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The old folks are sad!

Monday, December 12, 2011

I walked into the center.Met by the Hum Drums and Ho Hums was unusual for this rowdy crew.Someone always had a joke or a smart aleck comment.Rachael a fellow volunteer said they are'nt very happy today!Bernie passed away on Friday!A sick feeling always hits me in the gut when death pays a visit while I was gone.I asked her had they had the memory talk.No,she answered they are just too sad.I walked to the center of the circular area and said..I thought Bernies jokes were my favorite thing beside his big heart!They turned and ears perked said...He was my best friend...he was a great artist..we watched Harrys Law together...he always gave his friends a hug...he shared his goodie box...he loved decorating for Christmas.I laughed.. Bernie would be the first to say pick your chin up and smile kid!He left the center his life savings $832.69 would go to the shelter to feed the homeless Christmas dinner.Sometimes it hurts to remember but it feels great to talk and laugh and cry about someone we have lost.After all they were a big part of our lives emoticonSUSAN

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LIVINGFREE19 12/13/2011 4:19PM

    How sad. Sorry to hear this. It is nice though talking about him and the things he liked and stood for.

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DUSTYGIRL25 12/13/2011 7:12AM

    How Sweet! So good of you to start the rememberence. Everyone should be remembered for all the good they've done. I'm sure that talking about all the fun things we know about a person who has left us, is good therapy for everyone. emoticon

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MNOT2THICK 12/12/2011 11:41PM

    Sounds like he was gem. My condolences to you and the others. emoticon emoticon

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SHASSYSUE2 12/12/2011 8:34PM

    I am just catching up on your Blogs. I was gone for a few days, and it is amazing how much you fall behind!! I am sorry to hear that one of your sweet little old people passed away....But, I know how blessed he was having you in his twilight years...
Your Grandbaby sounds adorable, but isn't amazing at how at such an early age, the kids of that generation already want things that we did get until we were in our 30's and 40's....
I know you will be wonderful in the "class" the kids and Moms will love you!!! Have a wonderful time!! HUGS!! Shannon

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MARTHASPARKS 12/12/2011 3:34PM

    Thanks for loving us enough to share your sadness with us!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 12/12/2011 2:18PM

    Sorry for your loss. emoticon

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my granddaughter Aaliyah

Sunday, December 11, 2011

She's 5 years old and a windup toy.The Energizer bunny has to keep up with her!She goes all day and when she falls asleep an army cannot wake her.She is completely mesmerized by all the shiny,glittery,tinsel,balls,light displays.Grammy she announces..Im going to buy you a cookbook for a Christmas gift and give you a million dollars when I grow up!Then,you can buy anything you want!So,she asks what are you giving me?Oh,just a big hug and kiss like this I scooped her up and handed her a fresh cookie.No she laughed arent you getting me a cell phone?...SAY WHAT?We all laughed but,she was darned serious!!Pouting she folded her arms,poked out her mouth and said I never get to call anyone...Oh brother!Any paper and pencil are fair game for her and she will draw for hours on end.I have a basket for old cell phones and handed her one.HUH?she looked puzzled youre giving me a Flintstone phone?wheres the touch screen??Wheres the games?After a good laugh and some old home videos we said goodnight and Aaliyah hugged me tight and said Grammy I Love me those little arms are not far from my thoughts and she is a handfull but,i wouldnt trade her.She gets out of school for Christmas break on Friday and I'll be helping the moms with a party...wish me sanity..will ya? emoticonSUSAN

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DUSTYGIRL25 12/11/2011 8:49PM

    Aren't those little babes just so adorable? I love my grandkids!

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MARTHASPARKS 12/11/2011 7:11PM

    What a wonderful relationship you have with your granddaughter. I hope to have one and be like that one day!

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NSTARSMITH 12/11/2011 6:34PM

    Oh, wow, what a wonderful armload she is. You are indeed blessed. But, um, a cell phone at 5? What is the world coming to?

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MARVEEME 12/11/2011 5:46PM

    5 was a fun age for both my grandbabies....and the sophistication of the humor grows with them, so keep those laughs and giggles flowing. It won't be long before you're both giggling over these memories themselves.


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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 12/11/2011 5:06PM

    How precious. What a blessing. I miss my Lilly. She is 6. I haven't seen her since she was 3.

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LIVINGFREE19 12/11/2011 3:51PM

    She sounds so cute and loveable!!

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I wish the Christmas spirit lasted all year!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

We somehow are happier,more giving,helpful,loving and understanding this time of year...let it be that way all year long.When you are having a tough time with whatever it is...things could always be worse.What you do comes back to you so,love and be loved!!Be compassionate to people and animals alike.Do things for someone,for nothing in return...the payoff is how great your heart feels!!Love and hugs!! emoticonSusan

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MARTHASPARKS 12/11/2011 12:03PM

    I'm with you, Sue!

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4THEJOURNEY 12/10/2011 11:58PM

    Thanks for this. I really needed to hear this tonight. I've been feeling grumbly about someone who ridiculed my son (an adult, no less!)...but I really need to just forgive, move on, and just not hold the anger in anymore. As you said, things could always be worse. :)
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The grinch stole our christmas lights!

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

We worked for hours decorating our front yard!Strategically placing lights,ornaments,yard art and tinsel.Nothing was left emoticonOur little grandkids were coming over last night to get some goodies and see what we had done.We are stunned but are hoping the folks that didn it enjoy them as much as we did.I refuse to cry over it or be upset.Worse things are going on in this world!I am not happy but,I know Christmas is much deeper.We are going to go and buy some more things tomorrow after i get done walking dogs at the no kill shelter. emoticonSUSAN

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SUECHRIS50 12/10/2011 10:54PM

    just like the cartoon the grinch wont stop christmas from coming!

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LIVINGFREE19 12/10/2011 9:00PM

    Aren't people just rediculous at a time like Christmas?
Can you really not afford lights.
I am glad you didn't let you get too upset over it. Those people are not worth it.

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NEENSTER1 12/8/2011 9:56AM

    I love your attitue. The emoticon meant it fcr evil but God meant it for good. God is a good God, Yes He Is. To God be the glory. God will make the enemy become your footstool. Be Encouraged and stay positive. emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 12/8/2011 9:50AM

    Oh no, that is terrible.

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MARVEEME 12/7/2011 11:32PM

    Please make sure you notify the police. If they don't know, they won't stop someone to quiz and possibly catch the perpetrators, as they appear somewhat normal folks with Christmas lights and decorations who are just walking down the street.

Might be a good time for some exterior cameras? My prayers are with you.

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TXGRANDMA 12/7/2011 11:28PM

    That is so mean! A deliberate act to make another person unhappy during this happy time of year. Love your attitude, you are to be commended! So sorry to hear that this happened to you..... emoticon

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MNOT2THICK 12/7/2011 10:09PM

    That is so sad and mean. emoticon

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FRAN0426 12/7/2011 9:26PM

    I can't figure out what people are thinking when they remove decorations others have put on display. You have a good attitude tho as there isn't much that one can do. Hoping the new decorations remain on your property.

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WILSON425 12/7/2011 8:43PM

    Fence in your yard and walk a couple of very large dogs from the shelter home with you! Maybe your new lights will be safer.

Sorry you have to deal with it. Some people! I thought Christmas was the time for giving, not helping yourself to others property.

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LUCYLU22 12/7/2011 8:15PM

    How awfully sad, but what a beautiful attitude you have!! Hopefully, the Grinch who stole it, realizes what Christmas is about, and just maybe his/her heart will grow two sizes, and will bring everything back. We can all hope!

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BOHEMIANCAT 12/7/2011 7:44PM

    My goodness! Hard to believe. Glad you still have the Christmas spirit.

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SHASSYSUE2 12/7/2011 6:11PM

    I had someone steal 2 really cute Little girl scarecrows last Fall right off our front porch!! It made me so mad!!! But, good for you, for just charging forward... Hopefully they will light up their house with your lights to cheer some child... It is a nice thought....

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MARTHASPARKS 12/7/2011 5:50PM

    Unbelievable! One year a kid stole our Rudolph but we got him back. Some people (sigh).

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READY2DOIT58 12/7/2011 5:43PM

    Sorry to hear the grinch stole your Christmas lights - but commend you on keeping a positive attitude.

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ARLENE_MOVES 12/7/2011 3:25PM

    Oh man - what kind of person would do that. I'm so sorry that happened to you folks.

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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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