Sunday, December 4, 2016

Letters Are Now a Thing of The Past

I remember before computers and emails there was something called writing letters. Receiving a letter was a joy to the person getting it and when one letter arrived we were delighted and we couldn't wait to open them. I remember receiving up to 3 or 4 letters every week. I was so happy for a letter to arrive that 3 or 4 letters a week was a joy beyond measure. I would take the time to read each letter well and I would save them for Sunday to sit and answer them all. Those letters were not a paragraph long, but they were 3 or 4 pages long. It was all about a person's week of chores, responsibilities, work, family updates, the news of expecting new baby, engagement or upcoming wedding; and sometimes these letters were filled with photographs so we could see and feel the joy of each moment that occurred in this person's life. At the end of every letter there was a signature filled with many oxoxoxox's (for love and kisses) followed by their name with a designed heart signifying how much they loved us. 

Every letter that arrived was felt, some brought tears to our eyes and a smile that touched the heart of the reader...unfortunately this beautiful touching moment that we all yearned to feel between two people ended when computers and cell phones entered the world.  Now emails and texting pulls us apart from one another and emojies is all we sometimes get. 

 Our emotions were robbed from us, our tears are now dried up, our feeling were removed and our connection to that loving person on the other side evaporated before our eyes. We now look like zombies moving our fingers faster than a speeding bullet and we are missing the beauty of the world around us because our heads are looking at a screen and not at each other.

Just like those vintage letters stopped coming in, so will our lives without capturing the essence of what life is all about....the joy of loving one another. 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Christmas is Around the Corner

As this month begins, it reminded me that Christmas is only 25 days away. Everyone is getting ready shopping, baking, wrapping, sending Christmas cards and stocking up for those long awaited holidays...but year all of that came to a stop for me due to my rotator cuff surgery just 1-1/2 a week ago. Six weeks with a sling and home therapy is all I can do this Christmas. 

So what am I doing to keep me busy....well I ordered all my gifts online, put them all in gift bags...that's an easy way to go, I'm working on more genealogy, I am doing new pedigree sheets for all my ordained family members, I'm entertained with crossword puzzles,  jigsaw puzzles, catching up on my journals and reading my scriptures.

So I am busy and I am enjoying my neighbors home cooking.
Its going to be a lovely, quiet and restful holiday, don't you think?

Friday, November 25, 2016

Elegant Christmas Decorations

 Hello my peeps,

It's starting to look like Christmas. Decorating for the holidays is such a devotion for many and in our beautiful Island of Puerto Rico is no exception. Here are a few Christmas decorations that stun you  with their beautifully decorated trees and homes. It is all so elegantly done.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Ward Christmas Super Saturday

Hi everyone out there,

This is a post so dear to my heart. This last Saturday was our church super Saturday. Once a year we have a day full of beautiful crafts we can make for ourselves or for a Christmas gift. I knew I wasn't going to be able to attend, but a lovely sister in our ward made this one for me. The crazy thing is that she does not want me to know who she is and she was unaware that I really wanted to make this particular craft. She was also unaware that I was not going to be there. I guess God spoke to her through that sweet still voice. My heart was filled with so much love....I am blessed. 

This is my present... my Christmas tree devoted to Jesus.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

An Old File Cabinet with a New Look

Even though my surgery date is this Friday Nov. 18th, that has not kept me from finishing so many things I had on my "to do" list for this year. Ever since I knew I was going to the surgical room from a month ago, I made my mind up to finish everything that was left to do on my 2016 list. I am happy to say that in one month I have completed my goal and tomorrow is my last day to finish up some simple things to complete. Here is one of my to do items that was on my list...recovering my dark green file cabinet. I recovered it nicely with 2 soft gray contact papers that blended well together and cost me only $3 dollars. It  came out gorgeous. Check it out for yourself. 

This is the before photo...

Here is the after....gorgeous.



Thursday, November 10, 2016

Mending a Torn Rotatory Cuff

Hello there,

Its been a very busy and hectic week for everyone. I am grateful elections are over, the political ads had me with constant headaches. But its over and we must go on.

I will be away from the computer for a few weeks as of the 18th. I will be going to surgery to repair a very bad torn rotatory cuff. This is the second rotatory cuff surgery to be done on the same shoulder. Somehow along the line I messed it all up again. I have been in a dreadful pain on that shoulder for the past 6 months and finally the diagnosis was in so I will be having surgery next Friday.

I have been getting the apt. clean and ready for this surgery since I will not be able to do much for about 6 to 8  weeks, but I will be having a home aide for two hours everyday to help me out with cleaning, doing the laundry and cooking other than helping me bathe and dress every morning.

But I will be back next week before surgery. Have a great day everyone.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Inexpensive Homemade Cleaner for all your Appliances

Hi everyone...

I wanted to share with you a great cheap way to clean your stainless steel appliances. My son ran out of his stainless steel cleaner so I mixed up some apple cider vinegar and water to clean his appliances. You just need a spray bottle, 2 dry clothes and Oil Furniture Polish. First mix 1/2 of water and 1/2 of apple cider vinegar (equal parts) in the spray bottle. Shake well then spray the appliance down with the mixture, wipe well the appliances with a clean dry cloth and make sure the appliance is completely dry, then wipe down the appliance with the other clean dry cloth with Old English furniture polish. Check out photo 1 & 2 before cleaning, 3 after the vinegar cleaning & 4 after the polishing. This cleaning method will keep your silver appliances looking great for over a week. The results are terrific.

 Before photos...1 

Before photo...2

Photo after vinegar cleaning

After polish the fridge

I wish I would of taken a photo of the fridge completely before cleaning, it was really dirty. I hope this may help you in cleaning all your appliance.

Have a great day.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Foods That Heal

As soon as a headache arises, the first thing we do is to get a pain reliever. But just like our ancestors who didn't have pain relievers on hand but used plants and good food as a remedy to their aliments...we could also do the same.

I found these food cures and relievers to be very useful. I have used many of them concerning ailments I have suffered from and they have been great in relieving my sudden illnesses. I hope you all can use these methods before running to get a pill.

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.