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I can be described as lover of life, an animal lover, and lover of education. I am constantly striving for knowledge and learning opportunities. I've been around horses my entire life. I enjoy working with horses and their human partners through natural horsemanship philosophies, natural balance bare foot hoof care, reiki, red-light therapy, essential oils, aromatherapy, crystal healing, chromotherapy, flower essences, and more. I am a Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master Teacher who offers treatments for people, horses, dogs, cats, and other creatures great and small. I also teach Reiki classes for those interested in learning how to treat themselves, their loved ones, and even their animals! Natural Horse Lover Farm is located in Northern New York between the St. Lawrence River and Adirondack Mountains. Heaven on Earth. naturalhorseloverfarm.com

Monday, March 03, 2014

RIP Dad, I love you.

I have been absent for most of several months on here.  My father had been experiencing several heart-related issues (among a host of other health ailments). I spend countless hours with him while in the hospital and before he went there.  His girlfriend Debbie was with me. The hospital trip meant 2.5 hours drives (one way) including a ferry ride across Lake Champlain to Burlington Vermont's Fletcher Allen Hospital. Through this, I maintained my work schedule and did what I could at the home but could not have done all this without the love and caring of my devoted husband, Rick.  He had to stay behind and tend to our farm and home during very severe weather events for most of this and it was hard for him, he loved my father so very much but had to be the rock and stability at home for our animals and our lifestyle.
On March 3, 2014, I had to pull my dad from life support and allow him to die.  He was very ill, septic, on a ventilator, blood pressure very low and not recovering, and abiding by his wishes and the need to give him peace, I made this terribly difficult decision. My mother and Debbie were with me and we were with dad while he passed.
My dad had so many friends and he would have been honored to know the out-pouring of love and affection that occurred by so many. My father was a great man who came into my life at the right time and in the right place. Things were not always perfect between us, especially when I was a teenager but, our lives grew together in the later years... when I finally grew up.

He embraced my husband as the son he never had and showed unconditional love for both of us. He also had many loves in his life and was a kind, gentle soul. I will miss him dearly and will love him always.

In times of loss, many have found comfort in Walt Whitman’s poetry. Perhaps you will also. I particularly like this passage:

“The smallest sprout shows there is really no death.

And if ever there was it led forward life.

And does not wait at the end to arrest it.

And ceas’d the moment life appear’d.

All goes onward and outward, nothing collapses,

And to die is different from what any one supposed,

And luckier.

(Walt Whitman, “Song of Myself” 6.123-130)

I post this here as it is part of my life.  There are many other facets to all that occurred during this crisis but, I will spare you those details. 

(I have back-dated this post to March 3rd for proper placement in the timeline but it was written on March 23rd.)

Here is his obituary as posted in the Poughkeepsie Journal

Michael Lee Scott SARANAC LAKE - Michael Lee Scott, 62, resident of Saranac Lake, New York (former resident of Tivoli, NY) passed away on Monday, March 3, 2014 in Burlington, Vermont. He was born on August 23, 1951 to Ellamae Ann Salatti and Gilbert Edward Scott in Aberdeen, Maryland. He was a graduate of Solvay High School in Syracuse, New York and the Culinary Institute of America in New Haven, Connecticut.

He had a career working in retail and the restaurant industry. He was a writer who enjoyed writing science fiction novels. Michael enjoyed camping, fishing, music, movies, and playing games. He was an animal lover and enjoyed the company of his pets and those of his daughter Michelle. He loved a good meal with family and friends. He laughed often and made others feel happy no matter the circumstance.

Michael was a devoted Freemason and member of the Masonic Fraternity, a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, The Knights Templar, and the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.

Michael Lee Scott is survived by his beloved partner Debra Bootie, his pets Ziva, Elvira, and Lula, his daughters Michelle L. Young and Heather Scott, son-in-law Frederick J. Young, grandsons Ian Alexander Anderson, Zachary Hunter Anderson, former wife Judith A. Scott, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. He was predeceased by his mother and father.

A Masonic Ceremony, Eastern Star Ceremony, and Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 15, 2014 beginning at 10:30 am with a luncheon at noon at the Monumental Masonic Lodge #374, 7 North Road, Tivoli, New York 12583.

If you have any inquires you can contact Michelle Young at 315-389-5817.Please send memorial donations to: Monumental Masonic Lodge #374 A & FM, P.O. Box 211, Tivoli, New York, 12583.

The family invites you to share your memories and condolences by visiting www.awrfh.com.

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