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The Relay and Spark

Friday, April 27, 2012

Today started our local Relay For Life. Bob and I were to attend this evening so I could be in the Survivors Lap and dinner. It wasn't to be. I am still so sore from Wed's fall and lack of sleep. I am still queesy and it isn't a lot of fun. I feel cheated in a way. Last year I couldn't make it because of being in tratment for the second time and now this year too. I have gone through so much and will continue to for my lifetime and I really deserved to be able to be acknowleged for this. After all, everything I have been through will add to research to help others in the future. I honor those who came before who helped my diagnosis to not be immediate death sentences as they were not that long ago. Those couragous people did what they could for research that in turned helped me. I am so proud of them for being so selfless. I want my life to be a tribute to their sacrafices.

This is short, for sure. But with it on my mind and in my thoughts, I wanted to get it expressed. It is rather like SP. I keep thinking had all this info been available when I was young and females were getting daily exercising and encouraged to do so, how much easier things might have been. I love that I have taken control of healthy living for myself. And I applaud those who worked so diligently to get these things into schools, the military, etc. And how couragous of Chris to get the information to all Sparkers and to see it remained free for our use as much and as often as we need.

So this has been my Friday and my thoughts all day long. I feel so fortunate to have a place to share with all of you. Thanks again, Chris!

I may not be able to dance as I used to for real, but no one can "cut a rug" as I do in my thoughts and dreams!! Right now I'm doing a fine Irish jig!!

Blessings my friends. Enjoy your weekend.

Love and peace to you all!







Ev

  
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-COURT- 5/6/2012 10:18PM

    sorry you didn't make it to relay. ours was this past friday/saturday. i didn't get to go either.
you'll go next year for sure.
hope you feel better.

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COACHPENNY 4/30/2012 4:28PM

    (( emoticon))

BIG HUGS!

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KARIDIAN1 4/28/2012 9:32PM

    Hope you feel better soon. You have had some busy days and need a chance to relax and regroup.

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MOM2ACAT 4/28/2012 2:49PM

    emoticon I hope you can make it for the Survivor Lap and dinner.

Our relay is in the fall; last year they had a pig roast dinner for us.

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PIMPINELLAN50 4/28/2012 2:39PM

    You are an inspiration,a survivor,and a winner to me! emoticon
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PMFISH 4/28/2012 2:17PM

    Sorry to hear about your fall. Thank God, nothing was broken. I do not look for human confirmation anymore, but just my family's and our heavenly Father's. I have always been a people pleaser, but as I age and my activities are more limited, I use my energies more wisely. Know you are appreciated more that than we say. Have a great weekend and feel better soon. emoticon

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OPALMOON 4/28/2012 8:18AM

    While circumstances prevent you being at the Relay for Life events, you are still inspiring so many people Ev, and your life and what you share with others has so much meaning. Look after yourself and I hope you recover from the after effects of Wednesday soon!

Hugs, Nattacia

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DRUIDPRINCESS 4/28/2012 2:46AM

    Positive energy and warm hugs to you. In my mind I see you dance that survivors' lap, and are the most beautiful person at the dinner. We all have our challenges, and many of us wilt under the weight, but you are an inspiration to us to keep our chins up, keep smiling, and keep dancing! After all, when reality doesn't provide us with all we want, that's precisely when our dreams step up and we can be whatever and whoever we dare to dream to be.

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CHERIRIDDELL 4/28/2012 2:05AM

    Ev with every blog and every kindness you do you give back.In my opinion my world would have been a lesser place had I not met you and I only met you after your bout with cancer .You are amazing and your courage and determination gives new hope to us all whether you were at a Survivors Lap or not you are a true survivor and you give so much to us all just by your presence .I admire you and I am so glad you are here ,recuperate from your fall and know your friends think you are selfless and your thoughtfulness is a tribute to all those who gave to the research so you could go on .For they blessed us with the special gift of Ev. I for one thank them.

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EJOY-EVELYN 4/28/2012 12:46AM

    You're a trooper . . . and nothing will change who you are. Praise be to God that you have been instrumental in providing the research folks with valuable information to possibly save countless lives.

Part of me wishes you could have come up with a solution that would benefit your personal desire a little more. Had you been well enough, perhaps even a wheel chair or scooter lap might be appropriate, or able to be in the sidelines while announcements were made.

You're incredible, Ev, with or without this particular walk. If only we could let go of the "feelings" and work off the facts.

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Oh what a day!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Yesterday! Wednesday! It was quite the day. One I most likely will remember for quite sometime.

Since it takes awhile to get there, I was up at 6AM after 3 hours sleep to get ready. We left home at 8AM and went to Gainesville. Bob had an eye appointment at the VA at 10AM. What a comedy of errors it turned out to be! Though we had been to this particular group center four or five times over the past years, we managed to miss the buildings and ended up in the country where I had never been before! Bob finally used On-Star and our GPS to get us turned around and on our way. We were only 10 minutes late. Can you believe that?!?!?!?

With the appointment over and on our way within an hour and 15 minutes, we went north on I-75 one exit and decided to have lunch at one of the many wonderful places in that area. We opted for Red Lobster. We both had clam chowder, biscuits, and iced tea. I found I could eat the chowder with no problems, but the biscuits not so much. Bob finished my bowl of chowder and most of my wonderful biscuit. I had 1/2 my chowder left over and should have ordered the cup rather than the bowl. All-in-all, it was a delicious lunch that stayed within my daily tracked allowences. I added some grapes for the total lunch. When we left to go to the next exit north on I-75 for my doctor's appointment, I couldn't believe it as Bob drove right past the entrance ramp! This was the second time within a matter of hours that we missed our way. Fortunately, this was discovered right away and it wasn't a problem to get turned around and back to where we needed to be.

By this time, it was 1:15PM. I had forgotten my appointments along with my cell phone. I had SP appointment reminder sent and STILL could not recall the time of my appointment with my therapist at Shands Springhill Clinic. I thought it was 1:30 and Bob said he thought it was 2:30. Since the building was right there, we stopped and he went into reception to find the correct time. I stayed behind and did some exercising. It took him awhile before returning. THe appointment was indeed at 2:30PM.

That being said, unbelievably, my therapist's wife gave birth to their second daughter and he was running a little late. She gave birth to their first daughter just before the appointment time for me and he missed that one entirely!! We feel "at fault" somehow! lol!!! Since we had at least an hour, we drove back towards UF thinking we would find a place to get something to drink. This is a real issue for me since my radiation in my throat. My saliva glands were done in and I have constant dry-mouth and MUST have water or iced tea or something non caloric to drink at all times. We saw a small plaza made up of seperate brick buildings. Bob spotted a Starbucks and I a Book Rack used book store!! We parked in back of the Book Rack and I went in and Bob walked to the next building with Starbucks. I ended up with a favorite romance novel from years ago. It looked brand new and when I checked the date, it was the originial 1987 and not a reprint. I felt I made a wonderful find. The best part, it was 50% off the already used book price of $1.25! I mean the spine had no cracks, it was in such good shape! By the time I got it, it was time to head back to the clinic.

My appointment was great. I could tell I was coming off the low I had been in for several days as I talked to the doc nearly non-stop! That's a good sign I'm on my way to the upper episode. These never last but a few days, so I knew there was light coming this week and I would be normal again for a number of weeks. These ups and downs tend to come together and last only 2 or 3 days each and then I'm fine for weeks. The only bad thing is, I know he is leaving the university and going to private practice across the state. After four years together, it is going to be very difficult to have a different doctor. Heck, we even share "delivery appointments" with his daughters!!! lol!! But that is life. I think I knew from the start he wouldn't be staying in the academic setting for a very long time. My next appointment in June most likely will be our last together and most of it will be spent finding out about my new doctor.

After the appointment, we decided to stop at a pet store not too far from the intersection we use to get home. Bob wanted to get Coco a new toy or two. Being he is still a puppy and loves playing, Bob wanted him to have more than the one he's had. He ended up getting a very hard ball and a toy dog with two squeekers and no stuffing in it. We were then on our way. It was nearly 4PM.

Anyway, we were leaving town but decided to stop for something to drink and Bob was needing something small to eat because he is diabetic and he was getting weak. We were at the counter of a convienence store, in line to check out and I fell!! It happened so quickly I don't even know what happened. A lady watching said it looked like I went to step and my ankle rolled and I went down. I landed on my cane and my head hit a man on his feet. I was really concerned I hurt him, but he said he was fine. A number of customers and one clerk wanted to help me up, but I asked that they let me try on my own first. I got to my knees and one foot up and Bob helped me the rest of the way. Everyone was so kind and helpful. One lady wanted to take our drinks and bag to the truck while Bob helped me, but he made two trips instead. While he was out the first time, she told me it looked to her like if I hadn't hit that man's feet, my head would have hit the floor - hard! She couldn't stop saying how very lucky I was. I was so embarassed by it all, though there was little I could have done to stop it. Anyway, we didn't get home until nearly 7PM.

We had a light supper and I went on my laptop to get caught up on email and SP. There was so much, I didn't finish SP as I had wanted. There were a lot of sorority events going on that I had to attend to ASAP before I could even get to SP. So I missed lots of huddling and my blog. I watched midnight come and go. I finally tackled my Spark Blog. "What," you ask? You didn't see a new entry from me? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm You haven't seen one since Saturday? Now how could that have happened? Well, it may have something to do with my spending an hour and a half writing a very personal and thoughtful account of my #8 question on the self discovery blog. Just as I went to post blog entry, my browser quit working and it was totally lost. Which is the second reason you are reading this one instead. I was so devestated by losing such a writing, I didn't have the strength to redo it.

All of that didn't keep me down though. I was awake the entire night. With three hours sleep Tuesday and none Wednesday, I crashed tonight around 7:30. But I was back up at 9:PM. I'm ready to move on once more. Hopefully I'll get enough rest to redo that blog tomorrow. However, I also hope I'm verbal enough to make it as good as the one I lost.

This we'll find out later, won't we?

Have a fantastic Friday, my friends. Blessings to you all.

Peace and love to all of you from this ol' hippie chick.

Ev

  
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MISSCUS 4/28/2012 4:45PM

    I cannot survive without GPS. I have NO sense of direction. Good long day that turned out mostly okay. Sorry about your fall.

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KARIDIAN1 4/27/2012 9:41PM

    What a full day for the both of you. So glad that you didn't get hurt when you fell. I am glad that Bob was with you for the day. You make a good team. I have had to switch several doctors this year too. It is hard to do and find another you feel comfortable with after all those years. My chiropractor retired and sold his practice, and I decided to go to a different one. I had been seeing my chiropractor for about 40 years.

How fun to have found a used book store and to find a book that you liked in good shape. I love old book stores. Enjoy rereading your new/old find.

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NORASPAT 4/27/2012 6:03PM

    Wow, that was a very full day for the two of you. I fully understand the Dr leaving. DH and I had the same Dr since arriving in the US and he took care of us for over 20 years. He went home to live in Scotland. Our next Dr, took care of us for 23 years and in the last 2 years in the same practice we have had 4 Drs come and go and we are hoping the one we are with #5 will last a long time. It is difficult to establish a good rapport but so far it is doing well.

I was sorry to read you had a hard fall but pleased the people around were so kind, even more pleased you were not too badly hurt. I hope no bumps or bruises have made their presence known. Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOM2ACAT 4/27/2012 3:25PM

    I hope this weekend you can relax and get some must needed rest!
Don't feel embarrassed about falling, I'm glad you were surrounded by so many caring people when it happened.

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PIMPINELLAN50 4/27/2012 2:34PM

    Reading about your very busy day,i am relieved that you did not injure yourself.
I adore your writing,and is looking forward to your next Blog.
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GATORJOY 4/27/2012 2:03PM

    Waiting to read it! You take good care of yourself! emoticon

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COACHPENNY 4/27/2012 12:46PM

    Even when you're "having a day" it always an adventure for you and Bob. So glad that only your ego was hurt. And with Bob's help, you picked yourself up and are moving onward.

I know what you mean about losing something you've written. I HATE when that happens!!

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OPALMOON 4/27/2012 8:53AM

    What a day! I don't think you could have packed more in. I am just glad you were okay and didn't hurt yourself on account of the fall. They can happen so quickly, so there is no need to feel embarrassed. Take care and I hope you get some good rest.

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LOSTLIME 4/27/2012 4:56AM

    Don't feel bad. I am glad that you didn't seriously hurt yourself. Your blogs
are always interesting. So don't worry about those either. Have yourself a wonderful weekend!

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CHERIRIDDELL 4/27/2012 12:10AM

    Ev ,you should not be embarassed of falling.I am just relieved you were not hurt.Your blogs are always so interesting .I find you put a lot of yourself into them and that makes them special.I for one always like reading them ! Take care.hugs,Cheri

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Life worth living?

Saturday, April 21, 2012

My #7 question for self discovery blog: Someone who has made your life worth living.

This question really made me think - a lot! I have been so blessed and fortunate in my life. From the time I formed my first thoughts about life being worth my being here, there has been someone in my life to make it so. The three most important were my parents and my brother. But there were always, family, friends, teachers, and neighbors.

When I was 16, my SIL was added to our family and added another. When I was 19 I married the first time and my hubby became number one for a few years. At 30, one of my very first loved ones left me when my father passed away. By then there were my niece and nephew who was added to the list. I couldn't love those two any more than if they were my own. I would do anything for them. Those children really made my life worth living.

Through the years more have come and gone from those who made me want to wake in the morning. My mama was the hardest to lose when she passed in 1998. There had been the two of us together for over seven years and to be honest, somedays were harder than others. But I still have my brother who has been there since I was only days old. His son has added three wonderfully bright, loving children along with his beautiful wife. My niece has also added an intelligent loving husband and two of the cutest, loving boys you'll ever meet. They have all made life worth living.

Then in 2000 I was blessed with my wonderful loving hubby Bob. And with him came two great sons, a daughter, and a grandson. There isn't anyone who can't see why I am so fortunate and considered myself blessed! Finally a family of my very own arrived. All of the children are in MN while we are in FL, but it doesn't matter, because we keep up fairly often.

Now my Bob and my brother keep in touch daily and often more than once a day. I always say they are the brother the other never had. They meet each other every morning for coffee on instant messenger. This really makes me very, very happy. Bob is an only child and the family "story" from my mama was,
she was so sure she would have a boy as her sister had four sons before a daughter, and my father's siblings only had three daughters among the six of them. So convinced she and daddy always talked about the new baby being a brother for him. He was going to be five in two and half months, so he totally understood. When I came along and they told him he had a sister instead, his response was "Throw her in the garbage can! I want my brother"!

So the two people who make my life worth living the very most today, love each other almost as much as I do each of them. How much more blessed and fortunate can one woman get?


Bob's HS picture


D's HS picture


SIL's HS picture


Nephew and niece

Love and blessings to all my dear friends,
Ev

  
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MISSCUS 4/26/2012 9:03AM

    I know I am late reading and commenting on your blog. You are truly blessed with a kind loving family. Not everyone can say that, many people have bad things to say about their family, but not you Evelyn. Your family must be really nice people.

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SARAWMS48 4/25/2012 8:55AM

    I remember going to a counselor after I was divorced who asked me who I had loved. I cried all week as I thought about it, but somehow it began a healing as I remembered that love came in many ways. Thanks for sharing the ways that it has come for you.

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LOSTLIME 4/24/2012 5:03AM

    Very nice blog! The pictures are beautiful. You are so blessed with a wonderful family.

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COACHPENNY 4/23/2012 11:30AM

    Ev, thanks for sharing your blessings with us...made my day! We don't often stop to think about these things and you make us think the best thoughts. I will count my blessings today, thanks to you.

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KARIDIAN1 4/22/2012 9:30PM

    Great blog and memories. Thanks for sharing the photos too.

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DRUIDPRINCESS 4/22/2012 6:24PM

    How blessed you are! Thank you for sharing your wonderful story with us. It has encouraged me to think about who is important in my life, at a time when it is very hard to find purpose.

Hugs to you!
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SAMMIESMOM13 4/22/2012 1:50PM

    Enjoyed this. It's good to stop and realize just how blessed we really are.

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OPALMOON 4/22/2012 9:41AM

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful story, Ev!

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BUSYGRANNY5 4/22/2012 8:56AM

    What a beautiful blog... I hope you have a wonderful day!

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1STATEOFDENIAL 4/22/2012 12:34AM

    You are definitely blessed to have such wonderful people to experience life with. Having great people around you definitely helps give you motivation to be a great person too (as we can see because you are!).

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PUFFPASTRY 4/22/2012 12:25AM

    You have had such a wonderful life, Ev! The way you appreciate and value people shines out of every journal entry you write -- it's inspiring, and I'm glad you exist, because I think you're the balance in the universe for my loneliness, cynicism and bad attitude. emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 4/21/2012 11:47PM

    I loved this blog too Ev.It is so nice to hear about people connecting and really becoming important to one another.hugs,Cheri

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NORASPAT 4/21/2012 11:15PM

    What a nice Blog I love to read Blogs that actually tell e about people. Especially contented people. You did it EV you made me read on and feel happy. HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Dresses and scarves, Hats and gloves, Shoes and purses, Oh My!!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Back when I was in junior and senior high school these things were always important to me. I had to have everything match from tip to toe. When we went to church or anything dressy, we sported it all - dresses, scarves, hats, gloves, shoes, and purses.

I was very fortunate growing up. My mama was a teacher and really enjoyed clothing, skin care, makeup, and accessories. Monetarily we weren't really wealthy or anything. But both of my parents worked, so mama and I could also aford to get our hair cut, curled, and in her case colored. She taught me so much about fashion, color combinations, etc. I loved to watch her with her skin care and make up. Often she would spray me with a spritz of perfume! Then there was her nail polishes. She usually used some shade of red. She would also follow the moon at the bottom of her nails. I noticed nails polished the same way in movies meant to take place in the 40's - 60's. But I guess a lot of this explains a lot of my obsessions with these things! The best part of all of this is we would go shopping to some of the better stores four times a year and she would let me get one outfit each time. The rest of the time she would show me to have all these beautiful things at very reasonable prices. Lots of it was searching sales and finding discounts. Today I still enjoy buying at the outlet stories.

Some of these ideas are dated, I know, but it was how my generation learned. The only time we wore capris, slacks, shorts, etc. was for sports activities and outdoor events. In school we were expected to wear dresses or skirts that hit below the knees. If the principal or a teacher thought our outfit was too short, we were made to kneel. If our skirts didn't touch the floor, a girl was often sent home from school. We also had to wear stockings with our shoes and sandals when we had on a dress or skirt. I remember my mama being so happy when panyhose first became popular and when teachers were permitted to wear pant suits to work!!

When I was 20, my brother and sister-in-law were living in Illinois as my brother was going to school for his PhD. At that time United flew from our little local airport and they had a discount card for those 18-21. I was able to fly to see them because it was about 1/2 the normal cost. I can remember the pink with navy trim suit I wore. I also had navy low heels and carried a navy purse and wore white gloves. I didn't wear my hat then as I didn't want it messed up on the plane. It was the first time I flew and I only knew what others told me. The plane wasn't very full and at a layover to pick up passengers, the stewardesses (that's what they were called in those days) came to my seat and were talking to me. One asked me if I was going to "Stew School" for United. The others were excited and before I could answer, they started telling me the ins and outs of school! I was kind of in shock. I mean, I couldn't have because of wearing glasses and being married. Those were two rules that couldn't be broken then. But they were all so beautiful with great personalities. I didn't even think I was pretty and I was so, so shy. Finally I took off my gloves and they saw my wedding rings. Then they changed the subject and we talked about my husband being in Viet Nam and my brother at the University of Illinois. They told me because I was dressed to a tee, the right age and going to Chicago, they thought I was going to school!!

Even today there are some fashion rules my mama taught me that are difficult for me to give up on. The white after labor day rather went by the way, as she wore white a lot in her later years in Florida. As soon as I lived here, I did, too.
I have had a difficult time with going barelegged with shoes and sandals. I never did like bare feet inside a shoe. I still try to match my purses with my shoes and outfits, but I would rather have a few well made ones than a lot of inexpensive ones just in order to match. And to be honest, I hate changing everything around a lot. Each season seems to work for me.

My hats I still love though I usually only wear the good ones to church. I have several western style ones and lots of ball cap styles. Most of those are from Bob. I also have some visors, but rarely wear them as I have to keep out of the sun and they don't give much protection. Some straw hats that kind of flop are a part of my collection, too.

Because of all of this, I guess it was no surprise when I went to cosmetology school when the PD had the layoffs. I enjoyed doing manicures beside hair. All the wonderful colors are impressive. So many are alike, but I always changed mine up each season. Our teacher was fond of saying " You can't sell it if you don't wear it." That is so, so true. I love OPI polish. It holds up really well for the price. And I love their colors and the names!! some of my favorites are Hawaiian Orchid, Barefoot in Barcelona, and Cajun Shrimp. So much fun!!

A lot of family and friends will give me scarves and/or pins. I love them both. Mama also taught me if you have one or two good pieces the others can all be costume. And being I never like to be like everyone else, I still mix a lot of her costume jewelery even though it can be 45-60 years old. I love it! Sometimes I'll get strange looks, but hey! I like how I look and the appreciation for the fashion lessons my mama taught me.



I know I have shown this picture a lot, but I think it shows my mama's love for matching, hats, skin care, and makeup. She was paralyzed on her left side and in the nursing home but her aides all new how she liked to dress and how to do her face care and makeup. She was 84 in this picture on Mother's Day. She passed away in July that year. One of aides wanted to come in to dress her even if she was off duty. They called her in, and the woman did her hair, her face and dressed her in a beautiful dark jewel green outfit. I think she would have been very happy.

Love and peace to all my friends.


Ev

  
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HIKETOHEIGHTS 4/22/2012 1:41PM

    I enjoyed the story. I did a little walk down memory lane right along with you. emoticon

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GOLFGMA 4/21/2012 3:13PM

    I love this story. I can certainly relate. I guess I have also passed my love of these same things to my D. She still, at age 32, loves to match her shoes and purse to every outfit. Recently we went into my closet to show her some purchase I had made and when she looked at my shoes all lined up she commented that , even her closet didn't have as many shoes as mine, however, I dispute that because when we shop together she will purchase two pair to my one. Lol, what fun we have! emoticon

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GOLFLADY11 4/21/2012 12:20PM

    Thanks Evwing for this heartwarming story. What lovely memories you have of your wonderful mother. I wore a hat to my youngest daughter's weddings. One of my friends wore one too. I love hats but I only own a couple and don't often wear them. Today's dress codes are different, agreed, but isn't it nice to show some individuality in makeup, hair and jewellry. Thanks so much for sharing!!!! emoticon

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LARKSONGRUTH 4/20/2012 2:22AM

    A very nice tribute to your mother, and a nice insight into who you are as well. I still can't go bare legged unless its just sandals under pants. I remember having to wear dresses in Elementary, but that started to change by the time I got to jr. high and high school. By the time I graduated from high school, dresses were more the exception than the rule. They went really short when I was in jr. high, and then by high school and college, the midi lengths were in. It was so nice to have that hiatus from the mini skirt.

I think we would benefit from being a little more formal and careful about our dress today as well.

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OPALMOON 4/20/2012 1:37AM

    I loved reading this blog, Ev! My grandmother loved her accessories, not scarves and hats so much, but certainly her handbags and shoes...though the women in my family were never big on makeup. You mother looks as my Mum would say 'like she was taken straight out of the box' - just perfect. I am sure those memories of her are very precious.

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EJOY-EVELYN 4/19/2012 11:05PM

    Great blog and such wonderful memories.

When I travelled to India two summers ago, I brought 20 pair of knee highs to go with my sandals and salwar suits . . . I got lots of funny looks for this and for being a white American in Indian clothes. I still have trouble with not wearing stockings and this year was the first year I found some comfort in being bear legged (as well as a wealth of financial savings). Being at goal weight seems to give me a little more confidence. I continue to enjoy hats for both function and style! - Some of these summer restaurants are too air conditioned to not have something on my head to compensate (I do not enjoy eating if I feel like I'm freezing).

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EVWINGS 4/19/2012 9:44PM

    When I was writing this last night, I never dreamed I would have so many comments from those of my same generation! It does amaze me that so many mothers were teaching us the same things no matter how close or far they were. I was also glad to see someone else loves the older jewelry as I do. My mama was a teacher and a lot of her pins were from students at the end of the year. The necklaces and bracelets were mostly from my dad or my brother and I.

Someone asked if I passed on the info. I was a Girl Scout leader and one of the things I enjoyed was having my council bring in seniors to teach the troops some of the things they knew best and talk to them about their lives and let the girls ask questions, etc. There were so many fascinating ladies in our community. But yes, this info was passed on to them.

As so many of you, I hate to see the too tight pants or those hanging down. Under garments showing in any way gripes me, too. So many of my tops show my bra straps because they have become too large!

Anyway, thank you all for your wonderful comments!

Ev

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MOM2ACAT 4/19/2012 3:18PM

    Your mother was a beautiful lady!

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COACHPENNY 4/19/2012 3:07PM

    Ev, Your mother was a doll. Such a lovely blog.

I have to have makeup on too and losing some weight helped me to get back to dressing nicely. Some of the dress codes went away in the 70's but, I remember telling a H.S. friend she should not wear navy blue and black together...even if it was jeans and a t-shirt. I thought it looked trashy.

Wish I could still wear the heels but, comfort comes first. I have some with platforms that feel great!

Bridie....panty lines LOL! Not for me either and no underwear hanging out.

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NORASPAT 4/19/2012 9:28AM

    EV, we are kindred spirits i just love to tell a story, even better i like to read a nice long story in a blog. That was a great blog, I totally enjoyed it.
I grew up poor in England but my mothers mantra was clean honest and educated. Even though we were poor and at time homeless it came through for me. Follow my mothers example I am so happy I did. I am 68 years young and loving my life Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BRIDIE5 4/19/2012 9:21AM

  Ev, we're from the same generation..to this day I will not wear a top that shows my bra straps, or pants so tight they show a panty line, or leave the house without makeup,. We are indeed our mother's daughters..and tht's a proud thing to be.

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SMIDGON 4/19/2012 6:39AM

    Ev, you must be from my generation! My, how things have changed!
But, it's always fun to rehash our youth isn't it?
My 19 year old GD refers me as her 'party-girl' GM. You wouldn't know it now, though.
How are you?

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1STATEOFDENIAL 4/19/2012 12:26AM

    That is an incredible story. It's incredible how much times have changed. I never had anyone teach me anything about these things. Most of my clothes growing up were hand-me-downs, but when I did get a few things at the beginning of each school year my mother was particular about what she wanted to see me wear (at least until I became a teenager). I never had anyone to teach me how to do my makeup or my hair. I had a Walgreens cosmetics clerk show me a few things, but I was in my 20s before a friend took pity on me and showed me the right way.

Did you pass on all these lessons to the next generation? If you had the time I bet you could find a girl scout troop or a church group of young girls and they would love to learn things like this.

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LINDA! 4/18/2012 11:34PM

    This is a lovely photo and a lovely blog. I am 57. I remember those rules of dress so well. Even when I was working, I always tried to dress up. Also tried to have my hair cut and styled. I still wear polish on my nails and have my feet pedicured. Much of this is good, as I also live in Florida and wear sandals most everyday.

There are times that I look at styles today and so wish some of the old rules still were in effect.

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KNITTINGNAN 4/18/2012 11:23PM

  I bet you never in your wildest dreams thought people of all ages would be wearing flip-flops everywhere they go. The only flip-flops I owned were to wear in the showers at camp, and I hated those crazy things. This was a wonderful blog.

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CHERIRIDDELL 4/18/2012 11:13PM

    Ev this is a wonderful blog.I am 53 but my Mum had me as an afterthought,she has been dead since 2001 and she taught me the same rules your Mama taught you.Isn't it funny My Mum was a war bride brought up in London England thousands of miles away from your Mum yet she taught me the same things. I loved the photo of your Mama and I am sure she would be so proud of you .I think I see something of her in your smile.When my Mum died I lugged home all her jewellery and some of the prettiest pieces of her scarves and handbags ,people thought I was nuts ,they are 50 years or more old (my Mum looked after her things) but who is laughing hardest, Kayleigh my daughter is 25 and she will wear some of those pieces now and when people compliment her on them and ask her where she got them she says "London" she doesn't add unless she knows them well it was London in 1965 or 1972 or perhaps even 1954 LOL!

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KARIDIAN1 4/18/2012 11:11PM

    What wonderful memories you have of everything your mother taught you.

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Very short

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

This past week or two has flown by. I have had some good days and some not so good. But all and all I've been pretty happy. We've had lots of smoke alerts and are under a burn ban and watering restrictions. Our paper advised this will most likely go on for quite a while. The most difficult thing waqs when the smoke was so heavy having to stay in and only have the dogs out for a short while. We were happy when we could take them for longer walks.

Bob did get his new pup. He finally decided to name him Coco. He is the sweetest boy. But he is still a puppy and likes to chew on things. He wants to be friends with the other three boys, but they aren't so sure yet. It's fun to watch them all together.





Two photos of Coco.

ANother thing I have been working on this week is finding new recipes to add to my collections here on Spark. Some we have tried all ready and I rate them and comment. Some look so delicious. I have to sub ingedients in some of them as Bob is allergic to onions and I am to peppers. I usually can make whatever adding mushrooms and/or garlic!!

This is about all I have to say today. One day soon I'll be doing the next prompt on the knowing yourself blog.

Blessings to all my Spark friends.

Love and Peace,
Ev

  
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OPALMOON 4/20/2012 1:32AM

    Coco is so sweet (this was the name of my beloved cat I had for 18 years and she was such a dear). I am sure he will have a wonderful life with you and Bob and your other three boys!

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KARIDIAN1 4/19/2012 9:29PM

    What a cutie! Looks like he has been to the Vet for his tests and such.
I'm sure he will be friends with the others shortly once they get the pecking order worked out.

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MOM2ACAT 4/19/2012 3:18PM

    Coco is adorable!

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CHERIRIDDELL 4/18/2012 10:54PM

    Coco is so cute,Bob must love him!

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EJOY-EVELYN 4/18/2012 6:10PM

    Coco is so cute ... And so appropriately named. There are months when I go through 50 lbs of onions -- I can't imagine going without them. It's amazing how adaptable we can be when we have to be. Hoping the pooches play well together.

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NORASPAT 4/18/2012 11:41AM

    I love your new Puppy, Coco fits him for sure. Thanks for posting the pics. We are in a red alert but we are hoping for rain at the weekend. We are forested here in maine but there is an abundance of last falls dead very dry leaves and of course the thatch on the gras will take of very fat. We really do need rain. I hope you get some soon. What place doyou you live in?. US or Australia.Pat in Maine USA. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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COACHPENNY 4/18/2012 10:53AM

    Little Mr. Coco is a handsome little guy!

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DAWNDMOORE40 4/18/2012 8:24AM

    emoticonThe puppy is precious! I have two cats and they are just like having two little children running around!
I love the Spark People recipes! I have tried several myself, but never commented on them. Maybe I will have to look into that! Have a blessed day! emoticon emoticon

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LOSTLIME 4/18/2012 4:48AM

    I love the pics of your Coco. He is so cute! Also glad that you can now get
outside for your walks.

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PIMPINELLAN50 4/18/2012 12:15AM

    The puppy is adorable!I too have been looking around for some tasty new
SP Recipes. Have tried a few ,and they turned out great.(i tend to put garlic in almost everything!(except in desserts--lol!)
Hope you'll find some delicious and new food ideas!
Cheer's!

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