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    I would love this. I do live in a cold country this time of year!!! Is it for me???

    Quote Originally Posted by SharonAnne View Post
    I am trying to use up some of my many, many skeins of yarn. Currently, I am crocheting a very pretty hooded cowl - out of a honey, wheat color (neutral). Would any of you in cold country appreciate this in an SP package, or are quilted items more appropriate? I'm hoping my SP partner responds to this post...although it may have to be sent after the deadline. The rest of the package will be sent on time. Or, I could wait until November to see if I get another snowbird as an SP if I don't get it done timely.
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    Just popping in for the first time on this swap and I had 30 pages of messages to go through. Sorry to hear about the ones that are ill in some way and my prayers go out to you or your loved ones.

    I so love the wreaths and the hooded cowl ... I would love to have both of them in my package.

    My package will be going out in tomorrows mail. We have been partners before ... however I will not say if I had you or you had me. I will post more hints tomorrow when I get back from the mail.
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    Susan, agree with the communication thing. Talk to them about it and let them know its not like hell be running around, barking, swiping food off the tabel. also any accidents that may occur you will be more than glad to clean up. They need to realize that Meadow is no different than another member of the family needing a wheelchair or oxygen tank. Meadow is a necessary tool for your living. If they can not except that then I wouldnt go. If you dont go due to their not understanding then have a family meal at home. I know that if some of my husbands family wouldnt except a guide dog along with, saying I had one, then I would hope DH would tell them he would not be attending either.

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    Sad to say we have run into this same issue with our DD service dog. (1) You need to find out the reason for her not wanting the dog there, is it b/c of an allergy to dogs someone has?
    (2) If not then you need to start out from the beginning with everyone understanding that your dog is now an extension of you, he is in fact 'your eyes'. If you don't stand your groud now there will always be an 'excuse' for them for you not to bring your SD. (3) if you have the support of your husband ask him to talk with them @ the situation. We always carried an short info page that we would had out to people who made comments, or smirks, we tried to educate them regarding SD. Maybe this is all the family needs, is an education of the way the SD benefits you, as your eyes. HTH LaQuita
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    was out shopping tonight for so many people on this board hahahah...two secret pals for October, secret Santa, two fq swaps and one birthday girl!
    ~Susan-stand your ground...no different than a wheel chair or hearing aid or oxygen tank.
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    Thanks everyone for the support..I'm standing my ground that's it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SEGASAL View Post
    What do you all of you think?
    Family is family and Meadow is family. My response would be "all or nothing" and I wouldn't (personally) be political about it at all. But then, I don't speak to 7/8 of the people I am related to (by blood OR by marriage) so my approach might not be in your best interest.

    But aside from all that, if you say "ok" once, then other people may see that you are not as needful of Meadow as one "should" be on a guide dog. You obviously need her or she would be with someone else. So that fact alone should be sufficient reason to say, "no she's coming with me." And stand your ground. If they don't like it, I've heard the post office will let you mail gifts at Christmastime.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Missus Fear View Post
    I would except I am already overextended with projects until spring probably. There was a time I used to make wrinkly and fat dolls with pantyhose though! It's fun because you can really sculpt some great expression into their faces with needle and thread.
    Would love to see photos of your dolls. My DGD would love one (me, too). I've filed the color and yarn choice in memory banks in case I get you next month. Stranger things have happened!!
    Last edited by SharonAnne; 10-08-2012 at 06:57 PM.
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    And, can I just say that I LOVE that my advice matched all of yours? That almost never happens! Woo for finally thinking like a grown-up!
    Mischief Managed.

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    segasal, stand your ground, you're worth it and so is Meadow. Just my humble opinion.
    Sp your package is in your post office today so it should be at your front door tomorrow, hope you like my choices for you.

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    Glad you are standing your ground Susan. Hope the family understands and that Meadow will be welcomed as one of the family.

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    Susan, I would absolutely stand with Meadow -- and I'd hope your DH will as well. It's not right to separate family on the holidays. Hopefully you can come to an understanding about it -- and if not -- be sure the entire family knows why you won't be there.
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    Susan I'm with everyone else. Stand your ground. Meadow is not just any animal she is your guide dog and she is there to help you. The fact that they would even ask you not to bring the dog is outright appalling. I personally would not want to go even if they change their mind but that's me and knowing my husband he would be by my side too and would not go, family or not. Family is supposed to be supportive and understanding not selfish and if the reason is something to the effect that they don't want a dog in their million dollar home then that tells me family means nothing to them. Hope I'm not being to forward but I felt terrible for you when I read that. Hope it all works out.
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    That's beautiful, who wouldn't love to see it in their omg. Unless, of course, you live in the tropics. Lol]
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    The only clue I can think to give is my SP lives Far West of me!!

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    Segasal - My opinion is pretty much the same. 1st talk to your DH to get his thoughts and complete support for your mutual decision. Have you ever met his Aunt? Ever talked to her? Think positive - maybe she wants to talk about your special needs and understand your relationship with Meadow. However, it is just as likely that she is worried about animal hygiene, fleas, shedding, etc. Still, I think I would begin to talk to her as if she has an open, caring mind more concerned with people than her possessions. If she says you cannot bring Meadow, then I would not go visit, and thus antagonize her. Meadow's training/bonding is way too important to both your futures. If you leave him at this early stage of your training, he will definitely be confused and would likely suffer a possibly irreversible setback. I think he already knows he is supposed to guard you 24/7/365. Leaving him this early in the relationship may ruin it completely. Perhaps in 6 months to a year, it might not matter. Still, he is your family and a beloved necessity, not a luxury. Aunt will have to understand that. Maybe a compromise might work. While you are eating or staying in one room, you may not need Meadow as much, and perhaps Auntie will consent to leaving him in one comfortable warm room rather than let him have what she feels might be the run of the house - maybe a laundry room or a mud room. First of all though, you need to talk as calmly and reassuringly as possible, and assess the situation before making judgements or decisions.

    I like Laquita's idea of handing out information pages and maybe you could even ask if other guests have any concerns (maybe allergies, babies, etc), so you can further reassure her of what can be done to keep the concerns to a minimum.

    Good luck with whatever you do, and I'm looking forward to hearing about the outcome.

    Anastasia - How funny that you like heavy stuff. I love jackets, layers, lots of blankets, etc as well. The only heavy thing I don't like is bulky, heavy pierced earrings. I'm always afraid they'll rip my ears out.

    Vanogay - Praying you do not need to suffer through surgery (and ultimately setting off airport sirens - lol - not very funny, I know). Keep us posted.
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    I am not so far from Chicago..want to leave Meadow with me while you go see your relatives? Peach (my cat that hates other cats but loves dogs) and I would be happy to host Meadow! You and your husband can stay at my home with Meadow and if you choose you can leave Meadow with me and go to see your relatives.
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    Aww lovstoquilt that is so sweet of you but her in laws do need to know that Meadow IS her eyes. If she had artificial legs would they want her to leave them home because they may offend someone? I say either they both go or neither.

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    Susan, I hope they change their mind and allow Meadow to go with you. My prayers are with you because even if you have good reason taking a stand can be tough, but you might just find you have to set your own traditions. But whatever happens keep us posted and have a wonderful time~
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    Just wanted to let my SP know that i will not be able to send out your box until the 15th or 16th as i am out of town and all your goodies are are my apt
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    Good Morning ya'll! Hope everyone had a great weekend and day off. DH was home yesterday (so you know how much I got done) and we had a fun, busy weekend with the GK. Plan on getting my sp pkg in the mail today, just have to get 1 more thing. SP you live North of me in my DH home state, you collect 1 of the same things I do and your zip adds up to 36.
    Susan I agree with everyone else stand your ground, they need to learn to accept Meadow as part of you! But I also think you need to speak with them about it, maybe they don't realize he is not just your "pet". I'll be praying it all works out!
    SharonAnne love it! Wish it stayed cold enough here to wear it. We're usually the coldest place in FL but don't have that many cold days. But it is beautiful!
    Off Topic! We leave on our way to Ohio to see our new Gson on Saturday! We're going to stay in Gatlinburg for 4 days then on to Ohio! Can't wait to get to hold him and smell that new baby smell!

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    Darlene, where in Gatlinburg are you staying? I live quite close to it - although with all the tourists, we don't go there muh. Are ya'll up for lunch one of those days - would love to meet someone from my board family! PM me if you can, I keep checking off and on today
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    SP going out today to a state I would love to visit...WAY southwest of me...hope she enjoys it...something specially made just for her LOL
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    Sharon, I go au naturale by choice. My hair is about the same color as your, and I love it. The way I figure it, I earned each and every one of those grey hairs, and I am going to flaunt them!!! LOL Under pressure from DH and DMIL, I did color it for a while. But I am too busy, and frankly, just don't give ahoot what others think, so I never get it done regularly. That means I run around for quite a while with grey roots. I think that looks MUCH worse than just the grey hair. So, I say, flaunt what ya got!!!
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    Hi,
    I've seen several people mention about a "Secret Santa Swap" I did a search for the sign up but there were several of them. Which one are people from this group signing up at?? I would also like to join in the "Secret Santa Swap", I enjoy the monthly swap so much I think a Santa swap would be fun.


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