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It Was 20 Years Ago Today.....

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

It's hard to believe that 20 years have gone by was today in 1991 that I became a mom for the first time.

I remember being handed the most beautiful little girl I had ever seen. How could anything be that fabulous. Life was never the same and I have enjoyed (for the most part LOL) every moment of the past two decades.

Today, my wonderful daughter is a sophmore at the University of Delaware. She is doing very well and will enter Chiropractic school when she graduates. Not only is she gorgeous, she is brainy as well. What a package!!

I baked her favorite cake and sent it a couple of days ago. They promised me she would have it today. She has never, ever had a birthday that I didn't bake her a cake for!!

Happy birthday my darling daughter. It's been quite a ride but I would't have given it up for the world!! You are a winner in every sense of the word

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LSCHULER72 3/25/2011 10:55AM

    How wonderful. It just slips by way too fast, doesn't it? My oldest daughter just turned 18, and I can't believe it. I'm sure the cake made her feel your arms around her!!

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CANDOK1260 3/24/2011 10:13PM

    how great for you

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DOROTHYBERO 3/24/2011 9:29PM

    The years certainly do fly but the happiness and being proud stay with us forever!

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    Beautiful. Happy Birthday to you both!

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CATWOOMAN 3/24/2011 2:04AM

    Congratulations to you and your daughter. It's hard now that they are growing up and becoming more independent and we're use to celebrating certain things with them, isn't it? My daughter is a freshman at the Univ of Washington. She is home this week for spring break. Silly me didn't think of taking a day off....we have been spending some lovely quality time together.

Hope your daughter gets her cake and has a wonderful birthday!
What lovely memories. Hope you are having a successful week too. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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COLLANN 3/23/2011 11:40PM

    Oh how sweet! 20 years ago today I was a Jr. in High School and 17. ha! I am glad I didn't have my firstborn 20 years ago. lol.

I hope I get a daughter one day and I hope I can be the kind of mother you are...baking a cake and sending it to her. She will LOVE it!

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LAURACONNER 3/23/2011 8:18PM

    I loved hearing about your special day and the birth of your daughter - today - 30years ago - i had my middle son ( i have 3 sons) and i am close to them all but especially NB - he had cancer as a child and we spent many days/ appointments in the hospital and it brought a special bond with us. I saw him after work today - brought him a card and present. Then i had dinner with him and having a small gathering this Saturday for him. He is the only one of my 3 sons who live in my town - one is in England and one is in Manitoba --- so I love, love my NB!!
Enjoy your day with your special daughter. emoticon emoticon

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THINBUCKEYE 3/23/2011 8:12PM

    I too know the joys of raising a daughter. My 2 were born in 1982 and 1987, and like you...I would not have traded a moment with them, for anything in the world...even the tough times. They grow up so fast! I'm so happy to hear that you and your daughter have such a wonderful relationship. One thing about daughters growing up, is that as adults, they can also be good friends :) Hugs to you both on this special day.

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    I bet you are a wonderful Mother and I know she probably loves you just as much. I think it's great that you have a good mother-daughter relationship. I bet she enjoyed the cake.

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A feel good story

Sunday, March 20, 2011

I am a huge animal lover. We have a stray cat who we named Oreo (yes, he's black and white) that I have trapped, neutered, vaccinated and released. He is completely ferral and will not relate to people. I've been caring for him for a few years now.

A few days ago as I pulled into my driveway, my son looked over to the side and said, "There's Oreo".

We both looked again and realized it wasn't Oreo. It was another blank and white cat, this one with long beautiful hair and a big bushy tail.

GRRRRRRR, I was upset at another stray living the hard life outside but I figured if I could gain it's trust I would trap it and find a home. I also thought that this cat looked to healthy to be a stray. hmmmm

In any event, I fed it and I just couldn't get near the cat. I kept meaning to call the local shelter to see if anyone was missing their cat but never found the time.

A couple of days later, I was dialing the number to the animal control officer as my son texted me. I hung up before she answered and looked at the text. My son sent me a picture of a cat on a poster that was lost. It was HER! He sent me the phone number and I called immediately. I told the people on their answering machine that I had found their cat.

The called later in the day and came right over. Naturally, we couldn't find the cat. I described it and they said it really sounded like their cat. The cat had been missing for over a MONTH!!! She is also only 6 months old!! I promised to call if I saw her again. The left looking very sad. (thank goodness they had already neutered her)

That evening when I went out to feed Oreo, there she was! I put food down and ran upstairs and called these people. They weren't home!! I left a message that she was here and realized there was nothing else I could do. I thought I would have to trap her now.

About an hour or so later I got a call from them. They were out to dinner and thought they would stop by my place on their way home just to see if they could see her. There she was!! She came to them, they grabbed her and now she is back at home with them and her sister!!

I was so happy!! Can you imagine being lost for a month, surviving horrible rain storms and bitter cold? Not only that, she had traveled several miles and crossed very busy streets!!

What a great feeling. I was so happy I cried. The man works at a cider mill and brought me some fresh cider the next day. He was really trilled.

A great happy ending. It doesn't get any better than this.

Oh yeah, the name of their kitty??? Oreo!!!!

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DOROTHYBERO 3/21/2011 6:35AM

    Thanks for sharing - you made me smile!!

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LORT-C 3/20/2011 7:25PM

    I needed a happy story today. Thanks

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COLLANN 3/20/2011 3:54PM

    sniff it!

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OLLYBIRD 3/20/2011 2:19PM

    What a sweet story! Thanks for sharing!!

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CAROLINAGIRL45 3/20/2011 9:14AM

    Oh my gosh! Loved this happy ending! :D

What a coincidence with the names! lol

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SAILSCALL 3/20/2011 9:07AM

    That's a great story. Thanks for sharing.

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

I can't believe it's almost a month since my last blog. I have to say things aren't going as well as I had hoped.

My weight loss is very unimpressive and the past few days I've had a binge attack. I know where this is coming from but I feel helpless to stop it.

I visited my dad yesterday. He is nearly 87 and in very, very poor health. I helped him eat (he no longer can wear his dentures because of severe weight loss) and there were times he knew who I was, but not many. It broke my heart as my dad and I were very close. No one ever had a better father than I did.

He is going into hospice care tomorrow. I know the end is very near and it breaks my heart. This fantastic, remarkable man who gave so much to so many will be gone.

I really don't know what comes next. He will be with my mom who passed away in '08. They loved each other to the last second and had a marriage of 63 years without a raised voice to each other. I want to believe that they will be together again.

Yeah, it's kind of hard to keep my mind on watching what I eat. My son has been away on winter break so there is nothing to keep me thinking of other things. Thank goodness he is back tomorrow.

Getting older isn't easy. Losing your parents is horrible but inevitable. It is how life should be but that doesn't make it any easier.

Sorry this was so sad. It's hard to be upbeat while waiting for that phone call.

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DIANNEYME 3/1/2011 8:09AM


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    emoticon I'll keep you all in my prayers.

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    Can just feel how heavy your heart is. I'm sorry that you are on the path to losing your father who sounds like he was wonderful. Big hugs!

I lost my mom in '97 when she was 67 and have had to "deal" with my dad since then through depressions (two major ones), a miserable marriage (he never should have remarried) and then through the transition to assisted living. He is now 83 and sadly we don't have the relationship such as you were blessed to have with your dad.

Glad your son will be back tomorrow to bring some joy into your day.

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2LABS2LOVE 2/27/2011 1:01PM this is all ahead of me, I will tell what I don't do....and that is try to take care of yourself in little ways. Perhaps some juice or a healthy snack...a walk outside in the sunshine for five minutes...I think that you have a lot on your plate and that as long as you take care of yourself, everything else for your health will fall into place.

As for you dad, I can't imagine letting go at all. I know from others have said, that when the time comes, you will find a strength that you don't as of yet know you possess. emoticon Death is a journey we will all take but it just hurts so much while we await our own turn. Tears are healing and we are all here for you.


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SALADFORK57 2/27/2011 11:55AM

    Thank you for blogging about something so dear to your heart. Good luck to you and your family during this journey, I know its a hard one.
I hope that blogging is a good outlet for you as it is becoming for me (and it seems to help me not emotional binge on food when Im sad I blog or read other blogs and it seems to help not pick up that twinkie :)
Hope you dont wait another month before your next entry. You deserve some outlet on good and bad days.

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Still trying

Sunday, January 30, 2011

It seems like this go around is harder. The last time I was here I could pretty much count on at least a pound a week. Now, I'm happy with 1/2 pound. At least it's coming off and not going on, but at this rate I must rethink my goals.

Life will calm down a bit now. Wrestling season is almost over and that means no more every Saturday tournaments. My life can get a bit easier until track and field season which is soon. I don't really mind this because I love to watch my son compete. He is just amazing and gives me so much pleasure.

I will continue to watch what I eat and exercise. I am so glad I got the treadmill. It has been a life saver because of the huge amount of snow we have had and the ridiculous freezing cold. Walking outside would be impossible.

Now that I have written this I am heading for a good walk and to watch an Animal Planet show. It keeps my mind occupied while my feet are moving!!!

Happy Sunday to everyone.

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SUSHIMAMA1 2/1/2011 1:06AM


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DELLUK 1/31/2011 6:14AM

    Just keep chipping away at 1/2 a week, thats the right direction...


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BARCINTL 1/30/2011 8:00PM

    If you lose 1/2 lb a week and I lose 1 lb a week, we might end up skinny at the same time!

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    I "watch" while walking on the treadmill as well. Right now I'm making my way through the old Designing Women shows. Goes quickly and makes me laugh!

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Happy Birthday

Thursday, January 13, 2011

15 years ago today, NY had the worst blizzard in a century. 18 blizzards, one after the other making it the "Blizzard of the century"! The reason I remember it so well is I gave birth to my son in the middle of it.

It's hard to believe that 15 years have gone by. All those years of triumphs and defeats. Of great times and painful ones too. I can remember holding him all night because he has so many ear problems that he couldn't lie down. I would rock him in the rocker and we would both sleep like that. All that pacing up and down during his 5 surgeries before he was 4 years old. All that worry that he wouldn't be able to hear or that he would be terribly speech delayed. All that for naught because he is just great and never had to play catch up. Whew....dodged that one!

All the baseball games, starting in little league when he had his first tee-ball game and hit the ball and ran to third. We laughed so hard we were crying. Watching him grow to love this game and become so good at it they actually postponed a game because he was sick.

Now, he is a head taller than me, still a great baseball player and an even better wrestler. His new love. I go to every match and scream for him. I watch as his skills get better and better. Last tournament, he took home silver! Of course, his goal is to get the gold. I have no doubt he will.

I am the very proud mom of a wonderful son. The past 15 years have been amazing and I wouldn't have traded them for anything. I know the next 15 are going to be filled with just as much wonderment. The world is getting a heck of a guy!

Happy Birthday to my son Joshua. The best son on the planet!

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CHANGING_LIFE 1/29/2011 9:35PM

    Aww that's so cute! You're such a good mom! Joshua is blessed to have you!

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ILOVEROSES 1/14/2011 7:15AM

    Happy Birthday Joshua!

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LINDA! 1/14/2011 12:12AM

    Happy Birthday Joshua!

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DOROTHYBERO 1/13/2011 4:51PM

    Happy Birthday Joshua - Although I must say I think my son is the most wonderful one on the planet!

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DIANNEYME 1/13/2011 4:25PM

    Happy birthday to Joshua! I always wanted to name my son Joshua, but with a last name pronounced Yoshua, I wouldn't do that to anyone!

He sounds like a keeper! (and a Yankee fan, I hope!)

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