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January 10, 2010


Sunday, January 10, 2010

To all my Spark Friends who have left me kind notes of encouragement and goodies...you bring smiles to my face and gladness to my heart. After a bit of a rough year in 2009, I have moved from Northeast Louisiana to the Kansas City, MO. area. I am sharing a home with my sister who is a hospital chaplain and Christian Counselor...great fun! We both have Celiac Disease, among other more positive similarities, and this makes menu planning, shopping, and cooking much easier for both of us...I've already lost the 14 lbs that I put on last summer during my Mother's illness and death, when I virtually lived at the hospital with her, and people trucked food in to me!!! That puts me within 7 lbs. of the 161 lbs. I had reached (that is still showing on my tracker on my Spark Page.) As ever, weight loss is not my main goal...health and effective function is. But losing the lbs. is a lovely step in the direction of health, as we all know, so I am thankful.

My son is once again living across town from me...what a delightful gift. We shared both Thanksgiving and Christmas, and the holidays were wonderful fun. He will be returning to grad school next Fall to further his goals of coaching and mentoring young athletes, and that will once again take him across country from me, so I am loving this window of time we have together.

I used to live in the Kansas City area, so I am back in proximity to old friends that I've known for nearly 40 years...good and dear friends. This is proving to be a good life move for me...and since I can move my work as an artist and writer pretty much anywhere, livlihood is not the defining question when considering geographical location in my life.

I have acquired a big black German Shepherd named Romeo...my sister's dog. (I'll post a photo later!) He is a sweetheart...aptly named...and is far too smart for the two of us put together. He daily disproves the old adage that you can't teach an old dog new tricks, as he is constantly learning our patterns and outsmarting us at every turn! He is proving a quiet and comforting companion while I work in my home studio. He is letting me know that dinner time is approaching, and I need to go put the eggplant parmigiana in the oven for myself as well, so I'll sign out for now. I appreciate each of you so very much. Here's to successful goals in the coming year for all of us!
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DOTSLADY 1/19/2010 12:56AM

    I'm encouraged by this update, and really appreciate the smiling picture. I look forward to a smiling Romeo pic in a subsequent blog - lol. My celiac MIL was comforted by her "Romeo", Chief. What a magnificent breed, but I must admit I was a intimidated, too (I grew up with cats and iddy-biddy poodles).



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ANNIESADVENTURE 1/13/2010 9:00PM

    I am so glad the move back to St Louis has worked our so wonderfully well for you. It's great to be near to family and dear friends. You are thriving.

Dad and I (well, mostly me) have talked about having a dog for companionship but with our walking difficulties, it's not the smartest move. I enjoyed your comments about Romeo.
Annie

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TRECECOOKS 1/12/2010 12:56PM

    I am so glad for you!! It sounds like 2010 is shaping up to be a great year! Enjoy every minute. I am so glad you're back!! Love, Trece

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PUPPYWHISPERS 1/11/2010 6:23PM

    I'm so happy to see you back here! And to be with your sister and so close to your son is wonderful!! I can attest to the healing properties of canine companionship, so I'm sure Romeo will take excellent care of you.

Please keep in touch and let me know how you're doing. I've missed you!!

*hugs*
Pattie

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SHAWNATONY 1/11/2010 6:04AM

    Hello!
Sounds like all is well and comfy!
Romeo sounds GREAT!!!!!


Love the pic!
Happy New Year!!
Shawna

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