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Old 06-10-2012, 10:24 PM   #1
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General Update with Pictures

Well, Hell. Life is busy. I know I'm not around much, but I do manage to keep up a bit with some of you on Facebook. For those of you who don't spend time there, yet still wonder what's going on with Elspode, here's some pics and text for your erudition.

I guess the biggest change is that Selene and I are now divorced, and I live with Leslie (Tree Fae) now. Here's a pic of our front yard, courtesy of Google Earth Street View, which finally made it into our neighborhood this past March. The second pic is of our backyard. This place is an oasis for my soul.
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Old 06-10-2012, 10:28 PM   #2
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Those of you who have known me for awhile will remember that beater Explorer in the driveway of the first pic from my post when I first bought it. It's been over eight years, and 118,000 miles since I got it. A couple of months ago, the 84 year old father of one of my oldest and best friends passed on, and no one else wanted to buy his 1996 Land Rover Discovery...with 56,000 one owner miles on it. I wanted it, and got it...for $2,500, at $50 per week terms. This is just one example of how fortunate I am these days.
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Old 06-10-2012, 10:33 PM   #3
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None of this would be nearly as awesome if there wasn't a beautiful, talented, creative, amazing woman involved. This is her.
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Old 06-10-2012, 10:39 PM   #4
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I am also blessed with an amazingly efficient, powerful, and fun mode of transport...my 2001 Kawasaki Concours, which I purchased in April of 2011 at about $500 under it's Bluebook value because the owner was moving to Texas in a couple of days, and didn't want to mess with it. The second picture shows my biggest, most earnest blessing...my grandson, Gavin, sitting on it, looking somewhat skeptical.
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Old 06-10-2012, 10:47 PM   #5
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I have more pictures to scrounge and show. I have more to tell you all. SO many changes...and all of them rather positive. I'm in debt to the extent that bankruptcy is inevitable, but it's just numbers in someone's computers. Selene and I are on excellent terms, even though she rather did me dirty in her departure.

I have so much...so many friends, a family - divided, granted, but still, a family - that loves me. I have a home that is warmer, closer, more perfect than I ever dared imagine. Thanks for letting me share. More to come.

I hope this finds you all as happy and warm as I.
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Old 06-10-2012, 11:15 PM   #6
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Life is good to me most of the time. One of my favorite things to hear is when life is good to someone else. How fabulous for you Els!
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Old 06-10-2012, 10:32 PM   #7
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Good deal man !!
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Old 06-11-2012, 08:06 AM   #8
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You reap you sow, you lovely man.

Things were shitty for you, but you were so positive and understanding and loving about it.
Any good that comes your way for the next forever is just because of you.

It's so, so good to hear from you, and see pics.
And I'm so happy you and TF are living the good life.
She's a wonderful life partner.

I've never been bankrupt, but I would have been if I didn't have the 'rents to come home to.
That felt like rock bottom. It hasn't been because I've found my vocation. My financial situation is temporary and shaky, but I face every work day with happiness.

Unlooked-for joy - I wish the same for you both.
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Old 06-11-2012, 08:49 AM   #9
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I've seen bits of this via FB, and it's really good to know that you are doing well in your new life with Tree Fae.
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Old 06-11-2012, 02:08 PM   #10
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Excellent.
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Old 06-11-2012, 03:00 PM   #11
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I'm very happy to hear from you in all cases, and to have such a happy update... that makes my day.
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Old 06-11-2012, 07:48 PM   #12
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Good to hear from you, Els! Love the yard shots--what are you growing in the back garden, there?
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Old 06-11-2012, 07:51 PM   #13
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Ya man, that looks like one kick-ass garden!
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Old 06-11-2012, 10:38 PM   #14
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The veggie garden contains at least - but not limited to - the following:

Tomatoes, at least three varieties, maybe more

Peppers - Green Bell, one Habanero, A couple of Pablanos and Anaheims.

Corn, Peas, Green Beans, Onions, (the radishes and lettuce are done by now), pumpkins, watermelons, zucchini, beets, cukes and two varieties of potatoes.

It is my personal opinion that the garden is too densely planted for optimal yields, but time will tell. The tomatoes seem to be coming along well, and the corn plants are growing quickly. The squashes seem to all be flowering nicely, and so far, nothing is actually dying. :-)
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Old 06-12-2012, 01:16 AM   #15
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Zucchini? Having trouble with neighbors?
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