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Feeling Dumber than Dumb

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Well, it's a beautiful day for a Spark Rally! And I'm supposed to be there, at Green Hill Park in Worcester. Note to self: Even if you think you know the way, GET DIRECTIONS!! I can get lost in a paper bag.... proved it today!

I told DH where the rally was, and he said, "Oh, that's easy! " and proceeded to tell me how to get there. I remembered going by the park, so headed happily off. Of course, being at camp without a computer, I didn't check. Turns out, we knew how to get to ELM Park, not Green Hill. Now, I have a cell phone, but it's a dumb one (like it's owner), not a smartphone. So I called DH & he sent me to the OTHER side of Worcester, near the hospital. Well, I found Quinsigamon State Park, but not Green Hill. At this point, I would usually ask someone who KNOWS how to get there, but since I was late getting going (a whole 'nother story), and had to leave to get back to camp by mid-afternoon, and I was MAD at myself, I headed back to Fitchburg.

My NJ kids & grandkids are due in to camp this afternoon, so couldn't have stayed at the rally too long. As soon as I finish beating myself up for my foolishness and finish a load of laundry, I'm heading back to camp in hopes of getting there before my crew arrives. Ahh, for a GPS and the brains to use it!!!


The Dark Gifts

Thursday, June 03, 2010

As I was trying to catch up on reading my "Daily Guideposts" devotional this morning (we've been on the West coast for a funeral), I read the one by Brian Doyle for May 26. Coincidentally, that was the day of the funeral for my son-in-law's twin brother. The writer wonders, in print, if some of the painful things that happen to us might be gifts that we don't see or understand at the time.

Whoa! I had to stop and think about that for quite a while! How can the death of a kind, wonderful 38-year-old possibly be a gift? How can those of us left behind see this as anything but a tragedy?

To give a little perspective, Trent had been in the Navy when he had to be operated on for a tumor. The operation was followed by a stroke. He had to learn to walk & talk all over again. With the help of his twin and my son, he did so quite well. Unable to drive because of his seizures, he moved in with the guys, graduated from community college, and volunteered with the DAV and on the stroke ward of the hospital. His life, even before the stroke, was one of living for others.

After much thought, I think I can see a bit what Brian Doyle was saying. Trent touched so many lives, helped so many people. I, for one, shall try to do just a bit of what he did. Because of his life, people are more aware of the stroke association & the need for funding. Rest in peace, dear Trent!

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LAURAKOHORST 6/13/2010 5:26PM

    Thank you for stopping by my page and leaving me with some encouraging words and prayers. I leave you with this, "My ways are not your ways": God truly is the author and finisher of our faith. Sometimes all we can do is trust that He knows best.

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LYDIAMEARS 6/4/2010 10:37PM

    I have said many times that Trent was the sole person that helped me the most after I suffered my stroke in April 2008. (not the doctors, nurses or therapists) His words of encouragement and suggestions on recovery were very helpful. Granted, I had a mild stroke - but I'm sure that my recovery would have been slower without his compassion and advice. I am and will be forever greatful to you Trent!!! emoticon My angel!

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KAKIPOPUP 6/4/2010 5:29AM

    I am so sorry for your loss; I hope you find comfort in Trent's legacy of caring for others.

There was a country song a few years ago - maybe Randy Travis? - with the line, "some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers" -

Peace be with you.

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Skiing at 65

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

OK, my sister & a few friends think I'm crazy! (And maybe I am!) But I actually had fun this past weekend. My hubby & I went to Okemo in Vermont with our oldest son & 3 grandchildren. Now, I've done cross-country skiing, but could count on the fingers of one hand the times I've been downhill. And that was years ago.
Boy, have things changed! No longer the long skis, but short stubby ones that are easier to control (sometimes). Our son had signed me up for a lesson, thankfully! If not for that, I might have spent my time in the lodge. My first time or two (before lesson), well, let's just say it's a good thing I bounce well!
We had fun, I got to spend time with the grandkids, and I got my exercise. What more could you ask?

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STANSTI 2/24/2010 4:11PM

  We had an awesome time Mom, it was great to see you on the slopes. I hope we can do it again soon! emoticon

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DORSKI 2/24/2010 2:00PM

    emoticonYour never too old to learn skiing. I'm 52 and my husband and I ski every weekend. I sometime go skiing by myself on the week days. We have season passes that allow us to ski both Sunapee and Okema. I love those two mountain, their great for skiers of all levels. My father- in-law skied until he was 8O but had to quit for health problems.

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Exercise for today.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Whew! Did bootcamp day 1. My legs feel it, though I thought I was in better shape. Actually, it's not surprising, as I haven't been to Curves since Dec. 17th. Then, thanks to our blowing snow, I spent almost a half-hour shoveling & breaking up hardpack, from where the truck packed it down on our way to church. My back & shoulders are in agreement with my legs now! Think a nice, relaxing bath is in order tonight!


End of Summer

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Well, we're back from camp, though we'll be spending some time there through work weekend in mid-September. As usual, summer went by too fast.

It's really starting to hit me that I'm RETIRED! No going back to school next week! I'm looking forward to this, with a little trepidation. Will I become too sedentary? Will I sit around with a cup of tea and a good book? Of course! But hopefully, I'll also keep exercising and eating right. Now I'll have more time to plan & make meals, & can get to Curves whenever during the day. Plus, another friend of mine also retired, so we'll be getting together to walk.

I'm excited.... I'm also a wee bit scared!

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GLASSHUNTER 9/23/2009 8:48AM

  I was a teacher for 25 yrs. Retired in 2000. Stayed retired
for 4 yrs and then b/c of a move and a new house, I reentered
the work force in 2004. I love my job and it has opened a new
arena in my life. I thank God for the four yr break. But, I thank Him, also, for giving me this job, a wonderful gift.
Whether you retire or work occasionally, enjoy your life!

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LAURAKOHORST 9/8/2009 8:57PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Think of it as an adventure to weave your way through. Enjoy each new day for what it brings. I've been retired for a few years now and it just keeps getting

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MAMAT08 9/7/2009 11:57AM

    enjoy your retirement.

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ALLELUIA525 8/29/2009 9:49PM

    Enjoy retirement!!!

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