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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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Psalm 62

Sunday, November 06, 2011

My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him.

He alone is my rock and my salvation. He is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

How long will you assault a man? Would all of you throw him down -- this leaning wall, this tottering fence?

They fully intend to topple him from his lofty place; they take delight in lies. With their mouths they bless, but in their hearts they curse.

Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.

He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.

My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.

Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.

Lowborn men are but a breath, the highborn are but a lie, if weighed on a balance, they are nothing; together they are only a breath.

Do not trust in extortion or take pride in stolen goods; though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them.

One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that you, O God, are strong,

and that you, O Lord, are loving. Surely you will reward each person according to what he has done.

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DAYHIKER 11/12/2011 6:15AM

    Amen, Nancy! "I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust." Ps. 91:2 emoticon


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    Amen! emoticon

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JRBASKIND 11/6/2011 3:39PM

    And let us all say: Amen!

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snow results October 29th

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Offically we only got 5 inches of snow - but: it was wet, so how accurate was the measure? and 2. I don't live at the Harrisburg airport where the official nunbers are computed. At our house, we got several more inches than that.

I have attached pictures in my gallery.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 10/31/2011 12:13PM

    Wow, it looks beautiful, but maybe only to me because we don't get snow here very often at all. Stay safe and warm!
How have I not added you as a friend yet, by the way?! That's taken care of now!
Have a great day, Nancy, I hope you enjoy it emoticon

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GOATS03 10/30/2011 9:32PM

    Beautiful pictures Nancy but it looks cold especially from this side of the world at 90 some degrees..hahahh...but I did like the snow coming from way up Northern Ontario, Canada, it just stayed too long and came too early..enjoying more the heat now as my bones get older...hahahh...

Stay warm

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GRANNYSUE9 10/30/2011 1:07PM

    We were in the high 60's yesterday so it was very pleasant here.

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SNUGLBUNIE 10/30/2011 9:36AM

    I can't believe you got snow already. Keep warm Nancy.

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IUHRYTR 10/30/2011 7:16AM

    While I continue to despise FL's summer humidity and long for more cooler temperatures, I don't think I could handle the north's winters again except for a visit. Stay warm and safe. -- Lou

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ARLENE_MOVES 10/30/2011 12:18AM

    We had snow here in MD too. About 2-3 inches, but like you said, really wet and heavy. Supposed to be ~49 degrees tomorrow so hopefully, gone, gone, gone!!!

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FLEMIDG 10/30/2011 12:00AM

    Brrr. I'm not looking forward to that white stuff.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 10/29/2011 10:27PM

    Wow! That sounds so COLD! I'm sitting her rubbing my tootsies! If I lived there, I'd have to get furry, thick booties! emoticon

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FROSTY99 10/29/2011 9:39PM

    Hard to believe-it was 78 here today!

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NYKIMMIE 10/29/2011 9:35PM

    we are getting snow too,its nice to have the weekend off to enjoy it

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