Día de los Muertos (DDLM) – Day of the Dead 2015

My altar in celebration of Día de Los Muertos.
Loved ones – forever in our hearts. <3

DDLM 2015

In loving memory of – my brother, uncle, aunts, gparents & gparents-in-law

I Know He Will Make You Smile Too – Carl D’Agostino

As we prepare for Halloween in our household – we are also preparing for El Día de los Muertos (DDLM).
The focal-point of my DDLM display is a work of art by Carl D’Agostino from I Know I Made You Smile.
And – when I say work of art – I mean WORK OF ART!
When I first saw La Celebración – I fell in love with the piece.
It not only made me smile – but – it spoke to me.
And – I just had to have it.

La Celebración by Carl D'Agostino
My “La Celebración”
as it proudly sits on the mantle in my home.
It just so happens that there are 5 calacas celebrating
& there are 5 of us.
And – just like in our family – there are two males & 3 females.
:) :) :) :) :)
(Do note that the actual art-work
is much more colorful than how it appears in the photo).


And – here are a few other pieces of DDLM art that Carl has shared through his blog.

If you’d like to have your very own Carl-art to make you smile – you can contact him at dagostino07@gmail.com.

While on the topic of Carl & how talented he is – do you follow him of the WP?
If not – what are you waiting for?
Go check his blog out & follow him.
His blog does just as it says it will do – it will make you smile! :D

And – if you like what you see – you might want to pick up a copy of his book – I Know I Made You Smile.
We all were filled with smiles as went through the book.
My daughters still keep the book close by – open it – and smile.

A great book for the whole family!
The title is very fitting & most accurate. Carl did make me (us) smile.
As written by my 10 year old daughter: Mr. D’Agostino, I loved your book I Know I Made You Smile. It was funny. And, it did make me smile. My favorite thing in the book was the banana basic slip and fall.
As written by my 11 year old daughter: I thought your book was funny and awesome. I also loved the drawings.

I’m Sexy & I Know It!

27Sep15 Cricket - I'm Sexy and I Know it

Renaissance Faire 2015

Hear ye, hear ye peeps!

Hope you have all had a fabulous summer.
Mine has been pretty busy.
Some good times – some not so good.
But – overall – it’s had more ups than downs & that’s good.

One of the things that Alexandria, Victoria & I did this summer was visit a local Renaissance Faire.
We went on opening weekend – girls got in for FREE.
Kids get in free on opening weekend.
And – we went yesterday.
I only had to pay for one kid’s ticket –
since I had two tickets from Santa that were left to my son in his stocking that he didn’t use.

Here are a few images that I captured from our two visits to the Renaissance Faire.

Ren Faire 01

Ren Faire 02

Ren Faire 03

Ren Faire 04

Ren Faire 05

Silently Heard Once Loud & Clear

Sometimes free time is hard to come by in my world.
But – I do catch a few breaks here & there.
As I wait for the kids between activities – I have opportunities to crack a book open.
And – when this happens – I enjoy being taken to the depths of another world in someone else’s mind.

Recently I ordered the Kindle version of Pages of Pain by Kimberly Wilhelmina Floria.
Here are my thoughts on Pages of Pain as I shared them on the customer reviews.


Pages of Pain is a collection of poetry that expresses emotions & feelings about harsh realities of life – but – leaves you with hope.
Each poem will definitely touch you in one way or another.
Kim has a natural ability to express her thoughts with words that flow beautifully.

And – from the other reviews – it’s not just me saying this.
It really is a well put together book of poems.
Just see for yourself.
Follow Kim at Silently Heard Once – see what I mean & then pick up a copy of Pages of Pain.

And – if you want more – you can always order a copy of Whispers I Silently Heard.
I just got my AUTOGRAPHED book!
Just by looking at how the poems are categorized – I know that I will enjoy reading through this collection of poetry too. Bring on the wait for the kids between activities. I’ve got a book to read!

Whispers I Silently Heard

Photo taken by my lil Toad! 🐸

Allergic to E Challenge

Thank you Dom at Black and Write for choosing me to take part in this challenge.
I had fun doing this.

The rules:
Write a paragraph.
Do not use any words that include the letter “e” in their spelling.
Challenge at least 5 others to do the same.

Dom’s paragraph

My paragraph:
So Dom chall✴ng✴d m✴ to writ✴ a paragraph without using th✴ 5th lett✴r of th✴ alphab✴t.
R✴ally? Who has tim✴ for that?
It sur✴ in th✴ h✴ck ain’t m✴!
And- did h✴ r✴ally think I wasn’t going to b✴ abl✴ to tak✴ on this chall✴ng✴?
W✴ll – sham✴ on him if that’s what h✴ thought! ;)

So Dom & the r✴st of my p✴✴ps – How did I do?

Any one of my peeps who want to take on the challenge – have at it!
If you do not wish to participate – that is perfectly fine.
Have fun with it if you choose to participate in the challenge.

A Hindu Wedding

Hi Peeps!

It’s been a while.
Despite a few bumps on the road – life is good.
It’s been a busy summer. Lots of usual running around with the kids & trying to fill-in non-sports days with fun activities or visiting family.

Before summer started & before school let out – I was invited to a friend & co-worker’s wedding.
It was the first Hindu wedding that I was ever invited to. I went to the wedding ceremony by myself as the girls had a lacrosse tournament that weekend. My co-worker was happy that I went & her friends were more than welcoming. Her maid of honor kept coming by me to explain what was going on. Even she didn’t know what everything meant. So – I didn’t feel so bad. ;)

Before the ceremony began – I asked my friend if it was ok to take pictures during the ceremony & if there were any restrictions. She told me I was free to take pictures & that there were no restrictions. So- I snapped away.

Here are a few pictures that I took. I figure these would be ok to share since they don’t show any faces.
I did end up burning all of the photos on a DVD for my friend. She loved them. And – I’m happy that I was able to capture my point of view of her BIG day to gift to her.

31May15 Wedding -01Before the ceremony

31May15 Wedding -02During & after the ceremony

Holy Stalactites & Stalagmites – Cave Of The Mounds

In early June – just before school let out for the summer –
I took a day off from work to chaperone a 6th grade field trip.
I was one of 3 parents to help out with a group of 24 kids.
After a few hours on the bus – we arrived to Cave of the Mounds.
I had never been to the cave.
So – it was quite an experience for me – just as much as it was for the kids.
Before we got there – my daughter was trying to give me a crash course on caves.
I was all edumacated on the subject by the time that we got there –
that I knew all of the answers to what the tour guide was asking. LOL
(For the record – I did not answer any of the questions. I left that to the kids).

Anywho – Here are a few pictures that I took with my cellphone while in the cave.

June2015 Caves 1 June2015 Caves 2 June2015 Caves 3 June2015 Caves 4 June2015 Caves 5

Wanna’ see more caves?
Please stop by & visit either or both links below.
Caves that LuAnn visited in California, USA
Caves that Lucy visited in Mallorca, Spain

Have you visited any caves & have a blog post about it?
If so – feel free to share a link to your blog post in the comments below.

2015 – Happy Birthday USA!

Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend.
To my USA peeps – I wish you & your loved ones a Happy Independence Day weekend. 🇺🇸
Enjoy the celebration & be safe.
And – don’t forget to remember & honor those who have fought for us to be where we are at today.
We still have a lot to work on & improve.
But – we’ve definitely come a long way.
PeAce! ✌

Here are a few pictures that I snapped last week when a neighboring city held its parade.

4th Of July 2015 - 01

4th Of July 2015 - 02

4th Of July 2015 - 03

Fenway wishes you a Happy 4th of July too.

Hugs, Frogs & Toads

I’m starting this post with a long overdue shout- out & thank you to Ute

On a cold December day – in the middle of the freezing temps – the girls ice-hockey schedules & holiday chaos – I received hugs form Ute. They could not have come at a better time. My mind was all over the place & time was not on my side. So much to do – so little time & not enough happy pills. LOL

Thank you dear Ute for making my day & for hugs that I continue to embrace year round. 

And – as promised to Ute on her garden post…
… Here are the frogs & toads that now adorn my yard. Some of them look a bit weathered. But – I think that they are still cute & worth keeping. 

 The first four may look familiar as I’ve shared them before. 



Oh my – I lost an eye! 🐸😱


Still giving free kisses despite having a chipped foot 🐸😘

Always smiling 🐸


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Most photos taken by me. Photos not taken by me will have a mention of who took the photo or where it was taken from. Short stories & poems are purely fictional - unless noted differently. Creative liberties have been taken throughout. Feel free to print pages / photos from this blog for your own personal and non-commercial use. If sharing online - referring back to the original source is greatly appreciated. Thank you. PeAce- RoSy

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