Middle-Aged Crazy Guild Part VII

The varied peoples of Middle-earth at times found unity in their pursuits, and all too often experienced deep rifts. Engage in lively conversations as we banter about the differences between the Alliances, and recruit for our People as well. Remember, keep it friendly.

Re: Middle-Aged Crazy Guild Part VII

Postby Morwenna » Thu Mar 02, 2017 9:52 am

Too long since I've been in this thread...

The friend we went to Pennsic with was diagnosed in September with liver & pancreatic cancer, and died in October. I still miss him. :( We talked on the phone almost daily for years. He was one of the ushers at our wedding.

Hubby's disability came through in September, and we had enough to treat his brother & SIL to a nice dinner on our own wedding anniversary in October, then spent a few days in the casino and the attached outlet mall and Mystic Seaport where we got to see the Viking ship before it was put up for the winter, and eat a lot of good food in various places.

Now, with his pension and disability payments and my pay and Social Security, we're finally able to put some money aside! I would love to retire but I don't feel we can afford it yet.
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Re: Middle-Aged Crazy Guild Part VII

Postby Gilestel » Sun Mar 12, 2017 9:07 am

AIN'T AMERICA JUST GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Middle-Aged Crazy Guild Part VII

Postby Morwenna » Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:57 am

Our friend who died wanted his books to go to us (knowing we like some of the same things and re-sell a lot of them; in fact he had already given us a bunch when he was thinning out his library) and his computer stuff to go to another couple, also friends of ours, and his medieval stuff to go to whoever wants it; this other couple and we were the only ones to accept his cousin's invitation to her house after the funeral. We all told her then what he had wanted, and she said that after she got through his papers she'd get in touch with us, but there was no rush on anyone's part. She called about a month ago but nobody was available; she called again last night and we set it up for this Saturday. We've been gathering some empty boxes just for this purpose. And we've been moving our stored stuff into a larger bin (consolidating the 3 we have into one even larger will save us money) and there will be room for his stuff too. Of course we're dealing with winter storms right now too...
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Re: Middle-Aged Crazy Guild Part VII

Postby Old_Begonia » Fri Mar 24, 2017 9:14 am

Morwenna wrote:Too long since I've been in this thread...

The friend we went to Pennsic with was diagnosed in September with liver & pancreatic cancer, and died in October. I still miss him. :( We talked on the phone almost daily for years. He was one of the ushers at our wedding.

Hubby's disability came through in September, and we had enough to treat his brother & SIL to a nice dinner on our own wedding anniversary in October, then spent a few days in the casino and the attached outlet mall and Mystic Seaport where we got to see the Viking ship before it was put up for the winter, and eat a lot of good food in various places.

Now, with his pension and disability payments and my pay and Social Security, we're finally able to put some money aside! I would love to retire but I don't feel we can afford it yet.


I am so sorry to hear about your friend. How shocking, to him, his family, and to you. :cry2:

I am very GLAD to hear about your husband's disability payments. I've known some folks who've fought for a couple of years to get it. Glad it came through for you.

Sounds like you had a lovely anniversary, though it must have been quite poignant without your friend.

My situation is quite lovely at the moment. I have two of my five adult children living within a mile of me (along with 5 of my grandchildren), another just a couple hours' drive away, and another a day's drive away. Still one in the wind, but he's Air Force and may not do as he chooses. But he seems content with his life so I don't worry.

I do miss the old days when I couldn't wait to see who said what on which thread. I spent so many hours here on TORC, but life caught up with us, it seems. I started a blog about a year ago, begoniarising.com. I just paid the annual subscription for it, so I suppose I should compose something to post there...I actually put 'writing' on my schedule. Well, posting here qualifies, right? :D

Well, ladies, I hope you are all having a wonderful day.

OH! Hey...in case anyone is interested...

Have any of you heard about Oroville Dam, in NorCal?

I live about an hour from there and had driven up there with my sister and husband, and we met my cousin who lives in the area. We want to see what we could see of the emergency spillway in use for the first time. We had seen some footage taken from a local news helicopter, but wanted to view it for ourselves, if we could. We went to the [very nice] visitors' center, and climbed a two story viewing tower, but it is situated behind the dam, so our view was from the top of the water. Having been there last summer, and seen the lake nearly empty, it was in fact quite dramatic to see the parking lot covered in water and the water itself disappearing over the edge of the emergency spillway like some giant eternity pool. We drove around downstream, through the town of Oroville and got the best view we could, but it was nothing like what we could see on the news footage. But it was still fun. So then we went to a coffee shop and had some lunch. We chatted for a while on the back patio, but pretty soon, about 4:15, the waitress came and apologized but the shop closed at 3 and she had done all the rest of the cleanup and we would now have to leave. It was fine, we were ready to go since the sun was getting low and the temperature would be dropping soon. We drove back to the grocery store parking lot where we had met our cousin and left his car. Just as we had finished our goodbye's and waived my cousin on his way, all three of our phone's shrieked.

***BLERT!!!*** ***BLERT!!!*** ***BLERT!!!***

THE AREA YOU ARE IN IS IN IMMEDIATE DANGER FROM A POSSIBLE COLLAPSE OF THE EMERGENCY SPILLWAY AT OROVILLE DAM.
EVACUATE THE AREA IMMEDIATELY.

**THIS IS NOT A DRILL**
**THIS IS NOT A DRILL**
**THIS IS NOT A DRILL**

Well, that got our attention. We turned on the radio, my husband drove, and my sister and I checked our phones for more information. We were able to make it to the freeway with no discernible traffic issues, we continued to monitor the situation as we drove home. We were hearing more and more about heavy traffic snarling as the evacuation continued, and realized how fortunate we had been that the coffee shop waitress sent us on our way when she did. As it was, we were home without delay or troubles.
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There is something profound about standing AT sea level.
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Re: Middle-Aged Crazy Guild Part VII

Postby Morwenna » Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:02 pm

WOW! What an experience! :shock:

Our friend died after our anniversary, though we knew he didn't have much time left; still, we thought we'd have more time than that! He had arranged for cleanup people to dig out his house and was going to have us take his books while he was still alive but that didn't happen. Instead it was his cousin, his executrix, who had to deal with it all.

It took us 2 trips on 2 separate days to get all his books that we wanted (we left the purely scientific & technical books behind) and a few oter things besides; we're going to take the two tall bookcases from his bedroom but that will mean another trip. His cousin sounds eager to get it all finished, but her husband is more laid back; he says that the first place to be emptied will be the attic and they haven't even arranged for the people to come do it yet. So this coming week sometime we'll call to set up when we'll get the bookcases.

Poor hubby; every thing we claimed, he said it was like picking our friend's bones. Cousin-in-law says don't feel that way; I say better us than a bunch of strangers, especially ones who would just dispose of it all. There's very little the cousins wanted for themselves. Our friend was an only child who never married, and his parents have long since gone.
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