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Allergic reaction

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The last couple of days I've been a bit under the weather...and the weather has been beautiful, so I have to go pretty deep to get under it emoticon
Thursday night I woke up a few times with mildly itchy palms. It wasn't bad though so didn't think much of it.

By Friday afternoon though, I had chills and the itching had gone from mild to wild, spread up the inside of my arms and I was scratching like crazy and icing the areas alternately. emoticon
I took a Benedryl and went to sleep. I've been racking my brains to figure out what I had done differently. Clearly this was a reaction to something. I kept thinking of two things... shampoo, it wasn't new but my head had started itching...and the other thing was an organic lavender hand sanitizer that I used on Thursday for the first time and then again on Friday.

Here is one side reaction pulled from a med site:
"Some people may develop an allergic reaction to lavender. Nausea, vomiting, headache, and chills have also been reported in some people after inhaling or absorbing lavender through the skin. Lavender applied to skin may cause irritation in some people."

So, I'm pretty certain it was the lavender. Hoping after the detox tea and lots of water it will work it's way out of my system.

Lesson: remember not all things organic are good for all of us...cyanide, poison ivy, and countless poison plants are organic...but not necessarily beneficial.
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JANETELIZABETH1 4/13/2014 5:36PM

    Maybe look at the list of ingredients in that product...I doubt it will say 100% lavender.
Wishing you better real soon.

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LEW0213 4/13/2014 9:57AM

    I'm so glad you've figured it out before it really knocked you out. You just never know what things can affect you, even "organic" products.

Hugs to you and L&L, Linda

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STARTINGINLIMBO 4/13/2014 9:06AM

    Ugh, I feel so bad for you. It sounds awful. Sounds like God is giving you some good wisdom on what to do. I'm praying that the itchiness will go away quickly now.

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HICKOK-HALEY 4/13/2014 8:21AM

    I used to get hives bad, when I discovered it was from a medication I was on. I had taken it for a few years, but for some reason my system said no more. Odd how that can happen. Hope your feeling better.

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JANET552 4/13/2014 7:33AM

    I hope you're feeling better. Thanks for sharing your experience!

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 4/13/2014 6:13AM

    lI am really sorry that lavender and you are a no, no. I think one of my granddaughters may have that problem.

Jane

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EABL81 4/12/2014 10:45PM

    Poor thing! Contact allergies are NOT pleasant! I'm glad you figured it out. Feel better soon!

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SDTOHIO 4/12/2014 10:44PM

    Hope you feel better real soon! emoticon emoticon

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MARIWELL 4/12/2014 7:07PM

    Wow Nancy,
That sounds like some nasty reaction. I hope you've gotten some relief.
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LEANNAW4 4/12/2014 5:47PM

    Great reminder, Nancy! Just because it's natural, doesn't mean it's good for us. I'm so sorry you had to experience this first hand (no pun intended!) and hope you feel better ASAP! Hugs from me and Moosie.

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DEBBLO 4/12/2014 4:25PM

    Glad you found out what caused the reaction. You never know what can trigger reactions. I've had reactions to things I have used or eaten for years. Suddenly one day, my body is sensitive to it. Hope you don't itch too much longer.
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KAREN608 4/12/2014 4:16PM

    Oh my! Glad you figured it out. Allergies can start at any time, too. This is a good head's up for us to pay attention to what we are using.

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JEANNETTE59 4/12/2014 4:09PM

  emoticon Feel better soon.

I have contact allergies that bring on severe asthma attacks.

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Can You See Friday Yet?

Wednesday, April 09, 2014


Happy Hump Day everyone!
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Nancy

  
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PCOH051610 4/11/2014 6:23PM

    Yay, it's Friday!

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MARIWELL 4/9/2014 8:05PM

    Good one!!!
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KAYDE53 4/9/2014 4:22PM

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/9/2014 2:56PM

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I can see it better today than yesterday!
Enjoy a wonderful Wednesday!
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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JEANNETTE59 4/9/2014 11:39AM

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NHES220 4/9/2014 11:36AM

    Too funny, I can almost see it!

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RHOOK20047 4/9/2014 9:35AM

    That was good! I like that!

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LEW0213 4/9/2014 9:01AM

    Just 2.5 days to go!

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SDTOHIO 4/9/2014 8:20AM

    Oh my Love it ! emoticon

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One year since my nephew's suicide

Friday, April 04, 2014

This weekend marks one year since my 25 year old nephew took his own life. What is there really to say? His parents were and still are, devastated. I felt and still do feel, awful. His sister, although having a new baby who turns one year old next month, also went through, and continues to go through, her own sense of loss. I was grateful at the time that my parents were both gone and would not have to endure the pain and misery of the loss of their grandchild.

I am no longer in the same part of the country as my family, and in one sense maybe I am removed from the intense pain that close physical proximity might bring. I feel sadness and even guilt over this. Yes, I know I have “nothing” to “be” guilty over. But this not change the “feeling,” the sense that if I was closer perhaps I could help somehow . . . that perhaps if I was still there, I could have even helped prevent the tragedy. I know “realistically” this is not so. Scott knew he was loved. He had other “issues” that made him feel hopeless. He was in therapy and the therapist was saying all the “right things.” My brother knew in a sense, Scott was in trouble, because they had cancelled a vacation they were planning to go on, but didn’t want to leave him home alone.

But Scott was determined. He planned his end carefully and meticulously, searching all the websites that gave him details on the best methods and what might foil his plans. He did not want to “fail” at this. He had the rope ready and already knew which pipe in the basement was the strongest to not give way from his weight. He planned for the time that he knew his parents would be gone for at least a couple hours and had everything ready to put an end to his poor, sad and hopeless life. He waited until his sister was 1 month away from giving birth to the family’s first grandchild. My brother is absolutely convinced this was his plan, Scott’s way of helping his mother especially, to get through his loss. He knew what this baby would mean to his mom and dad…he was right in that respect. Little Olivia bears a heavy burden for such a tiny baby and she is unaware of it yet. All the hope and love for the future to carry her grandparents through this tragedy has come from her. . . and of course from my niece. I do what I can from a distance.

Scott was too young, didn’t have enough Faith . . . in God, or himself . . . to know that “this too, shall pass.” He could not “see” how things can change in an instant. Scott didn’t see that although little Olivia would bring love and comfort, that nothing will ever replace him. . . That his parents will NEVER stop grieving for him.

What else is there really to say? For those of you that made it through this blog and believe in prayer, I would be grateful if you would lift up my family in prayer this weekend as they remember their terrible loss. Thank you!

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Psalm 119:76
May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant. (NIV)

  
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PCOH051610 4/11/2014 6:22PM

    I've been suicidal so I know something of the horrible emotional turmoil it can have on the person and family. Thankfully, I received a lot of therapy and NEVER EVER want to feel that way again.

Sending loving thoughts your way.

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PAPAMIKIE 4/9/2014 6:32AM

    I hope you and your family can find a way to move on. Not to forget, but to move on. You have my thoughts and prayer for you and yours.

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SDTOHIO 4/8/2014 8:53AM

    Nancy, you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Stay strong my friend I am truly sorry for your loss.Blessing to you always. emoticon

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EABL81 4/5/2014 10:22PM

    emoticon Stay strong, my friend. You and your family are in my thoughts during this sad anniversary.

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LEANNAW4 4/5/2014 6:48PM

    Nancy, sending you and your family much love during this sad time. I hope you and yours can find some peace and comfort. I will be thinking of you and sending hugs and prayers your way.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/5/2014 7:32AM

    Prayers for you and your family that God will continue to comfort you and help you to understand. So much sadness. Just remember there really was nothing you could do. God bless you and bring peace to your heart.
Prayers, blessings and hugs,
Helen

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KAYDE53 4/5/2014 12:45AM

    I will certainly have your family in my thoughts and prayers this weekend. It's so sad when a young life ends like that, but if the person is truly determined, they usually find a way. I pray that God will give you all the peace and assurance that you did everything that you could do. emoticon emoticon

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KAREN608 4/4/2014 4:33PM

    Saddest anniversary. I know people who plan this are not thinking clearly. If only they could have known the lingering pain they would give to their family, so they try a different option.

Said a prayer and will pray for the ones suffering in this world.

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LEW0213 4/4/2014 4:11PM

    Ahhhh, Nancy, I don't think there is anything I can say to ease the pain you and your family have. Just know that I am there for you and will add you and your family in my prayers. Hugs, Linda

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PGHP31CK 4/4/2014 1:35PM

    Praying for all of you.

Hugs,
Susan

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JANETELIZABETH1 4/4/2014 12:25PM

    emoticon Praying for you all Nancy. That was so sad for you all and I'm afraid these days we hear about too many of these incidents.

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NHES220 4/4/2014 11:43AM

    Keeping your family in my prayers. So sad that your nephew reached such a dark place and could not see a way out. It seems like everyone was doing the right things - therepay, providing support and love. Sometimes it just is not enough. I wish your family peace.

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JEANNETTE59 4/4/2014 10:36AM

  Keeping you and your family in prayer. God is the Sustainer in Him may you find comfort emoticon

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DEBBLO 4/4/2014 10:23AM

    Sending all of you my thoughts and prayers. Sometimes we can never understand what goes on in another person's mind and why they choose such a drastic course. I hope you truly believe that there was nothing you or your family could do. When someone is so determined, they will unfortunately find a way. Hope little Olivia brings all of you much joy. God Bless you all.
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RRIGBY1 4/4/2014 10:13AM

    Praying that the Father would comfort your hearts in the way the only He can. That you & your family will feel the Everlasting Arms surrounding you & wrapping you in His love & bring you a peace that passes all understanding.


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Update on Louie's (the cat) health

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

I've lost track of how long it is since I adopted Louie and Lily after losing my poor beloved Smokey-Boy...I think this May will be 3 years. Louie came to me from the shelter, still a sick little boy. His digestive issues were a constant struggle for him and me. His fur was dry and almost brittle, unlike Lily who's fur is unrivalled. I say this having petted countless fur babies through the years...her fur is like the down of some unknown creature that God created just to show how soft a cat's coat could actually be....anyway, my poor boy's coat was the total opposite of hers. I just accepted this as the type of fur he had and haven't focused much on it.

Well, the other day I went to stroke him, as I always do...but I couldn't believe what I was feeling. His coat was soft like a kitten's, and so luxurious. I kept going back to touch him to see if I had imagined it. But it was and is real.

So what conclusions do I draw from this...vigilance over the last few years in working to get his digestive track on track...in addition to bringing his"episodes" down to 1-2x per week compared to 3-5x per day, have shown up in a healthier coat as well.

Did patience and love have anything to do with this? Well, of course I'd say..."You bet." But then I'm biased.
PS - I forgot to mention Lily is part Maine Coon, so of course her coat is exceptionally soft.

  
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STARTINGINLIMBO 4/13/2014 9:08AM

    How wonderful! What a great adoptive mama you are. :)

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PCOH051610 4/11/2014 6:19PM

    Great news! We were contacted by our vet when Ginger was brought in to be put to sleep. We jumped at the chance to foster her but boy was she in rough shape. I think good nutrition and LOTS of love worked wonders.

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HICKOK-HALEY 3/23/2014 1:02AM

    Great news on Louie!! emoticon

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EABL81 3/22/2014 12:51PM

    What wonderful news. Louie boy sure did "land well" when he adopted you!
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/21/2014 11:44PM

    So glad your pets are thriving. Amazing how a little love goes a long way to having healthy and happy furbabies!!! Keep up your great work with them. What great rewards you get in return for just loving them.
Continued blessings and hugs,
Helen

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MILLISMA 3/21/2014 11:09PM

    How wonderful that you can really see signs of all the wonderful love and care he is receiving. You are such a good "mom" to your fur babies. Love plays a big role in helping our furry friends along.

Purrs from the girls to L&L

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SABLENESS 3/21/2014 8:05PM

    Aww, so glad to hear your fur baby is thriving.

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JEANNETTE59 3/20/2014 2:49PM

  Loving care and patience, two of the oldest medicines, are still two of the best. So glad things are looking up. emoticon

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NHES220 3/20/2014 10:43AM

    Wow, so glad it is good news! I was worried the update on his health might not be. That is awesome! Your TLC has done wonders for him. My Lily's coat was soft and luxurious too - she had an udercoat and she was very soft to pet. Stella is hanging in there. Her coat is soft, but she does not have the undercoat that her sister had.

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SDTOHIO 3/20/2014 10:33AM

    Love does wonders! xoxooxoxxox

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PDSLIM 3/20/2014 6:12AM

    Love & good care worked wonders

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KAREN608 3/20/2014 12:27AM

    Enjoying your stories of your cats. They all are so individual.
Mine all have different personalities, which makes life sweeter.

Lots of deer out here this evening as i was walking the front yard seeing a mile of new mole activity in the front yard, making it hard to walk. I need to find the rake. it is time to rake every day and stomp down the trails. I tell my cats to dig them up but they yawn and walk away.

Geese honking as they go north. So it may really be spring now even if nothing is growing.

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LEANNAW4 3/19/2014 10:25PM

    Such wonderful news! I'm so glad your little boy is doing so well! A hearty head-bonk to him from me and Moose!

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KAYDE53 3/19/2014 10:13PM

    Louie looks like he's thriving!!! I definitely believe in the power of love & tender care, plus good nutrition, of course. My poor Jake would be my example; he looked terrible, places where the flies had eaten all his fur off, but now his fur is thick & full. Kudos to you on your super job of rehabilitation!! emoticon emoticon

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LEW0213 3/19/2014 9:34PM

    Good nutrition makes all the difference in my opinion. Louie looks like he's doing just great now. Of course, I am a bit bias towards red cats. I have 2 right now, one short hair very sleek, and the other has got fur like Lily. Brothers from the same litter that I adopted 6 years ago. Actually adopted their mother and 4 other brothers and sisters. Still have all but one that decided that she wanted to go live with my neighbors.

Caption for Louis' picture: "Whatttt? You said to get in my bed. This is my bed too!"

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SIERRAGOLD 3/19/2014 8:44PM

    I had to go back into the pics to see Lily and I can see what you're talking about with her fur. You can see it in the photos. My cousin's had a cat named Charlie that had the fur of a Chinchilla. It was not super long, just medium, but soooo dense, thick and very velvety. The kind of coat that has the double thick undercoat, so you can pet them 'backwards' and it's like nothing. It's very unusual and fun to touch! Louie and Lily are lucky to have you as their Mom. Smoky-Boy was too. Of course it's all the love and good nutrition that brought his coat back.

I think Maine Coons and Norwegian Forest Cats are two of my all time favorite breeds.

Thank you for sharing about your fur babies!

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PAMNANGEL 3/19/2014 8:01PM

    A loving home makes a world of difference.

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JUNEAU2010 3/19/2014 7:52PM

    Awwwwww! Love and TLC work wonders! My Cilantro had kitten soft fur her entire life! Bug was very sleek and Juneau has the thick overcoat of a Maine Coon. I could always tell when any of them was sick - their fur just was not right.

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Cleaning out cobwebs and clutter

Monday, January 20, 2014

As I was helping my friend put a wardrobe together to start a new job in my office, I found myself going through my own closet...first to see if there was anything that she might be able to use, but then to do what I've been meaning to do for over a year...clean it out. It's amazing how cluttered a closet can become...things thrown on top shelves to be used later, never to be looked at again...clothes picked up here and there, in a variety of sizes...some smaller, convinced I'll lose the weight and be able to wear them, others to big, old and dowdy...not me all, but convinced I wasn't thin enough to wear anything better.

I got to work, trying to be realistic in what I would be able to wear and kind to myself in what I felt I just didn't need to wear even if it fit.

I organized everything according to color. Loaded up 4 bags to take to Good Will, included old bags and shoes I won't wear.

I keep going into the closet, just to look at it and I feel so good. I feel lighter and less burdened. I keep thinking how this might be related to carrying around extra, unneeded weight.
I'm thinking if cleaning out one closet can have this profound an effect on me, what else in my life is weighing down?

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PAPAMIKIE 1/27/2014 4:46AM

    Everything connects.

I tend to think that individuals often respond through his/her experience and understanding. Metaphor is a way of reaching individuals at the level of his or her experience. Often when I have worked with a person I do not really know what the "Issue is" I understand the structure of the issue, the form, but not the content. I can propose house cleaning and one person will take it and apply it as it fits into his/her world a different person will apply it differently


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KAREN608 1/25/2014 11:41PM

    I think you are on to something!

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KAYDE53 1/21/2014 11:19PM

    I just did this last year cleared out closets & got rid of my "maybe I lose" & my "I can't stand to wear this anymores" and old work clothes that I hadn't got rid of since retirement. I was glad to do it even though after finally losing some weight this year I probably could have fit into some of those "maybe I lose" clothes!! emoticon But the sad part is, my closets are still full. People just have too many things, at least I do!

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EABL81 1/21/2014 7:47PM

    So true! I always feel better when I've "weeded" out my stuff. I try to do that once a year now. If I haven't worn/used it in over a year, out it goes! I figure if I'm not using it, somebody else should get some use out of it.

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JEANNETTE59 1/21/2014 3:58PM

  Cleaning out closets and drawers sure does provide a great catharsis. If your anything like me, wait to you get to the linen closet and cedar chests.
Many people are in need of our abundance and Animal Shelters are always in need of towels.

Thanks for the great post.

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MILLISMA 1/21/2014 12:58PM

    It's amazing how much "stuff" we all have and hang on to!!! Good job!!! emoticon

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PGHP31CK 1/21/2014 11:16AM

    It's so true -- we keep things in our closets and carry things in our hearts that we no longer need. Thank you for the reminder to get started on spring cleaning, inside & out!

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LEANNAW4 1/21/2014 10:06AM

    Great blog Nancy! And it's so true - decluttering (especially one's closet) has such a profound effect. It's so liberating, like a burden lifted. So often we hold onto things "just in case" and end up weighing ourselves down. I'm (sadly) an expert at this. I look at my closet every day, dissatisfied, and think of how I "need to" and "should" go through it all. Then, when I do, I just can't seem to make myself get rid of the clothes I never wear - just in case, you know... It's maddening! But I will take courage from your blog and just do it - and I will feel so much better for it! Thanks for sharing. You've given me a gift today! Hugs to you!

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LEW0213 1/21/2014 9:28AM

    Loved this blog, Nancy. I've been cluttering my body since the first of the year. Time to declutter!
Hugs, Linda

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