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Last Moments with my Mother

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

My mother passed away Thursday night, Dec 4. I was away (out-of-town) all day at a rehearsal/concert and was afraid I would get back too late. I believe she waited for me. When I entered her room at 10:15 pm, she had labored, gurgly breathing. I began to lovingly speak to her, caress and kiss her, and finally sing to her. Her breathing quieted and she seemed to react to some of the things I said and did. After 20 minutes she slipped away. It meant so much for me to be with her when she left, and I am so grateful it happened that way. I was actually the only one there with her. I will miss her so much, but she has been gone for a long time, and I'm glad her soul is finally free.

I haven't exercised since my mother's passing, up until today. My eating hasn't been that great either. I know I have gained a couple of pounds. The main thing is, I am not going to let my sorrow continue this unhealthy pattern. I am SparkPedaling right now, as I prepare this blog, and I will keep working toward good health; that is most certainly what my mother would have wanted.

  
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FUSIONFITNESS3 12/11/2014 8:05PM

    What a beautiful way to spend your last moments together. The photos are are lovely tribute to her. Thank you for sharing them with us here at Spark. Continuing to think about you.

Maria

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GORIANA 12/10/2014 9:08PM

    My condolences. May you find the comfort and strength to find your bearings soon.

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LIFECHANGZ 12/10/2014 3:26PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon oh, I am so sorry for your loss, and so glad you were able to say goodbye ~ will be thinking of you and hope your grief will ease and memories warm your heart. (((hugs)))

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1CRAZYDOG 12/10/2014 1:27PM

    OH, my dear Nicole, I have tears falling reading this. I am so very glad that you had those precious moments w/your Mom. As difficult as it is for you losing her, your attitude is right that her spirit, her soul is now free. I don't know if anyone has ever told you, but you are the spitting image of your Mom!

HUGS and prayers. It's difficult work grieving. So sorry you are going thru this.

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CARELLIGIRL 12/10/2014 9:45AM

    Nicole, I am so sorry that you've experienced this loss. It is a blessing that you did get to see her just before she left. There is no doubt that she was waiting for you.
(((Hugs and Prayers)))

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CHICAM 12/10/2014 5:41AM

    My heart goes out to you. Your mom was very fortunate to have such a special daughter. It must be very comforting for you to know that you were there right at her side. My late husband passed away 20 years ago, he was 31 years old and I was 27 when I became a widower and it was sooo hard for me to know that I was not at his side when he passed away. Your mom is your guardian angle. emoticon

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TREKPURRSON 12/10/2014 1:18AM

    emoticon No words. Just emoticon and emoticon sent, emoticon

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KLH702 12/10/2014 12:51AM

    In both pictures I can see the love you two had for each other - it warms my heart. I'm sorry for your loss, she is watching over you now. Just take it one day at a time to get back on track. emoticon

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RDEE22 12/10/2014 12:45AM

    Nicole what a beautiful time to spend with your mother. My heart goes out to you. So much love you shared. Hugs to you, you are the best! emoticon

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NASFKAB 12/10/2014 12:39AM

  emoticon for your loss words are not enough to express what I feel I lost mine 34 years back but miss her even now emoticon for er & for you that you have the strength to go on emoticon emoticon

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 12/10/2014 12:07AM

    My heart goes out to you. I lost my mother too, a few years ago, and my husband as well a couple of years later on her birthday. At the time I didn't think I could possibly survive the loss of them both.

I'm glad you got to spend that time with her. I was blessed too by getting to spend some time with my mother just before she died.

I know there is nothing to say that will make you feel better and I know that no one can possibly know what you are going through but I care and I am sending peaceful thoughts your way. ((HUGS)) to you. Know that you are stronger than you can imagine.

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Tools for Success

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The road to good health is a rough and bumpy one to travel. But, it is one well worth the trip! There are a few key resources that help me in my journey.

1. Nutrition Tracking
I don't think it really matters which tracker you use, as long as you are tracking. It could be the SP tracker, a handwritten notebook, or even a spreadsheet. In my case, I use the LoseIt! app on my iPhone. It can be surprising sometimes to see how fast calories add up. On some occasions, the opposite may occur. The tracker helps guide you to better evaluate the quantity and quality of foods you should be eating.

2. Daily Exercise
The body in motion is crucial. It is all part of that CICO equation! For me, I have come up with a system that is ideal, and that is SparkPedaling. I have another blog that describes what that is, including a photo. In a nutshell, it's pedaling a recumbent bike, while using my laptop (usually on SP) on a desk built around the front of the bike. It is one of my favorite ways of multi-tasking! Even when I am not "formally" exercising, I try to do things in a more active manner, such as parking in a further space from the store, or walking extra trips back and forth in the house while putting away laundry. Yard work is another favorite! I wear a FitBit One and like to do any little extras to help rack up my daily steps.

3. Support
I get support from my family, which I value tremendously, but what really motivates me are my SparkFriends. I thrive on their encouragement, and get charged up by cheering them on, as well.

  
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DOROTHYBERO 11/21/2014 8:36AM

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ROX5CAR 11/20/2014 8:17PM

    AHA!! I get the sparkpedaling now.. I think I new it.. but had to ask because I forgot. neat way to exercise! I love the motivation from our friends on sparkpeople too!!

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FANCYSIMAGES 11/20/2014 3:25PM

    Great tools!

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1CRAZYDOG 11/20/2014 10:38AM

    Wonderful tools!

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FUSIONFITNESS3 11/19/2014 11:34PM

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You've hit the nail on the head with three important factors in a helping along the way. Your taking the time to share with us your key resources encourages and inspires us. So thanks for being an inspiration.

Maria

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MM11113 11/19/2014 9:43PM

    Yes, lets keep us all going!

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WESAPHILLIPS 11/19/2014 9:40PM

  good luck...and yes, there are always a few bumps but don't give up...stay on track!!

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Front Lawn (before & after pix)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

This is what happens in a two month period, after fertilizing and seeding, and LOTS of Florida rain. Now I just need to mow again!




  
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TREKPURRSON 10/20/2014 3:02PM

    Nicole, that is emoticon

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DOROTHYBERO 8/27/2014 8:01AM

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TRICIALICI 8/25/2014 11:56AM

    Looks good, Nicole! Your palm trees look great, too!


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1CRAZYDOG 8/24/2014 10:20AM

    LOVE the house, love the palm trees. Beautiful!!!

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RDEE22 8/24/2014 9:59AM

    Love your lawn Nicole and haven't your palm trees grown over the summer. Just noticed the ice cream truck...looking good.

Comment edited on: 8/24/2014 10:00:03 AM

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NUTRON3 8/24/2014 8:53AM

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1KSBEST 8/24/2014 8:49AM

    Nicole, your yard is looking green and healthy emoticon
love seeing the Palm trees and new ice-cream truck emoticon
OH the joys of Florida

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My Baby is Married!

Monday, July 14, 2014

FRIDAY we had a busy and fun-filled day; a girls lunch, with the mothers, bridesmaids and bride. She and her mother treated us all, followed by mani/pedi combos of our choice. I got a purple pedi to match my dress (I did my own purple mani). Later in the afternoon, we had the wedding rehearsal, and Antony & Amy wore hats appropriate to the occasion.


The rehearsal dinner was at a steakhouse in Orlando, and I sat next to my son Michael.

And, across from my husband, Greg.

Everyone got a turn for photos with the happy couple!


SATURDAY was Wedding Day!
The bride was beaming!

Greg wore a tie and pocket square to match my dress.

The wedding was held outdoors and we had to race to beat a storm that was brewing! As Mother-of-the-Groom, I felt like royalty being escorted down the aisle by my son and followed by my husband, two very handsome men.

Amy looked beautiful as she walked with her father.

The ceremony was lovely and the rain held out until we were inside the reception hall.






First dance.

Such passion!

Photo Bomb!


We have had such fun in all the events and preparation leading up to this special day. It was a beautiful wedding and I am so happy to have such a lovely and sweet new daughter.

And the rest of her family is wonderful, too!

  
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NASFKAB 12/10/2014 12:44AM

  lovely thanks for sharing

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GORIANA 7/15/2014 7:38PM

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MSALICAT 7/15/2014 5:25PM

    You look FANTASTIC! What a beautiful couple - Your son has grown up to be such a very handsome man. Thank you so much for sharing this special day. I hope everyone "behaved" themselves and it was all about them
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TRICIALICI 7/15/2014 12:02PM

    Congratulations, Nicole! I'm so happy the wedding turned out wonderfully! You have a beautiful family - and new daughter - and it's such fun to see everyone looking so HAPPY!!! You're a beautiful mother of the groom! Thanks for inviting us to share in your joy - via pictures!

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LADYHYJINX 7/15/2014 10:41AM

    Nicole, thank you so much for sharing your special day. YOU LOOKED BEAUTIFUL. Hard to tell you are the Mother of the Groom, look more like a bridesmaid!

Your sons look just like you. What a handsome family. Great to see the pics of you and Greg.

Couldn't be happier for you and your son and his new wife. Sending blessings to them.

Tears here.

Lady Carol emoticon

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ELIZACG9 7/15/2014 10:17AM

    So beautiful to see these pictures.....great memories.. congratulations! emoticon

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1KSBEST 7/15/2014 10:05AM

    Nicole thanks for sharing emoticonwhat joy it brings looking at these wonderful photos. Best wishes to the new couple. (you do look like royalty emoticon)

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DOROTHYBERO 7/15/2014 9:40AM

    So glad everything went so well - you were beautiful as was the bride.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/15/2014 7:46AM

    Just gorgeous!!!!! Thanks for sharing the special day. The bride and groom look very happy. Wishing them a lifetime of blessings.

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RDEE22 7/15/2014 1:21AM

    Nicole absolutely beautiful. Thankyou so much for sharing your celebrations with us , not only the big day but the lead up as well. You are the best!!
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Lovely Bridal Tea

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending my future daughter-in-law's bridal tea, hosted by a couple of her aunts. Everyone thought it would be fun to wear hats and it definitely added to the festivities!

I ordered this hat online from Amazon. It is called "Sweet Tea Organza Derby Hat with Shimmering Bow" (Burgundy). I received many compliments, even from a couple of people not in our party. I don't usually wear hats, and I decided I would get a big, fun, showy one for this event!


From left to right, this is my soon-to-be DIL's maternal grandmother, mother, twin sister, DIL, and me.


And, here is one of DIL with her mother and me.


There were other attendees (about a dozen of us total) and they were all sweet and made me feel very welcomed into the family. This is a memory I will treasure always.

  
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NASFKAB 12/10/2014 12:41AM

  great they were so welcoming

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MSALICAT 7/15/2014 5:26PM

    Now that is an AWESOME hat!

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ELIZACG9 7/15/2014 10:18AM

    I agree lovely!
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DOROTHYBERO 6/25/2014 6:07AM

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TRICIALICI 6/23/2014 5:21PM

    Such happy and fun times! CONGRATULATIONS on welcoming a DIL into the family! Oh, and you ROCK the hat! emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 6/23/2014 1:44PM

    Wow, you picked the perfect hat. It's beautiful &
looks great on you!

Enjoy your new DIL!

You'll be a great MIL!

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DOROTHYBERO 6/23/2014 8:25AM

    How fun!

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REGILIEH 6/23/2014 12:59AM

    How great! I love your hat!

Anne

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1KSBEST 6/22/2014 10:49PM

    Nicole thanks for sharing this WONDERFUL PHOTO.
LOVE the hat and seeing you enjoying the tea room.
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RDEE22 6/22/2014 10:11PM

    Nicole you look absolutely beautiful. Just love the hat. Lovely pictures. You all look so happy. Thanks for sharing the event with us. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 6/22/2014 9:56PM

    Awwww, you look beautiful! I LOVE the hat! Your soon-to-be daughter-in-law is gorgeous!



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GOOSIEMOON 6/22/2014 9:39PM

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STRINGS58 6/22/2014 9:38PM

    Looks like fun! emoticon

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UKNOWITNOW 6/22/2014 9:37PM

  What a lovely addition to a shower. Most people really don't care to play any more games.

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