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Mel!!! 14.gif Good to see you here my dear!

Kathy and Bonnie, you two make me want to come back to Colorado to see the exquisite beauty of those mountains!! I think I already told you but as a child (around age 10-11) I lived in Aurora, Colorado and every weekend my dad insisted we go touring the mountains. I'm afraid I dreaded it (those cliffs!!!) more than I appreciated it at the time.

I went last night and yes, I'm glad I did go. I didn't meet anyone new (well, actually, other than a couple of those there all of them are fairly new to me since I've only met them since Krishna decided to run for district attorney. It's still strange for me to have big time lawyers and city leaders come up to me and know my name and give me a hug...lol. That's one thing I really love about Krishna is she is so not into the "social scene" (I don't know what you would call it)...but she's not into it. Her friends come from all walks of life and she intends on keeping it that way.

Have a wonderful rest of the weekend my dear friends and sisters.

love and hugs,

Sue

So happy to read that you were glad that you went last night, Sue. The hardest part is leaving the house but once you are at an event it's all good. It's also nice to know you are appreciated by those there. Krishna sounds like a very special person. She is into people not the movers and shakers. She'll go far because she is genuine.

Two bad incidents in Rocky Mountain National Park. We had two bad lightning incidents in the Park. Friday a woman was killed and 7 others hurt after being struck by lightning. They were hiking at a very high elevation in an open area when hit. Today several people were hit by lightning in the Park. Unfortunately, tourists don't know how to react when caught in a lightning storm. I hope we didn't lose anyone in today's incident. I haven't heard yet.

~HUGS~ Kathy

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Sue - so glad you went and had a nice time. Sounds like a nice affair - nice people, atmosphere, etc. Interesting, isn't it, where life sometimes takes us. I am assuming that Krisna's campaign was your first experience in political stuff. God opens doors - and there's always a reason.

Yes - Colorado is beautiful - and Big Thompson Canyon is especially so. I don't think I was ever in the town of Glen Haven, Kathy. Probably drove past many times. I read about the pancake breakfast next weekend. There was a pancake breakfast in Drake a few weekends ago. I haven't made it to one yet!

Hugs, Gals

Bonnie

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Yes - Colorado is beautiful - and Big Thompson Canyon is especially so. I don't think I was ever in the town of Glen Haven, Kathy. Probably drove past many times. I read about the pancake breakfast next weekend. There was a pancake breakfast in Drake a few weekends ago. I haven't made it to one yet!

Hugs, Gals

Bonnie

Bonnie, To get to Glen Haven you drive to Drake on 34 and instead of taking the road to the left to Estes Park you take the road to the right out of Drake and it takes you to Glen Haven. Unfortunately, I don't think they have that road completely fixed yet from the floods. I know they lost all of the homes along that road. It is easier for us to get to Glen Haven from Estes Park. I love that little Western town. I hope the pancake breakfast is a big success. They need the funds for rebuilding and for the Fire Department there.

Update on the two days of lightning strikes in Rocky Mountain National Park: A woman was killed Friday and 7 injured while hiking on Ute Trail. Saturday one man was killed and 12 injured on Rainbow Curve in the Park. They were all tourists from other states. What a tragedy! When I moved here I took a course on how to react during a storm at high elevation. You don't learn this in the Midwest where those people lived. I'm feeling so bad today about these tragedies.

~HUGS~ Kathy

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What a tragedy Kathy for all those visitors. Something that I would never have given consideration to either.... you don't hear of many people getting struck by lightening here in California.

It sounds like all of our GALfriends in Vegas had a wonderful time...can't wait to hear some stories....

hugs to all.

love,

Sue

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What a tragedy Kathy for all those visitors. Something that I would never have given consideration to either.... you don't hear of many people getting struck by lightening here in California.

It sounds like all of our GALfriends in Vegas had a wonderful time...can't wait to hear some stories....

hugs to all.

love,

Sue

Yes - it's very sad. I feel so badly for the friends/relatives of the two people that were killed. What a terrible thing. Go on vacation and zap! it's all over. I heard on the news, or read in the paper, that July is the worse month (in CO) for lightning strikes. I did not know that. I do know we had a terrible thunderstorm last evening and lost power for 5 hours - just our block........just us.

On a happier note - it is good to hear all the Gals talking about having such a good time in Vegas. I join you, Sue, in being anxious to hear some stories and see some pics.

Hugs

Bonnie

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:wave: everyone! I am finally starting to feel somewhat rested after the PJ party in Vegas! Had a Gerrytacular time! Holly, Cheryl, KB, and Celine did a terrific job organizing it all. :tens: It was all Gerry fun, all the time! I haven't laughed so much in ages, and got to know some gals that I had never really had to time to sit and talk with much before. Our numbers were small, but we made up for that in laughter and spirit.

We also paid a visit to the Shade Tree on Saturday where we did some volunteer work, followed by lunch/dinner with the group at the Olive Garden. It was great to see Marlene and DeAndre from the Shade Tree again.

I learned that Holly is an ace bus driver! :thewoman:

We missed so many gals who weren't able to attend this year. If you have the chance to attend next year, don't miss it. You won't regret it!

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Ditto, Elissa! This was SUCH a fun trip and we have LOTS of stories.....most of which shall remain in Vegas! *snort* We missed so many of you and it was such a shame we had so few people....but they were all awesome and I laughed till I was ready to pee! My ribs will never be the same. YOU MUST COME NEXT YEAR!

Hugs,

Suzie

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This was the party of all parties! Never laughed so much in my life. Thank you so much Holly, KB, Celine & Cheryl for all your hard work. I "third" everything Suzie & Elissa said - it just was plain marvelous!

Hugs, Barbara (Lu)

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How can he look this good? Huh???

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Now that made my day brighter!!!!! :D

~HUGS~ Kathy

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Hi, everyone! I'm loving the new Hugo Boss photos. Gerry looks better than ever!

Finally getting back to normal after last weekend. I'm really glad I didn't have to go straight back to work. I do have to work a 12 hour shift tomorrow, however. It's winding down. I signed intention to retire paperwork last week and have given my boss a letter stating my intention to retire on August 22. I don't have any more work scheduled, but will look to see if I can sign up for any more shifts between now and then to make a little more money. My co-workers have scheduled a combination birthday and retirement party for me on August 18.

I have good news and bad news regarding my daughter. The good news is, she's been accepted into the University of Texas at San Antonio for graduate school and classes begin late next month. The bad news is, her job was eliminated after only 2 1/2 months, so she now only has two freelancing jobs, which won't be enough to pay all her bills. She's looking for another job and/or more freelancing projects. When they let her go, they told her it was no reflection on her, how great a writer and employee she is, but the company is going in another direction. Typical BS. She has money saved, so she'll be ok for a while, but that money was supposed to be for school. Please pray that she finds something soon.

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oh Elissa, I will pray that Erin finds something that she enjoys and will help pay for her college...and I pray that YOU my dear will finally be able to enjoy your retirement.....like maybe a stay out here in California.....we could do the sites and just catch up.

hugs,

Sue

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oh Elissa, I will pray that Erin finds something that she enjoys and will help pay for her college...and I pray that YOU my dear will finally be able to enjoy your retirement.....like maybe a stay out here in California.....we could do the sites and just catch up.

hugs,

Sue

Thank you, Sue! :)

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Elissa, I will also pray for Erin - for a new job - better than the prior one.

Meanwhile, you continue looking forward to your retirement! :claphands:

Bonnie

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I, too, have been the victim of unethical business practices. I hope that Erin finds a good job with good people and doesn't let idiots get her down! And enjoy your retirement!

:wuv: Mousie

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I'm so sorry that Erin lost her job, Elissa. I pray that this will be the case of a door closing but a window opening up. Big hugs to her.

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I'm so sorry that Erin lost her job, Elissa. I pray that this will be the case of a door closing but a window opening up. Big hugs to her.

I agree, sometimes big disappointments lead to better things. I hope and pray that will be the case for Erin. Prayers going out for her to get a better job.

Elissa, One month and you will be free to do as you want. I'm so happy for you. It is a strange feeling to have that freedom but you will get used to it quickly and you will LOVE it.

~HUGS~ Kathy

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Thanks, everyone! Erin found out today that she is eligible to apply for a couple of work/study positions (Graduate Assistant I and Research Assistant) at the University. The salaries should cover tuition, then she can use her savings/freelancing salaries for her bills until her apartment lease is up. Hopefully, she'll get one, or both, of those University jobs. She has experience as a tutor on the University level as well, so she's also going to look into that.

I may have actually worked my last shift. I'm not on the schedule for any more shifts as the schedule is full. I am willing to work if someone calls in or needs a day off, however.

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That's great about Erin, Elissa! Let us know how that all turns out. My best to you as you edge toward retirement. You're too young for that though so :confused:.

We've got a houseful around here now. Our freshly graduated son is with us for the next year. His girlfriend is also here until an apartment opens up in town. Our daughter just moved back yesteday for a bit-needed to change her living situation. The two girls are hoping to find a place together. We've gone from being empty-nesters to having three 20-somethings. Changes the energy a bit. :lol:

It's all good though. All of them are great young folks, even if I'm a bit biased. :kisswink:

:hugs: to all. Lots of fires around here so lots of smoke but it seems to be blowing away from us so we are clear for the time being and safe from the flames. Keeping our fingers crossed and prayers for the folks that have been evacuated.

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Elissa - very good news about Erin. Atta' girl.....hang in there, Erin. And congratulations to you, Elissa - enjoy your lazy days - at least for a few.

Bonnie

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Jill, I hope that all of the fires will soon be out completely! Stay safe my friend.

Elissa, you have such a beautiful and smart daughter in Erin. I never doubted she'd figure a way!

I bought a new car today. It's a 2015 Kia Forte in pitch black with grey leather interior. It has all the bells and whistles that you can get these days in a car....I love it! It's been a long time since I've had to make car payments but oh well....lol.

hugs to all.

love,

Sue

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:congrats: on the new car, Sue! I can't wait to see a picture or two!

Erin is registered for school and is in the process of applying for the graduate assistant and research assistant programs. She really needs to get one or both of those positions. Keep the prayers coming!

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Sue.....Good for you!! A new car in your life! Have fun with all of the bells and whistles. Last Fall in Florida we rented a 2014 Buick, we were the first to get it, and we had so much to learn with all that they put on cars now. I loved the backup screen and warning if a car got too close to you. Have fun with your new member of your family.

Jill...Living in the mountains of Colorado I have experienced my fair share of smoke from fires. It is not fun. I hope they get the fires out so you can breathe again.

Elissa...Prayers going out for Erin in hopes she gets one or both of those jobs.

~HUGS~ Kathy

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Sue, very cool about your new car! Love that new car smell.

The fires, as far as I can tell, are in much better shape. Love our firefighters and sure appreciate their hard work.

Gorgeous day here in Central Oregon. Perfect weather!

Hugs to all. :kisswink:

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Elissa, I am so proud of Erin. She is a special young lady.

Sue, so happy to hear about your new car. It sounds really nice. However, you wouldn't be happy with a black car here in Southern Texas. My brother, Robert, has one and it retains Texas heat like mad. Plus with all the pollen around here, it is impossible to keep clean. At least where you are, the wind keeps the pollen from settling on the car, right? LOL! Seriously, enjoy every minute tooling around in your new wheels.

I've been having an awful time keeping stuff from breaking around here. First my six month old AC broke, then the washer broke, then the kitchen faucet cracked....I'm scared to turn on the TV! Either the TV will break or the satellite dish will fall off! Oh, and the faucet in the bath tub is dripping and will have to be replaced. All this since I got back from Vegas last week! Am I being punished for having so much fun??? EEK! :needhug:

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