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The bell ringers for Salvation Army

Monday, November 28, 2011

Dont get me wrong the Bell ringers standing out in front of the stores are wonderful people!They deserve a medal for all the bad weather and pennies they get.Someone even went so far as to snatch and run with a kettle FULL of cash!That insessant ringing of the bell seems to stick in my head.I came out of JCPENNEY waiting for my husband to bring the car around and pick me and my many packages head was splitting with a migraine...that's when im the meanest!Most shoppers were gone by now and that lady rang that bell loudly for the length of time i was there waiting...please i begged GIVE IT A REST...your arm must be tired by now and my head is aching.....It got louder and louder..jingle jingle jingle...she ignored my soon as dh pulled up to load the bags she sat the bell down to smoke..Heeeey,how are ya?I heard hubby greeting someone...I was greedily swallowing some water and pain meds...I turned to look and he was speaking to the bell ringer....GRRR...I yelled out the window...Yeah howr ya doing?She turned so DH was confused and I was telling him...its ok dear dont worry,you can treat me to dinner now!...Guess who was standing outside ringing a bell at the restraunt?????ARG!! emoticonSUSAN emoticon emoticon

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FIFIFRIZZLE 12/2/2011 3:52PM

    What a great depiction of the self-righteousness of some do-gooders. True charity asks a lot more of us, doesn't it! I am kind of dreading the melee of Christmas shopping, but thank goodness we don't have bell ringers. Though I like the sound of bells, so long as they are not used as a weapon!
Here in NZ the Sallies brass bands play carols, I LOVE that and hope it only arouses warm feelings in all.

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MARTHASPARKS 11/29/2011 11:32AM

    Those are good people but I can't imagine the reverberation of the bell with a migraine.

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FRANCESCANAZ 11/28/2011 8:45PM

    Every year my husband & i ring the bell on Friday evenings. We meet the nicest, most generous people, young & old. Also, each year my Junior National Honor Society members work in pairs on the Saturday before Christmas at the mall. They go all day, rotating one hour shifts. They love it! I think the bell ringing keeps them warm & singing. emoticon

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NSTARSMITH 11/28/2011 7:56PM

    Oh dear - nothing like a rotten migraine to bring out the worst, eh? I seriously doubt you object to the ringers: sounds like pure pain drove you to hollar ... well, I suspect the ringers will have the last ... ring? Hang in there. Put a few bucks in a kettle! Hope your migraines go away.

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BUELLRIDER 11/28/2011 2:40PM

    I would agree with you on the loudness of the bell. Friday I am helping my sister ring one at Walmart. Maybe I can wrap something in it to have it ring softer. I now, the bear bell I bought in Alaska would ring better. I wonder if my sister will let me get away with that. Wish me luck. emoticon

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AWONDERS59 11/28/2011 2:19PM

    My late grandmother rang the bell for over 75 out of her 102 years. Right up til she was 95

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I hope you all had fun!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011 has come and gone and im still standing!!A few pounds the heavier but overall im feeling great!It was so much fun.My three out of four daughters were here and we celebrated with so much laughter.We tweaked a few recipe's for healthier options,drank alot of water,they didnt even know that I made the sweet potato pie with fat free canned milk,egg sub's and equal.No pie is left to tempt me either.The mac n cheese was made with low fat cheese and it was awesome.Today we got together and put up the Xmas tree and dec'd the house.I havent washed so many dishes in months.The kids use a cup and put it in the sink....whew!I havent had this much fun in years!!I hope you all had fun too...xoxoxoxox.... emoticonSUSAN

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FIFIFRIZZLE 12/2/2011 3:59PM

    Sounds lovely.
I love the cleanup after a good dinner party, time to reflect on all the fun. That said, I've been thinking, maybe Santa might bring you a dishwasher? You seem to have so many dishes in your life... And not all in a good way.


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LIVINGFREE19 11/28/2011 1:35AM

    That's awesome you had a great time and did well on the calories!!
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SHASSYSUE2 11/28/2011 12:33AM

    I am so happy for you!!! I am glad that you had a wonderful time!!!! I got my house decorated this weekend to, now to get back to eating well, and getting back into the pool!!!! Have an awesome week!!!!

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KOFFEENUT 11/27/2011 11:06PM

    So glad it was a memory-building Thanksgiving - that's the BEST part of this holiday!!!

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MARVEEME 11/27/2011 8:43PM


Fun and laughs with family in exchange for doing more dishes? I'll take that over any posed alternative of those items, Amen!


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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

It's an obstacle course at Wal Mart..the shoppers are angry,hurried and frustrated trying to get last minute foods.I wont let myself get that way anymore.Last year my sweet hubby had me searching high and low for xmas tree pans.I found them and we didnt even use them..We think we need so many things...when there are people in shelters...homeless,jobless,foodless!I watch the craziness that goes on.The key to it all is Being Together...WE have created our own traditions throughout the 37 years.I would be okay with pizza,wings,salad and pie.Watch a few movies,play outside,take a walk.My hubby is a stickler for traditions and wont budge.Take it easy on yourself and remember its the friends and family thats MOST important....Have a Happy Thanksgiving my sparkies emoticon emoticonSUSAN

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SHASSYSUE2 11/25/2011 2:11AM


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MARTHASPARKS 11/24/2011 11:31AM

    Have a great Thanksgiving and don't let the turkeys get you down. I wouldn't shop on Black Friday for anything.

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MARVEEME 11/24/2011 7:02AM

    Mmmmmmmm......pie. Oh yeah!

Don't sweat the small stuff. Happy Thanksgiving!

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MOBYCARP 11/23/2011 3:35PM

    Yeah. I got out of work early today, and even Aldi was crowded enough to be a little annoying. Fortunately, I was able to get all but one item at Aldi. I still have to go to Walmart, but I only have to get one thing and I know where it is. Should be reasonably quick, other than the inevitable wait at checkout.

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BARBAELLEN 11/23/2011 2:28PM

    I've been so sick recently that everyone in my family feels sorry for me. They're bringing everything to my house for Thanksgiving to keep me from having to do anything. I'll wait until dinner's on the table to let anyone know I'm finally feeling better.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 11/23/2011 12:58PM

    Even though we don't celebrate Thanksgiving here in NZ I am beginning to feel the stress in the lead up to Christmas. We have friends coming tomorrow for a traditional time that we spend together and I am dreading the rushing around it involves. But when they are here, it will be a good time together.
Enjoy being together, everyone.

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MNOT2THICK 11/23/2011 12:09PM

    I can so agree. Making a simple meal from what is in the house. Ground turkey, stove top stuffing, baby spinach and yams. I am thinking of making them into a shepherds pie.

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PAWSINAZ 11/23/2011 12:03PM

    I would like to crawl under a rock until the middle of Jan.

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ARCHIMEDESII 11/23/2011 11:08AM

    I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Sue !!! On the one hand I can understand wanted to keep things simple, but I see the hubs point too. It's Thanksgiving. It's the one or two days of the year when people should enjoy their traditions.

Personally, I never understood why people get sooo upset at this time of year when they go shopping. Of course, there are going to be lines at the market. Of course, there are going to be crowds. People need to relax. Stamping their feet isn't going to make the line move any faster.

I try to stay upbeat whenever I'm stuck in line. I try to lighten things up because people are just too up tight.

Anyway... have a great holiday !!

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Is my child spoiled?

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

I do her housework,pick her up on time,take her where she wants to go and I just went to pick her up from work,i was late by 15 minutes and she snubbed me for being late...the first time in months!!!WOW!!have a great night spark buds!! emoticonSUSAN

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ALASKASKY 11/23/2011 6:49AM

    It happens. I was 5 minutes late waking my son up for school one morning, and about that time he woke up on his own. I was busy doing something in the kitchen and he came in there and said "Why didn't you wake me up?" with this huffy attitude. I just gave him this look and told him he better just go ahead get dressed. The nerve. emoticon

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ORGANIC811LFRV 11/23/2011 5:47AM

    The parent-child relationship is a co-dependent one. Actually all relationships are that way. LOL

She's totally dependent on you and resents being so it sounds like.

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My beautiful godson

Monday, November 21, 2011

My workaholic Godson"G" came home in the middle of the day.He told Carmen his mama my head really hurts and collapsed to the floor.Walking up to the ICU my heart was pounding loudly!I swear people were turning like they could hear it...thump thump thump...I reached for the door and let go like it had burned me.I backed up a few feet and composed myself...showing my fears and worry wouldnt help anyone at all.I stood there and held fast to the rail that flanked either side of the hall and sipped my coffee.Taking a deep breath I walked into the room...his mama was napping but woke as soon as she heard the door.We hugged...I tiptoed my way to his side and took his hand...there were bandages covering his eyes..he turned his head and said Hello Beautiful!It's me honey,it's Susan I spoke quietly.I know who it is he answered.Who else would I call Beautiful?He had brain surgery Friday and it was close to his optic nerve.I brought you some of those velvety socks you like and some chocolates...he grinned in my direction and reached out for a hug..His mom was crying out of relief...They take the bandages off soon to see will I need a seeing eye dog he joked...He is the most beautiful of people and so optimistic...when he was three we met at the playground when he fell from the slide playing batman with my daughter.I picked him up and he clung to me like velcro...I met his mama and we became fast friends..that was 18 years ago and he's still an awesome kid/man...The tumor was this big he showed me with his hands...I popped a chocolate in his mouth...mmmm chocolate he said like Homer Simpson...The nurse came in and shooed us out and we went to the waiting room...I reached to hug her again and she just cried and cried into my shoulder.It was awful she sobbed.I took her hand and we talked a while...the bandages came off and "G" can see shapes and colors for now but will most likely gain all his eyesight back...LIFE is so precious and we are never promised Tomorrow...Tell someone you LOVE them today!! emoticonSUSAN

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SHASSYSUE2 11/22/2011 11:45PM

    He is Blessed to have you as a Godmother!!!! HUGS!! Shannon

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NSTARSMITH 11/21/2011 3:27PM

    What an amazingly told story! I am soooo glad he is going to come out of this with his sight! You hang in there and thank you for sharing! emoticon

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NAVYMOM133 11/21/2011 3:10PM

    Thank you so much for sharing this today, Susan!
I am so glad he will be fine. He does sound like a beautiful person!

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