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Wonderful week

Saturday, April 23, 2011

It has been a long but fun week. My son and I went to San Francisco to see family and to celebrate Passover. Every year we do this holiday at a different cousins home. We aren't a big family but we are very, very close knit!!

I got to see some family that I don't see often. Cousins from Canada, the ones that live in San Francisco of course, cousins from South Carolina, others down the coast of Calif. and best of all, my cousin that moved to Thailand!!

It was a great week, lots of hugs and laughter and wonderful food (don't ask!!). My son and I explored San Francisco together. We got to take every form of mass transit which included buses, trains, ferry, trolly, planes and cars. We had a great time and found so much to do!

11 members of my family decided to catch a ballgame! We went to see the Oakland "A"s beat up the Red Sox!! What can I say, we are from NY and are happy to see ANYONE beat up the Red Sox LOLOLOL!!!!! It was my first time at a stadium that wasn't in NY. What fun!!

It's great to be home. I'm sorry my daughter was still in school and couldn't make it but maybe next year (of course I don't know where it will be then!)

I know lots of holidays are going on right now. I hope they are happy for everyone!!

  
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DOROTHYBERO 4/24/2011 8:46PM

    Sounds wonderful!

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Exhausted!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

It's been a long, tiring weekend. Yesterday I had to get up around 5:30 to take my son to a wrestling match that was nearly 90 mins away. We didn't finish the day until about 4:30 and then, with traffic, another 2 hours home. We were both wiped out.

It was a really rough outing for my son. He is a really terrific wrestler but this was a new kind of wrestling for him. It's called "freestyle" and is not what is taught in school. He did win his first match but he lost the next two even though he put up a valiant effort. My heart really went out to him as he just tried so hard. It is very difficult to see someone rough up your child!!!

Today we had to get up early because he had a baseball game. The poor kid was kind of hurting but we went anyway because a commitment is a commitment. It was freezing out watching the game and while he got a great hit and also made a wonderful catch in the outfield, his team lost. He took it all in stride.

He just went out with his friends. He needs some downtime before I make him do his homework.

As for me, I'm exhausted!!! Next weekend vacation with my son for spring break. San Francisco here we come. Gosh I hope it's warm!!

  
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DARLENEK04 4/11/2011 11:26AM

  My son played baseball, we had so many games going I didn't
know half the time if I were coming or going...lol
He gave his word tho, and honored it. We never missed a game.

Good luck,
Darlene

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DOROTHYBERO 4/11/2011 6:00AM

    Sounds like a really busy weekend - have a great time in San Francisco!

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Plesant surprises!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Yesterday my daughter called. I asked her if she was coming home this weekend as it is the start of spring break at her school.

She said, "Yes, I'm on my way. I should be home in about 2 hours."

ARGHHH,....lol ...my first questions was, "What do you want for dinner?"

I jumped in the car and ran over to the supermarket. I bought all her favorites. Fresh salmon, fresh broccoli and the rice she loves. She loves when I poach the salmon and I had some leftover white wine which is perfect for poaching.

She got home and I had everything ready to cook. Within a half hour it was all done and we sat down and had a really lovely dinner. We talked and talked (well, she talked mostly and I listened). It was so nice to have her home and happy and giving some time to her old mom.

She is going to her dads for a few days but for the most part will be home for the next week. Know what I'm doing?? LAUNDRY!!!! LOL - she wouldn't think of not bringing THAT home!!!

I can't stop smiling!!

  
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DETERMINEDJANET 3/26/2011 7:34PM

    So glad you are having time with your daughter!!

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PHEBESS 3/26/2011 1:37PM

    Lovely visit!

And hey, at least she doesn't bring home RIPPED clothing - I used to do that so my mom would take me to buy new stuff, LOL!

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MHNGJR 3/26/2011 10:22AM

    Sounds like the beginning of a super visit. I would have loved your dinner! emoticon

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It Was 20 Years Ago Today.....

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

It's hard to believe that 20 years have gone by but....it was today in 1991 that I became a mom for the first time.

I remember being handed the most beautiful little girl I had ever seen. How could anything be that fabulous. Life was never the same and I have enjoyed (for the most part LOL) every moment of the past two decades.

Today, my wonderful daughter is a sophmore at the University of Delaware. She is doing very well and will enter Chiropractic school when she graduates. Not only is she gorgeous, she is brainy as well. What a package!!

I baked her favorite cake and sent it a couple of days ago. They promised me she would have it today. She has never, ever had a birthday that I didn't bake her a cake for!!

Happy birthday my darling daughter. It's been quite a ride but I would't have given it up for the world!! You are a winner in every sense of the word



  
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LSCHULER72 3/25/2011 10:55AM

    How wonderful. It just slips by way too fast, doesn't it? My oldest daughter just turned 18, and I can't believe it. I'm sure the cake made her feel your arms around her!!

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CANDOK1260 3/24/2011 10:13PM

    how great for you

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DOROTHYBERO 3/24/2011 9:29PM

    The years certainly do fly but the happiness and being proud stay with us forever!

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DETERMINEDJANET 3/24/2011 6:08PM

    Beautiful. Happy Birthday to you both!

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CATWOOMAN 3/24/2011 2:04AM

    Congratulations to you and your daughter. It's hard now that they are growing up and becoming more independent and we're use to celebrating certain things with them, isn't it? My daughter is a freshman at the Univ of Washington. She is home this week for spring break. Silly me didn't think of taking a day off....we have been spending some lovely quality time together.

Hope your daughter gets her cake and has a wonderful birthday!
What lovely memories. Hope you are having a successful week too. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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COLLANN 3/23/2011 11:40PM

    Oh how sweet! 20 years ago today I was a Jr. in High School and 17. ha! I am glad I didn't have my firstborn 20 years ago. lol.

I hope I get a daughter one day and I hope I can be the kind of mother you are...baking a cake and sending it to her. She will LOVE it!

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LAURACONNER 3/23/2011 8:18PM

    I loved hearing about your special day and the birth of your daughter - today - 30years ago - i had my middle son ( i have 3 sons) and i am close to them all but especially NB - he had cancer as a child and we spent many days/ appointments in the hospital and it brought a special bond with us. I saw him after work today - brought him a card and present. Then i had dinner with him and having a small gathering this Saturday for him. He is the only one of my 3 sons who live in my town - one is in England and one is in Manitoba --- so I love, love my NB!!
Enjoy your day with your special daughter. emoticon emoticon

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THINBUCKEYE 3/23/2011 8:12PM

    I too know the joys of raising a daughter. My 2 were born in 1982 and 1987, and like you...I would not have traded a moment with them, for anything in the world...even the tough times. They grow up so fast! I'm so happy to hear that you and your daughter have such a wonderful relationship. One thing about daughters growing up, is that as adults, they can also be good friends :) Hugs to you both on this special day.

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 3/23/2011 7:58PM

    I bet you are a wonderful Mother and I know she probably loves you just as much. I think it's great that you have a good mother-daughter relationship. I bet she enjoyed the cake.
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A feel good story

Sunday, March 20, 2011

I am a huge animal lover. We have a stray cat who we named Oreo (yes, he's black and white) that I have trapped, neutered, vaccinated and released. He is completely ferral and will not relate to people. I've been caring for him for a few years now.

A few days ago as I pulled into my driveway, my son looked over to the side and said, "There's Oreo".

We both looked again and realized it wasn't Oreo. It was another blank and white cat, this one with long beautiful hair and a big bushy tail.

GRRRRRRR, I was upset at another stray living the hard life outside but I figured if I could gain it's trust I would trap it and find a home. I also thought that this cat looked to healthy to be a stray. hmmmm

In any event, I fed it and I just couldn't get near the cat. I kept meaning to call the local shelter to see if anyone was missing their cat but never found the time.

A couple of days later, I was dialing the number to the animal control officer as my son texted me. I hung up before she answered and looked at the text. My son sent me a picture of a cat on a poster that was lost. It was HER! He sent me the phone number and I called immediately. I told the people on their answering machine that I had found their cat.

The called later in the day and came right over. Naturally, we couldn't find the cat. I described it and they said it really sounded like their cat. The cat had been missing for over a MONTH!!! She is also only 6 months old!! I promised to call if I saw her again. The left looking very sad. (thank goodness they had already neutered her)

That evening when I went out to feed Oreo, there she was! I put food down and ran upstairs and called these people. They weren't home!! I left a message that she was here and realized there was nothing else I could do. I thought I would have to trap her now.

About an hour or so later I got a call from them. They were out to dinner and thought they would stop by my place on their way home just to see if they could see her. There she was!! She came to them, they grabbed her and now she is back at home with them and her sister!!

I was so happy!! Can you imagine being lost for a month, surviving horrible rain storms and bitter cold? Not only that, she had traveled several miles and crossed very busy streets!!

What a great feeling. I was so happy I cried. The man works at a cider mill and brought me some fresh cider the next day. He was really trilled.

A great happy ending. It doesn't get any better than this.

Oh yeah, the name of their kitty??? Oreo!!!!

  
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DOROTHYBERO 3/21/2011 6:35AM

    Thanks for sharing - you made me smile!!

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LORT-C 3/20/2011 7:25PM

    I needed a happy story today. Thanks

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COLLANN 3/20/2011 3:54PM

    sniff sniff...love it!

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OLLYBIRD 3/20/2011 2:19PM

    What a sweet story! Thanks for sharing!!

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CAROLINAGIRL45 3/20/2011 9:14AM

    Oh my gosh! Loved this happy ending! :D

What a coincidence with the names! lol

Comment edited on: 3/20/2011 9:17:21 AM

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SAILSCALL 3/20/2011 9:07AM

    That's a great story. Thanks for sharing.

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