Friday, August 22, 2008

Some of the paintings



These are some of the paintings I plan to put up on Etsy: Mi Jardin Florido. My store is called mijardinflorido, naturally. If the link doesn't work follow the instructions below.
So if you want to see what I have up there you need to go to the home page, and on the drop down menu on the top left, click on sellers, and then on the second drop down menu at the top, type in mijardinflorido, without leaving any spaces and that will take you to my store. I couldn't find it any other way, so I thought I would let you find it this way.

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Surprise Time Capsule



See note below:

Very funny experience. I'm reupholstering my love seat and sofa. Just getting brave, and just
knowing that if I do it, it will cost less, and I am confident it will
come out right. I went to JoAnne Fabrics and they have tons, well not
tons, but at least fifteen to twenty books on how to re and/or upholster your furniture and how to make slipcovers. I skimmed through several books and really took mental notes about what I need to do. I think I can do this; so that is my weekend project. I know it will be more like two
weekends, but here goes.

As I began my project, I started to tuck some of the cloth into the loveseat's back and sides where of course I ran into some dirt and small items like paper clips and pen caps. Then I started to press firmly to see what else I would discover. Other than the occasional nickel and dime, and the expected dust and grime, I came across a Phillips head screw driver, a stainless steel fork, a tire gauge, a mint still in its wrapper, and a souvenir from London.

The souvenir was a slim plastic box of regal chocolates from our family trip to England: King Henry the Eighth with his six wives. I always wondered where they had gone to. This souvenir was purchased during the first leg of our trip to Europe in 1998 or was 1997?! Of course they aren't edible but they look pretty nice in their wrappings even after 11 years!

Even more remote was another surprise: a picture of my ex husband dedicated to my son on May 11, 1991. The picture was in perfect condition but the ink on the back was sorely faded. So Juan Daniel, that's where the picture went to.

To think I have been sitting on a time capsule all this time. I wonder what other fascinating things are hidden away in the rest of my furniture? (And in your furniture?) That is really big thinking, but I will concern myself today with maybe my sofa bed. I haven't really checked it really well. Actually, I don't think I will find anything there since it is a sofa bed and most things just fall to the ground or on the folded mattress itself. I just have to say, finding these things just made me laugh. I dug deep to see if maybe I could find the diamond that fell out of my ring, but alas, it wasn't there. Maybe some other day.

The whole thing just makes me smile.

Note: Pardon the garbled script but even though I tried several times to correct it, it just wouldn't.
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Thursday, August 21, 2008

After a while

It has been raining all day. This morning driving to work was quite treacherous and not really something I appreciated doing. There were people driving way over the speed limit with no consideration that we had blinding rain and wind. It was insane. Fortunately I chose to drive around 55 to 60 miles per hour on the slow lane, and those crazy drivers quickly passed me. This afternoon was even worse in that it was quite blustery and still raining. I couldn't wait to get home because how dangerous the roads were.

The rains not only have affected the roads, but the whole community. All the retention ponds were full and/or on the verge of overflowing and this was Southeast and East Orlando. When I see the news about the people in Brevard and the damage, it makes me sad. Yet someone commented today that they preferred the quickness of Charley to the stationary Fay. They are definitely two different animals in my opinion, but no I would not want Charley. I think it was much more destructive. While Fay has flooded areas and initially brought tornadoes, it also has given people time to get out of harms way. Many more people died with Charley than the one or two so far with Fay. So God please protect us and from any further damage.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

So how is it over here?

It is still raining. Though they talk about the heavy rains in Brevard, believe me it is still raining here and sometimes with some strong gusts of wind. I really hope this rain goes up to Georgia so they can get some relief from their drought. So Lord add my prayers to theirs in agreement Lord, for some much needed rain for them, too. I don't mind sharing. Amen.

Back to School

Monday was the first day of school, and I am and was delighted in so many ways. I'm still in awe. I have never had so many students come and greet me with so many hugs and kisses. These are tenth graders for goodness sake. One student actually said, "Ms. V. if anyone gives you are hard time, send them to me because I will tell them you are the best teacher." I thought that was so sweet. Some of them actually told me that they had missed me during the summer. Teenagers. In fact I had to kick some of them out so they would go to their regular classes. It was fun to see them, and I must admit touching, that is for sure. August 18th, 2008, what a day!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

A Good Laugh

I have wonderful people in my life that occasionally send me the funniest things in my email and I found this one hilarious!

Enjoy exercising after 50:

Begin by standing on a comfortable surface where you
> have plenty of
> room at each side.
> * With a 5-lb. potato sack in each hand, extend your arms
> straight
> out from your sides, and hold them there as long as you
> can. Try to reach a
> full minute, and then relax.
> * Each day you'll find that you can hold this position
> for just a bit
> longer.
> * After a couple weeks, move up to 10-lb. potato sacks.
> Then try
> 50-lb. potato sacks. Then eventually try to get to where
> you can lift a
> 100-lb. potato sack in each hand, and hold your arms
> straight for more than
> a full minute. (I'm at this level!)
> * Once you feel confident at that level, put a potato in
> each sack.
>

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Keeping up with Fay

I thought I would share what I do in these circumstances. To get more precise and accurate readings and projections I always check my local news stations, particularly http://www.wesh.com and http://www.local6.com/hurricanes/index/html. I like the way Wesh.com has the information right there on their cover page, but local6.com has the information available also. Anyway so if you want to keep track and informed those are two local sources for you.