scan0034(1)This is me ready to take on the world at a very young age in Westbrook, Connecticut. I was born and raised in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York. After the summers spent in Westbrook my parents made sure I spent the rest of my childhood summers in the lovely Catskill Mountains of New York State. My dad gave me the love of poetry and writing as he was popular Latvian writer and poet Eriks Raisters. I started writing some poems in Latvian when I was very young and one of my most treasured gifts from dad was a book of children’s poems. It is with me to this very day. Kept writing poetry all through my teen years. Now I love to keep writing and sharing with everyone and I’m glad when people enjoy what I’ve written.

I love the beauty of nature, animals, good times, and rock and roll. I believe in all good causes and extend a helping hand when I can. My faith in the Lord leads me through life. I live with my husband Martin and our wonderful adopted cat Sid in the suburbs of Riga,

Latvia. After my husband and soul mate passed on in 2017 I relocated with my cat Sid to my homeland the U.S. and presently I live in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Sid on the sill


  1. Thank you for following my blog, I hope you enjoy my future posts! ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  2. Thank you for following my blog. I enjoyed visiting yours – such beautiful pictures!

  3. Hi! Thank you for stopping by my blog. You have a nice site here. Wishing you great adventures ahead. Cheers! Yael

    • You welcome FeetfromSshore. Nice to meet you.

  4. Thank you so much for the follow ๐Ÿ™‚
    It means a lot to me. Thanks again ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  5. Hi, thanks so much for liking my posts “Mughal Emperor Jalaluddin Mohammed Akbar Saves Queen Jodha…” and “Your Love Adorns Me-Punaar Vivaah..” and for following my blog at: http://lovelyseasonscomeandgo.wordpress.com. Your blog is so amazing and so I will follow your blog too. Have a wonderful weekend! Betty

  6. Hope you have a great weekend too Betty!

  7. Hello:
    Many of my friends in High school in Indiana were from Latvia. They were warm, wonderful people. Your pictures are beautiful.

  8. Glad you liked my pictures. There are Latvians all over the U.S. Nice to hear you have Latvian friends Gator Woman.

  9. Hello Rasma, Thank you for following my blog. I am following yours. Looking forward for your next posts. Hugs from Indonesia, Risty

  10. Never been to Latvia. Your photography is excellent

  11. Latvia is worth taking a look at. You would like what you see Rajiv. Glad you like the photos.

  12. Hello Rasma,

    Thank you for following me at, “Through The Cracked Window”, I am honored and appreciate it a great deal.

    I am enjoying you site too, Latvia looks like a beautiful place. -Stephen

  13. Thank you for the follow. I’m going to make a cuppa and come back to take a look at your blog. Welcome and again, thank you. Adele ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Nice to meet you and thanks for following my blog! Welcome aboard! ๐Ÿ™‚ I look forward to reading your poetry especially with the genes you carry! High expectations… ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Nice to meet you. Thank you for sharing a little about yourself with us here. Pretty kitty!

    Also, thanks for stopping in my blog. God bless you and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  16. Thank you for following my blog. I look forward to reading yours.

  17. Glad you follow my blog – http://YourWellWisherProgram.wordpress.com
    Your Well Wisher Program is No NGO setup, No big costs, No team formed, No copyright protected, No solution patented, individual effort in an โ€“ Attempt to solve commonly known problems.

  18. You have packed an awful lot into your life. Thank you for following Bob’s blog.

  19. Thanks for following my blog. You seem to have an interesting life. Buddy says Meow.

  20. Hi! I know you on g+! So glad you followed my blog so I could visit you here. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  22. I liked your About Page. It gave me Ideas for my About page. I hope you check it out. Thanks again.

    • You welcome Daisy. I will take a look at your about page.

  23. Sid is gorgeous! He could be a cousin to my Barmalei. I hear Riga is even more beautiful now than the way I remember it almost 60 years ago.
    Nice to meet you in blogosphere,

    • Nice to meet you too Dolly. Riga is a lovely city but I miss my hometown NYC. Enjoy your blog and recipes. My Sid sends your Barmalei sincere meows.

      • Meows and purrs to Sid from Barmalei and his sister Beba.

  24. Hi Sandy – Do you have copyright over the photo of the batik frocks hanging in the street? I would like to use it for my project – a book of the music compositions written by my deceased partner. We travelled there in 1984, and he wrote a piece called “Serrakunda”. Hope to hear from you. Linda

    • No, I don’t Linda. Usually, if I don’t use my own photos I search for photos on Google images safe search. Many times I also find photos that say they are free to use images. About this one, I am not sure.

  25. Greetings from the Norton Museum of Art!
    Thanks for mentioning the Museum in your blog post. The Museum is in the home stretch of a $100 million expansion and has been open and free during construction. The photos you posted are of sections of the Norton that were demolished for the re-build. We’ll be happy to send you photos of current galleries, or renderings of what the new building will look like. Also important, the Museum will be closing beginning July 16, 2018 through Feb. 8, 2019 to complete the project. you can reach me at 561-340-1183 or via email. Thank you,

    • Thank you for this information. If you could send a photo of what the new building will look like. I will edit and add this new information. Please send to my email spidrella@gmail.com

  26. Hi, thanks so much for liking my post โ€œTrue Love…โ€œ and “You’ll Yearn For Love…” and for stopping by my blog at: http://lovelyseasonscomeandgo.wordpress.com. Please feel free to stop in again. Have a great day. Betty

  27. Sveika!
    Nice to have you following my blog. ๐Ÿ˜Š

    • Glad to be following your blog. Nice to see you know some Latvian so sveiks to you! Lai tev laba diena!

      • Thank you and
        Labvakar! ๐ŸŒ›
        (It’s 21:48pm here in England๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ)

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