The Week of Change

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Share The Love
I’m very excited to announce that my “Share the Love” calendar for November is completely full! Click on the icon above to see links to artists that have already been featured as well as tidbits of information about those yet to be showcased. I’ve really enjoyed putting together posts about artists and craftspeople who sell directly to their customers, and if there’s anyone out there who has enough stock on hand to be showcased in early December just let me know!

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You may have noticed I’ve been doing more sponsored posts lately. It’s because I’ve teamed up with Collective Bias and Social Fabric and have found many sponsored post opportunities that really appealed to me. I’m learning new things while making new friends and exploring new possibilities. It was a bit stressful at first, but now it’s fun!

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The father of a friend of mine passed away late last week, and I went to the visitation Friday. I always find it odd that we connect so well with old friends and extended family at funerals. I’m not ashamed to say that I enjoyed my time at the funeral home, looking at pictures of a man who had lived a long and happy life and milling around with those who loved him and those who loved his family members. His daughter is someone to whom I will forever be indebted. When I got the call that my grandfather was sure to pass away within the next twenty-four hours it was a Friday and I’d long before signed up to work the weekend. I called Paula and she didn’t even hesitate before saying, “Go. I’ll cover the weekend for you.” Her sacrifice made it possible for me to be with my grandmother when my grandfather passed away. I’ll never forget that.

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My thirteen-year-old son and I watched The Walking Dead together Sunday night. I won’t be a spoiler in case you haven’t yet seen the episode, but at one point he scooted over next to me on the sofa, laid his head on my shoulder, and put his arms around me. We had a talk about what you are willing to do for those that you love. Important moments come at the oddest times.

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I went to my new Pain Management doctor on Tuesday.  I never actually laid eyes on the doctor himself, and in addition to spending an entire evening filling out the paperwork I brought in with me I had to write it all out again at the front desk and tell my story “It began with a massive herniated cervical disc in January of 2009. . .” to a medical assistant and a nurse practitioner.  I waited in an exam room for almost two hours.  The end result was a prescription for stronger pain pills (let’s hope they don’t just knock me out) and an EMG (some sort of nerve test I need to look up) in the near future.  Then I’ll see them again in mid-December.

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I stayed up to watch the election results on Tuesday.  I started out propped up in bed with a glass of wine, eager to watch the landslide victory for Romney I was expecting.  As the horror unfolded I felt physically ill.  I’m glad there was such an excellent voter turnout for this election, and I hope and pray I’m wrong about what’s to come in the next four years.

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I’m at Beverly’s today.  I told her to make a list of things I can do to help her, and hopefully she will.  Her dogs are tiny, so I can walk them, and I have my Garmin so I can run errands.  I just want to take away some of the stress, but I don’t know how to do that.  I’m a good listener, and I love her dearly, so maybe that will help.  Her cancer in incurable, but treatable.  I’d appreciate any prayers you could send her way.

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