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Sunday, December 02, 2012

Before I start with all of my blog, I want to let you know I'm taking another blogging challenge. This time it is for Advent. Since I found it this morning, I am already one day behind! However, I know some of my followers did the Nov Thanksgiving one at the same time as I did, so I thought I'd link you to the site for the Advent prompts in case others would like to do the same challenge. Here you go: adventcalendar.geneabloggers.com/


Wellness Goals:

I was able to follow all the goals I set except for one. I wasn't able to add any new foods. I did try, oh how I tried!! Everything that I tried either burned or was too difficult to chew and swallow. I am very happy that I have stayed on track another month and logged my exercise and foods for each day!

1. Continue with my program to maintain
2. Keep on with my exercises as much as possible
3. If I can't keep up with exercise, reduce food intake
4. Keep doctor appointments better, even if I'm not feeling well!
5. It will never be a problem, but keep on drinking water 8-12 glasses a day.
6. Continue weighing in on Friday mornings to keep everything under control
7. Keep nutrition and exercise logs each day.
8. Do everything possible to live as well as I can.
9. Be sure to get enough fruits and veggies as possible.
10. Keep trying to add better foods to my daily intake. Nutritious and fun!!


Personal Goal:

I'm content with how my personal goals went, too. I didn't follow the exact word count, but I did complete my word count and verified as a winner! I took good care with Bob and I stayed in touch with my regional group. In the end, it WASN"T my turn for Program for sorority, so I didn't have that concern. I checked in with Spark all but one day, I believe it was. I made it after midnight, so it went to the next day. All in all, I am very happy.

1. Set daily writing goals at 1700 words/per day
2. Just do it!
3. Write in gratitude journal each day - 3 things a day
4. Make sure Bob is eating as he should and taking care of himself. He's too precious to lose.
5. Check into Spark people each day AFTER getting writing quota finished.
6. Keep from playing too many games while working on this 50K+ challenge.
7. Stay in contact with regional members and with ML liaison.
8. Get a fantastic program for sorority this month since it's my turn!
9. When NaNo is over, continue to write as often as possible. Ask Spark Buds for prompts if necessary,
10. Be gentle on myself if I miss a day writing. Do some more each day until I catch up.
11. Continue to compliment and always SMILE!!!


For December I have one goal - to make it through the month the best I can, including the Advent blogging.


ACCM: December 1, The Christmas Tree

Our Christmas tree while I was growing up was always real until I was about 10. That was when my mama and I both discovered we had allergies to Pine! As a teen, we attempted to return to the tradition several times wearing gloves. After toomany broken beloved ornaments, we gave up. My mama went to an aluminum tree with a colored spotlight shinning on it and I went the way of an artificial with decorating as usual. I still have several ornaments that were family ones that I remember always being with us. I also have several plastic Santa and Santa boots that held suckers given to me by my dad's last partner at the Sheriff's Office. They remained good friends the rest of their lives, but these are from sometime up to me being 6 when we moved to a different house. My mama used to put "Angelhair" on the tree when it was the popular thing to do. We were both happy when the fashion went away, as it was too easy to get cut using it which meant I couldn't get too far under the tree to check out anything that was there. You know - stuff
Santa didn't bring but family friends and some relatives, too. While we still believed (and in a some way I still do - at least the magic of the days and celebrating Christ's Birthday) my brother and I would be awakened in the middle of the night to go to the tree because "Santa has come!" Mama also had us string popcorn to circle the trees. That was always a fun project because she would make hot chocolate and give us a bowl o popcorn and the needle already to go with the string. i think we would eat as much of the popcorn as we strung! Of course I'm sure that was her plan all along! She also had us string the tinsel over the branches one at a time to look like real icecicles. I still hang them that way. I would rather leave them off than to see them bunched all together looking like a big ol' lump!! We also had a red star that was sparkly and shone with a light in the middle as a tree topper. Today, we use one that had been used by Bob's parents when he was a child. With that and the ornaments from each family, we have a lovely mix of family on our tree. My maternal grandparents had stopped celebrating Christmas by the time I came along, thus no memories to have there. My paternal grandmother died the year before I was born and my aunts took turns doing my Zeddo's (grandfather in Slovak) tree, so they were different each year and difficult to remember other than they were always real until I was older. Zeddo passed away in September of my freshman year in college. I was 17 and I can't recall him having a tree up for several years before that. Since he was in his 80's, I have to believe it was because of his age.


Since the prompt for today is Food, I'm going to wait until tomorrow to blog that entry! There is just too much to write about it. My paternal grandparents brought a lot of tradition with them when the came to the states from Slovakia. We used some of them and others not. My brother and I still follow some of those same traditions in our own families today. We have made others, but there are some that remain precious to us from our childhood that came from their 'old' country. I'm not sure about my niece and nephew as they spend Christmas with my brother each year.

No matter your beliefs or even non-beliefs, I am wishing all my Spark People family a wonderful holiday season. For me and my fellow Christians, Jesus' birth is the reason we celebrate. Even if this isn't what you follow, I have respect for your personal reason, too. We are all brothers and sisters occupying our earth together. This internet thing has made us even a smaller world and I believe in order to exist we must be respectful to all. I have love in my heart for all of my Spark friends whether they believe as I do or not. I hope that by my example those who do not, can see there are good people who are not hateful nor judgemental of others , and Christian.

Peace Love and Joy always.

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CHERIRIDDELL 12/4/2012 12:19AM

    What a fabulous blog ,your memories blogs are among my favourites Ev.I just love the things you share with us I think you should be declared a national treasure.You make meories come alive and spread peace and goodwill always !

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LOLAINSC 12/3/2012 1:48PM

    You are so disciplined and faithful with your blogging projects and seem to get so much out of them. Hope you enjoy this one very much. It seems designed to elicit a lot of warm and happy memories.

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BUSYGRANNY5 12/3/2012 6:59AM

    Love this!!!! I'm going to check out the link you shared!!!

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ILOVETOCRUISE 12/3/2012 5:52AM

    Such a nice blog.
10. Be gentle on myself if I miss a day writing. Do some more each day until I catch up. emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 12/3/2012 3:07AM

    What a\ wonderful idea Ev, a great challenge and I love the detail you put to it.

I wish you a fantastic holiday too for you and Bob, all your family! emoticon

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JAMER123 12/3/2012 12:23AM

    Great blog, EV!! I totally love the last paragraph as I feel the same a you. As a Christian, I will say to you God bless and have a beloved Christmas.
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COXBETH 12/2/2012 11:57PM

    I love the joy this season brings and I love seeing people share the true meaning of Christmas while still sharing that joy with nonChristians! Lovely blog post!

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JINLYNN 12/2/2012 11:28PM

    emoticon Thanks for the advent link - it sounds like a great way to blog.
And thanks for sharing about your Christmas memories.

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123ELAINE456 12/2/2012 9:37PM

  Great Goals. You are doing Great. Keep Writing. God Bless You and Bob. Have a Wonderful Week. Enjoy Today. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!

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AWESOMECHELZ 12/2/2012 9:02PM

    Great goals! And you know why? There very specific and the chances of you doing well, is very high. I wish the best! emoticon
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1CRAZYDOG 12/2/2012 6:26PM

    OH my goodness. I was allergic to the pine sap too, so we had to change to an artificial tree. It was exactly as you described -- aluminum with a disc that rotated on different colors on the wheel! Oh my. Honestly, I don't remember what became of that tree, but your story made me wish I had it!!

What a wonderful story.
HUGS to you.

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KARIDIAN1 12/2/2012 6:15PM

    Great blog Ev. Sounds like this challenge is "write" up your alley.

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EJOY-EVELYN 12/2/2012 4:52PM

    Your challenge for the Advent blog embodies the true meaning of Christmas . . . to share Christ through wonderful memories with family and friends. I look forward to hearing more of the story.

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Great news for the Good Team!!

Friday, November 30, 2012

30. Today I'm grateful for the ability to continue to be able to communicate with my own voice and not with the aid of a machine or tube. Each day given to me is a blessing and I'll never take it for granted. Each day brings another chance to be happy, do things that I enjoy, helping others and giving a lift to their lives., and try to smile often. When I do these things, I am living life to the fullest. But taking care of my body the best I can, is the greatest gift I can give myself.


Great news for Bob today. All of his tests turned out wonderful. He has no heart problems at all!! He really didn't want to go, but I talked to him about how much I have been concerned since his chest pains. Now we know for sure and we both feel so much better.


There is a creative site that I joined several years ago. There are very few members and participation like there is here. But it is fun, none the less. I chose to finally participate in a swap there. Those who are participating received three names to send to while three different people got our name to send to. What we are exchanging are handwritten letters with the theme of "A Christmas Memory". I have been thinking about this all afternoon. I have two very vivid memories. One is really more like a tradition and the other is a memory. I haven't been able to make up my mind, so perhaps I'll use both. If anyone would be interested in checking the site, here is the link: coachcreativespace.ning.com/

All this has brought two questions to my mind that I would like to ask my Spark Buds.

#1. Do you have any family traditions that you learned as a child and have incorporated into your own family as an adult?

#2. Do you believe the art of letter writing is gone for good? Do you enjoy writing letters and receiving them, too? It seems I write so little anymore that when I must, my handwriting is awful. But i do enjoy both. And yes, I believe computers with their instant replies appeal to those especially, who desire instant gratification. I also think it is too bad. I have letters from long ago that I have saved and cherish.


Everyone enjoy their weekend.

Peace Love and Joy to all my Buds. I love you all.

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SAMMIESMOM13 12/5/2012 9:32PM

    I must admit I mostly email also, but it is because of cost more than anything. I really miss letters tho. I used to write to a number of pen pals, here in the US and over seas. When I divorced I just could no longer afford those so had to give it up. So in that way I love the emails, I can correspond with anyone I wish. But oh, for the good old days of enjoying going out to get the mail...

Glad to hear things are going well in the health dept. :)

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 12/4/2012 1:30PM

    I think paper to pen has been obsolete for some time. Young people are the future & they go electronic with everything. They dont even have paper to write on. It is all on their phones or tablets.

Us older gals are losing our manual dexterity& vision so there goes that, who is left. Men do they even write letters? E-mails are getting creative & the future.

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ILOVETOCRUISE 12/4/2012 6:40AM

    Good news for Bob.

My grandchilden are NOT allowed to use cursive writing in middle schhol. So sad.

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MISSDAISY23 12/3/2012 10:56AM

    I am very glad to hear of Bob's good news! emoticon

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JINLYNN 12/2/2012 11:24PM

    Happy about the new for Bob!

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TASHATRIX 12/2/2012 3:43PM

  Im new here but Im very glad to see such good news.
As for writing letters..i do a lot of writing. Not as letters though. Its usually just me venting.

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CRYSTALLULLABY 12/2/2012 11:22AM

  So glad you have good news about Bob.

I have started writing letters again (and retaught myself calligraphy). I think there is such an art to seeing and creating the letters on the page even if it is just someone's handwriting. It's like a more clearer picture into the person - sometimes letters make me feel more a part of a person's life than a visit or chat on the phone.

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OPALMOON 12/2/2012 10:10AM

    So glad to hear that Bob has had good news. That is a huge relief for you both.

I have a friend from Hobart, where I lived for 8 years some time ago now, with whom I exchange correspondence on a regular basis. We both like to be creative and use different stickers, note paper and envelopes to make each letter something special.

Christmas - we still have some of the same traditions, but highly modified these days, especially food wise, since it is just Mum and me. When i was growing up there was baking and food preparation going on for days and nights beforehand as guests were always given either a cake or strudel or something savoury to take home. Nowadays we just go out for Christmas Day lunch but still celebrate a meat-free Christmas Eve, with Borsch included.

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AWESOMECHELZ 12/2/2012 2:40AM

    My family was very abusive and I have started my own traditions. One is for singles (and others) who don't have a place for Christmas, meet at church, bring food to share and games and we have wonderful time.
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PIMPINELLAN50 12/2/2012 12:47AM

    As almost everyone else i send mails to my friends and family on the computer.
I have always loved writing letters with pen & paper.My mother whom is 93 years old
and does not have a computer,we still write to each other.I have saved all her letters over the 37 years i have lived in Canada.They are very precious to me.All though the price of a card these days are way too expensive...i really enjoy picking out a pretty card or some beautiful writing paper for my mother.
I have passed on a few "Swedish" Christmas Traditions to my grown children as well!
Ev,i am so happy that Bob's heart tests came back OK! emoticon
I enjoy reading your blogs very much! emoticon

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PMFISH 12/1/2012 11:42PM

    Great news about Bob.

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KARIDIAN1 12/1/2012 11:29PM

    Great news about Bob! So glad the tests results were good. Tell Bob we picked up a Roland Jazz Chorus 50 or JC amp. It's an oldie, but a goodie and just happened to be there at the Music shop at the right time to see it before someone else grabbed it. Sounds great, especially with the vintage Gibson we just got there.

I don't write much anymore by hand either. Everything is in email form it seems. I tend to like to print most of the time when I do write.

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LINDA! 12/1/2012 8:49PM

    Great news about Bob!!

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MOM2ACAT 12/1/2012 6:26PM

    I still like to get handwritten letters. I like to send them too, but if it's a long letter, I have to type it out. I don't know if it's from the chemo or not, but after a while, my hand just gets crampy from writing.

I am happy for Bob's good news!

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EJOY-EVELYN 12/1/2012 5:00PM

    Good news blog! May the news continue to bring you peace and joy. A card is nice, but a hand written note within that card is truly priceless. Anyone who goes to the trouble and cost of some cards these days, I'm surprise they don't take that little added effort to make them priceless. I hope the written message (including keyboarded email or letter) never goes out of style. I have to say that as a former typing teacher (working on both Royal and Remington manuals and a few of the new fangled IBM selectrics -- of an era gone by, naturally.) Some days I like to stay in my jammies and I wouldn't want to have to video conference with the world. (smile). Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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SKEPCHICK 12/1/2012 10:40AM

  Glad you can use your own voice and glad that Bob's heart is OK

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123ELAINE456 12/1/2012 7:08AM

  Awesome Blog. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Enjoy Today. Take Care. It is very Good News about Bob. Thank God.

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IAM_HIS2 12/1/2012 3:36AM

    What a great blog!

The art of letter writing is dying. People want to receive things instantly. Plus the computer does exactly that. However, I still write letters and in cursive. Receiving a hand-written letter is very personal and caring. So I intend on using the hand-written letter art. I make my own Christmas card each year and hand write a letter.

My Christmas is full of of family traditions. I am holding onto them and passing them onto my children. My children love all our Christmas traditions! It makes me so happy to see them embracing them with joy.

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NEW-CAZ 12/1/2012 3:10AM

    Ev i think letter writing is a dying art. My SIL on Eire has no computer, and has no wish for one, or a mobile phone, and to get a lengthy letter from her on occassion is lovely and so beautifully scribed.

I think my traditioned have changed for Christmas over the years; I used to put fake snow on all the front windows but I can't be bothered. These days it's lights around the frame and a greeting sign. I do however insist on the tree being my task and getting it up as dressed as early as possible. Big Kid emoticon

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FLEMIDG 12/1/2012 12:44AM

    What a wonderful blog. Thanks Ev.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/30/2012 10:31PM

    Books have always been big on my familiy's Christmas list. Now with Nook, Kindle and the tablet, the book as we knew it has changed a little. It's now gift cards to be used to load on the electronic readers!

Letter writing . . . OMG . . . my little sister and I were just talking about that very topic for the billionth time yesterday! Yes, I believe in many ways, it has died or is in the process. With e-mail, texts, tweets, facebook and on and on, people are not letter writers. My sister and I LOVE to write good old-fashioned letter to each other. That way we can put them in a scrap book and save 'em.

My little sis has lymphoma (which she's been living with for 10 yrs) and kidney disease (which she's been living with for 30 yrs. So, each and every single day is precious and we want those memontos like letters of times past and cherished.

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JAMER123 11/30/2012 10:15PM

    I am in the same boat as you are. I don't write that much anymore and my handwriting isn't as food either. I have done a Christmas letter for many years now and have always typed it so I guess I am one of the pack of relying on the computer.

As far as traditions from childhood, we have made our own traditions and as our kids have started many of their own as well. As times can, we follow but try to hold on to some things if we can.
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Oh no! Here we go again!!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

26. I am thankful for all of my friends but mostly for those that helped me out when I was going through my divorce over 20 years ago. Also the one who helped get Bob and me together. Then there are the ones that have helped me on this journey along with my 2 cancer fights.

27. I am thankful for the love I receive and give. From my Lord and my fur babies, it is unconditional. I often feel it is that way with Bob and my brother, too. No matter what, they don't get angry with me, forgive me, and support me. How blessed am I??

28. I am thankful I learned how to turn my attitude around to become much more positive. Part of that was learning to forgive. It has made such a difference for me. It makes me feel better because in asking for forgiveness myself, I know I am heard and forgiven. Another part is learning how to set goals and achieve them. I was never able to do this when I was younger, even several years ago!!

29. I am thankful for the times I got to spend with my family and friends who are no longer with us physically. Someone asked me the other day if I believe in angels. I sure do! Both those who walk here on earth and those who have left but look after me. I don't think it is so strange to feel an intervention just when I need it. That comes from my angels.


Well, here we go again. This past week I have found two solid lumps. One is in my right arm and the other is on the right side of my neck. I know in my heart most likely they are nothing out of the ordinary, however with my recent background it isn't 100%. I have "talked" with God about this and I know His will is to be done. I can't change anything but to make sure I get them checked. Even if there is something from this, I'll accept it and do what I have to do. It might not be easy, but we can't control such things. Besides, I know God has His plans for me.


Bob and I went target shooting today. He took several pictures, but hasn't gotten them into the computer yet. When he does I'll be sure to post, if I think they are any good! emoticon The wind was blowing at the time he took them and they might show that!!

Tomorrow Bob is going to have a Pet scan and I think a CT, too. They are wanting to check his heart after the pains he was having. hey wanted to set it up right after they got his blood work back, but that was when he had to have the emergency surgery. So tomorrow is the day.

It would seem we can both use some prayers and good thoughts!


About my NaNo book - I finished up in the wee hours on Monday. I verified at 53,707!! I can't believe it was that much when just last week I was unsure I could even finish. As always I love this challenge. Bob was able to finish another story in his architect/medical examiner series. I'm not sure what his count was for verification.

That's it for today. When I know what is going on, you can be sure I'll blog it here.

Peace, Love, and Joy to all of my Spark Buds.

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JINLYNN 12/2/2012 11:22PM

    Thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers.

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CHERIRIDDELL 12/2/2012 1:03AM

    Sending hugs and prayers!

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PMFISH 11/30/2012 6:09PM

    emoticon emoticon for the two of you.

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    emoticon Sending up prayers for both of you.

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VONBLACKBIRD 11/30/2012 2:28PM

    Praying for you both.

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123ELAINE456 11/30/2012 12:25PM

  I'm sending Good Thoughts and Prayers Your way for Bob and You. Hope the tests for the Both Of You comes out okay and things are fine. Try to stay Positive with all of it if You can. God Bless You and Bob. My The Lord Be With You Always. Have a Fantastic Day. Tale Care.

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OPALMOON 11/30/2012 4:34AM

    So sorry to hear this news, Ev. Sending prayers and warm thoughts for both you and Bob that you both have positive news. Many, many hugs coming your way!

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NEW-CAZ 11/30/2012 2:52AM

    Hope you're checkup goes well hun, scarey for you I understand, sending postive vibes for you and for Bob! Hope he's okay emoticon

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KARIDIAN1 11/29/2012 10:42PM

    Hope all goes well for Bob's tests. Keeping my fingers crossed for you when you have the lumps checked out.

Looking forward to seeing you both target shooting.

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CARLOOTA 11/29/2012 10:30PM

    Romans 8:28. I will say a prayer for you and Bob.

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0309COOKIE 11/29/2012 9:13PM

    I will keep both of you in my prayers.

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KICKINGIT@56 11/29/2012 9:07PM

    Prayers for both of you that you will keep a positive, hope-filled attitude no matter what. God has promised to walk with you through this.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/29/2012 6:23PM

    Wishing you good luck in getting your lumps checked out. HUGS and prayers.

Congratulations on your Nano book! Fabulous.

Hugs to you.

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DRUIDPRINCESS 11/29/2012 6:11PM

    What a wonderful, positive person you are, and what fun you have! I look forward to hearing wonderful news and more tales of your adventures in your future blogs.
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BLUE42DOWN 11/29/2012 5:55PM

    emoticon emoticon on making, and breaking, 50,000 words! I might not make it this year, but I have a very real appreciation of how much work that is!

You are both in my thoughts, wishing for the best outcomes!

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Great weekend

Sunday, November 25, 2012

24. I'm thankful for so much help being given to those with illnesses and challenged that wasn't available that long ago. My step-daughter's son (Bob's only grandchild) is autistic. There is help for her because she stays home to help him. She works from home making graphics and web pages. She couldn't have been able to have that help 15-20 years ago.

25. I'm thankful for all three step children and step grandson. Today is the oldest one's (Rob) 43rd birthday. He is such a nice guy. He always remembers me on special days and checks on his father a lot. It seems we got along from the first time we met. He loves to read and write, too. He has had some of his work appear on several ezines. The middle child is Tracy (the mother of the grandson). Her birthday is December 31st!! There was a boy between those two that died. His name was Danny. The youngest of the three is Rich. He was 35 this past September 3rd. He has ocd and rarely leaves the house unless it is to visit his mom or sister. He doesn't drive. He lives with Rob and Rob more or less looks after him. He also gets seizures once in a while. Then there is Nic, the grandso, he is 15. He is the sweetest boy and told me on the phone one time, did I know I was his other Grandma? Isn't that the best? It was for me to hear it.


Well, I had my hair cut a little shorter and with layers. I think it's cute and Bob says besides when we went our honeymoon this is the cut he likes best. For my nails I took the advice of some of you. I have mostly red, then a thin strip of gold sparkle, then green. In the picture of the thumb by itself, the red looks a different shade. The other picture shows the true red.

Now y'all have to tell me what you think, OK? Did I make a good choice? I love how she does my nails. I tell her basically what I'd like and then she's free to take that and run. I trust her and if something isn't right to her or me, she'll take it off until we are both happy. I remember a lot of the nail clients I used to have that wanted the same thing every time. Even the same color and would never try anything new. I try to be as easy as I can and I love trying new colors and new patterns. I'm the same with my hair. I'll ask, do you think such and such would look good on me? and Wendy is honest enough to tell me yes or no. I even thought about going very, very short again, but decided to go with the layers. As I told her, if this is too hard for me to care for, I'll have her do it very short.

What are you - a client who likes to try different things or someone who never changes ??


Yesterday Florida beat Florida State on the Seminoles' home field!! We were so so happy. Go Gators, indeed!!! So far today, Jax is ahead of Tenn. I hope it ends that way. Poor Jags have only had one win this season!! But so many of their "stars" are out with major injuries. That's my football news!!


The weather has been cooler than normal. We have our heat set at 68 degrees F and last night it came on once or twice. But the sun has been shining and it has been perfect walking weather. Bob also made some turkey noodle soup and is it ever yummy!!

I have been asked how my nano novel is coming along. I should have it finished by Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest. When I'm finished, I'll let it sit until January then start to edit it the first time and change some things to make it tighter. As of now, I have just a little less than 5000 words to write.

Wishing a happy week ahead for all my Spark Buds.
Peace Love and Joy to all.


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IAM_HIS2 12/1/2012 10:54AM

    I think it is so uplifting to change the way we wear our hair. I personally feel renewed and better when I do. Also, I love your nails. They are very festive and cheerful. WTG!!

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JOYCECAIN 11/27/2012 8:53PM

    Love the nails. Yes, it is wwonderful with the way people can work at home now a days. Take care. lol

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MISSDAISY23 11/27/2012 9:55AM

    Do you have a pic of your new hair cut? Oh, I love your nails! I love to try different looks. I have been having short hair for the last few years and I think I want long hair again.

Weather here on Thanksgiving was 62F, after that it went down to 30s! I prefer Spring. Turkey Noodle soup sounds so good on cold days! emoticon

Did I mention my oldest daughter's wedding was on November 24, 2012 the day after my birthday? I do have a few pics on the ocassion in one of my blogs. On November 25, 2012 was my youngest daughter's baptism, also in one of my blogs. My son gave me my first grandbaby on October 13, 2012.

Take care & wish you a great week too! emoticon


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CHERIRIDDELL 11/27/2012 12:33AM

    Your nails look lovely!

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PMFISH 11/26/2012 11:45PM

    Great game with the Gators! Love your nails.

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DIET_FRIEND 11/26/2012 8:04PM

    Your nails look nice. I live just above Jacksonville in S. GA. Jaguars are big here too, but they haven't had a good season in a while. My husband loves Miami Dolphins since he grew up in Miami. Keep on sparking!

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GEORGIAGIRL26 11/26/2012 8:26AM

    I am glad that you had a really good weekend.
I hope that you have a great week sister! Holly emoticon

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123ELAINE456 11/26/2012 5:56AM

  Glad to hear all your Good News. I Love the way you had the Nails Done too. God Bless You and Bob. Have a Wonderful Week. Enjoy today. Take Care.

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OPALMOON 11/26/2012 5:38AM

    Glad to hear all your good news, Ev! Love your nails, both now and in the pic where they are blue and red! I love trying new things. I keep my hair short though because it is just easier for me to manage but it does have slight variations from time to time, most with colour. It's all good fun!

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HICKOK-HALEY 11/26/2012 2:47AM

    Sounds like you have a lovely family. Nic is so sweet for telling you, that your his other Grandma. emoticon Love your nails!

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EJOY-EVELYN 11/26/2012 12:21AM

    I agree, your nails are wonderfully festive. The areas I pamper myself in are my clothes (albeit super-great buys) and jewelry (also some great buys, but more than I need). I typically don't change my hair (no beauty parlor), and leave my nails in their natural state (which I try to keep neat) 99% (or more) of the time.

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JINLYNN 11/25/2012 11:14PM

    Your nails are fabulous!! Very festive looking- emoticon

I don't get my nails done often, but when I do I like to try different colours. And I have had many hair styles over the years. When I am ready for a change I just tell my hair dresser to do what she likes with it - if I don't like it, it is only hair and it will grow out. So far I haven't had a cut/style I didn't like!

I hope you have a great week!

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1STATEOFDENIAL 11/25/2012 10:40PM

    I like what you chose for your nails. Very festive! Aren't we all a little bit easier customers when we've done something similar as a job? Once we know how hard it is we don't take others for granted.

For me, I went years without haircuts, save chopping and donating my hair to Locks of Love. In the past few years I started keeping it shorter, and then I knew what looked better, so I was a little more picky about what they did with my hair. The hard part was when it was a student doing my hair and they couldn't figure out how to cut layers properly. Now I'm broke so I'm just ignoring my hair. My nails have issues, it's a family thing, and they absolutely can't keep nail polish so I don't get them done.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/25/2012 9:28PM

    You nails look GREAT!

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3016DEBRA 11/25/2012 7:43PM

  emoticon I like em!

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DOLPHINSINGER72 11/25/2012 6:45PM

    The nails look great. I really like them. If I had longer nails I would so go for something like that for Christmas. So fun! I might do something like that with my toes for Christmas.

As for what kind of client I am, with my hair I love changing it up. Especially the color. The style..hmm, I pretty much like long. Although my hair doesn't grow. boo. As for the nails, I always get different colors from blue to red to green to purple, and get a flower. My toes feel naked without the flower.

I am glad your step-daughter is getting help with her son. That is always a good thing.

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DR1939 11/25/2012 6:02PM

    Love the nails, very Christmasy emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 11/25/2012 5:11PM

    Well, hon, didn't those nails come out nice! The gold sparkle is just the right touch (IMHO).

Re Nano: less than 10K to go and I'm closing in on it. Still a long ways to go, but just to have that much going is a good feeling!

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NEW-CAZ 11/25/2012 3:40PM

    Loving the nails! My nails are not that good and I confess to not taking as much care as I should with them.
I love changing things up at the hair salon, slightly different cuts, going for something a little edgier, different highlights depending on the time of year. Love trying new fashions too- and wearing them to MY style and age. M&S and NEXT stores and H&M have some classic pieces you can jazz up.
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Thanksgiving at my house

Friday, November 23, 2012

20. I am thankful for a home, a dependable vehicle, and enough to eat. Many don't have those things.

21. I am grateful for finding Spark and that we are able to use it for free.

22. I'm grateful for "The Spark" that Tom wrote, and for the Spark cookbook that Chef Meg worked on so hard.

23. I am grateful for having such wonderful neighbors. Three of them are here year round and we always look out for each other. If anyone needs help, they know they can call on Bob. He can do most anything with so many things. He always has such great ideas to solve problems, too.


We had an exceptional Thanksgiving here. Bob made a turkey, cranberry sauce from scratch, and stuffing. He has a special way of injecting the turkey with wine. He puts a little olive oil on the outside and the meat is always so juicy and tastes good. The wine evaporates and leaves a nice taste. The stuffing this year was simple and good. He dried the bread and made cruetons and added mushrooms and spices. The cranberries were sent to us from Wisconsin and the sauce he made was super. I think he may have followed the Spark recipe with the orange. All and all it was all very good and low in calories, good with nutrients, and tasted good to boot!

My brother called just before we ate. It was nice to hear from him, as always. His son along with his children and SIL, joined them at the cottage. G's wife had just returned home from Denmark where she has family. She and her sister are the only ones in the States. With the total of 8, they were having a great time, too. They have room for it, too.

Bob took a plate to our neighbor who is alone. He wouldn't come for dinner as he said it was family time. It didn't matter to him that we have no family here and we think of him as family, he was adamant. After several times of asking him, we didn't insist on it. His wife died a few years ago and I think the holidays are difficult for him.

After that, we watched movies for awhile. Let's see if I can remember them!: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo; 2012 - ice Age; and a comedy with John Candy. I can't remember the name of that one, but it was so cute. He plays an air traffic controller who must take a vacation. He and his family go to FL and then the fun begins. All i can say is it was so very funny. We watched it last so we would have something light before bedtime.

Today I am getting a manicure and my hair cut. I am worth having those things done and I deserve it for maintaining since July. Perhaps I can have Bob get some pictures like he did of my last manicure.

I don't know how I'll have them done this time. Perhaps red for the holidays. That would be pretty with a sparkle top coat, don't you think?

We stay away from the stores for Black Friday. Neither one of us can stand to be in huge crowds. We both have PTSD and that's part of it.

So what are your plans for today? I think we all should do something nice for ourselves if even writing a note to ourselves saying all the things we like about ourself with the reminder of how much we are loved.

Peace Love and Joy to each of you. I love you one and all.


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LOSTLIME 11/28/2012 6:39PM

    Sounds like you had a terrific holiday with friends. The turkey sounds good. Never thought about using wine in the turkey. I definitely agree about the red polish with the glittery. It will look terrific! Happy Holidays!

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MISSDAISY23 11/27/2012 9:41AM

    Your turkey is so yummy! emoticon Glad to know you have had a great Thanksgiving! emoticon Thanksgiving for us is very simple because there is only my hubby, daughter and myself.

November 23, 2012 was my birthday. I had my hair appointment in the morning and nail appointment in the afternoon. I had my birthday celebration pics in one of my blogs. If you have time, please take a look at them. Love your nails!

Like you and Bob, we stay away from stores on Black Fridays or any other time when stores are crowded.

Peace, Love and Joy to you and your family too! Take care & have a fabulous day! emoticon emoticon

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PIMPINELLAN50 11/25/2012 6:49PM

    Glad that you and Bob had a wonderful Thanksgiving together.Your dinner sounded yummy!How kind of you to bring a plate of dinner to your neighbour,and still respect his wishes.So many people are alone (and maybe forgotten..) during the Holliday Season.
Your nails always looks very nice,maybe a slight sprinkle of gold or silver would add some Christmas Cheer?
We have Black Friday Shopping in Canada now,but the huge crowds and the frenzy that goes along with it is enough for me to stay away! emoticon
Peace & Joy to you and Bob. emoticon

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HICKOK-HALEY 11/25/2012 2:51AM

    I'm glad you had such a wonderful Thanksgiving. It's nice to have good neighbors. Love your nails. I will show the picture to my DD.

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CHERIRIDDELL 11/25/2012 12:54AM

    So glad you enjoyed the holiday Ev.Thinking of you as always hugs,Cheri

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JINLYNN 11/24/2012 7:47PM

    What a wonderful day you and Bob had!
Your nails look fabulous, and I like you holiday ideas for them too.
Take care and enjoy your weekend.

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IAM_HIS2 11/24/2012 10:11AM

    It is so very uplifting and encouraging to read your blog. I am grateful Bob is doing well and that you both had a wonderful thanksgiving. That was such good news.

Can't wait to see your new manicure.

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KARIDIAN1 11/23/2012 11:37PM

    Sounds like you had a nice low key Thanksgiving. Same as ours, a good meal and movies and just relaxing.

I was working on Friday, we had some good sale items for Black Friday at the grocery store iIwork at and we were busy!

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PMFISH 11/23/2012 11:06PM

    Glad you had a nice thanksgiving. I got a pedicure last week and went with red instead of the French and I have enjoyed it. For some reason I cannot wear finger nail polish, it makes my nails break, so I just buff them.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/23/2012 5:29PM

    What a wonderful Thanksgiving. My vote? Red with the shiny, sparkly top coat. Sounds beautiful!


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CAKEMAKERMOM 11/23/2012 11:40AM

    I'm heading up to the grocery store, avoiding the crowds at all the other stores. Those are crazy people!

I'm glad your neighbor has such nice people living next to him!

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123ELAINE456 11/23/2012 10:34AM

  So glad you had a Wonderful Thanksgiving and Dinner. Sounds like you have your own Special Chief. He really knows how to cook. Many Men don't know how to cook. You are very Lucky to have Him. Thank You for thinking of your Neighbor. Yes it os very hard on People being all alone on Holidays. I have been alone for years on all Holidays. My Son lives 50 miles away from me and never calls. Meals on Wheels brought me a Turkey Dinner. Was sick to stomach for some reason so did'nt eat til midnight and only a small bowl then. Watch part of the Parade from New York before falling asleep. I love your Nails. Red with Sparkles would look nice for Christmas and the Holidays. You deserve to have your hair done too. God Bless You and Have a Super Good Black Friday. Tale Care. You Are Doing Great. Keep Sparking. Peace Love and Joy to You and Your Family too. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SWDESERTLOVER 11/23/2012 10:12AM

    I don't do Black Friday shopping either - way too many people :-( I have to go back to work tonight and work through the weekend, so just hoping people will behave themselves tonight and not find themselves in the magistrate office.

Enjoy your manicure. Yes, I think red with some sparkles would be beautiful for the holidays!


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SKEETOR 11/23/2012 7:24AM

    I'm glad to hear you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Sparkle on the nails would be great for the festive season ahead!

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Q8PRINCESS 11/23/2012 7:09AM

    Love the nails!

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NEW-CAZ 11/23/2012 2:58AM

    I'm glad you enjoyed thanksgiving and it was good of you to think of your neighbour.

And as for the nails, definitely sparkle LOL

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1STATEOFDENIAL 11/23/2012 2:39AM

    What about getting red and green, or just red, but adding in sparkles like snowflakes? Just because you probably won't be getting snow in FL doesn't mean you can't show it on your nails! You could also see if they can do a green tree on a red background - it might be a little much though.

I'm very glad to know you had a relaxing and loving Thanksgiving. And it was very kind of you to include your neighbor while honoring his wishes.

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KASEYCOFF 11/23/2012 2:38AM

    Oh, I like the idea of sparkly red! Or if you want something more colorful, what about Christmas red and green? or red and silver or gold? Something bright, fer sher!

I hear you about the crowds in the stores: two weeks ago I went to our local mall on a weekday afternoon, thinking it my best shot to find it relatively unbusy. Was I ever wrong! The lead-up to Christmas has already started, and it was already chock-a-block, absolutely thronged with people. Really puzzles me, as I wouldn't have credenced that many people working odd shifts that enable them to shop on a Tuesday afternoon - and moreover, they must be working, elsewise in this economy, how are they spending so much money? Which they were: large shopping bags abounded. How very odd (thinks me).

Mmm, meandering thoughts... what was the question again? lol!
p.s. How's Nano going? I might just make it: I'm at about 30,000 before I start today's stint... fingers crossed!

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