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Action/Inaction and Blessings...

Monday, February 08, 2010

I stole this from a message board post today...

Take the Pressure Off

What's the best way to take the pressure off yourself? Do something about it.
How do you rid yourself of that burdensome frustration? Do something about it.

There is much you can do to make it better. And when you're sick and tired of feeling the pressure, then you're highly motivated to take positive action.

Instead of complaining about how bad it is, envision how good it can be. Then get busy bringing that vision to life.

Take the initial step, and suddenly you've changed the whole dynamic. What was a problem begins to become an opportunity.

When life gets tough, take that toughness and make it your own. Then make something beautiful and positive out of it.

-- Ralph Marston

To me this speaks to MANY of life's situations, but especially about making the best of what seems to be a bad situation. The power is back on at my house, and I still have much to be thankful for. My fridge, however, was not one of them. My brand new, I think I loved it better than any other appliance in the world, fridge was not working. After 2 hours on the phone with Best Buy and Samsung, I discovered that the fridge had tricked itself into demo mode and was very reluctant to come out of that state. After much fiddling and coaxing, I finally seem to have fixed the problem with the help of tech support. The fridge appears to be getting cold... I feel the need to celebrate!!!

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POOH_BEAR_69 2/11/2010 1:07PM

    You are absolutely right! I have been able to salvage some things. It has been interesting grabbing my OJ out of the snow to get a drink! emoticon emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 2/11/2010 12:02AM

    Wish the fixed had continued to work. Hope the repairman can fix whatever the problem currently is or they give you a new one. A refrigerator costing that much should last a lifetime...not just a couple months. lol I know...it isn't funny, but can't sweat everything all the time. Be thankful for all the cold and snow piles to keep you stuff as cold as in the refrigerator...now that's counting your blessings!!
Love and hugs,
Mom

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No Power, No Heat, No Service... :-)

Sunday, February 07, 2010

I'm happy!!!

Our power has been out since around 12:30 yesterday... It was shortly after I said I was going to post the snowfall pics I had taken with my digital camera. So no power at our house means no heat and no hot water. We do have *some* (I think more than enough) heat with our gas fireplace. It will keep the house warm enough as long as you have on fleece or sweats and use a blanket. The only problem with using the fireplace is the dog... I'll use it as long as either of us (me or DH) are home. I'm terrified that something will happen when we aren't home, and I won't chance my dear Phoenix burning to death in a fire. So... There you have it. Momma has generously opened her home to us for showers and internet and the like so I can visit my SparkFriends and my real family at the same time! emoticon emoticon

In the meantime, if it seems as if I've dropped off the face of the earth... I have!!! J/K!!! It does remind you of Armageddon, or 2012, The Day After Tomorrow... SO QUIET everywhere!!! Roads deserted, and with no power... SO DARK except for the stars...

Inside we have a few candles for while we're awake, several flashlights, and one REALLY great lantern... I've finished Cross's Trial, and I think I'm halfway through Dear John (I want to see the movie as part of our Valentine's Day date). I DEFINITELY have TONS of books to read. As long as I have batteries for the lantern, we're good!!!

To all my friends and family... Be safe and stay warm!!!

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JEWITCH 2/8/2010 9:45AM

    Isn't eerie how quiet it gets when the power goes out. I don't blame you not wanting to leave the house with the fireplace going. I hope you have power soon. Stay safe and warm.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 2/7/2010 7:40PM

    Great positives in your blog. My home is always open and available to you and your DH (and Phoenix too)!!! Enjoy reading your books. I am missing you already as you are going out the door. emoticon
Rumor has it that your electricity is back on now. Call me and let me know if this is true. Stay warm and get a good night's sleep, my dear child!!! emoticon
Blessings, love and hugs,
Mom

BTW: Where are the emoticon pics?

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The Personality Swap

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

A friend posted a blog today about a young woman who linked her self-worth to her weight and/or others (BF) opinions. Don't you wonder how they got this far (at least 20 somethings) in life thinking that? I think something had to be lacking at home. I *could* be COMPLETELY wrong, but I think that if you are raised in a healthy home with positive self-esteem (not to be confused with conceit) you won't let your sense of self-worth depend upon how others see you.

I REALLY think you see this in people whose personalities change DRAMATICALLY when they lose weight. Some people may be less shy/more outgoing, what have you. That's not what I'm talking about. I'm talking about the person who at 280 lbs. who was friendly and sweet and now weighs 130 lbs. and is a complete BEYOTCH. I know everyone knows that person. Well... I've been 280 lbs, and I've lost to 135. I'm back up to 183.... SURPRISE... I still have all my same friends!!!

  
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 2/7/2010 7:47PM

    You will keep your wonderful personality...no matter what you weigh. Weight should not define your personality or your self-worth. God has blessed you as a beautiful person with a wonderful personality!!! No surprise there!!!
Blessings, love and hugs,
Mom

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KEAKMAN 2/3/2010 10:39PM

    I can't imagine you as a beyotch! Keep you the same wonderful person regardless of what the scale says.

(and you are right - why is it that some gals turn evil when they get thin??)

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Prayers needed for a friend...

Sunday, January 03, 2010

A very dear friend called with some very upsetting news today. I listened while she cried and offered what comfort I could. Her mom has been in and out of the hospital approximately twice per week since Thanksgiving. Her situation is not unlike what happened to my mom two Thanksgivings ago, but she has less will to battle back from the situation. She is not tolerant of medicine, and it seems she is now ready to give up the battle altogether. Her diabetes is out of control and her kidneys are shutting down as her body fills with waste. She already had a shunt put in for intravenous antibiotics and has been getting those continuously since Thanksgiving. They have told the family that at best they have a week and at worst they have a few days. All I (and anybody really) have to give at this point are prayers. My prayers that her mother will be comfortable and find peace. My prayers that this family are able to make it through this situation. My friend only wants what is best for her mother and realizes that her mother has given up, but her heart remains heavy... Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers as this year begins... Be safe friends and be healthy!

Hugs,
Richelle

  
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JEWITCH 1/5/2010 10:37AM

    I will keep your friend in my prayers and thoughts that she and her family have the strength and energy to carry them through this period of time.

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CRAZYGAGRANNY 1/4/2010 11:04PM

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and this family! I lost my Mom this May will be 3 years ago. I was fortunate enough to have kept her at home with me; she was 97. We are all just passing through this world on our way home.It is however so hard for us to turn lose of our loved ones.
I pray for peace and strength for the family; may the Lord be with them and guide them through this most difficult time!

God Bless you my Friend for being there for your Friend!

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DRADISCH 1/3/2010 11:46PM

    Richelle, my prayers are with your friend and her dear Mother. As I will also pray for you as you give comfort & warm counsel to your friend. I pray that Peace & Our Lord's love will fill each heart.
May God Bless each of you always.
Hugs
Donna

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LINDA25427 1/3/2010 11:42PM

    Praying for your friend her mother and you .God bless. emoticon emoticon

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GOSPELCLOWN 1/3/2010 11:29PM

    It's nice to know that you were there for a friend in need. There isn't a lot you can do but listen and offer support. And because you have been through it, your sympathies are more in line with her concerns.

Bless you! She will definately be in my prayers,

Karen

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/3/2010 11:17PM

    My dear Richelle, My thoughts and prayers are definitely going out for your friend and her mom...and for you also as you help your friend during this very sad and trying time. Acceptance is very hard for those left behind especially as they are waiting unwillingly for those final moments. I am so sorry that her mother has given up the good fight.
Oh Heavenly Father, please be with Richelle's friend that she will find comfort and strength in your love and acceptance for what is happening with her mother... knowing how hard it will be, Lord, as I went through this a little over a year ago...only a month after my own mother gave up this same battle and went home to be with you. Be with her mother that she will be comfortable as she is making this transition to be with you. Please guide her, comfort her, and be with her... bringing her unto you as a newborn child and one of your own that when her life is completed, we know that there is another angel watching over her family.
May God's blessings be with you.
Love and hugs, my dear child,
Mom
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Make sure you check your purchases...

Monday, November 30, 2009

On Black Friday, we went to Best Buy and purchased a surround sound with Blu-Ray that was on sale for the day. Mind you, this Best Buy is approximately one hour from where we live. We traveled in a homeward direction stopping at Sam's Club on the way. When we stopped there, the HDMI cable they had on sale caught my husband's eye. He asked if we had one or if we needed one to hook up the system. I told him that I wasn't sure, that he should probably check the box. He went outside to look in the box... This is when he discovered that the "NEW" system had been opened before. It was missing 3 of the 6 speakers and the remote. BUMMER! So we put everything in reverse and returned to Best Buy after a long conversation with the customer service rep to pick up an actual NEW system. We opened it and made sure all was well before we left the store this time... emoticon

  
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ANNEKATHLEEN 12/1/2009 8:53AM

    Yikes! Guess I better check my hubby's christmas gift...

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GOSPELCLOWN 11/30/2009 10:38PM

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Better sooner than later! Well done,
Karen

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 11/30/2009 10:11PM

    I am just very happy that all was resolved before you got home. That would not have been a pretty sight!! emoticon emoticon emoticonlaughing...
I will have to stop by and see how it sounds.
Blessings, love and hugs,
Helen


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FAIRFAUX08 11/30/2009 9:21PM

    We always live and learn from experiences such as these, don't we?. While it must have been frustrating to discover you were in possession of a used unit, I'm glad that you were able to get it all straightened out before you arrived home. That said, I certainly hope that your family is now listening to the beautiful sound of holiday music on your new system! emoticon

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