Sep 22, 2021

Wednesday September 22nd ~

At times, our own light goes out and is
 rekindled by a spark from another person... 

Sniff says hi to everyone.  Says it's a beautiful sunny 
day and he's going to make the most of it.  Right now he's just 
basking in the sunshine enjoying it for as long as it lasts.  
It lasts for a long time, he's a happy happy boy.

As for me, I'm still smiling.  Had a wonderful time in
 North Carolina.  Seeing Gabsy was a beautiful surprise. 
 I love this boy as if he were my very own.  

On the other hand, I love them all as if they were 
my very own.  How lucky I am to have wonderful nieces
 and nephews, two amazing stepdaughters, and soon to be 
3 granddaughters.  I must have done something right.

I wake up, and always say to myself, "there is always 
something to be grateful for."  I am grateful, always even
 though sometimes I have to navigate my way through the fog.

Gratitude turns what we have into enough


Sep 21, 2021

Tuesday September 21st ~

 Relax no one else knows what they are doing either....

My alarm is always set for 5:20 am; which is the time
 I would get up, get ready and go feed the cats.  Instead, I’m
 awake by 4:45 am to turn the alarm before it goes off.

As mentioned before, I go feeding them every 
other day, even though I want to do it daily.  I keep 
reminding myself and Arvid keeps remind me that they 
(the kitties) need to find and hunt for their foodies.

I got back form NC and that same evening I went 
out looking for them. I was not sure what to expect.  

That first evening back I just saw 4 of the 10 remaining
 kitties. They looked fine.  Mama was very hungry. When
 I was in NC Arvid called me desperately one day after 
his afternoon walk asking where I kept the cat foodies.

  He said, “I saw Mama and she was crying.  She was 
rubbing up against my legs.  I think she’s hungry.”
  Needless to say, he came back up, got the foodies, went 
back down and left foodies for her.  He also told me he 
left foodies for Senior.  Yes.  Arvid knows the names of 
most of the kitties🐈.  Even if he can't tell at times
 which is which among a few that look alike.

We’ve been having some wet weather here.  We went
 walking yesterday, but in less than 10 minutes into our
 walk we had to leave.  The rain came pouring down, but 
even so I did leave Chiquita (another stray kitty by the beach) 
some foodies. She had a little tunnel and there I have left her
 a bowl for food and water a while back. Was still there 😍

Sniff and Arvid had a good time together.  Arvid of
 course gave Sniff very specific routines.  Didn’t seem 
to be bad at all.  They are both happy and fine tuned. For now.

It is always good to see my parents.  Always the
 best time.  Relaxing and peaceful.  To make the stay
 even better Gabsy surprised us for a visit.

I was in heaven seeing him.  I love all all my
 nieces and nephews. Each bring into my life 
so much happiness. Having Gabsy and KimSy 
together was a happy time. I adore them all.

We mainly stayed in.  Had lots of good food,
 watched many movies together. Laughed and chatted. 
We managed to go to a favorite Japanese restaurant of my
 parents and for breakfast out another morning.

It was exactly what my soul and my heart needed.  
A few days to just destress.  I keep reminding myself that
 I can only do so much 🤨 only time will tell if that works.

I wish I lived closer to my parents.  I would love 
to see them more often.  Time is going by too 
fast and none of us is getting any younger.

In the meantime, I am grateful for every opportunity I have 
to see them and the rest of my family.  Kimsy is always
 such a pleasure to be around.  Arvid always says that Kimsy
 is one of the most calm and collected persons he knows. 

 Kimsy and Danielle are very easy going.  This time
 I also noticed that Gabsy is the same.  He spent lots of 
time playing his guitar for us.  Was very soothing. 

Arvid likes calm people.  When around people who 
yak non stop he’s not too happy, on the other hand 
most people tend to be that way ☺️.  I love to "Yak"

The sun is out and the day is looking to be beautiful.
  Just a little shower here and there, but after all we do live
 in an island.  And what a beautiful island it is.

Take a deep breath and just enjoy your life...


Sep 19, 2021

One Life... Live It

I arise in the morning torn between a desire to
 improve the world and a desire to enjoy the
 world. This makes it hard to plan the day...

All we have is this one life.  What we do with it is
 entirely up to us.  Let me tell you something, don't wait
 until it is too late to do the things you want. Don't wait 
until it's too late and then have to say, "I wish I had..."

Life is not always easy, at times it is just too difficult,
 and we wonder what the heck happened, but just think of the
 alternative of no longer being in this life.  Then you come 
to realize that it is not so bad after all  Life is actually really
 simple. but we sure insist on making it complicated.

May your days be filled with living.. and as my friend
 Liz said, "Love the life you live, and live it fearlessly."
Sniff Sniff.  He loved his home in Florida as well.

Life consists not in holding good cards
 but in playing those you hold well... 


Sep 17, 2021

We All Have It In Us....

A good person can make another person good;
 it means that goodness will elicit goodness in the 
society; other persons will also be good...

I don't know many people to whom this would apply, 
but the first person that comes to my mind is my dad.  I have
 said it once and I will never tire of saying it.  My dad is 
a special individual.  Unselfish and kind to the point
 where it is sometimes not to his advantage.

When we were younger, we lived for a few years with my
 grandmother while my parents sought a better life for us. 
 My mom would tell us that every time the ice-cream van
 passed my dad would gather all the little kids in the
 neighborhood and treat them to ice-cream  Once a week.  

She said they were missing us so much, they just 
felt good to be able to see these little kids happy
 while they worked on getting us with them.

I remember my parents did not have much when we 
were younger, but according to my dad there were many
 who were worse off than they were so when a friend of
 his told him what a beautiful watch he had my dad took it
 off his wrist and gave it to his friend, and the way 
he put it was, "he needed it more than I did." 

 I once remember he also gave another man the shirt 
off his back because the man liked it and had never seen 
any like that before. My mom was not always happy at this
 because they worked hard and saved for all the things 
they had and which at times my dad just gave
 to any stranger who was in need.

My dad has not changed much.  In North Carolina
 where they now live he goes to the dump daily.  

He always makes sure to take food and clothes to
 the man who works there because, "he looks like he
 can use it."  As he tells my mom, "Valerie it is as 
easy to cook for two as it is for three people."

My dad is unique, but it is my mom who is always 
by his side always standing by him and the one 
who loves him for all his "craziness"   If anyone 
deserves a medal, definitely it would be her.

I know I am a good person and I know that it
 is from watching my parents be kind to each other,
 and to everyone that crosses their paths.

We all have our own specialness within us.
  Sometimes it is only a matter of finding it.  I believe
 in love, children and being a good person. 

Nowadays, I could not care less about making
 other people like me. I'm a good person, 
I don't need to do that anymore... 


Sep 15, 2021

Wednesday September 15th ~ NC

Give yourself time just to be with yourself...

Somehow being in North Carolina makes one forget 
about the stresses in life, even if it's for just a few days.
  It's all I need.  A few days to recharge and to spend
 some very much needed time with my parents.

For the next few days it will be relaxing times.  
My sisters and I always look forward to these days spent 
with our parents in North Carolina.  It brings a little of our 
childhood back into our lives. There is no one in the world
 like my mom and dad, and for that we are the lucky ones.

If you’re going to live, leave a legacy. Make
 a mark on the world that can’t be erased...


Sep 14, 2021

NC ~ September 14th

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder,
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger,
May you never take one single breath for granted,
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed, I hope 
you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean,
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens,
Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance... 

A few days away from Puerto Rico is really what
 I needed right now.  No better place to be than at my 
mom and dad's home in North Carolina.  It's peaceful. 
 It's calming, and right now I need it so very much.

For a few days no cooking no taking care of anyone. 
 Just relaxing and being pampered.  Nothing wrong with that,
 and there is no one who does it better than my parents.

I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the
 ocean, Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens,
Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance...


Sep 13, 2021

Monday September 13th ~

 It takes a moment to make memories and a lifetime to forget them...

As the new week begins, our family welcomes it with 2 birthdays. 
 My nephew Sachin and my sister Nirvana.  We celebrated with 
Nirvana, Kimsy and J on Saturday.  Same restaurant as we did 
last year.  Once again we were lucky all five of us were there.

I am grateful for every minute we get to spend with my sister, 
J and Kimsy.  I know one day we will go back home.  I will
 forever have the memories and the pictures to remind us of 
these times.  Two years, two birthdays, who knows maybe
 a third birthday in the future in PR?  Only time will tell.

Each day of our lives we make deposits
 in the memory banks of our loved ones...


Sep 12, 2021

Sunday Vibes ~

Live as though life was created for you...

The wind is HOWLING outside.  It's been
 ages since we experienced this kind of weather 
here in Fajardo.  Finally we have it 😑

Feels like a hurricane and the sliding doors are rocking. 
 Sniff is not happy.  He's just going in circles.  But 
he always get's lots of love and reassurances.

Sunday.  Today we stay, good since it seems as if we 
will be having rain for most of the day if not week. 
 Have not had rain in ages, so that's OK.

Wishing everyone a good day.  A day to "relax" 
is always needed and always appreciated.

Love life. Engage in it. Give it all you’ve got.
 Love it with a passion because life truly does give 
back, many times over, what you put into it...


Sep 11, 2021

America Remembers: 20 Years later ~

 They could not crush our spirits.  If we learn 
nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life
 is short and there is no time for hate...

Last night as we were watching the news, it was all
 about America Remembers :20 years later. 9/11. The attack 
on democracy 20 years ago.  It’s always so very emotional. 
Seeing and hearing the stories of survivors and of families 
of those perished in this terrible tragedy.

It also brought back a memory to me.  A memory 
tucked far and deep away inside of me.  You see 
many years ago, way before 9/11 I spent a couple of 
nights at the Marriott the World Trade Center Hotel.

My first marriage took place in NYC in the 
private chambers of a federal judge in Manhattan.  
I worked part time at the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals
 in NYC  and my then soon to be husband also did. He knew 
all the judges and we were married by the senior judge.

That was a small ceremony with just my family and
 my husbands. The really big Indian ceremony took
 place two days later. Over a hundred people
 were there. One of the most amazing time.

It was at the World Trade Center that I had my first 
Mimosa for breakfast and the most amazing brunch.  I was 
young and for me it was all a first.  I was totally in awe of 
the hotel, room service, brunch and yes the mimosas.

It was known as The Marriott World Trade Center.  It was
 a 22-story, 825-room hotel at 3 World Trade Center within the
 World Trade Center complex in Manhattan, New York City. 
It opened in April 1981 as the Vista International Hotel
 and was the first major hotel to open in Lower 
Manhattan south of Canal Street since 1836.

 It was destroyed beyond repair as a result of the
 September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, due to structural
 damage caused by the collapse of the Twin Towers.
 The hotel was not replaced as part of the new
 World Trade Center complex.

Sometimes I stop and reflect on my life.  I has been
 quite an interesting one.  Still is.  I have had a lot of good times, 
and I still do.  Also like everyone else there has been times
 not so good.  Life.  You take the good with the bad.

9/11 has shown us what Americans are capable of.  
When Americans lend a hand to one another, nothing 
is impossible. We’re not about what happened on
 9/11. We’re about what happened on 9/12.

“The attacks of September 11th were intended to break our 
spirit. Instead we have emerged stronger and more unified. 
We feel renewed devotion to the principles of political, economic 
and religious freedom, the rule of law and respect for human life.
 We are more determined than ever to live our lives in freedom...”
—Then-New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani


Sep 10, 2021

Friday Feels ~

 Hay veces que en la vida perdemos la esperanzaa 
veces es, reír,también llorarvivir es una carta por jugar 
naufraga nuestra barca y nuestro amor.  Vivir a veces
es reir, tambien llorar, vivir es una carta por jugar...

The kitties that remain still trust me.  Even after 
I spent hours and hours trying to trap them so that they can
 be adopted.  MacGyver was the most difficult one to trap.
  I have tons of scars to prove it.  MacGyver, Marbles
 and Spitfire were at one time adopted, but returned.  

MacGyver still comes to me all the time as does 
Marbles and Spitfire.  They hold no grudges towards me 
and they trust me.  I love them all.  Slowly the cats are 
"disappearing".  I never know which kitty would
 no longer greet me in the mornings.  

I have a very bad feeling that something has happened
 to Milo also.  He has not been seen for over a week,  and 
recently Milo has never been missing out on foodies in
 the mornings.  Everyday I am a little more broken 😿.

It's the start of the weekend. Hot! Hot! Hot weather in our prognosis.
Would really love a little touch of cooler temperatures for a change.

Sniff is cool as a cucumber.  Not a worry in the world 💙

Vivir a veces es, perder, también ganar
vivir es un mañana que esperar.