I'll share a secret with you. I used to hate my middle name. I was embarrassed by it. It sounded weird & foreign. Donella sounded different from everyone else's name in my schools & neighbourhoods. I didn't want to stand out with another "weird" name. Donella was a name that I had never heard before. When people asked me what my middle name was I would lie and say that I didn't have one.  I know, shameful. My first name Nadia is another story for another day.

It was around my mid-twenties when I finally started to like my middle name. Unfortunately, I don't remember why I had the change of heart. Maybe it was because it was different. Unique. Who knows? Now I love it and use it proudly, hence nadiadonella.com & and my social media handles.

By complete accident, I stumbled upon the meaning and origin of my name, this week. I've spent my entire life not knowing the origin of my middle name. Growing up the only thing that my mom told me was that Nadia & Donella were names of cousins of hers that she had grown up with or had spent time with. I can't recall which. She did not know the origins, she just knew that she thought they were pretty names and I guess they continued to suit me after I popped out. When she was pregnant with me she had male & female names picked out. This was before sonograms & the newest blood tests at 10-12 weeks to determine the sex of the baby. Technology is something else.

Basically, there are 2 origins of my middle name which I've pulled from babynames.allparenting.com. I'm not a fan of either meaning but hey it is what it is.🤷🏿

In Italian the meaning of the name Donella is: Lady.
The Celtic meaning of the name Donella is: Dark - haired elfin girl.

Do you know the origin of your name? If you'd like to share, let me know in the comment section.

Till next time,


"Everything Is Not For Everyone"

This week has flown by far too quickly. A few extra hours in the day would not be frowned upon. I have been enjoying this warmer weather, but I pretty sure that it's done now.

House is up for sale, again. Hoping for a quick & painless sale. The process is annoying and tiring but when I get aggravated and impatient with the process, I have to remember that it's a means to an end.

My mom is going through chemotherapy again. This is the third time that the cancer is back, in an old and new place. I'm trying not to stress and worry because it won't do me any good. I'm just pushing ahead and taking things one day at a time. Or some days one hour at a time.


I'm concentrating on finishing school with good grades. Currently, classes are going well. Java is the most difficult, but I will get through it. I'm thinking about business plans/employment plans. I'm trying to finish my book. I'm dealing with my mom's illness and all that it entails. It's a lot. At times like this I know why people have personal assistants, or just walk away. But it's life and I know this is making me stronger and preparing me for what the future holds.

Green, although it looks brown.
Green, although it looks brown.

In the middle of all this, I'm sick with some virus. Which if I don't have time for. Being around someone with a compromised immune system is nerve-wracking, to say the least. I'm drinking my green juice, taking Oil of Oregano, a spray or 2 of silver water, and my regular vitamins. But this is the first or second (I can't remember) time that I'm grateful for online classes. I can work from the couch, in pyjamas, and have a nap in the middle of the day, if need be. Wow, this is a depressing post, but it's life. Hopefully, things will pick up by next week.


Weekly Bee Count: 2: bumble bees; 7: honey bees; 0: unknown bee species; 3 monarch butterflies

Till next time,