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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Just a generally good day - PLUS Sitting Room :)

Hi hi.  This is me and we're typing on our new computer.  YAY!!!!  We are a little speculative because we've had so much problem with bloat-ware.  I think that's the title for it … It's stuff that pops up like viruses telling you need programs or software to correct problems they are just giving you so that you pay for their protection.  It's the most irritating thing, but we haven't figured it out yet.  We did go to the programs section and deleted some stuff, but the main culprit, won't delete.  Hopefully, today will be better, we got the computer yesterday after we got back from Dr. Marvin's.

We are trying the Microsoft 365 program for free - I know that Rich and us will get a business copy, but Rich hasn't decided to go 365 or purchase outright.  We'll wait for his computer to come in and load to that first.  We will need a copy that can get us 5 devices.  Joe is letting us use one of his copies, but I could see it going to my desk top, Rich's laptop, his phone, my phone and my hybrid.  Hehehe that's fancy words for the part of us getting a Lenovo Yoga 2 which means it's a laptop and its tablet.  Rich got the regular Lenovo laptop - the U530 model.  I don't think either were in their newest ranges, but both were affordable and had very good ratings. 

I think the keyboard on this one is a little stiff, but it's a matter of adjustment, you just don't have to press the keys very far down.  You do have to press.  Maybe we just have to loosen them up or it might be the angle we're typing.

Hmm, that was a little adjusting.  We turned the fireplace up a little, got coffee, took our medicine, fed the dog, grabbed a piece of chicken, AND went to the bathroom.  Then we resettled ourselves under the blanket.  You might have guessed with the new computer we're in the sitting room enjoying the comfort. 

Hmm, one of the things, I'm enjoying about this new computer too is that it has a really nice speaker on it - so we're listening to our Rhapsody account.  We have a playlist that includes about 3 days of soft Christmas music.  YAY!!!  It keeps the whole thing cheery … reminding ourselves now that this is our Christmas present - ok, 3 weeks early, but REALLY appreciated!

Ok, moving along - we tried to open our regular blog to see where we last left off in our writing, but because of a long running script it wouldn't open proper.  I think it's because we are installing the Office program in the background - it's at a very slow 83%.  It's ok, we have some patience.  :)

Hmm, nothing really impressive about what we're writing about so far.  I think we're trying to get settled.

Ahh I think the MS sample program finished loading and we were able to go check out our blog.  We scanned it for an idea of what we last wrote.  It's surprisingly about a month ago.  Not sure what all has happened since then … I guess we'll have to go over to FB to check out what breadcrumbs we left.

I think one of the first things that happened and I don't think I wrote about it, but Fox canceled the show Utopia.  That was a major disappointment.  We've since become FB Friends with some of the cast, but especially James.  I feel like he's another friend for real - at least as far as online friends go.  But, I've appreciated that he's let people in general become a part of his life - that with both good and bad.  He seems very real to me. 

The next important thing was that Dakota went to the vet/groomer.  They are located together so that we dropped him off at about 7:30 am, and then they called about 12:30 pm to say I could come pick him up.  He was gorgeous and smelled very good!  I love what she did with his fur and there were many curls on the top that she left … my favorite part was around the collar.  She seemed to know what to do to get the ridge just right it's like smooth around the muzzle then flips outward meeting the front to the part coming in from lower in the neck.  He's very soft and wonderful.  Yes, I think he knows it because he sits very proudly when petted by ourselves or others.

In general he's gotten a lot of attention - yesterday was another example.  When we walked in Dr. Marvin's office area - there were several people who happened to be up and about and about 4-5 people all focused on Dakota when he came in … a couple petted him and people talked about their own dogs and wishing they could bring them to work.  They asked the familiar questions like what kind of dog he was and stated how handsome he was.  It was good attention, but all we wanted was to go and sit down.  We finally made it back to our chair and then Dakota turned on his back for his "cute" pose.  Someone else came over and then the platitudes started again. 

I know we have to be conscious of others when we're out with him.  It's like people never saw a dog before.  We had to stop several times on the way back from Dr. Marvin's … before the long hall, after we got to the end and by the time we were at the doorway of the garage.  One family was walking about the same time/path.  They had little children who wanted to pet the dog but were afraid of him.  By the last time we met up in the garage, the family finally stopped close to us instead of the distance.  The Mom and Dad petted and encouraged the other, so we were careful not to scare or push the children (2-3 years old).  It was a good encounter especially for the young father.  I'm so proud of Dakota when he is able to meet people in his gentle way.

Hmm, we've had a very long break maybe a couple of hours, we were doing other computer business - more on the private level.  The last thing was to be talking to Linda - we agreed to be both headed off to our own set of tasks.  I need to go into the sewing room, but we stopped and cleaned up the kitchen first and started the dishwasher.  No reason not to get that "easier" chore out of the way.  I have to remember that it's never as bad after you start - just a matter of how long we can stay … we prefer to be getting everything done.  We can do unloading the dishwasher and loading it and washing down the counters, but that's pretty much our limit.

I think the idea of working while writing is good if I can balance things.  I forgot what we were talking about before the break.  Did we mention that Dakota wen to the vet/groomer?  Don't think we explained that.  Hmm, turns out that was about a month ago.  New dog news would be that we had Maury's dogs Lady and Max over during the week of Thanksgiving. 

We were very happy to do this.  Ok, poop like stuff is never fun, but otherwise it was good.  They seem to enjoy being at our house, especially because their cousin Dakota is here.  That's really the best thing of our house for them.  They get along soooo well.  I will try to post later the pictures of one - them eating or shall we say CRUNCHING together?  The second video is of them playing three way tug of war.  Both are classics!

We didn't have too much trouble with them.  Rich convinced me to let them out one at a time, so we would let one into the sunroom and the other two would be behind the sliding door.  They seemed to understand being called out next or being held back - neither with too much energy.  Lady is pretty excitable putting on the leash sometimes, but most the time she's good.  They seem to each know what going outside is all about and they enjoyed having some outdoor time on their own.  Lady again was the funniest … we were calling her "LookalotLady."  She would just place herself square with the wind and stare off into the distance while her nose was sniffing and sniffing.  Good Zen'ing.  Hehehe

Everyone got their share of pets - and on this mark as before Max and Dakota stood out.  They were like just pet me a very long time and I will be happy, then I'll go over to the other person and when they are done we'll be right back :)

This time all three dogs played at the same time.  Max has cut some slack for Dakota.  Lady is still the obsessed one on the need to play, but generally there is someone who will agree to play with her.  She's a very high energy dog.  We eventually toward the end of the week found a Cesar video where he is training two Goldens the exact same colors as lady and Max to settle down … we sent it out to Maury and Cari caught it too.  We're not perfect because Dakota will still jump up, but mostly because we haven't told him not to yet.  I know he'd train - it's all on us.  I wish we had the video to practice with Lady at the beginning of the week.  We'll review it later when they come back again.

I think Rich fell in line with the dogs too - and a couple times a day, he'd help me by taking them out.  The feeding was on my own, but Rich did his fair share of petting.  One thing we can say for sure … If we have a dog treat in our hand - all THREE dogs sit VERY quickly without a word being said.  Hehehe - loved that part.  We'll look forward to them coming out again.  If Maury were to be back on track, I think that it would be a girls' weekend here this coming Saturday.  We haven't talked plans yet, but should soon.  We got caught up with the holiday and the girls having other plans.  We'll just have to wait it out.  I would like to try inviting the Quilting twins here once during December or January, but not sure how that will work.  I don't know if that would be something they could do.  I do know it's been a long time since seeing them.  I know CS is tied into her recovery and Emily is with family.  Maybe?

The next question is could we have them here by themselves if they agreed to come or could we have them with our Granddaughters here.  I know that Isa would get so much out of it and maybe Ame too.  Just it would be a lot of work trying to keep up demands of kids, sewing, food, etc.  Sleeping we could do it with the twins in one room and the girls in the other.  But, I'm not sure I'd like to give up my alone time wit both sets.  Probably cart is way in front of the horse.  I know it's a busy time of the year for our quilting friends.

There was something that happened this week besides getting the computers for Christmas for both Rich and us.  We got for Rich a birthday present.  His birthday is tomorrow.  We found on Craig's List a old Mahogany desk that also came with a chair and a file for $170.  GREAT price … the desk has some dinks, but nothing out of the ordinary for a used desk.  REALLY happy with it.  We put it in the girls room so that when they weren't here Rich could be using the room for business.  I know that a part of him wants to put it in the sitting room, but even if we took out the piano and treadle sewing machine - it would take up too much room.  The room just isn't big enough with the two big recliners and the desk is 63" x 28" x 31" - plus chair and file.  I can appreciate that Rich wants the big window and fireplace, but it would be unsettling to the flow and purposes of the room. 

I keep trying to work it through my mind.  I wouldn't mind taking out the other two things, but just don't see getting the three pieces in together.  I suppose we could put the desk in front of the window, take out the sewing machine and piano, but my chair would have to stay where it is facing the fire, and Rich would have to put his recliner on the opposite wall where the sewing machine is now.  I don't like that it would block the hall way by being so wide.  The path is clearner now from the rest of the house to the bathroom we use most.  People would be walking in-between the two chairs. 

I guess that Rich's chair is mostly down so it wouldn't be too bad.  Just have to try it out.  I will give him our okie dokie I guess for his birthday to try reconfiguring the chairs before moving the heavy desk again.  He had to unscrew one of the leg sets to get it through.  Thing is with the recliner you have to pull it away from the wall so it can lean back.  It's much more the cubby back by the bar, but I can be manageable.  My chair might be pushed back to where the piano is and neither of us would share the same stool for a table ...the worst part would be if Rich tried to leave papers on the floor in our pathway.  The sewing machine and piano would be fine for the girls.  It would give them a table space AND something fun with the piano.  I would leave out the table we had there in front of the closets, because that really wasn't being used and blocked access to the closets. 

Ok, that's a whole new thought - cleaning out those closets!  They are so tightly packed no one can get anything from there.  It have to be a Rich project.  The other change is that the girls now need to share a Bakers Rack - it be the same whether there was a desk in there or not.  For space too - we put one air mattress on top of the other.  We've got some space to move around - just it gets congested really fast - the rooms aren't huge.  I guess it would be a better idea to have Rich's space more in tact out here, but then adding a office and taking out my bakers rack (for our quilts), sewing machine, AND piano - well, can you see where we are loosing ground here?

But it would make our boo happy AND he wouldn't be as isolated.  That's the part he's complaining about now.  Maybe the best idea is to clean up the stuff coming out of the girls room in back of my chair and scooting his chair across the room … have to do something with sewing machine *sigh*

Ok, we're back and our back is already hurting.  Rich said one room, so we're going to focus on the sitting room.  I feel bad because Dakota and the other dogs are going to lose their nice spot in front of the big windows - it's just 9" from the ground and the space keeps them cool, and able to look out.  I guess with Rich's desk there though, if his feet aren't sitting there, the dog can sit under the desk and still view the window.

We did very little … just moved a couple boxes and blankets off the floor and we moved the heavy cast iron treadle machine out of the way in the guest room.  Next would be to continue removing things from the back of the room.  There's a basket with stuff from the girls table, some more blankets, a couple of chairs, and the piano.  Piano btw is just a little electronic one.  Two trips between top and stand.  We will put that in the guest room too.  Maybe actually we'll put all that stuff in the guest room - some can go on top of the bed.  It will be easier to put away when all the furniture is in place.

The next step will be to clean out the vacuum cleaner and start vacuuming this room.  Then my chair moves back and Rich's chair goes to the east wall.  I think I will pick-up all Rich's papers and put them in the guest room too, and then Rich can put them away in the new desk when it gets moved in.  I think he's coming home earlier this afternoon, or at least sometime in the afternoon, because he has to go out from here then to the card club tonight. 

Hmm, thinking out the arrangement of the girls room.  I kinda like the new spot for the one baker's rack.  I think we will leave it there, and then put the sewing table in front of the front window - like Rich's desk, and then we'll put Ame's bed by the south wall next to the door, and then put the piano in front of the closet - that won't be so hard to move.  I like the room better.  As long as the girls can share the bakers rack.  I think most often they bring their things in their backpacks and nothing really gets taken out … Just need to make it a little neater. 

Pswhoo … got almost everything out.  I left in a chair to sit next to Rich's desk on the west wall and I left the papershedder hiding in the corner, and we left one of my standing lamps.  I think that it will look better with Rich's desk then the table one with the broken shade.  We also have an extension cord that we'll use from that corner for his and our electrical equipment.  There's another one over on the wall his recliner will go for when he's sitting in his chair. 

In some ways, I think it's going to make the room bigger to have my chair back a little further, just enough not to touch the north wall when I'm laying flat back.  The inside U will be better formed so the room looks more set as a set.  I think I will have to get the other table/stool from the garage and use it for the other recliner.  Rich and us share, but we'll be too far apart now.  I'll have to then take one of the high chairs out to the garage to sit in while people are working out there. 

I haven't made a choice on the high chair in the corner.  It would be better to have a tall plant there, but still be safe enough for the dogs and cat.  It's old and scruffy and should probably go in the sewing room, no reason for it out here.  I usually have some kind of quilting project or two on it.  It's the first thing we see going into the sewing room, but maybe we're getting closer to leaving the door open so we can be in more of the house.  Who knows? 

I think I'm going to need a white plastic garbage bag to empty the hair in the vacuum.  It had filled up last time after cleaning up after the dogs.  Too much again to start without it being emptied.  Shoot, usually that is a Rich job.  Keep things in tune girls we can do it! 

During the last time up we fixed the lace curtain the dogs had pulled down and we opened up the drapes to let some light in here.  Sweet!  Can't believe how light and bright it is.  We did have on the center light, but it didn't do the room justice.  I think we're going to have to clean the carpet with the cleaner Friday or over the weekend - IF the girls aren't coming.  Don't want them slipping on wet carpet. 

We're pretty much into the day … it's almost 1 pm and we've barely left the sitting room.  I can't believe how happy we've been to be in here in front of the fire again and still be able to type.  With the Kindles we could do email or FB, but it really wasn't good for typing.  I also know that I can't get by with leaving the fireplace on every day, but for now aw we're trying to center the room it's working well.  We talked a few moments ago about making a bigger U-shaped space in the middle, but a good part of that is opening the space in front of the fire.  It is really a nice large stone fireplace.  Deserves to be seen as wholly as it can be.  Ok, girl … just take a moment and then the vacuum right? 

We figure Linda might check in in about an hour or so.  We figured she'd be pleased as us to have the vacuuming done and the recliners in place.  Hehehe.  That be a GOOD Ann!  Still would like a quilt on that back wall.  AND, we'd love to have a couple more floor lamps next to each of the chairs.  That would be a nice balance.  Eh, one thing at a time.  VACUUM!

Pswhoo!  Got the filter cleaned out - it was up to the top in dog hair - WOW!  We were also able to vacuum half the room.  I have to rest for a few moments and then move the recliners and a few other things, and then vacuum again.  I get to rest first though.  So far so good.  1:10 pm and we've eaten lunch - way back at the 11:30 am mark.  We did move the papers and the high chair.  This desk is turning out to be the greatest gift ever!  Just hope to be done before Rich gets here so its ready for him to take off the leg again and then move the desk.  I don't know what else he has to do before leaving, but I can put the rest back to order after he's gone again if necessary.  Sure be nice for him to do something with those papers though!  First time we'll look at our hearth without the papers around it … always thought that was too close to dangerous. 

Hmm, we might have lost a paragraph or two, but basically, we’re here at the end of the room until Rich comes home.  We got the chairs where we want them, both stool/tables, brought in Missy’s scratching pad, and the room is entirely vacuumed.  Good girl.  It’s 1:53 pm, so good time too.  Oh, yes and as may or may not be stated, we left a floor lamp and the paper shredder here too.  Fully equipped with that AND an extension cord.  The room really looks and feels different, but I like the conversational space between Rich’s recliner and ours.  We’re a little off set to the right of the fireplace and our view out the window has never been good  looks to the outside of the sunroom, breezeway and garage. 

Rich has got the better view – he sees, some of what we see, but a better look into our courtyard and down the block.  I think he’s going to be very pleased, so much he might not complain about moving the heavy desk WITH also taking off the leg.  I know I know … but we’re kind of obsessive now.  We keep thinking over details over and over again to get it straight.

I don’t like the view by the bar.  It’s got mostly dog stuff on it like the treats, brush, extra chain.  I might have to move that to outside?  Not sure.  It was away from the regular counters, it’s just that it’s a really bad view.  Maybe Rich is right and we’ll have to hide it under the counter.  We have doors on either side so, if we move the glasses down there that will at least be convenient.  I would like to keep the walkway clear to the bar … not that much is going on over there, just it’s been hidden ad ugly for so long with Rich keeping all of his business papers over there.  We’ve got some stem glasses hanging from above and a picture, should be some kind of a display maybe, but it’s not a real long counter.  Maybe if we put a short board over the counter/bar sink, we could put some white cloth on it and then pull out the Christmas statues that Rich got for us last year.  Hmm, that would be a good deal, right?

AHA!  Done with that!  We put up the pieces there are two big buildings, a midsize fountain and a midsize skating rink, and a truck and a person.  The first building is a general store, and the second building is a newspaper office which is perfect for last year because we were starting our business with Multiple News.  We have to think if we had anything else we wanted this year, or if we should ask Rich if he sees a really good deal like last year to get a few more pieces.  I had originally thought we’d get more and it would be faster, but so many other realities hit too. 

BUT, GUESS WHAT!??  Rich just called and he’s picking up his mother’s mail and he said he’d be home in 20 minutes (4 pm), so that is GOOD news.  I’m eager for him to see this part of his birthday gift.  He gets the best – well almost the best windows in the house.  The best double set of windows faces out front behind the couch, but I don’t see out of them often either, though Rich’s chair in the LR faces out at that direction.  I know it’s a burden on him to see through the lace, but it offers us some privacy too.  He seems to keep track on what’s going on a mile away where the next road is.  So I guess that’s pretty much a good deal.

I think he’s going to be so happy, I can’t seem to settle ourselves down.  ESPECIALLY because he said that I wasn’t supposed to spend all day on the computer and I didn’t AND he said to do one room, and we did!  And, it is going to surprise him nicely.  Happy happy.  He said he stopped by to pick up stuff for the card group tonight.  I guess it’s his turn.  Good Rich.  I think we will be having chicken leftovers from yesterday – hmm, maybe more mashed potatoes? I’m not sure if he’s eating with me just maybe a little of something. 

I turned on the little light above the village pieces – the one over the glasses.  We never turn those on – they are fluorescent and come through the spaces that hold the bottom of the cups.  AND in the newspaper building we put up on the stack of books there are little lights in the building.  I guess the fabric has a white background, but also little bundles of flowers.  Hmm, maybe those are bushes showing through the snow?  It looks fine hehhe

I wonder if he will move the desk for us before he goes.  I think there is time, and then I can put the other rooms back together.  You know the stuff we took a part over the last couple of days, then we might vacuum the sunroom or set the vacuum out there at least with the old plastic table.  Then if we did all that we could start in the sewing room.

I think the plan of attack will be to first put some blanket stuff from the sewing room floor back to the bakers rack in the guest room, and then start to arrange the wicker shelves to hold things on the tables and so forth and the stuff on them better, so the space works.  Then after that if there is stuff we’re going to rearrange some of the space on the regular four shelve units.  I’m so tired of things OUT not having a place.  We need to clear our head when we go in there. 

Hmm, remembering the office Rich was so proud of at JVS … it really was just a square, but it had a window or two in it.  The problem was the windows were about top of one’s head level so although letting in light you couldn’t see out of them.  Now Rich is going to have real windows. 

I sure hope Dakota is doing ok.  Should look.  We left him outside when he laid down on the sidewalk … it was a nice day today.   Hmm, just checked.  He wants to be out there, but not too far from me, but he’s at the stage where he’s looking for Rich who should be home any moment.  He’s DUE!!!!

I kinda wish the rest of the house looked nice as this room, but then that wouldn’t give me anything to do.  AHA … hear car doors and Dakota sat up – he was resting his head on the sill.  He puts out such a calm exterior.  I love that about him.  Yup yup … he’s intently staring.  Sometimes it takes Rich a while to get from his SUV to the house.  Dakota has walked around to the sliding door in greet the Rich position.  When the sliding door was open he was laying out on the couch, but the heat came on and figured I didn’t want to be caught with not only fireplace on, but door open.

Shoot shoot false alarm.  Dakota is back to the window … still staring, but now tail is wagging.  That might be a good sign.  Shoot he laid down.  Maybe not.  He does like to greet Rich.  I don’t know who is more intent between us or the dog.  Hmm, he sitting up again.  Looking interested in SOMETHING out there!  There is no doubt in my mind that he’s looking for his Rich.  He gets the first cuddle now when Rich comes in – it’s like letting the kids say hello first because they are so excited.  It’s 4:08 pm, I want him home before the sun sets so he can see his window – hopefully with the desk in front of it.  I hope he’s not going to be too tired.  Hmm, forgot to take my medicine.  Better do that.

Ahh 4:14 pm and dog ran for the sliding door.  PRETTY sure this time.  Shoot another false alarm, AND we got an excited puppy!

Poor Dakota has been staring at the driveway …he seems to know that’s where he is going to see Rich next.  I feel bad for getting him so excited.  I should have looked first.  Hey, he’s messing with my lace curtains.  It sure is hard to be patient.  Must be a lot of people in the park coming home at this time.  We’re hearing a lot of cars – even with the music on.  Rich’s car is quiet though.  He’s going to miss the light and then he won’t want to set up the desk.  Dakota is so stoic.  He’s got his head.

Pswhoo that was a lot of action … the fed ex guy came with Rich’s computer AND when we got back Rich’s car in drive.  Dakota is checking out the sliding door.  He’s eager.  So why is he taking so long getting into the house now.  Its 25 min after he was supposed to be here.  Hope Don didn’t find him, that could be hours.  He’s going to miss his light … It’s getting pretty dark in here.  The light outside is fading.  Want to just go out and grab him…  Ok, maybe?  Dakota went to the sliding door again.  He knows Rich comes through the breezeway from the garage.  WOW HE’S here


Saturday, November 8, 2014

Moving into November WITH a lot of pictures

Wednesday, November 05, 2014 @ 2:17 pm

Good afternoon.  This is us … I know it is relatively late in the day for us to start an entry, but I thought we could do a shorter one and catch us up in time a bit.  The last entry we wrote was about 3 weeks ago just after our 2nd grandson – Alex, was born.  YAY!  For HIM!!!  At the time, we were getting things ready for Austin to be here – our oldest Grandson.  We hadn’t seen our Granddaughters since that time, because Maury had made other reservations for them.  One of the weekends, he brought them for an overnight at his father’s place, and now this next weekend, Ame wanted to go to a Saturday overnight so she was going to do that and Maury was then going to check in on the girls during lunchtime.  I’m not sure if that isn’t going to be a regular thing.  We had talked to him this morning and still have mixed feelings about it.  But, just have to wait it out.  Maury’s birthday was during the time we’d been gone and we let him know we were looking forward to meeting him for his birthday after the fact, and he said maybe next week – depends on other things going on. 

Austin was totally terrific having over.  He was more apt to stay on his own computer with less talking time, but we did have one session that was really special.  Take a look at the ruler pieces below.  They are really colorful and were REALLY terrific to make with Austin – in that we were able to teach him so much and then learn back from his perspective to the content we were showing him.  It was taken from the recent Google Searches of our Mind Map.  The idea was that we could take any article from any of our sections and then we’d relay to him in an abbreviated manner what the piece was about, or what it meant to me as a studious Multiple.  So for example, I might talk about a Multiple who was jailed, or a student writing a paper on a Multiple, or about someone confounding an article – his or her own negative beliefs in something.  Then with Austin’s scale we would estimate it to come in anywhere from -1 to 10 with -1 being an abomination like the False Memory person Elisabeth Lofton to pretty much “Good Tier” above awesome.  We ranked about 50 articles and then we were able to sit back and really get a good look at the material.  We just left abbreviated titles for the articles read.  The articles (beside Lofton) at the bottom were related to death, criminal, mental institutions or then lesser things that assumed the people in the article had a greater pathway to replaying Negative conceptions on Multiplicity – like Dr. Phil was really down there.  Up toward the top were people and organizations doing great things to support people with Multiplicity and because we were having fun – we included our name/quote in the Wiktionary as very top of the line good things.

The time we had in developing the model was soooo much fun and interest it was just incredible.  Anything I could tell Austin about what was happening and about my or his conception of the rating scale was just gold.  I’d never had anyone spend that much time with me in actual relating to the content.  It was one of those most special times – you just never forget because of his generosity in time with things important to our own mind.  The ruler was important to him, and having it useable to me I think was also very good for him.  We both laughed and growled at the appropriate times.  I think his ability to pick-up the “bottom-line” to the data was just incredible.  (Remember click to make the pictures bigger!)

Saturday, November 8, 2014 @ 5:32 AM

BACK!  Wow that was a long 2-3 day break!  We got into some other stuff and left this part behind – that’s a little frustrating as to getting things done.  We just read over our material and discovered that we hadn’t even gotten up to the part of our Wiktionary … Oh lord – that is now some days/weeks ago.  This is what we were talking about.  Go down to the part under “English” that is a noun and on the 4th reference it says – “A single individual who has multiple personalities.” And then if you press the one for quotations, you WILL notice under 2010 the person that did the entry included our name, book and a sentence that we’d written in the book, so that WE are a part of describing what a “Multiple” is!  OMG … what an honor that was!  It says, “I had seen its first show when it was a freebie, but I thought it made multiples in general look silly – no one changes clothes THAT much!”  It was a comment I’d made in our introduction section talking briefly about the TV show “United States of Tara.”  I thought the comment perfect for the Wiktionary, though I had no part in getting it there.  Just extremely honored that someone had found the statement AND had included it in their thoughts.  WooHOO!!!

So that was that … for the record though – Austin thought it was kinda cool too.  Man oh Man impressing a teenager?  Worth all the gold in the treasury! 

So, thinking what else has happened?  As kind of a current note … we stopped by at Cari’s FB and found that she and Joe had had a tough night with Alex.  Our blessings go out to them … there’s nothing worse than not being able to figure out why a newborn is crying.  I think she is taking him to the doctor to see if it is colic or an ear infection.  Poor little guy … just hard to be new.  I know that Cari and Joe would have both worked with him and done their best and that really IS the best!  Hoping they all catch some good sleep though too.  God Bless them!

Figured if you hadn’t seen the Wiktionary, there are a few other things you haven’t seen yet too.  This is one of our new favorite pictures of Dakota …

Isn’t he terrific!??  His eyes are so steady and trustworthy – just loving this dog to pieces and as of now – he’s gone through 5 weeks without pooping in the house … although in an emergency we’re sure he’d do it, I think pretty much we got this down!  I’m not as sure about the peeing part … we had one accident here with the cat several weeks ago and we had one incident at Cari and Joe’s, but now the baby is almost a month old – so it’s been a while AND we’ve been traveling and we didn’t have any incidents there!  YAY!!!

I guess we might as well skip ahead to that situation.  Last weekend – well a LONG weekend, we went to Rich’s daughter and SIL’s house in New Mexico.  WOW!  What a trip!  We left on Thursday, got there Friday, left on Monday and got home Tuesday and now its Saturday again.  It was really really nice to see Jill and Chris and Natty and their animals.  It seemed a big deal part of the trip that Dakota was there with their two dogs and two cats – especially the dogs.  The big store was the relationship between Wrigley and Dakota.  Their other dog was older and barked at Dakota, but didn’t really relate to him much.  She did accept him in their pack, but she left him alone.  Wrigley and Dakota had like two relationships one positive and one NOT as positive.  Wrigley snapped at Dakota a few times, we think mostly when she was around food.  She got a little possessive, BUT the other times, they got on really well.  Dakota would lean down on his elbows in the play position and Wrigley and him would play and play as if there wasn’t a huge size difference between them.  I think Wrigley’s plan of attack was to go for Dakota’s ankles and then Dakota would nudge Wrigley and push him on his back.  It wasn’t serious stuff just really good playing and anytime your dog gets along with someone else’s dog to that degree it’s just really nice.

There were a few other things going on – like we got there on Halloween so got to watch Chris finish up with his decorations – and then later take them down so he’d be ready for a business trip he was taking Sunday.  AND, the “big event” was that we were to have an early Thanksgiving while we were down.  That was Rich’s idea and he’d prepared for it.  He did what was necessary to prepare stuffing and he helped Jillian with the turkey.  All the other stuff Jillian did and she did a fantastic job!  Rich played out the part he loves most as supervisor, and I was just an observer.  Rich let me use his computer most of the weekend and that was a good deal for me.  I was able to sit and talk and be with people, but I didn’t get in their way either if they moved on to something else … there was always something for me to do – and we worked on our Google Searches which didn’t take as much concentration.  We were worried before we left that we’d be able to step away from the work, but we did really good and didn’t open Rich’s computer OR Kindles either going or coming back. 

But, as to Thanksgiving, Jillian had invited her best friend H and his wife Kathy over to share the Thanksgiving dinner so there were seven of us.  They had a really cool table and chairs that were higher, so it felt different as if at someplace fancy.  The conversations were good at the dinner and throughout the weekend.  It was just a pleasure to be there, AND Jillian and Chris decided that we should even with our protest, give us their room and master bath while we were there.  OMG it was like being treated like royalty.  They have a brand new house they’ve been in since February and we’d not seen it for real yet.  It was very nice and comfortable and included this very nice rock garden and patio set out back for people AND the dogs.  There were dogs on either side of their house, and they had a tall built-up fence, but the dogs next door to the one side were bigger and could jump REALLY high to see over the other side, which they wanted to do – especially with having a new dog visitor drop by.  Dakota got really excited to see them too!  Heheh.

There was one part where Rich and Jillian went out shopping and they got a few things.  Part of Sunday was watching the ball games, so we got to have a little time with Natty.  By that time, we were given the option of sitting in the main rocker/recliner and it was really nice too!  They had brought in for me one of the wrought iron chairs from the patio so we could sit in something a little more comfortable an when we sat to do the computer in the living room while all the others were watching football, we were able to use the lawn chair to put up our feet.  I felt so cozy AND there were plenty of leftovers between Halloween and Thanksgiving to keep EVERYone happy!  WooHOO!

The trip down there and back was pretty nice too – one each trip we stayed overnight at a hotel.  The first time in Oklahoma and the second time it was Missouri.  Hmm, not sure now was it Oklahoma or Texas?  Thinking it was Texas.  The conversations and such during the trip were pretty good – not sparkly, but we felt comfortable in the car with Rich and there was a lot of scenery we were interested in seeing.  There was two bad conversations that were about the same thing.  Basically, we wanted to take Maury out to dinner and Rich was saying no, because we were giving him a cash gift.  Of course that was going to make me upset and then other things got involved – though relatively focused.  The first time I think we shut down for two hours, and the second time on the way home – last hour we shut down for about an hour.  There’s no conclusion yet, but I know our heads have filled-up with more arguments toward.  And, the bottom line is that I will just take Maury by myself.  I think we all deserve some time out.  In all the 1 ½ years living at the new house, we haven’t gone out with him ONCE!  BLAH!

Anyway … it wasn’t as much going out as I think Rich and us working through what was fair financially between us and all 6 of our kids.  NO ONE asks us for money, so it’s not that – I don’t know just complicated a bit.

ANYway – that was the only sore spot, and I guess after spending 2700 miles or 45 hours in the car together, we were good for ONE problem!

Something that wasn’t a problem though?  Dakota was the best traveling dog ever!  It got worked out so that every time we needed to stop for a break/gas, or whatever, I would go to the bathroom first, and then Rich would fill the car, then I’d come back and he would drive the car to a grassy/stone area, and then we would put Dakota on a long leash so he could go to the bathroom, and then Rich would go while I was doing that with the dog.  Then we’d be on our merry way.  I didn’t know that it could work out so smooth, but Dakota was a champion and seemed to know where he was in the pecking order, and that when we stopped it was time for his nose to get going to smell the new area – he was having the best time.  AND, when the car slowed down to 45 mph or slower, we’d ask Rich to roll down Dakota’s window and Dakota would stick his long snout out the space and just snort up the small towns we were going through.  Otherwise?  If we weren’t slowed down – then MOST of the time Dakota was sleeping.  We did have this one thing so that if I put my hand back of our neck toward Dakota’s space in the back, then within seconds his warm muzzle was put inside my hand and I felt the warmest glow!  Rich had put in the back seat – on the seat down side (elevated) his doggie bed (from his crate) and he slept either there, or on the double side of the seat that was still put up.  It was like an L and enabled him to get up and move a bit.

The rest of the car was filled, but not so bad it was a problem.  We did bring our walker, but never left Jill’s house so didn’t have to use it.  Because Rich pulled the SUV over for the dog, we could hold onto his leash while we were sitting down on the front seat with our legs out overlooking Dakota’s area.  It was a really great situation.  Dakota did have a very high jump to get from outside to up on his dog bed side (with the back of the seat down), but he managed pretty good and the times he didn’t jump up straight away, we gave him a little nudge.  There was no whining or pacing or anything like that … It was like he knew his position was to sleep, let me pet him, get in his air, OR go to the bathroom, and the bathroom part carried over, so that he seemed to understand when we went to Dr. Marvin’s and I let him out next to a tree – he knew then what I wanted him to do … It’s a bit of a trick, because when he’s got his vest on and is taking care of walking me, he can’t be smelling to go to the bathroom, but when it is time and we present the tree or whatever, he has to know its his time, AND he’s doing a pretty gosh darn good job of it!

I really think that the conversation was fine, but not much in-depth.  There was a lot more conversation on the here and now part of especially the scenery we were going through.  That was very relaxing.  I think that pretty much wraps things up there … I’d do the whole trip again in a minute!  Jillian and Chris and Natty were just that good of hosts!

Before the trip was kind of a rush.  We had to leave like 5:15 am Thursday morning, so the car had to be packed Wednesday night.  Monday was Rich and our 20th anniversary, so there wasn’t any work that got done that day.  We did start to pull together a list of all the things that had to be done before we could feel comfortable leaving.  For our anniversary, we went out to a new restaurant though we hadn’t known until going there that that was where we were going.  We knew that we had to meet Rich at the brakes place to get his done and while it was happening we’d be at a restaurant.  We ended up in the new Italian restaurant in town.  We of course had Dakota there and he’d done a very good job, but the restaurant was otherwise pretty empty.  The nice part?  The costs were about right and the meal was excellent.  We had shrimp primavera and it was the best I’d ever had – a very good sauce and the shrimp were done just right.  We were too full to have a dessert and we were driving home from the brake place in our car so Rich could drive his SUV so we didn’t have a drink, but OTHERWISE it was good and the waitress was very nice.  It was a special night!

The next two days though we had to make-up for the sacrifice of not getting ready during our anniversary day.  We had problems because we didn’t want to leave our work on the computer with the mind map.  We also had problems in not wanting to go to Dr. Marvin’s because we had so much work to do.  So, it was arranged that we only had a 15 minute call.  We had that opportunity on Thursday too while we were driving, but Rich let us drive a couple hours each way and it ended up being our turn when Dr. Marvin called, so we missed the opportunity.  Then we had about an hour back – right before the second argument with Rich to talk to him about another 15 minutes.  NEEDLESS to say that when we had the opportunity to go in on this last Thursday, we made it to the appointment.

What helped the most was that we made ourselves a few checklists before we got to doing much moving about.  This is what they looked like.

Hehehe – well, yes, we can have fun with a checklist!  We printed one out and started crossing through things manually especially with the packing list.  Most of the packing list happened on Wednesday because Tuesday a good part of the work was washing clothes and steaming them – WHILE we were watching Utopia.  Hmm, haven’t watched the show since we’ve been back.  Do we want to?  Not sure, but it IS a good thing to be doing while steaming clothes.  We brought our operation out here by the desk – wait – I got a picture!

Yup yup … ann’s Laundry *sigh*

Anyway washing, drying, folding, steaming was done on Tuesday and one last load on Wednesday of Tuesdays clothes, but we were behind on Tuesday, so it seemed to take a long time.  There was a lot to get done before we left – and I think everything made it, BUT the vacuuming.  No one’s perfect!

So that is pretty much it for the pre-trip too!

Have to touch back with FB to see what else was happening Hehehe.

Let’s see … for one, we’ve been doing a better job of getting Dakota out for his walk, which means WE’VE been doing better getting US out for a walk.  You are going to get our full picture show now Hehehe.  This is Dakota in his “walk world.” 

Nothing walkwise would be happening if it weren’t for the old scooter my mother gave us.  It is the most fantastic gift of the year.  We are trying a new arrangement of our medicine so we get it at 7 am, 11:30 am, 3:30 pm, and 7 pm.  SO the next part is that we’re trying to get Dakota out for when we stop for the middle two medication times so somewhere between 11-11:30 am AN 3-3:30 pm, he is going for a walk.  AND, when we go out, we’re trying to cover two blocks each time.  SO while the weather is still dry, Dakota is walking about 1 mile each day AND he LOVES it!  He’s quite happy to be out and moving, and he seems to enjoy listening to all the other dogs on the block.  Good boy!  We’re also being very specific in that he goes to the bathroom before he leaves, so the walking is just that – a nice brisk walk.  We do think he’d go faster, but the scooter is only 4 mph.  We’re both managing!

The next picture is what has happened out our windows … Fall is happening all over the place … that means two things.  First there are a lot of leaves about and second – the corn is now down – wait got pictures of both!  Well, actually we have about a half a dozen pictures.  You DO know we’ve been off-blogging for a bit now, right?  Couldn’t help but to squeeze in a couple fall pictures 2014 of our new Grandson too!  Ok, well truth be told had to get in pictures of ALL my Grandchildren … In the larger Halloween picture Ame and Isa are in the back row in the 6th and 9th (end) positions.  Austin?  He’s the first one to the left in the Award picture – So gosh darn proud of all of them.  Happy Happy to be a Grandma!  AND, now ALL three of our sons have kids.  They did well!  Happiest Fall!

Ok, back again … I know a LOT of pictures, right?  We’re watching the kids FB entries carefully to make sure we don’t miss anything.  We are still behind on Maury’s birthday, but hoping to catch-up this next week … hmm, hoping we’re on the right weeks!  Weekend has jumped upon us pretty quickly this time because of the extended trip this last week.  Did want to say too that the corn pictures were pretty darn cool too because they are taken from Rich and us sitting on our front patio just looking across the yard.  It’s like a show made for just us!  AND, a special Congrats goes out to Austin for having won his high school’s Outstanding Student Award from the Social Studies Department – ESPECIALLY as a freshman first quarter.  When you look at the other departments it seems most are won by Senior Students … Austin is just that smart!  Congrats Austin!
Ahh just been such a great fall this year … AND?  Rich might want to take one more trip.  He’s thinking of going out toward the east coast to see his Aunt and Uncle soon.  It would be nice to do it for Thanksgiving, but I think that would mean Rich has to make a commitment soon and see if it is possible for his Aunt and Uncle.  I’d love to do the trip – we’ll just have to see how things shake out.

Another thing that has just happened this week is that we’ve had people over to help us change up some of the windows in our house – hopefully before winter sets in formally.  Eleven of the sixteen have to be replaced and it’s going to cost about $5,400 through Home Depot.  We had to take out a credit card, but will have two years to pay at 0% interest, so we’re hoping that that is going to be ok … it puts things officially at cost/labor of each window just under $500.  It’s a lot, but hopefully we’ll see some of the energy efficiency right away.  The windows are really needy of being done.  Rich also got the front stair done over the time we were away … The repair guy showed us the screws and how badly rusted they were and he had to do a little build-up of the stairs ALONG with reinforcing the bottom step.  I’m really glad he got it done, but it cost $120 and he said he couldn’t do any more outside work for the year.  Rich is still thinking he can paint the boards and reinforce the airway under the sunroom so we don’t get such an up wind from that direction.  I think it looks terrible so am against it, but understand what he’s trying to do.  These jobs could have been done pre-winter, but that’s not really Rich’s style *sigh* the windows should be ready to go in about a month from now – into December.  I really like the idea that we’re putting money into the place to make it a better house.  First roof, then windows, PLUS a few little things … we should be good to go and on to the next chore on the list ;)

Ahh back … we just finished talking to Linda … she’s going to take a class this afternoon – good for her!  This next week she will be going to a quilting retreat – the one we used to go to.  Want no part of all that though! 

We used the washroom – and got the dog out and fed him and ourselves too.  It was an all-purpose trip!  Rich has been up for a couple of fishing shows now … think he’s in happyland … BUT feel sorry if he really does want to go outside today it is chilly out there and we’re supposed to be getting an arctic blast this week – about mid-way.  Won’t want any part of that … hope we’ll be able to get outside, but read an article on winter and dogs.  Some are using the boots, but they suggested using baby wipes on feet – not booted to get the salt off the bottom.  That is the bad part because it sometimes burns.  Think that’s what we’ll be doing.  If dogs have been moving through life for thousands of years, don’t see it important that all of a sudden on our shift, we have to put annoying little boots on him.  He’s just not left out that long.

I think the one main thing to talk about is the work that we’ve been doing on the mind map.  This is the area that we’ve put the most thought and attention into.  As you know that our Multiples mind map is broken into sections an that we’ve been trying to build them up.  I think last time we talked about doing PubMed journal abstracts and we’d done a section from Amazon of about 450 books on Multiplicity.  In the PubMed abstracts, we’ve been getting it better and better so that the entries get the most use out of them, which really means doing a lot of reading.  We have been reading EVERY abstract, and then from there usually making about 5-7 connections back to other sections of our outline, so that something that fell out of dissociate Disorders – might be DID (dissociative identity disorder), but then it might also be a title like

“Spirituality, religion and complex developmental trauma (2014, Sep 29), so along with DID it’s also in sections for “Attachment Theory,” “Children and adolescents,” “complex developmental trauma,” and “spirituality/religion.” And then, from that title going down we get how the abstract reviewed five domains that influence survivor’s ability to develop a sense of faith, positive identity and hope and they assessed how the trauma affected developmental trajectories.  Lastly of course, we included links to the author’s names and the information that came with that listing so this would be the listing for the above entry.

Nov 06, 2014 08:19 PM

Spirituality, religion, and complex developmental trauma. 
Author: Van Deusen, Stephanie 1 ; Courtois, Christine A. 2 1 STAGES Counseling Center, Lancaster, PA, US2Private Practice, Washington, DC, US
ProQuest document link
Abstract (English):  The purpose of this chapter is to describe the effects of multiple, repetitive traumas occurring primarily over the course of childhood on an individual’s spiritual development. We begin by describing the effects of complex trauma, with a focus on spiritual problems stemming from trauma of this type. Then, using the lens of the work of Erik Erikson and James Fowler, we provide a developmental framework to set out a number of identifiable steps leading to healthy faith development. With a fixed developmental trajectory in place, we are able to assess how and when experiences of complex trauma affect standard developmental trajectories. We review how the five primary domains of complex posttraumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) influence a survivor’s ability to develop a healthy sense of faith that fosters positive identity and hope. We present the case of a client with dissociative identity disorder, including some of her artwork and writings, to illustrate how extreme emotional dysregulation and trauma-related expectations of relationships affect spirituality, attachment to God, and faith development. Finally, this chapter highlights specific strategies for integrating issues of spirituality into each of the three main phases of treatment for CPTSD. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved)(chapter)

Links: Check for full text access
Subject: Early Experience (major); Religion (major); Spirituality (major); Trauma (major); Faith (major); Childhood Development; Dissociative Identity Disorder;
Classification: 3200: Psychological & Physical Disorders;  3310: Psychotherapy & Psychotherapeutic Counseling
Population: Human
Identifier (keyword): spirituality religion complex developmental trauma repetitive childhood trauma dissociative identity disorder faith
Target audience: Psychology: Professional & Research
Monograph title: Spiritually oriented psychotherapy for trauma.
Pages: 29-54
Publication date: 2015
Format covered: Print
Publisher: American Psychological Association ( Washington ,   DC ,  US )
ISBN: 1433818167, 9781433818165, 1433818175, 9781433818172
Language: English
Document type: Chapter, Edited Book, Book
Number of references: 34
Release date: 29 Sep 2014 (PsycINFO);
13 Oct 2014 (PsycBOOKS);
Correction date: 13 Oct 2014 (PsycINFO);
Accession number: 2014-22343-003
ProQuest document ID: 1606005080
Document URL:
Database: PsycINFO

Does that make more sense?  The main part though is understanding the abstract, or sometimes if the entry refers to a book, it is a good idea to sense out the table of contents to see what the author(s) are trying to focus on.  Our areas are broken down to:
1.       Life Span and population served
2.       Assessment and diagnostic
3.       Theory
4.       Brain, Mind and Mental
5.       Emotional
6.       Behavior
7.       Prevention & Intervention
8.       Medical
9.       Psychiatric Disorders
10.   Pharmaceutical
11.   Treatment & Support
12.   Conclusion
This is not to say that more categories won’t be added after this, but that each of these categories have sub-categories and sometimes it’s really drilled down, but the end point is being able to include the articles where they go … here we’ll show you … This next picture is on 9. Psychiatric Disorders


You can pretty much see that the 1rst picture outlines the different kinds of Psychiatric disorders, and then the 2nd picture outlines the different kind of dissociative disorders, and then in the 3rd picture we have an outline of DID with all the articles falling under that precisely, then that moves aside when we choose one of the articles, and we have the article connected to all 6 authors, the cascading thought that DID patterns states were tested with a pet scan using a neurobiological model, and that on top of the article we listed the 6 categories we felt the article fell under – DID, emotional over/undermodulation, Etiology, identity states, Neurobiological Model and PET study.  Then when we go to for example the Etiology link, we find that its under the diagnostic link under assessments and that we have several other kinds of assessments made for example …

There is soooo much information in this particular mind map – it’s really quite amazing.  I don’t know if we’ve been able to make a good declarative statement on what someone utilizing the mind maps might find.  I guess we feel that there is so much information out there on Multiplicity and some of it is good and helpful and some is absolutely terrible.  Our purpose is to organize it so that people can understand it from the perspectives of the highest practitioners, to the most ignorant questioner wondering if Multiplicity is real. 

One of the things that happened this week is that Dr. Marvin accessed his psychinfo database at UIC which is similar to the pubmed – except it is not through the government, it is put together by the APA (American Psychological Association).  We have unused connections to the APA (American Psychiatric Association) – though the psychiatric one isn’t nearly as large.  Psychinfo comes with less biological inferences then PubMed.  The bottom line though is there is about 3,300 DID articles/abstracts in PubMed and about 2,500 articles/abstracts in Psychinfo.  My ideal is to go through all 5,800 articles/abstracts and really work out an outstanding mind map – and this is just one section though it is a major section.  An ideal day would be to process 30-50 articles so would take about 145 days IF we could do that many days straight through … nothing is that easy, but if we could do those 145 over the course of a year, I would feel fantastic … that is an average of 16 articles a day – that’s a good goal to shoot for.  We’d have to be very prosperous!

We’d be able to do more, but there are other databases we’re working with.  I think we told you this stuff last time.  The section we’re working on the hardest is through the google searches.  Between the Psychinfo and Pubmed the data goes back all the way to 1904, though the majority really starts in the late 60’s.  As to the Google search though the data is newer … it is stuff published day in and day out on the internet, and since it was something we had to do personally, we only started as far back as 2010, BUT 4 years of special data is just that.  I can’t imagine that anyone else has thought to do the same thing.  Even if they started today, we’d be that much more in advance, plus having the other databases.

This mind map picture is about Multiples in the google search that are sure about their multiplicity, just thinking out loud about general hard things, especially through feelings of being in personal crisis.  So by the time someone happens to come by that area and drill down to the current 8 articles/thoughts, there might be something in the map that they can identify with.
I randomly chose the 4th entry and this is then what the body of that entry says …

Oct 23, 2014 12:22 PM

I live in this physical world that's just so-so and nothing fantastic ever happens, nothing exciting, everything just feels flat. I have my manic days or weeks where I feel ok and then ultra depressive weeks or months where I just want to bury myself.

Then I'll wake up one morning still in this physical world, but my mind is flooded with memories and/or thoughts about another world. I remember horrible things I've done and had done to me, but they never really happened. I try to push the thoughts away, but over days they just get stronger.

Then I wake up and I have become the person who remembered the horrors, only now I'm stuck in this god forsaken physical world where everything is far worse than the horrors I remember inside.


I wish I could fall asleep and go to the place I really belong.

I'm trapped inside a body not my own.

I'm living the ultimate nightmare. A horror story where I can't fight back against my physical attackers because I would go to jail. Just once I would love to snap and really make it count.

It's like being tied down with no defenses, or alive but comatose. I'm claustrophobic...this is hell.

I'm alive...but I never truly get to live

10-3-14 DID Google Search

I Have Dissociative Identity Disorder
Experience Project
Being DID and : A true, personal story from the experience, I Have Dissociative Identity Disorder. Being DID and BiPolar feels like this to me.
Hi hi … we’re back … this particular entry is linked to the “Experience Project” on October 3, 2014 and because it’s a link – the reader can go back to the original entry and read the complete entry.  When things read (Continue…) you know there is more being said then was copied.  We usually just take the highlights. In most entries you link back to there is a comment section so people who come across can read and possibly identify with the questions/answers presented, or they can leave their questions/answers and become part of what I’ve always considered to be “The Great Conversation.” 

I guess that’s basically the way it works.  No one should have to be out there on their own, or be out there with limiting information.  I really want our site to become a place to learn.  I guess my own part – since everything I’m collecting has been written and usually commented on by others, my part is just pulling together the data out there through categorizing and being able to pull together searches within the map …

For example, we pulled out a keyword from the above … Using the word, “Defense” we came up with 6 strong leads – where the word is in the title, and then the report will pull the next top 100 leads according to the strength of their algorthythm Score.

This is the original sentence, “It's like being tied down with no defenses, or alive but comatose. I'm claustrophobic...this is hell.”

The first researchable title takes defense to be part of the dissociative structure or self-state, the second is using defense as an excuse as a Multiple to avoid prison time, the third talks about dissociation as an intra-psychic defense, the fourth talks about an animal defense within dissociation, the fifth is from an online mental health publication that talks about symptoms of DID as defenses against “hard” impulses, and then the last one goes back to using the word as a legal argument to avoid criminal behavioral consequences.  Then looking at a few pages of the lesser articles, we find that there are quite a few at the top talking of legally not being responsible for crimes due to the “disorder” of being multiple.  One of the links though is through Ferenczi’s concept of the victim identifying with the aggressor (sexual abuse) and understanding that dissociative structure … it is an interesting concept because it goes on to say, “While identification with the aggressor begins as an automatic organismic process, with repeated activation and use, gradually it becomes a defensive process.”  It is kinda funny to think now that in relationship so far of the above, dissociative separation from an abuser becomes a tool, that in the legal sense using that same tool (that the victim [whose become abusive]) wants a dissociative separation from other selves – the abusive parts.  AND, because it is not only legally crazy to have this tool, it is also part of the crazy process to have been a victim in the distant past of ones’ other selves – and now the legal system one needs to face being imprisoned instead of receiving psychiatric help.  I think that is the legal questioned being pressed. The “tool” of dissociating is the dissociative’s “dissociative structure.”  The self-state is the identity up front at any given time.  By being intra-psychic, the tool or defense seems inaccessible to the individuals involved within one system – it is that which goes between them – we happen to call this “Marie.”  She to us is our unconscious that switches us when necessary – without our consciousness – though after one’s done something wrong at least one of the many individual parts – most likely knows he’s done something wrong, just the argument is that the other parts might have been unwilling or unknowing participants and without them being able to make a conscious choice, shouldn’t be held responsible?  The animal defensive system makes sense as to it being a type of flight or fight instinct that is more animalistic.  I would imagine that a “hard” impulse would be like the part who struck out and did damage up to killing someone else.  I could imagine that as a symptom of DID one could mentally escape and that escape is a defense to protect from a damaging other, but the ‘hard” impulse would mean does one take the suffering caused by another – or strike back – little confusion there as to which is the real “Hard” part – to stand suffering or to cause hard damage to other, all of which could be considered on a continuum between ordered and disordered.  We have to assume the victim is the “ordered” part and the abuser represents “disorder.”  To fight/flight the abuser’s disorder, the victim matches disorder – not wanting to bleed out his more ordered self.  In this respect it is an automatic organismic process repeated in identifying with the aggressor to protect one’s innocence.  In the case of trial … one could possibly strike an abuser because the abuser has struck the victim – and the victim’s matching force to force – but then there is the part of accountability.  Out of the role of being the one who is struck – whether or not the other deserved it, there still has to be culpability.  When the Victim steps back and is no longer identifying with the abuser, is he less guilty with less association to the event in question?  In a sense his attacker part – protected the parts that could be hurt.  Right to protect oneself?  Yes?  What happens though when the attacker/victim attacks someone not being abusive … like a defenseless child?  He is no longer protecting him/herself.  People with bad motives have bad motives and I still think they have to follow the justice system.  I think all prisoners have some element of insanity, but not all who are “insane” – those with psychiatric disabilities are harmful in need of punishment or REALLY insane.  Later we’ll have to think through moments of psychosis, but not now.  Ok, now we’re like really far down the line in this questioning of the word defense … better try to wrap it up – though I have to admit this is a bit of a mental discussion worthy of being held in our head.  Hmm, another link – have to think through of defensive fight, flight OR avoidance … which is other kinds of flight?  This is another interesting play on words – and without going to read the entire sentence, we’re looking at the terms psychic conflict, distress, and defense … BEAUTY!  Explains the above … something bad happens (conflict), the situation feels bad (distress), and then the body/mind tries to protect itself (defense) … looking again at the two-sided picture conflict can be directed from another, or self-directed.  I could not know how to handle pressure – like child crying which is then conflict – although child crying is not wrong/bad, but the sound could be conceived as bad (distressing), so the previous victim worked up to his/her extreme could damage the child.  Someone might say, not in its right mind, but without better defenses (coming from the viewpoint of the angry protector part) someone could be hurt.  Is everyone within the multiple system guilty?  Going back to the beginning “tied down with no defenses.”  Tied down meaning none personally, but wearing a big protector part with murderous defenses? Or because of not having self-protective defenses from the part of a victim part – they would be going through the distress part ... without being able to change the scenario – no defense other to then switch … but to an angry part? The part that fights and not flights?  Thinking the 2nd original thought of being alive, but comatose – again feeling but no protection … this is so much like what is said to be the original abuses ... Small young children do not have the wherewithal to fight abusive force – especially from family (supposed love) members. And after reading another lead – if I know all the parts am I integrated or no longer multiple … Think you would still be Multiple just more conscious, and thus more responsible, but not necessarily integrated – each part holding full personal strengths and weaknesses, but all responsible to hold a bottom – safe line. Another line – “in our defense leads can only help them when they are ready.” It seems as to being a Multiple one could ask who would be ready – victim multiple or attacker multiple – who helps who?  Both parts would have to accept the reality of helping each other so the victim gains more of the attacker’s strength where the attacker gains some of the victim’s charity. Both have to be ready to be more like smaller extremes of themselves and include the other in their realm of potential self – most likely without the consistency that others have at their realms of self-control – they have to help each other become the better person – with no actual mind yet to the more obvious abuser except to say all human beings deserve “love.”  Ok, really reaching back to our Christian roots here, but we’ll move on for the sake of argument.  Plural Activism says, ““The Power of Many” … nothing more, nothing less.  Not merely a diagnosis.  Not a pathological disorder, and not always a defense.”  I believe them to be right.  Human beings should always strive for self-care and responsibility, ok and to love one another – whether internal or external.  Interesting another defense mechanism – what about repression – forcing something internal down – I guess it be a part of avoidance or flight still.  Being traumatically overwhelmed – would think that’s part of again being distressed – helpless to an attack internal or external.  Hmm, not using dissociative defenses means being in real time and not accepting the inability to properly function.  The skeptics call lack of wherewithal – a manipulative maneuver.  Maybe though it is not having the appropriate person to help one develop, grow to an understanding of a better self.  Another flight defense would be amnesia – that has to be worked through like another force to avoid the distress. 

Ok, worked things through to about 50 deep – we were at a 2% score level as to things being weighted toward the word defense and we’re not sure how all that works.  Maybe it’s a matter of how far it is buried in the article material we were accessing.  I think the next part is that we have to breath – maybe take our medicine and get our tomato sandwiches and go to the washroom, and THEN maybe take another look at what we’ve been going on and on about.  What just happened through our mental processes?  Was there any headway of understanding made?  Think we’re up to loosely that people have to be responsible for their own learning processes, but frustrated that without assistance whether it be teachers, therapists or close relationships – how much responsibility for doing what you are supposed to be doing as a human … Like is it the same for a person who can go from A to M mentally to be held the same line of accountability as someone who inertly can go only from A to C?  You know general questions?  BRB

Hi hi … we’re back again … it is already about 4 pm.  We took a pretty big break after the last thoughts … we posted them on FB and with the Plural Activism group.  Rhymer was kind enough to respond back that they made some sense.  I’m grateful that she was able to read it.  I think looking at it later I feel there were errors of logic made, but some of it is good so we’ll go with it for now.  It took a lot out of us to be thinking like this.  After we posted, we laid on the couch and petted Dakota for a while until we fell asleep.  Good dog!  Now he is out in the sunroom waiting for Rich to come back.  Rich left to visit his mother, and we picked up in the kitchen so that it would be ready when he came home to make spaghetti.  I’m thinking now maybe I should take a quick shower?  Haven’t done that for the day and figuring that we’re about due.  Always nice to cuddle with Rich knowing we’re at our best J  WELL, just in case we do something like that!

Ahh we’re all done with that!  AND, when we got out of the shower we saw that Rich got home.  He’s still working out in the garage.  He said that he cleaned it today, but we’re still in pajamas so figured we could see it tomorrow instead.  Close enough.  He says everything is put away by area – but we heard there was no Ann area out there so then we weren’t real happy about that.  BUT, he has been busy today.

I think we’re going to end for the day – it’s about 4:20 pm and we’ve got a lot of cutting and pasting to get all the pictures from this entry from Word to the blog.  Maybe we’ll add something in the end, but I’m pretty sure we’ve covered our productive time during the day.  THOUGH we haven’t been working on our mind map directly since this morning … I think for the majority of the day from 5 am to now we’ve been pretty busy.  Ok, there WAS that nice nap in the middle of the afternoon – so that part was good too, but lets see now how we do with loading all those pictures!