What??? I have 9 cats? No way, can’t be…

Never, ever in my life did I picture me to be where I am now.  A few weeks back, a beautiful kitten emerged from my basement.  I taught Malenky all he needed to know.  I fed him with a bottle and a syringe.  I taught him how to poop and how to pee.  I introduced him to a litter box.

People said if there was one I’d find, there would be more.  And they were right!  Malenky had three siblings – one brother, and two sisters – and all just gorgeous!  It was a trying time, but eventually – all of them were with us, and they were all together.

Having so many, this was not an ideal situation.  As you all know, my beautiful boy JB is not doing well – he is dying, from nasal cancer.  My heart breaks and my voice cracks when I even think about this.  I had three kittens here, with the exception of Malenky – who no way, no how was going anywhere.  My ex-husband and his girlfriend wanted a kitten, so they took one of the girls – Anastasia left with them this afternoon.  I felt bad seeing her go, but I know she’s got a great home.  And I will be able to see her, see how she’s growing, so…all is good.

I love taking care of these cats, but I know I cannot do the foster thing – I have gotten too attached, so from now on – care, from a far.   I promise to always donate to shelters, and do whatever I can do.  And the boys and girls (only 2!) will be treated like royalty – I promise…

Proud Mom…

It has been so busy here in Scranton – and all around us.  I just returned from a week of House Sitting and Pet Sitting for my son and daughter-in-law.  In addition to the kitten we found in our basement and promptly took into our home (and who has fit in purrrfectly here), his three siblings were also found and taken in – upstairs to a spare bedroom.  We will adopt them out – to people we know.  I am still caring for JB, my beautiful boy who has cancer – that cat has a will to live!  One of the happiest things that’s happened recently is my oldest son, Michael has graduated from college.  On Friday, May 10th Michael received his Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Temple University in Philadelphia.  We are over the moon and very proud.

Michael was an easy baby, and a good boy to raise.  He never, ever gave us a bit of trouble.  He took the long way to get his degree, but he did it.  Michael has worked consistently and constantly since he turned sixteen years old.  He has always worked in the Food Industry.  For most of his college life, he has worked full time during the day and went to classes full time in the evenings.  All of his hard work has paid off.  We had a great day for his graduation.  The ceremony was very nice, and his Dad took us all out for a wonderful dinner celebration that evening.

All he needs now is a full time teaching job.  He is in the minority, as most males who enter college intending to be in education tend to gravitate towards Middle or High School.  Michael wants to work with the little ones.  His favorite student teaching assignment was with Kindergarteners!

Allow me to share some pictures of him.  We are ALL so proud.  His father and I, his brother Chris and Michael’s girlfriend Alex are pictured here.  What a happy day!

I’m on FIRE…

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Since coming back to life, online…so to speak, much has happened…the Royal Baby is a BOY…congrats to Meghan and Harry, that baby is going to grow up to be beautiful! Currently I am watching the Colorado Avalanche battle the Sharks.  While I have no hatred or whatever towards San Jose, having  (luckily) lived in God’s Country (Colorado)  for six years – two of those years being Cup Victory seasons – 1996 and 2001 – I want the Avs to win!  I follow four teams each year – the Avs, the Caps, the Islanders and the Tampa Bay Lightning.  My heart has Islanders “stuff” on it, as does my leg…a JT tattoo, for, in my opinion, the most significant player in their history.  I named one of my cats after Alex Ovechkin – crazy Russian, love him!  The Colorado Avalanche have a STAR player, born on the EXACT day as my last baby – gotta love those 9/1/95 babies, Nathan MacKinnon and Chris Rosentreter!  I moved to and moved away from Tampa, Florida – no matter what happens, and I mean this – they are MY TEAM.  Always and forever, love the BOLTS!

I both honor and blame my Dad for the feelings I get at playoff time.  When it is good, I honor – when it does not go my way…blame?  Eh..not really.  Thankful I have had these memories.  Good.  Bad.  Sad.  Whatever.  Happy?  Yes, for sure!


Hello again!

I am back.  I have been gone for quite some time.  As they say, life has gotten in the way and I have been more than overwhelmed.  Am I ready to be back in the swing of things?  Perhaps, yes.  Maybe.  I don’t know.

I was lucky to have attended my FIFTEENTH Wrestlemania, and as usual – it did not disappoint.  The show lacked a lot, yet gave so much so we cannot complain.  We got our money’s worth – as we had our butts in the seats for over seven hours.  Yes, that’s right.  SEVEN hours.

Wrestling has been a mainstay in my life, the thing I can always count on to make me happy, to make me smile – for over twenty years.  It has been a blessing to me.  I will never, EVER diminish the importance of it to me.  My best friend Christine has been by my side for this wild, wacky and wonderful journey.  The memories we have are precious beyond compare.  I am lucky.

My family suffered a loss this spring.  And as my beautiful boy JB continued to battle and struggle with cancer…we got a miracle.  Two weeks ago, after coming home from training at my new Cashier job at a local supermarket – I heard a noise.  Down in the basement.  Went down there, no one answered.  Came up, watched the news and heard the noise again.  I decided to give it a final shot – said a few words, and as I did – it must have sounded real – legit – and before my eyes, the tiniest kitten, one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen – came out from underneath an old, beaten up dresser.  He was (and is) gorgeous…walked a bit, not steady…but strong.  I could not believe my eyes.

Fast forward to now – Malenky is purr-fect!  He purrs.  He pees.  He poops.  And following in the footsteps of at least his three human brothers – he sleeps through the night!  I never, ever in my life thought I would be the parent of SIX felines.  But, I am happy and I could not picture it any other way.  My life is blessed.  Beyond compare.  Thanks, God…




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Lately, I have…I have felt the overwhelming desire to save.  To run.  To get my money in a safe place (whatever that is)…so…I can pay my bills, and to continue life…as we (or I) know it.

I have not worked consistently since the Fall of 2017.  Considering this, I think for the most part I have done ok.  Mostly.

It is time.  While I am not young, I am also not old enough to give up and forget – to forget what it is like to work hard to get what you want, and more – or as important – what you need.

Recently, I have been working with an amazing couple – married over 50 years.  Totally in love and totally devoted to one another, I am lucky to be in their company three days a week.  They think the world of me, and in return – I think the world of them.  Truly, they are the best.  And more recently, I have been privileged to be working with an awesome 97-year old woman – who would give people half her age a run for their money!  As much as I know that I will not get rich caring for these people – it does not matter.  I want what I need to survive, and not much more.  I am happy, and more than that – they are happy too.  Who can complain?  Certainly not me.

I walk through the stores, whatever ones – checking out the styles, colors – whatever -for this upcoming season.  I am lucky to have SO many clothes (and accessories) that whatever the current trend is, I can accommodate it.  I always want to look neat, modern and clean.  I have no worries there – I have boxes of items new with tags, so whenever I want to go shopping – all I need to do is go up to my attic and look around.  Playoff hockey season is approaching (April 10th) and my wardrobe will be easy to plan – I wear only Tampa Bay Lightning clothing – all blue hues, in one way or another.

A good rule is to spend money on what you NEED, not just what you want.  You may want beer for an Easter gathering – but get the generally decent priced brew, rather than the more ultra-like kind.  When money gets better, easier – you can upgrade your choice.

For a nice dinner, if you are thinking of serving chicken – drumsticks are generally more reasonably priced.  You can bake an entire tray of plain drummers, and serve them with different kind of sauces on the side.  I did this this recently, and it was a great hit.  If your family and friends like pasta, serve that.  Maybe they like some kind of potatoes.  Or maybe rice.  Pick what you think all will like, and there you go – a holiday dinner.  Chicken and sides with stuffing and maybe even cranberry sauce – mmm, I’m hungry already.  Some will say vegetables need to be included, so choose what your guests will like most.

Nothing is more important than family and friends.  Nothing.  And when holidays and special days for them and all of us approach – of course we want to make sure our loved ones are happy.  Is the importance of a gift measured by the cost?  I do not think so.  That being said, I have spent a lot making sure my loved ones were happy.  And some of the gifts I got for these same loved ones were not costly at all.  Know your budget.  Know your recipients.  It all works out.  The key word is PLANNING.  All year long, you need to be aware of what’s out there that you can get for a decent price.  Be organized.  Be aware.  If you do this, I can almost guarantee you will always be high on the gift-giver list!



HELLO again…

Hi there!  So much has been happening with me, with my family.  Some good, some not so good.  But I try – I try to focus on the positive.  It isn’t always easy, but it’s what I need to do at times.

Money and finances – at this time, it’s been…a struggle.  But with the help of an amazing family – it has been ok.  Well, when you think of it – more than ok.  I do not want to complain, and I won’t – I will be…thankful.

I have the most AMAZING sons – my ex and I have raised our boys to be amazing men.  To say I am proud is an understatement.  My sons have picked the most perfect women to be by their sides for always, and I could not be more proud.

As everyone knows, our JB has cancer – nasal cancer.  Some days he does good, others not so much.  Being diagnosed back in January and it now being April – I am thankful he’s gotten the time he has so far.  I try to convince myself he will be ok, and I know – in one way or another, he will be.  However, I need to be realistic – and I am trying to be.  We have an angel waiting up in heaven for him – but in no way am I saying he can go or am feeling it is ok.  It is not, and because of this – my heart has a rip, a scar that will never, ever go away.  I am a better person for having this amazing animal in my life.  I love and he loves his siblings – Jeff and I are more than privileged to be their “parents.”

All this being said, I am about to begin my attendance at my 15th Wrestlemania!  Years ago, when I started watching and began this journey, I never EVER thought I would be where I am now.  I am so very thankful I have been able to attend all the trips I have been on.  I cannot begin to explain the joy, fun and memories.  I must admit I am one of the luckiest WWE fans alive.  My heart is smiling as I get ready to head towards NY and NJ for Wrestlemania 35…





On the road again…

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It all started in New York City.  March of 2004.  And it continued to Chicago.  And then Detroit.  After that, Orlando.  Then came Houston and Phoenix.  Atlanta and Miami followed.  New York/New Jersey, New Orleans and San Francisco.  Followed by Dallas, Orlando again and New Orleans again.  This year, we are back to New York/New Jersey.  I am talking about my amazing and incredible journey attending fifteen Wrestlemania’s.

After all this time, over twenty years of being a fan – I have given up trying to explain my interest, my desire, and some might say my obsession.  It is without a doubt the most steadfast and consistent “like” of anything that I have EVER enjoyed.  Way back when, on January 4, 1999 – when my oldest son Michael asked me to watch wrestling with him, because it was “so good” – to which I replied that it was “crap” and a “stage show” – I am forever thankful.  Because of this interest, I have enjoyed more good times and amazing memories than I ever thought possible.  I have made friends and traveled.   All over the country.  I have been both a blind and a realistic fan to all that goes on in this industry.  Always and forever, I will defend this company.  My interest.  I totally and completely understand what it is, what goes on – and I am fine with it.

My best friend Christine and I have been on this wild ride since 2004 – and I wouldn’t choose any other person to accompany me on this journey (whatever it is).  The memories we have are priceless, and the stories – they can always cheer us up whenever that is what we need.  We have met and become friends with many good, decent and fun people along the way.  We are very lucky.

My advice to those of you who have an interest that others do not or may not think is “normal” or “average” – just do it.  You have an obligation to make yourself happy.  As long as it is something that is not harmful or that causes distress to others – it is totally fine.  Enjoy it, embrace it – take pictures of yourself having fun with it.  And remember to always have a good time.  Because life is better when you’re laughing, and having fun!

Gimme a break…

This week has been a trying time for our family.  A few things have gone on that made me want to throw my hands up, running away while screaming “leave me alone, please.”  We will get through it all, in fact at this moment things are calming down.  Or at least are starting to.  But it got me to thinking, sometimes you just need a break.

I have never been one to be hard on myself.  In fact, the reason why I get behind on things, and am so unorganized (at times, with some things) is due to the fact that I do, in fact, give myself a break.  I have never, ever felt guilty for taking time to do things for me.

The first time I remember an instance of this was the first year I had worked (babysitting) and was buying Christmas presents.  Aside from a few very close friends for whom I would buy token gifts, the only three people I had to get presents for were my Mother, Father and sister.  I included myself in that group.  I think that just about every year since then I have gotten myself something I wanted.  It was never anything very expensive or elaborate.  Many times it was just a small item, but it was something just for me.  Something that to others may have seemed silly, but to me was relevant and important.

Hockey has always been important to me.  I have lived and died for teams over the years.  Everyone who knew or knows me is aware of this.  And for that reason, I have never felt guilty if I decided not to go out if asked on the afternoon or night of an important game.  Of course, if it was an important event – I would never not attend.  I am not that extreme.  But if asked to go out on the spur of the moment – say for pizza and drinks – and if there was a good game on, I would politely decline.  Usually I would suggest another time.  No one has ever gotten mad (that I know of) so I’m all good with my decisions.  No guilt.

Even with my children, I gave myself a break.  I let them watch many of the shows they enjoyed, and they had video tapes (VHS on a VCR, I am dating and aging myself here) that played all the time.  However, I had television shows I enjoyed as well.  And when it was time for those programs to begin, the tapes got removed and/or the channel got changed.  My choices and wants were important.  Of course, I was home raising them and they came first.  I never felt guilty about watching what I wanted.  They simply played while I watched.  I didn’t sit on the couch staring at the screen, not interacting with them.  I was usually on the floor with them near me, and we’d be playing with…whatever.  In fact, as my son Kevin was learning to talk he used to call two characters on the play phones that came with their play workbench and kitchen – he “spoke” to Palmer Cortlandt and Jackson Montgomery from All My Children every day!

Now as I am an about-to-be fifty-six year old woman, I still take care of myself.  I have been on and off “not well” since around Thanksgiving.  That combined with the reality of aging has to some extent altered how I do things.  If I have five errands to do and I am not sure I will get through them all, I’ll do the most important two or three first.  This way if I don’t feel like finishing the rest, they can wait for another day.  I might clear the table, and put the dishes in the sink.  But at this point, I may not feel like doing anything else.  I’ll rinse them somewhat and then come back to them later.  The same with laundry – I might bring it all down, sort it and get one load done.  I may not feel like folding it once dry, and if that’s how I feel – I don’t do it.  It can wait until later.  Or tomorrow.  The only exception is if what’s in there will wrinkle.  Doing that causes more work than it’s worth.  I may pick up and straighten some rooms, but if the desire to keep going with vacuuming has left me – you guess it, it can wait.  And it usually does.

I see too many people I know pushing themselves past whatever their limit is.  That is fine some of the time.  It really is.  I do believe, however that my mental, physical and spiritual well-being is just as important as “getting things done.”

Who agrees with me?


Entertaining on a Budget – Supplies



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You can’t have a fun and proper gathering without the right items.  With the proper planning, you can be assured you will always have the supplies to make your party or get together fun, and coordinated at the same time.

Always be on the lookout for reduced price paper goods.  When you are in a store that sells this kind of stuff, wander to the party aisle.  I scored an amazing deal on hard, corrugated paper plates, in an oval shape (so they were plenty big).  They were 50 cents for a package of 12, so I took one in every color they had.  My entertaining for the next few months will be easier (and less expensive) because of this find.

When you decide on a theme, or color for your “event” get a package of large napkins in said color, and alternate them in a pile or arrange them with some plain white ones.  You’ll get your burst of color, and the white (i.e. cheaper) napkins will fill in where you need them to.

A good choice  would be  clear plastic utensils that are sold.  But again, scour the aisles of stores that sell this stuff.   You’ll be surprised at how easily you can get packages of plastic utensils for cheap once the color of the season has passed.  I once got orange forks, spoons and knives for 24 cents a package, with 48 items in them. Halloween time.   Ok, orange might not be the most popular color for the future, but they were used for Thanksgiving time.  And when your son’s team (the Denver Broncos) make the playoffs, this is a good thing!  When all else fails, you can always get white for a reasonable choice if you can’t get clear or the color you’d like.

For serving bowls, strive to obtain a collection of white or clear ones.  I currently have several white Corelle bowls and clear Pyrex ones.  No matter what I put out, using these bowls – it all coordinates, and it all works.  For chips and things like that, you can get clear large plastic bowls at Dollar Tree.  Clear and white serving – you can’t go wrong.

I have found that if you want to make your gathering more or a party than a get together – blow up some balloons, attach them to some curling ribbon, and hang them around your place.  Balloons always make a party!

Lastly, all good gatherings should have pictures taken during the event.  With photos, you can document how much fun everyone was having.  You’ll have memories.  Isn’t that what it is all about?

Party on…




Entertaining on a Budget – Drinks

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A good party and/or a fun gathering needs some drinks.  Not necessarily alcoholic, yet you do need to keep your guests hydrated with all the good food you are serving.  What you are offering does not have to be fancy, expensive or anything like that.  Simple is always ok.

What I always have on hand to serve is soda, both diet and regular.  And the dark ones like Pepsi or Coke, and light like Sprite or 7-Up.  Of course, beer is a must for me.  I will usually have the kinds that are my favorites, plus other kinds that my guests might like.  Truthfully, at our “parties” people tend to bring what they like to drink, so the amount of drinks I need to provide is minimal.

For simplicity, you can serve water in pretty glass pitchers.  Float a few fruit slices around and you’ll have “fancy” water.  It is usually well received, and if people don’t finish it all, you can put it back in your fridge and have water with good additives for the next day or so.

Fresh-brewed iced tea is always a hit.  You can provide lemon juice and different kinds of sweeteners to perk it up for those who would want to drink it that way.

Keeping mixed drinks to a minimum.   If you want – have a bottle of rum or vodka, and provide mixers to go with them.  Orange and cranberry juice are good choices.  Actually, any kind of fruit juices can make a delicious drink, reminding us all of good vacations gone by.

Don’t forget – always have lots of ice on hand…