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Sunday, December 14, 2014

This morning started out ok, when I came home from church and brunch Erik was still in bed. So I started bringing in the Christmas decorations. Erik got up and wanted to know where his decorations were-probably in the storage unit Erik, ask your brother. So he called poor Steven and had to pass the phone to me because he wasn't expressing himself very well. So I told my eldest son what his brother wanted and he didn't seem too interested in going to the unit-so I put it out of my mind. About 45 minutes later Erik comes out of his room dressed to go to the storage unit. Oh no, I said, everytime you go there you bring tons of stuff home that we have no room for. NO, no, NO says Erik I need my trees (ornaments). So, I concede with "you can only bring home the decorations, nothing else okay. Ya. So I call Steven to let him know I'm going there against my better judgment, his wife says he's left to go to the unit mom. So I call my son on his cell and he says he's just about there. Okay we'll meet you, I said-long pause. I'll see you in a few, and I hung up. We got to the unit and Erik got all excited about this that and the other thing, oh no I said, decorations only. His big brother says, "Why don't you take that old tool box and clean it out at home Erik, store everything in your new tool chest. AARGh. A tool box, a box of tools and a box of long lost CD's go into my trunk-the very last few boxes we find are Erik's tree lights and ornaments.
Now mind you for the Epiphany, little Christmas I've invited my grandchildren over to come take one of MY ornaments off the tree, having Erik's on there complicates what I hoped to make a new tradition for our family while helping me downsize my collection of ornaments. Bother and Stuff! So we are marking Erik's ornaments with his initials and red ribbons-more work-yay, so the children will not try to take uncle Erik's stuff.
Now my eldest son is no dummy, he told Erik that all the tools and CDs he takes home better be taken care of when he comes over later this week. Erik was happy as a clam in the garage for about 2 hours, arranging his stuff, then he swept the leaves out of the garage and told me "car in garage now". I moved the car in, he swept the driveway right outside of the garage and close the door. Then he came in and addressed his box of cds-well-sort of, he needs more shelves to store them on and now he wants to go back and find his CD player....
So my tree is NOT decorated, my cards are NOT addressed and the girls tabliers are NOT done.
I did have breakfast with my friends, make a decent supper, pulled some clothes out of my closet to donate, and helped Erik put rubber bands around all the electrical cords of his tools. I also got in over 7,500 steps. But I'm frustrated. Frustrated that when I make plans others make mincemeat of said plans. I'm getting ready to sign off and go to bed, tomorrow Erik goes to transitional therapy with Sarah and maybe I can do what I want to do....
Well to end on a good note, I stayed w/in my calories and the steps I made go over the minimum allowed so maybe it was an ok day after all. emoticon emoticon emoticon
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GABY1948 12/15/2014 4:33PM

    Oh, Ginie, you saw it as frustration all day and I saw a WHOLE lot of patience going on. You are SUCH a patient person. I totally admire you for it! And the fact that you were within your calories and even ROCKED your steps! I think that was a very successful day, indeed!

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MARTYLYNN1 12/15/2014 3:17PM

    I feel for you. I have enough trouble with just me getting side tracked. I can't imagine what it is like for you with Erik's help. Hope you have a wonderful rest of the day.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/15/2014 3:08PM

    I hear you and can relate. I crave organization , structure, a plan, peace, a schedule, etc. The universe strives to deprive me of all of that. No matter what I do I seem to always be treading water. I have way too much to do today and not enough time to get it all done. emoticon

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BUTTONPOPPER1 12/15/2014 8:44AM

    Oh Ginie, that's what families are for! To make mincemeat of your plans! It happens to me ALL the time. It's because we're (WO)MEN, as you so cleverly title your blog, we don't say NO nearly as often as we should (too soft-hearted), and a (WO)MAN'S work is definitely, definitely NEVER DONE! I feel for you, my friend, and I hope you find some time today to accomplish yesterday's goals!

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JANET552 12/15/2014 7:35AM

    Life never seems to quite go as we expect. I hope you accomplish some of those tasks today!! Sounds like Erik had a great day yesterday.

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MILLISMA 12/14/2014 10:21PM

    Life sure can get in the way and seems to be full of surprises! I have been "planning" on putting up my tree for almost a week and finally got to is last night. As for the Christmas cards...think they'll make it for New Years but I've decided not to go crazy about it. This can be such a hectic time of the year with way too much stress. Can Erik help you mark his ornaments? I love the idea of letting the grandkids pick an ornament. What a nice keepsake that will be. I have some of my grandmother's and finally stopped using them since they are just so fragile but they hold such a special place in my heart.

Take a deep breath my friend. Thinking of you.

big hugs....Mary Anne

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STEVEN2GO2 12/14/2014 9:30PM

    Life does have a habit of changing your best laid plans. The good news is that Erik enjoyed the day. Also you were able to exercise and heve decent food to eat.

I hope Monday is not a Manic Monday at home for you ~God Bless!


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Treadmill is occupied! Sorry folks!)

Friday, December 12, 2014

Erik's gifts are ready and since the tree is not, I put them where he can see them when he's in the sun room 50% of the time. The available space, so I can still clean the floors is the TREADMILL emoticon . I wrote before I prefer walking around my house than getting on that noisy thing, so I found a temporary use for it.
He did all the labeling, picked the paper and cut the scotch tape for me. I wrapped his gifts including one for his caregiver and the reading specialist who sees him regularly. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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BUTTONPOPPER1 12/13/2014 9:12AM

    Beautiful! You are a talented gift-wrapper!

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MILLISMA 12/12/2014 10:23PM

    Make sure you don't turn it on!!! At least it looks pretty and you didn't turn it into a place to hang clothes. I prefer walking outside but in the cold or nasty weather, I head for the treadmill.


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USMAWIFE 12/12/2014 9:29PM

    I knew if I got a treadmill that would be how I use it glad my ortho said stay away from it lol

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GABY1948 12/12/2014 1:52PM

    I do agree about the treadmill, Ginie! They are SO noisy. Great use for it emoticon

The presents look beautiful! He will enjoy the waiting when he sees the beauty of them. You do beautiful work!

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JANET552 12/12/2014 1:35PM

    I'm glad you found a use for the treadmill! I don't own a treadmill and only use one when I'm in a hotel so I don't mind them. If I had my own, I probably wouldn't feel the same. emoticon

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MARTYLYNN1 12/12/2014 1:17PM

    I donated my treadmill for a charity fundraiser for a cousin with cancer. I prefer to walk around the house too.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/12/2014 11:45AM

    They look nice. My treadmill is in the polebarn. I hate using it.

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CLAIREINPARIS 12/12/2014 11:30AM

    Quels merveilleux paquets !!! Erik doit être très content. Quant au treadmill... j'ai un vélo d'appartement que je n'utilise jamais. Je m'étais dit que j'allais voir si je l'utilisais un peu pendant mon arrêt maladie, mais je ne l'ai pas utilisé une seule fois encore, donc je crois que je vais le vendre : ça prend la poussière, de la place, pour pas grand-chose ! :)

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BUMBLEBEE-RN 12/12/2014 11:03AM

    My treadmill has become storage many times. Even though space is at a premium -- I finally decided to clean it off. It lives in our main living area just to keep it one my mind.

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the Nutcracker GIRLS? day out

Friday, December 12, 2014

Do you see why the question mark, the row behind my GD's guest, my eldest GD, my daughter and DIL? Well here is the next row... .
A year and a half ago, I went to a silent auction to raise money for Children with special needs, where I made a few bids. I bid on this basket that contained a t-shirt from the Lady Bug shop-I love lady bugs, 2 tickets for the Nutcracker-Dec. 2013, and 2 tickets for Mary in the spring of 2014.
So my DGD and I drove to the Nutcracker in 2013 and NO BODY was there, finally a woman came up and said: "The campus is closed for Thanksgiving break." So I called the number on the sheet I received with the coupon for the t-shirt. Well, the lady answering said: "Oh my that's next weekend". Well I explained that NEXT weekend I'd be at my niece's wedding in Ohio and it was impossible for me or my Daughter to use the ticket since she was going too. The upshot to that fiasco was that I got two more tickets to use with the first two for this December. After that disappointment my GD and I -all dressed up went to find the Lady Bug Shoppe. Not very many lady bugs in sight. The allowed t-shirt selection was limited, but Lauren found one and they told me I could come and get it next week. They were going to sew a patch pocket on it, Lauren picked her plaid patch pocket and we left. Bonne Maman was very disgruntled, I had to drive all the way to Gainesville a second time just for a t-shirt. But I reminded myself my GD and I were supposed to be having fun, so we went to the Dollar store, I gave her a few dollars and watched as she decided how she would spend them-it was cute she bought a present for mommy and something for herself. Which leads me to the Girls? day out. After the fiasco I decided it would be fun if I bought the extra tickets, took my daughter, 5 GDs, and 3 DILs to the Nutcracker and I told the woman that when the time came I would be buying extra tickets to go with the four I had. AND the time came....
I talked to the girls, my youngest DIL was hesitant, because my son was not going to be home, it was a guard weekend and she didn't know how it would go with the girls. Guard weekends are hard on her, so I told her she could let me know as late as Sunday morning and I did not buy a ticket for the 1 1/2 yr old who-if she came would not be using a seat. Saturday night she texted me to say she was sick. So I called my daughter and said Lauren should bring a friend-more fiasco-my daughter's phone was dead and she didn't get the messages till Sunday morning, anyway Jessica was able to come.
Another DIL was gung hoe for her and the girls to come and at 6:15 Sunday started texting me about where exactly the Ballet was? I had sent an e-mail mind you and a text Saturday saying the aprons would not be ready, the girls will get them on Christmas. After about 6 texts, we settled everything and I went to Mass, came home and started busying myself until my third DIL and son came-they have no children-and my eldest son was keeping Erik at their house. So off we go DIL #3 and myself. My daughter calls-after the group texts mind you- and says "Where is the ballet, were at" ....We were waiting on the steps for the others to arrive since I held the tickets. She was there 10 minutes later and said "Aaron is on the way." Aaron! did he come with Steph and the girls? Long pause, I don't think so she replies. Up walks child number four with his girls. I greeted him with "my Steph, you've grown some facial hair since Abbie's birthday" He didn't smile. Apparently DIL #2, who now works full time and has to work this weekend had a melt down at the amount of stuff she had to do and Gainesville is so far from them-it is. Finally all the girls went to the restroom, we found our seats and enjoyed act 1, another potty break for the youngest and oldest ones and then act 2 after which we were going to take our pictures with the Snow Queen. The show was good, we got in line for our pictures, and I told my daughter, and DIL I want a picture of my three GDs and myself with the snow queen, then one of Lauren with her friend and the Snow queen. Good plan in effect. HAHAHAHA, It was our turn all four girls rushed up to the Snow queen, my attitude at that point, it is what it is! Then this little blond darling with a rose runs up to give the flower to the ballerina, the mom called to her and said "these people are trying to take pictures, come back" of course she didn't but she did turn around for the picture. At that point we were laughing and I said, Why NOT, the rest of the plans didn't work out. Here are the two pics, the sun was glaring so one of them isn't so good.

We did have a good time, nothing was as I planned, but after talking with my deacon friend I when DIL # 1 was giving my hissy fits I took it surprisingly in stride. My son, said next time we need to go to the ballet in Gwinnett, not Gainesville, it's more centrally located. I calmly told him, there most likely will not be a next time. It was expensive even with 4 "free" tickets and I'm not in a position to spend that kind of money. I planned that because my youngest son and DIL # 1 had suggested I give memory making gifts. Well I'll remember and I'll thank deacon Mike and my cousin Barb for reminding me that it is a gift and to let it go.

Now for yesterday, I got over half the gifts here wrapped. No Christmas cards written, and the aprons to finish so I can wrap them. All is crazy in the H family household as usual. I did remember to spend more time in prayer this morning, I need some inner calm.
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Wow, sorry this is so long!

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BUTTONPOPPER1 12/13/2014 9:21AM

    Oh my goodness! What a day! So hard to organize all that and deal with everybody's schedules and likes and dislikes, and moods and all. But you sound like such a good grandmother, and I know your granddaughters will remember this day forever! I remember from my own childhood how magical the Nutcracker was--very important for a girl's childhood. Well, done, Bonne Maman! You did your best to choreograph a perfect day, and in its own way, it WAS a perfect day!

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MILLISMA 12/12/2014 10:21PM

    Well, it wasn't as planned but sounds like you id have a memorable time with some cute pictures. I call it "roll with the punches". You held up very well. My Christmas cards will be going out very late this year but they're not high on my list right now. I didn't send out any last year since I ended up in Maine with dad in the hospital. Will do a letter this year to catch everyone up on all the changes. What are the aprons that you're making? Guess I missed something along the way.

You're always in my prayers.

big hugs....Mary Anne

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CLAIREINPARIS 12/12/2014 11:27AM

    Oh la la, quelle aventure !!! Je suis heureuse que tout se soit bien passé au bout du compte, et tu peux être sûre que ce sera de merveilleux souvenirs pour tes petites-filles. J'aime beaucoup cette idée de créer des souvenirs plutôt que d'offrir des objets (mais je comprends que ce soit plus coûteux, surtout pour aller voir un ballet !).

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JANET552 12/12/2014 10:05AM

    Well, you know the saying about how God laughs when we make plans. I'm glad you enjoyed the outing despite the snags. I'm glad you can let those snags go. What else can you do, right?

I had high hopes for yesterday to be productive. At least I got the rest of the floors cleaned which I had been trying to do for five days. I made a phone call to a friend I haven't chatted with for a long time (Day 15 of my 28 days of giving) so that's where a lot of my time went. Got three other small chores done plus laundry and I suppose I will have to be happy with that. Today is John's morning appointment, then off to my folks for the afternoon. Have a good one Ginie!

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ADVENT-where are you going? or CHAOS reigns in my house!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

I am about preparing my heart for Christmas and gifts for the family right now. I am not worried about the tree being up, it is never up before December 1st anyway and rarely before the second Sunday of Advent. Well Steven put up the tree Sunday before we "girls" went to the Nutcracker (blog later on that) and it is sitting in it's spot with not a single ornament on it. Erik is getting concerned.
Today is hopefully a stay at home day, but the tree is not my priority. I have gift wrap stuff all over my living room -(2 perspectives )Erik cannot safely walk through it. He wanted me to help him wrap the gifts he got for his siblings, their spouses, his nephew and nieces. All of that is done, so I decided BEFORE I do the tree I will get the gifts wrapped. I don't want to be hauling all of that stuff out and putting it away again. I am a pack rat, so I have recycled gift boxes, recycled bows and ribbons that I bought back in the ....80's? maybe. I store this stuff in plastic under the bed boxes. The box for the gift wrap has to be stored in the garage. I only bought three rolls this year-pat me on the back please emoticon I'm a sucker for beautiful Christmas gift wraps, (most of my paper) plus I have to have age appropriate stuff as well as color preference paper-one of my son's hates red. (Here is his gift.) I was the eldest of ten and we frequently saved the Sunday comics for gift wrap, and maybe had one "beautiful paper" wrapped gift each. Usually the clothing or blankets we got.
So my fetish isn't shoes, it's Christmas wrap-is that even the right word here?

So my Christmas Goals are:

This Christmas, I will only save the nice looking expensive bows-all the others can be trashed after gift opening-oh I save tissue paper too so as not to waste my funds on the mundane-I only save the nice-un-torn pieces.
I'm using some of my stash of old ribbons up on some of the gifts this year too. I'm hoping to reduce the bows and ribbons to 2 boxes-not three, the tissue paper and gift bags are in another-we recycle the nice bags too. Get rid of any broken gift boxes. Can you tell I was raised to be extremely frugal. Two of my DIL's think I'm nuts the other one is too polite to say anything and helps me gather bows and tissue after gift opening is over. My own children have mixed feelings on this compulsive need of mine. I'm working on it, I'm trying to reduce my stashes across the board.
So off to wrap gifts, status report later, Nutcracker blog later. Coffee, breakfast and gift wrapping NOW! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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BUTTONPOPPER1 12/12/2014 7:19AM

    Ginie, I really enjoyed reading this blog and love it when you share these everyday details from your life. I can see from the photos why you like collecting wrapping paper--it's so colorful and beautiful. I agree with your friends who admired that blue package you wrapped for your son--that is just so cool and chic! I like wrapping presents, too, but we've really reduced gift-giving over the years. Now we have just a few small presents under our necessarily tiny tree (no space), but I still like the way it always turns out to be such a jumble of color. In spite of the busyness and stress, Christmas can be such a wonderful time.

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STEVEN2GO2 12/11/2014 10:47PM

    My Mom always saved the vribbond and decorations on the presents. Now my sister & I most often use the Sunday funnies as wrapping paper or what is left from on the rolls from previous years wrapping! This year I did not have to purchase any wrapping paper!

So far my tree is not even up yet alone decorated, at least you are further along than me. Though some presents ands cards are mailed to far away relatives and friends.

I hope you too are enjoying a Hectic Happy Holiday Season!

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MILLISMA 12/11/2014 6:51PM

    Thanks for the chuckles! I see we have a lot in common. My kids have always helped collect boxes, tissues paper, bows, etc after the unwrapping is done. Glad to know I'm in good company and, I have also been trying to down size this "stuff". Some of my bows have got to be well over 20 years old!!!! Everyone always had their own special wrapping paper so you could always tell who a package belonged to. The kids still tease me about this to this day and I still keep doing it. lol Thanks for making my day!

hugs....Mary Anne

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GABY1948 12/11/2014 6:28PM

    I LOVE wrapping, but not as much as you....but rest assured, I have my OWN "fetishes" emoticon

You guys have a BIG Christmas..the kind I remember as a child! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/11/2014 4:20PM

    I love Christmas trees. They are one of my favorite things about Christmas. I have tons of them and collect them like you do wrapping paper. LOL. The blue package is beautiful! I love the Nutcracker too and have a few of those too.

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MARTYLYNN1 12/11/2014 3:24PM

    I am a pack rat too and my daughter rolls her eyes at me as she hands me the pretty bows I want to save.
My goal for the day is to start on Christmas cards. I plan not to send as many as in the past. I also need to get gifts wrapped to send to the kids in Alaska.
Good luck with your plans for the day.

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JANET552 12/11/2014 10:56AM

    Ginie, I am the same. Maybe we need to have a Gift Wrapping Anonymous meeting. emoticon (BTW -- That wrapping paper on your son's gift is gorgeous.) I, too, am working on decreasing the amount of stuff I save. I'm sure I have wrapping paper that is 30 years old. I've given lots away but, of course it's a necessity so I try to only use up what I have and not buy new. That doesn't always work though. emoticon emoticon

Enjoy the preparations!!

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CLAIREINPARIS 12/11/2014 10:11AM

    Oh la la je me suis sentie tout à coup très fatiguée en voyant tous ces cadeaux à emballer ! emoticon Mais que de beaux papiers d'emballage ! J'aime beaucoup la manière dont tu as emballé le cadeau pour ton fils, très élégant !
Je te souhaite bon courage pour tout ce travail d'emballage... Ton énergie ne cesse de m'impressionner ! emoticon emoticon

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Thanks Sparkfriends!

Friday, December 05, 2014

First: All of you! I want to emoticon from the bottom of my heart for the encouragement. Sometimes I see the progress Erik is making, but not how I'm improving in my skills at interpretation or Charades. Actually I think I missed a step in Erik's explanation of what he needed, He grabbed a trash can and made emoticon gagging sounds over it when I didn't catch on fast enough-he got a bowl right quick I can assure you! He is doing much better. He slept a lot yesterday, and is not up yet so I don't know how his night went-no napkins with time logs though.
For Janet, Beth and so many others thank you for your support, there are days the only kind words I "hear" are from you, and the only hugs I get are virtual...I rejoice on days when Erik decides I need a hug.
Now for Gaye, GABY1948 is doing The Becks Solution diet-I think that's right. She made a blog about making a list, and I thought Ahah! emoticon I know to get things done around the house, when I'm having guests or when I'm drowning under chores I make a list...It starts out with the highest priorities, then gets jumbled as I add and add and add. emoticon How much can a body do in one day Ginie?
Here is my list for today, but it has two columns so I'll try to get this right, second column in brackets. BTW my list is usually in French but sometimes franglais

vendredi, le 5 décembre [Levothyroxind]
la lecture du jour -"daily scriptures" [la tension-"blood pressure"]
les prières [les vitamines]
SP log-in /Trivia [les pillules du soir]
SP la nourriture
SP exercise
les tabliers des filles "girls aprons"
la lessive: les moyennes et les foncés "laundry mediums and darks"
laver "washed"
secher "dried"
plier/pendre "folded/hung"
mise en place "put away"
les animaux "hospital animals"
les finances
le shopping: des boites-"boxes"
des aiguilles "circular knitting needles"
Erik cherche des cadeaux "Erik look for gifts.
Mme G. leçon d'Erik "Ms G to help Erik w/reading skills"
envoyer Kat son châle "mail Kat's shawl"
commence les cartes de Noël "start Christmas cards"

I also have added an entry for tomorrow, because I need to be at church at 5:20 for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. I go once a month early because I want to and because Erik is still in bed when I get home around 7:40.

So my list as grown since I've added the second and third SP entry right after my tripping up at Thanksgiving weekend. So HOW DO YOU STAY ON TASK, btw if I don't make lists I don't get very far some days. I also add details so I can check stuff off, I love checking stuff off emoticon and a emoticon for things not attempted-like financial report for the Judge.
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I see it's a good thing I used brackets-even though I put spaces everything is running together. TECHNOLOGY!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/6/2014 10:35PM

    You are one of the most productive people I know. You have an amazing focus and the drive to get things done. I used to make lists and did better then I did too. I need to start doing it again.

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MILLISMA 12/5/2014 5:43PM

    Yes, lists are important and it is always nice to be able to scratch things off - DONE! Poor Erik. Hope he is doing better. I haven't seen anything written in French for years so that was fun to see if I could actually remember any of it. My parents and grandparents always spoke French but I never did. Even with mom's Alzheimer's, when she does say a word or two, sometimes it is French and if I speak to her in French, that's how she will answer me. It's so cute to hear her.

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GABY1948 12/5/2014 5:23PM

    Ginie, I LOVE your blogs and YOU! You are such a blessing to me and I am sure so many others! You are SO giving and unselfish! I wish we lived closer so I could come help you out sometimes! You truly are the emoticon in my book!

God Bless you, sweetheart!


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USMAWIFE 12/5/2014 3:31PM

    emoticon these days I just make weekly lists and those daily things, I check off with marks so I know i did them that day

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MARTYLYNN1 12/5/2014 12:33PM

    I do better when I make lists too. I tend to get side tracked too easily.
Hope you and Erik are having a good day!

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CLAIREINPARIS 12/5/2014 10:12AM

    Oh Ginie... voici plein de hugs pour toi...
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Comme toi, je fais des listes aussi ! Même maintenant pendant mon arrêt maladie car il y a quand même des choses à faire ! Je dois moi aussi commencer mes cartes de voeux... je les fais moi-même chaque année, donc ça ajoute du travail.
Prends bien soin de toi !
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BUTTONPOPPER1 12/5/2014 8:47AM

    Ginie, thank you so much for sharing your experiences with us. After not having much time the past week to read blogs, I have been sparking pretty much all day. I am always happy when I get a message telling me there's a new blog from you! It is such a pleasure to get to know you better through the stories you tell of your daily life.

It's clear that Erik is really skillful at expressing his needs (even under the intense pressure of an upset stomach!), and that you are a loving, patient mother and grandmother--with a LOT of stamina!

I love checking things off lists, too!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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JANET552 12/5/2014 8:46AM

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I hope Erik wakes up feeling well or at least better. Good luck with your tasks -- that is quite a list. I had been doing lists for awhile and stopped. Perhaps I should go back to it and just make sure I put things like crochet and read on it. Sometimes the only way I remember to do those little jobs is if they are on the list. Otherwise I remember them when I wake in the middle of the night and forget them during the day. emoticon

So, Have a great day Ginie and, one more time, emoticon

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