Friday, August 24, 2007
15 years ago today we were walking around in a fog. The previous night was spent huddled in a hallway on a soaking wet floor.....praying that we would live through the monster that was trying to destroy the home we had built and lived in for not even a year. No words were spoken during that storm as the winds were deafening but a volley of prayers were aimed at the heavens and our Father to keep our family and friends alive. We prayed for our daughter, Jessie, who was on a trip in the Bahamas and could not get off the island. We feared for her life and later found out that she did not have to experience the wrath of the storm like we did.
In a small hallway, my husband, our son Danny, daughter Debi and friends, Marcie, Phil and their children, Jonathan and Jennifer huddled together in fear.
We survived but we will never forget..................never!!! It was the hardest life lesson.....for the first time in our lives we felt unable to protect our children and that is a parents' job. Hopefully we will never again experience that feeling. We learned the true value of family and friends.
My youngest daughter always said afterward...."Mami....please don't let it rain." How does a mother stop the rain?
Hurricane Andrew....August 24, 1992.
See pictures at http://www.local10.com/slideshow/weather/13966131/detail.html
Thursday, August 23, 2007
pubic tenderness to the touch;
difficulty/pain rolling over in bed
difficulty/pain with stairs, getting in and out of cars, sitting down or getting up, putting on clothes, bending, lifting, standing on one foot, lifting heavy objects, etc.
sciatica (pain in buttocks and down the leg)
"clicking" in the pelvis when walking
difficulty getting started walking, especially after sleep
feeling like hip is out of place or has to pop into place before walking
bladder dysfunction (temporary incontinence at change in position)
knee pain or pain in other areas
Monday, August 20, 2007
My husband has finally finished everything that needed to be done in my new sewing room. Saturday he added shelves to my closet and hung a peg board for my tools, etc. Take a look by going to the link below. It took me two days to stock my closet with the supplies I had in my laundry room/office. It was tiring work and I have decided that I could open my own craft supply/fabric store but hey...."She who dies with the most material wins!" I am a happy woman and I think my husband is happy too because I will be spendingmore time here! He can watch sports all evening long now. The only addition I want to make is a glider chair on the empty wall by the door and then I'll bring in my Ott floor lamp so I can do my hand sewing there. Hope you like it!
Saturday, August 11, 2007
A Place for Pins....get the point?
This is a picture of my latest craft project. I really love pins and I could never find the one I wanted to wear or else I didn't know what I had so I decided to do something about it. I took a bulletin board and covered it with batting and muslim. Then I added a Christmas tree in Christmas material for the Christmas pin area, Easter bunny fabric for the Easter and spring pins, Halloween material for the fall and Halloween pins, heart for Valentine's Day and Flag material for patriotic. I also hung three ribbons from the board so that I could put the pins with clips on the back that I couldn't stick through the fabric. I then hung it in my bathroom by my closet.
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
While attending my sister's wedding on August 4, 2007, my husband Elias and I got to visit with my cousins, Charise and Aimee. These girls and their sister Dawn and brother Joey are very special to us. When I moved to Florida after graduating in 1972, I moved in with their parents. During that time and after moving out, I continued to take the children places and spend time with them. I love being around the little ones. After marrying my husband, Elias, we would bring the kids down to our house for little vacations and sleep overs that continued when our own children were born.
At the wedding, the girls shared with us how much those visits meant to them and that those memories are some of their most vivid memories from their childhood. They told us what great times they had with us. They brought me to tears. You never know how much you can touch a life or what memories you can help to make.
God gave us the opportunity to provide childhood memories for these kids and we feel so blessed that they shared this with us.
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
A baby shower was held on July 28, 2007 at Palm Gardens Banquet Hall in Homestead in honor of our daughter, Deborah Ruiz and her husband, Eddy. Our 1st grandchild should be born in approximately one month. Here Debi and Eddy stand at the entrance of the hall with a poster of their past pictures.
Debi was surprised by over 55 guests including a surprise visit from her sister, Jessie, from Philly, Aunt Diane from Pa. and family friend, Nancy Kirmani from Maryland. Also surprising her were her babysitter, Lorie, from Tampa and Lorie's mom, Linda and Joan Sfakianos. Debi's kindergarten teacher was supposed to attend but had a death in the family but Robin Lodge from Florida City Elementary surprised Debi. Also traveling a ways was Sharon Rhyce from Tampa and Sandy D'Orazio from Cooper City.
Debi spent almost two hours opening the many gifts and our grandbaby is going to be well dressed and taken care of. Debi also opened a bumper pad and quilt set that I designed and sewed for her.
Go to the link below to see the pictures.