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Old 01-07-2019, 09:53 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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Please share your happy news. After the sadness of Curm's passing, we need something to add some happiness for you to our lives.
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yes. please tell us your news.
Okay. Long story short: dh's son in the UK was leaving his S.O. and kids. Mixed up guy, very sad, drugs.

Anyway, today his S.O. texted me and said to get on SKYPE, which I had never used before. And so all of us chatted, with the kids holding up the Christmas presents I had sent them. Apparently I did okay with getting them what they wanted. whew. Then the 3 year boy old came on with the cat and he was soooo cute. The oldest girl had to grab the cat away because she said he was strangling the cat. Lots of silliness and laughter on both sides.

Well, it was so much fun! It was almost like being there. I didn't know SKYPE was that good. Also, I saw dh's son in the background, we had a pleasant little conversation, he seemed very relaxed--maybe they are back together again? I used to post on here about him, a drug addict with whom dh had lost contact. Then he met her and she saved him from himself. Two oldest kids are hers; three year old is theirs.

I know others have talked about using SKYPE with the grandchildren and I always wanted to do it. I have cried for three days because I thought I'd never hear from the kids again. So this was a wonderful surprise that made my day!
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Old 01-08-2019, 04:25 AM
 
Location: ☀️ SWFL ⛱ 🌴
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SKYPE is so wonderful for grandparents and grandkids to interact with each other, it’s marvelous. I’m so glad you got on and got to talk to your grandkids and learn they liked their presents. DH’s son being there sounds like he had a change of heart. This is happy news.

Curmudgeon and Escort Rider died way too young, IMO. They both had strong convictions and opinions and it seemed like they would go on forever.

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Old 01-08-2019, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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I apologize if some of my posts here and elsewhere on C-D are a bit rambling lately, I am a bit sleep deprived. We picked up our new puppy last weekend. She needs to go outside at midnight, two and four in the morning and throughout the day. And kept busy and worn out for her naps or else pay the price of puppy boredom. I donít need to worry about becoming too sedentary!

She has learned to come and sit already, if leaves, sticks and anything moving doesnít distract her first. Putting in a lot more work with a puppy in the beginning will be worth it for a good girl later on.

I smile and feel all happy about having a dog again when I wake up in the morning and seriously wonder if Iíll survive it as Iím going to bed at night.

Georgy Girl
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Jean: This photo is adorable and so is her name ! It makes me happy to see this wonderful puppy and I hope you have tons of fun with her in 2019 !!!
 
Old 01-08-2019, 09:11 AM
 
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I apologize if some of my posts here and elsewhere on C-D are a bit rambling lately, I am a bit sleep deprived. We picked up our new puppy last weekend. She needs to go outside at midnight, two and four in the morning and throughout the day. And kept busy and worn out for her naps or else pay the price of puppy boredom. I donít need to worry about becoming too sedentary!

She has learned to come and sit already, if leaves, sticks and anything moving doesnít distract her first. Putting in a lot more work with a puppy in the beginning will be worth it for a good girl later on.

I smile and feel all happy about having a dog again when I wake up in the morning and seriously wonder if Iíll survive it as Iím going to bed at night.

Georgy Girl
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AWWWWW -- SOOOOO cute!!! I hope she will bring you a LOT of joy and happiness. All the best!
 
Old 01-08-2019, 11:02 AM
 
Location: SW US
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Curmudgeon and Escort Rider died way too young, IMO. They both had strong convictions and opinions and it seemed like they would go on forever.

Riverbird too...
 
Old 01-09-2019, 12:43 PM
 
Location: ☀️ SWFL ⛱ 🌴
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AWWWWW -- SOOOOO cute!!! I hope she will bring you a LOT of joy and happiness. All the best!
Thank you and AZgarden too. She is lots of fun (and work). Our roof is being replaced today and I was prepared to get away if needed from all the noise, I didn’t want her to be scared. She is playing hard and taking her usual naps, th3 hammering and racket is not bothering her. I’ve been taking her outside to do her business and the even louder noise doesn’t bother her. The crew wanted to know what “ kind of baby dog” she is and I told her to sit while I talked with them. She has been sitting on command after one week, what a smart girl! I’m guessing the grandkids will be bothered by the noise more than her when I pick them up after school today.
 
Old 01-09-2019, 08:43 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Okay. Long story short: dh's son in the UK was leaving his S.O. and kids. Mixed up guy, very sad, drugs.

Anyway, today his S.O. texted me and said to get on SKYPE, which I had never used before. And so all of us chatted, with the kids holding up the Christmas presents I had sent them. Apparently I did okay with getting them what they wanted. whew. Then the 3 year boy old came on with the cat and he was soooo cute. The oldest girl had to grab the cat away because she said he was strangling the cat. Lots of silliness and laughter on both sides.

Well, it was so much fun! It was almost like being there. I didn't know SKYPE was that good. Also, I saw dh's son in the background, we had a pleasant little conversation, he seemed very relaxed--maybe they are back together again? I used to post on here about him, a drug addict with whom dh had lost contact. Then he met her and she saved him from himself. Two oldest kids are hers; three year old is theirs.

I know others have talked about using SKYPE with the grandchildren and I always wanted to do it. I have cried for three days because I thought I'd never hear from the kids again. So this was a wonderful surprise that made my day!
My globe trotting nephew sends Skype messages, and I get to look at him a few times a year! Yay. He's my eldest brother's son. My eldest brother was sort of a dad to me, and I cherish the relationship.
 
Old 01-09-2019, 09:19 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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My globe trotting nephew sends Skype messages, and I get to look at him a few times a year! Yay. He's my eldest brother's son. My eldest brother was sort of a dad to me, and I cherish the relationship.
I can't rep you again but wanted to say how nice that is, to have that ongoing relationship with him.

I will keep using Skype but got a text yesterday from the mother of the kids--dh's son has moved out. Little did I know that was the last time I would see him. He was troubled, on drugs but has been so good for five years. Had a job, bought her an engagement ring. The two oldest kids are from her previous marriage but youngest is dh's actual grandson. Poor little kid now without a dad. dh never wants to speak to his son ever again.

Well, I guess things like this happen all the time. The woman says she is fine with the three kids and being on her own. I think her parents live very close by so that's a help. No need to discuss this--just wanted to update and moan a little bit. Life goes on.
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Old 01-11-2019, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Williamsburg, VA
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My family is all over the world. We skype all the time, or communicate via e-mail. It's pretty rare that I call people now, especially if I have news that needs to be shared with everyone at the same time (some of my family members get hurt if they were the last one to hear something, or if they had to hear it from someone else, which can easily happen if you don't call everyone very quickly)
 
Old 01-11-2019, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Williamsburg, VA
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Which reminds me, I had a funny reaction to an e-mail I sent the other day. Maybe I can bounce it off all of you to see what you think?


I was just diagnosed with breast cancer. Apparently it's a fast growing one so they want to do surgery in the near future. I thought this was the sort of information every family member needed to know, especially my sisters, since this is increasingly a family disease. So I sent a mass email to everyone in the family. I chose email because I wanted to give some of the details. Also, because I wanted to maintain a more of matter-of-fact tone, and I was afraid I might get really emotional if I skyped news like this. Not that there's anything wrong with emotion, but I just wasn't ready to have an emotional skype at that time. I did say I had some sad news, but that was about it.



Most of the responses were what you would expect. Supportive, some offers to help, some people telling me about friends I might call who were in similar situations.


But one sister has me baffled. She said simply "Thanks for keeping me in the loop."


I got this reply about 40 minutes ago, and I guess I should call her tonight when she gets home from work. Not sure what I should say, though, because I'm not sure what to make of this comment. What do you guys think?
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