Category: Thank you Thursday

Grateful…

I heard on morning radio the other day something about being grateful. I didn’t quite catch the whole story because I had to shut the radio off. I guess the whole point was to write down 3 things you’re grateful for everyday. Again, I didn’t catch the whole segment. But if you do it daily for 21 days, your mind will get in the habit of being grateful all the time. I’m grateful everyday for everything but I thought this would be something good to document here. And how perfect is it to start in the 1st of the month. Here are my 3 things/people I’m grateful for.

1. Tyson!

2. The Sister

3. The Mom

Happy August.

If you’re reading this, what 3 things/people are you grateful for?

Thank you Thursday…

Thank you Hugo for living your life so laid back, for always smiling and for always being so helpful, for being so nice and always making everybody laugh.

I don’t have as many stories of Hugo as those closest to him. So at his services when we were asked if anybody wanted to say some words about Hugo.

I didn’t stand up. I should have, but the chicken shit in me took over and I just sat there. I sat there listening at all the things his friends and family were saying. They all shared similar stories. They all talked about his love for food, for adventure, his love for his family and life.

When I first started working with my friend Diana. I thought it was the cutest thing that Hugo would pick her up for lunch every couple of weeks. She’d always come back with something funny to say that Hugo did. Sometimes she even had that look on her face of excitement like when couples start dating. Almost like they were getting to know each other. That is my favorite thing about them as a couple. After being together for so many years they still went on dates, they still said I love you when they talked on the phone and they were truly excited to be in each other’s company. Then you add Abby and Jeremy and their level of happiness goes higher than the sky. Diana has always been one of those moms that has so much pride in her voice and in her eyes when she talks about her kids. And Hugo is one of those dads who’s pride shows in every single fun thing they do together.

Hugo was such a foodie. Him and Diana would take the kids to the Anaheim Art Walk every time I had a booth there. They would stay the entire time and pretend they were there to support me. They think I don’t know that they were actually there for the food trucks LOL. The look on their faces was of 5 year old’s at a candy store. From tots from Mess hall Canteen to crepes from Crepes Bonaparte. They love their food! But my favorite thing and what I will carry in my heart is the day they picked up my huge containers of stuff I was going to be selling at the Art Walk. Took it to down town Anaheim for me. Hugo started to unpack my stuff. Diana quickly TRIED to put a stop to it, because she knows how picky I am and how I like to do everything myself. Hugo set up my tables anyway. He taped the cables down and out of the way so nobody would trip over them. And then OMG he saw the candles. I don’t even remember what he yelled but Diana and I turned around wondering what he was so excited about. A few days before I was on Instagram live making washi tape candles and he was logged on watching me make them. So when he saw them he realized it was what I was making on IG Live. It was the funniest thing. I will always carry that in my heart Hugo. You took the time to help me when you didn’t have to. you taped the cords down when I didn’t even think to. You set up my tables for me even when you knew how picky I was. You took your wife and kids to every art walk I was a part of and not only purchased from my small business but you guys took your time and went to every vendors booth. Those are the selfless things I will always remember.

I am probably rambling. I would have been a mess if I had actually stood up to talk at his services.

So I will leave you with some of my favorite photos I had the honor of taking a few years ago.

Your adventure continues Hugo. When you come across my dad, you will know it’s him because he will talk your ears off. But I promise you, you are in for some fun times with him.

Thank you Thursday…

Huge thank you to my coworkers that have reached out to me this past week and a half. I still consider them my coworkers even if I don’t work with them anymore. I was laid off from my job of 22 years and I miss them so much. I think of you daily ladies and I hope you think of me too.

Chia: my days are not complete without you. Thank you for staying with me while I packed everything up. It means so much to me to know that I can always count on you. Our friendship is everything to me.

Mrs. Glorie: I can’t even type without crying. Thank you for always believing in me, for always appreciating me and for always being the friend that we all need in our lives. Don’t let me hear that your giving anybody else a bowl of potato salad or your going to hurt my feelings.

Mrs. Ima: my morning coffee is so boring without you, and who am I supposed to get my news from now? The weather report and the entertainment news from. Thanks for always being the light of my day. Thank you for always loving all my crafts and for always telling me no to give my talent away. I miss you.

Arlene: i had to start making my own pancakes since I don’t have you around to make them for me. Stay positive and stay eating all the yummy tofu. Thanks for always being a good sport and for always being so nice to me even when I was mean to you lol. I hope that you finally learned how to pronounce pescatarian lol.

Maricela: I wish I could have been there your last few days with the company. Best of luck with your new job. I know you will be amazing. Thank you for your support and for always appreciating all my crafts!. I hope I still see you every Christmas for your family photos!

Thank you ladies!

Thank you Thursday…

So much to be thankful for lately. But today I am thankful for friends who invite my sister and I over for their birthday lunch. Friends who take their time to make lemonade.

How beautiful are these lemons!!!

Friends who take the time to make us salad and soup.

Thankful for a good lunch that was cooked from scratch but even more thankful for nice conversations, for fun stories and for how appreciative friends are. Thank you Alma for such a fun afternoon.

Thank you Thursday…

Let’s be thankful all year long. Not just on Thanksgiving.

Today I’m thankful for cough drops and warm blankets. Beanies and cowls. Warm socks and jammies.

Most important I am thankful to my spunky niece Dani. Who teaches us daily that we need to sing more and have fun! Thank you Dani girl. Tia loves you.

Here are a few photos of Dani growing up!

She wanted the horse to be fashion lol

Oh you know, just taking a nap.

I don’t remember how old she was here, but I do remember her turning everything into monkey bars.

Have a great Thursday <3

Thank you Thursday…

I haven’t done a thank you Thursday in so long. But it was a must today.

In a time when the world is all sorts of messed up. I’m not talking about the natural disasters that have been happening lately. I’m talking about the way we are treating one another. I’m talking about people not even saying the simplest things as please, thank you, you’re welcome, excuse me and especially I’m sorry. Why did we forget to just be nice. Why did we forget that a random act of kindness from a stranger is okay. That there doesn’t have to be an ulterior motive when people are nice.

I was at the laundromat on Monday. My towels weren’t dry yet. I went to the change machine. For some reason it wouldn’t take my dollar. After putting it in 3 times. Somebody taps me on the shoulder and says here. A complete stranger handed me a dollar in quarters. I must have looked completely shocked that a stranger was giving me a dollar. He said here keep it. I was like are you sure? He said, yes keep it. I was so taken aback, that I didn’t even realize that I should of handed him the dollar that wasn’t working in the change machine. I said thank you over and over. It was so nice of him. I finished my laundry and when I turned back to thank him again. He was gone. It was so weird to me because I instantly felt like he had never been there.

Let’s not forget that it’s okay to be nice to one another. Including complete strangers.

LIFE IS GOOD!!!

Origami…

I love folding paper. It’s one of those things that relaxes me. When I travel I like to take origami paper with me and always make something to leave with the housekeepers tip. Years ago when I went to Aruba for my friends wedding. The housekeeper at the hotel I was staying at, asked if i could  teach her how to make a swan and heart. She said she wanted to teach her granddaughter. She was so cute. I left her a pack of paper. She was so excited. It warms my heart to imagine her folding paper with her granddaughter. 

I miss Aruba.


Okay back to folding paper. 

I used to leave hearts behind that said. “All you need is love. Love is all you need”. I love making them for Valentine’s Day too.

The shirt is perfect for Father’s Day. Add a bow tie, tie, pocket and buttons and it would make a cute card. 

How perfect are those swans for weddings. Years ago I made them in gold and white for a bridal shower and wedding.

Those flowers are super easy to make and the possibilities are endless. You can add bling, buttons, small flowers to the center. Or so many other things. 


A closer look at the flower.


Have a good evening <3