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07/23/2012 new

(Quote) Sherrill-anne-13557 said: Yeah it was.Just the thought of being interested in someone else seemed strange and foreig...
(Quote) Sherrill-anne-13557 said:

Yeah it was.Just the thought of being interested in someone else seemed strange and foreign at first.

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When I had mentioned to friend that I was thinking of joining CM, he asked if I felt I was ready for dating. My response was, "Well, the thought doesn't make me want to throw up, so I took that as a good sign!"

07/23/2012 new

(Quote) Barbara-863769 said: I am a people person. I do require alone time, but a spate of time in my own home suffices. I h...
(Quote) Barbara-863769 said:

I am a people person. I do require alone time, but a spate of time in my own home suffices. I have never ever lived on my own-not even in a dorm! Growing up in a city, I commuted from my family's apartment to obtain my degree. I married at 21 from that same home. 15 years later, folowing my annullment, I was alone, but I had three sons by then, and I was blessed to meet and marry my second husband...He died in our 20th year of marriage. So I have never had a "single life", and I have arrived here in middle widowhood with children. Needless to say, after his death it was terrifying to be solo...after 35 total years in married life, and 21 years in my family home...


But...on the third anniversary of his death...I was determined to make a date and meet my God in a beautiful and silent place...to face my fear of aloneness, and to begin to find my original self...under all the habit and pattern...to step out...with the help of the Holy Spirit, and reclaim my individual heart...The two had become one...and I was feeling like only a "half" not a whole person...So I was given an opportunity...I travelled and stayed solo in an isolated, remote beach house... to heal, to write, and to pray...from my inner core. The house was well-appointed for creature comfort and had sophisticated surveillance...but the total blackness far from all light...my goodness...and I have never seen the number of stars as I did those two nights! I have never heard the nuances in the slaps of the waves and the changes in the breezes all night long...The aloneness was so total ...and the nearess of God so profound that I think it drove fear out of me...and I came away...a bit shaken by the intensity...but much much stronger...with God's grace. I believe as I hid "in the cleft of the rock, God covered" me. It was major, and I would never have believed it was possible for me to accomplish! God is good.

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I got misty reading this. We have had to redefine ourselves on so many levels, but not once have I ever had to imagine doing it without the love and strength of our God. Thank you for sharing this. It is so powerful.

07/24/2012 new

(Quote) Sandra-471894 said: Good for you Elizabeth! so, why is it that we are looking for a husband?.............
(Quote) Sandra-471894 said:


Good for you Elizabeth!

so, why is it that we are looking for a husband?..................... sorry just a joke I could not help myself

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I do appreciate the compliment and the joke. I have substituted good locks, a cautious attitude, good friends, yes unfortunately guns (though right now they are at a friends because I took them there for safe keeping while my granddaughter was visiting), and a lot of prayers. Looking for a husband...now that is mostly for good friendship, companionship, and old-fashion love. Who knows...may be just around the corner. Until it is, I'm loving God and friends, enjoying my life, and so glad I found the forums.


Good joke, though, Sandra.

08/01/2012 new

Hello to all of you ladies,

I feel a little bit ofthe male persepctive needs to be introduced here. I applaud each of you for taking those challenges.
As a man, spoiled by years of the best cooking and hospitality, I was somewhat intimidated to try things in the kitchen. A few months ago I made the effort to bake a special square my wife was very well known for in the parish. It was a success! Last week one son turned 18 and he asked to invite a few family friends. It wasn't until it was all over that I realised I had just served 12 people (9 guests!) and survived to tell the tale.

08/04/2012 new

(Quote) Francis-872439 said: Hello to all of you ladies,I feel a little bit ofthe male persepctive needs to be intro...
(Quote) Francis-872439 said:

Hello to all of you ladies,

I feel a little bit ofthe male persepctive needs to be introduced here. I applaud each of you for taking those challenges.
As a man, spoiled by years of the best cooking and hospitality, I was somewhat intimidated to try things in the kitchen. A few months ago I made the effort to bake a special square my wife was very well known for in the parish. It was a success! Last week one son turned 18 and he asked to invite a few family friends. It wasn't until it was all over that I realised I had just served 12 people (9 guests!) and survived to tell the tale.

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Good for you, Francis! I sued to cringe at the thought of hosting parties. wide eyed I had to force myself to realize that even if the dinner is a failure, my family will still love me. wink laughing

I've been widowed 3 months shy of 4 years. I have discovered I am capable of purchasing a vehicle on my own, of mowing the lawn, plowing the snow off the driveway, of powerwashing and sealing our large deck and porch railings. I am able to hitch up and pull a travel trailer from point A to point B. But I still have a long ways to go. There, but for the grace of God, go I.

Joanne

08/04/2012 new

(Quote) Francis-872439 said: Hello to all of you ladies,I feel a little bit ofthe male persepctive needs to be intro...
(Quote) Francis-872439 said:

Hello to all of you ladies,

I feel a little bit ofthe male persepctive needs to be introduced here. I applaud each of you for taking those challenges.
As a man, spoiled by years of the best cooking and hospitality, I was somewhat intimidated to try things in the kitchen. A few months ago I made the effort to bake a special square my wife was very well known for in the parish. It was a success! Last week one son turned 18 and he asked to invite a few family friends. It wasn't until it was all over that I realised I had just served 12 people (9 guests!) and survived to tell the tale.

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Thank you, Francis. I was hoping to hear a great deal from the male perspective. Congratulations to you. I get intimidated, too, at entertaining a large group. I bet your son was pretty proud of you! You do have me curious about this square. Would you share her recipe?

08/04/2012 new

(Quote) Joanne-846477 said: Good for you, Francis! I sued to cringe at the thought of hosting parties. I had to forc...
(Quote) Joanne-846477 said:



Good for you, Francis! I sued to cringe at the thought of hosting parties. I had to force myself to realize that even if the dinner is a failure, my family will still love me.

I've been widowed 3 months shy of 4 years. I have discovered I am capable of purchasing a vehicle on my own, of mowing the lawn, plowing the snow off the driveway, of powerwashing and sealing our large deck and porch railings. I am able to hitch up and pull a travel trailer from point A to point B. But I still have a long ways to go. There, but for the grace of God, go I.

Joanne

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Very impressive, Joanne! I love reading these stories of survival. We do what we have to do to get things done, but each step reinforces our confidence in our abilities. These are all huge undertakings that none of us would have hoped to have to do. Nicely done, everyone!

08/05/2012 new

(Quote) Kathy-635104 said: Thank you, Francis. I was hoping to hear a great deal from the male perspective. Congratu...
(Quote) Kathy-635104 said:



Thank you, Francis. I was hoping to hear a great deal from the male perspective. Congratulations to you. I get intimidated, too, at entertaining a large group. I bet your son was pretty proud of you! You do have me curious about this square. Would you share her recipe?

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Hi Kathy, the recipe is as follows:


Mixed Nut Squares (calorie reduced for discerning paletes)

1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup cold margarine

Mix dry ingredients and cut in margarine. Pack into a 9x13 pan. Bake @350 for 10 minutes.

While pan is in oven, melt the following:

1 cup butterscotch chips
1/2 cup corn syrup
2 tbsp margarine

Take pan out of oven and pour over 1 can of mixed nuts (300 grams worth). Then pour over the melted mixture and place back in oven for about 10 minutes.

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!

08/05/2012 new

(Quote) Francis-872439 said: (Quote) Kathy-635104 said: Thank you, Francis. I was hoping to h...
(Quote) Francis-872439 said:

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Kathy-635104 said:



Thank you, Francis. I was hoping to hear a great deal from the male perspective. Congratulations to you. I get intimidated, too, at entertaining a large group. I bet your son was pretty proud of you! You do have me curious about this square. Would you share her recipe?



Hi Kathy, the recipe is as follows:


Mixed Nut Squares (calorie reduced for discerning paletes)

1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup cold margarine

Mix dry ingredients and cut in margarine. Pack into a 9x13 pan. Bake @350 for 10 minutes.

While pan is in oven, melt the following:

1 cup butterscotch chips
1/2 cup corn syrup
2 tbsp margarine

Take pan out of oven and pour over 1 can of mixed nuts (300 grams worth). Then pour over the melted mixture and place back in oven for about 10 minutes.

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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That sounds delicious. Thank you for sharing. I will for sure be making it at the next opportunity!

08/07/2012 new

(Quote) Francis-872439 said: Hi Kathy, the recipe is as follows: Mixed Nut Squares (calorie reduced for disc...
(Quote) Francis-872439 said:


Hi Kathy, the recipe is as follows:


Mixed Nut Squares (calorie reduced for discerning paletes)

1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup cold margarine

Mix dry ingredients and cut in margarine. Pack into a 9x13 pan. Bake @350 for 10 minutes.

While pan is in oven, melt the following:

1 cup butterscotch chips
1/2 cup corn syrup
2 tbsp margarine

Take pan out of oven and pour over 1 can of mixed nuts (300 grams worth). Then pour over the melted mixture and place back in oven for about 10 minutes.

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Oh, MY!! That sounds yummy! tongue <- That's me licking my lips... wink Praying

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