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Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort

gnu 17 Dec 13 - 01:46 PM
billybob 17 Dec 13 - 10:48 AM
catspaw49 17 Dec 13 - 09:39 AM
Pete Jennings 17 Dec 13 - 06:36 AM
gnu 17 Dec 13 - 06:26 AM
ChanteyLass 16 Dec 13 - 09:09 PM
Stilly River Sage 16 Dec 13 - 08:13 PM
Sandra in Sydney 16 Dec 13 - 06:55 PM
billybob 16 Dec 13 - 06:50 PM
maeve 16 Dec 13 - 06:46 PM
ranger1 16 Dec 13 - 05:13 PM
SINSULL 16 Dec 13 - 03:28 PM
GUEST,laptop gnu 15 Dec 13 - 08:44 PM
ChanteyLass 15 Dec 13 - 07:47 PM
Stilly River Sage 15 Dec 13 - 06:37 PM
frogprince 15 Dec 13 - 01:55 PM
GUEST,pete from seven stars link 15 Dec 13 - 01:39 PM
ranger1 15 Dec 13 - 12:15 PM
maeve 15 Dec 13 - 10:08 AM
GUEST, Bat Goddess 15 Dec 13 - 09:26 AM
gnu 15 Dec 13 - 07:34 AM
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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: gnu
Date: 17 Dec 13 - 01:46 PM

Ditto Wendy.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: billybob
Date: 17 Dec 13 - 10:48 AM

Just "love, love, love" to all, seems it is needed all round today

Wendy xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: catspaw49
Date: 17 Dec 13 - 09:39 AM

Sister MarySins....I am so sorry. That's something no one should have to endure. There aren't any words I can find to assuage the pain you must feel as the numbness passes. I'm a phone call away.

Much Love...


Pat


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: Pete Jennings
Date: 17 Dec 13 - 06:36 AM

Geez, some heavy stuff going on at the moment. Sins, SRS, good thoughts winging their way to you both.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: gnu
Date: 17 Dec 13 - 06:26 AM

My sincerest condolences, Mary.

SRS... that sounds terribly disheartening. I am at a loss for words.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 16 Dec 13 - 09:09 PM

Maggie, I hope you find a new position that works for you.

Mary, what a situation to be in! Finding a friend dead is bad enough. Dealing with all those questions could only make it worse. Listen to some good music, and sleep well tonight.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Dec 13 - 08:13 PM

Sinsull, that is tragic - the last memory of a friend should be of a happy time. (That's why I never go up to view the body at open casket funerals.) I hope you can share stories with others and all come out with a better mental image.

gnu, it is five months since they hit the "reset" button at work, with the new dean playing favorites and treating us like checkers on a board, jumping people over others without consideration of qualifications or job experience. The job I created over the years, duties added by me or suggested by my boss as the need was perceived, there are now four people doing that job as a marketing department. Guess who had to train them, and hand over huge amounts of information and files? I still get questions about how to do stuff. Why am I not there? Because my MA is in English, not an MLS, but for this job the MLS is not necessary. The job description lists everything I did but has two extra words: "librarian preferred." I'm now in the basement preparing to digitize old analog recordings and to sort through institutional repository data dumps to determine what photos were put in (without the proper metadata.) I reported to the dean personally for 16 years and now I'm in the basement, out of sight, out of mind. Just visualize the guy in Peabody's Improbable History sweeping up after the horses.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 16 Dec 13 - 06:55 PM

more love & hugs heading your way, sins

samdra


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: billybob
Date: 16 Dec 13 - 06:50 PM

sending love from us too Sins.

wendy and Billy xxxxxxxx


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: maeve
Date: 16 Dec 13 - 06:46 PM

Thinking of you tonight, Sins.

Love,

Maeve


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: ranger1
Date: 16 Dec 13 - 05:13 PM

Mary, so sorry to hear that. If you need any thing, you have my phone number. You're not so far away that I can't deliver a hug in person.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: SINSULL
Date: 16 Dec 13 - 03:28 PM

I found my friend Chris dead in his apartment today. The police took statements, multiple statements. I am exhausted.
HR drove me home and my manager delivered my car. i feel like I am in a fog.
RIP, my friend.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: GUEST,laptop gnu
Date: 15 Dec 13 - 08:44 PM

SRS. Oh my! That troubles me. Many herein are hard put but to hear you are between a rock and a hard place as well? I mean, I never thought I would hear such. It's kind of a shock. I guess it can happen to anyone these days. Sigh.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 15 Dec 13 - 07:47 PM

Lots going on with people here today! Be well, stay well, Everyone!


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Dec 13 - 06:37 PM

I'm glad you got a mini-Florida vacation this year, Linn!

Tami, good luck with all of the doings - and give us a report in the declutter thread every so often!

My year has been particularly rough at work. At home everyone is healthy and thriving, but the reorganization at my university library last summer managed to throw a lot of workers under the bus into some really bizarre new jobs. I'm looking for a new job, hopefully at the same university to keep my health benefits and retirement in place.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: frogprince
Date: 15 Dec 13 - 01:55 PM

Good to hear that that which went up, and had to come down, came down safely. We're looking at a few hours of driving, starting Thursday mid day, with forecasts that I could be happier about. From southeastern MI. into IL., then on to southeastern MN.
Everyone here feeling fine, & thinking of each of you with struggles.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: GUEST,pete from seven stars link
Date: 15 Dec 13 - 01:39 PM

good that you are surfacing from that debilitating pit, ranger1.
hope you can catch up without wearing yourself out.
blessings all      pete.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: ranger1
Date: 15 Dec 13 - 12:15 PM

Yay Maeve! Glad you've arrived, Linn.

I'm crawling up out of the bout of dark depression I'd slid into starting in late October. Unfortunately, that means I'm behind on so many things now. Sigh.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: maeve
Date: 15 Dec 13 - 10:08 AM

Hurrah, Linn has landed!

Thanks for checking in, Linn. We're heading for 18 inches of snow here.

Yesterday I painted a picture for the first time since the fire.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: GUEST, Bat Goddess
Date: 15 Dec 13 - 09:26 AM

Well...I flew out of Manchester, NH at 6 a.m. and finally landed in Milwaukee at 6 p.m. (EST). And in between was quite an adventure...with too many people and not enough oxygen. (Finally figured out a couple flights into the odyssey that dry, rebreathed air was what was complicating things, though not badly).

Got to BWI and found my connecting flight to Milwaukee had been cancelled. The sent me (immediately -- it was boarding, so no time to stop in the loo) first to Louisville, then (on the same plane) to Orlando (that leg of the flight the plane was full of exuberant kids). Spent about three hours in Orlando because the flight to Milwaukee had been delayed. Sure wasn't dressed for Florida! But, at least, I had time to grab something to eat besides the peanuts served on the plane. Finally got on a jam-packed flight to Milwaukee. Lot's of turbulence in between, but we landed safely in light snow at 6 p.m. EST. Arghhh! Then a looooooooong walk to the central part of the terminal. My sister hadn't made it back to I crossed over to the cab stand and headed to her place.

Sooooo good to finally get there! We talked, ordered Chinese which took another hour to get there.

Oh, yeah, when I finally got to sleep, I slept well.

Linn


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: gnu
Date: 15 Dec 13 - 07:34 AM

Hehee. This struck me funny. Environment Canada : "Snow at times heavy beginning this morning."


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: gnu
Date: 15 Dec 13 - 07:33 AM

I suppose Jeri will have to take a shovel to Linn's today. We're only suppose to get about 30cm today but the temp is rising to -3C so it might be heavy snow. My back is not amused.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 15 Dec 13 - 07:09 AM

if we all breath out strongly at the same time ...


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 14 Dec 13 - 08:18 PM

Pete, the wrong kind of dairy and not enough fruits, veggies, and whole grains were my problem--I think. I had been very busy and because I had plenty of food on hand, I didn't bother to go to the store for what I should have. Instead, I ate what I had on hand. I was also getting low on milk, so I was eating a lot of cheese for protein and calcium. Without the fruits, veggies, and whole grains, I think that's what did me in. I was careful not to eat stuff that would make my blood glucose crazy but never gave a thought to the IBS!

I hope we hear from Linn about her flight out. Now let's concentrate on her flight back! Maybe it will take off on time and catch a strong tail-wind so that she lands early!


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: ranger1
Date: 14 Dec 13 - 09:16 AM

I don't think she's as concerned about getting there as she is getting back, but I'm hoping for a delay-free, stress-free trip for her in both directions.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: gnu
Date: 14 Dec 13 - 07:14 AM

Apparently, Mother Nature isn't a Mudcatter. Just looked at the US Weather Service national loop. There may very well be delays. I hope Linn doesn't have any problems getting on the ground.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: Pete Jennings
Date: 14 Dec 13 - 06:29 AM

ChanteyLass, I had that IBS, oh, a long time ago, 1997 I think. I'd been working in the Netherlands for a few weeks so my diet had changed whilst I was there (lots of dairy foodstuff). I remember driving home to Bedford from Luton airport thinking I was going to die from the pain - every bend in the road brought more agony. Doc thought I had appendicitis until he got the results of the scans.

Fortunately for me, the tablets he prescribed worked very quickly and it hasn't reoccurred. But it wasn't funny.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 13 Dec 13 - 08:36 PM

onward & upward!

sandra (pulling on the lines, too)


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 13 Dec 13 - 07:17 PM

Linn, I'm tugging on those weather strings.

I'm continuing to feel better but still not sure I am "normal" yet. And I've almost put night and day in their proper places again--just a few hours off today.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: GUEST,pete from seven stars link
Date: 13 Dec 13 - 01:47 PM

comparatively minor, chantylas, but very wearing. my mum suffered with it so I know it can get you down. hope it goes back to being more managable soon.
hope it all goes to schedule for you ,linn.
blessings    pete.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: maeve
Date: 13 Dec 13 - 11:40 AM

Her flight is tomorrow at 6 AM, gnu.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: gnu
Date: 13 Dec 13 - 11:31 AM

When's the flight, Linn?


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 13 Dec 13 - 11:17 AM

Hope you all will pull whatever weather strings you can influence so I can have an uneventful flight to Milwaukee for my mother's funeral. I really hate flying between New England and Milwaukee any time between October and May -- and I've gotten delayed in May! I'd really like to be back, as scheduled, next Friday so I can get to the Friday Press Room session and the monthly sea music (and seasonal) session the next day.

I'm packed; traveling light. Have a couple minor errands before I head to The Press Room. I'll probably leave the session early to go to friends' house where I'll catch a few zzzs before they drive me in the wee hours to Manchester for my 6 a.m. flight. Jeri will come everyday to get the mail, feed and water the cats, and reassure them that I'm not leaving forever.

Linn


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 13 Dec 13 - 03:46 AM

good to read you were able to get effective treatment quickly, ChanteyLass

best wishes for a good sleep & a great day tomorrow

sandra


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 12 Dec 13 - 05:14 PM

Wendy, I'm sorry your mom's having more difficulty coping but I'm glad Billybob's test results were satisfactory. I am also sorry about the death of your friend Derek.

I've been away from Mudcat for a few days due to a minor health blip of my own. I'll try not to get too graphic! Many years ago I was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome. I've kept it under control with diet for so long that I rarely think about it except when I have very occasionally had to boost my system with an over-the counter remedy. However on Tuesday night I realized I had a problem. I made a late-night pharmacy run. Still later, really very early Wednesday morning, I knew my attempts weren't yielding results, so at about 4:30 AM I drove myself to the county hospital which is only about 5 miles away. Tuesday there'd been snow, but by then the roads were clean and dry and the emergency room was not busy, so I was seen quickly. Among other things, my heartbeat was a little high and my magnesium level was low. I was given magnesium tablets and put on an IV. My heart calmed down. I was treated for the IBS and sent home feeling slightly but not completely better in about two-and-a-half hours with instructions to take more than the usual number of doses of a stronger-than-my-usual over-the-counter med for at least two days and should never be far from the bathroom! Tonight I hope to take my last dose of that med and be out and about tomorrow--if I have finally caught up on sleep!


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: GUEST,pete from seven stars link
Date: 12 Dec 13 - 02:41 PM

glad to see that most things are going well, wendy, and I trust those down feelings will soon pass. just having a lot to cope with can get us down, even when we do count our blessings.

the voyage has at times been stormy, but with the encouragement of crew members we remain buoyant, even though sometimes we think we might go under.
blessings all    pete.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: billybob
Date: 12 Dec 13 - 02:27 PM

So sad today to hear about the death of my lovely friend Derek " The Amazing Mr Smith" He made so many people laugh with his incredible sense of humour, I remember him standing in front of a window at our Folk Club in Thorpe le Soken with a bird cage on his head singing " I taught I saw a tweetie bird", much to the consternation of the folks standing at the bus stop on the pavement outside the pub.

Not many people knew he was a fantastic musician, and a lover of nature. He spent hours sitting on our lawn looking at the frogs and newts in our wild life pond. A wonderful observer of people, a dedicated scientist before he became a full time entertainer. I first met him at Farningham Folk club in 1970, he played at all the folk clubs I organised and last played for us in the marquee in our garden at one of our " house concerts"

I shall miss his friendship and the laughter he gave us and send love and condolences to his daughter Rosie.

Wendy xx


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: Pete Jennings
Date: 12 Dec 13 - 11:45 AM

And I'm still here as well...


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: gnu
Date: 12 Dec 13 - 06:40 AM

Can't add much to Nigel's post. Only that I still check in.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: Nigel Paterson
Date: 12 Dec 13 - 05:59 AM

My Dear Wendy, can't tell you how relieved I am to read your post. That seemingly boundless optimism you possess,leaps out from every word. Need all the optimism I can lay my hands on at the moment.
                      'Jane's Rainbow' set sail on the 12th January 2012. What a voyage we are having. What lies beyond the horizon? Whatever it may be, there is Wisdom & Love in abundance on which we can rely & turn to when Life's storms batter us & threaten our very existence.
                      With Love to You All,
                                                      Nigel
                                                      xxxx


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: billybob
Date: 11 Dec 13 - 08:21 PM

Goodness, I have been away from the Rainbow too long! Nigel, thank you for thinking of us, we went to the beach hut on Sunday, a beautiful sunny day and, miracle of miracles, our hut is fine but the huts either side were badly damaged ,as were most of the others. Being on stilts the sea surged underneath and pushed the decking skywards in most cases and the huts at Walton near the coastguard station were mostly washed away. My brother was told to evacuate his flat on the quay in Harwich but fortunately had no damage on his return.

But all this is nothing compared to the sadness and illness that other crew members have had. Welcome on board Linn, you will be enveloped with love on this ship!

Mother is progressing well, we have had a few hiccups with the 24 hour care, but she is walking with a frame but getting very frustrated with the cast on the arm as she does not understand that she fell . The pelvis fracture isn't giving her very much pain and the main problem is getting her confidence back. The dementia however has gone down a level, maybe due to shock? She is very tearful and confused.

But Billy and I have managed to visit Christopher for his birthday and again last weekend saw Giles Brandreth at Christopher's theatre
( very funny he was too!) Samantha and I went to the carol concert at Holy Trinity in Sloane Square on Monday evening. It was compared by John Suchet and Brian Blessed read " The night before Christmas" It was a lovely evening.

Have to admit the past three weeks have been " not the best" I have felt very down worrying about mother, but am counting my blessings and sending my love to all needing a hug!

Oh and Billy had a positive visit to see his consultant today, all his blood tests were good, still in remission!

Not long till Christmas, a time for the little ones, nativity plays, carol singing and sharing love and peaceful thoughts, and thanking Nigel for Jane's Rainbow.

with love

Wendy xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: gnu
Date: 11 Dec 13 - 07:50 PM

Me too, pete.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: GUEST,pete from seven stars link
Date: 11 Dec 13 - 06:11 PM

just checking in to wish well to all the crew. pete.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 09 Dec 13 - 01:31 AM

big but very gentle hug to Tam

love from sandra


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 08 Dec 13 - 08:08 PM

4 to 6 months, Virginia? Wow! Hang in there!

Frogprince, glad you made it home and had a decent meal on your way.

Linn, the port and Stilton should go well with Janie's apple cake.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 08 Dec 13 - 08:53 AM

Leaning into those big hugs. Sorry I have been absent. It has been on purpose. Too much physical (off work 2 weeks and doc put me on gabapentin) and emotional pain.

Wallowing in private around the holiday. I was anxious that any posts about Thanksgiving would make me more sad. Homesick to the extreme around this time of year.

Add to that, worrying myself silly about my parents in law here in UK. Mum's dementia getting so bad and poor Dad (in his mid 90's and pretty frail) is sometimes beside himself trying to cope with her. I think he is finally starting to see some sense about either moving with her into assisted living facility or in with his son Chris and me or his daughter and her husband.

I started the monthly Simponi (anti TNF) injections 27 November. Literature says it can take from 4 to 6 months to take effect.

All best to everyone.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: gnu
Date: 08 Dec 13 - 04:00 AM

Wonderful and comforting sharing, as usual, herein.

Glad to hear yer sprung and on the mend, froggy.

I'm cold, even with a hoody on and the furnace in "warm-up-the-the-house" mode for over an hour. I guess it's time to adjust the nightly temp setting upward. It happens every year in late fall round these here parts.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: frogprince
Date: 08 Dec 13 - 12:35 AM

Oops; shoulda told you all that they did, in fact, get me out on Tuesday; they got me out the door moments before the dinner tray would have arrived, so we scooted to a little restaurant and at least had a decent, if not gourmet, dinner for our anniversary. We had friends on standby, one to drive us home and one to bring our car, which had been sitting in the emergency entrance lot all week. But the doc said there was really no problem with my driving home (just a couple of miles) so we let them off the hook. (The restaurant was right on the route home).
We just got back from a concert by singer-songwriter Joe Crookston at the Flint Folk Music Society. The man is very, very good.


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 07 Dec 13 - 06:57 PM

Oh, Janie, that apple cake sounds a treat! (Especially with cognac available...)

I was just reading M.F.K. Fisher aloud to Tom (or to Rufus, dishragged across my knee), working on "An Alphabet for Gourmets" which Tom left me in the middle of...

I think, when I'm in Milwaukee for my mother's funeral, I need to introduce my sister to the winter joy of port and Stilton (or Gorgonzola...or Gouda).

It's been another sort of weepy day for me...not that that is necessarily bad.

Eight wild turkeys in my down-the-hill (and across the road) neighbor's yard when I went out, eleven still in the yard when I returned.

Linn


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Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
From: GUEST,pete from seven stars link
Date: 07 Dec 13 - 06:53 PM

pausing to offer a prayer for those recently bereaved, and for those not so recently. reading of such, evokes feelings of our own loss of loved one, but we would not want it any other way than being able to identify and empathise with those mourning over their dear ones.
pete.


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