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Old 12-24-2014, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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So both Robyn55 and Umbria are safe and sound. That's good news. It's funny how we feel so connected to our internet friends. And the news makes for an even MERRIER CHRISTMAS.
Indeed. And I do understand about deciding to take a break. If one has been spending "too much time", then cold turkey for a while seems to me the way to go. At least in my case, it doesn't work to just pop in real quick to see what is being said in several threads because then I end up wanting to respond - not to every post of course, and some threads I never even click on. But if someone has been kind and supportive we often want to thank that person. Ditto for someone who has posted an especially astute analysis. Or on the other end of the spectrum we may succumb to the temptation to respond to an obnoxious jackass. Or we may want to rebut something that we think is wide of the mark, even if the poster is not at all obnoxious. Or we may have information to contribute that has not already been posted. I like to discuss and debate, and that's why any "break" I would ever take would have to be total as long as it lasted.
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Old 12-24-2014, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Default There are some very strange people out there.

At a buffet restaurant I frequent, I have occasionally seen a middle aged Chinese woman wearing a tin foil hat. Today I noticed that same woman who not only had the hat on, but also had a piece of tinfoil underneath her blouse - you could see the top of the tinfoil in the front. In addition, she had a rolled up piece of tin foil in one nostril. I kid you not. There are people out there who make me look positively sane by comparison!
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Old 12-25-2014, 06:12 AM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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^^^...and we're the ones on the 'outside'...

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Old 12-25-2014, 07:51 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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At a buffet restaurant I frequent, I have occasionally seen a middle aged Chinese woman wearing a tin foil hat. Today I noticed that same woman who not only had the hat on, but also had a piece of tinfoil underneath her blouse - you could see the top of the tinfoil in the front. In addition, she had a rolled up piece of tin foil in one nostril. I kid you not. There are people out there who make me look positively sane by comparison!
Love it!

Of course, she may have something figured out about electro-magnetic fields that we are missing out on, lololol!!!!

Merry Christmas, Escort Rider!
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Old 12-26-2014, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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Does anyone know how AZDesertBrat is doing? She had been posting about her mom declining after a stroke and difficulties around that. I hope she's OK.
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Old 12-26-2014, 05:25 PM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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Does anyone know how AZDesertBrat is doing? She had been posting about her mom declining after a stroke and difficulties around that. I hope she's OK.
Her Mom passed away (I think the 19th), but Brat has posted elsewhere on CD, latest was on 12-24.
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Old 12-26-2014, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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Does anyone know how AZDesertBrat is doing? She had been posting about her mom declining after a stroke and difficulties around that. I hope she's OK.
Hi...I'm here. I felt so bad about venting all over you guys...I really was a mess!...that I haven't been posting. That and things have been crazy.

Mom passed away last Fri., the 19th. The powers that be decided she couldn't stay at the nursing home anymore...no money... and sent her home to die Wed. morning. She made it exactly 48 hours. I didn't see her in that time and had her permission to not have to stand over her and watch her die. I couldn't deal with being around my brother so he's mad at me about that. They didn't come tell me she'd passed for over an hour or I'd have been there. He's all upset that he had to stay with Mom those 48 hours, 16 of them all alone, till his gf got off work. My opinion is it was TIME he spent some time with her and it's too bad she was so close to death she probably didn't even know or care. She and I said our Goodbyes on Tues. evening. I've spent all but one day just sitting here at home. I worked one day out of 7.

Brother is still 'the boss' but at least he's doing something. Mom's viewing will be tomorrow between 3 and 4 PM. I get off work at 3:00 so that works. The memorial will be Sat. Jan. 10th so at least that's in the works. I am writing the obituary, mainly because I know all the info. My brothers don't. They don't even know their maternal grandparents names! Or their aunts and uncles. Yes, they all live(d) in Australia but siblings would have known if they ever took the time to listen. Found out I don't quite 'count' when it comes to being Mom's daughter. Because she didn't adopt me I am barred from making decisions re: her cremation, etc.. Only her 'real' kids have to all agree to it. That hurt. She's been my mother since I was four. That's nearly 70 years. She's been my mother longer than any of my brothers.

The whole family is looking forward to everything being 'over'. After that none of us have to have anything to do with brother if we don't want to. So many people angry with him, not for themselves, but for the rest of us. Can't believe some of the things he's done and is doing. I'll be moving soon and hopefully able to, once again, buy my own home. I'm excited for that but it's going to take time.

Thanks for thinking of me. It's been a rough couple of weeks. Actually closer to three but doesn't seem like it.
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Old 12-26-2014, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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AZ, thanks for the update. Truly sorry for you losing your mom. Maybe now that the whole trauma is about to be eased you can find a nice little home for yourself. Do you think you'll stay in the same town?

Best wishes with the difficult few days ahead, will be thinking of you.
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Old 12-26-2014, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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AZ, thanks for the update. Truly sorry for you losing your mom. Maybe now that the whole trauma is about to be eased you can find a nice little home for yourself. Do you think you'll stay in the same town?

Best wishes with the difficult few days ahead, will be thinking of you.
Thank you. I will miss Mom for a long time and forget her never. Life will be busy for a while though and that always helps. Work helps too.

I think I'll stay here. It's my home, since I was 2 years old, and I really do like it here. Not too big, not too small, not too cold, not too hot, tons to do if I want to do it, etc. etc.. It's a good place to live. In the middle of summer I might wish I'd moved back to the mountains but probably not. I like my job too. The beauty of my job is that I can transfer to any store anywhere but I have an exemplary store and I'd be afraid I'd transfer to a crappy one. I have family all over the state so it would be easy to live just about anywhere but, truthfully, my heart is here.
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Old 12-27-2014, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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I am so sorry for your loss, AZ. It brings back memories of what I did, just 2+ years ago with my Mom. We had to take her back to Illinois for burial and the whole scene was just a blur for a long time. I hope you will be okay and be back to semi normal soon. Keep us posted. Barb
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