If you are just starting out and have made yet ANOTHER resolution to quit smoking this year, let us help you make it your LAST! I can attest to the fact that it is wonderful not to make that same, tired resolution yet again.
Freedom is worth all it takes to get there - I promise!
Quitting never killed anyone! That's more than can be said about smoking.
As I reflect back on 2,000 days of being smoke free, I can't help but remember how difficult those first days were. I KNEW that I would never be able to make myself go through them again, so I knew from Day One that this was going to be my first, only, and forever quit. I did not find this site, the educational materials, the planning and preparation tools, and support until four days into my quit. I think it might have been easier with it.......but I went it alone in the beginning. I had decided that I would handle craves and associations by substituting a frozen Hershey Kiss. Well, about 4:00 on my quit day, I was sick from all the chocolate, and just didn't know WHAT I was going to do. Luckily, my daughter was visiting, and she knew, somehow, what I needed, She brought her iPad and Angry Birds to me, and I played that game nonstop for the first week or so. I found this site, and all the good information, blogs of the elders, and I was on my way! I had some rough spots, but I knew my support system was always here. When I needed help the most (around Day 106), I blogged “HELP” and received it.
I cannot begin to describe how wonderful this freedom from addiction is....and it's why I have hung around these many days. I want EVERYONE who seeks it to experience this freedom. If you are new at this, hang around, read, read, and read some more, ask questions – listen and use the advice that you feel will work for you.
I smoked for over 40 years and never believed I could quit. I DID – and you can, too!
"One of the best meteor showers of the year will peak on Wednesday night, dazzling onlookers with up to 120 meteors an hour.
From the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 13, into the morning of Thursday, Dec. 14, onlookers will see an abundance of meteors streak across the sky, as long as the weather cooperates.
“The Geminids are expected to be the most active meteor shower of 2017 and often are bright and intensely colored,” AccuWeather Astronomy Blogger Dave Samuhel said.
This year will be a particularly good year since the peak of the shower falls just days before the new moon, meaning there will be little natural light pollution. When a meteor shower occurs during a full moon, such as the Geminids did in 2016, the light from the moon washes out many of the dimmer meteors.
The best viewing conditions on Wednesday night will be across the southern and western U.S. where cloud-free conditions are expected to greet onlookers. The exception will be across the Rocky Mountains and interior Northwest where areas of clouds may obscure the shower.
Meanwhile, an Alberta Clipper storm will spread clouds and some snow across the Midwest and northern Plains, resulting in poor viewing conditions.
Breaks in clouds should allow stargazers in the Northeast to glimpse some meteors. However, bundling up in layers will be a must due to frigid conditions.
Arctic air entrenched over the region paired with a biting wind will keep AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures in the single digits for much of the region on Wednesday night.
How to view the shower
As long as the sky is clear, folks should start to see meteors streak across the sky once it becomes dark on Wednesday evening.
“This shower is one of the few meteor showers that produces high levels of activity through the evening hours, in addition to the overnight timeframe,” Samuhel said.
This makes the Geminids a great meteor shower to watch with younger kids as they should be able to see some shooting stars without having to stay awake late into the night."
And I'm not talking about Jesus' mother. A Virgin Mary is just one of the many non-alcoholic cocktails you can enjoy at your holiday parties. A LOT of bars and restaurants are now serving a variety of mocktails.......no alcohol required.
If you are quitting smoking, it just isn't a good idea to imbibe in alcoholic beverages. Drinking can cloud your mind and lead to stinkin' thinkin' - "just one won't hurt, will it?" We KNOW better if we aren't under the influence.
Please don't chance it - a quit is a terrible thing to lose.
My daughter went to a rally in DC on Monday to protest Trump's move to take back National Park land for development. Her poster is in the middle left (in front of the tree) of this Tweeted photo, "This Land is OUR Land!"
I'm not smoking over this - but if I WERE still a smoker, this move would cause a chain reaction!
Somebody asked me for this, and I can't find the reference, so I'm putting it here. These are a PAIN to make - but are melt in your mouth thin and especially good!
2/3 cup butter
1 1/4 cup sugar
3 cups flour
2 teas. baking powder
1 TAB fresh orange juice and zest from one orange
Preheat oven to 350. Sift four, salt and baking powder together - set aside. Cream shortening, sugar and eggs..Add flour 1/4 cup at a time. The dough will be VERY thick. Add OJ and rind. Refrigerate for at least an hour (I do it overnight) and keep the dough you are not rolling out in the 'frig until ready to use. Roll VERY, VERY thin (so you can see through the dough). Use lots of flour on rolling surface and roller (I dust the finished cookies with a paintbrush just for this purpose if they get flour coated!) I use Tupperware rolling pin that you can fill with ice cubes and water to keep it cold). Cut them out with cutters. Warmth is the enemy when rolling these out. Sprinkle with colored sugars. Use greased cookie sheets. The cooking time will vary depending on how thin you make them - but you have to watch them because they are done - then burned. I have been making them for 40 years and STILL burn a tray. One tray should have just one kind of cut -out so they all bake at the same rate.
but I do know that if you are quitting smoking, holiday parties can be challenging without alcohol. We know, though, that drinking while you are quitting smoking is a bad, bad, idea. I offer some solutions for your nonalcoholic enjoyment: