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NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

Sunday, December 21, 2008

NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
... ONLINE ...

T'was the night before Christmas, I just couldn't sleep,
So I hopped out of bed and downstairs I did creep;
I went to the kitchen in search of a bite,
If I filled up my stomach, perhaps I'd sleep tight.

The cupboard was empty, the fridge it was bare,
I searched but I couldn't find food anywhere;
I looked out the window: streets covered with snow,
at two in the morning now where could I go?

I spied my computer, I will go bootup that ...
I'll take me online for some Christmas Eve chat!
The modem connected without a delay,
In the blink of an eye, I'd be chatting away.

But, no voice bid me "Welcome" or said: "You've got mail"
And I thought now's a bad time for my sound card to fail!
My buddy list opened with not even one name,
Is everyone sleeping? Well, I'll go play a game.

I couldn't get into Out Of Order or Slingo.
Strike A Match wouldn't work and neither did Bingo!!
The chat rooms were empty! I thought: Wow, that's just great—
AOL picked a fine time for another update.

IM's weren't working, my mail wouldn't send,
I felt so alone, couldn't find even one friend;
But wait! What's that sound? Did I hear something chime?
There's someone else out there ... somebody's on-line!

In wonder I read: "Hey — it's 3:53 —
Your friends are all sleeping; that's where you should be!"
"Turn off that 'puter, take your hand off that mouse,
I have a few things to drop off at your house."

"You know I can't stop there while you're still awake.
I have schedules to keep. Come on ... Give Me A Break!"
If you really are Santa (that jolly, old elf)
There's only one present I'd wish for myself.

The folks on my buddy list — those friends far and near —
You just gather them up and bring them right here;
In the flash of a moment, I awoke with a start,
It was only a dream, I sighed, heavy of heart.

I walked down the stairs and there 'round my tree,
Were all of the people I thought I'd never see;
We laughed and we {{{{{hugged}}}}} and we had such a ball!
Hmmmmmm ... maybe it wasn't a dream after all.


~Author Unknown
i know somehow did not get to wish everyone a merry christmas so will do it here..................
wishing you and yours the blessings of christmas and may they follow you throughout the new year and give you peace love and joy........i will probaly will be off and on over the next few weeks as will be travelling ......blessings and hugs to all..................lita

  
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SHERI1969 12/28/2008 12:27AM

    I love all the different versions of Twas the Night Before Christmas. I wonder how many of them are really out there?

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DLEITHEISER 12/27/2008 12:25AM

    Thanks for sharing that nice poem. It sure made my evening go well.
Have a Happy New Year and God Bless you.
Darlene

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KIMUSH23 12/25/2008 1:51AM

    Thanks for Sharing!

emoticonSPARKappy Christmas Day emoticon

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MIDNITE_LADY 12/24/2008 11:57PM

    Thanks for sharing hugs Merry Christmas and a very Happy New year

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DINA:-) 12/22/2008 11:07PM

    thanks, lita! i wish you and your family a very merry christmas as well!



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CINNIEMAY 12/22/2008 6:07PM

    Thank you and the same to you!

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AUNTC321 12/22/2008 1:56PM

    Merry Christmas! emoticon

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CEEBEE200 12/22/2008 5:19AM

    Merry Christmas, Lita - have a great holiday and safe traveling! Enjoy your family and friends, and have fun!
- ceebee

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COLEMANSR 12/21/2008 11:22PM

    You always have great blogs. Yep, I like this one ,too.
Merry Christmas.

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WENDI_WA1 12/21/2008 11:00PM

    Hi that poem is really great, thanks. May you have a joyous and fulfilled Christmas and holiday season as well.

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ANGELS IN MY LIFE

Saturday, December 13, 2008

ANGELS IN MY LIFE

we are,each of us angels with only one wing,
and we can only fly by embracing one another

There have been angels in my life,
While they haven't arrived with a blast of trumpets
Or a rustle of wings, I've known them just the same.

They performed their acts in human guise,
Sometimes borrowing the faces of family and friends,
Sometimes in the form of a stranger lending a hand.

You have known them, too,
When just the right word was needed,
When a tiny act of kindness made a great difference.

Or perhaps you heard a voice whispering in the night of sorrow,
The words not quite clear but the meaning unmistakable:
"There is hope, There is hope."

May your angels watch over you
And always keep you safe
And whisper in your ear
To banish hate and fear.


~Author Unknown


this week has been filled with drs visits and tests................so will have to wait for the results over the next few weeks.....................best wishes for christmas and the holidays......blessings and hugs................lita

  
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AQUAGIRL08 12/21/2008 9:39PM

    Lovely poem LITA, thanks for sharing it! I hope your tests turn out normal!

Merry Christmas!

Cyndi

Comment edited on: 12/21/2008 9:39:46 PM

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COLEMANSR 12/21/2008 6:23PM

    Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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OUTDOORGIRL69 12/14/2008 11:28AM

    Lita.... Beautiful poem. Thanks for sharing it.

I will be praying your tests come back OK.

God Bless

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SHERI1969 12/14/2008 7:59AM

    Beautuiful poem Lita, whoever wrote it! I will be praying that your tests come back just fine! Can't believe Christmas is as close as it is. I'm partly looking forward to it! You too are an angel in some people's lives! Never forget that! emoticon emoticon

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CINNIEMAY 12/14/2008 7:31AM

    I love you poem! I am praying for the doctors to be able to help and heal you!

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THERE IS NO SUCCESS WITHOUT HARDSHIP

Friday, December 05, 2008

THERE IS NO SUCCESS WITHOUT HARDSHIP

The world is so constructed that if you wish to enjoy its pleasures,
you must also endure its pains.
Like it or not, you cannot have one without the other.

Success is not measured by what you accomplish.
It's measured by the opposition you encounter,
and the courage with which you maintain your struggle against the odds.

You'll find all things are difficult before they are easy.
The greater your obstacles, the more glory in overcoming them.
So, make up your mind before you start that sacrifice is part of the package.

No pain, no gain;
No thorns, no throne;
No cross, no crown.

You've got to go through the negative before you get to the positive.

found this on another team i'm on and found the words to be profound for me so thought i would share...................
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well i'm somewhere in between.................and so goes the daily struggle with knee pain and weightloss............am trying something new for the pain and hoping for some positive results...............i am making some progress with the weightloss....very slow going.............so will just keep plodding along and doing my best................
blessings and hugs............................lita

  
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1AVERY 12/7/2008 9:22AM

    The words are good and true. My personal trainer will not allow pain if she sees a painful expression on my face she makes me stop. Now knee pain and arthritis pain are a regular for me. L*I*T*A* you are such a great influence you will get where you are going. I am also plodding along and will for awhile a long while. December is going to be a challenge there are goodies everywhere. The last few days I have not been tracking properly just too many little things to figure out. I am just hoping I make it through December with no GAIN and I will be happy. I am not eating near as much of the goodies as I used to but I am still not ignoring them either. I know I can and will get to where I want to be some day. Teri

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CINNIEMAY 12/6/2008 11:42AM

    Good blog! If the no pain no gain holds true then I should really get a fabulous job! emoticon

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SHERI1969 12/5/2008 11:35PM

    I've seen these before and they are very thought provoking and sure make you want to work harder at things. Sometimes the pain part is in our minds in that we are thinking negatively about wanting to eat properly and exercise regularly. Sometimes the emotional and mental part has more "no pain, no gain" than the physical aspect of it. I wish you the best as you KEEP PLODDING along and doing your best! emoticon

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Tree of Life

Friday, November 28, 2008

Tree of Life




Love
Trust
Laugh
Listen

Be open
Be sincere
Be creative
Be yourself

Be true to yourself
Trust your instincts
Learn from experience
Read between the lines

Don't repeat mistakes
Do things differently!
Don't make assumptions
Don't jump to conclusions
Don't take things personally

Accept what comes to you each day
Open your eyes--beauty surrounds you
Give without expecting anything in return
Ask for advice but make your own decisions

Stuff happens--it's your response that counts
There is a reason for everything that happens
When you feel defensive, examine what you fear
You must do what you think you cannot

Accept change

Keep learning

Friends are precious

Attitude is everything

Life is short--overcome your fears!


Sue Kelley, 2000

wishing i would have had more to report....................the same ups and downs seem to plaque me.........even with all the great help i am grateful to recieve...............

i must count all my blessings

1- am starting to feel much better than i have for a while
2-knees continue to plague me,i work through it
3- 1 can manage almost 2 hrs of exercise most days
4-i continue to eat what is recommended with only the odd mishap
5- am able to manage my medications although not always too helpful
6-getting enough sleep most nights excepts when the knees want to interfere
7-family and friends
8-sparkpeople the site,the people,the teams and the many,many great friends...................

blessings and hugs to all......................lita

  
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CINNIEMAY 11/29/2008 10:37AM

    I know my kness have been bothering me too. I think that it is the colder weather! It looks like you have a great plan! I hope you have a great week!

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SHERI1969 11/29/2008 1:47AM

    Sounds to me like you are doing very well Lita! Keep up the great work and the Great attitude! emoticon

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Angel on my doorstep

Friday, November 14, 2008





Angel on my doorstep


There is an Angel on my doorstep, waiting with a smile,
A kind hand, touch or offer to go an extra mile.

The Angel on my doorstep outstretched — a helping hand,
To help me when I've fallen and care for me when sad.

There was an Angel on my doorstep, and now I've let her in.
Some things are a-changing, as I listen through the din.

My Angel, guide and special friend, ever closer will I grow,
As the chatter in the background gets quieter while it goes.

My Angel, all I ask of you is help for my own journey...
As I learn much more about myself
On my voyage of discovery.

Thank You for Being the Angel on My Doorstep!

~Author Unknown

there is more than one angel on my doorstep,there are so many angels everywhere i go here on sparkpeople...........the numbers too numerous to mention all by name..............each and everyone a catalyst in their on way have lifted me up when i have been down.................many thanks to each and everyone...................my life has been enriched because of you................you are all uniquely special to me...............thank you for your special love....................i am truly blessed.....................
blessings and hugs to all.......................lita

  
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AQUAGIRL08 11/27/2008 7:46PM

    And one of the special SP angels is you! You are so inspirational! Thanks for all of your positive comments and encouragement to others! You probably don't realize how many of us you have touched and given a little "boost" to.
Thanks!

Cyndi

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SHERI1969 11/24/2008 10:51PM

    You are so right Lita. There are angels everywhere and even the Bible says we do not know when we may have entertained Angels unaware! People here are SparkPeople are incredible and the more I come here, the more motivated and committed I become.
On your SparkPage you have a quote with a runner. While I can't remember the quote, I'm with you and it where it says there is no room for excuses. If there is one thing in the world I hate it is excuses. And those who make them often are irritating as all get out to me! You are doing so well and you are a very good motivator, leader and an inspiration to many people. I hope you blog more because I love to read and comment on blogs! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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APACHE85 11/23/2008 9:48AM

    Hello my Sparkly Friend!! Sending you hugs and sprinkling my pixie dust on you to BLESS YOU and give you PEACE, LOVE, AND JOY this week and all season long! You have blessed me in more ways than you can ever know! I wish we could all get together at some point in our life just to see each other in person-I bet it would be the party of all parties!! Take care! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MIDNITE_LADY 11/20/2008 1:18AM

    LITA you are special to me too and I am thankful for you also as all my spark friends Spark is just a special place for all of us to be, we are family here. I feel blessed too. I loved your poem thanks for sharing . Hugs Bobie emoticon

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POSITIVEKARMA 11/18/2008 4:54AM

    Hello Lita,

The poem is very nice. I am recovering pretty well from my fall and some of my diseases are not so bad if I am careful. I am learning that there may be not much left that I can do. Just to bend over and pick a flower can make me very sick. I don't limit myself that much, I do some stuff, slowly. Never thought it would take 3 days to clean a bathroom. Use to take 2 hrs max top to bottom. I still have to learn about my knee and how bad it is. I can't believe I haven't been on in so long already.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. My granddaughter is coming over, smiles.

Hugs to you,
Spirit

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PRITYTXGIRL 11/17/2008 9:36PM

    I love this poem. Thanks for sharing!

You are in my prayers,
Pritytxgirl

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CINNIEMAY 11/16/2008 9:25PM

    Thank you for sharing this with us! I am glad to be one of your friends!

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 11/16/2008 7:54PM

    This is a very nice poem. Thank you for sharing. Take care and hope you have a great week.
Amy

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1AVERY 11/16/2008 2:52PM

    That is beautiful and you are the best. I know I can count on you daily for something motivational or inspirational to guide all of us along. Thanks Teri.

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DINA:-) 11/16/2008 1:14PM

    you are an angel to us as well!

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COLEMANSR 11/15/2008 9:29AM

    Beautiful, Thank you.

You're the greatest, too.

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