Monthly Archives: February 2012

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Just a little heart attack…

Thankfully, I have never had a heart attack.  I think I must have inherited my Grandfather’s heart (whose brain died, but heart kept beating afterward).

Sad to say, my beloved Grandmother did die of a heart attack when I was just 7 years old.

I loved that woman who I would watch soap operas with when she would baby sit me at her house, and loved her for bringing me huge red Charms Lollypops when she would come to my house and visit.

My favorite memories of her also include her charm, sense of humor, passion for cooking and feeding her family as well as the special times we would watch the March of the Tin Soldier together.  I just miss that woman so much and wish she would have known about the signs of a heart attack.  Maybe she might still be alive today.

For those of you who don’t know, below  is a little movie that shows you what the symptoms of a heart attack are.  I get a kick out of this movie, because (minus the heart attack) I am so familiar with the craziness of how her morning unfolds.  Happens every day, but just with more kids.

Please feel free to pass this along and have a great day!

Loudly yours,


The Nun who kissed Elvis comes back to the Red Carpet!

Tonight, the Oscars are on and although I am not the biggest fan, I do glance at the show while flipping thought the channels.

I could not help but find this story so interesting!

The woman who gave Elvis his first on screen kiss finds happiness….in a convent!

Pretty interesting story and funny how life sometimes turns around as she will be hitting the Red Carpet tonight!

What is meant to be is meant to be and this Nun belongs, for tonight anyway, on the Red Carpet!

You can read the story here:

Loudly yours,


Number One Son

As some of you may know, I have 7 kids with my wonderful hubby.  I first gave birth to a son, Gavin Michael.  He a full of life, kid, and has more energy than most people know what to do with. Sometimes, including me.  My husband and I are very proud to say that we are parents of a Missionary, as he is in his 2nd year of NET, The National Evangelization Team, a group of young adults who minister to the youth of Middle School and High School.

Anyway, he travels all over the US, as the Music Minister for Team 9, a group of 6 girls and 5 guys.  He recently got his iPod stolen from him (for some unknown reason) and it was held ransom by his “Sisters” until he wrote a song for them. (Gavin is very talented that way, with perfect pitch and, in my opinion, a pretty good ability to write lyrics!)  Here is the song he wrote to get it back.  🙂

Loudly yours,


Five Question Friday 2.24.12

1. What’s your favorite way to spend down time (alone or with a significant other)?
My favorite way to spend down time is to blog or take a bath when I am alone.  Otherwise, when I am with my Honey, I like to sing at Mass or watch a favorite show, like AI.

2. Are you the kind of person that wants things more as soon as you know you can’t have it?
Oh, yes….but it depends on what it is.  As soon as I know something is going to discontinued, I stock up on it.  If it is something over the top and unaffordable, I can forget about it.

3. If you were given $1000 to spend on yourself, what would you buy?
Probably silver or gold. Then I could make more money.  🙂  If I did not have the option to buy those, I would buy a new computer, probably an Apple and give this one to my kids.

4. Do you ever go out to eat by yourself?
Not usually, unless it is an ice cream cone at McDonald’s….but that is alone in the car.  Now, if you are talking about eating alone in the car? Do it all the time.   Out to eat, like at a restaurant? No. Who would I talk to?

5. What company would you want to do a blog review for?
I would blog for Crocs, or Picasa since those are companies I love to use and work with.  I would also blog for Great Wolf Lodge since I love that place so much!!


The Girl Scout Law

I was treated to a Brownie Ceremony yesterday at my local public school. My Daughter is a part of troop that meets there a couple of times a month.

They had a little play that told the legend of the Brownies,

They got some new badges,

and said the Girl Scout Law posted above…

I was very proud that our Troop stuck to the original Law and did not change any words.  It was recited just as I recited it as a Girl Scout myself.  It is interesting to realize that all those years ago, when I was in Girl Scouts, it must have had a profound enough effect on me that I still strive to live by their rules to this day.  Do I keep and follow every rule? Of course not….but I do strive to follow them and am disappointed when I do not.

The Girl Scout Law

I will do my best to be:
honest and fair,
friendly and helpful,
considerate and caring,
courageous and strong, and
responsible for what I say and do,
and to
respect myself and others,
respect authority,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place, and
be a sister to every Girl Scout.

Once a Girl Scout, always a Girl Scout!

Loudly yours,