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Sunday, July 20, 2014


Comforting Cobbler With the Season's Best Fruits!

Here's a take on Fruit Cobbler that's quick, easy and delish for dessert or perhaps some breakfast

Thursday, July 17, 2014


Not in My Neighborhood

Not in My Neighborhood!

Honestly, I wasn’t sure how to approach the subject of having a sex offender in the neighborhood.  I suppose I could have used the “S” word in the title and received a lot of hits. 


It all started when I picked up the mail on Saturday.  In the box along with a Blu-ray for Steve, a Time magazine and a couple of credit card offers (thank goodness no bills!) was “an IMPORTANT sex offender notification”!


In all my 56+ years-I’ve never received one of these before.  But this one had the information that this person had “tied up and bound 3 juvenile females for a period of time and then released them.”


Now our neighborhood watch leader is researching this information-because we all seemed to think it was illegal for a person such as this to live within a certain amount of square footage of a park and/or school.  We have 3 pocket parks and a school up the street.

The entire situation alarmed us all-whether we had young children, no children or grandchildren who were visiting with any amount of consistency.

Personally, while I’ve interviewed Lenore Skynazy (the free-range mom) several times and agree with her on many points-I just can’t feel comfortable allowing my grandsons to go across the street to the pocket park unless I’m right there with them.  There’s an entire desert wash which houses everything from rattlesnakes and bunnies to teenagers using the poor saguaros as target practice for their bb guns.


Sorry, not this grandma! 


Obviously this means the chances of the boys wandering the neighborhood on their own is 0%.


But a lot of kids do wander around.  Several parents were very vocal about this flyer on our personal website.  Hence the leader checking into what, if any, options there are to keep this person away from all the kids. 


Intellectually we all know we can’t throw this person out because of his history-unless Arizona also states that he can’t live within a certain amount of feet of schools and parks-but we also don’t feel our children should feel threatened by who lives around them.  The adults feel uncomfortable with the new information as well.


This news also arrived just as I received a writing assignment for, what else, how to keep latch key kids safe while walking home from school (or getting home from their bus stops)!


I think what we all fear the most is that for many of us, moving to the outskirts of the burbs was in some way a stand to make sure our kids could play outside without fear and now the fear is real and overt.

For the moment all of us are keeping that flyer in plain view of our phones-we have this man’s name, his address and his parole officer’s name and phone number. 


What we hope is that he stays to himself; away from the kids and that we NEVER have the opportunity to use the information.

Saturday, July 12, 2014


Breakfast Rehabs

Breakfast is my favorite meal-but sometimes I need something new to enjoy:

Friday, July 11, 2014


Gotta Love a Great Musical

Gotta Love a Great Musical


I don’t usually do reviews-but I’m going to tell you about a feel good, toe-tapping movie!  Yes, a movie. I know, over the course of the last 8 years I’ve probably told you that sitting in a movie theater for 2 hours is more a “literal” pain than pleasure-but today I will admit that watching this movie was worth the “ouch” factor.


A little background, in another life I was a musical theater dancer.  Even though I “hung up” the Capizios at age 31, seeing a show all these years later brings tears to my eyes.  While in New York we got to see Aladdin.  Fantastic!


Years ago Steve and I had a season of musicals at the LA Music Center-one of the shows was “Jersey Boys”.  Frankie Valli had always been one of our favorites and we loved every minute of the story and music.  We even saw it with the original cast members!


We also were lucky enough to see Frankie Valli in person about 5 years ago. He was, at that time close to 75 and put on a great performance.


You know what’s next!  We saw the Clint Eastwood movie version of “Jersey Boys” this week.  It was fabulous!  The music can’t be beat and he used the original Broadway cast which was an extremely smart move!  We both went out feeling happy and glad that we hadn’t waited for the Blu-ray version from Netflix.  We were humming the songs happily for the full 20 mile drive.


In fact, it was so much fun to watch-I still asked Steve to put it on our queue.


There’s also nothing like a “date”.  This summer we’ve had the boys every day except for Saturday and Sunday-and Sunday night has seen them join us by bedtime due to their parents new summer working hours.  A day off to be empty-nesters was just what we needed.


Thankfully there is also this wondrous and budget- friendly price of $5 on matinees for people over 55.  Sometimes, we actually love getting older. 

Next week?  We know we’ll be having bone scans, watching the boys (including Jackson) and doing our usual chores-so we feel justified in at least taking the length of the drive and the movie for ourselves.


After last week’s post, I realized that I’ve been doing this blog for 8 years.  It’s changed in looks and topics and like me, it seems to have found a niche. 


Hope you all had a great Independence Day!  Hard to believe that we’re into the last half of 2014!

Thursday, July 10, 2014


Summer Fun

Nothing says fun like having a splash pad all to yourselves!

Monday, July 07, 2014


Dust storm  

Monsoon season begins  

Carol Feldman has an Interesting Story

Take a peek on pgs 3/13 for her story

Friday, July 04, 2014


Our Fantastic Vet

Our vet is fantastic!  Read my story about her selflessness and love for our favorite little Chihuahua:  

Baby, You're a Firework



In Cali, most of Orange County was not allowed to set off even sparklers for much of the last 2-3 decades.  Here in Arizona, things are well, different.

Steve and I walked into Wal-Mart last week and the wall that was previously filled with sunscreens, pool toys and otter pop bags had been replaced with fireworks!  We later read in the local freebie newspaper called In And Out that here in Anthem it was more than legal to buy these boxes and set them off from pretty much the third week of June.


The one caveat?  After the 6th of July-no one better try setting one off.


Personally, I was all for going to our community center where our small town hosts a whole day of food trucks, carnival rides and games and pool time all culminating with a fireworks display around 9 p.m...

However, at the last moment (literally!) a monsoon blew into town and the display was cancelled.  Don’t know about the folks who wandered over to enjoy the rides and such.


I remember vividly being in the hospital for knee surgery when I was 14 and having one of the only other 2 teenagers there (the other was my roommate) come into my room-turns out it was his umpteenth surgery on his hand.  The doctors were trying to save it from being mangled and burned during a July 4th celebration when one of those gun powder holders went off in that said hand.


He was only 17-couldn’t understand the pull and allure then and I definitely don’t understand it now.


Yes, fireworks are beautiful and create lots of “oohs” and “aahs” from all who watch them.  And yes, if you add a background of patriotic music an appropriate amount of throat lumps will ensue.  But I’m still all for letting those who are professionals set off these explosions a safe distance away from those who are looking up into the sky.


End of sermon.


Besides our country’s birthday and celebration-it’s my mom’s 84th birthday!  Another one where she is celebrating in one state while we are firmly rooted in another.  It is what it is.


I can’t quite say that I’m getting used to it.  Probably never will be.


Steve is working July 4th, so is Adam.  Sarah is taking Dylan for a long weekend (remember Aidan came with us to OC a month or so ago while Dylan stayed home sick) to the Bay area.  What I’m hoping is that all the noise won’t scare Lucky too much.  She didn’t enjoy all the popping sounds AT ALL last year.

Pepper’s never really cared one way or the other.  At nearly 10, I doubt it will bother him now.


My biggest hope for the holiday is that it WON’T be the expected 115 at dinner time and that perhaps we can plug in the misting fan and eat our BBQ under the stars. But with the looming gray skies and the threat of more wind and sideways rain, I think indoors will be best.  Just hoping to get those ribs on the grill.


Here’s hoping that everyone reading this will have a safe, safe and fun Independence Day.

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