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    Marilyn65, I do know about the old sugar mill, but I'm not quite old enough to remember it in operation. Used to fish the canals around there fifty-some years ago, and used to sometimes have Sunday lunch "family style" at the old Fellsmere Inn back in the 60s or 70s.
    • CommentAuthorMarilyn65
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th 2009

    The mill was still running in the 60's for a while. My mom use to work there as what they called a Sample person. She had to go around and collect samples from the different vats for the chemist to test every so many hours. Those family style meals at the old Fellsmere Inn sure were great. I moved here in 1959 and graduated from the old school. Boy this town was a culture shock for me when we first moved here. We moved here from Hollywood FL. And to only have 12 in my graduating class was strange.
    • CommentAuthorMrs T
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th 2009
    I am from a small town east of Birmingham alabama
    Welcome Mrs T
    • CommentAuthorSunshyne
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th 2009
    A newbie, sneaking into our midst!!!

    Hi, Mrs T!

    Normally, Joan herself would pop by to welcome you personally, but she is "lounging" around on a caregiver cruise (teaching classes, how lounging is that?!) So I shall try to fill in for her:

    Be sure to check the home page -- It's full of interesting info -- I find something new every time I browse there. For example, in the menu on the left side, there are many topics filled with information. Joan always suggests that newcomers to the site read "Newly Diagnosed/New to this website" first, and then check out "Understanding the Dementia Experience". That's an article written by Jennifer Ghent-Fuller, and an excellent description of what is going on in our spouses' minds, and what we can do to help them feel safe and loved. When you get a chance, scroll through the "previous blogs". Joan starts her own "threads" as blogs, and they often end up being discussed on the message boards. I'm sure you'll find many topics you can relate to.

    Joan started her own Zazzle store recently, at our request. There's a link in the menu, and another in the center of the page. The store has some really neat items, specially designed for us; and if you like, you can even design your own. Also, if you ever need to shop on, come here to link into their site, and Joan will get a teeny commission from your purchase. (She has done everything -- set up this site and run it, set up the caregiver cruises, lobby Congress -- without any compensation. We need to make sure she finds some source of income so this site will stay here for us!)

    Information on the home page itself is updated frequently with new blogs, news and/or information updates, so many of us check there every day.

    You can search for topics of interest on the message boards, using the "search" button at the top of the page. Enter a key word that might be found in the title of the thread (click on the "topic" button) or in the posts (click on "comments") Note: this particular site will pull up any comments that have the key word anywhere in the post, even if it's part of a longer word, so you can enter, for example, "myoclon" and pull up posts that mention myoclonus and myoclonic jerks.

    You can search for posts by a member, by entering the member's name followed by a colon, and then clicking on the "comments" button, and then the "search" button.

    You can start a new thread by clicking on the "start a new discussion" link in the upper left-hand corner.

    There are also several fun threads where we hope you'll post -- "What are the Age Groups?" (for the ages of our spouses), "Ages of the Caregivers", and "Where are you from?" And then there's my favorite, "Before dementia what did your spouse do for a living?"

    Another great thread you'll want to be sure to read is "Caregiver Tips - Things I wish someone had told me back in Stage 2-3."

    The people here are wonderful. Let us know what we can do to help you.
    Wow-was that all in one breath?
    • CommentAuthorKadee*
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th 2009
    Hi & Welcome Mrs. T, Sorry for you need to join us, however, I am glad you decided to. I am sure you will find everyone kind & helpful.
    • CommentAuthorSunshyne
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th 2009 edited
    ...kind, helpful, and ever so slightly nuts. <grin>

    Bluedaze, you disappointed me. You didn't ask Mrs T if she has cats. You KNOW this is very important information!
    I told her you would ask. You don't want to be redundant do you?
    • CommentAuthormarygail*
    • CommentTimeFeb 14th 2009
    well guess i`m the only one from the Upper Pennisula of Michigan, Dollar Bay is my small town, almost on Lake superior
    I live in Spring, Tx., that is a bedroom community north of Houston, Tx. Our house is on the market and as soon as it sells, I plan to move to Austin, Tx., to be closer to my children and extended family.
    • CommentAuthorMrs T
    • CommentTimeFeb 14th 2009
    I do not have any cats
    That's ok-you can stay anyway
    Mrs T, I don't have any cats either. It really is okay.
    Mrs T, the only cats we have are toy ones - my wife is allergic to cats. She holds one of the cuddly ones in her lap and talks to it.
      CommentAuthorBama* 2/12
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th 2009
    Welcome Mrs T..... I'm glad to see another person from the good ole state of Alabama. I live in Cullman just north of you but I grew up in the Birmingham area. Sorry you had to come to this site but you will find it a wonderful place with so many caring people who will help you anyway they can.
    • CommentAuthorMrs T
    • CommentTimeFeb 16th 2009
    Bama, I have been to Cullman many times. I had property on the lake there. Matter of fact, I use to live in Gardendale.
    • CommentAuthorJim's wife
    • CommentTimeFeb 16th 2009
    We are now living in Harrison, Maine, a beautiful little village in the foothills of the White Mountains. We are an hour north west of Portland and 40 minutes from North Conway, NH. DH is orginally from Milwaukee and I grew up in Beverly, Massachusetts, and spent many years in Haverhill, MA. We thought we were living a dream when we moved to this beautiful spot 3 yrs ago. So much for dreams. Looks like Nikki, Marsh & MariposaMonhegal are the only ones anywhere near me. I'd welcome a lunch ANYTIME!
    Jim's wife - welcome. It's "good" to have someone else from Maine. MariposaMonhegan hasn't posted since her first one almost a year ago. You're probably about 3-4 hours from us. We are on the coast - Blue Hill.
    Susan-my kids grew up in Leominster, Mass. Great place to live. Still miss the apples fresh from the trees
    • CommentAuthorJim's wife
    • CommentTimeFeb 16th 2009
    Marsh I will have to mapquest Blue Hill, maybe we could meet half way sometime for lunch. Bluedaze, I can't complain about missing the apples of Mass, the ones here in Maine are better!
    Yes-but our Florida oranges are better than your Maine ones.
    Jim's wife, I see you are not that far from Lewiston-Auburn. Blue Hill is about 2½ hours from L-A.

    Bluedaze, my younger daughter's husband is from Leominster. They now live in Lancaster. I love the Bolton orchard store. And we get really good oranges here in Maine (from Florida).
    • CommentAuthorcs
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th 2009
    I live in Poland Ohio. midway between Cleveland and Pittsburgh.
    • CommentAuthorJim's wife
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th 2009
    Marsh, where do you suppose a half way spot would be, I don't mean to be pushy but I do not know any other spouses, just you guys. Please don't feel that we have to meet. It was just a thought. I'm a mess tonight, tough day.
    Jim's wife, we should work out details, etc. by e-mail. My address is in my profile. Just click on my name on this message.
    • CommentAuthorKadee*
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th 2009
    Sending to the top
    • CommentAuthorbengy
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd 2009
    Bismarck, ND
      CommentAuthorNew Realm*
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd 2009
    Hi bengy,

    I once lived in Minot, and had relatives in Mandan.
    • CommentAuthormar
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd 2009
    Exton, Pennsylvania
    • CommentAuthorJim's wife
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd 2009
    Thanks Marsh, I'll do that
    • CommentAuthorSunshyne
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th 2009
    ttt for Shannon
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd 2009
    Denver, Colorado
    ttt for Brady. Saw your husband graduated from the U of MD--wondered if you are still in the area.
    • CommentAuthor2x around
    • CommentTimeMar 7th 2009
    Right in the middle of the mitten. Economically abad place to be right now, but our state is absolutely beautiful!!!!!!!
    • CommentAuthorKadee*
    • CommentTimeMar 8th 2009
    Sending to the top for new members
      CommentAuthorol don*
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2009
    Tri-City area of Michigan,doesn't seem to be many from Michigan hmmm?
      CommentAuthorol don*
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2009
    Charles Summers I was stationed in Davis back in the 50s have a friend that still lives there would like to know what the townj is like nowdays
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2009 edited
    Janet I hope you don't mind but I listed the members by state below. If I missed you or misspelled your name, I'm sorry.

    ALABAMA – Bama, Mrs T

    ARIZONA – shoegirl, jaydee

    ARKANSAS – Mary, terny

    CALIFORNIA – ckkgram, Holding Fast, Sunshyne, pollyp53, Judi, sanjosepat, Dianve V, Bettyhere, Charles Summers, Rae Ann, Mark

    COLORADO – Darlene C, RK, Shannon

    CONNECTICUT – therrja

    DELAWARE – jean

    FLORIDA – joang, FLgirl, bluedaze, dandee, tony, ASY, doxie2, Joyfh, Dee, dagma3, Trudy, GretchenFLA, Crolyn, lilabqm, bright one, Miss B, Gourdchipper, nancyt, kelrote, Marilyn65, Roz13

    GEORGIA – SHELLSEEKER50, The Queen, Don, MMarshall

    INDIANA – Kadee, Zibby, blbrown, jimmy

    IOWA – iggy, Iowawife

    IDAHO – dwgriff, deanna1937

    ILLINOIS – ASY, Janet, Apricot, deb112958

    KANSAS – sheila1951

    KENTUCKY – Vickie, andy

    LOUISIANA – Stephanie K-G

    MAINE – marsh, mariposamonhegan, Susan L

    MARYLAND – baltobob, Emily, brookhvn1, SueGail, marilyninMD, Kelly5000, orb

    MICHIGAN – 2x around, Hildann, carosi, LeeLyle, Ol don, Sharon, marygail

    MINNESOTA – skee, c3plo, cynfany, Lori2

    MISSOURI – joyful, Sandi, dking, oldbiker, Lullie

    MONTANA – Mary in Montana, thenneck

    NEBRASKA – LibbySD, kacnk



    NEW MEXICO – Pat B, sheltifan

    NEW YORK – bobspecialk, rbosh, chris r, Mary T, Dilly, SusanB

    NORTH CAROLINA – Nanse, maryd, Evalena, Danise, GuitarGuy

    NORTH DAKOTA – bengy

    OHIO – Jayne, bludaze, Ann, nancy1940

    OREGON – Lizbeth, Martha P. Kathi37, Duane, sandy D

    PENNSYLVANIA – starling, ehamilton, Gerry, jodij,Jenene56, Teri T, mar

    RHODE ISLAND – briegull

    SOUTH CAROLINA – Jean21, susanhere

    TENNESSEE – sthetford, carma, Dazed

    TEXAS – trisinger, natsmom, texasmom, kaykay, Judy, redbud73086, Grannywhiskers, morsb, texasgirl, C, Gay, divvi, Weejon, lewvou, Blessed, Nancy B

    UTAH – anitalynn

    VERMONT – AnnMW1157

    VIRGINIA – kitty, Anita41, ginc, Liz, Belinda.K

    WASHINGTON – countrygirl, marge, Mawzy, Carole, New Realm, DianeT, Charlotte

    WEST VIRGINIA – lmohr

    WISCONSIN – dandee, sandy

    WYOMING – jules

    RVing -- frand

    CANADA – Anna, mary75, inge, Amber

    AUSTRALIA – frustratedspouse

    NEW ZEALAND -- Patricia
    Deb-you did a great job. Looks like Texas is a dangerous state to live in for AD
    • CommentAuthorJanet
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2009

    Thanks . . . I've been thinking I should update the table, but I haven't had time. I'll do the whole thing (with cities) soon.

    Bluedaze, you're right...or else we Texas women are just chatty gals. I - for one - expect to double our house quota of demented people sooner rather than later. It's been that kind of day. I cannot even write about it. It's that raw! Maybe later.
    Florida doesn't look too good either!

    Nancy B, remember you can say anything here and know we understand. Bless your heart.
    Clinton, Ct
    • CommentAuthorRo13
    • CommentTimeMar 13th 2009
    Roz13, now posting as Ro13
    • CommentAuthorSunshyne
    • CommentTimeMar 15th 2009
    ttt for Pompanosusan
    • CommentAuthorJanet
    • CommentTimeMar 15th 2009


    Bama Alabama Cullman
    decblu Alabama north of Montgomery
    Mrs T Alabama east of Birmingham
    jaydee Arizona Phoenix
    shoegirl Arizona Phoenix
    Mary Arkansas North Little Rock
    terry Arkansas Eureka Springs
    Bettyhere California Los Angeles
    Charles Summers California Fresno
    Diane V California southern
    Judi California Ione
    Kirsty Holding Fast California Marin County
    Mark California Los Angeles
    pollyp53 California Pilot Hill
    RaeAnn California Redding
    rglennon California Highland
    sanjosepat California San Jose
    Sunshyne California San Diego
    DarleneC Colorado Woodland Park
    Rk Colorado northern
    Shannon Colorado Denver
    KathrynnotEugene Connecticut Clinton
    Therrja Connecticut Hartford
    jean Delaware Wilmington
    asa Florida Tequesta
    Betty Florida
    bluedaze Florida St. Lucie West
    Carolyn Florida Bradenton
    Dagma3 Florida Tampa
    Dee Florida Venice
    doxie2 Florida Port St. Lucie
    FLgirl Florida The Villages
    gourdchipper Florida Grant
    GretchenFLA Florida near Tampa
    joyfh Florida Orlando
    kelrote Florida Winter Haven
    lilabqm Florida Orlando
    Marilyn65 Florida Fellsmere
    MissB Florida Port St. Lucie
    nancyt Florida Davenport
    Ro13 Florida Jacksonville
    tony Florida Orange City
    Trudy Florida Grand Island
    Don Georgia Tiger
    Jimmy Georgia North Metro Atlanta
    MMarshall Georgia Newnan
    SHELLSEEKER50 Georgia Valdosta
    The Queen Georgia Between Atlanta & Macon
    deanna1937 Idaho Idaho Falls
    dwgriff Idaho near Boise
    Apricot Illinois midway between St. Louis & Springfield
    ASY Illinois; Florida (winter) Chicago; Sarasota
    deb112958 Illinois Bridgeview
    Janet Illinois Bloomington
    blbrown Indiana Gary
    Kadee Indiana Kokomo
    Zibby Indiana Lafayette (rural)
    Iggy Iowa Northern
    Iowawife Iowa Council Bluffs
    Sheila1951 Kansas
    andy Kentucky
    Vickie Kentucky
    Stephanie K-G Lousiana Housma
    • CommentAuthorJanet
    • CommentTimeMar 15th 2009
    MariposaMonhegan Maine southern – near Portland
    Marsh Maine Blue Hill
    Susan L Maine Harriston
    baltobob Maryland Baltimore
    brookhvn1 Maryland Silver Spring
    emily Maryland Annapolis
    marilyninMD Maryland Owings Mills
    SueGall Maryland Bel Air
    kelly5000 Massachusetts Springfield
    orb Massachusetts Southwick
    Carosi Michigan Grand Rapids
    Hildann Michigan Kalamazoo
    LeeLyle Michigan 50 mi. SW of Alpena
    marygail Michigan Dollar Bay (Upper. Penn.)
    ol don Michigan Saginaw
    sharon Michigan Grand Rapids
    Lori2 Minnesoa west central
    cynfany Minnesota on Canadian border
    skee Minnesota
    dking Missouri St. Louis County (Affton)
    joyful Missouri St. Louis County
    Lullie Missouri Springfield
    Sandi Missouri St. Charles
    oldbiker Misssouri south east corner
    Mary in Montana Montana Butte
    thenneck Montana Kalispell
    kacnk Nebraska northeast
    kacnk Nebraska northeast
    LibbySD Nebraska Lincoln
    Nikki New Hampshire Lake Winnipesaukee
    FTD New Jersey near Atlantic City
    LFL New Jersey Flemington
    PatB New Mexico Albuquerque
    Sheltifan New Mexico Los Lunas
    bobspecialk New York New Windsor
    chris ruggieri New York Somers
    Dilly New York East of Albany
    Evalena New York upstate
    GuitarGuy New York New York
    MaryT New York Buffalo
    rbosh New York Syracuse
    SusanB New York near New York City
    Danise North Carolina Taylorsville
    maryd North Carolina Raleigh
    Nansea North Carolina Statesville
    bengy North Dakota Minot
    Ann Ohio Toledo
    cs Ohio Poland
    Jayne Ohio Chillicothe
    lkincaid Ohio Dublin
    nancy1940 Ohio near Lake Erie
    Sally Ohio Medina
    Duane Oregon Springfield
    frand Oregon
    kathi37 Oregon Happy Valley
    Lizbeth Oregon North Albany
    Martha P Oregon Colton
    sandy D Oregon Ontario
    ehamilton Pennsylvania Wind Ridge
    Gerry Pennsylvania Camp Hill
    Jenene56 Pennsylvania south of Harrisburg
    jodij Pennsylvania suburbs of Philadelphia
    mar Pennsylvania Exton
    Starling Pennsylvania Macungie
    Teri T Pennsylvania near Lebanon
    briegull Rhode Island
    Jean21 South Carolina Murrells Inlet
    susanhere South Carolina upstate
    carma Tennessee Clarksville
    Dazed Tennessee east
    sthetford Tennessee Murfreesboro
    • CommentAuthorJanet
    • CommentTimeMar 15th 2009 edited
    Blessed Texas outside Houston
    C Texas Fairview
    divvi Texas central
    Gay Texas Rosenberg
    Grannywhiskers Texas west of Austin
    Judy Texas Robertson County
    kay kay Texas Corpus Christi
    lewvou Texas Austin
    moorsb Texas Dennis
    Nancy B Texas Spring
    natsmom Texas Arlington
    redbud73086 Texas Arlington
    texasgirl Texas Houston
    texasmom Texas Houston
    trisinger Texas Austin
    anitalynn Utah in Rocky Mountains
    AnnMW1157 Vermont
    Anita41 Virginia Danville
    Belinda.K Virginia Williamsburg area
    ginc Virginia Richmond
    Kitty Virginia Richmond
    Liz Virginia Newport News
    Carole Washington Near Aberdeen
    Charlotte Washington Vancouver
    countrygirl Washington Amboy
    DianeT Washington Covington
    marge Washington Seattle
    Mawzy Washington Federal Way
    New Realm Washington Kalama
    imohr West Virginia
    dandee Wisconsin (FLA) Depere (Summerfield)
    sandy Wisconsin north-central
    jules Wyoming Star Valley
    frustratedspouse Australia Adelaide
    Amber British Columbia central BC
    Mary75 British Columbia Vancouver
    inge Ontario Toronto
    Anna Ontario, Canada
    Patricia New Zealand Upper Hutt – North Island
    • CommentAuthorJanet
    • CommentTimeMar 15th 2009
    Sorry, but I absolutely cannot figure out how to keep the table format. Also, the list was too long for one message.

    Please let me know if there are any mistakes or if I missed anyone.

    Sunshyne, sorry about the numbers from California, Florida, and Texas!