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  • Dear Dawn,
    I am so glad you are back with us at PTU. And I am so sorry to hear about your friend. Knowing you, I know you were always there for her - holding her hand and making her laugh. And I am sure your very presence made her last days easier. Everyone should have a friend like you. I'm so glad I do!

    Hugs,

    Penny
  • Dawn - thoughts and prayers as you face each new day.

     

  • For my PTU lady friends - but the message can apply to all. Enjoy!

    An excerpt from
    Oh, Thank Goodness, It's Not Just Me!
    by Lisa Hammond & BJ Gallagher

    It was October, so it was time for me to start talking about having a Halloween party—something I have done for at least half a dozen years. I don't actually end up having a Halloween party; I just talk about having one. It has become a running joke around our house.

    Entertaining and having friends over for dinner always seems like such a good idea but the truth is, I just never feel like I am good enough to actually do it.

    I have ongoing chatter in my head that goes something like this: What are you going to make? Who are you going to invite? You don't have the time. You will say you are going to do this and then you won't get out of the office in time.

    I have plenty of friends who seem to be able to manage both a successful career and entertaining frequently. They race home from work, whip up three course meals, and serve the perfect wine. They look calm, cool and collected when guests arrive. I am both impressed—and depressed—by this.

    Recently, I wanted to be a thoughtful dinner guest at a friend's home so I decided to at least bring dessert. Although I had a jam-packed day at work, I didn't want to be a slacker, and figured I could handle making a cake. I did what I have done countless times—I decided to make a favorite family recipe, Raspberry Cream Cake.

    Once I started to make the cake, I remembered why I don't do it very often—half of the ingredients can only be found in the state where the recipe came from! So I had to wing it and substitute ingredients. Then the mixer fell apart as I was using it and whipped cream went flying all over the kitchen. Then the cake burned while I was stuck on a conference call. When I finally got the cake into the fridge for the mandatory five hours of chilling prior to being served, I decided to rename it the Raspberry Curse Cake and vowed never to make it again.

    When my husband and I arrived at the dinner party—crappy Curse Cake in hand, our gracious hostess was looking relaxed as she put together a simple salad. And there I was—frazzled, with raspberry juice still in my hair. As we sat down to dinner I asked her for the recipe for the delicious rice dish she was serving. She laughed and handed me her phone as she said, "Are you kidding me? I didn't have time to cook all of this—it's take-out!"

    Oh, I have so much to learn from other women! I had been stressing out all day, trying to simultaneously work and bake a cake, juggling mixers and conference calls and cursing like a sailor—while my wise friend had been at work phoning in take-out!

    The entire episode made me realize how much pressure women are under to be all and do all - almost all of it self-imposed! How much are we missing out on because of our insecurity and fear?

    By the time you read this I will have invited friends over for margaritas and dinner at our place—paper plates, take-out food, and fun will be had by all!

  • Dear Dawn, Welcome back after such a sad time. To lose a best friend in such an awful way is heart rending.I hope it will not be long before the joy of remembering all those great times together with her will help leave the pain behind .I read somewhere that "memories are like roses in December"  Keep the 'roses' handy to help get through those bleak cold times.

    Randi and Marilee may you both have peace and love in your hearts and minds.

    Thanks for the laughter Diane-- The best medicine indeed!!!

    Penny dear- huge hugs!

    Can't wait to see you all in 2012 and deliver and receive hugs all over the place ;-) 

  • Dawn, I am so sorry for the loss of your best friend and all that she had to endure in battling her horrific illness. It must have been a very difficult time for you... Just know that we are here for you. I wish you strength and healing thoughts as you get your life back on track.

     

    Diane--I love your post and am still laughing...  : D

     

  • Hello PTU friends.  I'm back.   It was a rough few months with my best friend in the world being overtaken by cancer to which she succumbed a month ago.   Way too young to have gone through what she did and I miss her so much.  Trying to get myself back on track now including reading through the last several weeks of PTU messages I got behind on.   We all have our trials; just a part of life it seems.   Nice to have this group to come to for support and encouragement.  Much love to you all.
  • 1. There are at least two people in this world that you would die for.

    2. At least 15 people in this world love you in some way.

    3. The only reason anyone would ever hate you is because they want to be just like you.

    4. A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone, even if they don't like you.

    5. Every night, SOMEONE thinks about you before they go to sleep.

    6. You mean the world to someone.

    7. You are special and unique.

    8. Someone that you don't even know exists loves you.

    9. When you make the biggest mistake ever, something good comes from it.

    10. When you think the world has turned its back on you, take another look.

    11. Always remember the compliments you received.  Forget about the rude remarks.

    And always remember... when life hands you Lemons, ask for Tequila and Salt and call me over!

  • Love and light going out to all today!
  • Profound words of wisdom, Penny. The love, strength and positive energy that over flows here is what we all need. Sometimes it is so hard to forgive but it's the the right thing to do. I don't remember the exact Ghandi quote...but something like this..."when you hold onto anger, it is like a hot coal. You are the one that gets burned."

    Thank you, Penny, for all your love and wisdom.
  • Marilee, it sounds like we share an unfortunate reality with our parents, the people who we hoped we could count on through both the good and bad of life. As much as we try to put a positive spin on things, and try to do THE thing that just maybe will make them stop their negative behavior and disparaging words, nothing seems to work.

    I take comfort in the words of Penny, that it is problems that are within them--and through constructing a positive path and building relationships with supportive, positive people--that our journey overcoming the blocks and obstacles will become at least a little bit easier. As long as we don't become clouded and tarnished by their negative energy, we will continue to move forward in life. Embrace the positive people and energy around you, and know that you will never be alone. I know Penny is here for you, and you can count on me as well. Positive thinkers prevail no matter what people throw our way...If you ever need to talk, I'm here for you...

     

    Penny, thanks again for all your support and for being an infinite source of positive energy. You're the best!!!

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