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Warm hands, warm heart.

Thursday, December 06, 2012

I take my grandson to the bus stop every school day. He is 6 and in kindergarten. This morning it was 26 degrees with the windchill in the teens. There are two girls at the bus stop. One is in 3rd grade, one in 5th. From what I have observed over the past few months is that the girls are both poor and shy. One girl came to the bus stop on a cold morning with medical gloves on and the other with no gloves on. They rarely speak to me and another grandma at the bus, and today was no exception. I rummaged through my coat closet and found a couple of pairs of gloves in good condition. I took them to the bus stop and asked the third grader first if she wanted a pair. You could tell she was cold. She turned me down. I told her that it was okay to take and keep them. She reluctantly took them and put them on. The other girl was playing away from us and finally walked over to where we were standing. I offered her the second pair and without a word, she accepted them and put them in her pocket. She then walked away. I saw her put them on. By the time the bus came, they were both wearing gloves. I warmed their hands and it warmed my heart. I did not require a thank you, just seeing them put them on was thanks enough.
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WACFIT 12/11/2012 8:41PM

    Way to meet a need, Pat! It's hard to help somebody without embarrassing them, but you seem to have done it. Poor kids shouldn't have to be without proper clothes. We had a neighbor lady that knitted new mittens for us every year and I loved them! We had a large family and I think she wanted to help, though we never did without the basics like these kids. Kudos!

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MYTHMYTH 12/8/2012 1:16PM

    What a kind and thoughtful thing to do! it's good for all of us to remember that there are little ways we can act to make a difference instead of just wishing or praying that things might get better for others. Thanks for sharing!
Jane

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REXTINE1 12/8/2012 12:53PM

    You're living a Christian life.

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TRAVELGRRL 12/7/2012 6:13AM

    Bless your heart! emoticon That was a kind thing to do. I think a lot of parents don't provide for their kids but yet are never without junk food and cigarettes etc. themselves.

In our community kids are given backpacks with food for the weekends -- apparently they don't eat if they aren't receiving free food at school. Why aren't these parents being charged with neglect and abuse?

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LOLAJO54 12/6/2012 5:18PM

    oh Pat you got me crying -- what a great soul you are .. I thank you for them ..
you warmed my heart too
thank you

hugs Jo

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DIET_FRIEND 12/6/2012 1:40PM

    That was a nice gesture. Gloves aren't necessarily an expensive thing. It's sad that the girls aren't dressed for the conditions.

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MILPAM3 12/6/2012 1:07PM

  How sweet of you. I keep pairs of those stretchy gloves around for people who come over and need to have warm fingers. We should all learn to share. It makes the receiver AND the giver the better for sharing.

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NEPTUNE1939 12/6/2012 10:13AM

    emoticon God bless you Granda! Caring never stops, Granpa Earl emoticon

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All Aboard...Next Stop "Onederland."

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

I have finally made it half way to my goal. It took 9 months to lose 40 lbs. My final goal is to be at 160. I am hoping be in Onderland before Christmas. I will probably need all of 2013 to get to my 160 goal. I am determined, and I will do it.

  
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LADYJNAR 12/4/2012 11:59PM

    Congrats! emoticon emoticon

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LOLAJO54 12/4/2012 7:29PM

    You will do it!!!

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NESARIAN 12/4/2012 6:19PM

    Beautiful! What a wonderful gift to yourself! I have complete faith that you will reach your goal. All aboard!!!

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PICTUREME40 12/4/2012 6:15PM

    Wishing you all the best at reaching that goal. Congrats on all your hard work. emoticon


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TRAVELGRRL 12/4/2012 6:13PM

    You rock, GIRL! WTG. You are smart, you have a reasonable goal, and you WILL make it!

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REXTINE1 12/4/2012 5:20PM

    As long as you keep working the program, you will eventually get there. It took me seven years to lose 150 pounds, and there was a two year long plateau in there - just never give up. Do it.

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DIET_FRIEND 12/4/2012 2:05PM

    You can do it! Keep on sparking!

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LJCANNON 12/4/2012 1:24PM

    emoticon You are doing GREAT!!!

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WACFIT 12/4/2012 12:43PM

    Yahoo! That's so awesome, Pat! I'm so proud of you. You have worked very hard and already reaping many benefits. Just keep at it and don't lose sight of the goal-not a number, but being at a healthy sustainable weight. I can't tell you how excited I am for you as you board the bus to Onderland!
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Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thankful for family and friends
Happy for SP
Able to stick it out through thick and thin
Never giving up
Kind words from Spark friends on message boards and blogs
So much to learn about myself
Grateful to be working towards a better me
I am so lucky and I know that
Validating my feelings about my health and well being
I believe in each and everyone of you
Nice people helping each other tackle their health issues
Giving and taking, helping and listening.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my Spark friends.

  
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1BEACHWALKER 12/1/2012 12:58AM

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DIET_FRIEND 11/22/2012 10:48PM

    I like your gratitude list. Happy Thanksgiving!

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WACFIT 11/22/2012 10:42PM

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CHERIONE 11/22/2012 9:49PM

    Nicely said. So much to be thankful for!

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LOLAJO54 11/22/2012 6:55PM

    excellant list

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Thank you Veterans!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

I would like to thank all of the Veterans for all they have given me. My freedoms means a lot to me and without your help and dedication I would not be able to enjoy my freedoms.
I would like to thank my brothers, father, step-father and my neighbors. Please take the time out of your Sunday to thank someone. God bless you. All active men and women, thank for for being out there protecting me now. God bless you too and hopefully you return home safely to your family and friends. emoticon

  
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STHAX10 11/12/2012 11:03AM

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WACFIT 11/11/2012 11:01PM

    Yes! Thanks to all who serve.
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REXTINE1 11/11/2012 6:59PM

    All of us know a lot of vets, and this is the time of year to cheer them on.

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PARKERB2 11/11/2012 5:24PM

    I join you in saluting our Veterans. we had a special service in church this morning for them. I pray the ones fighting now will be safe and return home soon.

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TRAVELGRRL 11/11/2012 4:02PM

    Well said!!

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The best excercise.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

All you Americans out there, don't forget, the best excercise you can do today is to "excercise" your right to vote.
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ANASNEWBODY 11/6/2012 6:48PM

    Totally agree! I went after work.

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MEADSBAY 11/6/2012 2:15PM

    Yes, Ma'am- wouldn't miss it for the world!
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NESARIAN 11/6/2012 1:39PM

    Voted early but still feel the Joy of our freedom to vote! emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 11/6/2012 12:38PM

    Could NOT agree more! We are so lucky to live in the US of A.

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DIET_FRIEND 11/6/2012 11:42AM

    I voted a few weeks ago, and it's a relief! Bad weather predicted for today, but right now in my neck of the woods, the sky is blue and the sun is sunny!

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LOLAJO54 11/6/2012 11:19AM

    excellant!!!


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REXTINE1 11/6/2012 11:03AM

    I'm wearing my sticker - and so is the BW.

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STHAX10 11/6/2012 10:15AM

    emoticon emoticon I voted early!!! emoticon

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WACFIT 11/6/2012 9:40AM

    Agreed! Voted.
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