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Old Aug 30 2014, 09:20 PM   #2681
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Nice area, very pretty. We stayed at a motel that had cottages, one of the cheapest place we stayed and one of the nicest. Right on the bank of one of the great lakes. The lake was shallow for a long ways and was warm. The owners had a bon fire going and supplied stuff for s'mores.

It is also the place we left Mom's fake lag in the shower. She had one just for swimming and had put it in the shower to drain. We were 2-3 hours down the road before I missed it.
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If you're in the U.P., be sure and check out Picture Rocks National Lakeshore. That's where I'm working this summer! It's beautiful - the fall colors are just about to get started...

My job was actually in Yellowstone last year, and it was amazing how one could get acclimated to the sulfur smell - although there were a few spots where it was still pretty bad. If you stay on the boardwalk, there's no real hazard, either.
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There was a nice video clip on Earthsky yesterday; of one of the sliding rocks at Raceway Playa actually sliding.
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Gah! Just finished a re-read of the the Crystal Singer trilogy, why did she have stop there, I always want more when I read them!
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I had breakfast with a good friend yesterday. She told me her daughter and her husband are having a baby in March. This is my friend's first grandchild, she was very excited. I already have a pair of bibs cross stitched. I started them shortly after Shaina got married. Yes, I like to be prepared.

Shelley also told me her older son just got his doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Duke. It's so nice to have good news for a change when so much of what we are "fed" of the national and international stuff just gives me indigestion!
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Old Sep 5 2014, 04:35 AM   #2686
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Really?! Fabulous! Congratulations to both of you!
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Old Sep 5 2014, 01:37 PM   #2688
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CONGRATS!

I do not have internet at home, so will not be on much. Not sure when we'll get it back
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That's a bit avant garde for Suffolk. I remember when the hospital was in the old Work House near the cattle market.
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RL update, just got back from the Dr. and my thyroid level is low, no wonder why I'm cold, sluggish, and no feeling right. It take time for the new medication to work go back six weeks to see if it worked or not.
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That is to bad, Ginny! I hope you will be feeling better soon!
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Another gentle giant gone. Richard Kiel, who played the villain Jaws in two Bond films, has died. A big man and from what I have read, a kind heart.
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Old Sep 13 2014, 09:00 PM   #2697
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Right now just waiting in the departure gate at Detroit about to head home.

Good few weeks, but looking forward to being home as well. Reckon that's a sign that your holiday was the right length, when you're just starting to feel that when you're about done.

...just irked I can't take the car back with me. May have to investigate that when I get back see if I can find an imported one at a sensible enough price. If not may have to look into the possibility of finding one to ship over ourselves.

Has been lovely being able to do journeys of more than 20 mins without backache!
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You have me wondering what you have been driving that you found to be so comfortable. There is that tv show Wheeler/Dealer, maybe you could get them to import whatever it is.

Oh, and safe journey home. It is so true, fun to be away but home is the best!
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Old Sep 14 2014, 07:35 AM   #2699
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Yesterday Jeff and I did a major clean out of junk in the garage. While it has always been possible to get 3 cars in there the "around the edges and between cars" areas seem to fill up. He also rearranged and cleared out stuff on the metal shelving that is against the far wall. Then we got ourselves cleaned up and went out to a little place called Lenny & Joe's Fishtail. I had fried shrimp and Jeff had charbroiled yellowfin tuna. Both were delicious!

Fall seems to be here at last. I'm waiting for the final hummingbird visits and then I will swap their feeders for regular bird seed ones.
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Old Sep 14 2014, 10:23 AM   #2700
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We did not at our old house. Having three bays here is pure luxury!
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Old Sep 14 2014, 12:30 PM   #2702
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I hardly ever wish I was home. Right now is one of those times. Kibby and I are at McDonalds next to here work, so she can get on line & get some school work done.

Was not feeling good last night and managed to get no sleep. Now I very sleepy.

Kibby's hair had gotten long enough that work told her she had to put it up, so she got a hair cut


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Her hair looks cute like that.

I'm sorry home is not more pleasant for you. Our home is very quiet, especially now Jenn & Mike have moved out most likely for the last time. We miss them, but life moves on.
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Old Sep 15 2014, 10:41 AM   #2704
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The last week or so has been good. Tammy has been staying with Robin, so most of the arguments, which are between Tammy and Kibby, not happening. Tammy has to have everything her way, which is the only correct way, she does not like how Kibby does things, which is always wrong. Tammy is one of those people who think they are perfect or at least better than anyone else. Kibby disagrees.
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What's the age difference between Tammy and Kibby? Tammy sounds like all my older female cousins who always treated me like a stupid kid and still do, even today. Needless to say, we have Christmas card contact ONLY.
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Old Sep 15 2014, 05:19 PM   #2706
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Today I mostly...

Unpacked the remainder of my case from yesterday, and put what needed to be washed through the laundry. Exciting I know!

Then discovered that at some point before we left due to a misunderstanding of what's plugged in where in the garage, the big chest freezer in there had been switched off...and had been for three and a bit weeks. Suffice to say, that took me most of this evening to clean up. Thankfully it wasn't massively full, and the only items to actually rupture their packaging were some raspberries! Still made a heck of a mess...but I'll take frozen slightly rancid fruit juice over the alternatives!

I've left it to dry out and air overnight, and will be giving it another thorough clean out tomorrow before reassembling and restocking it.

In answer to what I'd been so enjoying driving around while in the US as I think someone asked, it was this (automotive ramble ahead, so please spin on it if's not your thing!)...







1998 Chevrolet Astro.

Over there seems to be very much a common vehicle, but is really quite different to anything you find over here. There is a very distinctly different design language used by designers in the US compared to the EU, and it really does show. Some people like that, some don't. Two things here which immediately appealed to me however were two items that seem to be entirely absent from any vehicle made here in the last 15 years or so: really, really squidgy seats (I reckon you settle about 3" into the driver's seat over the course of half an hour), and equally supple suspension. This combination means that I can actually sit in it for more than half an hour without my back starting to complain.

Over here something like that would have probably a 2.0 or 2.3 litre four cylinder turbodiesel engine powering it...Nothing like the 4.3 litre petrol V6 in that! Seems to be relatively unsilenced as well, so makes a truly lovely noise (to a petrolhead like me anyway). Doesn't half shift either...even with eight people and luggage on board!

I want one. Aside from the fact that it's something that was never formally imported over here, and with the very much American styling it would stick out like a sore thumb, it's a very practical vehicle. Rear row of seats out gives you seating for five and a MASSIVE load area. Even with all seven seats in you still have as much luggage space as many normal cars (which is an area often overlooked by the european counterparts!). Fact that there seem to be zillions of them around in the US is good news for parts availability as well and in terms of common problems being well documented.

Real question would be whether I look to buy one over there and get it shipped over here, or get one that's already here. Price-wise there doesn't seem to be a massive difference, though there's not a huge choice here. Especially for the "normal" version rather than the fancy "day-van" which I reckon just looks tacky - and loses practicality points as I'd always be scared of breaking bits of the interior if I were carrying stuff. I'd really rather just have the normal Astro like this one. Lottery win right now would be handy, as I could just get that one shipped over and save me the hassle of finding one...Even like the colour.

Other options I guess that we did actually get are the Chrysler Voyager (Dodge Caravan/Plymoth Voyager) though I did drive one of them a few years ago at work and was never really that impressed. Never felt as well put together as the Astro, or as comfortable which is one of the big pluses here. Only other US import we really had were Jeep's products. Always had a soft spot for the early 90s Cherokee - mostly for the same reasons as the Astro to be honest. Comfy and just so utterly different (especially from the inside) to offerings from this side of the pond. Only thing really putting me off there is that last time I looked at them decent ones held their value annoyingly well, and insurance prices were just silly for a vehicle of that type. Already checked, and my current insurer could insure an Astro for far far less than I'm currently paying for the Saab (they're a specialist who deal mainly with classic, imported, modified or home-build vehicles).

Big questions I guess would be whether I could find a decent one at the right price, and what I could get back for the Saab. Don't really want to sell it to be honest, but insurance prices have really be getting utterly stupid in the last couple of years, and it is starting to show its age. Do just wonder whether the time may be right to move it on to another enthusiast who has the time and resources to properly restore it to get a good few years more from it, and move on myself to something different.
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Thanks for the car info. The last Chevrolet my family had would have been back in the early to mid 1950's, so goes back a while. Then we had a couple Fords, a Pontiac Bonneville and finally a Dodge Dart. Those were all the ones I remember my parents owning. Jeff and I rented a Dodge Caravan when we took a trip to Nova Scotia with the kids years ago and we were not impressed. We have mostly had small Datsuns, Mazdas and the occasional Subaru. We don't have the need for a big vehicle. Jenn's boyfriend just got a new Subaru Forester last fall, it isn't huge as SUV's go but it works for him.

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Old Sep 15 2014, 05:54 PM   #2708
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Have you looked at the Kia Sedona? We had one, and apart from the motor (3.6L diesel) very like the Chevvy.
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The van looks like the one we had before this one. Not sure what year it was, it was an Astro. I like that van, I think better than this one.
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I'm not going to be online much have some friends staying with Dan J and I for a Clint Black show at a local place here in Wausau WI
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Still just scoping out my options right now really. Just found the Astro to be really comfy which is rare for me!

Tonight is probably the last night of sanity for a while...we pick up a puppy tomorrow. ...may the chaos commence!
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Awwww, what kind of puppy? I like dogs as long as they belong to other people and don't live in my house. I like to pet them, play with them, I would even occasionally walk one if someone I knew had a dog and needed it walked. My husband and I have just always been owned by cats. Good luck with the puppy!
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We have 3 kitten that need homes. They are use to being slimed by our lab's tongue, and the other dog shoving her nose up their rear ends, other cats, and a huge white rabbit that they are unsure of, the basically ignore him, which is hard to do when the rabbit is nudging them with his nose.

The rabbit is as large or larger than most of the cats, MUCH larger than 6 week old kittens.
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Old Sep 18 2014, 07:38 PM   #2716
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Dog in question arrived home today, he's a cross between a white German Shepherd (mother) and a Siberian Husky (father).

Fell asleep in my lap almost instantly once we started the trip home. Will try to get some better photos tomorrow (if he stays still long enough). For now here's a snap from during the trip home.



For a dog who had never been in a car before, I was rather surprised! Also seems willing to walk on a lead despite having never seen a collar, though separation anxiety seems to be an issue now we've got into the "needing to sleep" phase. Sure he'll settle down in a few days though. Especially once the toilet training gets further along and he can be more free roaming.
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What I can see is very cute. The one dog we had was a purebred husky, far too hyper for us. We really did not research breeds before we took her from someone my husband worked with. She was about 1 1/2 when we got her, not trained at all and we never did get her to stop going to the bathroom in the house. Finally after about two years we fave her to a woman who had three huskies and one had just died. She had Yana completely trained in a very short time. I guess it takes "dog owner" smarts, which we did not have! She was a very pretty dog, ice blue eyes, but never stayed still! I look forward to pictures and a name?!
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Dog in question arrived home today, he's a cross between a white German Shepherd (mother) and a Siberian Husky (father).

Fell asleep in my lap almost instantly once we started the trip home. Will try to get some better photos tomorrow (if he stays still long enough). For now here's a snap from during the trip home.



For a dog who had never been in a car before, I was rather surprised! Also seems willing to walk on a lead despite having never seen a collar, though separation anxiety seems to be an issue now we've got into the "needing to sleep" phase. Sure he'll settle down in a few days though. Especially once the toilet training gets further along and he can be more free roaming.
From the sound of your posts, you've not been a "dog person" in the past. So I hope you accept some help from someone who has been, for years and years.

Breed traits: These will help you know what to expect, look for and make work for your and your new family member. I'll start with the more negative aspects of the two breeds in his makeup.

First, the "husky". This could be any of a lot of breeds, from Malamute to Samoyed, Siberian Husky, the list goes on and on. They all have some things in common. Unfortunately, in some instances. These breeds were intended (for hundreds of years) to be working animals in very cold climates. They weren't intended to be companion animals. They are generally hard-headed, strong animals that will definitely test your patience, and won't enjoy hot weather. If you are lucky enough to have an offspring from a long line of friendly good companions, then you'll be light years ahead of someone who just gets a husky because they're pretty.... and they are. But that beautiful coat takes a lot of work on your part.

German Shepherd: They are just what the name implies; a herding breed by ancestry. Loyal and protective to a fault. Early socialization is VERY important. He will have to learn to accept strangers with your okay. Otherwise, you will have a fight on your hands every time someone comes over. By his very nature, you will have to convince him that you're smarter than him, and are the boss.

Mix the two together and I predict you are going to have your hands full. Very full. The challenges will be MANY, trust me. Lots of love, a firm will to prove to him that you are THE BOSS, and more patience than you will think possible at times.

But the rewards for all of this will be a companion that will be loyal, protective like you will probably never understand, and while the husky part might be a little slow to show it, LOVING friend.

Puppies are always a handful. Yours will certainly be no exception. You're going to have a BIG challenge keeping him from getting bored because of the intelligence level of his ancestry, and a bored puppy is a destructive nightmare. His parents are two VERY active breeds. If you intend to leave him alone, be sure you are well prepared to provide him with entertainment, to keep him from looking for ways to make his own.

Bad as I may have made this all sound, if you are willing to put a good amount of love and understanding into him, you'll never regret bringing him into your life. I've had Mastiffs since the early 1980s, and they're a breed with a whole lot of different challenges and a few of the same ones.

Hope I haven't bored everyone. I'm only offering to help if I can.
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Old Sep 19 2014, 06:21 AM   #2719
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While it's been a good few years since I've had a dog, I've been around them most of my life save the last few years. Have also spent quite a bit of time in the past looking after dogs for folks, so I'm not a total stranger to them.

We're under no illusions that this is going to be easy, as we know folks who own both of the respective breeds (and have for many years) and sought their advice beforehand. While there's a lot of work involved, their character is hard to resist though.

So far we've pretty much cracked come, sit and walking on the leash is going better than many adult dogs I've encountered.

Will keep you up to date on how things go.
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If you don't know the bred think about what they are breed to do, dogs bred for activity, like sled pulling, herding sheep are very active and hyper.

Dogs bred for hunting, especially scent, are all nose. Not necessarily active, but once they get a smell and start trailing they're gone. Retrievers are usually not as active.

Terriers are bread to hunt burrowing animal, are diggers and VERY hyper
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