Tuesday, September 30, 2008


OKAY - I have my blog space saved at BLOGGER - so here is my link:

CRAZY LIFE - make sure you click on follow me so that I know how to find you and then I will know that you have found me!! Please let me know where you are going - I do not want to lose touch with anyone!!

I do not have anything on the page yet - I am trying to figure out exactly what I am going to do - but definitely click on follow me and save the url -




Well I wish I was writing this entry because things are getting back to normal but they are not - AOL IS CLOSING HOMETIME AND THAT INCLUDES JOURNALS.

I am extremely ticked because I have no idea how to save all the words that I have written over the last 5 years....I have saved every single journal that I have written since high school - yes that is alot of clutter but I cannot let go of all those thoughts, ideas, feelings that I put down on paper - now after 5 years of an online journal - all my words will disappear - as of November 1st.

I do have two other journals that I have tried to maintain....(they say that your aol journal might be able to be migrated into blogger) (which is another blog company) I have my art journal there...it is easy to use like AOL - I also have a journal with wordpress which adding things on the sideboard is not as easy but I like it....

FINDING MYSELF---my art journal

A MOTHER&DAUGHTER PROSPECTIVE---a journal I started with my daughter that is VERY similiar to this one - but I might start another blogger journal to migrate this one to if I find out that is possible - hopefully using the same name...

So those are my two blogs - PLEASE PLEASE save them to your favorite places or emails or whatever - that way we do not lose touch - ALSO PLEASE email me with your new blog address so that we can stay in touch PLEASE.....

What is making me really crazy is that - my pictures are stored on AOL - not the hometime ftp they are in AOL PICTURES....rumor has it that they are closing that too....DAMN - that was my backup....so now I have to figured out where to back those up besides my external hard drive and sorts.

I am okay folks - it has taken me a long time to come back and unfortunately it does not look like I am coming back here - GEEZ - I did write a brief update about myself at my prospective blog, Here is the entry MOTHER & DAUGHTER...I will tell you that they highlight is that as of Jan 25th I quit smoking----I have been smoking since high school so that is EXTREMELY big for me - I am sure it also helps with my COPD but I just woke up one morning (seriously) and no longer wanted a cigarette, and have not looked back...never craved for one - nothing...the daughter has started college - which is a whole other world - one son is working in the regular world in tennessee and the other son is still deployed but he came home for a visit in June - which was grand.

Allen was so "inspired" that I quit smoking that he quit two months later and he also has not looked back - so these are GREAT things!!!

If anything changes about where to find me - I will definitely let you all know but PLEASE do not forget to EMAIL ME your new blog address and send me what email addresses that I can reach you all at....I do not want to lose touch with you all that have stayed in touch....

BTW- this might be okay because I recently found out that my EX has been reading my journal - wish he had the balls (yes I said it) to just be upfront and tell me - but alas who am I kidding - he always had to be sneaky...too chicken to write or call - has to sneak around to find out news....some things never change!

Well I have to go see about saving my pictures.....PEACE~~~

Monday, February 11, 2008


My health has taken a turn for the worse.....too much to go into here - I have shut all my alerts off.....left all my groups....I do not know when I will be back if I will be back....the pain and fever for the last 3 weeks has taken its toll on me.....and I am just too tired to fight anything!!

Thanks for all your support and take care!!!


Thursday, January 3, 2008



Okay - here I am - nothing much going on over here...I am kind of glad the holidays are over and done with...On sunday we will celebrate "Three Wise Men Day" or "Three Kings Day" . Here you put a bowl of water and a box of hay under your bed to feed and water the camels that are carrying the Three Kings to see the baby Jesus...This is a family tradition that has been passed down throughout the generations in my family. Once the camels drink the water and eat the hay, the Kings leave gifts as a Thank You for feeding their animals on their journey. I guess that is probably one of the strongest Puerto Rican traditions that we have in my family...I love it!!! Then after the 6th that is when we take down our decorations and tree and everything else - and life goes back to "normal" (whatever that is). Believe it or not - out of the three kids in my family (my two siblings and I) I am the only one who has carried on this tradition...sad but true...my siblings were never one for traditions...kind of boggles my mind but does not surprise me in the least. I guess when you make big money - simple things like Tradition go out the door (Thank God I am Not Like That).

I wish you all a very HAPPY AND HOLY THREE KINGS DAY...May the Lord pour his BLESSINGS upon you and yours! We also eat a pork dinner...like pork roast with potatoes and veggies and all the good stuffies....I do not make Puerto Rican meals...that would be an insult to my family - I CANNOT for the life of me cook like that....but that is ok....I'll just carry on the other Traditions...lol.

Christmas was Beautiful here (as well as New Year's) - the daughter got disgustingly spoiled - that girl will not need anything for years to come...lol. But as long as it made her happy - then my job is complete and it was a perfect Christmas. I will tell you about one particular gift I received....my daughter bought me a high tech telescope - it hooks up to your computer - you can look at the stars and take pictures of what you see then download the pics to your computer....WOW - SIMPLY AMAZING!!! I so LOVE looking at stars and the sky and this kid went all out with this telescope...on top of which she bought me a star (yes I know it is only symbolic - but what a beautiful symbol)...I got the certificate and coordinates of my star and she named it Joshua Jaye (her twin)...it made me cry. It was probably the most TOUCHING gift I have ever received...she definitely found a way to touch my heart and soul both at the same time...it is simply amazing!!! I will always treasure it!!!

I received other goodies...like angels to add to my beautiful collection and a mini collectors helmet from the Florida Gators (YAYAYAY) so I was also spoiled...lol. New Year's we stayed home....we celebrated in our own way without the crowds and such and it was really nice...quiet and peaceful and fun!!!

I have been playing with my art and stuff - of which you all know you can check out anytime at my art blog - FINDING MYSELF.
Blogger has also fixed it that even if you do not belong to blogger it is now easier for you to leave your name and the url of your journal in the comments sections...so go over and let me know you have dropped by...(hint hint).

I have committed to creating everyday for 2008 - it is a blog challenge that I talk about in my artblog...also I have committed to taking a photo a day 365 - taking a photo that describes your day...I think these are some positive and good committments that I have made for myself and improving my art...you all are more then welcome to join in...just go to my artblog and check it all out for yourself!!!

Anyway - I had to play after doing some serious blog hopping and tried this out....

What Ellie Means
You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.
You workhard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.
At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.

You are relaxed, chill, and very likely to go with the flow.
You are light hearted and accepting. You don't get worked up easily.
Well adjusted and incredibly happy, many people wonder what your secret to life is.

You tend to be pretty tightly wound. It's easy to get you excited... which can be a good or bad thing.
You have a lot of enthusiasm, but it fades rather quickly. You don't stick with any one thing for very long.
You have the drive to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. Your biggest problem is making sure you finish the projects you start.


It is interesting to say the least...lol.
I hope your New Year has started off with a bang....Here is to a New Start, Fresh Start with all the best that life has to offer!!!

Remember to HUG someone you LOVE!!!


Monday, December 31, 2007


I wanted to take this opportunity to wish each and everyone of you a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR....I hope the New Year is filled with HAPPINESS, PROSPERITY and LOVE for you and yours.

I also want to THANK YOU all for sharing your lives with me and being here for me while I share mine!!! Your kind words, supportive words, encouraging words, loving words, and words of advice have all helped me through a rollercoaster of 2007.
THANK YOU for trusting me with the tidbits of your life....for allowing me to read about you and yours....looking back at 2007 - it has been a year that so many beautiful people have become angels....so many have had their family members or friends deployed..and some have continued to fight health problems that seem overwhelming...I have truly grown from knowing all of you....you have added such a richness to my life and for that I am forever grateful.


My Wish for You in 2008

May peace break into your house and may thieves come to steal your debts. May the pockets of your jeans become a magnet of $100 bills. May love stick to your face like Vaseline and may laughter assault your lips! May your clothes smell of success like smoking tires and may happiness slap you across the face and may your tears be that of joy. May the problems you had forget your home address! In simple words ............

May 2008 be the best year of your life!!! Until 2009, 2010, 2011..
See you all in 2008!!!
Remember to HUG those you LOVE....

Monday, December 24, 2007


Of course, like everyone else - life has been a bit busy....
All of our shopping was done and over with almost two weeks ago..and this year I even had flowers delivered to my parents and Allen's mom for Christmas.
(They absolutely loved them- yay me for thinking of it - lol)
Unfortunately our son (who is stationed in Kentucky) did not come home...
as a matter of fact...he is most likely getting out of the army VERY SOON...he has done his time...and at this point - I do not think the military career is what he strives for...but I believe he is going to stay in Kentucky - and pursue a firefighter's life - then again - who knows.
Our son (in Japan) will have to wait on his package...every time one of us turned around - we thought of something else to send him...poor kid...he will not have his package for Christmas but he will be loaded with supplies for at least 6 months..(we seem never to do anything simply) kind of drives us crazy. But he knows it - and the building of anticipation is killing him - but he is used to that from us and is never disappointed...lol
We have all our dinner fixins ready to go - we have voted and decided on Turkey again...(because the thanksgiving one was sooooooo good). I cannot wait...Allen will be cooking it up...I just know it will melt in my mouth...yummie!!!
We plan on opening gifts in between breakfast and watching old movies like Miracle on 34th street and a Christmas Carol and so on!!! Then the big dinner!
We even bought the dogs a bag of treats to go crazy on tomorrow...only a couple of them play with toys....the rest would appreciate the treats!
Now on top of all the running around and trying to get everything done...my daughter informs me at the last minute (before school let out for the holidays) that she needed the pictures and a dedication letter from me for her memory page in the yearbook....(this page costs $275) (geez!!!!!!)
So I had to go through all of my digital photos (hundreds and hundreds-if not thousands) and pick out twelve that she wanted surrounding her and write a dedication letter about whatever I wanted to go in the yearbook...it took me 4 hours of tweaking photos to finally get the pics done and sent to walgreens for instant printing...and after a bit - got my thoughts together to write the letter - here it is...let me know what you think...( I know she loves it!!!):
"I hope your dreams take you to the corners of your smiles, to the highest of your hopes, to the windows of your opportunities, and to the most special places your heart has ever known."
We never knew so much LOVE & JOY could come from having a child.
Your sense of humor and spunk for life and creative thinking amazes us...and your compassion for others makes your heart bigger then most adults we know.
Our pride in you grows daily as does of course our LOVE..if that is at all possible.
You have strong convictions and will fight tooth and nail for your family and friends and those that you care about.
You have a massive soft spot for animals-which shows the depth of your kindness..and you speak your mind no matter what the circumstances or consequences. Showing that you stand strong in your faith and beliefs - that you are a leader and not a follower.
We are very proud to say you are our daughter..and although you are spreading those beautiful wings of yours and going out to claim your life...We wish for you the VERY best of all that life has to offer..
CONGRATULATIONS on your first step to life's opportunities..
Smile always to show kindness to others
Laugh to enjoy the fullness of life
Love to always be filled with unending joy
Dream to strive for the best of everything...
Follow your Dreams - Believe in Yourself - Be You
We Wish You Enough....!!!
We Love You Always -Mom-Dad-Eric-Allen
Well The only thing left to say is this:
From Our Home to Yours...We Wish You A Very Blessed And Beautiful Christmas..May the Reason for the Season - fill your hearts all year long...May true Joy reign and May Love overflow...Enjoy the moments you have with Family and Friends..and May the Memories keep you strong all next year!!!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007


Just a quickie update here.....Have just been on overload lately....have no motivation to keep up here - I have really been concentrating on my art and pushing myself to create....it is a freedom I need right now from all the sickness and depression that I have gone through these past few years...like someone opened the faucet and it is all spilling out - the ideas, the creations, the art, implementing ideas, coming up with finished projects...it is something that I want and need to do right now. Right now I am in the middle of doing a kaleidoscope series...if you want to see my new series and the rest of my creations..please head on over to FINDING MYSELF and check it out for yourself...I would love your opinions on it all...it is easy to leave a comment..or just leave a comment here or email me....I would love to know what you all think of it...be honest...I need that!!!!
WELL - Thanksgiving was so wonderfully PEACEFUL...the perfect holiday. We cooked up big time...the turkey was so juicy it fell right off the bones...OMG - it was glorious...we had garlic and herb mashed potatoes, Hawaiian biscuits, sweet potatoes with syrup and cinnamon and mini marsh mellows, green bean casserole, stuffing, gravy...and of course pumpkin pie and cheesecake for desserts...WE WERE STUFFED...it went so smoothly the cooking and the whole day I could not have asked for a better holiday...and to spend it with Allen and Crystalyn made it perfect. We took pictures of our plates and sent them to our son in Japan who drooled over the pics...too funny....
We finally got the MAIN PRESENT for our son in the mail - so this week all packages are going out...I thought we would have done it by now...but this week Allen has been feeling bad..he hurt the side of his chest when pulling out a starter on the jeep. He will not see a doctor right now - only if it gets worse - so for now he is taking Ibuprofen for it. Also for three days now I have had a WICKED headache...I have no idea why...I do know thatthe weather changed dramatically...one day this week it is in the 80's and then at night it drops down to 40...for Florida that is dramatic...but the cooler air feels so good...maybe with the air pressure changing it has given me a headache...I don't know - I just wish it would go away...I have taken way too many Tylenol and ibuprofens...if anyone has a headache fix..let me know.
I do have to get motivated to send out Christmas cards...I had planned on doing them last weekend...but now I cannot sit long enough to look through for addresses and write lil tidbits to send them out...(though I do have my card list written out - at least I got that far).
So now about Christmas...My son AJ will be home officially on the 14th. I think he is staying for two weeks...two glorious weeks...it will be wonderful because AJ has a magnificent way of making me laugh no matter what is happening or how I feel...I need his humor at home right now. It will be grand to have him around. So I have basically done all my Christmas shopping online...since I am not one to go out a lot...online is my safest bet. I found some GREAT bargains and have been quite pleased that I have been able to buy for everyone and not panic that I cannot find the perfect gift or that I waited until the last minute. So for the last two weeks...packages have been coming in almost everyday..the neighbors are getting suspicious...LOL. The reason I laugh is because a couple in central Florida were getting A LOT of packages sent to them on a weekly basis...both people did not leave the house for jobs...they were always home..(well sounds like Allen and I) (and one of our neighbors asked my daughter - what exactly are all the packages we are always getting)...well that other couple - it turns out, were getting packages of marijuana delivered by UPS and FEDex (they were major drug dealers)...LOL of course those companies did not know that is what was being sent...but now Allen and I keep thinking that our neighbors must wonder how is it that we are always home yet we keep getting packages...LOL - so now every time we get a package...or we see the UPS guy in front of our house...we look at each other and say that our drug connection has arrived...LOL. We know the UPS guy by his first name..and he knows ours...between him and the postman we are one big happy family--LOL!
Well we had to start celebrating Christmas a bit early this year just between Allen, Crystalyn and I because some things I only bought in threes...and I don't want AJ to feel left out - so we already got some gifts that I had ordered...check out the pictures below:
I collect salt and pepper shakers and teapots so I could not resist these.
Old age for me, boob cream for Crystalyn - LOL and bald head for Allen - these are just too funny and they love them.
Perky is mine - dumb people is Allen - Smartass is so Crystalyn - LOL
I am waiting to hear from the company I bought the mugs from because if you notice...the blue mug with "I don't do perky" - the paint got on the lettering..like it was a mistake yet still mailed it off...I DON'T THINK SO...so I will see what they say.
Also I still have to call the post office...I received a package from Amazon...it was a substitute mail person who delivered the package...it has two books for me and one for Crystalyn for Christmas...the "nitwit" (I am trying to be kind)..left the box out in the pouring rain (a couple of days ago), so my two soft covered books got ruined but Crystalyn's was fine. When we get packages...all delivery people leave it by the front door...it has a nice size overhang so anything under it is out of the weather...well for some unknown reason - this mail carrier just left it on the ground in front of our parked cars...(what the heck was she thinking?) I am sure that the post office is not going to do anything but I still want to complain. What do you think?
Anyway - we have our little tree by the front door outside...instead of having an inside tree...our dogs are too insane to have a tree inside the house. They have destroyed everything else...and the tree looks cute...as soon as we are done fiddling with it...I will take pics.
Allen bought a canopy....the kind that are not attached to your house...like a big tent without the sides...I love it...it is 11'x13' - I was telling Allen that if I decided to ever get into doing craft fairs that 95% of them suggest bringing your own canopy to use as your booth...keeps the sun off of you and keeps your crafts protected from the weather - well when we looked up prices they start anywhere from $175 dollars up to a couple of $1000. Well Allen went out this past week to pick up some soda (my precious supply ran out) and he came across a little garage type sale that they have here on the side of the road..in grassy areas...(boy you can find some deals sometimes) well it just happened that a man was selling brand new (boxes never opened) canopies that he bought but decided he did not need them....so my hunnie bought me one...yeppers...and guess how much he paid....are you ready for this $25 dollars...that is it...for the largest size that sells for hundreds in the magazine. OMG - how cool is that!!!! I am so excited - he always thinks of me - so we have it set up in front of our house with our fire pit under it along with our chairs..it is so nice in the afternoon - no sun gets in...and it just makes things cozy...he is so funny!!! Again - I will take a picture and show you all...but I am so excited...he said it is so easy to put up and take down so that is a major plus.
We hear from Eric every day...he is good...busy busy busy (I don't want to know doing what) but he is enjoying himself so far - less insanity then when he was in Arizona...he is anxious to get his package from us...we keep teasing him about things that might be in it or not....he is just dying (he loves surprises but cannot stand being the one who is on the receiving end - LOL).
Everything else is good...it seems like this month is flying by also - too fast for me...I want to enjoy all the pre-Christmas music and decorations and atmosphere...I don't want it to go by too fast...it is the anticipation of it all that I love...the build up...so slow is good to me!
Well I think I have caught up on all the news that is fit to print at this point...
I hope life is treating you all really well and remember - HUG those you LOVE..time is so short and precious..enjoy every second!!
Until Next Time ..... PEACE!!!