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A sad quiet man....NOT!

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Josiah greeted me with a piece of mistletoe grinning and winking...he's 94! I kissed his nose,gave him a hug and moved over to the ladies gossiping...Oh Susan they sang my name..theres a new resident named Carey!We should warn you he doesnt talk to anyone!!Well,we'll see about that I sang back.He was sitting in a chair clutching a photo...looking sad and miserable.I intro'd myself and squatted in front of him on my response..I took both of his hands,tell me your story...He turned and looked at me...He shook his head and turned away.Carey,I just met you and I dont know you but,Life is too short to look away and be sad!Everyone here has a story and you are no different..
Well,I'll be here if you want to talk...I hugged him warmly and turned to leave
He reached out and took my hand and with tears in his eyes started telling his story.Turns out he felt abandoned by his son and daughter when his wife passed away.I told him that being alone is awful compared to being in a community of laughter and love.They didnt do it to you,they did it for you Carey!They couldnt be there for you so they made a painful decision to place you where you were not alone.He wiped his tears and hugged me.
he sees it from another view and went to meet the group!
The ladies started primping and smiling,the fellas slapped his back and welcomed him
I brought him some coffee and cookies
the nurses said I was a miracle worker!
I am just a friend!
We are planning a potluck for the residents next week.
Bernie called me yesterday and said Carey is an outgoing
friendly man and keeps asking when you'll be back.
She said he has a girlfriend...Chloe!
I plan on giving Carey an old fashion shave kit I found at a flea market
for Christmas..he has a collection! emoticonSUSAN

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LUCYLU22 12/7/2011 8:20PM

    This brought tears to my eyes! It warms my heart, thank you for sharing such a touching story!

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MNOT2THICK 12/6/2011 8:31PM

    God has given you many gifts. Compassion, patience are the two that come to mind. So very sweet.

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DUSTYGIRL25 12/6/2011 7:55PM

    Yep, You are an Angel! Sometimes that's all it takes. Some time, compassion, and patience. Then a little miracle might just happen. emoticon

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SNOWANGELDIVA 12/6/2011 1:52PM

    Woman, who's the angel?!!!

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MARTHASPARKS 12/6/2011 12:40PM

    Your heart is bigger than the sky!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 12/6/2011 12:09PM

    Too precious.

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Mondays are my fun day...NOT!!!

Monday, December 05, 2011

I have done my exercise and brushed my dog.Now I wash clothes,bust the dishwasher,make the bed,return emails,vacuum the floors,mop,cook dinner ahead of time,fold clothes,hang coats,take my daughter to work,fetch the trash dumper,pay some bills,feed the dog and file some important papers...and my husband thinks I take it easy???Oh if only you worked as hard as i do he says you could complain,which i dont do.So,im relaxing on the computer and drinking a hot mug of coffee!NOTHING stays done around a house and you all know what i mean.My dd just called me and asked me to bake 20 dozen cookies for the Special Ed kids at her high school..they are having them a Christmas cookie decorating party...I love helping and I dont mind at all.My oldest grandson will pick up the ready to bake cookie dough to help.My GF is taking some dough to her house to bake also.My dishwasher only rinses and my washer is acting crazy...time to go to LOWES!!LOL... emoticonSUSAN

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SNOWANGELDIVA 12/6/2011 11:42AM

Ya, I love this blog.
Hey babe...replace me...freakin' try.

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SUECHRIS50 12/6/2011 11:21AM

    I baked cookies for my granddaughter Aaliyaha's pre-k class and they presented me with a poinsettia for helping.I'm now LELE"S grammykins emoticon

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DUSTYGIRL25 12/5/2011 11:55PM

    I know exactly what you mean. I'm home everyday doing the same thing and my husband also thinks I'm living the good life everyday. Taking care of the house cleaning, yard work, laundry, pets, bills & paperwork, errands, phone calls, meals prep, appointments, shopping, etc, DAILY is hard work. I wish I could just sit at a desk all day concentrating on 1 or 2 things. The worst part is most of it gets messed up and the next day it's time to start all over again.
Unfortunately being CEO & CFO of a household, is a thankless job.
emoticon maybe we need one of these emoticon

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SHASSYSUE2 12/5/2011 11:06PM

    You are Superwoman!!!!! I wish I was more like you!!!! HUGS!! Shannon

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MARTHASPARKS 12/5/2011 9:56PM

    Oh, keep having fun, making cookies and memories!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 12/5/2011 9:40PM

    Hope the cookie party goes well. Sounds like fun for the kiddos. Sorry your appliances are being ornery. emoticon

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MARVEEME 12/5/2011 9:30PM

    That's the JOY of life, and the holidays! Embrace it! You will treasure these memories, I promise.

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ARLENE_MOVES 12/5/2011 2:52PM

    Goodness lady - you're busy. Next time your dh says you take it easy, tell him to call me!!!!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 12/5/2011 2:16PM

    Know what you mean about Mondays! I was the same until I started to take a Zumba class, now I looove Mondays, I rush round and do my chores til Zumba time and feel so cheerful when I get back, I do a little more!

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I've been walking in the RAIN...brrr!

Sunday, December 04, 2011

I went to the doctor to renew some meds and my BP was 158/100!!The staff immediately lay me down and put an IV in my arm.I really have been under stress with alot of MIL is vey sick,my BIL is getting his leg amputated from diabetes comps,my daughters are having problems with relationships and jobs and I am having probs with BP meds making me dizzy and nauseous.I AM NOT GOING DOWN so,I have been learning meditation,yoga and have been walking my dog in the chilly rain.I came back home checked my BP and it was 125/72!!I told my daughters that if they wernt dying,dont talk to me about anything that will worry me and ditto for the inlaws..I love them all but,cant handle their ISSUES!IM a worrier and always have been...I am otherwise sooo healthy and am turning around my weight and have dropped 7 pounds!!My DH gets my phone for me and asks if its important and if not he listens to the person calling...I went to my coconut cake friend and told her if I mean anything to her she will not try to force feed me anymore junk!I said If I was an alcoholic,would you insist I drink alcohol??Her face turned red and she apologized..RITA is 325lb,5ft.5inch,47 year old and thinks she is loving me with food,she has offered to start walking with me three days a week to help us both with our health.She has 4 kids and decided she needs to be around for herself and them...YAY RITA!It's very important not to let ME down and to keep on going forward with my healthy lifestyle!No matter what
I have to do it for ME
I cant let anyone BULLY me
I cant give in to whining
THANK YOU is small compared to what I want to say
to you all...When I need a lift
SPARK PEOPLE is where I am

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RAINBOWCHOC 12/5/2011 2:06PM

    Bravo for such excellent ways to deal with the new challenges. Blood pressure will come down with exercise and stress reduction.
good luck and we're right behind you!

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MARTHASPARKS 12/5/2011 12:01PM

    Susan, I am proud of the actions you took. It's hard to tell a friend who thinks she's loving you not to do it with food. As for your girls, you know as well as I do that you will have to keep telling them again and again not to stress you. High BP is serious. Keep exercising and watch the salt intake... we want you around for a long, long time.

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MARVEEME 12/4/2011 8:18PM

    You are loved here. Try to lay some burdens down.

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SHASSYSUE2 12/4/2011 7:18PM

    My BP has been high too lately, but it is because of the birth control pills that I take. I am actually going to stop taking them, I can't stand the constant headaches. I am glad that your friend has taken up the cause of a healthy lifestyle. You go girl, what a wonderful example you are!!! HUGS!!

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BOHEMIANCAT 12/4/2011 5:27PM

    Way to go! Also congrats on getting your friend to walk with you!

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SOMMER75 12/4/2011 4:58PM

    Good for you! Sometimes you have to just stop and focus on yourself. Stress can manifest many negative things. Good luck to you and God bless

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 12/4/2011 2:58PM

    Praying you continue to feel better and that your friend does well with her commitment to walk with you. emoticon

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FIFIFRIZZLE 12/4/2011 1:18PM

    Go you good thing! Coconut cake friend really does care about you!
I think you won't be able to imagine yet how much more pleasant your life will be when you even stop listening to people whining. Better for you and better for them!

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I am awesome!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

I put everyone else first and dont know if I'll ever change!I adore people of all races,religions,sizes!I could strike up a talk with Jack the Ripper...LOL..I hold doors,give up my seat to elders,Give help where help is needed,support abused women,volunteer at the old folks home,But,I come last!I have trouble putting Me first!My daddy's mama said we were conceited if we put ourselves before others...Grandma was sweet and loving but expected us to be grownups in the mind.She talked to us like we were grown folk.I was 4 the first time she made me kneel on the stairs and pray for an hour for saying..HUH!Now at age 51 im on a trek to try putting me first.Im afraid of what my kids and dh will think of me..will they think im going bonkers?Not speaking up to them and swallowing any comments i might have,has put me back on the road to FATTY MCFAT GIRL!I do not like confrontation,so i keep quiet when im dying to speak galpal asked me over for tea and talk,she brought out a coconut cake and cut me a giant slice...I didnt want the cake and tried to say so but she wouldnt hear me,i gave her son my cake and she says good huh?Of course he hollers,I ate it mama!So she says im a sorry friend and i apologized..where were my balls when i should have spoken up and said she was the sorry friend to force cake on me?She rolled her eyes and cut more cake for me!!I told her no cake please but she cut it anyway...why am i a challenge to my friends?They are expecting me to fail
Im expecting me to fail but im trying so damned hard to grow a pair and learn to speak up more...i like peace!
My mama always got on me for not speaking up
my husband scolds me for giving the waitress too much money
my daughter talks crap to me if i give the kids food
My opinion just dont matter
My neighbor brought over a ton of xmas cookies
I fed them to neighborhood kids
I put a sign on the front door..DO NOT FEED THE BEAR!
they all walk past it and laugh!
Kayla has a good idea...YELL YOUR HEAD OFF MAMA!!!
right,that'll get their attention for sure!
I am fat because of my weakness.
I am fat because I eat away my frustrations
I am fat because Im hurting inside
I have this,its just a matter of time... emoticonSUSAN

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FIFIFRIZZLE 12/2/2011 3:27PM

    This resonated with a previous me. I used to wonder whether I had actually spoken out loud sometimes, if I said something people didn't want to hear, they would ignore it. But hey, if you are speaking about your needs or wants, it's not actually OK for people to ignore you. From what you have been blogging for a long time, I think this is big work for you and maybe a big key to your ultimate success.
Well done, you, for getting to this!
I know it is very important to you, what other people think of you. And from what I can see, this hurts you very much. You do have to give yourself VIP status, among those other people. Self respect is important to us all. If you don't come first to yourself, you don't come first to anyone
It takes practice, that's for sure! And there might be an issue with volume control. Too quiet, no one notices. Too loud can't be ignored but it can be dismissed.
Your family are heavily invested in you changing back to how you were, so it might be an idea to practice with people not too close. Who might that be? Oooh, I know! Why not start out by visiting your coconut cake friend and talking about how you felt about her steamrollering your wishes. You could ask her to show you more respect in the future. Give it a whirl, what have you got to lose? emoticon
Hoping this unsolicited advice hits the spot.

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NAVYMOM133 12/1/2011 2:57PM

    Hi Susan,
You always leave such inspiring comments on my v/blogs. I want to be able to support you as well.
You are not alone. My family also pushes food on me and almost pouts if I don't indulge in the "party foods". This Thanksgiving, one of my sisters actually arrived at my parents (frazzled - she was staying with my youngest sister and family - they have two young daughters) and announced, "This will be the Thanksgiving where the food is too unhealthy to eat, right Mel?" I found that comment very unnecessary, and embarrassing for everyone. So what were my options? Eat everything to placate my sister??
It is such a hard thing to row against the current with our families. They are so caught up in who we were, and when we start changing it really is setting off the uncomfortable feelings in THEM. Isn't it ironic that when we are really shining, we tend to get the most flack about it?
I think that's why Sparkpeople is so valuable to me. You folks GET IT!! It's such a joy to share here safely, talk about our concerns, stumbles, wins, losses (which are WINS, right?! ;)
Stay true to your healthy YOU! We can hope together that one day, our families will be more able to support us fully. In the meantime, get your motivation bottle filled here so you can stand strong.
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NSTARSMITH 12/1/2011 9:27AM

    Hey, there - we all have an outside and an inside and the trouble is getting 'em to match. Peace has gotta penetrate through the layers, otherwise you are in turmoil inside while everyone else is satisfied. Truth is you will have to RETRAIN everyone how to think of you. Give them some credit - they'll ADAPT as you transform. And you will NOT expire if others are not super-pleased. I think you need to grow that giant heart of yours big enough to enclose YOU - love, love, love you at least as much as everyone else. Otherwise you are enabling them to USE you which is not good for THEM or YOU! Keep posting!

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SHASSYSUE2 12/1/2011 1:31AM

    Sounds like to me our "friends" are 2 peas in a pod!!!! We just need to keep being true to ourselves and no matter what, not lower ourselves to fit into their lifestyle!! God tells to stand apart, so we are going to pull ourselves up and stand straight and stick to it!!!!! YOu go girl and YELL!!!!! Love Ya!! Shannon

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BARBAELLEN 12/1/2011 1:25AM

    Susan -- You've come so far in losing all that weight and becoming healthy. You know what you had to do to be so successful, and you know you've got to keep doing those things to stay healthy.

I think a quick U-turn on the road to FATTY MCFAT GIRL is in order so that you're back in the right place to work on those emotions. You know what to do, and you can do it!

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PRAIRIECROCUS 12/1/2011 12:04AM

    I hope that you can be strong, following all the nutrition and
fitness teachings that you get here at SparkPeople. Feel confident
that you are doing the right thing, by following these guidelines.
No one ought to challenge you on that !

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I am Miss fix-it!!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

I am the take charge,gett'er done,100 miles an hour type of person.It drives dh crazy when i want something done,and he takes a few days to comply,I WILL DO IT INSTEAD!!He thought when we married that girls didnt climb ladders/trees/roofs/mow grass/change oil filters on cars...stuff guys do.Mama he was happy I knew how to!When I met his family they were mortified when I took tools to the bathroom and repaired the sink and toilet...shoot,i wasnt spending 3 weeks putting my hands under the cockroach infested sink!And the toilet had algae growing changed now but..she dont like me not being as girly as they ALL are!My brother did right by me by teaching me so much and occaisionally I let the guys do it!My brother in laws think its great that im Miss fix-it!When I decide to rest,a bulldozer cant move me!I will put on my pj's and slippers grab some coffee and veg out!My dh does a double take and makes me laugh.I know im a busy person,nobody needs to tell me.I now take one day a week to be lazy because I need it!Taking the diet and exercise slow is hard but i will get there emoticon emoticonSUSAN

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MARTHASPARKS 11/30/2011 10:55AM

    Susan, we have a lot in common. I don't like to wait and would rather fix it/do it myself than wait. We women rock! Okay, you guys do, too but differently...

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SHASSYSUE2 11/29/2011 9:51PM

    You go girl!!!! HUGS!! Shannon

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MARVEEME 11/29/2011 7:11PM

    Many years ago, I was in the middle of replacing a fuel injector in my VW Squareback when a guy I met at work (now DH) drove past my apartment to see if I happened to be lingering outside. Little did he know he would find my butt up in the air and my head in the engine that day. At least the view was good enough for him to stop and ask if I needed help. Though I declined his offer and finished the job myself, he stuck around anyway. Today, I was up on a 4 acre roof. LOL

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NSTARSMITH 11/29/2011 6:58PM

    Woo Hoo! I say to your mad handy skills!!! I used to do a lot more but the arthritis slowed me down. Dang. I actually envy you! Go for it.

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ARLENE_MOVES 11/29/2011 6:13PM

    Good for you. Being able to take care of oneself in this day is important. Now, if I could just cook!

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MNOT2THICK 11/29/2011 5:56PM

    You are my kind of woman. I am the same way. I do not like to repeat requests and after the second time, I am doing it myself. I guess that is also because I do not have a hubbie. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 11/29/2011 5:23PM

    Wow! You can do a lot of 'man stuff' but that is awesome. It can take forever sometimes waiting for the male part of the house to help out for sure.
Knowledge is power!
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