Monday, December 31, 2012

El Coro de la Iglesia Ministerio Sanador de Guaynabo

 El Coro de la Iglesia Ministerio Sanador de Guaynabo estuvo visitando la iglesia del mismo nombre en Carolina.
La iglesia El Coro de la Iglesia Ministerio Sanador de Carolina esta localizada en la 845 Avenida Iturregui, esquina Ramal 8, frente a Olympic Power Gym en el segundo piso.  Su pastor es el Reverendo Jaime M. Pellot Perez.

El servicio fue excelente y si estan buscando una iglesia viva y con solidez biblica esta puede ser un buena opcion si vives en el area de Carolina.  Fui grandemente bendecida y pienso volver.  Dios los bendiga!
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Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Chicken---La Gallinita

 Didn't want you to miss out on the chicken who als came to worship Jesus! I thought that was so precious.

No queria que se perdieran la gallinita que vino a ver y a adorar a Jesus! Que linda verdad?

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Christmas Manger in San Patricio Plaza- Un Nacimiento Vivo en San Patricio Plaza

 This is almost a "Where's Waldo?" Some of the animals are camouflaged, but others want to steal the show.  You don't have to pay to get in but if you want to feed the animals you pay a modest dollar I think for the feed.

Si quieren llevar a sus niños a ver un nacimiento en vivo pueden ir a San Patricio Plaza.   Allí tienen un nacimiento autentico con animales de campo: ovejas, gallinas, un prepotente gallo y otros animales.  Cuantos pueden encontrar?

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Wonderful Day!

For to us a child is born,(A)
    to us a son is given,(B)
    and the government(C) will be on his shoulders.(D)
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor,(E) Mighty God,(F)
    Everlasting(G) Father,(H) Prince of Peace.(I) Isaiah 9:6

The Lord has come! Welcome Him today!

For unto us a child is born, unto us a child is given, unto us a child is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulders, and he shall be called, Wonder, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace...

He is also called the Way, the Truth, and The Life (John 14:6)
Yeshua Ha Machiah
Friend of Sinners
The Healer
The King of Kings
Son of God
Son of Man
The Creator ( In the beginning was the Word)
The Word
God (and He dwelt among us)
The Great I Am
The Lamb
Worthy to be Slain

Who is he to you? In life and in eternity it will make all the difference. Be like the thief on the cross who told Jesus, "remember me when you are in Paradise" and Jesus responded, "Truly this day you will be with me in Paradise." It doesn't take much but a little faith and Jesus will welcome you in.

Merry Christmas! Many Blessings to you and your family.

Listen to Handel's Messiah to be blessed as well:

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas: The Savior has come to the World

 "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests"
This is a painting I did depicting Mary just after having Jesus/Yeshua, the son of God. I felt a sense of peace as I painted it, and found that she had a special look on her face.

May you sense peace and joy as you invite him into your heart as well.
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Bird Watching on the Outskirts of Holland MI

Taken from Lil's kitchen window.   Dried fall leaves scattered on the hill contrasted by two simple bird feeders made glorious by the lovely denizens who came to feed.  You have to have a sharp eye and a fancy camera to catch them.  I am not so fast and was using my HTC phone camera so there were plenty little chicadees I missed since they were flying in and out like Navy jets on a carrier.  Nevertheless, I caught some including that  handsome fellow all dressed in red with a cute little black fringed beak.

He was the charmer by far!

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Tunnel Park on Lake Michigan

This Thanksgiving Break I had the wonderful opportunity to visit 5 states.  I drove through Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and then fly to Michigan. Not an easy feat!

When I finally got to Michigan, I had just finished driving home from Camden, arrived at 10:45 P.M. to only catch four hours of sleep and then hop on a plane and fly to MI the next morning.  Once there, I was so tired, I would doze off in the middle of a conversation, something I never do.  The next day, my daughter, son-in-law, and I drove to Holland to stay with his wonderful family and one day while the weather was a chilly 50 degrees (Florida standards) I strolled out to see Lake Michigan.  I could not ignore that since it was only about 500 yards away.  I was not disappointed. The pictures testify to that as you can see.

Another thing you might be wondering is about that last picture, right?  What did that have to do with my trip? Well, the day after Thanksgiving, my daughters and Lil,  also ventured out on Black Friday to a Joanne Fabrics.  When we got outside it started to blow and then snow started falling with so much energy. So in the span of a week, I got to see fall weather,  vibrant leaves, as well as, snow! What were the chances of that?

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Artificial Snow, Anyone?

 On a recent trip to Greenville, South Carolina, I spotted one of the loveliest arrangements on display.  As you can see it was mostly in red and gold with the tree itself being artificially covered in snow.  The snow looked so real, I thought I had to try doing the same thing and give my tree some new life.  Well, I tried.  I went to Lowe's, CVS Pharmacy, and Walgreens and none of them had artificial snow.  Does anyone have any idea where I can get some of this spray snow?
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Sunday, December 09, 2012

Thinking about Puerto Rico

 Thinking about El Yunque, the beaches, my family, and all the beautiful things this island is contrasted by the rampant crime.  Sadness about the killings on the island covers the island like a blanket reaching every family with grief.  My country weeps.

Dios mio ayuda a Puerto Rico a arrepentirse y clamarte a ti desde la profundidad del llanto por tu misericordia.  Perdonanos Senor por estar pendientes a vanidades y no por las cosas eternas. Perdonanos por la mezcla con el mundo y por apartarnos de ti y de tus preceptos.  Ayudanos a a recobrar lo perdido.  Ayudanos a orar y orar.

It's time for prayer and more prayer for Puerto Rico.
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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Some Fall Colors Leaving Charleston

 Leaving Charleston on the Savannah Highway, Route 17, I couldn't just drive by and not stop for they beautiful trees.  I am sure they have shed some of their leaves by now but they were simply amazing then.  So here they are in all their splendor! Enjoy!

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Greenville, South Carolina

 Colorful buildings, clean side walks, nicely laid out shopping area with a waterfront area with attractive dining is how to describe downtown Greenville.  So last week when I went to  visit some friends I was pleasantly surprised with the cute city that has a great combination the new and the old.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Out and About Around Mt. Dora

 Had a wonderful time walking around Mt. Dora on my birthday.  The weather was glorious as they say in Central Florida with a mild breeze and 70 degrees.  In the picture, I am standing next to a bicycle with a floral arrangement in front of The Garden Gate Tea Room.  What a delight!
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Haven't Been Writing, Haven't Been Painting, Only Living

Just had my daughter visit.  I am generally not very sentimental or I pretend I am not, but today when her visit was coming to a close, well, I choked up and the tears started welling and I needed a hug.  It was so nice to have around for a full five days.  She was no trouble and she is self entertaining so no high maintenance, and she plays the ukalayle  and laughs and giggles talking to her husband.  I am so glad he shares her with all those people that love her.  Fortunately I get to see her again in a week.

I am so grateful I said my goodbyes at home and not rushed like I usually do at the airport.  It seemed like an usually busy day but we had time for relaxing meals and everything was timed just right.  So absolutely I am so blessed she dropped on by.

Safe travels, happy reunion, and much love.

Te quiero mucho, Rosita,


Saturday, November 03, 2012

A Simple Garage Sale

I sold a water color painting titled, "Thinking Mountains," at my neighborhood garage sale of all places.  I sold this painting to two ladies that fell in love with my art...exclamation mark several times.  What touched me wasn't so much that they bought that one painting but what they said.  They said such encouraging words and spent time combing through the artwork.  They said, "You need to go to the Winter Park Art Festival!" to which I laughed and they said, "No, really you should!" They said so much more but you might think I was bragging.  They set aside two more paintings to come back for and took my email address to get my link to my ETSY store.  So yeah, I am going to take those baby steps and I am so thrilled and beaming.  What joy! 

At little while later about six Haitian ladies came to buy.   They weren't so much into my artwork but into towels, purses, and shoes.  They nearly cleaned me out and were tough negotiators.  Yet it gave me joy to share my things with them.  Then one picked up a old surge protector and asked, "How much?"  I told her, "a dollar," and she replied, " a quarter." It annoyed me that she went so low but I negotiated a half dollar, but I sensed it would be better if I gave it to her.  So I did.  I told her softly that she could have it.   She said "thank you" with a big smile on her face, and then she gave me a kiss turning the hard negotiator into a lovely person.  Then the rambuncious jamboree moved up the street arm in arm chatting in Haitian Creole and for a moment I could just picture them in Haiti, walking on dusty roads with their arms full of children and packages swaying to Caribbean music. 

It was just one of those wonderful days in Central Florida.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Finding her Voice

I shared a handout on Intros, Hooks, and ... on no, a senior moment...I will remember in a few minutes, but any way I was teaching my students that we do not have to have boring introductions.  Leads... that was the missing word!  Some of the strategies included using a rhetorical question to begin an intro, such as "Wouldn't you want to go to a restaurant that serves amazing food, has a cozy atmosphere, and reasonable prices to match?, or start it with a string of adjectives,  Lush, cool, and sprinkled with colorful flowers, was what I set my eyes on as we climbed the narrow path up to Mt. Britton, making the trek all worth the effort.  Any way, as I shared these techniques, many of my students perked up and listened.  I gave them opportunity after opportunity to practice and today was their third chance, and some enthusiastically ran with it.  It was thrilling to see them.  Some for the first time picking up a pen with the confidence that they could actually write some thing that they could feel proud about.

I in fact shared eight writing techniques, not my original, but a handout that I had studied and explained in depth.  The students highlighted and wrote notes as I went over them.  I also explained that they didn't have to put all eight into practice at the same time.  I wanted them to choose three techniques that they felt confident that they could handle.  Many chose the rhetorical question, some the riddle, others the string of adjectives which is one of my personal favorites, while others chose figurative language using either a powerful simile or metaphor, loving how they could master a writing technique.  None chose the complex sentence but we will practice those, too.  Just wait and see. There is so much more to learn but imagine what kind of year we will have if they discover that they can write.

One of my students,  a gentle young lady who rarely speaks up, came up to me at the end of class and handed me her thin paper that seemed to be on fire saying,
"Ms. Vazquez, I could never write before, and I wrote this!"
 I smiled and asked, "And what did you classmates say?"
"They loved it!' She beamed.
I read it and I loved it, too.  It was creative, joyful, and full of dialogue, but what I loved the most was that she had found her voice. 

That made my day.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Taco City, Cocoa, Florida

Today, while sharing some calibration papers with my students who are learning to become better writers, something clicked.  Part of the lesson included the importance of knowing that their essays would be scored holistically outlining four basic areas: focus, organization, support, and conventions.

In order to illustrate some excellent writing styles, I read two essays to them out loud and then let them comment on what they liked about each and at least two areas in which they would do things differently now that they had read these essays.  Well, they were taken with the precise word choices, as well as with the details, in other words they recognized the level of support.  They also commented on the humor, enthusiasm, and imagery with its sensory details and depth.  They were impressed.  In fact, some of them applauded when I finished reading. What encouraged me the most is that most of them said they would do things differently.  Definitely one big step in the right direction.

The essay prompt for the essays we were reading was a favorite place. A Level 6 essay student wrote about a place called Taco City.  This student described the place as only being a couple of feet away from the beach and that it served the best Mexican food at reasonable prices.  The student also said the place had a 30 year history surviving several hurricanes.  I figured it was an authentic place and after a Google search, lo and behold the place actually exists.

To my surprise Taco City not only exists; it also a mere 25 miles away at Cocoa Beach, Florida.  It is quite possible that I will take a short trip over there on the Beachline Expressway straight to Cocoa Beach.  If you are planning to go to Cocoa Beach in the near future check it out.  It comes with a very high recommendation.


When your favorite color is orange

What do you do when your favorite colors are yellow, red, and orange? What do you do when the season is fall and you are stuck in the green?  You go to websites that have beautiful colors like the one underneath this post flaunting Oklahoma and their tranquil rivers surrounded by brilliant colors reflected on the water.  What do you do? What else can you do? You wait.

All good things come to those who wait... for that celestial paint brush which will make it here sometime.  In the mean time, it's the internet and some well placed web cams for me and dreams of red, yellow, and orange hues.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Day Off

What to do on a day off? Go on a fabulous trip to north Georgia to see the changing season?  Take a trip to the beach and walk for miles on end with the nice breeze?  How about going shopping in St.Augustine?  All of these are great ideas, but I think I will play catch up instead.

How about redecorating?  Perhaps, put up my hammock before the weather gets too cold to be outside. Another idea is to do some decluttering which I already started.  Perhaps even clean out some items from my crowded closet and use them for a garage sale or just take them to Goodwill to help someone get a job.  I think I am going with my second list.  The leaves in Georgia are not in their peak so two more weeks will be just fine for that trip to see the beautiful oranges and reds.

So redecorating and catching up it is! I know in the long run it will make for a more relaxing future, but before I get to all that hard work, let me make some tea.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Message Last Night

A square piece of cardboard. Last night I went to church at Northland a Church Distributed in Longwood, FL.  First of all, I don't usually go at night since I have to get up early the next day to go to work, but I had had a busy weekend with my son visiting that I missed my morning routine.  Frankly, that was fine.  So I called a friend and we decided to go to the evening service.

I actually thought it would be Pastor Joel Hunter speaking but he wasn't there.  To my surprise, it turned out to be that new Mt. Dora Site Minister, Jeff Ball.  Jeff is new to Central Florida, coming to NCD from somewhere in the north.  I had had the opportunity to listen to him speak about a month back when he was introduced to the congregation and was delighted to hear him again.  He is a fast talker and he will tell you that himself.  You need your roller skates to keep up with him.  So he took Pastor Joel's message and transformed it.

While speaking about the need for all of us to be interconnected, Jeff, interjected that his wife had given him a square piece of cardboard with a message on it. He said that he puts it up on his book shelf and is reminded of its truth every once in a while.  The message? "God made you for this." Whenever he is on a difficult call he sees this. When he feels overwhelmed he is reminded. When life gets hard and feels homesick, tired, and wants to quit, he is reminded that he is not at this place by mistake.  What is true for him, is also true for us.

Lord whenever life gets really hard and we feel like walking away and trying something easier and to say the heck with it, remind us of this precisely: "God made you for this!" Call on his help.  The Lord is there with you saying, "I will never leave thee nor forsake you."

God bless Jeff Ball, his wife, and family!

Monday, October 08, 2012

Electric Bill Goes Down

How did I manage to cut my electric bill?  Well, I stopped believing a lie.  The lie, well, let's call it a misconception, an inaccuracy, a misguided statement, but frankly it was a lie! What am I talking about? Well, I have central airconditioning in my house.  I had always heard that using a ceiling fan would reduce the strain on my airconditoner, thus reducing my light bill.

Well, I figured first of all that if I wasn't in the room, I didn't need to have the ceiling fan on because as we all know if a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it,  was there any sound?  I did go to college you know, but frankly, this is common sense.  Why have the fan going if I am not there to enjoy it?  So I went around the house turning off those darn fans that only twirled the dust anyway.  In so doing, in this time when the cost of a kilowatt of energy has gone up my bill went down.  So if you had swallowed that lie about fans saving you money, well no.  Don't believe it, unless of course you don't have central air and you live on a tropical island, and then yes it is a cheaper means to cool off, but not in Central Florida.

It has been a painless way of saving.  Of course I also turn off the lights in those rooms I'm not in and I sometimes hang my clothes to dry outside or inside.  I also don't use the dryer and that too is not that painful.  

Just thought I would share.  Maybe you can save some money, too.  It wouldn't hurt, would it?

First Cold Front of the Season

Finally.  Yes, finally, it has been a row of interminable days of summer.  Though the calendar says Autumn the weather had said no. So yes, finally.  But what comes next?  Complaints of chilly nights having to find a night cap to keep my head warm as I sleep in a icy room.  You can not have the cake and eat it.

The weather is turning cooler and
with it comes the wonderful range of yellows, oranges, and rusty reds.
I just can't wait to see them like long lost friends.
The weather is turning cooler.
Finally, Fall is here, and yes it will mean
dusty leaves to rake,
then that old North Wind sweeping down,
rustling our hair,
chilling our backs, and
making the little leaves dance.
I might have to crochet myself a night cap,
but who cares.
The seasons are changing.
The world is in order.

No summer lasts for ever and
some nice crisp Fall weather can do us all some good.

Now where did I put my Apple Cider Tea?

Saturday, October 06, 2012

New at Palmas de Maunabo

 Putting up a Painting from a visit to Maunabo.  I love looking at the palm trees there so that is why it is titled, Palmas de Maunabo.   It is a rather small painting measuring 7 1/2 by 11 inches.  It may remind you of your visit.
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Friday, October 05, 2012

Gas Cap

A gas cap?  What is so important about a gas cap?  Well believe or not, I was losing money because of a gas cap. My car has nearly 115, 000 miles on the odometer and I am hoping it will reach 200, 000 and still be in good shape.  I always tell people that the prettiest car is the car that is paid off.

Yet I wasn't feeling so happy about my car recently.  It was using too much gas and with these gas prices that is a big deal.  So I decided I needed to purchase a new gas cap, but with a lock this time since the price of gas has skyrocketed.  Frankly, I wanted to feel safe about parking my car in any public place.  I had a surprise in store.  No one was stealing my gas.  It was the old gas cap that no longer shut tightly.  Now my gas is lasting a longer time.  I was filling up my car once a week and this week I have used a little over than half a tankful.

So why don't you give it try? You might save some money and that is a good thing!

Bible Gate Way

How would like to have access to over 24 English versions of the Bible as well as the Bible in 25 different languages? I am being conservative because it would take me a while to count how many different languages are available.  What am I talking about?  It is a website called Bible Gateway, specifically

What I like the most about this website is that they not only have so many versions of the Bible, but when I am a bit tired or just want to read the Bible, I can type in the passage and also listen to the passages as well since they have at least two audio versions read by professional readers.  It is wonderful.  Last night I read/listened to various chapters of a gospel.  It was refreshing to listen to it and I didn't feel any guilt about not reading it myself.  When we listen to the spoken Word of God we are blessed.  In fact I have often heard that the Bible was written to be spoken or read aloud.

So if you have been putting off reading the Bible cover to cover this is a very doable opportunity and it will not cost you a penny.  So just follow the link and just get started!

Bible Gate Way  

Thursday, September 27, 2012

To Eat or Not to Eat? Beef that is.

That is the question.

I have been thinking about this post for a while.  What repercussion could it have?  Would I get sued like Oprah, but here goes.  This has been my experience.

I love hamburgers with onions or without.  Ketchup is optional, but make sure it has mayo, lettuce, and tomato, and fresh bread.  All this was customary until a month ago.  I had been getting ill for months, and I just couldn't figure out what was going on.  It had become so bad, I thought I had irritable bowel and even worse liver disease because I was a getting an acute pain in my right side.

It's all over now.  I'm better.

How did it happen?

I stopped eating beef.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Joy Store in San Patricio Plaza

 This is what you call shopping with a purpose.  What is the purpose you might ask?  Well, it's mutual; you buy what you need and when you do, you help an organization that helps others.  All the proceeds of this antique/thrift store go directly to help El Hogar Del Buen Pastor located in Puerta de Tierra... This shop helps the homeless get back on their feet.  So whenever you go there you help others.  Whether you buy, donate goods, volunteer, or give a monetary donation, your help will be appreciated.  I can tell you they are very friendly and helpful, as well as, having very nice things.  Many of the items are slightly used but in excellent conditions. Others are brand new.  I saw beautiful girl's dresses, hats, a leather recliner (which I would have bought if someone hadn't beat me to it first!), a lovely six chair dining table, clothes, books, gift baskets, CD's, and much more.  So if you are in for a bargain or if you want to help out, go to the Joy Store for El Hogar Del Buen Pastor.  The Good Shepherd,  I know you will bless them and frankly, you will be blessed by helping!

For more information about El Hogar del Buen Pastor you may contact Sister RoseMarie Gonzalez at:
(787) 721-8579  email:
or visit their website at

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