Elvis Presley

Today, it’s been 40 years since Elvis Presley died.

I have been an Elvis fan for as long as I was able to watch his movies and listen to his songs. I remember where I was when Elvis died on August 16, 1977. I was sitting in front of my parent’s console TV playing with the radio dial (I wasn’t supposed to playing with the radio dial). I remember sitting there and hearing the news that Elvis died. I don’t think I cried, I just sat there in shock.

“If I can Dream” (1968) has be my all-time favorite Elvis Presley song.

Watching the video gives me chills every time I watch it. I can listen to it over and over.

Here are the lyrics, in case you want to sing along.

“If I Can Dream”

There must be lights burning brighter somewhere
Got to be birds flying higher in a sky more blue
If I can dream of a better land
Where all my brothers walk hand in hand
Tell me why, oh why, oh why can’t my dream come true
oh why
There must be peace and understanding sometime
Strong winds of promise that will blow away the doubt and fear
If I can dream of a warmer sun
Where hope keeps shining on everyone
Tell me why, oh why, oh why won’t that sun appear
We’re lost in a cloud
With too much rain
We’re trapped in a world
That’s troubled with pain
But as long as a man
Has the strength to dream
He can redeem his soul and fly
Deep in my heart there’s a trembling question
Still I am sure that the answer gonna come somehow
Out there in the dark, there’s a beckoning candle
And while I can think, while I can talk
While I can stand, while I can walk
While I can dream, please let my dream
Come true, right now
Let it come true right now
Oh yeah
Songwriters: Earl Brown

6 Months and 68 Pounds

Well, today is a milestone in the life style change that I started last August 2016.

I haven’t shared this story much on here, strange since I share a lot of stuff of my life on my blog. But I wanted to keep this to myself for a while.

First let’s start with August 2016.

I thought since I was turning 50 in December, I would finally look into getting healthy. So that is when I decided to look into getting the Gastric Sleeve.

The first thing I did was I changed my eating habits and the foods that I was eating. So I followed a chart from my doctor and eliminated a lot of foods that I was eating. So in between August 2016 and February 2017, I managed to lose 78 pounds all by myself.

Then on February 14, 2017 (my valentine’s to myself) I got the Gastric Sleeve procedure done. What a journey these past six months have been. I have lost 68 pounds since then. A total of 146 pounds in one (1) year. If you would have told me last year that I would have lost 146 pounds, I would have laughed in your face and said that you were crazy.

There are so many things that I can do now that I wasn’t able to do a year ago. I have piles of clothes that I cannot wear any more because they are too big (never thought I would say that!) I have more energy to do things. I don’t miss the food that I cannot or should not eat. I exercise a little more than before. People ask ME how I did it. People tell ME that I look good, again, something that never really was said to me before.

This new stage in my life is foreign to me and I’m trying to grasp it and move forward. I still have a way to go, but I’m feeling better about myself each day. There is no “magic number” that I want to reach. I just want to be the healthiest Sylvia that can be.

Here is a picture of me. The picture on the left is me in September 2016 and the one on the right is from June 2017.

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So, since I’ve hit the six (6) months milestone, I wanted to share my story. I can’t wait to see what the next six (6) months brings.


Yesterday, I was in heaven watching the Sharknado marathon on the SyFy channel. It was a great way to relax on a hot day in South Texas (it was 101 degrees.)

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They showed all five films:

I can only hope that there will be a Sharknado 6!

I <3 Port Aransas, Texas

I met up with a co-worker and her friends at Port Aransas yesterday afternoon. 

I got are start, but I really needed to see the water. So I left in the afternoon and it was still sunny out and there was a cool breeze from the Gulf of Mexico. 

I had a great time. I met some great people. And we laughed and talked like we have known each other for a long time. 

Here are some of the pictures that I took.

The Gulf of Mexico. 

My shadow. 

The sunset was beautiful.

The moon was so pretty reflecting in the Gulf. 

I can’t wait till the next time I go to Port Arkansas or meet up the new friends I made. 

Side Note:

For those who know how much I love driving on the beach in Port A aka… driving in the Gulf of Mexico… I didn’t this time. The tide didn’t come up to the dunes this time. 😁

Also, meeting these new people and hanging out with them, showed me that there are good people out there. I need to forget the ones that crushed me and questioned me trusting people. 

Love you, Brad and Pam

This weekend, I’m in South Carolina with my dad and sister’s family for the marriage of my niece, Pam and Jeremy. 

It was a 19-hour drive from Texas, but it was worth it to be with my two favorite people in the world. 

My niece, Pam and nephew, Brad. I love them more than words can express. They have grown up to be caring and living people. They make me proud to be their Aunt. 


R.I.P. Adam West

Well, this was sad when I saw this today. 

Adam West, who was best known for starring in the 1960s TV series Batman, died on Friday, June 9, after a short battle with leukemia. He was 88.

I remember watching him as “Batman” when I was a kid. I always thought he was handsome, even when I was that young. 

I’ll tell you, the entertainers that I grow up watching are dying. They were a part of my youth and I will always remember watching them. 

R.I.P. Adam West, you entertained us with your talent.

My Car

I have always taken pictures of the mileage on my car. If a number pops up that has a special meaning to me, I take a picture. If it’s a milestone for my car, I take a picture. 

Here is one I took over the weekend. 

How cool is this? 

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