Monday, August 31, 2020

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Babies Born in 2020

"Remember the year I was born mom.  The one when the world stood still. You said we stayed inside mom, to keep from getting ill.

Remember the year I was born mom. It sounds like a crazy time. People wore masks to the shop mom  and stood in a 6 foot line.

Remember the year I was born mom. We never made any plans. And when we did venture out mom, you were always gelling your hands.

Remember the year I was born mom, you gave us extra cuddles. We didn't get much grandparent time, until they introduced bubbles.

Remember the year I was born mom. It was hard but a special time. You might think we missed out mom, but all we needed was you.

So please don't be hard on yourself mom. I know sometimes you felt torn. We all formed an amazing bond mom, the year that I was born." - unknown author

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Still Hope

"How wonderful it is
to remember that
despite all these
there is still hope
to be found
in this life."-Dhiman

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Sofia's Sunday Sailing

"She comes sailing on the wind,
her wings flashing in the sun;
on a journey just begun,
she flies on.
And in the passage of her flight,
her song rings out through the night,
full of laughter, full of light,
she flies on."

Monday, August 10, 2020

A Mother's Day Puzzle 2020

I finished color sorting and edge pieces of the puzzle Sofia gave me for Mother’s Day 2020. “Miles apart,but always in my heart.” I’m going to take my time with this one.


Sunday, August 9, 2020

The Time's They are A Changing

"Remember when a new hip joint meant a cool place to go?"

Happy Birthday Zoom

Yesterday we were able to have a family zoom birthday celebration for my brother Randy and my brother in law Vicente. The California family and the Australia and Texas family members were able to join in to sing and celebrate together. Despite these Covid 19 days we make lemonade out of lemons.

 Happy Birthday Uncle Randy and Uncle Vicente!

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Happy Birthday to My Brother Randy

Happy Birthday Randy! Can't wait til we can all be together again to celebrate together!

Friday, August 7, 2020

A Story Is Born

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Things We Can't Do

Due to Covid-19

Sweet Caroline
There will be no:


Wednesday, August 5, 2020

August Wishes

"As this new month of August begins,
here are my wishes for you...
May this month bring you satisfaction,
peace and joy.
May all the desires of your heart
be granted.  
May this be the beginning of new 
things in your life. Better things.
Stay strong, be positive and fulfill
your dreams.
Happy New Month my friends."

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

All The Heavenly Things

"There's something enchanted about night. All those heavenly bodies, shooting stars, the crescent moon, celestial phenomenon." —Luanne Rice

Monday, August 3, 2020

Everyday Feels Like Sunday

"August is like
the Sunday of

Sunday, August 2, 2020

A New Student Abiba

Every day Sofia says something which makes me laugh. This morning she face timed me early. She always begins her call with "Gramma am I interrupting you now?" My response most always is "Of course not! I'm so happy to see you." She loves to play school and she designates our jobs as "teachers". Today she said we have a new student and she wrote random letters on a paper.* Gramma read the new student's name. I read "Abiba" and then I started to laugh. She immediately said "Students it is not nice to laugh at someone's name." Then she asked me" Teacher Barbara where are we taking the students today?" I said how about a science museum the students want to learn about planets. Sofia enthusiastically said great and grabbed her globe to show the students planet Earth. Then she spun the globe and said "Hey Gramma look here's Paris!"(There conveniently was a small Eiffel tower on the globe). Wonderful I said and now can you show the students where Italy is? She immediately said "Well I'm an expert on SPACE but not Earth!."

*What I didn't write  about Sofia was that the name of the new student in our make believe class was (she wrote these letters on the clip board). Foiarbg. I couln't even pronounce it so I said I think it's Abiba. yes the new student's name is Abiba. She accepted that. Then today we were playing again and I have to amuse myself because she asked the last name of Abiba and I said yes it's Abiba Habiba. (I had to muffle my laughter). Just as I had to laugh yesterday when I said the name of the student was Abiba and I laughed out loud and she didn't skip a beat and never smiled and said "It's not nice to laugh at a student's name". So today when she said let's spell Abiba and I said okay it's ...."A" and she said no it's not the name started with an "F" yesterday. Then she said where is my clipboard and I knew I was busted. She found her clip board and said here it is Foiarbg. That's how you spell Abiba. I knew that would be bad for sounding out F so I said you know how you have three names Sofia Filomena Forlino well this students name is Abiba Foiarbg Habiba.  It's very hard to put one over on her. She accepted that.

Paper Moon

"Say, it's only a paper moon,
Sailing over a cardboard sea,
But it wouldn't be make believe, 
If you believed in me." -Lyrics and Music Harlan and Rose

Saturday, August 1, 2020

A New Home

August is move in month

August A New Month

 May this be the month you
find joy in the small things,
you forgive yourself more often,
you find new ways to
be kind to others,
you limit your fears, you
delight in your alone time,
you celebrate who you've become,
and you cherish what's in
store for your future!

Advice from the MOON

"Live life to the fullest
Be someone to look up to
Don't be phased by difficulties
Take time to reflect. Enjoy a little space.
Honor the cycles of nature.
Light up the night!" -

August Move In time

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