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C'mon spring...days are melding.....

Well, three out of the four of us ran to dinner last night and when I went out to step in the car, I was amazed. My face did not feel like it was going to freeze and drop off. The air felt cold and refreshing for once not fridgid. This is the kind of winter I can handle. Even still if only for a few minutes at a time, but it is one that gives me hope and the optimism that I can take a quick 5 or 10 minute walk, like my mother is always harping at me to do. The women is 77 and she walks twic

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Be careful what you sow....you may reap it one day

I've got a friend who's really having a tough go of it. Her father is ill and undergoing a rather rough treatment. The hospital that is doing his treatments is like 2 hours from his house. A month ago, he came up with the brillant idea of inviting himself to bunk at my friends house for a few days after being at the hospital since her house is exactly halfway between the hospital and his residence.   Now she is really feeling like the scum on the bottom of your shoe because she's tried to

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This is seriously not funny! let's get back to 20s

I've been cold all day and I'm a sweater gal!   But I'm even wishing for spring but I'd rather be stuck in the now if it weren't sooo cold, that yelling at kid's over who mowed the lawn last is not a blast and then the presence of grass would mean there are invariably weeds in the yard calling my name! But then there's that stifling humidty so no wonder I think the cold crisp air is refreshing.....till I get cold, which is maybe half a minute. How about you? Has ANYONE gotten their perso

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Just thought I'd say...it's been sooooo long but..

I've blogged in the past and just haven't blogged in quite a while and want to get in the habit of writing more often. Writing in many types of genres... and also sign up for some online writing courses...   Hope everyone is keeping warm.   ALSO THAT NOT A SOUL'S PIPES ARE BURSTING (YES THAT'S HAPPENING AND PEOPLE ARE GETTING SEPTIC TANK GAS INSIDE THEIR HOUSES FROM THE COLD, ICK!) THERE IS NOTHING WORSE THAN THIS COLD COUPLED WITH EITHER FIRE OR WATER...I PRAY EVERY NIGHT FOR FIREMEN I

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Only Chicago can send warm thoughts in -0 weather!

FEEL SORRY FOR US, THEY SAY -28 BELOW HERE IN CHI-TOWN.....UGH!!!!!   And then I get to hear how the relatives in Phoenix are freezing?...it's in the 50's, cry me a river, kiss my butt!....   I once went to a garding seminar that dealt with our weather extremes and gardening and they said we have the same winter weather as the Siberia!!! Huh?   :cheer: :dribble: :cheer: :dribble: Thank God for the SUPERBOWL! It will get all of Chicago's mind off of freezing our tushies for at le

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I'm back to hating driving-feel like I'm starting

I feel like I'm starting to drive all over again.   I want to hide in my house forever. In the morning rush hour traffic, the whole world is going tooooo fast for me...I've had one person hit me 6mo while I was waiting for a school she was on her cell ohone) and then my son was student driving and had two cars cut in front of him on the mad rush of being out of school for Thanksgiving on a two lane and then they hit each other causing us to have nowhere to go but into them and they cause

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Someone shut off the oven in Chi town!

I'm hosting family from Phoenix (valley of the sun a'hmmmm-wimps) and they swear they have never felt it hotter than yesterday in Chicago. We took the kids to Shedd Aquar. yesterday and decided to walk back up to Mich Ave. along the lake shore. We made it half way and flagged a taxi. It was 100 on the temperature thing in my car but the heat index was 107. The thing that was the kicker was the taxi had all his windows rolled up but the a/c only in the front of the taxi (which my son and neph

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SLEEP COMES W/ OMEGA 3'S!!!!

I'M SORRY I WANT TO SHOUT IT FROM THE ROOF TOPS!!!   I ACTUALLY SLEPT LIKE I HAVEN'T SLEPT SINCE THE STROKE.   I'VE BEEN FOLLOWING THE SHANGRILA DIET AND SOME PEOPLE ARE TAKING FLAX SEED OIL CAPS OR FISH OIL AND FOUND IT HELPS THEIR SLEEP, MOOD (byproduct from the sleep?) and BALANCE....I'M TAKING 1000 MG CAPS 2 CAPS AT MORNING, LUNCH AND NIGHT TIME...I'M 5'5" AND 130 (WAS 137 AND EASILY LOST 7 LBS IN THE LAST MONTH ON THIS). BUT I KEPT SAYING I'LL TAKE SLEEP OVER LOSING THE WEIGHT..

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kaput, sorry Mom job comes first.......

Well the bloom is off the rose. For a mom who's got kids home in summer and a husband with a job that fluxes from 75-90 hour work weeks, I really can only work a 9 mo part time job. And EVEN that needs to be in a limited number given the fatigue factor, I get grumpy. :Tantrum:   LIKE STEVE M> SAYS work involving the eyes like reading and working with numbers really uses more energy than we realize....   I hate how when you're at work and all you can think of is what you need to re

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the Confessional....

Ok, I've basically got this Friday and next week to make something happen here and force myself into the Christmas mood(not as ready as last year). I've got some stuff bought for daughter and relatives states away but only one thing each for son and hubbie and nothing for the parents...It sure would help if these guys would volunteer some ideas. Sounds like the weekly trip for groceries. Only been doin it for 14 years and not many ideas..gets old...   Everyone is fighting me on the Chris

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when it rains, it pours.......

Hi, guys! Geez, its getting where I check in about once a month right now.   When you're mom to two teens it seems you're stretched farther than ever in all directions. I really wished to have some kinda part time job so I could feel more like the rest of the world and got to see more people than being always caught in the house.   I always felt when you've got kids, it was always a nice balance, the parttime job. To be out in the world socially, doing something that you hopefully g

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Fluke! Who would guess...

I've been really AWOL this week. Gotta a call from the kids principle asking if I would be interested in helping in the office for the rest of the year (till June 8th) cause their office manager quit that very day over a school decision. Kinda good, cause it was kinda scary going in that office when she was there, she was so crabby. Anyway the other office lady and the other mom that is doing the bookkeeping the other 1/2 of the day that I'm not to be in yet for the day are both really nice a

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Now what?????

Ok, just happened to mention to a father(I believe rhemotologist is his specialty seemed to know alot on stroke tho) who's son is the friend of my son, they were p/u my son for a movie, that I was a stroker and my little saga about the chiro and the rescue squad. Then he asked if I was on Palvix or aspirin. I say aspirin 81mg and doc/friend says that's what I take you should take 325mg...so now do I take 325 like he says or 81 like my neuro says or like maybe 162 for a happy medium (me thinkin

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SEE AJ YA HAVE SOME GOOD DAYS AND THEN....

YA HAVE SOME BAD ONES TOO- EVEN 3 YEARS LATOR (i HATE DAYS LIKE THIS)     MY PROBLEM IS THAT I NEVER KNOW WHAT TO BLAME IT ON (THIS IS FOR AJ!, SEE LIFE WON'T BE PERFECT)   I'LL BE 46 THIS WEEKEND SO THE MENOPAUSE THING AND STROKE SYMPTOMS CAN BE THE SAME SO I NEVER KNOW WHAT TO BLAME (MEMORY LOSS IS USUALLY THE BIGGEST),   I ALSO HAVE LOVELY SINUS HEADACHES- SO DIDN'T KNOW IF I HAD A HANGOVER FROM THE XANAX, SINUS, OR MENOPAUSE HEADACHES BUT IT LEADS TO MAKING ME WISH DEATH NOT T

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free at last?

Well went to neuro today ALONE! Turned out the motherly mother had slept badly last night and wanted to not venture anywhere. Anyway, my neuro was either not having too good a day or was not as friendly if it doesn't look like your on death's door.   I went to check with him,since this is a debate in our house, between hubbie and I, my meds and if and when I'm free of them. He told me to drop the Lipitor starting tonight and then have a lipid profile in a month. In two more weeks I get t

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Trying to get a handle on this?

Hey there! Long time no see. Tomorrow I've got an appt with my neuro. Haven't seen him since my stroke was 6mo old. I'm now goin on 3 years and 4 mo a few days ago. I wanted to go and see him as my DH and I debate whether I am to continue on Plavix. I remember the stroke doc saying that with my kinda stroke I was at higher risk for 5 years. Then the neuro said he thought maybe it would even be less. Then a nurse that deals with strokers says she thought people who've had strokes stay on

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2005 model-my beefs with me and the keeps

Hi guys, been gone a bit, but was reading Pam's Thanksgiving, shoes and 2005 model blogs and got me on a roll....THE GOOD AND BAD ABOUT ME...AS I SEE IT     1. I speak my mind moreso now, BUT sometimes I should keep my yap shut also still impatient at times when I'm tired...   2. I realize life can be fleeting more than most of the non stroker people know..now I'm glad for that insight....   3. I do not waste time ( mostly not as much, I'm still

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WINDY!

I hate this "can't sleep" crap. Now its the high winds that woke me at 3:15 a.m. me and the computer are up now!   In Peter Mayle's"provence" book, in France these winds are called minstrals and are reputed to "blow the ears off a donkey". Guess I can sympathize with the poor deer who are out all night in this!   I feel bad, I bet when I can finally see, all the leaves have probably blown into the neighbors yard waiting for the landscaper to come. Supposidly snow next week, finally s

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Seasonal Funk-

Don't get me wrong, I love fall. That's why we moved back from AZ-one reason-missed the seasons. I like the Sept. fall not the late Oct/Nov "now its getting seriously cooler- cold feet" kinda fall.   Now every Nov- I have to resist the urge to kick DH for making me come back . Once I'm into the snow season then I'm better, but I hate this "stage" of transition into the cold. By now last year I had bought some Xmas gifts, I think i just got get the butt in gear and get out of this funk..

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Cruisin to year #3

My stroke anniversary day is nov 11. I really feel like year number 2 was the year that made a lot of the nuisances of this stroke had started becoming minimal or i've just gotten that other things have taken precedence. Some anxieties have gotten more embedded and others have gotten where I'm more likely to roll with it.   Just got back from Door Cty (came home with a virus, lovely but not real bad) and we had to drive thru the expressway of Milwaukee. I was worse about the height than

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DO WHAT YOU LIKE

AND LIKE WHAT YOU DO!   I know not too many people's day would be consumed with moving (literally) horse manure (yewwww!!!!yes my SUV smelled like a barn) but I initially got over that pretty darn quick by envisioning the great crop of tomatoes I'll have next year by laying in plenty of compost in my raised beds for next year. THINK FORWARD The old proverb of work for the fruits of the future   I think we can all have a pretty good darn life if we do what we enjoy and even enjoy the proc

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Makin hay while sun shines

Worked my tush (and my son/yard slave's too) yesterday. I love gardening. I've been doing it for as long as I can remember 25 something years.   It's kinda like rearranging the furniture in the house except its the yard and its plants and bushes.   I got inspired yesterday. Bought some plants last week, so between those and various ones elsewhere in the yard pulled together a new look for the front bed along our garagedrive coupled with the horseshoe drive past the front of the hous

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REPEAL DEATH TAX

I FIGURE NO MATTER WHAT SIDE OF THE ROW YOU SIT ON, PEOPLE MIGHT WANT TO HAVE A SAY ON THIS.     IF YOU DON'T WANT YOUR FAMILY TO LOSE 1/2 OF WHATEVER YOU MIGHT HAVE TO LEAVE, THEN GO TO "CITIZENS AGAINST GOVERNMENT WASTE" AND MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD..I FIGURE WE CAN ALLOCATE THAT BETTER THAN THEM... MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD     EVERYONE HAVE A GOOD HOLIDAY

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counting down-9 days to go/boredom please

Todays Days duties-keep two 12 year old busy- rainyish- can't swim   keep da kids busy with grandma with a couple BIG zuchinni- for bread   me- cover that gray and my roots     I cannot handle the unexpected well now, not that I did that great at times before.   Yesterday I had LOT on my plate- grocery shop in the am (not a simple affair- I drive 20 min at least to Wisc from IL and back- for a really cheap grocery store.   Then I was suppose to get my hair done at 2:30 but the

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counting down

well 12 days to go. The craziness of school is starting soon. Got the supplies bought and bagged up, got half the school clothes bought, need more and gotta get lunch boxes and hit the school picnic to meet the teacher. The damn braces are on da kid and the big deposit to my eternally vacationing ortho!     Not going to be the cakewalk it was last year. LOVED the teachers..   This year one child is going to be in a 7th grade class with the a non-God believing (who likes to make eve

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