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Lessons from Louann

Posted 04-06-2013 at 10:45 PM by Jeff Westover (A Merry Blog)

I don't think we've had a bigger shock on MMC than when we heard today of the sudden passing of Louann Jeffries, aka caninemom3.

While death means different things to different people it pains me to see so many taking the loss of Louann so deeply.

How could you not?

As I think of my journey with Louann I smile, I cry, and I laugh. She had that way about her.

She was a child. She was a tender heart. She was genuine to the core.

I was looking tonight through my private messages and emails from Louann over the years. It has again taught me how far reaching these relationships are online.

So rarely do we ever meet. Never, it seems, do we get to hear the voice or see the face or experience the smile of each other.

Louann had a way of making you forget all that. You could hear her voice or feel her smile through her constant messaging and reaching out. She never turned it off.

I think...
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A Miracle -- Sam Lives!

Posted 03-23-2013 at 09:03 AM by Jeff Westover (A Merry Blog)

Yesterday I shared what we've been through with our dog Sam. It has been a trial.

The arrangements were made for the vet to come to the house this morning to put him down. We had to wait until this morning because the vet couldn't make it until the kids all got here yesterday afternoon.

So we had one last night with Sam. We took heart during the day yesterday when he finally accepted a little chicken -- and he didn't throw it up. As the day went on he perked up quite a bit, not to the point where he was fully himself but he relished all the attention, seemed for recognize us all as we came into the room, and responded to our efforts to take him outside to do his business.

We were up late in the night but not because he was ill. We all just sat up and talked, laughing about the moments we've individually had with Sam and collectively remembering his goodness and kindness. Finally, at about 3am, we thought he would need some sleep and I sent everyone...
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Saying Goodbye to Sam

Posted 03-22-2013 at 10:44 AM by Jeff Westover (A Merry Blog)
Updated 03-22-2013 at 10:47 AM by Jeff Westover

For the past two weeks we have endured health difficulties for the first time with our dog Sam.

Sam is 11 years old and came into our family after months of pleading by my then ten year old daughter, Abby. She once wrote about the Christmas Sam came into our lives that I added her reflections here on MMC.

Abby will be 21 this year. And she and Sam are still close. In fact, Sam has remained a critical part of all our lives for these many years, a steady and loving influence.

When we moved to the country this past summer Sam took to it like a fish to water. He is a short haired border collie and he is as active as advertised. In fact, when we took him in to the country vet's office the good doctor was surprised at Sam's vitality, strength and youthful demeanor.

So when Sam took ill a couple of weeks ago we grew immediately concerned. His symptoms began shortly after he got...
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Thanksgiving Extras for 2014

Posted 03-19-2013 at 04:19 PM by bigbearfla58
Updated 02-22-2014 at 02:41 PM by bigbearfla58 (Updates for Thanksgiving 2014)

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 time is 6:22 p.m. note to self: add in notes for how to make the perfect pie crust and pie crust and pie baking tips.

Add in recipe for raisin bread in a can. This is a great gift to give any time of the year.


Happy Easter 2014
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Pictures as Christmas Presents

Posted 03-10-2013 at 11:35 PM by Jeff Westover (A Merry Blog)

For the past several years I have been deeply involved in digitizing old family photos. I've worked on digitizing all the pictures we have taken since we were married, many of the photos taken during the 50 years my parents have been married and the collection of pictures my grandparents amassed during their lifetime.

The process is not an easy one. Even with technology that allows for quick work in scanning and even improving upon old photos the sheer numbers of pictures we take in families makes it a daunting task.

After about five years of effort and thousands of images later I can report some lessons learned that I'd like to share:

1. Everyone loves the old pictures. Everyone wants them. That is what makes me think old pictures are perfect as Christmas presents. Handing them over on a CD, DVD or thumb drive might not be glamorous but it is a gift that raises nothing but possibilities. Digital pictures can be printed, easily shared and put on...
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