Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Just Pass Me My Coffee
Coffee lovers have found me on Twitter and that got me to thinking: Just Pass Me My Coffee!
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Kids Ask the Darnedest Things
Kids and Interesting Questions
As many of you know our older 2 grandsons are now 7-1/2 and
8-1/2. Kids always ask a bunch of
questions-some easier than others to answer but now-wow! Dylan and Aidan have been coming up with some
doozies! Some I can hypothesize and
others I find myself thanking the internet and Google/Yahoo for helping me get
the boys the information they desire.
Other questions leave me wondering as well.
Dylan, 8-1/2, came in one morning this week and announced,
“Grandma, did you know that there are people who can touch their eyebrows with
I shook my head and said honestly, “No, no I did not
Dyl. But I’m pretty sure that this trick
is not possible unless you are either part lizard or snake. But let’s check out Google.”
Per Yahoo! I found no real definitive answer, but there were
some rather disgusting references that I was glad the boys couldn’t see! Let’s just say that if your kids and
grandkids ask you this same query-don’t let them near your computer/tablet/phone
while you look up the information.
Both boys, due to monsoon season, asked me how much do
clouds weigh? Google let us know that
the average cumulus (rain) cloud weighs approximately 1.1 MILLION pounds! The same as 100 elephants. That was pretty
interesting for even me to find out. I
also clicked on a Boy’s Life magazine cartoon for them explaining about
hurricanes. It was 3 minutes and the
boys really enjoyed learning about these storms.
Then came some of the week’s more surreal questions:
When am I going to be a grown-up and get to do what I
want? I told them that in reality, not
even grown-ups really get to do what they want.
There’d always be something that life made necessary for them to do,
whether that was working a job to pay their bills, take medicines to help them
make it through the day or helping someone they love on a daily basis because
that was just part of life. Being
grown-up did not mean you get to do what you want-quite frankly, just the
Why should we read books when watching TV is so much easier
and more fun and easier on our brains? I
pointed out that if all they did was watch TV that they’d wind up with no brain
and in grandma’s home reading came first.
Maybe not the best answer but trying to get them to read is
akin to my wanting to learn more about math.
Then came the heart-breaking question of this week. I was looking through the local pet rescue
(yes, we’re still toying with the idea of adopting another canine child) and
there were just so many that were being rescued out of high kill shelters
because they were old and their families weren’t “into” being there for them in
their time of need. Breaks my heart and
I die a little bit with every view. I’d
still give anything to have my Sunshine for even another week and she’s been
gone for almost 4 years.
How dare these “people”?
Evidently the boys also couldn’t fathom this horrible decision. “Why grandma, why would they do this to their
poor dog, it must be so sad and scared?”
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Something new for Snacks or Dessert
Due to an over purchasing of both blueberries (and several other berries) and zucchini, I decided to try this new combo of both into a delicious quick bread or cake!
Friday, July 17, 2015
Prescott loves that logo.
I mention this because this past week Steve and I finally took a day
trip up there. It’s a very cute mountain
town with a couple of community colleges, a flight school and a lot of
I know this for one reason:
Right out of college my first job offer was at one of the 2 (that’s from
memory) radio stations in the area. It
was not to be and wasn’t exactly the highlight of my first days as a college
grad with a degree in broadcast journalism.
Since that fateful fall of 1978 the city has grown by leaps
and bounds. It’s filled with history,
art galleries, antique stores, 3 museums and of course the famous Whiskey Row.
Steve had wanted to go for a while, but the closest we have
gotten was the day trip to the neighboring area of Prescott Valley when we took
the boys to the zoo.
Not knowing how dog-friendly the town would be we dropped
off Lucky to Adam, who had the day off, and went to start our latest
We live in this perfect spot to make these day trips
happen. An hour from Sedona, Prescott,
Prescott Valley and about an hour and a half from Cottonwood and Jerome. All beautiful, historic and make for a nice trip
to get “out of Dodge” for a day.
What started this trip out was a travelogue on our local
cable station. Now we had a destination
in mind and some places we wanted to see for ourselves. We didn’t get to the 3 museums that we’ll
save for another trip. But we did spend several hours walking around the town
square, peeking into the famous Matt’s Saloon, The Palace saloon, the historic
Hassayampa Hotel, a few art galleries and local shops and a really fun gourmet
herb, spice, honey store.
As Steve said, “If we had the money, I could easily have
spent a few hundred bucks in there!”
Instead, we went with some cute tee shirts for the 3 boys
and one for the future Princess Bryce.
We started our day with breakfast at the Sweet Potato
Café. It was definitely a place you’d
find the locals. Small, very unassuming,
everything homemade and most items had something in the way of sweet potato in
If you’re wondering, Steve had the meat-lover’s omelet with
hash browns and a side of sweet potato pancakes. As usual for me, I found the heart healthy
entrees and went with an egg white omelet with all the veggies in the kitchen,
salsa and even soy cheese with fresh fruit and a slice of, what else, sweet
It was a nice day and we enjoyed being by ourselves for even
those few hours. Every couple needs that
now and then.
Upon getting back Adam told us that Lucky cried for quite a
while and then, as if to “show” us for leaving her behind, she peed on the play
room carpet. We were definitely back
Monday, July 13, 2015
Sunday, July 12, 2015
No Power, No Problem
We had a power outage here, first to come in the monsoon season-got me to thinking about how to make dinner: