Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Decadent and Healthy brownies
Yes! I'm always looking for a way to have a decadent treat that I can feel good about! Here it is-Black Bean and peanut butter swirl brownies:
Thursday, June 13, 2013
First Father's Day in our New Home & My Annual Heat Rant
First Father’s Day in Arizona & My Annual Heat Rant
This is also the first Father’s Day that I won’t be able to
spend it with my dad. Our daughters and
I will be out at the end of the month for Sam’s baby shower, but it isn’t the
same as being there on the day itself.
When we get there-we’ll be leaving just prior to my mom’s
birthday as well.
It’s hard not being there.
Not that we did heaven knows what, but it’s the fact that I’m there that
strikes a chord. Dad’s 84 now and mom’s
about to turn 83. When we all somehow
carve out a weekend to see each other there’s only so much we’re able to do.
Dad’s memory is getting worse and with mom’s hip surgery
it’s not as if we’re all going out for anything more than breakfast at the
local and favorite bagel place. The
owner’s great and so is the staff and going there is a bit like eating in one
of our kitchens-homey and comforting.
This time Sam and I decided to take a couple of extra days
rather than drive in Friday afternoon and leave after the shower on
Sunday. Sarah will be flying in from
Colorado, where she’s been working hard at training a lot of new employees. Sam and I know that with her being 6 weeks
away from delivery and with my back issues we will need even more stops than we
did last time. We’re hoping to leave
Thursday morning before it hits 113 on the car thermometer and arrive by dinner
Friday we’ll go get Sarah from the airport. I’ve got to squeeze in a haircut on
Saturday. No, I still haven’t found a
person who can cut my cowlick-laden fine and wavy hair and I’m looking pretty
Back to Father’s Day.
I’m hoping that we’ll be able to spend some quality time together. Same with my mom.
By the way, this woman is remarkable-according to her
physical therapist she’s about a month ahead in the progress of moving from
walker to cane-a mere 3 weeks after having 3 screws put into her hip!
I come from a very strong bunch. Thank goodness, I’m sure I’ll be grateful for
the stubborn strength the older I get.
And now for the annual rant about heat:
I’ve got none, really.
I don’t know why-but 80 degrees here feels almost chilly! My thoughts on that are this: When its 113 outdoors by 10 a.m. and the
thermometer doesn’t dip below a 100 at midnight, 80 really is “chilly”.
Good thing too. When
Steve saw our electric bill in May it was only $136, but this latest one was
double that. He moved up that dial from
78 to 80 in moments. Plus, he’s no
longer letting us open the blinds before 4 in the afternoon.
I did put the kibosh on his latest “plan” to lower the bill
when he told me he was going out to buy sheets to adorn the various sliders and
windowed doors, above and beyond the blinds that were there to give us more
Really? Did he
actually think I’d go along with that plan?????
While I’m feeling blue about not being with my dad on
Sunday, I also need to remember that my own husband will be working all
day. Our son-in-law deserves a good
celebration-without his ability to be a good dad our daughter could not have
accepted the opportunity to train the new Wells Fargo recruits, Cheers to you
Alex! And we’ll do something for dinner!
And one last mention to Adam, I know you’ll be working too,
but get ready because next year you’ll be chasing around Jackson Dale. He’ll be about 10 months old by then and
crawling into trouble wherever he can find it!
Happy Father’s Day to all.
Saturday, June 08, 2013
Getting Ready for Both Family and Friends
It's been a LOOOONNNNGGG time, but-we're getting ready for BOTH entertaining family and friends!
Thursday, June 06, 2013
The 3 Rs of Grandparenting
Our oldest grandson Dyl has been learning to read. How shall I say this? He can to it just fine-but he doesn’t want
too. I love to read. Our “inherited” son and daughter and love to
read. Most often, we have a book that we
are in the midst of devouring.
Now our “birth” children and Steve-they could care less,
unless it’s something that they need to know.
My best example? I have never in
33 years of knowing him have seen my husband sit down with a book of any
size. One year when we were pretty
“strapped”, I heard him mention that Howard Stern had written a book and he
like to read it. Whoa! Thinking he actually meant it (I think I was
still naïve only having been married about a dozen years at that point); I
decided to buy him the book for our anniversary. Till this day, over 2 DECADES later-I’ve
never seen that book in his hand past the moment he unwrapped it.
Dyl seems to be taking that lead.
Since I’m watching this smart but uninspired reader on
Wednesdays, I informed him that while grandma did some work he was going to
look in our vast “library” and read. The
first experience had him: trying to
convince me that he finished a book in less than 5 minutes. Trouble was I knew from years of reading to
toddlers that each book in this series takes about 15. Then I caught him showing the pages to
Lucky. After that, he found my “brag
book” of photos and said he’d “read” that book.
After nixing the idea “until he actually read a book with words”, he
decided to explain about his need to get a pet snake and keep bugs.
As you can see the first two “R’s” were not going so
well. I was NOT getting my article on
the need for those of us over 50 to get an exercise plan that is customized for
our individual physical frailties (WRITING) and Dyl was not getting any further
in enjoying any of the 3 very kid-friendly book lined shelves. (READING)
Shall I move on to the third “R”?
I am a writer. My
vocabulary is quite decent. There are
times where my husband will kid me about my use of “$5” words. He will always consult with me on spelling
and use me as a thesaurus when he needs to send out a business e-mail. But show me a set of numbers or ask me to add
anything and I swear my eyes glaze over.
Plus, never ask me to do any adding/subtracting that may be of a
critical nature with money. I’m awful.
My sister (6 years younger) was a whiz with numbers and
always seemed to get the best of me with money our parents told us was for
sharing. I would always think she knew
about monetary splitting and honestly, I was so disinterested that I’d just let
her handle it. Now Dyl does better with
numbers. But I’m not going there.
At the end of our first try, I’m trying to figure out if the
two of us had any success. I finally
gave up on the paid article and wrote this entry and Dylan fell asleep on the
couch with Lucky lying on top of him with her head in his neck.
There’s always next week.
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
A Centagenerian worth emulating
Sunday, June 02, 2013
More new stories!
Think something like Yoga and the study of Torah don't go together? Think again!
Senior Living Communities in the Phoenix area-2nd of my series:
Saturday, June 01, 2013
As usual, I'm trying to expand my family's "veggie approved list".
They now devour kale, embraced kamut and they're not sticking their noses in the air when I serve eggplant!
With this in mind-this week's food column has me trying to serve a never before served version of a popular grilled eggplant dish! Give it a try!
I dare you!
Pre-school has been growing!
Here's a new article for everyone to enjoy!
This one is Orange County CA based:
There will be 3 others coming out, but those magazines seem to be late!