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I've been on a JOY ride!

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

My life is so FULL!I can't catch my tail(so to speak) My dear husband has had a few days to take a trip to Louisiana to see his family.We saw them all in January and I was quite surprised at how big(FAT) they all have gotten!!It's as if this little town has not been notified that healthy food exists!!When they get together its all concentrated on the greasiest,cream laden,fried,fatty food,sweets in sugar and caramel and syrup.Bacon and sausage swimming in grease,salad drenched in cheese and ranch.I was horrified!!My inlaws are mostly diabetic and still eat like theres no tomorrow.I did not comment but,just drove up to the supermarket and bought a rotisserie chicken,naked salad and wheat rolls.I was talked about like I was showing off for their benefit...hmmm!Oh my gosh,they told me I was disrespecting my mother-in-law!!She made all this food and I go and eat something dare I?I was in tears,embarassed and my MIL said ya'll shutup to her right now!!If we were to eat better we would'nt be in the shape we are in now.....WOW!!I managed to gain 5 pounds but lost 4 !!I am so happy to be home.Ever since we got home I have been going non-stop 100 miles an hour.The same car I had in the shop 3 weeks ago broke down again.I had an eye cleaning.head cold(i ended up in the ER)my fever was 103 and I was dehydrated from vomiting due to getting food poisoning!My daughter was helping Church make 300 cupcakes plus she worked everyday till 11pm.Pray for me please!! emoticon emoticonSUSAN

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FIFIFRIZZLE 10/5/2011 12:00PM

    What a lot all at once. emoticon
Time to practice the three rs: Rest. Relax. Regroup.

I think it is wonderful that your MIL appreciated your efforts and supported you.

Poor you in the ER, if anything is a signal that you do need to give yourself a little healing space, a trip to the hospital oughter do it.

As for the car, ours is like that too. We're throwing good money after bad.

I'm beginning to consider just using public transport. We did that for six months before we got this car, buses and taxis and renting a car when we needed it. Online shopping for groceries. It cost no more than running avcar and we both walked a little more and lost some weight.

Anyway, you take care of yourself, you poor thing!

Hey, just as well you weren't babysitting that devil child as well, with all you have on!

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DUSTYGIRL25 10/4/2011 11:13PM

    Hope you get well real soon! Thank goodness you stood up for yourself and got something healthy to eat. If some people don't understand, that's their problem. It's your one life to live, we are all here to support each other and help each other stay on our healthy journey.

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MARTHASPARKS 10/4/2011 5:26PM

    I'm praying for you, Susan. I'm also happy that you have found a better path than your in-laws!

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BETTERHEALTH123 10/4/2011 3:47PM

    Oh my - that food your in-laws made seemed kinda good, but yucky at the same time. You did the wise thing by buying the chicken. Hang in there - those damn car repairs never seem to end. Was there anything good about your trip?

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MARVEEME 10/4/2011 2:47PM

    My prayers are with you. Hang in there, sweetie, better days are right around the corner.


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SHASSYSUE2 10/4/2011 2:36PM

    You poor thing!!!! Hang in there, and remember I luv ya!!!! HUGS!! Shannon

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GONEWLIFE 10/4/2011 2:27PM

    Hope you feel better !

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NO!!I wont babysit!!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

My friend Carla has a little bad monster of a boy!He is adorable but,BAD!She lets him come in my house and throw things,drink juice anywhere he wants,stands on my furniture emoticonI'm not sure if his mom is getting the true picture of how rude it all is to me.I told her we dont act that way in our house.She ignores my rules and acts so calm I feel like slapping her and saying "Snap out of it"He is already around 70 pounds at age 5.And taller than the other kids in his pre K class.She comes over with a diaper bag full up with junk!Cookies,candy,coffee drinks(cause he likes them)soda,little debbies!She asked me to care for him while she works!HMMM.... emoticonI think NO WAY IN HELL!!So,I told her he was mean,rude,disrespectful and I would end up tying him to a tree and going to jail!She said AW he's not that bad...huh?Who is she kidding?Im a no nonsense kind of mom/grammy and I uphold the law around here.Heck,even my dog hides away when he comes around because he stabbed her in the ear with a sucker stick...she didnt forget!he would be a challenge to the emoticon emoticonNO I WONT BABYSIT.... emoticonSUSAN

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FIFIFRIZZLE 10/3/2011 9:04PM

    Oh good on you! Why on earth would you put yourself through that? Your time is far too valuable to waste on such a thing.

If he is in daycare his mother will have to change her ways to get them to accept him, and he will learn what is acceptable and what isn't. Which he is going to need if he is to advance through school.

Do you think his mother is on something to help her to zone out while all this mayhem is going on? I can't believe her calm reaction to your feedback about her child. Most mothers would go ballistic in several directions.

I wonder is she depressed (who wouldn't be, coping with such a wild child?) and I wonder also, is there something wrong with this little boy? I have a friend with a grandson who is autistic, his experience of his environment is that it is unbearably stimulating. His behaviour is much improved after he got treatment and people around him have a program for dealing with him to help him to become calm.

Hopefully your refusal will make his mother deal with his problems, and if not, why on earth would you?

i know this sounds hard, but it is coming from someone who raised somebody else's children, so I feel I have earned the right to comment.

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BETTERHEALTH123 10/1/2011 1:39PM

    I wouldn't babysit him either--I would start "running for the hills"...

When I'm out shopping I found it very irritating when I hear whinying, crying toddlers

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DUSTYGIRL25 9/30/2011 12:37AM

    OMG! No way would I ever take care of a kid like that! Not even if it was my own grandchild. I can't believe the mother can even handle being with him.
First she needs to get that child off the sugar and caffeine or no one will want to ever watch him.
I don't blame you one for not wanting to stay with him, who would?

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WILSON425 9/29/2011 10:33PM

    She probably can't find a daycare center that will take him. If she could find one it would most likely be the best place for him. When you have a bunch of them you HAVE to keep rules and a structured environment. Also balanced meals. NO JUNK or coffee. You are right to say no.

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HDHAWK 9/29/2011 9:51PM

    Good for you for telling her how he is and for saying no!

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KIMBERTA99 9/29/2011 8:39PM

    OMG....that is horribble. I have 3 boys under 7 and they know they HAVE to show respect in someone else's house, no exceptions. Or we have to leave!! I would totally understand you not wanting to babysit!! And your poor dog. Maybe you should babysit and teach the monster some manners!!!

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NGALAX 9/29/2011 6:44PM

    And I don't blame you one little bit! This blog had me laughing! Thanks for stopping by mine emoticon for the great words of wisdom!

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MELLABELLAS 9/29/2011 6:43PM

    Who gives their 5 y/o coffee?

And your poor doggie! I wouldn't watch him either! Especially since he doesn't listen!

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BARBAELLEN 9/29/2011 6:35PM

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Susan, your description of this hefty, coffee-drinking, 5-year-old brat is soooo funny! I'm sure it's more funny reading about it than it is being around him. Yep, she needs another babysitter who finds him more appealling!

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MARVEEME 9/29/2011 6:29PM

    Good for you! Hopefully, this is the slap upside the head she needs to start being a responsible parent. Great job, Sue. Once again, a future generation benefits from a little tough love!

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SHASSYSUE2 9/29/2011 6:24PM

    HAHAHAHA!!!! I love your complete candor and honesty!!! My Godson, whom I love to death, has also turned into a little brat!! His Mother is my best friend in all the world, and the closest thing I have to a true sister, and yet she is the WORST disciplinarian that I know!!!! She is a such a sweet person, that she just will NOT make him mind. She verbally will tell him NO, but then goes ahead and lets him do whatever he wants to. He just started Kindergarten this year, and has already been to the principal's office 3 times!!!!! Then she calls me crying that she DOES NOT know where she has gone wrong!!!! OH MY!!! She also has a 12 year old daughter, that they are constantly buying whatever she wants, no matter how expensive... I just don't get it... I have become like you, I will not babysit, unless it is for a really good reason. STAND FIRM MY FRIEND!!!! HUGS!! Shannon

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ARLENE_MOVES 9/29/2011 5:54PM

    No, not your job to reform him or her. Hang tough lady!!!

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LIGHTHOUSE0403 9/29/2011 2:42PM

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The warm coat,warm heart,coat drive

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Today me and two friends started going to the schools.We were asking for low income families to sign up their kids to recieve a coat,free of charge.Pray for us we will need it.Last year we did give out around 1,000 coats and more.I am happy to see the parents faces when they come up crying and hugging us!Alot of people started buying coats for us to give out.My friend Cassie and her friends make fleece lap blankets for the senior citizens.Last year,we went out and helped older folks do a fall clean-up around their yards and houses.We are getting more people involved in the Helping Hand project.It's not a big thing we do but the older folks like the visits and we have fun helping them.They try to feed us way too much cake and pie and cookies.My friend Mattilda thinks we are starving for some reason.Saturday the teens are going to help paint some trim and pull up dead bushes/trees for them for a pizza party.If I know Mattie,she will buy way too many pizzas and bake 10 dozen chocolate chip cookies because"kids lovem"My daughter loves doing these things because she loves cute little ladies and men.Mr.Butch helps them and gets in trouble for eating the cookies.Kayla laughs at him smuggling cookies like a kid.Well,wish us luck we will need it ! emoticonSUSAN

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ARCHIMEDESII 9/29/2011 9:23AM

    What a wonderful project !! I'm wishing you and your friend mucho success with your endeavor. Goodness knows there is a lot of needy people there. It's great that someone like you is there for them.


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FIFIFRIZZLE 9/29/2011 2:57AM

    You are both treasures!

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ARLENE_MOVES 9/28/2011 11:32PM

    Good for you - helping other people who are in need. It warms my heart!

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BLEGNER1 9/28/2011 3:12PM

    We have coat drives around here, but I don't get involved with them. What I am involved in is named the Clothes Line. It is a church based group who gather clothes and also at the beginning of the school year, school supplies and give them to anyone with a need in a five county area. This is done year round. Last Fall I walked into Walmart and found kids coats reduced to a dollar. I bought 15 of them. Kept one for the one grand kid and gave the rest to the clothes line. I watch free cycle and if clothes are being given away, I try to get them and get them donated also. I have some people going through their winter clothes right now and any outgrown ones will be picked up by me and taken to the clothes line. It is a good cause and with the economy the way it is there is more of a need than ever. You are blessed for what you do. I have heard of helping hands, but have not dealing with the group.
God bless you

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Shopping for sneakers is not fun!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

There are way too many pairs to choose from and besides,I always end up with the same pair as before because they fit,look and feel good.My daughters say I'm a party pooper and dont venture to new venues.I do but they usually are not there when I shop.I would choke them if they were...LOL.I am short and skinny jeans make me look like a bratwurst.I have cute jeans and no they are not MOM jeans!Kayla is the only one I believe when she tells me I look good in something.She is too blunt to lie.Ultimately,I have the last word because I have to wear something,not them!!So,today after I dropped off the coats at school,I went shoe shopping.I blew a shoe yesterday and was not happy!It was for a good health...I have an identical pair on now.I did buy me some of those cute short sleeve cardigans without buttons from Kohl's(coupons)and some lightweight argyles from JC PENNEY(coupons)I am looking for some boots that are for bigger calves.Let me know where I can get some! emoticonSUSAN

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SHASSYSUE2 9/28/2011 10:09PM

    I know exactly how you feel!!! I have big ole honking calves, and that is hereditary, you should see my Grandmother's UGH!! I am actually looking for trouser socks made for big calves as well, I can't stand feeling my circulation being cut off!!! I also love that you are doing the coat drive!! BUT, BACK AWAY FROM THOSE COOKIES!!! Have something already available to help not be tempted.... HUGS!! Shannon

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MARTHASPARKS 9/28/2011 9:36PM

    The Avenue has lots of sizes and widths. I wear wide shoes and they are hard to find even in a 9.

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BETTERHEALTH123 9/28/2011 7:47PM

    Time to start knitting little "booties".

I know it's frustrating...In the spring I bought a new pair of sneakers from one of the department stores near me and I paid around 55 dollars and the damn part where the toes fit are a little too small....They didn't seem small when I tried them on it the store....

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JECKIE 9/28/2011 12:57PM

    If you're talking sneakers you run for workouts, stick with what works! I more or less buy the same pair of running shoes every 6 months. Why mess with what works?

As for the boots, check out . I have bigger calves too and they have all kinds (and free shipping both ways if they don't fit!) I also have pretty decent luck at DSW if there's one near you.

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RATFINKROB 9/28/2011 11:21AM

    Maybe I'm weird, but I like shopping for new shoes. There is something magical about new running shoes. They make me feel fast and strong. I also have a love affair with boots. I have cowboy boots, motorcycle boots, hiking boots, work boots, butt kicking boots, etc and multiples of all the above. I hate to admit it but I have more shoes than my wife and that's saying something!

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ARCHIMEDESII 9/28/2011 10:01AM

    Have you ever considered being fitted by a reputable running or sports store ? trying on different shoes can be a drag, BUT if you go to a reputable running store, the clerks can watch you while you walk or run. They'll see how your body moves and they'll choose shoes accordingly. This way, you aren't trying on tons of different shoes looking for what fits best. Have a pro fit you !

And it doesn't cost extra for a fitting. And don't skimp on your feet. While we'd all love to buy shoes at $19.99-$39.99. Some times the right pair of shoes might cost $50+. Considering how much work your feet are expected to do, they should have the best support available.

And don't get me started on boots. I don't have fat legs. but, I do have athletic legs. As a result, it's tough for me to find boots. Why ? because those IDIOT fashion designer create boots for women who DON'T exercise and have legs like storks.

Sorry, but high fashion boots were NOT made for women who exercise. But, that's a rant for another time. LOL !!! Happy hunting !


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SUECHRIS50 9/28/2011 9:45AM

    Mandy thats why I blew the last three pair!!

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WORKTHEGOAL 9/27/2011 6:37PM

    So by choosing what you know works for you, you've avoided the horrors of the usual 'run around' - good for you! Less stressful too lol

Wear them in well!

10k steps a day

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MARVEEME 9/27/2011 6:04PM

I know it's a big link, but it's a great source online for the boots you're looking for. Payless and Famous Footwear are also carrying a selection of boots with wider calf options.

Good Luck!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 9/27/2011 1:47PM

    Hats off to you blowing a shoe. I don't think I've ever done that, they just look sad and in the end they become my gardening shoes. I have used up all the ink in a few biros though. Good luck with the hunt for boots, I'm liking hearing about you getting something for yourself, after all you do for others.

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I got paid to rake!

Monday, September 26, 2011

I normally get busy on Monday after dh and dd leave for the day.Today,I was out really early putting out the trash,limbs,raking and looked down to pick up what looked like a cigarette package with a $50 bill tucked neatly in the plastic with a lighter!!!It was covered in dirt and I nearly threw it!Last week while trying on some cardigans,I reached inside the pocket and found a $20!!I was so excited that I went to go buy some little coats for the poor kids at the elementary up the road.The goodwill,had alot of them and she threw in some that needed minor repairs.I will wash and repair them for tomorrow.50 little children will get a nice warm coat and I will get a warm heart..... emoticonSUSAN

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BETTERHEALTH123 9/27/2011 9:06AM

    Send the 50.00 to me. I can use it. LOL But I'd rather the kids have something warm....

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SUECHRIS50 9/26/2011 10:57PM

    I just knew that the money being found like that meant,I should do something nice for myself!! I did,the kids really need those coats.Plus the goodwill lady made a deal with me...the coats she gets that are not perfect she will give to me!!!YAY!!She said she will bring them to me twice a week...awwww!!

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DUSTYGIRL25 9/26/2011 10:19PM

    Wow! You are so Lucky! And an Awesome sweet person!
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BARBAELLEN 9/26/2011 9:56PM

    Susan, you are somethin' else! Your thoughtfulness is so amazing! xxoo

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MAMAG476 9/26/2011 9:49PM

    Paying it forward. Good job. You are a good person. God bless. emoticon emoticon

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SHASSYSUE2 9/26/2011 8:34PM

    I just love you!!! You make my heart smile!!!! emoticon

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MARVEEME 9/26/2011 8:08PM

    Good job, Sue! You ARE a blessing!

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FRAN0426 9/26/2011 6:28PM

    Thanks you for thinking of the children at the elementary school, that was a kind and wonderful thing to do. I'm sure every child that gets of of those coats will be happy to stay warm this winter.

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ARLENE_MOVES 9/26/2011 5:46PM

    You are super!!! The kids will be warm outside and you will be warm inside for helping!!

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MARTHASPARKS 9/26/2011 2:31PM

    You are a lovely human being!

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DIANAOR1 9/26/2011 1:42PM

    What a wonderful thing to do!!! Bless your heart! emoticon

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