Hanging out at Nana’s

No Words Needed!

Sunday Morning!


After breakfast, she went for a walk to Janet’s with Ella. When they returned I reminded Ella she had to spend some time visiting Nana and playing with Olive too. She couldn’t just run off to Janet’s. So Ella begrudgingly submitted to being bossed by Olive as they played table games while nana cleaned up. Afterward, Ella was released to run off to Janet’s and Olive came up with a great idea: Let’s go outside and have a picnic walk nana! She packed up her bags and out we went. I convinced her to help me water the plants which led to filling the wading pool and there she played until mom and dad picked her up!

Lettuce Lake Park – Saturday Morning


Saturday was just too beautiful a day to stay indoors! So the girls and I went on a two-hour hike along the boardwalk and trails at Lettuce Lake Park. We climbed on one of the towers and stopped by the canoe launch to cool off and explore the river shore. The drought has really impacted the park. Large sections of the swamp once under water are now parched and dry.  After our walk, we drove over to the hospital to visit abuela, and then grabbed a nutritious lunch at MacDonald’s, before heading to the grocery store, and target, then heading home to the lake.

For an added sense of adventure, we enhanced our hike with a scavenger hunt. Our task was to find 5 things we had either never seen before or never noticed. # 5, these group of cypress tree roots resembled gnome structures.

#4, Olive found an artified rock hidden in a tree
#3, Ella found this tree with a large abstract heart shaped hallow in it.

#2, Olive found shells in shapes she had never noticed before.

# 1, Ella and I were both surprised to see how dry and parched the park was due to the drought. She had just been there earlier this year and everything was under water, now there is nothing underwater along the boardwalk.

Dry, cracked swamp


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I have received requests for more information on the KETO eating method and rather than searching for links at the spur of the moment, I thought the interests in KETO merited a blog post to share what I have learned, as well as links to resources, etc. All of these sites are going to try to sell you something. If you choose to purchase anything from them that is up to you.

This is a good place to start: Dr Breg  Be sure to take the body quiz to find your body style, then explore the site. It provides a plethora of information.

Then hop over to this site and discover Dr. d’Agostino of The University of South Florida. Dietdoctor.

Here is another link to help you understand what you can eat and not eat and what the new KETO BUZZ is all about. It explains that KETO is also called by other names, such as Low Carbs High Fats, or LCHF, Low Carb,  Ketogenic Diet, etc. Keto Diet Guide

It also has a KETO Calculator. Here are my results:

How much should Mo be eating per day?

  • 1342 calories
  • 99 g fats
  • 20 g carbs
  • 94 g protein
Based on Mo’s inputs, we suggest she eat: 1342 calories. From those, 99g fats, 20g net carbs, and 94g protein
More About KETO Supplements: I have purchased the Keto OS orange dream supplement drink from this site: Pruvit . It was expensive but provided me a quick return to ketosis and helped with hunger and sugar cravings.  Here is a supplement review site that might be helpful: Cheating to get body into ketosis
This works on your body and will help your brain chemicals stabilize. My philosophy is that this is a process of retraining your body as well as your mind. So, to help keep your mind on a positive track and off of dieting all the time, I recommend these new books I discovered on my recent trip to St. Augustine, FL.
Author Pam Grout’s book E-Squared. E Squared . Believe it or not, I found this in a second-hand bookstore, along with her follow-up book E-Cubed. I like them so much I bought them both as well as an audio version of her book Thank and Grow Rich.  Check it out here Thank and Grow Rich.  Here is Pam on a youtube interview: Pam Grout Thank and Grow Rich . It’s from Pam’s book that I got the idea to start the Positive Posse gratitude text.
Another really cool motivator is this author: Jen Sincero, check out her book – Badassiery She is a great motivator. Or better yet check Jen’s book out on youtube here: You are a badass
I believe that when the student is ready teachers appear. I also believe that sharing is a great way to be grateful.
Enjoy and Soar!

iPhone photography

So I have been really exploring my iPhone photography trying to get it up to that next level as close as possible to my DSLR photos.  I always have my iPhone with me it’s lightweight, it’s convenient,  it gives me ease of access, and I have learned in my photographic journey that the most important camera to use for great photography is the Camera you have on hand to capture the moment. 

Lately as I have been focusing on using my iPhone to snap my pictures I’ve been blown away by the images I’ve captured. It’s amazing but photography really is in the eye of the photographer and not necessarily in the equipment! 

A great well exposed, well-balanced,  artistically creative photograph is about the perspective,  it’s about the angle,  it’s about the symmetry, it’s about the light and shadows and the mood . You do not need a high-end camera or expensive lighting or a studio. You just need your imagination and the camera you have on hand. 

Middle School 8th Grade Dance

Mallory and Jocelynn photographed by either Cully or Desiree, using the Nikon D7K. ISO was cranked so images are little noisy if you pixel peep. But parents did a great job on this capture. My watermark is on them because I post processed and applied minor edits like crops and an occasional exposure adjustment. Otherwise, images appear here as captured.
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My Son-In-Law, Cully, and my daughter, Desiree, are raising three girls and they empower their three girls to be confident, independent thinkers, and to be proud of their bodies. They do not feel that they should make their girls hide their bodies under layers of clothing so that ill-bred boys will not be distracted from their schoolwork.

Now, at 13, Mallory is all dressed up to attend her 8th-grade dance and I see the confident, girl she has grown into. She does not censor herself, she speaks her mind and has a definite style of her own.  Mallory’s biggest influence is her mother whom she looks up to and whose advice she takes on things like hair styles, make-up, and clothing.  Here are some pictures her parents took of her and her cousin Jocelynn kicking it as they prepare for the dance.

Mallory, you are beautiful inside and out and when you ever doubt yourself, remember this: you come from a long line of strong, independent women, (mom, nana, momo, memaw, all your aunts, grandmothers and great-grandmothers you don’t get to see often), whose perfection lies precisely in their imperfections. We may not always dot our “I’s” or cross our “T’s” at the right time or in the right places, and our commas might be all over the place, but we never let that stop us.



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Always do whatever you do with great style, trust me, no one will remember your mistakes when you can pull off the look baby! That goes for many things in life. Mistakes are our best teachers if we learn from them and do not let them stop us!

Bloopers, photo bombed by siblings, aunts, and cousins!

Lucky to have each other!

Mallory always remember you are enough!

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A poem I wrote to myself once when I thought I might doubt myself:-)

Written by Marylia Feazel, 4 a.m. April 16, 2002, Nassau Bahamas 


I am enough, I have enough, I do enough!

What does enough mean to me? IT means I have arrived at a place of fullness. I am no longer empty. I am no longer needy. More would simply be more. Enough means I am complete … I can move on.  I have, I do, I am enough! 

Enough means not to worry the source of my fullness cannot be depleted – there will always be enough for me. 

Enough means I cannot be bullied because I am not needy. I can say – ENOUGH!!

Enough means I will not accept more – I am finished with this – I am moving on! 

Enough means I am happy in this moment and content with where I’ve been, and where I’m going, who I am and who I am becoming.

 Enough means It’s okay. I can stop! I can relax! I can play. I can be who I actually am. I can love all the pieces of me because just as I am, I am enough!

 I am enough

I have enough

I do enough!

Now it’s off to the Dance!

Middle School!
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It was only yesterday . . .
Mallory and Ella 2011

Mallory and Ella, Summer of 2011, Night time at Clearwater Beach Pier

It seems just the other day the girls were visiting me during their summer break from school. They spent two weeks with me before going off with their MoMo and Popo to North Carolina and then on to New Jersey to see their father. It is always a priority with me to embed myself into my granddaughters’ memories. I often wish I had more memories of time spent with my grandparents. I only had one grandparent I was close to growing up, that was my grandfather Esteban. His, are the only good memories of my early childhood life that I still carry with me. When my granddaughters think of me, I want them to remember me as more than just a distant relative who visited them once and awhile, or as someone in some vintage photograph. I want them to remember lots of love, fun and good times. That is why on their visits with me, I always fill their days with as much memory making activities as I can come up with. When they were younger, I planned lots of excursions to theme parks, or park crawls, beachside nighttime picnics, shopping trips, and other wonders.

Louisa Capetillo was a Bad Ass woman of history. She was a writer, a labor leader, and an activist for women’s rights. She was Puerto Rican but had ties to Ybor City where she wrote one of her many books. She was notorious for the times she lived in (born 10/28/1879 died 10/10/1922) for her eccentric lifestyle, personal choice to not marry the father of her two children both born out of wedlock, and she was once arrested for wearing pants in public. At the time (the early 1900’s) this behavior was unheard of for women and considered extremely unladylike. She is credited as being the first women to wear pants in public. There is the mural at Macfarlane park that included her image. On one of our park crawls, I was explaining all this to my granddaughters, then 7 and 4 year-olds assuming they were not interested and wouldn’t retain it. I was surprised when several days later, on our late night picnic to Clearwater beach, Mallory used Luisa to present her case as to why I should let her wear a tiny bikini to the beach. I made a blog post on my old blogspot blog about this.

Swamp Life

Typical lakeside weekend with two of the granddaughters. It was Mallory’s 8th-grade dance this weekend so the younger two girls came out to the lake. It was a weekend filled with shopping, art, long afternoon walks to visit a neighborhood horse, the usual exploration of the lakeside, and swinging from trees.

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To perfect a day to stay indoors. Bye Bye iPhone, hello trees!

Me too guys!

Great Explorations

Portrait Studies

Neighborhood Horse

Building Great Things

Evening Lakeside

Goofy faces