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Prayers needed

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

My 6-year-old grand-niece was life-flighted to the hospital last night with sudden seizures. As of this morning, she is still intubated and sedated, and they don't have any answers as to what's going on. My niece, who herself spent three days in the hospital last week with some terrible rash all over her lower body and chest pains, has been there all night. Her husband and their two little boys are doing Christmas together, but I know their hearts can't be in it.

My poor sister has endured both her daughter and grand-daughter being hospitalized in the last week, our stepdad, to whom she was closest among us, dying, and caring for Mom, who has to be taken on a 130 mile round trip three days a week for dialysis. It's been a hard year for me, but an even harder one for her.

  
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SEAWILLOW 12/27/2013 3:08AM

    Done

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TATTER3 12/26/2013 7:50PM

    Can't imagine what you all are going through.

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POOH97015 12/26/2013 5:29PM

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I had no idea you had so much going on. God be with all of them and may your great-niece recover with no damage. Little ones are tough. I am sure she will pull through this.

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NATPLUMMER 12/26/2013 11:20AM

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LUCKYDOGFARM 12/26/2013 12:36AM

    MissG, you and your family are in my prayers.

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BECKYBRN 12/25/2013 9:31PM

    Sending prayers your way and for your family, too
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MARILYNROBERT 12/25/2013 9:06PM

    Prayers sent your way for all of your family emoticon

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TAMMYAND 12/25/2013 7:30PM

    You and your family are in my prayers. God is good.

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CHAKARA1 12/25/2013 7:06PM

    Praying for you and your family

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CHUBBY_MOM 12/25/2013 6:10PM

    Praying for your family!

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SKIRNIR 12/25/2013 4:50PM

    Ouch. What a year this has been for you. I will keep you in my prayers.

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AMARILYNH 12/25/2013 2:51PM

    Prayers for you and your family going up right now!! I'm also praying that God will give you and your sister peace - He CAN do that, even in the midst of uncertainty and pain! Hugs, Marilyn

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SATCHMO99 12/25/2013 1:49PM

    Prayers for you and your family xx

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LINOVER 12/25/2013 1:47PM

    My prayers are with you and your family at this time! emoticon

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BRASKIN 12/25/2013 1:00PM

  prayers for you and your family ...

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CAYCESMOM 12/25/2013 11:23AM

    My prayers are with you and your family.

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 12/25/2013 11:15AM

    My prayers are with you and your family emoticon I pray that the Lord wraps his arms around your family and comforts and heals them if it is his will. We are blessed by his presence and love. Hugs Pat

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SUNSHINE192DAY 12/25/2013 11:02AM

    I'm praying so hard for all of your family, including the 6 year old. I'm so sorry that you are going through all this as a family. But at least you have each other and God to rely on...

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You can't hurry love

Friday, December 20, 2013

No one can resist this sweet little face:


And no one can resist *this* sweet little face:


And yet, the two of them are resisting each other mightily. The black dog is my Shasta. The curly little mop is MIL Pat's dog Koshi. And so far their interactions have consisted primarily of growling at each other with the occasional barking and snapping bout.

We were really hoping they were going to be good little buddies for each other. But they are like two boxers in their corners, Shasta curled up next to me, Koshi curled up with Pat. They ignore each other until one of us gets up. Then there is posturing and raised hackles. They are, however, so little, that the two of us and DH can only giggle at their antics.

But if we take them for a walk? They're just fine. Shasta is a good walker, game for 5 miles without tiring in the least. Koshi isn't used to that kind of exercise, so I can't take them for a long enough walk to wear them both out. But they do great as long as they are on the leashes.

I'm hoping that by next week they might consider playing with each other. Dumb dogs!

  
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TATTER3 12/20/2013 7:02PM

    Good luck!!!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 12/20/2013 3:19PM

    Are they both males? One neutered and one not? Or both unneutered. Boys have testosterone problems, even if its a doggy boy. Just turn out the lights and see who kisses up to whom! Haha.

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 12/20/2013 11:59AM

    Hopefully TIME will work wonders!

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SWEETNEEY 12/20/2013 11:36AM

    They are negotiating detente - so the pact should be signed by next week.

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NATPLUMMER 12/20/2013 11:16AM

    I think they just need to get used to each other.

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ALICIA214 12/20/2013 11:15AM

 

Our fur babies are a great source of fun for us {much like humans} when I scratch chica's
back at her tail and she does a little two step that has me giggling and the look of bliss on her face is priceless it is hard not to let her see me laughing she gets really
offended and will turn her back on me, a real prima donna but I love her much.
Hope your two fur babies make friends soon....

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MANDYLOVE_76 12/20/2013 11:14AM

    They will.

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Hero worship

Thursday, December 19, 2013

This is my hero:


This is Ernestine Shepherd. She is a runner and body builder.

She is also 77 years old.

And she was a pudgy couch potato until she was 50.

My mother is younger than Ernestine, and my mother is a frail old woman who is unlikely to live out the year. Now, genetics plays a role in how well we do as we age, but how we live is also a huge factor.

When I grow up, I want to be Ernestine.

  
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OPTIMIST1948 12/21/2013 12:57PM

    I might have to have a little hero worship too. 77?? she looks amazing!

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TATTER3 12/20/2013 7:03PM

    Yep!!! That's a goal for me too!!!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 12/19/2013 11:04PM

    Yes! She is what I want to be like when I grow up! A Motivating Hottie!

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LWADE1963 12/19/2013 12:37PM

    where can i read more about her

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MSANITAL 12/19/2013 12:35PM

    God bless her I just hope at 70 I am still riding my bike. and walking and working out and chasing men.. (wait..I meant my husband) LOL..

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NATPLUMMER 12/19/2013 12:33PM

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MARILYNROBERT 12/19/2013 11:24AM

    Oh my gosh, she is amazing!

You've picked a great hero. emoticon

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BATCHICK 12/19/2013 11:13AM

    what motivation! its never too late to change your life!

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ANDREWMOM 12/19/2013 11:00AM

    And you shall be!!

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Icy streets and step counters

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Wow, I got a new insight today, thanks to my Spark Activity Tracker. We had a bit of an ice storm last night, just enough to turn all the sidewalks into skating rinks. I took the dog out walking on our usual routine path. It's .75 miles long and I average 1600 steps walking it. But the ice meant that I had to be much more cautious, and take smaller steps. So what is usually 1600 steps turned into 2200!

  
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OPTIMIST1948 12/21/2013 12:57PM

    Stats are fun.

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DOTTIEJANE1 12/9/2013 9:01AM

    emoticon all movement helps .glad you are careful got a bit of snow but temps below freezing for rest of week .

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LUCKYDOGFARM 12/8/2013 11:29PM

    that's pretty neat! wonder if you burnt more calories that way?

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CLEARNIGHTSKY 12/8/2013 11:31AM

    Hmmm! That is interesting.

Glad you're being careful.

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MSANITAL 12/8/2013 9:38AM

    well I give you credit for even going out for a walk on the ice.. be careful cuz you want to get on that bike in the Spring


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DESERTDREAMERS 12/8/2013 12:06AM

    I was walking my little dogs last evening, paying attention to the icy spots - until ... my phone alarm went off and I turned my head towards the pocket it was in - hit a slanted alley druiveway with black ice - oops! Fortunately, altho I have a big dark bruise with swelling on my hip, it doesn't hurt that much. On the plus side, yeah, I got more little steps in.

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NATPLUMMER 12/7/2013 11:18PM

    I'm glad you were being careful.

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MANDYLOVE_76 12/7/2013 11:12PM

    Bonus!

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Goodbye, Carey

Friday, December 06, 2013

My stepfather died yesterday evening. We had a house full of people when my sister called, and I just sort of fell to the floor. Everyone was wonderful and kind and stuck around to see it they could help, but of course there is nothing to be done, really.

Mom doesn't want anyone to come to Montana at this time. There will not be a funeral. Instead, she wants us to come next summer and have a memorial for him that is a picnic and family gathering. It's what he wanted.

My sister said that she had left Mom at dialysis and gone up to see Carey, and that even though his stats weren't changed, she could suddenly tell that something was wrong. She rushed back to get Mom from dialysis, and they got back to the hospital just 15 minutes before he died.

I'm feeling sad and in shock and kind of ... not numb, but like the world is all being muffled through cotton wadding. Like I can't quite move forward. I have a huge amount of work I need to get through in the next two days, but I can't really get myself started on anything.

I am glad that I got the Christmas lights up outside yesterday before all this happened. I can't imagine trying to do it today.

  
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JUDYAMK 12/6/2013 10:15PM

    I am sorry for your loss of your Dad. I will pray for the Lord to give you and your family peace within your sad anxious hearts.
Judy

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JANETRIS 12/6/2013 6:20PM

    Miss G, I am so sorry you lost your Dad. I hope the many wonderful memories you have help you through this difficult time. emoticon Jane

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LUCKYDOGFARM 12/6/2013 5:48PM

    MissG, i am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. You and your family are in my prayers. emoticon

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RHOOK20047 12/6/2013 4:35PM

    Sorry for your loss, prayers to you and your family!

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TATTER3 12/6/2013 4:13PM

    Bless your heart. I'm so sorry. You're in my prayers.

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AMARILYNH 12/6/2013 3:09PM

    emoticon Oh my - I KNOW that feeling! If you are up to it, push yourself to stay active - it helps (at least it helped me.) And if you have trouble sleeping get some help with that! Hugs!!

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NATPLUMMER 12/6/2013 11:09AM

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