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Posted by KMC56 Jul 12, 2018

Here's a pic of some of the boats in their slips...ready for Saturday Port Huron to Mackinaw race.  It was the first time ever I've been able to see the boats without being shoulder to shoulder on the boardwalk.  Starting at 8pm and for the next 30 will  be Mardi Gras mayhem.  This will be my 3rd smoke free Boat weekend.  You actually can be in the beer tent without a cigarette and enjoy a great time!


~Kathy 810 DOF



Posted by KMC56 Jul 2, 2018

Just setteling in for the evening..and was  greeted by the DOF I've achieved..800!  This is truly unbeleivable.

Newbies..I was a miserable brat when I made the decision to quit.  I still take it one day at a time, and am proud to be a non smoker!

Aside from saving cha ching...I also splurge once in a while.  First of the year, I invested in having a teeth whitening system from my dentist and thats a great reminder not to return to the horrible addiction.  Today, I had to buy a new pair of sport sandals...Chacos, and they better last as long as my least 10 years!

So much freedom..and just two days from Indepenace Day...

Thank you again and again to this wonderful Ex family!


~Kathy 800 DOF



Posted by KMC56 Jun 6, 2018

Enjoyed a beautiful relaxing weekend in northern Michigan, in the bay area.

Wonderful time with family, and celebrating my nieces high school graduation.

First time in who knows when, I had a desire to relax with hot coca and a smoke on the deck over looking the harbor.  

I have had stressful moments that ya would think would be my trigger, nope it's the ahhh, the end of a day, enjoying a relaxing moment.

Must always remember to protect this quit..

Keep moving forward, and racking up your days of freedom!

Kathy 774 DOF



Posted by KMC56 Apr 27, 2018

I have procrastinated writing this blog for the past week.

On Easter Saturday 3/31 I had a stroke, surgery 4/3 and am home on 4/4 and am 100%.

I had lost time with my mom, so I had to wait until Saturday 4/6 to see her.  I knew she wasn't going be with us I managed to be with her almost daily...on 4/16 she passed.  Her favorite caretaker was with her.  

There is a void in my life without her.

On Monday, 4/ baby brother who is 52...called me from the hospital.  He had a STROKE!  I thought my world would crumble!  He's the health nut of the family!

So...somewhere in our genetics..we have no control of, have to keep the stress level down somehow, and keep on the healthy track.

Sooo..for those who are in the early quit...DONT STRESS, and keep smoke day at a time.

Through all this I did keep smoke free...never crossed my mind. I am, 733 DOF, one day at a time.




Posted by KMC56 Apr 4, 2018

Dancing with the devil!
I pretty much knew that I would pay for 40 years of smoking…and that time came Saturday afternoon.
Started out as a busy day Saturday…shopping for last minute ingredients, visiting my mom…finally home to make dessert for Easter dinner.
I was at the island prepping…hubs was in the den relaxing with our new lab (that he doesn't want to get attached to,,,lol).
My side of story…I was trying to think of words to tease him that I could see him on the sofa with Grace..snuggling and lavishing with movies.
His side of the story, I was babbling, and he thought I was teasing him…no once, but twice before he realized I was not being funny!
Remember him jumping from sofa with phone in hand telling me there was something very wrong with me. I was not speaking well. He called EMS anyway. I was not happy.
I told him I just needed a little break, water and some proteins as I'm hypo glycemic. I moved to the living room, actually took a baby aspirin…why, I don’t know.
EMS..came, blood sugar okay, BP normal, but speech is still impaired. Hubs is not convinced I’m okay. And is ready to catapult me to EMS vehicle. EMS team…also convinced me I should just go…just to be on safe side.
This is really going to interfere with my day and time if this isn’t a real emergency I’m thinking to myself!
So I went to local hospital…my speech is slurred..CAT scan is run..a few more test…next thing I know, I have definitely had a stroke, and am being transported to a specialized faculty that specialize in vascular treatment.
If you go back to my earlier blogs when I was in the beginning of my quit, I asked if anyone experienced a fuzzy numbness to their lower part of face…not anyone. So I did go to my primary. He ordered ultra sound…the CAT. Results were minimal. But I still would inform that fuzzy face. Came to the conclusion that it was a pinched nerve, something I would have to live with.
Apparently I have had 3 previous TIA mini strokes, that includes this stroke, so I have brain trauma. Normal course of action is go home for 5 days with blood thinners, keep calm. Return for a cath to the brain, then schedule for cardiac surgery.
18 months later, April 1, 2018, Doppler, MRI, cardiac cath to the brain… the medical interventionist state’s I am now a STAT patient scheduled for a carodic artery plaque removal, 99% blockage, ¼ inch of crud removed. April 2, 2018--- 2 hour prep, 3-4 hour surgery, 2 hour recovery.
Yep glad it wasn’t scheduled for April Fools day!
Will possibly need another survey for another booked artery in the stomach, will know more in 2 weeks.
I am BLESSED to be alive and writing this blog.
I am BLESSED that only my speech has been affected. I talk like I’m trying to disguise my intake of alcohol!
1. Extremely happy that I am a non smoker healthy for this emergency surgery and all the tests that went with it.
2. Recovery and speed of the recopy better as a non smoker.
3. Extremely blessed for awesome medical team and surgeons…they are the best…and they know how profusely grateful I am.
Now a days they wouldn’t have risked this surgery as a smoker..who knows.
The most amazing comment was from pulmonary, she thought I was a non a non smoker…not someone who smoked 40 years and quit almost 2 years ago!
So in conclusion, for newbies…the uncomfortable journey is worth every step, complaint and the trip to NML. For us elders, don’t cave to the crave right!
Hang tight with this group Exes…the best group in cyber space! Couldn’t have a better life support system!
~Kathy 711 DOF


...Rather Be Biting My Nails...

Posted by KMC56 Feb 17, 2018

25 years ago, I would be outside taking a Hockey Mom break...

Watching the USA vs OAR game, and right  now going into the 3rd period, it's not looking good. Like I said, I'd be out the arena a couple times in these frustrating moments.  I guess that's why my hubs would be standing behind the goalie, and I was up in the stands.  Where is he now?   Outside  taking his break.

Will call for a mani after the game is over...better than a pulamaist!




Posted by KMC56 Dec 31, 2017

Another wonderful welcome to a new year...smoke free!!

I wish all new members of ex a successful quit, we`re all here to get you through this addiction!

I do have to share this conversation with my sweet best friend, who also is an ex smoker.  (Both smokers for over 40 years) We were going shopping..and out of the blue..she asked  hey Kath..have you had strong cravings these past few days. were cracking up, how honestly..cravings at sub zero temps...shaking uncontrollably..and that's just trying to get your lighter to work..without ripping the skin off your thumb, then there's smoking as quick as you can while your complaining how COLD it is.. like we`re entitled to warm weather for this addiction!  Ladies and gents, I don't miss it a bit when you stand back..and take a hard look at this addiction, and what we did for nicotine.

I thank  my GOD for giving me faith and strength in myself in quitting, my family and friends, for finding this sight, and my wonderful (some crazy) Ex family/friends.

HAPPY NEW 2018 YEAR, may it bring much love, laughter and happines to you and your family!

~Kathy 616 DOF


Another Smoke Free Christmas!

Posted by KMC56 Dec 25, 2017

Well, then festivities of Christmas have come to an end for now.  We have been with both side of the families for them past 24 wonderful hours.  

..and it all ended in my home.

The house is back in order, and there's just enough of this chocolate wine  (that was a big hit) for me. I'm kicking it back, relishing in them memories that have been created.  And ever so grateful not missing a moment by taking a this below freezing weather!

Cheers...Merry Christmas everyone!

~Kathy 611 DOF!


Santa Has Until Monday....

Posted by KMC56 Dec 23, 2017

It's not a secret that my Sig Other loves gagets and gizmos, must be the engineer in is blood.  He disclosed that this is NOT a Christmas gift.  Just something to make my life easier!  I hope none of the cats has a hairball attact or...worse while its in operation!

He should know after 40+ years, I like to vacuum, iron and wash dishes.  Its my zen thing!!!

....So I hope he remembers I asked Santa for something in a bottle...that spritzes!

Too funny to smoke about it.  So back to the final touches of prepping for Christmas dinner!  My time line is DONE by 8pm tonight, then do absolutely nothing tomorrow! Our annual thing on Christmas Eve is to hang at the mall with a Tim Hortons...with a little something extra in it...and watch ALL the last minute shoppers...and maybe get a chance to play secret Santa with somebody!

Enjoy a Merry Christmas and all the prepping, wrapping, and crowds at the stores!  Were soo blessed to have such 'problems`!  

And the least of our problems is being smoke free!

~Kathy 609 D.O.F.



Posted by KMC56 Dec 17, 2017

My hubby and I went to see the Last Jedi last night....LOVED IT!

When the movie was over, and washing my hands, there were a couple young teenage girls who were giggling about their dad soo crying at the end of the movie.  

THEIR DAD IS PROBABLY MY SONS AGE!  I could have grandchildren that age!

N.O.PE.  on that thought, but I will shake my head and wonder..where did the time go!

Enjoy a great Sunday!


I am DONE shopping, my kids are adults, I have no grand children, or little family  tikes to buy for...(I already did that for our giving tree..always fun!  

So with 8 care givers where my mom is residing, and they are all made of gold, they are all getting a bottle of Chadony, and Moose Munch, with a `special` gift in there Christmas card.

My wonderful husband probably  would have  if he could made himself disappear if he could while I am haggling at the counter with all these discount cards they have sent I just told 'am out like I'm playing poker and say..what's going took best for me!  I looked at him and said...yep, this is my life...saving a buck!  I have never  heard of Moose Munch, and just about passed out at the price of this chocolate covered POPCORN!

But being the thrifty shopper, and at 60% off,  plus the additional discounts, I bought out the dark chocolate Moose Munch!  I can only imagine what the other shoppers were thinking, but I did see more customers checking out the Moose Munch counter!

Hubbys Christmas gift is a No payment due on the credit cards!

I think it took more time at the register, than shopping.  

I was roasting with my down jacket on, frustrated, being nice..figuring out how to save and use these coupons, and for a brief second, the nico demon with an elf hat flew by!  Where the heck did that come from.  I've had to deal with a lot more serious stuff than that , that would make more sense for a fly by!

So these two elves are home,  kicking back, enjoying a glass of Chardony, Moose Munch ( uh yeah...have try this stuff out),  watching It's a Wonderful Life.

And with all the crazy stuff going on in our world, it is...a wonderful smoke fee life!


Every year we manage to get family and friends to hop on our little towns party bus,  go to a hockey game, and the best holiday transformed bar in the world, the Brass Rail, shoulder to shoulder grab the first tabe that is being vacated, like you were playing musical chairs!

Just when you think any one you knew in your hometown life fell off the face of the earth, someone manages to resurface this time of year!  This year, everything seemed to roll in on one weekend!  Not many of us smoke any longer, but still a few, and it is just so liberating not to excuse yourself to take a break, knowing you may 'miss' something.  Added bonus, our adukt children decided to join the festivities, which is rare with all their schedules not synching.  Here's to my dear sweet husbands mom, whom i loved dearly, and miss her at this annual event...CHEERS!

It took me until today, to have enough time to post!

Here's a couple of pics of the most festive Christmas bar in the world, my opinion, that serve the best Tom and Jerrys!

Merry Christmas to my wonderful Ex friends!


Two, Three, Four...

Posted by KMC56 Nov 24, 2017

This is all on Daniela!  

All I wanted for this long weekend is to have the bedroom painted...not a big secret.  WE picked out the colors.  

For some odd reason...a chore that should have been done in the discussed, became a priority today!! The patio door wheels have been dragging since spring.  I special ordered the parts...IN THE SPRING!!! 

Since the November gale winds weren't wisteling... and i guess waited after the anniversary of the Edmond Fitzgerald anniversary, I was a good day..  Well here comes the complications..I ordered the right parts...but because of the age...there is some sort of part that protects the wheels from weather...worn completely out.  Nice...that means a 45 min trek each way...only to find the store is closed!

Now we go to the store to purchase the paint that I selected weeks ago...

It's now 3pm...just getting started to paint...which will only give me 3 hours, before I have to make dinner...

This IS one of my triggers...I'm a planner...I like continuity.  Pretty simple and straight forward. 

Shoot...even my daily to do list is always on the case anyone feels the need to pitch in ..some of the to do's I can't manage, and they never manage to get crossed off...just roll onto the following week!

My turn to up pop the cork at he the end of this day...hopefully in a new painted room!

Guys...what manuel did you read before becoming a husband???  LOL

Clink again Daniela-3-11-2016, and to my sistas having the same frustrating day!



A Little Birdie Told Me...

Posted by KMC56 Nov 20, 2017




Posted by KMC56 Nov 19, 2017

It’s been a bit since I’ve blog on this site….but have stayed close!
This is probably the first time I’ve been able to sit with my feet up.
In the past month, lost two precious fur babies, we purchased a new car…which I have to get used to… I call ‘her’ ‘Rosie’ from the Jetsons. ( Do you CD players in the new cars..bummer right!)  Our bedroom is getting a makeover…and surprise..the schedule is running late, I want to sleep in my own bed!!! Heartbreaking decision to place my Mom in Hospice care. Did get a social night out, which was actually a beautiful pilgrimage to Detroit, for a Beautification Mass for Fr. Solanus Casey, but even that was an experience, pouring rain, walking a mile, getting soaking wet, 30 stairs..4 times (no huffing and puffing thank you very much)! We were just minutes from home, and a passenger passed out, and we turned around to the hospital, then the buss's brakes locked at the RR tracks…
Bottom line, no smoking…and so thankful for all that I have I this cra cra world.
Wishing everyone an early Happy Thanksgiving Exer’s!!