My Mother, Always a Guardian Angel

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Today Andy and I are visiting my mom’s resting place in Clifton. Tomorrow would have been Mom’s 67th birthday. Since tomorrow’s weather calls for a messy, wintry mix, the hour commute to Clifton would be unsafe to travel.

My mother is never too far from my thoughts. This year marked some significant life events, and I wish she was physically by my side to celebrate with me. I take some comfort in knowing that my mom is always present in my life. However, the silence left by her absence feels too much.

As Andy and I visit Mom today, I’m going to remember her calm nature during our phone conversations and visits. I’m going to keep in mind how much Mom always wished for the best in my life. She is always my guiding light.

Note: Feature Image taken by Cherryville Photography

The Wheel of Life Always Turns

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The original source for Today my husband and I attended a birthday party. It was for a 1 year old, and when it comes to babies at parties, he was certainly calm! He had cake for the first time today, and ot was adorable watching him eat it!

Watching this little guy take part in play and family fun brought to mind A.A. Milne’s ‘Now We Are Six’. It’s an enlightening book of children’s poetry celebrating life’s daily happenings with children. I read some of A.A. Milne’s work while working on my ‘poetry for children’ thesis at graduate school. It was so valuable!

December 15, 2018: Birthday Outings, and Wildwood Memories

Some thoughts as I relax on Saturday morning:

  • Today is my friend Carmen’s birthday. I hope she’ll have a nice day to herself in Puerto Rico. Her favorite thing to do is spend a few hours at the casino. She doesn’t spend a lot, but she enjoys her time there.
  • It’s such an unseasonable day. It feels like the time Andy and I went to Wildwood and Cape May three years ago. It was such a breezy day. So warm that I could wear my jacket on the boardwalk and not freeze. If it wasn’t raining today, we would be on our way down right now.
  • This weekend I need to pick up the rest of my Secret Santa gifts. Most of my co-workers shopped for their gifts, but I usually wait. I’ll write a bit more about this in my Blogmas post this evening.

December 12, 2018: Two Months Apart

Last night I spoke to my best friend from Puerto Rico. We shared about how the life paths my cousin and her niece have taken, who were born two months apart, are very different. It’s been 13 years since I last saw her niece, and she’s made a successful life for herself. Had my cousin Brittany held more confidence in her abilities to succeed in school, her life path would have taken a similar, positive turn to Christine’s.

I’m going to call my friend again on Saturday. It will be her birthday on that day. Her goal is to head out to the casino, so hopefully she can achieve her goal this weekend.

December 9, 2018: West Caldwell with Friends

Yesterday was an eventful one. Andy and I began our journey in Somerset, headed towards the New Brunswick area. A couple hours into the journey, we received word that a good friend of Andy’s was having a birthday gathering an hour away. It was an hour away, yet we still wanted to hang out with them, since they were very nice people. So our journey took us over to West Caldwell for the rest of the day.

We hung out at a Starbucks, where they had lovely bookcases filled with eclectic resding material. Andy alternated reading aloud from Aeneid and a Harlequin book titled ‘The Shiekh’s Captive’. It was a wonderful time.

After we parted ways with our friends, we headed to this Sushi place called Inspiration Roll for dinner. They offered Ramen bowls and sushi on their menu. We both got Sweet Potato Rolls and Confucius Nachos. This side dish contained spicy tuna and avocado with chips. It was pretty good. I also couldn’t resist taking a photo of Snoopy by the food. I always take Snoopy photos wherever we go!

November 1, 2018: Books and Family Celebrations

Halloween is over, yet it doesn’t mean that the ‘spooky’ theme needs to be put away. I’m one of those people who sticks to eccentric, dark things no matter the time of year. Some of the new books out there sounds amazing to explore really soon.

Right now I’m reading ‘After the Quake’ by Murakami (I don’t have the book in front of me, so I don’t want to get his name wrong). It’s a short story collection, and so far I read one of the pieces. Perhaps it’s due to the translation, but he has an interesting way of writing his characters. I can’t wait to read the rest of the collection.

Today is my cousin Phillip’s 30th birthday! It’s such a milestone year. Currently he’s living in Florida with his family. He has a very busy life, but he does what he can to make sure everyone is content. I’m hopeful that I can see him in August for the wedding.

October 21, 2018: Birthdays and Reading Progress

  • I spoke to my aunt and uncle for a little while today. It’s their birthday, and each person is going through a significant change in life (one transitioning into a career change, the other readying for retirement). I offered my input as to where to seek information for a career shift. It’s understandably overwhelming, but I hope the change needed will take place soon.
  • Andy and I celebrated a relative’s 1st birthday party this afternoon at Chimney Rock, in Morris County. There were a lot of people enjoying this special moment in her life. When I went to my niece’s 1st birthday, it was a pool party/cookout event. Ana looked adorable in her swimsuit! I feel like the pool party was more for the adults than her, but it was a way to bring family and close friends together.
  • I’m making some progress in ‘Daughters of the Lake’! I’m about halfway done with the story. The familial lines of the characters are pretty lengthy, the build-up certainly leading to the impending plot twist. I’m looking forward to the shift.

September 25, 2018: Classroom Prep and Friendship

My naptime CDs from Amazon came in today! I’m very happy, since the ones I keep at work are skipping like crazy due to overuse. Andy is going to create a copy of the CDs so I can make another copy in case the disc stops working again.

Today is my friend Iris’s birthday! Iris is a very good friend from college. We maintained our friendship after graduation, and we discovered that we went through similar hardships and joys during our life journeys, close to the same period. We haven’t been able to make contact in recent weeks due to life’s complications (and scheduling). I sent a warm birthday message to her though. At least, I think of it as a warm message…it’s tough to interpret feelings on a text message, but I’m always hopeful that Iris has a wonderful birthday.

Now it’s on to laminate things for my classroom before reading my book. Now that a new theme is coming up, I need to prepare the display messages and theme wall. It’s always the first week of a new theme that’s stressful, due to the preparation.

August 26, 2018: Birthday in Rockland

Today Andy and I went to Rockland County to celebrate my niece Ana’s 4th birthday. It’s always such a treat when I see her. Ever since I moved down to central NJ two years ago, I don’t get to see her very often, so it’s a special time whenever I’m around her.

Ana is such a fun little girl, with a personality filled with growing sassiness. In a few weeks she will begin pre-school! It will be such a new experience for her, but she will be with her cousins, so it will make the process easier emotionally. Ana is also beginning to discover friendships, and learning that her circle of friends is indeed beginning to grow.

Ana had so much fun during her birthday celebration. Next weekend I’ll be at her home that she shares with my grandparents, so I’m hopeful that I will have some time to spend with her once again.

 

 

August 23, 2018: Weekend Plans, and Positive Change

  • This weekend Andy and I celebrate my niece’s 4th birthday. It will be held in at a park in Rockland County, New York. We attended her party last year at the same location, and we had a wonderful time. I have relatives who live in this area, so it will be nice to go visit this area again.
  • I began reading a new story called ‘The Other Wes Moore’. It is a non-fiction story based in Maryland, about two men with the same name growing up in an inner city neighborhood in Maryland. They were raised a short distance from each other, yet their paths didn’t cross until later in life. I’m only a couple chapters in, and so far I enjoy it.
  • Yesterday there was some encouraging news on the Resistance front! Paul Manafort was found guilty of 8 counts of financial fraud, and Michael Cohen, Trump’s former attorney, pleaded guilty of campaign finance violations. This is clearly a sign that things are finally falling apart for the Trump administration. Will it finally lead to prosecuting our president for illegal crimes? In this current age of hindering justice, no one knows for sure. It’s a positive change in the right direction though.