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Get Your Sleep and Wear Your Seat Belt!!!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

It is so sad. A lady that I knew growing up because of my being in 4-H lost her only daughter in a one car accident. She wasn't wearing her seatbelt. She was only 35 and engaged to be married.

I don't know why she was out so late, but she was on her way home and fell asleep at the wheel. The state troopers (all 4) agreed that she must have fallen asleep. There was a long way where they could tell that she had driven in the median. Apparently she woke and tried to get back on the road. She overcorrected and the car flipped. She got thrown out the driver's window. According to the friend I spoke with, the driver's side of the car had hardly a dent. If she'd been wearing her seatbelt, she'd still be alive.

I was at the funeral home tonight. So many people loved this girl and her family. I stood in line over 2 hours. I got there about 2 1/2 hours after it started and there were still dozen of people in line waiting to see the family. No parent should have to go through this. Her mother was still in a state of shock.

My message to you... make sure you get your sleep. So many of us tried to fit so much in our days that we don't get our sleep. If you are sleepy, don't drive! Pull over some place safe and take a nap. And always, always wear your seatbelts. It just might save your life.

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GIRLHALFFULL 8/28/2009 11:34PM

    I'm so sorry to hear such news. Losing one is never easy and I believe that is one reason I always say how I feel about another when I see them. I've lost many people in my life and sometimes I never had the chance to tell them how I loved them and admired them.

The biggest lesson for me was the lesson of patience.
Prayers are with her family and friends.

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RHALES199 8/28/2009 12:52AM

    thanks for the reminder. My prayers are with her family & friends.
As a person who has Sleep Apnea, and both I & my Dh were in car accidents as teenagers (niether of which were reuslt of sleep deprivation), I know all too well how dangerous either/ both of these things can be.

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BEHMOM 8/27/2009 11:57PM

  Thanks for the reminder to all. How sad for the family. As a parent, it's my worst nightmare.
Remember to tell your loved ones EVERY DAY that you love them, because you never know when you'll see them again............

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GEORGIAGRANNY 8/27/2009 11:56PM

  Thank you for this reminder! It is sad, but we could learn from it! Some, though, get their sleep, but will still fall asleep behind the wheel because of sleep disorders. They need to pull over before this happens! Again, thank you for this reminder!

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MRSALLEY2010 8/27/2009 11:52PM

    That is horrible! My mother was in two car accidents, both where the seat belts saved her lives.

Seatbelts really do save lives!


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JAZZYJUDE 8/27/2009 11:52PM

    Oh wow...I just can't imagine what the mother is going through. My daughter is 20 and she goes to night college and this is sometimes what I fear. Hard times...may the Good Lord be with the family and friends at this time.


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RAPUNZEL53 8/27/2009 11:52PM

  Excellent advice and very true! I often have to pull out and take a short nap when I am driving home from work, in it is not even late! It is a shame about your friend, may she rest in peace.

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Love my Wii

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Okay, I have to say I love my Wii; and I don't think it is something that I will get tired of playing. I did my Wii Fitness age (61, ugh!) this morning. Then, I played tennis, bowling, and golf. Now, I don't bowl in "real life" but after playing a while I bowled 5 strikes in a row... 5!... that will probably never happen again. After my girls got in from school and did their homework, the older one did her Wii age... 71! Yeah, 10 years older than me. lol. I'm sure she'll "get younger" the more practice she gets, and so will I. I'm even learning how to play the golf. I like it because of the strategy involved... though it doesn't get you moving as much. For exercise, I like the tennis the best. I really get to moving with that. I haven't tried boxing, yet. But, I will add that soon.

Thank you all so much for the response to my last blogs. I really appreciate the support you all give me.

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    Happy you are enjoying your Wii. You GO, Girl!

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GIRLHALFFULL 8/26/2009 1:41PM

    Just like all things... practice makes perfect. You'll be conquering it like a pro one day soon. :)

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RHALES199 8/26/2009 12:28AM

    Glad to hear you're liking it already!

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My new (used) Wii....

Monday, August 24, 2009

I've wanted a Wii for quite a while. My twin sis bought one used nearly a year ago, I guess it was, and I love playing while at her house. But, it is hard to get play time in with four kids standing in line.

Since I won $127 at the fair, I decided to use this to buy a Wii. I didn't know if I would be able to find one cheap enough. I searched many of the online sites. I looked in newspapers and listened to "swap-shop" radio programs. I even "sat on" eBay for two days hoping to be able to buy a used unit that I could afford without having to ask my DH for the extra money. ( I'm sure he wouldn't have minded, but I wanted to do it on my own.) So, I mentioned some of the eBay auctions to my BIL today. And he informed me that a mutual friend of ours was selling his unit. He's had it for about 2 years, I think, maybe a little less. He hardly played it because he couldn't find any games that he liked. He sold it to me for $130.... $20 less than he actually wanted.

So, now I have my Wii. It has the basic games which I love. I know that I'll get a good workout with the tennis game and have a lot of fun with the bowling. I might even learn to like golf. My friend said I should learn to do the boxing. I think I'll have to "grow" into that.

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AZAPPED 8/25/2009 2:07PM

    Our kids gave me a Wii Fitness last year for my birthday and I've enjoyed it a lot. I know you'll enjoy yours.

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JLUVSHIKIN 8/25/2009 1:52PM

    Oh that sounds like fun... and it came with games to boot! Yeah! I just bet you would love the boxing.... I imagine that would be quite the workout! LOL... just plug and play for the first time when no one is home and I bet you will LOVE IT!

Have fun.

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GIRLHALFFULL 8/25/2009 9:46AM

    Enjoy and knock out that fitness! :)

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    I hope you enjoy your Wii. Anything that gets us up off our rumps and moving is a good thing.

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MAMAJULIA 8/25/2009 12:56AM

    Hey I'm glad you got one. I want one for the work out stuff. my son says it is a waste of money. I'm guessing it doesn't have any games he is interested in. have fun, you'll have to blog and let us know how it is working for you.

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STEFNICOLE 8/24/2009 11:33PM

    The boxing is fun! It always tires me out!

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IMAJICCA 8/24/2009 11:32PM

    Congrats on the great deal for your wii. I truely love mine & it is a great way to add something different & fun to your work routine.

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RHALES199 8/24/2009 11:31PM

    Glad to hear you finally got one, hope you like it & get lots oof good use out of it!

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Finally as promised... a blog on the fair

Friday, August 21, 2009

Okay. I've mentioned a little in my responses to some threads; but here's the blog on the fair that I promised.

We all did VERY WELL money-wise at the fair. My older daughter entered almost everything that she could enter in the Junior building.... crafts, artwork, photography, and food. She also entered a few sewing items and a couple ceramics. She won $300 even in that building. Then, she entered the Wool & Woolies contest where you have to wear wool (either a piece or a whole suit) AND you have to model the clothing while leading a haltered sheep. (Thanks to Mrs. Oliver for letting us borrow a sheep!) She won 5th place out of 8 contestants in her age group. She got $10 for that. That money goes into her checking account and pays for all those "Hey Mom, I want that" things... including her first bike.

My younger daughter could only enter the photography in the Jr. Building this year since she is only 4. She won all blue ribbons and $72. She also wanted to enter the Wool & Woolies. So, I pulled a piece of wool fabric out of gran's material stash and made her a skirt. She did well for her first time. She won 3rd out of 4 contestants and won $20. She is looking forward to next year when she can enter everything. After that, she'll get her own checking account.

I entered 62 items. Twenty-seven of those were photographs. I won one ribbon in that... a blue ribbon (1st place) on a photo of one of the men at church laughing. I won a total of $127. Yeah! I am going to save it to buy a Wii. My sister has one, and I really like how much of a work-out I get with the games. This year I entered two of my indoor plants... one got 2nd and one got 3rd. Since they also have an adult category in Wool & Woolies, I'm thinking about buying a wool suit and entering that next year.

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SOPHIEGM 8/23/2009 10:48AM

    you are so talented. You always amaze me.... I wish I had just an ounce of craftiness in me..... I cannot even thread a needle..lol
Sounds like the fair was very productive for you and the girls.

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    WOW..congrats! I also didn't know you could win money at the Fair. Sounds like you and family had a great time and an excellent payday!

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JLUVSHIKIN 8/22/2009 1:42PM

    That is really neat! I didn't realize that you could win money at the fair!
Gonna go see if you posted your blue ribbon picture!

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AZAPPED 8/22/2009 12:42PM

    Wonderful! I'm happy for you and your girls. You will enjoy the Wii. We love ours. Your blog takes me back to fairs I went to as a girl when we lived in the country.

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GIRLHALFFULL 8/21/2009 9:56PM

    Absolutely wonderful. Kudos and congrats to both you and your girls. Be sure to post some photos if you can.

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RHALES199 8/21/2009 2:44PM

    Cool! Good Job!

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The 26th is D-day for my tests.... (and other thoughts)

Monday, August 10, 2009

Well, I went in to see the gastro-doc and saw his nurse practioner (which was fine with me). She said with my family history of mom and granddad both having colon cancer that a colonoscopy was definitely in order. However, they also want to do an endo-scope on the same day. She said that there are several thing that could be causing my pain... an ulcer, a bacterial infection, a torn area of the intestine, and a polyp are only a few of the possibilities.

I go in on the 26th to have to procedures done. I have to be there at 10:45 am Central time. So, please put me on your prayer lists. I was hoping to have it done sooner, but my sister is going to be the one to take off work to stay with me (you have to have someone at the facility at all times during the procedure). Wednesdays were best for her, but not the 19th because she has other plans. She is going to take advantage of that day off with me and schedule some tests of her own before she has to take me in for the tests. She's a diabetic and must have her cholesterol and A1C checked every few months.

As for my pain, it is getting much worse. My back has "burned" nearly all day. I think a lot of it is stress related, because today was entry day for the adult food at the fair. The old ladies that are the superintendents of that area got mad at my sister because she enters so many of the lots that they feel they don't have a chance to win the Queen of the Kitchen contest. So, they changed the rules and now you have to pick 30 of your entries (if you have more than that) to be entered. SO, my sister did that; but when her husband went to enter her items, they told him he had to put the rest of her items on the paper. Good thing I was there. I think they were trying to get her disqualified. Anyway, I "let loose" and got it all straightened out. I probably was more of a witch than I should have been; but I was angry. I told them if they were going to change the [blank] rules, then they should know how to follow them! Like I said, I was angry. Anyway, I paid for it with a burning pain in my back all day. It hurts right now, but not as bad as it was this morning.

Sorry for the gripes. They just really get my goat.

A spot of good news... My mother was a director at the fair for many, many years. She passed away 7 years ago while still serving on the board. On her death bed, she made me promise to take care of all the paperwork that she had at home and make sure it got to the right people. She loved that fair and the people of this county. She wanted everything to be perfect for them all. Anyway, they have honored my mother and a good friend of her's whom she served with on the board who passed away just this passed year with a memorial sign on the door of the fair office. It is special and much deserved... and might I add VERY UNEXPECTED!

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CELTICMOTOCAT 8/18/2009 7:07PM

    Oh my I do hope they find answers for you. you will be in my prayers. thanks for stopping by my feed.
That is awesome that they honored your mother and friend.
hang in there, hugs

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    I am so sorry you are having such painful health issues. I hope it is something that can be fixed fairly easily. You do have alot on your plate.

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JLUVSHIKIN 8/11/2009 3:39PM

    When I had gallbladder issues my back kinda burnded. Like I had a rib out and nothing that I would do would get rid of the discomfort. Have you ever had your galbladder checked? Or have you had it removed already?


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RHALES199 8/10/2009 11:58PM

    I will keep you in my prayers that everything goes well!
I don't blame ya for getting mad, I probably would've to!
How cool that they honored you mom & her friend like that!

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