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2011-07-06 08:09:10
This has got to be the best set of comments ever posted anywhere for any reason.... Bravo...
2010-05-05 16:38:00
Szia Pinterkatalin! :-) Hogy vagy? Bocsánat, nem beszélek magyarul :-( Beszél angolul? Köszönöm szépen! :-)
2010-05-05 16:13:25
Thankyou Poppy. You are very kind. And I know that it was 11 years back, but I'd like to say how sorry I am that you have lost your mum. I can understand why you would miss her so terribly.... :(
2010-05-05 16:09:36
If wishes were horses, we'd have a stableful by now. ;-)
2010-05-05 16:07:05
Life may suck at times, as you say, but what is the alternative? - Your Mum is very brave and strong... I hope you'll get to 'keep her' for a long time yet. My Mum died 11 yrs ago, but I still miss her terribly...
2010-05-05 16:01:59
I agree, Jujuba....
2010-05-05 16:01:51
Én még csak ma lettem 28 éves, de azt szeretném ha ilyen mami lehetnék én is!
2010-05-05 16:01:21
Thanks Poppy. It was great to tell people about my mum. I just wish that she didn't have to go through all that she has faced over the last few years. Life sucks sometimes... :(
2010-05-05 15:56:28
I wish it could be always like this, but if wishes were horses *sighs* ...
2010-05-05 15:51:35
This is the nicest comment page we've had here for months and months - thank you all for the wonderful stories and reminiscences!
2010-05-05 10:04:35
I'll gladly use your rule connie, because I feel twenty most of the time. NOT all of the time however. There are those days when I try to work my body way to hard and it dose not hesitate to remind me of my age. Most of the time however, I feel realy well.
2010-05-05 08:58:19
Naw - Gabrielle is the exact same age as you. I'm going to be a senior citizen (65) this summer. But, what's in a number? What counts is how you feel.
2010-05-05 04:16:47
Sooo, I would guess that you and connie are about the same age. I agree with connie about you having a stable life. That is wonderful. Most marrages do not last for 45 years these days.
2010-05-05 03:48:16
It sounds like you have a very stable and lovely life Gabrielle.
2010-05-04 20:45:14
So very true, Connie. However with me, I cannot feel so close to my mum as to confide in her. They (my parents) just don't want to understand and dismiss my needs as nothing important... :(
2010-05-04 18:28:05
I am from the states as well, Coy, presently living in California. But, I do know Southern Indiana and especially Tell City where I lived for a while. Of course we used to tell everybody we lived in Lapland. Lapland being where Indiana lapped over Kentucky. The Ohio River is the dividing line between Indiana and Kentucky, however the river has changed course several times over the years and several pieces of Kentucky are now on the north side of the river and attached to Indiana.
2010-05-04 17:27:14
I like your Images of Mother, Connie. This is a most interesting discussion with some beautiful stories - brought on by a beautiful photo - and some sad ones. This is the best kind of talk on Pixdaus. I had no grandparents at all but I really like hearing other peoples stories of theirs. My own parents are long gone and I often wish I could talk something over with my Mother. However I now talk things over with my two wonderful daughters instead. I do live in Sydney, in the same house for 44 years - married 45 years, we moved in when our first child was six months old.
2010-05-04 16:07:08
Merci, Connie, d'avoir répondu si précisément ŕ toutes mes questions indiscrčtes. Oui, je suis née en France. De parents belges. Et j'ai été élevée en France.
2010-05-04 14:43:52
THE IMAGES OF MOTHER 4 years of age – My Mommy can do anything! 8 years of age – My Mom knows a lot! A Whole lot! 12 years of age – My Mother doesn’t know everything! 14 years of age – My Mother? She wouldn’t have a clue. 16 years of age – Mother? She’s so five minutes ago. 18 years of age – That old woman? She’s way out of date! 25 years of age – Well, she might know a little bit about it! 35 years of age – Before we decide, let’s get Mom’s opinion. 45 years of age – Wonder what Mom would have thought about it? 65 years of age – Wish I could talk it over with Mom
2010-05-04 11:58:31
You can read about it from this link, Connie.... I remember that my mum couldn't walk, couldn't go to the toilet and was in extreme discomfort. It's sort of related to MS. I don't think she has fully recovered from it as yet, which is why she is feeling the PHN from the aftermath of shingles, so badly... :(
2010-05-04 11:32:38
What is Transverse Myeltis PG?
2010-05-04 09:20:48
Thankyou so much, Connie. Your information is spot on as I have been reading up about this on the computer ever since my mum developed shingles, which was a couple of years ago. There was a point where we thought that she might of gotten shingles a second time, but the rash was only a side effect of a tablet she was taking to help with her sore tummy. I read last night that the PHN (post herpetic neuralgia) goes away in about 5 years for most people. My mum had the Transverse Myeltis first, so that might give my mum a setback when it comes to relief from PHN. Some people have the nerve damage all of their life after shingles. My mum also got the oozing sores. Her previous doctor was the pits. She has now changed doctors and for the better too. I really don't know how my mum faces this day in, day out. I know I wouldn't like to go through it. You have given very timely warnings here, Connie. Thankyou for doing that... :)
2010-05-04 08:10:58
Bonjour Libellule - Tes questions corrigé et mes réponses: (your questions corrected and my answers ;-) How old were you when your mother was so ill? I was in my mid-40s How long did the illness last? The infection itself went away after about 2 weeks. But, she suffered pain from the nerve damage until she died 7 years later. The pain did lessen as time went by. How old was she when she disappeared? My mother never disappeared ;-), but she died at 93. I was 8 years old when my father died in a motor vehicle accident. How old were you when you arrived in Canada (or immigrated to Canada)? I was born in Canada; my mother immigrated to Canada from France with her family when she was a baby. Here is a question for you libellule. Were you born and raised in France?
2010-05-04 05:23:58
I read/heard. My "to-night", I have no time to answer (at/to) you. Like I would like it. Just one question : How old was you when your mother was so ill ? How much time it has lasted ? How old was you when she disappeared ? How old was you when you arrived in/at/to Canada ? ... No "one question", "four questions" ... And, because we are on the Internet, if you don't want to answer/say/tell, I would understand. Just : QUESTIONS. For you. Only for you.
2010-05-04 04:48:21
My mother had shingles; her doctor was too stupid to know what it was, so she never went on the proper medication. I had shingles (the classic one); it's very painful, but I still went to work everyday ;-) I was also given the proper medication (pills you have to take for a while...like antibiotics), but you still have to go through a week or two of pain, but cortisone cream really helps in the meantime. If you don't get that medication in time, you develop permanent nerve damage and permanent pain, and that is what happened to my Mom. Shingles is from the same virus as Chicken Pox. The virus never leaves your body; it lies dormant. It comes out as shingles. It can be anywhere on your body. For me, it looked like a rash, red pimples, very hot and very itchy. For my mother, it looked different -more like oozing sores. I know someone whose shingles never came out; it stayed just under the skin beside his eye. But, his doctor was smart enough to know what his pain was about. There is now a shot you can get to prevent shingles. The shot may not be available in all countries. I will get the shot because I can still get shingles a second time. I hope all you folks on Pixdaus read this. Get the shot, or if not, get to a doctor right away when you have the symptoms and insist on the medication to prevent permanent nerve damage. It's more likely that its the baby boomers who get Shingles. I'm going in details here, because I want to alert all of you, who don't know about Shingles, what it is, what it can cause, what to do. Also, I want to let you know what it can cause. You can research Shingles on re reliable site ie Mayo Clinic to learn more about it; you might even see some photos to give you an idea of what Shingles may look like, but it does not look the same for everyone.
2010-05-03 23:01:18
I am from the states. To be more specific, Southern Indiana.
2010-05-03 17:08:00
Sorry, I forgot to mention too that I am glad that you have wonderful memories about your dad. I hope that they are comforting you alot, Jujuba...
2010-05-03 17:06:39
Yes, I try to make lots of good memories with my parents, Jujuba. I visit them 2 times a month and text my mum on a regular basis. And I see my dad each Wednesday. We go shopping together then. My mum is not able to walk around much because she had Transverse Myelitis first a couple of years back, then a case of shingles after that. The PHN that she has after one has shingles, is debilitating. And she also suffers from arthritis. It makes me sad to see my mum the way she is now... :(
2010-05-03 16:30:15
@ Connie: I´m sorry to hear that by the way @ PictureGirl: that´s why we have 'to make' lots of good memories with them while they´re around, to hold onto when they´re gone :-) I don´t remember my father with sadness. I miss him immensily yes - he was my best friend - but I smile when I think of the things we did together :-)
2010-05-03 16:19:41
I am so very sorry Connie and Jujuba as to what happened with both of your respective fathers. At present both of my parents are still with me. I am not looking forward to the day that they leave for good... :(
2010-05-03 16:16:47
So you know what I mean :-) My father suffered a stroke when he was alone in office...My mom had talked to him half an hour before that on the phone and he was fine.
2010-05-03 16:11:15
I relate to that jujuba. One day my father went to work and never returned. It was a motor vehicle accident.
2010-05-03 15:18:40
If you do buy it Connie, spread it thinly on your toast, sandwich first. It is quite salty and if you put too much on, well it might not be too pleasant for you. I'm used to it as I've eaten that since I was a little girl, which was eons ago. I love it spread on toast the best.. :(
2010-05-03 15:18:38
I´m glad you have such fond memories of your granny COY :-) All my grandparents passed away kinda young (in the range of 65) but the images of family-filled Sundays in their houses will put smiles on my face for always. And what you said about people not realizing what they have in their life til it´s gone, that´s so true. Knowing that you´ve enjoyed moments with a person the most you could, that you´ve made memories that will last forever, that you´ve loved that person with all your heart gives you the certainty that you won´t regret anything when they´re gone... I like to say: 'never go to bed mad at anyone, don´t keep anger inside you. Hug all your dear ones daily if possible and let them always know how much you love them. You never know when they´ll leave home and not return.' That might sound dramatic, but it´s what happened to my father, so I think I can talk by experience. And I dont regret anything, because on that day, before he went to office, he got a hug and a big kiss from his 'little girl' (something I hope he took with him whenever he his) :-)
2010-05-03 15:08:41
I forgot about you fuzzy wuzzy blue one! I think you're right - fbo is from the States. You can buy vegemite in Vancouver, but I have never tried it.
2010-05-03 15:05:52
Sure ! That'll be fine. You won't want too much of that in your sandwich though. It's an aquired taste... :)
2010-05-03 15:01:57
Will you give me a vegemite sandwich if I come visit you, Picture Girl? ;-)
2010-05-03 15:00:49
Poppy is from Finland, WitchGirl from Romania and I believe Fuzzy is from the States (not sure though).
2010-05-03 14:54:45
I don't think we use that term here in Australia. We use more like the term, 'spring chicken'. My dad used to hunt rabbit when I was a kid. I never ate it when my parents cooked it. I didn't want to eat anything that was cuddly and furry. And I still don't. I'm not much of a meat eater anyway....
2010-05-03 14:51:43
My goodness, 24 years ! You're as bad as I am, Connie... :) I've certainly become a creature of habit. I've changed in some areas of my life, but not that much change. In the actual city of Melbourne, it is unsafe to walk around, more so at night though and by that I mean in the wee small hours of the morning. I don't think I'll be leaving my flat anytime soon. I think I'll be here for a few more years yet. Not by choice though, but at least I have somewhere to call home... :)
2010-05-03 14:36:36
The expression 'young as a Prairie Chicken is more a North American expression - I'm not sure it's even American - maybe just Canadian. Anyways, it means you are young. I hate to say this, but my brothers would hunt prairie chicken for the 'cooking pot'; the meat was tender.
2010-05-03 14:32:41
I remembered it was close to Melbourne - maybe a suburb - because you mentioned that you didn't want to live right in Melbourne - because of crimes or some such. I've lived in my place for 24 years this August. Yikes PG! We're creatures of habit ;-) I'm actually thinking of moving to another neighbourhood.
2010-05-03 14:06:27
Well, the block of flats I'm living in used to be the place where they had a chicken farm. I think that was a real long time ago. I don't think I've ever heard of that expression, Connie. But then, I don't get out that much... :(
2010-05-03 14:03:49
'We come from the land Down Under' as the song says. And New Zealand is the land of the long white cloud. I live in a place called Coburg, a suburb of Melbourne. I've lived here for 23 years now in the same flat. Please don't apologize, Connie. And you are very welcome to the info... :)
2010-05-03 14:02:01
You're just a young sprite COY, and you PictureGirl are just a prairie chicken;-) Have you ever heard that expression PG?
2010-05-03 13:54:23
Sorry PictureGirl - I thought you said you live just outside of Melbourne. Now I remember, it's Myke Salmon that lives in NZ. Gabrielle is another Aussie eh - soon we'll be outnumbered by you Aussies & Kiwis who live way way out there. I don't read all the comments, so I guess I missed the info about Gabrielle. Many thanks for the info.
2010-05-03 13:51:58
That's 73 years young, Coy. So lovely to know more about you. I am 52, although at times I feel much older.. :( You are 1 year older than my mum is. She was only 20 years old when she gave birth to me.
2010-05-03 13:48:53
Connie, I actually live IN Melbourne itself. Myke Salmon is the person that lives in New Zealand. And Gabrielle has said on one or two previous occasions that she lives in Sydney, Australia. I wonder if anyone lives in the United Kingdom here ? It would be nice to know... :)
2010-05-03 12:48:52
In your comment "...large crooks of pickled corn, pickled green beans, homony...", it sounds like you are American. Can you tell us where you live...only if you want to? I'm getting a good idea of how widespread we are on Pixdaus - like a regular United Nations ;-). Let's see what I remember - PictureGirl lives outside Melbourne, Australia, Jujuba lives in Brazil, Patito in Texas, Ru in Bruges, Belgium, Peasant in Croatia, Danis in Greece, Skip somewhere in the US, Libellule in the Loire Valley, France. Someone lives in New Zealand but I can't remember who. Alright, Gabrielle and the rest of you owe up ;-)
2010-05-03 12:08:25
Sorry connie. Made a typo, that should have been 160 pounds.
2010-05-03 12:04:04
Yes connie I am a man and I was 73 years of age this past Feb. However i am very lucky because most people believe me to be in my fifties. I am very healthy and have been able to keep my weight within 5LBs of what I weighed 50 years ago. I am 5 feet , 10 inches and 150 pounds. I eat whatever I want, however I seldom over do it and I try to eat good foods. Oh, yes, I have always been very active.
2010-05-03 10:31:38
I'm going to be 65 this summer. You are older? Patito refers to you as a 'fortunate man'. I thought you were a woman ;-)
2010-05-03 10:17:23
Thank you connie for the touching story about your Mother. My life was much the same as yours, I am a little older than you, but the way in which we were raised and the hardships that our Mothers indured are very similar.I had many a shirt made by my Mother from those printed flour sacks.
2010-05-03 10:01:57
Thak you very much patito. I was sure that you could relate to the sort of person my Grandmother was. You know there are not many days that go by without some of her wisdom washing across me and influencing me in a positive way..
2010-05-03 07:39:59
You were a lucky kid, Coy, to have had that kind of experience in your life, and a fortunate man in that you have the depth and breadth of character and understanding to appreciate the value of it.
2010-05-03 05:26:39
Thank you COY for the photo and about your Grandmother. Your story reminds me of my mother. She was a widow with five children to raise on a small farm (1 or 2 cows, pigs, chickens). I never saw her not working, except when we would sit around the radio after dinner, listening and responding to a priest saying the rosary. After that, we would sit around the big wooden stove (in the winter), listening to her Celtic stories from the old country. After we were in bed, she would do her baking and cleaning. She had a huge garden. The basement was filled with her canning, the root cellar full of root vegetables. She would trade any excess vegetables from the garden, for fruit at the grocer. She would then can the fruit. In the winter with no garden to look after, she would boil and bleach flower sacks to make our bedding and nightgowns for the girls. She made pillows from our chicken feathers. She made our hats, gloves, scarves and socks for the winter and sewed clothes for the girls with her singer sewing machine. The outdoor and indoor pumps would be frozen in the winter, so my Mom would haul snow in to use for cooking, laundry, cleaning and our baths. She never complained; her children were everything to her. She was 93 years old when she died. Libellule - Ma petite maman bretonne française. Les femmes bretonnes sont braves, elles ont toujours travaillé dur. Quelle joie d'avoir une maman comme ca!
2010-05-03 04:49:41
Thank you skip. Glad that you had a gramma like mine. people do not realize what they have in thier life until it is gone..
2010-05-03 04:45:47
Thank you libellule for your kind thoughts. You would have loved her I'am sure . I never knew of anyone who did not love her. She always said "it was not right to want for more than you needed". She reminded me of that very often...
2010-05-03 04:44:17
Beautiful picture Coy, and I can relate to your story too because my gramma lived to be a hundred and one! and like your grandmother she worked hard all her life and had a fruit cellar too, she grew up on a farm and she had that strong work ethic, she taught me a lot and encoraged me with her strength, and seriously even in her nineties she remained a hard worker and she always had hope for the future. I feel very lucky to have someone special like that in my life, and I know you do too.
2010-05-03 04:37:31
If, where she is now, she heard what you told about her, I am sure she is smiling. Happy. ( Probably I had loved your Grandmother. Please, excuse my poor English ... )
2010-05-03 03:35:46
This lady Reminds me so much of my Maternal Grandmother, of whom I could write a book about. She worked hard all her life and was happy doing it. When she was in her eighties she could do more work than many young men could. She passed away when she was ninety and I remember two days before she reminded all in the room, that there was a lot of really good sweet potatoes in the garden and that some one needwd to dig them before the soil temperture dropped because that would make dark streaks in them. Never a person to waste anything. I have seen her can one pint of beans rather than allow them to waste. Go to her house at any time of the day or night, and she insisted on cooking for you. She could prepare a wonderful meal in the shortest period of time' She had a cellar where she kept potatoes.and Large crooks of pickled corn, pickled green beans, homony and all the canned stuff one could think of. She would make a large cave in the hay loft and put apples, turnips. cabbage and parsnips. always plenty to eat at grandmother's house, and all was grown and put away for the winter by her hand. For some reason I think patito can relate to this.