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Just a thought

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.

Helen Keller

  
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TSISQUAUSDI 12/14/2014 7:55AM

    So very true - Mine must be bullet-proof by now! emoticon

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CATHYGETSFIT 12/13/2014 6:31PM

    I couldn't agree more! emoticon for sharing!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 12/10/2014 9:47PM

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TX.PATRICIA 12/10/2014 2:18PM

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LINDA! 12/9/2014 11:23PM

    Love the quote.

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MUSIC2HISEARS 12/9/2014 2:55PM

    Great quote...thanks for sharing!

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Down - but not out

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Well, my friends, the rotten head cold was not going away, so I went to the doctor this afternoon. Turns out I have pneumonia! She threatened to call an ambulance and send me to the hospital if I wouldn't promise to stay home from work for the next 2 days! I agreed to her terms and came home. Stopped to pick up the medicines - expensive and a few groceries! My sense of taste is pretty limited right now, so food isn't really an issue. I am forbidden to do any exercise and was told to be really lazy and get lots of sleep. She told me if I'm awake, I should be reading or watching TV, nothing more for right now.

So - my participation in the Teddy Bear interim challenge is on the down-low for right now. I even left my FitBit plugged into my computer at work to charge! I may go into the office briefly on Friday afternoon to collect it and do a few things, but that depends on how I feel. I have to go back to the doctors Friday morning so they can check how I'm doing and I'll decide how things will go after that.

This is so disappointing. I have lots I need to be doing - Christmas cards and shopping. I HATE being home bound when we're getting nice weather and there's so much I could accomplish with time off from work - but I need to focus on getting well and have to let that other stuff go. Boo-Hiss! I do have everything I need to make some of my great chili I invented, with ground turkey and lentils and barley and beans and diced fire roasted tomatoes. Hopefully I'll be able to taste food again tomorrow.

I hope everyone is doing well (almost surely better than me at the moment) and taking good care. emoticon

  
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TX.PATRICIA 12/8/2014 8:52AM

    Sure hope you are feeling better!!!!

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HICKOK-HALEY 12/6/2014 7:12PM

    I agree, lots of rest. You do not want to end up in the hospital. Especially at this time of year. Let us know how you are doing. emoticon

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CATHYGETSFIT 12/5/2014 8:32PM

    Wow, I'm sorry you are so sick. Pneumonia is nothing to take lightly though! Please do what the doctor says and take care of yourself!! You are more important than the things and Christmas shopping you need to get done. You are an important teddy bear and we don't want you to end up in the hospital. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LASARRE 12/5/2014 5:27PM

    You need to take care of yourself! emoticon

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MUSIC2HISEARS 12/5/2014 8:48AM

    Debi, take it easy, get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluids. We want you healthy when the winter challenge starts! And, plus, we Teddy Bears are here for you if you need us!!!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 12/4/2014 11:20PM

    Please take care of you!!! You are more important then those things you feel need to be done.

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WALKINGWOMAN07 12/4/2014 10:10PM

    Don't fool around with pneumonia. A great opportunity to catch up on your reading. :-) But I understand your frustration. Take good care of yourself, and really do do that resting.

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ADARKARA 12/4/2014 9:40AM

    You NEED to stay home and take care of yourself! Pneumonia is no joke! Can you do your Christmas shopping online from the comfort of your couch? emoticon

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MOMMABEAR121 12/4/2014 8:30AM

    Take care and do as you are instructed !! You will be well soon !!

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COFFEEMUG2009 12/4/2014 5:31AM

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What a week it has been!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

My 84 year old aunt, who lives 20 minutes from me and whom I am very close with wound up in the hospital with pneumonia. Her husband also has pneumonia, although not as serious, and he's 87. One of their daughters moved back home to help out - arriving less than a week before her mom went into the hospital. Now she has come down with a cold and can't go visit her mother, who had over a liter of fluid drained from around her lungs yesterday.

Friday night/Saturday morning I was awakened at 2:53 a.m. by the loud crash of an auto collision right outside my house. I jumped out of bed, called 911 and watched out the front door until the fire truck arrived a few minutes later. I was still about 95% asleep and knew that help had arrived and there was nothing I could do to be useful, so I went back to bed. Of course, my bedroom is in the front of the house and it was a coolish night, so I had the window open. There were police and tow trucks and people talking until about 4:30 am on the street in front of my house, so it took a good while for me to actually fall asleep again.

I had to go to my vet's office before noon on Saturday to pick up medicine for one of my cats, then I went to see my aunt and uncle and cousins at the hospital. I had some very special mini cinnamon buns from Duffey Roll (a Denver specialty) for everyone. I spent hours at the hospital, all through the fluid draining procedure and then found out my aunt hadn't been able to eat for many hours. She was delighted with the treats I'd brought and it was the first thing she ate as soon as she got permission.

By the time I got home last evening I felt totally drained. I tried a little activity to try and get energized without success. Two different elderly neighbors had left phone messages asking about the car accident the night before, but I had to go talk to another neighbor or two to get more information. Then I communicated what I'd discovered to the interested parties.

I promised to pick up a few things at the grocery for one of those households of older folks today, which I still need to do. I'll try to get to kick back before dark tonight. Much to do and time flies by so quickly. Also - got a letter from the place where I had my mammogram done a few weeks ago in yesterday's mail that there was an irregularity that requires a re-check. I'm not worried about it - just hoping I can get that fit in with other medical appointments I have scheduled for August 1st so I don't have to take more time off work.

Work has been crazy busy for several weeks and shows no signs of calming, so that will be another type of challenge. I could use a little calm to show up in my life, but not likely to happen anytime soon. emoticon

At least I'm cruising on the challange. That's something.

  
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TEENY_BIKINI 9/1/2014 3:40PM

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CATIATM 8/2/2014 5:15AM

    That is a lot to handle. How thoughtful of you to think of your aunt's comfort. I'm sure she appreciated the treats you brought her, as well as the thought behind it.

Prayers for good health and strength to persevere. emoticon

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KAYDEN45 8/1/2014 8:26AM

    Wow you had a lot going on. Take Care of you and hopefully you will be able to get some rest and time to yourself.

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FLORIDASUN 7/17/2014 5:13PM

    Oh my goodness...you DO have so much on your plate right now. I surely hope your aunt gets better soon along with her husband and daughter. Those colds are nothing to mess with now that we've heard so much about MERSA...I think it's MERSA...

It's really really good of you to look out for your neighbors..that would NEVER happen here in FL. Neighbors barely speak to each other. We've lived in our house for 13 years and only nod hello at our neighbors on one side. The newish family that moved in on the other side have only said hi once or twice. Which actually is fine by me because after dealing with people all day long I'm probably not the chatty Cathy type anyhow. Sometimes it's a chore to meet up with our weekly group. I'd rather just chill at home.

Take good care of yourself and make sure you get the rest you need. I'm sending you lots of positive vibes and big big hugs my friend! emoticon

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JUMPINJULIE 7/17/2014 12:57AM

    I hope your Aunt and Uncle and Cousin feel better soon I hope you get to kick back relax.

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SAFARIBABE 7/15/2014 3:10PM

    Hang in there Sugar! Hope your auntie and uncle feel better soon!

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TERI-RIFIC 7/14/2014 7:30AM

    You've been through a lot. emoticon I hope you get a rest.

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CATHYGETSFIT 7/14/2014 1:27AM

    I hope your aunt, her husband and daughter will be better soon! You certainly had quite a week! I hope things calms down for you soon. emoticon

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4EVERNESS 7/14/2014 1:06AM

    Definitely not a weak has been (what a week it has been)! Keep up the good work, but for your sanity, watch out that some of those neighbors aren't beginning a negative, harmful co-dependency. You need your rest and you time too! A worn out person runs down their immunities, and there where would anyone in this saga be? Take care of yourself and Kudos for all that you do!

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JAZZEJR 7/13/2014 11:37PM

    Wow. Hope things settle down and your aunt continues to improve. Reminds me that I'm way overdue for my pneumonia immunization.

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GAILSMAILS 7/13/2014 10:40PM

    Phew! The stars must be aligned in a special way or something! Things have been crazy!!
Hope you can get some rest!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 7/13/2014 10:31PM

    I hope your family members feel better soon!!!!! I am sending calming thoughts your way

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HICKOK-HALEY 7/13/2014 5:31PM

    That is a busy week. I hope everyone feels better soon. emoticon

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I made it to SPARK Level 20!

Monday, June 30, 2014

I had to share, because I can barely believe I accomplished this! It took a lot of time and effort - but I did it! I am VERY PLEASED with myself about this accomplishment !

  
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FLORIDASUN 8/6/2014 1:14PM

    WE are impressed and very proud of you too! What great dedication my friend! emoticon

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JUMPINJULIE 7/17/2014 12:54AM

    Awesome Congrats.

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WILSONWR 7/1/2014 7:48AM

    Again, congratulations. That is definitely something to be proud of!

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LYNCHD05 7/1/2014 1:23AM

    Awesome!!!!!

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4EVERNESS 6/30/2014 11:38PM

    Yay! fantastic....and for onlookers..she did it in record time too... yep... :) Great job. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon now, for a brief moment in history, emoticon

love the background photo, are those bluebonnets or like blue salvia or something?

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Awesome accomplishment, Debi! Keep Going!!!

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Weather issues - AGAIN!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Here I sit, ready to leave to attend a barbecue party for my niece who just graduated from college and maintained a full scholarship throughout! We are all very proud of her, of course, and have been anticipating celebrating her success and getting the family together with friends to do that. Well - ten minutes ago the grey skies opened and it began to rain pretty heavily!

I suspect that all the tables and such that were set up outside are drenched and who knows how long this rain will continue? The house where this is being held doesn't have any covered areas where a grill could be moved or people could sit out the rain. I will need to call and find out what is going on and if there is a contingency plan in case of weather like this. I may just pop in and drop off the gift, but don't want them to feel like they have to feed or entertain me. Oh well - Colorado weather is like this - and a huge rumble of thunder just boomed outside and now it sounds like HAIL is falling! YUCK!! It doesn't sound like big hailstones, but that is not a good sign.

I guess I'll find something else to do while we wait for this to - hopefully - pass. I know lots went into putting this event together for the young lady and it is so sad if Mother Nature ruins it. On to other endeavors! Have a great day.
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JUMPINJULIE 6/23/2014 9:39PM

    Congrats to your niece. I hope the rained passed quickly.

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CATIATM 6/18/2014 3:52PM

    Oh! I'm sorry the weather didn't cooperate and hope it passed quickly! emoticon

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JUSTME29 6/16/2014 10:56AM

    The beautiful thing about weather like that is that it usually passes quickly. It can be stormy and scary, then 30 minutes later it's sunny and beautiful. I hope everything worked out for your niece's party.

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SVELTEWARRIOR 6/15/2014 1:07PM

    I hope there was a back up plan and that the storm passed quickly

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SAFARIBABE 6/15/2014 7:47AM

    Hopefully the party wasn't ruined and they were able to move things indoors! Congratulations to your niece on her graduation! emoticon emoticon

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CATHYGETSFIT 6/15/2014 12:57AM

    Ugh! Colorado weather at it's finest. I hope that their was a backup plan in case something like this happened. emoticon to your niece! That's quite an accomplishment. Hopefully the plans to celebrate her day wasn't ruined.

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HICKOK-HALEY 6/15/2014 12:51AM

    I hope they can celebrate another day. As long as it is only hail, you will be fine. She sounds like a smart gal. Good for her!! emoticon

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DAIZYSTARLITE 6/14/2014 6:03PM

    So sad, hope it turns out ok... emoticon

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LYNCHD05 6/14/2014 5:51PM

    Hopefully there is a backup plan as the day should be celebrated rIn or shine. What an awesome young lady to have accomplished this herself. Certainly should be very proud. When we lived in Manitoba we had rain like this too and always had to have an alternate plan.
Hope the party is still on!!

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