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We’re getting hit by snow too.  It’s a mess, but nothing like Kevin as far as temps and depths I’m sure.  Coincidentally Everest was on one of the hospital channels.   That is a thrill seeking I do not understand at all.  Give me calm and boring any day.  In my youth I wanted to sky dive, but never could summon the nerve.  H*ll on wheels earthbound, but none of that adrenaline filled rush seeking thru crazed acts.  Heard on the news a child died in a fire.  So very sad.  

How long do you deal with such extreme temps, Kevin?  And you, Marg?  

I remember when Asian pears were the rage.  People were giving baskets of them as gifts.  Now they are prolific.

 

 

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Give me small peaks anyday. Well, not now,but way back when. Climbing so high that you need oxygen or free solo, I just don't get, but we're all different. We did have fun wilderness hiking or offroading to new places. Would probably still be offroading if I could afford the gas.

How are you feeling, Gwen? Any improvement in the fluid situation or possibility of going home? Hope the snow is not too bad when you do leave.

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In my 30's we climbed (not pro climbing), just getting from one point to next.  I heard voices above us on the trail on Signal Mountain in Pinos Altos, New Mexico.  Billy heard them too (he said) until there were no people at the end of the trail at the top of the mountain.  Made me seem superstitious (I am) when my telling the story and he said he didn't hear anything.  I read about people hearing the voices (after I had heard them) and it was not a fluke, (well, maybe it was), but I heard them.  We would climb so high and at Mesa Verde I could not breathe the height was too high.  I was only in my early 30's.  Yesterday I walked down the driveway to see if the mail truck was at the end of the apartments (we were expecting a package) and climbing back up the drive way made me think of Mesa Verde in flatland Louisiana.  It was a little Louisiana hill.  Tiny.  Old legs.  Old lungs.

This wet weather plays havoc with my sister's lungs.  She coughs a lot and takes a lot of breathalyzers.   But, when I was out west my allergy was even worse.  We have rain and thunder with lightening this morning.  Not real cold.  Our lakes do flood homes often.  We have a lot of lakes and bayous and road closings.  No ice or snow though.  I was looking at my memories on FB from nine years ago and we had snow packed with temps of  12 degrees.  That is less than 200 miles up the road.  I prefer high land and temperatures here but hate my sister to have trouble breathing.  

Can I say "Yea LSU"?  I said it anyhow.  (Last night). We won college football, #1, no games lost.  Best little (big) QB from Ohio made us #1.  

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Kevin & Marg, sorry to hear of your extreme weather.  We've been slammed with snow, they predicted 1-3" yesterday, we got 15"  I can't shovel that much.  T.V. went out, elec. went out.  Slept 4 hours.  Elec came back, thankfully.  Getting more snow...

Gwen, any update on your lungs?  

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KayC, that is lots of snow, dry stuff I hope....Marg , I just read about the southern Tornado's, just plain devastating...Gwen , my sister lives in Victoria, and there getting hit with bad weather also...Vancouver almost shutdown........I have 4-5 days left of the real cold , then justnormal winter...Very little snow is the upside....this is Hi of the day!!

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OMG, Kevin!  I can't imagine weather that cold!  I think my coldest was -12 in Eugene when I was young...I had to wait for the bus to get home and they were on an hour delay, so I was hopping up and down (back in the days when women wore dresses & heels to work) trying to keep warm, at least I had a suede coat that came to my calves, when I finally got into town the business owner opened his store back up to sell me a pair of boots!  Nowadays I don't think they'd do that.

Stay in and keep warm!

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This has been a rough week.  My brother has some dementia.  So hard to see him deteriorate.  He used be the head of engineering and now he can not remember where he went for lunch.  His wife of 61 years died suddenly this past Sunday.  Have no idea how he can possibly live by himself.  His 2 daughters are with him, so I hope something can be arranged.  I am not comfortable asking him to live with me.  I can barely take care of myself.  He can not be left alone.  

Then my 47 yr old son had a motorcycle accident in Mexico.  A "kid" that age is not interested in listening to his mother.  He injured his ankle and foot.  I told him to get it xrayed.  No.  Now he can not walk and he thinks it is infected.   Have to get thru funeral first.

 

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My dear Gin,  I am so sorry to hear of this sudden crisis.  I totally understand how you could not support your brothers needs.  I’m glad he has the daughters, but they are in shock mode too.  But then, that is when things get done robotically for mental protection.  It’s such a chaotic time.  I don’t know if you were close to his wife and how you feel.  I hope your son gets the medical help he needs and soon.  We all know things can rapidly progress to bad levels.  I’m thinking of you and your full plate.  Many hugs to you!  ❤️❤️❤️

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Gin, my condolences on the  passing of your Sister in Law.........Too much of that going on at our age....I can relate to "children not Listening"....I got to step back and remember what I was like in my 40's..a little stubborn)...now I chuckle when kids ask for advice...Cold is getting worse, heat tape gave up the ghost and my water froze up...now I'm packing water, just like camping trip(living the dream)......plumber kid did some repairs/replacement last night but no success, still -33, didn't expect immediate results.....three more days of record cold...take care

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Gin,

I am so sorry for the loss of your SIL.  You had her in your family a long time and I'm sure the loss is keenly felt.  That it leaves you with concerns about your brother makes it all the harder.  I am glad you recognize your limitations...it will be up to his daughters to make decisions for his care and living situation.  If they do not, a call to Adult and Senior Services could get their involvement, I know the contact we have in our sleepy little town is very warm and caring and knows of resources to refer family to.  Sometimes we feel we're overstepping with our involvement but sometimes we have to do what is necessary.  See what the girls come up with first and don't be afraid to voice your concerns to them.  Sometimes people can be in denial or bury their heads in the sand because they don't feel up to dealing with it but calling specifics to their attention can shake them out of their complacency.

As for your 47 year old son, he is an adult, and I feel for you because just like I'd love to put my daughter's life in order, I cannot.  We can give them our best advice and it's grievous to watch them not listen, but he will figure things out...now or later.  I hope it's sooner rather than later.

Right now, as you say, it's getting through the funeral.  You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers, dear Gin, you are one of us.

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Gin,

I'm so sorry for your loss and for what your poor brother is going through. I hope his daughters will be able to make living arrangements for him.

I hope your son will take your advice and get proper care for his leg.

Thinking of you.

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