Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Trick or Treat!

Today was a much warmer than usual Halloween for us here in the WNY area, and it was nice! Well, mostly nice. The weather started out sunny, then the clouds came rolling in, making it so dark that I thought it was night time at 2pm. It did rain a little bit, but then it stopped, and by the time trick or treating started, it wasn't too bad.

I went down to my parents' for the afternoon, with all the candy. Mandy and Hailey were already there, and I got the best "treat" when my little niece saw me. She caming running into the living room, saying my name the whole time! She was even saying the "L's," something a very little child has a hard time saying for awhile! My heart melted, and I just had the biggest rush of love for her immediately. They stayed for quite awhile, and she enjoyed seeing some of the costumes on the little kids. She was dressed as a witch, but she wouldn't wear the hat for it, since she hates hats. But still, she was very cute!

I can't believe tomorrow is November. Where in the world did the time go?? I feel like the older I get, the faster and faster the years go by. It almost feels frustrating sometimes! It makes me wish I could be a kid again, sometimes. They don't have a concept of time, and that is what's frustrating about adulthood. We have a concept of time, and it flies. lol

Friday, October 27, 2006

Worst Storm Ever

In my last entry, I mentioned the fact that we got snow. It's been 2 weeks since I wrote that, but I have to describe the aftermath of that snow.

Here in lovely Niagara Falls, I woke up to a trace of snow on the ground. It was gone within a couple hours, and life seemed to be normal. Until I started watching the news. In the surrounding towns and villages around NF, there was up to as much as 2 feet of snow. No one had power, in fact, many people were without power for almost an entire week. It was so awful! The reason? It's still fall, and all the trees still had their leaves. With the heavy snow piling on the branches, and not melting, branches started breaking all over the place. I've seen pictures of the trees, and I've seen them personally since the storm, and it's devastating. And very sad. To see all the damage done to the beautiful trees around WNY. It'll take generations, they say, for the trees to look the way they did before the storm.

How NF got spared, I don't know. But in a way, it was a blessing. If we had no power like everyone else, it would have been worse. We had tons of people come and stay in our hotels and motels. Every single one of them was booked for days. Our grocery stores were packed, with people from all over getting food. The gas stations actually had lines, something I've never seen around here! So I guess it was a good thing that we had power, or else I think it could have been an even bigger issue!!

Everyone is still talking about the storm, but most people are trying to get back to normal now. I just hope we don't have a storm like that again! At least not that early in the year!

Friday, October 13, 2006

Merry Christmas!

I was busy working on a necklace today for my friend, when I made a quick glance out the window. I looked back down at my work, and then suddenly jerked my head back up to look out the window again.

There it was, flying around all over the place.






Yes, I said snow. Snow, on October 12. What the heck?????

I know I live in Upstate NY, but come on!! This is quite ridiculous!! Although it did not accumulate in my exact area, there are cities and small towns around me that saw several inches. There are even school closings for tomorrow.

It's crazy, I tell ya!!

Monday, October 09, 2006

Some Random Thoughts

The weather today was so beautiful again. It makes me wish it could stay like this for the winter! But sadly, that won't happen. In a few days, we'll be lucky to see 50 degrees. Bummer.

I swear, if there are any really nice days in November and the ice cream truck comes around, I will just laugh. The guy must be desparate for sales, I saw him driving around today. Geesh!

North Korea scares the shit out of me. I sure hope this is their one and only nuclear test, and they don't use it for attacking purposes. Somehow, I'm very doubtful about this.

My heart melted yesterday when my sweet little niece reached up for my hand as we were walking back to the car, instead of her daddy's hand. heehee

I'm tired of getting messages to my personal ad on Yahoo from men in their mid to late 40s. That's too close to my parents' ages, ewww.

I'm making dinner, and I don't really feel like eating. I feel like going back to sleep again. *sigh*

I have seen several butterflies in the past few weeks, and every time I see one, my heart smiles. :-)

Kites, Kites, Everywhere!

This weekend was a Kite Festival here in the Falls. It actually took place at a park known to residents here as the Reservoir. I went to see the kites today with Mandy, Ron and Hailey. It was just sooooo cool! And it was absolutely the perfect weekend for it, with warm temperatures and a nice breeze. It was alot of fun, and I'm hoping funding troubles won't be a problem for this next year. There were people from all over the world flying kites, including a man from Japan who had a Mega Moon kite. This kite is one of three in the world, the largest kites ever made. We heard a guy telling someone that yesterday, the Mega Moon was tied to a dump truck full of bricks, that the truck still moved a little when the Mega Moon was in the air!! Unbelievable! Anyway, I took pictures. They aren't the best, but the kites are just so neat! Enjoy!

The Mega Moon is the big squarish-looking kite!

The fish one was one of my favorites!

All types of kites!

This one looked like a huge puffer fish. We never saw it go up, but kids were playing around it, and it looked like it would have been cool to see in the air!

Kinda hard to see, but this is part of a line of kites together, which looked like it was 10 feet long!

Friday, October 06, 2006

A Thank You

My mom told me several days ago that the man who realized something wasn't quite right with me when I was a baby had passed away. His name was Dr. Gillick. While I of course don't know him at all, or wouldn't even recognize him, I thank God that our paths crossed those many years ago. If it were not for him, my condition may not have been discovered until quite some time later, and who knows what that would have led to.

I guess when my mom took me to my first set of shots when I was baby, at a free clinic, Dr. Gillick heard something off with my heart. So my mom took me to my regular pediatrician at the time, and he said there was nothing wrong. At my second set of shots, at the same free clinic, Dr. Gillick once again said there is definitely something wrong. So my mom took me to a different pediatrician, who immediately told my parents to take me up to Children's Hospital in Buffalo to see a cardiologist there.

My parents arrived in the busy waiting room full of people for my appointment. It was only moments later after they signed in that a group of doctors all came rushing out to see what was wrong with me, leaving a room full of bewildered parents and patients wondering why I was going before them. They said I was a "blue baby," my lips and fingertips and the tips of my toes were purplish in color, and they knew it had to do with my heart. Several tests later in the next couple months showed that I had atrioventricular canal (AV canal = 2 holes in my heart), and pulmonary hypertension (PH = a rare lung condition). They told my parents there wasn't anything they could do, and they weren't even sure how long I'd live. Maybe a year? Maybe 50? They even told them to consider having another baby soon, that's how unsure they were about my condition.

Thirty-one years later, I am still alive and kicking. Well, mostly kicking. I still have my days when I feel really bad or extremely tired. But for the most part, I've been doing much better since being on treatment. So I thank the Good Lord that Dr. Gillick was in the right place at the right time. May he know how much I truly appreciate him in discovering something wrong with me, and may he rest in peace.