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I really enjoy good food, and see it as a great means of fulfillment, but...
tinkercreek comments on Jun 20, 2019:
I dunno, thinking these are separate arenas. And rooms. And tables. And . . . yeah.
This seems to be a great time of life to travel.
tinkercreek comments on Jun 20, 2019:
I've encountered a mixed experience with my daughter, who moved to the other aide of the planet, New Zealand, after a study abroad in college. I know she is living a wonderful life in a marvelous place, and married a truly great guy, now has two healthy and happy kids! They have a better upbringing there than here could ever be, and we utilize online visits. Yes, I miss them all, but I visit there for a month each year and see something new of that glorious land each time! I think next visit I need to start adding an "adventure leg" to my trips.
People looking like paintings.
tinkercreek comments on Jun 20, 2019:
I'll have to plan my next visit to Portland Art Museum a bit more carefully!
The pros and cons of being single! Just ran across these today.
tinkercreek comments on Jun 20, 2019:
Pros: not having the drama of another in my home, not second-guessing motives or finding myself the subject of expectations. Being able to fully relax after a workday, with no complications. Learning to experience life as a glorious adventure, discerning only the good that I see. Cons: not having the input of a valued other when I ponder choices, not being able to pass along decisions or planning when I tire of it. Not having someone to laugh with in discussing the day's events. Being unable to see joy of shared experiences in the eyes of another, and having no one to reminicse with. Being without physical closeness and pleasures, learning together.
It’s been a rough day, various reasons, but I shared on my Facebook that I was sad and asked my ...
tinkercreek comments on Jun 19, 2019:
We all have those thoughts and days when we're on our own, and you are a champ for finding positive ways of helping yourself out. Reminds me of something a beloved mentor once phrased: full-speed, face-forward, into the unknown!
Day 4 of healing and it’s been a rough day, everything is normal but it is very unpleasant.
tinkercreek comments on Jun 18, 2019:
Hoping someone else reads this to you: Rest those eyes! Like any other surgery, that tissue has been traumatized, albeit for good reason. Recovery time is key to the successful result you want, so sit back, re-live your lovely holiday adventures . . .
This is the result of birds not eating all of their seeds from my bird feeder.
tinkercreek comments on Jun 18, 2019:
Garden Bonus!!
The Truth About Women and Men Our Age.....We've Seen it All?
tinkercreek comments on Jun 17, 2019:
I'm good with the verbiage, but that image, REALLY??!
Cooked Up A Little Sauerkraut Tonight! First, drain sauerkraut about 2 hours before cooking and ...
tinkercreek comments on Jun 16, 2019:
Yum! I have read the gut benefits of sauerkraut are uniquely healthy.
Where to vomit 🤢
tinkercreek comments on Jun 16, 2019:
Or the back of the closet, under the bed, or in the shoes left in the front hall!
The procedure was a success, I have 20/20 vision! My eyes still hurt because the top layer is ...
tinkercreek comments on Jun 16, 2019:
So happy for you! In the early 90's I worked at an optical clinic where RK surgery was done (pre-Lasik days). Near-sighted with glasses from age 9, then 15 yrs of hard contacts due to astigmatism, I was counseling/selling patients on the procedure while wearing glasses, so they offered me free vision correction. I researched & studied folks with similar Rx's, and though data was already showing the non-permanence of RK, I took it - over 10 yrs with no vision correction was worth it!! That history now prohibits me from having Lasik (not quite permanent for most?), but I still await the day a permanent corneal replacement is readily available. ENJOY your lovely new freedom, Gwen!!
Have you.....
tinkercreek comments on Jun 16, 2019:
Would I be here now if I hadn't?
Oh FFS, if this relationship goes south it will be because of one of the following: 1.
tinkercreek comments on Jun 15, 2019:
Just a bit of exasperation, eh? Dang it, it has sounded as though there is much more promising and simpatico going on with you two. I hope this will be looked back upon as "a moment".
This sounds great to me!
tinkercreek comments on Jun 15, 2019:
Sounds too good to be true!
What a rollercoaster at work and I've only been here 3 hours so far x.
tinkercreek comments on Jun 15, 2019:
I hope it's encouraging to learn that your boss has gotten so much help in motion for you. Replacing staff who have left simultaneously is a nightmare under any circumstance, and I hope this generates an evaluation from higher leadership over how & why this situation transpired to leave just two of you on board. Something is seriously wrong in that house!
In 16 days I have a life changing appointment.
tinkercreek comments on Jun 15, 2019:
Your bravery and self-determination are inspiring, and I wish you all the best of health and happiness!
One of these days I might actually find the brush or for that matter look in a mirror.
tinkercreek comments on Jun 15, 2019:
Your disheveled look is charming, along with the impish smile - and hair-brushing can be overrated!
I had some greens.
tinkercreek comments on Jun 15, 2019:
Beautiful, and quite like I would cook!
My dear wife, you will surely understand that I have certain needs that you, being 57 years old, can...
tinkercreek comments on Jun 15, 2019:
Doesn't pay to mess with a smart woman!
Difficult?
tinkercreek comments on Jun 15, 2019:
To provide a bit of ego-care, I would prefer "many have tried, and none have succeeded".
Sunflowers coming in nicely .
tinkercreek comments on Jun 15, 2019:
Can't wait to see them all in bloom!
Yesterday Roxie (my pit/Shepard mix) chased the squirrels.
tinkercreek comments on Jun 15, 2019:
Always so cute to see, and they love to taunt! After being outside doing some yardwork yesterday, Chelsea came in with me, lying just inside the patio door. Soon after, a plump grey squirrel sauntered across the patio, stopping to look at her, but she's wise to the prank and just raised her nose a bit to watch it.
Ordered some new daylilies this past winter from Amador Flower Farms and very delighted when they ...
tinkercreek comments on Jun 15, 2019:
Beautiful colors!!
Hey, I found my favorite Dr. Seuss book.
tinkercreek comments on Jun 15, 2019:
Damn, why didn't I get that book???!!
A master wordsmith says:
tinkercreek comments on Jun 15, 2019:
"For the error bred in the bone of each woman and each man, craves what if cannot have: not universal love, but to be loved alone."
How to escape from a prayer circle!
tinkercreek comments on Jun 13, 2019:
Hahahaha, hand-rotting skin disease!!!
My little succulent is blooming for the first time.
tinkercreek comments on Jun 13, 2019:
Succulent blossoms are always adorable!
Mussels and Pino Grigio - what more do you need?
tinkercreek comments on Jun 12, 2019:
Mussels, perhaps?
Glad it happened here for sure.
tinkercreek comments on Jun 11, 2019:
Nice!
I don't understand why people lie about themselves on their profiles.
tinkercreek comments on Jun 11, 2019:
Marketing, my dear, all about playing to the potential market!
First there was the Soup Nazi and now there is the Grilled Cheese Nazi.
tinkercreek comments on Jun 11, 2019:
Oh, I love this vendor!!
Joe DeVito [youtube.com]
tinkercreek comments on Jun 10, 2019:
He's great, so many perfect takes on dating as an older adult!!
Happy birthday to Judy Garland born on this date, June 10th.
tinkercreek comments on Jun 10, 2019:
Oh my, that voice!
Edit: apparently this requires a trigger warning.
tinkercreek comments on Jun 10, 2019:
Bravo, and your sons are lucky young men.
Kissing. How do you like it?
tinkercreek comments on Jun 10, 2019:
Kissing is essential foreplay to me, and a waltz of mutual exploration. I once dated a man I liked very much, and for good reasons, but was baffled by his restrictive and stingy kissing. Soon enough came the stories of his former wife, the dental hygienist, and comments like "do you know how many bacterium can live on the roof of a human mouth?" I truly value overall cleanliness AND good dental hygeine, but this germaphobe was living a romantic reality far removed from mine. Buh-bye.
My sweet puppies graduating from puppy training class. 6 months old, Maisie and Sophie.
tinkercreek comments on Jun 10, 2019:
Such cuties! Trained dogs are the best to live with, having an established communication and understood expectations. Everyone is happier!
Does anyone interpret dreams?
tinkercreek comments on Jun 10, 2019:
Journal!! Write down everything you can remember, as soon as possible, even if the words make no sense. Describe what you saw, what you heard, how you felt. Years ago (30) I went through a time of great personal awakening and self-examination with a therapy group, and skilled leader. Uncommon for me, I began to experience dreams so vivid they would wake me in the night, and I wrote down everything. Years later, 3 of the 4 strongest dreams have come to fruition, one of them a detailed accounting of my father's death. This is nothing I had in mind at the time of the dreams, but a few certain situations poked at my memory until I remembered my journals, and the similarities. Not just flat descriptions, each dream held valuable lessons for me. Hmmm, time to read them again!
It is so good to have you all for the laughs even though we sometimes disagree we all seem to keep ...
tinkercreek comments on Jun 10, 2019:
This is my happy place, my refuge of sanity and civility. I learn more each day from interactions here, and am challenged to re-examine my thoughts regularly. This is good.
On the subject of "things you might want know", please allow me share this.
tinkercreek comments on Jun 10, 2019:
Thank you for sharing, and I am so sorry you lost your precious boy to this. Even with a short-haired dog, I will now be especially watchful.
I met two nice guys yesterday, and while we went our separate ways, I want to share with folks here ...
tinkercreek comments on Jun 10, 2019:
Dog park regulars are generally great folks!
I have three of my girlfriends from upstate visiting me this weekend.
tinkercreek comments on Jun 9, 2019:
You are a very lucky lady to have such a good friend to help out. It speaks to having a strong character and dear heart that friends are there for you, and I'm sure your kiddos have a great mama, too!
I was out dancing Friday night and saw someone who I thought I recognized.
tinkercreek comments on Jun 9, 2019:
Values matter, and in these times a clear conversation should be had if someone of interest has not disclosed their thoughts!
A little ❤ for everyone. We can find ❤ anywhere, we just have to look for it.
tinkercreek comments on Jun 8, 2019:
Life is bursting with things to love, appreciate and enjoy. Nurturing our ability to see/find/identify all forms of inherent goodness is key to sharing untold goodness with others!
Look at this beauty!
tinkercreek comments on Jun 8, 2019:
I recently learned of an Oregon campground - Coyote Rock RV Resort & Marina - who has several like this as rental cabins! They recommend setting up a tent below for the kids, which sounds like a great idea.
"The Human Foot Is a Design Disaster" [youtu.be]
tinkercreek comments on Jun 8, 2019:
13 years of dashing over concrete hospital hallways with heavy equipment took its toll on me, and along with ankle injuries resulted in a left arthrodesis in 2007 (metatarsal/arch rebuild). That was a success, and the residual osteoarthritis in both feet has made me a living barometer, each year more sensitive to cold humidity. Dietary changes, merino socks and insulated boots are my salvation, requiring a certain vigilance and constant eye on load reduction. I always did prefer hanging from trees!
If you haven’t visited a UU church yet, here are a few reasons to.
tinkercreek comments on Jun 8, 2019:
Excellent, and thank you for posting here! I attended UU's over about 10 yrs after a large 'new thought' group dissolved, and felt finally at home in a fellowship organization. Life situations have given me distance from that over recent years, and you are reminding me of all the value there - thank you! I hope you enjoy the high desert of Bend, somewhere dear to me but not reachable this weekend. You wouldn't be looping near Portland soon, would you?? :-)
I’m watching The Lobster on Netflix.
tinkercreek comments on Jun 7, 2019:
I thought it was GREAT - not so good for my (first) date, who was cringing and nearly cowering through it . . . yeah, also last date.
Is this appropriate for a first date?
tinkercreek comments on Jun 5, 2019:
Perhaps you intended this for a different chat group?
The rhubarb is really happy this spring.
tinkercreek comments on Jun 5, 2019:
Whoa, yes, I would certainly agree with 'happy' and 'well established'. Those are healthy monster leaves!!
Costco in Alaska knows how to do King Crab ...Alaska Seafood Rocks !!!
tinkercreek comments on Jun 4, 2019:
Now that's a local advantage!!
My "special" color irises are blooming now.
tinkercreek comments on Jun 4, 2019:
I've always loved iris, can't wait for my patch of purple/gold to bloom!
Pavlov's cat.
tinkercreek comments on Jun 4, 2019:
Looks about right, even without the bell!
My night blooming cereus was at it again last night.
tinkercreek comments on Jun 4, 2019:
Oh, you lucky southerners, how I envy the fantastic flowers that grow there!!
Oh, say! can you see by the dawn's early light and so few ever do 4am - and I am usually ...
tinkercreek comments on Jun 4, 2019:
Love it! I may not catch the very first birds, but I hear them all when I wake at 6am. On the warmer mornings I have a little walkabout through my yard, finding all the new sprouts and changing blossoms before I get ready for work. Birds sing all day here this time of year, even now at 8pm as I have dinner on the patio. I can pick up at least 6 distinct songs, with a couple sparrows and a chickadee popping down to hunt under the blueberry bushes I just watered.
My great aunt has officially gotten so bad she doesn't remember me or my brother.
tinkercreek comments on Jun 3, 2019:
Not at all fair that all this later-life stuff is coming at you at once. You can only mind yourself and your values, try to make good choices with an eye on long-term outcome. As others have said, one thing at a time, and do your best not to engage in battles.
It really works!
tinkercreek comments on Jun 3, 2019:
That is awesome!
Looks like I am going to be changing my status.
tinkercreek comments on Jun 3, 2019:
Great news!
Personal maintenance to look decent increases as we get older
tinkercreek comments on Jun 2, 2019:
You are quite lovely! Yes, there are upkeep items we all do as a baseline, but I applaude you for maintaining your natural beauty as better than layers of paint over botox. I still maintain that those of us who do so will be far better off when the long-term effects of popular cosmetic procedures come into play.
What is your most creative or amusing use of a bungee cord?
tinkercreek comments on Jun 2, 2019:
I added a rain gutter along the house side of a patio gazebo (fabric on metal frame), so the rain would stop splashing on the patio window. Several bungee cords and a few tie wraps, epoxy to hold the downspout and success! Oh, and I also have a bitty one holding my car's sun visor up, as it no longer stays on it's own.
Helocopter Parents & Bulldozer Parents cause great damage to their children's ability to function as...
tinkercreek comments on Jun 2, 2019:
My daughter posted this, now a great mummy to hers, aged 4 & 1. She lives the nightmare quite successfully, despite the anxiety!
All three blooming.
tinkercreek comments on Jun 2, 2019:
That is SO incredibly sweet!
Since the potential consequences to others on the road are the same, shouldn’t the penalties for ...
tinkercreek comments on Jun 2, 2019:
Yes, absolutely so.
Flowers of the day.
tinkercreek comments on Jun 2, 2019:
Ooooh, love the blues, thank you for sharing!!
I saw the Elton John movie "Rocketman" last night. Anyone else see it? What did you think?
tinkercreek comments on Jun 2, 2019:
It's a rare newer film that I am driven to see, but I am hoping for a better look at the historical info and rise of this brilliant artist. I saw him in concert with Billy Joel a few years back, and the entire show was breathtaking.
Have you seen the new series on amazon prime its called " good omens" written by terry pratchett and...
tinkercreek comments on Jun 1, 2019:
Sounds good, thanks for the tip!
So, what was going on in Joseph and Mary's household before an angel came down and inseminated her?
tinkercreek comments on Jun 1, 2019:
Hahaha, what a funny chain of arguement and detail debate!
I have been a fan of this guy for a long time.
tinkercreek comments on Jun 1, 2019:
This is intense, especially for those of us who witnessed the wartime reality of the left side photo.
I'm sure the Fire Department is ok with candles on the stairs.
tinkercreek comments on Jun 1, 2019:
Fake LED candles, look at the symmetry of the topline on each of them.
Going on my fourth date on two weeks.
tinkercreek comments on Jun 1, 2019:
Going out/meeting with lots of different men can be SO stressful and disorienting, makes it tough to keep a grip on who you truly are and what suits your life.
I hurt my sweet baby Toyota Corolla today.
tinkercreek comments on Jun 1, 2019:
When you're used to being on the go with your car, it's tough to be without it!
Update.
tinkercreek comments on Jun 1, 2019:
Well, dang it, this had sounded hopeful.
True confession here.
tinkercreek comments on Jun 1, 2019:
I truly understand you wanting so much to convince yourself this can work, and I also clearly see that your "I want", "I don't want", "I don't want", "I don't think", "I don't think", "I always say", are followed by answers 1) probably not, 2) no, and 3) no. This is a tough one. It sounds like this man has all the charms, skills and maneuvers to coerce many women into getting just what he wants. Again, what HE wants. I think you're too good to join the flock, my dear!
My version of the “Footprints in the Sand” poem features me walking not with God but with Dog.
tinkercreek comments on Jun 1, 2019:
Now those are footprints I can relate to!!
Did you know...
tinkercreek comments on May 31, 2019:
Guess that’s why we’re all here, eh?!
My new themesong Farewell and adieu all you dating site ladies Farewell and adieu all you ladies...
tinkercreek comments on May 30, 2019:
Congratulations! I predict less stress, more clarity, and a refreshed outlook on life. Discovering what makes you happy on your own will make you stronger in recognizing happiness with another.
Tears! I usually don't get so moved by these things, but this made my day: [youtube.com]
tinkercreek comments on May 30, 2019:
That was incredibly beautiful~ having been a performer, a parent, an advocate for special needs, this was an amazing moment in life for that entire family. Thank you for sharing!!
This is me today! lol
tinkercreek comments on May 28, 2019:
Memory foam is my new hero: one around my neck, one under my knees, and able to hop out of bed in the morning. OK, well maybe not hop, but I'm out of bed and walking without grunts and groans.
In Memory of My Father on Memorial Day 2019 My father joined the Marines when he was barely 16.
tinkercreek comments on May 28, 2019:
So dear of you to share that, and your dad would surely be proud that so many of us have been touched by it. Many thanks to him, and to your entire family.
Oh. My. No. God. Look what I found at the bottom of a tub-o-stuff. 1993!
tinkercreek comments on May 27, 2019:
But so cute! Doesn't it take you right back? Nothing like school pics to chronicle fashions of the past.
I saw Cohen in Sheffield 1974 - this guy shuffled onto the stage, dressed in a pullover and trousers...
tinkercreek comments on May 27, 2019:
I was able to see him in concert in Portland, OR, in 2014. I doubt his skill and impact had lessened from when you saw him!
Sme question for the ladies - Is this sexy and if so why? [youtube.com]
tinkercreek comments on May 27, 2019:
I'm a huge fan of Leonard and have most of his recent music up to the end. He was a complex performer, highly educated and life-experienced, passionate and compassionate man, which I feel exuding from most of his music. This piece in particular I have always experienced as very intense and evocative of an amazingly passionate love. Oh, and the smoky instrumentals . . . if that's what you mean by sexy, yes.
Dewberry cultivation?
tinkercreek comments on May 27, 2019:
Interesting, have never heard of that here in the PNW! Like JackP, our constant battles are with blackberries, though it can be so nice to have an establishment of them nearby to harvest.
Just to illustrate the point that you can in fact find love on line, let me tell you about my day ...
tinkercreek comments on May 27, 2019:
So happy for you both, and that is love, inspired by trust.
Good Morning All and Happy Memorial Day.
tinkercreek comments on May 27, 2019:
Enjoy all the fun of it!
Yesterday Lily really wanted to meet the little girl door.
tinkercreek comments on May 27, 2019:
Isn't it great to have a dog who loves people?!
Who else can relate to this? Or has a doggy with social anxiety (aka fear of being left alone)?
tinkercreek comments on May 27, 2019:
Oh, and especially if your dear 4-foot is part herder, often wanting to 'help' you get where you are going. I try to instill the phrase "Stop following!", but she usually has higher priorities.
Hi everybody.
tinkercreek comments on May 27, 2019:
Happy belated birthday to you, and happy LIFE!
I love my garden....
tinkercreek comments on May 27, 2019:
I can certainly understand why, for it is lovely!
I get my kids dinner ready every night of course.
tinkercreek comments on May 27, 2019:
You're a great Daddy! Thank you, from the world.
A line just heard on C-SPAN (they're featuring a look at Milwaukee).
tinkercreek comments on May 26, 2019:
That's a bit interesting to me, as Polka is about the least-sexy form of music I can imagine!
Say what??
tinkercreek comments on May 26, 2019:
A pet peeve, and a give-away to certain inclinations.
I LOL'd at this...
tinkercreek comments on May 26, 2019:
Maybe they've finally learned to keep their appetite hallucinations to themselves.
Is it a sign of a scammer when one of the frequent questions they ask is what your last meal was, or...
tinkercreek comments on May 26, 2019:
Never heard that one, but it's just a bit creepy, and likely just fishing for other extraneous information - which, if it were a real person who read your profile, they would know.
I don’t know why I posted this...lol
tinkercreek comments on May 26, 2019:
Yes!!
Poisson du Jour (Fish of the day) is Catfish!!!! This is somewhat funny.
tinkercreek comments on May 26, 2019:
As a tall women, while surfing the dating sites, height was always of interest to me as a matter of practicality. I learned 2 things: 1) when a man omits height, he is quite short, and 2) adult men consistently believe themselves to be at least 1-2" taller than they actually are. Reality hits when they meet a woman as tall as they claim to be ;-).
I know it's tomorrow, but I would still like to thank all my sister and brother Veterans a great ...
tinkercreek comments on May 26, 2019:
Thank you, and them, for your service.
This trip has been amazing! A time of healing, self-discovery and a real introduction to the expanse...
tinkercreek comments on May 26, 2019:
You are so wise, inspired and fortunate!! Thank you for reminding us all of life's possibilities, and the beauty of finding your true self.
Female squash players in Spain shocked at tournament prize: leg wax and a vibrator The athletes who...
tinkercreek comments on May 26, 2019:
Can hardly believe the report, but it checks out. This:"this kind of attitude is “the foundation for all the structural sexism which, in its most extreme form, ends with women getting killed.”" pretty much sum it up.
Pick two..
tinkercreek comments on May 25, 2019:
No contest - single and smart.
I came to work to 20 lessons and tests I have to take today between my actual duties.
tinkercreek comments on May 25, 2019:
I feel your pain, just finished our latest series!

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