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Watching the sunrise

Friday, August 05, 2011

I sat out on my patio for a few moments before heading out to donate blood.The sky was a picture of beauty,the birds were screeching the dog was chasing rabbits and I was having a peaceful moment.I asked myself how lucky am I to have this?So many people are having medical problems(been there)We b-tch and complain about things that are really not important!I want some things for the house but dont need them at all.A cool breeze rustled some leaves on my patio,like a whisper and at that moment i knew that the world is good.Never mind the heat coming on with the sunrise.I was just happy to see another one!!Many cant say the same.......RIP Uncle John!! emoticon SUSAN

  
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AHAPPYLIFE 8/6/2011 12:55AM

    I totally agree - take the time to enjoy what life has to offer! RIP mom & dad!

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MARTY19 8/5/2011 8:56PM

    It is moments like this that make life special.

Marty

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MARVEEME 8/5/2011 8:27PM

    It's a good day if I can still fog a mirror.

SPARK ON!

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BARBAELLEN 8/5/2011 7:22PM

    Ahhhh, my porch is my refuge too. Those peaceful times do help put a perspective on things. Somehow, gratitude and resolve usually prevail. Glad to hear you had such a nice morning!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 8/5/2011 5:06PM

    What a peaceful morning. emoticon

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ARLENE_MOVES 8/5/2011 4:46PM

    Awwww -- that sounds so refreshing and peaceful. I have one too - my deck surrounded by a beautiful, (dry!) yard. I even use it in the winter -- bundle up and go out to have coffee -- clears the head.

Also, giving blood is a good thing -- I should do that too!

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IILAAD65 8/5/2011 4:19PM

    That's my "quiet place" i go to when needed!! Lucky you!!!

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miss sheila has a tan,whoopity doo!

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Okay,I gasp when I see people that have tans so leathery brown that I can't tell thier nationality.Yesterday,while having lunch with my daughter a woman came up to me and smiled and says to me,Hi my name is Sheila! I think im in a commercial or something!Hi,I answer and Im Susan,we shook hands.What can I do for you Sheila?(I love talking to people)Kayla was getting a salad.So she sat down and whispering to me asks,How long have you had spider veins?HUH?She goes on to explain she is addicted to tanning salons(I couldnt tell)And if she quits tanning(she's had skin cancer 5 times)can she live with the unsightly veins in her legs?I answered as truthfully and gracefully as I could(as to not scare her)ARE YOU KIDDING ME I ASK.I'd rather have spider veins any day than cancer!!Do you realize what you are saying?There are millions of people fighting for thier very lives and you worry about spider veins?Maybe you can contact a Psychiatrist and get help!I actually gave her my number for a friend to talk to(yes,im nuts)She gratefully hugged me and left.My question is..Why do so many people walk around looking like a leather sofa?dont ya know the sun and tanning can kill ya?........ emoticonSUSAN

  
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MARTY19 8/4/2011 7:34PM

    When I was younger, I spent hours in the sun using baby oil. Now I use a sunscreen (30) every time I go out. I get a tan but I stay protected and don't look like a leather couch. LOL!

Marty

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BARBAELLEN 8/4/2011 7:20PM

    This stuff with strangers seems to happen to me all the time, and I wonder why ME? I even put Social Services' referral number in my phone so I can give it to people who'd be better off talking to professionals. I've always thought I was a stranger magnet, but I don't want to be, and I won't give out my phone number. You are so nice!


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DUSTYGIRL25 8/4/2011 5:29PM

    HaHaHa! I love that, A leather sofa! I really don't know what people are thinking sometimes. So good of you to be so polite to her.
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SUECHRIS50 8/4/2011 2:50PM

    Rob,Im always in the sun!But,im not out trying to bronze myself i wear tons of sunscreen and a hat!I do have a farmers tan! emoticon

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RATFINKROB 8/4/2011 2:45PM

    I have to admit I have a tan. I have never been in a tanning booth, I live in the worlds largest outdoor tanning booth; Texas. It will be 110 again today so most of my family's fun activities involves water and very little cloths. We buy sun block by the case, but if you are in the sun everyday you will get a tan. We do work very hard on making sure our kids don't burn.

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MISTYRIVER64 8/4/2011 2:26PM

    O you are both so right. WHY???? INDEED! I used to want so much to have dark skin but I realize now the damage that can and will happen so now I stay in the shade, wear a hat and/or slather on the sunscreen! And spider veins?? Got them and I don't care. At least they won't kill me.

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NATAZOEL 8/4/2011 11:58AM

    Not only does over tanning give you cancer, eventually it will make you look older than you really are!!!

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WHEN I WAS HOMELESS....

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

We lived in so many places when we were growing up! We barely had gotten used to one place before we moved again.We didnt get to put roots anywhere.Finally,out of nowhere an angel appeared!Actually it was a man tapping on our windshield.We were sleeping in our station wagon.Dad jumped awake and looked bleary eyed at the stranger.Hello there sir!he was cheerful.Mom was looking rather surprised at him too!Dad cautiously rolled down the window and the stranger reached out his hand.How do?My name is Clay Hamilton!He looked just like George C.Scott!!!We 5 kids were staring wide eyed like we'd been caught sneaking in the movies.Dad got out of the car and stood there talking for what seemed like hours.A look of shock crossed dads face and he grinned like a chesire cat!Jumping back in the car dad said I have a surprise!!We all stared at him,WHAT????we all asked.You'll see he answered. We followed Mr.Clays car for a long time.Finally pulling into the driveway of a house we waited while dad got out and walked over to Mr.Clay.To say we were puzzled was an understatement.We saw keys being handed over to dad.Dad walked up on the porch and unlocked the door to the house,What are ya'll waiting for? Welcome Home!! he grinned.We screamed and laughed and danced around like crazy people.The house needed alot of work but,we finally had a home.It was our home for about 5 years and mom and dad split up...leaving me homeless once again.I realize a home is what you make it.I realize that we can lose our homes to disaster,foreclosure,fire,flood.I have had roots in my current home for 14 years and I wake up daily,Thankful for it and I take care of it everyday!!God blessed us with Mr.Hamilton that day and I will never forget his kindness........ emoticonSUSAN

  
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FIFIFRIZZLE 8/17/2011 5:09PM

    This brought a tear to my eye. Wow you have been through so much and it has made you strong.

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MAMAG476 8/4/2011 1:34AM

    Thank you for sharing your story. It makes me stop to thank God for the roof over my head. Sometimes we let things get to us and we sometime forget to be thankful for what we do have. Thanks for the reminder how lucky I am to have what I do have. Because some people dont have a home to go to. Which is sad when we are suppose to be the riches country in the world.

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SHASSYSUE2 8/3/2011 10:11PM

    That truly proves a point, that there ARE ANGELS AMONG US!! What a wonderful story. It should make all of us grateful for having a roof over our heads!! I will lay down tonight, and say a special prayer for thanks!! HUGS!! Shannon

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MARTHASPARKS 8/3/2011 5:40PM

    Dear Lord, Susan, you have had so many trials in your life and look at your resilience. May God bless you and hold you in the palm of his hand! emoticon emoticon

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IILAAD65 8/3/2011 12:14PM

    Incredible!!!!

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PATTIE441 8/3/2011 11:38AM

    Wow! Thank you so much! You are awesome. Thank you for the reminder. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AGRLNKY 8/3/2011 11:27AM

    Thank you for such a great blog!

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DEVILICI0US 8/3/2011 11:18AM

    Wow, that gave me chills. So rarely do we get to hear of amazing people that help others in amazing ways.! I too will take today and be more helpful and kind to those around me in my daily excursions. Thank you for the reminder that life is more fulfilling when we take the time to share what we have with others.

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SLFRISBEY 8/3/2011 11:04AM

    So sweet! I love random acts of kindness... I think I will do some today!

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Alot of people have it worse!

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

I try not to complain about things because when my feet hurt,someone has no feet.When my head hurts,someone has a tumor.when im hot,someone is hotter.When im hungry,someone is starving to death.I try to get out and help when I can!we were at the community center giving out fans and accepting fans and cash to buy fans.It makes me irate that some people think they are above giving.One man thought we would give him a fan because,they were free to the poor.He drove up in a new SUV!!The tags were still on it!!hmmmm!My friend Tom even bought a young mama an AC window unit.AWWW that touched me alot.I do understand that people are having it rough right now and thats okay.It's free to volunteer lots of places!! emoticonSUSAN

  
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MNOT2THICK 8/3/2011 11:16AM

    What beautiful thoughts and deeds. You are so right. Lots of people have it worse. Appreciation of the blessings we have and compassion and charity for those we can help. emoticon emoticon

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 8/3/2011 5:31AM

    AMEN!!!! I loved this blog - thanks for posting it. GRATITUDE is the key to happiness. Happiness is a choice we make everyday - I feel that we can't truly be happy until we move beyond ourselves and our needs and help others. It doesn't have to be material things either. Sometimes we can cheer people up with our attitude or words or just be there to listen to them.

Thanks for reminding us. Pat emoticon

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JENNYD97 8/2/2011 10:10PM

    I used to be involved alot in my church and community but when i got married and moved a couple towns over, I got very frustrated with the way things were going and found the excuse of not wanting to drive 20 minutes to get aggravated. I have helped out at our local Penguin plunge and relay for life the last couple of years through work. I have also donated for food bank and such because I know someone out there has it worse off then I do. I hope when my financial situation turns back to the upward swing I will be able to do more because traveling wont be such a hit in the pocket :)
It's all about paying it forward!

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TRESSWANN 8/2/2011 8:28PM

    I believe in volunteering. You get back so much more than you give.

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MARTHASPARKS 8/2/2011 7:11PM

    I am a serial volunteer. Sometimes my friends attend meetings with me to hit my arm and knock my hand down when people ask for volunteers. The way I see it, we weren't sent here to sit on our behinds while others suffer. It's not up to me to decide if the person is deserving or not - that is between them and their conscience. My mission in life is to make my own corner of the world as good a place as it can be - no matter what. I'm sick but lots of people are sicker. I am only one but because I am only one, I will not refuse to do what I can do to help. Caring is love. Love is God. When we care, we reflect Him and his will.

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PRIMALMICHAEL 8/2/2011 4:19PM

    Good job! Getting out there and making a difference isn't easy, but it can make us thankful for what we have and it strengthens the community.

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BARBAELLEN 8/2/2011 2:42PM

    Volunteering is a great feeling. It's too bad that there are so many undeserving people with their hands out. I think more people would be willing to give if they knew their help was going to those who really need it.
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Man its HOT in Texas!

Monday, August 01, 2011

This is some serious heat and as long as we've been in Texas,it never has gotten this miserable!!!We rarely go anywhere due to the heat.My daughter wants to go shopping and it's supposed to be 107 tomorrow!!Can heat make a person tired?Because when I go outside for any time,I feel so worn out. My dog dont want no potty breaks and I have to push her out the door.Drinking plenty of water and staying cool is my life!.... emoticon Stay cool my friends!!SUSAN

  
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ARCHIMEDESII 8/2/2011 2:33PM

    Here's hoping that the Dog days of summer are over soon in Texas !!! Goodness, I don't know how all my poor Texas Spark Buddies have been dealing with the 100+ heat !!!

Hoping you folks get some of this SOON !

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MARYHOLMAN 8/2/2011 1:07PM

    That's really funny about your dog--must be the "dog days of August".

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RATFINKROB 8/2/2011 9:56AM

    I lived here during the summer of 1980 the hottest summer in Texas history, but this one is sure turning out to be one of the hot ones. I am still walking in the late afternoon but these 109 temp days are starting to take the fun out of it. Drink lots of water wear a hat and never over do it.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 8/2/2011 9:49AM

    Amen we were out and about yesterday and by bed time I was GONE. emoticon

That is one reason I'm doing the laundry this morning. I don't want to be out there this afternoon.

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TAMIK1964 8/1/2011 10:51PM

    I've been totally worn out lately and I'm sure part of it is the heat. Here in KS it's been over 100 for almost 40 days straight. 111 today with a high of 110 tomorrow. This is getting really old. Take care and hydrate well!!!

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SHASSYSUE2 8/1/2011 10:43PM

    I actually get sick on my stomach if I go in and out to many times from heat to air conditioning. So yes, you can feel tired and even weak!! Be careful, and I would put off that shopping trip!!! Try to stay cool!! I think it is always a good excuse to stay inside and read a good book!!!! Have a great week!! Shannon

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ARLENE_MOVES 8/1/2011 8:58PM

    I remember as a child, we travelled every other summer to Texas to visit my Mom's relatives (Greenville). Compared to PA, it was so terrible. My Aunt had AC and she covered the insides of her windows with aluminum foil to keep the heat out. Strange, but probably before insulated windows. I feel for you. Stay inside and stay cool!

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BARBAELLEN 8/1/2011 8:31PM

    It's been really hot in the mid-Atlantic, too. Hear tell Texas always does everything bigger! I guess y'all are proving it! As our weatherman forecasted, we had a cool weekend, only 98 degress.

The heat must be getting to everybody. The roads and stores were unusually light on traffic today -- maybe that's why. The dogs have to be PUSHED outside. Nobody (except your daughter) wants to leave the house, and walkers are nowhere to be seen. And when YOU of all people post that you're grouchy, well, that says it all!
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MARVEEME 8/1/2011 8:22PM

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Sending CHILLING thoughts and prayers!

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FRAN0426 8/1/2011 8:15PM

    Oh ya, I feel tired out from the heat--even more so from the high dew points and humidity we have been experiencing lately. I'm with you, need to stay cool and that means staying indoors. Sadly summers we look forward to here in Mn. and then get hit by this heat. Our dog is also not wanting to go out much in this heat either, poor gal she is a sheltie so has plenty of fur to heat her up quickly.

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DIZZYDOC 8/1/2011 8:11PM

    Wow! I lived in Texas (Houston) for 14 years and I don't remember heat like that. Arizona yes (120) but Texas ... not that I remember, anyway it has been a while and memories do fade at my age (senior moments). I will keep you all in my thoughts. Here in the Philippines we have had 4 back to back typhoons and I am hoping for one dry day.

Can heat make you tired? Yes, it can even kill you if you push too hard so keep doing what you are doing and drink, drink, drink... that is water emoticon NOT emoticon. Good Luck with your weather.....

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