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2015

I guess it's time to say out with the old and in with the new , I can't believe how fast this year went by, here we are ready to tackle 2016, I wish all of you a wealth of health and happiness. Let's continue on with our smoke free lives and with tonight being New Years Eve, please be careful not to put yourselves in any situations that could jeopardize your hard earned quit, it would be wise not to drink alcohol especially if you may be struggling with cravings but at the same time, I wish everyone a Very Happy New Year. If you are new to this site and are deciding to quit smoking in the new year, stay close, read the blogs and prepare yourselves for quitting because it's the best decision you will ever make in your lifetime.☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

Marilyn 535 DOF and counting 

I hope that everyone had a decent nights sleep and is ready to tackle this 30th day of December, wow it's hard for me to believe that 2015 is pretty much over and a new one is about to begin. This has been my second Christmas and will be my second New Years as an Exer and it's definitely a wonderful feeling so let's each and everyone of us remain vigilant and be on guard for any unexpected stressers because as we all know smoking kills and quitting can save us from dying a slow painful death that's most likely smoking related.  We wouldn't want a crazy moment of weakness to ruin a perfectly beautiful quit, no way no how will we let that happen because we are living our dream of our forever quits N.O.P.E and N.E.F, life just keeps getting better and better without the crutch of cigarettes, quitting is absolutely doable and remaining quit is also absolutely doable. I better get another coffee in me, Mason is still sleeping but I am sure he'll be up soon and he wants to bake another batch of his favorite cookies which is shortbread cookies with frosting, he calls them frosting cookies. I love being able to do whatever, whenever without having to stop midway through for a smoke and I know Mason and the other grandchildren are happy that Gram and Gramp don't do that anymore. 

Marilyn 534 DOF and counting 

It's a dark, dank, dreary, drab, day plus it's snowing out ,so I decided to make a beef barley soup and a pan of biscuits for lunch and hoping that hubby would be home for lunch and he was. He definitely enjoyed the hot soup and biscuits on this cold and snowy day, we're supposed to get 12 to 14 inches by dawn but we've been so lucky so far but I think winter is here now. As usual my fellow Exers, especially if you are new to this site or just having a rough time with your quit, let's continue to be vigilant and protect our precious forever quits N.O.P.E (NOT One Puff Ever) - and if we do have some time under our belts let's N.E.F. (Never Ever Forget.  quitting smoking is definitely doable and absolutely worth all of the withdrawals and cravings to get to a good place in our quits. it takes time to get to that good place plus we have to learn a new lifestyle without the crutch of cigarettes, believe me when I say there's definitely life after cigarettes and it's great. 

Marilyn 533 DOF  (days of freedom)

I am always saying that we have so much to be thankful for and at this very moment, I don't think that I've ever been this thankful. Most of you know that Mason is my youngest grandchild and that he is 6 yrs old, he called me a little while ago and told me that he is seriously allergic to seafood and that he was at the hospital all night. I talked to my daughter and she drove him to the hospital herself which is a half hour away and the doctors told her she should have called an ambulance. We had a major snowstorm all day yesterday and most of the evening, my daughter Mandy said all Mason did was move some shrimp in the fridge so he could reach the milk, he just touched it and came seriously close to  (I can't even write down what almost happened) Thank God, my daughter got to the hospital safely because the roads were treacherous and our Mason is ok, he's going to need an EpiPen,God forbid this ever happens again. Mandy said this happened around 8 last night and they never got home until 2 in the morning, I am also thankful that I don't smoke anymore because all smoking would do is make me feel even more stressed and upset than I already am and Mason and my other 2 grandchildren would be so upset and disappointed in me and I prefer to handle lifes stressers without the crutch of cigarettes.

Marilyn 

I am looking forward to just vegging today, hubby is back to work and my daughter has tonight off so I don't get Mason until tomorrow so today is my day to do whatever and since quitting smoking 532 splendiferous days ago, I don't have to stand outside 30 times a day freezing my butt off sucking on a disgusting cigarette. If you are new here to this site and are deciding to quit smoking, you can and will succeed by doing it one day at a time, one hour at a time, one minute at a time or if need be one second at a time but quitting smoking is so doable. Read everything you can about quitting and stay close to this site because we're all here for you. For the rest of us Exers, let's continue staying strong and counting our precious days of freedom in our forever quits N.O.P.E - NOT One Puff Ever - N.E.F  - Never Ever Forget - we never ever want to forget the early days of our quits because we never want to go backwards only forwards. 

Marilyn 

I just wrote a blog post and I have no idea where it went!!! -- anyways I just wanted to welcome anyone that may be new here to this site and I hope that you will stay with us and check out the blogs and comments, there's a wealth of information here to help you quit and to remain an Ex smoker, I smoked for 40 yrs and now have almost a year and a half of freedom from cigarettes and believe me there's definitely life after cigarettes and it's great, I had more on my other blog post that disappeared but anyways my fellow Exers enjoy the day .

Marilyn 

It's snowing here in Eastern Canada, I was hoping that Mother Nature forgot about snow this year, hee, hee but seriously I cannot remember the last time that we had such a long stretch of gorgeous weather like this. I'm not sure if we broke any records or not on the lack of snow and the warm temps, I've been so busy that I really haven't paid any attention to it. Anyway the snow does look beautiful and we're only supposed to get 6 or 8 inches today but it's going to get very cold brrrrrrr, I have enjoyed this mild weather . If there's anyone new here checking out the site, I would like to say welcome and I hope you choose to stay and quit smoking there's a wealth of information here to help you quit and to remain an Ex smoker . Quitting smoking is absolutely the best decision that you can make for yourself, family and wallet. I can tell you that there's definitely life after cigarettes and it's great, I quit almost a year and a half ago after 40  yrs of smoking and I love the freedom of going and doing anything I want to without having to stop midway through for a cigarette. I hope everyone will enjoy this wonderful day that we are fortunate enough to be blessed with. 

Marilyn 

I hope that everyone enjoyed Christmas day and had lots of delicious food to eat, I know that we did here in the Maritime provinces. Now that we're heading to 2016, let's reinforce our precious forever quits my fellow Exers, especially if you are in the beginning of yours or in the first few weeks or are just plain struggling with your quit. Please realize that quitting smoking can be difficult but it's absolutely doable and definitely worth all the withdrawals and cravings to get to that good place, which does take time but we must remember that relapsing would be the worst possible thing that we could do so let's not relapse, let's continue to go forward because life without the crutch of cigarettes is definitely doable. I smoked for 40 yrs and now have almost a year and a half in and am really looking forward to my second smoke free New Yrs Eve . In the first few weeks of my quit I was a total ***** and not too many people wanted to be around me but I came out of it after awhile and family and friends realized that I wouldn't really rip their face off if they happened to look at me the wrong way. I am now and have been for quite  sometime a Happy quitter and love my new found freedom and so will you, remain quit and protect it with your lives because your lives depends on it. 

Marilyn 

I have a few minutes of quiet on this blessed Christmas morning, I am sure Santa Claus found everyone last night, he found my house and left lots of wonderful presents and soon we'll be enjoying a huge dinner. Have yourselves a Merry little Christmas my friends. ☆♡☆♡☆♡☆♡☆♡☆♡☆♡☆

Marilyn ☆

I will see you sometime tomorrow my fellow Exers, I hope everyone will have a decent nights sleep and will enjoy a peaceful and Blessed Christmas Day. ☆♡☆♡☆♡☆♡☆ ((((Big Christmas Hug to everyone)))

Marilyn 

A very good morning to everyone, I slept in till almost 8 o'clock and then the phone rang and the person calling needed to talk so we just hung up now and it's almost 9 o'clock, anyways my fellow Exers I hope each and everyone of us have a wonderful Christmas . I know that this can be a difficult time of year for many but hang on tight to your precious quit and keep on counting your fabulous days of freedom because living a life without cigarettes just keeps getting better and better and Going into the new year as an Ex smoker is a wonderful thing. 

Marilyn 528 DOF 

Wow, it's the Eve of Christmas Eve already. Mason is still sleeping so I'm enjoying my second coffee of the morning, hubby has left for work and I'm watching Canada AM and catching up on the news. Mason and I were working on some crafts for his parents and a couple of his aunts and uncles yesterday, we'll finish painting them this morning so they'll be dry this afternoon because he'll be going home, his Dad has tommorrow off and Mason is missing his parents and is ready for Santa Claus and Christmas presents. Stay strong in your quits my fellow Exers, don't let the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season ruin a perfectly beautiful quit. No matter what is happening in our lives smoking would only make things so much worse so hang tough and keep the best gift of all , your precious forever quit N.O.P.E and N.E.F. 

Marilyn 527 DOF and counting 

My husband is off to work and he's finally used to his new job after six weeks, plus he likes it yay and I like having him home each evening yay and waking up to a warm house is definitely a plus, this is my second Christmas without the crutch of cigarettes and it's fantastic, on the 14th of January I will have 18 beautiful months of smoke free living and continuing on with my forever quit. It's definitely not easy in the first few weeks and it can trip you up in the first few months as well but quitting smoking is absolutely doable and remaining quit is absolutely doable as well. We just need to want it and for me, I wanted it more than anything else in life and I still do and my life is so much better. The first few weeks of my quit was absolutely horrible but I made a promise to myself that I would never pick up another cigarette as long as I live and I don't break promises to anyone including myself so If I was having a tough time I'd come to this site and there was always someone here to help me through it, someone might look at me the wrong way and I would want to rip their face off or maybe I'd start blatting like a baby but after two or three weeks things started to even out and I could see the light at the end of the tunnel. I knew that I was going to make it through . I still had some roller coaster ups and downs off and on through the the first few months but hey, I smoked for 40 yrs so I had to understand that it was definitely going to take some time to get used to not smoking but it's sooooooo very worth it so stay strong and hang tough because quitting smoking is the best decision for you and for me. It really does get easier as time goes on don't give up, keep moving forward . My grandson Mason is waking up so I better go say good morning to him.

I am sooooooo totally late getting around this morning to get things done but oh well, it really doesn't matter at all since I am retired. Things will get done when they get done as you all know the dishes, laundry or whatever will still be there when we do get around to it because they don't themselves. We had an absolutely wonderful day yesterday, the church Christmas concert was great and my husband and I had a wonderful time with the family in especially the grandchildren. Mason sang Christmas songs off and on all afternoon. He wanted to stay for awhile when his parents were leaving so he stayed with his cousin Adam. I had to take Adam home for 5 o'clock, so Mason sang the whole way taking him home and continued singing Christmas songs while I was driving him home . I love it and I love it even better that he can carry a tune because this old gram can't sing but he sure can . Mason is coming later on today and I believe that he is staying until Christmas Eve. My daughter works nights so she needs to sleep and her man works days and I would rather keep him here instead of getting up at 5 am to go pick him up but I am sure gramp and I will enjoy this quality time with our little Mack Attack. Let's continue on with our beautiful quit journey my friends and give ourselves and our families the gift of life, our precious forever quits N.O.P.E and N.E.F, No Day One Ever Again, No Way No How. 

Marilyn

This pic was taken this afternoon, we exchanged presents today with our oldest grandson Adam because we won't see him until after Christmas and of course we let Mason our youngest grandson who is in the avatar with my husband and I, we're all holding his mario brothers stuffed toys which he loves . His mom my daughter helped us pick out gifts for the children which was a hit which you can see in the profile pic, enjoy the rest of the evening everyone. 

Marilyn 

I hope that everyone had a decent nights sleep and will enjoy the day, wow December 20th.  After church my husband and I are picking up our oldest grandson Adam and we're having all the family in except our granddaughter Emma but we let her open her gifts from us last Sunday because we knew we wouldn't see her until Christmas evening or even Boxing Day but Mason and his parents and my son and his girlfriend will be here, We're having homemade pizza for lunch it should be fun. Let's remember to hang on EXtra tight to our splendiferous quits because we need to remain EXers so we can go into 2016 EXtremly Exhuberant and EXtraordinarily proud and happy because we are living our dream of our forever quits N.O.P.E and N.E.F. 

Marilyn 524 DOF 

Let's not stress ourselves out during this beautiful time of the year, let's breathe and remember the real meaning to the season, I tend to get a hundred different things going all at the same time and then wonder why I screwed up on some of them so over the last couple of years, I finally do what I can and as far as baking goes I picked out a few of our favorite recipes that we all like and that's good enough. I figured out that my family and especially the grandchildren just want me to enjoy Christmas and be happy, I have a busy day today but I'm not stressing over it because I will get done what I can and that's good enough. This is my simple recipe that's a tradition in my house for Chocolate Scotch Clusters and Nancy would love these - melt 6 ounces of butterscotch chips and 6 ounces of chocolate chips and a half cup of peanut butter then add 4 cups of rice Krispies and put into a greased 8×8 pan now, isn't that a super easy recipe?  - let's enjoy a wonderful smoke free Christmas Season because the best gift we can give ourselves and our families is remaining Exers and continuing to count our precious days of freedom. 

Marilyn 523 DOF

Yikes, it's only one week until Christmas morning but let's not stress over anything my friends but let's remember the reason for the season. I figure that I will get done what I get done and that's going to be good enough and my family won't care if I don't have a huge variety of baking like I normally do plus none of our waist lines really need all the sweets anyway as long as I have my grown childrens chocolate scotch clusters they'll be happy because they're a Christmas tradition.  Let's enjoy our family and friends and our most important gift of all to ourselves and everyone around us which is the gift of life by keeping our beautiful forever quits we may be adding several years to our lives so we can hang out with whoever we choose to. 

Marilyn 522 DOF and counting 

Crap , I lost my blog I was just writing anyway I made my appointment this morning with the specialist about the heart monitor and there's nothing too shocking going on but she's not great at explaining things in simple terms so I will be seeing my own doctor soon, she said my rythum would be good and then it speeds up for a few minutes which causes the heart to not pump properly which could cause these spells but unless they start happening more often she doesn't want to give me anything which is fine by me. I am also being set up to see a neurologist too but I am fine and I'm sure that I didn't explain this very well . Let's enjoy a nice relaxing evening my fellow Exers. 

Marilyn 

I am running late this morning but wanted to wish all of you a wonderful day, it's hard to believe that in one week that it's Christmas Eve. Let's all of us be EXtra careful and EXtra vigilant during this busy time of the year because we definitely want to go into 2016 as Exers, no matter how many days we have under our belts let's keep on trucking and counting our precious days of freedom from the dreaded nicotine poison. Life just keeps getting better and better and better without the crutch of cigarettes. 

Marilyn 521 DOF 

I hope everyone had a decent nights sleep and is ready to tackle another day, school is done on Friday so Gramp and I will have our youngest grandson our little Mack Attack Mason from Tuesday next week up until Christmas Eve. Mason and I will do some baking together, he asked me last time he was here if we could bake some frosting cookies which he helped me bake a few months ago, there shortbread cookies which I rolled out and he cut out and we both put frosting on them . This Sunday we will

have everyone over for our oldest grandson Adam because my son and his mother aren't together but luckily over the last few yrs I keep the peace so we can enjoy Adam every other wk and $2000.00 in the courts for visitation when he was 4 definitely helped, he's going to be 12 in March. We let our step grandaughter Emma open her gifts from us last Sunday at my daughters house because we may not see her until Christmas evening so she was quite happy because she won't be here this week. Broken homes are so sad , I realize now how difficult it was for my children when their father and I split up, my daughter wasn't quite 10 yrs old and my son just turned 6. Anyway I am sentimental this morning, please accept my apology. Let's enjoy this holiday season but let's be EXtra vigilant and EXtra careful to not become complacent and lazy in our beautiful hard earned precious quits because it's so easy to get sidetracked and overtired and possibly think oh well maybe just one wouldn't hurt, so we will make sure that doesn't happen because we don't smoke anymore and we will make sure to protect our forever quits because our lives depends on remaining smoke free today and every day of our lives. 

Marilyn 

Luckily I still have power but this storm is going to last right into the evening with a mix bag and then end up with 8 or 9 inches of snow when it's finished. The wind is gusting right now but I am nice and toasty enjoying my third and final cup of coffee, my husband made it safely to work so everything is good. Have a wonderful day today my fellow Exers and let's be sure to remain vigilant and protect our beautiful, precious forever quits especially with the hustle and bustle of the season .We need to be careful not to get complacent and without even thinking about what we're doing put one of those disgusting things near our mouths, so let's be EXtra cautious because our quits are vital to our quality of life. 

Marilyn 

I made my appointment this morning, my husband took some time off work to take me because he had to take my car anyway because he hasn't gotten his winter tires on his car yet. I needed to get a heart monitor this morning for 48 hrs, I'll return it Wed and see a specialist on Thurs. At least I got there today. I was supposed to get this monitor a couple of wks ago on the last snowstorm that knocked out our power and downed a bunch of trees . We are in a major storm watch with special weather statements and wide spread power outages are expected over the next 36 hrs or so but we're ready for it, as ready as we can be. Just in case you don't see me tomorrow or over the next few days it's because I lost my power, no fear of me smoking because I don't do that anymore. I have no desire to smoke and I had a very stressful morning hoping and praying to make this appointment but a cigarette never entered my mind so just remember that the longer you stay quit the easier it is to deal with stress or any emotion without the crutch of smoking. Oh I should mention that I don't expect anything negative with this monitor because it hasn't been a year since I had to wear one and everything was fine, I am sure my heart is ok but I need to go through the stages so the doctors can figure out why I have these weird spells every so often, life is good my fellow Exers, especially since quitting smoking so to anyone fairly new or just having a rough time with your quit, stay strong and hang tough because quitting smoking is definitely doable and absolutely worth it. 

Marilyn 

I'm on my third and final cup of coffee looking out my living room window at the snow falling which is fine but over the next 48 hrs it will go from snow to ice pellets, freezing rain changing back to snow. Oh well we've been so fortunate so far, so it is what it is. I have an appointment at 11: 30 this morning but if it's too bad I'll have to reschedule. Let's enjoy this wonderful day that we are blessed with and as usual let's continue counting our precious days of freedom from smoking, one day at a time gives us our beautiful forever quits N.O.P.E and N.E.F, (((Not One Puff Ever and Never Ever Forget))) Let's never ever go back to day 1, no way no how. 

Marilyn 

Thank you for all the comments on my morning blog, I really appreciate it. I had a great day with my husband and the grandchildren but I am totally pooped so I probably won't get around to answering comments but thank you. We are expecting some winter weather coming through over the next 48 hrs but we have definitely been quite fortunate so far. I have appointments tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday, hopefully the storm can wait until after my appointment tomorrow morning but we'll see, have a relaxing evening my fellow Exers ● 

Marilyn 

I hope that each of us Exers will enjoy another beautiful day that we are fortunate enough to be blessed with whether we're feeling crappy or feeling great, our eyes opened and our feet hit the floor. I am enjoying my second coffee and trying to get woke up, my husband will pick our oldest grandson Adam up for 9 o'clock we'll have him for awhile and take him over to my daughters so he can be with Emma, Mason and the X BOX . I'M not sure if hubby and I will make it to church or not this morning we will see, it starts at 11 o'clock but spending time with Adam is important too, even if it's only an hour now and an hr this afternoon before taking him home he'll be 12 in March and growing up very fast and may not want to hang out with the old fogies too much longer so we'll enjoy every moment while we can, as usual let's enjoy another smoke free day while remaining vigilant and protecting our precious forever quits N.O.P.E and N.E.F, quitting smoking is definitely doable and remaining quit is absolutely doable as well as long as we want it we can hang tough and enjoy our new found freedom because life without the crutch of cigarettes is absolutely worth it.  

Marilyn 517 DOF 

A pic of Mason having lunch on Nov 30th after helping decorate the Christmas tree with the other two grandchildren, it was a great day and only being six he doesn't mind getting his pic taken. Enjoy the weekend everyone and please let's remember to stay EXtra protective of our hard earned precious quits because remaining quit Is vital to our quality of living. Plus our forever quits is the best Christmas present that we can ever give ourselves and our families.

Marilyn 516 DOF and counting 

It's another extremely mild morning which is amazing for the middle of December, the norm is 14° F and it's 37. Mind you I'm not complaining but it sure makes me wonder what January and February has in store along with March and April. Oh well, I will take whatever life throws my way as an Exer because I have learned that I can deal with lifes ups and do without smoking and it's a wonderful feeling knowing that this is my forever quit N.O.P.E and N.E.F. I know that there's life after cigarettes so let's continue counting our splendiferous DOF. 

Marilyn 515 ☺

 Christmas is definitely upon us so let's be sure to be EXrra Vigilant with all of the hustle and bustle of the season that we don't get complacent because the best gift we can give ourselves our family, friends and even our wallets is to hang on EXtra tight to our precious quits. I know that it can be a difficult time of the year for many but let's continue on and get through each day the best we can, I am getting together with my Dad in an hour or so. It will be four years since losing my Mom, I was with her when she passed Jan 26/12 and It's still difficult but more so for my father and a dear friend passed away a yr ago yesterday. We all have sad and depressing situations in our lives but we still must protect our quits because our lives depends on remaining smoke free and there's definitely life after cigarettes and it's pretty damned good and I plan on hanging on tight to my presious forever quit N.O.P.E and N.E.F. 

Marilyn 514 DOF and counting ☺

I can't think of a blessed thing to say this morning, other than stay strong in your quits, keep going forwards because you must give yourself the time to get through the roller coaster ups and downs of mood swings from the many decades of smoking. I smoked for 40 yrs and in the first few weeks of my quit I had a very clean house and did an awlful lot more baking than usual but my point is keeping your mind as well as your hands occupied helps alot plus as Dale says and it really works is saying that I don't do that anymore. I remember times in the beginning, I'd yell at myself by saying it. I actually think that I wrote that in a early blog that I argued with myself that I don't smoke anymore, hee, hee and I WON the argument because it's been 513 days since quitting, please hang tough because quitting smoking can be a hair pulling EXPerience but know in your heart that it's going to get better. I think somewhere between 2 and 3 wks I began to feel a little bit better in my own skin but it's worth all the discomfort to be free of the slavery of cigarettes. I pretty much sound like a broken record but I do it for myself as well as all of you my friends, we must always remain vigilant and protect our beautiful forever quits because our lives depends on it, there's absolutely life after cigarettes and it's great to be able to play with the grandchildren outside and make snow angels or whatever, just keep plowing forwards my fellow Exers. 

Marilyn 

My body parts are hurting this morning from tramping the malls but yaaaaaa, I am finally done with the Christmas shopping at least I think I am. I even bought a 32 inch TV for my bedroom yesterday, it was on a super good deal .I had a 24 inch which I gave to my daughter for Mason and the other grandchildren that hang out at Mandys every other wk end to play the X box and WII and all that stuff, she was happy, the grandkids will be happy and I'm definitely happy. Life is good especially since quitting smoking 512 magnificent days ago, for each of you that may be new to this site or just going through a rough time  stay strong and know that your quit will get better but you must hang tough because we smoked for many years so it stands to reason that it's going to take some ttime to relearn different ways of doing things without a cigarette hanging out of our mouth or stuck between our fingers. Quitting smoking is definitely doable and absolutely worth it and definitely is the best decision you will ever make in your lifetime and believe me our lives and quality of living depends on us quitting and remaining quit for our health, family and our wallets might even get thicker because we're not buying the poison tobacco products anymore. 

Marilyn 

It's almost 8 am, my daughter will be here after dropping Mason off to school and we're off to hopefully finish our Christmas shopping. I only have a couple of things to get and thank goodness I will be done, I'm hoping to buy us lunch before we head back home, Mason is my 6 yr old grandson for anyone that is new here. He called me at 7 and told me I had to go with his Mom  (my daughter) because we are Christmas shopping he is precious, my finding out that I have copd, is the main reason for quitting smoking so I could hopefully be alive for Mason, Adam and Emma because my grandchildren are a huge part of my life and I want to be around to watch them grow up. Quitting smoking is definitely the best decision for all of and it's definitely doable and remaining quit is also absolutely doable, you just need to want it bad enough. After 40 yrs of smoking I wanted to quit and the wonderful people here on this site were here to help me through the rough times and here I am with 511 smoke free days and counting, stay strong, hang tough and stay close to this site because there's life after cigarettes and it's great.

Marilyn 

I had another decent nights sleep, wow that's two in a row but it's also two days of being outside some. I'll figure out something that I can do again today to get the fresh air. My husband and I went to a Christmas potluck due last night, it's through our church, couples club or in case anyones single, it's called pares and spares. We had a Yankee swap which is alot of fun, there was 16 of us there. I can't believe how mild it is this morning because the weather said it was going to be a lot colder but I am not complaining plus my husband is home each morning to get the fires going so I don't have to get up to a freezing house so I am thankful for that and so much more including my 510 smoke free days and counting WTG me and WTG to each and everyone of you my fellow Exers on your wonderful forever quits. If you are new to this site or just going through a rough time in quitting smoking, stay strong, hang tough and know that it's going to get better, most of us have smoked for many decades so it only stands to reason that it's going to some time to get comfortable in our own skin again but believe me, you will. Quitting and remaining quit is absolutely doable and definitely worth all the rough patches because once you get to that good place in your quit it will be so worth. 

Marilyn 

All that shoveling I did yesterday must have helped me sleep better than most nights but I am sore in places that I didn't know that I even had, ha, ha. The snow was really heavy with a lot of water in it and the ground isn't frozen yet either, it's no wonder we had over 30,000 without power including me without but luckily I have it back and there's only a little over 4000 now without power including my son and his girlfriend. They have a generator for most everything except water but everyone is supposed to have their power by the end of the day but if not come shower or do laundry whatever. Our power flashed during the night but so far so good . once we get used to dealing with things without smoking it's great whether it's good or bad news or a storm that knocks our power out for a day or God forbid possibly a month but we can deal with anything even sickness and death because all of this is part of our lives and we don't smoke anymore . No matter how many days, weeks, months or yrs, we have in our quits, we can deal with lifes stressers without the crutch of cigarettes because smoking wouldn't solve anything except more stress and the quilt of ruining a perfectly good quit plus whatever the problem is it's still there so we can actually get through whatever is happening in our lives with knowing that we are fortunate enough to have quit smoking and are enjoying the freedom from smoking and counting our precious days of freedom in our  (((FOREVER QUITS))) - life can and is wonderful so let's enjoy another beautiful day that we are fortunate enough to be blessed with because believe me there's definitely life after cigarettes. 

Marilyn 509 DOF 

I've never figured out how to post pics or anything, I really just haven't taken the time to check it out maybe some day I will. Anyway I took this profile pic around 7:30 this morning, I have to admit it was beautiful but I still say bah hum bug as far as winter goes but I won't let the grandchildren know that I said that especially 6 yr old Mason. Have a wonderful peaceful and relaxing evening everyone. 

Marilyn 

DID you miss me? --- I missed all of you, I would have to go back and check but I don't believe that I have missed a day that I didn't write a blog of some kind or an another, so I am happy to be back on line and I am super happy to have my power back on .We had a lot of downed branches and a few small trees down but hubby cleaned them up with the chainsaw and went to work this morning so I did some shoveling ,well I guess the first major snowstorm of the season left a huge impression. 508 splendiferous DOF and continuing to stack up more smoke free days for my presious forever quit and I am so thankful that my husband Mark has 2 and a half months longer in his quit. As I say pretty much every day there is life after cigarettes and it's absolutely wonderful, stay strong and hang tough because no matter how long you have smoked quitting is definitely doable and remaining quit is also very doable. I smoked for 40 yrs ,when I was told that I have copd after a breathing test I made up my mind that I was quitting smoking, no ifs ands or buts, I made up my mind that my health, family and even my wallet was going to have a better life. As I said my husband quit before me because he had a scare with emphysema which at that time I thought I was fine, we hadn't smoked in our home for over 12 yrs so I continued to smoke outside until I realized I needed to quit smoking too. Make up your mind my friends that no matter what is happening in your life you will keep and protect your quits because your lives, our lives depends on it. (((Big cyber Hug for each of you)))

Marilyn 

It's still raining and quite mild but by this afternoon the temps will drop and the children will be happy because it'll look like a winter wonderland with 10 inches or so of snow which will make it easier for Santa Claus to find all these little boys and girls on Christmas Eve and of course all the little children will be EXtra good this close to Christmas . I know that this time of year can and is very difficult to alot of people but we must remember that relapsing would be the worst possible thing that we could do to ourselves and our families but worst of all we'd be jeopardizing our health and our quality of life. I also get stressed and I am in my second season as an Exer and twice this week I've thought about asking my sister in law that lives 30 seconds away from me for a cigarette and of course that was not going to happen not in a million years but no matter how long we've been quit we must always remain on guard for any thoughts or memories of smoking because remaining quit Is absolutely the best gift we can give ourselves and our loved ones plus we all know we smell 100 % better as Exers ●

Marilyn 507 DOF and counting 

Happy hump day to our Exers that aren't retired or semi retired but are still working away each day. Well winter finally decided to show up here in the Maritime provinces but I believe that we are ready. Schools are running two hrs late this morning because of freezing rain, everything is a blanket of ice but the doors are all open to the schools. It's going to warm up and rain and then switch over to snow overnight and into tomorrow with a crap load of special weather statements already so I imagine school will be canceled tomorrow which means I will probably have Mason for the day so my daughter can sleep because she works the graveyard shift that is if she goes in tonight. Anyway enough of my rambling , enjoy your day everyone and if you are new or fairly new or just having a rough time with your quit, please remember that each day that you get through means that that's one more day without the crutch of cigarettes and after 2 or possibly 3 wks of withdrawal symptoms and cravings with ups and downs of roller coaster of mood swings,the days going to get better but you must give it some time , I know for me I smoked for 40 yrs so I did alot of reading on this site and read the blogs and prepared myself for quitting. I lurked around here for nearly 3 wks before I commented on something and I believe that it was Moody that suggested that I write a blog and tell a little bit about myself and explained to me how to do it, so I did and that was 506 splendiferous days ago. It wasn't easy by no means but it was definitely doable and remaining quit is absolutely doable as well, for me I chose to quit for my health, family and wallet but mostly because I want to be around to watch my grandchildren grow up and hopefully I quit in time to do that with only mild copd, that's my reason for always saying to be vigilant each and every day and protect our precious forever quits N.O.P.E and N.E.F , ,I never ever want to become complacent so every morning I reinforce my vigilance and know before my feet hit the floor that I will enjoy another smoke free day because life without cigarettes is absolutely wonderful. 

Marilyn 

It's hard to believe that it's Dec 1st, what little bit of snow we had last week has melted away but I'm not complaining because I'm pretty sure that we'll have a white Christmas here in the Maritime provinces. I got a hold of my Doctors office yesterday and my CT scan on my head proves that I do have a brain, hee, hee ☺

Everything is good there, the blood work last week was good also. I get a heart monitor Friday for the wk end which I believe my heart is fine because I was on the treadmill less than a year ago and I did great. I think it's something to do with my blood pressure but they'll figure out why I get this dizzy spells where all I see is black with little white spots and it doesn't happen very often but I am fine and I'm happy that my husband is home every night with the new job. Life is good especially since quitting smoking 505 precious days ago. I won't short myself 100 days today, please if you are fairly new to this site stay strong, hang tough and stay close to us because we care about you and your quit. There's life after cigarettes but you must keep moving forward, keep your mind as well as your hands occupied, deep breathe and remember that the best gift you can give yourself and your family this Christmas season is quitting smoking and knowing in your heart and soul that this is your forever quit, I can't think of a better gift than the gift of life.  

Marilyn