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
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
The entire situation alarmed us all-whether we had young
children, no children or grandchildren who were visiting with any amount of
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
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 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”
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
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
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
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
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
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Nothing says fun like having a splash pad all to yourselves!
Monday, July 07, 2014
Monsoon season begins
Carol Feldman has an Interesting 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
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.