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Howar - from a fellow vet, thank you...I can't add anything more to it than that! It's always awesome to have someone and/or something to lean on in those situations. And you had both. Awesome that it was such a great song!

As for my response to Sunshine's question.... I'd have to say 2 songs have always struck a nerve with me. Country Ghetto and Lochloosa. Both because they remind me of home, for different reason, obviously. I can relate to so much of the theme of CG. The "town" I grew up in had planty of folks with more broken down cars on blocks out back than running cars in the driveways, houses and yards that needed alot of attention, and money was tight. The line I use for my signature says alot to me as well. It reminds me of my dad when the mines closed down, and money for us was tighter than ever. He would never take a hand out of any kind. Figured we could make do on what we could grow, hunt, raise, and catch. We ate alot of venison, grouse and fish... thankfully, we did have a few cattle and a huge garden for veggies, so it wasn't all bad. In many ways, I think it made my brother and me stronger and in many ways, more grateful for what we have now.
Lochloosa...well, it describes the changes in the area around Lake Vermilion, where my grandparents had a cabin. Now there's a casino (complete with a water tower that rises above the treeline...), and tons of McMansions. Grandpa passed before that all happened, and I know he'e have the "lay down and die" reaction if he saw it now.

As far as the SNOW goes..... Hey, I grew up in Embarrass, MN (look it up...), where the yearly temp averages 33 degrees.... I actually LOVE winter. Growing up where I did, there was always something to do outside. Ice fishing, snowmobiling, trapping, getting to use the traactor to clear the driveway, etc.. But this year has been too much. A couple days ago the weatherman said that if we got no more snow this season, it would be in the top 5 snowiest winters on record in MN. And we still hae a few more weeks in March that almost certainly will give us another foot or so. I just had surgery on my left shoulder last week.... shovelling is gonna be a real chore if we get any of the heavy wet stuff we usually get this time of year. And I really just want to get my boat on the water and do some fishing that doesn't involve drilling holes in the ice.....


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Hit 85 here today. Actually 84.6 according to my handy digital thermometer but it felt like a solid 85 to me. Yup...had the AC on 3 days in a row.


AC on in Feb, wow, hat is a bit early from what I remember living thar ..... just means that you are in for a heck of a dog breathing down your neck, cutting through the humidity with a knife summer, iffin my memory serves me.

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Figured we could make do on what we could grow, hunt, raise, and catch. We ate alot of venison, grouse and fish... thankfully, we did have a few cattle and a huge garden for veggies, so it wasn't all bad. In many ways, I think it made my brother and me stronger and in many ways, more grateful for what we have now.
 


You know it made you stronger and appreciative.  I try so hard to teach this to my children; being thankful for what we have and not always wanting the latest gadget.  That is why we have never purchased a gaming system or hand held device or video game.  they save their money and buy it for themselves and it has taught them the value earning something for themselves.

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prolly so. yeah it's been humid these last few days thus the need for the ac. we could open the winders but it's get a bit sticky.

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You know it made you stronger and appreciative.  I try so hard to teach this to my children; being thankful for what we have and not always wanting the latest gadget.  That is why we have never purchased a gaming system or hand held device or video game.  they save their money and buy it for themselves and it has taught them the value earning something for themselves.





And that's something my parents did with us quite a bit, as well. If we wanted something, we earned and saved our $$... funny thing is, (and I didn't realise this til much later), there were many times that that thing I wanted so badly ended up not being what I bought once I had saved enough.... turned out that I didn't need it so bad after all. 
I've been doing my best to instill that in my daughters as well. My oldest is wonderful at saving! Better than Dad at this point, to be honest. But she's also great at buying things from consignment shops, clearance racks, etc. She appreciates what she has, and I've never heard her complain. Now my little one....well, she's The Sweetest Thing, and has daddy wrapped around her finger. But I'm workin' on it.

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The song I connect with most is The Sun is Shinning Down. I lost the strongest woman I have ever known, my grandmama, in January 2014. She passed away exactly 2 months prior to her 96th birthday. I was at Springfest at The Spirit of the Suwanee music park, visiting with friends at the treehouse, waiting for the JJ Grey and Mofro concert to begin. It was less than 2 months since Grandmama had departed this earth, and her birthday was the following week. A dear friend was giving her condolences and reminded me that my Grandmama was always with me in spirit. I added that I had felt her presence very strongly in the past week, as I was going through some very sad days mourning her loss. When JJ played The Sun is Shining Down, I was so moved. I had never heard the song before but when the crowd sang along with the first chorus, I couldn't stop the tears. It was so comforting and I found myself singing word for word when the chorus came back around! I later found out that JJ wrote this song about his grandparents. I think of my dear Grandmama every time I hear this song and know that her love is shining down, and how truly blessed I am to have had such a dynamic, strong, and loving woman in my life. I'm so fortunate to have tickets to see JJ at Pebble Hill Plantation (in Grandmama's home town of Thomasville Georgia) this Sunday and I am certain when he sings The Sun is Shining Down that I will have to wipe some tears. Happy comforting tears.
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What a beautiful story DonnaLyn.  Thank you for sharing.  It still amazes me after awl this time, that how the experiences JJ went through, is somehow transcended through his music and helps us all cope with what we are going through.
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