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hollyberry
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I guess you all know that I have been struggling lately with physical deterioration and emotional exhaustion but, I think I've found some ways to deal with the valleys until a) I'm miraculously cured or b) God calls me home.
Ready? Jammie therapy and movie days!! I bought myself 2 new pair of jammies ( have always been a jammie freak)and had my mom and sister over for movie day. I had to get out of my funk and with a 2 pronged attack, I think I did it.I got he P.J.'s 'cause they make me happy and had a nice afternoon with my mom and sis to cheer me up and get my mind off the pain, frustration and jangled nerves.
Just thought some of you might be feeling a little low about being stuck inside like me and maybe you could think of your favorites and indulge for a day to recharge and feel a little better.All of you have helped me so much these past months and I want you to know that I want to do the same for you. I care about all of you and my prayers are always with you; I also hope that sharing my coping strategy might get you thinking of your own "special indulgences" to get you through the yucky weather and the challenges that you face.
So, give yourself permission to do something just for you and really enjoy it- you deserve it!!
All my love,
Hollyberry

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blueroses
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Joined: Jul 2008

Hey Holly, I smiled when I read this thread of yours because I had actually gone online to look up the menus for some of my favourite home deliveries for supper tonight, as a little treat for myself. lol. We are on the same page. I love the idea of buying PJ's for yourself too, I love the cozy ones with cute characters on them especially in a deep freeze like we have here with temps being in the -37 range earlier this week. A cousin of mine gave me a super soft long housecoat for Xmas and I just love it - it's like a hug when you put it on and even though I have to fight my cat for it (she sleeps on it if I leave it on the couch too long) it makes me feel so much better for some reason. Pampered really. So I will go off and treat myself to a ready made supper tonight and think of your supportive idea while I chow down. lol. We have to be gentle with ourselves, our poor bodies have been involved in a war. Luv ya Holly. Blueroses.

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slickwilly
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Hollyberry. It was so nice to read your latest post as I was worried about you. Sometimes we have to be pushed to the brink to bring out our coping skills. A hot bath with candles, our favorite music cranked up, our favorite food or just someone to give us a hug and tell us everything is going to be ok. I tried alcohol long ago but that released too many bad memories and then I had to deal with them. It is funny how the P.J thing works. When I had cancer I was not against going to the local store in my P.J's just like the kids. Mine said "if you are what you eat, then I am fast, easy and cheap". I guess I am all of that as I love eating junk. Find those things that make you happy as you deserve it. Bless you Slickwilly

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Dreamdove
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Joined: Sep 2008

I have a thing for p.j. bottoms also. I like the Hanes. Now they have new ones with designs. I have 3 pairs of those: checkered ones, ones with hearts, and ones with flowers. But I like to wear sleeveless undershirts with mine. They make me feel like a little girl back when I wore undershirts. The only time I ever wore P.j.s in public was the day I got out of the hospital and had to stop at Shopko for my prescription. I had staples running down my stomach and also I had lost 10 lbs. so I couldn't wear my jeans. But I don't blame anyone for wearing p.j.s in public! They sure are comfortable. Back in 1978 when I was in my early 20s I had a pair of black cotton pants that had an elastic waist and a tie in the front. I loved them. They were very popular back then. They were as comfortable as p.j. bottoms and I wore them to work. Wish I could get some like that but I have never seen any similar to those in the stores.

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terato
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Joined: Apr 2002

Holly,

And, while I am invested in the above, I get out my slow-cooker, cut up whatever veggies I have in my refrigerator, and make soup.

I have lived alone for so many years, that I actually enjoy just being at home, doing whatever I feel like doing, whenever I feel like doing it, and accountable to no one but myself. This morning I decided it was too cold to go to mass, so I watched it on television in my robe and long-johns, after preparing and eating my own whole-grain oatmeal and grated-apple with skins pancakes (healthy and delicious!)and hot coffee. The rest of my afternoon was just kicking back and following my impulses.

"Whatever floats your boat" has become my most often used expression.

Happiness and Peace of Mind!

Rick

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blueroses
Posts: 527
Joined: Jul 2008

I love being on my own since my divorce and my children off at university in other provinces. I think that it is because it removes any possible guilt of holding anyone else back when I feel poorly, which is pretty much daily. I do what I can do each day without guilt of holding anyone back, because I am feeling too badly to do much more, so I just go with my flow, which is usually a much slower flow than most others. Sometimes I feel lonely but it never lasts very long and it is usually only when there is alot of hype about family like at Xmas or Easter but other than those times I love being able to give myself a break and do what my body says it will allow, at any given time. I wonder sometimes about dating and bringing in someone else to share things with, which would be nice, but seriously I just don't feel I have the energy to start that kind of thing up. My medical conditions take a lot out of me daily and even the simplest daily chores take me at times much longer than they would for the average person, as many of you experience as well. I like to be able to just do what I can and leave the rest which would be tough to do sometimes with others living with me. For now I enjoy my own space with my fuzzy housecoat and my two cats and my comfy couch, my tv and computer and even on days when I am feeling very poorly they all make it bearable, simple things, but they work for me. That was good to get out. lol. All the best, Blueroses.

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hollyberry
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Joined: Nov 2008

Wow! What a wonderful belated Christmas gift, to have such good friends caring for me and sharing the little joys that we indulge in to make ourselves feel better. Thanks to all of you for lifting me up when I'm down and giving the gift of your friendship; I feel loved!
Sharing your own indulgences made me smile and gave me some great ideas for February, too. Being so sick and feeling so isolated sometimes makes me forget that so many share this rough road and I really appreciate your kindness and support; it really makes the bad days better and reminds me to take advantage of getting outside of myself and sharing in a community that is so kind and supportive.
Blessings to all of you!!
Much love,
Hollyberry

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