Saturday, April 19, 2014
A Little Cake With Your Coffee?
This week I just felt like having a slice of coffee cake with my morning joe! Hungry Girl came to the rescue with a recipe that I tweaked a bit-give it a go:
Friday, April 18, 2014
So You've Got a Question?
So You’ve Got a Question?
I haven’t done a “Things You Didn’t Know” blog in a while
and since I couldn’t really think of much to write about this week-here it is!
But first, I’d be remiss to not do my yearly “Birthday and
We just celebrated our 33rd Anniversary. Our son Adam is not only turning the BIG 30
but he and Sam are having their 4th anniversary! Plus this will be their first year as
parents. (Sam’s very first Mother’s Day!).
Our daughter Sarah is turning 32 and her husband will be 33. Followed by my sister-in-law, brother-in-law,
my dad, our youngest nephew and the above sister-in-law’s anniversary rounding
out the month.
Now for the questions.
I’ll answer them and would love you to copy/paste it and answer them in
1-What’s my favorite color?
Black. I’m not Goth, but black is
classy, sassy and easily be for casual or dressing up.
2-What’s my favorite pass time? Being with my family,
friends and doing something as simple as taking a long walk in the wash. Never know what you find! I shared the photos of everything from birds’
nests in cacti to oddly shaped hot air balloons.
3-Do I miss having a beach?
Yes. I love the smell of the water;
love the relaxing atmosphere and just reading on the sand. On the flip of that though-I have more than
enough sand here, I’m very relaxed about 80% of the time and I do have a
pool/waterpark at my complete disposal.
4-Where is your favorite destination for a vacation? Caribbean, hands down.
5-If you could have a “coffee” date with anyone who would it
be? Not sure, several people come to
mind! Imagine interviewing FDR or
JFK? I’ve spoken with Teddy K. and while a great speaker he was a tad
self-involved for my taste.
6-Do you ever look back and wonder if you took the “right”
road? No. While there have been many challenges with
all aspects of life, I do like where I am and more importantly who I am. A
different road would have changed all of what I love about life.
I love having whole wheat toast with chunky peanut butter, sliced
bananas and a drizzle of honey. My
second favorite is hot 9-grain cereal with berries on the side.
8-Taking a cue from Patricia Davis who wrote a blog to her
younger self that was picked up all over the country, I guess I’d tell myself
that I shouldn’t allow people’s perception of my being a “goody two shoes” to
reach for the stars instead of passing on events that would have been amazing
That’s all I’m able to think about-what about you?
Friday, April 11, 2014
Creepy Desert Crawlies
My apologies to our grandson Dylan, 7, who just loves
bugs. If he finds one-he does what he
thinks is saving their lives. This means
that IF he somehow finds an earthworm here in the hot desert-he removes it from
the dirt and puts it in the sun to “dry up and get his vitamin D”.
Don’t you love kids?
Anyway, this week’s blog is NOT about saving bugs. Nope, not even a little bit. I’m incredibly allergic to spiders. Therefore our youngest, Adam has unfortunately
gotten this rather horrible gene. A couple
of months back, both Steve and I got “bit” by some spider. Steve took a Benadryl and the itching stopped
and the “red” went away by that evening.
I, on the other hand, had 5 bites that swelled up, turned
beet red and then had streaks shooting out in every direction. It killed pain wise. I had an epidural the next morning and the
doctor asked about my arm. After I told
him about my prior afternoon, he told me bluntly, “I’m not comfortable with
this-promise me you will either go immediately to urgent care or to your GP.”
When I got to the GP-the PA proceeded to give me a shot in
the rear of an antibiotic, then a written prescription and told me to get more
ice on it and stay “put” for the day.
Good thing I had that epidural in the shoulder of that arm. It was quite the fun few days for me.
We have a pest control service for just this reason AND
because we live in a desert where scorpions are literally everywhere.
Back to the latest
creepy crawly event. We were out with
our friends for breakfast and we were discussing that even with our services,
glue boxes and such that with the return of our 85+ degree days we had seen a
few dead scorpions and what we were doing to protect ourselves.
I shared that Steve was refusing to wear the slippers I
bought him because they “make my feet sweat”. Our friend Al pointed out that
sweaty feet were better than stung feet.
Steve said “we’ve only had the couple of dead ones, I’m not worried.”
That phrase came back to haunt him on Sunday night. Yep, he was checking out the guest bathroom
to be sure the grandkids didn’t make a mess of the new faucet he installed and
next thing-yelling at 11:15!
I got right onto the internet and found the steps to
treatment. Got a bleach soaked cotton
ball and taped it on for 5 minutes (kill the outside venom and stop it from
spreading further), wash with soap and water, gave him both Benadryl and
Naprosyn, elevated the foot and applied ice packs in 10 minute intervals.
Thankfully Steve was already on Keflex for some mole
removals. His foot was both in pain and
numb, said it felt as if he stepped on a nail.
Next morning it was the same so we went to immediate care. The attending PA told him that all the right
steps had been done and he should just keep them up for a day or two.
We also called the pest control people. It was time for our quarterly service. Probably the reason that for the first time
in our 16 months here that this was the first live critter that invaded the
He used my car at work the next day-as driving a stick shift
was just not in the proverbial cards.
Once things settled down I asked him if he had learned
anything important from this experience?
His answer? “I guess
I should always wear something on my feet”.
And then my ever-lovin’ husband still left his slippers untouched in the
Sunday, April 06, 2014
I Just want to play!
Friday, April 04, 2014
Birds find their own way in the desert
This is what spring looks like in the desert
Thinking it Over
Thinking it Over
Now that the jet lag is gone and despite new muscle relaxers
and yet another epidural, I’m thinking clearer.
So I know would like to share some quotes from my grandsons:
While in New York, as mentioned, we were privileged to be
part of the previews guests at the 9/11 Memorial museum-there were many family
members of the survivors there. Aidan,
age 6, who is a very sensitive soul, was quite upset to see people hugging and crying
near the large display of small photos of those we lost.
He asked about why the pictures were there and why those
people were so sad? Sarah explained that
they missed the people they loved who had died in the event. He asked, “all of them died?”
Sarah re-confirmed that yes-all of them had passed on. Aidan continued to observe all the photos and
people and then asked this poignant question, “Mommy, why would someone do
something so bad?”
Mom’s answer was perfect, “That’s a very good question. I don’t really have an answer. There really is no reason for anyone hurting
so many people. But it happened and we
have to do what we can to both remember them and learn from what happened.”
On a lighter side-Dylan, 7, wanted to play in the yard and
grandpa was tired to going around to the outside of the house to rescue the
ball he was kicking allover creation. So
he told Dyl that he was going to have to go inside because he was afraid that
an owl was going to swoop down and get Lucky.
Unfortunately for grandpa, his eldest grandson spent quite a
bit of time learning about birds at the New York Natural Museum of
History. When told the “owl story”, Dyl
said, “Grandpa I know you’re just trying to make me go in the house because
it’s daytime and owls are nocturnal.
That means they come out at night.”
Gotta love kids!
Our youngest grandson, Jackson, is 8 months old. He’s got quite the sense of humor. About a month ago he realized that he could
use a diaper or towel to start a rousing (and very long) game of peek-a-boo
with all of us. He’s also doing the
“turtle” crawl. Seems he’s taking after
his auntie Sarah and hates the feel of the floors on his knees.
Pretty soon we’ll be running after him everywhere! He’s also very good at calling his dad. He’s recognizing people and voices.
One more thing to tell you all while I’m “thinking it
over”-I post on Friday’s for the most part and today is a very special
Friday. You see its April 4th
and that means today is our 33th wedding anniversary!
I want my husband, Steve, to know that I love him more now
than when he proposed almost 34 years ago.
He’s my best friend, my confidant, truly my soul mate. Thank God for him and the life we have.
I’m especially grateful since he’s shown great patience and
extra love since my near fatal accident upon moving out to Arizona.
Thursday, April 03, 2014
a Monarch Amongst the Butterflies
On pages 3 & 13, how Leslie Gilson brought the butterflies back to Orange County, CA almost single-handedly:
Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Sierra Pointe is Honing in on Making Residents Happy
I have a couple of stories coming out-but this one came up first!