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He must be bored... I got two video calls today...

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

First my day started with the decision to once again NOT go to work. This was because I peeked out at the drive and walks I was so pleased to have clear yesterday evening. Deeper than before THAT effort started. Now, I don't mind shoveling snow... but to shovel the SAME snow twice, just because of that silly north wind? Discouraging!

Then at 6 a.m. the phone rang, and I got a "Hi, Mom!" from the other end. Life is immediately better. He'd tried to call his wife and got no answer, but he knew his Mom would be up. Later in the day, he called on the Skype session, twice. First time we got cut off. I went out to shovel snow. Second time it was ringing when I came back in from my second stint at shoveling. After four shoveling sessions, the piles look like this:

Hope everyone is keeping warm! And being active!

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NELLIEC 12/9/2009 8:39PM

    Well, where I am is NOT warm -- 6 degrees this morning. However, in this cold, we have only had a tiny dusting of snow. I am hoping for no significant snow this year since last year, I was marooned for 13 days by snow -- since our area freaks out when it snows, and it was very hard to get out.

I'm glad that you got some nice talk time with your son!!!

I am impressed by your snow shoveling!!!

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SUNNY332 12/9/2009 7:40PM

    Wow - you did get some snow.

So happy you are hearing from you son. I know it just makes your day.

Hugs, Sunny

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ALUMLEY2 12/9/2009 6:42PM

  Snow.... Hmmmmm. no thank you! N.C is not fanous for its snow and that is fine with me.
I have not signed on in a while so most of your names are new to me. Prayers to our Marines as they get ready to deploy. Another Christmas away.
Amanda emoticon

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KALIGIRL 12/9/2009 6:32PM

    So glad you heard from him again.
Our snow is drifting, so multiple passes to try to keep the walks and drive clear.
Oh well.

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SMARTIEBEE 12/9/2009 6:12PM

    At least we don't have snow, but it is COLD! I guess some snow is forecast for later on in the week, Friday or Sat. Maybe. I hope not, not ready for it yet! Right now it is 27 at our house at 3:10 PM. It may have gotten up to 30 or 31 a little earlier, but I don't think it ever got above freezing. Supposed to be about 15 tonight. Heck, it was 10 when I got up at 7:00 today!

I am so glad you are getting to talk to your son. Bored is good!


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Blizzard conditions beginning

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

It snowed all day, as predicted. I am grateful for neighbors with snow blowers who helped me and my shovel for a good portion of my double driveway and the south sidewalk. That left me with energy to clear off the deck for the dog's outings!

I was glad that I skipped work, took a vacation day just so I would not have to go battle this stuff. This is why I hoard those days.

I just heard from my daughter in law that she got a text message from my son... he's on the ground in Kuwait. Then just now, I got an e-mail from him myself. He can't call us for free because we live just a shade too far from the nearest DSN system hub. Sigh. BUT... he found an internet cafe, and voila... e-mail!

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KALIGIRL 12/9/2009 6:28PM

    Glad you've heard from him and he's safe and so are you nestled in.

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JGOLFER 12/9/2009 8:54AM

    That is great you were able to get an email from your son. I know that made you feel good. Whew - blizzard conditions and snow all day! Stay warm. Take care and have an awesome day!

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SUNNY332 12/9/2009 8:15AM

    Awesome that you have already heard from him and that he does have a way to communicate with you via the Internet Cafe. That is great.

We are in blizzard conditions here today - wind howling and I woke up to 19 degree temps. I am so thankful that I do not have to get out today. I am staying in and staying warm.

Hope you have a AWESOME day.

Hugs, Sunny

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MSLZZY 12/8/2009 11:27PM

    Glad you had such early contact from your son-wonderful!
How much snow has your area gotten so far? We've had about 5 but it is blowing to beat the band!

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NELLIEC 12/8/2009 8:09PM

    It is wonderful to hear from a son far away!!!

May God bless you!!!

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December 7th... and other dates of significance

Monday, December 07, 2009

There are only 365 days in a year. Some of them are bound to get reused. December 7th to those of us who are descended from US veterans of WWII will always be Pearl Harbor Day. But it got a better name when my youngest sister gave birth to a daughter on that day, 17 or 18 years ago (I've lost track, mea culpa)!

Today it took on significance as my son boarded a plane for his delayed trip to the Middle East. It's a month and two days after the events at Fort Hood.

Don't know if anyone (besides geeky me) noted that the Fort Hood shootings reused a date, too. Guy Fawkes day is celebrated in the UK on November 5th. That day recognizes a failed rebellion.

September 11th is also a reused date for me. In 1949, my parents married on that day. By 2001, both were gone, so did not see the black mark on their day. I guess the point of all of this is that life goes on. We soon return to routine. Numbers on a page are our triggers to remember: remember the good, remember the bad, remember the sacrifices, remember the rewards.

We now return to the treadmill, to augment the snow shoveling of the morning for exercise!

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SMARTIEBEE 12/9/2009 12:14AM

    I am so glad you were able to get e-mail from your son!

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CONCHA77 12/7/2009 8:20PM

    Thinking only the best for your son's safe return. Sending along my prayers for all who serve,
Hugs, Connie

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NELLIEC 12/7/2009 7:48PM

    December 7 has a semi-amusing meaning to me. All during my marriage, when our anniversary of December 7th would roll around, my then-husband would remind me that it was Pearl Harbor Day, also known as the Day of Infamy! Since as exes, we get along reasonably well, I just have an amused thought when it is December 7 again.

May God bless your family and keep your son safe!!!

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MSLZZY 12/7/2009 7:20PM

    I wish for your son a safe journey, safe deployment and most of all, a safe return! emoticon

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VVKIMBO07 12/7/2009 7:15PM

    I too noticed the shared date of Fort Hood...
It is interesting to see how much we can celebrate, and mourn on certain dates.

And also I'd like to thank you for raising such an honorable son who has made the greatest step a person can to protect that which he loves. Soldiers really are amazing. :)

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SUNNY332 12/7/2009 7:04PM

    Isn't it strange about numbers sometime?

I was thinking of you and wondering when your son was leaving. Bless your heart. Know I will be keep him in my prayers and praying the soldier's psalm for him.

God Bless!


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Changed the wallpaper - on the blog

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Figured I'd decorate the page a bit for the season. You have to see this white elephant gift to appreciate it. Yes, Frosty holds a weird collection of containers. Every home needs some schmaltzy and corny things... this is one of mine.

It was re-gifted to me from my daughter in law, who got it in a gift in an office exchange, where she is sure it was re-gifted to her! I decided it was so corny it had to have a permanent home. To go along with my "awful" Christmas clock, inherited from my mom. That clock chimes a different carol every hour, and everybody in the family hates it but me.

In any case, it's been a good week overall from the healthy habits point of view... two strength workouts and my 30 minutes a day of walking. Not a bad start to Christmas season.

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KALIGIRL 12/6/2009 6:52PM

    I love it!

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MSLZZY 12/5/2009 9:26PM

    I love Frosty! You did well this week! Keep on Sparking!

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JGOLFER 12/5/2009 7:57PM

    I love Frosty and I love your blog. Great job on your strength and walking workouts too! Have a great weekend.

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NELLIEC 12/5/2009 2:44PM

    Frosty is very cute!! And the clock sounds adorable (and I am sure that if I had one, my kids would groan!)

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NOREGRET2010 12/5/2009 9:47AM

    I'm loving Frosty too! Thanks for stopping by my page and your encouragement. :)

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CBIGELOW 12/5/2009 9:38AM

    I Love Frosty. He could have a home with me. I think we all have something that was re-gifted.
Love the blog.

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SMARTIEBEE 12/5/2009 9:36AM

    I love him! My stepmom used to make ceramics, and this is one she would have loved too!

Way to go on the healthy habits too!


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SUNNY332 12/5/2009 7:55AM

    I actually love Frosty! He did need a permanent home and I am so glad you gave him one. Not only does he have a home, he is the "Star" of our page right now.

I love parties where people bring white elephant gifts. It is always so much fun
to see the gifts.

Take care and have a Super Saturday.

Hugs, Sunny

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Christmas party success

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Last night I had a work Christmas party to attend. This is an annual party, so I knew what would be there... lots of hors d'oerves... wine, beer, soda... and people.

I ate my planned supper before going. I reserved my "at most one diet soda a day" to have at the party. And I set my focus on finding out interesting things about some of the people I work with but don't talk to as much during the week. I found an amazing lady who spent her childhood near Versailles, France. I swapped soldier-son stories with my boss, whose son will miss the birth of his child by two or three weeks as he's due to come home next month. I admired the decor, because it's always outstanding at D's house!

And I came home feeling triumphant for having a good time and not going off program to do it.

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KALIGIRL 12/4/2009 12:38PM

    Way to go!

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MSLZZY 12/4/2009 7:30AM

    emoticon Excellent planning and good company beside!

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NELLIEC 12/3/2009 10:25PM

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SUNNY332 12/3/2009 8:58PM

    Awesome. You planned ahead and kept the holiday temptation at bay.

Good for you.

Hugs, Sunny

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SKEMERICH 12/3/2009 8:38PM

    Congrats! My work party is next week..I will have to use your techniques sounds like they worked!

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