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MaxAndHazelsMom

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Dearest Mags, you know my prayers are with you - Barb
PunkinMummy

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((((((( Mags )))))))

 

You know that you have my prayers also and everyone dropping by the Cafe to read will say a prayer too I am sure even if they don't post. It's always nerve-wracking I know, especially the anaesthetic part, but we are here for you and you also have a very special pretty little Guardian Angel Tyger watching over you. Please know you are in many people's prayers.

 

Feel better soon, hurry back to us when you are up to it and know we are keeping a seat by the fireplace warm for you  and as much soup as you can eat.  

 

And the tab is on me, dear heart.

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Dear Mags,
As you've read my private message, you know that you are in my prayers daily. A little Wendy wisdom, prayers from farther away work really well! So, from the West Coast of Canada are prayers winging their way to you.
Wendy
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Thanks for your prayers. Am trying to 'live within today' and let Monday look after itself, but not easy.

I saw Tyger's Vet today and tried not to dwell on him too much .. memories !  He's married to a member of an editorial committee I'm part of; we met tonight, then she added me to their church's prayer board too, I didn't expect that, so that was very sweet of her, then some flowers dropped onto the floor, but nothing was broken ... phew !

 

Cup of tea, I think?

 

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Hoping all is well with you, Mags, and that the latest Dr's. reports are good....You have been in my prayers....

 

Love....Ruth

Mags

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Thanks Ruth, tests are on Monday, that is if they will give me a General while I have Laryngitis, I hope they do now, though I don't want to go through it, who does?  But they said come in anyway and we'll see.

 

But thankful a couple will be looking after my house.

 

Am having to force myself to turn PC on at the moment, book by the fire or even a doze is more appealing.

 

So Zzzzzzzz......

 

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Mags, dear, it's Monday morning here, so Monday afternoon there; I just last night found out about your hospital "adventure," and want you to know that I included you in my prayers.  I hope that all will be well, and we'll see you back here shortly!

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Thanks Sharon, but I was there for 7.30am, had all the pre-op stuff, 12.30 still not done. The first 3 women had gone down .. I was No 4. Eventually, the lady Surgeon and few of her team came along and said, 'sorry we can't do your op. A piece of equipment was being moved and fell onto the head of the Assistant Anaesthetist, she had to be sent home'

Then they said 'you can stay in tonight and have it done tomorrow', so I thought, I'd rather go home! I've had to ring various people, reverse various plans, but most of all will miss the Christmas Dinner Tue and lunch date with a dear friend for Weds is in question?  So start all over again Tuesday !

 

I'm gonna sit in that corner seat ... and order a bunch of flowers.

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Weeellllllllll - that's an industrial strength bummer!  I"m so sorry, Mags; you've been in my prayers today - and will continue.  Here's some flowers - hope they cheer you a bit. . .

 

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Thanks for the flowers, Sharon !

And yesterday, it all went to plan and I was No 1 to be 'done' so to speak !  And thankfully, all ok, nothing serious ... it's been hanging over me since early November.   And been discharged.   So with the first General Anaesthetic over, I can now blame every spelling, memory, etc mistake on that for evermore.!

 

Drinks on MaxAndHazelsMom !

 

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Whew, Mags!  Glad to hear that - more prayers answered! :)

 

Uh, since it's all on Barb's tab, I'll have a pink squirrel, please - as Jimmy Buffet says, "It's 5 o'clock *somewhere*" !!

MaxAndHazelsMom

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I'm thinking frozen strawberry daiquiris...of course, I'm also thinking white sandy beaches, blue skies, sunshine - oh!  That's the Caribbean!  Boy, am I in the wrong place.

Guess I'll switch to hot spiced cider.

And yes the tab's on me - Bert says he's willing to work some overtime to pay for Mom's drinking buddies.

Barb

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Dear Mags,
So very glad that all went well and the results mean that you don't have any worries now about your health. So, I'll join in with everyone for a drink too. Here it is very rainy, so I'll have a nice warm cider please with a cinnamon stick to stir. Thanks for the treat, Sharon!
Has everyone finished their cards/gift wrapping yet?
I know, don't ask!!!!
So, let's talk about summertime which will be in six months for most of us, okay?
Anyone want a sing-a-long one evening before the holidays start and this place gets pretty quiet?
Wendy
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Oh, dear - I didn't mean to make poor Bert work overtime!  I'll just get my own drink.

 

And Wendy, dear, some of us really, truly, desperately prefer winter to summer. Honest!  I *hate, abhor, and despise* heat!!  I like long dark evenings when I can cocoon.  Summer means heat, mowing, flies, mowing, humidity, mowing, sweat, and mowing.  What's to like????  I don't see anything at all likable about summer.

 

My gifts are all bought (except I would like to get some stocking stuffer for the kiddens).  Wrapping is easy - into gift bags they all go! (Bags are reusable, too!)

 

Right now, the washer is calling. . . . .

 

 

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Good news Mags...Thanks for letting us all know...I'll have a drink or two- regardless of who is paying....MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, and yes, I'd love to join in on a sing-a-long, Wendy...

 

Cheers to all....Ruth

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Hello everyone,
After last night's storm on the Northwest Coast of Canada and Washington, I need a nice cosy spot in the cafe and a lovely green tea, please.
If you'd not heard, the winds reached nearly 100 k.p.h. or about 80 m.p.h. from about 3 am til near 7 am. Many of my balcony plants and pots were absolutely wrecked from the wind. Ceramic pots almost too heavy to move, simply blown over and broken. My pretty trellis with vines that I've grown for the past 5 years, all pulled away from the railings (despite string holding them in place) and were banging around.
Near 3 am, I woke and heard the roar of the wind. Remembering my beautiful stone angel, with the loveliest of wings outside on my balcony table, I just knew that she would be broken if I didn't brave outside and rescue her. So, I dressed in warm clothes and a windbreaker (now the irony of that name doesn't escape me!) and with the wind so strong that it seemed it could actually blow me off the balcony, I opened the sliding door. That in itself was so very frightening as it was dark and there was no way I could know if anything was flying through the air from the nearby trees. It reminded me of a scene from a Stephen King book. So, I took two steps outside to hear the roar get louder and screamed and jumped back inside and slammed the door closed. My angel was still outside unprotected! I waited awhile and tried again, this time with success and the wind kept just getting louder and stronger. With my angel inside safely, I debated trying to fix my trellis and decided that it would be foolish indeed as the trellis could end up hurting me with the force of the wind. Today, I spent a few hours cleaning up outside once it was calmer.
It's astonishing as most of greater Seattle, I've heard, is in the dark with power outages. Also Greater Vancouver has nearly one million are 'in the dark' too.
Unbelievable as it sounds, tonight our fourth wind/rain storm is on it's way and because the skies cleared today, snow is forecast overnight.
So that's why, everyone, that I really need a pot of green tea and a quiet sitdown at the cafe tonight!
Come and sit nearby, Ruth, and we'll quietly sing some favorite songs. Mine currently is 'I'll Be Home For Christmas' by Wynonna Ryder's on her new seasonal cd. If you can't sing and want to join in with Ruth and I, just hum along!
I'm thanking my lucky stars that a tree didn't crash down on my home last night, as many others on the news were not so lucky. And also, my power is on and I am grateful for that also.
Have a good weekend everyone.
Wendy

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Wendy, dear, I *fully* sympathize.  In September 2004, I lived through Hurrican Isabel, and I can say with absolute certainty that it was the most frightened I have ever in my life been!  The wind was beyond horrible.  I have 3 very large spruce trees next to the house, and I knew that, if they uprooted, the foundation of my house would be ruined.  I remember lying in bed, on my side, one ear in the pillow - and my finger stuffed in the other ear to muffle the horrible sound of that wind!  Like you, I had power when so very many others did not - for weeks.  So, you see, I really do empathize!

 

Sit quietly here, listening to the music, and relax.  You're among friends! :)

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Oh dear, Wendy and Sharon, I'm so sorry you're suffering from 'wind'.

No, seriously, that must be so frightening and when the power goes down, so hard to bear.   My thoughts are with you.

 

MaxAndHazelsMom still paying for the drinks.

 

I'll have a Hot Chocolate please.

 

MaxAndHazelsMom

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Mags, Gracie wants to know if you would like a peppermint stick for stirring your hot chocolate.  Bert suggested a little catnip on top....

Barb

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Erm... Gracie and Bert, I would like your mother to stir my Hot Chocolate and snuggle in the corner seat with me  .. and you two of course.

 

Oh gosh, then there will be all the other customers clamouring...

 

 

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Just dropping by to join in the festivities and supervise Mags' snuggling.

 

5 measly days to get the place decorated, cards out, shop for that extra-special gift. Sigh. I should have started in July but I promised Little Gracie  that I would stop by to help her out if I could.

 

 

 

She's being doing a lot of praying about something lately.

 

 

 

I think though what she really means to say is:

 

 

Peace on Earth

 

 

Good Will towards Cats

 

wendydecker

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Two more sleeps!
Did anyone else here this phrase at bedtimes before Santa arrived? Just wondered.
Guess everyone is out shopping or trying to shop, perhaps is more like it!
Anyway, the tabs on me if you drop by the cafe between now and the 25th.
I think our darlin' staff are very, very miffed that no one has dropped in since Colleen visited and gave us some cute pictures (as always, Colleen, you outdid yourself this year!) and some concerns about not having her holiday tasks complete.
Anyhow, I'll be here for awhile, if Mags is wanting to drop by and order an expensive drink (since the tab is not on her today or tomorrow!) and maybe even a snack! No, not caviar, as that will break the bank!
Does anyone out there have snow? A little request for Colleen that perhaps a nice snowy scene for us might be wonderful. If you can find one in your expert searches, I'd be so grateful as whatever snow we had here melted weeks ago and it's just been raining since then.
Well, I will wait for some of you to drop by and you can find me right beside the fireplace with my feet up on a little cushion, toasty warm, I am. We could sing carols or favorite songs til near midnight. Even the piano chick may show up?
Oh yes, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanakkah, and a very, very lovely year to come to us all. Bless our beloved, never-forgotten fur angels and also all the little ones who still walk the earth who are called 'pet's' but are so much more.
Wendy
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Ah, have to make the most of that !

I'd like a table set with many chairs and laid with the finest linen (above Bar and Grill standards) .. and set with the finest china and silverware .. and I'd like to invite all the lonely and poor people in .. and we're going to have a lovely vegetarian dinner (although I'm not a veggie, I fancy that today) .. with lots of yummy vegetables, especially roast parsnip ... and mountains of cranberry sauce !

 

And to follow, a huge Christmas pudding .. topped with creamy custard .. and a glass of whatever takes your fancy ... and Wendy's paying for it all....

 

Dip in...

 

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I'll certainly join you for songs and relaxation around the fire, Wendy....And, the feast that Mags has proposed sounds wonderful as well...Maybe we can pass around the hat, and all will contribute to this bountiful meal...I'll certainly do my part...

 

God Bless us all during this Holy time of year...With much love and good wishes to all of you.....Forever my Kelsey girl's MOM  (Ruth)

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Hi there Friends!!!!

I´m just popping in for a short while to see if anyone is here. I guess you´re all having your Christmas dinner at home now perhaps...It´s turkey...ins´t it?


Well, I think we in up here in the Nordic countries are only people celebrating Christmas yesterday, on Christmas Eve when we meet family, eat a lot of food(TOO much sometimes), and ALWAY that poor Christmas ham....and then we have Santa Claus knocking on our door giving us the BIG sack of Christmas presents if the children have been kind and the adults get them TOO. The he leave us because he have so many other children to give presents to, and we sit all together opening ALL our presents...



But today I´m home and thinking of you ALL and OUR Bridgebabies and ALL poor pigs! It´s TOO quite and calm here so I´m paying you a visit and I want to order some mulled and spiced wine with gingerbread. Do you have it here?

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAVE A PEACEFUL AND HAPPY HOLIDAY!


Yvonne -  dear Tizo´s mum

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(((((Dearest Yvonne)))))))))

 

It is great to see you here. Come sit by the fire with me and we will catch up. I have missed you so, dear heart! I am having a quiet day too but I wanted to say hi and I promised I would drop off some snow for Wendy. Let us pull the piano over by the fireplace and watch some snow I made earlier this week while we sing a Christmas carol or two.

 

O Holy Night ~ Josh Groban 

 

Mary's Boy Child ~ Harry Belafonte

 

 

 

 

I did have one other snow scene to share with you too that I made earlier in December with some whispering from my Punkin into my ear. Until he told me, I had no idea when the sun shines, it shines like rainbows everywhere that it falls at the Bridge. What beauty, joy and peace surround them always now.

 

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Happy New Year, everyone!
2007, who can believe that already and where do the years go.
I'm sending my very best wishes to you, those you love for a year full of blessings and reasons to feel gratitude.
Now, how about resolutions for this brand new year? Have any of you made any resolutions that you think you can stick with for the entire year????? I am attempting to be more organized with my time and if I can do that, I'll have more free time to spend in the cafe with all of you singing with the piano chick, ordering snacks and lovely warm cups of tea or coffee for these winter months ahead.
Anyone care to join me here today?
Wendy
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I make no resolutions at all ... but so glad that my decision in July to lose some weight bore fruit ... well not fruit ... but I lost weight !!

I'll have a Capucchino please?

 

MaxAndHazelsMom

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Lordy, I'd like just to have enough time to post some replies and keep up with email.  Is there a resolution that can help with that?

Happy New Year to everyone!

Barb



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Oh Colleen!!!!!!   Just saw your "Christmas kitty" photos from December, how adorable!!!   Also I love the snow picture... but what really touched my heart was "some whispering from my Punkin into my ear. Until he told me, I had no idea when the sun shines, it shines like rainbows everywhere that it falls at the Bridge. What beauty, joy and peace surround them always now."... what a lovely, comforting image that put in my mind!!!   Rainbows... everywhere!!!

 

Thank you for this "Christmas gift" - even belated, just reading it now on Jan. 7th, it blessed my heart with peace and joy!!

 

Hugs and love,

Patti

 

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Just dropping by to sit in peace and calm here. Many apologies for being so absent, dear friends. No words to say for so long now but much love in my heart for all of you.

 

Puzzled, Little Gracie takes her dear Mama aside and shyly asks her, "Don't you first have to be here sometimes, Mama, before you can then be absent?" 

 

Mama smiles sweetly, reminds Little Gracie: 1) not to split infinitives 2) to get her tenses right and 3) to be kind to Punkin's Goofy Mummy as she is both language and life-challenged.

 

(Mama, after-all, is bringing up Little Gracie to be such a good girl despite letting her sometimes work in a bar.)

 

I do apologize to you all though and hope to be here more often in the future.

 

And the drinks are on me - unless Mags wants to pick up the tab as usual, so drink up everyone and be of good cheer!!! 

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Hi everyone,
I, like Colleen, haven't dropped by for ages either. What's happened at the cafe? It seems as time passes, it gets quieter and quieter.
My apologies but it's a combination of my Dad's care requirements now as his Alzheimer's advances and also the recent loss of a friend's cat that has required lots of support via e-mails. Unfortunately, my time at Petloss has diminished drastically due to lack of time.
Anyway, I thank Colleen for dropping by about a week ago now with not one response so far.
Where are you, Mags?
I do hope that you are managing to at least drop by quietly and sit in a corner sipping herbal teas, compliments of dear Colleen.
I'll have a steamed milk as I've been fighting a virus for the past two days. Finally, out on the West coast a few days of good sunny winter days and I'm indoors feeling not so great. Maybe the visit and milk will help.
Anyway, hope to see some of you dropping by soon.
Shall we have a little winter evening get-together with a chance to 'catch up?'
Take care, all,
Wendy


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GORGEOUS Sharon!   We love Arizona... but dearly miss the colors of Fall...  thank you for these beautiful reminders.  A few quite took my breath away - the vibrant reds and oranges!

 

Patti

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I'm here ... I'm here.... been  beavering away at my late Aunt's DVD of her life and pleased to say it is now finished, but sorting out who needs copies and ...etc .... etc  plus dozing off for 3 hours in the chair yesterday !

 

A nice steaming milk sounds very tempting !

 

Then I need to sort out what I'm doing next, all her photos and travelogues still sit in a green box in my office, I must find a space for them and try and 'move on' though I must read all the travelogues first.

 

Then I need to improve on the CD 'Dawn' and get 'Star' under way, as Christmas is fast approaching....

 

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Now I know I live in my own little time zone here and that I have been hibernating in The Slough of Despond for many moons now but I could swear we just had a Christmas so I am confused as to how it can be approaching so fast again?

 

(Little Gracie shyly murmurs, "Isn't Punkin's Mummy always confused about something, Mama." ) 

 

(All The Regulars nod wisely.)

 

By my calculations, we have about 10 and 1/2 months to go although I am still doing last year's Christmas Cards.

 

So my dear Lucy (AKA Mags, Dear Heart)  you have some 'splaining to do!!! 

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Hey, Wendy - how's it going with your dad?  I took my dad grocery shopping last week (he'll be 90 in two weeks), and he was lamenting his frail state, so I reminded him that his mind is as sharp as ever, and that, as you well know, is to be thankful for.  I'm glad he can still *go* shopping.

 

Thank you so much, Patti, for you compliment on my photos.  Wouldn't you think I could find a way to make a little money from them?   But at least they're bringing enjoyment to some - and that's worth more.  Arizona?  Yuck. Would hate to live there. Way too hot.  I need to go north, where they have real winters, and nice, long, dark evenings where I can cocoon with the kiddens.  Too much sunshine makes me grumpy.

 

Mags, dear, you seem to have taken on quite a project.  Let me know when you're finished, and I'll send you some of mine! LOL

 

It is cold here in southeastern PA today, so I believe I'll have a cup of dark cocoa (health food, don't you know) with whipped cream on top (mental-health food).

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Aah indeed ... I shivered when I saw the words 'light snow' on our forecast for Thursday ... oh Sharon !

 

Have now moved the contents of the green plastic box into a cupboard and shelf, having had to turn out loadssssssssss of my stuff, that went into the bin, to make space ... and 'Dawn' has been improved, 'Star' is a work in progress ... and copies of 'Kids and Camels' has gone out to various parts of the UK .. it's PAL format ... and many are treasuring it.   And last night, I had the travelogues neatly on a shelf and two fell on the floor .. I thought, 'my late Aunt doesn't like being confined to one cupboard/shelf' .. am sure she will keep jumping out.

 

Horlicks please, any waiters or waitresses around?  Thump, thump !

 

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Now, now, Mags - your Horilicks was just heating up when you 'thumped!' Hope you're enjoying it now. It reminds my of an old favorite, 'Ovaltine' which my mum used to make on Friday nights before bed when I was a child.

Mags, you made me laugh when you said that your aunt would be quite perturbed at being relegated to the closet. I was executrix for an estate for an elderly cousin some years ago. Her dear husband had departed before her by some years and she'd never disposed of 'well, you know.' So, it ended up until I was able to have a proper 'farewell' to them both, they and their stuff took up a closet in my home too. A bit creepy, but I got used to it over time! Weird but true.

Sharon, thanks for the inquiry about my Dad. He's still declining with his need for increased direction in day to day activities now but remains witty and happy. Tonight, we'll be having a dinner together where he lives. At 94 plus now, he's still up and around most of the day with the other residents who are very kind to him. Unfortunately, he can't recognize them and never remembers who talked to him or whether it even happened. But I do know this as they often come up to me and say they had a lovely chat with my dad.
So, yes, your Dad, at 90 is doing very well, much like my dad just before he turned 92 when he still lived alone and managed very well.

Nice to see you visit again too, Colleen, hope your little ones at your house are keeping you happy and entertained!

I'll have a lovely tea called, 'Berryblossom White' by Tazo teas. And let's all talk about our plans for springtime over by the fireplace, shall we?
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Hello Everyone,

 

Just wanted to pop in and see what the place was all about. Love your little cafe and from what I've seen of the people here it seems like my kind of place, to bad it's been a little slow lately.

 

Hope business picks up and just to get things going I'll have a Hot Cocoa please with a little cinnamon on top.

 

It's great to be able to come over here, relax and take our minds off the loss we've shared. I'm looking forward to meeting even more friends here!

 

Be popping back in soon,

 

Tricia

 

 

Mags

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Hiya Tricia andd welcome !!

Yes, Hot Cocoa or Chocolate would be nice a bit later on...

 

 

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