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PlutoPussycat
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I’m so sorry, Elsa. The whole thing is so very sad. ❤️

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@plutopussycat Thank you. It was a nice service but impactful. I have not been writing because I did not want to be scheduled and then find an appointment in conflict with the funeral.  Then, when I knew the day and time... well, attending a funeral is enough for one day (if you're me).  So tomorrow is, Thanksgiving. Honestly, I'm a little discombobulated. Because I'm also flooded with ideas and insights right now... A Pluto sitting on my ascendant, well gah.

This is the third funeral I've attended for members of this family. The immediate family knows me but the extended families do not.  So I'm always an oddball.

I don't care about that so much.  It's just odd because Catholic mourn a death; Baptists celebrate a life.

I have Libra so I can make a case for either. But I do feel fractured in a sense.

This woman was a true powerhouse. She's got a story and had a  STRONG personality. Sun Uranus conjunct in Gemini - tight - within 0 degrees, 5 min. Aries moon.

Venus and Mars in Taurus. You couldn't move her one inch; however, she did not require being moved because she was a truly stand up and stand out, attractive, woman.  Like these aren't platitudes. You can see by the astrology, a person like this would be noticed.

But this poor family.  There will be more funerals. And the burden on the younger family members is palpable.

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I can imagine, she sounds amazing. 

The whole thing sounds painfully sad. And hard on you. Love that you show up for them, for her, for the family. Showing up is such a great thing to do, especially through the hard stuff. 

❤️

 

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@plutopussycat Thanks. I just hope we can get through Christmas without another death.  This is a case of a very unique woman. I'm not going to know anyone like her, ever again.  She's a true, "broke the mold" type gal.

I also have to think of her husband; not sure what he's going to do. His sister lost her husband about a year ago, their mother died a year prior and the brother (and wife and their son) are the people I know the best. So basically, two lost their spouse and the third one is... well, he's the one who lost 13 friends this year and this is the 3rd family member, which included his "favorite cousin" - his "best cousin", he said. He also lost his dog. So jeez louise.

And his son, who I guess I know the best... well he's been a pall bearer so many times.  That was the heart-wrenching part.  This is the third time I've seen him serve in this capacity (though he's served more funerals than that). He looked polite, as always, but wrecked. Just heartbreaking.

And they have to go to the gravesite too, of course. I don't go there. I'm tapped for one thing, but I'm not sure who follows along. But if any of the people I deal with constantly (next door neighbors) pass, I am going to have to go be part of that ritual, simply because.... well, the pall bearer son is eventually going to bury his parent, chances are. So that's when I step in. Maybe help him take care of them as well. I have offered that... a number of years ago, actually.  Like, "if something happens, I'll help you."  I mean it of course.

My husband worked through two of these but attended one of them. He's going to retire one of these days. I dunno.  Five weeks until, Christmas. We'll see!

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That’s incredible. What a loss to endure, the scale - all of the known ground going. And no way out but through. 

Think what you (and your husband) do to support is wonderful.

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I just bought a new washing machine. My old one lasted 21 years!  I hate to replace it. It's been TERRIFIC. But I have had it since my son was a baby and now he's an engineer. ha ha ha. I don't think they make them like this anymore.  Kenmore 90 series. What a machine!

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I have a real old dishwasher. The last repairman replaced the control panel and said to hang on to the machine because they don't make the insides like that anymore. He recommended clicking off the steam dry function before starting the wash to keep certain parts for rusting out. I told him they don't make repairmen like him anymore either!

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@jana yikes! Now I want to keep my washer... but not really. It's got to go but I have no appliance or piece of furniture that's made it this long. I hear horror stories about new washers....

In the end, I bought a Maytag commercial. I was going to get a mechanical speed queen, which was the (old-style) machine to have, five years ago. I guess they've messed them up since.

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@elsa After going through TWO, count them, TWO washing machines in as many years with twice as many repairman visits I was told that Speed Queen Commercial Heavy Duty had the least repair history. It has preformed perfectly without incident. May this information be of help to someone.

thenewboy

 

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@thenewboy I think this is true. But then they changed the machine!  You can see via the reviews. 🙁

Jilly bought that machine so I'm aware of it.

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@jana We just replaced our almost 30 year old dishwasher and I am less than pleased 😭

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new dog

Black Dog Friday

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@elsa Looking really well!

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@elsa 

So adorable!  ❤💕❤

Black dogs have a lower adoption rate as their eyes are often less noticeable, making them less effective to engage the hearts of potential adopters.  So glad this one miraculously found you!

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@warped we love him! He's a small bruiser these days. My husband believes he is part bulldog. He's strong and very dense / heavy bur short. Smile

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