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Jan 03 2008

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Confessions of a Mad Blogger

Posted at 10:26 am under Random Thoughts

Remember a few days ago where I did a post that said “Sometimes I just read the Google Ads“? Well, I was reading one of my favorite blogs (Welcome back Heather!) and there it was again… Spanx – $5 shipping. I had to do it, I clicked it.

I’m so ashamed.

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  1. Charlotteon 03 Jan 2008 at 7:40 pm 1

    I clicked it too … gotta go take a shower now.

  2. Sydon 04 Jan 2008 at 12:37 pm 2

    Thanks so much for your comment on my blog. I’m humbled.

    I have a thought on your comment about how I may be able to help. Please send me an e-mail offline at newcalling@gmail.com to discuss.

    Sydney from Bipolarity

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Jan 04 2008

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A Chef in the Kitchen

Posted at 2:08 pm under Autism, Bipolar, Simple Pleasures, Sisters

I am blessed to have three amazing sisters! One of my sisters found out she was pregnant with identical twins at the age of 41 – ‘Surprise’ just does not begin to cover it! She now has 8 year old twin boys. One of the twins is Autistic. His diagnosis is Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS). My sister also has a 16 year old son and a 20 year old daughter. My niece was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder when she was 14. Yes, my sister has a very full life! She sails through each day with joy, grace, faith and humor.

Before she & her husband started a family she had put herself through college, opened a successful music business and had even given some serious consideration to becoming a writer of children’s books. She sure has some material to work with, let me tell you!

The 4 sisters started a blog a few months ago, mostly to keep up with each others daily lives as a group rather than sending separate emails. It’s mostly just the boring daily grind of life, but sometimes SisterDear3’s posts leave me in stitches. Her sense of humor is marvelous.

I want to share with you a post from our sister blog that she wrote a few days ago that just tickles me to no end, not because it exemplifies Thomas’ Autism, but rather because it’s a window into the mind of a delightful 8 year old little boy. It also gives you an idea of how amazing my sister is.

Good morning all! I woke up at 11:00 last night to the sound of cooking in the kitchen! Chef Thomas apparently woke up and decided to make a pie. He had taken a pie crust out of the cabinet and a brand new jar of Folgers Coffee, full box of salt, and water and was in pie heaven. Jim woke up this am for work and wanted to know why there was no coffee. Poor hubby! No coffee before work! Plenty of pie though!!!! All of you Dears have a wonderful day, I am off to Market Basket! Love #3

By the way, her wonderful husband is a hard-working cop who works many double shifts. When my sister went to the kitchen after he left for work she found his cup in the sink. She also found a used Blueberry tea bag. Poor Jim!

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Jan 02 2008

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Bipolar Express

Posted at 6:54 am under Bipolar, Sisters

Christmas 2007 at SisterDear3’s house was delivered by the Bipolar Express. You can hear it coming from off in the distance, chugging it’s way towards the station. You also know it’s bringing with it chaos, much unpleasantness and lots of drama. It will arrive soon, and it will be loud.

SisterDear3’s 20 year old daughter was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder when she was about 14. She has yet to accept the diagnosis and insists that she will find a medical professional to “vindicate” her. *sigh*

She arrived home from her first semester at College to spend Christmas. She brought with her the latest chapter of Mania into my SisterDear3’s Merry Christmas home. SD3’s 8 year old twins had been asking “is tomorrow Christmas?” for a month and the stage was set for a joyous day. Soon after Bipolar daughter arrived, the twins were scared and hiding. She picked fights with her 16 year old brother. She threw Christmas gifts to floor with the most ungrateful and hateful remarks. It lasted 3 days before she stormed from the house ranting and screeching, vowing never to return or to speak to any of them again.

This time was different though; she struck her mother before she left the house.

She’s had 2 meltdowns which resulted in stays in psych wards. As a family, we’ve always tried to encourage her to seek medical assistance. Now, we are all insisting. She is loved, but she is no longer welcome. At least not until she ‘gets’ that her behavior, perceptions and paranoia is far from normal. She’s adamantly opposed to meds. She insists that when she takes them she can’t think clearly or function properly. We all know that she needs the help of a mental heath professional, but she still thinks we’re wrong.

And so the Bipolar Express has left the station again. We know it’s coming back, we just don’t know its’ schedule.

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  1. Carolynon 05 Jan 2008 at 12:22 pm 1

    I hate hearing stories like that. It didn’t even occur to me that I might be bipolar, and no one had suggested a mental illness to me, and I didn’t get diagnosed until I was 26 and had a huge meltdown wherein I checked myself into the hospital. It is a shame that your niece won’t even consider the possibility, because for me at least, finding the right combo of meds has made an enormous difference in my life, much for the better, and though I hate the fact that I have BD, I am so happy that I did get diagnosed and am being treated.

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Jan 02 2008

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Bipolar Express

Posted at 6:54 am under Bipolar, Sisters

Christmas 2007 at SisterDear3’s house was delivered by the Bipolar Express. You can hear it coming from off in the distance, chugging it’s way towards the station. You also know it’s bringing with it chaos, much unpleasantness and lots of drama. It will arrive soon, and it will be loud.

SisterDear3’s 20 year old daughter was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder when she was about 14. She has yet to accept the diagnosis and insists that she will find a medical professional to “vindicate” her. *sigh*

She arrived home from her first semester at College to spend Christmas. She brought with her the latest chapter of Mania into my SisterDear3’s Merry Christmas home. SD3’s 8 year old twins had been asking “is tomorrow Christmas?” for a month and the stage was set for a joyous day. Soon after Bipolar daughter arrived, the twins were scared and hiding. She picked fights with her 16 year old brother. She threw Christmas gifts to floor with the most ungrateful and hateful remarks. It lasted 3 days before she stormed from the house ranting and screeching, vowing never to return or to speak to any of them again.

This time was different though; she struck her mother before she left the house.

She’s had 2 meltdowns which resulted in stays in psych wards. As a family, we’ve always tried to encourage her to seek medical assistance. Now, we are all insisting. She is loved, but she is no longer welcome. At least not until she ‘gets’ that her behavior, perceptions and paranoia is far from normal. She’s adamantly opposed to meds. She insists that when she takes them she can’t think clearly or function properly. We all know that she needs the help of a mental heath professional, but she still thinks we’re wrong.

And so the Bipolar Express has left the station again. We know it’s coming back, we just don’t know its’ schedule.

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  1. Carolynon 05 Jan 2008 at 12:22 pm 1

    I hate hearing stories like that. It didn’t even occur to me that I might be bipolar, and no one had suggested a mental illness to me, and I didn’t get diagnosed until I was 26 and had a huge meltdown wherein I checked myself into the hospital. It is a shame that your niece won’t even consider the possibility, because for me at least, finding the right combo of meds has made an enormous difference in my life, much for the better, and though I hate the fact that I have BD, I am so happy that I did get diagnosed and am being treated.

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WillThink4Wine » Confessions of a Mad Blogger

Jan 03 2008

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Confessions of a Mad Blogger

Posted at 10:26 am under Google Ads, Random Thoughts

Remember a few days ago where I did a post that said “Sometimes I just read the Google Ads“? Well, I was reading one of my favorite blogs (Welcome back Heather!) and there it was again… Spanx – $5 shipping. I had to do it, I clicked it.

I’m so ashamed.

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  1. Charlotteon 03 Jan 2008 at 7:40 pm 1

    I clicked it too … gotta go take a shower now.

  2. Sydon 04 Jan 2008 at 12:37 pm 2

    Thanks so much for your comment on my blog. I’m humbled.

    I have a thought on your comment about how I may be able to help. Please send me an e-mail offline at newcalling@gmail.com to discuss.

    Sydney from Bipolarity

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Dec 21 2007

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JoJo SnowSnow

Filed under Cats, Funny, Videos

Look what Mom found today. I’m glad we don’t have that white stuff here. I think that with the right attorney, JoJo might have a good claw-suit.

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Dec 21 2007

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Grampy Hide & Seek

Last night Mom took Nana to their Purrsday Night Bingo. Because it was dark outside we couldn’t go out to hunt anything, so we decided to play our little Hide & Seek game with Grampy. We play this every once in a while, mostly just to see how long Grampy will keep playing.

About as soon as it starts getting dark, Grampy calls us in for supper. After he fed us, we hid in one of our many secret hiding places. It didn’t take long for him to wonder where we were. Sometimes, he’s sure we’re in, and sometimes he’s not so sure. ;-) Last night was one of those nights when he wasn’t so sure.

Purrfect, let the game begin!

First he calls us. Usually, we come right away, but of course, we didn’t last night. Then we just sit and watch. He walks into the TV room, into the living room, down the hall into all the bedrooms, all the while opening closet doors. Then he goes back down the hall, through the kitchen and into the laundry room.

He calls us again.

Then out to the garage and into the utility room. Back to the living room and back into the kitchen again.

Once again, he calls us. hehehe.

Then he goes outside for about 10 minutes, walking all around the house, checking the patio chairs, lawn chairs and behind all the bushes.

It starts to rain! Sweet.

He uncovers the mower and checks on the seat where we occassionaly take a nap. Back into the house and into the living room. Back out to the garage, where this time he opens the freezer. The freezer? Back into the kitchen he goes, scratching his head.

He’s about to give up.

He heads into the TV room and watches TV for a few minutes. Then he comes back into the kitchen and calls us again. This time we come right away and sit in front of him. Then we Me-ow once or twice, walk in and out of his legs purring. Then, the trump card – we sit straight up on our hind legs and Me-ow. Then, we wait for it.

He walks into the pantry and opens us another lovely can of food. Our favorite – seafood that looks like worms. Works every time. :-)

How A-Mew-Zing. =^..^=

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Dec 21 2007

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Truth

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Not every truth is the better for showing its face undisguised; and often silence is the wisest thing for a man to heed.


Pindar

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Dec 21 2007

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Life

Strive to do the right thing in life, and life will give you the same.

–My Dad, the smartest man in my world

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Dec 21 2007

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It Happened On December 21st

Filed under Birthday, Dad, Family, On This Day

But the most important thing that happened on this day *drum roll*

    On this day in 1928, my Dad was born.

    Happy Birthday Dad!

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    Dec 21 2007

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    Kindness

    Kindness is a language the dumb can speak and the deaf can hear and understand.

    Christian Nestell Bovee

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    Dec 21 2007

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    Humor

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    Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility.

    James Thurber

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    Dec 26 2007

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    Spanx

    Filed under Random Thoughts

    Sometimes I just read the Google Ads.

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    Dec 26 2007

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    T minus 3 minutes

    Filed under Simple Pleasures, Sisters

    My SisterDear2 is coming this morning and her flight was scheduled to take off 3 minutes ago! We’re so excited!!

    This is actually our Christmas Day because we’ve waited for her arrival to exchange gifts. That little detail caused SisterDear4 to ’spill the beans’ on one of our Dad’s Christmas gifts last night. She called to see how our day went and asked him if he liked the slippers she sent him. LOL. Being the sweetie he is, he said he hadn’t opened them yet, but he was sure he’d love them.

    Dad update: he just came in to the office and brought me my first cup of coffee. I love my Dad!

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    Dec 25 2007

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    Home Merry Home

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    To all our Troops serving away from home, I am wishing you that soon you’ll be Home with your family and friends.

    Merry Christmas!

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    Dec 24 2007

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    A Rescue Dog’s Christmas Poem

    Tis the night before Christmas and all through the town,
    every shelter is full – we are lost, but not found,
    Our numbers are hung on our kennels so bare,
    we hope every minute that someone will care,

    They’ll come to adopt us and give us the call,
    “Come here, Max and Sparkie – come fetch your new ball!!
    But now we sit here and think of the days…
    we were treated so fondly – we had cute, baby ways,

    Once we were little, then we grew and we grew
    now we’re no longer young and we’re no longer new.
    So out the back door we were thrown like the trash,
    they reacted so quickly – why were they so rash?

    We “jump on the children:, “don’t come when they call”,
    we “bark when they leave us”, climb over the wall.
    We should have been neutered, we should have been spayed,
    now we suffer the consequence of the errors THEY made.

    If only they’d trained us, if only we knew…
    we’d have done what they asked us and worshiped them, too.
    We were left in the backyard, or worse -let to roam-
    now we’re tired and lonely and out of a home.

    They dropped us off here and they kissed us good-bye…
    “Maybe someone else will give you a try.”
    So now here we are, all confused and alone…
    in a shelter with others who long for a home.

    The kind workers come through with a meal and a pat,
    with so many to care for, they can’t stay to chat ,
    They move to the next kennel, giving each of us cheer…
    we know that they wonder how long we’ll be here.

    We lay down to sleep and sweet dreams fill our heads…
    of a home filled with love and our own cozy beds.
    Then we wake to see sad eyes, brimming with tears –
    our friends filled with emptiness, worry, and fear.

    If you can’t adopt us and there’s no room at the Inn –
    could you help with the bills and fill our food bin?
    We count on your kindness each day of the year –
    can you give more than hope to everyone here?

    Please make a donation to pay for the heat…
    and help get us something special to eat.
    The shelter that cares for us wants us to live,
    and more of us will, if more people will give.

    –Author Unknown

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    Dec 24 2007

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    Lasso the Christmas Eve Moon

    Filed under Simple Pleasures

    It’s Christmas Eve morning and tonight there should be a pretty phenomenal sky. See the Link below.

    I just told my Dad about this. It was like I had just given him a Christmas present. He loves stuff like this. He’s added sky watching to his Christmas Eve plans. He’s digging out his binoculars. I’m sure my MotherDear and I will also join him. Another Christmas Memory in the making.

    Today will be full of last minute errands and crossing off the last of the items on the ‘to do’ list.

    Merry Christmas! God bless us, every one!

    clipped from science.nasa.gov

    Dec. 24, 2007: It’s Christmas Eve, and you’re snuggled cozily in your den. A glowing fire gently crackles and pops in the fireplace, and your head starts to droop as you nod off. Just then, something cold and wet nudges your cheek. You open your eyes to stare directly into a large black nose. It’s time to take the dog for his walk.

    Grumbling in vain, you put on your coat, snap the leash onto the wiggling dog’s collar, open the door to a rush of cold air. You step outside and enter a magical landscape.

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    Dec 23 2007

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    One more trip around the Sun and other Random thoughts

    Today is SisterDear3’s Half Centennial Birthday. I use to feel a bit like James T. Kirk, boldly going where no one had gone before…. It’s very strange to be the oldest of 8 kids and to see them all getting older, because of course, I am still 24. hehehe. Even my baby brother in 37 and my oldest nephew is 28. Good Lord. Where does the time go?

    Last night MotherDear had the girls from Bingo & A & B over for supper and poker. For a change, I won a few hands. I don’t know how that happened. Perhaps Santa bestowed some pre-Christmas magic poker dust on me for the evening.

    MotherDear actually played some piano! Then while A & B took the girls down the street to see their house, Dad played a little too. I love it when they play. It brings me back to my childhood. I know, corny. But also very true. Someone playing the piano was like a magic beckoning call… a few notes on the keyboard and everyone in the house just gathered at the piano. Many happy memories are triggered whenever I hear a piano. I’m so glad one of my nephews and my brother-in law also play. Bonus points to my nephew, the teacher. He actually gets to teach kids music every day in school and also teaches private piano and guitar lessons. How cool is that?

    SisterDear2 has the best present for our parents this year, and I can’t wait! She’s flying down the day after Christmas and we’re all sooo excited about her visit. But I really am looking forward to them opening her very special gift. My Dad had mentioned last spring that he was hoping to watch the old home movies while up for our July visit last summer. So I had special-ordered the bulb needed for this old projector. As soon as they turned the projector on, the bulb blew. Much disappointment filled the room. So, that’s what gave SisterDear2 the idea for the Christmas gift. She took all of the 8mm videos from our childhood and had them put on DVDs!! I know!!! There will be many teary eyes while watching them! My brother-in-law also made copies for everybody. What an awesome gift!!!

    As I lay in bed last night I was reflecting upon my life, especially the past year and a half. Last year I sold my business of 20 years and moved to another state. I invited my parents to live with me and my kitties. It was kind of a big deal, such a major move. Overall, I have to say that I’m quite content with my life. There is really just one thing I plan to work on in 2008, and that is to push my new business into a higher sales volume without spending as much money advertising as last year. God willing, I will make enough to meet my needs, and a little bit extra for some of my wants. I’ve totally forgotten what it was like to have disposable income!

    And finally, this is what I awoke to this morning. Can you say “Awwww”

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    Dec 22 2007

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    Tiptoeing through the Blogosphere

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    So there I was, tiptoeing through the Blogosphere…

    What?

    There’s 2 animated versions –> http://www.anyware.co.nz/monkeyjoke.html?joke

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    Dec 21 2007

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    It Happened On December 21st

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    But the most important thing that happened on this day *drum roll*

      On this day in 1928, my Dad was born.

      Happy Birthday Dad!

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      Dec 20 2007

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      104,018 miles

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      Today my oil & transmission fluid was changed and my odometer reads 104,018. I’ll never remember, so I’ll blog it. God, I’m lazy organized.

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      Dec 20 2007

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      I Know Who She Is

      As a follow up to yesterday’s post (The Perfect Man) I want to share a story I read on USURP – This exemplifies my definition of The Perfect Man :-)

      I Know Who She Is

      It was a busy morning, approximately 8:30 am, when an elderly gentleman, in his 80’s, arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb. He stated that he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am.

      I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would to able to see him. I saw him looking at his watch and decided, since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound.

      On exam it was well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound.

      While taking care of his wound, we began to engage in conversation. I asked him if he had a doctor’s appointment this morning, as he was in such a hurry. The gentleman told me no, that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife.

      I then inquired as to her health. He told me that she had been there for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer Disease. As we talked, and I finished dressing his wound, I asked if she would be worried if he was a bit late. He replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not recognized him in five years now.

      I was surprised, and asked him. “And you still go every morning, even though she doesn’t know who you are?”

      He smiled as he patted my hand and said. “She doesn’t know me, but I still know who she is.”

      I had to hold back tears as he left, I had goose bumps on my arm, and thought, “That is the kind of love I want in my life.” True love is neither physical, nor romantic. True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be.

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      Dec 19 2007

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      The Perfect Man – Hello?

      Filed under Lists, Simple Pleasures

      There I was, blogging this morning over coffee, and came across a blog where a woman was married to her soul mate, the love of her life.

      OK… so the divorced, slightly jaded, moderately cynical woman is thinking “Is there a such a thing as the ‘perfect man’? Is the phrase ‘perfect man’ THE classic oxymoron, right up there with ‘military intelligence’ and ‘government efficiency’?” For the last few hours, I’ve been asking myself what would it take? What sort of man could make me actually consider remarrying?

      Here goes.

      In a heartbeat, I would marry again, if the right man presented himself. I liked being married (see Mr X). I enjoyed having someone to share things with; the good and the bad. At this point in my life I am more discerning because I know myself better. I will keep this list open as I think more about it, but for now to marry again I would need a man who is:

      1. Intelligent -not necessarily someone with 5 or 6 post-graduate degrees, but well read and well spoken.
      2. Extroverted – at least to some measurable degree. I enjoy conversation and gatherings.
      3. Funny – a sense of humor, able to laugh at yourself and sometimes, your circumstances.
      4. Family-oriented – my family is where my heart is.
      5. Content with a simple life – home, family, friends, food, sitting in front of a cozy fire sipping wine.
      6. Appreciative of some of the finer things – music, wine, books, perhaps some travel
      7. Wine lover – see #s 5 & 6
      8. Neat – I don’t do well in a cluttered environment.
      9. An animal lover – I will always have pets.
      10. Affectionate – I love a touch, a look, a hug.
      11. Gainfully Employed – lol, almost forgot that one.
      12. Thoughtful – brings flowers for no reason, makes me soup when I’m sick.
      13. Sentimental – remembers birthdays, first dates, etc.
      14. Kind – to young, old and everything in between
      15. Mechanically Inclined and Generally handy around the house – have you had to pay for a service call of any kind lately?
      16. A Boston Sports Fan – my family would have a difficult time accepting a NY Yankee fan – it would not be pretty :-)
      17. Spontaneous – I’m not sure I need this, but since I’ve never had this, I’d like to take it out for a spin

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      Dec 18 2007

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      Pastor’s Cat

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      Barbara Gregg tells us the Christmas story of the “pastor’s cat.”

      “Seems just before Christmas, a pastor’s kitten had climbed up into a tree and was afraid to come down. He tried to coax it down with food and warm milk, but, no dice. The tree was too frail to climb, so the pastor decided to rope it and pull it down closer with his car, thinking the cat would jump off when it neared the ground. But, as he moved the car forward, the rope snapped, the tree went ‘boing,’ and the kitten sailed out of sight. The pastor felt terrible, but figured the Lord would care for it somehow.

      “A few days later, he was in the supermarket, when he came upon one of his parishioners, who hated cats, with a basketful of cat food. Being curious, he asked her why she was buying cat food when she disliked cats so much. She said, ‘You won’t believe this, but my little girl had been begging me for a cat for Christmas, so I told her if God wants her to have a cat, I would let her keep it. I watched her go into our yard, kneel down, and pray for a kitty. No sooner had she finished, a kitten flew out of the sky and landed in front of her. I know, Pastor, because I was there when it happened.’

      ‘Amen,’ smiled the pastor knowingly, as he thanked God for the ‘Christmas gift.’”

      http://www.nevadaappeal.com/article/20071218/OPINION/262349717

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      Dec 15 2007

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      Reminiscing

      Filed under Family, Simple Pleasures

      Last night I sat on the patio with my Dad reminiscing about Christmases past. I listened as he recalled days of sledding, skating, and Christmas Parades with Santa and his sleigh actually stopping in front of our house on Christmas Eve! One story leading to another and another.

      Having my parents living with me during the autumn of their lives has been both an enlightening and wonderful experience for me. My parents are part of my memories as well as keepers of my memories. As we discuss different events of my childhood, differences in perceptions and recollections are almost always revealed. How could they not be different?

      Listening to my parents recall events from the years they were raising their family, me and my seven siblings, has brought a whole new enrichment to my life.

      For example, I remember the big 3-day blackout in the 60’s as being a great adventure for me and my sister as we waited for Dad to ‘rescue’ us in the eves of the 3rd floor in our house. To this day that house is still my favorite. The house itself was huge! It had a full basement, 2 floors and a finished attic. It had tons of cubby holes and hiding places. We even discovered a ’secret room’ in the attic which could only be accessed from the kitchen pantry. We wondered endlessly what purpose that room was intended for, and why it was hidden. The house also had 4 fireplaces, a library, a basement toilet that flushed up and a gigantic framed window overlooking the bay and the Boston skyline. For a time, we had three generations living in that house.

      My Dad remembers that the house was painted all one dark dreary grey color so that it looked like a haunted house and that he dreaded the thought of repainting it, and that he had serious issues with the furnaces and trouble keeping the house heated. He told me some of the history of the house, recalling old photographs of young girls in parasols on the front lawn at the turn of the century, that it was once a hotel affiliated with the yacht club.

      What we agreed on is that the times we shared in that house were wonderful. It was simply marvelous!

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      Dec 14 2007

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      Holiday Tips

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      No clue where this list originated so I can’t give credit, but it’s hysterical.

      1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they’re serving rum balls.
      2. Drink as much eggnog as you can and quickly. You can’t find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It’s not as if you’re going to turn into an ‘eggnog-aholic’ or something. It’s a treat. Enjoy it! Have one for me. Have two. It’s later than you think.
      3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That’s the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand-alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.
      4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they’re made with skim milk or whole milk. If it’s skim, pass. Why bother? It’s like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.
      5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other people’s food for free. Lots of it. Hello?
      6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year’s. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you’ll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.
      7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don’t budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They’re like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you’re never going to see them again.
      8. Same for pies. Apple, pumpkin and mincemeat – have a slice of each. Or, if you don’t like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert — Labor Day?
      9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it’s loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards. I am a firm believer that there is only one fruitcake in the world and it just keeps going around and around by mail.
      10. One final tip: If you don’t feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven’t been paying attention. Reread tips.

      Start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner. Remember: “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body. But rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in hand, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming ‘YEE-HAWWWWWW! what a ride!”

      Merry Christmas!

      Cheers to you, whoever wrote this!

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      Dec 14 2007

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      I Support Our Troops

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      Like many Americans, I personally know and love a good many soldiers, men and women, serving our country. I support all our Troops.

      Army
      Navy
      Air Force
      Marines

      America Supports You

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      Dec 12 2007

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      Crazy Christmas

      Got this in an email today. I don’t know who wrote it, but I believe they may know a number of my family members…

      • Schizophrenia — Do You Hear What I Hear?
      • Multiple Personality Disorder — We Three Kings Disoriented Are
      • Dementia — I Think I’ll be Home for Christmas
      • Narcissistic — Hark the Herald Angels Sing About Me
      • Manic — Deck the Halls and Walls and House and Lawn and Streets and Stores and Office and Town and Cars and Buses and Trucks and Trees and…..
      • Paranoid — Santa Claus is Coming to Town to Get Me
      • Borderline Personality Disorder —Thoughts of Roasting on an Open Fire
      • Personality Disorder — You Better Watch Out, I’m Gonna Cry, I’m Gonna Pout, Maybe I’ll Tell You Why
      • Attention Deficit Disorder — Silent night, Holy oooh look at the Froggy – can I have a chocolate, why is France so far away?
      • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder — Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle,Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells,

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      Dec 12 2007

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      Old Friends and Cups

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      I got an email from some very dear friends this morning. What a lovely way to start my day, simply to know that someone has me in their prayers, every day.

      I also got this from another friend which reminded me to keep my eye on what’s really important as we go about our busy lives. Let me share it with you:


      Cups

      A group of alumni, all highly established in their respective careers, got together for a visit with their old university professor. The conversation soon turned to complaints about the endless stress of work and life in general.

      Offering his guests coffee, the professor went into the kitchen and soon returned with a large pot of coffee and an eclectic assortment of cups: porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal – some plain, some expensive, some quite exquisite. Quietly he told them to help themselves to some fresh coffee.

      When each of his former students had a cup of coffee in hand, the old professor quietly cleared his throat and began to patiently address the small gathering… ”You may have noticed that all of the nicer looking cups were taken up first, leaving behind the plainer and cheaper ones. While it is only natural for you to want only the best for yourselves that is actually the source of much of your stress-related problems.”

      He continued…”Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In fact, the cup merely disguises or dresses up what we drink. What each of you really wanted was coffee, not a cup, but you instinctively went for the best cups… Then you began eyeing each other’s cups.”

      “Now consider this: Life is coffee. Jobs, money, and position in society are merely cups. They are just tools to shape and contain Life, and the type of cup we have does not truly define nor change the quality of the Life we live. Often, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee that God has provided us… God brews the coffee, but he does not supply the cups. Enjoy your coffee!”

      The happiest people don’t have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have. So please remember: Live simply. Love generously. Care Deeply. Speak Kindly. Leave The Rest To God.

      Never Judge
      another person or compare them to someone else.

      And remember – the richest person is not the one who has the
      most, but the one who needs the least.

      Life is
      short, the older you get the more you realize it.

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      Dec 10 2007

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      Dignity

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      Come, Monday.

      It is not wealth one asks for, but just enough to preserve one’s dignity, to work unhampered, to be generous, frank and independent.

      W. Somerset Maugham, ‘Of Human Bondage’, 1915, English dramatist & novelist (1874 – 1965)

      Amen, brother. I just looked at my P & L… Success had better find me soon.

      A few bright spots:

      • I have completed Phase I of the major overhaul to my business web site. Whew! I shall reward myself with an entire 24 hours abstinence from any web site-related work… before I begin Phase II.
      • My mother called this morning to tell me not to stop for wine on my way home from the office as she has already done so. I love my mother.
      • A nice check arrived in today’s mail. I love when that happens, don’t you?

      Now if I could just get someone to run my other errands.

      Cheers.

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      Dec 09 2007

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      Chaos Theory

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      Well, another week ends. Another list of ‘did not do’, and another list of ‘did, but wasn’t expecting to do’. As I have so often said,

      It is good to have a plan, just be prepared to modify it

      This weekend I did not accomplish a single of my major goals. A few minor changes which I made to my business web site changed the course of the weekend entirely. What should have taken 15 minutes has, so far, taken 20 hours and I’m not done ‘undoing’. Good grief.

      The upside is that my error has revealed a new avenue of income. I’m never ashamed to admit an error because there is always a lesson to be learned. One could argue that mistakes are the greatest teachers. A lesson learned the hard way is nonetheless learned.

      So, at the end of the day I am weary, but wiser. A nice glass of Chianti is in order! Then I’m off to sleep. It was a good week.

      Cheers.

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      Dec 08 2007

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      Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown

      It was 82 here today.. how the heck can you get in the mood to put ornaments on the tree in 82 degree weather? What happened to that nice cold front that we had all week when I couldn’t decorate because I had to work? It was 32 at night and only in the 50’s-60’s during the day. I was so looking forward to a nice cozy fire, Christmas music and wine. Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown.

      My niece is on the warpath again; another manic phase coinciding with the end of the semester and the Christmas holidays. Now you know this can not be good. *sigh* And yet her mother, my sister the saint, is still in a festive, happy mood. I truly cannot imagine how she does it. God must have given her a double dose of patience and understanding. A mother’s love would not suffice.

      My cats sat under the tree ALL day today while the squirrels collected pecans for the winter. They lay there just waiting. Never moving for hour after hour. Alas; not a single squirrel fell into their clever trap.

      Well, tomorrow is another day.

      Cheers.

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      Dec 07 2007

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      Infamy

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      Yesterday, December 7, 1941 – a date which will live on in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

      Franklin D. Roosevelt, Address to Congress, Dec. 8, 1941, 32nd president of US (1882 – 1945)

      Attack on Pearl Harbor

      Pear Harbor Memorial

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      WillThink4Wine » T minus 3 minutes

      Dec 26 2007

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      T minus 3 minutes

      Posted at 5:53 am under Simple Pleasures, Sisters

      My SisterDear2 is coming this morning and her flight was scheduled to take off 3 minutes ago! We’re so excited!!

      This is actually our Christmas Day because we’ve waited for her arrival to exchange gifts. That little detail caused SisterDear4 to ’spill the beans’ on one of our Dad’s Christmas gifts last night. She called to see how our day went and asked him if he liked the slippers she sent him. LOL. Being the sweetie he is, he said he hadn’t opened them yet, but he was sure he’d love them.

      Dad update: he just came in to the office and brought me my first cup of coffee. I love my Dad!

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      Dec 21 2007

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      It Happened On December 21st

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      But the most important thing that happened on this day *drum roll*

        On this day in 1928, my Dad was born.

        Happy Birthday Dad!

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        Dec 20 2007

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        104,018 miles

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        Today my oil & transmission fluid was changed and my odometer reads 104,018. I’ll never remember, so I’ll blog it. God, I’m lazy organized.

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        Dec 20 2007

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        I Know Who She Is

        As a follow up to yesterday’s post (The Perfect Man) I want to share a story I read on USURP – This exemplifies my definition of The Perfect Man :-)

        I Know Who She Is

        It was a busy morning, approximately 8:30 am, when an elderly gentleman, in his 80’s, arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb. He stated that he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am.

        I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would to able to see him. I saw him looking at his watch and decided, since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound.

        On exam it was well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound.

        While taking care of his wound, we began to engage in conversation. I asked him if he had a doctor’s appointment this morning, as he was in such a hurry. The gentleman told me no, that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife.

        I then inquired as to her health. He told me that she had been there for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer Disease. As we talked, and I finished dressing his wound, I asked if she would be worried if he was a bit late. He replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not recognized him in five years now.

        I was surprised, and asked him. “And you still go every morning, even though she doesn’t know who you are?”

        He smiled as he patted my hand and said. “She doesn’t know me, but I still know who she is.”

        I had to hold back tears as he left, I had goose bumps on my arm, and thought, “That is the kind of love I want in my life.” True love is neither physical, nor romantic. True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be.

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        Dec 19 2007

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        The Perfect Man – Hello?

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        There I was, blogging this morning over coffee, and came across a blog where a woman was married to her soul mate, the love of her life.

        OK… so the divorced, slightly jaded, moderately cynical woman is thinking “Is there a such a thing as the ‘perfect man’? Is the phrase ‘perfect man’ THE classic oxymoron, right up there with ‘military intelligence’ and ‘government efficiency’?” For the last few hours, I’ve been asking myself what would it take? What sort of man could make me actually consider remarrying?

        Here goes.

        In a heartbeat, I would marry again, if the right man presented himself. I liked being married (see Mr X). I enjoyed having someone to share things with; the good and the bad. At this point in my life I am more discerning because I know myself better. I will keep this list open as I think more about it, but for now to marry again I would need a man who is:

        1. Intelligent -not necessarily someone with 5 or 6 post-graduate degrees, but well read and well spoken.
        2. Extroverted – at least to some measurable degree. I enjoy conversation and gatherings.
        3. Funny – a sense of humor, able to laugh at yourself and sometimes, your circumstances.
        4. Family-oriented – my family is where my heart is.
        5. Content with a simple life – home, family, friends, food, sitting in front of a cozy fire sipping wine.
        6. Appreciative of some of the finer things – music, wine, books, perhaps some travel
        7. Wine lover – see #s 5 & 6
        8. Neat – I don’t do well in a cluttered environment.
        9. An animal lover – I will always have pets.
        10. Affectionate – I love a touch, a look, a hug.
        11. Gainfully Employed – lol, almost forgot that one.
        12. Thoughtful – brings flowers for no reason, makes me soup when I’m sick.
        13. Sentimental – remembers birthdays, first dates, etc.
        14. Kind – to young, old and everything in between
        15. Mechanically Inclined and Generally handy around the house – have you had to pay for a service call of any kind lately?
        16. A Boston Sports Fan – my family would have a difficult time accepting a NY Yankee fan – it would not be pretty :-)
        17. Spontaneous – I’m not sure I need this, but since I’ve never had this, I’d like to take it out for a spin

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        Dec 18 2007

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        Pastor’s Cat

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        Barbara Gregg tells us the Christmas story of the “pastor’s cat.”

        “Seems just before Christmas, a pastor’s kitten had climbed up into a tree and was afraid to come down. He tried to coax it down with food and warm milk, but, no dice. The tree was too frail to climb, so the pastor decided to rope it and pull it down closer with his car, thinking the cat would jump off when it neared the ground. But, as he moved the car forward, the rope snapped, the tree went ‘boing,’ and the kitten sailed out of sight. The pastor felt terrible, but figured the Lord would care for it somehow.

        “A few days later, he was in the supermarket, when he came upon one of his parishioners, who hated cats, with a basketful of cat food. Being curious, he asked her why she was buying cat food when she disliked cats so much. She said, ‘You won’t believe this, but my little girl had been begging me for a cat for Christmas, so I told her if God wants her to have a cat, I would let her keep it. I watched her go into our yard, kneel down, and pray for a kitty. No sooner had she finished, a kitten flew out of the sky and landed in front of her. I know, Pastor, because I was there when it happened.’

        ‘Amen,’ smiled the pastor knowingly, as he thanked God for the ‘Christmas gift.’”

        http://www.nevadaappeal.com/article/20071218/OPINION/262349717

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        Dec 15 2007

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        Reminiscing

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        Last night I sat on the patio with my Dad reminiscing about Christmases past. I listened as he recalled days of sledding, skating, and Christmas Parades with Santa and his sleigh actually stopping in front of our house on Christmas Eve! One story leading to another and another.

        Having my parents living with me during the autumn of their lives has been both an enlightening and wonderful experience for me. My parents are part of my memories as well as keepers of my memories. As we discuss different events of my childhood, differences in perceptions and recollections are almost always revealed. How could they not be different?

        Listening to my parents recall events from the years they were raising their family, me and my seven siblings, has brought a whole new enrichment to my life.

        For example, I remember the big 3-day blackout in the 60’s as being a great adventure for me and my sister as we waited for Dad to ‘rescue’ us in the eves of the 3rd floor in our house. To this day that house is still my favorite. The house itself was huge! It had a full basement, 2 floors and a finished attic. It had tons of cubby holes and hiding places. We even discovered a ’secret room’ in the attic which could only be accessed from the kitchen pantry. We wondered endlessly what purpose that room was intended for, and why it was hidden. The house also had 4 fireplaces, a library, a basement toilet that flushed up and a gigantic framed window overlooking the bay and the Boston skyline. For a time, we had three generations living in that house.

        My Dad remembers that the house was painted all one dark dreary grey color so that it looked like a haunted house and that he dreaded the thought of repainting it, and that he had serious issues with the furnaces and trouble keeping the house heated. He told me some of the history of the house, recalling old photographs of young girls in parasols on the front lawn at the turn of the century, that it was once a hotel affiliated with the yacht club.

        What we agreed on is that the times we shared in that house were wonderful. It was simply marvelous!

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        Dec 14 2007

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        Holiday Tips

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        No clue where this list originated so I can’t give credit, but it’s hysterical.

        1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they’re serving rum balls.
        2. Drink as much eggnog as you can and quickly. You can’t find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It’s not as if you’re going to turn into an ‘eggnog-aholic’ or something. It’s a treat. Enjoy it! Have one for me. Have two. It’s later than you think.
        3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That’s the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand-alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.
        4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they’re made with skim milk or whole milk. If it’s skim, pass. Why bother? It’s like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.
        5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other people’s food for free. Lots of it. Hello?
        6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year’s. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you’ll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.
        7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don’t budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They’re like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you’re never going to see them again.
        8. Same for pies. Apple, pumpkin and mincemeat – have a slice of each. Or, if you don’t like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert — Labor Day?
        9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it’s loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards. I am a firm believer that there is only one fruitcake in the world and it just keeps going around and around by mail.
        10. One final tip: If you don’t feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven’t been paying attention. Reread tips.

        Start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner. Remember: “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body. But rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in hand, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming ‘YEE-HAWWWWWW! what a ride!”

        Merry Christmas!

        Cheers to you, whoever wrote this!

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        WillThink4Wine » A Rescue Dog’s Christmas Poem

        Dec 24 2007

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        A Rescue Dog’s Christmas Poem

        Posted at 1:18 pm under Acts of Kindness, Neutering Pets, Thoughtfulness

        Tis the night before Christmas and all through the town,
        every shelter is full – we are lost, but not found,
        Our numbers are hung on our kennels so bare,
        we hope every minute that someone will care,

        They’ll come to adopt us and give us the call,
        “Come here, Max and Sparkie – come fetch your new ball!!
        But now we sit here and think of the days…
        we were treated so fondly – we had cute, baby ways,

        Once we were little, then we grew and we grew
        now we’re no longer young and we’re no longer new.
        So out the back door we were thrown like the trash,
        they reacted so quickly – why were they so rash?

        We “jump on the children:, “don’t come when they call”,
        we “bark when they leave us”, climb over the wall.
        We should have been neutered, we should have been spayed,
        now we suffer the consequence of the errors THEY made.

        If only they’d trained us, if only we knew…
        we’d have done what they asked us and worshiped them, too.
        We were left in the backyard, or worse -let to roam-
        now we’re tired and lonely and out of a home.

        They dropped us off here and they kissed us good-bye…
        “Maybe someone else will give you a try.”
        So now here we are, all confused and alone…
        in a shelter with others who long for a home.

        The kind workers come through with a meal and a pat,
        with so many to care for, they can’t stay to chat ,
        They move to the next kennel, giving each of us cheer…
        we know that they wonder how long we’ll be here.

        We lay down to sleep and sweet dreams fill our heads…
        of a home filled with love and our own cozy beds.
        Then we wake to see sad eyes, brimming with tears –
        our friends filled with emptiness, worry, and fear.

        If you can’t adopt us and there’s no room at the Inn –
        could you help with the bills and fill our food bin?
        We count on your kindness each day of the year –
        can you give more than hope to everyone here?

        Please make a donation to pay for the heat…
        and help get us something special to eat.
        The shelter that cares for us wants us to live,
        and more of us will, if more people will give.

        –Author Unknown

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        WillThink4Wine » Lasso the Christmas Eve Moon

        Dec 24 2007

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        Lasso the Christmas Eve Moon

        Posted at 7:19 am under Simple Pleasures

        It’s Christmas Eve morning and tonight there should be a pretty phenomenal sky. See the Link below.

        I just told my Dad about this. It was like I had just given him a Christmas present. He loves stuff like this. He’s added sky watching to his Christmas Eve plans. He’s digging out his binoculars. I’m sure my MotherDear and I will also join him. Another Christmas Memory in the making.

        Today will be full of last minute errands and crossing off the last of the items on the ‘to do’ list.

        Merry Christmas! God bless us, every one!

        clipped from science.nasa.gov

        Dec. 24, 2007: It’s Christmas Eve, and you’re snuggled cozily in your den. A glowing fire gently crackles and pops in the fireplace, and your head starts to droop as you nod off. Just then, something cold and wet nudges your cheek. You open your eyes to stare directly into a large black nose. It’s time to take the dog for his walk.

        Grumbling in vain, you put on your coat, snap the leash onto the wiggling dog’s collar, open the door to a rush of cold air. You step outside and enter a magical landscape.

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        WillThink4Wine » Spanx

        Dec 26 2007

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        Posted at 6:34 am under Random Thoughts

        Sometimes I just read the Google Ads.

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        WillThink4Wine » It Happened On December 21st

        Dec 21 2007

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        It Happened On December 21st

        Posted at 7:03 am under Family

        But the most important thing that happened on this day *drum roll*

          On this day in 1928, my Dad was born.

          Happy Birthday Dad!

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          WillThink4Wine » Tiptoeing through the Blogosphere

          Dec 22 2007

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          Tiptoeing through the Blogosphere

          Posted at 7:03 am under Cats

          So there I was, tiptoeing through the Blogosphere…

          What?

          There’s 2 animated versions –> http://www.anyware.co.nz/monkeyjoke.html?joke

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          WillThink4Wine » One more trip around the Sun and other Random thoughts

          Dec 23 2007

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          One more trip around the Sun and other Random thoughts

          Today is SisterDear3’s Half Centennial Birthday. I use to feel a bit like James T. Kirk, boldly going where no one had gone before…. It’s very strange to be the oldest of 8 kids and to see them all getting older, because of course, I am still 24. hehehe. Even my baby brother in 37 and my oldest nephew is 28. Good Lord. Where does the time go?

          Last night MotherDear had the girls from Bingo & A & B over for supper and poker. For a change, I won a few hands. I don’t know how that happened. Perhaps Santa bestowed some pre-Christmas magic poker dust on me for the evening.

          MotherDear actually played some piano! Then while A & B took the girls down the street to see their house, Dad played a little too. I love it when they play. It brings me back to my childhood. I know, corny. But also very true. Someone playing the piano was like a magic beckoning call… a few notes on the keyboard and everyone in the house just gathered at the piano. Many happy memories are triggered whenever I hear a piano. I’m so glad one of my nephews and my brother-in law also play. Bonus points to my nephew, the teacher. He actually gets to teach kids music every day in school and also teaches private piano and guitar lessons. How cool is that?

          SisterDear2 has the best present for our parents this year, and I can’t wait! She’s flying down the day after Christmas and we’re all sooo excited about her visit. But I really am looking forward to them opening her very special gift. My Dad had mentioned last spring that he was hoping to watch the old home movies while up for our July visit last summer. So I had special-ordered the bulb needed for this old projector. As soon as they turned the projector on, the bulb blew. Much disappointment filled the room. So, that’s what gave SisterDear2 the idea for the Christmas gift. She took all of the 8mm videos from our childhood and had them put on DVDs!! I know!!! There will be many teary eyes while watching them! My brother-in-law also made copies for everybody. What an awesome gift!!!

          As I lay in bed last night I was reflecting upon my life, especially the past year and a half. Last year I sold my business of 20 years and moved to another state. I invited my parents to live with me and my kitties. It was kind of a big deal, such a major move. Overall, I have to say that I’m quite content with my life. There is really just one thing I plan to work on in 2008, and that is to push my new business into a higher sales volume without spending as much money advertising as last year. God willing, I will make enough to meet my needs, and a little bit extra for some of my wants. I’ve totally forgotten what it was like to have disposable income!

          And finally, this is what I awoke to this morning. Can you say “Awwww”

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          WillThink4Wine » I Know Who She Is

          Dec 20 2007

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          I Know Who She Is

          Posted at 11:34 am under Aging Gracefully, Simple Pleasures

          As a follow up to yesterday’s post (The Perfect Man) I want to share a story I read on USURP – This exemplifies my definition of The Perfect Man :-)

          I Know Who She Is

          It was a busy morning, approximately 8:30 am, when an elderly gentleman, in his 80’s, arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb. He stated that he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am.

          I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would to able to see him. I saw him looking at his watch and decided, since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound.

          On exam it was well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound.

          While taking care of his wound, we began to engage in conversation. I asked him if he had a doctor’s appointment this morning, as he was in such a hurry. The gentleman told me no, that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife.

          I then inquired as to her health. He told me that she had been there for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer Disease. As we talked, and I finished dressing his wound, I asked if she would be worried if he was a bit late. He replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not recognized him in five years now.

          I was surprised, and asked him. “And you still go every morning, even though she doesn’t know who you are?”

          He smiled as he patted my hand and said. “She doesn’t know me, but I still know who she is.”

          I had to hold back tears as he left, I had goose bumps on my arm, and thought, “That is the kind of love I want in my life.” True love is neither physical, nor romantic. True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be.

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          1. gmcountrymamaon 20 Dec 2007 at 2:17 pm 1

            Now I have tears in my eyes!
            How come it took me so long to find your blog? I’ll be adding you to my reader.
            Hey, I am also reading The Lord of the Rings, the secong book, now. It is my first time however.

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          WillThink4Wine » It Happened On December 21st

          Dec 21 2007

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          It Happened On December 21st

          Posted at 7:03 am under Birthday, Dad, Family, On This Day

          But the most important thing that happened on this day *drum roll*

            On this day in 1928, my Dad was born.

            Happy Birthday Dad!

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            WillThink4Wine » Pastor’s Cat

            Dec 18 2007

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            Posted at 7:18 am under Cats, Christmas

            Barbara Gregg tells us the Christmas story of the “pastor’s cat.”

            “Seems just before Christmas, a pastor’s kitten had climbed up into a tree and was afraid to come down. He tried to coax it down with food and warm milk, but, no dice. The tree was too frail to climb, so the pastor decided to rope it and pull it down closer with his car, thinking the cat would jump off when it neared the ground. But, as he moved the car forward, the rope snapped, the tree went ‘boing,’ and the kitten sailed out of sight. The pastor felt terrible, but figured the Lord would care for it somehow.

            “A few days later, he was in the supermarket, when he came upon one of his parishioners, who hated cats, with a basketful of cat food. Being curious, he asked her why she was buying cat food when she disliked cats so much. She said, ‘You won’t believe this, but my little girl had been begging me for a cat for Christmas, so I told her if God wants her to have a cat, I would let her keep it. I watched her go into our yard, kneel down, and pray for a kitty. No sooner had she finished, a kitten flew out of the sky and landed in front of her. I know, Pastor, because I was there when it happened.’

            ‘Amen,’ smiled the pastor knowingly, as he thanked God for the ‘Christmas gift.’”

            http://www.nevadaappeal.com/article/20071218/OPINION/262349717

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            Dec 18 2007

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            Posted at 7:18 am under Cats

            Barbara Gregg tells us the Christmas story of the “pastor’s cat.”

            “Seems just before Christmas, a pastor’s kitten had climbed up into a tree and was afraid to come down. He tried to coax it down with food and warm milk, but, no dice. The tree was too frail to climb, so the pastor decided to rope it and pull it down closer with his car, thinking the cat would jump off when it neared the ground. But, as he moved the car forward, the rope snapped, the tree went ‘boing,’ and the kitten sailed out of sight. The pastor felt terrible, but figured the Lord would care for it somehow.

            “A few days later, he was in the supermarket, when he came upon one of his parishioners, who hated cats, with a basketful of cat food. Being curious, he asked her why she was buying cat food when she disliked cats so much. She said, ‘You won’t believe this, but my little girl had been begging me for a cat for Christmas, so I told her if God wants her to have a cat, I would let her keep it. I watched her go into our yard, kneel down, and pray for a kitty. No sooner had she finished, a kitten flew out of the sky and landed in front of her. I know, Pastor, because I was there when it happened.’

            ‘Amen,’ smiled the pastor knowingly, as he thanked God for the ‘Christmas gift.’”

            http://www.nevadaappeal.com/article/20071218/OPINION/262349717

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            WillThink4Wine » 104,018 miles

            Dec 20 2007

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            104,018 miles

            Posted at 4:10 pm under Oil Change, Transmission Fluid

            Today my oil & transmission fluid was changed and my odometer reads 104,018. I’ll never remember, so I’ll blog it. God, I’m lazy organized.

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            WillThink4Wine » 104,018 miles

            Dec 20 2007

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            104,018 miles

            Posted at 4:10 pm under Thought for the Day

            Today my oil & transmission fluid was changed and my odometer reads 104,018. I’ll never remember, so I’ll blog it. God, I’m lazy organized.

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            WillThink4Wine » Reminiscing

            Dec 15 2007

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            Posted at 6:53 am under Family, Simple Pleasures

            Last night I sat on the patio with my Dad reminiscing about Christmases past. I listened as he recalled days of sledding, skating, and Christmas Parades with Santa and his sleigh actually stopping in front of our house on Christmas Eve! One story leading to another and another.

            Having my parents living with me during the autumn of their lives has been both an enlightening and wonderful experience for me. My parents are part of my memories as well as keepers of my memories. As we discuss different events of my childhood, differences in perceptions and recollections are almost always revealed. How could they not be different?

            Listening to my parents recall events from the years they were raising their family, me and my seven siblings, has brought a whole new enrichment to my life.

            For example, I remember the big 3-day blackout in the 60’s as being a great adventure for me and my sister as we waited for Dad to ‘rescue’ us in the eves of the 3rd floor in our house. To this day that house is still my favorite. The house itself was huge! It had a full basement, 2 floors and a finished attic. It had tons of cubby holes and hiding places. We even discovered a ’secret room’ in the attic which could only be accessed from the kitchen pantry. We wondered endlessly what purpose that room was intended for, and why it was hidden. The house also had 4 fireplaces, a library, a basement toilet that flushed up and a gigantic framed window overlooking the bay and the Boston skyline. For a time, we had three generations living in that house.

            My Dad remembers that the house was painted all one dark dreary grey color so that it looked like a haunted house and that he dreaded the thought of repainting it, and that he had serious issues with the furnaces and trouble keeping the house heated. He told me some of the history of the house, recalling old photographs of young girls in parasols on the front lawn at the turn of the century, that it was once a hotel affiliated with the yacht club.

            What we agreed on is that the times we shared in that house were wonderful. It was simply marvelous!

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            Dec 15 2007

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            Reminiscing

            Posted at 6:53 am under Family, Simple Pleasures

            Last night I sat on the patio with my Dad reminiscing about Christmases past. I listened as he recalled days of sledding, skating, and Christmas Parades with Santa and his sleigh actually stopping in front of our house on Christmas Eve! One story leading to another and another.

            Having my parents living with me during the autumn of their lives has been both an enlightening and wonderful experience for me. My parents are part of my memories as well as keepers of my memories. As we discuss different events of my childhood, differences in perceptions and recollections are almost always revealed. How could they not be different?

            Listening to my parents recall events from the years they were raising their family, me and my seven siblings, has brought a whole new enrichment to my life.

            For example, I remember the big 3-day blackout in the 60’s as being a great adventure for me and my sister as we waited for Dad to ‘rescue’ us in the eves of the 3rd floor in our house. To this day that house is still my favorite. The house itself was huge! It had a full basement, 2 floors and a finished attic. It had tons of cubby holes and hiding places. We even discovered a ’secret room’ in the attic which could only be accessed from the kitchen pantry. We wondered endlessly what purpose that room was intended for, and why it was hidden. The house also had 4 fireplaces, a library, a basement toilet that flushed up and a gigantic framed window overlooking the bay and the Boston skyline. For a time, we had three generations living in that house.

            My Dad remembers that the house was painted all one dark dreary grey color so that it looked like a haunted house and that he dreaded the thought of repainting it, and that he had serious issues with the furnaces and trouble keeping the house heated. He told me some of the history of the house, recalling old photographs of young girls in parasols on the front lawn at the turn of the century, that it was once a hotel affiliated with the yacht club.

            What we agreed on is that the times we shared in that house were wonderful. It was simply marvelous!

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