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Posts from November 2013

Happy Thanksgivinkkah!

Happy Thanksgivinkkah!  The holiday when Hanukka & Thanksgiving fall at the same time. Interesting tibit, Hanukkah & Thanksgiving haven't happened at the same since 1888.  The word is it won't happen again until another estimated 79,043 years.  So if you celebrate both, whip out the Turducken, the Potato Kugel and all the trimmings and have a Fantabulous Thanksgivinkkah!  Can't have Hanukkah/Thanksgiving w/out Adam Sandler.  Something to get in the holiday spirit.. Have  a Happy &  Safe Holiday!  I plan too w/ Ted & Huey!  We're having Thanksgiving homemade pizza! 

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Get in the spirit Awesome version...
The weather is making it feel a lot like the Holidays.  I heard some had a few snow flakes fall this morning, even if it melted before it hit the ground. Still snow.  I thought this would go w/ it nicely.  This is a talented group.. Pentatonix 'LIttle Drummer Boy'.  They do a great job w/ this tune.  Enjoy!

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A Day To Celebrate....

It was several years ago, I was born on November 25! I was adopted in Chicago, Illinois when I was 3 weeks old. by two wonderful people...Betty & Maurice Jones.  I've been asked growing up when I knew I was adopted. I guess I have always known, because when I was old enough to understand, they both made sure to tell me. They way they did it.. 'I was wanted!', which worked for me. They are/were my Mom & Daddy.. showing me love, discipline and support. Teaching me to respect others, and don't be afraid of hard work. It will pay off. If I make mistakes, to learn from them!  Lots of life's lessons have been because of my parents.  So today is bittersweet for me. It's a Happy Me Day, but Betty & Maurice are no longer w/ me physically, but in spirit they are w/ me and in my heart always!

Today I celebrate having such GREAT PARENTS.. WHO LOVED AND SUPPORTED ME UNCONDITIONALLY!   For that I say THANK YOU!  My Happy You Day is actually ...HAPPY CELEBRATE MY FAMILY DAY!  I'm also Thankful today for having FAMILY IN MY HUBBY TED AND HIS FAMILY!  It's nice to have people around you who Love and Support you. For that , I celebrate today!  

Celebrate each day w/ your family and loved ones. Cherish each moment you have w/ them.  It's what will get you through when they can't be w /you.  You will have them in your heart, and head w/ great memories!


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Important Turkey Day Tips...
Each year this has become bigger and bigger. Turkey Frying on Thanksgiving Day.  Here are some tips from the D.D crew... 

Or you could just do what I do and make Turkey Day Pizza! I use Auntie Anne's Pretzel mix
(you can find at HEBs & some Walmarts $4.99) for the crust and whatever toppings you want.. YUMMY!!!
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A nice surprise...
Today was my first day back from time I had off due to my Daddy's passing.  I found this nice surprise (from anonymous) on my desk.  Do something nice for someone, it really does make their day.
Update 6:20pm 11/21: I found out Sophie our Promotions Events Assistant put these on my desk this morning. SHE SO ROCKS! It made my day a bit brighter!
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UPDATE (11/21): My Daddy passed away on Thursday 11/14 at 5:12am. He was laid to rest on Monday 11/18.  He's with my Mama Betty now... 2 guardian angels looking after me!

As I sit in room 16, at the Hospice House in Omaha, NE, typing on my laptop... I look at the man in the bed fighting to find peace. It was just a little over a week ago, I was talking to him on the phone sharing what was up for the day, and what he had planned, Little did I know a week later, I would find myself in a hospital room (871) seeing 'MY HERO' in a bed, who can't walk, sit up, even hold his head up without assistance,not able to swallow or speak,and trying to catch a breath that pneumonia was slowly stealing. All due to an enemy attack of multiple strokes that left him unable to do for himself, but fully understanding what is happening, 
Growing up, my Daddy Maurice taught me the value and the rewards of working hard, believing in yourself, and keeping your head up even when others try  to knock you down..
...I broke away from this blog for a moment to get another cold washcloth on my Daddy's head,  because he's burning up from the  effects of the Strokes that have broken his body down. It's HEARTBREAKING to see the first man I loved and always will, being broken down w/ each breath he takes due to the harsh affects of the Strokes.

The reason I'm in room 16 w/ My Daddy, he's decided his path through this journey will be taken as 'Comfort Care'. No tubes or machines to help him function enough to survive. There are many thoughts about this either way, but as I mentioned when I started this blog. My Daddy does what he wants and respects others for what they want. Some may look at My Daddy as a man who is slowly withering away, trying to catch each breath, until there is no more. I have to admit this is a thought that pops in your head when you first see him. It frightens me that each harsh breath taken could be his last, and that time will be coming.
But he's also the man, MY HERO, that has decided to let nature take it's course, and is taking every punch that he is being given.. let me tell you some of the small punches that I know will get bigger makes your heartbreak.  My reaction is too make it better for him, but helpless in the outcome. So as I sit at my laptop watching MY DADDY.. I think to myself. I'm a Lucky Girl to have such a wonderful man in my life, and I just hope when it's time, he finds the peace he so deserves. Although what looks like the end of the journey when it's time ends w/ Mama Betty in Virginia, it will only be the beginning when he's next to her. There was never a quiet moment w/ her. so it could be the start of another journey, after THE END of this one.  

MY DADDY MAURICE -MY HERO is part of the HERO CLUB that includes all the men and women who have protected and fought for what is important..OUR FREEDOM which allows us to decide for ourselves, just like MY DADDY MAURICE... MY HERO!



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Happy Movember!!!
Happy Movember 1st!  'Movember' is the month of November where many guys grow moustaches for Men's Health Awareness.  Click here to find out more!  Guys take care of yourselves.. please!!  Make sure you take care of the men in your lives. :) 
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