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DUST YOURSELF OFF AND TRY AGAIN

Thursday, July 28, 2011

WHEN I WAS YOUNG,I LOOKED LIKE A STARVING STICK FIGURE!I HEARD ALL THE JOKES...BEANPOLE,SKINNY MINNIE,IF IT WERE'NT FOR MY ARMS AND HEAD I'D LOOK LIKE A STICK,I COULD JUMP IN THE WATER TO GAIN WEIGHT(WET CLOTHES).AND I ATE LIKE THERE WAS NO TOMORROW.MY GRANNY MADE ME EAT EXTRA FOOD BEFORE I COULD LEAVE THE TABLE.I DREAMED OF GETTING FAT SO THEY ALL WOULD LEAVE ME ALONE.I WOULD GO OFF AND HIDE,JUST TO CRY OUT MY PAIN!NOW,IT'S THE OPPOSITE BUT I'M LEARNING SO MUCH!WHEN I GO TO MY NURSING HOME NOW I HAVE THE FOLKS EXERCISING.WE THROW A BALL,PASS A LIGHTWEIGHT BALL AROUND,DANCE,WAVE OUR ARMS AND ITS FUN TO THEM!THEY LOVE TO COLOR IN COLORING BOOKS.THE FIRST TIME I EVER BROUGHT THEM CRAYONS THEY GOT FEISTY AND ASKED WAS I CRAZY.I SAID THAT ME AND MY 19 YEAR OLD GRANDSON GET OUT THE COLORING BOOKS AND CRAYONS TO RELAX AND TALK.IT WASNT A BIG DEAL AFTER THAT!EVEN THE MOST MACHO GUY THERE,TINY LOVES COLORING NOW!HE ENTERTAINS US WITH HIS JOKES AND SINGING AND MAMIE PUTS ON PLAYS.SHE THINKS SHE WAS A BROADWAY ACTRESS.JOSEPH THE JANITOR STOPPED ME THIS MORNING AND ASKED WOULD I TEACH HIM HOW TO BE HAPPY LIKE THE RESIDENTS.AND COULD I SHOW HIM HOW TO READ.I HAD A HUGE LUMP IN MY THROAT.JACOB HAS VOLUNTEERED TO TEACH JOSEPH TO READ,WITH PERMISSION OF COURSE.HE IS A RETIRED SCHOOL TEACHER!!HOW LUCKY!I JUST THINK THAT IM GETTING TO KNOW MYSELF BETTER.GRANNY ALWAYS SAID..HAVE AN OPEN MIND AND YOU WILL KEEP LEARNING UNTIL YOU DIE.SPARK PEOPLE HAVE ALL TAUGHT ME SOMETHING,THAT I HAVE STRENGTH BEYOND MEASURE AND SO WHAT IF YOU FALL DOWN,DUST YOURSELF OFF AND TRY AGAIN.YOU ONLY FAIL IF YOU QUIT.WINNERS NEVER QUIT,QUITTERS NEVER WIN IS ON MY WALL IN A FRAME!!I WANT EVERYONE THAT READS THIS BLOG TO LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND SAY "I LOVE YOU,YOU ROCK"YOU ARE SO WORTH EVERY MINUTE YOU SPEND ON YOURSELF.... emoticon I emoticon YOU ALL,SUSAN

  
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ELISELA2011 7/29/2011 11:36PM

    That's great you're out there making such a difference in so many lives! Thanks for sharing this with everyone here too! ^-^ Now where did I last see my stash of crayons....

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BETTERHEALTH123 7/29/2011 11:45AM

    Now I have to look for my coloring book. I find coloring very relaxing and I am in my late 50's..... I haven't colored in a coloring book for a year!! Seems like fun!

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OUTDOORSDC 7/28/2011 8:38PM

    Do you realize how much you're changing people's lives? And that is what it's all about!

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BARBAELLEN 7/28/2011 8:01PM

    Susan, you are so upbeat and so caring. You always seem to find the good in everything and everyone. Even though there are those times when you feel like bopping someone in the nose, you find some way to turn it into a positive learning experience.

I know I always love hearing about The Adventures of Susn. Keep it up. You make us feel good every day. Thanks!
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ARLENE_MOVES 7/28/2011 6:37PM

    Susan -- you are a joy to know on SP. Before this blog, I loved your humor but now --- WOWSER, WOWSER what a really awesome, caring individual you are. We should all walk in your footsteps and learn to be much better people!!

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SLFRISBEY 7/28/2011 4:51PM

    What a wonderful blog! I tell my husband all the time that there is a Chinese proverb that says something along the lines of "Fall down seven times, get up eight". He needs to hear that every day :)

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DIZZYDOC 7/28/2011 4:14PM

    Great Blog! You are such a motivation in more ways than you know.
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WORKTHEGOAL 7/28/2011 3:35PM

    This is wonderful blog, and so in touch with the child within ourselves - I too love to colour!!!!!

M xx

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FLAFLUTTERBY 7/28/2011 3:22PM

    Susan, this is such a great message. Thank you for sharing. I love to color.

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PARKERB2 7/28/2011 2:47PM

    Here's emoticon back at you. I'm dusting off right now and getting back on the wagon after falling off the month of July. Good luck to you.

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the innocence of a child

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

GRAMEEEEE!!yells my"almost 5 year old"granddaughter.Being away from the city and having the wildlife habitat taken away daily,A lizard has run across the patio and is sitting under the swing.'What is that? she pouts It's larry lizard and he eats the yucky bugs for me I answer.Well,can you tell larry to move cause he scares me? emoticonHow funny!!She talks non-stop about going to school this year.I've been scouring the kids racks for her some school clothes.She gets out of breath telling me whats on her supply list.I say WOW thats alot of stuff for one little girl to carry.But,I have huge muscles she argues.Kayla asked her what she wanted to wear the first day of school and she said..My birthday suit!we all laughed at that.She is a hoot and its sad to see our little munchkin growing up!life goes by so quickly,,,sniff sniff.. emoticonSUSAN

  
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DIZZYDOC 7/29/2011 11:59PM

    How very true...

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MARYHOLMAN 7/28/2011 2:46PM

    Very sweet blog-inspirational emoticon

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SHASSYSUE2 7/28/2011 9:25AM

    I don't have any Grandchildren yet, but I have 2 wonderful Godchildren. I took care of the youngest one from the time he was 8 weeks old until he was 4 (his parents decided he needed to go to preschool, because I was spoiling him to much). I love those kids just like a Grandmother loves her Grandchildren. It is such a different kind of love. I never get tired of hearing NANA being yelled at me as I come into the room no matter where we are at!!! True Blessings!!

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BARBAELLEN 7/27/2011 10:57PM

    That is so cute, and you're so lucky to have her!


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DUSTYGIRL25 7/27/2011 10:51PM

    Gotta Love The Kids! Especially the Grandkids!!
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ARLENE_MOVES 7/27/2011 10:16PM

    They come up with the cutest things. My gd will be 6 in August and going in the 1st grade this year. Last year was a riot. I went in and had lunch with her several times including grandparents day. She was so proud having us there!! Get ready for more fun!!!!

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KIND2ME 7/27/2011 9:45PM

    Love little ones that age. Got a young son turning 5 next month and he is a joy to be around. Love this age so much. Enjoy it while you can, my oldest is 13. So many changes take place in such a small span of time. emoticon

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KOFFEENUT 7/27/2011 9:40PM

    Isn't it amazing what they come up with?!? So much fun that you're getting to spend some time with her before her big school adventure. Sounds like she's READY!!!

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IILAAD65 7/27/2011 9:15PM

    Those are the moments you treasure!!! lol

I bet you are a fun GRAMMMEEEE!! :)

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 7/27/2011 9:03PM

    Oh, how totally precious. emoticon

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 7/27/2011 8:55PM

    Oh, Susan, HOW PRECIOUS!!!!! They do grow up way too fast! I know we're probably about the same age--you have a 5 year old granddaughter; I have a 5 year old son! Yes, I'm asked if I'm his grandmother often. Anyway, when I got back from KC, I told him I missed my boy so much, to which he replied, "And I missed my girl so much." I LOVE this age!!!!!! emoticon

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A BLAST FROM MY PAST

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

WHEN I WAS ABOUT 11 YEARS OLD I WAS REALLY GOOD IN SCHOOL.OUR PRINCIPALS DAUGHTER CAROL WAS'NT! SHE ALWAYS SPORTED THE NEWEST FASHION,SHOES,HAD LONG WAVY HAIR,BEAUTIFUL BLUE EYES,WAS A CHEERLEADER,ETC. SHE LACKED GRADES IN SCHOOL.I DECIDED ONE DAY I FELT SORRY FOR NOT TUTORING HER AND DECIDED I WOULD.EVERYDAY AFTER SCHOOL I STAYED IN TOWN AND HELPED HER AND THEN CAUGHT A RIDE HOME WITH NEIGHBORS OR MY MOM.ONE DAY SHE ASKED ME TO DO HER HOMEWORK AND SHE WOULD PAY ME.TO A POOR LITTLE COUNTRY GIRL THAT WAS AN AWESOME IDEA BUT MORALS WOULDNT LET ME CHEAT.SO,WE PARTED WAYS BECAUSE I REALIZED SHE WAS WANTING ME TO DO HER WORK NOT LEARN.WE HAD A HUGE SCIENCE FAIR COMING UP AND I WORKED DAY AND NIGHT ON MY PROJECT.THE TIME CAME TO GET OUR PROJECT JUDGED BUT MINE WAS MISSING!!I SEARCHED HIGH AND LOW!WHO WOULD MOVE IT?THE QUESTION WAS WHO WOULD STEAL IT AND ENTER IT AS THIER OWN?I SOON FOUND OUT!UPON ENTERING THE GYMNASIUM,I SAW A CROWD GATHERED AROUND THE PRINCIPAL AND HIS GLOWING SMILING DAUGHTER.SHE WAS HOLDING UP GRAND PRIZE RIBBON AND A HUNDRED DOLLARS!!!I PUSHED MY WAY THROUGH THE CROWD TO SEE A RIBBON ON MY PROJECT...MY HEART LEAPED!!THEN REALIZATION HIT.CAROL HAD PUT HER NAME ON MY PROJECT AND HAD WON!!I WAS SICK TO THINK I HAD BUSTED MY ARSE TO HELP THE GIRL ONLY TO HAVE HER STAB ME IN THE BACK!!SOMETHING INSIDE ME WOUDNT LET THE TOMBOY IN ME PUNCH HER IN THE NOSE.I KEPT QUIET AND SWALLOWED MY TEARS AND PAIN.FOR THE NEXT WEEKS CAROL CHASED ME AROUND SCHOOL ASKING WAS I MAD?I WOULD JUST WALK AWAY BECAUSE MY GRANDFATHER TOLD ME I HAD ALL THE GUTS SHE GOT THE GLORY!TURN THE OTHER CHEEK HE SAID!I DID AND LIFE MOVED ON.YESTERDAY MY PHONE RANG AND IT WAS MY OLDEST SISTER SAYING SOMEONE WANTED TO SPEAK WITH ME.WHO?I ASKED YOU'LL SEE SHE SAID
HELLO?I SAY.HELLO? DONT HANG UP ITS CAROL!OH,WHAT DO YOU WANT?I WANT TO KNOW IF YOU WILL FORGIVE ME,SHE REPLIES! IT'S BEEN 39 YEARS SINCE I STOLE YOUR PROJECT AND ITS BEEN LIKE CANCER EATING ME UP WITH GUILT.I HURT YOU ALOT THAT DAY!OKAY I FORGIVE YOU!BUT,WHY?HER ANSWER CAME AS A SHOCK TO ME BECAUSE,YOU DIDNT NEED TO BE RICH OR POPULAR TO BE LIKED.AND EVEN WINNING THE SCIENCE FAIR DIDNT MAKE PEOPLE LIKE ME MORE.MY DAD KNEW WHAT I DID AND TOLD ME TO APOLOGIZE AND GIVE YOU THE MONEY BUT I WAS TOO PROUD.SHE WENT ON TO EXPLAIN HER LIFE AND HOW HAUNTED SHE HAD BEEN,HOW SHE HAD CARRIED THE GUILT AROUND LIKE A BALL AND CHAIN.I TOLD HER TO REMOVE THE GUILT AND MOVE ON AND I HOPED SHE WOULD DO SOMETHING GOOD IN MY NAME.MY SISTER CAME BACK ON THE PHONE AND SAID SEE LITTLE SIS I KNEW THATS WHY I LOVE YOU SO MUCH YOU ARE THE GREATEST!I HAD THE HIGHEST FAITH THAT YOU WOULD MAKE HER FEEL BETTER AND SHE IS CRYING! WE LIVE AND WE LEARN!WELL, LET ME TELL YOU,THAT WHEN I WAS 11 I DREAMED OF CHOKING THE LIFE FROM THAT GIRL AND TAKING MY RIBBON BACK emoticonANGER,HURT,BITTERNESS,HATRED,GUILT THEY GET US NOWHERE AND ARE TOO HEAVY OF A BURDEN TO CARRY.TO THINE OWN SELF BE TRUE!!! emoticonSUSAN

  
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BARBAELLEN 7/27/2011 11:11PM

    This is really touching. That you had such strength of character at such a young age is amazing. I'm not proud to say it, but had it been me, that girl would have been BUSTED! BIG TIME! I'm STILL working on being able to turn the other cheek and be at peace with it. You're something else!!
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NANASAMM 7/27/2011 12:33AM

    Amazing story.

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SHASSYSUE2 7/27/2011 12:22AM

    Amen!!!! I love it, and I know why we are friends!! You are one class act my dear!!!!

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MARVEEME 7/26/2011 5:50PM

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You're #1 in MY book!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 7/26/2011 4:49PM

    Wow That is a long time to carry such a heavy load. emoticon

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MNOT2THICK 7/26/2011 3:32PM

    emoticonWhat a touching story. Just a stepping stone in your development. Awesome.

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MARYHOLMAN 7/26/2011 3:15PM

    What goes around, comes around--that's karma.

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KELLEY106 7/26/2011 3:10PM

    Beautiful

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I CANT REST WHEN THERES A HOUSE TO CARE FOR!

Monday, July 25, 2011

IT SEEMS LIKE THERES SOMETHING TO DO AROUND MY HOUSE DAILY!!MY WONDERFUL HUSBAND TOOK OUT A BEEF ROAST TO COOK FOR DINNER,HE FORGOT TO PUT IT ON A TRAY AND BLOOD RAN ALL DOWN MY REFRIGERATOR SHELVES AS IT THAWED.I OF COURSE DIDNT SEE IT UNTIL I WAS GETTING THE EGGS OUT FOR BREAKFAST!!!SO,I CLEANED ALL THE SHELVES,DID LAUNDRY,WASHED THE DOG,SWEPT AND MOPPED THE KITCHEN AND BATHS,HUBBY PICKED UP POTTING SOIL AND THE BAGS BROKE,SO I VACCED THE CAR AND PUT IN A NEW FILTER,WINDSHIELD CLEANER AND WASHED THE WINDOWS!SO ONCE I WAS DONE AND SAT DOWN,MY FRIEND CALLED TO SAY HELLO,THE MAILMAN BROUGHT A PACKAGE AND I SMELLED THE TRASH CAN SO,I CLEANED IT OUT...HMMM ON THE BRIGHT SIDE ALOT GOT DONE TODAY emoticon emoticonSUSAN

  
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MNOT2THICK 7/26/2011 3:35PM

    Moving it to lose it. Even when you don't plan to. emoticon

I do dislike when that happens.

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BETTERHEALTH123 7/26/2011 9:10AM

    Know exactly how you feel. Cleaning never "ends"!!!!

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SUNSET24 7/25/2011 11:35PM

    YOU are superwoman, you GO girl! yeh!!!!!!!

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MARVEEME 7/25/2011 8:31PM

    Good for you, and try to relax. We share similar issues with the inability to rest when there's something that still needs to be done. Wish I could give you some tips, but the best I've come up with is a long term project.

Downsize to a smaller house, and wear a blindfold regularly.

Not exactly a perfect solution, but might be worth considering. I'll let you know after I move.
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BARBAELLEN 7/25/2011 7:24PM

    So much for the relaxing day you had planned! I'm tired just THINKING about all you did!

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SHASSYSUE2 7/25/2011 7:22PM

    Girlfriend, you deserve a LONG hot bubble bath!!! But, think how many calories you burned. Did you know if you go to fitness minutes, that there is one for heavy duty cleaning!! You can get fitness minutes for it, and it will show you how many calories you burned!!! You deserve to get some credit for all that you accomplished!!!

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SLFRISBEY 7/25/2011 7:18PM

    Are you available for hire? I am seriously THE WORST house keeper ever! Teach me your ways!!! :D

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777GRACE 7/25/2011 6:39PM

    Will my house ever be perfect???
Noooooo, but I do the same stuff, one thing leads to another
Can't wait until I get rich and get a maid!!!!

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MARTHASPARKS 7/25/2011 6:13PM

    My DH doesn't understand that about me either. Things have to be straight or I can't rest. He tells me to take it easy, rest, sit down but I can't if there are things to do. He sits too much, I don't sit enough!

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ARLENE_MOVES 7/25/2011 6:09PM

    Busy, busy lady. Your dh sounds like mine - make the mess then have the little lady clean it up!!! emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 7/25/2011 5:22PM

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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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ARLENE_MOVES 7/24/2011 6:28PM

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

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