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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Good Day and HAPPY HOLIDAY WEEKEND TO ALL OF US - CANADIANS AND AMERICANS - - well as i am packing to move to the new 'little villa' - i am trying to be really practical- but (all ladies can relate i think) I AM ATTACHED TO MY SHOES. i remember my mom taking me for my first pair of 'cubans' or kitten heels way back when. i was 16 -they were black patent with criss cross straps - and i loved them from first glance.
Here's the thing - in my real life at this time - i rarely wear my 'heels' anymore. it is a combination of not much going on with my social scene (i hope that changes), not working (i hope that changes VERY SOON), the extra pounds make it hard to be dainty in heels (TRYING TRYING TRYING to change that , and my damned RA and FIBRO - when they flare up- it is PAIN CITY and there is no way you are walking around - never mind in heels!!! now - i have told my kids - when mom goes to meet her maker - she wants to look gooood - not to be irreverent - but put me in my 4inchers ! LOL i mean it!!!
so what to do - every pair has a story - those snake skin look alikes from VEGAS - woo hoo that was a wonderful time - those beautiful royal blue suedes - hand made in ITALY - the red leather sandals from SPAIN - all the fun - and i remember how much i paid too! I KNOW what you are saying - like the lady on hoarders - keep the memories get rid of the 'stuff'.
But hang on now - you can actually 'decorate' with these little pieces of artisan handiwork! yes yes - i kid you not - there are little shoe pins on a lapel - so why not a pair of almost new brillliantly shiny black patent stillettos with steel heels - on a shelf - by the front door - WHAT A WEAPON should a burgular even 'think' about invading my space!
what about using them as 'directional' tools - like 'this way to the ladies room' --- and a pair of little ballerina wedgies? com' on work with me here!!!
i don't want to throw out my heels - help BB

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MELIVA 7/1/2011 9:21PM

    I know what you mean. I was never a shoe junkie until about five years ago. But it's not hoarding if you are keeping multiples of one type of thing, right? It's "collecting." Yeah, that's it!! There's always room for one more pair.

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MARITIMER3 6/30/2011 4:39PM

    Thanks for your best wishes for the holiday week-end. I'm in Canada, so we celebrate tomorrow. My husband's band will be playing in the park before the fireworks (he plays the bagpipes). Saturday we will go to my daughter's to celebrate our oldest grandson's 18th birthday.

I hope you have a great week-end, and that your packing goes well. I almost never wear heels any more, but your story about your first heels reminded me that my first heels were for my grade 9 graduation, and I couldn't wear them, because I'd had surgery for an ingrown toe-nail, and I had to wear a pair of ugly wedge sandals instead.
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RAINBOWFALLS 6/30/2011 4:13PM

    They actually do make a lot of decorations with heels (not real ones), but what the heck! I've seen wine bottle holders that look like heels.

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Monday, June 27, 2011

The furry kids had a fantastic Sunday yesterday - and I tagged along to have an absolute ball!! it was a fundraiser, an opportunity for adoptions, an honor to have all these little souls interact with each other. There was every shape, color, age, character, and most of all LOVE - that you can imagine.
I have never seen so many varieties of breeds - i got to see a miniature pincer - he was so perfect and an exact replica of the bigger guys.
A beautiful german sheppard named DOJO who gave the most amazing demonstration of a security/guard dog - in the arena he was amazing - so intelligent, proud and STRONG!
Then we had the what i like to call The Movers and the Shakers - Chico and Wallabee - little chauhauhas - 3 - 5 pounds -
all kinds of poms - incuding my Gracie - and now i see how they are a BIG dog in a little body - they like to rule their roost - and the bigs guys just better stand back!
My PUGA LUG CHARITY was there with several pugs looking for a forever home. i met a few of the little lucky beauties that have been adopted and we have to date now placed approximately 226 PUGS since we began. there were a few pug mixes as well.
our friends came with their chinese crested called PANDA. What a sweetie, and very friendly and social.
A sweet little dachund, paralyzed from the hips down- but WOW can he travel on his little scooter - his master so proud - funny how animals are just so pure and matter of fact. what handicap??? are you kidding me!
Lots of vendors giving out free bees - fun fun fun.
and for so many dogs and people coming together for the first time - everyone behaved brilliantly.
Also, a very very interesting holistic vet - and like the discussion of children having unnecessary meds, innoculations and such, he spoke of how over medicated our pets can be - he cautioned about 'the normal main stream care' that is practiced. for instance, why give your dog 'flea and tick meds ' if they are healthy, are not living in the areas where it would be likely they would have a problem, and you can always give them a course of meds should you see they have been bitten with a tick or have a flea. heart worm comes after a long neglect, not attending to the animal or noticing they are in distress. from what i can see of the pet owners i know, they are like me and look after their friends very very well.
All in all - it was a lovely day - the rain held off, they had a cooling tent with a lovely little cool spray - both animals and their humans liked that. this is the stuff that 'enjoyable life ' is all about.
soon as we headed home - i heard a soft little snore and light little moan - two zonked out dead to the world sleeping little pug beauties. Amen. BB

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MELIVA 7/1/2011 9:14PM

    Sounds like a wonderful time!

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MRE1956 6/27/2011 12:24PM

    I like pugs - they're sooooo cool!

Glad the day went so well for you!

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MARITIMER3 6/27/2011 11:12AM

    Sounds like a great time for a good cause.
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LADYNEST 6/27/2011 10:15AM

    Sounds like it was a super busy day!! I know that if my boy and I had been there I'd have had 60lbs of crashed out border collie in the back of my van! Pugs are awesome little dogs! Some friends of mine have two and they are quite the characters!

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NANAMOM652009 6/27/2011 9:32AM

    Thank you for sharing. I too love dogs especially collies.
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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Hi Friends - today is the first day of summer and the sky is a glorious blue. there is a soft warm breeze - and i am so glad to be enjoying it.
Yesterday was harrowing - but always there are lessons to be learned and appreciated. I have had brushes with weird things happening to me ever since my thyroid went haywire. even my driving anxiety - which to some extent still exists. so yesterday - my daughter had a arranged a day at the salon for us both - my mom's day present! a mani and pedi and i was looking forward to it. but i felt strange. i thought 'you are just regressing - into that old 'driving on the highway' trepidation- 'STOP IT YOU ARE BEING SILLY'. so i packed myself some cold OJ, water and a protein shake. put the doggies into there little cubbies and off i started.
it wasn't even ten minutes up the road - 'oh my, i don't feel so well ' come on you can do this'.
i pressed on for another 20 minutes and had to pull over. a prayer to God - 'please be with me - help me do this - it is silly - with your help i will do it!'
i finally reached the highway and still had about an hour to town. it was absolutely jaw gripping, hands glued to the steerwell white knuckling all the way and praying every prayer i have ever been taught - while slowly staying in the collectors - with the hazards on.
i got to the mall - and practically kissed the ground. i was a few minutes late for my appointment and apologized to the ladies waiting. my daughter had not yet arrived.
my regular girl Tina said to me ' how are you doing?' i said 'not that great today' and she said - 'may i say your eyes really look terrible.' i went to the mirror and OMG - they were red - like a rabbit in a lab! and i had the most excruciating headache. but i thought, well tension after that ride.
my daughter arrived and remarked 'mom you look tired, your eyes are weird and your eyelid is funny!'.
ok so some warning bells went off but i thought - i will relax - i will listen to the soothing music, joke with the girls and enjoy time with my daughter. i will be fine. i always am !.
after the salon, my daughter was leaving and said to me - mom maybe you should come to my place. i said - don't be silly - have to get home. we kissed and hugged and off she went.
i got into my car, i started back home - five minutes later i turned back . i parked , gathered my thoughts , took stock of myself and realized this is not just silly anxiety. the warning bells were too loud.
i went to my G.P. who located there. i have no idea how i got there - i just remember praying loudly - help me Lord. just one more time.
my GP took one look at me, immediately took my BP - 172/90 - not good. she gave me meds and made me lie down - one hour later - BP 180/99.
to the emergency - now this whole time i am worried about my little furry kids.
but no i cannot worry- not good for the BP right?
by the time i got to emergency i was at 198/99-- in the vicinity of STROKE CITY and the left side of my face was feeling very strange . after blood work and CATscan which showed nothing - and five hours later - i was at 170/90. still not good, and now i cannot druve the car.
i called my son - and finally got home.
this morning i have a whopping headache, my neck feels like it is in a brace. i am now on stronger meds for BP .
i guess the lesson is to trust in those warning bells. stress is the biggest culprit, so take time to chill out and smell the coffee -which by the way i drink decalf - and have faith in yourself and your higher power.
i am just SO GLAD TO BE HERE. thanks - hugs - BB

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MELIVA 6/24/2011 11:03PM

    And we're glad that you're here!! How scary and I am so glad that you listened to those warning bells. Wow.


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RAINBOWFALLS 6/22/2011 7:50AM

    I think your strong faith and prayer worked for you - thankfully. I'm glad you are alright. emoticon

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MARITIMER3 6/21/2011 6:57PM

    I'm so glad that you are okay. Take it slowly fo a while.
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NINJA_SMOO 6/21/2011 10:29AM

  Scary day! So glad you dodged that bullet. Take care of yourself :)

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KESHA1975 6/21/2011 10:16AM

    We are glad you are here too! Always listen to your body. It makes every effort to warn you when something is not right! Take care friend. ((HUGS))

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

This sunday is Father's Day - my Dad left this earth in May 1975. Wow, it just seems like yesterday - a knock on the door, a little whistle and my children running to the door 'HI GRANDPA' - can we watch hockey tonight? it is the stanley cup playoffs. hockey is a particular poignant reminder of time with my Daddy. i was an only child - and not a boy - but my Dad always made me feel like the most special precious kid in the world. back in the day - it was the original six. well, Dad this year BOSTON is in the run - it has been a long time for them . the Vancouver Canucks did not exist but they are a good (new) team and they have provided a real competition.
I know if you were here you would be figuring the 'odds' , we would be talking about the players, snacking on popcorn and REAL ORIGINAL COKE (remember the little bottles?) - your favorite hockey viewing snacks.
I miss crusing to the dairy queen with you - our time together on a sunday afternoon , while dear mom gave the house a 'good cleaning ' as she said.
Sunday we always went to your mom's house - my Grandma - she always had coffee and cake.
But most of all i miss YOU - you were a math wiz, you always dressed well and took me to lunch at the racetrack. there is another time i think of you so much - when they run the triple crown races - we had so much fun. you took me to the QUEEN'S PLATE - it was so exciting.
yes, Daddy i remember you and think of you often. your grandchildren only had you for a short time - buy they talk about you often - and this Sunday, we will raise a toast to you, along with their own dad.
like so many of us, i have come to cherish all the 'old times' so much more and they are precious as the time goes on. HAPPY DADDY'S DAY BB

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RAINBOWFALLS 6/16/2011 7:37AM

    Very nice memories. My father died when I was six so I don't have many memories, but there are a couple special ones. I too will be missing my father this Sunday.

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Actually i mean this literally! over the past years I have had some rude awakenings from so called 'charitable organizations'.
I have been made to feel really badly when trying to donate clothing/shoes, kitchen tools and dishes, gardening tools, and even childrens toys, furniture and clothing.
while working for an 'unwed teenage moms group' i lovingly put together the most beautiful crocheted outfits that my mom made for my kids. she used to do it for the premies at the NICU in our childrens hospital. she had hands of gold and i cherished everything she made for my kids. when they are so small they could never 'wear it out' and there were no stains or other deficiencies . when i saw these young girls who were basically boycotted by their families, and trying to go it as best they could - i thought ' what a perfect place to place this outfits that mom made with such love;.' i also had china sets that were sitting in a cupboard - just not being used - nothing wrong with them either.
when i brought these to the co-ordinator i was told in no uncertain terms 'that all donations must be new as we don't want the moms to feel they are getting hand -me - downs!!"
the same goes for perfectly good text books - expensive books purchassed thru high school and university. the facts are the same, no one changes math or history books , but because they were 'older versions' none of the schools would take them for underprivileged students. one of the calculus books was bought for $165. and was in perfect condition. calculus - IT HAS BEEN THE SAME since calculus began to be taught!!
now we come to this week - GOODWILL - i drove up with a whole trunk full of comforters, dishes (full set for 8), coffee pots, stuffed toys, etc etc - NOT ONE ARTICLE WAS ACCEPTABLE. the dishes had a few cracks in some dinner plates, the stuffed toys are simply not taken, no small appliances even tho they are working - are taken. nothing - none of the clothing, shoes, hand bags - none of it.
so - HI HO HI HO it's TO THE DUMP I GO!!!
what a shame - what happened to recycling and people being happy to have something some one else no longer needs but is useful?
who can afford to donate BRAND NEW GOODS - this is really backwards thinking. i see some of the 'second hand boutique's' opening up - the stores called 'second time around' - but they also want NEW OR 99 1/2 % perfect.
the lady at 'REPEATS' would not even consider taking my daughter's gorgeous wedding gown cause it is not considered a FAMOUS DESIGNERS LABEL. 'we would consider only Vera Wang, Gucci, etc' she told me.
holy macarel - if i could afford a Vera Wang gown i'd be living some where else no where near second hand stores!!
anyway - DUMP CHUMP!!! BB

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MARITIMER3 6/15/2011 9:17AM

    I'm not sure where you live, but in the Toronto area the Diabetes Society not only accepts, but picks up used clothing, small appliances, bedding, dishes, etc. which they sell through Value Village.

Another idea would be to contact a shelter for battered women and their children. Around here, at least, they are always very appreciative of donations. Some of these organizations operate a 2nd level of service, helping women and their children move into their own apartments. Since most of the women have left abusive homes with nothing more than the clothes on their backs, they need lots of help setting up house again. The shelters often have to be contacted through a church or perhaps your municipal office as they don't advertise their locations. You may have to leave a message through a church for them to contact you.

So sad that the young mothers weren't even given the choice of your mother's hand-made baby clothes. I'm sure some of them would have really cherished something hand-made.

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MELIVA 6/13/2011 8:00PM

    Wow, if that doesn't sound familiar. I live near our local Goodwill (and can't afford Vera Wang either, LOL). A few weeks back, we came past there and laying in their driveway was a counsel TV and work out bench. Their driveway is pretty long and where these items were obviously dumped, was out of view of the drop off door. Fortunately, we have a Bethesda and a St. Vincent DePaul which both try to accept anything and then sell them at a reasonable price (our Goodwill is really expensive).

Oh, I forgot to add: you can see if your town has a Freecycle or Freebay group. My DH loves those as much as Craig's List.

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RAINBOWFALLS 6/12/2011 7:14AM

    I can't blame you for the way you feel.

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TYME2BME 6/11/2011 3:51PM

    What a shame, no one wanted to take your things. Our local police officers and ambulances will take stuffed animals. They are always in need.
Our women's shelter here is the same way, only want new. We have plenty of organizations that want used items for auctions, yard sales or rummage sales. Check to see if any organizations in your area are looking for donations.
I can't believe they didn't want the crocheted baby clothes your mother made. Our local hospital takes them. There is so much need now. There must be some organization that wants your things. If all else fails see about having your own yard sale.

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MADYANKEE 6/11/2011 3:09PM

    I had to say something because I have been there but did not give up. I always give my books to my local library, at least they can sell them for $1 and we all win.
Stuffed animals, wash and dry, give them to the local baattered womens shelters, pre school programs, especially those run or backed by the government-they have no money.
Salvation Army always accepts. I also give appliances etc to these same agencies.
I also go to the dollar store and pick up some new hair ties, brushes or something and put them in.
I even recycle plants. Check for churches etc having rummage, yard and garage sales. They will take it including the plants, and they will be cherished.
Please don't let these good things go in the dump.
Sometimes I just put them to the curb and they disappear, like magic. Some people got to know me this way and tell me when they will be in my neighborhood, so I can time it for them. Usually they are out of work and in desperate need. Many have worked with my family but lost their jobs. This way, everyone wins except the landfill people.

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