Remembrance

Twenty-two years ago today, my great-grandmother passed away. I didn’t know her as well as I would have liked, but I do have some fond memories. She always wore a turban, for some reason, had a collection of glass trinkets. She gave me one for my birthday one year. It was a glass dish shaped like a bunch of grapes. It was beautiful and particularly special since she didn’t usually give away parts of her collection. I’m pretty sure I still have it, somewhere. In all my moves, it got misplaced. I hope to find it again someday.

The winter holidays are all about family, the ones that are here and the ones that are gone. We lost GG Vi while we were in Okinawa, five months before returning to California. It broke my heart that we weren’t able to say goodbye, but I continue to remember her affectionately, especially this time of year.

I will never forget you, GG Vi, for you are always in my heart.

Wishing everyone Happy Holidays and joyful time spent with family and friends.

Happy Thanksgiving

It’s almost Turkey Day!! The food holiday that many people look forward to all year long. It’s the one day when eating way too much is not only socially acceptable, but absolutely expected. The day for stretchy pants and food coma’s.

It’s a day for being thankful for what we have and spending time with family while eating fabulous food. I’m not hosting Thanksgiving this year, but we were invited to a cousin’s house for dinner. She has everything covered, but I wanted to bring her a little something anyway. So, I had a bit of a baking day today.

I made Shortbread Cookies using a recipe from GeniusKitchen.com

I made a Pumpkin Roll using a recipe from GimmeSomeOven.com

I made Raspberry Pastry Roll-Ups using a recipe from GeniusKitchen.com

And, I made Cheesecake Stuffed Banana Bread using a recipe from CookiesandCups.com

It was a fun and tasty day.

I’m super thankful for all the people in my life who are there when I need them. I’m also thankful for my husband, dogs, and birds. Our little family unit makes me happy every day and I will always be grateful that we are together.

Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!

I Am Groot

I, like a lot of people, have a favorite Marvel character. I also have a favorite DC character, but this post isn’t about her. If you couldn’t tell from the title, I am a huge Groot fan.

Exhibit A:

So, why do I like Groot so much? Well, for starters, he’s an insanely loyal friend – he was more than willing to lay down his life to save everyone else’s. Also, he’s a man of few words, but those words have vast meaning. All you have to do to understand, is to truly listen, a trait most of us could stand to work on.

Plus, he is a lover of music, which is something that is integral in my life.

Exhibit B:

I even like that he isn’t 100% a “hero.” When we meet him in the first Guardians of the Galaxy, he is, in fact, a criminal. Of course, this doesn’t stop him from being a good guy. Circumstances often have a way of changing how we are perceived by others.

What’s more important though, is how we perceive ourselves. No matter what our circumstances, it’s up to each of us to choose who we are and who we will be in the future.

So, who are you?