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Anyone from the Pacific Northwest?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Soaring Spirits Feb 14, 2014. 2 Replies

I'm hoping we can get a regional event going. Anyone interested in meeting at an Applebees or Starbucks or some place to get acquainted? I live in Everett. Has to be a daytime event because I cannot…Continue


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barbee replied to phyllis's discussion Married 62 years in the group Born in the 40s or Earlier
"When I was teaching, I had a poster in my classroom that was a famous quote by Henry Ford:  “Whether you think you can or you think you can't – either way you are right". It emphasizes how much attitude determines success…"
Jan 7
barbee commented on Rainy (Misty)'s blog post Going into my third year
"Misty, you might not be aware of just how far you have come and how much you have changed in these three years. Your writings and sharing with WV tell the story -- of courage, of overcoming, of grace. You should be very, very proud of your hard work…"
Jan 3
barbee replied to Lablady's discussion ATTN: ADMINS, Any updates on the new chat room?
"Lablady: I am sorry you have not had a good experience with WV. Did you have the opportunity to visit the Chat Room before it was taken down? If so, you know it didn't work like a phone conversation might. Sometimes it was hours before someone…"
Jan 1
barbee replied to lonecougar's discussion Urn display
"When we are widowed, just like any other experience in life, there are lessons to learn. One thing to know is that there are really no rules. You make up the "rules" as you go along and they are yours alone. My husband died almost seven…"
Dec 31, 2019
barbee replied to Lablady's discussion ATTN: ADMINS, Any updates on the new chat room?
"And then, this morning it took me five tries before I could sign in. (Dec 26, 6:30 AM) Maybe there is no one in charge any more????????   ;-)"
Dec 26, 2019
barbee replied to Lablady's discussion ATTN: ADMINS, Any updates on the new chat room?
"I'm another one who misses having the Chat Room available. It was there when I first came to WV about 5-6 years ago. It was a busy place and sometimes there were over 20 people there at the same time. I fondly remember one evening when we…"
Dec 16, 2019
barbee replied to only1sue's discussion What are the fundamentals of dating in your 60s and 70s?
"Are you close to the forest fires or having difficulties breathing with all the smoke? How long do they think your fire season might last? Sorry you have this added to your plate. Stay safe and take good care of YOU."
Dec 10, 2019
barbee commented on Doug02122014's photo


"Pat yourself on the back, Dad, for a job well done! I remember the early days of your grief. You made some very good decisions for you and the girls during a scary and confusing time. Be proud. Now that you've shared how well Lauren is doing,…"
Dec 6, 2019
barbee replied to only1sue's discussion What are the fundamentals of dating in your 60s and 70s?
"Suggestions here have been to possibly bring flowers to your hospitalized friend. Be sure that is OK before you do it. Some hospitals no longer allow them, especially in Intensive care units or if there are breathing issues or allergies. Fragrances…"
Dec 4, 2019
barbee commented on Soaring Spirits's group Born in the 40s or Earlier
"Seattle has been my city most of my life. Currently I no longer live in it, but near in a rural town by. It's interesting to me that you go by Sleepless in Seattle yet live in Colorado. Was it a favorite movie? Are you a transplant? Are you…"
Nov 26, 2019
barbee commented on Soaring Spirits's group Born in the 40s or Earlier
"only1sue: I read in our news that New South Wales has numerous fires, not too unlike what is happening in California. Praying that you and your family are OK and safe."
Nov 10, 2019
barbee commented on Soaring Spirits's group Born in the 50s
"A couple weeks after my husband passed, I went to the ER thinking I was having a heart attack. My chest hurt so bad. After tests, the doctor said to me, "there is nothing wrong with your heart, but you do have a broken heart and the pain with…"
Nov 6, 2019
barbee replied to Rich's discussion The obsession of starting a new relationship
"RE: The obsession of starting a new relationship. Finding a new spouse has lots of factors. Your age, whether there are children in the home or not, financial considerations, how long you were married, what was the quality of your…"
Nov 5, 2019
barbee commented on Soaring Spirits's group Born in the 40s or Earlier
"Mrs. L, yes it was a long day. Ten widowed ladies all together came by -- some for only a little while. I was the only one who was there the whole day! It was a delightful way to meet new people and change up what might have been a very lonely day."
Oct 28, 2019
barbee commented on Soaring Spirits's group Born in the 40s or Earlier
"The first Thanksgiving and Christmas after Gary died were holidays that I did not want to face. We'd always had a houseful of people and I didn't want to be alone. I decided to have Thanksgiving at my house and put up a flyer at church and…"
Oct 27, 2019
barbee commented on Soaring Spirits's group Widowed in 2013
"Hey Susan, Feb 2020 will be the start of my seventh year. It seems so very long ago. I've bought and sold a new house; traveled across USA from coast to coast; made some new friends. Our family has added three great-granddaughters. Yes, many…"
Oct 25, 2019

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At 4:12pm on August 12, 2017, Don said…

I am happy that you have found your new parter .  May God Bless you  both.   Don

At 11:31am on July 22, 2016, Skeezix said…


I'm so sorry that I haven't responded to your messages. I just signed on a couple days ago for the first time in almost a year and discovered I actually had messages in my inbox!  I sent you a friend invitation but haven't heard anything back yet.  Don't give up on me yet.  I'm still working on navigating this site.  Skeezix

At 1:17pm on April 19, 2015, Frank said…

Hi Barb, Where did you go?

I went to the chat room and I did not see you in chat nor the list of active members so I guess you logged off.

How's things going?  We are having high winds and snow squalls today, but there are periods of sunshine as well.  The front should have moved further east  in the next couple of days to give us a break in the winter weather.  When that occurs, I'll drive into Denver to get some groceries  and run errands.  

We had 5 inches one day and two days later 7 inches, the next night 2 inches, and last night one inch.  Meanwhile its snug as a bug in the home.  

Hope all is well, and I look forward to your notes and our exchanges.



At 7:36am on March 30, 2015, Frank said…

Hi Barbee,

I'm in the Mountain Time Zone.  Generally speaking, I watch the news/weather till about 2230 and then I get on the radio (I'm a ham radio operator) for another hour or so.  Then I do a final check on my email, and log into WV.  If someone is there, and they want to chat, I'll stick around for another hour or two. 

I look forward to chatting with you and Thank You for your invite.



At 5:50pm on March 21, 2015, thelmaz said…

I'm glad you enjoy the blog.  I've had computer problems lately plus I'm so overwhelmed with downsizing, I can hardly think.  Thelma

At 2:09pm on February 6, 2015, Christopher said…

Thanks, barbee. I only just saw your comment left more than a week ago. I‘ll have to remember to look into my page. I had left tabs open for the groups I’ve joined, but not my own page. Oops!

At 2:25pm on January 27, 2015, flyingsummers said…

I do need a buddy to get around and to helpgetting through the grief.

At 5:38pm on December 17, 2014, JC&DK said…
Would like to try a new group in everett,
Thank you
At 5:29pm on October 8, 2014, david1980 said…
Thank you for responding on the Ebola post. More than that... thank you for being a friend. This past couple weeks I have had more time to read the posts and respond.
At 4:14pm on April 20, 2014, WebLady said…

Hi barbee,

Thank you for your note. Sorry for your loss as well.

Nice to hear you are in the "neighborhood".

I think I am still in shell shock here. My hubby was perfectly healthy one minute and dead the next. I am mostly out of the denial phase but, just so damned sad that at times it is unbearable.

I have not yet come to anything resembling normal and feel most comfortable in isolation.  I have friends and family willing to help but, I find when I am near them I am more distressed.  So meanwhile, I am lurking here on this site and a couple of others. I do find some comfort in reading the posts.  I guess because unless you've been there you can't possibly imagine the likes of this!

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Moving on...

Posted on May 3, 2018 at 2:05pm 6 Comments

It has been over five years since you left. In that time, I bought a house and sold it and moved again. I found a man who cares about me, and after we spent many months traveling across this nation, we decided to commit to a relationship. Most days life is wonderful and safe and comfortable again. There are some days -- and sleepless nights -- that still feel lonely and confusing. Today in my reading I found a sentence that helps me understand  this mish-mash of emotions: "…


Got rid of your bed

Posted on March 21, 2015 at 8:53am 3 Comments

It has been just over two years since you left. When I moved I brought your hospital bed with me. It was to be temporary. I knew I would donate it. It gave me something to sleep in temporarily. But other things needed replacing or fixing and they were more important because, after all, I had a bed to sleep in.

Well...the day arrived and I bought a complete bedroom set and new mattress last week. It is a queen-size. It is like sleeping on a cloud. It is so big I get lost in it. It is…


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