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« Reply #140 on: May 14, 2020, 11:19:13 AM »
Hi Maddie,                   14 May 2020

I wish I did, Christina does need help and there isn't anyone there that can help her. Linde is the one that convinced here to go there.

Thanks and take care.

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« Reply #141 on: May 16, 2020, 11:25:22 AM »
I also wish that I could have helped Christina.  She is certainly in one of the most dangerous places for LGBT people.  I'm ashamed of my own poor Arabic.  I studied it for more than two years in primary school, while living in Arabia, which should have been enough to make me reasonably fluent, so I have no excuse.  Part of the problem may have been the colonial lifestyle, I suppose.  There were never more than two Arab children at our school, and none at the clubs where we spent much of our free time.  I did invite an Arab boy to a birthday party but his father sent us a letter politely declining the invitation.  My father socialised with Arab friends who sometimes brought me presents but I never met their families.  Even so, there were many opportunities that I failed to utilise. 

I'm sorry about your car but I'm glad that the tree was merciful to you.  I learned the dangers of driving while drowsy many years ago.  Whle working as a programmer before long distance networks were common, I often drove long distances, worked long into the night and drove back home in an exhausted state.  One night, people I saw sometimes magically became traffic signs, so I was obviously hallucinating.  Even so, I didn't stop driving until I woke up to find that I was already halfway past a  pantechnicon coming in the opposite direction.  I was lucky but in future, I insisted that my employer put me up in a hotel whenever I had to work long hours far from home.

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« Reply #142 on: May 17, 2020, 12:32:58 PM »
Maybe someone should invite Christina overs here.


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« Reply #143 on: May 20, 2020, 08:08:16 PM »
I also wish that I could have helped Christina.  She is certainly in one of the most dangerous places for LGBT people.  I'm ashamed of my own poor Arabic.  I studied it for more than two years in primary school, while living in Arabia, which should have been enough to make me reasonably fluent, so I have no excuse.  Part of the problem may have been the colonial lifestyle, I suppose.  There were never more than two Arab children at our school, and none at the clubs where we spent much of our free time.  I did invite an Arab boy to a birthday party but his father sent us a letter politely declining the invitation.  My father socialised with Arab friends who sometimes brought me presents but I never met their families.  Even so, there were many opportunities that I failed to utilise. 

I'm sorry about your car but I'm glad that the tree was merciful to you.  I learned the dangers of driving while drowsy many years ago.  Whle working as a programmer before long distance networks were common, I often drove long distances, worked long into the night and drove back home in an exhausted state.  One night, people I saw sometimes magically became traffic signs, so I was obviously hallucinating.  Even so, I didn't stop driving until I woke up to find that I was already halfway past a  pantechnicon coming in the opposite direction.  I was lucky but in future, I insisted that my employer put me up in a hotel whenever I had to work long hours far from home.


Hi @MaryT,                           20 May 2020

Kind of between a rock and a hard place. Do not know anyone that can help. We sure don't want to invite her here at this time because, to our knowledge, we do not have anyone that speaks Arabic. There was someone communicating with her in Arabic (we assume by the writing) for awhile; don't know what happened to that person. Not much we can do for her at the moment.

That car wreck was a message from the Boss Upstairs. I had been sleep driving for a long time; over 50 years. Dena calls the shots now and I feel much safer because I trust her implicitly; She is wiser and not prone to impulse. Me on the other hand, that's another story.

Just thankful no one was injured. My ego was a little bruised; collateral damage as they say. My night driving is almost nil; only in emergencies and when I unavoidably find myself out and unable to return when I should; its only happened a couple times.

My fuel consumption has dropped to an all time low. Not doing much for the oil stocks on Wall Street. The price of fuel dropped drastically about a month ago. I paid $1.14 / gallon though it has started rising again. Must be the stimulus checks.

Glad you are here Mary, we look forward to hearing from you and enjoy reading your posts.

Take care Mary. God Bless You and Your Family.

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Re: Christine's Transition Adventures
« Reply #144 on: May 26, 2020, 02:16:14 AM »
      OMG Christine we did a lot of shooting yesterday and my ears are still RINGING! Two Mossberg 12guage, one a pump 1 semi. A scoped rifle shooting 17HMR hollow point (and red-tipped). .45 and .44 mag revolver pistols and Cory had this very short/small 9mm that would positively blow yer ears off . . .

      This guy is NUTS, ex-military watched him power eject a 12g shell up into the air then immediately swing about and shoot it? People had wayyy too much beer and aren't really teaching their gun carry safety Troy blew a 12g hole in living room ceiling while "checking, ensuring unloaded"(? yep! is now!) Luckily short-range, still full choke pattern surprized size of hole only 'bout 1/2 inch?

      "Tonys" is extended family, brother to father of idiot Troy, my daughter's now 'ex' and 1st baby daddy, who all live on same 30 acres with 2 extra houses "lying around" empty  . . lol 'bout "Southern Country" as one can get! Other grandma Lisa knows how much I can be "girlish" but we get along fine, has gotten over it after initially being angry at least she doesn't drink either!

Why are all these women soo OVERWEIGHT? Always feel weird out of place but these people are always too drunk to notice or care! Been teaching #2 granddaughter The Beverly Hillbillies song Ballad of Jed Clampett she loves it, goes into endless *giggles*!

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Re: Christine's Transition Adventures
« Reply #145 on: June 09, 2020, 12:05:47 AM »
      OMG Christine we did a lot of shooting yesterday and my ears are still RINGING! Two Mossberg 12guage, one a pump 1 semi. A scoped rifle shooting 17HMR hollow point (and red-tipped). .45 and .44 mag revolver pistols and Cory had this very short/small 9mm that would positively blow yer ears off . . .
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Hi @Kiera, Folks,                       08 June 2020

You are welcome here Kiera. If you like a big bang, try a S&W .500 mag stubby. It'll make a believer out of you. By the way, I hope you are using Good ear protection. From your description, you weren't using it.

I like going shooting but haven't been in a long time. I even had to go to Google to find out how to load a single shot .22; hard to believe my skills have deteriorated to that point.

This brings me to another subject: Tree work, being an arborist and having a love for trees; climbing them and working to preserve them when possible.

Yesterday, Sunday 07 June 2020, I decided to do a bit of yard work involving tree pruning and mowing. Since I did this more as an avocation than a vocation I have all the tools necessary to work with trees.

I haven't done much heavy stuff since late 2018 when I developed a DVT, which put a damper on my tree climbing and use of the tools required, namely chainsaws. Why you ask? I am on a med called Xarelto, an anticoagulant that keeps my blood from clotting and helps prevent DVT's. I was warned that should I accidentally cut an artery, with a chainsaw or from a fall, chances are, I would bleed out before anyone could get to me. So I curtailed all those activities.

Prior to my transition I had been known to lift and carry 200 - 300 pound railroad ties, toss around 100 Lb. sacks of cement, install transmissions w/o the aid of a transmission jack; you get the picture. Well Sunday I decided to use my Stihl HT 131 power pole trimmer. I haven't utilized it in almost three years; I swear that thing has been eating Midnight Milky Way candy bars. It seems to have gained at least 20 pounds.

At any rate, I am finding out I have lost quite a bit of my former strength. I'll be 80 in less than 2 months and I'm not appreciating this diminution of my former capabilities. I mentioned this to Dena and she said: "You got what you asked for; you want to be a woman." Well, yes I did and do; but, I don't have to like losing strength. Where is this going?

After all my hard work yesterday, today, I felt great and in better shape than I did at the start of yesterday. I realize this isn't much of a track record, but it may have an important message for me: "Get off your lazy ass and do more physical exertion than sitting around stuffing your pie hole with chocolate Bon Bons."

I have more work scheduled for tomorrow and it will take most of this week to complete all the tasks I have laid out for myself. I will be sure to let you all know the results of my Hoped for physical improvement or if it was only a misplaced pipe dream.

Take care folks.

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« Reply #146 on: June 09, 2020, 09:14:13 AM »
Step away from the bon bons Christine!
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« Reply #147 on: June 09, 2020, 10:48:13 AM »
Step away from the bon bons Christine!
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Hi @Maddie,                  08 June 2020

I have about 60 Midnight Milky Way bars in my freezer. That's about a 3 - 4 year supply.

Seeing your cat in your avatar reminds me of the day You Dena and I Skyped. "Friday" my pup in my avatar, was lying in my lap, his head resting on my arm, watching you and Dena on the screen. As soon as your kitty appeared, he got excited and started making doggie sounds.

Thanks for the advice. Have never eaten Bon Bons, but have shoveled many a Midnight Milky Way and Hershey Bar into my pie hole; posted about it. Try to limit myself to one Milky Way per month; my stash lasts longer that way.

Take care my friend.

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Re: Christine's Transition Adventures
« Reply #148 on: June 11, 2020, 10:56:53 PM »
Hola Folks,                               11 June 2020

Did more yard cleanup the 9th and 10th. Seems the increased physical activity is working. I have been losing a bit of flab; it is sorely needed. Today was eye exam day early AM. Not much sleep last night, a bit over 4 hours. Not enough to function properly on so no hard work today.

Tomorrow will be a "Start Early" day. Have about a weeks work I am going to try and cram into three days. Will let you know how it goes.

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« Reply #149 on: June 12, 2020, 10:17:26 PM »
Hi Folks,                              12 June 2020

Here it is, two days since my last post on this thread; worked yesterday and today. Did get a lot done, though there is more to do. Most likely another 3 days will be required. I can't believe how many trees have grown in that area and how large they have become. The area is about 14 feet wide and 35 feet long.

I rarely go in there as there's nothing there but the A/C unit and a few items I stored there; out of sight, out of mind.... until I had a sewer problem last year. Roots got into the sewer line.

So, the main thrust of this exercise is to rid the area of all vegetation and try to insure that it doesn't reappear. The soil will be treated to inhibit further growth of trees and brush.

That's about it for this episode, until next we meet: "Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel."

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« Reply #150 on: June 13, 2020, 10:20:14 AM »
There is line of trees behind my apartment that are intertwined with a chain link fence.  At least one of the trees has the fence inside it's trunk.
Overall the trees seem to be winning the fight  as the fence is increasingly twisted.
I love the trees.
Good luck Christine with your continuing efforts to tame and protect your property.
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« Reply #151 on: June 14, 2020, 12:11:51 AM »
There is line of trees behind my apartment that are intertwined with a chain link fence.  At least one of the trees has the fence inside it's trunk.
Overall the trees seem to be winning the fight  as the fence is increasingly twisted.
I love the trees.
Good luck Christine with your continuing efforts to tame and protect your property.

Hi @Maddie, Folks,                     14 June 2020

I managed to pay little attention to that area of my yard for several years until I had to; last year I had to have a roto-rooter come out and clear the sewer line. Tree roots caused a crack in the line and roots invaded it looking for water. My goal is to remove all the vegetation from that area and treat the soil so it will be hostile to further vegetative growth.

The trees grew a lot this spring due to the above average rain, warm temperatures and high humidity. Hopefully, I will get this addressed before the problem manifests itself again.

Tomorrow will be a large cleanup day due to Monday being trash pickup day; we have 2 pickups each week, Thursday's being the second.

Time to call it a day; the pups need to go out for their evening romp, nature calls and I need the added exercise.

Take care everyone.

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« Reply #152 on: June 16, 2020, 12:05:04 PM »
                               Tuesday 16 June 2020

Took yesterday off; don't like being dirty all the time: Working on the trees/yard is dirty work, so today, it's the same old story, more yard/tree work and getting dirty. Good thing I didn't toss out all my male clothes; they are good for the grubby jobs.

Dena came up with a great idea. Work on the trees for an hour, then cleanup the mess then go back to the trees and repeat.

I did make the mistake of leaving a few of the tree trimmings lying on the ground for a couple days; ample time for them to dry out. The limbs get stiff, the leaves are dry making for a not so pleasant task of bundling them. Have about 10 relatively small limbs to bundle then I will try Dena's idea; I am sure it will work.

Another reason her idea is great is from a safety standpoint: Working on trees usually entails Power Saws and moving around the tree(s). Doing so with trimmings lying around is conducive to accidents; had more than my share of them, don't need more.

Hope you all are doing fine and that you're able to get out and about in a manner that is reasonably normal. It will return to normal, probably a New Normal, which hopefully will be better and safer.

Time for breakfast; yes, my hours are "different" than most folks. I operate in two time zones, Central and Mountain. Making and keeping appointments is a bit more challenging. During the spring/summer/fall seasons, there's a two hour difference; during the winter, one.

Take care all.

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« Reply #153 on: June 21, 2020, 11:11:40 AM »
Hi Folks,                    21 June 2020

I tried Dena's plan; works like a charm. If she offers her advice, pay attention, she is right on the money 200% of the time. Thanks Dear, I Love You.

Five days since my last report. I'll start with today: It's Raining; T-Storms in the area. Have work to do on my ride (car). The window regulator in the front passenger door lost it a short while back. Kept the window up with Duct Tape. Tape worked for a short while; had the new part, just hadn't found time to do the job.

My friendly neighbor lady allowed me the use of her garage incase it rained while the window was out so the interior would remain safe. Well, good thing she was generous.

I have replaced all four regulators, this one twice. Last time I did this was 9 years ago. Took me about two hours to do all four. I worked two hours on the one yesterday and still not done. Swear I have lost my touch, used to make my living as a mechanic. Hope to have it done today.

Did tree/yard work Friday the 19th, nothing but shopping the 18th, tree work the 17th. Still have about 10 or more trees to remove and then all the stumps to flush cut; actually cut a bit below ground level. Don't want to try grinding them, too close together and too small to be of a major consequence.

This has taken longer than anticipated; nothing new for someone overly optimistic when it comes to estimating "time to completion." Good thing the dummy doing this work is doing it for free.

Since I am an arborist, I have a fair number of expensive chainsaws. Flush cutting a stump can damage or destroy a saw. I was going to go to Home DePot and buy a cheap CS. I found one for $115.00, which I had been considering as a "sacrificial" tool. Then I remembered I still have a Homelite Cheepy I bought about 20 years ago; paid $75.00 for it then.

Used it a couple times then relegated it to "Loaner" status. Wasn't about to loan out a $1,000.00 Stihl Pro saw. Did loan the Homelite; it came back damaged as I suspected it would. Fixed it and was going to sell it, which I never got around to doing. SO, it will become the "Sacrificial Lamb." If it survives, all well and good, if it doesn't, So-be-it, not a great loss.

Please note: Homelite was a great saw years back, about 40 or so. They are cheap junk now, only a name, made in China; not worth owning unless you get them for FREE.

Noticed a "Narcissistic Personality Disorder" well known staff member on another Trans site has elevated liver #'s. Well, what with all the excessive alcohol consumption she has indulged in, what does she expect to happen? What you say? She doesn't drink? Then why all the DUI's? Not a bit surprised; Born again MY ASS!

So now I have to knock off my Bfast and then go finish the car.

Take care folks, please stay healthy and safe.

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« Reply #154 on: June 22, 2020, 10:28:03 PM »
Hello Folks,                           22 June 2020

The car window is fixed; took about an hour to get it all straightened out. Haven't lost my touch, just have a bit of rust forming from lack of use. Guess I'll try to rectify that issue.

Good news: As mentioned previously, I have been back on "her_mones" since January 2020. My boobs are doing much better than they were two years ago when I started 27 March 2018 and had to stop 23 November of that same year due to a DVT that developed in my left leg. So far everything is moving along quite well.

Progress on the yard/trees was interrupted by two things, Car window and rain. This time of year in this part of Texas, it is traditionally dry; rain is rare until October. It's now too muddy to do anything and there is more rain expected this week. Guess I'll find other things that need attention.

Nice to have my car functional and not having to drive around with Duct Tape holding the window in place. The bad part of using the duct tape is the goo that it leaves behind. A real bear to get off, especially when it is allowed to stay on too long. How long is too long? Whatever it is, I managed to do it. The good news is I went to HD and bought a small can of "Goof Off." It worked like a champ. Never know the window and door were a mess.

That's about it for this edition. Take care and stay healthy and safe.

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Christine
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« Reply #155 on: June 23, 2020, 05:31:37 AM »
Hi Christine.

Depends on the dog, but I don't envy the job of keeping the mud outside..

Hooray for hermones!!
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« Reply #156 on: June 24, 2020, 11:25:38 AM »
Hi Christine.

Depends on the dog, but I don't envy the job of keeping the mud outside..

Hooray for hermones!!
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Thanks @Maddie,                      24 June 2020

The Hermones make things better. My pups try to avoid mud almost at the cost of refusing to go out when it's raining. I personally do not like getting in mud, especially here in this area of Texas; we have what's called "Gumbo Clay," which is extremely gooey.

Best to never walk in that stuff when it's wet. I did once when I first moved here. It was raining, my hubcap came off and went into a plowed cotton field. Unbeknownst to me, it was good old wet and gooey Gumbo clay. Each step I took made me taller.

By the time I got back to the car, I was about 8 inches taller and each of my shoes felt like they weighed 20 pounds. Cleaning the shoes was a veritable nightmare; needed a putty knife to pry the gunk off the soles. Suffice it to say, the shoes were almost destroyed, not from the clay itself but the removal process.

Gumbo Clay comes in several colors: Red, Yellow, Gray, Brown, Black; take your pick, all are difficult to deal with when wet. Dry is another matter. The strange thing, stuff actually grows in it quite well, especially cotton.

Take care Maddie.

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« Reply #157 on: June 24, 2020, 11:50:26 AM »
. . pups try to avoid mud almost at the cost of refusing to go out when it's raining.

My Iowa farming Uncle Clarence would call those type dogs "sooners" . .

'cause they'd just as soon do it inside than out?

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« Reply #158 on: June 25, 2020, 01:04:33 PM »
@Maddie, @Kiera
Hi Folks,                     25 June 2020

My pups would rather hold it until it stops raining. This reminds me of my first wife's dog. He was a Dingo, we brought him to the US when we left Japan in 1972. We conditioned him cage wise by buying the cage a couple months prior to our scheduled departure. He liked it and slept and rested in it. The door was always open.

Departure day, he went in it and off we went by taxi to Haneda airport in Tokyo. We saw him loaded onto the North West plane, so we knew he was safe. The flight was to Seattle where we went through customs. We saw him taken off the plane for his customs check, saw them put him back on.

Off we went to Chicago where we had to change planes for Cleveland. It was now dark so we couldn't see much. We boarded our plane for the 30 minute flight to Cleveland; we got there, went to baggage claim, picked up our suitcases and waited for him to come out.... and waited.... and waited some more.

Now it's frantic time, Where's our Pooch? At first no one knew he was supposed to be on the plane to Cleveland. After several hours they found him in a warehouse in Chicago. The baggage tag was gone. This happened in the days of small paper tags with a thin string attaching them to baggage.

They retagged his cage and sent him to Cleveland the next day on the first flight. He arrived in his cage, which was spotless. He had been in it for over 48 hours, no food, no water, no business. Got him out of his cage ASAP then took him outside to the first bush we could find. He lifted his leg and started peeing.... and peeing.... and peeing.... then he fell over and kept peeing. He must have been ready to explode.

It was kind of sad and funny watching him. He had to be in pure misery; he was so well housebroken he was not about to go in his little house (cage).

I know what it's like not being able to pee. Have had my bladder lock up after surgery and had to go to Emergency and have them drain it. The first time I had over 1000 cc's drained and the second time over 1500 cc. Talk about discomfort, not the catheter, the full bladder.

I have a problem with certain drugs used during surgery. I know what they are and verbally inform the Anesthesiologist of them and also via a typed document I prepare beforehand letting them know what not to use.

If you ever have surgery, and most of us have or will have, when you are well and feel up to it, go to the place where you had your surgery and request your Anesthesia Report.

I think you will  be shocked at all the junk they give you to: Calm you, make you forget things, make you not feel any pain, and render you unconscious and to keep you that way for as long as they want.

It's a witch's brew, some of which is used for Executions and Euthanasia. It'll give you a warm fuzzy. I've had surgery without Anesthesia just to avoid that Witch's brew.

Take care.

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« Reply #159 on: July 04, 2020, 10:55:42 PM »
Hi Folks,                    04 July 2020

10 days since my last update. Nothing really new except the prospect of having my HVAC back in operation. It took a dive south several years ago so I just lived without one until three years ago when I installed window units in a couple of the bedrooms. This worked until this year; they were fine for a couple of years then they started on a trip hell bent for replacement.

Dena had her A/C require a visit from the "Cool Doctor." Long story short the compressor run Capacitor gave up the ghost. The cool Doc replaced the Cap, and all was well.... for a couple of days and it was back to having the "Cool Doc" make another call. Deja vu; same problem, fixed again... No Charge.

A couple day's later, Her Mom called and said She was having a problem with Her A/C, it was blowing hot air. It turned out She had the same problem: A bad Run Capacitor. The cap was replaced and all is well.

Two A/C units having the same problem just days apart? This got Dena and I thinking about my Dead HVAC system. So we started on checking my A/C's run cap. Looked kind of hammered so we decided my unit deserved a new one. We now had a Four-Fur.... maybe.

Had to do a bit more vegetation clearance to enable access to the A/C's electronics' area where the compressor and circuitry reside. What really got this started was my original thinking that my compressor had failed. Those things are a pain to replace, I have done it myself before and didn't want to tackle it again. There are a lot of new legal restrictions as to who can legally work on anything involving Freon. I am not certified nor do I have all the fancy new equipment necessary to do so. The electronics, that we can do and it is legal; just can't mess with the Freon gas.

When my unit took its dive, I figured from the symptoms, the compressor was toast. So I left it alone for the past five or six years. All of a sudden, Dena's A/C exhibited the same symptoms as mine had when it went six ways south of Sunday. We kind of thought this would turn out to be an easy fix.

Not so fast. Cleaned out more vegetation and got to where it was going to be a lot easier to work on the unit. Bought a new 80 + 10 MFD run cap. installed it, checked the wiring and decided to give it a try late last night, hoping it would work. Turned the power on, it started running and then quit. Heard a sizzling noise coming from the switch I used to energize the unit.

Hmm, what could be wrong? It was too late to continue and late means dark and lots of mosquitoes. The odd thing, the circuit breaker in the Load Center didn't trip, which is a good thing. Just to be on the safe side I bought a new switch and Circuit Breaker just in case either or both are toast.

The saga will continue tomorrow. You're probably wondering why I haven't just bit the bullet and had the whole thing replaced. I gave it a good bit of thought. The net, net, it's a $10K+ investment in this house, which is throwing one's money away. I would never be able to recover it and plan to get out of here as soon as practical.

Tomorrow we'll see where things really are. Hopefully it'll start up and cool the house like it used to. Will update you as soon as we have an answer.... one way or the other.

Best Always, Love

Christine
Worrying Never Makes It Better.