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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Diana And Harvey

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Princess Diana

Twenty years ago today, Princess Diana died. I remember the day well.


My mom had a huge party for the Labor Day holiday weekend.  There were about 100 people in the yard enjoying the festivities.  We have had many, many parties in the 46 years we have lived here including two big ones this summer.  (See The Craziness of June 24th - Part 4 of Series) and (See I Survived The Night!)

I had already left my ex, back in December of 1994, so I was attending alone with my children. (See A Single Parent Lesson)


The day was beautiful and we spent it in the pool, socializing, enjoying good food and just having fun!  (See Family, Friends, Food And Fun!)

That evening, around 9:00 or so, a relative walked out the back door and said, "Princess Diana has been in a very bad accident!"  I was one of the many who went inside into the den to peek at the story on television.  The news spread throughout the party like wildfire.

That night, around 11:30, once the party had dissipated, I sat alone, watching the news for an update, when I saw the announcement that Diana had died.  My heart sank.  We lost a beautiful soul that day.


I watched the entire funeral. My cousin and I slept at a friend's house and we all watched together as my friend's kids and my kids slept soundly.  I cried my eyes out.

So young, such a caring person, at least in public.  Obviously, I didn't know her personally, though, somehow, if I had, I tend to think I would have liked her very much.  Regardless, she did so much good publicly for so many.


I loved listening to her speak.  She had such a soft, caring voice and, of course, her accent was amazing.  She was an excellent public speaker, once she was trained.  Even a Princess needs to be educated and needs to practice.

Her death impacted me as it did many.  Whether it was truly an accident or something else doesn't matter to me.  I know there's many conspiracy theories out there.  I'm not sure what I believe, but, the end result is, the woman died, and the world changed.  She was doing wonderful work and who knows what she may have accomplished over these past 20 years.


My heart breaks because she has missed her children growing into adults, a beautiful marriage and grandchildren.  It's unfair that her life was cut so short.  Though I do believe she understood that life is never fair.

In some ways, I personally feel she lived a very sad personal life.  She was literally stalked horrifically by the media and the people.  She was in a sham of a marriage, suffered an eating disorder, anxiety and terrible stress.  She did it all with the world watching, judging and lying.

my wedding six years ago.  Three of the really young kids are not in this picture.

Princess Diana's wedding inspired me to have all young children in my wedding party the second time I married.  Originally, I was going to have just my daughter as my Maid of Honor and all young children, however, my niece got excited and so, I asked her too!  (See I Can't Believe It's Been Six Years!!!!!)


People seemed to forget she was simply human.  She had feelings, fears, and she felt emotional and physical pain.  It's nice to admire someone, it's horrendous when people obsess.

Through it all, she came out on top.The woman had guts and a strong backbone. She truly was the people's princess!  She accomplished much more than those before her ever did, and in such a short timeframe!

Hurricane Harvey

Oh boy.  Hurricanes have a lot of meaning for me.  I'm a hurricane magnet.  A hurricane came through the day of my first birthday party!  My dad set up the whole yard where we lived at the time and everything was blown all over the place.

Another hurricane hit the day before I was holding a fundraiser for a very sick young man.  Luckily, it wasn't bad at all.  The venue was open the next day from early in the morning and the fundraiser went off without a hitch.


The day before my first wedding, Hurricane Gloria hit Long Island.  Someone up there was trying to tell me something!   My second wedding, to my amazing current husband, went off without a hitch, no warning signs!  In fact, it was beautiful weather the week before and after!


The devastation in Texas from Harvey's hit is absolutely horrible.  There have been casualties due to the storm and the news was just saying that the waters can contain not only living creatures such as snakes, alligators and fire ants, but also toxic sewerage.

Living through a catastrophe is horrible. I can't even imagine what these people are going through.  I lived through Hurricane Sandy hitting Long Island, however, we live on the highest point of the Island.  There is supposedly a "higher" point, but the reality of it is, no one can live there, it's a rock in the woods.  ha ha  Hence, we live on the highest point of Long Island.  As my dad explained to my son once, when my son was little, if we get flooded, the Island is gone, there is no more Long Island!!!!


We didn't need to worry about flooding.  We did have problems with wind damage and no electricity. Where I live on Long Island was pretty much back to normal, for the most part, the next day.  We were able to drive, some people never lost electricity (my one sister did not) and clean up was pretty quick.


We had no issues with any personal property at any of our homes, no downed trees, nothing blowing off our homes, etc.  At the place I was living at the time, I had electricity until about 8:30 p.m. if I remember correctly, I know I was cleaning up dinner when it went out.


Two good friends spent the Hurricane with me.  My husband had to work.  The morning of the Hurricane he drove into work on the Long Island Expressway.  It wasn't that bad out yet, at least not as bad as they had predicted, however, it was much more windy than usual.  His car was getting blown all over the LIE.  He drove a really big car at the time, so you can imagine what smaller vehicles were going through.

The pictures shown of Long Island, and the devastation are on the North and South Shores, locations near the water.  I live in the middle of the island, we had nothing even close to such damage.  We had some small downed trees, maybe some roof damage to some homes, no electricity in many areas and damage to some traffic lights, poles, etc.


We have family in Long Beach and in Howard Beach.  As you can see by the names of the towns, they are near the water.  They got devastated.

I had a car drive through my home once.  You don't even realize how much you have lost even when you make a list.  You can't think of everything and months later, when you go to look for something, you are like, wow, that is gone too!  (See Divine Intervention? Amazing Luck? Or Was It Jinxed Real Estate? You Decide)  I can't imagine losing everything you own in a devastating event such as Harvey.

People don't realize how much events in history affect all their lives. The death of a well-known loved, young person or a devastating earthquake takes it's toll on everyday people.

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Monday, August 28, 2017

I Survived The Night!

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We had a big party in my parents' backyard last night for my sister and her husband.  I survived the night.  No incidents.  (See But It's JUST... - Part 1 of Series)





Of course, I had to eat all my own food.  I couldn't touch one thing the caterer brought. But, at least I was able to have a good time without a trip to the ER.  (See Genitalia - Oh How It Intimidates - Let's Take a Peek At This Strange Phenomenon)

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He thought she was older; she always looked older for her age. She thought he was younger. They went out a few times. They guessed at one another’s age, and each one agreed that the other’s guess was pretty close. They liked one another!!!!!! Eventually they came clean. By then, they were happily together. When she was 19 and he was 29, they married on Dianne’s birthday. They celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary and Dianne’s 50th birthday while they were in Punta Cana this past July.


They have two lovely children, their son Frank, 29, works with his dad in his cement business, and their daughter Ellyse, 25, is a Physician’s Assistant. Dianne has a wonderful career as an amazing Esthetician! Love knows no age, no ethnicity, no language barrier. They were literally worlds apart. He had said he was just coming to America from Portugal to “look around” for a little bit. We recently celebrated him becoming an American Citizen! I guess he liked what he saw.


Dianne and the kids and my sister, Jeannine, and my daughter, little Jeannine, all got the chance to visit Europe. Big Jeannine went on a three week trip with them before she married, around 1997, and stayed with Chico’s family. Chico made sure to take her to many different sites and attractions. My daughter, little Jeannine, went to Portugal with them four years ago for a family wedding when they stayed for two weeks, spending some of their time at family’s homes and some at a friend’s beautiful condo. Little Jeannine got to see some great sites too! One of these days, I’d like to go! They are having a backyard party at Dianne’s parents’ house, August 26, 2017, to celebrate Chico turning 60 this past March and Dianne turning 50 this July!



The party was a success. We had about 115 guests total, the wait staff was great, the bartender awesome, the DJ fantastic, the caterer amazing, the banquet company that supplied the tent, tables and chairs did a spectacular job and the guests were crazy fun and wonderful! Family and friends who are like family all partied together and had a ball.

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