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Good morning, all!! Another early start for me but we ended up going to bed around 9PM last night and I fell asleep almost immediately so getting 5+ hours seems to be my norm.


Sending out good thoughts for @KymmieL today that all goes smoothly.

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Yesterday wasn't too bad. We found the keys and title for my brothers cars. The friend across the street bought them. The clean out crew was fantastic. 2 20' trailer loads. Today the deep cleaning crew comes and they are dropping off the trailer to load.


Wife is doing OK. Did brunch with her aunt and Uncle. which was nice.


Have a good presidents day.



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Kinda slept in myself.  I stayed up late and watched Abigail Thorn's play "The Prince" last night. 

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Went to church alone yesterday, my wife wasn’t feeling well.  Was treated with kindness and love.


Then last night I went to an online church with almost all new friends.  That one meets just once a month.  I wound up being one of the last to leave.  Also, I agreed to lead the June services.  Now I just need to decide on a topic for my sermon.  I have many to pick from.


guess I should be getting ready for my day.  Two doctor appointments today.  One for my wife and one for my.


Have a blessed day 







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🚲 Yay! After 5 months off because of my back and leg weakness, I finally rode my bike again. That's the longest I haven't ridden in 72 years. Feeling both older and younger right now. Tired but thrilled to flying on wheels again. Just rode around the park a few times—going to work on it gradually, but I'm back and happy. Don't sign me up for the Tour de France just yet. 

Cheers in circles,


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The hotel in Nashville, TN had this Butterfly display made of old 45 records. I looked so cool and you know I have to post Butterflies.







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That is cool, Mindy. Thanks for sharing.

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1 hour ago, Davie said:

Tired but thrilled to flying on wheels again. Just rode around the park a few times—going to work on it gradually, but I'm back and happy. Don't sign me up for the Tour de France just yet. 

Hey that’s great Davie. What kind of a bike do you ride?  I certainly couldn’t even make a single stage any more but I’ve done a metric century.  Add a second day after camping and it was an American century in the horse country of Virginia.  As a family we used to ride most weekends anywhere from 30 to 65 miles on country roads or paved trails.



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@WillowWow. You're a countryside touring biker. That was never me. I'm usually a city commuter, using it for errands, daily traveling to events, and for visiting friends. It's a year-round challenge in Boston traffic and weather. Now, you're more often to see me slide into ride-share cars or walk, but my hybrid Trek 770 is back on the road, lights a blazin'.

cheers, Davie  

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"Bikes." Jimmy Buffett. Recorded live at Club Passim in Cambridge MA  on Jan. 13, 1974.

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Good morning!! A wet start to the weather today so, of course, the dogs have to want to sniff everything that's passed through the yard in the last 6 months. 🙃 1st cup of coffee is circulating through my bloodstream...so I should be starting to wake up any time now.


Enjoy the day!!!!

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Good morning everyone,


@April MarieI'm sure you know the dogs sniffer, is the social media link to their world. How many times have you re-watched a Reel or TiKTok? I love the way you've jumped into the conversations here, and other threads. Welcome, and nice to meet you here on the forums.


Since the wife, and I were gone on our historical trip through the Southern Louisiana Purchase, and Nashville, TN. All the bird feeders were empty to the very bottom. Yesterday's restocking was after the normal morning feeding time, and the bird were slow to return. This morning every feeder is active, and a few migrating species are back. A pair of Bluebirds, and four cow birds are back.


The coffee is also welcome flavor in the house, with Folgers Black Silk. Other than McDonald's McCafe coffee, I really can't find consistent coffee on the road. We saw so many fantastic sites, and monuments in our travels. The highlight my wife can't stop talking about is our experience in fine dining, at Emeril Lagasse's New Orleans restaurant. We mentioned to the Matradee, that our granddaughter was attending the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), in Hyde Park, NY and he mentioned it to Olivier the Director of Services, a graduate of the CIA. Olivier, came to our table, and asked about our granddaughter, and her experience at the CIA? From that point on, we were treated like VIPs, Chef EJ. Lagasse sent out a special appetizer that wasn't on the evening menu. We had an amazing five course dinner, then Chef Lagasse came to the table, and offered us a tour of the kitchen. Wow! It was amazing, then he even signed the menu for our granddaughter, offering her an Externship to learn, and study there with them. OMG! Did I mention the food was incredible, and the table service was top notch too.


Hugs, stay positive, and motivated,



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Good Fat Tuesday morning 


the day we pig out before Lent.  I ran out of raisin bread a day early.  Both of us liked it so much.  I won’t make another until after Easter.


@Mmindy that sounds amazing.  What a wonderful dining experience.  

@Davie many years ago I broke my tailbone riding on the Mount Vernon trail in Alexandria Virginia.  After that I tried everything to be able to continue to ride, gel seats. Gel granny seats. Gel pads over gel seats. I couldn’t sit a saddle.  Then I tried a recumbent.  OMGosh, what a difference.  I could ride again.  I have two bikes now one is a true recumbent and the other is a hybrid crank forward upright but with a recumbent style seat.  If I’m ever to do a long ride again it will be on my recumbent.  The only issue I’ve found is the uphills are all legs and you’d better start down shifting early.or you will end up dismounting.  When we lived in Fairfax County, Virginia we would ride the rail to trail all over.  100s of miles of interconnecting trails and not the least was the W&OD Canal tow path.  That was 160 miles beginning to end.  Never did that end to end in one trip but I’ve ridden all but the last 20 miles up near Cumberland Maryland.  Country road or trail riding is so peaceful and relaxing.


I halve a therapist appointment today.  Not much to discuss, things have been going my way these days.  I’d stop going altogether but my endocrinologist kind of insisted I have a therapist and not just on call.  I guess since he controls my E I have to do as he says.


Well, the dog is waiting on her morning constitutional.


Until later



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@MmindyThank you so much for the welcome. The forum is like a haven for me where I can learn and share. Not even two months into this new life and still winding through the intricacies of both me and my wife adjusting to it - still bouncing between real and past me - I'm basking in the glow of being among people who understand me. And, I try to find ways to provide at least some small measure in return for all I've gleaned here already. 


What an amazing dining experience!!! I've known several CIA grads over the years and they were all tremendously talented chefs - your granddaughter must already be quite the chef to get accepted there. Your description of the evening just gave me another Bucket List item.

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Speaking of Fat Tuesday, my wife and I decided to be a little decadent this morning. We got out of bed, washed our faces, grabbed our slippers and sweatshirts and drove to our local Krispy Kreme donut shop in our pajamas. Of course, we went through the drive-thru - grabbed a dozen donuts and came home to enjoy 2 each with coffee. Perfection.


Enjoy the day!!!

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1 minute ago, Willow said:

@April Marie you remember Lays “you can’t eat just one?l. Applies to “hot now krispy creame” twice as much.

Oh, you are so very right. I can hear the remaining donuts calling out my name from inside the box. The Siren's Wail!!! 😄


I've been working hard on getting my weight down a bit - have shed almost 20 ponds so far and am getting close to my goal - but I know tomorrow is NOT going to be a happy scale day. Life is short, eat the donuts!

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Good morning, everyone! Dogs have been walked and fed and I've already finished that first cup of coffee. It's Ash Wednesday - so those remaining Krispy Kreme donuts will continue their Siren's Call from the box since it's a day of fasting. 🙂 


Be safe and happy!! 

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Good morning. I watched a bunch of "faith in humanity restored" videos on The You Tubes last night and cried myself to sleep. 

Have a great day everyone,


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12 minutes ago, Andrea Nicole said:

"faith in humanity restored"

Good morning everyone,


With over 42 years of responding to 911 calls, teaching in Fire/Police Academies, as well as many military bases across the USA. I have a strong faith in humanity, as well as our young adult population. Even on my worst calls there was a neighbor, or total stranger as a passerby who started first aid, or protection for the injured. My distrust in humanity fall on our politically driven so called leaders. The day to day people I've met are mostly good. Andrea, I hope you see the good in people around you, in your community, and not just on YouTube.


The coffee is brewed,:coffee: and I'm getting ready to shut down the laptop, and take an extra long weekend fishing trip with family and friends.





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1 hour ago, Mmindy said:

The coffee is brewed,:coffee: and I'm getting ready to shut down the laptop, and take an extra long weekend fishing trip with family and friends.


Travel safely and enjoy your fishing trip, Mindy.

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1 hour ago, Mmindy said:

Good morning everyone,


With over 42 years of responding to 911 calls, teaching in Fire/Police Academies, as well as many military bases across the USA. I have a strong faith in humanity, as well as our young adult population. Even on my worst calls there was a neighbor, or total stranger as a passerby who started first aid, or protection for the injured. My distrust in humanity fall on our politically driven so called leaders. The day to day people I've met are mostly good. Andrea, I hope you see the good in people around you, in your community, and not just on YouTube.


The coffee is brewed,:coffee: and I'm getting ready to shut down the laptop, and take an extra long weekend fishing trip with family and friends.





I couldn't agree more - heroes come in all shapes and sizes and appear, seemingly, out of nowhere when they're needed.


Have a great weekend with family!!!

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2 hours ago, Mmindy said:

My distrust in humanity fall on our politically driven so called leaders. The day to day people I've met are mostly good.

This is true.

Most people I meet are okay even if they don't understand my life.

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