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Saturday, February 11, 2012


"An inspiration for getting it done, with all the human spirit you can muster, and a smile to crack the gates of Heaven open." This was posted by George Takei on Facebook February 4th.
The photo pretty much says it all, however. I may have to print it and put it up in my house where I can see it when I don't feel like exercising....

  
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2012ISNOW 4/15/2012 1:49PM

    The picture captured it all ... WOW!

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1BEACHWALKER 3/21/2012 1:32AM

    I really think it hits home doesn't it?! And he is feeling that runners high, I bet! Look at that smile! emoticon emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 2/11/2012 11:53AM

    Perfect !

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MONTREAL12 2/11/2012 10:46AM

  What a great inspiration! Thanks for the post! emoticon emoticon

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Getting rid of Stuff!

Sunday, January 01, 2012

A couple of weeks ago, my friend and I had a garage sale. (Much better weather for it in Florida than in the summer). He thought I was pricing stuff too high, my response was" I can always take less". I had several items that were brand-new never used, and I thought I should be able to get at least 40-50% of the price I paid for them.
Well, to make a long story short, I let some things go for way less than I thought I would. I was very concerned about the 'value' of some of those things. It finally dawned on me that the actual value, to me, was : zip, nada, nothing; because I didn't want them! So, I got rid of a lot of things that were just in my way, made a little money, and made space in my friends garage. The garage sale became a spring board to some other positive things, however. I decided that a local organization that helps victims of domestic violence should get the garage sale leftovers for their thrift shop. They were also asking for donations of 'new ' things, for Christmas presents, and I discovered a lot of new things that, again, had been hanging in my closet waiting for me to get thinner, or had been stuffed in the back of the closet, waiting for whenever I might get around to needing them. But I realized that for someone who may have left their home with nothing but their children and the clothes on their backs, they might be something wonderful!
They say that it's a good thing to get rid of stuff, sometimes, to make room for something new to come into your life. This brings me to the subject of the intangible, or emotional 'stuff' in our lives. For instance, my mother-in-law, who was a wonderful woman in general, didn't speak to her brother for years and years, because when he got divorced, his ex kept the house, and he left 'family stuff' in the house, like pieces of furniture kind of stuff. To my knowledge, that rift was never healed. She gave up most of an adults lifetime's worth of a relationship with her brother, because of 'stuff'. I find that really truly sad.
So, do you have a relationship on the skids because of 'stuff'? Let go of whatever he said/she said, just let it go. If they meant to hurt you with it when they said it, rest assured they've probably forgotten it a long time ago; and if they are that kind of person, they would be delighted to find out they are still hurting you with it. Just let it go, forgive them. Maybe they didn't mean to hurt you, but you've been suffering over a chance remark forever. Just get rid of this 'stuff'. Forgive them, and move on! Allow something wonderful to come into your life to replace festering hurt. You deserve better! Don't let stuff control your life.

  
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1BEACHWALKER 1/29/2012 12:35AM

    Great thought provoking blog! Good idea about the Domestic Violence thrift shop-will have to see if one is in our area. I have been going through stuff myself at home and like to donate my clothing sometimes.
Good to have you blogging again. Saw you on my friend feed too-thanks for liking! Hope to see you at SP a little more! emoticon emoticon

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MIRAGE727 1/2/2012 9:39PM

    Outstanding post! I can see good karma in your future!
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Thanks for sharing and have a fabulous 2012.
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STUCKER28 1/2/2012 9:28AM

    Great post! It's never too late to make things right between people you care about. Thank you for reminding me of a situation with my best friend that had us apart for over 15 years. We have reconnected for the past 3 years and it has been wonderful and I am so blessed that we are back in each others life.

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Life immediately after hip replacement.....baby steps and small victories.

Monday, July 18, 2011

It's hard to believe it's been a week since my hip replacement surgery.Dr. Stolarski says it went well, but he had a little trouble; apparently my right hip joint was kind of defective from birth. He sent me a bouquet of a half dozen yellow and white roses the day after surgery. How cool is that?
The original plan was for me to get up the day of surgery, but due to a distressing tendency for my blood pressure to drop to the basement, this was not possible. (There is a long and technical term for this, but I have no clue what it is. Apparently it's fairly common after surgery/anesthesia, although I've never experienced it before. So, first goal: to be able to at least sit up so I never again have to use the new not improved bedpan, which looks pretty much like a dustpan with no handle. I think the old version made more sense! Tuesday, they got me out of bed again, and I actually walked a couple of steps before the blood pressure took a dive again! At least later in the day I was able to get out of bed and take a couple of steps with the walker to the commode chair! Next goal: walking, and the bathroom! lol
Doc came in Wednesday morning and said I could go home, until he found out I actaully hadn't walked at all yet. So, several trips down the hall with the physical therapist were in order.
I had an anterior approach surgery, which means I have a 4-6 inch incision in the front of my thigh. No muscles were cut, so I have less restrictions than people who have the posterior approach surgery. That whole bending past 90 isn't much of an issue.
I came home Thursday afternoon, saw the PT Friday morning, and home hursing visit in the afternoon. Right now, PT is 2x a week. We added a couple of excercises today, which I hope will be easier as time goes on.
My follow up appointment is next Tuesday, when hopefully I'll get my staples out, and maybe permission to drive.
I'm trying to do my excercises 3 times a day, and walk with the walker as much as I can. Still trying to figure out how to do things/ carry things with the walker.
My surgeon says that compared to knee replacements, hips are a piece of cake. At least maybe that's the case with his type of hip surgery.
My help went home last night, so it's just me and my walker here. lol
I would be glad to answer any questions anybody has about this procedure. I certainly have no regrets going and hour or so south to find the surgeon and have surgery done at Sarasota Memorial.

  
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MIRAGE727 7/19/2011 8:35AM

    SO glad you came out well and are over the trauma of being in the hospital. I know being home is already good medicine. Pace yourself. Don't sign up for Dancing with the Stars yet. Be a good girl with your PT. Stay positive. All the best on a safe and quick recovery!
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1BEACHWALKER 7/18/2011 10:14PM

    I am glad all is going well with you! For some reason I thought you were having a knee replacement! I think I got you confused with another sparkfriend, sorry about that! One day I will have to have both knees replaced and I totally dread it! I hate hospitals! Although the Dr. I have is one of the best in the country and has done many surgeries and glowing reports from his operated on patients. I just am scared and really can't afford the expense, even with insurance, the co-pays, deductibles are ridiculous-as you probably know! Be careful, take it slow and am hoping you have a speedy recovery! Please keep us posted. I meant to tell you that I cannot believe you have 9 grandkids- you look so young in your photos!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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And the countdown begins

Monday, July 04, 2011

So, as it stands now, a week from now, the 11th, I will be having hip replacement surgery. I am busily trying to rearrange my house so that I can get around in it with a walker. I'm hoping for a very short time, then I can graduate to a cane! lol
Doc says I should be out of the hospital in a day, driving in 3 weeks. I think it will be at least 4 weeks after the surgery before I can get back to doing much exercise. I'm looking forward to just being able to walk the dog!

  
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CORKYTHEMOM 7/11/2011 2:00PM

    I'm embracing you with lots of healing thoughts and hugs throughout your hip replacement surgery and recovery.


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1BEACHWALKER 7/7/2011 8:23PM

    So happy for you! Best wishes and a speedy recovery! Keep us updated when you can! emoticon

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MIRAGE727 7/5/2011 10:36PM

    Wishing you the best. Just make sure you give yourself time to heal. You will be back! Thanks for sharing and continue to let us know how you are doing during your recovery. You are not alone.
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LINDA! 7/5/2011 6:56PM

    Best wishes for your surgery!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 7/4/2011 11:40PM

    Another of my spark friends just had that surgery, her nae is DUMBELLE. Best of luck, and I know you will be back on your feet soon!

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My new favorite quote!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

"If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading." -Lao Tzu

  
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X-GIRRRL 6/26/2011 11:15AM

    Nice! My change of direction is taking me to Skinnytown - hope I don't get derailed!

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NCPANFAN 6/24/2011 12:47PM

    Great one...

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4MEONLY1960 6/24/2011 12:46PM

    I love this!!!Thank you for sharing!

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SUSIEGKORN 6/24/2011 9:09AM

    Perfect motivator!

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1BEACHWALKER 6/24/2011 5:12AM

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MIRAGE727 6/23/2011 10:19PM

    I've always liked that quote. My fave by Lao Tzu is, "At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want." I used that to obtain my goal here on SP!

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HEALTHYBARB1 6/23/2011 12:37PM

    Great quote and definite wisdom for life! Barb

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 6/23/2011 12:29PM

    I love it too!

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DENNETJ 6/23/2011 11:09AM

    I love it!

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