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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

As part of the Biggest Loser challenge we are supposed to post about stress and how we cope over the holidays. I don't have holiday stress or every day stress. I don't have kids, I don't work, we don't have any holiday parties or dinners because there is no holiday here. This country forbids Christmas and displays etc.
Daily stress? not really, not much to stress about unless you count what will I do during the day, which I do find things to do. About the only time I stress is when I have to deal with my aging parents and their nagging me about why my kids don't call them or when am I coming home to the USA. Then there is the stress of when I fly, which I have no control over flight departures, number of people on the plane, will my luggage be there when I land?
If I do have stress, I walk it off, drink water, and think it through and figure out how to deal with it.

On another rant today, I am so frustrated that I cant find things I want for baking here, no peppermint extract, no almond extract, no anise extract, no minced, dried fruit for German Christmas Stollen, no mince pie fillilng, no powdered sugar/icing sugar, no ribbon candy, no traditional hard candies, no candy canes, BAH HUMBUG!! Makes me wish I could do a turn around flight (leave here on Wednesday morning flight that lands in the USA at 11AM and returning on Wednesday night's flight that leaves the USA at 8PM) gives me enough time to go to a grocery store or a SuperWalMart in the NYC area and get what I need.

I've also enjoyed doing cross stitching lately!

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MRSAGAIN2 12/20/2012 9:19AM

    I don't know how you do it. I would seriously rant way more than you do.

Enjoy your stitching time.

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NORASPAT 12/19/2012 8:23PM

    I am so sorry that all those things are not available to you. My kids are not available to me so I am simply not celebrating Christmas. We did send cards to express friendship but that has been it. No Christmas shopping, No parties and we are here in the US. DH and I have each other. We will not have a Christmas dinner. We will be happy but not Christmas happy.
Without any family around it is just a day to make sure we keep ourselves happy. HUGS and happy thoughts.
Have yourselves a nice meal and some joy. HUGS I wish it were different for both of us but alas it is what it is. Enjoy yourselves try not to waste the day I hope DH will be home with you and not working.
I am so looking forward to seeing your needlepoint creations. I hope you will have some to show me when we meet again HUGS . Pat in Maine.

HUGS emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon and freezing rain today. DH surgery is a go, if there is no snow and we can get to Portland. We almost did not make it today it was WHITE OUT conditions and really bad driving conditions. I told DH we will go the day before and find a hotel since his surgery is 9am be there at 7am leave home at 5am if it snows. I would rather take the hotel bus to the hospital and DH is supposed to go home the next day, We will stay at the hotel for that night too if we need to. I am the driver don't forget so i will have to be ready for bad weather or a big hotel bill. Take care-- Pat. (((HUGS)))

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BRENDAGAIL9 12/19/2012 8:41AM

    Are you allowed to receive packages with those ingredients that you can't get there? Too bad you didn't think of those things when you were here in the US. I read that you can make powdered sugar by using regular sugar and putting it in a blender or food processor. I have never tried it tho. Fruit you can dry if you could get the fresh fruits there. I don't think I could live there. It's too late for this year. You will have to improvise and start a new tradition.

Our Secret Santa gift exchange is Friday and I just finished remodeling Santa's outfit. I will be the helper and the manager is providing lunch. We have been having snow flurries the last couple days, nothing serious except in the mountains. Our janitor said he will bring his two little boys to see Santa. It will be fun. I made a pouch for her kindle fire for my friend who's name I drew. She has been after me to make her one since she got it for Christmas last year from her son.

I don't stress much these days. No children anymore, I live in very affordable senior housing and can buy what I need and some things I want. Life is good.

Enjoy the holiday's as much as you can. I used to cross stitch and still have a lot of kits to do someday.

Brenda in Chehalis, WA

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TRYINGHARD54 12/19/2012 5:50AM

    oh my.. I dont think I'd want to live where your at right now.
hugssssss. emoticon emoticon merry christmas

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Happy 13th Birthday to my Grandson

Saturday, December 15, 2012

I probably shouldn't post a happy post today in light of what happened in Connecticut but today my grandson officially becomes a teenager. It just doesn't seem possible, I was there when he was born at 2:55AM but since I live overseas, I've only spent 3 birthdays with him but I try to call him despite 8 hours time difference.

My sympathies and condolences go out to those effected by the horrible tragedy in Connecticut emoticon

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NBARNES 12/15/2012 4:47PM

    I understand your sentiment, but it seems that one lesson here is about the fragility of life, and the ease with which it can end. This tells me that despite the devastating sadness we're feeling we must savor the goodness of life. I'm attending graduation this afternoon and will spend the night with dear friends. While there will be a somber mood around us all - I will make sure to enjoy what life has given me.

You are right to celebrate this rite of passage. For if we cannot embrace the good times what's the point of going on at all.

Take care, and think some happy thoughts, if only to send your joy to those who need it so badly now. emoticon

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NORASPAT 12/15/2012 10:02AM

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Hello, I hope you are able to get your call in, I keep hoping to Skype with my grands but so far it is not happening, just too bust- AT THEIR END not ours.
We are expecting storms next week, it might happen so we are totally prepared for it. My snow blower is waiting for me. DH cannot go out in the cold so I am the snow removal team of one. We usually do it together but not this tear, Hi ship surgery is in January and his pre-op is this week in Portland-----if we can get to it. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I agree the awful Connecticut madness has taken everyone by surprise and horror to do such an atrocity. The season is definitely blighted this year. We all have to try to get the best out of each day, HUGS Pat in Maine.

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A finished Cross stitch project

Saturday, December 08, 2012

This one I started and finished in 35 minutes! I stitched on an unknown count of silver metallic fabric with ProFilo floss and DMC metallic thread. It is a Sanman Originals pattern. It sure felt good to stitch today and I may just stitch again tomorrow!

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-SEVEN- 12/10/2012 7:17PM

    How adorable and festive! Enjoy :)

~Ursula, Pink Panthers emoticon

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NORASPAT 12/8/2012 10:41PM

    emoticon emoticon How lovely it looks mine never had such nice parallel sides. Mine were actually on canvas and the only one I brought to America is framed but not under Glass. I should check it out it is 30 years old and it might be attacked by moths any time soon.

I hope when you come back to NH I will be able to see some of your other creations. Thanks for posting it HUGS and take care. Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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28 years ago.........

Thursday, December 06, 2012

28 years ago today I began my Expat journey. It was a cold, sub zero day, with a horrible winter blizzard that had most airports on the East coast closed, including JFK, where I was headed. With passports, plane tickets in hand, my 6 year old daughter, my 3 year old son in tow, I said good bye to my family and boarded the snowed in plane from Central NY to JFK then to Saudi Arabia. 13 hours later, on December 7, 1984 at 4:25PM, we landed in Dhahran Saudi Arabia without our luggage. It got left behind when we had plane mix ups due to the storm. My husband and I are still here but our kids are now 34 and 31 and haven't been back here in almost 15 years.
It is no longer fun and I hate it but it's better than trying to run 2 households all year, especially in the winter since our home is in New England USA. I make the best of it with the internet, SparkPeople and my cross stitching.

Today when we were out in the stores, we found Christmas decorations, garland, tree ornaments, lights, tinsel, disco balls, Christmas hang up signs, etc, even a miniature tree about a foot tall. We bought a couple items because if we go back again, they will be gone, confiscated by the religious zealot police. (Christmas as with every single other holiday is frowned upon, illegal, against the laws etc in this country) Also bought another turkey.

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NORASPAT 12/6/2012 8:17PM

    WooHoo is the turkey a little bigger????Good thinking to get the buys when you can. Now just maybe you might have snow--Just kidding.
We are down to the below freezing and Western mountains are expecting single digits and possible snow. It is that time of year. DH is getting his voice back his beard is getting soft and Fuzzy and his face is still very painful from the Shingles. Once the lesions are gone and the face is clean shaven our Acupuncturist MD is hoping to help with the nerve pain issues.
We have no Christmas plans but I am so happy you do, HUGS Pat in Maine.
emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Take care!!!

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NBARNES 12/6/2012 7:08PM

    Well I wish you all the best - and at least you got the turkey early this time emoticon

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MAGGIEVAN 12/6/2012 4:14PM

    I feel for you being so far away from home and in a hostile country where everything western is froned upon. I can also see that you are making the best of the situation. Good on you. Have a great Christmas and New Year.

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At months end

Friday, November 30, 2012

Lose a pound, gain a pound, that's what I did in November. No more or no less exercise, did my best to eat healthy and I did fairly well. A couple of days I managed to gag down 8 cups of water but it is difficult for me, then I get up 2-3 times during the night to pee. I just wish I could keep up with the motivation more than 2-3 days in a row to do exercise. I guess I am the type that needs to see instant results and I do know that does not happen, it takes weeks or months to see results.

I am still hurt over the loss of Spot, I just can not believe he won't be looking in the patio door waiting to come in, or pushing open the bathroom door while I'm in there. I think his sister knows he isn't coming home but I think she still keeps looking for him.

I talked to my sister today and she is home from the second round in the hospital. She is doing much better and has a home care nurse visit once a day. They help her with therapy and help get her showered and dressed. She still has a long way to go but every day is a start. Now she gets to wait for her 2 grand children to arrive December 19th and January 27.

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NORASPAT 12/3/2012 10:03PM

    I AM SO sorry i missed this blog. I am Sparking so much less just so I can be with Fred, he is doing better and they think he has liver damage from the medication they gave him Still,not sure though.

I am sorry I missed the news about your sister's improvement. That is such good news for you to hear. I am so sorry about the precious pet, it is always so hard to let them go, they give us so much love and devotion. I know DH would love a dog but when I asked if I could buy him one he said no. I explained he will have something to baby and take for walks. I think he is just in too much pain still. I did get satisfaction at the Dr's office today. HUGS Pat in Maine. Sorry I am so out of touch--Pat
emoticon emoticon So sorrY I emoticon HUGS.

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GRAMMYEAC 12/1/2012 7:13AM


Remember every journey begins with small steps. Try to get out for that early morning walk almost every day.

Keep on keepin' on!

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NBARNES 11/30/2012 9:58PM

    Well, take things on day at a time...that way you have the opportunity to succeed every 24 hours!

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