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As I sat at mass this past Sunday thoughts raced through my head like a runner sprinting to the finish line. I was listening to the homily but then I glanced around, and my mind just took off. Memories began to swirl in my head.

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   On Valentine’s Day, I was scheduled for a sleep study at one of Baptist’s centers in Kendall.  My Pulmonologist wanted the study for two reasons; first, I have been on a CPAP machine since 2013 and it is slowly dying a slow death and second because I have lost a lot of weight and may not …

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Last weekend my children, son and daughter who are local, took me on an outing with the five grands who live here. So, after mass I drove up to Cutler Bay to my daughter’s home as I would ride with them.

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We all love to travel. We look forward to getting away from it all and escaping. Oh what a great time you will have if only you can get there. Yes...if only....

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It just cannot be. I cannot believe it. Surely this was an error on someone’s part! These were the words that ran through my mind this past week.

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Well I must tell you that last weekend I had a “first time in my life” experience.

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So… by now you all know that my “so long”, “farewell”, “auf Wiedersehen”,

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The nine grands have been keeping Grammy and Papa busy lately. How do people do it with more? They would like us to attend every event and we want to but sometimes, it is just impossible. I keep telling them, “Remember…Grammy and Papa are old!” They don’t seem to understand that.

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I don’t know if it my old age or what but recently I have noticed the audio assault that is happening around me and it is really beginning to aggravate me. Maybe I am getting testy in my old age, but I don’t think it’s that either because younger and older people have complained about the sa…

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Get ready, get set…and they are off! These words are heard many times at races. (Picture horses shooting out of the gate). It could be a foot race or a horse race. Doesn’t matter…the phrase can be used in all different

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Now that Christmas is over, New Year’s has passed, the wrapping paper thrown away, the ball dropped and most people have taken down their trees, it is time to review the holiday.

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We are starting out this coming week in a fresh new year. This will be a year I look forward to. None of us know what will happen but we go forward with enthusiasm.

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So many in today’s world are rushing through the Christmas season with their eyes closed. Oh, they see the hustle and bustle and commercialism of Christmas…they must go to this store for this sale to find this gift then on to the next. It started months ago.

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This past week I notice a few things around town. Some things are funny, some are nice and others are inspirational.

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As Mr. Wonderful and I drove back into Homestead from Tampa last week, it was a strange feeling. No longer were we driving all the way to the end of the turnpike and heading west of Robert is Here.

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I’m so moved! Literally and physically! The day after Thanksgiving was Black Friday but there was no shopping to be done as friends and family came and helped us finish packing up our home west of Florida City for the big move.

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As I am writing this a few days before Thanksgiving, I am thinking ahead as to how I will feel on Thanksgiving Day. You see, this is the last holiday that we will be celebrating in our home as we will be moving out by the following Friday.

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For the past six years I have been hanging with the po po...the police. You’ve heard the names they are called. Oh, over the years I have heard words like cops, fuzz, pigs and...po po. Some good descriptions and some not so great. People are quick to find fault in the police departments but …

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Just tell me why we have to jump? We know that some of us have jumped to conclusions and we have all heard, “If your friend jumped off the cliff, would you do it too?” Jack jumped over the candlestick in the nursery rhyme, Jack be Nimble.

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I’m outta here! Last Thursday I left on a jet plane. It is vacation time. I debated cancelling the vacation due to packing up our home and getting ready to move however my stress level was so high, I knew I had to go.

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The news came out this week that Sears Roebuck was filing for bankruptcy.

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If you know me personally, you know my mouth does not get shut very often. I am known for being direct and calling it the way I see it however recently; my mouth has been shut more lately than I care.

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How can one person feel so bad? I am not a whiner or complainer when I am sick. I usually push through the illness and move on. Natural childbirth…3 times, ruptured disc in my back, broken ankle, ruptured ACL, appendix cancer, gall bladder surgery and shoulder surgery. I have been through it…

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Recently our six year old granddaughter, Avery, was told she would need glasses as eye patching did not correct an eye problem she was diagnosed with, so this was the next step. The tears came, and her world crashed around her. She did not want glasses. Avery’s mom told Avery that she had to…

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This past week I have had a cup. Well actually…I’ve had several cups. They were smooth, relaxing and healing. They pulled at my insides and felt so good. Yes…smooth…relaxing and healing.

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Mr. Wonderful and I have often talked about what we will do when we get older. Our home is too big and taxes and insurance in Miami-Dade County are too expensive. On top of that, traffic here gets worse by the day and I think by the time they finish widening the south stretch of the turnpike…

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This weekend, all I could think about was, “What was that?” Were you as surprised as me? I know I don’t watch much television and I knew it was going to be a rainy Sunday and Monday but geez…what was that?

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You think you have the latest model that will serve you for years to come. Sometimes you love what you have and other times, it is just a vehicle that gets you where you want to go.

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As an obese child, teen and woman, you know I have tried every diet under the sun. I’ve done Weight Watchers, the grapefruit diet, Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem, the cabbage soup diet, and on and on and on. While trying these methods, I’ve always felt like I was starving myself. I’ve grazed on ev…

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This weekend something happened that was another sign that indeed, there are good people in this world. People who really care. People who will go out of their way for others. Good people!

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Last Saturday I decided to take two of the grands to see “Annie” at the Seminole Theatre. Alex, age 10 and Avery, age 6 were happy to go with Grammy. Well, Alex was but Avery was hesitant until we explained that it was like the movies.

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Clean up…clean up…everybody clean up. Clean up…clean up…put your things away!

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Termite tenting is over and done with and last weekend, Mr. Wonderful went up state to visit the grands while I stayed home and unbagged all the food, etc. that had to be bagged up, cleaned four refrigerators, the back patio and moved the birds back to our house from our neighbor’s home. Nee…

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Do you remember that old Richard Simmon’s exercise video entitled “Sweatin’ to the Oldies?” Richard would be dancing and exercising away to the beat of some oldie music. It was a nice way to exercise.

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The last two times I have flown have been very stressful. No, I am not afraid to fly. The fact is that security has been tough with me. Prior to that, I usually passed right through security but the last two times I was intensely screened due to my identification.

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This past weekend we traveled to Jacksonville for our nephew’s wedding. It was a beautiful wedding in a lovely church with the reception held at the Casa Marina in Jacksonville Beach, Fl. Family and friends gathered to celebrate this young love and their commitment to each other and to the s…

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You read it correctly! I am losing it! I didn’t really realize that I was losing it until last week and do you know what? I’m happy about it! Woo hoo! Celebrate!

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Last weekend we took a short trip up state to visit our daughter, her husband and the four grands. This trip called for a lot of preparation as we were taking the famous granddog, Fletcher and Mr. Wonderful’ s addition of a “fru fru fancy dog”, Bruno, that he recently acquired. This was supp…

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There are so many bad things happening in our world. Drive by shootings, muggings, hit and runs, murders and suicides just to mention a few. People shake their heads and ask one question. Why? Our world has certainly changed and not necessarily for the good.

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Years ago, as a stay-at-home mom, I was Susie Homemaker and June Cleaver all rolled into one. I was content to be at home, cooking, cleaning, baking, sewing, volunteering and caring for the children. I was happy to have dinner waiting for Mr. Wonderful when he arrived home from work. I loved…

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Last week the grands from the west coast of Florida came to visit with their mom. They are 8, 5, 3 and 1 years old so as you can imagine, they kept Grammy and Papa very busy. Swimming, running, games, snacks, baking and more. School is out already for them. Summer break. When you think about…

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This weekend was a busy one and this old lady had some interesting experiences.

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We are born with two sets of teeth. Twenty baby teeth are in a child’s mouth usually by the age of three. Between the age of four to seven, a child will start to lose their teeth. When the tooth is loose, anxiety sets in as the child wiggles the tooth back and forth carefully as they are fea…

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   This Sunday we take the time to honor those women who have raised us to be the people we are today. Whether by birth, adoption or through friendship, these women guide us through life, teach us right from wrong and give us a shoulder to lean on when we need it. She laughs and cries with u…

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   Last week Mr. Wonderful said he wanted to take me to the horse races on Saturday. Now if you know me, I love my Saturdays and don’t like to leave the house as that is the only day I can sleep late and hang out. He wanted me to go so I caved and said ok.

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Last weekend I babysat the grands in Broward County overnight. Because they have an Au Pair from Italy, live in Broward County and my schedule has been so busy, have not had the opportunity to babysit for our son and daughter-in-law’s two little ones until now. Miles is 3 and Violet “Sissy” …

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   I know you are all curious about the grand pup. Last Tuesday was the day the grand pup was going back home to his family as Mr. Wonderful was traveling to the west coast to do a few things for our daughter. This was the dog’s ride home.

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The young girl with waist long red hair and freckled skin took her dad’s arm. She nervously walked the aisle in the little chapel of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Miami. She wasn’t Catholic but the dark-skinned, thin young man waiting at the altar had a deep Catholic upbringing so this is where th…

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“You’re running around like a chicken with its head cut off!” “When are you ever going to slow down?” “I don’t know how you do what you do.” “When are you going to take time for yourself?” “Start saying NO!”