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To All Of My SparkFriends...

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

The outpouring of love and support here on Spark is unbelievable. I happen to think that I have the BEST SparkFriends on this site. How I got to be so lucky I'll never question. I am so thankful for all of the words of awesome encouragement and the outpouring of support and prayer I've received over the last few days. It's overwhelming and an incredibly touching. If having incredible people surrounding you makes you rich, then I am the richest person in the world.

I'm going to try to get on and Spark a little each day until I feel up to par. I still feel a little yucky but I'm sure the pain in my butt illness is on its way down the road. So, before you know it, you'll be seeing my face on your pages with a smart-aleck comment and a hug in no time. But I want to thank everyone who has blessed me with their words, the Goodies, the comments, the uplifting spirit of love that you all have given me. I will do my best to thank you individually in time but wanted you all to know right now that it has made me feel so happy to know that I am part of the greatest circle of pals in the world. You can't get that anywhere else.

So, once I get myself together, I will blog and tell you how much "trouble" my daughter and I got into while she was home last weekend! We had a blast and we're already making plans to tear up the town when she gets home in another few short weeks from now.

God bless you ALL, dear friends. Each and every one of you has this big place in my heart. If I could give you all a big hug in person, I so would.

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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 11/10/2010 10:28PM

    You and Bre in trouble?

Sounds like I'll be seeing your pictures on one of those Wal-Mart Shoppers emails that go around from time to time, LOL

But Bre probably would be seen in W/M anymore after being at those big city stores in college

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LAVENDERLILY 11/5/2010 12:45AM

    Glad you are feeling better and I am looking forward to your future blogs.

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BLAKBIRD 11/4/2010 6:03PM

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We miss your blogs, and feed updates, and can't wait until you're well enough to spill the beans on your recent activities - On the other hand PLEASE focus your energies on getting better.

xx (( hugs )) xx

PS. Will you quit bring tears to my eye's.

No matter what you write it's either full of emotion or you have my ROTFTSDMF



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MUSTANG_SALLY2 11/4/2010 3:47PM

    I've never known anyone who struggled with Lupus and I don't know very much about it. It sure doesn't sound like much fun! emoticon

I'm thinking of you and wishing you well. Hang in there sister! Sending loads of hugs. Please take care of yourself!

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AZCUPCAKE 11/4/2010 2:21PM

    You are the toughest, sweetest thing in human form, and I am so blessed to call you my friend. I hope you are feeling better every day -- those tiny increments add up to inches, feet and yards, but you can't rush it!! Please continue to take ultra-great care of yourself, and know you are LOVED!!!!! Hugs and prayers winging their way to you now and always!!!! But ESPECIALLY now!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
p.s. I am SO GLAD you and Breanna had a fantastic time while she was home! Can't wait to hear about your shenanigans!!! emoticon emoticon

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KAILYNSTAR 11/4/2010 12:36PM

    Nice to know that you are feeling a bit better.

Still sending good thoughts and pausing for prayer for you.

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LYNNEJ5 11/4/2010 5:14AM

    Glad to hear you are feeling a little better. I'm like everyone else miss those entertaining blogs! Be good to yourself, you deserve it. You are in my thoughts and prayers. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonThere is a weeks worth of hugs for you. Love and God Bless Lynne

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HICKOK-HALEY 11/4/2010 2:03AM

    Hugs!!!

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CHERIRIDDELL 11/4/2010 12:57AM

    Take care of yourself we are all pulling for you to be feeling better and we look forward to hearing what you and Breanne got up to ! Hugs and get well wishes ,Cheri

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FLEMIDG 11/3/2010 11:51PM

    I so look forward to when you're feeling at your best again and can send all those wonderfully funny blogs. So glad you had a great time with your daughter. I'm looking forward to hearing all about it. Take care of yourself. God bless you. Lots and lots of love coming your way.

Darlene

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GEEMAWEST 11/3/2010 11:18PM

    Ditto - What Barb said. emoticon

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CARTOONB 11/3/2010 10:07PM

    Hmmmm....daughter comes home and you get sick. Coincidence? I hope so! emoticon emoticon

Keep feeling better. I'll save you a spot on my page for that smart-alecky remark!

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TRENTDREAMER 11/3/2010 9:22PM

    "I'm going to try to get on and Spark a little each day until I feel up to par. I still feel a little yucky but I'm sure the pain in my butt illness is on its way down the road. "
* Hope that you feel better soon.

"God bless you ALL, dear friends. Each and every one of you has this big place in my heart. If I could give you all a big hug in person, I so would. "
* And we'd give you one right back

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DARLENEK04 11/3/2010 9:15PM

  Hey Babygirl,
Glad you are feeling more like yourself daily. I can hear the feisty
little scamp I love so much peeking back out.....

Seriously, take care of yourself and don't rush anything. I am praying
and I have asked others to pray for you also.....

Much love and standing on the Word for your healing....
MommaD

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DONGR8NCHARNC 11/3/2010 8:51PM

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Michelle,

Glad you're feeling better! You've got so many friends because you are such a great friend.

Gentle hugs and many blessings to you,
Denise
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PEGJOHN1997 11/3/2010 6:30PM

    I'm glad you are feeling better then your earlier blog, still going to keep you in my prayers

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NANALD 11/3/2010 6:16PM

    I am so glad to hear you are feeling better! The wolf is just no match for you!! Take care! emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 11/3/2010 5:55PM

    You are such a sweetie!! What's not to love???

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Glad you're feeling well enough to have posted and that you will be back to normal real soon!!

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STAYCXL-NOMORE 11/3/2010 3:41PM

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THEMIGHTYLEX 11/3/2010 2:45PM

    You are an amazing person and we are all enriched by your generosity of spirit! Looking forward to hearing about your exploits, and wishing the best for you and your family.

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TASOGAREBAN 11/3/2010 2:39PM

    Awww hugs backatcha lady!

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KATVHALE 11/3/2010 2:01PM

  Michelle you are so easy to love because of your sweet spirit and your overall love for your fellow human beings! I agree about all these great spark friends because I feel the same way about the wonderful friends I have made here.

You keeping resting and taking care of yourself and we will standby waiting to here about all those antics you and Beanie got into!

We love you!

Kat

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BKNOCK 11/3/2010 1:53PM

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Hugs right back at you! I am so happy to hear that you are starting to feel better!

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MOMFAN 11/3/2010 1:47PM

    Hugs and prayers, hope you feel better soon!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 11/3/2010 1:45PM

    You only get what you deserve, dear friend! You are an awesome SparkFriend, yourself! A precious friend! emoticon

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JILLWILSON2102 11/3/2010 1:42PM

    Back atcha darlin! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PJSTIME 11/3/2010 1:32PM

    So glad to hear you are on the mend. Can't wait to hear from you again.

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MYRTLEBEACHWINS 11/3/2010 1:31PM

    Glad to see you feeling a bit better to blog. Keep getting strong.

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Sending medical, sunshine, hot soup and hugs.

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FLY0NTHEWAL1 11/3/2010 1:20PM

    You know I love reading your blogs, they are so full of positivity and reflection even when you are feeling down. You're truly one of those beautiful inside-and-out people.
Much love and luck!

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ANNAMARIE1958 11/3/2010 1:19PM

    Glad you'r feeling a little better..I just read your other blogs and now I know why I haven't heard from you.....I will pray for you ...It will take time but you will get back to your old...oops I mean your self again... Take care Honey!
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DREMARGRL 11/3/2010 1:06PM

    So happy to hear you're feeling much better! It's great that you have such a good relationship with your daughter. That makes life so worth it! Have a lovely day. emoticon right back at you, beautiful. XO MaryAnn

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LIZZYP609 11/3/2010 1:04PM

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Glad you are on the road to recovery.

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HOT4FITNESS 11/3/2010 12:59PM

    You are one of the greatest!!! Can't wait to see you around more and look forward tofuture blogs.

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Walking on Freakin' Cloud Nine!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

It just keeps getting better and better these days! I am so excited that Breanna is coming home for the weekend and I could absolutely burst! I've been busy today cleaning house, doing laundry, making sure the refrigerator is full of her favorite foods and putting cool posters up on her wall. But I received an email from her just a little bit ago that just made me go over the top. Recently, she has been working on an essay for her English class and it could be a topic of her choice. She chose the topic of how the prison system's rehabilitation efforts aren't very effective according to the high re-entry rates. I've noticed the trend in her thinking for the last two years concerning the criminal law system and I was astonished, yet again, at the clarity of thought she has given to this subject.

But the last line of her email had me jumping excitedly from my chair....

"I AM REALLY thinking about going for a criminal justice degree, Mom. I'm starting it in Spring Quarter." OH! The Powers that Be HAVE to be feeling the waves of joy off of my freakin' aura right now! I think this is IT!! A mom just KNOWS, ya know??

She's always been interested in criminal law. Maybe it all started when she was nine-years old and we received her school pictures in the neat little white envelope they always come in. We had ordered quite a bit but we had so many family members who wanted a picture of her, Brian and I decided to take them to Zip Systems to get copies made. She stomped her little foot down and said, "YOU CAN'T DO THAT!" After Brian and I looked at one another in surprise, I asked her why NOT. She said, "BECAUSE, Mom, it's against the law to do that and you have to order more from the SCHOOL! That's robbery!" LOL! (Needless to say we DID get more from the school and decided not to pursue our desire to be fugitives from the law.)

She has told me recently that college has shown her more and more every day what she wants out of her life. She wants to do well, to make the Dean's List, to excel beyond excelling. She took a walk on the bike path at OU a few weeks ago, amidst the campus parties and the loud whoops of evening campus life. She said she saw a lady, strolling peacefully, walking her dog, and it struck a nerve in her. She told me, "Mom, I want that. I want to know at the end of every day that I have helped someone, that I have touched a life, and maybe even changed a life for the good. I want a simple life for myself. Just a simple, calm and peaceful life."

Oh, my dear sweet girl, that's what I want for you, too. And if I know my daughter like I think I do, that's exactly what she's going to do for herself.

I've never been more proud!

  
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CHERIRIDDELL 11/1/2010 11:15PM

    What a lovely blog Breanna is a daughter to be proud of but I am not really surprised she has a wonderful MUM!

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IAM_HIS2 10/29/2010 7:23PM

    Wow, what a beautiful gift from your love, patience and guidance as a mother. God blessed both of you. May I ask if you give parenting classes or answer questions? God knows how much help I sure do need!!!!!!!!!!!!

Enjoy every second of your visit with her. That deep burning love for justice is so lacking in our world...your daughter will be an answer to many prayers one day. May she be abundantly blessed by the Holy Spirit.

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AZCUPCAKE 10/29/2010 7:10PM

    I have JUST THE BOY for Breanna to meet....BUT he lives in Phoenix and has red hair (auburn, not orange!), plays a mean saxophone, is so so SO sweet, and is ONLY one year younger than she is!!!! Oh, AND his name is Bill. Yes, I know - I am very selfish....! emoticon

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PEGJOHN1997 10/29/2010 6:12PM

    I'm so happy for you and for your daughter!

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JUSTJO66 10/29/2010 12:18PM

    Have a wonderful visit with your daughter. Sounds like a girl with a level head and who will do great in whatever she decides to do.

Jo

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KATVHALE 10/29/2010 9:12AM

  As a former Police Officer myself and DH was also in Law Enforcement, we need all the help we can get! I got out of law enforcement because more and more police officers were no longer respected and treated like trash. The justice system is not what it used to be and becaue of politically correctness, too many bad people are not serving their time.

I admire Bre for pursuing her dream and I pray for much success for her. She has a good heart like her Mom and she will do very well. Enjoy your weekend with her!

Kat



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MUSIC66 10/29/2010 12:10AM

    awsome my son has nearly finished hi first year at uni he is doing drama and music .

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CARTOONB 10/29/2010 12:05AM

    Enjoy your weekend with your daughter...but remember to let her breathe!!

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FLEMIDG 10/28/2010 11:42PM

    I'm so happy to hear you will be spending some time with your daughter this weekend. Have a wonderful time.

It sure seems like Breanna knows what she wants to do. You and your DH should be so proud. She is such a thoughtful and caring young woman. What a joy. I can understand why you are doubly excited.

God bless all of you.

Darlene

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LMB-ESQ 10/28/2010 11:08PM

    Wow.... how old did you say she was? At least 30 right?

Most people never figure that out. Good for her!! Congrats Mom!!

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AML05030 10/28/2010 10:24PM

    awwwwe :)

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GEEMAWEST 10/28/2010 9:33PM

    You should, of course, be very proud. When my daughter started going for her law degree she was more interested in environmental law and things like that. Now that she has been there a few months she is also thinking she wants to do criminal law.

Those young folks want to save the world. Well, someone has to do it. Might as well be our daughters, right? I'm very happy for you.
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PJSTIME 10/28/2010 8:29PM

    You should be bursting with pride. A young women who is pursuing her own goals and goals of helping others. Mom and Dad you have raised a wonderful daughter.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 10/28/2010 7:22PM

    Oh, what a JOYFUL emoticonblog!!! Your daughter is full of life and energy, isn't she? I would be so proud, too! What a blessing! I sure wish we lived closer to each other! We would really have a lot of fun with each other, and our girls! emoticon emoticon

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WALKOFFWIN 10/28/2010 7:00PM

    No wonder you're on cloud nine! I think that somebody must have raised that girl right. Be proud! Be very proud!

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DARLENEK04 10/28/2010 6:25PM

  An " Awwwwwwww" moment. She will do big things and we will be here
rooting her on.
Michelle, you must be so proud of her....what a great kid.........

Darlene

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THEMIGHTYLEX 10/28/2010 5:16PM

    That is so awesome

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WOOHOO!!!

Well done Mom AND Dad.

Extremely well done Ms. Breanna.

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LIZZYP609 10/28/2010 4:43PM

    That is so wonderful! You have a lot to be proud of! You and Brian did a great job raising her! I know that only takes them so far and then they need to make their own decisions from there, still...you did good!

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STAYCXL-NOMORE 10/28/2010 4:04PM

    "The apples don't fall far from the tree " You should be proud , very smart young lady !!!
Stayc

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STEVENGO2 10/28/2010 3:53PM

    Awesome! You have every right to be on cloud nine, and Breanna put you there. You can usually tell if a kid is brought up right by the way they handle life away from home their first year in college. Some think party...party...party. Others put hard work into what they are there for~an education!

My nephew Mike is in his Junior year of college and has done well making Deans list 2 or 3 times. He wants to teach High School Social Studies and he is also interested in the performing arts~plays and musicals.

Congrats on feeling great~one of the pleasures of being an amazing, awesome parent!!!

Steven

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JILLWILSON2102 10/28/2010 3:38PM

    Amazing! I can feel your energy all the way over here! Big hugs for her and for you mom in always encouraging her to think beyond... emoticon

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HOT4FITNESS 10/28/2010 3:22PM

    Awwwwww!! Don't are kids makes us proud!!! Your blog got me all excited!!! I am smiloing with ya. Have a fantastic visit!!



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AWOLF24 10/28/2010 3:09PM

    So nice!!! You have done a wonderful job raising a beautiful and motivated daughter!

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Tell Them How Much You Love Them

Sunday, October 24, 2010

I have so many things going on in my head right now. I don't know where to begin. This weekend was great. My husband and I went out to dinner today to celebrate our anniversary and we picked out a new mirror for our bathroom. I got started on the bathroom floor and so far it's looking pretty spiffy, if I say so myself! And I'm really excited because my daughter is coming home next weekend for three days, too. It will be the first time since leaving for Ohio University that she's been back home. She said she wanted mashed potatoes. I asked her what she wanted with them and she said she didn't care, she just wanted those. Apparently campus food isn't all it's cracked up to be, especially when you work in the dining hall and you see how the food is prepared!

Halloween has me fighting back the tears, though. Next weekend would have been when my brother Steve would have transformed his big garage into his annual Halloween Haunted House Bash for the neighborhood kids. He always put his whole heart into the occasion and it rivaled any other haunted house in town. He never charged money for the event either. Everything came out of his pocket, the decorations, the monsters, the extraordinary food, just so the local kids would have a place to go that evening instead of out-and-about causing trouble. He had such a soft heart for them. The kids absolutely adored him. I don't know who had the most fun...Steve getting it ready or the kids who came. And Steve was actually a big kid at heart. Christmas was the same way for him. Each year he would pick a family in need and buy them Christmas. The tree, the dinner, the presents, the works. It hurts so badly that there is a family out there who will not experience the love and extraordinary giving of my brother this year. My heart is in misery because HIS heart gave out on him January 2nd of this year. One minute he was gathering the brush to burn and fifteen minutes later he was gone. Oh, how I miss him! The whole community misses him! There has actually been a couple of times over the past few days I've had to excuse myself and go to the bathroom and cry. It all just seems so surreal, like a really bad movie that leaves you scratching your head in disbelief and sorrow.

I ran into my sister-in-law Rita, Steve's wife of 35 years, at Walmart the other day. I saw her sitting at the pharmacy. When I approached her, her face lit up and she stood with arms outstretched ready to give me a hug. She's been battling walking pneumonia. She is not the same woman. The twinkle is gone from her eyes and has been replaced with such deep sorrow. I don't think I've prayed as hard for anything that night...I asked God to give her some sort of comfort, some kind of understanding as to why things happen the way they do. Then I asked the same thing for myself because I don't understand either.

As I looked at Brian's face over dinner today, I wanted to reach across the table and stroke his cheek. It was all I could do to wait until we were in the car when I could lay my head on his chest, listening to the thumping of his heart, and wrap my arm around him on the way home. He quietly asked me what was wrong and I couldn't speak, just hold him tighter. Sensing that I couldn't talk, he firmly held me and said, "It's alright. I know you love me. I love you, too." I think he knows where my mind has been as of late.

I am blessed to have the love of my life today. I am SO blessed. But my heart is breaking for the ones who have lost theirs.

Please tell your husband or wife how much you love them today. And hold them close. Hold them really really close, okay?

  
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GREGGWEISBROD 11/19/2013 5:00PM

    This life of ours... so fragile... a treasure. Don't know if you read my post 'Dreaming with a Broken Heart' yet. It's not earth shattering, but the sad reality of loving with the deepest parts of who you are - which is of course, the only way to love - means that when the person you love is taken from this earth, the feeling of loss is crippling, and you never truly escape that pain. Time layers a soothing balm over top, but the heart is never the same. What an incredible post that you poured out here.

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CHRIS3215 10/27/2010 4:25PM

    WOW your Blog really hit my heart too.
Soo sorry for the loss of your brother .
Thanks for sharing such a heart filled Blog..

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AZCUPCAKE 10/27/2010 12:21PM

    You are an old soul in a wonderful, beautiful woman's body. I wish more than anything you could have Steve back.....

I am happy to hear about Paul's new lease on life, and how glorious it will be to be able to spend Christmas with him!!!! I am excited for you and want everything to be all right for him in the future. You have been there for him through thick and thin, and he is sure to show you that the past is gone, and his future is full of good, healthy, happy opportunities. He is in my prayers, just as your whole family is!

Mashed potatoes?! I just KNEW there was even MORE to love about that darling daughter of yours! I love them plain, plain, PLAIN! Talk about GOOD TASTE!

Belated happy anniversary wishes to you both, too! You and Brian are one heck of a tag team, and you are both very blessed to have found each other. Love conquers all - even bathroom remodeling jobs, right!?!? emoticon emoticon

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CDAWN26 10/27/2010 10:02AM

    What a heartfelt blog. I can understand the loss and do not take a day for granted. It can be gone in an instant. I'm thinking of you especially with the holidays and all the joy your brother brought to others during this time.

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 10/27/2010 9:52AM

    emoticon Shame on you for making me cry at work!

Ugh! I'm thinking of you today. I'm glad Brian is there for you and you for him.

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DISP770 10/26/2010 4:32PM

    Tearing up at my desk too! emoticon

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CARTOONB 10/25/2010 10:45PM

    Okay. Done. Every day.

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IAM_HIS2 10/25/2010 9:45PM

    Michelle you said it so beautifully...my heart hurts one minute than it rejoices the next because I know where he is. Then my heart hurts again for his wife, you and all those mourning his loss. May our Lord helps heal your hearts. God bless you and your sister-in-law.

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TRENTDREAMER 10/25/2010 9:14PM

    Apparently campus food isn't all it's cracked up to be, especially when you work in the dining hall and you see how the food is prepared!
* WH4T!!!!!!!????// say its not s0. lol

He will be allowed to come home for Christmas and it will be the first time in three years that our family will be able to spend a holiday together. I'm REALLY excited about that!
* w00t! im happy 4 u. i h0pe it works out 4 u as well.

My heart is in misery because HIS heart gave out on him January 2nd of last year. One minute he was gathering the brush to burn and fifteen minutes later he was gone. Oh, how I miss him! The whole community misses him! There has actually been a couple of times over the past few days I've had to excuse myself and go to the bathroom and cry.
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Please tell your husband or wife how much you love them today. And hold them close. Hold them really really close, okay?
* if i 3v3r am married i will.

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DARLENEK04 10/25/2010 7:47PM

  It isn't often when someone posts a heartfelt blog that I can say I truly know
how that person feels, but since I have lost both of my brothers, I can.
I know you still miss him punkin, you were so close....maybe you could invite
his wife over for the holidays or just for a meal and visit soon????
Be strong...and take care of Brian.

Hugs,
Darlene

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JUSTJO66 10/25/2010 3:58PM

    A wonderful inspiring blog and so true. Thank you for sharing.
Jo

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PEGJOHN1997 10/25/2010 1:25PM

    Wow, great blog! You reminded me that I almost lost my husband to congestive heart failure 6 years ago. He made a miraculous recovery. I'll hug him tighter later tonight after he gets home from work.

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STAYCXL-NOMORE 10/25/2010 1:02PM

    Great Blog , you said it right !It's the now , cause later isn't guaranteed !!
Stayc

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AWOLF24 10/25/2010 11:21AM

    I am sitting here at my desk getting all teary. What a great reminder and I will certainly do that today!!!!! emoticon

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BKNOCK 10/25/2010 10:47AM

    Michelle,
I am sitting at my desk bawling after I read your blog! You know that you are always in my thoughts and prayers! It is so hard to lose loved ones! This weekend I missed Linda soooooooo much watching her beautiful baby get married. I know that they are in a better place and I guess we just have to try to be patient and understanding!

Love ya,
Betsy

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KATVHALE 10/25/2010 8:46AM

  Michelle, I feel your pain as I have lost a husband and a sister to heart disease and diabetes. You never get over such a loss but knowing that they are with our creator is very uplifting because you know you will see them again. So try and think of your brother as being on assignment for God and that one day you too will get that assignment and you will meet up with him then.

I will be praying that all goes well with Paul and that you have a great family time during the upcoming holidays!

Enjoy your visit next weekend with your daughter!

love ya,

Kat

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LIZZYP609 10/25/2010 8:32AM

    emoticon You are so my favorite right now!

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PJSTIME 10/25/2010 7:29AM

    Michelle that you for sharing with us. Sometimes it helps just to talk about it. I hope your holiday plans all work out now what are you going to serve with those mashed potatoes. Meatloaf, chicken, steak,????????

Have a great day and I will be sending comforting prayers to you, your family and the neighborhood.

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DONNAORLENE 10/25/2010 1:38AM

    Happy Anniversary! And I'm so happy for you that Breanna is coming home. I have a niece that asked for mashed potato cake for her Birthday! That's how much she loves them. Too bad Breanna doesn't have the services at her college like where my nephew works. He's head she for Bon Appetite and the college hires them to cater three meals a day for the kids. You wouldn't believe the way these kids eat! It's unreal. I know what you mean about missing your brother. My oldest passed away very suddenly 3 years ago this November and I still can't get over it. They didn't have any children and my sister-in-law has really tough times still.I hope things work out for your holidays.And remember you are always in my heart and in my prayers.

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/25/2010 12:52AM

    What a wonderful blog ,I am sorry you have had so much on your plate. A Very happy anniversary to you! I can' t just reach out and hug my husband he is deployed to Afghanistan but your blog makes me realize how lucky I am to have Sparkfriends .I can't reach out and touch my husband when I choose but you reach out and touch me with your thoughtful blogs and you make me feel a part of a community . emoticon Cheri

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FLEMIDG 10/24/2010 11:49PM

    Oh, Michelle, my heart goes out to you. You are going through such emotional turmoil. I am so excited that you will have your family together for Christmas. I am praying for you that everything will go smoothly.
I can understand your sadness at the loss of your brother, too. I am so happy that you have such a wonderful husband there with you to wrap his arms around you and tell you he loves you. God bless you both. Know that I am thinking of you and praying for you. I love you to pieces.
I wish I were close so that I could give you a great big hug too.

Darlene
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ANNAMARIE1958 10/24/2010 11:46PM

    I'm a true believer in telling your family how much you love them and to spend time with them. Life is so short you never know what tomorrow will bring. Nov.14 Is a bitter sweet day for my family, My son got married and My close neighbor was killed ..same day..same yr. Take the time to spend with your family.
This was a great blog..It made me cry. I lost my Father 2 yrs.ago and my mother 22 yrs. ago. O how I miss them both!

...God be with you....

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GEEMAWEST 10/24/2010 11:46PM

    You sure have had a lot going on this past year. Good thing you're such a strong woman. And remember, everything God puts you through makes you that much stronger.

Love ya, Cheryl

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LAVENDERLILY 10/24/2010 11:17PM

    Thank you for sharing your family with us.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 10/24/2010 11:03PM

    Oh, my sweet friend... your blog said SO MUCH tonight, and I can't catch up with everything fast enough! I want to tell you that you mean so much to your SparkFriends, and I love you! When I'm stuck in bed after Wednesday, I hope I have time to Spark more. This blog response just doesn't say what's in my heart for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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THEMIGHTYLEX 10/24/2010 10:38PM

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BLAKBIRD 10/24/2010 10:37PM

    PS. Thanks for offering your DH's help with my home maintenance projects, but I'd guess he'd much rather stay home and get hugged really, really tightly.

NNSTDLTBBB

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HOT4FITNESS 10/24/2010 10:29PM

    Thanks for sharing. I will go tell my DH how much I love and appreciate him right now. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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LMB-ESQ 10/24/2010 10:27PM

    Wonderful blog... so true!

I was at my mother's yesterday and I went into her bedroom for something. I saw my dad's old winter cap sitting on the bedside table and reached out to touch it -- couldn't help myself and started bawling like a baby. Went and hid out in the bathroom! I sure do miss him! But at least I have the knowledge that he knew I loved him, because I told him so all the time, more and more often toward the end. And I tell my kids and my mother too. The nice thing is, my kids are finally at the age where they realize it's okay to say it to me first!

Make a mountain of mashed potatoes for Breanna, and I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for Paul's Christmas release. I don't know why he's there, but three years is sure a long time to be not allowed to go home! emoticon

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BLAKBIRD 10/24/2010 10:23PM

    Thank you 'Sis for an incredibly moving and Awesome blog

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KGRIMES371 10/24/2010 10:13PM

    Oh my gosh. What a post. Thank you for sharing.

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Hellooo DOLLY!

Friday, October 22, 2010

I THINK I am doing okay. Well, except for the occasional slip-up here and there of a bite of ice cream, I'm eating pretty well and hiking. But, dang, it's getting cold and forcing myself out the door on mornings like this just sucks. And I don't mean it bites, I mean it REALLY SUCKS. I've grown accustomed to those dirt poundings during the spring and summer but I can't do the 30-degree grindage. I'm not sure if it's just my general dislike of cold weather or the fact that Lupus makes my joints very aware of the temperatures around me, but I'm telling you, I JUST DON'T LIKE IT. My frozen joints burn to the point of pain and I'm the type of person if it hurts the WRONG way I won't do it. So, I have to find something that's indoors, in the warmth, that's equivalent to the "good" burn of the hike and get rocking with it.

Treadmill, you say?? Aw, that son-of-a-gun and I have an understanding. The Dread-Mill has tasted the feel of my wrath and he's bitten off a piece of my butt on several occasions. Nooo, don't call me a wimp because it's not like that. I've used him while watching t.v., used him while staring out my patio doors, pretended that he was the outside turf while I inclined him but he's not as good as the real thing. It appears that I am going to have to cut back on my calorie intake in order to not gain while I am using him this winter because he just doesn't give me the push or the drive that I've become accustomed to on my rolling outside terrain.

Ab Lounger, check. Zumba video, check. Stationary bike, check. Sigh. And my occasional bite of ice cream is going to have to bite the dust because I just can't afford it right now. Bring with that the impending Thanksgiving dinner and the Christmas goodies and I can't help but feel a little depressed with the approaching struggles that are sure to ensue. Warrior spirit, check?

Wait a minute...I know I put it somewhere.

I've asked Brian to give me the exercise regimen that they used in the Marine Corps and after about 40 "Hello Dollies" I was crawling towards his feet begging for mercy. Perhaps THAT is the ticket. I will use my Old Man to give me the edge that I feel I desperately need right now. I can do without his "C'MON PRIVATE, gimme ten more!" because I think he's lovin' the power play but if it keeps the muffin tops and banana rolls at bay, I'll tell Dolly hello every day of the week and twice on Sunday. Along with the Cherry Pickers, I'm probably biting off a piece of butt more than I can chew. The In-Place Double Time made me have thoughts of throwing Brian in the wood chipper so he and I will not go there again....but all-in-all, I think my husband may be the key to a possible replacement until Springtime sets in again.

Hi, Dolly, it's nice to meet you, girl. At least for now, anyways.


  
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GREGGWEISBROD 11/19/2013 4:27PM

    lol, muffin tops :-D Banana rolls is a great one though, I've never heard that before! See, what would I do without your three year old posts! :-D

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AZCUPCAKE 10/27/2010 12:25PM

    This blog is just ONE of the many reasons I love you.....

YOU ARE FEARLESS!!!! emoticon emoticon

If anyone can show us who's the BOSS of exercise, it is YOU!!!!

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KGRIMES371 10/24/2010 9:43PM

    Wow you are doing so much in my eyes! I know I will have to get in gear one of these days because the weight won't just fall off with lowering calories alone. And I will want to firm up the flab. So you inspire me bring out my "buck up sister" attitude.

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PJSTIME 10/23/2010 6:19PM

    Don't let Brian be tooo hard on you private.

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DONGR8NCHARNC 10/23/2010 1:37PM

    Michelle,

What would life be like without the "little slip-ups"? I'd rather call them the "little pleasures" of life. When you look at the big picture, you've been successful (with the help of Brian -LOL) so ENJOY LIFE TO THE FULLEST!

Denise
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GEEMAWEST 10/23/2010 9:44AM

    I also want Hello Dolly explained.

Never mind. Just googled it. No wonder you were fried after doing 40 of them. Whew!

I like the outside walking too and my body can't handle the cold either. So I use the exercise bike in the winter for the most part. I watch T.V. while doing it and the time files by.

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LYNNEJ5 10/23/2010 1:07AM

    It sounds like you have it all figured out and emoticonI know you can. Keep on bloggin and let us know how you are doing. Have a great weekend, and Happy Anniversary to you and Brian. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LAVENDERLILY 10/23/2010 12:37AM

    Great Blog, I can relate! emoticon emoticon

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FLEMIDG 10/22/2010 11:50PM

    Another wonderful blog, Michelle. It sounds like Brian really enjoys watching you work out. I hope you find something to do that will keep you moving rather than hurting your joints. Have a wonderful weekend.
Love and God bless you.

Darlene
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KATVHALE 10/22/2010 10:57PM

  Yeah, I'm with Steven... what on earth is Hello Dolly? I'm guessin' it has something to do with military boot camp but what do I know?? I know what you mean about cold weather! Being from Florida most of my life I can't stand anything below 60! In fact I was on a real spark roll until November of last year when the temperature dropped! It didn't help either that northeast Florida's winter of 2009 was the coldest on record! I couldn't ride my bike and I didn't want to get out and run!

I am determined that this fall and winter I am going to brave the elements so I don't get lazy and fatter than I am now!

Oh and don't be mad at Brian; you asked him to kick you butt!!
Have fun and get up and shake it off!

Love ya,

Kat

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DARLENEK04 10/22/2010 10:10PM

  Oh puddin,
I hate exercise no matter the weather. It just makes me so mad to have
to work out. We went walking at the park yesterday and my back was
killing me all night. When you hurt, it is really hard to get moving.

Hugs,
MommaD

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CARTOONB 10/22/2010 9:57PM

    If you want your butt busted without the power trip, check out anything with Jillian Michaels. She will "Hello Dolly" you right into the ground! LOL!

Good luck!

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JRDIAMOND4 10/22/2010 6:52PM

    Hey Girlie,

I need your secret just a few weeks ago you couldn't get your butt in gear. Now, here I am in the same boat. Eating the same just no energy. I could care less if I get off the couch. This is not good. I know it is going to catch up with me. So far so good on the weight but I know it isn't going to last forever. UGH!!

I went to a Zumba class the other night and I didn't even get sore. So does that mean it wasn't advanced enough or I was not doing it right. I will admit I looked like a orangutan trying to dance but I should have felt something. Right?

Hope you get the results you are looking for!! Tell Brian to be sweet or act like he is not enjoying it so much. lol

Have a great weekend,
Jan

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STEVENGO2 10/22/2010 6:43PM

    Please explain the Hello Dolly...for those of us to slow to know. And it sounds if I would rather face the cold than Brian the drill sergeant!

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LMB-ESQ 10/22/2010 3:37PM

    Ok... I'm afraid to ask... what's a Hello Dolly?

I think I'd rather face the cold too!

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JOOPRINCESS 10/22/2010 3:25PM

    Girrrrrrrrl, I so hear you on so many levels. Put away the ice cream and *in case of emergency* keep some Skinny Cow sandwiches in the deep freeze just in case.

As far as joints, switch up your schedule a little bit and take a really brisk hot shower. Just 2 minutes. You don't even need to soap, cause that's not the point. You're waking up your blood flow and telling your joints to get ready for business. Toss on some thermal underwear and show that plot of land you mean business.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 10/22/2010 1:11PM

    Ah, you make me smile! I enjoyed your blog! I'll have to cut my calories, too, girl, with being incapacited next Wednesday for 6 weeks. I'll have to come up with a few of my own Hello Dollies! emoticon

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HOT4FITNESS 10/22/2010 12:43PM

    Cute blog. Sounds like you DH is going to be quite the motivater!! Keep up the gpood work!

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BKNOCK 10/22/2010 12:31PM

    I don't know, I think I would face the cold weather before I face Brian!

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The BATHROOM

Sunday, October 17, 2010

I didn't like the shower curtain. I told the Old Man that I would loooove to have a new shower stall with glass doors in the bathroom next to our bedroom. (We did not go on our vacation as planned so we did THIS.) Our old bathtub was a catastrophe and I was getting creeped-out using it...do you realize how many tookuses it's seen over the years?? Anyways, for those of you that have asked, here is what's been going on over the last week.

Beware.

These images aren't pretty.

I'll start with how the bathroom looked before the chaos struck.


This is the image that made me hyperventilate into a brown paper bag.


This took TWO DAYS, I repeat, TWO DAYS to accomplish. I patiently explained to Old Man that the bathroom could NOT stay like this even if it WAS functional.


This is what happens when you realize you have a water leak under the sink.


This is what I am left with now. It's not finished. Hopefully it will be finished by 2012.


What the wall and floor are supposed to look like together....


Where we are going on our NEXT vacation....


Who I am going with...


Who Old Man says HE'S going with...


I don't care...as long as she can swing one of these!


Have a great week, guys!

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DISP770 10/26/2010 4:36PM

    LOLOLOLOL!!!!!!

Loved the captions also.

You are hilarious.

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BLAKBIRD 10/18/2010 10:13PM

    Loved the blog, the photo's - especially the captions - LOL

I'm with WalkOffWin. If it's broke or looks like it's going to be I'll fix it.

"Projects" at my house usually wait until my In-Laws come to visit. FIL is very handy, he slowed down a bit since he turned 80 emoticon so his daughter, my wife, has him work longer hours emoticon.

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GEEMAWEST 10/18/2010 8:39PM

    Too Funny! But probably not to you. At least you are realistic and don't except it to be complete until 2012.
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WALKOFFWIN 10/18/2010 7:38PM

    Too funny!!! And also why home remodeling projects are seldom undertaken in our house. If it's broke, I will fix it. If it ain't broke, then I leave it alone!

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DARLENEK04 10/18/2010 6:46PM

  Hey Michelle,

Pam can swing a hammer....did you not see her on Tool Time??????
with Tim Allen and the bearded guy???????

Who cares whether Gerard can swing a hammer or not????????????
I certainly don't....I'd park him in some lovely surroundings
and ..............well, I won't go there....................

LO
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That hinges on David allowing any of the above. He thinks Pam
is gross.............so on that vein, I am thinking you would
do better with Gerard than me......

PS: Much as I love him, David is the only person I know who
could turn a pciture needing hung into a 4 hour ordeal....

Blessings,
Dar
lene

PSS: I take the above back....when I came home this morning
from my Bible Study, he had mopped and cleaned up the laundry
room where the elderly kitty has his potty.

I am blessed........

PSS: He knows I don't like to get stuff on my hands...it
grosses me out.

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CARTOONB 10/18/2010 4:26PM

    Great pics! Love the labels!!

BTW, great choice on vacation partner. emoticon

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JILLWILSON2102 10/18/2010 2:42PM

    LMAO!!! emoticon It will get done!

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AZCUPCAKE 10/18/2010 12:04PM

    You put the FUN in every day of the week, but ESPECIALLY today!!! Your photos AND captions are PRICELESS....if only we had a magic wand to make all of those remodels and dream vacations (with accompanying beefcakes!!! Yowza!) happen! I just KNOW we could truly say our lives would be complete if these "small details" were part of the deal!!!!! emoticon Love you lots!

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1NICUBABE 10/18/2010 11:49AM

    LMAO!!! i have been remodeling my bathroom as well for the past 3 weeks but not nearly as much as you have. I really wanted all new fixtures but decided to replace old floor, paint and put in new ceiling instead. I definitely feel for you. My son has come home from college 3 weekends in a row and is thoroughly disgusted that all of the bathroom stuff is covering his bed! Hey i need some place to put the stuff till I'm done :) Have a great week and hope you get your bathroom done soon. MB

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 10/18/2010 11:16AM

    LOL You made my day! Thanks for sharing this. I'm glad ya'll survived!

Looking forward to the pictures from next year's get-away!

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ERINEC11 10/18/2010 10:38AM

    I love the captions. Very precise. :P

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WOLFKITTY 10/18/2010 10:03AM

    LOL! Well, you've got it going, right? That's good. This was a great blog. :D

Jocelyn

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PARKIE 10/18/2010 9:22AM

    I am cracking up at the fact that the shower curtain is still there. emoticon

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ABETTERJILL 10/18/2010 8:02AM

    What a great way to start my day...thanks for the laugh! :)

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BIONICBETH 10/18/2010 7:47AM

    LMAO! Thank You M. I needed that.

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PJSTIME 10/18/2010 7:33AM

    You write the best blogs and have such a good sense of humor. You and Old Man make a good team. Plumbers crack and all you are making progress. Hmmm not sure about that next vacation tho you better just go with each other and take a hammer with you.

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LMB-ESQ 10/18/2010 7:31AM

    LOL... well, at least you are handling it with humor! (Where would we be without humor? I would be in a rubber walled cell) Just two questions: How does a dollar store trashcan cost $4.99, and why not just replace the shower curtain? Oh, and to borrow a line from Jaws, "you're gonna need a bigger hammer!" Enjoy the beach, and Mr. Butler's company!

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SWEETNEENI 10/18/2010 6:53AM

    That is hliarious! OLD MAN...PLUMBER'S CRACK... LOL!

Thank's for the Monday morning chuckle! emoticon

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LIZZYP609 10/18/2010 6:51AM

    HA! It sounds like a remodel that takes place at MY house. We riped out a bathroom in our basement to repair a crumbing wall and it too TWO years to replace it...For the the first year it was just studs and a tub...Completely functional but who wants to shower in a jail???

PS Plumber crack wasn't THAT bad!

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WINDEE52 10/18/2010 6:39AM

    HAHAHA! My bathroom remodel took 4months, best of luck! BTW - Gerard Butler - YUM.

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BKNOCK 10/18/2010 6:19AM

    ROFL! Oh my gosh are you good at telling a story! You are getting pretty good with that camera too!

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KWRIG7 10/18/2010 12:43AM

    Oh my goodness, this made me laugh! I needed that :)

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LYNNEJ5 10/18/2010 12:39AM

    emoticonfor the chuckle. Another interesting and funny blog (although I guess you are not finding things very humorous right now) but hey it has only been 2 days! Be patient it will be done before you know it and it will all be a distant memory while you are relaxing in your new tub. The floor and walls are going to look great. Hang in girlfriend, this too shall pass. emoticon emoticonLynne

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FLEMIDG 10/17/2010 11:44PM

    Another wonderful blog. Sorry you didn't get your bathroom finished. Hopefully it will be done soon. I am sure it is going to be beautiful when it is finally finished. Have a great week.

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ELYMWX 10/17/2010 11:17PM

    Wayyy too cute. I hope you get it all straightened out before your next vacation!

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KATVHALE 10/17/2010 11:14PM

  Why didn't you just buy a new shower curtain??? emoticon

I like the toilet lid! emoticon That new tub is really nice and just be patient, it will all come together real soon. The walls and floor are going to look so cool together. I can't wait for the "it is finally done" picture!

Thanks for the laugh before bedtime!

Kat

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DIVA14K 10/17/2010 11:10PM

    That was cute. I enjoyed that blog.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 10/17/2010 11:06PM

    I SO enjoy your blogs! I love them! They are so creative and fun! Thanks! emoticon emoticon

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THEMIGHTYLEX 10/17/2010 11:05PM

    Best update ever! Though, I am suddenly made aware of my own plumber's crack

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