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Only in Texas

Saturday, July 28, 2012

It's a little long but a good one especially towards the end!

This is a must read for all Texans, used-to-be Texans, adopted Texans or wanna-be Texans:
Just Texas
Pep , Texas 79353
Smiley , Texas 78159
Paradise , Texas 76073
Rainbow , Texas 76077
Sweet Home , Texas 77987
Comfort , Texas 78013
Friendship, Texas 76530

Love the sun?
Sun City, Texas 78628
Sunrise, Texas 76661
Sunset, Texas 76270
Sundown, Texas 79372
Sunray, Texas 79086
Sunny Side, Texas 77423

Want something to eat?
Bacon , Texas 76301
Noodle , Texas 79536
Oatmeal , Texas 78605
Turkey , Texas 79261
Trout , Texas 75789
Sugar Land , Texas 77479
Salty, Texas 76567
Rice , Texas 75155
Pearland , Texas 77581
Orange , Texas 77630
And top it off with:
Sweetwater , Texas 79556

Why travel to other cities? Texas has them all!
Detroit , Texas 75436
Cleveland , Texas 75436
Colorado City , Texas 79512
Denver City , Texas 79323
Klondike , Texas 75448
Pittsburg, Texas 75686
Newark, Texas 76071Nevada , Texas 75173
Memphis , Texas 79245
Miami , Texas 79059
Boston , Texas 75570
Santa Fe , Texas 77517
Tennessee Colony , Texas 75861
Reno , Texas 75462
Pasadena , Texas 77506
Columbus , Texas 78934

Feel like traveling outside the country?
Athens , Texas 75751
Canadian, Texas 79014
China , Texas 77613
Dublin, Texas 76446Egypt , Texas 77436
Ireland, Texas 76538
Italy, Texas 76538
Turkey, Texas 79261
London , Texas 76854
New London, Texas 75682
Paris, Texas 75460
Palestine, Texas 75801

No need to travel to Washington D.C.
Whitehouse , Texas 75791

We even have a city named after our planet!
Earth , Texas 79031

We have a city named after our state:
Texas City, Texas 77590

Energy, Texas 76452
Blanket, Texas 76432
Winters, Texas 79567

Like to read about History?
Santa Anna , Texas 76878Goliad , Texas 77963Alamo , Texas 78516Gun Barrel City , Texas 75156Robert Lee , Texas 76945

Need Office Supplies?
Staples, Texas 78670

Want to go into outer space?
Venus , Texas 76084
Mars , Texas 79062

You guessed it. It's on the state line.
Texline , Texas 79087

For the kids...
Kermit , Texas 79745
Elmo , Texas 75118
Nemo , Texas 76070
Tarzan , Texas 79783
Winnie , Texas 77665
Sylvester , Texas 79560

Other city names in Texas , to make you smile......
Frognot , Texas 75424
Bigfoot , Texas 78005
Hogeye , Texas 75423
Cactus , Texas 79013
Notrees , Texas 79759
Best, Texas 76932
Veribest , Texas 76886
Kickapoo , Texas 75763
Dime Box , Texas 77853
Old Dime Box , Texas 77853
Telephone , Texas 75488
Telegraph , Texas 76883
Whiteface , Texas 79379
Twitty, Texas 79079

And last but not least, the Anti-Al Gore City
Kilgore , Texas 75662

And our favorites...
Cut and Shoot, Texas 77303
Gun Barrell City , Texas 75147
Ding Dong, Texas
West, Texas (it’s in Central Texas )
and, of course,
Muleshoe , Texas 79347

Here is what Jeff Foxworthy has to say about folks from Texas

If someone in a Lowe's store offers you assistance and they don't work
there, you may live in Texas ;

If you've worn shorts and a parka at the same time, you may live in Texas ;

If you've had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed a
wrong number, you may live in Texas ;

If 'Vacation' means going anywhere south of Dallas for the weekend, you may
live in Texas ;

If you measure distance in hours, you may live in Texas ;

If you know several people who have hit a deer more than once, you may live
in Texas ;

If you install security lights on your house and garage, but leave both
unlocked, you may live in Texas ;

If you carry jumper cables in your car and your wife knows how to use them,
you may live in Texas

If the speed limit on the highway is 55 mph --you're going 80 and
everybody's passing you, you may live in Texas ;

If you find 60 degrees 'a little chilly,' you may live in Texas ;

If you actually understand these jokes, and share them with all your Texas
friends, you definitely live in Texas ..

Here are some little known, very interesting facts about Texas .
1... Beaumont to El Paso : 742 miles

2... Beaumont to Chicago : 770 miles

3... El Paso is closer to California than to Dallas

4… World's first rodeo was in Pecos , July 4, 1883.
5… The Flagship Hotel in Galveston is the only hotel in North America
built over water. Destroyed by Hurricane Ike -2008!
6… The Heisman Trophy was named after John William Heisman who was the first
full-time coach at Rice University in Houston .
7... Brazoria County has more species of birds than any other area in North
8... Aransas Wildlife Refuge is the winter home of North America 's only
remaining flock of whooping cranes.
9… Jalapeno jelly originated in Lake Jackson in 1978.
10… The worst natural disaster in U.S. history was in 1900, caused by a
hurricane, in which over 8,000 lives were lost on Galveston Island .
11… The first word spoken from the moon, July 20,1969, was " Houston ," but
the space center was actually in Clear Lake City at the time.
12... King Ranch in South Texas is larger than Rhode Island ..
13... Tropical Storm Claudette brought a U.S. rainfall record of 43' in 24
hours in and around Alvin in July of 1979...
14... Texas is the only state to enter the U.S. by TREATY, (known as the
Constitution of 1845 by the Republic of Texas to enter the Union )
instead of by annexation. This allows the Texas Flag to fly at the same
height as the U.S. Flag, and may divide into 5 states.
15... A Live Oak tree near Fulton is estimated to be 1500 years old.
16… Caddo Lake is the only natural lake in the state.
17... Dr Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885. There is no period in Dr
18… Texas has had six capital cities:
Washington -on- the Brazos, Harrisburg , Galveston ,Velasco, West Columbia
and Austin ..
19... The Capitol Dome in Austin is the only dome in the U.S. which is
taller than the Capitol Building in Washington DC (by 7 feet).
20. The San Jacinto Monument is the tallest free standing monument in the
world and it is taller than the Washington monument.
21. The name ' Texas ' comes from the Hasini Indian word 'tejas' meaning
friends. Tejas is not Spanish for Texas .
22. The State Mascot is the Armadillo (an interesting bit of trivia about
the armadillo is they always have four babies. They have one egg, which
splits into four, and they either have four males or four females.).
23. The first domed stadium in the U.S. was the Astrodome in Houston .

Cowboy's Ten Commandments posted on the wall at Cross Trails Church in Fairlie , Texas :

(1) Just one God.
(2) Honor yer Ma & Pa.
(3) No telling tales or gossipin'.
(4) Git yourself to Sunday meeting.
(5) Put nothin' before God.
(6) No foolin' around with another fellow's gal.
(7) No killin'.
(8) Watch yer mouth.
(9) Don't take what ain't yers.
(10) Don't be hankerin' for yer buddy's stuff.

Y'all git all that?
Lord, keep Your arm around my shoulder
And Your hand over my mouth.

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CORDIA72 8/6/2012 11:46PM

    As a new Texan, I loved this post. Thanks!

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ABB698 7/30/2012 12:18AM

    LOL,,,there's a San Diego, Texas too! HA :) BTW, got your email and will reply tomorrow...falling into my own bed after 12 days...ahhh :) TTYS ! Hope you are feeling better!

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RHONDALYN10 7/28/2012 7:02PM

    I LOVE IT!

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Even more Shocked, Amazed and Blessed

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Well on Monday me and my sister had dinner with my friend's daughters who passed in January (SADNESS BLOG). We had such a great time and it was so good to see them. The oldest daughter was just hugging me like there was no tomorrow when I first picked them up and when we left the restaurant. She needed that hug, she almost didn't want to let go.

I waited towards the end of the evening/dinner to finally ask about their mom, my friend. The youngest daughter who was closer to her mom, said that she went in for a "routine" colonscopy but the doctor saw a shawdow so he wanted to perform laperscopic surgery on her, so they set it up for December 30th. This is when the dr nicked her small intestines (thereby releasing the poison into her body that breaks down our foods, I cannot remember what it is called). (Sidenote: I wonder how in the world he nicked her b/c there are no knives etc. involved in laperscopic, if someone can figure this out please educate me on that). She never made it out of the hospital after this she was in ICE from then until her b-day on Jan. 26th. Her daughter kept checking on her telling her something is wrong. She kept telling her mother it looks like you have fluid in your stomach why is it so swollen, my friend would dismiss her daughter and say it's swollen b/c of surgery. Then the next day she went to the bathroom and her urine had been discharged but not flushed, it was all blood, she got another nurse asked what was that! That just isn't right so finally they got a head nurse. Youngest daughter said during this whole time the dr never saw her after surgery he would send his "staff" to check on her, that seemed odd to me.

This is the eerie/shocked blessed part: My sister who has been in the medical field for over 25 years asks this question that I had not asked" What hospital and what doctor? She said the doctor's name and I about feel off the chair in teh resturant! That was MY DOCTOR! Though I had not seen him in like 4 years. The past 3 years I had kept wanting to make my appt for my colonoscopy b/c of our history in our family we have to do it every 3 years. However, every time I went to make the appt, something would stop me, someone called, I had work to do, etc. and other times I just got this uneasy feeling and I would hang up the phone before his office answered. So, I never went to see him again. The doctor that did my recent colonoscopy was referred to me by my dysautomonia dr. they work at the same clinic just different specilities.

I always say things happen for a reason. The whole way home, I kept saying Thank you God for always taking care of me like you do. I am so grateful and truly blessed.

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BROOKSJELIZ 7/26/2012 10:08AM

    Everything happens for a reason. I am glad that you were able to meet with your friend's family.

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ABB698 7/26/2012 12:59AM

    He knows what He's doing! Hugs and prayers! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 7/25/2012 3:51PM

    It's great that you got to spend time with her kids.
It may not be a knife but they do have to use a cutting instrument of some type in surgery.
Wow!! That is scary. I'm glad you never went to him for your colonoscopy.

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RHONDALYN10 7/25/2012 3:46PM

    Maria - I have chills! He works in mysterious ways!

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

I recently learned that one of my really good friends, passed away on her birthday in January. I had been thinking about her alot lately, and when I think of someone that way something is usually going on with them, so I tried to contact her several times, left her voice mail messages, texts, even sent her a letter to her home with all my new info (since I gotten married 7 years ago, she probably didn't have my new info). Her husband called me back and broke the news to me that she went in for "routine" surgery in December, the doctor nicked her intestines and she passed away on her birthday January 26th. I felt horrible for a couple of reasons (1) I always called her on her birthday and this year for some reason I didn't call her, I could make up lots of excuses like I was going through alot of medical issues in January BUT I still should have called her. And (2) I feel guilty that I have been through so many "routine" surgeries over the past couple of years and I am still here. She was the most wonderful Christian faithful woman I know (next to my mother). I tell you it sure makes you appreciate life alot more.

I got her daughters phone numbers and I will be calling them to arrange a time to meet up. Her husband told me where she is laid to rest so I am going to go visit her.

Life is short, tell your loved ones you love them each and every day.

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BROOKSJELIZ 7/25/2012 1:35PM

    I am so sorry. Try not too feel too guilty. One of the unfortunate realities of modern life is that everything keeps us busy and before we know it a day turns into a month turns into a year.

Maybe when you are feeling up to it, you can put together a few of your cherished memories for her daughter to read/view when she is feeling up to it. You may be able to give the gift of healing to her family and based upon your description of her above, I think she would love that.

Take care of yourself and know that you are in our thoughts.

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ABB698 7/20/2012 2:46AM

    Oh Maria, I am so sorry for your loss. Having been through so many medical issues yourself recently, you're right, cherish each day as the gift from god that it is. Hope you are well, my friend! Love, hugs & prayers!

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NATPLUMMER 7/19/2012 3:42PM

    Oh, no!! That is very sad. emoticon

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Biopsy, Sleep Study and a Winner

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Omgosh ya'll I have been so busy with work and then medical issues, that I go straight home from work and go straight to bed and wake up and do it all over again Monday - Friday and most my weekends I spend resting and sleeping just to make it through another work week. Not a way to live, have to change something. So, I apologize if I have not been sparking, keeping up with my buddies, posting, etc.

So, my biopsy of the throat was yesterday. First, they tell me you will probably have bruising I say there is not probably I will I am on blood thinners. The nurse said usually we require you to be off the blood thinners for 3 days! I said well when I made the appt I asked is there anything I need to do to prepare for this, not do, stop any medications, etc. She said NO! They told me they would speak to this person. So, they said they would do it BUT if I bleed too much they would stop and I would have to come back. I prayed oh Lord no, help me here b/c I don't want to come back. I not gonna lie, I was nervous I have had needles everywhere else on my body except my neck. The doctor then came in he did make me feel comfortable so that was good. Also, when they say this is not so bad, they LIED! I could feel the needle so they had to put more numbing stuff on my neck. I had four needles. I bleed some but not bad enough to stop. PRAISE THE LORD FOR THAT. But afterwards, I could not turn my head, it hurt to swallow even worse than I am now and it just plain hurt. I couldn't even sleep last night, I could not find a comfortable spot.

Well then after this biopsy went to my next appt (my normal standard 3 week follow-up with the dysautonomia specliast). Since my sypmtoms are going backwards, he said I am having too much sugar! DUH, I know I am b/c under stress what do we woman go for? THE SWEETS (Well at least this chica does!). He also gives me the results of the sleep study. My brain/I wake up 17 times an HOUR! Seriously, 17 times an hour! He said no wonder you are tired all the time. So, next step is to do another sleep study with the mask or some thingy with the nose. He has also referred me to an Ear, Nose Throat doctor b/c my voice has been hoarse for 3 weeks now. emoticon Oh, and I gained 10 lbs in one week! That has got to stop!!!!! MARIA PUT DOWN THE SPRINKLES CUPCAKE! emoticon

Then I get home and I get a phone call from Shape Magazine because I have won a BIKE! Seriously, this was not a joke. I love reading Shape Magazine and I also like entering some of the races they advertise in there like Diva Dash. So, I usually enter the daily giveaways in the magazine online, never did I think I would win anything but fun to enter just in case right? Well I WON I WON I WON I WON I WON a BIKE! emoticon Hubby and I have to go bike shop here in Houston so they can measure me and get the specs to have the bike built. We go to the bike shop here, we send the specs to Shape Magazine who will take care of everything with the Bike shop here in Houston and then I go pick up the bike when it is ready! My husband was cracking up at me last night b/c as much as my neck hurt and it hurt to talk, I was walking around the house saying I WON I WON I WON A BIKE!

Well I better get back to work enoughing goofing off.
Ya'll have a great and AWESOME DAY/WEEK.
Until next time

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ABB698 6/30/2012 5:20PM

    emoticonCongrats on the bike Maria! that's awesome!
Bummer about the 17 time wake up! :(
Hope they get the throat thing figured out, it really sounds like a thyroid thing to me!
Continued prayers for better health! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 6/27/2012 1:51PM

    Don't apologize. You are going through so much right now and it is sapping all of your energy. I wish I could send some to you.
Ooohhh...I don't blame you for being nervous. I'd be totally freaking out. I'm glad that they were able to get it done yesterday so you wouldn't have to go back for a repeat.
17 times an hour....yikes!! Yes, no wonder you're tired. They think you have sleep apnea? Maybe the breathing issue is bothering your throat?
Maria, put down the emoticon
Wow...a bike!! That is awesome!!

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SPARKVAMPY2012 6/27/2012 10:06AM

    Well I sure hope things get better for you soon. I know it is probably aggravating with all that stuff going on.....hopefully this too shall pass.

But CONGRATS on winning that bike. That is awesome!

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And the answer is....

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Well well well the reason I cannot swallow and it hurts to swallow is b/c they found 4 lumps in my throat. To little ones and on top of the little ones two bigs one on each side of my throat. I knew there was something wrong when I couldn't enjoy chocolate anymore and especially SPRINKLES cupcakes! emoticon

Next step is biopsies, I am waiting on facility to call me to set up the appt. She also said I need to talk and see a dietician b/c my hypoglecmia has gotten worse. emoticon I know what this means after I speak with her/him a really strict diet. Oh well I do it, it's my life here we talking about.

Today, I am prepping for colonoscopy for tomorrow, oh joy, NOT!

Well there you have it, I knew I not crazy I knew there was something in my throat I could feel it. And the lumps I am afraid they have grown since October of last year b/c this is when it all started and the swallowing has gotten worse not better.

Will keep ya'll posted. I miss chatting with you guys my Spark Buddies/Friends, please know that I am thinking of you guys, you are in my thoughts and prayers every day.

Have a great Sunday and week,

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JUMPINGERONIMO 6/22/2012 10:00AM

    Estoy orando por ti! I have missed you and was so glad to see you were still Sparking! I hope you made it thru the medical procedures okay. I know how difficult it can be to step into the medical office and let them take over. Keeping you in close prayer! - Stephanie

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ABB698 6/17/2012 4:58PM

    Continued prayers for results to get you on your way to being Maria again! And yes, maybe a strict diet, but it's worth your life! Eat to live, not live to eat! emoticon

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RHONDALYN10 6/17/2012 4:36PM

    Oh Maria! Prayers for you!! Thanks for the update. Will be waiting to hear the results.
Hugs my friend!

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NATPLUMMER 6/17/2012 2:59PM

    emoticonAt least they found something. Fingers crossed on the biopsies. i'm sure the dietician will have good recommendations for you. I don't think you'll have to cut out the Sprinkes cupcakes entirely...just limit them a little.
Good luck with the colonoscopy.

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