Friday, November 17, 2017

Sweet Salvage ~ Comfort And Joy ~ Part I



So it was time to make the Monthly Pilgrimage to SWEET SALVAGE for this Month's Christmas Themed Event "Comfort & Joy", which is always one of the most popular ones for obvious reasons!   It's my 2nd favorite Theme behind the Halloween Themed Event and I'm eager to Enjoy it coming around now that Halloween has passed!




I mean who doesn't like a Christmas Event or spending time with Santa just prior to the actual Holiday arriving?   It gets you into the Spirit of the Season, which sometimes I need to ease into since I hold onto Autumn so steadfast. Yet I know I must start thinking of Gifts and swapping out the Seasonal Decor as we transition into Winter and the subsequent Holidays coming up!




I know that Christmas will be here before we know it and I'm one to like to Prepare, I don't like to wait til last minute to do anything or I wouldn't revel in festivities and relax during the Holiday Season properly.  I like to Savor my Holidays, all of them, I don't like to feel Rushed or harried and stressed out during them.




I hadn't intended to make any major purchases for the Home, but then I saw this... be still my beating Heart... a Dove Grey Antique Typeset Cabinet!  Yes, it came Home with me, ton's of storage for my Art Studio Loft supplies. Besides, one can never have too many of these if you can Score them for the right price so I wasn't going Home with non-buyer's remorse!




But that's not even the best Back Story behind a purchase this day...  the Laws Of Attraction and a Serendipity Miracle was about to transpire.  You see, two YEARS ago at the Christmas Event I wanted to buy these two Antique European Grain Sack Christmas Stockings but another Customer beat me to them dammit!  I was crestfallen, since I had this one in hand but the Customer had already asked for both to be put in the back for her so I reluctantly relinquished it when the Shop Gal had explained they were already SOLD!   *Sob!*




It was something I never quite got off my Mind about the ones that Got Away by the slender margin of Time that they did!  So last Christmas Event I looked to see if they had any more of them, they did not.   This year my Mission Statement was to look and see if they did... and imagine my Surprise to find THE two exact Stockings from two years ago!  *Gasp!*  I recognized each due to particular OOAK Boro Style Mendings!  Turns out, that Customer that beat me to them a couple years ago, never showed back up to pay for them!!  WOW and Booyah... must have put my Gypsy Mojo all over them or something, huh?!  *LOL*




And then I Scored this Stocking Created from an Antique Victorian Crazy Quilt and Cigar Silks for a mere Nine Bucks... Damn, it was getting Good to be Me this day!  I got to spend more time than usual browsing and having time to check out since The Young Prince was still Home Sick from School, so I had my Full Girl's Day Out rather than a Marathon 30 minutes of browsing, shopping and covering the Event via Photos, which I stand in line to get in longer than that!




Princess T said she'd walk to School so I could leave earlier than usual, so I even got Good Parking and a decent place in line near a bench so I could sit down.   At first I was sitting on the sidewalk until someone gave up their bench seat, so it wasn't too bad waiting in line for this very popular Holiday Themed Event, color me Happy!   Loved my Friend Michelle's Boudoir Dolls, but I'd pretty much blown all Budget constraints buying the Typeset Cabinet!  *LOL*




Oh well, I'll just Sell Off more of my Treasures during the time leading up to the Holidays to make up for the unexpected splurge, that always Works for me!  *Winks*  I don't mind Letting Go of several things I already have in order to Fund something I really want that I happened upon and couldn't waffle on deciding to Purchase lest it be one to Get Away!




I also got this lusciously faded but still vibrant Red 1950's Horse Show Ribbon...




Here it is at Home being held up by Princess T so you can see the Scale of just how big it is... and how luscious the now ombre Hues are of it!






Got three Hand-Made Christmas Ornaments festooned with Antique Bling and Sepia Seam Binding, some were as low as only Three Bucks each!




In fact there were so many Lovely Christmas Ornaments and Seasonal Decor that you could have outfit your entire Christmas Theme right from here with OOAK Creations!




Not putting some Santos Crowns into my Stash was very difficult, there were just so many to choose from, but once I reached my self-imposed limit on spending, I had to put the brakes on!




I would have liked to have gotten one of these Blinged Out Trees made with Yarn Spools, some dripping with Bling way more than this, but which got snapped up before I could even Photograph them!  I am sure they Sold Out, I actually had this one in the back until I saw Typeset Cabinet and had to take some Smalls and put them back to justify the larger Purchase.  *Le Sigh*




But the "One for Gramma" thing had gotten slightly out of hand, and we've got so many Grandkids now that I really had to refocus on Budgeting to ensure Gifting was sufficient for all of them during the Holidays!   As it is I sprung on upgrading The Young Prince's Phone and giving his previous upgraded one to Princess T with a new number since she begged for a Phone for Christmas and he'd been Jonesin' to Upgrade again as part of his Christmas Gift.  *LOL*




You know how these Cell Phone Companies make it so easy now where it's like five bucks more for the rest of your Life... just kidding... for two years... so it's totally doable and stretches out the Gift Buying Budget considerably for these two!  *Whew!*   Only the Young Prince talked me into Upgrading my very Old Smart Phone too, which is so Ancient they don't make nor repair them anymore and it was beginning to have 'issues'.




One would think I'd be Delighted to Upgrade... I am NOT... the Technology has increased exponentially and I'm almost in tears trying to learn New Things with being so Tech Challenged.   New Phone needs fingerprint access and a slew of other High Tech shit that The Young Prince had to do for me coz Lord knows I'd of never figured it out on my own, I couldn't even answer my first call that came in on it!  *LMAO*




Luckily it was one of my Senior Friends who feels the same way about enhancements of Tech Gadgets so we had a good laugh about it... as I had to ask another Family Member to answer the Call for me!  No, I don't have a Receptionist now, but I Need one to answer Calls just now til I figure this New Gadget's Upgrades out GF!  *Winks*

  


My Dear Friends at The Sweet totally 'Get' my Challenges and Rejoicing of Dark Subject matter... like being way too Happy that I had a Sick Kid at Home so's I could spend more time at The Event this Month!  *Bwahahahahaha!!!*   I know, that's some twisted sick shit huh, but they 'Get It'... and don't think I'm a horrible Parent!  *Smiles*




Mostly coz they all know the Back Story... like how I spent all day before the Event handling The Man's Acupuncture Appointment and then talking to the VA Patient Advocate about The Problem with the CPAP Fiasco.  Yes, the Advocate actually called me back and Praise God, she's the exact same Advocate I had been assigned five years ago right after The Man's Catastrophic Accident that was instrumental in finally getting me some rehabilitative Services for him!




She even remembered me and our Situation... like I'm that Unforgettable... LMAO... well, I suppose we are kinda a Stand Out Situation with our damned tragic Comedy of Errors Vida Loca which is more complex than an Epic Novela!   *Smiles*   "Now, be sure to take some time for yourself!", she reminds me, like I don't already know I should and as if it's ever just that easy... I assured her the very next day was my Girl's Day Out and it's my one day a Month I Guard with my very Life!




She also asked me if I'm receiving more Services than five years ago?  I assured her I have qualified for just a few, after the Adoption of The Force... but that VA is still quite the convoluted Dog and Pony Show, tho' slightly getting better... so if she could help a Sista out again, it would be most appreciated!   She said I should be getting and qualifying for more Help... well, YEAH!!!  Duh!!!  *Ha ha ha ha ha ha*  But we won't hold our Breath... just do what you can for us Okay?!  

  


She complimented me on having a Good Attitude and Sense of Humor about it all... well, ya gotta... whaddya gonna do otherwise, go Insane and totally Postal?   And Today, after my Wonderful Girl's Day Out Yesterday, was back to da Grind... spent taking care of business for The Young Prince.  More Tests on the Kidney Crisis... buried in more Paperwork by The Schools to have his Primary Doc sign off on for Chronic Illness... you know, The Usual.   I took a long Nap when I finally dragged Home... but with everyone but The Man now Tech Enhanced... he didn't want us touching his Old Phone!  *Smiles*




But now I have a Phone Leash on The Tween and her Older Brother put a GPS Tracker on her too for good measure!  *LMAO*  Not that she'll lay that Phone down now she has one, it will be like another appendage and some GREAT Leverage for Behavior Modification!  *Smiles*  She had thought she'd have to wait til she was 14 like Older Brother did, but after seeing her in the She Devil Costume at Halloween, the rest of us concurred it was Time for the added Safety Measure of a Phone!  *Yikes!!!*




Yeah, after getting a load of this... I think all our Friends and the entire Family were Unanimous and in complete Agreement that a Leash of some kind might be prematurely necessary!  *Ha Ha Ha*   If she hadn't looked about Twenty rather than a mere Twelve with just only putting on a very covered up Red Dress, Cherry Lip Gloss, a touch of Mascara and some subtle Neutral Shade Eyeshadow... I might not have concurred.  But this was a Wake Up Call that she was mos def gonna be an Early Bloomer and I wasn't gonna be able to "Uglify" her enough so the Boys won't Notice her!  *Le Sigh*




So when she BEGGED for The Leash, well, that played right into my Hands now didn't it?  *Winks*   The Power over Kiddos who finally get a Phone is tremendous, because this is one Gramma that would immediately not pay your Phone Bill and take that Precious Commodity away should you screw up badly enough you lose the privilege!  *Smiles*




Besides, tho' I Hate the Phone Stores since it's all way over my head and I have to let The Young Prince handle all of the Negotiations for me... and explain everything to me afterwards... we got the Phone Bill reduced considerably!  So that more than covered all Upgrades and Purchases with extra money Monthly in my pocket!  I've taught Grasshopper well, he's an excellent Negotiator, especially to get what he desperately Wants!  That Kid Negotiated his ass off... it took longer than buying a Used Car!  *Smiles*




It also means less Shopping for me to get them stuff for under the Tree coz they wanted Phone shit so bad they were willing to dump 99.9% of the rest of their Christmas List.   So, lower Monthly Phone Bill... Upgraded shit for most everyone... Pressies covered for the most part for them without outlay... Works for me!  I didn't feel quite so Guilty now for Scoring said Typeset Cabinet, which they all Loved anyway when I got it Home... and even Helped unload it for me!  Well, that's not exactly True, I didn't feel Guilty at all actually! *Smiles*




Because if I'm not Worth it, then who is, right?  *Winks*  I'm learning to really treat myself very well... hey, all of the Caseworkers and Advocates say I should anyway so I'm just taking their Sage Advice!  *LOL*  "Did you spend all of my Money?", The Man quipped when I got Home from the Event... well, not ALL of it yet... but I'm Working on that I Joked... and we all laughed... because that's some funny shit, I don't care who you are!!!  *Smiles* 




Besides, if The System ever had to actually Salary me for everything I do for Free in the realm of Caregiving so that it's not on their dime, I'd be a Made Woman!!!   They'd have to hire a Posse of Paid Staff and it would cost them a small fortune every Month to replace me... and they know it and I know it.   So... that's the Default Plan if I ever fold up like a deck of cards and can't do this any more... and in the meantime I Plan to be Good to myself, why not?




Besides, it's Christmastime Baby... and I've been a Very Good Girl this year... well, for the most part anyway... Good Enough I figure...




And if anyone disagrees with that assessment I will make them come on over and fill in for me for a day... or a week... and see how Nice they are when I finally come back???!!!?!   I swear, it could Transform even a Saint into a Sinner, it really could, this Full Time Caregiving Gig!   And all the other Caregivers said... AMEN!!!




Now, be sure to come back since I have loads more to Share in Future Posts... and The Show lasts thru the Weekend my Friends if you want to see and Experience it all in person!

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Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Post Seasonal Retail Therapy



I freely Confess that with The Young Prince going thru this Kidney Crisis I'm more than a bit of a nervous wreck about what might be wrong and all these Tests will reveal?!?  He's missing School again Today because he's just in too much pain to concentrate or function.  So far no Test already done has revealed anything conclusive so we have more Testing on Friday.  Each Test that comes back Normal is a relief... and yet, we Need to know what's going on, it has to be something significant that hasn't yet been identified!?!  So some Post Seasonal Retail Therapy was in order for Yours Truly, lest I get myself too keyed up just fixating upon Family Medical Crisis at the exclusion of all else.  I'm currently quite Obsessed with Felt Pom-Pom Decor for this Christmas.  So I was Jazzed to find our Antique Mall had this Felt Pom-Pom Wreath that identically matches my Garlands!  Hadda have it, Negotiated a Fair price on it with the Dealer before Work last Night.




The Pom-Poms are on both sides, some I've seen are only on the front, this Wreath is totally Felt Pom-Poms on all sides and is quite heavy and very Colorful.  I Need Cheerful Colorful stimuli right now, it's been difficult to remain upbeat and Seasonally Cheerful while Dealing with Medical Crisis involving a Child.   When a Child is Seriously Ill it is much more stressful for me than when an Adult is, my Maternal instinct just goes off the charts with Concern and into extreme protection mode!  The Young Prince is trying to downplay how Sick he really Feels because he knows the Alarm it causes me.  He's not one to ever complain about pain since he has insensitivity to most pain, so for him to be in agony and convey it means it's really bad again.   Last time this happened his Kidneys threatened to shut down completely and painful procedures had to be performed so he's scared that might happen again, he doesn't want to endure all that again.  I don't want to have to see him endure all that again either!  Damn the Western Medicine Pharmaceuticals that caused this damage!




My dilemma of coarse was that as Wards of the State, until I could Legally Adopt them, which took 15 Years to culminate, I had limited Authority on Medical decisions about discontinuing Treatments that are 'Standard' procedure for certain Serious and Chronic Illness.   Had I tried to discontinue Psychiatric Meds for a Seriously Mentally Ill Child in The System and tried to go Holistic, even due to the known risks of the serious side effects of the Western Rx Drugs used, I could have still been charged with Neglect and lost Custody so I couldn't ever risk that.  Until after the Adoption was finalized and I had more Parental Rights to individually choose as a Legal Parent.  And not have complete Strangers having to sign off on all of it thru Committee at various Agencies, because I was merely a Kinship 'Placement'.  I couldn't even Approve Surgeries, a CPS Caseworker had to, even when Princess T had the Throat Tumor, it took a YEAR to get that Approval and subsequent Surgery... it can be a slow Process and in some cases delays can mean the difference between living or dying!  So, after Adoption, once it became evident the Treatment for The Young Prince was causing Organ Failures and extreme Health Risks were apparent, validating my decision, with Doctor consent, to wean him off them totally to save his very Life was now Okay. *Whew!*




But now damage has clearly been done from all the years spent on a Med Treatment Regimen that had major risks that were not always conveyed nor revealed to Families being told it was the best Option for a Condition with no Cure.   He took the same Meds often given to those with Severe Epilepsy, so anyone who has a Child with that Condition understands how few Options are given to Families, to stabilize a Condition that left Untreated, can also be Life Threatening in so many ways.  It is very risky to take a Child off the Meds, it has to be done slowly and carefully to wean them from strong and addictive Medications... there will be the severe Withdrawal, which is no small thing to go thru either and breaks a Parent's Heart to Witness.  He was Old enough and Intelligent enough to concur with all decisions now and he went thru all that, and more, to get off these dreadful damaging Meds.  But now we Deal with the aftermath... and with SMI Instability and Living without Meds Stabilizing things... double edged sword to be sure.   He laughed when I showed him my new high quality Dia de los Muertos Cadaver Art Skulls Sourced while Goodwill Hunting... how appropriate!  *LOL*  He and I are Skully Obsessed... our Morbid Style and Gallows Humor sustains us.  When you're Dealing with Life and Death Issues so often you develop a different Coping Mechanism I suppose?




Cheerful Colorful Pom-Poms to Cadaver Art... yes, it's Polar opposite Attractions isn't it?  *Smiles* And then there is the Centered Attraction of the items I Source for my Meditation Spaces at Home.   I Sourced the far right Red Lotus Blossom Votive that identically matches the Orange and Green ones I already found Weeks ago while Junquing!   It's actually a Deep Red so I don't know why it just looks like a different kind of Orange in the pix, the other two photographed their exact Color... how Strange that some Colors photograph differently than they are to the Naked Eye?!???!   Since my Meditation Room Upstairs is still a Work not really in Progress, but moving in that direction at the Speed of Death, most items for that Room are scattered about Villa Boheme' rather randomly right now.  Mostly in those random Floor Vignettes that make no sense at all but which are a weak and lame attempt at an Illusion given to things I have no place for yet and just end up somewhere in a pile!  *LMAO*  I'm doing better at piles but I'm still a Work in Progress so what can I say?  *Winks*




Finally I got this Cute little Crowned Christmas Bird for 50% Off at a Craft Store. I don't buy a lot of Figurines now, but every so often I see one that I can't resist and at half price, couldn't resist this little Guy.  I mean he's an Animal wearing a Crown, that just about ensures him a place in my Home, right?!  *Winks*  My Friend Rita at Work just Scored some Taxidermy Chicks and Ducklings right there at our Antique Mall, don't know how I missed them??!??  She made the mistake of showing them off to me, now I Want them... but I'm not sure she really wants to Sell them... but if she does... she knows where to hawk them!  *LOL*   Her Family likes Taxidermy too and they do Source a lot of Killer Specimens, Keeping some and Selling some in their Booths at our Mall.  I have seen a definite resurgence in Taxidermy Love, even by peeps who generally never liked it before, so now that Art Form is being Appreciated again and becoming Trendy.   I'm Glad on the one hand that Old Taxidermy Specimens are now finding Good Homes to go to because they're Trending... and frustrated on the other hand that it's now driven up prices and competition to Source them.




I prefer it when nobody is looking for what I like and am trying to Source, I can get much better Deals and have no real Competition out in the Field when I'm Junquing for it all.   Once an item Trends, forget about it, everyone and their Gramma is seeking it and jacking up the prices.  *Le Sigh*  So then I try to find something else I can become Interested in and Fixated upon that can still be had at a Bargain?!?   So right now for me it's Felt Pom-Poms, which seem to be languishing in Shops so I've been getting them mostly at half price or at the very least not full asking prices.   The Young Prince teases me that I can get them for a Song because it looks like someone's Pre-School Kid made them.  He cites that his Little Brother {Age 5} could have made these for me as a Day Care Art Project for Grandparent's Day... well, whatever... I still totally Dig 'em so I don't care!!!  Because I Like what I Like regardless of what anyone else thinks about it... and until I gets all mine on The Cheap, PLEASE don't get Trendy with it yet, Okay?!???!??!   *Winks* 




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Blessings, Love, Peace and Happy Hunting when you're doing YOUR Retail Therapy my Friends... Dawn... The Bohemian


What Happened To That Girl?



Okay, so I'm trying to Channel that Girl that I used to be, you know, the Skinny Young Hippie Chick that actually was the Granola Gal kinda Health Food Nut and Yoga Fanatic back in da day.  All Caftans, Love Beads, Anti-Establishment, Jesus Sandals, Groovy Pad with a Jungle of Plants and smelling of Incense.  Well, I still smell of Incense and I guess this Pad is still Groovy in a more Macabre kinda Eclectically Weird way... and The Establishment still Sucks and Needs The Resistance!  *Smiles*  But, to eat like I used ta... I know it will make a difference to this dreadful Diabetic shit I'm now Dealing with in my Senior Years. So I'm trying to get back to a healthier Lifestyle that I actually followed quite effortlessly and Religiously when I was That Girl.  What happened to That Girl anyway?  Well, mi Vida Loca for a start... no longer the Carefree days of Youth when you could just focus on You and live the Life you just dig and flow with... and don't have to consider anyone else really.  Yes, it could be Peace, Harmony and 'I Love You Man' back then!   And let us not forget changes in Metabolism, which really got jacked up with hysterectomy, Menopause and the Chronic Stress of Caregiving for Decades... yeah, that'll do it!




But shit, we don't even have to go that far back to the 60's or 70's... I'm not even This Girl!   The 80's Big Mall Hair Corporate Executive Chick that led the double life of being an Aging Hippie on my own time and a freakin' Banker with a Socially acceptable impressive Title and prestigious Position while on the Clock!  *LMAO*  Honestly, who'd of thunk?  *Bwahahahahahaha!!!*   BTW, that's The G-Kid Force's Mama when she was about Princess T's current Age!  I think she was Eleven then, so slightly Younger... but so many similarities that it's both Nostalgic and more than a bit Scary too!  *Whoa... can I go thru those turbulent years again at this Season of Life I Wonder and manage to stay Sane!?*   And that's part of it too... accommodating The Tribe here, which don't really wanna eat Hippie shit! So either skip the Meal then entirely, the Guys, or have a bitch fit that she's not getting Mac-N-Cheese instead... out of the box, coz only cheap Yellow Death will do for The Princess!!!  *Le Sigh*  Twelve year olds can have insane Food Fixations, this one certainly does, none of which are usually all that healthful or practical!  I Wonder why I even still Care if any of them eat at all... EVER??!??!   *Winks*




Well, I know, it's my Duty to Care dammit and being the Obediently Competent Caregiver I do HAVE to feed them I suppose.  *Winks*   Tho' we drew our line in the sand and didn't serve up Mac-N-Cheese and so she denied herself Food in her usual Dramatic way, even tho' she Likes grilled Lamb Chops, Peas, Carrots and Salad... but, whatever.   The Young Prince wasn't eating at all, but he's been in a bad Head Space and Ailing with the Kidney malfunction so I'm not force feeding him, he'll eat when hungry too.   At least he was Calm and not unraveling like the dynamic duo who were having a Power Struggle right at Dinnertime that escalated until I Mediated and sent everyone off to their respective corners of the big ole' Villa to Calm Down!   Brain Damaged Veteran who Copes poorly versus Hysterical Tween with no Mood Regulation abilities! Yeah, it wasn't Pretty and nobody was Winning that War so I put the kabosh on the whole damned thing, who can eat with all that Chaos going on, it's not Good for digestion or appetite!?!   What happened to Peace, Harmony and Love... that shit went right out the Window for sure with this Tribe... over Food!  You cannot force Peace, demand Harmony nor get those being Unlovely and Trifling over nonsensical things to be Loving in that heated Moment, not gonna happen my Friends!   Any more than the proper Rest the Diabetic Specialist said is crucial is gonna happen in Full Time Caregiving Land, so whatever.




I Needed a stiff drink, even tho' I don't drink and that certainly wasn't on the Diabetic Friendly Meal Plan the Dietitian had so Carefully laid out for me in Class... assuming we were Normal People here at Home!  *LOL*  Well, yeah, those that drank had it squeezed into their Meal Plan and gave something else up... who knows, mebbe everything else up if they always Need a drink... but why bother to give anything else up if you really don't drink... so I wasn't complicating things further!  *Ha ha ha*   No, spiraling into Alcoholism wasn't on my Agenda either so that wasn't an Option for Coping!  So, No, hadda Cope Cold Turkey... nothing to take the Edge off except Blogging.  *Smiles*  And finally getting them all down for the Night, that Helps, which is why I tend to be a Vampire and stay up half the Night, it's the only guaranteed Peaceful and Calm, Tranquil part of my day usually!  And then I remember I Missed all my Snacks this day, the three Snacks in between the three Meals I'm SUPPOSED TO eat, but don't always have the Time nor remember to eat!   Dammit... there's 45 Carbs of my Carb Currency that is supposed to be spread out that I wasted this hectic day!  So I'm opting for a Protein at a stupid hour and my Food Log is helter skelter so perhaps the follow-up will make them realize how complex even just Eating can be in this household?!?  *Le Sigh*





And I'm pretty sure she'll see this entry at 11:00 pm of Grilled Mushrooms, Toasted Pine Nuts and a Grilled Italian Sweet Sausage as Crazy, mebbe even Insane... but why should the Meal be any different than the rest of my Life, right?  *Winks*   In my Head and now totally Snack deprived delusional State of Being, it seemed like a sorta Healthy Option to Salvage my Food deprived day of missing all three Snacks!  Besides, it tasted Divine and completely took the Edge Off, just like a stiff Drink might have.  So... since she figured out a way to let the others in the Class have their Booze on their Plans... mebbe she could make this odd Cuisine at ridiculous hours work for me, you never know?   Either that or she'll look at the Lifestyle situation and how that stacks up in the Food Log and decide Mrs. G you are totally screwed and absolutely doomed, it could go either way I suppose?!  *LOL*   And since she never knew That Girl, you know, the one I Used to Be... she'll never realize the rapid decline and that it wasn't always this way, but this is what's left to now Work with and try to Salvage!   Kinda like one of those derelict Old Buildings that you knew once looked way different in it's Prime and has seen a lot of Life, and is worth trying to Save, but now...Damn... it's gonna take a LOT of hard Work... Good Luck with that and I Hope it all works out...



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Blessings and Love from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian 
A life touched by God always ends in touching others. - Erwin McManus

I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. - Og Mandino (1923-1996)

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