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Sat., 12/03

Saturday, December 03, 2011

I want to thank each of you for your comments on our decorations. I see that my pics of the (artificial) tree don't show all the ornaments I have on it very well. emoticon No matter. I grew up with a Christmas tree that had lots of different ornaments, and that's what I've continued in our lives.

We also started something when the girls were little - we gave them ornaments each year, and when they married and left home, their ornaments went with them - as a head start on their own Christmas trees. That's one reason we've continued the tradition, but using the Li Bien ornaments - our dau and their DH's get an ornament, and each grandchild gets one, too.

Several Septembers ago, we rented a huge house on the Outer Banks of No. Carolina, and had all the kids and the 3 grands we had at that time join us. The weather was perfect and we had a wonderful time. That Christmas, the girls gave me a Li Bien ornament with several of the Outer Banks lighthouses painted on it. How very special.

Thank you, again, for your lovely comments on my blog from yesterday.

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    Our tree is much the same as yours! Sadly (well, kind of sadly), our daughters (who have married) say that they don't want to take their ornaments because they want to decorate their trees differently. That's ok, though, because when I decorate our tree, I use the same ones we got them, and it brings back so many wonderful memories! emoticon emoticon emoticonYour tree looks great, by the way!

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Christmas Decorations

Friday, December 02, 2011

My Healthy Lifestyle Forever teammates have asked for pics of some of my Christmas decorating. I'm no great decorator, and my tree is a hodge-podge of cherished decorations. Having given that warning to you, I'll see if I can add a few pictures to this blog.

There are ornaments my kids made when they were young, and a number of ones my DH and I collected on our travels, such as one from the Grand Canyon. There are also a number that I made, mostly cross stitched.

I also had mentioned on a team thread our collection of Li Bien ornaments. For those of you who don't know, Li Bien is Chinese for 'inside' as these ornaments are painted FROM THE INSIDE. Check them out online but here are a couple of pics of ours.

Wishing you all a lovely evening.

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NEWNAC304 12/3/2011 9:21PM

    Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures! I have the same mixture of ornamaments on my tree. I have several cross stitch ornaments that I've made.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 12/3/2011 2:25PM

    I love looking at trees that have personalized ornaments! It looks wonderful, Nancy. Thanks for posting these for us!

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GOATS03 12/3/2011 5:52AM

    Awesome tree and beautiful decorations Nancy...A tree full of memories...that is so cool :)

Thanks for sharing the pictures :)


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FROSTY99 12/2/2011 9:04PM

    Aren't homemade ornaments the best. When we hit the road, I gave all of mine to the kids-don't know if they cherished them the way I did, but I did save them all these years and if not not a thing I can do about it. I miss my cherished teddy ornaments-I had my tree done in a lot of them but...can't haul all that in an rv and I hate to ask for anything back now.
Looks lovely.

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DIZZYDOC 12/2/2011 7:10PM

    I love the decorations. It is always nice to see reminders of home.

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MONIKA1948 12/2/2011 6:58PM

    Your tree looks lovely. I love homemade ornaments and my tree is also full of them.Each ornament is so precious and brings back memories yearly while hanging them on the tree. Your Li Bien ornaments are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
emoticon Monica

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TYRNEATHEM 12/2/2011 6:53PM

    Beautiful! Trees full of cherished ornaments remind me of the trees Mom put up every year. I hope to someday have the same as our little family grows older.

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SNUGLBUNIE 12/2/2011 6:39PM

    WOW, absolutely gorgeous and thank you so much for sharing with us Nancy. I love the chinese balls :)

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Monday morning 11/28

Monday, November 28, 2011

Thank you to my many SparkFriends for wishing me well, praying for healing, and asking how I'm doing. I'm so thankful I got an antibiotic last Friday (before the weekend) because Saturday morning I awoke to find the sinus infection had started creeping into my chest. The antibiotic is taking hold (thank you, Lord Jesus) and I know if I 'behave', I'll have the infection beat.

I've laid off exercising all weekend, and want to get back to it - but I know that I shouldn't rush that.....all in good time.

I think today is to be the last nice day for who-knows-how-long. By that, I mean, we're to get into the low-low 60's again today. It's to rain by tomorrow afternoon, and the high's are to be more 'normal' for this time of year: in the low 40's. I'm just not ready for cold, but will have to adjust. emoticon Winer comes every year, and I wouldn't trade living in a place where we get four definite seasons for anything.

DH and I will probably try to finish our Christmas shopping today - I sure hope we find everything the grandkids want! Our only granddaughter has a birthday this month, too, so it's double for her. I'm so glad they are planning to come up (to PA) from Mississippi for Christmas. It'll be hectic at times, but it will be GREAT to be together.

I hope each of you has a wonderful day; resting/relaxing if you need it, productive if that's what's on your agenda.

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IUHRYTR 12/1/2011 11:13PM

    I have two friends with Christmas day birthdays. A trick is to wrap one gift in birthday paper and another one in Christmas paper. Has to be a wonderful feeling knowing they are celebrating life on such a special day. -- Lou

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DISGRUNTALGOAT 11/29/2011 11:48AM

    Get well soon!!

I love having 4 seasons too... I just winter was a little warmer and the snow didn't linger for so long. ;)

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2WHEELEDSHARON 11/29/2011 7:15AM

    Bundle up and rest well! I hope the shopping was fun. emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 11/28/2011 11:32AM

    I did not sleep last night, so I'm just going to try to make it through the day with a positive attitude. Thanks for being such a great, encouraging friend! emoticon

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SNUGLBUNIE 11/28/2011 9:04AM

    Sounds like it will be a wonderful xmas and please take care of that infection and don't push the exercise until your chest is better.

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Some Post-Thanksgiving thoughts

Friday, November 25, 2011

A month ago I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. Now that I've been on meds for a month, I no longer dwell in the deep, dark, ugly pit were I was a month ago. I'm enjoying life again. I'm more pleasant to be around. And my DH, that dear, dear man, is still with me, supporting and encouraging me. emoticon

I'm thankful for so many things and people, including my SP friends.

A month ago, I told my PA daughters that I wasn't up to hosting Thanksgiving dinner. My eldest stepped up and she and her DH prepared a feast for us all. Well, I did make rolls from scratch and helped when I got there, and my youngest brought dessert. Dinner was wonderful, altho' not traditional. We had ham, twice baked potatoes, canned yams, broccoli, rolls, and two kinds of pie.

I had a single serving of each thing for dinner, and only one slice of pie. I tracked my calories, and yes, I went over for the day; but I'd eaten 'light' for breakfast and had an instant breakfast for supper, so all was not 'lost'. Speaking of weight: This morning I found I hadn't gained ANY weight, so that was a victory.

When I sneezed a bunch yesterday, I figured I was coming down with a cold. This morning I awoke with a full-blown sinus infection, so I visited my dr and got drugs BEFORE it can go into my chest. That's what usually happens, and I have asthma, so I don't play around with sinus infections.

All-in-all, I'm feeling very positive about things, and already am looking forward to when my Mississippi dau and her family come for Christmas.....and I'm planning a Christmas Day feast. I still have to figure out healthy sides. When you feed a dozen people, you need to make sure there plenty of food.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I know that some of you gave to others, of your time, etc. You are special people.

Our 8 yr old grson will spend the night tonight, and we got "Rango" from Netflix, so I think he'll be entertained. Besides, I want to see the movie. emoticon I'm a sucker for kids' animated movies.

Hopefully you all will have a wonderful, healthy weekend.

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NEWNAC304 11/26/2011 6:03PM

    I'm glad you had a good Thanksgiving. I hope you're feeling better soon.

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IUHRYTR 11/26/2011 5:44PM

    Thank goodness for appropriate medications. -- Lou

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    Thank you for your uplifting blog! Moments ago, our grandchildren left for home, so I really needed to read a cheery one. So glad you had a lovely time! And also glad you're not getting sicker! emoticon

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FROSTY99 11/25/2011 8:29PM

    How wonderful that your kids cooked. That should make it special - it would for me. Enjoy having the grandson.


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BRAVERUDE 11/25/2011 6:50PM

    I love kids' movies! I want to see Hugo this weekend..or I might just watch the final Harry Potter dvd again! Enjoy your visit and the rest of your weekend!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 11/25/2011 6:00PM

    How sweet of your kids to step up! Great job on the single servings.
I'm glad to hear that the meds are managing the BD, my heart goes out to you and I'm grateful you're in God's hands.
We love kids movies too, in fact we're going to see the new Muppet movie this weekend and we don't even have kids around!
Get well soon, Nancy!

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SNUGLBUNIE 11/25/2011 5:23PM

    Oh Nancy, I am also a sucker for animated movies. I watched Dr. Seus movie last night, today watched the two Night in the Museum movies and enjoyed them both. Sounds like you had a wonderful day and you are in a good place. I am so happy. WOOHOO, on staying the same in the weight dept. Much better than a gain emoticon and before you know it it will go down.

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Sat, 11/19

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Some have asked about the poor tree that was bent double from the heavy snow we got in late October. Believe it or not, it survived very well - just lost a small branch near the top, and which is still hanging up in the tree as we are too chicken to figure out a way to get it down. : )

Thank you for asking.

I'm doing better just about every day, as the meds are taking hold. I'm not in the deep, dark, ugly hole I was in last month, but I'm not quite where I want to be either. It'll take time. I have another appt with my psych dr early next month, and I hope to gain more ground thru talking with her.

Thank you all for your prayers. Unmedicated (undiagnosed!) Bipolar Disorder is an ugly place to be, and with the Lord's help and that of my psych. dr and meds, I'm getting better. Drugs will be a permanent part of my life - ok. I already know how ugly it can be without them. I praise Johoveh Ratha for His loving kindness in directing me to the medical help I need.

I attended a ladies' luncheon at my church today, and had a really good time. NOTHING quite like a room of sisters-in-Christ + food. Haha

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2WHEELEDSHARON 11/21/2011 12:42PM

    I'm glad to hear things are leveling out for you and that you have faith and lots of support, Nancy!

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IUHRYTR 11/20/2011 5:32AM

    Some people disagree with me but I am a firm believer in using appropriate medication to help with some of our problems. Wishing you continued good mental and physical health. -- Lou

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    I am so glad to hear this! What a blessing it is to get help for this debilitating disease of depression/bipolar! The brain is such an intricate creation, and finding something that will help is quite a blessing! I'm glad you are happy to take your meds since they are vital for keeping on an even keel. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FROSTY99 11/19/2011 6:42PM

    Glad to hear you are doing better. DH suffers from depression and dr thinks possibly bi-polar, but he refuses to go to the psych so we deal. I am glad you are getting the help you need.
Prayers continue.

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SNUGLBUNIE 11/19/2011 3:42PM

    So glad to hear you are doing better Nancy and that the beautiful tree also survived :) God is good for sure!

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DAYHIKER 11/19/2011 2:47PM

    I'm glad to hear you're doing better, Nancy, but embarrassed that I have not been around enough on SP to keep up. I am working with the First Place 4 Health program online through Outlook Ministry and that has kept me busy along with an 8 day trip to the Washington, DC area to meet my first grandchild, Oliver Edward. emoticon

I hope and pray that you will continue to improve until you get to the place you'd like to be. emoticon

Love and prayers,

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