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We will spend some time in El Paso today. We need to buy lumber, do laundry, & mail some packages, I will get it some walking, lifting, and carrying!

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11/7/18 11:45 A

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We are home for the day and need to catch up on chores.
Have a Spark Healthy Week YAll!

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11/1/18 5:26 P

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There is only one kid in the neighborhood so halloween was soon over. The morning's thunderstorm left hail on the hills west of us. We decided to start payday early to avoid slick roads going down the mountain. We parked at WalMart just after sunset. Apparently the storms were long gone and trick or treaters were out in full force. My favorite costume was a ten foot yellow Peekachoo pokemon character. The kids too, they were shouting with delight! There was a kid dressed in a six foot tall tryannosaurus costume, and a guy in a home made marshmellow head costume. Lots of devils and people with their faces painted as skulls. I saw Mario brothers and their child dressed as a mouse. 
We strolled aroung Walmart for twenty minutes and returned a few hours later. Brie found a scooter and I chased her through the store walking FAST. At 5am we went to Denny's for our traditional payday breakfast of steak and eggs. We will do a full day of shopping and decide whether to go home or stay the night. 
The weatherman had not predicted this morning's storm but he promised that we will have warm dry weather this week. Tuesday we plan to buy lumber and complete our clerestory. Off we go. Catch ya later! 

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10/14/18 6:40 P

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Brie and I painted a leaky spot with liquid rubber. It is a stop gap measure until we can replace the leaky board, which is old and compromised.

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10/12/18 11:19 A

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The roof finally dried out from last weeks thunderstorm, so yesterday, Brie and I climbed up top and did 2 hours of construction work. Little by little we Two old gals are getting it done!

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My wife is trandgender! Our people feel that they were born in a special way. I am glad that I spoke out and shared this! I would not have known!

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10/7/18 8:51 P

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That was a funny post! I love their feelings about those of two spirit. Wish all societies could value that community in the same way. How do they feel about transgender people? I have a transgender son.

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ROLLING THUNDER part three
  With dancing and color guard finished, Saturday was done.  I don't remember eating lunch or dinner, but I suspect it was Nelson's delicious chicken dinners and pit taters.  I remember sitting around the campfire with the other tribal members, winding down after the excitement.  We really put the WOW in powwow!  We sat around talking and laughing about inane things.
  It got dark and as nature would have it, I had to answer the call.  At this point, I had not put the porta potty in our vacant teepee.  But Head Mother had graciously left her front door open so we could use her bathroom.
 Now Chief and Head Mother have tiny cottages next to the church/theatre.  They are nearly identical in layout, but are, in fact, just the opposite.  My little PEE brain does not function well when my bladder is full. 
  My first clue was that the mailbox was numbered 309.  That was vaguely familiar so I walked up and entered.  I did not have my flashlight because the churchyard was lit by streetlamps.
  My second clue was that Chief Big Eagle was sitting on the couch in the living room.  Somewhere in earlier conversations, I had come to learn that he was staying at Chief's house.  But in my state of bladder desparation, I failed to recollect that fact.  I greeted him pleasantly  and reported the need for my visit.  He directed me to the left of the kitchen.  I distinctly remembered that Mother's bathroom was to the right of the kitchen. With outstretched hands I patted the empty space before me.  Immediately two puppies are attached to my ankles.  They remain there as I shuffle back and forth in the darkness.
  "Are you in the kitchen!" asks Big Eagle.
  "I don't know!  Where is the lightswitch?"
  "There is no electricity." He replied.  I wondered why mother's house was also without power.  Then it dawned on me that I WAS in Chief's house.
  " I can't find the bathroom!  And I can't make it to mother's in time."
  "It is on the right, Spider!" 
I groped my way into the darkness and groped to the right.
  "I found a door!"  I was puzzled by the pebbly texture but didn't figure it out until I examined the handle.
  "I FOUND THE REFRIGERATOR!" you might be noticing the tone of panic I am trying to convey.
  "Keep going Spider.  It is just past there."  Came the progressive directions from the next room. I shuffled my puppy escort a little further and peeked beyond the place I was standing.  A glorious moonbeam illuminated a large bathroom sink.
  "IT'S RIGHT BEHIND YOU!" came the voice from afar.
  I turned slowly with hands out stretched.  I encountered softness.  A bathrobe?  I was caressing the Chief's bathrobe?! I did not have time to ponder but worked my way downward.
  "I found the toilet paper!  I think I'm getting warmer!!!" 

Success was at hand and I was relieved to be relieved.

 I thanked Chief Big Eagle for his instructions and encouragement and wandered away, without puppies on my feet.  I returned to the campfire and related my adventures.  Now all we have to say is , I'm getting warmer!  And we crack up cackling with laughter.
  This would be a fine place to end the story, but my tiny bladder had other needs.  Within the hour I found that I need to excuse myself once more.  I am like those baby dolls that you feed a baby bottle to and it immediately goes out the other end, a direct line from the stomach to the bladder.  I walked right up to mothers door. IT WAS LOCKED!  Assuming that she was asleep, and not willing to awaken her, I simply went to Chief's door. IT WAS LOCKED TOO!
  I returned to the circle by way of our vehicle.  Clan Mother and I had emptied our porty potty and placed it by the back hatch.  I crossed behind the circle carrying the potty by one handle.
  "Everythings locked now, so I am using the Tribal Porta-potty," I announced and zipped up my teepee door behind me.

  In the morning, after trying to make an early departure, and failing, Wind Clan Mother and I decided to gift the tribe with teepee and porta-potty for future use.  Now tbe tribe has its own. PEE PEE TEE PEE!

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Yes, we are both enrolled citizens. Brie comes to it through her family heritage and me through marriage, though I have Indian heritage on Mom's side of the family. Maybe Yaqui, or a similar southwest tribe.
I am both a Faith Keeper and the Chief of the Wind Clan.
My wife is Wind Clan Mother.
Our tribe adheres to the ancient beliefs that TwoSpirit people, known as Gay in white society, have been blessed with being able to see both sides of the coin, to find balance, and are valued citizens of the Chickamauga Nation.
As Faith Keeper, I pray for our well being. And when my Wifi is repaired, i will offer weekly drumming and prayer for my people.


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Very fun to read. Are you and Brie both tribe members?

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Part two pow wow adventures
After Chief's concert, a lot of tribal members sat by the fire trading story.  However, Wind Clan Mother and myself were exhausted.  I hear that we missed a lot of silliness.  The fire was near our tipi, which we had vacated except for our porta-potty. 

More on that later.
 
  Friday and Saturday were a blur.  I think Friday was when the rain washed away the Boy Scouts.  They left only long enough to dry their clothing and tents.  Later that day, Wind Clan Mother was scheduled to demonstrate the building of a traditional wigwam.  However, you will recall that her collection of sticks had been used as firewood.  Undaunted, she demonstrated the proper knots by lashing the arms of the Cub Scouts to the canopy pole she was sitting near!  She promised that she was not planning to burn them at the stake!  A long house is actually an elongated wigwam with sleeping platforms along each long side.  That design would have kept lots of cub scouts and indians dry. 
  I was disappointed that it was too soggy and humid for me to try hauling out my leather work and beadery.  The humidity was an issue. 
Y'all have this stuff in Indiana called grass.  And moisture.  Rain and dewdrops created soggy moccasins on my feet.  I switched out of them from time to time and wore my soggy sneakers,  the insoles of which had curled up into an annoyance under my toes.
    And All the mosquitos enjoyed the smorgasbord of tasty human blood.  But it also made it difficult to breathe.  Chief's daddy Big Bear was unable to tell stories.  He simply could not catch his breath.  Some of the Cub Scouts expressed their disappointment.  I had been looking forward to his story telling as well.
  Face painting was a bust because of the humidity.  The paint wouldn't flow well or stick to skin.  Sweat erased it quickly from the brave ones who tried.  I even provided facial wipes, but nothing worked.
  I wore my deerskins all of Friday and Saturday.  Maybe thin belly hide would have worked.  The heavy tunic I made would work well in the Autumn, I am sure, but it was difficult to survive in that humidity with the deerhide I was wearing.  It did not stop me from dancing at every opportunity, though.
  Dancing puts me in a meditative place.  I could easily be a Ghost Dancer.  I move into trance quickily.  Except when Chief Moon Wolf is dancing the Hoochie Koochie next to me.  Not a religious experience, I assure you!  Except that laughter is healing and good for the spirit!
  Stay tuned for part three when I share some of our campfire conversations and my late night bathroom adventure!

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10/3/18 11:23 A

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Recap of our pow wow adventures.
Tuesday morning, Wind Clan  Mother had intended an early start but last minute house prep caused us a late departure.  Wind Clan Mother drove us straight through to Osceola in two days!  We slept at a motel in Arkansas on Tuesday night and  napped in the car Wednesday night.
  Exhausted, we showed up on Chief's place Thursday morning, much to everyone's surprise.  We followed the pow wow signs to the churchyard.  He found us wandering back there.
  " I think I see Texans here!" He called out.
  "I hear tell there is a pow wow here abouts."  I answered in return, but we were already laughing and joining in a three way hug.
  Chief had complications to deal with: a huge storm Monday had torn a huge branch off a tree, knocking out his power, ripping a junction box from the wall.  When we arrived he was dealing with electric workers and inspectors.   Unfortunately, the electricity was not hooked up all weekend.
Fortunately, another member had previously donated a generator to the tribe, so that was put to use for pow wow.  We set up a coffee pot, but I was sad to see that we did not get a microphone set up for our MC.  But I am getting ahead of myself.

Soon after we arrived Chief excused himself to pick up other tribal members to help with pow wow set up.  Within the hour, he returned with Eagle Clan Chief and Mother, Sacred Fire Keeper Usdi Waya and Baby Red Eagle.  Also came Strong Hand and Water Sparrow and her baby RainFire.  Soon the arbor canopies and Tipi Village was erected.
  Later, Chief showed us a  nearby  stream filled with vines and saplings with which to build a wigwam.  Or to demonstrate such the next day.  We decided to let the trail dry out and gather them in the morning. The rest of the day I was brain dead.  I hope I took a nap, but honestly. I don't remember.
 
  We sat around the sacred fire and waited for Chief.  As we sat there, the clouds rolled in and humidity grew.  Chief pulled out his phone and dialed up tribal 911.

 "Siyuu Grandmother we need cover fire.  See if you can convince the storm to avoid us!"  All prayers worked that night.  The storm split in half and went north and south of us.

  However, an hour before dawn I was considering beating the drum and awakening the camp.  I did not need to.  Mother Nature beat me to it.  Thunder rolled across the heavens, lightning illuminated the clouds.  If that wasn't enough to rouse them, the rain began to fall.  It rained steadily for an hour.  We gathered under one canopy and waited it out.  Many tents got flooded.  Eventually it passed and we continued set up.

   Wind Clan Mother opted against gathering saplings on the slippery trail.  Instead, she gathered smaller branches to build a miniature wigwam.  Unfortunately, someone mistook her collection for firewood and burned her future wigwam later that night.

    Thursday night, Chief and his band presented a concert.  The interpersonal dynamics kept it lively.  His Daddy Big Bear, sits in an easy chair on stage and sings harmony.  He is a hoot and doesn't miss an opportunity for a wise crack.  Strong Hand and Bison Chief Two Bears joined the band for the night on drums and  bass guitar.  After a brief rehearsal, they performed as though they had been involved with the band for years.  Knowing this increased the WOW factor.  The music was great and people were dancing in the aisles.  Someone in the audience had told Chief that she had always wanted to attend the Grand Ol Opry in Nashville.  But this concert has fulfilled that desire.  I could not agree more!

 Late Friday morning, I was helping chief cook frybread.  He insisted on feeding Wind Mother and I first so that we could help uninterupted.  I fixed a buffalo meat frybread for Mother and I , then wiped my fork and stuck it in my hatband. (I wore my top hat throughout the event)  Chief thought this amusing and declared my new warrior name as sister Fork In the Head.  The thing about hanging out with tribe is that every ocassion becomes a running comedy routine.  We had fun with that all night. 

 

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10/1/18 12:08 P

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Went shopping yesterday and today. It involves lots of bending and lifting. We have not even started buying drinking water, gasoline nor propane. But we have most of the food shopping done.

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9/24/18 1:27 P

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We are in El Paso for a small resupply errand. I had hoped to be painting the interior of the clerestoy on the second floor.

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9/21/18 11:21 A

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I am anxious for the weather to break so that we can continue working on the house. Yesterday we rearranges some items in the bedroom to better utilize our space.

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9/17/18 12:13 P

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Back into El Paso once again. Brie and I spent teo days painting Thompsons sealer on portions of the roof.

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9/17/18 11:29 A

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I'm outside several times a day to take the puppies outside and play with them. Today I picked raspberries. There aren't too many out there, but I'm freezing them. Maybe I'll make a pie. I also went on a long walk to get my green in. Have a great Monday everyone!

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9/8/18 10:11 A

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So far this week, we have been in the vehicle travelling. We should be finished with our city errands by Tuesday, though.

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ROLLING THUNDER part three

With dancing and color guard finished, Saturday was done.  I don't remember eating lunch or dinner, but I suspect it was Nelson's delicious chicken dinners and pit taters.  I remember sitting around the campfire with the other tribal members, winding down after the excitement.  We really put the WOW in powwow!  We sat around talking and laughing about inane things.

It got dark and as nature would have it, I had to answer the call.  At this point, I had not put the porta potty in our vacant teepee.  But Head Mother had graciously left her front door open so we could use her bathroom.

Now Chief and Head Mother have tiny cottages next to the church/theatre.  They are nearly identical in layout, but are, in fact, just the opposite.  My little PEE brain does not function well when my bladder is full.

My first clue was that the mailbox was numbered 309.  That was vaguely familiar so I walked up and entered.  I did not have my flashlight because the churchyard was lit by streetlamps.

My second clue was that Chief Big Eagle was sitting on the couch in the living room.  Somewhere in earlier conversations, I had come to learn that he was staying at Chief's house.  But in my state of bladder desparation, I failed to recollect that fact.  I greeted him pleasantly  and reported the need for my visit.  He directed me to the left of the kitchen.  I distinctly remembered that Mother's bathroom was to the right of the kitchen. With outstretched hands I patted the empty space before me.  Immediately two puppies are attached to my ankles.  They remain there as I shuffle back and forth in the darkness.

"Are you in the kitchen!" asks Big Eagle.

"I don't know!  Where is the lightswitch?"

"There is no electricity." He replied.  I wondered why mother's house was also without power.  Then it dawned on me that I WAS in Chief's house.

" I can't find the bathroom!  And I can't make it to mother's in time."

"It is on the right, Spider!"

I groped my way into the darkness and groped to the right.

"I found a door!"  I was puzzled by the pebbly texture but didn't figure it out until I examined the handle.

"I FOUND THE REFRIGERATOR!" you might be noticing the tone of panic I am trying to convey.

"Keep going Spider.  It is just past there."  Came the progressive directions from the next room. I shuffled my puppy escort a little further and peeked beyond the place I was standing.  A glorious moonbeam illuminated a large bathroom sink.

"IT'S RIGHT BEHIND YOU!" came the voice from afar.

I turned slowly with hands out stretched.  I encountered softness.  A bathrobe?  I was caressing the Chief's bathrobe?! I did not have time to ponder but worked my way downward.

"I found the toilet paper!  I think I'm getting warmer!!!"

Success was at hand and I was relieved to be relieved.

I thanked Chief Big Eagle for his instructions and encouragement and wandered away, without puppies on my feet.  I returned to the campfire and related my adventures.  Now all we have to say is , I'm getting warmer!  And we crack up cackling with laughter.

This would be a fine place to end the story, but my tiny bladder had other needs.  Within the hour I found that I need to excuse myself once more.  I am like those baby dolls that you feed a baby bottle to and it immediately goes out the other end, a direct line from the stomach to the bladder.  I walked right up to mothers door. IT WAS LOCKED!  Assuming that she was asleep, and not willing to awaken her, I simply went to Chief's door. IT WAS LOCKED TOO!

I returned to the circle by way of our vehicle.  Clan Mother and I had emptied our porty potty and placed it by the back hatch.  I crossed behind the circle carrying the potty by one handle.

"Everythings locked now, so I am using the Tribal Porta-potty," I announced and zipped up my teepee door behind me.

In the morning, after trying to make an early departure, and failing, Wind Clan Mother and I decided to gift the tribe with teepee and porta-potty for future use.  Now tbe tribe has its own. PEE PEE TEE PEE!

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8/30/18 7:14 P

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Ironic. Did more activity than usual but was not on line to post anything!

I need to unpack the car now. More pics later.


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Monday 20 light construction, packing
Tues 21 light construction, packing, traveling
Wed 23 travelling
Thurs 24 unpacking, half mile hike, walking
Fri 25 walking, cooking frybread, dancing for an hour
Sat 26 ditto and more dancing, tear down camp, repack
Sun 27 dancing only 40 min. Camp tear down and repack
Mon, Tues, Wed travelling
Tomorrow unpack
Friday shopping and laundry.

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8/23... 80" swimming
8/25...30" yard work
8/27... 60" swimming 30" gardening
8/26... 45" walking 80" swimming

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8/22... 90" swimming and 30" sweeping patio and cleaning the yard

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8/21...80" swimming. I can now do 15 laps in 30" I'm still sucking air and feeling like my lungs will explode. I started at 10 laps in 45". I'm not fast but I'm still moving.

Edited by: SHOCOSS at: 8/21/2018 (20:46)
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Tee, sounds like fun!

8/20... 75" swimming

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8/18/18 11:16 A

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Chickamauga Chereokee PowWow August 25-26Saturday, August 18, 2018

SO EXCITED TO BE GOING TO OUR NATION's POW WOW 
COME JOIN US IF YOU ARE IN THE AREA! 
I WILL BE DOING FACEPAINTING AND BEAD WORK AND DANCING LIKE A FOOL! 
Rumble's of Thunder 
Chickamauga Chereokee 
PowWow August 25-26 

Come join us at our annual Rumbles of Thunder Chickamauga Cherokee PowWow at 
311 S. Apple Road in Osceola, Indiana. 
Gates open to the public at noon on Saturday, August 25 with a $5.00 admission at 
the gate. 

Would you like to spend the weekend sleeping in a tent or teepee? Listen to 
the cackle of the fire as you fall asleep? 
This year we are offering a true rustic –no electric and no water- overnight experience! 
Package A ($30 for weekend) will include: 
 Tent space -10x10- (you provide the tent) 
 Fire ring 
 Firewood for $5 per armload as much as you can carry. 
Package B ($75 for weekend) will include: 
 Small teepee provided -10x10- space 
 Fire ring 
 Firewood for $5 per armload as much as you can carry 
Interested in having a booth? We are offering 10x10 booth space ($50) and 10x20 booth 
space ($75) – no electric or water-. Booth and Camping Applications: Send email to 
thunderboltindians@yahoo.com requesting which application you need. Spaces for both booths and camping are limited. 

Meet members of our Tribe. Learn about our culture through Spiritual Teachings, Language class, 
and Children’s stories. We will have craft demonstrations, tomahawk throwing as well as bow and arrows.


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8/17... 120" swimming & 30" gardening

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75" swimming

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8/14... 105 swimming & 60" yard work

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120" swimming

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Back in El Paso to retreive camping gear! Hope it all checks out. I am anxious to lose a day of craft making. But I think I am still on schedule.

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Once this migraine is gone we will work on the roof and then on the spirit shield for pow wow.

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Thanks Shocoss. I keep reminding myself to BREATHE!

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8/9.. 60" swimming
8/10... 20 walk & 90" swimming

Tee, you'll get it done then relax and enjoy the pow wow!

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We are in crunch time! 18 days before pow wow! I finished the deerskin tunics for Brie and myself. No beadwork, though. I still have more projects to finish. Some won't get done. I just need to get two medicine bags completed and one spirit shield. Whew!

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8/7... 60" swimming

8/8... 105" swimming

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8/3... swimming for 103 "

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8/1... 89" swim

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Tee, so sorry for your loss. It is so hard to be without your furry friend . emoticon
7/31...60" swimming

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P.s. a night swim sounds glorious

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My dog died yesterday. We prevented her from dieing underneath the trailer. I think that she either got a disease from rat poop or swallowed a chicken bone from the trash, and preforated her gut. We could not afford the long trip into El Paso to find a vet. I hate being this poor at the end of the month. Could we have even afforded the surgery? I know that Brie was thinking of our economic well being. She did not try to borrow gasoline from the neighbors. I am feeling despondant.

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7/25 120" swim
7/26 60" swim at night. I've been going at night once a week. I didn't think I would like it but I kind of do.

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7/22... 73" walk visiting my daughter
7/24 60" swimming

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Walking 45 min Wednesday.
Moving boxes 10 min Thursday and 15 minutes Friday.
15 minutes so far today.


Working on my regalia, sewing a yoke onto the shirt because the neck hole was to wide, and because, you know, Fringe!

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7/18... 120"swimming

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7/17.. 60" swimming

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Tee, Pow Wow sounds fun

7/16... swimming 120"

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Pain has subsided. We are getting intermiitant showers, so we cannot work much on the roof. I am busy sewing deerskin tunics for me and Brie, getting ready for Pow wow.

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7/12 I swam at night for 60". I got home about 9:00 pm and I was hungry. I had a piece of cheese, a slice of ham a little mixed nuts. I slept real good for a change.
7/13 I swam today for 120". I'm really trying not to over eat this weekend.

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Pain kept me awake until 4ish in the am. Slept until 7ish. I feel wiped out.

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I had been doing leg exercises, mainly stretching. Irritated the connective ttissue along the shin bone, the outer thigh annd hip joint and into my lower back. I have not been Walking when wwe shop. I did help with roof work. Climbing the ladder did not hurt, til later. I have gained more weight, I am up to 198. I am feeling despondant.

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7/11... I took the dogs out for a short walk 15" and then swam for 120" Really humid here today

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60" swimming on Tuesday 7/10

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Loaded lumber onto a cart yesterday and into the vehicle. Today we loaded the lumber onto the roof, and moved it again under cover. Brie added more understructure to the truss work. We could have added another sheet of plywood overhead but the wind kicked up. Then a big storm blew in and blessed us with a gentle rain for 10 minutes. Our neighbors lost power, so that means the storm was stronger elsewhere in the valley. We have solar powered electricity, so we did not notice. We bought materials to finish the walls of the smaller bathroom, so we can continue to work on the house even if it storms.

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7/5...65" swimming
7/6...120" swimming

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7/3... 60" swimming

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7/2...90" swimming

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6/25....90"swimming
6/26...60"swimming, 30"gardening, 30" walking
6/27...90" swimming


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6/22... 90" swimming & 10" gardening

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6/21...65" swimming
20" gardening

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Your Mom sounds wonderful!! emoticon I've been eating more avocados, have to get while there cheep.

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Mailed off three packages from the post office in Dell City. Afterwards, I called my Mom in So. CALIF.
She was telling me about the avocado tree that my youngest brother planted in the front yard. It bears so much fruit that she is giving it away by the bagful. Even to strangers. She is inventing new ways to use avocados. She mixed jiffy corn muffin mix and plenty jalapenos, and baked them in muffin tins her freezer is full of avocados,. 
HOLY GUACAMOLE!
And she has bouganvillias AND ROSE BUSHES AND JASMINE BUSHES CLIMBING up to the roof. So at 89 yrs, she is up on a ladder trimming them with shears!
Puts me to shame

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6/19,,, 60" swimming
6/20...90" swimming and 15" walk

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Got a refund from the finance company. So we went into El Paso to buy things which we could not otherwise afford.

TODAY we have our battery operated tools all charged for this afternoon, before sunset.

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went shopping yesterday and spent some time on the range. Did not walk much outdoors.

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6/18... 90" swimming. The heated pool is wonderful, otherwise I wouldn't be going daily. emoticon
90" gardening too.

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Swimming sounds glorious! It is slightly cooler and more humid, but rain clouds go past us without a spit or a promise.

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I guess swimming is becoming my daily activity
6/12...77" swimming It was 100 today. emoticon

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We traveled to Alamogordo, New Mexico, about 20 miles from home and caught up the taxes we owe on our summer property in Timberon. We have not been up there since the fire, three years ago. So we kept driving up the Sacramento Mountains another hundred miles, to take a look at what is left. We were thinking or salvaging the trailer frame, but it looks pretty warped and twisted. (It cost us only $500) A bunch of our trees burned down. Brie and I will have to take down 18 more badly damaged trees. The NM Corrections dept had sent up crews to make firewood of the trees which were burned and in danger of falling. So we have firewood staked randomly on our 2 acres.There are 20 tall pines that look like they will survive. While we were there, about 2 dozen deer marched across our property and crossed the dirt road where we were visiting Larry and Michelle. Apparently, they visit every evening before sundown. Larry and Michelle have placed buckets of water and salt licks on the patio for their pleasure. We had a wonderful visit.

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