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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Do you remember the feed or flour sack dresses when you were a emoticon
How pretty they were.
It took about three to make a emoticonnot pretty like this one but we felt so emoticonand proud in our new dress.
You didn't care because all of the girls wore them along with their moms.
Mine were home made either by my mom or by a friends mom who was a good seamstress and a widow and sewed for a living.
I tried one once and although I did wear it it didn't turn out as good as mom's or the other ladies.
THE ONLY TIME I HAD REAL STORE BOUGHT DRESSES was when an aunt of mine would bring her sisters fancy hand me downs to me. Oh I was so proud of them.
I remember one day I got a beautiful pink satin dress. I was so proud and went emoticon (skipping) to school thinking I was the prettiest girl around.
This was something new for me as I thought I was the ugliest girl in school.
Today was different, I had a pink satin dress.
But oh mi, oh my. Mom made our slips of flour or feed sacks also and these were white with a blue stripe running down them. I didn't realize you could see the blue stripes through the delicate fabric.
So happy as a lark I go.
Some boys came up behind me and began teasing me and laughing about my slip with the blue stripes. Remember I always thought I was ugly and no boy would ever like me. (Now I am 82 and feel the same way)
So I began showing my temper and acquired a new nickname which stuck with me throughout high school.
Yes, the lady who you think is perfect let the old carnal nature take over. I had quite a time with that aspect of my life until I became a born again Christian.
But I was so disappointed, thought I was finally pretty and the boys made fun of me. It still brings emoticonto my eyes even as I write this.
I had a husband who was so special and made feel special also. I will never forget that finally I realized someone really did love me.
My this has turned into a confessional. So better turn it off before I go any further.

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MIDORITHOMAS 5/28/2011 11:26AM

    I guess I"ve never heard of a flour sack dress. My parents didn't have any excess money when I was young and mom sewed shirts and dresses all the time. I didn't feel the way you did though. I let the green-eyed monster harbor jealousy in my heart of the girls with store bought dresses. Every penny I made picking strawberries was spent selfishly on the most expensive dresses and shoes I could buy. That meant I would only have a very few. My parents would try to talk me into buying something more economical so that I could have more, but I held my ground. I was little Miss Stubborn. When I was a freshman in high school, I had a strange thing happen to me after physical ed. We, of course, were forced to take those horrible public showers. When I returned to my locker, I could not find my little blue and white gingham dress. I looked everywhere and finally went crying to my phys ed teacher. She just laughed at me. One of my friends decided that this was her opportunity and had put it on and ran off to class. I was forced to put on her clothes. It seems she was jealous of my beautiful handmade dresses that were made by a mother who loved me. She refused to give it back until she had worn it the entire day! My feelings changed about the beautiful gift of my loving mother who gave me the best that she could give me--something you can't buy in the local department store. Thanks for the walk down memory lane. emoticon

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JAMKNITTER 5/3/2011 5:41AM

    I am too young to remember sack feed dresses, though my mom did sew all my dresses when I was in elementary school. Everyone always told me how pretty they were. That made me feel so good.

I was a "pretty" girl when I was young, though now I think I am quite ugly, fat, flabby and winkled. Oh, my. TMI. Jude

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DIDMIS 5/2/2011 10:58PM

    Thanks again to all of you who have posted recently.

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HAPPYMOM8 5/2/2011 10:49PM

    What wonderful memories of our childhood. I don't remember feed bag dresses but I do remember making aprons from them and full gathered skirts. I too remember receiving hand down clothing boxes from an aunt. We used the fabric to sew something new. We kids were poor but never knew it.
Hugs, Pat

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CHATTIEGIRL 5/2/2011 9:29PM

    Hi Irene;

Didn't have sack dresses but I bet my mom did when she was little. Hand me downs had them and I was small and they where big but what do you do, just wear them. In school I would have rather been the "spit firer" than " the wall flower" because I was so shy. Finally grow out of that when I went out on my own at 20 and people started to take advantage of me. Finally said, girl you better stand on your 2 feet and take this world on and I did. Now a days no one would think I was ever shy so that is good. Take care my dear and stay healthy. God bless and watch over you every day. Learn from Spark people each day.


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TUTUNAN 5/1/2011 2:08PM

    Great memories. I used to get a favorite cousins' hand-me-downs..they didn't really suit my figure,but I loved them anyway.

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DIDMIS 4/30/2011 11:12PM

    What beautiful comments all. I love all of my emoticon's and especially those who keep in touch with me and the teams.

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LIZABETT 4/30/2011 10:52PM

    You know, Irene, our parents and elders really did the best they thought for us, even if it wasn't the best! Things are quite different now, aren't they? Well, you have a year on me, but neither of us is old as long as our spirits are young and we never quit learning. Life is beautiful and we have experience and wisdom that comes only with our years. I wouldn't want to go back....ever. None of us will ever be perfect, but we are the apple of God's eye. emoticon

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MOM4407 4/30/2011 10:24PM

    You are a wonderful person and I think you can be proud of being a "Spitfire" I would not want you any other way. The people you have touched in your life because you have the Fire of God inside of you. And you still have that fire.
Love you

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GRACEISENUF 4/30/2011 7:45PM

    My Mom tells stories of her flour sack dresses her Mother would sew. I was teased too as a child and you are correct those memories are very vivid if I try to look back. "Spitfire" just doesn't fit you at all now Miss Irene because after all God makes ALL things new.

Sounds like you had a wonderful husband who treated you with love and respect.

I happen to think you are a very beautiful woman who certainly doesn't look her age!!!!! With a nice figure to boot!


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JANETLP 4/30/2011 6:07PM

    I grew up with similar parents who never complemented or taught me how to look pretty. I was clean and my clothes were clean. My hair (cut by mom) was always short, even when all the other girls had long hair. (Mine was curly and made curlier by Mom's home-given perms!). I also grew up thinking I was ugly and not pretty. And yes, for a young girl - being told you are pretty is important. Dads specially, need to tell their daughters how pretty they are, and make sure they know that he loves and cares for them. If not- they will go looking for that in all the wrong places!
Thanks for the memories!

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DIDMIS 4/30/2011 4:15PM

    Yes, Nellie and we are made in His image but a child doesn't know that. My parents did not want me to grow up vain so never complimented me or if someone else did they knew how to put me down. Sorry to admit that but it is true.

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NELLIEC 4/30/2011 4:01PM

    Ah, those memories that sorta hurt. I think we all have them. Our terrible reactions, sometimes.

But in God's eyes, we are beautiful. We are the bride of Christ!!!

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Now the holidays are so commercialized.
Stores want to make money.
TV has commercials that attract the kids
Parents give in to both and the kids are happy for a little while.
The kids are taught about emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
The chicken wonders why the rabbit laid the eggs.
She is so perplexed.
Even the grown ups leave their emoticonand emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonto eat chocolate.

Remember we were a large family and poor.
We had hard boiled eggs colored with food dye.
And we thought they were the greatest.
Made us skip and jump emoticon
Put a emoticonon our face.
It was just possible we might have had a few jelly beans to divide between us 5 kids.

So that was our easter. It was fun and healthy as we ate the eggs. And we weren't screaming for candy and stuffed rabbits, etc.

Until next time. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
These are the five kids. I was the oldest. Then another baby came along when I was almost grown. emoticon

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DIDMIS 4/30/2011 3:13PM

    Well, everyone is talking of new clothes at Easter. It is possible I had a new dress, I don't know. I know mine were made either by my mom or by the mother of a friend of mine who was a good seamstress and they were made from flour or feed sacks. They were pretty though and most girls wore them.
The only really dressy clothes I had when I was a kid was when an aunt would come and her sister would send me her hand me downs. I was so proud of them. Say this is turning into a blog and I'm not finished. Think I will write a blog.

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YJNANA 4/30/2011 11:25AM

    I remember the Easter clothes, so pretty and sometimes a bonnet.
We didn't have many clothes but that was an outfit we usually got each year.
Coloring Eggs always a joy to do :)
But the special egg of all time and I got 2 one when I was about 8 and one about 10 yr. old
It was a Beautiful egg came in a box so it could be protected you could see the egg thou. You peeked in the end and saw the Cross and decorations inside. I wished I had saved it. It wasn't really edible. But made of sugar.
I loved Sunday School and all the Spring colors and Singing my lungs out :)

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DEELYNNE1 4/29/2011 2:59PM

    My mother used to go overboard with candy on Christmas and Easter, but we always did the egg-coloring too. And we had Peeps - my, but it's been a good while since I've tasted Peeps.
I enjoyed the way you told your story in pictures - and thanks, again, for the memories! Hope you had a good one, again.

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MOM4407 4/29/2011 2:48AM

    I am with you Irene. I service on Good Friday was about a funeral. The pastor spoke about how we have forgotten grief of Easter. We celebrate because we are happy about the new life. Everyone remembers the celebration but so many forget the grief.

The part I remember about Easter is the Sun rise service at church. It was very different than the regular church. The teenagers of the church always did the service. There were guitars, singing and different songs that the usual service. I really looked forward to being a teen so I could participate in the Sun Rise Service. I still like going to that service the best.

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LMMIMI 4/28/2011 6:56PM

    emoticon Memories! I was an only child and there wasn't a lot of money, I always got a new pair of shoes and new dress. I don't remember the candy, but I am sure it was there.

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LIZABETT 4/28/2011 4:26PM

    emoticon blog Irene. You make it so real and alive! It's so long ago, I almost forget about Easter long ago---and we had very little if any candy.
Now we know what Easter really means and can celebrate our Risen Christ and what he did for us. emoticon

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ALICERIEGER 4/28/2011 11:13AM

    I, too, miss the Easter I grew up with. Going to church and showing off our new outfits. Hunting for the eggs. Family dinner.

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THEWINNER33 4/28/2011 12:08AM

    Aren't memories grand? We, too, were poor. Funny thing though, we kids didn't know it.

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CAROLYNVIL 4/27/2011 11:29PM

    my memories of easter,of course coloring eggs. new clothes,shoes,patten leather that hurt my feet. jelly beans,and those marshmellow chickens. if you were a girl easter bonnet.


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MONTY68 4/27/2011 10:58PM

    Hi Irene

I don't remember a whole lot about Easter as a kid but I do remember every year our town sponsored a Easter egg hunt, we had it at a large park and the kids surrounded it and as the fire whistle blew, we charged in looking for the eggs with prizes marked on the, I remember coloring the eggs with my mother and sister the night before, don't remember much about candy, probably were not many varieties of candy. I do remember coloring eggs with my wife and sons, and don't remember what we had in their baskets.
Thank you for your memories, they are special.

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NELLIEC 4/27/2011 9:15PM

    While I was an only child (not by my mother's choice since she had miscarriages), I don't remember too much about the commercial aspects of Easter, but more about the wonderful message of Easter!

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GRACEISENUF 4/27/2011 2:18PM

    It's all about a healthy balance isn't it? I have taught my children what the true meaning of Easter is however it makes me sad when I see Christians on the message boards "tooting their own horns" about how bad bunnies and candy are. As if to "pity" those who don't have what they have found.

Our desire should be to show the love of God and not point fingers and what others are doing wrong all the time. Just like you said you had a few eggs and maybe some jelly beans...I don't find any sin in that.

I just had a hard boiled egg for breakfast.. you are right it put a smile on my face!

I want to share the truth in love. Jesus said, "They will know you belong to me by the love you have for one another". Paul also made sure to tell us not to argue over petty differences.

Thanks for showing there can be a balance and still have the utmost respect for our Savior Jesus Christ. emoticon

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JANETLP 4/27/2011 2:10PM

    Yes, things have changed! I also remember getting a basket of some goodies and the real eggs. We, too, were very blessed. Our main gift for Easter- The new clothes that Mom made for us and new shoes that hurt our feet for days.

God has always blessed us in ways that commercial stuff never can touch!

Thanks for the memories!

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Monday, April 25, 2011

The post flew away. I guess not by itself. I think I delete it instead of posted it.
The Chocolate Demon didn't want me to send this but I AM GOING TO ANYWAY.
JUST DO IT IRENE, JUST DO IT if it takes all day.
It is a victory for you and also for someone else who has an addiction to any kind of food that makes us emoticon
After my very good for me lunch of a green salad and sea food on the top with no dressing I stopped by Walgreen's on my way home to pick up a flier.
Since I was there and feeling chipper decided to do a little shopping so picked up some low calorie soups and a few other good for me things.
Way to go Irene, way to go. emoticon emoticon
Doing good.
Now I proceeded to the checkout.
They had set a trap for chocolate lovers.
Right there by where I was supposed to put my good for me things were bags of Mini Reeses Peanut butter cups. I had heard of those. You can have eleven of them!
I picked up the bag, yes, had it right in my hands, read the nutrition and the number of servings. Oh, oh, the trap tightens. I know I won't eat one serving, I will eat the whole bag. Don't tell me to freeze the rest, I've been told that before. They are good frozen emoticon
And besides I have a microwave.
That chocolate emoticon is fighting hard but I say emoticonand the new me.
I put the bag back down and checked out.
For supper I had one of my cans of low calorie Progresso clam chowder.
It felt much better than carrying the candy out with me.
I weighed this morning, I had lost one pound over the holidays.
emoticonWE CAN DO IT.

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YJNANA 4/28/2011 5:54PM

    What a battle Irene, and you WON, woohoo for you.
I know that feeling. You were so smart to KNOW yourself that well, and what you had to do :)

congrat's Girlfriend, your awesome.

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7PASTORMIKE7 4/26/2011 8:49PM


I am so happy for you !

What a challenge !!

I remember the days when I would eat a couple of bags of those while out on visitations !! I am not doing that anymore ! Praise God !!

Blessings to you my dear sister,
Pastor Mike

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SUNNYWBL 4/26/2011 1:11PM

    Way to go! emoticon

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PATTYKLAVER 4/26/2011 11:55AM

    It's so good to know I'm not the only one that has tried to freeze things thinking I may not eat them as fast only to find that they're delicious frozen! Thanks for sharing.


It's good to know I'm not the only one eating food that I've frozen to keep me from eating it! Thanks for sharing that one and congrats on the weight loss.



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JAMKNITTER 4/26/2011 11:29AM

    emoticonWe Can Do This!!!

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BLPRETTYGIRL1 4/26/2011 10:50AM

    I ate the peanut butter cups. emoticon

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KATHIE_B 4/26/2011 7:43AM

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I know how tempting that can be. Good for you. You win!

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MONGO2TEN 4/26/2011 4:52AM

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Reese's are my favorite and a real weakness for me. I do have some in my freezer, but they are in the bottom of the freezer, very hard to access.


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PAMAPPLE 4/25/2011 10:29PM

    Good for you! I made a mistake and let DD pick up some snacks while I grocery shopped. Now, I am full of doritoes , strawberry shortcake, and nutella and pretzels! However, I did 30 minutes of interval training today!

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HAPPYHELPERJAN 4/25/2011 10:10PM

  way to go and thank you for sharing

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    Irene, I love it.

Reeses were intoduced to me by one of my sons, isnt he nice?

I was in my early 60s and went crazy.

Now, I have to put the brakes on with thise little bits of heaven.

Irene, that is the best way to handle things like this, just do not take them home and then there is no longer any temptation to do damage.

Thanks for a really truthful and great blog.

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THEWINNER33 4/25/2011 5:10PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! That is my drug of choice also. I have been drooling over the TV ad for the minis. They have the regular sise ones at every checkout. Now this week the left overs will be marked down all over the store. WE WILL BE STRONG. Thank you for being my good role model.

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LIZABETT 4/25/2011 4:48PM

    emoticonon the one pound loss! and emoticon on refusing the Reeses peanut butter cups---my very favorite. You did emoticon

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BETHV10 4/25/2011 4:30PM

    Good for you. I was not nearly so good over Easter. The chocolate called to me as well!

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EMMABE1 4/25/2011 3:53PM

    The good feelings that you get from success make the effort so worth while!!
Well done on the weight loss!!

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DADDYS_GIRL6 4/25/2011 3:36PM

    Way to Go, Irene!! I am proud of you!!

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GRACEISENUF 4/25/2011 3:18PM

    You are the best ... sharing your struggles and in turn always encouraging everyone else!

Way to go on saying no to the chocolate. I had a similar thing happen. My husband and I finished hiking and stopped off to buy a small whole wheat Paul Newman's pizza to cook at home for lunch and on the way down one of the isles was chocolate. It was dark chocolate (the kind that is good for you) but I knew I should pass because of the sugar. I came awfully close, lol!

I didn't waiver over the holidays either and was two pounds down this am. Lots of cardio and whole, healthy foods and not alot of bread, empty carbs and sugar.

What a role model you are for all of us.

A big hug for you today!
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TUTUNAN 4/25/2011 1:47PM

    Great choice! Sometimes the right choice is hard to make. You did good.

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KEKEIKO 4/25/2011 1:44PM

    You did very well! WTG on fooling those trappers! They were all cheering when they saw you had the bag of miniatures in your hand. What a disappointment it was for them that you put it back. Congratulations! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JANETLP 4/25/2011 1:14PM

    You did better than I would have! I love Reece's, they are my fave's. Hard for me to resist. I do buy dark (60% or higher cocoa) and freeze them. I can have 3 or 4 per serving, but I allow myself 1. The calories and such are high (about 60 calories each), but I have been able to resist eating the whole bag or even their idea of a serving! Maybe one day I'll be able to resist that Chocolate emoticon, also! Congrats!

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HAPPYMOM8 4/25/2011 12:33PM

    Well they are probably buried somewhere In this Easter basket the kids had waiting for me if you really want to know.
Will keep you posted.

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JILL313 4/25/2011 11:52AM

    You sure did right in putting that candy back--but I doubt if I'd have that much willpower as they are one of my old favorites!! Great Blog and You did an outstanding job of staying strong--Way to Go Dear Friend

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MONTY68 4/25/2011 11:46AM

    Hi Irene

Love your blog and congratulations on passing on the candy. I bought a package of the miniatures. My reason was I made up a Easter basket for my walking partner and put some of them in it . The rest of them (about 30) are sitting here on my table. I love them but so far I have not had one. The nutrition fact s says there are 5 cups in a serving and 220 calories which means 1 cup has 44 calories. I will at some time eat some of them, probably 1 at a time and will track the calories.
My downfall at Easter is the Peeps. I love them. There are 140 calories in 5 peeps or 28 calories per peep. I buy the pack with 15 peeps and at one time would have eaten all 15 at a sitting. This year I have allocated them and never ate more than 3 in any given day. That was 84 calories, all sugar but well within my range.

For the most of my life I would have had all the different candies at Easter time, which in the stores lasts about 6 weeks.
I am proud of you, I know you would have problems controlling the amount you ate and you certainly did the right thing.
Thank you for sharing


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KEEKEE1ST 4/25/2011 11:14AM

    So proud of you Irene. I'm not sure I would have been that strong. I give in to those sweet cravings too often. Koodoo's to you!

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DEELYNNE1 4/25/2011 11:08AM

    Just seeing the words "Reese's Peanut Butter Cups" in your blog title made me stop and read it so I guess you can tell from that what I would have done. Good for you for passing them by! Those merchandisers put candy by the checkout counters for a reason...they know most of us will succumb to temptation. You're an inspiration!

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NEVENKA13 4/25/2011 10:51AM

    Did you feel victorious after that?? Yesterday was Easter and I had saved an almond joy and a reeses peanut butter egg for myself. Normally at easter i would eat about 3. I was very proud to just cut off a fourth of the pb egg and it was good...not as taboo as it used to be. It is hard though when you pass the point of control, I I commend you for your will power!!!

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ALICERIEGER 4/25/2011 10:50AM

    Now there is a great show of will power. Congratulations.

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LMMIMI 4/25/2011 10:48AM

    Wow, I am impressed! emoticon You are a much stronger person that I am. I folded to the sweet emoticon yesterday. emoticon and must pay my dues. emoticon emoticon and lots of it.

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The Green Thing

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Some have enjoyed reminiscing about the good old days. You might like this.

The green Thing

In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that plastic bags werenít good for the environment. The woman apologized to her and explained, ďWe didnít have the green thing back in my day.Ē

Thatís right, they didnít have the green thing in her day. Back then, they returned their milk bottles, Coke bottles and beer bottles to the store.
The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, using the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But they didnít have the green thing back her day.

In her day, they walked up stairs, because they didnít have an escalator in every store and office building. They walked to the grocery store and didnít climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time they had to go two blocks. But sheís right. They didnít have the green thing in her day.

Back then, they washed the babyís diapers because they didnít have the throw-away kind. They dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts Ė wind and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that old lady is right, they didnít have the green thing back in her day.

Back then, they had one TV, or radio, in the house Ė not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a pizza dish, not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen, they blended and stirred by hand because they didnít have electric machines to do everything for you. When they packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, they used wadded
up newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

Back then, they didnít fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. They used a push mower that ran on human power. They exercised by working so they didnít need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But sheís right, they didnít have the green thing back then.

They drank from a fountain when they were thirsty, instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time they had a drink of water. They refilled pens with ink, instead of buying a new pen, and they replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But they didnít have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar and kids rode their bikes to school or rode the school bus, instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. They had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And they didnít need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

But that old lady is right. They didnít have the green thing back in her day.

OMG Ė that was MY day too!

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    Boy, do I rmember those days that we were not green.

I miss them. I still walk where ever I go or take a bus.

I remember all the diapers I washed having 7 children and the pampers came in on the 2 last babies I had and I didnt try them until the very last baby.

I went right back to the washable diapers because the pampers gave him a diaper rash.

I still hang most of my clothes outside because they smell so good and save me money.

My son is the one who has the bike because he hates cars and driving and he does know how to drive but does not want to. He also walks alot.

I remember the bottles we would take back after going through alleys and collecting all we could find for the extra money.

Your blogs bring back memories for me.

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DEELYNNE1 4/25/2011 11:14AM

    I loved this! This is the way I grew up and pretty much how we lived when I was a kid. I just never thought of it as "green"; thanks for the reminder and the fun nostalgia trip.

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THEEXERCISER 4/25/2011 10:17AM

    I like this blog it definitely puts things in perspective!

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DIDMIS 4/21/2011 11:09PM

    Lizabett please read the devotional for today.

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LIZABETT 4/21/2011 10:54PM

    Great blog, Irene, and oh, so true. So many things about the good old days taught us how to appreciate today. Loved the story. emoticon emoticon

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DIDMIS 4/21/2011 10:45PM

    I really appreciate all of your comments. emoticonso much.

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MOM4407 4/21/2011 10:03PM

    The good old green days. Back in the day people sent letters on paper instead of email and blogs. I like your blogs. emoticon

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CAROLYNVIL 4/20/2011 8:02PM

    I remember those days well.

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LMMIMI 4/20/2011 6:02PM

    Shades of the past and they really were not so bad. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GAILRUU 4/20/2011 9:05AM

    My goodness that brings back a lot of memories. I grew up on a farm and everything was from scratch.

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SHASSYSUE2 4/19/2011 11:06PM

    I so loved this blog!! It reminded me of my Grandparents, and their generation. I wish sometimes we could back to those days, it was hard work, but simpler in so many ways.

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JILL313 4/19/2011 10:14PM

    Thank you for the walk back on Memories I had almost forgotten. It's funny how spoiled and used to all these electric gadgets and conveniences almost everyone living here has and we take for granted. In many ways I believe living then was a much Healthier and Happier time. I am glad I grew up when I did . . .



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TUTUNAN 4/19/2011 8:53PM

    Ah, yes, the good old days. I remember them well!

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NELLIEC 4/19/2011 4:39PM

    Definitely my era!

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DIDMIS 4/19/2011 4:36PM

    Hey, all, thank you for commenting on the blog. I knew young and old(er) alike would enjoy it.

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GRACEISENUF 4/19/2011 4:19PM

    The real "good ole green days!"


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NARROWPATH2011 4/19/2011 3:48PM

    Irene, I was too young to remember much of this, but great blog. My biology teacher disliked the term green because when we studied light wavelengths the green light is actually reflected and not absorbed by the chlorophyll in the trees and that is why they are colored green. Thanks for educating me about the past.

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KAYDE53 4/19/2011 3:38PM

    I remember most of this, except the refillable ink pens! But, you're right, it was better for us & the environment!! Thanks for the blast from the past!!

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MONTY68 4/19/2011 3:30PM

    Hi Irene
Gosh, you brought back memories of those days that are gone, but at that time, I never heard of the green thing. How did we ever survive? emoticon

Thank you for sharing

Monty emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WENDYSPARKS 4/19/2011 2:50PM

    I remember those days with my grandmother.


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SUNNYWBL 4/19/2011 2:46PM

    My day, too! emoticon emoticon

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Praise the Lord He moves in wondrous ways His wonders to perform. Many of you have been praying for my friend Sandra Rowden as she was going to have breast surgery. She had her surgery in Houston a couple of days ago and they took only the breast and a few lymph nodes as it had not spread. She is in an assisted living there until she sees the doctor a week after the surgery to get the drainage tube out. Then she hopes to return home.
Some of you have asked about her and WE THANK YOU ALL FOR PRAYING.

Some still ask about Helene. She has been pain free for quite some time now and seems to be geting back to her old self after having 4 surgeries in a few months.

Jan still needs your prayers. When I first came to Mexico I worked with a family who had nine children. Jan's husband was one of the youngest of those children. Then his wife got cancer and they had no insurance. She decided to trust the Lord. Now they have given her a short time to live but she is so upbeat.
They flew to Tijuana Mexico for treatment but I have been unable to contact them. Please continue to pray for this precious lady.

PS. Just got a call from John. He is coming back Tuesday. His wife is staying for a healing meeting and will be back Friday. He said he saw some improvement in her. PLEASE continue to pray for them both.

I appreciate all of my Spark Friends. God bless you.


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WENDYSPARKS 4/19/2011 2:51PM

    I glad Sandra is doing alot better. God Bless.


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JUNEBUG150 4/17/2011 12:24AM

    Irene, thanks so much for the update. Praying for your friends. Hugs, Melody

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DIDMIS 4/16/2011 8:19PM

    Thank you again everyone. If you haven't read on down to a comment I made on here about a friend who adopted a child who is now 16 and about 36 inches long with no arms or legs who has to crawl or roll to get around
And we complain!

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GAILRUU 4/16/2011 6:15PM

    What a good thing you are doing in praying for your friends. I will keep them in my prayers.

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MOM4407 4/16/2011 6:12AM

    You are a good friend. You have enriched many lives and are continuing to touch hearts every day.

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2BEATIT1 4/16/2011 12:10AM

    Thank you Jesus for a good report.

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SUNNYWBL 4/15/2011 11:14PM

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GRAMMAP1 4/15/2011 10:04PM

    You do a good job Irene, caring about your friends. God is pleased I am sure and certainly will answer in the best way because He is holy! emoticon emoticon

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NARROWPATH2011 4/15/2011 8:41PM

    Irene, thanks so much for the update on the people whom I have prayed for. I have wondered how they were doing. I have got bits and pieces in our conversations, but really appreciate you summing it up here. You are a very caring spiritual person.

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HAPPYMOM8 4/15/2011 8:38PM

    Thank you so much for the updates! You are such a blessing to so many, Irene.

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DIDMIS 4/15/2011 4:08PM

    I had lunch with a friend today who adopted a child. The child wasn't supposed to live very long but she is now 16. She I believe has no arms or legs. I have seen her but a long time ago. She is about 3 feet long and has to crawl and roll to get around. My friend is so concerned about her as her childhood friends have gone and the girl feels so alone.

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LIZABETT 4/15/2011 4:03PM

    Irene, You have been such a help and comfort to these people. They are so fortunate to have you for a friend and prayer warrior.
We will send good thoughts and prayers their way. Prayer changes things.

You stay well and take care. emoticon emoticon

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DIDMIS 4/15/2011 3:12PM

    Please see the PS on the blog.
Thank you.

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JILL313 4/15/2011 1:56PM

    Praying for your Dear Friend, God Bless You.

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JANETLP 4/15/2011 12:36PM

    Praying for your friend, Jan. God will bless through the tough times!

Thanks for updating us on the prayer list.

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ALICERIEGER 4/15/2011 12:13PM

    Thanks for the update. I often wonder how my prayers are answered.

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