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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Since I messed with you last blog entry, here's a Before pic. LOL. My computer fumbled, and I made a duplicate blog entry, so I'm replacing the dupe w/this.
When I went through the "shoe boxes" looking for DH's retirement pics, I came across more of me (which I'll have to go to WalMart and scan), but this one from the computer I haven't shared before (for good reason). You'll have to wait for next week when I get dressed up for some "After" or should I say, "During" photos. I don't think I have any of me at my highest weight as I was shy of cameras.

Now this is 2008, and I still look very tired from celiac if you ask me. Poor baby. It's okay. I'm getting better every day! Keep up the good fight people.
(And I got a haircut that day. Sad hair!)

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MRS.CARLY 9/20/2011 10:01PM

    You have come far! I'm sad to see such a sad face. I'm glad you are happier now!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/12/2011 12:50PM

    This isn't you!! It's a mug shot of some blond felon!

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2KITTIES 9/11/2011 5:28PM

    Very courageous to post before-can't wait to see you all "dolled" up!

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LINDABENEDICT 9/10/2011 9:26PM

    thanks for posting !

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-SHAWN- 9/10/2011 7:26PM

    You are one brave woman!

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MARISERV 9/10/2011 4:33PM

    I love before and after pictures. Looking forward to seeing them

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JAREJIL 9/10/2011 3:57PM

    I am looking forward to the "during" pics!!

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New Dress, Shoes, Hair w/pictures

Saturday, September 10, 2011


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I couldn't help myself, sorry.


I am still recovering from the heat, no air, fires, packing, unpacking, packing, and half-unpacking. We had brush fires here and there which spread too close to home. You know what was great? DH was home to help for most of it. Well, I learned I'm not very prepared for such an emergency. If I had 30 mins (I had what turned into hours as the brave, hot, tired firefighters fought it off), I'd have lost a lot of important documents and photos.
Speaking of documents, I'm embarrassed to say that I still haven't painted the desk I bought at Goodwill last year. While the paint got purchased last year, I only recently found a carpenter to make the middle pull out for the keyboard; and that JUST got finished after my trip to Vegas. Since we're moving DH wants me to donate it back to Goodwill. The point is my filing "system" is discombobulated, and it has been a monkey on my back. I hate that feeling. I really have a fondness for old kitschy, and don't want to get rid of it. It's HEAVY, though, darn it.

I went through old photos looking for pics of DH's life/career so the guys could make a powerpoint for his retirement. How fun, and I'm looking forward to the party on Thursday in FL. I get to meet all the people he's talked about for almost four years (2 yrs longer than we thought he'd be there).

Anyway, that's why I got a new dress, shoes and a haircut! Can I tell you how I have no style sense? I bore myself to tears with my indecisiveness when shopping. Yawn. When you grow up having a choice of "it fits, I'll wear it" to well, CHOICES, I'm at a loss. "Does this look okay? What's the rule?" I look forward to the day I just know how to pull it together. So, for safety, I picked a black dress, lol. My hairstylist suggested nude colored shoes, and red toe polish. I bought some black and also nude shoes, and will try both tomorrow w/the dress. Oh, to have such problems, I know. I put things in perspective, and just tell myself to walk in wearing a smile and it'll be fine (please, and some clothes). :)

I'll post a pic a neighbor took of the smoke from the fires when I find it. Firefighters are cool. I get misty-eyed when people work together, cornball that I am. I get like that at football games, too - LOL.

It's late, and the bed bugs are biting without me. G'night friends and family.

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Good news, too: I lost 2 pounds power shopping! emoticon emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/12/2011 12:48PM

    I like those shoes and hair with that dress. It shows that you can be forward and backward thinking at the same time. LOL. emoticon I wonder what style that would be - classic, 70's, 80's grunge fusion? LOL.

Your episode with potential evacuation is a lesson to all of us to get prepared for emergencies. I used to be but am not now.

Husbands are always wanting you to get rid of your stuff even when no one is moving. If it's important to you I would keep it. It's usually fairly easy to convince a man that parting with something you don't want to causes frigidity. Men hate frigidity. LOL. You can either be a sex kitten with heavy desk or a nagging fishwife without desk.

Yuck on the nude shoes with red toe nail polish. Your hairstylist moonlights as a hooker, right? LOL.

That fire is way too close!! EEKK!!!

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2KITTIES 9/11/2011 10:21AM

    Cute! So exciting to enter a new phase in life-and look good doing it!

I fit your descripition of cornball! emoticon And I',m fine with that. You I well up at the natinonal anthem at every event-we go to a lot of sporting events. Gets me everytime-I'm havng fun while someone else is putting their life on the line.

Have and amazing dinner-DH is going ot have a few moments too! emoticon

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SWEETLIPS 9/11/2011 2:59AM

    This got me - glad to see you are doing well.

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LINDABENEDICT 9/10/2011 9:28PM

    Thought I'd see the pics ! Good one !

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CURLY916 9/10/2011 4:08PM

    You hooked me in too. Glad to hear you really did get the dress, hair & shoes. Run away from the fire zone - just don't try to lug the desk with you. I totally hear you about the desk project. I still regret having to leave behind a fabulous antique gramaphone complete with crank handle when I moved from Boston to the west coast. It was big - with legs - probably the size of your desk. I had a friend take it thinking that I might be able to ship it out, but it never happened.

Change is good!

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SHEENADEE 9/10/2011 11:07AM

    You made me come and look. LOL Nice blog.

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    What do you mean you are moving? Spark mail me. Where too. I have been hearing about the fires and wondered how close they were. Cute start to this blog. I was expecting way more. LOL


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PENCILDANCER 9/10/2011 9:50AM

    Yikes! I'm so glad you are safe and even happier that the new clothes aren't the ones you posted. :)
Keep the desk--heavy or not it is something that you connect with that will feel like home, besides it's ready for paint now. :)


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IZZYBEBOP 9/10/2011 9:28AM

    I felt the same way when we had tornadoes. Didn't know what to take with me into our cellar so just took the necessities, but not papers or pictures. I pray that you get some relief from the fires.

The retirement slide show sounds awesome! Would love to see you in your new outfit and hair style!

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GIRLINBRAZIL 9/10/2011 7:50AM

    Glad to hear you are safe from all the fires!

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CAVEMOM 9/10/2011 6:55AM

    Your outfit sounds great! So happy to read you are safe. I hear you about the desk ;) a great find is so much more fun then organizing my papers!
Best of luck at the retirement dinner!!

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LUVDOGZ 9/10/2011 6:52AM

    Love your pics, especially the haircut!!! emoticon I think firefighters are real life heroes! I am so glad your house is ok, how scary. Be safe, and I need to try that power shopping, it seems very effective!


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CINDYTW 9/10/2011 1:17AM

  emoticon I have to be partial to firefighters since I married one! Gonna be supporting them this weekend I have been volunteered to help serve breakfast for a fundraiser Sunday. I guess it is fitting for 9/11.

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HICKOK-HALEY 9/10/2011 1:16AM

    Glad the fire didn't get any closer. You had me going. Thought I was going to see pics of you lol emoticon

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Kombucha happy

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

DH is flying to FL this afternoon, so I'll make this short as we're soon out the door to the airport. I just wanted to document to remember how good I feel right now. I went to sleep around 11:30p last night, awakened around 4a to let out the dog, then went back til 8a. DH cooked up some scrambled eggs, I had a peach and a half, a banana, and some seeds I've never heard of "Savi Seeds" - high in omega 3s apparently.

I had my supplements w/GTs organic raw Kombucha gingerade flavor. I feel so good right now. I love when that happens. That's all folks.

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-SHAWN- 9/10/2011 1:14AM

    They stopped selling kombucha here because of the fda...
It's still on the shelves there?

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    It's good to see you doing so well. So when is the big move?

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    Excellent that you wrote when you felt super good! So many of us write when we are down, sad, or depressed and forget the little things and good days we have.

You have encouraged me to do this more often!

Have a beautiful weekend!

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CATIATM 9/8/2011 5:57PM

    Yay for feeling good! emoticon

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MAYBER 9/8/2011 4:54PM

    It is so nice to have a good day and glad that you are enjoying it one day at a time
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GIRLINBRAZIL 9/8/2011 3:52PM

    I'm smiling just thinking about how happy you must have been!

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LINDABENEDICT 9/7/2011 11:30PM

    Awesome...I will have to try this !

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2KITTIES 9/7/2011 10:11PM

    Good days are the best!! Safe travels!

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CTUPTON 9/7/2011 6:56PM

    supplements w/GTs organic raw Kombucha gingerade flavor

You must be flying high! Chris

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MRSAKINS2005 9/7/2011 2:33PM

    Good night into a good day.......and the postives will keep on rolling. I have the faith.

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ROSEWAND 9/7/2011 2:09PM

    emoticon It feels so good be energized!
You are on your way to your success!

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Psoriasis and Gluten

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Kim trying on her mom's wedding dress.

August is Psoriasis Awareness Month, who knew? ;0)

Kim Kardashian just got married. I'm not a Kim stalker, but I happened to walk past the tv and heard the word psoriasis. I couldn't help but stop to see what they were saying: she was complaining about her mother giving her the psoriasis gene. Kim's stressed because she's getting married, and I'm sure has a million responsibilities. Ah stress. You can't live with it, you can't live without it (cortisol can be a good thing, too!). Stress: autoimmune trigger! Good thing she can vacay in the Bahamas to chill out. In any case, she and her mom obviously haven't gotten the memo about gluten antibodies and this autoimmune condition. Should I reach out? LOL. Could "I" get a vacay in the Bahamas? I don't know how to vacay ... need lessons. But that's another story.

You don't have to be celiac, you could be gluten "sensitive" to have psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis. But gluten-free could set you free, why not check into it for yourself or someone you love? And I don't mean run to gf manufactured foods. They are mostly gluten substitutes for poor nutritional food stuffs anyway. I don't want to hear about "whole grain" goodness either. :P

I've read 40-50% of the population has the celiac gene - you don't have to have "celiac" for it to be triggered. Your manifestation might be ataxia, eczema, schizophrenia, psoriasis, and all those other wonderful symptoms listed on my Spark Page.

Anecdotal psoriasis story: Friend's BIL's mother was celiac. BIL was alcoholic, and had psoriasis SO bad up his arms that I could SEE (who knows what was covered, and I wasn't gonna ask). It's autoimmune, it's serious. He was "treated" with drugs and immunosuppressants. It was a physical anomoly train-wreck you couldn't help but want to stare at, but were also afraid to because of the disgust. Leakage people. I told him: please go get tested for celiac! He did, and was negative. I told him: please go gluten-free anyway! He did: psoriasis gone. End of story. (He also quit drinking - which is HEuge for gut health also - YAY!)

From Dr. Tom O'Bryan: (not sure that'll work as it was in an email, so I've copied some:)

Did you know ....

~34.1% of psoriasis patients have elevated antibodies to alpha-gliadin (AGA),
a peptide of wheat.

~We found a highly significant correlation between positive serum AGA and
duration of psoriasis.
(Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, 36, 302-304, 2010)

~Recent studies showed an association between (Celiac Disease) CD and psoriasis and an improvement of skin lesions after 3-6 mo of gluten free diet.

~Recent studies showed an association between CD and psoriasis and an improvement of skin lesions after 3-6 mo of gluten free diet (GFD), without other pharmacological approaches.

~Thirty of 33 patients with positive AGA antibodies strictly complied with GFD, and showed a significant decrease of psoriatic lesions.
(World J Gastroenterol 2007; 13(14): 2138-2139)

~16% of patients with psoriasis have been found to present high levels of anti-gluten antibodies.
(J Intern Med 2011;269:582-590)

Another mention of gluten and psoriasis from The Gluten Free Society:


I'm gonna be blogging and SParking less and less than I have been. I guess I didn't want to tell where I was moving you guys, and I don't know why other than privacy ... I'm weird. :P But if you talk like the Chef in the Muppets you might be on track to what I'll be hearing. :) Clue 1. LOL.

The pool has needed repairs this whole year, and I finally get to get some bids. We have to move DH from his stinky lil apt. We haven't even told the kid yet. I need to replace carpets and finish painting the fence, and add the house while I'm at it. That'll be good before winter anyway. I might stay here for a while and move him up there and ease my way into their winters. That's the ticket! We'll see. DH is coming home this weekend, save if Hurricane Irene doesn't blow down the east coast.

(We've moved 9 times in 25 yrs. I know what goes into moving and selling a house - it's a lot of work, I know it! Blah! I've sold houses in all sorts of economies, but not this one - yikes! I look forward to it this time as THIS time I'll be healthier and hopefully it won't stress me out as bad as in the past. My anxiety was off-the-charts before I was diagnosed and changed my diet. That's why I didn't make the last move to FL w/DH - we saw it as a necessity for his career, but not for my health. Ah, delayed gratification has a paycheck! The economy had us lingering apart longer than we'd have liked, but I'm not complaining ... um, anymore. LOL).

Onward and upward friends! I luvs ya, as mom would say.
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emoticonI did some unintentional carb cycling or intermittent fasting yesterday not eating while I was out all day (had bfast and a sm. fruit lunch). I also continued on with my walking and lost a pound (188.6 to 186.8) - praise be. I'm thrilled to be the lowest weight I've been in who knows how many decades.

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LUVDOGZ 9/1/2011 7:48PM

    Good luck on your move! Congrats on the loss too!

I have a very mild case of psorasis improved when I was gluten free. When I hurt my back a couple of months ago, I turned to all those gluteneous comfort foods, and haven't looked back since. I have since had the blood tests for celiac, and they are all negative. But, if I feel and look better, my uticartia, mild psoriasis, body aches and GI issues are improved, I probably should go back gluten free. I think I have a hard time sticking with it because while my symptoms are improved, they are never gone 100%. That leaves doubt in my head if I am doing the wrong thing by avoiding gluten. Your blog gives me more info to have. Thanks!

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 8/30/2011 6:46PM

    Great information as always.

I hope even with your moving you will still be keeping us informed. I know though about the 'cutting back' issue. Doing it myself.

Hope you don't get too cold this winter. Though I'm sure it's not North Dakota you're moving to....

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CATIATM 8/28/2011 9:12PM

    Thanks for your always informative blog information! Good luck with your move! I sign the agreement for my new place tomorrow, so I can understand all the craziness that goes with getting settled in a new place. I hope you like your new digs!

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    That is some awesome information and I haven't had any clue about any of it. I think Kim being in the public like she is will do some good and shed some light on the subject and help others too!

Not sure where you are moving, but do hope we will see you just the same!

Take good care,


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PROVERBS31JULIA 8/28/2011 12:48AM

    nice information - I'll have to pass it along. I have friend who struggles with psoriasis but not sure if she knows about the celiac connection. Have several friends who have been diagnosed with celiac et and are gluten free but they never mentioned having psoriasis etc as part of the lead in to discovering their ceiliac - usually it was stuff like gut and digestion issues...

I'm "NYD" (not yet diagnosed) with anything that way but I do find I do better with gluten free products.

Just recently found and watched the video "Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead" and the guy in there had a different autoimmune disease that caused hives so he was on predizone (sp??) and went on a juice fast for 60 days. He's lost weight and is completely off the medication. I tend to wonder if it wouldn't improve a lot of conditoins because greens and carrots etc are all pretty much gluten-free as I understand it. There's a website to check out about the movie (it's available on netflix) it might be slow loading because it's based in Australia.


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DOTSLADY 8/26/2011 2:10PM

    emoticonHaven't lucked into any psoriasis articles re: dairy, but the moo-juice family could also be culprit! I was a huge dairy drinker, yogurt and ice-cream eater in my previous life, and my eczema was awful. LOL. You can always google around on that. Dr. Loren Cordain has papers about dairy and acne ... just saying it messes with your immunity (T-cell regulation).

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/26/2011 12:39PM

    Jeez. You are quite the heifer today. LOL. You give us one measly clue to figure out where you are moving. Okay, I'm going to make a guess that you are moving to the midwest or northeast since you mentioned cold weather and the muppet chef. How about Chicago or Rockford? Or Minnesota............maybe Minneapolis or St. Paul?

Or if not some other Illinois, Kansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, or Wisconsin city. Am I close? No one moves to Nebraska or the Dakotas.

Or maybe the Northeast as it has a few communities that might work. Pennyslvania, New York, or Delaware maybe?

I think Kim Kardashian is a babe. She has a hot body and is okay as a person too. I saw her psoriasis thing. I got rid of my seborrhea when I went low carb.

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DOTSLADY 8/26/2011 12:22AM

    You are correct Berry4 - the celiac gene is carried by "30%-" (not 40)-50% of the population. Pls don't misunderstand that it's necessarily triggered in that %. It's what I've read, and I could try to dig up links for it later, but not now. Only 1-3% have been diagnosed with celiac disease, but gluten causes harm in other organ systems without a "gold standard" celiac diagnosis, too.

"Just don't assume that your answer fits everyone else's problem, issue, imbalance, ETC."

Wow - kinda strong presumption that I A$$umed "my" answer fit "everyone's" problem. I didn't think I implied there was ONE way to fix psoriasis. Even the stats listed from Dr. O'Bryan's sources don't imply that. I know that everyone's individual (as I've mentioned in many previous blog entries - a lot depends on your personal internal biome and your environment ie diet&nutrient status/lifestyle/stress/sunshine etc!).

I really appreciate your sharing your immune story. It's interesting that this happened to you at a likely time of changed diet(?)/higher or new stress(?) and the Rx was a glandular and mineral supplement to boost your immune system (I had to look up that product as I haven't heard of it). In celiac or with gluten sensitivities a person is often low in nutrients/minerals/vitamins, too. Gluten can cause a person to malabsorb their nutrients, and grain/legume phytic acid can block mineral absorption. A lot of people can be also be deficient in essential fatty acids which are important for skin. I don't know what you know so I mention for my family who read this blog, and others new to the subject; not trying to preach to the choir or anything. It'd be interesting to know if you have the gene, wouldn't it?!

People with autoimmune disease, psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis included, should definitely look into a paleo diet as a starter for relief of symptoms, and tweak to their personal, optimal health. I feel strongly about that, enough so that I stopped my day to write some thoughts about it.

I'm not a professional blogger; I appreciate your point and hope I've made myself more clear, and that it suffices.
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CINDYTW 8/25/2011 11:10PM

  emoticonGood luck with the moving stuff!

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BERRY4 8/25/2011 9:18PM

    LOTS of things, issues, etc. can cause issues in our physical bodies. There isn't one answer for all people for all things.

Even though I'm sure you don't think so, I believe your statistic to the following is quite exaggerated. I would truly question your source.
"I've read 40-50% of the population has the celiac gene - you don't have to have "celiac" for it to be triggered. Your manifestation might be ataxia, eczema, schizophrenia, psoriasis, and all those other wonderful symptoms."

On the other hand, if something is working for you, that's great. Just remember we are each an experiment of "one".

I had had eczema for 19 years--since I was in college. A chiropractor recommended that I take something called "Immuplex" (made by Standard Process) @ a dose of 10 a day for 3 months. I have now been clear of eczema for at least 10 years. Go figure! -- Something within my system was out of balance and this particular-type multivitamin of sorts balanced out my problem, or the cause of my physical symptoms. (And yes, I keep this product on hand for those times that I know my immune system needs a boost.)

As with other physically manifested issues, it IS worth seeking answers and possibilities! And with more natural methods, it does take time to find solutions. Just don't assume that your answer fits everyone else's problem, issue, imbalance, ETC.

I'm sure you were just offering advice to those who would be willing to try out the possibility, eh??!

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I cry again, and it's okay

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

emoticonIt's a happy cry this time: hubsters got the job! emoticon

emoticonI'm stunned and bewildered about all I have to do. We're moving to a COLD climate, and a much more expensive city. I think I "will" cry about that. HA!

emoticonI'm gonna take it slow and not rush into any changes. DH and I have a lot to discuss; am grateful for Skype!

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MAYBER 8/30/2011 8:45PM

    Best wishes to you to you on your move
Congrats on new job and sending thoughts and prayers for happiness one day at a time

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon Hello Dot,

Awesome news about the hubby, cry on girl, its awesome for the soul! emoticon emoticon

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CATIATM 8/25/2011 8:55AM

    Congratulations on DH's job! Where will this move take you? How soon will you move? Good luck! emoticon emoticon

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2KITTIES 8/24/2011 8:10PM

    Moving is hard! I'm here because of hubby job fact I'm married because I wouldn't move without making it legal :) It was hard but has been terrific and it's amazing how quick time flies and you adapt. Congrats on new job and enjoy the ride. emoticon

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FRAN0426 8/24/2011 5:17PM

    Congrats that DH has got the job. I live in a clod winter state all my life, it's not that bad as long as you are dressed with warm weather clothes. There sure are a lot of things to get ready for a move. My DD and family moved last year and boy all the things sure add up to get done. She ended up doing most of it as her husband needed to leave immediately emoticon and thank goodnes for skype. Where is this cold eather state, and is a far way from your present location?

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    i hope this means that you and hubby will get to be together more. If that's the case then he can keep you warm. LOL. You can adapt as long as you will be together. That is what's important.

So where are "we" moving? LOL.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/24/2011 9:45AM

    First of all, congrats on the job!

emoticon It is hard to move to another state. Been there done that. DH lost his job (we lived in IL) and it took him 9 months (this was back in 2006) to find a new job, which took us to WI. Moved away from family and friends, which was/is still difficult but all in all, DH has a job he loves, and they love him! So, it took me awhile to acclimate, but now that we've lived here 4 yrs. (he commuted between IL and WI for a LONG time because we had to sell our house and buy one here. That too is a story for another day!) The msg. is you'll survive it and thrive. HUGS!

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MOLLIEMAC 8/24/2011 9:15AM

    Where to???? Dry cold or wet? :-). Congrats to your DH and I wish you a happy dance! emoticon

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PENCILDANCER 8/24/2011 7:50AM

    Major changes are so hard, moving is one of the hardest.
Get some 'cuddleduds' (very thin long undershirts and legging like pants) and smartwool sock. I live in those all winter. That will help keep you warm without weighing you down.

I'm thankful your husband has found a job and pray you find the adjustment easier than imagined.

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MARTHASPARKS 8/23/2011 11:35PM

    Hooray!!! Happy Dance!

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GROKGRANNY 8/23/2011 11:14PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! And you made fun of me today re: the winter's in Michigan???? lol I am wondering where you are moving to my dear lady. I wish it were here with me!! emoticon

Enjoy the journey and trust this is where you are to be.

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BOBF15 8/23/2011 10:55PM

    Guess we are swapping spots, Dots....

I spent 50+ years in the North East, it has its plusses, bloom where you are planted.

God bless you ,dear Woman!


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THISYEARSMODEL 8/23/2011 10:46PM

    Congratulations! A very wise man once told me, "You're exactly where you're supposed to be at any given time." Remember that whenever you're stressed about the impending move.


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STRONGERLEANER 8/23/2011 10:13PM

    What great news! Congratulations!!

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LINDABENEDICT 8/23/2011 9:35PM

    emoticon Where are you moving ? emoticon ?

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CINDYTW 8/23/2011 9:28PM

  How cold? NY cold or Canada cold? Good luck and welcome to snowville! emoticon

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CURLY916 8/23/2011 8:02PM

    OMG!! Major changes coming up for you and yours. Change can be very stimulating!! Hearty congrats to your DH.

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