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Surgery Tomorrow--But Keep Sparklin' Til I Get Back!!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

emoticon Hi and Happy Sunday Everybody! It has definitely been awhile since I have written a blog--and I like to always share a positive one and, in the long run, I sincerely hope my final outcome will be just that -- positive in the good way and ready to get back on the road to health once again.

emoticon Ready for my latest challenge? No worries, please. We're taking care of business and my health--just not in an overly pleasant way--but we'll get it done!

Here we go.....tomorrow I will be admitted into the hospital for open lung surgery. Over the past few weeks, and many various tests, a large mass has been discovered and is quickly increasing in size in the upper and middle lobe of my right lung. They are uncertain if it is damage due to Lupus, but the surgeon is thinking it looks more cancerous and hopes to be able to save as much of the lung itself as he can. My understanding is that the mass will be removed and also tissue sent for a quick biopsy while I'm on the operating table, which will then determine how much or what the next step will be. Regardless, the mass must be removed and/or treated -- so lung surgery is my only option at this stage. I am very confident in the surgeon as this is his specialty--high risk lung and heart surgeries--so I know that I have the right man for the job.

So, this evening I will be packing my bags and getting ready for check-in time tomorrow morning. With that, I won't be here sparklin' away with all of you wonderful friends until I'm able to and, mainly, until I can plug in and use my laptop. If all goes well, I should be home by next weekend and, trust me, I'll be here sparklin' with you all again.

I also want to thank a dear Spark friend, Pam, for sending me a beautiful shawl of comfort, which is already packed and will be my reminder of what wonderful friends I have met here.

You are all in my emoticon and emoticon to each and every one of you! Sparks friends are truly the best! No doubt about it! Sparks may be a website--but it is so much more to me! It is the sharing of the ups emoticon and even the downs emoticon -- but the emoticon friendships gained are what it is all about!

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DIDMIS 2/7/2014 9:00AM

    I don't believe I read this. Now I am subscribing to your blog.
How are you now?

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BUNNYCATS 11/11/2013 6:52PM

    Prayers for you. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JIBBIE49 10/12/2013 10:11PM

    I hope that you are doing well. emoticon

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FITMARY 9/24/2013 7:04AM

    Thoughts and prayers are streaming your way!

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69NURSE 9/23/2013 4:51PM

    emoticon emoticon may the spirit of peace and the power of prayer be with you daily throughout this ordeal. You are so right about the people on this site - they are the best. There are many prayer warriors among them as well. Hugs and best wishes. emoticon

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BAMAROSE 9/23/2013 2:43PM

  Sending up a prayer for your full recovery.
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1HAPPYSPIRIT 9/23/2013 11:18AM

    Thinking of you today and sending prayers and blessings your way!

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NPA4LOSS 9/23/2013 11:16AM

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. emoticon

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PATTYKLAVER 9/23/2013 9:34AM

    You have been in my prayers and will continue to be. I asked my church to help me out on the prayers - I am a believer in the power of prayer. I know that you have chosen great doctors and have done your homework - that's just how you are. I am confident that you will be better than ever If there is a worst case scenario - it's still something you will deal with and live with. John Wayne had a worst case scenario and had a lung removed. He lived a long and fruitful life after that. I expect you to be around for a long time - you are too special a person; your purpose in life has not been completed. Who else would support us the way you do? Lots of love being sent your way!

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SPIRITSEEKER2 9/23/2013 9:10AM

    Prayers for you today and always :0)... emoticon .. spark blog as soon as you can ..

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ALEXSGIRL1 9/23/2013 5:20AM

    sending hugs and prayers will be thinking about you. emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 9/23/2013 2:31AM

    Hi Helen dear, sending loving thoughts and positive healing vibes .. Sorry you have to go through this .. Thinking of you my friend .. Much Love Susie xxx emoticon emoticon

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DEB2448 9/23/2013 1:40AM

    emoticon Keeping you in my prayers. emoticon

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DEE107 9/23/2013 12:19AM

    Been Praying Put you in 2 prayer baskets today and tomorrow I will light another candle for you ,,,Hugs My friend praying for you to come back to us very soon and well

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MERRYMARY42 9/22/2013 9:41PM

    prayers and well wishes are coming your way, Hugs, Mary

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SHOOTIN4STARS 9/22/2013 8:06PM

    I wish you well. I had know idea you were going through this. I know your recovery will be a speedy one and you'll be back with us in now time. We'll miss you!
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BARCLE 9/22/2013 6:33PM

    Wishing you all the very best for your upcoming surgery and a speedy recovery - emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PINKYYSUEE 9/22/2013 6:16PM

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USMAWIFE 9/22/2013 6:04PM

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When you wrap yourself in the shawl you will feel prayers asking for your quick healing.



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L*I*T*A* 9/22/2013 5:49PM

    praying for an uneventful surgery & full recovery.....
blessings and hugs.............lita

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ONE WORD BLOG -- IT WAS FUN TO DO!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Here we go -- I gotta give it a try!

(Not as easy as you might think! Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. It's really hard to only use one word answers. )

Where is your cell phone?
pocket

Spouse?
Wayne

Your hair?
Brown

Your mother?
Bernice

Your father?
LaVern

Your favorite thing?
Music

Your dream last night?
None

Favorite drink?
Coffee

What room are you in?
Bedroom

Your hobby?
Reading

Your fear?
Birds

Where do you want to be in 6 years?
Home

Where were you last night?
Home

Something that you aren't?
Shy

Muffins?
Blueberry

Wish list item?
Piano

Last thing you did?
Ate

What are you wearing?
Jeans

Your pets?
Tails

Friends?
Special

Your life?
Busy

Your mood?
Good

Missing someone?
Yes

Drinking?
Water

Your car?
Toyota

Something you're not wearing?
Shoes

Your favorite store?
Penneys

Your favorite color?
Red

When is the last time you cried?
Yesterday

Where do you go over and over?
Outside

Five people who email me regularly?
More

Favorite place to eat?
Asian

Favorite place I'd like to be right now?
Whirlpool

Ta Da--I did it! emoticon

  
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IMAVISION 9/9/2013 4:04PM

    Indeed - it is fun to do this!

I enjoyed reading your answers.

God bless!

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NITA-BERRY 1/17/2013 1:09PM

    I Gotta try this ... stay tuned
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CHRIS5258 11/12/2012 6:07PM

    Great! emoticon

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ALEXSGIRL1 10/22/2012 7:08PM

    you love your home you like to read and your favorite color is red. lol are we twins it is great to get to know you better emoticon

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PATTYKLAVER 10/22/2012 10:47AM

    Good blog. Will definitely do it.

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ROZEEROZ1 10/22/2012 1:30AM

    emoticon it is a challenge to answer with one word.

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DEE107 10/22/2012 12:14AM

    way to go

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L*I*T*A* 10/21/2012 9:42PM

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NPA4LOSS 10/21/2012 9:03PM

    emoticon So nice to get to know you better!

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LONG PAST DUE UPDATE! ANOTHER "TAIL", TUMOR & WHOLE LOT MORE TRUST!

Thursday, August 09, 2012

emoticonGood morning everyone! I thought I should pass along a bit of an update as it’s been awhile! First of all, for my friends who remember my “fatal” blogs, I’m still here – so there’s the good news! Some days are good and others.... Now, for the unsure news, and the news that I want no one to worry about as, you know me, stubborn and determined and, mostly, not one to pass along negatives to anyone, and especially all of my fantastic friends!

Where do we begin???? Job: I’m still unemployed, but I’m looking at more of the part-time customer service sort of jobs. I think I’ve dealt with attorneys long enough—31 years—it’s time to try something totally new! So, we’ll see what happens on that end. There are so many options out there—now, to see which one would fit my personality, etc., and would like to hire me. All I know is that I have to be active, physically, mentally and sharing the smiles. Hmmmm….let’s see what happens on that one!

Health— emoticonthe unsure news! Again, my friends know that I have Lupus so you are familiar with the ups and downs in our daily lives, but I think I’m handling it pretty good. I keep up with my cardio to help the circulation and “thick” blood issue, and the strength exercises to keep my body ready to take on whatever the condition itself decides to make me feel like in a day! I’m still experiencing the TIA’s, but not as many as I had before. Gotta keep that stress emoticonlevel down—which definitely helps! So, flexible, moving and determined not to let anything slow me down! Some days it works, and others…well…..maybe not so well – but we gotta try!

Now, the touchy one for me—as some of you may have known Monty68 (I miss ya so much, my friend) he always thought we had a lot in common and it always surprised him to read my blogs and feel a connection—and so did I my friend, which is why this "unsure" is hitting me harder than most. emoticon

I think I passed along in the past that my critical care pulmonary specialist told me I had damaged the lining of my lungs due to the Lupus, but he wanted to keep an eye on it. Which was fine with me. BUT, the other day, I received a call again, and they want me to come in again for another CT scan to check on the progression. This time they told me they wanted to see if the “tumors” had grown! Huh!!! I think with the recent passing of my dear friend, Monty68, due to lung cancer, this one has definitely struck a nerve! I always had the term “damage” in my mind, not “tumor” again. Remember, my fun Schwannoma tumor that is within a nerve ending on my back. I’m walking and flexible as ever, so I put that little “Schwannoma” out of my mind! But, back to the latest, I made up my mind – good, bad or otherwise – I gotta trust my heart and the good Lord above! I asked if I could put off the testing for a bit and they checked with the doctor, and he said 3 months was the longest I should wait. So, I’m going back in 3 months and now just trying to get that concern out of my head in the meantime.

emoticonI’m going to fight it all – will I win, who knows! But we can’t stop fighting and, mainly, living the best life possible each day!

Anyhow, I have other things I’d rather concentrate on these days – my parents are doing fairly well and I’m sharing a picture of their 63rd wedding anniversary – I wanted Dad to feed the cake to my Mom also, as they do at weddings, etc., but he chose to stay sitting, which is fine and understandable, as he has Parkinson’s and mobility is not the easiest for him. But, he keeps trucking along with his walker, cane or using a shopping cart for stability. But, check out their smiles—that’s what counts the most! Love and togetherness!


Plus, I now have their dog, Lilly, as she has somewhat of a shrill bark and liked to bark at every noise she heard. But, she’s my Mom’s best bud and companion, and she was going to take her to the Humane Society as she felt Lilly was causing too much disruption for Dad, but I said “nope!” So, yes, Lilly has a new home--mine! So, Lilly is still part of our family and remains as such! She’s such a little cutie and I’m slowly breaking her of some of the barking. Mom and Dad stop in and visit their little bud – and you can see the relief in my Mom’s eyes! Lilly has a new home and one filled with the same people she has grown up with –our whole family!

And, who couldn’t fall in love with this little button…and my dogs love the extra company as well!

I think I touched on my latest events that have been happening and, as to a job, tomorrow I have an interview at a fine jewelry store. I’m not too sure about that one – I’m not too into diamonds, etc., but I’m always ready to learn new things! And, especially, if I can meet and greet people – so, we’ll see what the outcome on that one is. Plus, here’s another interview that I’m going to today! Get ready……it’s for a part-time “security” position! emoticon At first, I thought, what…do I get a baton and badge? How ‘bout pepper spray??? But, once the lady explained where it was (a large insurance company where I used to work back in 1979) and what it entailed (watching security cameras, walking the perimeters on the hour and misc. duties) I thought “let’s do it!” It’s only a part-time weekend position, but that’s another “let’s see what happens” after today’s meeting. Walking, which I love to do, and get paid for it! Maybe not such a bad idea at all. The only thing is that they want someone for the overnight shift, so I’m not sure how my body will like that one. Just keep the coffee emoticon coming, and hope it does it stuff! emoticon

So, keep fighting those challenges—find the positive sides of all—they’re out there, you just need to look sometimes! And, my rule of life, follow your heart and trust in Him above, he’ll guide you through as he has some pretty special plans for you. You may not know what they are, and I believe you’re not supposed to know or question the whys and how comes, just live each day as He has blessed you with and keep smiling.

emoticonOops, I almost forgot, as to my pride and joy! My son has moved in with a friend and definitely is still spending too much time on the computer (LOL)!

Love ya, Peanut, and love this picture!

emoticonHave a wonderful day everybody! And, never said "never", as emoticon

  
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KEEPITUP05 3/22/2013 11:34PM

    I pray your health issues have been resolved. Great pics! Thanks for sharing :-) emoticon

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MIATIA1 10/14/2012 1:05PM

    Love your blog and I copied the part about fighting those challenges to my motivation board for it surly fits life. Hope you get your job if its the right one for you. Life certainly takes us for up and downs rides but I wouldn't wnat to change any of it for like the positive and negatives I wouldn't trade all my days of sorrow, if I had to give up just one day with joy.

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PSTUDDARD 9/26/2012 7:43PM

    Wow..you are a strong lady. It is really amazing how you keep your spirits up! I am in awe! emoticon emoticon

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CHRIS5258 9/2/2012 9:40AM

    Hi Cheryl, I'm way behind on keeping up with Spark Friends! I hope everythng is going well for you at this time. Keeping you in my thoughts & prayers.
Love the pictures.
Hugs, Chris

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SPIRITSEEKER2 8/10/2012 6:58PM

    prayers & emoticon

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DEE107 8/10/2012 12:22AM

    oh my praying for you and hope you find a job soon and your medical problems get better soon

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L*I*T*A* 8/9/2012 9:23PM

    what a sweetie your son!!
ongoing prayers......
blessings and hugs.............lita

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FITMARY 8/9/2012 7:47PM

    Hang on, Cheryl! You're gonna get through this! We're all rooting for you!
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Your son is ADORABLE!

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 8/9/2012 4:49PM

    Cheryl,
You know you are in my thoughts & prayers...I wish I could give you a real hug! I love you sweetie!

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NPA4LOSS 8/9/2012 4:39PM

    emoticon and emoticon thank you for sharing your challenges with us and the great upbeat attitude! emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 8/9/2012 3:50PM

    What a wondeful upbeat blog !!
I know what you are facing being a nurse, and I commend your attitude ..
Attitude and Faith goes a long way to helping ourselves deal with whats going on around and to us ..
Keep Happy and Positive, I know you will be fine !!.

PS Loved your photos of your lovely parents and Lilly she is gorgeous !!
Love and Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GEEKSMEGGLY 8/9/2012 1:45PM

    You are such an inspiration as always with your "can do " attitude.
Your blog has added a lift to my day.

I also miss Monty. You two were the first Spark friends I made when joining the site.

I will keep you in my prayers for a great health report.
Your son is so handsome and Lilly a cutie.

Take care and Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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YELLOW09RED 8/9/2012 12:30PM

    Hi,
I love your pictures.
So much LOVE.
God bless your family.
I am going to keep you in my prayers for your CT scan.
Hugs & Smiles,
Debbie
I miss Monty. Glad we were in his life.

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Video--Who Gets Slapped for English Class These Days!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Good morning everyone! It's been a bit since my last blog, but I thought I'd pass along a different sort of English assignment that my son's girlfriend was to do!

emoticonThings have definitely changed since I went to school, but click on the link below and see if you recognize anyone! (And, welcome to my house toward the end -- I even got to include one of my little "tails" in the video!)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5Upt4J-1Yw

They really worked hard on this one and I love how you can see they are trying not to laugh while filming it! Especially, when my son gets slapped -- I'm not too sure they'd make it in Hollywood as any sort of film stars, and I know for certain, I wouldn't make it as a great camera person, but it was an experience and something to see once completed.

I wonder how the teacher graded this one -- all I know is that they had fun doing it so I think they probably graded each other pretty high, as did we! Putting forth the effort and doing it together -- showing the ups and downs of life and proving that love can and does conquer all just by following your heart and not being afraid to show it.

So, have a fun knee-slappin' Saturday and remember to help one another by sharing a smile, a nice word and just being there for one another no matter where and what your assignment is for today and you'll get an A+ in your heart for completing and doing the same!

emoticonto all! And, love you, peanut, from one proud and loving emoticonMom! You're my A+ every day!!!

(And after posting this blog, I asked my son about the grade his gf received -- WOO HOO -- an A+ and EXTRA CREDIT! WTG Kenzie and Peanut!)

  
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BRIGHTPENNY 5/20/2012 2:26PM

    Thanks for giving us a peek at your treasured son! emoticon

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MICHELLE311106 4/17/2012 9:05PM

    Great video and your Peanut is a very handsome young man.

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NPA4LOSS 3/25/2012 3:42PM

    emoticon It is so wonderful to see young people expressing forgiveness and laughter. emoticon

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BUTEAFULL 3/25/2012 1:52AM

    they picked the perfect song for the video, and they are so cute together

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SLIMLILA 3/25/2012 12:05AM

    My father thought school had really changed when I took her to my class and showed her some things I could do with my SmartBoard... how times have changed. WOw!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/24/2012 11:33PM

    Great video. WAY TO GO on that A+ and EXTRA CREDIT!!! They deserve it!!!
What changes have been made in English classes.

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JUDY1676 3/24/2012 11:17PM

    What a great video! (and the camera person did a great job!)


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BLUE42DOWN 3/24/2012 10:33PM

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I've got a couple of videos like that my son posted that he had to do for classes - it's just so fun to watch them. Excellent that she got the A+ and extra credit for it!

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DEE107 3/24/2012 9:07PM

    sure has change nice video thanks for sharing

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CATLADY52 3/24/2012 6:54PM

    English class has sure changed. They were very good. I'm glad she got an A+. emoticon

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XHASTEDMOMOF2 3/24/2012 4:06PM

    Very well made video!!! Never would have guessed it was made by HS students except you told me!!! And they are both incredibly cute!!

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 3/24/2012 4:02PM

    School is sooooo different now....I loved the video. They are so cute!

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L*I*T*A* 3/24/2012 2:11PM

    so coollllllllllllllllllll
how different english class is now!!
blessings and hugs........lita
ps hope they got a good mark for it...

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FITMARY 3/24/2012 1:30PM

    Your son is adorable! Woo hoo!

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IN CASE I'M MISSING, I AM HEADING NORTH OR SOUTH! DEPENDS ON WHAT TIME IT IS AND WHY!

Monday, January 23, 2012

emoticonGood morning everyone! I just wanted to pass along my whereabouts lately as I haven't been as active here as I always love to be. There have been times over the past few days when I'm not even sure where I am! emoticon

One thing I do know is that I've been emoticon sleeping over at my parents' home lately. I've been going there later in the afternoon and overnight, and then up and at 'em emoticon early to come back home to check on my Spark buds and take care of business at the homefront.

The reasoning behind my sleepovers and more is that, you know when you get that feeling emoticon that something just doesn't feel right? For some reason, and one that scares Mom and me, is that my Dad seems to more down emoticon and saying that he's not hungry and other things that gives us that uneasy feeling as to what is going on. He's 86 and always loved being sooooo active for all of his life, but after a back surgery, mild heart attack, stroke and now Parkinsons, he is totally limited as to mobility and it's like he has lost his spark and is giving up.

But, he tends to forget that I got my determination and stubbornness from him and I'm not ready to let him keep going down that road. I can still bring on a smile and laugh -- and that may be the best therapy for him right now. Action, movement and more! We're doing it! emoticon

Last evening I brought my two emoticon emoticon dogs along to romp around with their emoticondog -- and Dad loves to watch them all run around the living room. One "tail" is chasing another, sniffing on this one, sniffing on that one, eating out of the other one's bowl and more -- but they all get along great and they're such loyal and loved companions -- and definitely know how to add activity to a room! Pet this one, pet that one and keep Dad smiling even if we're not sure which dog we're petting after awhile!

And, thanks to Sparks, Mom and I have been "creating" healthy meals! She always makes healthy meals, but we're having fun "creating" new ones! emoticon A little eggplant in this, or how about a little jicama in that one -- you just never know what we'll come up with! We've done a veggie pizza emoticonand now I think we're going to move into the emoticonsoup mode. Hmmm....leftover ham, low-fat cheese, should we toss in a diced tomato? What should the base be? I'm going for more of a potato base. But, we'll see what we come up with this evening. You just never know!! We're experimenting and having fun playing in the kitchen!! Maybe that's why Dad says he hasn't been hungry lately! emoticon It's our creativity and fun at work! But, unfortunately, Mom said he has been saying that for awhile -- so back to those uneasy and worried feelings and we can't even blame them on the dinners we've been making.

Another reason I may be missing here on Sparks for a bit more is that yesterday there was a strange vehicle that drove up a section of their 1/4 mile driveway and drove directly into the woods! Huh? Who is that? And, why? There isn't a trail there, no tracks that someone else has driven in, meaning why would anyone want to drive through smaller trees to go into the woods through the deep snow and ditch? It turns out that the same vehicle and unknown occupants did the same sort of thing by my sister's home which is right next to my parents but closer to the highway (and you can't see their home as the woods are between as well). My brother-in-law was able to go to the vehicle and ask them what they were looking for and didn't get a response. He told them the land was posted as "No trespassers" and that they should leave, but they didn't move very fast? What's up with that? But eventually they left and my brother-in-law noted there was no license on their vehicle, which really brought up the questions! So, he called the police and they came to check out the tracks, etc., where the vehicle entered on one side of the woods (by my sister) and then the other side (my parents' driveway) and couldn't see anything unusual, but they're going to keep an eye on the area as there have been break-ins, vandalism, etc., and this is somewhat in a rural and quiet area. So, by me going up and down the driveway every day with fresh tracks, these unknown people can see there is activity going on at this home and up at the house on top of the hill, as Mom doesn't drive that often and not in deep snow, so the house can look vacant from the main road if there aren't any tracks coming in or out. But, I'm plowing through and making fresh tracks at different times of the day and night, so, sorry, for those that are trying to find out if anyone lives there or if you know that there are two elderly people living there on their own. It's just sad when a person has to think like this or distrust other's actions -- but nowadays, unfortunately, you need to at times and better safe than sorry! And, if anyone wants to make my parents worry, get ready....I may only be 115 pounds--but emoticonlet me at 'em! More so, where's the phone and I'll handle this situation by calling for help. The cars and other buildings are locked and secure, so we've done what we can and let's hope this is a one-time occurrence.

So, to sum is all up, I've been spending my emoticondays and emoticonnights between two homes and it's a good thing we don't live too far apart with the bad weather we've been having! I'm adding more activity and fun at my parents' home and also to share a little extra care to the caregiver (Mom) who has been feeling like she doesn't how long she can handle it all. She's a emoticon toughie -- but even toughies need to take care of themselves and their well-being, and I'm there to make sure she does! Create our fun meals, play cards to keep the minds active, talk out our feelings about things in our lives which otherwise we feel we aren't always able to do with others in our lives. Just let it out and feel better afterwards -- what great therapy for the both of us!

So, you can see that I've been juggling my emoticon hours and days, being here, there or on the road emoticon in-between.

Same with being on-line! emoticon while at home but no Internet access emoticon while at my parents.

But, no matter what, remember to:
Stay active emoticon
Keep the smiles coming emoticon
Share the love emoticon
Don't give up emoticon and
Make each day count! emoticon

emoticon everyone and make your day happen in a super great and safe way! emoticon

  
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DEE107 2/15/2012 12:31PM

    I am so so sorry to hear about your dad adding him to my prayer list .. as I was reading your blog it reminds me of my mom praying for you and your family hugs

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SCOOTER4263 2/5/2012 11:18AM

    As someone who lives alone pretty far out in the country, I can understand what you mean about the strange car on the driveway. Good call, alerting the local police. I move vehicles around all the time and make sure I bring in my mail and papers promptly - the more activity perceived, the less likely you are to be seen as "easy mark." I believe that a "real" crook could always get in if they really wanted to, but since I don't have anything worth taking, it's a whole lot more likely to be vandals or "kids", and those are the ones that you need to guard against.

For what it's worth, years ago I used to close the restaurant at night and walk to my car with the night deposit box under my arm. I always called the police for an escort. They told me time and again that it was so much easier for them to send someone over to walk me to my car than it would be to figure out who mugged me. I know people are often concerned with bothering the police for what they fear is a trivial concern. Believe me, they'd rather you "bothered" them - it's what they do.

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YELLOW09RED 2/3/2012 2:06PM

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LENHARDT 1/31/2012 6:07PM

    Hi,
just wanted to tell you that I think it is GREAT how you are taking care of your parents. Some people just take them for granted. I wanted to send you a bunch of energy but you seem to have plenty of your own and that is awesome!!!
You're in my prayers! emoticon

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KATIEINTORONTO 1/26/2012 1:22PM

    I'm glad you're able to support your mom and dad through a tough time. What is up with that strange car? Hope it doesn't amount to anything. All the best to you and your family.

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SUSIEPH1 1/25/2012 12:48PM

    I am so glad you are spending more time with your parents.... they definately need you support right now .
I know what you and your mum are going through, as I also am going through the same thing with my DH.
I am glad you reported the car to the Police .. its apparent they are up to no good!!.
Stay strong !!

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NPA4LOSS 1/25/2012 12:41PM

    emoticon and emoticon my friend. Keep the police informed of any activity. That is their job and will appreciate the help.

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SARAHTAIT 1/24/2012 9:22PM

    I can relate....I am in a caregiving position with my parents who are 85. It is so hard watching them age and become feeble.....and is also a lot of responsibility for us caregivers. I worry all the time that my parents will simply give up. Praying that your dad continues to fight the good fight and that his health improves. I'm so glad that he enjoys the dogs.
So happy to hear your mom seems to be doing so well and that you are enjoying some time with her....
Praying that your family remains safe!
Hugs,
Sarah

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PATTYKLAVER 1/24/2012 8:53AM

    As someone with an aging parent with health issues who lives in an area where there is more and more crime, I understand completely what you're going through and where you're coming from. You're such a trooper and a great daughter. Remember to take care of yourself through all this. I'm saying prayers for all of you.

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RUNNINGOMA 1/24/2012 8:33AM

    I pray everyone stays safe and that your Father starts eating again. emoticon

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BUTEAFULL 1/24/2012 1:45AM

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SLIMLILA 1/24/2012 1:26AM

    Wow! that sure does sound scarey... Hopefully nothing happens....Glad you are available to spend time with your mom and cheer up your dad...

So, as bad as it was for me last spring when I was in that horrid job situation where I finally left on stress. That black-wrapped pkg. was actually what made me available to be able to live here with my dd and help them and us financially and be here to enjoy every day of Mya's life too...

Keep safe and enjoy the time you have with your parents...
God Bless. emoticon

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DIDMIS 1/24/2012 12:37AM

    Lots of things going on with you. Goodness, that is scary about the car.
Hope your dad gets to feeling better. I have slept most of the day myself and although I woke up from a several hour sleep under 3 hours ago I am ready to go to bed again.
Take care of yourself. Sounds like you and your mom are having fun.

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 1/23/2012 10:40PM

    Cheryl,
Goodness I didn't realize that all that stuff was going on with you. Be careful with the odd vehicle...stay safe!!! i'm praying that your daddy gets his "umph" back soon. You know that you are in my prayers too. Don't worry about the teams...we LOVE you & the teams will be fine!


Love
Teresa

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L*I*T*A* 1/23/2012 7:51PM

    sending positive thoughts and prayers for you and yours....
blessings and hugs...........lita

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 1/23/2012 5:58PM

    emoticonSaying prayers that your daddy will perk up and be more like himself. Also praying that your family and homes will be safe.

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