Saturday, November 29, 2008


Originally uploaded by Nieve44/La Luz
Glorious, cool and crisp morning here. The cool front finally came in last night and brought some much needed rain along with it. Time for some music to complement the morning.

Last night I finished washing the dishes and was putting plates away when I saw this reflection. Listening to chant music by the Cistercian Monks, hence the title. For a truly uplifting experience give this music a listening too.

Friday, November 28, 2008

The Girls...

The girls
Originally uploaded by Nieve44/La Luz
in the Rivera fam...minus my mom who was on the phone. This may well be the last Thanksgiving at my parent's home as they are looking to sell their home and move to Katy. We've been doing Thanksgiving at my mom's for many, many years--except for those years when we headed to Corpus Christi. My parents' have lived in their home for well over 45 years. We'll see what the next year brings. I will miss having them "around the corner" (more or less) from me but the house is getting to be too much for dad to take care of with his illness-Parkinsons. He's been very reluctant to sell the house because of so many memories but the house needs lots of work and sadly it might be a tear down. Lots of changes coming around in the near future. Some good and some not so good. See the boys here.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

On my christmas list

on my christmas list
Originally uploaded by ♥Rebecca♥
Well not my photo or title but I just cracked up when I saw this on Rebecca's flickr photo stream! She writes, "I saw a kid in a conveniece store last night wearing this shirt" and she closes with this....I need one! I think we all could agree with the shirt at times.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Pushing Daisies

Originally uploaded by Nieve44/La Luz
First vacation day starts off with meditation something that I hadn't been doing in quite a while. Got to enjoy a nice bowl of "Honey Bunches of Oats" and now listening to Up Close-the Binaural Sessions. It's so nice to not have to rush off to work and take in the morning light in the house, which is one of the reasons I fell in love with my house.

The photo is from my front porch planter. The flowers are left over from a few weeks back and were getting wilted but instead of throwing them into the trash, I de-stemmed them and tossed them in the planter where they have brought color into my world over and over again. So here's to pushing daisies!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Originally uploaded by Nieve44/La Luz

Birthday Boy!
Happy Birthday Dad!

Monday, November 17, 2008


Originally uploaded by Nieve44/La Luz

Happy Birthday Greg.

He's single ladies!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Human Wheels

the blink of an I
Originally uploaded by Nieve44/La Luz
Human wheels spin round and round
While the clock keeps the pace
Human wheels spin round and round
Help the light to my face

This land, today, my tears shall taste
And take into its dark embrace
This love, who in my beating heart endures
Assured, by every sun that burns
The dust to which this flesh shall return
It is the ancient, dreaming dust of

...rocking the house tonight, listening to iTunes, Last FM and dancing in my chair, ahh but I find myself wanting to go dancing at the club, "Cherry Bomb". Love the oldies, remember when John Mellencamp was Johnny Cougar? I thought he was the bomb! Well, time to go to sleep but , "A'int Even Done with the Night"! Good night, sweet dreams and always remember, "I Saw You First"!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Manic TueMonday

....idea/thoughts borrowed from here and since today is Tuesday and not Monday hence the title!

What was the first thing you thought when you looked at yourself in the mirror today?
Do I have to put on makeup?
Do you have a recurring nightmare? If so, explain.
Unfortunately, yes I do and it has to do with my parakeets who are now outside in the back porch. They are inside their cage, which is encased in another 4 foot iron cage to protect them from outside predators...i.e., cats! Still, the cats tend to prowl the late night and stir up the birds. This in turn has awaken me in a panic from my sleep, and I rush to the window to peek out and make sure they're ok.
List three foods you can’t stand:
Hmm, I wish there were more than I can't stand because then I might be a little thinner
but oysters, liver, and vienna sausages are definitely a turn off!

Tuesday, November 04, 2008


Word of the Day:

Not sure what's got me dragging this week!
The weather (84 today), bike run from Saturday, or change in time
but I am feeling the sluggishness for sure!
Additionally, new office at work is HOT.
We are melting away!
Last night, I couldn't stay awake and was in bed by 10:30
and still woke up feeling like I hadn't slept at all!
I'm even taking vitamins and still no relief!
I need a vacation, been working too many hours
but it'll have to wait till Thanksgiving week. :-(

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Official Bike Ride!

Originally uploaded by Nieve44/La Luz

My first ""official" bike ride. My nephew/Greg and I joined others with Bike Barn of Houston on their "Day of the Dead" tour. It was only supposed to be two hours but ended up being more like 4 because of so many riders. We had a police escort along the entire tour, which was nice.

One thing I forgot to bring during the bike ride last night was a camera. We toured some interesting sights and I managed to capture this one on my cameraphone. There were so many bikers there that it was impossible to walk the cemetery and it was dark-very dark--even with our bike lights. I never knew this cemetery exisisted and would love to return--but in daylight!

I really enjoyed the bike ride and thanks to my nephew for pushing me to go. I just bought the bike last week and still getting used to riding on it and wasn't sure if I was ready for such a run that was supposed to last two hours. Last Sunday I rode out to the bayou from my house which was a little over 1/2 an hour and I was tired--especially in the last 10 minutes.

Kudos again to my nephew as he is training for the MS150 next year and was such a cutie in his new biker shorts. I meant to get a picture of him as well. Because of our new interest in biking he and I have developed a closer bond with one another and I look forward to other bike rides together.