Monday, October 9, 2017

Disasterous month!

It has been a month since I was home.  Looking back, the whole experience just seems so surreal, like a nightmarish dream.

Something told me to make reservations to evacuate from Hurricane Irma.  I had never done that in the 34 years I've lived there.  My intuition was speaking loudly and I paid attention and decided not to wait since the rooms were going fast.

After two stays at motels, we have settled at my mom's house.  Just when everything seems to be falling into place, the van decides it wants to give us a hard time, making it difficult for The Captain to go back home to deal with contractors placing bids so we can hurry up and submit our appeal to FEMA, who turned down our initial request for assistance.  They said our house is habitable.

There is a tree on the house, leaving gaping holes in the roof, smashing the life out of it more and more as the days pass with storms coming and going.

Anyway, I have written all about this in my blog My Florida Paradise.

I try not to let it get to me, but I have no idea when I can go back home.  Everything was "normal" one day and the next day we were homeless.  It sure is a creepy feeling being so out of control and having to gather as much faith as you can to make getting through it tolerable.

Writing my blog posts have been the last thing on my mind, although I have managed to write a few.  

I'm having to rebuild my Etsy store since I don't have all of my inventory and just want to offer what I can get my hands on immediately.  The Crows Nest is currently in vacation mode until I can get the inventory under control.

All in all I'm still very grateful we did not stay at home to ride out the storm.  That huge tree on the house had to make it feel as if the house was crashing down.  I would have had a heart attack!  The Captain has spared me from seeing the damage and also fears the house is not structurally sound enough to be going in and out regularly.  He also wants me to be safe . . . how sweet!

Actually, the stay at the first motel was very pleasant since early on we knew the hurricane would not hit us at Category 5.  I'll be writing about that experience and the people we ran into along the journey.  The motel was also home to large tree trimming crews, cable people and some from various electric companies . . . along with other evacuees like us from all over Florida.

Count your blessings . . . I always think of the people in Puerto Rico who have truly been devastated and many are still without electricity, food and money with no end in sight.  There is always a situation bleaker than the one you are currently experiencing . . . that is what I think about a lot which helps me keep my head on straight and not totally freak out.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Bad scares and time flying

It wasn't a good week!  My sweet Kiki fell back while trying to jump on the bed and hurt herself pretty bad.  We are guessing that she hit her head.  She trembled and could hardly walk, wouldn't eat or drink water.  It was nighttime and the vet wasn't open, so we decided to baby her and did a lot of praying.  Thank God, by morning she was better, but OMG she gave me such a scare!  I'm not ready to let this baby go . . .

Where has my life gone?  OK, so I'm giving up my age now.  I have to go to the air force base this week to get a new ID card since I will be eligible for Medicare.  What really upsets me is that Social Security will be taking out $130 out of my check that is already way too small for insurance that we were just paying $15 a month for.    Major bummer!

I've been left with that hopeless feeling that depression comes along with . . . I'm not ready to be this old and I came to the realization that my Kiki is getting old and I don't know what I would do without her, she's my baby.

My blogs have been neglected, although I have managed to write some new posts.  I'll update another time.  Peace Love and Happiness has been turned into a private blog . . . I'm not really anonymous anymore and I honesty wrote from my heart . . . too much information!

Hope you are having a fabulous summer!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

June already?

It has been a whirlwind of months!  Learning new jewelry design techniques, purchasing supplies, setting up new work areas, planning/designing new jewelry collections and getting ready to begin the next phase of our online store in general is taking up all of my time.  All of that and trying to keep up with the normal routine!

The Captain has continued to add to the garden and we are now enjoying the harvest of tomato and all types of peppers.  He will hopefully add some new articles to My Florida Paradise and Subtropical Gardening.  

Today I have started to get back to adding blog articles for a nice "normal routine" change.  No, we have not forgotten about Babyboomer Flashback!

Here are some new additions to the blogs . . .

Gina's Italian Kitchen


Subtropical Gardening

The year is flying by and I can't believe we are already in June . . . I swear we just saw the ball drop on New Years Eve like it was yesterday and now the year is half gone.  We have been enjoying wonderful Florida weather, although with the arrival of June came the thunderstorms like clockwork.  

Hope you are enjoying the weather in your part of the world! 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Time Slips By Way Too Fast!

Time flies by when you are having fun! 

I'm working on a new phase of my jewelry business which has also become a much loved hobby. Working with clay is now competing with making soap.  At the same time, we are revamping and organizing our work spaces and improving upon our photography setup.  

All of this takes many hours of research too, something I also love.  My blogs and website have taken a back seat and I can't believe it has been over a month since I last posted!  My Facebook friends probably think I have fallen off the face of the earth . . .

My first experimental clay projects have just come out of the oven and I can't wait to see how they turned out.  It is always very exciting to embark on a new venture, especially those that challenge my creativity.  My new store will feature my clay projects and repurposed jewelry.  In some cases I will mix old jewelry with clay and paint to come up with new jewelry creations.  Many hours have gone into learning the basics of working with clay and some very cool design concepts.

The Captain has been spending lots of time outdoors in the garden and fishing.  All of his pepper and tomato plants have babies forming and he is so proud of their progress.  He is also experimenting on a new web design program and I will be learning next.  You can check out his progress here.  It is a very awesome concept.

I don't believe I have any new blog posts since I last posted on this blog . . . if I do, I will include them in my next post.  Right now, the cooling clay is calling me . . .

Friday, March 24, 2017

Spring is here!

The arrival of spring has got me all excited about garden projects.  I've written about some of those DIY projects in my gardening blog, Subtropical Gardening.

DIY Hypertufa Plant Containers

DIY Concrete Garden Hands

Awesome Container Gardening Idea

Check out the bird cage that was turned into a plant container from the Empress of Dirt!  Click here to go to an excellent article on other ideas for unusual plantings.

The front fence is in the process of going up and will be embellished with a row of beautiful and colorful bougainvillea.  Finally . . . privacy and no trespassers!

Some other blog posts . . .

Peace, Lovc, Happiness
Dealing with a toxic relationship
Keep Your Goals on Track

Gina's Italian Kitchen
Triple Layered Strawberry Cake

We are celebrating the new season with a Spring Sale at Crows Nest Jewels.  Use coupon code SPRING17 . . .

Political happenings are keeping me glued to cable news! Hopefully the beautiful spring Florida weather will lure me away :)

Hope you are experiencing beautiful spring weather in your part of the world!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Welcome March!

The arrival of March inspires thoughts of Spring in Florida.  The landscape is still green since we have had no freezing temps this year and daytime temps have been in the 70's and 80's, so it has been feeling like Spring just about all winter.  This is what I love most about living in Florida!

After all these years of being hassled by people trying to sell something knocking on our door, we are finally getting a front fence with a gate to keep solicitors out.  The Captain and I live a serious bohemian lifestyle of sleeping when we feel like it and many times it is during the day.  It is so irritating to awaken by a loud knock on the door or the door bell that is way too loud.

I'm currently working on the website and planning many new pages and sections.  The Home and Garden page is what I'm working on now.

What's New on the Blogs . . .

Fabulous Frugalista

DIY All Natural Soft Scrub Cleanser

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Wacky Politics and Other Happenings

Wacky politics has really entertained me this week . . . the leaks, accusations of fake news and a press conference that toyed with the press.  The next four years will probably follow suit and make news junkies like me deliriously happy.

I'm getting into creating new blog posts once again.  Here are some new ones:

Gina's Italian Kitchen

Almond Danish Puff

Mario Batali's Chiles Rellenos Casserole


DIY Maternity Jeans

Subtropical Gardening

Make and Use Leaf Mold in Your Garden

Crotons - What You Need to Know

Peace Love Happiness

Destiny and Options

Have a great weekend everybody!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Real Hope and Change

We are well into winter and have only had one or two nights of needing the heat on.  It has been like springtime this week!  Gotta love living in Florida . . .

I'm feeling much better since the Presidential Inauguration has passed and President Trump is settling into the White House.  The political campaign and everything that followed exhausted me and gave me a ton of anxiety.  Like I needed more anxiety . . .

My new hobby of making soap has peaked my curiousity to make other beauty items.  My blog LaBelladiva is full of DIY recipes that I would like to try and I have added the following:

DIY Lip Balms

Oatmeal Masks For All Skin Types

How about some new recipes?  I have added the following recipes to my food blog, Gina's Italian Kitchen:

Everything But The Kitchen Sink Rice

Chicken Bacon Ranch Tater Tots Casserole

Saturday, January 7, 2017

New beginnings

Happy New Year!

Since I settled into taking the holidays off from blogging and slowed down my internet activities, I'm finding it difficult to get back into the swing of things. will be shutting down today and this blog is the new homepage for my blogs.  Why pay for something that you can get for free?  I had lots of ideas for the website, but it was difficult to make it happen at the same time the Etsy jewelry shop was in the planning stages.  

Last year was an overwhelming year in many ways and having way too much on my plate has resulted in dampening my enthusiasm for working on my internet projects.  

The political season was so brutal and I had already had enough of the Clintons before it started.  I feel like our country has ended up knee deep in BS, although I see the light at the end of the tunnel.  As a serious Trumpster, I am thrilled with the results.  Yes, I am deplorable and proud of it.

Our holidays sucked since The Captain spent a big chunk of it in the hospital.  He's on the road to recovery and we are praying for a healthy new year that does not include hospital stays.

All of my web spaces have been neglected and hopefully will be getting lots of attention soon.  I'm slowly getting back into it at the moment!

In all honesty, I am battling another bout of depression and trying to pull myself out of it.  This time I have not really written about it, but trying to pull myself out of it.

I'm so grateful for a new year and new beginnings!