Sunday, July 8, 2007


A huge hello to one and all.  I'm just overwhelmed at all of you.  So many have kept in touch and showed so much concern and support.  I feel bad yet extremely blessed.  I've actually been dabbling in my Paint Shop again...whoo hoo....although I still have doubts that I like the stuff I've done.  Anyway, I love these little pixels thingies so snag away.  I don't think there's room to tag them so they are just snags.






On Tues, it will be 6 weeks of being smoke free.  The journey has been incredibly rough for me.  I still have a long way to go.  I did find a wonderful book online at work called "Forever Free."  Work was slow after the holiday, and the govt. has some awesome smoking cessation sites for us to access.  Anyway, I have kicked the nicotine withdrawal.  Now, it's the psychological stuff that triggers strong nicotine memories which cause cravings, like my computer, which I'm slowly beating.  I still have a problem when I'm out with my BF.  A couple of drinks at a smoky bar is a hard one.  I'm thinking it's a blessing he has been working most of the time, at least for now.

The 4th was a quiet one.  The weather was total yuck.  My BFwas working and Megan was floating on a boat in the river.  Joey and I had ribs.  I watched the fireworks on tv because I'm a wuss and don't like the booms but did see some from the yard.

Today it will be 90 so it will be a pool day and something on the grill for dinner.  Sort of a blah summer but so many changes.

Keep Missie Missie's Upside Down World in your prayers.  Her brother has pneumonia and is not doing well.  He could use lots of JLand prayers right now.

I'll be around to visit...things are getting back to normal.




If anybody wants the little purple sneaks siggy, leave a comment, and I'll do one for ya.....


bhbner2him said...

Big Congrats on still being smoke free!!  -  Barbara

fisherkristina said...

Chris I love the Paint Shop stuff you have done!!!  So cute!
Congrats on the 6 weeks smoke free.  I was wondering how you were doing.  And I had faith in you!  I am so glad to hear that you are making it.
Oh, and maybe you should tell your boyfriend you don't want to go into those smokey bars anymore, that it is too much of a temptation?  Merely a thought.
Love you girl,

Krissy :)

lisa41076 said...

Chris, man have I missed you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats on being smoke free for 6 weeks, Missie's brother and Lisa Jo's dog Maddie are in my prayers, Hugs Lisa

sugarsweet056 said...

Congrats onstaying smoke free!!!!!! YAH 4 U!!!!!!!!!
The pixels are so sweet. :)
I had a quiet 4th too. {{ }}
Wish I had a pool. I can dream I guess. LOL
Yes, prayers for Missies brother.

having dsl problems...intermittent service, they've sent some one out twice! grrrr this is soooo frustrating!

jeadie05 said...

I would like a siggy,please Chris ,Iam so in awe of you still not smoking ,Im a bit like you Idont like the fireworks that bang either , Jan xx

mawmellow said...

Darling purple with: Marsha
Please and thanks.
Congrats on the no smoking !

astoriasand said...

So happy you are back Chris.Yes it's very hard to stop smoking but also I believe harder when socialising like you have mentioned.Though I believe you can do it girl.You Go.Enjoy you rpool day 90 good grief I don't know how you stand those temps.Glad you are grrting back to normal.Thanx a million for your snags.They are cute.Take Care God Bless.KATH

emmi2sweet said...

Love all the snags. Yeah you!!! Congrats on remaining smoke free for so long. You're doing fabulous!!! Hugs, Emmi

nightmaremom said...

Nice to see you my friend!!  You are doing great and glad to hear it... I know how hard it is.....  but it appears you've found that inner strength, congrats.  
love ya

ktkamanski said...

I find your work very uplifting and refreshing! Happy as some would say! Could I please have a pair of sneaks with Katie on them! Hope your days are bright and full of smiles! Take care,

tendernoggle said...

SO GOOD TO HEAR FROM YOU!I am sooo proud of you...I know how hard it is to quit the smoking...But just will begin to feel better...smell better....yor food will taste better... will have MORE MONEY!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!
love ya,

dreamingbrwneyes said...

I don't have those floaties... ::crying:: lol
I love those snags, so cute!!!
Keep at it Chris, did you ever think you would make it this far? And look at how long it's been. Big pat on the back for you, what a huge victory.
When you have the time I'd love the sneakers with Jenny : )
Enjoy the pool!! Too hot today to do anything else.

~ Jenny

siennastarr said...

{{{{{Chris}}}}}}   You are as bad as I am with updating, lately!  It was so good to hear from you!  I skipped through all my other alerts just to get here first! :)  I'm happy to hear that you have continued to fight that cigarette habit!  If you've gone this far, and have been able to go out to smokey bars.. AND drink.. AND NOT SMOKE.. then you are doing great!!  You really are!  
I remember I used to get a craving.. and I would sit and think about lighting up that cigarette and taking that first puff.  I would also realize that that first inhale never tasted as good as I imagined it to be, and that it would burn my throat, make me get dizzy and cough my ass off.  By the time I thought about all that, the craving was gone.  Worked for me! :)  
I'm so proud of you, girlfriend!  
I may not have been sending you emails and stuff, but I have definitely been thinking and praying for you!

Love you bunches!


dwhee70041 said...

I was just thinking this morning how much I miss reading you posts.  It's been a while and I was beginning to be concerned.  I have no room to talk, I think I only made 4 entries last month.  Even Sharon is not making any entries.  It must be the summer slow-down. hehe

I am so proud of you quiting smoking.  All of the public places in Boulder are smoke-free, even the bars.  ((((HUGS)))) to you!

Take care.

bgilmore725 said...

Hey Chris... good to see an alert from you again... keep hanging in there, I know it's tough. I think staying busy helps ... wow, you've gone six weeks. Congrats!! Glad to hear things are getting back to normal for you... loved the pixie graphics you made. "Never, never, never, never give up!" (Winston Churchill)

robinngabster said...

Good job on staying smoke free!!!  I would love a sneaker graphic with the name Robin on it.    Stay strong and thanks in advace!!

my78novata said...

its summernad I hate to bother you thinking you are out and having outside activites. congrats on staying smoke free. I think your body is just retaliating. I hope you feel better very soon

lanurseprn said...

I'm so glad you wrote! Good to hear from you.  I know the triggers are tough. Most are subconcious, too! Not even aware of them!  You mentioned a smokey bar...? We haven't been allowed to smoke in buildings of any kind for years here in CA.  I'd forgotten about that!  So most bars have smoking outside patios now.
I'm so proud of you for doing this Chris!  My friend stopped smoking and says he still gets a craving now and again....but overall he feels much healthier. It'll be worth it. I promise!!
Love to you and I've missed you!!

labdancer51 said...

Well done Chris for staying smoke free, you`ll soon get over this and feel much better eventually. :o)

Love Sandra xxxx

queeniemart said...

i am proud of you for not giving in to the cigarettes.....i miss you when you go away and i love you every day.

chat2missie said...

I'm home from the hospital for a little break but going back to see my brother in a few minutes.  He got worse today!  Thanks for all your prayers.

pharmolo said...

Carry on not smoking, Chris, think $$$. Your snags are sweet, well done.

rdautumnsage said...

Your my hero dear heart! I'm so proud of you sticking to your guns and not smoking. I'm hearing you with the heat and a blah summer. It's been that way here too. Pickles is absolute sludge when it get hot, having blk fur doesn't help a lot either. I've missed you but I do understand some times we need to take a step back and re-ascess (spelling?) our lives. It was a quiet 4th here too, but I was actually relieved to sit this year out. (Hugs) Indigo

midwestvintage said...

WTG on the not smoking.  I am so proud of you.  It is hard to quit but by now you are feeling all the benefits.


preciousone25 said...

I hope it's ok, that since my son's name is also Chris, I just snagged the purple sneakers.   So glad that you are smoke free.... I'm so very proud of you!!!  Keep up the good work.  Going over to Missie's now.


penniepooh said...

Welcome back!! So nice to see you doing an entry again. :)
I`m so proud of you for reaching the 6 week mark! WOW!!!
Those little pixies are so cute! Could you make me a sig tag with Penny of the sneakers? Thanks. :)
Love you xo

chevyz71gurl74 said...

Been missing you =)
Congrats on 6 weeks smoke free...YAY!


sangrialel said...

I am so glad to hear that you are still smoke free!  That is awesome.  Linda

hugsdoodlewacky said...

((((((((((999HUGSTOYOU))))))))))))))))))))))I am so proud of you.We all know oyu can do it,it will be hard,but,you can do it.We also had a quiet 4th here.I will be praying for Missies Brother and family.I love the cute graffics.Have a nice night.

pippa1116 said...

((chris)) i am so glad to hear from you!  take care and I will say some prayers for you also, okay?

queenb8261 said...

Thanks for the snaggies. I LLLLLOOOOVVE them. Make yourself an adult beverage and lay out in the pool for a  couple hours. No better therapy. YEp. My Rx.
I'm SOOOO proud of you. 6wks will soon be 6mos. smoke free.Then a year.
Love N Hugs my friend, Barb

cherry2sweet2eat said...

good to hear from you chris and glad your over the nicotine. My fourth was the worse lol.

jckfrstross said...

have a good week:)


seraphoflove9001 said...

It's good to hear from you and I'm sooo proud of you! :o)

springangel235 said...

Again, as I said in my email to are doing great smoke free...awesome.  You have a wonderful support team here and I am sure at home too.  Our 4th was quiet too.  Love the pixels...all are so cute...snagged all...ha know me!  Many hugs and yes, we are all praying for Missies brother to pull you.

layla44808 said...

6 weeks of being smoke free is fantastic..It's one of the worst addictions..
Keep up the good work..

am4039 said...

so very nice to hear from you. I love your snags. Great job on not smoking, I know it must be so hard for you but your doing great. Keeping Missie's brother in my prayers.

nay0114 said...

Thanks for the snags they are cute. Congrats 6 weeks is wonderful. Hope you have fun in the pool and cool. Yes, we're all pulling for Missie's brother.
Take care, Chrissie

stansgirl2004 said...

awwwwwwww i want the little sneakers please
hugs, Marina

eyesbaerle said...

Hello Chris, Congratulations on your 6 weeks -no smoking- I can't imagine how hard it must be for you. You can be very, very proud of you! I am keeping you in my thoughts and wish you the best! It is good "seeing" you again :)
Love the lil sneakers. Can you please make me one with Maria.
And thanks for the cute pixel sharings :)
Hugs, Maria

drb1064 said...

Wow 6 weeks smoke free I've never managed 6 hrs lol and that was with help. I am so weak. Love the little graphics.

thegirlnexdoor77 said...

Will be praying for you and Missie...I do hope things turn around for ya my friend...I hate seeing you so depressed and down!  Love the little tags I think they are sooo cute!  Hugs,TerryAnn

gehi6 said...

So glad you are whipping the nicotine monster.  Arizona passed a law decreeing no smoking bars, which seems odd.  You can drink here but no dang smoking!  Bars are having a tough time not violating this one.  They are supposed to provide patios for smokers.  Course the people who work in the bars get zapped from second hand smoke something terrible. Am leaving for Utah Thursday and will take a break until Monday night.  So hang in there.  This is so great.  I don't think there is an addiction people seem to find harder to break.  Love,  Gerry  

princesssaurora said...

I am so glad to see you!!!  And, some art!  Very cute!

be well,

rotex57 said...

HI Chris

love those little purple shoes.
Please make one for me with ...Ulla

Thank you

specialadyfink said...

oooh,I love this ..I hope it's not too late to get this.I would love to have Connie on it.Thanks so much

acoward15 said...

I hope you are still going strong and you have not fallen foul of the cigarettes.

princesssaurora said...

THinking of you... hugs and love...

be well,

shauneenie said...

Hi Chris...Soo happy you smober!!!! Go girl!! LOVE the sneakers..
please could I have with NEENIE on them if you could THANK U SO MUCH!

thegirlnexdoor77 said...

Checking in on ya girl friend!  Hope you are well and doing better!  Love ya!!! Hugs,TerryAnn

angelblueeyes302 said...

yes i would love to have one with Angel ty so much, my email is

cmarlow330 said...

Congratulations CAB!!!

Glad you quit !!

Its prob for the better too :)

wait till it gets to the point when you go into someones house or a bar and you start gagging bc you cant stand the smell of smoke.... My parents were that way well still are after they quit!


seraphoflove9001 said...

Congrats Chris! :o) I'm so proud of you! :o) Yes...I'd love to have Lisa on a pair of those sneaks! :o) Thank you. :o) You have a great day. :o)

kalekinileilani said...

Chris, Keeping you in my prayers can do are nearly there.. I quit smoking 18yrs ago. i smoked for 20. I will keep you in my prayers Love.... hugss to you and God bless you Sally

chat2missie said...

Miss ya!  Hope things are okay!

carly0042 said...

Hello, if this is still available I would really like one with Carlette on it. Thanks.

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lindapaterson177 said...

Aw I luved these is it too late to have one with Bella on it?? thanks
luv bella xx

winivere2002 said...

I think these sneakers are a must-have! Let me know if you still have them. If you send them, I might be able to make one for myself if you cannot do it for me. Let me know. (Winivere)