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"No thank you"

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

When I was young I went to Girl Scout camp for two weeks each summer. Of course as youngsters, there were a lot of foods we weren't accustomed to eating. But our table councilors made sure we had what they call a "NO) thank you" helping. It usually consisted of a small spoonful. They also made sure we tried it. It was because of that insistance that we were able to discover my allergy to peppers and lima beans.

Whenever I try a new veggie, fruit, or any other kind of food, I think back to scouts and remember the "No thank you" helping. I'll try at least a spoonful before making a judgement on wether or not I like or don't like something. Most of my life I can honestly say if I don't like something it is because I have tried it and don't care for it. I don't think I have ever said that because of how something looks, the texture, or how the name makes it sound.

Here on SP, I have tried new things as often as I can with foods I was able to eat before my cancer or items I never tried. I try to do this at least once a week. Things with spice, carbs, sugar, citrus, I have to really try before taking a full helping. Lots of things I loved before I can no longer eat. Of course I keep hoping some of the things I didn't care for before, I'll be able to have and enjoy now especially fruits and veggies. Since I do so well with salad and veggies, I have been having very little meat including poultry. My sweetie made a turkey - used to be my very favorite - and I had the portion size right. However, I managed to lose it about 30 minutes later. emoticon That really saddened me. I like grilled or broiled fish and shellfish as long as no spices are used to cook them. And absoultey no breading or frying!! I have found I don't do well with hot cereals, grits, or anything like those. I still don't like whipped cream or cool whip. Yuck!! I'm not so sure that is a bad thing!! emoticon

Whenever we go out, I'll usually have a salad, perhaps fish or a veggie plate. I always make sure Bob can eat whatever it is before I order! But at least with the salad, I know I won't starve! I sometimes can eat some salad offerings that aren't the healthiest, but I usually have a size like a "No thank you" helping.

There are several things I can no longer eat that I had loved. Very little potatoes no matter if they are fried, etc. Somedays I can have a little helping of mashed potatoes or boiled ones. I miss garlic bread and homemade bread and breadsticks. I enjoyed cereal a lot, and I can long eat it. whenever we have a pasta dish with tomato based sauce, I can only do a tablespoon at best. It really helps to have portion control!! And pizza! How I miss pizza!! Even most cheese are difficult to get down and I was a huge cheese adict. I loved most kinds. Another I must watch and try the little helpings is with salad dressings. They tend to burn in my mouth. I usually use cottage cheese or sour cream for dressings.

But all and all, the "No thank you" helping has been a good rule to follow. Especially with trying new things on Spark People recipes. I don't care for Tofu - and that is something I have tried several times hoping my tastes have changed. It hasn't.

Do you think you'll add the food philosphy to your attitude about trying new foods rather than refusing because you don't think you would like and you haven't even tried it? All I can say to you is, "Try it, you'll like it"!
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FROSTY99 4/14/2012 10:45PM

    It must be really hard to not be able to eat the things you love or used to like but you have such a positive attitude about it, it makes me feel guilty about some of my eating habits. My poor DH's taste buds have really changed since his treatments and this puts that into perspective for me. Sometimes I think he is criticizing when I fix something he used to love and I guess it is because it just doesn't taste the same to him even though I am making it the same. Thanks for opening my eyes to this.
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Pat

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 4/14/2012 8:09AM

    I am familiar with that term, but had forgotten. Thanks for the reminder
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KLASSIE 4/13/2012 4:15PM

    I'm going to buy some "no thank you" spoons for a few of my friends who turn up their noses when I try a new seafood recipe (usually with squid). I think this was an interesting blog and I'm sorry there are so many foods you cannot have. But your attitude about it is admirable. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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OPALMOON 4/13/2012 11:12AM

    Very interesting blog, Ev! Sorry to hear you have so much trouble with different foods - and great to hear you have such a positive attitude about it.

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PIMPINELLAN50 4/13/2012 1:36AM

    What a great concept!I do try many new foods,but for some reason as i have gotten older,i can't tolerate things that are very spicy.(used to love it)
I too hope that eventually you'll be able to sample some of your favorite
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COACHPENNY 4/12/2012 10:53PM

    I like that you always turn things to a positive light, Ev. I think my problem is I do like almost everything....except liver....NO THANK YOU!

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DRUIDPRINCESS 4/12/2012 8:29PM

    This blog made me really think.... about small portions of food... but also about how this philosophy can be applied to exercise, a new craft, so many things in life. Being able to try a teaspoon of anything new can add excitement, depth, and "spice" to life!

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1STATEOFDENIAL 4/12/2012 7:11PM

    I like this idea and think most people should give it a shot. For me, unfortunately, I have to be incredibly careful about what I eat, so I'm not big on trying anything new (I could pay for it for a few days). Still, now and again I'll try a tiny bite of something just because I miss different flavors.

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NORASPAT 4/12/2012 6:41PM

    I loved your blog. The idea of the no thank you is great to use with kids. If you ask them to try they say no. This has to be done carefully i am sure but this grandmother is going to try it with grandkids.
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GUITARWOMAN 4/12/2012 1:51PM

    I too like just about everything and am blessed not to have health problems that bar me from eating....but, that's how I got to 200+ pounds before I lost the weight.

I have trained myself to stay away from the high sugar high fat variety the best I can, and have trained myself to like foods that I didn't like before, such as whole grain breads and cruciform vegetables.

I will try new foods if I think they have a decent food value, I do confess that I have become a bit of a nutritional snob :-).

Hope you will be able to go on and regain the ability to eat some of your favorites!


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LINDA! 4/12/2012 12:52PM

    There are very few foods I do not like. My problem is remembering NOT to take seconds of many foods.

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SAMBIDEXTROUS 4/12/2012 12:26PM

    I love this idea!!

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KARIDIAN1 4/12/2012 9:49AM

    Since joining SP I have tried more new foods in an effort to expand what I eat to get the nutrition and variety I need. Generally I have liked the new foods I tried. We still eat some things occasionally like fast food (no fries), but in moderation.

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TRACYZABELLE 4/12/2012 6:09AM

    Sounds like a great thing!!

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EJOY-EVELYN 4/12/2012 12:52AM

    What a wise rule. I enjoyed your blog

My husband, as a young child, tried something new at the company dinner table(brussels sprouts) and didn't like them. He knew though, there would be no leaving the table without eating them, so he made a point to finish them up so he could enjoy the remainder of his meal. His Auntie, seeing he had eaten his Brussels sprouts served him another spoonful. Yikes! -- Poor Baby! Sure is interesting how times change.

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SUSIEPH1 4/12/2012 12:51AM

    I love to experiment with food.... and I call my little tastes .. Taste Tempters ..
There is not much I don't like ..but one on my main dislikes is Tripe and Onions .. I was born and brought up in Scotland and the Channel Islands and in Britain they have Tripe and Onions .. Yuck ..
I am sorry you are not able to eat what you used to like ... but think of the fun learning new foods ..

Hugs Susie
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Q8PRINCESS 4/12/2012 12:07AM

    We use to have our children try 2 TBSP of new foods when they were small. Then we moved overseas and there was LOTS of new foods to try. I do try new foods but have not tried insects, worms or frogs, at least as far as I know!

Bummers about not being able to eat some of your favourite foods anymore.

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CHERIRIDDELL 4/12/2012 12:02AM

    I will try almost anything once.I have always been adventurousMy Mum was a war bride and she survived being bombed out three times so she insisted we try everything you never know when you might need to eat something was her creddo

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FLAMENM 4/11/2012 11:16PM

    I was a GS camp atendee for years and grew up to be a camp counsellor in high school and college. We called the try it bites "Brownie bites." You had to at least have a small enough sampling to really taste something. I expanded Brownie bites to help with portion size. i cna have a brownie bite of the birthday cake, or a brownie bite of that cheesey lasagna, etc. Everything in moderation. Try it once. And remember to try things later, too. I use dto hate brussel spouts. But I love them now.

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PUDLECRAZY 4/11/2012 9:40PM

    Your councilors at GS camp were very wise. There are so many things that people turn their noses up at without ever trying, just based on a preconceived notion. When children are raised to at least try things, they don't cut off whole categories of foods. My sister-in-law and brother-in-law raised their children to say, "We don't do fruits and vegetables." I was sad when I picked up peaches on my way to their home in Georgia, and my niece asked what they were. No one but Mike and I would touch them. Personally, I'm game to try almost anything, and glad my parents raised me to be a healthy but adventuresome eater.

I am sorry that you have favorite foods you can no longer eat since your cancer and treatments; on the other hand, I am so happy that you have faired so well with your treatments. Do you think that gradually and over time, some of those foods will become tolerated again?

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PETESWIFERACH 4/11/2012 9:06PM

    I recently went to a Malaysian restaurant in Auckland New Zealand for the first time. I tried Tofu, a green vege that I dont know what its called (lol) duck and a dessert I have not tried before. It was great to try something new and it helped to have someone with me who knew what she was ordering. I like your idea of a "No, thankyou - serving"! I am going to try this one with my children. Thank you!

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Something I hope to never do

Thursday, April 05, 2012

#6 in my self awareness blog questions is something in life I hope I never have to do.

The thing I hope I never have to do is tell Bob something has happened to one of his children. I can't magine how that would make him feel other than anguish and I would never want to be the one to deliver such news.

Twice in my life I have had to tell someone about a death and that hurt so much. One was my ex. I had to tell him his father died. The other was my sister-in-law. I told her that our mother had died so she could tell my brother in person - I didn't want him to hear it on the phone like I did when he called me to tell me our father had died. This was on my 30th birthday. I was having a party within the hour and it was too late to call it off.

It was a good thing I had the party. It really helped me a lot. Several of my coworkers took care of the kitchen and phone calls and took messages. Then a good friend came to relieve them. By this time friends started arriving with food. Jeannie started a book and wrote who brought what and their container. Then another co-worker came to spend the rest of the night with me so I wouldn't be alone. At 8AM, another co-worker arrived to help out. She continued the book entries Jeannie had started. She kept the coffee pot going for some of the family that had arrived and did dishes. When my mother arrived home that day, she was able to visit with visitors, but not have to worry about anything else. Fortunately not many came around other than his brothers and sisters. My brother and his family stayed with his in-laws, and he came to the house in late afternoon and stayed a long while.

The next day he and mother went to the funeral home to finalize the plans she had already told them from my brother's home the morning before. They knew that he had a large family, but that he retired two years before. They used the largest room for the calling hours and the service.

We were stunned! Usually if someone comes to calling hours they didn't come for the service. It seemed everyone came to the service! All of the room was filled and they had to open it up to the hall and into the second room to accomidate everyone! My father had been the head of the township road department and many of his crew was there. My mother had been a teacher and lots of those she taught with were there. I was working at the PD so all the dispatchers other than the one on duty and most of the off duty officers and auxillary members were there. There were also representatives from other area departments. Daddy had also been a deputy sheriff and the sheriff had ridden with him a lot and he had taught that youngster a lot about police work. So the sheriff and a number of deputies were there, too.

The guys from my department performed a ritual before the casket was moved, plus each of the uniformed officers and deputies approached the casket and saluted. It was quite impressive although sad, too. The funeral director told us that this was the most they ever accomidated.

Everyone went to the cemetery. Our department officers accompanied the limo with the casket and the family cars. The deputies handled traffic and stopping in areas and roads that needed to be closed. When I looked back I couldn't believe how many cars there were!!! The area around the little chapel at the cemetery was full for several blocks. The whole thing was amazing.

But, I would still hate to have Bob hear any bad news over the phone and I would hope I never have to deliver such a message. As I mentioned, having no children of my own, I can't begin to imagine how it would feel like to be a parent and receive that kind of news. I just know I would hate to see Bob feel helpless and hurting.

Love and peace to all my friends.
Ev

  
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PUDLECRAZY 4/11/2012 7:05AM

    These are painful times, losing loved ones. Over the phone is never the best way, but sometimes the only way to communicate this kind of news. My hardest was telling my teenage son his best friend committed suicide. I was able to tell him in person, but honestly there is NO comfortable way to give people the sad news of the loss of family or friend. It is painful news no matter how it is delivered.

I'm glad you dad got such a great send off.

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EJOY-EVELYN 4/10/2012 2:20PM

    Fortunately, we have a God who will never give us more on our plate than we are capable of handling. (Note to self: Remember this!) He will give you strength with whatever your needs are.

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COACHPENNY 4/6/2012 11:25AM

    I had to call my mother to tell her that my sis had passed away unexpectedly. Mom was in Europe with her brother attending a family wedding and a well deserved vacation. My sister was handicapped and my mom didn't want to take the trip but, we encouraged her to go. It felt so bad to hear the anguish in her voice and I couldn't be there to comfort her in person.

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OPALMOON 4/6/2012 9:00AM

    That was a lovely send off for your father. Thank you for sharing his story.

When the call came from the hospital to say my father had died (at the age of 48), I was the one who answered the call because none of the adults (my Mum and grandparents) wanted to go to the phone. But I had to get Mum to come to the phone, even though she didn't want to. I hated having to say that to her, but of course they asked for her and certainly weren't going to tell me the news (and of course I wasn't next of kin). It was a terrible shock - my mother was only 36 and I has just turned 14, while my brother was 10. Those sorts of events are ones we never forget...

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Hugs and blessings, Nattacia

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TRACYZABELLE 4/6/2012 1:25AM

    WOW your father had some send off... what a great thing to know how loved he, your mom and you are!

Working in a hospital sometimes I need to assist on overseas calls so when that happens it breaks my heart especially when it is a child who was killed, but we do what we need to in life whether we like it or not. These things make us stronger.

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1STATEOFDENIAL 4/5/2012 10:33PM

    It's always hard to lose someone we care about. It's also never easy to give bad news. Yet loss is a part of life so while we try to minimalize the bad times, it is those times that help us appreciate the good times.

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SUSIEPH1 4/5/2012 10:27PM

    So sorry you had to experience that ... I too hope I never have to do that !!
but if I do, I will do my best ...
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PMCFARM 4/5/2012 10:19PM

  Ev, delivering life changing news is never easy, and as much as you will not like being the one to deliver such news... take assurance that your kind, gentle spirit will help ease the shock & pain! emoticon

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KARIDIAN1 4/5/2012 7:56PM

    Those kind of phone calls are never easy to get to deliver. You must have been very proud of your father.

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SMIDGON 4/5/2012 5:35PM

    I remember about 10 yrs. ago when our eldest and her companion were in an auto accident. Her compaign was killed right out.
Our daughter did survive with a broken back. Ever since she has been confined to a wheelchair.

HAPPY EASTER!
Janet
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How sad for our county

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

What a sad day this is for our county. emoticon The theater complex closed recently (the last ones in the county). Today in the paper, the last independent (and only one) bookstore is closing. After the first of the year the used book store closed. Now, if we want to own a book, we must either use Amazon and wait for delivery, or go out of the county. It is the same with seeing a movie. We have to wait until it is on DVD, order on satellite, or once more - leave the county.

This says so much about our electronic age. Amazon.com is putting out not only the independents but also the bigger stores such as Borders. So far as I'm aware Books-A-Million are still opened. I hope they are able to stay so as there are several in Gainesville where I have one doctor that I see about every 6 weeks and can check out the stores. It was much easier having the local store, though. And the services she provided were difficult to find at any other stores. She would feature books, articles, and writers from FL with emphasis on our county. Ah, I miss that all ready.

The web sites where we can now watch movies on our computers or even smart phones make things rough for theaters, especially the smaller complexes.
With gas prices, it is out of the question for us to go 100 miles round trip to see a movie. I guess that choice is out of the question for us. I'm sure we aren't alone. People I really feel for are those without computer use other than at the library. Those people will have to depend on when the movies are on DVD to even see a movie. They could rent at Blockbuster for now, but how long is it going to be available. It's the last of the four different ones we had when I first moved here over 20 years ago.

Our lives are certainly changing. In 1996 when I first went on line - there were mostly men using computers. Mostly there were personal web pages hosted by other sites such as Tripod or AOL. There was chat done by downloading programs such as pirch, etc. Messagining programs were realatively new such as AOL chat and ICQ. My ICQ number is so low, it has 6 numbers! When I went to computer school in 1999, I taught our teacher about a search engine called 39 that was even better than yahoo, lycos, and others. I also showed him how a lot of the sports teams who had their own sites let fans have emails for free. I had one @gocubs.com. Then the MLB and NFL, etc had all the teams on their pages and those emails went the way of so many others. Google also came along and nearly took over the world!! Now most all businesses have sites and you may shop from the majority of them.

All of this makes me wonder how things will be 10 to 20 years from now. How many other businesses in local areas will shut doors as most clients get their merchandise on line. It is terribly convient after all. But with so much unemployment, is this really going to be that big a thing? With even more people out of work and no chance to work for these on-line stores, who will be able to buy with no income? I've read where Sears has closed a lot of their stores across the country and are in danger of closing their doors to many more. And after over 200 years, Encyclopedia Berttanica will no longer be publishing another updated version. Their update in 2009 will be the last one ever that can be held in hands. For anything else, you'll have to find it on-line.

So, this has been a very sad time for my county. And I imagine some of you in rural areas have these same issues to bring you sadness, too. The world has become much closer because of the internet, but what is it going to do for our commerce? After most of the local stores close, how much left will stay free? How high will the prices go when their is little or no competition with local brick and motar stores?

How will all of this effect our goals of staying forever with a healthy life style?
Will our food supply go the same way with all the big ag companies taking over small area growers more than they have already? Will it be easier or more difficult to find animals and veggies and fruits that have remained free from bad for us additives?

Are the book stores and movie complex closings only the beginning of the end to our lives as we know them today? Let's see what tomorrow brings.

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Love and peace to all my buddies.



Ev

  
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PMFISH 4/16/2012 3:01PM

    We isolate ourselves more and more! Most everything I read is on the internet, my eyesight is still good, but my arms are not long enough. Makes it harder to try and read a book, internet is easier. I no longer even take a newspaper. Last time I went to movie was which a church group to see The Passion of the Christ. Understand today it cost at least $25 if you have a popcorn and soda and you have to contend with the crowds and germs. Since my immune system has been so compromised, I just do not go into large crowds any more. I miss my the Gator football games the most! But I certainly watch them on TV.

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MISSCUS 4/7/2012 1:53AM

    I am not sure I like how things are going. I too have learned to rely on the internet for almost everything. I am disabled, so buying online has become a way of life for me. I am pleased to be able to do this for my personal reasons, as many people are in the same boat as I am in, I still am knowledgeable about the change you speak of in your blog. I feel fear for our children and their childrens children. In todays times, it is nothing like it was in the sixties or seventies, so many people out of work. So much mfg. jobs that are shipped overseas to China and other countries who clamor for the mfg jobs.
Seems like our whole country is in a mess, along with the rest of the world.
It doesn't seem real.

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LIFE-FAITH 4/5/2012 8:12PM

    The impact of technology is changing our world at a very fast pace. Someday we will no longer have anything in print. Libraries are closing also. Movie theaters will close someday everywhere - people will become more and more used to staying home due to the prices of gas. I too live very rural it is a 100 mile round trip to a movie theater. We only do it once or twice a year. Everything can almost be done on the internet. I chuckled a bit about your "history" of the internet - I too used most of the things you mentioned. It is sad indeed - the explosion of all of the technology today impacts our society in ways that are not seen yet. I just told my mom a few days ago - In the Planet of the Apes (original) I do not remember which one - someone went searching for the library - all of the printed books were in piles thrown here and there - the digital information was available - a little foreshadowing of our time. I think it is ironic and weird!

Great blog!
Jean

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SANDRALEET 4/5/2012 6:37PM

    It always is hard to tell a loved one bad mews. I had to do it a few times my self.

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GATORJOY 4/5/2012 3:56PM

    Since I don't own a Kindle or I pad, I buy most of my books at garage sales. That way, I get to go out saling, as we call it, and get good books with owner reviews right on the spot. Occasionally, I buy a new book, one that I want to read but have not found at a garage sale.

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MOM2ACAT 4/5/2012 3:51PM

    I have a Kindle, but I also ready physical books too. Our town is a college town and they haven't had a bookstore here in years, which is sad. I still like to look in book stores.

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KARIDIAN1 4/4/2012 11:50PM

    I love going into bookstores, especially used book stores to browse and touch the books. Even though I own a nook and use it every day, I still appreciate the feel of a good book.

We do like to buy DVD's and watch the movie at home where we don't have to deal with the public. We own over 900 DVD's now. Only buy the ones we really like, and use Redbox to view some movies to see if they are worth buying when they come out cheap to buy.

Your right, so much had changed now. Some good, some bad. We will try to support the local merchants, even if we have to pay a bit more since the service is there when you need it. Being able to see and touch what you are looking at before you buy it is something we like to do.

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46SHADOW 4/4/2012 9:17PM

    Well written.

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LINDA! 4/4/2012 9:06PM

    Yes, isn't it amazing that so many book stores and libraries are closing. It is really a shame.

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DRUIDPRINCESS 4/4/2012 8:56PM

    How sad! I love real books, especially old ones, they have that wonderful magical smell about them. I am so lucky that, although our bookshops are closing, there are so many second-hand and thrift stores where you can still find treasures, and school fetes are also a wonderful place.

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KLASSIE 4/4/2012 5:12PM

    Technology has taken over the world, and while it is convenient it is not personal. But it is what it is and we just have to remain relevant. I do understand your frustration though, and I can only imagine that 20 years from now, everything would be very different. Good luck.

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COACHPENNY 4/4/2012 1:22PM

    It is sad. While some of us would never have met without the internet, we are losing the face to face interaction of past. Some of what you are writing reminds me of the song..."In The Year 2525"...my God that is not so far off is it?

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IAM_HIS2 4/4/2012 12:49PM

    Thank you for this blog. So agree with you!!!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 4/4/2012 10:49AM

    I share your thoughts on this & many other modern changes. There are a number of things I miss & I would have chosen a different society for my girls. I am grateful they did get to experience the pre E era that is almost non existent now.

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OPALMOON 4/4/2012 10:45AM

    So true, Ev! The same goes for what Susie said about Oz. Interestingly, there are more and more people getting together to create community gardens, where people have their own plot, share information, tips, ideas and produce. I think that is a great idea, if one is able to do some gardening. Online shopping is a bit of a double edged sword - a godsend for people who are house-bound, but spelling the end for a lot of retail outlets. it's hard to imagine where the next 10-20 years will take us, with so much changing so fast! Very interesting subject for a blog!!

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SUSIEPH1 4/4/2012 6:05AM

    Ev Dear, It is also happening here in oz !. so many of the book stores and music stores are closing ..
A lot of the retailers are too .. they cannot compete with the lower prices that are offered online ...
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CHERIRIDDELL 4/4/2012 2:32AM

    Ev I so liked this blog .I have an E book reader but I honestly prefer abook in my hands ,I live in a big city so I am not facing the no bookshop problems but it reminds me of a science fiction book I read in school many years ago called "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury where they burned books.Our world is changing so quickly isn't it?

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1STATEOFDENIAL 4/4/2012 2:22AM

    Best Buy just announced they're closing a bunch of stores, including ones here in MN near the home office. Many people will be out of work. Even in big cities there are a lot of places going by the wayside.

I'm reminded of an episode of a TV show I used to love called SeaQuest. It was out in the mid 90s. This episode had the crew of the submarine thrown forward in time where humans had completely handed over their lives to technology to run and spent all of their time playing games. The games turned deadly and all that was left in the world was a teenage boy and girl. The crew had to turn off the main computer that was running the world so the teenagers could be the new Adam and Eve. Every now and again I remember that episode when I think about how far technology and greed has invaded our lives. While much about technology is great, the greed that makes it take over our lives is definitely not good at all. Maybe someday our technology will fail badly and people will be reminded that humanity is better when it is run by humane humans.

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GRAMMAP1 4/3/2012 11:37PM

    My Dad who died at 99 of Dementia, fretted over what would happen to his Library. With 7 Children, surely one of us would enjoy it. Well, I ended up with his Reader's Digest Condensed Books and the youngest Brother took the rest. Dad wanted them to stay together and in the Family. The next generation (our Children) said with computers the old books would become extinct; like Dinosaurs. I am afraid they are right. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 4/3/2012 11:35PM

    Thanks for sharing a thought-provoking blog. Change is never easy, but in the long run, there are so many more choices we have as a result. More jobs are available in customer service and many people work from their homes where this was never an option before. In some cases, it means moving to a different area (just as farms continue to become more super farms than the past), or learning a new skill, but then I'm a firm believer we can never stand still in our knowledge.

I've never been healthier, thanks to learning how to maintain some healthy habits and keep my learning cap on to continually make changes in who I become. I'm God's life-long learning child and for that I am most grateful. This is probably the longest I've been at a healthy BMI in my entire life. People impact healthier options now when I go out to eat. Having gone nearly totally non-alcoholic, I love that 20 years ago, I could order a bottle of de-alcoholised champagne. While I, too, take time to mourn some of our losses, I praise God in all that I have. I would live in no other country for the great blessings in this fine land.

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BIGT_56 4/3/2012 11:19PM

    I couldn't agree more! Everyone has been at me to get a Kindle, but I just like the feel of a good book in my hands. I like that I can take it anywhere and not worry about dropping it or getting it wet. I am trying to teach my granddaughter, who is eight, to appreciate a good book too. Surprisingly she does.

I bought a computer and taught myself how to use it, using the DOS and Windows for Dummies books. I did it to be ahead of the game when my children were little. Computers were just taking off in the schools then. I had an ICQ account too (don't remember my number) and you are right, there were mostly men on there.

I love my computer and I do watch movies and tv on it because I do not have cable or dish for my television. I do not want all the other gadgetry that is out there though.

Give me my bicycle, my computer (with WiFi), and a good book or two and I am a happy camper!

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Hopes and Dreams

Thursday, March 29, 2012

#5 of my self discovery: Something you hope to do in your life.

This was a difficult one for me as there is so much I dream/hope I can do.
The one I decided on was to write so well that I would be published. I have written poems all my life, though I only have them from my 20's on. I have also taken part in a program called NaNoWriMo since 2002. The idea is to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. What makes me sad is I had several of them saved on a private page on our web site. We had to change our host and they were all lost. One was a story about a police chief who was in a coma after he was shot. Another was a young adult one where a young girl spends the summer with her grandmother and aunt. They teach her to scrapbook and cook. Each chapter had a recipe at the end. Yet another one was about a writer who meets her love over the internet. The last one was about a widow who owns a shop and being stranded at home during a storm listens to her radio and hears of the death of a disc jockey from her teenage years. It takes her back to high school memories.

As you can tell, most of my stories have a little romance going on in them. But I don't write too much about sex. There is often a mystery involved, too. I think most of them would be considered inspirational as most are sweet with some sort of moral involved.

So that is one of my hope/dream for myself. BTW, my hubby writes, too. His first one was a murder mystery. He has gone on from there with two of the same characters in a forensic medical series. His are all so good. I would include him in my hopes/dreams to be published, too.

Another of my hopes/dreams is to finish visiting all the states I haven't visited. They are: Mississippi, Arkansas, Rhode Island, New Mexico, Arizona, Oklahoma, and Washington State. I'd love to add Hawaii and Alaska, too.

Today was my Sweeties 70th birthday. Thank so many of you who sent him Birthday Wishes. He truly enjoyed them and I put them all in a folder for him.

Everyone enjoy their days.
Love and peace,
Ev

  
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GATORJOY 4/5/2012 4:05PM

    I do hope you get to take one of those trips soon! Looks like 3 or 4 trips could cover those states. I have so many I haven't visited yet, I can't even count them! I have visited Hawaii, NH, and most in the south and on the south and central east coast, however. I would love to visit Alaska, and all the other states out west!
I hope to read your book some day soon! I will even buy it new!

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PMFISH 3/31/2012 6:07PM

    Belated Happy Birthday to Bob! Have read where some young people are doing them online, small fee for download, but making 6 figures. I passed that on to one of my granddaughters, she is the writer and her sister is the singer/actress.

Hope you have a great weekend.

Pat

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EJOY-EVELYN 3/31/2012 9:53AM

    You have a wealth of experiences to draw from and such a great talent at the keyboard. Hopefully, you have more than one place (or two) where you store your ramblings that will someday flow out into a book for many to enjoy. With so many easy-access storage devices (relatively inexpensive flash drives and external hard drive back-ups), there's little or no excuse to losing books again. You can no longer ever underestimate the power of a back-up. Praise God that he remains with us through all the chaos in life.

I pray that both you and Bob be published, whether it be a short- or long-term goal. Give us a time frame . . . will it be November? Perhaps you can resurrect one of your former, lost stories. With books now available electronically (without needing to be published on paper). Let us have the opportunity to be your first buying audience. From one Evelyn to another, go for it, luv!

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WENDYSPARKS 3/31/2012 8:03AM

    Happy Birthday To Bob!!!!

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OPALMOON 3/31/2012 8:00AM

    happy Birthday wishes to Bob! I hope he has a wonderful birthday.

Keep going with the writing Ev, there have been some great suggestions left in the comments on this blog! Good for you and Bob using your talents so well!

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1STATEOFDENIAL 3/31/2012 1:07AM

    It is becoming easier and easier for people to publish their own work. Many companies exist that will print out work and put it into a nice binding. Then you can share copies of it with people you know and ask them to pass them on when they're done. Who knows where they will end up! Doing it this way might not get the books on the best seller list, but it will get your stories out there for people to read. And there's always a chance it will lead to more!

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CHERIRIDDELL 3/30/2012 10:56PM

    Ev I am sure I would enjoy your stories .I too love to write .Remember many famous authors did not start till later in life so you are way ahead of the bell curve.You are a writer ,you hold our attention ! I don't bother to come back time after time to read someone's blogs if they don't interest me ! hugs,Cheri

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KARIDIAN1 3/30/2012 10:27PM

    Keep writing! I did some writing in High School and had a Star Trek story published in a fanzine back in the early 70's. It was a collaboration with some other High School friends, so I didn't do it all by myself. The fanzine was T-Negative and was one of the better known ST fanzines back then. I have wanted to try and really do more, but life seems to get in the way. I sometimes have story ideas run through my head, just never get them committed to paper.

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DRUIDPRINCESS 3/30/2012 8:28PM

    What an amazing person you are! You have bridged the gap between "hopes/dreams" and "goals" in your life and I just know you have the energy and focus and love of life that will see you meet these goals!

You are an inspiration to me!

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MOM2ACAT 3/30/2012 3:45PM

    I think I would really enjoy your stories!

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COACHPENNY 3/30/2012 3:00PM

    Happy Birthday Bob!! emoticon

Ev.....DO IT.....you have the ability.....you ARE a wordsmith!

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SMIDGON 3/30/2012 6:43AM

    Happy Belated Birthday to your Hubby! I don't know how I missed it????
You know, those hopes/dreams is what keeps us going.
Have a safe and terrific week-end!
Janet
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LOSTLIME 3/30/2012 5:33AM

    That is a great goal to have! Keep going! You and your hubby can do it!
I would read your story. They sound really like something I would read.
(even your hubby's)

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SUSIEPH1 3/30/2012 12:46AM

    Have a wonderful Day ..
Hppy Birthday to Hubby !! emoticon emoticon

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LINDA! 3/30/2012 12:16AM

    What great goals!!

Happy Belated Birthday to your hubby. My hubby's birthday is today! lol
Mine follows in a couple of days.

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Roxie is home

Monday, March 26, 2012

Roxie arrived Friday afternoon. It was almost like a homecoming we celerated so much!

She is such a rich looking red. I got to take her for a ride yesterday around the neighborhood. She received lots of compliments from just about everyone we passed. As soon as Bob gets some pictures, I'll post them.

Bob is going to take over Maxine. He'll change the name and will jazz her up with orange pinstrips and dectorations so he can have another Gatormobile!!

As much as we both love our chairs, we are quite grateful we don't have to be in them all the time. We both try to get as much walking in as we can. Some days I still must use Pinkie (my walker) to take my walk, but at least I can still do that. Sometimes I also have to change up the exercises to acommendate use in a chair or sitting on the floor. I am grateful a lot are done on the floor anyway.

Everyone have a nice week!!

Love and peace,



Ev

  
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PMFISH 3/30/2012 9:02PM

    A welcome addition! Enjoy!

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CHERIRIDDELL 3/29/2012 11:46PM

    Glad to hear Roxie is home

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MOM2ACAT 3/27/2012 12:41PM

    That is awesome!
Now Roxie and Maxine can have a race. emoticon

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COACHPENNY 3/27/2012 7:58AM

    Watch out for the FL Troopers when you and Bob are drag racing those chairs! It's Roxie by a nose...... emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 3/26/2012 10:33PM

    Way to go Ev !!
Love that Roxy is finally home !.
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KARIDIAN1 3/26/2012 8:35PM

    Sounds like Roxie will be a welcome addition to your household. My dad had one of the chairs and he made a little trailer for it with a boat seat on it. The chair pulled it and if my mom got tired, she could sit and rest and ride. They used at the State Fair several times and got lots of questions as to where they bought it.

Looking forward to seeing pictures of your new baby.

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SANDRALEET 3/26/2012 7:55PM

    I am so happy you are pleased with Roxie.Nice to get around more. emoticon emoticon

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