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Johnny Appleseed Day!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Johnny Appleseed (September 26, 1774 March 18, 1845), born John Chapman, was an American pioneer nurseryman who introduced apple trees to large parts of Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. He became an American legend while still alive, largely because of his kind and generous ways, his great leadership in conservation, and the symbolic importance he attributed to apples.




Have you enjoyed an apple today?!


  
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TEDDYTEDDY 11/28/2010 9:28AM

    I love apples....just discovered another new one from New Zealand called "Eve." emoticon

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BARBARAWEBSTER 10/4/2010 4:47AM

    yes, I ate one for breakfast. emoticon emoticon

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7777BEV 10/3/2010 9:11PM

    It's so funny - I made apple sauce on this day and didn't even know it was Johnny
Appleseed day - must have been in the air!


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QUEENPIFFLE 9/27/2010 9:59PM

    Have you ever tried "Apple Smiles?" Take a red apple, cut into quarters. Take two quarters spreading peanut butter on flesh side of each piece. Line up miniature marshmallow onto peanut butter of one slice. Put slices together and you have a red mouth showing white teeth. It is a good way to get kids to eat their fruit but also a lot of fun. emoticon

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JAKEANDNELLIE 9/27/2010 10:49AM

    What memories this brings back - I always did an apple theme at this time of year when I taught first and second grade! We'd visit an orchard, pick apples, make applesauce and applebutter, read about Johnny, write about our experiences, taste and graph our favorite apples, measure and weigh apples - just about anything I could think of to do with apples! It was always a fun week and was enjoyed by all.
These memories make me miss teaching - but not enough to go back! 35 years was long enough!
Stay positive!
Sheila

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 9/27/2010 6:30AM

    I have!!! we sing a song in elementary and i cant get it out of my head!!
OHHHHH Johnny Applesed.........lol!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/26/2010 6:50PM

    Not yet but we have some.

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TRUELOU 9/26/2010 6:44PM

    Wearing that pan on his head must've been difficult:)
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AMYISSUCCEEDING 9/26/2010 6:35PM

    Yes, I had an apple for breakfast and it was good. Thank you for the sparkgoodie too.
Have a great week.
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LINDA! 9/26/2010 6:10PM

    Yum. I love apples....

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DENI_ZEN 9/26/2010 6:08PM

    Lovely information about one of my favorite fruits!! My favorite as of late is the honeycrisp apple. It's sweet, crunchy, juicy, and flavorful - just incredible! I like to cut one up and sprinkle on some cinnamon for a sweet treat :) - Sandi emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 9/26/2010 5:03PM

    good reminder............
will be chomping on one soon.........
blessings and hugs.............lita

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DEBBIEANNE1124 9/26/2010 4:52PM

    Soon I shall. thanks for the reminder.

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FLORIDAGHOST 9/26/2010 4:49PM

    Thanks for reminding us that today was Johnny Appleseed's day.
We just refilled our apple drawer in the fridge and I love those Mac's. Being from WA state and growing up around apples made Johnny special to us as children.

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Turning the corner

Saturday, September 25, 2010

My valvuloplasty went well on Sept. 16, however the cardiologist wasn't able to open my valve as much as he had hoped...only about 1/2 as much. Still, I've had great relief and hope it lasts. On the way home from the hospital I almost passed out. My blood pressure had been running low while in the hospital, but the nurse assured me that I would be okay once active again. Not so. My blood pressure continued to stay very low. My meds have been changed 4 times, and now I think it's finally right. I've been stable for a couple of days :)

Another major problem for me was great fatigue. I had very little stamina, could barely drag myself a few feet. Also, the severe headaches that I'd been having for months continued. After several days of this, I made an appt. with my doctor. She assured me that all of my blood work was normal, that my great fatigue and headaches were from all of the physical and mental stress I had been through the past 4 weeks. 3 procedures, 2 hospital stays, cancer scare, losing my best friend, etc. My body was telling me I needed to just rest and heal.

I guess she was right as yesterday I felt a bit better, and today I feel better yet. Praise God!

I have a million and one things to do as we leave for my son's wedding in GA 4 weeks from today. Now where is that to-do list?!

Thanks to all of you who have sent Spark mails, commented on my blogs & page, given me goodies, etc. I've tried to thank you each individually, but may have inadvertently missed someone. A special thanks to QL and QJ who have lifted my spirits and kept me going when I thought I couldn't take one more step. You are the best!

  
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TRAVELNISTA 9/26/2010 9:56PM

    I am so happy to hear that you have gotten some relief even though the Dr. could not open the valve up as much as he hoped for. It only just goes to show what a great fighter you are. I know you have a lot to do before the wedding but you need to take of yourself 1st or you won't make the wedding. Sending healing emoticon and emoticon

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DAWNO64 9/26/2010 8:45PM

    I'm glad you're seeing improvement! Hopefully every day will be a little better and you'll have your old energy back in no time.

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 9/26/2010 12:07PM

    PLEASE if i can do anything..if you need an ear or a shoulder..let me know. I'm working full time with this med change..and i know JUST what you mean. Rest and healing would be nice..i will get my chance in November though!! I think if i slow down now i will shatter into a bazillion pieces.
I am so glad your surgerys are over and you are having glimpses of feeling good. arent they the best?
let me know if i can be of support!!
Hugs
Holly

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LADYGWEN25 9/26/2010 10:35AM

    so glad you're feeling better... get some rest.

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CATTIANN 9/26/2010 8:15AM

    Glad you're feeling better! emoticon

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BETRME100 9/26/2010 8:09AM

    I hope you just keep feeling better and better...and enjoy the upcoming wedding!

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RAINBOWFALLS 9/26/2010 7:21AM

    I'm glad to hear you are feeling somewhat better. Take care of yourself and take time to rest.

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QUEENPIFFLE 9/26/2010 1:40AM

    You have had a time of it but things will be better tomorrow and your attitude sounds great; that is the best thing for healing.
I am new to the Siamese Cat Lovers Spark Team. I have a very active 2-year old seal-point male that runs the house but is a great help to me in my weight loss journey. I bought him a harness and he helps me get in my walking goals although he only likes to go around the neighborhood and get the usual comments of admiration.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/25/2010 10:33PM

    You have been through so much and I'm so glad you are doing better. emoticon

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TRUELOU 9/25/2010 9:04PM

    Amen:)

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SAMI199 9/25/2010 8:43PM

    I am so happy to hear youu are finally feeling better. It has been a long road for you. Enjoy your son's wedding!!!!!!
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PATTIANNT 9/25/2010 8:19PM

    So glad you are on the up swing. Remember to rest when you need it. Keep your eye on the prize....your sons wedding! SO glad you are here to share it with him!
Blessings
Patti

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L*I*T*A* 9/25/2010 7:48PM

    you have been through the mill and back so to speak!!!
the great news is you are improving daily.........
wishing and praying you heal quickly.....
all the best.....
blessings and hugs................lita

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DENI_ZEN 9/25/2010 7:31PM

    Willow...what a great deal you've been through with such delicate major surgery. I'm glad you're finally on the mend after so many scares and much sadness... Continued swift, smooth healing to you! - Sandi emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 9/25/2010 7:24PM

    Prayers have kept you going and getting your energy back. You'll be doing fine. Hugs

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Surgery tomorrow...

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Tomorrow I'll be having the valvuloplasty. After all I've been through these past few weeks, I'm so relieved to be getting this done. I should have instantaneous relief! It will be so good to be able to breathe without pain, heart palpatations, dizziness, etc.

I will have the procedure around 9 a.m., stay overnight, and if there are no complications, will come home Friday morning. My cardiologist says there is very little chance that I will have neuropathy again. Good.

Say a little prayer that all goes well! Thanks for all of your good wishes, goodies, etc. They are much appreciated :)

  
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DIANE929 10/18/2010 5:15PM

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MSAGER2 9/22/2010 4:18PM

    Hope you are having a speedy recovery and are back on your feet.

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SEWSWITHHOTGLUE 9/22/2010 10:23AM

    Still sending prayers your way and hoping for your quick recovery!

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GINA-GMB 9/20/2010 3:20PM

    Haven't seen a post since before your surgery. How are you doing?

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TRAVELNISTA 9/19/2010 10:01PM

    emoticon and emoticon for a speedy recovery. I am days behind in my Friend Feed. I pray all went well. emoticon emoticon

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LINDA! 9/18/2010 12:51AM

    Hope all is well!!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/17/2010 3:42PM

    Prayers were sent and I hope everything went well. emoticon

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THENEWCINDY 9/17/2010 11:18AM

    good luck!!!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 9/17/2010 9:01AM

    BIG prayers being said my friend!!! Please let us know how you are!!!
YAY for no neuropathy or palpitations!!!
Hugs
Holly

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DORYH20 9/17/2010 8:31AM

    Prayers and good wishes to you teamie!

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PATTIANNT 9/16/2010 10:42PM

    Prayers just going up for you. Please let us know how you are doing.
Patti

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DENI_ZEN 9/16/2010 5:36PM

    I'm so sorry I came across your message so late, Willow, but I hope you're convalescing nicely following the valvuloplasty you had. It's so wonderful your cardiologist has given you such an excellent prognosis, too! Good news all around :) We'll be glad to see you back here and feeling and doing so much better as a result of your surgery, too! emoticon - Sandi emoticon

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REBECCAMA 9/16/2010 4:06PM

  Good luck!!!

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DAWNO64 9/16/2010 1:27PM

    I'll be worrying about you! I hope all goes well.

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RAINBOWFALLS 9/16/2010 9:34AM

    I will be thinking about you tomorrow and look forward to hearing you are doing well! emoticon emoticon

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MAMALOA 9/16/2010 7:01AM

    My prayers are most certainly with you. I wish you every success. This one is surely a step in the right direction. emoticon

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GETDONE 9/16/2010 3:35AM

    God Bless you emoticon

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 9/16/2010 1:45AM

    My thoughts & prayers are with you. Hugs!

~Nancy~

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TRUELOU 9/16/2010 12:57AM

    In prayer, dear friend:)
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DEBBIEANNE1124 9/16/2010 12:17AM

    Praying for you, friend.
Blessings!
Debbie

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 9/16/2010 12:08AM

    I am thinking of you and sending prayers your way. Just know that ALL your spark friends care for you and we are all here for you. Take Care!
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L*I*T*A* 9/15/2010 11:52PM

    sending positive thoughts and prayers..........
wishing you a quick and unventful recovery..........
blessings and hugs...............lita

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SHASTA11 9/15/2010 11:22PM

    Well, you already know my prayers are with you and the doctor. But here's some more prayers. emoticon

Are you taking your lap-top with you, cause I want to know everything just as soon as you're able. Don't want to have to wait til Fri afternoon.

We are here for you.

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SAMI199 9/15/2010 11:18PM

    You know you will be in my thoughts & prayers.You keep the faith & we'll hear from you in a few days...
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WORKOUTWITHPAM 9/15/2010 11:14PM

    Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Keep us updated on how you are doing.
HUGS
Pam

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Hallelujah!

Friday, August 27, 2010

This morning I received a call from pain management saying they had set me up with an appt. for Sept. 23. Unacceptable. I am not willing to wait almost 1 month before someone sees me regarding this excruciating pain. At my insistence (I refused to hang up...the gal would either have to listen to me or hang up on my...lol), she spoke with the nurse and called back a few hours later. I now have an appt. for Monday at 9:30 a.m. As my son says, "no one messes with mama"!

No word from the ob/gyn, so I called around 3 p.m. They had no test results yet. Another weekend of waiting...sigh. I received a call late this afternoon from their office. The nurse just didn't want me to wait all weekend. NO cancer! Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Things are looking up! emoticon

Thanks to all of my Spark friends who have sent Spark mails, left comments on my blog and page, and for all of the goodies. You are truly the best!
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SEWSWITHHOTGLUE 9/2/2010 4:05AM

    I hope you're feeling better! emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 8/31/2010 6:26PM

    great news...............awesome....
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NIGHTSKYSTAR 8/31/2010 9:40AM

    you HAVE to be your own advocate. I know i am down as a "difficult" patient. they now write my pain meds with no discussion. when i call and say something is wrong, they listen. it took me YEARS, and i gave up my career as a nurse because i couldnt stand to see people discounted and treated like nobodies.
GOOD FOR YOU!!! and i am SO glad to hear the obb/gyn results..YAY!!
Big hugs to you...
Holly

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DAWNO64 8/30/2010 5:50PM

    I really don't understand how the medical system can possibly think that when someone's in pain, a month is a fine idea. It's not. If someone's in pain, they should be seen immediately! I'm glad you stuck to your guns.

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GARDENER091 8/28/2010 11:10AM

    Just wanted to drop a note to you and let you know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Thank goodness no cancer and that you are able to get the appointment on Monday in lieu of waiting for 3-4 weeks. You go girl! We'll cross our fingers for the test results on Monday. We are thinking of you...hang in there. Times like this I know the weekend can be a very long time....but soon, you will have answers and you will be better! Hugs emoticon

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GRAMTOTWO 8/28/2010 9:24AM

    Great news! Now on to managing pain - my daughter once gain me a little wooden doll that said "When Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy". Wishing a peaceful weekend :)

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SHASTA11 8/27/2010 11:28PM

    You go girl. No cancer. Whoopee. I had a scare a few years ago too. Mom had it and survived.

I guess there's not much that you can take for the pain. Like my dizzyness. Nothing works. Sure hope I feel better tomorrow and that your pain will be less.

Take care.

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LRKNOBS 8/27/2010 9:40PM

    So glad to hear the good news! I'll keep you in thoughts and prayers through the weekend...keep us posted on your appt on Monday! By the way...Way to go to get into that appt!!! emoticon

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TRUELOU 8/27/2010 9:11PM

    Amen, so thankful things are looking up for you:)
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WILLOWWINDS 8/27/2010 8:50PM

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That is WONDERFUL!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/27/2010 8:13PM

    I am so relieved you don't have cancer and that you will get into the doctor soon. emoticon

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DENI_ZEN 8/27/2010 6:52PM

    I just stopped by to see how everything had gone, and if you'd heard anything today, Willow. I am SOOO GLAD your GYN's verdict came through and was great!!!!! Now you've made MY day :) Glad, too, that your pain will soon be addressed. You're well on the road to feeling better :) - Sandi emoticon

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SAM910 8/27/2010 6:46PM

    Congratulations on the great news! Good job on getting your pain appointment moved up. emoticon

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DAISY238 8/27/2010 6:23PM

    So glad you got an earlier appointment. It really does pay to hold your ground. Great news about no cancer. I hope you have a great weekend. God Bless!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TRUELOU!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Today is Lou's birthday! Stop by her page and wish her well! She's one of my best Spark friends and deserves a big celebration today! She's been such an inspiration, motivation, and greatest Spark Friend ever! Here's to you, Lou; may we have many years of friendship! emoticon

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Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday dear Lou!
Happy Birthday to you!

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www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?ID=TR
UELOU

  
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NIGHTSKYSTAR 8/24/2010 10:22AM

    on my way!!

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TRUELOU 8/23/2010 11:24PM

    Thanks so much Willow, I hope we have many more years of friendship also:)
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DENI_ZEN 8/23/2010 11:02PM

    Happy Birthday to you, Lou!
(Rhyme intended :)
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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/23/2010 4:42PM

    Happy Birthday to your friend!!

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