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   Posted 12/30/2009 8:51 AM (GMT -7)   
My 82 year old neighbor is on the second story of his house shoveling the snow off his roof.  His 80 year old wife is below him on the ground, moving the snow he throws down so it will not sit there in piles.  He has run his snow blower twice since 7:00 this morning.  These are the people that scrub the siding on their house with a toothbrush, pick the weeds out of their lawn with a knife and a fork and power wash their driveway every other day during the summer.  I, on the other hand, took three swipes across my deck with a shovel this morning so my poor old dog could get out to pee.  I had to get on the heating pad ten minutes later.  No point to this really, except I watch them and wonder what I will be doing at 80.  I'm jealous...yes I am.  That's it...I'm really really jealous.  Bad fibromite.  Now I'll go sit in my fibro chair and pout.

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   Posted 12/30/2009 9:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I hear you Donna, I'm 57 and my fibro sometimes makes me feel like 107. Somedays I
wonder if I'll live to see 60. My scleroderma is progressing and my goal is to live long
enough to have my one year old grandaughter remember her Grammy. My ultimate goal
is to dance at her wedding. Life is crazy, milky ways and your humor help me through it.

Hugs, Robin
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   Posted 12/30/2009 9:17 AM (GMT -7)   

Dearest Robin.   You will live to be 60, and not only that, I will dance with you at your grand daughters wedding!  THAT, my friend is a promise! (she WILL be serving Milky Ways on a platter, won't she?)



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   Posted 12/30/2009 9:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I read that and got a mental picture of my grandmother she's 86 and has the most active social life of anyone I know she still goes square dancing.

When I read that I got a mental picture, no idea where it came from, but I saw her doing the limbo, me holding the pole with one hand and my back with the other hand!

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   Posted 12/30/2009 9:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Poor Donna. Go offer pain killers, at the very least. I lived next door to these people.

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   Posted 12/30/2009 10:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm hoping they will come up with cures for these illnesses and we will all celebrate out 100th birthdays happy and healthy!  It is possible, you know.  Anything is possible.
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   Posted 12/30/2009 10:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Donna, I had neighbors who came down here during the summer and the husband was always on the roof or up a ladder. He had to be late 80's the last time he did that. His wife said he did the same thing at their full time house. He was so spry. They were such great neighbors AND friends. He has since passed away but his wife is 90+ and still driving and we keep in touch. She is inspiring to me. She is like another mother to me. We talk each other thru the bad times, and laugh about the fun we had when we were all together.
Robin, I'm a yr behind you and, my friend, we will all be here together for many yrs. I like Donna's idea. I say book the hall now for your DGD's wedding, so we will know where to go and we can brush up on our dancing lessons. We can have a Milky Way toast to the Bride. Followed by a Tylenol nightcap. What an image. wink  I am sending you warm wishes for a wonderful New Year, filled w/ Hope and good health!
Donna, you are not a bad fibromite. I say at 80 you will have the same delicious wit and style we love around here. Everyone has their own gift they bring to this world, you share yours w/ us every day. Bless YOU!
God bless.  Alice. 

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   Posted 12/30/2009 10:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Our neighbor will be 100 in another week.  He still drives!  Walks outside everyday several times.  His wife is a few years younger.  I hope I'm that spry at 70!
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   Posted 12/30/2009 12:51 PM (GMT -7)   
 Thanks for the encouragement! I love my fibro familyyeah and my Milky Ways.
 Hugs, Robin

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   Posted 12/30/2009 1:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I ran a couple of errands, came home and took another quarter of vicodin before I sat down here.
Donna, I use to be a much younger version of your neighbors before fibro. What was I thinking back then, wish I would have spent the time doing more fun things???
It's snowing here again today, gotta find my story about snow and share it with everyone.
That's life's mystery, we don't know how long we have and what kind of shape we are going to be in when we leave here so enjoy everyday.
I would like to dance at my oldest granddaughter's wedding before the baby gets old enough to be the ring bearer. smilewinkgrin
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   Posted 12/30/2009 4:54 PM (GMT -7)   
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   Posted 12/30/2009 5:23 PM (GMT -7)   
My Man's Grandfather passed away 2 years ago at 102. He still lived at home and drove a car.
Gram is still living at home with neighbors checking on her a couple of times a day...she's
going to be 100 this year. God Bless Them.
When I was 25 my arthritis was so bad I could barely walk and I swore I would be in a
wheel chair before I hit 35. Well, I am now 55 and still going. Hopefully I will continue until
I'm 100. I was put on this earth for a reason even though sometimes I wonder why.
Thank you for your humor.

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   Posted 12/31/2009 4:39 AM (GMT -7)   
it is hard when you see older people , say like my Mom in her 70's with very bad arthritis in her knee's..but I wish I could keep up...I am worse than a 80 yr old. ,, I used to be able to do anything. . shoot I cut fire wood for a living before, did handy man work. had a landscaping co. of my own.. ya I worked a mans job.. now can't even keep my house clean.. used to be able to clean the whole house in 4 hours. this includes walls.. now .. no way . its never clean enough for me.. but I have to accept it as it is.
I feel old
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   Posted 12/31/2009 6:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I am 63 years old and my grandfather is 106...still lives alone and plants a garden.  At his birthday party this summer, he managed to dance with all the ladies!  I was not there but was sent pictures.  The sad part is he had twelve children and there are only five left...it must be hard watching your kids die before you do.  I was his first grandchild but I think my aunt told me he has 85 grandchildren. (great, great and great).  Holy mackerel.  I am betting he could shovel my roof before I could...LOL!
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   Posted 12/31/2009 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Donna, I always love your posts.  I am 36 and most days do well just to "maintain" a job and home life.  My husbands step-grandfather is 88 and still hunts, climbs mountains and various other activities.  I must say I am envious.  This fibro family really keeps me hopeful.  Soft hugs and a Happy New Year to all!
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