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I cling to material things like fuzz on a wool skirt !!!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

I hold on to material things ,even scraps of paper that loved ones that wrote a message to me. I feel if I take it from my home I am getting rid of a part of them. Is this foolish of me to think such thoughts? I have boxed up so many other things & gave away, but I still hold on to things from the past that I have not used in years. I have things that I say one day I may use or will this not look pretty sitting out at a different time. but they are wrapped up with loving care thinking perhaps next year I will set it out. I have every piece of clothing I bought my nephew from the time he was a baby until he graduated. I know exactly what he was doing in his clothes he wore when he was a baby,toddler & in early school grades. I feel I am throwing a memory of what he did away or even giving them away would make me cringe. I have gave away a lot at one time of other household items, but I need to finish up I am having a very hard time with the other things that are still here.

  
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GRACEISENUF 8/12/2012 9:06PM

    I tend to hand onto things too....lately I have been able to let go of alot of things and it has been very freeing. "Thing"/stuffs can really become a burden. I do not have anything from my children's childhood but some cards, crafts, special things they have made, baby books and a few blankets. We moved so much with the military I had to let some things go. during the years. I tend to be very sentimental too but it sure felt good to scale down and go through things....especially pictures from distant relatives that I don't really even know from years and years ago.

Best wishes as your purge the unimportant things.

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MARYELLEN301 8/12/2012 1:38PM

    Obviously they are very important to you. Have you thought of perhaps taking some pictures of them? Digitals can be stored on a small disc or even just on your computer. The quilt ideas sound interesting, but if you don't quilt or know someone who does that's a far stretch to justify keeping things. And if you DO quilt or know someone, then there's no time like the present to get started on getting it done. My ex was a pack-rat and when I finally left I took only my things. I felt so very liberated by getting out from under "stuff". I found that a cluttered living space leads to a cluttered mind. I don't know how much of his stuff might be considered "clutter" but it sounds to me like there may be quite a large pile of articles. Myself? I'd go the picture route! Good luck on deciding how to handle the issue. emoticon

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TIMOTHYNOHE 8/12/2012 1:04PM

    Something I started to do. Periodically, I would clean it all up and put it in a box. I dated the box and set it aside. If I saw that box in a year and I had no idea what was in it, I tossed the box.

I don't miss any of it.

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CLAIREINPARIS 8/12/2012 11:30AM

    I am sorry because it sounds painful to you to give or throw anything away. If you feel it isn't arming you to keep them, why worry about it?
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FIT2SWING 8/12/2012 10:50AM

    My sister is saving key items of my nieces wardrobe and one day wants to make her a "memory quilt." This requires her to 1) learn how to sew 2) get a sewing machine 3) learn how to sew. I think doing things like that is a great way to remember the past, and keep it close. Maybe look into doing that for your nephew?

I still have things pined to my walls in my parents house from friends that no longer talk to me. Notes and jokes. I've tried to take them down and can't.

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MEXGAL1 8/12/2012 10:03AM

    I understand the emotional attachment one can have to things. I'll say though that moving has helped me clean things out. It feels good to me to clean things out and I hate clutter. I know I am a brat but I do miss my 9000 square foot home that we had in the Seattle area as I had a place for everything. I had to get rid of a lot when we downsized.
I have finally learned that the memories are in my mind and hopefully that stays intact...but I guess if it dowsn't I won't know any different.
Good luck with cleaning things out.
sallie

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NELLJONES 8/12/2012 9:59AM

    I have one large plastic box that I save old mementos in. Having been through downsizings for both my MIL and my mother, I know that at some point most of it will go whether I want it to or not. Both of them were seriously traumatized by having to see all their precious memories discarded, yet there was no choice. By doing the culling myself, once a year, I know that no matter how small my nursing home room will be, I will have that one box.

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YOBOELI 8/12/2012 9:48AM

    If you want to keep his clothes make a scrap quilt or have someone make it you can still keep all of them or just the most important one to you. With everything else take it one thing at a time give yourself goals to get rid of one thing a week and gradually start doing it everyday at the end you will feel so much better, like a burden lifted off of your shoulders. emoticon

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THEEXERCISER 8/12/2012 9:47AM

    It is ok to let go

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What a surprise!!!!!

Friday, August 10, 2012

My beloved brother Bobby in California has cancer he has since February Last night the phone rang Mom says that is Bobby calling , ( she talked about him all day today, she is 82 } I said as I was going for the phone how do you know? she said,' I just know it is. ' The voice on the other end was him. We all talked to him He said,' I am not interrupting dinner am I ?' I said ,'no' he ask what we were having I said,' grilled salmon,grilled asparagus & grilled potato, 'he said ,'I wish I was there to have salmon with all of you. 'My other brother talked to him then as I went to tend to the grill, Mom went out to look at the garden. all of a sudden I hear " I came for some salmon" Mom left out a big cry there he stood. he was driving to my home all the while. We were so happy he flew in from California drove up from Philly from the airport.He said he had to come because he gets so sick from the chemo he restarts it on Tuesday he has it every day except 6 days he is off of it out of every month. We had a beautiful time together. we all stood in a circle holding each other as my brother David said a beautiful prayer. Mom told us she just new in her heart it was him on the phone, & all day she kept talking about him. Seeing him was wonderful!!
Judy

  
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YOBOELI 8/15/2012 9:34PM

    That is so wonderful that just made my heart so full of joy. I wish I could have my family together one day it will happen I am so happy for you and your family. Hopefully your brother will be healed

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PURPLELVR7 8/10/2012 10:19PM

    how wonderful, what a special night

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LAC936 8/10/2012 10:49AM

    You only hear about stuff like that on TV. How wonderful to have it be a reality. Enjoy your time together.
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MEXGAL1 8/10/2012 9:59AM

    Oh how wonderful! Brings tears to my eyes. So glad you can enjoy him?
Thoughts and prayers!
Sallie

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NJJ-EXERCISE30 8/10/2012 8:54AM

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CLAIREINPARIS 8/10/2012 8:40AM

    I am so happy for you and your family, your Mom especially. That must have been an awesome time! emoticon

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PENNI68 8/10/2012 8:31AM

    What a beautiful surprise!!

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I feel like February, I want to be March & August!!!!

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Right now my getting fit is slowing down to a consistence of molasses in February dripping from a sap tree.!! I sure wish I had the pace of the March winds blowing in . With the terrible heat & humidity here in Pa. I sure wish my fat would roll off me like butter dripping from a hot ear of corn in August. How are you fairing???
Judy

  
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CLAIREINPARIS 8/6/2012 3:32AM

    I am so sorry for you... humidity is terrible! I am loving my hikes this summer, but that is also thanks to the fact that the temperatures aren't very hot at the moment in Paris.
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MEXGAL1 8/4/2012 5:49PM

    I just got an email from my Mom who is living PA and she said that they had a thunder storm but it didn't help with the humidity.
I am sure I could not deal with humidity anymore.
Try and keep cool!

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I did not act on IMPULSE guess what happened to me!!!!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

I had the urge to eat something the other night, I had calories to spare,but did not want to go over. I opened the refrigerator & STARED at the fully loaded shelves. MMM !! What would it be, you see before I would NOT have thought about it I would have grabbed & devoured. This time I thought about my choices, so I choose 1 slice of low fat cheeses & I took 6 lettuce leafs from the garden & wrapped the cheese in it just like an egg roll. I had that with 16 ounces of ice cold water. I was completely satisfied. After I was done eating I examined what I did, number one I thought before I reacted, I did not just hurriedly act on impulse to eat anything. second I acted on my choice, third I felt emotionally good what I did. Another example I love cinnamon graham crackers slathered with Nutella, & a large glass of milk. The choice I changed on this treat I took half a cracker with 1/2 tablespoon Nutella spread it on & put the other half of cracker on top, no milk but ice cold water. I was completely satisfied. The key for me that I must continue to do, is STOP at that very moment when the food urges come & examine the whole outcome. Do nothing on IMPULSE, that gets me in trouble every time. Before I go to sleep I always reexamine my whole day trying to see where I could have done better. This time I went to sleep with a smile because you see I did not dismiss my choices , I felt emotionally good. Every day I am going to think of what I will eat & try to modify the foods , but still have a taste.

  
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MARINEMAMA 7/30/2012 7:56AM

    Great job!!!

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IMREITE 7/26/2012 12:36AM

    The trick i am trying to make a habit is to eat slowly. sometime i shovel food and have eyes bigger than my stomach so i overeat and do not realize i am sated until i am really full. i also do not enjoy eating "treats".

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MARYELLEN301 7/25/2012 7:00PM

    What a plan! I love it!

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NANCYHOME247 7/25/2012 11:28AM

    You've given us all a good reminder, so thanks!

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MAUITN 7/25/2012 11:07AM

    Great planning and self control.

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MEXGAL1 7/25/2012 10:33AM

    hey, good for you to slow down and make better choices. It's all about the choices we make.
keep up the good work!

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MAKINANIMPACT 7/25/2012 8:43AM

    Judy,

That's what I need to start doing, lately the cravings have been ridiculous! I've got to get back on track. I'll be thinking about what you've done and apply it to me. Just take a moment and think! emoticon
Have a great day!

Kelly
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What I felt & saw along the way!!!!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Waking with a jolt of energy I shot up out of bed like a rocket, Gosh I thought to myself what has gotten into you ? Then as I briskly walked to the bathroom & stood there looking full view of my body I knew why. After taking a long look at my body ( Read previous blog ) I quickly got dressed, but then I said wait a minute you are not going to change your mind think why you are doing this. ( that is what I would do in the past hurry & get dressed because I would be talking my self right out of it ). I started out with my walk , I could hear & see the birds singing their morning songs, I said," oh little birdie are you greeting me on this fine summer morning??? I saw a huge Crane at the rivers edge walking so stately & then bending down (as if taking a curtsy to a Queen) getting a drink of cool water. I smelled the Queens Anne flowers as I walked on by, they smell like carrots brought back memories when I was a child making mud cakes with them trying to feed my brothers. I had to chuckle a little bit , Then I saw a Weeping Willow tree with all it's branches touching the ground as if it has the weight of the world on it's branches, the sun was shining through the leaves , I thought yes there is light at the end of everything , The purple & yellow flowers were sprinkled throughout the fields. I came upon a swirl of tiny birds all flying just above my head I thought they are flapping their little wings so vigorously, I said," oh little birdie I am almost done with my walk" I pretended they were using their wings clapping for me because I made my morning walk that I had not done so in a long long time.

  
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PURPLELVR7 7/24/2012 7:31PM

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CLAIREINPARIS 7/24/2012 2:25PM

    emoticon Thank you, it was a lovely blog! And I am so happy you went on your morning walk again!

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HALLELUL 7/24/2012 11:42AM

    Awe! That was too precious. emoticon

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MEXGAL1 7/24/2012 9:40AM

    Nicely written...so glad you got and enjoyed your walk!

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MAKINANIMPACT 7/24/2012 9:31AM

    What a vivid picture you painted! Love it, I wish I had such a beautiful view when I walk, but instead it's a lot of brown weeds but it's still outside!

Have a wonderful week!

Kelly

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BUGLET- 7/24/2012 9:24AM

    Excellent..
Keeping your positive thoughts and observing God's handiwork, how better a way to start a new day. Your thoughts are what draw things to you and having happy thoughts starting each day is a lesson that I wished I'd learned when young..God bless your happy day ♥♥ emoticon

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ELRIDDICK 7/24/2012 8:10AM

  Thanks for sharing

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