Hello November!

What a weekend of fun we all have on this Halloween. It was an amazing day watching the kids in their costumes. The weather was decent, not too cold and not too windy. The creativity of some of the costumes amazes me every year by 10pm I ran out of candy.

October went quick, our day light time saving ends, meaning one extra hour of sleep. Halloween decoration would come out at the end of the day and turkey, corn, more pumpkins, and apples will be added to my fall décor.

November is the beginning of preparation for the holidays. Every November I would try a new recipe for our Thanksgiving dinner. My family loves the smell of the home cooking and they would sample the dishes.

November will be the beginning of my Christmas shopping. Yes, I love to start early since I want to take it easy when December arrives. I don’t like to wait for Black Friday or those call savings. I’ve watched how some people get upset and push other costumers just to grab a doll or a game. The spirit of the holidays is gone as soon Black Friday arrives.

November would always be the busiest month of the year ending with my Christmas decoration on the day after Thanksgiving.



The Countdown begin…


The countdown to the holidays has just begun. I have to start shopping for the holidays. For several people it’s too soon, but having a big family is never too early. Usually I make my first layaway the day after Halloween starting with the three oldest. After that, I do the little ones so they have more time to think what they want. They loved to write a few letters one to Santa (the big letter) and the other to their grandparents (one gift). My last gift to buy it will be for my husband after 31 years of marriage it’s getting difficult to obtain something special for him.

I have my Christmas tree already up with no decoration yet. I will décor my tree and my house on Thanksgiving Day with the kids. It’s a tradition we all want to keep.

I’m planning the menu for that day with the help of my daughter. My older kids want to add their own specialty. We do a secret Santa on that day. The rules for the secret Santa are a silly prank, a postcard, and a handmade gift no more than 10 dollars.

I still have another week and a half to prepare meanwhile, I have been watching and enjoying Christmas movies from the Hallmark Channel. It makes me want to have my home already decorated. The spirit of the holiday season has already invaded my home.

Day 16- NaBloPoMo

Bad Signal

Someone’s left you a voicemail message, but all you can make out are the last words: “I’m sorry. I should’ve told you months ago. Bye.” Who is it from, and what is this about?

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I’m listening to this strange voicemail message. It’s my youngest sister who at this moment she’s on vacation.  I had to figure out what was going on and what she means she’s sorry. So my investigation begins and starts asking questions to the rest of the family.  After questioning a few members of the family I obtain the answer.  It all starts a few months ago at my dad’s birthday party. We all got together we have a nice dinner and then we cut the cake. At that point, my dad was tired and he decided to leave his slice of the cake for the next day. However, one of us can’t resist the delicious cake and eat it. To my surprise, I ask who has the nerve to eat the last piece and no one will come forward. Suddenly, my sis blames my brother, of course, he denied it and no one believes him. To this day he still claims his innocence; he has to buy another cake for my father so he can have his piece.

Why I am getting this message from her now? After all, we all consider our brother did it.  I can’t believe all this time it was my younger sister.  All I can think is, Thanksgiving is approaching and she has to face our poor brother.  Don’t worry sis, soon we will get together. Now that we have identified who ate the last piece of the cake; we all are watching you.


Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!


Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day. It’s a day to be thankful and grateful for all the things we have during the year. I’ve a lot to be thankful for and spending time with my family it’s one of them.

I love Thanksgiving! It’s the beginning of the most beautiful time of the year and my favorite holiday. This is the holiday we don’t have to exchange gifts. We just share recipes, spend time together, watch football, and enjoy the good food.

Since early in the morning, my husband and I will be in the kitchen. Among cooking we will and watch the Macy’s parade. My family will arrive after 2pm and they will enjoy the football game. I’ve a great menu to prepare (of course), turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, rice, the delicious pie, flan, rice pudding (puertorican style), cookies and the finishing touch a glass of wine or beer for the grown-ups and a fruity punch for the kids. Yummy!

This is what I’m grateful for. We are blessed!

My family loves Thanksgiving, too. They love making beautiful memories, taking pictures, and have a fun day.

“I will reflect on the joys of life”. After I went through with breast cancer my family is my priority. I’m blessed to spend time with them and enjoy life.

I would like to wish each and every one a Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy your love ones!
~See you soon~