Day 21. March Blog Challenge ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ

What is one goal you can achieve before the month is over to better yourself?

Hello all you buttercups!

Today is a special day. Today is the day a precious little baby was born to me 18 years ago. 18 years old?!? Oh my. Time does fly. To celebrate I’m making steak, with mash potatoes and broccoli. I’m still going to make him a cake too. This year will increase his independence more & hopefully he can practice everything I’ve taught him to be a good citizen of the community. I can only imagine how stressed my mom was when I started driving on my own. It was the taste of freedom like no other, attached with friends riding along to go down to the shore for the day, hanging out in Philly etc. Right now we are looking at cars. It will be so nice when my son can drive so we won’t need Uber to take us to doctor appointments.

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One thing I remind myself, especially this month, is to take my time. What I mean by this is to not feel like I need to complete everything on my to do list. If my knee swells up or starts hurting, it’s ok to just stop and rest my knee for the remainder of the day. Some days I don’t do anything on my list & I shouldn’t feel guilty if I do. It’s ok to go in my own pace. The last thing I need is to worsen my condition. My son already does a lot around the house & is extremely helpful. So, to better myself, I’m just reminding myself to take my time. I’m not used to that as I am the type of person who gets things done in a certain time frame. That’s why my supervisor liked me. I always got things done & had my work completed, but I’m at a point where I need to surrender to what my body says and that’s ok.

We’re all trying to better ourselves in some shape or form.

No one should strive for perfection. Just strive to be excellent!

xoxo ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

Day 20. March Blog Challenge

Make a list of 5 simple delights that brighten your day.

Hey you…

Feeling much better today. I did sleep in much more, however. Woke up close to noon. Yesterday was a great day in other ways. Watched an amazing movie that reminded me of Avatar.

Simple delights for me are as follows.

1. Discovering new songs like this one. I like her voice & how she sounds so haunting. I was on Instagram & someone used this song as a background. I had to go online to see who sang this song. Apparently she’s a new artist. This song would sound just as amazing without any music as well, that’s how you know the singer is truly talented. The singer, Billie, was inspired by the movie “Roma”. I watched “Roma” back in early January & thought it was really good. I knew it would get an Oscar and it did. Roma is an independent movie and many of you know that I’m an independent movie buff. Simply love this song.

Credit: Billie Eilish

2. Kissing my son on the cheek goodbye before he goes off to school. He gets a ride with a friend & he’ll text me when he arrives at school safely. I text him to have a great day and that I love him. He writes the same. We do this every day. You can never take life for granted. He’s my only child.

3. Watching a movie. I’m going to be watching a lot of movies in the future with my down time, especially when I’m limited physically. If you know any great independent movies, let me know. Getting lost in a story for a few hours is mesmerizing.

4. Interacting with my niece. I have a wonderful niece on Facebook who is native indian like myself. Her mom was my youngest sister who passed away. My older sister has been raising her like her own daughter. My niece is a delight in my life, I love her so much! She’s a year older than my son. We’ll communicate via messenger and we’ll just catch up on my biological mom, who is obviously my son’s & her grandmother. My son has always known he has a biological grandmother. It will be very special for my son to meet his native indian grandmother as he is half native himself. The only one of his kind with American & Brazilian native kayapo blood. Hopefully in the future, we can meet her & I can meet my niece for the first time. I won’t stop hugging her, she truly is special as is everyone else who is my biological relative in Brazil.

5. Eating a sundae. I think the last time I had a sundae was 2 years ago. I’m thinking it’s time to have another one. I have to make my own sundaes from now on because I’m lactose intolerant. Most places don’t serve non dairy icecream. Same with milkshakes. I have to make my own. I’m a simple girl when it comes to icecream. I don’t need the fuss of a thousand nuts, gummy bears, cookies, sprinkles or whatever else that completely hides the actual icecream! Just give me Breyer’s dairy free vanilla icecream with Smucker’s fudge and some whipped cream & I’m the happiest girl on the block.

xoxo ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

Separated from the one you love!

Hello friends,

Not doing a challenge today. My stomach hasn’t been feeling well all day. Been icing my knee & drinking ginger tea. That feeling where your mind says a nice delicious dinner would be great, but your body says “no way”!

This is a great story of love between two animals. Who says dogs don’t show emotions with their eyes? This dog is so sweet & expressive when he misses his cow mom.

Anyways, talk tomorrow!

xoxo โค

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Day 18. March Blog Challenge

What is one thing you’re looking forward to.

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Hi guys!

I’m really looking forward to a visit from my Aunt Debby. She’s technically not my aunt, but she’s a close family friend. After my mom passed away, she took it upon herself to take my son & I under her wing. Even though we moved to Colorado a few years ago, she calls, sends letters & packages to us which is incredibly sweet of her. We do that as well for her. She’ll be coming to my son’s graduation & sight seeing my new home town. It will be nice to have her as my plus 1. I thought it was going to be just me sitting there alone. I mean, it wouldn’t be the first time since moving here, I’ve gone to several school functions by myself. The important thing is just to be there. That’s all that matters. Hopefully I’ll be walking around a lot better then I am now. So that is something I’m looking forward to very much in May.

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Even though it’s from the class of ’97, I still like this speech.

xoxo ๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹

Day 17. March Blog Challenge โ˜˜

Clear your head: make a list of things you’re anxious about and a declaration as to why you don’t have to be!

Well first of all, Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all my Irish subscribers! Here’s a kiss from me to you! ๐Ÿ’‹

My anxious list:

1. Anesthesia.

2. Pain

Those basically are the two things I’m anxious about. I just have specific questions for the anesthesiologist about it. I’m sensitive to things like that. Last time I had it, I was shaking like a leaf, cold and extremely nauseous I almost threw up while lying down. Maybe it was a combination of other things I was on. It’s just scary when they ask you if you have a will etc & tell you all the risks.

Pain. No one likes physical pain. It’s normal to feel nervous & I know it’s expected after surgery.

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My declaration, with the comforting words of my friends, is that God is in control & that these are the same surgeons that work on Olympians & professional athletes. So I’m pretty much in good hands with the anesthesiologist & the medical team is there to make sure you are comfortable. I’m glad my friends are being so comforting because I feel like I’m acting like a chicken. Lol. They don’t judge. They’re just there for me & it means the world to me.

Tomorrow I’ll find out the day of surgery. Will be nice to finally get out of the house again!

xoxo ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

Day 16. March Blog Challenge

Name your 5 favorite songs & why.

Hello lovely,

Today’s original challenge looked boring, so I decided to make up my own for today. I made it easy for myself because I love music. Ok let’s begin shall we?

Mozart’s Piano Concerto 21- Adante

Why: I love Mozart. Simple as that! My mom brought me up listening to the world’s greatest composers & I took a liken to Mozart because of the way his music made me feel. This particular song just is so moving & beautiful.

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I was Glad- Parry

Why: What girl doesn’t dream about getting married one day? Over the years I’ve had several on mind, but until recently I finally decided this is the song. I decided about a month ago & I’m sticking to it. I love the singing & orchestra sound to it, everything flows so beautifully. When I hear this song, I picture everyone I care about there, most of all God blessing the union. If you follow me on Twitter you’d have seen my wedding dress. It’s a gorgeous regal bohemian dress. No, I’m not getting married. Lol. Calm down. Wedding might be in a forest, botanical garden, beach or at Glen Eyrie Castle here in Colorado Springs. Yes, we have castles here.

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Globe Trekker Theme Song- Lonely Planet

Why: If you’ve been a traveler like myself, you get wander lust just hearing this song. I have this song as one of my ring tones. If I hear this song too much I’ll seriously book a flight somewhere which isn’t good. I’m trying to save for a nice getaway. This song brings back a lot of memories of watching this travel show! I always thought Ian had the dream job of traveling all over the world.

Credit: Ian Richie

A Fifth of Beethoven- Walter Murphy

Why: There’s nothing not to like about this song! Walter did an excellent job adding some major groove to this famous piece.

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Summertime Is In Our Hands- Michael Franti

Why: The first time I watched this video I cried. I had heard this song many times, but I never saw the video to it. The song just sounded so happy & it made me smile and feel good. I love this song because it reminds me of my mom before she passed away. She had gone on a trip with a friend of hers to the Grand Canyon. She telephoned me & said she wished we were there with her & that she’d like us to go with her someday back to see the Grand Canyon. She said it was so beautiful. We were also supposed to go visit Prince Edward’s Island as well. Those two places are still on my travel bucket list to go to! My mom was always encouraging me to explore and enjoy life & I know she wouldn’t want me to stop just because she’s gone. My son wears one of her rings (it looks like a King’s ring) and I also wear one of her rings. So in a way, my mom is always with us in all our adventures. The end scene where she is lying face up in the water with her eyes closed is exactly what I did in Bermuda. That inner piece & connection with the one you love in heaven for that sacred moment is precious. You just want to keep floating… but! Then you realize there might be sharks nearby like you encountered in the Bahamas and you snap back to reality and swim back to everyone on the beach. Lol.

Credit: Michael Franti

xoxo ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

Day 15. March Blog Challenge

Describe your perfect breakfast

Well hello there!

I’m a breakfast girl! I’ve always loved the continental breakfast because it has the cheese, meats, breads and juices. In Brazil, you get several choices of fruit juices other than orange juice. I grew up with freshly squeezed orange juice with lots of pulp in it. I need extra pulp or else breakfast isn’t breakfast! Lol! But I can’t make continental breakfasts everyday, that’s a lot of food.

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A perfect breakfast includes everything in that picture. I don’t have that everyday, obviously. I definitely love fruits like bananas & papaya. I’ve cut down on coffee, so I have tea or almond milk. Toasted wheat bread is amazing in the morning!

This morning I only had a cinnamon roll and English tea. Tomorrow I’ll probably have Muesli. Cheerios with cut up bananas is also a favorite. Other days I have oatmeal with brown sugar, almond milk and cinnamon. I get easily bored with breakfast so I switch it up.

I never had an English breakfast so I made it myself last year. It was fun to make and very delicious! It was approved by all my English friends. I must make it again soon.

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Cheers to the weekend!

xoxo ๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹

Day 14. March Blog Challenge

How important do you think education is?

Hey guys!

How important do I think education is? I think kids shouldn’t go to school at all. In fact, they should stay home all day, stuff their faces with as much food possible and be slugs. Yup. And I’m sticking to that!

Just kidding! I think education is extremely important for our children. I would have gladly homeschooled my son if I could have afforded to. But I had to work during the day. I would have loved to have sent him to a private school, but it was too expensive. So the only alternative was the public school. Granted I wasn’t always happy with all his teachers, but most of them were wonderful and my son really adored them.

I think when our children start struggling with a certain subjects like math and writing, the parents can make it fun where the child doesn’t feel intimidated and insecure. I would use everyday objects like his toy trains or visiting the zoo for math if we went out.

“Ok. See those zeebras over there?”

“Yeah!”

“How many do you see?”

“Um…one, two, three…8!”

I’d silently pray one of the zeebras would move so we could subtract it from the group.

“Hey, look! Three of the zeebras walked away. How many are left now?

“5!”

“Great job! What other animals do you want to count?”

“Snakes!!!!!”

Omg.

My son would beam with the cutest smile on his face feeling accomplished. He’s actually very good at math now that he’s in High School. I couldn’t help him with chemistry though. My eyes glaze over just writing the word.

My personal opinion is that every child on the planet deserves a chance at learning. But I also believe learning should be fun & interactive.

My son & I are all about having fun & learning. We went to an old mine called Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine in Cripple Creek a few years ago.

The little cage we went in was so cramped! You could only fit 6 people in it. Read the sign! Hilarious!

It was a long way down. This is not a ride for people who have claustrophobia. I don’t have claustrophobia, but I am scared of heights. I had to not think of the cords breaking and falling to my death 1000 ft below the surface. Stuff of horror films, amirite?

Once down there, the air was damp. It really didn’t feel like we were down so far. This was one of the long halls we walked.

We took a cart ride and we all screamed for dear life as we turned and swerved on the railroad!

I kid. We actually moved 5 miles an hour wearing our hard hats. It was fun because at one point it was complete darkness & you had no idea what was going to happen, you were just moving along into oblivion…

We learned a lot about mining back in the day & even got a tiny stone of gold down there. Riding back up was fun and it was so nice to see sunshine again.

Day 13. March Blog Challenge

Name something you discovered today

Hello everyone!

The wind is crazy outside! I had my hot chocolate earlier so I’m good. How is everyone? I’m good. Feeling relaxed, happy and chill. I opened my door to see how bad the wind was and shut it closed within seconds. Nope. Apparently we are in the midst of a bomb cyclone. This only happens when the air pressure suddenly drops within 24 hours. Being way up above sea level during this has given me a tiny headache.

Thornback. This is a term given to any single lady not married over the age of 26. The name itself is pretty cool! If you were 23-26 and unmarried you were called a spinster.

So welcome to the return of the word THORNBACK.

I’m still thinking of my oven roasted chicken on this blizzard of a day. Oh well. I guess it will be worth it tomorrow. I think the high winds will stop. The airport down the street was clocking in at 96 miles per hour & no, it was not sustained. It was the gust. I’m learning so much about the weather today! ๐Ÿค—

xoxo ๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹

Day 12. March Blog Challenge

What was your favorite thing from yesterday or today?

Hello loves!

I’m getting out this blog a bit late. Sorry! Not sure if anyone cares, but my daily blogs will end this month. If I’ll do it again, I don’t know. I tend to go in hibernation with WordPress and not blog for months. We’ll see. I have more time on my hands, so I’ll write about weird places again. Ok. So here we go.

My favorite part of today was getting a surprise dinner from my son. Yesterday I had told him that ihop was going to be serving free pancakes all day. I know he likes hanging out with his friends after school so I thought they would like this. When my son is out, we are in communication. At one point I asked where he was because it was time to come home. He said he was at ihop & would be coming home soon.

When he came home, he had a grocery bag and 2 containers. He told me he got me pancakes for dinner! ๐Ÿ˜ I mean, how much more can I love this kid? I already love him so much! He’s been so good to me during my knee pain by being extremely helpful around the house. I was surprised and so appreciative. He does come home bearing gifts like a candy bar for me, cookies from a party etc. But I’ve done the same too when I’ve gone out. I always make sure to bring him back something from somewhere I’ve been. Many times during my staff meetings, we’d have sandwiches and drinks, so I’d come home with an extra sandwich and desserts.

Plus, it’s a snow day tomorrow! Woo! This mama is happy her son will be home! I ordered from Instacart today, but got an email saying my delivery was canceled for tomorrow. I had wanted to make roast chicken with stuffing tomorrow while hunkering down during the blizzard. Guess it’s egg sandwiches tomorrow! Hey, at least I have hot chocolate with whipped cream!

xoxo ๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹