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Time for our New 2014 January Cafe!
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Hi Ladies!

Happy New Year to those who have already celebrated (Georgia and Tina) and to those who will...everyone else!
I will be changing over the Cafe either this evening or in the a.m. so no worries there.
No big plans here as it is just the three younger ones and us (my son took off again and gave me a nasty text as to why he didn't come home Saturday night. (Off course it's always my fault) So I didn't respond. Enough is enough. He didn't like it much and that is too bad. It needs to stop...he needs to stop!
All three younger ones have colds (got them from my 3 year old nephew..sigh)
I am wishing the very best to all!! 2014 will be a great year for all!

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Amen to that Dee. Ditto from me. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Sending thoughts, prayers, emoticon and emoticon to All.

Wishing you and yours all the best for 2014 and beyond!

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Tomorrow (1st january) is St Basil's day. May his wisdom pass to you all and help with the dilemmas you and i all have to deal with. Hugs to all and nearly 2014. xoxox

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Tina, so sorry you are going through this. But good for you for standing your ground.

Cathy, ugh I have a feeling that my son may bring me woes like this as he gets older. Hurts my heart to think of it but I think you are doing the right thing, but I can only imagine how much it hurts. Im glad your younger kids had a nice holiday.

We are in our last night on Long Island. Leaving to go back home in the am. Got to spend more time with an old high school friend today. She got to see my kids. I am going to try and not be such a stranger here in Long Island, now that I know I still have connections here and people who want to see me and spend time with me. Also went to my fathers grave. That is always hard, wish I didnt have to visit him like that. He died when I was 16 but it still sometimes hurts like it was yesterday.

Ok going to et some rest and then will be hitting the road for Buffalo tomorrow.

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G'day all.
No sleep, very stressed. Need a holiday.
Cathy hugs and more hugs. I can supply you with a lot of bubble wrap. Good on ya for sticking your ground and not allowing him back. You have to think of your three younger ones and what he does to them. 2014 is going to be a year for you.
Georgia you are very wise. You have been through so much and I value your wisdom. May 2014 bring us all so much joy.
Becky glad that you made the decision too. It would get harder the longer you have the cat. Hope 2014 is an amazing year for you.
Dee you can come my way. Less humid than over east. Hope your hours settle down to more stable. Happy New Year.
Didn't sleep much this thing with dad is so difficult to work out in my mind. Just don't know what to do. I can see my sisters side but cannot accept it. I know that there is not much out there but wasn't told anything. She told me she has been ringing everywhere and talking to lots of people but haven't heard anything from them. We were supposed to be in this together but I have been kept out of the loop again and so over it. Love my dad but cannot do this one.
Having time with all the kids this evening. Forget about everything else for a while.
hugs to all, tina

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Tina, stick to it! Good for you!

Cathy, hugs. Also stick to your ground. He needs to learn to follow boundaries.

Dee, Georgia, anyone else I missed - hi!

I now know that we made the right choice about the cat. My little nieces came for a visit last night (they stayed with us and went to Disney,and with their father and grandfather today) - it turns out that one of them is allergic to the cat. It is possible that we will be adopting the girls sometime in the next few years (long story - my inlaws adopted them when their biological parents lost them to the state as babies due to drug problems - BIL is now clean but not sure he can raise the girls and my inlaws are older and in poor health). It would have been awful to give up the cat after a few years instead of just a few days.

Hugs to all!

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Georgia and Tina, hope you have a great New Years.

Georgia, if i could talk dh into moving again i would head your way. Have wanted to see Australia since the Olympics were held there and Oprah went there with her show.

Tina, you did the right thing not getting involved in your sister's latest antics. That's a lot of money for what they want to do. Plus, where do they think you have that kind of dough stashed?

Cathy, sending emoticon your way.

Becky, loved your "cat won paws down" against your Corgi with shedding/molting. emoticon

Me, hanging in there.....

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Cathy the older I get the more I realise I do not have to try and please people any more. The more you do the right thing the more they blame you for everything. I am finally realising that I took my children on the journey of life to a certain point and from then on it is their choices etc. I will always be here and I will always love them but sometimes my love and caring is not enough. I made a choice to protect my inner self from becoming a basket case. The pain is still there and the hurt will always be there but I know try to move forward.
Very very hard - that was my choice - no right and not wrong just protective.

Tirade over - just know I feel your pain and am here always.

High humidity and no rain and it is causing me pain in my joints. Not sleeping well and wishing for a break from routine. Such is the daily grind.

Last day of a difficult year and I for one and very glad it is over. Thank you God for the lessons you have taught me and may I please ask for a better 2014.

Hugs to all.


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Oh Tina, I am so proud of you for standing your ground! What a difficult situation with family...I totally get it! I am so thankful for my Spark Family that has always been so kind and caring and considerate...unlike so many in my family.

My Christmas was exhausting. Food was the easy part, people the hard part. Glad it's over. My younger three kids had a good time and that is what matters. I am so tired as my Aspie is being horrible (I've barred him from coming back here for the past few days as he chose to stay out all night without even calling to say he's safe etc. So since he broke rules, I told him no. He turns around and blames me for it. ugh sigh had enough!

Then our old Sheltie decided to go on an adventure last night...in subzero temps! She is almost 11, but that didn't stop her. Another sleepless night. Thankfully someone found her and took her in for the night. She is fine and it is a miracle that she is as she walked 2-3 miles away in the cold on a fast speed road. Thank God she is fine!

I am going to wrap myself in some bubble wrap to protect myself from people!

Hope you are all doing well. Hugs, Cathy

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Good on you Tina. Did they think they found a sucker in you?? Well they did NOT!!! Go Tina.

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Georgia, Cathy mentioned Jump into January a few days ago. Must be where I got it from.


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Didn't realise I have put them together.
Okay where is the 'banging your head against the wall emoticon emoticon .
Got a call today from one sister. They were so happy that they have found a granny flat that they can build on another sisters land, next to her house. Of course there will be a lot of work to be done on the land first. To the sum of $143000 at least for flat and site works. And of course we can just pay one quarter of the price of the loan. As if. Even if they sell the house they will never be able to recoup that amount of money back. Told my other sister if they have signed up for it then count me out. I was willing to buy a small unit for dad but not paying off my sisters house. It has hit the fan and I need an umbrella.
Standing my ground on this one.
I am jumping already but not with joy.
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Vicki glad you are in a happy environment. I have been working through except for our public holidays. Enjoy the time.

Cathy I think Tina has chosen the name for next month without realising. Jumping January. What do you think? I hope aspie settles soon so you can have some peace.

Tina I hear you on the exercise.

Becky good decision on the cat.

Dee if you worked for me you would have a more stable roster than the one you have. I have just sorted out the roster for my part timers due to a selfish previous boss.

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Thanks for the support about the cat, ladies. I feel better now about our decision. Her owner completely understands and appreciates that we gave it a try (and saved her a lot of money in boarding fees). When she comes to get the cat tomorrow night, I will be curious to see if she had second thoughts about giving up "her baby" while she was gone and secretly is relieved that we made this decision. (And, Tina, the molting - wow! I have never had a cat who did that. I thought my Corgi was bad, but the cat beats her, paws down!)

Dee, I hope your work becomes steadier or you find something else that better suits your needs.

Hugs to all.

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Georgia, so glad you got to spend your time off doing things you love.

Cathy, Glad your holidays went well. Hope your younger children had a good time.

Tina, my dd loves the Daleks and Dr. Who. So glad the shirt fits and dh is taking you shopping for more. Hope your bro comes to realize just how important family can be. HUGS!

Becky, hope you had a nice holiday as well. Sorry about the cat, but think you did the right thing for her. I agree with Tina that a kitten might work better than a full grown cat in a fast-paced household.

Vicky, so glad you and the children got to visit your brother and his family for the holidays.

Amanda, hope things have settled down at your house.

Everyone Else, do hope all is well.

Me, hanging in there. Have looked at my schedule for the next few weeks and it's 13 hours one week, 30+ another week, then back to 13 hours.OY!! Not sure how this is going to work out. I need enough hours to have a dependable paycheck. Being seasonal, temp for 6 months..not sure. emoticon

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Becky Ragdolls are gorgeous but they moult terribly and we struggled with fleas with them. We had two and had to get rid of them because of my daughters allergies. If you want a cat start with a kitten like we did. That way they get used to our 'fast paced' lifestyle.
I think you did the right thing.
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Wishing you all wonderful vacations, time off or at work! Also wishing everyone family peace.

Thought "decision in December" day today:

We have been babysitting a cat for the last 8 days - it was a trial run while the owner was away for the holiday to see if we wanted to adopt her. (The new boyfriend is allergic to cats - surprisingly, my DH and oldest son are not allergic to this one.) She is beautiful, sweet (when she is not aggravated and attacking our ankles), and exactly the breed that my youngest son has wanted for the last 2 years (rag doll) but we could never afford to buy. She is 3 years old and has been an only pet to a young lady, so I think our house (as mellow as it is) with 5 people (including men) and a dog is just too much for her. Poor thing - she wants to cuddle and be pet, but she then freaks out suddenly, growls, hides, or chases the boys as they try to go in and out of their bedrooms. Therefore, I had to tell her owner today that we cannot adopt her. :( It just would not be fair to the cat to keep her where she cannot be comfortable. My oldest son (who did not want the cat) is in tears over the cat leaving - the youngest (who begged for it) is fine - he made the final decision himself. Ugh.

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G'day all.
Georgia I pray that 2014 will be an awesome year for all of us. I want us all to jump into January with more positives in our lives and give ourselves permission to shine and have time for ourselves too,
Cathy we had a good holiday too but I am also glad it is over. Too many sad things happened over this year. Hope you find time to sleep.
Vicky glad that you had a good Christmas. Hope you have lots of fun at Long Island with the kids. You deserve it.
Off to the shops this morning then hopefully find some time to exercise. It has been sadly lacking over the last few days and I can feel it because I am so tired.
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Georgia, as always you are so positive and uplifting to us all! Thanks! We are all going to look to 2014 as a very great year. We will make it that way no matter what others say or do.

Vicki, so glad you had a great Christmas and the bump was small and manageable. Really happy you are enjoying vacation with the kids on Long Island. Enjoy!

I am very tired after not much sleep. The Aspie son is acting up again. We had a decent holiday, but I am glad it is over.

Hugs to all, Cathy

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Hello everyone.

Im on vacation right now. The kids are with me in Long Island visiting my brother an d some friends. We had a pretty nice Christmas, little bump and argument with the DH but it wasnt anything I could not handle.

WE are here in Long Island until Tues morning I have to go back to work on Thur which really stinks. But oh well.

Hope everyone has a wonderful new year if I dont get back on here, Im hoping that 2014 brings me a whole new life!


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As the year comes to a close Zi am so grateful for lessons learnt, burdens I managed and of course you my dear friends. 2104 will be a better year for all.

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Thank you Becky.

Hope so Tina and I hope he appreciates his family now that he has been away for a while.

Hot day and back in my lovely air conditioned home. Visit to BIL was nice. Rest now before work tomorro.

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G'day all.
Georgia so glad that you have got three days off and that you are enjoying it. Doing what you love is so important for all of us. Hope the rest of you day off is just as good.
Cathy thinking of you as you steer around all these family gatherings. May you find peace and may you have fun.
Becky hope you are enjoying your holidays.
Vicky how was your Christmas and how are you doing?
Amanda thankyou for your input. Hope the Christmas overload has settled in your house.
Saw my brother for the first time in a couple of years. Lets just say we get on as well as I do with most of my other family. He was shocked and told me that he would have walked past me at the shops because he would not have recognised me. Guess that's a plus but I wonder if he would have walked past and pretended not to recognise me. He is coming back to our side of OZ as he has some health issues and I think he wants to be nearer to his kids. Hopefully the cracks in our relationship will heal as well.
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Wonderful, Georgia!

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I have had 3 days off this weekend (today being day 3) and for the first time i what seems forever have had a wonderful relaxing time doing things I love.(Photography and driving around).
It is such a nice feeling after the hard work of the last few weeks.

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Tina so glad about the top but moire glad about your decision. Hugs to all.

Hot, humid and clouds just teasing. No rain for so long...

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Enjoy the clothes shopping, Tina. You have earned it! So glad everyone already chimed in about the house.

Hugs to all.

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Yay Tina! Your tops are too big!! And hubby wants to buy you some smaller tops! A double win in my book! Way to go!!

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G'day all.
Thankyou all for your input. This is why you are all so amazing. I have listened to all of you and DH and I are now talking about what is best for us. With the kids we have I worry we will be left holding the house. If we do go ahead with it and that is a big IF we are going to put things in place, proper documentation to make sure no one can pull out. The good thing in this is that however they feel about me dad is so important to all of us and they would never do anything to hurt him.
On a wonderful note, one of my sisters got me a teeshirt for Jen as it had Daleks on. It actually fits me so I am keeping it. The first purchase I have made as all the other incentive clothes are too big now. Hubbie wants to take me back to the shop today and buy me a couple more as most of mine are too big, too old or too stained. Made me very happy.
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Thank God we are all in agreeance for Tina. Tina please listen to us - we only tell you this from experience in our lives.

Overcast today or very foggy - still waiting to see. Hot weekend predicted.
Still no rain - yet 100klms from here lots of water.

Going for another drive today - should be good.

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Hi to all,

Tina, I agree with all the others. I know you care so much, but financially you have to protect yourself. We all know how our families can be and nothing and no one is worth risking our financial future. Hugs!

Dee, I hope your day goes well and your body holds up for the long periods of standing. That has to be so hard! Hugs!

Georgia, that is awful that your aunt and uncle may lose their home. Praying for a good outcome for them. Hugs!

Hope everyone is having a rest-filled Friday even if after your work hours.

We have one more family gathering tomorrow with my DH's father and family. The ex decided to do his ugly thing and manipulate the older boys once again. So they won't be here. Both boys are adults now, so they need to choose for themselves. I am always the bad guy, but I can't make people see the truth, they have to see it for themselves. Hoping it just goes smoothly here.

I need to get back on track as well. We will do it as we Jump into January in a couple of days!

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Hi All, hope you have a great day/evening.

Georgia, oh my on the possibility of your aunt and uncle losing their home because of something your cousin did. HUGS!

Georgia and Amanda, i hear you on the weight gain. I need to do something about it as well.

Me, just finished breakfast and will be headed to work in a couple of hours. This ole body is having a hard time adjusting to the schedule and time spent standing in one place.

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Tina, I agree with the others....why don't you find him a small studio or one bedroom rental for the time being, that way you have time to really think about the best way to plan for him without ruining all of your future plans....family stuff can be so tricky!!
Dee, sorry your schedule is so crazy...hope you can get some semblance of a regular schedule soon...
Georgia, glad you are having a few days of rest and rejuvenation....and I hear ya on the weight gain...every winter I go through this, I hate, hate, hate it...need to lose some of what I have gained but lacking in the motivation department at present...lol
Cathy, hope your Christmas was a bundle of fun with your young ones...and that you have rested up today to make up for the craziness of a kid-filled Christmas...
I am tired and off to bed, the kids are struggling a bit with Christmas-based sensory overload
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Tina do NOT go into a mortgage. I have just found out my cousin put my aunt and uncles house down on a mortgage for a third party and they are likely to lose their home of 40years. If they want to help your dad help pay his rent on a regular basis. Surely he is suitable for housing commission. I would be reluctant if they have pulled out. Let them mortgage their properties in conjunction with your if they want to go down that road but not you alone.
Dad can still move closer. Suggest that he stays with each of them for a month and then move on to the next sister etc.
Oh do not thinko f me as a harsh person but I have worked in a bank and I cannot tell you how many family have lost their homes in good intentions for other family members.

Dee I hear you on your wild roster. I am so glad to finally have some me time.

This morning we drove to a nature reserve and took photos of animals and had a lovely morning. I shall post them on our website over next few days.

Praying for the right decisions..

Me - I have gained a large amount of weight and am trying somehow to stop the wild emotional eating that has hit me.

Each day is a beginning.............

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Tina, please think long and hard o n getting another mortgage jn your name. If the others stop pay i ng for whatever reason it will be on you and dh to pay. You have your own family to look after and that is not something your siblings have helped w i th either. I know you want your dad closer but not at the expense of your and dh's health and/or retirement being delayed not to mention the added hours you would have to take on.

If you do decide to go ahead and do this for your dad, please get a lawyer and have him draw up papers that state exactly what i s being done for your dad and who is paying for what. That way in the event someone stops paying you have legal recourse to go to court to get them to pay. This may sound harsh but you also need to be realistic about this as well.

Hope you all had a nice Christmas.

Now looking ahead to 2014 and wishing All a healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year!

Me, working the next few days then off two then work one then off one then work one then off again.

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G'day all.
Decisions is the name of this month and that is what DH and I have to do over the next couple of weeks. We want dad to move closer to us and the sisters talked about getting a small unit for dad and we pay it together. Now they want a house and we all go on the mortgage. Now they can't do it and they want DH and I to get the mortgage and they will help pay the mortgage and dad will pay what he can. Was told this at the Boxing day dinner last night and left soon after. Feel like the world is pressing down on my shoulders. Gone is the idea of retiring in a few years. Gone is paying off our mortgage early. And now will have to look for work with more hours and see if we can organise some of the kids funding for sitters for them. One sister can't do this because her hubbie is a contractor. One can't because she already has an investment property and the others hubbie won't allow her to put her name on the mortgage. The other two sisters flatly refuse to do anything to help and the brother is just being a pain as normal. Feel blahh from over eating over Christmas and was not what I needed to hear yesterday. Told hubbie if we do this it has to be on my terms and will not allow them to run me over. This is not a little thing and will need to sort it all out before I will put my name on a mortgage.
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Hugs Amanda!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and holiday time.

Georgia, so glad you have some relax time and the 3 days off. YAY!

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After a tough few weeks at work with the Christmas sales etc I now have 3 days off. Going to do some photography and nothing much else. No visiting no people just me and DH. Need the peace and relaxation.

Hope you are all having lovely days with what ever you are doing.

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Hugs back at you Amanda ♥

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blessings and prayers to all this Christmas...hope it was a positive one for y'all
it was a little stressful in my house, but that's the way it always is, so no big deal...I am glad its bedtime now though...
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Glad you girls had a wonderful Christmas.

I am up bright and early to get ready for work. Not looking forward to the Boxing day sales which start today.
Have a wonderful day.

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Merry Christmas! Presents have been opened, breakfast has been eaten and cleaned up. It is only 11a, DH is sound asleep and I think I need a nap already, too. :) Nowhere to go today - yay! It is the first completely relaxing Christmas in a long time (since we spent Christmas in Killarney, Ireland, just the 4 of us - that was 10 years ago!).

Wishing you and your loved ones many blessings this Christmas and much happiness in 2014!

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G'day all.
Well our Christmas is over for another year. It has been a day filled with laughter, tears and amazing generosity from my family. In laws came and they were overjoyed at the present we got them. Lots of IOU's. Thinks like coffee at Dome, lunch at a house, invite for Easter and next Christmas. For someone who has everything it was a good idea. Kids were happy and so were hubbie and I. I pray your Christmas is as wonderful as ours. I am tired and soon will be heading for bed.
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Hope you days have turned out as best as possible and that no stress rears it's ugly head. Mine is all over and they have all gone back to their homes. Hugs to all early night for me ♥

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Hi, headed to work soon. Store supposed to close at 8pm tonight, but have heard that i n previous years have not gotten out til 10pm or later. Not sure retail in right for me, but its a paycheck thats needed right now.

Hope you all have a great holiday.


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The past few days I've been running around like crazy. Trying to get it all done. Think I'm good. Going to bro and sis in laws today. I was invited. Hoping all goes well for the kids sakes. If I dnt get back on tomorrow everyone have a wonderful Christmas.

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Merry Christmas Everyone!

You are the best blessings I could have at Christmas! Thanks so much for being you and being so good to me and everyone on the team!

A stressful day with my DH's family coming. But we will do our best to be Jesus to others and make it a magical day. (Sometimes I wish the magical part were having a wand to whisk me to our Cafe to sit with my true friends...you!)

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Tina good choice in car. Friend of mine had one and was very pleased with it.

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G'day all.
Becky I am heading to the shops very early this morning to get the last few things. Then home to finish off the baking I was supposed to do yesterday.
Georgia it is 4 in the morning here and I am awake. Hubbie started early and growled loudly before he got in the car over something trivial I assume and woke me up so here I am sitting here. Hope you get some more sleep tonight.
Christmas eve here and it is going to be crazy. But we got Jen's car yesterday. We looked at many and I could see in her eye she was not happy. The moment she got in this one I saw what I wanted to see. That she felt safe. It is a Nissan Pulsar in a lovely gold colour. A couple of scratches but nothing a little paint won't fix. Was so nice to see all the cars in a row again as all the girls came over for dinner last night.
Hope you all have a wonderful day.
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Got home at 1030pm and was very tired and after only 51/2 hours sleep up again and leaving for work soon.

so tired!!!!!!!!!!!1

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Happy Sunday! Mum and I ran to Costco and the grocery store today - enough excitement! Then I walked 4 miles with my buddy. Looking forward to a relaxing evening before the craziness of tomorrow and Tuesday.

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G'day all.
Today we are baking. Gingerbread men and animals, coconut tarts, cheese and bacon scones, and icing our fruit cake. Lots of laughter here too.
Georgia hope you find time to sit down every now and then and take a breath. Hope you are busy but not too busy.
Everyone else have a wonderful day.
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Back to work today and working from 10am to 10 pm for late night Christmas shoppers etc.
Not happy but what do you do.

Happy Monday.


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sounds like a fantastic tradition. And the laughter would be therapeutic. emoticon

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Bake-a-Palooza is an annual event that 2 of my former students from the high school started about 10 years ago. They invited me to join a few years ago - today was only the 2nd time I could attend. Sabrina and Kristen get together with Kristen's mom and sister at the parents' house to bake all day long - usually 6 types of cookies (gingerbread men, frosted sugar, spritz, chocolate chip, coconut macaroon, and M&M today). We all contribute ingredients and share in the preparation, then divide the cookies up evenly between us; we take 5-10 of each cookie, so not a lot but enough for the family to enjoy sampling the variety. Lots of laughter, a good healthy lunch together - great day.

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G'day all.
MRAMIREZMSNCOM welcome to our cozy corner of the world. Is there something else you would rather we called you? We are a group of people that have many things in common. We laugh together, cry together but mostly stand together. We do not know each other but by this site but have formed lasting relationships. Hope you can stay and tell us about yourself.
Vicky you are amazing and if you stick your ground you will get there and he will finally understand. We are here for you.
Cathy so glad you got to watch the show. Whoever comes to church you will still have a good time. If you friend wants to sabotage herself you can only be there to support her. It is a journey she must make alone and as long as she knows you are there for her that is all you can do.
Becky I am baking tomorrow. How much fun is it. Have a wonderful time.
Georgia emoticon . Each small step adds up to lots of steps which are easy to follow. You can do this. You are amazing.
Off to work this morning. Then home to hopefully have a sit down.
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Good morning dear ladies and only 3 sleeps to go.

Tina your words of wisdom have encouraged me. Thank you.
The journey is full of stops and starts and for me have been a lot of backsliding this year.
Last night I shocked my husband by not having biscuits with my cup of tea. Step one. Need to focus more.

Vicki well done and enjoy your holiday. He will try and manipulate even more as Christmas gets closer. Stand strong - emoticon

Becky thank you for your support. I really hate working in retail at Christmas as so many "not nice" people come out. What is bake-a- palooza day???

Welcome to our newbie and may we have your first name to make it more friendly.....

Cathy I have been hearing so many sad sob stories from customers overspending and I look at them and just wish I could say "hey it is in your hands take control"
I hope your sons go to the service but if they don't let it ruin the season for you. Even if they were just "normal" teenagers they would still sometimes veer from our traditions. New challenges for parents. Hope Josiah got his brown belt. Tell him that auntie from afar is so proud of him.

Busy but not as busy as it should be at work.
Maybe today that insanity might hit - last minute rush???

My son has invited himself for dinner and as I am working told him it would be very light.

Have a a wonderful Sunday everyone.


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Welcome to the group! This is a great place for support and friendship!

Today I just cant seem to get into gear. I guess Im allowed a lazy day. I still have so much to do. Still have shopping to do and gifts to wrap!


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Welcome to the team!

Busy here, too. Bake-a-Palooza day! Then home to wrap, clean, etc.

Wishing everyone a wonderful Saturday!

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emoticon Tina!

Vicky, emoticon Good for you!

And emoticon to our newest member! What would you like to go by? We are all pretty friendly around here, so let us know what you'd like us to call you. We are really glad you are here!

Busy day today! My Josiah is testing for his brown belt in Karate. He has done so well with special Karate and may move to regular. Yay!

Our Christmas service is tonight at church and I've invited my older sons, but don't know that they will come. I have a couple of friends coming, but it will be a bit stressed. My one friend is so stuck in sabotaging herself financially and with food. She isn't happy with me because I stood up to her this week. ugh. But it will be a lovely service no matter what others do.

Yesterday the three younger ones and my DH and I went to the Nutcracker Ballet done by a Professional children's dance group. It was 2 hours long and my kids did great! It was lovely!

Hope all of you are having a wonderful day!

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Yay, Tina! Awesome!

Great job standing your ground, Vicky! Stick with it. It is so odd to me that "grounds" are still needed for a divorce. California has been "no fault" for so long (perhaps even back when my parents divorced in 1976).

Georgia and Dee, thinking of you and all others who work retail over these last few days before the holiday. Ev and I went to one of the big malls today - crazy even on a work day.

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I did it! I stood my ground and told him he was taking the kids. It was good and he was of course trying to be manipulative. But I told him this is how its starting to be. My daughter tried to guilt me too, of course her motivation is different than his but I just explained to her that things cant be like they were and they are going to be different at first but int he end it will be better. She has to understand that its for the best.

I have not been eating very good. Trying to get back on track and make better choices! on my diet.

Today starts the first day of my vacation.

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G'day all.
My feet are back on the ground again. So many times I have tried and failed at losing weight and three years ago I 'got it'. I still have days when I over eat, or just don't want to move but the days I do are becoming more and more frequent. It is a journey of hills and valleys, learning about yourself and what role others play in your life. And being grateful for friends like you who stick with me and encourage me, cry with me and laugh with me. You are all my cyber sisters.
Vicky stand strong and do what is right for you and your amazing kids. It will work out. Sending love and hugs and prayers for an amazing Christmas.
Georgia I am so glad you enjoyed your street party. I love it when things happen like this. Hope you have some good rest over the Christmas break.
Dee hope you are finding your feet at work and also getting time for your family.
Cathy you are awesome. This Christmas will be wonderful for you.
Becky glad you can have some family time now.
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Vicki please do not allow his emotional abuse to lower your resolve. They will use any means. Tell him you will call the police to help him through his moment if he threatens self harm.

Had a busy day yesterday and in the afternoon our local neighbourhood had santa arrive in the park. The kids had a good time as the local police turned up with a car and the kids set the sirens off and used the loud speakers. Lovely!!! All the kids got bags of lollies.

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Thanks Cathy,
I really dont think he would do anything to the children but if I get that feeling the visit stops. I think if anything he would do something to himself to get my sympathy. The gun incident back on Mothers day was more that than anything, he wanted to threaten to shoot himself so I would jump in and feel sorry for him and beg him not too. It was scary. Thank goodness the kids were not there. Supervised visits are an option. They were not put in before because he was in counseling but I do not think he is anymore. I think it might start to get hairy when he realizes Im gonna be firm that I am not a part of the equation anymore. If I feel he doesn't seem right I will not allow the kids to see him unless they go to his parents or something. So I know they will be safe. we will see how this weekend goes.

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Wow, Vicky! To think of all you have been through...and your kids! YES, you do have grounds! You need to be safe and I wonder with what you shared if it is safe for your kids to be alone with your DH. Maybe supervised visits? Just a thought. My prayers and good thoughts are with you. Keep moving forward. You are doing great!

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I knew you could do it Tina. Well done and Congratulations.

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Things went well with Legal Aid. All I need to do right now is fill out a net worth form and send it in and then they will begin to search for a lawyer for me. It might take a couple of months, but as long as I know things are started thats all I need. Tomorrow will also be Day one where Im putting my foot down and making him take the kids somewhere or leave. And if he starts acting up and Im worried about his state of mind when he is here I will just tell him to leave and its not a good day to visit because I do not feel comfortable and that is my right.

Oh and the supervising lawyer today said I definitely have grounds for divorce I can use "cruel treatment" due to the incident where he grabbed the shotgun and cocked and loaded it. So I have grounds!

Think of me and hopefully your good vibes will give me strength tomorrow.

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Tina, emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon We are all so proud of you!

Thanks for the support and encouragement everyone! Hugs to all, Cathy

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Vicky, stay strong and do what is best for you and the children. Having dh stick to the rules on visitation is the right thing to do. Him coming over and spending the time at the house with you and the kids is throwing things off. HUGS!

Tina, YOU GO GIRL! I know you will reach your goal. You are strong!!

Georgia, enjoy your time with Mum and hope the drs visit goes well.

Cathy, stay strong and know you are doing the best for all of your children.

Becky, glad to read your grading is done and you can now relax and enjoy the holidays with your family.

Everyone Else, do hope all is well.

Me, hanging in there. Got a few more things bought today. Tomorrow its back to work and not off til Christmas day. Money is tight but we are trying to make the most of the upcoming holidays.



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Enjoy Becky. You have earned this lovely time.

Shopping with my mum today and then drs, then home for my last time off before Christmas. Going to need the energy.

Hugs to all.

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Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.


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Got my grading done Tuesday. Last meeting was Wednesday. Now I just get to be mommy and wife for a couple weeks. :)

Hugs to all!

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Tina you will achieve your goal. You have fought so hard that it will happen. I am willing it so from across the miles.

Dee I hope you are coping with work at this time of year.

Becky hope your gradings are finished.

Vicki stand strong and be firm. No more being nice. You really have to think of yourself now. The kids will get over it and then your daughter can regroup too knowing the change in the equation.

Cathy onwards and forwards. We cannot change the past - we cannot get our kids to understand so we learn to cope in any way we can.

It is hard but we must be there for all those who still need us.

Hugs to all and prayers coming your way.


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Good luck, Vicky. I will be thinking of you. Let us know how it goes.

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