Tuesday, November 27, 2012


As the years march on, I often wonder if time really can fly?  Summers seem shorter, months and days zoom by.

Thankfully the holidays are the perfect opportunity to be steadfast in our effort to enjoy the moment.  It is an ironic goal, with all the chatter of Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the like.

Now is a chance to honor family traditions, to savor the moment, and to think of others.  Little by little, make a point of using and enjoying holiday favorites. Some of mine: window lights, great music, and a Christmas pillow my mom made - a true treasure.  And thanks to my super sister-in-law I found this countdown in my inbox today - the perfect gift!
PS - A blast from the past

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


In one way or another, Sandy was a wake up call to so many of us.  My thoughts and prayers go out to those so burdened by loss and destruction.  Hopefully, with community efforts like Restore Our Shore in New Jersey, and the wonderful people at St. Francis de Sales in Rockaway, the process of healing and rebuilding can begin and sustain.

From my own pre-storm prep I learned some lessons - good and bad.  Prep that helped: filled up the gas tank, confirmed insurance was current in advance of storm, made a cash withdrawal so when credit card machines were down I was able to buy some warm, prepared food and to purchase needed medicine, and made sure I had enough baby food and supplies for a little while.  I also had a lantern that takes AA batteries - stores were cleared of D's right away.

Lessons learned: have a car charger for cell phone, keep copies of prescriptions and pre-fill anything running low (I used up a big chunk of my cash with an emergency run to the powerless pharmacy), stock up on D batteries for flashlights in advance, and keep a car adapter in console for nebulizers, etc. For the future, here is a much more legit checklist courtesy of ABC News that I will most certainly follow.

Again, thought and prayers to all those suffering - stay strong and let us all continue our efforts to help.

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