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About Linnie

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  • Birthday 10/12/1958

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  1. Incredible! Now this is a doctor who should be conducting and writing medical studies; going to suggest it to him, Scott??
  2. Hi, loved reading your story; I can relate to the "H"s of summer! The heat, humidity (which you probably don't get in Arizona), and hungry insects make me love snow more and more. Since the heat drains me of energy, I find it a "H" of a time to do the packing and organizing required to move. Great idea to have someone you know rent your home after you leave it; even after carefully screening people you don't know that may want to rent it, can lead to damage that would be costly to repair before selling the house. And thank you for sharing about calling your coffee-maker stupid....Now I know I'm not the only one who calls items stupid, LOL. Happy summer,
  3. Hi Pearls, I love the advice you received about starting to push back some boundaries; you'll know how much you can handle without overdoing it. Maybe it's time to put your own stamp on your home again to make it yours. I love to redecorate and have given advice to friends on how to do it without spending a lot of money. Your furniture would be very expensive to replace, but different accent colors can make a significant change. For instance, buy or have someone make some inexpensive throw cushions for your living room and bedroom. Have someone go with you to a thrift shop, you'll find some beautiful decorative pieces at a very low cost to be used in any room in your home. The items you see may spark your imagination on what accent color(s) you'd like to have. Because many people now use LED candles to eliminate the fire risk, I always look at the many candle holders in thrift shops, especially those that are around 1 foot high. The metal art of some of these candle holders is incredible. These are the ones that I buy for 99 cents, take to a welding shop to have the holders removed (no cost because it only takes them a minute or less), and then buy some spray paint in whatever color I want. I spray paint them myself if they're not too difficult, and have a friend spray paint the ones that need some skill. Inexpensive beautiful metal art for your home, and also are great low cost one would ever guess they had been candle holders! Best wishes and hugs,
  4. Hi again Kim, I have another idea that may help... Have you considered date nights? If it's difficult to go out to restaurants, movies, etc., you can have date nights right at home. Make certain your husband's mind is not occupied by thoughts of work, that there is no one else in your home, and go for it. Some order-in food, some candles, some music, some talk about when and why you and he fell in love....
  5. Scott, I'm totally wowed by you finally getting great health care.....lots and lots of HOPE!!
  6. Dear Tracy, ditto to all of the above. Think of your life as chapters; the past chapters will always belong in your book. The future chapters are unknown, but with all the love and support you're receiving you are going toward many happy stories for your book of life. So you've begun to do the basics, cooking, laundry, etc. Make certain that you spend time on yourself. Style your hair, do your nails, dress in your favorite clothing.....knowing you look your best, will help you feel your best! Hold your head high, my friend.
  7. Becky, I love that quote!! And Kathy, again I'm so sorry that you were hurt. I have another quote for you to think about: "It's not an easy journey, to get to a place where you forgive people. But it is such a powerful place, because it frees you."- Tyler Perry All the best,
  8. Yes, Deigh, use your could add a pirate who plays haunting melodies on his guitar. And like Heather said, let us know when we can buy it....
  9. Hi Kim, it's nice to meet you. You've received some excellent advice. The only suggestions I can add is to openly discuss this concern with your husband, so that you can begin to work together towards overcoming the problem. In the meantime, simply cuddling is a physical expression of love, and a good starting point for you and he. All the best,
  10. Hi, It's nice to meet you. Because of my volunteer work, I know that the Paralympic Games are for the physically challenged. Special Olympics are definitely for the intellectually challenged. Can I suggest you consider who asked you why you don't compete in the Special Olympics....If it was an individual who is intellectually challenged, I can assure you that it was not an intentional insult. Otherwise, chalk it up to ignorance; unfortunately, a problem that stroke survivors are constantly facing. Bravo to you for keeping your focus on overcoming your post-stroke challenges!
  11. Scott, just one more death and I'm heading to Oak Island. Everyone's invited to join, lol. "Located off the coast of Nova Scotia, Oak Island is believed by many to be hiding one of the greatest treasures in history. Since the late 1700’s, fortunes have been spent and lives have been lost, but no one has ever been able to crack the code to get at the prize. A prophecy says that seven people will die before the treasure is found. So far, six have perished in accidents over the years...."
  12. Scott, eewwhh! Heather, eewwwhh! LOL Deigh, I have a suggestion to spark your's non-fiction, but that's ok. There are many folklores on internet concerning a boat called the Nellie J. Banks, used for rum-running from French owned Islands to Prince Edward Island during the prohibition. (The techniques they used, incredible!) Occasionally, they got caught and the alcohol was seized and placed in a brick building on the waterfront of the small city I live in. Of course, Islanders broke the windows to get that rum; so steel bars were placed on the windows (of each floor of the building). Those steel bars are still on the windows of that building to this day! It's now office space on the first floor, and apartments on the 2nd and 3rd floors, but history is sacred here.... ......Buried treasure: It was the norm for urban bootleggers to bury the alcohol in their back yards or under the clay floors in their basements. The potato fields of rural bootleggers didn't just have roots under the soil. And who's to say back at that time, if people were actually digging for clams!! LOL Good luck
  13. Hi Kathy, While reading through the advice you've been given, I kept thinking "spot on". It's very difficult to know if his actions are related to his stroke or to his use of alcohol. All I can tell you is that I was 34 when I had 2 strokes + 2 brain surgeries, and for the following 2 years, my logic and ability to make decisions were severely compromised (and I didn't use alcohol or medication). I'm so sorry that you've been hurt, but you'd be doing the right thing by just letting him go, and being a good role model for your daughter. Since you mentioned that your daughter loved him too, it's important that you both understand that it's not anyone's fault; and that you'll always be there for each other. For you and your daughter
  14. Pam, I agree too, write what's on your mind; I've read some of your blogs that I felt were positive, and others where you share your emotional or physical pain. As others have said, it's a very healthy way of coping; much better than keeping it bottled up inside. A phrase you used in your first entry in this blog "You never know how your life touches another." definitely got my attention, and I can tell you how you've touched my life. IMO, you have a very positive amount of fight against being treated without compassion and dignity. You don't back down, and I've told you previously that I'm trying to emulate you. I say bravo to you, dear lady, my friend! Jay, I just quickly scanned through this site's monthly newsletter that I always look forward to, and reread some of your poetry. It's a beautiful mix of the tormented time we go through after a stroke, as well as how we eventually can see the positives in our lives. So you made a slip-up, it was brought to your attention, and you acknowledged it. Trust me, I've made slip-ups too (not going to mention how many, lol), but I've always been forgiven....the same to you, my friend! I feel very fortunate to be a member of this site; we're all here for each other!
  15. So, so glad for you Scott! Finally, some hope....after reading some of your previous posts where you mentioned CPS, I always wondered how you managed to cope with it.