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Life happens whether we smoke or NOT BUT thankfully we've got the CHOICE to throw our hands up in the air and screw up a perfectly beautiful quit or take a deep breath or two or as many as necessary and continue to move forward our lives literally depends on us to stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance N.M.W - No Matter What! There's so much happening all around us that we haven't got any control over BUT thankfully when it comes to quitting smoking and remaining quit we have complete control so let's keep stacking up those precious DOF - Days Of Freedom so each evening we can look ourselves in the mirror and say YAY for another Day WON...... it's not easy at times but it's Doable and so worth it.....

Actually I'm one of the fortunate people that can get out for a walk or just wander around the yard when my arthritic ankle and other body parts allow me to do so PLUS here in NB things are beginning to open up a little bit we're taking it very slowly because of the Quebec, NS and Maine borders still have rising cases of Covid 19 I pray for all leaders to work together to flatten this curve globally and to stop blaming each other because this isn't the time NOT when so many lives are being lost AND there appears to be so many needs NOT being met! Whew I better stop yammering and take a deep breath or two and tell you that we can and we MUST  continue living a Smokefree Life because it's absolutely Doable our buddy our pal our friend our Hump Day Camel George wants to wish each of you reading this a Stressfree hasslefree BUT most importantly a Smokefree Day....

we may NOT have control over what's happening in the world BUT thankfully we do have complete control over whether we smoke or not so vigilance is key to remaining Smokefree and besides relapsing isn't an option anymore....

Sticking with N.O.P.E - Not One Puff Ever and vigilance N.M.W - No Matter What ~ keeps us Smokefree as long as we are willing determined and totally committed to succeed then there's no way we can FAIL.....

did anybody notice!   LOL.....

Everyone of us that's kicked the nicotine poison to the curb is proof that there's LIFE after Cigarettes and it's most definetly the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE so with N.O.P.E and vigilance N.M.W they'll never ever be another Day ONE only Days WON will do  because LIFE really is Grand without a Cigarette in Hand,...

Everyone has their ups and downs in life whether they smoke or not BUT for us Ex Smokers non smokers or EXers whatever you want to call it we must always remember and N.E.F - Never Ever Forget ~ our horrid smoking days because going back to that horrendous day ONE and those awlful early days and weeks of quitting smoking never needs to happen NOT when we have the choice to remain Smokefree sticking with N.O.P.E and vigilance N.M.W - No Matter What  because it's Doable & so very worth it to be Free  I still smile at each and every Day WON because Freedom Rocks....

As much as I'm soooooooo ready for Mother Nature to get off her high horse and realize it's Spring I have to admit that it looks absolutely stunning looking out my livingroom window BUT it's time for warm temps and for the snow to melt away BUT no matter the weather the weather or anything else that's happening in our lives even this horrifying Coronavirus virus we must stick with N.O.P.E - Not One Puff Ever we can't let anything interfere with our quits N.M.W - No Matter What! LIFE is going to happen whether we smoke or not so let's continue to move forward stacking up those precious DOF - Days Of Freedom so each evening we can say YAY for another WON we're sure living in some terrifying time BUT we will perservere because we're all in this together..........

Each and every Day WON is a GIFT of LIFE our lives deserves for us to kick the nicotine poison to the curb permanently we need to nurture and protect our precious quits so we can be around with the best quality of LIFE possible....

Here's a little humor to hopefully put a smile on your face even if it's just for a moment.

I'm beyond frustrated with everything that's happening with the Covid 19 we're doing really well with the numbers of cases 118 here in NB only 46 in my zone several people are recovering and several have recovered and we have no deaths BUT the borders around us like Quebec has a large amount of cases N.S also has well over double than N.B, I'm five minutes away from the Bridgewater Border into the States where Maine is also getting more cases everyday so I'm one of the people that's relieved the borders will remain closed for the next month. Life goes on good and bad, I turned the TV on yesterday to see there was a shooting spree in N.S our neighboring Province leaving so far 17 dead including a police officer and the shooter is also deceased so senseless this just doesn't happen in my little neck of the woods I called my older sister because she lives in N.S she told me she heard the sirens going, I'm rambling and I know it but at least we haven't had any major flooding or ice jams this year so that's good LIFE happens whether we smoke or not so we might just as well stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance N.M.W. I'm just glad that when I get stressed my first thought is how thankful I am that I don't smoke anymore because I'd be sitting outside in a cloud of smoke accomplishing nothing stressing over everything that's happening that I have no control over WHEW let's continue living a Smokefree Life because we CAN & DO have complete control over our precious quits On a good note Mark opened up our patio area and set out the flags yesterday he brings them back in every evening as you can tell the snow is pretty much gone other than the snowbanks which are melting away and that's a really good thing.....

We can and must make the choice to stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance N.M.W because LIFE is going to keep on happening whether we relapse or NOT so we MUST keep our precious quits because Relapsing isn't the answer NOT when our lives literally depends on us to nurture and protect the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE....

I remember how horrendous it was in those early days and weeks of quitting smoking BUT with the help of this community I kept moving forward and with commitment and perseverance I made it through and so will you as long as you keep stacking up those precious Days Of Freedom it's definetly going to take time to relearn life without the smokes BUT boy oh boy it's absolutely worth all of the withdrawals and moodswings and lack of sleep to be able to go anywhere anytime whenever wherever and however without wondering where to sneak off to suck on a damned Cancer Stick.....

It's going to warm up to the mid 40s BUT with the power of the Sun it's going to feel so much warmer it's going to be even colder overnight tonight BUT it's going to be even nicer tomorrow PLUS not as cold tomorrow night AND even warmer on Sunday  I'm finding the positives INSTEAD of the negatives because there's always something positive about although sometimes we may have to look a little harder BUT with commitment and perseverance we will find the positives AND if you happen to be struggling with your quit deep breaths AND  as long as you remain committed to succeed then you can and will perservere through the roller coaster ups and downs AND get to that good place in your quit, it's definetly not easy at times BUT it's so worth it to be Free......

Here's a cute pin that put a smile on my face and hopefully it will for you too....

I'm so glad that there's LIFE after Cigarettes otherwise I'd be sitting outside in a plume of smoke chainsmoking stressing out over this horrifying Coronavirus which wouldn't help ONE IODA AND I'm pretty darned sure that the more that I would chainsmoke the more stressed I would be PLUS I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I'd be coughing and choking and nearly horking up a lung or possibly even both because I sure as HELL did before I finally wised up and quit smoking WHEW I'm so glad that I don't that anymore and neither do you! RIGHT?  Relapsing isn't an option. Smoking kills and it doesn't matter who you are or where you live it's bound to catch up with you at some point and with this Covid 19 pandemic it's a necessity for all of US to be EXtra Vigilant And hang on tight to our precious quits!

How about another smile  And it's actually garbage day here LOL.....

I consider myself a fairly positive minded person most of the time even when so many things aren't going the way I like BUT boy oh boy with these stressful times we're living through now sure puts a new spin on the positives and negatives BUT we're getting through it and thankfully we all have a roof over our heads, running water, electricity food in the cupboards fridge and freezer, I've still got wood in the basement for the wood furnace for the chilly nights. I also need to be thankful for the telephone and the internet so I can keep in close contact with my family and friends especially the grandchildren I miss them so much BUT they're safe AND that's all that matters, I started washing my livingroom walls yesterday I'm hoping to finish them today I also took the pick axe out yesterday trying to make a drain in the middle of the driveway that's a huge puddle of water from the snowbanks melting I'll try again today. Sorry I'm rambling my point is we must keep our minds as well as our hands occupied to keep the stress level down which also gets things done and also keeps us from ever thinking aaah just one would be okay because if we don't keep busy then we allow our minds to wonder to those dark thoughts of the yuckies (cigarettes) especially during these EXtra stressful times we must choose to stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance N.M.W - No Matter What, it doesn't matter where we are in our quits vigilance is key to remaining Smokefree so let's always remember and N.E.F - Never Ever Forget those horrid smoking days instead let's CELEBRATE each and every Day WON because our lives deserves for us to Free from the clutches of the dreaded nicotine poison..... Each and every Day WON IS a GIFT OF LIFE......

My hubby Mark said it's a double hump day it's Wednesday plus April is half over today, he's still working everyday so his days aren't running into together like mine are I haven't been anywhere since the 3rd of March other than for walks is making my days blend in together but that's A OK because I'm safe and I'm keeping other people safe since Mark is still out in the public around people. Deep breaths for all of us here at Ex and let's continue living a Smokefree Life because it's the best choice that we'll ever make plus it's a GIFT of LIFE our buddy our pal our friend our Hump Day Camel George wishes all of us the best day possible Smokefree of course.....

This is definetly a different kind of Easter BUT we still are blessed with so much like telephones and computers and laptops to be able to communicate with family and friends and for that I'm so thankful we really do have so much to be thankful for and I'm also so very thankful for this wonderful community and all of you my friends and Fellow EXers and most definetly EXtended family let's remember and N.E.F Never Ever Forget those icky smoking days UGH let's continue to move forward stacking up those precious Days Of Freedom so each evening we can look ourselves in the mirror and say YAY for another Day WON.

Oh just a thought about not wasting anything especially things like in the picture below LOL!

It can take every ounce of of your being at times in those early days and weeks of quitting smoking Not to throw your hands up in the air and screw up a perfectly beautiful quit by giving up and relapsing back into the slavery to the damned Cancer Sticks BUT don't do it even during these unprecedented Times you can choose to stick with your quit! I know it's not easy WHEW I remember only too well how horrendous it was at times I'd be laughing one moment and the next I'd be blatting like a baby snotting all over the place or I'd feel like screaming and I probably did and other times if you looked at me the wrong way I'd want to tear my hair out or rip someone's face off anyone's face it really didn't matter who's face. No one wanted to be around me not even my grown children they never thought I'd stay quit anyway! The only ones that were safe to be near me were the grandchildren they were and still are my incentive AND Thankfully I knew that I'd make through because of all of the reading that was suggested to me right here on this site it strengthened my resolve to stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance N.M.W because I knew that I would make it through and I did and so will you! It definitely takes time to relearn life without the smokes BUT boy oh boy it's so worth it to be Free...Our LIVES are worth so much more than the damned Cancer Sticks... 

I have to admit that it does look beautiful but I'd much prefer it was Dec 10th and not April 10th oh well at least we've got a lot less than what was predicted so far anyway and since it's Good Friday Mark is home so it'll be a good movie day but no matter the Weather or anything that's happening in our lives we will remain Smokefree because we don't smoke anymore let's CELEBRATE Freedom from the clutches of the dreaded nicotine poison whether you're on day one or day TEN or one hundred or one thousand or two thousand or whatever each and every Day WON is worth CELEBRATING because we've taken our lives back and that's worth CELEBRATING BUT we must always remain Vigilant and nurture and protect the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE.....

If you want to continue living a Life of Freedom then you must choose to stick with N.O.P.E - Not One Puff Ever ~ N.M.W  - No Matter What because it works when applied on a daily basis it's the only way to remain Smokefree with the right Mindset we can do just about anything we put our minds to and quitting smoking is the gift of LIFE which I consider the one gift that will keep on giving day after day week after week month after month and Lord willing year after year and it starts with a choice.......

This pin below may look like Christmas BUT the words touch me and since we're under a snowfall warning overnight tonight with possibly 14 inches or more of wet heavy snow coming through it's going to look like Christmas BUT it's not going to stay so hey there'll be no smoking because Relapsing isn't even a blimp on my Radar because I don't do that anymore and neither do any of you! N.O.P.E IS KEY to remaining Smokefree .....

George our buddy our pal our friend our Hump Day Camel wants to wish each of you reading this a Stressfree hasslefree BUT most importantly a Smokefree Day we both want all of us here at Ex to be EXtra vigilant especially during these EXtra stressful times as long as we choose to stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance N.M.W then there's absolutely no way any of will FAIL......

we're on river watch right now here's a picture from yesterday that a friend had posted just a 40 minute drive up river from me on the Saint John river hopefully it'll stast moving today....

We've got quite a storm coming through tomorrow night into Friday morning rain ice pellets freezing rain then snow ugh 8 to 12 inches of the white crap is predicted I'm guessing you'll be getting roughly the same too Sootie I'm calling it the robins storm since I finally saw a couple yesterday  anyway hopefully this'll be the last big one..... We can and will get through whatever comes our way and we'll get through it living LIFE on LIFE'S Terms without the crutch of cigarettes....

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How about a smile or two?

 

 

We have to take as many deep breaths as we need to and continue to move forward in our precious quits because going back to to that horrid DAY ONE or those early days and weeks of quitting smoking just isn't happening NOT anymore because WE DON'T DON'T DO THAT ANYMORE!!! N.O.P.E N.M.W......

If you're reading this and are on the fence about quitting smoking or maybe you're on Day ONE or day TEN or day 30 or 50 or 100 or 365 or 3,065 or whatever it doesn't matter as long as you quit and stay quit because  right now we're all stressed globally LIFE happens whether we smoke or not BUT LIFE is one hell of a lot more stressful during this pandemic BUT we can can and must make the choice to quit and stay quit because this horrid Coronavirus can be fatal by affecting the lungs and breathing is essential to living!!! Our lives are counting on us to nurture and protect the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE.........

Here's something on the lighter side..........

Please come here and blog HELP if you're struggling with remaining quit these are really stressful times and each day is getting more scary BUT we can and must stick with our precious quits because at least we do have control in remaining Smokefree during these unprecedented times I'm so glad that we are here for each other .....

As difficult as quitting smoking is in those early days and weeks it's also absolutely Doable it's not easy by any stretch of the imagination BUT anything in this life worth having takes time and effort and quitting smoking must be at the top of the list of things to do for your health BUT especially your LIFE which literally depends on you to stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance N.M.W because it works when applied on a daily basis. I remember only too well how horrendous the cravings and moodswings were in my early weeks geesh there were times I'd be laughing one moment and the next I'd be blatting like a baby or I'd feel like screaming and I probably did then I'd feel like tearing my hair out or ripping someone's face off anyone's face it really didn't matter who's face BUT thankfully I knew that as much as I felt like throwing my hands up in the air and jumping in my car to buy a carton of cigarettes instead of just a pack I knew that I'd make it through because of all of the reading that was suggested to me right here on this site anyway to make this a little shorter please just hang on tight to the best gift that you'll ever give yourself which is the gift of LIFE!!!!!

This pin below is eeeeeeeeeewie!!!! 

Another icky pin below ewwwwwwwww!!!!!

Hummmm here's an idea LOL!!!!

Whether we're on Day ONE or day TEN or ONE hundred ONE thousand or TWO thousand it really doesn't matter as long as we choose to stick with our precious QUITS we're living in some scary times right now BUT relapsing isn't the answer whatsoever as difficult as things are we can and must hang on tight to the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE! Our health and most likely our lives literally depends on us to quit and stay quit.....

Our buddy our pal our friend our Hump Day Camel George wants to wish each of you reading this a Stressfree hasslefree BUT most importantly a Smokefree Day hummm I'm finding that George is getting a little brazen now that we're feeling some Spring temps OldBones-Larry with the change of seasons he's acting up! Could you try to rein him in Larry I'd much appreciate it I know with the change of seasons we've all got to be EXtra vigilant so old patterns and memories doesn't raise it's ugly head thinking hummm just one would be okay because that's a downright LIE we must never ever ever allow ourselves to become lazy and complacent and lose the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE even with these unprecedented Times we must choose to stick with N.O.P.E and vigilance N.M.W. because our family our health but especially our lives literally depends on us to quit and stay quit.....