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Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Lucky's sun nap  

Our handsome boy

It's hard to believe but pepper has been with us for 10 years!

Sunday, October 26, 2014


kaniwa, quinoa and clean eating

Transforming a carb attack is neither fun nor easy:

Friday, October 24, 2014


Ghosts, Superheroes and Christmas Trees

Ghosts, Superheroes and Christmas Trees

I know this is a subject of debate-but how do you feel about decorating for Christmas before the kids have done their yearly Halloween walk throughout your neighborhood?


Here in Anthem-the outlet mall, the community center and neighborhoods are all having various Halloween parties and trick-or-treating events, starting on the 25th!


Personally, when Sarah and Adam were young we started a tradition of going to the local mall and having them “do the walk” there.  After the second trip around, we’d settle at a fast food place in the food court and have the rare kid’s meal with friends and neighbors and take home the over-sugared costumed short people and put them to bed.


They always seemed to find a way to open several of the wrapped goodies before we could confiscate the bag for safety checks!


Here-the boys love to go to just about every house in the neighborhood.  Since they’ll be spending the night this weekend, I’m taking advantage of our community center!  First off, the main park is having a grand re-opening and an autumn fest.  The boys are on pins and needles to see exactly what the new equipment and expanded splash pad look like.  There will also be the carnival-complete with rides, games and food trucks. 


As if this isn’t enough-let me remind you of what Anthem, AZ is known for:  We host the tallest Christmas tree in America.  I kid you not!

One of the main TV stations actually sent up a helicopter (we heard it at the ungodly hour of 6 a.m.) to watch the truck driving it in from somewhere in Los Angeles. 

Not sure of the exact details, but every year we find ourselves unable to get off the freeway and to our home because of all the visitors who want to take pictures of how the staff decorates this 112+ foot specially raised tree.


It is really quite amazing.  Any idea how big those ornaments have to be to be seen on a behemoth Fir of this height?????  25,000!  Plus-180 pounds of LED lights.  It’s cap is a 3’ copper star that represents the state of Arizona.


So there you have it-while the kids are begging for treats from all of the stores, the staff will be hooked up to harnesses hanging decorative pieces the size of their bodies and dragging “gifts” into place to cover the bottom of the tree.


If this isn’t enough-Santa will arrive and take his position on his chair to hear all the wish lists.  Plus, there’s always a petting zoo (complete with reindeer).  Someone from American Idol comes to create even more of a traffic jam.

I’m not being a curmudgeon, really.  It’s just that I’d like each part of the holiday to have its own little celebration-rather than stringing them all together and start the entire season in mid-October.

The kids love it, of course. 

One other thing-while the rest of the country is feeling the “nip” of autumn in the air-we’ve finally seen our temps dip way down into the low 90’s.  Just one more reason why it’s hard to get into the spirit when you still have no desire to put on anything but shorts and a tank top.

Just to make it clear:  Happy Hallogivingkahmas

Thursday, October 23, 2014


Dylan's Find

Dylan's Find on today's walk

Sunday, October 19, 2014


Finding New Ways With Old Foods

Went out with our daughter yesterday-wonderful way to eat the usual in a not so usual way:

Friday, October 17, 2014


The Wild, Wild West

The Wild, Wild West


I’ve mentioned before about the various types of wildlife that roams around our digs here in VERY FAR North Phoenix-the rattlers, the ground squirrels, javelinas, bobcats, road runners, burros, coyotes and now, I can add WOLF to the ever growing list!


It was HUGE too.  I was just about to make the turn that goes onto the road leading to the freeway entrance when something with fur ran right in front of me!  First thought:  whoa, a lone coyote.  Then I took a second glance and realized “Nope, that there is a wolf!”

We’ve really been increasing our neighborhood watch since our break-in.  Since I was on my way to PT (Physical Therapy), I texted my husband and had him share the news with our block.


He hates social media and wouldn’t do more than that-won’t go on our neighborhood website and let everyone know.  He simply sent word to our “leader” and left the rest to her.


As I was rounding that same street a couple of hours later-who should run in front of me at the same spot, the wolf!

Strange, since the weather is at a point where there were a lot of neighbors walking around and enjoying a walk.  Once home I went about the chores of the day and realized that I hadn’t had any love notes from either our neighbors via text or signals that they sent out a warning.  

I hopped onto the city’s FB page-sure enough (and so sad) two dogs were attacked right at that corner right in their own backyard.  One died right there and the other was hurt and traumatized.  This is with their “mom” right out there with them too.


With our temperatures dropping into the mid-80’s I wanted to take a walk with Lucky-but thinking about that poor little Pomeranian and her poodle sister, I’m not so sure I want to go.

What has life become here in the Wild West?  I have sensors on all my windows, alarms on the doors, I have to “hover” my dog so she can go to the bathroom and I have to wonder if when I leave the house that some nut of a driver might decide to run into me.

Don’t get me wrong-there are some great things about living here in the middle of the Sonoran desert:  the beauty, the quiet, seeing the stars at night and so much more, but it’s also living up to its description-and not always in such a good way.

Sunday, October 12, 2014


Re-inventing the Brown Betty

I made way too many oatmeal chocolate chip bars-but have no fear, here's a great way to use them up:  

Autumn Sun

Someone's wishing her brother could come out and play

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