Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Following a Prophet's Call

Being self reliant and providing for our own needs has been a prophetic call.
Even though I have only a small balcony does not restrict me from growing some good veggies & spices every year. this was my growing garden. Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, sweet peppers, cilantro, kale & lettuce.

This will be my third pick of peppers

and grape tomatoes.

Fresh kale...lovely.

And some beautiful cilantro.
Cucumbers are still growing.
Being self reliant and frugal is a great way to live. Harvesting my own veggies and some spices makes me feel good while bringing some comfort in knowing I follow a prophet's call to having a garden.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Having Fun at Girls Camp

By the look of my grand-daughters faces it seems like girls camp is a blast. 

Oh how I wish I was 10 years old again. At that age I truly had the best fun with my friends and memories like these are the best memories. When these girls go to young women's camp, its all clean fun with many church leaders and many activities to entertain them.
Thanks to all our church leaders these events are always the best for our girls.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

My Homemade Bread and The Bread of Life

Several years ago I made this wonderful loaf of bread.
As  I looked at this photo I thought of the many ups and downs we each go through our daily lives. Each twist and turn in my homemade bread reflected the curves and dents that interrupts my daily plans. The darker baked areas in my bread showed me that there are times in my life which darkness will cover me with illness, pain, tears and bruises. The separations in my bread showed me the many times I have separated myself from God, family and friends, when I do not pray, when I do not call or visit my family and friends, and the many times God speaks to me and I do not stop to listen. As the crust in my bread gets harder so does my life when I forget to ask God for help.  
 Jesus Christ is the BREAD OF LIFE
He is my soul and my song
and through HIM I can partake of the bread in life 
more easier, more lovingly and more peacefully as each stone gets thrown before me. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Loosing Weight...My Quest Towards Good Health

If you look at this first picture, this is how I look now. Heavy and working hard to loose 80 pounds by next Summer 2015.
As a vegan for the last 10 years you may think she's a skinny girl, but being a vegan doesn't mean your thin...I am the contrary. My meals are all vegan vegetarian meals but when exercise is not included every calorie you eat starts to build up, plus I have to take steroids for my RA.
Now I am walking 5 to 6 miles every day (3 in the morning & 3 in the evening).
I increased my vegetable intake more than before.

 And a great increase of fruits.
 40 minutes of yoga 4 times a week.
Weights...30 minutes every day...and 30 minutes on the stepper daily.

So you all may know now that this Thanksgiving I will be eating like this.
I may look like this now...but....
by next Summer I want to look like this.


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Painting Faces for Fun

Spending time having fun with your grandchildren can be a very happy time.
This last week I got to watch my girls a couple of days while dad was at youth camp and mom worked (she's a nurse). One thing we did together was paint our faces. We had a blast doing each other's art work, unfortunately my oldest grand-daughter is not a photo taker, so she did not let me take a photo of the large butterfly I painted on her face. But my baby girl was all smiles to pose for the camera. She was thrilled with the butterfly Nana painted on her.
After Paloma washed her painted face off she allowed me to take 2 photos of her. One smiling and one not smiling.

Natalia's joy.

This is my serious look Nana.

We had a blast.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Remembering My Roots

Some traditions are hard to let go.  
Some of my traditions began in an island called Puerto Rico.
Yes, I am a Puerto Rican, a PR with many traditions and many stories to tell you and my grand-daughters about. It is an island full of rich traditions that still go on today after hundreds of years of being discovered.
Puerto Rico is only 100 miles in length and 35 miles wide. This beautiful island is called the island of enchantment and enchant it is. Puerto Rico has a year round temperature of 75 to 90 degree. San Juan is surrounded by a fort built by the Spaniards and the island is surrounded by water, with intensive and rich green forestry, fresh fruits is always in season all year long throughout the island, there's naturally harvested roots by the islanders, a huge array of plants and flower are in bloom year everywhere.
This is an island where the rooster wakes you up every morning around 5am with his morning song and then a choir of roosters joins him in complete harmony until the sun rises.
The rooster is one of Puerto Rico's monumental and loved animal by all. This animal is also a money maker for the island's economy and its people. Throughout the island they have arenas called "La Gallerias"  that is filled to full capacity every weekend.  Many people travel from one town to another just to bet money on these animals like horses riding in the Kentucky Derby.  Millions of dollars flow throughout the island yearly on these bets and even people who are not native islanders come from all sorts of countries just to bet thousands of dollars on their favorite rooster. Many of the people throughout the island have raised their families on this hobby and they also end up owning some of these arenas.
So if your ever visiting our island of enchantment "Puerto Rico", pop into a "La Galleria" anywhere throughout the island and see what all the fuzz is about. 
Just a little word of advice...take ear plugs with you, you will be amazed at the loud noise the people make while yelling and rooting for their prized rooster.
This is a little well known fact on Puerto Rican traditions.  

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Genealogy...A Sacred Work

I came across this beautiful wall d├ęcor last week and it made me smile to know that we as a family can be together forever.
 I am currently working in getting more family genealogy done and ready for the temple this Fall. Our ward always has a big caravan of members going to the temple every Fall. This wonderful day out at the Columbus Temple allows us to get many of our ancestors into the genealogy pool and the work done on their behalf.
Knowing that I can unite families forever is one of my biggest joys. So as I continue to do my genealogy, I know a few other members of my family will be united forever thanks to my efforts and desire.
If you have never done your genealogy, visit these sites to open a world of the past you never knew of.
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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Homemade Natural Feet Scrub

One beautiful thing that I have noticed about women now a days is that they keep their feet looking very nice, especially in the Summer.
I love when toes are painted, when heels are soft and legs look smooth and lovely.
Now that Summer is around the corner, our feet and legs must look very nice. So here is a natural way to make those legs and feet look lovely.
In a bowl mix these ingredients:
1 over ripe avocado
3 T. olive oil
3 T. mayonnaise
3 T. milk
Mix well-set aside, give yourself a pedicure then scrub your feet and legs. Now put the mixture you set aside on a scrub brush or washcloth and scrub your feet, toes and legs well. Rinse, dry, put on some lotion and polish your toes.
Now your feet and legs look soft, clean and shiny...fabulous.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Prayer, Expenses and Pain

For the past 3 months I've been in extensive prayer. I have been closer to Heavenly Father in these past few months than ever before and I have been humbled.
First, I had to speak in Sacrament on "The Battle between Pride & Humility", so I had to prepare spiritually for a talk. An incredible 4 weeks of prayer, fasting and studying on this subject allowed me to feel the depths of humility in a way I had never felt it before and I am extremely grateful.
Second, my care went through extensive mechanical work these past few months which included a new rack & pinion, new thermostat, new starter, a change of transmission oil, a new battery, 4 new tires and a 4 wheel alignment and balancing of tires. Expensive service but it needed to be done. My car is 12 years old. 
Third, I had to go see my dentist. For those of you that do not know me, the dentist is my nightmare. I have had extensive dental work done...a root canal, 2 new crowns and new fillings. I do not like to go to the dentist but they needed to be done. Unfortunately after my root canal from last Wednesday, has been in dreadful pain. To avoid an abscess from appearing and a horrifying infection I was put on antibiotics. But the deep extensive pain is still there. Today I received a Priesthood blessing and since I believe in these blessings I know Heavenly Father will take care of it.
Three months of many challenges, expenses and pain, but like I always say, "This too shall pass". Prayer can cure all ailment and faith can move more than just mountains.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Never Ending Household Chores

So a woman's work is never finished...I believe that.
I often wonder where does the time goes?
 It seems like when I was working 8 to 10 hours a day, 6 days a week I had more than enough time to complete my full time work, keep up a 3 bedroom house, I raise my children, did all my household chores, I attend all the kids school games & activities, I exercised for 2 hours everyday and all my responsibilities at church was always done. Now that I am retired, time goes by too fast and I cannot get all that I did then finished in one day or one week.
 What is happening?
I still keep up with my 3 blogs every week, I do genealogy once a week, I fulfill all my callings on a weekly & monthly bases at church, I keep a one bedroom apartment in order and clean and I help a lot of people along the way. But the crazy thing is that I did all this along with my job and my kids. For some reason it seems like I am always behind.
I feel that age is finally creeping up on me and each day is not enough to finish all that I must do.
This week I did:
vacuumed every day
mopped the kitchen & bathroom twice
dusted/cleaned mirrors 
cleaned the bathroom 3 time
planted flowers & vegetables
did a primary lesson
 organized and relined all my kitchen cupboards
 filed a basket full of important papers
cleaned up the office
balanced the checkbook
and I cleaned the car.
This does not include cooking and running errands. For the next 2 weeks the list is larger.
 I am now 57 years old and for the past 50 years I have been doing these chores on a weekly bases.
 I am so tired of them.
 I really need a vacation. I need not to think for one entire day about anything, I just need to rest and sleep.
Maybe I can plan for this sometime soon.