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Pet Pix!
      #228116 - 11/29/05 07:23 PM
Bevvy

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Hey Guys,

Lets share pix of our pets! I love dogs, and here's my fave. We've had our Westie, General MacKenzie ("Pooks"), for 11 years now, and he's brought us a lot of love. He's certainly the only baby I'll ever have:




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Is pooks a westie? So cute!~nt~ new
      #228120 - 11/29/05 07:26 PM
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Phoebe & Phaedra & Gwennie & Lew new
      #228126 - 11/29/05 08:04 PM
atomic rose

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Phoebe: 20lbs of fluff


Phaedra... and yes, they're littermates


Gwendolyn, in a rare moment of sitting quietly in my hands


Llewella, attempting to take on an entire rice cake by herself


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Re: Phoebe & Phaedra & Gwennie & Lew new
      #228152 - 11/30/05 03:24 AM
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Phaedra looks just like my cat Leo!! You can't really tell from this picture, but he's grown up since it was taken. The good news is he is getting better and one year on has finally stopped his chemotherapy! He's turning into a cheeky little beggar who hides under the sofa and pounces on your feet! His hair has grown back since this picture was taken - so he looks a lot more handsome!



Here's an old picure of Lucy. My dad has taken some new ones and promised me he'd send them tonight, so I'll post them asap.



Lew also looks identical to my rat Poppy, don't to the white belly markings - freaky!

Sorry my pictures are so big, I'm rubbish at this.


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Here's Gracie! new
      #228154 - 11/30/05 05:08 AM
melitami

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Here's Miss Gracie, my spoiled kitty. My youngest brother came up to visit about a month ago, and described her to my mom as a cute face, and then a football


This is from just before we moved at the end of August. She's lost a little bit of weight since we moved and doesn't have my former roommate's cat's automatic feeder to steal snacks from all the time.

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Re: AWWWW!!! Sooooo cute!!!! I LOVE ANIMALS!!! ~NT~ new
      #228165 - 11/30/05 06:33 AM
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Re: AWWWW, these are adorable!!! I wish I knew how to post my pics!! new
      #228166 - 11/30/05 06:35 AM
anlikerm

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I don't know how to do it.....I have 4 animals.
2 dogs and 2 kitties. They are the only kids I have!!

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Re: Pet Pix! new
      #228169 - 11/30/05 06:48 AM
Sara-Sage

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Bevvy, you're dog is ADORABLE!!!!!!!

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Re: Phoebe & Phaedra & Gwennie & Lew new
      #228170 - 11/30/05 06:49 AM
Sara-Sage

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Casey, your black cat is GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Stunning!!!

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how cute.. I'll have to post the gliders pics later.. new
      #228224 - 11/30/05 09:50 AM
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there are some great pics of them from a few weeks ago.. time to do another photo session soon too!

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I just love Gracie! new
      #228238 - 11/30/05 10:18 AM
atomic rose

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She's so cute!

And I see she's another one who likes baskets... on laundry day, I have a hard time keeping Phaedra out of the basket... and forget about any empty boxes we might have laying around, they've probably been claimed by the cat. Heh.

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Thanks! new
      #228240 - 11/30/05 10:20 AM
atomic rose

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They *know* they're gorgeous, too. Haha.

They're seriously the shiniest cats I've ever had!

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Hehehe, you think her in the laundry is cute... new
      #228280 - 11/30/05 12:13 PM
melitami

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I'm still not sure how she fit in this one, once again, while I was packing before we moved...


Her latest thing is she's claimed the giant box our new printer came in....Mac spoiled her and put a fleece blanket in it. If I can't find her, she's usually in there! I'll have to take a picture sometime.

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Did somebody say pets????? new
      #228282 - 11/30/05 12:17 PM
barbie

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OY YEAH, Kenzie is such a little cutie as are all of the other pets on the post.

Here's my little (all 76 lbs) Annie. She has brought us such joy.

Barbie



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What I like about that picture is new
      #228296 - 11/30/05 12:57 PM
atomic rose

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that even SHE looks a little confused as to how or why she's in there. LOL! Cute!

I have so many pictures of Phaedra *in* things... bags, boxes, a laundry hamper, baskets... but I think these 2 are my favorites:





As if you can't tell, she's a ham. As soon as the camera comes out, she starts goofing off.

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Crissy and Coco-I think I have it this time.... new
      #228298 - 11/30/05 01:03 PM
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I have only done this once, lets see if this works. These are my "Shoodles"


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Re: Pet Pix! new
      #228299 - 11/30/05 01:05 PM
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I hope posting this image works.

This is Waffles, my... uh... cocker mix, I think.



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Re: Pet Pix! new
      #228300 - 11/30/05 01:07 PM
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Grr... I guess it didn't work? well, click the link to see her. Unfortunatly, I still don't have any pics of my kenyan sand boa, Naga. He's so cute and cool. http://www.deviantart.com/view/22944628/

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He looks fake. new
      #228301 - 11/30/05 01:18 PM
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I mean this as a compliment, Bevrs. Honestly, "Pooks" is just prize looking. He's definitely 2-ply toilet tissue star material--yes, now I think there should be a Cottonelle pouch.

Truly, though..."Pooks" is precious.

Kate.

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Re: Here's Gracie! new
      #228303 - 11/30/05 01:21 PM
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You are starting to make me want a pet! Curse you! (in a good way, of course--so really blessings!)

Kate.

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Re: BEAUTIFUL!!!! ~nt~ new
      #228306 - 11/30/05 01:24 PM
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Re: Soooo adorable!!! ~nt~ new
      #228307 - 11/30/05 01:26 PM
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Kate and her new pet new
      #228308 - 11/30/05 01:28 PM
Snow for Sarala

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I think it's a wonderful idea!!

Would you get a cat or a dog or something else?

I think I see you as a cat person?

I think it's a terrific idea!!!

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I was going to say that! Pooks looks perfect! new
      #228310 - 11/30/05 01:30 PM
Snow for Sarala

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Bev...your dog is BEAUTIFUL! I have actually been thinking that if hubby and I were to get a 2nd dog, it should be a Westie.

How did you get him (her?)

What a BEATIFUL dog...you can tell Pooks is VERY loved *hugs*

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Lynx your dog is ADORABLE new
      #228311 - 11/30/05 01:32 PM
Snow for Sarala

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Checked it out on your link....sooooo super cute!

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Re: Did somebody say pets????? new
      #228313 - 11/30/05 01:34 PM
Snow for Sarala

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BARBIE!!!!

Your dog looks like it's a STAR! It has personality....LOVE the santa hat!!! It looks like it's in a drama...looking out the window, so thoughtful.

What a GORGEUS Retriever!!!

Give her loads and loads of kisses for me

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Melissa, that kitty is new
      #228314 - 11/30/05 01:36 PM
Snow for Sarala

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way spoiled. I LOVE IT!!!!!

Aren't cats the greatest!!!!

We have a cat, we call him Mr. Kitty, that "lives" in our building! He follows me ALL the time...it's the cutest. Something about your Gracie reminds me of Mr. Kitty...a certain charm. Ah, cats!!!

P.S. How are ya? I must e-mail you right away Been too long...miss ya!!

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Casey, fly me to Maine! new
      #228317 - 11/30/05 01:42 PM
Snow for Sarala

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Maine has:

Casey

Her pets

Snow

What more could a gal ask for??

P.S. Your cats are absolutely purrrrrfectly beautiful

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Re: Pet Pix! new
      #228318 - 11/30/05 01:48 PM
mickeymouse

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Bev your dog is soo cute!! Besides my profile pic (which is now my moms cat), meet zoe and boss (and my snake we haven't yet named)






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Aww, I love kitty's! -nt- new
      #228319 - 11/30/05 01:50 PM
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Re: He looks fake. new
      #228320 - 11/30/05 01:51 PM
mickeymouse

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He does!! How do you keep a white dog so clean?? He looks so soft!

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Combing and Shampooing and Combing Again new
      #228333 - 11/30/05 02:28 PM
Bevvy

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Kenzie gets a dry shampoo every day. It's a white powder that you just sprinkle on him, then comb through. It keeps him clean 'till his next grooming. He has to go to the groomer's every 8 weeks. Sheesh! He gets a haircut more often than I do. It ain't fair.

Thanks; we think he's cute too. He's so funny; he loves to be "skulked", so I crawl on the floor real slow and threaten to steal his toy. He's such a big tease. He guards his little furry octapus underneath him where I can't get to it, then as I reach under him, he gives me a big lick across the nose. He cracks me up!

Dogs are fabulous creatures....

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Westies ROCK! new
      #228335 - 11/30/05 02:34 PM
Bevvy

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Oh yeah, Ruchie, definitely get a Westie. They're WONDERFUL! They have such a sweet disposition, and especially with children. The younger the child, the better. Kenzie cries whenever a little child goes by because he wants to play with the child, then he licks him all over.

We've talked with a lot of Westie owners, and they all sing praises; I've never heard of a mean Westie.

We had a female, and now we have a male. If you get one, go for the female because they're smaller and (I think) cuter. However, the bottom line is their personality. Kenzie has the personality that I've never seen in other dogs, not even our female Westie. He just cracks us up.

We got him in Southern California from a reputable breeder whose reputation we had heard about before we bought. Beware of puppy farms! The female we had at first came from a puppy farm, and she came down with craneal osteopathy which could have been fatal; we were lucky. Before you buy, do your research!

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Re: Westies ROCK! new
      #228337 - 11/30/05 02:38 PM
Snow for Sarala

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Thanks Bevers!

How much do they typically cost? Do they HAVE to be groomed every 8 weeks (can you do it at home?)

They sound VERY expensive BUT WONDERFUL!!!

And since we don't have kids (and won't be any time soon....) maybe it would be ok (must talk to hubby

Thanks Bev *hugs*

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Definitely a cat person ("Smelly Cat") new
      #228345 - 11/30/05 03:19 PM
Wind

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I want an Abyssinian. They're more or less hypo-allergenic.
(I have big time animal allergies!)

Kate.

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Re: Pet Pix! new
      #228346 - 11/30/05 03:21 PM
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bev he is so cute i love dogs

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Uh...Bevvy, I hope this isn't too personal... new
      #228348 - 11/30/05 03:23 PM
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I'm menopausal and 31. I've been menopausal since my early twenties. Ironically, I never wanted kids, but I never really had the option of wanting them either.

I guess, I am trying to say...I'd rather enjoy a pet to spoil rotten and adore more than a kid.

Hmmm...I'm not sure why my brain felt like spitting that out.

Kate.

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OMG!!! So cute!! new
      #228363 - 11/30/05 04:00 PM
atomic rose

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They're wearing pink polo shirts!!

I'm very much a cat person, but ya know, just try to get a pink polo shirt on a cat! Tee hee!

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Kate new
      #228364 - 11/30/05 04:00 PM
Bevvy

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Hi Kate,

What do you want to ask me that you're afraid is too personal? Go ahead, ask. It's not about the dog, it's about menopause, right? I never had the option of wanting a child either. I knew since I was 13 that I'd never be able to have them. Is that what you want to know?

No, it's not too personal. Everyone on these Boards knows my whole life history. I wasn't able to talk about it until I was 50 years old, believe it or not, but now I'm an open book.

BTW, it's okay not to want kids. My hubby didn't either, so he was a good choice for me. However, my first fiance most definitely DID want children, and after he was killed, I learned from his brother that he was very upset when he learned I could not have children. I never knew. It's very likely, therefore, that, had we married, it would not have worked out for us.

Hubby and I have had a wonderful life together, all 39 years, without children. So you see, it's okay to not want children.

Let your brain spit it out, Girlfriend. Talk to me.

Bevvy

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Re: Definitely a cat person ("Smelly Cat") new
      #228365 - 11/30/05 04:05 PM
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A friend of mine, a long time ago, had a Sphinx... you know, the hairless cats. Except that they aren't really hairless; they're covered with velvety fuzz that never sheds. Elmo was the sweetest cat ever - wonderful disposition, great personality, and just vocal enough. And snuggly! And hypoallergenic!

(Am I convincing you? Tee hee!)

I've always liked the looks of the Abyssinians, too, but I've never known anyone who's had one.

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Grooming new
      #228367 - 11/30/05 04:11 PM
Bevvy

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All purebreds are expensive. It depends on your location as to their cost. Check around, but again, find a reputable breeder!

Grooming a Westie takes a lot of talent because they're groomed differently than other dogs. The Westies that are shown don't get their fur cut, they get clipped, all by hand. Now THAT's expensive. You want to have your Westie groomed every 8 weeks because the fur gets thick and matted and you can't get a comb through it (it also traps dirt and grease and icky stuff). Also, it gets in their eyes and they can't see. Most important of all, their claws need trimming, like all dogs, and it has to be done often. We take Kenzie to the groomer in between visits so they can trim his nails.

We don't mind taking him to the groomer; it's a good thing. I take the opportunity when he's gone to wash all his bedding. Like all dogs, he smells after awhile, so you wanna keep everything clean and smelling nice.

BTW, he is not allowed on the carpet, and most definitely not on any furniture! In fact, he's never been on any furniture except for when we hold him in our laps. He has the run of the entire kitchen and hallway, and that's IT. He never ventures past the doorway to the dining room, and most certainly not in the living room. When we play with him, it's outside, on the porches, or in the kitchen. He's just a little tiny dog, so a big kitchen is plenty of room. Besides, dogs like to know their territory. He loves his bed and his kitchen.

Okay, I'm rambling now. I'm outta here.

Bevvy

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Re:Simply Adorable!!! new
      #228370 - 11/30/05 04:42 PM
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Too cute Bevrs! I love his name too. Even though I'm a big dog person (which I believe you told me that you had big dogs in the past too)I think some small dogs like this one are just the cutest things too! Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Well....some of us are partial to Goldens new
      #228372 - 11/30/05 04:45 PM
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and that would be me!!! She's sooooo cute Barbie. I miss Reilly sooooo much. Every time I see a Golden I'm reminded of him. Good thoughts though. Memories are a great thing to cherish!!! Thanks for sharing.

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Awww!! new
      #228374 - 11/30/05 04:57 PM
atomic rose

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What a great picture of Annie! She's such a gorgeous dog. That should be your Christmas card this year, if it isn't already!

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My BIG Dog new
      #228380 - 11/30/05 05:25 PM
Bevvy

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Thanks LittleLisa,

Yep, I did have a BIG dog once. Max was his name. He was a marvelous animal, extremely obedient and very protective. He literally saved me once, back in 1974, from two big men. Long story, you don't wanna hear it.

Anyway, here he is: From left to right -- Max, hubby, and Jack. Ah yeah, our friend, Jack!



Beautiful animal, eh? Max, not the other two!



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Bevrs, I'm blushing... new
      #228384 - 11/30/05 06:18 PM
Wind

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Well...my brain is kind of spinning. It often pisses me off that I really didn't have the option of rejecting the possibility of physical motherhood--biology betrayed me.

I strongly suspect that my lack of dating self-esteem is related to femininity confidence issues associated with hormones. I really miss PMS'ing--or blaming PMS! Warped.
Many men I dated wanted kids and when I found out I dropped out of the whole game. I guess I hung out with the wrong crowd.

(just blurbbing, now...call it a post broccoli brain fart!)

Sometimes I wonder if I'm mean/cruel for not having these mommy urges--I'd rather be a "cat mommy."

Now, I'm totally not making sense--but I don't have a "baby photo" like Kenzie's to show off and I wish I did. There's a huge empty spot in the bed I don't sleep in anymore because I usually pass out on the sofa...

Maybe I'd better write Santa a letter. Yes...I can't have kids (and really don't want to!), but maybe a hypo-allergenic Abyssinian.

Ah, I'm just really stressed out--a chunk of hair went missing so my immune system is attacking me full force again
and I know a cat would help tremendously. I just don't have anyone/thing to love near me everyday. When people start showing off photos I feel sad about that because...I don't have any beloved pet photos to share and there's a huge gap in my life...something missing.

Kate.

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"Walk like an Egyptian...." new
      #228385 - 11/30/05 06:21 PM
Wind

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I'm so in the mood for a sphynx! I'll hint that I'm open to the idea--everyone in my family strongly wants me to get one.

They are just so poised, so statuesque. They are definitely animated.

Kate.

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Blushing? What's That? new
      #228395 - 11/30/05 07:49 PM
Bevvy

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Kate, you sound very lonely. Are you single, living alone? Why not get a hypo-allergenic Abyssinian? If your landlord won't permit it, why not move?

Listen, sometimes it's not so bad sleeping alone. I mean, I love my hubby dearly, but that snoring has GOT to stop! Truly, he wakes me up, then I can't get back to sleep. Very annoying....

This comment interests me: "I'm just really stressed out--a chunk of hair went missing...." Are you losing your hair? I ask because that's exactly what's happening with me. I'm wondering if it could be stress or the menopause? I've been menopausal since I was 38 (I'm 61 now), and I've been losing my hair ever since. I've been stressed all my life. Hmmmm... very interesting....

You said your "self-esteem is related to femininity confidence issues associated with hormones. I really miss PMS'ing." Well, Girlfriend, I'm sorry, but I never missed it! Never missed those damn periods that all the other girls had either! I was grateful to be relieved of that mess! Okay, the menopause sucks, I'll give ya that, but not having periods or PMS, oh YEAH!

I've said this before, but it bears repeating. In my next life, I'm coming back as a whale.

Bev

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Re: Pet Pix! new
      #228397 - 11/30/05 08:03 PM
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Mickey, my 7 year old baby boy:


Pinky, my year old sleep magician extraordinaire:


Cookie, my moosedog and baby girl:


Rufus, the crackhead of the house:


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Just a question for someone new
      #228398 - 11/30/05 08:03 PM
Hoonan

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I'm not really sure If I'm doing this right, but, my question is for the ladies. Does anyone with cronic IBS also have problems with yeast infections as well?

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Not This IBS-er new
      #228401 - 11/30/05 09:36 PM
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And yes, you're doing it right.

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Re: Kitty-Kate! new
      #228406 - 11/30/05 10:44 PM
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And the good thing about having a cat is that you can blame it when you fart. Depending, of course, on fart dynamics.

Not that I have ever blamed my cat Sofia! Well, I did once when my dad was over, fell asleep on the couch, and passed some gas. The cat was right next to him, I had visitors, I knew he might be embarrassed. It was such an easy decision, a perfect cover. I just said, "Sofia!"

Of course, I immediately felt guilty. Later, I tried to make it up to her by getting her some special kitty snacks, but the treats ended up giving her gas.

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Re: Bevrs, I'm blushing... new
      #228411 - 12/01/05 01:31 AM
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Kate,

I can't have children either (combination of biology and personal circumstance). I am finding it quite hard at the moment when I se my little nephews and nieces, as (although I don't want children) I seem to be able to get on with them really well.

Getting Lucy (dog) and the cats has definately filled a large hole in my life. It instantly makes the house feel like a home and we feel like a family unit now.

Animals also make you look after/think about something than yourself - which really helps if you are depressed, when all the little things in life seem to drag you down.

Anyway, sorry to babble on ... but basically if you can make the commitment to look after an animal properly (and they can be hard work and expensive) then they give back SO much in return.

Catherine

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Re: Pet Pix! new
      #228414 - 12/01/05 03:16 AM
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Here are a couple of Madison (the dog) and Kiala [Kee ala] - don't quite know how to spell it - it's some word in Hawaiiian meaning wave or surf or something (the cat).









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Me neither new
      #228416 - 12/01/05 04:37 AM
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Never had a single one in my life!

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ROFL!!! new
      #228417 - 12/01/05 04:39 AM
atomic rose

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THAT is priceless! LOL!!

My cats have horrible farts. The only thing worse than the two of them is my mother's dog... horrible. So yeah, they're easy to blame. Not that I've ever done that, of course. *looks innocent*

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Empty "nest" thoughts (to Bevrs) new
      #228418 - 12/01/05 05:02 AM
Wind

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I'm seriously considering the hypo-cat. I am increasingly were of my "alone-ness" because it's winter (and colder/darker!)

Like you, I don't miss the physical nastiness of bleeding monthly--it's a huge relief. I miss blaming PMS, I miss the hormones. I miss feeling younger.

Re: the missing chunk of hair

I saw 2 specialists a few months ago about this as it happens to various degrees, the last time being the absolute worst, periodically. I might go through a few years without
losing it and then look like I've had cancer treatments. I have "alopecia areata" (an autoimmune disorder), I now know which involves significant hair loss (not total in this case). Basically, my immune system starts attacking me and my hair follicles show it, i.e. they stop growing suddenly.

It was evil when I was in University. My M.D. thought I was an obsessive-compulsive hair puller. However, that isn't the case. I have wigs for years like this (don't wear them!
if it's cold, i put on gypsy scarves. ). Because I'm skinny, if I'm bald, I get a lot of cancer comments--which is everything but the case.

Stress, sadness...they just get mirrored in my immune system.

Anyways, when I was bald rather recently, I was at the point where I was beginning to see myself, mentally, as an alien sex-goddess. I never expected hair to all of a sudden grow back. It's challenging to not even come close to any of the "models"/ideas of what is attractive in this society. It was so hard to develop a self-image/concept of actually being attractive to the opposite sex when my body betrayed any notion of the traditional. (okay, it still does, but I have enough hair to hide behind).

I just miss "normal" sometimes--whatever that is! I miss looking normal enough and as soon as I get it it seems to vanish.

Yes, I need a cat to discuss these things. I am afraid to love, Bevrs. I haven't hugged anyone in at least 5 weeks.
Definitely time to get a cat and have perfectly poetic T.S. Eliot days and nights.

(I still would rather be a cat mummy though!)
Kate.



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Re: Just a question for someone new
      #228419 - 12/01/05 05:17 AM
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Never had one, either!

Kate.

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Maria (& the BARF diet)... new
      #228420 - 12/01/05 05:28 AM
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My brothers used to religious feed their dogs the BARF diet (raw meat, etc.--basically mostly human food) I guess your Sofia-fart story reminded me of that.

They used to bring their dogs over for dinner and p.u. Holy stinky sometimes!

I need a cat to bake cat-cookies for. I had a warped creativity moment a few years ago and actually made homemade dog biscuits. It's funny, though, seeing dogs eat Quaker oatmeal and tuna-noodle salad/casserole.

When they come over here, the dogs (Kayla, Apple and Kona) love stinky foods involving cheese. They also really like soy milk/soy icecream/soy foods. Don't ask me why.

But yes, I've been blaming the ghost cat for alot of these farts lately. It's funny, but when you've been eating alot of potatoes, you have alot of french-fry farts.

Often when I cannot sleep I watch Star Trek TNG reruns and am totally mesmerized by Data's relationship with "Spot."

Kate.





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Kate-farts... new
      #228422 - 12/01/05 05:31 AM
Wind

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Having IBS-D makes me really anal retentive--I wish I could just let one rip! I've only started farting again, lately.
(I am elated)

It always amazes me how unself-conscious animals are--they just let 'em loose.

You're right, though--cat farts (woof!).

Kate.

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Re: Thanks! new
      #228428 - 12/01/05 06:23 AM
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They do? ha ha, that's cute.

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Kate new
      #228431 - 12/01/05 06:37 AM
Bevvy

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Very interesting post, Kate.

I've always taken my looks for granted, but when I hit 55, it was a drastic change. Everything went south and my hair slowly but surely fell out. Now when I look in the mirror I'm always surprised at what I see. It gets worse over the years. I still feel the same as that gal who I seem to have lost somehow, but I sure don't look it.

When I was diagnosed with IBS, it hit me hard. I was so anxious I couldn't leave the confines of my home, not even to walk around the block. The weight gain was constant and added to the depression. It was not a pretty picture.

Now that I'm stable, I'm determined to do whatever it takes to get back to that young gal as much as I possibly can. A friend and I are joining Weight Watchers and taking up walking; I'm also getting back on the rowing machine. And I'm getting a Hair Hat; my fitting is tomorrow, and I should have it by February. It's expensive, a cost I would not normally spend on myself, but, like I said, I'm going to do whatever it takes to feel good about myself, as much as I possibly can.

Sometimes knowing that we have a good heart, we're kind and considerate, albeit a little blunt at times, is just not enough.

I don't know what "normal" is because I never was. I wanted it so badly, once I forced a tampon in me just so I could be like all the other girls. Man, that SUCKED! Maybe it's not so bad after all just being me.

Get the hypo-cat. Lets both put the crap behind us and get on with our lives.

Bevvy

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My dog will NOT fart without new
      #228433 - 12/01/05 07:20 AM
Snow for Sarala

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looking around first and getting all embarassed! How weird is THAT???

She looks around. Gets this "It wasn't me" face, and looks away! LOL

She's a trip

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Dogs do that! new
      #228445 - 12/01/05 08:12 AM
atomic rose

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My mom's dog lets it rip, and then looks at his rear end with embarassment as if to say, why did this happen to me??

My cats, on the other hand, go for the SBD (Silent But Deadly) route, and look rather pleased with themselves when Adam and I react with disgust. LOL!

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Bevrs, definitely get a hat... new
      #228480 - 12/01/05 10:27 AM
Wind

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...and I'll get a cat (I've already got too many hats!). Hmmm...I should start wearing them just for fun.

It pisses me off royally, though, when OTHER WOMEN pity me for not being able to have kids (I'm not complaining as it's nature's form of birth control, in a bizarre way!). It's the unwanted pity--oh poor you. I just pooh-pooh in their faces.

Anyways, you're right. I quit University because of my IBS/anxiety disorder. I just couldn't juggle it all psychologically (this was pre-Heather's diet) and physically. I was following all the wrong advice. So, I quit and have been hiding in a big house with the woods behind me ever since. The alopecia thing was also a contributing factor. I guess I cower from alot of life. I never really go anywhere/do anything. I don't drive either (anxiety attacks), lately.

Weight Watcher's is easy though--just write it down and well...you can easily make the food safe enough. I think it's success is mostly from the group support and if you've got friends going with you...there's a social element. The secret is the logging/accountability factor.

Thanks for listening/advising & mostly SHARING. One day I'll have a photo of something lovable to whip out.

Kate.



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Re: Bevrs, definitely get a hat... new
      #228482 - 12/01/05 10:37 AM
Snow for Sarala

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I don't pitty either of you.

I think you are both WHOLE as you are.

Wonderful, beautiful, whole women.

And I love you both!

*hugs*

Ruch

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Re: Dogs do that! new
      #228484 - 12/01/05 10:44 AM
JonnaP

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Our cats, regal beings that they are, do not fart. It's always the dogs. *wink wink nudge nudge*

Rufus though, that dog is about as unashamed of his gas as a dog can be. Sometimes his farts are about as loud as a human's. My husband heard a fart one day and gave me the shock and horror "Honey! Quit that" look. I told him it wasn't me, and pointed to the dog. And then the smell hit.

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Re: Hey, Kate! new
      #228485 - 12/01/05 10:47 AM
anlikerm

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I don't do anything either......glad to know I'm not the only one.

I have really bad panic attacks on the road, so I will go about 10-15 days before I will go anywhere. The fridge has to be literllly EMPTY, before I will go to the grocery store.....

I can't even make it to my doctor's appt this week. I cancelled it. I can't leave the house right now without having a panic/anxiety/IBS attack.

What the hell is wrong with me???? I never used to be this bad until I got really sick last month.

Ya'll know of any good anti-anxiety (natural remedies) besides chamomile??? I can't make it to the doctor's to even get an anti-anxiety drug......that's bad!!


Michelle

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Re: Hey, Kate! new
      #228490 - 12/01/05 11:05 AM
Snow for Sarala

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You're not alone Michelle *hugs*

I too have a difficult time leaving the house.

SAM E is supposed to be good for anxiety, I think, I would ask at the HFS. I never tried it so I can't comment.

Rescue Remedy is good for anxiety (I was told it's not good for long-term anxiety but for "acute" anxiety).

Sorry I can't help more...but I can DEF RELATE!

Love and hugs,

Ruch

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Re: Ruchie is right! new
      #228492 - 12/01/05 11:16 AM
lalala

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You are all WHOLE women. I admire you for all you've contributed to the boards, how helpful you've been to so many of us, and how strong you are. Plus, you each have a wonderful sense of humor!



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Re: My dog will NOT fart without new
      #228496 - 12/01/05 11:24 AM
lalala

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Quote:

looking around first and getting all embarassed! How weird is THAT???

She looks around. Gets this "It wasn't me" face, and looks away! LOL

She's a trip




That's hilarious!

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Re: Dogs do that! new
      #228497 - 12/01/05 11:26 AM
lalala

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Quote:

My mom's dog lets it rip, and then looks at his rear end with embarassment as if to say, why did this happen to me??




LOL! I'm imagining that and it's too funny!

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Something Lovable? new
      #228502 - 12/01/05 11:32 AM
Bevvy

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Yep, we don't want pity, it's annoying. People mean well, though, so I just let it ride.

"I guess I cower from alot of life." Girlfriend, you gotta find a way to learn to enjoy life. This is not a rehearsal.

"I never really go anywhere/do anything. I don't drive either (anxiety attacks), lately." I have SOOOO been there. Have you considered Michael's hypnosis program? It's AWESOME! Go into the Hypnosis Board and check out "Success Stories" (mine's there). I have Michael to thank for ridding me of all my anxiety!

Thanks for the WW tips. I'm anxious to join and "get into it." I'm obsessive compulsive, so I'll have no problems with that logging thing.

"One day I'll have a photo of something lovable to whip out." How about the best lovable thing of all -- you?

Bev


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Maria and Ruchie, THANKS! -- nt -- new
      #228503 - 12/01/05 11:33 AM
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Michelle, are you me? new
      #228527 - 12/01/05 12:15 PM
Wind

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Oh dear, you sound like me re: anxiety interfering with life stuff (driving, shopping, fun, M.D. appointments). My dad does a huge bulk of shopping at Cost Co. for me, weekly and then we hit a grocery store or two really fast once a week. (He has to shop too) I only go one other time, generally with my mother and grandmother (who's 80-something) and that's halfway in the week. If I need/want anything else, I take cabs. It's not bad--only $6.00 Cdn. one way.

Re: natural remedies besides camomile.

Most of them make me want to vomit--honestly, they severely nauseate me or trigger my gag-reflex. Deep breathing, meditation, a walk (even if it's to the mailbox), music, more secular/sensual things work for me. It's shifting focus/energy levels--connecting with a story or a movie or, to borrow a Maria-ism: "to be a total magazine whore."

I've gotta run, at the moment (going shopping with Mum/Grandmother/and Nazarin, too!).

Kate.

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Re: Hey, Kate! new
      #228528 - 12/01/05 12:18 PM
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Hey Michelle,

Did you see my post about anxiety?

Anxiety Tips

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Re: kate... new
      #228563 - 12/01/05 01:55 PM
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i usually don;t make it over to this board, and when i do i just lurk, but leave it to you to get me talking.

...i don't really have anything to say. just know that i'm sending you lots of love.

i second what other folks are saying about the benefits of a cat, though. i'm head over heels in love with my kitten, and though, for me, she's in a context of roommates and friends, it's really such a heartening thing, to have this little creature purring asleep in your lap. the way they draw our attention out of ourselves, i think, is helpful, too.

for various other reasons, i completely know what you mean about things creating this perceived lack of femininity and how that impacts the dating/men thing. i *seriously* feel you there.

lots and lots of love sent your way.

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Re: Thanks, Ashley! Good Tips!! I need serious help over here!! ~nt~ new
      #228572 - 12/01/05 02:15 PM
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Re: Michelle, are you me? new
      #228575 - 12/01/05 02:23 PM
anlikerm

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Hey, Kate! Good, you're getting out of the house, today!?? I really need to go to the bank to make a deposit and I am afraid to go......I'm sooo PATHETIC!!!! For me to be where I have been in my life and have done the things that I have done without a care in the world.......this JUST BAFFLES ME!!!!!!

The first time I came down with this when I was in college, I didn't care. I still went to class, I still went out ALL THE TIME, I took many trips up north to see the basketball games. I couldn't even swallow because my GERD was so bad and I would go to subway and have a big sub, anyway!! Why can't I be like this now???? Well, I didn't have many "D" attacks, though. I had more GERD than IBS. This IBS attack thing has just consumed my life and I cannot get out of this rut. I cannot believe I am afraid to leave my house! I wish I could just not care anymore and do what I want to do. That worked best for me. But, unfortunatley I can't. Hopefully this is where the hypno will help me.

I try to take walks every now and then and it gives me heart-attack-feeling chest pain because of my reflux. But, it does take my mind off of my anxiety and my IBS, momentarily!!

Glad to hear you got out, today! Maybe I will get out this evening. I need air!!! I can't breathe....It's so suffocating in here because of all of my own carbon dioxide!!! hehehehehe

Michelle

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Re: Thank you Ruch! new
      #228576 - 12/01/05 02:26 PM
anlikerm

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I feel like I'm the only one in Georgia that has this problem. I am soo thankful to have you guys here to help me!! I don't know where I would be without these boards. Since I cannot leave my house, I really look forward to talking to you guys everyday. You're like my IBS family.....

I have heard about that Rescue Remedy. I might check that out.

Thanks, hon!

Love ya!
Michelle

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Re: kate... new
      #228587 - 12/01/05 02:55 PM
Snow for Sarala

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Jaime...

I just want to say I think you are very special! You are a very good friend and are very supportive! And I'm So glad you found your way over here and "opened your mouth" Do it more often, ok??

Sometimes we want to support people and it's hard to say "I don't have anything to say" but that's a true friend *hugs* You also don't say much very often...but when you do...you say it all.

I just wanted to point out, in case you don't see it, that you are truly a wonderful friend...

I hope you find a great man who will love you exactly as you are *hugs*

And Kate...I hope you find the purrfect kitty who will warm you heart.

I'm so blessed to know you ladies!!!! *hugs*

Love,

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My dogs are shameless... new
      #228619 - 12/01/05 04:47 PM
poochibelly

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they just toot and act as if nothing happened!

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Hey Ruchie! Don't I get a man, too? new
      #228626 - 12/01/05 05:40 PM
Wind

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Don't I get a man, too, Ruchie?

Seriously--if I bump into him that would make my night (well, hopefully more than one and I'm more of a morning person re: sex).

Kate.

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Re: Hey Ruchie! Don't I get a man, too? new
      #228627 - 12/01/05 05:47 PM
Snow for Sarala

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Katie you get THE man!!!!!

What are you looking for?

Sending you the man of Kate's dreams......

*hugs*

Love you!

Ruch


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for jaime re: my first wig new
      #228628 - 12/01/05 05:50 PM
Wind

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You reminded me of my first wig experience. The night it was ready, I put it on and was dying to feel the breeze mess up my mahogany locks. So, I jumped in my car and went to Starbucks to hang out (I love hiding in big juicy bum chairs curled up with a pile. I have a few of those chairs and one of them is screaming for "Spot." By the way, I've designated "Spot" as my temporary imaginary cat name in honour of Data's cat "Spot."). Anyways, I was hit on so many times by really hot guys (and dirty old men, too--I attract my fair share of those probably due to some kind of vibe I give off due to my past 3 ex's being older than my Dad and one of them a prof.) I was both flattered and kind of hurt/disappointed. That same girl, only a few days ago, had been sitting in the same chair drinking UFO beverages (that is my weakness, but if it's hot coffee I get sick) getting pity stares or behind-her-back comments. Or just ignored!

Urgh! People. Now, you see why I want a cat. I need another creature in the house.

I love their kinesthetic language.
Thanks for sharing, jaime.

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Michelle, Rescue Remedy is good stuff. new
      #228630 - 12/01/05 05:55 PM
Wind

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I think I'll whip some out. Honestly, it's really calming.

I might get back into my crystals. Yes, that's what I'll do.
Holy cow, I sure could use some massage. And accupuncture.
I woke up and did some self-reflexology this morning.

Truly, I'm not wasting anymore money on herbally injested supplements that make me nauseated/bilious.

Kate.

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Ruchie, are you my fairy godmother, tonight??? new
      #228631 - 12/01/05 05:56 PM
Wind

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Can he be Ben STiller?

Kate.

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Thank you Michelle!!!! new
      #228632 - 12/01/05 05:57 PM
Snow for Sarala

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It's super that you can open up to us!

I too feel like I have a fam here...


Kate, Alicia, Linz, BL and others (too many to count!) really helped me open up and even get myself help!

And they taught me that having bipolar/anxiety/OCD isn't anything to be ashamed of OR to feel guilty for. Can you imagine?

Welcome to the family Michelle


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Re: Really??? new
      #228634 - 12/01/05 06:01 PM
anlikerm

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Maybe I'll get some of it!!

I, too, am tired of wasting money on all this crap that makes me feel worse!!!

OH, I would love to get a massage!! I can't afford it since I had to quit my jobs. I don't know about the needles in the pores, thing, though!! hehehehehe

I made it out, today!! Whaaaahoooo!!!! I didn't even have a panic attack. I was thinking about it the whole time, though. I wish I could just get in my car one time and not think about my gut!

Michelle




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Re: AWWW, THANK YOU, RUCH!! * SUPER HUGS*!! ~nt~ new
      #228635 - 12/01/05 06:02 PM
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Michelle!! It's happy dance time! new
      #228637 - 12/01/05 06:07 PM
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WOW! Good for you!!!

That is UNBELIEVABLE!

I'm so proud of you! *hugs* Where did you go?

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Re: Pet Pix! new
      #228649 - 12/01/05 07:28 PM
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I wanna show off my baby too! I'm with you Bev...I just LOVE dogs! But, my dog is my spoiled little baby. Unfortunatley, she's been sick for the past few months. She started having seizures in August and I ended up having to put her on meds for it. But, she seems to be doing okay since she's been on them. I'd do anything for this dog!

Here's a pic of Piper in her 1st bed. I got that for her first birthday!



And, here's a pic of Piper sitting on Mike's shoulder. (I think she thinks she's a parrot! LOL) She loves her daddy!



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Everyone's pets are so cute! new
      #228650 - 12/01/05 07:31 PM
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I just love animals so much. Melissa, I love your cat...I always especially liked calico's. That one pic of her in the small basket is hilarious! I agree with Casey...she does look like she wonders how she got in there herself! LOL

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*Melissa* I am entranced by Piper's ears! new
      #228654 - 12/01/05 08:52 PM
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I love what she's doing with her ears!

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Re: *Melissa* I am entranced by Piper's ears! new
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LOL, I know! My dad's girlfriend calls her the flying nun!

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"Flying Nun!"--that's Piper!--.n.t new
      #228675 - 12/02/05 03:52 AM
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Aww.... new
      #228686 - 12/02/05 05:43 AM
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I want to scoop him up and squeeze him! He's so cute Bev. Everyone has such adorable pets!

Here's my boys Rocco and Emeril:



Emeril in the tub:


Rocco's christmas pic last year!


ANd ok just 2 more...their baby pics:





Poor Emeril has an awful limp and Justin took him to the vet yesterday - he has to have knee surgery! It breaks my heart to watch him limp around.

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Re: Happy Dance, Happy Dance!!! new
      #228696 - 12/02/05 07:08 AM
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I went to Walgreens and the grocery store!! Nothing to spectacular but hey, I made it out!!!

Wahhhhh HOOOOO!!!! I was very excited that I made it home without getting sick!!!

hehehehehehe

Love ya!!
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