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Then And Now XIII
Friday, April 28, 2017      5 comments

In the past my husband would take care of everything. He was very talented and could fix plumbing, electrical, mechanical auto and electronic problems. He did it all throughout our marriage. Since his death I have had a few minor problems... Read more
Then And Now XII
Thursday, April 20, 2017      12 comments

Yesterday was my birthday. In the past I'd get a call and sometimes a gift from my children and one or two friends. One friend always took me to dinner. My husband always got me a gift and took me out. Only once, on a special birthday, did a... Read more
Then And Now XI
Monday, April 17, 2017      5 comments

For most of my life I didn't think about death. Even after my parents died I associated death with old people. When a young person died it was an aberration. More than eight years ago my husband was diagnosed with acute leukemia, a fatal dise... Read more
Then And Now X
Sunday, April 16, 2017      7 comments

I used to tackle things head on and stick with it, no matter what, until I reached my objective. This meant that I would overload myself with tasks, work to finish things in advance of their due date, etc. I did college in three years. I'd wr... Read more
Then And Now IX
Wednesday, April 05, 2017      8 comments

When my husband was alive he took care of electrical, mechanical, computer, plumbing, and auto problems; he could do it all and do it well. I used to beg him to teach me but he would always tell me not to worry, he would take care of it. That ... Read more
Then And Now VIII
Wednesday, March 15, 2017      5 comments

I used to do everything the hard way and really enjoyed it. For decades I had a big vegetable garden, canned or froze produce, made almost everything edible from scratch and cleaned my house from stem to stern. I had energy and was very health... Read more
Then And Now VII
Wednesday, March 01, 2017      4 comments

When I or one of my loved ones went through a difficult time I would eat anything that didn't move. Obviously, that didn't do a bit of good and it certainly didn't put me in a frame of mind where I would be any the better to handle the situatio... Read more
Then And Now VI
Monday, February 20, 2017      5 comments

I used to look ahead, longing for things to be other than what they were, dreaming of things I would like to do or have, I wasn't satisfied with what I had and wanted more and wanted better. Nothing wrong with that, but when my wishes or dream... Read more
Then And Now V
Wednesday, February 15, 2017      8 comments

I used to hold a grudge forever. If someone bullied me or was insensitive, selfish or mean spirited it would hurt me deeply and I'd carry that hurt with me like a badge of courage. My reaction most often was to avoid the person, to have as lit... Read more
Then And Now IV
Saturday, January 28, 2017      9 comments

Most of my life I was very serious. Even as a child I functioned like a little adult. My life wasn't dire, but it was difficult. I hardly ever laughed, took everything to heart, and never stopped to smell the roses. My life from young adulth... Read more
Then And Now III
Saturday, January 14, 2017      5 comments

I was always very frugal. I had to pinch pennies from the time I was little and got my 25 cents / week allowance. Even back then it didn't go very far. That would get me into a movie or a couple of ice cream cones. The thought of throwing a... Read more
Then And Now II
Thursday, December 29, 2016      5 comments

I have undergone a major transformation over the years. From my earliest years up until about seven years ago I relied heavily on what people thought of me. I wanted to be loved, liked, admired. I wanted people to think highly of me: my fami... Read more
Then And Now
Tuesday, December 27, 2016      8 comments

As I look back at my life I see major changes. With regard to my personal relationships, I have evolved from a tentative, insecure young lady to a mature, independent woman. From childhood till middle age I was fearful of being alone. I needed... Read more
Good Wishes For All
Friday, December 23, 2016      4 comments

I've met so many good people on Spark and I want to wish you all a joyous holiday and happiness throughout the year. May you realize your most precious dreams in 2017.... Read more
It's All Relative
Tuesday, December 20, 2016      7 comments

When I was a child I was very poor. Actually, I was very poor for years after i was married, so poor, in fact, that we didn't have to pay income tax for 11 years. Gifts were always modest by necessity. As our income improved the gifts were mo... Read more

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