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Short Blog, I had a very pleasant surprise. !!!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Last night and today it snowed.
It snowed heavy so we just kind of messed with odds and ends we needed to do. I was trying for the umpteenth time to get my recipes in order. I never succeeded.
I did make sure DH robes were washed he never wears them but he might need them so they are ready for him to wear.
I did go online and found the classes for the hip replacement. I watched the presentation DH declined I know what is happening so I can break it to him gently but only when he asks.
I did some picking up and weeding out, especially clothes. I really should get rid of them I would much rather give them to someone than to donate them for people to buy.
Now we have a huge thrift store in a brand new building all the prices are much higher than before. We are being told the CEO is very well paid and now there are all kinds of things not to take in.
That is sad. I know there will be people having fires so I will stash them till spring just in case. There are some nice clothes in there that will keep some people warm I think my friend will know how to donate them for free.
Today I went downstairs to get dressed for moving the snow. The phone rang and my neighbour said. Please be careful going down your steps there is a black ice frozen puddle and I do not want either of you to fall. I told her I was just getting ready to start shoveling . She said it's OK we have done it and sure enough they shoveled both driveways.

That is so great' we rarely see or do much with our neighbours they work nights When we can, we do as much as we can for them because just like here on Spark if you give support you will get support.

When i was small I had a book it was a classic. "THE WATER BABIES"
there was a woman in the book and her name was,



Our neighbours cleared driveway and DH and I ended up watching TV. A Net Flix arrived in the mail and it is already to go back now.
Now I have to finish my Leslie walk.

Good night Spark friends, it makes me happy to see your names and sometimes faces on my page.

Thank you for you support and nice comments. It is a pleasure to keep in touch. (((HUGS))) Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ROSEWCI 12/30/2012 6:01PM

    What sweet neighbors! You are blessed! Keep safe & warm out there! And Happy New Year to you & DH!

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DOWNEASTLASS 12/29/2012 9:29PM

    Glad your neighbors were so helpful!

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TERRI289 12/28/2012 10:02PM


Kind of sick..will type more when i can.

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EFFIEANNIE 12/28/2012 8:49PM

    I think it is great they had the video available on line for you to watch, even if hubby wouldn't. I don't think my hospital has that available on line yet. Glad you had a good day.

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CHALLENGER15 12/28/2012 6:36PM

    I always learn so much from your blogs, Pat! I am afraid I would be like DH; I "sliced" the little bit of skin between a couple of my fingers this afternoon and thought I was going to pass out...I could NEVER have been in the medical field. When my stepgrandson was in the hospital back in March, they all laughed when I had to look away as they dressed his abdominal wound...there was no way I could do that. Even now I somehow just cringe thinking of it.

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GAMMY98 12/28/2012 5:35PM

    What great neighbors you have. I just got back to my own place from Beth's. emoticon

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OURELEE1 12/28/2012 5:06PM

  You are have some great neighbors Take care with all of that snow. We had about 2 to 3 inches of rain in Louisiana today and cold weather for the weekend.

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CATHYINLA 12/28/2012 1:55PM


Sorry to hear the thrift stores are so expensive and won't take things. Our St. Vincent de Paul thrift stores (there are many in various areas of town) will take just about anything. They do such good work and many times when I go to donate someone asks about something I am donating and I simply give it to them before I bring in the store (better to give for free I say as well!). Lots of dishes and an older model coffeemaker that still worked were given away to a college student setting up at LSU that way. If St. Vincent de Paul does not want it (about the only thing they do not take is upholstered furniture if you have indoor pets (allergies I suppose) but The Salvation Army will take that so everything can be donated here. I am just getting on the donating furniture wagon as until now I always had a nephew who was going to college and needed anything I wanted to donate (all my former sofas and tables have been used for sure). All are now graduated and married so most things go to charity at this point if there is still useful life in it. While the charities charge for them, the price is quite low and if you can't afford it they do keep some things that they simply give away (mainly when they have a surplus). Since SVdP also runs the local men and womens' and children's shelters and provides meals each day they also give away blankets, pillows and other items when needed to homeless folks.

If you can find a charity run my a local church organization (like SVdP is) then it will likely meet your needs better since everyone (or most everyone) will be volunteers or else homeless folks who work there to earn some minimum wage and learn responsibility.

Good Luck. I am working on cleaning out closets too this holiday season. Seems like I am almost always doing this, but I hate clutter and if I haven't used it in a year it is clearly time to go to someone who will use it.

Take Care.


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PICKIE98 12/28/2012 12:58PM

    Pat, you are doing well with your spare time, watching the vid, cleaning house, preparing for DH being indoors this winter..
You are a blessing to each other....

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POOHGIRL1970 12/28/2012 12:32PM

    So glad your neighbors were looking out for you both. It is the small things in life that make us happy!

Cheers to you and DH! Have a blessed Friday!

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LITTLEWIND53 12/28/2012 12:26PM

    Our thrift stores here are the same, being very picky what they will accept as donations. No upholstered furniture of any kind and many are not accepting other furniture (such as dressers or tables, etc. either) It seems like the only thing to do is throw them out which is sad when there is such a need......

Edmonton is very bad for fires in the winter, so there is always a need for clothing and household items but it is not easy fo find where to give these items.

I am glad you have such wonderful neighbours that help you out with the snow shoveling.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/28/2012 11:16AM

    How sweet of your neighbor!

Hmmm....too bad your DH won't watch the video/read the information! I am sure that he will have to attend classes before having his hip transplant anyway, but it does help so much to allay fear when you get the right information and not leaving it up to your imagination to surmise what's going to happen, what it will feel like, etc.

HUGS! We're getting snow too, so will be out there.

Take care.

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HOLDINGMYOWN 12/28/2012 8:12AM

    I think you had MRS. BE-DONE-BY-AS-YOU-DID clear out your drive Pat~~nice to have neighbors like that.
I have always lived by MRS. DOASYOUWOULDBEDONEBY's motto...always say that if you follow this motto then all the 10 commandments will be followed...just goes to say eh? emoticon emoticon

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IOEINC 12/28/2012 7:14AM

    Sounds like you had a very nice day despite the snow. That was so sweet of your neighbors to shovel your driveway!!


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BETHGILLIGAN 12/28/2012 7:12AM

    It's a blessing to have kind neighbors! Hope you enjoyed the movie--you could use a little "downtime".

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123ELAINE456 12/28/2012 6:52AM

  What a Wonderful Surprise that was to have the Snow already shoved off the drive way for You. You Have very Good Nieghbors. Glad You had a Nice Day. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Enjoy Today. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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NASFKAB 12/28/2012 5:43AM

  your neighbours are great am sure you do a lot for them hugs

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GOANNA2 12/28/2012 5:09AM

    What a wonderful thing your neighbours did to shovel
your driveway for you. I agree that the thrift shops should
take any offering if it is in good repair. I was watching one
of our comedians promoting his book. He came here from
Vietnam and he tells they were given clothes by one of the
nuns and the clothes were for a boy and girl and his mum
was so grateful to get the clothes, she didn't say she didn't
want them and dressed the boys in the clothes that were
donated. He showed us a photo of his brother dressed in girls
clothing. Moral is, his mother was so happy to have clothes.
As you say, if you look out for someone, they will do the same
for you. Having good neighbours is a blessing. emoticon

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ARTJAC 12/28/2012 2:45AM


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GRACEISENUF 12/28/2012 2:32AM

    How wonderful your neighbors are. I love to look at snow but I have never had to drive in it or shovel it....I may quickly change my mind if I had to.

Hope you have a great weekend ahead.


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BRENDAGAIL9 12/27/2012 11:25PM

    The Goodwill store in the next town has raised their prices sky high so I won't go there anymore.

We have two Visiting Nurses thrift stores here and they are great. Used to be every Monday was Senior Citizen discount but now it is every day. We have to tell them before we check out because they aren't allowed to ask us. Prices are great there. I donate stuff to them and shop there too. My friend wanted to go there one day so off we went. She doesn't have much money as her rent is very high and she is on the waiting list to move in here where we only pay 30% if our income. Anyway, she found a few things she needed and really wanted the beautiful sequined top for $8 but she didn't have enough and wouldn't let me buy it for her. She tried it on and it fit her like a glove. Well, I took her home then doubled back and bought her the top as I was going to pick her up the next morning to go to a memorial for our friend. She cried and I laughed because I tricked her. I love giving things to people that I don't need or don't use.

All we have here is rain. So far this year we have had 48 inches You have good neighbors to do your shoveling.

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GDY2SHUZ 12/27/2012 11:20PM

    Happiness is having helpful neighbours. Glad you got to see the movie.

We have a brown Christmas, with a bit of green. The temp has dropped, the winds blow...moving any loose snow it can. The two storms coming up from the States have passed on either side of our area. One was supposed to give us a big dump of snow.... glad it missed. The forrest need the snow and I wish it would fall where it is needed............that is not the way it goes.

Weekend coming up; have a good one. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHARON10002 12/27/2012 11:20PM

    Isn't it wonderful to have neighbors who look out for one another? I had a hip replacement, and would encourage your husband to watch the film. He is going to be your caregiver for awhile, and it would help things so much if he knew what was going on. I wish you well with your surgery. When is it scheduled?

I am amazed that you were out there shoveling if you are in need of a hip replacement. That is one thing that really caused pain for me. That would do me in after about 20 minutes.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 12/27/2012 11:05PM

    That's what friends and neighbors are for, isn't it:-)

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WOWEETOO 12/27/2012 11:05PM

    yeehaw i was wondering about that is amazing what that ceo makes and advertises how much he helps the disabled by giving them minimum wage jobs while we give him our nice things for free..he's got the candle at both ends..i was shocked for sure
the lady mary emoticon

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1BEACHWALKER 12/27/2012 11:00PM

    Well, here is another name for you to look at!! Back online-computer fixed!! Glad you have such nice neighbors! Yes, indeed helping others is a great thing to do! Good for you and your neighbors!! emoticon
Be careful out there! I just had a fall, tripped going sideways through some bushes- I am ok, it could have been worse if I hadn't fallen back into the bushes!!! I don't know how I managed to fall into them that way, but so glad I did!!!
Take care....Have a great weekend...stay warm! emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/27/2012 10:59PM

    I am so grateful to you neighbors for helping you out and I sent a prayer to bless them. You have a lot to do to get your hubby ready for surgery.

The donation places here have gone downhill as well. We have some nearly new clothes with the tags on them and some with the tags but they prefer "cash". No offense, but so do we. To me a charity should not question a gift as long as it is clean and in good repair. I prefer for this reason to do as you do and find someone who is truly needy. Really needy people are not picky. I would know because my mother was a generous person who helped people like this.

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FENWAYGIRL18 12/27/2012 10:55PM

    You are blessed with good neighbors... I wish I was...

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DEBBIEANNE1124 12/27/2012 10:49PM

    It's great that your neighbor watches out for you. Way to go!
I really hope your DH views the hip replacement just so he knows what's going on. I did for my last 2 surgeries. even if it wasn't so pretty I knew where i was headed.

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LJCANNON 12/27/2012 10:48PM

    emoticon It is a Blessing to have Good Neighbors -- On Spark and In "Real Life"!!

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HARROWJET 12/27/2012 10:42PM

    Good neighbours are treasures.

Judy emoticon

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