Sunday, July 27, 2014
Reeling in a New Way for Leftover Fish
Last night we had the worst monsoon we've experienced since moving to AZ! We lost power from 10 at night until 6:45 this morning.
Lucky moved to my head and cried, our grandpups howled and barked, Pepper hid in the closet and Steve and I-let's just say with no A/C and the house at probably 100 degrees, we did NOT sleep.
So tonight I'm in no mood to really cook and I have leftover mahi mahi that must be used.
Does this mean a "bad" dinner? Absolutely NOT!
Check it out:
Friday, July 25, 2014
I'm Seeing Red
I’m Seeing Red
No, I’m not angry-just enjoying a bit of the color “red”
around here. We are used to seeing reds,
pinks and blues in the sunsets-but this morning was different!
Lucky had just finished her morning meal and I was taking
her out into the yard when I heard a bird singing. That was just a tad odd-you see, the road
runners make a weird sound that is both “peep” and “engine” in nature. The pigeons make a traditional “coo”, the
owls the “who” and the quail make a cluck-but this was a song.
I looked around and saw not one but two red birds! If I didn’t know better I’d swear they were
cardinals, but outside of the pro football team here, I doubt a cardinal hangs
around the North side of Phoenix and in the Sonoran desert.
There they were on the block wall singing a song to what
appeared to be just me and our tiny pooch.
It was lovely. I wanted to snap a
photo and share it with you but darn if the phone wasn’t inside being charged.
Steve finally saw the family of cottontails the boys and I
have been telling him about-he couldn’t believe they were hiding in one of our
shrubs. “Don’t those rabbits know
they’re just begging to be stuck by those thorns?”
They’re rabbits; I think they’re just happy to find a source
to have water (the drip system tubing), a bit of shade and protection from the
rattlers and coyotes.
I was seeing a bit of red over a couple of unexpected
medical bills though. As a woman, many
of those who read this part will sympathize!
I had to have an extra mammogram a while back. Six months before the technicians found
“something” that turned out to be nothing but insisted they wanted a
re-check. So I went. It took 4 long hours! Poor Steve had to entertain the boys during
this event. This set of techs also saw
“something”, but on the other side. It
too was just what I said, nothing. But I
was happy they were so thorough.
Turns out our PPO does cover mammograms-but it does NOT
cover extra views or ultrasounds!
Imagine our chagrin when we received a bill for $500! GRRR.
Other “red” things this week-I was not happy to find out
that a special “compound” my pain management doctor had ordered was still not
close to being able to give me a price on.
It’s been almost a month, countless phone calls and then I was told, “We
have to get this okayed by your PPO in California because we can’t get approval
here.” That was over a week ago. I also asked, “Before you send it I need to
know how much will this personal compound cost is going to cost me, how long
does one tube last and is this something that I will need to use all the time
or once it works over the course of time I can wean off of and not have the
problem come back?”
I was told these were excellent questions and they’d have
someone call. I’m guessing the questions
were quite difficult since no one has bothered to contact me!
Luckily I’m seeing the doctor in a few days-maybe he or one
of his assistants can do a bit more work and get me some answers.
Until then, I prefer to see the red birds and hear a song
that anything that puts my checkbook or face “in the red”.
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!