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January 29, 2016

So after my last post, a friend asked if I ever watched a show called The Hollywood Medium. I had not but of course, my curiosity got the better of me. I recorded an episode and watched. Here's what happened.

A grandmother from the South named Mary came through and he saw washboards. My grandmother was Rosa Maria, was from the WAY South (Mexico) and one of my most vivid memories of her was when she used to wash all the clothes by hand. In the courtyard of the house, there was a laundry area with a concrete washboard. Kind of like this. It always amazed me how efficient she was. I was especially impressed when she did the sheets and blankets! "Hola, Abuelita! Te quiero!"


Then he spoke with another young lady who had someone come through who died in a motorcycle accident. "Hello, Baby. I miss you!"

He talked with another person and you could physically see him, for no apparent reason, start sweating profusely and talked about organs shutting down. The night before my mother decided to take my brother, Nene, to the hospital, he had spiked a fever so high, she put him in an ice bath. His organs started shutting down from the 7 open heart surgeries.

Another person died too young of heart related issues. They were going in for the 8th surgery when his body gave out and his heart stopped. "Hello, Nene! I miss you to heck, too!"

Of course, I had to get a season pass to the show!

Mediums and Regulars

January 25, 2016

Ok, ok, ok, ok....(I'm a little excited)! So, you know how I'm always looking for signs from my dead people, right? And how I always seem to find messages in the show, The Long Island Medium?

Anyway, two weeks ago, someone said, "A mother should never have to bury a child." We have always said that about my mother as she buried two children. Actually three, if you include Lupita, who was stillborn in 1965ish.

In last week's episode, someone said, "My brother died 30 years ago." This year will mark 30 years since my brother, Baby, died.

In last night's episode, there was a bonanza of messages!

First, she asked someone how they related to the number thirteen. Baby's birthday was on August 13. Then she asked another person, "What does the number 11 mean to you?" Nene died on May 11.

I then hoped to see something from my mother. "Show me the number twenty somewhere. Please, please, please." There was no number twenty but at one point, someone was wearing a shirt with a huge number eight. My mother was born in August.

Yippee! They all came through! As the show was closing, they were at a fire station. There was a sign out front that said, "Established 1956." That was the year P-Rez (my first husband) was born. It was so appropriate when Theresa said, "I don't believe there are such things as coincidences. Just little messages from heaven." Thank you, Theresa!

So that was the story about the Medium and this is the story about the Regulars.

So, my Little Honey bunch and I went to the Clayton Club last Friday night after dinner to see our friend's band, Plan B. When Plan B plays, all of Clayton is there since all of out kids went to school together.

We also go on other nights when the country and western bands are playing. Instead of people we know, there are what my Little Honey Bunch and I call The Regulars. There's the bald guy that looks like Harold and the Purple Crayon that dances with himself. There's Tony the Tile Man who doesn't remember he tiled our downstairs bathroom. There's the guy who wears flip flops who used to be in there with the same lady for a while but, apparently they broke up. He now dances with the lady with the angry eyebrows who comes in with her friend, who sits and looks in her phone the entire time before falling asleep. His old girlfriend was at La Veranda then stopped in to the Clayton Club but kept walking. Probably because he was there. LOL.

So, imagine our surprise when Flip Flop guy comes up to us and says, "Hey, you guys are in here all the time but how come you never dance?" I died laughing inside! Wait! WE'RE REGULARS????

I also regularly take a selfie in the Clayton Club bathroom.

Selfie in Clayton Club

Tree Box/Coffin

January 11, 2016

When I took the picture of the Tree Box/Coffin, I did not realize the extent of the fanciness of it. When my Little Honey Bunch brought it inside to put the tree in it, I was even MORE amazed! I mean look at this thing! It has hinges and handles and those closing clamp thingamajigs! My Little Honey Bunch is A-MAZING!

Tree Box/Coffin

The other great thing about it, besides that I have dibs on it for a coffin, is that now he can pile stuff on top of it and it doesn't cave in. No, those aren't all the Nutcracker boxes. There are at least three more.

Tree Box/Coffin

I wonder what amazing thing he will build next?


January 10, 2016

My Little Honey Bunch never ceases to amaze me. A few weeks ago, he re-purposed the bench that he originally built for our previous landscaping, around our hot tub. When the pool went in, we decided to keep the bench and put it in the Secret Garden. It came out beautiful, although I haven't been able to enjoy it yet because we're getting all this fabulous rain. He made it into a glider and sits under the trellis he made years ago.

Secret Garden Bench

Then earlier this month, he decided he'd had enough of the cardboard box that our fake Christmas Tree lives in. So he made a box for it. It can double as a little pine box casket someday, too.

Christmas Tree Box

Then this weekend, while I was off dancing at a Glow in the Dark Zumba Master Class don't even know what I've wasted my day doing today. Oh, I know. Avoiding putting Christmas away. Even though it never really came completely out. We never decorated the tree.

Anyway, he built this stand for

Amazing. In the words of Geoff Pfeiffer (RIP), "Quit with all the projects. You're making the rest of us look bad."


Cute. Looks like a Transformer. OK, I guess I'll put away Christmas before I start looking like a real Mexican (not that there's anything wrong with that). Don't real Mexicans leave Christmas out until January 16? Yeah, Homie's (Homey? Homie?) not gonna play that.

Merry Christmas!

January 4, 2016

No, I'm not confused. I know Christmas has passed...but...

Well, you see, I got a new computer for Christmas. I didn't ask for one but apparently, SOMEONE (aka my Little Honey Bunch) got sick of hearing me yell at my computer for being so freaking slow. I mean it's a perfectly good computer but upon getting the new one, I realized the last one was 6 years old! That's eons worth of technology ago! Not good for a Nerd.

Aside from a couple of mis-starts with the migration, everything thing seems intact. All of my files appear to be in order. It is super apps open in nanoseconds!

I always cringe a little when I get a new computer because I know things are bound to be different. And they were. First, iMovie and the new operating system, El Capitan, aren't getting along. There's no sound when I export projects. A work around I found for now is to export the projects to iTunes. Then it get sound. Then, the current OS disabled the Dashboard which had widgets that I use, especially the floating calendar. This helps me tremendously when doing my 365 Project. I've had to resort to...gasp...a paper calendar. For now anyway.

The other thing that was significantly different (are you non techies gone? fallen asleep? poking your eyes out with red hot sticks?) is that they got rid of iPhoto. iPhoto and I never really got on that well, but I knew how to use it. Now, it's Photos. Plain old Photos that resembles your photos on your iPhone.

Photos and I are falling in love. It has a nifty Slide show feature that is easy enough for the mere mortal to use!

So here's my first slide show using the Photos App. It's from Christmas Eve, preparing the cookies and cinnamon rolls. Then Christmas morning opening presents at home followed by dinner and present opening at Grandma's. The best part is, I don't have to post each picture individually! Now I can regale you with more than just a couple of pictures without taking up so much space! Aren't you as excited as I am? OK, you can stop rolling your eyes now.


Merry Nutcracker!

OK, one more slide show. This is on December 26, the day we went to the Nutcracker at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco. We had lunch at the Boxing Room. YUM! Alligator, Gumbo, Po Boys, Grits. Yum! After the Ballet, we had dinner at home. Beautiful day with family!

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2016

I'm not really one to make resolutions but I have decided to maybe shake things up a little. A very wise woman who was my former Weight Watcher's Leader and is my current Rodan + Fields Business Partner, Mary Ann Benedetti, always used to use this quote:

If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got.

As with anything, if you want to get more out of something, you have to put in more effort. I, myself, need to do that. Whether it's getting more people into my Zumba classes, getting people to join me in the Fountain of Youth (Rodan + Fields), picking up a paintbrush more often, or simply nurturing relationships with Family and Friends.

I need to turn off the Housewives, get my butt off the couch, and do something!

I'm going to start tracking my food intake again, especially since I just discovered MyFitnessPal goes WAY back and that I was 22 pounds lighter in 2012. PROOF THAT I WAS LIGHTER. YES, LIGHTER! OOOF. What a Fatty Magusta.

So, my non-resolution resolutions are to not be so fat, focus on my Rodan + Fields business a little better, learn more new and fun routines for Zumba more often, dance more, eat less, paint more, blog more, eat less (Notice I didn't say drink less? But I will try.), laugh more, love more, help the less fortunate more, eat less, smile more, have more fun, basically, live life to the fullest.

Me and My Little Honey Bunch December 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR! (Look, even my Little Honey Bunch is smiling more.)


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