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Lexie R Oakley
@lexie-r-oakley
01/02/18 06:24:03PM
243 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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Thanks Jan, Yes part of my family were the first settlers of a town in MT and both sides are in a book about it. I have lots of family history cause of knowing so many of our elders and my Grandparents. It is interesting knowing where we came from. I also enjoy hearing my Mom tell these stories. 

Lexie R Oakley
@lexie-r-oakley
12/31/17 07:30:01PM
243 posts

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Richard Streib:

Lexie, glad you were able to see your mother. Cherish every moment you have. Blessings for the new year to you.

Thanks Richard, I have tried to honor both my parents by being there for them as much as I can and find it like a whole new and refreshing part of our relationship. Although there are emotional times and even aggrivating, these times are most treasured and memorable.

Thank you Ken for the tip on microwaving squash, I will try it next time.

I like your memory of playing dominos with your Mom Lisa and love hearing stories of other's experience with their parents.

My Mom has lost most of her eye sight so I read the paper or listen to one of her mystery talking books with her, or we just talk about family memories. She likes me to look at her family pictures we put on her wall, she knows them by heart. Sometimes I forget she is sight impaired.

 

Lexie R Oakley
@lexie-r-oakley
12/31/17 03:52:02PM
243 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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Montana has been in a freeze out on the prairie below zero, yesterday -11 last night -40 and my sweet friend came to help me shovel, well she showed up and got  me up to get to it. We have about 15" + 1 last night. It is so funny cause we were dry and in moderate fire danger up to the first day of winter then  it got bitter cold and began to snow.

I was quite thankful for my friend to help me shovel, I do about a quarter of it and max out with pain.

All this soup talk: they all sound delicious and I too made a tomatoe sweet potatoe and fresh pumpkin...oh my goodness so good and hardy on cold days. I love to eat squashes and sweet tators in winter.

Here is tip for those of us who have hand troubles: I clean my squash, puncture the squash and put it whole in my big crock poy with a little water and let it cook about six hours, then it is ready to prepare for soup or side dish without hurting my hands.

My Christmas JOYS were spending time with my Girly, she had a frozen OOOO face when she opened her key boards. She is so interesting to watch exploring musical instruments and she is excited to learn piano/key boards.

Then I drove on ice 140 miles to spend the day with my Mom for her birthday/Christmas at the nursing facility. A friend and I put her tree up before the holiday. I enjoyed my Mom, I gave her little things in quantity that I bring her each time I visit like; gum, chocolates and licorish and this made as HAPPY as a six yr. old and she just had her 79'th. I know all her friends and we visit and take part in activities and then we just have one on one time, such a nice time we share.

It is a new experience for us to have my Mom in a facility, we don't like it some days, but my Mom seems to have made the best of it and is doing as well as she can. She is such a strong and brave woman. I am happy to be there for her.

Here's to my Friends for a HAPPY & Prosperous NEW YEAR!!! 


updated by @lexie-r-oakley: 12/31/17 04:20:40PM
Lexie R Oakley
@lexie-r-oakley
11/18/17 12:57:11PM
243 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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Lisa, you know how years ago we could remember all the important numbers and addresses, now with all our instant gadgets for me it is difficult to remember so many numbers. To have a book such as you described, to curl up and write down important peoples numbers is soothing and helps our memory.

You expressed yourself beautifully and I too think submitting your writing is a great idea, it was a joy to read.

Lexie R Oakley
@lexie-r-oakley
11/14/17 07:21:24PM
243 posts

The Positive Thread...


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My Girly (age 10) is learning to play alto saxophone in school and is doing really well. She loves music, she reads music and also plays by ear. Today was her schools first performance and the kids did so well. The best news is Alysha seemed to be very pleased with her performance in the small group of kids she played with.

One thing she has been working on overcoming is when/if someone makes a mistake she will stop playing and the kids were perfect today.

She has also taken my Native American Flutes to share with her music teacher and the other students. Alysha showed everyone how to play them.

I expect there will be a day soon in which she invites me to introduce my Mountain Dulcimers to her class. Auntie better get busy in preparing for this day.

My Girl has also taken on the interest in learning the piano, oh so exciting, but Auntie bought her an electric piano for her Christmas gift before I knew of her interest...Well now Auntie must do everything to encourage my Girly's musical interests.

musicjive  

Lexie R Oakley
@lexie-r-oakley
11/06/17 05:57:31PM
243 posts

Your "Dream Dulcimer?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Well I have 3 of my dream dulcimers, now there is just one more which is a hogfiddle by Bobby Ratcliff.

Then a TMB by John Knopp would be nice.

Lexie R Oakley
@lexie-r-oakley
05/18/17 11:05:06AM
243 posts



This is very up setting for you. Will you be contacting that person?

 

Lexie R Oakley
@lexie-r-oakley
05/05/17 11:06:39AM
243 posts

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Thank you Helen, there is no educational info. about how we are to look after our parents when they age, so I found support and a wonderful Smiley Friend to help.

I heard through the grape vine that Cynthia had a Birthday on May 2.....Happy Birthday Cynthia!

Thank you Helen for your kind words! heart

Lexie R Oakley
@lexie-r-oakley
05/04/17 11:56:06AM
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Thank you so much Friends, really was a beautiful birthday for us all, like I gave it to Mom, Smiley and the folks for pure joy and love.

It is so amazing to see how Smiley encourages my Mom through her tough battles that have been quite heart breaking for me and he softens everything.

My best gift is that Mom talked to me about her future of moving to a assistant living place where she won't be alone and unsafe. This has been a subject that has caused upset in the recent past, so I was very amazed and happy my Mom choose and was able to talk with me about her plan. I kinda knew she would talk with me about her reality, but couldn't of imagined it would be my birthday gift! grphug

Thank you for your kind thoughts and support, you all really add happiness to my life!

Hugs and Smiles to you! sun

Lexie R Oakley
@lexie-r-oakley
05/03/17 08:58:22PM
243 posts

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I took Smiley Friend to the nursing home my Mom is recovering in today on my birthday and had a wonderful time with Mom.

Mom really enjoys that dog of mine and he is in his element looking after my Mom and visiting other folks. Smiley amazes me how he watches Mom and her therapist during P.T. and when he is walking next to my Mom while she is using her walker. Also he minds so much better than at home. Every one enjoyed Smiley Friend very much. I enjoy watching him as a therapy dog and seeing how happy he is doing it.

I had lunch with Mom and her friends and we all ate cake, it made all of us really happy!

Funny how birthdays I am not looking forward too turn out to be the best. 

Lexie R Oakley
@lexie-r-oakley
04/25/17 04:48:20PM
243 posts

What's fer dinner?


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I will stick to my medical infusion monthly for RA, no thanks to bee stings.

Lisa, happy to hear of your thriving bees this season, hope the honey is flowing.

Sure sounds like a job to move hives, but love hearing of your bees. flower

Lexie R Oakley
@lexie-r-oakley
04/25/17 03:49:56PM
243 posts

Your "Dream Dulcimer?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I have my dream dulcimers, 2 by Kevin Messenger a Presnell and Thomas reproduction, one by Robert Schuler modeled by Jefferies, but one I have wanted is made by Bobby Ratcliff, like Ken H. has.

The real dream would have an original Presnell or Thomas.

Lexie R Oakley
@lexie-r-oakley
04/25/17 03:18:57PM
243 posts

The Positive Thread...


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Nice story User; When I was with my Dad in hospice we had a harpist play for us, it was very soothing and beautiful Dad and I enjoyed it so much. Very nice memory we have.

Lexie R Oakley
@lexie-r-oakley
04/25/17 03:16:31PM
243 posts

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Robert, hoping the MRI shows what can be fixed and you be well ya hear!

All the best and those noises are quite obnoxious in MRI machines, we like dulcimer sounds best. dulcimer  

Lexie R Oakley
@lexie-r-oakley
03/26/17 04:51:54PM
243 posts

What Are You Working On?


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Very Sweet Cindy! Your brother will cherish this.HUG

Lexie R Oakley
@lexie-r-oakley
03/13/17 08:04:27AM
243 posts

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That's wonderful for you Cynthia, I am happy you are feeling well enough to go for walks in the moon light.

Bless your heart. heartbeat

Lexie R Oakley
@lexie-r-oakley
03/06/17 08:14:25AM
243 posts

What's your favorite FOTMD smiley?


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grphug  This is the one I like for the FOTMD Family! dulcimernahnah

Lexie R Oakley
@lexie-r-oakley
03/05/17 03:45:54PM
243 posts

What's your favorite FOTMD smiley?


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His name is Smiley, he is my favorite FOTMD Smiley cause he loves to sing to your songs.

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Lexie R Oakley
@lexie-r-oakley
01/10/17 11:48:19AM
243 posts

Crock Pot Beer Chicken


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Steamed Clams in beer on the beach....oh yum!

We have done beer butt chicken oh boy so good!

Lexie R Oakley
@lexie-r-oakley
12/23/16 11:09:05AM
243 posts

Happy Solstice!


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It is beautiful each year Lisa, truly enjoyed it again!

Lexie R Oakley
@lexie-r-oakley
12/22/16 10:03:46AM
243 posts

Happy Solstice!


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Thank you Lisa and Brian, you two just make me smile and Smiley sing!!!! Kinda want to jump into a snow drift....jive

Happy Solstice and Merry Christmas, I wish you Love and Peace. grphug

Lexie R Oakley
@lexie-r-oakley
12/21/16 11:54:03AM
243 posts

Christmas songs for seniors?


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Aww Terry so sorry you got so sick, food poisoning is scary, oysters got me and I am amazed that I can tell the story.

I hope you do what Lisa, your wife and daughter tell you "Drink Water" and me....feel better soon.

Can you reschedule your gig, aww gee sure am thinking of you and your family. HUG  

Lexie R Oakley
@lexie-r-oakley
12/19/16 10:08:53AM
243 posts

Owweeee! Finger Health!


Playing and jamming difficulties...HELP ME!

Cat, I hope your fingers and hands feel better so you can play your music. I know you can find your way to make it more comfortable and lots more satisfying to be able to play your dulcimers.

Keep strumming those sweet strings, even if it is just for a little while it sure brings peace for me.....inlove

Lexie R Oakley
@lexie-r-oakley
12/17/16 11:24:34AM
243 posts

Saw This Old Dulcimer ...


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Thanks Sam, it will be fun to hear from these two men about the instruments. Great that you are sharing this story with us.

Lexie R Oakley
@lexie-r-oakley
12/12/16 01:16:04PM
243 posts

Saw This Old Dulcimer ...


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Happy Anniversary Sam. Wow that is an interesting dulcimer. I hope you connect with the manager and let us know what you find out. 

Lexie R Oakley
@lexie-r-oakley
12/07/16 03:29:23PM
243 posts

Christmas songs for seniors?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Sounds like you are beginning a new family Christmas tradition Terry! It is fabulous you and your boys will be doing this together, I am sure the folks will enjoy your singing.

I am looking forward to the video.

Lexie R Oakley
@lexie-r-oakley
12/07/16 09:56:54AM
243 posts

Owweeee! Finger Health!


Playing and jamming difficulties...HELP ME!

Cat, I hope you find some relief from your finger pain. Splints really help me to play, and I am creative in that I don't grip tightly the pick or noter, my spoon noter cups in the palm of my hand and my thumb rests on top. With my hand splint, the splint itself holds my bamboo noter, works well.

You can get used to the splints, anything to play I say!! winky


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Lexie R Oakley
@lexie-r-oakley
12/05/16 10:03:29AM
243 posts

A real Prichard Dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Awesome I really think the finish is interesting. Thanks for sharing.

Lexie R Oakley
@lexie-r-oakley
12/01/16 10:12:39AM
243 posts

Remember Our Friend Oliver Ogden.


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Sharon, You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers..

Lexie R Oakley
@lexie-r-oakley
11/25/16 11:04:26AM
243 posts

Hindman, Kentucky


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Thanks for posting the article Ken, I enjoy seeing the progress of this little town and one day I hope to visit there.

Lexie R Oakley
@lexie-r-oakley
11/25/16 10:39:06AM
243 posts

Mountain Dulcimer and Scottish Border Pipes


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Beautiful, I really enjoy the pipes. I am pleased that your loading of the video worked out for you.

Lexie R Oakley
@lexie-r-oakley
11/25/16 10:30:06AM
243 posts

Offering sympathy to our dear John Henry


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JH.....You are in my heart and prayers. You are a part of my music and offered many of us your skill of the MD.

I will pray that when your days are quieter you will play a song again. I know that my playing of my MD's are a great healer.

What a beautiful tribute to your beloved wife John. You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers, take care of yourself.

Lexie R Oakley
@lexie-r-oakley
11/24/16 09:32:09PM
243 posts

Remember Our Friend Oliver Ogden.


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Thank you Friends for your heartfelt memories of Oliver, it is a wonderful tribute to a gentle and kind man whom I wish that only I had the opportunity to meet he and his wife (Sharon). 

I only chatted with Oliver and other's and yes Kevin, I agree that this site is special for all of us to share in our love of music and become so caring and connected.

Oliver shared his happiness with me about meeting lots of you and I really enjoy hearing your memories of our friend.

God Bless you all!!

My prayers are with Sharon.

Lexie R Oakley
@lexie-r-oakley
11/24/16 03:59:42PM
243 posts

Remember Our Friend Oliver Ogden.


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Dear Friends,

I have been asked to please take a moment today to remember our Friend;

Oliver Ogden who passed away yesterday. Save a prayer for his family and friends who will miss him.

I had the pleasure of getting to know Oliver through our chats and he had a love for his music, dulcimer group and dulcimer festivals he got to attend, meeting up with his friends, lots of whom are from this site. Oliver loved his instruments and playing them and we lived through with him, a long waiting time for a luthier to finish one of his instruments, it was worth it in the end and he was pleased with his new banjamer.

Oliver described his library as having fossils, wonderful collection of books and his beloved turtles, I found him to be a very interesting guy.

He also shared that he was a hat maker in which made period (historical) hats for people in historical reenactments.  

I really enjoyed chatting with him about once a week a little neighbor boy came to Oliver's library so they could read books.

Rest in Peace my friend, I will remember you with love, I am thankful we connected.

Perhaps tomorrow we could play a song in remembrance of our friend Olive aka; OO7. 


updated by @lexie-r-oakley: 01/13/19 05:09:18PM
Lexie R Oakley
@lexie-r-oakley
11/24/16 02:20:11AM
243 posts

Mountain Dulcimer and Scottish Border Pipes


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Your link worked for me and I thought it sounded very good. Keep it coming and you'll get the videos to load right next time.

Lexie R Oakley
@lexie-r-oakley
11/21/16 07:57:51PM
243 posts

Info Needed on J.R. Stone Dulcimer


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

You have a real treasure there and it is such a nice thing that Rick Scott got in touch with you to give you information on JR dulcimers. This will give your dulcimer that much more pleasure and personal value and the coolest part is that it was your Father's.

Have fun with your Dulci Journey!

Lexie R Oakley
@lexie-r-oakley
11/20/16 12:40:01PM
243 posts

Info Needed on J.R. Stone Dulcimer


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

Sounds like you have a beauty enjoy your journey and I am sure other's will lead you to more information as you have lead me to the discovery of JR's dulcimers have fun.

Lexie R Oakley
@lexie-r-oakley
11/20/16 12:00:10PM
243 posts

Info Needed on J.R. Stone Dulcimer


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

Rick Scott playing JR's last dulcimer;

Lexie R Oakley
@lexie-r-oakley
11/20/16 11:54:02AM
243 posts

Info Needed on J.R. Stone Dulcimer


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

I went to youtube and found Rick Scott playing J.R's last dulcimer and JR playing a dulcimer very much like yours.

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