Not Dead Yet

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Right. Moving on. The last couple of days have been really interesting – not interesting in a great way though. Directly after the eyeball incident, I cleverly sliced the whole top of my knuckle off with my very strong and sharp kitchen scissors. It was still attached by a thread of skin, so I stuck it back on again and plastered it up with a big pile of Betadine. It’s finally stopped popping open now, so that’s out of the way, but now I have an awesome toothache and I look like a chipmunk, so…. whoever’s sticking pins in a doll that looks just like me, kindly desist.

I missed posting my Ode to Terry Pratchett, and now I just want to catch up again, preferably without incurring any further injuries. All part of this weird collection of tiny injuries coming my way, and Terry Pratchett departing this old rock on my mother’s birthday, and me normally being sad on her birthday because she died so young got me thinking that Terry’s life – my mom’s too – should be celebrated with laughter, quaffing, and ….. stuff….. rather than too much sadness. Death is a trip we’re all going to have to take, and there’s no point in railing against it when it happens. Death is a natural part of life.

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What happens on the other side? I’m sure that something happens. I know that a lot of people think that the end is the end – life extinguished – nada. Not me. I don’t believe that our lives are senseless, and I would be well chuffed to be collected by Discworld’s DEATH when it’s my turn to depart this mortal coil. Hey Ho Binky!

We all run from it – avoid it – fear it, and mourn those who are taken by it, often forgetting to appreciate the life that we have right now. Sometimes we’re so wrapped up in seemingly huge problems that we forget to live. Right now I’m grateful to be alive – I plan on having as much fun as I can too. After decades of giving me laughter and comfort, both in good times and bad, Sir Terry Pratchett’s final gift to me seems to be the gift of gratitude. Not only gratitude that I’m alive and well (sort of), but also that by his example I realise that anything is possible if you set out to do it. So in honour of my best loved writerly person, I pledge to appreciate all the days I have left, to do the best that I can, and be the best I can be, and to always remember to laugh. And to scribble – a lot. His having published seventy books is definitely a goal to aim for.

Bon voyage Sir Terry – you’ll be with us always – in laughter, joy, risqué bits and fabulous wisdom. See you on the other side. Rock on.

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Now – back to living – I’ll be in catch up mode for a couple of days zooming around your blogs – much safer here at my desk – I hope.

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73 thoughts on “Not Dead Yet

    Charles Yallowitz said:
    March 16, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Hope your knuckle heals. Just reading that made me cringe and curl up while cradling my hands. Ouch is an understatment.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 16, 2015 at 3:14 pm

      Thanks Charles – it will definitely always be an interesting looking knuckle. It really looks beyond gross, but I really wasn’t keen on having it stitched even though I really should have – coward I am.

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        Charles Yallowitz said:
        March 16, 2015 at 4:21 pm

        So it’s just taped back on?

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          jorobinson176 responded:
          March 16, 2015 at 4:31 pm

          I had to keep on putting new plasters on for a couple of days because it kept popping open, but it’s nicely sealed now. The first night I put it on a towel on an old pillow & then sort of half awake went to give it a rinse in the bathroom. Never really clicked that the plasters were gone till I looked in the mirror and saw that during the night they’d been transferred to my forehead and neck. Very scary – I looked like a proper zombie with the red eyes to match.

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            Charles Yallowitz said:
            March 16, 2015 at 4:35 pm

            At least you have a story behind it. People love stories. 🙂

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            WeaverGrace said:
            March 19, 2015 at 10:11 am

            I’ve taped skin back together that some people would have stitched. Skin is marvelous about reconnecting sometimes, and other times, it replaces itself.

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              jorobinson176 responded:
              March 19, 2015 at 10:27 am

              You’re right there – this has healed up wonderfully now, and I’ve found a possible way to avoid dentists too. Scribbler heal thyself – sort of thing. 🙂

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                WeaverGrace said:
                March 19, 2015 at 10:39 am

                I have had several root canals because of abscesses, with the understanding that the alternative was to lose the tooth. The only way I’ve found to avoid more is oil pulling. Do you know of it? Any other ideas?

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                  jorobinson176 responded:
                  March 19, 2015 at 11:11 am

                  I’m going to do a blog about it in a couple of days if it holds out. I’ve also had the root canals, and have always been hugely terrified of dentists, until I met one in Zimbabwe that the locals used to call “The Ghost”. I actually fell asleep while he was doing a root canal – and that is a totally true story. Never felt so much as a prick of a needle from that old guy. I think it could be because you never saw him – he sat behind the back of your head. Maybe seeing someone with a large drill or needle coming at you causes the pain mostly. Anyway. On Monday I woke up in the wee hours in incredible pain from the tooth. My face was so swollen I was absolutely planning on heading out for antibiotics as soon as the sun came up. Not so keen on antibiotics. I was trying to think of something to bring down the pain threshold in the meantime & only had Panado. Then I remembered reading something about Xylitol and teeth when I was researching Candida, and realised I still had a packet lying around somewhere. I stopped using it long ago & substituted with honey. I found it – shut my eyes and thought of England – and shoved a half a teaspoon in my mouth & swished it towards the tooth. Within ten minutes the pain had totally gone, and within an hour the swelling started to go down. Not sure what was going on, I did the same thing five times during the course of the day, and not only did the pain stay totally gone, the swelling just kept coming down. I googled it then & saw a couple of articles from real dentists saying that they don’t use toothpaste & instead brush their teeth with xylitol. It’s weird brushing your teeth with sugar, but I have been all week and my whole mouth feels brilliant – teeth seem to be quite a bit whiter too. I don’t want to speak too soon, so I want to carry on doing it for another week or so, but I’m pretty sure I’ve figured out how to avoid the dentist. That was long – phew – sorry. 🙂

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                    WeaverGrace said:
                    March 20, 2015 at 10:18 am

                    Great story! Thanks for every word of it! I have used garlic, ginger, clove oil, or Bear Root with similar results. If you destroy the inflammation that causes the pain, then you might not need the antibiotic. I was successful doing this with my last one a few weeks ago.

                    I agree that root canals don’t have to be traumatic. I found 2 guys who are as pleasant as a good hygienist. One uses a little cordless drill. I still haven’t found anyone who can give me the shots inconspicuously, though.

                    I make my own toothpaste with calcium carbonate powder (remineralizes), xylitol (keeps bacteria from sticking), cinnamon (whitens), and coconut oil. My dental hygienist helped me decide on the recipe, and we see that it’s making a difference.

                    Thanks always for sharing your stories. I’m wishing you well.

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    Natacha Guyot said:
    March 16, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    I hope that you feel better/heal soon! And hopefully you’ll stay safe from all these annoying things for a while!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 16, 2015 at 3:15 pm

      Thank you Natacha. I’m going to stay right here for a while catching up with everyone, and definitely stay away from any more things out there. X

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    T Ibara Photo said:
    March 16, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Hello Jo,
    I also hope you will feel better & have a full recovery soon ❤
    Take care,
    Takami

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 16, 2015 at 3:16 pm

      Thank you my lovely friend. I think a trip to the dentist will hopefully be the end of this little time of accidents – hopefully. HUGS! ❤ X

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    coldhandboyack said:
    March 16, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Go ahead an celebrate, but use a sippy cup; a plastic sippy cup. You might want to wear gloves and laboratory goggles too.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 16, 2015 at 3:18 pm

      Ha haaaaa Craig! I’m with you though – I’ve been walking very carefully just lately. I reckon there could be some little imp out there whose nostril I must have got up, and he’s taking revenge. 😀

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    Susan Scott said:
    March 16, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Jo, slow down now already with all these ‘accidents’ … which, some may say, are not accidents. Attention required … I hope the wounds heal well …

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 16, 2015 at 4:00 pm

      I’m totally agreeing with you Susan. Attention is definitely required I think. I suppose sometimes it takes a whole lot of little pains to make us stop and inspect what we’re up to. Thank you for your sage words. X

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    D. Wallace Peach said:
    March 16, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    Eyeball, knuckle, tooth. That makes 3, so rest assured, you’re all done with injuries for awhile. Phew. Thanks for the musing on life and death. Ripple onward.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 16, 2015 at 4:02 pm

      Three is hopefully the charm – I reckon the dentist will top the list though. Not keen, and glad they can’t squeeze me in right now too. Books make the grandest ripples – ripple on indeed. X

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    noelleg44 said:
    March 16, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    You’ve certainly had your share of physical problems lately! I went through a patch like that last year…it will end! The quote from Terry Pratchett was just perfect. I’d always thought that you weren’t really dead until the last person who remembers you has passed on, same thing. I like the way the Irish celebrate death – with a grand wake! One of my good friends planned a huge party for his friends after he died; we all went, had a great time, and remembered him with laughter through the tears.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 16, 2015 at 4:06 pm

      My mom was so Irish! I remember the night that she died we sat up till morning completely emptying the booze cabinet – never want to see peppermint liqueur again as long as I live, but went on to too much sadness after that. I like to think that we’ll be connected to those we love or have loved for all eternity one way or another, and that we’ll meet them again somewhere or some time. I like your Irish wake – I think I’ll just pop that in my will. I’m also thinking – cremation and then scattering of ashes from a hot air balloon from a really high height – ha! There’ll be a bit of me in loads of people then. Probably not legal though. X

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    teagan geneviene said:
    March 16, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Yikes, Jo! That sounds about the “injury rolls” i get on… Wishing you whole, safe, and sound. 🙂
    Now… i guess i should figure out how to make some ripples.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 16, 2015 at 4:08 pm

      You’re already making lots and lots of lovely ripples my gorgeous Teagan – they’re well there already. I’ve just been reading about you standing in a pile of fire ants – that’s yikes! Those little sods used to make the earthworms in the ground jump inches. HUGS! X

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        teagan geneviene said:
        March 16, 2015 at 7:44 pm

        Eerrr yeah that was miserable… all over my legs and feet (i was wearing shorts and sandals; summer). Somebody finally had me bathe my legs/feet in bleach — undiluted. I was so desperate that i tried it. But it was so long ago that i don’t remember how much it helped. A little bit anyway.
        I hope this week is going better, and that the peeper is healing. Hugs.

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    marianallen said:
    March 16, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Take care of yourself, dearie! I know there are plenty of people who are asking for a knuckle sandwich, but I don’t think you understand that it’s a metaphor! lol!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 16, 2015 at 4:10 pm

      Thank you my lovely Marian. Ha haaaa! I can picture that sandwich – aaaargh! The thing I’m a bit ashamed of is taking a photo of it and actually considering posting it. Good old blogland – always want to share – but that would have been a baaaaad idea. XXXX

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    danniehill said:
    March 16, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    You’ve had a rough time, Jo. Get the tooth looked after. I feel sad for those that think death is the end of things. There’s so much more.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 16, 2015 at 4:12 pm

      I’m absolutely with you Dannie – there really is so much more, and I think that many of us friends and family on this go round meet up all the time around and about. I’m going to have to bear the tooth for a couple of days – really not keen on taking antibiotics but might have to before he can work on it. Not looking gorgeous at all, I can tell you. 😀 XXXX

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    yeseventhistoowillpass said:
    March 16, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Wow… Maybe some did stick pins in a doll.. No snakes wandering in?

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 16, 2015 at 3:59 pm

      Wow Juan! Last week the guy who works in the garden killed a young black mamba! That thing bites you and you’re dead in under eight hours without very, very quick treatment. I actually took a pic of it, but it crept me out too much to share. Time for some saging!

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        yeseventhistoowillpass said:
        March 16, 2015 at 4:01 pm

        A young black mamba…. Wow.. Saging sounds good! Ive only seen mambas in a zoo enviroment.. You have them in your yard… Amazing.. Think about that!

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          jorobinson176 responded:
          March 16, 2015 at 4:14 pm

          They’re not nice critters. Of all the snakes they’re really irritable and will often chase to strike even if you run – they’re hugely fast too. Being in the mountains we get all sorts creeping in to the yards.

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            yeseventhistoowillpass said:
            March 16, 2015 at 4:18 pm

            That’s amazing…. I like how you say of all the snakes….

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    Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. said:
    March 16, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Jo’s tribute and promise to Terry Pratchett and a suggestion that someone take over the cooking in her house!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 19, 2015 at 10:59 am

      Thank you my lovely Sal! Ha ha haaa! Take aways ruled the day unfortunately. I’m terrible at sharing my kitchen. I don’t think I mind, but I tend to lurk and peer over shoulders and cough politely by way of help. HUGS! XXXXX ❤

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        Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. said:
        March 19, 2015 at 11:09 am

        I am a bit territorial in the kitchen as I tend to spread myself out a bit and use any pan we have in the place… I know where everything is… but I would let you in if you promise to keep away from the knife drawer! hugs..XXX

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          jorobinson176 responded:
          March 19, 2015 at 11:15 am

          Ha haaa! I’ve got a knife that I don’t allow myself to use. I used it once, and I swear it cut me without making actual contact with skin. I reckon we’d have a ball in each other’s kitchens – you’re definitely invited to mine – hop on a plane right now! Maybe it’s because we really do love cooking?? I don’t mind a fellow foodie in my kitchen if they have respect for the “stuff”. ❤ XXXXXX

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            Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. said:
            March 19, 2015 at 12:07 pm

            I might take you up on that.. would love to create something with your heirloom tomatoes.. Won’t bring the wine as we can do a quick (or slow) tour around your local wineries…after the chopping. XXX

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    Hugh's Views and News said:
    March 16, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Sorry to hear about all the toothache and knuckle slicing, Jo. I hope it is all sorted out soon.

    I love your positive outlook on life. “Here, here”, I say. I always remember the saying “live everyday like it is your last”.

    Certainly when my ‘sell by’ date comes up, I want there to be a huge celebration of my life, with everybody who wants to celebrate, wearing bright colours. And my theme tune as I depart to what awaits me? I’m moving on” by Bananarama.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 19, 2015 at 10:57 am

      Thank you Hugh! Yes – I totally like your exit strategy. I also want a huge party with happy memories – Bananarama will be brilliant to play you onwards too. I’d better think of my own theme tune, now that you mention it, or I’ll end up with She’ll Be Coming Round The Mountain or something like that. HUGS! ❤

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    C.E.Robinson said:
    March 16, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Jo, your 3 mishaps are done! Not that there will be more, but Steri-strips or Butterfly bandages are a life-saver for not so deep cuts. Enjoyed your post & your thoughts on living a full life! Love the ripples image. At my age, I’m “rippling” (not wasting) away. Have a safe, wonderful week. Christine

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 19, 2015 at 10:54 am

      Thank you Christine! I like to think that we’re rippling, and always will too. HUGS! ❤

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    merrildsmith said:
    March 16, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    Yikes! I hope your knuckle heals quickly (and eye, too, if it hasn’t yet). It seems like I always have kitchen scrapes, but nothing like that.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 19, 2015 at 10:51 am

      Thank you Merril! I’m terrible – accident prone and clumsy to boot, so these things generally go with the territory. Although maybe not so much slicing myself to bits. HUGS! ❤

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    Silver Threading said:
    March 16, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Feel better Jo! I am sending positive vibes your way. ❤

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    Let's CUT the Crap! said:
    March 16, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    Sorry to hear you’ve been attacked on all sides. Hope the tooth doesn’t abscess. The sliced knuckle doesn’t stop you from typing, I see. Thank goodness for small mercies. Look after yourself.

    Lovely tribute to Terry Prachett. Take care. ❤

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 19, 2015 at 10:49 am

      Thank you Tess! The finger’s all better now. The tooth did abscess – whatever the problem was must have been somewhere on the inside. My cheek swelled up hugely – it’s pretty much totally down now though without any sort of antibiotic, so happy, happy days. HUGS! ❤ XXXXX

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    Jack Eason said:
    March 16, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    Reblogged this on Have We Had Help? and commented:
    More from our Jo 😉

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    Jack Eason said:
    March 16, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    You really have been in the wars of late, haven’t you Jo. NO MORE ACCIDENTS – ALRIGHT!!! ❤ xxx

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 19, 2015 at 10:46 am

      Thank you Jack – I hope I’ll stay in one piece now, and I’m really glad I got a toothache – personal epic dental discovery blog to come. ❤ XXXXXXX

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    lassy said:
    March 16, 2015 at 9:03 pm
    olganm said:
    March 16, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    Great post but whatever you do keep away from…everything!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 19, 2015 at 10:44 am

      LOL! Thank you lovely Olga. I think it was a virtual kick in the rear from the universe – message to stop being a ninny. HUGS! XXXXX

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    davidprosser said:
    March 16, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    I hope the eye is a lot better now. Can I just caution you against the quaffing. Though it may not necessarily result in an untimely demise for either you or a household pet, it could very well inconvenience you with the removal of a knuckle.Once a knuckle is removed the two ends of the finger have a horrible habit of separating and the only small gods I know deal mainly with sleep. I certainly wouldn’t ask that lot too many favours though.
    Look after yourself Jo and like me you’ll probably live to re-read Sir Terry’s books.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 19, 2015 at 10:42 am

      Ack! Maybe a relatively ladylike slurp then. Ha ha haaaa! After seeing the abuse they put you through I’ll stay well away from those small god guys. Talking of our lovely Sir Terry – I see Amazon’s having a sale on about eight of his books right now at around $1.99. I picked up three that I didn’t have on my Kindle yet. XXX Massive Hugs XXX and a big fat MWAH right on the lips! XXXX

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    John W. Howell said:
    March 16, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    Geeze jo. You need to watch out. You’re not going skydiving this week are you? Nice tribute to Sir Terry

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 19, 2015 at 10:37 am

      Thank you John. 😀 That’s one thing I’ll be forever safe from – terrified of heights. I’ll never get over my one and only roller coaster ride.

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    laurie27wsmith said:
    March 17, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Try not to get any paper cuts Jo. 😦

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 19, 2015 at 10:35 am

      Could have been the luck of the half Irish Laurie. 😀 It was really surreal though – in a good way as it turns out. Woke me up properly, and strangely eradicated a couple of vague underlying fears I seem to have latched on to over the past months. Funny old life. X

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        laurie27wsmith said:
        March 19, 2015 at 10:22 pm

        The luck of the Irish is all you need Jo, although their country never seems to have had much. It’s good to hear that things have sorted out for you. Who knows what lurks in the deep recesses of our psyches, little niggly things ready to ruin our lives. have a great day Jo. 🙂

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    Sherri said:
    March 18, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    Jo, I’m getting seriously worried about all your injuries! Love your tribute, awesome quotes by the man himself and love your last pic 😀 A difficult day for you, with memories of your dear Mum ❤ Sending hugs to you my lovely, dear friend, with tons of love and also sharing cheers to life in all it's fullness and beauty ❤ ❤ ❤ xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 19, 2015 at 10:33 am

      Thank you my lovely Sherri! I’m back on top form again now – that weird week turned out to be a fabulous lesson in life in all its fullness and beauty too, so I’m a very happy bunny again. Lots and lots of love your way and massive HUGS! ❤ XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX ❤

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        Sherri said:
        March 19, 2015 at 3:45 pm

        Ahh…so glad to know this Jo…and a heartful of love and an armful of hugs right back to you 🙂 ❤ xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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    WeaverGrace said:
    March 19, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Thanks for making the time to stop by my blog. I always enjoy your visits, and especially appreciate your most recent effort after reading your update. May you find resilience as your injuries take on meaning.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      March 19, 2015 at 10:30 am

      Sorry I’ve been away for so long – I got a bit buried under an avalanche after missing some days. I’ve had to delete most of the older notifications now, otherwise I’d always just be trying to catch up and never be on time again. Thanks my friend – this time my little plethora of owies had really got my attention and now I’ve got a grip again, so I’ll be seeing you in the trenches again. X

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    Janice Wald said:
    April 3, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    Hi
    Thank you for liking my post on Reflections How Google Can Find You.
    Terry Pritchett sounds interesting. I am a history teacher. I teach about Africa.
    You have a very engaged community here. Thank you for making contact with me. Nice to meet you. Janice

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    Janice Wald said:
    April 3, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    Sorry I meant Terry Pratchett.
    Janice

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