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Feb. 15th, 2012

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Wednesday Question # 1

I'm going to give this a try.
Wednesday will be out of the blue question day.
I hope my lj friends will answer.
It can be a way to get to know each other better.

This Wednesday's Question: I collect Hummels, Lilliput Lane cottages, teapots, Victorian Christmas ornaments.

What do you collect?
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My Sons ~ My Brother

I emptied my curio unit to dust the shelves. My sons gave me a Hummel every Christmas. I asked for only boys since I have two sons. Each one has a story behind it from the yr that passed. The yr my brother Jim died I asked my sons for a boy + girl statue to symbolize my brother + me. What a surprise it was that they bought me this pictured one. Jimmie had played the accordian as a boy but they didn't know that when they chose it. I cherish each statue & the story that goes w/each.

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After my 37 year old brother Jimmie died,
I received a letter from someone "M"
telling me he saw Jim walking away from his house as M arrived home.
When M went to his door,
there was a box of groceries there with no note.
M had lost his job + was having trouble making ends meet.
That story sums up Jimmie so well.

Feb. 14th, 2012

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Writer's Block: St. Valentine's Day

As with many other things, it has become a commercialized thing. I like to think of it as commemorating the act of a person standing up for what they believe in.
St. Valentine was a priest and it was forbidden for priests to marry a couple during wartime because the govt felt the soldier could be more focused on fighting if he didn't have a wife to worry about.
Valentine married couples in love in secret. When he was found out, he was killed.
Whether one believes this story to be true or a fictional story, it is a tribute to being true to oneself.

Feb. 9th, 2012

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36 Stitches

Remember the kitten I rescued?
Took him to the vet.
The nasty wound turned out to require 36 stitches!
Why do people throw away kittens + leave them to be prey to animals + traffic? We have coyotes, foxes, etc..
We had him neutered while he was knocked out.
The whole visit of shots + lab work + surgery came to $ 500.
Does it pay to be a rescuer?
It's a big debt but how could we leave him like that?
Will try to find a home for him after he heals.

Feb. 8th, 2012

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Abandoned Kitty

There's been a lost kitten under a car in front of the house. The poor thing is so hungry and chilled. I feed it under the car + put a bed under there. Tonight I was able to catch it. It spend the evening in the laundry room with food/water and a cushion-y bed. I walked it in the kitchen and held him tight when he was the 4 dogs. Didn't know he had a cut there. It clawed me in the face a bit. Taking it to the vet in the morn in hopes of finding it a home.

Jan. 17th, 2012

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Anyone who knows me in person knows I do not hear well.
Seeing the Ear Nose + Throat specialist tomorrow for an analysis of what my hearing loss is. Example: In class a friend told me something. I said, "Why are you going to Chevrolet?" Some fellow students laughed and told me my friend really said she was going to Chick Filet. It happens so often. Marcia will see a certain look on my face + ask what I think she said. I tell her and it is similar to what was really said....but no cigar!
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Branding With Our Iron

If I need something ironed in a hurry or am too lazy to set up the ironing board, I will put a towel on the rug and iron there.
The other day I left the iron on as I hurried out of the house.
It tipped over.
If it landed on the carpet, we could have had a house fire.
It fell against our NordicTrak treadmill and it now has a cute triangular shape branded into it.
Looks like a modern design treadmill!

Jan. 16th, 2012

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Anyone who knows me in person knows I do not hear well.
Seeing the Ear Nose + Throat specialist tomorrow for an analysis of what my hearing loss is. Example: In class a friend told me something. I said, "Why are you going to Chevrolet?" Some fellow students laughed and told me my friend really said she was going to Chick Filet. It happens so often. Marcia will see a certain look on my face + ask what I think she said. I tell her and it is similar to what was really said....but no cigar!

A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses.

Jan. 15th, 2012

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TV Shows from the 50s + 60s

What was your favorite tv shows from the 50's-60's?

I think Billy Mummy from Lost In Space was the first love of many girls. Other crushes: Davey Jones of The Monkees, Christopher Jones as Jesse James, Paul Peterson as Jeff on The Donna Reed Show, Bill Bixby of My Favorite Martian

~ Gidget with Sally field
~ Mickey Mouse Club...There was a courtyard next door and all the neighborhood kids and I would re-enact the song and dance routines every time we got together.
~ Ed Sullivan Show
~ That Girl
~ Bewitched
~ Petticoat Junction
~ Lassie I loved Jon Provost and I always wondered what the front of the house looked like. They showed the living room with the front door in it only once.
~ Man from UNCLE (United Network for the Command of Law Enforcement) with Illya Kuriakan and Napolean Solo. Adored both characters equally.
~ Hogan's Heroes
~ Match Game
~ What's My Line ?
~ Leave It To Theodore...I mean Leave It To Beaver

Jan. 11th, 2012

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Addams Family vs The Munsters


Earlier this week was the 100th birthday of Charles Addams, creator of the Addams Family.
Growing up, it seemed like the tv show about this family was in competition with The Munsters.
Everyone liked them both but seemed to like one a little more than the other.
Which show were you more a fan of and why?

I preferred The Addams Family. I loved the charming rapport Morticia and Gomez had. Loved watching the two of them. Also thought Wednesday was cute as the dickens. It sounds silly as I look back, but I liked the loyalty of Lurch for the whole family.
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As a girl I loved going with my mother to Woolworth when she picked out dress patterns. I loved looking at all the pattern pkgs and helping mom choose ones for herself and for me. The other day while looking at sewing machines at a store named Joanne's, their pattern display caught my eye and as I looked through them it brought back such lovely memories. Did you shop for patterns? Did your mom do much sewing? Childhood memories can be so sweet!

I remember doing a project for my sewing badge in Girl Scouts. I can still picture the Scout badge book with vibrant colors listing all the requirements for the possible badges. I loved that time for two reasons: 1) It was creative + challenging 2) My mother was the leader of the scout group + it was a special bonding experience.
I haven't worked w/ a pattern in 30 yrs.

Jan. 8th, 2012

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Writer's Block: Elvis Songs

What is your favorite Elvis Presley song?

Not a one.
I can't put my finger on it but I never cared for Mr. Presley's singing style.
Whenever I saw clips of him performing, I wondered what all the fuss was about.

Jan. 7th, 2012

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Is This Supposed To Be Winter?

My sinuses don't care for the fickle weather: chilly 1 day + warm the next. For 3 days my hearing was clogged up. Want to hear an odd concert? Put peroxide in your ear! Hearing's great now but my sinus drip had me nauseous + upchucking all day today. Someone suggested I wear a face mask when I go out to rake. That's another thing: when are the remaining 30% of the leaves going to fall? This *IS* an odd winter. Whine. Whine. Whine. lol
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Sweet Professors

I just got an email from 1 of my professors to tell me he sent my recommendation letter to OU as requested. Last wk I got a most heartwarming letter from another professor telling me she hadn't received the request yet and was concerned. My third professor did the same thing. I have been blessed to have such supportive and caring professors at NSU. Onward and upward to OU in mid-May!

Jan. 6th, 2012

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Writer's Block: My Earliest Memory

What is your earliest memory?

My earliest memory is of my sister Ann (who is one yr younger than me) and I playing in front of our home. We liked to pick the bark off the tree since it came off in shapes like a jigsaw puzzle. We spent a lot of time after a rainstorm sitting on the curb playing in the water in the gutter. We'd push leaves through the water with sticks pretending they were boats going to some fun place.

My mom couldn't seem to discourage us from doing this. So one day she told us if we played in the water again it would put holes in our faces. We steered clear of the water for a long time but one day we couldn't resist and we played our boat game. Afterwards, Ann and I were hysterical thinking of what was going to happen to our faces. To ease our great upset, Mom told us she just made it up to keep us from touching the dirty water.

My sister was so relieved to hear that news that she hugged my mother.
I, on the other hand, felt resentful that my mother lied to me.
Needless to say, I was happy to learn my face would stay unharmed, but the disappointment and resentment over the lie carried more weight for me.

Isn't it interesting how two sisters can be raised by the same parents, in the same house, with almost all the same experiences and still have very different reactions to the same thing?
That philosphy stayed with us for every year of our lives and remains true today.

Jan. 4th, 2012

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Guess What The Mailman Brought . . .

Happy new year, indeed!
Marcia's boss was very generous for Christmas.
But today in the mail we red'd a pkg from them via The Kansas City Steak Company for the New Year.
Who likes filet mignon wrapped in bacon?
There are three packages in all with different cuts of beef.
How thoughtful is that?!

Jan. 3rd, 2012

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Sat With The Raccoons

I posted this yesterday...
We found 1 of our raccoons dead ...hit by a car. They can't live 4ever but it's so sad when it happens. They live in the woods + creek across the rd from us. They cross over to eat food we leave. Marcia carried him to the vacant lot + placed him in the woods. She's better than me. I couldn't do that. It was painful enough to watch her do it.

Follow up...

The raccoons look a bit lost after losing Zorro yesterday (last post). Sometimes we leave the garage door up a bit so they can go in for warmth (between eating their 15 cups of dog food we leave outside). A minute ago I looked thru the peep hole in the kitchen door into the garage and watched them wander around. I went in + sat down. They stopped + looked..didn't run off. I said "it's okay guys" + they started moving again. Cuties.

Dec. 31st, 2011

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From Me 2 U

Warmest wishes to all my LJ friends.
I wish you a new year filled with good health,
quality time with those you hold dear
and inner peace.



Dec. 27th, 2011

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Am I losing it?

I put the floral centerpiecec and 2 candlesticks back on the dining room table. I take them away for most of December to make room for Christmas holiday centerpieces.
I couldn't understand why for the 2 yrs I've had the 2 candlesticks I thought they were identical. There they sat on the dining room table and they had some similar curves but were definitely not identical.
I pointed out to Marcia that they are different. She looked at them for a few seconds, took a step toward them and turned one upside down. They are both the same now! I think I'm losing it.

Dec. 25th, 2011

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Merry Christmas, Adam James

While rummaging through storage boxes I found an old Trapper binder filled w/ things I've saved for my sons: newspaper articles about Pinewood Derby races,, working towards Eagle scouting w/friends, honor rolls, orchestra recitals, summer camp stories, their involvement with testing for Consumer Reports. I even found the VCR tape of their appearance on CNN about the children's CR testing. I wrapped it all up for Adam to open on Christmas morning soon! Though there are other goodies, I know he will like this pkg the most!!!

Dec. 23rd, 2011

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$ 9,675

Medical bills + insurance . .
Since I have over 6 major health issues, I can only be insured with the state's High Risk Pool for a mo. premium of $700.
I met my $2000 deductible last wk.
I need $9675 worth of cardio tests due to blockage + leaky valves.
The scheduler got me in next wk so I don't have to start accumulating my 2012 $2000 deductible.
Insur will pay them 80% + they will waive my balance since I have no income. The hospital + the cardiologist would not have waived the balance if there was no 80% insur paymentand I would have been responsible for $9695 if these tests were perfomed 3 days later.
I'm thankful for my scheduler.

I'm having a renal artery dopler, a nuclear stress test and an echo cardiogram. I am hoping SO SO SO hard I don't have to have the angio again. When they remove the camera tube from the main artery in the groin, I need to have a 300 lb male nurse push on it for an hr. Clotting issues. I'm squeamish. Yuck. I'm squeamish and lightheaded just WRITING about it.

Dec. 22nd, 2011

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All my pants are literally falling down.
I thought the elastic or the material at the waist is wearing out.
Went to a doctor appt yesterday and weighed in with a loss of twenty pounds since I left NY.
I rarely pull out the scale + weigh myself at home.
Looked at some older photos and yup, lost it w/o realizing it.
Physical pain is the best diet.

Dec. 21st, 2011

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So Cute !

"I stopped believing in Santa when my mother took me to a dept store to see him and HE asked for MY autograph" - Shirley Temple
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Class: Research

We had an instructor of a 2 hr 20 min class called Research: not so easy.
He had a class to attend for his PhD so he left after one yr every wk for the whole semester: made it harder.
That denied ea student approx 20 hrs of lecture time.
"Come to my office w/problems."
W/20 students, how could he find 400 hrs during 1 semester?
I thought I would fail that class for sure.
The week before the 50 question mid-term & the final he gave a 50 question review.
Some of us put 2 + 2 together (no pun intended) and realized he was giving us the test questions.
I got an A. Half the class scored a D or less.

Overall, not a good policy, IMHO.

Every student remarked about it during the 2 hr final exit interview.
I am hoping this will be changed somewhere down the line.

Dec. 20th, 2011

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I did not "walk" at my Bachelor graduation ceremony on Saturday.
A friend of mine brought me the program
and I cut it, matted + framed the list of Social Work grads and the honor candidates.
I was surprised to see that I was the only social worker to graduate Summa Cum Laude...99.555.

Thanks for getting the program to me Nancy.
Congrats on your Magna Cum Laude. Likes attract!!

Dec. 14th, 2011

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Writer's Block:Favorite Christmas Movie

What is your must-see holiday movie? One random answer will win a $50 Amazon gift card. [Details here]

I **ADORE** "The Bishop's Wife" with Cary Grant as Duncan the angel, Loretta Young in the title role and David Niven as the bishop.

If you've never seen it, try to catch it.
It is from the 1940s and to watch the old style of special effects is charming and the characters warm the heart. Love it but they don't play it often. I hope I catch it this year at least once.

Dec. 11th, 2011

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Graduation for the Bachelor's degree program is set for Dec. 17th.
I've never been one for pomp & circumstance.
So I will be skipping the "walking"
I got my official graduation audit in the mail today....GPA 3.842!

I just finished my 4 page personal essay for my application to the Master's degree program in Administrative Social Work at the University of Oklahoma. It's not easy to write about one's good points. I will punch it up and complete my application online before the weekend winds down.
Fingers crossed.

Dec. 10th, 2011

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Writer's Block: What’s on your mind? (Sat. night edit)

What are you thinking about right now?

The month of December has depressed me for as far back as I can remember.
I just can't seem to kick it.
I'm trying something different this year: no cards, no decorations, no presents, no parties, no christmas dinner, no visiting family.
Time will tell if this is a better way to go for someone who dislikes December.

I'm trying not to psychoanalyze myself too much these days but it's good to recall what the sad feelings are about. December is hard because it's the month of death anniversaries and birth anniversaries of my Mother and my two brothers and the birth date of my estranged 30 yr old son. Haven't heard from him in 6 yrs.
As a child from a dysfunctional family, I never felt my life quite measured up to what others had. I know we shouldn't use excuses for crutches or we view ourselves as damaged. But conditioning is hard to kick. I dislike the commercialism of the holiday. The phrase I am trying to recall is: "The facade people publicly present is not equal to who they really are. Don't waste time or energy comparing yourself to an illusion."

Dec. 8th, 2011

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Writer's Block: Out of this world

What would you name a new planet?

Well, since Pluto is no longer officially a planet, I think I'd choose something that started with a P....Poindexter, perhaps

But it would depend where this new planet was in line with the others.
Remember how we learned the names of the planets in order?
My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Peanuts (or was it pickeles?).
Now without Pluto, our statement is probably
My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nuts.