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It's a long weekend here in the Maritimes it's a civic holiday for New Brunswick so Monday is a Statutory holiday so yay for the long wk end .I think it's 382 precious days of freedom from smoking but no matter what day I'm on life without cigarettes is the only life for me. I slept in till after 8 this morning but we had thunderstorms roll through at 1 am which freaked my dog Samantha out but my husband slept through it. More thunderstorms are predicted for today, I guess we'll see. Enjoy a wonderful smoke free day everyone. 

Marilyn

I can't believe today is July 30th, wow, I believe the older I get the faster time rushes by or maybe it's just summer that rushes by because winter likes to drag on. At least today is going to be a gorgeous day with temps reaching the mid 80s that's ok because I will get my work done this morning before it gets too hot and relax under the fans later on. 381 super fantastic smoke free days and counting WTG me and WTG my fellow Exers. If you are new to this site welcome and please stay close and stay strong in your quits because quitting smoking is definitely doable and definitely worth it. Have a wonderful day everyone. 

Marilyn 

It's a beautiful sunny morning, 380 DOF and counting. I hope everyone will enjoy this gorgeous day whether it's raining or the the sun is shining , it's a great day to be alive especially now that we don't smoke anymore. Stay strong in your quits and let's enjoy our lives without cigarettes . Mason is still sleeping but once he gets his breakfast, I think we'll go back to the park and he can play in the splash pad again. 

Marilyn 

It's a another dark, dreary morning and very humid thunderstorms are in the forcast ,we'll see. Mason is sleeping and I am enjoying my coffee and checking in with my cyber friends. No matter where we are in our precious quits whether it be day 3 or day 3003,let's not get lazy and complacent but always be on guard and protect our quits that we worked so hard to get, I will not allow myself to screw up my beautiful new found freedom from the dreaded nicotine poison. My older sister Cheryl quit smoking many, many yrs ago for 7 years and out of the blue she started smoking again for at least 25 more yrs, she's now got about 7 months in and is battling breast cancer and realizes staying quit this time is very important. Smoking kills, quitting is vital to our health and quality of living and our wallets maybe is a little fuller, plus I know I don't smell like a stinky ashtray anymore , 379 fantastic DOF and counting WTG me and WTG to each and everyone of you, my cyber friends. 

Marilyn 

I didn't think I was going to be able to get on site this damp, dreary morning but luckily I am on wishing everyone a wonderful smoke free day and to everyone that is new here, one day at a time, one hour at a time or if need be one minute at a time or even one second at a time . Quitting smoking is definitely doable and definitely worth it, I am on my 378th day of freedom from smoking and it's the best decision that I have ever made in my life . Three wks before I quit smoking , I had a breathing test done and flunked it finding out that I have copd which scared the crap out of me, so I decided I was quitting smoking, I set July 7th of last year but when the date came I knew I wasn't ready so I set July 14th / 14 as my quit date and knew that when the 14th came this was it, that under no circumstance would I smoke again. 40 yrs of smoking was enough and I decided it was time to take care of my health and not continue smoking knowing that my copd would get worse. I have seen people on oxygen including my presious Mother, God bless her soul, she passed away 3 and a half yrs ago. Stay strong and stay vigilant in your quits because we must realize we need to breathe in order to live and smoking takes our breath away and kills, I choose life over smoking. 

Marilyn 

Another dark, damp dreary morning, my husband started a small fire to take the chill out of the house. I won't smoke over the crappy weather or anything else, 377 DOF today and counting. I hope everyone will enjoy this wonderful day that we are blessed with, no matter what is happening in our lives it's a great day to be alive and smoke free of course. We'll be picking up our oldest grandson Adam for the day in just a bit, my husband will be working away again this week in Prince Edward Island .

Marilyn 

I hope everyone will enjoy a wonderful smoke free wk end, I am on my 376th day of my quit and I am enjoying my new found freedom as an Ex. Life without cigarettes is absolutely worth all the withdrawals and cravings that our bodies need to go through, I have read on someones blog here quite awhile ago that we need to relearn how to live our lives without cigarettes and this is so true. I think that was probably the hardest for me because of the hand to mouth but I got through it, now I have thoughts of smoking every once in awhile especially if I'm stressed or overtired but I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I will never smoke again because one crazy puff would totally scew up my beautiful quit. N.O.P.E AND N.E.F . Have a wonderful day everyone. 

Marilyn 

I can't believe how fast the months are going by, there's only one more Friday in July. I think it would be absolutely fantastic if the winters would even go half as fast as the summers do, oh well it is what it is so when the sun ddecides to peek out again , I am going to enjoy every minute of it. 375 DOF and counting WTG me and WTG everyone on your wonderful quits, let's be sure and keep living our lives without the nicotine poison. 

Marilyn 

I didn't know what was going on this morning with !!DEBUG MODE ,I emailed a couple of my friends on this site to let them know. I didn't think I could actually get on but a friend of mine helped and luckily I can everything is in tiny print to the left side of my tablet but she showed me that I can expand it to make it big so I can comment and blog. My dog Samantha is doing well this morning, she ate some canned dog food and is drinking water so she had her pain meds and antibotics. Mason will be here a little later this morning for the day. 374 DOF and counting, let's always be protective of our precious quits and never take it for granted because living a smoke free life is absolutely the only life worth living. 

Marilyn 

My dog Samantha Digger Jane Hartley came through her dental surgery like a champ, the dentist took a couple side teeth as well as all her front teeth top and bottom but luckily her back teeth just needed a good cleaning. Pain meds and antibotics  $ 609.41 later and my baby girl is home, I bought her beef and chicken canned Pedagree dog food, she'll have to eat soft food for the next week poor baby. It's hard to believe she's going to be 12 October 11th. Mason came with me to the Vets to pick Sam up and talked to her and petted her all the way home. Anyway I thought I'd let you know how she made out. The Vet bill is definitely expensive but needed to be done before infection set in and both my husband and I quit smoking and saved a fortune and I am happy to give Sam a better quality of living even though I think she's mad at me at the moment. Have a good night everyone. 

Another humid day but no thunderstorms so far. I could've slept in again this morning but my nearly 12 yr old dog Samantha Digger Jane Hartley is having surgery to remove all of her teeth in the front top and bottom poor baby girl but they're in really bad shape. The vet is going to clean all her back ones which are the important ones that she must have to eat. After I drop her off I have an appt to have my teeth cleaned at the dentist, then I'm going to pick Mason up and then Mason and I will pick Samantha up by 5 pm. Whew I am tired already. Anyway 373 DOF and counting from the dreaded nicotine poison, let's continue to be extra vigilant each and every day. Well I better get moving  have a wonderful day my friends. 

Marilyn 

I slept in this morning , actually the phone woke me up at 8:30 but I slept like crap and feel like I've been on a three day drunk but I haven't drank in nearly 4 and a half yrs. Anyway I probably needed the extra sleep ,my husband is off to P.E.I for the rest of the week and possibly the wk end depending on how the job goes. 372 DOF and counting, we must always be vigilant and protect our precious quits with our lives because our lives depends on remaining smoke free for our health, family ,friends and our wallets will be a heavier too. Enjoy the day everyone. 

Marilyn 

I'm back from the dentist and he was able to fix the tooth which is great, now he's going to work on the rest of my old fillings before they start to give me problems, thank goodness for insurance. Anyway I am hungry but I think I'll eat some soft food today after being in the dental chair for nearly two hrs, my jaw is tired and sore. Have a great afternoon everyone. 

Marilyn 

It's still raining but now instead of feeling damp and cool the air feels thick and humid, we're supposed to get some thunderstorms today but hopefully I can get back from my dentist appointment before they happen because my dog Samantha Digger Jane Hartley is terrifed of loud noices especially thunderstorms. I really don't want to put her in her crate, I'll see before I go. I broke 3 small pieces of tooth off almost 2 wks ago biting into a pretzel of Masons and finally I'm getting it fixed this morning, I had jaw surgery back in 2001 for many reasons one being my jaw was off kilter enough to cause major headaches constantly. The surgery worked, I have 8 screws 4 plates and a hook and an eye in my jaw holding everything together and I wear a bite plain on my upper teeth and a retainer on my bottom teeth at night, I had to get partial plates ,knock on wood I've only lost 3 teeth so far 2 on the top and 1 on the bottom I needed the partials so my teeth wouldn't move because before the surgery I had to wear braces for over a year. My husband and I have over $10, 000 in my jaw that wasn't covered by our insurance so I really hope this tooth can be saved  it has a deep filling which is very old. Anyway wish me luck. I am so thankful that I don't suck on cigarettes anymore .

I hope everyone enjoyed yesterday and will enjoy this day as well, 370 super duper fantastic days of freedom from the dreaded nicotine poison and I absolutely love being an Ex smoker. Life is great as far as breathing goes and breathing is essential to living so that's why I am a Happy quitter. My life like yours and everyones has ups and downs, highs and lows and still every once in a while when I'm having a bad day just for a split second I think to myself, ((( have a cigarette and calm down ))) --then I give my head a shake and say to myself idiot you don't smoke anymore and I take a deep breath and continue on with whatever I'm doing. As you all know whether you are on day one of your quit or day one thousand cigarettes kill, quitting smoking is definitely doable and hopefully we've quit in time to enjoy a better quality of living and being able to breathe without fighting for air is definitely one of the best reasons for quitting that I can think of and that's why I quit smoking because breathing is essential to living. 

Marilyn 

I hope and pray that everyone will enjoy this wonderful wk end we are blessed with. 369 precious DOF and counting , after smoking for 40 yrs I have to say what a relief to be able to say that I don't smoke anymore lliving a life without cigarettes is absolutely doable, I never thought in a million years that I could quit but here I am with over a year in, if I can do it anybody can because quitting smoking is definitely the best decision we can make for our health, family and wallet. Stay close to this site because it's the wonderful people here that helped me get to where I am today ,there were many days in the first few weeks of my quit that I didn't think I could make it so instead of throwing my presious quit away I would come on this site and vent and every time someone would help me to calm down and help me to see that smoking would only make things 1000 times worse so we must keep them away from our face. 

Marilyn 

A beautiful day is shaping up here in the Maritimes, it was only 40° F first thing this morning but it's going to warm up to the mid 70's which is perfect for me. 368 smoke free days and counting. I hope everyone has a super fantastic day and let's remember to protect our precious quits with our lives because our lives depends on it. Life after cigarettes is absolutely wonderful, keep moving forward in your quits and continue stacking up your days . I want to share this little saying, life can only be understood by looking backward, but must be lived by looking forward. Enjoy the day everyone. 

Marilyn 

I wish everyone a splendiferous smoke free day today, 367 DOF for me and counting. I have to go help a friend out this morning that needs a ride to the store so please enjoy this beautiful day that we are blessed with. 

Marilyn ☺ 

Mason and I decided to take a new profile pic with this tablet and yay it worked. He snapped the pic,a pretty good job for a six year old.

Marilyn 

I changed the pic Mason took of us this afternoon to a pic of both grandsons and my step grand daughter. My husband didn't care for the pic of Mason and I so I changed it. 

It's been a very strange morning trying to log onto this site, I have no idea how I finally got on but hopefully when I log out I'll be able to get log back in again. I was getting the connection to the server has timed out and then a page with welcoming me and saying log in but I couldn't. I could see the comments and blogs on this page but I couldn't get in. I saw Dales blog letting you know that I was having trouble. Anyway hopefully whatever I did to get on is working now. 366 DOF and counting. Have a wonderful day everyone. 

Marilyn 

I want to say thank you for making my one year milestone so very, very special. I appreciate each and everyone of you and I will treasure today. I got quite teary eyed reading several of the comments to me, I am so thankful that I was blessed to have found this amazing site and all of you wonderful people that have been here for me and I'm sure will continue to be here for me and I hope that I can be here for each of you if you need me. living a life without cigarettes is absolutely fantastic. ((((((((((HUGS to each of you)))))))))

Marilyn 

365 precious smoke free days, one year of smoke free living and counting. I have to say a humongous THANK YOU to everyone on this wonderful site for helping me to get to this place to finally be able to say that I don't smoke anymore that I am an EX SMOKER and a happy quitter, life is good. I smoked just shy of 40 yrs and here I am with a full year in and counting. I will never ever, ever take this quit for granted, I will always remain vigilant and protect my quit with my life because my life depends on it. I have my youngest grandson Mason here, still sleeping and he loves me and I'm sure he would like me to be around while he is growing up and I sure want to be here for him and Adam my oldest grandson and my children. I will not go backwards only forwards. Quitting smoking is definitely doable and absolutely worth it. Thanks again everyone for your wonderful support. ((((((Gigantic Hugs to all of you))))))

Marilyn ☺ 

Wow. I am getting used to these beautiful mild mornings here in the Maritimes. It's supposed to get up into the high 80s today with humidity but I won't complain I will close my blinds and turn on the ceiling fans and barbecue in the patio area. Life is good especially with 364 wonderful smoke free days under my belt and counting. Embrace your quits everyone even if you are in the beginning days or weeks and are having cravings and urges , quitting smoking is definitely doable. It's probably going to be the hardest thing that you will ever do in your life but it's absolutely worth it for your health, family and your wallet .I smoked 40 yrs and had a health scare  finding out that I have copd and here I am, stick to your quits and enjoy your new found freedom as an EX SMOKER. 

Marilyn 

It's going to be a beautiful day today in the mid 80s it's quite humid already but I will not complain because winter is creeping up us way too fast so I will enjoy the green grass over the mountains of snow any day. Yesterday afternoon my husband and I went to a benefit potluck supper for a friend of ours that's got roughly 6 months to live ,he has prostate cancer unfortunately he waited too long to see a doctor. He's 69 his wife is 56 and they both still smoke, she has diabetes and had a heart attack about 8 months ago and is on oxygen. I feel horrible for them both but at the same time am very, very thankful that I have 363 precious days of freedom from smoking and was able to quit for me 40 yrs of smoking and finding out that I have copd was enough to scare the crap out of me and convince me to quit and never under any circumstance smoke again and I never haveaand God willing never will because I choose the rest of my life to be an EX SMOKER. Enjoy the day everyone. Mason wrote I love you to me on the doodle pad site on my tablet a couple of months ago and wanted me to save it so last night  I thought I'd use it for my avatar for awhile. I'll show him tommorrow that I am using it, that should make him smile and maybe he'll make me something else. 

Marilyn 

It's another gorgeous day in the Maritimes and I am going to enjoy it,  for some strange reason I've always been one day ahead of my clock counter . Anyway I have to be 362 smoke free days again today so I can properly celebrate on Tuesday the 14th. I don't why I counted my days that way but I am a little bit strange hee,hee, at least tthat's what some people tell me. Be sure to be vigilant and protect your precious quits so you can continue counting the days of freedom from smoking the nicotine poison and enjoy smoke free living 

Marilyn 

362 precious, stupendous, splendiferous, fantastic, fabulous, amazing, delightful, beautiful and wonderful smoke free days and counting. Can you tell that I am so very happy that I quit smoking after 40 yrs of poisoning myself with the crutch of cigarettes. Quitting smoking is definitely doable, you must be willing to quit, I was and still am and will remain 100 % committed to my quit because living a life without cigarettes is the only life for me. Have a wonderful day everyone. 

Marilyn 

361 DOF and counting today, I didn't think I was going to be able to blog this morning but so far so good. I try to do something and I get a pop up saying that the connection to the server has timed out whatever that means  my WIFI keeps fading in and out when it pops up, eventually I'm getting on but it's very frustrating. It happened once in a while before the site was migrated but it is happening every morning now and it only happens here on ex, if anyone has any advice, I am listening because I know absolutely nothing about this stuff. Anyway it's a beautiful sunny day here in the Maritimes so I need to do some push mowing today, enjoy the day everyone. 

Marilyn 

I'm drinking my second coffee and wondering what I will do today, Mason is still sleeping so maybe when he wakes up he will give me a few ideas what we can do together to have some fun. 360 wonderful smoke free days and counting. I really enjoy life without cigarettes and I don't miss the coughing, hacking choking and thinking that I might hork up a lung if I don't quit smoking and at the same time thinking that I can't quit so there's no point in trying. Quitting smoking is definitely doable, I never in a million years thought I could but here I am closing in on a year of freedom, I am sooooooo very thankful that I found this wonderful site and all of you wonderful people that have been here for me and still are here for me,I thank each and every one of you for your love and support. 

Marilyn 

We are finally enjoying summer weather here in the maritimes and it's great. 359 precious smoke free days and counting WTG me and WTG each and every one of you on your wonderful quits whether your on day one or day 1001. Always remember to remain vigilant and protect your precious quits because remaining an EX SMOKER is the most important thing for your health, family and wallet. 

Marilyn 

My daughter, Mason and I went for a drive this morning way out on the back roads to a beautiful spot called White Sands a little lake way off the beaten trail. My daughter has been there before with Mason and the rest of the kids and her man so I was thrilled when Mason called this morning and asked if I'd like to go. It's been a wonderful day and of course smoke free for me, hopefully some day soon my beautiful daughter will quit but at least I can be proof with almost a year under my belt that quitting smoking is definitely doable. Mason is here for the night he's all bathed up and his teeth is brushed and it's almost bedtime for gramp, Mason and me. Have a good nights sleep tonight everyone. 

Marilyn 

It's a beautiful sunny day and it's great to be alive especially since I because an ex smoker 358 wonderful days ago. If you are new in your quits, stay willing, strong and committed to your quits because all the discomfort from the withdrawals and cravings are so worth it to be able to say I don't smoke anymore, hang tough you can and will succeed because you are stronger than any craving or urge. 

Marilyn 

I really enjoyed the bon fire last night, I hope everyone got a good nights sleep and didn't stay up too long enjoying the beautiful fire. 357 DOF and counting, isn't being an EX SMOKER super fantastic. I am one of those happy quitters and I have been for quite some time. Enjoy the rest of your 4th of July weekend. 

Marilyn 

I didn't think I could get on this site today, but after multiple times here I am, it keeps saying that the connection to the server has timed out whatever that means. 356 days of freedom for me and counting. I hope everyone has a wonderful smoke free weekend and all of you in the great USA enjoy the best 4th of July yet. 

Marilyn 

I hope all of you wonderful folks that live in the United States of America will enjoy the best 4th of July ever and for many of you it may be your 1st as an EX SMOKER which is super fantastic. I am on my 355 th day of freedom and counting. Please be extra vigilant in your quits this holiday weekend,  have a wonderful time while protecting your precious quit. 

Marilyn 

It's a sunny mild start to the day, I hope everyone had a good nights sleep and is ready to enjoy this beautiful day that we are blessed with rain or shine life is good especially since I quit poisoning myself with smoking 354 days ago. We must continue to protect our quits each day but also enjoy the freedom from cigarettes. 

Marilyn 

I already wrote a blog and it wouldn't post, my page went completely white, my WIFI is fading in and out. I think it's the air pressure but I really don't know for sure, I tried to comment on message boards this morning and a page kept popping up saying that the timer has timed out and so I kept playing around with it so I could blog and that screwed up so hopefully this will post. 353 smoke free days and counting today, enjoy another smokefree day everyone. 

Marilyn