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memories light the corners of my mind....

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

I've been sitting this morning writing my Christmas cards.
Snuggled by the fire I spread them out around me, looking at the pictures and reading the verses.
Perusing through the list of recipients names from last year made me think of all the people I'd written down on it.
It has an order to it, a priority.

Family first, starting with the nearest and dearest and going right down to much loved distant aunts, uncles and cousins. Some we hardly ever see except in photographs but keep in touch with through letters, 'phone calls and e-mails while others are a big part of everyday life.

Then it's the dearest of friends, followed by work colleagues and acquaintances who enter our lives briefly but live on in our thoughts.

Things have changed since last year too.....a few names are missing.
Elderly relatives who've had a good, long life and a young man who succumbed to illness. There's also a marriage split needing two cards now instead of the usual one and new names to add as a baby was born and a marriage occurred.
Addresses have changed too, some to more exotic places, others closer to home and roots.

Each person pops into my mind as I choose a card, remembering the little things they like or do, picking a card to suit their know, Auntie Wynne likes cats so I choose one with a kitten in a Christmas stocking and cousin Jane loves skiing so she gets a brightly suited skier whizzing down a mountain, or I choose a Christmas scenes for a family's first Christmas together.

Treasured memories crowd into my mind of wonderful or not so wonderful holidays, happy days out and the joys of childhood as I write the cards sending love and best wishes winging across the miles.

It's a sobering thought to see so much of my life tied up together on a single sheet of paper.

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KAT573 12/19/2010 10:35PM

    What a wonderfully written nostalgic sharing! Thoughtful and just so you, you, YOU!
Thank you for sharing with us.
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XME501 12/16/2010 1:49PM

    What a special challenge to me. I have not sent Christmas cards for such a long time - but I do enjoy everyone that I receive!
I live in an apartment building and think I will write a special one to each one. Some I do not even know, but I do think of each one when I am out on my patio or walking across the parking lot.
So, this weekend that will be a priority for me.
Thanks so much for the idea!! and for sharing a moment of your day with us!


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PMCFARM 12/8/2010 10:52PM

  Such a wonderful time of the year to recall old memories and to make new ones! emoticon MarilynC

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MOM2ACAT 12/7/2010 3:28PM

    I love looking through my cards too, Christmas or any other time of the year.
I have a lot of "get well" and thinking-of-you type cards; when I am feeling blue and like I am all alone, I get those out and look through them and I am reminded of how much I am loved and cared for.

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NEELOJ 12/7/2010 11:07AM

    This is a really neat blog!
So many of us, me included, send out email Christmas Cards now days and I think we miss a lot of this personal touch.
My main reason for email is the cost of stamps but also it is just so much easier!!
But since you did this email I may have to take a little more time then usual and at least send a person email with many of them.
Not just send them out as a lump to family and friends!!
Thanks for the thought!!!

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DOLLBABE56 12/7/2010 7:23AM

    I can't tell you just how much I have enjoyed this blog. Thank you for posting it.

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GOLDFISHLIZ 12/7/2010 7:22AM

    Your way of doing it is like me - same order, lots of reminiscing, thoughts of those no longer with us. Takes longer than DH, who just tries to get the job over, but I like our way! Hope your prep for Christmas is happy, in spite of the snow!!
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White world...

Thursday, November 25, 2010

We awoke to a white world this morning after overnight snow. It was forecast up to four inches but we managed about two.

The garden looks beautiful and is filled with birds squabbling to get on the feeders.
There are chaffinch, goldfinch, greenfinch, long tailed tits, robin, bluetits, great tits, starlings and blackbirds together with woodpigeon, collared doves and jackdaws and one lone wren.
I always think a snowfall's kind to all, it makes everyone's garden look as nice as it's neighbour whether it's a mess of weeds or not but the birds have churned the lawn up covering it with little arrow shapes from their footfall.

It's registering 2 degrees below on the outside thermometer but the sun's appeared and is casting a golden glow on things so it won't be long before things start to drip.

DH had to de-ice the car to go to work, it obviously froze before it snowed as when he'd scraped all the snow off the windows were frozen solid.....cue the kettle of warm water!

The school bus didn't arrive to take the village senior school children to the town, they waited around twentyfive minutes before sloping off home again. They've been told to wait that long and if a bus doesn't arrive then it's ok to go home, we have hills in and out of the village which makes for a precarious run for a double decker bus.
The nursery and primary school in the village is open so there'll be some 'it's not fair's' when they get back home to elder brothers and sisters who've had a school free day!

I've cleared the paths front and back and made a path to the shed and bird feeders, I'm glowing from the cold and feel of like those little bunnies in the battery adverts!! I just thought I'd post my Spark as my computer has been poorly again and I've just got back online again after another week of missing everyone and then I'm ready for a nice hot bowl of homemade butternut squash, carrot and onion soup with a hunk of wholemeal bread....yummy!

View through the kitchen window

sunlight highlights the roof tops

sunlight makes the ash tree shimmer with a golden glow

'Nanook of the North' attempting to clear the car ready to go to work

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TECHGIRL22 12/1/2010 3:54PM

    Thanks for sharing your winterwonderland! Great view.

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PMCFARM 11/26/2010 8:32PM

  emoticon blog & pics...and admiration to all my SP family who live in these climates...BUT, think I'll continue to reside in rural north FL where the temps. usually don't go below 30 & then for only a few days at a time (even if I do grumble that the "Sunshine" state should have temps 70 +/- 10). emoticon MarilynC

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NEELOJ 11/26/2010 7:55AM

    Enjoy your blog about your morning and about the school kids!!
Sit back and enjoy your soup!!!

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MOM2ACAT 11/25/2010 5:56PM

    I love your pictures, what a beautiful view you have!
I love to watch the birds too.

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EMTFF376 11/25/2010 6:36AM

    Your pictures made me shiver... I haven't made it out from under the covers yet!

I'm afraid to look outside here... we were supposed to have rain/snow mix last night.

I hope your husband makes it to work safely. I don't mind driving in snow, but ice is no fun.

Have a wonderful Thursday!


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KARLY47 11/25/2010 6:25AM

    Stay warm,and Thanks for the pictures too...

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I'm back....again!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

...and hopefully it's for good this

My computer has been quite poorly and had to go away to hospital for a while.....a combination of a full 'C' drive and a virus from an automatic update.
It's better now so, at last, I can get back to Sparking with all you wonderful people that I've missed like crazy. emoticon

I've had a trapped nerve in the back of my thigh just above my knee too, so sitting around resting it and not having my computer was a really bad combination though I have made Christmas decorations, done an awful lot of reading and discovered a daytime chat show called 'Sally Jessy Raphael' which is very'm hooked!
You'll probably know it as she's American. It's fun and some of the people she has on are certainly weird and wonderful!

The nerve pain's subsided a lot but I'm still limping bigtime though I have started going for short walks again and am doing stretching exercises....I just need to get back into the right frame of mind for losing weight now!
Which doesn't seem to be happening emoticon

Anyway, I'll be logging in again every day from now on and I'm looking forward to getting back in touch with you all. emoticon

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XME501 11/12/2010 10:27AM

    So glad you are back - have so missed you!!

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GOLDFISHLIZ 11/12/2010 4:25AM

    Really good to see you back! We've missed that sunflower!!
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MOM2ACAT 11/10/2010 5:50PM

    Welcome back!

I remember Sally's show, but it's not shown here in the US anymore. She was a guest on Oprah today though, along with other former talk show host such as Phil Donahue.

I hope your nerve pain eases soon,

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NEELOJ 11/10/2010 3:18PM

    Great to have you back!! I have missed you too!
Computers are sooo great.... WHEN THEY WORK!!!! LOL

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HVMBRU 11/10/2010 12:23PM

    Hope you recover real quick and get back to your chatty self!

Did you see a doctor, etc. to get this diagnosis? I've gone through all kinds of adjustments and have improved on my own, however I am just wondering because the way I went, has taken me years to recover. I think the first chiropractor I went to tried to do too much too fast with me and after that, no one could do anything. I finally got myself back pretty much, but had to do it all on my own. Just wondered.


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LOOZINITNOW 11/10/2010 12:02PM

    Welcome back! I can remember watching Sally way back in the 80's. I liked her then and didin't even know that she was still on.

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JERZRN 11/10/2010 10:13AM

    Welcome back!

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taking the good with the bad...

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Well, I spoke too soon in my last blog and the computer threw another wobbly at the week-end which put me offline yet again, hopefully this time I'm back for keeps emoticonI do miss everybody when I can't get on!

The weather has perked up nicely after last weeks winter like conditions, today is sunny and warm with a gentle breeze and feels very autumny. The trees are beginning to sport their many coloured leaves and the wind has swirled lovely little heaps for the children to kick through just in time for their half term holiday. emoticon

After the cold and rain I was looking forward to some decent long walks but my knee which had the damaged cruciate ligament last year has decided it's not going to let me!
A few days ago it began cramping and spasming like it did after the strapping was removed last time. It's agony and makes it difficult to walk (hobble) far. Each spasm seems to last around fortyfive minutes before easing off but can have long or short periods inbetween so I don't know when it will happen.
I've been given cramp tablets, shown an exercise to do to help the spasm stop and I'm wearing an elastic knee support which feels quite comfortable so I'm trying to carry on and just rest when they happen.

It's good to be back on line and the weather is decent so there's maybe more good than bad!!

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MARTHA-ANN 11/4/2010 6:23PM

    Thanks everyone, my computers been off again this last week or so but I've just got it back today, hopefully foe good this time! emoticon

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NEELOJ 10/29/2010 8:06PM

    I have not been online all week either. But my reason was much nicer then yours.
My sister has been here and we were out roaming the countryside taking pictures.
Hope your computer and your knee gets much better!!!

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ONESPOTLEFT 10/29/2010 6:40AM

    welcome back, I love the forget me nots; I planted some in my shade space and they did not do very well

good luck with the computer

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HVMBRU 10/28/2010 11:01AM

    45 Minutes for a spasm! Holy Cow!! And I know what they are all about. As my back and legs were adjusting, of course spasms occurred but never lasted that long. I couldn't believe the pain endured. So, hang on there Martha, it does get better.

And I did miss you!


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XME501 10/28/2010 10:35AM

    It is so good to hear from you!! Hope you are having a good visit with your friend. I have a "new" friend from Church. She is our librarian and is at the church about once a week. Recently we have been visiting more and sharing more. Last Sat. we met for lunch and had such a good time.

So glad you are back on line - hope you can stay with us this time. It can be so frustrating when we cannot connect. Surprising how much we depend on these computers!!



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I'm back...

Monday, October 11, 2010

Well I haven't really been away but last week the computer decided to play silly beggars and only work when it felt like it!!
A definite go slow....
Some days it worked perfectly, others it wouldn't even load, yet others I could, very frustratingly, see all my pages but had no reply boxes and on other days no colour, no pictures, no clickable boxes at all and some days just a white page!!
This didn't just affect Spark, but all my computer right down to e-mails which wouldn't send!!

Seems it was a 'google' problem and not just me it was affecting. They seem to have fixed it now and hopefully it will stay that way.

I'm Sparking now for the first time in ages and not wondering if the pages will all be there and it's lovely. I HAVE missed's been sooo frustrating I had withdrawal symptoms!! LOL!
It's sooo good to be back with all my very special friends.

Very true!!

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DEBHAPPY2B 10/15/2010 11:39PM

    I was away for awhile as well, fighting nasty colds. I hope all is well with you--drop me a note when you are back on.

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XME501 10/12/2010 9:17AM

    Computers can be such a blessing at times when we can communicate with family and friends - and then, they can be such a frustration!! when they don't work!!

Glad you are back - your page is one of the first I check out - yours and Ronnie's.

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MOM2ACAT 10/11/2010 8:31PM

    Glad to see you back!

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NEELOJ 10/11/2010 4:10PM

    LOL!!! Love the "hot" pink bra!!!!
I am sure it must be yours!!

So glad things are back to normal. I have withdrawal too when my computer is acting up!!
Good to hear from you!!!

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MARILYN1260 10/11/2010 11:38AM

    Hi Martha-Ann, you have more patience than I do. I would have thrown my computer out the window by now :) Hope all is well now and whatever was wrong is fixed!!!

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