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Time Flies...

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Here it is July 9th already! I am happy to say all is well with me and Gracie. Upon moving to a downstairs apt in January, I think that helped with turning my page. The apt is set up the same as before so Gracie is happy - but, she doesn't like going outside as she was so use to looking out the window 20 ft. down.

I have close down 'Expressions' upon turning my page in life and I am Ok with that. I still can write, but just need a break from it all. Please visit my webpage at if you want some quiet reading...lots of entries for you to view.

I feel good and still maintaining a weight loss with the Atkins Shakes - it has made a difference since cutting the Carbs for sure! My sugar levels went from 180+ to 118 in the AM on a regular basis, which is so exciting for me. I have struggled for years with up and down readings and many readings over 200. Gee, I had to almost turn 73 (in August) to figure this Diabetic thing out.

I have thought of you all many times and still feel Sparkpeople is a fabulous place to be - hang in there and all your dreams will come true with God's Blessings...

Hugs from Rhoda and Gracie

and so it goes on my side of town...

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CHESAKAT41 7/10/2014 10:47AM

    Thanks Morticia - I don't know if I will be active again, but will check in now and again...Wishing you a blessed day...Hugs

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    It was so good to hear from you. And Gracie. LOL. Sounds like the apartment was a good move. And it sounds like you are doing great. Thanks for the update!! I hope you drop in more.

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Rhoda and Gracie Survived...

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Just a note to let you know I am fine. I had a really bad year of grief and I didn't handle it well. But, I am a fighter and I wouldn't give in to the anxiety.

On top of all this the Daughter who is ill (recovering) and I had a severe falling out at the beginning of September. I really became sick over this - but you know what? It is her loss. I am doing fine and if she does contact me again, I will ask her what part of 'done' doesn't she understand! You know, one just get to the point that enough with attitude is enough.

I know now in the future I will be able to handle things better. God is good and He took care of me. Gracie is recovered with her loss of Max. Very difficult on my little Kitty - but, she is a survivor also. We have turned the page in our lives.

In fact, upon turning my page in life, I have decided not to post pictures or poetry about our beloved animals. I have changed my entries at 'Expressions' to posting only Poetry Forms and their explanations of how the poetry is compiled.

I hope you come visit...

Expressions Poetry Journal

Love from Rhoda and Gracie

and so it goes on my side of town...

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CINDYCHARLENE 11/19/2013 3:47PM

    Rhoda, my dear, I am so sorry for the grief you have experienced this last year, but I am so thankful you are back on top again and that you are here on SP for me to visit.
Hey everyone, Rhoda's Expressions Poetry Journal is really great. I know because I have visited it.
Love, Charlene emoticon

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AWESOMECHELZ 11/9/2013 10:10PM

    Family falling-outs are so painful. I learned that I can't make my parents treat me with respect or well and, like you, I have moved on with my life. I don't hate them. I just don't let them walk all over my feelings anymore. And, you're right - you're and Gracie are survivors. God bless you. emoticon emoticon

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    It was wonderful to hear from you. Thank you so much for checking in. I have missed you. It sounds like you have had a really rough time but are on the mend from it. I could say the same. We are survivors. emoticon

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Rhoda's Update...

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Just a brief update to let you know what is going on...

My daughter is still having testing for her ailments.
My mother pasted away on July 21 - no funeral
or anything, just a cremation. She lived in Reno, NV.
Gracie had difficulty for 6 weeks after Max died,
she is now back to normal for the past 3 weeks.
I suddendly had stress problems and heart issues
of which it seems all is Ok at this point. I requested
a mild tranquilliser to take if needed. Haven't taken
it yet.
My normally beautiful serene life has been really
turned around since November, but it looks like
the paces God put me through are slowly coming
to an conclusion for He promised that He wouldn't
give me more than I could withstand!

and, so it goes on my side of town...

Love from,

PS: Gained a couple of lbs, but lost 7 lbs
this past 2 weeks! Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhh

I am still posting on 'Expressions'

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CINDYCHARLENE 11/19/2013 3:50PM

    You have not only lost physical weight but emotional weight I see. That is great! keep up the good work my sweet friend.
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CHESAKAT41 9/5/2013 11:41AM

    Thank you soooo much for all the lovely comments - I am so much better now, as I told you - God is on my side...Hugs


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TXGRANDMA 9/5/2013 8:00AM

    Hi, Rhoda.........Thought I would read your latest blog. So sorry for all of your recent stressors and losses. Hope that things are better now, that your illnesses and your daughter's are under control....

Glad that Gracie is getting back to normal, I am sure that she is a lot of company for you. Please take care of you......God Bless you! You are right, He won't give us any more than we can handle. He is giving us grace to help us through the rough spots. emoticon emoticon

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HOLLYM48 8/31/2013 8:37PM

    Hi Rhoda
I am so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. May she rest in peach and may you hold her memories close to your heart.
Prayers for your daughter and for you and Gracie to feel better and to heal from all the hard times and sadness in your life.
Know that people care about you and I wish you all the best.
Congrats on losing 7 lbs. That is great! emoticon emoticon

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JACKIE542 8/7/2013 12:04PM

    So sorry Rhoda, sending big emoticon

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CHESAKAT41 8/7/2013 8:21AM

    Thank you again for the comments showing me you care. Life is difficult at times, but I know this is what is to be and with God's love and strength I will endure. With me, my life as I said is very peaceful - so I have taken these events hard. It is getting better for I know I have to take care of myself at this time...
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GABY1948 8/7/2013 7:41AM

    So sorry for the troubles...but this too shall pass! And sorry about your mother...but you are doing well on the weight! emoticon

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AWESOMECHELZ 8/6/2013 8:06PM

    Hi Rhoda! It's so good to hear from you. You have had so much stress. emoticon emoticon My condolences on your mother's death. God bless you with comfort and peace. I hope they soon find out what's wrong with your daughter as well.
Love, Chelsea emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHESAKAT41 8/6/2013 7:35PM

    Thank you for caring - yes, the stress level is better this week and having Gracie back to her normal self has helped me so much. You know how much my Kitties mean to me. She misses Max, but seems now to accept that he is not here. I know God is with me during the last difficult 9 months of emotional heartache...

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    I hope your daughter gets some answers soon.

I am so sorry to hear about your mother. My hubby and I have lost boh of your mothers and his father. It's a really difficult time to go through under the best of circumstance. I hope you are healing well.

I'm glad Gracie is improving. You have certainly been through a lot losing your mom and Max and having your daughter sick too. Your stress is understandable. I hope you are taking care of yourself.

Congratulations on the weight loss! emoticon

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FISHINGLADY66 8/6/2013 10:59AM

    I am so sorry for your sad events lately Rhoda, but as you said God will help you handle all this. This too will pass. Your in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless ((Hugs))

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'Expressions' Lives...

Friday, June 14, 2013


Spark Friends -

Upon re-consideration, I have decided to continue with my website 'Expressions Poetry Journal' - established in 2009. The website will only consist of the posting of poetry and its style format along with an occasional posting of a funny joke or picture.

I have decided to end the posting of animals and my feline friends upon the passing of my Max who was 17. It is time for a turn of the page. I want to thank all who have submitted pictures of their animals, quotes, poetry and info for 'Expressions'.

I hope you continue to visit once in a while for a moment of relaxation and enjoyment. It is my pleasure to bring to you emotions of one's thoughts, along with an introduction as to what poetry is all about by posting the style format underneath the poem.

My heart thanks you again - happy reading...

Rhoda Galgiani
'Expressions' Editor

Expressions Poetry Journal

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CINDYCHARLENE 11/19/2013 3:54PM

    emoticon Looking forward to visiting "Expressions" often. emoticon

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IAMHERE101 6/18/2013 1:15PM

    I miss you!

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    Your poetry is wonderful. I hope you are healing after the loss of Max.

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AWESOMECHELZ 6/15/2013 10:46AM

    Thank you for sharing such beautiful feelings and about your pain. I am sorry...... emoticon I know how special our pets are and I hope your weekend is peaceful and joyous. I am glad we are friends.

Love, Chelsea emoticon

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GABY1948 6/14/2013 8:26AM

    emoticon Have a wonderful weekend!

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FISHINGLADY66 6/14/2013 8:00AM

    Have a Great weekend.

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Good Morning...

Friday, May 24, 2013

Dear Spark Friends -

Just a note to update you...Cheryl is doing just fine and as it turns out, she does not need surgery on her back at the present time. The Bell's Palsy is almost gone with the Steroids and the B12 has improved her immensely. She is under a doctors care and going through tests to see if and where there is nerve damage that is leading to the numbness in her hands and other areas.

Upon the passing of Mr. Max, I will get through it. Actually, I feel a bit better since he is now gone - as it was his time. I have made a decision to stop posting at 'Expressions Poetry Journal. As you know the website was dedicated to the world of poetry and the love of animals. I need to turn the page of my life. I will be developing a new website in the future - subject unknown at this time...

I will not be coming back to SparkPeople at this time as I still need time to clear my head. I am feeling better now that I am not on the computer so much - I want to go back to my writing - for expressions is so much a part of me. My life is normally very calm and quiet (although I am outgoing and outspoken) LOL - so I want to get my life back, ya know?

To all of you - and to others who support me...thank you just isn't enough. When one lives alone outsiders fill the gap - you have done that. I know mentally you are there and the alone feeling is so much less. I will return eventually, I do come and visit and read what is going on here - but until then...

YOU ALL GO GET EM!!! Hang in there and do whatever it takes to make your lifestyle run smoothly. Because you know why??? Because you are #1 and you are worth it!

Love from Rhoda

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FISHINGLADY66 6/14/2013 8:01AM

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AUDISP 5/27/2013 10:54PM

    Thank you for the update, I was wondering how she was doing. Take care.

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JACKIE542 5/26/2013 10:02AM

    Thank you for the update on your daughter. Sometimes we need a break, so take good care and come back very soon. emoticon

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FLORIDASUN 5/26/2013 9:03AM

    Hi there! I came across your page via a friend and now see that you need some 'down' time. I totally get that and agree that sparking can be very time consuming if you allow it. But I also truly believe in the benefit of human interaction and the goodness that it allows our souls and spirits to connect with others who understand our struggles and our hopes and dreams.

I hope that after you have some 'alone' time that you miss your spark~sters and come back. I was excited about making a new friend...but know eventually when the time is right...if it is right.... I'll hear from you.

Hugs, hugs, and MORE hugs!

Bobbi Anne

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IAMHERE101 5/26/2013 2:03AM

    Hi..just to let you know my prayers are with you. I am relieved to hear about your daughter...that must be a huge breath of fresh air.

Please take care of yourself, you are worth it, you know. Keep us posted.
Sending lots of hugs. emoticon

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HOLLYM48 5/25/2013 8:28PM

    Take good care of yourself and enjoy your time writing. We will miss you but I am sure we will see you once in a while. Hugs and best of luck to you.

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AWESOMECHELZ 5/25/2013 2:42PM

    Love you too, Rhoda. Take good care. Love, Chelsea emoticon emoticon

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    I'm glad that things are progressing for your daughter and I hope she finds answers soon to the numbness and tingling. I hope it is something simple to correct.

I hope that you enjoy your time away and that it's a healing time for you as you have suffered a loss and some stress. Be good to yourself and promise us that you will return.

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LGAR519 5/24/2013 2:58PM

    I'll miss you but I understand. Take care of yourself.

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RUNNING-TURTLE 5/24/2013 11:37AM

    We will miss you. Hope you enjoy some more peaceful time. Thinking about you. And you are #1 as well. You are a wonderful person. *HUGS*

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GABY1948 5/24/2013 10:35AM

    Rhoda, I DO understand! I have been backing away from spark so much is counterproductive to me...I am sitting way too long and it does not define me nor is it a proof of my worth! The other day when spark was down some were in "withdrawl" they said...I was totally glad...and decided to hold back even more. I wish you well in all you do!


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