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Once Upon a New Year........yeah....I'm still alive, folks

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Hi Friends,
I've been doing a terrible job at this weight thing and wonder if I'll ever get that energy to focus on it! I haven't been doing ANYTHING with this, so much changes going on here lately.
I know one thing for sure.....
soon I will be increasing my Daily Steps, lol, because we were able to PURCHASE A NEW HOME, in FULL, with CASH. The formula was simple....suffer all spring, summer and fall without while hubby is bedridden, lose his job, fight back, and WIN a settlement at the same time as finding an approximate 2500 square foot house for $15,000, just a mile and a half towards the center of town!
We are gong from an 1100 sq. ft. to that. The house was built before 1873 and is really beautiful inside, but needs some TLC since it had been apartments before our purchase.
We are real excited about this and I expect to be much more active in my daily routine because of it.
That's all the hope I can offer you for now.
About the synthroid experiment (taking it at night instead of A.M.) I am still doing that and I still like it, but I haven't lost weight, gained some even, but it's my lack of concentration at fault, of course.
I'll talk to ya'll later. Who all is still one here and active anyway?? It's been a lonnnngggg time. So sorry.

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7FARMER 3/15/2012 8:50AM

    Glad to see your back!!!! Congrats on your success with the house and I'm glad your hubby is doing better. Keep us posted on how the house is coming, it will all count toward your exercise!

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DRAWNTHISWAY 3/14/2012 8:03PM

    It's so nice to see you here again. I can't wait to see the new house!

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RUNNINGOMA 3/14/2012 8:45AM

    It was very exciting to see you write again! I am sure you will be very busy, but make sure to drop in now and then and keep in touch.
Often suffering is followed by blessings! emoticon

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HSMOM2FOUR 3/14/2012 6:55AM

    Glad hubby is doing better and that you found a doctor who was able to figure things out!!
As for being on assistance... the people that don't WANT to be on it are the very people that it was designed to help. (refusing to completely step up on soap box) I'm glad that it's available to you.
So happy to have you back and to hear that things are going so well!!

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SUSANSKI 3/13/2012 8:50PM

    Oh,thanks for asking...I should have said in my post. oops.
Um, well, he was bedridden from April to October. Then he went to a pain management doctor who first tried that spinal shot, which did not work and only caused an excruciating headache for about 3 weeks. But then meanwhile, he took Hubby off of Vicatin and Oxycontin and gave him an actual Nerve Pain med that worked a seeiming MIRACLE. Hubby was standing up within days and able to walk. In fact, JUST in time to go view that house we ended up purchasing.
He will never be himself again, the arthritis is doing a number on him, and he wears down easily. He almost never sleeps well and is in constant pain of some kind. But at least he can STAND. We will probably have to get on disability, because I can't imagine him ever being able to hold a full time job again. But...we'll see. Right now, we are still able to receive food and cash assistance. Don't like doing it, but we are thankful it is there. :)

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HSMOM2FOUR 3/13/2012 8:36PM

    still here & so happy to see you!! How exciting to be getting a wonderful house - and no mortgage at that!!!
How is hubby???

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SUSANSKI 3/13/2012 8:23PM

    (Boy, it felt good to write on here again.... lol)

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Once Upon a Sorry...

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Hi everyone! So sorry I haven't been on here supporting you through your challenges. I have not even attempted my goals. Hubby has been off work and bedridden since April. they took him off the payroll in May and off our insurance plan since June 1st. It's been crazy-crazy. The union has fought to get his job back but the company is standing their ground saying that Hubby QUIT his job. The case will go to arbitration, which will take many months. We we forced to file with Job and Family services and now have food, medical and financial support through them. Hubby had just received all this good news last week. Initially, we had to find a new surgeon, because the one who did his other two back surgeries is no longer on our insurance list. But since we got on medicaid we tried again and they accept ONLY that medicaid card. So he has his first appointment near the end of this month. Woohoo. Pray everything goes tape, xrays, and proper diagnosis and treatment.
Since we are on food assistance, it will be easy to get the healthy food we need. will undoubtably be my fault if I have not dropped a pound come Christmas. lol It's already my fault anyway......... smile. If I have learned anything through's where to place the blame. wink.
It's hard for me to keep up with all this. I am on Facebook, if anyone wants to contact me there. I see that some of you have not been able to get through to my email : . I think I need to reload my mail thing, but no one in this house knows how to do it! I get mail from all kinds of other people, though. Hmm.
Anyway, the kids, extended family and I are all well currently. It's just Hubski that we are focused on right now. I'm in charge of errands, gardening, childcare and home educating, etc. so my plate is rather full. I was trying to start a card business called Simply Joyful Christian Stationery, Books and Whatnot...but I'm not so sure I'll be able to get it up off the ground without too much hassle with taxes etc. I'm trying to keep it simple, but they should don't let you! Anyway, I'm either busy or tired, but God has provided this ENTIRE 4 months. It is almost unbelievable that we still have everything! Please give God (as in Jesus Christ) the glory for His wonderful loving provision through fellow Christians and family and friends and 'coincidences'. wink.
I'll talk to you more later,

Kid corner: We were watching the Muppet Movie and Maggie, 6, declared: "This movie is TOO funny for me." smile.

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7FARMER 8/11/2011 12:51PM

    Glad to hear your back. Kinda know what your going through, my Hubby was one of 21 people his company laid off at the end of June. He might have a job offer coming soon. Keeping you in our prayers.

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SUSANSKI 8/10/2011 10:36PM

    lol, I always do Once Upon a....something, because I like to read and would someday like to write Christ-centered children's books. It's just "me". The silly ends to it are Hmm. Have a good 'between now and the next time I'm on' Ladies! lol

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YICHE12 8/10/2011 7:54PM

    Your blog title attracted me here! I love a good sense of humor.

So sorry to hear about all of this but I sure am happy to have you back with us. It must not have been easy on all of you. Cheers my dear! emoticon

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JACBUTTER 8/10/2011 7:34PM

    emoticon Glad to see you back around. Hang in there.

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RUNNINGOMA 8/10/2011 4:36PM

    It is wonderful to be able to give a testimony of our wonderful Jehovah Jirah!

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Once Upon the year 2011

Friday, May 27, 2011

Hi Everybody,
I'm still feeling well after changing my thyroid med dose time, and having some teeth taken out. I have the energy, but haven't focused on working out at all. Shame on me.
Our new challenge this year, lol, is that my husband's back is out, in a bad way, and just won't go back in. He has had two surgeries approximately ten years ago and has been doing pretty well since then. Last year he was off due to stress (his employer is a major part of that stress). He returned to work for about 4 months and is now off again.
Recently, his employer has claimed that Hubby quit his job and he has cut off all his pay and insurance.
We will probably get the job back, because it was done with a bunch of hogwash and they don't have a leg stand on. If the employer doesn't willingly give in, we will have to take it to court. sigh.
The major problem with this is Hubby HAS to have painkiller and the meds are terribly expensive even WITH the insurance. Also, he has not even had his appointment with the surgeon yet. If he does indeed need surgery, how will we be able to pay for it?
Hubby is still mostly bedridden. We have a walker with a seat that he occasionally takes outside. He loves that he can sit down on it once he gets where he's going. The other day, HE sat, while directing US on planting the garden. lol
He can only stay out of bed for about 1/2 hour without being in severe pain and has to drop back into bed.
I was beginning to have chest tightness again a couple weeks ago, from the stress. I held off talking to the doctor about it, because I knew that medicine can be the last resort instead of the FIRST resort. I'm glad I did, the pains have passed and I'm fine now.
Anyway, I'm gonna try to set some time aside for me, start walking places instead of driving, so I can start trimming down.
All this rain and such we've been having has been giving me some of those bad 'pressure' headaches. ugh. My current one is about 30 hours old. :(

Funny: We received a bunch, I mean a BUNCH, of day old bread and baked goods from someone. When the kids were carrying it all into the house, my 6 year old spied something that made her QUITE happy. "Praise GOD, We've got DOUGHNUTS!" she exclaimed.
Take care everyone!
Email me, if you don't see me on here soon enough. lol

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SUSANSKI 5/28/2011 9:59AM

    Thanks. I did work out last night. Walked and ran in place just for about 7 minutes and then did some abs and stretches. I feel pretty good this morning.
Thanks for the prayers. I love that People around the globe are able to pray for someone specific. :D

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DRAWNTHISWAY 5/28/2011 9:01AM

    I'm sorry that things are so out of place! You will be in my prayers. In the mean time, know that even if you don't check in frequently you are still thought of and cared about by your spark friends.


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RUNNINGOMA 5/27/2011 4:40PM

    Thanks for the update. May you guys rely on God - as He is still in control and has a plan. Jeremiah 29:11
I'll keep especially your DH in my prayers.

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Once Upon a .....

Monday, May 02, 2011

Sorry Sparkers,
I'm just not up for getting on Spark people lately.
Currently, hubby is down with his back again. probably needs a 3rd surgery.
Pray for his spirits to remain high. He's basically contained to bed, because it hurts too badly to stand, walk or sit.
I'm pretty much in charge of everything now, including homeschooling, so Sparking is taking a back burner.
Please remain in contact with me at (yes, there was a 'ski' tacked on there. lol)
I would to hear from each of you!!!
Love you guys!
p.s. as soon as I think of something funny to say, I'll post it. grin.

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SUSANSKI 5/3/2011 1:43PM

    Finally! Hubby got on a major pain killer that dulls the pain enough to not be suffering. He had his first good night of sleep last night after 3 weeks of terrible suffering. Our doctor is hooking us up with a surgeon asap.
Please, please stay in contact. I just love ya'll. winkety wink.

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DRAWNTHISWAY 5/2/2011 4:16PM

    adding you to my contacts. I wouldn't want to miss you too much.

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Once Upon a Dream...

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

So JUST before I woke up this morning I had a dream.
My dog, Highlander, wanted out of his cage. I bent to unlatch it and saw that he had been playing with a Top Hat. Yes, a Top Hat. He knocked it, so it landed upright on his head. I let him out. And as he came out of the cage, a scarf, which was lying on the floor, kinda of wrapped around his neck.
So now, my dog (a Black mouth cur, hunting dog) is wearing a Top Hat and a winter scarf.
I go to unlatch my screen door while my dog is up with his front paws on the wall sniffing at the hook. I let him out onto the porch, where it is snowing.
The dog walks over to the steps (I THINK on his hind legs, not sure.) and places one paw on the railing, and sticks his left paw out in front of him to catch and examine the snowflakes.

Now, I gotta ask...why?......oh never mind, I don't think I'd wanna know.

Just another day in the life of....

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RUNNINGOMA 4/12/2011 4:15PM

    Totally weird-ski!!
Time to go back to bed! emoticon

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