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Sunday, December 02, 2012

The beginning of Advent for us. A time of anticipation, wonder, joy and hope.

It is a sort of quiet time before the big day. Introspective..

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EVWINGS 12/2/2012 10:32PM

    Advent is a wonder - filled time of the year. i have taken an Advent blogging challenge, too. If you think you may be interested, check my blog for today to get the link directly to the challenge. Have a very blessed December.

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NORASPAT 12/2/2012 9:12PM

    I made a felt Calendar for our boys and put treats in the pockets when they were tiny.

Later I put notes in the pockets to each one of them. The two older ones read the youngest sons notes and helped him to read and to find the items I had hidden around the house. Those were close and fun days Hiding and finding little treasures around the house.

I was able to find the Big/little books and to this day I have them. I read to any little child who wants to,listen HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon for reading my blogs and being a good friend too.!!! emoticon

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TRENTDREAMER 12/2/2012 1:47PM

    Hope that you have a good December.

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PATRICIAAK 12/2/2012 8:03AM

    An important season

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Saturday, December 01, 2012

today was truly a day of rest for DD and I. It never did get fully daylight, was dark at 3pm. Blissfully though, no snow.
I think sometimes we need days with no activity, to rest up. My job requires 100% total fast-paced physical activity from beginning to end. Whe I took a half pain pill last night, out I went to land of nod..
I just sat and thought of all the things we have, that others do not,, not that I am rich,, actually poor, but blessings seem to find their way on HIS timetable, which I have learned, is fine with me.
As I age, I see that I require less and less to make me content,, health being number one now..

Spark has helped me realize how to get contentment out of the least amount...

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LJCANNON 12/2/2012 9:47PM

    emoticon Rest is a VITAL part of our Journey. It is a Wise Woman who figures that out.

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NORASPAT 12/2/2012 9:06PM

    You are sounding so much happier and content since you remodeled your kitchen and worked so very hard taking care of your Mom's needs last year.

it is so nice to read blogs of contentment.
Thanks for the support and suggestions. I appreciated you being there on my blog.

HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 12/1/2012 9:20PM

    R & R is good.

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TIMOTHYNOHE 12/1/2012 9:16PM

    Getting older is not necessarily a bad thing I have found. Less is more.

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ALDEBARANIAN 12/1/2012 7:49PM

    Yes. And sometimes more than one day... emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 12/1/2012 7:19PM

    Way to go!

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PARKERB2 12/1/2012 5:58PM

    I'm pretty contended with work, coming home, dinner, rest, tv, and sleep time. That's about as simple as it can get. I do enjoy other things but if I don't get them, I don't get upset. Have a great rest of the weekend.

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Friday, November 30, 2012

We got sleet today, that is halfway to a white Christmas..

Going to put new Christmas tree up this weekend, get my cards in the mail.. then I can feel festive!!
Just DD and I for Christmas, church Christmas morning.. I ma just thankful we are relatively healthy and there are no blizzards,,yet..
Please pray for a fellow Sparker and her shocked family, who was murdered Nov 27, Winningbattle and her friend were attacked and beaten, she is from England, but was a nurse in South Africa.
Her brother informed us on her Sparkpage, if you want to comment there, as many have. Count your blessings..

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NORASPAT 11/30/2012 11:55PM

    Thanks LINDA for letting us know. It gave me the opportunity to send my condolences, How sad is this. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ALDEBARANIAN 11/30/2012 9:50PM

    Speechless, but praying.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 11/30/2012 9:24PM

    Yes I read about that. It's sad.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

It seems like the sun does not know where to shine around here. IT is completely overcast, almost dark out at 3pm. Cold, but no snow yet, DD and I ran a few errands and came home to do some chores after I got out of work. I have been dizzy again this week, I know it is fluid in my ears or whatever, but docs office is only open tomorrow for an hour and a half,, would have to wait for a couple weeks to get in, so if I feel like this Saturday I will go to Covenant emergency care.

It does not seem like Christmas yet, maybe I will get my new tree upstairs this weekend and decorate. I have pared down everything since it is just DD and I now. Christmas cards need to get out too..

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SHARON10002 12/2/2012 9:29PM

    Hope your vertigo rights itself soon. It is really hard to function when you feel dizzy and off balance.We put up our tree yesterday while listening to Christmas carols and it helped get us into the spirit of things; Snow does help me get into it, too, but I don't think we'll be seeing any for awhile. emoticon

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 11/30/2012 2:51PM

    The sun is hiding here as well & they callnus Sunny California. Hope you feel better soon & turn that frown sidedown emoticon

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NORASPAT 11/29/2012 9:49PM

    As soon as I finished my note to you I put all the Kale back into the Crock pot and let it go all night. I had Kale soup small cup for breakfast and it is great.
Tell your DD emoticon from me. I was ready to put it down the disposal it was so tough. It was small and organic but the leaves were like leather.
I added bit of Red Wine Vinegar and it was perfect. Thanks DD,

I had a lot of dizzy spells this summer I went to an Ear Nose and Throat center.
They diagnosed Positional Vertigo. The rocks in my head had moved so they say. They put me on the examining table and as soon as I was ready they kind of threw me down to the tabl so they could get the little rocks back to the right place again.
One of my walking buddies had this and I told her about feeling dizzy she told me where to go and I was helped too. I hope they can do something for you, HUGS emoticon emoticon emoticon ((((HUGS))))

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PEBBLES706 11/29/2012 9:44PM

    I hope you feel better soon. I have to agree with it not feeling like Christmas time but for me I think it's because I miss so many people who are no longer living that made Christmas time special for me.

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PATRICIAAK 11/29/2012 7:23PM

    Hope you feel better soon.

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ALDEBARANIAN 11/29/2012 7:05PM

    Plenty of sun here. I'll send you some, but not tonight. Makes it hard to sleep. emoticon

Not too surprising it doesn't feel like Christmas yet. It isn't Christmas yet. Soon. You have to go to sleep before Santa can come. emoticon Maybe it'll help if you put that into a cup of cocoa.

I dug out my two tapes of music for a dysfunctional Xmas. You probably don't want to know. One of my favorites is, "I'm Giving Guilt For Christmas." There's another I like even better, but I don't want to post the name. You might send the men in the little white coats...

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DEBBIEANNE1124 11/29/2012 5:59PM

    What sun? Seems it's been weeks since I've seen any sun.

Put on some cheery Christmas tunes and get in the spirit.

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Another good day!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Yes, I cannot believe it, but I have had another nice day. A lot has to do with no outside stressors with mom, no snowstorms, and I just paid all of mom's and my bills. that is a great feeling. NO major fibro pain today either!!

We were discussing kale yesterday blogging. I never bought it before, but this was not the dinosaur stuff, it is organic little stuff, kind of looks like spearmint leaves to me. I did snip the stems, plopped leaves right into soup, it was tasty, did not take long to simmer in the soup.
I will use the rest in a salad like raw spinach, which is what it tastes like when cooked.

Today when I got home from work, I had a healthy leftover turkey/chicken breast sandwich on whole grain bread with lettuce. I also had another pasta dish full of that great soup.
later, I had a crisp, juicy fuji apple with organic peanut butter!

Some things I can change, but I have to confess, I NEVER, EVER ad salt to any foods except radishes. However, DD made a wonderful crock of soup, but it was very flat, had absolutely NO salt in it. I gulped, then put the salt shaker over the crock. I could not have gagged it down without SOME salt in it. I feel sort of guilty, BUT it is the first time I have even used the salt shaker in probably nine months(radish purchase).

I love to try new foods and this one was a hit. Different Sparkers said they also tweaked the original recipe to their tastes.. I could never put squash in mine, so, in went more veggies that I love, the naughty salt..
It is the kind of dish that you want when you come in the house from shoveling snow, scraping ice off everything or just one of those subzero days when you cannot get your bones warm!

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SHARON10002 12/2/2012 9:24PM

    I have a recipe for Portuguese Kale Soup which I love. I'll have to dig it out now that winter is here. Was introduced to it in RI when we were stationed there. It was cold, damp November evening, and from that night on whenever we went to that restaurant, we would order a big bowl. It hits the spot and warms your insides . . . Mmmmmmmm....

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NORASPAT 11/28/2012 10:50PM

    I did buy the organic stuff and the little stems were tender and tasty but the leaves were like rubber, so I will follow DD lead and it is going in to the crock pot right now. I know DH will not be eating it yet but I really want to be able to get this stuff right.
DH has lost 16 pounds in two weeks and I am so concerned about his eyes.
I am so glad you have had another wonderful day. That is great to hear HUGS LINDA

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DEBBIEANNE1124 11/28/2012 3:55PM

    I'm learning here. Would like to add Kale to a soup. I'm always trying new soups in my crockpot.

today it's my southern cooking. White northern beans w/left over lean ham and onions with corn bread crumbled over it yummm

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PEPPYPATTI 11/28/2012 3:53PM

    So glad to hear you had another good day! That is awesome! emoticon

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