Dennis and I grew up with very different backgrounds. Both of us are "Mainers" by birth but I had a small town upbringing, my Mothers parents were immigrants from Austria / Hungary in the mid 1890's, met and married in this country and moved from NYC area to Denmark, Maine in the early 1900's. From them I get my love of travel ie "wanderlust" and a devoted interest in reading!!
My Dad's family are from many generations of old Yankee horse-traders and farmers, interestingly on Grammies "side" of the *Family Tree* is Admiral Robert Peary the Explorer and on Grampa's is Johnny Appleseed... from them I have obtained my passion for Civil-War history and old-fashioned Yankee Tradin' !!
Dennis is a "city boy" having been born and raised thru his teens in Maine's largest cities, at 12 he and his family moved to S. CA. , returning here in the mid 1960's, just in time for Vietnam. He spent 7 yrs in the service later returning to the Lewiston, Maine area to work in construction for many yrs.
We met at work, in the Heath Care Field in the early 1990's, both divorced with no children it was a great friendship built on mutual appreciation of each other!!
It took the poor man awhile to adapt to living with the "Crazy Dog Person" that I am, but he has grown to love the "kids" here as much as me.
He is a Harley Man, having criss-crossed the entire U.S. in yr's past. Now, his passion is Metal Detecting and the research involved in finding fantastic old sites to explore. He's also become very interested in learning to play guitar and spends time at that, leaving the computer free for me!!
We both enjoy reading and Civil-War History, having enjoyed several trips to Gettysburg and surrounding areas in the past. Estate Auctions are also fun along with E-bay
My personal hobbies aside from Labradors include reading, collecting Maine Postcards and antique stereo-view cards.
Right now my life is a busy one with the Dogs, Friends, work and my family, including my WILD 83 yr. old Mother!!
Friends tell me that NO ONE can talk as much as me!! And Dennis is quick to agree, I look forward to meeting and sharing my wonderful Labradors with you!!
below are a few pictures of our family and fun over the yr's together
When things in your life seem almost too much
to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the
mayonnaise jar...and the coffee...
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous yes
The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.
Now said the professor, as the laughter subsided, I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things-your God, your family, your children, your health, your friends, and your favorite passions-things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.
The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, and your car.The sand is everything else-the small stuff.
If you put the sand into the jar first he continued, there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner. Play another 18 holes. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal Take care of the golf balls first, the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented.
The professor smiled. I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.
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