May 06, 2021

#TBT Which Came First? May 2021 @ConexionFlorida

 In this month's Conexion, BB shares her thoughts and gratitude on mothers, grandmothers, and all those who came before us and helped shape our way...




Del libro, The First time 

Grandmother’s Journal, illustrations by Mel Baxter



HolaHolaHola Beautifuls!

It’s May, the month most think of Mothers, because in the US, Mother’s Day is celebrated the second Sunday of the month. Now BB asks, rephrasing the famous “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” question, Which came first, the Grandmother or the Mother?  QueQue??  Ok, Ok, not going to get too philosophical here, pero think about it un poquito.  Those of us who were blessed to be Mothers, where did we get our “How-to” or “How to Not”s from? Ahuh. And them? It goes straight on back, generations upon generaciones . And in retrospect, all of them/us had moments we’d wished we had known about or done better. To help us with this is a wonderful libro, The First Time Grandmother’s Journal. The book was written by BB’s amiga Lisa Carpenter, grandmother to 7 boys, writer of many things, including the wonderful blog “Grandma’s Briefs”. 




Ahora, even though she says it’s a book “Inspiring Prompts to Celebrate Your Experience with a New Grandchild”, BB says it’s much more than that. Aqui are some of her prompts:  


“Living in Love

Looking Within

Being Present

Exploring Your Wisdom


Sound like things we should do for ourselves verdad? 


Consciously practice doing one thing at a time.


Let go of internal distractions like to-do lists

and unrealistic expectations of yourself and others.


Make peace with external factors you can’t control.”



Again, things we should do for ourselves? That Beautifuls, is Babushka’s wish for All. To honor and love our mothers, grandmothers, antepasados, in their wisdom and mistakes. And to honor and love ourselves in our wisdom and mistakes. Because no matter how often we question or doubt the reasons for being, the final que y porque is to love. Love la vida y each other, for we all are familia, to respect,  relate, and rejoice. Let us celebrar each new birth,new madre, new abuela, and the knowing that Love is what came first. 


Babushka Besos a Todos. Cuidensen.


May 05, 2021

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 HolaHolaHola Beautifuls!
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Buena Suerte Beautifuls !
BB2U

April 22, 2021

#TBT- Absence Makes the Corazon Grow Fonder

HolaHolaHola Beautifuls! Looking for a post from Aprils past, BB found this one from 2012. Oh the longings of new love!  Posting this is a  little ironic considering both BB and Sweetie forgot their anniversary this año, but the longings when apart still happen. Bueno, a little look at “young” love.

💞

Absence makes the heart grow fonder. After almost 2 1/2 months away, apparently that cliché became a clincher.  Babushka's going to be a bride.  Ok, si, I was engaged before going to Miami, but the date was ambivalent and, "Well, it'll be in April. Not sure what year, but definitely in April."  Bueno, now we know the year - 2013.  Oh my.


This will be BB's third marriage, his first. I can hear y'all echoeing- Oh my.  Guess you can say "they got themselves a real live one" - and we have.  We both think we're very lucky to have found each other and actually are a bit surprised it took so long to meet.  Imaginate- he's 6'4" and I'm... Babushka, so we don't exactly blend into the crowd, especially in this little rural town.  It took us 5 years to meet, 2 years together and 2.5 months apart to set a date, but it's set. 




So, how do weddings for "mature mates" differ from the younger couples? 

 JU SO FONII!!!  Maybe because I've already had my church wedding with all the whistles, but at this point we just want FUN.  A true celebration for all involved- including and especially the bride and groom.  This being his first wedding we wanted to make sure his mother would be able to attend, so we chose to have the ceremony near her home in central Florida.  Years ago I fell in love with the beautiful and tranquil  Bok Towers and thought what a beautiful place for a wedding this would be; amazing how the heart knows long before we do. 




The spiritual sense of belonging, the soul of our celebration,would be represented perfectly in this setting.  But we all know, or should know, marriage isn't all tranquility and silence- especially with a Cubana, so we needed to find a place representing the other side. A place that was loud, in color and noise, mentally stimulating, tiring, and entertaining all rolled into one- a place like




LEGOLAND



Now how apropo, perfect and FUN is that? 

Can't you just see Babushka and Sweetie at the reception?




Actually, that's one of the reasons this wedding will be more fun. You dear readers will help me plan the little details that drive brides into bridezillas.  How do you see my wedding/reception dress?  Remember I'm over the top, but a no fuss kinda gal, so the wedding dress will go straight on the rollercoasters of Legoland. The bouquet? His wedding garb? Our wedding colors are turquoise- you decide w/what, and he likes folk music while I like something danceable. The grandbabies (all 4 of them) will be there so it'll definitely be lively and with your input lovely. 



Looking forward to the day and your visions of it.



Babushka Besos a todos.  Cuidensen.



P.S.  The number of wedding guests won't be over 25, 30 at most- so let's not go too crazy.

  Para eso estoy yo.


; )




8 years despues, and plans were made and changed.
La boda ended up being a spur of the moment with his mother, brother, and family friend
in an outdoor courthouse ceremony. And it was perfecto.

April 21, 2021

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HolaHolaHola Beautifuls!
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Buena Suerte Beautifuls!
BB2U

April 15, 2021

April 2021... Already? All Ready?? #TBT @ConexionFlorida

BB's column from the April edition of Conexion.

Short intro. Still in shock how fast 2021 is going...




HolaHolaHola Beautifuls!

April, Abril. Already? Ya? Si, Ya, Already. Wow and Woah. Three months of the year have gone by, in a blink verdad? So, what has happened, have we caught up yet? Do BB un favorcito Beautifuls. Sit Down. Breathe. DEEP Breath. Feel the energy of the ground, bring it to your feet, up to the knees, to your hips, your chest, top of the head, keep it there un segundo swirling around, getting the air vibes around the top, and in one big Swoosh, EXHALE. From the cabeza to your corazon, get rid of the bad, pent up oxygen and mala vibras and LET THAT STUFF GO!!


Ahora SI. Now that it’s Abril Already, let’s be Allready.  We’ve cleared our inner air, time to clear the inner mind. At this point you’ve seen how 2021 is going. Te gusta? In this moment of stillness, see the year. You like where it’s going or not so much? Papel y lapiz Beautifuls, before the year goes any further. Get it down on paper so you can get it down in your mind and psyche.  Start off with a BIG 2021 on top. Now, a line down the middle, half way on the papel. On the left we start with the COSAS BUENAS. Quee?? Think Good thoughts Primero Siempre Beautifuls, that way the bad don’t shine as bright. Continuing.




On the left side of the paper you have the COSAS BUENAS, on the right, LJSF better known as

Life-JU SO FONII!! Do all the things that you can think of, finishing off the left side then the right.

Take your time. Use your corazon, then tweek it with your cabeza. Under each item, list how it could be better. What can YOU do to make it so? If truly nothing, then LET IT GO! It’s there for a reason, because we all know and should be daily singing  “Lo Que Esta Pa’ ti, Nadie te lo Quita” BB suggests you start off with a monthly list, then weekly, then daily. Le prometo, you will begin to see a difference in your outlook and how you greet the days, Porque Beautifuls,the dias, they are going quicker. And that, is a Universal Truth pa’ TODOS. Here’s to Singing in the Rain!


BB2U

Babushka Besos to You.


Cuidensen.


April 08, 2021

Third Micro-theater Festival de THT- Tallahassee Hispanic Theater- ESO!!! @TallyHispanicT #850Latinos




HolaHolaHola Beautifuls! 
On this TBT, BB is doing a Twofer with THT. And just who/what is THT? It's a theater company that has become an integral part of Tallahassee's mundo artistico. 

" Tallahassee Hispanic Theater has been serving the Tallahassee community since 2016. With the dedication and passion of its founders, board, and community, THT has presented nine performances since its creation, including two amazing micro festivals! Every performance presents contemporary Hispanic theater, poetry, music, and more!"
( and now 3 micro festivals!!)

Babushka has enjoyed many an event by THT, and even has participated in one- in Español even! 
Pero now she's so feliz that you Beautifuls can see their obras too. For Free!!  Isn't virtual a wonderful thing??  But of course we miss our in person live performances tambien, and that's what the following reposting is about. Tallahassee Hispanic Theater, a gem for Tally and now hopefully for you.




THT_Tallahassee_Hispanic_Theater

HolaHolaHola Beautifuls!

Y’all know Babushka is into The Arts, especially theater.  Cultivating cultura, especially when it’s not your typical mainstream type is one of BB’s amores.  As part of TWAM, Theater With a Mission, specializing in Spanish Golden Age plays and Palaver Tree Theater specializing in the history of community and opportunities for locals, Babushka thought that was about as diverse as North Florida was gonna get. Tallahassee Hispanic Theater, who’d of thunk it?  Bueno, BB’s amiga Alejandra did, and not only did she think about it, but she did it! Logro the dream of bringing modern plays written by Hispanic playwrights to Florida’s Capital. 

A little about Alejandra-
Alejandra Gutiérrez

Alejandra Gutierrez Founder of Tallahassee Hispanic Theater

“Alejandra has a PhD in Spanish. She also studied theater in Venezuela, and while going to graduate school, she was a member of the Spanish Theater Group at the University of Virginia. Since she moved to Tallahassee, she’s being working with Theater with a Mission, and recently with Polyphonic Bonsai. With Tallahassee Hispanic Theater she is turning one of her dreams into reality: creating a Hispanic Theater group in the US.”

Plays performed by Tallahassee Hispanic Theater

And if you think this dream is only for the adult crowds, JU SO FONII!!!  Tallahassee Hispanic Theater has our hijos and futuro cultura very much al tanto.  Of course, to go to the future, one must know their past, so puppet shows of the classic, Don Quixote son perfecto.


THT- Don Quixote puppet show

And speaking of futures, Tallahassee Hispanic Theater just performed the first microtheater in North Florida.  Miami being the only other microtheater in the state, this is cosa grande, and as BB shared, BUENISIMO!!  Looking forward to next years offerings.


Tallahassee Hispanic Theater- 2018 Microtheater w/ BBabushka
IG Post on Closing Night
Alejandra shared, "We’ve been doing Hispanic plays in translation since 2016. The micro theater Festival idea occurred to me because it is a format very popular and successful in Spain and Latin America. Since it was during the summer we wanted to do something fun and fresh, so we added live music, food and drinks and we were really surprised with the response we got. People really enjoy the whole event and we hope to do it every summer. We will continue doing a play during the fall and spring. On November 9-10, 15-16 we’ll be presenting our next play “Idiots Contemplating the Snow”, by Alejandro Ricaño at the Monticello Opera House.

As you can well imagine, BB is very proud of Alejandra, THT- Tallahassee Hispanic Theater and all the actors and audiences who have become of part of this diversification of Tallahassee voices. Not only is the public being exposed to offerings from varied Hispanic authors, they’re beginning to realize that “Hispanic” encompasses many different types and countries. Ya Buena Hora y Al Fin!!

So you can follow, cheer, and hopefully join us un dia.




Until the next curtain call Beautifuls!

BB2U

April 05, 2021

April Showers Bring $100 Paypal Flowers- #giveaway

 



HolaHolaHola Beautifuls!
 April is here and so is this maravilloso Giveaway!!
No se about y'all, pero BB can always use some cash showering,
 so of course she wants the same for you Beautifuls!

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 April Showers Bring May Flowers! We're bringing you the chance to win showers of cash with this $100 PayPal giveaway! Enter the Giveaway! ONE entrant will be selected by the entry form to win $100 PayPal! Open for entry WW, 18 years and older from 04/01/21 at 12:01 a.m. ET thru 04/30/21 at 11:59 p.m. ET. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. A winner will be chosen after/around May 01, 2021. The winner will have 24 hours to respond to the notification email to claim their prize or a new winner will be selected. See Rafflecopter for official rules. The Kids Did It and The Mommy Island are responsible for sending the winner their prize. Dummy/fake accounts including Twitter and Facebook are ineligible for entry and will be blocked. Authentic accounts only are eligible to win. Remember this is an OPTIONAL giveaway and you DO NOT have to enter if you do not like how many entries there are. The bloggers listed have come together as a collective to give a gift card to a winner. Rude comments and complaining will not be tolerated. 


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Buena Suerte Beautifuls! 
BB2U