1.31.2013

things


american apparel t shirt here
i cannot believe i can actually link something to an actual shopping site.

this is a mens or unisex t shirt in xs and
i love it.  







pardon my absence but i have been a bit scattered this week.
i'm sad to report lots of not great stuff happening around here.
stressful things.

first, i've been devastated and afraid to even talk about it here but 
miss doris, remember my wonderful friend?
she's on hospice.  
my heart is so heavy, it's hard to talk about - i love this woman to pieces.
please send prayers and good wishes.  thank you.


next, our youngest son broke his femur the other night in a bad snowboarding accident.
he will be ok, but has a long recovery ahead of him.
luckily, he is surrounded by close family and friends - and i think that can have a huge impact on his recovery.  so if you could...a little prayer for him too.
i want to give a huge shout out thank you to all his coworkers and bosses at powder mountain
for being so kind during this stressful time.





i don't know about you but good friends have made all the difference in my life.

so anyway, i'm probably going to be away from here a bit.
i hope you understand.

xo
janet


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  1. I'm sorry to hear of all this! Prayers for Miss Doris and your son....and you.
    Take care.

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  2. So sorry for your little guy - I know he's big but when they're down they are little. And for your friends as well. Will miss you, will be here when you return, sending hugs.

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  3. Oh Janet I am sorry to read that you have so much stuff going on and it is not all fun and games. I understand and will be sending you virtual hugs and good wishes.
    Take care of yourself.
    Leslie
    XO

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  4. I'm sad to hear this. Take care of yourself, also.

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  5. I am feeling so sorry for your sadness and worries. Do take some care for yourself.

    Swissy

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  6. Of course you will be busy elsewhere, where you are much needed. Praying for you and your dear friend and son - that is a lot to be going through - sending you so much love. I have been in the hospital today with my 16 year old who smashed his collar bone playing football- sporty sons, love em but they do tend to end up in fracture clinics now and again :( Look after yourself in all the looking after others, Bxxx

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  7. Hugs, Janet. Love the pic of your son and his friends, and thanks for the t-shirt link, really need one of those myself. I had a couple different Miss Dorises in my life, and they were like family to me, so dear and important. More hugs.

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  8. Thoughts and prayers to you and your dearest xo

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  9. Sending good thoughts and wishes your way....

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  10. We understand completely. And so sad to hear about Miss Doris. I loved your post on her and her glamorous life. Please pass on our collective regards. She was a sartorial inspiration to all us gardeners! (I loved the word 'grubbies' too. Grubbies. Miss Doris would probably be too ladylike to even say it.)

    Also hope your son recovers. Are those 4 men the nurses? Interesting uniforms in Cali hospitals now. One looks like he's about to pull your son's drip out...

    Hugs from here in Australia! xx

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  11. We have a friend/neighbor like Miss Doris as well. Maryann will be 90 in March, and she is still driving/etc. She also dresses for every day-twinset in pink, her long and short pearls, and her beloved late hubby's wedding ring on a gold chain.

    Their stories are so amazing-we love to go to dinner with Maryann, and hear about her life.

    Here's hoping for a peaceful transition for Doris, and a swift recovery for your son!

    Go get a massage-it will help with all this upheaval.

    PS-love the shirt-I have the GAP version in cream/black :)

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  12. I will definitely keep you and your family and friend in my prayers, you look lovely today, so simple but elegant as usual,

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  13. our year has been off to a rough start, too. {dog surgery, stomach flu, and a general overtone of "i can't-get-my-act-together"}
    i'm sorry to hear about your sweet neighbor. what a blessing hospice care is, though.
    also sorry about your son's broken leg. i'm imagining that in the photo with him are his team of doctors : )
    tomorrow is a new month ♥

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  14. Ms. Doris....with the sweet yellow house and beautiful, thrifted, handsewn clothing.....I am so sad to hear about that....your heart must be so heavy. She's been very lucky to have a good friend like you the past few years. I'm sure you brightened her days. And she yours. Lots of prayers and thoughts going out to Ms. Doris, your son (poor guy!)....and, of course, you!

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  15. Good Bless you and yours Ms. Janet.

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  16. I send you a BIG hug my friend. I am so sorry to hear about sweet Miss Doris. She is lucky to have you as her friend. Sorry about T.- that sounds so painful:( Since he's so young I bet he will mend quickly. Sending love and light to them both... and to you.
    xxojoan

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  17. I am so sorry to hear about your son and your friend Doris. My heart and best wishes go out to both of them. I gotta say, I always thought, when reading your blog, that you and I had a lot in common. We have similar decorating styles and we both eat the same foods. Now, I am certain we have a lot in common, because my burr-headed son shattered his knee cap skateboarding last year. (Boys!) It's been a long recovery. After three sugeries and lots of physical therapy, I am happy to say he is doing fine. Tell your son to hang in there. And my best wishes to Doris, she seems like a sweetheart.

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  18. Sorry, Janet. I'm sending out positive wishes for your friend and your son. Take care of you, too.

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  19. So sorry to hear about Miss Doris and your son. May there be peace in your life during these tough times. And healing all around! donna :)

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  20. Sending prayers and healing thoughts out to Miss Doris and your son.
    :)

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  21. Hugs, good vibes, light, and please use my permission to have an extra glass of wine here and there

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  22. I'm so sorry to hear about your friend, Miss Doris. Heartbreaking.

    I'm so glad your son wasn't hurt worse and that he will recover, though it may be long and difficult.

    Praying for them, and for you, in this hard time.

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  23. Janet - prayers for both, especially for your friend in hospice. The picture of your son made me laugh out loud - THAT is a boy with good buddies and you are right, they make all the difference. Blessings to you and yours. xoxo

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  24. My heart and prayers are with you. xoxoxoxo
    -Suzanne in Illinois

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  25. Sending prayers to both the lovely Miss Doris and your son. Take care.

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  26. Oh Janet...
    I'm sending out lots of hugs and saying lots of prayers for you all. God works in mysterious ways so I know things will work out. You know I'm always here.....

    And that looks like the group of guys that hangs out at my house!

    XO Sarah

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  27. Janet,

    Why does everything happen at once? :(

    I am so very sorry to hear about Miss Doris, I can understand how you feel. My 84 year old neighbor Mary who lived next door to me for 15 years just moved to Oregon a few months ago and that was bad enough. I can't even imagine if she had become ill like that. I miss her terribly but at least I can still talk to her on the phone.

    That's awful about your son's accident...femur breaks are tough but he will recover thankfully. All the beards in that hospital room crack me up...my daughter's bf went through the scraggly beard thing for a few months. (the big thing now I guess) He finally shaved it off but now is growing a much shorter close shaven one.

    Hang in there and my thoughts are with you during this challenging time.

    Linda
    xo

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  28. Janet,

    Why does everything happen at once? :(

    I am so very sorry to hear about Miss Doris, I can understand how you feel. My 84 year old neighbor Mary who lived next door to me for 15 years just moved to Oregon a few months ago and that was bad enough. I can't even imagine if she had become ill like that. I miss her terribly but at least I can still talk to her on the phone.

    That's awful about your son's accident...femur breaks are tough but he will recover thankfully. All the beards in that hospital room crack me up...my daughter's bf went through the scraggly beard thing for a few months. (the big thing now I guess) He finally shaved it off but now is growing a much shorter close shaven one.

    Hang in there and my thoughts are with you during this challenging time.

    Linda
    xo

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  29. O.K. Not sure why it posted my comment twice??? Annoying.

    Linda

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  30. How very sad about Miss Doris, your son has youth on his side, here's to a quick mend for him, I love him and his chums, I just know we'd like the same music!

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  31. Prayers coming your way, Janet - hang in there, honey.

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  32. I'm sorry that your friend, Doris, is ill. I went back and read the post on her and she sounds like an absolutely fascinating, wonderful lady. Prayers are being sent her way. Also sorry to hear about your son's broken leg. Hope he will mend as quickly as is possible. Hang in there! Sunnier days are ahead.
    Claudia

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  33. goodness. I am sorry to hear about your son and neighbor. If you think it is appropriate, sit with Doris. Just hold her hand. I think you would be glad you did. She sounds like a true gem. Best wishes on your son's recovery. He is blessed to have you. Including you in my prayers!

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  34. prayers and lighted candles for you, Miss Doris and your darling son.

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  35. My thoughts are with you. Keep strong x

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  36. Oh, our thoughts are with you. Good, healing and loving thoughts. Plus I'm going over to American Apparel and buying that shirt! Thanks.

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  37. Oh Janet, I'm so sorry. Not good. Sending your son lots of healing energy. I do remember Ms. Doris. I love the picture of her mowing her lawn :) It is hard when someone we love moves on to the next big adventure (that is the way I have to think about it). I hope you will soon feel centered.
    Sincerely,
    Miranda
    SF Bay Area

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  38. Janet,
    I am so sorry about your friend Ms Doris, and your son. My old friend says "If its not one thing its seven!" You have lots on your plate. Hope you stay strong. Sending good wishes for your son's healing and peace for you and your friend.
    xs

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  39. Sending you the biggest, as big as a redwood,hug and as long lasting as you need it to be.

    Love and prayers for all.

    xo Jane

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  40. Damn Janet. Sorry to hear about Ms. Doris and your son. Keep on smiling.
    pve

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  41. Your family will be in my prayers, as will precious Miss Doris. Spend as much time with her as you can.

    ep

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  42. I think there's just something about this time of the year--it stinks! Try to stay positive and soon spring will be here, flowers will be blooming and the world will just feel like a better place. Ms. Doris is lucky to have you as a friend. I'm sure you have made a positive impact on her life. Love the picture of your son and his friends. He looks so clean cut next to those hairy fellows :) A broken bone is a badge of honor for boys right? Drew keeps telling me I love him too much because I worry about keeping him safe. no one but a mom knows what a mom goes through (and yours is timex three!)

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  43. You look great in that casual outfit! Prayers ascending for you, your family, and Miss Doris. Life is short, don't hesitate to spend time with Miss Doris. We'll be here when you return. xx

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  44. I am sorry to hear about your dear friend and neighbour. She sounds like she is an amazing woman and I am sure she appreciates your love and kindness in her hour of need. I hope your son's recovery is swift and lacking in complications. Thinking of you x

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  45. So sorry to hear this sad news. I will be keeping you, your son and Miss Doris in my prayers. Take care.

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  46. I'm very sorry to hear about your friend, Miss Doris. I hope that you both are able to find comfort in your friendship. Best wishes to your son for a speedy recovery. My prayers are with you all.

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  47. Sorry about your friend. :( Hope your son feels better very soon.

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  48. I pray Miss Doris will have comfort and peace. I hope your son will have a complete recovery as soon as possible. Keeping all of you in our thoughts.

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  49. glad your son is coming along well. as a hospice volunteer, I can truly say what a blessing hospice care is. I know you will see your friend through this and that she will find that YOU have blessed her as her friend. donna

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  50. Miss Doris looks like a lovely lady. I hope she will be comfortable. Looks like your son has a lot of friends and I am sure he will be looking forward to healing and getting back out there to play in the snow (next year). Take time to be with them and the rest of your family.

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  51. Janet,
    I do remember your sweet friend and neighbor Doris...the one who believes in dressing up...even for mowing the lawn...am I thinking of the right sweet woman? And your son...hope he is okay. Is that Utah? Prayers all around. And as always Janet, you look lovely in your American Apparel stripes and jeans and black loafers.
    xo
    annie

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  52. I'm so sorry, Janet. Thank you for introducing us to Miss Doris. I loved that post. Sending prayers to you, your son, and Miss Doris.

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  53. Oh God Bless you. Prayers for your friend and son. It's never easy seeing someone suffer. On a happier note, you look ahhhmazing as always. I love checking your blog to see snippets about your house, thrifting, and fashion. As my dad always said, "Keep your chin up and hair dry."
    Cortne

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  54. Hugs and prayers, Janet. I am a faithful follower in the Midwest and although you don't know me, I think the world of you. You will be in my thoughts, as will your friend and your son. Blessings and light.
    Sherry

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  55. Sending up prayers and holding you all in my heart and thoughts. Bonnie

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  56. Prayers, comfort and peace for your friend Ms. Dorris. I wish your son a quick and full recovery.

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  57. I have just started following but feel like I can send you love and prayers. Sometimes life hands out difficult situations one on top of another.

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  58. Sending prayers and hugs, Janet. So sorry to hear this. I was just re-reading the post about Doris a few days ago, and your affection for her came through so beautifully. And best wishes for your son's speedy recovery.

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  59. Prayers are headed you, your son and your friend's way. And yes, good friends really do make all the difference.
    S in Seattle

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  60. Dear Janet

    So sorry to hear about your son and Miss Doris. Try hard not to worry too much about him and over-stress yourself. Young bones mend - it will take time but thank goodness he'll recover and be fine and maybe will have learned some life lessons. He's obviously got lots of friends and is receiving good care.

    Sad to hear about Miss Doris, the infirmity of old age is really hard - but it sounds as though she lived life to the full and had great friends like yourself.

    Had coffee this afternoon with my mother's former physio - she's over 80 and still working part time as a hospital physio manager. Last year she travelled round the world. In Paris one morning she climbed all the stairs of the Eiffel Tower as far as the public can go and in the afternoon she climbed to the top of the Arc de Triomphe. A wonderful woman too, so full of life and vitality and joie de vivre - and luckily still in good health. But it comes to us all at last so we need to appreciate each day we have and make the most of it while we can. Best wishes and take care of yourself, Pamela

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  61. Lots and lots of good thoughts are being sent Miss Doris and your son's way, and wishing you lots of strength Janet.

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  62. Oh Janet am so sorry... Really hope your son recovers well and quickly.. and you are so right about friends making all the difference... Also thinking of dear Miss Doris too. No wonder you have been all over the place. You look as ever, gorgeous though - loving those stripes. Sending you a big hug through the blogosphere. S x

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  63. Janet-so very sorry! sending many good thoughts your way..please take care of yourself...take a blogging break.
    xo
    shell

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  64. Oh Janet, I am so sorry to hear about all of this! You, your son, and your friend Doris are all in my thoughts and prayers! Big hugs to you!!! :)

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  65. I'm saddened to read of the divine Miss Doris and about your boy's accident. too. Why is it that bad stuff happens all at the same time? Sending lots of virtual hugs and good wishes your way and I can see why you love that top, you look like a rock star! xxx

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  66. Take your time working through everything Janet~ we will be here patiently awaiting your return. Sending you lots of love and healing.
    xoxo~
    Tricia

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  67. Oh Janet, you, your son and your friend Doris will be in my thoughts!

    Take care dear friend,

    Madelief x

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  68. My dear Janet,
    I am so sorry to hear about your beloved friend and neighbor. I pray that her transition will be soft and that she is surrounded with friends and family. Much love sent.
    I will pray for you son and hope he has a quick recovery.
    Keep your chin up sweety!
    <3
    xoxo
    Brandi

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  69. I am so sorry Janet, I was actually wondering how Doris is doing butif this is any consolation I have great experience with hospice care for some of my family members. Sometimes it is so much more dignified for those with terminal illness.
    As for you son, I am sure he will be back to sports in no time and it is wonderful that he is sorrounded by friends .
    I will keep both in my prayers and you my dear because I know you are worrying.
    Have a great weekend, xoxo

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  70. prayers for your friend and your son.....and to you who is clearly worried about both of them........

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  71. Hugs to you and your loved ones - hang in there!

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  72. Janet, take care during this time and you, your son and friend will be in my thoughts and prayers xxx

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  73. Sending strength and healing your way, and to Doris and your son.

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  74. I am sad to read your lovely neighbour is in hospice. She obviously loved her house and garden so much.

    Too bad your son had this accident, I hope the bone/s will heal well.

    Those boys, do they probably have roots in California? They seem very ... how do you say ... loose?

    I remember you sitting on the skiing lift in Utah (one or two years ago?). And how you love skiing. Have you been there this year, too?

    Oh, and the shirt, mariniere, it is very "you", nice!

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  75. So sad about your dear friend. And how hard for your son to look ahead to much rehab. Thoughts and prayers to all of you during this difficult time. Take care.

    Colleen

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  76. Sending prayers for your adorable neighbor, Doris, and your cute son... I have never commented on your blog before but read it and love it. Love your simplicity, class and good heart! xoxo

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  77. Sending warm thoughts, Janet. I know what you're going through - my Mom is ill and I'm flying out to see her tomorrow. Looking forward to the trip and being able to see her. I feel so helpless being far away.

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  78. Oh dear, I am sorry to hear of all the bad luck going on. best wishes to them all.

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  79. Dear Janet, I am so sorry to read that things are hard for you just now. I know that you will want only the best for Doris and your son. Hospice care is so good, it provides a calm and dignified place in which to let go of life. Young bones heal well and your son looks to have wonderful friends around him to cheer his recovery.
    Look after yourself. Rx.

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  80. TO Sister Fans of Janet and The Gardner's Cottage:
    The Gardener's Cottage has been nominated for a "Homies Award".
    Go to Apartment Therapy dot com, and vote for Janet. :)

    Sincerely,
    Miranda
    SF Bay Area

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  81. All the very best - we just got back from skiing/snowboarding and I was glad to have nothing more than a twisted ankle from slipping in the carpark... I'm sure your guy is tough and will scare the pants off you by being back on that board in no time!

    Much sympathy about Miss Doris, I hope she is in good care. We are lucky my mom can care for my 97 yr old grandmother as she gradually gets frailer. Such valuable people who have seen so much in life and wonderful companions.

    See you when you get back, take care x

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  82. Janet,
    Just me again.
    I like Doris and I like your sons friend's all around him.
    I like you too.
    Can you believe I am saying this having met none of the lot of you.
    pve

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  83. Hi Janet,
    Just checking in to see how you're doing, you're son is doing and send prayers for Miss Doris.
    Thinking good thoughts for you all. Your realness is refreshing.
    Jennifer

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  84. Look, your son is in good company, another brave smile from the hospital:
    http://bilder.bild.de/fotos-skaliert/lindseyvonn_30811206_mbqf-1360657114-28492440/2,w=985,c=0.bild.jpeg

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