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The Women in My Family

I wanted to repost, “The Women in my Family.” Enjoy!

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” Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.”

~John Lennon

It is funny how generations of women within the same family do not communicate. As for me, I am working toward breaking the habit, and learning that communication is key! I am living proof that my daughter and I are better for it and also my mother. The day will come as we remember the good times as being a great experience. 

 I find myself in reflection…do I have a good relationship with my family? Truth be told, we are a work in progress. We talk things out, we don’t fluff and we are as real as can be!

The one thing that I find myself struggling with is having high expectations of others. I tend to want to see the greater good than the greater bad, so I get disappointed when things don’t work out.

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The Corona Life Style

” Make Each Day Your Masterpiece”

~John Wooden

It seems like an eternity since I last blogged. I missed blogging, but as you all know, life has a new meaning these days. Human beings need interaction and need that human connection, and the new normal is staying at home with our loved ones hence the Corona Life Style. I am not ungrateful, but I found common ground with the new standards that we are currently living in.

People are more in touch, for example, Zoom and What’s app, and I use them to keep that connection with my kids, my granddaughter, family, and friends. Creativity continues to blossom throughout humanity, spectacular! Many are using that video connection to share recipes or a craft or musical talents, for example, Smule, a Karaoke site and if you are wondering?  Yes, I have dabbled with singing online.

It is incredible how many of us have adapted to the new normal. I regularly see it on Facebook and Instagram. I love the Do It Yourself projects, and I am proud to say I learned how to make masks, and I don’t sew. How is that for the kicker!

I must mention the darkness we have witnessed, and the lives lost due to the Coronavirus. It is heartbreaking! I praise the heroes in the front lines that are out there everyday, saving lives and keeping us safe.

Unfortunately, many do not believe the Coronavirus is as severe. Still, when people you know that are close to you become infected, then your life lense becomes a little more focused and will put things into perspective. Life is precious, honor it, and don’t squander it!

I am blessed to have my family first and foremost, my friends, and a job that allows me to work from home. I have been in the stay at home mode since March 23rd, and in retrospect, it feels so much longer. I want all of us to continue to stay safe and practice the guidelines as we enter the next phase.

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My Holiday Message 2017

Looking forward to the new year 2018 I must admit that 2017 was the year of crisis, challenges, and awakenings of what is to come. How do I begin to speak about this year without sounding sad or disgruntled? Instead, I must bring forth hope and instill it in my heart at all cost.


I had my surgery for a torn meniscus, recovering at home when all hell broke loose in Washington with a new president, lack of inaugural attendance, the women protest and the new catch phrase, ” fake news” was on the rise. I was laid up in bed recovering from my surgery and watching it all unravel in the media. The women protest was visible with a sea of pink throughout the land,  so I got inspired to crochet a pink pooty hat for myself, but I will not say what it is actually called. Get the picture?

Health Scare

My husband and I had to undergo a heart catheter procedure to rule out possible blockage and hardening of the arteries. I am happy to report that we both came through it with no abnormalities. What a blessing!

Hurricane Crisis

We were hit with two major hurricanes Irma and Maria. My husband and I planned a cruise to Cuba and it so happens that hurricane Irma was on her way, what madness but it was an interesting adventure!

Reality Strikes: Losing all of your possessions due to a hurricane is devastating. That is what happened to some of my relatives when Irma and Maria hit the mainland, and Puerto Rico. The Virgin Islands and the rest of the Caribbean were also hit.

Dealing with a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is a real heartbreak, seeing someone who was active, independent in the community drift further into the disease after this massive hurricane. My mother in law lost her apartment and her independence. She has some good days and many bad ones but we continue to love her and guide her. She is living with us now and we strive to cope one day at a time.

Marriage News

My two nieces, Olga Esther and Maggie tied the knot, one in April and the other in July. They both looked beautiful on their wedding day. Wishing them both lots of happiness and many blessings in the future.

Baby News

When life gives us struggles, look for the blessings and celebrate.  We welcomed two newborns into our family this year. Two of our nieces blessed us with two grandnephews, Amir Emmanuel born in December to parents Kisha and Glen and Ariah Nicole born in July to parents Olga Esther and Andersin.

Life Lessons

I have shared the good, the bad and the ugly with no pun intended. We must welcome each day as a gift because you don’t know how long you will have it. Count each blessing as it comes and learns from the things that are not so pleasant in your life.

Happy New Year! 


Farewell My Lucky

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Nostalgic: My cat Lucky

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Lucky passed away this afternoon at age 15.

Our handsome cat, Lucky was put to sleep at age 15 today. He lost his battle to feline aids and our surprise; it was very shocking!. He was a beautiful blondes tabby coat; extra toes often referred to as a Hemingway cat or a snowshoe cat. He weighed twenty-eight pounds.

You never can shake the sadness from your heart or stop the tears from streaming down your face, and no matter how many times we lose a pet, Lucky was my family member!

My husband was with him in the end; I was at work. I felt great guilt for not being able to hold him in my arms and to say good-bye. He was a mere twelve pounds when he died.

Lucky began to drop the weight a month prior. He had stopped eating and would not drink the water. Why didn’t I see his symptoms?

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My Phantom Girl

Nostalgic: My Phantom Girl

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It has been about two years since my cat; Phantom passed away and memories of her come fluttering through my mind. She was elderly, but in good shape for her years, maintaining her weight at eight and a half pounds. She was a trooper until the end. On her last evening, she comfortably laid down on our lawn and went in her sleep. I, imagine that she did not suffer.

A week or two prior I did notice that her walk was stiff. She was not as agile as a young kitty. I adopted Phantom from my dear friend, Joyce. Phantom and her family found their way to her house. Joyce took notice; she got all of them taken care of at the Vets and eventually found homes for all of them. Joyce and I worked together at the time.

One day, she approached me about adopting. I was unsure…

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True Dreams Past and Present


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Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. ~Harriet Tubman

I did not have an idea what my future would bring growing up. I had many dreams back then, but the dreams I had were very high on my ambition scale. My parents did the best with what they had. We were a family of four, my dad worked a lot, and my mom stayed at home to take care of us, but my story is not about my upbringing, it’s about discovering our real dreams. I left my parents direct to my married home.

Now, fast forward to the present. I am in my late fifties, have adult children, I am a grandmother and married to the same guy for over thirty years. What can I say, he is my best friend, my…

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All for Political Gain​


Persons within the political world are doing harm to candidates for political gain, and power. It has made me question humanity. Do humans commit hate-based acts of evil for revenge or payback? Is an election so important that you feel the need to discredit, malign a fellow candidate? If so, you have sold your soul to the devil!

Citizens for Integrity in Florida, a mysterious special interest group, has surfaced. Furthermore, this group is doing a negative campaign against the current candidate, John Cortes, the incumbent running for Florida House, District 43 re-election.  It so happens that the negative ad began to circulate about the same time of the PACs inception.

The opposing candidates should show themselves to the candidates they are challenging instead of lurking about in the shadows behind a PAC-Political Actions Committee.

Citizens, voters must look beyond that smoke screen, find the source and don’t think that those special interest groups are exempt. They go after the candidate not considering that it is the whole family they are attacking, not just the candidate.

The candidate and his family worked very hard to heal from what happened. They since moved on and are a stronger family for it!

To My friends and Family of Facebook

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Arg! The Political World


I got my eye on you!

Arg! The political world is so full of rhetoric, lies, and fabrications. Candidates are no longer held accountable, and many even go out of their way to discredit the opposition. We as constituents have a responsibility as well. Don’t take things at face value, consider the source and who has a high stake in the political outcome. Don’t get me wrong there are good; hard-working candidates that care about the people they plan to serve.

Whatever happened to stick to the issues and speaking out on ways of improving lives, if elected? Apparently, that is no longer so!

Decorum no longer exists, skies the limit! It ranges from the candidates at the local level all the way up to the presidential. I have lost count every time I turned on the television and confronted with a campaign commercial with a candidate in view slinging insults towards another. It has become a free for all! Where is our world going?

Candidates must stop wasting time creating negative energy and stand on their merit! The applicant’s negativity is contagious and destructive, and many are affected. Just watch the news, it is in our faces every day.

I don’t usually write and complain about political stuff, but it has become very disturbing. Food for thought!

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Creative Clip: Oh! Christmas Tree!

Reflections of the season come with bittersweet memories. You find yourself thinking about those who are no longer with you, as well as, those that you have not heard from in awhile. You extend the olive branch and receive no response to those that have lost communication with you.

In an attempt to keep my sanity during the season,  I began decorating my tree today to get my creative juices to flow.

Oh! Christmas Tree!

The decorations are down from the crawl space of the house. Various red bins are bringing a sense of the season to reality. The season has finally arrived!  Holiday music is playing to create the mood. She begins to drag the first box which is a ginormous white rectangular box with a prelit artificial tree inside. She huffs and puffs as she pulls her tree box towards her living rooms as Michael Buble sings a rendition of Jingle Bells realizing how out of shape she is, but refuses to think about dieting cause she is determined to get her decorating on!

holiday tree