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Good Times

August 15, 2009

The next 3 years were pleasant, calm, loving years. Rick cut back on his drinking and the drug scene was gone since we’d moved near this tiny town of 2500 and there were no users here to entice him.
He made many small improvements over the years and I learned more about gardening, wildflowers, and birds of the area.

He put up better fencing for the dogs.
–Dug the pond deeper
–Added gravel to that awful road.
–Bought a big rooftop TV antenna and rotor for easier turning.
–Put a new screen door and front door on the cabin.
–Made screens for all the windows.
–Bought a propane gas stove/oven. No more campstove cooking and a real oven to bake in! YAY!
–Put up two 50 gallon barrels to catch rain water and put screens over the top to keep out leaves, bugs, and whatever else might get in there. He connected a faucet and water hose to them for easier use.
–Strung up 2 long clotheslines to hang laundry on. No more paying for drying clothes at the laundromat except for in the dead of winter or rainy days.

We had loving evenings and weekends together…going fishing at the State Park, going into the Forktown cafe and listening to the local country music band (free for nothing!), visiting the neighbors and helping Carol with this and that. We took long walks through the woods exploring the countryside but only during the cool months. I wasn’t going to hike those woods during snake season! Huh-uh! No way!

It was like being on the honeymoon we never had. It was bliss!

Stay tuned for 1994 and meet the newest member of our pet family–Henry Hawg! 🙂

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. August 15, 2009 1:14 pm

    Thanks for sharing with us……..HUGS

  2. August 15, 2009 2:23 pm

    I’m so glad you had these great years!
    Looking forward to the next chapter.
    Hugs!!

  3. August 15, 2009 3:08 pm

    Thank you Judi and Jonie!!

  4. August 15, 2009 5:39 pm

    I have been wanting to do the 50 gallon drum thing but we have had a very un-Montana like rainy summer this year. I hope now, that Rick can even look back on these times and maybe find healing for himself. I am so happy to see you are.

  5. August 15, 2009 8:45 pm

    Rick won’t be looking back on anything, Joey. He died a year and a half ago from alcohol poisoning and drug overdose. Yeh, he didn’t live his life any better after I left him.

  6. August 16, 2009 3:14 pm

    Three years of happiness, out of how many?
    Your story is a powerful one, not only did you survive but came out a strong, confident, and caring person.
    Writing about your life may give others the courage to leave an abusive relationship, thank you again for sharing.

  7. August 16, 2009 3:22 pm

    Thank you so much Nancy!! It was 3 years of happy out of 18 years. Not very good odds, huh?

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