Sunday, September 28, 2014

Ten Things of Thankful – Fill Me Up -

“Anne reveled in the world of color about her.

"Oh, Marilla," she exclaimed one Saturday morning, coming dancing in with her arms full of gorgeous boughs, "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November, wouldn't it? Look at these maple branches. Don't they give you a thrill--several thrills?”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

I need to read this book to Amelia – but I need to do it in a way that it will influence her, and give her enthusiasm to read more.  I want to show her how I read, which is with pencils, highlighters, even my phone to take pictures of the page. I’m not sure if she ever noticed that I do that, I love all the wonderful quotes in this book, but more importantly, I love all wonderful quotes- I wonder if she would see the fun in it. I hope so.

It is Sunday, and  I cannot believe in less than 24 little hours I will be back at my desk working on not only months’ end but our year end fiscal  - So my first and second thankfuls are I survived the preview mid-term review; not only did I survive it I also did well.

Our third thankful was that Amelia did well with the follow-up visit to the doctor- I am including this because three or 4 days before her doctor’s visit little Miss-I want to get away, fell – she landed on the floor on her tuckus with her leg sticking out and landing on the heel of her foot. We were told to make sure that she does not step on her foot – because the pins can shift, causing severe pain and perhaps damage; she was not in pain, which meant that this time she got lucky. The X-rays confirmed all was well.  Whew!

The fourth thankful was that I was a social butterfly last Wednesday night (yes on a school night- I am such a rebel) I went to a local pub to say good-bye to a school mom that is leaving the state. I saw other women that I know because our kids go to the same school; it was fun catching up over my fifth thankful Pumpkin Spice Ale- yum!

We all know that Amelia is not attending school right now – her teachers do come during the day to go over the days lessons – but an adult needs to be with her too, so many people are volunteering to be with her, so far I only needed to recruit Mimi my sister’s mother-in-law, and hubby was also available.  The sixth thankful goes to everyone that generously said to me “Hey, don’t hesitate to ask if you need me.”

My mom is feeling better – she had a nasty cold, needed to be on antibiotics so my seventh thankful is that each day she is getting better.  My eighth thankful is that she came over on Wednesday to sit with Amelia- she brought food with her: beans to mix with pasta and pizza dough.  When I came home on Wednesday 2 pizzas were rolled out onto two baking trays all I had to do was put them in the oven – they were delicious - J

Laurie invited me to go see Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle, last night - what a nice evening – almost did not get to see them, because we went to the wrong venue. We became giggling girls while we made our way to the right place.  That didn’t stop when we got there either,  in the parking lot I was not able to get out of her car so I had to climb over the hump - (some people do not know how to park even with lines guiding them) so my ninth thankful is to my friend Laurie for the giggles and the concert.

Sushi for dinner makes my tenth thankful!  
What were you thankful for last week?

Psst, sorry about the font - I think blogger is broken- I can't waste another moment trying to fix it - aargh!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Ten Things of Thankful - I'm No Fun Anymore I am Sorry

Ten Things of Thankful
I'm no fun anymore
I am sorry

It's getting to the point where I'm no fun anymore
I am sorry
Sometimes it hurts so badly I must cry out loud
I am lonely
I am yours, you are mine, you are what you are
You make it hard
Suite: Judy Blue Eyes by Crosby Stills & Nash

Yes that is me – I’m no fun anymore – seriously, I see it and feel it; the problem is  I can’t switch gears anymore – therefore I am thankful that I figured that out, I’ll let it go – and will let it all go from now on.   Life is too short for me not to make everyone that counts smile and laugh.

Yesterday we did nothing – I did not go food shopping or clean the house – James went over a friend’s house- so it was Amelia and me – we had lunch, finished the butter pecan ice cream right out of the container, all while watching a movie - We watched the movie Belle – a nice mother and daughter movie.  We both needed it.

PG 1h 45m - Drama
This film is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield
Release date: May 2, 2014 (USA)
Director: Amma Asante
Initial DVD release: August 26, 2014 (USA)

Amelia has all of her teachers in place to visit her while she is recovering. Because she is not able to go to school she is eligible for home tutoring  - a teacher comes to our home every day for about an hour or an  hour and ½, twice a week she gets speech for 30 minutes, and she also has an ESL teacher visiting her once a week.

I explained to Amelia that this is an actual opportunity; she is receiving so much attention academically, without any distractions, that she should take advantage of it. I’m thankful that I can see this and point it out to her.

It was meet the teachers’ night at school last week, and although I was a tad upset with Amelia’s actual teacher, I am Thankful I went because for so many years I have been advocating for my daughter to get what she needs to excel. After the visit, I know exactly what Amelia’s additional needs are and that will be communicated by letter soon.  

I am Thankful that my husband helps me with the dirty dishes after dinner every night.  

Last week was also meet the teachers at the middle school- we had to actually walk James’s schedule on a certain day – I love all his teachers, they are wonderful; they love and are passionate of the subject they teach – he will be learning American History, the Periodic Table , Italian  and music – James with all their exuberance you cannot fail.

His English teacher made me cry – she is a bubbly, fast-talking, non-coffee drinker, gives parents chocolates after she makes them cry teacher – because in a folder marked James was this:

Thank you James

I had my first pumpkin ale for the season!

     Happy Birthday to Jack – you are awesome and I love you!

We celebrated Jack’s Birthday last week; tomorrow is Mimi’s (on the right) Birthday too- Happy Birthday – thank you for helping out watching Amelia.

What are you Thankful for?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Ten Things of Thankful – or 30 Reasons to Celebrate

Jumping right in, my First Thankful is that Amelia’s surgery went well – two pins were inserted in two metatarsal bones (actually third and fourth bones) – tomorrow we bring her to the doctor to follow-up hoping for some good news. 

Second Thankful –she is a trooper and is handling the pain like a champ – Motrin is helping her, and  I am thankful  that she is not in agony, and that we don’t need to make the decision to give her the Percocet that was prescribed to her.

Third Thankful - Amelia’s girlfriends have reached out to her, to see how she is feeling.  – This concerned me, you know, out of sight out of mind.

Last week was a little crazy – last Monday was a long day at the hospital   - it was a day-op surgery - but getting her comfortable plus the worrying – we were all exhausted – Amelia said it the best on the way home – “Now that I am in the car with my family – I’m not nervous anymore.”

Oprah’s Soul Sunday started her season interviewing Paolo Coelho - discussing his phenomenal best seller “The Alchemist" ,have you read it.  It is one of my all-time favorite books – please read it if you have not- it is about a spiritual journey of a young boy finding his place in the universe; part two of the interview will be today and I will watch it later on tonight.

We marked thirteen years since the attacks on 9/11 – and each year I am reminded of my own participation during that day- I bow my head in sadness for all that perished on 9/11 – I mourn with the country.  Moreover, I pray for peace everywhere.

Moving on to the rest of the Thankfuls:

Fourth Thankful is the weekend – almost over I was able to clean, rest, get pampered (manicure and a pedicure) and celebrate.

Fifth Thankful –Our 30th Wedding Anniversary:

Thirty- two years ago my life changed forever.  We met, dated, fell in love, and married.  We grew up together, and are now growing old together too; we walked through life holding on to each other- clinging or holding hands  - hubby is the only person I know the longest outside of my family -  we are friends – he makes me laugh – is easy – loving  - my north- a great dad- a good guy –and a great friend.   We failed and succeeded together.  We had many laughs, along with tears throughout the years; we conquered our fears and braved many storms -we look out for each other – and made it work- together we are strong – first it was “just you & I” now four strong!

Sixth Thankful – thirty reasons to celebrate!

Seventh Thankful – we just had a wonderful dinner at a local restaurant near our home- with our entire family - it was delicious.

Eight Thankful - I am thankful for the last 30 years - I don’t say it often but I am. 

Next on the list:

The ninth thankful is that I have completed the “Self Employee Evaluation” for my job, I am happy with my answers.

Tenth Thankful- I am thankful that my family allows me the quiet time I need when things get hectic, it is so appreciated.

Thursday, September 11, 2014


I don’t remember too much of 2001.

I can’t say it was terrible year, nor was it a good year either; sometime during that year I developed symptoms that indicated that I was sick.  The test showed I needed surgery.  This sickness took a life of its own and all my attention was focused on getting healthy.  I did not focus on the news, world affairs or on politics that year; were there clues that we or I did not see?

The surgery was scheduled near the end of August, which was followed by a two-week recovery at home, until I was well again.

I went back to work on 9/10/2001, it was a normal September – crisp mornings, warm afternoons, and blue skies. I remember thinking to myself while driving to work on 9/11 how blue the sky was, not a cloud anywhere. 

I was at my desk when we heard the news, I was among co-workers, but we couldn't figure out what was happening, – I was still at work, when my husband called me cursing and crying at the other end of the phone, telling me that the  buildings were falling… “Wait the buildings are falling …everyone got out right?”

The drive home was strange, traffic moving steadily; not many cars were on the road yet, the few of us that were driving home, all had the same look on our faces – we were numb; we were attacked and all I wanted to do was get home.

What followed in the days after was a silence- a quiet among people – I contacted everyone I knew that worked in Manhattan; everyone was safe.  We lit candles and held vigils, we watched the news, and went to work. We went out to dinner and I watched everyone at their tables talk between themselves, quietly motioning with their hands, reliving the attacks.

New Yorkers were devastated, the country was distressed, and I remember, other countries were shocked. We rallied and waved our flags-we supported our heroes and collected items for our first responders.

Surely, everyone will see now that violence is not the answer, I thought!  I am certain that for the sake of all that died that day, we will come together and unite peacefully.

Was I delusional?  

Thirteen years later… 

Nothing changed - the attacks on 9/11 happened because of hatred.

Hatred is still being imparted – it breeds everywhere; and I do mean everywhere.  

After the attacks, for a split second, I saw people helping people – I saw strangers mourning our loss with us.  For an instant, I thought I saw kindness.

Maybe that is what I focus on, when I witness a tragedy.  Perhaps I look for the good in the bad; I need to see, that no matter what, humanity will prevail.  On the other hand, I know and think everyone knows this too – we are all fragile, and that hatred emanates from fear…it is taught and it should be unlearned fast.

September 11, 2001- is a day in our history that will never be forgotten - I pray for all the souls that perished that day; I pray for peace.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Ten Things of Thankful So Far, So Good!

Thank you all for the kind words, and prayers last week – Amelia is in good spirits and instead of needing four pins; the foot surgeon will pin two metatarsal bones – surgery is next and I am very nervous.

Moving along; first thankful - we made it through the week without anyone getting hurt.

Second thankful; Amelia’s podiatrist is on our health plan – what a relief.

Third Thankful – is that we both have health coverage through our jobs – hubby has medical and I have dental.

Fourth Thankful – It was our first day of school, both Amelia and James went in.  James was there the full day, whereas Amelia was picked up early; then stayed home for the rest of the week resting her foot.

Teddy wanted them to stay home...

Fifth Thankful- Thanks to my sister who was able to pick up Amelia, brought her back to her house and made her comfortable until hubby picked her up.

Sixth Thankful- Snicker Bar for lunch one day last week – I need it; no more to say about that except it was good.

Seventh Thankful- Amelia is in good spirits; loving the attention and her dad is making her laugh…that is half the battle …right?

Eight Thankful - Thank you for all the prayers; please keep them coming.

Ninth Thankful – I have a Social Media Icon up on this blog – I figured how to do it, so go check them out – I am not sure if I like them – but for now, they will do.

Tenth Thankful - I like things organized – I cleaned up some of my Pinterest Boards and almost all of them have a quote that pertains to the board.  Go check them out.

What are your Thankfuls for the week?

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