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I apologize for not being around much lately dear friends.
I have been keeping very busy this summer.
I quit smoking in February so have been jogging and going to Yoga classes. The boys love the jogging but don't get to go to Yoga classes, and that upsets them.
We have gone on several adventures and hope to go on one this weekend too.
I have missed you all so much and promise to do better in keeping in touch. I have lots of catching up to do.
Love you guys, give all your babies a hug from me!

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Comment by Pedro & Alessandra on September 1, 2013 at 5:37pm

Laurie, good for you for quitting smoking and exercising. I have to say, I never smoked a single cigarette in my life. When I was a teenager and all my friends were doing it behind their parents' backs, I went to my parents and announced to them I was going to smoke. My parents said "go right ahead... But you buy your own cigarettes with your own money". I guess it was the combination of it not being a "forbidden" thing and the fact that I rather spend my money on shoes (there has to be an alternative addiction, right?) but I never touched a cigarette. I used to carry them in my purse for my friends, so their parents thought I was the smoker... Haha. Fun thing when they figured out the truth. Anyway... good for you on the running and yoga. I've been "meaning to" do at least the yoga, I think it would help me manage the stress from work. But I'm working long hours as it is already and I can't wait to get home from work so a stop to do a yoga class doesn't really work for me... 

Been enjoying your photos on FB and here. Lots of love to you, Ernie and your beautiful 3 musketeers.

Loving paws from Pedro and I.

Comment by Catherine & Jasper on September 1, 2013 at 12:45pm
My mom died of lung cancer after smoking since she was 17. She was only 63. It was horrible to watch her suffering...and that is an understatement. That was 5 years ago, and it's still hard. We also lost my mom-in-law about 15 years ago to cancer....(not related to smoking.) My kids barely remember her...which makes me very sad. It breaks my heart that none of my kids will have a grandma at their college graduations, weddings, to hold a new grandchild, or for other significant milestones in their lives. PLEASE do whatever it takes for you to quit!!!!!!! I agree with Bruce...we want you guys around for a loooooong time!!
Comment by Bruce Anderson and Ginger on September 1, 2013 at 12:07pm

Good on ya, Laurie.  My wife, Sherry, had a hard time quitting and had to go to a hypnotherepst.  That worked, even tho she often says the crave never goes away...its a constant battle.

I've got two suggestions for quitting...first, go visit a terminal cancer ward at your local hospital.  Dying of cancer is horrible...and worse, if you love your family, its really, really hard for them to see you die of emphacema (spelling ?) and cancer.

Second...and the best motivation, I think...doesn't it PISS YOU OFF that the tabacco industry deliberately puts addictive stuff in cig's so that you WILL become addicted ?  And they do it so that they can take your money and record enormous profits ?  They DON'T CARE if you get sick or die...so long as you continue to buy their product (which, by the way, if "used as directed" WILL kill you !)  Why do you let THEM control you and your life like that ???!!!  (retorical question, Laurie - and anyone else - not meant personally....)

And don't EVEN get me started about all the cigarette butts on every street corner and outside every store !!

Grace...turn some if that wonderfulness of your personality to yourself, and hate what the tabacco industry is doing to you.

I want all of you to be around a long time so that you can enrich my outlook every day I visit this site.

Comment by Laurie, Nug & Puk on August 31, 2013 at 12:40pm
Not easy for us older gals who have been doing it for a while, but so worth it Bev and Grace.
Comment by Beverly and Eli on August 31, 2013 at 12:17pm

Well Laurie that sounds wonderful!! Maybe you and I Grace should get on the ball.

Comment by Laurie, Nug & Puk on August 31, 2013 at 11:52am
Forgot to add, I have not had a cigarette since Feb 11th. Don't want one either. I think I would choke to death if I tried. I do know that I don't get short of breath any longer, my sense of smell and taste are much better, and when I laugh I don't have that smokers rasp any longer
Comment by Laurie, Nug & Puk on August 31, 2013 at 11:49am
You can do it Grace. I have heard so many stories about the electronic cigarettes also Grace, the thing is there is no proof. No studies show the dangers. 100's of studies show and prove the dangers of cigarettes and all the chemicals that you inhale. I believe in using it as a tool to give up cigarettes, but in the end not inhaling anything but air is the goal. I still think they are safer than cigs.
Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on August 31, 2013 at 10:47am

I've been meaning to ask you Laurie if you did quit.  Ernie doesn't smoke does he?  Well my problem is Mark smokes and he refuses to give it up.  So the electronic cigarette really worked for you Laurie. I thought there's been reports that they are not good for you.  I know, I know and regular cigarettes are?  I have so many medical things wrong with me that I definitely need to quit.  I gave up drinking in 2009 and that was a piece of cake.    I use to drink every day.    I'm going to a specialist on Tuesday about my leg circulation and I'm sure I'll hear from him.  Now when I go to my Primary Dr. she must say 3 to 4 times, you have to quit smoking   I really need help with this.  I'm going to look into "Tobacco Free Florida" and see what their program is like.  So everyone say a little prayer for me that I have the strength to quit.

Comment by Dianne and Dulcie on August 31, 2013 at 9:31am

Oh, so much empathy here!  I quit 20 years ago, but had to get help from a hypnotist.  I had not been able to make it a day without a cigarette for 20 years and knew I couldn't do it on my own.  My motivation was a new "no smoking" rule for my HS students (remember the old "smoking areas" at public schools?  Lol!).  I had duty in the area where they used to smoke and just couldn't go and light up in the lounge and then tell the kids they couldn't smoke.  Someone told me that hypnotism works for about 25% of people who try it.  Still wasn't easy (and, Marie, same here - still get an urge on rare occasions), but the hypnotism made it bearable.  Laurie, glad to know you've just been busy and nothing is awry!  Empathy there, too - am wondering where the summer went!  Give Magoo, Nug and Puk a hug for me and a doggy sniff and kiss from Dulcie!

Comment by Laurie, Nug & Puk on August 31, 2013 at 8:22am
Beverly, get an electronic cigarette to start with, but get a good one, this way you are still smoking and getting nicotine but getting off cigarettes, than you can slowly lower your nicotine and wean your self off. It really was the easiest quit doing it this way. I still use mine sometimes but I can use the 0 Nicotine, for me it was the hand to mouth motion that I could never get past to quit, the something to hold and fiddle with.

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