Monthly Archives: January 2013

Say Cheese!

Just wanted to share a few more pictures of Thomas that always make me smile 😀


Tuesday With Thomas

It is already going on six months since Thomas turned one!

The day before his actual birthday we threw a mini-party for him at my grandma’s (his great-grandma’s) house.  It was just my grandparents, my sisters, Thomas, and I.  We stuck a candle in a cannoli and sang Happy Birthday. 🙂  It was a lot of fun to watch him eat his first cannoli!  (He is 1/8th Italian after all 😉 )

Thankfully my sister got some awesome pictures!  Here are a few of my favorites:

He really wasn’t quite sure what to do with it at first, but he ended up finishing the whole thing.  In fact, he seemed to enjoy the cannoli more than his actual birthday cake the following day 😛


Meaningful Monday

“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

~ Martin Luther King Jr.

Today I am taking a moment to remember the great things Martin Luther King Jr. did for our country and his fellow-man.  With all that is going on in my life, this quote is especially poignant!


So… The other day I mentioned that at the end of the month, Pippi, Squirt, and I are packing up and moving back to Florida.  What I didn’t mention is exactly how we are going to get there!

When I decided to move to California last year, I sold, donated, gave away, or threw away most of my belongings, including my car.  My remaining belongings fit into six boxes and three suitcases.  I shipped the boxes, checked the suitcases, and the cats and I got on non-stop flight from Fort Lauderdale to LAX.

The good news is that besides buying a car, I haven’t really acquired much since I moved to California.  If anything I have purged a bunch of stuff that, after shipping out here, I realized I never use or wear!

This time around though, selling my car isn’t really a viable option!  So what do I do?

Well… It looks like I am going to ship as much of my stuff as I can.  Then I am going to pack up what’s left of my clothes, my grooming tools, and the cats; shove them all in my little 2-door car; and drive 2,700 miles cross-country!  As far as I can tell it will take me four days of driving 10 to 12 hours a day!  This means four days confined to a small car with two unhappy felines; three nights of staying in strange hotels with them.

It is going to be a really long ride!  I so wish that I could afford to have my car shipped so the cats I and could just fly back!  When I took them on a plane to get them here they did much, much better than I expected… Hopefully the same will happen for driving us back to Florida!

P.S.  If you have any experience driving cats cross-country, please feel free to share any advice you may have!

Around The Bend


The Greek philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus was a self-taught pioneer of wisdom who is famous for his insistence on ever-present change in the universe.  He is credited with the following familiar sayings:

Everything flows, nothing stands still.

Nothing endures but change.

You could not step twice into the same river; for other waters are ever flowing on to you.

I can attest to the truth of his philosophy!  As I mentioned in my post Rotating Around the Sun, there have been so many changes for me in the last year.  Now another big one is coming around the bend.

When I wrote that post I mentioned that another short move was happening at the end of the month… Well it really shouldn’t be a surprise by now, but things have changed yet again.

I am both saddened and excited to say that at the end of January, after six months in California, Pippi, Squirt, and I will be packing up and moving back to the swamp-land that I call home… South Florida.

If I am being honest, I really couldn’t see myself staying here forever.  California is beautiful and interesting and I will miss the unique desert landscape and the mountains for sure… But I won’t miss the crazy temperatures and the dryness!  It will be nice to be closer to my family again, where everything is green, warm, and humid. 😛  (Also, it will be nice to go back to not having to pay any state taxes 😉 )

Two cross-country moves in the span of six months probably sounds like craziness… And it really kind of is… But trust me when I say that I have studied all the pros and cons and this is my best move for the time being.

After the big move I am not sure what will be in store for me… I am not sure that I will stay in Florida permanently or that California has seen the last of me 😛  Much like Heraclitus, the only thing that I am really certain of is that there will be change!