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Picture Project

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Now that I have actually begun to straighten out the pictures that I have, I found that it has been easier than I thought it would be. Such is many of the projects that I put off - this just re-affirms that I need to just plunge head-first into projects that I am putting off. Sometimes I believe that I put more effort into thinking about projects than I do actually doing them.

When my girls were younger, my mother-in-law was one who always had a camera handy. I have so many memories of my girls' childhood thanks to her. I was able to go through them when the girls were teenagers and make albums for them. It's nice that we all have different pictures. Occasionally, we will get nostalgic and go through them and talk through the night about the different memories.

I find myself taking a lot of pictures of Helena already. Can't help it - I'm a typical grandma; she's so adorable. I want to be able to preserve memories for her as my mother-in-law did for us. I want to add my own notes to the pictures. When I do things in life, I always hope that I remember things in detail. I am realistic to know that this doesn't always happen. It's funny how my girls and I will think back and remember different things.

Also, I was determined to get a camcorder before the baby was born. I do so wish that I had videos of my girls when they were younger. And videos of my dad - the girls were only 6 and 4 when he passed. They have vague memories of him. He was such a great person. It would be so great to hear his voice, to show the girls more of him.

With my mom having such a bad winter, I have to be realistic and know that Helena may not remember much of the great-grandma that she was named after. Actually, she was named after both of her great-grandmas on Sherry's side of the family and my mother-in-law's best friend. She was the girls' third grandma and they are all named Helen. Her middle name of Evelyn comes from Daryl's grandma.

I got videos of the great-grandmas meeting Helena. I will always treasure the one of my mom. She just laughed and laughed and talked to Helena. She sang Polish songs to her that I remember her singing to me. I wish that things were different with my mother-in-law. She has dementia and just is not the vibrant, wonderful, loving person she was when the girls were little. She taught the girls a lot of Bible songs and stories. I wish I could carry a tune - I'd teach Helena in a heartbeat. Gotta get my brother drafted for the singing...

  
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CATTUTT 7/24/2014 9:33PM

    I'm so glad to hear you're making progress on your picture project. And great job capturing those memories. Helena will appreciate it so much later. I have almost no pictures from my childhood because when my parents split up and left they took them all to their separate places and left me none. And it sucks. So I know how much it will mean to Helena.

Hope you're having a good night!

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THIN133 7/24/2014 7:43PM

    Thank you for sharing some of your wonderful memories & bits and pieces of your family. It's so heartwarming & touching ! Glad you're working on your picture projects !

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STEADYANDSTRONG 7/24/2014 11:31AM

    You're blessed to have a good relationship with your mother-in-law. I'm so glad she preserved photos for you.
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PROUD-GRANDMA 7/24/2014 10:54AM

    Hugs

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JANTHEBLONDE 7/24/2014 9:12AM

    That is so awesome that you're making scrapbooks and videos! It will mean so much to your children and your grandchildren! Way to go grandma! I think you're wonderful! Thanks for sharing! I hope you had a great day! Hugs and love!
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MSLZZY 7/24/2014 9:07AM

    Preserve those memories forever for Helena and yourself. You never know if those opportunities will come again. HUGS!

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Slowly I Do...

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I'm slowly starting to do some of the projects that I have been putting off for so long now. I actually started organizing my pictures and getting them in order in albums. I still have to decide which ones I will be putting into my first ever scrapbook, but I am headed in that direction.

I found a consignment shop that I can take some things from around the house to. I have a couple small bags ready. I set a goal to at least take these bags there on Friday.

I've been taking little projects with me when I babysit. When the boys are playing well, I can get bits and pieces done.

I'm not setting the world on fire yet. The pile and list are still a few miles long. But I have started...

  
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STEVEN2GO2 7/23/2014 5:06PM

    By just tackling your long list one or a few projects at a time is perfect. It keeps your mind and body going. I use to procrastinate on my list of things I wanted to get done. I have learned with each task done I feel empowered to do the next item on my list!

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JANTHEBLONDE 7/23/2014 1:46PM

    So proud of you getting started with all your projects! Way to go girl! You can do it! Thanks for sharing! I hope you have a wonderful day! Hugs and love!
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PROUD-GRANDMA 7/23/2014 1:39PM

    You got this!

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CATTUTT 7/23/2014 1:36PM

    I think the fact you're getting started on these projects is huge. I'm telling myself the same thing. So much to do, but as Lao Tzu said... a journey of a thousand miles begins with a step.

We can both totally conquer our to-do lists, I have faith in us!

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STEADYANDSTRONG 7/23/2014 1:28PM

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And "Cheers" to accomplishing many more steps.
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MSLZZY 7/23/2014 9:55AM

    As long as you are doing something, you are moving ahead. Make a plan and use it to your advantage. HUGS!

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JAROL7 7/23/2014 9:28AM

    My wife's statement: "If it isn't in an album, it didn't happen." Putting your pictures in order is the first step. Then telling the story of the pictures is next. My daughter said, 'Mom, I don't know these people, I don't know why you thought it was important to take their picture unless you tell the story." So, journaling is next.

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Motivation Finally Found

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I lost my motivation a few months back. I looked high and low. I never did find it in the places I looked. Must have been the wrong places! I won't look there again!

Yesterday, I went to the doctor and didn't like that the scale hadn't moved. From there, I went to the post office to turn in my papers for a passport. Within 6 weeks, I should have it. emoticon Then I can go to Halifax and check in on my baby and granddaughter. I will get to meet face to face a dear friend as a BONUS.

Meanwhile, I haven't been to Alabama to see my oldest baby since the Thanksgiving before last. She's in a new house and I am anxious to see it. It will be so nice to spend time with her. The last few times she's come up here, it's been crazy busy. There were holidays, baby showers, and taking care of pregnant Sherry and having Helena come. To have just Momma-Sarah time will be so nice! Her hot tub is calling me as we speak.

So, now to get into action. Save-save-save money. Kick the nutrition and exercise up about 5 notches. I am on a timeline now. I can do this.

  
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SLIMLILA 7/22/2014 11:12PM

    You go, girl! That's the Patty we all know and love...
Passport in 6 weeks, wow, that is quick... hope it all goes well. Any word on how long Sheri will be staying in Halifax or is it big decision time for them all? Tough decision.
Enjoy your visit and your hot tub. A friend lent me a shower chair, so I am looking forward to putting my casted leg in a grocery bag and wrapping it with saran wrap and taking a sit down shower!!! My version of a hot tub these days!!!!

And I've gotten on track with my eating, we've both found our motivation, it must have been hiding out together with yours!!!!

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JANTHEBLONDE 7/22/2014 4:35PM

    That is wonderful you are going to Alabama to see your oldest baby! "awesome plan" Woo hoo! That's fabulous you have planned 2 trips now! Thanks for sharing! I hope you have a wonderful day! Hugs and love!
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NPA4LOSS 7/22/2014 1:30PM

    emoticon There is nothing like seeing loved ones to get us into action! emoticon

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STEADYANDSTRONG 7/22/2014 11:51AM

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So excited for your future trips. Would love to see a photo of your journey. Halifax reminds me of Anne of Green Gables (favorite story ever!).


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CATTUTT 7/22/2014 10:51AM

    I'm so glad to hear you in such great spirits. That's wonderful!

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IGNITEME101 7/22/2014 10:34AM

    You are very blessed, Patty

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PROUD-GRANDMA 7/22/2014 9:07AM

    You got this!

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GOLFGMA 7/22/2014 8:12AM

    You have the incentive in place for I understand wanting to spend the time with family. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RIDLEYRIDER 7/22/2014 7:56AM

  Great attitude! You can do this!!

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Questioning Myself

Monday, July 21, 2014

I went to bed early last night and thought I slept okay. But I am still dragging today. Not sure what's going on with me. But I am giving it up for the night, hoping I sleep good and hoping tomorrow is better.

  
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MSLZZY 7/22/2014 6:57AM

    You are just missing your family and not sure what to do next. Maybe it is just too quiet now.

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JANTHEBLONDE 7/21/2014 11:23PM

    I hope you sleep like a baby tonight! "Sweet dreams!"
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SHERYLP461 7/21/2014 10:28PM

    I hope you feel rested when you get up in the am.

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THIN133 7/21/2014 9:36PM

    Sweet dreams !

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On One Hand...

Sunday, July 20, 2014

On one hand, I started my "organize pictures" project this morning. I actually got in about three and a half hours and a bit accomplished. On the other hand, I started at 3 am. By the time I got to church, I was yawning my head off and fighting to stay away.

Just ate lunch hoping it would give me a bit of energy. Maybe...maybe not. I am not a lay down for a nap kind of person, however. I have such trouble sleeping at times that I don't want me to get any more out of rhythm. So....decisions, decisions on how to stay awake.

  
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STEADYANDSTRONG 7/21/2014 12:33PM

    I feel for you and hear you. Had to make a Bedtime tea last night to help me out. A 15 minute nap might help.
Hope you can master your sleep cycle.
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MSLZZY 7/21/2014 9:44AM

    Way too early to start the day. Try to get into a better sleeping routine.

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CATTUTT 7/20/2014 2:32PM

    Ouch, 3am! That sucks! But good job putting the time to productive use. I'd just sit around and be mad I was awake. lol

I hope you make it through the day and get some good sleep tonight!

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SLIMLILA 7/20/2014 2:01PM

    Plan, cook, clean..... they all take energy though... I am lazy today, but house is still relatively clean having had Darlene come in last week and clean with me before my family came.

I;m like you, I can't take naps either...


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JANTHEBLONDE 7/20/2014 1:57PM

    Oh my gosh! You poor baby! I'm sorry you didn't get enough sleep last night! You have to be exhausted! Just take it easy and relax today! Sending you some extra hugs today!
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NPA4LOSS 7/20/2014 1:43PM

    A short power nap may be just the thing for a spurt of energy. emoticon

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