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The end of wasting time online

Saturday, November 05, 2011

I just spent the last hour writing a very long post in my Facebook account describing how I've been addicted to FB and games on FB. I've also cancelled my subscription to Netflix. These two simple acts will give me several hours more time per day. I've spent way too much time on FB and watching TV shows on much so that I've alienated myself from my own family. I intend to rededicate myself to them. This means more than spending time with them. It also means imroving my health so I will have more years to be with them.

I will also get my online fix from SparkPeople. So far, during times when I've focussed on logging my food intake online, those were the only times I've been able to (somewhat) get my weight under control. Check some of my other blogs and you'll understand just how important it is for me to control my weight.

Thank you all for your help, support, and encouragement. I hope you will continue to help me take control of my life.

God Bless.

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A prayer for the food addict

Monday, July 25, 2011

Dear God,
Help me to be a better person. I know what the right decisions are, but am too weak to make them. I fall back to my bad eating habits. God, help me to make those decisions. Give me the courage to try the foods that I do not like. Give me the taste for the foods that are good for me, and sicken my stomach to those which harm me.

Please, God, lead me in the direction for hope. Pull me along when I am struggling. Shove me forward when you feel I am capable. No matter what, God, don't leave me! I know that I cannot do this alone, but I trust that your presence in my life will encourage the initiative in me to change my life.

In Jesus' Holy Name,

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-AIMIE- 7/26/2011 12:02PM

I'm glad you are reaching out for strength and guidance.

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LINDAGRAVEL 7/25/2011 9:43PM

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JAMER123 7/25/2011 9:41PM

    Amen! Boy did I sure need that to help me get back on track. Thank you and blessings to you!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Letters to my Aunt - 2

Monday, March 01, 2010

August 12, 1983

Hi Sib and Rich
How are you doing there. I'm fine thankyou. I will go to cam August 1, 1983. I got your letter two weeks ago. Scott gave me a boat. I gave John my boat. Dad has been working on Arline:s car. Can you believe we got a car. When we were coming home it broke down. tomorrow I:m going down the river. In two week I go back to school well thats all. by and still love ya.

P.S. write soon


Rich is my uncle Richard. I sometimes addressed him in my letters, but most of the time I only wrote to my aunt. I don't really remember going to camp, but I do remember getting that boat. It was a model boat. My neighbor's son, Scott, gave it to me. He had lost interest so he let me finish it. I don't remember John. Arline was Scott's mom. She was our neighbor. She and her husband divorced. My dad was sweet on her for many years. I still can't say why they broke up. I sometimes wish they hadn't though...

Going "down the river" meant that we left our home and travelled South along the Ohio river for 100mi to visit my dad's parents. They lived waaaay out in the woods. I had many wonderful memories of that place. It had a long winding driveway with a pond at the entrance. Near the top, it leveled off and there were two parking places. The house was modest and very comfortable. At the far end of the yard, was an opening in the trees with a fence separating the neighbor's cow pasture from my grandparent's property. It was a perch from which we could watch the cars travelling that lonely dirt road along the ridge. I would love to see that view again, but I'm afraid that, as most of life's treasures do, I would be disappointed. I think I'll stick to my memories of that place and (most likely) never visit it again.

Best Wishes,

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SYBBADIS 6/20/2011 10:08AM

  I'm Syb, the aunt Eric wrote to. I think Eric wrote this in March, but I had never heard of SparkPeople until June. I loved reading of your memories, Eric. I have many of Arlene and of your trips down the river, too, and remember your g-parent's place. My fqvorite memory is of your Dad taking you, Theresa, Rychard, and me to a tiny town which had an old, still working, genuine, WV glass blowing factory. The glass workers were so welcoming with their surrounding windows all open in the hot workroom, and we watched them blow beautiful stemware, vases, and other treasures. Then we shopped in their little gift shop. At one time, WV glassmakers provided all the stemware for the White House! I believe all those factories are closed now.

I hope you have a good week! I still haven't found the place on there where you make the food and exercise charts! emoticon

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Letters to my Aunt - 1

Monday, February 22, 2010

My Aunt Sibby is the only reamaining blood relative on my mother's side of the family. After my mom died, when I was five, my aunt took to raising me. I still lived with my dad, but I saw her almost everyday. I used to write her letters. Lately, my aunt has been cleaning out the trailer where she lives and decided to send me some of the old letters that I wrote to her. I thought it would be a gread idea for me to write these into blog posts and share a little about myself at the same time.

The following is one of the oldest letters. I know this because of the address I wrote on the outside of the envelope. It was never mailed. I guess it was hand delivered. I was no older than 9 in this letter, so my writing skills were that of a single digit rug rat. (I plan to keep the diction and spelling just as it was in the letters, so don't worry too much about correcting the obvious.)

Dear: Sibby,

Thankyou for the present you Sane me. We are going To stay most of The summer. I love you

Love: Eric,

As most children do, I also drew many pictures in my letters. On the back of this one was that of a "1 Man Band"

I have many letters to go through. Look for more in the future.

Best Wishes,

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SYBBADIS 7/19/2011 12:55AM

  This is Eric's old Aunt Sibby again. I come here and read his blog and other places, look at the photos, and review his life. We were extremely close and lived in the same town, but when Eric was just 9, Richard and I had to move away to the Cincinnati area, and the separation was wrenching and still is. We did write a lot of letters and make a lot of phone calls, and when Eric learned to drive, he came to stay with us as often as he could.

Eric not only inherited his heart disease, but also his eating habits. I was always overweight and he seemed to learn my habits instead of his thin parents' appetites. I hope and pray that Eric and I can both conquer our food addictions.

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DBELLE39 2/25/2010 10:49PM

    I know those letters were so special to your aunt as she treasured them all these years. Thanks for sharing such beautiful memories.

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CATLADY52 2/23/2010 12:33PM

    Cute. Please keep them coming. Do you still play the guitar?

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MICHELAR 2/22/2010 7:23PM

    This is wonderful! You are both very luck to have each other.

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BMRBUDDY 2/22/2010 7:18PM

    Eric, that is so great that she kept those letters and sent them to you. I'll be looking forward to reading more of them. Thank you for sharing!

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MYJOURNEYTOME 2/22/2010 6:26PM

    This brought a smile to my face. I love it!!


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Finished "The Magician's Nephew"

Sunday, February 21, 2010

I've recently found that I actually like recreational reading. I enjoy the mythological stories best. A few weeks ago I borrowed the our library "The Magician's Nephew". The internal chronogically first in the series of the Chronicals of Narnia.

I found it to be a good read. I thought some of the conflicts were resoved a little too easily (the confrontation with the witch near the end). Still I think I will go on to read the other books in the series. I read though that most scholars suggest reading the series in the order of publication. Now I'm torn. I've already read the Magician's Nephew, but "The Lion, Witch, and Wardrobe" is actually the first by publication date. I've seen the movie, but I don't think that's quite as good.

Does anybody, who's read the entire series, have an opinion as to whether one should read by internal chronology or publication date?


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CARTONIFIED 2/22/2010 12:37AM

    Internal chronology, for sure!

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SUSAN_SPG 2/22/2010 12:06AM

    I read them in chronological order. Every once in a while the other books are referenced, so then this way you would know what he was talking about. The stories stand alone great though, so you wouldn't be missing much if you read them by publication date, I just prefer to read/watch stories in chronological order...guess my brain works better that way if I can just keep building onto the original story.

I really liked "The Horse and His Boy" out of all of them.

Hope you have fun reading them!

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