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after the weekend...

Monday, February 20, 2012

I feel like this:

I'm so tired. Haven't slept well in days. Eating like there's no tomorrow. Chaos every where.

So much went wrong over the weekend. It was way better than I thought it would be but still super difficult. The piece with my mother is the hardest to swallow.

I asked my siblings to let me move Mom closer to me so I could spend more time taking care of her. Not only did they tell me no on the beautiful place in Michigan, but they're refusing to move her to any other place. They want to work with the place she is in to try and rectify the problems I have reported.

I feel like my mother is locked in the tower and I have found the keys to the castle but no one will let me use them.

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IMIN2GENES 2/22/2012 7:59PM

    So sorry you're still stuck in such a rotten situation. What a bummer! I wish there was something I could do or say. We had some difficulty as well when my MIL was ill. It's tough. Hang in there though! Keep being an advocate for your mom; but don't forget to take care of you.

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NEEDTOLOSE100LB 2/21/2012 3:30PM

I understand the disappointment and wish I had something deep and meaningful to say. Alas, my brain is a fried as yours, for similar reasons, and I am at a loss. All I can offer is my deep sense of sisterhood. Maybe that will be enough for right now. One does not know what the future may hold. Keep up the walking...for yourself and the sunshine (or snow or whatever) that is graced by your presence. As for the eating, when I figure it out on this end, I will give you the secret to turning it
Hang in there!
Love, Laurie
PS: Remember, there is always the "phone a friend" option.

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    I'm so sorry - it sounds like you had a viable solution that no one accepted :(

Hang in there for your mom - and remember to take care of yourself, if for no other reason than you need to be as strong as possible for your mom (let that be the reason for now, the rest can come later)

I will be keeping good thoughts for you and your family



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SIMPLEJOYS 2/20/2012 3:58PM

  Amidst the rubble and settling dust you stand - full of the memories that built that house. Your childhood home will always be with you in your mind and heart. What a warm feeling! I don't know that many people could say that about their own childhood homes. You are fortunate to have so many good memories. Truly.

Moving your Mom may not have worked out this time, but it may very well in the end. Don't give up.

Hugs and commiseration. emoticon

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CBAILEYC 2/20/2012 1:26PM

    Ah honey. I'm so sorry. Keep your head up. While the situation stinks in the worst way, you need to keep your head and maintain your sanity to help your mom as best you can. I know it's tough.
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HIPPICHICK1 2/20/2012 12:07PM

    So sorry to hear about your situation.

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'nuff said

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

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IMIN2GENES 2/18/2012 9:21PM

    Love it!

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NEEDTOLOSE100LB 2/16/2012 11:44AM

    I am going to print this out and put it on my office wall! That is too funny (and mostly true!)


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HIP-MOM 2/15/2012 10:29PM

    LOL! LOVE this!

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Dear Self:

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Stop acting like everything is fine if it isn’t.

- It’s okay to fall apart for a little while. You don’t always have to pretend to be strong, and there is no need to constantly prove that everything is going well. You shouldn’t be concerned with what other people are thinking either – cry if you need to – it’s healthy to shed your tears. The sooner you do, the sooner you will be able to smile again.

Stop blaming others for your troubles.

– The extent to which you can achieve your dreams depends on the extent to which you take responsibility for your life. When you blame others for what you’re going through, you deny responsibility – you give others power over that part of your life.

Stop trying to be everything to everyone.

– Doing so is impossible, and trying will only burn you out. But making one person smile CAN change the world. Maybe not the whole world, but their world. So narrow your focus.

Stop worrying so much.

– Worry will not strip tomorrow of its burdens, it will strip today of its joy. One way to check if something is worth mulling over is to ask yourself this question: “Will this matter in one year’s time? Three years? Five years?” If not, then it’s not worth worrying about.

Stop focusing on what you don’t want to happen.

– Focus on what you do want to happen. Positive thinking is at the forefront of every great success story. If you awake every morning with the thought that something wonderful will happen in your life today, and you pay close attention, you’ll often find that you’re right.

Stop being ungrateful.

– No matter how good or bad you have it, wake up each day thankful for your life. Someone somewhere else is desperately fighting for theirs. Instead of thinking about what you’re missing, try thinking about what you have that everyone else is missing.

Stop being idle.

– Don’t think too much or you’ll create a problem that wasn’t even there in the first place. Evaluate situations and take decisive action. You cannot change what you refuse to confront. Making progress involves risk. Period! You can’t make it to second base with your foot on first.

Stop thinking you’re not ready.

– Nobody ever feels 100% ready when an opportunity arises. Because most great opportunities in life force us to grow beyond our comfort zones, which means we won’t feel totally comfortable at first.

Stop getting involved in relationships for the wrong reasons.

– Relationships must be chosen wisely. It’s better to be alone than to be in bad company. There’s no need to rush. If something is meant to be, it will happen – in the right time, with the right person, and for the best reason. Fall in love when you’re ready, not when you’re lonely.

Stop rejecting new relationships just because old ones didn’t work.

– In life you’ll realize that there is a purpose for everyone you meet. Some will test you, some will use you and some will teach you. But most importantly, some will bring out the best in you.

Stop trying to compete against everyone else.

– Don’t worry about what others are doing better than you. Concentrate on beating your own records every day. Success is a battle between YOU and YOURSELF only.

Stop being jealous of others.

– Jealousy is the art of counting someone else’s blessings instead of your own. Ask yourself this: “What’s something I have that everyone wants?”

Stop complaining and feeling sorry for yourself.

– Life’s curveballs are thrown for a reason – to shift your path in a direction that is meant for you. You may not see or understand everything the moment it happens, and it may be tough. But reflect back on those negative curveballs thrown at you in the past. You’ll often see that eventually they led you to a better place, person, state of mind, or situation. So smile! Let everyone know that today you are a lot stronger than you were yesterday, and you will be.

Stop holding grudges.

– Don’t live your life with hate in your heart. You will end up hurting yourself more than the people you hate. Forgiveness is not saying, “What you did to me is okay.” It is saying, “I’m not going to let what you did to me ruin my happiness forever.” Forgiveness is the answer… let go, find peace, liberate yourself! And remember, forgiveness is not just for other people, it’s for you too. If you must, forgive yourself, move on and try to do better next time.

Stop letting others bring you down to their level.

– Refuse to lower your standards to accommodate those who refuse to raise theirs.

Stop wasting time explaining yourself to others.

– Your friends don’t need it and your enemies won’t believe it anyway. Just do what you know in your heart is right.

Stop doing the same things over and over without taking a break.

– The time to take a deep breath is when you don’t have time for it. If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting. Sometimes you need to distance yourself to see things clearly.

Stop overlooking the beauty of small moments.

– Enjoy the little things, because one day you may look back and discover they were the big things. The best portion of your life will be the small, nameless moments you spend smiling with someone who matters to you.

Stop trying to make things perfect.

– The real world doesn’t reward perfectionists, it rewards people who get things done.

Stop following the path of least resistance.– Life is not easy, especially when you plan on achieving something worthwhile. Don’t take the easy way out. Do something extraordinary.



(got this from a friend via email. No idea who wrote it but I loved it and wanted to record it here.)

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IMIN2GENES 2/18/2012 9:20PM

    Great blog! Thank you so much for sharing it. Definitely need to take some of these to heart too.

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HIPPICHICK1 2/15/2012 4:36PM

    Excellent blog!
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JOYATLAST 2/14/2012 7:51PM

    Gosh, That IS Good. Consider my initials on all of them!!

If it's O.K. I'd like to save it for future reference too.


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CBAILEYC 2/14/2012 5:55PM

    Some very true sentiments here. Not always easy to live by, but good to work on.

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    Thank you for sharing. I need to take some of these to heart. I suspect all of us have a few that "hit home".

Take good care of yourself. You are worthy. And you are wonderful - right now - not later when you (insert whatever qualifier you are using as your reason to not love yourself the way you are).

Happy Valentine's Day. The best valentine we can give is the gift of self acceptance. Once we accept ourselves, we have so much more room to accept others.


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Wednesday, February 08, 2012

There could not be a more appropriate or a truer statement for me and my life at this moment in time.

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IMIN2GENES 2/18/2012 9:18PM


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NEEDTOLOSE100LB 2/10/2012 9:54AM

    So true.
Hope you have a beautiful day!

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    : )

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CBAILEYC 2/9/2012 10:24AM

    Plenty of positive thoughts still coming your way honey!

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JERSEYGIRL24 2/9/2012 10:16AM

    So true. Thanks for posting this.

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Betty Lou Got a New Pair of Shoes

Monday, February 06, 2012

Well, actually, I don't know if Betty Lou did but I sure did. Oh to walk in comfort again. I'm not a big fan of orange but I love these shoes!

Mom update: I sent an email to my siblings about moving Mom to a nice facility near my home. Oh the joy of seeing her as often as I like! I'm mildly optimistic that they might actually agree. My sister isn't crazy about the idea but likes it better than the alternative. So one yes, four to go. Prayers to the affirmative appreciated... ok, prayers that we do what's best for Mom appreciated.


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JILLTBNAGART 2/9/2012 11:50AM

    I love the looks of those shoes! Good luck with your Mom's move. Its so important to have those visits. Okay maybe not for her but for you. My husband's grandma was in a nursing home for over 2 years. Towards the end she didn't even know anyone was there. We knew.

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NEEDTOLOSE100LB 2/7/2012 2:58PM

    Prayers are being said for a favorable outcome with your Mom. I know how much that will mean to you.
Nice new sneaks. I just did that too and my feet thank me every day!


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SIMPLEJOYS 2/6/2012 4:09PM

  YAY!! To both!! I'm feeling optimistic for you. If your Mom is anything like my neighbor (Lavelle) she might think she's in the old place still (after the move) so don't let that throw you! Lavelle would often think she was at home, too. I would remind her that she wasn't, but would go on to talk about the view from her living room window and all the people we saw while sitting in her garage and having a chat. It was a way of keeping happy memories alive.

Hugs and best wishes!

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    LOVE the shoes... they are bright and vibrant like YOU - and your sparkly stars.

I hope things work out with the move for your mom too - sounds like a nice arrangement if you can get the others to agree.


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HIP-MOM 2/6/2012 1:39PM

    there's nothing better than a pair of shoes that feel good on your feet! sending happy prayers for you and your mom!

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    Cute sneaks babe!

Sending you lotsa good vibes for the outcome you want on the mom front!

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CBAILEYC 2/6/2012 1:00PM

    Hooray for new shoes!

You've got all the good energy and positive thoughts coming your way from this lil corner of the world honey. I can imagine having your mom close by would be so good for both of you!

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IMIN2GENES 2/6/2012 12:59PM

    I have no doubt you'll do what's best for mom! Sending those positive vibes and prayers your way!

PS - Love the new kicks!

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