Wednesday, October 19, 2016

God is in Charge, not us

Around this time sunflowers are in full bloom and the beautiful rain keeps them looking happy. 

This time of the year is also a hectic one for most of us. Cleaning up and storing Summer furniture, removing the old Summer plants and planting mums throughout the house and yard, washing and storing Summer clothes, taking out Winter clothes, preparing the car for Winter, making sure our food storage and 72 hr. survival packs are packed and equipped for any emergency, cleaning and organizing the home and in between all this your community service and calling can take a devastating shot on your health.

I think God saw me doing it all and He felt I needed a on Monday I woke up very sick with a 24 hour flu bug. He knocked me down in bed with an intestinal flu that kept me for a full 24 hours in bed. Even though I felt miserable, I sure got a great rest and the next day I was ready to continue on with my work.

We as humans think were invisible, but we often forget that upstairs He runs every movement we take and when He sees us draining our limits, He refuels us to understand He is in charge. Thank you Lord for always watching over me.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

October is Here

October is here and the weather is now changing. God has colored his earth with vibrant colors as the breeze is flows through our windows. The fresh air sure makes a difference from the stuffy air conditioning. This is the time of the year I truly love, but with it comes Fall cleaning, preparing for Winter and stocking up the food, water and medicine storage supplies.

Halloween will bring kids to our doors and much gift expenses begin as of the beginning of this month for the upcoming holiday season. I am grateful I only have to buy for one more person for Christmas and my Christmas shopping will be complete. 

May October bring much joy and preparedness for this upcoming Winter.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Emergency Car Needs For Winter

2016 October Emergency Preparedness Newsletter

So Fall is finally here and before Winter truly arrives it is important for us to start preparing the cold weather. At any time the weather can change from breezy day to a full blown Winter storm, and for many of you driving to and from work every morning can be a dreadful task. A stalled car in the middle of the road can set you back at least one hour while waiting for help to arrive from your insurance agency or from triple A. Whether you have personal car insurance like me that covers many car maintenance problems or triple A; waiting for them to arrive is virtually endless. 
Until these agencies arrive it is important for us to have several items in our car to sustain us and keep us  warm while we wait.

This month we will be focusing on getting our cars ready for the Winter months and also preparing a car emergency bag.

First: Car care
Remember, tire shops and mechanics are busiest just before and during winter storms.
Get a vehicle winter maintenance check-up. Don't wait to check your battery, belts, hoses, radiator, lights, brakes, heater/defroster and wipers.
Keep your fuel tank full — don't let it fall below half a tank on winter trips.

Second: You will need some items in your car in case an emergency occurs:
1. A duffle bag filled 
2. A flashlight & batteries
3. A small portable radio with batteries 
4. Two water bottles 
5. Two protein bars
6. Two small packages of raisins, chocolates, crackers, 2 small bags of nuts, gum and a small bottle of peanut butter.
7. Extra personal medications
8. A small first aid kit
9. A large and small heavy duty rope
10. 2 buttons to suck on to create saliva to moisten your mouth and lips
11. A warm blanket
12. Extra set of Winter gloves, scarf and socks or leg warmers
13. Germicide cream and bandages
14. Cutting scissors
15. A small jar of Vaseline Petrolane jelly to moisten your lips and to loosen nuts and bolts
16. A charged cell phone & car cell phone charger
17. Toothpaste and tooth brush
18. 1 large liter bottle filled with extra water for your engine or for your own personal use.
19. Emergency cold and hot pads (2 of each)
20. A medium size shovel, 3 newspapers and 1 small bag of cat litter to get the car out when stuck in the snow.
21. One toilet paper roll, 1 small box of tissues and 10 hand wipes
22. Three flares and two help signs (one for the front of the car and one for the back.
23. Waterproof matches and a  candle
24. A small set of scriptures, 1 ensign magazine, a large atlas map & GPS.
25. Duct tape
26. A note book and pen.
27. An umbrella
28. Sunglasses and an extra pair of reading glasses.
29. A car tool box filled with all necessary tools.
30.  A set of warm boots
31. Personal identification papers with emergency contact lists of family and friends and a current phone book.
All of these items can fit well in a duffle bag or backpack and in a medium size plastic storage bin.

I hope this may help us all get ready for Winter. 
Wishing all a great Autumn and enjoy the colors around you as you drive.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

A Sharp Dressed Man

There is nothing more better than to see a sharp dressed man. 

Yes a sharp dressed man will catch the eye of a any woman. That distinguished look signal a thousand reasons why a woman should get to meet him on a closer level. She sees his careful distinction to details like a beautiful knot on his neck tie, style, elegance, and refined good taste in clothes. So if you ever see a well dressed man, tell him how handsome he will make his day.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Toss Pillows...A Win, Win


Most of us love them, but many of them don't. To a person that loves to decorate and for someone like me that likes to see everything around me looking nice; I must say that I LOVE them. Toss pillows are my weakness. If I see a nice toss pillow or a nice fabric I know I can cover a toss pillow with, I must buy it.

I am obsessed with them and I have over 20 of them on the top shelves of my bedroom closet.
All in all, they do make a room feel cozy and so pretty.

Friday, September 16, 2016

A Seed Has Been Planted...A Good Harvest Has Come Forth

 Today I will blend together two area of life which requires good care and nourishment in order for them to grow.  Whenever we plant a seed, an herb, a vegetable, a flowering plant or a tree on the ground, it requires  rich good soil, vitamins and water in order for them to grow and produce a good harvest or flowers. We also spend much cleaning them off from bad leaves or bugs. Bad bugs destroy their growth and the ability for them to bring fourth a beautiful harvest.

 Just like a seed grows to become a beautiful plant, our testimonies of the gospel is a small seed that has been planted in our hearts and just like a plant it requires much time, nourishment and water to keep it from dying out. Our testimonies need to be watered with daily prayer. Praying every morning and every night allows us to keep our rich soil moist and tender for our seed to grow. We can nourish it by reading the scriptures and serving others in need. In other words loosing our selves in the joy of giving while feasting in the scriptures on a daily bases. And we clean and prune our testimonies by proclaiming its divinity and its truth. Telling others of the restored church and the love that Jesus gives us so we can someday become like Him.   

Plants and flowers are like us, a stem erected to stand tall and firm in the gospel. With stems that carry truth and knowledge through every birth. 

We are the flowers that bloom in God's precious garden, lets keep ourselves and our testimonies pure and strong...water it daily and pray often.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

5 Essentials Needed in Our Emergency Preparedness Bag

There are so many items that are needed to complete an emergency preparedness bag. So for the next few weeks I will be posting 5 items that are essential to have in your emergency bag.

In a ziploc bag or in an old eye glass case you can put in some nail care needs

In a Ziploc bag you can put in some small needed items like: deodorant, lotion, tissues, feminine pads, razors, shampoo, conditioner, chap stick, bath soaps, toothpaste & toothbrush, hair spray, baby powder and mouth rinses. 

In another Ziploc bag you can include: an emergency first aid kit, eye drops, ear drops, mouth coverings, skin rash lotions, assorted nursing tapes, poison ivy and poison oak spray, rectal & oral thermometers, alcohol & germicide wipes.

In another Ziploc put in a tooth brush, toothpaste & teeth floss string and some Qtips.. 

All emergency bags should have a pair of hair cutting scissors, comb, hair pins and rubber bands.

Preparing for an emergency allows us to have peace of mind knowing we have done what we are asked to do.

Friday, August 26, 2016

School Photos Are In

We sure miss the love of our family and the joy they bring us. Every moment I spend with my two grand-daughters is a treasure. Every year school pictures are brought to me, but I noticed that I did not get their school pictures from last year.

Well they came in a few weeks ago and I was thrilled to get them and to update the photo frames in my living room. Here are photos of them on how they looked last year and how they look this year. 

 Here is my grand-daughter Paloma before school started last year...age 15 to turn in September.

This Paloma today, next month she will be 17 years old and she is now looking into Universities to attend soon. She definite looks more studious with her new glasses

This is Natalia last year...14 years old.

This is Natalia today, soon to be 15 years old.

I just cannot believe children grow up so quickly. 
But we sure love them dearly.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Personal Update and A Great Recipe

A quick update...

Hi everyone. 

I am so sorry I haven't posted anything lately. I have been suffering with a tremendous back, clavicle and shoulder pain. My pain is radiating from my vertebrate and down my left arm. I had an EMG done but it showed nothing on my back or shoulder.  On the 8th of September I will be seeing the surgeon because 2 pinched nerves may be causing this terrible pain and surgery may be my next step. I cannot do much with my left arm and sleeping at night is unbearable, thank God for pain meds. I will be updating you on my health in the near future, 

For now I wish to share with you a very delicious recipe I truly enjoy making a lot.

Grilled Temphes served on a bed of grilled veggies

Its been pretty hot here in Cleveland so making dinner has been a bit more on the grill. I have been grilling a lot and this was one of my favorite dinners.

I seasoned some temphes (a vegan chickpeas pressed protein slab that is super delicious) with some Adobo with pepper, olive oil and some non gluten flour for breading...then I lightly grilled it. On the side I marinated some veggies with Lima beans & onions in sofrito, adobo, olive oil, sazon & black pepper; it was then grilled and served for a great dinner. It was so good I ended up having two servings and about an hour later I had 2 homemade apple cookies for dessert.

Keep that grill burning!...enjoy the rest of the Summer.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

A Country Home To Love

Hi Everyone,

Well I am back home after a 7 day vacation with my family in P.A.

There is no greater time spent than spending quality time with your family. On the last day before returning home we got to visit my sister's country home. Her home is still in construction as you will see throughout the photos. My sister and her very handyman husband have converted this small 2 bedroom home that they paid $30,000 for, into a lovely country home. It needed a lot of work done but her husband is a super handy man and a master carpenter with wood, electricity, plumbing and an artist by nature. They both have done a great job on this home. Take a peek at these photos...their country home is so beautiful.

This is the kitchen. They got some raw unfinished cabinets and they spray painted them with speckled crackle spray paint in cream and brown. She then added black bear handles to the doors as handles. Here husband sliced a tree the long way and varnished them. Then he used them as border trims around all the windows in their home.

My brother in law placed large stones as the back splash.

He made this kitchen island from a tree trunk he cut down himself and sliced the tree the long way to become the table top, it was highly varnished about 6 times and now it is a beautiful piece that adorns the kitchen.

Every country kitchen needs a pot holder. My sister found this iron rack at a sale for a few dollars, she put it up and my brother in law put some lights on sure blended well with the island.

My brother in law is a artist in many ways and he is also a painter. He made their dining table and he then designed a grave sight on it with crosses, headstones and dead people hands coming out of the grave...its really cute and hilarious..

Here are the windows with their tree trims, it is so beautiful.

She found this small fireplace front at a thrift store and she placed it under the stairs with old lamp hoods and candles and with an old rocker its a great place to relax while watching television.

He made one wall in the living room from small wooden strips and then he hung the television in front of it.

She loves cats and bears so she has them all around her home.

My sister found this iron star and my brother in law put an electrical cord on it and a candle hood to light up their very small living room. My sister loves cranberries and she embellished the bottom base of the star to give it a country look.

I couldn't take a better picture of the bathroom but take a peak at the stones he put inside their shower. It looks fabulous.

My brother in law painted a picture of their 3 dogs and my sister made it into a coat rack.

And living in the Pocono Mountains means lots of land to enjoy.

Here is my family and I. My sister is next to my mom and her husband is the bold one with their only son next to him.

It was a wonderful week...hope to see you all soon.