Archive for the Personal Category

Oh no, you did it again

Posted in blogging, Personal on December 23, 2009 by maryrestaino

You’re being what you are


I’m not surprised

Just sad


And lonely


Thanksgiving Day – We still have much to be grateful for

Posted in blogging, Family, Personal, photography, Photos on November 26, 2009 by maryrestaino

With the arrival of another Thanksgiving during these trying times, some of us may feel apprehensive about our future. However, like the sun peaking through the clouds this morning, there is always something to be thankful for. This Thanksgiving I am grateful for:

  1. Relatively good health.
  2. No new incurred debt.
  3. Family.
  4. Friends.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

family fun

Posted in Family, Personal, photography on November 5, 2009 by maryrestaino

Our children had the day off Tuesday; we took some time to have some fun at the beach:100_0734100_0741100_0742100_0724100_0738

At first everyone grumbled about getting into our van for family time. We stopped for some breakfast sandwiches first before heading to the beach. We had a nice time overall. After a while, the squabbling started to get out of hand; we had enough of each other until next time.


New family members

Posted in Family, Personal, Photos on October 2, 2009 by maryrestaino

This has been a great month for our family, as we have acquired two wonderful new pets.

The first of which is an adult female cat who answered a call from my children who were calling our other cat, Mickey. My daughter fed this cat and was surprised when it followed her home. We were saddened to learn that, upon taking it to a veterinarian; she is infected with feline aids. The vet cautioned us about keeping her as she would be at risk to pass on the virus to our other cats. I was fortunate enough to find a rescue group that were willing to pay for her spay and other medical care. It was eventually determined that she’d already been spayed. We are in the process of obtaining an outside shelter for her and will feed her separately, hopefully reducing the risk she will pass on the virus to the other healthy cats we have.

The other cat is a male kitten that we obtained two days ago. How he introduced himself is a heartwarming story. My son and I were outside Thursday morning, getting ready to go to the bus stop. I had my front door slightly open as I was going inside. This kitten, out of nowhere, that we’d never seen before, suddenly bolts from some bushes across the street, runs across the road, and tries to run right into the house! He put his head in the door, and I had to physically pull him back from going inside. We leave no water or food outside.

A woman I know, who does animal rescue, with 120 cats, offered to take him. She offered to pay for his medical care, she has a veterinarian that handles all of her rescued cats. Within two days, the kitten had been neutered and all received all necessary medical care. I left money to cover the bill, although she didn’t ask me to. My kids begged me to keep him, and I couldn’t see giving him to someone who already had too many animals. Here’s a picture of our new family member:


I was told by the animal rescue worker that often when the summer is over, or when people move, pets get tossed out like garbage. The population of feral and abandoned animals is especially high in Rocky Point and Mastic Beach, where I live.

Birthday fun

Posted in Family, Personal, Photos on August 16, 2009 by maryrestaino


Sometimes the best birthdays are the ones you share with close family and friends. I just opted for a birthday cake and ice cream. Here, my young son is waiting for a piece of cake.


Live more simply and be happier

Posted in Personal, Spirituality, Thoughts on July 24, 2009 by maryrestaino

Feeling like you’re drowning in debt and bills? Does it seem like your paycheck never stretches far enough? You might find this story interesting.

It seems that a man in Utah has been living in a cave for three years and stopped spending money in the autumn of 2000.  Daniel Suelo is not like the average American-drowning in credit card debt, struggling with a mortgage, terrified of the next downsizing at the office. In fact, he isn’t worried about the economic crisis at all.

Although I don’t wish to live in a cave, I found this story made me think about my own life. How I feel deprived if I can’t buy that Starbucks coffee, or because I can’t afford the extended basic on cable television. I was also amazed on how this man survives on what he can forage in the forest, the generosity of friends who feed him sometimes in a nearby town, and the discards of modern society. Most of us can make do on less, with an adjustment in our expectations and some creativity. It seems to be a more spiritual way of living.


Posted in blogging, Personal, photography, Photos, Poetry on July 17, 2009 by maryrestaino



Throw off your cloak

Feel the sun upon you

Soak up the energy

Open your eyes

To the wonder of your surroundings

Allow gentle winds to stir you

So you don’t become stagnant