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Tribute to Mom

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Mom went to Heaven just an hour before the 4th of July holiday started. She was a Cadet Nurse in WWII.

The Greatest Generation: another hero has graduated. a few years ago she got to go on the Honor Flight to Washington to see the WWII memorial. She was the only female on the trip.

So proud of my Mama!

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GRANJERRY1 7/24/2014 7:24PM

    I am so sorry about your loss....but mom's in a better place.....And what a woman.... emoticon emoticon

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FRANNIEDID 7/23/2014 11:45AM

    I am so sorry for your loss, I lost my mom July 8th 1 year ago. Losing your parents is just so difficult, they have always been a part of your life, it sounds like your mom was quite a woman!

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SASSYJAY 7/23/2014 2:54AM

    She was always in the forefront. I'm sure it didn't bother her one bit to be the only female on the Honor Flight. The shyness gene skipped over her. Miss you, Aunt Vi! emoticon

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JOHNSRSGIRL 7/22/2014 6:46PM

    I am so sorry to hear that your mom passed away recently. Sending my condolences to you and your family

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Goodbye 2012!

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

and good riddance! A pretty crappy year for me. Even those dang Mayans couldn't rescue me from it!
Thanks to my Sparkfriends for making it a bit more bearable. I maintained my weight loss from before at least!
Time to start losing again. Think I'll join the Slowest Loser goal of losing one pound a month in 2013. Sounds like it's just my pace!


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BOPPY_ 2/15/2013 12:33AM


You can do it. Have a better year.


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PATRISNA 1/3/2013 4:44PM

Hope you have a much better year in 2013! I think 2012 will go down as a crappy year for a lot of us. I know it was for me and thankfully it didn't end on 12/21. There was a Mayan expert and some of the astrologer's who said the date on the calendar was ment to be the end of an era, not the end of the world.


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DISAPPEARING1 1/1/2013 5:46AM

    I just might have to join you. I completely stalled out in December and I was hoping to be able to make my goal by my b-day in February. Guess I better put down the pizza and get my @$$ in gear.
emoticon job on maintaining your loss!!!

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Sal's no good ,very bad day

Thursday, June 28, 2012

I think this is the week I always start gaining weight for the summer because I can't seem to care about anything.
I lost my baby too many years ago today in the stinking war.

So this is always a bad day. This year my husband isn't working so I have to listen to his frustation all day too.

found this pic on Facebook yesterday, it made me think of my Tim.

Thanks to all of you who send me encouragement. It's great to know you care.

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BOPPY_ 2/14/2013 11:17PM


Keep after the progress. emoticon

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PROVERBS31JULIA 10/29/2012 12:30AM

    Awww !

My mom and I gain weight in January - thr day before my birthdays when baby sister was stillborn.

And now my cousin Tim is off on his third tour of duty on Afghanistan... His wife and kids back home another year.

Did you know there is a Gold Star Moms team here?



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DARLY55 10/16/2012 7:36AM

    I give you my heart emoticon and my strength, Sal. emoticon

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BEAR8MM 10/16/2012 7:31AM

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GARDENCHRIS 10/15/2012 11:16PM

    Sal, I did not know you lost a son... I'm so very sorry and honored that he gave his life to me and this country. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MAUREENMOZ 7/1/2012 8:44PM

    Thinking of you and your husband. emoticon emoticon

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In memory - our fallen hero

Monday, May 28, 2012

my baby - he was 22

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LJ32920 8/27/2012 2:49AM

  My son, my oldest, who has already served on the DMZ in Korea, in Saudi Arabia, in Bosnia, and in Kuwait, is now serving in Afghanistan. He's married, no children. The military is one of the few places he can work successfully, as he has an almost debilitating Obscessive-Compulsive Disorder. He says in the military there are few decisions, so he just does things the military way. In his specialty, he is compulsively good at it, so people cut him some slack if he insists on doing something his way. He doesn't email me. I don't know why. But I fear for him. Every day. He's Army enlisted.

My second oldest son is a naval officer. He has a wife and four girls, one in college now. He's almost got his 20 years in. He's been on submarines, in jet fighters, teaching at Annapolis, in Afghanistan, Bahrain... he's almost retired! But he just volunteered to go back to Afghanistan. Why? Why? He's a great officer. He does a great job at whatever. He'd be a great teacher... my head and gut wrench at again thinking of this wonderful and joking son going back into harm's way.

My fourth child, a daughter; my fifth child, a son; and my sixth child, my "baby" son, have all served in the military. Among them are twelve children, all "Army brats". My youngest son and my son-in-law are still active in the Reserves. I am so relieved when one of the children leaves the military. Currently I just have the two oldest over there.

I see your son was an expert marksman and airborne. One of the elite. Ranger? No doubt older in experience than is typical of his 22 years. You must have been so proud of him. Yet I personally know what you went through even before you lost your son. You had this lump of fear in your stomach every day. I am so very sorry. So sorry.

You mentioned in a comment to the SP member talking about her quiet personal room, that you need your spare room for your mother. If she doesn't need constant care, help her find a place to move to. If you have a close relationship, you can visit her often. But if she lives with you, you will both hate it.

My mom lived with me until I just couldn't do it. I had children still at home, and she'd put metal in the microwave or plastic in the toaster oven when I was gone. She'd climb up on ricketty things to get to the peanut butter or something I'd hidden because she'd eat it until she had a diabetic crisis. The children used up most of my energy and patience. I loved my mom so much, but I didn't give her enough of anything, including supervision and kindness. I finally moved and got her into a nursing home, which made us both cry. I felt like such a failure, and she felt unwanted, alone, unloved. She finally died of complications of diabetes, which I now have. I wish the plan all along had been that she'd move into a nursing home. Perhaps her diabetes wouldn't have gotten so bad, and I wouldn't have been so frazzled our relationship deteriorated.

Think carefully about caring for your mother. If she made no plans for her old age, if she has no money, she can still get into a nursing home. Her bills are not your bills. She's an adult, she made her own decisions. Nursing homes are awful, but if you visit often and complain when things are wrong, they will learn they'd better take good care of your mom or they'll hear about it. And you'll be her friend and advocate instead of her jailer and the source of contention. Even if you just drop in to visit for ten minutes every other day, it will be good. You don't have to visit for hours to have a good effect. If you have siblings, they can contribute time, too. It's not all on you. You don't need exhausted coping skills to add to your grief. I know we're supposed to care for our parents. But that is left over from an agricultural past. We aren't farmers living far apart any more. Oh, well... what do I know? Maybe you are! Again, I feel great sympathy for you for losing your soldier son. And I beg you to take care of yourself now.~Lee

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CHINAGAL 5/30/2012 8:46AM

    I thought about you on Memorial Day. We can't show enough love and appreciation for our heros.

Next year we are hoping to have a Memorial Day service at Old Providence. When the time comes to start planning I would love to get your input.

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FEDGIRL4 5/29/2012 1:58PM

    He was a hero. That is the only positive thing I think any parent, who has lost a child to war, can take from it.

I am sorry for your loss. emoticon

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DLDROST 5/28/2012 9:37PM

  my thoughts and prayers thank you

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Goal made!

Thursday, February 02, 2012

I managed to make my Jan. goal. Had 26 more fitness minutes over total sparkpoints last month. There at the end that wheel gave me 25 pts. a couple of times! Good thing we have had nice weather lately so I could get out and earn those minutes!
It seems to be a good goal for me, keeps me from goofing off too much on the computer. Can't say I lost any weight though as I keep going over the calorie count!


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HJESS19 2/3/2012 4:11PM

    emoticon on meeting your goal!

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FEDGIRL4 2/3/2012 10:45AM

    Good for you Sal!! It's a great feeling, isn't it?!


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LJCANNON 2/2/2012 10:40PM

    emoticonOne step at a time!! You can work on the Calorie Count this month!!
emoticon emoticonI love it when the weather lets us get out and Earn those Spark Fitness Points, not to mention a Nice Dose of Vitamin D!!

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PATRISNA 2/2/2012 10:16PM

    You are emoticon

i love your page. We need to get the girls together and meet in the park w/o G.

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MAUREENMOZ 2/2/2012 7:37PM

    Congrats! Keep on moving! (And, I'm glad to know I'm not the only one consuming more calories!)
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