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Hello dear friends and family! How are things? I trust you and your family are well; and are doing wonderful!
I want to begin by telling you how much we appreciate you taking the
time to share with us what you were [and are] most THANKFUL
FOR; and how you spent your Thanksgiving holiday!
It’s an absolute joy being able to hear you through this
means of communication; as well as being able to reach you, converse
with you; and most importantly having you share with us some of what
you experience in your life.
Your contribution, as well as feedback and responses mean the
world to us. THANK YOU FRIENDS AND FAMILY!
Wow, it’s unbelievable that this
divine…delightful…sparkly…festive holiday season is upon us.
The super chilly air, the incredible aromas that surrounds us,
the twinkling lights and decorations that adorn our front yards [exterior;]
as well as the interior of our homes; all signifying Christmas is
“just around the corner” – approximately 18 days away.
you ready to embark on this inspiring annual festive and spiritual
journey, as well as experience the joyous, meaningful and unique
holiday traditions once again?
Well, the spirit of the holiday season has
entered my home, and ahh it’s an enchanting feeling.
Some moments I have been experiencing have been simply
beautiful, breathtaking; and a bit astonishing as well.
Oh dear---my husband “Todd”, who is
a total scrooge during this special time of year; surprisingly
began exhibiting that warm and fuzzy feeling that many of us are so
familiar with, and love during this special season.
Hum…on the day after Thanksgiving (“Black Friday”)
he began talking about wanting to purchase, and put up a Christmas
Tree; so I thought perhaps he was ill and asked: “are you feeling
OK?” He assured me
he was just fine, and explained that a strange feeling had come over
him; causing him to want to celebrate Christmas.
Needless-to-say, I was truly stunned at that moment; because
[LOL] this man hate Christmas (well…what Christmas has become];
and for the first time in 27+ years he captured the Christmas
Spirit…[it seems his heart has totally warmed to this extra special
time of year.]
Due to our schedule “right away”
turned into the next day; so after a brief search on the Saturday
after Thanksgiving we found everything; which pleased Todd immensely.
And soooo the fun began for him, along with a new [first
time] experience…“the putting up of our Christmas Tree!”
As I sat in front of my computer writing, as well as in-between our conversations; I would glance at him from time to time and just watch quietly how happy and contented he was attaching each hook to an ornament; and placing them onto the tree; as well as the sparkly lights, and lovely bows. From time to time he would ask me to assist him in a certain area; but when he was finished, WOW…the tree was the most beautiful I had ever seen. Certainly, he had done a much better job than I had done in past years.
even though I am a bit surprised; it’s an enthralling feeling
witnessing a side of Todd I had NOT EVER seen before; watching
how that lovely…special feeling of joy, warmth, and gratitude have
taken hold of his entire being. Uh…LOL;
it just makes me kinda giddy observing and digesting it all!
So folks, we are ready this year…yup, we are
officially and completely celebrating Christmas 2012…Woohoo!
First it was the Christmas tree, then some days later it was
the aroma of Christmas Cookies baking in my kitchen, and now the
re-arranging of our home has begun, as well as the discarding of
unused and aged household furniture.
Tis the season…huh?
though, I am certain I will experience entirely the full realm of the
fascinating holiday traditions with Todd; as well as the wonderful
feeling of nostalgia, plus those lovely…unique childhood memories
that I have been so yearning to relive.
LOL, what a spectacular Christmas it will be!
Hahaha, well if we are still here after the 21st of December…right?
December 21, 2012
The so-called prophecies of “Doomsday” [The Mayan Apocalypse --- the final day of the Mayan Calendar --- and the end of the world as we know it]. CLICK HERE to enter the official December 21, 2012 website to get the details about this “Judgement Day." www.december212012.com.
And you must check out NASA’s answers to the world ending (on December 21, 2012) entitled “Beyond 2012: Why The World Won’t End”. CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINK TO READ: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/2012.html.
Ops, before veering off from sharing with you my surprising experience [above;] it occurred to me, perhaps it would be good to share with you some important Holiday Safety Tips. Therefore, go ahead and read the below, you’ll find it to be very informative. Most importantly, it will help make your holiday season; plus the exciting time spent with your family and friends a safe one.
Tips for Your Christmas Tree
When purchasing an artificial tree, look for the label "Fire Resistant." When purchasing a live tree, check for freshness. A fresh tree is green, needles are hard to pull from branches, and when bent between your fingers, needles do not break. The trunk butt of a fresh tree is sticky with resin, and when tapped on the ground, the tree should not lose many needles. When setting up a tree at home, place it away from fireplaces, radiators, or portable heaters. Place the tree out of the way of traffic and do not block doorways. Cut a few inches off the trunk of your tree to expose the fresh wood. This allows for better water absorption and will help keep your tree from drying out and becoming a fire hazard.
Be sure to keep the stand filled with water, because heated rooms can dry live trees out rapidly.
Tips for your Christmas LIGHTS
Check all tree lights--even if you have just purchased them--before hanging them on your tree. Make sure all the bulbs work and that there are no frayed wires, broken sockets, or loose connections. Never use electric lights on a metallic tree. The tree can become charged with electricity from faulty lights, and a person touching a branch could be electrocuted. Before using lights outdoors, check labels to be sure they have been certified for outdoor use. To hold lights in place, string them through hooks or insulated staples, not nails or tacks. Never pull or tug lights to remove them. Plug all outdoor electric decorations into circuits with ground fault circuit interrupters to avoid potential shocks.
Turn off all lights when you go to bed or leave the house. The lights could short out and start a fire.
Tips regarding your Decorations
Use only non-combustible or flame-resistant materials to trim a tree. Choose tinsel or artificial icicles of plastic or nonleaded metals. Never use lighted candles on a tree or near other evergreens. Always use non-flammable holders, and place candles where they will not be knocked over. In homes with small children, take special care to avoid decorations that are sharp or breakable. Keep trimmings with small removable parts out of the reach of children to prevent them from swallowing or inhaling small pieces. Avoid trimmings that resemble candy or food that may tempt a young child to eat them. Wear gloves to avoid eye and skin irritation while decorating with spun glass "angel hair." Follow container directions carefully to avoid lung irritation while decorating with artificial snow sprays.
Remove all wrapping papers, bags, paper, ribbons, and bows from tree and fireplace areas after gifts are opened. These items can pose suffocation and choking hazards to a small child or can cause a fire if near flame.
Safety Tips for TOYS
Select toys to suit the age, abilities, skills, and interest level of the intended child. Toys too advanced may pose safety hazards for younger children. Before buying a toy or allowing your child to play with a toy that he has received as a gift, read the instructions carefully. To prevent both burns and electrical shocks, don’t give young children (under age 10) a toy that must be plugged into an electrical outlet. Instead, buy toys that are battery-operated. Children under age three can choke on small parts contained in toys or games. Government regulations specify that toys for children under age three cannot have parts less than 1 1/4 inches in diameter and 2 1/4 inches long. Children can have serious stomach and intestinal problems – including death -- after swallowing button batteries and magnets. Keep them away from young children and call your health care provider immediately if your child swallows one. Children under age 8 can choke or suffocate on uninflated or broken balloons; do not allow young children to play with them. Remove strings and ribbons from toys before giving them to young children. Watch for pull toys with strings that are more than 12 inches in length. They could be a strangulation hazard for babies.
Parents should store toys in a designated location, such as on a shelf or in a toy chest, and keep older kids’ toys away from young children.
Fireplaces Safety Tips
Before lighting any fire, remove all greens, boughs, papers, and other decorations from fireplace area. Check to see that the flue is open.
Use care with "fire salts," which produce colored flames when thrown on wood fires. They contain heavy metals that can cause intense gastrointestinal irritation and vomiting if eaten. Keep them away from children.
Do not burn gift-wrap paper in the fireplace. A flash fire may result as wrappings ignite suddenly and burn intensely.
Even though the holidays started of great for
me, and for many of us; I know a lot of you have experienced pain, and
the loss of a loved one. I too, recently learned about the
passing of a good friend that occurred on Thanksgiving Day.
Although I would consider myself linked with
her family, the news only reached me the day of her funeral (arrived
in my in-box); and I only actually saw the e-mail the day after
her funeral. Gosh, this news knocked me down pretty badly; I couldn’t
believe Mandy was gone! Moreover,
not getting the news about her passing, nor about her funeral in a
timely manner kinda tore at me.
You see, my friend Mandy was a strong,
beautiful, intelligent, successful young woman who I admired greatly.
Hum, we were very close during my early years growing up here
in the States. From the
moment we connected we became friends; and the many times I spent with
her at her parents’ home was some of the nicest times of my early
life. To this day they
still linger in my mind; because they were always fun times…just the
talking, laughing and sharing was awesome!
Oh, how I remember those days/nights.
I wonder how much did we get on her brother Vito and sister
Debra’s nerve; just “yapping…and…yapping…and…yapping.”
Lovely Mandy was a kind of friend you trust, and one you can
talk with about any and every thing; moreover she was a good listener!
LOL, gosh I must have made her crazy talking and talking
about that boyfriend of mine; who eventually became my husband.
Mandy and I drifted apart as we grew up and began pursuing our careers
(which took us along different paths;) but she has always stayed in my
heart and mind. The times
I saw her through the years she was the same lovely Mandy I
remembered, such a calm soul! In fact, just a few years ago I saw her at one of the DC Caribbean
Carnival events; and even though she was a little different from
enduring a stroke at a very young age; she was just as beautiful, with
the same kind heart, lovely smile, wonderful soul, and great attitude!
Indeed, Amanda “Mandy” Abigail Lara was a phenomenal woman,
and she will forever stay in my mind and in my heart; and that
friendship we had I will cherish FOREVER!
May she rest in peace!
Our sincerest condolences to The Lara family, who are mourning the sad loss of their beloved Mandy.
As I close for this week. I want to leave you with some important words regarding a significant day that was observed on December 1st, 2012. WORLD AIDS DAY!
The theme of this important day "World Aids Day" is the same as it was last year: 'Getting to Zero'. The global community has been, and will continue to be committed to focusing on achieving 3 major targets: (1) Zero new HIV infections; (2) Zero discrimination; (3) Zero AIDS-related deaths.
This important day has been set aside since 1988 to bring awareness to AIDS; to remind people that HIV has not gone away; and that there are many things still to be done.
This important day is used to increase awareness of the disease; fighting prejudice, improving education, and raising money to help with finding a cure, and helping those who cannot afford the medical treatment. More importantly, this important day affords the leaders around the globe to renew their pledge of working towards universal access to HIV and AIDS treatment, prevention and care.
"HIV is a virus that attacks the body's immune system - the body's defense against diseases. If left untreated, HIV eventually weakens the immune system so much that the person falls sick with infections known as opportunistic infections or OIs. The most serious of these OIs are called AIDS defining illnesses. When the person becomes ill with one of the AIDS defining illnesses, she/he is said to have Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS).
HIV can be passed on through infected blood, semen, vaginal fluids or breast milk. The most common ways HIV is passed on are:
Sex without a condom with someone living with HIV
Sharing infected needles, syringes or other injecting drug equipment
From an HIV-positive mother (to her child) during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding (but with effective treatment and care the risk of transmission can be greatly reduced)"
For further details and facts check the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)).
I am passionate about the prevention of AIDS...specifically since there is no cure or vaccination that can truly prevent or cure this devastating disease (at this time.) However, there are some simple things one can do to be protected from contracting this disease.
Avoiding casual and unprotected sex with partners of unknown sexual status
Using condoms correctly and consistently.
Getting all sexually transmitted infections treated by a qualified doctor as soon as possible, also getting your partner checked/treated
Insisting on sterile disposable syringes and needles for injections
Not sharing needles and syringes for injecting drugs
As for those who have contracted the disease; with some of the successes in the medical world (lately), timely diagnosis and treatment can keep the virus under control and the immune system healthy. I have learned people on HIV treatment can live a healthy, active life, even though they may experience side effects from the treatment.
I am also very passionate about bringing awareness to this disease (AIDS); so below I have listed some of what you can do to contribute to bring awareness.
Find out facts about HIV and talk to your friends, family and colleagues about HIV- make sure they know the reality, not the myths.
Know your HIV status: get tested if you have put yourself at risk.
Talk to all new sexual partners about using condoms. Using a condom during sex is the best way to protect yourself and your partner from HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
If someone tells you they are HIV positive, treat them with respect and don’t tell others without their agreement.
Wear a red ribbon as a symbol of your support for everyone affected by HIV...and to raise awareness.
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