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You Know You're Loved When

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Years ago I was in a serious car accident. I munched up my back pretty good. I used this as an excuse to not exercise as much as I could for a long time.

Then Bossy Daughter made me join Spark.

She and I had already done WW, and achieved Lifetime, but then left that program lie in the dust and gained all our weight back.

So she finds Spark, and makes me join.

Those of you who know Bossy Daughter, know she is nobody to mess with once she gets her mind made up.

So okay. I join Spark........... emoticon in order to get her off my back.

But THEN she keeps track of me! emoticon She lets me know when I am slacking up as well as when I am doing a good job.

Then something snapped. It was my stubborness about "having to DO THAT SPARK THING!", and I began to actually enjoy it.

A lot of progress has been made since Bossy Daughter got me started on this way of living. Mainly exercising and walking.

Walking was monitored by my Port Angeles and Surrounding Area Team Leaders, Darcey and Karen. Shirley joined their side, and cheered me into making progress until I was finally enjoying it.

emoticon They kept saying to me, over and over. And you know what? They were RIGHT. They have turned me into a walker! emoticon

This past week I dinged up my back again. I must have twisted just the wrong way, cuz I have sure been in a whole lot of pain over it.

I even dragged out my big brace and have been wearing that.

Being in pain can lead to a whole lot of self pity, and I could feel myself going down into it.

Then I start getting these messages from my Team mates.

Darcey, Shirley, Bossy Daughter, Tiny and others, all of them wishing me speedy recovery. Very loving of them.

Then today The Grand PooBah, Karen, sends me a loving message.

She says she knows how painful it is for me to not be able to continue in our challenge!

I mean, she KNOWS how much emotional and mental pain this causes me!

I have never met these people in person, but we are fast friends on Spark.

You KNOW you're loved when your Team Leaders and others on Spark KNOW that not being able to workout, walk or continue with challenges is painful for you!

You know you're loved when they understand that much about you.

You know you're loved when they let you know how much they care.

You know you're loved when they don't give up on you just because you can't join the gang in challenges until you are feeling better.

You know you're loved when you know your friends!

You guys have been, and continue to be, the Wind beneath My Wings.

I'll fly again, and I will fly with you. I can't think of a better bunch to be with.

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AMYJEAN911 3/23/2010 8:34AM

    My favorite bunch as well. Hope you're on the mend. emoticon

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NOTFATCAT 3/22/2010 11:30AM

    Get better soon.

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TERI99 3/22/2010 10:04AM

    You are so right about the support here! Don't you love it when our kids are right?! It's kind of a nice role reversal at times. (Maybe not always...!)

I hope your back heals quickly. Back pain can be so debilitating!
Hugs,
Teri
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BEVPRESLEY 3/21/2010 11:16PM

    emoticon Take care of that back.

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TINYC887 3/21/2010 9:13PM

    you are loved and its friends who keep us going

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LOVESCAMPING 3/21/2010 8:02PM

    And you are loved. And appreciated. And admired.


Prayers for you recovery and an end to pain.



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MFLEESAK 3/21/2010 6:17PM

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DARCEYOH 3/21/2010 6:12PM

    The dreaded back pain! Sometimes people don't fully understand how painful it can be to just walk from your bedroom to the kitchen. So, with understandable knowledge, take this break and get better.

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MPENNE 3/21/2010 5:22PM

    How wonderful it is for us Sparkers that you have Bossy Daughter who made you join us. You are such a wonderful story teller and fountain of encouragement to all of us. We are so blessed to have you.

Get better soon. Blessings always.

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TLROYER 3/21/2010 5:14PM

    Hope your back heals soon. Take care of yourself! Terry

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ELLFIN3 3/21/2010 5:12PM

    I to have a lower back issue after a car accident(not my fault)! But I read an article today in the health section of Spark and it was talking about just what you said you can not let it stop you, if you do it gets worse! Good luck!!

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SPIFFYCAT 3/21/2010 5:04PM

    That's a lovely blog thank you and from my own experience so true.

I hope you recover quickly and fully emoticon

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LINDATWIN 3/21/2010 4:58PM

    I'm so glad to hear about another Sparks member who is so grateful for their friends ! I feel the same way and after surgery on both knees, I needed the support so much !
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Linda Marie

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Look What Harry Reid Hid Deep In the Health Care Bill

Friday, March 19, 2010

While I do believe that our health care system in this country needs to be revised, I am more and more afraid of the bill they are trying to push off on us. Here's a good example of the shenanigans going on in Washington.


Just in case you haven't already heard about this....


Talk about arrogance and bending the Constitution!!!

Here is why it is critical that we, as Americans, start paying close attention to the "crap" coming out of Washington.
Unbelievable - Harry Reid Hidden deep in the Health Care Bill this passage.

They never stop, they will keep trying to shove this down our throats until they get it through...pass on to everyone...

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada is proving once again the maxim that darkness hates the light.

Buried in his massive amendment to the Senate version of Obamacare is Reid's anti-democratic poison pill designed to prevent any future Congress from repealing the central feature of this monstrous legislation!

Beginning on page 1,000 of the measure, Section 3403 reads in part: ". It shall not be in order in the Senate or the House of Representatives to consider any bill, resolution, amendment or conference report that would repeal or otherwise change this subsection."

In other words, if President Barack Obama signs this measure into law, no future Senate or House will be able to change a single word of Section 3403, regardless whether future Americans or their representatives in Congress wish otherwise!!

Note that the subsection at issue here concerns the regulatory power of the Independent Medicare Advisory Board (IMAB) to "reduce the per capita rate of growth in Medicare spending."

That is precisely the kind of open-ended grant of regulatory power that effectively establishes the IMAB as the ultimate arbiter of the cost, quality and quantity of health care to be made available to the American people. And Reid wants the decisions of this group of unelected federal bureaucrats to be untouchable for all time.

No wonder the majority leader tossed aside assurances that senators and the public would have at least 72 hours to study the text of the final Senate version of Obamacare before the critical vote on cloture. And no wonder Reid was so desperate to rush his amendment through the Senate, even scheduling the key tally on it at 1 a.m., while America slept.

True to form, Reid wanted to keep his Section 3403 poison pill secret for as long as possible, just as he negotiated his bribes for the votes of Senators Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Bernie Sanders of Vermont behind closed doors.

The final Orwellian touch in this subversion of democratic procedure is found in the ruling of the Reid-controlled Senate Parliamentarian that the anti-repeal provision is not a change in Senate rules, but rather of Senate "procedures." Why is that significant?

Because for 200 years, changes in the Senate's standing rules have required approval by two-thirds of those voting, or 67 votes rather than the 60 Reid's amendment received.
Reid has flouted two centuries of standing Senate rules to pass a measure in the dead of night that no senator has read, and part of which can never be changed. If this is not tyranny, then what is?

DON'T SIT BY AND LET THIS HAPPEN IN THE DARK!!!















  
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NOTFATCAT 3/20/2010 11:22AM

    You are so dead right on. I have been writing e-mails at a furious pace to our three house/senate "reps" for months, weeks, and days telling them not to vote yest on any of the health care bills coming out of Pelosi and Reid and their gang of social liberals.

We have mortgaged our country into the hands of the Chinese and others that can come back to bite up sooner than later and we can not afford this broad change to our health care system.

I could go on and on but will not do so here. Just know that you are not alone in your position.



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TATTER3 3/20/2010 7:05AM

    Knowing what we're heading for by next week has kept me in a state of sheer stress. Working in the health field, I am fully aware of the ridiculously controlling demands this bill will throw at us. Fox had a recent interview with the president that showed Mr. Obama's ignorance of the pork legislation being shoved through...not to benefit the public, but to promote a marketeer atmosphere state to state. Surely SOMEbody will stand for a stop to this insanity.

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WANDAC2013 3/20/2010 1:47AM

    Scary and heartbreaking that this is what our country has come to...

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/20/2010 1:14AM

    You are so right! If the health care bill is so great and the answer to our health care needs, why WOULDN'T Congress be willing to take time to examine it closely and let the American people do the same? Yes, health care reform needs to happen, but not like this--this is a bad idea from beginning to end!

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LUNORZAHRA 3/19/2010 9:34PM

    Wow! It really makes no sense (other than something like this) that they are in such a hurry to pass this bill. With so much opposition to it they should take time to consider and work out a more reasonable plan.
It all comes down to a power grab!

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LUNORZAHRA 3/19/2010 9:34PM

    Wow! It really makes no sense (other than something like this) that they are in such a hurry to pass this bill. With so much opposition to it they should take time to consider and work out a more reasonable plan.
It all comes down to a power grab!

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BHAWLITZ2 3/19/2010 9:24PM

    You are so right!! I wish more people would open up their eyes and see what is going on in Washington.

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TRENTDREAMER 3/19/2010 8:44PM

    "Reid has flouted two centuries of standing Senate rules to pass a measure in the dead of night that no senator has read, and part of which can never be changed. If this is not tyranny, then what is?"

* Really scary stuff. No question.

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Going Past My Sleep Window

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Last night I went past my sleep window, and was still wide awake at 4 A.M.

No, I did not give up and get up.

Have you ever laid in bed with your eyes closed, pretending to yourself that you are sleeping? I do that sometimes.

Sometimes I wait too long to shut the light off, and then there I am, unable to fall asleep. My mind keeps racing from thought to thought, some good, some not so good.

It isn't that I am worried about anything specifically; I just get racey brain.

I float from what I was reading, what I want to quilt next, how to fix the tension on my long arm Tin Lizzie, about Winsten's upcoming mouth surgery on the 25th, listening to DH snore softly, politics, music and movies.

I don't summon any specific thoughts; they just ramble around in my head, flitting from one topic to another.

I lay very still, hoping to nod off to sleep. I listen to my breathing, then the brain kicks in again. It's a bit like a journey through OZ.

Last night DH and I attended the local symphony. It was wonderful. This is the first time we have gone to the symphony since we moved up here three years ago this month. What an eye opener!

Our Symphony is small, but has very talented musicians. I was very surprised and warmed to see that the ages of the performers range from high school kids to quite SENIOR seniors, all contributing together with such harmony.

There was even a young lad of about 10-12 who sang, and nearly everyone had tears running down their faces in the area I was sitting, myself and DH included. This small, frail looking little boy, standing on stage looking uncomfortable opened his mouth, and the purest sound of an angel came forth. There was no sound other than his voice wafting through the air, as everyone was entirely mesmerized by what we were hearing. The voice of an angel.

I don't know yet if the symphony gets recorded and if so, can the public purchase the recordings, but I do know we would love to have one of last night's brilliant performance.

We have already filled out the forms for next year's membership.

Anyway, back to my sleep deprived body.

It is not at all uncommon for me to go into this whenever we do the Daylight Savings thing. Personally, I think Daylight Savings is a lot of hooey.

Only politicians believe that if we cut off a blanket on the top and sew it to the bottom that we get more blanket.

Just my rambling.

Stay safe, and have a wonderful Sunday!

  
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NOTFATCAT 3/14/2010 9:25PM

    Sounds like you had more entertainment during your eyes open time than I did. Good post.

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/14/2010 4:39PM

    I like your description, 'racey brain'--I get that too sometimes. The switch to Daylight Savings Time always messes me up for a few days as well; the combination is not good. Glad you had such a good time at the symphony, though. It's amazing the gift that some people are given, especially when it's at such a young age. Hope you can get a bit better sleep tonight!

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LOVESCAMPING 3/14/2010 3:52PM

    I've been to the PA symphony a couple of times, enjoyed it.

My insomnia usually comes from waking up and not being able to go back to sleep sometimes until I really might as well get up. I hate it.

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KAROUSELL46 3/14/2010 3:23PM

    It's irritating when my brain won't shut up or I mean off. I try to relax first starting from the top of my head and work my way down. Sometimes it works but when it doesn't ugh. I usually have to have the tv going then I get to sleep. Now days kids seem to have such a sweet voice don't they? I have a niece who has one of those voices. So refreshing to hear...Karen

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BALLOUZOO 3/14/2010 2:19PM

    I play insomnia games. I find a fruit or vegetable for every letter in the alphabet, or animals, or things to do. When I think about the next thing it makes my mind focus and then I don't feel so "floaty". I color meditate too. I imagine myself surrounded by different colors.

Best wishes on a good night's sleep tonight!

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GETFITTER7 3/14/2010 2:17PM

    It is amazing how some have a "gift" of voice. It can come so natural to them like breathing...or some have the talent for artwork, or an eye for the camera lens. Thank goodness we all are different with our "gifts"...that's what gives us a variety to share and feel good about doing it for others. I think of those things too when my mind won't shut off. But in your case it would be like summing up the wonderful day! Not something bad hindering on your mind that keeps you awake. Good dreams! emoticon

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TINYC887 3/14/2010 1:01PM

    you sound like me, i cant shut my brain off either

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Darcey's Questions and Answers Game

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Copy and paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. It's really hard to only use one word answers.

Where is your cell phone?
dump

Spouse?
Ted

Your hair?
thinning

Your mother?
deceased

Your father?
deceased

Your favorite thing?
movie theatres

Your dream last night?
unknown

Favorite drink?
coffee

What room are you in?
office

Your hobby?
quilting

Your fear?
loss

Where do you want to be in 6 years?
alive

Where were you last night?
home

Something that you aren't?
stingy

Muffins?
cranberry

Wish list item?
Health

Last thing you did?
lunch

What are you wearing?
sweats

Your pets?
clever

Friends?
Supportive

Your life?
beautiful

Your mood?
peaceful

Missing someone?
yes

Drinking?
no

Your car?
garaged

Something you're not wearing?
hat

Your favorite store?
Marshall's

Your favorite color?
Red

When is the last time you cried?
ancient

Where do you go over and over?
walking

Favorite place to eat?
Thai

Favorite place I'd like to be right now?
here.

  
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KIMIKO75 3/12/2010 12:15PM

    Isn't it nice to be where we want to be! There is no where I'd rather be than on the ocean in my own home. I enjoy getting to know more about you.
Kim

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SMOORES06 3/12/2010 10:20AM

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LOVESCAMPING 3/12/2010 9:41AM

    Yay!

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KAYDE53 3/11/2010 4:50PM

    Interesting & a good way to get to know you better!! emoticon emoticon

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TINYC887 3/11/2010 4:37PM

    nice. am definately not answering these again

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Darcey's Questions and Answers Game

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Copy and paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. It's really hard to only use one word answers.

Where is your cell phone?
dump

Spouse?
Ted

Your hair?
thinning

Your mother?
deceased

Your father?
deceased

Your favorite thing?
movie theatres

Your dream last night?
unknown

Favorite drink?
coffee

What room are you in?
office

Your hobby?
quilting

Your fear?
loss

Where do you want to be in 6 years?
alive

Where were you last night?
home

Something that you aren't?
stingy

Muffins?
cranberry

Wish list item?
Health

Last thing you did?
lunch

What are you wearing?
sweats

Your pets?
clever

Friends?
Supportive

Your life?
beautiful

Your mood?
peaceful

Missing someone?
yes

Drinking?
no

Your car?
garaged

Something you're not wearing?
hat

Your favorite store?
Marshall's

Your favorite color?
Red

When is the last time you cried?
ancient

Where do you go over and over?
walking

Favorite place to eat?
Thai

Favorite place I'd like to be right now?
here.

  


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