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Old August 12th, 2009, 07:26 AM
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Good Morning where the sun is shinning! I was up till late last night doing my mother's birthday cake. It is a bitter sweet birthday for sure as this time she is not doing so well as she has the birthday. I find her at times getting confused more easily, and irritable, and she talks alot about feeling death is near. I hope to make her birthday a happy one at least.

The walls are up in the bathroom and the floors are down. RD you are right, dust and mess, oh and what a mess through out that level of the house!Today the bathroom is painted and everything installed. It will be nice to have two bathrooms once again! Tomorrow starts the new front hallway. I am really pleased this is getting done.

I hope every one has a good day.
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Old August 12th, 2009, 08:20 AM
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Hi Kids,
Overcast here.....it heats up as we move forward. After a few errands, I am off to Rhode Island, for beads! I really don't NEED another bead, but, boy do I ever WANT more beads!!

Other tham that, nothing going on......so...

Make it a good one.
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Old August 12th, 2009, 08:35 AM
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Morning All, from Montreal, where the sun is shining for a change!
Looks to be a wonderful day and a very hot 'n humid rest of the week.
Summer has arrived at last.

Not much new around here, except that the packing goes on....just when you think you can pack no more, you find more to pack!
Feels like we are living in an echo chamber now......

Last night I booked my train ticket for a Girls' Weekend at the end of August.
This is an annual event where I get together with my 2 oldest girlfriends for a weekend of wine and chin wagging.
Last year I missed it because my back went out and I couldn't travel, so this year we are way overdue for some drinkin' and chattin'!!
Oh, and did I mention POOL TIME? Oh yeah, I sure hope this heat wave lasts so we can use the pool too!

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Old August 12th, 2009, 08:46 AM
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Good Morning CruiseMates!
I have had an interesting morning already. Battling over politics on Facebook... I should know better. Oh well someday I will learn my lesson.

D/S and I are up early today. D/H ought to be at work by now. I think he's a little busy at work this week and he went to bed earlier than normal so I hit the hay a little earlier than usual too. D/D is still sleeping.

Two days until final payment on our Jewel Cruise. I really, really am looking forward to this trip. Our last cruise was in February with the Blogger's and that seems like an eternity ago. I forced d/s to go shopping with me yesterday. He didn't want to go. I am so glad we went though, There were great sales and I picked up nice things for next to nothing. It was really a terrific shopping trip. D/H says he needs some more summer shorts for our upcoming trip so I will go out again today to see what I can find for him. I have a little laundry to do and would like to clean up the kitchen and maybe clean the floors if the spirit moves me. Not much else happening here today.

Hope you all have a great day!
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Old August 12th, 2009, 08:54 AM
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Good morning everyone:

It is finally a true summer morning here in the land of three seasons. Today will be a busy day of lawn mowing, picking up new glasses. I'm excited to pick up the glasses. I have a large head and it's hard to find glasses that truly fit and don't look like "Captain Video" goggles. Betty found a small optical shop in a suburb near her work. The guy seemed like a real craftsman. I'll find out today how good of a craftsman he is.

Delft: I know how hard it is with parents. I went through it with my Mother and Betty's dad's Alzheimer's has significantly progressed to where he no longer speaks English and doesn't recognize most people.

Well: It's time to shower and get moving.

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A beautiful and relaxing day was yesterday for both Fran and me. As planned, we motored (boy that's an old term) across the mountains to Cherokee, NC. For the uninitiated, Cherokee is within the Cherokee Indian Reservation. At the time of the march on the "Trail of Tears" that led the Cherokee nation to a government reservation out west, a significant number stayed behind by hiding in the woods and eked out a a bare existence in the deep woods of North Caroline. Eventually, the Federal government recognized their existence and created a second protected area for the Cherokee in NC. While technically not a reservation (I guess because there already is one), in actually it is the same thing and the NC Cherokee enjoy most, if not indeed all, of the benefits of the wester brethren. Sadly, they share the pitfalls as well.

Many American tourists are surprised to learn that the Cherokee have a marvelous history and they have oodles of that history prominently displayed in Indian owned and operated stores as well as in a fascinating museum.

The Cherokee by the way, did not traditionally wear the feathered headdresses for which the Plains Indians are famous. Rather, they wore headgear that kind of looks to me to be not dissimilar of the turbans such as those found in parts of Africa. Neither was their dress similar to what most Americans have understood to mean traditional indian apparel (fringed buckskin, etc.). They are quick to point out and vigorously promote their truly rich cultural heritage and refinement. By the way, I once on a previous trip questioned one store owner about the term "Indian" and he laughed and said he used it himself simply because he found "Native American" too clumsy and it was such a part of our language. He said he could only speak for himself but as one born in modern America (and who appeared to be about my age), he found himself proud of the term "American Indian." He did admit many don't but they are mostly the younger set.

Additionally, the Cherokee (unlike many other Indian nations) had their own distinct and complete spoken and written language. Due in great part to the efforts of one particular well educated tribal member along with a small group, the language has been re rived and is being written and spoken by increasing number of the Cherokee (and other nationalities as well). The written Cherokee language is quite different from modern languages and I understand it is difficult to master. Examples of the language may be found on all street signs on which the name of the street is written in Cherokee which are set directly below the English name. Their symbols and characters are unique and quite attractive.

The big new Harri's Casino and hotel (which by the way is undergoing the construction of a major addition) and all of the chain motels/hotels (i.e.: Holiday Inn, Days Inn, Beaumont Inn, etc.) and fast food restaurants have provided jobs to the Indian population. Sadly, there remains obvious poverty. Most of the Indian hotels are gone or closed down. I find that so very sad but I think overall, the North Carolina Cherokee are becoming far better off as a result of the Casino.

One of the motels that I believe is locally owned, I never cease to be amazed by the name. I've often wondered that were a person to stay in the "Hemlock" motel if they'd be wise not to drink any beverages dispensed on the property.

All in all the cost of the trip was minimal. Fran only ended up with a net loss of about ten dollars and we both thoroughly enjoyed their buffet (which as do some cruise ships) had individual stations so there is not one grand line.

I don't know how many of you are familiar, but the shortest route over took us through Maggie Valley that during the late fifties - early sixties, was a major tourist area. Sadly it too fell on hard times. I am so glad to see it reviving and for those who may have possibly gone there decades ago, yes, Ghostown In The Sky is still there. The Great Smoky mountains area truly has so much to offer and can be a really inexpensive family vacation for those wishing someday to take a land cruise.

Prayers and Blessings as usual.

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Old August 12th, 2009, 09:56 AM
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Morning all,,
Woke up to a very overcast day in store for us here in the Tidewater of Va. Storms expected later on,,,,

Nothing planned for today,,,just work as usual. But in these times work is a good thing

Todd sounds like you both had a great day,,,my DH cousin recently got engaged to a 1/4 native american Cherokee. So it was great hearing all that info. She does speak some of the language her grandfather taught her. But she does use the term native american,,,not indian.
Here in Va. we have allot of native americans from the Cherokee tribe and several others as well.

Hope everyone has a great Hump day,,,,
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Old August 12th, 2009, 10:04 AM
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Morning from the Pacific Northwest.............it's raining again.......but suppose to clear up today with no more rain for the next week.......we do need the rain tho.........even tho y'all think all it does here is rain........

Back up into the 80's for the next week..........

Mike.......hope the glasses work out for ya.......

Trip.....ya can always use more beads.........

Y'all have a good day............






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Old August 12th, 2009, 11:27 AM
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Good morning from Southern California.

Trip and RD, sorry about the abrupt departure from Chat last night. My oncologist office called.

It's gym day for Keith. Don't know what else is boucing around out there today.

Have a good Hump Day!

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Old August 12th, 2009, 10:45 PM
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Todd.....very interesting info on the Cherokee. Here is a photo of my great-grandmother......a Cherokee who made her way north to Virginia:



I don't know too much about her or the history of the Cherokee, so your post filled in some blanks.......I am going to print this to add to some of the family photos. Thanks!
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