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Monday, July 26, 2010

Some of you already know this, some do not so am posting it.
MIRACLES DO HAPPEN
On Sunday the 18th of July I walked out of church and saw a dent in the side of car.
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WHO DID IT?
Was it someone from church or was it one of the many people who were looking at the duplex in front of my house. I had no way of knowing.
I thought "Here I go again". Another expense.
Well, I arrived home and the young lady who had rented the duplex for herself and her new husband was waiting with her mother. Now she had not moved in yet as she had lots she wanted to do to get it ready first.
Her mother came across the street and said "My daughter backed out of the driveway and hit your car". Wasn't that hard on her the very day she rented it.
And she had insurance, everything was taken care of on the phone on Monday and I had a rental waiting for me.
NOW WAIT, THE BEST IS YET TO COME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The young lady looked like she worked out so I asked her if she did.
She teaches seniors to exercise where it won't hurt them and it is something started by a doctor. He charges NOTHING!
It is very close to my home.
So tomorrow I plan to go at 9:30 a.m. to try it out. It will be better than the gym as I hurt my knees there and it also cost me $30.00 a month.
So Hip Hip Hooray.
Starting my exercise routine again but by a trained person in senior fitness.
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Irene

  
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DIDMIS 7/29/2010 10:00PM

    Jean that is Romans 8:28 and it also has some more words there if you would like to look it up of course exercise to boot is not in it.
Love you.
Irene

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PAMAPPLE 7/29/2010 4:56PM

    I'm trying to put together references with the bible scriptures, Do you know the reference for the title of your blog, "All things work together for the good of those that love the Lord?"

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AZIMAT 7/29/2010 11:05AM

    God works in mysterious ways, huh? Hope the class works out for you!

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DIDMIS 7/27/2010 11:39PM

    This is what I wrote earlier so I copied and pasted it so you who wrote later about the class can see what I did. I did get a shot in my other knee though so just have four to go to finish the two knees. Also got one in my bottom also. LOL

Shame on me. I didn't go to bed until late and couldn't sleep. I got up late but counting my nap did get in my 8 hours.
I just got up too late to go to the senior exercise class.


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LAVENDERLILY 7/27/2010 7:03PM

    How wonderful! Blessings can come from unexpected places. The senior exercise class sounds like just the thing for you.!

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JODIRICHARDS 7/27/2010 6:46PM

    emoticon What a Mighty God we serve! I love to hear how He takes care of our needs in different and unexpected ways!

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SUNNYWBL 7/27/2010 6:14PM

    More proof that everything happens for a reason! Have a very fit and dollar saving workout!

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HAPPYMOM8 7/27/2010 6:03PM

    We never know where our blessings will come from next. God works in mysterious ways! I can't wait to hear about the exercise class now.
Pat

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DIDMIS 7/27/2010 5:02PM

    Yes it is amazing how God works His wonders to perform.
The movers were in front of my neighbors house today so she was moving in
I always try to witness where ever I go.
God has been so good to me
Irene

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DADDYS_GIRL6 7/27/2010 3:13PM

    What a wonderful blessing! The Lord never allows (or does) something for nothing but always has a great plan! So happy for you ! Can't wait to hear "more of the story"!
Blessings,
Daddy's Girl

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CHARDANU 7/27/2010 12:53PM

    You know what IRENE? I think there's going to be more to this story. We serve a strategic God, and He makes 'this' happen, so 'that' will happen, and 'this person' and 'that person' to come together for His purposes. I believe the Lord will use you to be a blessing to others at this new exercise place - and to influence them to come to the Lord Jesus because they will see Him in you. Hallelujah! Thank you Lord for what you've done!

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PAMAPPLE 7/27/2010 12:20PM

    It's a blessing to read the story again! How awesome that it is an exercise class led by an instructor trained to work with seniors! Hope your knees feel better!

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DIDMIS 7/27/2010 11:23AM

    Shame on me. I didn't go to bed until late and couldn't sleep. I got up late but counting my nap did get in my 8 hours.
I just got up too late to go to the senior exercise class.

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DIDMIS 7/27/2010 11:23AM

    Shame on me. I didn't go to bed until late and couldn't sleep. I got up late but counting my nap did get in my 8 hours.
I just got up too late to go to the senior exercise class.

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SUNSHINEGB 7/27/2010 7:44AM

    Hip Hip Hooray Irene!
Miracles do happen and this one couldn't happen to a nicer, sweeter person. The exercises given by someone trained to do them with seniors is one super idea!
Please be sure to let us know how you liked this today!
Love and hugs coming your way,
Gloria
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MUJU71 7/27/2010 5:53AM

    Great!

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NOTSPEEDY 7/27/2010 12:30AM

    It is amazing how God works. Turning something we think is bad into something that is good for us. Enjoy your workout and your new neighbors.

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CAROLYN0107 7/27/2010 12:06AM

    emoticon Exciting that you found an Exercise program that is FREE.

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MONTY68 7/26/2010 11:30PM

    Irene
With your wonderful attitude and the kindness in your heart has now created the best for you in this exercise, may it be the method that will help your knees.
Enjoy your first day.

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CAROLYNVIL 7/26/2010 11:23PM

    that is great!!

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GRACEISENUF 7/26/2010 10:57PM

    Amazing Story and yes it does show that ALL things work together for good for those who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose! Thanks Miss Irene for writing this blog and sharing this happy ending with all of us!



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DIDMIS 7/26/2010 10:44PM

    The gym membership was without contract and I paid only a month at a time so that was good. I had to pay it myself but the Silver Slippers I had heard others mention was about 10 miles from me so I knew I wouldn't be faithful to go like I was the one close to home. When I started it only cost $20.00 then went up after a few months.
Irene

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YJNANA 7/26/2010 10:38PM

    Hey, Irene, thats SUPER

You will have to keep us posted on how you like it and what she has you doing.
You can always put your Gym membership on hold for a temporary time. That would save you some Money.

Does medicare supplement pay for your gym??
I am hoping when I start it in Jan. that they will let me join the YMCA, because we are getting one 2 miles away finish date is 2013
So in the mean time I could go once a week to the Y and the rest of the time to my little cheap one.
They have a pool :) woohoo.

Hope you like the class and be sure and give it plenty of time to try it out, sometimes classes are good and some are so so.

Hugs

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UPDATE ON STRESSED OUT; ATE A BLIZZARD FOR SUPPER

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

WELL I DECIDED TO JUST WRITE ANOTHER BLOG SO YOU COULD FIND IT EASIER SO HERE IT IS.
THIS IS FOR THOSE WHO DIDN'T FIND THE UPDATE .

UPDATE ON MY CAR. Sunday 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.
A SPECIAL PERK:
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. She gives classes on Tuesday and Thursday. I don't know if they have other teachers and other days or not. The reason it came up I asked her if she worked out as she looked like it.
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.
You have really been here for me. Thank you.
God bless all of you dear friends.
Irene
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THEEXERCISER 7/26/2010 2:07PM

    I was thinking about you today and wanted to stop in and say hello and I hope that you have a great day!!!!

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PAMAPPLE 7/23/2010 9:05AM

    God worked a miracle in the car situation, then finding out about the free exercise class. Hope the exercise class helps you to get your strength back!

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CHARDANU 7/23/2010 6:56AM

    There's a song titled "Look What the Lord Has Done!" You've found a convenient place to exercise and may just come out with a good friend. On the other side, pray and make yourself prepared to be used of the Lord for His glory, because He is going to move through you to influence this neighbor and others that attend the exercise group, for the Kingdom of God.

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GRAMMAP1 7/21/2010 10:23PM

    I am so happy for you, Irene. The steps of a good (lady) are ordered by the Lord. emoticon emoticon

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DIDMIS 7/21/2010 10:09PM

    Yes, the blizzard was tasty. Oh Ice cream is a dream.
Irene

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BLPRETTYGIRL1 7/21/2010 9:31PM

    Hi,

Bet the Blizzard was really tasty? The exercise place sounds wonderful. Could use one in my town. emoticon

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SUNSHINEGB 7/21/2010 6:47AM

    Thank you Irene!
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CAROLYN0107 7/20/2010 11:08PM

    I'm glad that your car is getting fixed and that you have a loner car. It is also really neat that you found out about another fitness place where you can work out.
Sorry it's taken me awhile to get to your blogs. I've been very busy as a new co-leader of the Slowest Loser team.
HUGS.

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HAPPYMOM8 7/20/2010 10:51PM

    Oh i am so excited for you! You have been truly blessed! Pat

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LADYLEE13 7/20/2010 10:47PM

    Irene, Thank you for re-writing this Blog. Well your car mishap turned out to be a Blessing, with Free excecises, thats wonderful.
This is what I call one of Gods miracles, He knows you deserve it, because you are a very special person, and you know he loves you.

May God Bless you always
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SHARON10002 7/20/2010 8:15PM

    Done it myself! Don't beat yourself up for it. emoticon Tomorrow is another day, and you can jump back on the wagon!

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DIDMIS 7/20/2010 7:43PM

    God works in miraculous ways His wonders to perform

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CAROLYNVIL 7/20/2010 7:30PM

    It is strange how things work out. It's great everything worked out so well,and even a place to excerise. I think that's great.

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SALSMITH 7/20/2010 7:04PM

    Irene it is ok to have that Blizzard! Now and then we just have to do what we hat to do. My dhubby and I just got home from an visitation. Our neighbors husband died. On the way home my hubby say we are going to DQ for a blizzard. I said I'd be getting a diet coke.... well I got a small cone instead.... Now tomorrow is another day. I hope this exercise program you are going to look into works for you. Main thing is we just have to keep moving. God is good and ALL THINGS work together for them that Love the Lord! Love you! God bless

Hugs Sallie

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PICKIE98 7/20/2010 6:53PM

    Ice cream is a no-no for dinner??? Hmmm time to re-think my menu for summer again!!

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CHARHUNT1 7/20/2010 6:49PM

    Irene: You've sure been through it. AND I think the Blizzard was probably just what the doctor ordered for such a time as this. I hope you didn't feel guilty after-wards because that would just spoil the whole thing. :)
Hopefully you'll get your car fixed soon.. and the exercise place sounds just great too.
So, all is not lost. Hang in there, my friend.
Hugs,
Char



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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.
BUT AFTER EATING THAT HORRIBLE CHINESE MEAL YESTERDAY I DIDN'T WANT ANYTHING EXCEPT A BLIZZARD FOR SUPPER AND THAT IS WHAT I HAD. I DID DRINK A GLASS OF V8 JUICE TO GET A VEGGIE THOUGH.
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.

HUGS.



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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.
Irene

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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.
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(. ♥ 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.
Irene

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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.
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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.
Hugs,
Lee

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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

Laura

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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

    Irene,
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
Pat

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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.
Irene

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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
Nadine

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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!
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Gloria

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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.
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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

    Irene,
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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Floods

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,
Nadine

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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

    Irene
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.
Irene

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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

    Ditto!

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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.
Irene

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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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HOW DID WE SPEND OUR INDEPENDENCE DAY?

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.

Hugs,
Jean

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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.

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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.

Pat

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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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SHAWNASHEPARD 7/4/2010 8:53PM

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

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