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Started 5/6/20 by Musivore; 45191 views.

Wow! Thanks for the info. I am so thrilled that those birds have a caring community to watch out for them. It really is amazing! 

I am also glad to read that my words have helped others hang on to their quits. I still remember how hard this was and I will always be greatful to people like Douglas and Still Standing Steve for telling it like it is - a wicked tough drug addiction that I must get rid of. I am a semi-retired nurse and I enjoy helping others. I am currently working during Covid to help out when things get out of control. I also want to help new quitters as I thoroughly want them to feel the freedom that I feel. Yes it sucks during the entire first year but you will find those memories of smoking fade away but only the passage of time brings this reality. I hope you continue to tell that nicotine monster to aahh shutup. Eventually he is silenced for good. Keep on NOPING, Best of luck to you and Thankyou for those great videos - you live in a very beautiful part of the United States as it is similar to British Columbia. grinning

"Quitting isn't for Sissies!" I quit poisoning myself Sept. 27, 2013

Loreficent

From: Loreficent

Sep-17

Yes, your support helps more than you know!

It’s interesting how many folks in medicine have smoked or do smoke. Goes to show how irrational and powerful addiction is. Not just cigarettes of course. The human mind...just so complex. Still, addiction is not to be underestimated and I do think it helps to treat it as the disease process that it is. Takes some work to get the mind into healthy spaces and taming that addict voice. Ive seen Douglas here too and you all are a testament that it is worth the struggle, so one day at a time, I’m gonna keep on going!

Ahhh...BC is Lovely ! I’ve been there quite a bit and always enjoy my time there. Yes, quite similar to our part of the PNW, particularly Seattle and the San Juan Islands. So so pretty.  Your side of Canada is gorgeous too! Much harsher Winters, but those Fall colors you all have coming soon...just spectacular! It’s been many years since I’ve been to Toronto but I hope to get back one day. Every time I have those thoughts I follow them up with the thoughts of how much greater life is not smoking and how much more likely it is I will be able to do those things I’m thinking about! Yes...life is definitely better not smoking. 

  • Edited September 17, 2020 3:37 pm  by  Loreficent
euknight

From: euknight

Sep-17

Hey Tiny,

Hope you are doing better today!!  Hang on there girl and sweet sleep for you tonight.

My tribe is a mixed bag of like minded girlfriends.  We eat and study books, the Bible, watch YouTube’s of interest and discuss our dreams and revelations about them.  We also bring food and have breakfast and lunch.  My house on Tuesdays.  We are not blood related but related in spirit.  It’s awesome.

They have been a real support in this quit.  Only one smokes and I take breaks with her cos I like the smell.  Yeah....as I have found out I am not alone in this.  I don’t want one, just enjoy the secondary smoke. Probably not the best thing....

Have a beautiful smoke free day

Peggy

euknight

From: euknight

Sep-17

Sweet Lore,
That is so cool about the birds!!  Those clips of the swifts are fabulous!!  What interesting behavior!!  Yes, you would think they would all crush each other!!!  I am crazy about them!!!  To see what has been done to protect them and this scene is so beautiful!.  Has this happened this year yet?.?

Your garden is the oasis!!!  Double, triple the amount of birds....you have provision for them!!  Little did you know how much it was going to be needed!!!  Oh wow....that is an honor for sure.  That is really an opportunity for you to help the wildlife.  Love it.

3% contained on the clack fire.  Praying that percentage rise and it be extinguished!!!  Is that your closest one?  You said Portland proper was in better shape now?  Hope so.

So I have been doing my floors and started cleaning my grill!!  Anyone know what to use on that?  Horrible!  Tab and Jackson have been licking the drip tray.  Want to get it working again.  Has not been since the ex left.  March 19’.  I hope it still works!!

Have a restful cig free day

Peggy

5-8-20

Loreficent

From: Loreficent

Sep-17

Hey Peggy!
 

I knew you would like them! Maybe you can watch some videos of them with The Tribe, lol! Yes, they are here now. Read an Audubon update that said about 10,000 last night. The park is officially closed both because of Covid and also the smoke. PDX parks still closed due to fire hazard.disappointed The have a livestream set up for folks to watch at home but the last few nights were too smoky for the cameras even.  I think the Clackamas Fire is the closest now. We are out of danger in PDX proper, but not out of smoke yet, though it is better today. It is crazy how many birds are in my yard!! Seriously. I keep looking for a cameo appearance of Hitchcock, lol! Lord...that’s all I need to see. Would put me over the edge! So we just went and got another birdbath for them too. Yes, I do feel it is an honor to help take care of these creatures. They love love love my dried flowers gone to seed the best. I probably won’t have much to clean up in a month or so! I’m very happy they are here and so is Max. He seems mesmerized just laying on the deck watching them. Wonder what he is thinking...? 
Im not sure how to clean a grill! I’m definitely too lazy of a cook to cook on one! Just had a Tuna sandwich with Watercress. Yum! Gave Whoopi a little piece of Watercress and it was absolutely hilarious. She first bit it, then spit it out, then tossed it around, kept picking it up and flinging it! Was the funniest thing I’ve seen in a bit. She looked at me like I was nuts to give it to her! Wish I’d had my phone and took a video. 
May e I should send her to you and let Jackson take her out to find pelts! 
So I made those pickled onions. Oh my gosh. They were so good! Yes, were as in all gone all ready! Will make some more today and take them to work tomorrow. Might see if I can get some pickling cukes and do them too. Maybe some peppers? Have to bottle this batch of Jun today too and start another.
Got the first two repeats of “Nightswimming”down with hands together so am happy about that. It’s slow, but correct. I’ve not been this housebound and am getting quite stir crazy and have very itchy feet! Doesn’t take me long to walk to John and back at night and it isn’t enough to get my angst out. So I’ve been watching a bunch of stuff on YouTube. What do you and the Tribe watch on there??? I didn’t know you guys watched videos. I want a Tribe!!!

TinyBadger

From: TinyBadger

Sep-17

That sounds like a lot of fun. I wish I had a tribe but I'm pretty shy in person. It's easy to be brave when you're typing. What do you watch? What kinds of books do you read? Hopefully not romance novels. Gross. Everyone at work thinks I'm crabby becayi don't like potlucks. I don't like doing them at work because people are picky and whiny. "Did you forget I'm allergic to carbs?" Or they make something gross and pressure me to try it. Then there's the thing about sitting around with everyone talking about their lives. You see, I know I tell you guys about me here, but I don't want my coworkers in on my life. They are nosy and gossipy and I don't like that. So I don't really want to sacrifice my lunch hour to sit around talking about how someone's daughter rides a unicycle. I'd rather go home and be with my husband, like I do every day. They keep planning team building events like flower arranging, coloring and sewing. Again, not giving up my lunch to chill with people I don't like. I like being left alone. At work I play music through the Bluetooth on my hearing aids and ignore the world. I just want to work and go home but it's hard because people view that as cold and uncaring. I do care about people but I'm just not into it. Yes, I'm under 40 and yes, I'm an introvert. Is that a crime? My husband is the same way. Wow, I just made myself look really crabby. Sorry ladies, the real me just came out. I'd come to a potluck with you guys, though. 

Loreficent

From: Loreficent

Sep-17

Hahahaha!

Tiny...I just love you exactly as you are! Oh my gosh. I am laughing my butt off!! Oh, you e made my day. You and this little Whoopi dog getting mad at me cause I gave her Watercress. 
Im with you. Very easy to be extroverted here, but in person?? Oh H no. I’m the one over in the corner, hiding behind those huge flower arrangements! Hahaha! I like being alone a lot too. And walking. And now...pickling! But potluck? Nah. I’m allergic to carbs! Lol!!!

OMG. You made my day. Thank you.

P.S.  Try the pickled onions!!! Go ahead...just try one!! Lol!

P.P.S. You just gotta TRY one!

  • Edited September 17, 2020 6:30 pm  by  Loreficent
Loreficent

From: Loreficent

Sep-17

What?? You haven’t tried the onions yet?! What’s wrong? You don’t like onions??

I would love nothing more than to have a potluck, road trip, camp out, hike, sky diving lesson, skeet shooting outing, Kombucha tasting, snickle hunt with all you girls! Any time. Oh yes. Right after this nap.

Eve1973

From: Eve1973

Sep-17

What is a snickle hunt? I’m in as soon as I know what in the world a snickle hunt is!

Loreficent

From: Loreficent

Sep-17

Oh...I’m not exactly sure! It is something we did way back when I was a Girl Scout on camping trips. We’d all grab our flashlights when we were supposed to be asleep in our tents and sneak off on a snickle hunt. I think it is what you do when you are too young to sneak off smoke...? 

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