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Saturday, April 19, 2014


A Little Cake With Your Coffee?

This week I just felt like having a slice of coffee cake with my morning joe!  Hungry Girl came to the rescue with a recipe that I tweaked a bit-give it a go:

Friday, April 18, 2014


So You've Got a Question?

So You’ve Got a Question?


I haven’t done a “Things You Didn’t Know” blog in a while and since I couldn’t really think of much to write about this week-here it is!


But first, I’d be remiss to not do my yearly “Birthday and Anniversary” run-down:

We just celebrated our 33rd Anniversary.  Our son Adam is not only turning the BIG 30 but he and Sam are having their 4th anniversary!  Plus this will be their first year as parents. (Sam’s very first Mother’s Day!).  Our daughter Sarah is turning 32 and her husband will be 33.  Followed by my sister-in-law, brother-in-law, my dad, our youngest nephew and the above sister-in-law’s anniversary rounding out the month.


Now for the questions.  I’ll answer them and would love you to copy/paste it and answer them in the comments!

1-What’s my favorite color?  Black.  I’m not Goth, but black is classy, sassy and easily be for casual or dressing up.

2-What’s my favorite pass time? Being with my family, friends and doing something as simple as taking a long walk in the wash.  Never know what you find!  I shared the photos of everything from birds’ nests in cacti to oddly shaped hot air balloons.

3-Do I miss having a beach?  Yes.  I love the smell of the water; love the relaxing atmosphere and just reading on the sand.  On the flip of that though-I have more than enough sand here, I’m very relaxed about 80% of the time and I do have a pool/waterpark at my complete disposal.

4-Where is your favorite destination for a vacation?  Caribbean, hands down. 

5-If you could have a “coffee” date with anyone who would it be?  Not sure, several people come to mind!  Imagine interviewing FDR or JFK?  I’ve spoken with Teddy K.  and while a great speaker he was a tad self-involved for my taste.

6-Do you ever look back and wonder if you took the “right” road?  No.  While there have been many challenges with all aspects of life, I do like where I am and more importantly who I am. A different road would have changed all of what I love about life.

7-Favorite breakfast?  I love having whole wheat toast with chunky peanut butter, sliced bananas and a drizzle of honey.  My second favorite is hot 9-grain cereal with berries on the side.

8-Taking a cue from Patricia Davis who wrote a blog to her younger self that was picked up all over the country, I guess I’d tell myself that I shouldn’t allow people’s perception of my being a “goody two shoes” to reach for the stars instead of passing on events that would have been amazing to witness.


That’s all I’m able to think about-what about you?

Friday, April 11, 2014


Creepy Desert Crawlies

Creepy Crawlies

My apologies to our grandson Dylan, 7, who just loves bugs.  If he finds one-he does what he thinks is saving their lives.  This means that IF he somehow finds an earthworm here in the hot desert-he removes it from the dirt and puts it in the sun to “dry up and get his vitamin D”. 


Don’t you love kids?


Anyway, this week’s blog is NOT about saving bugs.  Nope, not even a little bit.  I’m incredibly allergic to spiders.  Therefore our youngest, Adam has unfortunately gotten this rather horrible gene.  A couple of months back, both Steve and I got “bit” by some spider.  Steve took a Benadryl and the itching stopped and the “red” went away by that evening.


I, on the other hand, had 5 bites that swelled up, turned beet red and then had streaks shooting out in every direction.  It killed pain wise.  I had an epidural the next morning and the doctor asked about my arm.  After I told him about my prior afternoon, he told me bluntly, “I’m not comfortable with this-promise me you will either go immediately to urgent care or to your GP.”


When I got to the GP-the PA proceeded to give me a shot in the rear of an antibiotic, then a written prescription and told me to get more ice on it and stay “put” for the day.  Good thing I had that epidural in the shoulder of that arm.  It was quite the fun few days for me.


We have a pest control service for just this reason AND because we live in a desert where scorpions are literally everywhere.

 Back to the latest creepy crawly event.  We were out with our friends for breakfast and we were discussing that even with our services, glue boxes and such that with the return of our 85+ degree days we had seen a few dead scorpions and what we were doing to protect ourselves.

I shared that Steve was refusing to wear the slippers I bought him because they “make my feet sweat”. Our friend Al pointed out that sweaty feet were better than stung feet.  Steve said “we’ve only had the couple of dead ones, I’m not worried.”

That phrase came back to haunt him on Sunday night.  Yep, he was checking out the guest bathroom to be sure the grandkids didn’t make a mess of the new faucet he installed and next thing-yelling at 11:15!

I got right onto the internet and found the steps to treatment.  Got a bleach soaked cotton ball and taped it on for 5 minutes (kill the outside venom and stop it from spreading further), wash with soap and water, gave him both Benadryl and Naprosyn, elevated the foot and applied ice packs in 10 minute intervals.

Thankfully Steve was already on Keflex for some mole removals.  His foot was both in pain and numb, said it felt as if he stepped on a nail.  Next morning it was the same so we went to immediate care.  The attending PA told him that all the right steps had been done and he should just keep them up for a day or two.

We also called the pest control people.  It was time for our quarterly service.  Probably the reason that for the first time in our 16 months here that this was the first live critter that invaded the house.

He used my car at work the next day-as driving a stick shift was just not in the proverbial cards.

Once things settled down I asked him if he had learned anything important from this experience?

His answer?  “I guess I should always wear something on my feet”.  And then my ever-lovin’ husband still left his slippers untouched in the closet.


Sunday, April 06, 2014


I Just want to play!

Friday, April 04, 2014


Birds find their own way in the desert  

Desert Spring

This is what spring looks like in the desert  

Thinking it Over

Thinking it Over

Now that the jet lag is gone and despite new muscle relaxers and yet another epidural, I’m thinking clearer.  So I know would like to share some quotes from my grandsons:


While in New York, as mentioned, we were privileged to be part of the previews guests at the 9/11 Memorial museum-there were many family members of the survivors there.  Aidan, age 6, who is a very sensitive soul, was quite upset to see people hugging and crying near the large display of small photos of those we lost. 

He asked about why the pictures were there and why those people were so sad?  Sarah explained that they missed the people they loved who had died in the event.  He asked, “all of them died?”

Sarah re-confirmed that yes-all of them had passed on.  Aidan continued to observe all the photos and people and then asked this poignant question, “Mommy, why would someone do something so bad?”

Mom’s answer was perfect, “That’s a very good question.  I don’t really have an answer.  There really is no reason for anyone hurting so many people.  But it happened and we have to do what we can to both remember them and learn from what happened.”

On a lighter side-Dylan, 7, wanted to play in the yard and grandpa was tired to going around to the outside of the house to rescue the ball he was kicking allover creation.  So he told Dyl that he was going to have to go inside because he was afraid that an owl was going to swoop down and get Lucky. 

Unfortunately for grandpa, his eldest grandson spent quite a bit of time learning about birds at the New York Natural Museum of History.   When told the “owl story”, Dyl said, “Grandpa I know you’re just trying to make me go in the house because it’s daytime and owls are nocturnal.  That means they come out at night.”

Gotta love kids!

Our youngest grandson, Jackson, is 8 months old.  He’s got quite the sense of humor.  About a month ago he realized that he could use a diaper or towel to start a rousing (and very long) game of peek-a-boo with all of us.  He’s also doing the “turtle” crawl.  Seems he’s taking after his auntie Sarah and hates the feel of the floors on his knees.

Pretty soon we’ll be running after him everywhere!  He’s also very good at calling his dad.  He’s recognizing people and voices.

One more thing to tell you all while I’m “thinking it over”-I post on Friday’s for the most part and today is a very special Friday.  You see its April 4th and that means today is our 33th wedding anniversary!

I want my husband, Steve, to know that I love him more now than when he proposed almost 34 years ago.  He’s my best friend, my confidant, truly my soul mate.  Thank God for him and the life we have.

I’m especially grateful since he’s shown great patience and extra love since my near fatal accident upon moving out to Arizona.

Thursday, April 03, 2014


a Monarch Amongst the Butterflies

On pages 3 & 13, how Leslie Gilson brought the butterflies back to Orange County, CA almost single-handedly:

Wednesday, April 02, 2014


Sierra Pointe is Honing in on Making Residents Happy

I have a couple of stories coming out-but this one came up first!

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