Monday, April 27, 2009

Losing a Friend!

There is nothing that compares to losing a beloved animal who has given such unconditional love.  The love is so different from that of a human.  They don't judge you...they don't hate you...they only know love.


I just recently lost my cat Mandee (pictured) on Monday, April 27, 2009 at 12 Noon.   She was 18 years old.  Here is a poem:


To have loved and then said farewell, is better than to have never loved at all. For all of the times that you have stooped and touched my head, fed me my favorite treat and returned the love that I so unconditionally gave to you. For the care that you gave to me so unselfishly. For all of these things I am grateful and thankful.

You took me in when I needed a home and someone to love. All I ask now is that you not grieve for the loss, but rejoice in the fact that we lived, loved and touched each others lives for however long I lived. My life was fuller because you were there, not as a master/owner, but as my FRIEND.

Today I am as I was in my youth. The grass is always green, butterflies flit among the flowers and the Sun shines gently down upon all of God's creatures. I can run, jump, play and do all of the things that I did in my youth. There is no sickness, no aching joints and no regrets and no aging.

I will await the arrival of you my faithful companion and I know that togetherness is forever. You will live on in my heart as I will in yours. Companions such as you are so rare and unique. Don't hold the love that you have within yourself. Give it to another like me and then I will live forever. For love never really dies, and you are loved and missed as surely as I am.

Love, Your Pet In Heaven...."Mandee"

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Had a Wonderful Easter!


Had a wonderful Easter this year! Got up really early and went to 9am mass with the girls. David woke up sick with his stomach bothering him so Alan stayed home with him. The church was just overflowing with people. Afterwards, we bought a Easter Lilly for my Mom and Dad from the Holy Family Org. and then went and picked up bagels for breakfast along with some very much needed coffee for me!! I gave up my iced lattes for Lent and I am happy to have them back! Then we stopped over to my parents house to drop off their surprise breakfast and the plant. My parents were getting their final things together for their cruise which there were very excited about. We only stayed for a few minutes just to say "Happy Easter" and goodbye because I had to get the van home so Alan could come back and get them to take them to the airport.

When I got home, Alan was just finishing up breakfast, so I called my parents to let them know Alan would be leaving to get them shortly and my sister answered and said that the house next door was on fire! I said "what I was just there 10 minutes ago" guess that is all it takes. Apparently, the neighbor who smokes emptied her ash trays into a garbage bag and put them out in the trash bin. Well it must of caught fire and the whole side of their garage went up in flames. A neighbor came and knocked on my parents door and my Dad ran out and threw the hose on it while someone called the fire dept. Thankfully my parents were still home because with the way the wind was blowing had my Dad not got out there when he did things could of been much worse. Thankfully they weren't.

After my parents got off ok, we headed over to the Milleridge Inn for Easter dinner and met up with my sister Lisa and brother-in-law Darren and little Ryan. Michelle ended up going to her boyfriends house. This is the first time I've gone to Milleridge Inn for Easter. It was set up really nice especially for the kids. They had a little petting zoo, free pony rides, the Easter Bunny, someone juggling and someone doing balloon animals. The kids loved it! By the time we got through all of the fun stuff it was time to sit and eat so it worked out great! Dinner was excellet and I still want more of that Virginia Ham!! It was so good!

So now I am watching the end of a Harrison Ford movie "The Fugitive" and relaxing for the rest of the evening. Hope everyone had a Happy & Blessed Easter with their families!


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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Day Before Easter


Had a great chat with my good friend Kathleen last night who lives in Illinois. It had been a real long time since we chatted and it was good to catch up. I wished we lived closer to each other. I was lucky enough to get to meet her in July when she came to NY for a visit. I met Kathleen online many years ago. She is so sweet.

Today, I am running out to go and get some chocolate Easter bunnies. I like getting them from a place by me called A Taste of Home right here in East Meadow. They have such good cakes, and a new chocolate shop that opened everything is so yummy. We are also going to finish baking our sugar cookies and then color Easter eggs. The girls are really looking forward to it.

Tomorrow, I am trying to figure out what time to go to church for Easter Mass. I usually go to the 10:30 am children's mass since the priest is so good with getting the kids so involved and makes the sermon so easy for them to understand but I am having a feeling it is going to be packed so I am thinking going earlier at 9:00am may be a better bet.
I am hoping tomorrow will be nice out. My parents are leaving for their cruise to the Bahamas. They are pretty excited as this is their first cruise. I am sure the will love it. I know Alan and I did the last 3 cruises we have been on. The last one just a couple of weeks ago. So, since we usually celebrate Easter with my parents and they are going to be awa, my sister Lisa her husband Darren their son Ryan, my sister Michelle, Alan, Me and the kids decided we would be going to the Milleridge Inn for dinner. I really like that place a lot and we will get there a little early so we can walk around the village and see the Easter Bunny. I know the kids will like that.
Happy Blessed Easter!!



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Friday, April 10, 2009

Dawn's Homemade Waffles


Ingredients:

2 Eggs
2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1 3/4 Cups Milk
1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
4 Tablespoons White Sugar
4 Teaspoons Baking Powder
3/4 Teaspoon Salt
2 Tablespoons Vanilla Extract

Directions:

Preheat waffle iron. Beat eggs in a large bowl with hand beater until fluffy. Beat in flour, milk, vegetable oil, sugar, baking powder, salt and vanilla, just until smooth.

Make sure waffle iron is seasoned so it doesn't stick (non-stick cooking spray).

Pour mix onto hot waffle iron and cook until golden brown.

Serve Hot. Makes about 10 waffles depending on waffle iron size. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Easter Story Cookie Recipe



EASTER COOKIE RECIPE / ACTIVITY

Making cookies with your children to teach the true meaning of EASTER! This is a recipe but also an Easter activity for you to do with your children. It's an excellent way to reinforce the message that Easter is not just about the Easter Bunny. The cookies are good, too.

You Need:

1- cup whole pecans
1-teaspoon vinegar
3-egg whites
pinch of salt
1-cup sugar
zipper baggie
wooden spoon
tape
Bible


EASTER COOKIES

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. (this is important-don't wait 'til you're half-done with the recipe)


Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested He was beaten by the Roman soldiers. Read John 19:1-3.

Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged Him. And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on His head, and they put on Him a purple robe, And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote Him with their hands. John 19:1-3

Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp. vinegar into mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross He was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30.After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.

Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to His mouth. When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, It is finished: and He bowed His head, and gave up the ghost. John 19:28-30

Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life. Read John 10:10-11.

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the Good Shepherd: the Good Shepherd giveth His life for the sheep. John 10:10-11

Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus' followers, and the bitterness of our own sin. Read Luke 23:27.

And there followed Him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented Him. Luke 23:27

So far the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add 1 cup sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know we belong to Him. Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16.
O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him. Psalm 34:8

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God's eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. Read Isaiah1:18 and John 3:1-3.
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. Isaiah 1:18
There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that Thou doest, except God be with Him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:1-3

Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto parchment paper covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid. Read Matthew 27:57-60.
When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple: He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed. Matthew 27:57-60

Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF. Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door. Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed. Read Matthew 27:65-66.
Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can. So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch. Matthew 27:65-66

GO TO BED! Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus' followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed. Read John 16:20-22
Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you. Read John 16:20-22

On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On the first Easter, Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. Read Matthew 28:1-9.
In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and His raiment white as snow: And for fear of Him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He was not here: for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead; and, behold, He goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see Him: lo, I have told you. And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring His disciples word. And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held Him by the feet, and worshipped Him. Matthew 28:1-9

HE HAS RISEN!






Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Vacation Begins


Well I surly haven't posted anything here in a long time! I have been doing good. The kids start their spring recess as of tomorrow until April 20th. I am trying to think of things to do with them to fill all that time. I hope for good weather and maybe we can make a trip or two to the park or maybe the beach.

Kaylee's first holy communion is coming up on May 16th. I have been busy planning a celebration afterwards. We are having it at the Irish Coffee Pub in Islip. She is really into magic these days so I got a magician to come and preform at the party. She is so excited.

This Easter my parents are going away on a cruise to the Bahamas so I just talked to my sisters today and we decided that Lisa, Darren, Michelle and my family will all out that day for dinner at The Milleridge Inn. Which happens to be my favorite place. They have the Easter Bunny there hopping around the villiage so I think it will be nice evening.

As of right now, I am working on baking chocolate chip cookies and then I will be making cut out sugar cookies for Easter. I figured it would be fun for the kids to decorate the sugar cookies. Well off to finish baking!

Hugs!

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