Thursday, November 28, 2013

"Happy Birthday, Bro"

Old age is a privilege that is denied to many.   (unknown)

Today, November 28th, would have been / is (?), my brother's 48th birthday.

Last year I called him on his cell, he didn't answer, but I left the same message that I said to him every year,  Happy Birthday, Bro. 

This year, I couldn't help myself,  I called his cell, the recording said "this number does not have voice mail set up".  So I sent a text message, "Happy Birthday, Bro.  And, no I am not expecting any kind of  Divine message to come back.  But, it just didn't feel right not to do something.

 I have a note from him that he wrote me about six years ago.  I wasn't home, so he found this piece of cardboard and wrote these words on it: "I was here, and you were not, now you are here, and I am not." Brother.   And, when I read it now, I am touched that he signed it "Brother", instead of using his name.  He knew I loved him, he knew he was my Brother.

The words "now you are here, and I am not." have came to me often over the past 11 months. 
Because, we are here, and he is not.

But, his memory lives on, in our hearts and minds.  We have crossed over many hurdles during this first year without him.  Thanksgiving of last year was the last time I was at his home, and we had Thanksgiving together.  And, as I have posted before, I am ever so grateful for that time.

Some of you will understand my need to post this, some will not, but I  am over-whelmed by the loss of not being able to tell my brother, Happy Birthday. 

Happy Birthday, Bro.


Monday, November 25, 2013

FREE I Caught Santa pictures!

I was given the opportunity to have loads of fun with

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You go to their site : download one of your pictures and insert Santa into your picture!  And until December 10th,  it is FREE  just use the code #SantaShare    This is $9.99 savings!

This is the picture I made with my sister and I.  I sent it to her and told her we had been photo-bombed by Santa!  Her reply was "How cool is that!"

There are several images to choose from,  I personally like the sleeping Santa.  Take a picture of your tree, and insert Santa sleeping in the chair to show to your children!   Use the code as many times as you want until December 10th - because after all who doesn't like FREE?
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It is loads of fun!  You could even use these as Christmas cards!

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Snuggie & Notes Tips!

I have all kinds of ideas running through my head.  Some of them are actually do-able.  Ha!

I think because of my position as an Operating Room Nurse, I am mindful of looking for ways to make things handy.  Always getting ready for the next move, trying to stay one step ahead.  So, I am always thinking "okay, if I do this, then it will make it easier to do this".

Here are two of my newest "inventions".

#1.  I love my Snuggie(TM).  I use it winter and summer.  I use it in the summer because the only air conditioner I have in my apartment blows directly on me.  I can't change that, so I just go with the flow and wear my Snuggie.

But, it is like a wrestling match each time I put it on, trying to find the top, and then, making sure I have it right side out.

Well, no more!  I solved the problem!  I put a large binder clip at the top of my Snuggie.  It has made a huge difference in finding the top.

Then, to know which side is the front, I put a pretty piece of washi tape, across the front of the binder clip.
No my sparring matches!!

I am so happy with this that I wanted to share it with other Snuggie lovers!

#2.  I am a note writer.  I have to write things down pretty much the instant I think of them or VROOOOM, the thought is gone!

I was in the kitchen and needed to write something down, I went to another cabinet that I keep note pads in and picked up a Post it Note(TM)  pad.

It is the standard size pad, and guess what????????  It was the exact fit for sticking to the inside of my kitchen drawer!  I took the back off of it and stuck it on the inside side of the drawer.

It has came in quite handy.  I jot something down, then stick it or use a magnet to stick it to the fridge until such a time comes when I can add it to my note application on my phone.  Love it!

I hope 1 or both of this tips will be useful to you!
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Friday, November 1, 2013

Rachelle Ayala "Knowing Vera"

Hello!  I hope you enjoy this time that we will be spending together, as I review for you a Rachelle Ayala book, entitled; " Knowing Vera".  Knowing Vera is #3 in the Chance for Love series.  Although you do not have to read the books in order, this book will have some 'spoilers' .

This books has many components, many different things going on, and several characters.  You will need to pay close attention to character names, so that you don't get to the end  book, and have rack your brain as to who this or that person was.

There is something for all in this book, steamy love scenes, crime, and loads of mystery.   Mystery as to who killed.... Lillian Spencer!  You think you have it figured out, only to find out you don't!

I loved this book, could not put it down!  Five Stars!!

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