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The Holidays and Other Good Things


Friday, December 27, 2013

For the past couple of weeks, things have been going much better. My son is stable and settled into his apartment. He has food, and we were able to procure all the things that make life comfortable. We realize that this can and will change, and we will just have to deal with it. He has been over to visit and also came to spend Christmas day with us. He was on his best behavior and we were grateful.

Early evening on Christmas day our daughter, grandson, and her boyfriend and his daughter came for dessert. They arrived fresh from an argument and it took all my self control to ignore the undercurrent of tension. They had spent the day visiting with his father and then his mother (they are divorced). It became obvious that the visiting was not all pleasant. We all managed to get past it and the kids had a blast opening presents and eating the cookies we had made the previous weekend. Not a Norman Rockwell kind of holiday, but we are not a "Norman Rockwell" kind of family either.

We had a couple of really bad shows. As in not profitable. Then we had a few that were better, and one that was good. So all in all, things are improving. We have been juried into two more shows, and we will just keep on keeping on with the hopes that the economy will pick back up.

I purchased the Spark Activity Tracker about two months ago, but things were so hectic and wacked out with our son that I was not ready to try it out. Earlier this week I linked it to the Spark program and have been using it ever since. It does make me more mindful of the need to get moving and it is encouraging to see all the lights lit after one of our walks.

Last but by no means least, I signed up with some new Spark groups. Much to my surprise and delight, I have made some very supportive friends. At a time when I needed it most, people reached out to let me know that they either had a family member that also suffers from mental illness , were there if I needed to talk, and cheered me on when I met a goal. They will never know how much their kindness means to me. I was feeling alone and very, very tired and sad. Still tired, but not sad. Thanks to all of you, I am working on getting myself back on track and slowing down on my emotional eating. emoticon emoticon emoticon Happy New Year!

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SPARKFRAN514 1/4/2014 2:33PM

    I have been on vacation and didn't much blog reading while gone. glad to read your son is settled in a new place to live. Sorry family drama interfered with Christmas but nice to read that it did not effect the kids and presents they have so much fun at Christmas. I got a spark tracker for Christmas and just instilled it my self and need to work on getting those green lights to light up. decided that I would not put it on my shoe so many sparkers have said they lost theirs that way and had to buy an new one. one person said she put hers on here bra so going to try that. today. hope your next shows go well for you. You are right Spark has some great teams and you make some great friends i even have put a few on what i call my bucket list of people I want to meet some day. have a great new year and happy Spark tracking. emoticon

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VIGILANTONE 1/1/2014 9:36AM

    Sending huge New Year hugs to you! I'm thrilled to hear your son is doing well in his new apartment, I know how important that is for a Mom! And as far as the "Norman Rockwell" Christmas???? Well, I don't thing anyone has that and often just "getting through it" is the very best we can do! I always remind myself of how much pressure I'm putting on ME and the only one that seems upset if something does not go as planned is ME !

I too am in business for myself and yes, it has been a horrible year for Artisans...it's hard to compete with a lousy economy that's for sure no matter how great they tell us it is! I plan on working hard on my online shop and SEO's to see if that helps...it's gotten to the point where if your a craftsperson you "throw everything at the wall to see what sticks"! Here's to a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year for everyone!

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SABLENESS 12/28/2013 4:03PM

    Wishing you and your family a happy healthy new year. emoticon

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JANTHEBLONDE 12/28/2013 11:26AM

    Thanks for sharing! Happy new year.... It's going to be a great year!
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FERRETLOVER1 12/28/2013 8:21AM

    I wish you a wonderful and happy New Year - sounds like you are getting things under control.

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PKBOO3 12/27/2013 9:27PM

    Best wishes to you in the new year. Glad your family did well during the Christmas holiday. Glad to hear you are doing well here on Sparkpeople. I'm wanting a Fitbit or the Spark Activity Tracker. Good to hear you are enjoying yours.

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