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It's the first snow day of the season , I'm sure the children and probably the teachers are happy but not so much the parents I doubt! :) We got 10 1/2 inches with another storm following right behind this one many of you like me lives in a snow belt so it's expected and this has been the best November weather wise that I can remember in a long time so I can't complain but I am thankful that my husband won't be traveling again this winter so I won't have to do all of the shoveling which takes at least an hr each time it storms this much , with the front door , back door , basement door, garage door and the dog gate for her run, we do get plowed out but there's still lots of shoveling but thankfully smoking isn't an issue anymore because I am at a safe and secure place in my quit but I still remain vigilant and I always will because I don't ever want to go back to day ONE and I also know that it only takes a split second to screw up a perfectly beautiful quit so let's always remain on guard while enjoying our Freedom . I never thought in a million years that I could quit smoking after 40 yrs but yay my friends and fellow Exers , here I am with 870 precious smoke free days and counting , was it easy? Hell NO ? was it worth it ?  Hell YES ! and I only want days WON , stick with your quit no matter what because I am here to tell you there's definitely life after cigarettes so keep moving forward and stacking up those precious smoke free days ! Have Faith in yourself , chin up , stay willing , determined and totally committed and getthrough the roller coaster ups and downs of withdrawals and mood swings to come out the other side smiling, mind you it's going to take time to get there but you will ,one day at a time or if need be one minute or even one second at a time but you can and will succeed ! 

Marilyn 870 DOF 

I spent the day with my 80 yr old Father yesterday , he drove over from his place and picked me up we live 20 minutes apart from each other . We did some shopping and dropped into to see my sister , then Dad took me out for lunch for a late birthday present and the best part of the day was I didn't need to make Dad wait for me a half dozen or more times while I sucked on those yakies ( cigarettes ) which makes for a much nicer day for Dad as well as me plus by being an Exer I didn't or don't smell like a stinky old dirty disgusting ashtray . Please let's all of us keep our guard up and protect our precious quits whether we've been quit a wk a month , a yr or 10 yrs we must not become complacent and lazy thinking that nothing can cause us to relapse because we all know how powerful this addiction is and how a thought could turn into an action which would really suck big time so with Christmas upon us and all of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season , let's be EXtra cautious and not ruin our perfectly beautiful quit ,let's instead enjoy the festivities and embrace our Freedom 

Marilyn 869 DOF 

Good morning everyone , it's another Monday already plus it's the last one for November and the most important thing for this day is at the end of it to be able to look yourself in the mirror and smile because you made it through another day WON , I know that in the first few days , weeks and even months can be trying and somedays feel overpowering but I made it through and so will you because as long as you stay willing , determined and totally committed to succeed then you can and will be successful but don't let your guard down , chin up and hang on tight because there's definitely life after cigarettes and it's yours for the taking but you must believe in yourself is it easy NO! but is it DOABLE ? Hell YES! and definitely worth it to be FREE ! Grab onto your precious quit and don't let go because the further you go the easier it will get and this is one journey you must take to feel the Freedom because life without the crutch is super fantastic ! 

Marilyn 868 DOF - days of Freedom 

Life is so much better without the crutch but in order to get to the point of realizing it, first you must go through the withdrawals and cravings and roller coaster ups and downs first but boys oh boys , let me tell you that it's worth every blessed mood swing and rough patches to get to that good place , it's going to definitely take some time but it only stands to reason that it's going to because most of us smoked many decades so it takes time to relearn different ways of handling situations without the crutch of smoking but it's sooooooo very doable and absolutely worth everything you need to go through to be Free from the clutches of the dreaded cancer sticks , so hang on tight and continue stacking up those precious smoke free days , yay for another day WON ! I hope you like my Christmas avatar which was taken today , life really does get better and better as an Exer , life is grand without a cigarette in hand ! 

Marilyn 

Thanks again for all of the wonderful birthday wishes yesterday which made my day even more special , Adams coming shortly but I'm not sure if Mark or I are going to pick him up . We'll figure it out in a few minutes but I better go start the car to get it warmed up so my friends and fellow Exers , let's enjoy another smoke free day and this evening we can smile and say YAY ANOTHER DAY WON because as long as we apply N.O.P.E - Not One Puff Ever because S.I.N.A.O - Smoking Is Not An Option - Vigilance will give us a beautiful life of Freedom from the horrid cancer sticks , if you have been quit awhile N.E.F - Never Ever Forget the early days and wks of quitting smoking - Another day ONE would totally suck big time ! - H.A.L.T -  hunger , anger , lonely and tired , let's take EXtra good care of ourselves so we'll be on guard for any unexpected stressers ! 

Marilyn 867 DOF or something like that :) 

It's been a wonderful day and a great birthday with hubby plus we had Emma and Mason for awhile this afternoon and we went to the parade this evening and took them home afterwards , tommorrow we'll have Adam as well as Emma and Mason so we'll get the tree which is artificial decorated as well as the house . so far with this Noreaster we are getting mostly rain but it's supposed to switch to snow overnight , it sure doesn't look like Christmas but I'm sure by morning it will , thanks again my friends for making my birthday so much brighter . :)

1 3/4 cups of flour             mix together and add 1 cup of boiling water , cook at 325 % 

2 cups of sugar 

3/4 cup of cocoa 

I cup of milk 

2 eggs 

1/2  cup of oil

1 1/2 tsp soda 

1 1/2 tsp baking powder 

2 tsp vanilla 

1 tsp salt 

A very good morning to each of you my friends and fellow Exers , I smiled at a couple of comments to me being like an energizer bunny , how I wish that were true . I tackle each day by plowing forward and that's how I handled my quit especially in the early day's and weeks by pushing through whether I felt like it or not because I was determined and committed to succeed and being able to go anywhere , anytime whenever , wherever and however without worrying about where to sneak off to suck on a killer cancer stick is so worth it to be Free and enjoy family and friends , especially the grandchildren so let's enjoy this day even though a Noreaster is supposed to roll through this region there's no worries about relapsing because I don't do that anymore so  let's keep on stacking up our precious days of Freedom because life is grand without a cigarette in hand so push through the rough patches and come out the other side smiling ! 

Marilyn 866 DOF 

Mason went home around 8 pm and I am tired , a good tired but tired just the same , we're hoping to take Mason and Emma his 14 yr old half sister which of course is our granddaughter to the Christmas parade tommorrow night at 6 , hopefully this Noreaster coming through won't be too bad Adam should be there too with his family who's supposed to be in one of the floats , not Adam but his half sisters and brother so hopefully the weather will cooperate but no matter what smoking isn't even a blimp on my radar because I don't do that anymore , life happens whether we smoke or not and choosing not to smoke is the best decision for all of us because another day WON is super fantastic instead of another day ONE which would totally suck big time so chin up and hang on tight because there's definitely life after cigarettes so keep moving forward and stacking up those precious smoke free days!

Marilyn 

There's no school today because of PD days so Mason spent the night last night , whew I wish I had just 1/10th of his energy which would be awesome but I probably have quite a bit more energy now since quitting smoking 865 days ago and I do know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I haven't had that horrid smokers cough where I choked and horked so badly, especially first thing in the mornings sitting outside with my coffee in the rain or the snow , wind , sleet , freezing rain or whatever trying to suck on that stupid cancer stick and nearly horking up a lung or maybe both . Wow isn't it amazing how powerful an addiction cigarettes are but I kicked my nicotine poison to the curb after 40 yrs of wasting my life to the slavery of the addiction and so has so many people here that's smoked 45 and 50 yrs and we are Free because we decided to take back our lives from the clutches of the dreaded cancer sticks so if you haven't quit yet come join the ranks of being an EX SMOKER because quitting smoking is definitely doable and absolutely worth it and if you have quit and you are struggling hang on tight because there's definitely life after cigarettes and it's super fantastic but you must believe in yourself and keep moving forward and stacking up those precious smoke free days , another day WON is super fantastic! :) going back to another day ONE would definitely suck big time so that'snot even an optionbecause Freedom is EXhilarating ! 

Marilyn 865 DOF 

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day , Mark , Mason and I went to the tree lighting in town this evening it was only 28 degrees outside but it was a fun time especially being hubbys birthday. I even baked a hersheys swim cake , Mason put 3 candles in the cake and I lit them and he turned out the lights and we sang Happy birthday before going to town , it was a great day,  life really does get better and better without the crutch of smoking , stick with your quit no matter what is happening in life because life happens whether we smoke or not so choose NOT ! 

good night ! 

I wish for each of you to have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day and maybe with all of the festivities it would be a good idea to be EXtra careful and EXtra cautious not to get stressed or overwhelmed with trying to get everything done so deep breaths and enjoy your day while remaining vigilant and protecting your hard earned quit......

Marilyn 864 DOF 

Wow another Hump Day is upon us and November is slipping right along and I believe winter has found us and it's going to stick around for the next several months but I won't and I pray that any of you won't use the snow , ice , sleet ,freezing rain or the freezing cold temps for an excuse to relapse because the weather is what it is and we can't do anything about it anyway. life happens whether we smoke or not and once we realize that then we can deal easier but I found that my first winter of my quit that this community of people helped me through some pretty rough times and last winter was much better but I still had you my friends and fellow Exers to vent to whenever I needed so stick with your quit and come on site , blog help before you head out to the grocery store to buy a pk of the cancer sticks and someone will help you through the rough patch but it's your choice to smoke or not and I really hope that you choose NOT , with winter and Your Thanksgiving , plus Christmas is coming up so I am going to reinforce vigilance for all of us Exers because our quits are vital to our quality of life so let's always protect it while going about our daily business ! And if you live in California or Florida or any place that doesn't get winter like many of us then please Don't smoke over the sunshine , green grass or the beautiful flowers and fruit trees . :) :) :)

Marilyn 863 DOF 

I suppose all of you living in the States are getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving Day , we had ours last month and it was wonderful . We all have so much to be thankful for , I looked out the window this morning at 6:30 to a winter wonderland which will make Mason and all of the children very EXcited because it's beginning to look alot like Christmas , Mark and I are taking Mason to the tree lighting in town Thursday night which is hubby's birthday and on Saturday we are planning on taking him and hopefully his half sister Emma our granddaughter to the Santa Claus parade on Saturday which is my birthday and on Sunday we will have all three grandchildren to put the tree up which is artificial and decorate it and the inside of the house with lots of Christmas music and chocolate kisses and candy canes and all kinds of row , this is a tradition that we've been doing for a few yrs now , we only get all 3 of the kids together every two weeks and we didn't want to wait until the 11th of Dec . so it's going to be a busy week but a good one especially since smoking isn't an issue anymore life really does get easier and easier as time goes on and N.O.P.E - Not One Puff Ever will give us a beautiful smoke free life when we apply it daily because S.I.N.A.O - Smoking Is Not An Option - it's a choice so choose Freedom say NO to the slavery of the dreaded cancer sticks , quitting smoking is definitely difficult but absolutely doable and absolutely worth it to be FREE!

Marilyn 862 DOF 

MY future daughter in law Heidi picked me up yesterday morning and then we picked up my daughter Mandy and we went shopping an hour away for the afternoon and had a delicious Chinese buffet which I wanted to pay for but they insisted on treating me . :) I sat in the back and let the ladies have the front because they both smoke  they had the windows down some thankfully it was a mild November day  so It wasn't too cold . Luckily I am secure in my quit at well over 2 glorious years in now so the only thing I thought was I am so thankful that I don't smoke anymore , I had no desire what so ever to smoke but even so I still push vigilance for me as well as you because if I happened to be in a different mindset and let myself get complacent and lazy in my quit then maybe just maybe I would think Aaah just one would be ok which of course we all know how dangerous that thinking is . My cough was finally coming to an end yesterday which was great because there must have been 20 cigarettes smoked between the two of them on the road trip and I actually got a decent nights sleep as well without the cough , plus I got quite a bit of exercise too tramping the malls which probably helped me sleep in the first few weeks and probably months of my quit , I wasn't around too many smokers and no one came around too much either because I probably wasn't the nicest person during that period of time so everyone avoided me like the plague , they all knew through previous failed attempts at quitting how cranky , irritable and unreasonable I could be so they just stayed away which was A ok by me ! 

Marilyn 862 Wonderful DOF 

I have  always tried to live my life looking for the positives even when the negatives feels overwhelming because I find if we look hard enough we will always find something positive and I went into my quit with that mindset plus with everything I read here helped me to strengthen my resolve to be successful and I knew from reading here that it would get better and I thought maybe I will be a happy quitter if I could get past these horrid cravings where I wanted to scream and walk to my sister in laws which is a 30 second walk away and bum a cigarette but thankfully I didn't do it and went to Dales page instead concerning the first 4 months of quitting and read it and I blogged , everytime I felt like throwing a hissy fit and giving up I looked at the positives of quitting and kept on moving forward in my quit . I looked for the light at the end of the tunnel and in the beginning it was barely a flicker but after a couple of months it was getting brighter and the third and fourth months brighter still and for me now that light is brilliant so keep stacking up those precious days of freedom and if you haven't quit yet , start educating yourself by reading everything you can find about quitting smoking and remaining quit because there's nothing but positives and believe it or not life just keeps getting better and better without the crutch of the dreaded cancer sticks and if you don't believe me , stick with your quit and prove it for yourself ! 

Marilyn 860 glorious days of Freedom and counting ! 

I put in a rough night coughing but at least I'm not making it worse by sucking on a cancer stick anymore , isn't it amazing how when we were smoking that it didn't matter what kind of shape we were in that we had to to smoke no matter what or so we thought until we were willing , determined and 100 % committed to quitting then we realized that hey it's doable and why it took so long to realize it but it doesn't matter how long it takes to realize it as long as we do while we're still vertical . I smoked for 40 yrs and I know that there's folks here that smoked over 50 yrs that's enjoying life as an Exer and so can you!   N.O.P.E - Not One Puff Ever which will give you a beautiful smoke free life because S.I.N.A.O - Smoking Is Not An Option - Vigilance is key to success and if you've been quit for awhile - N.E.F - Never Ever Forget the early days and wks of your quit because relapsing would really suck big time because another day ONE is BOO compared to another day WON with a smile!  H . A . L . T - Hunger , anger , lonely , tired , let's take EXtra good care of ourselves so we can be around to enjoy a much better quality of life without the crutch of the dreaded nicotine poison ! 

Marilyn 859 DOF - days of Freedom or maybe 860 but hey I am Free and I remain vigilant each day while enjoying life as an Exer, I am a Happy quitter!  

If by chance there's someone reading this that hasn't quit yet maybe it's time to make a plan to take back your life from the clutches of the dreaded cancer sticks . We all know the dangers of continuing to smoke and it's definitely a horrible addiction but quitting is definitely doable , difficult absolutely yes but it's also absolutely doable, after smoking for 40 I never thought I could quit smoking or I wasn't even sure I wanted to but finding out that I have mild copd scared me into realizing that I wasn't invincible that it was time to stop playing Russian Roulette with my life so I found this site and read everything I could find to strengthen my resolve to quit . I was 100 % committed to succeed and was willing to go through whatever I had to get to that good place in my quit and I knew from everything that I read that it was going to take some time plus I had to relearn different ways of handling situations without the crutch of cigarettes , you can quit smoking too and believe me when I say there's life after cigarettes and it's super fantastic so come on and join the ranks of being an Ex Smoker ! 

I find the older I get that the days , wks and months breeze by so much faster but thankfully I'm living a healthier lifestyle now since quitting smoking , It's been a wk today since I came down with some kind of a cold or flu bug , I had a flu shot the first wk of Oct , I am so glad I don't smoke anymore because If I was still smoking then I would be trying to suck on a killer cancer stick just the same and coughing and choking and possibly horking up a lung or maybe both because being an addict I thought I'd just had to have that cigarette even if it was going to kill me but now with well over two years quit and with this bug and my head is full of cold , my ears are aching , my throat hurts and my chest is full and I have a wheeze which makes me EXtremely thankful that I don't smoke anymore . I don't know if this is viral or not but if I don't feel better by tommorrow I will go to the hospital and get checked out . My brain is in a fog right now from coughing so hard and not getting much sleep so I'll just say quit smoking if you haven't and if you have and are going through some rough patches , please keep moving forward because life happens whether you smoke or not so please choose Freedom by continuing to move forward stacking up those precious smoke free days because quitting is difficult to say the least but it's absolutely doable and definitely worth it to be FREE ! 

Marilyn 857 DOF 

It's a dark dreary , drab , dismal drisslie dank day ,it's supposed to rain pretty much all day and that's great because we need as much as we can get before the freeze up , I wish I could share some of it with you Nancy but hopefully you'll get your much needed rain soon. whether it's raining where you are or it's a beautiful sunny day or maybe it's still dark , let's have the best day possible and let's be sure to protect our quits , it doesn't matter whether we're on day 1 or day 101 or 1001 or whatever . It's EXtremely important not to become complacent and lazy in our precious quits because it only takes a split second to screw up a perfectly beautiful quit so let's always remain vigilant while enjoying our Freedom . I mentioned yesterday that my daughter took me out for coffee I didn't mention she's a smoker and of course her car's a smoking car but I have no desire to relapse so that's great but I still am careful because if I happen to be stressed or in a frame of mind to think that just ONE won't hurt well thankfully that's where Vigilance comes in so I push it for ME just as much as I push it for you.So have the best day possible and smoke free because that's the best life for you and for me ! 

Sorry I'm late getting here , I had a blog almost written out this morning when my daughter dropped in and wanted me to treat me to a Tim Hortons so I shut down my tablet .Three coffees and a French Vanilla later all I have to say is if you haven't quit smoking yet , now is the time to do so , don't take your life for granted because life is way too short to play Russian Roulette and none of us are invincible so chin up , there's a wealth of information here to strengthen your resolve to quit smoking and remain quit .Quitting smoking is no different than anything else because anything in life worth having takes time and effort but wow my friends and fellow Exers , once you get through the roller coaster ups and downs of withdrawals and mood swings to get to that good place in your quit and you realize how much better life is without the crutch then you will be smiling while you're stacking up those precious days of Freedom ! 

Marilyn 855 DOF :)

We enjoyed another great wk end weather wise , quite windy at times but we reached 47 degrees yesterday afternoon and we may hit 50 today but it's been sunny so it feels alot warmer . we had our 12 yr old grandson Adam and 14 yr old granddaughter Emma here for awhile yesterday and I took them both home late afternoon . Smoking doesn't enter my thoughts much anymore other than thinking how thankful I am that I finally wised up and tossed the yakies ( cigarettes ) away after 40 yrs of slavery to the dreaded nicotine poison and I figured that it was time to stop playing Russian Roulette with my life because I finally realized when I found out that I have mild copd that I wasn't invincible that if I didn't brighten up I was probably going to end up on oxygen 7 / 24 or even worse die a slow painful death that's most likely smoking related , quitting smoking isn't easy by no means but anything worth having in life takes time and effort and I can't think of anything more important than taking care of ourselves and trying to live a healthier lifestyle which means quitting smoking and remaining quit . If there's anyone hiding in the shadows reading this it's time to take back your life because lifes way to short to knowingly continue to slowly kill yourself and if you are struggling hang tough and hang on tight because there's definitely life after cigarettes but unfortunately it's going to take some time to relearn life without the crutch , stick with your quit and stay close to this site because we're all here to help you through the rough patches ! 

Marilyn 854 precious DOF and counting ! 

I wish everyone a great day and if anyone here hasn't quit smoking yet , this is the time to take back your life while you can , there's a wealth of information here to strengthen your resolve to quit smoking and remain quit and if there's anyone struggling hang on tight and continue to choose Freedom because S.I.N.A.O - Smoking Is Not An Option - Vigilance is key to success so please stick with your precious quit because N.O.P.E - Not One Puff Ever really does work when applied on a daily basis . I really do remember the early days and wks of my quit and I know just how horrid some of the craves are because there were quite a few times that I wanted to throw my hands up in the air and head straight to the grocery store and buy a carton of cigarettes instead of just a pk , I am also a recovering alcoholic by almost 6 yrs but in the beginning of my quit I thought I should buy a 40 ouncer of bacardi rumto go along with the smokes , but thankfully I would go to Dales page instead concerning the first 4 months of quitting smoking ( jonescarps aka dales page ), which always reinforced my resolve to stay quit plus I blogged at least twice a day and sometimes 3 if I was having a rough time but the bottom line was it was up to me whether I relapsed back into the clutches of the cancer sticks and I chose to continue on with my presious quit because I wanted the Freedom to go anywhere , anytime whenever , wherever and however without worrying about where to sneak off to suck on a killer cigarette . Quitting smoking isn't easy by no means but it's absolutely doable and absolutely worth it and we must remember that it's bound to take some time to relearn life without the crutch especially after decades of smoking with just about everything we ever did was wrapped around smoking but I love my new found Freedom and so will you , just be willing , determined and totally committed to succeed and you can and will be successful and each day you get through is another day WON ! and if you've been quit for awhile N.E.F - Never Ever Forget the early days of your quit because Boo on another day ONE ! - keep moving forward and stacking up those splendiferous DOF ! 

Marilyn 853 DOF 

It's sunny but cold at 27 degrees but nice and toasty in the house , my husband Mark is outside splitting wood while I am in here with you and a cup of coffee . I got a cold from somewhere , it's pretty much settled in the chest but it won't last too long especially now that I won't be trying to suck on a disgusting cancer stick and possibly horking up a lung or maybe both   being an Exer is nothing but positives but you must get through the roller coaster ups and downs of withdrawals , mood swings and cravings to get to that place where you realize that life really does get easier as time goes on so chin up and hang on tight because there's definitely life after cigarettes and it's super fantastic . I smoked for 40 yrs and never thought in a million years that I could quit smoking , I thought I'd never get any of the smoking related illnesses because that happened to other people but not me , I am thankful for finding out about my mild copd when I did otherwise I would've continued to smoke until it got alot worse. None of us are invincible so quitting smoking and remaining quit is the wisest decision that any of us can make,  taking back our lives from the clutches of the dreaded nicotine poison is the wisest and surest way of living a healthier lifestyle which means possibly adding a few more years of better quality of living ! 

Marilyn 852 DOF 

We are blessed with a roof over our heads , food in the cupboard and family members that we love and that love us  and we owe our Veterans our respect and love for the very Freedom that we have THANK YOU . If you are reading this and haven't quit yet or if you are struggling with your quit please believe me when I say that quitting smoking is absolutely doable , easy NO but doable YES and definitely worth it to be FREE but you must want it more than anything else in this world so therefore you must be willing , determined and totally committed to succeed and you can and will be successful . I smoked for 40 yrs and there were quite a few times in the first few weeks of quitting that I felt like throwing my hands up in the air and head straight for the grocery store and buy a carton of cigarettes instead of just a pk but then I remembered why I was quitting smoking because I have mild copd and I decided my health , family and even my wallet was way more important than the cancer sticks so if you are serious about quitting smoking then read everything you can about quitting because there's a wealth of information here to strengthen your resolve to quit and remain quit and also remember anything in life worth having takes time and effort and so worth it ! 

Marilyn 851 DOF 

We all have a choice in most everything we do in life and when it comes to quitting smoking and protecting it with our lives then we should definitely choose Freedom because to be Free is the best decision anyone of us Exers have ever or will ever make in our lives . I am going to Masons and Adams school later on this morning to watch the children do a Remembrance Day Service which is tommorrow and it's your Veterans Day and I know that we all will Remember! let's  always remain vigilant in our quits because we shouldn't take our lives for granted because life is short and we have the chance to live the best life possible without the crutch and Freedom is EXhilarating! N.O.P.E- Not One Puff Ever - will give you a beautiful smoke free life ! 

Marilyn 850 DOF 

We all have curve balls that's tossed into our lives but we must under all circumstances not use them for an Excuse to smoke because there's always going to be something that could screw you up but be prepared and don't  let anything cause you to lose the best thing that's happening in your life and that's your quit. Please don't let the craziness of this world cause you to think that just ONE won't hurt because you know that it will so take as many deep breaths as you need and choose to remain smoke free because you have a choice so continue to choose Freedom because we can't control the world but we are in control of our lives and our quits are vital to our quality of life ! 

Marilyn 849 DOF 

All I have to say this morning is to please protect your quits because we all know smoking kills and quitting can save us from dying a slow painful death that's most likely smoking related , there's no EXcuse on the face of this earth that's good enough to screw up a perfectly beautiful quit so don't let the craziness of this world get to you , if you get an overwhelming crave , take a deep breath and give your head a couple of shakes and say NO I don't smoke anymore and continue on with whatever you are doing because Relapsing isn't an option , not if you want to protect your health , family and even keep EXtra money in your wallet . It's definitely time to take back your life and stop playing Russian Roulette, bite the bullet and get through the rough patches and struggles and look for the light at the end of the tunnel maybe it's just a flicker right now but it's definitely going to keep getting brighter and brighter as you stack up those precious smoke free days so keep moving forward , don't let anything ruin your quit because another day ONE would totally suck but another day WON is totally EXhilarating ! 

Marilyn 848 DOF or something like that ! :)

Wishing each of you my friends and fellow Exers a blessed day , stick close to this site and don't let the stress of this world tear you down and cause you to question the best thing that's happening in your life which is your precious ongoing beautiful splendiferous , stupendous life altering quit . No matter what is happening please take a deep breath and don't let anything cause you to relapse because relapsing isn't an option , no way no how if you have to give your head a couple of shakes and think about what a horrible deal it would be to go back to another day ONE , so concentrate on today and please don't stress about tommorrow because whatever will be will be and I will stop right there ! life is going to happen good or bad and I have figured out that I can handle life on lifes terms without the crutch of smoking and so can you , chin up and hang on tight and continue to choose Freedom because life is so much better without the clutches of the dreaded cancer sticks ! when this evening rolls around stop and think about how great is to be able to look in the mirror and smile because you have ANOTHER DAY WON which I think is super fantastic and is definitely worth smiling about ! 

Marilyn 847 DOF 

I thought I'd put My husband Mark and Mason on my profile pic for a little while , Mason was helping Gramp put a new post in for Sam's gate on the dog run , I hope each of you are having a relaxing evening and will enjoy a decent nights sleep . We had a great potluck supper with if I counted correctly 33 of us ranging in age from 7 wks old to 89 yrs old and just about every age in between , good food and good company and I think I should sleep half decent tonight . It's really great to be at a place in my quit that smoking isn't even a blimp on my radar and if anyone is struggling with your quit please stay close to this site , keep your mind as well as your hands occupied and know that you can and will be successful but you must believe in yourself and remain willing , determined and totally committed Freedom is yours for the taking reach out and grab it and hold on tight because there's definitely life after cigarettes and it's super fantastic ! 

Thanks for your comments on last night's blog , Mason woke up at 20 after 6 ugh then Mark reminded me it was actually 20 after 7 which is the normal time to get up . I just told Mason that my friend Nancy wanted her to come do her lights ,he said yes but needs directions to your home . ::) :) :) :) we have a big family due at my mother in laws this afternoon at least 30 of us and maybe more , a couple of great nephews under the age of 6 months . so I got to cook a couple of dishes of some sort it's potluck which makes it easier , no smoking is involved in any aspect of my life anymore and it's wonderful to be able to go anywhere , anytime whenever , wherever and however without thinking about the disgusting cancer sticks so keep moving forward and stacking up those precious smoke free days because if you are struggling hang on tight and know that you will get through the roller coaster ups and downs and come out the other side smiling but after decades of smoking it only stands to reason that it's going to take awhile to get there but you must believe in yourself and keep your mind as well as your hands occupied and know that life is so much better without the crutch but you don't have to believe me stick with your quit and prove it to yourself , chin up and hang tough and stay close to this site if you are having a rough time because we're all here for you, let's get ready for bed this evening with a huge grin and say YAY ANOTHER DAY WON ! 

Marilyn 845 DOF 

Mason and I had a busy day , plus we stopped in and had a visit with my Dad and Mason helped Gramp put up the outside Christmas lights this afternoon . We won't plug them in until December 1st but it's much nicer putting them out on a nice day instead of waiting for the frigid temps to arrive , anyway I just wanted to wish each of you a great night ! 

Today is my Dad's 80th birthday , I took him out on Wednesday for a birthday lunch which we both enjoyed, my father is great  singer and guitar player and Mom bless her soul will be gone 5 yrs the end of January and she was also a great singer , they sang in church together quite often and way before I was born and I will be 57 soon , I'm told Dad used to play at the jamboree's as well . I can't sing at all and neither can my brother but both of my sisters have beautiful voices and my neice and her husband have a band and sing in all of the local churches , my parents raised her from the time she was 1 year old , anyway I don't know what happened to my brother and I in the voice department but I called Dad when I got up and asked if he'd like me to sing Happy Birthday to him and he said he'd love me too, we were both being silly  so I sang quite silly and he said that I missed my calling that I should have been an opera singer , hee , hee , hee , I love my Dad and I told him that I was so thankful that I quit smoking other wise I wouldn't have been able to hold the notes on my birthday song to him with the word youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu ,because if I was still a smoker , I know I couldn't have held that note without coughing and choking and possibly horking up a lung or maybe both . yay for being an Exer . ☆ Stay devoted to your quit everyone , there's nothing but positives in getting rid of the crutch of cigarettes , you must look at the big picture because your health , family and even your wallet all benefits and your quality of living should be so much better but you gotta get through the rough patches first and then start reaping the benefits of an Ex smoker so hang on tight and continue stacking up those precious smoke free days ! Mason is coming over shortly for an overnighter and I got to figure out what I'm baking  for a pot luck deal tommorrow afternoon  whew for at least 30 people, I don't care much for these but I promise that I won't smoke over it or anything else because I love my FREEDOM way too much to jeopardize my splendiferous quit!  

Marilyn 846 DOF or something like that :) 

I woke up shortly after 5 this morning and thought I should make bread today so I bounced right up and grabbed a coffee , my husband Mark stirred it up for me before he left for work . I make a huge batch and over the last couple of yrs I try to make it when he's around to help me , I have severe arthritis in my hands , neck and pretty much everywhere else but when there's a will there's a way and this saying is certainly true for our quits because we need to  take back our lives from the clutches of the disgusting cancer sticks , once you get through the first 3 days of quitting smoking and the nicotine poison is out of your system then you start relearning life without the crutch and this definitely takes time but boy oh boy it's so worth it to be FREE and I really , really , really like this saying because it is TRUE when it comes to quitting smoking . (((WHERE THERE'S A WILL THERE'S A WAY))) we need to be willing , determined and 100 % committed to succeed and then we will be successful and remember to that anything in life worth having takes time and effort and our health , family and even our wallets are so worth the effort to hopefully live a few yrs longer with a much better quality of life and to be able to go anywhere , anytime whenever , wherever and however without worrying about where to sneak off to suck on a killer cigarette is absolutely worth it, so hang on tight because there's definitely life after cigarettes but unfortunately it's going to take some time but you can do it so hang tough ! 

Marilyn 845 DOF or something like that :) 

I slept in until almost 8:30 this morning but now I'm running behind but that's alright because I really don't have anything pressing to do . My oldest sister in law called and asked me and our mother in law out for a coffee at Tim Hortons so I said sure but I need to get dressed since I'm still in my jammies , it's almost 9: 30 now and she'll be here at 10 o'clock so I wish each of you a blessed day and if you are reading this and haven't quit yet now is the time to take back your life while you can before it's too late and if you are struggling hang on tight because there's definitely life after cigarettes and it's super fantastic but you must get through the roller coaster ups and downs first , look for the light at the end of the tunnel maybe it's just a tiny little flicker right now but by continuing to move forward , that little flicker will get brighter and brighter but you must believe in yourself and keep stacking up those precious smoke free days and give your quit the time needed to relearn life without the crutch , many of us Exers have smoked for 40 yrs and more so it stands to reason that it's going to take some time to relearn different ways of handling lifes stressers and situations but it's absolutely going to happen and it's EXhilarating when you realize one day soon how much better life is since quitting smoking ! 

Marilyn 843 DOF 

It's Nov 2nd and it's HUMP DAY for the Mon Thru Fri working folks , my husband Mark reminds me each wk what Wednesday's stand for . whether you're on day 1  or day 1,001 or 10,001, let's always make sure that our quits remain our # 1 priority by continuing to realize how precious life is and how important it is to quit smoking and remain quit for our health , family and even our wallets will thank us for taking back our lives and protecting our quits with our lives because our lives are literally depending on us to stop playing Russian Roulette and to bite the bullet and live a life of Freedom because life is so much better without the crutch ! 

Marilyn 842 DOF or something like that :) 

Good bye Halloween , hello November , we've already had our Canadian Thanksgiving but yours is coming right up in the States and then Christmas , yikes but we are so blessed to be able to enjoy the holidays and the Seasons but with all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays can be overwhelming especially if you are fairly new in your quit so I am pushing vigilance again so you can keep stacking up those precious smoke free days, remember N.O.P.E - Not One Puff Ever will give you a beautiful smoke free life because S.I.N.A.O - Smoking Is Not An Option - and if you have been quit awhile N.E.F - Never Ever Forget the early days and wks of your quit because relapsing doesn't have to happen because another day ONE would absolutely suck big time but another day WON is super fantastic!

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I live so far off the road that I only had my seven year old grandson Mason who's always been my little Mack Attack since he was only a few months old so he got quite a haul of his favorite chocolate which is mine too , Reeses peanut butter cups and Reeses pieces .:) I hope each of you my friends and fellow Exers had a good day and are enjoying your Halloween evening as well , remember if you are struggling with your quit that you need to stick with it and hang on tight , deep breaths and hang tough because it's going to take some time but unfortunately you must go through whatever cravings , withdrawals , mood swings and roller coaster ups and downs first but it's so worth it to be free from the clutches of the dreaded cancer sticks so keep moving forward and stacking up those precious smoke free days , sleep well tonight .

Marilyn