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At 9:43pm on December 27, 2015, Angharad said…

This many??  :>)

Sounds like a great day!


At 1:42pm on December 25, 2015, Angharad said…

Santa needs an intervention...

Hope you're having a great day, Tee!

At 3:16am on December 25, 2015, flippr 2.0 said…

Merry Christmas Bubba

At 1:46am on December 22, 2015, Angharad said…

WOW!!!!!  My page looks like a Christmas explosion!!!! THANK YOU, Tee!!!!

Your trees are fabulous! So warm and homey. And your dining room table is EXACTLY the way it should look before a truly festive Christmas. It makes me wish to be part of your family.

Just don't touch your elf too often or you'll get hairy palms.

And as for the decorated palm tree, we here in Guizhou Province, China, don't have the vaguest idea what you're talking about...XOXOXOXOXOX A. :>)

At 12:33am on November 26, 2015, Angharad said…

Happy Thanksgiving!

At 9:51am on November 21, 2015, Angharad said…

I'm honored to have inherited the position as your "person."  Suzan loves you deeply, but she is always busy with the many exigencies in the life of a middle-aged person living alone. I know those pressures well. 

She's just found out that the guy who burglarized and, essentially, terrorized her has gotten out of prison and is living across the street from her. Her order of protection doesn't protect much, so she's making a zillion calls trying to see what can be done. Of course, she was supposed to have been notified before he was released--classic breakdown of the system. What a CF!!!!

Interesting turn of events with the house. Sounds like you have it all sorted out and decisions made. That's good.

I'm glad you saw your mom, but sad you have the gut feeling it may be the last time. From her parting words, I'd say it may be okay with her to move on, and it was clear she wanted you to know. That was kind. I think the Food Channel viewing is probably two things: 1) it's one of the few non-challenging things to watch on TV--like Lawrence Welk or Murder She Wrote; and, 2) cooking probably reminds her of happy family times.  As a person who is pretty much confined to bed, I have taken to watching food shows and comedies, when dramas and Sci-Fi were always more my style.

I also find I don't want to watch shows about happy people doing wonderful things--LOL. Like Suzan joked about a couple of my male married friends who are going to Thanksgiving get-togethers, "OH, PLEASE, pour a big ladle of piping hot gravy over that turkey, surrounded by your children and friends, while I stare at a Campbell's soup can, alone. And underwearless."  The last statement was a nod to me. :>)

My fingers and toes are crossed that your supplier gets their s--t together before you blow like a whale. HAHAHA! I HATE getting old!

XOXOXOXOX  Love to you all  

At 2:02pm on October 31, 2015, Angharad said…

Happy All Hallow's Eve, Tee Bub!!!!

It's just about time for you and Dee and Diego to be making the rounds, I guess. Wooooooooooo, what fun for a child of his age!!!! Of course, that's assuming he's at your house for Halloween, and after all that decorating I can't imagine him being anywhere else. I hope you get some pictures of him and the house to post.

I'm in the turn out the lights and hope no one vandalizes my cars mode. HAHA! Of course, in the years I've been ill and alone, the house has gotten to look like a REAL witch's house and the kids are probably genuinely scared to approach it. My house is becoming the makings of an urban myth :>)--The Last House On the Right.

I LOVE your App-o-lanterns!!! VERY cool and creative!

I'm totally tickled to hear about the disposition of your house. Nothing like selling your house before it's even on the market! And I assume it means your tenants will get to live out their lives there--Scott is their son, right? Anyway--it all sounds good. One more worry off your plate, and I'm all for that.

I won't yammer on.

If we don't communicate again before you go to OH, take it easy and get some R&R amid all the work.

I'll be sending good vibes, as always.


At 11:20pm on October 21, 2015, Angharad said…

Sounds like your house will be a favorite gathering place for all the ghosts, zombies, and other supernatural beings in that part of Florida! You and Diego have done a lot of work. I love the extra atmosphere the fog machines and strobes will add--particularly the effect of Mr. Skeleton's beating heart. Please be sure to post pictures at some point!

Hey, do you watch "The Walking Dead"? I love that show and can't get anyone to watch/discuss it with me. No matter how much I explain that the show is far less about the undead than it is about human nature, people just can't get beyond the whole brain eating business. Hahahahahaha!
I'm so glad your mom is doing better! I understand that whole heartbreaking delusion she has of expecting to go home again. My aunt with Alzheimer's had the same delusion. It does pass eventually.

Yeah, I can see your situation with your mom's house. I think 6 months is a very generous grace period for your friend's parents. I'd tell your friends first and then your tenants, and all that as soon as possible, so that when your tenants turn to your friends not knowing quite what to do about the (TOTALLY understandable) rent hike, your friends may have some answers waiting for them. Like, "we'll help you cover rent." In a perfect world :>) ...

Good tenants and good friends are precious commodities.

Well, have a Happy Halloween!

And don't let the zombies bite. 


At 4:29am on September 28, 2015, Angharad said…

Halloween is my second favorite holiday! It's only second because I get to give presents on Christmas, and that's my favorite thing of all. I ADORE decorating for Halloween, and LOVED hearing everything you're doing.

The chandelier with cobwebs and spiders is right up my alley! One year I let silver candelabra tarnish and then set the dining room table to look as though it had been left that way for years (a la Miss Havisham in Great Expectations). Then I covered everything with cobwebs which stretched over to the sideboard and up to the chandelier. I added lots of spiders, just like you did! SPOOOOOOKY!

With no children in the house for years, I got into REALLY creepy, grown-up decorations. With Diego, I love the way you go for the fun side of Halloween. Please be sure to post lots of pictures of your house when you and Diego have finished decorating, and include a photo of the limes (what a great idea!). I remember how wonderful your house looked in the photos you posted a couple of years ago!!!!

Sorry about the repeat CAT scan, and lousy blood vessels. I know all about blown veins. Ain't it all a PAIN?! The poor phlebotomists would apologize before they even tried to stick me--HA!  They used to affectionately call me "the pincushion." 

Your choice not to have the surgery sounds good to me. What's more important is that you (and Dee) are happy with it. I agree that sometimes living with constant irritation and discomfort is better than taking a huge risk with an uncertain outcome. And I know how it is to finally be feeling better and not want to jeopardize that. I say--get the hospital shit behind you. Live it up (sensibly--hahaha) and continue to pursue good health mentally and physically. I truly believe that love; healthy, nourishing food; sunshine; exercise; laughter; and peace of mind are the best weapons against a recurrence of cancer. And lots of snuggles... :>)

I think you're right that trying to make the trip to be with your mom and sister would probably do no good. I understand your sister's feeling of being overwhelmed, having cared for my own mom for 17 years. I think that the best thing you can do for her is be available, by phone or Skype, to listen to her whenever she needs to vent. That may be quite a bit at first. But, especially because your mom is hospitalized, your sister has time to let her emotions settle a little, and then embark on making future plans for your mom. The hospital will help with that, at least with information, and perhaps you can do some research and help your sister sort through options. I think the actual setting up of things is far less stressful than the decision-making process, and you can certainly help your sister with that.

And now for something entirely different... 

Now, just try to get this song out of your head...

LOVE in GIANT cabbage rolls to you!!!!!!

"Mmmm, Mmmmm, GOOD!"


At 2:02pm on September 11, 2015, Angharad said…

Yikes, Tee!!! I'm so sorry for this huge and continuing DUMP of stress and loss you're suffering.

The surgery is a tough call. Has the surgeon said it's a "now or never" scenario? Will the ureter just get worse if nothing is done now, making the likelihood of complications greater as time goes on? Or is there an acceptable option to wait a while as you get in the best shape possible and other options are pursued?

What a scary mess.

Believe me, I understand cases in which the "cure" seems worse than the disease.

It's heartrending about your mom. Yup, the anger, unpredictability. irrationality, fantasy ideation, disorientation, and memory loss all definitely sound like Alzheimer's, or a similar form of dementia. Sometimes an accident or surgery can trigger the mind's final letting go--that happened to my paternal grandmother.  Losing a loved one while they're still living is one of the saddest experiences in life. DD would be a good resource for how to navigate your mom's sudden decline. She has years of direct experience with that.

My dad died 35 years ago; my mom 11 years ago (after I'd cared for her 24/7 for 17 years). Even though I was 53 when I lost my last parent, I still felt suddenly alone in a very primal way. I think that's a common human response. My point is, that feeling of loss is an added stress I wish you didn't have to carry right now.

Hold Dee even closer, if that's possible. Take her hand and meditate on the joy of being together. Take care of yourself the best you can. Laugh when you can. And beyond that, FUCK IT! Once you've done the best you can, I figure your responsibility is over and it's in the universe's hands.

Does the universe have hands??!

You're always in my (nontraditional) prayers.


P.S.--your note was cut off at "My sister"...

At 4:39pm on September 8, 2015, Angharad said…

DAMN! I didn't know you were still headed for surgery--you've been looking so healthy lately, and no hospital stays. Is it the scar-tissue occluded ureter?

I'll start pumpin' out the good vibes, and praying for your surgeon to have an exceptionally good day and your body to cooperate. C'mon BOD, you can do it!!!!!


Until then, get out there by that gorgeous pool and relax. Suck in some more mango lime pie--yum, SLURP!!!--and get loved up by Diego, Dee, and any attractive, passing stranger who's into snuggling. :>)

'Cause you're right, being alive, loved, and in love, is what counts the most.


At 9:41pm on August 31, 2015, Aggie said…

At 10:47pm on August 26, 2015, Angharad said…

Let's hope that door #3 breaks the mold! I vote for it concealing a zillion dollars in place of another problem.

I can hope, can't I?!

Sounds like you're one handy dude who can take care of most things that come your way--and I don't just mean corroded wires.  

I'm so glad you're doing well, Tee!


At 12:06pm on August 22, 2015, Angharad said…

Wow...that is one big prickly pear!

And one big hunk by the pool.  Is that your pool? 

You and Dee will be having a house guest as soon as I can blow up my water wings. :>)

I am THRILLED to see you up and about, Bubba, and that's NOT walking around the nurses' station in the hospital. Are you feeling past the hump? You look GREAT!


Lots of love and   


At 1:05pm on August 18, 2015, Angharad said…

You're a love! I am feeling a bit better, thank you, and apparently you're feeling a LOT better. YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!!!!!

I'm SO glad to hear you're out in the yard, hands in the dirt, enjoying the sun and breezes!!!! Man, I miss that!

I ADORE plumeria!!!! They come in so many lovely colors, and their fragrance is divine. I lived in Hawaii in the 60s and used to make leis with plumeria all the time. My dad was a Captain in the Navy at that time (he ended up an Admiral), and my parents had to entertain every weekend. Handing out the leis I made to guests was one of my "jobs."

I have always been pulled back to Hawaii. It feels like home. There is a legend that when you throw a lei over the side of the ship as you leave Hawaii, if it returns to shore you will go back. Mine must have gotten detoured. LOL.

As for those cacti--my mom used to plant smaller varieties under our windows to discourage burglars. She was one practical and creative lady!! 

Hugs and kisses to you and Dee Bubba.  

At 9:47am on August 16, 2015, Angharad said…

HAHAHA! Duly noted. 

Two days of palm tree wrestling. Now that is love! 

At 4:26am on August 3, 2015, Angharad said…

Oh, Tee, I'm sorry that you're inundated by "yuck" too, but I have to smile at how similar several of our problems are!! I have a hole in 2 sections of roof, my central A/C went out 3 years ago, and like yours, my list goes on.

I just read this quote from Dicken's Nicholas Nickleby, "Weakness is tiring, but strength is exhausting." I think the exhausting need for strength is one of the conditions of getting older. But, hell, we should at least get a BIG bowl of our favorite ice cream or a trip to the toy store as a reward.

I'd like to take you up on a drink and a smoke. Or five...

This is how I feel sometimes:

Shell shocked, BLINK BLINK, little feet ready to run, dazzle 'em and make an escape! "My feathers. LOOK AT MY TAIL FEATHERS!!!!"




At 4:11pm on July 31, 2015, Angharad said…

Thanks for the notes and the loving concern, Bubba. I've been laying low lately. Haven't felt the best ever, and a bunch of problems in my world have made for a perfect storm of yuck--the kind that only mass quantities of this 

 or this  

or this   will fix, and I don't have any of those. Damn--where are all the vices when you need 'em?

Ah, but heck, things will get better.


How have you been? Well and home, I hope!! Don't want to be the sole support of your local hospital. 

If you can, get out in the (early morning) Florida sun and think of me. 

Hugs and kisses to you and Mrs. Dee.  XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOX

At 11:36pm on July 3, 2015, Angharad said…

Happy 4th, Bubba!

At 6:45am on June 29, 2015, Angharad said…



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