Sunday, December 17, 2006

Jessica Lynn Meneses Graduates with Masters Degree..
We are proud of our Neonatal Nurse Practitioner!
On Friday, December 15th, our daughter, JESSIE, who is a hurricane fan who graduated from Florida State with a nursing degree, graduated with honors from the University of Florida with a masters degree in nursing. She is a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and we are so proud of her. She is a neonatal nurse at St. Joseph's in Tampa but it seems like she will be relocating to Philadelphia, Pa. to take a job as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner at Philadelphia Children's Hospital. She will have to report there in March. We will see what happens.
In the pictures, you can see our graduate. Also pictured is Jessie with her mentor, Dr. Lance Wyble, who is the Neonatologist who trained Jessie at St. Joseph's. We are all very grateful to him. Also pictured is her grandmother, "Ita" and her dad and I.

Monday, December 11, 2006


As many of you may know, I haven't felt that good since I returned from our trip to Colombia. Last week I went to the doctors and had some blood work done. Lo and behold...guess what I have! That wonderful teenage disease known as Epstein-Barr Virus and Infectious Mononucleosis...yes...the kissing illness. You can only get it from saliva....ugh!

My dear sister, Diane, reports that while I was in Colombia, I visited with Juan Valdez. Juan gave me some wonderful coffee beans. She said I must have been so grateful that I gave Juan a big kiss so I must have gotten it from him. Then she added that Juan is only seen with his horse and not a woman! I informed her that it is not a horse but rather, his burro. She states that it is even worse other words....I kissed Juan Valdez's ass!

Seriously...I could have gotten it from a glass or anywhere and my immune system was run down so that attributed to it. least I know why I am so exhausted. I will now go on a regimen of vitamin B-12 injections to try and feel better.

Sunday, December 10, 2006


Everyone should have at least one aluminum Christmas tree in their home. These trees were popular in the 1960's. My favorite memory of Christmas is sitting and watching my Grammy Krapf's aluminum tree in the bay window with the rotating color wheel casting colors across the tree. A few years ago I asked my Uncle Unky who now lives in my Gram's house, just what happened to the tree. He said he had it and I told him I would love to have it. He never parts with anything but without a word or a note, a few weeks later I had Gram's aluminum tree. My Uncle told me he had bought this Christmas tree for Gram at J.J. Newberry's which was a 5 & 10 cent store in Tamaqua, Pa.

In the meantime, my dear brother, Jay, forwarded to me a Color Wheel for my tree. I am in aluminum heaven! The year before last, my brother also sent me another antique...smaller aluminum tree with color wheel that he purchased on Ebay. I truly love my treasures.

Every home should have at least one aluminum tree!!! Thank you Uncle Unky and Jay!! I cherish these things. Here are my trees! Gram's is the big one on the patio

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Getting Ready for Santa!!

We are getting our home ready for the holidays. This year we have a forest in our living room! Thr tree is huge and real. I tend to decorate the entire house so here is a picture of our tree and there are more on the link below. I will add more to the link over the weekend.

Bubble Light Check!

It is time to make sure everyone who has received an antique bubble light Santa from my brother Jay has them up and lit! Jay goes around and makes sure that everyones are on but I don't think he'll make it from Pa. to Florida so here is proof that mine are working and waiting for Santa to come!! These are just like the one we had at our house as little children.