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My Dad

Saturday, December 19, 2009

My husband & I went out to dinner last night with my dad & his lady friend to celebrate my husband's birthday. I was just thinking about how lucky I am to still be able to do things with my dad. He's 84 years old (he'll be 85 in February on Lincoln's birthday!) and still going strong. He still drives and still owns & lives in his own home.

I sure hope that when I am his age, I can still take care of myself like he does. Naturally, he is slowing down as he gets older, but that's not stopping him. He is planning another trip to Springfield for Lincoln's (& his own) birthday - he's been doing that for several years now. It's so impressive to me.

I just feel so very lucky to have him for my dad!! I love him so much. I will admit it - I'm a daddy's girl big time.

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DAISES2 12/19/2009 2:33PM

    this was such a lovely blog to read.
unfortunatly only my mother is alive.and she suffers from bad health,she is in hospital again right now.
i feel sure you have inherited all his good genes,how nice

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DDOORN 12/19/2009 10:08AM

    Lucky you indeed!

I know I have been SO grateful for my parents' health and sometimes fret about the horrific loss I know I and everyone will feel whenever their time arrives... But in the meantime I love them and treasure the times I have with them.

Have a WONDERFUL holiday and give your folks an extra hug from us! :-)


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MYFEETHURT 12/19/2009 9:07AM

  Oh, Judy....you are lucky indeed. And how marvelous that your Dad is still so outgoing...a lady friend, a planned trip for his b-day. Maybe that is half of what keeps him on his toes. With your dedication to life rest assured you will be healthy and happy to a ripe old age.

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ALEXSGIRL1 12/19/2009 8:57AM

    i want to be like your dad when i am older. there is an 85 year old lady i see at the gym every day even doing weights that who i want to be. have a happy and healthy week. emoticon

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PJSTIME 12/19/2009 8:29AM

    Your dad and my dad are about the same age. Dad will be 86 next April and he is still driving and going too. I hope all those good family genes are passed down to their daughters. PJ

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HEALTHYPRIYA 12/19/2009 8:02AM

    your post made me miss my daddy, i am gonna call him today..

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MORGANSMOM52 12/19/2009 7:58AM

    I'm glad you appreciate him. Enjoy him as long as you can. Happy Holidays

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General thoughts

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

I love this time of year. There are so many holiday concerts and shows to see - mostly for free at the libraries in my area. I love to hear holiday music or see a holiday play with neighborhood children as the performers. It's such fun to see the pride on the faces of the parents when their children are performing.

I am a huge fan of driving around the neighborhoods and looking at Christmas decorations, too. I was afraid there wouldn't been too many because of the bad economy...but was I ever wrong! Seems like more people than usual have decorated, which says to me that people really need Christmas and what it stands for now more than ever.

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PJSTIME 12/16/2009 1:21PM

    I love to look at the lights too. Maybe more people are staying home so they want their home to look more like Christmas. PJ emoticon

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If I won the lottery...

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Ever thought about what you would do if you won a huge lottery?

I would definitely buy a house - not a mansion, mind you. Just a nice 3 bedroom house with a swimming pool. All my life, I have dreamed of having my own swimming pool that I could just walk into right from the house. I would also love to have a large backyard with room to entertain my friends at a bar-b-cue.

I also would love to be able to afford to have my own car & driver at my beck & call. I have never had the desire to learn how to drive...but it sure is convenient to have a car available when you want one.

My husband & I would choose several charities to donate to. One of them would be a colon cancer charity (my mom died of colon cancer). We would also donate to Brookfield Zoo which is our favorite zoo. We probably would use some of the money to help ferret shelters because we are huge lovers of ferrets.

If there was enough money left - we would love to travel. My husband has never been to Alaska (I have, before I met him) and we'd love to do that together.

What would you do with a huge lottery win emoticon

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CHARGER25 12/10/2009 11:55PM

    I dream of being fit and healthy....nothing else matters.....!

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PJSTIME 12/10/2009 2:20PM

    It is nice to dream and it sounds like you would stay down to earth. I like that and also that you are thinking of others.

We all dream I think that is healthy think to do. I'll have to dream a little myself and think about what I would do. PJ

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MAKI34 12/10/2009 1:25PM

    As silly as it sounds, I think about it often. I would love to finally get a brand new car, not a used one. To finally have a car that doesn't have a cracked windshield and that the heat and a/c finally work! That would be lovely. I also would love to be able to help all my family out, that would be awesome. To make my dad's dream come true of owning his own Mechanic Shop! So many dreams I can't even write them all!

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Blogs, Message Boards, etc.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

What a great place SparkPeople is. I feel like I have made friends with so many people already and I have not even been on SparkPeople that long. It's really great to read blogs because you get such interesting points of view. I enjoy just skipping around and picking a blog based on whim or title or whatever. I also subscribe to some of my friend's blogs.

This site is really great if you are willing to use it correctly. I just saw a message board post asking if message boards were really a waste of time. I don't think they are. I read the actual first post and respond to it...not to what other might have put out there.

Yes, it's an easy way to gain points, but I don't look at it that way. I learn from the message boards and I learn from the blogs, too.

I think what you put into SparkPeople is what you get out of it. What do you think emoticon

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MYFEETHURT 12/10/2009 10:11AM

  I think you are so right, Judy. I just told a new member to take full advantage of the blogs, the message boards and the great articles. They all help me. And I love the interaction with my spark friends. We might be at different stages with different stories...but we are all on this journey together. That sure helps me each day. Hope you're having a great day. emoticon mary

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PJSTIME 12/9/2009 11:55AM

    So true the more you use it the more you get back from it.

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CGREEN717 12/9/2009 9:19AM

    So very true. Spark people is a wonderful tool, and there is plenty of support available to you on here as well. :)

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BLUEANGELLK 12/9/2009 9:10AM

    I think you are right. The more time I spend here, the better day I will probably have. Some of the message threads do seem a little pointless, but so, what. I say find one that interests you and go for i. Here is to a long relationship with SP and all the cool people we meet here

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Winter wonderland

Monday, December 07, 2009

I woke up this morning to a winter wonderland! Snow - probably about 1-2 inches frosting the trees & covering all the ground. I love the first snowfall because it's just so fresh. It gives me a great feeling that I can start all over again. I also love to be the first to walk on that fresh snow and make my mark on the world, even though it's temporary.

I volunteered at my local H1N1 clinic yesterday. It was really a great experience. I had lots of fun and met lots of great people. Something that really impressed me was how many people thanked us for volunteering. It restored my faith in the fact that there still are really nice people out there.

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MYFEETHURT 12/8/2009 5:23PM

  How nice of you to volunteer. Yes, there are still lots of nice folks out there. It does feel good when anyone says Thank You. Stay warm. mary

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PJSTIME 12/7/2009 7:26AM

    Volunteers are appreciated and it feels good. That is why I do hospice. PJ Have a great day.

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