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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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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 12/11/2011 1:22PM


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MARTHASPARKS 12/11/2011 12:03PM

    I'm with you, Sue!

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MARVEEME 12/11/2011 4:55AM


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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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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.
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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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