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60. With apologies

I know, it’s been a while since I wrote and I hate excuses as much as you do!

So I am not going to waste your time with excuses – I will just apologize to those of you who enjoy the written word as much as the vlogs. In the past couple of months I have done a lot of learning and a lot of looking at the world around me. As usual, I have come out of the time stronger than before. I have learned that people can just drop you in a heartbeat when it suits them, others can give you hours of unexpected time, some can hit incredibly hard times and still have a sense of humour.

I learned that one viewer visiting the broadcast can give us a great idea but if I do nothing with it it is just that… an idea. I am going to start our Free Bay page today! Free Bay is for viewers who have a sense of humour/humor and a post office box. Put your screen name and your post office box address (no real names) and then put what you would like to “collect” from fellow viewers. We have heard about fridge magnets, key rings, wines, cheeses and, of course, licorice!! To name just a few things that made us smile. We just thought it would be a fun thing to be able to send someone a ‘gift’

I have learned that even my hard-working camera can give up the ghost and die on me. When I thought of how many hours it had given me over the past year I cannot say I was surprised. I also didn’t feel like it was a lessor product. In fact, I bought the upgrade of my previous camera. It was fun to use and gave me a lot of good vids. I reward good behaviour! Even if the product dies of hard work. Pity it did it the month after the warranty ran out.

I always knew that the fall and winter would be harder on dear BeanBean. He is struggling a little more and I have had to increase his meds to compensate. It is a heartbreaking thing to do because each time I increase it I am equally lessening his time with me for there is a limit to how much I can give him. I am up to close to 3/4 of his total allocation, based on his weight. I am hoping that this dosage will hold him over the fall and winter because, if it does, then we might be able to stay together for  another year. Obviously, if I have to keep increasing it over the winter we will be running out of time together. So sad. We have come so far.

We have seen some wonderful growth from various members of the broadcast club. Lesley overcame her fear of the outside world enough to walk down her garden and close the gate. She looked over the fence and gave us the greatest smile! Roseann showed us a rare moment of total vulnerability as she struggled with a diagnosis of glaucoma over and above everything else she copes with every day. Jen is just weeks away from being married and found that the ability to make decision suddenly was missing.

I sit in awe of how this group of people have supported one another. How they, through their support of others, have grown. They have new understanding of each other, of their previous judgments and their coping skills. We are beginning to have a lot of people visit the broadcasts and thanking us for the positive contribution we are making.

For my part, I am amazed at how much difference we can make in our little world. One person at a time. We know people are paying it forward. We hear the stories.

 

YouTube Update – Week 60

Subscribers             3,882
Views                        126,698 from 171 countries
Blog views                7318
Non-Smoking Days    282 with a saving of $3,017.47



51. Definitely a week of memories

You have heard me repeat the adage: Life is about memories, not things and this week was full of memories.

 

On the downside (ying and yang): there was the Boston Marathon sadness closely followed by the fertilizer plant explosion and the horrid loss of life in both. These extraordinary memories will be etched in my mind for a lifetime – thanks, in part, to the 24/7 exposure given by the media and leading me to wonder if anyone could receive a “fair” trial in this day and age. Trial by media appears to be the new normal. Today I heard about a 35 year old who lost her fight with cancer. A lot of sadness for one week.

On the upside: I was able to do the “meet and greet” with one of our regulars on the TinyChat group, fondly known as “our Glen” – not to be confused with the other Glen from BlogTV. We all have a fondness for Our Glen. He has made us laugh until we cried, has demonstrated a very keen sense of concern for members of the DearMamaSal community and I was looking forward to meeting him. I was not disappointed! I laughed more in one evening than I have since… since… omg… now that I think of it…. since Christmas Eve!!!

 

For those who missed the broadcasts where we discussed the evening, know that Glen was a delight, beautifully mannered and very much the character we have come to love. As we suspected we would, we talked (non-stop) for 5 hours and didn’t run out of topics, views or debates. Glen called the (take a breathe non-hockey fans) Canucks run into the play-offs to a ‘T’ and now I pray that they make a decent go of it. So it was a fun evening and definitely one of the memories of the week.

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Benji, Judy and Julianna came to visit and the few hours together flew by. It was amazing to think I had not seen them since January. http://youtu.be/XmBD0q6rBUk  Julianna had grown so much since I last held her.

 

To see her initially terrified by Beaner and then watch that fear turn to curiosity and then delight. Then to watch Beaner bring her his favourite toys… priceless. http://youtu.be/UnT-JKUMCA0

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The last major memory of this memorable week is that I have passed 100 days of being smoke-free!

YouTube Upate – Week 34

Subscribers             2476
Views                        60,300 from 131 countries
Blog views               3,691
Non-Smoking Days  100 –   saving of $1,107.65

Lessons learned: Take the chance to laugh – especially in a week full of grieving

 

 

42. We made it to 6 months on YouTube!

40 days smoke free and 6 months of YouTube… two huge milestones of which I am equally proud.
Got a great call from Benji, Judy and little Julianna yesterday to check how I was doing with the non smoking. Benji and Judy are just so wonderful to care about how I am coping but they are also aware that, in previous attempts, have turned into devastating depressions for me where the medications turned out to be more dangerous than the smoke. I am working hard not to have a repeat of that self-defeating behavior.
I am balancing a lot of different balls – the shortened work week is helping me balance a little but is having a serious effect on my cash flow, the non smoking is a huge achievement but requires a great deal of daily awareness – I have to concentrate on this part of my life because I am aware that one slip could be dangerous.
I feel tired but strangely elated. A little scared, to be honest, of what the next 6 months will or will not bring. One of my fondest memories of the past 6 months has to be that very first night when, having helped me set up the YouTube site, Benji went home and left me with my new “baby”. The little “dings” of people visiting the site kept me up all night. It was such a great feeling.
I also remember with great appreciation every time we reached another 1,000 views. How exciting was that?! Then the “major” milestone of 10,000. Oh yes, that was so exciting to me! Then the 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45k. All amazing journeys. In the next couple of weeks we will hit 50k and move onto our first 100,000.
It is interesting to see the age distribution. We have evened out across the different age groups. However, it is the fact that we have been visited by 128 countries that was another mind blowing statistic. There have been a couple of interesting geography lessons along the way – remember the blog about “where in the world are the Northern Mariana Islands?” So funny. I still laugh when I remember that day!
Will I continue to have as much fun in the next 6 months? Only time will tell. If I continue to have the support of such great friends and viewers then I have no doubt. There have been so many “firsts” in the first six months that will have to grow in so many ways to create that many new “firsts”.
Bring it on! I am ready. Please remember to subscribe to this page as a lot of our updates will happen here now!
YouTube Channel Update – Week 26
Subscribers  2273
Views          48,578 from 128 countries
Blog views   3558

Lessons learned: 6 months flies by when you are having fun and learning. Hope the next 6 are just as much fun!! 🙂

35. My most embarrassing morning!

My one “son”, Cisco” always reminds me that life is truly about memories and not things. This was a memorable week.

I was truly excited to become a Canadian. Invited my “rent a family” (I do not have familly here in Canada, not blood family that is). Most pitched up to watch this memorable moment. However, to my horror it turned out that it was not the ceremony but rather a checking of all the original documents I had used for my application. Imagine my embarrassment. All these wonderful friends had given up precious time, fought through rush hour traffic and one had come all the way from the States. It was not to be!

We laughed until we cried and I knew that, in that moment, I had the most wonderful group of friends. They all took it in their stride. Sipped on their cofffes and chai teas and told stories. They make my world such a happy place and I am blessed to have them in my life. Blessed that they all just laughed it off as a “Sal moment” and assured me they would be there when the real day came.

My ego was a little bent out of shape and a little part of me felt so sad that I had wasted people’s time but I must say that, overall, it was a very funny memory and one I am sure I will not be allowed to forget in this lifetime!

It has beeen a huge couple of weeks on the YouTube site – particially due to a really big boost during one BlogTV session where we were the featured video. I struggled to answer all the questions, following that broadcast but stuck to it until I had cleared them all.

I love that we have created this little band of people when we do these broadcasts. It is wonderful to have a team of people around the help manage the hecklers and add wisdom when I am busy helping someone. I am so very grateful to them.

The more we do this the more I am convinced that this was a much needed tool for so many young people. The question, most of which are sent privately and not seen by the viewers to YouTube,  are both varied  and heartbreaking. I see so many youngsters being severely stressed out because of the expectations of their parents. One came from a 12 year old who was terrified she might not hang on to her #1  spot in her class and the possible disappointment to the family. she was truly traumatized by the prospect of what woud happen if she didn’t keep her #1 ranking. So sad to read.

I hate to admit it but I am really getting much better about the vlogging thing! Quite miss it when I do not do one 🙂 The edits and uploading still take time but probably half the time that it took a few months ago!

Life is good and I have wonderful friends!

To watch the astonishing transformation of Beaner from abandoned to adored:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJPW5vxBG5s

YouTube Channel Update – Week 14
Subscribers  1671
Views           from 120 countries
Blog views   1924

Lesson remembered :  something written in my autograph book from 55 years ago. Author unknown :  

“True friends are like diamonds
Precious and rare.
False friends, like autumn leaves
Are found everywhere”

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