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I got back last night after being away for 9 days to over 1200
messages. I started reading them and then realized I'd be here for
days! I apologize if there are things I should have responded to and
didn't.

We flew down to Florida to pick up Joey, my mom's golden retriever. My
niece had been caring for him since my mom's death, but couldn't keep
doing it. On the ride back to NY, I have to say he was better behaved
than any of my kids ever were. We took him to the vet a few days
before just to make sure he was in good shape for the trip and get a
prescription for doggie downers just in case. He was fine - only got
agitated in the hotel room because he smelled other dogs.

Cleaning out my mom's house and putting it on the market was very
difficult. Couple that with the fact that I am in the middle mediating
with my sisters. One would cleaned out everything and put it on the
market the day of the funeral. The other would keep it as a shrine.
Plus there's bickering over some of the possessions, and some pieces
of jewelry are unaccounted for. Since I got the most valuable
possession (Joey), I left almost everything else for them to come to
terms with.

In order to motivate my sister to let us go through my mom's clothing,
I asked her to please pick out a bag of typical clothes and I would
make a quilt for her and each of her kids. She did that, but then
left. We then went to work cleaning everything else out. Anything that
we are not taking is being donated to an animal rescue society to use
or sell since Joey was a rescue dog.

Today I got my back to school letter telling when and where to report
. . . it's been quite a summer. I didn't work summer school this year
because I wanted to relax, put together a sewing room and finish off
my ufos. Oh well, the best laid plans, etc.
Linda
PATCHogue, NY

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Glad you made it back Linda.  I'm sorry it isn't under better circumstances.
I do hope things between you & your sisters heal in time.  Sounds like you
did get the best memento of your mom  by bring Joey with you.  He's lucky &
I think you must be as well.  If only your sisters could imagine how sad
your mother would feel knowing what is going on, but try not to let it get
you down.  Being mediator is a tough job:)

This summer just wasn't meant to be for your sewing room & relaxing.  Maybe
you can look forward to that next year.

Pauline
Northern California

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A huge well done for this, Linda.
In a little while, once the hurt starts to subside, you will realise
that what you have done is the best gift you could have given your dear
late mother. I feel so blessed that my brother and I didn't disagree
about one single thing after my parents died.
You will always be glad that you acted as you did.  I hope making the
quilts isn't too emotional for you.  If it gets difficult, just put it
aside for a little while - there's no deadline.
Take care,
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Best Regards
pat on the hill

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Piggybacking here, since I didn't see the original post. Linda, I'm so
sorry you're going through this! I agree with Pat -- the gift you've
given your DM is priceless, since I'm sure I'd be worrying about my dog,
too.

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Sandy in Henderson, near Las Vegas
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Got BIL's ties and made pillows for his kidlets, wife, Sis(e)s and Mr Joe.
They ALL appreciated them.Took me a coupla years before I could even try to
do them but it did help me, too.

Just give it time and you'll know when you're ready.

Huggles
Butterfly

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Butterflying Re: I'm back - on and off topic - long

Howdy!

Butterfly was here.
Bet she's quilting.  In the a/c.  ;-D

R/Sandy

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Re: Butterflying Re: I'm back - on and off topic - long
I wonder if she is hold up in that new sewing room?
Taria

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SHE'S BAAACCCCKKKKKKKK

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Cindy from MO


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Re: Butterflying Re: I'm back - on and off topic - long
OK...let's see for how long : )

Butterfly

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Re: Butterflying Re: I'm back - on and off topic - long
Howdy!

This is like seeing one little bubble of air coming up to the
surface of the lake after someone has gone overboard...
 "test"= *help*  

B-fly, we've sent out a rescue team: grab the rope!

R/Sandy -- using an all-cotton rope made of the selvedges cut off
    of B-fly's stash fabrics, braided w/ some orangey-red yarn
    she had sitting on the sofa ...


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Re: Butterflying Re: I'm back - on and off topic - long
Now for the biggest question of the day:
Did my earlier post show up or am I still splashing water all over everyone?

Butterfly (using RED red yarn for the dolls)

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Re: Butterflying Re: I'm back - on and off topic - long
I see you!  ...also saw your previous post on Raggedy Ann / Andy question.
Good to have you back.

ME-Judy


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ISP had significant problems from Friday on. thought it was ours as I got a
new monitor--I can READ now--and figured we didn't reconnect something
right....
wasn't our fault after al.
Sure is good to be back.even if certain ones don't want any candy.

Butterfly (and I am not sharing my M&M's....waited far too long to have them
again <g> )

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Oh Linda, it's always amazing to me how each of us is always so much
stronger than we know.  But I'm always sorry at the ways we have to find
that out.  Sending lots of Hugs and Strength and Prayers your way.

Karen, Queen of Squishies


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Linda-

I am so sorry for all the heartbreak and turmoil you've gone thru this
summer.  I pray your heart will heal and your sisters will come together and
support each other during their grief.

You gave your mother a precious gift by taking her sweet dog home with you.
(I worry what will happen to My HairyButt Gang if I should die.... they
*are* mentioned in my will).  I have no doubt your mother is smiling down on
you and very pleased that Joey has a loving new home with your family.  And
a Golden is a special blessing on anyone who gives them a loving home and a
human family to care for.....  ;-)

Hugs,

Leslie
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What a difficult time!  I'm sure things will get better soon.

Maureen


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Thank you all. Joey has been just wonderful. He is such an
affectionate animal. It's so nice to come home to someone who is
excited to see you.  He also learns very fast. He had the run of my
mom's house but we wanted to keep him out of our bedroom due to DH's
allergies and I wanted to keep him out of the main part of my sewing
room. He has to walk through a small part to go out. After just a few
days, he knows exactly where he can and can't go.

Linda
PATCHogue, NY


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