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Posted by Melissa
May 25, 2011, 11:40 AM
A political faerie story, like she once said. Tiny little faeries running for office.
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The Scottish Book. All about Scotland.
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Albus Severus and the Book They Said Would Never Happen
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I'm J.K. Rowling, and I'll tell you in comments.
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436 Points

Refill pictures for all!!

Posted by Dr. LEW on March 12, 2014, 11:07 PM report to moderator
2405 Points

I’ve got some Redd’s Apple Ale here in my bag digs around looking for the bottom of the bottomless bag I think some Sam Adams too…

Posted by PotterBoy90 [ROAR!] on March 12, 2014, 11:07 PM report to moderator
436 Points

PB, you owe us for all the times we slipped you alcohol when you were underage.

Posted by Dr. LEW on March 12, 2014, 11:08 PM report to moderator
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HUFFF!!!!!! you can’t do this to me! It’s been so long! (I’m going to send you an owl on here, so be on the lookout!) Goodnight!

Posted by PotterBoy90 [ROAR!] on March 12, 2014, 11:08 PM report to moderator
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I just went online and paid my plates renewal. I just noticed that it still showed the DS’s name. I looked up where I bought the trailer plates last month and it showed my name. I don’t know if this means anything or not. Do I have two differenet accounts? I guess I will just wait until next year to find out if I need to put another name on the account. Since I did my driver license online, they must have my name somewhere. My checking account no longer has the DS’s name on it and that is what I used to pay for the trailer plates. I guess I will get an email notifying me if something goes wrong. I think I will go online and remove the DS’s name on the account later. Don’t want to do it now since it might interfer or delay getting my plates.

I noticed that it was barely daylight this morning at 7 AM. Last week it completely daylight at that time. I guess that is what daylight savings time does for you. I liked it better when we did not change times. The programs on TV would come on with an hour’s difference. This was easier to watch programs that came on at the same time without having to record them since I get programs from Louisville and Indianpolis. Now that is no longer an option.

It was nice getting on and seeing Huff and PB here. I was just thinking yesterday that PB looks like a man now.

Asti Lady Hawke knows all about moving your parents. You are lucky you have your sister to help. I moved my mother 3 times. I did all the packing and getting everything ready for the movers. On her first move, I had to go to Tennessee and get her packed to move here. My brothers helped with the unloading of things but I mainly did the umpacking and putting away. So even though I had 5 brothers, I still had to do the marjority of things myself.

I think I need to start looking for the books again. I worked about 2 hours going thru my email. I transfered a lot of books I could not remember what they were about. I will re read them.

Posted by Cool G on March 13, 2014, 10:06 AM report to moderator
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Ah, I see we had a bit of a party last night. Hi, nice to see PB, Huff and Dr Lew.

We spent a very pleasant evening at our new venue, eating and talking our way through a three-course dinner and coffee. My DS was disappointed that he hadn’t realised that the beer he would be drinking was canned. He much prefers his beer on draught which is normally available because our favourite eating places happen to be pubs renowned for their good food. He was not overly impressed by the apparent lack of experience of the waitress who was serving us. The food, however, was above reproach, being beautifully presented and delicious.

Our journey home was not without excitement because the promised mist/fog came down earlier than forecast and my DS missed our usual turning off the main road and had to take the next one which was not as straight forward although reasonably familiar. We arrived home without accident:)

Posted by Graymayne on March 13, 2014, 10:21 AM report to moderator
245 Points

I am so tired and I hurt all over. I have put in two 7.5 hour days back to back in which I relentlessly packed boxes, put boxes in my car, unloaded the boxes from my car and unpacked them so I could use the boxes again.

My mother’s kitchen is very close to unloaded and set up. She still has the microwave at the apartment to use to make dinner tonight. Tomorrow morning I will pack it and put it in the car. Otherwise, the closets are empty and I have plucked every loose thing I could put my hands on and put all this extraneous stuff into boxes. My DS could hardly believe there was enough left to pack yesterday and I’ve done another solid day today.

It is amazing how much sundry stuff there is around a house that isn’t packed when you are doing the organized packing of boxes of like things with like things. There are all those daily use items that aren’t part of a collection. Then there are the oversize, strange shaped items that don’t fit into the regular boxes. So, you ignore them until the last minute, not knowing what to do with them.

I’ve moved most of those items. There are still some last minute things my parents are using, even more so than last year. There are a lot of care giving items they must have during the night tonight and at the house tomorrow before the furniture arrives. I couldn’t touch those things. Rather, I had to leave some and take some so now those items are scattered all over the place.

The living room area is scorched earth. There is furniture and lamps and that is all. I moved the TV, cable box, DVD player and stereo components today. All the lose items are gone.

So, tomorrow morning I have to hit the place with a cardboard box and load in the blood pressure cuff, the box of medicine, my father’s shaving kit and both their personal necessities and stash them in the car along with the microwave.

My mother retained two plates and a couple of mugs and glasses so she could heat dinner. She won’t be making breakfast. She wants me to bring sausage biscuits and coffee tomorrow morning.

This is the last move I will make for my parents. They are at their end point destination. Even if the worst happens and my mother were to end up in nursing care, the house is there and isn’t going to go anywhere. The only possibility is I may empty some of their things out and move some of our things in eventually.

GRAYMAYNE, it is nice to hear you had a successful outing. I have a pet peeve about negligent, indifferent service. Since I can cook fairly well one of the main reasons of going to a restaurant for me is to be served. In a restaurant I don’t have to figure out what to cook, cook it, serve it and clean up after it. So, an incompetent wait staff can ruin an experience for me. I don’t suffer it well. If they are new and they are trying to do their best, apologizing for errors, is something I find forgivable. If they are simply indifferent and don’t care I become irate. If someone is slow and makes mistakes and acts as if they don’t care, as if they are performing to standard, I get upset.

I fear this is all taking a toll on my mother. My father’s blood pressure has been incredibly high and she has been rechecking his blood pressure every two hours and remedicating him during the night. She is normally awake most of the night, never sleeping more than two hours. Unfortunately, she is not doing well on following instructions. About a week ago the doctor at hospice added a blood pressure medication for him to take daily unless his blood pressure was less than 100/60. They also increased the dose of the emergency medication he can be given every two hours.

Tonight I found my mother has never given him the daily medication. I didn’t put it in his box because she needed to take his blood pressure first to make sure it wasn’t too low, since he has a history of low blood pressure at times. I have explained this at least ten times in the last week and tonight I found she has never given it to him because she didn’t know what it was for.

I am beating my head into the wall. I don’t know how to say it more clearly. She even wrote my directives on the bottle a week ago and has never given it to him.

She told me I needed to call hospice to tell them the new medication wasn’t helping. (It seems she has only been giving him the emergency doses.) So, I called the hospice nurse and she told me to double up on the daily medication and proceed with the emergency one as needed.

So, I called my mother and told her to double up on the daily medication and proceed with the emergency one as needed every two hours. She had no idea what I was talking about. She didn’t know about the daily medication. I cannot begin to tell you how many times this has been discussed this week. She became angry at me.

I told her it wasn’t a problem, that starting tomorrow I can stop by their house every day, take his blood pressure and decide whether to give the daily one to him or not. She did not like that either; she means to do it.

WELL, THEN, DO IT!!!! I have explained this at least once a day, every day. Sometimes I have explained it several times a day.

I realize she is under a tremendous amount of pressure but I have not been in a position to hold her hand every second. I have had to rely on the idea she was doing what she was supposed to be doing.

I realize as well that she is 88 and she is having difficulty taking in new information. My bandwidth for saying the same thing over and over day after day week after week and then having it still misunderstood is becoming limited. It is wearing on me. Maybe after I go to the house and take his blood pressure and give him the med every day for several days will help her see how it is meant to be administered.


Posted by Lady Hawke on March 13, 2014, 09:42 PM report to moderator
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As I suspected would happen I ended up on a midnight run to my parent’s apartment last night. Mother gave him the medication she had neglected to give him the last week. Then, as his blood pressure was still too high she gave him the emergency medication, as she is supposed to do.

She fell asleep (which I now know she has not been allowing herself to do) and when she woke and realized two hours had passed she took his blood pressure in a panic and found it had dropped precipitously to 99/?. The emergency medication alone has never had that effect so she was certain she had done something wrong and called me in tears.

So, at midnight I had to make one more trip to take his blood pressure (125/56) and assure her she had not done anything wrong.

I did find she has not been allowing herself to sleep since he started this blood pressure medication, at least not until his blood pressure drops to normal. So, she has been going weeks with almost no sleep at all. It is no wonder she is so distracted and has such a difficult time understanding and retaining information.

I asked her why she didn’t set her alarm clock to wake her if she feels she must take his blood pressure again in two hours. It turns out her alarm clock is unreliable and she doesn’t trust it. So, instead of asking me to find her another one she has been doing without one.

I am off to begin this moving day.

Posted by Lady Hawke on March 14, 2014, 09:18 AM report to moderator
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Lady Hawke Sleep deprivation can crumble even hardened spies, so your mother has done remarkably well. Perhaps it might help to have a quiet word with the hospice staff, they may have some helpful advice.

Best of luck with the move, your forward preparations sound admirable. I’ll be thinking of you. {{{{{{{hugs}}}}}}}

Posted by Graymayne on March 14, 2014, 10:43 AM report to moderator
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Lady HAWKE It might help your mother if you write everything down so it is legible for her to read. Also it might not hurt to have a place for her to check mark when she has done something. Of course this will mean you need copies for her every day. I feel that I might need to go back to some of my checks for myself. I actually need to put an alarm back on the phone to remind me to take my meds. It seems I have forgotten them a time or two.

I was sweeping the floor when I got distracted. I moved things around in the bedroom for my cedar chest. I need to put my clothes back in it. The clean ones are sitting around stacked up. It is beginning to looke how it was when my daughter used this room. I have anothr cedar chest that is setting empty waiting for me to put these clothes in it in my other bedroom. I am resting between jobs.

I have found two of the books I wanted to reread. After finding one and starting to read it, I went online and found the one I was waiting for in this series has been published in December. So of course I purchased it. I will read it after I finish the one I am on. This one is bringing me up to date on the other books so I will not have to reread them all before I start the one I bought today. I will probably read all the others but can’t wait before I start the last one. It is the 11th in the series so you can see why I want to start on it without reading all the others again.

Posted by Cool G on March 14, 2014, 12:22 PM report to moderator
1884 Points

Just found out that my granddaughter is in the hospital having her baby girl. Excited.

Posted by Cool G on March 14, 2014, 12:28 PM report to moderator
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CoolG Congratulations on gaining another great-grandchild. I’m glad you have tracked down the books you were looking for. I have an alarm on my phone to remind me to take a capsule at 11.0am but time and again I don’t act on the reminder, go figure.

Posted by Graymayne on March 14, 2014, 02:24 PM report to moderator
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LH, my mom has to write down everything for her parents – or make them write it down. Between not hearing and not remembering, they couldn’t function without written instructions.

CoolG – congratulations! I hope she’s a healthy, happy baby!

Posted by Dr. LEW on March 14, 2014, 04:12 PM report to moderator
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Congratulations, COOLG! Do you know her name yet?

It is 5 PM and we have been at it since 8:30 AM. The ambulance transported my father at 10:30 AM. The movers arrived shortly after 1 PM and left about 15 minutes ago. All the furniture is in the house and in place. Now I have to start the unpacking.

My mother’s kitchen is functional so everything else can be done at a more reasonable pace.

I will have to go finish moving the last sundry items that have been piled in the kitchen. There are still some framed photos and some plastic kitchen storage containers, etc.

We are going back now to pick up the light bulbs we removed from the lamps and left in the kitchen on the counter. The lamps are desperately needed so they can turn off the overhead light in the living room.

Then, we are picking up fried chicken and “fixins’” for dinner. We are all tired and hungry.

Posted by Lady Hawke on March 14, 2014, 06:04 PM report to moderator
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What a star you are Lady Hawke!! You seem to have been performing the twelve tasks of Hercules these last few months. Enjoy your chicken dinner.

Posted by Graymayne on March 14, 2014, 06:22 PM report to moderator
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Lady Hawke: Don’t forget the pie for desert. Today is Pi Day.

Posted by ironsos on March 14, 2014, 07:16 PM report to moderator
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It is now 8:30 PM, after a 12 hour day we are home.

I have a British pint and we are putting in Catching Fire. I don’t know if I will last.

We forgot dessert. :-( I could have used some of that to chase the beer down.

I unpacked as much as I could of things I thought they might need tonight, mostly the items I rescued from the apartment this afternoon that they had retained to use until the final minute.

All the table lamps are in place with the exception of one small bedside lamp that goes in the guest bedroom. The floor lamp still need to find a home.

They each have their bedding but as I sit here I am remembering other things I meant to leave in place for them. If I get a call asking where they are at least it will be easy enough to go over to look for the items.

Posted by Lady Hawke on March 14, 2014, 09:38 PM report to moderator
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The happy result of today is the trip home was accomplished in less than 15 seconds. There will be no more midnight runs that force me to drive half asleep many miles across town.

We found a bit of ice cream for dessert, not pi/pie but something.

Posted by Lady Hawke on March 14, 2014, 10:51 PM report to moderator
231 Points

Desert , dessert and in my area Deseret. Confusing at times

Posted by ironsos on March 14, 2014, 11:52 PM report to moderator
245 Points

I had my first midnight run to the house. It still wasn’t what I wanted to do but it was much less stressful. I didn’t have to drive a long distance sleepy and I didn’t have to face another long drive once the situation was resolved.

I came out of the entire incident much less stressed.

Posted by Lady Hawke on March 15, 2014, 01:12 AM report to moderator
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LadyHawke – I was exhausted reading about your parents move. I am sure you are even more. It must be a relief to your mom that you are just across the street.

Cool G – congratulations on the new great- grandbaby. :D

This falls under administrations have no brains …. Yesterday we were short handed in our office. We have one clerk who has her husband with stage 4 lung cancer. It has spread to his brain and he is home with hospice. She comes to work in the morning and goes home in the pm. She is running herself ragged. (Kind of like LadyHawke) anyway she was absent and then two of my other girls called in sick. A 5 person office was down to two. So the administration calls me and asks if I would like help. I said yes immediately. (many times we have sent help to other schools from our office.) GUESS WHO THEY SENT? GUESS WHO THEY SENT…. Our “Senior Clerk”!!!!!

When I called the secretary of one of the administrators to ask quietly …. WHY?!!!. The answer was….Because they thought she already knew the office. Aaaarrrgghh!! I know our school is the largest. I know we house close to 3,000 7th and 8th graders but don’t they remember?? It was only 2 years ago. Apparently not. She was not too happy to be there either.

I am happy to report that I did not kill her. I know she brings out the worst in me. I was kind and professional. She even sat at her old desk. I felt I had to work harder just trying not to give her any ammunition. Next time I am not asking for any help! My lonely helper looked at me and just shrugged her shoulders. She is too new. She was not here for the worst. :(

yet I lived!! :D

Posted by Madame Minerva on March 15, 2014, 09:04 AM report to moderator
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My mother woke me every two hours during the night to tell me my father’s blood pressure was too high and should she give him the medication?
I need to make her understand that it is not productive to call and wake me up to ask a question that needs to debate. If his blood pressure is high he needs the medication.

Waking me up only insures I am almost as sleep deprived as she is. I have a lot more obligations than she does. She is barely able to keep going with her limited responsibilities. I have to maintain a household, keep their household on track and starting Monday I must go to work every day again. This Spring “Break” has seemed to make her think she can wake me without impunity.
This morning at 7 AM I called hospice to tell them she had been giving him the medication all night and instead of going down it had actually gone higher.

During the process of multiple phone calls I found my mother had been giving him the once a day blood pressure medication all night. She was hysterical, thought she had killed him.

Obviously not, instead of going lower the bp was going higher, not the expected result of an effective overdose of a medication meant to lower your blood pressure.

By 8:30 AM the bp had finally dropped to accepted levels.

I took possession of the once a day medication and will administer it myself from now on. I meant to grab it yesterday but I was so tired and so brain dead I didn’t think to take it. Now I have it.

I came home about 9:45 after a visit from the nurse to confirm all was well. I received two additional phone calls after returning to bed, one to tell me he was refusing food and another to ask me where her dish washing liquid was.

At 10:45 AM I received another hysterical call that my father had tried to get up while my mother was in the kitchen making breakfast and she had returned to the room to find him passed out across the bed with his head hanging over the railing with his eyes open and fixed.

I flew out the door and down the street to find him sitting alert on the side of the bed.

Now he is irritated at her for becoming upset that he sat up, has no memory of having been passed out cold, draped across the bed. She is angry at him for trying to sit up without her being there to supervise.

I told him I was glad he felt like sitting up but that he needs to remember that he does pass out and never remembers it. So, if he wants to sit up he needs to make sure someone is with him before he tries it. If she had been there she could have directed the direction he fell.

MM, you need to make sure they understand NEVER to send you that particular source of “help” again. You need to be very specific that you would like help but not that help. If you can’t make that request then I suppose I would never ask for help again.

All these phone calls would have happened if they had still been in the apartment with the exception of the one about the dish washing liquid.

I would have still had the midnight run, the 7:30 AM, and the 10:45 AM run but they would have been much further away.

I have to try to get control of the relentless phone calls, the ones that go on all night in particular. None of them warranted waking me. He has high bp. She has the medication. I don’t have to make the decision.

The call this morning at 7 AM when the bp started rising instead of falling was reasonable. It was only by accident I found she had been giving the wrong medication. So, that was a game changer.

I am bleary eyed and my face burns all around my eyes. My attempt to go back to sleep was useless. In addition to the phone calls, my household was up and about. The dogs were barking. People were talking. Noises were coming from the kitchen where breakfast was being prepared.

Posted by Lady Hawke on March 15, 2014, 12:19 PM report to moderator
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Good evening!

It was another beautiful day today. I could get used to this sunshine! I went up to the local shop without a coat, and it was lovely.

Daughter had a friend over for the afternoon. I let them loose in the kitchen to make pizza. I think I’ll be finding puddles of flour for the next six months

Lady Hawke, I am so glad your parents are safely in the house, but oh, I do not envy you this situation. Take care, and I hope you’re managing a restful day to day. My best wishes to both your parents in their new home. xx

MM, I would have loved to have seen your face when she walked in! I am amazed she had the gall to come back to your office. Glad you both survived the day!!!

CoolG, congratulations on the new greatgrandbaby!

Posted by asti on March 15, 2014, 04:29 PM report to moderator
85 Points

LadyHawke – at least they are closer. :)

Posted by Madame Minerva on March 15, 2014, 04:40 PM report to moderator
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Ast – when administration calls they don’t give anyone a choice. They say who is going and unless you are on your deathbed you can’t say no.

I was shocked. I probably needed someone to close my mouth. I kept muttering under my breath… “really, really”"

My greatest fear is if they think this the year she needs another move and lands right back in my office. I am in constant fear. Especially the way her office is complaining. :(

Posted by Madame Minerva on March 15, 2014, 04:49 PM report to moderator
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I have done my parent’s shopping today and my DS did his mother’s shopping.

My DS’s birthday was last Saturday and we never really celebrated. I took out a leg of lamb, his annual choice for his birthday dinner. It was defrosted so I’ve had to cook it. He always wants potato pancakes to go with it so I’ve made those as well.

We had intended to take his mother and go over and eat in my parent’s new dining room but I think everyone over there is too sleep deprived and on edge to be able to deal with people who are trying to eat and play card games.

I think if my DS, daughter and I decided to go over and use the dining room table to play cards and be sociable it would be okay.

However, after the sleep deprivation and high drama of last night I don’t think a “birthday party” is in order.

My mother is not able to drag her focus from the obvious. Attempts to help her do not seem to be appreciated.

ASTI, it sounds as if you had a lovely day, even the part where finding puddles of flour came from happiness and a good time.

Posted by Lady Hawke on March 15, 2014, 04:57 PM report to moderator
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Yesterday I did some more house cleaning. I am doing it a little bit at a time. I am glad that I washed my hair and styled it. Jennifer came over to take me to the hospital to see the new grandbaby. There was no time to change clothing so I was glad that I had dressed nicely.

This visit was so much nicer than the last hospital visit with my other great grandbaby. I held the baby it seem like forever. She had her eyes opened the entire time. I gave her up when she needed her diaper changed. I got to see my grandson’s wife. I have only seen her 3 or 4 times since the wedding. My grandson’s sister was there too. So was her Dad. Their mother had been there earlier but she had gone home sick.

Jennifer mentioned that it was my grandson’s different branches of the family that were there. Most of the others had been at the hospital most of the night so had went home early. Here is a rundown-Jennifer and myself were from my daughter Beth who is is tecnically the step mom. His cousin was there from his Dad’s side. My granddaughter is his brother’s wife. They are from his Mother’s side and is tecnically my son-in-law’s step son. His younger sister is from his Mother’s side. His step dad is the father of his younger sister. My son-in-law married Beth when the boys were small. They have been in the family so long that I forget that some are step’s. Lol ( I will have to say this grandson and his younger brother are the most loving to me. They are a lot alike this way.) Out of all this mess we all get along and have from the first. I am proud that my children have learned from an early age that it is better to get along with ex’s for the sake of the children. It is a good thing since we all are together so much at family gatherings.

Posted by Cool G on March 16, 2014, 09:06 AM report to moderator
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Goodness I can really feel the cold today. After several days of 60+ weather going back to 30 degrees is rough. The dogs are in and out again today. It was nice when they only wanted in to get a drink or to eat.

I guess the race won’t happen today. I always want to see when they are at Bristol. That is where my love of racing started. Of course the track was a lot smaller in terms of seating when I use to go there on my dates.

Posted by Cool G on March 16, 2014, 01:05 PM report to moderator
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I hear ya, CoolG. We had a beautiful Saturday then cold Sunday. We’re supposed to be back up in the 70s today – I am very much looking forward to that!

Spring Break started today. I slept into 7am without guilt – it was very nice. Midterm grades are due at noon, I have a weekly meeting at 1:30, then thing should relax a bit after that.

Posted by Dr. LEW on March 17, 2014, 09:36 AM report to moderator
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My copy of Catching Fire arrived bang on schedule today, so late this evening I settled down with the ‘making of’ disc. I am always fascinated by the vast amount of talent which is spread throughout the whole outfit, all inspired to do their best work for the movie version of books that have captured their imagination. I am just so pleased that everyone, despite the hard work and long hours, still managed to have fun doing it.

Posted by Graymayne on March 17, 2014, 09:23 PM report to moderator
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