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Smoke Free Warriors 2018   Quit Buddies Unite

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JR (DPartonFan)

From: JR (DPartonFan)

9/6/20

Gloria,

I am so glad to hear from you. I'm sure it was a lot of fun to be at the wedding even with the pandemic precautions. I did have some cake today for my birthday (57th) but it wasn't chocolate.  It was still lip-smacking good! LOL I think about your peach ice cream a lot during the summer when it is hot.  If we lived closer to each other, I would be your number one customer.  It sounds really yummy and I like peach stuff. 

So, about your nephew, I live in East Tn. - what city is your nephew moving to?  

Yes, I had a blast at the wedding...it was near a stable on a horse farm. There were horses all around, a lake...simply Beautiful. I did not hug anyone...made a Congrats sign for the couple and waved at and blew kisses to them. I needed the social outing actually since been living in isolation and alone since March. Made me joyful and happy...uplifted my spirit tremendously.

Happy Happy birthday as well young man. Glad you had cake and enjoyed. I just enjoyed some of my peach ice cream as well. Wish I could share with you. I always make vanilla ice cream and love to make peach ice cream in season.  Half of my family prefer the peach ice cream now. I enjoy and love both...can't choose a fav.

Think my nephew said Nashville. He lives in NC now and is working virtually and will have to be in Tenn when his company returns to work in the building. So him and his new bride will be moving to TN after their honeymoon. I think he said the Phillips Company (Light Bulbs). It's either Nashville or Memphis. I have been to Memphis before and may just have Memphis in my brain. I am almost positive he said Nashville.  Is that near you?

Let's keep kicking cig Butt!!!

Gloria

Freedom since 30 July 2018...How Sweet it is!!sunflower

Hey Molly,

Your mango vegan ice cream sounds wonderful. When I took my homemade ice cream to work one day, a co-worker asked me if I ever make mango ice cream. I was never around mangos until I lived in Cali for 2 years in the 90s. Think I might be able to find them in this area if I tried hard. I have never eaten mangos except in Cali. I like them and your frozen concoctions sounds marvelous. 

How is work going? Yes folks need to believe that Covid-19 is REAL!! I attended my nephew's Covid-19 wedding yesterday in a field on a horse farm/stables. It was marvelous, uplifting and joyful for me to be able to attend. I was smiling and happy for the first time in awhile (since March when everything shut down due to Covid.). Got me out of isolation and the blues. My family pressured me NOT to attend but I told them no more risk than going to the grocery store or Walmart with the non-mask wearers. I live in Trump country and lots of his followers don't wear masks because of his influence.  Mask mandates here and store policies but businesses do not enforce or say anything to folks who don't wear masks. I only go to the grocery store now every 2 weeks and stopped going to stores who allow folks to be in store without masks (most businesses in my area!). I was trying to support local businesses but now order what I can online. I am protesting/boycotting stores who don't enforce mask policies. I have to buy groceries however to fix meals for Dad. I hate going to the stores. But I ENJOYED my nephew's wedding...it was worth the risk of Covid. I had my mask on and and assertively told people not to come close to me. It was fun actually. HALT...Don't come any closer!!! It was Wonderful!! Good Food, Fellowship & Fun. 

How is work going?

Let's keep kicking cig Butt!!!

Gloria

Freedom since 30 July 2018...How Sweet it is!!sunflower

Hey JR,

Happy October. Dad turned 92 yesterday and we are so thankful and blessed to still have him. My nephew and his bride have moved and settled in Nashville. I might visit them in the next 2 yrs...after this pandemic is over.

Hope you still doing ok. Waiting on your anniversary. Let's celebrate. 

Take care and stay safe.

We still kicking cig butt...Love it!! Working on our wings. 

Gloria

Emancipated since 30 July 2018...How Sweet it is!!sunflower

JR (DPartonFan)

From: JR (DPartonFan)

10/5/20

Gloria,

It is so good to hear from you today! I have had you on my mind a lot today and this evening so it was really a surprise to see a post from you. First, thank you for remembering that I have a two year anniversary coming up in a few days. I am not letting down my guard though even after two years because I do occasionally still have urges. I refuse to give in and go back to square one though.

It did occur to me yesterday that only six months beyond the 2 year anniversary is a halfway point to getting our wings (at 5 years). We are almost to that halfway point.  

I went to Aldi's to stock up on groceries again and I opened the freezer door to get a container of Butter Pecan ice cream and was shocked to see they had stocked Peaches and Cream with 1/2 Fat. Of course my mind went straight to you and your homemade peach ice cream.  I bought two containers of it and had a cone of peach ice cream tonight after supper.  It was delicious and since yours is homemade I know it has to be "scrumptiously delicous".  It just seemed strange that you posted to me today when you were on my mind like that so I looked at the time you sent the post and I had just come out of Aldi's at that time (with Peach ice cream). We may have a psychic connection....lol.

A very big Happy Birthday to your dad...that is quite a milestone.  Are you and your siblings still taking turns staying with him?  

It's good to hear that your nephew and his new bride are settled in Nashville. I have visited Nashville several times and it is really an entertaining city.  You will enjoy visiting them there after this pandemic stuff is over.  But as you said it may be a couple of years before it is safe.  

So glad to hear you are staying safe.  Many people are acting like this pandemic is over and because of that it is more important right now to be vigilant about the safety aspects of being in public around other people.  

Stay safe and I'll talk to you soon.

Hey JR,

BIG Congrats on reaching another milestone: 2 years smoke-free and loving it... Way to Go!! Two years ago, you got back on the horse and kept going. You kept your armor on and fought gallantly on the battlefield...and we made it thru. We kicked Butt...Nicodemon was reduced to ashe that just blew away to nothing. WE DID IT! Who would have thought that summer & fall of 2018 were the good ol' days? When we were struggling with craves and Nicodemon was kicking our butts daily?? Quitting is Not for sissies as Debb says. Some said they did not know we were on the battlefield. We had to become MEAN LEAN Fighting machines...and we did. When the going got Tough, we had to get tough with it. What a roller coaster ride it was. Brian assured us there was light at the end of the tunnel...and it was. 

I finally kinda enjoyed kicking Nicodemon butt when he showed up...Like Oh NO you didn't come around me. Loved sending him on his way. He was a worthy opponent but we came, we saw, we kicked his ashe (lol). We claimed Victory and earned Freedom, Peace & Joy in our Quit. Not in armor now...don't need it!sunglasses Just chilling and getting along great as a non-smoker. We had virtual buddies before it was popular. Thanks for being a close friend when I needed it the most. 

Please enjoy a slice of chocolate cake for me & Molly. Cheers & a Virtual toast to your 2 year emancipation. Working on our Wings.

Let's keep kicking Cig Butt!!

Gloria

Freedom, Peace & Joy since 30 July 2018....How Sweet it is!!sunflower

Hey everyone,

We are celebrating JR's 2 year anniversary. I want to say one more thing. My brain still remembers that I smoked for 42 years. It pings me sometimes LIGHTLY about a cig sometimes. Not a crave, just a thought about a cig...particularly when I am having a Wonderful cup of coffee with my FV cream and a little sugar. It is PURE JOY...and my mind will sometimes ping CIGARETTE. I smile about it now as my brain remembers how much I enjoyed having coffee and cigs every morning for 42 years. And coffee always tasted better in the fall to me...a little chill in the air, my eyes feasting on autumn leaves. I call this football weather...used to love going to H.S. football games and with marching bands at half time. I could hear the marching bands and whistles & cheers at the games when I lived near a high school for a # of years. I could also hear them practice during the week. Some other posters on here are saying Fall makes them think of and crave cigs. I don't crave cigs, hardly ever think of cigs...but my brain will ping me sometimes with my wonderful hot steaming cup of coffee. I almost had to stop having coffee when I quit smoking as that association was SO strong. I still don't have coffee often now. Not much in summer. I am drinking more this fall since the weather turned cooler. Coffee always tasted better in the fall on cool fall mornings. I might drink coffee now about once a week. And when I have really GOOD coffee, my brain will ping me about a cig. I have forgotten that I ever smoked except for this association with coffee. Just a thought & a smile...more nostalgic now. 

Wishing everyone a wonderful Autumn. And for this pandemic to be over. 

Let's keep kicking Cig Butt!!

Gloria

Freedom, Peace & Joy since 30 July 2018....How Sweet it is!!sunflower

Molly010

From: Molly010

11/21/20

Hey JR!  

Happy belated anniversary!!  Fell behind on checking in and missed it.  Hope you are well!  I have been working during all of this but feeling tired.   I messaged Gloria that I am glad I am not trying to quit smoking during this time.  Way too much happening!  All we need this year is for there to be a zombie apocolypse.  LOL  Any plans for Thanksgiving?  It will just be my and my boyfriend this year but I plan to make a big dinner.  Hope all is well!

Molly010

From: Molly010

11/21/20

Hi Gloria,

I too have the occasional thought of a cig.  Not a craving, but just a "fond memory."  I also dream sometimes that I am smoking and am mortified during the dream.  I can drink coffee okay, but if I have wine I get the thought.  Not very often but drinking and smoking used to go hand in hand.  

I can't travel this year for the holidays because of Covid, but I am ordering some more Christmas decorations to make our place more festive.  I ordered window candles that have a light sensor so I don't have to plug them in all the time and want to get a nice wreath for our outside window.  I have also been doing some vegan baking.  I have mastered vegan blueberry muffins, and am working on brownies.  The one recipe I have is really good but they come out more cake-like than chewy or fudgy.  Hope you all are well and healthy!  Have a great Thanksgiving if I don't hear back from you.  :)

Hey Molly,

I was gonna at least pm you before Thanksgiving so happy to hear from you here. We have to keep these buddy boards about smoking. Glad you gonna be festive since you chose not to travel for Thanksgiving. I will be with Dad on Thanksgiving since it is my day (I do Tues & Thur). I am not going out of town for Thanksgiving as I normally do. We will have a non-traditional Thanksgiving meal as I will fix chicken and dumplings...we don't need a Big meal for me and him. I will get there super early (5:30 am) so my brother can go deer hunting...that is a big Thanksgiving Day tradition in this rural area. We will not have a big family get together this yr due to Covid. I would be home alone if not at Dad's that day. I see millions are still traveling for Thanksgiving after the CDC says don't travel. I am trying to stay safe and hope to have been vaccinated and safe to celebrate my birthday in June. I have also cancelled my yearly Christmas shopping trip with my bff this year as too dangerous and I refuse to go out of town and eat in the car. I can wait however long it takes to be safe to go inside and enjoy a sit down meal in my fav restaurant. That is one thing I miss the most and big family get togethers with lots of food and fellowship. I decided not to make any more homemade ice cream until this pandemic is over. Maybe we can have a big BBQ on the 4th of July and I can make ice cream for 200 peeps like I used to. Hope it will be safe for get togethers by then. Let's keep our fingers crossed and awaiting the Biden administration to get everything set up so the vaccinations can start next year.

Wishing you a smoke-free (and Covid-free) safe Thanksgiving this year.  I actually have most of my Christmas shopping done. I always shop early. I have ordered most stuff online this year. Will make my final purchases soon so I can mail boxes by the first week in December as we will not have a Christmas get together as well. The toilet paper shortage is back!!! I am so ready for 2020 to be HISTORY!! Ready and looking forward to 2021. 

Take care and have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I will be back on here before Christmas. Your muffins and brownies sound wonderful. I am fixing banana puddings for Thanksgiving. Keeping my sweet potato pies until Christmas Day.

Even though this has been an AWFUL year, I am counting my Blessings and have hope for the future.

Let's keep kicking Cig Butt!!

Gloria

Freedom, Peace & Joy since 30 July 2018....How Sweet it is!!sunflower

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