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January 08, 2022


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I think it's OK to take some 'me time' sometimes. I would like to see the railway exhibition. I still have my train set, waiting/hoping for my own children to come along...

Donna W

In Iowa, the Dumont Museum, which now is no more, had two rooms full of trains, with little police cars with blinking lights and a merry-go-round with happy children riding it. I could almost lose myself just walking along looking at the moving people, animals, and vehicles of all kinds! The place was also a tractor museum, but I hovered around the trains while Cliff looked at the tractors. The couple simply got too old to keep up with the place. We went there three times, and I wish we could have gone once more before the place was auctioned off.


You should give yourself an "A" all around. You can't be everywhere 24/7. Sounds like a fun time. It's okay to take time to do what YOU want to do and take a break from caregiving in all of it's forms. I'm having trouble with your description of yourself as a "quiet and shy child." Linda in Kansas


You folks down there are certainly getting out and about while we are being being pretty tight. But you are well masked as those go about it. t must be good for the spirit, especially if you realize that you can’t be all things ot all people at all times, and that is okay. 👌


Seeing those big vases, or whatever they are, and those hideous cats makes me feel much better about buying my zebra with a crown!


I think you get an A+ for striking a good life balance. You've accomplished a great deal sorting the medical needs for your Mom and then being there for your family. A trip to the salon and spending time with John enjoying the museum, shops and a meal sounds perfect to me. Trains can be a very serious hobby. A relative of mine built an entire community in his basement.


I subscribe to a YouTube channel of a guy making a huge train display in a huge room with all the accoutrements. The effort he puts into the smallest of details just amazes me.

Pam Donaldson

Ross would love those layouts!

I sympathise about dividing yourself into many portions. It's an inevitable part of being that age... unless we lose our parents early, which would be worse - but that doesn't make it easy. Sigh.

Joanne Noagon

My dad was a train aficionado, HO gauge, I believe. Regular Lionel trains. He and my brothers built an enormous display in the basement. After he passed, mom donated the whole thing to a local group like this.


We've seen that exhibit in previous years, isn't it awesome? I'm a big believer that you have to take care of yourself so you have something to give to others. I think you're doing just fine. (and I went to the World's Fair in a stroller, so at least you remember it!) :D


Quite a day out, and in! We went to a restaurant with a visiting granddaughter and her new husband on Saturday. It was fun though I was appalled at all the people on the streets maskless. I keep forgetting it is Arizona, where there is no Covid. (He said, sarcastically.)

Ally Bean

The trains are cute, but those vases look like monstrosities. I know how you feel about staying well for other people. If one of us gets sick the other one is going to have to tend to the sick one. No one else to call on for help, so we are living very cautious lives... still.


Looks like you had a fabulous time. We all need a day like that. You spoke of board games and it reminded me of a board game that my granddaughter loved playing with my son (her uncle). It was called Pandemic! Little did we know it would one day become our lives.


Uhhh, you need to take care of yourself and enjoy some time away from home and with John.
Those trains are so cool, My brother in law has his attic area made into a huge train track and city. Its really cool to see.

Tonya Watkins

What a great outing! (But those VASES (?) (!) and CATS!) I'm glad you got some time to hang with John. You hadn't been able to do much of that for a while.

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