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About to Give up?

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

I started the year with foot surgery in hopes that I could get back to the simple task of walking. I love to walk. I was just getting to the point where the doctor said I could start walking again and my sciatica started hurting again. It has been over three weeks of continuous pain. I have seen a chiropractor and after two visits he sent me for an MRI. I was in so much pain I had my family doctor look at the results and he called me in a prescription for pain and sent everything over to a Neurosurgeon. I have an appointment with them next week. Today I will return to the Chiropractor and see what he suggests. I hate the thought of physical therapy. I went for 5 straight months last year for the foot. I just want to get back to a point where I can move. I've gained all of the 50 pounds back that I lost my first year with SparkPeople.

Do I feel like giving up? Somedays I do...

  
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SASSYGIRL0801 3/12/2012 9:25PM

  Stay strong! You can do this! Don't give up and keep going, have you thought about swimming? it may be easier on your body then doing the more physical training and exercise out there! Good luck and keep positive!

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LADYPJAY 3/12/2012 7:32PM

    I am going to keep you and your healing in my prayers, if that is okay. emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/7/2012 10:04PM

    Oh, I so understand! I had ankle surgery TWICE and each time had to use a scooter for months! But please, please do not give up! You WILL get healthy! Right now, you just need help getting there. Keep the faith, my friend, and know that you are never alone! emoticon

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DEE107 3/7/2012 5:39PM

    Yes I know what you mean been there and done that and now back to where to start all over again hug

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BROADBRUSH 3/7/2012 3:30PM

    you are a trooper - all of this serious stuff - let's face it - getting older is not the greatest but what can we do about it.
i have had rheumatoid arthritis since a teenager- and that constant pain you mention is certainly familiar to me.
i have two canes - sometimes i need both, some days only one- and others - mostly in the summer months - i can get by without either.
take care of yourself, and take baby steps - hugs BB emoticon

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KLWALDON 3/7/2012 3:17PM

    I suppose that we all have those kinds of days where we feel like giving up. They are tough, huh? That has got to be difficult and frustrating having those setbacks. Do the best that you can and that is all you can expect. When the going gets tough, the tough get going! You can do it! Stay as positivie as possible!! I know sometimes that is hard :)

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BUFFYSMOM2 3/7/2012 2:20PM

    Hang in there, sparkfriend. This was sooo beautiful. You're truly on the right track. You'll get those pounds back off in time. First, you gotta get that health back on track (foot/track...get it? emoticon)
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GRAPEVINE60 3/7/2012 1:09PM

    I'm sorry you are going through a rough spot right now.......I hope things gets better soon, and that you are able to find some answers.



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DDOORN 3/7/2012 11:24AM

    Oh hey, the SPARK is always there for you! If nothing else, when your body keeps throwing all these monkey wrenches your way over which you have no control you STILL have control over your food choices!

Perhaps re-focusing on this might be the place to invest your energies now? I think our food choices have WAY more impact on our pounds than any physical activity we might pursue.

Keep working with your health care professionals, they WILL get to the bottom of this with your help!

Don

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WILLOW49 3/7/2012 11:08AM

    I understand all too well how you feel. Some days I ask myself if it's all worth it. One thing I do know is that even though I may feel like it at times, I will NEVER, EVER, EVER give up!
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I got my shoe on!

Monday, January 30, 2012

It is the simple things we take for granted. I had foot surgery on January 10th and I’m so happy to walk without my wedged boot. It was interesting when I took those first few steps in my shoes because the boot was angled with my heel being lower than the toes so when I started going forward I felt like I was falling forward. It didn’t take me long to get the regular feeling of walking back, but now I can only take baby steps.

I had been suffering with two different foot issues over the last two years. After multiple cortisone injections and months of physical therapy I had to bite the bullet and have surgery. I was thankful that the foot doctor fixed two problems with one surgery.

Now I’m just waiting for the healing and I can move forward with some exercise. It has been a long time since I’ve done much. I love to walk and when I lost that ability I let everything go. It was very destructive and now I need to build back up!

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SILVERANGEL6 2/29/2012 12:18AM

    So glad you're healing. Have you thought of doing chair exercises? I know people in my Spark Team do these, as some are wheelchair bound, or can't walk for some reason....

I can find out where to get them if you like, just let me know....

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DJ4HEALTH 2/4/2012 10:59PM

    You will be back at doing what you love soon just make sure that you get the ok from the doctor.

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DDOORN 1/31/2012 8:43AM

    Wonderful news!

Don

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LIBBYFITZ 1/31/2012 6:10AM

    Yey! Well done on getting the shoe on! emoticon

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WILLOW49 1/31/2012 12:31AM

    So glad to hear that you are improving! Won't be long before your right back in the swing of things again!
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DEE107 1/30/2012 7:57PM

    so glad you are doing well hugs

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PMFISH 1/30/2012 3:12PM

    Come backs from lack of activity is tough! Don't kill yourself! Rome was not built in a day. Just be consistent with what you can do. Happy to hear they corrected a couple of problems with one surgery. Hang it there you can do it!

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LVMAMAW 1/30/2012 2:41PM

    emoticon emoticon So glad to hear you are healing!!!!
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ABERLAINE 1/30/2012 1:08PM

    I'm so glad to hear that your surgery is over and that it was a success. Now just be patient with the healing process and you'll be back to walking in no time!!

Nancy

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/30/2012 12:40PM

    HURRAY!!! Having had major tendon surgery on both ankles, I know JUST what you are saying! So glad you are healing so well! emoticon

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WILDLOTUS16 1/30/2012 12:38PM

    Good luck!!! emoticon

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GRAPEVINE60 1/30/2012 12:28PM

    I'm sorry to hear that you had to go through surgery, but am glad to hear you are doing better.

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50/50 and Baylee

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

So today I turned 50! I came to work and the girls had hung black streamers and taped black balloons and also black 50 Sucks lollipop's around my office. They also hung a 50 Celebrate sign on my window and when I pulled into the parking lot I could see it - oh and so could everyone else. I had cake and peanut butter cheese cake also given to me with some other wonderful gifts. My husband sent me a dozen Lavender roses (my favorite) - him and the roses.



The other 50 is that I have more than 50 pounds to lose. I am going to do it! I have foot surgery on January 10th and won't be able to get back to walking (which I love to do) for a while after that. By spring I hope to be walking regularly again!

Baylee is a new puppy (4 - 5 months old) that we picked up yesterday. She is half Havenese and half YorkiePoo. My husband really wanted a puppy or a baby for Christmas.My son just married this spring and there is no baby on the way yet, so I decided a puppy it is. He has an animalistic personality - they all love him. Baylee is no different. She has taken over his chair just like our cat Angel did - yeah Angel is not liking the puppy much. Here she is yesterday claiming her spot!



This is her on daddy's leg - her next favorite spot - the poor guy can barely walk around the house. Well he did ask for it!



Yesterday she was so timid, today is is loving her new surroundings. Have a great day!

  
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CINNAMONCAT9 2/8/2012 8:05AM

    Happy Belated Birthday! It sounds like it was great fun, and your little dog is adorable. emoticon

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LINDABENEDICT 1/28/2012 10:02PM

    emoticonHAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY !!!! emoticonLOVE THE PUP !!!! emoticon

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ROSEWCI 1/10/2012 6:11PM

    emoticon HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY! emoticon It's so nice to be beloved! You are blessed!

And I know you're in full recoup mode right about now! Take special care & you'll be up & around in no time!

And Baylee is adorable! She resembles our deceased Mitzi...& she was so loved! EnJOY her!!!

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NOLAZYBUTT110 1/2/2012 7:13AM

    Happy Belated Birthday! And Baylee is so cute. And love her coloring...first picture. Does she change color or is that the lighting in the chair picture? I want a Yorkie mix. Shes adorable. Great birthday present... and have a Happy New Year too! susana

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GRAMMACATHY 12/25/2011 12:09PM

    Happy Birthday. So you got your husband a puppy for your Birthday. I love it. Baylee is adorable.

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DDOORN 12/23/2011 1:54PM

    Congrats on being 50 years YOUNG! :-)

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LIBBYFITZ 12/21/2011 9:21AM

    emoticonHappy birthday! The puppy looks gorgeous!

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LINDYPAINTS 12/21/2011 7:05AM

    Happy 50th!!!! It's a good age... I am healthier now than I have been for years!
What a cutie that puppy is... I know you are in for a fun filled time with him... ENJOY!!


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ALASKASKY 12/21/2011 3:03AM

    Happy Birthday. Is the baby from a shelter? She's a cutie. emoticon

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VAL_LYNNE 12/20/2011 11:09PM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful day. Your roses are beautiful! and your puppy is cute! Happy Birthday! You know, life begins at 50! Welcome to the club. emoticon

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DEE107 12/20/2011 9:48PM

    Happy Birthday my friend

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ELIZACG9 12/20/2011 8:29PM

    Wow how nice, your really have nice friends, Best of luck to you and your journey. emoticonMerry Christmas too! emoticon

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LVMAMAW 12/20/2011 5:42PM

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! The puppy is darling!! And 50's are a good time. You will do great!! Have a wonderful holiday!!
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GRAPEVINE60 12/20/2011 4:42PM

    Happy, Happy Birthday! and.....the puppy is sooo cute! We have a Maltese, and he looks similar to yours. Maybe Havanese and Maltese are close in looks.

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KAMAPERRY 12/20/2011 2:07PM

    Awww, puppy!!!! Happy Birthday to you!

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KANSASROSE67 12/20/2011 1:38PM

    Darling puppy!!!

I love lavendar roses too...I had them in my wedding bouquet.

Happy, happy, birthday to you.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/20/2011 12:32PM

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the pup!

And happy birthday! Welcome to the 50's! I've been there for over two years, and let me tell you, they zip by! emoticon

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View from the Balcony

Saturday, October 15, 2011

This is from one of my favorite areas in the world - Ogunquit Maine. I love the rocky coast. My husband and I had to delay this trip from earlier this year and ended up getting a better room. I am not complaining. My only wish is that I could come here every year!

  
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GETDONE 12/13/2011 7:33PM

    Nice.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 11/3/2011 2:35PM

    Oh, to be there right NOW! *sigh* Lovely!

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1COUNTRY_GAL 10/28/2011 11:55AM

    BEEautiful,thank you for posting.I live closer to the west coast,wonderful to see the East! emoticonDiana

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ANGEL_VENUS 10/20/2011 11:39PM

    Gorgeous!...I just love landscape pictures of nature and painting them too. Thanks for the share.

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ALL-IS-AMAZING 10/20/2011 5:20PM

    Beautiful picture. Thanks for sharing it :) Now I want to go away somewhere too LOL

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BARBARAWEBSTER 10/19/2011 9:17AM

    Thanks for sharing. Love to see places I haven't been. emoticon

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KARENA228 10/17/2011 9:26AM

    Gorgeous!

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ALASKASKY 10/17/2011 5:36AM

    emoticon Beautiful. Wish I were there. emoticon

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DDOORN 10/16/2011 10:34PM

    It's been over 30 years since we've been there...must return someday SOON!

Thx for sharing!

Don

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LOSLUWOM 10/16/2011 11:13AM

    Just gorgeous!!

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LINDYPAINTS 10/16/2011 8:46AM

    Hey, wow... this Aussie gal has actually been there! I'm a Stephen King fan and one of my fave books is "the Stand" which features Ogunquit so I *had* to go when we drove through Maine back in 2002. (Yes, I did go look at Stephen King's house too...)
What a lovely pic! Hope you have a great time!

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WILLOW49 10/15/2011 11:50PM

    Ogunquit is one of my favorite places in Maine! Haven't been there since I've been married. Should really get back there sometime!

ENJOY!

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NANASAMM 10/15/2011 11:45PM

    I love Ogunquit. My mom and I stay at ANCHORAGE BY THE SEA which looks to be pretty near where you are staying IF I go by the view and Marginal Way. She is on vacation around her birthday (Oct. 6th) and we go up for her birthday. We haven't been in a couple of years but we have some great memories of our trips to Maine. Have a great time.
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DEE107 10/15/2011 10:38PM

    so pretty love the view

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KAMAPERRY 10/15/2011 10:20PM

    How lovely!

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LVMAMAW 10/15/2011 10:07PM

    BEAUTIFUL! ENJOY!! emoticon

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GRAPEVINE60 10/15/2011 9:27PM

    Great picture. I wish I was there, too!

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SKYBLUEGIRL 10/15/2011 9:14PM

    What a great view! Patience pays off!
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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 10/15/2011 9:00PM

    BEAUTIFUL!

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The Flood of 2011 – Pictures included

Thursday, September 08, 2011

It is a bit disheartening how much devastation the world is going through. I usually try to look on the bright side, today is a bit somber though. Our area is once again on the National news because of severe flooding. We had a similar flood in 2006, but this one has surpassed that one. This year there are evacuations from areas that were not even affected in 2006. For all those people who lost everything and then rebuilt my heart goes out to them.

I have a boat garden in my yard – it is a real row boat filled with dirt and planted with flowers. This is the boat last year…



And this is my boat garden today…



I at least was able to walk the dog although we had to take a different route because of the flooding. Here is the road I use to walk her down…



Instead we walked along the road I live on and the name should tell you something, River Rd. And yes one of the rivers in our area is not far from it. Here is picture of the golf course that runs along Chenango River…



And this is the building along the golf course…



And one of my favorite sounds in the area is the trains that run along the hill which is behind my house and across from our local highway. That highway is closed from a mud slide and parts of the tracks are hanging off the side of the hill…



When I took my walk earlier I walked across a bridge that goes over that highway and it was surreal to have no vehicles on it. I felt like I was a part of a Stephen King book.

On a positive side - we had several family members and friends call us today - we are loved!

  
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CINNAMONCAT9 2/8/2012 8:06AM

    Amazing photos. A place of beauty despite the flooding.

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BARBARAWEBSTER 10/19/2011 9:22AM

    I'm so sorry this happened to you. This kind of change takes a long time healing. Wrapping my arms around you... emoticon

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CANBDONE 9/17/2011 12:27PM

    I hope some normalcy has returned to your area and that you are getting the help that you need to repair and rebuild. My prayers are with you and yours. emoticon

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NOLAZYBUTT110 9/14/2011 3:21PM

    I was devastated! Sorry to hear about your garden! I must have misunderstood or misread an earlier blog. My heart goes out to you all. These seem so familiar. We had family who lost everything in Jopin , Missouri and floods along the Mississippip River we knwo also affected. Been down that road and feel for you all. so sad for you all too. Sorry your garden was udner water. Did you get to ahrvest ti before the flooding? I hope so. Unreal! But when you hear from someone personally you can really see the devastation than just hearng about it on TV. Sorry for all your lost and suffering. I pray you all survive this! I knwo it amkes you want to be on higher ground. I pray you get pass this. May G*d be with you all. Many times good comes out of bad. WE get flooding in our area, but have nto for two years, (Our basement had a foot of water, but what you got was more than a foot! )

I pray you do not get fungus in your house, because that is what we got after we had a flood and water damage, in 2007 and I got very sick from the fungus, a lung infection and it took me 6 months to get over it. I am still weak from it, but stronger than I was. Make sure you clean it with lemon or lysol, its the only way to kill fungus . It will rot everything in its path if you dont kill it. The only other thing that can kill it is sunlight or an ultraviolet lamp. Good luck! susana

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KANSASROSE67 9/12/2011 4:22PM

    So sorry you're dealing with this. It has been a terrible year...floods, tornadoes, drought, fires. Praying for everyone who is suffering.

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ANASONIC 9/12/2011 12:12PM

    I'm so sorry to see your pictures but glad you are ok. We live in Endicott and can't belive the water everywhere.

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KAILYNSTAR 9/12/2011 11:00AM

    Incredible. The reminded me of what my back alley looked like during a freak hail storm I had here in mid-August. Our county has been proclaimed a disaster area because we have two rivers running through it.

I feel for you, yet am glad that you and your family are alright.

Take care of yourself.

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LIBBYFITZ 9/12/2011 10:35AM

    Wow that is what I call a flood. Glad to see you are OK. How sad to see all that devasatation!

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LINDYPAINTS 9/12/2011 6:27AM

    Oh, wow... I am so happy to hear you are safe, but that devastation is awful.
We have had a bad year of floods in Australia too, luckily not near me. I hope things get back to normal for you soon and that the weather is kind for a change.
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GETDONE 9/11/2011 12:30PM

    what amazes me that that you WALKED!!

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LADYPJAY 9/10/2011 12:23PM

    In southern MD we have been hit hard too. The pictures of the sink holes are amazing. Our home is fine, but today is the first day since Wednesday that I will be out myself. Others have gone out, but I have chosen to stay off the roads. All are in my prayers. (One way to look at it...you won't have to water your plants for a while...if we don't laugh we will cry...oh wait...I have done that too.) Hugs to you. emoticon

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ALASKASKY 9/10/2011 12:39AM

    sorry about your beautiful boat garden. Thank God you are safe. It's amazing what is going on with the weather.

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GRAMMACATHY 9/9/2011 11:59PM

    I am glad your house is safe. Sorry about the flooding. I too love the sound of the trains. Hopefully, the tracks will be repaired quickly. Thank you for sharing the pictures.
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REYVE01 9/9/2011 12:40PM

    How horriable to see your community in disaray..... Keep your chin up... the sun will come out tomorrow...

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CAMELA_55 9/9/2011 12:33PM

    Wow! Unbelievable! Thanks for sharing those. The only good thing is that in times like these, it really does bring family and friends much closer together.

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BBENISHEK 9/9/2011 10:52AM

    Wow. Those pictures are breathtaking in such a sobering way.

It's very hard to look on the bright side in the face of so much destruction, yet you're here, and you're surviving, and you're staying safe--all great things. Take care!

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KOPSBABY 9/9/2011 9:51AM

    Please stay safe, things can be replaced but you can't be. Thank God you and yours are all safe.

Take care.

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DDOORN 9/9/2011 8:06AM

    Thx goodness YOU and your loved ones are okay...! Guess Mother Nature has a way of reminding us of what is truly important in our lives...!

Don

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DEE107 9/8/2011 10:37PM

    oh my you are flooded too hubby is having a hard time to get to work with the flooding in the area up where he is during the week

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GRAPEVINE60 9/8/2011 10:14PM

    I'm sorry your area has been so devastated. emoticon

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WILLOW49 9/8/2011 10:13PM

    Please take good care of yourself. We are in Atlanta visiting my son & dil. 3 tornado sirens went off on Sunday. 2 hit down...1 just south of us and 1 north. Caused such devastation. We were very lucky.
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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 9/8/2011 10:06PM

    It just keeps going on and on. At times I wonder if it will ever quit, or at least let up some. Those railroad tracks hanging down the side of the hill just leave me speechless. I hope that things dry off for you soon. Thanks for sharing the pictures, and stay safe!!

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GOOZLEBEAR 9/8/2011 8:55PM

    I'm so sorry you have had so much flooding, I'm just thankful you are alright. That is special that you and your pup can still walk in spite of the flooding. Thank you for posting the pictures. I love your boat garden and it is sad that it is now underwater. Glad folks are checking on you.

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FREECAL1 9/8/2011 7:06PM

  Thanks for sharing pics. Too much devastation in the world these days. So glad your home didn't get flooded. I myself think that having our house flooded and having to clean that mess up afterwards would be the worst of all the catastrophies mother nature throws at us.

Take care

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RUFFIT 9/8/2011 6:47PM

    Mother nature at its worst. Here in New Jersey it is bad also. Take care and be safe!! Moni emoticon

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JOANNS4 9/8/2011 6:46PM

    My heart goes out to you. It is so devastating. You will get through it. I am praying for you all.
Love,
Jo Ann
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SPARKLEIIGHGAL 9/8/2011 6:22PM

    Terrible scenes. The world is crazy - floods in some parts and famine in others. Take care and stay safe dear friend. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LVMAMAW 9/8/2011 6:17PM

    Val, sorry for all you folks out there. We are praying. Thank you for sharing your pics, it really makes it a reality to me.

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1COUNTRY_GAL 9/8/2011 5:42PM

    My heart and prayers go out to you Val and so many affected by such odd weather patterns.May this be over,you all need a break from this to put your lives back to more normal! emoticon emoticon We are having odd weather too,it's been really dry and upper 80's which is a bit abnormal for September and had a cooler than average summer overall! Knowing you are cared for by your loving friends and family,you will get through this shining! emoticon emoticon emoticonDiana emoticon

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