Smoking & the Heart

My grandmother smoked since she was a young girl. She belonged to the time when smoking was thought fashionable and not much was known about its ill effects. She married when she was 16, had 3 children and travelled the world with her husband who was a doctor in the army. I remember they would call each other “Darling” and seldom by their names.

In her old age she developed heart disease. The doctors told her to quit smoking or she would just get worse. Her family pleaded with her to give up the habit. My brother who was studying to be a doctor at the time told her, “Nani, every time you smoke you lose 5 minutes of your life.” She was quick to reply “I would rather have the cigarette.” She suffered from heart attacks which left her weak but she survived.

When my grandfather died she lost her husband of nearly 60 years. She died soon after. I think she died of a broken heart.

Daily Prompt: Happy Endings

  1. The End | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  2. Little red rascals | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  3. Happy Endings – A myth? | TechPersonified
  4. And they say ‘Happily Ever After’ is an ending… | JC Bride ~
  5. DP Daily Prompt: Happy Endings | Sabethville
  6. Holy Crap. I haven’t considered that before. Quit Quitting… | thoughtsofrkh
  7. My Struggle With Binge Eating | Wind on my Skin
  8. The day I told the world to shove it! | From One Crazy Life To Another
  9. Willie And The Norwegian Flangiprop | The Jittery Goat
  10. Silenced – Daily Prompt | alienorajt
  11. Pink Slime | Daily Prompt: Happy Endings | likereadingontrains
  12. Almost Cold Turkey. | Hope* the happy hugger
  13. When You Are Told No! | The Photo Faith Challenge
  14. Daily Prompt: Happy Endings | Melissa Holden
  15. Things seem tiny because My mind is even more Tiny | So Not Simple
  16. Cold Turkey | Kate Murray
  17. The End | Finale to an Entrance
  18. forgiveness should | y
  19. Mr. Reality’s Class Ceiling | Catching A Scent of Salt…
  20. When Quitting is for Winners! | meanderedwanderings
  21. Chocolate Cream Cups : Friday Night Party! Do you want to join the wagon? | simplyvegetarian777
  22. Happy Endings? My Addiction. | Abstractions of Life
  23. Daily Prompt – « My journey to qualify for the Boston Marathon…and everything in between…
  24. The Beginning of a Happy Ending | Cancer Isn’t Pink
  25. What is “cold turkey”? | Phelio a Random Post a Day
  26. Quitting: A Happy Ending | Delicious Ambiguity
  27. Daily Prompt: Happy Endings | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  28. Whistonwick | Writing and Works
  29. Happy beginnings | Life is great
  30. Endings Are Beginnings | Ako Si Ehm Blog
  31. 259. Cold Turkey | Barely Right of Center
  32. Dead Branch | Wanderlein
  33. Happy End To Shopping This Morning | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  34. When I Broke Up With Coke
  35. Death – Daily Prompt photo | alienorajt
  36. I’m not NOT quitting. | The Playground
  37. The End Became the Beginning | The View From Here
  38. Given Up On Giving Up – Daily Prompt – Happy Ending | Views Splash!
  39. The End | Flowers and Breezes
  40. Happy Endings | The Nameless One
  41. I Quit Facebook/Daily Prompt | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  42. The End | Happily Skipping Thru Life
  43. Daily Prompt: The End | That Montreal Girl
  44. Rebirth | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  45. if you break into | y
  46. Confessions of a T. S. G. | gogirlgone
  47. Smoke On | Just Visiting This Planet
  48. Why it’s better to never start in the first place: | Rob’s Surf Report
  49. Daily Prompt – Happy Endings – Be Told |
  50. Haiku- The End | chinks’ lounge
  51. Daily Prompt: Happy Endings – My Life, My Way, My Words
  52. To the Sweetest | The Shotgun Girls
  53. REQUIESCAT IN PACE | Serendipity
  54. Daily Prompt: Happy Endings | The Wandering Poet
  55. Happy End | Passionately Bored
  56. Just Give Me the Oreos and No One Gets Hurt | Shades of Teal
  57. Maynards? I Quit You | Baby Gates Down
  58. The Day that I Quit Keeping Secrets | This thing called, “Life.”
  59. Daily Prompt: Happy Endings | Kauniiksi katsottu – Seen as Beautiful
  60. Happy Endings Challenge « lordmikle
  61. The End of Fear: Happiness in Traveling the World « psychologistmimi
  62. Daily Prompt: Happy Endings | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  63. Happy Endings | Chomp, Chomp, Chomp! | Creating My World
  64. Someone New – A Love Story | Losing It
  65. Daily Prompt: Happy Endings | Nola Roots, Texas Heart
  66. Daily Prompt: Happy Endings/Not So Sure How Happy the Endings Are | To Breathe is to Write
  67. Day 32: The Surest Way To Never Get Somewhere | The Sacred Architecture of Here and Now
  68. Melancholia | field of thorns
  69. Let me let you go… | vic briggs
  70. Daily Prompt: Happy Ending to a Football Game | Daily Prompt & Blogging Progress
  71. I Know How To Quit You | Edward Hotspur
  72. line goes dead | fragments of life
  73. A neverending story | Le Drake Noir
  74. Guilty pleasures | zaphnathpaaneah
  75. Basque Sheepherders and Unintended Consequences | Exploratorius
  76. Something I’ve tried to quit | bonng
  77. One Starving Activist
  78. How to Quit Cigarettes or People | Red’s Wrap
  79. Happy ending – f*ck conformity | How to raise a tiger
  80. Daily Prompt: I Wish I Knew How To Quit You | Morrighan’s Muse
  81. Daily prompt: Happy endings, ending happiness – take your pick | helen meikle’s scribblefest
  82. What I Learned From Trying to Watch Professional Football | Kosher Adobo
  83. Charlotte is happy !! | The Seminary of Praying Mantis
  84. Daily Prompt: Happy Endings | Crohn’s and Cupcakes
  85. DP: HAPPY ENDINGS | DANDELION’S DEN
  86. Daily Prompt: The End of the Road | @ The West Gate
  87. “Hor-Jiak” – Singlish for Good Eats | Buzzy Beez
  88. Monthly Tasks To Empower, not Enable | It’s a wonderful F’N life
  89. If At First You Don’t Succeed | Wiley’s Wisdom
  90. Into the Blue | Recovery Miles
  91. Happy Endings – Starting a Journey Back to a Healthy Body | Deliberating Dave
  92. Happy Ending | Help Along the Path
  93. Thoughts about quitting | Willow’s Corner
  94. Daily Prompt: Happy Endings | Basically Beyond Basic
  95. A List of Bad Habits | readingwithafeather
  96. “Happy Endings” | Relax

Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated

 

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Children’s toys these days are completely packed with color and are so attractive for kids and adults alike. Each toy has a personality of its own. I love that!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated

  1. Nature in All Her Glory | Momdeavor
  2. As The Light Fades… | Fallengirlforever’s Photography Blog
  3. Glorious Harvest Colors | Home’s Cool!
  4. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | 2013 Weekly Photo Challenge Blog
  5. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | Memory Catcher
  6. WPC: Saturated or Guate/Street/Art II | Made Up of Borrowings
  7. Weekly photo challenge : saturated | Fallengirlforever’s Photography Blog
  8. wall. flowers. windows. color. | marsowords
  9. Family Day At Kemah Boardwalk | this man’s journey
  10. Wall. Flowers. Windows. Color. | See Diving
  11. Weekly photo challenge – Saturated | con-Stella-rations
  12. La vie en rose… et violet | Neva Samaki
  13. Sated Yet? | Not the Family Business!
  14. Nesting | Detours by Deepali
  15. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | castelsarrasin
  16. Weekly photo challenge: saturated | Jean’s Photography Blog
  17. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | nancy merrill photography
  18. Saturated- Weekly Photo Challenge | The Rider
  19. Photoworld 28-9-13 | ~~~ nur ein “Klick” ~~~ ein Kompendium
  20. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | Baba Yaga Bony Legs
  21. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | ILEANA PARTENIE
  22. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | Retired2Travel
  23. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | blueberriejournal
  24. Saturated- Weekly Photo Challenge | Bileam se Donkie
  25. Weekly Photo Challenge / B4 Retouch: Saturated (Raindrops) | What’s (in) the picture?
  26. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | I’m possible
  27. Saturated – Wild Animals. | Anne Squared
  28. Figures in the Snow | Monochrome
  29. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated Sky | Jake Kuyser
  30. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | six degrees photography
  31. Saturated: Take 2 | Today, on Earth
  32. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | Colin Butterworth
  33. Stillness in Saturation | Inception
  34. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | Something to Ponder About
  35. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | out10about
  36. The Sunset After The Rise | The Bottom of a Bottle
  37. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | From My Horizon
  38. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | Tvor Travels
  39. Even rain is saturated | Le Drake Noir
  40. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated – Berlin’s Horizon | Aylin’s Wonderland
  41. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | Chicomallorca’s Blog
  42. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | StandingStill
  43. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | notsofancynancy
  44. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | mybeautfulthings
  45. Red lanterns | Thin spiral notebook
  46. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | A Really Full Life
  47. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | Wanderlust
  48. Saturated | A Happy and Beautiful World
  49. WFC: Saturated…Full….De Bote en Bote! | ilargia64
  50. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | Stephen Chapman
  51. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | atreegrowsinbklyn
  52. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | The World Is a Book…
  53. Life. Saturated. | We Live In A Flat
  54. Weekly Photo Challenge / B4 Retouch: Saturated (Pêcheur/Angler) | What’s (in) the picture?
  55. From Saturated to Subtle | The Bottom of a Bottle
  56. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | the thirdeyeworld
  57. Saturated Summer Sojourns | The Palladian Traveler
  58. Saturation: Two Sides To A Word | ~xoxo, msL
  59. Saturated with buildings | Summerfield84’s English blog
  60. WPC: Saturated (II) | ilargia64
  61. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | Project Remnant Redo
  62. Nicaragua-Saturated : Weekly Photo Challenge | Chronicles of a Public Transit User
  63. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | The Plexi Pixie
  64. Weekly Photo Challenge — Saturation; China’s Colorful Ethnic Minorities | Travels and Trifles
  65. be original | yi-ching lin photography
  66. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | verena cave
  67. Weekly Photo Challenge: Red Eye | Postcards from
  68. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturation | imaginations
  69. weekly photo challenge: saturated | Wood Rabbit Journey
  70. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | Ritva’s Art too – Photography
  71. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated – Blossoms | Aylin’s Wonderland
  72. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | Foto de Moto
  73. Weekly Photo Challenge : saturated | Mon beau manoir
  74. Weekly Photo Challenge: SATURATED | Pictures From Her Window
  75. Down on Rue St Denis | Beyond the Brush
  76. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | Uncle Spike’s Adventures
  77. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | The Land Slide Photography
  78. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | Liberated Traveler
  79. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | wordsvisual
  80. Mural Saturated with Peace (4 Photos) | On the Streets of San Francisco
  81. Photo Project “52 Bolivian Sundays” [week 39, ‘Saturated’: the Quena Wood Case]. | 3rdculturechildren
  82. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | The Human Rights Warrior
  83. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | Outreach
  84. Saturation around the world | Travel Photos | TravelGrom.com
  85. Country Road | CurTales
  86. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | MyBlog – solaner
  87. Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated | Diary of Dennis