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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Happiness is an inside job!

Happiness is always having something to look forward to!

Your turn. Please continue. . .

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FISHINGLADY66 10/25/2009 9:20PM

    Happiness is having lot's of Spark Friends like you.

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SERENITYSEL 10/25/2009 5:15PM

    Happiness is sitting in your recliner petting your cat, and thinking of warm memories.

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AMBUDMAN 10/25/2009 2:52PM

    Happiness is having great friends.

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 10/25/2009 1:33PM

    Happiness is feeling comfortable in your own skin.

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DAISES2 10/25/2009 12:42PM

    happiness is being content with what you have and noy worring about what you have'nt.

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BIRDLEGS29 10/25/2009 10:52AM

    Happiness is being content with what is and not worrying about what is not.

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KOOCH4 10/25/2009 10:11AM

    Happiness is playing with your grandchildren.

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NJDIETZ 10/25/2009 9:58AM

    waking up in the morning.

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BELTONWALKER67 10/25/2009 9:53AM

    Happiness is enjoying a good cup of coffee in the peace and quiet of your own home.

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BESSHAILE 10/25/2009 7:44AM

    Happiness is a butterscotch colored autumn.

Happiness is being glad to go to work on Monday morning.

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Homemade Halloween

Sunday, October 04, 2009

What year did the Halloween novelty song "Monster Mash" reach number one on the Billboard charts?

This great song written by Bobby "Boris" Pickett and Lenny Capizzi reached number one on the Billboard Charts for two weeks in 1962, and then returned to the charts in 1970 and 1973.

Do YOU remember doing the Monster Mash? Any other Halloween oriented music you remember?

Some girls performed a talent act at my school, using the Monster Mash record. They had great lighting, green, blue, red, to give a spooky dark basement lab effect, with a “mad scientist” complete with gray Einstein wig, pouring smoky liquid into the beaker and filling the stage with misty fog. I can still see it clearly, lol, and hear “I was working in my lab, late one night” and then the chorus “It was the Mash. The Monster Mash”, lol.

Why is MUSIC such a good tool for memory? I have record albums from the 60's and after not hearing them for 20 years, I played a couple of them. Not only do I remember the words to all the songs, I know WHICH song is coming next without looking at the label.

Schools should have a music director who puts lessons from every subject to music. All those dates, rules and formulas would be forever in our brains!

NEIGHBORHOOD FUN HOUSE - Did anyone in your neighborhood ever turn their garage into a Halloween fun house? The family across the street from me - TEN children - did that every year. What I remember most is being led blindfolded through the garage and having to “experience” various things. Someone stuck my hand into pot full of MONSTER BRAINS, lol. Which turned out to be cold macaroni soaked in corn oil. Slimy! Of course I screamed.

"Homemade" tricks and treats were so much better than the slick, purchsed high tech ones of today, don't you think? AND it was fun for us as kids to THINK of all the things we could create and do.

We also never bought costumes, but dreamed up and put together our own, or maybe grandma or someone sewed something.

What did you do when you were young to join in Halloween that no one went to the store and bought for you?


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JULIE_MAE 10/23/2009 1:48PM

    emoticon.........I agree music is a wonder learning tool. Music help keep children focused and they learn using their left and right side of the brain. I am semi-retired and teach only 2 days a week.

More parents should use the things they find around the house and help their child make halloween costume rather than buy one in the store. It builds memories.

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BECCIE2012 10/10/2009 1:50PM

    My mother made me a homemade witch costume and I'm still a witch each year.

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FISHINGLADY66 10/4/2009 9:56PM

    Memories...Aren't they wonderful. I have never been to a haunted house. We always made our own costume, we couldn't afford store bought. I really think we had more fun than the kids do now days.

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BIRDLEGS29 10/4/2009 11:59AM

    No store bought costumes for me or my kids. I made several for grands. No fancy pumpkins, either. Just cut out eyes, nose and mouth and stick a candle in it. Treat bags? Grab a paper sack and go! In my day we didn't have to worry about homemade treats being poisoned and the kids loved to come to my house where they got homemade fudge.


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KOOCH4 10/4/2009 10:33AM

    Lovely , blog , KAREN!

Thanks, brought back so many good memories.
We also always made our own costumes or went to the goodwill and picked out what we wanted, never had a store bought costume, I did the same for my kids and now they do the same for the grandkids and it,s so much more fun.
I always loved and still do , The Monster Mash.
Carol emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SERENITYSEL 10/4/2009 9:10AM

    Great blog. Speaking of music, I agree with you totally! I remember when my granddaughter was in 5th grade and struggling with her Spanish. She was learning the days of the week, so I sat her down and told her my trick for learning things that are hard for me. I told her when I was in high school, I found it very difficult to concentrate on history (my least favorite subject) so when I knew we had to study for a test, I made a song of it. While being tested, I would sing that song to myself and usually got a good grade. To this day, if I need to know which words are prepositions, I sing that old song. Well we sat down and made up a song about her Spanish words, and when she got home, she called me and told me she passed and only reversed two words.

So I agree, music calms the soul (except this rap the kids listen to).

I too remember the monster mash, that is the year I graduated high school! Store bought costumes, NEVER. We would always make up our costumes, grab our pillowcase and off we'd go.

Good memories, thanks! emoticon

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10285115CS 10/4/2009 9:03AM

  We also never bought costumes we had to make our own.

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Some progress, some relief!

Saturday, October 03, 2009

I had a medical procedure yesterday called a guided cortizone injection. The actual procedure took about 20 minutes. I felt a sting and about 2 seconds of discomfort. That's it. I'm telling you this because I was very fearful of the procedure, not having much experience in anything like this before. So for anyone who might have this in their future, it's nothing to fear.

The doctor said to give it a few days to get the full effect. About 3 hours after I came home, I began having some real relief. There's some discomfort, there's some soreness, but there is no real pain. NO PAIN. First time in 3 months! I continue to step tenderly and be cautious. I extremely grateful for this relief and giving thanks for it constantly. I contine to pray it lasts for some time.

RESULTS OF CT SCAN on my kidney. There is a small, simple benign cyst there. Doesn't present any threats, and causes no symptoms. Just ignore it. YAY!

HOWEVER, (geeze, it just keeps on going, lol) now the radiologist says that scan showed some unusual or abnormal, or enlarged blood vessels in my liver and they will be calling me next week with an appointment for another CT scan with a different protocol. I'm wondering if radiologists have quotas, lol.

My innards are getting micro examined, it seems, lol. Not a bad thing when you're about to turn 61, I guess. I'm having more medical tests than I've had in my entire life to date.

THANK YOU all for your prayers, good thoughts and good vibes you've sent my way. Don't stop now, please continue!


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SERENITYSEL 10/4/2009 9:12AM

    I'm glad it was so easy for you. You must have had an excellent doctor. Mine was so painful. Glad you are getting some relief too!!!!! emoticon

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FISHINGLADY66 10/3/2009 9:22PM

    Great news. I am so glad you didn't have much pain with the procedure. My prayers are still with you.

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JUDY1676 10/3/2009 7:55PM

    I'm so glad you have gotten some relief!
I pray the next CT scan will also give you good news!

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 10/3/2009 5:52PM

    Glad to hear the procedure was not too painful and that you have had some relief.

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NANCY- 10/3/2009 11:02AM

    I'm so glad that it was easier than you imagined. Phew!
It's great that you are feeling less pain.
Gee you didn't know that so many folks would be interested in taking your picture. I'm praying that all will turn out well for you.

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BELTONWALKER67 10/3/2009 9:32AM

    So Glad you are finally seeing relief. Prayers will continue until all those medical tests/procedures are done. Seems when we turn 60 our bodies get tired but our minds stay still active! emoticon

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Friday, October 02, 2009

I just want to take a moment to thank all of you who have stopped by and left comments on my page and blogs lately.

Being so focused on pain management and just getting through the day, I really haven't "talked" much with anyone, but I want you all to know how much I appreciate every one of you.

I'm still waiting for CT scan results and Joe is taking me this morning to have a guided injection of cortizone into my hip, right where the large fang-like bone spur is located.

Thinking positively, I'm looking forward to excercizing more and just getting around much better.

Wishing every one of you an absolutely Wonderful Day!


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SERENITYSEL 10/2/2009 11:38PM

    Ironic that you posted this today, as I was thinking (on my way to work), I wonder if Karen had her shot yet? I was going to write you and find out.

How are you doing? I am praying for you and a good outcome!

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NANCY- 10/2/2009 9:40AM

    I understand. Sometimes just getting through the day is a big achievement. Hope the shot helps.

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 10/2/2009 8:45AM

    Wishing the same kind of day back to you. I will continue praying for you.


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BELTONWALKER67 10/2/2009 8:37AM

    Thinking of you and hope the cortisone shot will ease the pain so you will feel much better. emoticon

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ESHTEMOA 10/2/2009 7:43AM

    Kren I can only imagine the pain.The cortisone injection should give you an ease.Just continue to be strong in HIS might.
Much Love,

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BOO! Halloween Month is Here.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Did you know. . .?

Frankenstein was created by a 20 year old young woman. . .

Mary Shelly was only 20 yrs. old when she wrote Frankenstein. Lord Byron was her neighbor in Switzerland one wet and dreary summer, and she and her husband Percy Shelly, the poet, discussed Darwin and read horror stories all summer long. Lord Byron proposed they each write a “ghost story”. Over the next days she tried to think of something, then one night, after getting into bed, she began to have visions in her imagination of a “pale student of the unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together”... And thus, “Frankenstein” was born.

Most quoted passage from her book:
“It was on a dreary night of November that I beheld the accomplishment of my toils. With an anxiety that almost amounted to agony, I collected the instruments of life around me, that I might infuse a spark of being into the lifeless thing that lay at my feet. It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open; it breathed hard, and a convulsive motion agitated its limbs.”

Try reading that on a dark, rainy night when you're all alone. Spooky!

What's your favorite spooky story?


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ROSILEIGH 10/1/2009 3:14PM

    I don't like spooky stories much either,but i quite liked "The hound of the Baskervilles" by Arthur Conan Doyle.

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FISHINGLADY66 10/1/2009 2:55PM

    I don't like to read spooky stories. But thanks for the lesson of Franenstein.

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 10/1/2009 9:19AM

    " It was a dark and dreary night"

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