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Saturday, May 02, 2015


Keeping everyone safe and satisfied

Yeah!  Our family's visiting!  BUT we have numerous dietary needs to consider to the strictest of degrees:

Friday, May 01, 2015



Wizard of Oz  

Wizard of Oz  

Wizard of Oz at the  Library  

Active Seniors and Israel

Ever thought about going to Israel?  Over 55 and active?  Then my latest story in AZ Jewish Life magazine might be just the story for you!  

Sublimely Ridiculous

From Sublime to Ridiculous


Last week I knew we were in for rain by Monday afternoon.  Everything hurt.  Sure enough, Thursday morning the sky was overcast and it was a very unseasonable temperature of a mere 72.

Friday, after dropping off the boys at school, I was headed toward my PT appointment when I got caught in a downpour.  It lasted until about 10 minutes into my session.  The sun peeked out and all was just wet smelling until (of course) I started my drive home.


Yep, another downpour that lasted until I got home. 

As you know from last week, we planned our annual “adult children” birthday dinner.  Saturday we had everything from a peek of sun to downright thundering rainstorms.  I began to feel a tad bit worried when I took Lucky out for her final “potty” break at 10 p.m. and found that it was still pouring!

Sunday morning-still drizzling and we had “puddles” everywhere.  It was also rather cool-only 70.

As the day wore on and the rain continued on and off, I realized that I was going to have to make some adjustments.  The grilling of the ham?  Nope, texted Steve and said, “I need to know RIGHT NOW-grill in the rain or put it in the oven?”

Being Steve, (he just can’t answer the question that was posed, EVER!) he responded with-“Y do u need 2 knw now-it’s 4?”

“B/C it takes 90 min 2 heat.”


“ARRGGGHHH! I’ll expln ltr. Putting in oven now.”

For those out there who are also curious-yes, the ham is fully cooked, but it takes 10 minutes a pound to heat it up to the recommended temperature.  The ham was slightly over 9 pounds.


Then came the realization that our S’more dessert was also going to be a tad bit tricky if the rain continued.

Thankfully by 8 o’clock the rain stopped, the log was put into the fire pit and lit and although the air temp was 65-we all had a lot of fun with the various marshmallows getting a bit charred.  I had pastels in vanilla and banana flavoring and coconut covered ones as well. 

Jackson had no idea what was up with the fire, but he loved the way it looked.  However he had no problem forgetting all about it once Sam gave him his first marshmallow to try.  He also loved the Hershey segment.  The graham cracker?  Not so much. 

I referred to Jackson’s version as the “gourmet re-construction”, since he ate it in stages.

Now its Sarah’s turn to turn a year older-our eldest “child” is now 33.

So there you have it-wind, rain and cold to triple digits in 24 hours, kids turning older and grandkids loving the part of starting new family traditions.

Life truly is like a roller coaster ride-some parts are slow and easy and some parts are fast and furious. 


Happy Birthday to our daughter Sarah!  So hard to believe that our little preemie is 33 years old.

Monday, April 27, 2015


Time for a Nap

Lucky had a long morning playing with her friends and Jackson. Since they 're napping Lucky is too.

Sunday, April 26, 2015


Changing Plans

Even here in the middle of the desert-weather makes it necessary to change plans:

Friday, April 24, 2015


Time to Celebrate!

Time to Celebrate

It’s that amazingly busy time of year!  At least it is for us.  Adam is turning 31 as you are reading this entry.  So hard to imagine that the little preemie I brought home from the hospital is a very healthy married man and father.

Of course next week our Sarah turns 33.  It’s also hard to believe that our first born (also a preemie) is a mom of two.

But wait, that’s just not all there is besides our family having about 6 other birthdays, Sam and Adam’s 5th anniversary, my sister-in-law’s anniversary (#30), Mother’s Day and our niece is graduating from Brooks Institute this weekend. Yes that little girl I diapered and fed is graduating college.

We won’t make the ceremony but she’ll be out with my sister and parents in a couple of weeks and I’m sure we will be doing a lot of “make shift” celebrating for all of the family’s important events at that time.

Especially since my dad will be here and about to be 86-I’m sure we’ll all do something special for both him and my mom for Mother’s Day.  Albeit a few days ahead of schedule-but why should that matter.

That information shared-I bid you all a quick hello and good-bye this week.  I have a birthday dinner to start preparing and lots of lists to create on what it is I’ll be needing in the next few weeks.

One more piece of HAPPY, HAPPY NEWS!!!!!  I’m so glad I’m allowed to share this because I’m practically bursting with JOY!!!!

Sunday, April 19, 2015


Birthday Bar Dinners

It's almost the start of birthday season around here!

This year-it's all about the bar:

Friday, April 17, 2015


Dylan's bugging out  

Aidan's 1st Big Jigsaw  




As a former teacher it has always been my belief that we should learn SOMETHING (no matter how small) every day. 

Not only does it serve to keep our egos in check (who wants to be around a “know-it-all”, really?) but it makes life interesting. 

I don’t really care if it’s something as mundane as realizing that your local library has a couple of different areas to stash your favorite genre-or something as vast as realizing you won’t be the same person at 60 that you were at 20.

That’s the reason when I decide to do something with the grandkids I try to make it as fun as it is educational.  Hence taking them to the local Science Center for their birthdays.  They had a blast and learned about building dams, weather changes, how to build a house so that it won’t be destroyed in various harsh weather formations and all the things their bodies can do!

It’s also the reason I have them help in the kitchen with food preparation.  I must admit-I did the older boys’ mom absolutely no good by not letting her try her hands (literally) with using safety scissors, kid knives and yes, I wouldn’t let her consider using a veggie peeler at age 6!

Why?  I was so afraid that she’d get hurt I just wouldn’t let her do it.  I swear that even today at nearly 33 our daughter still isn’t up to Mario Batali’s knife skills in the kitchen.  It’s definitely my fault.

Lesson learned-I insist that the boys help me!  Dylan is quite capable with the said veggie peeler and loves to do carrots for me.  Aidan is fantastic at measuring items for whatever dish it is that we’re creating.

This is also a great way to teach kids about the importance of measuring correctly when baking and discussing that it is a science where cooking is creative.

Another thing I’ve gotten them involved with thanks to the lovely lady (Teacher Pam) who was in charge of the craft class that I had been taking them too-is a game called BLOKUS.  It’s basically a logic skill game.  The boys have to decide what goes where on the board and think about the other 3 people they’re playing with or they will wind up with “bloks” that  will go against their score at the end of the hour.

Dylan is in heaven-as he loves puzzles.  Aidan told me that “I won when I played this game on my own grandma.  Now I lost.”

I let him know that it was just the first week and that no one was keeping score. Plus, “the game is meant to be played with 3 other kids so that you all have a good time and learn how to fit the pieces in to the best of your ability.”

That was what the boys learned this week. 

Steve learned that when you “catch” a stomach virus you shouldn’t keep eating.  I’m sure that this is more than enough said on that this subject.

Me?  I learned that when you have an hour to wander in the library that you find out that for whatever reason the mystery section is NOT altogether.  Nope, not at all.

I’ve been reading all of Sue Grafton’s letter mysteries (Kinsey Millhone, I love your spunk) and for whatever reason the area I was finding most of them in had several missing.  So I went and ordered 3 from the main library.  They’re sitting in the great room now.

However, while I was waiting for the boys I did wander around the non-fiction area and realized that the mystery section had an entirely different stack a couple of rows back!  Woo Hoo!

I found letter B and started reading it right then and there.

All in all, we all learned a few things-none major, but enough to fill my “learn 1 thing daily” quota!

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