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When I shoulda stayed home!!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

I woke to pounding rains,lightning and thunder.A good day to stay inside and do some home improvement and watch movies do some laundry and clean the freezer.No way was that happening because my daughter had other ideas.Please Mom she begged can we go get out and do some shopping?So I decided to wait another day for my must do list.At first the rain had lightened to a misty mess and we remained dry.After a bit of running around the rain increased.Mom,she looked a little embarassed,Jess invited me over for a few hours is it okay?Is it ever???? I dropped her off and went on home.ONLY to be locked out due to a power outage!I couldnt lift the 800 pound garage door enough to get inside.So,I decided to go shop some more...LOL...Lowes was on my shopping list anyway.I quickly picked up my list of things,chatted to the cashier and left,not realizing the cashier left 75% of the stuff out of my bag until I reached home!The electric was still out 4 hours later so I went around trying windows and miracle of the year the patio door was open...Note to self:check before sitting in car for hours!Sooooo,I returned to Lowes for my purchased and missing items only to be told the cashier didnt remember me coming through her register!!!!The manager asked what I had bought.I told him and he walked right over and found my bag at the same register!!!!!HMMMMMM!For the trouble I was given a 25$ gift card!The rain had increased so much the streets were flooded and I went home lickety split!!I hope ya'll have a great day!! emoticonSUSAN

  
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SERAPHGYRL 3/13/2012 2:54PM

    What a day! At least you got a 'prize' emoticon Hopefully, the gift card paid for your Lowes purchases.

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MARTHASPARKS 3/12/2012 11:04AM

    $25 would make the extra trip a lot easier.

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ARCHIMEDESII 3/11/2012 2:02PM

    Well, that's a helluva way to get your shopping done !

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REDSHOES2011 3/11/2012 1:18PM

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CIRANDELLA 3/11/2012 1:02PM

    WHEW! Well, one thing's for sure: Never a dull moment, is there? Yikes!

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IILAAD65 3/11/2012 10:17AM

    You must be west of me.. storms hitting the Lou today... it's giving me a headache.

At least you had fun at Lowes!!! lol

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PRIMALMICHAEL 3/10/2012 10:31PM

    Wow what a day!
I'm glad you are home and dry now (I assume!)

Michael

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BARBAELLEN 3/10/2012 9:42PM

    Susan, are you related to Lucille Ball? emoticon

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ONUTHIN125 3/10/2012 9:36PM

    Hope you have a great Sunday! Spark On! emoticon emoticon

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Supermarket traps...look out!!

Friday, March 09, 2012

I went grocery shopping and was bombarded with samples here and there!I was running behind and starving because I committed the ultimate sin!I didnt have a snack beforehand.The strong aroma's were like they were being piped into the store.I was like a rat wafting on cheese fumes,CHARGE!!I tasted,drank,appetized,desserted and SCREECH came to a halt....I realized that by going into that store hungry in the first place,I was headed for a supermarket fiasco!I took a moment,pulled out an apple from my bag and munched away.I washed it down with some water.Sadly I had to take inventory of my carts items...REALLY?Cookies,chips,skinny cow candy,Juices!!I took a stroll back through,unburdening my cart of it's contents....It is never too late to put stuff back,even at the checkout!!I was telling myself my grandkids would eat it when in reality,I knew I would scarf it down.I am a food addict,just like a drug addict,alcoholic or smoker!I usually only buy one candy bar,one mini chips,one juice and eat them,never take them home.I would otherwise look like Cookie Monster at a junk food party... emoticonSUSAN

  
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NSTARSMITH 3/9/2012 7:00PM

    Excellent choice! And excellent wake up decision to put the dangerous stuff BACK! Yeah, that rule of eating before the grocery store is a wise one!

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CIRANDELLA 3/9/2012 5:44PM

    "It is never too late to put stuff back,even at the checkout!!"

Good for you, Susan! It can take what feels like superhuman strength to do that - and to resist the 1,382,375 samples they hand out - but it's well worth the while. They do try to make it difficult for us, though, don't they? It gets easier...

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SERAPHGYRL 3/9/2012 4:41PM

    LOL...You made me laugh! I am the same way when I'm at Sams Club on Saturdays. You made such a good choice to put your unneccessary purchases back. You were also very smart to have remembered an apple. I was eyeing a frosted Lofthouse cookie all morning and then, the lightbulb came on, and I remembered I needed to eat. I haven't given that cookie a thought until just now and, you know?, I'm ok with leaving it in its container.

Thank you for the goodie. Have a great weekend and keep making good choices!

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Attitude

Thursday, March 08, 2012

I used to be a Hells Angel in a former life!I was a force to be reckoned with.My parents divorce,being left to care for Dad at age 12,shortly after that being LEFT ALONE to fend for myself was not a picnic.I had to get mean,angry,and puff myself up to let people know I was a fighter.I walked around with a meanie face 95% of the time...Time and LOVE mellowed me out but not alot.My children knew to tiptoe around me when the MOOD was in me!I met and came to know my phillipino friend Faustina at a gas station.I think God was leading her to me but,I overheard her asking about our Thrift Shop.I turned to her and said come and follow me and she did.She loved it so much that she volunteered to help us.She really did pull me out of my shell and laughter became a daily thing with us.She truly gave me love and acceptance.My kids laughed at me when I said she had magical powers.I said you will love her right away!They did and for 9 whole and satisfying years she loved us like family and never let us forget the depth of her love.We returned it 100%!One scary day she came to help and was not laughing or talking and I knew she was ill.She went to the doctor at lunch and came back with the ugliest words I'd ever heard...COLON CANCER....CHEMO....TERMINAL....TESTS!I cried and held her tight....We'll fight it,we'll get another opinion,we wont give up!She took my face in her hands and kissed my forehead and said...Promise me that you will always find a way to LOVE back and you will think of me when it gets too much!!For days after I walked around in a fog and didnt visit her.I wanted to be there for her with a smile and support her and it was so hard.She had eaten so healthy and was always chasing me with an orange or wheat grass shake.Now she was dying and what could I do?She asked for some donuts!So,her DH said yeah,bring her some!I did and she ate them..all 6 of them!!Thats all she wanted was sweets for a while.Her attitude remained strong and determined and one day hospice called us to her side and with a room full of loved ones beside her she left us.One year to the day after being diagnosed.I was so angry at first,then I looked at her peaceful face and love exploded in me like a firework display.I walked over and kissed her forehead and whispered I PROMISE.
Today is her birthday and she would have been 81.
ATTITUDE is our choice in this world...we can choose how we react to a negative or a positive.Anytime you feel yourself losing control,
Think...Is this how I choose to feel?
Would I rather be smiling and happy?
Or angry,upset,yelling,screaming,cursing and crying?
More energy goes into being upset
and besides happy feels so good!
Tina will always dwell in my heart
because of her I am positive
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CANNIE50 3/8/2012 11:54PM

    What a beautiful tribute to your friend. Thank you for sharing this story. I have often noticed how much difference my attitude makes when I can have the exact same circumstances yet one day I handle it gracefully, and the next I can be a stressed-out whiner. There are so many reminders to help us adjust our attitudes, if we are willing to look. Thank you again, for posting this blog.

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ITS_MY_TURN_NOW 3/8/2012 11:32PM

    Thank you for sharing this blog.
"ATTITUDE is our choice ..."
I need to be reminded sometimes.
Hugs,
Julee

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SERAPHGYRL 3/8/2012 1:38PM

    Wow... You certainly said a lot today. Thank you...

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CIRANDELLA 3/8/2012 12:16PM

    Boy, oh, boy, Susan... much food for thought.

I've often heard it said "Attitude is altitude..." emoticon

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Loving and losing a friend

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

My favorite pasttime when Im not with my family is my nursing home family.It never gets any easier to see them pass away.Many of them become extremely close to me.I cry alot but for my sanity have gotten better at remembering their kindness,caring,humor and loving ways.Berniece was only 50 when she started showing signs of alzheimers.A striking Irish lass with red hair,bright green eyes,freckles and a bonnie attitude.She kept losing her car and forgot to get off the bus numerous times.She kept calling her dead dog to come eat and didnt recognize her husband.She never forgot me or Allen(an aide)or Janet her daughter.She called me CHICKIE and kissed me daily.Today she lost her battle and left some very sad friends behind.Her DH came and brought us some food and desserts since we stayed with her through the day.My Daddy died of alzheimers too.I can relate when yall talk about the disease...Have a great night and be sure to hug someone you love in bernies honor emoticonSUSAN

  
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SERAPHGYRL 3/8/2012 1:46PM

    I'm sorry you've lost a dear friend. My daughter does home care and has lost many of the people she has cared for and come to love. I don't know how you do it. It is gift and I'm in awe of people who have it.

You're an amazing woman and very beautiful. I feel so blessed to have you as a friend even though we've never met. Your blogs are thought provoking and often make me smile. You help me remember to be grateful for everything I have in my life. Thank you.

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REBECCAMA 3/8/2012 12:22PM

  Sorry for your loss. My grandmother's both died in nursing homes. The staff at both places are/were complete angels. Thank you for the work you do!

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SUECHRIS50 3/8/2012 11:13AM

    Funny was not the word,she was hilarious.Even in death she had me laughing and crying....Thanks for your sweet comment LindseyJ!

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LINDSEYJ 3/8/2012 10:36AM

    I'm so sorry you are saying goodbye today. I have a friend who was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer's last year. I'll love on his family in remembrance of Bernie today.

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ARCHIMEDESII 3/8/2012 10:23AM

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Sue, I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your friend. She sounds like a very sweet lady. I'll bet she was funny too.

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Today I changed my first tire!

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

I stepped outside into the sunny morning,full of piss and grits(my grammy always said that)Ready to start my day..I was meeting a friend for coffee,shopping and lunch afterward..That WAS the plan until I looked down to see my tire as flat as a pancake...The woman in me wanted to call my DH and have him run to my rescue but,I DID IT MYSELF!!!After some quick thinking and cheering from my DD the donut was safely in place!I took it to have new tires put on...My DH is still recovering from the fact I did it...LOL...I then looked at the sticker for inspection and it expired in January!!So two hours later I was rolling down the road...YAY ME...No more may-pops or police stopping me FEARS!!It's mY DH'S car that I rarely drive but it's gotten older so he took my car until he buys a new car!I havent gotten a chance to do any exercise and Im tired but ready to push myself some more.... emoticon emoticonSUSAN

  
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ARCHIMEDESII 3/7/2012 9:38AM

    GURL POWER !!! Great job ! Changing a tire isn't easy.

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SUECHRIS50 3/6/2012 9:53PM

    Trust me ya'll! If you dont have one of the lug nut removers shaped like an X, get one,it was so much easier than the one that came with the car!!

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PRIMALMICHAEL 3/6/2012 6:59PM

    Way to go!

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CIRANDELLA 3/6/2012 6:02PM

    Atta girl, Susan! That's a real milestone - a real accomplishment - for us! And it's one I haven't managed yet :) So you've got my complete admiration!

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SUE5007 3/6/2012 5:40PM

    Changing a tire is a workout! Nice job!

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MAYBER 3/6/2012 5:19PM

    Thanks for sharing you accomplishments
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