Saturday, December 31, 2011

It's Time


Well
it's time to make the last
splash of
2011
and
to say so long to this year!

This is a photo of
Nicholas taking a grand leap yesterday
as
COB, D'Vante, Kamryn and I
visited
Winter the Dolphin and friends
at the
Clearwater Marine Aquarium
and
we loved seeing
Winter The Dolphin
now that she is a
super star!
Along with all the thousands
in town for the
Outback Bowl who were gathering along the
beach of Clearwater
I can tell ya the traffic
was just peachy
as those fans from Georgia
and
Michigan
were there to rival their way through the day!
WINTER THE DOLPHIN
smiling
could of cared less about the traffic
as she smiled for all who came just to see her!

><
WINTER just hanging out waitin for "fish"

It's morning
and
the holidays and the year are ending all at the same time
it's official
as
COB and the boys are heading to the airport
in the dark of morning.
On the last day of the year
as the world now thinks of how this year will end
and the new of 2012
will begin
the fam
now has memories that will sustain us
and
all was lovely once again here
in Florida!
We have laughed and watched in awe
as we shared new firsts together
and
were able to celebrate the season together.
Now as this year comes to a close
they will board the plane that takes them to the cold state
of
southwest Virginia
back to their homes
and
new excitement that awaits them
as the boys and cuzzie Angie will soon move into their new home in
January!
It will be a time of great excitement for them.

We did have fun, although those nasty green men have made a return visit to me...
I guess they just couldn't stand the fact that I felt better for two days
and
took those boys to a
NHL
game to see the
Tampa Bay Lightning
only then to follow with
seeing
USF and UCONN on the court the following night!
Perhaps the little green men were jealous?
Perhaps they wanted their very own "foam finger"?
OR
cotton candy even?
It just might have been that we had one of our best "firsts"
even though we thought we didn't like HOCKEY!
OH how exciting the night!
I almost wish I had a LIghtning jersey to wear!
But really now
$6.00 for a hotdog?
D'Vante and I realized we could make a lotta money
selling hotdogs there!
><
So here we are
the end of the year
are you ready?
It has been a whirlwind year hasn't it?
Are you ready to say
"good bye" to 2011?
And
Hello to 2012?

What are you planning to do to bring in this
New YEAR?
Are you making some plans for yourself?
><
Have you discovered anything about
YOU that you want to share?
Kamryn discovered a new talent last night
as we had a great meal at
Tiffanys Family Restaurant in
Palm Harbor
and
visited
the owner
Paul Hittos
the proud pappa
of
baby Lucas
born in late October!
I think our dear Paul is working on his own football team cos' he is about one babe short of a basketball team now
in the Hittos family!!!
What a man he is
of great kindness and community!
We had to go there last night
for his
Friday night
fish fry
where we met up with Laura, Mitch and grandbaby Ben
and ohhh what a lovely time we had.
KAMRYN AND THE NEWEST TALENT!
Nose spooning
2011

So as you greet this last day of
2011
what are you the proudest of?
Has this been a year
that you have something to hold tightly to
and
be proud of
along with things to let go of?
><
Perhaps this is a day
to write down those things you want to release
before starting into the New Year
things you no longer need to carry forward with you
into 2012
perhaps
you may want to list
some things you want to do
in
2012
(don't overwhelm your senses or set time lines)
just list some things you would like to see happen!
Remember ... whether you think you can, or ... think you can't
you will be right!
HAPPY NEW YEAR
to all!
...
I wish you all that you need
to start your
year
FRESH
to begin
clean
a year
of wonderment
a year
of
HOPE
with faith
that can move mountains
and
conquer your fears
and
your dreams
as we
together
walk into the newness of this year
differently than ever before.
As the sunsets on you
today
enjoy
and
celebrate the wonder
all around you
embrace the
world
that you are honored to be in
and
may you dance into
2012
hearing
the music
with all that you are
DANCE
sing
DANCE
laugh
DANCE
enjoy

Blessings on the winds
to all

Walk In Beauty
DRSES


p.s.
thank you family for a beautiful Christmas holiday










Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Wrapping Paper is now In The Trash!

Christmas was GRand
it
just tickled us to
LIFE

and
the day after
was spent in the
MALL
...
Oh what I won't do for my boys
who got some
$$$
for Christmas that was just burning a hole in their pockets!
So
yep
we spent the whole day
at the MALL
as they searched for deals to beat the band
as
I just wandered
and
wondered
where in the world did all these people come from!
They were
EVERYWHERE
and most didn't look really thrilled to be there
I might just add!
haha
Oh but the ice rink was filled with kids of all ages
as they just went
round and round
and
many a fall!
BUT
all were consistent as they returned to an upright position
and
all looked amazed at their palms
and then
"blew on them"
as if they were on fire!
Ah what a grand time we had,
as
I would meet up with
D'Vante and Kamryn
from time to time
and
then
COB, D'Vante, Kamryn and I met
for lunch
at
Ruby Tuesday for lunch...
Gotta eat
to be able to continue
for the shop marathon I guess!
It was after watching in sheer delight as
Kamryn just enjoyed
chicken wings
like I've never seen enjoyment!
COB was bold enough to ask for one of them
only to see a little boy
assert himself
as he looked rather incredulous
before saying
NO!!!
Later he did say
"Dot, do you really want one? If you do, you can have one?"
But the look on his face let us all know that it would have indeed broken his heart had she taken it!
><
Ah,
but he let us all know
that they were awesome, they were lovely wings
and
they best he had ever eaten
as those bones were picked clean as a whistle!
I sat and just watched
with amazement
at one who could enjoy with such tremendous delight!
Such pleasure made the
MALL
so much fun
even for one who had no plans of shopping
on the 3rd busiest day of shop history in the year
a day
they call
"boxing day"
round the world
and I now know why!
It looked like the merchants were indeed ready for a fight
along with those who were out there buying
and
returning gifts they didn't want
and
taking advantage of the gift cards
and
that green stuff they received for the holidays!
><
After Kamryn went to wash up after eating his "wings"
he returned to the table
and
noticed the little bowl sitting on the table
(his big brother had left a couple of jalepeonos)
and
without giving much thought to it,
little Kamryn popped a jalepeono pepper in his mouth
as he sat down!
Well the rest was enough for a quick picture
or two
and there went my coke
and
we erupted in hysteria!
OHHHHHHHHH>>>>NOOOOOOO<<<<<<<
can I have your
COKE
QUICK???

Needless to say
at this point
we are using
Kleenex
and
I am saying so long
to my coke
as the rest of us
realize this boy is on fire
...
I'LL
NEVER NEVER DO THAT AGAIN
...
HAPPY DAYS AFTER CHRISTMAS
...

sURE hope you are making great memories
wherever you are
and
whatever you are doing!

We are still
sniffling here,
but
definately feeling better than the last weeks
so
i can't help but believe
that the
New Year
will come in with
great promise!

Hoping you are having a fantastic day
and
holding tightly to the magic of the season
and
be careful
of
those
jalepeonos as Kamryn would tell ya!!!


Walk in Beauty
DRSES




Sunday, December 25, 2011

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

merry
MERRY
CHRISTMAS
Poor ole CJ out there in Colorado is shoveling himself to death out there in Colorado... Talk about a "white Christmas" I wouldn't walk for days!!! Merry Christmas to all of you in the white states!


FROM OUR HOME TO YOURS

This is a friend of mine
named
JACK, (the 4 legged one)
out there
in
Colorado
where the
WHITE CHRISTMAS
is bout to cover the fella
and his little legs
but
thanks to his
humans
there is a path
for the necessities
in life!

and
from all of us
here in
sunny
Florida
we
wish
you a
Very Merry Christmas!
JEEPERS SAYS:
HAPPY CHRISTMAS YALL!


the boys and COB
are here
in Florida
and
the presents
have been opened

and
I smell sausage
as the little 4 leggeds are standing by in the kitchen
praying that
something falls
...
the little green men
are refusing to leave the house
but
I do believe
Santa
and
his reindeer
have scared them
so
there is
HOPE!


Many blessings
to
each and everyone
of you!


May you each
have the most remarkable
of days

Walk in Beauty
DRSES

p.s.
thank you for all your thoughts and prayers!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

It's getting closer!


It's beginning to get a lot closer to
Christmas!
OH MY
I think as I move from the bed to the couch
and
find a new box of kleenex
and
the green men just laugh and laugh
at their timing
and
my distress!
So
with all that said,
Let me say this...
May your day be shiny and bright
May your patience be as long as the nights have felt
and
may your understanding of other's be as long as
Santa's journey
with a hearty a laugh as he is known to have
HO
 HO
  HO

Blessings to all this Sunday Mornin!

The prayer bowl is being held
with tender thoughts for all who are being thought of
this morning
and
those in need
we want you to know
"we are with you always"

May you feel the Creators hand on your shoulder
and
love in your heart
to give you strength
to
fill you with
faith, hope and charity
WE are with you
...
FOR:
Jean, Duke,Rowena, Chris, Baby Robyn Elizabeth, Diane Smallze and family, Patti and family, The Korabek Family and friends, The Gasse Family and Friends, Ann Klein, Sarah,

Leslie, Eileen and Frank, Mrya, Jeff, Shanna, Jimmy, Pam, Patti, Patricia, Dana, Kari, Cindee, Peggy, Joyce Cruz, a CANCER surivor working at Southwest Airlines *it was an honor to meet you dear one*,
Ike Davis, in New Mexico, an artisan who plays in the mud and creates beautiful tings out there, *www.negroartist.com*
what a joy you are to so many of
SOUTHWEST, thank you for visiting with me,
prayers of continued success and tobacco to your Pueblo uncle!
and for
Curtis, Susie Langham, Stasia and Billy Hall, Christina Chavez and Rick and Ryan, Pam Meyer, Whitney, Diane Bystista, Susan, Leann Vincent, Roxanne Duran, Carole Poppendeck, Mary Jo H-shortes, Bridget, Robert Tanner Mara Tanner, Yolanda L Acosta, Antonio F. Balderrama, Denise Flowers, Lisa Balance, Sherry Stedman, Rose, Marquette, Acosta, Ortega, The Pueblo Peoples,
All those I was honored to spend time with in
"North Carolina,
Ohio, Crossroads Hospice, El Paso, Santa Fe, Albuquerque"




Jeremy, Florence, Cal, Sarch, our new friends of Portugal, Mike, AnnMary,Stephanie, Jimmy, Keli, Kasi, Katherine, Julie, Allan, Lynda,LeeAnn,
KS Comfort Keepers, Stephen Bright, Linda and staff tI learned there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead, others come from behind. But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready, you see. Now my troubles are going to have trouble with me. -- Dr. Seuss here; Melody,Brenda A and children Sarah, David Rachel; Gloria, Pete, Fred, Max, JJ, Barb and Leo Henning, Rick Fechner, Ryan Baurain, Melissa Reid, "Probation Professional pals", Jim Vander May (*who has been working in the Professional field for 45 years in Michigan*, Dale, Herschel, Bonnie, Louise, Holly, Jerry, Faith, Yvette, Happy, Audrey,


and
Rod Markowski, Lynn, Ryan, Jordon, Darryl Markowski, I thank you for your service) Brian Markowski, Shannon Becker, Nick, Reagan, Dr Iris of Detroit Medical Center, (was lovely meeting you on the flight, please take best care of you) Sandy R. Carol, Stephanie, Marnie, Geri, Chris, Matt,
those in Oklahoma City, in Tulsa, In Ft Worth, Dallas, Ike,
Isabel, Teresa, Janelle, Patricia, Susan, Karen, Laura in Yuba City CA,
Crossroads Hospice and those who care out there working and walking the walk, Perry, Clayton, George, Janet, and all in green!
Rick, Calley, Ron, Rebekeh, Brenda, Becca, Audrey, Gabe, Dena, BEth, Lill, Jay Hanson, Jennifer, Beth Jett, Huntsville AL, Sheri, Wendy Reese and family, The Boy Scouts of Dora AL, Cam, Sandy, Toby, Edith Vaughn and family,Susan, Greg and Kyle Korabek (Landon Korabek on the other side now), Stephen Bright and family, Walter Littlemoon, Jane, Laura, Mitch, Jenn, Chris, Mary, Taft, Martha Deaver, Morris, Dahlee, Rose Brick, The Baitinger Family, The Yaslowitz Family, The St Petersbug PD, Congresswoman Gabbie and her family, Dahlee in NJ, Judy Kelley, beloved husband and family, Jennifer, (now being watched over by her beloved husband and child), Norma, EE, Little Cub to CJ and Angel eyes Jack, Daniel, Dave, Cindy and Steve, Marty, Sweet Pea and Pie Face, Florence, Jeremy, Dennis, Darrel, Greg, Leroy, Rebekka, Carly, John, Diana, Crystal, Karen, Janet, Callie, Lorie, Laura, Larry,


2 Wolves and Jinx in SD, (http://www.2wolvescreations.com/)
Kelly and family,Judy W and her 4 sons up there in New England, Cherokee Wick, Benni, Gayle, Jonathan, Great Aunt Effie's family, Marilyn Warren, Ilene, Tweak and Chris, Jen and Bian, Ericka, Shannon, Hannah Sherabow, Pam C. and family, Susan S., Angela A., Nancy W, Sue G, Kelly and family, Susan Brouse, Cindy and Stevie, Kim, Olatz, EVB, Guin, Yiva, Mary, Sandra and family, Christina Hellen, Dotti B., Susan and Greg, Amy, Becky and Barry Long, Christina, Matt and children, Aaron, Lisa and family, Freda, Linda Katie, Pat D, Tink and Mitch, LITTLE Ben, Jerry, Trish, Barb, Anastasia, Mary, Rylee, Lindsay, Ann, Sarah, Ruth, Johnny, Bobby and the Tucker Family, The Spraker Family,Kenny H, Michelle, Sandy, Addie and family in Canada, Sandy, BraveHeart,
Officer Crawford of St Petersburg, The Kocab Family, baby Lilly Nicole Kocab, The Curtis Family, Tarpon PD, those serving here and there in Uniform... Those now walking The Thin Blue Line, (far to many joining that line recently across our Nation),
Mylee, Mikey and family in DC, Jack M & Janis in OC, Stephen, Stuart Wittel (back from his 4th tour as a fighter pilot of the US MARINES inAfghanistan) and his parents Sandy and Stuart, Lavie Coltrane and her loving family, Andrea Gasse and family here and in New England, Ali and family, Randy and Winnie in New Mexico, Jill Wheaton L, Dr Peter in NY, Dr Rev Bev, Irene M, Bernice, Eileen and family, Dorothy, Angela, Kamryn Elijah, Ode, "Southwest VA", Vicki, Matthew and family, Chris, Lovie, Nancy, Pedro and Our adopted family in BRAZIL, Our North American Black American Bears, The Windcross Convservacy and those beautiful Spanish Mustangs known as "pocket ponies"... the dolpins , always our most remarkable dolphins!!!
AND for:
Anne, Jim, JADE, Joseph, Cathy Madden, Nathan, and her family., Cindy in NC, Liz, Lee, Molly, Joanie, Jude, COFA, Judi, Ken, Matthew, Nick, Matt, Mark's family and many friends , Pat, Irene, Kevin, Dr D, Deb, Randy, Dr B, Isabelle, Kelsey, Sabrina , Charlie and family, Jean, Julie, Rhonda, Victoria, Mildred, Andi and family, Faith, Denise, Jim, Tom, Joey, Shelby friends and family, Judi, Phylis, Joyce, Gina, Tonya, Beverly and Family, Janeth, Melissa,Virginia, Stacey, Elizabeth, Nita, Gary Siegal, Adrienna, Brian Mawbey, the Boyan Family, Jean R and friend Christy Rider, Victoria and hubbie, Stephen, Gayle, Steph, Chris, Erica, Eileen, John, Mindy, Jack, Susan Werth Becken, her brother Mike and family, Craig James Lightfoot and his family, Kenny, Audrey, Ed Saner, Patty Crowley, Bennie, Gail, Jonathan, Moe, Beverly, Dennis, Peter, Trish, Cynthia, Heidi and her family, Kathy Knights family, Edith Vaughn, Candy, Cynthia, Jenn, Eve, Edith, Jason, Karen, Linda, Joyce, Belinda, Jeanette, Jennifer, Patti, Sandy S, and ...
(Feel free to let me know if you would like to add your/or a friends name to our prayer bowl)

Walk in Beauty
DRSES



Thursday, December 15, 2011

Ohhhhhh Meeee the green men have invaded!

Little Green men
score

Well the holidays are fast approaching
and
those little green men
have invaded the body
and
are now
kicking my @#@
so.
and laying a bit low
as
I recover from that little green man who has taken up residence
within here.
A jolly little one it is
who wrecks havoc on the system
and
interferes with all that is scheduled
and
makes
laying down the best option of the day
with
juice
and
kleeenex about
the only way to go
...
As Lily Tomlin once said
"For fast acting relief, try slowing down"
and

slowing down
I am

So
wherever you are
go slow friends
and
beware
of
those
LITTLE GREEN MEN
cos'
they are out there
and
they are lurking!!!

Walk in Beauty
DRSES


...

Just a thought
to let you know I'm ok here

Monday, December 12, 2011

They Came and The World Lit UP in Memories

We Raised our Candles
for
the Children
as
dear friends
Jean Limongello, Patty, Diane and Rowena and Chris
of the local chapter of
The Compassionate Friends
once again
hosted many into the warmth of the evening
of
the
Compassionate Friends
here in Florida
with open arms
...
The room was filled
and
an old friend named
Paul
played that sax and sang his songs
as the room filled
and
folks brought photographs
wore t-shirts with their childs faces
and
the food was ample to feed their pain
and provide comfort
as the
annual event reflected events held across our world.

I imagine our globe LIT with candles
as
all around the world
folks were attending
The Compassionate Friends
World Wide Candle Lighting
and
also knowing
that people were lighting candles
in their homes
across the globe
as they
lit the paths
for those who are here
and
are
facing life without their children
"Precious Child"
all gone too soon.
We sat together
and
a woman named Diane
had once again put together a DVD that showed the pictures of those children
that were being remembered at the local Chapter
and
the photographs were so beautifully shown there
with their names
and
the music of
"Precious Child"
played in the background.
Diane's son Joe
was one of the photograhs.
The room was full
and
so many new faces this year
new photos added to the carefully put together
DVD
the littlest to the grown
the fun filled faces to the serious as well
each with a story to tell
and
all
"gone to soon"
but living on in the hearts of those there
to remember, to honor
and
to share during this holiday season
of their grief.
HOPE was in the air
and
it is the hope
that the flicker of light from those candles
will light the path
of each
as they left a little stronger
and as they felt the support of others
in knowing
grief shared can be halved at times
and
those precious children
are now in the
next place
and
life is indeed for the living
and
hOPE
faith
and
love
is only a heart beat away
...
Afterwards
I had the pleasure of talking with some there
I heard some of the wonderful stories of their lives
of their children
of the truly amazing gifts they have received along the way.
Some had remembered some things
that gave them peace during the evening together
that reminded them that there is
No distance
...
Some had profound losses
inlcuding their children, their parents,
their beloved 4 leggeds that were like children to them
in the last year.
ALL ARE SURVIVORS
and
are healing
with each breath they take.
I pray they will hold the light of the candles
that were lit
last evening
that they will hold tight to the
feeling that was theirs
when looking around that room
and
when seeing those
precious children's faces on that screen
and
the feelings of being together
and
the
power of connections that were made.
We are so much stronger when together
in presence
and
in knowing
...
Hearts connected stay connected always!
“If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together.. there is something you must always remember. you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. but the most important thing is, even if we're apart.. i'll always be with you.” Winnie the Pooh
I hope they will say those children's names
and
include them in the holidays
and
that they will remember
we are never stronger than when we ask for support or a hand from others
and
that
to embrace the light
and
to live fully
would be the best way to honor the memory of our children
after all
life is uncertain
and
we are here but for a short time
...
It was an honor to be with all last evening
and
at one point in the night
you could sure feel the spirits of those
that we saw in the photos
I sure hope the ones that were there felt them as well.

It's Monday friends
...
time to get your tinsel on
and
dance on the desks of your day
as I am sure our warrior
Joey is doing out there in the MidWest!

Walk In Beauty
DRSES