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As originally posted March 29, 2006 (moved from old blog)

What to write about?

Today I’m at a loss so I will just ramble-on for awhile.  Hence – Hodge Podge! Boy is it excellent out today!  Today is the first day that I totally feel like Spring is really here. Spring and Fall are my favorite seasons because they signify change, from one extreme to the next, both having a special feeling that is indescribable. They have their own smells, which trigger memories that I can’t quite put my finger on, but I know they are there and how they feel. What is your favorite season and why?

BINGO. I recently, on a whim and out of the blue, decided to go to a Bingo game. I played alot when I lived in Virginia. I totally love it – it’s an adrenaline rush and gambling runs in our family, big time. Friday night I went and I waited for “O63” for about 10 minutes. I would have won 500.00! Instead, about 12 numbers later, someone else won. Good for that person – but I wished it had been me. I did win 75.00 that night so I guess I can’t expect to win them all. I won two games. One for 50.00 and another I split 50.00 with another winner. BINGO.

My daughter is twelve and she is about to drive me up the wall… Teen attitude…. hmmm. Are all Twelve year olds all that and a bag of chips? Mothering a teen is harder than even raising this puppy!

Puppy update: Pooping problems…. Puppy has the runs. Not only is it making a terrific mess in my house but it is a sign of a sick puppy. I called the vet and they said I could try human medicine, like Imodium AD, which I did – which didn’t change a thing. I originally had an appointment for her first set of shots next Wednesday, but I’m afraid I will have to move that date up because the pooping issue doesn’t seem to be getting any better. How happy am I that I bought that Carpet Cleaner? “It” cleans up quite well.


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As posted March 28, 2006 ~ on my old blog (I’m slowly trying to move them over…)

28 March 2006 12:43 EST | Posted by chrisseas-corner Taking Care of Business
My birthday came and went without incident. I got home from work and decided I wanted to go out – so I treated myself to a birthday dinner for Samantha and I. We went to the 99 Restaurant. I had my all time favorite, French Onion Soup, for my appetizer and then for dinner I had a seafood medley which was yummy. Shrimp, Scallops and Schrod with a newburg sauce and crumb topping. Sam had a steak burger which was so big it could have fed both of us. She brought 1/2 of it home. After dinner we drove next door and took Friendly’s Sundays (with extra hot fudge) home for desert. We enjoyed. Samantha wanted to go to a restaurant that wasn’t in Marshfield – so as not to be seen going out with her mother! I got a kick out of that… remembering when… she got the old “too bad” response to that one.
I woke up this morning and do not feel any older. I’m wondering when I’m supposed to feel like an adult. General consensus is that you actually never feel different mentally. When I was young I remember looking up to adults and wondering what I was going to be like, not knowing that I’d be the same exact person. It’s kind of strange when you think about it.

Today is my niece’s birthday – Isabel. I find it very hard to believe that she is already seven.
She was born a day after my birthday and I can already tell how much of an Aries she is…
Here are a few pictures.
Samantha is on the left and Isabel is on the right. This was taken by my sister during one of Samantha’s visits to Mass. when we still lived in Virginia. I’m not sure of the date but I think it was probably at least five years ago. Samantha looks to be about Isabels age now. Looks to me like they didn’t want to go to bed… or do you think they were up to something?

We are definately up to something....  Summer 2001

We are definately up to something.... Summer 2001

My beautiful niece, again, summer 2001

My beautiful niece, again, summer 2001

Five years older, 2006

Five years older, 2006


Ok and now for a Puppy update:
I couldn’t leave the puppy in the kitchen this morning – she whimpered and whined so much about being locked in. She made her first little barks, too. I couldn’t leave with her making all that racket, being in an apartment, so I gave in and let her out. This was an error in judgement but what could I do? Now she will know she can whine and get her way and she will probably make a mess on my carpet too. But… what was I going to do, I ask again? I had to get to work and I couldn’t leave her barking. Yesterday she did ok. Today I guess she realized what was going on. I put her in the kitchen last night for sleeping and she managed to knock the gate down in the middle of the night. I found her curled up next to Samantha at about 3 a.m. She is just so dang cute! I don’t know how she got up on Sam’s bed. Sam said she didn’t lift her and she hasn’t yet been able to climb or jump up on the furniture… well… I guess maybe she can now.
Yesterday I bought a handheld carpet cleaner. It was only like 40.00 and it works great! I cleaned up a few of her little spots and there is no smell and no stain! I’m thrilled with this little machine! Couldn’t go without it.

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Our current Dog, Parker

Our current Dog, Parker

I am in love with German Shepherd dogs.  I think it stems from my father giving me one when I was a little girl.  Her name was Sheila and I believe (I don’t remember this real clearly) that we had to put her to sleep because she bit a neighbor friend of mine.  I don’t think I was even yet in kindergarten, but loving the Germans has stuck with me all my life.

I introduced Samantha to German Shepherds a few years ago ~ and she too, now loves them. Unfortunately we haven’t had great luck ~ the first two we had both were hit by cars and killed and a week or so ago the Shepherd we have now (pictured) was hit as well.  He is ok but has a ghastly gash on his rear leg and I’m praying he makes it without developing an infection.  There is exposed bone and it’s quite ugly.  I’ve been treating him with some left-over antibiotics and hydrogen peroxide, and so far so good.  I can see it healing, slowly.

Rubie, our first, we got in March of 2006.  Here is the post from my old blog ~ as written, March 26, 2006:

Samantha got a German Shepherd puppy Saturday. She is 7 weeks old and pure-bred. She really is a dream dog…. so very awesome. German Shepherds are so smart and I can already tell she is going to be brilliant and our best friend! We’ve started training her and even though I’ve read on-line that 7 weeks is too young to expect her to be trained, she really is picking right up on it. We take her out every few hours and she goes to the bathroom right away. The few times that she tried to go inside, we caught her before she got finished and were able to run her outside where she could finish her duties. I bought her a gate and dog bed this afternoon. She will be alone from 9am – 2pm everyday and she will be staying in our little kitchen area during these hours. In essence this will work just like crate training because my kitchen is rather small.
She is so very much like a real baby. She whimpers and whines, doesn’t bark yet and is still unstable on her feet. She doesn’t like to leave our sides. She’ll come over and curl up at at our feet (if standing) or curl up tight next to us (if sitting). So far her main activity has been sleeping, with a few little bouts of energy every hour or so.
She is just so very precious… I wish you all were here to meet her! Everyone we’ve come across with her has just adored and praised how pretty she is. Samantha is so very proud to have such a great little puppy! Her name is fitting, Rubie, for she is truly a precious little jewel!

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As originally posted March 23, 2008 (from my old blog)

thirteen1   Visits to the Dentist (which I am doing today and tomorrow to get my tooth fixed from the seizure fall).

2   As a little girl I saw what I thought to be the Virgin Mary (it could have been an angel or an alien) glowing in the corner of my room. I closed my eyes and when I looked back she was gone. But… she had moved to the bottom bunk of my beds. I could see the glowing jutting out below me.

3   I was very sick in 1996. A team of Doctors came into my room to tell me they were going to let “machines” do my breathing for me for awhile because my body was just too tired to do the work. I remember screaming No and I just knew that I would never wake up.

4   Any time I have had to go up in front of a Judge.

5   Every time I fly in an Airplane.

6   I was flying home to attend my Grandmothers (Dad’s side) funeral. We had to change planes once. About 10 minutes before landing in PA airport the cabin filled up with thick black smoke. We had to land and make an emergency exit, luckily we were close to the airport. It turned out to be the AC unit in the cabin… BUT I had to get back on another plane, which wasn’t very fun!

7   When the labor pains during childbirth got Real Bad!

8   As a child I was sleeping on my top bunk and laying on my side next to the wall. A green hand reached up from the crack between the wall and the bed, again from the bottom bunk, and grabbed my ear.

9   Saturday when I had the seizure while on vacation.

10   911.

11   Getting pulled over by the police.

12   Having the police driving directly behind me.

13   As a child I had two recurring dreams on a regular basis. The first: I was still only crawling at this point, I crawled over to pick up a fluffy white feather and it turned into a big black hairy spider and started scurrying toward me. The second: There was a devil that lived in the crawl space basement we had and he would come up the drain when I was having a bath. I was very young for this one too.

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As originally posted March 24, 2006 – moving over from my old blog to the new!


I work at a retirement community of sorts and I recently have been having some terrific conversations with people from the retirement age. I’m learning quickly that the wise old ways of the world then were very different from today. One of my recent conversations prompted a little old lady bringing me an article from Housekeeping Monthly, dated 1955 and I just had to share it with you!

The Good Wife’s Guide, Housekeeping Monthly, 13 May 1955

Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal ready, on-time for his return. This is a way of letting him know you have been thinking about him and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they come home and the prospect of a good meal (especially his favorite dish) is part of the warm welcome needed.

Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you will be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh-looking. He has just been with a lot of work weary people.

Be a little gay and a little more interesting for him. His boring day may need a lift and one of your duties is to provide it.

Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives.

Gather up schoolbooks, toys, paper etc and then run a dust cloth over the tables.

Over the cooler months of the year you should prepare and light a fire for him to unwind by. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a lift too. After all, catering for his comfort will provide you with immense personal satisfaction.

Prepare the children. Take a few minutes to wash the childrens hands and faces, comb their hair and if necessary, change their clothes. They are little treasures and he would like to see them playing the part. Minimize all noise. At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of the washer, dryer or vacuum. Try to encourage the children to be quite.

Be happy to see him.

Greet him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to please him.

Listen to him. You may have a dozen important things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first, remember, his topics of conversation are more important than yours.

Make the evening his. Never complain if he comes home late or goes out to dinner or other places of entertainment without you. Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure and his very real need to be at home and relax.

Your goal: Try to make sure your home is a place of peace, order and tranquility where your husband can renew himself in body and spirit.

Dont greet him with complaints and problems.

Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or have him lie down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him.

Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing and pleasant voice.

Dont ask him questions about his actions or question his judgment or integrity. Remember, he is the master of the house and as such will always exercise his will with fairness and truthfulness. You have no right to question him.

A good wife always knows her place.

Note on the picture above:
I was looking for a picture to post with this entry so was checking out Google Images – because the picture with the article is barely legible. I found the Original Picture from this article!
I couldn’t believe it! How funny is that!

pps I have two brand new front teeth now. Everything went well and they look terrific!

ppps Days 5 & 6 of the vacation were simply spent hanging around the hotel room. I was actually quite hurt from the fall during the seizure (hence the new front teeth) and needed rest. Samantha was afraid to go do anything else. I tried to get her to go to Animal Kingdom on our last day, but she would not hear of it.
Disney gave me back the day that I actually fell and we still had tickets from days 5 & 6. I paid 50.00 to make the tickets “never expire” so someday we will go again and finish our trip!

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As written March 22, 2006 (as I move posts from my old blog over to this much better one)

Day 4 began slightly different than the first three days. Samantha had met a friend the previous evening at the pool and she wanted to spend the morning at the resort swimming and playing with her. I said that would be fine and I relaxed in my motel, working on my cross-stitch & having some time alone, which was nice after three fun filled to the brim days. At around 2:00pm we decided we would spend the rest of the afternoon at Disney and then have dinner and see the Laser Light show at Epcot that night. We had two days planned for hopping around to all the different parks anyway, so this worked out. We planned a full day at Animal Kingdom for Sunday – which was originally planned for Saturday.

We got to Disney around 3. It was very very busy – the busiest day yet – and quite warm. Sam wanted to do all of the “big” rides again.

Thunder Mountain

Thunder Mountain

Splash Mountain

Splash Mountain

Space Mountain

Space Mountain

Yep… this was a perfect idea – it would take about three hours to get through all three rides and would put us at the exact right time to head to Epcot for Dinner in Germany! So this is what we did.
We headed out of Disney to get on the Monorail to go over to Epcot.

Unbeknownst to me I had a seizure coming out of Disney’s turnstiles. I don’t remember a thing about it, but I was told that my daughter started screaming VERY loud, which got the attention of the staff and an ambulance. I woke up in the ambulance, totally oblivious to what had just happened. I was in a dream state – it is totally indescribable and I wish it weren’t. I actually think I had a dream while having the seizure because I remember seeing tents (as in tents at a fair) and thinking that I was in one of those medical tents when all along I was actually in the ambulance (Where was I – a past life perhaps?) The EMT was telling me I had had a fall and I didn’t believe him. (They didn’t call it a seizure until after Samantha described what happened). It felt EXACTALLY the same as when I was in the coma in 1996 (another story, different day) which leads me to believe that unconsciousness is totally nothing of the sort. It feels like your dreaming.

I was taken to the hospital and spent the rest of the night being examined. Disney sent a young lady to watch over me and Samantha throughout. Her name was Maggie and she was a young (20’s) black French girl who was attending the Disney University. She sat by my bedside the whole time. She was very sweet and made the visit to the hospital much easier on Samantha.

The Doctor’s could find nothing wrong or any reason for the seizure… so it’s one of those unexplained things… which has recently occurred quite often in my family (another one of those stories for a different day).

2009 ~ Current Day: Samantha is very afraid that I will have another seizure. It really tramatized her. So far so good though, for I haven’t had one. It truly must have been a freak thing.

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As originally posted in my old blog ~ March 21, 2006

I’ve actually been back from Disney for about a week but it’s so hard to get back to normal life. Our trip was interesting, to say the least.
The traveling was exciting, two planes and butterflies in our belly’s to get there. Samantha had never been to Florida. It was exciting to see what she thought of the warm weather, palm trees and gators! It had been so long since I had been on vacation… I had forgotten what it was all about – but I was able to get into the swing of things pretty quickly.

We got to the resort…
Disney_Port_Orleans_Riversidewe were in the lap of luxury let me tell you…  even the lobby was georgous


The resort had everything you would need there…. with a Southern Orleans Riverside theme! If you know me well, as most of you do, you know that I LOVE the Southern Plantation style – so much so that I actually could be Scarlett O’Hara, if given the chance!

Our Building:


The resort had tons to do, we could have just stayed at the resort the whole time and just enjoyed… boating, horse & buggy rides, tandem bikes, 7 pools, a few clubs, restaurants and more!


The inside of the rooms were pretty nice too



On top of all this of course we had park tickets for each day, with the “park hopper pass” so we could go between parks and back and forth whenever we wanted…

Day one DISNEY


Day two EPCOT




There was so much to do and see it might have even been a little too much to cram into a week’s time.

Oh and the food was Unreal… Lunch and Dinner was included and when I say Lunch and Dinner I don’t mean a small lunch or dinner… I mean appetizer, main course, drink and desert! To me the Lunch’s we got would have been sufficient for Dinner. The Dinners ranged about 30.00 per person just for the main course!  If you know me well, you know I love food! I was quite in my glory!


All was fabulous until something went wrong.

Check back tomorrow for the twist and more on days Four, Five and Six!

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