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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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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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    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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So sorry!

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BUTEAFULL 9/25/2014 11:28AM

    today is MY hubby's birthday
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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 itīs place but remeber your husband wouldnīt 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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NITTINNANA 9/24/2014 11:26PM

    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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Happy First day of FALL!!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014



































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    They're great. Thanks for sharing.

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    Loved the Good Old Days.

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    LOVE the aerobix! Used to get wheatabix here, but can't find it anymore.

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 9/23/2014 6:25PM

    Oh, do love these posters !!

Nice weather today...
Got a call today with an invite to join 3 others on a trek to the "Big E" on thursday. Needless to say, I will be on here as a minimalist that day.. probably at most I will have an hour to chat & post etc. I'll play catch-up on Friday.. and get ahead as much as one can tomorrow. OH, MY, tomorrow is WEDNESDAY all ready.. Where is my life going in such a rush? At the rate time is zooming by I'll be 150 y.o before my 75th birthday!!
(note: The Big "E" is the New England States Exposition (Fair).. It is a big deal in these parts.)

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    I'll have to agree with the power walking one!

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For the Record!!!

Saturday, September 20, 2014





These are supposedly actual comments made by 16 Police Officers. The comments were taken from actual police car videos around the country:

1. "You know, stop lights don't come any redder than the one you just went through."

2. "Relax, the handcuffs are tight because they're new. They'll stretch after you wear them a while."

3. "If you take your hands off the car, I'll make your birth certificate a worthless document."

4. "If you run, you'll only go to jail tired."

5. "Can you run faster than 1200 feet per second? Because that's the speed of the bullet that'll be chasing you."

6. "You don't know how fast you were going? I guess that means I can write anything I want to on the ticket, huh?"

7. "Yes, sir, you can talk to the shift supervisor, but I don't think it will help. Oh, did I mention that I'm the shift supervisor?"

8. "Warning! You want a warning? O.K, I'm warning you not to do that again or I'll give you another ticket."

9. "The answer to this last question will determine whether you are drunk or not. Was Mickey Mouse a cat or a dog?"

10. "Fair? You want me to be fair? Listen, fair is a place where you go to ride on rides, eat cotton candy and corn dogs and step in monkey poop."

11. "Yeah, we have a quota. Two more tickets and my wife gets a toaster ."

12. "In God we trust; all others we run through NCIC." ( National Crime Information Center )

13. "Just how large were those 'two beers' you say you had?"

14. "No sir, we don't have quotas anymore. We used to, but now we're allowed to write as many tickets as we can."

15. "I'm glad to hear that the Chief (of Police) is a personal friend of yours. So you know someone who can post your bail."

AND THE WINNER IS....
16. "You didn't think we give pretty women tickets? You're right, we don't.. Sign here."








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    My experience with cops are mixed. There are some educated, smart ones who are v. helpful and then there are others who appear uneducated, mean and, honestly, I don't know how they ever passed their psych tests. We had one who came out when my friends tire was slashed and he blamed my friend for parking there! Uh, really? The friend is from the Midwest and was so surprised at being treated this way. The fact that these are quotes from real officers proves my point since some of these are cute and others are just not.

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GINIEMIE 9/22/2014 9:06AM

    I like the cartoon on the bottom. Some of these show a true sense of humor others are not very nice.
I know my best friends eldest, my "nephew" is a cop and each year his jokes are a little more difficult. When you think about what the police go through I guess it's understandable.
Thanks for the chuckles Mary Anne.
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    I forgot that you did amazing blogs. Thanks Mary Anne emoticon emoticon

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    Awww, that last one was just mean!!!! emoticon

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    I'd like to meet a funny cop like these!

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1CRAZYDOG 9/20/2014 9:49PM

    BWAHAHAHAHAHA on that last one!

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 9/20/2014 6:09PM

    Those lines are still funny... love the "Fall" toon, too !

It has been rather nice here... the day started looking like it was going to rain for sure... but then it got very nice indeed. Thursday I went to town to do a little shopping.. It was a great day because I had not time commitments... I left to shop when i got around to do that, went to stores on my list and a few ad lib shops too. In the garden store I had a marvelous chat with the lady out in the plant area. I now know the name of a plant I want to get next Spring... called SummerSweet (cleth...somethingorother botanically speaking) and I want the 'Ruby Spice' versus the white blossoming as the ruby (pinkish blossom) plant has the heavier scent... kind of makes me think of cloves. AND, I spotted some crocus corms.... Every Spring I say, this fall I want to plant more crocus, because I only have just a very few. So I bought two bags of them (65 potential plants) and got them planted yesterday along the foundation of the house. I wanted to put them where I wouldn't be digging them up, thus in the flower beds was not a great idea. Now I want to go back and get another bag or two to plant on the bank behind the house... those blossoms would certain enhance the Spring view out the windows on that side of the house. Well, I guess I have bent your ear long enough... Hope you are having a great weekend.. (and your Mom & Dad, too!)
Love and Hugs, Audra

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Through the eyes of a child!!

Thursday, September 18, 2014




You've probably read some of these before but they are worth seeing again.



1. A four-year-old child, whose next door
neighbor was an elderly gentleman, who had recently lost his
wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old
Gentleman's' yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there.
When his mother asked him what he had
said to the neighbor, the little boy just said, 'Nothing, I just
Helped him cry.'

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2. Teacher Debbie Moon's first graders were
discussing a picture of a family. One little boy in the picture
had a different hair color than the other members. One of her
students suggested that he was adopted.
A little girl said, 'I know all about
Adoption, I was adopted..'

'What does it mean to be adopted?', asked
another child.

'It means', said the girl, 'that you grew
in your mommy's heart instead of her tummy!'

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3. On my way home one day, I stopped to
watch a Little League baseball game that was being played in a
park near my home. As I sat down behind the bench on the first-
base line, I asked one of the boys what the score was
'We're behind 14 to nothing,' he answered
With a smile.

'Really,' I said. 'I have to say you
don't look very discouraged.'

'Discouraged?', the boy asked with a
Puzzled look on his face...

'Why should we be discouraged? We haven't
Been up to bat yet.'

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4. Whenever I'm disappointed with my spot
in life, I stop and think about little Jamie Scott.

Jamie was trying out for a part in the
school play. His mother told me that he'd set his heart on being
in it, though she feared he would not be chosen..

On the day the parts were awarded, I went
with her to collect him after school. Jamie rushed up to her,
eyes shining with pride and excitement.. 'Guess what, Mom,' he
shouted, and then said those words that will remain a lesson to
me....'I've been chosen to clap and cheer.'

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5. An eye witness account from New York
City , on a cold day in December,
some years ago: A little boy,
about 10-years-old, was standing before a shoe store on the
roadway, barefooted, peering through the window, and shivering
With cold.

A lady approached the young boy and said,
'My, but you're in such deep thought staring in that window!'

'I was asking God to give me a pair of
shoes,'was the boy's reply.

The lady took him by the hand, went into
the store, and asked the clerk to get half a dozen pairs of socks
for the boy. She then asked if he could give her a basin of water
and a towel. He quickly brought them to her.

She took the little fellow to the back
part of the store and, removing her gloves, knelt down, washed
his little feet, and dried them with the towel.

By this time, the clerk had returned with
the socks.. Placing a pair upon the boy's feet, she purchased him
a pair of shoes..

She tied up the remaining pairs of socks
and gave them to him.. She patted him on the head and said, 'No
doubt, you will be more comfortable now..'

As she turned to go, the astonished kid
caught her by the hand, and looking up into her face, with tears
in his eyes, asked her.
'Are you God's wife?'

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Hope this put a smile on your face it
Sure did mine!



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    Children can be so inspiring.....

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    After each story, I said aloud, "awww" these are so touching...I love them especially the last one.

take care
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OVERACTIVEELBOW 9/18/2014 4:32PM

    And, a tear in my eye.

Yesterday and most of today were Sunny and bright... It has done some serious clouding over in the last hour..very dark gray clouds. Those clouds may be enough to hold in the heat of the day and prevent some serious killing frosts tonight. But really we are more than half way through September and we usually have a killing frost during the first week of this month. At least it didn't rain yesterday or (yet) today !! I could handle a few more days of dry weather... There are some outdoor chores my son is trying to get done... rainy weekends do not help!
Hope dad's appointment went well.
Chat later.
Hugs Audra

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Farmer John

Monday, September 15, 2014






Farmer John once lived on a quiet rural highway but as time went by,
the traffic slowly built up and eventually got so heavy and so fast that his
free range chickens were being run over, at a rate of three to six a week.

So Farmer John called the local police station to complain,
"You've got to do something about all these people driving so fast and killing all my chickens," he said to the local police officer.

"What do you want me to do?" asked the policeman.

"I don't care, just do something about those crazy drivers!"

So the next day the policeman had the Council erect a sign that said:

SCHOOL CROSSING

Three days later Farmer John called the policeman and said,
"You've still got to do something about these drivers.
The 'school crossing' sign seems to make them go even faster!"

So again, they put up a new sign:
SLOW: CHILDREN AT PLAY.

That really sped them up. So Farmer John called and said,
"Your signs are no good. Can I put up my own sign?"

In order to get Farmer John off his back said "Sure. Put up your own sign.

The phone calls to the Police Station stopped, but curiosity got the better of the Officer,
so he called Farmer John, "How's the problem with the speeding drivers? Did you put up your sign?"

"Oh, I sure did and not one chicken has been killed.

The policeman was really curious and thought he'd better go out and take a look at the sign.
He also thought the sign might be something the Police could use elsewhere, to slow drivers down..

So he drove out to Farmer John's house.

His jaw dropped the moment he saw the sign.


'NUDIST COLONY'
'Slow down and watch out for chicks!'



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GINIEMIE 9/18/2014 11:16AM

    Life's been crazier than usual and I missed this. I'm glad I took time to go back and read it. So funny.
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    Smart farmer!

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    I saw this a few days ago and loved it then, love it now....
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OVERACTIVEELBOW 9/15/2014 6:15PM

    That is a keeper !!
Thanks for the LAUGHTER !!

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    Too cute
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