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some of you know it's been a dark year for me.  there've been some rays of light, but it's been a very difficult time.

I truly am starting to feel the growth that has occurred.  and growth, as we all know, is such a painful process.

the dark days aren't over, but they are lighter.  the unpredictability remains, yet I'm more prepared for it.  it's kind of become 'normal'.

I've got some insights, and I've definitely got better questions these days.

and I've had it reinforced often enough recently that I'm remembering to look after my emotional health, so I can be of use to others through these times.

one friend of mine stops me every time she sees me, and asks "What have you done for yourself today?"

I get to ask her the same question, and we often inspire each other to try new ways of getting some space for ourselves.

this caregiver role isn't easy, but it is, in many ways, transformative.

Namaste
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most often, +stuart richman.  =]
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and sometimes one doesn't need to leave the planet to understand this.



via +John Said.
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Mine is also the same. I've never understood how do not see that we are but a nanoscopic piece of nothing when all we have to do is look up... The Galaxy should be enough to remind us!
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I woke to the sound of rain.

it only lasted 20 minutes, but we are so desperate for moisture it was a pleasure to listen to for the whole time.

even if it is 4 a.m.

and there might be more later.  that was the forecast.
though I know the forecast has been wrong before.

fingers crossed!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jX6kn9_U8qk
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Definitely a possibility.
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my boys leave for their dad's in just a few hours.

I'm seriously looking forward to the solitude.  

just me and the mutts.

=D


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thanks, +Danny S.  that is the plan.  reveling in solitude.  =]
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a friend of mine is creative.  creative and energetic.

good for her.

a festival of collaboration and community.  it'll be good.  =]


https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1771498201/harvest
Georgia Johnson is raising funds for Harvest on Kickstarter! The Harvest Festival is a two-day performance festival taking place in September 2015, involving local and international artists
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oh, this so reminds me of a thread I read earlier...

I seldom entertain trolls, and I'm less interested in their rhetoric, but, because of my friend who was trolled, I read the threads.

then +Sheila Nagig posted this, and it's completely relevant.
=]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ur6d-D4zXE&feature=share
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LoL!  I love malatropes.  I have this friend whose first language is pidgin Dutch.  the things that come out of her mouth are hilarious!  'wheel borrow' is one of my favorites.  especially when I explain to her the real phrase, and she explains to me the picture she's had in her head all those years.  LoL!
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the talent that stops by this little island is truly amazing.

tonight it was Mandolin Orange.  truly sublime.  =]

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#pupdate  

Sadie's not to sure what to do about that liquid falling from the sky.

she's been here since May 15th, and she's never seen this before.  LoL!

she's almost 5 months old now, and she's such a gentle dog.

she's had that toy since she got here.  it's not missing a single limb.
I've never had a dog that's so gentle with things.

and YaY to rain!
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OOooo, a designer dog!  lucky you!  LoL!  Sadie has yet to experience the painting effect.  there will be lots of that this fall and winter, I'm sure.  =D
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the way things go:  I blame it on Fibonacci.  
or at least the sequence that is named after him.

you know, the spiral that is found in nature?  I think it's found in our lives, too.  

this morning I finally zotted the huge wasp nest right outside my front door.  good thing we took the stairs down to that deck, and no one uses that door at the moment.  the stairs are awaiting a contractor in order to be rebuilt, so a ladder is currently needed to reach that deck.

which is why the wasp nest grew as large as it did.  larger than anyone's head.  it was complicated to get there.

and scary.

with a large picture window right below the nest, we've enjoyed watching the progress of the nest.  we even, one evening, watched in horror as the wasps swarmed for some unknown reason.  but...

yes, there's always a "but" when it comes to wasps, isn't there?

but the wasps are getting into their stupid and angry phase of life.  the yard is experiencing too many close encounters.  and we spend a lot of time out  there with the puppy.

I've had the wasp bomb for a while.  I just haven't had windless and cooler weather, and helpers, because I'm not going to tackle this when I'm all alone for a few days on end.

and I have a son who is deathly afraid of wasps, due to previous swarmings.

so it's complicated.

but... today was the day.  ladder, helper, bomb, weather and all.  it all aligned.  so I zotted the nest.  and while I was at it, I did the 2 hornets nests just around the corner.  while decimating those nests, I chuckled when a hornet showed up carrying a dead wasp, and forlornly looked for the entrance to the nest, or others members of the hive to show it's prize off too.  I chuckled, because I knew the wasp was poisoned, and munching on it would not provide the feast that might have been anticipated.

because I've got a twisted sense of humour at times.

anyway, later... I was watering the garden.  my pump has... "issues"... so watering is not an easy or consecutive affair.  it's convoluted, and intermittent.  

during one of the intermittent times, while waiting for the pump to reset itself, I decided to move some junk wood that has been around for a while.

damn it! I uncovered a massive ground wasp nest.

I didn't stick around.

I'm going to the hardware store later.  
for more weapons of mass wasp destruction.

and I chuckle at the spiral of life:  around and around we go, dealing with the same problems, in slightly different lights, and locations, and circumstances.

maybe, if we're lucky, we learn something along the way.

it's the learning that adds the color to the view.


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and here I thought that was a typo.  LoL!

so, does this warrant the water gun?  I'll go with the popular vote.  =D
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thanks, +miri dunn.

I feel that in a way, this is what social media does.
I don't investigate who people are on G+.  
I let them tell me who they are.



mind you, I tend to do that in person, too.  

labels are  for products.  

my kids have learned it well.  their discriminations are based on whether someone is a kind person, or not.

it really can be just that simple.



though I doubt, even after watching the video, that I'll do anything with Coca Cola other than clean the toilet.

it removes mineral stains like nobody's business!

=D

#laughyoga   #budlight  
 
Labels are for cans - not for people.

This is nice. 
How often do we hear the phrase 'don't judge a book by its cover?' This takes it to a whole new level.
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nicely said, +stuart richman.  =]

you've let me see under the veneer, +Joe Gross.  I know  that description just does not fit.  <3
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Caregiver's Support Meeting this morning.  this has become a very important group for me.  it's not easy being a caregiver at the levels that these individuals are.  I know.  I'm one of them.

we support each other by listening to the month's ups and downs.  we have tea and snacks.  and we understand, which someone who isn't in that role can not.  not truly.  not like those of us in the trenches do.

last time one elderly lady, who is in a very difficult care situation with her even more elderly husband, said she didn't, at first, understand why the facilitator kept inviting her to these meetings.  she said she now gets it.  she said she leaves the meetings feeling like the weight of the world has lifted off her shoulders.  she knows the weight will return, but she is so much lighter for sharing her burden.

all of us who attend understand how that works.  

I'm blessed to have this group of people in my life right now.


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me, too, +Sean Heffernan and +Al Chris.

and yes, they sure can, +Grizwald Grim.
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