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Foster dogs and falling in love all over again!

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Was on another mission today to take a dog from its owners who found the shedding to be too much. I think that has to be one of the stupidest excuses for relinquishing ownership of an animal but that is just my humble opinion. This little dog is only about 8 months old, was adopted from a shelter about 4 months ago, and now the novelty has worn off.

Luckily we had a foster family in mind so John and I were asked to find some kennels and to sanitize them before we delivered the equipment to the foster home. Now you are all thinking they had to be sanitized from being at our house, but the kennels were actually borrowed from us and were at a dog grooming place. Hence the need to make sure they were free of other dog's germs.

What a little sweetie pie! She looks like a small terrier, all white except for an eye-patch black spot right above one of her eyes! I said she looks like a wee little pirate with her eye patch resting on her forehead. We saw no excess fur coming off of her but she did seem to crave attention. Apparently, she was either left tied on all day or left in a porch with no human contact except in passing. WHY would somebody do this to an animal?

The woman who had Maddy before us, would take away all water and food from him at 6:00 p.m. and lock him in a dark room and only let him out at 10:00 the next morning. Again, why have a dog if you are going to do that to them. No wonder Maddy is known as a Cling-On for his mommy! Ha.

I really wanted to take this little dog today but I'm finally learning to accept my limitations. I know I can give Maddy and Lou a good life but at this point, any more than two would cause me more harm than good.

So, I would like all of you out there who have pets, to please give them a good belly rub tonight in honour of all of those homeless, sheltered, abused fur-covered souls out there. We think that we are rescuing them but how many times does a little pet actually bring us pure joy and fulfillment.....everyday if you let them!

Again, thanks for reading and putting up with my opinions.

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HOPEFULANGE 1/10/2011 11:50AM

    You're so right - animals are novelties for some families. I don't understand how people can think that it's ok to give up a member of their family! I guess the poor dog never got enough attention and was never considered part of the family.

Thank-you for being the kind person you are who is willing to do something about the injustices you see.


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IFDEEVARUNS2 1/9/2011 9:17AM

    My daughter regularly fosters dogs in order to 'socialize' them. Sophie the poodle and Hinge the cat aren't always thrilled with the newcomer, but in the end, all of them have a grand time before it's time to return the animal to school (my daughter goes to a vet tech school.)
Bless you for caring!

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MEMARE 1/9/2011 9:06AM

    Awesome blog! emoticon

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JLITT62 1/9/2011 8:35AM

    As I've said, both Chester & Lola are rescues (altho Chester was a wee puppy when we got him).

Lola was a different story -- 10 months old in 6 different homes with no training at all. In fact, in one home they would put her in a crate with a puppy pad & not let her out til she did her business!

Training her was a challenge, but she was definitely worth it. She's still a challenge, but still worth it!

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LIBBYFITZ 1/9/2011 7:03AM

    I agree there are certain people who should not have pets or children! We have strays here in Santiago and if there are any around when I walk to the shop, I will buy food and give them a feed. It is a huge problem here as it is in a lot of country's.

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APIRLRAIN888 1/8/2011 9:50PM

    thank you for what you do

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~MISS_TEA~ 1/8/2011 9:05PM

    I am so glad that there are people like you out there to help take care of these helpless animals. I am sure you will find a home :) It is sad when people do treat their animals poorly and it makes it so hard not to take them all and give them a home. . but then as you said what good would that do? I love my puppies and dog and would love more but I know then they would not get the care they need because I would be too stretched. I wish others would realize this and not get an animal just because its cute this week. WHen you get a pet its like signing on for a two year old for 10yrs or so. . .be prepared folks. Sorry, I rambled so much but I am also passionate about this :)

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WILLOWWINDS 1/8/2011 8:51PM

    I am just so glad that there are people like you there to help them. God Bless.

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GAYLE-G-63 1/8/2011 8:12PM

    Every day I have my boys I feel so grateful to be sharing my life with them. I agree with you wholeheartedly; why have an animal if all you are going to do is ignore them? I'll never understand that mind set!

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JHADZHIA 1/8/2011 7:56PM

    I love that you are looking out for those poor dogs. I really, really hate hearing stories like that :((( Thanks for being an angel to dogs:)
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BTRTHANEVA 1/8/2011 6:23PM

    Where do you live? Seriously... We got a rescue pup (Bella) from my next door neighbors (they foster dogs) in May. I was just mentioning to my husband that perhaps we could add one more needy soul to our family as Bella loves to be with other dogs... My husband, being the voice of reason that he is, stated that prior to bringing another dog into our home, we'd first have to check them for agressions and then do a trial run with Bella. Nothing would be definate until it was a good match for all involved... But it never hurts to ask!

Bella has become our *daughter*. She has brought so much love and joy into our lives. Thank you for doing what you do for our four legged friends... Bless you!

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    You are EXACTLY RIGHT! When we got all the AKC registered shelties from our "friends" who had a puppy mill, half of them had heart worm, and none of them were used to human love! Despicable! Two of them ran away from their new adopted people and they could not find them even one with the help of a dog tracker! They were too afraid of people!

We have two cats and two dogs in the house and one huge dog outside, but they are all well cared for and loved! Oh, and our horses, too! Sorry, we have chickens, but we haven't bonded! emoticon

I really love the kind of dog you described! It's a good thing you live so far away from me! I'd be tempted, and my hubby would say no!

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How do you keep everyone straight?

Friday, January 07, 2011


All I can say to begin with is "Thank goodness it is Friday" because I'm pooped! There is nothing like a two week break from work to make you tired the very first week back. I'm glad to be back though, all the same, as I really need structure in my life. Oh dear, I'm turning into a fuddy duddy!

My question of the night is "how do you keep the names of your SparkFriends straight"? I know most of you sign off your blog responses to me with your real names but when I look at your pictures I "see" your Spark names and not your real names. Then I feel bad when I send a message because I can't seem to keep the names straight.

There used to be a television program here in Newfoundland called Romper Room. Mind you, this was back in the 2 channel universe, one of which was the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Company) and NTV (Newfoundland Television). CBC was traditionally really structured while NTV was mostly local.

Anyway, the hostess of Romper Room was a young lady you called herself "Miss Anne" and she would have sing-a-longs and other fun things children would enjoy. The fun part of Miss Anne was that she would have a mirror-like thing and she would look right at the camera and say "and I see Johnny, and I see Susie, etc" so all of us children watched eagerly to see if Miss Anne would somehow magically "see" them through their television sets. Oh the miracles of television and young minds!

Okay, so you are wondering what the connection is to Miss Anne? Well, I wish I had a device that would flash my friends real names across my screen when I'm trying desperately to remember if "FatinSeattle" (I made that up!) is Judy, Joanne, or Dwayne! Ha!

So, here I sit, going to send out messages to all of you and I hate to get your names mixed up....hopefully that will explain the generic "To Whom it May Concern"!!! Just joking!

I hope all is well with each and everyone of you in your respective corners of this world!

Take care!


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KAKIPOPUP 1/9/2011 10:12AM

    I use people's SparkNames, too - and I, too, remember Romper Room (although the teachers name in our area was Miss Jean)....

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GOOZLEBEAR 1/8/2011 7:31PM

    Oh I remember Romper Room, now that really makes me old!!!!! I remember the "real" names of my spark friends that I communicate with the most. I have a list of friends Spark user names and beside it I put their actual name. Over time I have learned some of them but if I want to use their name I refer to my list. Some people don't want to give out their real name for various reasons and I respect that. I once called a dear friend by the wrong name and feel bad to this day about doing that.


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    I don't use my real name. I don't remember real names (except a few that I communicate with a bunch). I remember Romper Room as well. I use thier Spark name because that is how I know them.

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OLDERDANDRT 1/8/2011 4:56PM

    I have the same problem, honey! And I grew up with a Romper room, but out hostess was named Miss Janie!!! Did yours have a dog? Mine had a beautiful red (can't remember the breed name) named Copper Penny! Out show was out of Pittsburgh, Pa. This was in the 1960's. Anyway.....small world!!!

My name is Jayne and I am not really but still am Olderdandrt!


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TEMPEST272002 1/8/2011 2:34PM

    You remember people's real names?! Wow! Seriously, I don't even try. I tend to think of my sparkfriend's by their sparknames... or some version thereof. For instance, you tend to be "Poco on the Rock" emoticon

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VINOTEA 1/8/2011 1:31PM

    If I'm responding in a team chat, I will see if their signature has a name. If there is no name, I use their spark name when talking to them. When I'm commenting on their blog or page, again, I post their name if they listed it, or if not their spark name. I do like the ideas some people posted about keeping a list of who is who. But I do share your struggles, when someone else posts a name and I'm like -- which spark person is that?

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Hey I've been called all sorts of things in my life, from Mister, Mrs, Sir, Mate, Pal, Jules, Dick!!! I answer to just about everything, so call me what you like you won't offend me.

Man Romper Room, I remember that from when I was knee high to a grasshopper,now I feel old.

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TWOTIMESS 1/8/2011 3:55AM

    LOL, I do the same as Sheila - I keep a little notebook with names, area, interests, personal notes by my PC and it helps me to remember who I'm talking to now.

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SHEILA1505 1/8/2011 2:10AM

    Hi there - sometimes I don't use the real name (if I know it) because I think that maybe remaining anonymous is the intention with some names (??) especially if personal pix are not used anywhere.

I've also listed real names alongside the SparkMail list of addresses, and location, interests etc cos it'd be awkward if I congratulate Suzy in Oregon for Skydiving when in fact she is in Tokyo and knits :))

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BLESSED2BEME 1/8/2011 12:27AM

    LOL! Such a cute blog although I know you are being serious. Sounds like we are all about the same. I remember the ones that I see very regularly or comment on my blogs a lot, otherwise, I am awful with names too!


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S3XYDIVASMOM 1/7/2011 9:46PM

    At one point, I did make a point of writing down all the names that had been given to me, using the journal entry function. However, I haven't looked at it since. I'm one who has never given out my name, nor do I usually mention where I'm from. I guess I'm paranoid, but I'm concerned about potential data-mining done on this site and I'm afraid that somehow it all could be linked to the real me. Thus, the extra effort to remain private.

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JHADZHIA 1/7/2011 9:11PM

    Yes, its very hard, especially with a large list, and then some people don't even give out their real names anyway. I am thinking of using an excel workbook LOL.
Its hard to relate a person's name to their pet profile photo either..

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APIRLRAIN888 1/7/2011 9:05PM

    lol don't remember names, just the usernames ;p or profile pics ;p
but I have a handful that I keep track off (regulars)

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    LOL... well, my friend... What is YOUR name so hard to remember for? I only remember that it begins about your cat, Peaches, and then I can't remember your REAL name! After all this time, I still had to go look at your PAGE to remember that your name is SUSAN! emoticon

So! Do you feel better NOW? emoticonYou are NOT the only one! emoticonSometimes, I have time to try to find it, but sometimes, when I don't, I just leave it out of the response! It's better to make the comment you planned to make than to not make it just because you can't think of the name!

And YES! I remember Romper Room! And Captain Kangaroo, and Bozo's Circus! Remember the ping pong balls? And the buckets they threw the balls into? And yes, I loved that looking glass! I think we watched most of these shows in black and white, too, huh? Thanks for the memories, SUSAN! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HOPEFULANGE 1/7/2011 7:56PM

    My name can't be hard since it's in my username! My full name is Angela but my closest family and friends call me Ange anyway.

I know you, Lori and some girls in one of my spark teams, but I still need to think about it first! It is funny how each of us must perceive each other so differently than our non-spark friends!
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JLITT62 1/7/2011 7:55PM

    I don't! I remember some, some I don't remember. And sometimes someone else remembers for me (another commenter).

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Yet another mindless blog....

Thursday, January 06, 2011


Although I nothing earth shattering to share, I thought I would continue on with my blog writing, for my own benefit, it not for anyone elses.

I've been walking more this week which is really helping my mental health. I guess it is helping my physical health as well but that is something you don't really notice on a day to day basis.

Speaking of mentally, does anybody else find that the weather really affects their state of mind? It does nutty things to me! Whenever we have rain, drizzle, and fog I would just as soon stay in bed or at least indoors with the lights on and the curtains closed.

That being said, I was thrilled that the past few days have finally turned cooler and the sun has come out! We still don't have any snow.....unless you count the 1/2 inch that is lying on the grass. I've been walking wearing my sneakers rather than warm winter boots because of the warm temperatures. Sneakers are much more comfortable and allow me to walk the dogs and me further!

Funny dog story....well, not so funny for poor Maddy. Yesterday we went our normal route and met up with a Rhodesian Ridgeback named Blaze. Blaze is about two and is WILD! Well, I think Lou now has a boyfriend because didn't they have fun chasing each other and knocking into one another. Of course, they are both 60+ pounds so it was kind of even.

Enter, our ferocious ball of fluff, Maddy who eagerly joined in the play. All was going well until Blaze slipped, crashed into Lou who knocked Maddy off his feet. The expression on Maddy's face was priceless. He ran up to me, and looked at me as if to say "Mom, did you see what they did to me" before he took off racing again. Needless to say, they both crashed when they got home and were well-behaved doggies all night. LOL.

I hope all of you are doing well on your journeys. I will try to get in touch with each of you over the weekend.


P.S. Thanks to those of you who suggested some great organizing tips! I checked out the FlyLady website...wow!

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TEMPEST272002 1/7/2011 5:03PM

    Cute doggie story! Dogs bring so much joy to our lives, don't they?

I absolutely notice the connection between the weather and my mood. I grew up on Vancouver Island where it rains ALOT. I never understood people's adversion to rainy weather until I moved to sunny Alberta. I couldn't believe how happy it made me to see the sun shining almost every day... even if it was -40C outside.

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MEMARE 1/7/2011 7:49AM

    Loved your blog. I didn't think it was mindless at all! I thought it was great. Full of insight into the joyous hearts of dogs, their fervor for a good romp and how easy they shake off a tumble. Thanks for sharing!

I like to think of rain as 'liquid sunshine' LOL
We need those cold gray days to appreciate the warm sunny days. I see gray days as 'cozy days', a good day to think of a warm fireplace and a dust cloth. Because I certainly don't want to dust when the sun is shining!
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JLITT62 1/7/2011 5:32AM

    I often blog when I have nothing to say! Sometimes they turn out to be the best ones!

Most of the time the dogs only get to play with dogs their own size. But I do have one place I leave them who takes in big dogs, too. Oh, and our neighbor has a English Mastiff. Talk about hilarious comparisons!

Weather most definitely effects my mood. Hate gray! Part of why we didn't want to move back here!

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LIBBYFITZ 1/7/2011 1:25AM

    Good luck with the organising! Loved the dog story's!

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APIRLRAIN888 1/6/2011 10:54PM

    lol thanks for sharing the dog story, got one of those. had 2 maltese and a husky at one pt (matlese sis's)
it was like that everyday

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S3XYDIVASMOM 1/6/2011 9:43PM

    I enjoy your blogs. Don't insult them or yourself by calling them mindless.

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HOPEFULANGE 1/6/2011 8:30PM

    Too Cute! My puppy Leto would have loved to been there!

Yes, I love that it's NOT RAINING! Even a smattering of snow during my walk is so much better than rain. And Leto loves it too because he gets to go outside! If it's raining, no matter if he has to pee, he'll look outside, turn around, give me the "why is it raining" look and come back in.

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JHADZHIA 1/6/2011 7:23PM

    Love doggie stories! The things that poor old Bendix got himself into.. When he was only two, he was full of fun and energy and loved to chase with other dogs at the off leash area. In particular, this one lab, a little smaller than he, but equally energetic, rough and tumble and they would be hitting each other like crazy , sending themselves rolling all over. It was quite spectacular to watch, wish we had a motion camera!! Then one day, the poor lab gets something up his nose and is snorting and sneezing and pawing his face. Bendix, seeing his prey had stopped, went full steam ahead and just slammed into him, and wouldn't you know, dislodged what ever was stuck up his nose, so they called him Dr. Bendix after that.
Weather sure does affect one. All this cold, dark and windy weather I have been getting just wants to make me hibernate!!
Here is to sticking to our programs regardless.

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Getting my life organized....suggestions welcome!

Wednesday, January 05, 2011


Just got back from a nice stroll with the dogs during which I did some more thinking. I think I should earn "brownie points" for all the calories I burn when I think too much.....ha!

Anyway, I have to confess that I'm chronically disorganized. My husband refers to me as the most disorganized-organized person he knows. I try to be organized but then life happens and it all goes out the window.

So, along with fanning the flames of my Spark, I am going to embark on trying to get myself organized. I'm going to approach it with the same game plan I did when I joined Spark. I'm going to take it slow and steady. I am teaching myself to always put my keys in the same spot when I come home. Same goes for my wallet and cell phone.

I think I'm so messy because a) we never had kids so we act like two teenagers and b) I was raised to be anal about any clutter that I rebelled. But now, I'm ashamed of myself.

Any ideas on setting up routines for housework, meal planning, laundry, etc.? I'm going to try to write down my plan and keep it out where I can see it. Maybe then life will seem a little less crazy.

I don't know what I would be like if I had children or worked full time?! Maybe, I'd be okay because then I would only have a set period of time to do stuff. Right now it feels like I spend half of my life cleaning up and there always seems to be a mess, of some sort, around.

Talk to you later!


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    I'm going to get a white board, post it on my bed room door, and each night, I'm going to put a list of things I have to do for the next day. That way, when I wake up, I know exactly what I have to do.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 1/5/2011 10:54PM

    I'm no help. I'm the worst. I think the only hope for me is to move into some place that's half the size of what we live in now. But I really would not offer that as a piece of advise.

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NEVERMIND2010 1/5/2011 10:12PM

    I am terrible at this, but you might want to check out FlyLady (flylady.net). She has helped a lot of people. I've been fluttering along with her for years. There are some good ideas there, at any rate. Good luck!

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TEMPEST272002 1/5/2011 9:26PM

    I was much more organized when I had kids in school & was working. Now, unemployed & empty nester, I tend to let things go a little more. I'm ok with it though. I grew up in a spotless home - and a little mess feels liberating. As to getting organized, I suggest getting a minute timer and 2-3 times a day just doing a 1 minute clean up. You'll be amazed by how much you can do with 60 seconds of concerted effort.

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HOPEFULANGE 1/5/2011 7:28PM

    Can't help ya! I'm messy messy messy! Even at work, if anyone came in looking for something, I'm the only one who could possibly find it. I let things get out of control and when it gets unbearable, then I clean it up. But I must say, it's a great feeling of accomplishment when something gets organized!!!

Good Luck!

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CCORRIVEAU 1/5/2011 4:55PM

  Hi Susan!
I am the messiest person I know, but I'm also a big lister. I make lists (then I misplace them, so I make another). Actually I save them all in a folder on my desktop! I plan my menus a week in advance, and only pick up the things I need on Saturday morning (its amazing how much you don't overspend when you plan). I have a big box on my bookcase for bills, they may not be filed, but I know where they all are! And as for cleaning...I made a huge monthly list with columns and I just scratch off when I complete an item (something I learned from working at Reitmans)! Save the list on your computer and every month, print out a fresh one.
Best of luck Susan!!!!

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APIRLRAIN888 1/5/2011 4:24PM

    I'm with u on the disorganized organized. And I have kids!

And u can get Brownie pts. Contribute your mileage to my little challenge!
Info link in my blog!

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TEXAS38 1/5/2011 4:16PM

    We have a lot of the same bad habits! I too rebelled against the ridiculous cleaning habits of my mother, and still have a messy bedroom. I have found that the more time I have, the less organized I am. My kids are grown now and I was much, much better when they were small and we had so many activities. The best thing I do is throw out things and take unused items to our church's Friendship house. I also pick one thing at a time and finish it, like cleaning out my closet and then move to the bedroom or junk drawer, etc. I also have a rule about going to the grocery store once a week (I hate the grocery store), so it forces me to make a meal plan and stick to it. Good luck - it's a new year!

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JLITT62 1/5/2011 4:13PM


Check it out.

And oh, I seem to spend all my life exercising, making meals, walking dogs, feeding animals, and cleaning. Just when would I have time to work? LOL!

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    oh my Susan, you are talking to me again today. I was ALWAYS neat and tidy and had things in there place. I was 5 months pregnant with Rebecca when I had my gall bladder taken out and I was in the midst of packing to move into our new home when that happened so we ended up with many, MANY unmarked boxes. It seems that I have never got back into the organized position. Although those boxes have been long gone I find I am always trying to keep up and things never go back in their spot.
But what I try to do is take it one step at a time. Be it one cupboard, one box, one closet or one bag. It has to start in one spot and don't stop until it is done. Don't let yourself get side tracked...that happens to me alot...lol.
For meals I plan for two weeks, I make a list and I buy what is on the list and I cook what is on the menu for the day. This keeps it simple and keeps me on a budget. There will always be those days where something will get in the way of your plan but you just pick up the next day...same as sparking emoticon

Good luck my love because I do know how it feels. Also put a small table close to the door with a basket, you can drop all the essentials in there so you will always know where they are.

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JHADZHIA 1/5/2011 3:18PM

    Pick one chore each morning and get it done before the excuses and other things start happening to crowd it out. Put the most unpleasant chores first so they are out of the way and you enjoy your day.
I would be lost if I don't put my keys in the same spot. I have spent hours in my little apartment getting frantic looking for 'lost' things LOL. I do have a bad clutter going on with my desk most of the time, but other places are kept neat as I don't like looking for stuff -a strong motivator.
Most people find decluttering their lives and simplifying things really motivates the healthy lifestyle.
Good luck with it.

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MEMARE 1/5/2011 3:01PM

    I hear ya! My DH and I don't have children either... I'm the gatherer.. he's the tosser.
I don't have any concrete ideas for you.
I'm just trying to de-clutter something 15 minutes a day. If I go over that time limit; all is good. Less clutter = less mess.

We'll have to compare notes on this again next year same time to see how we've done. LOL.

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Type II diabetes....am I doomed?

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Good evening!

Today was my first day back to work since December 21st, so I'm a bit tired tonight. Funny how that is, isn't it? I was up half the night again coughing and to cope I kept sipping on honey which probably put me in sugar overload! Ha!

Speaking of sugar, I had to take Mom to a diabetes clinic today as starting tomorrow she has to start taking insulin injections twice a day. She was first diagnosed 20 years ago and except for the first year, she did not make any lifestyle or dietary adjustments.

When we were talking to the nurse today, I found out that I have an increased risk of developing diabetes as well since both Mom and her sister had/have it. Plus, I'm overweight.....by a lot!

I was reading a newspaper article yesterday that stated that Newfoundland has the highest rate of diabetes in all of Canada and we are double the national average. That is scary!

So, what can I do? I guess I have to accept the family history but I can change my diet and lifestyle. I think I'm working on both of that now. I'm also exercising and trying to get my weight down to an acceptable range. Apparently, it has a lot to do with the circumference of your waist. I'm doomed....or am I?

The same nurse told me that the changes I am making are great. She also explained that I should be eating my fruit with meals rather than as snacks because the other foods help prevent spikes in blood sugar, Interesting.

Anyway, I'm not going to worry about it but I will make an effort to become more informed to see if I can beat the odds!

Thanks for reading! Still a balmy 5 degrees Celsius here!

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JLITT62 1/5/2011 5:15AM

    You are definitely not doomed and all the difference you are making now can add up to a BIG difference in your future. Great job!

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APIRLRAIN888 1/4/2011 8:03PM

    I dont know much about the subject but agree with knowledge is power

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ALASKAPSYCH 1/4/2011 7:33PM

    I have a really good friend who totally beat type2 diabetes through diet and exercise. He was actually diagnosed with it, but was determined to not be a victim. He did it and so can you!

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    we have to do what we can to alter any chance of following the "family history" road. My mom and dad both had high blood pressure and they both got it under control with diet and exercise so they broke that cycle for themselves. Now I am doing what I can to not travel that same road.
And I totally get the stats because we always ate bread and sweets with every meal.
Good job on knowing what to do, now I bid you good luck on beating the odds. emoticon emoticon

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JHADZHIA 1/4/2011 6:41PM

    The best prevention is knowledge. You should join a diabetes team and get some good tips. They HAVE to live a healthy lifestyle if they want to live. Also, Sparks has numerous articles on it.
There is no turning back now, you just have to do it!
Wishing you all the best with it

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    I'm so glad that you are educating yourself on what to do to PREVENT this happening to you BEFORE it is a worry! Way to GO! emoticon

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S3XYDIVASMOM 1/4/2011 6:32PM

    The very balanced diet that diabetics need for optimal health would be good for all of us. It would seem to me like an excellent policy to go ahead and live as though you have already been diagnosed. Perhaps you can dodge that bullet AND maintain an optimally healthy lifestyle.

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BARBARACT 1/4/2011 6:13PM

    No, you are not doomed! You are making the right changes in your lifestyle so you won't get it.
I think the key with your mom is you wrote that she didn't make any changes in her lifestyle. You are!!! Doomed you are not!!!

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LIVING4HIM_INWI 1/4/2011 5:28PM

    Good for you for recognizing that you are not doomed! Diabetes also runs in my family. I have two brothers that have been diagnosed with it. The brother that was the most severe has done the best, he is able to regulate everything through diet. He decided that he has enough other health problems, he didn't want to also have the complications from diabetes. The second brother really tried but was not as motivated and he has pretty much given up and has decided that he can't do it. It is sad to see more complications come about because he quit. But we all have choices and it is up to each of us to decide for us alone. Good luck on your journey and may God be there with you to help guide your path!

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TEMPEST272002 1/4/2011 5:25PM

    I've had type 2 diabetes for 8 years now. Weight definitely makes a difference. Now that I've lost so much weight, I no longer need to take medication. Good for you for taking control NOW... before you get the disease. Definitely not doomed!

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IBECCA 1/4/2011 5:24PM

    Diet and exercise will drastically cut your chances of getting diabetes!

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