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Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 10/13/2010 9:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Wednesday Koffee Klatch
     If you are new to this forum family then you may be wondering what kind of goofy question is that on a health care forum. idea   We all suffer with medical conditions and with most of us there is pain involved...sometimes a lot of pain. Or maybe you are the loved one of one of these persons. This forum is all about how we help and support each other, how we gain back more quality to our lives, and how we can learn and share what we gain along the way and hopefully make not only our lives better but the lives of others who come to join us.

      But we need to also remember that there is the other side of life...the side that isn't concentrated on illness and pain. That's why we started the daily Koffee Klatch. This is a time to laugh, reminisce, chit-chat about the silly things in our lives...all fun things and no pain. In fact the 'P' word is not allowed...  turn    So each day we share our thoughts or experiences on a different topic. Often it includes food, sometimes we talk about our past, and other times we just get goofy! Laughter is our goal. So, please join us whether this is your very first day on Healing Well or you're a seasoned veteran.
Daily Question:
     Yesterday morning I ran into my neighbor Billy. He has been my neighbor for nearly a decade now. I find it so strange that this man, who I only talk to once a week aside from passing, "hello!" and the girls picking his flowers (weed / wild flowers) knows me better than anyone else in my life. Each year I make so much candy and candied treats it is maddening. Each year I get nearly a hundred "thank you" cards and Phone messages. I get all sorts of gifts! But it is Billy, my neighbor, who gives me the most thoughtful gift. It far outshines any of the extravagant, sometimes very expensive gifts, I receive each year. It always makes me cry that this man, my neighbor, who I make a very special kind of dark chocolate & coffee truffle for each year, knows me the best out of all my closest friends. He brings it to me each year when I am done with my month long candy making session. What is this gift you ask?
     He buys me the fixings for chocolate chip & walnut chocolate chip cookies and puts in all in a basket. It is the perfect gift. I cry every time I get it. It means that for a few hours I get to spend time making cookies with my Bumblebees (they are great cookie makers you know).
Does someone you know, buy you the perfect gift on a holiday? Birthday, Christmas or Valentines day? What is the "perfect gift" you receive and who buys / did buy, it for you?

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood

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Post Edited (Dani Henson) : 10/13/2010 2:01:44 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/13/2010 2:31 PM (GMT -6)   


   I had to think about this one today for a while! rolleyes

      You know!.....some of the best gifts, are ones of appreciation. I'm a giver by nature (Have no idea what that phrase means)....so I find myself giving more than I recieve, but every once in a while someone will send me a Thank You card for something I did for them.

     Also there are times that I get surprised...like the other day when I checked the mailbox. One of my very good friends here on HW sent my wife and I several items from Cananda! It made me blush...because I have a very hard time accepting gifts from anybody. Also, another member here let me barrow several items, that she knew I would need after my surgery. I'm a telling you, it was a life saver for me, and I will always be greatful to her for doing that.

    Of course my wife tops them all! She is pretty sneaky, and makes a great effort to remember somthing I showed an intrest in during the year. I do enjoy several things in life, but the one thing that turns me on the most, is a card. We have a tradition around, here to give several cards at one time. For Birthdays, we both may recieve 4 to 5 cards from either of us. wink

     SE wink    

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   Posted 10/13/2010 3:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Dani what are 'fixings' and 'bumblebees'? Maybe we don't have them in Australia.

Enjoyed reading your letter.

I think the perfect gift for me has been when any of my children have put their own efforts into making something, even breakfast, for me on my birthday or Mother's Day. As a single mum of four children, it feels better than any manufactured gift they could give me, lovingly homemade is best!

Actually, even when they say 'thank you' feels good!


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   Posted 10/13/2010 6:45 PM (GMT -6)   
My best gift... hmmm...
I'm a giver too. I love giving to others all the time. I'm rarely on the receiving end, because the ones I give to have no money to buy anything.
My favorite gift I ever received was from one of my students. I knew his family had no money to spare on a Christmas present for the teacher and I was not expecting anything from him except a Merry Christmas.
I was surprised to find a roughly wrapped box from him on my desk. I could tell he had worked hard on making it look neat. I gently unwrapped the notebook paper from the small toliet paper roll. I poured out the contents. Inside was a small handwritten note telling me I was the "bestest teacer" he had ever had and that he "lovd" me. Also inside I found a simple beaded bracelet. He told me his mama said I could have the bracelet.

Needless to say he got the biggest hug for his present.

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   Posted 10/13/2010 8:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Radles, fixings is a slang term for having all the stuff you need to make a particular recipe. The Bumblebees is her nickname for her little kids!

My husband has always been great at gift giving - he's very thoughtful and remembers everything I show an interest in. He once made me a Christmas Ornament out of modelling clay that looked exactly like a Hallmark ornament I'd fallen in love with, but was sold out in all the stores. He knew how much I wanted it, and so he made one for me.

Other memorable gifts in my life include a gift of an electronic photo frame from my daughter...it was the first gift she was able to buy with her own money from working (after years of living on the streets and being a drug addict and then finally getting clean). One year, my son bought me a video camera - an expensive gift he scrimped and saved for, for almost a year - just so I could video tape my grandson as he grew.

I've received many gifts over the years - material gifts that have melted my heart from their overwhelming love and generosity.

The best gift I've ever received though is the gift of salvation from Jesus. For those who believe, you know what I'm talking about. For those who don't believe, I'd love to share what this means if you ever want to know.
DX: Fibro, Severe Myofascial Pain, Chronic Pelvic Pain, Surgical Adhesions, IBS, IC-PBS, Carpal Tunnel (both wrists), FAI, Reynauds, Opthalmic Migraines, Drug Related Hot Flashes, Physically Unable to Vomit due to Nissen Surgery, Extremely tiny and scarred veins (hard start for IV's)

Meds: Oxycontin, Tramacet, Cymbalta, Cesamet, Flexeril, Clonidine plus Vitamin D + Multi daily

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   Posted 10/14/2010 2:04 AM (GMT -6)   
One of my most favorite gifts each year at christmas time, is a gift home made from my friend whom I taught how to sew. 
The gifts are sewn by machine and are usually very elaborate.  Last year she made me a hanging stuffed mouse on a hanging stuffed candy cane.  I kept it up all year long on my wall.  I am just thrilled to see the things she can make. 
We also go to Joann's Fabric store together and she helps me a lot since I can't stand for very long.  I have to start taking my electric wheelchair next time.
Anyway, each year she surprises me with a new and creative gift and I just love it and her.
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   Posted 10/14/2010 5:35 AM (GMT -6)   
My husband always gives me really thoughtful gifts for Christmas. He really thinks about everything he gets me and it means so much to me. It's not that he spends a lot on me, he just takes a lot of time to figure out what I would really enjoy. It really warms my heart and often makes me cry (and I'm not a crier, lol). It's funny because my parents like to give me money (which is nice), but the smaller more thoughtful gifts are things that I treasure.
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