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I tried to take a day off

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Well,its another lazy sunday and im thinking,I'll take a day to myself.The home Air Conditioner drain backed up and soaked a giant area in my bedroom carpet!!!We ended up in Lowes and bought a plumbers snake for sinks.Guess what? it worked...yeehaww!!Its now 5pm and I just now was able to cool off the house. We can make plans all we want and life has a way of saying GOTCHA!!Im alright though because we kept humor up all day!The company we use wanted $200 just to make a house call...grrr.My husband looked like someone peed in his cheerios,he was so mad!Together we unblocked the drain and saved $200....Thank you kind people for praying for my pain,it is alot better today.The exercise helps alot....Blessings to you all and emoticonSUSAN

  
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RATFINKROB 7/25/2011 9:58AM

    Last year our A/C flooded the house. I was so disgusted with the wet carpet that I got out the razor knife and cut out the carpet. I took a week off work and installed ceramic tile in the whole house except the 4 bedrooms and the family room. Last night our thermostat stopped working, so today it is off to Home Depot to buy a replacement. The things we will do to stay cool. I hope your carpet didn't get too wet.

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SHASSYSUE2 7/24/2011 11:37PM

    I always chose to laugh rather than cry!! LOL!!! I am glad that it all turned out ok!!! Enjoy the cool house!!

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ELISELA2011 7/24/2011 9:13PM

    It's unexpected adventures like that that really make life interesting! We had our water heater pipe seal break and leak TWICE in one year a few years back so I know how that kind of thing derails the day. Glad you were able to get the equipment to unblock the drain yourself and save all that money! I hope your arthritis behaves and you can have more active days that are less unexpectedly exciting, I have chronic pain so sometimes it feels like a "good" day is time to cram everything possible in and then it wipes us out, remember to take it easy on a good day sometime soon!

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CHALLENGER15 7/24/2011 8:45PM

    Glad you could fix it yourself! Great!

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BARBAELLEN 7/24/2011 8:06PM

    $200 just to make the house call? You'd think that with the economy being so down that businesses would be charging reasonable fees. I guess when it comes to A/C, it's a seller's market! So glad you were able to get it fixed and cool yourself off again!


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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 7/24/2011 7:12PM

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ARLENE_MOVES 7/24/2011 6:28PM

    Way to do it yourself!! Feels good to save money!!!

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This journey called life can be tough!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

I look at each day as a blessing!The ups and downs,highs and lows are what make it a journey.I dont expect anything to be handed to me,I work hard at everything I do.Some things are hard to deal with.I have had arthritis since 1972.Sometimes I can deal with it and other times(like now)I suffer a great deal of pain.I can push through it most of the time.NOT today!I did my workout very slowly and limped the rest of the day! My mom and grams both had rheumatoid too.By staying limber and moving Im not as stiff but my fingers are getting crooked.I have been lucky and am counting my blessings!! emoticonSUSAN

  
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MARTHASPARKS 7/24/2011 9:52PM

    My RA started in 1988 and I am lucky to have had really aggressive doctors so I am still able to use my hands most of the time. Today, after tying all the water balloons for our water balloon fight, they are cramped beyond belief. With RA, we have okay days but we have to use our minds to have great days. it's that truism: if you don't mind, it doesn't matter. Take a day off and rest. If you push too hard, you won't push through the pain, you'll push yourself into it. Caution, darling friend! Feel better.

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MARYHOLMAN 7/24/2011 1:03PM

    I watch my mother in pain every day-so I can really feel for you!

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NEENSTER1 7/24/2011 9:52AM

    emoticon for a miracle. Take it emoticon at a time. emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 7/24/2011 9:49AM

    (((Susan))) Praying you feel better soon.

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IILAAD65 7/24/2011 8:23AM

    It takes a strong will, heart and mind to keep pushing through pain. I am humbled! You have a positive upbeat spirit - never let that go.

I hope today is better for you and the pain subsides today.

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OUTDOORSDC 7/24/2011 7:48AM

    And you didn't give up! That's what it's all about.

Hugs, and hoping for a better day for you today.

Shelley

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MARVEEME 7/24/2011 7:38AM

    Our suffering on earth brings us closer to heaven. My prayers are with you during the difficult days.

Blessings!

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RAINBOWCHOC 7/24/2011 3:22AM

    Hope you have found some relief from the pain, let's hope it subsides quickly
best wishes, Sandra

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KOFFEENUT 7/24/2011 1:45AM

    You have a great attitude - hang in there!!!

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HONEYFULL 7/24/2011 1:39AM

    You are very brave and I admire you for it ! I pray that tomorrow will be better for you. emoticon

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ARLENE_MOVES 7/23/2011 11:52PM

    Feeling that bad and still making it through your workout. Awesome. Good for you and I hope tomorrow is better.
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AN ANGEL BY ANY OTHER NAME IS JUST AS SWEET!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

She works in the nursing home and goes out of her way to make the people feel she cares!She doesnt get paid near enough for all the work she does,Yet she loves her job.Angel Garcia has been there caring for my older friends since 1988 and I think the world of her!I went and bought her a cake and flowers not knowing it was her birthday!She was delighted so much she cried!Make sure that you let someone know you care,by doing something nice for them!!Here are some flowers for my spark friends!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonSUSAN

  
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WONTBEWAISTFULL 7/23/2011 6:23PM

   
Lovely, and how's that for a "coincidence"?
God is so good that way.

blessings, Sue

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WONTBEWAISTFULL 7/23/2011 6:19PM

   
Lovely, and how's that for a "coincidence"?
God is so good that way.

blessings, Sue

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BARBAELLEN 7/22/2011 10:48PM

    Susan, you are so sweet!

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DIZZYDOC 7/22/2011 10:29PM

    What Great advise. I hope you have a wonderful day today and every day to come. emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 7/22/2011 10:28AM

    Neat

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IILAAD65 7/21/2011 10:38PM

    Something moved you to do that today of all days.. how neat!!

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KOFFEENUT 7/21/2011 9:57PM

    What a wonderful gesture on your part! So often the folks who work in nursing homes don't get the recognition they deserve - the people they are helping often cannot give it, and families don't see it. Good for you for making her day special!

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MARVEEME 7/21/2011 9:57PM

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Great advice! We love you!

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my baby girls # 17 birthday!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Kayla turned 17 today and I had a lump in my throat looking at her and remembering.The 9 pound beautiful angel they placed in my arms.she opened her eyes at the sound of my voice and wrapped her daddy around her little finger.See,when I found I was pregnant with her,we didnt want anymore kids!WE were grandparents of two boys!!I cried and cried!My husband was angry,I was stressed.I asked him what do you want me to do?He said its your body but Im done raising kids.I took a few days and left him with his other kids.I Didnt go far,but when I called home ,my husband started crying.he asked Did you get an abortion?Please say you didnt!Where are you?So,I went home to talk and the next day I started bleeding really bad!I was rushed to the er where they informed me I'd had a miscarriage.I was heading up to have a procedure called a DNC when I felt a kick.The nurse says that happens its not a kick!Suddenly I felt another kick.The nurse rolled her eyes!When the elevator opened and I asked for another nurse to come over and feel the baby kick and she wheeled me as fast as she could to ultrasound.There on the screen was my precious daughter and her heart was beating...they couldnt believe thier eyes!My husband walked in crying and wrapped me in his arms and sobbed his heart out.I guess the decision was taken out of our hands,we realized whatever happened we'd go through it together!She is our miracle and we adore her spoiled butt through thick or thin..... emoticonAnd much love,SUSAN

  
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NEENSTER1 7/24/2011 10:14AM

    All I can say is that God is in control and in the miracle business. Happy 17th birthday to your miracle angel!! emoticon emoticon for sharing your beautiful testimony. Only God emoticon and the emoticon Amen & Amen!!!

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RATFINKROB 7/21/2011 9:40AM

    Tell your daughter happy birthday for me! That was a miracle kick. My oldest turns 17 next month and my baby is 10. Thanks for sharing your story.

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SLFRISBEY 7/21/2011 9:24AM

    That is so sweet! What a wonderful story about your daughter! Happy Birthday to her!!!!

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MARTHASPARKS 7/20/2011 11:25PM

    What a roller coaster but obviously you made the right decision.
Happy birthday Kayla! Your mom and Dad love you and truly wanted you!

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ITS_MY_TURN_NOW 7/20/2011 8:26PM

    Your daughter has an amazing Mom!!! Happy Birthday to Kayla! My baby is will be 17 in 9 days... he was a surprise too! As well as a challenge and a blessing...
Hugs to both you and your daughter!

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OUTDOORSDC 7/20/2011 8:19PM

    Sue, that is the most amazing story. I actually started to cry a little. Enjoy your day together. Mom deserves to celebrate just as much as daughter.

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BARBAELLEN 7/20/2011 8:16PM

    Wow, what a miracle ending to an amazing story! Thanks for sharing.
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DIZZYDOC 7/20/2011 7:29PM

    Wow- A truly beautiful story. emoticon

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ARLENE_MOVES 7/20/2011 7:19PM

    Happy Birthday Kayla --you've got some great parents!!!! emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 7/20/2011 5:36PM

    How awesome and beautiful. emoticon

Happy Birthday to your baby girl.

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HELLAS2 7/20/2011 5:26PM

    Beautiful story. So glad it had a happy ending and you got to have your precious little girl and see her grow up. I lost my first 2 pregnancies and pretty much gave up then we got pregnant again and had a baby girl.
We were so happy to have her ... she is 13 now. Children are miracles and blessings.

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New ways to deal with my inside voice!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

I have a habit of dealing with negative thoughts by saying "girl you can do this" When I'm tackling a hill and Im getting tired,I say "dont give up" I get alot of stares and weird looks but,I also get alot of yes you can! and do it with me! comebacks.People love it when they can help.Regardless of how they act as though they want to be left alone.Yesterday I was trying out a route for more experienced hiker/walkers and Just as I was getting myself psyched up,I chickened out!But,out of nowhere this young woman,who always smiles but never says anything but Hi,Sees me about to sit down and takes my arm and says lets go together!!!!I DID IT!!She cheered me on but,It was me that had the strength and determination.That hill is a FOE NO MO!!!Thanks to a real friend that saw me struggling!!So,Her name is marianne and she's 25 and has witnessed the miracle of me losing 114 pounds and I inspired her.I mean,WOW! she is beautiful...She was the black haired goth girl that was tatted and pierced and about 300 pounds sitting in the park playing games and texting on cell phone.I sat down and asked where she was from...Nowhere!was her angry answer.I kept trying each new day,offering her a water she shyly took.A breakfast bar she hurriedly gobbled down.thanks was all she would say.So,yesterday I met the beautiful butterfly that has emerged from the angry goth girl.she has lost 80 pounds!!!I am so proud that she says I never gave up trying to be nice to her and it helped alot.I just didnt know she was the same person on that park bench!Well,I guess she isn't MUCH LOVE emoticonFRIENDS

  
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ITS_MY_TURN_NOW 7/20/2011 8:19PM

    You are an inspiration to me too!
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RATFINKROB 7/20/2011 9:11AM

    Great blog!

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PRIMALMICHAEL 7/19/2011 11:23PM

    Oh that is really awesome!
We can change so many things while we work to change our lifestyles.
We may never know just how far our ripples travel, but it's nice when we get to see them.

Michael

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KOFFEENUT 7/19/2011 9:59PM

    We seldom know when we've planted seeds that are actually going to bloom - how COOL that you got to see this one!!!

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MARVEEME 7/19/2011 7:38PM

    You do realize that you are each others' angels, right?

Thanks for sharing!

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DIZZYDOC 7/19/2011 5:14PM

    Fantastic! Keep up the good work of spreading kindness and inspiration. You are changing our world one person at a time. What a wonderful thing to do.

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MARYHOLMAN 7/19/2011 4:33PM

    Sounds like the making of a beautiful friendship emoticon

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BETTERHEALTH123 7/19/2011 4:14PM

    You're an inspiration to the rest of us.

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BARBAELLEN 7/19/2011 12:12PM

    That would be TWO beautiful butterflies making their way up the hill together! What a nice story!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 7/19/2011 10:47AM

    Too cool!

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