Sunday, February 10, 2019

Love, Live and Laugh

Love and beauty are in the eyes of the beholder.

Love is not something you can touch; its a warm feeling that comes from deep inside your soul, like a hot flash.

Love has no age barrier, so when it strikes it still makes your heart flutter like a butterfly.

And its not to be confused with atrial flutter.

As we age together, we must remember to remain young at heart. Our body may change but not our soul.

When I was having a slight crisis about aging, my husband turned around and said, It doesnt matter if you have a few wrinkles, youre still you inside.

I said, Its true that love is blind. But hes right.

Forget about age, LOVE, LIVE, and LAUGH.

Happy Valentines Day

Just a reminder, Susanna Leonard Hills Valentine Writing Contest.

Post your story between 12:00 AM EDT Wednesday, February 13th and Thursday, February 14th by 11:59 PM EDT. Click here for more details. 

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Grandparents Survival Guide

There are many Blogs on the web about Parenting.  But no one Blogs about US the grandparents.

1st  Keep in shape, exercise every day, every week and the week after. Because when your grandchild arrives, youll want to be able to run as fast as he/she can. Climb a tree to fetch the kite, and rescue him/her when they cant get down from one of those new climbing nets at the park.


2nd Grandparents are allowed to give in, sometimes, because we are grandparents, remember? AND we usually give in when we have no strength left to say no. We typically say, Only this time, but don't tell Mom or Dad, its our secret. Uh-oh! Wrong, children are honest by nature, and the first thing they're going to do is tell their parents when you bring them back home, is, Grandpa/ma let me do this!

3rd -There are distinct kinds of parents, 
  • the ones that want their children to obey to all rules, which equals NO FUN.
  • the ones that dont want their kids to get dirty and are afraid of them getting hurt, NO FUN.
  • and the ones that dont mind in what shape their kids come home just as long as theyve had a good time with their grandparents. SUPER.
The latter is my case, thank goodness. I have warned my grandchild's parents that if they want me to babysit, that child is going to play in the mud, he/she might scratch his knee while playing, and well go for walks in the woods no matter what kind of critters we may encounter.

4th Beware of toy stores. I walked into a toy store looking for an educational game for my grandchild, Kevin, age 2 ½ and came out with this.

 Its sitting in my living room. See the tunnel? Well then, guess what?

I had to crawl through the tunnel to make him happy and got stuck; well lets be honest, I wanted to go through the tunnel. The good thing is that I called out for help and two tiny hands reached out to help me. Has your heart melted yet? Mine did. 

Toddlers dont realize that we are much older and not as agile as they are. They probably think we are Houdini.

Then I could smell something and asked my grandchild, did you dirty your diaper? No, Kevin answered with a smirk on his face. So, I invented a story.

Kevin, if we dont change your diaper mamma dragon will smell it. Kevins eyes peered into mine in amazement. I put my finger to my lips and said Shhhhh. Hurry, lets change your diaper before mamma dragon finds us. Pee-yew stinky poop. Giggle-giggle.

Kevin wasnt scared at all but went along with the charade. Now and then he does the same, Shhhh, the dragon. He whispers as he tiptoes around the house looking for the dragon.

Grandparents are kids at heart, and we have the excuse to act like kids because we want to entertain our grandchildren. Right? I love this part. We also get to watch cartoons or kids movies.

Toddlers see us as superheroes and friends. The human figure that is patient and spoils them. 

When Mom and Dad come home from work and have had a long day, I can understand that they dont have much patience left for their toddlers. The kids want attention, theyve been in PreK all day, playing, pushing and shoving, learning how to survive with other toddlers. When they dont get the attention they thrive for, they act up, throw things on the floor. Its normal. When ignored, mine cries out I want grandma/pa.

There you go.  My grandchild lives downstairs, and I can sometimes hear him cry. Shortly after I hear a knock at the door, who could it be?

I open the door, and that smile melts my heart once again. It doesnt matter if Im busy cooking a meal or ironing. I let Kevin in and play. 

Dinner still has to be prepared before grandpa comes back from work, so, I have Kevin help me. I pull up a chair near the counter and hand him a potato with cloves and have him create a face. On other occasions, I give him dough or whatever I am preparing at the time and keep him busy. Pots and pans have come in handy, add a handful of clothespins and listen to the music.

In any case, when he visits which is almost every day, it gives me an excuse to stop whatever Im doing and relax, more or less. Lets say; I set aside daily chores to cherish those precious moments with my grandchild that is so eager to play and learn something with his grandparent.

 The joy of being grandparents.

Leave a comment if you have time. What do you do to keep your grandchild busy and happy?
Do you have aches and pains the day after? Is it because you also climbed a tree?
Share your stories with me. I would love to hear from you.
Take care.

Monday, June 18, 2018

How I got the idea for my picture book, ‘Jurassic Rat.’ Pub. Clear Fork Publishing

I was surfing the web for information on rats. Roof rats had invaded my roof. Consequently, I wanted to find a way to persuade them to leave. I dont like to poison the poor things.

Then I came upon this significant discovery; A Chinese Super Rat Roamed Earth 160 million years ago.

A FOSSIL of the oldest known ancestor of modern rats had been unearthed in China.

Bingo! Jurassic Rat was born.

I realized that no one had written about an insignificant rat that managed to hide from gigantic dinosaurs and still be alive today. Although, modern rats anatomy are slightly different from their ancestors - then again, so are humans, in respect to their ancestors.

 Arent we, Homo sapiens, physically diverse from the Neanderthal man, or farther away in time, from the Australopithecus afarensis, named Lucy? If you click on the links, can you notice the difference? I bet you can.

 Did you know that rats are the most evolved class of animals known as mammalians?

May I name a few of the most common for you?

1-      Roof rat, (Rattus rattus) also called the black rat or tree rat for the reason that they can climb trees and not only. Mine climbed up the power lines to reach the bird feeder in the winter, on the second floor. Wow! What an acrobat. Isn't it cute?

2-      Norway rat, (Rattus norvegicus) They love to steal a free meal from my dogs bowl.

 This little guy above is a skeleton of a Norway rat. No worry, it died by natural causes. I think my cat caught it. I buried it in a paper box. Two months later I dug up the grave to find that the necrophagous insects had done a brilliant job. There lay only the rats bones and a few tuffs of fur. I brushed off some dirt and debris, then I assemble the skeleton. (I wore a mask and gloves)  Dont get grossed out; this is called science. We learn a lot from bones.

If you want to read more about rats, click here

How many of you have domestic rats for pets? Have you noticed how ingenious they are? Let me know. I would love to hear from you. Have any of you ever thought of becoming an anthropologist or a paleontologist when you grow up?

Oh! I forgot to mention that the roof rats moved out after I introduced them to my cat, Giant. In Italian, we call him Gigante.

The picture book 'Jurassic Rat' is coming out in spring 2019, Published by Clear Fork Publishing 

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