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   Posted 12/19/2009 1:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Tis the season...
 
I want to wish each and everyone of you a joyous holiday season and a happy and healthy new year.
 
I know that a lot of us are struggling with all the hustle and bustle of this time of year.  I found that planning ahead helped me this year.  I started my Christmas shopping in October of all things and had my Christmas cards out shortly after Thanksgiving.  I have everything done and wrapped.  Though I still have some Christmas baking to do.
 
Is there anything that you can share with others to make this time easier so that we can all have time to relax and do some good things for ourselves?  I think it is so important for self nurturing, which is hard to do right now with the weather, flares and the stress that comes with the holidays. 
 
Most of all I would like to thank all of you for the support that you show eachother, this is truly a wonderful site.
 
Best wishes to all,
 
Hugs, Karen
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Nana Monster
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   Posted 12/19/2009 2:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm getting my donations together to drop off on Monday. I have one family, a local
foundation for pregnant women and girls (P-Cap) and a nice gentleman who is blind and
has cancer. I save soda cans from work and use the proceeds to help people every
Christmas. If anyone knows of someone in need during the year I'm there. I do give-aways
for co-workers and candy for every major holiday for them. They save them for me so
I like to give back when I'm able. It's my 13th year doing this and it's all a nickle at a time.
Nana Monster

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   Posted 12/19/2009 9:40 PM (GMT -7)   
That is wonderful Nana.  I did Christmas wreaths and donated them to the animal shelter to sell and they made 375.00 on them.  I was able to do more last year, but I wasn't working. 
 
What you are doing is wonderful and you will truly be blessed. 
 
Hugs, Karen
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myjoy
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   Posted 12/20/2009 4:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I just have some cashews to roast and a few gifts to wrap and I'm all done. I really paced myself this year, starting right after Thanksgiving. I'm having a small flare (arms hurting a lot), but on the whole, I'm doing well. Hubby helped me finish shopping yesterday. It was so nice of him, as he dislikes the job very much. :)
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SassyMyKitty
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   Posted 12/20/2009 8:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I have two more presents to get ready and then wrap them, and I will be done. Well, not quite. I have two Christmas cards to mail and then the rest I am just going to hand out because I don't have the money for a lot of stamps. I am trying to take it easy, but I am going to help my hubby make fudge today. But, I am mostly done and I am trying to take it easy. The only advice I can really offer is to tell you all to make sure you take some time for yourselves. Even if you are really busy, you need to take some time to relax. If you try to do everything all at once, then you are going to crash really hard, so take the time to rest. Happy Holidays to you all! *soft hugs*
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   Posted 12/20/2009 8:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Sassy,
 
That is really good advice, we have to pace ourselves and take time out and just relax, this is our time too.  Not just everybody elses. 
 
You all have a wonderful day, it is getting close.  Christmas is going to be here in no time. 
 
I do work Christmas eve and day, but find out I get holiday pay for both.  Yippy!!!
 
Hugs, Karen
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kathydownunder
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   Posted 12/20/2009 1:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I start shopping for Christmas at the end of June, but we have a very big family to shop for even if we only give small presents and it is a thing to give joke presents to those in my family. Come Christmas day we all go to my MIL house. Remember this Australia so we are in the middle of summer so it is salads for the meal. Because there are so many of us we share making the meal and each year one family takes certain things so it is shared around. This year I will make my ham and pineapple pasta I make it every year. My MIL asks for it I would like to change but but the family loves it. I take time out for me during it all even on Christmas day I will go and sit by my self for a while or sit with my grandchildren and watch them play or watch a dvd they have playing. My in laws understand about the fibro so even serving the meal I sit down and get into trouble if I try to help.
I am blessed with this family in fact the try to protect me too much at times.

Merry Christmas to everyone and may you all have a safe and wonderful day.




Kathy FROM THE LAND WHERE CHRISTMAS WILL BE about 110 DEGREES

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SarahBear9708
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   Posted 12/20/2009 1:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Kathy, I'm so jealous that you have such an understanding! But, I am very happy for you that you do!
~*~Sarah~*~

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SarahBear9708
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   Posted 12/20/2009 1:35 PM (GMT -7)   
And by understanding, I meant an understanding family!

darn fibro fog.
~*~Sarah~*~

"You were only given this life because you are strong enough to live it."

Dx: Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Migraines, Anxiety, Insomnia, Acid Reflux, RLS, Asthma.

Rx: Celebrex, Buspar, Savella, Lyrica, Requip, Nexium, Symbicort, Compazine, Lunesta.

Supplements: Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, Vitamin C, Ginseng


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   Posted 12/20/2009 1:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I go to local retirement homes and Nursing homes to visit with those that have no family nor visitors.....i know many of them have alzheimers and likely not remember but i sure love the memories i make doing this......our seniors are almost a forgotten asset in our lives....imho..luvs huggles and joy thru the season..lyn


                          
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   Posted 12/20/2009 10:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Kathy,
 
Your Christmas sounds really cool.  I love salad.  And spending quality time like that is wonderful.  We are having our Christmas after the holiday this year with the grandchildren.  They go down to see their other grandmother on Christmas day.  But I will take some of that heat here.  It will most likely be quite cold.  It has been mild the past few days.
 
Lyn,
 
What you do for Christmas is phenominal (sp).  You are such a wonderful person.  And like you say, even if they don't remember it, you do and I am sure others do.  And you know who is watching too.  You are a special person.
 
Hugs, Karen
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QTKaren
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   Posted 12/20/2009 11:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone and Happy Holidays!!
 
I have finished my christmas shopping and wrapped the gifts and now all I have to do is make a vege platter and baked some brownies and make some cookies for my brother and of course do Chrismas dinner but then Jayson will be helping all along the way. My family is all getting together on Christma Eve.  My Mom is doing great.  She finallyyyyyyyyy is doing what I ask of her and knowing that is in her best intress.  It takes so much stress off of me as I still wait for word on my surgery being paid for.  I still have bronchitis and flu like stuff and serious pain in my arms and joints but I am looking so forward to x-mas this year. I am taking it easy and resting.  My family has promised to try to get along and see the good there is in all of us and try to overlook the other.  My daughter is making a special x-mas cake but not telling what it is and I am so curious!! I tell ya she make cakes to rival the ones on tv shows and if anyone wants to see them I will show you,just send me an email listing  healingwell in the subject line.   I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays I love you all so much and miss posting.  I still watch everyday on here and the chronic pain forum so Im always with you guys in my heart and have appreciate all the loving prayers.  
 
Love,
Karen 
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   Posted 12/21/2009 6:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Karen,

It is great to see you back on the forum. It has been a while. I hope that you had a good day today. And I hope that you felt good. Pain free and energetic.

I hope that you have a very merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year!!!

Hugs, Karen
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mamanan
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   Posted 12/21/2009 7:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Karen, so glad to see you posting again! Remember to take it easy and take all the help you have offered :)

I want to wish a very merry and joyous Christmas to everyone. I hope that you can be with the ones you love, and be well enough to enjoy the day with no regrets.

It sure is getting down to the wire! It always amazes me each year how much faster time goes by when you are an adult, compared to a child. I just had this discussion with my oldest tonight, he was going on about how the next 4 days would be so long. I tried to make him understand that you don't want to rush these good times. I am so enjoying having the kids home for Christmas break, and thankful that I only work part time so I can enjoy them. We went sliding yesterday, today they decorated a gingerbread house (I bought a kit this year, so much easier!), and tomorrow it is crafts. I baked some special cookies for dh today, tomorrow I need to clean, and maybe bake some squares if I have any energy left over. I'm focusing on the family and memories, rather than having everything perfect to make the memories, and that feels really good. Maybe by having to slow down b/c of fibro, I will actually lead a better life and make a better home for my kids :)

(((gentle hugs))) to all. I don't know what I would do without your support.
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   Posted 12/21/2009 9:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mamanan,
 
I feel that the fibro slowing me down has helped me too.  I enjoy things more, and learned to live one day at a time.  I guess that is because that was all I could do.  It is strange how that can happen, but a good thing in a way. 
 
I hope that you enjoy making that gingerbread house, and eating it too!!!
 
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getting by
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   Posted 12/23/2009 7:53 AM (GMT -7)   
I am bumping this up as a reminder that I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas.  You all are so very special to me and I wanted you to know that.
 
This is a wonderful forum and I wish you all the best.
 
Though I will be working Christmas eve and day, I am still thinking of you all.  Happy Holidays!!!
 
Hugs, Karen


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Irish Babe
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   Posted 12/23/2009 12:46 PM (GMT -7)   

Karen, I wish you and your family a beautiful Christmas and a healthy, happy and joyous New Year.

You are such a kind, compassionate lady, sharing info w/ a good heart. I have read your posts on here and the Depression site and you have such a good way about you. Just wanted you to know I appreciate the care and kindness you share w/ others.

Thank you!

God bless.  Alice.


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   Posted 12/24/2009 10:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Alice,

And I am wishing you and yours a joyous holiday season.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 12/25/2009 9:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I passed out Hershey's Kisses to the kids who came in the store yesterday.  The big kids too.  They went fast.  Made me feel good.
 
I hope all of you are enjoying your day.
 
Hugs, Karen
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