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Green Around the Gills....All By Myself.

Earlier this week I attended a dinner at my church. It was a really pleasant evening, as the ladies of the church went to a lot of trouble for our Intensive Bible Study event. Cloth napkins and tablecloths, flowers in a vase, and the "nice" disposable serveware. It was great!

 

Until about 2:30 am, when all of that delicious meal came right back up during the long night that ensued. Food poisoning. No other symptoms, but exhausting without sleep.

 

I'm adjusting more and more, as time goes by, to living alone again and I do pretty well most of the time. That night, though? I really missed the comforting prescence of my hubby, who was a trooper in an emergency. Besides the logistical help of aiding me, and taking care of unsettled pets, just knowing he was my backstop was a treasure I loved....and I miss.

 

I've lived alone before for years. It taught me to never run out of TP or orange juice...ever! It taught me that I will survive these little life episodes, but dang, it was sure nice having him around. 

 

I don't think I ever neglected to appreciate that wonderful aspect of marriage (others, maybe, not that one), but...."Boy, Howdy!', I really remember it this week.

 

Love you, Babe! Forever and always.

 

MLR

 

 

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Sundays.....What to do about Sundays?

For most of the world, Sundays mean one of two things. Sundays are either a day of worship, the Sabbath, and or they are a day of rest. It's a wonderful concept; all of us need to take a little time out to restore our bodies and souls from the hustle and bustle and demands of the week. Quiet Sundays, fun Sundays, are a good idea for most of us.

 

But what about widows and widowers? Especially those of us who live alone?  As I talk to my widowed kindred spirits, most of us find Sundays are the toughest days of the week. Some businesses shut down, fewer errands can be run, friends are less available as they spend much needed time with their own families. It can be a lonely time.

 

So what can we do about that? My personal favorite and routine is to start my day with a playful romp with my dogs (although that's a daily thing), then go to church and after that, have lunch at one of my three favorite spots. I like these restaurants, in particular, because, just like "Cheers", everybody knows my name.

 

What are some other ideas?  What are yours? Tell me what YOU like to do on Sundays!  Here's a few more ideas to get you started:

 

* Go for a walk in a park

* Take a ride in the community to see what's new

* Invite a friend for dinner

* Watch a movie

* Take a much needed nap

 

I'm sure you have your own thoughts. Won't you share them with me? And others?

 

 

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Urgent vs. Important

Nothing will realign one's priorities like losing a loved one. Suddenly, the importance of a moment gains crystal clarity in it's significance. Many things are urgent. Only a few things are important.

It's easy to lose sight of that again, in the fog of grieving. We tend to forget that it's important to take care of ourselves, to treasure the moments with people and pets we love. We get caught up in taking care of the urgent, at the expense of the important. 

Grief has some vital lessons to teach us. We must be careful not to cast them aside.

 

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I am delighted to announce that I now represent an elegant and beautiful line of mourning rings for widows and widowers. Simple, yet symbolic, these rings serve as a wearable emblem and a touchstone with which to remember your lost loved one.

There are many different styles from which to select, for both men and women. Take a walk through the online catalog on this site. You're sure to find a style that just suits your tastes. Wear them as long as you need, as long as you like.

 

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