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Sunday, May 02, 2010

Yesterday I ran my first 5K. After reading many blogs from my running SparkFriends, I started running 7 months ago mostly out of curiosity and now I run mostly out of amazement at myself. (Plus it's one of my best calorie burners!)

After rain and severe storms on Friday night, Saturday started out dreary and foggy. The best thing about the morning was that there didn't seem to be much of the forecasted high winds. My knee was just fine; I was still a tad concerned before I started but I had nothing to worry about.

It was a pretty run through the woods of Peninsula State Park and along the shores of Green Bay. By the time we were ready to start, the sun had come out and it was getting warm and a little humid! I was sure sweating by the end! Spring is much accelerated this year and I wasn't prepared to inhale the insect that normally doesn't arrive until next month. Blech!!

After I was finished, I ran into someone who lives close to me and we brainstormed some ideas for future activities here at home. I neglected to get my official time because I was talking (go figure!) and forgot so now I'm waiting impatiently for the results to be posted on line.

When I got back to my car, the wind had returned and the rest of the day was very windy. I took a reward nap and now it is back to business as usual.

So here it is:

Finish time: 40:38 (pace 13:05) I was hoping for 40 minutes and this qualifies!

419 finished; I placed 304; 202nd out of the 291 women.

Not bad.

My reward today (it occurs to me that we can reward ourselves every day!) will be a bike ride and then back to the program tomorrow. The 10K is in 6 weeks!

P.S. My thanks to the beautiful ROBBIEMARIE for her wonderful blog yesterday. With wonderful SparkFriends, how can any of us do less than our best??


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LALABUMBUM 5/12/2010 10:01AM

    Great job on your 5k, I know you will beat your time at the next one. These races are so addicting, and they are for such great causes, its a win-win for everyone!

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SUCHAHOOT 5/6/2010 6:07AM

    GREAT JOB!!! Congrats! What an accomplishment! I know that must feel soooo good.


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LOGOULD 5/4/2010 6:11PM

    Great Job! CONGRATULATIONS on your first 5K! and on achieving another goal!!! WAY TO GO!

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GETFIT2LIVE 5/4/2010 1:28PM

    emoticon on completing your first 5K, that is emoticon

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    I am so glad I came back to read your blog! I'd missed it for some reason, and Robbie brought it to my attention with her blog! YAY for you doing the 5K! Yay for your influence on Robbie and so many others! YOU, my friend, have encouraged me more than you know just by what you do and say every day! emoticon

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon on your wonderful achievement! You did it! (I'm smiling as I type this.)

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NO_SNOW_BODY 5/3/2010 9:19AM

    WOW I wanted to do the Door County run on Saturday, I had already signed up for the Wausau one, just think we could have crossed paths, of course it would have been you passing me. LOL

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    I am so proud of you for reaching for your dreams and going for them. You're AMAZING! Keep on keeping on my friend. Love, Dawn

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G.I.JANE 5/2/2010 5:25PM

    emoticon emoticon This Blog has leadership written all over it.

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JUDI_B 5/2/2010 5:14PM

    I am so, so proud of you! Congratulations. 10K? emoticon

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KARVY09 5/2/2010 4:21PM

    So proud of you! And that is an amazing pace for a first 5K! You are amazing!

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I'm so Happy for you! emoticon

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LIZZIEGEE13 5/2/2010 10:45AM

    WAY TO GO ! :) Awesome job! 10K has got nothing on you !

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SPARQUEE 5/2/2010 10:37AM

    Congratulations! I knew you could do it.

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ROSE6040 5/2/2010 10:26AM

    Congratulations on your first 5k. You must be so proud of yourself. You are an inspiration to me and I am sure, many others.. emoticon

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ROBBIEMARIE 5/2/2010 10:10AM

    Again, I am so proud of you and your accomplishments! Congrats on finishing your FIRST official 5K. I'm sure you have many more races to look forward to. Sounds like you had an incredible day. I can't quit grinning for you. I just know how wonderful it feels when you cross that finish line for the first time when you reach out for something new and exciting.

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DEVENIRBELLE 5/2/2010 9:58AM

    Fabulous! I have to investigate this running thing!

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AHEALTHIERME9 5/2/2010 9:08AM

    Totally awesome!!! WOOOOHOO!!!!!!!!!


Congratulations on living out your dream and accomplishing what you set out to do!
I am sooooooooo very proud of you, my friend!

WAY TO GO!!!!!

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CHATERJOY 5/2/2010 8:42AM

    emoticon Can you believe you did it??? emoticon I am so happy for you!!! I am not a runner at all...but, I tell ya..you got me thinking about it. Ha! That is a great time !!!
What a great accomplishment!!

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FLAME42 5/2/2010 8:27AM

    Fantastic! Not only did you run the race, you did it in great style. Of course you needed to talk after the race. We need to share and learn from those around us.
Glad to hear the weather cooperated (if not the bugs) to make your day enjoyable. Also happy to hear you did enjoy the scenery, I am a scenery enjoying person.
Keep that knee in tip top shape for the 10K.

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HANNALA1 5/2/2010 8:05AM

    You are emoticon!!!! emoticon

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GABY1948 5/2/2010 7:52AM

    You GO girl! You are an inspiration! I am proud of you!

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LOVE_KRISTIN 5/2/2010 6:15AM

  Awesome job!! emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 5/2/2010 6:08AM

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MISSY455 5/2/2010 6:06AM

    emoticon Congrats on completing your first 5K!!! Sounds like you had almost perfect weather for it too. I think your time sounds pretty darn good for your first race.

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It's Race Day (and More Life on the Plateau)

Saturday, May 01, 2010

It's race day for me; the first 5K of my life, another stepping stone on this great adventure I've been on for the last 11 months. I tried running once during my last weight-loss attempt; I just couldn't understand the allure. (Plus it made my hips hurt . . . . someone told me I wasn't built for running! I don't remember who told me that but I was convinced!)

It didn't occur to me until a couple of weeks ago that no one would be coming with me today and I would be doing this run alone. There would be no witnesses so who would ever know if I really did it or not? (Understand that not running was never an option, only a "what if?") As I was going in to register on Friday afternoon, I realized that this is my moment, my affirmation; there doesn't need to be any witnesses. I will know. And I will be very proud of myself!

i remember when I first registered back in February; I really couldn't believe that I would actually do it. I went online, got the form filled out and then I stared at it . . . . . I wasn't REALLY going to do this, was I? Eventually I said out loud, "Just push the send button". Obviously, you know I pushed the "send" button!

My bad knee is protesting (why now?); I pushed pretty hard on Wednesday night (but that's a story for another time.) I've been taking it easy the last two days because I realized that I really, REALLY want to do this. I did have a time goal in my mind but because the weather forecast is calling for very windy conditions, my goal and more importantly, my pleasure is to simply run it. Someone asked me once why I run; the only answer I could honestly give was "I run because I can!"

More Life on the Plateau: I lost one pound for the whole month! Whoop-de-do!! Amazingly enough, I'm OK with that. About halfway through the month of April, I stopped obsessing about numbers and recommitted myself to all my other goals. What could have been my worst month, my end of the road, became my month of strength as I reminded myself of what I had achieved so far and thought about how I'm going to build on that strength for the new accomplishments ahead. I think the best day of April was last Saturday; I was so excited when I got the email telling me I am a SP Motivator. I'm always so honored to be able to share something I've learned and I've certainly learned a lot during this challenging time. There's so much rolling around in this brain waiting to spill out. I am forever grateful to have this great place where I can share it (and perhaps someone else can find it useful.)

Today's 5K will be a celebration of all I've accomplished and a launching pad for new adventures.

I am already so proud of myself.

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NO_SNOW_BODY 5/3/2010 9:17AM

    You did the right thing by not concentrating on your weight loss and doing your other goals instead. I know what you mean about doing it for yourself and it is a great feeling isn't it?

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    You SHOULD be proud of yourself and I'm glad that you ARE! I didn't lose even 1 pound during the month of February and most of March. Don't let the scale get you down. You're doing GREAT and I AM PROUD OF YOU too! I hope that 5K went well today. I can't wait to read all about it. Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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NENA2561 5/1/2010 4:13PM

    I hope you had a great time on your first run, maybe the start of many more! You will definitely have to write and let us, your Spark cheering buddies all know, we all are waiting to hear about your adventure.
You deserved the title of motivator...you do your job well! Keep up the great work. emoticon

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ROBBIEMARIE 5/1/2010 11:03AM

    YOU deserve to be very proud of yourself for all your accomplishments especially today as you cross that finish line on your first of what I am sure will be many huge steps on your journey. Kathi, I am very very proud of you, all that you have done and how you motivate those around you. I hope you feel all of your spark friends with you on your run today. We will be there at the finish cheering for you. Listen for us. The cheers will be coming from all over the world! Hugs and congrats.

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CHATERJOY 5/1/2010 10:21AM


I can't wait to hear about your 5K run when you are done!!!! You have a GREAT attitude!! This is for life ..not a DIET! I'm so happy for you getting the Motivator title...you deserve it! emoticon emoticon

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DEVENIRBELLE 5/1/2010 10:18AM

    Good luck with your race. It is OK that you don't have witnesses. This is a single competition within you. Congratulations.

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    Lots of Luck with the race today!
You are not alone, all your Spark buddies are cheering you on in heart, mind, and spirit!
Your going to do Great today!
emoticon on all your non-scale victories!!
Sometimes those are the Greatest Ones! emoticon emoticon

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FLAME42 5/1/2010 8:07AM

    Cheering you on from a distance, but cheering you on all the same!!! Wishing you a great experience for your FIRST race.
Take of that knee, you need it to walk,run or jump off that plateau!
Will be thinking of you all day, really good thoughts.....

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MSLZZY 5/1/2010 7:31AM

    You should be proud of yourself! You are amazing! I'll be there in spirit with you today!
Good luck! emoticon

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JUDI_B 5/1/2010 6:57AM

    Congratulations! I can't wait to read the sequel-all about your experience!

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BILL60 5/1/2010 6:32AM

    Congratulations!! You rock.

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Countdown to 5K

Saturday, April 24, 2010

One week to go to my very first running event!

The month of April could be called "Life on the Plateau." My weight has not moved (but I haven't gained!) My running time hasn't improved much and, for a really brief time, I was feeling disheartened. I got another one of those horoscopes yesterday that shouted out at me:

"You keep pushing yourself towards success and can tell that things are getting better and better. Even though your mood may not be sky-high, you're still pleased with your progress."

Unless something drastic changes in the last week of the month, that really does sum up how I'm feeling. I'm not "sky-high" but I am so proud of myself! This could well be the most enlightening and important time I've ever experienced. It truly is the time that, in the past, I have stepped off the path. I started to experience a little panic as I stopped progressing (I'm always feeling like the people on the BL who fall below the yellow line: "I have to stay; I'm not ready to go home yet!") As the month has progressed, I started feeling more peaceful and less stressed. I know that my running time isn't going to improve drastically by next week and the realization has come that in almost 52 years of life, never once did I think I would be running a 5K at all and in 7 weeks from now, a 10K. That's more than I could have ever imagined!

I love running with my iPod. I never take time to just sit and listen to music and I've discovered how nice it is to integrate listening and running. Frequently I'll throw in a couple of tunes that don't appear to be conducive to running only because I haven't heard them in a long time and besides that, you just never know! I put the playlist on shuffle and throw caution to the wind! A couple of weeks ago (when I was first starting to have doubts), the song "Gospel Plow" started to play:

"Well, I got my hands on the Gospel plow 
And I wouldn't take nothin' for my journey now 
Keep your hands on that plow of God.

Hold on, Hold on
Keep your hands on that plow, Hold on."

Hold on . . . . What a great reminder (and a permanent addition to my playlist!)

This morning's run was pretty good. I was pleased with myself and I was nearing my driveway, the song "Land of the Living" by Janet Sullivan Whitaker started playing. (She has written some wonderful Christian songs.) It's such a happy song and I ended up singing along in my driveway! (My neighbors know me and love me anyway and, besides that, they should be impressed that I just ran over 3 miles and can still sing pretty well!)

"One thing I ask, and all that I seek is to live with you forever in the land of the living.
Nobody knows what hardships await, but we can help each other in the land of the living,
Here and now.
Don't look to the sky when the reign of our God is here.

Some may be weak and some may be strong,
but each of us is blessed in the land of the living.
Justice will roll, and all shall return to a love that lasts forever in the land of the living,
Here and now.
Don't look to the sky when the reign of our God is here.

Let none of us fear, we do this together.
Let nothing confound in us the gospel of peace.
With God as our strength, we shall build up,
Here and now, in this land, the land of the living."

I think I just found another permanent addition for my playlist.

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ROSE6040 5/1/2010 6:56AM

    You go girl!

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    You are going to be so successful my friend. Your positive attitude will carry you when your legs won't want to. I'm cheering for you all the way. Love, Dawn

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SARA314 4/25/2010 1:13AM

    With that attitude, you will do great!!! Keep going.

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VTORIA3 4/24/2010 9:03PM

    When I read your blog, I thought, yes, you captured exactly how I am feeling, too, about my own progress. My weight loss has been very slow but steadily down. I am achieving, but it is nothing that is stellar, just a steady, slow downward trend. And, I am okay with that. Like you, in the past, it would have been enough to make me feel that I wasn't getting anywhere and end up in my just quitting the whole thing. But I don't feel that way this time. I feel like I'm doing something for the long haul, and it's a lifestyle that is manageable. At least, I think that is my truth (sure hope so as it feels honest right now).

I am very inspired by your running a 5K, and you are now close to your run date. I think that what you are doing is wonderful and a real milestone. I hope you have good weather for your run, which will make it all the more sweet. You go, girl!

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MSLZZY 4/24/2010 12:20PM

    A fantastic attitude! You are no more falling below the yellow line than anyone I know.
You have energy, ambition and drive. That combination will take you far! emoticon

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ROBBIEMARIE 4/24/2010 11:15AM

    Marvelous attitude you've got going, Kathi. Love the songs and love the way you are pushing through your usual stopping point by setting some incredible goals for yourself. Hurray for you! You will do great on your first 5k and I'm sure you'll be ready to conquer that 10k when the time comes. I can't wait to hear all about them!

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FLAME42 4/24/2010 10:15AM

    Absolutely fantastic blog. Your attitude is taking you so far. Not letting a plateau stop you is a major achievement. Wishing you a great run! Just to do it is so important. Do like your music shuffle idea, surprises are nice.
You are definitely living in the land of the living.

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KARVY09 4/24/2010 10:08AM

    Congrats on pushing through despite the plateau and the running snags. But in the end, could you even imagine running a 5K a year ago today? I bet not! I'm so excited for you and for everything you have acheived. You're going to rock next weekend. You always remember your first!

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FRECKALYMC 4/24/2010 9:51AM

    I absolutely love your "you just never know" attitude. "Wouldn't trade nothin' for my journey now" ::grin:: You go girl. Hang on. "Sky high" is just a feeling, a nice one, indeed...but just a feeling. Those come and go and come back again. You're showing us how to keep our hands on the plow.


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GABY1948 4/24/2010 9:43AM

    Great song, thanks for sharing!

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Fresh and Alive: THAT'S ME!!

Monday, April 19, 2010

That horoscope from last Monday keeps returning to me. It's now part of my SparkPage; I'm understanding more and more that I have to think long and hard about all my past weight-loss experiences to find the successes and failures in those times and add them to what I have learned now.

Here it is, one last time:
"Today is a really good time to organize your memories - they are stronger than usual, and you might want to write down your take on long-ago events to keep it fresh and alive for the future."

My last weight-loss adventure was in 1997. I don't know how much I actually lost; I can only guess since I never took a measurement and I threw out my scale. I went simply by how I felt and how my clothes fit. I do know that I went from a size 24 to a size 10 in about 18 months. (I will address where the failures were in that plan some other time. Today is about successes!!) That was the time I realized the adventure that can come with exercise.

I was really fortunate to have an exercise buddy. We went out almost every day and did something! We were always brainstorming and coming up with new escapades! (We eventually did the 10K Bellin Run together as walkers. That's the 10K I'm training for now, this time as a runner.) At some point, we talked about how fun inline skating looked. Could we actually do it? We were both nearing 40, after all; isn't that kind of old?? But we did it anyway and it was a great and fun addition to all the other things we were already doing.

Those skates have been in my garage since I moved almost 8 years ago. I was thinking about them last week and unearthed them (I really need to clean that garage one day!) I decided that I was going to try them out on Saturday; I was really excited! Could I still do it?

Saturday was not a pleasant day. Oh, it tried to be a nice day but it was so windy! I thought about a suitable route, not too bumpy, not too many hills, some place out of the wind. Once I decided on the route, I put my skates in the car and off I went. As I got closer to my destination, I realized that I was really nervous! I'm not 40 anymore, was I making a poor decision? I put on all the padding: knees, elbows, wrists (trust me, there was no way anything was going to get injured!) and tried to get started. It was still too windy but after a couple of glides forward, I realized (truly, with joy) that I remembered! I only skated about 10 minutes but I knew I could do it! I tried again later in the day and went about 30 minutes but it was just too windy. I was hooked though! I had my sea legs (skate legs?) back. I couldn't wait to go out again.

I'm now grateful for the wind on Saturday. It kept me from overdoing it the first day. I went on Sunday for about an hour; the route I picked had some moderate hills and I was very proud of myself when I was done. (I think "unstoppable" might be a better word!!)

I thought back to how I was always amazed at myself that I was skating, that I had defied my inner doubts and did what I wasn't sure I could do. There was a day from way-back-when that an older man skated past my house. Eventually, he came back on the return trip and I made him stop so I could tell him how much I was enjoying skating and how nice it was to see someone else out doing the same thing. He told me that he was 72 years old and he skated in the summer to keep himself in shape for ski season. Now there's an inspiration; I will remember that man every time I think I can't do something because I might be too old.

I've never acted my age and I guess today isn't going to be the day that I start. It's a sunny day and my flag outside is lying flat against the flagpole - no breezes today! Off to tackle another hill!

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FRECKALYMC 4/24/2010 10:37AM

    I"m so glad I "happened" upon you in SparkPeople. You're amazing.

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SUCHAHOOT 4/22/2010 10:11PM

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE reading about your adventures!!!


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MSLZZY 4/22/2010 6:57AM

    I'm sure you took the opportunity to get outside! Have a great day! emoticon

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SPARQUEE 4/20/2010 12:57AM

    It is so great you are doing this. We are never to old to try something again we used to do and has fallen by the wayside nor just to try a new activity. I have been thinking about inline skating and you may just have given me the push I need. I had a physical last week and my oxygen level is real low so maybe if I do this, it will strengthen my lungs. Thanks for the idea.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 4/20/2010 12:17AM

    This is so exciting! I'm too afraid of falling to skate but it sounds like you're doing GREAT! I love it! Keep on acting the age you FEEL and not the age you "are supposed to be". Life is more fun that way! Love ya, Dawn

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I love HILL work!! Also don't start now...by acting your age, BBBLLPPPTTT to that! I wish you lived in COLORADO!

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FLAME42 4/19/2010 9:16AM

    What an inspiration! You gave it a try and found you could still do it AND enjoy it. Keep up the adventure, also glad to hear you used all the right equipment for safety.
Will be anxious to hear about your next discovery, what else do you have in your memory bank?

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    emoticon emoticonYou're amazing!

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    Awesome job! I knew you still had it! Keep up the new (old) hobby! emoticon

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Daffodil Season

Saturday, April 17, 2010

I am still thinking about the horoscope that appeared on my desktop a few days ago; I think it could apply to my every day.

"Today is a really good time to organize your memories - they are stronger than usual, and you might want to write down your take on long-ago events to keep it fresh and alive for the future."

Today, I won't be writing about anything motivational or inspirational. (I'll have one of those in the next couple of days.) I'm writing about a long-ago event that I was reminded of when the daylight appeared this morning.

My mom died on April 2, 1994. She had fought colon cancer for three years so even though we prayed for miracles, it was not a surprise and it was a relief to see her pass on to a better life.

She lived in Tennessee and I lived in Wisconsin and at the end, each time I tried to schedule one last trip to see her, she would cancel out on me at the last minute. I understand now that she didn't want me to see her at the end. My brother lived closer to her and saw her more frequently and his memories are clouded now by what he saw as she died. The memories I have are mostly of all the fun times (she was a wild woman!) and only a little of what occurred at the end.

She had a brief time of remission the autumn before she died; that was the last time I saw her. She and my dad had built a lovely house a couple of years previous and she was still landscaping. She talked to me of planting daffodils. She and my dad would go out and throw daffodil bulbs in the air and plant them wherever they landed. Oh, they had fun and she sure laughed about her daffodil plan!

When I went to Tennessee for the funeral, I arrived at night. Understandably, it was a restless night for me; I would sleep an hour or two, wake up unsure as to where I was and then remember the grim purpose of my trip. Sometime around dawn, I awakened yet again and got out of bed to look out the window. Can you picture how I felt when I looked out to see all the sunshiney daffodils smiling at me? It was my mom telling me that everything was going to be OK.

This is daffodil season in Door County. I live in the northern part of the county and my daffodils are just starting to bloom. As dawn approached this morning and I looked out my window, I remembered the times over the past few years when I have gone out and tossed daffodil bulbs in the air and planted them where they landed. They are just beginning to smile at me, a reminder that life is good!

Thanks, Mom!

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SPARQUEE 4/20/2010 12:59AM

    What an inspiration you are! I love the way you think.

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ROBBIEMARIE 4/19/2010 12:38AM

    Beautiful tribute to your mom! I am still amazed at how much I miss my mom even though she has been gone for 11 years. I have a feeling that I feel the same way you do every time I see a rose bush - especially the ones she grew for me and the kids, dug up and planted at my home. It is wonderful to have the loving memories of mom, isn't it?

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/18/2010 8:15PM

    What a wonderful tribute to your mom!! emoticon My daffodils are in full bloom and are beautiful!! I love the idea of throwing them in the air and planted where they fall!! Definitely brought tears to my eyes but what a beautiful idea for a beautiful lady!!!
Blessings and hugs,
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JUDI_B 4/17/2010 11:34AM

    Life is good! And our moms would want us to be happy! Have a great day.
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FLAME42 4/17/2010 10:22AM

    I am writing this thru tear blurred eyes. Will look at my daffodills differently from now on. What a beautiful tribute to your mom.
The statement you made in your blog about organizing & writing down your memories was so true. They are as clear now as they are going to be, age does dim them. I have been lax in my scrapbooking of late, this makes me aware that I better get busy.

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    What a wonderful remembrance of your mom! Enjoy those daffodils! emoticon

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CHATERJOY 4/17/2010 9:09AM

    Aw Kathi!

Love this blog! We always plant a tree in remembrance of family members passed on. I love your daffodils thrown in the air. Beautiful! emoticon

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    What a Beautiful way to remember your Mom.
Your blog brought tears to my eyes.

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GABY1948 4/17/2010 8:06AM

    Beautiful blog. My dad died in 1999 of colon cancer but was fortunate, he was diagnosed in August and gone November 19 of that year. I also miss him terribly but am thankful he did not have such a long drawn out affair. Thanks for sharing and bringing back my memories of dad too!

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MSLZZY 4/17/2010 7:53AM

    A beautiful tribute to your mom! Have a wonderful weekend! emoticon emoticon

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