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March Warriors 2018   Quit Buddies Unite

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CindiS319

From: CindiS319

10/14/19

Just because I've been on here and posting...I forgot to tell you guys I've been busy remodeling rooms in my house.  It started out in September as buying a new mattress.  Well, I haven't slept in bed for almost 3 years because with the dogs, a queen size bed is just too small and I can't get any sleep.  So we go out and look at mattresses and buy a king size.  Well with all the furniture in the bedroom, that isn't going to fit.  And while we're at it, the carpet from circa 1990 (with multiple dog pee stains) just needs to go.  So now if we're ripping out the carpet, might as well paint the ceilings and walls.  Oh wait, the bathroom ceiling and walls really need to be painted too.  Oh, and when we're all done I can't put this 20 year old oak furniture (dressers) back in there with the new bed, floors and walls.  Seriously LOL!!!!  So my house has been a mess for the last month.  Then we pick out a new floor and they install the boards the opposite direction of the rest of the house.  WTH is up with that?????  We're leaving it.  Painting all done... stupid floor is in... bed is coming next Tuesday.  Dressers are being built by the Amish so they won't be done until Christmas.  Oh...I painted the bathroom too and it looks awesome.  What the heck!  Since we smoked in the house for 10 years...yeah all the walls and ceilings looked awful.  Then he's looking at the dining and living room and I'm like...don't even say it!!!  He doesn't smoke upstairs any more.  But I really thought this whole thing was really comical.  I just wanted a bed to sleep in.  worried

Denim50

From: Denim50

10/15/19

Hey Cindi, 

     Lol, but I’m sure it’s all lovely. Sounds like you’ve been busy. How short did you cut your hair? Do you still paint ceramics? You’re really talented at it. I’m still trying to get my weight back down to what it was before I joined. I haven’t got there yet but thankfully I’m getting closer bit by bit, lol, and a new wardrobe. blush It’s still so great to see you, Marilyn, and Brian here again. I hope Tom, Mike, and Michele will stop by again sometime too. I miss Suzy, Becka, and Caz too. Tom was here not too long ago. He was doing really good, so happy for him. Are you enjoying the cooler temperatures? Any plans for the Fall? I’m going to go and post to Marilyn too. Have a good evening. Talk again soon.  

 

Denim50

From: Denim50

10/15/19

Hey Marilyn, 

     How are you doing this evening? Are you enjoying the beginning of the season and the cooler temperatures? I think Winter weather might move in a bit quicker this year. I said, not long ago, that I had hoped some of the excessive heat from the Summer would carry over to provide a mild Winter but I’m thinking that isn’t going to happen. I think the Winter this year might be as cold as Summer was hot, but see won’t we? I was telling Gloria, I did go ahead and buy bags of rock salt. At least that way if they are needed I won’t have to fight the crowds to get it. Thank you again for your warm thoughts and good wishes. I’m continuing to keep your son in my thoughts also. I know you said you wouldn’t know about your sister’s quit until around Christmas, however I hope it’s going good for her and she succeeds. It’s such a difficult thing to do but worth it as we know, and kudos to her for trying to quit after 50 years. I wish her the best with it. You said you were leaving your job next year, are you retiring or looking for a change in career? Whatever you do, I hope it works out as you want it to and makes you happy. You deserve to be happy. Are you going to move again? I remember you saying you wanted to be closer to your sons and Grandchildren. I’m looking forward to making some more homemade chilli as the weather turns colder. I love a hot bowl of chilli on a cold day. blush Did you get the stuff done with the car you wanted to? I’m going to get the oil changed and a tuneup on this one too, as it’s due again, as are my tags and inspection. Cindi was talking about cutting her hair and it reminded me of a crazy call I received from idk who. The phone rang, I answered and some man said he wanted to make a appointment to get his hair cut. I told him he had a wrong number. He said, come on, quit clowning around! You cut my hair all the time. I said, no sir I don’t and again you have a wrong number and hung up. He called back again and said why are you acting like this?! I said, sir, I don’t cut hair for a living, I don’t know you, and please stop calling my phone, you’ve got a wrong number. He did quit calling and started texting me! I had to block the d___ number! I’ve had this number for years. I don’t know who he was searching for but I can definitely understand why she gave him a number other than her own, although it would have been nice had it not been mine! Lmao. joy Anyway, I hope you’re having a good evening. It’s so great to see you back here. Talk again soon. 

 

  • Edited October 15, 2019 8:24 pm  by  Denim50
BMann (bmann018)

From: BMann (bmann018)

10/16/19

Thank you for the shout out Marilyn. It is so nice to hear from all the March folks. It is really strange to think back to those early days and our clinging to each other for any strength or wisdom, just to get through the day and possibly one more day. I think we held each other accountable enough that we could find our individual ways through the recovery process. The withdrawal process aside, I try to think back to the breaking of our long-term reliance on smoking and struggle to see what it was all about.

Funny that that is disappearing for me. I would like to think that I would so remember the "horror" so I would never want to face it again, but maybe that is why some folks go back to smoking after time. We can never forget why we quit and the daily trials we faced to get free. I played golf on Sunday with two heavy smokers and smelled smoke many times during the game - I did not hate it, but it was an irritant that I wanted to get away from, just to breathe clean air. They knew I quit and I could see that they would actually have liked to be where I am, so that gave me a boost as to treasure my quit.

As we discuss - I don't think about smoking much any more, just a couple times per week. I should make myself think about it daily, just to protect my quit, with passion, if necessary, but I will forget to do so, mostly. I just get busy and live goes on. I never want to forget my quit buddies here tho, since I would not be where I am without them. It would be great if we all met up, say after 5 years, with wings, somewhere in the middle of the country. Hell, I will be retired by then and could easily jump in my car and be wherever whenever.

I hope you all have a decent winter back east. I understand we are due for a wet and cold winter, which would be a change from the last couple years. Yikes, less acceptable days to play golf on, but maybe we will have some snow. I have to get through the fall leaves first, we get a ton here because I live on a cul-de-sac and all the leaves blow down the street here. Then the million trick or treaters - we get about 500-600 kids every year. Most of our neighbors close up their homes and stay away on halloween, but my wife loves to decorate and hand out the $200 of candy we go through. I'm good with it tho, like you said, keeps me young.

I appreciate your posts Marilyn and hope to hear back from you, so please give me a shout when you can.  I am going to go post my NOPE pledge today, just to keep fresh. Take care.

Rassister

From: Rassister

10/16/19

OMG!    Good for you to jump right in and tackle EVERYTHING at once.   I am happy that you continue to have lots of energy to work, long commute, volunteer, paint, ride four wheelers and kayak!   In my opinion you are amazing.  I’m thinking of your trip to see your parents down south with all your creations for mom and dad.  Lots of laughs were had as you wrote and sent us pictures.  Good for you girlfriend.  I need to get involved with a volunteer group.  I tried “projects” but I never finish what I start.   So glad to get back on here again.  I needed to reconnect! 

Hugs 

Marilyn 

Rassister

From: Rassister

10/16/19

Omg Denim,

i cannot believe that guy pestering you for a haircut and not listening to you.  Some people are plain crazy.  I do want to move again closer to my grandkids.  I want to retire agin. I need to find a job or a place where I can move, make new friends and start a new life. My grandkids are 100 mikes north of me. That state is very expensive.  I am trying to save money.  My youngest son is 50 miles south of me.  Right now, I feel like I don’t want to leave him behind.  I am hoping that by the time June roles around I will figure all of this out.  In the meantime, I’m still separated.   I need to not worry for now.  It will all turn out ok I hope.  I’m falling asleep.  I’ll talk son.  

Hugs 

CindiS319

From: CindiS319

10/17/19

Oh boy. I have so many projects I can't keep up. Been this way for over 30 years.  Veterans, community, teens... let me know I'll steer you my friend. Hugs to you. I'll write more tomorrow.

CindiS319

From: CindiS319

10/17/19

Hey Denim, yeah I did cut all my hair off last Saturday.  All gone.  It's really easy to do now in the morning, that's for sure.  I'm working from home today so I have some time to cruise around the forum.  I just read your post about that guy calling you... that's kind of freaky.  I have this number that was calling me about once a week.  They would leave 5 minutes of nothing on my voice mail.  I could just hear people talking in the background.  Almost like "butt dialing" someone.  There would be like 3 or 4 people talking but I couldn't really make out what they were saying.  I blocked the number finally and I don't think I've seen it in a while.  I tried a reverse lookup on the number but couldn't find anything.  Anway, hope you're having a good day.  It's in the 40's here today and the furnace guy is here turning up our furnace.  Our house is freezing!  It's suppose to be nice this weekend though... 60's and 70's.  Talk to you soon!  Hugs!

Denim50

From: Denim50

10/18/19

Hey Cindi, 

Sorry I missed this yesterday. My other half had to go for some test and we didn’t get home until late afternoon, then I was busy preparing supper, etc.... Anyway, the test results came back as we’d hoped, so that’s wonderful!  

Yeah, that call was freaky, but since then I don’t answer unless I recognize the number. If I don’t recognize it, they can leave a voicemail. I was reading about the calls you received too, that was freaky too. Sounds like they’re both a bit crazy! 

We had to turn our heat on here too. It was 39 last night and is only 42 currently, though the highs for the weekend are supposed to be in the 60’s. It’s that time of year again. 

I’m glad it’s the weekend though.  lol.  

I hope you’re having a great day. Are you working from home again today? That would be cool. Any plans for the weekend? However you spend it I hope you have some fun. 

I’ve got to go to town and take care of a few things but will be back on here later. Talk again soon. Hugs. 

 

CindiS319

From: CindiS319

10/18/19

Good morning.  I'm glad the test results came back good.  That's wonderful news.  I'm not working from home today but that's ok.  My dogs were driving me crazy yesterday when I was trying to work.  Yeah it's pretty cold here.  Glad to have my furnace back.  Plans for the weekend would be getting the yard ready for winter and putting some stuff away for winter.  I think it's supposed to be nice.  I'm going to try and change my profile picture with my new haircut.  Gotta get back to work.  Have a great day and talk to you soon!

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