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I am blessed

Sunday, January 15, 2012

I often find myself wanting something I dont have.Being envious of a friend driving a new car.Watching someone I know get a brand new house.Seeing someone on tv win millions.BUT...I have the love and appreciation for and from my family,a nice house,a hoopty that runs,food in my pantry,and my sweet dog!I am truly blessed with something money cant for myself.I know my mom and dad raised me right and I have a heart of gold.I love my family and do right by my friends.Keep food on the table and clean my house.Im not an angel by any means and have a temper(not for long)Anger dont have a place in my heart,I have to let it go a.s.a.p.The trash is out,laundry is washed.My oldsters are taken care of and loved.I come on sparkpeople to support and be supported in my weight loss journey(s).Weight is one thing I havent managed for long...I wont give up!!!Hopefully this year I will conquer!
Something will click in my brain and set me on the right path...beating myself up wont happen.I feel all my sparkers kindness and respect and just know I am praying for yall as you are praying for me.... emoticon emoticonSUSAN

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BLEGNER1 1/20/2012 7:48AM

    If we would all stop daily and be thankful for what we have. We would all realize how blessed we are. We get so caught up in what is around us that we forget what is with us. I try daily to give thanks not just for the big things, but also for the little things.

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TXGRANDMA 1/17/2012 1:52PM

    You are so right! I am trying to eat more natural foods, and stay away from processed foods. Fresh is the way to go! Shop at your Farmer's market or Whole foods. Stay away from commercially canned foods or from snack foods all together! Have you ever read the labels on those and seen what you are putting into your body?
It just dawned on me this year that stuff like that could be killing us early, certainly doing us no good!
I am including more natural foods and increasing my intake of fruits and vegetables (especially tossed salads) and chicken and fish. For a dressing on my salads, I use 2 TBSP of light sour cream mixed with a salsa! It is only 40 calories and much more (in quantity) than any of the fat free dressings out there!
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DUSTYGIRL25 1/16/2012 3:47AM

    You are right! We (my hubby & I) need to learn to be happy with what we have. Seems like we are always getting something we really don't need. Honestly, we probably have more that we need already.

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MARVEEME 1/15/2012 7:34PM

    Yeah, it's easy to let your guard down and allow the green monster of envy in, but it looks like you already know how to quickly evict him, eh?

Sometimes we let our mind wander into the "what if....." and the pity party begins. What if I won the lottery? a new car?.....etc.... it all turns too quickly into "Why can't something that good happen to me" chatter. UGH!

The fact is, if we all came to the table with a bag of our troubles to trade for someone else's, we would all probably end up the way the scientific experiment always does..........we'd leave the table with our original bag of troubles intact, and be thankful for them.

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LIBBYG7 1/15/2012 5:05PM

    Hi Susan!
I'm feeling pretty much the same these days. Counting blessings........
....and some good things are coming into my life.

And.....I lost the pesky 4 lbs I gained recently!!!

I'm grateful...

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MARTHASPARKS 1/15/2012 4:05PM

    Susan, things are just stuff. A car gets us where we want to go. Let people envy you for your incredible heart instead of your stuff.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 1/15/2012 3:48PM

    This is gonna be your year to ROCK this weight loss once and for all. You are emoticon emoticon

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MYBABYABRIDE 1/15/2012 3:39PM


Counting ones blessings is so important as we journey though life, isn't it!!!
I wish you the best.

God bless, Sue

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LIVINGFREE19 1/15/2012 2:35PM

    It sounds like you truly are we all are when we really stop to think about it.

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CIRANDELLA 1/15/2012 1:10PM

    You've got the right outlook, Susan! And you know your life's priorities; that's so important. All the best, always!

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my daughters 18 year old friend died

Friday, January 13, 2012

He always had a smile for ya,a laugh to share,a joke to tell...Saturday Jan.7th Devon got cramps,fever and vomiting.Went into a coma,came out Weds happy and laughing.He got on facebook with my daughter Kayla yesterday insisting he felt fine...went to sleep and went into cardiac arrest...and passed away!They have been going to school since kindergarten together.Alot of his friends were planning a flower/balloon rally around his bed it will be a memorial service.My heart aches for his family and friends.The Mama in me wants to take the pain away from my child but,death is a part of life and she will endure....Please pray for us!R.I.P. Devon Anthony Crane!!!
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FIFIFRIZZLE 1/16/2012 5:09PM

    Poor young man. What a wrench for his family. Life is so precious. and we can't know how long we have.

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SLPCOWGAL72 1/16/2012 10:17AM

    So very sorry; what a tragedy. Difficult to see a life end at such a young age. Much sympathy to you and your daughter as you deal with this loss.

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MARVEEME 1/15/2012 7:38PM

Our prayers are with you all. So sad and frightening for a parent to have to endure the loss of a child. May their faith be sustaining, Amen.

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ARCHIMEDESII 1/15/2012 3:45PM

    Everyone must be devastated. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. He was far too young to pass away.


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LIVINGFREE19 1/15/2012 2:32PM

    So sorry to hear this. I will pray for all of you including his family.
How sad.

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LENKA763 1/14/2012 11:28PM

    Oh, that is so sad.

Thinking of you all,


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HDHAWK 1/14/2012 6:50PM

    It is hard for all of us to understand why these things happen and it's especially hard for young people. I'm sorry for all of you who knew him. emoticon

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ANEWBETHSTL 1/14/2012 6:45PM

    I am so sorry to hear that. emoticon to all that knew him! It's so hard to lose someone especially this young.

I hope your daughter can remember all the wonderful times she had with her may not make it easier but tolerable.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 1/14/2012 6:26PM

    So sorry for ya'lls loss. emoticon

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CIRANDELLA 1/14/2012 11:58AM

    Ahhh, Susan...I am so sorry to learn of this very young man's premature death. My thoughts and prayers are with you and his family.

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LIBBYG7 1/14/2012 10:33AM

    Oh dear.....
I'm so sorry. Life is so fragile....Stories like this, should remind us to live each day to the fullest.
So sorry for your daughter's loss....and yours!

Sometimes, there are no explanations.......just big hugs.

With sympathy,
Libby emoticon emoticon

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IILAAD65 1/14/2012 2:29AM

    He wasn't ill before???

My daughter's friend was killed in May, 2011 at 16 years old in a car accident. I know what you're going through as a Mom.



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MARYHENNIG 1/14/2012 12:58AM

  My goodness, what a terrible loss. Will keep his family and yours in my prayers. Sounds like he was an important SPARK in all of your lives. So sad. Hugs.

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FITANDFIFTY2 1/14/2012 12:50AM

    Oh how very sad! I am so sorry for your loss! I will be praying for each of you that have suffered this heart breaking loss of this young man! Hugs to you all! emoticon emoticon

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FENWAYGIRL18 1/13/2012 11:54PM

    Omg that is sooooooooooooo sad!!! I feel so bad for his family and for the friends of this poor child... I hope your daughter will be ok, my heart aches for her and for his family!
God Bless!

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Why do these things happen to me?

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Im a magnet for people talking to me in line,little kids,and animals!First,I had an appointment and got meds prescribed by the doc..a woman that talked loud enough to wake the dead bent my ear for 40 minutes about her lazy son and daughter in law in the pharmacy...Second,a little kid proceeded to read me a book,coughing like a seal...Third,I found a stray dog curled up on my doormat,fed her warmed her up and took her pic and hung it on the communal mailbox with my phone# An hour later,her crying owner called and asked me to keep her until 5pm...Honey was a delight and had a great time with my dog...Martha sailed in my door and handed me a hundred dollars..hugged me hard,shook my hand and left....LOL..yes I kept that $100 and decided to go to WAL MART and buy blankets,dog and cat food!The shelter was elated!!!!

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MARVEEME 1/15/2012 7:36PM

    Because you, my dear, ROCK!

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CIRANDELLA 1/13/2012 12:46PM

    What a beautiful, very heartening account, Susan! You ARE that magnet, and you have no idea how badly this ol' world needs blessings like you. Thanks for being yourself! emoticon

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LIBBYG7 1/12/2012 8:35PM

    This could be a Tina Fey episode!! What a great day.....and what a happy ending. Never change, my dear. When you're around, good things happen.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 1/12/2012 4:45PM

    I had to smile. I'm the lady that will talk your ear off. Never met a stranger. emoticon

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MARTHASPARKS 1/12/2012 2:34PM

    Look in the mirror. I can't see it and you can't see it but both of us have a big tattoo on our foreheads that says, "TELL ME. I'LL HELP!" At least that what my husband swears...

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FRAN0426 1/12/2012 2:19PM

    How very thoughtful for you to turn the $100 dollars into food and needed items for the dog shelter. Many would have spent the money on themselves----you are truly a caring and wonderful human being. Thank you for caring for the animals who depend on the kindness of strangers in shelters.

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ARCHIMEDESII 1/12/2012 12:51PM

    Sue, you should be the poster child for all GOOD SAMARITANS !

First you get the gift card from Walmart and now the $100 from Honey's grateful owner ! How wonderful. It merely goes to show that good things DO happen to good people !! a little kindness really does pay, literally and figuratively.

That's awesome !!


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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

    emoticon emoticon emoticon
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.

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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.

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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

    So glad you are feeling better. emoticon

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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

    I just read a GREAT article called, "The 7 Habits of Highly Organized People" Here is the link: http://www.operationorganization-mn

I'm on the SAME mission! emoticon

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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!! have accomplished so much there! I can't improve on the excellent suggestions IILAAD and Donna have given you about - 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 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!


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