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Something lighthearted today....the ABC's of getting to know me...

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

A - Available or married? -- Married

B- Book? -- Work in a library so I have a stack of books piled by our bed! emoticon

C- Cake or Pie? Cheesecake - any flavour!

D- Drink of Choice? -- water

E- Essential Item? -- Sunscreen and lipbalm (I don't use enough of the former and too much of the latter!)

F- Favorite Color? -Green (I'm a redhead!)

G- Game to play or watch? Not much of a sports fan!

H- Hometown? - GF-W, Newfoundland, Canada

I- Indulgence? - Salt and vinegar chips! (even though they make my tongue white and I feel sick after eating them - go figure)

J- Job? Library Tech at a provincial college - I LOVE my job

K- Kids and names? - Furkids - Maddy and Louisa (woof)

L- Life is incomplete without? My husband, my dogs and my sanity. emoticon

M- Music group or singer? Elton John and Stan Rogers are two of my favourites but I'm not a big music lover

N- Number of Siblings? One brother who is four years older and much more wiser emoticon

O- Oranges or apples? Apples!

P- Phobias - Creepy, crawly things

Q- Favorite Quote? - "Make me the person my dog thinks I am"

R- Reason to Smile? - Being alive!

S- Season? - Love them all although my least favourite is Spring

T- Tattoos? - Are you kidding me? I detest needles and pain!

U- Unknown Fact About Me? - I wanted to be a Nun and I'm not even Catholic

V- Vegetable you love? - Sweet potatoes, red pepper, carrots (how do you think I got my red hair?)

W- Worst habit? - I don't believe in myself!

X- X-Rays you've had? - Dental, etc

I hope you had fun reading this list and maybe you could copy this idea for a bit of levity!

  
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KAMAPERRY 2/8/2012 10:46PM

    Lol, I am afraid of needles but I got a tattoo just to see if I could do it. It wasn't too bad. I love the dog quote, and I hate creepy crawlies too!

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KAYDE53 2/8/2012 3:00PM

    That was fun reading!! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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JLITT62 2/8/2012 5:14AM

    Ok, how in the world can spring be your least favorite season? It might just be my favorite! The longer days, the leaves on the trees, the flowers . . . rebirth - what's not to love?

Oh, and all my animals sleep thru the night no problem usually. Chester had a couple of nights where his coughing kept me up & then once in a while Lola has this gagging thing. I was seriously just about ready to strangle them I was so exhausted! Well, of course I wouldn't hurt them but I WAS beyond exhausted.

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JOANNANOW 2/8/2012 1:12AM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UY4h
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Speaking of levity.... this you tube is a song that made me LOL
when I was driving home. I think you might laugh too ... funny girl! emoticon

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Q8PRINCESS 2/7/2012 11:13PM

    Nice. I don't mind the x-rays just the dentist. :-)

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_LINDA 2/7/2012 4:55PM

    Thanks for sharing a part of you!
I have done these in the past and asked for others to do them, but got no response, so now I don't bother, as its probably been seen already and they wouldn't want to know any more about me lol.

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THETURTLEBEAR 2/7/2012 2:22PM

    That was fun - thanks!!

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PATIB13 2/7/2012 1:46PM

    Always good to read things about others. Nice way to find out things about people.

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POPSY190 2/7/2012 1:14PM

    Books, animals, vegetables, red hair, sunscreen rang bells with me! Fun idea! Thanks for this.

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BOVEY63 2/7/2012 1:08PM

    Always enjoy getting to more about you. My favorite answer of yours was "Elton John" ~ he has been my fav since 1973!

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GLORYANDME 2/7/2012 12:33PM

    I love that you wanted to be a nun and aren't even catholic. Thanks for sharing! You are too cute! emoticon

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APIRLRAIN888 2/7/2012 10:50AM

    Awesome! Lol on book!

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GRAMLORI 2/7/2012 10:15AM

    OK! I'll bite.....I love to play silly games..... emoticon

Hope you are having a terrific week!
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Lori

Don't forget to go read mine!!

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HOPESINGH 2/7/2012 9:45AM

    Nice post. I especially loved your quote emoticon

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WENDYSPARKS 2/7/2012 9:21AM

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 2/7/2012 9:17AM

    I loved reading about you! You are adorable! I never do these because I think people would just click "next" when they saw it! emoticon

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Still sandbagging (you have to read my last two blogs to understand)

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Hi,

Well, here is the blog I promised some of you that I would write. It is not going to be profound nor funny but it is going to be from the heart. But, did you really expect any different? A common thread in many of your responses to the past two blogs is how open and honest I am. Me? Also, a sincere thank you to those who said they like my blogs because it is like sitting back and actually hearing my words rather than reading them. That is pretty nice and it brings a big smile to my face as I can picture most of you reading this and me being a little red-haired fairy sitting on top of your computer screen as you read! Sorry, I couldn't resist!

I am still sandbagging and realizing how much support I have. I know the hardest months for me and my depression are coming up and I have yet to be able to work through a complete February-March but I am going to try.

Some of my sandbags are going to be:

John's love and support
Maddy and Louisa and the love they so freely give to me
Walking them and watching them play
Drinking my water
Getting my rest
Trying to eat well (I'm craving food constantly!)
Getting out in the sun and using my light therapy when I can
Taking care of me and learning to say 'no' to mom
Leaning on others when the going gets tough instead of just sitting still!
My wonderful SparkFriends!!!

I have been compiling a list of who responded to my blogs and will try to send a personal thank you to each and everyone of you!

Susan

P.S. For any of you Canadians who think we've been bombarded with snowstorms - it is not affecting us at all here in Central. We had one storm in October and one last weekend....truly nothing to complain about. The east coast of our island, however, has been hit hard!

  
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ERIKO1908 2/7/2012 11:16PM

    feel free to sit on top of my computer monitor any day!! :)

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CALGARYNEWF 2/7/2012 8:03PM

    Susan, I laughed out loud at "I can picture most of you reading this and me being a little red-haired fairy sitting on top of your computer screen as you read!" You really are a breath of fresh air and I LOVE your blogs!!!It really is one of teh first things I check when I log into SparkPeople!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 2/7/2012 9:22AM

    Susan, YOU are a BREATH of FRESH AIR, and I LOVE you! emoticon

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KANSASROSE67 2/6/2012 2:13PM

    Preparation and planning are half the battle...you will be ready for the worst when it comes. And here's hoping the worst won't be as bad this time.

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 2/6/2012 12:37AM

    Wonderful!

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Q8PRINCESS 2/5/2012 11:57PM

    Just remember to love yourself first.

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EJOY-EVELYN 2/5/2012 8:29PM

    Great list of strategies that are bound to help. Post them in a book you're reading or room you spend a lot of time in. It's times like this when a healthy broth-based veggie-filled soup is a satisfying accompaniment to a filling-foods (freggies, whole grains, lean dairy and proteins) meal. This is chili season and I've got just the ingredients to make a great SparkRecipe.

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KAYDE53 2/5/2012 8:19PM

    Keep those sandbags going!! We could all use some sometime or another!! I think you are being much more proactive with your depression, than reactive and waiting for it to hit your full force & the sandbagging shows just what I mean!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 2/5/2012 7:20PM

    It makes me so happy to see this!

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CHUBRUB3 2/5/2012 3:37PM

    You are doing great Susan!
What a smart lady you are. When danger arises, you set up blocks and use your sandbags. I am here for you to lay down as your sandbag, or help you throw them around too.
Beautiful weather here in Alberta as some other Canadians can attest to.
Hugs and love,
Angela


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TEMPEST272002 2/5/2012 3:12PM

    Sandbagging is a smart thing to do when you know the storm is coming. Shows how strong you have become too. You know it's going to be tough, but you're doing everything you can to mitigate the damage.

Here in AB, we are enjoying a balmy 13C. Heading out shortly with hubby & DeeOhGee for a walk.

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HOPESINGH 2/5/2012 1:53PM

    Keep sandbagging. Nothing wrong with that.
I know what depression feels like, although I'm more of an expert in anxiety emoticon. So anything that helps is welcome!
PS I like this red-haired fairy! emoticon

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POPSY190 2/5/2012 1:16PM

    Love the metaphors here - hang on to those images in the dark times. You are not short of courage; you will get through this. emoticon

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_LINDA 2/5/2012 12:28PM

    Very good strategy to line up your support groups when you are coming up on your most difficult time. Its a great reminder to focus on something else and keep your mind off dark thoughts. So glad you are not in the area getting dumped on -I can't even imagine getting that much snow, but that is what you get when you live by the ocean and all that moisture and those constant streams of storms.
When things get tough, always come here and let it out, you will get loads of support, don't run away and hide. Your sandbags can't help you if you are not here. No matter how trivial or mudane, keep the lines of communication open, we want to hear from you..
Sending soothing and comforting thoughts.
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LIBBYG7 2/5/2012 11:50AM

    From one of your devoted sandbags.....

Hooray....for naming realistic and achievable 'sandbags'.....I find if I get over-ambitious in setting out goals (sandbags)....and I don't achieve them all, I feel like a failure.

You're going about it in exactly the right way; letting 'light' in ..... and being appropriately self-protective.

Go Girl~~!!!

Big hugs,
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BOVEY63 2/5/2012 11:40AM

    Great idea to surround yourself with so many positive sandbags - planning ahead is always a good thing to do. Count me in as one of those sandbags.
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Here's a little Leanne fairy to sit on your computer and cheer you on.

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JOANNANOW 2/5/2012 11:39AM

    At least you have a strategy ... I wish you could touch me with your little fairy wand so that I have one too. I seem to be letting external events drag me out to sea. I realized when I read your sandbag list that I am just letting life toss me around in a rather turbulent storm!

Anyway, you reminded me that having a plan is probably a good idea. I'm always glad to hear what you have to say because you delve below the surface and come up with something worth while every time. I think your sandbags will hold up through Feb and March it sounds like they are stacking up well. Sending hugs.



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HEALTHYBARB1 2/5/2012 11:05AM

    Love the picture of you being my red haired fairy on my lap top!! Made me smile...need to make my own list of sandbags!!! Smiles Barb

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I went kicking and screaming......

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Hello,

I have to say something powerful here and it isn't something I take very lightly. I absolutely love you guys. I wrote an soul-baring blog and you came out of the woodwork. If you had a story to share you shared it or whether you offered a few words of compassion you did so. I thought the very nature of my blog would put you all on your guard as nobody really knows who reads this stuff despite our attempts to keep things private. Now, I'm not trying to say that Spark is at fault but once you put anything out there on any media site it is basically out there!

I'm still feeling a bit down (those of you who really have gotten to know me, realize that this is cycle I go through) but thanks to all of you I have weathered this storm by riding it out on all of your coat tails. You carried me when I couldn't make one more step along this journey and for that you are my true friends.

For isn't that what real friendship is? Here we are a bunch of women (no men responded) sitting down to our computers to offer support to somebody (me) who you will probably never ever meet face to face. For me, my SparkFriends are THE most important of aspect of Spark. What I wouldn't give to have you all in one room for just one hour to give you a hug in person!

To get to my title, John and I had a good talk today and I shared an experience that was profound. Apparently, I had never told him about the babysitter who supposedly touched me nor of one of his former co-worker doing the same thing to me. Yes, he was angry and then he gathered me in his arms and hugged me. I think we both welled up.

But then he did something far more important and he gathered my longjohns and my wool hat and said "get dressed". I wanted to stay home as it is freezing (literally) out but he insisted and told me that I had invested far too much into my lifestyle transformation to sit back and watch it all be wasted. So, kicking and screaming (well, not really!) I went along and walked 3 km. It was the first walk in well over two weeks and every moment of feeling good came rushing back to me.

We talked about depression and how washes over you and will knock you down if you let it. He got me to think about each thing that I do for myself and compare it to a sandbag against the flood waters. So my walk is a sandbag, eating a healthy supper is another and going to bed early will be another. Yes, there might be trickles of depression sneaking in here and there but I am doing what I can to keep it from washing my feet out from underneath me.

Will you be my sandbag too?

  
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CALGARYNEWF 2/7/2012 8:00PM

    John sounds like a pretty smart and special guy, Susan!!!! Good on you for going for the walk! emoticon

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CRYSTALLD 2/7/2012 12:22PM

    Here's another sandbag:)

Your husband really does sound wonderful, such a great support! And I couldn't agree more, spark most important aspect is US!

I'm proud of you for going for that walk:) Way to go!!! emoticon

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HEALTHYBARB1 2/5/2012 11:14AM

    Husbands are the best...so glad he hugged you and then made you go out for a walk in long johns....such a loving guy!! I love the picture of sandbags and am going to make my own list of mine...I think I will put mine in a big oval shape and make a lake...all that stuff that our sandbags support us from drowning in shall make for a great place to boat on...I shall sit up on top and view all of the stuff that would have overwhelmed me and be thankful...for family, friends and healthy choices...do you like the picture...Thanks for your encouraging blog...Barb

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BETHJRN 2/5/2012 8:20AM

    Absolutely! PS... YOU HAVE GREAT HUSBAND THERE!!!!

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SPARKLISE 2/4/2012 6:53PM

    You have a good husband.
You're very lucky! He's a keeper that one for sure! emoticon
Losing weight often brings out feelings we suppressed for a long time and it's not always easy to deal with them,but you're on the right track.
I battle depression everyday and some days are better than others, but I keep pressing on. I don't want to go on medication again so I have to deal with it in other ways. emoticon emoticon
You are doing great and you are strong and will make it!
Rock on girl! emoticon emoticon

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CHUBRUB3 2/4/2012 3:53PM

    A Sandbag coming up!
Hugs!

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BOVEY63 2/3/2012 1:38PM

    Yes, spark friends really are the best - and you are one of them too!
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So glad that you were able to open up to your hubby - it was time for you to get this out. Also wonderful that he is so supportive and got you out and about.

Yes, I will be one of your sandbags whenever you need it!

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LIBBYFITZ 2/3/2012 10:08AM

    emoticonHere is another sandbag to add! emoticon

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BRIGHTPENNY 2/2/2012 10:27PM

    i was concerned and stopped by to see how you are doing! You write so honestly and so well! Your husband seems like the true thing, a real gem, and obviously cares for you a great deal. I am a so happy for you!

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HOPESINGH 2/2/2012 3:20PM

    What a pleasure to read this post! You managed to see the positive side even in this episode, you found strength in your SPfriends, in yourself, in your wonderful husband, and you emerged victorious! emoticon
I am so impressed. Here to cheer you on, next time you cope with this difficulty or a different one. emoticon

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ERTSMOM 2/2/2012 12:57PM

    I'm so happy to hear all of this. KUDOS to your husband for stepping up - what a great guy you've got.

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JOANNANOW 2/2/2012 11:01AM

    It seems like depression is not as secret or misunderstood as it used to be. As I started to type this an athlete came on the TV to say that she had been battling depression. That's amazing! Times change people learn and hopefully fewer of us fall through the cracks. You are coping and that is wonderful. The friendships we have with spark seem to add an element of strength and hope to our struggles with food and exercise... the world is bigger than it ever was before. I just love it that you keep coming back even in this dark period ... to reach out and touch base. You are a fighter and John is terrific! Sending hugs emoticon

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OUBACHE 2/2/2012 9:01AM

    So many of us have had things happen to us that we wish we could wipe out of our minds but keep hanging on to the past. One day I decided all I can really do is move forward and try to make the future the best it can be. I won't say this is a cure all. There are days I'm filled with anxiety or get very depressed, but it has helped. There's something about taking back control, and knowing you can manipulate your future in at least some ways that's very empowering. You are lucky to have a good support system in place, with John, this site, etc. I hope writing the blog helped you as well and glad you felt you could reach out to your friends. Together, we can move forward and put the past in it's place. Take care.

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_LINDA 2/2/2012 1:08AM

    I will always be here for you. No tide is going to get by me, you know how stubborn I am.
That was postively lovely to hear how John helped you. That is what a couple is all about, true support in good times and bad. He may have given you the step up, but its you that has to put one foot in front of the other, and you will did it!! We will all be here cheering you on for every step of the way.
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Sleep well and peacefully my Spark friend,
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KAYDE53 2/2/2012 12:23AM

    Sure, I think it's unanimous we're all sandbags!! I'm so glad that you have such a caring husband to lean on, that helps so much! And there's nothing like exercise & fresh air to help fight off depression, I've use that remedy myself!! Bless you!! emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 2/2/2012 12:10AM

    Hugs right back at cha! Thanks, dear! Being a water lover, I enjoy the sand metaphor as well . . . although I prefer under the feet with tiki hut umbrella over head. smile, smile.

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CODEMAULER 2/1/2012 11:17PM

    Exercise - and shared conversation - always seems like the best medicine. Putting yourself first is KEY!!

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ERIKO1908 2/1/2012 10:51PM

    I love the concept of the sandbags!! Really never thought about it that way before, but it is SO TRUE & fitting! Hugs to you Susan! & High five to your hubby who got you out & moving!! What a wonderful couple of people you are!! :)

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TEMPEST272002 2/1/2012 10:46PM

    When hubby was sick, I was so touched by the support from my sparkfriends. I don't know how I'd get by without them either. John is a good man and good husband. I'm so glad you have each other. I sure hope you guys are able to stop by if you do a cross-Canada trip. We're minutes off the Trans-Canada, so you'd likely be driving right by anyhow.

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THETURTLEBEAR 2/1/2012 10:15PM

    Awesome husband. Awesome sandbags. Awesome Susan.

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GLORYANDME 2/1/2012 9:57PM

    Sue, I would go kicking and screaming too if it was freezing cold out. emoticon However, what a nice way to beat the blues, being outdoors and sharing it with someone you love. You are blessed that your DH is a strong support system for you. Glad you are working through your junk and pushing your mind to retrieve memories that need to come forward so that you can heal. Prayers and cares coming your way so that you will continue to unlock the chains of ancestral bondage that bind you so that you may grow to be the person that God intended you to be. I'm here for you always! Your friend, Joan
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IMIN2GENES 2/1/2012 9:56PM

    Most definitely! Hugs to you and John both! Sounds like you've got a keeper there...

So happy for both of you!
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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 2/1/2012 9:52PM

    Wonderful blog!

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Yes I will be your sandbag! emoticon (Hey it is sand)

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LUVPOETESS 2/1/2012 8:31PM

    Susan, you are amazing!!! Thank you for you. (And of course I'll be a sandbag as long as you keep allowing yourself to heal.

LOVE YOU LOTS!!!!!!!

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POPSY190 2/1/2012 8:28PM

    John sounds wonderful - sensitive and sensible. Sometimes just bringing things into the open helps; I'm happy to be sandbag, sponge . . . whatever helps" emoticon

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SUCCESSPI 2/1/2012 7:47PM

  I'm so glad that you took John's hand not knowing where he was leading...

But being willing to trust he had your best interest at heart

You truly are a brave woman and this moment a different way of feeling..

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LIBBYG7 2/1/2012 5:20PM

    This blog was HOPE wrapped in a red ribbon! You're right about the positive aspects of just talking about it with trusted friends. I'd be proud to be your sandbag.......if you'd be mine, on occasion.
Give your DH a great big hug.....he's very special, and how lucky you are to have him.

Be well.....on your adventure, called 'life'.
It isn't always a tranquil trip, is it? Let us all help.......

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 2/1/2012 5:02PM

    Susan, I saw so much HEALING POWER in this blog! I really did! What your sweet husband did for you was priceless; absolutely priceless. To be validated, supported and cherished by the human we love the most just can't be improved upon! He is a gift from the Lord! emoticon

Susan, you know, YOU are good for others, too. Did you realize that you make it much easier for ME to talk about my depression than ever before? It's there. We can't pretend it isn't. But we CAN, as you have shown, talk through it, pray through it, share through it, and we DO GET THROUGH IT! Thank you for being that shining light of an example for me. I have needed it. emoticon emoticon emoticon

What a great analogy, too! We're sandbags for each other! You may think that your friends are holding you up, but like I said, you do way more than your share of holding us up, too!

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JAMER123 2/1/2012 4:27PM

    YES, Susan, I am a sandbag for hire (I come cheap. No money just a shoulder!!) What a wonderful thing John did! He is an understanding, supportive person. You are very lucky & blessed!!
Such a difference in what I can feel in your writings. The negative side is disappearing and I am sure you will be able to keep it gone if you call on us when you need us. We, & I believe John as well, will always be here for you!
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_JODI404 2/1/2012 4:17PM

    Susan,
Yes, absolutely I would be a 'sandbag' for you. Having good SparkFriends will definitely help push you through the toughest parts of the journey. I'm not only here to cheer, but to support as well!

I loved how I felt a new leaf turning over for you as I read this blog! Your husband sounds amazing!! He was there for you, listening, compassionate, with a 'kick in the butt' to get moving... everything you needed most.

I think you are on a good path! You have worked hard, and you deserve to be healthy and fit... it does feel good!

Stay Strong!!! You've got TONS of support right along with you.

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Snow!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Hi,

Yes, I am an oddball in that I actually like snow and enjoy winter! Today we had our second storm of the season (and even that wasn't much of a storm) and boy was it wonderful. We spent a while with the shovels and snowblower until I got slightly bored and let the dogs out with us in the back garden! Well, you talk about having fun. Louisa found an old tennis ball and teased us with it while I took Maddy on my lap and went sliding down the small hill we have. Too lazy to dig through our shed to find our proper toboggan, I just went sliding on the bum of my wind pants. It was a lovely hour or so outdoors and we all were totally exhausted when we came back inside....but it was sure worth it.

Sometimes you just have to release that inner child and today I released my inner child and several of her "mischievous twins" emoticon

  
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ERTSMOM 1/30/2012 9:23PM

    Sounds like a blast! Wish we would get some snow here in MN - would LOVE a white winter.

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BOVEY63 1/29/2012 6:30PM

    I enjoy the snow too! It wouldn't be winter without it.
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LIBBYG7 1/29/2012 10:43AM

    Oh Susan.....
I love BOTH of you......you and your inner child.
What a love of life you have!! Never change, my dear.....you are a motivator and an inspiration.

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_LINDA 1/29/2012 12:16AM

    I don't mind snow either actually. When there has been a fresh, fair sized fall, its like walking on a sparkling clean white carpet -very nice. Unfortunately we are getting nothing at all this year, just a tiny skiff here and there that only makes the streets slippery. I don't think we have ever gone this long with out having a major snow fall, just too bizarre!!
We used to like throwing snowballs for Bendix to catch. When he missed, he would try digging them out!
Sliding is lots of fun! Enjoy!!

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/28/2012 11:46PM

    I'm with you . . . I love snow too. It's beautiful and we finally got our first lawn covering that may stay yesterday. It's only because we don't do well with six months of winter that my love and I escape to a warmer climate regularly.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/28/2012 11:45PM

    So glad you are enjoying the snow. Sounds like you had a wonderful time!!! We haven't had snow like we usually do in the winter but have sure had lots of rain.

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 1/28/2012 9:13PM

    Sounds like fun!!

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/28/2012 9:03PM

    Sounds like fun!

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TEMPEST272002 1/28/2012 7:20PM

    I'm visualizing DeeOhGee & I joining you. That sounds like SO much fun!! DeeOhGee always makes me laugh in the snow too. She likes to burrough with her nose and then toss the snow into the air. Dogs sure bring so much joy into our lives.

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KAYDE53 1/28/2012 7:07PM

    I like the snow too, just haven't had any this year to speak of! I like sledding a lot; it's fun! Sounds like you had a great day!! Good thing you do like the snow where you live or you'd be in trouble! emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/28/2012 6:00PM

    Made me smile as I enjoyed the ride with you. It's something I would do. Since you enjoy snow, you'd probably hate San Diego's sunny weather. Many consider it boring. Have a fun day.

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Surprises!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Hi,

I am not sure what is going on lately but today I arrived home from work and found a long tube in my mailbox bearing my friend's return address. Brian and I go back a longish time and although we now live on opposite sides of Canada I still treasure his friendship. We actually met in first year university and we soon were hanging out all the time. Not boyfriend/girlfriend material but we were always in each others company. After about two years we wondered if we should try dating but after the first kiss we both knew something wasn't right. Turns out he was gay and really hadn't come to terms with it.

Fast forward twenty years and he has become a successful artist in Vancouver and our only contact is through Facebook. John and I did fly to British Columbia for Brian and Luke's wedding several years ago and our friendship was just as strong.

Which brings us to today when I arrived home and opened this tube. I was thrilled beyond words to receive a print of this painting.



It is of a local community where Brian's grandfather and father were born and I just love how he used such vibrant colours. Some of you will remember that I used that picture as my background photo last year.

John arrived home shortly after I did and found me crying. Worried, he asked what was wrong and I just pointed to the print. I was crying because somebody out there thought of me and sent me a gift without ever expecting anything in return.

Yes, I definitely like surprises and I love my good friend, Brian!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/28/2012 11:42PM

    What a beautiful picture and such a wonderful surprise!!! ENJOY!!!

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CHLOE453 1/28/2012 7:46AM

    That is one of the best surprises that I could think of.....beautiful painting and you are so right, vibrant colors!!! emoticon emoticon

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BETHJRN 1/28/2012 7:19AM

    How special! I'm sure you're going to put that in a place of honor. It's lovely.

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/28/2012 1:43AM

    How beautiful!

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SCOOTERGIRLOZ 1/28/2012 12:28AM

    Such a lovely surprise Susan,

Brian's painting was one of the intriguing reasons of you that made mw want to friend you (plus your muppet profile pic). So nice that I now know a little bit more of the meaning his painting has for you. I will now imagine you enjoying his painting forever.

All the best,
Scootergirl in Oz

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GLORYANDME 1/26/2012 10:32PM

    Thank you for sharing your surprise with us! A lovely painting! Makes me long for the lazy, hazy days of summer. God bless the special friends in our lives! emoticon

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KAYDE53 1/26/2012 9:28PM

    What a beautiful picture!! Nice surprise & what a nice friend!

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JOANNANOW 1/26/2012 7:36PM

    Beautiful! What a great picture. Long time friends are real treasures.
Such a good surprise! emoticon

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LIBBYG7 1/26/2012 5:56PM

    I learned a long time ago.....that the nicest gifts are those that are not expected!

That was one of the nicest things about making jewelry. On a whim....I'd just gift a pretty piece to someone 'just because'. It was my way of making sunshine.
(Psssssst......I gave away lots of sunshine!) .....and made a lot of people smile.

Just so you don't think I'm a total Pollyanna === I also sold a bunch - and that made ME smile!
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I'm so glad you received a little unexpected ray of sunshine. And what a pretty picture. Your friend is truly talented.

hugs, Libby

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HEALTHYME229 1/26/2012 3:07PM

    What a wonderful gift! Your friendship sounds truly special.

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/26/2012 2:17PM

    That's wonderful!

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_LINDA 1/26/2012 2:06PM

    That is so awesome of Brian to send you a print, that is wonderful you have kept up your friendship over the years and so very far apart in miles! You are a loyal friend Susan!!
Beautiful surprise (I love those vibrant colors)!!
Have a Totally Terrific Thursday!

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LUVPOETESS 1/26/2012 12:39PM

    Susan, from what little I know about you, Brian is equally as fortunate to have you for a friend.

The painting is lovely. I do like how the foreground is so in-your-face. His perspective work is VERY good. The background tells a story. I can feel the calmness of it all.

Beautiful.



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BOVEY63 1/26/2012 12:04PM

    We all need a Brian in our lives. I have Gary, who has been my dearest male friend/ soul mate for over 35 years (he also admitted to being gay in his mid 20s). With over 200 miles between us, we don't see each other often but do talk on the phone frequently and send short text messages daily.

That was so sweet of him to send the painting; and I do remember admiring it when you had it as your background. He is a very talented painter.

Have a wonderful day!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/26/2012 11:48AM

    Oh. MY. GOODNESS! Susan, that is BEAUTIFUL!!! Can you scan that, photo it, or something, and make it your new background on Spark?! It's fantastic! What a dear, dear man to give you such a gift! Thanks for sharing your joy! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/26/2012 11:29AM

    How beautiful. And what a treasured gift. I'm the same way about unexpected kindnesses and especially love artistic ones. Thanks for sharing the lovely art and info about your friendship. That's what life is all about.

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HEALTHY4ME 1/26/2012 11:15AM

    What a beautiful picture!! and from across the land, from sea to shining sea. I am in NS and have friends in BC and a cousin that lives there too.
Enjoy your painting and yes I too love surprises.

Went to look at your page and see you are from NF, we lived in Gander for 6 years. I don't miss your winters!!!
Going to sign up for your blog too! LOL

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