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Re: Re: OT: smoke check

You all on this list are the most genuinely loving and concerned group
of people I've ever met in my life...and I love you all for it. Please
see my note to Gene, though and trust me when I tell you that if I'm not
busy, I'm bored...I've pretty much been like this my whole life. And
notice, that I do find time to do things that I love doing, just for me,
chiefly reading, gardening, quilting/needlework, and learning to play
the piano. I absolutely cannot stand to do nothing...makes me crazy! I
have been scaling back on the MG stuff, though...at someone's
recommendation on this list last year, I did recognize that this is most
definitely something I can always come back to when my kids are grown. I
let my certification lapse last October and am content that I made the
right decision, thanks to you all and your support. I've given up trying
to keep up with PTO stuff at school...I figure I make enough of a
contribution to my kid's schooling by spending time doing homework and
reading with them every day, plus ensuring that music lessons are an
integral part of their education (the scientific evidence for the
effects of formal music training on the growth of synaptic connections
in the brain is overwhelming!, so it's something I consider absolutely
basic to my kids' education) Also, please note--I do not do housework,
except at a most basic level. My husband does most of the cooking, my
kids are expected to contribute to the running of the household and
caring for the animals, and we're all happy living with our clutter.

Hills, IA

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."    
--Albert Einstein

 --- On Wed 03/16, Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing Center < 4042N15@nationalhearing.com > wrote:
From: Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing Center [mailto: 4042N15@nationalhearing.com]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2005 09:51:54 -0600
Subject: Re: Re: [CHAT] OT: smoke check

I've had friends who run themselves ragged. Seems to me it's a
personality<br>trait, which means this is you and part of what makes
people love you.. You<br>can't fight it, but you can make an effort to
assess it and adjust it to a<br>certain degree. A personality trait I
have is that I am lazy and - though<br>this is more of a health trait -
I have to have my sleep. If I don't get<br>it, you'd just better steer
clear of me.<br><br>Melody, years ago I would stubbornly stick to
finishing any particular<br>project even if it meant working way into
the night. Eventually I realized<br>that when I kept at a project too
far past my regular hours I found that it<br>took me longer and I made
more mistakes because I was tired. If I was<br>painting, I'd miss spots
or go over the masking tape. If doing research,<br>I'd find myself
re-reading passages. I finally realized that if I<br>experienced these
tell-tale signs or I knew I couldn't finish a project<br>within an hour
or 2 of my regular finish time, I should just call it quits,<br>go to
bed, and just get up earlier to finish it after I was refreshed.
Then<br>I would do a better job in a shorter time.<br><br>The other
thing I do is I refuse to spread myself too thinly. I've seen
too<br>many people do this and in fact had a dear friend once crying on
my shoulder<br>about how she just couldn't keep up with it all and she
was so tired. I<br>suggested she give up about 25% of what she had on
her plate. It seemed to<br>me that if she was spread that thinly, she
couldn't do justice to anything.<br>As Ceres mentioned, you might put MG
work on a back burner. I know all your<br>projects are important to you,
but perhaps you could step back and take a<br>lesser position at church
for awhile. Re "Girl Scouts, 4-H, softball<br>coaching, piano lessons,
etc", again, you could stepback from at least one<br>of those for a
year, couldn't you?<br><br>Only you can decide which of these projects
are the most important to you.<br>The main project IMO is taking care of

That's not selfish. By<br>doing that first, you are able to give quality
service to others instead of<br>just quantity.<br><br>Kitty<br>-----
Original Message ----- <br>From: "Melody " <mhobertm@excite.com><br>To:
<gardenchat@hort.net><br>Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2005 4:56
AM<br>Subject: Re: Re: [CHAT] OT: smoke check<br><br><br>> Well, Pam and
Zem both are doing better than me. I lasted about 5<br>> days...guess I
hadn't planned on how to deal with the effects of going<br>> without the
main stimulant that my overly sleep deprived body works<br>> on...I get
about 4-5 hours of sleep a day and I think that nicotine is<br>> all
that keeps me awake the other 19-20 hrs of the day. Any<br>>
suggestions?--besides the obvious which is get more sleep which if<br>>
anyone can figure out how I can do that and not lose the productivity
I<br>> need to work 2 jobs, be a wife and raise three kids, do MG stuff,
Girl<br>> Scouts, 4-H, softball coaching, piano lessons, etc., etc., I'd
love to<br>> know...<br>><br>><br>><br>> Melody Hobert-Mellecker<br>>
Director, Stewardship & Religious Education<br>> St. Joseph's Parish,
Hills, IA<br>><br>> "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the
mysterious."<br>> --Albert Einstein<br>><br>> --- On Tue 03/15, <
gardenqueen@academicplanet.com > wrote:<br>> From: [mailto:
gardenqueen@academicplanet.com]<br>> To: gardenchat@hort.net<br>> Date:
Tue, 15 Mar 2005 17:11:00 -0600<br>> Subject: Re: Re: [CHAT] OT: smoke
check<br>><br>> Sorry all - the day that punk turned my place into a
drive thru<br>> I<br>started again. Will quit again when I get al this
crap straightened<br>> out.<br><br><br>Pam Evans<br>Kemp, TX<br>zone
8A<br>----- Original<br>> Message -----<br>From: Zemuly Sanders<br>Sent:
3/15/2005 2:50:31<br>> PM<br>To: gardenchat@hort.net<br>Subject: Re:
[CHAT] OT: smoke<br>> check<br><br> Still not smoking
here.<br>zem<br>----- Original Message<br>> ----- <br>From: "Libby
Valentine" <grdner03@yahoo.com><br>To:<br>>
<gardenchat@hort.net><br>Sent: Tuesday, March 15, 2005 2:27<b

> PM<br>Subject: [CHAT] OT: smoke check<br><br><br>> I'm down to
390<br>> unread messages in segments between January and March,<br>> and
since<br>> I've caught up on a few items, I'm wondering how the
smoking<br>><br>> cessation is going. Pam, zem, you two both still
working on clean<br>> lungs?<br>> Was there anyone else?<br>> <br>>
<br>> Libby<br>> <br>><br>>
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