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Where Did 2011 Go?

Thursday, December 29, 2011

I've never been into the time thing - beginnings and endings. I have a timelessness inside my head and totally agree with Einstein's theory about time.

However, we live in a world of calendars, clocks, and assorted devices that constantly remind us of time tick tick ticking away. Seems like this year just arrived - and is now leaving - without a trace.

What it brought me was more losses - the death of a very dear friend. And the departure of another. This brings the number up to 12 in the past four years. Not that I'm counting.

It's time that I get back to taking better care of myself as I've been so immersed in the emotions associated with loss.

Here's to a wonderful 2012 for us all.

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 12/30/2011 10:21AM

    Losses are never easy... I do pray that 2012 will bring you much joy and happiness!

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KRISTINE99 12/30/2011 4:16AM

    I send my condolences. What a wonderful way, though, to honor your friends' memories by improving your life with a healthy lifestyle. I'm sure your friends would have wanted you to be as healthy as possible and are silently encouraging you from beyond.

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LIVINGFREE19 12/29/2011 8:33PM

    I hope the new year brings the best of everything to you, my sparkfriend!
I am sorry to hear of the loss of your friend this year.

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 12/29/2011 12:07PM

    Hope you have a wonderful 2012! I can't believe 2011 has come and gone already either!

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IDLETYME 12/29/2011 11:53AM

    2011 was not a good year for you. Think about the ones who are gone -( remember the good and the bad) and start 2012 with a positive outlook! Wishing you all good things next year!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SKINNYPOWELL1 12/29/2011 11:20AM

    Hoping 2012 is a great year. May it be full of SPARKs emoticon

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RAINBOWFALLS 12/29/2011 9:27AM

    2011 has been a very bad year with loss and cancer diagonses in my lofe - there was one postive event and that was my son's wedding. I just keep trying to put that forefront in my mind and hope that we have less of the bad news coming up.

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Cough Medicine By Perscription Only - Another Wonderful California Law

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

I just heard on the radio that over-the-counter cough meds will no longer be sold in CA w/o a perscription as of 1/1/12. This is supposedly due to the escalated abuse by kids taking it to get high - or whatever effects you get with it. Now, cynic that I am, I also think it's just one more way for the drug companies to make addl. profit.

Another CA law regulating the use of just about everything. For many reasons, I've been shopping around for a new state to live in. Where to go? That's the dilemma.

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    My vote for great states is Tennessee!! That's where hubby and I bought a home to retire to. The cost of living is super low in Tennessee compared to California. Nothing beats San Diego weather, but Tennessee has mild winters compared to most of the country. Our next door neighbors (in Tennessee) moved from California to retire. I think it's a hidden gem that people are discovering. Our home is in sort of a retirement town in the mountains (Crossville, TN) and run into transplants from all over the country here. Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville and Chattanooga are all great larger towns/cities too!

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WOLFKITTY 12/30/2011 9:26PM

    This scared the heck out of me because I don't have insurance. So, I looked up news articles about it.

***the DXM cough syrup is at the pharmacy counter, but you don't need a prescription, just proo that you're 18 or older. It's to stop abuse by teens of the cough syrup's main drug. ***

And, I love California, but best of luck on your search.

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SCOOTER4263 12/30/2011 5:37PM

    California is so weird. You can buy marijuana, but not cough drops.

Sorry I can't recommend New York. I'd love to have you nearby, but we have little goodies like every county having its own tax system (so you have to go across the county line to buy shoes) and the most bizarre DMV I've ever encountered.

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LIVINGFREE19 12/29/2011 8:31PM

    That is so messed up, but then again you have to think for people who don't think for themselves and then they have to make laws to accommodate the goofballs!
I suppose this might be a countrywide law in time...then there's nowhere to go!!LOL!

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THINBUCKEYE 12/29/2011 8:03PM

    Well I always thought California was the perfect state too...although running a close tie with Virginia (mountains, beaches, forrests, southern charm...doesn't get any better than that!). I have a feeling that this trend will be moving eastward, and eventually we're all going to have to take off work and go to the doctor when we need cough medicine, anyway. Crazy...and all because of a few people who make bad choices. I agree that it's related to drug company profits, as well.

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RR1_RR1 12/29/2011 6:18PM

    I agree- it is the drug companies trying to price gouge some more. Time to start using homopathic recipes- I hear thats the way to go!

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NANCY- 12/29/2011 1:54PM

    Some stuff is just plain stupid. There are always a few to mess stuff up.

I'd opt for the shot of brandy with a teaspoon of honey solution from CATLADY52.
Let me know when you find the perfect state... I may join you.

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GODZDESIGN95 12/29/2011 12:11AM

    It only applies to those who are under 18. Things are crazy but the folks who abuse the cough meds are making it bad for those who do not.

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1COUNTRY_GAL 12/28/2011 11:38PM

    I agree with Mzzchief,I have heard and found from experience that most of these products are a waste of money and don't work. What does work? Hmm,I need to find out,I am miserable,this coughing,ugh.My mom when I was a child gave us a big tablespoon of gag,honey and that worked for a while.

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DJ4HEALTH 12/28/2011 9:33PM

    Just another way to control what we take, they are going after the supplements and trying to get rid of them too. That is the FDA and with the help of congress and the house they are going to get rid of all supplements so that we will be always sick and having to go to the doctor because our food is so poor in nutrients to keep us healthy.

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MZZCHIEF 12/28/2011 3:20PM

    hey girl!

Florida is my perfect state.
I get teased about it all the time.
But with white sandy beaches, great weather and a year round growing season... no state income tax, what's not to like? Okay.... so its not big on the Opera, Symphony and Museums, but that's something most people can overlook.

Anyways, cough medicine off the shelves is like Sudfed... o and get this GLYCERIN behind the register in Texas too! All to keep the crazies at bay.

Cough meds... not that big a deal as most of them don't work in the first place.
Recently I read that buckwheat honey works as good as cough meds (just make sure its the real deal and not fructose mixed with flavorants).

So mabbe keep some on hand the next time you have a cough. I got some for my dog, he gets a cough from time to time and it seems to help him. Possibly because of honey's antibacterial action, antioxidants, and how it coats and moisturizes the throat.

Have a fun day, you!
: )

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CATLADY52 12/28/2011 12:05PM

    Go back to old remedies to soothe throats, Warm cider, honey and hot tea. My favorite, a shot of brandy with a teaspoon of honey. (The last one was my dad's concoction and I don't know for sure what stopped the tickle, the brandy or the honey.)

I don't think that moving for that reason is enough. Each state has peculiar laws that trip you up. And some of the retail chains can be just as quirky as the law.

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MRE1956 12/28/2011 11:05AM

    Sheesh - what about those with no access to doctors or clinical care? Whadda do then, you idiot politicos?


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NATPLUMMER 12/28/2011 10:20AM

    That is crazy. I hadn't heard. Perhaps I should stock up.

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LUXITTA 12/28/2011 10:15AM

    That seems a little silly, glad I don't live there... Hopefully you can get it some place else.

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3 Year Anniversary on SP in the next week or Two

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Three years ago in January, I joined SP after finding it by accident. At that time, my dear cousin (like a sister) was halfway through the last three years of her life. When I came to SP, I had the stress of helping her through her illness, watching her get sicker, and then losing her and learning to live w/o her. In the meantime, many others passed away. Added to that, many personal challenges occurred.

When I came to SP, it was the first time in my life that I had extra weight. I was a lifelong spoiled slimbo who always ate whatever I wanted in any quantity without any repercussions.

About 5 years ago, stress, hormones, menopause, overwork, etc., helped me to pile on some extra pounds. I came to spark after losing 30 on my own, and since then, have been on what I term a forever plateau despite how hard I work, how well I eat, etc.

I'm making some new changes for myself to celebrate this 3-year sparkversary that I will write about in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, throughout all the sorrow, stress, and other emotions of this past few years, being on SP has helped me maintain whatever sanity remains by reinforcing the good health habits I have developed.

I want to thank all my sparkfriends - past and present - who have helped support me throughout my adventure. Looking forward to continuing the journey with you in the new year.

Wishing you health and happiness in 2012.

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RAINBOWFALLS 12/28/2011 9:12AM

    I hope the new year is more productive for you as far as your lifestyle change journey.

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 12/28/2011 9:00AM

    Happy 2012 to you too! Happy for you that the journey is becoming more positive.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Twice a year, I go to a casino and play the slots. San Diego is said to have the most casinos of any U.S. county. With that said, about 10 buses a day pick up folks all day long, 365 days a year at a nearby mall.

Usually I drive, but yesterday I decided to take the small shuttle bus. (The other casinos provide huge buses and make many pickup stops. This one goes straight through.) Turned out to be a fun way to go. Small, new shuttle and not many on it - everyone was out shopping since it was the day after Christmas.

I went and played bingo, walked around, played some slots, ate lunch (a healthy lunch that was delish and tasty), and took the shuttle home. However, as much as they try to do non-smoking areas, the reality is that there are no doors to prevent smoke coming through; and you have to walk and be in the smoking areas to get from point a to point b. And it's pretty thick, even though you quickly acclimate to it and forget that you are breathing bad air.

So, I inhaled smoke all day and my poor lungs are paying the price today. It takes about a week for them to clear out when this happens. I'm thinking that it's just not worth going - even a couple times a year - if it gunks up my lungs so badly.

And just some observations - why are many of the folks there gambling, the ones who can least afford to take those risks? Not judging, just wondering. I mean, I won yesterday, then I lost. And lost. But it was a very small total for the day and nothing I would repeat regularly without a lot of remorse.

Okay, I'll walk it all out this week and make sure to drink a ton more water than usual.

Wishing all a wonderful day and best wishes in 2012.

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NATPLUMMER 12/27/2011 1:35PM

    Wow...was it really that bad? It didn't seem like it in Las Vegas.

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KTMAE2006 12/27/2011 12:26PM

    I totally know how you feel. My Dad's family is big into smoking and gambling. Thankfully we've kept holidays out of the casino, but it is sad how many people seem to use Casinos as a means to escape, and don't always realize what they're gambling and how their smoking effects their lives. As an occasional treat I understand the allure. But good for you for reconsidering. Maybe a relaxing massage is something you'll look into in the future!?

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 12/27/2011 12:15PM

  Certain parts of my family are very heavy smokers and when I spend time with them especially at Christmas and Thanksgiving and birthdays it takes me a few days for my head to clear up.

My eyes usually bother me too.

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RR1_RR1 12/27/2011 11:50AM

    Know how it feels, I have asthma and even the slightest thing will set it off lungs are normally sore/tight feeling enough...

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 12/27/2011 11:41AM

    I wouldn't go either but try and detox today.

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EJHEINRICH1 12/27/2011 11:35AM

    You are more brave than I am! I won't go to the casino's at all because of the smoke and the damage it does to my body!
Sorry you didn't win BIG!
Hope your Christmas was a good one!

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My Fave Christmas Memory

Sunday, December 25, 2011

I was two and lived with my grandparents. My European grandfather made things so exciting. There was a huge family gathered on Christmas Eve of aunts, uncles and cousins. A massive table was set like a Roman feast with every imaginable dish. Grandpa roasted chestnuts even though it wasn't over an open fire. At midnight, the tree lights would go on and everything would come alive. Surrounded by presents, I was allowed to take one thing to bed with me. I fell asleep with my arm around a shiny, new, red trike. Yes, he let me take it into bed with me. To this day, I love to bike ride. (And he and I would always take walks. I think that's where my love of walking was born. He was my father figure, and a great man.)

Wishing all a beautiful Christmas.

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NANCY- 12/27/2011 3:17PM

    How sweet! Often times it is the little things that mean the most. There is something precious about Christmas.


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SPARKENISTA 12/27/2011 10:22AM

    It's great that you have such warm and loving memories. I hope you had a great Christmas and wish you every happiness in the years to come.

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SPOKENWORD 12/26/2011 11:40PM

    Awesome memory! Simply Priceless!

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LIVINGFREE19 12/26/2011 8:13PM

    I love memories of Christmas as a child!
Christmas is for children.

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PUDLECRAZY 12/26/2011 11:41AM

    Great story!

And those chestnuts - they don't need to be roasted over an open fire, they smell so wonderful even if they are roasted in the oven.

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RAINBOWFALLS 12/25/2011 11:13PM

    What a great memory.

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THINBUCKEYE 12/25/2011 10:23PM

    What beautiful memories. I loved my red trike too.
Merry Christmas!
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CATLADY52 12/25/2011 5:57PM

    Good memories are meant to stay with your a long time. emoticon and Merry Christmas.

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NATPLUMMER 12/25/2011 9:56AM

    What a great memory.

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JIBBIE49 12/25/2011 7:00AM

    emoticonMerry Christmas and emoticonHappy 2012 New Year emoticonLet's make this our Year of Health. emoticon

We didn't celebrate on Christmas Eve, but my best Christmas as 1959 when I was 10 and got a Dollhouse with a Pool. It was a really nice one.

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BELSNICKEL 12/25/2011 6:53AM

    merry christmas. emoticon emoticon

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 12/25/2011 12:37AM

    emoticon emoticon Sounds like it was a lot of fun. Merry Christmas to you.

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