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In Loving Memory of my mama Jessie Irene Sharp

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Yesterday August 8th would have been my moms 72nd birthday!When she passed it was a great shock to everyone!In the past when her birthday arrived I was determined to put on a brave face and pretend I was okay.Each year she was bombarded with presents and money and flowers on her special day.And BAM she's gone!Each year I would cry and mourn her passing,Not thinking about all the happy,fun times we always had.I had my cry and then stood up and said One of my favorite memories of my mama was and said Del,it's your turn.My loving husband saw how much I missed my mama and got on the computer and made me a disk documenting her as a child until the year in 2007 when she passed from us.Made a great dinner and bought a cake "Happy Birthday Jessie"We love and miss you!!I broke down when my kids stood up and said my favorite memory of her was.....When she braided our hair.It was mine too,she would sit us between her knees and calmly and soothingly brush our hair and massage our scalps.It was a bonding of sorts that she did to me and my sisters and her granddaughters.She loved lilacs and every now and then I get a whiff of lilacs.It's her way of letting me know shes here with me!!I do now and always will Love you Mom!!......... emoticonSUSAN

  
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MARTHASPARKS 8/10/2011 10:00PM

    I'm sorry you miss her but glad that the happier memories are close, especially given lilac and the wonderful gift from your husband! When I was about 10, I told my mom that I remembered my great grandmother. She said it was impossible because active memory doesn't work until you are around 6 and my GGM died when I was 2. I told my mom that she smelled like that bush in the side yard, a lilac and was very soft holding me on her lap in a room with red paper and a big dark table. Mom siad it was a real memory, since I'd never seen a picture of her or her dining room and my great grandmother always wore lilac scent. Later, I learned that smell is our earliest memory trigger. Love those lilacs!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 8/10/2011 1:12PM

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BETTERHEALTH123 8/9/2011 10:59PM

    I love reading your blogs. I love the part about the lilac smell. I know what you mean.

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ANEWBETHSTL 8/9/2011 8:37PM

    What a beautiful thing your darling husband did for you! I lost my father 8 years ago and miss him more each and every day. As with my Father, your Mother will always be with you and watching over you. They are our guardian angels! emoticon

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BARBAELLEN 8/9/2011 7:35PM

    Susan, you are so lucky to have great memories of your mother. Your mother was lucky to have had you in her life, too!

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JENN03275 8/9/2011 7:28PM

    What a wonderful thing your husband did and that you and your daughters are able to say such wonderful memories that you have. I believe that the lilac smell is her way of saying she is there and loves you as was the smell of cigars I would get from grandfather up to the day even hours after my beloved grandmother passed to tell me he got her and she was fine.

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SHASSYSUE2 8/9/2011 7:21PM

    I love the comment that you made when you said that when you smell lilacs, you know that she is near.... Believe it or not, I have the same thing happen when I smell Ivory bar soap!! My Grandmother whom I adored always had Ivory soap in the bathtub. My feather pillows that I use now, also came from my Grandparents house. My DH think they stink, I LOVE the smell, it smells like their house.... Keep those memories alive, and Bless your family who is there to help you!! HUGS!! Shannon

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 8/9/2011 6:00PM

    Oh, Susan, this made me tear up! I think we're the same age, and I can't even imagine saying good-bye to my mother yet! She is 74 years old and I love her more than words can ever communicate! WHAT A GREAT HUSBAND to do that for you! And the memories are precious!!!! Thank you for sharing! May the LORD comfort your aching heart! {{{love and hugs}}}} Susan

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SNOWANGELDIVA 8/9/2011 5:56PM

    Hugs & Blessings to you and your family. Your husband did an absolutely wonderful thing to make a memory disk and dinner. Your memories are so sweet. Not many can claim a hair brushing as a pleasant experience...but, I know how it can be the most relaxing peaceful gesture.
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DUSTYGIRL25 8/9/2011 5:26PM

    So glad that you are now remembering all the good times and memories you shared. That is so important. Of course we miss our loved ones when they are gone, however honoring their life with our memories and our special thoughts and prayers is the best way. They would never want us to be unhappy. I believe they would always want us to remember them with only love and happiness and to share their special life stories with everyone else in remembrance.
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MARVEEME 8/9/2011 5:24PM

    Blessings to you and may your memories of her keep you focused on Heaven, Amen.

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ARCHIMEDESII 8/9/2011 3:58PM

    Sue, that was a lovely tribute to your dearly departed mom. While our loved ones may be no longer be with us in person, they're always with us in spirit.

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PRIZE4SIZE 8/9/2011 3:56PM

    This too shall pass! Just cling to all the fond memories of your Mom. She will always remain in your hear... I have always felt the same way about my mother. Life goes on, but the memories will last. God bless you and your family. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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you're never too old to exercise

Monday, August 08, 2011

When I started spark people,I met a wonderful old lonely lady.Her name is Martha and she is 70.Our walking group was walking and every day she would wait on us to hand out waters,trail mix or just to ask how we were doing.She walks her little dog Walter and we invited her to walk. Her reply was heavens no I'd just slow ya down but you go on,I'm too old anyway!So,we asked her everyday to walk and she said the same thing each time.So,one day Lydia asked could we please walk Walter since,she was too old!After a while she said okay!We brought Martha Easter,Mothers day,4th of July and birthday presents she was elated.It always felt like she wanted to say something but would chicken out.We still offered to have her walk with us since Mildred and Angel are slower too.I said"Honey we would never leave you behind"She thought about it and shyly refused again.One morning we were coming around our usual route and who should be standing there ready to roll with a new walking outfit and new sneaks?Martha!!!We were thrilled and she is so funny and loves us all.We have lost 10 of our 18 walkers due to the fact they are in the military and move alot.Martha does'nt miss a walk and neither does Walter!!her husband has her convinced that being old means HAVE NO FUN!She now says to him BAH HUMBUG YOU OLD FART!!LOL...... emoticonSUSAN

  
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MAMAG476 8/10/2011 3:57PM

    Go Martha! I want to be so lucky. Good job Chris to keep encouraging Martha with that Yes you can attitude that you have. Sometime I feel older people now a days feel they have nothing to offer because our world is so fast paced. Hurry up ready, set,go. You know what I mean. Thats sad. I think we could all learn to slow down a little and enjoy the journey. emoticon

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TRESSWANN 8/9/2011 7:42PM

    I have a friend who is perpetually 80. She must be over 90 now. She does what she calls Meals on Heels, swims three mornings a week and complains when people stop short walking on the street. And this doesn't include her volunteer activities.

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MARTHASPARKS 8/9/2011 11:39AM

    Bravo for your walking friends for including Martha and asking her until she did join you. You're right; you are never too old to exercise. My mom is 80: she has done a mini triathalon, does hot yoga and bends like a pretzel and is a Master's swimmer who hold several national records. She says it's because she is outliving her competition but the truth is that she can outswim all of her children and we are all former competitive swimmers! She takes 2 medications: one for osteoporosis and the other is a mild diuretic. Compare that to my 12! Never, ever, ever quit exercising. She didn't and I did. She'll probably outlive me. SO: Go Mom, go! Martha may be joining her!

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FRAN0426 8/8/2011 7:02PM

    How great for Martha, you persistance paid off, bet this walking with your group is a highlight of her and Walters day. How nice your group took the time to include her even when she just waited for you to pass by.

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BARBAELLEN 8/8/2011 6:25PM

    Well, I'm an old lady, almost as old as Martha, and I'm now into day 3 of the 30 Day Shred! I'm here to tell you, I AM too old for this!

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SNOWANGELDIVA 8/8/2011 5:43PM

    YES!!! I'm so happy you gave me a happy ending. Good gravy! You know how to hang it out there!
Wonderful! Absolutely wonderful that you ladies have each other!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 8/8/2011 5:40PM

    How awesome she is out walking with ya'll. My last walking buddy was 64 and there was nothing slow about our walks. emoticon

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MISSDEBBIEOG 8/8/2011 3:39PM

    Go, Martha! And kuddos to you for always encouraging and including her! You really made a difference for her!

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I cant be still !

Sunday, August 07, 2011

I am not your typical couch potato and can run circles around my husband(on a bad day)I was in the back of the house in the bedrooms cleaning up and my husband said WOMAN BE STILL! It's not that I dont want to be still i just cant!I have been this way all my life.And I sleep better at night when im ON THE MOVE!My husband is the opposite and loves to relax with a beer and pork rinds.I am just busy alot and my mind is often on overload so,I make up for it by getting things i need to do,DONE!I also volunteer when i am able and love people!!here are some emoticonfor ya'll emoticonSUSAN!

  
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SWEETYOUNGTHING 8/10/2011 8:40AM

    I'm that way too but I've learned to let my body "just be" as I've aged. Hopefully, you can be still when it comes time to sleep :-)

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JOURNEYTO60 8/8/2011 9:49AM

    It's a great way to be! Keep active and on the move!!

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SHASSYSUE2 8/7/2011 8:55PM

    emoticon Back at you!!!!

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SANDERSON83 8/7/2011 7:22PM

    I feel ya! emoticon

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BARBAELLEN 8/7/2011 6:31PM

    You are a piece of work! A really great piece of work! Don't change.
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MARTHASPARKS 8/7/2011 6:21PM

    Amen! I am exactly the same way and don't need to justify it. When I feel good, I go!

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DIZZYDOC 8/7/2011 5:48PM

    Good for you. You are the one on the right track mentally and physically. Keep up the great work! emoticon

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Hankenstein!!

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Hank is a fellow sparker,I'm sure many of you know!He always made me laugh with his blogs & vlogs!whatever I said to him he dropped by my blog to offer support,jokes,poems and friendship.Whatever he was going through,he felt that his situation wasnt near as bad as someone elses.He had so much to give to the spark people!I want to say that he was an inspiration and I stopped by his page on a daily basis to leave a message.I sure hope all is well with him and sunnybunny112,They were a joy!!All of you that respond to my blogs I THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!YOU ARE SO SPECIAL TO ME!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon SUSAN

  
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NEENSTER1 8/18/2011 6:20PM

    I miss them so much emoticon I hope they are doing well.

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GRANDMA1951 8/12/2011 9:58AM

    I've been looking for him and miss his deily vblogs. Anyone hear from him? Is he okay?


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SANDERSON83 8/7/2011 11:52AM

    I couldn't agree more! I think it's so strange that he just disappeared without any warning!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 8/7/2011 10:49AM

    It is hard to say goodbye to friends. emoticon emoticon

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TEENY_BIKINI 8/6/2011 9:51PM

    Awwww... Yup, I know him. Yup, he's great. So are you, gorgeous.

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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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