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How I Survived 3 Years on HubPages

Updated on December 11, 2014

A hubbin' I will go...

Over three years ago I became a member of HubPages. My membership was a spur of the moment thing. I was on Google searching for information on an article I was working on. I came upon a handful of links that looked interesting.

One article in general caught my attention (sorry, I don't remember the article, but consider it yours and I thank you!) Before I knew it, I was on HubPages.

From link to link or hub to hub, I began searching and reading. My curiosity took control. Maybe I should say I was out of control.

I was very curious as to what a hub was. Before HubPages, hub was a nickname for my husband...hubby, hub. Needless to say he no longer has that nickname due to my hubbing addiction.

Yes, I am an addict. Actually I was an addict. I've been to rehab and I have learned to better control my habit. Mind you, I have many addictions so I had to give each of them a fair amount of time.

I used to spend an excessive amount of time on HubPages...

I was pondering about my next hub while sitting on my pet rock.
I was pondering about my next hub while sitting on my pet rock. | Source

You know the drill...

1. House no longer gets cleaned.

2. Family no longer gets fed.

3. Water bill is cheaper, due to less showers.

4. Pets have taken residence in your bed because you no longer sleep there.

5. Your butt starts to expand.

We've all been there. My family began an intervention. I tried to escape and hide out in the garage. Our family dog sniffed me out.

I proceeded to put my foot down. Unfortunately our pet rabbit was lounging underfoot at the moment, talk about a funny bunny...I never saw Cupcake hop so fast! Anyway, she's fine! No need to panic and call animal services. Regardless, my family learned to adjust to my addiction once I pointed out their addictions. Sunshine is a slick chick!

I survived my three years on HubPages because of the amazing and wonderful friends that I have discovered here. We lift each other up, when need be. We give each other a nudge, when needed. We laugh together, pester each other and challenge one another.

Some even kicked me to the curb. Yes! Me! Sunshine! To the curb. Regardless, they weren't real friends, more like enigmas of sort.

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Cancer Advocate

My main objective when I first joined HubPages was to reach out to others. As a cancer advocate I wanted my voice heard. I wanted to save lives.

For the past six years I have challenged myself to convince at least ten people to have their PSA tested or to have a colonoscopy. I have succeeded each year.

If I haven't convinced you yet and you intend to have either preventive test done, please let me know so that I could put another notch in my cancer post.

I have survived HubPages because of the endless emails, Twitter messages and Facebook follows I've received during my time on HP. I realized I'm making a difference and HP is helping me do so.

How could I stop now? I can't! I'm a woman on a mission.

I might not be a medical professional, but most of us appreciate real life, hands on stories more than just a white coat with a prescription pad. We want to feel trust.

HubPages vs Therapy

I've survived because HubPages is my therapy. This community is a lot cheaper than a therapist and much more fun. I don't have to lay down on a cold, leather couch.

I get to sit in my comfy chair. I don't have a time limit of one hour, I can purge as long as needed! Nights, weekends, holidays...HubPages is there for me.

I did consider taking up drinking. Being the addictive person I am, I opted out, since that could have been trouble. I also had a few fellow hubbers suggest against it. That's what friends are for.

I've survived because I love humor! I have the gift of being able to laugh at anything at anytime or at anyone. My fellow hubbers are a hoot and holler! When I need a giggle or two I just hop on HP and I enjoy the ride.

I've survived because HubPages satisfies my hunger for learning. It's guaranteed that I learn something new every day. Whether it's by reading a hub or researching for a hub. New data will be entering my memory.

I am blessed with having become acquainted with so many talented, witty and sincere fellow hubbers. Cyber friends. Best friends. Friends for life. We understand each other and appreciate one another.

Spreading the sunshine

I survived three years on HubPages because I've learned that when you get burned out just walk away. Take a break. A day, week, month or year.

Priorities first, everything else comes next.

1. Houses need to be cleaned.

2. Families need to be fed.

3. Pets need their own lounging area.

4. Bathing is vital for survival.

5. Learn to do butt crunches in a seated position.

See how simple that is!

HubPages isn't going anywhere (we hope!) the community will be here when we return (we hope!). I've learned I'm not going to get rich writing here. It's never been about the money for me.

It's never been about writing a zillion hubs. It's never been about being most popular or number one. It's always been about spreading the sunshine and making a word at a time.

Thank you my fellow hubbers for being the amazing people you are. No matter what corner of the world you live you continue to touch my heart in one way or another. You continue to thrive and make Hubpages the best writing community on the web.

Thank you HubPages for giving us this outlet to have our voices heard. To make a difference. To teach others something they might not already know. To become friends with wonderful writers we might never have known.

I've survived this many years on HubPages because as we all know, time flies when you're having fun!

Happy Hubbin' Hubbers!

Destiny's Child - Survivor

© 2013 Linda Bilyeu

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      You are indeed making a difference, Sunshine. I am boots and all on your page and those who are not have no idea what they are missing.

      Now for the next two years.

      (I LOVE the video!)

      My favorite hubbin' memory? I have too many.... can't pick a favorite :)

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      Happy Anniversary, Sunshine! I'm glad to have you as a fellow hubber and friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wow, you and Kelly started at the same time. Very cool. You are a fixture here and I can't imagine HP without you. I know you have been a big inspiration for me, so thank you and congratulations.

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Happy Anniversary Linda. You are so darn funny, and I was introduced to you via your cancer advocacy to which I am so darn lucky :)

      My favority hubbin memory is to make friends with you all...via the link you sent me to join on FB...since then I am doing the happy dance :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Boots and all SAA...I like that! :) Destiny's Child has been in my head since the Super Bowl and the song fit the theme of the hub. Thank you!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Deb, You have been a breath of fresh air on HP and FB. It's been my pleasure to be your friend. Even if you beat my son-in-laws in the football pool! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Bill ... I don't know who Kelly is, but if she's been on HP two years then we both started at the same time. Thank you for all the laughs and your support!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      We learn from each other Ruchira, that's what makes HubPages so awesome! Thank you for your comment! :)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Aww, Happy 2 year Anniversary and am proud to call you a friend, as well as so glad we got to know each other through this!! You truly are a "Ray of Sunshine"!! :)

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      Poetic Fool 4 years ago

      Wow, two years! Really? Congratulations, Sunshine! All I know is HubPages wouldn't be nearly as fun or as great a place as it is without you. Keep up the good work, Linda!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I'm a month behind you but I share all your thoughts and feelings. What started as a whim has turned into an addiction. I write about anything and everything...some things with more passion than others. I do know, as the Queen of Lists you have brightened not only HP but everyone's life on HP! Congrats.

      Voted up and interesting.

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      Jason Marovich 4 years ago from United States

      Congratulations on two years, Sunshine625. I haven't spent as much time writing here as I would like, but I know success when I see it. Being successful writing online isn't about how much money we make, it's about the relationships with our readers that we build and the enjoyment they experience from interacting with us. You have many admiring readers and fellow writers online and that makes you a success. Keep on bringing the sunshine.

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      Happy Hubbing Anniversary Linda! The community is certainly a big part of what makes this site great!

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      Rfordin 4 years ago from Florida

      Happy (hub)Birthday to you. I don't know what this place would be like w/o you.....:)

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      Congratulations! I love it here too!

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      Jayme Kinsey 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      Wonderful hub! You've been such an inspiration for me! Two years seems like such a long way away, but now I am determined. I hope to still be reading your hubs in 2, 3, 4, or 15 years from now!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Well done Linda on a great 2 years hubbin', you are a breath of fresh air here and enjoy your writing so much! Here's to your next 2!!

      My favorite memory is hitting that publish button on my first EVER article.I was terrified!! Enjoy your anniversary!!!

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya


      You have certainly made a milestone, i always enjoy reading your articles and i know you have an even huge success waiting out there. Lol!, i have got to wake up now and do a bath :-) That was a noble cause on Cancer awareness and i must say you did well. I have enjoyed the Destiny's Child's Survivor video, long time since i watched it. Great article, voted up and useful.

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      acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

      Congratulations - wow. Where does the time go???

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Congrats on your two years!!

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      Linda, It has been a pleasure to read your hubs over the past two years and your cause is surely a worthy one. Spreading the word to prevent cancer is important and as a nurse I gear most of my hubs toward teaching about improving your health too. Congrats!

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Congrats Linda on two years. I can relate to your addiction. This certainly is a better community because of your wit, humor and inspiration. Thanks for making this so much fun.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Congratulations! Oh and thanks for the reminder to carve out some time to wash the kitchen floor :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Janine, You are just too sweet. Say hello to Lily and Emma from Sunshine! :)

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      What a great write Linda. You are the "sunshine" on Hubpages and your talent and personality shine here. Forget the dishes and the rear end that grows bigger. Just keep writing because no one does it like you do. Congrats on surviving two years.

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      Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Why the DC song at the end?! Now, I'm going to have, "you know I won't diss you on the internet 'cause my mama taught me better than that!"

      Thankfully I haven't neglected my family and hygiene too much but that also has to do with being employed outside of the home. I'm glad I found hubpages and a friend like you as well!

      Great hub!

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      Willette 4 years ago from Michigan

      Congratulations on two years here! This hub is great and an excellent read. I really enjoyed it and wish you many more years on hubpages!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you Rick. HP wouldn't be the same without Poetic Fool either! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Mary, You are almost there and doing fantastic! It's been a pleasure supplying you with lists ;)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Jason...I have missed you, but I understand you've been busy. Just like I said above it's ok to take a break, HP isn't going anywhere!:)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Millionaire Tips ~ rfordin ~ breakfastpop ~ Sharkey11 ~ Suzie HQ ~ dwachira ~ acaetnna ~ Natashalh ~ Pamela99 ~ bdegiulio ~ donnah75 ~ lrc7815 ~ Alecia Murphy ~ Kellyteam ... It's because each and every one of you that HubPages is successful. It's been my pleasure to hub alongside y'all. Keep on hubbin'!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Congrats on 2 years! what would Hubs be like without you? lol! you always make the sunshine brighter, so here's to another 2 years! yeah!

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Great hub again Sunshine & a congrats for making the two year mark!! so enjoy your writing and absolutely agree that this place is such good therapy for us writers..hope you are here for many years to come...cheers

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      Stokermm 4 years ago from Gainesville, FL

      Happy 2 years on Hub Pages!! :)

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Two years already, Linda? Time does fly when you're having fun. And as the little frogs say, 'Time is fun when you're having flies.' Here's to many more fun-filled hubs. May your pen never run dry. I know, that's an old-fashioned analogy. No one ever writes any more - we just type and text and Skype.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      You have me beat by about six months, Linda, Happy Anniversary! HP is truly my hobby. I always look forward to seeing your smiling face here in Hubland. I hope you and I both will hear for a long, long, time!

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)


      Congratulations for all you've accomplished during your first two years publishing articles on HubPages. More important than that, congratulations for all your cancer advocacy work.

      I'm very glad my friend Vinaya introduced us via a Facebook group nearly 14 months ago. My HubPages, Facebook, and Twitter experience wouldn't have been the same without you.

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      Julio E Olmo Sr 4 years ago from Florida, USA

      You've a Pet Rock? What it's name? :)

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      Kishore 4 years ago from Nellore

      hearty Congratulations Linda.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Oh, my dear, very loved SFAM.....girlfriend, partner in crime, buddy, teacher, therapist, listener, comedienne, HUGE RAY of Sunshine!! Without a doubt, My Main Hub-Squeeze! ...My "First" Hub-Love. I better lighten up before our fellow hubbers get some weird vibes about us!

      You have expressed my exact sentiments about this wonderful place, in which we work, play and "hang-out." I can't imagine ever leaving on a permanent basis. The mere thought, pains me. I think it's a common thing to start out with a progressive addiction.....and then, the "real-life Fairy," bites us in the A$$ and we get a grip on reality....just like so many things in life...

      Congratulations on TWO years!! I'm coming up, right behind you and Tille......Hopefully, one day, we can celebrate..Hoot & Howl together on an Anniversary....Here's to many more successful, fun-filled years, to you and all of us!!....Way UP and across the board!.......

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for relating your success. Congratulation and may your successes be muliplied

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Happy 2nd anniversary on HubPages & Congrats! I consider myself lucky to be acquainted with an amazing person - you! You possessed not only incredible writing skills but also are blessed with the ability to make anyone feel cheerful and smile with your sunny presence and positivity. Keep it up! Wishing you many more years of success & happiness on HubPages! Way to go!

      Thanks for SHARING. Awesome & Interesting. Voted up & shared

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      anuramkumar 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Happy 2nd anniversary on Hubpages! This is the first hub of yours that I'm reading. I can understand how good your writing skills would be from this one hub of yours. I'm going to follow and read more of your hubs!

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Congratulations! Enjoyed reading how you feel about your experience here at hubpages.

      Sharing! And votes up!!!

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Congrats, girl friend!! YOU ARE DOING GREAT!!!! You are an inspiration for me, and I am sure for lot of other followers of yours. I know what you mean by husband's nick name....... hubbing has a totally new meaning now! LOL ..... I am in the process of writing my anniversary hub, but just one year :) how time flys...... Here is to many more years of hubbing!

      Hugs, hugs and more Hugs!!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up. Thanks for sharing this delightful hub. I'm going on two year now and like you I'm a survivor and live to write and enjoy all of the great HP friends I've made. So congrats on your two years and here's to more hubbing and sharing.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

      Congrats, Sunshine! You are truly a wonderful, supportive person here on HP (and FB as well). I for one just, simply, well - LOVE YOU!

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      Happy hub birthday!! 2 Years is pretty blinking good and it's nice to always see a bit of sunshine around the place. Hope you're here for many more! Great hub!!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Happy 2 years, Sunshine!! I agree with many of your good points here, especially on the one about taking a break. Thanks for sharing!

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      American View 4 years ago from Plano, Texas


      My friend, 2 years already? where does the time go. My hub experience is having met you here. I enjoy your passionate writings even though I am not good at leaving comments like we all should. You are a great advocate for any task you represent whether it is cancer or hubbing, and you do it with a smile. That is why I will always have your back.

      Continued success and may we read your writings for another 50 years

      ps. I am sure your family is happy when you started to shower again.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 4 years ago from USA

      This is another enjoyable hub. Thanks for spreading the sunshine.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Sunshine, you have always spread your sunshine smile on HubPages. I'm glad that I came here. I have met wonderful people.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Happy Anniversary!! You are making such a difference by telling your story and making others that go through cancer not feel so alone. Don't forget to remind people they get some seriously good drugs during a colonoscopy although not sure I should promote that. I needed some sunshine today before the big blizzard!

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 4 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Happy Anniversary! For me too the anniversary is coming next month of my successful stay here in HP for 1 year. Amazing, you have expressed things well. What you wrote is what I too felt as most of your concerns were same for me too. My passion for hubbing made me deviating from many important things. I was in a world of my own ignoring even the family too. I don't know why the hubbing activities are such fun and serious. It gives us good friendship, knowledge, skill and above all our writing skills too improve as we progress with hubbing. For the past few months I intensified my reading, writing, acquiring good books, surfing and visiting many places, observing things in detail all for the sake of providing a good text to my readers in HP. Though so far I haven't earned a single penny from this platform, I don't mind because it gave me more than that. When our writings become a topic for discussion globally, what more else we need really. Congrats, you have expressed things in detail and in a fine and funny language. Please write again such kind of hubs in future as well. Best of luck!

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      CarNoobz 4 years ago from USA

      Hey, congratulations on surviving 2 years!

      My butt is expanding all over this cafe chair at the moment, so I can definitely relate.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Nell Rose...what would hubs be without YOU...we'd be bored and missing you!!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you: Carter06 ~ Stoker ~ drbj ~ Mary ~ Daisy ~ Julio ~ Y'all make hubbing a whole lot of fun!!!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Gvkishore ... Your comment is appreciated. Happy Hubbin'!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      To my Effer ... Thank you for all the laughs, nudges, challenges, love, support, pep talks and most of all for being my SFAM. Love ya!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you Martin. Most especially thank you for all your limerick laughter!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Ish, It's been a joy being your friend. You are an amazing woman.

      anuramkumar ~ livingsta ... I appreciate you stopping by and your kind words.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      LaLiz!!! You have been one heck of a hubbin' hubber friend. I'm glad you could relate to the hub-hubbie nickname! :) Thank you!!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Much appreciated Gypsy. Your hubs rock!

      Dexter...Creator of my favorite HubPages series .... The Obama Conversations. What an imagination you have. You have brought me to tears from laughter. Much love my friend.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      daisydayz ~ midget38 ... You have both made my hubbin' journey very enjoyable. Thank you!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      AmericanView, We have been through many hubbin' adventures. Some good, some not so good, but either way we came out on the other side bigger and better. Maybe we should write an HP book. Even though we don't agree on some "issues" we continue to respect each others POV. I know you always have my back as I do yours. Yes, they do appreciate me showering again. Haha! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Barbara Kay, Keep on Hubbin'!

      Vinaya Ghimire, Consider yourself one of those wonderful people!

      HealthyLife, Thank you for all you've taught me and others! Wishing you good health!

      sunilkunnoth2012, Thank you for sharing your story. Happy Hubbin'!

      CarNoobz, Two words ... Butt crunches!

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      CarNoobz 4 years ago from USA

      nnNNOOOooo... =)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Just my advice, it's totally optional :)

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This is just the cutest Hub! You are a fantastic Hubber, Sunshine. You really add a lot to this community of writers. Keep up the good addition!

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      KathyH 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      I'm so glad you helped pave the way for me... I'm six months behind ya! ;) It really has been and IS still fun here! :) Happy Birthday or Anniversary, whichever it is? :)

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      TycoonSam 4 years ago from Washington, MI

      Very heart warming Hub. Congratulations on your two years and keep spreading the sunshine!

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Congratulations on your two years here in HubPages. I have enjoyed reading all your hubs. It has brightened my day and cheered me along. Your hubs on cancer are so very valuable to save human lives. You are so cool, kind and generous - I do not know you in person but all this shines through your writings. Looking forward to reading more of your hubs. Cheers!!

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      Tim Mitchell 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

      I agree and concur. Yes, what a 'lifestyle' hubPages is or can be. You are correct, in this humble author's view, a platform to launch or recover almost anything your heart desires.

      HubPages as you have pointed out does take time to achieve desires, yet again with eloquence you shared a breather may be needed once or more. Yet, two years is a mark for sure. That is what 1/3 of hubpages life thus far or near to? That makes you a veteran or pro for sure.

      Hats off to the achievements I have seen with your voyage from that platform. Who knows how far in those outer limits of the internet some of those satellites have roamed. Lead on . . .


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      Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

      Congratulations and keep on rocking sunshine :)

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Linda,

      Congratulations ! Happy second anniversary on hub pages. Thank you for spreading your sunshine. :)

      Voted up and away and sharing

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Congrats on your 2 year anniversary!!!! I have always admired your ability to find humor in things. You are also the most outgoing person I think I've met here on HubPages. I'm so scared and shy, I'd rather go hide under a rock. You are a wonderful lady... keep doing what you do :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you Rebecca!

      Good luck Kathy!

      Much appreciated Tycoon!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Cheers Vellur! Thank you for your kind words!

      Well said Tim! Happy hubbin' to you!

      I'm rocking away Mike! :)

      Thank you Sue!

      Jamie, I could not imagine you as shy! You are too awesome to be under a rock. Get outta there! :)

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      shin_rocka04 4 years ago from Maryland

      Nice! Congrats! Keep up with the great content :)

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Time flies, indeed when you' re having fun! So, bring it on sunshine!

      I was on short hiatus on HP while on a mission at 37 thousand feet and trust me, I miss it so much not just the writing and reading but the interaction and the entire community.

      Well, way to go Sunshine and hope to see more of your creative and witty stuff spreading around.

      Love from the sky-

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on your 2 year anniversary! Hubpages would not be the same without your sunny disposition and wonderful sense of humor. Your positivity shines through even when you address serious issues like cancer.

      I'm so glad you've not quite overcome your addiction to HubPages because you're one of my favorite cyber friends! I'm so glad we got to meet in person!

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I love the part: YOu know the drill, house needs to be cleaned, etc. Boy, do I know that drill! Congratulations on your 2 yr anniversary and here's to many more! Cheers! :) UP and across.

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      Hello Sunshine, We came to Hubpages at about the same time. You have far outhubbed me, but nevertheless, I do love the community and knowing that my work is read by at least one person after I publish. :-) I've enjoyed reading your work nearly the entire time I've been here. Yes, as we all know, it is an addiction and just like the addict, we continue to get others "hooked." I can think of worse things. :-)

      Take care and WRITE ON!!

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Such a HEARTWARMING HUB! Thank you so much for sharing about yourself and your experience. I can totally relate to so much of this - like hubpahes therapy, and I have yet to eat this morning cuz I got sucked into FB an HP. oops!....... It is a big thing to put yourself out there. And I love that you do. I am so glad you have stuck around these two years. Cuz I get to meet you. What a wonderful addition you have been to my life and my experience at hubpages. I am coming up on one year and I know I woul not have made it without you! .... I feel myelf getting sunshinier by the day too! I bet my friends and family think I have darn near lost what is left of my mind!


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      suziecat7 4 years ago from Asheville, NC

      HubPages is certainly a great place. I have weaned myself away a bit to work on my websites but I still visit everyday. Fun Hub - thanks for sharing!

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Hub Pages, Our little home away from home...Friends who are like Family... That's YOU dear Linda. A warm Congratulations, you make it a Special place.

      I've been out of touch...but I will be back with a New Attitude and Hairdo!

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      Jordanwalker39 4 years ago from GA

      Awesome!! I need to get back into the swing of things, thanks a bunch!

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      Reprieve26 4 years ago from Oregon Coast

      Happy 2nd anniversary! :)

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Linda, great hub. I am recovering from a nasty illness and you've cheered me up this morning :o) I will get hubbing again as soon as I am properly well!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Well done on your awesome experiences best of luck to you.

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      CASE1WORKER 4 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

      Well done- I am approaching three years next month and have my addiction down to manageable levels - there were some tough times, but now I don't iron so much and make the others help with the chores- it leaves more time- happy hubbing

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      blessing980306 4 years ago

      Congratulations, I am so proud of you!I love your hubs not just because your family.You truly are a great writer! Wishing you many more hubs to come!;-)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      shin_rocka04 ~ CrisSp ~ Stephanie Henkel ~ Denise Handlon ~ Cyndi10 ~ DanaTeresa ~ suziecat7 ~ b. Malin ~ Jordanwalker39 ~ Reprieve26 ~ Jools99 ~ meetdoctor ~ DDE ~ Case1worker ~ blessing980306 ... Thank you all for your comments! Much appreciated! :)

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Two years and shining are truly brilliant, my friend!

      I am so happy you are part of my daily are the bestest of gal pals. Congratulations and way to go, girl!

      Love, Maria HELLen

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      Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      Happy 2 year anniversary! Time sure does fly, doesn't it? And I agree that HubPages is wayyyyy cheaper than therapy. :-)

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Happy anniversary! That's great! Great advice, too, on cleaning the house and taking baths, and such. LOL. Sometimes we forget. Thanks for all the support you gave me as a newbie, by the way! Keep on keeping on!!! Voted up and everything else.

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      Steve Mitchell 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      Happy anniversary Linda. You have achieved much in those 2 years and will achieve even more in the next 2.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      awww...Jools....Get better! You're too nice to be sick!

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      MomsTreasureChest 4 years ago

      Congratulations on your 2 year anniversary! You're hubs are terrific, I look forward to reading more of the hubs you write when you want to escape house cleaning!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      HELLen, Thank you so much for your comment. HP wouldn't be as much fun without my MM, SAA and my SFAM!! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you Posh!!

      Effer, Jools is feeling better, but not 100% yet.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Amen about therapy Jeannie!!! :)

      Vicki, You learned quickly and took off like a rocket! Woot to YOU!!!

      Thank you both for your comments!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      MTC, I've been working on spring cleaning and having so much fun! :)

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      DON BALDERAS 4 years ago

      Congratulations for two years of writing for the hubs. Great harvest.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Linda, you are such a bright spot in a day -- yes, you truly bring sunshine to our world. Glad I met you. Congratulations on your two year anniversary.

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      Rachelle Williams 4 years ago from Tempe, AZ

      This is one awesome hub. Thanks for the entertainment!

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      Rebecca E. 4 years ago from Canada

      happy two years on hubpages, and great write up on your experiences.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Congrats on 2 years! One perk about recipe hubs is my family gets fed decent food sometimes LOL. You do spread sunshine and your messages are inspiring. Here's to another 2 years. Thanks for being here. Now I need to figure out how to do those butt crunches......

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      DON BALDERAS ~ teaches12345 ~ Rachelle Williams ~ Rebecca E. ~ Glimmer Twin Fan ... Thank you for your comments! The butt crunches get easier over time:)

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      molometer 4 years ago

      Hello Linda,

      I read this a few days back and this is the first chance I have had to drop in a comment.

      Lovely hub which really sums up what we are all about here on hubpages.

      If only everyday life could take care of itself hey? lol

      No matter how hard I try. I can only get 24 hours out of each day.

      Great to touch base with a great hubber.

      All the votes.


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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you Michael for your kind words. It's been a pleasure meeting you here on HubPages. You bring excitement to HP! :)

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      Christina Lornemark 4 years ago from Sweden

      You really make a difference Linda and you are constantly spreading sunshine, in so many ways. A great hub about surviving being a writer here and we must definitely walk away now and then and find what works best for us as individuals. It makes it so much more fun when we come back. I can't imagine HubPages without you and I look forward to the next two years! Congratulations, you have achieved so much here!


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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Tina, We go way back and I've enjoyed hubbing along with you. I couldn't imagine not taking a break every once in a while to appreciate HP even more. Thank you for your comment.

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      Pavlo Badovskyi 4 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      It took me 5 minutes to scroll down all comments!!!! :-) I loved your description of "neglected house and family" due to writing hubs :-) Your hubs are always iteresting and the big number of your followers is the best evidence of that. Congratulatios !

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      Bill Blackburn 4 years ago from Twentynine Palms, California

      Good morning Sunshine! Hubpages wouldn't be the same without you, and this is one of the better addictions a person could have. I for one am happy every time I catch a glimpse of that Florida Sunshine! :-)

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      Sherri 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      What a delightful, upbeat read, Sunshine! You are clearly a mover and a shaker, a motivator and a champion. Toasting to your next two years "on the beat." :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you Pavlo, Web and Sherri ... Your comments are appreciated!! :)

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Congrats, big congrats to you, Sunshine! You have been a shining light for so many hubbers - myself included! You inspire us with your writing. I love that you say the community has helped you so much during your 2 years. Hugs xx

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      jenbeach21 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I have really enjoyed this! I am thankful for all the help you have given me and I hope to make it to my own 2 year mark.

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      ryanjhoe 4 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow

      Thanks for sharing your experience as being a hubber. Nice article and congratulations for your two years achievement on hubpages! :)

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      quicksand 4 years ago

      Great! We need a lot more Sunshine around here and everywhere! Keep on riding! Don't ever dismount! Cheers, Good Luck, Best Wishes, Happy Hubbing ... Looking forward to more articles from you! :)

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This gets the all thumbs up award for funny and entertaining content that actually made me laugh. Your reasons for hubbing are so close to home and remind me of my own "addiction" to this web site. You stick around. Okay?

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Christy, Jen, Ryan, Quicksand and Peg ... Thank you for sharing your thoughts, your congrats and I'm not going anywhere Peg :)

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      How sweet. You have a talent for gentleness and humor. You always make me smile. I wish you a happy second anniversary on hubpages and wish you many more.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Congrats Linda! So very appropriate! And your hub touched me--

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      Joanne M Olivieri 4 years ago

      Happy two year anniversary. What a great hub with laughter and sunshine :)

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      Congratulations on two years! Your HubPages name is so fitting as you are truly a ray of sunshine on here. Every time I come across one of your hubs it leaves a smile on my face. Here wishing you many more years of spreading laughter and helping others.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      I've only been here two months, and I'm already realizing I need to slow down. I'm not getting anything else done. I have a half finished portrait on my easel, and oh yeah...I think it's time for a shower!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Rasta ~ Audrey ~ Joanne ~ Thundermama ~ Wayne ~ Thank you for your comments! Keep on hubbin'!

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      Jack Baumann 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Congrats on your two years! I will definitely have to take some advice from a seasoned hubber

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      Vimural 4 years ago from Tucson

      I have not been here very long. My issue is finding topics to write about.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Late congrats on your two years here. I love the fact that you mentioned the hub or hubby nickname for your husband.....that's one of mine that my wife uses as well. I think it's great that you also were able to be a strong cancer've obviously been a great strength and light to others especially in this area of your life. Way to serve!

      Voting this up and I love the style of this article too...just real all around. Sharing!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I, too, have survived two years on HubPages! I enjoy the fellowship of fellow Hubbers. I've made friends from all over the world. I'm learning more and more about how to write here and trying not to make the same ole mistakes.

      I count you as one of my dear, true friends here.

      Keep spreading that Sunshine, gal.

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Linda, paying a revisit - we can all learn from being as positive and cheerful as you I think - I have cooled off HP for the moment after dropping traffic has made me think maybe I'm putting too much in for not much back out! But this hub has sort of helped to re-engage me again. I need to stop being such a grouch and just enjoy it! Never mind traffic!

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      SilverGenes 4 years ago

      Sunshine, your name says it all! I'm late to the party here but congratulations on your 2 year marker! There are some great people here on HP and you are definitely one of them - even though I don't write here anymore, I will never stop reading and visiting :)

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Linda, you are not just a survivor but a 'mother of sunshine' out here in Hubland. Your nurturing, happy, warm, supportive, funny, fearless, feisty, egregious soul keeps us all smiling.congratulations on your second anniversary and here's to many more.

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      Skyler Parker 4 years ago from Idaho Falls, ID

      Great hub. Have any tips on how to quit dip?

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      John MacNab 4 years ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence

      Snap. Congratulations Sunshine625. It isn't a case of surviving on Hubpages, it would be a case of how to survive without Hubpages! You had me clenching my butt when I read 'colonoscopy' and in the next sentence you talked about putting another 'notch' in your cancer post.

      You can put another notch in your post. I have a colonoscopy every couple of years - it's always something exciting to look forward to, or something to put behind me.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

      Congratulations for Most Cheerful Hubber award.

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      suziecat7 3 years ago from Asheville, NC

      I second Vinaya's remark - well-deserved.

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you Vinaya and Suzie for your congrats for Most Cheerful :)

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      You know--I seldom click on "awesome" but I click it frequently on your hubs!!

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Glad you stuck it out. Thanks for the good cheer!

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you! I aim to please! :)

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