A Farewell to Grandpa

Yesterday Michael’s 89-year-old Grandpa died peacefully. Even with his rising age, we were surprised that Gr … http://p.ost.im/p/dSgD7F

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A Farewell to Grandpa

Yesterday Michael’s 89-year-old Grandpa died peacefully.

Even with his rising age, we were surprised that Grandpa’s earthly life was over as he faced death earlier in the year and it passed him!

On January 2012 Grandpa was in the brink of death. A priest came and gave him the final prayers that prepares one for death.

Miraculously Grandpa lived and he was given 10 months more.

In our family we do not believe that death is final as each of us has a soul.

When one dies their physical body is left behind and their soul will eventually reach heaven.

Filipinos believe that a soul has 40 days to roam our physical plane before they journey to heaven.

Often, during the 40 days family members and friends are “visited” by their dearly departed. Visits can come in the form of a ghost or signs.

I feel my sign came yesterday while I was retrieving an almost empty plastic container in my basement.

In the container I found souvenir viewers from the 1980s.

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When I peeked in the viewer I saw Grandpa with his one true love Grandma.

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I got goose bumps because I didn’t realize that we had these viewers. Also, the next day Rocco, my 3-year-old, who has never met Grandma said, “I want to visit Grandma who is with Grandpa.”

Rest in peace Grandpa! We love you!

My Love Hate Relationship with Daylight Savings Times

Daylight savings time (DST) is defined by techtarget.com as: “The practice of turning the clock ahead as warmer weather approaches and back as it becomes colder again so that people will have one more hour of daylight in the afternoon and evening during the warmer season of the year.”

Before having kids I use to look forward to the Daylight Savings Time change that happened in the fall.  I savored the thought of having an extra hour of sleep.  Instead of my usual wake up time of 8:00 a.m., it would be 7:00 a.m. (DST) so I would technically have one more hour to just relax and linger in bed!

Fast forward to Daylight Savings Time in the Fall when you have kids who already wake up so early.  When my sons ran into my room at 6:00 a.m. it was officially 5:00 a.m. in the morning.  I felt like I lost an hour that I could be in bed even if I technically was still waking up at the usual time.

Daylight Savings Time changes can really play tricks to your mind and body if you allow it to.

I am not a morning person by nature so I really have to concentrate on being a happy early riser.  Daylight savings time got me of kilter and I was temporarily not myself.

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Fast forward to bed time this evening.   At 6:30 p.m. (DST) my boys  wanted to go to sleep since it was technically 7:30 p.m. if the time had not changed.  Suddenly my spirits were up and I had a deeper appreciation for Daylight Savings Time once again because I now had an extra hour just for myself.

I have a love hate relationship with Daylight Savings Time.  I abhor it in the morning, but by night time I adore it.

I hope you were affected positively by Daylight Savings Time.  Have a great day!

Frankenstorm is Knocking on Our Door

History is repeating itself…A storm is brewing and coming to Connecticut.  Almost a year ago, on October 30 … http://p.ost.im/p/dk9rjN

Frankenstorm is Knocking on Our Door

History is repeating itself…A storm is brewing and coming to Connecticut.  Almost a year ago, on October 30, 2011, we were bracing ourselves for a Nor’easter.  When it hit we were left with a lot of fallen foliage, branches, and fun snow for the kids.

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Many people outside of the East Coast are unfamiliar with the Nor’easter term.  It basically is a very bad storm like a hurricane, and tropical storm where snow may occur.

This year’s storm has been named “Frankenstorm” in lieu of Halloween and bad weather.

Many people take Nor’easters very seriously.  In the last couple of days supermarkets have run out of candles, batteries, water and some canned goods.  A couple of gas stations have run out of gas.

Power outages are expected so I sent my husband out for our storm essentials.  This is what Michael brought me….

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I am sure you agree that my significant other is a keeper!

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I hope that everyone who is in the eye of the storm keeps safe and warm.

Have a great day!