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A Christmas Poem

Wednesday, December 24, 2014










I know this is talking about Christmas cards but it could apply to sparkmail, blogs, etc. Spark friends are special and I want each of you to know that. This comes from the heart.




There is a list of folk, I know, all written in the book.

And every year at Christmas time, I go and have a look.

And that is when I realize that these names are a part,

Not of the book they are written in, but of my very heart.

For each name stands for someone who has touched my

life sometimes.

For once you have known someone, the years cannot erase,

The memory of a pleasant word, or of a friendly face.

So never think my Christmas cards are just a mere routine,

Of names upon a list, to be forgotten between.

For when I send a Christmas card that is addressed to you,

It is because you’re on the list that I’m indebted to.

And whether I’ve known you many years or even just a few.

In some ways you have had a part in shaping things I do.

So every year when Christmas comes, I just realize anew,

The biggest gift that God can give,

Is knowing folks like you.

Anon.







I have "leaned" on many of you this past year and cannot tell you how much your friendship, comments and caring have meant. Thank you for being here.

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JANIEWWJD 12/26/2014 12:53AM

    Beautiful poem!!! Merry Christmas, my friend!!! emoticon

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ANGELBELIEVER 12/25/2014 1:58PM

    This is a beautiful poem. I feel the same way..It is also for Spark friends and everyone else I know.

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EABL81 12/25/2014 12:17PM

    Beautiful poem, Mary Anne! Merry Christmas to you and all of your loved ones. Wishing you all the joys of the season and throughout the new year. And thank you for cheering me up countless times with all of your chuckle-worthy posts!

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 12/25/2014 7:40AM

    Merry Christmas.. Have a GREAT day!

I sure do hope you know how much your friendship mean to me.

This Christmas your folks are close to hand... without the trek to ME.

Hugs, Audra

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ARTJAC 12/25/2014 1:56AM

    emoticon MERRY CHRISTMAS

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KAYDE53 12/24/2014 11:29PM

    Great poem! Merry Christmas to you and yours!! emoticon

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EVER-HOPEFUL 12/24/2014 11:16PM

    the same applies to you love.we have also leaned on you.take care and keep smiling love.let us all make next year count.merry christmas emoticon

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GINIEMIE 12/24/2014 10:55PM

    Makes me think of the song "He ain't heavy, he's my brother" we all need to lean on someone once in a while. I'm so glad for you and all of my spark friends too. Merry Christmas Mary Anne emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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NORASPAT 12/24/2014 9:04PM

    Merry Christmas Mary Anne. I loved your poem. I hope you have a very happy Christmas.
This has been the first really good Christmas for a very long time. I am so glad they are here with us at this trying Time. HUGS Pat n Maine. I hope you enjoy a wonderful Happy season Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARIWELL 12/24/2014 8:42PM

    Merry Christmas! I hope the New Year is good to you!

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LOUIE-LILY 12/24/2014 7:34PM

    Special emoticon to you, Mary Anne...and of course to your Golden Girls
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PHOENIX1949 12/24/2014 6:17PM

    Merry Christmas to you also.

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Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe!!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014






Not too late for you to try this recipe... Happy Thanksgiving to all!
TURKEY RECIPE

I thought this sounded good! Here is a turkey recipe that also includes the use of popcorn as a stuffing ingredient -- imagine that. When I found this recipe, I thought it was perfect for people like me, who just are not sure how to tell when turkey is thoroughly cooked, but not dried out. Give this a try.

8 - 15 lb. turkey
1 cup melted butter
1 cup stuffing (Pepperidge Farm is Good)
1 cup un-popped popcorn (ORVILLE REDENBACHER'S LOW FAT IS BEST)
Salt/pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush turkey well with melted butter, salt, and pepper.
Fill cavity with stuffing and popcorn. Place in baking pan making sure the neck end is toward the front of the oven, not the back.

After about 4 hours listen for the popping sounds.

When the turkey's ass blows the oven door open and the bird flies across the room, it's done.

And, you thought I didn't cook...


HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE







Wishing everyone a wonderful time with family and friends.

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~KINDREDSPIRIT~ 12/14/2014 4:02PM

    Oh, that was TOOOOOOOOO funny...I am SO stealing this...I laughed and laughed and laughed. Thank you so much - I really needed it since I was feeling kinda low today.

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    That was halirious!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NORASPAT 11/27/2014 9:27PM

    OH My our Turkey was way too old and too big. We ordered an Organic Turkey and I could hardly lift it. They told me 12 to 14 pounds instead it was 18.9.
Despite the stringy Turkey everything I made came out well.
I took photos to show to my friend who said she and her DH raised them. I wonder if the processor accidentally switched them. I do hope you are feeling better.
I also hope you had a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING.
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    emoticon good one! emoticon

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MARIWELL 11/26/2014 9:56PM

    Hahahahaha! That was great!
Happy Thanksgiving!
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ANGELBELIEVER 11/26/2014 8:22PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon That was soooo funny! Thanks for the belly laugh.

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EABL81 11/26/2014 7:53PM

    I knew it! No way you'd just post a recipe.

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I've missed you and the giggles, Mary Anne - have a great holiday!

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CHACHAOREO 11/26/2014 6:39PM

    Thanks for the chuckle!! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 11/26/2014 1:33PM

    We got married in Nov. 1988. Just prior there was a kitchen shower for me. That was one of the recipes I was given! Still treasure it! HUGS

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GINIEMIE 11/26/2014 1:00PM

    Too funny, you DO know that you shouldn't share recipes you haven't tried emoticon emoticon
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LOUIE-LILY 11/26/2014 12:29PM

    Lol, Mary Anne...you almost had me, but not quite ;)
Happy Thanksgiving!
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    I was wondering what you were doing in your "spare" time. lol!! emoticon

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 11/26/2014 12:14PM

    I've never heard of the popcorn in the turkey recipe...hmmmmm.

I saw on facebook a turkey shaped rice crispy dessert with m & ms as the stuffing...I was like, seriously people.....it's just not the same as yummy, good for you, turkey breast!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 11/26/2014 11:32AM

    happy thanksgiving mary anne.what are your plans?hope you wont be alone?thinking of you love.take care and keep smiling emoticon

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 11/26/2014 11:23AM

    So 'Inquiring Minds' are asking ....

Have YOU personally kitchen tested this recipe???

Just wondering if the ease of knowing when the bird was done is worth the kitchen clean-up time required!!!

Wishing you a Gloriously happy ThanksGiving
Love and Hugs, Audra

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Happy Halloween!!!

Friday, October 31, 2014



I know it's been some time since I blogged but wanted to take a minute to wish you all a Happy Halloween. I'm still a kid at heart and so look forward to seeing the children come to the house tonight.













Bed sheets

An extremely modest man was in the hospital for a series of tests, the last of which had left his bodily systems extremely upset.

Upon making several false alarm trips to the bathroom, he decided the latest episode was another and stayed put. He suddenly filled his bed with diarrhea and was embarrassed beyond his ability to remain rational.

In a complete loss of composure he jumped out of bed, gathered up the bed sheets, and threw them out the hospital window.

A drunk was walking by the hospital when the sheets landed on him. He started yelling, cursing, and swinging his arms violently trying to get the unknown things off, and ended up with the soiled sheets in a tangled pile at his feet.

As the drunk stood there, unsteady on his feet, staring down at the sheets, a hospital security guard, (barely containing his laughter), and who had watched the whole incident, walked up and asked, 'What the heck is going on here?'

The drunk, still staring down replied: 'I think I just beat the crap out of a ghost.'













Happy Halloween everyone. Thank you for being such wonderful spark friends.


emoticon Mary Anne

  
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JANIEWWJD 11/7/2014 12:37AM

    That was funny!!! emoticon

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LITTLEWIND53 11/3/2014 9:08AM

    That ghost story is so funny..... Thanks for making my day....

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SLLYONS51 11/1/2014 12:12AM

  As a nurse that was too funny. The dogs look so cute. Thanks for a good laugh

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LOUIE-LILY 10/31/2014 7:06PM

    Lol, pics are adorable and the story had me in stitches emoticon
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1CRAZYDOG 10/31/2014 6:28PM

    So cute!!!! Thanks for sharing. Hope all is well in your end of sparkville!

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GINIEMIE 10/31/2014 5:36PM

    So good to see one of your blogs again. Thanks for the chuckles.
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DEBBLO 10/31/2014 5:36PM

    Funny joke and those pictures are priceless! LOL

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 10/31/2014 2:46PM

    Looks like Halloween has mostly gone to the dogs in your neighborhood !!! :)
Although there was the one witchy kitten !!

Hope you have a "SPOOK - tacular" evening.
May you be blessed with only the best of visitors.

Take Care,
Hugs,
Audra

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CAPECODDOGFISH 10/31/2014 2:12PM

    I really like those pics but you sure have some weird looking kids in your neighborhood.lol

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    emoticon Love your blog. Had a good laugh. Happy Halloween to you too.

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    love the pups!

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MARIWELL 10/31/2014 11:14AM

    Happy Halloween to you too Mary Anne! Loved these pictures.
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Happy Halloween!!!

Friday, October 31, 2014



I know it's been some time since I blogged but wanted to take a minute to wish you all a Happy Halloween. I'm still a kid at heart and so look forward to seeing the children come to the house tonight.













Bed sheets

An extremely modest man was in the hospital for a series of tests, the last of which had left his bodily systems extremely upset.

Upon making several false alarm trips to the bathroom, he decided the latest episode was another and stayed put. He suddenly filled his bed with diarrhea and was embarrassed beyond his ability to remain rational.

In a complete loss of composure he jumped out of bed, gathered up the bed sheets, and threw them out the hospital window.

A drunk was walking by the hospital when the sheets landed on him. He started yelling, cursing, and swinging his arms violently trying to get the unknown things off, and ended up with the soiled sheets in a tangled pile at his feet.

As the drunk stood there, unsteady on his feet, staring down at the sheets, a hospital security guard, (barely containing his laughter), and who had watched the whole incident, walked up and asked, 'What the heck is going on here?'

The drunk, still staring down replied: 'I think I just beat the crap out of a ghost.'













Happy Halloween everyone. Thank you for being such wonderful spark friends.


emoticon Mary Anne

  


Tomorrow will be a difficult day!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014



I know that you usually see something silly or funny but my heart will not be in it. On September 25th, it will be 6 years that my husband passed unexpectedly. My heart has been very heavy all day. It doesn't seem to get any easier. I had planned to visit Winturther Gardens where we loved to go and where family and friends went following his celebration of life but we will be having rain. As I said to a very dear friend, even the sky will be crying.







On April 25th 2008, we celebrated our 38th year of marriage. Who knew that before that year ended, half of my heart would be ripped out. On the day of our wedding, his mother told me that she had him for the first 25 years of his life and I could have him for the next - then we would see. Well, she let me keep him for 38 years and came to get him on her birthday - September 25th.

Thank you for listening. If I do any sparking tomorrow, it will be track.

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ANGELBELIEVER 10/14/2014 9:11AM

    I am so sorry that I am now just reading this as I'm not getting notifications. I have re-subscribed. to your blogs.My heart goes out to you. One never gets over the loss of a loved one and partner. Everyone grieves their own way. emoticon

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GINIEMIE 10/3/2014 7:10AM

    Oh my dear sweet friend, I'm so sorry that I'm just now reading this. The 24th and 25th were rough for me as they were the dates of Steve's and my dear sweet uncle Paul's birthday. Steve died in 2005 just two months after his birthday and my uncle nine months after Erik's accident. This year it hit me pretty hard. I usually make plans that are totally different than what I did with them-but this year I blew it. I keep reminding myself they are no longer suffering but....
It does ease most of the time, but anniversaries and birthdays still have me caving in. Hope you have found some peace. Know that you remain in my prayers.

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon I've been offline for about a week so just read this.

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NORASPAT 9/26/2014 10:27PM

    MARY ANNE I am so sorry for your loss. I cannot know the loss of a really great husband. I know losing my mother was hard but I know it will be the hardest loss of a loving spouse.
Sorry is all I can say.
NO words for it.
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  So sorry for your heartbreak. So hard to lose someone. You will be in my prayers. emoticon

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JANIEWWJD 9/25/2014 11:57PM

    I prayed for you today!!! God bless you!!!

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KAYDE53 9/25/2014 11:32PM

    emoticon emoticon Will keep you in my thoughts & prayers!!

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    emoticon with much love from your sparkpeople family! emoticon emoticon

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LITTLEWIND53 9/25/2014 9:08PM

    My deepest sympathies...... Wishing you all the best at this difficult time....

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~KINDREDSPIRIT~ 9/25/2014 8:07PM

    Oh MaryAnne, I can emphathize with you as well. My husband died 9 years this October. I miss him still. I cried every day for a year. And off and on ever since. I cannot believe he has been gone this long.

And I love the poster about no time limit. Do you know that I actually had a person tell me there was a 'cap' on how long someone should mourn! Can you imagine?

In fact, today, with my infection and nothing being resolved for 6 weeks, I was feeling like the only one who would have 'really' cared and been there for me was Bill. sigh.

So my deepest condolences and heartfelt affection goes out to you.
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OVERACTIVEELBOW 9/25/2014 7:20PM

    That poster says it all
Love and Hugs,
Audra

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MARIWELL 9/25/2014 7:01PM

    Thinking of you today.
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BUTEAFULL 9/25/2014 11:28AM

    today is MY hubby's birthday
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    Oh Mary Anne . . . sending prayers and hugs emoticon


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EVER-HOPEFUL 9/25/2014 2:34AM

    mary anne you are right grieve has no bounderies and no year frist but so does joy have no bounderies or year frist.remember the joy,love,care,happiness you shared together.let this memory of what you had help you through this time of grieve and any other time the grieve might hit you throughout the year like christmas birthdays and anniversaries etc.use the power of your togetherness and its memories to help heal and help you realise the luck you had to care and to be cared for for such a long time.grieve has it´s place but remeber your husband wouldn´t want you to dwell in grieve.sometimes are memories and what they can bring are the stuff to hold our life together and give us the hope that life is worth it.worth it to live and celerbrate it as much as we can.to be thankful for what we have or had.hope this helps love.my memories of my near and dear that have died is what keeps me going in the bad times.knowing that they would want me to look forward to make the most of what life can give me.we owe it not only to ourselves but to them who have loved us to be the best,positive people we can be to make them proud even if they may no longer with us.they will always be in our hearts never forget that.take care and keep smiling,love and hugs my love. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    emoticon Will be thinking of you, Mary Anne!

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NELLIEC 9/24/2014 11:25PM

    I am not surprised that you miss him so much with such a nice long marriage!

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