. There were several cars going both ways and it was sprinkling very lightly so I was trying to be careful. The line on the other side went by and the next car was quite aways from me but the line coming on my side was long. Then I saw the car slow down and I thought the left blinker went on. I quickly check the other side figured I could make the turn since the car on my side was turning so I pulled out. I looked again after passing the car and realized it had slowed but not turned. Then the blue lights started flashing! “Oh, good grief,” it was a police car which made a U turn and came after me. I pulled over and waited for the officer to get out and come to my side. I said, “I’m sorry sir but I thought you were turning because you slowed and I saw the blinker.” He asked me if I was alright and I said yes. He did say that there was another car coming on the other side and I acknowledged that I had seen it and felt it was far enough back for me to make the turn. He told me he slowed because he was patrolling the area. He asked me again if I was all right and again I said yes and I was on my way to church. Thank God I did not get a ticket nor was I detained enough to be late for church.

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TRACYZABELLE 4/18/2014 10:37PM

    I get nervous when I am stopped .....!!

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ANGIEN9 3/27/2014 10:14AM

    Some officers really do care. That is nice to see. Even in your area of the world!

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JOANNS4 2/11/2014 1:42PM

    Glad you didn't get a ticket. What a nice police officer and you weren't late for church.
God is good.

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HEALTHYMEEMS 2/8/2014 6:20PM

    I'm so glad nobody was hurt! I always take the interstate when I can because I hate having to deal with cross-traffic.

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IMAVISION 2/7/2014 1:00AM

    \o/ Praise the good Lord, that everything turned out alright for you! \o/

I will go out of my way to not travel on the Interstate & generally take the less traveled roads; however, recently it has seemed that even the once less traveled routes have been quite crowded. That seems to have happened, sooner or later, in each place we have lived! emoticon

I have never been stopped by a police officer emoticon ; however, in the event that I am stopped, I certainly pray that the officer is as polite as the one in your account. emoticon

God bless!


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SENTERSTOCK 2/6/2014 5:36PM

    Wow - I love when things turn out good!
Glad you made Church on time too! I am always taking the back roads to avoid traffic and chaos. Even with our snow storms, it seems more logical ...

Country Roads Take me Home :-)

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    Wow! A nice police officer! That's amazing!

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EMSSBEARS 2/6/2014 12:46PM

    I am glad everything worked out ok and that you were alright and made it to church on time. God was definitely looking out for you.

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MYAKAYAH 2/6/2014 10:33AM

    God was looking out for you on not having an accident or getting a ticket, blessings there! You made it to church on time wonderful, positive vibes to you~

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JAROL7 2/6/2014 7:02AM

    Stay in God's hands ... it's a safe place to be.

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GRAYGRANNY 2/6/2014 6:41AM

    Glad there were no tickets handed out and that everyone was safe too!!!
What a nice man to be concerned for you and ask if you were OK. Glad you made it to church on time. I often go the back roads to my town to avoid a busy interstate so I know what you mean about trying to avoid alot of traffic. Be safe out there!!!

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GOANNA2 2/6/2014 6:38AM

    The power of Prayer. Glad you didn't get a ticket.
Sounds like you are slowly starting to walk again,
which must make you feel good. Have a great 2014.

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Cast Removed, Told To Walk!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

I had been told that I was not to put any weight on my right foot for 6 to 8 weeks. With my weight and age I figured it would be 8 and perhaps longer. God is good. The cast was removed today, x-rays were taken, the bones are healed and the doctor said to start walking. Right now that means with a walker and I am being careful but progress is being made!

For those of you who have been praying, THANK YOU VERY MUCH! I know those prayers were heard at the throne of God.

As far as I know the 10 pins and the plate(s) will remain but I have already walked around in my house several times today. Not very far but I am walking!

Now to work more diligently to get this weight off and keep it off.

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IMEMINE1 12/15/2013 9:01AM

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JUDITH316 5/27/2013 3:15AM

    Great news, I rejoice with you...I stand with you and cheer you on.. emoticon

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ANGIEN9 4/21/2013 3:02PM

I am so glad you were able to heal so fast. (I know this is an old blog!) Hope you are still walking. I find it is really refreshing. Makes me feel good to know that I am hopefully helping my body especially my Osteoporosis. Have a great day!

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GRAYGRANNY 2/22/2013 8:19AM

    I get the feeling you are getting aggravated by your limitations.......I know you get tired of hearing to take your time but try to have patience Jane..
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BOPPY_ 2/7/2013 3:26AM

    I know I'm about to sound like my grandson when he asks me to tell him more stories about when his mom was little, but here goes:

Tell us more about life on Guam, and any nutrition, fitness or health issues that are specific to this island environment especially WRT your goals.

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MIAJOEB 12/21/2012 8:59AM

    Wishing you good health in the new year and no more broken legs! emoticon

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    Oh my gosh!!!! 10 pins and a plate!!!! I had a similar-but-different break in 83. I know yours was very very bad if you have 10 pins & a plate (ask me how I know).

So glad you are walking on it and it is healed. Your ligaments etc will get up to speed soon with you walking on it.

I'm with you on spotlighting diligence in getting the rest off. We can do it!

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SPEEDY143 7/27/2012 10:24PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonand YES prayer does work emoticon

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JOANNS4 7/27/2012 5:18AM

    Great news! Hugs! emoticon

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DJ4HEALTH 7/27/2012 12:32AM

    emoticon emoticonslowly though

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MAREBEAR42 7/26/2012 8:40PM

Great News!! Hoora;y for the power of prayer.

Mary emoticon

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DANCINCAJUN1 7/26/2012 7:01PM

    sounds good to me .... take it slow and easy youngun!! Roc
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MAGA99 7/26/2012 2:23PM

    please b careful

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GRAYGRANNY 7/26/2012 9:33AM

    This is so very good news!!! Take care now and don't over do yourself!!! I think the water exercise advice is a good idea if it is available for you

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GRANNYQUINN 7/26/2012 8:42AM

    Good for you , so you broke the tibia or fibula, or both. You were lucky not to brake the medial maleuos which holds the ankle and foot together. Not that you were lucky to brake you leg , you know what I mean. Will you be in Physical Therapy ? If not I can post some very easy pictures of the foot exercises that I did to gain the strength in my leg and foot. Very simple non aggressive. Bet it felt good to have that cast removed!!! I could not wait to shave. I had to have my pins removed in order to walk - my pins were located over the ankle and prevented me from dorsi flexion. I have holes in my bones now that's why I cannot run or impact aerobics. Do you plan on water walking , in a pool ? Really helped me!! Tell me if I am over stepping my boundaries in advice but, one more thing , I know this is hard right now, but, when you walk with the walker be sure to keep your right foot straight and try a full step , without stepping on the side with your toes to the right. I wish some would have mentioned this to me. Reason being that , the incorrect movement will cause great pain in the meniscus part of your knee, that is very painful. I had to do extra PT due to this. Off to the Hospital for CT scans of , heart , spleen , kidneys , liver and bladder. Blood results returned yesterday with good new, White Blood Cells in normal count!!! Yippee Hugs and Prayers emoticon emoticon One more thing New Balance is the best shoe !

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TRACYZABELLE 7/26/2012 8:39AM

    Praise God!! It is about time right!!

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Suparman Did NOT Save Me!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Several people have asked how I broke my ankle and I promised to let everyone know as soon as I could write it all out.

Three of us were traveling from Branson, Missouri to Bardstown, Kentucky and stopped in Metropolises, Illinois to see the Super Man Statue.

My friends wanted some more pictures so I took their cameras and walked to the point in the star that was raised about two feet above the ground. There was a fence around the outside of the star with a couple of steps up at the point. I climbed up the steps, took the pictures and while looking at a camera I stepped forward instead of down! Needless to say forward is not where I went. I think that the heel of my right foot hit the step below as I fell forward and that is what caused the break. My other leg sustained some scratches and the middle finger of my right had was a little sore but that was it. All the damage was on my right ankle with two bones being broken. One was the tibia which I believe came through the skin and then another bone on the other side of the ankle. Superman was right there but he did NOT save me!

Because of where the Superman statue is located the local police were there in moments and the ambulance with medics right behind.

When I went to lift my leg we saw the my right leg wen in a strange angle because of the break and I was told to put my leg back down and not lift it again. I was asked about the level of pain and explained that it was minimal. They were surprised.

Because of where we were located the policy was to take the patient to the best facility even if it meant crossing a state line so I was taken across the river to Paducah, Kentucky where the best orthopedic hospital and surgeon was and was in the operating room around 4:30 p.m. because ex-rays and some equipment was needed first. I do not remember some of this so must have been given something that put me out. I do remember leaving for the hospital but I do not remember arriving nor being in the emergency room or having x-rays taken. I was conscious when they were removing my clothes and asked them to save my new culottes if possible but just cut my underclothes off. Go figure.

I do remember waiting to go into the operating room and then it was the next morning and I was up on the 5th floor.

Anyway do not count on Superman helping you if you take a tumble even if you are standing right in front of him.


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IMEMINE1 12/15/2013 9:05AM

    WOW! I hope you are up and around soon. That must have been one heck of a landing. emoticon

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GRAYGRANNY 2/23/2013 10:27AM

    Oh yes, I had read that and forgot...........perhaps we should rely more on the Superwoman within us...........more reliable if you know what I mean....

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MZZCHIEF 8/26/2012 6:21PM

    O good lord, Jane!!!!

Just hearing about your tibia coming out of your leg brought back horrible memories of my youngest child breaking her arm and the radius coming thru her skin!

She said the same thing that you did... that it" didn't hurt that bad"... GAH... my thoughts are that the two of you were in shock.

So sorry this happened to you... good to see you didn't lose your sense of humor... good that help was nearby and a good hospital... that you are currently on the mend.


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AKCHELLE 8/11/2012 3:34AM

    Stupid superman!
At least you have great memories with your family.
Take care.

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JOANNS4 7/30/2012 9:14AM

    Jane, I'm sorry Superman let you down. Sweetie I am so happy your are healing and all I can say is we never know what will happen, so glad you got good medical help.

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    Oh! So sorry Jane! Glad you did not have much pain, at that point anyway. I would have said, "Put me out and wake me up when it's over", LOL.

Glad they had a brain and took you to the best hospital.

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SPEEDY143 7/27/2012 10:28PM

    emoticonwith Superman!!!! So glad you got to the best hospital and got the best care emoticonPersonally, I'm glad you don't remember a lot about what happened! Let the healing continue and I' will keep you in my prayers emoticon


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GRANNYQUINN 7/24/2012 1:26PM

    OH Jane, I am so sorry to hear of your ankle brake. I wish I could be there to help you. Did you have to have pins put in? No Superman does not help, only good doctors, family and good friends, some of those might be considered Supermen. I told you that IL was a rough state. lol Hugs Karen

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GRAYGRANNY 7/24/2012 7:00AM

    Well maybe Superman had his mind on Lois Lane..................so sorry you went thru all that but you got the best medical help...............so now be patient and let your body heal..............then beat the snot outta Superman!!

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GOANNA2 7/24/2012 12:47AM

    What a let down Superman. I am so sorry to hear about your
ankle and I hope that you are starting to heal well.
Take it easy.

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DANCINCAJUN1 7/23/2012 10:55PM

    oh my gracious sakes .... I had no idea you went though all that .... I sure hope it heals well and you are back to normal soon ..... you would have thought ole superman would have flown down to catch you !! Roc
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SAINTBERNARD6 7/23/2012 10:51PM

    Boy.......what a mess, Jane.......better fire Superman!!!!!

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Stateside I Will Be!

Friday, June 01, 2012

Some have asked where I am going when I go stateside this year. Yes, I will be visiting family and friends and putting a bit of a twist to it this year.

Lord willing I will fly from Guam to Tennessee via Hawaii and Chicago arriving the same day as I left but at least 21 hours later thanks to the International Date Line. I am visiting a retired teacher and will be going to Branson, Missouri for the musicals and then going to Bardstown, Kentucky for the Stephen Foster program. Then returning to her home.

I will then fly to South Bend, Indiana to visit another retired teacher for a few days and then to Portland, Oregon, for a grand nieces graduation from Nursing School and a get together with my nieces and nephews.

I will leave for Albuquerque, New Mexico the following Tuesday for a visit with another retired teacher who was my mentor when I started teaching. We will be attending a Messianic Christian Service while I am there of which I am very excited!

When I leave Albuquerque I will fly up to Denver and meet a niece and we will drive to McCook, Nebraska and then up to Arnold, Nebraska where my Mom was born in 1905. I have always wanted to see the plains from the ground and always wanted to see where my Mom spent much of her childhood before completely settling on the West Coast.

We will return to Denver and I will fly to Portland and join a cousin on the Washington coast for a few days. We will be attending a family reunion that has been going on for years. I remember being at one of these get togethers when I was about five years old.

After the reunion in a matter of days I will be returning to Guam.

Now is that enough to make your head swim?

Anyway I may get on SP sometimes depending on whomever I am stay with having a
computer. There are a few that do not.

All of this flying is done on standby but God has been good and I may not get to where I want to go as early as I want but I usually get there in a reasonable time. Prayers are appreciated.

Hope you all have a good summer.

Jane, soon leaving Guam to see America! emoticon

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GRANNYQUINN 6/3/2012 9:46PM

    I wish you had time to visit me Chicago. You will love Branson, MO. The shows are wonderful, foods good. Will you see the show on the Showboat. I hope so. Enjoy. This trip sounds wonderful and well planned. How fortunate you are to see you mentor and friends and family. We will pray for you! Safe journey. Hugs-Karen

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BKP4166 6/2/2012 3:08AM

    Jane...this time when you are in Oregon...I hope to be more accessible to you...was pretty sick the last time. emoticon

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DANCINCAJUN1 6/1/2012 9:14PM

    WOW sounds like so much fun and you will be all around us in Ohio .... make sure you wave when you drive by ..... savor every day and moment my friend ..... Rocie

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CAROLEDENTON 6/1/2012 4:32PM

    Prayers for just as much fun and awe you can pack into your trip. Not to mention a timely and safe trip.. I love it!! Branson is one of our 'special' places, we visit often and even bought a time share there.. You will LOVE Stephen Foster's.... Oops! I'm confused.. "My Old KY Home" is in Kentucky.. Never saw play, one time we did see all the ladies dressed in period time out in front on the lawns, but had no time to stop. Another time we stopped but it was closed.. So enjoy it for Max and I also, please.. Sad it was his cousin's house, not his, but he spent some time there..

I always loved Stephen Fosters songs, I thought the man had such a deep love of the land.. I was broken hearted to learn that he never saw the Suwannee River, hard to believe. In your travels if you ever get to go to the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in Florida, it would be well worth your time.. Do you know any teacher friend in Florida? The museum features exhibits about Foster's most famous songs and his music can be heard emanating from the park's 97-bell carillon. It is so lovely, to listen to and the grounds have lots of activities going on.. They have many - shadow boxes framed with little scenes that move for so many of his songs.. Chickens pecking, Steamships on the river, very interesting.. This is my mistake, I mixed them up...

Sounds like you will be a very busy, busy lady. When do you leave?? When do you hope to return?? Awesome trip.. I will want to hear all about it when you get home.. Don't forget.. Have nothing but fun. Enjoy seeing where your mom grew up, it is lovely country also.. But you know I LOVE all God's creations!!! Wishing you all perfect flight connections.. emoticon

Hugs, Carole

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SAINTBERNARD6 6/1/2012 10:36AM

    sounds like you will be having lots of fun and getting lots of exercise.....I am 90 minutes from Branson...depending on when you will be there as I am planning on going to Michigan in July for 6 to 8 weeks.


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    What a great trip!

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