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Sunday, March 29, 2015


Hot and Cold-FAST

With record breaking heat already showing us whose boss, I'm keeping things in the kitchen cool, fast and filling:  

Keeping our Seniors Safe

Although I wrote this a while back, I didn't find it until today!  But for those who are still living with winter weather-give this blog a read:

Thursday, March 26, 2015


Baby, It's NOT Cold Outside

Baby, It’s NOT Cold Outside


I’m lucky enough to have a social site that about 14 or so of us put together after the Lady’s Home Journal magazine site shut our boards down.   For whatever reason, all of us “clicked” and decided that even without the magazine-we wanted to stay in touch.

We even decided that since the magazine just “cast” us all aside-we’d name ourselves the very appropriate, “The Castaways”.  It’s been several years now.

We did have a wonderful woman who set it all up for us; we all adored her (her name was Diane).  Unfortunately she passed on due to a horrific accident shortly after we set up our “island”.  We miss her.


Back to the reference of this week’s entry-with the exception of yours truly everyone else lives in the eastern part of the country.  Meaning that they are still experiencing snow, rain, freezing temperatures and wishing that the Spring weather would start NOW.


I feel very guilty-as while they’re trying to get out for a walk or just go shopping without putting on several layers of winter wear, I am sitting here writing this blog in a pair of gym shorts and an exercise tank top.  I also slathered on the sunscreen before walking Lucky this morning. 


The pooch and I were out before 8:30 to get the walk in because it was already showing a rather warm 83 on the thermometer.  If I’d waited longer the cement would certainly be too hot for my little baby’s paws.  She’s not much for the booties I tried to get her to wear last year.  No “Chihuahua” sandals available at the stores around here.


By the time I got to Qigong class-we were all asking the head librarian for a second fan in the room.


Yet all my friends in the East are freezing and keeping a pot of coffee heated and ready for drinking just to keep warm.


Of course, about a month from now, they’ll finally see flowers and their grass will be green while I’ll be keeping the blinds almost fully closed, the fans going and the doors shut in an effort to keep our newly sealed and insulated home as cool as possible.  I’m pretty sure our temps will be cracking the 100 mark in about 2 weeks.

It was actually so hot that last weekend the community center turned on the spigots for the splash pad at the renovated main park.  Our pool is always opened and in full use-but now the residents wanted the water park opened early to enjoy the beginning of our “summer”.  The usual first weekend in Memorial Day so we’ve got a bit to go.


Either way-while my dear friends from Ohio to New York are bundling up I’ve been making sure I actually have enough tank tops and shorts without stains to wear because it’s too darn hot to wear my yoga pants anymore!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


Pup Day

A bit late but a new photo of Lucky to  celebrate Pup Day.

Sunday, March 22, 2015


Spring has Sprung

I know a lot of you are still knee deep in snow-but we're eating outside before it just gets plain too hot!

Friday, March 20, 2015


Is Going "Green" Still a Thing?

Is Going “Green” Still a Thing?


I’m not talking ecologically-although I try to buy green and do the “3 R’s” as much as I am able.


What I’m talking about is the actual idea of wearing green.  This week was St. Patrick’s Day and according to tradition we are supposed to “wear green or be pinched”.  I don’t know about you, but I really hated this as a kid.


I have olive toned skin which has a lot of yellow in it.  When I wear anything green I look sickly.  Someone once asked my mom if she had had me checked for hepatitis!  I kid you not.


Green is NOT in my wardrobe.  But now as an adult, I dare someone to try and pinch me. 

Tuesday I expected to be the only one in Tai Chi not wearing a drop of the Irish green in class.  But guess what?!  Out of the 18 of us there-only one person wore anything with green!  After class I went across to Fry’s to get some grapes and blueberries that were on sale-honest to Pete, I didn’t see anyone in the entire produce section look as if they were worried about not hanging on to this particular tradition either!


Is it just in our little rural town or is this happening everywhere? 

Just in case you’re all wondering, I really did try to at least put something on that had maybe a little trim of the color.  I took out an Ed Hardy tank top with roses on it figuring that it would have a leaf or two-nope.  I had pink, red, yellow and blue outlined in black, but there wasn’t even a dot of green to be seen.


This is more than okay by me-just having the few yellow roses on my top was enough to make me wonder if anyone was wondering if they should “back away from the sick woman”. 


This is a rather silly post but sometimes I just wonder about the little things.

Thursday, March 19, 2015


Our handsome boys

Thank you Enzie Shahmiri!

Sunday, March 15, 2015


Ribs, "Dump Bars" and Spring

There's nothing better than Spring in the great South West.  We get to enjoy eating on the patio, using the fire pit and having a great meal of grilled ribs, cole slaw and "dump bars"

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