Friday, July 15, 2011

Summer Umbrellas

The weekend is here and so it's Summer Time, so how about adding a splash of color to your summertime drinks with these cute drink umbrellas?

Even if you don't live in the tropics or close to the beach, drink umbrellas is a fabulous way to accessorize pretty much any drink; chilling in your back yard with some lemonade, by the pool with a margarita or perhaps just your OJ at breakfast time.

Here's a fast and easy way to create your very own and bring in that summer feeling to your daily drink, plus they also work as a stir stick.

Here's what you'll need:
A can of soup to use as a template to make the round umbrella tops. 

Origami or Scrap book paper.

Paper Scissors or Scallop Edge Scissors for decorative edges.

Wood Skewers (for grilling)

Step 1.From each circle, make a 1/2 diameter cut or cut a slice shape measuring about 1/8 of the circumference. 

Step 2. Fashion into a cone, slightly overlapping straight ends; use a glue stick or double-sided tape to secure. 

Step 3. Dab white craft glue inside nose of cone, and pierce tip with a wooden skewer (snip skewer for a custom fit); allow to dry.

Piece of cake, uh? I think so... And I will try it myself this weekend.

Have a wonderful weekend, cheers!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

ye' ol' google

When you live in a place where it's consider kind of an exotic destinations you have lots of advantages; lovely natural spots; beaches, forests, volcanoes, perhaps archeological sites, etc.

But in order to live in a sort of "Paradise" exotic destination, the price to pay could be high (literally) in some cases.

Sometimes or perhaps all the time, it's not easy to find products, and if you do, the options are much more reduced or none existent. When you live in a big city and you drive to a "Mega Walmart" or a mall to get all and even more than you really need, I guess you really take this for granted.

So, in my case when such situations happen, I have to rely much on "ye' old google" to get answers of thing I need to "DIY"... Like in the case of "how to get cat pee off the carpet in my car".

Now, for the solution, I found a recipe one of the many forums about what to in my carpet situation and this is what I found.

Baking Soda + White Vinegar + Hydrogen Peroxide and a drop of dish washing detergent. (And in case you are wondering, that is not a recipe for an atomic bomb, LOL!)

The good news is that, it did the trick!

Now my car doesn't smell like cat pee but more like a nurses station because of the Hydrogen Peroxide, but on well, hope that will eventually dissipate as well!

I want to ciber-personally thank both Caren from Cat Chat and Jess from This Life In Mine for giving me some much appreciated suggestions of products to get rid of the "lovely" smell in car.

Unfortunately finding such products on this island is perhaps as easy to find a designer dress at Wallmart, LOL!

Have a great day!!!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Permanent Residency

As of today July 13th, 2011, I am officially a Permanent Resident of the Cayman Islands.

I am very happy of my new status because it takes a huge weight of my shoulders, as there no longer the need to deal with work permits (which is always a tricky process). I am very thankful to God for helping me get this solved, woo-hoo!

In other news, BTK is back from her surgery, she was not pregnant and everything went well ( not considering that she pee in my car on the way back home- even with newspapers all over, it still made to the carpet)...

So now my car reeks of cat pee, yuck!  Well, guess that's the price to pay for getting her in better shape.

Have a great Wednesday!!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

the weekend that was

After having a 3 day weekend, I am convinced that someone, somehow in the past, made a huge mistake and decided to make the work week consisting of 5 days and the weekend of only 2.

To me 4 and 3 sound like a much better deal, agree?

So yes, my 3 day weekend was great, I had time to relax, start new projects, continue with other projects, went to the beach, celebrated my husband's birthday.... And now, I am ready to take over a 4 day week, LOL!!!

Here are some of the pictures I took on Sunday at Smith Cove Beach, it was a nice sunny day!

snorkeling wasn't so good, visibility was kind of crappy
I also found a very cool spot of a natural pool right by the ocean, this is it...

But not all was fun and games. On Saturday I had a psychologist visit me at home for a personal interview on becoming a Big Sister for the program of Big Brothers & Big Sisters.

The interview was very long (about 2 hours) and very direct, with all sorts of questions about me, my family, my friend, life, career, how I handle situations, how I see life and certain aspects of it.

In fact many of those questions I never even asked myself before.

Overall I think it went pretty good, since most of the questions were pretty personal, I don't believe I did good or bad, I just was as honest as possible and hopefully the organization will find me fit to be a "Big Sister/mentor" to a little girl/boy someday. We shall see what comes next...

Yesterday we went out to dinner to celebrate Mark's birthday. We had a fabulous meal at our favorite Sushi restaurant on the island, The Thai Orchid, as always we felt right at home, food and specially the service was top class.

And last but not least, I am happy to report that we have catch the second cat and I am taking her (B.T.K) to the vet this morning.

B.T.K. relaxing in our back yard
Since she is the momma cat, lately I've notice that her belly is getting pretty big and I am worried that perhaps she might be pregnant again, but after talking to the girl from CARE, she mentioned that perhaps it could be that she just got parasites and that might be the reason I've been noticing a big belly.

So today when the vet examines her, we will find out the reality of her case. Hoping for just parasites cause that would just be easier to solve. In case she is pregnant the Vet will only give her shots and de-worm her.

We'll keep you posted on her situation and please keep her in your mind and prayers so everything works out for the best.

Have a great Tuesday!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Mark the date...

"In this world there is always
one person waiting for another,
be it in the middle of a desert
on in the middle of a big city.
And when those two people pass each other
and their eyes meet
past and future lose all importance,
and the only thing that exists
is that moment and the incredible certainty 
that everything under the sun 
was written by the same Hand,
the Hand that awakens Love,
and that makes the twin soul for everyone who works,
rests and seeks treasures under the sun.
Without this our human dreams
would make no sense."
Paulo Coelho

I've found my person, the one that gives sense to my dreams and makes want to seek treasures under the sun, holding his hand, my twin soul.

Today, several years ago on this exact date a very important person was born. Somebody who is a great human being but that also makes me want to be a better person and wife every day of my life.

Today is my husbands birthday.

On a day like today when I think about my life before we met, I now realize that I was only half a person; back then I didn't realized that so much of happiness was missing in my life without him by my side.

He is kind, funny, loyal, honest, intelligent and perhaps a bit too silly at times, type of a person.

But most importantly he is somebody that cares for me (as well as others) no matter what, that sees my beauty beyond makeup and that caresses my soul with just the sound of his voice.

Today, the man I love, my husband, best friend, confident and companion, my lobster, my muse, my biggest fan, celebrates another year of life. For me, it's another day to cherish him more and appreciate every day that I get to spend by his side.

May God always protect him, take him by the hand to be the best person he can be and that He always inspires his life to be happy and true to himself.

my husband with his b-day present, to read all about it, click here
I love you Mark and have a wonderful Birthday!!!


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