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Some Funny Observations

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Hi everybody!

I'm in a really weird mood today and despite a headache could just laugh about anything. Mind you, I think it is true gift to be able to laugh at oneself or either that, it's a sign you are mentally ill. I think I fit both categories!

First of all, the morning started with Lou deciding to climb over the snow bank and fence in our garden to get closer to the doggies in the garden to our diagonal. This was before 8:00 a.m. and thankfully the others doggies weren't outdoors or else everyone would have been awakened from a sound sleep by moaning and crying dogs. By the time my husband got dressed to go get her, she had walked back over to our garden. Being the BDR (big, dumb retreiver) that she is, she got all excited to see "daddy" in the next garden, jumped back over the fence and scratched her lower belly on the fence pickets! She cried a little bit and let us look at it but it is only a scratch so she if fine. But then she came in and acted all sicky-poo and wanted rubs and hugs. Maddy seeing that Lou is getting all the attention, promptly rolled over to his back demanding the same! I'm telling you there is never a dull moment!

Okay, so we went for our normal walk and when we came home I decided to dig out one of the exericse videos I received for Christmas. The one I chose was Spark's Fit, Fired and Firm. Picture me still dressed in my longjohns (from our walk), trying to do lower body exercises with two curious dogs underfoot! I managed to do the ten minutes twice and then had to pee........that is about when I caught sight of myself in the bathroom mirror.........OMG...... I looked exactly like Camilla Parker Bowles on a bad hair day! Seriously!!!!! My husband, who is nearly bald, claims people pay to have thick hair like mine but I sincerely doubt it....not the way it looks right now.

Anyway, I walked back into the living room still laughing at my attire and my 'do when I noticed my husband had our local community channel on tv. It was a repeat of a gospel concert our local SPCA put off several weeks ago. We knew some of the performers so we watched......again, all was going well until a friend of ours got up and said he was going to sing a duet with the missus "acapulco"!!!! I really think he meant "a cappella" as in without music but I nearly fell to the floor in laughter!!! I don't think he will live that one down....charity or not! Ha!

Oh, in closing I have to add a picture of my cousin's two dogs. This is especially for Tempest272002 as one of the dogs in the picture looks something like what her dog will grow into.

Willow is the black and white one and Maggie is the Husky cross with the mismatched eyes! Maggie will be four tomorrow and was abadoned at 4 weeks old and Willow was the very first dog I was involved with rescuing. She is about 8 years old.

I must go and hop into the shower to see if I can calm down the hair!!!! Hope I made some of you smile!

  
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NEWFIEGIRLHERE 3/7/2011 6:28PM

    oh Susan, your blogs always make me smile. I could just picture you trying to do a work out with two pooches under foot. I could not imagine trying to anything with two, I have a hard enough time trying to get a glass of water out of the fridge before Sophie climbs half way in to investigate the *smells*
...you know beagles and those noses.

thanks for the laugh!! emoticon

oh, and I love your cousins babies and I am glad to hear that Lou was ok.

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HOPEFULANGE 3/7/2011 1:08PM

    emoticon Love the imagery and associated pic of the hair!

Good job at digging out that video! Once I'm done the 30-day shred I'll be starting on the spark videos. I hope they're enjoyable!



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MEMARE 3/7/2011 8:06AM

    Susan I loved your blog and I think I resemble that remark at the beginning too! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/6/2011 10:42PM

    I just love the photos Tempest272002 puts on her page of her DOG! Isn't that kind of dog awesome?! I enjoyed your blog again! I'm just so tired from work I've forgotten all that I wanted to say! LOL

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ERIKO1908 3/6/2011 8:12PM

    so great that you are finding so much laughter today!! so inspiring to me!!

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TEMPEST272002 3/6/2011 5:25PM

    Susan, you ALWAYS make me smile... but the picture of you in long johns with Camilla-hair. Hilarious!

Arent the dogs gorgeous?! I can definitely see the similarities between Deeohgee & Willow, especially in the white face. I think it's wonderful that you can see how Willow's life has changed through rescue. It's so hard to let foster dogs go... but so rewarding when you can see that it's to a good life. Maggie is also fabulous & beautiful. Huskies are so majestic.



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KAMAPERRY 3/6/2011 4:49PM

    Don't animals just know how to make you smile!! emoticon

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GAYLE-G-63 3/6/2011 3:59PM

    HI Susan,

I have thick medium length hair and mine does look a fright, especially after I've been out in the wind! lol

The dogs are gorgeous!

Have a fun filled rest of the day!

Huggz,
~Gayle~

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JHADZHIA 3/6/2011 2:09PM

    emoticon Mom and I have been walking around with bad hair days every day. Einstein has nothing on what my Mom's thick long hair looks like when she gets up, she won't let me take a photo though :)
Lovely dogs :)
Its actually better to have a sense of humour then not..
Enjoy your Sunday!

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LESLIES537 3/6/2011 1:33PM

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DRGOMTI 3/6/2011 1:02PM

    Oh Susan dear, you always make me smile!! emoticon
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Love the picture accents too!! that husky/shepherd mix is gorgeous!! I want one!! : ))

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Apple Crisp, Sunny Day and Playing Frisbee in the snow

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Hi!

Well, it turns out I slept a lot better last night when I increased my medication and stopped taking the sleeping pills.

Woke up totally energized and was out in the fresh air and -10 temperatures before 9:00 a.m. with John, Maddy and Lou. Oh, and heaven forbid, I forget to include Lou's frisbee because she now insists on taking it along on our walks. The frisbee is a red, rubber Kong brand and when she grabs hold of it, the thing bends, turns inside out and looks like a big set of lips! It is too funny! That and she runs up to us and whacks us in leg with it if we don't pretend to chase her!

On this mornings jaunt, they saw a bunny rabbit and all hell broke loose! Maddy was way over his head in snow by the time his paws landed and looked so pathetic. Lou, on the otherhand, somehow thought the bunny was a squirrel and sat under a tree and howled at its branches! That is the thing when you adopt/rescue a dog....no idea if they're slow learners.....Ha!!!!

Came home and had a short nap with my two buddies before we headed back to the same place to walk again. Maddy did his very best to catch a skidoo for us and Lou beat herself out with the silly frisbee. They will certainly sleep well tonight....as will I, hopefully!

Just finished making an apple crisp that I found on Spark......talk about yummy! I resisted the urge to run down to the grocery store to pick up some vanilla ice-cream to have with it but I think it is pretty darned tasty without it. Definitely a keeper recipe!

Here is it just in case you are interested:

3 medium apples, cored and sliced thin (I did not peel my apples)
1 tsp cinnamon
2 TB sugar
2 TB flour

Mix the cinnamon, flour and sugar together. Arrange your apple slices (in a 9 inch baking dish)
and sprinkle the spice mixture in layers between the apples.

In a medium bowl, combine:

1 cup quick oats
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 TB heart healthy margarine

Place the oat mixture on top of the apples. Bake uncovered at 325 for approximately 30 minutes.

I vary the amount of apples and the amount of sugar because I don't like things too sweet.

This recipe was submitted by BLESSEDW/3

Anyway, I hope you are all doing well and are having a relaxing weekend. I'll try to get in touch with each of you later on in the week!

  
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TEMPEST272002 3/6/2011 10:39AM

    I'm glad to hear that you're on the mend. Huge kuddos to you to taking control of your health & medication and doing what you needed to.

I'd love to see a lips pic of Lou. Sounds hilarious. Poor Maddy getting in too deep... though it's sure funny to watch them bound around in the snow.

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MEMARE 3/6/2011 9:25AM

    Sounds like a wonderful day. emoticon
Recipe sounds good, I love apple crisp. I'd use real butter and regular oats though. emoticon

I think we need a photo of Lou and her 'lips' emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/5/2011 11:22PM

    That sounded so yummy! Great blog! I love reading about your doggies!

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LESLIES537 3/5/2011 11:14PM

    YUMMO! I'll def have to try that one! emoticon

I'm glad you and your kids had fun on your jaunt! Sleep well! emoticon

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HOPEFULANGE 3/5/2011 9:33PM

    Glad to hear you had a good night. After two walks I'm sure you'll have another good sleep tonight!

Too funny about the bunny rabbit! Silly dogs!

I made that apple crisp recipe a few months ago - it's so good. Though my portion sizes weren't the same as in the recipe, so I ended up eating more calories than I should have...but it was so delicious it was worth it!!!!
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JHADZHIA 3/5/2011 8:43PM

    Glad you got some good sleep and felt energetic the next day! Awesome fun with your fur babies!
That apple crisp sounds wonderful! Mom just recently made us a lazy man's apple crisp -just cored three apples and put some crisp like topping on them so we had baked apple crisp, was good :)
Enjoy the rest of your evening and weekend!

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KAMAPERRY 3/5/2011 7:23PM

    Yum!! I need more apples!!!
Sooooooooooooooo Happy to hear you feel better!! emoticon

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ERIKO1908 3/5/2011 6:45PM

    Yummy!! Gonna have to give that one a try!!

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DANCINCAJUN1 3/5/2011 5:55PM

    oh that does sound yummy .... think spring it is right around the corner. Great blog

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How to skin a chicken

Friday, March 04, 2011

Hi,

Before you read any further I want to reassure you all that this blog has nothing whatsover to do with chicken but I figured I would be a good way to make more SparkFriends. I seem to have a good few but I only hear from the regulars (which I am very thankful for) but nobody new seems to read and/or comment. I think that is my way of saying I need to shake things up!

I've been in a funk lately dealing with SAD. I'm really weird in that I suffer the most from it during the spring and actually enjoy winter. I always knew I was a bit different but this is getting out of hand! Just for once I wish I was normal. Nah, I take that back.

I'm going to up my medication tonight and will not take the sleeping pills. The latter is knocking me out way too much to the point where I feel like I am stoned throughout the next day. I took one last evening....about 22 hours ago and I still feel drugged. I spoke to my pharmacist and he thinks the dose is too strong. So, I'm about to follow my doctor's suggestion and up my antidepressant by 25mg for a week to see if I feel any different. Again, I checked this out with my pharmacist and he said I should notice an improvement (if one is to be had) within a week.

Funny thing is I'm not feeling actually depressed but more like anxiety. I am still getting out doors to walk the dogs and I'm not feeling all gloomy like I have in the past. Mental illness is a weird old thing let me tell you.

Maddy (our Pomeranian) had to go to the vet yesterday for his yearly dental and they ended up pulling out three more of his wee little teeth. When we picked him up he could barely stand up and was acting like Keith Richards (stoned) all night and well into today. He seemed hungry so they suggested I give him some chicken and rice (well, it turns out I did mention chicken in my blog) which I cooked from scratch and the little buggar gobbled it all down. Lou put on her best "I'm sick too" face so she was given some of mommy's home cooking along with her DNC....dry nasty crap.....dog food. She was happy not to be left out.

Tonight I am going out with my group of humane society friends to rescue a little kitten. I think we have a home lined up which is really making me feel good. In last night's community newspaper there was an article about a dog in a neighbouring community who walked out on sea ice and was afraid to come back because the water opened up. A woman (a stranger to the dog) saw this, called the fire department, the dog was rescued and the first thing the dog did was walk over to the woman to get a big hug. And people think that animals can't think!!!!

I must go and get out of my pjs....it is supper time and I'm still in them! I'm going to force myself out the door for some fresh air and for a short walk with my canine buddies. Not sure if Maddy is up to it yet so my husband will serve as the car escort!

In closing, thank you for reading. I hope one day to meet some of you face to face to personally thank you for being such a inspiration to me along my journey!

Susan

  
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CAZ5346 3/5/2011 6:17PM

    When my neurologist wanted me to go on an anti depressant I said but I'm not depressed. He said because I have parkinsons I also have an imbalance of dopamine and thought everyone with PD should be on one.so I started taking them. I still don't have much motivation or energy but I'm also not sleeping 24/7 so maybe it is helping.
I loved the story about the dog on the ice and to think he knew who helped him.
My son was never an animal lover but he got a puppy from the Humane Society and that puppy is so loved. Puppy turned a year today. And now my son volunteers at the shelter. Now my youngest daughter would take in every animal that needed a home. She actually works with monkeys.
Anyway, I found your page through a SP friend who had commented on your blog and came over to read your page.
Take care.

Carol

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KAMAPERRY 3/5/2011 3:58PM

    Big hugs!!!!! I KNOW what you are going thru, one reason I moved to AZ!! I'm here if you ever want to talk! emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/5/2011 12:40AM

    I agree with Linda! I love to hear your animal stories! I love the things you write in your funny, spunky way! I'm so glad that you are my friend! emoticonI have depression, too, you know. We all just do the best with what we have, and hold hands along the way! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JHADZHIA 3/5/2011 12:23AM

    Love doggy tales :)) So glad that poor dog got rescued from the ice!!
Way to take care of yourself and be aware of your medicines effects..
We can't all be instantly popular with our blogs like yoovie or sandiagojohn. I have a large friend's list, but only a select few ever comment on my blogs or feeds, and to me those are true friends and all I need to interact with as any more would be too hard to keep up with..
Keep up the great work!

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ERIKO1908 3/4/2011 11:40PM

    DNC!! Pretty sure that is EXACTLY what my cat is grumbling under his breath each time I feed him!! (doesn't stop him from chowing it down though...) Thanks for sharing...you made me laugh!! I LOVE TO LAUGH!! I really know what you mean about wanting to meet Spark Friends FOR REAL!! That would be the awesomest!!!

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BOVEY63 3/4/2011 10:57PM

    You are an angel for the work you do with animals! Have an awesome weekend, and I hope all works out well with your meds.
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KAZINMICH 3/4/2011 10:27PM

    With my emotions I'm more "normal" scheduled. In the fall I up my antidepressant, and in the spring I lower it. The thing that matters most is you are aware of it! And who wants to be "normal" anyway??? Not me! I was a bad mommy today. After we picked up Wendle's antibiotics (which the pharmacists promptly gave him two large biscuits) we went to McDonalds and bought him a cheeseburger. I'm sure he will have gas tonight... lol.. and since he sleeps in our bed, I'm sure I'll be mad at myself. It was such a hard day today, and I thought he deserved a special treat! :) I want to do large breed rescue in a few years. Until then I just help out as much as I can to those who rescue. :)

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TEMPEST272002 3/4/2011 10:22PM

    And here I thought you were going to hand out cooking tips! I glad that you are taking care of yourself during this depression flare-up - through adjusting meds & continuing to go out with the dogs.

Poor Maddy! It's so sad - and so funny - when they are stoned. You feel so bad, but you can't help laughing. Hope she heals up fast.

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APIRLRAIN888 3/4/2011 9:12PM

    LOL join some active teams ;p I unclick my blog comments as I read too many. but I could have helped you with more reader! but then my SP-friend's friend feed will be flooded ;p

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HOPEFULANGE 3/4/2011 7:06PM

    Poor Maddy! I hope she's feeling better now. And I hope you start feeling better soon! I think you've been on a emotional roller coaster lately. Maybe rescuing this little kitty will help your heart feel full!

Next time I'm driving across the island, I'll drop into the CONA library to see you! (That's where you are right?!?).

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DRGOMTI 3/4/2011 4:42PM

    Thank YOU for your entertaining blogs!! And I so wish I could come up to your Island sometime!! I'd have to get a passport now tho. It's crazy, I haven't been out of the USA since a couple yrs ago when I walked into Mexico to do a little shopping. I wouldn't wanna do that now, I guess. My hearts desire vacation is to DRIVE up to Alaska!!
Now you made me hungry for chicken!! Oh, I gotta get up from this comfy chair n my beloved laptop n go cook some. UGH!! Good luck with your meds. I'm right there along with you in detesting March n April. It's all glummy n brown n MUDDY!! RRRRR!! We always have to wipe Windy's muddy little feet. And lots more baths than she usually gets. It's a back breaking job for 2 ole farts with bad backs, hips, shoulders, n necks. : ))
Hey I changed my page background, just for you!! I miss Christmas tho. : ( Well, it's still dear in my heart n home!! Where did you get that gorgeous winter picture?? Did you take it? I'm gonna go check out your pics n see if it's there?!! Awesome!!!
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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 3/4/2011 3:59PM

    Hi!! First off, nice blog! I like that you are making yourself go outside!

After joing SP I made myself go outside with my 2 dogs to walk and I discovered that I like it. On a mini vacation that I have coming up I am going to plant a garden which will bring me outside more often.

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LESLIES537 3/4/2011 3:56PM

    emoticon I literally LOL'd about Maddy's "I'm sick too" face! I can so picture that! You're such a good mommy to them! I also enjoyed the story about the dog on the ice. Animals never cease to amaze me! emoticon emoticon

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Ramblings

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Hello!

We've had another snow storm here overnight so it is nice to see the snow still pure white as opposed to the gray colour it turns as Spring progresses. I didn't get out for my walk in the woods with Maddy and Lou today so we had to make do with walking around our neighbourhood. Managed to walk 3.5 km but it just isn't as enjoyable as being in the woods.

I saw my psychiatrist yesterday for the first time in about 14 months. Actually I did see her one year ago tomorrow at her husband's funeral but that wasn't a professional visit. She has become a good friend of mine and fellow animal lover so we talk about a lot of things besides my mental state.

Yesterday we talked for 2 hours (!) and I left feeling emotionally drained. But that is how I make progress as I tend to over analyze my own situation and she basically tells me that it is perfectly normal to feel that way or explains why I feel that way.

She was amazed that I really enjoyed this winter. I think she thought I was down because the winter was long and a lot of people just get fed up with snow, even those who are not depressed. But this year has been different! This has been the first year in memory that I actually don't want winter to end! Seriously! I just love getting out in the snow with Maddy and Lou and having the cold air and sunny skies on my face.

So she ruled out that as a cause of my anxiety. She knows that I dread Spring (March is not a good month for someone with Seasonal Affectivedness Disorder) and I dread the clock's changing even more.

At the end we narrowed my "warped" thinking to two reasons: One, I have never gone this long without feeling down before and I was probably always wondering when and if it was going to raise its ugly head. Apparently this is quite common as true depression will always ebb and flow throughout your life so you learn to take the good times with a grain of salt because you know they are not going to last. I know that sounds depressing in itself but for me, it gives me a sense of hope that I have finally learned when I'm in a downward spiral and thus I can be prepared.

The other thing, is what we are going to do when and If John has to leave to find employment. Actually John came with me to the appointment so I think he got to hear how concerned I am about this. In Newfoundland it is quite common for workers to fly either off shore or to Alberta for work and return back one week out of four. We've been blessed that we have never had to do that but it might become a reality over the summer when he finishes college. I think even acknowledging the anxiety this was causing helped relieve some of it.

So, my doctor/friend also told me to "increase" my medications when I felt like I was out of sorts and to decrease it when I thought I was okay. Now, I'm not a doctor (nor do I play one on tv...sorry, couldn't resist) but I always thought psychiatric medications were the one drug you really didn't want to be playing around with. I know they always warn you about not stopping them without consulting your doctor first. So, I'm still wary of playing doctor with my medications and I'm going to leave them alone for a week or so to see if I can pull myself out of this hole I seem to be mired in

I know I haven't been very faithful to my nutrition lately so that is one thing I can definitely change with only positive results. I joined a challenge under the Newfoundland Spark team to lose 5 pounds in March so I'm going to make an honest effort with that.

  
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DRGOMTI 3/4/2011 2:42PM

    Hey Pcoho!! I'm back from our trip to be with our lil grandson for his 1st bday. He is so precious n his mommy/our daughter is such a good mommy it just warms my heart all over!! I've been missing your blogs and YOU!! As you probably remember I'm on antidepressants and have finally found a good balance with 2 different kinds. I'm so glad you have a good shrink/friend : )) that you can rely on. Since I've been back home, I'm having a hard time getting in tracking gear again. Those trips always throw me for a loop. I don't know why I think I should quit tracking while I'm on vacation??? One of these many trips to see our fastly growing grandson, I'll figure out how to stay on track while traveling. After all, he's one of the reasons I'm here on SP!! I LOVE your new background picture! Winter IS gorgeous!! But also, I know even if I don't have SAD, it's harder for me to get going in the winter cz I think I'm a bear, n should be hibernating all winter!! emoticon Maybe one of these days I'll get enough gumption to change my Page background. : ))
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Keep on ramblin on Susan!!

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KANSASROSE67 3/3/2011 12:27PM

    Glad you had a good talk and were able to relieve some anxiety that way. There might be ups as well as downs to your DH working away. My DH and I always get along best when we don't spend every moment together!

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TEMPEST272002 3/3/2011 12:14PM

    I'm going to echo the don't mess with the meds sentiment. Talk it over with your doctor - maybe your prescription allows for this... maybe not. Why risk it?

I'm glad you got the insight & reassurances you needed from your therapist. It's nice that it's someone you already have a relationship with & don't have to start from scratch.

I'm sorry to hear that hubby may have to work away. My hubby has worked away many times - first in the navy & later in the oil fields. I always miss him but you get used to it. Of course, there's the built in advantage of the honeymoon effect when they are home. There are pros & cons to every situation.

It's really encouraging to me that you caught the spiral in the early stages and you still stayed with us here at spark. Those are two HUGE steps towards health. You did good girl & it's going to keep getting better as you get healthier!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/2/2011 7:36PM

    Man, I wouldn't want to play with the doses, either. Doesn't it take a good while to even get on a balance with them? That's the way it's been with me, anyway. I wonder, did you ask her about that? I have to say that I know you're right about that ebb and flow of depression. I hate to admit that I suffer from it because people start to flee like I'm a downer going to bring them down with me, but I try not to talk about it much. I'm not sure that helps ME at all! lol

It's so good to have time to read your blog and get back in touch with you again! emoticon

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NEWFIEGIRLHERE 3/2/2011 11:36AM

    It always breaks my heart when I hear of men having the leave their families behind in search of work...that's Newfoundland for ya emoticon
I am glad that John was there with you for support and that he got to hear first hand your concerns and how it affects your being. I hope that everything works out for you both.
I always thought it strange for people not to enjoy winter. The thing is, it comes every year, some years are harder than others but I think it goes by better when we can make the best of it.
Our family ALWAYS enjoyed winter activities. Every weekend we would go to the channel and slide, or we would snow shoe, skate, ski doo or do whatever we could do to make the best of the season...even my parents, aunts and uncles got involved...some great memories.
So I am glad that you, my friend, are making the best of our sometimes long winter days. Take care. emoticon

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JHADZHIA 3/2/2011 9:56AM

    Nice to hear you had a good chat with your therapist and hubby was there for support. I hope it all helps.. Maybe controlling your own medication will empower you more to know you have more control over your depression so you won't feel so helpless when it comes on..
Winter is beautiful and I do hate the dirty, mushy, muddy spring. It is lovely getting out in a fresh snowfall, But I sure could do without the extreme cold we have been getting, that part is just totally a downer. The other day on a path I regularly take a woman fell and broke her ankle :( There was a really bad icy area which I am very careful around.. This is the worst part of wildly fluctuating temperatures where it can melt one day then go down to -30 the next :( Wreaks havoc on my RA too. So I still prefer the green summer months far and away. If I could afford to move to somewhere green all year, I would do it.. The one part I really love staying with my Mom is the opportuntity to walk the woodsy trails. There is nothing like that near where I live.
Feel better soon,
Hugs,
Linda

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BOVEY63 3/1/2011 4:35PM

    So happy to hear that you had a good session and that your hubby was there for support.

Praying that March goes well for you.
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APIRLRAIN888 3/1/2011 4:31PM

    Lol reading the part about being out for so long not knowing when it all come back sound a lot like this weight loss journey. I Dont know about depression but here we just keep keeping at it, keep sparking on!

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HOPEFULANGE 3/1/2011 4:04PM

    I'm glad to hear you had a good chat and you're feeling better about naming your issues. I hope John doesn't have to go away for work....hopefully Danny has made it that not too many people will have to do that anymore. It's got to be hard on families, and especially those with children, that have to make money that way.

Good luck with the March Challenge! I have my doubts I'll be able to lose 5 pounds but I'm going to give it my best!

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KAMAPERRY 3/1/2011 3:58PM

    Hmmmm, I wouldnt want to play with my meds either. I am glad your husband went with you too for support. I pray things get better for you soon. emoticon

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Hello! I'm back and I'm determined!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Hello all!

Just to let you know that my mental state has just about returned to "normal" whatever normal means. I'm feeling proud of myself to have seen the signs and to have taken some time for me as I seem to have nipped the evil one in the proverbial bud this time.

Tomorrow I am going to see the specialist (I only say that because I can't spell psychiatrist or was that it?) which is about one hour away. It is in the same town my husband is going to college in so I am leaving early enough to have lunch with him and to meet some of his classmates. I've heard so much about them over the past few months that it will be fun to see if I can match up names to the people I have only envisioned up to now.

Today is a cold, yet sunny day here. When we left for our jaunt across the river the temperature was -10 celsius with a strong wind. Not sure of the actual windchill all the same. Needless to say we were dressed for it and enjoyed every minute of it. All was well until I decided to step off the beaten trail and to walk on the snow. I didn't know anything until I one leg went right through the upper crust and it was up to my groin! Then when I tried to haul my leg out (all the while I was laughing like a loon) my boot came off and was left buried in the snow! So picture this, John and I on our hands and knees on a bank of snow, me with one boot off, digging with our hands to get the other boot and Maddy and Lou digging with us because they thought it was playtime! By the time we rescued my boot it was full of snow! Ha! It was fun all the same and we did manage to walk at least 3km today over there today.

John took a picture of Maddy and I shortly after this happened so I will try to add it in before I post this blog. I have enough layers of clothes on in the picture that you are all going to think I have Lou stuffed under my coat!!!

Notice the piece of wood in one of the pictures...it is the top rail of a four foot fence!!!!



Anyway, to get to my blog title, I'm back to feeling myself. I would like to thank all of you who posted on my page, responded to my blog or sent me a message! You are a fine bunch of friends and I truly value your support and friendship.

  
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SLIMMERJESSE 2/28/2011 4:30PM

    Welcome back! Best wishes for success. You will do it!

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LESLIES537 2/28/2011 4:26PM

    So glad to hear you're back to 'normal'! emoticon Loved the pictures!!

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APIRLRAIN888 2/28/2011 12:28AM

    woohooo great pics and yeah to normal

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S3XYDIVASMOM 2/27/2011 11:23PM

    Lookin' good. I'm glad to hear you're feeling better.

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JHADZHIA 2/27/2011 10:57PM

    LOL, I have never had that happen to me thank goodness, lucky to have mostly beaten down trails here.. You guys get such huge amounts of snow though.. Lovely family portrait there. You are bundled up like the Michelin Man for winter, good stuff! One of the things I dislike about winter is the suiting up for it -feel like a stiff robot sometimes lol.
Glad you are coming back into the land of the living -that is good to hear! Enjoy your meeting and lunch with hubby tomorrow!
Hugs,
Linda

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HOPEFULANGE 2/27/2011 8:16PM

    Well, you're not a true Newfoundlander until you've had your boot stuck in the snow! emoticon Sounds like you had a great time - and it looks like you had some sunshine!!! We had a bit this morning, but it was still windy and cold all day.

I'm so happy to hear that you are feeling better and that you're getting a better handle on everything! I'll bet it has a lot to do with your journey the last few months. I've watched you evolve into a woman who respects herself and enjoys life everyday...keep spreading the joy!

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BARBARACT 2/27/2011 5:51PM

    I am glad to hear you are feeling better! Good for you!

I had to laugh myself about the you guys looks for the boot! LOL! Your foot must have been sooo cold! That is a really nice picture of you and the pups!

Thanks for sharing!

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KAMAPERRY 2/27/2011 5:23PM

    Awesome, you give me hope!

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TEMPEST272002 2/27/2011 4:31PM

    I'm so glad you're feeling better. You did a good job of taking care of yourself.

I'm glad you found your boot. Pretty funny image of you hip deep... emoticon

Maddy is such a little fluff ball. She looks like she has the perfect winter coat!

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