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Thurs, 4/28

Thursday, April 28, 2011

In the words of Paula Deane: "Hi, Y'all!"

The past several weeks, access to the cat rooms at the shelter have been limited - no volunteers are allowed in the (many) rooms where there is ringworm (thank you, Lord). So I've been cleaning a tiny little room most weeks.

This morning, I got to the shelter to discover someone had called in - she wasn't coming due to tornado warnings. Smart woman, but the shelter is already short-handed, so I voluntarily cleaned a second room. Those 2+ hrs sure burned the calories. You may remember from a previous posting, that I told some of what I do there.....wash food and water dishes; shake out and (as needed) replace the towels used to cover various surfaces (they collect fur, instead of letting it fly all over the place). The biggest job is when I do the floor: sweep, vac, mop, then dry it with a towel. By the time I finished all the other chores, I have really burned calories. (GREAT!)

We take back roads to the shelter, and crossed a small bridge in Lisburn; the stream was almost up to the road. Almost 3 hrs later when we were on our way home, the road was blocked. Water had created a small lake over the road. I took a couple of pics.

Time to go.
Have a great rest-of-the-week.

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ACROSONIC 4/28/2011 7:57PM


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IUHRYTR 4/28/2011 5:00PM

    Again, emoticon for caring for the animals. That is a respectful and compassionate thing to do. Hope you are safe from the storms. -- Lou

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Sunday, 3/20/11

Sunday, March 20, 2011

I've been under conviction from the Lord, and it became chrystal clear this morning that I have let SparkPeople.com become too 'big' in my life, instead of putting God first. It's nothing against SP, or the lovely people I've met online - just that I let it all become too important and crowd out God.

Therefore, I have decided to take a relatively inactive on-line role in SP, but plan to continue to use the food and exercise trackers.

I appreciate you all.


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MRSMDAY 3/21/2011 9:25AM

    Take care and keep up the good work!

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SUZIEQ115 3/20/2011 6:31PM

    I do understand, God had to correct me on my facebook use. God bless you and keep Him first in your life.

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PURPLELVR7 3/20/2011 5:50PM

    You will be missed, but I do understand how the time commitment can affect your time with God.
Bless you on your journey.

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Sat night, 3/5

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Today was Mom's Memorial service - a celebration of her and her life. Three of us daughters spoke of memories, and made everyone laugh at some point in each of our comments. Mom had the gift of hospitality, and everyone at (what was her former) church agreed that my Mom put arms, legs, and love into everything she did, and was very obedient to the Lord.

One man spoke to me at the luncheon, and told me that when he and his wife went out on a mission, Mom was the first person from that church to support them.

Another lady told me that her son admitted as an adult that when he was in his teens, my Mom had a tremendous impact on him. Can you imagine? That's just a small part of who my Mom was here on earth.

My sisters and I (and several church members) agreed that Mom is probably dancing in heaven now, and maybe even peeking under a bed to tell an angel that they missed a dust bunny. emoticon That was another side of Mom.

Well, rather than go on and on and on, I'll close shortly - but I want to tell you "THANK YOU" for your prayers, and Mom's family could feel the power of the Holy Spirit.

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IUHRYTR 3/6/2011 7:59PM

    Your mother sounds like a supportive, loving lady. I'm sure you have a great many memories of happy times together that will carry you through the sad times. That she had such an affect on others is a testament to her character, and to her life. emoticon -- Lou

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2WHEELEDSHARON 3/6/2011 12:32PM

    That's so sweet. Sounds like your mom was hiding wings while she was here!

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MISTYRIVER64 3/6/2011 9:50AM

    Those memories and more of your Mom will see you through the coming days and weeks. Love and hugs to you Nancy

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Sat (Mar 5th) Morning

Saturday, March 05, 2011

First, thank you all for your prayers for me and my family.

Yes, the anti-anxiety pill works well - more just taking the edge off so I can deal with things (and that's just fine with me).

I'm dealing better and better with my loss of Mom. Of course, with her medical conditions, I was losing her more and more the past couple of years, but many of you know how death of the physical body is still a blow.

Anyway, I want to leave you with the knowledge that with God's help, I WILL make it thru today fine. God is such a tremendous comfort.

More later, or in a few days.

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CONTENTCHRIS 3/6/2011 4:40PM

    Prayers for you emoticon May God be with you dear. emoticon

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MISTYRIVER64 3/6/2011 9:42AM

    Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family, Nancy. emoticon

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DAYHIKER 3/5/2011 1:05PM

    I am glad that things are getting a little better for you, Nancy. It's hard--I went through it with my dad three years ago and I still miss him. There is such comfort in the Lord and in the knowledge that your mom is safe with Him but it's still hard.


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Wed, 2/23

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

My friends, I am struggling to get back on track on living healthfully and losing some of the pounds I gained during February. I'm an emotional eater, and believe me, I've had enuf emotion this month to last a looooong time, thank you very much.

In my previous blog, you read that my Mom died on Valentine's Day, and that it was a huge blessing for her. Objectively, I was happy - she's no longer in pain, she can walk again, her mind is whole again, and most of all, she's looking into the very face of Jesus. Oh yeah, I WILL see her again, when I get to Heaven.

Regardless of all the 'good' about Mom's passing, I've been hit, and hard. Valentine's afternoon I laid down for a nap, and instead got hit with what I thought was a heart attack. First I tried my Albuterol inhaler - when that didn't help at all, I chewed an adult aspirin and told my DH that we needed to go to the hospital. Won't give you all the nitty-gritty details, but after several tests which were good, they admitted me so I could have a stress test the next morning. That also was good, so the dr's diagnosis was anxiety.

I already had an appt with my family dr last Friday, and asked her for an anti-anxiety pill....so I'm taking that each day for awhile.

I won't claim to know WHY I'm taking Mom's death so hard; I trust the Lord to take care of me and tell me what He wants me to know and when. I know that God is in control, of EVERYthing, including me, as I yield myself to Him on a constant basis.

Mom's being cremated, so her 'old house' won't be there for the Memorial Service, and that's fine. I remember when my Dad died that I looked at HIS 'old house' (body) - I said, "that's Dad's house, but Dad isn't THERE". I knew he was in Heaven already.

I was sick much of January, so didn't exercise like I used to; but I ate pretty well. Then I was getting back into exercising, and Mom died. I felt numb for a number of days, but am getting back on track - thanks first of all to the prayers of my many Christian friends, and secondly, I know I have to also thank the Xanax. I firmly believe that God gives us dr's and medicine to help us - not that I will be dependent on Xanax for long, but I'm using it to get past this rough spot. Sometimes God heals us without 'outside help' but God also uses the medical field.

Guess this brings you up-to-date on me. I've told my special SP friend already, but felt that I owed the rest of you some explanation.

Thank you for your prayers for me and my entire family (I have 3 sisters).

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IUHRYTR 2/23/2011 11:49PM

    It is so difficult when we lose a loved one and many of us are torn over it like you are. Part of us knows they are past their pain and suffering while part of us misses them and wants them back. When my mom died on Dec. 21st a few years ago I was okay for the most part. Emotional, sure, but okay. Then, a couple of years later it hit me hard. The stress and emotions came roiling to the surface and I, too, needed temporary help. But we do come to grips with our loss and will always miss them, especially our mothers for some reason, but we also can rely on all the memories of the happy times we shared with them and the lessons of life they taught us. Continue being strong and separate your weight loss efforts from your mourning. Don't throw away any more of the positive progress you have made. emoticon emoticon emoticon -- Lou

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