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Christmas - happy after all

Friday, December 24, 2010

Never thought I'd be as free to enjoy a happy Christmas time in my own home this year but my DIL - with true Scottish grit - has pulled herself back from the edge of a nervous breakdown and is determined that she will be the one who makes a good Christmas for her little boys and for my son. I am full of admiration for her - she's been having a really bad time

My partner spent all day in the hospital yesterday and although he has to wait for the final report until after Christmas he has been told informally that the worst that can happen is that they will put a stent into one of his arteries so basically alls well.

For the moment Im happy that everyone is OK and that were all in our own homes with our own families for Christmas.

Happy Christmas everyone - have a great time

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TRENTDREAMER 12/24/2010 2:25PM

    Merry Christmas to you as well. Thank you for your friendship this year. I really appreciate it.

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ROSEWCI 12/24/2010 8:53AM

    emoticon that all is well for the moment!
emoticon Merry Christmas! emoticon

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TWOTIMESS 12/24/2010 4:01AM

Peace on earth to you and your family, Sonia.

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DALEJR_FAN_TINA 12/24/2010 3:44AM

    Thank God all is well. Have a Merry Christmas!

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TENACIOUSTRISH 12/24/2010 3:43AM

    emoticonHappy Holidays and many blessings being sent your way!

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NEW-CAZ 12/24/2010 3:36AM

    Sonia that is BRILLIANT news. I am so happy for all your family, now you can relax and enjoy the Crimbo.
I am so relieved for you all you don't know! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Well . . .

Thursday, December 23, 2010

. . . I wasn't expecting to be back home before Christmas but DIL seems to be on the mend and in any case I have to take my partner to the hospital for a day of testing his heart function. My son is 'working from home' until after Christmas though I'm not sure how much work he'll actually get done with two energetic little boys running around emoticon emoticon Seemed like four - or even six to me!!

Thank you all for your goodies and supportive messages - I will get round to personal thanks but wanted everyone to know how grateful I am.

Right now I have to go off to the hospital and then do some final Christmas shopping. See you all later.

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DOWNTOWNJEN 12/23/2010 10:46AM

    Peace and Joy for you and your loved ones. I laughed at your description of the two boys - I can see it in my mind!

Merry Christmas!

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NEW-CAZ 12/23/2010 3:58AM

    Morning Sonia nice to see things have calmed down a bit now, hopefully you and your partner can have a peaceful and joyful Crimbo.
Hope all goes well at the hospital today, I shall be thinking about you both.

Lovely to see you posting, take care babes
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TWOTIMESS 12/23/2010 3:38AM

So glad eveything is more or less back to normal again. Glad to have you back.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

I feel I've been neglecting most of my Spark friends recently and I can't see that changing before next year. I have too much to do - and too many family problems - to give much time here at the moment. I regret that and I hope everyone will forgive me. .

I wish you all a Happy Christmas and New Year - have a great time - see you after - I hope. emoticon emoticon

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ROSEWCI 12/22/2010 7:19AM

    I hope all problems resolve soon! Until then, you take care of what you need to & don't worry! We'll all be here for you when you return! Until then...

Take special care! emoticon Rose

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APPLEADAY2010 12/15/2010 11:53AM

    Sending hugs and defo no apologies needed. xxxxxxxxxx

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NEW-CAZ 12/14/2010 10:37AM

    Apologies aren't necessary Sonia, it's hard juggling everything and I know how busy you've been hun.
We'll all be hear as and when you can touch base or if you need us.
Have an amazing Crimbo and New Year with your family and friends.
Stay safe emoticon emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 12/14/2010 9:54AM

    That is all right. I feel that everyone knows that life happens and we can't always have "computer time." Take care of yourself and try to stay on track.

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THEWINNER33 12/14/2010 9:19AM

    Have a Blessed Christmas. I will miss you but I will be here for you when you return in the New Year. Blessings, Peace to you and yours. Hugs, Marcia emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MANDERSON19 12/14/2010 9:07AM

    You DO NOT have to feel bad about neglecting anything here! Your SparkFriends will be here for you any time you need us. I do hope for your sake that everyone can get their issues worked out and that you can enjoy a very Merry Christmas!
With Love and Blessings,

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TWOTIMESS 12/14/2010 9:06AM

    emoticon emoticon
We all understand. You do what you have to do... we'll be here, waiting for you!

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CIVIAV 12/14/2010 9:05AM

    You know there are times when this happens and you can come to Spark People if you need something. We have big shoulders and from your note I can see you will return the favor.

Come here when you need the strength for what you are living. It doesn't tend to be that time of the year!


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Friday, December 03, 2010

Its been extremely pretty here in Brighton (UK) by the sea in the snow. It is lethally icy on pavements and roads but it looks beautiful. emoticon
The schools and universities are all closed and it's hard to travel to work which has brought people out to have fun. emoticonParents and children with sledges or playing snowballs emoticon emoticon and students being creative with snow sculptures emoticon particularly from the Art Departments it seems.

Everyone is smiling and happy a real holiday atmosphere disregarding the cold and making the most of freedom from work or study. Ive had a really nice two days tramping about in the snow with some of my students and taking pictures of everything. And the added bonus is all that extra exercise hoorah!

Children playing in the square where I live

Has he climbed out of the sea?

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APPLEADAY2010 12/8/2010 8:46AM

    Loved your pictures! Looks beautiful and I am glad you had fun and the added bonus like you said - exercise! We haven't had much up this end yet. I think we must be the only place. Hope your happy, smiley and feeling festive. Hugs xx emoticon

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MANDERSON19 12/6/2010 5:16PM

    What a great way to get your exercise in!

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MEDDYPEDDY 12/6/2010 4:53AM

    We had a decimeter falling yesterday night, it is beatiful! Today the ploughs starts working...

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NEW-CAZ 12/4/2010 3:13AM

    emoticon loving the snowman-someone has a great sense of humour!

Great pics Sonia- lucky girl to live somewhere so beautiful emoticon

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TWOTIMESS 12/4/2010 2:07AM

    The Snow Monster from the Deep Sea... LOL! Enjoy!

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TRIGFROST 12/3/2010 7:09PM

    I love snow...lucky you!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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NPDSLEUTH 12/3/2010 6:35PM

    WOW -- Love the photos. They're gorgeous. Stay warm there....brrrrr

I'm in Washington, D.C. and snow is predicted for this weekend. I grew up in New York state, close to Canada, so I actually like the cold weather! Here's hoping.

Have a super weekend!

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It's an ill wind . . .

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

I've had a great succession of weekends with my younger son, his wife and their sons celebrating both their birthdays - 9 days apart. This weekend the parents have had a great time out and about giving each other small treats and personal time whilst Ive been entertaining their children. They are, of course, delightful and ultra-energetic. emoticon emoticon emoticon
Most likely it's that I don't have the energy I used to have. I kept thinking as I ran hither and thither for one or the other 'how did I ever do this' and 'it's only TWO' how do other mothers/grandmothers manage? I know they do and I also know that we all expand ourselves to meet current needs.

The bonus is that I have been so busy running around with no time to eat more than basic meals with the children - therefore healthy and small emoticonand tramping them along the beach - well-wrapped up - to get rid of some of that awesome energy that kids have in abundance. So - 2.5 of the 5 pounds I had gained are gone in no time. emoticon
A bit of a false situation of course but I am grateful for that quick loss and hope to keep those pounds off and rid myself of the other 2.5 in a more realistic and less exhausting way.

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APPLEADAY2010 12/3/2010 8:44AM

    Yay well done on the weight loss xx Really pleased for you and glad you have been having fun with the kids. xx emoticon

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MEDDYPEDDY 12/1/2010 1:03AM

    What do you mean "a false situation"? Whatever the situation it is a loss and I congratulate you for it!
Its interesting that you say this, because I do the same, if I lose weight for any other reason than dieting and exercising... its a bit of a "false" loss and not as good as one that has been achieved when I have focused on achieving that goal. This has to be changed in my head thanks for inspiring me!

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TRENTDREAMER 11/30/2010 7:34PM

    "So - 2.5 of the 5 pounds I had gained are gone in no time."

* Yay!! Glad to hear. Continued success with the next 2.5 pounds. you can totally do this.

I'm proud of you!

Thank you for your comment on my blog.

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NEW-CAZ 11/30/2010 6:42AM

    emoticonthey've given you a jump start Sonia...now if you figure a way of keeping that energy going......................
Can you have the kids again this weekend emoticon emoticon emoticon

Have a good week hun
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TWOTIMESS 11/30/2010 6:34AM

Yay for grandchildren! You'll keep it off, it was gained suddenly, so no harm it losing it just as suddenly! Now if the kids can stick around for the other 2.5....

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