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Thursday, November 23, 2017


PJ Masks Rule

Happy thanksgiving!

Yesterday are Bryce turned 2!

Buy this picture, you can see that both the younger Nadel are firmly into being both owlette and gecko from PJ Masks!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017


Grandson Helps Grandma

Aidan, our budding chef did a great job not only with this pumpkin streusel pie, but with the cauliflower mashed potatoes as well!

Friday, November 17, 2017


Last Day in My 50's

I don't know how this happened!  How did I get to be 60?  Seems it was just a few minutes ago I was in my early 20's, getting married and having kids.

I guess the good news of this is that I went to the rheumatologist yesterday for my regular follow-up and my Prolia shot (nothing says young like those two things) and they weighed me-seems I am 2 pounds less than the day Steve and I were married.

Somehow though, my body doesn't look like it did in 1981.  While thanks to Janet Starce's water aerobics and walks with Lucky and Sunshine I am toned-things aren't near as "taut" as they once were, yuck.  Plus, I don't think there's a single bone or joint that doesn't hurt.

I was having coffee with a friend just this morning and she too was lamenting that "why can't we be spared some of the natural process of getting older?"  For her it was skin that wasn't tight and firm and she hated that her various body parts looked  like they didn't belong to her.

The graying hair?  Don't care.  I've earned them.  The "laugh lines"?  Earned those too.  The scars and "war" stories?  Means I've lived.

What does bother me about this milestone birthday?  I used to love wearing knit dresses and high heels.  Now looking at the heels makes me groan.  And the knit dress?  Well, I have a feeling that even though my height and weight ratio is quite good, my ability to "pull off" the tight body hugging long sweater has left the building.

Even if I could find one that looked really good on me, I'm pretty sure the orthopedic flat shoes would have people smirking.

All in all, I'm okay with getting older-as many don't get to have this privilege.  And honestly, 5 months ago I wasn't all that sure I would see this birthday.

That said, "Good bye the decade of my 50's and Hello to my 60's"

Saturday, November 11, 2017


La-Z-Boy & My Dad

My father was the consummate La-Z-Boy gallery owner but before that he was a master upholsterer. The picture below is actually one of the pieces he reupholstered for his rep and it is from 1968.

Thursday, November 09, 2017


Thankfully, This Week was Boring

You read that correctly!  This week was pretty calm and dull.  I enjoyed it!

Steve and I even took in a fantastic movie-very hard for me to sit that long, but at least it was worth it.  We finally saw our home grown and so sad movie "Only the Brave" about our Hot Shot firefighters who died in the Yarnell disaster.

Besides that, we also did our grocery shopping, laundry, dishes, plenty of cooking and I even got Steve to work out at the gym!

I had a couple of milestones!  Monday, my neighbor/friend Tracy and I actually walked the entire 2 miles of our usual  course (all right, still a 1/2 mile shy, but I'm proud of myself!)  Came home and took a very long rest, but was glad I was able to do it!  Lucky actually made it through about 3/4 of that walk before demanding to be put in her "stroller".  Sunshine made it, but upon arriving at home-she tanked up with water and then jumped onto the bed and I didn't see or hear from her for a couple of hours.

Lucky just rested a while before pestering Pepper.

This is Veteran's Day weekend and we have quite a community of veterans here in Anthem.  Our main park has a beautiful memorial permanently erected, we host a parade and have a ceremony re-dedicating the memorial every year.  It's well attended and rightly so.

Besides the community projects going on, we'll be watching the little Nadels so their parents can attend the Ronald MacDonald House Charity Gala on Saturday night.  This time of the year, everyone seems to be opening up their hearts and wallets for various non-profits.

Steve and I went to a fundraiser for the Phoenix Children's Hospital at our local First Watch breakfast place (it was opened just for this dinner).   Jackson had some surgery done there and so did a close friend's grand-daughter, so we feel a huge connection. We have also donated at Petco to their pet charity and at PetSmart for their charity-not for the pets but for kids who are victims of violence.  Buy a stuffed dog/cat and it's given to a child in need.

By the time we got to Albertson's they also wanted a donation!  At that point, I said, "sorry, we've already made 3 other donations this week and that's all we can do."

We'd love to be able to donate to every single charity, but that's just not doable.  We do other things to help:  I take my plastic grocery bags to the community center and they are used to make waterproof blankets for the homeless.  I have my Fry's card attached to donate automatically (depends on what I've purchased) to our local and very hard-working pet rescue.  I'm doing what I can to help out, really!

It's really hard to believe, but in a few days I will be leaving my "50's" behind and moving into my next decade on earth.  Eek!  I am really hoping that my 60's are good, but the last few years in my 50's really had some big challenges.

Friday, November 03, 2017


Why? It's Not Even Thanksgiving Yet!

Don't we all wonder why, on this decorating thing?

I'm, of course, talking about the roll out of Christmas decorations everywhere from Costco, malls and every housing tract that doesn't have an HOA forbidding putting anything up until the day after Thanksgiving.

We live less than a mile away from the country's saddest outlet mall-The Outlets of Anthem.  I say the saddest because there are almost as many empty stores as there are occupied ones.  Our food court is pretty cool-but if you don't have places for people to shop, why would they come to eat?

I digress.

About the end of the third week of October, the outlets newsletter to the residents hyped that our yearly "state's tallest Christmas tree was almost here".

Really?  We hadn't even celebrated Halloween and here was the Christmas tree en route?  Not only that, but the much awaited traditional celebratory tree lighting/concert/Santa's village booth would be dedicated on my birthday-November 18th.

Basically, the mall is now celebrating Christmas long before we celebrate both Halloween or Thanksgiving.  Again, they aren't the only ones kind of "jumping the gun".

Steve and I made an unplanned trip to Costco because the sensor lamps we purchased broke.  They had a 5 year warranty and we're only on year 3, so off we went.  As you probably surmised, while there, we picked up a few items that we were out of plus, the kind staff at the hearing aid concession tweaked Steve's equipment because, well, they needed it and they could.

What did we see?  Almost the entire mid-section of the store had been cleared of any and all summer/fall items and replaced by Christmas baskets, trees, decorations, toys and a host of (no lie) special Christmas foods to both order and send as gifts.

We're talking November 2nd folks.  I'm all for getting things done early and in a timely manner, but this seems just a tad extreme.

Let's slow down and savor the year, not rush it.  Life is really short we shouldn't barrel through it as though we're trying to break the time continuum factor.

Take Halloween, we did have a lot less kids this year-we only bought a 3 pound bag of candy and we throughout probably a third of it.  Most of the kids came between 6-7:30.  Steve was off so we sat outside on our swing and passed out the goodies together until Adam, Sam and our own "strong Batman" and "Poppi" came up and asked us to walk and do "Happy, happy Halloween.  I love candy".

We took turns.  I went first and came back and then Steve finished up the other half of the area.  When he got back, it seemed the night was over.  So, we took our leftovers, coffee cups and phones in for the evening and shut the door.  Sarah said no one came to her house at all!

And with the closing of the door, there left Halloween, 2017.

It was fun to see the kids, the costumes and have a very delightful 80 degrees to sit on the porch and enjoy.  Here's hoping that everyone takes a huge cleansing breath, slows down and really tries to enjoy not just the overview, but the singular moments of what's left of the year.

Monday, October 30, 2017


Adam Passed His Test!

Since starting his weight loss Journey a year ago Adam has lost over 40 lb and is now a certified personal trainer! Sam has also worked very hard getting her pre-baby body back so proud of both of them.

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