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My mother in law is 91

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Let me tell you that,my mother in law hasnt made it on this earth 91 years from being soft sweet and kind.She has her moments where I want to send her on a slow boat to china!!LOL..We went to visit a few days and she was cantankerous and rude.I caught a virus from my two young grands and it didnt start making me ill until we were halfway there!I was feeling greener and worse by the mile.She was a bucket of happiness to see her daughter in law/maid walk in the door!We werent there ten minutes when she pulled out her list of things I can do for her.1-wipe down all cabinet shelves,2-steam rugs,3-wash her linens,4-dust all the furniture,5-scrub bathrooms(she was having company!What am I?I just laughed and went to bed with my trusty bucket by my side and slept a few hours.I woke up so sick the room was spinning and I barely made it to the bathroom in time.Green is an awesome color,just not on my face!
She greeted me at the kitchen and says"what are you making us for dinner?
and can you make your butter pecan cookies I love?
Couldnt she see me holding onto the wall for support?
Kayla my daughter walked in and said"Grandma,surely you are kidding mama is very sick!
her answer?She'll be okay!
Kayla walked me back to the room and made a dinner for everyone!
they all boasted and bragged on her.
My husband walked in and saw my face,felt my forehead and took me to a HOTEL!The peace was overwhelming.
I slept for 2 days between my husband and daughter bringing soup and grilled cheese and iced tea.
I got into the shower and let it steam me down the drain.
Dh was waiting with a towel and helped me get dressed.
I was feeling well enough to go and see the monster in law LOL!!
An hour later we left Louisiana and stopped at IHOP.
I had eggs,ham and dry toast,so gooood!
I took the pancakes to go!
We got home Monday night,I slept all of Tuesday(when not in the bathroom)
Today dh and dd went to work and school.Ah the home is where the heart is.
I feel bad for missing most of the trip but,MIL has 9 more years to dog me out.
YAY ME!! emoticonSUSAN

  
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MARVEEME 1/12/2012 8:04AM

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After the rain comes the rainbow as the sun moves into center stage.
This was a lesson for all. You were forced to take a break and let others take the lead and pitch in. Your MIL has learned that you are not her doormat, so don't let the next visit dictate going BACK to being her doormat. Your daughter has discovered her hidden talents and the limelight of being the hostess with the most-ess, and DH has come through with the love "in sickness" part of your promises to each other. This, my dear, is the GREATEST gift of the season. Treasure it always.
Glad you're on the mend.
Blessings!

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BARBAELLEN 1/11/2012 10:09PM

    Susan, Susan, Susan! In your case, I think that your stomach thing was nature's way of keeping you from wiping down all cabinet shelves, steaming rugs, washing linens. dusting all the furniture, scrubbing bathrooms and baking cookies on your vacation.
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WILSON425 1/11/2012 7:51PM

    What a wonderful husband for saving you from that....situation? The monster in law is pretty good. Even at 91 she has no right to treat you like that. Glad you are feeling better.

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DUSTYGIRL25 1/11/2012 7:27PM

    I know how you feel, I'm on day 5 of the flu myself. I would have done exactly as you did, head off to bed.
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BLEGNER1 1/11/2012 7:01PM

    Another experience with which to build memories and give you a chuckle in the years ahead. Believe it or not that will happen.
Blessings
Barb

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ARLENE_MOVES 1/11/2012 3:05PM

    What to say - I can't imagine doing that to someone unless I was paying them - then not if they're sick. Man, glad you can laugh about it. And your dh and dd are wonderful. So glad he got your out of there so you could rest. Not sure I'd go back!! lol

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 1/11/2012 2:33PM

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Im an organizer!

Friday, January 06, 2012

My mama would clean the dust off the dust bunnies emoticonShe would throw us out of the house to clean!Im not near as bad.I do feel better in a clean and organized home though.I realized one day that,I couldnt find a bill because my DH gets the mail and throws it all over.Newspapers were having babies and shoes were taking over!I began organizing everything in my sights and freaked him out.My Granny(dads mama)always said everything has a place.Well my DH is not happy but he can find his ties and fave shoes now!!I filled the car with cast offs 5 times!I had 8 graters,about 30 coffee mugs,12 measuring cups!But,my oven mitts are horrible emoticonI wrote a list of things I truly use and the rest is going to the low income soldiers.Got any organizing tips for me?I sure can use them! emoticonSUSAN

  
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NORTHWOODSMOM8 1/8/2012 11:07AM

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MARVEEME 1/7/2012 7:24PM

    This one freed me for life:

Take all kitchen gadgets from the kitchen drawers or other gadget gathering places you have in the kitchen and put them in a box in another room or closet.

Mark your calendar for one month from today to go to the Salvation Army dropoff center.

When you need a gadget, you must take it from the box in the other room to use it, and then you can wash it and put it back in the drawer (or other holder) from which you took it. Continue this process for one month.

The calendar will tell you it is time to peek into that box that's still in another room or closet, and see what has been cluttering your kitchen for so long that you haven't used in a month.

If you must, you can yank and salvage a helping hand (5 items MAXIMUM) from the box before you donate it.

Enjoy your clutter free drawers or gadget space!

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DUSTYGIRL25 1/7/2012 1:30AM

    Sorry, I'm not good at organizing myself. However, I need to get to it, bacause I seem to be drowning in clutter. I think I'll use the previous advice and check out the FlyLady.
Thanks for the helpful blog.
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KLASSIE 1/6/2012 11:48PM

    I'd love for you to come to my house. I'm a procrastinator and so things get set back often until I need to find something. But I will take inspiration from your blog and the accompanying comments and get started in the morning. See that . . . procrastinating again, but I have an excuse since it's almost midnight.

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CIRANDELLA 1/6/2012 9:22PM

    emoticon right backatcha, Susan, for some really great progress on many organizational fronts there!! Wow...you have accomplished so much there! I can't improve on the excellent suggestions IILAAD and Donna have given you about Flylady.net - do check her out! She's also on Facebook, and Spark has at least (?) one FlyLady team. I've looked at scads of organizational books at the library, too; Julie Morgenstern is the name of one expert whose books you're likely to find there.

Any time I've been faced with a large, unwieldy organizational project that's going to be time-consuming, I only work at it for the 15 minutes at a time that FlyLady advises, even using a kitchen timer, as she does, to log the time. You will be blown away by what you can get done just 15 minutes at a time! Keep us posted! - the other Susan

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IILAAD65 1/6/2012 3:31PM

    It just helps mentally be organized and on top things. GO YOU!

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DJC0821 1/6/2012 2:07PM

  Hi Susan - I love www.flylady.net. It's free to sign up.

She breaks it down one thing at a time, and encourages working on it 15 minutes at a time.

Following the plan has really helped me de-clutter and organize my house without getting overwhelmed.

Good luck!

Donna



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My mouth gets me in trouble,but sometimes....

Thursday, January 05, 2012

We all are in this world together!For the life of me,I cant stand someone to stand back,observe others and decide they should be where the sun rises and sits!That they are far better than anyone else!
I was at the hospital for what seemed like the millionth time.
They insist on weighing everyone that checks in.
Two very overweight teens were sitting beside me eating donuts.
They were drinking huge sodas also.
A twig of a woman waltzed up right there in front of everyone,
"You fat girls would eat anything,would'nt you?I wish I could eat
a bag of donuts!
They turned red with shame and embarassment.
I could'nt take it
"Wait a minute little girl!She turned looked at me and pointed to herself..ME?
Yes mam..YOU!
Do I know you?
No,but you are about to!Do you know these girls here?
Uh no ,she answered with a little eye rolling.
Yet you walked up here and spoke very rudely!
Why?
She sat down in a seat.
It disgusts me seeing fat people just gorging on food!
Why?
They look like pigs.
What are you?80 lbs?
Does anyone ever say you look like a stick figure?
All the time!
Does it bother you?
No,yes,I dont know!
What gives you the right to go hurt another person?
Because they are fat they have no feelings?
Did you see the size of the nurses?
Are you going to be rude to them?
Before I knew it,
about 8 people were discussing weight.
I held the girls hand,looked kindly into her eyes and said,
WORDS HURT!
I got up to leave.
She got up and hugged me.
So did the teens.
Life is too short to carry burdens around.
Take those demons of anger,hate,judgement,fear,resentment and decide if you want them in your life......

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MNOT2THICK 1/7/2012 1:19PM

    emoticon emoticonYou rock!

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DUSTYGIRL25 1/5/2012 9:31PM

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MARVEEME 1/5/2012 7:50PM

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Go git em' tiger!

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BECKYANNE1 1/5/2012 6:57PM

    That was really nice of you to stick up for those girls. Unfortunately sometimes it takes someone to speak up and make others realize what they've said or done.

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SUECHRIS50 1/5/2012 2:18PM

    Trust me ya'll my heart was pounding with anger at first!Until... I stepped back,took a breath and realized she was a scared little girl...spouting anger at someone else to make herself feel better.We all have the ability to look at someone calmly.

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SUNNYAUTUMN812 1/5/2012 1:01PM

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TERRYT55 1/5/2012 12:48PM

    Yikes.......

I can only hope that if I am ever in the same situation I will be as brave as you are. Excellent!

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CIRANDELLA 1/5/2012 11:56AM

    Good for you, Susan!!

I love that you compassionately stood up against this rudeness. It's one more victory in the right direction, and, I feel, they all add up...

To comment on what others eat is the height of ignorance. We've got enough judgmental harshness out there, and it is NEVER healing... Thank you! - Another Susan

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ARCHIMEDESII 1/5/2012 11:50AM

    You're a very kindhearted and decent person !!

One thing I've noticed is how rude and insensitive people have become as a generality. whatever happened to having manners ? everyone seems soooo "entitled" these days, just like that woman. She felt entitled to tell those two teens how fat they were and yet, she didn't like it when you reminded her how bad she must feel when people call her skinny or anorexic.

as you correctly noted,"people don't seem to think about the ramifications of their words until after the damage is done". I blame a twitter mentality. people can type faster than they can think. that's what that girl did. She effectively tweeted her thoughts and you called her on them.

good for you !





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DEBLYNN323 1/5/2012 11:49AM

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BOHEMIANCAT 1/5/2012 11:44AM

    Way to go, Susan! Bravely done. Some people are so rude I cannot believe! I have met some of them.
Linda

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LIBBYG7 1/5/2012 11:34AM

    Bravo!!!

So many times we walk away from a situation we could change if we had the nerve to 'butt in' to speak up.

You didn't walk away. Awsome. You changed lives that day.

Libby

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I found a new friend

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

I was in the hospital recently visiting my friend Carmen's husband Marty.His very friendly roommate was a loner.He had no friends or family visiting.I was about to go buy Marty some things he needed when I stopped to ask Bert if he'd like some coffee or candy...Of course he looked at me shocked and said SURE!You'd do that for me?He made me a list and handed me a $50.I laughed and headed to Wal Mart.When I returned with 2 Subway sandwiches Bert started crying when I handed him one and a coffee!!Marty said its okay Bert Susan does this all the time...its just who she is.I laughed and said beware I bite!After eating his sandwich Bert reached inside his bag and saw all the extras(hospitals can be boring)puzzle books,pens,deoderant,Axe gift set,candy,cookies,crackers and man soap and playing cards...lol...Marty said WOW is it Christmas already?They both were busy digging in their bags when I had to go.Thanks they both yelled as I left.....My phone rang a couple of hours later,it was Marty.Susan,he said you have brightened Berts day so much!He is so happy!Oh,it was my pleasure!Bert is about 21 years old,Marty and me are his only friends.Oh and by the way I asked the nurse if it was okay if I made some more get well goodie bags for some of the other people and they said I could.My Dh thinks im nuts and I dont care..He knew it when he married(he's secretly proud of me though emoticonSUSAN

  
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CIRANDELLA 1/5/2012 11:59AM

    Count me in as another of your fans! You are the very heart of beauty and compassion, m'dear...thank you!

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SHASSYSUE2 1/4/2012 11:07PM

    You are such a Blessing!!!!

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MAMAG476 1/4/2012 8:29AM

    Nice. I always learn something when I read your blogs. And it always makes me wish that I was closer to you. You are a great human. A true example of how God wants us to treat each other. Good job. Love out Loud. You are amazing. Peace. emoticon

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NANASAMM 1/4/2012 1:45AM

    What a wonderful gesture of kindness. I'm sure Bert will always remember how much you made his day and someday pass the kindess on to someone he meets. Those kinds of thing seem to spread. Oh...and you can visit me anytime...I LOVE goodie bags. lol
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DUSTYGIRL25 1/4/2012 1:26AM

    Your not nuts. You are so very sweet and generous. I'm not just talking $$$. I mean with your time and your caring. That's what the holidays are all about, helping others in need. I don't think it would hurt at all even we practiced it during the rest of the year also.
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MARTHASPARKS 1/3/2012 6:33PM

    That' s just who you are and why we adore you!

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FRAN0426 1/3/2012 6:27PM

    What a wonderful person you are, brightening up someone you just met and makint them feel special. Time spent in the hospital is never a happy time for any of us, but you sure know how add a spark at a dismal time for people. May you have many great times for all the good you do for others, bless you .

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 1/3/2012 5:37PM

    Susan [FULL OF GRACE--the meaning of your name!] this blesses me SO, SO MUCH!!!! Thank you for reminding me to look for the lonely and befriend them! BREAKS my heart that he so alone! THank you for being the bright spot in his day! {{{huge hugs}}}

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LIBBYG7 1/3/2012 5:18PM

    That was a wonderful thing you did! It'll come back to you many times over (although I know you don't expect anything.....)
Kindness is usually repaid in strange and mysterious ways. emoticon

You're a peach!!!!

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NSTARSMITH 1/3/2012 3:27PM

    Ah, if you're nuts then the entire planet could benefit from being nuts!!! I love you! What a gem you are!

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DIANNEMT 1/3/2012 3:25PM

    How nice of you!! Beautiful on the OUTSIDE AND on the INSIDE!!


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DEBJAE 1/3/2012 2:09PM

    Wow, your kindness is awesome! I can't imagine being stuck in a hospital...that in itself is awful but to be all alone...I'm sure you made Bert's year and he will never forget you!

God Bless You!

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what spark people means to me!

Friday, December 30, 2011

I can be in a crappy mood,get on spark and before you know it,Im laughing my arse off.People are so compassionate,kind,sweet,friendly,understa
nding,funny,uplifting,helpful,humorous and straight players.I feel like,I have found a place for ME.We are birds of a feather and understand each others dilemma's...I have been here since February 7th,2011 and though we dont "KNOW" each other...we feel each others pain and triumph's Thank you all for your comments...None are taken lightly!I adore all of you and look forward to all ya'll in 2012!! emoticonSUSAN emoticon
P.S.HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

  
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LIBBYG7 1/1/2012 2:47PM

    I feel exactly the same way about SP!! It's been a life-changing experience, for the better. emoticon joy is contagious, isn't it??

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TEENY_BIKINI 1/1/2012 11:54AM

    Aww.. that's so sweet. I hope you have an amazing and fabulous New Year!!

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MARVEEME 12/31/2011 10:56PM

    Happy New Year, Happy New You!
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MARTHASPARKS 12/31/2011 4:10PM

    And, you, Sue are one of our treasures, with your huge heart and honesty.
Happy New Year. Sparking in 2012!

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ARCHIMEDESII 12/31/2011 3:43PM

    And a very Happy New Year to you too !!!

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NSTARSMITH 12/31/2011 10:34AM

    emoticon Yeah, I'm with you. Spark is a great community. That is clearly one of the most amazingly different things about it - unlike any other "method" I have attempted. Yay, Sparkers! Happy New Year, everyone!

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SHASSYSUE2 12/31/2011 1:47AM

    Our Spark Anniversaries are almost on the same day!! Mine is on Feb 11th, and I also joined in 2011!! This year has flown by, but I agree, I have been so blessed to have you and all the other Sparkers!! I could not do it with out you!!! HUGS!! Shannon

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MNOT2THICK 12/30/2011 10:46PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon. Back at ya!! emoticon emoticon

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SNOWANGELDIVA 12/30/2011 10:21PM

    Same here, Sue. Hugs to you too!!!
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