Category Archives: Family

{Snapshot of My Summer…}

Frozen cocktails were exquisitely flowing this Summer…

Lunch on the Bay was always delightful…

Spent a weekend at the beautiful Loews Resort….

Being at this resort made you actually feel as though you were in Bali or some other such exotic paradise island…

My sister, the girl’s and I had a complete BLAST at Disney…

Had a super fab time on vacation with my Bestie and her two sons…

I answered to the sweet call of the Ocean every chance I could…

I lived to watch my nieces and nephew at play…

My Summer started at the beach and…sigh…ended at the beach.  

I hope, my darlings, your Summer was as tranquil and as delicious as mine.  xoxo

{Oh Joy! The Weekend is here}

Happy Friday, my darlings!  Sorry for the late post.  My schedule this week has been extremely hectic. Between work, projects and family commitments, it’s a wonder that I’ve been able to share with you this week.  But thankfully, here we are at yet another glorious weekend and I am truly looking forward to it.  I’m planning on dedicating much time to a few pleasurable and mindless activities.  What are your plans for this weekend?  Whatever you do, make it a great one!  Smooches!

Image sources:  Ordinary Recipes Made Gourmet ; FotobankTaste of Park CityScheys Bouquets;   Tinned Tomatoes

Summer’s End

As a whisper of a breeze gently caresses my hair on this beautiful end-of-Summer day, I realize that it is time to step away from the soothing waves of the beach and step back into the pages of my real life.

Writing was becoming increasingly difficult as the Summer months approached and I soon found myself running dry on inspiration.  At that point I realized that it was time for a Summer sabbatical, away from writing, so that I can refresh, renew and regroup.  As timing would have it, my family was visiting for the Summer and what a perfect time that would be to take off from it all and spend some much needed time with the “familia”.

Now everyone’s packed up and gone and we have the place to ourselves again.  My fingers have rested enough and perhaps I have regenerated enough inspiration brain cells to start writing again. “Baby steps”, I tell myself. 

Hope everyone had a GREAT Summer! Wishing you an amazing Labor Day weekend. =)

Working Through the Grief

On December 30, 2009, my beloved Grandmother passed away at the age of 87. The pain, shock and deep and utter despair that I felt was like nothing else I had ever experienced. My life, as I knew it, had been irrevocably changed. Nothing else mattered to me in the weeks that followed her death and trying to climb out of the dark, hopeless abyss of my emotions has been an amazing struggle.

Understandably, the activities that had once given me such joy, like writing and creating, had taken a back seat to my all-consuming pain. Nothing made sense to me anymore and all I had left were these questions that loomed heavily on my heart and spirit. I had many regrets and a mountain of what if’s. I know that only time will heal my wounds and hopefully the vice-grip on my heart will lessen.

As the light slowly filters through my soul again, I gingerly make my way back into the land of the living. Social Media tools like Facebook and Twitter helped to mask my pain in the initial stages of this tragedy but it became pretty clear to me that participating in these forums, before I was emotionally ready, was creating more anxiety in me and would impede the healing process. It was imperative that I disconnect, regroup and renew.

After many agonizing weeks, I feel I can finally breath again. I’m not sure how, but life continues without missing a beat. No, life will never be the same again without my beautiful, loving Grammy. She was the Queen of our family. The Matriarch. And now, the world seems dim without her. But I know that as long as I keep remembering the good times that I had with her, as long as I can see her face in pictures and whisper her name, she will always be with me. She will always be my Grammy. Long live her memory!!! Long live the Queen!!!

I love you Mama!