Pinktober

Pinktober

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  I was diagnoses with Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS), April 2014 on my 48th birthday.  DCIS is a type of breast cancer, where the cancer cells are encapsulated in one or more milk ducts.  Here is my confession, as much as I’d like to say that I was the one … Continue reading

You Can’t Push It, So Don’t Try.

You Can’t Push It, So Don’t Try.

Recovering from a concussion has been a long and frustrating journey. I am learning each day, that there is no way of pushing through a brain injury. It’s not like injuring muscles or nerves, sometimes you can ignore the pain and keep on moving.  Not the brain.  Our brains are mainly made up of water … Continue reading

It’s Been So Long…

It has been over a year and a half since I’ve written. I wish I could say that I was travelling the world or something absolutely amazing. Instead during those months, I lost my dad, battled breast cancer, moved from our home, got a new job and now I’m recovering from a traumatic brain injury. … Continue reading

The Sound of Silence

The Sound of Silence

There is nothing more awkward or beautiful as silence.  You can hear it in a dramatic pause and the moments before an anticipated reveal.  It’s in the seconds before a baby’s first breath and the baby’s first cry.  Silence is a moment that some seek like a refuge from the day.  In that moment, silence … Continue reading

Easy Salted Caramel Rice Krispies Treats

Easy Salted Caramel Rice Krispies Treats

This is a recipe that we as a family put together after a night of watching “Unique Sweets.”  It’s amazing how you can limit your thoughts on things until you get inspired to “think out of the box.”  So, here is the first of many recipes that myself and my daughters are starting to put together, … Continue reading

Seasons change

Seasons change

Last night, it snowed unexpectedly.  It was the first really snow for our neck of the woods.  When we opened the door to look at the snow, it was amazing how beautiful, quiet and peaceful things were.  Moments like this come rushing by our lives and sometimes we miss it because we’re too busy to … Continue reading

Popcorn Caramels

Popcorn Caramels

This is a recipe that I started playing with one day and I am still “tweaking” but it’s good enough to share.  In fact, I made a batch the other day and it didn’t last very long at our house. These caramel candies are for anyone who likes a “little popcorn with their caramel.”  They are … Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Sign Says…

Signs can convey a message in one instant.  How you feel in that instant, will decide how you’ll respond to that sign and what it’s saying.  Take for instance, the sign in front of Voodoo Donuts in Portland, Oregon.  We in the Northwest have come to know it as a signal that sweet and decadent … Continue reading

Will I Be Alone

(How I Met Your Dad Series) He just kept looking at his watch. Twisting it one way and then the other. I watched him for several minutes before I couldn’t take the tension and silence anymore. I reached for his hand and stopped the twisting motion of his hand and watch. Our eyes finally met … Continue reading

Super Sweet Blogging Award

My dad lived in one of the poorest areas in the Philippines.  My grandparents and their 18 children  (Yes! I said “18” and “no” none of them adopted)  literally lived in a small shack, with one large living room, a kitchen and one bedroom.  So, when my dad came to the United States with my … Continue reading

The Journey: Daily Prompt

The Journey: Daily Prompt

We often think of journeys as the ones we take away from or to somewhere.  Sometimes, they’re the parts of our lives where we’ve journeyed from one event to another.  The journeys sometime change who we are or they just become a part of our memory landscape but every journey becomes part of our greatest … Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background

This week’s photo challenge was to take the reflections or images of the background or in some cases, the foreground and make them the centerpiece of attention. In this picture, there are layers of light and reflections. Figures not only in the background but figures ever so slightly present in the reflections from the foreground. … Continue reading

Daily Prompt: Incredible Hulk had Nothing on Me

(Daily Prompt: Green-Eyed Monsters) Tell us about the last time you were really, truly jealous of someone. Did you act on it? Did it hurt your relationship? It was the summer of 1995. It was one of the hotter summers in the Northwest. I remember being able to wear shorts, camisoles and sandals almost everyday. … Continue reading