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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Angel just left. She brought a huge piece of spiral ham. I made her 3 bags for freezer. I added a bunch to my cabbage and potatoes I am cooking. Froze two packages for soup etc some other day.And even left some for Bill to make a sandwich. I will save half of cabbge I am cooking and have Bill take it over there tomorrow.
I had the talk with her yesterday. I have had the talk with Brianna but not Angel.The talk is telling them to prepare as best as they can for me dying. I will never get better only worse.I am already worse. Angel sent me the sweetest message today telling all her happy memories of things we did. That was what I told her to do. I didn't know Brianna snuck in other room and was bawling when Bill walked in.He calmed her down til I finished with Angel and had to give her some big grandma hugs.I have explained to them both it will be awful for them but they will get thru it.
Ok now to something happier.
Mickey asked about my desert roses. I lost 2 during the bad winter a few years ago. I have debated on whether to repot them.But I have learned if it ain't broke leave it alone
This is them from entrance to house. I can't walk down driveway.

Here is large red one



thia is white with pink edges


Far red one
Poinsettas from middle of December

  
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LKWQUILTER 4/13/2012 6:51PM

    Eleni, you are a very wonderful, brave lady. Like others, I look for your blogs and do enjoy reading and the looking at the pictures. Also, you have educated me about food, flowers, life. I will tell you what we tell daddy--Plan A depends on when God calls you home so until then, we will follow plan B--do what you can as long as you can and as long as there is life there is hope and a chance.

((((HUGS)))) dear lady and friend,
Linda Kay

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RURAL3 4/12/2012 10:53PM

    Dear friend Eleni, life is hard no matter where you are placed in it. I think honesty is always key in relationships. I am so sorry to hear that you are not doing well but I think hiding the fact will not help anyone at all. It will be so hard on your family because you are a lifeline for them. No matter what you are always there for them. I pray that they will all do what Angel did and talk about the good times, remembering that will help you all be well. Take it a day at a time and above all love all. emoticon emoticon
You are loved.

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SHIRLEYX 4/12/2012 7:16AM

    Eleni, although it is hard it is so important to be open and honest with your family. My dad spoke to me many times about what he wanted me to do after he passed and it made things much easier for me. Having said that, I hope that you can rest and take care of yourself so that you can be with us for as long as possible.

As always beautiful pics. The desert roses are so beautiful.
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DEE107 4/12/2012 12:18AM

    your flowers are beautiful and also I know with mom and what my mother has gone thru its hard E but I know you can do it ,,, Mom is restricted to 32 ozs of fluid all fluid and no salt its 8 months she is home and not in the hospital ... our food eating out is what is killing us Praying for you

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KATIE233 4/11/2012 11:25PM

    Oh Eleni, i,m so glad you came into my life on sparks and playing words with friends. even when i can,t get on the game i,m thinking of you. you take care of yourself everyday i look and see what blog you wrote. when you didn,t i worry. hopefully it will be a long time before that time comes . you take care and i love all the pictures you put on specially butterflies i don,t see many around here.and i don,t see many hummingbirds either.talk to you tomorrow. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MICKEY341 4/11/2012 11:00PM

    Thanks for the info on desert roses. I can hardly wait to get mine in pots.
Eleni, I know it must be hard for you to talk to your kids, you are such a strong person to have overcome the things you have. It is wonderful that they will have such happy, wonderful memories, however, we are not ready for you to go yet, you still have too many thigs to do...and I for one am not ready to lose you!
Be well my friend, we love you!

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PATRICIAANN46 4/11/2012 9:57PM

  Hi Eleni.........
I am sad to know that you had to have the talk with Angel and Brianna and that you will NOT get better, but I know that to be honest with your children and grandchildren is what you have to be. I will repeat what others have said and that is that I hope that you will grace us with your presence for many more years my dear friend.
I love your Desert Roses. They look so delicate and beautiful.
Take care.
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FEISTYMAMA 4/11/2012 8:55PM

    I'm a believer in being honest about your health with your family. It's not easy to hear and extremely difficult to deal with. My mom wasn't honest with us. You're stubborn and we all hope to have you around many more years!

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JILL313 4/11/2012 7:59PM

    Eleni, You post made me so sad and brought tears to my eyes. It's good to be honest with your children but don't give up hope as there is always a chance that some new Medical Advance or Discovery will be made and God does perform miracles for people all the time. Not that the "talk" is over with, continue to think positive as we want you here and you are so loved by your family and all your Spark Friends, including me.

Love,

Jill

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REXTINE1 4/11/2012 7:32PM

    It's ironic that you can face your own issues better that someone else's, but I have noticed that several times in my own life. I'm sorry that you won't get any better, but still hope you last a long time. I keep telling the kids "another 20 years." It may not be true, but I still always hope.

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SUNSHINEGB 4/11/2012 7:00PM

    Eleni, it's best to be open and honest with your family about your health and I'm glad to see that you are. Much better to know ahead of time and kind of prepare. Sad for all and especially you. You're such a dear friend and I know you're a wonderful wife/mother/grandmother and much more!!

I love the photos of your flowers, you have a magic touch with them. The desert roses are so delicate looking!

I popped in to see the Eagles this afternoon and those babies are growing fast! It will be interesting to see 3 full grown babies in that nest with their mother ... will there be enough room??
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MPARKER67 4/11/2012 5:48PM

    I am glad you gave them the talk. I am so glad I got to be your friend. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Butterfly Pics

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

I had 4 butterflies in garden at same time today. They like the penta plants.
My coneflower plants came yesterday. They really love them.
Ok #1 plant




#2 plant




#3 plant


  
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PATRICIAANN46 4/12/2012 5:08PM

  Hi Eleni.........
It is still too cool here for butterflies, but I am looking forward to seeing them again. They are very attracted to my Bee Balm and also the Cleome. I also love the giant, very pale green moths that are usually here even before the butterflies. We see them at night as they are attracted to the lights in the living room and land on our big windows. We are back to our "Normal" Spring weather with cold nights and then days in the low 60s. I love Spring and really don't want the 80 degree days yet........we will have enough of them mid-summer.
How are your Cleome doing?

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KATIE233 4/11/2012 11:12PM

    i love butterflies too and dragon flies and of course birds.they sure like your garden.thanks for sharing. emoticon

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DELTAGIRLFRIEND 4/11/2012 9:55PM

    Beautiful!!!

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TORTILLAFLATS 4/11/2012 9:01PM

    I love butterflies. They lift your spirit!

Gail

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FEISTYMAMA 4/11/2012 8:58PM

    How many butterflies usually visit you each day?

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MICHELELYNN777 4/11/2012 7:38PM

    Beautiful pictures! What a blessing to see them right in your backyard! Thanks for sharing!

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SUNSHINEGB 4/11/2012 7:05PM

    Beautiful! We won't be seeing butterflies here for a couple months yet!
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KARIDIAN1 4/11/2012 6:02PM

    Nice photos. Too cold still for butterflies in MN. But we have had somw nice sunny days.

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ANGELWENDYMAMA 4/11/2012 5:44PM

    I just love butterflies!

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MPARKER67 4/11/2012 5:12PM

    SO BEAUTIFUL


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CMW123 4/11/2012 5:00PM

    what type of butterflies are they? at first glance, I was thinking monarch but they don't have black lines on them.

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Tuesday

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Watching BL. Still don't have a favorite. A few look so different. Buddy looks like a different man.They all look good.
I thought this orchid had finished blooming but it has a couple more plus a couple of buds yet


These still haven't bloomed but are getting better. I saw another one on back of table that is getting buds

Brianna on Steves bike and Tamara with Tyler


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My cone flowers came today along with another butterfly bush.Bill will help me pot them. He needs to get another bag of potting soil
I can not get on track. and I am tired all the time.

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MIZCATHI 4/11/2012 3:49PM

    I am sorry you are tired, but I am grateful that you take lots of pictures for us!

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JESPAH 4/11/2012 11:56AM

    Beautiful photos!

And thanks for commenting on my blog! :)

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MPARKER67 4/11/2012 10:36AM

    My last orchid hasn't died but no flowers. I love seeing yours.

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SHIRLEYX 4/11/2012 9:19AM

    Beautiful pics. If you are tired, then rest my friend. I hope that today is a better day.

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NEWSTART127 4/11/2012 2:33AM

    Of the ones that are left, I definitely like Kim the best... but I don't think she'll win it. Pounds/number's wise, it's Buddy or Jeremy's to win/lose.

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KATIE233 4/10/2012 11:30PM

    love your flowers and other pictures. yes i don,t know what we were thinking than about getting older daaaa! now just wish we could stay young aeh!well it,s time for some tv before bed. take care and big hugs Eleni.have a good day.

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DEE107 4/10/2012 11:25PM

    love it and your pictures are great

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FEISTYMAMA 4/10/2012 10:45PM

    That last saying is so true!!!

Please tell me Brianna wears a helmet while she's riding!! I'm terrified of motorcycles. Tamara looks good. How's she doing?

I totally forgot about BL. Now that baseball is on that's what's on the TV. I'd have to go into our room or Addi's room to watch it. I'd never remember.

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PATRICIAANN46 4/10/2012 9:40PM

  Hi Eleni.....
Great pictures as usual. I get crazy with the possibility of two shoots coming out of my year old orchid and you have blooms coming out of every plant you have. You MUST come and bless my plants!!!!! I will be waiting.......

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SUNSHINEGB 4/10/2012 9:05PM

    As always . . . great photos Eleni. And you have a whole world right outside your window, such lovely flowers, birds, butterflys!
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JAMBABY0 4/10/2012 9:00PM

    pretty pics

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A few pics to share

Monday, April 09, 2012

Angel and Brianna came to clean and brought us supper. Can't beat that


other grandkids etc




Ok nothing new. Love you guys more than you know

  
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ANNARUTH2 4/11/2012 8:12AM

    nice family!

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JOANNS4 4/10/2012 10:36PM

    Great pictures, love you .
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REXTINE1 4/10/2012 5:47PM

    You have a good looking family.

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TURTLETRACK 4/10/2012 3:38PM

    I always love to see your pictures.

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RURAL3 4/10/2012 12:44PM

    You are right. You can't beat that. emoticon emoticon

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MPARKER67 4/10/2012 11:17AM

    Not more than we love you. Hope Brianna didn't clean in that dress. If she did, I bet they get lots of males wanting her to clean their places!

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SHIRLEYX 4/10/2012 7:21AM

    As always great pics, lovely grandkids. Hope you have a great day!

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LKWQUILTER 4/10/2012 6:32AM

    More great pictures. ((HUGS))

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DEE107 4/10/2012 12:15AM

    great pictures

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KATIE233 4/9/2012 11:54PM

    nice pictures Eleni, we love you too a whole bunch! emoticon emoticon

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FEISTYMAMA 4/9/2012 11:03PM

    Great pictures tonight! You have a wonderful family!!

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PATRICIAANN46 4/9/2012 10:38PM

  Hi Eleni.......
emoticoned your pictures.........Beautiful Grandkids and a Beautiful Grandmother.......

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SUNSHINEGB 4/9/2012 8:30PM

    What a beautiful, loving, close knit family! You've got it all Eleni!
Hope your Easter was a wonderful one!
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JILL313 4/9/2012 8:23PM

    Beautiful Grandkids!! I hope you had a wonderful Easter! I'm back on track as overdid it yesterday--everything was just so yummy.

Hugs,

Jill

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2BFREE2LIVE 4/9/2012 8:16PM

    Your so blessed to have a loving family.
Wish I could see my grand daughter again, maybe one of these years when her Mom comes to her senses. My grand daughter turned 8 on April 3rd. How I miss her.
So happy your in my life. Sandy
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TILLIEBEE 4/9/2012 7:44PM

    emoticon emoticonHow sweet of your Angel and Brianna!
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Happy Easter

Sunday, April 08, 2012

I must have been good because the Easter Bunny left me this


  
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SHIRLEYX 4/9/2012 6:23PM

    Nice to know that you're so well taken care of.

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MPARKER67 4/9/2012 10:39AM

    Yummy. Don't share the chocolate with Roxy like the popsicle.

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TRACYZABELLE 4/9/2012 12:49AM

    cute!! Sweet too! LOL

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DEE107 4/9/2012 12:15AM

    Happy Easter and I got computer games lol enjoy

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PATRICIAANN46 4/8/2012 8:00PM

  Hi Eleni........
Happy Easter to you and Bill. What a "SWEETHEART" he is to bring you such a "SWEET" present. You are a lucky couple.
We had a very pleasant day with lots of family and stories and memories and laughter and egg hunts. It was a lot of fun, but I am exhausted tonight. I think I will turn in early as I have a busy week coming up.
Have a great week.
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NEWSTART127 4/8/2012 6:22PM

    Happy Easter! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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REXTINE1 4/8/2012 6:17PM

    Nice stuff. We had similar, but ate it all Saturday night.

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LKWQUILTER 4/8/2012 4:13PM

    I wasn't so good Eleni, cause I didn't get anything. lol Nice. ((HUGS))

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FEISTYMAMA 4/8/2012 1:51PM

    You were a good girl this year! emoticon. Bill is so sweet.

The Easter Bunny left me a juicer, a solid Dove bunny, a solid Seroogy chocolate bunny, a Seroogy chocolate fudge egg (the darn thing must weigh about a pound), and a bunch of other chocolates. Just what my stressful body needs, CHOCOLATE!!

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LYNNE_08 4/8/2012 12:57PM

    So Nice

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