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Sunday, December 05, 2010

Another miserably cold day - 28 degrees and spitting snow but hubby and I went for 2 long walks anyway. We are insane!! LOL. Hubby told me that if you mouth breath your nose won't run. LOL. We saw Hondo running around. He is so cute.

Hubby worked on my washer today. Hasn't found what is wrong yet.

As everyone is aware I live in a very rural area. We are always hoping that someone will take pity on our poor, ignorant, redneck butts and put something nice here like a Target or Red Lobster or Sam's or practically anything. We can't afford to be picky. Just give us something new. It seldom ever happens though and when we do get something it's usually something I care nothing about.

The closest village to me is Texico and as I explained it's a hole in the wall. There is nuthin in Texico. The next closest village is Dix and it is 5.5 miles away. Dix is a thriving metropolis of 495 people. LOL. You know the kind of town - it has a tiny grade school, a tiny storage locker building, a tiny grain elevator, a tiny church, a tiny bank, a tiny park, a tiny lumber yard, a tiny grocery, a tiny convenience store, a tiny post office, a tiny motel, a tiny restaurant, a tiny funeral home, a tiny community center and a few odd business like a concrete yard ornament business, a snack distributor, an antique store, and a swimming pool manufacturer. I don't know a single sole in the entire area who owns an in-ground swimming pool.

Dix put in a senior citizen complex many years ago and promised the seniors who were willing to move 12 miles from the nearest mall and grocery that they would put in a little mini mall but it never happened. In fact, new businesses seldom come to Dix. Recently though Dix got a brand new business............................... a Caterpillar store. Just what we need - more slow moving vehicles on the roads. Tractors driving 15 miles for a tune up.

Much to our surprise Dix got another new business recently.............................. a "topless club". LOL. They are advertising for girls over 18 years old. The average age of people in this community is 49.7 years. Although a few of our adventurous grannies might be willing to go topless I dare say most men around here would pay them not to. I'm not sure where the topless staff and seedy clientele will come from.They advertise that they want to be the entertainment for bachelor parties. Maybe it's just me but I would never marry a man who would be interested in this kind of entertainment. It would be a deal breaker. The sheriff says they usually these places are scams and they come in waiting for the tiny village board and citizens to break some law attempting to get rid of them so they can sue them. The sheriff says nothing much can be done about it. What the new ho club has accomplished is it has gotten a lot of blue-haired polyester pant-suited old ladies off of their porch rockers and they are picketing outside of the new t/a bar. LOL.

Yesterday I got rid of 112 emails and had 41 left.


Calories - 1199
Net Carbs - 112
Fats - 39
Proteins - 75
Steps - 15032
Miles - 6.16

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KIRSTEN 12/7/2010 2:54AM

    Hmmm, I need a job. emoticon

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HEALTHYARTIST1 12/7/2010 1:52AM

    By the way, I do not know how you eat so few calories and still get all of those steps in, I would be starving!

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HEALTHYARTIST1 12/7/2010 1:51AM

    I still can't figure out where the girls are coming from?

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SPARKNMOM 12/6/2010 6:59PM

    OMG!!! Another woman who has the same opinion of topless bars as I do!! If a man is interested in that, then he needs to just tend to that and leave me alone ;) Anyway....

It's definitely winter here and I'm already grumpy about it. I need a countdown to spring LOL!! I'm working on narrowing down my behind, but not as far as you!! 36 more to go for me! Have a great week!!

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GRAPEVINE60 12/6/2010 2:02PM

    What about a NAPA Automotive parts store. It seems in most small towns they always have a NAPA store. lol

On the topless bar, I wonder if some network would pick this up as a reality show. Seems they have one for everything these days.

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SHERRYTOO 12/6/2010 12:18PM

    I can picture you now S-L-O-W-L-Y unzipping your Carhartts at the new business. Every dollar buy's another cup of chinchilla food...

It's noon and 11 degrees here. I've got to find a job in warmer climates.

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WISEWIFE 12/6/2010 12:13PM

    I can only imagine! And like you, that would be a deal breaker. I never could understand why they call them "Gentleman's clubs" a true gentleman wouldn't enter one of those places!

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WISEWIFE 12/6/2010 11:46AM

    And they call Vegas sin city! We will have to nominate Dix as the new Sin city. I do hope you are not thinking of applying for a job! Sebastian would not approve.

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TEDYBEAR2838 12/6/2010 8:34AM

    Your stats look good!

I would NOT date a guy who went to one of those places either!

I still think it would be nice living where you live

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SUNNY332 12/6/2010 8:21AM

    Now a topless bar sounds totally crazy. What were they thinking? My, Oh My.

It is a very chilli morning here - 21 degrees with a high of around 29, it is going to be an inside kind of day for me.

Take care and have a Marvelous Monday.


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MRS.CARLY 12/6/2010 8:01AM

    As I was reading your blog I figured it was leading up to a new business possibly opening...but I sure didn't expect it to be a topless bar! INSANE!

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ASTORRES1 12/6/2010 5:21AM

    WOW....of all the businesses that could be helpful....that isn't one that comes to mind........GRAY GRANNIES ROCK!!!


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GOANNA2 12/6/2010 1:54AM

    Can you imagine the grey brigade working in the joint?
Just unbelievable that of all the businesses that are
needed, and they come up with a topless club... SCAM
written all over it, or a cover for something else.

Glad you saw Hondo and bravo to you for walking in
the cold. emoticon emoticon

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HOWLERMOM 12/5/2010 11:41PM

    emoticon Oh say it isnt so - this is like something HBO would put together!! Stay warm!

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DEVORA4 12/5/2010 10:34PM

  You should consider a writing career. I saw everything in my imagination. I was reminded of a movie called, "Walking Tall". It is a true story staring The Rock about a newly elected sheriff who cleans up a club in an area as you just described. There was an older version with Joe Don Baker. Right now, I could use those thermal overalls you have, emoticon emoticondebby

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COMPUCATHY 12/5/2010 9:54PM

    OMG...we stopped in Dix (if it's the same one) when we were taking DD out to Wyoming. The dog needed to stop and it appeared to have "civilization." Your descriptions crack me up. We were walking around with Stella (DD's pug) and saying how we could move there and get a job at the co-op. There was a large grain elevator or something with it painted on the side. I think a "Dollar General" would be a good addition...if they don't have one. We live in a small town, but love our DG store. Here's hoping you get something awesome soon. It would be nice. We then drove a little farther and stopped at a rest area. The view there was really nice. They definitely could use some more places in that area. It could happen. Hope your Monday's a great one! (I'm really impressed that you went out walking in the are a die-hard!) Keep sparking! emoticon emoticon

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LUVSBULLDOGS 12/5/2010 9:43PM

    You'll have a lawyer's office open soon. See, new business;)

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SUZYMOBILE 12/5/2010 9:17PM

    OMG, that is so funny! A place so tiny that the only possible reason for it to have a strip club is as a scam to fleece the local authorities! Perhaps they'll have amateurs night, Morticia, and you can be a Meerkat Doll, LOL!

I plan to try that mouth breathing idea tomorrow morning. I'll let ya know how it goes.

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SWEETYKINS012 12/5/2010 9:17PM

    oh my goodness!!!!!

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CODEMAULER 12/5/2010 9:09PM

    I had to read this to my husband so he would know what I was giggling about. It's nice to know that Dix has provided a new fitness incentive for the "blue-haired polyester pant-suited old ladies." I'd sign them up for Spark, pronto!!


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SUSIEPH1 12/5/2010 9:04PM

  The mind boggles !! a topless club out in the back woods ???.
The old pioneers would turn in their graves !!
I like the sound of 48 degrees much better than our 89 degrees.
I hate the really hot weather roll on Autumn ..
I think you have the same values as I ...
I would not want to marry a man that oggle other woman ...
Thank you so much for your lovely newsy Blogs .. I am getting a mind picture on your life and country.

Hugs Susie

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DOTSLADY 12/5/2010 8:58PM

    emoticonha-sterical. And that's SO interesting re: the ho scam! Huh. People never cease to amaze or disappoint me.

GF Pumpkin muffins recipe (didn't want to post a separate comment so you had extra work - thoughtful me, huh?) ;0)

(I, too, walked in similar but non-flurry conditions. I still need some Carharts and I'm remembering why ...)

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BETHGILLIGAN 12/5/2010 8:56PM

    Your weather sounds crappy. Cold and windy here but no snow. So, a topless bar??? UGH! Well, it will get everyone stirred up and active for awhile. I agree--no interest in a man who spends money/time with this kind of entertainment.

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STEPPYSUE 12/5/2010 8:50PM

    See Morticia! It's a good thing, the seniors are getting some activity! emoticon

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Spring Where Art Thou?

Saturday, December 04, 2010

It started out sunny early this morning and then a front came through blowing in cold air. It became overcast and the temps fell all day until it started spitting snow. YUCK!!!!

I will trade Christmas and all the other winter holidays for Spring. LOL.

I slept in, then fixed breakfast while my son fixed lunch. He went to a friends. We were planning on eating fast food for supper but after watching a program on TV about fast food hubby and I were both practically sick and clenching our chests. LOL.

We went for a couple of long walks but it wasn't much fun. I had on my insulated coveralls and insulated gloves and a heavy coat and hat so I was warm but I felt like a stuffed sausage trying to walk. It waslike I had 15 pounds of clothes on!! I looked like one of those sumo wrestlers on TV. It's imperative at this point that I win the lottery so I can head to a warmer climate. LOL. I can't take this.

I got rid of 121 emails yesterday and had 24 left. They are creeping back up again. Eek!!


Calories - 1430
Net Carbs - 103
Fats - 56
Proteins - 89
Steps - 15010
Miles - 6.15

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CECE0330 12/15/2010 4:47PM

    Yup, this 19 degree high for today is for the birds! But maybe at least the extra layers made the walk even more effective! emoticon

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 12/15/2010 1:36PM

    My wife has been after me to move somewhere warmer as well.

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LUVSBULLDOGS 12/5/2010 3:21PM

    Sounds like our weather, minus the sun. We were gone for a week and have the same snow that was here when we left. ;)

Gotta have something to gripe about.

Warm weather and sun is much easier to get along with, though.

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DESERT_BIRD 12/5/2010 2:47PM

    Your blog reminds me of why we moved south. Sure, the summers are great up north, but the winters last a lot longer than the summers.


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WISEWIFE 12/5/2010 2:30PM

    LOL kiddo you are welcome to visit anytime you wish, the spare room is yours for the asking.
BTW it's 52 here at 11:30 AM.

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DEE797 12/5/2010 1:11PM

    emoticon about you looking like a Sumo wrestler.

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SPIRITSEEKER2 12/5/2010 1:07PM

    Willow dont bother - LOL its so cold south I can't stand it.. 46 at 1pm.
You remind me of the movie with the kid in the snow siut that when he falls over he can't get up..LOL
My blogs to others are not coming thru my e-mails again...trying to catch up.
stay warm !! emoticon

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WILLOW49 12/5/2010 12:14PM

    Same weather here. I'm ready to go south!

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NWGARDENGIRL 12/5/2010 10:09AM

    I called my dad in Florida yesterday- It was 6 am here and I was watching the birds at the iced over bird bath. It was 9 am there and they were laying in bed with the AC on. I need to be retired!!!!

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SUNNY332 12/5/2010 8:57AM

    In order to win the lottery, we do have to buy a ticket. emoticon

Take care and hang in there. It is going to be a long winter for the both of us.
I am ready for it to be over and officially, it's not even here yet. The winter soltice is on 12/21.

Hugs, Sunny

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BONNIE627 12/5/2010 8:56AM

    I agree with you.. I also hate winter and the cold..but what are we to do??? I haven't won the lottery either.. emoticon

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BETHGILLIGAN 12/5/2010 8:07AM

    If you are wishing for spring now, you will be a crazy person by April/May when it finally arrives!! LOL I don't like winter much either--looking forward to spring myself. Have a good day!

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ALASKASKY 12/5/2010 6:32AM

    I know what you mean. I want it to be warm all year long. I don't like cold weather at all and I don't care if I ever see snow again. I get depressed and have more fibromyalgia flares when it's cold. I don't even want to leave the house.



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ASTORRES1 12/5/2010 5:59AM

    emoticontrying to send some warmth your way......
15lbs of clothes....sounds like strength training to

Hope Spring comes to you soon.


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KATPRIEBE 12/5/2010 4:26AM

    [Spring Where Art Thou?]

GONE.... I went to it's funeral a few days ago.

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HEALTHYARTIST1 12/5/2010 2:59AM

    Aw, yes winter. Some may think because I live in California we don't have winter but when you live near Lake Tahoe like I do, winter is here. I get so cold I won't even take the few steps outside to the hot tub because it is freezing outside! But I do the the fires in the fireplaces and the coziness of home so I try to think of the good things about winter, but really can't wait for spring and when that arrives I am like a crazy person outside all day working in the garden forgetting about house work and other obligations, just let me be outside planting, digging and smiling! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DOWNTOWN02 12/5/2010 1:17AM

    love love winter...a nice break from 115 degrees!

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SUSIEPH1 12/5/2010 12:45AM

  You can have some of our heat if you like !..I am already wishing winter back LOL!!No not quite Winter but a year made up off Spring and Autumn would do me nicely ...
Glad you enjoyed your walks ... I love walking ... Have a wonderful cosy evening in your lovely cabin ... Hugs Susie and Bobby emoticon

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SLIMMINJENN 12/5/2010 12:21AM

    i am wondering if winter will ever make it down here...we have some cool days but then it gets muggy and humid...i am wishing for winter...i hope we both get our wishes

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SHERRYTOO 12/5/2010 12:03AM

    I totally agree about hating winter. From mid-November to mid-March, I wonder why I live where I live!

hhmmm - I wonder if you fell and landed on your back in all your winter gear if you could get back up or would be just like a turtle (I'll do anything to sneak in a turtle reference).

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NIELSENSLADY 12/4/2010 11:43PM

    Over 15,000 steps while sick?! You're awesome! emoticon

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DEVORA4 12/4/2010 11:19PM

  emoticonIt isn't winter yet, I don't like winter either. I prefer spring and fall. A stuffed saugage..... that's funny. take care deb

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STEPPYSUE 12/4/2010 11:03PM

    Well Morticia! Let's just jump in the bubble bath and say Calgon, take me away! Dreaming of springtime.Maybe we can find a lilac scented bubble bath to think about the Spring flowers.

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HOWLERMOM 12/4/2010 10:48PM

    You have a ways to go my friend with old man winter!! emoticon

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CODEMAULER 12/4/2010 10:47PM

    Gentle Reminder: According the the calendar, it's not even Winter yet.

*ducks and hides in a snow fort*

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A Creek and a Rock For Laundry

Friday, December 03, 2010

Another cold day here. Our typical gloomy late Fall weather. Winter will be the same. Yuck! LOL.

I went to town today and bought me some Carhartt insulated coveralls, 2 pair of insulated gloves, a skillet, a spatula, an Xmas present for my son - (I'm done now) and some radishes. LOL. I love radishes and could live on them.

My friggin Sear's Calypso washing machine is on the blink again. I paid a fortune for this piece of dog hoffer and it has gone out twice a year practically since we bought it. There was a class action suit on it but we were conveniently not notified. I will never ever ever ever ever ever buy another Sears washing machine or any other Sear's appliance again. So my son and I had to lug 3 loads of laundry out to the freezing pole barn and connect my old 1984 Maytag up with a water hose to the outside faucet and to a drain hose and do cold wash laundry. Thank goodness the Maytag actually does a good job. My hubby put a new motor in it not too long ago. My hubby will not happy when he got home.

I had to fix the bird feeder too.

I saw our resident Hawk Buddy sitting on the wire in front of the house. He literally has eaten every mouse for a mile, including all the chipmunks. LOL. I saw him carry off a squirrel one day that was almost bigger than he was. He was raised here and is very noisy. Hubby and I also saw one of our owls the other night too and got pretty close to him.

Deer shotgun season started yesterday again. Total ugh!!

Wednesday I got rid of 87 emails and had 79 left. Thursday I got rid of 196 and had 18 left but they are piling back up.


Calories - 1301
Net Carbs - 76
Fats - 55
Proteins - 92
Steps - 14805
Miles - 6.07

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    I'm not a fan of Sears nor Walmart. Though I've heard Kenmore is good; however it's too close to (made by) Sears. I've never heard of Calypso. I do like Maytag.

I like putting red radishes into my Salad Shooter, slices them into perfect rounds that remind me of nickels, they look very pretty, and "perfect", in salad. Especially in winter - I hate winter tomatoes.

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MAMAGOSS 12/6/2010 9:05AM

    Don't you love getting something you think will last "forever" and it turns out to be a total dud! My Maytag is the old fashioned top loader that has been churning for years and should churn for years to come - sometimes the latest and greatest is just not that! Atleast it's not really the rock and the stream LOL!

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DEE797 12/5/2010 1:10PM

    So glad you had a backup washing machine. That's a shame about the Sears one. Hopefully you won't have to resort to the Creek and a Rock, although it would add to your cardio. LOL!

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JANRTEACH 12/4/2010 10:47PM

    You are the third person I know of that has had real troubles with the washing machine. Was it a front loader? My BIL finally threw his outside in the ditch -- he lives in S. Illinois too. :)

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MARIADALE 12/4/2010 5:45PM

    Sorry that your Sears washer has been such a hassle... glad you have a backup..other that the creek

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WISEWIFE 12/4/2010 11:53AM

    I am so sorry your washer is on the fritz yet again. I don't shop at Sears, their quality has gone down so badly (and buying Kmart didn't help). If I buy an appliance it's at Home Depot, what I have gotten there I've been very happy with. Thankfully most of the appliances are the problem of the complex, but we did buy a small chest freezer and it has not caused us any problems so far.
Can you contact the manufacturer and get it repaired?

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SUZYMOBILE 12/4/2010 10:13AM

    I thought you were already doing your laundry in the creek with a rock. A Maytag is a big step up!

I've seen three does here this week, across the river--this is pretty unusual, but it is rutting season, after all, and they were probably fleeing some buck or other.

I've also got this favorite little cat buddy who had made friends with Dingo--Sebastian is his name. He's quite the little cat about town, always out and about, killing anything smaller than he is that he can catch. Anyway, a neighbor told me she saw some deer across the river one day. One doe had ducked her head and was nosing and looking at something in the grass, and then there was Sebastian, rolling on his back and batting with his paws in his play position. They played together for a while! That little guy is a friend to all creatures bigger than he is, but the angel of death to anything smaller.

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SHERRYTOO 12/4/2010 8:12AM

    I can picture you now in your new Carhartts and gloves holding a skillet in one hand and a spatula in the other. The thought makes me hungry for breakfast.

Even though I live in an addition, we have hawks. During the drought, they would stop by the dog's kiddie pool to "wash up".

Snowing here -- hate it.

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BETHGILLIGAN 12/4/2010 8:07AM

    I am so sorry to hear about your washer. Nothing is more frustrating than appliances/technology that won't work!! I admire your pioneer spirit......I would have canceled laundry day and worn dirty clothes. I'm a sissie!!! Have a good weekend!

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GOANNA2 12/4/2010 8:01AM

    You and I seem to have similar experiences Morticia.
I decided to do laundry today even though it has been raining
non-stop and I figured I would hang it inside on my airer as I
don't own a dryer.

I was then trying to catch up on some housework and when I
couldn't hear the washing machine, I went into the laundry
and it was silent. I was so upset as I don't have money to buy
another one so I tried to move the middle part to maybe re-
balance it and nothing.

So instead of crying I decided to sit down, and decided to take
all the clothes out and put them out on the clothesline and
let the rain rinse them. Smart aren't I?

To cut a long story short, as I started taking out the clothes,
I jiggled the centre part and closed the lid and I could hear it
working. Thank you Lord. He heard my prayers. I did another
load but made sure I didn't overload it. It still works, Yay.

I am sorry to hear about yours though. I remember other times
when you wrote about it. That sucks that you can't be in on the
class action claim. I don't blame you for never going to Sears again.

Hawk is quite clever, isn't he? Have you seen the deer again?
Have a great Sunday, and I hope the weather gets better.

down and have a strong cup of coffee emoticon emoticon

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SUNNY332 12/4/2010 7:55AM

    Sorry about the machine. A Creek and a Rock would definitely count under cardio as well as hauling the clothes to the Creek.

Hang in there. Have a GREAT weekend.


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ASTORRES1 12/4/2010 2:11AM

    Sounds like a lot of CARDIO exercise was done.....lugging the laundry....we should call that an

Merry Christmas

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KATPRIEBE 12/4/2010 2:03AM

    Nope...No Sears here no more, except on Craftsman Tools. Home Depot! Just got the washer this summer. Not too bad either. They really don't make things like they use to.

Snow here. I get Lake Effect...yay!--- NOT. Not enough to shovel yet...Thank Goodness. And coldddddddd. emoticon emoticon !!!

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DEVORA4 12/4/2010 1:35AM

  If I was Samantha from Bewitched(old tv program} I'd twitch my nose and it would fix your machine, News Flash! I am not Have a great week end! emoticondebby emoticon

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SUGARPUNK52 12/4/2010 1:06AM

  Sorry about your washer.It's a real pain when something doesn't work like it's supposed to.Wear bright orange when you go out.Deer season is not safe.For humans OR deer.

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 12/4/2010 1:00AM

    Sorry to hear about your weather and the washing machine. That would drive me crazy if it keeps breaking down. I wish you good weather for your weekend!

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TOMWDCSKC 12/4/2010 12:53AM

    Perhaps the washing machine will make a good tool for target practice. Have a great weekend. emoticon emoticon

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MAYLINGSNW 12/4/2010 12:20AM

    carhartt clothes are pretty need to stay warm and wear the reflector vest when going outside with deer season here...i too am not too happy with sears appliances.they want alot of money sell you insurance and really don't do what the salesman says they do.. hope you have a great weekend and get some sunshine. !!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HOWLERMOM 12/4/2010 12:14AM

    Right on with that Carhartt!! Appliances: the older the better. The new ones will break every 6 months - I really don't want a relationship with the repair guy, in fact I'd be happy to be strangers - and somehow the vendor NEVER has any responsibility.....then the repair dude talks about ethereal things like "design flaws"... emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 12/4/2010 12:03AM

  Doesn't it annoy you when a product you paid heaps for messes up! sometimes I think all we are paying for is the name ..
Love that you have so many wild animals and birds ...sounds like paradise to me .. thanks for the offer of walking bobby .. he is a little dog .. so if the hawk can take Squirrels .. It might be better that he stays here!! emoticon This is what Bobby looks like .. he has little legs and a huge heart... I will be glad when to shooting season is over! .. then the deer will be safe ... thank you for being my friend ... love and Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon

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SUNSET24 12/3/2010 11:53PM

    aaawwww sweetie, I am soooooooooooooo sorry about the SEARS appliance going out on you. Surely they will stand by their product, no?

I have a kenmore (SEARS) dishwasher for 10 plus years, still works great!

again, I am so sorry its went out on you, hugssssssssssssssssssssss

R>I hope they fix it for free! emoticon

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STEPPYSUE 12/3/2010 11:30PM

    OMG Morticia! Are you afraid to go out walking when deer season starts? Wear Orange!

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COMPUCATHY 12/3/2010 11:26PM

    Nice shopping trip. I love radishes, too. Good calories today! Sorry to hear about the annoying. It's such a pain when things don't work like they're "supposed" to. Hope you have a great weekend and get some sunshine breaks among the "yuk." Keep sparking! emoticon emoticon

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Thursday, December 02, 2010

I have been lazy today and have never gotten around to starting a blog. Tomorrow........yeh...............tomorrow
. LOL.

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SUZYMOBILE 12/3/2010 9:28PM

    Hey, this is a blog, isn't it? There's always another day!

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JELLI-LEAN 12/3/2010 3:47PM

    We all need a day of rest! ZZZZzzzzzz!

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FIT4GOOD3 12/3/2010 3:29PM

    You deserve a rest! Enjoy your day.

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MARIADALE 12/3/2010 3:29PM

    Hope you are relaxing!

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WINNIEATWELL2 12/3/2010 11:38AM

    Enjoy a nice slow day( or more! LOL)

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WISEWIFE 12/3/2010 11:16AM

    You are so deserving of a lazy day! Rest & enjoy!

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SHIRLEYX 12/3/2010 10:24AM

    No wonder after such a busy day yesterday.

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JUSTJO66 12/3/2010 8:57AM

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BETHGILLIGAN 12/3/2010 8:21AM

    Lazy can be very good! Enjoy!

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SUNNY332 12/3/2010 7:14AM

    emoticon You deserve a "lazy day".

Hugs, Sunny

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SHERRYTOO 12/3/2010 6:40AM

    Take your time, Scarlett.

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ALASKASKY 12/3/2010 5:42AM

    Go for it. emoticon

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GOANNA2 12/3/2010 12:42AM

I will wait for tomorrow.

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DEVORA4 12/3/2010 12:01AM

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CONFUSEDBIRD 12/2/2010 11:12PM

    I think of doing that sometimes. Starting a blog and then editing it later. I hate how the time is 1 hr ahead so u gotta finish the blog by 11 pm.

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Not For The Faint of Heart

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Whaz up?...................Yeh, whaz up?................. Oh, with me, you mean?? LOL. I'm living by Murphy's Law actually. LOL. Ever think that your family is a big pain in the butt and how it might be nicer to have another family? This blog should cure you of that. LOL. This is a long blog and not interesting or fun but will be revealing in a déjà vu kind of way to some people who have had mentally ill family members. It will be shocking to those who have not and will give you an opportunity to give thanks that you have a normal or semi-normal family like mine. LOL. My poor husband.

Last Sunday I decided to plan my week out as I like to be organized, even though sometimes I don't succeed as well as I would like to. I have come to see that my life is not really manageable and does not allow for a plan. LOL.

So on Monday I had "planned" on doing my local errands and shopping, followed by going to the Metro East area on Tuesday, and cleaning on Wednesday. After hearing the weather forecast Monday morning, I decided to change my plans as snow flurries were predicted here for Tuesday. Our weather is very unpredictable and NOAA often gets it wrong. They might tell you flurries and you end up with a couple inches of snow so I decided the best bet was to get the long trip out of the way as I really needed chinchilla food. The closest place to buy the chinchilla food and supplies I use is 70 to 80 miles away. So I told my husband and son at 7 A.M. on Monday that I was headed out to go to the St. Louis Metro East area. Hubby was immediately worried as I was going alone. Thank goodness hubby had checked my oil the day before and had recently tuned my vehicle up and I had purchased new tires.

The weather on Monday was in transition and it was horrible. A front was going though and it was really windy and it poured rain like a monsoon. And it was a cold rain. I left by 8 A.M. as I needed to be home before my son left. I ate lunch at Captain D's which was a poor choice. I thought it would be better to have some green beans and a salad and they were good choices but the fish was loaded with calories and carbs. I went to Target, Garden Ridge, Home Depot, Best Buy, Bed Bath & Beyond, Petco, Petsmart, and Sam's. I had to get gas in the pouring rain and load the car in it too so I was soaked like a drowned rat. I had the car completely stuffed full - in the trunk, the back seat, floorboards, even the passenger seat. I managed to get back home a little after 3 before my son left for taekwondo so he helped me unload some of the car before he left. He had cleaned the bathroom and unloaded the dishwasher already which was really nice. I spent the time until my husband got home putting the groceries and supplies away plus getting some of my daily chores done. Hubby unloaded the rest out of the car when he got home and I put that stuff up too and made a quick "Sling-A-Meal" supper that was also too calorie and carb laden.

While we were eating I got a call from my husband's brother's wife Becky. My husband's oldest brother Bob drives 40 miles a couple of times a week to pick up my MIL's mail and check on her home, cat, and birds while she is recovering from her cancer surgery at the rehab center and he did this on Monday. To get to her home he has to drive through the town where my husband's and his middle brother Dan lives. Dan is a paranoid schizophrenic. When Bob drove by the home where Dan lives there was police tape surrounding it and the house was completely burned out. My MIL paid for the house and we have been told by my MIL that she still has the house in her name. All of us immediately tried to find out what happened to the house and to Dan. We were worried because Dan has been in and out of mental institutions and jails his entire life. Plus he has been to prison once. He has set fires before when he is off his meds and when Bob talked to him a couple of weeks ago he sounded bizarre but, to be honest, no one has the time right now to deal with Dan. He is a full time job. We live 35 miles from Dan and he and my husband are like oil and water. My husband has scars where Dan abused him as a child. They do not get along and have nothing in common. Bob lives 20 miles away from Dan and Bob is sick of Dan too and has been busy taking care of his mom plus he has his hands full with his own son who is also having problems. The fire is under investigation but they don't find it suspicious so far. Bob had to tell my MIL about the house and she keeps changing her story - says the house is in her name and then says it isn't. She admits she put her truck in Dan's name, though she swore to us she wouldn't. We have asked her not to do this as Dan has given away 2 brand new vehicles she bought him. She wanted Bob to go get the truck back but he refused. By the way, my MIL is supposed to have her swallow test on the 6th or 7th so she may get to come home before Xmas.

Becky also updated me about Jeremy, her and Bob's son. In the last few years Jeremy started having symptoms akin to Dan. He has lost his job, his home, gotten a divorce, got another girl pregnant, left her, and had to move back home. He would not obey the house rules and got angry at his parents as they would not let him move his new girlfriend in with them. He put a tent up in the back yard and his parents said no way. Becky asked him to help around the house and he went ballistic and he ended up leaving with their blessing. No one knew what happened to him until later when he was arrested. We then found out he had moved in with his Uncle Dan. Apparently Dan, Jeremy, and his girlfriend were babysitting Jeremy's 3 year old while partying and they fell asleep. The toddler left the house and ended up wandering around near a state highway where someone found him and took him to the police station. When Jeremy and his girlfriend woke up and came to report him missing at the police station they were both immediately arrested. Bob went and bailed Jeremy out but said the girl's parents could bail her out. The bail was very high and he has a limited income. By the end of the ordeal it ended up costing Bob a year's salary to get Jeremy out of trouble. Jeremy didn't even bother to thank them and after that he disappeared again. He called home once and said he was living in St. Louis and had a job but we don't know if you can trust much of what he says. A coupled of weeks ago Jeremy called ME collect 3 times from a county jail about 50 miles from here. I refused to accept the calls as I don't intend to get involved in these problems. This is between his parents and him. I believe in tough love. I did notify his parents and Bob said he was not bailing Jeremy out of jail again. Jeremy just called them and denied that he had called me. He says he is still in Missouri and says he has another girl pregnant with twins. And that he is confined to a mental institution and has been diagnosed with schizophrenia. So we have no idea if this is true or not.

In addition my closest friend who lives in my area is having problems sleeping and is very upset. Her son's young fiancée has non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and is not responding to treatment. They tried radiation, chemo, and stronger chemo and the cancer is growing. It doesn't look good.

Tuesday morning I got up early and went to finish my local shopping and errands. I went to the post office, water office, newspaper office, IGA. meat market, bank, Aldis, Wal-Mart, and Kroger. I made it home by noon and my son and I put all the stuff away and I then had all my chores to do. We fixed lunch and later I slung together another none-too-healthy supper.

Today my son and I cleaned the 6 pet cages, vacuumed, did 2 loads of laundry. I made some beef stew in the crock pot. It really hit the spot. The weather is frigid now and gloomy.

I got rid of 73 emails and had 73 left yesterday.

So that's whaz up.


15168 steps
6.22 miles
1647 Calories
111 gms net carbs
73 gms Fats
100 gms Proteins

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:


    That is so sad. There but for the grace of God, go I. My mother is not right, and my brother has issues.

I think you're doing very well with your planning. I have noticed with mine, even when things flake out I'm still further ahead, more prepared, and can roll with the changes and the "Plan B"s better. I can switch out tasks or days or menu items.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 12/15/2010 10:30AM

    Jeremy sounds a lot like my oldest. I feel sorry for Bob.

At least my daughter doesn't have an Uncle to feed her insanity.

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SCOOTER4263 12/4/2010 9:50PM

    Naturally your title drew me right in! I can commiserate on the mental illness bit - the women in my mother's family ranged from the slightly strange to the full-blown psychotic (although none that I know of ever set fires - you've got me there.) We used to get Christmas cards from one great aunt with the message, basically, "Merry Christmas! And don't forget you're going to hell !" The men in the family usually simply got very drunk and drove their trucks off the side of the mountain. The men all had dual names, too - Hubert was called Lou, Forrest was called Peter. Auntie Rae covered all the walls of her Upper East Side apartment in one foot square mirrors. Uncle David kept bees and collected antique postal trucks. What a crew.

The family of my closest friend in PA had troubles more in line with what you're going through, though, and her lesson seemed to be that in fact you can cut loose family members who are truly dangerous or out of control and that this is often the best course of action. You do what you can for them, but ultimately their problems are their own and there is a limit to what you can and should do for them.

Your friend's son's fiance has my prayers, and it's stories like that that help me keep my own problems in perspective.

Thank you for another great, thought-provoking blog.

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FIT4GOOD3 12/3/2010 3:28PM

    So sorry to hear that your family is going through all this. It sounds like you are now well stocked for whatever the weather will bring. I hope you have a peaceful and beautiful weekend in your little piece of paradise.

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JUDITHROXANA 12/3/2010 3:18PM

    I think you did the right thing. Goes to show that even if you live in the woods problems can come and find you anyways. Just think of how lucky you are to have wonderful your husband and son, who obviously love you very much. Think of them and remember to stay on track and keep eating healthy for yourself and for them. Don't let other people's issues stress you out. You can't always help everyone. Walking is a good stress reliever! Good luck and have a great weekend!

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CECE0330 12/3/2010 10:42AM

    Sadly, my family can totally contend with that. Though he has never been diagnosed, we think my younger brother is schizophrenic. And my mom is just crazy. Not in a good way. Mental illness can certainly take it's toll on people and their loved ones!

(oh, and I always enjoy reading your posts, whatever they are about! You have a great writing style!)

Hope your weekend is relaxing & uneventful!

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MAMAGOSS 12/3/2010 7:11AM

    The effects of mental illness on a family can be so devastating. Good thing you and yours are so removed from all of this - stay in the woods with the turtles and deer - they know what life is all about!

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ALASKASKY 12/3/2010 5:58AM

    WOW!!!! Makes my family look like sweet potato pie.

I had a friend who went through schitzophrenia episodes with her sister when we were in college. It was a terrible thing to see such a young beautiful girl go from a straight A student to a homeless bag lady. My friend never gave up on her, but she had to go on with her own life and even would up taking care of her sister's children for a while. It's a devastating disease and from what I read the system makes it very complicated to get help for them. And many of them refuse to stay on the meds.

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DOTSLADY 12/2/2010 11:24PM

    Way to go Mzz. I didn't see her post, but came back to offer same advice. My nephew has history of schizo, and it's SUCH a shame. His life is a mess, but he's doing better than your "what's-his-butts" with lots of love, understanding and nurturing. It's not fair though; takes a lot of energy to baby people through life, esp when they don't/can't help themselves.

Anyway: gf diet has been shown to help. I can dig up better articles than this, but I was at this site for another reason tonight and thought to send it. You CAN change neurotransmitters: I'm doing it, but I'm willing and able ... most people aren't. Another magnificent cultural shame.

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PENNYAN45 12/2/2010 8:25PM

    Wow! Lots of stress! What a shame! I hope things get better!


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CONFUSEDBIRD 12/2/2010 6:05PM

    Wow, I really hope 2011 is better for that side of your husbands family. Thinking of them and you guys and all the stress your going though!

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DOTSLADY 12/2/2010 3:58PM

    I am faint of heart, so I couldn't read today's entry. emoticon

(Family. Everybody's got one; treasure the good ones, and pray for some -like yourselves! more than others.)

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MRSSHOWME 12/2/2010 3:22PM

    Oh hon, you and I could share horror stories of mental illness in families. You certainly have my sympathy and thank you for the reminder of why we only see the IL's a couple of times a year even though most of them live within 20 miles of us. Too much drama that dh decided long ago to distance himself from.

Best to all of you.

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GRAPEVINE60 12/2/2010 11:28AM

    I think maybe the stress is definitely affecting your eating. Sorry you have so much on your plate right now. I think some of us could tell similar stories, and it is no fun to deal with.

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SUZYMOBILE 12/2/2010 11:09AM

    Wow, Tish, my family situation now sounds perfectly calm and normal! Thanks for that, but, geez, please continue to do everything you can to protect yourselves and your little home in the woods! In other words, keep them guns handy.

Benny must feel as if he's died and gone to heaven living with you. My heart aches for him, though, as well as for your friend's son and fiancée.

(I think I know how you got the accent on the e in fiancée--if you draft your blogs in something like Word.)

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MARIADALE 12/2/2010 10:54AM

    Wow...I guess I should be thankful for a semi normal family...take care.

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WISEWIFE 12/2/2010 10:40AM

And I thought I had a rough year! Good night gal, no wonder you stay in the woods, calmer there.

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JUSTJO66 12/2/2010 10:25AM

    Wow..... it sounds like we might "share" some in-law family members. LoL. Some of your family members seem a lot like my husbands' family. :o) I don't know if every family has "these different 'sheep'" in their fold but I know most the people I know have a few "strange" ones. Of course EVERYONE in MY family is NORMAL. LoL.

As usual, it looks like you have a full are so busy. I don't know how you keep it all going. Makes me tired....
Don't forget to stop every now and then and breathe...........


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MZZCHIEF 12/2/2010 10:24AM


Good to see that hub and son are helping you around the house.
Its really sad to see the destruction that the mentally imbalanced cause both for themselves and everyone whose life they touch. My experience has been that these people are like meteors, you can't stop them or change their course, they crash and burn thru life.

Getting involved is a no win situation, the only way to preserve your own sanity is to do what you've done and opt out.

Sad about the fiancee. Its a long shot but worth mentioning... this disease is often the result of longstanding, ignored celiac disease (gluten intolerance). If they've tried everything and nothing's worked, a gluten free diet might be a last ditch save.

Wondering how you got that accent on the e.
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SUNNY332 12/2/2010 9:24AM

    Best laid plans...

Hang in there and just know that most families have their challenges. You are not alone. Is Dan OK? Just wondering.

Take care and have a Terrific Thursday. Hope it is a little less hectic for you.


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MARUSSELL 12/2/2010 8:57AM

    WOW! I can't imagine having family that is so challenging (my Dad's side is but they live 9 hours away and we are not a part of their lives). I will pray for your situation. I think you did the right thing not to get involved.

I often have to choose between paying a little more for convenience or not...shipping costs extra but sometimes the extra cost is worth the time saved. emoticon Hang in there. What a good reminder that none of us know what someone else is going through until we walk a mile in their shoes.

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LINDAKAY228 12/2/2010 8:52AM

    First, you exhausted me and it's only 7:00 am LOL. If I'm exhausted reading it I can only imagine how you feel!
I have a brother who is bipolar and won't take meds. I don't even know where he's at now, although I have heard he's back in my area. Someone said they had seen him and asked if they saw him again did I want them to give him my contact information, since everything has changed since we last communicated about 8 years ago. I thought for a moment and said no. I can't deal with his problems. I've had a lifetime of trying to help him and can't do it anymore. I feel a little bad but his lifestyle is his own making and he's refused help so many many times. Sometimes we just have to draw the line sad as it may seem to some. But I have enough problems of my own with a couple of my grown kids and can't do this.
Hope things settle down for you soon.

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SHERRYTOO 12/2/2010 8:35AM

    Wait - I have to go lie down and rest after reading this blog. I'm surprised you and hubby haven't moved to another state and changed your name. But on the positive side, your Christmas newsletter wouldn't be tossed away unread.

On another subject -- can you not order some of these long distance items online? Check it out in between the other craziness in your life.

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BETHGILLIGAN 12/2/2010 7:48AM

    WHOA!! You have a lot going on!! Actually, your husband's family sounds eerily similar to my hubby's! LOL I may be able to match your story--but it is long and involved. Suffice it to say it includes shaving of all body hair, baby kidnapping, and Hare Krishna camps. HMMMM!!! My family has an individual very much like your BIL. In and out of prison, rehab, diagnosis of borderline personality. Thank God we're "normal" LOL

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DEE797 12/2/2010 7:15AM do have a lot going on right now. Totally understand the illness part as my mom was manic depressive and bipolar and not fully diagnosed til I was 30. Thoughts and prayers coming your way for you and your family and also your friend's son's fiance. emoticon emoticon

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HOWLERMOM 12/2/2010 2:53AM

    Very simply --wow. I have a close friend with a schizophrenic sister who finally accepted that rescuing behavior was damaging to her own family and relationship with her husband. I have to admire that tough decision but it is ultimately the right one. Not getting involved - esp. not rescuing -is the right and most difficult move. Hats off to you... emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 12/2/2010 1:48AM

  WOW!! You really put that out there! That is great ! I hope you are feeling purged .my friend .
Sometimes that is the only way ... We are faceless and non-judgemental ...and it is great that you trust us with your problems .
I think (for what it is worth ).. You have done exactly the right thing ... keep right out of it ... Your Hubby wouldn't want it all at home either ...He needs peace and your support which you are obviously giving ... Try to keep it out of your lives ... otherwise you will be scared with it too.

Good luck and God Bless ...
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DEVORA4 12/2/2010 1:20AM

  WOW I read every word and salute you for putting it out there. It should be good therapy for you. You have your burden to carry and there is no advice to rectify your family-in-laws situation. Just know that your spark "REAL" friends are there for you. emoticon emoticon emoticondebby

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JANC319 12/2/2010 1:18AM

  Sorry for all the turmoil in you life right now.
I do hope there is peace in your family, soon.

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SUGARPUNK52 12/2/2010 1:13AM

  GOD bless you.I know how hard it is to deal with anyone that has a mental illness.I hope things improve for you.

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MAYLINGSNW 12/2/2010 12:30AM

    you were right not to get involved..hope mil's house was need to slow down a little. you have your hands so full. please take care of yourself !!!!!!you have a great hubby and son !!

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GOANNA2 12/1/2010 11:56PM

    Oh Morticia. Good for you for not getting involveds.
I hope MIL's house was insured.

Is blood really thicker than water? Um...

I hope your weather improves and that you can
enjoy a nice weekend without any more hassles.

You don't need that as you have your own things
to cope with.

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NORASPAT 12/1/2010 10:58PM

    M Definitely not for the Faint of heart, you got that right.
You have that right.You are right staying out of the fray is the very best plan. You must look out for your own familys best interest, especially for your son.You sure do have long distances to travel. I think Portland Maine is too far and it is only one hour away.
Take it easy M, keep it together. Pat in Maine. HUGS !!!

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SLIMMINJENN 12/1/2010 10:34PM

    wow, you sure got alot going on..mental illness is definetely a tough thing to live...praying for peace for you and the family, praying for your friend's son's fiance...we need to find a cure for cancer.... emoticon

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