DIDMIS   196,950
150,000-199,999 SparkPoints
DIDMIS's Recent Blog Entries


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Don't let anyone walk through your mind with dirty feet." Great advice!

This was sent to me and I hope Mary doesn't mind me posting it here on this blog. I love it.


Chris from one of the teams I belong to was here to visit from Monday till today. He just left. He has done a great job of losing weight. The first thing I said to him when I saw him was "You are skinny". I hope a compliment for a person who weighed 300 pounds before starting a healty lifestyle with very healthy eating and lots of exercise.

He called me his mom number 2. I think I have been able to help him in a number of ways throughout our friendship and this is my desire and my calling. To help people. After all I am a missionary.

There was no way I could even tempt him to eat unhealthy and of course didn't want to as he has done so well. If he can do it


Last night we met with two other ladies from CHANGE IS GOOD and we three also belong to THE RGV TEAM and also belong to the same TOPS chapter.
So Chris, Marcy, Becky and I had a wonderful visit. Becky has already posted pictures on some teams. I don't know how to find them or would post them here. I'm not good with pictures. I just can't find them. LOL

We had such a good time and spent a lot of emoticonLaughing, talking, eating, taking pictures, etc.

So Chris is gone now and I will continue with my healthy lifestyle and he with his. He will call later to let me know he arrived safe

Becky already tattle taled on at least one team saying "I can't believe Irene ate a whole pizza". This is a place where I love their pizzas but had not had one in years. Becky forgot (?) to say it was a small pizza with very thin crust and was shrimp and garlic. Yummy. I am still under my goal weight. My friends can't believe I live almost completely on seafood. We did go to Chick-fi-la at noon though and had the grilled chicken with water. I ate half of the bread. Chris had a small fruit cup and all of the bread which of course he needed.

So this is what I have been doing in the past few days. Take care and see you soon.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

THEWINNER33 5/27/2011 4:57PM

    Sounds like a wonderful visit. I know I would enjoy that pizza. I do love seafood, but must go easy on shrimp due to gout. Have a great weekend. Hugs, Marcia

Report Inappropriate Comment
DIDMIS 5/27/2011 4:40PM

    Sunny and one other person asked why I eat mainly seafood. I do eat other meats but my favorite is seafood.
I eat seafood because I love it.
I eat seafood because it is usualy lower in calories than other meats.
I eat Salmom because it is filling and helps you to lose weight.
(not canned though, too much sodium)

Comment edited on: 5/27/2011 5:03:04 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
SUNNYWBL 5/27/2011 2:58PM

    OK, Irene, fess up and tell us why you eat mostly seafood! emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
HAPPYMOM8 5/26/2011 10:06AM

    What a fun blog! So glad you had such an enjoyable time with Chris and your other friends too! You are ALL to be commended for your remarkable progress.
Thank you for posting.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LAVENDERLILY 5/20/2011 4:18PM

    Thanks, Irene, for sharing!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LIZABETT 5/20/2011 3:25PM

    Enjoyed your blog, Irene. It's wonderful to share good times with friends. emoticon Last night was our TOPS meeting. Seems I am just under a pound to reach KOPS. I'm still just emoticon along. But I know it is best to do it that way, and after all, I'm not in any big hurry.

You are doing wonderful and such a good emoticon You take care and have a emoticon weekend. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MONTY68 5/19/2011 10:59PM

    Hi Irene
I love this blog. It was so nice with your this and that, to share the time you spent with your Spark friends. Even got to know some things about them.
Thank you so much for sharing and I will say that you have helped so many people.

Monty emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
HAGIN2010 5/19/2011 10:57PM


I don't know if I can be objective with this blog because you gave me so many compliments in it. emoticonI really enjoyed our time together and my time with Becky and Marcy last night. It brought a tear to my eye when I had to leave today. God has blessed me so much by letting me meet you.


Report Inappropriate Comment
JILL313 5/19/2011 9:55PM

    It's great that you have Spark friends that you get together with as I've never personally meet any of mine. I'm so glad you all had a good time together and know you will do that again! Why do you only eat seafood?? I like seafood but like a variety of protein sources. Well, obviously it's working well for you and I congratulate you on being under your goal weight!

emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment


Report Inappropriate Comment
LMMIMI 5/19/2011 5:25PM

    Loved your This and That. Sounds as if you had a great time with your friends, but happy to have you back.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CAROLYNVIL 5/19/2011 4:06PM

    I am glad you had a good time with your friends.

Report Inappropriate Comment
THEEXERCISER 5/19/2011 3:42PM

    Hello Irene,

I am so happy to hear that you had a good time with your friends!

Report Inappropriate Comment


Saturday, May 14, 2011

This morning I got up, turned on my computer as usual at the power strip and the computer came on also. It never does that. I have to manually turn on the computer.
I tried to turn the computer off but it would not turn off unless I turned the power strip off.
All I got on my monitor was black, nothing, nil,
I tried punching buttons, nothing.
I didn't try hitting it or throwing it out of the window. Nothing that drastic.
So I decided to leave it alone all by its little self if that is what it wanted and went to my laptop.
Laptop worked fine so everything seemed to be connected alright.
So why a black monitor.
I have a friend who used to be a computer tec before starting his own home health care business so I called him.
Couldn't get him all day as his mom has been ill, his wife just got back from a month in Colombia which is her original home country and where most of her family lives. He had to take care of the two boys, his business and his mother who was in the hospital and was always faithful to be in church on Sunday morning tooting his horn. He plays a trumpet.
After finally getting him and explaining everything he thought my monitor was turned off. I don't even know where you turn the monitor on or off or at least I didn't. Well I find this little round circle with it looked liked a line marking midnight in it and pushed that while talking to him and the light came on.
It said my computer would not start so I had to click on something so they could fix it. And fix it they did. Now here I am on my PC.
I think my computer gets sick more than I do.
Computers are a lot like men. You can't live without them sometimes and then sometimes you can't live with them.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:


    Glad it got all figured out.:)

Report Inappropriate Comment
JENNY712 5/17/2011 7:04PM

    Dear Friend, Thank you for sharing a good computer story! I have had that kind of trouble with my computer too and we are so thankful our Son was able to help us out. I am glad your computer is back in business. God bless you! Jenny emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CAROLYNVIL 5/15/2011 10:02PM

    my DH comes into the room and says "who are you talking to?" I say " my computer it's giving me problems again " he shakes his head and leaves. But now he has his lap top and I ask him "who are you talking to" he says "my computer". they ( computers)definitely can give you problems at times. glad yours is working again.

Report Inappropriate Comment
HAPPYMOM8 5/15/2011 6:23PM

    I could really relate to your computer tech knowledge! So funny but it turned out all right so that is what matters in the end. We would sure miss you if you didn't have a working relationship with your computer!!!
Hugs, Pat emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LKWQUILTER 5/15/2011 1:29PM

    I think you could flip a coin on who was the most maddening--computer vs man. Hate to admit that man would probably lose. You can just unplug the computer but not the man. lol Glad your computer is up and running again.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CAROLYN0107 5/15/2011 9:52AM

    I'm glad your computer is working!!! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
PATTYKLAVER 5/15/2011 9:10AM

    I definitely agree with you on comparing computers to men. At least we can get away with strangling the computers!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JUNEBUG150 5/14/2011 11:49PM

    Irene, that was so funny but I'm glad you got your pc up and running. :)

Report Inappropriate Comment
LIZABETT 5/14/2011 11:22PM

    emoticon Irene. The thing is, you can't emoticon emoticon a computer. And you can't pitch your guy out the window!

Oh well, life is sometimes confusing..... emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MOM4407 5/14/2011 9:49PM

    Last week we were without the internet at work for 3days. I had to show the kids how to do research using encyclopedias yes books. They called it old school.
Friday I went to the doctor and the lights went out. The doctor could not access my medical records. I am glad he believed me and gave me medicine I normal take when I have a head cold.

How could I live without computers. Old school we would write letters.

Report Inappropriate Comment
NELLIEC 5/14/2011 9:30PM

    Well, I like to have my computer to stay in touch with family and friends (including my sons). So yes, I have both computer and men in my life!

But computers can definitely be ornery at times!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JERIBERI1 5/14/2011 9:27PM

    So glad you're up and running. I've often thought of just pitching mine out the window.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MNNSAIDE 5/14/2011 8:01PM

    Computer? Good!

Men? Without them sometimes you say? lol

Report Inappropriate Comment
GRACEISENUF 5/14/2011 8:00PM


Report Inappropriate Comment


Thursday, May 05, 2011

Even though I am going to the eye doctor today and my internist next week I would like to know if any of you have had any experience with the following.

I have scaly ears, dry nostrils, dry skin, dry patches on my skin and now I awake and my eyes are stuck together. It takes awhile to get them unglued and then a while longer for them to quit hurting. Sometimes they are red and watering.
Have you had this problem?
What did you do for it?

I think part of it might be my diet low in fat and maybe I should use olive oil every day. I will see what the doctors say but would really like to know if you had this problem while dieting.


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MARLIZG 5/12/2011 12:45PM

    wish i could help but i haven't had this

Report Inappropriate Comment
DIDMIS 5/9/2011 7:06PM

    Well, saw my eye doctor the other day and the lubricant is working for the eyes.
Saw my internist today and he said it is OLD AGE. He knows better than to call me old. He said, "How old are you" and said I am doing extremely well for my age. woo hoo

Report Inappropriate Comment
SPARKEE 5/9/2011 3:48PM

    Hi Irene, My disclaimer: I'm not a health professional, but sounds to me as though you may have something going on with your autoimmune system - could be as simple as an allergy.

The itchy, gluey eyes you describe are disconcerting. IF YOUR DOCTOR IS AGREEABLE, then you might try taking a Benedryl (or take a Tylenol PM - it's actually the same medication, only with a bit of Tylenol). Take the recommended dose at night, before bedtime, to see if the next morning your eyes are cleared up.

The dry nostrils /dry skin may be climate related, and the scaly ears might be dermatitis. An over the counter hydrocortisone cream like Cortaid might help.

While you're at the docs, have them check your blood for your thyroid levels. :)

Sending blessings to you ~Precious and Beautiful Irene!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ANIHAKA 5/9/2011 1:14AM

    Hi Irene
You are what you eat is title of a book I have. So yes I reckon having olive oil in salad dressings is useful for skin.
Is the water hard where you are? That can dry the skin.


Report Inappropriate Comment
LADYLEE13 5/8/2011 1:53PM

    Hi Irene, I hadn't read your Blog and didn't realise you had all these problems, I am sorry.
But I am glad you have seen the Doctor and are now dealing with them.
I get Dry skin, but I thought that was due to the air in Wisconsin. When we lived in Texas, and with all that humidity, my skin was never dry, in fact it kept it pretty nice. So that is one reason I am looking forward to returning there.
I hope you are having a good day
Love Lee

Report Inappropriate Comment
2BEATIT1 5/8/2011 1:50AM

    Hi Irene,
Glad you got relief for your eyes. I also get dry eyes but not the skin problems. I quite often you Systain drops for the eye.
Continue to get better.

Report Inappropriate Comment
THEWINNER33 5/7/2011 7:13PM

    I have many of those symptoms and believwe them to come from low thyroid. I am happy to see you saw a doctor and have your own diagnosis. I am seeing my doctor Tuesday for the thyroid problem.

Report Inappropriate Comment
REDTAG 5/7/2011 9:23AM

    Glad the doctor was able to help! It seems to me that dry eye is a fairly common occurrence as we age. I have the same problem, and occasionally use medicine at night.

Report Inappropriate Comment
YJNANA 5/6/2011 12:52PM

    They do have special eye drops for dry eye, Dan has it too.

Are you a good water drinker??
Polly would tell you to drink Distilled Water too.

Sometimes Thyroid causes Dry skin.
Just saw your comments, he did give you something for your eyes.

Hot water, compresses on the eyes is helpful, my neice has to do that

she has to do it 3 times a day.

Comment edited on: 5/6/2011 12:54:37 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
DADDYS_GIRL6 5/6/2011 11:31AM

    Glad you got to see the Dr. and he at least helped with your eyes. That is a miserable problem. My parents saw a Geriatric Dr (for seniors). He told both of my parents to use Cetaphil which is a lotion for dry skin. It can be purchased at many drug stores and Walmart. It is a bit more than other lotions in price but works wonderfully. It is applied right after a shower and helps take some of that moisture deeper into the skin. Dad's scaley legs got tremendously better. He was a diabetic so we worried about the dry skin as it made him itch and we didn't want scratches that wouldn't heal.

Hope you are feeling much better.

I will be praying as the Great Physician knows all about it and how to fix it too!! :)

Report Inappropriate Comment
DIDMIS 5/6/2011 10:14AM

    Ok this is the day after seeing the eye doctor. If you didn't see it you might want to see my comment below right after seeing him.
I used the ointment he gave me inside the eye lids last night and voila I woke up with no sticky eyes. Proceeded to the BR and put a hot wet wash clothes on my eyes to remove the gunk
Doing fine in that aspect.
Again I say thanks to all for your comments on my blog and will probably read some of them over and over.
emoticon emoticon's. We are always here for one another no matter what.

Comment edited on: 5/6/2011 10:16:47 AM

Report Inappropriate Comment
SUNNYWBL 5/6/2011 12:59AM

    It sounds like you have three different things going on. I kind of doubt that these symptoms are caused by what you are or are not eating. My opinion. Have you gotten a sunburn lately that is causing the dry and flaky skin?

1. Dry eyes might be caused by a condition called , 'dry eye' Sticking your lashes together might be due to an eye lash infection.

2. Some times medications can cause dry nostrils and dry mouth. Or perhaps the humidity is to low and sucking moisture from your body.

3. The scaly skin could be eczema, and may be contact dermatitis.
I have a similar condition . My dermatologist recommended Amlactin, which is a lotion. It works miracles and smooths your skin. I have friends that have used it also. We all amazed how well it works..!

Comment edited on: 5/6/2011 1:16:28 AM

Report Inappropriate Comment
MOM4407 5/5/2011 10:17PM

    I am glad you made it home safe and sound.

Report Inappropriate Comment
DIDMIS 5/5/2011 9:28PM

    As you who posted later you will see I commented on my blog and what the doc said. Thanks everyone and a lot of your comments really helped me. I will take them into consideration.

Report Inappropriate Comment

    I had this problem as a young person before my teen years. I woke up every morning with my eyes stuck shut,. I also had dry patches called eczema. It sounds exactly like what happened to me. I grew out of my allergies, those allergies anyway, and got new ones. emoticon
When I got married and had children, my oldest son had the same symptoms. It helped him a lot when we did elimination allergy tests. When he stayed away from the foods to which he was allergic, he was fine, but he was allergic to so much it was hard. Thankfully he outgrew his food allergies at puberty, but like me became allergic to mold and other things.
Those allergies give me breathing problems when I exercise, but don't glue my eyes shut anymore.
Something that has helped me so much is homeopathic allergy meds found in most health and natural food stores. They work well with no side effects.
I am praying that you find a good solution.
By HIS grace,
Ruthie emoticon emoticon

P/S I also try to make sure make sure I use at least 2 Tablespoons of organic extra virgin olive oil and/or 2 Tablespoons of unrefined organic extra virgin coconut oil. This helps dry skin a lot...I also drink lots of distilled water.
I use the coconut oil in baking, and the olive oil in salads and for dipping oil for whole grain breads.

Comment edited on: 5/5/2011 9:28:13 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
JANETLP 5/5/2011 8:02PM

    Yes, I have dry skin and dry nostrils. I use a daily and sometimes 2x daily nasal spray. Lots of lotion!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JAMKNITTER 5/5/2011 7:17PM

    Made me think about my unusually dry skin at age 51. My eyes are ok so far, but mom puts tear drops in her eyes because her eyes are so dry. Hope the DR's advise helps!

Love hearing from you.

God Bless!


Report Inappropriate Comment
NELLIEC 5/5/2011 6:36PM

    I have dry eyes and a somewhat dry mouth. Since you drink water, I am thinking that is OK.

I use olive oil for most of my added fats. At night, I rub a tiny, tiny amount of baby oil around my eyes before putting in the Restasis drops (for dry eye problems). In the daytime, I use artificial tears from time to time as needed.

Report Inappropriate Comment
EVELYN5877 5/5/2011 6:30PM

    My mum had similar problems throughout her adult life, caused by scoriasis,, a skin condition largely relieved by sunlight( sorry about the spelling) it was itchy and flaky as well.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CAROLYNVIL 5/5/2011 5:57PM

    I have the same problems. my dry skin is caused by some of my medications. and my eye doctor sugests I use eye drops every day ( not for redness but the one like tears). But I do suggest you find out from your doctor.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LIZABETT 5/5/2011 5:57PM

    Sorry, I hadn't seen your 'needing help' blog before, even tho' I couldn't be of help. I do hope the doctor's advice does the trick for you. So take care and get that condition straightened out soon. emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
DIDMIS 5/5/2011 5:36PM

    Thanks to all of you.
You are great emoticon's
I do drink lots of water, eat lots of Salmon and sea food.
I also take an Omega 3 each day.
I had my friend take me as they said they would dilate my eyes. It turned out she went in while I was in the doctor's office and got her eyes checked also and they dilated hers. They didn't dilate mine as they want this to clear up first. LOL
So I rode with her driving with dilated eyes.
The doctor said don't change your diet. He gave me some ointment top put inside the lid at night and then in the morning go into the bathroom and put a hot, wet wash cloth on it and it would clean the gunk.
Said I could buy tears also. Said flaxseed is good also.

I liked the idea about the Jergen's lotion and may try that.
Monty, I don't use the food tracker. I eat out too much.
Gator, you mean you have crusty eyes also?
No I am not a gardner Liz
Also Haley I don't use feather pillows but I guess you can be allergic to the other kind also.
Thanks all.

Comment edited on: 5/5/2011 5:37:13 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
MONTY68 5/5/2011 5:15PM

    Hi Irene

I think the best thing to do is see the doctor, there could be different things, when you say low fat diet, are you getting at least the minimum on your tracker. Fat is important. Do you get enough of the Omega -3's?
I guess our next thing is to hear what the eye doctor said. My thoughts are with you.

Monty emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
VAMPIREQUEEN1 5/5/2011 4:26PM

    Drinking water helps a lot! Also for the dry skin and dry nostrils try Jergens Lotion! I know it sounds weird, but put a little of the lotion around and on the inner edges of your nose and any part of your body that is dry! I had the same thing(not the ears), but then I tried Jergens(my whole family loves it) my dry skin went away! I have put a little on each day and I have been drinking more water; both work great together! You might also try taking fish oil pills(you can find them at any grocery store)! This should help with the dryness and it helps keep you skins natural oils in balance!
Also, check your pillows because you may be allergic to feathers. My eyes did the same thing and we asked the doctors and they realized that I was allergic to the feather pillow that I was sleeping on. After I switched my eyes were fine! There are some products that will help with the redness and wateriness of your eyes: most are called natural tears and things of that nature!
Hopefully this helps! emoticon Good Luck!

Report Inappropriate Comment
FERRETLOVER1 5/5/2011 4:09PM

    I don't know what is going on, but you are doing the right thing by checking with your doctor.

Report Inappropriate Comment
TIABITS 5/5/2011 3:39PM

    Are you a gardener? I have a friend who recently found out she is allergic to the mold in dirt & after years of gardening she was having all sorts of problems. Dry cracked skin....breathing problems, sinus problems...to mention a few.

I also have been going thru some medical problems with my immune system & the doctors are having a tough time determining what it is. They pass me from one specialist to the other, since they are baffled. Hope you find an answer that can be treated easily.

I wish you all the best at your upcoming appointments...take care Irene.

Liz emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
GATOR12 5/5/2011 12:46PM

    Are you drinking enough water.?? Some just sounds like really dry skin and I don't know if you are having any other symptoms of allergies which causes me eye problems and makes them crust or stick shut over night. I have had doc suggest natural tears as when we get older we don't have the moisture of tears as much, just as our skin tends to dry more & require extra drinking water and moisturizing lotions. But agree that doc advice best.

Report Inappropriate Comment
WENDYSPARKS 5/5/2011 10:58AM

    I would see what the doctor says too.


Report Inappropriate Comment
MYBULLDOGS 5/5/2011 10:30AM


any condition impacting your health is always best to see your doctor. good luck emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment


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.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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

Report Inappropriate Comment
DIDMIS 5/2/2011 10:58PM

    Thanks again to all of you who have posted recently.

Report Inappropriate Comment
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

Comment edited on: 5/2/2011 10:49:56 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
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.


Report Inappropriate Comment
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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CAZ5346 4/30/2011 11:25PM


emoticon emoticon


Report Inappropriate Comment
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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!


Report Inappropriate Comment
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!

Report Inappropriate Comment
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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment


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

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
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 :)

Report Inappropriate Comment
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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
THEWINNER33 4/28/2011 12:08AM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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.


Report Inappropriate Comment
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.

Monty emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!

Report Inappropriate Comment
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

Comment edited on: 4/27/2011 2:42:01 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!

Report Inappropriate Comment

First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 Last Page