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Shocking information

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Today DH and I found out that the elementary school where our grandson attends, has an enrollment of about 300, with about 80% of them at or below the poverty level. The teacher we help each week has two homeless kids in her class and that's not unusual for the whole school. I was astounded. Am I naive? I didn't think my head was buried in the sand, but it totally escaped me.

The good news is that I intend to knit/crochet up a storm and try to make hats and scarves for at least that teacher's class. I sent an email tonight asking my stitching group if they are interested in helping. But I haven't heard anything back yet.

God has truly blessed me and my family. It's time for us to share more with others.

  
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DAWN14163 11/16/2012 2:40PM

    That's a lovely gesture. I'm sure the kids will love their new winter woollies!
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NEWNAC304 11/16/2012 1:31PM

    That truly is sad. You're an amazing person for helping them out!

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SNUGLBUNIE 11/15/2012 11:41AM

    That truly is so sad :(

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CALIPIDGIOUS 11/15/2012 9:05AM

    It's lovely that you can help and are! I am sure those hats and scarves will keep cold children warm!

I think that there are far, far more people who live in poverty in the US than ones who don't. I have been one of them most of my life until I finally got a great job that pays good money. Still no health insurance or benefits but for most people, those are a fable or a myth of what 'used to be' anyway.

Sad and tough times. We did just live through this centuries version of the great depression. I think that people do kind of forget that. Today's children will be the generational equivalent of the people who almost a century ago were little ones during the great depression. They also are growing up in a country in which they have never known a time that we weren't at war. Very sad.

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PURPLELVR7 11/15/2012 7:39AM

    too many are below poverty level - our country really needs prayer

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LIVINGFREE19 11/15/2012 6:54AM

    I wish I could knit or crochet hats. I would send them to you for them. I would love to learn that is for sure! (how to knit or crochet hats).

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2WHEELEDSHARON 11/14/2012 10:17PM

    That's a shocking percentage. I wish there wasn't so much stigma that comes with poverty, homelessness and asking for help. Your thoughtfulness and warm gifts will go a long way, Nancy:-)

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FROSTY99 11/14/2012 9:40PM

    Nancy it is a shocking fact about how many people do live in poverty. I think it is wonderful that you are willing to knit for them and hopefully some of your group will help you. I am sure warm caps will be most welcome. We all need to look around and see what we can do to help in our own communities. I know our church did a diaper drive, now they are doing shoeboxes, and collecting for the military and in Dec we are having a Toys for Tots drive. We are small but every little bit helps and it is good to know that it goes to help people in our own community.
God Bless you for doing your part to brighten the lives if those less fortunate.


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SLENDERELLA61 11/14/2012 7:55PM

    That is shocking, especially that you didn't have any idea. So good of you to work to contribute and help.

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POETLKNG2LOSE 11/14/2012 7:40PM

    Nancy I think that is a wonderful idea! I think they would really apporeciate it if you did that. We truly don't understand that poverty is in our own country and sometimes in our own neighborhood. America is not the wealthiest nation anymore. I hope your group takes on the challenge and steps up to the plate. We need more people with compassion like you.

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Monday, Nov 12th

Monday, November 12, 2012

I weighed and measured myself this morning....a day late, but hey, it's done. I gained an entire one-half pound over the weekend....but I'M not upset. That could have been water.

The thing I'm most pleased about is that I lost a half inch in my waist and another half inch in my hips. My thigh and arm measurements stayed the same.......ok. So just watching my food intake and doing ST six days a week IS bearing fruit. emoticon FYI, I do core training on Mondays and Thursdays, upper body on Tuesdays and Fridays, and lower body on Wednesdays and Saturday. Sunday is truly my day of rest. So, I give each portion of my body a couple of days of rest before working on it again.

I went shopping today. In part to buy DH's Christmas presents, and in part to find some things I wanted. Very mixed bag of success. I got some of what DH wants for Christmas, but for the life of me, I could not find the kind/color of socks he wears! I couldn't believe even Penney's and Sears didn't have it! I also couldn't find something particular for me (never mind what), but I was able to score a new (larger) purse.

I have a 'thing' for large purses and for shoes, which is kind of funny really. I don't like wearing shoes if I can help it. I always (almost) cry when it's time to put my sandles away for the winter - wearing them is so much like not having shoes on my feet.

So, to continue the purse story: I found two that I liked, and each had two different prices - one was about half the original price in each case. I took both to the cash register and asked which price was right. "The lower of the two" Ok, I said, I guess I'll settle on this purse (over the other one). It was marked $40, down to $20. When the sales lady swiped the tag, it came up as $10. She offered to swipe the other one, to see if it was lower than the $24 price, but alas, it came up as $24. If it had also been just $10, I would have come home with TWO new purses. LOL I felt very fortunate indeed to get a $40 purse for just $10. emoticon I warned you I have a thing about purses.

It's been a beautiful, warm day today, and the weatherman said last night that this will probably be the last warm day until next year. emoticon The high for each of the next few days is only to be in the 40's, and the rain is to start tonight. I dread the cold. LOL Listen to me! I hate the heat of mid-summer, but I also hate COLD. Can't make me happy.

  
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NEWNAC304 11/13/2012 3:35PM

    Hurray for the purse! I don'e like extreme temperatures either. Too bad I live inIllinois!

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LIVINGFREE19 11/13/2012 10:00AM

    You sound like me, I don't like the cold, but I don't like the extreme heat either.
You got a hot deal on that purse! I love getting deals like that. I have a shoe issue (kinda like your purse issue). I like comfortable shoes. I like athletic shoes mainly because of the stability. Sandals are hard for me to wear for very long because of zero stability.
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FROSTY99 11/12/2012 10:21PM

    emoticon on losing those inches. The exercise is paying off! You should be proud of this win!
I pretty much wear sandals year round-I do wear my tennis shoes for walking but otherwise, sandals! I wore a pair of wedges to church Sunday and nearly fell down. I forgot I had them in the closet so decided to wear them-I am sure I looked like some kid just learning to walk! I quit wearing anything with a heel after I broke my foot and sprained my ankle several times-dr told me to wear flats!
I think it funny how different we women are, you like big purses and I look for small ones but it needs certain features. Guess we don't need to worry about fighting over a purse.
Hope it doesn't get too cold - we are in the high 70's low 80's for a few days and then falling down into the low 70's this weekend. I will enjoy it for you. emoticon
Pat

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2WHEELEDSHARON 11/12/2012 6:57PM

    Hip hip hooray! Congrats on your hard work paying off. And for finding a bargain purse.
I'm the opposite as far as feet. I have a thing for boots that make my feet feel like they're as tucked in as sleeping babies.
Maybe as the holiday gets closer, you'll find the socks stocked? Of course, then you'll have to fight the crowds. My mom gets my dad's socks from Sears online. I know he's picky but don't know what for. I can ask her if you'd like.

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SNUGLBUNIE 11/12/2012 6:25PM

    What type of ST exercises are you doing? WOOHOO for the loss in inches. Definitely good news :)

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BABY_GIRL69 11/12/2012 5:37PM

    Well, I saw a few snow flurries just now so it is already cold but we did have Friday, Saturday & half of Sunday to enjoy the warmth. Purses, I just about love them as much as shoes!!! You have to share a pic! PLEASE??!!! Don't worry about the half pound it might just well be water....

God bless & purses oh my...

Dee

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Kittens, crabs and yarn

Friday, November 09, 2012

Yesterday was my morning to clean the kitten room at the no-kill animal shelter. I went in, greeted all the kitties I still have (another was adopted over the weekend) and set about my work. After washing the dishes, I cleaned the two large cages they use, then started on the 5 litter boxes. As I was scooping the first one, the lights suddenly went out. When I turned to look at the switch, I saw a black and grey tiger stretched out and jumping up to touch the switch. emoticon Since I once had an intelligent cat who used to do things like that, I wasn't annoyed; I just turned the light on again and moved the 'offender' to another spot in the room hoping he'd forget about the switch.

Fat chance. He and I played flip-the-switch a few more times until I went to the front desk and got some scotch tape. I taped the switch in the on position and went back to work. Pretty soon I heard 'scratch, scratch' and knew what was happening. All of a sudden the lights went off again. The little bugger had torn the tape and was able to flip the switch again. At least it wasn't really dark in the room, so I got a little more work done, then turned the light on again to finish things. Kitty left it alone.

For those of you who are old enough, and watched tv several years ago, you'll appreciate the fact that the kitten's name is MacGiver. emoticon

My birthday is in a few days, but we have commitments all that day, so tonight we're going out to eat to celebrate. I've already planned/tracked my eating for today, except for the last little bit for tonight. I have already added the snow crab that I'm planning to eat. Will have to add the veggies later. I REALLY love crab legs.

I was able to get some variegated yarn in my DH's alma mater's colors, and am almost through knitting a scarf for him. I have some more to make a hat for me (he doesn't like knitted hats) and a scarf to match. We'll wear them after the first of the year when we go out West to watch several basketball games at the University. Going to fly this time. We usually drive. Nuts! That sure cuts back on how much I can pack. LOL

  
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IUHRYTR 11/13/2012 7:54PM

    Thanks for the laugh about the kitty. emoticon emoticon -- Lou

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NEWNAC304 11/11/2012 4:43PM

    Too funny! I hope you enjoyed your birthday dinner.

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CANDOK1260 11/11/2012 10:11AM

    emoticon happy belated birthday emoticon for sharing your storys

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HFAYE81 11/10/2012 12:21PM

    Too funny! Clever kittens are a handful but they're the best emoticon

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USMAWIFE 11/10/2012 11:46AM

    Love the cat.

Happy Early birthday to you I just celebrated mine yesterday very quietly

the other bad thing about flying is that you can't keep extra yarn in the car for knitting

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2WHEELEDSHARON 11/10/2012 7:32AM

    What a funny cat with a perfect name!
I LOVE crab legs too. I hope you had a wonderful dinner.
Are you using the alpaca yarn for your hat and scarves?

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FLEMIDG 11/10/2012 12:24AM

    At least you had some fun during your day. That kitty sounds pretty mischievious.
Enjoy the crabs legs. I love them too.

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NILLAPEPSI 11/9/2012 5:13PM

    Haha! Smart kitty.

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FROSTY99 11/9/2012 3:47PM

    What a smart kitty-I bet he thought it was quite a game and you were willing to play it with him. Your crab legs sounds wonderful-I love them too. DH likes lobster better but we don't indulge in either very often. i can't remember the last time I had crab legs so hope you really enjoy them.
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LIVINGFREE19 11/9/2012 3:06PM

    I love the tory about the kitty at the animal shelter! Sounds like that one is a handful!
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Election Day, November 6th

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Election Day was a test of endurance. DH and I worked the polls, getting up at 5 a.m. so we could be at the location by 6 to set up. DH was Election Judge, and I was in charge of the voting machines. Promptly at 7 a.m. the doors opened to the (orderly) crowd that already stretched around the building.

A couple of hours later we got a slight breather after assisting everyone to vote. So I went home (about a Ĺ mi from the fire station/polling place) and let the dog out to potty. Then I hurried back to work.

People trickled in for about an hour then we got another rush of folks. After a few more hours, almost all of them had voted, so I pulled out a chair and sat down. That didnít last long. We workers all took turns eating (in spite of my best plans, it wasnít the healthiest food day).

Around 2:30 we got the next crowd which didnít let up until nearly 7 p.m. Whew! I was reduced to holding people outdoors (and folks, it was in the low 40ís) because we had so many people indoors. As soon as I could, I let people indoors and got them into the correct lines for registration.

Letís see, weíre up to 7 p.mÖ..I went home again for the dogís sake, fed her dinner, brought in the mail, and turned a light on for Darby (the dog). People trickled in for the next hour until the doors were locked at 8 p.m. and the polls were officially closed. THEN THE REAL WORK STARTED.

Three people helped me tally votes, run reports, and take down (fold up) the voting machines. And let me tell you, those suckers are HEAVY! emoticon

When we finished our work, we helped the others with what they were doing. DH and I left just after 10 p.m. and drove to York to the Election Board to drop everything off, getting home just before 11 p.m.

If you read between the lines, you realize I was on my feet almost every minute from 5 a.m. to around 10 p.m. Now you know why Iím STILLTIRED! LOL

Lest you think Iím complaining, understand that Iím delighted at the turnout (ALMOST 75% of registered voters in our district). It is both a privilege and a responsibility to vote.
Thank you to all (in the USA) who voted. Shame on anyone who found excuses to not vote. The latter ones of you have no right to complain.
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2WHEELEDSHARON 11/10/2012 7:26AM

    Great job making it through the day with your dedication to voting still strong! Sounds like you got a little ST in with the voting machines, lol. I hope you're recovered and rested!

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IUHRYTR 11/9/2012 3:05AM

    I commend you for being there to help voters. Without people like you, what would we do on election day? -- Lou

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FROSTY99 11/8/2012 10:16PM

    First, emoticon for being a willing volunteer. What a long day for both of you but it sounds like you did well. I am sure you burned up whatever extra calories you consumed.

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Pat

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THINAGIN2 11/8/2012 5:22PM

    Wow! That was a really long day for you! Thank you so much for the wonderful job that you did at your polls. I do hope that you get rested!

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NEWNAC304 11/8/2012 10:14AM

    That sounds like a long day. I'm sure you burned extra calories with all that walking and being on your feet!

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FITWITHIN 11/8/2012 9:40AM

    emoticon for taking time out of your day for volunteering at the voting polls. I voted!

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CALIPIDGIOUS 11/8/2012 9:32AM

    It does sound tiring! I found myself wondering what I would have to do to work at the polls on voting day while I was waiting in line. I think I would enjoy it but not sure how to go about it in my town. Perhaps I will contact the town to find out the requirements for next time. emoticon

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SUSANS706 11/8/2012 9:25AM

    Thank you for volunteering to run the polls. I thanked every volunteer I came in contact with. Without you, the process would not work. emoticon

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GOLFGMA 11/8/2012 7:39AM

    Thank you for your contribution. I voted! It was good to see the number of people who turned out this year. I think it shows concern for our nation as it should with the way things have been going toward a socialized America.

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PURPLELVR7 11/8/2012 7:32AM

    I did vote, wish more people did


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JTREMBATH 11/8/2012 2:02AM

    That would have been a tiring day, I stand on my feet for the best part of 9 hours a day maybe that is why I can't get rid of the swelling in my legs.

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LIVINGFREE19 11/7/2012 7:00PM

    I voted!
Thank you for all the work with the voting machines, tallying, etc.
I hope you get some good rest here in the next couple of days!
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Frankenstorm

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The storm was aptly nick-named, although Franenstein was the doctor, not the monster. You get the idea. Many people suffered much loss and heartache due to Hurricane Sandy. I praise and thank the Lord for sparing us any real problem.....no loss of power, so we had heat (it was COLD outside) and the sump pump kept the basement dry. The reason why it was so bad, was not just the hurricane, but that over our heads it met up with a seriously cold front from Canada plus a wet, warm front from down south. Whew! At least it didn't snow on us.

Whatever I can tell you about the storm around us, there are a million stories of how MUCH worse things were for others, so please, keep people in prayer.

Two of our adult children (and 2 grands) live near us, and they are all ok, too. Again, the mighty hand of God.

Schools are still closed today, but I think they may reopen tomorrow. The USPS (Postal Service) did a fantastic job of delivering mail yesterday in the midst of the storm, and (of course) again today.

We've had to reschedule a couple of appts, but that's no big deal.....they weren't life-threatening things. Well, except my hair appt. emoticon Serioiusly, I'll live just fine until I can get in for that.

Praise to the Lord!

  
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NOLAZYBUTT110 11/4/2012 10:15AM

    Glad you were safe. we survive it too! Praise G*D for small miracles, because it passed over us. and I believe it was due to G*ds mercy on us, for here many already were dealing with issues and poverty in our area. susana

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CALIPIDGIOUS 11/1/2012 8:17AM

    All went well here as well. Power did go out for about 22 hours but that's nothing! I remember the 11 days without heat/power/running water or a Xmas tree in 2008 because of the ice storm. Mid-December-freezing weather, school cancelled for 2 weeks. That was when I had a right to complain.

This time power went out, we went to bed. Woke up, went out to get coffee-thank you Dunkin's for being open, and then started the generator and worked all day. Power came back just when our work day was over. We were exceedingly lucky as was my Mom who lives in West Virginia. She missed all the snow they got, she was just far enough away.

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FROSTY99 10/31/2012 12:51PM

    Happy you had no major damage and didn't lose your power and your children fared well also. Thanks be to The Man Upstairs for prayers answered!
All we got down south as it passed us was heavy rain on the coast (nothing for us) and lots of wind. We are having colder than normal temps which didn't come at a good time since DH would like it warmer instead of trying to bundle up so much with an ice machine on him!
Take care.

Pat

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NEWNAC304 10/31/2012 6:27AM

    Happy to hear that your and your family are safe.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 10/30/2012 8:11PM

    Prayers indeed.
Get that Frankenhair taken care of soon;-)
Thanks for the update. I'm glad you had power during th e cold.

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MARJORIEWRIGHT 10/30/2012 3:29PM

    Glad to hear you are doing well. I know how bad a hurricane can be. I've lived through a few myself and probably will face more in the future, but haven't had everything that has happened to the northeast. I pray for all those affected by this storm but we must remember that we are not given anything we can't handle. It just means that sometimes we need to rely on others to help us through. Good luck to you as you begin to clean up.

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LIVINGFREE19 10/30/2012 3:28PM

    I was surprised we had mail delivery yesterday too! I thought that would have been put off for a day or two because of the storms, but it wasn't.
We fared really well too. I am so glad you did also, my friend!
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