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Stressed out; blizzard for supper

Monday, July 19, 2010

My car is emoticonand I am too. As some of you know I found a dent in my poor emoticon since the neighbor who just rented a townhouse in front of me backed into it on Saturday.
I didn't notice it until Sunday morning after church and knew either someone who had looked at the house or someone from church did it. I had no way of proving it. When I drove up I saw a van in the driveway and looked it over. Nothing was noticeable on the van so I still had no way of knowing who did it.
When my new neighbor saw me drive up her mother came up and confessed. The girl who is young and her husband was out of town seemed to be afraid.
They said their insurance would pay for it. Down here so many people don't even have insurance but they do, praise the Lord.
Then I called the mother's house this morning as the girl is there and both of them either study or teach. So I wondered and still do when it will fit into all of our schedules.
I called my best friend and she didn't have time to talk.
I was so stressed and getting more stressed by the minute. I didn't want to bring my insurance company into it.
My insurance is way too high.
Finally I decided I would call my agent. They said he was on the phone and they wanted to help me. I said I wanted to talk to him personally. They told me he was leaving town in a few minutes. I said I just want to ask him a question.
He said I did the right thing, not to call the police, since they are neighbors. As long as I got the telephone and name. He said my insurance will not go up since the car was unoccupied when it was hit and they backed into me. He said their insurance will probably pay for a rental and if I need further help to call the office. His assistant will help me.
Thanks for listening. When no one else is here for me you guys are.

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CAROLYN0107 7/20/2010 11:04PM

    Irene, when I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and had my appointment with the oncologist I was so mad. The man had no "bedside manors" AT ALL. I guess he's a good surgeon but not good with personal relations. Anyway, on the way home from the appointment, the only thing I could think of was a Wendy's Frosty. I needed to COOL DOWN. The Frosty HELPED! You also needed to COOL DOWN and I think that the Blizzard must have helped. At least you didn't eat a big meal AND the Blizzard. Think of all the Calcium you got! Protein too.As a MILKMAN's Daughter, I think Ice Cream is TOPS! I know you'll not meet goal eating Blizzards though.

I'll now go read your update.


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HAPPYBASKET 7/20/2010 8:08PM

    I haven't been doing very well by my friends. I just got around to read your Blogs. What a stressful day you had. emoticon Yes, I am so sorry. I had somebody at the grocery store turn to quick & rake the side of my van . It just makes our heartr sink, doesn't it? Of course there was no note, There was some blue paint but in a large parking lot lie that, where do you start? I am so glad that they were nice about it & I imagine that those young people were scared.
And do you know what??? I think your idea of a Blizzrd for dinner sounded wonderful. Are they listed in the file for foods. For my B-day I told DH that I wanted to go to DQ & get a banana split & we did & I never enjoyed one so much.
Yes, The Lord does help us & is there for us if we reach out for him. God Bless You

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CAROLYNVIL 7/20/2010 7:26PM

    so sorry you had a rough day,but glad they had insurance.

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DIDMIS 7/20/2010 6:27PM

    At the bottom of the page it says 1 2 3
Go to 2 and scroll down. It might be on page 3 now I don't know. Will check. OOPS it is on page 3.

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MELLIL 7/20/2010 5:45PM

    Oh Irene! It sounds like you have REALLY had a time of it! I'm so glad you got it all worked out with your neighbor AND the insurance company though. That's great!

A Blizzard for dinner... lol! Sometimes a girl just has to do what she HAS to DO!

I have not been around - my mother-in-law was in the hospital the last 4 days and since she can not really communicate for herself I had to stay with her. It has been "trying" at best! But we are back home now, and she is recouperating well! Praise God!

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JBERNARDI536 7/20/2010 4:22PM

    I feel your stress! I am stressed over my husband being ill right now. I hate worrying about things that are not in my control but I keep doing it. I'll tell you what, I'll pray for your stress, and you pray for my stress. emoticon

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LADY_KATHY 7/20/2010 3:33PM

    sorry to hear about your car.. but glad there are honest people in this world.

BTW...No update to be seen.
. .*).*)
(. ♥ Kathy ♥

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STACEYM980 7/20/2010 3:33PM

    Yes we are here for you! Sorry you had a tough day and I hope tomorrow is better!

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LADYLEE13 7/20/2010 3:25PM

    I can't find page 2 either

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SUNSHINEGB 7/20/2010 3:21PM

    Irene, how do I get to page two???

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DIDMIS 7/20/2010 3:07PM

    Sorry, my update is on page two right now and then scroll down to a large write up from me. I should have written another blog naming it part 2 or update.

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LADYLEE13 7/20/2010 12:37PM

    Irene, I read your blog before, but can't seem to find your update on it, about Senior excercises I hope I am not getting srupid again.
Lee emoticon

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MARLIZG 7/20/2010 10:06AM

    i'm happy for you that your neighbor "fessed" up & you'll get your car fixed-a blizzard for supper with a v-8 veggie chaser sounds good to me!

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MOM1014 7/20/2010 9:29AM

    I'd say you came out just fine with honest neighbors. It could have been much worse. A blizzard for supper (especially with your veggie juice starter lol) was a perfect way to end a stressful day. May your days now be stress free.

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HISOWN1 7/20/2010 7:30AM

    Glad to hear that the insurance would take care of it - they usually do

Yummy on the blizzard and if that is all you did to stress eat then OK - you are so close to your goal

I am blogging about my visit to the nutritionist today

Also GLAD YOU WERE NOT in the car when they backed into it!

hang in there God has a wonderful plan for you and He shows His love through you and ALL you do


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JODIRICHARDS 7/20/2010 12:52AM

    Glad things are working out slowly but surely. God sure loves to teach me patience, I wish I could master it so He didn't have to keep giving me refresher lessons. A blizzard sounds great, haven't had one in over a year since they are not available here. Keep looking up!

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MONTY68 7/19/2010 11:00PM

What an update, and the reason all this has happened is you. You were stressed but I felt no anger, You seemed calm in trying to figure out what to do. I feel because of how you handled it , the solution appeared in such a wonderful form. Not only is the car being fixed, you found a senior fitness center that is free and perhaps the answer that will benefit your knees. You are such a kind, loving person that received a gift for that kindness. All things in life has a purpose, it is how we look at it that brings a different result in our life and your car being hit has a great ending for you. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HAPPYMOM8 7/19/2010 10:45PM

    All I can say is YUM

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NELLIEBLUE 7/19/2010 10:42PM

    Great going I would love to have a blizzard especially the new one. Sorry about your car thought.


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BESTSUSIEYET 7/19/2010 9:52PM

    I laughed when I saw the title to this blog -- (not 'cause you are stressed out!!) but because I also had a Blizzard for dinner a few days ago (and didn't even drink V-8 to balance it)!! Sometimes we just make a choice. And 1 less-healthy choice will not undo the many healthy choices, so just keep on with the healthy choices! Glad to hear the car situation is improving, and that God is providing a new place to exercise safely! Rest well tonight!

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SUNSHINEGB 7/19/2010 8:58PM

    I'm so happy to hear it all worked out for you Irene!
And the exercises you'll get with trained people will be super for you!!
All the best dear lady!!

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DIDMIS 7/19/2010 7:35PM

    Thanks girls for reading the adddition on my blog. God is so wonderful I wanted to do exercise and didn't know how to do it with my knees bothering me. My neighbor is so sweet and I hope we can help each other.

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NINALEE35 7/19/2010 7:25PM

    Glad all worked out well. They have a way of doing that -- even if you don't have good results like you did. Thanks for sharing. Nina

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B-N-ME 7/19/2010 7:24PM

    God always has a plan, and always has thing within His control, when we place our faith in Him...Glad everything came together for you...

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DEPAULGIRL09 7/19/2010 7:05PM

    Glad to hear that everything worked out...then again, God always makes sure it does. ;-)

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DIDMIS 7/19/2010 6:32PM

    UPDATE ON MY CAR. I came home around 1:00 and saw my neighbors car in the driveway so I went over and she called her insurance company. She arranged it all on the phone. The car is at a good place a mile down the street. Also the rental car agency is right next door to the body shop so I went to leave the car. Her insurance had called both places already.
I have a car sitting in front of my place again. Hope she doesn't run into it.
One wonderful thing I found out about her. There is a doctor here who opened a place for senior fitness. It costs nothing and medicare is not charged. They teach you to walk, which I need, the bands, and a lot of other things and it is close to where I live. I told her as soon as I get the car problem taken care of I would be going over. It is on Tuesday and Thursday. The reason it came up I asked her if she worked out as she looked like it. emoticon
They will be trained to not hurt my knee and I am excited about it. You kow the Bible says "All things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose.
I wish to thank everyone who commented on my blog about stressed out; blizzard for supper. I believe I answered all of your questions and you were all so supportive.
God bless all of you dear friends.

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LJCANNON 7/19/2010 5:20PM

    I read a SparkBlog last week about eating Ice Cream for Lunch. I myself ate Frozen Yogurt last week for Lunch just because I wanted to. You had a MUCH better reason and at least you ate/drank Veggies with it.
I think you did OK, and I really don't see anything wrong with having an Occasional Ice Cream Meal.

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SUNNYWBL 7/19/2010 4:46PM

    You said your car had a 'dent'. Is it drivable or does it need to be towed? emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LAVENDERLILY 7/19/2010 2:43PM

    Golly Irene,
Enough is enough! Things will get better, and could be so much worse. Praise God, you were not in the car!

Driving home from the mountains yesterday afternoon between Cedar City and St. George, Utah, the traffic came to a standstill. Two lanes of traffic with no place to turn around and 105 degree heat. Finally, after an hour and fifteen minutes of sitting, traffic began to inch ahead and we could see the cause of the miles of backed up cars. A semi truck overturned and a passenger car crushed beyond recognition. I don't see how anyone could have survived such a crash.

Prayers of thanksgiving for your safety, and prayers, Please, for those in that terrible accident. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MNNSAIDE 7/19/2010 12:48PM

    That is what I am about to give into - since I just payed bills and am short - very short....

So I forgive you for having that Blizzard but not for not calling me to join you!!!

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SUNSHINEGB 7/19/2010 12:38PM

    Awww Irene, we're always here to listen! You sure did have a stressful day and on top of that you only had a Blizzard for your night meal! Tsk, tsk, but that ain't all that bad dear lady, I'm just concerned about you getting in your proper food, even when fretting.
You got excellent advice from your agent so go on out there and rent yourself a car, paid for of course by the other folks insurance!!
Today is going to go RIGHT for you!
Love and emoticon

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LADYLEE13 7/19/2010 12:22PM

    Irene, you should be able to get a rental on the other peoples insurance, but it is good to know just in case you can't that your own insurance will take care of it.
When we get up in the morning, we can choose to be Happy or miserable, make today a Happy day. God is with you and so are we.
Love Lee emoticon emoticon

I hope you really enjoyed the Blizzard lol

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DIDMIS 7/19/2010 11:49AM

    MRILEY at least I did have the small blizzard and it is also much much smaller than the Stars Avalanche which I like better. The Stars Avalanche (even the small one) is huge and I get it with peanut butter cups. Yummy.

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BPULLOS 7/19/2010 11:40AM

We all have those days...and be thankful it was just a day. Don't beat yourself up over it...they happen to all of us. We just have to pick ourselves up and dust ourselves off for the next day...it is new and our mind thought will be also.

Love to you friend, Barb

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MRILEY123 7/19/2010 11:19AM

    Oh, dear, those Blizzards are so irresistable! I confess I had two last week. One is OK, just don't eat another one! Take the insurance company up on the offer of a rental -- you pay for it in your premium, you might as well use it. Then you won't have to worry about fitting the car repair into your schedule. Bless you, dear one. Martha

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MONTY68 7/19/2010 11:10AM

    Hi Irene
There are times when you need some support, it doesn't seem to be available. Your weekend with the car problem seemed to left only in your hands. At least , finally you were able to talk to a friendly agent. It will be taken care of, I wonder if you hadn't looked a round and saw the car, if they would have come forward.
I can understand your feelings which in frustration, your choice of foods may not have been the best, but you got through the day.
Today is a new day, you can make better choices and you will. But, you also made a great choice and that was writing this blog. What better place to be with all the friends that will give you the support to get through this.
I had the same experience 3 years ago with my car being hit in the driveway and the driver leaving the scene. It may take a little time but you will get the car fixed.
Meanwhile, we are here and will make sure you are ok.

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Friday, July 16, 2010

As you all know Alex came into the gulf but did not hit us. What did hit us was the Rio Grande River filling up with water and flooding some of the towns on our side of the river.
I called Reynosa twice and they were allright at least in the part where the church is.
About eight miles south from me some of the towns have really flooded with water getting into some of the homes.
Our TOPS leader could not make it to the meeting Thursday night as she lives down that way and could not get out. I hope she is allright.
The pictures in the papers do not look good and some historical landmarks are in danger including an old mission which was built when the valley was first settled.
Please Pray for us down this way. Pray we won't get anymore rain and that where ever the water is coming from it will soon stop.
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LAVENDERLILY 7/19/2010 1:56PM

    Dear Irene,
My prayers and thoughts go out to you and your neighbors. May God keep you safe.
With love,

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DDCLEADER 7/18/2010 7:53AM

    My Brother called me yesterday and said he had been thinking about calling for a couple weeks. He wanted to know if we survived Alex ok. Told him yes now am praying that the Rio Grande stays where it is suppose to be knowing that it had already left its banks and flooded some areas and homes some of the flood ways are in trouble in spots. So than you Irene for putting it out there for all to know.

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FAYE000 7/17/2010 8:28PM

    Thank you for letting us know about the flooding situation.
We had a flood here several years ago.
It was awful.
It did not get our house.
It was very near us.
My sister lives behind our house and it is lower back there.
Water did not get into her house.
The water did get into her utility building.
My husband pumped the water out of her yard and into the ditch in front of our house; but not before millions of tadpoles hatched.
She put 25 gallons of bleach into the water to kill the tadpoles.
We did not work for a few days.
We had to go many extra miles to get to work.
It took 45 minutes to make was is generally a ten minute drive.
The water was so high the bridge over the river was closed.
It was very scary not knowing what was going to happen.
Yes, these people need our prayers and I will be praying.

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HAPPYMOM8 7/17/2010 10:03AM

    Our prayers are for the victims of the flood! We can relate after our flooded basement last year! Pat

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DIDMIS 7/17/2010 9:28AM

    Again thank you for your concern and prayers. Marcie lives not far from the Rio Grande River also as you probably know. We have a whole team of us who live here so we all appreciate your prayers and love.

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CAROL3SAN 7/17/2010 8:47AM

    Gee, the flooding is awful. I'll keep all of you in my prayers. I hope you and your family continue to be safe. emoticon

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SUNSHINEGB 7/17/2010 6:54AM

    Thanks Irene for sharing this with us, otherwise we would not know!
Prayers coming your way.

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CAROLYN0107 7/17/2010 2:14AM

    Irene, I've been getting bad weather news about your area on CNN. I have satellite TV. Whenever I hear of storms or floods or anything on the US-Mexican border, I think and pray.

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DIDMIS 7/17/2010 1:49AM

    You can google Rio Grande Valley Flooding and it will show some. It doesn't show all. Our news paper is also called the Monitor (McAllen). I haven't tried googling that but it might be on there.

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MONTY68 7/17/2010 1:40AM

Thank you for sharing that information, it is sad to see the destruction to life anywhere. One thing that seems not to happen, when the storm goes away, the media for a great many events do not follow up to allow other people the awareness how people are still suffering.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and the area that you live in.

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DIDMIS 7/17/2010 12:42AM

    Thank you Sunny for the prayers. Some of the places that are flooded are inhabited by people with little income.

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SUNNYWBL 7/17/2010 12:40AM

    The prayers are coming that way!

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DIDMIS 7/17/2010 12:27AM

    Ha ha Nellie. It happens to all of us. Who knows what causes it. Yes it is a little close for comfort.

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NELLIEC 7/17/2010 12:25AM

    Sorry, ornery computer.

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NELLIEC 7/17/2010 12:24AM

    I've seen the Rio Grande flood many years ago when I lived in El Paso. Very impressive and scary!

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NELLIEC 7/17/2010 12:24AM

    I've seen the Rio Grande flood many years ago when I lived in El Paso. Very impressive and scary!

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DIDMIS 7/16/2010 11:28PM

    Thanks Marcy. I haven't been over that way but over here some of the towns on the river have been evacuated. Have you seen the Old Mission? They are worrying the water will get it.

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MNNSAIDE 7/16/2010 11:17PM

    Have you seen the pictures going into Mercedes over the bridge - water very high and cars/people stop to snap pictures.
I'll try to post some

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Sunday, July 04, 2010

While in church I have a lot of friends but go home alone. I usually stay after church to pray for people.
One friend on facebook came up to greet me with a brilliant smile. I told her I love her smile and she broke down and cried, something she said she never does. I asked what was the matter and her heart opened up to me and I prayed for her. You know people have problems we never see.
A young couple in the church who I have known before they were married and I used to pray for her while in school that she would pass her tests and who later became a teacher came up to me with their little miracle baby named Samuel. She could have no children but they wanted some. I prayed for her along with others I am sure and God did a miracle giving her a child. When they dedicated the child I stood with her father as the childs grandmother as her mother had died. Today she and her husband brought the baby to me. He will have to have surgery the end of this month on his heart. Poor little thing. I held him and prayed over him and cried as I prayed.
Then there was the man I have known for years who studied at Kingsway and also attended a church I visited when on my itinerary. He has no legs but travels over Latin America in a van especially equipped for him. Today he came to church and he has serious heart problems so I was able to greet him and pray for him along with others. Our pastor has such a heart of compassion
This is a typical Sunday for me after teaching my Spanish Sunday School class.
A wonderful way to spend the 4th. I, no doubt will be up late tonight as I slept several hours this afternoon.
How did you spend your independence day?
What does Independence day mean to you?

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IMAGINGPRO 7/9/2010 9:19AM

    Irene you are a very special lady. You sound like you would give the coat off your back to help anyone. You have a lot of experience to share and I am sure that God has helped and guided you through a lot of them.

I wish you the best and will be uplifted by your words. Please continue your journey without to many bumps in the roads.
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LAVENDERLILY 7/7/2010 8:10PM

    Dear Irene, What can I say? Your compassion and love of your fellow man shines out in all that you do. God must have a special ear for your prayers because they are so sincere and unselfish. Thanks for being you. Nadine

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HAPPYBASKET 7/6/2010 6:50PM

    -I Kept hearing, "What a way to spend the 4th of July" but it didn't matter, at least I was around a lot of people in the same situation. You see, we were all in the Emergency room for various problems. Being in Sun City it was all adults so it was quiet. I was getting my foot x-rayed. After shopping Fri the outside of it hurt quite a bit & then in the afternoon, my DH went to the store & I thought while the car was out of the way & he wasn't home(at 84 I don't want him up a ladder) I would go up the attic laddery & bring down our box fan . Coming down carrying the xtra weight my foot popped & hurt so bad that I sort of hung on tight & hopped down the ladder on the other foot. By Sunday the pain was no better & the foot was swollen & I thought that Mon would probably bring more people in to ER so I decided it was time to get it checked. After 2 hours, the Xrays were inconclusive but it didn't show a break?? ? BUT I should see my Dr. in 1 or 2 days. So between that & sitting with my foot up high & ice on it, I was glad that I had put dinner in the crockpot in the A.M while standing on 1 foot. I spent the time in ER sending out little prayers for those sharing the day with me. The saddest ones are those who are all alone & had a neighbor with them. This is so often the situation out here. So Sad.
I will be fine. It still hurts like sin (my Mom's old expression) but I can get in to see my Dr. tomorrow at 1:30. The Dr's asst. in ER said she thought it was torn ligaments so tomorrow, we will see. I am grateful, it could have been something much worse. emoticon

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JODIRICHARDS 7/6/2010 6:27PM

    Being out of the US the 4th seemed like any other day but independence to me means freedom to choose to be dependent on God not be told my government what I have to believe. As American's we are truly blessed and you are making the most of the blessing by choosing to use it to bless others. True freedom is in Christ alone and as you so excellently model, He is the best power house to tap into. You can always pray for me and I do pray for you. emoticon Blessings!

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DIDMIS 7/6/2010 4:34PM

    SPARKEE I tried to go to your spark page but could not. Maybe you don't have one. I do appreciate your kind words. Everyone is so kind and I appreciate my emoticon's

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CAMEY13 7/6/2010 4:33PM

    My son came over with his wife to cut bushes because dh had fallen of the ladder and had black and blue bruises all over his legs and cuts too. He also had hurt his ribs and back. I made hamburgers and hotdogs for the grandkids and cold cuts for the adults with salad. It was 93, but not too bad in the shade as we all piched in. It was a tiresome day for me going in and out with stuff. My back was hurting and my hips but tomorrow is therapy so hopefully will help relieve some pain.

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SPARKEE 7/6/2010 1:38PM

    Ms. Irene, thank you for your blog and reminding us of the important things. It's not just hamburgers and hotdogs...

God's eyes are upon you, as you spread and shine His Love through your gentle and compassionate spirit. May God bless you!


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MEWAJES 7/6/2010 12:30PM

    You are one special lady who is a blessing to many.

My daughter and family are here from Co. and we spent the weekend with them and son's family. Our 7 grandchildren. Fun!

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SONGOFJOY27 7/5/2010 4:54PM

    Isn't it wonderful serving a God who truly answers prayer? We have hope - an earnest expectation that He will meet our needs.
I spent the weekend with my daughter and her family. Breakfast at one of the local dairy farms on Saturday, church yesterday. We were rained out from the fireworks last night, but that was ok - the kids watched "Free Willie"; my daughter and I had our sewing machines out and worked on dresses for the girls for the Labor Day weekend wedding of my other daughter. They've headed home now, so I'm relaxing and enjoying the day off!

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JEANSHEP2 7/5/2010 3:19PM

    Irene, you are such a blessing to so many. If you had folks at home, you might never get the opportunity to be there for those you have blessed so richly. I was so touched by the stories you shared and know the Lord will bless you for your work.

Thank you for sharing and being an inspiration to the rest of us.


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CAROL3SAN 7/5/2010 1:03PM

    I had a beautiful independence day with my family....brothers, sisters, children, everybody. We met up together at my mom's house. I enjoyed the BBQ ribs and corn on the carb. I left the party a little earlier than usual so I wouldn't be tempted to do too much damage with overeating :)
I set on my patio later that evening and watched a beautiful firework display that was coming from a place very close to my house. I felt like I was part of the crowd :)
Independence Day brings to my memory of the battle our servicemen fought to win our freedom. The price that was paid; the lives that were lost. Today we are not only free, but we are also a rich and powerful country despite the setbacks we endured together as a nation.

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PLAYBLUES22 7/5/2010 10:18AM

    Sweetie you are the best emoticon

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SUNSHINEGB 7/5/2010 8:02AM

    God Bless you Irene, you are one special lady!

I live in Canada as you know, so no celebrations yesterday. We sat indoors with the A/C as it was so hot and humid outdoors but last night we went over to visit my sister and her husband and sat in their back yard to chat. He works hard on his yard and it's a big one and it looks like a luscious park with the dark green grass and beautiful flower beds all along both side and across the back, very enjoyable to sit there and very peaceful!

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MONTY68 7/5/2010 1:35AM

    Hi Irene
what a blessing your church has by you being there. I will admit that I had a few tears when you described what they were going through, they are fortunate to see you.
I spent most of the day here, ate my usual foods. I did go to the gym and got into conversation with 2 different people , gave them the spark website and showed both my after picture and supported their efforts. Both of course brought their ages and I looked at them and asked why age had anything to do with working on them selves. I pointed to man and said he is 89 and look at what he is doing. that gentleman inspires me.
So it was a good day, was able to see fireworks from my condo.
Irene, you are indeed special and the world is a little better from your efforts.

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MNNSAIDE 7/4/2010 10:56PM

    God Bless you Irene for the good person you are.

I went to the late mass (Spanish) - music was good but I did miss singing a Patriotic song as we do at the English masses. We have a visiting priest while ours is on vacation and at a mission retreat.. this priest is newly ordained and so spiritual with a beautiful voice. That was the highlight of my day.

Came home - napped too - so I will be awake

Made supper and ate by myself as my son has been with his friends.

Keeping pets calm with the crackling starting outside - hopefully I will catch a spark or two.

Do love watching the Boston Pops - stood at attention at times as I am a Military Brat and then conducted at other times.

God Bless the USA - Proud to be an AMERICAN! emoticon

Your RGV friend - and looking forward to our lunch this coming week!

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GRACEISENUF 7/4/2010 9:53PM

    I spent a quiet day with my family. Reading your blog made my day!

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HAPPYMOM8 7/4/2010 9:19PM

    We are glad you got to church, Irene, and was a blessing to all those who needed you. We miss getting out to church and seeing every one but that will have to wait .

We are still homebound with our daughter. She is doing great and her therapist agrees. she slept for the second night in a row (in a year) again last night downstairs in her own bed. She gets around on the main floor on her knee scooter but by scooting down the stairs on her butt she managed to get to her bed on one foot with the walker and to the bathroom also.

As for DH and I- I prepared the beef meat( the gift from 2 other daughters) and the veggies for the grill and he grilled them to perfection. No scorched veggies this time and the meat was done but juicy. Also had a tossed green salad made with fresh veggies from Farmers Market yesterday.Friends stopped by yesterday with a berry pie for us so that is what we had for dessert today.

Another daughter and a friend stopped by with a meal of pork BBQ for each of us from their celebration but we put it away for tomorrow.

We listened to and saw fireworks last night from our front yard.
We are deeply grateful for the freedoms we have in this country and the sacrifices made to get it.


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NELLIEC 7/4/2010 9:13PM

    I went to church today, and when I came home, my daughter and I had some "picnic" food, but inside. I will be watching fireworks on TV and trying to calm all my critters from all the fireworks going off in the neighborhood -- including my new feral kitty family of mom and 5 kittens!

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  Im spending it with my family. Were having a big ol bbq...but gotta watch what i eat...lol...

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Saturday, July 03, 2010

A friend of mine is a valued employee at a really neat store and restaurant along with a SPA in my town. She is a walking advertisement of the neat clothing and is quite a lady.
The store she works in decided to open a store at South Padre island on the gulf for the 4th of July. They moved a lot of things to the new store and my friend helped get the store all set up. Four days of work I believe with nights spent at the island.
Then Alex came along and no one knew just what would happen. So guess what? they had to pack everything up and bring it back. Now this week end here they go again as they expect the island to be in full swing for the 4th. Another 4 days and nights on the island for my friend but it is work, work, work.
What a neat place to shop when you reach your goal. Small sizes. emoticon
Beautiful jewlery to make you emoticon and so many beautiful things for your home.
It is a little expensive for my pocket book but I love to have lunch there once in a while just to sit among all the beautiful things.
We deserve to reward ourselves with something special sometimes.

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LAVENDERLILY 7/8/2010 10:41AM

    South Padre Island. this sounds like a place to go on my must see list. Texas has so many places that I would like to visit. Regrettably, I have never had the opportunity to travel in this state. Something to look forward to!

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DIDMIS 7/4/2010 8:29AM

    You who went to Renee's should call me. I live very close to them.

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LADYBUGRUNNER 7/4/2010 12:38AM

    I LOVE Renee's!! I've gone a couple of times to the cute store!

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HAPPYMOM8 7/3/2010 7:39PM

    At least they didn't lose all their valuable stuff! Try and Try again is the name of the game in life. Glad all went well and we wish your friend great success! Pat

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MNNSAIDE 7/3/2010 3:29PM

    Thank Irene - now I remember!!!!!

I once rode a horse with my boss's daughter on the island and dunes - maybe I didn't want to look terrified too much in front of my new boss!

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CAROL3SAN 7/3/2010 3:08PM

    Sounds wonderful. And it is good to reward ourselves with something good from time to time. I will be getting myself a laptop computer when I lose another 20 pounds. I can use the laptop now but I am determined to hold off until I reach that goal I set. emoticon

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DIDMIS 7/3/2010 2:51PM

    Marcy the name of the store is Renee's. My friend who helps a lot there and many other places is Marie Shirley.
South Padre Island is a neat place when there is no hurricane in the area.
Thanks for all of your comments.
Monty it is South Padre Island.
I have seen people riding the horses there and also the umbrellas but I don't do any of that. I mainly, you know what, EAT. I love broiled sea food and I also love to listen to the waves.

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HVMBRU 7/3/2010 2:45PM

    I enjoy being with good company and surrounding myself with beautiful things, too! I can almost feel the atmosphere. . .


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MONTY68 7/3/2010 1:19PM

    Hi Irene
The only way I am familiar with San Padre Island is through you and the news the other night. It is great that they got the opportunity to take their stuff back to the Island. The store sounds like a good place to visit and I am glad that you get the chance to surround yourself with all the beautiful things.
Thanks for sharing with us.

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MELLIL 7/3/2010 12:18PM

    I absolutely LOVE South Padre' Island! My daughter and I spent 11 days there about 4 summers ago --- what a BEAUTIFUL place! We rode horses on the beach... oh, it was just WONDERFUL!!! I would SO love to have a condo there! My niece and her hubby live in San Antonio and go down to South Padre' every summer. Color me GREEN! I'm glad the island was spared -- but sorry your friend had to do all that extra work - TWICE! Oh dear...

Have a great weekend Irene! emoticon emoticon

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MNNSAIDE 7/3/2010 11:41AM

    I heard about that on the news - trying to think of her name - my cousin knows them well - I would like to stop by next time I go to the Island but not for the small sizes!!!

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DIDMIS 7/3/2010 11:19AM

    Lotssss of work for my friend and her employers but nothing like it on the island.

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MRSJERRYBUSH 7/3/2010 11:10AM

    Sounds lovely, Irene.

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HAPPYBASKET 7/3/2010 11:03AM

    You are SO right. We have to like ourselves before much of anything will be a success. So a treat once in awhile is necessary. Just say, "I've enjoyed it & if I work real hard & meet my expectations, it will be time for another treat."
I am trying this approach & so far, I am happy with it.
I'm glad you can enjoy it Irene. emoticon emoticon

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Thursday, July 01, 2010

I was sad to hear that the hurricane hit the town in Mexico where I built two churches and a second story to another one and had ministered there a lot.
I don't know what damage was done as I don't keep in contact with them anymore
Irene emoticon

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DIDMIS 7/3/2010 10:09AM

    Thank you Gloria. I can always count on you being here emoticon

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SUNSHINEGB 7/3/2010 7:54AM

    Read all the comments Irene and happy to see everyone and the churches are okay!

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DIDMIS 7/3/2010 12:14AM

    It didn't rain today, sprinkled just a tiny bit but we sure got a lot when alex came in.

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REDBUD1 7/2/2010 11:41PM

    Glad they are all OK. Texas is still getting drenched from bands of rain, especially on the Texas coast. I'm 200 miles inland we've gotten a bit of rain. emoticon emoticon

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DIDMIS 7/2/2010 11:24AM

    I called Reynosa this morning and found out that everyone was ok and the church was ok also. Praise the Lord.

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CAROLYN0107 7/2/2010 2:04AM

    Since you don't keep contact with them anymore, is there a way that you can find out if they are ok, the churches and the people you know?

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CAROLYNVIL 7/1/2010 11:18PM

    so sad to hear about your churches,I hope they were spared.

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DIDMIS 7/1/2010 10:25PM

    Thank you for your prayers and Nadine I don't know if the churches suffered damage.

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LAVENDERLILY 7/1/2010 10:23PM

    emoticon So sad to hear that the churches suffered damage.

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DADDYS_GIRL6 7/1/2010 6:47PM

    Trusting the Lord to have His will and way with the churches where you formally worked." And we know all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to HIs purpose." Romans 8:28 Doesn't mean life is easy but at least we know we are in His will and "Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee!" Hebrews 13:5

Love and you and they are in my prayers,

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DIDMIS 7/1/2010 5:42PM

    I am not still in touch with them as my work was finished there and I started working in Reynosa. It is a long way down there and they do not have a telephone.

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NELLIEC 7/1/2010 5:40PM

    That is sad! I will be praying.

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GIRLINBRAZIL 7/1/2010 4:21PM

    Hope you hear a good report about the church groups there soon!


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SUNNYWBL 7/1/2010 3:41PM

    Very sad, for sure. How come you are not still in touch with them?

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HVMBRU 7/1/2010 3:08PM

    How sad and devastating! Hopefully, your churches were spared.


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PAMAPPLE 7/1/2010 2:57PM

    Oh, Irene, I hope nothing happened to your churches and the people who live there. I'll put them in my prayers.

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