Sunday, November 3, 2013

The blog loses its biggest fan


My Dad died yesterday, the day before his 87th birthday. He was this blog's biggest fan.
He and Mom would sit at his computer every morning, and he would read my commentary –
and every one of your comments – to my Mom (whose vision isn't what it used to be).
Every Thursday during our weekly phone call, we'd rehash the posts from the previous week.
Dad particularly loved the do-it-myself-fix-it posts. It goes without saying that he taught me
everything I know about fixing stuff, plus a million or so other things that made me who I am today.


The last time I was with my Dad was a year ago. I'm so very grateful for the happy times we shared that trip
His health went south the same time mine did in late August, and I wasn't able to travel to Florida to say good-bye in person.



This photo was taken a week ago. I was there in spirit.


I'm going to take a break from blogging this week – don't be alarmed.
I'll be back when the time is right and I can focus.
For now, I've got some reminiscing to do.


Happy birthday, Dad. I know you'll find a way to read this somehow.

215 comments:

  1. so sorry to hear about your dad. these photos are priceless memories for the future. i do hope someone will continue to read these to your mother... my mother would have loved your blog as do I.. and I love all your projects. God bless you and your achy heart

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  2. I am so very sorry for your loss.

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  3. I am so sorry for your loss. We are all behind you during this time.

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  4. {hug}

    {hug Linda's Mum)


    Els

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  5. I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers. God Bless.

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  6. I offer sympathy for the passing of your Dad. It is so hard.

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  7. I am so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. Treasure all those good times/memories. Those are priceless!

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  8. So,so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers Re with you. Take care.

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  9. So sorry, Carson. It is very hard to loose a parent. Sending up a prayer for you and your family.
    It was nice that he was able to stay in touch via your blog. I bet it gave him great pleasure to see the little snips of your life on the ranch. I'll be thinking of you this week and hope all goes well.

    Best always, Sandra

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  10. Your spirit was with him and his spirit will allways be with you. Good thoughts for you and your family.

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  11. Diane from NC11/3/13, 5:04 AM

    Oh, Carson so sorry. Your dad looks like a very happy man. I am sure there are many wonderful memories he has left for you. Hugs

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  12. I'm very sorry for the loss of your father.

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  13. Sending waves of love to you and your family. Watching the beginning of a new, beautiful day here in the Smokies, and wishing you peace.
    Mary Anne

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  14. I'm so sorry. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
    Lynda in Michigan

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  15. I'm so sorry for your great loss! You will be in my thoughts and prayers!

    -Karen from Rochester, NY

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  16. Every time I hear the lap, lap of the waves on a shore, I think of my dad. He gave up the fight in 2009. We set his ashes free the next year on the shore where he swam as a kid. I see him in everything. I only cry every once in a while.

    He is 1/3 the reason I am who I am. My mom is another 1/3. The other 1/3 grew up like a weed between two blocks of cement. No one know how, it's just there. You are an amazing spirit. You are the living part of him.

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  17. I am so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing-take all the time you need-we will wait for you and your animals and the wonderful stories
    marsha.kern@yahoo.com

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  18. I know I don't know you in real life...but I read your blog every day. Today made me cry....so sad to hear about your Dad. So glad you have wonderful memories of him. Pray this week is filled with those.
    Lisa G in Tn.

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  19. I am so sorry for your loss. In addition to his other sterling qualities, he was clearly a fine judge of excellent t-shirts! A man after my own heart.

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  20. I am so very sorry about your dad. One of my favorite photos of all time is the one with you all on that family trip. I saved it on my iPad and whenever I need a laugh, I look at it. He reminds me of my father, who also taught me how to do things myself. Happy Birthday to your dad from one of his fans.

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  21. Please accept my sympathy on your loss.

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  22. You have my deepest sympathies.
    It's been years now since I've lost my Dad who was also a best friend.
    My heart still hurts but it does get better. Take care of yourself and take comfort from happy memories.

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  23. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  24. I'm so sorry for your loss, Linda. Fathers are special to little girls and you will keep him with you in your heart and with your happy memories. Let the tears flow when they need to and know you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    Hugs from Wisconsin.

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  25. So sorry to hear about your dad. Take all the time you need to reminisce. He will always be with you in your memories and in spirit.

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  26. Eternal rest grant unto your Father.....
    I will lift up your Father and family in prayer to day at mass.
    Very sorry for your loss.
    But your dad appears to have had a great sense humor from the look of his t shirts eh.

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  27. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I know your blog made your dad smile every day. What a wonderful gift you gave him up until his very last day here.

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  28. Sending big hugs and condolences from all if us on November Hill. When my dad died I had a number of amazing dreams the year or so after in which I got to hang out with him again in very cool places. I hope the same for you.

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  29. Anne Boleyn11/3/13, 6:02 AM

    Take the time that you need. I will come here every day anyway to look at your beautiful family and send virtual hugs to all of you.
    XOXO

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  30. I'm so sorry Carson. My prayers are with you and your family.

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  31. I am so sorry for your loss. It must have been so hard not to be able to get there at the end. I see him reading your blog entry and laughing at your stick figure drawn in to the family picture. And finally, I see him reading all of these comments and knowing that you have an entire community that supports you and offers hugs, even if they're virtual. Much love to you and your entire family.

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  32. Warm thoughts to you Linda with plenty of hugs. Take comfort from your critters, they are wonderful empathisers. also know that we,your blog group, are there too, you are not alone.

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  33. Take the time to heal. My sincere condolences.

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  34. I am so sorry. May your memories (and wonderful pictures)be of some comfort during this difficult time. Hugs to you and your family.

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  35. Deepest sympathy to you and your family.

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  36. I am so so sorry for your loss. I don't know why, but I keep thinking that your father probably was the kind of dad your friends really liked when you were growing up - such a friendly face. Take care now.

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  37. Sorry for your loss and hope you soon can feel more joy at the wonderful relationship you had and less pain at the giant loss. Some feel they are still around us. That may be the case for you with that strong a bond.

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  38. I am so sorry for your loss.

    Laurie

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  39. Your blogs are like daily letters and I an certain they helped your parents feel like you were much closer. I know they are very proud of you, and the life lessons from your dad are his gift to you. Cherish them and take all the time you need. Yesterday was my mom's birthday. Bet they're similar in a lot of ways.

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  40. Northern AB gal11/3/13, 6:36 AM

    Deepest sympathies on a great loss.
    There are no words to make the hurt go away, hope you find solace in your surroundings and with your friends, four-legged or otherwise.

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  41. I normally enjoy your blog without commenting but couldn't today. I'm so, so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  42. So sorry for your loss

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  43. So sorry to read this about your dear Dad, Linda. My condolences to you, your Mom and the rest of your family who will mourn his passing. You all have such great memories and you will hold them dear to your heart ... always!!

    I can only imagine that he will continue to read your blog everyday and laugh and share the goings on at the 7MSN Ranch with those in Heaven who enjoy a good laugh!!

    God bless you and may His love and grace wrap you in his everlasting peace!!

    Love & Hugs ... Marcia in CO

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  44. I am so sorry for your loss. Your Dad sounds like he was an awesome man seeing how he shaped who you are. I am glad that you have so many good memories to carry. You are in my thoughts and I send waves of love.

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  45. I am so sorry.
    Seems like he had a long life so that is something to celebrate.

    xo,
    JC

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  46. I am so sorry for your loss.

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  47. Prayers and gentle hugs for you and your family. I lost my dad about a year and a half ago and still catch myself wanting to call and tell him something. Memories do indeed help.

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  48. Carse...you know how I feel. I remember going over your house in high school all the time, your Dad was always fixing something or helping a kid in auto class.
    He was his happiest working on something for you or with you. I love these pictures, print them and keep them close. He knew he was loved by all three of his girls...

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  49. Oh! Linda, I'm so very sorry for your loss...My heart breaks for you and your family. You and your family will be in my prayers. Sending lots of hugs.

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  50. Dads are so special.

    My sympathy to you and all your family.

    And yes, he is reading this post.

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  51. Sending my sincere condolences. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers this week.

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  52. What a hard time for you now - I'm sending you a hug and a prayer. I lost my Dad in 2000, and my Mom in 2007. I still have occasional dreams of both - usually funny ones. He will always be with you.

    Love,
    Nancy in Iowa

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  53. Jenny in MN now in AZ11/3/13, 7:20 AM

    I'm so very sorry for your loss. Sounds like you have wonderful memories to keep your dad with you always.
    Take care,
    Jenny

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  54. Dads are special.

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

    And yes, he is reading this post.

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  55. I am so very sorry for the loss of your father, Carson, my heart hurts for you. I know he was an amazing person because you are an amazing person. I lost my mom 2 years ago and she comes to me in my dreams happy with beautiful smiles. I wish the same for you. My prayers are for you and your family.

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  56. My thoughts are with you! So sorry for the loss of your dad. Peace and prayers.

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  57. I'm so sorry for your loss. Wrap yourself in a warm blanket of memories of the man who helped shape the woman you have become. Know you and your family are in our thoughts.

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  58. Please accept my condolences on the loss of your Dad. He was so proud of you and may that comfort you at this time. Hugs and prayers to you and your family.

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  59. So sorry for your loss and the hurt. But it's a loving hurt. We are who we are because of the love and sharing of our Moms and Dads. You are Blessed.

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  60. so sorry for your loss

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  61. KYCowgirlChris11/3/13, 7:44 AM

    You have my deepest sympathy and prayer. We girls have a special relationship with our Dads - they are the standard that all other men struggle to live up to! He looks like he was a real pistol, I love his funny T-shirts, and clearly your sense of humor is part of his gift to you (besides your awesome fix-it skills!). My Dad passed in 2004, and I'm still not "over it", but I did learn to "live with it". No one is ever gone, as long as we remember them. My prayers to you and your family.

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  62. Carson, sending you my sincere condolences. He looks like a real character...helps me to know how you are who you are. Families are great to lean on at times like these. We are all with you in spirit to lean on. Take all the time off you need.
    You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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  63. I'm so very sorry.

    Julia

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  64. So sorry for your loss. You know your Dad is up in Heaven and will be reading your blog every morning to a whole new audience.

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  65. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your famoy

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  66. My heartfelt condolences, losing a parent always leaves a big hole in your life. I too lost my dad this year. May your dad's soul rest in eternal peace.

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  67. What a gift to have had such a loving, supportive dad. My prayers are with you.

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  68. My heart goes out to you and your family.

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  69. My heart goes out to you and your family. Your family photos are wonderful and each family member has that same wonderful twinkle in their eyes. God Bless all of you. Sending prayers and hugs your way. xo

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  70. To all of your family, Carson, as I feel sure someone is reading to your mom and your dad is reading somewhere....
    Many warm hugs and prayers to all of you. May your sadness be interspersed with laughter as you reflect on his wonderful life. And I ditto what Farmer Barb said: "You are an amazing spirit. You are the living part of him."

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  71. Lydshp - Lydia11/3/13, 8:14 AM

    I know how much it hurts, Nov. 1 was the 32nd anniversary of my dad's death and I still miss him horribly. He was like yours and showed me how to do all "guy" things. Hugs to you and hang in there. Your herd will help you with the loss.

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  72. My sincere condolences. I feel sure your Dad is touched, reading how much you love him.

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  73. Dear Carson,

    I'll be thinking about you this week. This is a big loss.
    I'm sure you'll find comfort in your reminiscing, your herd and your family.

    Shelley

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  74. I'm so sorry for your loss. My Dad passed the week after I moved out here. I flew back home to see him before he passed but the plane was delayed. He died just before I landed. I still catch myself thinking that he's still there. Hugs and prayers to you and your family.

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  75. Hey Linda,
    So sorry for your loss and family's loss....Your dad sounds like a champion of the family. I will be praying for you and your family members.
    Taking time to reflect is a great way to handle hard things...
    Love from NC

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  76. My sincere condolances Carson,
    Tara

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  77. I'm so sorry. We'll be here when you feel like coming back.

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  78. I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. In the pictures of him there is a feeling of a mischievous sense of humor. Take care of yourself.

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  79. Carol in N. Colorado11/3/13, 8:52 AM

    I know you know how we all feel so i will leave it at that. ;-((

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  80. I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. I'm thinking your Dad will always be there is spirit... still reading your blog! You'll know what he's saying ;-)

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  81. Sincerest condolences on losing your dad. He sounds like sn amazing person and father.

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  82. So sorry, he was way to young to go. Great pictures for great memories, great smile. Love the picture of you there in spirit including the fingers. I agree he had a great wardrobe.

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  83. What a huge loss. I'm so very sorry, but how wonderful that you had such a great Dad. I send you my deepest sympathies.

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  84. Just want to add my hug to the rest of the good wishes from everybody out here who loves you .

    Vee
    xxx

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  85. Oh, I am so sorry .. it's so hard to lose a parent, and you and your father must've been very close and shared the same humor and wit (as evidenced by his t-shirts; love them!) My thoughts and prayers to you and your family; take time for yourself; reminisce and heal. Please know that we're all thinking of you.

    Maggy

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  86. My thoughts and prayers are with you too. Glad your furry ones are there to provide comfort and love. take care.

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  87. Regardless of your age (or theirs) - losing a parent is so heartbreaking.
    I hope someone will be willing to continue the tradition of reading your blog to your mom. She will need that!
    My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

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  88. I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers.
    We will miss your posts, but take all the time you need.

    /Barb in Oregon

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  89. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. I shall keep you and your family close in my thoughts and prayers.

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  90. It's so brutal to lose your daddy. When it happened to me it wasn't has harsh as I thought it would be; because he it with me always.

    Hope you find comfort as you recall having such a great father.

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  91. I'm very sorry to hear the news.

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  92. So sorry for your loss and thanks for sharing. He seems like a great man and so cool he was able to share so much of your life through your blog. I'll keep you and your family in my prayers. Betsy

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  93. MIchelle from BC11/3/13, 9:58 AM

    You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
    Nothing can replace a Dad but memories live forever.
    Stay strong.

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  94. Linda, very sorry for your loss. I want to send hugs and support to you during this difficult time.. Your father sounds like a terrific guy. I will always love that top photo of you and the family.

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  95. Casa de Cuckoo sends our love and condolences to you LC.

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  96. So sorry, Linda. But he'll live on in every project you take on as well as in all of those you've handled so well in the past. Thank goodness for dads who pass on their skills to their daughters as well as their sons, for they help make us strong, independent women by doing so. (((((Linda)))))

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  97. I am so, so sorry. Your Dad had the kindest face............he had to have been a very loving Dad to you

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  98. OMG Linda, I am so sorry! I must admit, I had a tiny bit of jealousy when you wrote about your Dad...your whole family really. Y'all seem to be a happy and fun loving group of crazy =o) The relationship between you and your father was wonderful to read about...the things he taught you or the countless times you did something and you said your Dad would cringe over. You may have felt like you stayed connected through your blog...but the memories that you both held in your heart will keep you connected forever! Condolences to your entire family...and HAPPY BIRTHDAY Linda's Dad!

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  99. O Carson,
    Thinking of you and your loved ones in this difficult time. You take all the time you need. We will be here when you get back!
    Big hugs,
    Deb in Viola

    May your dear old dad rest in peace!

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  100. I stumbled upon your blog. I am so very sorry.

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  101. Very sad to hear about your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Sue E from NY

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  102. So sorry for your loss

    Gina

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  103. I am so sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in my prayers.
    ((HUGS))

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  104. So sorry for your loss. The pictures of your father are great,love the T-shirts! Take care of yourself JD

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  105. I am so sorry for your loss. I know you were very close to your Dad. Remember the good times and rejoice in his long life. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  106. I am so sorry for your loss. It really hit me when I read your Dad has passed away. I will be thinking about you today and the rest of this week, and hoping that you find peace.

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  107. You haven't lost him and you never will. He will be with you at lots of odd times during the day, his words will come back to you, he has just made a change in his universe, and it will amaze you how often you will feel his presence.

    Both of my parents are gone, but not gone, always with me.

    Jo in Minnesota

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  108. Hugs & sympathy from Scotland.

    I don't think people really "pass" - they are always with you in the memories, looks & gestures that you share with the people you love.

    It looks like have some good ones with your Dad.

    Lynda xx

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  109. Oh Linda,

    I'm so sorry. What a nice man he looks like. Thinking of you and your family, especially your mom. My older rel's are long dead, but I've never felt I really lost them especially the ones I loved most. Blessings and solace to you. Ann from Maine.

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  110. So sorry for your loss. You can see from your pictures that a lot of your dad is in you.

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  111. Very sorry for your loss. Wishing you strenght for the upcoming period of time.

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  112. Oh Carson, we are all so sorry for your loss. Words really cannot even convey.

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  113. It is so hard to lose a parent. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Your Dad must have been a super man since he raised such a caring and kind daughter. Find peace in your loving memories. Terry

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  114. So sorry to hear this, its such a shock even if expected. And such a milestone too, really impacts your view of the world and your own age, losing parents changes so much. Take good gentle care of yourself. We all will be thinking of you.

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  115. Oh Carson, I only have tears for you and your family. I'm so very sorry you weren't able to get to see him. I think his condition deteriorated much more quickly than anyone knew it would.
    Hugs and prayers for you as your find your way down paths of happiness and sadness as you begin the difficult process of mourning.

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  116. I read your blog every. single. morning. But didn't get to it until afternoon today because we were taking my daughter to the Abq Sunport to fly back to Florida where she works with guide dogs. So just now I read your sad news, and I want to join the 90+ others in expressing my sorrow for the loss of your Dad. May the sky and the space, the wind and the silence, and of course, the animals of 7MSN, comfort you as you grieve.
    Becky

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  117. Carson....I am so sorry for you loss. Hugs from the farm!
    Bev
    Bee Haven Acres

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  118. I'm grateful for your blog and glad to know it helped keep you close to your father. I'm grateful that all your readers can reach out to you now via these comments with support and love.

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  119. So sorry for your loss, Carson. I don't often comment, but I read your blog every day. This has to be hard -- well, duh, of course its hard -- on top of your own health issues. Take care of yourself this week. Hug on Lucy, Alan, George and Smooch.

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  120. Let me add my condolences--losing a parent is so, so hard. Your dad looks like a guy with a great sense of humor, and I'm sure he made the most of the time he was given. We'll look forward to better days soon with you & the gang.

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  121. I am so sorry for this loss. I hope you are able to find some peace and solace.

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  122. So very sorry to hear that...my condolences for you and your family.

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  123. I just want to say how sorry I am for your loss. I am one of the quiet followers who never leaves comments, but please know that you and all of your family (two-legged and four-legged) have a great deal of long-distance love directed at you. Please take the time you need to heal.

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  124. So very sorry, Linda. Thank you for letting us know. Be good to yourself and your memories.

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  125. Sending you and your family lots of love. My heart is with you.

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  126. So sorry to hear about your Dad, our thoughts are with you and your family.

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  127. I hope your memories will be a great comfort to you. I'm betting you have lots and lots of good ones.

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  128. Carson, I am deeply sorry for your loss. Consider yourself hugged.

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  129. It looks like he was a truly wonderful man. My deepest condolences to you and the rest of your family.

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  130. My sincerest condolences. You've had a really tough autumn. So sorry to hear this. -- Min the anonymous occasional commenter.

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  131. I am sorry for the loss of your dad. I remember reading posts about his instructions on how to build or repair and how spot on his advise was and how your affection showed through your writing. How proud he was of you always.
    Take a break from blogging this week and f
    or as long as you need. Know there are souls out here holding you in the Light.

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  132. Awwwwww. So sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you.

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  133. I'm so sorry to hear that. Thinking of you and your family.

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  134. Every time you look in a mirror you will still see your Dad. You have his eyes and his smile , and so much of his humor I am sure... He lives through you...by getting to know you I am sure we (blog readers) have come to know your Dad as well! We love you both!

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  135. I am just so sorry. Take all the time you want or need. I can tell he was very special and also much loved and adored. Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. Xox

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  136. I am so sorry to read about your dad's passing. Deepest sympathy from me and my critters. :(

    Sydney from N.E Oklahoma

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  137. So sorry for the loss of your loved one.

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  138. I am so very, very sorry *huge hugs*

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  139. I am so sad to read about your dad's passing. Both my husband and I shed tears as I read your posting. You gave your dad great pleasure with your incredible ability to share your life in New Mexico. Prayers are being sent your way.

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  140. I am so sorry about your dad. Sending hugs and my best wishes for peace for you and the rest of your family.

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  141. So sorry for your loss......

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  142. Thoughts and prayers going up for you and your family. May each of you find peace, and comfort, in the arms of God.

    Grace & Peace

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  143. I'm so sorry for your loss.
    Joyce S.

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  144. I'm so sorry Linda!!! From your stories, I can see you have an amazing, fun, supportive family. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you right now. I'm thankful for the time that you all had together. And this blog, it must have been such a huge blessing for him, being able to be such a part of your life every day in spite of the miles between you!

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  145. Aw, Linda...my heart goes out to you.

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  146. I am so very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and well wishes go out to you and your family at this sad time. xo

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  147. I'm so sorry. You have my deepest heartfelt condolences.

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  148. Your family photos made me smile. Take your time and come back to your blog when you feel up to it; we'll wait. Hugs from Houston.

    Sam

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  149. So sorry to read about the loss of your Dad.

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  150. I will remember you at this sad time . You have the good fortune to have a truckload of happy and wonderfully silly times to keep close to you heart. He'll be reading your blog on a new bandwidth and loving it same as ever.

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  151. I am so sorry to read of your Dad's passing. Please know you have my heartfelt sympathy.

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  152. My daddy always told me I could do anything I wanted to do, like change the oil in my car, check the tires, build a chicken coup. He'd laugh at my mistakes but told me to always 'climb back up on the horse and try again'. That attitude in some way got me through his passing and the care of my moma afterwards. My daddy wore the exact same kind of eyeglasses as your dad wore, and it's little memories/heart murmurs like these that will come to you with a smile later on. Your mom has lost her lifelong best friend, so she and your entire family will be in my prayers. There's now another bright star shining in the desert sky... ~Pam in Louisiana~

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  153. I have only been reading your blog for about a month but it is now a part of my daily routine. So sorry for your loss. My dad has been gone for 20 years but my relationship with him continues to grow - I am sure yours will too.

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  154. I 'm very sad to read this. My sympathy goes out to you and your family.

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  155. I am so sorry for you loss. We are all here for you.

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  156. Linda, I am so sorry to read of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  157. Nancy in NC11/4/13, 6:51 AM

    Carson, I'm so sorry to hear the news but thankful for the great visit ya'll had the last time you were together. Your Mom looks as sweet as a peach. I will be praying for you and your family.

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  158. My heartfelt condolences to you, your mom and your sister. I, too, am thinking of you and wishing you strength.

    Thank you, Carson's Dad, for your part in making Rancher-Woman the beautiful human being that she is - no doubt you were pretty special yourself.

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  159. So sorry for the loss of your Dad. I'll be thinking about you, sending much love to you and your family.

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  160. So sorry for your loss. Take care.

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  161. Linda, I am so sorry for your loss.
    My heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

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  162. I don't comment often, but I read your blog everyday, & I love it. I am so very, very sorry about your dad... :(


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  163. My sincere sympathy to you. I'm so sorry for your loss.

    I'm here every day, too...just am a silent observer.

    Blessings to you.

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  164. I'm so very sorry for your loss. When you feel up to blogging again I'm sure we would all be delighted to hear more stories about him. His wonderful taste in t-shirts alone has me enchanted.

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  165. I am so sorry for the loss of you daddy. Alicia

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  166. Very sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathies for you and your family.

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  167. Looks like the heavens have made space for one terrific Dad. Thoughts of him will come at the most amazing times to bring you joy and many more smiles. You have become part of my morning rituals, I will send comforting vibes in your direction for as long as you need them.

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  168. Kay Gilligan11/4/13, 12:11 PM

    So sorry for your loss.

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  169. So very sorry for your loss. We are never ready to have our parents leave us. Treasure your memories. <3

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  170. Oh, Linda...I'm so sorry. These photos are priceless and lovely...

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  171. I was so sorry to read about your father - I know how hard it is to lose someone when you can't be with them at the end, the same thing happened with my father.

    But he's with you still, of course, particularly when you're fixing things. That's his lasting gift - that and his love.

    blessings

    Christina / South Valley Gal

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  172. So sorry, Carson. My heart goes out to you and your family. Special hugs to your mom.

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  173. I don't know you or your Dad, but I can feel the fun that your family obviously has together just by looking at your photos. From someone who loves reading your blog but never comments, I extend you my heartfelt sympathy.

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  174. You have been through it of late. I can't imagine processing all you have had to. We are thinking of you.

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  175. Sorry to hear a out your dad...

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  176. so sorry for your loss....

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  177. I'm sorry for your loss. May your memories bring you comfort at this time.

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  178. I wish I'd had a dad like yours. I'm so sorry you have lost him but so glad to read in your post and in the comments that there are so many lovely dads out there. It makes my heart happier to think of all those wonderful fathers raising their daughters so well, even as I grieve with you for your loss. My condolences to you and all your family, Carson.

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  179. I'm Truly Sorry And Heartsick Hearing This News.
    Hang In, Prayers From Oregon.....

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  180. So sorry to hear about your Dad. I love your blog and loved reading about your parents and how they would read your commentary and comments every day. Loved your Dad's tshirts and how he taught you all about fixing stuff. What a great dad and it sounds like he lived a good life.

    Anna in AZ

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  181. An American in Tokyo11/4/13, 9:53 PM

    I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. I'm glad that your Dad enjoys your blog as much as I do! I'm sure that he will continue reading it! =)

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  182. Love lives forever and I know your dad loved you and the rest of his family. It was shown in his actions and in the photos you've shared with us. I love his tee shirts; they show his sense of humor which you've inherited. Even if he didn't buy those shirts, he wore them with pride and a smile. May remembering those fun times, his smiles and his love help you and your family through this sad time. We're sending our prayers and hugs.

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  183. I'm so sorry to read about your dad. Please take care of yourself. Thinking of you.

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  184. Sorry for your loss - it's never easy. May you find some peace in the days and weeks ahead - he looked like a happy - fulfilled man.

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  185. I am so sorry. It is wonderful that he was able to be in constant contact with you, even when you were ill. I am sure it made his life so much more complete, knowing that his daughter was able to take care of herself because of his efforts. You will always miss him, but you know that part of him is always with you.

    --Amy

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  186. I am very, very sorry to hear of your loss. Many huge hugs and prayers are sent your way as well as to your mom.

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  187. I'm so very sorry for your loss. Hugs to you and your crew.

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  188. So sorry for your loss. Thoughts are with you and your family.

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  189. I'm so very sorry for your loss.

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  190. Gosh, it's hard to find the words... This has been a rough year for you.

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  191. I've been thinking about you all day.
    (((hugs)))

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  192. So sorry! Hugs from Washington state.

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  193. May you always have memories of your father that bring you to a smile.

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  194. I am so sorry for your loss. Thanks you for sharing him with us. Susan

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  195. Cam & I were sorry to hear about your father. It's a tough loss, but he will always be there for you in spirit.

    Hugs,
    Mark & Cam

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