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A Salute and a Cart of Paleo Goodness

Sunday, June 02, 2013

I intended to walk today, but my foot is just too sore. It hurts behind the ball of the foot. It was hurting on the arch earlier.

Grocery shopping today was successful. I spent about what I expected to and have a fridge full of Paleo goodness. Yes, I am returning to it because I felt so much better eating that way. The financial pressures have not lessoned, so we will see how it goes.

While I was at Grocery Outlet, an older very thin black man came by with his daughter. He was wearing a ball cap that let the world know he is a WWII veteran. I thanked him for his service and told him I appreciated it. It matters not that I was not even alive back then. He was surprised and said I was welcome. After they proceeded down the aisle, I thought about our brief conversation. At his age, I am sure he grew up when white women would never have called him "Sir" as I did. It's sad.

I hope my comment in some small way made his day. Seeing him and having the courage to speak to him sure made mine. I am not sure why that was so emotional for me except that he may be the last WWII vet who crosses my path.

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CAROL_31649731 6/9/2013 3:20PM

    Your foot pain does sound like the beginning of planter fasciitis. Especially upon waking in the morning, it would be a good idea to do stretches & massages (you could research specific ones on the internet) before it gets so bad you need to see a podiatrist. Sometimes you can nip it in the bud, so to speak, if you catch it early. And God bless you for having the courage to speak up for our veterans.

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WINNIE-POOH 6/3/2013 9:05PM

    God bless you. I know that made his day in so many ways. emoticon

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CATLADY52 6/3/2013 3:46PM

    They are slowly dying off. emoticon

Keep up with the Paleo thing for a month and tell us how it is going. emoticon

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RFJSJ50 6/3/2013 1:40PM

    It's the little things like that that people treasure in their hearts and remember forever. You are a good person!
I'm trying to get back to healthier eating also, but it's difficult! I'm craving sweets and drive-thru junk!
Hope your foot is soon better and you can get back to walking. Are you doing any strength exercises? You might want to check out the Chair Exercise Team here on Spark for times like this.

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MOVEITMARY 6/3/2013 12:36PM

    When I was traveling at Christmas I met a fellow in the airport, who every time a soldier would walk by he would jump up and shake theirr hand and thank them. It touched my heart.

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CARRAND 6/3/2013 9:59AM

    You are such a sweetheart. My Dad was a WWII Veteran and he died this spring at 99 years old. There aren't too many of them left.

I'm glad you are sticking with the Paleo diet since it makes you feel good.

Is your foot pain planters fasciaitis? That really hurts. The doctor suggested I put ice on my arch when I'd been out walking. It seemed to help. Eventually it goes away.

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NONIE_C 6/2/2013 11:20PM

    This touched my heart, as you often do emoticon

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There but for the Grace of God...

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

I live in an ancient mobile home in very poor condition with a seemingly endless list of fix-its. My salary does not go far enough and every week, I pray I still have both jobs. Oh, yes, I could work up a great pity party should I choose to do so.

But not today.

Yesterday morning, an explosion of sirens announced a disaster and the noise carried on for a while. The freeway is nearby, so I did not pay attention after I gave my usual "God be with the first responders" prayerful response to someone's emergency.

A couple of hours, I stepped outside to run an errand and discovered that the sirens came into the park. A home burned. Totaled. One of the four residents was home. Rumor has it she got out and then went back in to get her car keys. She was removed via ambulance suffering from burns and smoke inhalation. I walked past her house and, from what I could see without getting in the way, the skeleton of the home is all that is left. They have a guard there 24 hours so no one steals the copper piping (or whatever).

The Red Cross puts them up for 3 days and then this family has nowhere to go. No one knows if they will come back. The answer from our new managers about a community effort to help this family was very noncommittal.

If it were my home, I would have nowhere to go and I would likely be mourning 2 cats as well...

Thank you, Lord, for all the blessing of my life. Prayers for this family!

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CARRAND 6/1/2013 6:39PM

    I will pray for them, too.

There is always someone with worse troubles than we have.

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COCOONGIRL 5/31/2013 5:45PM

    So true...you can always find someone that has it worse than you do....I am an ER nurse and SO often I see people at work that have such bad things happening....it makes me feel guilty when I start to feel bad for myself.....You have an awesome attitude!

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BYEFATNANNY 5/30/2013 1:38PM

    I'm assuming it was a rental and they can move on to another home or apt. Maybe they had rental insurance, that should cover some things. I hope so! It would be devastating to me to lose old family mementos, but we know what's really importand and I hope they recover from injuries. My best wishes to them.

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MOVEITMARY 5/30/2013 10:48AM

    Praying for her too. :(

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63KEEPONGOING 5/29/2013 8:42PM

  So very sad about your neighbor's accident and her home burning down as well.

Does she have family that can take her in?

Does the Red Cross not have homes to let them stay in for a long period?

This is so very sad and disturbing; I will be praying for her.

Maybe your prayer kept your neighbor alive.

For those that know Jesus as Lord and Savior will have no fear of not having the most perfect forever home one day.
God bless you dear one.

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Memorial Day 2013 - Heartfelt Gratitude

Monday, May 27, 2013

I always wanted to join the military. I tried each branch five times when I was a teen in Juneau, Alaska. It got to the point where the enlistment crew just shook their heads as I walked through the door. I could never pass the physical, but I really wanted to serve.

My grandfather was in the Norwegian navy before he emigrated to the US. His engineering prowess was put to use in designing ships during WWII. Dad was in the Army during the Korean War, but he served in Europe. Both grandmothers were nurses during WWII. My great uncle is entombed on the USS Arizona. My younger brother joined the Navy at 17. He was in Desert Storm and tons of other places. He just rejoined the reserves full time and is doing what he loves aboard ship. He was loaned to the Army and served in Afghanistan. On 03/27/2009, his roommate, Frankie Toner III was killed on base in Afghanistan. A nurse was also killed. Frankie died protecting the other service personnel.

I will always be sad that I could not serve, but I could not be more honored and proud of those who have. I never forget that, when someone serves, their family also serves. I know firsthand what it feels like to listen to the news with my heart in my throat, unable to breathe until I know my loved one is safe. I mourn Frankie's death and am so selfishly relieved that my brother stayed at his desk that fateful day.

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MOVEITMARY 5/29/2013 4:22PM

    Beautiful. Thank you

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_LINDA 5/29/2013 1:47AM

    Its not in my history, I have no relatives with any military connection, but I too, tried to join at age 16, but failed the physical -simply because I could not bend my wrists the required number of degrees. I even went to a plastic surgeon to see if this could be fixed, and no such luck. No use applying to any branch, their requirements are universal.
It should almost be a requirement that only single, unattached people serve. Too many young children are left orphaned. Yes, we sure owe these young people spending the prime of their life in danger to keep our freedom..

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CARRAND 5/28/2013 8:42PM


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LOVESTYPOS 5/27/2013 9:46PM

    What a beautiful tribute. Thank you for sharing this.

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GETSTRONGRRR 5/27/2013 9:14PM

    Thanks for all your thoughts and your warm wishes....that's what Memorial Day is all about!

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Happy Birthday, Baby Cilantro!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Cilantro is our tiny cat who thinks she's the biggest cat in the world. Today she is 17. That would not be remarkable unless you know that she survived that horrid tainted Chinese cat treat scare several years ago. Every day since then has been a blessing!

She sleeps next to me every night and snuggles first thing in the morning. Then she demands that we exit the bed aka her throne. Everything has to be her way. She runs the house and ignores Juneau, our Maine Coon, as much as she can.

Happy birthday, baby girl! You are so loved!

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MOONGLOWSNANA 5/29/2013 8:58PM

  We have 14 kittens and three mamas this spring. We thought two of the adults were Toms until until they surprised us with their five kittens each. We also have four kittens born inside the house. They are all under 5 weeks of age and so cute. It will be hard to part with them when it is time to find them homes of their own. Their mama was feral last year and never lets us cuddle, but after having her babies in the house she has become much more tolerant of humans and has become a very good mama to her babies. She talks to us now saying that she needs more food because her four little butterballs are growing so fast. We'll be able to catch her now and have her spayed. I'm not sure how we will manage that with the outdoor cats since they are still skittish and have moved their babies once. The porch kitties are so wary of us that catching them will be hard, but we hope to find good homes for everyone. I hope your displaced neighbors fare as well.

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_LINDA 5/24/2013 10:14AM

    emoticon Cilantro!

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CATLADY52 5/23/2013 1:33PM

    You are lucky to have had her for so long. Happy Birthday to Cilantro. emoticon

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DESERTDREAMERS 5/23/2013 12:35PM

    Ah, emoticon kitty!

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CARRAND 5/23/2013 12:04PM

    emoticon to Cilantro!

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MISSY455 5/23/2013 2:52AM

    Isn't it funny how these furry little creatures wrap us neatly around their paws/claws! I know we feel very lucky to have our dog Daisy in our life too. Who btw also rules our house!

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UMBILICAL 5/22/2013 9:20PM

  I thought you were celebrating growing a spice.

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Praying for Moore OK

Monday, May 20, 2013

Praying for the victims, survivors and first responders. I have been through tornados and would not ever want to experience one again. This is just horrifying.

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CARRAND 5/21/2013 8:47PM


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_LINDA 5/21/2013 12:59AM

    It is. Simply can't imagine the terror of being in these storms. So happy to live in a climate that rarely spawns them, the trade off for freezing more months of the year.

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RFJSJ50 5/20/2013 8:04PM

    Praying also.

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DEBIGENE 5/20/2013 7:48PM

    I will def be keeping them on my prayer list.

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