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Living with S.A.D. and struggling

Wednesday, June 06, 2012


AAARRRGGGHH - I am really struggling with S.A.D. which coupled with my "regular" depression is really throwing a wrench into my sunny disposition. I have been reading a lot about S.A.D. and my findings are explaining a lot. Apparently, when coupled with year round depression it is like a double whammy. One sort of begets the other and you have to really watch that the combination of both doesn't put you over the proverbial edge.

Right now I feel like I am standing on that edge (but not to worry as I don't feel like flinging myself over) but I do feel like I have to find another route to continue my journey.

I don't want to see, let alone eat anything remotely healthy. I am craving sugar, salt and junk food. I don't have the energy to walk myself let alone the dogs. I want to stay in bed all day and I don't want to get out of my pjs.

I've noticed that this pattern is a reoccurring one. Which probably goes a long way to explain why I manage to lose a few pounds only to have it come back a month or so later. For me, this is the very worse time of the year. I don't mind summer (at least when we get one), I love fall and early winter because in our climate the sun is usually out but I detest spring.

So, what to do besides sitting here and whining about it. Hmmm? Here is my checklist:

Get up the same time each day emoticon
Take my medication daily emoticon
Use my light therapy emoticon

Shower daily and get dressed in real clothes (needs to be worked on)
Resume drinking my water (needs to be worked on)
Try to make sure what I eat is good for me (REALLY needs to be worked on)

Try to remember that my body and mind both work better when I get some exercise, spend sometime outdoors, eat healthy foods, stay hydrated, and most importantly remember that time spent with my husband and dogs is vital to my well being.

Any other suggestions? Anyone else out there living with S.A.D. and would care to share coping tips?

A lot of what I have read suggests an increase in your regular antidepressant medications just before the expected onset of S.A.D. each year. The problem is I am on the highest dosage of regular medication so it will involve a whole new medication and I have tried many and have found the most success with the current one.

I hope you are all having a better day than I am!

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4DOGNIGHT 6/10/2012 4:00PM

    Have you tried over the counter melatonin? I feel for you. I have depression and lately, experiencing a lot of irritability and anxiety which are annoying. It is a battle for sure and you just have to push yourself like you are doing. I nap daily and I also have taken up quilting and sewing again after many years and I love it. It is so therapeutic and creative.

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BOVEY63 6/8/2012 5:12PM

    Sending prayers, hugs and lots of positive vibes your way. Hope you're better real soon!

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JOANNANOW 6/7/2012 10:33AM

    Hmmm, I thought once the days got longer that SAD would fall off. I'm wondering if your lethargy had another cause? I know that when my B12 was too low and I started getting monthly B12 shots that my energy level improved a lot. Have you had any blood work done? Just a thought .... I hate to think of you struggling when it is almost summer.
I know the struggle really well and am not doing great with food either since my foot has been acting up. Your goal list is right on and at some point the light at the end of the tunnel will shine on you again.
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HOPESINGH 6/7/2012 9:48AM

    All I can say is that I am sorry you experience this. Probably, if I were you I'd try to make all these points completely obligatory, meaning I'd try to practice them with military discipline. Then there's no question what I eat, whether I am going for a walk or not, etc. But it's easier said than done, unless you're like my grandparents and have their German-inspired discipline (we have a special word for that :-))

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A1KAYOS 6/7/2012 8:00AM

    Sorry you are going through this Susan!! I don't have any experience with it but one thing that may help brighten your spirit is sparking! Setting a time to log in and talk to others might be another great distraction for you! The Scarlet's will pass on all their bright emoticon filled days to you virtually!!! emoticon my friend and you will get through this...remember you are a STRONG women!!!

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Q8PRINCESS 6/6/2012 11:46PM

Sorry I don't have any good suggestions but I like the idea of sticking to a schedule. I did learn something new though. I always thought S.A.D. was only int he winter when we have little sun, I did not realize it can be the change of any season.

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KAYDE53 6/6/2012 11:04PM

    My dh has this in the winter; but light therapy, Vitamin D, is about all he does for it. Your winters must really be long. We've had a very sunny Spring here; in fact, we would love to have some clouds & rain; it's too dry which is not normal. I wish I could be of more help! emoticon

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-THINQ- 6/6/2012 8:56PM

    I have similar issues, & i have found that THE MOST important thing for Me to do is get vigorous activity, if not exercise. I tried EVerything else, including upped meds, changed meds, etc... but it is Really True! that physical movement can break us out of these moods faster than almost anything else. I hope you will Force yourself to try it! ~even doing dishes can help me to 'switch gears' inside my head!

Your plans are very good, emoticonon taking care of yourself the best you know how. GREAT blog, since you're getting Real ideas from others, like keeping the Unhealthy foods out of reach til you're past your SAD time.

Keep doing what you're doing! You ROCK!
SunnyLizzy ,'=^D

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JLITT62 6/6/2012 8:10PM

    It sounds much more like depression than SAD now, since the days are longer. I know, you probably want to slap me thru the computer right now!

I wish I had suggestions for you . . . I know that you'd feel better with exercise & good food - but you need to want it enough to do it - and I know you do want it.

So I guess all I can say is I'm sorry you're struggling , I wish you didn't have to & big hugs.

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EJOY-EVELYN 6/6/2012 4:06PM

    It's probably more important than ever that you don't keep those tasty trigger foods around. You do not want to go on an eating binge. SAD is sad. So wish it would pass quickly for your health's sake.

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KANSASROSE67 6/6/2012 3:29PM

    I know it's incredibly drastic, but have you ever thought of moving to a sunnier climate?

If that's not possible, I understand. Sending hugs your way!

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POLK-A-DOTS 6/6/2012 3:22PM

    ugh! So sorry you have to deal with this! You have set out some great goals for yourself! Keep on keeping on, and wishing you some sunshine!

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PRIZM96 6/6/2012 3:19PM

    I am soooo sorry you are suffering from this. Unfortunately, I do not have any suggestions for you, as I do not know much about S.A.D.
I just wanted you to know that I'm thinking about you. And while I know it won't do you any real good, I am sending you some virtual sunshine emoticon

Hope you are feeling better soon. :-)

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Can you teach an old Sparker new tricks? (with silly pictures, of course)

Friday, June 01, 2012


Oh dear, here is a long overdue letter to myself, who I want to refer as dimwit but I fear I will get a tongue bashing from all the other dimwits out there not to insult their intelligence by comparing myself to them!

Okay, so I am going to brave the backlash and hereby refer to myself as DW.....which doesn't stand for dimwit....but ahem......well, it kinda does!

Dear DW,

In fine Newfoundland lingo, you are my dear, "stunned as me arse" (I will refrain from using the rest of that sentence, which is "and twice as ugly" because I know the backlash will only get the do-gooders out there to mind my "self-esteem". But anyway, I digress. You, my friend, are neither a true DW or as stunned as me arse but I have to use those terms to knock some sense into that "pretty little head of yours"..... (did I appease those who say I have no self-esteem?)

You are on a path of self-destruction and you must be stopped! Yes, you go through the motions of living and enjoying your life but right now you are here: and this is where you want to be:

Do you notice the image I chose for you is a puzzle piece? That is because your happiness is a part of a huge, intricate puzzle called life. Albert Einstein might have said it best

So my goal is to live a happy life despite things that try to get in the way. Even though you live with depression be thankful for it because you appreciate the good times even more so. Without depression you wouldn't be seeing your psychiatrist who just last week said that you were the most optimistic and positive patient she has ever had the pleasure of dealing with. Wow, why don't you sit back and take that compliment in? Yes, DW she was talking about you! emoticon

So darling Susan, (okay, you can cut out that kind of crap right now!) here is what I want you to do - Here is a picture of what I want to drill into that brain of yours
You are going to start by being kinder to yourself but you are not to equate kindness with emotional eating.

The secret? There is no secret! This is not magic! You are going to continue your walking , continue to drink your . You are going to your way of looking at things and you are going to get back to basics of what has worked in the past.

You are not going to give up just because your weight keeps within the same ten pound range and this is your 22 month on Spark! Look at all you have accomplished in those 22 months instead of what you haven't! Look at all of those kilometres you have walked. Walking 5km now is just a normal part of your life, you actually enjoy drinking water, you are more aware of what you fuel your body with and you are much happier than you were back when you joined Spark. Wow, that is a lot of accomplished!

But the point I am not addressing is the elephant in the room isn't it? You HAVE to track your food. Yes, you don't like it, yes, it takes time but guess what - it works! I know you kind of like to make light of it

So my lesson plan for you for the month of June is to continue along the path you have been walking (hey, DW, stop it with the figurative speech, will you?) Continue to do what has been working and stop the things that haven't! Adjust your course of action and remember to be true to yourself. Be the woman you are meant to be and we know who that is, don't we?

You ARE a fun person, a happy person and you are going to continue on with your Spark journey with a renewed sense of anticipation and you are going to let the past, well, stay in the past!

I love you!

P.S. Let's try that again with the DW......from here on in it is going to stand for "DOING WONDERFUL"

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JOANNANOW 6/6/2012 11:31AM

    Gee you are so inventive! What an awesome piece of writing and illustrating!
I got my computer back after 3 days in the dark ages. It was great to find you had been blogging while I was out.
You are definitely the most optimistic depressive on the planet.
Sending hugs to you as you are Doing Wonderful,

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_LINDA 6/2/2012 5:09PM

    Fantabulous! You CAN do it Susan! You can do anything you put that amazing mind to!
Tracking has never been a problem for me -I love it, must be the morbid curiousity of how much I overate and is it possible to eat 4,000 calories in one meal, yes it is :P
Keep on Sparking (and blogging!)
Big Hugs

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CCASKEY37 6/2/2012 7:12AM

    I always enjoy your blogs. You always seem to have something to say that will get me off my butt and back to working on myself. Thanks. Especially, thanks for the comic with the dogs. I think they quoted mine.

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TEMPEST272002 6/2/2012 1:57AM

    You really are fun & very likeable. I enjoy reading your blogs & I know I"m not alone in that. Guess you're not alone either because so many of us identify with you. I also struggle to reconcile depression with my eternally optimistic nature. You're on the right track when you tell yourself to leave the past in the past. When we replay a painful conversation or event in our heads again and again we're really hurting ourselves again & again... and the person who hurt us, they only did it once. I sure get you with the food tracking too. I don't know why I resist it when I know what an effective tool it is. Got a giggle from the dog & cat cartoon.

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ARTJAC 6/2/2012 12:08AM

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POPSY190 6/1/2012 7:57PM

    Great attitude.

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NWILKER 6/1/2012 12:08PM

    Cheers and kudos!

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TEKRU1 6/1/2012 11:35AM

    emoticon LOVE this blog! What a great way of kicking your own behind! You'll have to write a follow-up to let us know how you're doing on the tracking (my own LEAST favorite part of being healthier!)

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CHRISTINA791 6/1/2012 11:26AM


I'm also challenging myself to clean up my tracking (accuracy works!) for this month. It's good to know I'm not alone in that.

We're going to rock June!

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BOVEY63 6/1/2012 11:21AM

    I love this blog ~ and you my friend!

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MOMITA3 6/1/2012 11:13AM

    WOW! I thought I was reading about myself. I absolutely love the dog and cat cartoon and the kind of women poster. Thanks so much for this blog! It is just great! emoticon

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SHEILA-45 6/1/2012 11:12AM

    Dear DW... I love it! Speaking to yourself in the third person is an amazing feat. I think we do it all the time it's just I've never seen anyone put it on paper. Very clever. Thank heavens for SP to keep us all on track, lift our spirits when we're down, and kick us in the butt when it's needed. You'll get there ...

BTW... my butt needs some serious kicking as I've been malingering in the 180's since November. I crept too close to the 190's last week and I had to kick it into high gear once summer break began; thankfully it's coming back down. Hopefully, I can break into the 170's in the next week or two.

Do tell how you created this wonderful blog. I don't know how to add anything other than the emoticons. I like the creativity. A big feather in your cap... KUDO's! Take a bow DW you done good! (an old southern saying) emoticon

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CHRIMSONFYRE 6/1/2012 10:56AM

    Love the blog and all the fun pictures!
You can get back on track, you're doing great!
Thanks for the inspiration today!

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012


I cannot believe how long I have gone without blogging as it used to be something I did just about everyday but it has almost been a week now. So, I guess like everything else on Spark I have found out how to use it without becoming enslaved to it.

I've done quite a bit of walking which is good but more importantly (at least for me right now) is that I am really getting our house in order. I am a really lax housekeeper which I sort of "blame" my mother for since she was the complete opposite. She was so obsessed that she made us wear upstairs and downstairs slippers (we changed on the landing), she vacuumed clothes that was in the closet, and you could eat off of her floors. Me and my brother made a pact way back when that when one of us ever felt like that we would call the other! In fact, I just re-read a letter my brother wrote me right after John and I got married and he mentioned it in the letter as that was the first time in my life I had my own place. Funny, isn't it.

So, I have most of the closets gutted out and things are gone to good will that we don't need or use. I have clear storage boxes labelled and stacked and I am starting to feel like I can breathe again. I have a bad habit of letting things build up and build up and then I tackle everything at once. Ugh.

John's job is working out and he has already got a one dollar an hour raise! It is his job permanently if he wants it but I think he would like to get his apprenticeship done for the trade he studied last year. We've been weighing the pros and cons and this job is great and came at a good time but he will probably move on IF something better comes along.

Our finances are still in limbo but we are very lucky that we owe nothing on the house nor our car or truck. Food is our major expense and part of that is just living on an island where stuff has to be trucked in. I bought five bone-in chicken breasts yesterday and they cost $19! Yes, you read that right. We really prefer the skinless, boneless ones but can't really afford them right now.

We had a lovely weekend as we were invited to a friend's cabin. It took us about two hours to get there but it was well worth it. There are only about three cabins on this particular lake but the cabin has all of the conveniences of home. Maddy and Louisa LOVED it and we had a hard time keeping Lou dry between her swims. In the middle of the night a moose walked right by the cabin (we saw the prints the next morning) and it was so nice to be "in the woods". Flies were really bad all the same and I hate using fly repellent!

Our weather has been all over the place. I mentioned on my feed about a week ago that it was either high 20's or early 30's and some of you forgot I was talking about celcius. Saturday it was 24 degrees and today it is zero. This is typical of our springs though and at least the air is clean and there is always a fresh breeze. We rarely have any humidity which I know is a real problem in many areas.

I hope all is well with you all. I will try to get back in touch when my house is spic and span! On second thought that might never happen so I better stay in touch now! Ha!

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_LINDA 5/30/2012 2:17AM

    Good on you for getting your house in order. I too, am a bad one for letting everything all stack up, and with all the detris from my bridge club manager's job, I am usually swimming in paperwork! One day I get tired of looking for something, then its whirlwind clean up time!
So glas you could enjoy that nice interlude in the cabin!
That is awesome your husband finally has a job! But it would be nice if he could get in the field he trained for, but living on a small island -I don't imagine there are a lot of opportunities :((
Enjoy that freeing feeling of declutterng!
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POPSY190 5/30/2012 12:58AM

    Good news about the job. No spring cleaning here - it's autumn! But now that we can get back in the house I'm being very careful about what we bring back in - there have been a lot of items sent to charities. We were cluttered up with lots of things we kept because someone gave them to us, because they belonged to my mother, because they have lots of use/wear left in them, or because we just forgot we had them! Now they have gone the house is far from minimal but I feel we have things around us that we can enjoy or use and (important this) find and access! Good luck with the finances, and enjoy your spring.

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KAYDE53 5/29/2012 11:34PM

    That's great that you are getting so much accomplished!!! I've been trying to accomplish an extra project each week around the house for my spring cleaning. Glad to hear about your dh's job doing so well. Hope your weather gets better!! emoticon

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A1KAYOS 5/29/2012 2:29PM

    Susan, way to go on the spring cleaning!!! I do miss hearing about your walks and all your sightings, so this was wonderful to read!

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BOVEY63 5/29/2012 2:18PM

    It does feel good getting the house in order. Amazingly I am getting it done now that I am once again working full time - I need structure in my life in order to accomplish amything.

Wow, your mom was a clean fanatic - and I thought my grandmother was bad.

Happy to hear John's job is going well and that he received a raise. Have a wonderful day!

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    I am getting a start on my spring cleaning too, though this is mainly from packing and sorting things prior to having to move.


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EJOY-EVELYN 5/29/2012 12:30PM

    Hip hip hooray for breaking through the bondage of those things in our world that tend to enslave us.

May this attitude also carry over into those healthy habits you're focusing on to eat and move well.

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ILOVEMALI 5/29/2012 12:07PM

    Good for you. Think about all of the exercise that you got through spring cleaning! I'm still going through stuff -- it feels good to get rid of old clothes and things that are just holding me down.

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JOANNANOW 5/29/2012 10:51AM

    Oh boy spring cleaning takes so much energy... you sound like you are right on top of it though. I always think there is very little point in cleaning up unless there is an actual mess to tackle.

I got up this morning and there you were in my emails. I felt like you really came to visit me then I came to your place and you are so busy, positive and energetic! I really feel that you flew over to see me. I love it! You are the sweetest sparkler there ever was..... thank you so much for shining your light in my life. It lifted my spirits in a way that hasn't happened for a long time.

I can't believe you have bugs already! I have been loving the warmer days of May when the bugs haven't arrived yet. June and early July will bring the black flies here so there will be plenty of deet then. I hate it too! My big old black dog, Zak will be swimming soon too poor fellow hasn't been to the lake since I have been resting the darn foot.

My foot has improved marginally since the physio appointment and hopefully the healing will continue now. I think I am having a situational depression and with better feet and better weather it should lift. You are right about the winter hibernation and food. I have done better other years but really succumbed to it this time.

I am so glad that you are in a good space now.
Sending love and hugs. Have a lovely Tuesday and many thanks for all your wonderful comments.
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Monday, May 21, 2012


Just changed around my SparkPage a bit to cheer me up. I do love the picture I have as my background photo and it really helps that I know the town this was based on and I know the artist. It always helps to cheer me up so I brought it out of the "photo vault" another time.

Am being affected by the weather this weekend or so it seems. Unlike many areas of the country (Canada) we, here in Newfoundland, are not getting the best weather. Actually it has been dry but no sun and kind of cool. Last night I walked 5 km with my dogs and had to wear two fleece jackets and my wool hat. No wildlife to report although I did hear coyotes for the first time in my life. Like most wildlife on our island they were accidently introduced over the past few years and have become a bit of a problem. Oh well, such is life.

Tonight we are going for another hike but we are bringing our Coleman stove and having our supper outdoors. We will probably sit on a rock somewhere and warm up our baked ham and beans and let the dogs have a bit of a run. Probably sounds boring to a lot of you but I love doing this kind of thing and I am really excited that my husband thought of it. It is quite nice this time of the year in our inland woods as it is still too cool for the black flies and mosquitoes and we usually see caribou, moose, rabbits, etc.

I have been de-cluttering our home lately and trying to get on top of our debt or at least see where we stand. It is stressful as many of you know firsthand. I think the first thing is to get everything out in the open so we know how bad the situation is and what we can do together to work on a solution. It is certainly making me more aware of the money that seems to trickle away on the small stuff so this is a good lesson for me.

I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend and I wish you luck in the week ahead with your healthly lifestyles.


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EJOY-EVELYN 5/22/2012 3:28PM

    One of these days, I need to begin the decluttering process, too. I admire people who can do this resourcefully.

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JOANNANOW 5/22/2012 11:52AM

    What a wonderful painting!
Sounds to me like you are well on the way to being healthy, wealthy and wise.
Hope your Tuesday is a good one.

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REBECCAMA 5/22/2012 10:28AM

  Sounds great! The walk that is. I need to declutter in a serious way. Wish we had room for a huge dumpster and recycling bin at our house. Ugh.. way over our heads with all our mess.

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HOPESINGH 5/22/2012 4:59AM

    Actually your simple picnic sounds great, what's boring about spending time with your loved ones in the woods and having a nice dinner?
Good luck with the general re-organization you're going through. Hard, but worth it. emoticon

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JAMER123 5/22/2012 12:22AM

    Love the thought of a camp stove meal as one sits on the rocks enjoying nature while dining. That is one of the many reasons we love camping even though we bring our house (camper) with us all over the country. Still love the outdoors!!

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EDDYMEESE 5/22/2012 12:17AM

    That hike sounds like a dream :) What a great idea!

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POPSY190 5/21/2012 7:47PM

    Lovely vibrant background. We're eating inside but put ourselves so that we can see the lovely autumn colours that have developed. Do hope you can see your way out of the debt so that it isn't hanging over you all the time. You sound as though you are going the right way about it. emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 5/21/2012 7:22PM

    My hubby & I like to hike and dine too. Just something great about comfort food cooked right over the fire, out in nature, with a loved one. Dead romantic.

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BRIGHTPENNY 5/21/2012 6:57PM

    Susan, your night out under the stars (I hope) sounds absolutely heavenly! And all the better that your DH thought of it. Very romantic from my perspective! I have always loved camping but I married my opposite on this one! That's OK tho', as he is wonderful in other ways! Do wish you could put me in your pocket and take me along. We all have struggles, eh... good luck with the finances although in the direction of environment, I'd say you are wealthy in another way! :) ...at least at this time of year, eh???? emoticon

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BOVEY63 5/21/2012 5:22PM

    I have always loved the painting! Your friend is very talented.
The hike and cook-out sounds great - do enjoy doing things like that, and especially before the mosquitoes come out.

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KAYDE53 5/21/2012 4:47PM

    Last year it was hot & dry, but not until July, this year, we've been behind all spring in rain & above average temps. Now it's just plain hot, so cool kind of sounds good to me! Have fun on your hike!!! emoticon

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_LINDA 5/21/2012 3:37PM

    Oh Susan, so sorry to hear you are struggling so :( I hope you can get it sorted without losing your shirt :((
But this walk and having supper outdoors sounds heavenly :) As a family, we used to go camping when I was very young. The peaceful isolated lake we went to, the haunting call of the loon, the hooting owl, the yips of coyotes, the gently lapping waters, the smell of pine, the soft mossy earth, it was so peaceful and oh how I miss being able to camp..Mom used a cast iron frying pan over fire to make us wild blueberry pancakes, and yes the old beans too :)
Enjoying the simple pleasures in life costs nothing but is a great stress reliever!
Keep up the fabulous work!!
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JLITT62 5/21/2012 3:22PM

    If I could bottle this weekend's weather & send it to you, I would
, I don't think you'd want our present weather - raining yet again - but the weekend was lovely.

Debt can be handled with baby steps, too. I know you'll get thru it - you're far stronger hsnyou know.

The chocolate tea is served warm, btw. Not iced tea. With a bit of milk & sweetener, I consider it a treat - it's not overwhelmingly chocolate (more's the pity).

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    I love the background and like it when you put it back up! emoticon

I hope your weekend was great! emoticon

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ILOVEMALI 5/21/2012 1:58PM

    have a beautiful and healthy week!

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Second times the charm and a funny song about May 24th - Newfoundland style

Friday, May 18, 2012


My title tonight refers to the this being the second attempt at writing this blog. Had the first one written, hit spell check and there it went clean out into the air!

And the second part of my title refers to the following which is actually a song and is quite popular this time of the year for obvious reasons. Most parks open up here on the island this weekend and camping is a big deal here but as this song will tell you not all Newfoundlanders camp in parks......

It's the 24th of May and we like to get away,
Up in the woods or going out the bay;
There's all kinds of places, but the place we like to get,
Is up on the highway in the gravel pit.

We love to go out in the good old gravel pits,
We love to go out there when life gets smelly;
We can spray paint our names on the face of the cliffs,
Go up to the Irving for a coke and chips.

We hitches up the camper and out of town we go,
Out on the highway with everything in tow;
The dog is in the back seat, and grandfather's drunk,
The youngsters in the trailer, and the wife is in the trunk.

It's the 24th of May and we like to get away,
Up in the woods or going out the bay;
There's all kinds of places but the place we like to get,
Is up on the highway in the gravel pit.

John is coming over and Sue and Henry, too,
We'll polish off a bottle and a pot of moose stew;
We'll tell a few stories and an awful lot of lies,
Green boughs on the fire to keep away the flies.

The youngsters gets excited and they starts to thump and jump,
But when we piles in the car and goes up to the dump;
It's cheaper than the movie so we all sits and stares,
Up by the garbage pile looking at the bears.

It's the 24th of May and we like to get away,
Up in the woods or going out the bay;
There's all kinds of places but the place we like to get,
Is up on the highway in the gravel pit.

We flies a Newfie flag on an old spruce pole,
And drowns a few worms in a tractor mud hole;
And then listens to the radio, we plays it good and loud,
A scoff on the Coleman stove is bound to draw a crowd.

And when the weekend's over, and we're headed back to town,
A half inch of sloppy snow lying on the ground:
We're a hundred dollars poorer but who wants to be rich?
We just had a lovely time out in the pit.

It's the 24th of May and we like to get away,
Up in the woods or going out the bay;
There's all kinds of places but the place we like to get,
Is up on the highway in the gravel pit.
Is up on the highway in the gravel pit.

####.... Wayne Chaulk of Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers ....####
Recorded by Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers (The Miracle Cure!, trk#15, 1992, Third Wave prodcutions, Gander, NL); and (Greatest Misses!, trk#8, 1999, Third Wave Productions Ltd, Gander, NL).

Actually I think gravel pit camping is actually frowned upon these days and I've never done it myself but I know people who have. The closest we ever came to it was the time my father and I were out berry picking and for some reason we ended up sitting on the rear bumper of our old car eating our sandwiches and enjoying a thermos of hot tea. Not sure why we didn't just plank our bums (I so want to use the word arses) down in the berry patch and eat but maybe we had left the lunch back in the car. Anyway, there we sat looking at each other and we laughed because the entire view was gravel and we could have been in one of the world's finest restaurants.

Found out today (okay, I took my head out of the sand...finally) that we are in quite a bit of debt. I guess the unopened bills and the fact that John hasn't worked in almost three years should have been my first clue, right? Anyway, we will crawl our way out and finally will be forced to do a budget (which we've never had and which is part of our problem) so I am looking forward to this challenge. I know we can do it as I once paid for my trip and almost $3000 of spending money to go to Australia while making minimum wage. Granted I didn't have many expenses but I can be quite frugal when I put my mind to it.

On a completely different note - part of the BLC this weekend is to post a recipe for vegetables. I think I may have posted this once before but it is one of our favourites>

From Readers' Digest "Eat Well - Stay Well: 500 Delicious Recipes Made with Healing Foods"

Multi-Pepper Stir Fry

Saute 2 each sliced red and yellow bell peppers, 1 sliced green pepper, 2 cloves of minced garlic in 1 tablespoon olive oil until tender-crisp. Add 1/4 cup chopped basil, 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar (I just use white vinegar), 1 teaspoon sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Cook 2 minutes. Serves 4. About 64 calories, 4 grams fat and 276 grams sodium.

Also, my favourite way to serve fruit as a dessert is to cut it up and serve it with yogourt and maybe those little individual angel food cakes.

Hope you all have a wonderful Victoria Day/Memorial Day weekend!


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

BOVEY63 5/19/2012 12:51PM

    Love the song!
I believe all will work out for you and John with your finances.

Happy Victoria Day!

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HOPESINGH 5/19/2012 5:09AM

    Good luck with making the new budget. It's nice you're looking at it as a challenge, good attitude.
Again, sounds like nature in your area is so nice and diversified! so much fun, the summer must be great over there! which reminds me, I have to go see the desert again before it gets too hot (here, that is emoticon)

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Q8PRINCESS 5/19/2012 12:00AM

    Happy Victoria Day! The May long weekend and the garden shops should be busy this weekend. We didn't go camping on the long weekend, we use to work in the yard instead.

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KAYDE53 5/18/2012 11:03PM

    Cute song! Pepper stir fry sounds yummy!! Good luck on your plan to get out of debt, I know you can do it!!! Have a great weekend! emoticon

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JOANNANOW 5/18/2012 10:57PM

    Hmm the "May long" as we call it here in northern BC is often rainy, snowy and cold ... so far it is shaping up to be typical. Pit parties are popular with the local kids although I haven't met anyone that camped there for more than a night. We have so many lakes here, large and small, that it's more likely to find folks camping beside one. The song brought those thoughts to mind... I guess gravel pits are gathering places right across the country. It seems that Newfoundlanders have a song for every occasion.
Happy Victoria day Susan.


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POPSY190 5/18/2012 10:02PM

    Great song! Good you are tackling the debt so positively. Just back from Victoria, Australia so we had a few happy Victoria days recently. Hope you enjoy yours!

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TEMPEST272002 5/18/2012 6:10PM

    Loved the song. Too funny. For the debt part, I highly recommend reading Gail Vaz-Oxlade’s "Debt-Free Forever". I liked that it was Canadian content, simple to read and information that was new to me. She's got lots of good resources on her website too: http://www.gailvazoxlade.com/index.
Getting out of debt is just about as easy (lol) as losing weight, but both are possible when you start from where you're at and take it one baby step at a time. Happy Victoria Day to you too!

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