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A little bit of this and that.


Monday, October 21, 2013

The past few weeks have been an emotional roller coaster, but I am a survivor so I am doing just fine. Had quite a few days of not tracking anything....of not keeping in touch with YOU my spark friends. I know you all understand, but I want you all to know without your on going support with comments and goodies my days would have been much more bleak. I did check in everyday, but at the end of the day I was just emotionally drained. I am getting back to some "me" time and getting ready for what will be coming.

On a lighter side. It is getting colder here and I am loving it. I like oven meals and pots of chili and soups. Today we (DH and I) went to a favorite soup restaurant for lunch. It's a small place but everything is organic and home made. I had a cup of "pizza soup" (tomato bisque with added veggies) while DH stayed with the old stand by chicken noodle soup. They serve their soups with a roll. And I have to say their whole wheat rolls are the best.

I was playing with the new "Start" page and I kind of like it. I especially like the area where you can put in your personal goals and accomplishments. A good reminder of where I was and where I will be going from here.

Laurie is doing good. Her boys went back to Arizona today to continue their education.
She is looking into any and all of her options for the next step in fighting this cancer.
So proud of her and her determination to beat this. A friend of hers is getting a fund raiser together to raise money for the family....she is not getting paid for her leave of absence. I will be working on this probably making up some gift baskets to raffle off.
I have a few ideas, but if you have any I sure would like to hear from you.

Than Halloween is just around the corner....or should I say "trick or treating"....haven't brought any goodies into the house as of yet.....both DH and I think it just would be too tempting to snack on them.

Well thanks for stopping by. I had a good day and I hope YOU did too. ((HUGS))
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ESYLVANTUTOR207 10/24/2013 10:32PM

    Hi Barb....so glad that the news about Laurie has been positive so far. I will continue to keep you all in my prayers. Don't ever apologize about not being around Spark. We all go through those tough times where we can just manage to get through a day. There is often no energy left for anything else. I've been there so I certainly understand. You will get back to your "spark" routine when you can...don't worry.

I am also starting to get used to the new Spark page. It is slowly growing on me. As you know, I also bought the Spark Activity Tracker and I LOVE IT! So far it has been keeping me more motivated to get in my exercise, so that's certainly positive. Hope you have a more relaxing week and can find that "me" time that is so important. Thinking of you, my dear friend. ((HUGS))

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IAMAGEMLOVER 10/23/2013 2:34PM

    Barb I am so glad to hear that Laura is doing research and not just sitting back and letting her Dr.'s decide. It is an emotional and financial strain on a family. Christmas is coming up, I am sure lovely gift baskets or Christmas decorations will sell great. My Mom crochets scrubbies and is making a killing on them. My niece sells them at work for her. Have a great week. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HOLLYM48 10/22/2013 7:35PM

    Hi Barb
So nice to hear that you are doing well and things are looking up for all of you.
I know how much the support here means to us so I am glad that everyone sent you well wishes and kept you in their thoughts and prayers. This place is absolutely priceless, the support is endless!
I was down on the treadmill running when I realized I hadn't stopped by yet today, it has been so busy at work and last night I was just so exhausted when I got home, didn't even walk after work, got almost 10,000 steps in just at work.
I am so excited to be leaving in just 3 more days for 18 days of vacation in Greece and Italy. I just wait!
I have to be honest and say I am a little worried about what and how much we will be eating but I think that with lots of walking and I hear there is a lot of that, I should be able to keep it under control. My goal will be not to gain any weight, but if it is 5lb, I can live with that, after all, I am not going to Europe every day!
I have continued to pray for all of you each day and I am thinking about you and hoping everything turns out good.
Take good care of yourself and enjoy these cool days.
Hugs!!!!!

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KANOE10 10/22/2013 9:00AM

    Glad your daughter is doing better. Fundraising spaghetti dinners through a church can be helpful Take care, Spark Friend. I like the new Spark Page also.

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SPARKLED146 10/22/2013 7:18AM

    It's good that you're able to find some time for yourself. Hang in there! emoticon

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MSLZZY 10/21/2013 11:31PM

    You could make small tied blankets out of fleece
if you are into sewing. Some ladies bake cookies,
bars, pies or cakes and sell those. I guess it
depends on how much time you have to devote
to this and how long ahead of time you have to
prepare.

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CIROHIO 10/21/2013 11:24PM

    emoticon Barb! So glad that Laura is doing better, will keep you all in my continuing prayers. I am trying out a new Black bean turkey chili recipe tomorrow. Yummy to my tummy. You do need some r and r time for yourself, glad that you are getting a little bit of that. It was a very crazy stressful day here today, and I found myself really wanting to have a binge or 2, but instead I took out my stress on the pavement and went for a few short walks to curb that wanting to binge need. yah for me. Take care my friend with many, many hugs Cathe
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KATHRYNLP 10/21/2013 10:25PM

    I'm glad to hear that you're spirits are up, Barb... and that Laurie's doing better too.
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MILLISMA 10/21/2013 10:14PM

    Hi Barb. Glad to hear from you and nice that you and DH got to go out. Mom always said life wasn't easy and to just roll with it. One of my favorite shirts has an adorable angel with head down and big eyes looking up and she's saying "Lord, it's me again".

Keeping Laurie in my prayers. Wish there was something I could do to help. What type of fund raiser will be held? Have you considered making up pet baskets? One for cats and another for dogs? I just went to one where they had these and people loved them.

Thinking of you and sending hugs.



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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/21/2013 9:59PM

    I'm enjoying the cooler temps too and am ready for soup - especially chicken soup. LOL.

I am sending prayers for Laurie. emoticon

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KATHYJO56 10/21/2013 8:26PM

    Hi Barb, I am happy to hear from you. Life is a roller coaster and it seems that you are hanging on and taking the ride as it comes. I will continue to pray for your niece. Take a little time to enjoy the Fall season. emoticon

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GRANPATTIE 10/21/2013 8:22PM

    Life certainly is full of ups and downs. So, as long as you like roller coasters, you do fine. You seem to handle it well. I'm really glad for that.

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1CRAZYDOG 10/21/2013 8:21PM

    I am not sure of Pick 'n' Slave does fundraising shop-and-shares, but I would be worthwhile to check into (they would hand out shop and share slips to customers. If they shop on a (designate a day) $$$$ would be donated to the fund.

A bake sale is another idea that comes to mind, especially with the holidays coming up. Another idea that comes to mind is a recipe swap -- buy a ticket to attend and al attendees could swap recipes.

Just some ideas off the top of my head.

I am so glad you're feeling a bit better. It has been a really tough time for you. Remembering you and your family in prayer. HUGS!

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JUSTA123 10/21/2013 8:13PM

    Glad you were able to find some me time, emoticon

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MAUITN 10/21/2013 7:29PM

    I totally understand the emotional stress and physical exhaustion of what you are going through. Glad things are looking up for Laurie.

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