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Re: 1,000 positive stepping stones on the path to healing ( 15:33:55 SatNov 15 2003 )

This is the weekend my kids spend with their Mother. Its getting harder to see this happen rather then easier. I was foolish enough to believe it would be easier. It does not help that they beg me not to make them go and come back miserable. It seems we are having increasing chats about why they have to do this. I tell them to look for the good in their Mother, that she does love them and to try and have a good time. I'll admit I feel miserable while they're gone, but I've promised myself not to sit around mope this whole weekend. Right now I don't have a specific plan to avoid the blues. Only a strong belief that for my sake as well as the kids I need to have a peaceful weekend.

  
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Re: 1,000 positive stepping stones on the path to healing ( 17:07:56 SatNov 15 2003 )

I followed the lead of some within this community and called an old friend just to talk. No expectations, no promises that all would be wonderful. Time flew by as we caught up on shared memories of children and spouses. In some ways it was sad to know what I had missed out in sharing at the time it was happening. At the same time we've redisovered and hopefully renewed a friendship. And that feels awesome :wowsmilie:

  
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Re: 1,000 positive stepping stones on the path to healing ( 18:20:53 SatNov 15 2003 )

I just started the process of adopting a kitten from the animal shelter!!!

I am totally a cat person. My husband a dog. He's gone, the kids love any kind of animal. I'm getting my cat!!

I told my counsellor I wanted to help my husband find peace and balance because all my life I've brought home all the stranded cats and dogs I found. She told me to get a pet!

So I am. I'm excited!!

Mel

  
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Re: 1,000 positive stepping stones on the path to healing ( 18:26:13 SatNov 15 2003 )

My Mother is coming for Thanksgiving. This is the long awaited, much delayed visit. She called a few minutes ago to confirm her arrival. I ended the conversation by spontaneously blurting out I love you.Firs time in a LOBG ,LOOONNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGG time I have said that. I'm scared out of my mind about this visit, more later, but this is a great start.

  
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Re: 1,000 positive stepping stones on the path to healing ( 22:51:13 SatNov 15 2003 )

That is a fantastic start, Zachery!

It's Sunday morning here. I hurt my foot yesterday. It's swollen and I need to keep it up - what a great excuse to do nothing for the day except read, watch a video, etc. Given that it's already over 90C and it's not even 10 am, I think that makes sense! So I'm going to have a lazy day and pamper myself.

  
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Re: 1,000 positive stepping stones on the path to healing ( 01:34:06 SunNov 16 2003 )

Dinner last night was okay--just okay. :ohwell: '

Today started with another hug., which is cool. Yes, I'm a huga-a-holic. I spent the entire day playing basketball with people I know. I'm exhausted but it was good to do something other then park in front of the computer or television. My body feels alive and I count that as a positive.


  
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Re: 1,000 positive stepping stones on the path to healing ( 11:07:24 SunNov 16 2003 )

My therapist lowered his price $10 a session because I don't have insurance and he feels I'm paying more then what insurance pays for his service. I'm certainly not going to complain because I believe he's the best therapist in town and I would try and pay whatever he wants. Not that I'm complianing about the price break as it will help out in other places.

I'm into the stretch run of studying for finals. My goal is to avoid my tendency to start smoking to calm my nerves. I feel the old nicotine urge calling to me, sometimes its more like screaming. Keep me in your thoughts I think I can, I think I can, I think I can :claphands:


  
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Re: 1,000 positive stepping stones on the path to healing ( 12:19:00 SunNov 16 2003 )

Today is 9 weeks without using. So far so good.

  
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Re: 1,000 positive stepping stones on the path to healing ( 13:42:20 SunNov 16 2003 )

Well done, Friendly - this is great.
Bikerboy, I'm full of admiration for anybody who can give up smoking!! Don't give in!
Taran, maybe we should call you Hugaholic - hugs are the best. In giving them, we also receive.

The day that started out so hot ended with an electrical storm - rolling thunder and lightning streaking across the sky. And rain, blessed rain. My foot is much better after a day of rest and I'm feeling relaxed and happy. My youngest son came home from his dad's and cuddled up to me and I watched a feel-good movie on TV. I got my goodnight hug from my eldest so now I'm off to bed feeling content.

  
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Re: 1,000 positive stepping stones on the path to healing ( 14:05:00 SunNov 16 2003 )

Sorry to hear about your foot Balbrenny. Glad its getting better though. Its kind of amazing the amount of hugging taking place within this community. :roundnround:

Today my son and I are going to work on a letter to my parents in which our goal is to make them feel welcome in our home for the holidays. It is his decision to set aside the NPD discussion and how they have played a role until a time after Christmas. It was very tense for a while. Oh God what an understatement, but things are looking up.

Great news, friendly. Keep it up :bricks:


  
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