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   Heidicat posted on Suggested Reading  I've been lurking for a long time, but would love to suggest Jeffrey Archer's Clifton Chronicles, a series of 4 books (so far )following two British families through generations. The first 4 in order are: Only Time Will Tell, The Sins of the Fathers, Best Kept Secret and Only Time Will Tell. Each one ends with a cliff-hanger. I am anxiously awaiting book 5 but it won't be out until next year. He is my new favorite author.
May 8 at 09:32 EST .

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   Heidicat  sorry, I repeated book one, the 4th is Be Careful What You Wish For. getting old.
May 8 at 09:33 EST .

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   NotaBene  I love Jeffrey Archer. The first book I read was Kane and Abel. Great book. I also read OnlyTime will Tell but did not like how he ended it. I have not read the others from the Clifton Chronicles. maybe I should.
May 9 at 01:58 EST .

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   Heidicat posted on Main Page The Lobby  This is a true story. When my husband Tom was 42 years old he suffered a major heart attack and spent 6 weeks in a hospital.(This was 6 years before I met him ). Someone, I never knew who, gave him a little plant (I think it's called a Corn Plant, but not sure ). He brought it home with him and became quite attached to it. It grew and grew, and for some reason Tom equated his own health with that now not so little plant. He told me once that if that plant dies, he will die too.
We moved it to our offices in Haverford in 1980, and it flourished, but one 4th of July long weekend when the temperatures hit 100, the air conditioning system shut down. When we arrived the morning after the holiday, it was lying on the floor and looked dead. Tom turned white...he really was starting to believe his own "legend". We administered water and the air conditioning came back on and miraculously it perked up and eventually became healthy again.
When we closed the office around 2001 it moved to our living room where he made sure it was watered every week. Even after he developed dementia, he continued to attend to his plant. It started to get a little spindly, so I lopped off the top in the hopes that it would fill in...it did, but it caused him no small amount of grief at first.
As Tom's health declined, the plant grew stronger and healthier. When he eventually had to go into nursing home, I continued to water the plant, every now and then noticing that it got stronger as he got weaker. So much for his predictions.
When Tom died (last month ) I was so sick I didn't get out of bed much for a day or two. Eventually, about a day after he died I remembered the plant. Humph, I'm thinking, so much for you, Mr. Plant of destiny.I went to check on it, and thought I was seeing things. There appeared to be some kind of blossom that I had never, and remember I've lived with this plant for over 35 years, never seen before. Then I thought, maybe that's how a new leaf begins, and kind of forgot about it. About a week later I was watering plants and almost fainted when I looked at it. Please look closely at the attached pictures and notice the blossom like growths in several different places on the plant. In the 42 years that this plant has been alive, nothing like this has ever happened before. You be the judge, but I choose to believe that Tom is telling me that all is well, that he is happy and is watching over me, over all of us. May God bless us, every one. Merry Christmas, Maureen
When Tom died (last month ) I was so sick I didn't get out of bed much for a day or two. Eventually, about

   December 26 at 10:24 EST .

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   Rollingcow  Sounds to me like God is letting your Tom tell you all is well with him.
Mrs. Cow
December 26 at 10:43 EST .

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   Ynaught  I think you are right. Tom is speaking to you through his wonderful plant and he is looking out for you. This is a lovely story about his love for you. Have a very blessed new year!
December 26 at 10:44 EST .

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   BirdsNest  So very sorry for your loss, it must be heart wrenching to lose a spouse. If it is a corn plant, they do not bloom for everyone and it takes years for them to blossom. Hagar knows more about them than I. Our local Mexican restaurant has one and it bloomed for her last year, she was beyond excited! Wishing you better times ahead, stay connected with your LDot family, there are many wise and loving people here.
December 26 at 10:50 EST .

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   Pickle1  I am sorry for your loss too. It's odd how your loved ones help you through their deaths. After my mother died I was driving near the Will Rogers Coliseum while crying. All of the sudden the skies became bright and that blue color used in childrens bible books. Then my mothers voice said she was okay. i was startled; but very much at peace.
December 26 at 12:57 EST .

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   Heidicat  Thank you all so much for your kind comments. The P.S. got cut off, so I'll give it to you now. About 2 weeks ago I noticed that it smells like a heavenly scent, like a flower shop, or a sanctuary at Easter, almost a honeysuckle scent. When I walk in the front door it is overpowering. Still letting me know all is well. God bless you all for your kindness...Happy New Year.
December 26 at 17:07 EST .

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   Gerty  Hope I never grow too old to believe in little miracles like this! Thank you so much for posting this wonderful story, Miss Heidicat.

Happy New Year!
December 26 at 19:04 EST .

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   Surfhut  I'm a widow, too, and am so sorry for your loss. That plant is, indeed, a gift from God and your dear Tom. Enjoy the wonderful memories and this beautiful gift. It will help when you have those moments of grief. Thank you for telling us this beautiful story.
December 26 at 19:11 EST .

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   Rake King  Memories are like the mortar that holds up a brick wall....and the human spirit.
December 27 at 07:59 EST .

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   Charactercounts  What a beautiful story, Heidicat. I am sorry for your loss, but I do believe your dear husband is sending you a message. He wants you to know that he is here with you in spirit this Christmas season. Have a blessed New Year.
December 27 at 21:38 EST .

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   Heidicat posted on Main Page The Lobby  My sincere sympathy to Lakerman or anybody suffering the torture of shingles. I got a really bad case shortly after finishing chemo, while I was still receiving radiation. I hope that by now you have started on the medication...forget the name. I have been through alot in my life, but nothing compares to that pain. It lasted about 7 weeks, as predicted, and I thank God I wasn't left with residual pain as some are. Yes...get that shot. Too late for me, I think. Though my Dr. told me she got it twice.
March 16 at 13:30 EST .

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   Heidicat posted on Main Page The Lobby  God be with you all, until we meet again.
February 19 at 10:04 EST .

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   OBW  What a loving tribute. It seems that Josh didn't just march to a different drummer, but that he was his OWN drummer. How many of us can say that?RIP Joshua
February 19 at 10:21 EST .

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   Cat2  Jonah, too, is a mensch, as I am sure Joshua knew. Only a grownup with so much ability to shoulder responsibility could write eulogies like those Jonah wrote for his father and brother. Lucianne and Sidney raised two fine men.
February 19 at 10:35 EST .

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   FreedomForAll  The world weeps while heaven smiles. Heaven is right for the reunion is coming. All that is the best and good and loving remains, for we are eternal. But our Creator sees our sorrow and weeps as well, waiting for the day he can wipe away our tears. God bless you, Joshua. Until we meet again. And God bless your brother and mother and wife and friends, all who love you.
February 19 at 10:49 EST .

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   Labrador Heaven  Thank you, hostess Lucianne. He has NOT left my mind yet this week. We're on our way to yet another sad event - a 23 yo friend of family and coworkers killed in car wreck due to overcorrecting off a berm. NO TEXTING INVOLVED. This is extremely sad month.
February 19 at 11:06 EST .

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   DONAL  Lab--I'm so sorry. Yes, this week has been a hard one--I'm so sorry you've had to bear this terrible sorrow. I'll be praying for you.
February 20 at 19:32 EST .

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   Heidicat posted on Main Page The Lobby  One of my cats is named Heidi. duh. not too original, huh?
January 9 at 17:46 EST .

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   Heidicat posted on Movies & Reviews  You are correct, Flaming Sword, about "The secret of Roan Inish". I LOVED it! It's also wonderful for children. Kind of a lovely little fairy tale.
My all time favorite Netflix series are Brideshead Revisited (seems to have been digitally redone and is gorgeous), The House of Elliot, and 'To Serve them all my days". Keeps you racing to the mailbox (unless you're one of those people who watch on their computers). My husband and I greatly enjoyed all three of these series, hated to see them all end.

   January 6 at 21:49 EST .

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   Heidicat posted on Dogs, Cats & Critters  sorry, I meant a "statue" of a heron. It is very lifelike, but the real heron is too smart.
   December 12 at 15:10 EST .

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   Heidicat posted on Dogs, Cats & Critters  to Nugoddess...sorry, this is my first post on the connection and I'm not sure I know what I'm doing. Re Koi and the Heron. My daughter has a pond with goldfish and other assorted fish, but her Koi were devoured by a Great Blue Heron. Somebody told her to get a status of a heron, they won't compete. wrong. he figured that out pretty quickly. Then they got a net, but the sucker got through it. Too late, after "meaty boy", her prize fish was taken, she was told to lay some pvc pipe (hollow in the middle) on the bottom of the pond. The fish will learn to hide in there when the heron approaches. Hasn't had a problem since, and this was at least 5 years ago. That summer practically ever pond in the neighborhood was raided. Most people lost all of their fish.

rotten bird. I've got a female perrigrene (sp?) falcon that is hanging around my bird feeder. The birds are terrified, I'm sure the squirrel population is down, and I can't let my kitty out...she only goes out for a few minutes, but I don't trust this bird of prey.

Nature is cruel sometimes. Hope this saves a fish or two.
   December 12 at 15:09 EST .

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   Nugoddess  Thanks, Hedicat! I thought of the heron statue but didn't think it would work because you are right that these birds figure it out quickly.

We had large large cesspool drainage pipes that we cut in half and put in the pond a couple of years ago. Your daughter is right that the fish will find a hiding spot but the down side was we never saw them.

The net seems to be working for right now and I'm going to see about trying some of the suggestions from our fellow Ldotters. It's been really windy here today and we haven't seen Elvis but I guarantee he'll be back.

It's all part of God's delicious plan for our pond.
December 12 at 20:24 EST .

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