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Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 11/17/2010 11:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Friends,
    I find myself in a major time crunch. I only have 2 weeks left to get all the candy for Christmas done and was just asked yesterday if I could provide 45 Snowflakes and 45 candied candy canes for "Thanksgiving Party". I have not decided if I will do that yet. I guess I will have to see how much I can get done by the end of the week. What I still have left to make of my "regular Christmas goods" is about 
15 more Lbs. of flavored candies and candy bars (done with only 15LBS out of 30lbs)
225 Tiger Butter cups 
5 batches of Cream Cheese truffles (yielding 53-60 ea)
350 Candied candy canes
5 batches of Butterscotch fudge (yield 45-50 ea) and
2 batches of Dark Bittersweet "coffee truffles"(yield 40+ ea)
(optional buckeye balls / divinity if I have time...)
    Needless to say I am late on my schedule! I should already be finishing candy canes and transitioning to truffles and fudge right now. Normally by next week I would be "finishing touches" (dipping, coating) & "wrapping" (foil, bags and ribbons each piece of candy). Then the last week I put everything together in larger bags with ribbons and begin building the "gift baskets / bags" (tissue, assembly, cards, letters, jewelry).
     All of my time troubles are do to some.. gosh just plain crazy increase in pain / vomiting / fainting. I still have yet to be able to control the pain and fatigue. I have areas that thought are normally sore and tender since secondary curves began.. are now in immense pain and larger areas than I have ever experienced. I can only describe it as feeling "Sick" it feels "Hot and sick" through upper half of my spine where my new curvatures are. I will probably need to call my spine specialist if it hasn’t improved by Monday. I have been dealing with this for a week. At first I thought I had the flu... now though, it is obvious that something is happening to my back. Still doesn’t change the fact that I am so very late on my schedule.
      So, I will still keep up with the forum RE: daily Koffee Klatch question. Weekly Roll call. Weekly Vent and Chat Night Hosting. But, my presence aside from that will be sparse at best.  
     If any of you need me for ANYTHING and I truly mean ANYTHING. A bothersome poster, or chat room troubles, please call me directly or email.  Okay, so just wanted to warn you all. I am here just unable to dedicate as much time as I normally would be for the next few weeks.
 (it may take me a bit to answer so do not be afraid to leave a message / email. I will call / write back a.s.a.p.)
*warm huggs*
p.s. thanks for letting me vent too

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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   Posted 11/18/2010 10:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Dani

It occurs to me that maybe this would be a good time to get some help or train someone. And it also occurs to me that it's pretty much guarenteed that Christmas comes every year. However if you put your health low on the prioity list you may not be guarenteed to see all those Christmases. Don't think I need to tell you what stress alone can do to someone, let alone over working your body but think maybe I need to remind you. I know it's not as easy as saying okay I'll just stop what I'm doing but you don't wanta be saying I should have stopped while laying on a stretcher or hospital bed or worse. Sorry don't mean to give you a lecture but just concerned for you. Take care and hope it see ya in chat soon.

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   Posted 11/18/2010 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I really don't know how you do it Dani. I think if I ever would meet you I would expect to see you in a short blue dress with red knee high boots, a red cape and a big D inside a yellow triangle on your chest. (Yes a Supergirl costume except with a D).
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.

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   Posted 11/18/2010 12:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I just popped in quickly and was drawn right to your post first (and I apologize to you and everyone for rarely reading posts anymore and my limited involvement). How you could do all that for Christmas even if you had your health is beyond me, let alone with all you struggle with. I remember when they were much younger (with young children who are now grown) my cousin and her husband used to make candy to give to everyone for Christmas. A variety of chocolates. They used tables at a local university they attended because the amount they made grew so large over the years, but they eventually had to stop because it was so much work.

I'm not saying to stop but I think the idea of getting some help is a good one - and like Randy suggests training someone could be beneficial to them. Maybe even some local students (college or high school) who are interested in candy-making?

But as far as HW goes, you know I used to read every post, and try to answer almost each one, so I know how much work and TIME that takes. I finally had to back away from that much involvement. You have been one of the ones who stepped up, but really the world won't come to an end if the koffee klatch isn't posted daily or all the other ideas you've added. I'm not saying those aren't valuable additions, but how about just once a week for now - and if other veteran members want to do a day they can step up. Chutz had to step back from it, and I'm guessing time was the same reason. Please don't feel bad - you have a life, and your health which must come first! And then whatever else you can add to HW is great.

I also suspect lots of people get busy during this time of the year, so things may slow down some. Just remind people every now and then that you're going to be pulling back and ask for some help here, too. I can't commit to anything now because I am awaiting scheduling for knee surgery and I'm not sure if that will be before or after the holidays, but I'll try and stop by when I can.

Take a few things off those shoulders, and take care of yourself - please!


Post Edited (PAlady) : 11/18/2010 11:57:25 AM (GMT-7)

Monty's Mom
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   Posted 11/18/2010 1:27 PM (GMT -6)   

My goodness how do you do it all? I wish I could be there to help you! I will be praying for you and hoping that your pain decreases soon. I fall into this situation now also with the holiday baking, cookies, cakes, pies and fudge. I use my family's hands for my helpers! My boys love to bake and create delicious foods.
If you dont get it all done try not to be hard on yourself. Someone told me yesterday that people arent disappointed with us as people, they are disappointed that they dont get what they wanted. So if you must disappoint some for your health, then you must. You need to take care of you also! Sorry for the lecture.

My prayers are with you, as yours have been with all of us so many times. Take care of yourself please.

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. George Bernard Shaw

Pelvic adhesive disease, Irritable bowel syndrome, SI joint pain, 7 pelvic surgeries for pain, ovarian cysts, adhesions, and a kidney stone! Wait, future medial transcriptionist I must say ureteral calculus!

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   Posted 11/18/2010 4:07 PM (GMT -6)   
slow down the church will be grateful for whatever you can provide so if
you need to take it easy then do so, don't risk your health, okay we care about ya...
Healing hugz
* Asthma, Allergies, Osteoarthritis, Spinal Stenosis, Degenative Disc (Lower Lumbar S1-L3 and Cervical C5,C6, C8 and T1), Fibromyalgia, Gerd,
Enlarged Pituitary Gland, Sjogren's, Ocular Migraines, mild carpel tunnel, ect.... "Would be nice if we could use the edit button in real life"...


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   Posted 11/18/2010 5:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Dani, getting some help is an excellent idea from Randy and PAlady, you can't expect your body to just keep on going. Denial isn't the answer, you need to pace yourself!
That said, please look after yourself, you'll be no help to anyone if you ended up having a breakdown of one description or another.
From my limited experience of pulling out of music committees and voluntary duties from kids sports, there is always someone who will step up to fill your place. You don't need to do it all.
We love you DANI SO PLEASE PLEASE look after yourself. We want you to be around next Christmas too.
Best wishes for all your wonderful energy, golitho

Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 11/18/2010 6:33 PM (GMT -6)   
  Goodness! I receive the concern in the spirit it is given *warm hugg* I am terribly sorry I didn't mention that I have quite a bit of help. That is the only reason why the yearly chocolate under taking only takes a few weeks most years :-)   I think if I were to attempt it on my own I would spend a month or more!
   Oh now don't go thinking being a moderator is hard work! It isn't. We have a wonderful "CP Mod Team" and all of us together get everything done as a team. When I said I wouldn't be able to be as dedicated as I wanted to, I was referring to my individual responses to my friends and family. I just wanted you all to know that I am not ignoring anyone by not responding to individual topics, I am just pressed for time.
    The hardest part about "Christmas gifts" is actually August, September & October when I am making Jewelry set gifts. It takes every spare moment I have and every idea I can conjure up! Thankfully I finished all those "ensembles" a little over a week ago.
    On a side note I did bucker down and call my doctor. I have to run down and get my blood drawn at the lab, then I have appointment to see him next week. Hopefully we can pinpoint the problem.
    I really am sorry to have confused anyone Yikes! I guess I should have been more detailed. But! That doesn't mean that I don't appreciate the concern. I do. It makes me feel very grateful to have such caring friends.
*warm huggs*

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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   Posted 11/18/2010 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Dani I wouldn't worry about the forum. For whatever reason it seems to perk along on its own, always has. I can remember back in the day when it was just Chutz and Lindaloo handling things and they did it fine with just the two of them. Getting your own business taken care of is a must. So, I would not worry about things here. Pop in and out when you feel like you have a moment or need a break from candy making.

Sorry to hear PaLady is having knee surgery but I am sure that will go well. Now that knees are done by arthroscopy its a breeze compared to the old way with full blown incisions. Usually three puncture type small wounds with a butterfly stitch and they send you packing a couple hours after surgery.They don't even send you home using crutches anymore, full weight bearing. I was surprised because my first two I had to be on crutches for 6 weeks and I was a klutz on those things. I always took a pillow to work and sat the pillow on my trash can so I could prop my knee up during the day. Crutches can be dangerous I fell once using those awful things. On my last two scopes they used a gizzmo for swelling that was really neat. They wrapped this wrap under your bandage and cold water flowed through it to keep swelling down. it was attached to a tube and what looks like a small cooler that you put ice cubes in to keep the water cold. BlueJets husband has one from his recent reconstructive surgery and we were talking about how good the cold really does feel on the leg. I kept both of mine but I cannot remember the name of the gizzmo, lol. But, I can tell you it does feel good and really keeps the swelling to a minimum.

Happy candy making.
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   Posted 11/18/2010 8:47 PM (GMT -6)   

All I can say is that you are always appreciated and always there to lift everyone up. Please take some time for yourself and let others do the hard stuff for a while.

I really hope you find the answers soon and that you will be feeling better in no time.

You really amaze me with all that you do.

I hope you will have many better days ahead.
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