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New coat and purse....thanks Mom!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

My wonderful mother asked me to take her out shopping today during which time she bought me a pretty winter coat and matching purse. I wasn't sure about it at first but her logic was it would help brighten me up during the cold winter months when I needed a boost! How thoughtful! She knows I am trying to lose weight but it fits so well now and it is an extra-large! I'm usually wearing plus-sizes so fitting into an extra-large is great!

I'll take a picture eventually....

P.S. I don't know why I wrote a blog about this but something about buying a blue coat (I don't really like blue on me!) felt like a step in the right direction! I'm trying to step outside of my comfort zone a bit and this coat sort of calls attention to me as opposed to the earth tones I usually wear.

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LESLIES537 10/18/2010 12:28PM

    Yay for mommies! Good job on stepping out of your comfort zone and trying some color. I'm sure it looks fabulous! And WOO HOO on the XL size! emoticon

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JHADZHIA 10/17/2010 3:58PM

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Well done getting into an XL!! Interesting, you could have been talking about me. I too, prefer earthy tones, and especially black (the old reliable slimming color) Wearing anything bright would have mortified me. Now I am more relaxed and even wear (*gasp*) patterns!! Here is to living a healthy lifestyle that changes us both mentally and physically into healthier people!!
PS: Sounds like you have a special Mom, just like me!!
Enjoy your Sunday!

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RIMAJO 10/17/2010 11:37AM

    Your Mom sounds like a very kind & thoughtful woman. How great for you to receive such 'warm' gifts. Now, thats LOVE in action! Got to love it, no matter the color - although I suspect, blue is going to look great on you - especially with your skin & hair coloring.

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Blue isn't really my colour either, but everytime I wear it, it always seems to look good. Go figure.

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APIRLRAIN888 10/17/2010 6:17AM

    how sweet.

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SUZIEGREY 10/17/2010 4:26AM

    What a wonderful gift from your Mum. Wear it with pride at your new size.

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TEMPEST272002 10/16/2010 11:34PM

    What a loving thing for your mum to do! Every time you put on that coat, you'll feel her love for you. Woo hoo on the XL. Feels great, doesn't it?!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 10/16/2010 11:11PM

    Blue IS a much cheerier color than earth brown. I think your mom is right. But then moms usually are. LOL

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KAYDE53 10/16/2010 9:31PM

    It always fun to do something unexpected & fun like that!! How sweet of your mom!! What a great surprise for you too; I'll bet it made your day!! emoticon emoticon

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LINDAGRAVEL 10/16/2010 9:30PM

    Very thoughtful of mom,wear it with pleasure

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 10/16/2010 9:14PM

    What a very thoughtful mother you have. Wear it and think of her for sure!!!

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Maddy's Miracle

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Hi! I was out of town today taking part in a rescue involving a 6 year old Yorkie who has been bred to death's doorstep! Please remember little Moto in your thoughts and prayers. I will be fostering her for a few weeks starting this weekend.

Now, for Maddy's story! Maddy was with us for about two months when Itook them on a rarely used woods road on a snowy, January day. A white van appeared and Maddy gave chase and ended up completely pinned by the front tire. The entire weight of that tire was on his tummy (he was lying spread-eagled) and the tire stopped an inch or so from his head.

The man who hit him was in almost as much shock as I was but he managed to jump back in his van and backed off of Maddy's body.

I immediately picked Maddy up and he didn't wince or cry and laid him in the backseat of the car. My dog Peaches (who was 15 at the time fainted when she heard Maddy's screech) had to be revived and my Mom (who was with me) thought she was having a heart attack. I sped off towards home (we were about 30 minutes out of town) and called the clinic.

As soon as Maddy was put on the examination table, he freaked out. They had to subdue him to do x-rays. Initially, it was good news...no internal injuries nor broken bones. In fact, the clinic had a hard time believing he was pinned by the way I described.

About a week later, he went downhill. They had to remove his fur and much of his skin from his neck to his tail. We were told this wasn't painful and kept him sedated everyday. I took a month off of work and slept beside him on our living room floor. He had to be wrapped in baby's receiving blankets and they treated his open back with a dressing of honey.

We were warned that it might not work and we told the vet to put him to sleep if he was in misery. But he was stoic, and didn't mind having his bandages changed every second day for two or three months.

The clinic staff documented every visit with pictures because they had never seen a dog recover like this. I cooked Maddy a chicken breast every day and my husband and I did everything we could to keep him infection free and comfortable.

In June we were given the all-clear. He has a bald spot across his back just above his tail.

I know you are thinking, ah, what a nice story but that is not the miracle I am talking about! What I'm about to tell you is true....

My father (who was my best friend) was diagnosed and treated for cancer back in the fall of 2005. Dad and I spent several months living 5 hours away from home and often we would go to a pet store that sold puppies. One particular time, I refused to look at the puppies because it upset me so much (I'm a firm believer in getting a puppy from a reputable breeder or a shelter but not from puppymills). Dad insisted that I see this little white pomeranian puppy. I went with Dad to have a look and I can remember arguing with him that a) it was a male dog (up until then I had only had females), b) it was a Pom (I figured they were yappy) and c) it was white (and I believed Poms should be red).

Anyway, Dad finished his treatments the next day and we drove in silence back home. We were halfway home when Dad pipes up, "I can't get that puppy out of my mind". I told him the treatments must have affected his mind because they wanted $1300 for the puppy. Anyway, he kept talking about it so Mom and I actually called out and it was sold!

Six months later and Dad was on his deathbed. I was lying beside him and I told him how much I was going to miss him. He leaned over and put his hand on my heart and said, I'll always be a part of you.

It was then that I promised that one day I would own a white Pomeranian in his memory. I told him that I would even consider getting a male and that I loved the name Maddy but felt I couldn't name a dog that as my dog-hating mother-in-law's name is Madeline. I also told him I would not pay for a dog as there were so many little ones needing homes.

Dad passed away in his sleep in July 2006 and while I remembered my promise, I had not intention of acting on it..at least not then.

Fast forward to the fall of 2008 when I got this call (out of the blue) from the mother of a girl I went to school with. She had rescued a little dog and needed somebody to dogsit due to a family emergency. This dog was only new to her and wasn't settling and because it didn't have its needles couldn't be put in a shelter. I said yes,and imagine my surprise when she dropped off .... a white, male Pomeranian named Maddy!!!! It was love at first sight and within weeks he was ours. She actually did take him back initially but he wouldn't eat or drink for 48 hours so we officially adopted him!

See, remember, miracles do happen! P.S He wasn't "free"...we paid $1 to adopt him and$3000.00 to save him! I love him with all of my heart

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 10/16/2010 9:10PM

    Thank you for sharing your miracle story of Maddie with us. You have been blessed. Praying for little Moto...

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POOH_BEAR_69 10/16/2010 3:16PM

    Wow! What an amazing story... Miracles really do happen... In their own time and way!

Congrats on having the little guy bless your life!

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OLDERDANDRT 10/15/2010 10:52AM

    Aaawwww. I'm so sorry you lost your dad, honey. But what a great story. Maddy was destined to be yours. God bless you for all you've done for and with Maddy and I know your dad is looking down on you from Heaven and smiling and enjoying watching you and Maddy.

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LESLIES537 10/15/2010 10:42AM

    Wow!! What a cool story! I just love when FATE happens!!

You are such a kind hearted, sweet and caring person! God Bless you for caring for those sweet animals! You are their angel! emoticon

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PCOH051610 10/15/2010 7:40AM

    Thanks to everybody who responded to this story! I didn't set out to tell it on my blog, but once I got started I couldn't stop! Thanks again for all of your very kind comments!

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SUZIEGREY 10/15/2010 5:00AM

    Susan, what a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing it. You are a special person and you and Maddy are meant to be together.

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APIRLRAIN888 10/15/2010 4:18AM

    what a great story, thx for sharing

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S3XYDIVASMOM 10/14/2010 10:26PM

    This sounds like a match made in heaven.

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JHADZHIA 10/14/2010 8:28PM

    Wow Susan, loved to hear how all this turned out for these precious dogs. You are an angel of mercy for dogs..
I like also the ethic you have of only getting rescue dogs or reputable breeder's dogs, couldn't agree more on that..

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RIMAJO 10/14/2010 7:59PM

    What a GREAT story Susan, thanks so much for sharing it!! I believe in miracles & do believe Maddy is one of them.. what a joy!

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SHAYNARAINE 10/14/2010 6:52PM

    Susan... all I can say is wow.... what an amazing and beautiful story. In tears here. I believe miracles happen every single day all around us.

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Week 3 - Halloween Challenge - My Successes

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Hi! As part of our ongoing Halloween Challenge, we are each supposed to write a blog about our successes.

I'm going to break my successes down into concrete ones and those that really can't be measured.

First for the concrete ones: One month ago, today, I got my husband to take my first set of measurements. In that time, I've lost:
1 inch from my waist,
3 inches from my hips,
.5 inch from my neck,
2 inches from my thighs,
.5 inch from my calves,
.25 inches from my upper arms
.25 inches from my bust.

So, those inches combined with the 11 pounds I've lost since I weighed in on August 30th are part of my concrete successes.

As for the stuff that is hard to measure:
I feel better about myself
I actually look forward to my daily walks
I'm sleeping better
A couple of friends say they notice a difference in my mood (yeah!)
And I'm starting to feel more and more that I can do this!

When I started the regular naysayers kept saying "oh, you're meant to be a big girl" or "don't get too excited over the first pounds...everybody loses them quickly" or "you're fine just the way you are" made me feel really depressed. Was I doomed? When I'm walking I play those conversations over in my head and argue back with them.

No, I'm not meant to be this big of a girl, yes, the inital weight does come off easy but that doesn't mean I'm giving up and no, I'm not happy the way I am.

So, as I reflect over the past weeks I think I have a lot to be proud of! I'm learning who I am, I'm making and maintaining some fantastic friendships, and I'm feeling better about who I am supposed to be!

Thanks for reading!



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OLDERDANDRT 10/14/2010 2:53PM

    Fabulous accomplishments!!!!! You go girl!! Naysayers are just that....nay...... maybe they're related to horses????(neigh)??? hehe
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RIMAJO 10/14/2010 10:29AM

    WOW Susan! You're really doing great, good for you!! Both your tangible & intangible successes speak of a woman on a mission & that makes me very happy for you! It says you care about yourself, you want something better for your life & that your health is more important to you than some folks in your circle tend to realize. I don't think they mean any harm in their words, they just haven't given it a great deal of deep thought.. you on the other hand, have - and are doing something about it. WAY TO GO!

Love the numbers, again GREAT JOB!! Feel proud, you've earned it!
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This is really great. That is quite an accomplishment over a month. You should be very proud

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SUZIEGREY 10/14/2010 6:02AM

    You have so much to be proud about. Don't let others put you off being a happy, healthy person.

Congratulations on all your achievements, both in inches and pounds off, and healthier lifestyle.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 10/13/2010 11:05PM

    You have every right to be proud. Keep up the good work.

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JHADZHIA 10/13/2010 10:09PM

    Wow Susan! That is fantastic!! Losing that much on the hips, waist and thighs is incredible for a woman -that was the hardest place for me to lose, when I first started out I lost far more from my bustline then anywhere else :( I am down 2 1/2 bra sizes, but still have a 'pot' on my waist :( even though I am at goal weight.
Don't EVER let anyone tell you what you should be. Only you, and your body know that.
You ARE doing great! Keep up the momentum, you are kicking this program!!
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LESLIES537 10/13/2010 5:56PM

    You definitely have MANY accomplishments to be proud of!! Wow, all that in just over a month?!! Good job!! You're doing amazing!

A big CONGRATS on your 11 lb loss and your 7 1/2 inch lost!! You are kickin some booty! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Chilean Mine Workers Please unite in prayer

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Although I am not really religious I am spiritual and my request today is that whoever reads this message will say a prayer that the mine workers in Chile will be brought to safety without incident.

I've been following this story with great interest for their story is among the best I've ever heard. Despite being trapped underground since August 5th there is no animosity, no anarchy, no defiance or struggle to be "first".

They are a band of "brothers" whose only wish that someone else be rescued first. They are all willing to be the last one out!

How many of us would be that brave? I doubt that I would have lasted this long and would be scratching and clawing to be out first. I hope that I wouldn't be like that be nobody really knows until they've been in a similar situation.

So, today, I plead with you to take a minute out of your busy lives to think of these Chilean mine workers. Pray for them if you believe in the power of prayer!

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LESLIES537 10/13/2010 10:04AM

    I was JUST talking about this very thing with my coworkers and then I come across your blog. Small world. Yes, indeed I will send some prayers of for these brave miners. emoticon

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I too watched this today. It reminded me of the two Aussies that were trapped in a mine in Tasmania. I'm so glad they have been coming out safe and hopefully sound.

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SHAYNARAINE 10/13/2010 6:59AM

    I, too, have continued to watch this story with much interest, and these men, and their families inspire me so much, the way they have banded together with courage and hope. Prayers from me have been said, and will continue to be, prayers of thankfulness, prayers of courage and hope, prayers for healing and restoration for each of them, and their families.

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SUZIEGREY 10/13/2010 6:48AM

    At the moment things seem to be going smoothly. I pray that the miners and their families are able to be reunited soon and start to return to normality.

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JANETELIZABETH1 10/13/2010 3:38AM

    I have just watched and saw that two are already out....oh we thank God for their safety and all their rescue workers that never gave up.

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GOSPELCLOWN 10/13/2010 1:30AM

    I'm watching the rescue right now. I'll say a prayer for the entire opperation!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 10/13/2010 1:11AM

    They have been in my thoughts and prayers and will continue to be. They will need our prayers for a very long time. But I will also be praising God when they are all safely above ground again.

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4DOGNIGHT 10/12/2010 4:43PM

    I would have gone bonkers by now being cooped up like that with no sunshine and no shower. Hope they are all okay but I imagine some will have mental problems and flashbacks for the rest of their lives.

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RIMAJO 10/12/2010 3:37PM

    I don't imagine I could live happy in such confined quarters for so long.. that they have been able to do this, and to keep their humor & good will intact tells me that God must be with them.. and that their faith is strong. This selflessness that they are showing the world is a lesson for us all, to learn & grow from.. May God be with them always.

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CBEVNOW 10/12/2010 12:41PM

    I am a christian and will, and have, been praying for these men. I also do not know how they have managed to hang in there, but with Gods help they have. My daddy was a coal miner, in W.VA. I was born in W.Va but moved to Ohio when i was 11 years old. My daddy was crushed by slate falling on him and was in a body cast for over a year. I could never work under ground as these brave men have done Blessings to all who are involved.

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GODZDESIGN95 10/12/2010 11:50AM

    I have watched with my breath held. I do not like tight spaces. I am praying for them and will watching and waiting. Prayers for a safe rescue.

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NORASPAT 10/12/2010 11:07AM

    I can not imagine what they have been through, hopefully they will all be back with their loved ones. Pat in Maine.

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FURBALLDTH 10/12/2010 10:19AM

    It's amazing they are still alive. They could start pulling them out as soon as tonight.

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KITTYF54 10/12/2010 9:27AM

    I've been interested particularly since we have a lot of coal mines around here, even had a similar situation here in 2001 when the miners were trapped, but they were rescued in days not months.

the same company, owned by the son of my husband's school chum, supplied the drill bit for both rescues. We always are concerned and praying when miners are trapped. thanks for the reminder that it isn't over yet. Kitty

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PROPMAN1 10/12/2010 9:12AM

  I have to agree that none of us know how we'll react in a serious situation. Should make us all stop and take stock of how we behave with others. I think on these guys daily. Peace.

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Four Things in my Life Quiz

Monday, October 11, 2010

Courtesy of DiveMaster01..

I was sitting here having a rather lazy afternoon and discovered this quiz while re-visiting some of my friends Sparkpages. I thought it was a pretty interesting way of revealing some information about ourselves. I just copied and paste and then deleted my friends answers and inserted mine:

~4 Things In my Life Quiz~


1. A checkout girl at a drugstore

2.An accounts payable clerk

3. A social worker

4. Library Technician (my current job)


1. Pretty Woman

2. The Mission

3. The Titanic

4. P.S. I Love You


1. Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada

2. Newfoundland, Canada


1. Whistler, British Columbia

2. Melbourne, Australia

3. Freeport, Maine

4. Cape Spear, the most easterly point of North America


1. Raw red pepper

2. Popcorn

3. Chicken

4. Peanut Butter


1. Anything by Agatha Christie

2. The Spark (!)

3. The Diary of Anne Frank

4. September by Rosamunde Pilchner (spelling)


1. Play with my dogs

2. Do Sudoku and Logic puzzles

3. Write letters

4. Read


1. The Shopping Channel (I'm ashamed to say!)

2. Criminal Minds

3. News - of any kind

4. Survivor

FOUR PLACES I'D RATHER BE RIGHT NOW (acutally I'm quite happy where I am but I will list four places I'd like to visit and/or re-visit)

1. New England (especially in autumn)

2. Brisbane, Australia

3.Whistler, British Columbia

4. Jasper, Alberta


1. Being at least 50 pounds lighter by next August (2011)

2. Turning 45 and finally feeling healthy

3. Having my doctor say "Well done"

4. Being more active each and every day!

I've made some changes to this list but I hope you have learned something about me. I look forward to learning more and more about each of you as well!

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CBEVNOW 10/11/2010 9:55PM

    What a list, some great things, how long did it take to answer all these questions? Now i know more about you, please forgive me if i forget some of thes ans. and ask you a questin later on.

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TEMPEST272002 10/11/2010 7:37PM

    I enjoyed getting to know you a little bit better!

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CALGARYNEWF 10/11/2010 3:32PM

    Great idea, thanks for sharing. I've adopted your list and will use it for my own blog...Tks!

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JHADZHIA 10/11/2010 2:41PM

    Awesome! I remember that going around on the blogs :) Nice to see yours!

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BETHJ423 10/11/2010 2:00PM

    What a great way to get to know someone; thanks for sharing!

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