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Day 115 - Mixed Emotions

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

First of all, thanks to everyone for their great comments on yesterday's blog. I share everyone's feelings about Habitat for Humanity being a great organization that does such admirable work. It is such an honor to work for an organization to which I would gladly donate money. My first day went well - I felt that I contributed enough considering it was my first day.

Just after lunch Steve texted me to say that there was a message from my mom on Facebook that a dear friend of my folks (who I have known since I was in the 7th grade) passed away suddenly this morning. Bill was one of those guys that always cared about fitness, took care of himself, didn't drink or smoke, and just seemed so much younger than his almost 80 years. He was out working in the yard this morning, came in for a coffee and cookie break, then went back outside to continue working and collapsed. A neighbor performed CPR while his wife called 911, but he was gone by the time he got to the hospital. My mom and I had just had a conversation the other day about her fear that my dad would die before she did, because she didn't want to be left alone, and then this happens. It was a reminder that life is precious, but also fragile. We never know when our time will come.

Just as I was getting ready to leave the office at the end of the day, Steve texted me again to say that our buyers have backed out of the purchase of our house. This is the second time this has happened, and it is pretty discouraging. The saving grace is that we have a backup offer that is still very interested in the house, and so we have submitted a counter offer accepting their offer but adjusting the timeline and contingent on receiving the official cancellation from the other buyers.

The emotions got the better of me when I got home, after talking with my folks about the loss of their dear friend, and I ate a little ore for dinner than I should have. I don't feel guilty or angry, just acknowledging what "is." I had planned on getting a little more exercise in this evening after work, but the dogs have nestled into my lap after being left home alone all day, and frankly, I'm enjoying the cuddling. I'll get another workout in tomorrow.

Days like today remind me to keep my gratitude pledge. I'm grateful for life, love, family, and friends.

Thank you for your love and support always.
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    Oh, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your family friend! It is really hard to lose a dear friend. emoticon
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    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your family friend. I'm sure you have many happy memories that you'll always hold dear. I feel for your Mom, I've been going through something similar with my parents, so I understand. So between the new job, sad news, and unexpected news, you've been on quite a roller-coaster.
    You made the right choice to forego exercise for cuddle time with your furry friends!
    Saying a special prayer for and your family tonight.
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    Steve, everyday is not ideal, BUT, we can just do the best we can to manage the situation as it is. Be encouraged and stay strong. This low period will pass. God bless!
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    Sorry to read about the loss of a dear friend. Celebrate his life. Remember him well. You've been so consistent with your diet and exercise - you will be back on track tomorrow.
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    Sorry to hear of your loss..Glad to hear you have a backup buyer ...Difficult time now for homes on the market.. emoticon .
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    So sorry for the loss of your friend! There is nothing quite like the cuddling of our little peeps!

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    Oh Steve, my condolences on the loss of your parent's friend! The suddenness is always so shocking, not bad for the one leaving but it is for those left behind! It sure is a reminder to live in the now and not take things for granted!
    Sorry the people backed out on the house! Odd! But maybe it is what needed to happen for the people who are next up...you never know how things are to piece together!
    I am glad your first day went well...thought of you and how strange first days are and how in a few months it will feel normal! Glad you opted for critter cuddling instead of extra exercise...they needed it...and so did you!
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