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    Mary - yes I was totally puffed on Graduation Day. School was tough since I was working full time during the day and I have a house to take care of also. It was well worth it all!

    My Daughters are 42 and 38. One is here in NJ and one is in Florida.
    Grandkids are 11, 8, 7and 2 & 1/2.
    That 2 1/2 year old - she is one of the ones in Florida.
    Oh how she tugs at my heartstrings. I know she is my last Grandbaby - I just don't want her to grow up. She is already swimming! Can you even believe it? When I was there 2 weeks ago, we were leaving the pool to go back home (my daughter's house is just across the street from the pool in her subdivision) - we took her life jacket off - she went running and jumped into the pool! I screamed like a madwoman and 3 of us jumped in. SHE WAS FREAKIN SWIMMING!!!!!! ANOTHER PUFFED MOMENT.

    Hey Mary - what is P.E. ?

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    I've been so busy the last few days, I come back and find a gazillion posts!

    Last night was our anniversary...19 years!!! 2nd marriage for both of us. We planned a nice intimate dinner at a seafood restaurant and I surprised my hubby (Dave) with a limo! It was so nice!

    Oh, and btw, I vaped discreetly at the table after dinner!

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    coming in late to the party.

    I've lived all over the place, got a bit of wanderlust. Spent time in TX, FL, CA, OK, MO, KS and now HI (not necessarily in that order, some states more than once) and worked all kinds of jobs because I didn't know what I wanted to be when I grew up. I did singing telegrams back in the 80s, that was loads of fun. Bartended off and on for years even when I had regular jobs, which led to my smoking habit. What kind of dummy starts smoking as an adult, right?

    Divorced in 1989 and didn't get married again until 2006, let's say I was a bit gun-shy. DH and I both had our kids late in life, which makes us about half nuts and means we'll probably be retired when they graduate.

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    Fun topic MaryKay!

    I've lived in Oregon all of my life, and have been in the same house now for almost 30 years. I was married for 14 years (to a nightmare) that I divorced in 1989, and we had 1 daughter (31) and 1 son (29) together. My daughter is married and has 2 children, my grandson is 6, and my granddaughter is almost 3. They are in the military so move around, and even though I don't get to see them as often as I'd like... I so love being a Granny!

    I married my 2nd hubby in 1996... and still totally adore him after almost 13 years of marriage. We have our dog "kids" together - a Jack Russell Terrier (Lucy) and a Rat Terrier (Holly) and we love spoiling them rotten! And, after both raising human children (he also has 1 son, 1 daughter) we can appreciate that our dogs won't need/ask for designer clothes, cars, or have a need to go to college!

    I've done a lot of different "jobs" in my life, but never really knew what I wanted to "be" when I grew up! After my divorce I worked for many years tracking newspaper advertising for TV & radio stations across the country. I really enjoyed my work, but my department/job was phased out in 1999. I then started a home business with Watkins products, plus turned a "hobby" of candle making into a candle "business" (my family room was my candle factory ) and sold candles online, gift shops, holiday shows & craft fairs, farmer's markets, etc. I also agreed to work for a friend in her CPA office for the 1999 tax season, and after tax season she asked me to stay on permanently to do payroll. Burning the candle at too many ends... I gave up my candle business in 2006, I hated the payroll job (was never a math type person) but struggled along trying to convince myself that I could do this until I could retire. It didn't work.. and I decided I just had to do something else! I had wanted to do something "dog related" for a very long time.. so I finally decided to check into dog grooming. There was a school about an hour away from where I lived, so I went to dog grooming school and graduated in 2007. I opened my own grooming shop at home in May of 2008 after my sweet hubby remodeled our garage into my grooming salon. I can finally say I LOVE what I do.. so have no plans to retire (ever) but may have to limit myself to 5 pound pups by the time I'm 99 years old!

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    Hi Mixxy,

    We have another thing in common besides the grandkids being far away.

    We were both married to a nightmare for 14 years!


    Looking back now, it all seems lika a very ,very bad dream.

    Glad it's over!

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    That first marriage is just so you can figure out what you don't want anyway.

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    Hilway, The P.E. or Placebo Effect was a joke mod I did. All these people are sooo wonderfully talented with their mods and I am a klutz! I knew if I could carve or woodwork it I could do it..lol
    Anyway it's on page 4 of Idea's and tricks for PV's and juice in our section.
    People you have to keep up!
    So many of you are like me..Love to wander and try something new.
    I've lived in Florida, Virginia, California, Wyoming, Colorado and Kansas (last two when I was little) Dad was even stationed in Newfoundland! Visited other states, but so far my favorites are Florida and Virginia.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryKay View Post
    I've lived in Florida, Virginia, California, Wyoming, Colorado and Kansas (last two when I was little) Dad was even stationed in Newfoundland! Visited other states, but so far my favorites are Florida and Virginia.
    Nobody wants to go back to Kansas, do they?

    I loved California, but my Florida experience was less than stellar. I think I was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Seemed like everyone I met was on their way to jail or just out of jail and I'd never known anyone who had been arrested before so I was kind of freaked out. My neighbor was a murderer who killed another neighbor and stalked me...he kind of watched all the single women in the apartment complex until one was dumb enough to talk to him. Creepy. Every guy I dated wanted to get married and I was recently divorced so I couldn't get out of there fast enough. 3 abrupt proposals in a year is a little strange, imo. That's never happened to me anywhere else I've lived.

    I even saw a guy I knew casually on America's Most Wanted while I was living there. That has to have been the most bizarre year of my life. The whole time I was there I met 2 people who were actually from Florida. Everyone else seemed to just be passing through.

    Should have gone to Boca, I guess. I recently read a poll that said the city I was in was one of the top 10 most violent in the nation. Go figger. I was just looking for the weather, yk? Very poor planning on my part.

    I sure hope my kids don't do as many stupid things as I did.

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    Mary Kay, where in Virginia?

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    Well there's always Dorothy, but I did like it..Of course I was a second grader. Mom still fusses about the dust and sand or whatever under the window seals every day. It was rather dusty and windy, kind of like Cheyene.
    California is beautiful, I was in a small town above Sacrameto called Colusa. But once you get on the freeway it's a nightmare! We went down to Canoga park in the Valley/L.A area/Topanga Canyon whatever it is, and I was on the floorboard in fear. My brother-in-law said he was only doing 90 and was being passed! The bridge into S.F. was a free for all and the hills were not places you wanted to drive a V.W. bus. I like flat land!
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