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Pete trips again!
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   Posted 6/7/2010 4:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm sure some of Y'all have been waiting to hear about our visit w/ Dani and her family yesterday! Well first before telling Y'all about our visit, I just want to let you know about the biggest shock I had when they arrived! Dani is a knockout! She is the most beutiful girl I've seen in a long long time! I was so surprised when she got out of the minivan in her long white dress, she looked like an angel! I'm not sure what I was expecting, but how rare is it for such a nice caring compassionet girl to be soooo good looking?
David, her husband is a lucky man! He is also a super nice guy and I'm soooo gratefull to him for taking time from his vacation to bring his fam down to meet us!
The bunblebees, Tessa & Rose were so much fun! The thing I regret most about their visit is I spent most of the time playing w/ them and not visiting enough w/ Dani!!! These kids were such smart little people and so well behaved!! I just love having kids come visit, they make me feel young again!!! They really enjoyed playing with our pets (Rose the wonderhound) 
PupuchkaHanna VonClambelly (our little Manx kitty) Angie & Ponyboy (our Quaker parrots) and of course Lilly & ElDorado (our mare & gelding) Of course when they got here the first thing was to run down to the fence out back to see the horses! We all followed down and called the horses which were way down at the back of the pasture. I could see by the smiles on their faces when we called them and the horses started up the field, this was what they really wanted to do first> MEET THE HORSES!!!
My wife Lisa told them that first she would put them in their stalls so no one would accidentally get hurt which she did. Then down to the barn they went! They stood up on a little foot stool and petted the horses noses & heads, they were so cute and both horses enjoyed the little people too!
Lisa desided to go back to the house to get some carrots to feed them and everyone followed up when a very scarry thing happened! Tessa's face around her eyes started puffing up and had some small red spots! Oh no, she was allergic to something in the barn! I only had some benadrill pills in the house and no liquid so off Dave and I went looking for some. There's not much around here and really not much open on a Sunday! Luckilly the Dollar Store about 5 miles down the road had some!
After taking some, her eyes started looking a little better but what about riding the horses? We didn't know what had caused this reaction so Dani thought it best if she didn't take a chance in it getting worse by riding. Tessa was heartbroken! It tor me up watching her sitting in Dani's lap crying. Everyone concluded that it might be the dusty hay down in the barn causing the problem so Lisa said, suppose we bring a horse up here in the yard, can she ride up here? So this was the new plan! Lilly was a little spooky in the yard so David & I spotted on either side as Lisa led Lilly around the yard w/ Tessa first then Rose sat up on the big black mare with smiles from ear to ear!!
The rest of our time was spent helping me water my garden, playing w/ Rose and Hanna and evan petting Angie who I took from their cage! The day ended when both girls made movies of our place and pets w/ my Flip Camera! They both are very good movie makers! We watched them on the computor befor saying goodbye and promissing to do it again next year when they come down to visit the Grandparents!
Dani, Thank you so much for coming down and sharing your wonderful family w/ me & Lisa!!! We can't wait for your next visit!
Hugs!!!
Pete
When I was young & stupid I broke almost every bone in my body and I'm paying a heavy price now but I'm still here and so glad to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men, both are in the Navy. I'm so proud! 


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   Posted 6/7/2010 4:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Brother Pete , thats the best news possible my friend , I mean just wonderful !!! I'm smiling right now , thats some feel good info if I ever heard it . Kudos to you and your family opening up your home for wonderful folks like David , Dani , Tessa and Rosie . I'm enviously happy for you all , that wonderful folks like all of you are can find each other and meet , share and become such great friends speaks to the quality of all of your hearts and characters . After all what matters in life are the people you meet and the people you help and share your ups and downs with . This is an incredible'' UP '' you've allowed us your HW family to share in !!! Thank you !! Your Buddy Mikel

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   Posted 6/7/2010 5:19 AM (GMT -7)   

Ahhh, what a great day you had with Sweet Dani and her family!  Thanks for sharing, sounds like a WONDERFUL day for all of you.

XXOO

Patti


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   Posted 6/7/2010 5:41 AM (GMT -7)   

 

                  

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   Posted 6/7/2010 7:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Pete

Thanks for sharing, it sounds like you all had a great time!!!, I must admit I am some what envious of all of you getting to meet in person like that!

White Beard

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   Posted 6/7/2010 8:02 AM (GMT -7)   
 
 
     Oh what a wonderful day we had! I was pooped from the big party on saturday and I slept in for the first time in 9years. Yes, you heard that right! I slept til 8:30am! Can you believe it? When I woke up I was shocked and in a rush to shower! I was going to meet the most wonderful, caring man I have ever met and his beautiful wife!
 
     I had a heck of a time because I had seen his wife Lisa in many videos. I just wasnt sure which jewelry set she would like! So I went with dyed jade in lavender and glass lazer AB cut! I am sure glad I picked that one! I could tell she loved it!
 
      SO off we go to Mr Petes house! I just want you all to know, that the drive to his house is so pictureesque. It is like pages of my romance novels. 100 yr old trees covered in spanish moss. Sleepy small towns. Large yards covered with wild flowers of deep purple and dark pink. Old antebellum houses made between early 1900 - 1920s. Center of the towns have only one stop light in the middle of town, and there is always someone waving and nodding in greeting as you drive by. The smell of flowers is thick and sweet the whole drive down. As we neared Petes house, huge expanses of land began. Every home has beautiful vegetable gardens (Pete included!) and fenced off horse pastures. Every home we saw along the way had someone sitting in a chair or swing chair on their porches, waving in greetings.
 
     When we got to Mr. Petes house the very first thing we saw was Mr. Pete! Oh my heart was jumping! I don't have family of my own (only husbands) But oh it felt like I had waited for him my whole life! Like I was finally home! The girls were so excited they barley waited for the van to stop before jumping out! They said they hadnt seen him in foreeever (one whole month since his last video mail). Both girls took to him immediatly! I got a long awaited bear hugg! Then the most beautiful woman came out of his home. Tall with a quiet elegence. Full of smiles and open arms to the bumblebees! This MUST be Miss Lisa! Petes beautiful and VERY loving wife! By this time I was sure that I really was home! Like it was always ment to be my whole life. Like I had finally found a peice of me that had been missing! I was HOME.
 
     Before we even had much of a chance to say hello the girls ran off to the back or Mr Petes house! And let me tell you! The first thing you notice is that even though it is hott...there is a mild, constant breeze. It feels wonderful with the heavy heat. The next thing you notice as you walk to the back of the house is a georgous pasture. Stretches out and down the hill, then back up again! Very old and brightly colored trees everywhere. The smell of flowers is thick and pungent, but oh so welcome!
 
     Way off in the distance you see 2 VERY Large horses. Literally their manes reach the bottom of the beginning tree branches of a very old tree. Miss Lisa called them down and they came running and oh so happy to hear from her! But as they got closer to the fence where the children were they began to walk VERY slowly. They inched closer very gingerly. Oh the girls were just buzzing with excitment! When Miss LIsa said she would go put them in their stalls and feed them I thought surly my little bumblebees were going jump out of their skinn!
 
      I took their lovies back up to the car (pillow pets) and took lots of video on the way down! Gosh Petes home is georgous! I will be in heavan if I could live there! Its like your are in an entirely new word, where time passes too fast and you want to stay forever! ..By the time I got down to the horses stall I got to see his georgous horses. And folks, they are HUGE. I have NEVER seen such beautiful, strong, VERY well cared for horses. The first things you notice is that both horses have very distinct personalities. Both are quite the characters. Their youngest horse Mr El Dorado is quite the teenager! He is busy busy and always on the go! Anxious no doubt! Their older lady Miss Lilly is a quiet, gentle horse. She was very slow movements and was very tender and careful around the girls. Somehow she just knew to be gentle and careful with the girls and my oh my, they loved petting her. They chatted away while up on the step stool.
 
     After a while we went up to Mr Petes house and Oh! They have georgous burgandy carpets. Have you ever stood on carpeting that feels as cushioned and soft as slippers?? Oh! You know I BEGGED david for that kind of carpet when we left! When you walk in to his house the first thing you notice is he has two, very much in love, bords. One a boy, one a girl. And you know they sound like they have been married their whole life? They sound just like we do. They get fussy with each other out of the blue, they love and cuddle each other constantly, inbetween the little spats and disagreements, of course! Like just we do!
 
     Oh Miss Hannah his little kitten! She is a doll! And FRISKY! Ready to spring into action at the first sign of someone to play with her. LIttle Tessa wanted to take her home with us so bad!!!! Mr Petes kitty Hannah, and his dog Rose have such a cute relationship! She comes and sniffs and knocks over the cat, then miss Lisa, Pete & Hannah all get fussy and tell her No! Then she waggs her tail like her work is complete! Waits about 5 mins and does it all over again! Its the cutest little relationship you ever saw!
 
     But oh no! As soon as I sat down I noticed Tessa looked VERY different! Her eyes were swollen and face was puffy and she had bright red bumps the size of chic peas all over her eyes!!!! (I even said a four letter word, which is uncommon to say the least!) I sprang in to action. Told her not to worry. Miss Lisa went in search for benadryl pills. The men ran to the car to go find some liquid benadryl! I hopped over to the sink, and began washing her down. My mind was racing! What was the culprit? Can't be the dog. Most certianly wasnt the cat, we have 2 at home. What about the birds? No, that cant be because their grandma Cindy has a bird the same color and shape. WHAT was it?!?! Okay, stay calm, ask Tess when she first felt different. She tells me when she went to the barn. HAY? Really HAY? Has to be hay..gotta be environmental. She breaking out at "sweat" points. Eyes, arm pits legg pitts. If it were something she ate it would be mouth and cheeks. Miss lisa comes out with the benadryl pills while I am wiping tessa down and putting cold compresses at her eyes and arm pits! I take the pill and cut a quarter of it off. She hands me 2 spoons and goes for some milk, while I crush up the pill peice and and mixx with water. Tessa Bear, for the record, says she never ever wants to have to take pills when she is all growed up! Says it grown up pills are the worst thing she ever tasted in her whole life! After she getts it down, Miss Lisa gives her some milk and goes to fetch wash cloths. She shows me to the bathroom where I begin to wipe Little Tessa down with soap. By the time I am done wiping her down, the men came with liquid benadryl in hand! PEW! They give her a partial dose (she already had a partial dose from quarter of pill) And I race to the car to get a change of clothing! By the time I get in were are all worried to death for her! I get her into the bathroom, wiper her down one more time with soap, and get her into clean clothing where she finally has her melt down. Oh my brave little bumblebee was such a strong little soul! I was super proud of her! She did a great job! When she is done crying and more than likly the benadryl is making her a bit tired, we bring her out. She has one more melt down, and who could blame her? Bless her little heart! But, Miss Lisa, Pete and David get to talkin...What if it IS just the hay? If that is so, then perhaps we can bring the horse up to his house? So we decided on that. Besides the benadryl is working great by that point (the liquid does the trick in little less than 5 mins, no kidding)I have another change of clothing in the car. So, needless to say that brightened up my swollen little bumblebees day! I got out to the car, change her again, while Miss Lisa went to the stalls to clean up Lilly. By the time she came back with Lilly, Tessa looked much better. Lilly was covered in a thick cotton blanket under the saddle so Tessa never even touched anything that would even remotly have been near hay. Oh she was so excited! I got alot of video. It was the strangest thing thou initally...It was almost as if the Horse knew somehow that Tessa had gotten hurt?? Lilly was so cautious it was like she...gosh, like she knew something was wrong??? In anycase, I did get lots of video of my Oldest little bee with her swollen but VERY happy face!!! And when it was little ROsies turn I thought for sure she would never want to get off of Lilly's back! When little Rosies came back she said she was going to be a animal doctor (She has said for 2 years now that she want to be a horse doctor)!! She wanted to take care of Horses too and she would name her horsey Lilly too! (her horse is a little stuffed horse in a shoulder bag)I took miss Tess back into the house afterword thou. Re scrubbed her down with soap. Her sandals too, and changed her into fresh clothing, bagging up the clothing that had come in contract with hay. This is definatly something we are going to have to talk with her doctor about as soon as we get back! I am almost positive we can de-sensatize her to hay, but I will have to wait and see until I get back to New Mexico.
 
     When everything calms down the girls go off exploring at Petes with Rose-the-Wonderhound! Somehow talk him out of his camera! They take it, start recording and go off exploring! When we watched it later it was so neat to see all the things that got their little hearts attention! I was thinking thou, it is a good thing Mr Pete didnt have daughters, hes a sucker no doubt!!! We all sat out on his porch in the late afternoon and chatted away (I love chatting!!!!). Even though it is hott, the whole time a breeze is blowing. Bringing with it the smell of fresh grass, vegetable gardens and wild flowers! I had alot of fun relaxing on the porch with my Soda Pop (I know, I know...relapsed on the soda pop), cool breeze, children laffs and conversations about our pasts and our present. I can only think to describe it as...well, Home. It felt like it always was, and always would be. Time got away from us thou and it began to get dark. I hadnt realized how much time had gone by until Rosie came out of the house with Lovie in hand and going to the car!
 
     With heavy hearts we said our good bys, all the while, wishing, hoping we could come back again next summer. I had so much fun visiting Pete and his loving wife. I will cherish those moments for the rest of my life, no doubt. All the while waiting for when we will be together again next summer. As we were driving away, Teesa says,"Mommy I love Uncle Pete and Auntie Liza! I can't wait to come back!" She warmed my heart to no end. She is right we are ALL family, and we cannot wait to get back!
 
     And here I sit, the morning after the most loving care experince I have ever had in my life. Wishing I had said I love you. And told them how my heart feels so happy and full. Wishing, hoping, praying that I will get to come Home again :-)
 
 
*hugg*
   dani
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
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Pete trips again!
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   Posted 6/7/2010 8:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Holy Smokes!!! I'm speachless!!
We love you too Dani!!! I'm soooo sory I forgot to mention the beutiful neckless and earings you made for Lisa> She just loves them!!! Enjoy the rest of your vacation and always know that your welcome back here anytime you fell like coming!!!
love & hugs>
Uncle Pete!!
When I was young & stupid I broke almost every bone in my body and I'm paying a heavy price now but I'm still here and so glad to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men, both are in the Navy. I'm so proud! 


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   Posted 6/7/2010 10:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh my heart is heavy after reading about your beautiful visit Dani. My eyes are filled with water and i have a huge lump in my throat. You are most lucky for having the chance to meet such a wonderful man and his lovely wife. I can just imagine how you felt. Remember our talk, and look, what is the first thing Petey says about you, it's how beautiful you looked. He pictured you as an angel. I believe him!! You are an angel. I am so happy that you were able to have this visit and that it had a profound effect on you. I am sure you can close your eyes and see Pete and Lisa sitting on the porch of their beautiful home. Such wonderful memories you have made. You so deserved to have a day like that.

Love you
   
SUZANE
      
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   Posted 6/7/2010 10:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Dani & Pete,

I'm so glad that you both had such a great time with each other. It sounds like you had a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing your experiences with us! They definitely brought smiles to my face!

hugs,
Skeye

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   Posted 6/7/2010 11:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Pete and Dani...

Thank you both for sharing your adventures w/ all of us! It's so good to hear some good news, in the midst of all the stuff we have to deal with... It's amazing how people are brought together and how relationships are formed... BOTH of you, and your families, sound wonderful. I would love to see pictures sometime! :-)

Thanks again for sharing w/ us all...

--Tina

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   Posted 6/7/2010 12:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Dani and Pete for sharing your visit with each other.  How touching that you Dani felt at home at Pete's.  What wonderful memories you all have made.  You both are such wonderful people.  I too would love to see pictures if you don't mind sharing.  You both take care and Dani enjoy the rest of your vacation.  I look forward to hearing how the rest of your trip goes.
 
love and hugs
Loretta
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edt
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   Posted 6/7/2010 6:49 PM (GMT -7)   

WOW Pete and Dani,

The way you wrote your stories of your visit together was so beautiful....I felt like I was there while reading it.

Thank you so much for sharing with us!!

XXOO
Patti


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   Posted 6/8/2010 4:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh Dani and Pete brought tears to my eyes in happiness. I'm so glad the visit went well and thankyou both for sharing your wonderful experiences. Sounds like such an amazing farm and such awesome country with all the old trees and everthing.
 
Sorry your little Tessa was allergic to something, my son Cal is very allergic to horses or hay or something around horses too, but he just sneezes and sneezes and sneezes, like his whole head is going to come off. I'm glad the benedryl worked you'll have to go armed with it for your next visit!
 
Little children are so full of the joys of life, they can really lift yourday, thanks again guys, golitho

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   Posted 6/9/2010 10:14 AM (GMT -7)   
 
 
   Yes! I will cut picture stills out of the video recordings as soon as I get home! These laptops here dont have the programm on them, but my home computer does. So, pictures will be comming soon :-)
 
*hugg*
   dani
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
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