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I'm having a hard time believing this is August 31st, this will be the last week watching Mason because school starts next Tuesday, next Monday is Labour Day. The weather over the weekend was fabulous and this week is supposed to be gorgeous yay and yay again. My husband and I had a good visit with his coworker and her husband they are both doing well, the flip flops only melted on the top of her feet not on the bottom which is much better, her legs are healing nicely, her face was burned too but only 1st degree and looks really good. She may go home today but has a long process to go through, her husband may have to stay a few more days but is healing nicely too. 413 DOF for me today and counting, let's remember to protect our precious quits and continue to be vigilant each and every day. 

Marilyn 

My husband and I are going to visit a coworker of his at a bigger hospital a couple of hours away with a burn unit, this young lady and her husband have three young children which her mother is looking after. Anyway as we all know things happen fast whether it's good or bad, unfortunately this young couple are both seriously burnt but will be ok, her husband was working in a shed fixing a bicycle and she opened the door to the shed with a cigarette in her hand and there was a propane tank that was in there and it ignited and exploded. She isn't as bad as her husband it's her legs and feet mostly. She was wearing flip flops and they melted on her feet, her husbands hands and arms got burned the worst from what I understand. Damned cigarettes . Smoking and flammable things don't mix, the fire department figures the propane tank must have got bumped just before she opened the door to the shed to cause the explosion, luckily their children wasn't at home at the time. They have a long recovery but will be ok. 412 DOF for me and counting WTG me and WTG everyone, keep and protect your long earned precious quits because our lives literally depends on it. 

Marilyn 

I worked around the house most of the day, my husband worked outside in the garden and he did some mowing so around 4 o'clock this afternoon I decided to go for a drive so , me, myself and I went to a Chinese restaurant and enjoyed a big pig out. My husband isn't much on Chinese anyway and wouldn't have enjoyed himself but for me it was great because I really enjoy it, next time I'll have to see if a friend would like to come with me because I think the company would be much better than today was with,me, myself and I, hee, hee, I am tired so I will say good night, have a good sleep everyone. 

Marilyn 

PS. Mason took this pic of me a couple of days ago with my tablet so I thought I'd put it on my avatar for a couple of days or so. 

Let's enjoy another smoke free day everyone, protecting our quits is vital to our quality of living and our lives. I don't really think about smoking hardly ever anymore, every so often for a fleeting second the thought of a cigarette will cross my mind and that usually happens when I'm extremely busy or stressed but I prepare myself each morning by reminding myself to be vigilant and on Fridays, I want to be extra vigilant because the wk ends are usually much busier. I enjoy my life so much more since quitting 411 wonderful days ago because I can breathe deeper and not cough my foolish head half off trying to smoke a cigarette especially first thing in the morning, I never smoked in the house for over 12 yrs so I was always telling the grandchildren, I'll be right back and I would always be longer than I meant to be and I know they didn't like that, plus I don't stink like a filthy ashtray full of sickening butts. I really enjoy the benefits of not being a slave to cigarettes, please protect your precious quits on this last weekend of August, there's not one positive thing about smoking because smoking kills but quitting smoking is all positive because quitting may save our  lives or at least give a few more years of better quality of life. 

Marilyn 

Have a wonderful smoke free day my fellow Exers, be sure to be vigilant and protect your quits especially with the wk end being upon us. I am on my 410th day of freedom from smoking and counting , quitting is definitely doable and absolutely worth it so stay strong and hang tough .  After 40 yrs of being a slave to cigarettes I am free , but each and every day I will be careful to never take my presious quit for granted .

Marilyn 

409 precious smoke free days for me today and counting, quitting is definitely doable and absolutely worth it, if you are new to this site please stay strong and stay close read the blogs , ask questions or write your own blog, tell us a little about yourself so we can comment and try to help you in your quit journey.  There is life after cigarettes and it's great to be able to relax and enjoy doing things, going places and to be able to enjoy the grand children at the park and not wonder if there's a place to sneak off to be able to sneak a drag or two from a disgusting stinky cigarette. Give your quit some time because living without the crutch of smoking is all positive for your health, family and wallet, stay strong because it's so very worth it. 

Marilyn 

I was up before 6:30 again this morning yak, but once I'm up I'm Up. Mason is still sleeping and I'm on my third and final cup of coffee , it's another sticky ,humid day shaping up but this humidity is supposed to break tommorrow. I hope everyone is doing good with your quits, especially if you are new to this site because quitting smoking is definitely doable and absolutely worth it, the first 2 or possibly 3 wks for most people and it definitely was for me the hardest but then it does start to get easier, keeping your mind as well as your hands occupied really helps. I am on my 408th day of smoke free living and counting and I will remain vigilant each and every day just because I don't want to become complacent in my presious quit and maybe get stressed out and without even thinking stick one of those cancer sticks in my mouth and take a sickening drag and then realize after the fact, so let's always remain on guard and protect our beautiful hard earned quits because we all know smoking kills, quitting can save us from dying a slow painful death, that's most likely smoking related. There is life after cigarettes and for me there's no going backwards because I am enjoying my new found freedom way too much. 

Marilyn 

It's another sticky, humid morning but I'm not complaining because one wk from today is September 1st and I'm still waiting for summer, so I will enjoy whatever weather Mother Nature will dish out as long as it's not snow and hail like Calgary got last week in western Canada. Mason is still sleeping and I am enjoying my second coffee and watching Canada AM news while checking in with all of you my fellow Exers. 407 precious smoke free days and counting WTG me and WTG to each and everyone of you, stay strong and stay committed to your quits and always be on guard for any unexpected stressers so you can protect your quit with your life because living a life without cigarettes is absolutely worth it, Enjoy the day whatever the weather .

Marilyn 

It's another sticky, humid day with possible thunderstorms, we will see. Life after cigarettes is great, if you are new here hang tough, stay strong and stay close to this site because quitting smoking is definitely doable and definitely worth it, I'm on my 406 th day of freedom from the slavery of smoking and protecting my presious quit with my life because my life depends on it. Life is way too short to slowly kill ourselves knowing that smoking does does do exactly that so be extra careful and extra vigilant  keep counting your wonderful days of smoke free living my friends because life is good. 

Marilyn 

I really hope that everyone will have a wonderful day, smoke free of course , whether you're on day one or day 1001 life. Protecting our quits is vital to our health because continuing to smoke surely is asking for serious health issues where quitting can give us a better quality of living. I quit after 40 yrs of smoking and am on my 405th day of freedom and counting quitting is definitely the best decision I've ever made in my life , protecting your precious quit will show you there is life after cigarettes and as for me I'm never going back only forward because I am finally free of the crutch of cigarettes and I choose life over a slow and agonizing death that's most likely smoking related. 

Marilyn 

I hope everyone will have a wonderful smoke free day today, today is my 404 th day of freedom from smoking. Wow is all I can say , I never dreamed that after 40 yrs of smoking that I could actually quit smoking but here I am plus I'm a happy quitter which is fantastic. This wonderful site and all of you wonderful people were here for me and will continue to be here for me and I thank you for that, if you are new here hang tough and stay close because quitting smoking is absolutely doable and definitely worth it for your health, family and wallet. 

Marilyn 

Every once in a while I get ahead of myself today is 403 DOF not yesterday, anyway if you are new here to this site, stay close, stay strong and keep stacking up your days of freedom from smoking because life without the crutch of cigarettes is great, keep moving forward and keep telling yourself that you don't smoke anymore and believe it because living a smoke free life is absolutely worth it, for your health, family and wallet. 

Marilyn 

I slept right in this morning and am only on my second coffee, oh well I have nothing pressing going on today. I hope everyone will enjoy this gorgeous day that we are blessed with whether it's raining or sunny or sticky and humid like it is here , it's much better than the alternative. Today is 403 DOF since quitting smoking and counting WTG me and WTG to each and everyone of you on your precious quits,lets  stay strong and stay vigilant while enjoying our new found freedom from the dreaded nicotine poison. 

Marilyn 

It's 65 outside and 75 in my living room at 7 am, yesterday got up into the low 90s, I took Mason to the public pool but silly me didn't wear a swimming suit because I don't like swimming in crowds but sitting in the shade for 2 hrs in the humidity wasn't fun so this old broad is sucking it up today and getting in the pool with Mason and whoever else because it's supposed to be even hotter with a chance of thunderstorms again today. I know that I sound like a broken record with this vigilant stuff that I post most every day but we all know that it's way too easy to get sidetracked with life and boom we could screw up our precious quits with smoking without even thinking about it and have to start back to day 1 because we got complacent and didn't keep our guard up. So please enjoy life and remain vigilant at the same time. Yesterday was extremely hot and busy, I take Mason home in the afternoons for my daughter because she works the graveyard shift, I try to be helpful and quite often I pick him up in the evenings so he's here a little earlier than 10 pm. Anyway my point is between the heat, being busy and tired, a couple of times throughout the day I thought wouldn't a cigarette be nice right about now and the thought rattled around in my head for a moment or two before I realized what a total idiot I would be to even consider it, I have no desire what so ever to relapse but one stupid second of not thinking could be horrid, so let's always remain vigilant my friends because life without cigarettes should be the only lives worth living, 401 beautiful DOF and continuing to count each precious day of life that I blessed with. 

Marilyn 

I'm on my second coffee and still waking up, it's going to be a gorgeous day with a chance of thunderstorms though. Mason just got up and is lying on the couch. I believe we'll be going to the splash pad to cool down later on this morning or early afternoon. Thank goodness hubby and I will have a break from the pressure cooker for a few days before we have to do another batch of beans. Have a wonderful smoke free day everyone and as always remember to be vigilant and on guard for any unexpected stressers so you can protect your precious quit and enjoy your new found freedom from the dreaded nicotine poison. 400 wonderful DOF for me and counting. As Mason says have a ginormous day, I told him grammy likes the word ginormous so I am going to use it. Have a good one my fellow Exers. 

Marilyn 

Wow two weeks from today is the 31st of August, yikes but at least we're getting some beautiful weather for a change. My husband and I had to process a couple batches of yellow beans in the pressure cooker last night which brought the temps up to 90 ° F in the dining room by 9pm but we do all of our winter veggies in the fall which can be a pain in the butt but so nice in the winter. My husband and I will do at least one batch of green beans this evening when he gets home from work. I wish I could do them myself but my hands are really bad with arthritis, especially my thumbs but it's not too bad with the two of us together. Anyway my fellow Exers I hope everyone had a good weekend and will enjoy today as well we got up to 86 yesterday and it's supposed to get up to 88 today and very humid. Oh well I won't complain because two weeks from tommorrow is September . 399 DOF today, I like this number alot plus I'm still counting up my beautiful smoke free days. I really hope that we all remain vigilant each and every day especially if we're having a rough day because as we know H.A.L.T --((( hungry, angry, lonely or tired ))) -- can be triggers and triggers could ruin a beautiful quit so let's always be prepared to protect our precious new found freedom. 

Marilyn 

I hope that everyone had a wonderful day yesterday and will enjoy today as well, I like this little saying alot.

Sometimes we are so busy adding up our troubles that we forget to count our blessings, I know that I am guilty of this at times. 398 days ago I decided to take my life back from the slavery of cigarettes. I smoked just shy of 40 yrs so I plan on remaining vigilant because this addiction is very smooth and would love for me to screw up and start killing myself again so let's always be on guard while enjoying your new found freedom from the dreaded nicotine poison , besides we are Exers we don't smoke anymore. 

Marilyn

Good morning my fellow Exers, another beautiful day is shaping up here in the Maritimes. My husband helped me start a batch of bread earlier this morning because it's going to be a scorcher, I do 13 loaves and 10 rolls every 10 days or so which means the oven is on for almost 2 hrs cooking the bread at 325° F whew but we don't buy any Bread at the grocery store because hubby won't eat it but he's my hard working man so he'll have  what he likes and for the last yr or so if I can wait until Saturday if we don't run out before hand he does the stirring and greasing the pans, I do the kneading and putting in the pans and baking . Like alot of us on this site arthritis isn't very nice as my grandmother used to say  (old Arthur is at it again ) so I'm fortunate my husband helps me. If you are new to this site, stay strong and stay close, remember that you are stronger than any craving or urge, remind yourself each morning of all the reasons why you are quitting smoking and how much better your life will be without the crutch of cigarettes. Quitting smoking is absolutely doable and definitely worth it. 

Marilyn 

It's a beautiful sun shiny day in the Maritimes today but even if it was dark dank rainy and dreary it would still be a wonderful day to be alive because life is good and most of the time it's what we make it and I choose life because I sure don't like the alternative . I want to wish Wisconsin a super congrats on 11 precious months of freedom today which means that I must congratulate myself on 13 months of freedom today as well. My husband and I are on the mend from the stomach bug, he went to work this morning and I am enjoying my coffee, Mason is still sleeping at least for a few more minutes. Let's all of us remember to be vigilant in our quits and not become complacent and take our beautiful hard earned quits for granted because I know that I sure don't want to go back to day 1 ever again, I want to continue to go forwards. I Still think of a cigarette every so often and it's mostly when I am stressed or tired and it would be so easy to reach for a smoke in those moments so it's always a good idea to be prepared for situations that could jeopardize our quits and kick those ideas right out of our heads and continue on counting the days of freedom from the dreaded nicotine poison. Have a fantastic day everyone. 

Marilyn 

Mason came for the night last night and for the day today and will go home for a few hrs late this afternoon and back for the night and tommorrow. My hubby is home from work sick with the stomach bug and I feel worse than I did yesterday, I hope that we don't give this to my little buddy Mason and my daughter and son in law are lucky enough not to get it. They know we're sick but they need to work ,she works the graveyard shift and he works days. 395 beautiful smoke free days for me, tommorrow will be 13 months wow that really makes me smile. My husband is heading for 16 months. Life without cigarettes is absolutely doable and definitely worth it. Stay strong and always remain vigilant in your quits everyone because living a smoke free life is the only life worth living.

Marilyn 

I believe I'm finally feeling better, my husband left me a note this morning saying that he may have the stomach bug that he back home soon. I haven't seen him yet. Hopefully he doesn't and if by chance he does it's a mild case, I guess we'll see. 394 beautiful smoke free days from the slavery of cigarettes. Quitting smoking is definitely doable and definitely worth it, stay strong and stay committed to your quit, you must be willing to go through whatever cravings and roller coaster ups and downs of the first few weeks of your quit. Don't give up hang tough because life is short and it's best to quit smoking now while you have the chance to live hopefully without a medical Doctor telling you that you need to quit now, I am so thankful that I found out that I have copd In the early stages as it scared the crap out of me so here I am celebrating my new found freedom as an Ex smoker, I smoked 40 yrs and there's many wonderful folks that have smoked over 50 yrs and have celebrated 2 or 3 yrs. There's folks here that have quit 5, 6,7 and 8 yrs. Hang around if you are new here read some of our blogs, if we can quit smoking so can you, believe in yourself because you can quit smoking too, decide no matter what is happening in your life that you will never ever smoke another cigarette as long as you live, it's amazing when you make that promise to yourself and keep it that life can be so much better for your health, family and wallet. 

Marilyn 

Thank you for your caring words on my afternoon blog yesterday, I can't believe I slept right around the clock unless I was in the bathroom. I still feel tired though.  Mason is with his other Grandmother today, I sure wouldn't want him getting this bug . I am so thankful that I don't smoke anymore because I probably would have tried to smoke thinking that a cigarette might make me feel better even though in reality that's definitely a huge lie, stay strong in your quits because life without cigarettes is absolutely the only life worth living. 

Marilyn 

I came down with some kind of a stomach bug in the middle of the night from both ends .I've been either in the bathroom or sleeping, it's 3 pm now and I might be coming out of it. I kept down 2 soda crackers and a small glass of water. I am sorry if anyone was worried I was too weak to do anything but I think the worst is over now . I'm supposed to have Mason tonight, I'll just wait and see how I feel in a couple hrs. His other Grandmother will watch him if need be, extra coffee for me tommorrow because I sure never had any today. 392 DOF and counting. 

Marilyn 

I hope everyone enjoyed your Saturday, I was very busy yesterday but had a wonderful day. I believe this is 391 beautiful days of freedom from the dreaded nicotine poison and it feels great to be free from the slavery of needing that disgusting crutch every half hour or so, if you are new to this site hang tight onto your precious quits because you can and will get to a good place. I smoked just shy of 40 yrs and never in a million years did I think I could quit and I know there's some wonderful folks here that have smoked over 50 yrs and have a few yrs under their belts, stay strong and continue on counting your fabulous days of freedom because it's so worth it to be an Ex smoker and enjoying life without cigarettes be willing to go through the rough patches to get to a place where you can smile and laugh and know that you never want to put them anywhere near your face, believe that you can succeed and you will succeed. 

Marilyn 

Good morning my fellow Exers, have a wonderful smoke free day today and enjoy the benefits of your new found freedom from the dreaded nicotine poison and just in case you are new here and are just starting your quit, give it time because quitting smoking is definitely doable and definitely worth it for your health, family and wallet. I am late for picking up my oldest grandson Adam for the day, he's 11yrs old and slept in but just called so I better go get him. Enjoy this beautiful day that we are blessed with. 

Marilyn Success comes in cans; failure comes in can'ts. 

I hope everyone will have a wonderful smoke free day today, please make sure to remain vigilant in your quits. I am so thankful that I found this wonderful site and all of you wonderful folks that have been here for me since my first day here and now I have 389 DOF and counting, I am closing in on 400 days wow. Stay strong in your quits everyone because living a life without cigarettes is absolutely doable and definitely worth it. 

Marilyn 

The sun is shining this morning other than a chance for another thunderstorm today, the air mass feels so much better than the humidity of the past few days. I may even get something done today anyway my friends, I hope that everyone is staying strong in your quits whether you are new here or not, we must always wake up knowing that we will be vigilant and protect our precious quits no matter what may come our way throughout the day because we all know smoking won't solve anything but only make things so much worse and put our health in jeopardy and would only ruin our beautiful count to our quit so let's choose to continue on with our new found freedom from smoking, 388 fantastic DOF and counting WTG me and WTG to each and everyone of you my fellow Exers . 

Marilyn

There's just not enough hours in the day especially when I slept in again this morning. It's almost 9 o'clock and I'm only on my second coffee, I should wake Mason up so he'll go back to bed at a decent time tonight I will shortly anyway, 387 beautiful smoke free days and counting, at least I think that's what it is. Stay strong in your quits everyone especially if you are new here because quitting smoking will be the best decision that you will ever make in your lifetime , keeping our quits is vital to our health and wellbeing. 

Marilyn 

It's very humid again this morning with more thunderstorms predicted. Mason is still sleeping so I'm waking up with you and my much needed coffee, it's great not having the crutch of cigarettes anymore not needing to sit outside trying to smoke a cigarette and getting ate alive by mosquitoes. My husband and I hadn't smoked in our home for over 12 yrs because once we found out my sons girlfriend was pregnant with our first grandchild  we knew enough that we didn't want her breathing in the poison but we kept on smoking rain, snow, sleet whatever the weather but we did it outside. Now hubby has over 16 months and I have over a year 386 beautiful smoke free days to be exact, stay strong and stay committed, protect your precious quits. Here's a little saying  [ just for today I will be happy. This assumes to be true what Abraham Lincoln said, that most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.]--- (((((A Big Hug for each of you)))))-- have a wonderful smoke free day. 

Marilyn 

It's NB day today so my husband is going to help me with my bread. The yeast is rising now, he'll do the stirring when it's ready and he also greased all the pans for me. I think today is 385 smoke free days anyway life is great being smoke free, so remain vigilant in your quits please and if you are new here please stay strong and give your quit a chance because quitting smoking is absolutely doable the first 2 or possibly 3 wks are the hardest part then things should start to get easier and believe me it's sooooooo worth it. I smoked just shy of 40 yrs and here I am celebrating my new found freedom every day because I never thought in a million years I could quit but I'm one of those (((((HAPPY QUITTERS))))-- Stay here with all of us EXERS and enjoy life without the crutch of cigarettes because like I said it's definitely doable.

Marilyn

This morning the air mass feels so much better after the thunderstorms rolled through yesterday. Maybe I can enjoy the patio area for awhile this afternoon and maybe even a barbecue. It was 50 ° F first thing this morning its 55 now an and it's supposed to get into the low 70's, now that's my happy medium for the weather I hope everyones weather will cooperate with you. 384 precious smoke free days for me and counting . Let's  Please protect our hard earned quits today and every day whether you are on day one, day 31 or like me 384 or 3084. We must never under any circumstance become complacent with our hard earned precious quits. As we all know it's so easy in a split second to reach for a sickening cigarette and bam, we would be back at day 1  and kicking ourselves for not remaining vigilant on a daily basis. Let's stay strong and smoke free because life is short so let's enjoy the rest of our lives as Ex smokers ,have a blessed day. 

Marilyn

We haven't had power since 3:30 this afternoon and it's 7:35 pm now, I am very thankful that my husband is home because I am on line with his solar power yay. We had quite a thunderstorm with high winds which knocked a tree onto the power lines just up the road from me but we have Solar Power hooked up to the water pump so we have water and we can flush the flush yay for that, hee, hee. If the power doesn't come back on soon, he can hook up the fridge and freezer to the solar power batteries, it's a great set up. This is the first time that we've really used his system and it's super fantastic being able to write a blog with solar power. I hope everyone is having a relaxing evening as I am before long we'll have to turn on the solar lights and maybe check out the TV, I am so thankful that I have 383 wonderful smoke free days under my belt and counting. we're back on the grid , it's now 8:15 pm. It's been quite a day but smoking never entered my mind during the thunderstorm and poor dog Sam scared half to death, I figure smoking is in my past, breathing and living healthier is in my future ,enjoy the rest of your evening my fellow Exers. 

Marilyn 

I am late getting around again this morning but I am here with 383 DOF and continuing to count, I'm not sure when I got to my good place in my quit but it's been quite awhile and it's really nice. I hope and pray that if you are fairly new here or have been here for some time please don't give into stress and throw your beautiful quit away because we all know that smoking will only make things so much worse and your stress level will only be higher and your health will suffer and at some point you will quit smoking again and have to start back at day 1 so be strong and and continue on with your NEW FOUND FREEDOM FROM SMOKING. 

Marilyn 

I decided to change my avatar to Mason with his hot wheel bike. He'd push it up my driveway and ride it down the steep section. Anyway good night my fellow Exers. 

Marilyn.