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27th April 2012

Friday, April 27, 2012

Hi everyone, it has been a nice week. Went of exercise class both Monday and Thursday. Really enjoyed both of these.
I have completed over 2000 fitness minutes this month so far and over 200,000 steps. I will work this out at the end of the month and plan to improve both of these total for May. LOL
Feeling really good and proud of myself.
The most important thing is the grandchildren will be here for the weekend. Could be here now. So I will be spending lots of time over my parents with the kids. That's is where they stay as my son lives there.
Have fun on the weekend.

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1BEACHWALKER 4/29/2012 1:34AM

    emoticon emoticonYou should be proud!!! Have a successful week ahead!! emoticon emoticon

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 4/28/2012 9:48PM

    emoticon Yeah on the fitness minutes! Those grands of yours can be proud of you!

I'll finally get to see 5 of mine at the end of May, and then 4 more in June. It's exciting to be sure! Now I don't have to be envious of you!

(((hugs))) dear Wendy. You are doing so well. emoticon

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TRUCKERWIFE2 4/28/2012 6:47PM

    So proud of you Wendy! Keep up the good work. Can't wait for you to be able to climb that water tower. The way you're going you'll be up there by Spring! Keep up the good work and love those Grandbabies! emoticon

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OPALMOON 4/27/2012 9:15PM

    Wendy, you are just blitzing your fitness goals - that is so inspiring! Glad you had a great time with your grand children last night - enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Love and hugs, Nattacia

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WENDYJM4 4/27/2012 8:16PM

    thank you everyone. I had a wonderful night with them last night. Going over there again later on and I am going to look after them tonight for a while (all by myself LOL)
Even got a kiss of Chase last night, 3 year old one. He likes being kissed but only when he wants to, so when I am allowed to this it is special and to get a kiss from him is real special.

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EFFIEANNIE 4/27/2012 12:35PM

    Great job with the fitness minutes. Have a great time with the grandchildren. Have a lovely wee-end!

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JILL313 4/27/2012 11:33AM

    Wow, I'll say you are doing well in getting your fitness in--WTG! Enjoy your weekend with your grandies--have fun with them. . .maybe a nice walk with them. . .Just spending quality time with them will be fun!



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1CRAZYDOG 4/27/2012 11:17AM

    Way to go!!!!!!!! Have a wonderful weekend w/the grandies. Blessings!

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MENNOLY 4/27/2012 6:56AM

    Glad things are going well for you. Enjoy your family this weekend!

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SUSIEPH1 4/27/2012 6:13AM

Love that you are enjoying life so much ..
Have a great weekend with your Grandies ..
Thank you so much for all your support

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CLAIRE_LEFT_SP 4/27/2012 5:56AM

    You are putting us to shame, Wendy!

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BILBYGIRL 4/27/2012 5:08AM

    Congratulations Wendy - you've done really well!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I also wanted to add that I like your 'wallpaper' - never a truer word said!!

Have a great weekend!

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WALIDGAZALA 4/27/2012 4:16AM

    Have fun too

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BONDMANUS2002 4/27/2012 3:51AM

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24th April 2012

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A good poem, for we are remembering the soldiers who have fought in all wars on ANZAC Day 25th April 2012

Daddy's Poem

Her hair was up in a pony tail,
Her favourite dress tied with a bow.
Today was Daddy's Day at school,
And she couldn't wait to go.

But her mommy tried to tell her,
That she probably should stay home.
Why the kids might not understand,
If she went to school alone.

But she was not afraid;
She knew just what to say.
What to tell her classmates
Of why he wasn't there today.

But still her mother worried,
For her to face this day alone.
And that was why once again,
She tried to keep her daughter home.

But the little girl went to school
Eager to tell them all.
About a dad she never sees
A dad who never calls.
There were daddies along the wall in back,
For everyone to meet.
Children squirming impatiently,
Anxious in their seats

One by one the teacher called
A student from the class.
To introduce their daddy,
As seconds slowly passed.

At last the teacher called her name,
Every child turned to stare.
Each of them was searching,
A man who wasn't there.

'Where's her daddy at?'
She heard a boy call out.
'She probably doesn't have one,'
Another student dared to shout.

And from somewhere near the back,
She heard a daddy say,
'Looks like another deadbeat dad,
Too busy to waste his day.'

The words did not offend her,
As she smiled up at her Mom.
And looked back at her teacher,
Who told her to go on.
And with hands behind her back,
Slowly she began to speak.
And out from the mouth of a child,
Came words incredibly unique.

'My Daddy couldn't be here,
Because he lives so far away.
But I know he wishes he could be,
Since this is such a special day.

And though you cannot meet him,
I wanted you to know.
All about my daddy,
And how much he loves me so.

He loved to tell me stories
He taught me to ride my bike.
He surprised me with pink roses,
And taught me to fly a kite.

We used to share fudge sundaes,
And ice cream in a cone.
And though you cannot see him.
I'm not standing here alone.

'Cause my daddy's al ways with me,
Even though we are apart
I know because he told me,
He'll forever be in my heart
With that, her little hand reached up
And lay across her chest.
Feeling her own heartbeat,
Beneath her favorite dress.

And from somewhere here in the crowd of dads,
Her mother stood in tears.
Proudly watching her daughter,
Who was wise beyond her years.

For she stood up for the love
Of a man not in her life.
Doing what was best for her,
Doing what was right.

And when she dropped her hand back down,
Staring straight into the crowd.
She finished with a voice so soft,
But its message clear and loud.

'I love my daddy very much,
he's my shining star.
And if he could, he'd be here,
But heaven's just too far.

You see he is a British soldier
And died just this past year
When a roadside bomb hit his convoy
And taught Britian's to fear.

But sometimes when I close my eyes,
it's like he never went away.'
And then she closed her eyes,
And saw him there that day.

And to her mothers amazement,
She witnessed with surprise.
A room full of daddies and children,
All starting to close their eyes.

Who knows what they saw before them,
Who knows what they felt inside.
Perhaps for merely a second,
They saw him at her side.

'I know you're with me Daddy,'
To the silence she called out.
And what happened next made believers,
Of those once filled with doubt.

Not one in that room could explain it,
For each of their eyes had been closed.
But there on the desk beside her,
Was a fragrant long-stemmed rose.

And a child was blessed, if only for a moment,
By the love of her shining star.
And given the gift of believing,
That heaven is never too far.

Send this to the people you'll never forget.
It's a short message to let them know that you'll never forget them.

If you don't send it to anyone, it means you're
in a hurry and that you've forgotten your friends.
Take the time...to live and love. Until eternity. God bless!


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CBEVNOW 4/27/2012 12:29AM

    Beautiful, this is for all who have fallen, may we never forget them. thank you Wendy
emoticonbut oh so brave and we are so proud. emoticonto all of those we love and loved.

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LIFE-FAITH 4/25/2012 10:28AM

    What a lovely poem! It made me cry.

Thank you Wendy. emoticon

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I.M.MAGIC 4/25/2012 1:43AM

    Out of the mouths of babes...

Thanks for sharing this! I am among the lucky ones, my uncles and brother who were in the service all came home...
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TRYINGHARD1948 4/24/2012 10:42PM

    A very fitting and heart rending blog Wendy.

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SUSIEPH1 4/24/2012 8:25PM

    So lovely, and so heart wrenching ..
Hugs and Love Susie
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CTEMPLE 4/24/2012 5:06PM

    Lest we forget

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JILL313 4/24/2012 11:57AM

    Thank you Wendy for posting this beautiful tribute to the millions of brave men and women who have given their all, including their lives, for their Country. They bless us in so many ways and keep our Countries Free that we may live on.



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1CRAZYDOG 4/24/2012 10:50AM

    emoticon Beautiful.

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TRUCKERWIFE2 4/24/2012 10:07AM

    What a beautiful tribute to all who given their lives to their country.

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20th April 2012

Friday, April 20, 2012

My news, I went to the Nephrologist today and we actually discussed dialysis, hospital or home. Natually I said home. So now I will have to have another operation to lift up the blood vessels (about 6 to 8 weeks) that takes another 6 weeks to heal then down to Adelaide (up to 6 months) to learn about home dialysis. This does mean I start this year. But I will still have kidney function when I start but he said this is a lot safer and keeps your kidney function going longer. I am fine with the news. It will be 5 days x 3 hours per day weekends off. But it not so stressful on the kidneys.

But I need to get a laptop so I can log on here, I will go insane without your support, encouragement and love. LOL

Steps are still going well but I have slowed down a bit in the last few days.
Teusday as 15,500
Wednesday was 5022
Thursday 7854
Friday 6988

This is nearly 52,000 steps in 6 days. Still happy. Oh well I need to plan for over 8000 steps tomorrow so I can get to 60,000 for the week. LOL

I am happy how everything is going. I have still got a future.

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2BE-MY-BEST 4/24/2012 12:57AM

    emoticon and congrats on all your steps.

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CLAIRE_LEFT_SP 4/22/2012 8:08PM

    Wendy, thank you so much for sharing your positive spirit in the face of such news. I get cranky about stupid stuff and you really put my life in perspective - I have it good. I;m glad that you have time to do all the medical steps on a time table that allows your body to heal between each and gives you the time to rearrange everything.

I wish we could do more for you than just cheer from the sidelines.

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OPALMOON 4/22/2012 11:23AM

    Wow, that's a lot to take in, Wendy. I hope each stage goes smoothly and I am thankful for you that you have the option of having the dialysis at home. You have done so well with your steps - you are truly amazing! Take care - love and hugs, Nattacia


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ORCHIDLADY56 4/21/2012 9:43PM

    You have such a positive attitude, Wendy. You truly are an inspiration. The laptop is a good idea to keep up with spark!
Great work on the steps!

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CBEVNOW 4/21/2012 3:35PM

    Wendy, i am so proud of you, you make me ashamed of my self , for feeling so bad and weak and irratable sometimes. I am glad you will be doing this at home. Will you have to take classes.
I am not up to par on dialysis yet but i am learning things about it, i have a dear friend who just started dialysis in Feb. He goes to UT Hospital in Knoxville Tn. 3 times a week for 3 or 4 hours at a time. Its probley a good hour and a half from his home. so he has a very tireing day.
Do you know why you will be on dialysis 5 days a week, Are you on a transplant list?
Take care.
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EFFIEANNIE 4/21/2012 9:06AM

    Sorry to hear you are needing dialysis. Sounds like a good plan to do it at home. You definitely need a laptop. You can catch up on Sparking and reading too. Hope all goes well. Ssue emoticon emoticon

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CTEMPLE 4/21/2012 5:17AM

    An ipad might be the answer wendy much lighter and manageable, a cheap model would do. It's made a huge difference to my back and neck and life in general. So sorry to hear that you will have to do this, but it's in the best possible conditions. You have a great spirit!
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POPSY190 4/21/2012 3:56AM

    I'm glad you can undertake this at home where you feel more confident. An ipad might do the trick for keeping in touch with SP. emoticon

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MOTLEM 4/21/2012 2:34AM

    Like I said before, girlfriend, I take my hat off to you.
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ASHENPOND 4/21/2012 12:59AM

    What an inspiration you are to us all. You have so much courage.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 4/20/2012 9:54PM

    (((hugs, dear friend)))

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    Wendy, I love your inspirational attitude to your dialysis - you help so many people! It really is a miracle of modern science that you are now able to do dialysis at home - especially when it is less stressful for your kidneys. I hope you are able to get your laptop cause we need you as well! Sending you heaps of positive energy and hugs. BTW - your steps are awesome!
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JILL313 4/20/2012 10:29AM

    I do admire you strength and courage and you help me feel positive about what I have to deal with. I know you will do well. . .I am so impressed by all the steps you get in a day which to me is a huge amount of them. I will, once again, be checking out my Pedometer as it wasn't working right the last time I tried to use it. Enjoy your weekend! Any chance of seeing your Grandies soon? Prayers and Hugs for you Dear Friend! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 4/20/2012 10:13AM

    Awwww, you have such a good attitude about your challenges. You are such an inspiration to me, because it's one of those "if she can do it, so can I!" types of situations.

I am glad that you'll be able to do the dialysis @ home, but that's a disappointment, I'm sure, that you have to deal with yet another surgery and wait for healing.

Hang in there, my dear. Sending hugs your way.

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MENNOLY 4/20/2012 9:57AM

    I hope this step keeps you going for a long long time. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. emoticon

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16th April 2012

Monday, April 16, 2012

thank you to everyone who left a messge on my last blog, it is very much appreciated.
Well I had a quiet day planned as a rest day and my son came home and suggested we drive over to a neighbouring town about 80 kgs (45 miles) away. So off we went, we went to the major shopping centre there, then we went for lunch where there was the usual foods like fish battered, snitzels and other thing cooked in oil.

I thought about this and ordered barramundi (fish) with a macadamia topping. This was served with chips which I only ate half of them and salad. Also gave my son some of the barramundi before I started to eat. This was not cooked in oi, was dearer but absolutely beautiful. So I am rather pleased with myself.

Got home in time for exercises but I could only manage 50 minutes today. i had to stop early.

So the grand total of steps today was 16,588. No wonder I am very tired.

I know I have to have a rest day before very long but this is really surprising me with how much I can now do. So the plans tomorrrow is to go and see my friend and catch up with her so then I do not have to walk as much.
I do need a rest day.

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LIFE-FAITH 4/19/2012 10:15AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You are taking care of YOU. I am so proud of you Wendy. Keep on keeping on - you are doing so great! Jean

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BILBYGIRL 4/19/2012 7:43AM

    Well done Wendy - sometimes it happens just right eh?
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I.M.MAGIC 4/19/2012 12:34AM

    ... sometimes the nicest way to exercise is when we don't even realize we're doing it--BUT, it's also easier to overdo. I'm glad you recognize now when you need a rest day, and take better care of yourself...
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Have a wonderful visit with your friend, and...

...be well...
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ASHENPOND 4/18/2012 9:06PM

    Fantastic Wendy - 16000 steps- how I wish thaat I could do that. I watch your progress with interest. emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/17/2012 11:57AM

    You are doing a emoticon job!! emoticon

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OPALMOON 4/17/2012 11:55AM

    You are doing brilliantly, Wendy!

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TRUCKERWIFE2 4/17/2012 11:22AM

    16,000 steps is alot! No wonder you are tired. Keep up the good work.

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IMMORTALP 4/17/2012 6:08AM

    Wow, over 16000 steps. That is awesome!!! Way to go.
And the food choice sounds good to me.

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MOTLEM 4/16/2012 7:50PM

    You are doing good. Sure are stepping it out well these days.
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1CRAZYDOG 4/16/2012 11:58AM

    Good for you!!!


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15th April 2012

Sunday, April 15, 2012

wow so much support for me, it is incredible. Yes I know I have put in the work but if it wasn't for all of the support that I receive on here, I would not be here, I would have given up in probably the first few months. Like every other time I started on a diet. This is a way of life.

I have had a fabulous 4 days with the grandchildren but I must admit today I did not do anything exciting with them. Just so tired but this is a good tiredness.
I know have earnt this one. LOL. But Brodie (8 year old one) did tell me that he loves doing things with me.

I did have more of a rest day today, needed it.

Exercise class tomorrow afternoon. I will start to answer my replies tomorrow.
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/18/2012 8:08PM

    Grandchildren always make everything so much better.

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CBEVNOW 4/16/2012 4:48AM

    A little word from a grand child makes it all worth while.

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    emoticon You and me both, girl! emoticon

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ASHENPOND 4/15/2012 9:50PM

    Enjoy and then relax!

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SUSIEPH1 4/15/2012 8:12PM

    Have a lovely relaxing day my friend !! .
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TRYINGHARD1948 4/15/2012 6:49PM

    Enjoy, relax and rejuvenate.

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POPSY190 4/15/2012 5:20PM

    Great that you are so positive. Have a good day today resting! Don't overdo the exercise class. emoticon

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MENNOLY 4/15/2012 11:54AM

    I love your cheerful spirit! God bless you and may you continue to enjoy your grandkids! Have a great week!

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JILL313 4/15/2012 10:54AM

    You are such a good role model for your GKs and all of us. I love how much you enjoy being active in having fun with your Grandies--and they love it too. I'm sure you do need to rest up today as you want the strength to continue to do well this week.



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ORCHIDLADY56 4/15/2012 10:08AM

    Your grandchildren sure do love you! Glad you had a good time!

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OPALMOON 4/15/2012 10:02AM

    You sure earned a day of rest Wendy! You will be able to recharge again and have a lovely weekend to reflect back on.


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CTEMPLE 4/15/2012 9:09AM

    Best reward (what Brodie said)

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1CRAZYDOG 4/15/2012 9:06AM

    Glad you had such a wonderful time w/the grandies. I imagine you need a rest!!

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